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Qualcomm tweaked Bluetooth 5.0 to make headphones so much better

Qualcomm tweaked Bluetooth 5.0 to make headphones so much better

Your Bluetooth music experience could get a whole lot more rewarding, with Qualcomm promising wireless earbuds could last a lot longer with the arrival of the Snapdragon 845. The new chipset brings with it Qualcomm's Snapdragon X20 LTE modem, opening the door to far broader adoption of Gigabit LTE and more. However, for many it'll be more mundane improvements that could make the biggest difference day to day.

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Ultimate Ears Megablast and Blast Review: Alexa cuts the cord

Ultimate Ears Megablast and Blast Review: Alexa cuts the cord

Bluetooth speakers may be a commodity at this point, but Ultimate Ears wants to set the new Blast and Megablast apart with Amazon's Alexa. Joining Bluetooth is WiFi, and the ability to speak to Amazon's virtual assistant: whether that be for requesting music, giving your connected home instructions, or asking questions to help the kids with homework. It's an obvious pairing, but has Logitech-owned UE quite got the recipe right?

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X-SHOCK Transparent Edition earbuds light up to keep runners safe

X-SHOCK Transparent Edition earbuds light up to keep runners safe

SOUL has launched a new pair of wire-free Bluetooth earbuds called the X-SHOCK Transparent Edition. These earbuds, as the name suggests, feature a transparent shell; embedded LED lights illuminate them at night, helping drivers spot runners who are wearing them while out for a jog. True to their nature, the earbuds are waterproof and boast noise isolation.

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Audio Technica Sound Reality line gets trio of new wireless earbuds

Audio Technica Sound Reality line gets trio of new wireless earbuds

Audio Technica, the audio company that targets audiophiles with some high-end headphones, has announced an expansion to its Sound Reality line that adds three new wireless earbuds to the product lineup. These new earbuds are comprised of the ATH-CKR75BT, ATH-CKR55BT, and ATH-CKR35BT. All three models feature microphones and support for taking and making phone calls.

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Beoplay M3 is B&O’s most compact wireless speaker

Beoplay M3 is B&O’s most compact wireless speaker

Bang & Olufsen has released its most compact wireless speaker thus far in its lineup, the Beoplay M3. The M3 model is a home speaker with a swappable front cover, making it possible to tailor the speaker's looks to your own home or office's design. Though compact, the M3 isn't an ordinary tiny Bluetooth speaker: it will still have a prominent place in whatever room you place it.

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Android Bluetooth Fast Pair released – one tap connect

Android Bluetooth Fast Pair released – one tap connect

Google really, really wants you to use Bluetooth headphones. So much so that they've gone and made a new process for connecting their smartphones to audio devices. This is called Fast Pair, and it's not just limited to the Google Pixel 2. Users with any Android device running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and forward with Google Play Services 11.7+ can make this bit of magic happen.

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Android skipping Bluetooth audio might soon be a thing of the past

Android skipping Bluetooth audio might soon be a thing of the past

Part of the large pushback against the removal of 3.5 mm headphone jacks from smartphones is because of the experience that Bluetooth audio is not known for. To be fair, audio equipment makers have stepped up their game and improved the quality of speakers and headsets in response to that new market trend. Unfortunately, things aren’t as rosy on the platform side of things, with Android sometimes exhibiting glitchy or skipping Bluetooth audio. That could very well change soon, based on this latest Android source code change that gives Bluetooth audio playback higher priority when it comes to CPU processing.

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Optoma NuForce BE Free8 earbuds bring Hi-Fi in a tiny package

Optoma NuForce BE Free8 earbuds bring Hi-Fi in a tiny package

Let's face it. Apple ditching the headphone jack has changed the audio accessories market ever so slightly. More and more "truly wireless" earbuds, just like the Apple AirPods, are popping up left and right. That said, there has always been a shadow of doubt over the performance and quality of such miniscule headphones. Trying to dispel those doubts away, Optoma is launching the NuForce BE Free8 which utilizes all the necessary wireless technologies to deliver not just high-quality audio but also stable wireless connections.

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Google Pixel 2 XL tipped to ‘copy’ iPhone X in these 3 ways

Google Pixel 2 XL tipped to ‘copy’ iPhone X in these 3 ways

The Google Pixel 2 XL has a slightly different design than its predecessor and its release schedule will differ as well. In the most basic sense, these are the two ways in which the Google Pixel 2 XL will end up following Apple's iPhone X lead - a later release than previous devices, and a relatively large redesign. But we're interested in more specifics - and in providing proof on whether Google actually did "copy" Apple at all.

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Bose SoundSport Free earbuds want you to ditch your AirPods

Bose SoundSport Free earbuds want you to ditch your AirPods

Bose is looking to break into the realm of the "truly wireless" today by introducing its new SoundSport Free earbuds. Focused directly at people who need a pair of wireless headphones for workouts, the SoundSport Free come with a number of exercise-friendly features, such as water and sweat resistance. They also boast an antenna that claims to keep a strong connection to your device, no matter where it happens to be.

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iOS 11 features: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles

iOS 11 features: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles

In iOS 11 feature nitpicking today we're getting down to business with the newest set of toggles in the software's Control Center. Apple's documentation makes clear their intentions: allowing some parts of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to remain active while the user turns other parts off in their iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. There is a whitelist of devices and functionality that remains active unless Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are turned off deeper inside iOS 11's settings.

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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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