The best thing about having Google Assistant in your ear, though, is that it gives you access to Google’s much touted translation feature (provided you’re using a Pixel phone). You can use the Google Assistant to launch Google Translate and carry on a relatively hiccup-free conversation with someone in any of the 40 languages the feature supports.
You trigger Pixel Buds’s translation feature by tapping and holding the right earbud and saying “Help me speak Spanish” (or whichever language you want to translate — Pixel Buds handles everything from Afrikaans to Vietnamese). The Translate app launches on your Pixel, and anything you saying while pressing and holding on that earbud is translated to the language you’ve selected. The person you’re speaking with presses an on-screen button on the Pixel to speak, and the translation is beamed directly to your ear.
The Wall Street Journal reports on a recent study that asked whether more screen real estate gave workers the ability to do things faster and better. Workers were given either an 18-inch or 24-inch monitor, and the researchers found that:
People using the 24-inch screen completed the tasks 52% faster than people who used the 18-inch monitor; people who used the two 20-inch monitors were 44% faster than those with the 18-inch ones. There is an upper limit, however: Productivity dropped off again when people used a 26-inch screen.
Interesting findings (albeit funded by a monitor manufacturer)