Qualcomm intends to make the audio you hear between your phone and a pair of Bluetooth earbuds sound as good as if it were a wired connection. Today at CES, the chipmaker announced aptX HD, a “newly enhanced” codec that delivers 24-bit music quality over a wireless Bluetooth connection. (more…)
We don’t often write up deals on speakers because we’re not an audio site. But every once in a while, a deal pops up that we just have to pass along. Best Buy, in a pre-Black Friday deal, has the UE Boom wireless Bluetooth speaker slashed to just $99.99, which is a $100 discount. That’s a hell of a deal.
This is one of the best reviewed Bluetooth speakers on the market with a 4.7 star rating at both Best Buy and Amazon, through thousands of reviews. It has 2 active and 2 passive speaker drivers, NFC, is rechargeable with up to 15 hours of playback, has a 3.5mm aux jack, and is IPX4 water resistant. If you have two UE Booms, you can link them together for some stereo fun.
The deal is for multiple colors of the UE Boom and includes free shipping.
It’s starting to cool off in most of the country as we approach winter, but that shouldn’t mean you need to disconnect from your phone or music while on the go because of the need to wear gloves or a hat. Thanks to a deal in the DL Deals Store, you can not only keep that head and those hands warm, but you can do so while staying a fully capable tech junkie.
The deal is for a beanie and gloves bundle, where the beanie is Bluetooth equipped from the folks at TRNDlabs and the gloves have touchscreen compatible fingertips, along with a gripping material to prevent phone slips.
The beanie is a classic black beanie, but inside you get speakers built-in where it would sit over your ears for listening to music or taking calls. It also has simple controls, 33-foot connectivity, and 60-hour standby time or 6 hours of continuous use. The gloves are double-layered and should help keep those tips warm throughout the next few months.
The deal is only live for another couple of hours, so act fast.
Jaybird, a company that most would probably consider to be the best at making active Bluetooth headphones, announced a new product today called the Jaybird X2 as the follow-up to the largely successful Bluebuds X. The new X2 is available starting today from Best Buy and Jaybird’s website for $179. (more…)
Motorola’s Moto Hint, the little earbud Bluetooth headset thingy that can be used to access some of the Google Voice search and Moto Voice stuff you regularly use on your Moto X (or DROID), has dropped to just $79.99 on Motorola’s web store. Originally priced at $150, this earbud lets you ask about the weather, your upcoming schedule, directions to a location, or call someone without needing to touch your phone. It can actually be paired with any Bluetooth enabled smartphone for calls, but you get the full experience when paired with a Motorola device.
I spent some time with the Moto Hint a few months back and came away impressed by some things (fit, finish, look, battery life and case, etc.), while others left me looking elsewhere (volume is way too low when maxed out) for a Bluetooth experience in the $150 price range. But with the Hint at just $80, it’s probably now worth considering. If you want a Bluetooth headset that won’t make you look like the guy in the cheap suit at Starbucks talking loudly on a hands-free call, this is one to consider.
The Moto Hint also comes with leather, wood, or fabric accents. Classy.
The OnePlus 2 will be unveiled on July 27 to the world through a virtual reality presentation that is sure to be something to tell your children about. (Whoa, Kellen, what’s with the heavy sarcasm this morning, bruh?) As we close in on that day, OnePlus is guaranteed to unapologetically hypebeast the hell of the phone by revealing one feature at a time, all the while remaining in headlines and relevant. We’re deep into the (t)rollout of features and loving every second of it! (Sarcasm bath x2.) But because we lack patience, we will also be on the hunt for details that we can unearth on our own, like this filing that showed up at Bluetooth SIG. (more…)