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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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T-Mobile ONE plan limits Apple Watch Series 3 to slow data speeds

T-Mobile ONE plan limits Apple Watch Series 3 to slow data speeds

T-Mobile users who have their hearts set on the new Apple Series 3 with LTE are facing some unfortunate news: the carrier is limiting the wearable to 3G-ish speeds. The carrier doesn't go out of its way to underscore that reality, instead listing it among various tidbits of fine print. According to that fine print, you'll get 512Kbps speeds with your shiny new Apple wearable.

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iPhone 8 and X have a sort-of secret weapon in NFC

iPhone 8 and X have a sort-of secret weapon in NFC

Both the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X have a new feature that Apple says doesn't come with any previous iPhone - for now. This feature is an opening up of the hardware that's already in quite a few iPhones from the past few years, a piece of hardware that allows Apple Pay to function. I'm speaking, of course, of the iPhone's NFC reader.

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Intel WiGig products are dead, long live Intel WiGig for VR

Intel WiGig products are dead, long live Intel WiGig for VR

If you haven’t heard of WiGig yet, don’t fret. It might not matter anymore anyway. Advertised by the Wi-Fi Alliance last year as the future of Wi-Fi and the IoT industry, WiGig just lost one of its biggest supporters. Well, somewhat. Intel has just told partners that it will be discontinuing controllers and cards for what is formally known as 802.11ad Wi-FI. That said, what it isn’t saying, formally or otherwise, is that it may still plan to use WiGig for making wireless VR headsets not only possible but also usable.

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Verizon, ATT, T-Mobile, Sprint team up (for mobile security)

Verizon, ATT, T-Mobile, Sprint team up (for mobile security)

Here's something you probably weren't expecting: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint have announced that they're all joining forces. No, they aren't coming together to summon some kind of 4G LTE demon that will end the world as we know it, but rather to work on a new mobile authentication solution. The new group they've formed is called the Mobile Authentication Taskforce, and while that name may be a bit silly, the group serves an important purpose.

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Sennheiser HD1 Free wireless earbuds: stainless steel and a leather case

Sennheiser HD1 Free wireless earbuds: stainless steel and a leather case

Sennheiser has introduced its new HD1 Free, a pair of wireless earbuds in the maker's HD1 lineup. The HD1 Free feature a 'traditional' Bluetooth earbuds design -- that is, they're a pair of ear pieces connected by a cable rather than the less popular plastic neckband design. Though the model features a lower battery life rating than some of its newest competitors at 6 hours, it does bring with it a stylish design that stands out from the crowd.

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Fitbit Flyer wireless headphones launch alongside Ionic smartwatch

Fitbit Flyer wireless headphones launch alongside Ionic smartwatch

The reveal of the Ionic smartwatch isn't the only big announcement Fitbit is making today. The company also revealed its new Flyer wireless headphones, which are meant to be go hand-in-hand with the Ionic. In fact, one of the biggest draws of these headphones for Ionic users will likely be the fact that they can be connected directly to the smartwatch itself, with no phone necessary.

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Optoma NuForce BE2 Earbuds Review: Premium quality with budget cost

Optoma NuForce BE2 Earbuds Review: Premium quality with budget cost

Last week, company Optoma launched a new pair of earbuds called the NuForce BE2. The earbuds were hawked as a premium product with a less-than-premium $49 price tag, seemingly offering the best of both worlds. On paper, at least, there's a lot to like about this model: water-resistance, AAC audio support, a 10-hour battery life, wireless functionality, and more. Does it live up to those promises in the real-world, though?

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New Verizon unlimited plans are going to kill consumer goodwill

New Verizon unlimited plans are going to kill consumer goodwill

Back in February, Verizon surprised everyone by announcing that it would begin offering a new unlimited plan. This set off something of a competition between the big four carriers in the US, and at the end of it all, Verizon came out on top with an unlimited plan that was surprisingly good. Today, Verizon is throwing a lot of that out the window by not only splitting its one unlimited plan into multiple tiers, but also by placing new restrictions on unlimited users.

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Xfinity Mobile goes nationwide this week

Xfinity Mobile goes nationwide this week

After launching on a limited scale back in May, Comcast is ready to roll out its Xfinity Mobile service nationwide. Today Comcast announced that Xfinity Mobile is available in all of Comcast's service areas, bringing it online in rather large swathes across the country. Xfinity Mobile, as some of you already know, is a service billed as a less expensive and more flexible cellular option for folks who are existing Xfinity Internet subscribers.

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New Xbox Wireless Adapter has been delayed until next year

New Xbox Wireless Adapter has been delayed until next year

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced a couple new Xbox One controller designs, as well as a new Xbox Wireless Adapter for connecting an Xbox controller to a PC running Windows 10. At the time, Microsoft said the wireless adapter would be available some time later this month, but now that has changed in a big way: the company has delayed the dongle until next year.

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