Apple AirPods Finally Good to Go

Apple’s new wireless AirPods are finally available.

The company on Tuesday began taking orders for AirPods at its online store, and said it would start delivering the US$159 earphones to customers, Apple Stores, resellers and carriers next week.

At the iPhone 7 launch in September, Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller said the AirPods would be available in October, but the company missed that target time frame due to unexplained delays.

Missing the deadline for release of any hot product is bad news for a company, but what made the AirPods miss worse was that the they were supposed to offset some of the sting consumers felt over Apple’s decision to omit the traditional headphone jack in the iPhone 7.

“Someone clearly dropped the ball, because without something like this with the iPhone 7 the attached sales for the earbuds were stalled, and it made it harder to sell iPhone 7s,” noted Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group.

“Both products should have shown up at the same time,” he told TechNewsWorld.

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Missed Opportunity

However, the absence of AirPods doesn’t seem to have affected iPhone 7 sales that much.

“Sales of the iPhone 7 seem to be doing well,” said Ross Rubin, principal analyst at Reticle Research.

“The absence of AirPods hasn’t been a deal breaker for consumers interested in the phone,” he told TechNewsWorld.

On the other hand, the late release certainly will impact sales of the AirPods.

“Apple missed an attractive cross-sell opportunity when the new iPhones were released,” Rubin noted, “and they missed the Black Friday opportunity, when there would have been increased traffic going through stores.”

AirPods still could be a popular item this Christmas, though.

“It’s a relatively small product, easy to pick up online, easy to ship,” Rubin pointed out. “It could still wind up in stockings or under trees.”

Chip Trouble

Apple is being mum about what caused the delay in bringing the AirPods to market, but several reports link it to the new W1 wireless chip in the headphones.

“There’s definitely been a problem with the supply chain, and the best I can figure it was related to the custom Apple W1,” said Kevin Krewell, a principal analyst at Tirias Research.

If that’s the case, though, it wouldn’t explain why Apple could ship the Beats Solo 3 and Powerbeat 3 headphones, which also use the chip. Another Beats model, however, the X BT, also is experiencing delays and may not reach retail shelves until next year.

“It could be that Apple needed more time fine-tuning the chip for rated battery life,” Krewell told TechNewsWorld.

Battery life is one of several drawbacks that have dampened demand for products similar to the AirPods.

“There aren’t a lot of products like this in this segment, largely because they are expensive, easy to lose, have poor battery life, and the sound quality isn’t in line with their cost,” Enderle said. “Most folks in this price band prefer headphones, because they provide a much better experience at the same price and they are harder to lose.”

Sync Challenges

Some reports have blamed sync problems for the delay.

“It’s rumored that the AirPods were receiving signals slightly out of sync,” said Jeff Orr, senior practice director for mobile devices at ABI Research. “The stereo effect was not working right.”

In most Bluetooth earbuds, the signal from a device is transmitted to one of the buds and transmitted to the other via some kind of wired connection between them.

AirPods don’t have any wires so the signal is sent to each bud separately and must be received by them simultaneously. If not, the signal is out of sync, which scotches the audio experience.

If there were sync problems with the AirPods, though, those problems didn’t appear in the demo units, noted Orr, who attended the Apple event when the earphones were announced.

“It’s hard to know what caused the delay, and I don’t know if we’ll ever know what the cause was,” he told TechNewsWorld.

More Than Music Buds

The AirPods offer more than just a new way to listen to music, which is why Apple had to make sure it made the product right from the time it left the starting gate, observed Ian Fogg, a senior director at IHS Markit.

“AirPods is part of Apple’s vision for mobile,” he told TechNewsWorld.

“It isn’t just a Bluetooth headset that you listen to music on or answer phone calls. It’s a voice interface for not only listening but for also speaking so you can interact with your watch or phone seamlessly without having to pair or reconnect them,” Fogg explained. “It’s an extension of the Apple Watch and iPhone experience.”

One of Apple’s historic strengths has been perceiving when and how to nudge the consumer market to accept new user interfaces, said Brad Russell, a research analyst at Parks Associates.

“AirPods are major move forward for hearables, wireless audio technology and voice control interfaces,” he told TechNewsWorld.

