Google Pixel Buds

As Jori pointed out last week, headphones are awesome, and I agree. They can be wireless, over ear, in ear, leather, plastic, etc. Bluetooth has been the biggest game changer but google has come out with a pair of headphones that puts the competition to shame.

Google’s, Pixel Buds, are both wireless, and the have a voice assistant feature, which means that they can translete 40 languages, while you’re having a conversation. Say you’re in a different country and don’t speak the language, just pop those headphones on and, bam, you can understand.

 

The translation feature is enabled when the user holds down a button on the right earbud, and instructs the Google Assistant to help them speak the language required. Then, as they talk, the Pixel smartphone, that the Pixel Buds are connected to, plays the translation out loud. When listening to a response, the correct translation is played back through the headphones. Like wow.

The Pixel Buds are also able to answer calls, adjust volume, play or pause music, send and read out texts, and map directions all without the need to touch the connected phone.

If fully charged, they offer up to five hours of non-stop listening. But they also come in a pocket sized case that doubles up as a portable charger, allowing the user up to 24 hours of listening time in total.

To use as a headset, you need a Bluetooth® enabled companion device running:

  • Android 5.0 or higher
  • iOS 10.0 or higher

To use with Google Assistant you need:

  • An Assistant enabled Android device
  • The latest version of the Google app
  • Android 6.0 or higher
  • A Google Account
  • A data connection

To use with Google Translate you need:

  • Pixel or Pixel 2
  • The most up-to-date version of the Google Translate app
  • The latest version of the Google app

 

These are the first headphone Google has ever made and I can say that they did a pretty bang up job!

 

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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

Pokemon Go! was huge two years ago, it took the world by storm by creating a game that gets people moving, interacting and used a very well known and loved game. The company Niantic, who created Pokemon Go, has been developing the game, HarryPotter: Wizards Unite!

 

 

The game will be similar to Pokemon Go!; turning real-world streets, neighborhoods and cities into a global game board, and bringing people together in a shared digital reality. It will be interactive and get you moving and socializing with people who also love Harry Potter. You’ll be learning and casting spells, battling magical creatures, and teaming up with others to take down enemies.

I LOVE Harry Potter, so I’m super pumped about this game! People seemed to have really loved Pokemon Go! I don’t know why people have stopped talking about the game, I just assume because its ran its course and people got tired of it, but I’m glad the company has continued with the Harry Potter project.

Details on the game are pretty scarce, but Niantic did say in September that the company was looking at using audio cues in future AR games because holding up a phone for an extended period of time ‘makes them look like a total doofus,’ So it’s possible that Harry Potter Wizards Unite, will have sound cues. OMG how cool is that!

The game is set to release sometime in 2018, so get ready for more strangers wandering around your neighbourhood and watch out for those people who wander out onto the street without looking! I think that Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will be a very good game and very popular, I personally think it will do better than Pokemon Go! So if you’re a fan of Harry Potter or augmented reality games then this is the game for you!

Technology in Farming

With the new age of technology, with all the phones and gadgets we use these days there was no doubt that farming would eventually change as well. Now I’m no farming expert but I’ve grown up on a farm, and I wanted to share some stories and my opinion on new farming technology.

My grandpa has been farming since he was young, and back then they didn’t have cabs on the tractors or combines, so that was great technology to get use to! Last harvest my grandpa got into a new state of the art John Deere tractor and was blown away. He was use to driving a rusty old red tractor that he had to fix every time before going out and that had bad reception on the barely working AM radio. This new tractor had a great radio and he barely had to drive, it had cruise control and all he had to do was turn the wheel when he got to the end of the field.

One of the hardest things I’ve experienced with farming has been loading the grain truck. You have to line it up perfectly and not let it overflow, make sure the grain isn’t coming out to fast, etc. It may have been stressful, but I had a lot fun with my grandpa and dad trying to figure it all out. When I heard about Automatic Grain Off Loading, I laughed, because it does everything by itself, the arm will move itself so it won’t overflow, it knows when to stop, etc.

I love technology and I think most things in life are better with it, but I also think some things should be left alone. Farming is a family business and I’m all for making a business flourish and if you really want to spent lots of money to cut down on a few minutes everyday because you’ll eventually make more money, then by all means get the new fancy gadgets, but remember why you started farming in the first place, was it to make money in a business like fashion, or was it because your dad or grandpa took you out on the field when you were young and you fell in love with it and want to continue the family business making money doing what you love with your family.

 

 

link to new technology in farming:

http://www.farmindustrynews.com/farm-equipment/20-technologies-changing-agriculture