Tag - Speaker
It's that time again, when we take a look at a crowdfunding project and assess how cool or useful it is. Fortunately, today, we've got something that is both cool and useful, a speaker designed to immerse you -- and only you -- in a cloud of sound. Today, we're checking out some seriously cool future-tech known as the Soundlazer VR.
A pair of patents have been granted to Apple by the US Patent and Trademark Office today, with the two applying to audio. One patent describes a way a speaker on a device can resist liquid, preventing damage to internal components, while another mentions bone conduction technology that could be used within Earpods and other audio headwear, with the patent itself relating to improving voice quality in calls.
We're barreling down toward summer, and you're probably preparing all sorts of fun, outdoor activities with your friends and family right now. You've got the pool toys inflated, the barbecue oiled up, and your most comfortable pair of hiking shoes reside in the spot where your snow boots once were. Now all that's left is to secure yourself some outdoor music for every occasion, and you'll be good to go. That's why we're excited to introduce you to our new favorite outdoor Bluetooth speaker, the Turcom AcoustoShock.
Jawbone may be looking to streamline its operations, with separate rumors claiming two very different parts of the company may be on the chopping block. One rumor claims Jawbone has ceased production of its fitness trackers and sold its remaining inventory to a reseller, while another report insists that it is selling its speaker business, in order to redistribute its resources and focus on its health and wearables business.
Bang and Olufsen has introduced a Bluetooth speaker in its BeoPlay range, one which is the smallest the producer has ever created. The BeoPlay A1 is a circular speaker with an aluminum outer shell, measuring 4.8cm (1.9 inches) thick and 13.3cm (5.2 inches) across while weighing 1.3 pounds, with the company claiming its 2,200mAh battery can provide up to 24 hours of music playback at a moderate listening level.
We've talked about rugged, waterproof speakers before, and what we've come to find is that, usually, the most impressive speakers we've seen tend to be the ones that come in at higher price points. Today, we're checking out a more reasonably-priced speaker, the Aquatune 5712, to see how it holds up against its pricier competitors.
Network-connected speaker manufacturer Sonos is laying off some of its employees, at the same time as refocusing the company so it works better with streaming music services in the future. A blog post from CEO John MacFarlane confirms there will be staffing changes, as well as outlining the company's future plans, which includes taking on Amazon and its own Echo speaker by bringing voice control to its product range.
It's difficult to find a decent Bluetooth speaker without running into a few problems. Potential buyers could go for quality and spend a lot, opt for a cheap but low-quality device, or take their chances with a mid-range device that tries to give decent audio reproduction and build quality in equal measure. The KitSound Hive 2 certainly counts as a mid-ranged speaker aiming for great things, but does it succeed in punching above its weight? Find out in our review.
Hey there, Amber here. As most of you know, I review a lot of audio equipment here on MacNN, primarily Bluetooth speakers and various types of headphones. Dozens, in fact, in the little-over-a-year that I've been writing here, and no, I don't have a wall'o Bluetooth like Mike and Charles say I do. Despite not having a testament to short-ranged wireless speakers in my home, I think that what I do have gives me a bit of perspective for what makes a Bluetooth speaker good, and I thought I'd pass this information along to you, in an effort to help you pick out a product that works for you.
Microsoft Translator has been upgraded on both iOS and Android, allowing them both to translate spoken conversations. The update, which also works on the Apple Watch, can be used to quickly translate between multiple users in the same conversation, with the use of either one device shared between everyone supported alongside using a smartphone and smartwatch at the same time, with each party speaking into one and reading their language's translation on the screen.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE