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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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Portal by Razer WiFi router is optimized for serious gamers

Portal by Razer WiFi router is optimized for serious gamers

Razer has announced a new partnership with Ignition Design Labs, the end product being a new Portal WiFi router that has been optimized for gamers. The new router is mesh-capable, offering Gigabit connectivity and features that improve gaming over wireless. Razer says that a pair of these Portal routers are able to cover houses ranging up to 6,000sqft, among other things.

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CamFi Pro wireless camera controller is almost as fast as cable

CamFi Pro wireless camera controller is almost as fast as cable

Digital cameras still have an edge over smartphone when it comes to quality, but they can be slow when it comes to workflow. Sharing or printing a picture requires sending it to another computer and while built-in Wi-Fi or Bluetooth try to alleviate that, these features are often painfully slow. That is why a group of digital photography enthusiasts have come together to build the CamFi Pro, a wireless camera controller that’s so fast, you might think you’re transferring data over a USB cable instead.

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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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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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Alpine iLX-107 CarPlay review: Siri goes wireless

Alpine iLX-107 CarPlay review: Siri goes wireless

CarPlay isn’t new. Introduced in 2014, it was Apple’s first foray into the automotive space. It might be the precursor to Titan, or a standalone product meant as a stopgap for the time we’re in, where Apple’s own automated vehicle platform is still just a beta project. Either way, it’s here. It’s a tangible, working product. And for the first time, you don’t need to wire your iPhone to the car to experience it. To test that, we took the Alpine iLX-107 for a spin. Literally.

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Dear smartphones: Why use any cord at all?

Dear smartphones: Why use any cord at all?

In the future, cords will only be used to run power across long distances and to facilitate the transfer of data only when the fastest transfer will do. Aside from those two items, everything else will be done without the ubiquitous USB, or Lightning plug, or headphone jack. No company can stop this from happening, and only the most extremely rare company will stick around to create retro hardware.

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Facebook is using its communications tech to get Puerto Rico back online

Facebook is using its communications tech to get Puerto Rico back online

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced that the company is sending teams to get Puerto Rico back online, a necessary step for helping emergency crews communicate and helping affected residents get in touch with loved ones. The move follows Hurricane Maria's devastating blow to the island; during its passage, the storm took out more than 90-percent of the cellular towers on the island.

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AT&T’s rural fixed wireless Internet service arrives in 9 more states

AT&T’s rural fixed wireless Internet service arrives in 9 more states

AT&T has a fixed wireless Internet service designed specifically for rural regions, and it has announced that it is now available in another 9 states. This brings the total number of served states up to 18, all of them with rural regions where people struggle to get decent Internet service. AT&T kicked off this service earlier in 2017 as part of the company's own FCC Connect America Fund effort.

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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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T-Mobile data cap raised to 50GB as “unlimited” war rages [Update]

T-Mobile data cap raised to 50GB as “unlimited” war rages [Update]

Ever since Verizon and AT&T introduced unlimited plans earlier this year, each of the big four have been tweaking their plans and trying to make it the most attractive for consumers. T-Mobile is the one doing the tweaking today, confirming rumors that we heard earlier this morning. Today's changes deal with T-Mobile's "prioritization point," otherwise known as the point where T-Mobile begins throttling your data speeds.

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