Samsung’s Dolby Atmos Soundbars Just Got Even Better

If you’re looking for a convenient, space-saving way to add Dolby Atmos audio to your home entertainment system, you’ll be hard-pushed to find anything better than Samsung’s HW-K850 and especially HW-K950 soundbar packages.

These include a multi-channel soundbar that includes angled up-firing speakers to deliver the Dolby Atmos height effect; a meaty subwoofer; and, in the K950’s case, a pair of compact but incredibly powerful rear speakers which again feature up-firing drivers to complete the trademark Dolby Atmos ‘bubble’ of sound.

While the K850 and K950 set new standards for the soundbar market when they launched back in late 2016, though, they have until now been plagued by one seriously frustrating draw back: They only play DTS audio in stereo.

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Samsung’s K950 represents the state of the art in the soundbar world – especially now it likes DTS too.

Yep, so obsessed was Samsung with working with Dolby to get Atmos right that it apparently forgot that actually the majority of Blu-ray discs – as many as two thirds to three quarters, if my own disc collection is anything to go by – use multi-channel DTS mixes as their lead audio tracks rather than Dolby mixes. And even the provision of a ‘pseudo-surround’ processing mode for the DTS inputs did little to disguise the huge step-down in sound quality you had to suffer when moving from multi-channel Dolby to stereo DTS.

Happily Samsung has finally responded to this frankly pretty daft situation by rolling out a firmware update to the K850 and K950 that enables them to play DTS mixes in true 5.1-channel audio.

Firmware update 3113 should arrive on your K850 or K950 soundbar automatically if you’ve already got it registered on your Wi-Fi system. You can check it’s there by downloading the Samsung Multiroom app for iOS and Android, adding your soundbar to its speaker registry, and then choosing the Software Update option from the app’s settings menu.

I’ve got the update running on my test K950 and can confirm that it works flawlessly and completely transforms the DTS listening experience. No longer does seeing the words ‘DTS Master Audio’ on the back of a Blu-ray or 4K Blu-ray box have to cause your heart to sink.

In an ideal world Samsung will one day extend the DTS support to encompass the Atmos-like DTS:X platform. Even as it stands, though, the new DTS update turns what were already outstanding home cinema audio solutions from Samsung into genuine trailblazers.

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Malaysian Dating Customs: Advices On How to Win Her Heart …

Online dating has become the most adventurous thing in this world these days. Millions of people are connected to dating websites and several successful love stories have been already written. It is really the best idea to search your dream life partner over internet because it never restricts you on the basis of region, language or age bar. And the best thing to know is that most of the online dating platforms run interesting blogs where you can find expert advice about how to impress an interesting personality over internet. Well, this is quite impressive but today here we are going to talk about Malaysian Dating Customs.

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Guys! It is not so easy to get her into your life if you actually don’t know about facts related to dating Malaysian women online. Yeah, that true that Malaysianwomenare beautiful with lots of impressive qualities. They know how to respect men, they have natural sexy appeal and they do not care whether you are rich or poor when they finally choose you as their life partner. As soon as you start dating her, you will be able to understand that how well she can manage everything in life and it will also make your life easy with her.

First of all let us talk a little bit about Malaysian Dating Customs. You must be aware about the fact that there are three major ethnic groups in the country Malaysia; they are Indians, Chinese and Malays. Women belonging to these different cultures use to have different personality and they believe in different kind of dates. If we talk about Indian and Malays then these ladies are always interested in men that belong to same ethnic group. But the lovely Chinese ladies are always curious to date an interesting personality without following an ethnic bar. Also, these Chinesewomenin Malaysia are highly open minded as well as hardworking too thus we can say that most of males would love to try these Chinesewomenin Malaysia first. Note that, Malaysia is already a develop country as compared to most of Asian countries so women at these places are not specifically actually looking for rich men.

Few deep facts about Malaysian Dating Culture:

So, once you are aware about the Malaysian Dating culture then next task is to learn some tips about how to date her in more impressive way. Soon she will be your best travel partner .

Important tips of how to date Malaysian Women:

  1. Do Research:

The most essential thing that you need to do before dating a Malaysian woman is to do detailed research about her. Yeah! It is true that you should not start dating her blindly. One of the most common things that you will come across during this research process is that these Malaysian ladies are quite obedient to their partner. They never put so many questions in front of you rather they love you unconditionally. You simply need to know that what she expects from you in return and the answer is well understood that she wish you to treat her well and stay connected to her family too.

  1. Your honesty will pay:

You will be glad to know that most of the Malaysian women are known for their honesty and the fact is that they expect this quality from their men too. No matter whether you are searching for her over online malaysian dating sites, or you are visiting locally, she will always need to find that quality of honesty in you. Thus, if you wish to improve the chances to date her then you must prove yourself honest; always prefer to give her honest answers when she asks something.

  1. Prove your Class:

As Malaysia is well developed country so women here holds a class and they demand the same from the men they are going to date. Yeah, these women are well educated and hence they always prefer to date an educated man. If you want to date her using online dating website then always prefer to polish your profile in such a way that she can feel impressed with it. Always prefer to post numbers of pictures on your profile because she often loves to judge you from these pictures and it will help her make decision about you with ease.

