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Apple previews upcoming Memoji, Emoji

Keeping up with the times!

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A queen once said, “The English language cannot fully capture the depth and complexity of my thoughts, so I’m incorporating Emoji into my speech to better express myself.

And I couldn’t agree more, thus, Apple giving us a glimpse of the new Memoji and Emoji has us going giddy.

The new Memoji revamped its facial and muscle structures to make it even more expressive. It’s also socially aware, promoting inclusivity and diversity, and upholding the new social standard: wearing face masks.

There are also new hairstyles such as man bun, top knot, and enhancement to fades. You can also show off your style, hobby, or profession through different headwear.

In iOS 14, Apple is also adding more ways to customize your Memoji, with over a trillion possible combinations.

On the other hand, Apple celebrates World Emoji Day by previewing a selection of the new, upcoming emoji. These designs include a bubble tea, pinched fingers, a transgender symbol. More will be available this fall with a free software update for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch.

SEE ALSO: 9 new Memoji stickers and what they mean in the time of coronavirusMemoji makeup tutorial: Patrick Starrr and Desi Perkins show us how to be on fleek

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Nothing launches first product, the ear (1), for only £99

Featuring 34 hours of battery life

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Over the past few months, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei kept teasing his brand-new venture after leaving his previous company behind. The new venture, Nothing, promised interesting and innovative products for the audio segment. Because of the teases, we already know a lot about the company’s first product: the ear (1). Now, it’s time for the main course.

Nothing has officially launched the ear (1) for markets worldwide. As depicted in official product photos, the wearable will feature a semi-transparent chassis and charging case. It will have pressure-relieving vents and customizable silicone ear tips.

Inside, the ear (1) sports a capable 11.6mm driver and will feature Active Noise Cancellation. The Active Noise Cancellation has three different modes depending on the environment you’re in.

Besides the default Transparency mode, Light mode, as the name suggests, is a more moderate form of noise cancellation which lets some noise in. It’s perfect for when you still need to be aware of your surroundings like during commutes. On the other hand, Maximum mode blocks in all noise for when you’re in very busy environments.

For connectivity, it will support Bluetooth 5.2 for seamless connections with your device. It comes with an ear (1) app which includes features like Find My Earbud, an equalizer, and a gesture control menu.

As teased before, the charging case will indeed have 24 hours of battery life (and more). It will supposedly have 34 hours of charge. Each bud will have 5.7 hours of listening time and can charge to full in only ten minutes with the case. The case charges wirelessly and can be charged with any Qi charger.

The ear (1) will retail for GBP 99. A limited drop will open on July 31 through nothing.tech. Official sales will begin on August 17.

SEE ALSO: Carl Pei’s Nothing intends to raise $1.5 million from the community

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realme teases Android’s first magnetic wireless charger

Called the MagDart

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Wireless charging is making a huge push. Last year, Apple resurrected the MagSafe system, opening up the magnetic charging solution for iPhone users. However, If you’re from the other side, you’re likely wondering when Android is getting its first magnetic charger. Well, wait no more. realme has officially teased an upcoming magnetic wireless charger.

Leaked by GSMArena, the company will launch the realme MagDart will work like Apple’s MagSafe charger. However, according to the leaked render, the charger is larger than Apple’s charger.

The report does not spoil the exact hardware inside the charger, though. However, it does indicate that the charging power will be more powerful than 15W of wireless charging. realme also promises that the magnetic charger will be the fastest once it launches soon.

To coincide with the charger’s upcoming release, realme is also launching the first compatible smartphone: the realme Flash. Not much is known about the upcoming phone, but it is touted as “the first Android smartphone” that can support the charging solution.

Besides the charging solution, the company is likely launching a flurry of accessories to go along with the magnetic system. Apple has, of course, used the MagSafe system to add in other accessories for iPhone users.

SEE ALSO: realme Pad renders show-off single rear camera, stylus slot

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Hot deal: Buy a Sony Xperia 1 III, get a Sony WH-1000XM4 for free

Match made in Sony heaven

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Sony Singapore is offering one hot deal. For every purchase of the Sony Xperia 1 III, buyers will get a free Sony WH-1000XM4! Interested buyers can get either the black or the blue colors for the Xperia 1 III. Promo period is from July 26 to August 8, 2021.

The Sony Xperia 1 III retails for SG$ 1899 while the free Sony WH-1000XM4 originally retails for SG$ 599. Buyers can avail of this deal here.

Xperia 1 III

Sony’s 2021 flagship has power packed hardware. It rocks the latest Snapdragon 888 processor with 5G support and Adreno 660 graphics. It also boasts 12GB of RAM and comes in either 256GB or 512GB storage options.

The 4,500mAh battery may sound like it’s a lot, but Sony’s Adaptive Charging technology gives you the best of power and performance. They’re also promising a 3-year longer lifespan battery compared to conventional smartphone batteries.

It also supports Qi wireless charging and has IP65-68 water/dust resistance just like its predecessor.

The main draw is the Xperia 1 III‘s shooting capabilities. It has triple 12-megapixel cameras for its wide (f/1.7), ultra-wide (f/2.2), and telephoto (f/2.3-2.8) lenses, plus an extra 3D iToF Sensor. But another first in this list is Sony’s variable telephoto lens that supports 70-105mm focal length (equivalent to 2.9x and 4.4x zoom) that can zoom up to 300mm (12.5x) digitally.

Other than that, it’s also the world’s first smartphone that’s capable of shooting 20fps burst mode and has the new Real-time Tracking technology that can focus on moving subjects while shooting.

Sony WH-1000XM4

The Sony WH-1000XM4 is the latest iteration of its over-ear wireless headphones. It’s every bit as good as its predecessor with additional features like Multiple Device Pairing as well as Edge-AI and DSEE Extreme which more accurately rebuilds audio lost during digital compression for a full fidelity experience.

In our co-op review, we called it “The best choice as the premium, everyday headphones. It’s the perfect travel companion — that is, for when we can all actually travel again.”

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