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HP Sprocket Review: The smallest instant printer

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When was the last time you held an actual photo in your hand?

I grew up with physical photo albums and picture frames. These days, though, you’d be hard-pressed to find photo printouts — most pictures are stored in your camera roll or tucked away as “Memories” on your Facebook feed.

A nifty device will change that.

This is the HP Sprocket

Printing photos with the HP Sprocket

From a computer brand known for desk printers comes the cutest photo printer I’ve ever seen. The HP Sprocket fits in the palm of my hands; it’s the same size as a smartphone!

The HP Sprocket comes with a free Sprocket app for your phone

This thing is so light and compact it would probably fit a standard-sized clutch bag. That says a lot because those things are usually pretty tiny.

It can print any photo on your phone

Simply download the Sprocket app (available on iOS or Android), connect the printer to your smartphone via Bluetooth and you’re ready to go. Now, I may be a tech writer, but I can be pretty daft with gadget setups and believe me, I was also pretty surprised at how easy this printer was to start up.

You can print any photo from your smartphone — whether it be from Facebook, Google Photos, Instagram (all of which are instantly linked to the app). As long as it can be saved in your camera roll, it’s as good as done. Another thing: The Sprocket doesn’t just print your pictures on photo paper, it prints them on sticker paper!

More importantly, it has cute stickers

What I especially love about this is not in the hardware. The Sprocket app offers the nicest stamps and stickers you could edit your pictures with — and this is pretty important. (I’ve refused to use Facebook Stories because their filters are just not as cute as Snapchat’s!)

Aside from these stickers, the app allows you to edit the photos (brightness, saturation, etc). There’s more: You can also add doodles, text, borders, and photo filters.

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Some questions remain: Do I need a small printer that will allow me to instantly edit and print all photos I could ever put on my smartphone? Of course not. Do I want it? Hell yeah.

Technology has changed the way we take and store photos completely, and I’m totally fine with that, but when someone says “let’s print out our photos!” — whatever photos they may be — I’m always going to be super down with that.

The HP The HP Sprocket fits perfectly in your hands

The HP Sprocket fits perfectly in my hands, too!

Call it nostalgia, call it a misplaced appreciation for printouts; I will always appreciate having something that I can hold in my hands.

The HP Sprocket retails for PhP 7,290.00 in the Philippines through Lazada, and INR 19,499 in India on Amazon, as well.

SEE ALSO: This is what using a Nokia 3310 in 2017 is like

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Fossil’s new hybrid smartwatch has an always-on e-ink display

It’s called the Fossil Hybrid HR

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Smartphone manufacturers originally saw smartwatches as an extension of the phone instead of a beautiful time-telling accessory that you wear on your wrist. If you’re a watch-wearing person, there was absolutely no reason to buy into the tech at the time. The first few models looked hideous and had terrible battery life.

Years later, fashion brands and watchmakers like Fossil saved the day and made buying a smartwatch seem like a good idea. Along with the usual Wear OS smartwatches, the brand also introduced hybrid smartwatches a few years back. These are the typical circular mechanical watches with removable batteries that you don’t have to charge, with a few useful Bluetooth functions.

In 2019, Fossil’s new generation of hybrid smartwatches feature an always-on e-ink display. This allows the watch to display more information like your heart rate, number of steps, weather information, and notifications.

While getting more information can be a good thing, having a display also means having a built-in rechargeable battery — 55 mAh to be exact. Fossil says it takes around two weeks before it needs charging, and about an hour for a full charge. Previous generations of Fossil Q Hybrid last 6-12 months before the batteries needed replacing.

Like previous generations, you can still do functions like control your music through the buttons of the watch, and change the straps as they come in standard 18mm or 22mm sizes.

At launch there are five Fossil Hybrid HR models — those with leather straps retail for US$195 and US$215 for stainless steel.

