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New Google Pixel Buds now official

Comes with Adaptive Sound, Real-Time Translation

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We knew it’ll take a while to arrive but now, the new Google Pixel Buds are finally here.

From the announcement, we already knew that it’s going to follow the recent trend of truewireless (TWS) earphones. We also knew that it will retail for US$ 179. But here are more information about Google’s new tech for your ears.

Best of in-ear and earbud styles

One of people’s considerations when getting TWS earphones is if it’s in-ear or it’s earbuds. The former tends to penetrate your ears more while the latter is a less intrusive option. Google decided to take the best of these two designs for the new Pixel Buds.

The eartips gently seal the ears to isolate outside noises while also delivering a powerful sound. The spatial vents reduce that plugged-ear feeling, and let through just the right amount of environmental sound so you can stay aware.

To ensure a good fit, Google included eartips in three sizes. The design of the eartips was formed after scanning thousands of ears and was crafted with comfort in mind. Each earbud’s stabilizer arc gently tucks in the ear, and together with the soft-fit eartip, help the new Pixel Buds stay put.

Clear and adaptive sound

Just like every other TWS earbud, the new Pixel Buds promise clear sound no matter the condition of your environment. They do through dual beamforming microphones that focus on your voice, and a voice accelerometer to detect the vibrations of your jawbone when you’re talking.

It also has Adaptive Sound that dynamically and subtly adjusts the volume as you move between quiet and noisy environments, so you don’t have to constantly raise or lower the volume. It adjusts for sustained noise rather than one-off background noise for a non-disruptive listening experience. Manually adjusting the volume will temporarily disable Adaptive Sound to respect your settings.

Touch controls and smart features

If you’ve ever used TWS earphones before, then this should be familiar. Tap your earbud once to play/pause, twice to skip, three times to rewind, or swipe to adjust volume. Controls are identical on both earbuds.

Since it’s a Google product, the Google Assistant is naturally incorporated. Just say “Hey Google” or touch and hold either earbud while you speak to start your workout music, continue a podcast, or send a quick reply.

But perhaps one of the most important features is its Real-Time Translation. Say “Hey Google, help me speak Korean” to start a conversation. You can get real-time translation right in your ear while using a Pixel or any Android 6.0+ phone

Additionally, the new Pixel Buds =are water and sweat resistant. It also promises a rather dismal 5-hour listening time on a single charge, with 24 hours more on the charging case. A 10-min charge in the case gives you two hours of listening time, and an hour will give you a full charge. The buds are also Qi Certified for wireless charging.

Pricing and availability

As mentioned earlier, The new Pixel Buds will retail for US$ 179 and willl be available through the Google Store and retailers including AT&T, Best Buy, Target (coming early May), T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon, and Walmart.

Only the Clearly White variant is available at the moment. The Almost Black, Quite Mint and Oh So Orange will be available in the coming months. Availability in other countries will follow in the coming months as well.

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OnePlus is building its own mechanical keyboard

To celebrate its 9th anniversary

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It’s OnePlus’s 9th anniversary. For almost the entirety of December, the smartphone brand is holding a plethora of events for its fans. Naturally, one of those events involves new products coming to OnePlus. Teased officially, the company has revealed what’s coming: a mechanical keyboard.

Besides smartphones, OnePlus also has a wider lineup of other devices like smartwatches and earbuds. That said, a mechanical keyboard is an all-new department for the company.

Based on the small landing page for the keyboard, OnePlus is creating the device with Keychron, a notable brand for the segment. Unfortunately, the page does not reveal much more about the keyboard. If anything, Keychron’s involvement confirms that the company means business.

As with most mechanical keyboards these days, users can customize the upcoming device’s keycaps. With that, another mystery is whether the brand will sell custom keycaps of their own, or users can buy their own.

Thankfully, interested users don’t have to wait long. OnePlus is scheduled to launch the new keyboard on December 15, right in the middle of its grand celebration for its 9th anniversary.

Since its inception, OnePlus has moved from flagship killer to selling flagships itself to now expanding beyond just simple flagships. Now, the brand is looking beyond.

SEE ALSO: OnePlus officially teases Nord Watch

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Best iPhone 14 Accessories: Battery Packs, Mounts, Wallets!

Also meant for those with iPhone 12 and 13 series

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Are you one among those users rocking the newest iPhone 14 and 14 Pro Series?

Or maybe you’re still using any of the phones in the iPhone 12, 12 Pro, 13, and 13 Pro lineup?

Well, this one’s for you!

Look no further as we’ve rounded-up top accessory picks in three easy categories: battery packs, mounts, and wallets.

Curious to find ’em out? Head over to our Best iPhone Accessories video now!

SEE ALSO: Best iPhone 14 Cases

SEE ALSO: Best MagSafe Accessories

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CASETiFY release new Apple Watch-compatible cases, bands

Choose your color

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CASETiFY has added new options in its lineup of accessories with the release of Apple Watch impact cases and stainless steel Monolink watch bands.

The CASETiFY Impact Watch case comes in plastic and metal variants, both made of durable PC material with a matt sandblast finish to make it water and sweat-resistant.

Moreover, the metal variant comes with an aluminum finish. The plastic and metal options are both available in black, gold, silver, and rose gold colors for US$ 30 and US$ 39, respectively.

Meanwhile, the CASETiFY Monolink watch bands are made of premium 316L stainless steel with a fine brushed finish, making it corrosion-resistant as well.

It is compatible not only with the Apple Watch series 1 to 8, Ultra, and SE, but also other brands of smartwatches, using 20mm and 24mm straps. The watch band will be available for US$ 89.

Lastly, CASETiFY also offers customers essential watch bands made out of upcycled plastic. These come with personalization options and print choice.

With more than 40 designs, these bands retail for US$ 50.

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