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The new PuroGamer headset. (Source: Puro Sound Labs)

The latest Puro Sound Labs headset aims to boost aural health in gaming

Puro Sound Labs describes itself as "the world's leading manufacturer of premium, safe-listening headphones". It has developed the PuroGamer, a "studio-grade" headset with 50-millimeter (mm) graphene drivers for better audio at lo...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 20 Sep 2019 21:15:00 +0200
The Huawei Vision TV. (Source: YouTube)

Huawei's first own-brand TV represents the OEM's Vision of the smart home

Huawei also unveiled a new smart TV at its Mate 30 launch. It is called the Huawei Vision, and will come in 55- to 85-inch variants. The OEM asserts that it can also act as a full smart home control, and has AI-powered user intera...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 19 Sep 2019 19:25:00 +0200
The JAM Audio Live Free truly wireless earbuds. (Source: JAM Audio)

JAM Audio claims that its new true wireless earbuds can last over 54 hours per charge

The Live Free truly wireless earbuds are the latest products from the company JAM Audio. It is claimed that they are smaller and more comfortable than their predecessors. They also come in a handy case that is rated for a battery ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 17 Sep 2019 20:48:00 +0200
Some of the Huawei smart glass variants. (Source: GizmoChina)

The Huawei smart glasses are now on sale in China

Huawei unveiled a new line of smart glasses along with the P30 smartphone series. However, nothing has been heard of them since. Now, however, they have reportedly been released to the Chinese market in several different styles an...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 15 Sep 2019 22:36:00 +0200
The Huawei Freebuds 3. (Source: Huawei)

IFA 2019 | Huawei unveils the FreeBuds 3: AirPod-alikes but with a round charging case

Huawei has taken to IFA to unveil new wireless earbuds alongside the Kirin 990 SoC. They are the latest in the Freebuds line of wearables, and are thus AirPod clones (in their looks at least). These 3rd-gen products have a dedicat...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 08 Sep 2019 17:20:00 +0200
The new JBL Pulse 4 in action. (Source: JBL)

IFA 2019 | JBL introduces the Pulse 4, a 20W portable LED speaker

The JBL Pulse 4 is the latest in a series of portable Bluetooth speakers that also light up as they stream audio. This iteration also has an IPX7 rating and an estimated 12 hours of playback. Its LEDs are controlled by a proprieta...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 07 Sep 2019 00:05:00 +0200
The Xiaomi AirDots Pro. (Source: Xiaomi)

2nd-gen Xiaomi AirPod clones inadvertently make their way onto Weibo

The AirDots Pro are Xiaomi devices that conform to the "toothbrush" form factor of truly-wireless earbuds. Chinese social media users have spotted what looks like their packaging, but with a new product name, in a photograph. The ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 01 Sep 2019 20:12:00 +0200
The Liberate Air earbuds. (Source: House of Marley)

The new truly-wireless earbuds from House of Marley are made from 100% recycled materials

The Liberate Air earphones are made from reclaimed silicone and have a bamboo finish. In addition, they have a charging case described as made from recycled aluminium, wood, cotton and plastic. These new House of Marley products a...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 24 Aug 2019 18:23:00 +0200
Sony has won an award for its Real-Time Eye AF technique. (Source: Sony)

Sony smashes through records at the 2019 EISA Awards

Sony has announced that it has hit a new record for wins at the Expert Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) awards for this year. The company won 7 times at this event, 3 of which were for its innovative, extensive G-series FE len...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 16 Aug 2019 18:50:00 +0200
The AI-powered YI Home Camera 3. (Source: YI)

The latest YI home security camera has AI for smarter, more selective user alerts

The YI Home Camera 3 is an AI-powered security camera. It notifies the user about possible intrusions - however, it solves the problem of potentially indiscriminate, unnecessary messages by using its new software to judge which on...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 09 Aug 2019 18:57:00 +0200
The HomePod captured more inadvertant Siri recordings than other devices like the iPhone. (Source: Apple)

