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Every Traveller Needs This New Digital Earphones from Google

20 October 2017 | MJ Mendoza

Technology continues to break boundaries; this time, with language. Perhaps the biggest technology company in the world, Google has released a new set of digital earphones that would take Google Translate to the next level. If you're a traveller, whether for business or leisure, then these new Google earphones would be a must-have.

Almost two weeks ago, the tech giant Google - known for their search engine and various tech products including maps, and e-mail, has set the notch up higher with the announcement of new gadgets. They announced the second generation of Pixel phones as well as voice-enabled home speakers, an action camera, and wireless earbuds.

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Speaking of earbuds, this one does more than letting you listen to your playlist on Spotify. Aside from the usual specs of a typical Bluetooth in-ear earphone, this stuff is what the future is about and many frequent-flyers and jetsetters are lining up for it.

The Pixel earbuds - as it is officially named, is Google's answer to Apple's AirPods. Not only does it let you listen to music, you can also access Google Assistant (which is Google's Siri) and enable real-time translation of up to 40 foreign languages. With these earbuds, you don't have to cram in your phone and type in phrases on Google Translate. Whether ordering a plate of pasta in Italian or asking for directions in Japanese, it's a mighty feat for a gadget that can fit in your pockets.

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According to product manager Adam Champy, “it’s like you’ve got your own personal translator with you everywhere you go”. All you need to do is hold down a button on the right earbud and ask the Assistant to translate the language spoken. As you talk, your Pixel phone's speaker will play the translation. When the person responds, you will hear a translation directly from your earbuds.

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Although this new product sounds ground-breaking, Google is not the first to develop a translation device. Earlier this year, Waverly Labs unveiled the Pilot Translating Experience which can translate phrases in five different languages in real-time.

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Another issue that the Pixel earbuds is facing is the accuracy of the translation. Anybody who has used Google Translate knows that sometimes translation can be too literal or sometimes, inappropriate. You wouldn't want to have a bad impression in a foreign country while trying to communicate with the locals.

Regardless of current faults, the Pixel earbuds is still a prototype and like with all gadgets, it is bound to improve. Google's new earbuds are taking a step further into breaking language barriers and it's something everyone is looking forward to.

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If you want to get your hands on these Pixel earbuds, it will be released this November within the US, Singapore, Australia, the UK, and Canada for USD$159. But, first thing's first, you have to find a phone that would match such a powerful Bluetooth headphone; find one below.

