DEAL: Jaybird X2 Drops to $99 at Amazon ($80 Off), Probably Because the Freedom Just Launched

The Jaybird X2 sport headphones are some of our favorites around these parts. Not only do they sound great for a Bluetooth pair of headphones, but they look snazzy, fit well, and last for a week’s worth of workouts. They are, at least for me personally, my go-to headphones for workouts and have been since the day they launched.

With that in mind, and if you are in the market for a new pair of top-tier Bluetooth headphones, you may want to cruise over to Amazon today. As of right now, the Jaybird X2 in white has been discounted by $80 to $99. There are others that are $70, $60, and $50 off as well.

My guess is that they are being discounted because Jaybird just launched their new Freedom headphones this morning. While the Freedom look promising and should be a solid option, at $99, the X2 are just too good of a deal to pass on.

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OnePlus 3 Launch Will Take Place in VR, Grab Your Free Headset Now!

OnePlus is gearing up to announce their new phone, the OnePlus 3. In doing so, they are once again going to stream the launch event in VR, just as they did last year, only this time they are “upping the ante.” Instead of handing out free Cardboard units to bring you all the VR experience, they are going all out with Gear VR-like headsets made in partnership with AntVR.  (more…)

WATCH: Google I/O ATAP Session Covering Project Ara, Soli, and Jacquard

At last, Google has posted the ATAP session from Google I/O in its entirety to YouTube, and seriously, you all need to watch it. It’s the future. During this hour-long session, the ATAP team goes over many of the projects they are working to bring to consumers, such as Project Jacquard (smart fabrics), Project Soli (mini radars that make smartwatches the shiznit), and of course, all of the details regarding Project Ara. It’s all there, delivered in a way only Google could do.

Watch it and then embrace it, for it is the not-too-distant future most likely.

Poll: Will You Buy a Chromebook Once They Get Android Apps?

Google’s big day 2 announcement at Google I/O centered around the Google Play store and Android apps making their way onto Chromebooks. I followed up that news by writing up a bunch (probably too many) of words on why I think this is a major game-changer and potentially puts the final nail in the Android tablet coffin.

In the early days, we talked about Chromebooks not being powerful enough and lacking the utilities many of us needed to get by on most days. With Android apps, that could (and should) all change, since Google Play includes an app for just about every single one of our favorite PC services.

Obviously, I think this is a huge deal and will take a great deal of time to test out the new functionality once it arrives, but I’m curious to know what the majority of you are thinking now. Are Android apps on Chromebooks enough to get you to buy one? If not, why?

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Google’s Project Jacquard Introduces Levi’s Trucker Jacket, Arrives Next Year

The inner geek in all of us should still be giggling at all of the fun stuff Google’s ATAP team announced on stage today at Google I/O. If you missed it, we’ll be sure to share the session once it has been uploaded. (EDIT: WATCH IT HERE!)

The ATAP team not only gave us a tour of the latest in Project Ara happenings, but they showed off an amazing Project Soli smartwatch concept, and told us when to expect the first consumer clothing item with embedded Project Jacquard.

Through a partnership with Levi’s, we’ll all be able to buy a new jacket that is outfitted with Jacquard technologies within the next year. The jacket is called the Commuter Trucker jacket and it was designed for city bike commuters, or those who just want a sweet new denim jacket with some tech inside.  (more…)

Google Demos Project Soli on Smartwatch, Crowd Goes Wild

Project Soli was demonstrated inside of a prototype smartwatch this morning on the last day of Google I/O, which had the developer crowd cheering quite loudly. Project Soli is Google’s attempt to remove the physical interaction we have with tech devices, and I do mean that literally.

By minimizing the size of radar chips, which is no easy task by any means, Project Soli reacts to air gestures made by a user, then interprets that data into commands for a smartwatch or other various devices, such as a Bluetooth speaker. For example, if a user holds their hand up to a smartwatch, then does a pinch and twist motion, you could view and scroll through text on the smartwatch. (more…)

Google Announces Big Project Ara Update, Consumer Phone Coming Next Year

Today during the ATAP session at Google I/O (EDIT: WATCH IT HERE!), Google provided an update on Project Ara, the modular phone concept from Google that we were starting to think might have been shelved. During the short session, Google showed off the latest prototypes, told us when to expect developer and consumer units, and maybe more importantly, showed hot swapping of modules in real-time, one of which was controlled by voice.

The full ATAP session is worth watching, once Google posts it, but for now, let’s talk about the Ara news, because it’s big.  (more…)

Report: LG Pay’s White Card to Feature IC Chip

Over the past few months, more details have surfaced regarding LG Pay, the company’s mobile payments platform that should launch at some point, although, there is no concrete info on when we should expect it. It was even rumored it would launch this past January, but that didn’t happen. Anyway, a new report out of Korea states that the White Card, which is the consumer-facing end to LG Pay, will feature an IC (Integrated Circuit) chip.

Anyone reading this who has a new credit card probably knows what an IC chip is, as the chips are becoming more widely adopted by financial institutions all across the world. To sum it up, IC chips help protect your credit card data from fraud and cloning, utilizing on-the-spot encryption methods.  (more…)