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Pixel Buds 2: Follow these 9 tips to get the most out of Google’s wireless earbuds

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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 thanks to 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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Snapchat to Take on TikTok by Adding Music to Snaps With This New Cool Feature !!

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Snapchat to Take on TikTok by Adding Music to Snaps With This New Cool Feature

Snapchat has reportedly started testing a new feature that will let you add music to the videos you record and send. The new feature, announced on Monday, makes Snapchat the latest social media platform to compete with TikTok.

Snapchat’s announcement comes at a time when TikTok is facing scrutiny across major markets.

In India, the app was banned late June along with 58 other Chinese-origin apps.

In the US, President Trump has been threatening to crack down on TikTok over increasing data privacy concerns.

Snap said it would launch the feature to English-language users this fall, with it rolling out first in New Zealand and Australia starting today. The feature could let Snapchat gain some of the energy and creativity users are currently bringing to TikTok, but it seems as though this isn’t being designed as a full-on TikTok competitor.

For now, it sounds like there won’t be a feed of videos set to music, and there won’t be a way to see other videos featuring the same song — two features key to TikTok.

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A Snap spokesperson emphasized that it’s designed for sharing music with your “real friends.”

That said, Snap knows that TikTok is the target here. In an email detailing the new feature, Snap said that “based on publicly available data,” its app “reaches more people in the U.S. than Twitter and TikTok combined.”

When friends receive one of the new Snaps with music, they’ll be able to swipe up to view the album art, song title, and artist name.

How Will It Happen?

A “Play This Song” link will also be available. When clicked, it will open a web view to Linkfire that will allow users to listen to the full song — not a snippet — on their preferred music streaming platform, like Spotify, Apple Music, or SoundCloud.

When Can We Expect It?

As per the report, the new feature will be rolled out this autumn. The ‘robust’ catalog of music includes titles from Merlin, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Music Group, and other record labels that have partnered with Snap.

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Fortnite Cars To Drop In Game Tomorrow? What Is The Possible Update To Fornite?

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Epic Games has confirmed great news for fans wanting to start racing cars around the Fortnite map in August. The Fortnite cars update is launching very soon following several announcements and a big delay last month.

Having teased the new feature as part of its Season 3 launch, Epic Games was forced to push back the release, due to unconfirmed technical problems. However, this looks to have been resolved and Fortnite gamers will be getting a big update this week.

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The “Joy Ride” update will finally add driveable cars to Fortnite this week!!

Cars are coming to Fortnite this week. The new vehicles, or at least some of them, will be added in a patch on Wednesday, August 5, according to a tweet from the official account.

  • Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 should soon see the much-awaited arrival of cars.
  • Vehicles will provide mobility and also a means to have casual fun in the game.
  • One of the cars is called Whiplash, and Epic Games calls it “a warning” to Fortnite players.
  • The developer confirmed the news on the official Fortnite Twitter account, where it explains “It’s not just a name. It’s a warning”. The cars will be coming to Fortnite in the upcoming Joy Ride update, which will arrive on gamers’ systems on Wednesday, August 5.

WHEN ARE CARS COMING TO FORTNITE?

The big Fortnite Cars Update has a release date set for Wednesday, August 5, 2020, across all platforms.

This means that everyone will be getting the Fortnite Joy Ride Update at the same time on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mobile, and Nintendo Switch.

Based on previous releases, the Fortnite Cars update time could be set for around 9 am BST on August 5.

For gamers in the United States, this would mean the update process beginning at around 4 am ET on the same day.

What Is The Possible Update To Fornite??

Judging from posters scattered around the map, we can assume there will be at least four driveable cars added in the new update.

There’s the sporty Whiplash, a nondescript hatchback called Prevalent, a retro-inspired pickup called Bear, and a big old’ semi called Mudflap.

It’s possible each one will have different pros and cons like speed, maneuverability, and attack damage.

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Twitter’s paid subscription model may offer Exciting Features Like undo send button, custom colors and more !! Check Out All !!

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Earlier this month, Twitter told investors it’s considering a subscription model as a means of generating additional revenue to support its business.

In a new survey, the company asks users to evaluate paid features like “undo send”, as well as other ideas like custom colors, the ability to publish longer and more high-def videos, support for profile badges, auto-responses, additional “social listening” analytics and the ability to run brand surveys about ads.

Highlights :

  • A Twitter spokesperson informed that Twitter is holding surveys to evaluate options for a membership model. The survey questions were first posted on Twitter by social media consultant Matt Navarra.
  • Earlier, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed that Twitter was looking at exploring a subscription model for the platform, although it is in the very early phases of exploration.

He also said that Twitter is looking at other options to generate revenue.

“You will likely see some tests this year” of various approaches, Dorsey told analysts, CNN reported. Dorsey said he has “a really high bar for when we would ask consumers to pay for aspects of Twitter.” He confirmed that Twitter is seeking to diversify its sources of revenue in what are “very, very early phases of exploring.”

Expected Features with New Subscription Model

  • Undo send button: Twitter may never get an edit button but this one gives the user a 30-second window to recall or withdraw a tweet.
  • Custom colors: With this feature, users will be able to change the fonts and theme colors of Twitter. This will change the background color, mentions, hashtags, and icon in the color chosen by the user.
  • Videos: Twitter’s paid membership will allow users to publish videos up to 5x longer than what’s allowed now. The resolution will also increase to 8192 x 8192 pixels.
  • Auto responses: Able to write and set a menu of auto-responses to use in replies.
  • Social listening: You can see the conversation around your account on Twitter, including total volume, the people and businesses who are talking most often and what they are saying. This, again, would largely appeal to brands.
  • Brand Surveys: You could be able to survey people about the ads you run to better understand if your ad was memorable.

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