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No strings attached: Sony H.ear On

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Our office door unlocks through an app that connects via Bluetooth — we don’t use keys anymore. To get a taxi, we simply ask Google Home to book one without even needing to go out or press any buttons. Even refrigerators can now talk!

Technology is moving at such a fast pace, and it shapes all aspects of our everyday lives. The beauty of being a millennial having grown up in this day and age is that I personally watched technology evolve. I was there through the age of dial-up internet to fiber connectivity, from the Nokia 3310 to, well, still the Nokia 3310 (17 years later), and from wired earphones to wireless Bluetooth ones!


Honestly, I was averse to the idea of wireless earphones when I first heard about them, and I’ve held true to that conviction for a long while. It seemed to me they were more inconvenient than they were useful. I mean sure, it’s “top-of-the-line technology” but then what? 

That cord that connects my headphones to my gadget makes me feel safe; it’s the only way I know.

I tried the Sony H.ear On headphones only because they came in a very pretty red. (Apparently, it also comes in a really cute Hot Pink, but okay, red is nice, too.) These headphones connect to your music player via Bluetooth so in theory, it’s wireless and fuss-free.

They also came in Teal, which made the GadgetMatch Creative Director very happy.

Frankly, the idea of wearing headphones connected to nothing still seemed weird to me, but the “cuteness factor” trumped the weirdness, and so began my journey to being unattached (like, literally).

Sound-wise, the H.ear On is pretty solid. These headphones have noise-canceling technology, which makes for optimal music listening conditions — or just for tuning other people out.

Though they may seem big and eye-catching, these headphones sit comfortably atop my head. The headband is adjustable, and the whole thing is collapsible for easy storage in the matching pouch provided.

I learned quickly that wireless headphones weren’t that bad.

After hurdling the initial apprehension about being tied to nothing, it was actually pretty convenient. I could go wherever I wanted and do whatever I wanted without being bogged down by pesky cords. I could stand, jump around, or even leave as I please and nothing held me back.

It was a carefree, sound existence; a tech independence unlike any I’ve ever known — at least until as far as my Bluetooth connection could reach.

Frankly, I enjoyed using these headphones, even more than I thought I would. And to think I almost didn’t try them just because I was used to a certain idea of how things should be. If this proves anything, it’s that there’s premium in letting go — literally and figuratively.

I guess there’s a metaphor here somewhere. I know I’m talking about headphones, but I’m pretty sure this is applicable to other aspects of life.

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This is an official Pokédex iPhone case

For your iPhone X or iPhone XS

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Your dreams of carrying an actual Pokédex is still just a dream. This iPhone case by Premium Bandai is the next best thing.

It’s officially called the Pokédex Smartphone Case, but it’s only really made for the iPhone X and iPhone XS. You should be able to fit the iPhone 6, 7, and 8 in here but it will cover mic and the flashlight. Unfortunately, this won’t fit the iPhone 11 at all.


The case costs US$ 69.99 and will launch on March 2020 in Japan. It’s open for international pre-orders. Check here to secure one.

SEE MORE: The average American needs 5.8 days to save up for an iPhone 11 Pro

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LG Tone+ Free wireless earbuds launched in South Korea

LG joins the wireless earbuds party

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Most companies today are throwing their weight behind wireless earbuds. They are compact and versatile for everyday listening needs of the average user. Not to be left behind, LG has launched a new pair of wireless earbuds: the LG Tone+ Free.

LG opted for a compact design that resembles the Samsung Galaxy Earbuds instead of the Apple Airpods. The design also ensures a secure fit so users can wear it for hours.


What differentiates it from the current crop of wireless earbuds is its charging case. It’s equipped with UVNano function that uses ultraviolet rays to kill harmful components, keeping the earbuds clean and sanitized after every use.

LG Tone+ Free

LG partnered with Meridian Audio to provide the earbuds with rich bass, clear mid and high sounds, and three-dimensional sound to its wireless earbuds. The earbuds’ signal processing technology also reduces digital noise, minimizing distortion while listening.

LG also equipped the earbuds with voice and noise-cancelling microphones that works in tandem to ensure clearer call quality. Both earbuds have touchpads that enable various functions such as call, play, or pause music. Holding the touchpad summons the Assistant app.

Sweat and rain is not an issue with the earbuds since it has IPX4 waterproofing certification.

Fully charging the earbuds lets users listen to music for six hours. Since it supports fast charging, users can listen to music for up to one hour with just five minutes of charging.

Pricing and availability

LG Tone+ Free is available in two colors, black and white. They will be available in South Korea this October for KRW 259,999 (US$ 215). Global availability is yet to be announced.

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The instax mini Link lets you print photos from your smartphone

Time to print your Instagram photos!

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Earlier, Fujifilm has just launched a worldwide campaign with the catchphrase “Don’t just take, give.” The aim of the campaign is to encourage users to share their prints with loved ones.

 

Following up on the campaign, the Japanese company announces the launch of instax mini Link, a portable, compact printer of Instax photos.


The instax mini Link lets you transfer photos from your smartphone through a dedicated app via Bluetooth connection. The app lets you do basic editing such as rotating, adjusting brightness, and the application of a filter. The printer prints quickly, with an average speed of about 12 seconds.

Additionally, it supports continuous printing up to 100 pictures on a single charge. If you’re feeling creative, the dedicated app has a variety of frame designs and collage layouts for your prints.

Lots of fun features for you to enjoy

It has fun features such as “Video Print” function which lets you scroll through video frames, allowing you to choose the best moment to print. There’s also “Match Test” which examines your compatibility with a friend or someone special. The results are shown after the picture is printed.

To see the results, you must perform a “Quick Diagnosis” or use the “Precision Diagnosis” function, which involves a question and answer portion.

On the other hand, the instax mini Link isn’t just for one person to enjoy. Through “Party Print,” the device can connect up to five smartphones to the app.

The printer can receive pictures from each device to combine into one instax print. There’s also a “Surprise Mode” where no one knows the photos that were sent and what the final print would look like.

More than just a smartphone printer

The instax mini Link has a built-in sensor, too. You can use it as a remote control for your smartphone’s camera, and print multiple copies through the printer’s button at the center.

On the flip side, it’s not just smartphones that can connect with the printer. Through the Fujifilm Camera Remote app, the printer can receive pictures directly from Fujifilm’s digital cameras.

The Fujifilm instax mini Link is priced at PhP 6,999 (US$ 135). It will be available in three colors: Ash White, Dusky Pink, and Dark Denim.

SEE ALSO: 4 reasons the new Instax Mini LiPlay is perfect for any occasion

 

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