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Plantronics BackBeat SENSE Review – Smarter Bluetooth headphones

Plantronics BackBeat SENSE Review – Smarter Bluetooth headphones

You’re spoiled for choice right now with wireless headphones, but Plantronics is hoping the new BackBeat SENSE can slot in with a mixture of clever tech and everyday flexibility. Lightweight and quietly handsome, they may not have in-your-face branding of some rivals, but they come from a company with a solid track-record both in audio and in wireless devices. Bluetooth offers more than just cutting the cord, mind, and Plantronics claims to be doing more than most with its smart wireless system.

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Samsung debuts LEVEL U, a neckband-based Bluetooth headset

Samsung debuts LEVEL U, a neckband-based Bluetooth headset

Samsung has just announced a new wireless Bluetooth headset, dubbed the LEVEL U, that sports a new ergonomic design, along with functionality not only for listening to music, but for text-to-speech applications as well. Rather than a headset that rests over the top of the head, the LEVEL U has a neckband that rests around collar-level, attached to traditional earbud-style headphones. The whole unit only weighs 33 grams, and the neckband is adjustable with joints made of flexible urethane.

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Beats’ Powerbeats2 earphones now available in Apple Watch sport band colors

Beats’ Powerbeats2 earphones now available in Apple Watch sport band colors

Now that Apple has made the Beats Solo2 headphones available in its signature gold, space gray, and silver colors, it's making a similar move with the Powerbeats2. The wireless in-ear headphones now come in colors that match the sport bands of the Apple Watch: blue, pink, green, white, and black. The new colors are available starting this week at Apple's retail and online stores, but haven't yet reached other merchants. They still come priced at $200, the same as the original Powerbeats2 colors.

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MPOW Edge Bluetooth headset mini-review

MPOW Edge Bluetooth headset mini-review

Whether you're using your smartphone or your smartwatch, using Bluetooth headsets has become necessary in many instances -- when driving, when multitasking, and such. There are full Bluetooth headsets that resemble headphones, but often times a small ear piece is all you need, something small tucked behind the ear that can be popped in and out without fanfare. MPOW has a couple of them, but one in particular has enjoyed a healthy fan base, the MPOW Edge Bluetooth 4.0 headset. We grabbed one for ourselves and have all the details in this mini-review!

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LG Tone Pro arrives with a slightly redesigned neck brace

LG Tone Pro arrives with a slightly redesigned neck brace

As strange as they may look, these behind the neck headsets keep on coming. LG, one of the biggest proponents of this design. Following in the tradition of its Tone series, the new LG Tone Pro has that same basic form, but LG adds a bit more pizazz to the table. These include a somewhat flatter shape to the "neck brace" part of the headset, as well as chrome accents that serve not only aesthetic purposes but are also quick buttons for taking calls or pausing music.

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Beats Solo2 headphones debut in Apple’s Gold, Space Gray, Silver colors

Beats Solo2 headphones debut in Apple’s Gold, Space Gray, Silver colors

While the last few days of Apple news have been dominated by the new Apple Watch and Retina MacBooks, the company's recently acquired Beats Electronics has quietly made a new release of its own. Starting now, Beats' Solo2 Wireless headphones are available in three new colors: Gold, Silver, and Space Gray. These are the same shades that Apple introduced back in 2013 with the release of the iPhone 5S, and are now found across the company's product line-up, from iPhones and iPads, to the Watch and new MacBook.

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Melomind headset uses brainwaves to choose relaxation music

Melomind headset uses brainwaves to choose relaxation music

The latest brainwave headset to surface is called Melomind, and unlike the alternatives that promise to make you smarter or faster, this one aims to relax users by delivering customized music playlists that change to cater to one's current brainwave data. It works in conjunction with a mobile app (both Android and iOS) through which the data is parsed and the music is delivered; it essentially peeks inside of your brain when you're stressed and determines how best to calm you down.

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Bluewire records phone conversations with Bluetooth

Bluewire records phone conversations with Bluetooth

Imagine you're speaking on the phone several times a day and want to make certain you've got every conversation recorded for posterity. Do you hit the "record" button on your smartphone every time you make a call? Or do you rely on a 3rd-party device to hold up to your phone to record what's being said? There's a device by the name of Bluewire appearing this year that's able to record both sides of your conversation via a wireless Bluetooth connection to your smartphone, and it's being crowd-funded right this minute.

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Parrot Zik Sport headset hands-on: made for sensing

Parrot Zik Sport headset hands-on: made for sensing

This week the folks at Parrot have revealed their newest in smart sensing wearable devices, bringing on a strange-looking concoction in the Zik Sport. The Parrot Zik Sport is a smart wireless headset, using Bluetooth for audio and a number of sensors to send data to your phone while your phone sends audio back. This headset includes biometric sensors to make sure you've got the data you need to track your activities while you run around the city, jamming out to tunes.

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Wearhaus Arc turns headphones into social devices

Wearhaus Arc turns headphones into social devices

"Social headphones" might sound like an oxymoron, considering that wearing a pair shuts you in and shuts out the rest of the world. But that is exactly what Wearhaus is trying to pull off. Saying that music is also a social experience, they are designing the Wearhaus Arc, wireless headsets that can both let you enjoy your tunes by yourself or, if you're feeling pretty charitable, share it with others around you. And it's also designed to look fancy as well, with customizable LED lights.

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