CES 2017 - Considering smartphone-makers are borrowing Apple's "bravery" by nixing headphone jacks on new smartphone models, companies are starting to look into wireless earbuds. Now Sony has taken a move from Apple's playbook with its own wireless earbuds.
Instead of "bravery" or modern technological advancements, Apple's wireless AirPods conjure up other mental images--ridiculous cash-grab, to name one--but now that upcoming phones will start shipping without 3.5mm headphone jacks, the easy-to-lose audio buds are a trendsetter. Sony is next in this new forefront with its own wireless earbuds.
Sony's wireless buds come with a case that juices them up with on-the-go recharging, and are much more stylish than the Airpods, which look like two Oral B toothbrush heads. Sony's proprietary take on Apple's Airpods are just in their prototype stages, and don't have a release date or price just yet, but we should see more info drop later this year.
CES 2017 - Tesoro today announced that its new Tuned In-Ear Pro headphones will join the company's fleet of gaming hardware and peripherals.
Tesoro's latest In-Ear Pro headphones are made to combine portability with performance, offering 9.2mm dynamic drivers for impressive sound capabilities across iOS, Android, and PC devices. A steel frame ensures the headphones are protected, and the outer edges are magnetic for easy storage. A tangle-free cord ensures you don't spend time fighting knots while on-the-go, and the 3.5mm headphone jack plugs into most devices on the market.
The headphones will be available for $34.99, but no release info was announced. Check below for a breakdown of available features and full specifications.
The rumors about the Samsung Galaxy S8 have been floating around for a while now with the biggest one being that the Korean giant might remove the headphone jack.
Whether or not this rumor is true, there are now new reports saying that Samsung will launch a new and improved wireless headset with their next flagship, better than their current earbuds. According to SamMobile, Samsung will launch wireless earbuds with the Galaxy S8.
LG will be teasing something really quite futuristic during CES 2017 next week, with an easily-named "Levitating Portable Speaker"... which is exactly what it sounds like - a levitating speaker.
The upcoming Levitating Portable Speaker is an egg-shaped Bluetooth unit that has a round base, something LG calls the Levitation Station. The aptly-named Levitation Station (seriously, give that person a raise) includes electromagnets that provide the floating effect, as well as a subwoofer for bass. LG touts 360-degree sound with a 10-hour battery life, and it's also rated IPX7 for water resistance.
The coolest thing out of it all is that the speaker will automatically descend into the base when it needs to recharge, and I will buy one as soon as I can to test that out. Awesome stuff, LG.
Apple's AirPods, the wireless ear buds that are somewhat of a replacement for the lack of a headphone jack on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, are finally available for sale and shipping, the company announced.
The AirPods are available to order online and will be arriving at Apple stores next week.
The company had some unspecified problems with the AirPods, and they missed their initial deadline of October. Back then, Apple said that AirPods aren't ready for customers without further explanation.
AirPods are now available in more than 100 countries, and if you decide to order it online, Apple encourages its customers to check online updates on availability and estimated delivery dates.
Apple's AirPods, which were scheduled to go on sale late October (that ship has sailed), were first postponed because according to Apple's spokesperson "they need a little more time before the AirPods are ready for customers."
Although a new date hasn't been given, users expected the delay wouldn't be a longer than a month, or at least the wireless ear buds that are somewhat of a replacement for the lack of headphone jack on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus would be ready before Christmas.
However, according to MacRumors, that might not happen. They report is that Apple is aiming towards January 2017 for the AirPods launch.
Apple's AirPods, wireless ear buds that are somewhat of a replacement for the lack of headphone jack on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, were supposed to go on sale late October, which is this week. However, that's not happening.
The company says they aren't ready for the customers and won't go on sale just yet.
A spokesperson confirmed this to iMore.
The early response to AirPods has been incredible. We don't believe in shipping a product before it's ready, and we need a little more time before AirPods are ready for our customers.
Smartphones, including the iPhone, almost entirely replaced the MP3 players, but Apple's iPod earned its place in history because it forever changed the world of music.
Steve Jobs introduced the iPod at a very humble presentation on this day, October 23rd, 15 years ago. The iPod, which had 5GB of storage and allowed you to carry a thousand songs in your pocket, along with iTunes, started a revolution in the way we buy music and movies.
The first iPod was the size of a deck of cards, with an aluminum back and plastic front end. It had a rather modest screen compared to today's standards, and its price was $399 for a 5GB model, FireWire port included.
Amazon's second-generation version of the Echo Dot is out now and features a much lower $49.99 price point (versus the previous $89.99), despite the product selling out recently.
A puck-like device, it adds the Alexa voice assistance to any speakers you have around the home, allowing you to control your media with just the sound of your voice.
The new version features a redesigned voice processor, and spatial perception tech that detects multiple uses of the Dot, so that if you like, you can have different Dots for different devices, and control them all independently, with no extra effort on your part. The technology is also being rolled out for first generation devices.
All of the attention at the PlayStation Meeting today was for the new and improved PS4 Pro console from Sony, which rocks 4K capabilities, faster internals, but it lacks a 4K Blu-ray player which has Microsoft trolling Sony on Twitter.
Sony also announced a new Platinum Wireless Headset for the PS4, with Sony teasing it as a "high-end gaming headset" which is made from a "premium construction and materials for extra comfort". The new Platinum Wireless Headset has positional 7.1 virtual surround sound which is powered by SIE's proprietary 3D audio technology.
There will be certain PS4 games that support 3D audio that will work on the Platinum Wireless Headset, throwing surround sound at your ears from all directions. The new headset also features multi-position, hidden noise-cancelling microphones for super-clear voice communications, and it's also compatible with the PlayStation VR headset, and mobile devices with its included 3.5mm cable.