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Google Clips captures best moments with machine learning

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The future of photography is here — well, if you consider machine learning capabilities the future.

Google’s newest accessory redefines how you take photos.

Google Clips is a tiny lightweight camera with not a whole lot of things on it; it only has a small protruding lens, shutter button, and clip at the back.

But, do not be fooled by its overly minimal design; this teeny camera is smarter than it looks. So smart, it doesn’t need you to press the shutter button to take photos.

Okay, here’s how it works: Google Clips automatically recognizes moments that would make for great photos by learning the faces of people you’re always with, detecting certain movements, or even just making sure it captures unique pictures and not the same scene over and over again. This means genuine, spontaneous shots of candid moments without even having to press a button — all you need to do is turn the device on and point it at your subjects.

You could still take photos manually with a click of the shutter if you don’t fully trust the machine to do its job.

Google Clips takes 7-second clips and photos that you can download to your phone and choose from. You can either pick out JPEG photos from each clip, make them into a looping video, GIF, or motion photos (Google’s newest Pixel 2 photo format which is reminiscent of the iPhone’s Live photos). Google assures everyone that there are no privacy issues with this device — a light up front blinks when the camera is on record mode and its clips are not recorded with sound. Also, no clips are uploaded to the cloud automatically unless you decide they’re good enough to save on there.

Google Clips has a 130-degree view, 12-megapixel camera, and 8GB of internal storage. As of posting, it’s compatible with the Google Pixels, iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and Samsung Galaxy S7 and S8 with support for more phones coming soon.

This tiny thing will retail for US$ 249 which may seem like a lot for a camera without a viewfinder, but then again, you’re not just buying a device that can take photos; you’re also buying a device that will take photos for you. That being said, a lot is riding on Google Clips’ machine learning capabilities and the camera’s actual performance. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

SEE ALSO: Google Home smart speaker gets Mini and Max versions

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Travelon: Stylish anti-theft bags that look good with your outfits

Keep your gadgets and gizmos safe on every trip

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We’ve all heard the pitch: Travel bags that will protect your valuables, must-haves for any trip that’ll keep your gadgets and documents safe, ultimate strength bags that can’t ever be slashed, and so on…

As a traveler, I care a lot about my stuff’s security. However, I never really bought into the whole travel-safe bag hype for one reason: Most bags I’ve seen which advertised said safety travel features weren’t really good-looking in my eyes. I wanted travel-friendly packs that weren’t only functional, they needed to look good with my travel #OOTDs.

In an almost cosmic coincidence (I say this because I have a bunch of trips lined up), I discovered Travelon.

This brand carries a number of travel bags and lo and behold: I actually liked a lot of the bags on display in their store. This travel bag they sent me home with is one I’m particularly fond of.

Just me enjoying my new cute backpack that no one can ever steal from

The bag comes from Travelon’s tailored collection and comes in five different colors: onyx, sapphire, plumrose, aquamarine, and sable (which we have here). I love how muted this hue is, perfect for more dressed-up looks.

As good as it looks, this bag is also one tough cookie with slash-resistant panels built into it. Just how strong is it? Well, we tried it out and let’s just say shenanigans won’t cut it (literally).

Even its detailed straps are slash-proof so you can be sure they stay on your shoulders.

Unique to Travelon is their locking hardware. Zippers are fitted with clasps that act as an extra precaution. Your bags won’t be opened as easily because of this. You can lock it on either side of the zipper…

… or lock the two handles together.

Inside, your stuff is always organized. You won’t believe the number of pockets this bag has.

There are card compartments, a slot for your passport, even a pen holder, plus another zippered pocket. These compartments also block RFID meaning the information on your passport and credit cards are safe from scammers who will attempt to get your info through a random scan.

More space to carry the handful of review devices I travel with

There’s even a key holder because there’s nothing more infuriating than having to rummage through your bag for your keys.

All these features packed into an unassuming good-looking bag.

This particular bag is priced at US$ 80 which isn’t bad, most anti-theft bags are priced similarly.

And, if you’re going to spend, might as well spend on something that looks good, right?

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This is a notebook that will charge your phone because why not

One good-looking and useful planner!

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The good old notebook is being given an update.

