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HomePod mini is a bite-sized smart speaker for your home

Launches along with the iPhone 12

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Besides the much-awaited iPhone 12 series, Apple also complemented its home ecosystem during today’s online event. The company’s biggest addition (and the show’s opener) is the new HomePod mini. Touting a smaller frame, the new HomePod mini is a bite-sized smart speaker for your home.

Complementing the HomePod family, the recently announced HomePod mini stands at just 3.3 inches tall. As you’d expect, the new smart speaker integrates with Apple Music to fulfill the “speaker” side of “smart speaker.”

The speaker sports the Apple S5 chip, an audio processor that detects and optimizes performance based on the music played. Owing to its engineering, the HomePod mini also directs sound effectively into a 360-degree experience. A three-microphone array can listen for the “Hey, Siri” trigger from anywhere in a room.

Speaking of Siri, the new speaker comes with all the functionalities of Apple’s voice assistant. It can integrate seamlessly with other devices in Apple’s ecosystem, including iPhones, Macs, and Apple TVs.

For new functionalities, the HomePod mini comes with a new Intercom feature. Users can send audio messages from one HomePod to another in one household. The feature also works with iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, AirPods, and CarPlay.

After some recent controversies, Apple is now assuring users that the HomePod mini will not record or ship any conversations without the user’s permission.

The HomePod mini will ship in either black or white. It retails for only US$ 99.

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JMGO launches O1 and O1 Pro ultra-short throw projectors

Looks great in any room

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Besides the marvelous technology inside, another important feature that users desire from projectors is the ability to blend seamlessly into the background. It’s still a struggle because of how the entertainment device usually looks and sounds. JMGO wants to address that struggle with its recently launched JMGO O1 and JMGO O1 Pro ultra-short throw projector series.

First of all, the series boasts a minimalist industrial design meant to fit in any environment. Encased in a sleek silver chassis, the O1 and the O1 Pro can sit atop any surface or tabletop.

As the name suggests, the ultra-short throw projector series can project images from an incredibly short distance. The JMGO O1 can throw 60- to 100-inch 4K images from just 10 inches away from the screen. Meanwhile, the JMGO O1 Pro can project 70- to 110-inch images from just 9 inches away. The premium model was co-engineered with Leica, resulting in more crystal-clear images.

Additionally, both models in the series have image correction features, an anti-glare system, an automatic low blue light filter, and Alexa. Both come installed with JMGO’s 24/7 Companion Mode OS, which adds a dashboard and more apps for the devices. The O1 Pro also has two AI cameras and front gesture controls.

The O1 will start shipping in August for US$ 699. The O1 Pro will start shipping in September for US$ 859. Both are available through Indiegogo.

SEE ALSO: Epson introduces EpiqVision Mini EF-12, EF-11 laser projector TVs

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Samsung The Frame Review: Stunning!

✨ Aesthetic TVs for your living room ✨

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It was a little too long ago when Samsung announced its first sets of TVs along with a lot of framed artworks in a museum in Paris.

Four years after that special launch, Samsung is proud with the current lineup of The Frame. But with other cheaper options such as Samsung’s new 4K QLED TV line and other models from various TV brands, is Samsung’s The Frame worth the extra money?

Watch our Samsung The Frame Review now if you’re curious to find out.

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Hot & Straight: Garment steamers to keep your clothes wrinkle-free

For your delicate dresses and suits

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Not everyone is blessed to have a Samsung Airdresser or LG Styler at home. Both of which are cabinets that clean, deodorize, and straighten your well-loved clothes. Especially for delicate fabrics such as silk and satin, and even the likes of your dresses and suits. For these, we turn to garment streamers.

A clothes iron isn’t generally a bad idea, but there’s a little chance of burning your soft fabric when you use a garment steamer. And it’s perfect for when you’re prepping for an event. Straighten out those sleeves, pleats, and ruffles — and look prim and proper with wrinkle-free clothes.

Xiaomi Zanjia GT-301W

Xiaomi surely makes clean-looking small appliances. The Zanjia GT-301W is a minimalist, lightweight, and portable garment steamer that’s perfect for your white and neat aesthetic.

Garment steamer

You can hold it with just one hand, and despite the small size, it blasts 1200W of powerful steam — effectively removing wrinkles on your clothes.

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Midea Handheld Steam Ironing Machine

Known as a household brand, Midea took it up a notch by producing a portable yet elegant-looking garment steamer. This garment steamer can be folded easily so you can look posh while you take care of your clothes during your travels.

Garment steamer

It also packs so much steam power with steam volume up to 22g/min, making it easier to iron out creases swiftly.

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Philips STH3010/70

Surely a trusted brand, Philips also has a candidate in the steamer category. The STH3010/70 makes for a well-rounded garment steamer — compact, portable, blasts 1000W of steam power and steam volume of up to 20g/min.

But more importantly, it boots up quickly and the steam plate can be safely pressed across all kinds of ironable fabrics — bedsheet and curtains included.

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Dowell CSH-35 Fabricare Lite

Looks may not be its strongest suit, but the Dowell CSH-35 Fabricare Lite puts a strong focus on functionality. It has a large capacity for a travel steamer — sporting a 280ml removable water tank and 1500W of power.

It’s also easy to operate with its single button, it comes with two levels of steam settings, and takes care of your clothes with its three layers of Fabricare technology. Certainly, it removes creases, sanitizes, and refreshes all your fabrics.

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Tefal Access Steam + Handheld Garment Steamer DT8100

Stay wrinkle-free with Tefal’s garment steamer in a short amount of time, thanks to its ultra-fast and efficient setup. It packs 1600W of steam power and releases a steam flow of up to 26g/min.

It’s perfect for last-minute steaming at home and it allows you to move conveniently with its 3 meters cord, so you’re not limited to steaming in one corner.

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