Oppo F9
From ₱ 17,990.00 One of the first things we like about the Oppo F9 is its eye-catching design, especially its backside. It features a reflective finish with gradient colors (Sunrise Red and Twilight Blue) which shifts depending on the angle. In addition, Oppo implemented a petal-shaped pattern to make it more enticing. The rest of the body compliments the look as well like its metallic frame and the chrome accent around the rear cameras. The Oppo F9 is packed with a 6.3" display with a notch powered by a MediaTek P60 coupled with 6GB of Ram, Android Oreo OS, 25Mp selfie cam, 16Mp + 2MP main camera and a 3500mAh battery with Vooc charging. The phone comes with a 6.30-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 2340 pixels.The Oppo F9 is powered by 2GHz octa-core processor and it comes with 4GB of Ram. The phone packs 64Gb of internal storage that can be expanded up to 256Gb via a microSD card. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Oppo F9 packs a 16-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 25-megapixel front shooter for selfies. The Oppo F9 runs Android Oreo and is powered by a 3500mAh. It measures 156.70 x 74.00 x 7.90 (height x width x thickness) and weighs 169.00 grams.It is a dual SIM (Gsm and Gsm) smartphone that accepts Nano-SIM and Nano-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Gps, Micro-USB, 3G and 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include Fingerprint sensor, Compass/ Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer and Ambient light sensor. Network: Gsm/hspa/lte Weight: 169 g (5.96 oz) SIM: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) Display Type:LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors Display Size: 6.3 inches, 97.4 cm 2 (~84.0% screen-to-body ratio) Resolution: 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~409 ppi density) Os: 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~409 ppi density) CPU:Octa-core (4x2.0 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x2.0 GHz Cortex-A53) Ram: 64 GB, 6 GB or 4 GB RAM Primary Camera: 16 MP, f/1.8, 1/3.1, 1.0µm, Pdaf 2 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor Camera Features: LED flash, Hdr, panorama Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 3500 mAh battery
Apple iPhone Xs
From ₱ 64,397.00 Welcome to the big screens.Super Retina in two sizes — including the largest display ever on an iPhone. Even faster Face ID. The smartest, most powerful chip in a smartphone. And a breakthrough dual-camera system. iPhone XS is everything you love about iPhone. Taken to the extreme. Super Retina. In big and bigger. The custom-engineered Oled displays on iPhone XS deliver the most accurate colour in the industry, as well as HDR and true blacks. And iPhone XS Max has our largest display ever on an iPhone. Exceptional materials. The most durable glass ever in a smartphone. A beautiful new gold finish, achieved with an atomic-level process. Precision-machined, surgical-grade stainless steel bands. And a new level of water and dust resistance. Advanced Face ID. Security is simple when your face is your password. You can unlock your iPhone, log in to apps and pay for things with a glance. It’s the most secure facial authentication ever in a smartphone. And now it’s even faster. Intelligent A12 Bionic. This is the smartest, most powerful chip in a smartphone, with our next-generation Neural Engine. For amazing augmented reality experiences. Incredible portraits with Depth Control. And speed and fluidity in everything you do. Breakthrough dual-camera system. The world’s most popular camera is defining a new era of photography. Where an innovative sensor works with the ISP and Neural Engine to help you create photos like never before. Smart Hdr. New secondary frames, a faster sensor and the powerful A12 Bionic chip bring more highlight and shadow detail to your photos. Larger and deeper pixels. A new sensor creates better image fidelity, greater colour accuracy and reduced noise in low‑light shots. Enhanced bokeh effect. Portrait mode photos look even more professional thanks to a sophisticated background blur. All-new Depth Control. Now you can adjust the depth of field in portraits after you shoot. And this. iPhone XS delivers Gigabit-class LTE for superfast download speeds.5 And up to 512Gb of storage, making this our highest-capacity iPhone yet. No other phone is like iPhone. Every decision that goes into iPhone makes it stand apart. From the way it’s made, to the way we build in privacy and security from the start, to the innovative ways we recycle its components.
Apple iPhone X
From ₱ 57,531.00 Design and DisplayHow do you create a deeply intelligent device where the enclosure and display are a single, uninterrupted element? That’s the goal we first set for ourselves with the original iPhone. With iPhone X, we’ve achieved it. The purest expression of iPhone.To create a continuous surface, with nothing to get in the way of your experience, we replaced the Home button with new yet familiar ways to navigate. So much technology. In so little space.The TrueDepth camera system allows you to take amazing photos and enables Face ID. It’s housed in a tiny space at the top of the display, yet within this miniaturised module are some of the most advanced technologies we’ve ever developed. Introducing Super Retina. Beauty through engineering.The Oled panel in the Super Retina display isn’t just any Oled. It’s custom-built to our exacting standards, allowing for an HDR display with a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio; high resolution and brightness; wide colour support; and the best colour accuracy in the industry. Brilliance