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Amazon made its own iPhone dongle, beating Belkin in price

Amazon made its own iPhone dongle, beating Belkin in price

Last year, Apple removed the standard 3.5mm headphone jack from the iPhone 7, a "courageous" move, but one that has put us in a world where dongles are now the norm. With Google's new Pixel 2 smartphones also ditching the 3.5mm jack, the era when we could charge our devices and use wired headphones at the same time is quickly coming to an end. Fortunately Amazon is here to rectify the situation, at least for iPhone users, with a dongle that slightly undercuts Belkin's new solution in price.

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Google: Pixel 2 ‘still comes with a headphone jack’ but…

Google: Pixel 2 ‘still comes with a headphone jack’ but…

This week Google responded to public outcry about the lack of a standard audio headphone jack for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. The response comes from Google Pixel/Nexus Community Manager Orrin Hancock. "The Pixel 2 still comes with a headphone jack," said Hancock, "but we have moved to USB-C, a standard that is becoming commonplace in the best phones and laptops of today."

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Bowers & Wilkins PX headphones are controlled by natural movements

Bowers & Wilkins PX headphones are controlled by natural movements

Bowers & Wilkins has launched its new PX Wireless noise-cancelling headphones, a model that features adaptive noise cancellation alongside a long 22-hour battery life and a classy, modest design. The headphones boast a series of integrated sensors that respond appropriately as the user normally uses the headphones, with B&W explaining that "it's as if PX is an extension of you, always perfectly anticipating your needs."

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Sennheiser GSP 301 and 302 gaming headsets offer monochromatic style

Sennheiser GSP 301 and 302 gaming headsets offer monochromatic style

Gaming headsets typically come with a certain design flavor: sharp angles, a black foundation color, and bright, bold, highly saturated colored accents. This is fine if that's what you like, but maybe you're looking for something a tad less flashy. That's where Sennheiser's new GSP 301 and GSP 302 gaming headsets come in.

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Plantronics BackBeat Fit headphones get sporty in the wireless age

Plantronics BackBeat Fit headphones get sporty in the wireless age

This week the folks at Plantronics have gone to the wireless side with a collection of active/sport oriented earbuds and headphones. Their new lineup includes the BackBeat FIT 300 Series, the BackBeat FIT 500 Series, the BackBeat FIT Training Edition, and the BackBeat FIT Boost Edition. The BackBeat FIT 300 Series will be available starting today in four lovely colors, while the other three series will be made available "in early October."

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Shure kicks off Bluetooth earbuds line with SE112 and SE215

Shure kicks off Bluetooth earbuds line with SE112 and SE215

Audio company Shure has announced a new line of Bluetooth earbuds, and getting it off the ground are the Wireless SE112 and SE215. Both models sport Bluetooth 4.1 and feature a tethered-cable design rather than the plastic neckband design that some companies use. These models are built upon the foundation Shure set with its SE Sound Isolating Earphones, offering a wireless option for those looking for an upgrade.

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Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones leak with Google Assistant

Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones leak with Google Assistant

Ahead of Google's phone event early next month, a leak has surfaced showing the Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones with Google Assistant baked in. The original leak has been rounded out with a later one that includes photos of a retail box supposedly belonging to the headphones -- the box confirms the Google Assistant inclusion.

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Futurama will live again in the form of a single podcast episode

Futurama will live again in the form of a single podcast episode

Still find yourself pining for the witty banter of animated television's most popular futuristic sitcom? Then Nerdist has good news for you. The animated show will be briefly resurrected in the form of a radio show, one being released as a podcast rather than being broadcast on actual radio. This radioplay episode will tie in with Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow, a mobile game that recently hit the iOS and Android app stores.

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Gigaboom ultra-rugged Bluetooth speaker is bulletproof and crushproof

Gigaboom ultra-rugged Bluetooth speaker is bulletproof and crushproof

A new speaker has arrived on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter, and it claims to be more durable than just about any other consumer-tier speaker on the market. According to the team behind Gigaboom, this speaker is essentially crushproof with the ability to withstand up to 4,000lbs of weight; it is also said to be bulletproof, though it's hard to imagine when that would come in useful for a portable Bluetooth speaker.

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Kobo gets audiobooks in latest push against Amazon

Kobo gets audiobooks in latest push against Amazon

When it comes to ebooks, most people still think of Amazon. The Internet company has long dominated the online publishing market, having been the driving force behind the rise of ereaders and digital books. Still, competitors remain and notable among them is Kobo, which has launched its own ereaders over the years. The company launched its own online ebook subscription service back in February, and now it is back with audiobooks.

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Urbanears Fall/Winter 2017 Collection taps minerals for inspiration

Urbanears Fall/Winter 2017 Collection taps minerals for inspiration

Audio company Urbanears has taken the wraps off its latest collection, the Fall/Winter 17 lineup. This collection features some strong colors, not the least of which is an Emerald Green shade that goes well with the earthy tones of autumn. The company will be releasing three headphones models with this collection's colors, including the Plattan 2, the Plattan ADV Wireless, and the Sumpan.

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Google takes viewers inside of music using VR

Google takes viewers inside of music using VR

Google has introduced what it calls an 'interactive experiment,' one that uses virtual reality to take music lovers inside of songs, doing so in a way that is entirely new thanks to this budding technology. The new experiment has been done in conjunction with the podcast Song Explorer, and it uses audio from a variety of artists. All you need is a VR headset (Cardboard will work) to get started.

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