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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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Apple will also take out free chargers from older iPhones

Starting with the iPhone SE

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After yesterday’s bombastic announcement, the iPhone 12’s public reception considerably soured. If the lack of a free power adapter turned you off from the latest iPhone, you’re likely looking towards Apple’s older models. Right now, the currently selling iPhones are still shipping with the included peripherals for free. However, the status quo might change soon. According to a report, Apple will also take out free chargers from older iPhones.

As reported by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple will likely continue its cost-cutting measures with other models. Though Gurman does not name the entire lineup, the report specifically points at the recently launched iPhone SE.

“Look for the iPhone SE box to shrink considerably,” he said. Further, the package will likely switch out its current USB-A to Lightning cable for a USB-C to Lightning one, mimicking the standard put forth in the iPhone 12 series.

Besides the iPhone SE, Apple might also take out the same peripherals in the boxes of “other iPhones it’ll keep selling.” Right now, this lineup includes the still-current-generation iPhone 11 series.

Of course, Apple has not officially announced any further plans at the moment. If anything, the company has now set a precedent for the entire industry. During yesterday’s event, the company hopes that other companies can also follow in its footsteps.

According to Apple, the charger exclusion will help the company achieve its 2030 goal to go completely carbon neutral. That said, most consumers are not buying into Apple’s latest decision-making.

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Apple slashed the prices of its power adapters

Plus wired earphones

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Yesterday, Apple confirmed the worst news for iPhone users. Starting with the iPhone 12 series, the company will stop shipping free power adapters and EarPods inside iPhone boxes. Naturally, despite the eco-friendly rationale, most fans threw ridicule at Apple’s decision-making. Thankfully (or not), Apple has… some good news. Starting now, Apple slashed the prices of its power adapters and earphones on their online store.

Spotted by MacRumors, the company now sells the missing peripherals at a discounted price. Now, instead of the usual US$ 29, the regular 20W USB-C Power Adapter sells for just US$ 19. Further, the normally included EarPods with Lightning Connector sells for the same price, down from its usual US$ 29.

For most users, the slashed price tags will likely offer little to no consolation. Nothing can top “free.” Still, if you’re looking for a replacement, it stings just a little bit less.

Apple has mulled over its recent decision to cut off free chargers for months now. On paper, the company offered up eco-friendly reasons for the decision. According to yesterday’s event, the decision stems from the company’s forward-thinking plan to go completely carbon neutral by 2030.

However, several pundits have also pointed out Apple’s reduced costs as a result of the removal. According to previous reports, the inclusion of 5G hardware significantly upped the company’s production costs, necessitating several cost-cutting measures.

Regardless, the decision is final. The upcoming iPhone 12 series will no longer ship with the beloved peripherals. Plus, if you want a replacement, prepare to dish out just a little bit more out of your pocket.

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Mujjo polishes leather wallet cases, matching iPhone 12’s refined designs

So sleek and sturdy

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One of the best — and one of our favorite — smartphone case maker, Mujjo, updated their portfolio of leather wallet cases. The Dutch designer label crafted a new selection of cases for the iPhone 12, matching the phone’s refined designs.

Now, Mujjo’s cases match the flat, angular edges with even subtler curves and corners. The new contours augment the sophisticated design found in their wallet cases.

Certainly, Mujjo still carries its defining features. It still rocks a high-quality full-grain vegetable-tanned leather and a luxurious Japanese microfiber lining with a sophisticated satin-like finish.

A leather card pocket is still available, designed to hold two to three cards such as your bank, ID, or commuter pass.

The new phone case lineup will be available in four gorgeous colorways: Low-key Black, Signature Tan, Monaco Blue, and Slate Green.

Mujjo’s leather wallet cases are compatible with iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Price starts at USD 45/EUR 45 ranging up to USD 55/EUR 55. Cases will be available for order on mujjo.com.

SEE ALSO: Learning the art of letting go with Mujjo’s leather wallet case | Best iPhone Cases | Best of 2019: Our favorite iPhone cases

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