noise reduction

Noise-cancelling device for the home up for Dyson Award

Noise-cancelling device for the home up for Dyson Award

Sono, a noise-cancelling device that attaches to your window, has been shortlisted as a top-20 finalist for the 2013 James Dyson Awards. Similar in concept to noise-cancelling headphones, the device detects ambient sounds and actively emits a counter-signal to replace the noise with projected silence or even with another simulated sound like the chirping of birds. It runs on a combination of grid power and harvested energy from surrounding electromagnetic activity such as Wi-Fi signals.

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Apple faces lawsuit over noise-canceling technology

Apple faces lawsuit over noise-canceling technology

Apple has just been hit with yet another patent-infringement lawsuit, this time by Noise Free Wireless, accusing Apple of violating its noise-canceling technology patents. Noise Free claimed that it had at one point revealed its noise-canceling technology to Apple in a series of meetings years ago, alleging that Apple went ahead and used the technology without permission.

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SOUL by Ludacris SL300 Headphones Shipping Now

SOUL by Ludacris SL300 Headphones Shipping Now

So you're in the mood for some hip-hop endorsed audio in the form of over the ear headphones but you're not into the whole Beats by Dre fad, yes? Perhaps you'd like a slightly more GOLD solution? It's time for Ludacris to come out from the shadows and plop some SOUL headphones on your head. The Over-Ear SL300 headphones by the name of SOUL by Ludacris are shipping now, retailers including the likes of RadioShack, Amazon.com, Best Buy, and Microsoft (the store you'll find directly across the aisle from the Apple store in the Mall of America, of course.) Apple stores will be carrying them as well.

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iPhone 4 uses Audience noise cancellation chip

iPhone 4 uses Audience noise cancellation chip

The geeks over at iFixit are always doing to their gadgets what we don’t generally want to do to ours -tearing the gear apart. It's always cool to see what is inside a device like the iPhone 4 to get an idea of what the smartphone costs to build and how it will perform compared to other smartphones with similar hardware inside. Over the months since the debut, iFixit has torn down the iPhone 4 and it also tore down the Nexus one Android offering too.

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Able Planet XG Foldable Active Noise Canceling Headphones Review

Able Planet XG Foldable Active Noise Canceling Headphones Review

Able Planet have carved something of a niche for themselves, with a range of headphones that mix together active noise cancellation you'd usually see on high-end travel headphones and prices you'd expect from the highstreet. Their latest are the Extreme XNC230W headphones, an entry-level pair that promise more portability while still cutting out background audio. Check out the full review after the cut.

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Able Planet NC300B review

Able Planet NC300B review

The active noise cancelling earphone market is dominated by a few big name manufacturers, and that generally keeps prices for effective systems relatively high. Into the fray steps Able Planet, no strangers to personal audio but promising a cheaper way to cut out airplane and other frustrating background noise. They sent us a pair of True Fidelity NC300B headphones, to see if it's really possible to deliver decent sound isolation with at $129.99 MRSP. Check out the SlashGear review after the cut.

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BlueAnt’s Q1 Bluetooth Headset

BlueAnt’s Q1 Bluetooth Headset

BlueAnt's forthcoming product is the Q1 Bluetooth headset. This sleek headset features some amazing noise reduction technology and voice isolation. The most innovative feature of the BlueAnt Q1 is the voice control feature. The user can talk to the headset and tell it what needs to be done. For instance, if the user would like a tutorial of using the Q1, the user says "show me" and the Q1 will walk the user through the features. To pair the device, the user simply says "pair me." The Q1 will even tell you your phone and headset battery life with the command "check battery" There are numerous other commands as well.

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