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Best AirPod alternatives when Apple is late

Best AirPod alternatives when Apple is late

Unless you're one of the few early birds, chances are, you won't be plugging Apple's new and odd AirPods into your ears come Christmas time. You can still try your luck and make a goose chase when the earbuds hit stores next week, but you might also have better luck turning your gaze somewhere else. While the AirPods do have a distinct advantage when it comes to the iPhone 7, they're hardly the only game in town. And, depending on your actual needs, they might not even be the best. If you're still looking for a good pair of wireless buds for your ears, here's a shortlist for your holiday wish list.

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Onvocal OV wireless earbuds have Amazon Alexa built in

Onvocal OV wireless earbuds have Amazon Alexa built in

Onvocal has introduced its new OV in-ear headphones with Amazon Alexa Voice Services built in. Using these earbuds, users can ask Alexa to do various things like open up the company’s music app, as one example. The earbuds can also be used to access other personal voice assistants like Siri by tapping a button. The headphones will be available next month, though they can be pre-ordered now.

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OtterBox’s new accessories line includes earbuds and chargers

OtterBox’s new accessories line includes earbuds and chargers

OtterBox has announced the launch of its own line of accessories, including a pair of regular earbuds, wireless earbuds, and some car-charging accessories. The earbuds feature DECIBULLZ’ custom-molding technology for what OtterBox says is an ‘ultimate fit’ that helps keep out ambient noises, among other things. The chargers, meanwhile, are designed to be more durable than your average device charger.

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Bose Hearphones lets you hold conversations in noisy spots

Bose Hearphones lets you hold conversations in noisy spots

No, that isn’t a typo, though Google Search my indeed think so. Bose has quietly launched a new pair of earbuds with noise canceling technology with an almost ironic mission. While headphones usually signifies the wearer’s desire not to talk with others and listen to music instead, the Bose Hearphones can actually help you listen better to those talking to you. And it does so using the very same technology used to block out ambient noise when you only want to hear your favorite tunes.

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Apple AirPods release date to miss Christmas – but why?

Apple AirPods release date to miss Christmas – but why?

Delays in the final release of Apple's AirPods for iPhone 7 will push them past this year's holiday season. Several reasons why have popped up in the past couple of weeks, including today's insider insight from the Wall Street Journal. Their source is familiar with the development of the AirPods and says that Apple continues to work on perfecting the technology required to push these wireless earbuds past competing devices.

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Apple AirPods to ship over next few weeks says alleged Tim Cook email

Apple AirPods to ship over next few weeks says alleged Tim Cook email

Apple’s wireless earbuds, the AirPods, still aren’t shipping to customers, and some are getting tired of waiting. A recent email surfaced in which a customer asked company CEO Tim Cook directly when they will be released, and the alleged response from Cook is that AirPods will start shipping "in the next few weeks." Of course, there's no way to know whether the email is authentic, but it offers a small ray of hope.

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The clever Here One earbuds are delayed

The clever Here One earbuds are delayed

The Here One smart earbuds which promised not only to make you forget your iPhone 7 lacks a headphone jack but put a virtual assistant right in your ear have been delayed, creators Doppler Labs confirmed today. The wireless headphones, put up for preorder earlier this year, promise active noise cancellation, music streaming, and the ability to boost speech. Much like Apple's AirPods, they're designed to be small and unobtrusive.

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2016’s 21 best earbuds and headphones for those on a budget

2016’s 21 best earbuds and headphones for those on a budget

A good pair of headphones doesn't have to be an expensive pair of headphones. In the same way an expensive model may have subpar quality for the price, it's possible to find inexpensive offerings with quality far above what you paid. Knowing where to look is half the battle, but we’ve done the hard work for you: here are a variety of inexpensive headphones to satisfy every user type, including athletes, children, and the frequent commuter.

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Will.i.am’s Buttons Bluetooth earbuds promise ‘immersive’ sound

Will.i.am’s Buttons Bluetooth earbuds promise ‘immersive’ sound

Will.i.am has a new pair of earbuds called “Buttons,” and they come with a giant rounded look generally atypical amongst in-ear headphones. The Buttons are a wireless Bluetooth offering that, says i.am+, offer ‘immersive’ sound alongside a larger premium nature. The design is said to be inspired by vinyl records, though form seems to get precedence over functionality, as the battery offers as little as six hours of playback per charge.

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Beats Powerbeats 3 wireless earbuds arrive: four key features

Beats Powerbeats 3 wireless earbuds arrive: four key features

Beats has launched the new Powerbeats 3, a pair of wireless earbuds designed for those who plan to wear them rain or shine. This newest Beats model is both sweat and water-resistant, meaning you can wear them while exercising or during a light drizzle. They're also wireless, removing the cable tether, but with a design meant to keep them firmly in your ears. Deliveries start November 1.

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Mophie Power Capsule is a wireless earbuds charger and safe-case

Mophie Power Capsule is a wireless earbuds charger and safe-case

Mophie seems to have seen the oncoming rush of wireless earbuds as an issue with forgetful device-users. As such, they've created a combination case and external battery called the Power Capsule. This device is like many of Mophie's other devices, acting as a basic protector of a device while it charges said device with its own battery. The case itself can be charged with a micro-USB cord, also included with the device.

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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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