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Pixel Buds 2: Fast pairing, adaptive sound and seven more tips you need to know

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Google’s Pixel Buds 2 have plenty of features you need to learn. 


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Google’s Pixel Buds 2 are the real deal. They sound great, are sweat-resistant and offer a good fit courtesy of changeable tips and a fin that holds them in your ears. But there’s more to the Pixel Buds 2 than just fit and sound quality. For example, you can use these tiny gadgets to keep tabs on your inbox due to Google Assistant integration and even though they lack active noise cancellation, they’ll automatically adjust the volume to match the sound level of your environment.

From fast pairing and checking battery levels to pairing your Pixel Buds 2 with a non-Android phone, we walk you through everything you need to know about the Pixel Buds 2 below.


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Setup is as easy as 1, 2, 3

Pairing the Pixel Buds to your Android phone or tablet takes less than 30 seconds. Seriously. All you need to do is open the Pixel Buds case next to your unlocked phone and wait for the prompt. Here, this is what it looks like:

Pairing takes just a few seconds. Really. 


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Once the prompt shows up, tap on it and let your phone and Buds do the rest of the work. Notice the alert says the Pixel Buds will be connected to your Google account, meaning you can quickly connect to the Pixel Buds on any Android device you’re signed into. Just open the case near your other phone or tablet and wait for an alert to appear on your screen that says something along the lines of “Your saved device is available” and tap it to connect. 

After pairing the Pixel Buds, you should see a prompt asking if you want to install the Pixel Buds app. The answer is yes, you do — the app is how you unlock more sweet features. 

If you’re pairing the Pixel Buds to a Pixel phone, you won’t have to install the app, it’s built into your device. You can access it by opening the Bluetooth settings page and tapping on the gear icon next to your Pixel Buds. 

We have instructions for pairing the Pixel Buds to a non-Android device at the bottom of this post.

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The charging case has a battery indicator, but what about the Buds? 


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Easily check the battery level

There are two main ways to check the battery status of your Pixel Buds and the charging case. You can open the Pixel Buds app, where battery stats are prominently displayed at the top. Or you can unlock your phone and open the charging case with the Pixel Buds still inside, and a second or two later, an alert will tell you everything you need to know about battery levels. 

You can charge the Pixel Buds case by placing it on a wireless charging pad, or through the USB-C port on the bottom. 

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Go through the Pixel Buds tutorial so you can master the gestures and controls. 


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Learn the controls

Both Pixel Buds act as giant touch panels, allowing you to tap on or swipe across them to do things like play or pause music or prompt Google Assistant to read your notifications. Here’s a quick rundown of the gestures you have to know:

Single tap: Play/pause or answer an incoming call.

Double-tap: Skip track, end or reject a call, and stop Google Assistant.

Triple-tap: Go back a track.

Swipe forward: Turn the volume up.

Swipe backward: Turn the volume down.

Long-press: While touching either Bud, you can talk to Google Assistant, or if you release after you hear the chime, Google Assistant read your notifications. 

In-ear detection is pretty darn cool

Don’t worry about hitting pause before you take a Pixel Bud out. They are smart enough to know when they’re in your ears, and will automatically pause when you take one out. Put it back in to resume playback. 

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Adaptive Sound is a must-have feature. 


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Magical volume control

The Pixel Buds can automagically adjust their volume based on how quiet or noisy of an environment you’re in. Adaptive Sound is turned off by default, but you can — and should — turn it on. 

Open the Pixel Buds app or settings page, tap Adaptive Sound and slide the switch to the On position. 

With Adaptive Sound turned on, your Pixel Buds will make subtle adjustments to their volume levels as the noise around you changes. If you make any manual adjustment, Adaptive Sound will temporarily stop making changes until the ambient noise significantly changes. Pretty cool stuff. 

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Google Assistant adds an extra layer of features to the Pixel Buds 2 you shouldn’t skip over. 


