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AirPods 2 tipped for 2018: Here’s what could be new

AirPods 2 tipped for 2018: Here’s what could be new

Apple's second-generation AirPods will launch in the latter half of 2018, complete with internal refinements, according to new analyst predictions. The wireless headphones have proved to be a stand-out hit for the Cupertino firm, despite their later-than-planned release. Indeed, Apple is struggling to keep AirPods in stock.

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AirPods out for Christmas, other Apple products ship tomorrow

AirPods out for Christmas, other Apple products ship tomorrow

If you're still looking to buy some AirPods for your family member for Christmas, you might be out of luck. Shipping times for the Apple wireless AirPods earbuds have slipped past the holiday gift-giving timeframe, straight on into 2018. This does not necessarily mean there aren't any AirPods at your local Apple Store, but it does mean Apple doesn't have the stock to ship a pair within the next few days - or for New Years Eve, for that matter.

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Bragi’s future earbuds will use AI to understand ambient sounds

Bragi’s future earbuds will use AI to understand ambient sounds

Audio Analytic has announced a new collaboration with Bragi that will involve a demonstration of artificial intelligence designed for earbuds and headphones. The company explains that its technology can be used with earbuds, such as Bragi's Dash Pro, to give the device an element of intelligence. With it, the earbuds will be able to intelligently respond to environments, such as quieting the audio when the wearer begins speaking.

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UA Sport Wireless Flex earbuds use LEDs to keep runners safe

UA Sport Wireless Flex earbuds use LEDs to keep runners safe

Under Armour has teamed up with JBL to launch the UA Sport Wireless Flex, a pair of Bluetooth earbuds designed specifically for athletes and fitness enthusiasts. The UA Sport Wireless Flex feature a Flex Zone neckband, enabling the user to adjust the fit so that it best meets their needs. In addition to the adjustable neckband, the UA Sport Wireless Flex has fast charging that enables users to get a full hour of playback after only five minutes on the charger.

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Qualcomm’s USB-C DAC could fix your headphone jack sadness

Qualcomm’s USB-C DAC could fix your headphone jack sadness

The 3.5mm headphone jack might be disappearing from smartphones, but Qualcomm wants to give us something better in the shape of a new DAC for smartphones and other mobile devices. The Qualcomm AQT1000 is the chip-maker's new Aqstic Hi-Fi digital to analog converter (DAC), set to show up in products in 2018.

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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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Larger Razer Phone teased by CEO amid DAC talk

Larger Razer Phone teased by CEO amid DAC talk

The CEO and co-founder of Razer defended the company's lack of headphone jack on their brand new Razer Phone this week. Users submitted "feedback" on the subject over the past week, and Razer's Min-Liang Tan responded this weekend in kind. The changes, he suggested, came not because of industry trends, but because there are more important things to fill that space with - like more battery capacity.

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4 ways to fix Google’s Pixel Buds

4 ways to fix Google’s Pixel Buds

It's fair to say the Google Pixel Buds didn't have the reception the Android team might have hoped for them. Intended to give Pixel 2 owners something to fend off pangs of Apple AirPod jealousy - not to mention pacify complaints about the Oreo smartphone's missing headphone jack - the Pixel Buds may have talents like translation, but they fell short on the basics. Still, all is not lost: read on for the four key ways Google could make the Pixel Buds 2 winners.

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Razer Hammerhead earbuds get USB-C just in time for Razer Phone

Razer Hammerhead earbuds get USB-C just in time for Razer Phone

It's been a big week for Razer. Just a couple of days ago, it finally launched its long-rumored Razer Phone in the US, stepping into the ring with the other big Android manufactures. Now Razer has announced a new version of its Hammerhead earbuds, making them compatible with the Razer Phone in this release.

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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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Google Pixel Buds Review: Lost in Translation

Google Pixel Buds Review: Lost in Translation

The Pixel 2 may not have a headphone jack, but the Google Pixel Buds promise to make you forget all about your legacy port. Taking on Apple's best-selling AirPods, the $159 headphones not only promise hands-free calls and music, but to bring the power of the Google Assistant to your ear, and translate conversations in foreign languages. Sadly, though, the Pixel Buds aren't the AirPods-killers we were hoping for.

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Audio-Technica ATH-M50xRD limited red and gold edition now available

Audio-Technica ATH-M50xRD limited red and gold edition now available

Audio-Technica is now shipping a special red and gold version of its ATH-M50x headphones. The special version is called the ATH-M50xRD, and it offers an attractive, almost velvety red color with subtle gold trim, the combination of which contrasts well with the black headband and ear cups. The headband itself includes thin writing in gold.

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