Apple suspends Siri eavesdropping program in wake of privacy scandal

Apple has suspended a controversial Siri grading program that allowed contractors to listen to recordings of customers using the voice recognition software. The purportedly privacy focused company was caught out by a whistleblower...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Fri, 02 Aug 2019 13:30:00 +0200
The Galaxy Buds may now come in this new Aura shade for the Galaxy Note 10 launch. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung develops new colorway for Galaxy Note 10 line - and the Galaxy Buds

Some up-to-date renders of the Galaxy Note 10 are depicted as having an unfamiliar finish that appears as a gradient from pale purple to pale green. The latest rumors indicate that this is in fact an official color option, called ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 28 Jul 2019 22:39:00 +0200
The TicPods Free. (Source: Buzz This Viral)

Deal | Mobvoi is offering TicPods Free at US$30 right now

The TicPods Free are some of the most prominent AirPod alternatives out there. They are made by Mobvoi, also known for the Ticwatch Pro. This OEM is selling their wireless earbuds at US$99.99, or $30 less than their recommended pr...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 26 Jul 2019 20:42:00 +0200
The Vuzix Blade 3000 smart glasses: would you take calls on them? (Source: Vuzix)

New update will bring video-calling to Vuzix smart glasses

Smart glasses are useful in many contexts, most of them enterprise-related. However, it is also possible to replicate the smartphone experience to some degree using some of these devices, Vuzix-brand ones included. This company cl...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 14 Jul 2019 16:31:00 +0200
Spotify Lite is far easier on a phone's memory compared to the regular vision. (Source: Spotify)

Spotify launches a Lite version of its app for Android

The ability to use Spotify on your phone may be restricted in terms of the storage it can take up. The new Lite version of this Android app, however, takes up about a tenth of the space compared to the regular download. It also ha...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 10 Jul 2019 17:46:00 +0200
Logitech is targeting esports gamers with its new G PRO X and G PRO gaming headsets. (Source: Logitech)

Logitech rolls out the G PRO X and G PRO headsets aimed at esports gamers

Logitech has released new G PRO X and G PRO gaming headsets for 2019. The new models have been designed with the input of esports gamers while the G PRO X also features a collaboration with Blue microphones on a new Blue VO!CE fea...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Tue, 09 Jul 2019 13:03:00 +0200
Samsung may be getting 2nd-gen Galaxy Buds ready for release. (Source: Samsung)

New Samsung AKG-linked wireless audio products may be on the way

Samsung's SmartThings app has been found to contain diagrams of heretofore-unreleased pairs of headphones and wireless earbuds. The latter have AKG branding, whereas the former have these 3 letters as part of their model number. I...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 08 Jul 2019 22:37:00 +0200
Amazon keeps a record of tasks carried out using Alexa. (Source: VentureBeat)

Amazon keeps records of users' Alexa interactions - and may not delete them

A United States Senator has obtained a response to a letter sent to Amazon HQ concerning user privacy as it relates to the retail giant's Alexa platform. It advised the public representative that, although a given user can delete ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 08 Jul 2019 19:40:00 +0200
Sony launches WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless Noise Cancelling in-ear headphones

Sony launches WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless Noise Cancelling in-ear headphones

Sony has launched its latest truly wireless in-ear buds. The new WF-1000XM3 aims to deliver a light-weight alternative to Sony's hugely successful WH-1000XM3 wireless and noise cancelling over-ear headphones.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Fri, 05 Jul 2019 12:06:00 +0200
The Sharkoon Gaming DAC Pro S. (Source: Sharkoon)

Sharkoon claims its Gaming DAC Pro S can deliver sound card-level audio via any USB port

The Sharkoon Gaming DAC Pro S is a new product to which any headset with a 3.5mm jack can connect. It also has a USB type A interface to link the same to a PC. This may confer an improvement on the audio coming through the DAC.
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 27 Jun 2019 18:45:00 +0200
The Red Magic 3 Pro Handle. (Source: Red Magic)

