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Apple AirPods Pro 2: no heart rate monitoring, big iDisappointment

Anthony Garreffa | Jul 4, 2022 9:56 PM CDT

Apple launched its first-gen AirPods onto the market three years ago now, back in 2019, and have been purchased (loved, or hated) by millions and millions of customers across the planet. But what about its successor: the upcoming Apple AirPods 2?

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Well, the new Apple AirPods 2 are getting some attention on the rumor mill, with Mark Gurman saying that Apple will launch its new AirPods 2 earbuds without any health features such as heart rate monitoring. These types of future-gen health-related features were something most people expected, but we might be getting a more simple update from Apple instead.

The new Apple AirPods 2 will reportedly be launching with improved audio quality, better battery life, and NO health-related features according to Mark Gurman in his latest "Power On" newsletter.

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Sony's new ultra-high-end Walkman costs an ultra-high-end $3700

Anthony Garreffa | Jun 14, 2022 6:25 PM CDT

Sony's new ultra-high-end Walkman is so hardware super-powered that you probably won't have the music collection to truly unleash it, but the new NW-WM1ZM2 is here, and it costs a whopping $3700.

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So... what does a $3700 ultra-high-end Sony NW-WM1ZM2 Walkman get you? Inside, Sony is using an S-Master HX digital amp with "fine-tuned" capacitors, thick Kimber Kable (which links the amp to the headphone jack), and a 99.99% pure gold-plated, oxygen-free copper chassis.

Sony is using a larger 5-inch 720p display, a larger power supply, and an improved upscaling algorithm that's capable of CD-quality audio (16-bit, 44/48kHz). Inside, Sony gives you 256GB of expandable storage, Wi-Fi streaming, a USB-C port, and up to 40 hours of battery life if you're listening to 96kHz FLAC audio. There's also support for 32-bit, 384kHz audio in MQA and WAV formats, but I'm sure you know about the NW-WM1ZM2 if you're using those audio formats.

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SteelSeries Arctic Nova Pro gaming headset: 'four years in the making'

Anthony Garreffa | May 25, 2022 8:10 PM CDT

SteelSeries announced and released their new Arctis Nova Pro gaming headset at Computex 2022, which the company teased has been "four years in the making".

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The company set itself some great goals from the start: removing pain points when gaming, and the best audio in gaming. SteelSeries has provided a clean look, has AI-powered voice clarity, high-fidelity audio, and the best comfort so you can be wearing them all day without feeling discomfort... and that's a big deal.

SteelSeries uses a dual-battery "Infinity Power System" for "unlimited battery life", where you can use one of the batteries in the headset, while charging another -- and then swap them out when needed. The new SteelSeries Arctic Nova Pro gaming headset is tapping "Quantum 2.0 Wireless" letting gamers mix two audio connections simultaneously: this allows for communicating with your friends over the phone, while you're gaming on your PC or console.

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Gucci's new AirPods Max case costs more than the headphones at $980

Anthony Garreffa | Feb 2, 2022 6:28 PM CST

You've just walked into an Apple Store and plonked down around $449 for the absolutely amazing (I personally purchased a pair, and they are the best headset I've ever used) Apple AirPods Max headphones... but what do you put it in?

A $980 bag from Gucci, poser.

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Gucci's new "Ophidia case for AirPods Max" include style (and price) that only Gucci can pull off, but if you're into that type of thing then I'll let Gucci explain it best: "The Aria collection explores Gucci's archives, combining vintage-inspired details with the contemporary".

"Here, this headphones case is crafted from GG Supreme canvas, refined by the House Web and Double G hardware. An adjustable shoulder strap completes the style with multiple ways to wear".

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TikTok user 'accidentally' swallows AirPod, records audio from stomach

Anthony Garreffa | Nov 22, 2021 7:05 PM CST

Another year, another idiot has swallowed an Apple AirPod "accidentally" with a TikTok user accidentally picking up and swallowing something far, far bigger than some painkillers... and get this: the entire thing was recorded from within her stomach.

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The TikTok user is of course warning everyone of her ordeal, saying that she thought she had taken some painkillers when she picked up the Apple AirPod in her left hand while the painkillers were in her right hand. She continued on her TikTok video: "I was crawling into bed. I like threw something back, took my water bottle and took a sip then realized it wasn't the Ibuprofen. I tried puking it up and it would not come out".

She eventually pooped the Apple AirPod out, while confirming she had an X-ray to confirm what had happened and to keep an eye on the situation. The TikTok user said that the AirPod was connected to her iPhone and she was on a call, after sending a voice message to her friend they could hear a gurgling sound from her stomach... yummy.

