Dolby has brought its fancy new surround technology first to the cinemas and then to mobile devices. Now the audio experts are bringing Atmos back to a bigger screen again, but this time, the kind that fits in your living room. You heard that right, pun unintended. Dolby is bringing Atmos to your home so that you can enjoy all the audio goodness that the technology has to offer, right from the comfort of your couch.
The Amazon Fire Phone is being detailed this week with a pair of magnetic earbuds that come in the box. These earbuds are being pushed as specifically better for pockets than Apple’s stock earbuds with anti-tangle action as well as a design that’s strikingly similar to those that come with the iPhone.
Bluetooth earbuds exist, but they're not quite as wireless as most people would hope. Often times, these devices feature a cable that spans from one ear piece to the other, connecting the two behind your head. While still more convenient when, for example, running than a wired pair, they'll still a hassle when trying to fall asleep listening to your favorite album, and still advertise to others that you have a headset in.
Certainly a coincidence with the recent acquisition of Beats Music and Beats Electronics, Apple has this week revealed a new MFi specification for Lightning Headphones. The Made for iPhone program allows businesses to release their electronics with a fancy stamp that also potentially allows them to have said products in Apple Stores. In this case, Lightning Cable MFi specifications connect with headphones for high-quality audio.
At WWDC 2014 with the release of iOS 8 will come a new version of the most-used app on the platform: Messages. This updated app will come with Group Messaging - name a thread, add & remove, add a Do Not Disturb note, and Leave Thread are all options. You can also send messages that self-destruct.
Back in February, Bem Wireless introduced a unique wearable, the Speaker Band. As its name suggests, the Speaker Band is a wrist band that, at first glance, appears to be a boxy smartwatch. Over the face is positioned a grille, however, and beneath it sits a little portable speaker.
Zoom has outed its latest portable multitrack, the H5 Handy Recorder, offering studio-level audio capture that can be mounted straight on top of a DSLR and supports interchangeable microphones for matching sound to scene. Running off a couple of AA batteries, the AA has both integrated microphones and dual XLR/TRS jacks for external mics as well as line-level inputs for its four-track recording.