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Set up Google Assistant

After initial pairing, you’ll be asked if you want to set up Google Assistant on the Pixel Buds. Doing so means Google Assistant will read new alerts from apps of your choosing and let you reply without picking up your phone.

Of course, the normal Google Assistant-type tasks will also be possible, like controlling a smart light or adjusting your Nest thermostat. 

Open the Pixel Buds app and tap on Google Assistant to start the setup process, which includes giving Assistant access to your phone’s notifications. Once done, you can tailor which app notifications you’ll have read to you automatically and control whether or not the Pixel Buds will respond to the “Hey, Google” wake phrase. 

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The Find Device feature may save you one day. 


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Find a lost Bud

Completely wireless earbuds are amazing, but they’re also very easy to lose. One second you’re listening to your favorite tunes, then you take one out and set it down and walk away. Thankfully, Google included a tool that helps you find your lost Bud into the Pixel Buds app. 

Open the app and select Find Device. Next, tap on the Bud that’s missing and then listen. The Bud will start playing a sound, quiet at first, slowly getting louder until you hopefully find it. 

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Pairing with a non-Android device is painless. 


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Pair with an iPhone, PC or Mac

The Pixel Buds can be used with any Bluetooth-capable device like an iPhone, iPad ($314 at Best Buy), Mac or PC. Granted, you won’t get to use some of the more advanced features like fast pairing and Google Assistant, but all is not lost. You’ll still have auto-pause and play, and volume control gestures, along with tap control, will also work. 

Follow these steps to pair your Pixel Buds with a non-Android device:

1. With the Pixel Buds in the charging case, open it, then press and hold in the button on the back of the case. 

2. The white light between the Buds will begin to blink.

3. Open the Bluetooth settings menu on your device and look for your Pixel Buds. 

4. Select your Pixel Buds on your device and follow the prompts to complete pairing.

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Factory reset your Pixel Buds 2 using the button on the back of the charge case. 


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Factory reset your Pixel Buds

If you’re ready to pass your Pixel Buds along to someone else, or just want to start over, you can factory reset them with ease. Start charging the case via the USB-C port, with the Pixel Buds inside it, then press and hold the button on the back until the pairing light stops blinking. 

The light will then blink white and orange for a few seconds, and then return to blinking just white indicating the reset is complete.

Now that you’ve mastered your Pixel Buds 2, it’s time to master your Android phone. We found some killer hidden features, and have a complete walkthrough of all the Android 10 gestures. And we can’t forget to mention our guide to the rest of the important Android 10 features you need to know

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Aliexpress Standard Shipping vs ePacket – For Which One You Should Go For

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Aliexpress Standard Shipping vs ePacket

Want to know the difference between these two shipping modes? With which shipping method you should go?

Out of Aliexpress Standard Shipping and ePacket, which is cheaper? Then no worries. We are here with a closer look at –Aliexpress Standard Shipping vs ePacket. We will help you out to figure these two available shipping ways.

Aliexpress Standard Shipping

Aliexpress Standard Shipping and the company is the top e-commerce site and property of Alibaba Group. Aliexpress Standard Shipping is not the cheapest delivery option but it is a reliable choice.

AliExpress offers shipping options for every taste and budget:

  • For those who are in a hurry.
  • For those who are not.
  • With extra fees.

With Aliexpress Standard Shipping, the parcels usually arrive within 15-45 days.

You will see the tracking number of the parcel on the product’s details page when the shipment is sent. You can track the location of your package also.

Aliexpress Standard Shipping follows different chain:

Seller-> Aliexpress Warehouse->Courier->Customer.

ePacket

As the name implies, the shipping service was designed for e-commerce. It helps the customers to receive parcels quickly from online stores and marketplaces that shipped out from China and Hong Kong.

Before ePacket, products were shipped to the US from China via sea. This was a long journey, and shipping took a long time.

