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Apple refreshes its three-year-old iPod Touch

iPod Touch outside, iPhone 7 inside

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Apple resurrecting a dying device isn’t something new; they did it first with the iPhone SE. Fast forward to 2019, a rumor suddenly broke out about the “rebirth” of Apple’s iPod Touch. Well, it finally came true, but not to get you overhyped, the appearance still looks the same as the iPod Touch from three years ago — no Face ID functionality and notch, not even Touch ID in sight.

We cannot deny that the iPod Touch got successful over the years; people bought it even if it didn’t have cellular connectivity at all. Today, as smartphones become cheaper and more powerful, the music player has less of a place in this world when smartphones can already handle all of its features.

It still comes in handy if you want a small yet powerful iOS device that doesn’t have cellular power. The A10 Fusion chipset powers the device, which still runs on most three-year-old iPhone 7 series. No doubt, games will still run smoothly on the old Apple chipset.

Augmented reality (AR) will work on this device, unleashing the full AR potential in web, education, and even gaming. Group FaceTime is also available — a feature you cannot get on certain aging iPhones such as the 4.5-year-old iPhone 6 Plus. Unfortunately, there are no reports about the rear camera specifications.

The newest iPod Touch has six finishes: space gray, white, gold, blue, pink, and PRODUCT(RED). Its pricing starts at US$ 199 for the 32GB version, US$ 299 for the 128GB variant, and a whopping US$ 399 for the 256GB model.

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Razer launched a heat-resistant, antibacterial Note 20 case

Available in the usual black and green

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Earlier today, Samsung launched the much-awaited Galaxy Note 20 series. The premium flagship lineup promises more of what made the series so successful plus a few new features. Naturally, the Galaxy Note 20 series costs a pretty penny. If you’re getting the new smartphone, you’ll want protection for your investment. Going along with the exciting gallery of stylish accessories, Razer launched a heat-resistant, antibacterial case for the Note 20 series.

As part of the Arctech Pro series, Razer is bundling the Note 20’s case with a series of impressive features. The case comes with Thermaphene Cooling Technology, which uses a thermally conductive layer to spread trapped heat equally. Though also a productivity pusher, the Note 20 series sports the Snapdragon 865+ (or the Exynos 990), making it a perfect device for intense mobile gaming. Razer does have rationale in putting a gaming-centric feature on its case. Speaking of gaming, the case also has stronger and more comfortable side panels for horizontal orientations.

Especially with today’s world, the Archtech Pro case also comes with anti-bacterial coating which “prevents the growth of bacteria.” Though it might not prevent the coronavirus from landing on your phone, the case will prevent your phone from becoming a cesspool of wayward bacteria.

Another advertised feature is 5G compatibility. Supposedly, the case will work seamlessly according to the phone’s 5G antenna, allowing easy connectivity once that particular technology becomes available.

As you might expect, the Razer Arctech Pro comes in only one flavor: the iconic black and green. The case is available for both the Note 20 and the Note 20 Ultra. Both will cost US$ 44.99.

SEE ALSO: Razer is developing face mask vending machines

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Samsung’s Note 20 accessories look fabulously polished

Sustainable, stylish protection

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Samsung’s newest Galaxy Note 20 series may look glamorous without a case, but having a stylish case is worth considering when you have an expensive phone.

Luckily, the South Korean company released fabulous phone cases to protect the Galaxy Note 20 while looking good. There’s the Kvadrat cover, a case familiar to most Samsung users and loyalists following the annual Unpacked event.

In case you’re just discovering Kvadrat, it’s a Danish textile company taking inspirations from its Scandinavian roots. The company produces a sustainable textile called Revive, made from post-consumer recycled polyester like plastic bottles.

Samsung and Kvadrat’s collaboration aims to reduce the environmental impact of production and plastic waste.

Even though it looks thin and stylish, the Kvadrat Cover complements the Note 20 series’ striking shape while staying durable — protecting your phone from accidental drops and damage. It comes in Red and Gray.


Samsung’s usual Clear View and LED View cover are still part of the Note 20 series’s lineup of accessories. It comes in Gray and Samsung’s most appreciated color this year and a step-up of the previous Rose Gold — Copper.

Price and availability are yet to be announced and may vary per region. This page will be updated accordingly.

WATCH our Galaxy Note 20 Series video

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Samsung Galaxy Buds Live now official, has ANC

Building on previous Galaxy Buds

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Galaxy Buds Live

It took them three tries but Samsung finally offers TWS earphones with ANC or active noise cancellation with the new Samsung Galaxy Buds Live. 

Unlike most TWS earphones churned out by other brands, the Galaxy Buds has veered away from the AirPods design. Samsung says this is not only for a distinct look but also for a comfortable fit.

As usual with Galaxy audio devices, the Buds Live is tuned by AKG. It has a larger 12mm speaker compared to the Galaxy Buds+ and also has a bass duct for a deep and rich sound.

It has three microphones with Voice Pickup Unit so the person on the other line hears you loud and clear during calls.

Lastly, the Buds Live has an open type Active Noise Cancellation feature. This makes sure you’re isolated from the sound of your surroundings and are immersed in whatever it is you’re listening to.

Pricing and availability 

In the US, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live will be available starting August 6 for US$ 169.99, and will come in Mystic Bronze, Mystic White, and Mystic Black. It will be available at Samsung.com, as well as major retailers and carriers.

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