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Apple files patent for a stylus that can write on thin air

Can also write on any surface

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Apple’s iPad-exclusive stylus, the Pencil, started off the company’s war against traditional pen and paper. With a new patent, Apple might be on the brink of unleashing a new war. This time, it’s on flat surfaces.

Last month, Apple revealed a patent that they filed in July last year. The patent details an “electronic input device on non-electronic surfaces.” Put simply, it’s a new Pencil that takes the stylus away from usual touchscreen surfaces.

Just with the ability to write on non-electronic surfaces, this version of the Pencil eliminates the exclusivity on the iPad Pro. If Apple develops the patent, the new Pencil will write on practically any flat surface and with any device. Drawings on the patent even detail uses with MacBooks, iPads, iPods, and Apple Watches.

More importantly, the patent also claims the ability to write without a surface. Reminiscent of 3D printing pens, the Pencil design can draw 2D and 3D figures in midair. It plans to use “a motion and orientation sensor, a camera, or an electromagnetic- or sound-based triangulation scheme” to track 3D movement. The design will likely use sensors in both the stylus and the device.

More sketches on the patent show that the pen can create doodles, text, and 3D figures in thin air.

Source: WIPO

Since it’s still a patent, not much is known about the planned 3D pen. In fact, we don’t even know how far along Apple is in its development (if they’ve even decided to develop it, that is).

Since the Apple Pencil, styluses have fallen from widespread popularity. Currently, only Samsung’s S Pen and third-party pens join the Pencil atop the stylus food chain.

SEE ALSO: Apple recalls some iPhone 7 smartphones

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Insta360 Nano S hands-on: What’s new?

An improved 360 camera!

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Last year, I first tried out the plug-and-play Insta360 Nano and I was introduced to the world of 360 videos. Boy, did I have fun with it. From 360-degree Facebook Live shows to cute tiny planet videos, there were a lot of media possibilities. And, it didn’t stop there. Later on in the year, the Insta360 ONE was released and it was a 360 camera game-changer with 4K video capabilities and standalone recording functions.

This year’s release is the Insta360 Nano S: An updated version of that first camera with the best qualities of the second.

It looks and feels like the Insta360 Nano. It’s almost identical and it still connects via Lightning port to your iPhone. But, it can do a lot more.

Unlike the Insta360 Nano, this camera can work without being plugged to a phone since it has a microSD slot.

This thing has two 20-megapixel fisheye cameras that are capable of shooting 4K 360-degree videos or 20-megapixel photos.

Basically, it can take cool shots like this:

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It’s the multiple export modes, though, that makes the Nano S more fun. You can save photos and videos using the different MultiView modes to get different perspectives. I’m not just talking about 360 videos, either. This option below gives you both front and back views simultaneously.

This one gives you three different perspectives all at the same time because why not!

The tiny earth effect, a classic Insta360 favorite, is still available as one of the export modes.

Think of all the great things you can capture!

Of course, this camera comes with FreeCapture capabilities first introduced to us on the Insta360 ONE. This just means that you can edit the 360-degree video you’ve already shot and export it as a normal video. The best part? You can choose what specific POV you’d want on that 2D video as the Insta360 app allows you to pick out scenes and edit to your liking. There’s also real-time stabilization for smoother video, which is always a great thing.

The Nano S combines the best that Insta360 has to offer. If you’re interested in getting yourself a 360 camera, this might be worth looking into.

Tough luck if you aren’t an iPhone user, however. Although the company has announced that an Android version may be coming, there isn’t any concrete news on this yet. The Insta360 Nano S retails for US$ 239.

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OnePlus Bullets Wireless earphones fix common wireless earphones issues

Magnetic and wonderful!

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OnePlus’ launch event in London may have been mostly about its latest flagship smartphone, but the company’s new wireless earphones are making a splash, as well.

The Bullets Wireless are out to solve the issues commonly found in most wireless earphones, in hopes that consumers will finally consider going fully cordless.

Besides the usual features one would boast about audio products — including high-quality sounds and an excellent fit — the Bullets Wireless have a cool function you’ll love: a magnetic touch for turning it on and off.

When joined together, the buds are turned off; split them apart, and they’re ready for pairing and your music. Super convenient, and makes me want a pair even more!

Speaking of convenience, there’s fast charging, too. With only 10 minutes of charging, you can supposedly get five hours’ worth of usage time. And this works through USB-C, so it’ll work with your current smartphone charger — most likely.

The best part: It won’t cost an arm and leg. Beginning June 5, you can purchase the Bullets Wireless for GBP 69 in the UK, EUR 69 in other parts of Europe, and US$ 69 in the US.

OnePlus claims that they’ve been working on prototypes for years, but were never really satisfied until now. We’re certainly optimistic about its place in the audio space.

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Ciel by Cyrill Samsung Galaxy S9 cases: Cute and colorful

Looking for a sleek Galaxy S9 case?

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Almost halfway through 2018, the Samsung Galaxy S9 still remains to be, in my book, one of the better-looking phones for this year. As sleek as it looks though, it’s still pretty slippery and that Infinity Display is something people with buttery fingers, like me, should be careful with.

The solution? Find yourself cases to protect your pretty phone! Sure, it’s a shame to cover up all that beauty, but if your cases are good-looking, too, then problem solved.

These cases from the Ciel by Cyrill line sent to us by Spigen were perfect for the job.

First up, this Collette Silver Glitter case for the S9 and S9+. Aside from being sparkly and cute, this dual-layered jelly case is really protective. The material looks thick and sturdy, and very good in my hands. 😉

The Claire Baby Pink case comes in a very pretty hue. The two-tone case has matching accents.

The three-piece set will fit your S9 snugly. The pink plastic layer adds protection to your device and gives it a stylish touch.


If this rosy color is not your thing, the Claire case also comes in a pretty powder blue. There are also other designs available — different glitter colors, marble, floral, plaid, etc — from the same line.

I’m definitely happy that this year, the S9 came in a beautiful lavender, aside from the normal black and blue handsets. But, the thing is, you’re not really limited to those colors if you have a great case.

You can buy these cases here.

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