“They don’t have to be great — just good enough to add value to the smartphone,” Russell continued. “Apple EarPods were never the best earbud on the market, but their stylish design, comfortable fit and inline remote added significant value at the time to become an iconic symbol of the iPhone brand.”

Enjoy the true sound with spectra

Choosing a style of headset for work shouldn’t be treated like an afterthought. If you’re wearing it for a substantial amount of time each day, you need something that is comfortable and that lets you do at least the necessary portions of your job while wearing the headset. The biggest factor is going to be the earphone portion because that is what will have the most contact with your skin.

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In Ear

In-ear earbud style headsets are very common — the low-profile buds are easier to pack and store, and they tend to block out a lot more environmental noise than over-the-ear headsets. If you want a better chance of hearing everything that comes through the headset, in-ear buds are best. The buds usually have flexible rubber gaskets that make the fit rather comfortable.

The two things to be aware of with this style are that the headset really does have to be of good quality; it’s too easy to get tinny-sounding, faint audio from a cheaply made set. Also, if you will need to continually remove the earbuds and put them back in many times per day, you risk irritating the skin at the opening of the ear canal in your ears.

Over the Ear

Over-the-ear headsets are what they sound like: a headset with two foam-covered personal speakers that rest on your ears. These eliminate the problem of irritation as you don’t need to drag them along skin in order to remove them. They do let in more environmental noise, which can really be a plus; you’ll be more aware of what’s going on around you, including knowing when people have come up behind you to talk to you. You’ll still have to remove the headset to talk to those people, but you won’t be startled by their apparent sudden appearance.

Stetho Style

In-ear and over-the-ear sets tend to have flexible wires that can become tangled up, making them difficult to wear. Stetho-style headsets, which have stiff arms like a stethoscope, can solve this problem. They usually have earbuds, but the buds are not always covered with a flexible gasket. Instead, they rest on the bottom curve of your ear.

Take a look at these styles, such as those in the Spectra personal headphone set line, and see which might suit your job the best.

Give more life to your sound with quality earphones

Sound is life without sound nothing out there in our life. We always looking for better music better rhythm in our life to get relaxed and overcome our problems by making our mind fresh and energetic. But without good equipment we cannot get the right fluency of music because without quality product good music can be sound like dull. If you are always in touch of your iPhone and want to get best sound quality sound via earphone then have a look at gearbest online store where they offering some best and quality earphones for iPhones.

Gearbest always looking for those customers who wants quality materials, their iphone-6s-earphone is not an ordinary earphone you can get crystal clear bass treble with effective measurement of them which gives more life to any song or your favourite music. These earphones are specially designed and customized for iphones so they will give you the maximum sound quality than ordinary earphone can. Gearbest always maintain their product quality their aim to serve better thing not huge things. They always try to satisfy their customers with quality product and well service as best as they can by themselves.

Gearbest also offering some discount on their products which can also save your money a little bit. With gearbest you also can have a safe and secure way of online transaction. Gearbest provides best online security by Norton, which is the best online security provider in the market.

You can also have multiple paying options like PayPal, debit card, credit card, visa card, master card etc. With gearbest money back guarantee, you can have your money back any time if you return product or something else or if there any online transaction issue money will directly credit to your account immediately.

So grab your earphone as soon as possible before anyone does so in your circle.

Best Smart watches to buy in 2015

In the modern era of digital technology, the smart watches are touted to be the most fascinating invention in the recent times. These watches have not only gained immense popularity among the consumers around the world but also they have been a revelation of sorts. These watches apart from showing time serve a lot of other purposes as they are loaded with a plethora of features. In the purview of the growing popularity of these devices, almost all the major tech companies have launched their line of smart watches. Companies like Apple, Motorola, Samsung, LG, Asus, Sony, Xiaomi amongst others are involved in an intense competition to provide the best smart watches to suit the customer needs. Today, as customers, you have myriad of options to choose from, but some watches are better than the others, below is the list of top 3 smart watches to buy in 2015

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Apple iWatch

When it is Apple product, you can pretty much be sure that it would be top-notch quality. Apple, known for its supreme technology and innovation packs in the most advanced features. As synonymous with Apple products, the iWatch sports a sleek and attractive design. It is compatible with all iPhones, you can sync the watch with your iPhone and access all your phone features. It supports siri, Apple Pay and even features a heart rate monitor that helps you keep track of your fitness goals. It runs more than 3500 apps and is rated as the most rounded wearable device so far by the New York Times and the Mint. If you are looking to get your hands on this wonderful smartwatch, it is best advised to order it online. You can buy from trusted website like Paytm but make sure that you check for paytm cashback offers first, this would help you get significant amount of savings on your purchase.