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Unboxing the Apple AirPods Pro

Noise-cancellation in a small package

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Earlier, Apple quietly revealed the AirPods Pro on their website. Completing Apple’s “Pro” lineup for 2019, the AirPods Pro promises an immersive audio experience with Active Noise Cancellation.

Of course, we’ve got our hands on the hottest gadget in the world of tech right now. Let’s unbox the Apple AirPods Pro!

The packaging comes in the usual white box with an illustration of the new AirPods.

Of course, what’s a retail box without a manual?

Here’s the AirPods Pro case…

It’s shorter and wider compared on the original AirPods case

It comes with its own lightning cable…

And two sets of ear tips making sure you have the right fit.

Here’s how the AirPods Pro looks alongside its charging case.

The AirPods Pro looks pretty much like the non-pro version when worn.

Have you been waiting for these noise-cancelling earphones?

SEE MORE: Apple officially announces the AirPods Pro

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Apple officially announces the AirPods Pro

It now has Active Noise-Cancellation and extra ear tips

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Remember when we bumped into an OEM Case Maker in Hong Kong and confirmed the AirPods Pro will be coming? Well, the long wait is over as Apple quietly revealed the AirPods Pro through their website. The latest AirPods completes Apple’s “Pro” lineup for 2019 — iPhone 11 Pro, iPad Pro, MacBook Pro, Mac Pro, and the Pro Display XDR.

You can find a plethora of wireless earbuds around, from major brands, down to clone makers. In fact, Sony launched the first true noise-cancelling earbuds with the WF-1000XM3. Other major companies (such as Microsoft with the Surface Buds and Google’s New Pixel Buds) followed the wireless buds “trend”– so what’s with the AirPods Pro hype?

What’s new?

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Other than the new design (that honestly looks like a miniaturized hair blower) and a wider case, it’s packed with serious audio tech. A lot of audiophiles have been loving their AirPods, what more with the AirPods Pro?

If you’re one among those people who use the good ol’ AirPods (including me), you can still hear your surroundings around, even if you max out the volume of your music. With the AirPods Pro, you don’t have to worry as it now has Active Noise Cancellation.

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It’s possible thanks to the H1 chip and sensors, capable of delivering immersive audio experience in a small bud package. The opposing inward and outward-facing microphones equal the amount of unwanted external sound through Anti-Noise.

Not used to complete music isolation? You can press and hold the Force Sensor on the stem to switch to Transparency Mode — ideal for a more natural environment, especially when you want to hear people around you. The sensor also lets you switch between songs and answer calls in between.

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Apple promises that you’ll feel your music more than the headphones as they incorporated air vents to alleviate the pressure. The microphone also features an expanded mesh that improves the quality of calls even in windy situations.

With comfort in mind, there are three different earbud tips that cater to various ear sizes. Adaptive EQ also helps in tuning the music to the shape of your ear, for a richer and clearer listening experience. For fitness freaks, it’s now a perfect gym partner as it features IPX4 sweat and water resistance.

The features we love are still here

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Just like the older AirPods, you can activate “Hey Siri” hands-free with your voice. You can switch between music, answer calls, ask for directions, all without lifting your finger. Audio Sharing is also present, so you can wirelessly share the music or podcast to someone (and dongles should be a thing of the past).

With a single charge, expect up to 4.5 hours of listening and 3.5 hours with talking. A 15-minute charge with the case will get you another hour of listening and talking. You can expect more than 24 hours of usage with a fully-charged wireless charging case. It’s also Qi-compatible, so you can charge it wirelessly wherever you go.

Pricing and availability

It retails for US$ 249 in the United States and SG$ 379 in Singapore. In the Philippines, it sells for PhP 14,990, which is worth PhP 3,000 more than the recent AirPods 2 with wireless charging case.

It’s currently available for pre-order in the United States and 25 other countries (such as Singapore, Japan, and Hong Kong) while in-store availability will roll out later this week. Apple will start shipping out orders on October 30, 2019.

Availability in other regions are yet to be followed.

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