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The Beats Studio Pro are coming and they sound awesome
If you're in the market for a new pair of Apple headphones but aren't keen on the look, feel, or even the weight of the AirPods Max, there might be a new option coming soon.
That new option is the Beats Studio Pro, a pair of headphones that are now said to be just around the corner. We've heard mention of them before, but now they appear to have leaked once again as we get closer to the release of IOS 16.5.
That's because the first Release Candidate update for iOS 16.5 not only mentions the new headphones but also appears to have outed the first image of them as well.
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The worst iPhone earbuds are getting a big upgrade
At this point it would be a huge surprise if Apple shipped the iPhone 15 lineup with anything other than a USB-C port, but the latest phones aren't the only Apple products that are getting the USB-C treatment. Apple's worst earbuds are as well.
The loss of Lightning is something that few iPhone owners are likely to shed any tears over, especially if they happen to have any other devices that already use USB-C. The iPad is already a USB-C device of course, as are the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. And every Android phone you buy today will have a USB-C port on its bottom edge. But Apple is only switching because the European Union made it, and now it's switching the wired EarPods as well.
That's right, the EarPods that used to come bundled in with iPhones will now also get their very own USB-C upgrade, although they still won't come in the box with your new iPhone.
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Spotify swears it hasn't forgotten about AirPlay 2
Spotify says that it's still planning on adding AirPlay 2 support to its streaming app, but hasn't actually said when that will happen yet. The skeptics out there would suggest that they've heard this all before and that Spotify has little intention of actually following through.
The news came in an interview with Bloomberg's Mark Gurman as part of his weekly Power On newsletter. Gurman was discussing the fact that Spotify still doesn't fully support the HomePod or HomePod mini despite making plenty of noise about perceived problems with Apple's ecosystem.
After Apple opened the HomePod up to allow third-party streaming services to function properly with Siri back in 2020, many of those services took advantage of that move. But Spotify is the notable exception. Interestingly, Spotify claimed that the company didn't receive many requests for HomePod support. That despite a complaint about the lack of HomePod support on the company's own forums having more than 5,800 likes.
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Turtle Beach Stealth Pro announced, with premium drivers and noise cancellation
The Turtle Beach Stealth Pro is the latest premium gaming headset from the peripheral maker and audio company. It supports all gaming devices, Bluetooth, active noise-cancellation, and other notable features.
Regarding active noise cancellation, Turtle Beach claims that it's "the most effective, competitively benchmarked noise-cancellation available in a gaming headset," with dedicated internal microphones that lead to a reduction of up to 25dB. This makes the new Turtle Beach Stealth Pro gaming headset something you could effectively take on the go or use while traveling.
This tech extends to the noise-canceling TruSpeak boom microphone, which is also detachable. With support for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, Windows PC, Mac, Nintendo Switch, and mobile/tablet devices (via Bluetooth), it's certainly versatile.
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The Nothing Ear (2) earbuds promise improved features at the same price
After more than a few leaks in recent weeks, the Nothing Ear (2) wireless earbuds are now here, and they promise a lot. The earbuds claim improvements almost across the board when compared to the previous Ear (1) offering. All while maintaining the same price.
Externally, you'd be hard-pressed to tell which of the earbuds is which from a distance. The Nothing Ear (2) look very similar to the Ear (1) complete with the black and white look that also includes a transparent element that somehow makes the earbuds look classy and cheap at the same time. Personal taste will likely dictate what you see.
In terms of features, there are some tangible improvements. Nothing has added the ability to connect to two devices at once for easy switching, so those who want to connect to their computer and phone can do so quickly. There's also a new ear fit test to make sure you're getting the perfect seal.
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No HomePod with a screen until 2024 at the earliest, report claims
Anyone hoping to be able to use a HomePod with a screen on it will have to wait a little while before that happens, it seems. And it won't happen in 2023 at all.
That's according to a new report which claims that Apple has pushed plans for a screen-based HomePod until 2024 at the very earliest as it works to ensure it's putting money and resources into products that it deems most important. The HomePod with a display, it seems, isn't on that list.
