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Microsoft accused of stealing the Surface Earbuds design

The rapper says he pitched the idea to Microsoft 4 years ago

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Ideally, it’s never a good idea to copy or steal someone else’s work. Being original has maximum benefits and is a testament to your capabilities. However, these ideals haven’t gone down well in the technology industry.

Microsoft unveiled the Surface Earbuds at its New York event and it is radically different from the usual in-canal elongated design of the AirPods. They’re quite huge and the large surface area houses a gesture pad that adds more functionality to a rather mainstream device.

The Surface Earbuds

While we’re glad that Microsoft came up with something different, someone wasn’t too pleased with it. American rapper will.i.am runs a tech startup called I.am+, where they launched wireless earbuds called BUTTONS back in 2016. The artist is accusing Microsoft of stealing his design.

In a series of tweets, will.i.am says that as early as 2015, he pitched his design of the wireless earbuds to Microsoft in a meeting to be part of their Surface lineup.

The company, founded in 2012, initially focussed on consumer electronics devices such as headphones. The company is also developing an enterprise assitant called Omega and has recieved more than US$ 100 million in funding.

Microsoft hasn’t released a statement yet. It’s quite common to find conflicting designs today and it’s harder to prove theft or wrongdoing since the industry is well saturated.

Recently, employees of Xiaomi India have publicly accused Realme of stealing marketing ideas. There has been no response to these allegations, but we’re glad to see there are people who value originality and understand a creator’s hard work.

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The Samsung AirDresser reimaigines clothing care

A dresser for the new normal

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With no certainty of when the COVID-19 pandemic will end, we try to find ways to adapt to the new normal. New safety measures are put into place and everything must now be properly sanitized. That’s where the Samsung AirDresser comes in.

Usually after coming from the outside we’d make it a habit to change our clothes immediately and set it aside for washing. However, special garments like suits need to be treated differently. We try our best to limit our going out in this pandemic and having to go out just to get your suit dry cleaned every time you use it just doesn’t seem efficient nor ideal in this situation.

A dresser for the new normal

Samsung’s AirDresser makes it possible to clean and sanitize your favorite suit at the comforts and safety of your home. Its Jet Air and Air Hangers removes the dirt and dust while the JetSteam sanitizes the clothes and gets rid of bacteria, viruses and allergens.  It not only cleans your suit but also presses and smoothen outs the wrinkles with its Wrinkle Care.

Another great feature of is that it has a Deodorizing Filter that breaks down odor particles caused by sweat, smoke and food. This I perfect for people like me who get allergic reactions to smoke and scents that stick to clothing.

With its Self-Clean technology, you need not worry about daily cleaning and sanitizing of the insides of the AirDresser as it has its own built-in sanitizing feature that makes use of heat, air and steam. After 40 cycles it will notify the user when it needs to be cleaned.

This appliance is a perfect match for those individuals who want to look sharp and stay safe. It allows you to confidently power dress in your favorite outfit without having to worry about the bacteria, viruses and scents from your previous use.

Pricing and availability

The AirDresser is retailed at PhP 129,995 (US$ 2657). You can also enjoy up to 20% off when purchasing at the Samsung Digital Appliances during their Better At Home promo running until August 31, 2020.

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TikTok user shares DIY projects that anyone can do at home

Create your own DIY motion-activated dispenser

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These days, there is no shortage of content on TikTok. Users can discover all sorts of memes and mashups within the platform. They can even discover educational content by following the right people. One of those sharing educational content is Angelo Casimiro, a student who creates DIY projects on TikTok that anyone can easily make.

Angelo Casimiro is an electronics and communication engineering (ECE) student from De La Salle University whose feed on TikTok is full of easy-to-do DIY projects that anyone can make at home. These DIY projects range from doing a simple smartphone projector to making a real-life BB8 droid.

Most of these projects are easy to follow for anyone wanting to do DIY objects. Also, most in-depth tutorials of his projects are viewable on his YouTube channel.

One of Casimiro’s projects recently made rounds because of its practicality and usefulness. His motion-activated dispenser is the perfect DIY to encourage more people to sanitize their hands often. It is also made from recycled household materials, so it is environmentally-friendly and cost-efficient.

Here are other DIY projects by Angelo Casimiro.

Easy-to-do smartphone projector

@techbuildermontage

DIY Shoebox Smartphone Projector! #learnontiktok #diywithme #doityourself #fyp #foryoupage #artsandcrafts #foryou #hacks #lifehacks #fyphilippines #diycraft

♬ Savage – Megan Thee Stallion

Watching a movie in a whim? This DIY smartphone projector just takes minutes to build. You only need a shoebox, a tape, and a little creativity to make it happen.

DIY stove

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BUILD A STOVE OUT OF SODA CANS! Take your survival skills to the next level! #learnontiktok #diy #doityourself #fyp #foryoupage #foryou #survival #diywithme#ph

♬ Devil Eyes – Hippie Sabotage

Soda cans are everywhere, so this DIY should be a breeze to make. You’ll also need alcohol to make this work. Unsurprisingly, Angelo demoed this hack with a can of the popular alcoholic beverage, Red Horse.

Phone trigger for mobile gaming

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Easy DIY Phone Triggers! #gaming #mobile #pubg #ros #cod #HUAWEINova5TPH @huaweimobileph #learnontiktok #diy #doityourself #diywithme#fyp #foryou #foryoupage

♬ Lose Control – Meduza & Becky Hill & Goodboys

The struggle is real for battle royale gamers who need to respond quickly to take down enemies. Luckily, this DIY phone trigger is easy to follow.

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Truly, TikTok can be a powerful tool for spreading knowledge and information. There’s so much more content for users to explore on the platform. To view more educational content and creators, users can just follow the hashtag #TikTokU on the Android and iOS apps.

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Petpuls activity tracker monitors your dog’s wellbeing

Available now on Indiegogo with a special early-bird price

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It is without a doubt that dogs are one of the most beloved pets. Like all living beings, they too need affection and proper care. However, pet owners know it can be hard to take care of their furry friends sometimes. Thankfully, there’s a new product that simplifies monitoring of a dog’s well-being for owners.

Petpuls is a recently-launched activity tracker on Indiegogo. It monitors a dog’s physical and mental well-being. Yes, this activity tracker built-in to a collar monitors it all thanks to a proprietary AI technology. This AI technology tunes in to a dog’s bark and recognizes five emotional states: happy, sad, anxious, relaxed, or angry.

While this technology won’t let your dog speak to you like the way Dug does in the movie Up, Petpuls ensure an accuracy rate of more than 80% for this technology. After all, the algorithm behind Petpuls uses a database of more than 10,000 bark samples from 50 dog breeds of 4 different sizes.

Aside from tracking a dog’s emotional state, Petpuls also tracks physical activities. The collar houses a built-in accelerometer that calculates the number of calories burned. Those who are wondering just how active their dog is can now easily do it with Petpuls.

On the mobile app, owners can register their dogs to create a unique profile within the Petpuls community. Owners can set the name, breed, gender, weight, age, and more of their dogs within the app. There’s also a “pet favorites” feature to keep track of a dog’s favorite food, toys, as well as canine best friends.

Availability of Petpuls activity tracker

Petpuls is available on Indiegogo for an early-bird price of USD 79. For that price, owners are getting the activity tracker along with an eco-friendly interchangeable collar. Those who missed the Indiegogo campaign may avail it on Amazon for USD 99. It will ship to eager dog owners in late August 2020.

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