Spotify Is Testing Smoother Proximity Hand-Offs Between Phones and Speakers

With competition between music streaming services continuing to intensify, Spotify is focusing on smooth peripheral hand-offs. Spotify is now testing a new feature that will allow users to hand-off music playback between two devices, such as a phone an… Continue Reading

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After Slamming Apple for Removing Its iPhone Headphone Jack, Samsung Removes the Headphone Jack on Its Galaxy Note 10

Yesterday, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 10 to the world. Today, the company scrubbed its Apple attack ads criticizing the removal of the 3.5mm  headphone jack. The Samsung Galaxy Note series has always been the flagship of the Galaxy line. One cons… Continue Reading

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Sonos Dramatically Narrows Its Losses as Low-Cost Ikea Speakers Pay Off

Sonos’s recently posted Q3 2019 fiscal-year results are encouraging, with sales growth (relative to the same period last year) having climbed by more than 25 percent. And with revenue at $260 million for Q3 2019, Sonos was able to cut its losses to jus… Continue Reading

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Sonos Sues Bluesound for Patent Infringement — But What’s the End Game?

Sonos, the Santa Barbara-based maker of speakers and home-entertainment products, is suing Lensbrook Industries, the parent company of smart-speaker manufacturer Bluesound, for copyright infringement. Sonos filed the lawsuit in California, alleging tha… Continue Reading

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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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