However, ePacket has its own requirements. The maximum length of a package is 24 inches (60 cm) and the total length, height, and thickness of the package cannot be more than 36 inches (90 cm).

Additionally, the package cannot weigh more than 4.4 lbs (2kg). Through ePacket, the product can be delivered to 35 countries.

Shipping time may vary and depends on the destination of the package, customs, holidays, and other delays. On average a package takes 10-20 days to arrive from the United States.

Aliexpress Standard Shipping vs ePacket

The two shipping methods that we are going to explore are AliExpress Standard Shipping and ePacket. Compared to the other free shipping method, AliExpress Standard Shipping and ePacket can cut down shipping time for a few days.

To know which is the best shipping option, consider the advantages and disadvantages of each shipping method.

Aliexpress Standard Shipping- Advantages

  • It provides free shipping to some destination countries like the USA.
  • Products are packed in good quality packaging.
  • Packages usually arrived within 15 to 45 days.
  • Provides many shipping options according to your choice.

Disadvantages

  • Packages usually arrived within 15 to 45 days.
  • It is ideal for small packages.
  • Sometimes you need to pick up your parcels.

ePacket Shipping: Advantages

  • The estimated shipping time is 7 – 30 days.
  • It is cheaper than other shipping services.
  • ePacket is faster than other standard shipping methods being used in China.

Disadvantages

  • ePacket is not available worldwide. ePacket delivers the products only in 35 countries.
  • There is a limitation on the size and weight of parcels.

Which Shipping Method Should I Go With- Aliexpress Standard Shipping vs ePacket?

According to my choice, you should choose ePacket as it is faster and more reliable.

From our experience, AliExpress Standard Shipping generally has a slower delivery timeframe than ePacket. But if it isn’t, then AliExpress Standard Shipping should be your next best choice for affordable shipping and package delivery.

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Aliexpress Standard Shipping vs ePacket

This is all about Aliexpress Standard Shipping vs ePacket. Hope you are able to figure out which shipping method is best for you.

Give your feedback in the comment section below.

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Fauci says U.S. needs to ‘hunker down’ for fall and winter

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As the U.S. makes its way to the flu season, the citizens can’t go easy in their fight against this ongoing pandemic, mentioned Dr. Anthony Fauci on Thursday. Even though the total number of latest daily cases for the COVID-19 disease in the United States has been slowly yet steadily declining in the past two weeks straight, the numbers are still fairly close to 200,000 deaths pertaining to COVID-19 along with 6 million+ cases of confirmed infections.

Fauci also mentioned that we have to be cautious & work through the winter and fall season. This is because things are in no way going to be survivable with a plethora of other diseases lurking in the background.

Fauci is the director for the National Institute of Allergies & Infectious Diseases who spoke regarding the vaccine trials for COVID-19 as well as the chances of surges deemed to happen after Labor Day. He went on to note that when the United States manages to control the disease in a certain region, another one emerges as a hot spot.

This spike in the number inevitably appears whenever the states happen to lift their restrictions related to social distancing. As per Fauci, this transition from a controlled area to a hot spot is actually a depressing sight, given the fact that we already know what is responsible for the same.

One among the leading researchers for AIDS since the year 1980s, Fauci, also happened to warn about how dangerous it could be when people start undermining this virus. He also went on to compare this new pandemic to that of the initial days of the HIV virus that started with some gay men & decades later; there were 70 million+ infected individuals with millions dead of the disease.

He mentioned that the people have been through a pandemic of this intensity before, and underestimating its potential would only bring disastrous consequences. Fauci’s comments related to the requirement for scientists and doctors to approach this disease with complete seriousness came just after the President was heard saying that the pandemic seriousness has been minimized as per Sports Grind Entertainment.

President Donald Trump has been highly criticized for the response made by him with regard to this virus. According to the President, he was playing down the scenario, given the fact that there was no need to create panic.