Nubia releases gaming-centric accessories for the Red Magic 3

The Red Magic 3 is a 2019 gaming phone with a 90Hz refresh rate. Its maker Nubia has just released the Pro Handle, a joystick attachment, as well as a Magic Adapter, especially for this device. These new accessories add off-screen...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 26 Jun 2019 19:18:00 +0200
Cochlear will be able to market the Nucleus Profile Plus soon. (Source: Cochlear)

The FDA approves Cochlear's Nucleus Profile Plus, a hearing-aid implant that can control an Android phone

The Nucleus Profile Plus is a freshly-approved hearing aid from Cochlear that can connect to an Android phone using Google's new, improved ASHA protocol for this purpose. It allows those with aural impairments to control, stream f...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 18 Jun 2019 15:21:00 +0200
Qualcomm has a new Aqstic audio codec. (Source: Qualcomm)

Qualcomm unveils its latest series of Aqstic audio codecs

Qualcomm claims that the audio codec integrated into its flagship mobile SoCs can rival DACs produced by dedicated manufacturers. Its latest iteration of these are found in the new Snapdragon 730 mid-range chipsets. They are calle...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 17 Jun 2019 16:11:00 +0200
The Cable Matters Dual-Input USB-C Docking Station with Dual HDMI for 4K. (Source: Cable Matters)

Cable Matters offers a dock that can drive 2 4K/60Hz monitors with a MacBook Pro for under US$200

The connectivity-equipment maker Cable Matters has released a new docking station that can expand a MacBook Pro's output by up to 2x 4K at 60Hz via HDMI. This Dual-Input USB-C accessory can also support 80W Power Delivery (PD) cha...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 12 Jun 2019 17:01:00 +0200
UMIDIGI Ubeats launching June 17 (Source: UMIDIGI via email)

US$19.99 UMIDIGI Ubeats Bluetooth 5.0 earphone promises 12 hours playtime

Advertised as "the most advanced 12h playtime Bluetooth 5.0 earphone" created by UMIDIGI so far, the Qualcomm QCC3003-powered Ubeats provides up to 12 hours of autonomy on a single charge and will go on sale via AliExpress next Mo...
Codrut Nistor, Wed, 12 Jun 2019 14:26:00 +0200
Wireless audio has been revolutionized over the last few years. (Source: Outer Audio)

The portable Bluetooth speaker market will be worth nearly US$3 billion by 2025

Speakers with built-in Bluetooth have become better and better at bringing your music places where traditional wired devices can't go. The market built up around these products is now estimated to grow to the tune of US$2.64 billi...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 06 Jun 2019 14:17:00 +0200
The Aukey Key Series of earphones. (Source: Aukey)

Aukey's first foray into premium audio includes a new pair of wireless earbuds

Aukey is already a familiar name in the affordable personal audio game. Now, it has released a new line of earphones called the Key Series with a higher-end appeal. It comprises the EP-T10 true wireless earbuds and EP-B80 wireless...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 04 Jun 2019 20:30:00 +0200
Creative will integrate its Super X-Fi audio tech into Clevo notebooks. (Source: Creative)

Next-gen Clevo notebooks will incorporate Creative Super X-Fi audio at a hardware level

Today, (May 31, 2019) Creative unveils a new partnership with the Taiwanese PC-smiths Clevo. It will involve the integration of Super X-Fi technology into this manufacturer's notebooks in the future. Therefore, this platform will ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 31 May 2019 18:14:00 +0200
Samsung could be calling time's up for the headphone jack. (Image source: PhoneArena/Gizmodo/edited)

Hit the road jack: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 to join the USB-C brigade by ditching the headphone jack

The latest leak about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is likely to infuriate some people. Apparently, there’s a strong probability that the phablet will not feature a 3.5 mm headphone jack. While some have bemoaned the passing...
Daniel R Deakin, Fri, 31 May 2019 10:44:00 +0200
The LG XBOOM CM4590. (Source: LG)