If you’re still sentimental about stationery, or if you’re the pen and paper type of gal and you still can’t shake your organizer habits, this folio might be right up your alley.

The Tesmo notebook is a good-looking journal. The outside is bound by a durable leather material, there are slots for your pen, cards, and notes, plus you can easily refill the pages with standard A5-sized paper. What’s so different about this organizer then?

Place your phone on the notebook and you’ll find out. This organizer doubles as a wireless charger. Basically, it will charge any Qi charging-capable device — that means your iPhone X and most Android flagships — without even plugging in the phone.

With an 8000mAh battery capacity stored away in its cover, this notebook also allows simultaneous charging of up to three devices. It’s equipped with all the ports you’ll ever need: micro-USB, USB-C, and Lightning adapter.

It’s the journal that every career woman needs — well, okay, not exactly need. It would be cool, though. And, it’s honestly one profesh-looking planner. It comes in gray, black, and brown (pictured).

Check out their Kickstarter page here.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 accessories for every mood

Take your pick!

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The Galaxy Note 9 has just been announced and you’re convinced you need one. You’re definitely getting it once they’re available and you can’t be happier. What now?

Well, time for some phone outfits! Er, you know, phone cases. 😅

Thankfully, Samsung has also released a slew of accessories for their newest flagship. Take your pick!

Flashy and sophisticated 

When to use: For days when you’re feeling extra

Samsung’s signature cover has always looked good…

… and now, there’s a Clear View Standing cover for the new Note. It’s so shiny!

You can check notifications on your phone without even opening the cover and control stuff from the side of the case.

In some regions, there’s also a lavender version of this case and it looks as amazing as the rest of these.

By the way, did I mention that these cases also double as stands? Yep, awesome.

A rugged solution

When to use: On hikes, beach trips, or random adventures; or for use when you’re inherently a klutz

Are you all about protecting your phone? Are you just plain clumsy?

This Protective Standing Cover may be for you.

They’ve been tested and given a military rating so this means your precious Note is all protected — believe me, I’ve seen this case smashed in front of my face and it survived. 😅

There’s also a tiny stand, which snaps out easily so it won’t ever break. Perfect for comfortably watching stuff on your phone anytime, anywhere.

Even with the case on, you can still do wireless charging! And, I’m going to say it: Reminiscent of Rimowa luggage solutions, these cases make quite an impression.

Au naturelle with a twist

When to use: On lazy days when you’re keeping it real

This is the Note 9’s “just got out of bed look.”

A barely there case that will make sure your phone is protected.

Simple but detailed

When to use: Everyday office look as part of your power dressing

This good-looking case adds a touch of detail to your wardrobe. It’s all in the texture!

This is Samsung’s LED view cover. Of course, you’ll be able to see notifications through the case.

Not only is it pretty, it’s also pretty functional. There’s a card holder, too.

You can control the phone with shortcuts even without opening the case.

There’s also a violet version available in some regions.

Fun and cutesy

When to use: For everyday gallivanting in the metro; the best accessory for casual #OOTDs

Samsung’s version of the silicone case with a colorful twist — an easy cover that adds protection and character to your phone.

It comes in black, blue, white, and violet.

Classic-looking and comfortable

When to use: You’re feeling timeless

For the leather lovers, Samsung has something for you, too.

Their Leather Wallet Cover is made of genuine Italian calf leather.

It has an inner lining which protects your phone and a useful pocket that keeps cards.

There’s also a red one (in some regions) if you want to sass it up.

Bonus: Since I’m on a roll, I didn’t want to stop at cases. Here are some more Note 9 accessories you might find useful.

Wireless Charging Pad

When to use: You’re living your best life and traveling everywhere

This multi-function charging pad will not only charge your Note 9, it will also power up your Galaxy Watch.

Wireless Charger Duo

When to use: For your everyday life because it’s the most efficient thing

Charge your phone and Galaxy Watch wirelessly, and at the same time!

HDMI to USB-C Cable/Adapter

When to use: You’re doing a presentation at work or Netflix and chilling

No need for docks! Project whatever’s on your Note 9 on a bigger monitor with just a cord.

Enjoy your Note 9! 😉

SEE ALSO: How to be productive with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9

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