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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Can You Hear What I Hear?

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From Baldy Phones to EarPods and Beats, headphones made quite a change over the past century. Since music has been a big part in our lives, what is better than listening to your favorite tunes when you’re the only one listening. As headphones are placed on your head we feel like it’s an escape to our own world. Everything around us just fades away.

The first ever working headphones were created by Nathaniel Baldwin in 1910, it was the only way to listen to electrical signals (until amplifiers became available). The headphones that Baldwin created were made from iron, the metal part of the headphone speakers. Think about that, wearing headphones that are made from iron? That would be so heavy, so uncomfortable and irritating (ha get it, irritating – (ear)itating). In 1958 stereo headphones became a thing, while the Sony Walkman in 1979 released the earbuds. Earbuds became very popular when they paired with the Ipod from Apple in 2001. In 2012 however, Apple designed a new look for the earbuds. A much nicer look and more fitting to the ear.

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Make any pair of headphones wireless with this device

Chords are messy and get in the way of everything, speaking from experience here. Although braided chords are a lot better then most normal chords, they still get tangled and kink. Because companies noticed this they have come up with devices that don’t use headphones jacks, forcing you to purchase adapters. Which can range from $5 for a cheap knock-off brand to buying wireless ear buds from Apple for $220.

This device is called the “Jack” by Podo Labs. This device is available for $40 on Kickstarter. Its a device you plug into yo ur headphones and it communicates wirelessly with your phone. You can also sync your headphones with blue tooth and share with friends. Jack also has up to 12 hours of battery life with its 300 mAh battery. This device also works with headphones and all in-line remotes. The device also features high definition sound, with CD-like quality.

Jack has 3 modes.

Share: Lets you sync headphones and share music wirelessly with a friend. you can also sync two jacks and receive audio from the same Bluetooth source.

Receive: Receives audio from any Bluetooth source. You can play it through your headphones, speakers, and any other audio device.  Compatible with any Bluetooth-enabled device.

Transmit: You can use Jack to transmit audio to another jack, or Bluetooth headphones from a normal aux output.

The Kickstarter campaign is also offering a free 3.5 male to male connector when you pledge and share with a friend. Now let’s talk technical and get to the specs. Jack measures to be 1 x 2 x 1.5 inches and weighs 20g. It also includes a USB port and a 3.5mm AUX jack. The audio is aptX audio codec. Making it high definition stereo sound. On the Jack there is a metal clip included so you can clip Jack to anything as well as a LED indicator and a button.

What do you think about devices like this? I personally don’t mind plugging in my stuff into my audio devices. But for people who get annoyed with chords being everywhere, and having to unplug to share and add an audio splitter. This s a good device for them. For $40 this is a pretty good deal.

My only question is ow durable is it? I take my audio with me everywhere so durability and sustainability is my biggest concern.

 

 

iPhone 7: No Headphone Jack?

Apple has been a very innovative company over the years. With the introduction of the iPod Touch and the continuous development of the iPhone, it’s really no surprise that a 7th generation of iPhone is in the works. Although most of its features still seem to be rumors at this point, one of the main concerns with the device is that it may eliminate the use of regular headphones entirely. With its Lightning Port, the slot in which you use to charge your phone, there is discussion that Apple’s own wireless headphones will function from this port as well. It’s supposed to make the newer phone thinner and more sleek, but do we really need that? iPhones have already proven themselves to be quite fragile as their models become slimmer, so why continue along that path?

The rumor came about when an iPhone jailbreaker discovered ‘Headphones.have.%sinput.NO.’ in Apple’s 9.3 beta software.

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We all have our favorite earphones or headphones that we can conveniently plug into anything with an audio jack. This allows us to listen to our favorite music or watch our favorite videos with ease. If Apple pursues this idea of a phone that is only compatible with their own earphones, will this allow them to profit or will they falter with millions of unsatisfied customers? In my opinion, I think that this is a bad move on their part. Along with the expensive prices of their phones upon release, they are forcing us to buy and use only their headphones, limiting what we can use and what we prefer to use. The only way I could really see this working is if third-party companies began to produce headphones that were compatible with the new iPhone, allowing a bit more diversity when it comes to using what we want. Adapters are also a possibility, but how much would those cost?

Although this is just a rumor at this point, I’m not really sure if the iPhone 7 will be a huge success or a major flop. If they decide to integrate this idea into their technology, I will definitely be switching to something else.