The report in question comes via Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, writing in this week's Power On newsletter. Gurman says that Apple is keen to ensure that it doesn't have to lay off workers in the same way that competitors Google, Meta, and Amazon all have. Part of that seems to be ensuring that it isn't spending money where it doesn't need to but still funneling attention and finances to other projects.
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Nothing Ear (2) wireless earbud specs and product images leak
Nothing is set to announce its Ear (2) wireless earbuds on 22 March and now a new leak appears to have shared details about what the earbuds will have in terms of specifications. We've also been treated to what seems to be official product marketing shots for the as-yet-unannounced noisemakers.
With Nothing having already confirmed when the new Ear (2) earbuds will be announced very soon indeed it was perhaps only a matter of time before more information started to leak out. And that's what's happened with leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer (aka OnLeaks) sharing information with TheTechOutlook.
As expected, it looks like Nothing hasn't changed all that much from the previous model which means that we continue to have a clear case design in terms of the earbuds as well as the case. There are some tweaks though, with the noise-canceling microphone seemingly now moved to the top of the earbud. Whether that will improve performance or not, time will tell.
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Corsair has some new wireless gaming heasdsets with the HS55 and HS65 Wireless
Corsair has released a pair of new wireless gaming headsets in the form of the HS55 Wireless (USD 99.99) and the HS65 Wireless (USD 119.99). Both models are feature-packed, with long-lasting 2.4 GHz wireless support, Bluetooth, and Dolby Audio 7.1 surround. Both headsets are also compatible with PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, in addition to PC and Mac.
In terms of the underlying hardware, both feature similar specs with 50mm drivers and similar flip-to-mute microphones. The difference is in the physical build with the more expensive H65 Wireless featuring a metal construction and leatherette memory foam ear cups. The HS55 Wireless looks more lightweight, with a durable plastic build. Neither features RGB lighting, but both benefit from deep audio customization options within Corsair iCUE.
Both headsets also feature on-ear controls. The Dolby Audio 7.1 surround is exclusive to iCUE, but the good news is that on PlayStation 5, you've got Sony's impressive 3D Tempest audio action. Corsair even includes NVIDIA Broadcast within iCUE, so both the HS55 Wireless and the HS65 Wireless should be great for chat.
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Philips 'Sleep Headphones' are earbuds designed to be worn while you sleep
Philip is introducing new Sleep Headphones, created in collaboration with Kokoon, to improve one's sleep. In addition to being headphones that you can wear all night long. This includes side-sleepers, which is usually the realm where anything headphone or earbud related is a big no-no on account of the discomfort. The "world's thinnest headphones with integrated biosensors" also detect when you fall asleep and will adjust sound levels accordingly so as not to disrupt you.
The profile here is tiny, with a thickness of only 6mm compared to most earbuds in the 20+mm range, and made of soft silicone.
These earbuds are also great for blocking background noise as they come equipped with white noise filters, which are handy if you're in a noisy environment or there's snoring. This is not to be confused with Active Noise Cancelling (ANC), which is not a feature here.
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Sony unveils two new Walkman players, the iconic 1980s device still going strong
The Sony Walkman is an iconic music player dating back to 1979 when it quickly became a phenomenon thanks to being able to listen to music on the go - on cassette tapes. So much so that back in the day, portable cassette players were referred to as Walkmans even though that was explicitly Sony branding.
With the arrival of CDs, it stepped aside for the fresh-on-the-scene Discman and disappeared as the Apple iPod became the portable music player of choice in the digital age. Fast forward to 2023, and the Sony Walkman is now a premium portable music player, as seen in the new NW-ZX707 (USD 899.99) and NW-A306 (USD 349.99) models.
No doubt, the price of the NW-ZX707 Sony Walkman might make you do a double take, but when it comes to listening to high-fidelity music, high-end components are a big deal. In addition to the larger 5-inch display and enhanced battery life, the NW-ZX707 uses high-polymer capacitors and OFC (Oxygen-Free Copper) in the underlying hardware. It also uses what Sony calls a DSD (Direct Stream Digital) Remastering Engine to make compressed music on platforms like Spotify sound better.
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