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.