Pixel 4 to get brand new Pixel Buds 2 wireless earbuds
The Pixel 4 rumor frenzy continues with a brand new development that doesn’t necessarily concern the upcoming fourth-gen Google phones. Google is reportedly going to launch a brand new version of its Pixel Buds earphones, tentatively named Pixel Buds 2, that will replace the first generation that arrived a couple of years ago. Like Apple, Google launched its own wireless headphones to make up for the absence of the 3.5mm headphone jack, which went away when the Pixel 2 arrived. The Pixel 4 will also lack a headphone jack, not that we expected Google to resurrect the audio port. However, the Pixel Buds aren’t exactly AirPods alternatives.
While there’s not a ton of information floating around about them, a new source claims that the Google Pixel Buds 2 are likely to be announced at this month’s Made by Google event, if not sooner.
That source recently spoke to, and says Google will soon introduce second-generation wireless earbuds, although they didn't mention the Google event by name.
However, that event, which is scheduled to take place on October 15, is virtually guaranteed to be where the company shows off the, alongside other new hardware.
As for the Pixel Buds 2, the timing is right for a second generation; it’s been two years since the launch of the original Pixel Buds, and a new Google phone could be the perfect companion for the next-gen earbuds.
Google’s new Pixel Buds are coming spring 2020 for $179
With an ‘intricate origami’ redesignThe new Pixel Buds come in a larger, egg-shaped case versus the flatter case of its predecessor.
Will the Pixel Buds 2 be wireless or true wireless?
The big question about Google's next pair of earbuds is whether they'll be simply wireless, like the original Pixel Buds, or true wireless like Apple's AirPods. The former design has a cord that connects the two buds, while the latter is completely wire-free.
It would certainly make sense for Google to go wire-free with its next generation of earbuds, especially now that true wireless earbuds have become relatively common - although that's no guarantee that it will.
In terms of price, Google put out the original Pixel Buds at $159 / £159, which seems like a plausible price point for the company to target again with the Pixel Buds 2.
In any event, we'll be on the ground in New York City for the Made By Google event later this month - and we'll be sure to keep an ear out for Google's new 'buds.
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The tax plans of the Union - calculated
• Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU) has announced that the first tax reliefs will come into force in 2017.
• Also the middle class and economic union of the CDU / CSU (MIT) urges relief.
• The relief planned by Schäuble and MIT is very different. Essentially, the Minister of Finance only wants to implement what he has to implement.
A year before the election, the Union has made clear what will be one of its central themes - tax policy. Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU) has announced that in 2017 the first relief will come into force. Also the middle class and economic union of the CDU / CSU (MIT) urges. She wants taxpayers to be exempted by a good 40 billion euros between 2017 and 2020 - including a higher child benefit.
Tax Professor Frank Hechtner of the Free University Berlin has calculated for the SZ , how high the relief for the individual would be. While Schäuble is worth up to € 300 a year, the relief afforded by the MIT concept is sometimes many times higher. For absolute top earners are up to 5486 euros a year in it. Anyone who receives a monthly gross salary of 6500 euros as a single person would be relieved of the MIT by a total of 2121 euros per year. Schäuble would just jump out 89 euros.
Relief for both families is higher for both families because it also includes an increase in child allowances and child benefits. For example, for a couple with two children, both of whom earn an income of 6500 euros gross (5500 euros / 1000 euros). Here is the discharge at Schäuble tariff 169 euros. If one were to implement the MIT tariff, the same family would have 3171 euros more available at the end of the year than before the tax cut.Schäuble wants to implement only what he has to implement
That the reliefs in the two models are so different, is no wonder. Essentially, Schäuble only wants to implement what he has to implement. For example, he is required to regularly review the minimum taxable income of adults and children. That is the amount that the tax office can not tax, because it denies the absolute basic needs of life.
The Federal Government must submit a report every two years. In the latest, the officials came to the view that the subsistence level in 2017 must rise by 170 euros to 8822 euros a year. The child allowances increase accordingly by 55 euros. Hechtner took the effect of the cold progression into account and assumed that the child benefit would rise by two euros. Cold progression is the interaction of inflation and the course of the income tax curve. Because the falling monetary value is not taken into account in the tax, it can happen in the most extreme case with a salary increase, that one has real less in the bag than before.
MIT's control concept also includes these components, but goes far beyond that. The organization wants that only from 60 000 euros, the tax rate of 42 percent applies and not already from 53 535 euros as currently. Also, the rate of increase in the lower income comparison should increase less steeply. Hechtner expects the child benefit to increase by 36 euros for the first and second child. According to MIT, the concept is to be implemented in three steps. The values calculated by Hechtner would result after the third step in 2020.High earners are relieved most of all
As with all tax cuts that do not require any refinancing, such as a higher top tax rate, those who earn the most and therefore pay the highest taxes are the ones who are most relieved in euros and cents. In Schäuble tariff for the childless single from a gross income of 5500 euros, the maximum relief of 89 € is reached. For the family of four, this peak of 274 euros, it is achieved with a gross income of about 12 000 euros per month.
The tariff of the SME association looks similar. For the single starts the highest annual relief of 2121 euros with a monthly income of about 6000 euros. Among the four-member families, the highest annual relief is 5486 euros, and it starts with a monthly gross income of about 13 000 euros. If the family earns 3,000 euros per month (2,000 euros / 1,000 euros), the MIT concept gives it 1,482 euros more per year. With a family income of 8000 Euro (5000 Euro / 3000 Euro) it is 3399 Euro.
The higher real relief of high earners can be considered unfair. But that would do the MIT tax plans wrong. Because if one sets the amount of the relief in relation to the previous tax burden, not the top earners are the biggest profiteers. According to this calculation, those with the highest taxable income of a good 22,000 euros per year (singles) are the most relieved. Their tax burden drops by about 13.6 percent. Those who earn more are relieved relatively less. For example, with taxable annual income of € 100,000, the tax burden will fall by around five percent.
Google discontinues Clips, the AI-powered camera you forgot about .
While Google was busy showcasing its latest devices yesterday, it was also, more quietly, pulling the plug on a few others. Today, it confirmed that it has removed its Clips camera from the Google Store. Google Clips was a short-lived camera that users were meant to position around their homes. It had artificially intelligent auto-capture and promised to record clips when it saw something interesting, like something cute your kid or pet might do before you had a chance to grab your camera.Clips cost $250 and didn't have the best ratings -- users said it was unpredictable and unreliable. So it's not surprising that Google is doing away with the device.