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3.5 things to know about Apple’s AirPods

3.5 things to know about Apple’s AirPods

Has Apple's first set of wireless headphones, the Apple AirPods, overshadowed even the new iPhone 7? There's certainly plenty of controversy - and confusion - about the earbuds, which take EarPod style and then snip off the cord. Are they only going to be useful if you have an iPhone 7? Will they play nice with your Surface Book? What happens if you lose one half of your AirPods set? We've got you covered with the answers.

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Star Trek TNG Bluetooth communicator actually answers calls

Star Trek TNG Bluetooth communicator actually answers calls

Fans of Star Trek the Next Generation who always dreamed of answering a call by slapping a badge on their chest and saying "Go" can now have that dream come true. ThinkGeek has a new Star Trek TNG Bluetooth ComBadge that actually has Bluetooth inside to connect with your smartphone. That means it will handle your communications wirelessly thanks to its integrated microphone.

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VIZIO SmartCast Crave speakers venture into Sonos territory

VIZIO SmartCast Crave speakers venture into Sonos territory

When talking with tech-savvy people about multi-room speakers, the brand that will probably pop up the most will be Sonos. Players in that market are still few, but the numbers are rising with the prevalence of IoT devices and platforms. Aiming to establish itself as early as now, VIZIO is announcing two new audio members of its SmartCast family, the Crave Pro and the Crave 360, both offering not just wireless audio streaming but also the ability to play the music all throughout the house. On other VIZIO Crave speakers, of course.

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Sony launches a slew of new wired and wireless headphones

Sony launches a slew of new wired and wireless headphones

Sony has trotted out six new wired and wireless headphones for audio fans to use with some aimed at active sporty types and others aimed at folks who just want more bass and better sound form their music. The new products include the XB80BS Extra Bass sports in-ear Bluetooth headphones on the high-end selling for $149.99. The headphones have an around the ear design that holds them in place with activity.

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The iPhone 7 headphones savior won’t be Bluetooth

The iPhone 7 headphones savior won’t be Bluetooth

Apple's controversial - and unconfirmed - decision to kill the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 might not make Bluetooth its primary replacement, it's been suggested, with a proprietary wireless standard tipped to flatter audiophiles. The new flagship smartphone, expected to be revealed at a keynote event tomorrow, has divided Apple fans amid leaks suggesting Apple will continue its war on wires by skipping the aged but still commonplace 3.5mm headphone socket.

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Bragi The Headphone debuts along with Bragi OS update for The Dash

Bragi The Headphone debuts along with Bragi OS update for The Dash

Bragi first surfaced with its Kickstarter campaign for it smart wearable device called The Dash. The Dash hit Kickstarter back in 2014 and was notable for having no wires and using an in-ear design along with the Bragi OS inside to make the wearable smart. Bragi is back with a couple announcements including a new set of headphones simply called The Headphone and an OS update for The Dash.

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Tile Slim tracker hands-on: more than thin enough

Tile Slim tracker hands-on: more than thin enough

This week the folks behind the original Tile bluetooth tracker have introduced another unit - Tile Slim. This bluetooth tracker is as thin as two credit cards pasted together, allowing the user to keep it comfortably inside their wallet - or basically wherever else they might need to slide it. This Tile's thinness does not do away with the functionality of the original Tile - there's still a button to tap and connectivity for smartphones of all sorts.

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Jabra Elite Sport make big claims for truly wireless sports earbuds

Jabra Elite Sport make big claims for truly wireless sports earbuds

Jabra Elite Sport wireless earbuds have been revealed this morning, as what the company is calling "the most technically advanced, true wireless sports earbuds available."* These earbuds are sweat and waterproof and give the wearer up to three hours of stereo music and calls - connected with Bluetooth to the user's smartphone. There's a carrying case, too, that gives the user an additional 6 hours of battery time with its built-in rechargeable battery.

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Sony targets Bose with new noise-canceling wireless headphones

Sony targets Bose with new noise-canceling wireless headphones

At the IFA 2016 event in Berlin this week, Sony has just thrown down the gauntlet before noise-canceling headphone champion Bose. The latter's flagship QuietComfort model is often the standard to which others are compared — especially now that they're wireless — but now Sony claims it has gone up and above, creating the best noise cancellation tech ever and putting in their new MDR-1000X headphones.

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Tile Slim tries to keep your wallet from getting lost

Tile Slim tries to keep your wallet from getting lost

There was a time when item trackers, not the activity or fitness trackers like Fitbit, were the rage among the tech savvy. While that has somewhat died down, things still get lost, from umbrellas to, worse, wallets. Tile, a company that has given “lost and found” a new and modern face, is reviving that market with Tile Slim, which does justice to its name. It is slim enough to fit inside your wallet, making sure you and your wallet will never be far apart again. That said, it is also big enough, like a thin coaster or wide card, so that you won’t lose the Tile Slim itself either.

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LG Bluetooth speakers unveiled ahead of IFA 2016

LG Bluetooth speakers unveiled ahead of IFA 2016

If you are part of the audio everywhere crowd, you might appreciate the new line of Bluetooth speakers that LG has just unveiled ahead of their official debut at IFA 2016. The new line includes three different speaker models carrying model numbers PH2, PH3, and PH4. The different models run the range from the casual to audiophile grade to meet the needs of different listener types says LG.

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Samsung Scoop Bluetooth speaker crosses FCC

Samsung Scoop Bluetooth speaker crosses FCC

A new portable Bluetooth speaker has been spied making its way through the FCC for certifications. The speaker clearly states that it is a Samsung product on the bottom and it has the name Scoop stamped across the top of the backside as well. Samsung has clearly put time and effort into making the portable device very stylish.

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