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Sony Xperia Ear Duo are wireless headsets reimagined

Hand gestures, head gestures, and voice activated

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Sony just announced their latest headset accessory: the Xperia Ear Duo. It features what they call Dual Listening technology. Think of it as the anti-thesis to noise-canceling ear pieces where you can listen in on your surroundings while your earphones deliver great sound. Sony updated their headsets to accompany their two new flagship smartphones: the Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact.

Sony’s Xperia Ear Duo has a feature called Spatial Acoustic Conductor which generates sound behind the ear through the unit´s driver, transmitting sound directly into the ear. The headsets run with Sony’s SPRITZER chip, an advanced multi-sensor platform, with contextual sensing and automatic activity recognition. The device basically keeps up with time, location, and tasks to keep you up to date on important news, notifications, and reminders.

As expected, the Xperia Ear Duo sustains the previous features of motion and voice control — with support for either Google Assistant or Siri. The advanced sensors allow you to control incoming calls by nodding; shuffle music by shaking your head; and adjust the volume by tapping and scrolling on the device. Sony says you’ll be able to enjoy up to four hours of uninterrupted use on a single charge. Luckily, the compact case doubles as a charger and offers a fast charging feature which, Sony boasts, gives users two hours of listening time with just twelve minutes of charging.

It will be available for US$ 280 this Spring in sleek Black or Gold. You can pre-order the headset starting today.

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New Google Pixel Buds coming in 2020

Gotta wait a while longer

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The new Google Pixel Buds have officially been unveiled but we won’t get our hands on them until Spring 2020.

Google says the Pixel Buds were designed with the user in mind. It is truly wireless and promises rich sound, clear calls, and a comfortable fit. The company notes how it’s great hardware made exceptional by having Google deeply embedded into it. For instance, it should help you in your out-of-the-country trips with Google Translate built in.

The new Pixel Buds are supposed to last for five hours of continuous playback and extend that to 24 hours through the wireless charging case. The headphones will retail for US$ 179.

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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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