For years, Samsung was one of the last bastions of the dying headphone jack. Unlike its contemporaries, the South Korean smartphone maker thankfully kept the celebrated feature in its devices. Well, all things must come to an end. They are finally giving in to the sweet, sweet temptation of dongle sales.
Just around the corner, Samsung is launching the much-awaited Galaxy Note 10. According to past reports, the premium smartphone will kill the headphone jack in the company’s phone market. Previously, Samsung already eliminated the tablet market’s headphone jack, shipping a jack-less Galaxy Tab S6. The Galaxy Note 10, however, will pioneer a new (uglier) era for Samsung’s tenured smartphone history. Of course, without the actual unit, these rumors remain unconfirmed.
Unfortunately, a new rumor has added to the clout. SamMobile has recently leaked photos of a new headphone dongle supposedly coming with the Note 10’s box. Like most dongles, Samsung’s dongle will sport a simple white design. Based on the photos, the dongle will not offer anything new to the table. If anything, the white design confirms the rest of the accessories’ white theme.
At the very least, Samsung is offering a free dongle with the package. Some packages don’t come with a free dongle, forcing users into a separate purchase. For example, the Galaxy Tab S6 doesn’t have a free dongle out of the box. Regardless, Samsung’s wireless push is a huge disappointment for long-time fans. Hopefully, the headphone jack will still exist in some capacity, especially for Samsung.
The Galaxy Note 10 will launch sometime in August.
Apple is developing a MagSafe wireless powerbank
Prototype stages already
When Apple’s new MagSafe system launched late last year, the magnetic charging system promised a new wave of Apple accessories. At the time, however, the system focused on wireless charging. Eventually, MagSafe promises to expand into its own empire of different functionalities and form factors. Now, apart from its initial slew of sleeves, Apple is reportedly developing a MagSafe wireless powerbank for the system.
According to a Bloomberg source, the company is already well on its way to developing the MagSafe accessory. Unfortunately, Apple has reportedly ran into some snags on the way to perfecting it. Apparently, the currently reported prototype caused false overheating alerts, among other problems. Despite rumors of its development, Apple will likely shelf the accessory until it can develop a better one.
For anyone following Apple’s developmental process over the years, such a delay is not a surprise. Apple usually takes its time optimizing products before launching them — to the point of falling behind to Android. Given Apple’s tremendous investment in a new MagSafe ecosystem, the company is likely working extra hard on perfected products to boost the system further.
For accessory aficionados, a wireless powerbank isn’t an entirely new concept. Numerous accessory makers have already released several powerbanks using the Qi wireless charging system. In Apple’s defense, a MagSafe powerbank will take advantage of the system’s magnetic attachment system, preventing the powerbank from slipping and sliding everywhere.
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OPPLE Smart Desk Lamp now available in the Philippines
Comes with Huawei HiLink support
OPPLE is bringing its latest smart desk lamp to the Philippines. The OPPLE Smart Desk Lamp supports HiLink, allowing for better integration with other devices as well as with Huawei’s own ecosystem.
Priced at PhP 1,999, the smart desk lamp features a sleek and minimalist design that fits anywhere. It dynamically mimics the sunlight for a much natural experience. Users can also tweak the lighting to suit their situation. The lighting can range from warm to cool depending on tasks such as reading, writing, or doing tasks on the computer. Users can also configure the lighting to be brighter or dimmer at their own whim.
The smart desk lamp supports Huawei HiLink, which brings together other smart home appliances and allows unified control through the app. As such, users don’t have to download any unnecessary app just to make the OPPLE Smart Desk Lamp works. They can just download the AI Life app on Google Play Store or Apple App Store, pair the lamp, and control the lighting on the go.
Starting today, February 19 until February 21, 2021. This comes with a very generous freebie offer Huawei Bluetooth Speaker worth PhP 1499.
GlassesUSA.com unveils a collection of affordable, sustainable eyewear
You can virtually try a pair and get a prescription for free!
GlassesUSA.com, a disruptor in the eyewear space, launched their “Eco Conscious” category — a sustainable collection consisting of glasses made from ethically sourced materials. From upcycled plastics to bio-acetate, to natural materials like coffee and hemp, GlassesUSA.com brings together nine conscious brands offering sustainable yet affordable eyewear.
For instance, Ochis’ glasses are 100 percent eco-friendly, using coffee grounds, biopolymer, and flax.
There’s Hemp Eyewear, too, carrying the world’s first hemp fiber eyewear. Moreover, every frame is handcrafted in Edinburgh.
For those who care about the ocean, Waterhaul uses 100 percent recycled plastics intercepted from the ocean. Most of these recycled plastics came from 640,000 tonnes of fishing gear lost or discarded in the ocean.
If you like trees and nature, Woodie uses handmade material from 100 percent recycled wood. For each purchase, Woodie plants one tree.
Costa del Mar, on the other hand, showcases eyewear made from bio-based resin derived from Castor Oil. They also have a “Kick Plastic Initiative” to reduce carbon footprint. The initiative aims to protect the planet’s waters from the use of single-use plastics.
Another user of biobased materials including Castor Oil is Arnette, where cases are made from recycled ABS. Additionally, their microfiber cloths are made from 78 percent recycled polyamide.
Price and availability
Other brands include Stella McCartney, Muse, and SeaClean. Moreover, GlassesUSA.com stays true to its mission of offering affordable eyewear, making the sustainable collection available at varying price points with sticker prices ranging from US$ 74 to US$ 400.
But what sets GlassesUSA.com apart is its two proprietary apps: the virtual try-on feature where you can literally try the glasses you’re looking at, and the Prescription Lens Scanner App where you only need to scan your current glasses with the FREE app, so you can get your prescription. Both apps are available for use when shopping the sustainable collection.
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