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Qualcomm’s new Bluetooth audio chip features active noise cancellation

Some headphones can make a tight fit around (or in) your ears to help block out environmental sounds. But even better are headphones that use active noise cancelling technology to sample the sounds around you and adjust the audio to filter it out. That can let you hear more clearly on a plane, train, or other […]

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Apple’s AirPods wireless headphones now available for $159

Apple is now selling its AirPods for $159, a little later than expected. When the company first introduced the wireless earbuds in September, the plan had been to begin shipping AirPods to customers in October. But the company delayed the launch for unspecified reasons. This is the first set of truly wireless earbuds from Apple: there’s […]

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$10 strap makes Apple’s AirPods wireless earbuds a little harder to lose (and a little less wireless)

Apple’s AirPods are a $159 set of wireless Bluetooth earbuds designed for use with Apple products (although they can also be used with any device that supports Bluetooth audio). While Bluetooth headphones are nothing new, the AirPods are one of a handful of “truly wireless” earbud products that don’t have any wires at all. There’s not […]

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Charge an iPhone 7 while using wired headphones… with a pricey dock or dongle

Apple says it took “courage” to launch an iPhone without a headphone jack. The internet seems to disagree. But on a more practical level, how exactly are you supposed to use headphones with an iPhone 7? Well, you have a few options: use wireless headphones like Apple’s new AirPods. Use special headphones that connect to the phone’s […]

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Bragi’s new $150 cord-free earbuds are half the price of Bragi Dash

Bragi was one of the first companies to launch a set of truly cord-free, wireless earbuds. But while the Bragi Dash earbuds are choc full of features, including touch panels and activity tracking features, they’re also pretty expensive, with a $299 price tag. Now Bragi is launching a cheaper option. It’s called “The Headphone,” and […]

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Samsung Gear IconX earbuds are completely wireless

I picked up a set of Bluetooth earbuds last year when I realized what a pain it is to use wired earphone while exercising. The model I use sells for about $24 and offers pretty good battery life and decent, but hardly spectacular audio. But Samsung is hoping you’ll spend $200 on its Gear IconX earbuds when […]

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Samsung Gear Fit 2 activity tracker, IconX earbuds leaked

It’s been more than two years since Samsung launched its Gear Fit activity tracker, and now it looks like the company is getting ready for round two. Venture Beat has published a series of images of a device that’s said to be the Gear Fit 2, as well as photos of another unannounced product: a […]

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JBL’s new noise-cancelling earbuds use USB Type-C for power and sound

Active noise-cancelling headphones can help reduce background noise by sampling ambient noise and adjusting the audio to help drown it out. But in order to do that, headphones or earbuds with noise cancellation features need more power than a traditional set of headphones. That’s why they usually have a battery compartment. JBL’s new Reflect Aware […]

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Misfit built a fitness tracker into Bluetooth earbuds

Say you like the idea of a gadget that can track you steps… but you don’t really want to have one strapped to your wrist or clipped to your clothing all day. Misfit’s latest activity tracker isn’t meant to be worn all day… just when you’re listening to music (or podcasts, or whatever). The Misfit […]

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EchoBox Explorer X1 is a HiFi audio streamer that looks like a flask (crowdfunding)

Have a smartphone? Then you probably already have a portable audio player that you can use to listen to MP3s or stream music from Spotify, Google, Apple, or YouTube, among other services. But some audio enthusiasts are less than satisfied with the sound quality offered by most smartphones, which why we’e seen fancy, expensive dedicated […]

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BlueAnt Pump HP Sportsbuds wireless headphone giveaway

BlueAnt makes a line of wireless headphones and headsets for use with smartphones and other devices. The company’s Pump HD Sportbuds might be some of the most impressive. These $130 Bluetooth earbuds are waterproof which means not only can you use them while performing a sweaty workout — you can even go swimming with them. I […]