LG releases its 2019 XBOOM speaker line-up to the US market

LG's XBOOM series is often worth a look, as they can be high-powered speakers in relatively compact or portable form-factors. Its 2019 iterations are not exceptions to this rule. They range from entire sound-systems to smart speak...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 30 May 2019 18:54:00 +0200
The new Bose Headphones 700 offer 11 levels of noise cancelling for US$399. (Source: Bose)

Bose Headphones 700 are its all-new US$399 noise-cancelling cans

Bose has launched an all-new range of premium noise cancelling headphones. The first to hit the market is the new Headphones 700 that packs in 11 levels of noise cancellation.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Thu, 30 May 2019 09:20:00 +0200
LG is ready to activate Amazon Alexa on US 2019 ThinQ AI TVs. (Source: LG/Amazon)

2019 LG TVs with ThinQ AI in the US will be able to use Amazon Alexa soon

Some of the most recently-released LG ThinQ TVs have been advertized as Amazon Alexa-capable. However, customers in the US may have noticed that this apparent functionality was missing - until now. The OEM has announced that the s...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 29 May 2019 15:19:00 +0200
Google Coral comprises hardware, software and content for AI applications. (Source: Music Paradise Pro APK)

Computex 2019 | Asus is now partnering with Google Coral for AI and Edge applications

Coral is a platform developed by Google to support and facilitate on-device AI. Asus has announced that it will use its system-on-module (SOM) on its new AI development kit and single-board computer (SBC). They will be called Tink...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 28 May 2019 19:16:00 +0200
The Chatterbox has already reached nearly four times its funding goal. (Image source: Chatterbox)

The Chatterbox, a Raspberry Pi smart speaker that you can build and teach yourself

The Chatterbox is a DIY smart speaker that even children can build. The device has a chipboard case and is built around a Raspberry Pi 3B. The speaker can be taught new commands using the Chatterbox app too. The Chatterbox is curr...
Alex Alderson, Sun, 26 May 2019 17:00:00 +0200
Nura has launched its first adaptive earphones dubbed the NuraLoop. (Source: Nura)

Nura's new learning NuraLoop earphones are up for pre-order

Nura the company behind the critically acclaimed NuraPhone learning headphones has launched its first Bluetooth earphones. The like NuraPhone, the NuraLoop learns and adapts to the way a listener’s ears respond to audio tones to c...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sun, 19 May 2019 08:04:00 +0200
Image via Asus

Asus ZenFone 6 is official and may be one of the best phones of the year

The ZenFone 6, announced today, offers a unique solution to the notch problem plaguing modern smartphones. In addition to its flagship specifications, the ZenFone 6 features a rotating camera module that flips the dual-camera arra...
Sam Medley, Thu, 16 May 2019 21:58:00 +0200
The OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro. (Source: YouTube)

The OnePlus 7 Series is now official

OnePlus has launched its latest flagship series. As expected, it includes the 7 Pro and the base 7. The 4G variant will go on sale on May 21, 2019; however, there will be some special events prior to that.
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 14 May 2019 19:34:00 +0200
The earphones and headphones market will remain healthy into the next decade. (Source: headphonezone.in)

The US earphone/headphone market will be worth US$9 billion in 5 years

Earphones and headphone sales drive a healthy market in the United States. The market analysis firm ReportBuyer estimates that it will grow at a compound rate of over 12% until it is worth approximately US$9 billion in 2024. The p...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 11 May 2019 20:32:00 +0200
The Samsung Galaxy Home was supposed to launch in April, but is MIA. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung Galaxy Home delayed, still coming 1H 2019

Samsung’s Galaxy Home smart speaker has missed its April launch date. The company, however, says that the device will still ship in the first half of the year but hasn’t offered any explanation for the delay.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sat, 11 May 2019 14:19:00 +0200
The Skullcandy Indy earbuds. (Source: Skullcandy)