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Apple Music update: lossless audio coming in June, no extra cost (!)

Anthony Garreffa | May 17, 2021 9:05 PM CDT

Apple has done something that they normally don't do: update a previous service with a higher quality feature, and didn't charge anything more for it... that's exactly what the company has done with Apple Music.

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Apple Music will soon have lossless audio that will cost users no more per month, it will be included in their Apple Music subscription. Not only that, but Apple will be pumping thousands of Spatial Audio and Dolby Atmos capable tracks onto Apple Music with more dropping on the service over time.

75 million songs on Apple Music with lossless quality are now available to every Apple Music subscriber, at no additional cost... from Apple... with no additional cost (again for emphasis).

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This guy fell asleep with his AirPods, swallowed one by accident

Anthony Garreffa | Feb 7, 2021 7:01 PM CST

The very thought of accidentally swallowing an Apple AirPod makes me feel queasy, but that's exactly what Bradford Gauthier from Massachusetts did -- he swallowed one of his Apple AirPods in his sleep.

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Gauthier woke up in the morning and noticed that he had trouble swallowing, he thought he had a sore throat and had a glass of water and noticed he couldn't swallow properly. It was then that he realized he had swallowed one of his Apple AirPods in his sleep, as one of them were missing -- obviously lodged in his throat.

His family members joked around with him and laughed that he might have swallowed it overnight, so he went to the hospital and doctors discovered the Apple AirPod. Gauthier explained: "By that point, my son and wife had gotten the idea that I may have swallowed it. They brought it up jokingly at first, but it seemed too coincidental that I would be missing it when I knew I went to bed with it, while I felt a distinct blockage in the center of my chest".

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These pure gold custom AirPods Max headphones cost $100,000

Anthony Garreffa | Dec 29, 2020 10:00 PM CST

Caviar is no stranger to high-end products, with the new solid gold PS5 console costing $1 million -- now there's a $100,000 pair of Apple's new high-end AirPods Max.

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The new customized AirPods Max will be available in black and white versions, costing $108,000 in total. Caviar says that the earcups on the headphones are made from 750 grams of pure gold, with Caviar adding that it has used "rare crocodile leather" on the headband of the AirPods Max Golden White/Black headphones.

Caviar explains their new $108,000 custom gold-laden headphones: "The AirPods Max Golden White are the luxury version of Apple's loudest new release. Brilliant high pure sound from Caviar jewelers. This precious accessory is made of 750 grams gold and white crocodile leather. It is impossible to look away from this innovative and splendid device created for those who value their uniqueness and want to always be on top".

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LG's new refrigerators can be opened with just your voice

Anthony Garreffa | Dec 28, 2020 11:06 PM CST

LG has just announced its new 2021 line of InstaView fridges, which can be opened with just your voice -- perfect if you've got your hands filled with groceries.

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LG is going all-in with COVID-fueled features like voice control to open the doors on your fridge as to mind the touches you would make hundreds of times per week with a family opening and closing the fridge everyday. You've got regular voice features like Amazon Dash replenishment, checking the ice and water dispensers, and more.

You've even got UV light-based disinfection for the water dispenser taps, with LG also saying there's a 23% larger glass panel for the slick InstaView knock-to-look inside of your fridge.

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ROCCAT unveils new 'Elo' line of PC gaming headsets

Jak Connor | Sep 21, 2020 3:39 AM CDT

Every PC gamer loves options when it comes to hardware, and the more options, the better. Now, ROCCAT has unveiled a new line of PC gaming headsets for gamers to feast their eyes upon.

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ROCCAT, Turtle Beach's PC gaming brand, has officially unveiled a new line of PC gaming headsets slated to be launched this fall. The new line of gaming headsets is called the ROCCAT Elo Series, and will introduce three brand new headsets; the Elo X Stereo, the Elo 7.1 USB, and the Elo Air. As you can probably imagine, each of the new headsets fit a specific price point, and proportionate to that price point is its quality.

The Elo X Stereo is the light-weight model of three and features a floating metal headband and plush memory foam cushions. It also comes in at the cost of just $49.99 MSRP. Moving on, we have the Elo 7.1 USB, and as the name states, this model comes with 7.1 surround sound, as well as ROCCAT's AIMO intelligent lighting system. The Elo 7.1 comes in at the cost of $69.99 MSRP. Last in the Elo series line is the Elo 7.1 Air, which comes with Turtle Beach's Superhuman Hearing, a 24-hour battery life, and more. The Elo 7.1 Air is priced at $99.99 MSRP.

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