to the edges.Using innovative folding and circuit-stacking technology, the Oled panel follows the curves of the device into the furthest reaches of the corners. Then it uses a process called subpixel anti-aliasing to tune individual pixels for smooth, distortion-free edges. True Tone.For a more comfortable viewing experience.True Tone technology uses an advanced six-channel ambient light sensor to subtly adjust the onscreen white balance to match the colour temperature of the light around you. So images on the display look as natural as on a printed page, reducing eyestrain. HDR.Now playing for the first time on iPhone.iPhone X is a true High Dynamic Range (Hdr) display. You can watch movies and shows in Dolby Vision and Hdr10. Your HDR photos will look even more amazing. And you’ll be able to watch HDR titles from iTunes, Netflix and more. The most durable glass ever in a smartphone.The front and back are all glass — the most durable we’ve ever made, with a strengthening layer that’s 50 per cent deeper. A seven-layer ink process allows for precise hues and opacity, and a reflective optical layer enhances the colours. And an oleophobic coating lets you easily wipe off smudges and fingerprints. Wireless charging for a wireless world.We’ve always intended iPhone to be a truly wireless device, free from charging cables and headphone cords. With a glass back and an embedded wireless charging system, iPhone X is designed for a wireless future. Surgical‑grade stainless steel.The stainless steel band that wraps around and reinforces iPhone X is a special Apple-designed alloy that’s both durable and more pure, and it polishes beautifully. For the space grey finish, we use a process called physical vapour deposition to precisely match the colour of the stainless steel band to that of the glass. Resists water, splashes and dust.iPhone X is precision-engineered at the microscopic level to protect against water, splashes and dust. Face IDWhat could be more natural than a touch? A look. That was the insight behind Face ID, a powerful and secure authentication system that’s even more convenient than Touch ID. It makes unlocking and paying fast, easy and intuitive. The incredible technology behind incredible simplicity.The TrueDepth camera system is composed of multiple innovative technologies. Working together in real time, they use a detailed depth map of your face to recognise you in an instant. Your face is your secure password.With Face ID, iPhone X only unlocks when you’re looking at it. It’s also designed to protect against tricking by photos or masks. Your Face ID information is encrypted and protected by the Secure Enclave. And it’s private — your data doesn’t leave your device and is never backed up to iCloud or anywhere else. Once it knows you, it knows you.Face ID uses advanced machine learning to recognise changes in your appearance. Wear a hat. Grow a beard. Put on glasses. You can even use Face ID with many types of sunglasses. So even if your friends don’t recognise you, Face ID will. So smart it only works when you want it to.For additional security, Face ID is attention-aware, meaning it only unlocks your iPhone X when you look towards the device with your eyes open. That means Face ID can also reveal notifications and messages, keep the screen lit when you’re reading
Apple iPhone Xs Max
From ₱ 70,917.00 Welcome to the big screens.Super Retina in two sizes — including the largest display ever on an iPhone. Even faster Face ID. The smartest, most powerful chip in a smartphone. And a breakthrough dual-camera system. iPhone XS is everything you love about iPhone. Taken to the extreme. Super Retina. In big and bigger. The custom-engineered Oled displays on iPhone XS deliver the most accurate colour in the industry, as well as HDR and true blacks. And iPhone XS Max has our largest display ever on an iPhone. Exceptional materials. The most durable glass ever in a smartphone. A beautiful new gold finish, achieved with an atomic-level process. Precision-machined, surgical-grade stainless steel bands. And a new level of water and dust resistance. Advanced Face ID. Security is simple when your face is your password. You can unlock your iPhone, log in to apps and pay for things with a glance. It’s the most secure facial authentication ever in a smartphone. And now it’s even faster. Intelligent A12 Bionic. This is the smartest, most powerful chip in a smartphone, with our next-generation Neural Engine. For amazing augmented reality experiences. Incredible portraits with Depth Control. And speed and fluidity in everything you do. Breakthrough dual-camera system. The world’s most popular camera is defining a new era of photography. Where an innovative sensor works with the ISP and Neural Engine to help you create photos like never before. Smart Hdr. New secondary frames, a faster sensor and the powerful A12 Bionic chip bring more highlight and shadow detail to your photos. Larger and deeper pixels. A new sensor creates better image fidelity, greater colour accuracy and reduced noise in low‑light shots. Enhanced bokeh effect. Portrait mode photos look even more professional thanks to a sophisticated background blur. All-new Depth Control. Now you can adjust the depth of field in portraits after you shoot. And this. iPhone XS delivers Gigabit-class LTE for superfast download speeds.5 And up to 512Gb of storage, making this our highest-capacity iPhone yet. No other phone is like iPhone. Every decision that goes into iPhone makes it stand apart. From the way it’s made, to the way we build in privacy and security from the start, to the innovative ways we recycle its components.

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