Although Fauci didn’t actually mention these statements provided by the President, he surely reflected on the lessons learned from this mistake. He also added that we had no idea about the virus from the very first day. However, as we learn more about it, we need to be flexible and change the recommendations, policies, guidelines, as well as other mandates as per the information obtained.

Fauci also mentioned that these vaccine trials have been progressing particularly well. He repeated his caution and added it with optimism stating that a vaccine might be ready as we approach the end of 2020. However, he made no comment related to the vaccine trials being conducted at the University of Oxford that was paused for the week after one participant in the United Kingdom happened to develop an issue in the spinal cord area. When enquired about the possibility of a 2nd wave for the cases in the United States, Fauci mentioned that he isn’t debating about the 2nd surge given the fact that we haven’t yet overcome the first one. While the country is ridden with fear of the speculations of an influenza season that might start in the month of October, it might overwhelm the country’s health care protocol, which is overrun with COVID-19 patients.

Although there is some good news coming in from Australia, things are looking good for the United States. Australia experienced the lightest influenza cases due to the social distancing protocol in place for COVID-19 infection.

However, it isn’t clear whether the United States would experience a similar fate in this regard. To this, Fauci commented that he has no idea of the situation and its future, so he wouldn’t want to predict anything positive or negative related to the pandemic.

 

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IT ministry banned 118 more apps including PUBG: Here’s the full list

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The Indian government once again banned 118 Chinese applications. The name of PUBG is also included in these apps. 118 other mobile applications of China have been banned by the IT Ministry.

The Ministry of Information Technology had received several complaints from various sources, stating that users’ data is being stolen incorrectly through some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms. 

Here is the full list of apps banned by the government on September 2:

Other Apps which are banned by the Government are :

21.Tencent Weiyun

22.Pitu

23.WeChat Work

24.Cyber Hunter

25.Cyber Hunter Lite

26. Knives Out-No rules, just fight!

27.Super Mecha Champions

28.LifeAfter

29.Dawn of Isles

30.Ludo World-Ludo Superstar

31.Chess Rush

32.PUBG MOBILE Nordic Map: Livik

33.PUBG MOBILE LITE

34.Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade

35.Art of Conquest: Dark Horizon

36.Dank Tanks

37.Warpath

38.Game of Sultans

39.Gallery Vault – Hide Pictures And Videos

40.Smart AppLock (App Protect)

& 10 Bands Equalizer

 

61.Web Browser – Fast, Privacy & Light Web Explorer

62.Web Browser – Secure Explorer

63.Music Player – Audio Player

64.Video Player – All Format HD Video Player

65.Lamour Love All Over The World

66.Amour- video chat & call all over the world.

67.MV Master – Make Your Status Video & Community

68.MV Master – Best Video Maker & Photo Video Editor

69.APUS Message Center-Intelligent management

70.LivU Meet new people & Video chat with strangers

91.Murderous Pursuits

92.Tencent Watchlist (Tencent Technology

93.Learn Chinese AI-Super Chinese

94.HUYA LIVE – Game Live Stream

95.Little Q Album

96.Fighting Landlords – Free and happy Fighting Landlords

97.Hi Meitu

98.Mobile Legends: Pocket

99.VPN for TikTok

100.VPN for TikTok

101.Penguin E-sports Live assistant

102. Buy Cars-offer everything you need, special offers and low prices

103.iPick

104.Beauty Camera Plus – Sweet Camera & Face Selfie

105.Parallel Space Lite – Dual App

106.”Chief Almighty: First Thunder BC

107.MARVEL Super War NetEase Games

108.AFK Arena

109.Creative Destruction NetEase Games

110.Crusaders of Light NetEase Games

111.Mafia City Yotta Games

112.Onmyoji NetEase Games

113.Ride Out Heroes NetEase Games

114. Yimeng Jianghu-Chu Liuxiang has been fully upgraded

115.Legend: Rising Empire NetEase Games

116.Arena of Valor: 5v5 Arena Games

117.Soul Hunters

118.Rules of Survival

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