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Samsung plans to launch wireless earbuds with Galaxy S8?

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Dec 30, 2016 2:28 pm

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.

 

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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.

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LG's new Bluetooth speaker levitates, for real

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Dec 27, 2016 10:27 pm

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.

 

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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 are finally available after a delay

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Dec 13, 2016 10:22 pm

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.

 

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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.

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AirPods might not see the light of day until January

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Nov 2, 2016 4:26 pm

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."

 

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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.

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Apple delays AirPods, says they 'aren't ready'

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Oct 27, 2016 2:33 pm

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.

 

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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.

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Apple's iPod changed the world of music 15 years ago

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Oct 23, 2016 1:28 pm

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.

 

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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.

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Amazon's second-gen Echo Dot is nearly half the price

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Sep 14, 2016 9:06 pm

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.

 

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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.

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Sony's new high-end 7.1 gaming headset will cost $159

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Sep 8, 2016 5:38 am

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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Apple to announce its own branded audio products

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Sep 7, 2016 4:23 am

Apple is expected to have its new iPhone 7 smartphone with a single Lightning connector on it, with the 3.5mm audio jack being removed, and now it's beginning to make much more sense, thanks to the rumors from KGI Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo.

 

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Kuo is reporting that the new iPhone 7 will not only see the headphone jack missing, but it'll include EarPods that will use the Lightning connector. But the goss gets better, with Apple reportedly working on its own wireless technology that will work on a higher-end set of headphones. Kuo said: "We believe Apple will position Beats in the midrange market once it launches Apple's own-brand Bluetooth headphones, in order to maximize profit with a dual-brand strategy".

 

The report from Kuo continues: "We also believe Apple will have its own-designed Bluetooth-like communication chip, given its higher requirements for power-saving, communication specs, and potential rapid growth of Bluetooth headphone shipments". The wireless headphones might be called AirPods, meaning that the EarPods could be the new Lightning-powered wireless earphones, while an actual pair of over-the-ear headphones could be unveiled by Apple.

 

This could be awesome: Apple unveiling its own premium brand of audio products will be huge, and it'll turn into a game changer for the company that's obsessed with design and quality. Sure, you and I might dislike iOS compared to the it-can-do-it-all Android, but audio products from Apple in the high-end market could be pretty awesome, and expensive.

JBL announces Google Now integration in its speakers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Sep 2, 2016 11:42 pm

Google Now really does make your life better, so JBL's decision to include Google Now voice integration into their portable speakers, it sounds like a no-brainer.

 

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JBL's current portable speakers in the Flip 3, Charge 3, Xtreme, and Pulse 2 are capable of being updated with Google Now support. All you'll need to do is download or update the JBL Connect app, grab the update, and press the play/pause button on your speaker to start using Google Now.

 

The update also includes Siri integration, so iPhone owners won't miss out on voice integration in JBL speakers.

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