Motorola Moto 360

Motorola is among first few companies that quickly pounced on the opportunity to capture the smart watch market with its amazing Moto 360. The watch features a 1.56 inch screen and also boasts of a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 that keeps it safe from scratches and smudges. The 512 MB RAM and OMAP 3 processing unit provides a seamless multitasking experience to the users. The 4GB internal memory provides you decent storage space. The powerful 320 mAh battery keeps your watch up and running for one full day with mixed usage. The best thing is that it also supports wireless charging.

Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 Neo

It is hard to keep Samsung out of the best wearable device list. This supremely good looking smart watch comes with a 1.63 inch super AMOLED display screen. It comes pre-loaded with a variety of features including gyroscope, Bluetooth heart rate sensor, accelerometer, standalone music player and many more. The most interesting thing about this amazing device, however, is its voice command feature that helps you accomplish your entire tasks with just voice command. It can answer calls, send text, schedule appointments, and locate the nearest restaurant by simply saying it.

FAQ on e-cigarettes and e-hookahs – All that you need to know about them

We all know that smoking is injurous to health but how many of us have quit smoking thinking about the harm that it causes to our health? Very few! If you are someone who is a chain smoker and is simply in love with the idea and habit of smoking, you must have been alerted by your friends and family members about the disadvantages of being an active smoker. Yes, it is true that smoking leads to a number of health hazards but that doesn’t always mean that you have to quit smoking. If you’re wondering about the alternatives, here are some FAQ on e-cigarettes and e-hookahs that you all should be aware of.

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· What are e-cigarettes?

Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes are nothing but sticks that contain nicotine capsule which is heated by a battery. This nicotine is released as vapor which is inhaled by the user. However, there are some other chemicals also that are added into this capsule, the pros and cons of which are not yet understood. You can check out NEwhere to get a stick of yours.

· If e-cigarettes don’t contain tobacco, why are they prohibited on campus?

These electronic devices that simulate tobacco use are prohibited for mainly three reasons within the campus. Firstly, the impact of their use on the fellow-passersby is not well studied. Just as tobacco is prohibited for its harmful impact, the e-devices are also banned since they have toxic substances, irrespective of the fact whether the devices contain tobacco. Secondly, since these e-devices simulate the use of tobacco, from a certain distance, it can’t be understood whether it’s a conventional cigarette or an electronic one. Lastly, some e-devices too contain tobacco or drugs which are strictly prohibited.

· What exactly are e-hookahs?

Well, an electronic hookah is a device that heats nicotine or tobacco or other flavored substances that are pushed through water and inhaled as vapor. Such electronic devices are brand new to the market and are therefore still not well studied. While some products contain nicotine, tobacco and some other drugs, some others contain only flavored water. Since there are no filters on hookahs and cigarettes (the electronic ones), hence those with nicotine or tobacco will tend to be more harmful for the user than the conventional cigarettes which contain filters.

· Do e-cigarettes and e-hookahs help quit smoking?

After reading the entire article, you must be sure about the fact that e-cigarettes and e-hookahs are the proven methods of quitting smoking. But it is not so. E-cigarettes haven’t still been approved by the FDA or the Food and Drug Administration as the best possible nicotine replacement therapy or as the smoking-cessation aid. Hence, nothing has been proved yet.

Nevertheless, if you still want to order your stick of e-cigarette online, you may use promocode NE10 as this will offer you a 10% discount and apart from that it will also give you free domestic shipping at checkout.

Android Wear’s big 5.1.1 update is arriving now on older watches

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The biggest update to Android Wear since last year’s launch no longer requires a brand-new smartwatch.

Android Wear 5.1.1 started rolling out to Asus ZenWatch owners a few days ago, and is now arriving on LG’s G Watch and G Watch R, according to Android Police. A post by Google in the Android Wear product forums says the update will roll out to all devices in “the coming days and weeks.” Previously, the update was only available on LG’s new Watch Urbane.

