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Jabra’s Halo Smart refuses to play favorites with music or calls

Jabra’s Halo Smart refuses to play favorites with music or calls

Not all Bluetooth headsets are created equal, and nowhere is that more readily apparent when it comes to the divide between stereo headphones and mono earpieces. For the former, music is the primary goal and voice calls generally an afterthought; for the latter, a focus on speech generally leaves your music as a second-class citizen, and certainly in mono. Jabra, though, claims to have erased that divide.

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Sony’s Xperia AI reinvention puts Alexa in the crosshairs

Sony’s Xperia AI reinvention puts Alexa in the crosshairs

Sony has set its sights on the "evolution of communication", and it's not content to let Google, Amazon, and Apple hog the spotlight in AI. The company may have a patchy track-record with its Xperia range of phones and tablets over the past few years, but with the rebooting of its mobile business in 2016 and a more ambitious strategy centered on smart products with more unusual form-factors and functions, it could well be time to take Sony seriously again.

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Sennheiser PRESENCE headsets offer HD audio in tough environments

Sennheiser PRESENCE headsets offer HD audio in tough environments

Sennheiser has a new line of Bluetooth headsets, and they’re designed to offer high definition audio even in tough environments — windy days spent outdoors, for example, which render many headsets useless. Among other things, the new Sennheiser headphones feature enhanced noise filtering, as well as a wider range of styles to suit various wearer needs and comfort levels. Sennheiser’s SpeakFocus, ActiveGard, and WindSafe technologies are all present.

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Plantronics Voyager 5200 Review – A headset for the unpredictable

Plantronics Voyager 5200 Review – A headset for the unpredictable

The Bluetooth headset might not be the first accessory you think of when considering the "extreme" lifestyle, but Plantronics believes you're missing out. Its new Voyager 5200 picks up where the Voyager Legend left off, boosting microphone performance for tough and changeable conditions, and improving ergonomics for all-day use.

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Plantronics BackBeat GO 3 first-impressions

Plantronics BackBeat GO 3 first-impressions

Usually, with headphones you have a choice: the convenience of Bluetooth and no wires, or the audio quality of wired, but the fuss of cords and cables in your pocket or bag. Plantronics believes its latest wireless headphones address that, with the BackBeat GO 3 offering not only lengthy runtimes - and even more if you pair them with the optional charging pouch - but the promise of far improved sound over rivals.

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Sony Xperia Ear: the first in new breed of intelligent devices

Sony Xperia Ear: the first in new breed of intelligent devices

Sony's Xperia brand has been, for quite a few years now, synonymous with mobile devices. But smartphones, and especially tablets, are no longer the hottest craze in the market, something that Sony is feeling especially in its coffers. To adapt to the times, Sony is "re-imagining" the Xperia brand to embrace more types of devices. In particular, devices that exude intelligence and deliver personalized experiences. In other words, more smart devices, starting with the Xperia Ear, which Sony promises is more than just an in-ear Bluetooth headset.

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This is TipTalk, the smart watch strap that makes you Inspector Gadget

This is TipTalk, the smart watch strap that makes you Inspector Gadget

Smart strap upgrades for the analog watch you can't quite part with aren't new, but few let you pretend to be Inspector Gadget as well. TipTalk, one of the skunkworks projects out of Samsung's Creative Lab on show at CES 2016 this week, does just that, however. Out goes the traditional strap or bracelet on your Rolex, Panerai, or family heirloom, and in its place goes a Bluetooth replacement.

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Jabra Steel to bring wireless calls to tradespeople

Jabra Steel to bring wireless calls to tradespeople

A Bluetooth headset by the name of Jabra Steel has been introduced this week to bring ruggedness to the market. This headset fits in your ear and is aimed at staying there. This device is made to survive dust, shock, and water, conforming to US military standards in all three key areas of hardcore device survival. This Jabra Steel device works with a 5-year warrantee as well, so even if you do happen to find a way to accidentally bust it, you're covered.

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Jabra debuts new wireless Sport Pace, Halo Fusion, Eclipse headsets

Jabra debuts new wireless Sport Pace, Halo Fusion, Eclipse headsets

Bluetooth headset and earbud maker Jabra has unveiled a new trio of wireless options at IFA 2015. The new offerings span the range of sports focused to traditional one-ear headsets, each with a roster of features, including clear audio for calls and music, and incredibly light weights. The new models are the Sport Pace wireless earbuds, the Halo Fusion Wireless headset, and the Eclipse headset.

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LG TONE ULTRA HBS-810 BT headset offers premium on a budget

LG TONE ULTRA HBS-810 BT headset offers premium on a budget

Not even a month after it announced the availability of the Tone Active, LG is revealing yet another member of its TONE Bluetooth Headset family. This time the focus is on budget-conscious consumers. The newest LG TONE ULTRA, model HBS-810 to be exact, combines two things that no buyer can resist or will tire of hearing: premium quality and the promise of an affordable price tag. Packaged in an a now familiar "neck brace" design, the LG TONE ULTRA HBS-810 will be available later this month.

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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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