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Yet another bugged lobby

This is the second time this is happening.

One of my friends caught that I am on 22nd of Oct release on desktop, when there is a 4th of Nov release for Android. The Android release seems to be a beta channel, when there is no beta on Steam. There used to be a beta channel on Steam, but not anymore. That’s the probably the cause of these bugged lobby situations.

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Bugged lobby

We just had a bugged loggy (or someone was hacking?) where we had two whites. I was swift and another player was Siege. I called the meeting, but the reports screen showed a notice that Siege called the meeting.

I was not seen on the reports screen either!

Odd.


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Welp

Mismatched electricity wires on MIRA HQ. This is so bad on my part, lol.


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Among Us with 100 players!


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One of my favorite comebacks!

It’s just Spike Rush, but I am very happy about this win.


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Icebox finally!

Custom queue is disabled as well, so, it took a few attempts at Spike Rush to get to the map.

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Fall Guys season 2 loading screen

I like this updated loading screen with all characters in a team.

Also for some reason, Gauntlet Showdown never worked for me. It loads the main show instead.


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My Among Us stats

The stats among is from the desktop though, which is why it’s less.

I have been playing this fantastic game called Among Us in the last few months. It’s a game of deception, where there are two parties working on two tasks.

  • Crewmates, who are in charge of completing tasks on the spaceship. Finish all tasks, and you win.
  • Impostors, those who fake to be crewmates, but are actually sabotaging actual crewmates’ progress, or attempt killing them. When impostors lead crewmates by one member, they win.

It’s available across iOS, Android and PC/Steam. I mostly play with my friends, but online matches are not that bad either.


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Turn off IPL background noise using Krisp

I started watching IPL today, and I noticed that Hotstar feed is introducing an ambient background “fan noise”. The idea seems to be that it gives viewers a real match experience.

For some context, matches are happening in UAE, and it’s just the players at the stadium. Fans are not allowed for COVID-19 reasons.

However, the background noise was doing more damage than goodness. Especially as a hard of hearing person, I couldn’t hear any commentary. I found similar comments from other Hotstar users:

I searched a bit more, and I found that it’s not actually a feature from Hotstar, but is coming from their upstream provider.

Krisp to the rescue

Some of my colleagues use Krisp at work. It’s a noise-cancelling app that’s commonly used with Zoom, Hangouts and other communication apps. I was curious to see if it might work with streaming services, and it does!

Krisp’s available as a desktop app, as well as in the form of a browser extension.

I tried the browser extension, but it didn’t work, as it appears Krisp needs the tab to introduce a “microphone stream” to enable noise-cancellation. Hotstar doesn’t require microphone access, which in turn means that noise cancellation cannot work.

Basically, the extension works with any web page that is using a microphone stream. All you need to do is to turn on the “Mute Noise” toggle and Krisp will start working on all the tabs that are currently using a microphone. 

Source – Krisp help page.

And, the desktop app (Windows in my case) works well! I use Windows 10, and I ran into some issues in marking it as the primary output device on Sound settings. Marking it as the primary output device didn’t save properly.

Turns out this is intentionally done. I spoke to their support and they pointed me at a workaround, which involves setting app-level output on Windows settings. In my case, I marked Krisp for Brave browser, under Windows sound settings:

It works well!

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NextDNS iOS 14 build coming soon

Update: It’s available now! In my test with Mullvad app, it doesn’t work. Mullvad’s DNS takes precedence. But it works flawless with Wireguard app instead. So, that’s what I am using, with Mullvad-generated config.


You must know that I am eagerly waiting for encrypted DNS on iOS 14. Last night, I came across NextDNS devs’ comment on reddit that their test build is pending Apple’s approval!

NextDNS test build running encrypted DNS system-wide on iOS 14, without configuring a VPN tunnel

With that news, I updated my iPad to iOS 14 public beta 2. This is my first time running a beta build. Going by Twitter, this beta is stable.

I also reached out to NextDNS devs on their Intercom, to know more about this build. They let me know that it’d be announced on their reddit, when Apple approves it.