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7 apps and gadgets perfect for long-distance relationships

Love knows no distance with these!

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Being in a long distance relationship isn’t easy — I’d know, I’m actually in one. But, despite the miles, the time difference, and the long stretches of time apart, you make it work if you think the relationship is worth it.

Now, before I turn into a big cheeseball professing my undying commitment to my LDR, let me share a big tip: Utilize technology! These days, there are so many apps and gadgets that can help make your love felt, no matter how far away you are.

Dreamdays app

Counting down the days to a date, an anniversary, or even your next trip together can be tough, exciting, and excruciating at the same time. Especially when you’re in an LDR, it takes a big amount of patience. This app allows for a more interactive way of going through the days and hyping up your next meeting!

Download it on Android or iOS.

HEY bracelet

With this bracelet, there is no need to hunger for your lover’s touch on days you two are apart. The HEY Bracelet sends “real human touch” to the other person in spite of the distance between them. Using haptic technology, the matching bracelets mean you can squeeze your boyfriend’s hand wherever both of you are in the world.

Rabbit

“Wouldn’t it be nice if there’s an app that would let us watch our shows together, even when we’re apart?” asked my boyfriend before I left for another stretch of a few months apart. The good news is, that app already exists. Rabbit allows you to watch your favorite shows at the same time, no matter how far apart you are.

Download it on Android or iOS.

Pillow Talk

Because cuddling is everything and it’s also one of the biggest things people in LDRs miss out on! Pillow Talk is a bracelet and speaker combo that will allow you to hear your boyfriends heartbeat in real time, and vice versa. The bracelet tracks and sends your heartbeat to the tiny speaker that can be placed under a pillow. All of a sudden, it’s as if you’re on your lover’s chest falling asleep.

LokLok app

Originally, people in LDRs don’t have the luxury of leaving each other cute notes every day. LokLok is an app that changes that. It allows people to share a phone lock screen that one can doodle on and the other will be able to see it on their own phone. Imagine all the love notes you can send your partner!

Download for Android.

HB ring

 

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This ring will literally remind you of your significant other by showing you their actual, real-time heartbeat. The HB ring is the best type of personalized jewelry and it will definitely keep your heart closer to your loved one.

LoveNuts

Distance can’t and shouldn’t stop couples from all the fun and lovin’ to be had! LoveNuts is a connected vibrator which allows your partner, no matter how far he is, to remotely control the device. That’s what I call real long-distance relations. 😉

Read more: LoveNuts hands-on: Feeling the vibe!

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Sony’s WF-H800 h.ear in TWS headphones offer rich sound

Available in five colors

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Already a leader in noise-cancelling headphones, Sony is offering something a little different in the true wireless headpones department — the Sony WF-H800 h.ear in headphones.

One of the first easily noticeable things is how the WF-H800 is available in five colors: red, orange, green, blue, and black.

Noticeably missing is the active noise-cancellation feature. However, it makes up for it with other Sony staple-features, primarily the 360 reality audio. The effect of which can only be truly felt once you experience it for yourself.

It also has a 6mm dynamic driver to deliver a wide range of audio frequencies as well as a feature Sony calls DSEE HX or Digital Sound Enhancement Engine. This tech restores the high-range sound that’s lost in compression. It reproduces digital music files with rich, natural sound.

It’s also lightweight and designed to fit your ears perfectly. The WF-H800 promises up to eight hours of music playback plus another eight hours with the carrying case giving you a total of 16 hours. Additionally, 10 minutes of charge time will give you up to 70 minutes of listening time.

Just like other Sony headphones, these are compatible with both Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa.

Price and availability

The Sony WF-H800 will be available at selected Sony Stores, Sony Centers, Sony authorized dealers and the official Sony store on Lazada from March 202. It will retail for SG$ 299.

SEE ALSO: Sony WF-1000XM3 review: Masterclass in noise cancellation

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Samsung Galaxy Buds+ levels up battery, sound quality

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With the the headphone port nowhere to be found on the Galaxy S20 series comes a pair of improved true wireless earbuds — the Samsung Galaxy Buds+.

It’s a step up from last year’s Galaxy Buds. While last year’s version promised 6 hours of listening time, the Galaxy Buds+ takes it up to 11 hours on a single charge. You also get another 11 hours with the charging case.

In terms of sound quality, these are still tuned by AKG. It employs 2-way dynamic speakers and 3 mics to deliver better sound and voice quality

Inside the box you’ll also find a variety of wing and ear tips so you get the fit and comfort that’s made just for you.

It doesn’t have the noise-cancelling chip that you’ll find on the true wireless earbuds offered by Sony, Apple, and Huawei. Its approach to noise-cancelling has to do more with its physical design and rather than a tiny chip.

Speaking of its design, it retains the form factor of the original Galaxy Buds — which is great since it doesn’t look anything like the AirPods which many other manufacturers have taken a cue from. Speaking of Apple, if you’re not a fan of the AirPods’ design, you’ll be happy to know that the Galaxy Buds+, along with its companion app, will be compatible with iOS devices.

Availability

The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ will be available in Cosmic Black, White, Red, and Cloud Blue, starting February 14, 2020 on Samsung.com, followed by major mobile carriers and retailers on March 6, 2020 and will retail for US$ 149.

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Samsung Galaxy Buds+ price and availability in the Philippines

A minor improvement

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True wireless (TWS) earbuds are popping up one after the other. Samsung’s latest — the Galaxy Buds+ — is also making its way to the Philippines.

The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ improves upon the battery life of its predecessor promising up to 11 hours of listening time in a single charge. You also get another 11 hours thanks  to the charging case.

Its approach to noise cancellation has to do more with its 2-dynamic speaker and physical design which means this may not be in direct competition with the likes of the AirPods Pro, Huawei Freebuds 3, and Sony WF-1000XM3.

It maintains the same design as its predecessor — a welcome look in the sea of TWS earbuds that all look like AirPods. If you use an iPhone but are not fans of the AirPods’ design, you’ll be happy to know that the Galaxy Buds+ will also be compatible with iOS devices.

Price and availabilty

The Galaxy Buds+ will be available starting March 6, 2020. It will retail for PhP 6,990.

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