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12 travel gadgets for your next trip

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Traveling is cathartic. There is no other thing that will give you as much perspective as seeing the world.

People travel for different reasons. Whether it be for leisure or work (or you know, you’re just running away from something *ehem*heartbreak*ehem*), a good trip will always leave you refreshed and looking forward to the next grand adventure.

From mountains to foreign cities and new beaches, you must always make sure you travel prepared! Be it a short road trip or an intercontinental flight, make sure you have all bases covered with top tech we’ve picked out for you to travel with.

Snap Spectacles

These sunnies are not just great-looking, they have built in 180-degree cameras that automatically upload footage to the Snapchat app on your phone. Hands-free, fuss-free, and fashionable, these shades are perfect for every summer beach trip or city escapade you have planned. Now your ex will see every fun adventure you’re having without him or her.

Native Union Tag Cable

This stylish and unassuming bag tag is actually your Lightning cord. No need to worry about packing those long pesky cords and bothering to untangle them. This luxury leather accessory comes in black and tan.

Zhiyun Smooth 3

This smartphone stabilizer will ensure you have flawless and fluid smartphone footage. This useful tech has 14 hours of running time and real-time charging through the gimbal itself. You may not be emotionally stable yet but at least your videos will be!

Clip-on smartphone lenses

If you can’t be bothered to lug around a DSLR on your trip, consider buying these clip on lenses for your smartphone. These compact accessories allow you to take your travel photos from a different point of view. We all need a different perspective in life — and in love — every now and then.

Insta360 Camera

Capture the whole view and even stream it on Facebook Live! The nifty device clips on to your smartphone and allows you to preview photos and videos via the Insta360 app. This means your overanalyzing brain will get to see every detail.

RJ Electronics Armadillo Speakers

These portable speakers come in four different colors and are dust- and waterproof. Perfect for any adventure, these handy things are unbreakable, unlike you.

Nilkin Car Charger

For road trips of any length, it’s always good to have this wireless car charger. Never worry about driving without Waze again!

Romoss UPower Travel Mate

This powerbank has a built-in plug which means you don’t have to bring an additional cord to charge it during the trip. Less cords, less fuss — you don’t need to be attached at all.

Xiaomi Selfie Stick with Bluetooth Remote Shutter Tripod Holder

Sometimes you have to do things by yourself — including travel photos. Make sure you get the the best possible shots even when you have no one to take your photos for you. You are a strong, independent person and you won’t need anyone again!

Sony FDR-X3000

Make sure you have photos and videos of (quite literally) everything you do with this action cam. Bungee jumping? Click away! Snorkeling? Sure! Don’t let anything stop you from making memories. This camera makes sure you’re getting action. ?

ASUS ZenBook 3

For those who can’t travel without a computer, the ASUS ZenBook 3 is the perfect trip companion for you. It’s super light and thin which means it’s so much easier to bring.

Travel Home Wall Charger USB Plug

Let’s be honest: Hotel room plugs are never enough to charge all these devices! This multi-port USB wall plug solves that problem. Now you have choices, and I’m not just talking about this plug.

These are just a few of my top travel gadget picks. What technology do you swear by while on the road? Let us know in the comments section below!

SEE ALSO: 24 Hours in Barcelona with the Huawei P10

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Huawei Sound X with hi-end audio launches

Will work seamlessly with the P40 series

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Huawei is slowly but surely venturing out into more and more devices. After wearables, the company is now showing off a hi-end speaker — the Huawei Sound X.

It’s never easy to describe sound on text but Huawei claims the Sound X “will revolutionize high-end acoustic technology with sonorous audio that leaves an enduring, life-altering impression on the listener.”

It was made in collaboration with Devialet — a global audio brand known for its High-Fidelity products.

It’s not a smart speaker in the way that there’s a voice assistant integrated like the Google Home or the Amazon Echo, but it does have some ‘smart’ qualities.

For instance, it will work seamlessly with your Huawei P40 series phone. Gently tapping your phone against the Sound X transmits audio to the speaker.

The audio, Huawei says, is lossless and low-latency and can be tweaked thanks to a proprietary EMUI 10.1 multi-device control panel. Think of like Huawei’s own version of Apple’s AirPlay.

Another thing that Huawei is proud of about the Sound X is how compact it is compared to other speakers that promise to deliver the same level of hi-end audio. It’s able to deliver 60W of bass despite being relatively smaller than other speakers with the same capability.

The company says the “exterior design was inspired by the golden dome of the black, glazed surface hints at the robust sound that seems to emanate from a bottomless well.” But it really just reminds of Darth Vader from Star Wars.

The press photos even have the Sound X in this red room of sorts. Screams Sith to me.

