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There are rumors aplenty about whether Apple will drop the old 3.5mm jack plug for headphones in favor of wireless and the slimmer Lightning port. If it happens, though, we know exactly how it will go down in every sense, because we've seen this over and over again. We've seen it in hardware and we've seen it in software: Apple is remarkably consistent in how it makes changes that hurt us -- but it's also astonishingly consistent about how it works out for the best in the long run, most of the time.
Countries that celebrate the lunar new year (which begins on February 8 this year) will see specially-designed editions of Apple's Watch Sport and Beats Solo2 headphones as part of the company's annual observation of the major shopping holiday. Buyers in mainland China, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Malaysia will be able to get the limited-edition items, which are also tied in with the Global Fund's PRODUCT (Red) campaign, meaning some proceeds will go to fight AIDS, HIV, and malaria in Africa and other countries.
A little over a year ago, we wrote a rave review of Blue Microphones' first-ever headphones, called the Mo-Fi. A year later, we are still loving them. They are amplified headphones of the sort that has since become very popular with music lovers, and what I liked best about them was that they had a great fit and a very "flat" sound that gave you nothing but the music, as purely as possible. Now Blue have added a second headphone, dubbed Lola, that follows in its footsteps. How does it compare to the Mo-Fi, or competition like Apple's own Beats? Find out in our full review.
Whether you're a sporty, outdoorsy type or just the type of person who hates being tethered to their phone, Bluetooth headphones are great. You don't get tangled in them, you can make phone call with them, they're a person's best friend at the gym or on the bus. Today, we're checking out Scosche's little Bluetooth number, a set of earbuds called the SportsclipAir.
On the last day of Hanukkah and just days before Christmas, Apple has given out its annual holiday gift to its employees. This year, in one of the more generous packages in recent memory, workers at all levels of the company will receive some urBeats headphones, and a free nine-month subscription to the Apple Music service. SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue relayed the news to workers through a video message, and employees will receive the Apple Music promo code later this month.
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's highlights are all personal audio items, including headphones for when you want to listen in comfort at home, and earphones for when you want music while you concentrate on your workout.
Bluetooth earbuds, huh? It was only a matter of time. If you're the type of person who prefers earbuds over on-ear headphones, Bluetooth earbuds are probably right up your alley. If you're the athletic type, you might want to find one that suits your action-packed lifestyle. We got our hands on a pair of iHome's iB73 Bluetooth earbuds, and we wanted to see how they held up to our expectations.
On Thursday, Apple updated two of its Beats line of headphones to offer a "rose gold" color option. The urBeats in-ear "earbud" headphones, as well as the on-ear Solo2 Wireless on-ear headphones, now match the faux-rose gold color scheme of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s, as well as the Apple Watch Sport and the genuine rose gold option of the Apple Watch Edition. Both new color options are available immediately.
If you've ever traveled with headphones, you know how much of a pain it tends to be. Sure, you could snag a pair of in-ear earbuds, but if you prefer on-ear headphones, that's probably not much of a compromise. Fortunately, Edifier has stepped up to the plate to create their on-ear, travel-friendly H650 headphones, and we wanted to see how they'd stack up to our bulkier, not-so-travel-friendly headphones.
Audio technology purveyor Blue today announced Lola, a high-fidelity headphone from the maker of the well-regarded Mo-Fi. Lola was inspired by Blue's design philosophy for improved performance and the personalized fit, and introduces a new lighter, slim-fit headband. Lola's sealed over-ear design and custom 50mm drivers provide accurate sound reproduction, boosted by precision acoustic cabinets.
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Apple to open R&D center in India
A new report says that Apple will be opening a new technology center in Hyderabad, India, helping to boost the city's growing reputation as a tech center. The facility would operate within the WaveRock facility, and create 4,500 new jobs at a cost of around $25 million. In 2015, India surpassed the $1 billion in yearly sales milestone, and Apple has recently received permission to open retail stores in the country under its own control, an exception to rules that usually block foreign ownership. http://zd.net/1SMBVu4
Google killing Picasa starting May 1
Google Photos head Anil Sabharwal confirmed in a blog post today that the search engine giant will be shutting down acquisition Picasa. Support and downloads for the desktop application will terminate on March 15 with the application continuing to work for the time being. The transition to Google Photos truly commences on May 1, with deprecation of some Picasa API calls happening shortly thereafter. Users that have Google Photos access will find their photos already migrated. A mass-download tool for users not wishing to use Google Photos will be available sometime after May 1. http://bit.ly/1SmV2KH
Rogue Amoeba Piezo updated, departing App Store
In order to continue working on audio capture tool Piezo, developer Rogue Amoeba has simultaneously updated the app to version 1.5, and announced that it will pull version 1.2.6 from the Mac App Store. Customers who own the Mac App Store version have a one-time migration process to the Rogue Amoeba-served version. The company notes that the sandboxing restriction placed on Mac App Store versions "effectively stopped our ability to upgrade Piezo in any meaningful way." [8.80MB] http://bit.ly/1PIjz7l
FCC spectrum auction will happen without Google
After throwing its hat in earlier, Google (and associated companies) has declared that it is not participating in this year's FCC spectrum auction. A company spokeswoman said of the auction that "like all those interested in improved connectivity and equitable access, we'll be following the upcoming spectrum auction closely. That said, we have not filed to participate." http://on.recode.net/1oy5LWk
iPad Air 3, iPhone 5se sold Friday after launch?
Reverting the way products are actually released by Apple after an announcement to the way it was a decade ago, reports are circulating that new products revealed at a March announcement will go on sale the Friday immediately following the unveil. Slated to appear at a conjectural Tuesday, March 15 event are a new Apple four-inch phone with more up to date internals currently referred to as the iPhone 5se, and a new iPad Air 3 model with Smart Connector and other enhancements. http://bit.ly/1o7mqiY
Lexmark prevails in toner import appeal
Printer manufacturer Lexmark has won an appeal on the third-party US resale of its printer cartridges originally destined for markets outside North America. The appeals court ruled in a 10-2 vote in favor of Lexmark's demand to stop the sale and against Impression Products, both on the toner cartridge resale matter, as well as a related matter regarding overturning the reseller's refilling one-use cartridges and selling those in the US market. The ruling has ramifications in the tech industry, as well as the pharmaceutical and medical technology markets. Impression Products promises an appeal before the supreme court. http://reut.rs/1SLVmmG
AT&T expands BOGO promo to iPhone 6s
Beginning today, new and existing AT&T customers can purchase a new iPhone 6s and get another one free when adding a second line. Over the weekend, customers must purchase two phones through AT&T Next (one can be an existing number), and add both phones to a qualified plan. AT&T notes that "after three bill cycles or less" the account will start to receive up to $650 spread out over 30 monthly bill credits to offset the cost of the installment plan for the phone. Taxes are due at time of sale. http://soc.att.com/1SLUP4k