Google launches its first smartwatch, the Pixel Watch

Your next Fitbit alternative



Pixel Watch

So, the rumors were true. Recently, the then-unannounced Pixel Watch showed up in a Chicago restaurant. The mysterious device turned a lot of heads especially since Google hasn’t officially entered the smartwatch industry yet, outside of purchasing Fitbit. Now, it’s time to lay the rumors to rest. During the latest Google I/O, Google has officially launched the Pixel Watch.

If you’ve seen the left-behind wearable, then you know what the official device looks like. The Pixel Watch is a circular timepiece with a crown that sits comfortably on your wrist. However, though the crown should see some use, the spotlight is on the device’s software.

The watch comes with Wear OS by Google, packing a lot of Google features — like Google Assistant, Maps, and Wallet — into its lithe frame. Plus, it’s not the Wear OS you know, either. Google has refreshed the software’s interface, making it easier to read and glance at.

If you’re more familiar with Fitbit, the Pixel Watch will remain compatible with Fitbit’s software. You can still use your Fitbit account to keep track of your fitness goals, including heart rate, active zone minutes, and sleep quality.

The smartwatch also comes in a 4G LTE variant. You can leave your phone behind while you go on a run.


Louis Vuitton Horizon Light Up Earphones Unboxing

More expensive than your iPhone 14 Pro Max



How much should you pay for a good pair of wireless earbuds?

Michael Josh personally thinks it shouldn’t be more than $300.

However, this one from Louis Vuitton costs 5x more.

It’s even more expensive than an iPhone 14 Pro Max!

But is it even worth every penny?

Here’s our unboxing of the very expensive Louis Vuitton Horizon Light Up earphones!

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OnePlus Buds Pro 2 review: Alert the Armory

Sound the alarm



OnePlus Buds Pro 2

Put everyone on notice. The OnePlus Buds Pro 2 might just be the best true wireless earbuds that OnePlus has to offer. And it has a legitimate claim to being one of the best at its price point. 

To put things into perspective, the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 currently retails for PhP 9,990 / US$ 179. That’s a fraction of the price of more mainstream options like the AirPods Pro and Sony WF-1000XM4. The aforementioned devices both hover around US$ 200. 

At a lower price you’re getting Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), Dual Drivers, a promise of up to 39 hours of playback, Hi-Res audio, fast charging, and something rarely found at this price point – Spatial Audio. 

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves, let’s take a quick look at the packaging and design first.

“Dim the Headlights” (Unboxing and Design)

It starts with a stare. We’re both well aware. You’re pulling closer. Pulling me in. 


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Quick notes from the unboxing: 

The box still has OnePlus’ signature red. The OnePlus Buds Pro 2 opens like a clamshell. Most other earbuds have a vertical orientation that opens from the top with the stems magnetically sliding into a couple of slots. Only real advantage is that it’s easier to put down on a table or on your palm without it feeling wobbly. That’s great for not losing your earbuds or its case. 

OnePlus Buds Pro 2

Controlling the device is also pretty straightforward. You only need to pinch the stem. Once to play/pause, twice to play the next track, thrice to go back to the start of the current track or go back to the last track.

If you pinch and hold, you cycle through the ANC settings. That’s ANC to shut everyone out, Ambient, to hear what’s going on in your surroundings, and Zen to play relaxing audio that’s stored on the earbuds itself. 

Nope, there are no volume controls. Perhaps that’s the biggest bummer on this pair of earbuds. 

“A Method to Chaos” (Audio Features)

Voices aren’t loud enough. You’re tuning your ears, while waiting for something to hear.”

OnePlus Buds Pro 2

Perhaps the primary reason anyone splurges at all for earbuds is the Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) feature. ANC is implemented a little differently by each manufacturer and has varying degrees of success depending on the price point. 

The best ones use both hardware and software to achieve a credible ANC. The OnePlus Buds Pro 2 does something similar. It promises to shut out up to 48dB of noise, provided you do the whole ear scan thing they have going on.

The ear scanning thing isn’t new at all. If you’ve owned any pair of smart earbuds, many manufacturers do this to help tune the device optimally for your pair of ears. If the more premium earbuds are a 9-10/10 on ANC, I’d say the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 are a solid 7-8/10. Not the best, but not a pushover either. It does enough to drown out sounds, especially when music is blasting. It just doesn’t achieve the same level of quiet when no music is playing. But that’s to be expected for something that’s relatively cheaper. 