  1. Hold a serious kind of personality:

It is a well researched fact that Malaysian women often love to date a serious men. And they care about this thing even while chatting on social media. If she is asking you something important and you do not have anything to replay except few emoticons then definitely you are going to lose your chances to date her. The best tip is to give her best answers so that she can realise that you are serious to date her.

There is no doubt to say that you can find lots of interesting Malaysian women over online dating websites but the only thing you need to do is make true efforts to impress her.

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Saudi Arabia’s New Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Is Good News for Israel and US

New Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s appointment as Saudi Arabia’s heir apparent was only a matter of time. The “boy,” who will mark his 32nd birthday in August, has been leading the country de facto anyway. He already calls the shots on foreign policy. Many expect that in the not-too-distant future, King Salman, who is ill, will step down and hand the scepter to his son.

Bin Salman has been undergoing training for the throne since Salman’s coronation two and a half years ago, both through foreign missions carried out on behalf of his father, and also through the war in Yemen that – as defense minister – he planned and carried out (albeit not particularly successfully).

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Before the new crown prince’s advent, his cousin, Mohammed bin Nayef, had been in charge of relationships with Washington, especially with the CIA. In short order, Nayef was pushed out and the Americans understood exactly who the strong man in town was.

Bin Salman became the contact not only between the kingdom and Washington, but also with Russia: the new heir met with President Vladimir Putin several times to coordinate policy on Syria and Iran.

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Until now, Mohammed bin Salman has been good news for Israel and the United States, as his firm anti-Iranian positions make him an important partner – and not only in the struggle against Iran. Bin Salman agrees with America on the need to thwart Russian influence in the region; to topple President Bashar Assad’s regime in Syria; and to act firmly against ISIS and other radical organizations, from the Muslim Brotherhood to Hezbollah. During the last two years, several Arab websites have reported that bin Salman also met with top Israelis.


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According to these reports, one such meeting took place in Eilat in 2015; another on the margins of the Arab summit in Jordan this March, and there are regular meetings between Saudi and Israeli officers in the joint war room where Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United States coordinate. What is not yet known is to what extent Bin Salman can and might want to advance the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, as part of U.S. President Donald Trump’s plan, and whether he can turn around relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia.

In a series of tweets this week, the Saudi blogger known as “Mujtahidd” revealed a “plot” by Crown Prince bin Salman and the heir to the Abu Dhabi throne, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to stage a coup in Qatar.

Mujtahidd – many of whose tweets have proven accurate, and who apparently relies on whispers from the Saudi Arabia monarchial court – wrote, among other things, that the two heirs intended to send Blackwater mercenaries (of Iraqi notoriety) to Qatar, together with forces from the UAE, to seize the government. After that, somebody from the ruling Al-Thani family who would be loyal to them would be appointed. Thusly, according to Mujtahidd, the two thought to reduce the crisis and bend Qatar to Saudi Arabia’s will. Based on these tweets, it was the United States that pressed, indirectly, to torpedo the notion.

By the way, this information has not been verified, and there is no certainty that these tweets rely on any actual fact. But what is unquestionable is the depth of relations between the two young heirs, a relationship that has created an axis of youth confident of the global mission – or at least Arab mission – placed on their shoulders, and confident that none but them are suited to run the Middle East.


This is a new generation that includes the ruler of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, 37. It is a generation that came late to the Gulf states, having been predated by youthful leaders in Morocco, Jordan and Syria.

Arab leaders like Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi and King Abdullah have felt the whip of Saudi foreign relations. Both have been lashed over their “behavior” – and they were punished, too. Saudi Arabia cut off the oil supply to Egypt six months ago because of Cairo’s support for the Russian proposal on Syria, and because what Saudi Arabia felt was Egypt’s retreat from the proposal to return the Sanafir and Tiran islands in the Red Sea to it. Saudi Arabia also suspended aid to Jordan until recently because Jordan refused to let Gulf forces operate from its territory against Syrian forces.


But the hardest blow was suffered, of course, by Qatar, which was declared non grata by the Gulf nations, Egypt, Yemen and Jordan, which turned the terrestrial and aerial blockade of the Gulf state into an economic one.

The new crown prince was the living spirit behind all these decisions, which required no more than a formal nod from his father.

The appointment, which has passed without opposition so far, and with the overwhelming support of the Allegiance Council (which, under the constitution, has the power to approve the appointment of heirs) is not expected to cause any new jolts in the kingdom.

Potential opponents have already been “summoned for a chat” in the king’s court. The new interior minister, Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Nayef, is another youngster, just 34, and is very close to Mohammed bin Salman. From now on, he will be the one responsible for managing the struggle against internal terrorism. He will also be the crown prince’s partner in oppressing subversion.

To gratify the subjects ahead of the change, King Salman announced the extension of Id al-Fitr (to mark the end of Ramadan) by another week. He also returned all the financial emoluments that were recently taken away from government and army officials. A pay raise is a time-honored way of maintaining quiet calm in the Saudi kingdom.