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The Skype revamp continues. (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft will remove option to sign in to Skype using Facebook account

The Skype desktop software and web interface will receive the update treatment soon to match the Android, iOS, and UWP applications. When this happens, the legacy feature to sign in using your Skype account will disappear so any accounts set up this way will need to be merged with a Microsoft Account before the update.
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Razer CEO says that the missing headphone jack is a feature. (Source: Razer)

Razer Phone CEO explains headphone jack absence

Min-Liang Tan has posted an explanation of why the gaming company dropped the venerable audio jack on its new Razer Phone. The demise of the headphone jack is all about giving users better features, according to Razer's CEO.
Razer Hammerhead paired with the Razer Phone. (Source: Razer)

Razer Hammerhead earbuds get USB-C and Lightning Port options for iPhone, Razer Phone, and other android phones

Razer has refreshed their Hammerhead line of earbuds with two new digital based models using USB-C and Lightning Port connectors. The USB-C version comes with a DAC for improved audio.
Bose noise-masking sleepbuds. (Source: Bose)

Bose wants to improve your sleep with noise-masking 'sleepbuds'

Bose has started an Indigogo campaign for prototype testing of their new noise-masking sleepbuds. These sleepbuds are ultra-compact earbuds which isolate external noise and play soothing nature sounds to aid in achieving a good night's sleep.
Microsoft patent could keep the 3.5 mm audio jack alive (Source: http://patft.uspto.gov)

Microsoft patent could keep the 3.5 mm audio jack alive

The flexible 3.5 mm port would be smaller than a standard 3.5 mm port at the cost of higher complexity and likely higher manufacturing costs.
Google introduces Fast Pair for quick pairing with Bluetooth headphones. (Source: Google)

Android "Fast Pair" takes on Apple's AirPods

Google has introduced Fast Pair for Android devices. It brings a far easier way of pairing Bluetooth headphones that is very similar to what Apple is doing with its AirPods for iPhone.
The Megablast speakers are taller than the Blast ones. (Source: Logitech/UE)

Logitech presents the UE Blast and Megablast Bluetooth speakers with Alexa

Featuring the latest Alexa voice assistant that comes with the UE Blast and Megablast wireless speakers can play your favorite music, control IoT-enabled devices and perform more than 25,000 other tasks.
Image: Google

Google introduces Home Mini and Max smart home managers

Google is spicing up their Home line of smart home management devices with Home Mini and Home Max. Mini is a smaller version of home, while Max is a massive smart speaker with dual subwoofers.
JLab Audio JBuds Pro Bluetooth wireless earbuds now available

JLab Audio launchess three new wireless earbuds

The three new products that succeed the award-winning Epic2 Bluetooth Sport Earbuds retail at prices between $24.99 USD and $39.99 USD, all offering a six-hour battery life and, IP55 dust/sweatproof rating, as well as Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity.
New feature, same minimalist approach: the updated Google Duo. (Source: Google Play)

Google Duo's audio-calling feature now available worldwide

Google Duo now allows voice calling from anywhere in the world. The feature should appeal to users who are interested in the app but are subject to carrier-imposed data restrictions.
Vivo X5 Max with 3.5 mm audio jack, this connector might soon disappear

The 3.5 mm audio jack might disappear earlier than expected

Since the latest iPhone and the HTC Bolt, Moto Z, or the latest LeEco smartphones dropped this old connector, it would not be a surprise to see all high-end handsets abandon it by the end of the year.
Harman shareholders aren't giving up without a fight. (Source: Android Authority)

Samsung may not be able to include Harman audio in 2018 devices

A class lawsuit could delay Samsung's acquisition of the US-based auto parts maker which was originally planned to be finalized by the end of 2017. Samsung intends to make every effort to finalize the deal, but it may be a drawn-out process.
The speakers in the MacBook Pro can be damaged by loud pops from a faulty Boot Camp audio driver.

Apple MacBook Pro: Boot Camp Windows audio driver can damage speakers

Boot Camp Windows users on the new MacBook Pro are complaining about loud pops that can damage the speakers. It may be a faulty Boot Camp audio driver that is causing these problems, apparently.
Prototype iPhone 7 case adds a 3.5 mm audio jack

Prototype iPhone 7 case adds a 3.5 mm audio jack

The user-made case is a heavily modified iPhone 6s case that connects to the Lightning port of the iPhone 7 for added functionality.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak comments on dropping the 3.5 mm audio jack

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak comments on dropping the 3.5 mm audio jack

"If it's missing the 3.5mm earphone jack, that's going to tick off a lot of people".
Latest iPhone 7 rumors claim 3 GB RAM, no audio jack, no IP68 certification, and new color options

Latest iPhone 7 rumors claim 3 GB RAM, no audio jack, no IP68 certification, and new color options

We've compiled a quick update on some of the newest rumors one month before Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 6s successor(s).
Samsung already mocking smartphones with no audio jack

Samsung already mocking smartphones with no audio jack

The slight jab during the Galaxy Note 7 presentation was clearly aimed at Lenovo and the speculation surrounding Apple's upcoming iPhone refresh and its potential Lightning-only port.
Latest leak claims Apple will drop the common audio jack on the iPhone 7

Latest leak claims Apple will drop the common audio jack on the iPhone 7

A picture of Lightning-only earbuds is another hint that Apple may be moving away from the universal 3.5 mm audio port found on nearly every consumer smartphone.
USB Type-C could replace the traditional audio jack

USB Type-C could replace the traditional audio jack

Audio through USB Type-C would allow for extra features, though it would also call for new authentication protocols and adapters for existing earphones.
Next Apple iPhone may have no 3.5 mm audio jack

Next Apple iPhone may have no 3.5 mm audio jack

The universal port may be axed on the iPhone 7 in favor of a thinner chassis design.
Leaked image of HP Tegra Note 7 with Beats Audio technology

HP brings Beats Audio to Tegra Note 7

The upcoming slate will use the reference NVIDIA Tegra Note 7 design spiced up with Dr. Dre's premium audio technology and the price will probably reflect this as well.
 

HTC takes 51% in the mobile audio player Beats Electronics

HTC finalized a deal to acquire US-based mobile audio specialist Beats Electronics

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Redaktion, 2013-05- 8 (Update: 2013-09-27)