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Huawei showcases Gentle Monster Eyewear, other wearables

“Connecting Tech with Fashion”

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We’ve come a long way from wearables that people won’t exactly be proud to wear. But Huawei is taking it further by “connecting tech with fashion.”

During “The Showroom” event in Singapore, Huawei paraded their set of wearables. Each one we’ve likely seen before like the FreeBuds 3 and the different variations of the Huawei Watch GT 2.

But perhaps one of their more unique offerings is the Gentle Monster — Huawei Eyewear.

Gentle Monster — Huawei Eyewear: New kind of wearable

Huawei calls it “an elegant and minimalist intelligent assistant for daily wear.” With it on, you can listen to music, take calls, and get voice updates from your virtual assistant. Which you’ll do simply by double tapping on either side of the eyewear’s frame.

If you’re worried about the audio blasting out too much, of course, Huawei took that into consideration. The eyewear has dual speakers and a semi-open design so you can hear the audio properly. At the same time it has a “unique audio cavity” to make sure sound doesn’t leak out.

It’s also combining hardware and software to deliver clear audio communications. The linear beam noise reduction design along with AI speech noise-reduction tech helps in this aspect.

The device also has an IP67 rating which means it’s dust and water resistant. It also comes with a portable leather case that doubles as a charger for the device. The charging, interestingly, is done wirelessly thanks to NFC.

Partnering with Gentle Monster appears to be another masterful branding move, akin to how Huawei hooked up with Leica for their flagship’s cameras. This means that the Gentle Monster — Huawei Eyewear will come in an array of different designs. So you should find something that will look good on you — which was hard for me, but I digress.

The Gentle Monster – Huawei Eyewear will be available on November 28 in Singapore in two design options: Smart Eastmoon and Smart Jackbye. No word yet on exact pricing.

Different Huawei Watch GT 2 designs to match your needs 

Another thing showcased was the Huawei Watch GT 2 — our review is coming up soon so watch out for it. But initial impressions suggest it’s one of the better smartwatch options for Android. It comes in two sizes: 46mm and 42mm.

There are plenty of design options to choose from. Here are pricing and availability:

  • HUAWEI Watch GT 2 (46mm) Sport Edition in Matte Black now available at SG $298 here
  • HUAWEI Watch GT 2 (46mm) Classic Edition in Pebble Brown now available at SG$ 328 here
  • HUAWEI Watch GT 2 (42mm) Sport Edition in Lake Cyan available on 28 November, pricing to be released on a closer date.
  • HUAWEI Watch GT 2 (42mm) Elegant Edition in Refined Gold available in December, further details to come.
  • HUAWEI Watch GT 2 (46mm) Elite Edition in Titanium Grey available in December, further details to come

Freebuds 3: AirPods Pro but for Android

Last, but certainly not least, is the Freebuds 3 which bears a striking resemblance to the AirPods by Apple. This particular design allowed Huawei to put their Kirin A1 wearable chip on the wireless earphones which helps in noise cancellation, a stable, fast bluetooth connection and better power efficiency.

The FreeBuds 3 will be available on November 28, in Carbon Black and Ceramic White.

Huawei’s ecosystem

These new devices should also work well with the ecosystem that Huawei is building. The company is going towards the full Internet of Things (IoT) route and while they’re building their own hardware, they’re also inviting other developers and manufacturers to create products that will fit in their ecosystem.

SEE ALSO: Huawei Mobile Cloud will have free storage for some users

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There’s a real Super Mario movie coming with Chris Pratt

Coming next year

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Earlier today, Nintendo hosted its Nintendo Direct presentation for the month of September. As expected, the presentation teased a barrage of amazing titles coming for the holiday season. However, amid the new titles, Nintendo also announced a stranger title that didn’t fit in with the rest: an upcoming Super Mario movie.

If you grew up in the 90s, you might be familiar with the old Super Mario Bros. Super Show, a live-action adaptation of the iconic gaming franchise, and a more controversial movie. Though it was watchable fare for kids, the series never made an impact especially compared to the original games. Some people even view it with ironic appreciation. Undoubtedly, the new announcement is raising its fair share of eyebrows all over the world.

Nintendo has not shared any plot details or a trailer for the film yet. However, we do know that it will be an animated film from Illumination Entertainment, the same studio who made the Despicable Me series. It will also feature all the familiar characters from the franchise.

Marvel actor Chris Pratt will voice the titular plumber. Opposite him, Anya Taylor-Joy will voice Princess Peach. Charlie Day will voice Mario’s brother, Luigi. Jack Black voices the franchise’s villain, Bowser. Keegan-Michael Key makes an appearance as Toad. Finally, Seth Rogen is Donkey Kong.

The upcoming film is set for a 2022 launch.

SEE ALSO: Sealed Super Mario Bros. from 1985 auctioned for $660K

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Google released its own potato chips

This isn’t the in-house chip we were expecting

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If, for some reason, you thought Google meant potato chips when they said they were launching their first in-house chips, then we have good news for you. Google has truly launched its own bag of potato chips.

Well, obviously, Google isn’t transitioning to the food market just yet. The company released the official bag of chips to promote its actual in-house chip, the upcoming Google Tensor chipset. Google is set to launch the flagship processor later this year. The chipset will officially debut for the Pixel 6 series, a flagship series that Google has been hyping up for month.

Unfortunately, the potato chip is only set for a limited run. Only 10,000 bags have been made for now. And they’re all sold out. As somewhat of a silver lining, Google also released a quirky video showing how the Pixel 6 works as a smartphone with the bag of chips as a stand-in.

Google offered the free bags for those in Japan. They’re designed much like how the Pixel 6 will look like. To promote Android 12’s focus on customization, users were also able to attach their own names to the bag through a customizable badge. Though the bag comes in five different colors, the potato chips come in only one flavor: Googley Salty Flavor.

Google has not confirmed whether they are making more bags for the future. However, the Pixel 6 series and the Tensor chipset are both coming sometime in the last quarter of the year.

SEE ALSO: Google’s Tensor might just be an Exynos in disguise

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Kindle launches larger Kindle Paperwhite models

And a more premium Signature Edition

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Love them or hate them, Kindles have successfully affected the world of reading. Amazon’s reading devices have made reading more convenient when we can’t bring dozens of books with us, especially as we travel. As such, Amazon keeps updating its Kindle lineup. Recently, the company has once again released a new series of Kindle Paperwhite models.

Compared to the standard fare of Kindles, the Kindle Paperwhite series thrive on its unique set of features. The lineup sports a reading light to help readers get through the night without a lot of light.

With the recent update, the new Kindle Paperwhite has increased its reading area to an expansive 6.8-inch display with smaller bezels. The display is also much clearer, putting out content at 300dpi. To make things even better, the series offers warm light and dark mode options. The more premium Kindle Signature Edition also sports an automatic light sensor which adjusts the backlight depending on your surroundings.

In terms of battery power, the new Kindle Paperwhites can last for a whopping 10 weeks on a single charge. Plus, the Signature Edition is the first one of the series to support Qi wireless charging.

The new Kindle Paperwhite offers 8GB of internal storage and will sell for US$ 139.99. Meanwhile, the Signature Edition has 32GB of internal storage and will retail for US$ 189.99. Both devices are up for pre-orders and will come with a free four-month subscription of Kindle Unlimited.

Besides the two devices, Kindle is also launching a family-friendly Kindle Paperwhite for Kids. The device has a kid-friendly design and will come with a free year of Amazon Kids+. It retails for US$ 159.99.

SEE ALSO: Spotify is now adding free audiobooks

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