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.
Thunderbolt isn't just for speedy external storage or daisy-chaining displays, and Resident Audio is aiming to take advantage of all that bandwidth on Macs and select PCs with its new T4. Billed as the world's first multichannel Thunderbolt audio interface that's also bus-powered, the much-anticipated T4 kicks off a new Resident Audio brand, and is targeted at musicians as well as podcasters.
What better way to ring in "May the 4th be with you" - unofficial "Star Wars Day," that is - than with a pair of Stormtrooper headphones? We’ve got one of the first pairs of Star Wars Stormtrooper STREET by 50 On-Ear headphones out in the wild this weekend and we’re having a listen while we sport the most obviously Star Wars-inspired of the collection.
Spotify has rolled out an update for its Android users, and with it comes a few improvements, most notable among them being the inclusion of the "Your Music" feature. With this new feature, mobile users can organize, save, and otherwise sort through their playlists and favorites for easy access.