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Purikura challenge with the Canon Mini Photo Printer

Edit and print straight from your smartphone!

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I have recently been introduced to the art of Purikura by my good friend Japanese tech journalist Ayano Tominaga. In my last trip to Japan, she led me through an arcade to a photo booth that not only took cute photos of us, it also allowed us to edit and even add cute stickers to our shots. The resulting prints are as follow:

If you’re going to say something bad about the exaggerated face edits, I’m going to stop you right there. It’s part of the fun and if you don’t like it, don’t add it on when you take your own photos.

Because I had so much fun with the edits and printouts, I decided I’d try my hand at DIY Purikura. My weapon of choice? Canon’s new mini printer.

This pocket-sized printer is light and small enough to be in your purse, you know, in case you have a printing emergency or ever feel compelled to print something off your phone right then and there.

Canon Mini Photo Printer with cat for scale

It prints on Zinc paper that goes inside the printer. Canon’s printing paper also doubles as stickers which means you can stick the fun everywhere!

It works in tandem with your smartphone and the Canon Mini Print app. You can print not only photos from your camera roll, you can also get images straight from Facebook, Instagram, or Dropbox (without having to even download first).

Now on to the fun part! You can edit your photos with photo filters, funny face filters, and even add frames. There are a number of cute stickers to choose from and you can even scribble on your photo or add text.

If you want to showcase more than one photo, you can set it to collage mode where you can lay out as many as nine photos.

The app is pretty straightforward and simple to navigate. Admittedly, I took way more time working on this photo than I should have — time flies when you’re having fun! ๐Ÿ˜…

Without further ado, my final product:

All that’s left to do now is print the photo! Although, you can also just save your masterpiece to the camera roll if you aren’t so sure you want to immortalize your artwork just yet.

Because this is a new printer (which I’m using for the first time), I was prompted to connect my phone and the device via Bluetooth. The process was seamless and it only took a few seconds.

Hit print photo and you’re done!

I think I did pretty well, all things considered. Here’s a quick side by side.

All in all, the Canon Mini Photo Printer proved a worthy adversary. Of course, Purikura machines are still a whole different experience but this is a very good substitute to the cute printouts if you’re nowhere near Japan and are aching for these cute novelty photos.

The fun photo experience will cost you, though. The Canon Mini Photo Printer retails for PhP 9,900 in the Philippines and a pack of photo paper with 20 pieces will set you back PhP 550.

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Redmi Earbuds S are the most affordable TWS offering

The price is unbelievable

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In India, Xiaomi’s Redmi division looks after the affordable segment while Mi-branded products are for the premium segment. On the side, POCO is now an independent brand. Continuing with the new strategy, Redmi today announced the launch of their new TWS earbuds, the Redmi Earbuds S.

Just a couple of weeks ago, the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 were announced in the country but they are far from affordable. To bridge this gap, the Redmi Earbuds S has been unveiled. It’s worth noting that they are the same as the Redmi AirDots S, which were launched in China earlier.

The Earbuds have 7.2mm drivers and are IPX4-rated for water resistance. The individual buds weigh only about 4.5g each. The company’s marketing has focused on how good their bass is, but we’ll be able to confirm that in our review later.

For connectivity, it leverages SBC codec, a commonly used protocol via Bluetooth. However, a low-latency mode has also been added to aide gaming. The earbuds are said to deliver four hours of playback on a single charge and the case can extend this to 12 hours.

The Earbuds S also has a physical button on either side to control media playback or skip tracks. The gaming mode can be triggered by pressing the function key thrice.

The Redmi Earbuds S will cost INR 1,799 (US$ 23) and will go on sale starting May 27 via Mi.com and Amazon.

These earbuds are an entry-level option for someone who’s looking for a pair of TWS earbuds. Instead of rich features, the point of this product is to offer an affordable option to the end-user.

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Apple moving its AirPods assembly line to Vietnam

iPhone production is next in line

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Apple has started shifting its iPhone production line to India but it doesn’t end there. With the ongoing trade war between China and the US, more companies are slowly finding alternatives — such is the case with Apple moving AirPods assembly to Vietnam.

Asia Nikkei‘s report indicated that Apple has already done production trials of the AirPods line in Vietnam last year. Just this month, numerous buyers (including a MacForums user) have pointed out the sudden change. The ‘Assembled in Vietnam’ engraving at the back of the AirPods Pro is prominent since loyal users know that Apple products are assembled in China.

A Reddit user initially shared his concern about the product’s authenticity, even before the mentioned tweet started gaining attention.

It says mine are made in Vietnam but all other ones say China ? Should I be worried or it has nothing to do with it?? from r/AirpodsPro

Even a staff from The Verge shared a photo of her recently bought AirPods Pro with the same engraving.

Photo by Kara Verlaney (The Verge)

A follow-up report stated that the mass production of the new AirPods units took place in Vietnam last March. Despite the pandemic, they were able to secure permits from Vietnamese officials to bring in engineers for better and smoother production.

Some of the old EarPods were also assembled in Vietnam, which means the country isn’t exactly new to assembling Apple’s audio accessories. Even Apple’s long-awaited AirPods Studio might be produced there as well.

A recently-published article by DigiTimes states that other than India, they’re also moving the iPhone production line to Vietnam. It makes sense considering Foxconn has already built factories in the northern province of Bac Giang.

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OnePlus TWS earbuds could look like the AirPods

Why are we not surprised?

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Apple was the first company to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack in iPhone 7 and release a wireless solution, the AirPods. Now, every phone maker wants a piece of the pie, and now a OnePlus TWS is coming our way as well.

Reliable leakster Max J. has revealed an illustration of the upcoming OnePlus truly wireless earbuds and they look eerily similar to the Apple AirPods. The signature in-ear design without rubber tips is considered to be Apple’s design language and many makers have tried to replicate it.

Realme launched the Buds Air this year and they look exactly like the AirPods. Even the charging case is a lookalike. Even the OPPO Enco Free wireless earbuds have a cop-cat design and are indistinguishable.

 

On the other hand, Xiaomi unveiled the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 and they have an entirely different design. The brand seems to have focused more on functionality than looks.

OnePlus has already released wireless earphones in the past, but they haven’t been truly wireless. The OnePlus Bullets Wireless and Bullets Wireless 2 had their own design language and were built to offer a premium experience. Along with the OnePlus 8 series, the company announced an affordable version called the Bullets Z.

Rumors suggest OnePlus could launch a midrange phone dubbed the OnePlus Z or OnePlus 8 Lite in July. These earbuds are expected to launch alongside the phone.

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