Skullcandy releases Indy, its latest truly wireless earbuds

The popular audio company Skullcandy has unveiled Indy, a pair of truly wireless earbuds aimed at those wishing to get into this product category at a decent price. They offer IP55 ingress protection, Bluetooth 5.0 and a combined ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 10 May 2019 17:37:00 +0200
tHE Hisense H8F Android TV. (Source: Hisense)

US consumers reportedly prefer Hisense TVs over those of this brand's competitors

A number of 'new brands' are emerging rapidly in the US smart TV market, despite being less than readily associated with this product category. Prominent examples include Hisense, TCL and Vizio. Recent research indicates that, of ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 09 May 2019 19:52:00 +0200
A Qualcomm reference headset based on its latest audio chipsets. (Source: Qualcomm)

Qualcomm announces new levels of support for Google Assistant on its Smart Headset platform

Today (May 9, 2019), Qualcomm unveils support for Google Fast Pair and for Google Assistant on its current Smart Headset hardware platform. It incorporates the most up-to-date low-power Bluetooth audio SoCs the chip-maker has to o...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 09 May 2019 14:27:00 +0200
Spotify's claims against Apple may have sparked a new investigation of the latter. (Source: Consumer Reports)

EU set to investigate possible anti-trust behavior by Apple, based on Spotify's complaints

The Financial Times claims that its sources have told it that the EU will indeed probe Apple's potential anti-competition business practices. The decision follows 'surveys' of interested parties such as Spotify, who claim that the...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 06 May 2019 20:02:00 +0200
Some ads on Spotify may gain voice-control options in the US. (Source: TechCrunch)

Spotify reportedly pilots a new kind of in-app ad in the US

Spotify has reportedly rolled out a new kind of ad to grab user attention in the United States. The messages involved apparently encourage the user to give a voice command in order to navigate to relevant sponsored content. These ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 05 May 2019 17:22:00 +0200
AirPod inside the stomach and outside the bathroom. (Image source: Daily Mail/AsiaWire/edited)

AirPods survive brutal durability test by passing through human digestive system without a scratch

It has been reported that an AirPod has managed to survive passing through the entire digestive system of an adult male human being. Fortunately, this is not some new horrifying development test by Apple nor is it an extreme bench...
Daniel R Deakin, Sat, 04 May 2019 12:27:00 +0200
The Recon 70 headset line. (Source: Turtle Beach)

Turtle Beach releases Recon 70 headset for PlayStation and Xbox

The Recon 70 headset already exists for the Nintendo Switch; now, Turtle Beach has released variants of the same that are compatible with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The headphones have faux-leather cups over 40mm drivers, com...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 02 May 2019 18:50:00 +0200
The former Massdrop's new logo. (Source: Drop)

Massdrop becomes Drop, announces new range of own-brand products

Massdrop has become increasingly well-known among the tech community as a company that makes or sources products based on the feedback given by its customers. This has released in novel electronics such as the Massdrop x Sennheise...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 29 Apr 2019 18:01:00 +0200
The OPPO Reno series apparently uses Nokia's OZO for audio. (Source: Nokia)

OPPO Reno allegedly uses Nokia's OZO audio technology

The latest OPPO smartphones use OZO, a form of audio capture developed by Nokia. This claim can reportedly be found in the latter's first-quarter financial report for 2019. The rest of this report apparently makes for less intrigu...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 27 Apr 2019 18:04:00 +0200
The Soundesk wireless speaker table. (Source: Coolgeek)

The start-up Coolgeek has made a coffee table that is also a speaker

Need an original twist on the common-or-garden wireless speaker? The start-up Coolgeek might have you covered with their new Soundesk product. It is a round glass coffee table with a conical aluminum stand - that also houses a 360...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 26 Apr 2019 17:20:00 +0200
The new Creative Outlier Air earbuds. (Source: Creative)

Creative releases the Outlier Air true-wireless earbuds

Creative has finally joined the true wireless earphone market with the new Outlier Air buds. They boast IP5X ingress protection, 10 hours of playback on a single charge and graphene in their driver-diaphragms. These Bluetooth 5.0 ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 24 Apr 2019 17:44:00 +0200

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