Imagine playing the “Imperial Death March” on this thing! Whether you see the resemblance or not, it does kind of look cool.

SEE ALSO: Huawei P40 Series with ‘visionary photography’ now official

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Qualcomm’s new chipset could bring noise-cancellation to budget earbuds

Expect affordable earbuds soon

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Qualcomm unveiled two new Bluetooth audio chipsets intended for use in truly wireless headphones. For the end consumer, this could provide active noise cancellation (ANC), voice assistant support, and more.

It has unveiled two new chipsets — QCC514X (premium tier) and QCC304X (entry-level line). Both shall support Qualcomm’s TrueWireless Mirroring technology that requires connecting via Bluetooth to just one of the earbud. It’s useful as it will allow either earbud to be used alone without interruptions.

The new chipsets will also produce better battery life – offering up to 13 hours of playback based on a 65mAh battery, according to Qualcomm. Usually, active noise cancellation consumes more battery power.

The dedicated noise cancellation hardware integrated into the chipset enables super-low latency leak-through of the outside environment. It enables genuinely natural awareness of the surroundings. It’ll also come handy when you’re onboard a flight or trying to concentrate in an office environment where ambient noise is higher than usual.

The chips also bring voice assistant support with them, but the premium QCC514X features always-on voice support. Meaning you won’t have to manually long-press a button to summon the virtual assistant. With direct support in the entry-level chipset as well, it’ll make this feature more widely available in affordable earbuds as well.

Qualcomm has also promised “premium wireless sound and voice quality.” The smartphone industry started omitting the 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of USB-C or wireless earphones. The wireless options have often been quite expensive, and with wired ones, you either have the opportunity to charge your phone, or listen to music or watch a movie. More affordable options should automatically start solving this dilemma.

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5 reasons why you should stick to wired earphones

You don’t have to give up comfort and familiarity!

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Photo by Daniel Fontenele

The advent of wireless earbuds has become gospel among my friends — techie and geeks alike. It’s like everyone’s preaching about switching to wireless like it’s some mandatory rite of passage for adults who’ve been in the workforce for god knows how long.

Though I have my own pair of wireless earbuds, I still have my trusty wired earphones — one that has a 3.5mm jack for my laptop, and one that comes in USB-C for my phone that has no headphone jack. Even before, wired earphones were my savior — from strangers and familiar people approaching me, to keep me entertained in between idle moments, and for being a companion in trying times.

Just like most people, I’m still having a hard time letting go of wired earphones. People had been asking me to stop using one, but I still stand to a few reasons why it’s perfectly okay to stick to the familiar.

You’re a plug-and-play person

A lot of times, I find myself having trouble with pairing my smartphones to my wireless earbuds. To ensure seamless pairing, you must be using top-of-the-line and/or premium earbuds. Imagine the time you spent trying to connect so you can listen to music when you can just plug your wired earphones to a headphone jack, play your music, and enjoy.

You love the feeling of being connected

I thrive in connections — whether it’s people, conversations, or earphones. I feel most reassured when I know I’m connected, and the tangibility of my earphones’ connection to my smartphone is comforting — especially when I’m commuting. I’ll know right away where my phone is, and having a wired connection makes my loving smartphone safe.

On certain occasions, my smartphone was saved from falling because of my wired earphones. It’s these prevented tragedies that reassure me a tangible connection is still a good choice.

You’re practical about your choices

Let’s admit it: wireless earbuds are expensive. As someone who follows a strict budget, wired earphones are a tad cheaper and is more accessible to most of us. There are plenty of us can’t live without music, and wired earphones sometimes become a necessity to keep us from falling apart in between trying times.

On the other hand, wireless earbuds are considered a luxury — a want, not a need. Imagine losing a pair, or even misplacing it when a pair of wireless earbuds is priced around US$ 100. I don’t have the money to replace it easily even with access to a credit card.

You find comfort in familiarity

Some people aren’t comfortable with change. Most are hesitant, and even resistant to it — even with the advent of functional and bang-for-the-buck wireless earbuds. If you find comfort in familiarity a.k.a. choosing wired earphones because you’ve been using it for a long time, that’s absolutely fine.

You don’t have to change your preferences in life just because someone asked you to do so. Stay unique and love your individuality!

You haven’t felt the urge to switch

Lastly, there comes a time in every modern individual where they need to switch to a wireless lifestyle. It could be for convenience, for more flexibility, or for safety during a commute. Whatever it is, you’ll always feel the urge to switch and when you do, heed the call.

When you feel like you’re being called to the other side, that’s when you take a leap of faith. If you’re still content with using wired earphones, just enjoy it and stop caring what the world thinks. You have your music with you, just keep playing!

SEE ALSO: 6 reasons why you should switch to wireless earbuds

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