OnePlus Buds Pro 2

Spatial Audio is a nice little addition. But the feature on the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 specifically only works on Android 13 phones on YouTube and Disney+. Might seem limited but it’s there and offers a different audio experience. Spatial Audio still feels a little gimmick but it tickles your ears just enough to make it interesting. 

My favorite feature, however, is the support for Hi-Res audio. Specifically, the LHDC 4.05 codec which is the best you can get when streaming via Bluetooth. OnePlus also promised an update to support  LHDC 5.0. 

But I have a rather peculiar experience with Hi-Res audio.

“Evidence” (Pairing on OnePlus vs iPhone)

Caught you in the arms of another. I’ve been dying everyday since then.

OnePlus Buds Pro 2

I used the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 on both the OnePlus 11 and the iPhone 14 Pro Max. For some reason, the audio comes out better when paired on the iPhone 14 Pro Max. And this is across many apps: Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, Netflix, and more. 

I personally can’t give an explanation why. But this happened even after I did the whole audio personalization thing by OnePlus. 

But I’m skipping ahead again. Pairing is naturally faster between OnePlus devices. You get the fast pair option that shows up without diving into the settings. And when the OnePlus devices are paired, you don’t need a separate app to access the more granular settings. That includes EQ, Game Mode, Dual Connection, and more. 

OnePlus Buds Pro 2


When pairing with an iPhone 14 Pro Max, you have to go into the device’s settings first. And to access EQ, Game Mode, and other settings, you need to download the HeyMelody app.

Seems odd but that’s how it is. Also, with the iPhone 14 Pro Max, you don’t have access to the Spatial Audio settings. 

But like mentioned earlier, Spatial is a nifty trick but one that I don’t think is made for more daily listening. For that purpose, I value the support for Hi-Res audio more. Which, in this case works so well on Apple Music played with an iPhone paired with the OnePlus Buds Pro 2. 

It’s an unlikely combo but it works and one that I’ve been rocking with for the most part of my time with OnePlus’ earbuds. 

Is this your GadgetMatch? 

The OnePlus Buds Pro 2 has cemented its place as my primary in-ear earbuds, relegating my Freebuds Pro 2 as backup (Sorry, Huawei). Personally, it’s the Hi-Res audio that really does it for me. Listening to my favorite tracks, whether that’s rocking out to UrbanDub, dancing to TWICE, or just chilling to my favorite K-RnB titles, it felt like experiencing the music again. 

As for the other features, they’re what you can expect from earbuds at this price point. The ANC isn’t perfect but it’s more than good enough. The battery life hovers around the 39-hours advertised. Naturally, it’ll vary depending on your usage. Personally, I only charge once a week on moderate usage. 

OnePlus Buds Pro 2

The OnePlus Buds Pro 2 is a good pick-up if you can’t splurge for the mainstream choices but want a feel of their premium audio features. The no volume control is a bummer if you plan on using this while working. But that’s a minor gripe on an otherwise excellent value device. 

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Beats Studio Buds+ accidentally leaked on Amazon

Listing is gone now



Apple is usually tight-lipped when it comes to new products. Besides a serving of leaks and rumors, nothing definitive usually comes out. That said, a recent leak has revealed absolutely everything about an upcoming device. Amazon has suddenly released an official listing for the unannounced Beats Studio Buds+.

Needless to say, the listing is gone now. Amazon saw the blunder relatively quickly but not before eagle-eyed users inhaled the listing and its details (via MacRumors). Before Apple can release the earbuds themselves, we already know everything about the new device.

The spotlight is clearly focused on the transparent charging case and chassis. Taking a page out of Nothing’s book, the Beats Studio Buds+ will let users see into the innards of their wearables. It’s not completely transparent, though. The case’s slightly translucent shell is also reminiscent of the classic iMac.

As for what’s inside, the pair will have improved vents and microphones. The new system will allow for better active noise cancellation and transparency modes when on the go. They also tout around 36 hours of battery life on a single charge of the case, compared to the 24 hours of the current generation.

In other specs, the earbuds will have IPX4-rated resistance for durability. It will also have compatibility with Apple’s and Android’s functionalities.

The Beats Studio Buds+ will retail for US$ 169.95 and will launch on May 18.

SEE ALSO: Kim Kardashian made her own Beats Fit Pro

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