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 […]

Do you care if a smartphone has a dedicated headphone jack?

Apple is said to be working on next-gen iPhones that looks virtually identical to the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models… with one important difference. According to the Wall Street Journal, the upcoming iPhone 7 smartphones won’t have dedicated headphone jacks. Instead, you’ll be able to connect headphones to the phone’s Lightning port or use […]

Intel’s proposed USB-C audio solution could lead to versatile, expensive headsets

LeEco recently introduced a new line of smartphones with no 3.5mm headphone jack. Instead, you can plug headphones into the LeEco Le 2, Le 2 Pro, and Le 2 Max using the phones’ USB-C ports. Or you can just use Bluetooth headsets. But LeEco isn’t the only company that thinks 3.5mm ports are on the way […]

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 […]

Add a mic to the Amazon Kindle Fire for just a few dollars

The Amazon Kindle Fire is a 7 inch tablet with a high quality display, a speedy dual core processor, and the ability to run thousands of Google Android apps. But one thing Amazon’s tablet doesn’t have is a built-in microphone. You’d think that would mean you cant run sound recorders or voice communication apps such as […]