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Google Pixel Buds break language barriers in real-time

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Google had a lot of announcements during their annual hardware launch, but perhaps the most interesting (aside from the Pixel 2, of course) from were the Pixel Buds. These are not your ordinary wireless earphones, because they have something unique to offer that feels like it’s taken from the future.

These new Pixel Buds are Google’s first wireless earbuds (connected by a fabric loop), which further expands their hardware portfolio under the Made by Google mantra.


Like most wireless earbuds, the Pixels Buds feature gesture controls including swipes and touches to switch songs, adjust volume, and answer phone calls on the go. Since this is a Google product, it has Google Assistant built in for asking directions, setting reminders, searching for music and reading out messages.

Aside from the usual set of features that you can do with any Google Assistant-enabled device, the Pixel Buds can translate between 40 languages in real time when it’s paired with the Google Translate app on your Pixel. You can now speak in many languages when traveling — perfect for when you wish to order in a foreign restaurant.

Like Apple’s AirPods or Samsung’s Gear IconX, the Pixel Buds come with a charging case (also wrapped in fabric). The case has a 620mAh battery, which should provide up to 24 hours of listening time and charges through USB-C. It’s also pretty easy to pair with what’s called the “Fast Pair” feature. Just open the case near an Android phone and it’ll automatically detect and prompt you to connect.

The Google Pixel Buds are priced at US$ 159 and come in three colors — Just Black, Clearly White, and Kinda Blue — which all complement the new Pixel 2 phones. They are already up for pre-order in the US and will also come to Canada, UK, Germany, Australia, and Singapore in November.

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Global Sources: Content Creator Essentials

We found the must-have portable lighting setup for creators

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Here at Global Sources we’ve been on the lookout for products that you might be interested in either buying or selling, but in the process we found gadgets, equipment, and accessories that we like. As traveling creators, we’re still in the process of figuring out how to have a more efficient and effective mobile studio that we can carry with us wherever.

Telesin’s egg-shaped charging cases are perfect for our Sony a7s batteries — they’re colourful and handy. They also double as memory card readers and holders. We also found portable LED lights from Number King that makes setting up fuss-free. It has a built-in battery but is slim and small enough to fit in a backpack’s laptop compartment.


With all the traveling we do, taking care of one’s skin is downgraded to the bottom of priorities. An easy solution is a portable humidifier from Remax Life — it’s as small as a pen, and just needs a bottle of water to work its magic.

Last but not the least: a solar-powered backpack that’s surprisingly designed well and is stylish! Having a lot of compartments and extra room is always a plus for creators for our tools and knicknacks.


Global Sources Consumer Electronics is the world’s largest electronics sourcing show bridging suppliers and resellers. For more information visit GlobalSources.com.

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Global Sources: Tech For Your Dream Home

Everyday appliances with a little bit of oomph.

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There’s a whole section of Global Sources’ that’s dedicated to home tech. And this year’s theme is giving everyday home stuff a techie twist. From USB-powered fans by Gegei, to Alexa powered humidifiers, to the retro-styled gramophone music player by Neon, to the ultimate bedside nightstand by Rombica.  We won’t be surprised if any of these products get swooped up by some big brand and make their way to your homes soon.


Global Sources Consumer Electronics is the world’s largest electronics sourcing show bridging suppliers and resellers. For more information visit GlobalSources.com.


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Global Sources 2019: New Charging Solutions

USB rechargeable AA batteries and power banks that can jumpstart your car!

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Power Banks don’t have to be boring. In fact, here in Hong Kong we found some of the most interesting creations. Pocket-sized ones from Elitopower double as key chains and bag tags, Colorful slates from Rombica are design-forward and come with functional carrying cases,  and from creating my dream power bank that has built-in USB-C and Lightning cables, Schezhen-based Trusda also makes one that comes with jumper cables for your car.


Global Sources Consumer Electronics is the world’s largest electronics sourcing show bridging suppliers and resellers. For more information visit GlobalSources.com.


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