U.S. Patent Office Reveals Microsoft’s Next Gen AirPods Killer Dubbed the Surface Pen

Apple’s wireless earbuds, the AirPods, have proven a success for the Cupertino tech giant.  Now, Microsoft wants in. Providing an estimated amount of units sold, Ming-Chi Kuo, a trusted Apple analyst at TF International Studies, says the company sold a… Continue Reading

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Are ‘Microbe-Grown Headphones’ the Future of Sustainable Audio Technology?

These Korvaa headphones were grown using fungus and a yeast-based bioplastic grown by microbes.  But how do they sound? The answer is that these aren’t working headphones, just prototypes for a future, sustainable pair.  But biodegradable, landfill-fre… Continue Reading

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Kygo Spins Another Artist-Branded Headphone — the A11/800 Noise-Canceling

Is there still gas in artist-branded headphones?  DJ and producer Kygo is now re-entering the extremely crowded field. The Kygo A11/800 noise-canceling headphones are designed to keep all distractions at bay, though of course, this has been done before… Continue Reading

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Will.i.am’s ‘i.am+’ Abandons Its Purchase of Earin Bluetooth Earbuds

Audio startup Earin has announced that Will.i.am’s company i.am+ will not be acquiring the company. The world first learned about the acquisition at CES 2018, when the startup announced the deal for an undisclosed amount.  So why did the deal fall thro… Continue Reading

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Beats Introduces a $250 AirPods Alternative — ‘Powerbeats Pro’

Beats Powerbeats Pro wireless earphones will be available to pre-order on Apple.com starting on May 3rd. The Powerbeats Pro will be available for purchase in stores one week later on May 10th.  The new Beats earphones are powered by the same Apple H1 c… Continue Reading

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Apple Is Already Working on Brand-New AirPods — With Noise-Cancellation a Distinct Possibility

Rumors from multiple analysts suggest that Apple will launch two new AirPods models as early as Q4 2019. Multiple reports, including an opinion by TF Industries’ influential Ming-Chi Kuo, are pointing to aggressive AirPods updates ahead.  The updates c… Continue Reading

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‘Bone Conduction’ Headphones Don’t Go Over Your Ears — But How Do They Transmit Sound?

‘Bone conduction’ headphones are one of the strangest things you’ll try.  But they amazingly transmit audio while keeping your ear canal open to other noises. What?  You’re not subscribed to the Digital Music News Podcast?  We’re available on iTunes, S… Continue Reading

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Looks Like Microsoft Is Releasing an AirPods Competitor — ‘Surface Buds’

Noted Microsoft leaker Paul Thurrott believes that the company is working on a competitor to Apple’s AirPods. But is there room in the market for more competition? According to Paul Thurrott, the rumored Surface earbuds will feature Cortana integration… Continue Reading

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