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10 cute gadgets and tech-related things in Pantone Ultra Violet

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The Pantone Color Institute has unveiled 2018’s color of the year and it’s looking pretty good.

PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet is a deep purple with blue and red tones that we love. But, you know what will make it better? Seeing it in our real, everyday tech lives! We picked out a number of gadgets and tech-related items in this sweet shade because why not? You gotta admit: Everything looks better in the coming year’s new color highlight.

Polaroid SnapTouch in Purple

This cute instant camera is the modern twist to Polaroids of the past. It’s basically a digital camera that prints pictures!

READ MORE: Polaroid Snap Touch Review: Print photos with a digital camera

Fitbit Charge 2 in Plum

Getting fit has never been this fun. Fitbit wearables come in the cutest colors which means you look cute in every workout.

SEE ALSO: Fitbit Alta HR review

Belkin MIXIT Lightning to USB Clip 

Yep, because cables can be cute accessories, too. This Lighting cord is not only handy, but it’s also in 2018’s color of the year. Want!

 Yuumei Cat Headphones

They’re headphones, they’re speakers, and they turn you into a kitty with violet ears. I’m sold on these headphones and the fact that they come in a cool color just adds to how much this gadget appeals to me.

Whisper App

The Whisper App is a secret sharing platform — pretty interesting stuff. It also has a cool violet interface. Something to try in 2018?

Instax Mini 8 in Grape

Instant cameras in cute colors are my thing! Instax has been known to have the cutest color options for their devices. Of course, there’s a purple one!

SEE ALSO: Fujifilm Instax SQ10 review

Silicone Case in Ultra Violet

If your phone can’t be Ultra Violet (because there aren’t many phones in that color which is something that someone needs to get on, TBH), then fix it with an Ultra Violet case!

Google Home with a violet base fabric

Your Google Home doesn’t need to be in that drab gray. Dress it up with different base fabric options. I suggest this one.

READ MORE: 5 Reasons why I love Google Home

Purple Emojis

Emojis are always in style. They were wearing Ultra Violet even before it was color of the year.

SEE ALSO: Hundreds of new emoji come to Apple iOS 11.1

SEE ALSO: The most popular emoji is also the happiest

Lovenuts in Grape Purple

 

Give yourself a little more loving in the coming year with this. Self-help and empowerment is always a good theme for the new year!

READ MORE: LoveNuts hands-on: Feeling the vibe!

There you have it! These are some of the cutest things in Ultra Violet. Let us know what your favorite ones are in the comments section below!

And remember, make 2018 your year. You can start with these devices.

SEE ALSO: 5 smartphones that are Beautiful in Blue 

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Redmi Earbuds S are the most affordable TWS offering

The price is unbelievable

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In India, Xiaomi’s Redmi division looks after the affordable segment while Mi-branded products are for the premium segment. On the side, POCO is now an independent brand. Continuing with the new strategy, Redmi today announced the launch of their new TWS earbuds, the Redmi Earbuds S.

Just a couple of weeks ago, the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 were announced in the country but they are far from affordable. To bridge this gap, the Redmi Earbuds S has been unveiled. It’s worth noting that they are the same as the Redmi AirDots S, which were launched in China earlier.

The Earbuds have 7.2mm drivers and are IPX4-rated for water resistance. The individual buds weigh only about 4.5g each. The company’s marketing has focused on how good their bass is, but we’ll be able to confirm that in our review later.

For connectivity, it leverages SBC codec, a commonly used protocol via Bluetooth. However, a low-latency mode has also been added to aide gaming. The earbuds are said to deliver four hours of playback on a single charge and the case can extend this to 12 hours.

The Earbuds S also has a physical button on either side to control media playback or skip tracks. The gaming mode can be triggered by pressing the function key thrice.

The Redmi Earbuds S will cost INR 1,799 (US$ 23) and will go on sale starting May 27 via Mi.com and Amazon.

These earbuds are an entry-level option for someone who’s looking for a pair of TWS earbuds. Instead of rich features, the point of this product is to offer an affordable option to the end-user.

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Apple moving its AirPods assembly line to Vietnam

iPhone production is next in line

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Apple has started shifting its iPhone production line to India but it doesn’t end there. With the ongoing trade war between China and the US, more companies are slowly finding alternatives — such is the case with Apple moving AirPods assembly to Vietnam.

Asia Nikkei‘s report indicated that Apple has already done production trials of the AirPods line in Vietnam last year. Just this month, numerous buyers (including a MacForums user) have pointed out the sudden change. The ‘Assembled in Vietnam’ engraving at the back of the AirPods Pro is prominent since loyal users know that Apple products are assembled in China.

A Reddit user initially shared his concern about the product’s authenticity, even before the mentioned tweet started gaining attention.

It says mine are made in Vietnam but all other ones say China ? Should I be worried or it has nothing to do with it?? from r/AirpodsPro

Even a staff from The Verge shared a photo of her recently bought AirPods Pro with the same engraving.

Photo by Kara Verlaney (The Verge)

A follow-up report stated that the mass production of the new AirPods units took place in Vietnam last March. Despite the pandemic, they were able to secure permits from Vietnamese officials to bring in engineers for better and smoother production.

Some of the old EarPods were also assembled in Vietnam, which means the country isn’t exactly new to assembling Apple’s audio accessories. Even Apple’s long-awaited AirPods Studio might be produced there as well.

A recently-published article by DigiTimes states that other than India, they’re also moving the iPhone production line to Vietnam. It makes sense considering Foxconn has already built factories in the northern province of Bac Giang.

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OnePlus TWS earbuds could look like the AirPods

Why are we not surprised?

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Apple was the first company to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack in iPhone 7 and release a wireless solution, the AirPods. Now, every phone maker wants a piece of the pie, and now a OnePlus TWS is coming our way as well.

Reliable leakster Max J. has revealed an illustration of the upcoming OnePlus truly wireless earbuds and they look eerily similar to the Apple AirPods. The signature in-ear design without rubber tips is considered to be Apple’s design language and many makers have tried to replicate it.

Realme launched the Buds Air this year and they look exactly like the AirPods. Even the charging case is a lookalike. Even the OPPO Enco Free wireless earbuds have a cop-cat design and are indistinguishable.

 

On the other hand, Xiaomi unveiled the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 and they have an entirely different design. The brand seems to have focused more on functionality than looks.

OnePlus has already released wireless earphones in the past, but they haven’t been truly wireless. The OnePlus Bullets Wireless and Bullets Wireless 2 had their own design language and were built to offer a premium experience. Along with the OnePlus 8 series, the company announced an affordable version called the Bullets Z.

Rumors suggest OnePlus could launch a midrange phone dubbed the OnePlus Z or OnePlus 8 Lite in July. These earbuds are expected to launch alongside the phone.

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