Android Wear 5.1.1 is a substantial reworking of Google’s smartwatch software. It makes apps and contacts much easier to access without voice commands, and it lets apps use the same “always-on” mode as watch faces, so users can glance at things like to-do lists and maps in a low-power mode. For messaging, users can draw emoji instead of using voice or picking from canned responses. The update also includes adjustable font sizes, an optional lock screen for when the watch loses its phone connection, and wrist gestures for flicking through the notification list.

For some smartwatches, the update will activate previously-dormant Wi-Fi chips, letting the watch sync with a smartphone over the Internet even when the devices aren’t connected by Bluetooth. Google says this feature will work on the LG Watch Urbane, Moto 360, Sony Smartwatch 3, and Samsung Gear Live. While LG’s G Watch R also has a Wi-Fi chip, it’s not being enabled in this update for some reason.

To get Android Wear 5.1.1, users should make sure the Android Wear companion app is up to date in the Google Play Store.

Why this matters: Although Google announced the update last month, at the time it wasn’t clear when existing Android Wear users would get it. The wait appears to be over for the most part—and just in time to make Wear a more formidable competitor to theApple Watch and Pebble Time.

ReVault smartwatch promises wireless, wearable storage on your wrist

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Instead of storing your files in the cloud, an upcoming smartwatch wants to put them on your wrist.

The ReVault watch packs 32GB of storage, and connects with phones, tablets, and computers over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Users will be able to sync data to the watch from one device, and then have retrieve the data wirelessly from any other iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, or Linux device.

Of course, online storage services such as Dropbox and Google Drive operate on a similar principle. The idea with ReVault is that you don’t need an Internet connection to grab your files, and don’t have to worry about the security of storing data in the cloud. (ReVault notes that only trusted devices will gain access through single- or two-factor authentication, and data is encrypted on the watch with AES-256.)

Going with a wrist-based solution does have some inherent drawbacks. You must remember to take the device with you and charge it every few days, though ReVault will support Qi Wireless charging to make that a bit simpler. And if you’re already inclined to wear another smartwatch, you’ll probably want to stuff ReVault in your pocket or wear it like a pendant with an optional neck strap.

For tech specs, ReVault is promising 32GB of storage for $199, or 128GB for $299. It has a 1.54-inch color display, Gorilla Glass 3, an accelerometer, Bluetooth 4.0, and 802.11b/g/n W-Fi. The watch case is stainless steel, and comes with a choice of tapered steel, steel mesh, or black leather bands. This is an Indiegogo project, and while estimated delivery is January 2016, these kinds of projects aren’t immune to delays ordisasters.

Why this matters: This is the kind of thing that could eventually become a smartwatch feature rather than a full-blown product. But most smartwatches these days max out at 4GB or 8GB of storage and are focused on other things besides serving up data to other devices. That makes ReVault an interesting idea for the present day—provided it becomes a real product after the crowdfunding campaign is over.

Intel’s PC-on-a-stick dongle now available for preorder

The Intel Compute Stick, a dongle that plugs into an HDMI port to deliver full computing capability, is now available for preorder.

Newegg is offering preorders of the Compute Stick with a release date of April 24. (Update at 11:11 a.m. PT: now showing out of stock on both with estimated arrival on May 1). The Windows version costs $150 and the Linus version costs $110. Amazon also shows listings for the Windowsand Linux versions, but with no pricing or availability information.

Intel unveiled details on the Compute Stick at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. The device is a slim HDMI dongle that connects to a monitor via HDMI. It has an Intel Atom quad-core processor, 2GB of onboard RAM, and 32GB of storage.

When Intel showed off the Compute Stick at CES, the company said the Windows 8.1 model would retail for $149. The Linux flavor would retail for $89, it said.

Getting the Compute Stick up and running won’t take much. The device is simply plugged into a monitor’s HDMI port and turned on. Once it boots up, the owner’s operating system of choice is running and with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, the device can provide a full computing experience. The Compute Stick is by no means a competitor to a desktop or laptop, but rather an option for people who are on the move and want a quick way to get some work done.

The Compute Stick is also a competitor to the Asus Chromebit announced last week. Like the Compute Stick, the Asus Chromebit connects to an HDMI monitor and with help from Bluetooth, provides a full computing experience. However, the Chromebit is running on Google’s Chrome operating system, rather than the Windows and Linux options available on the Compute Stick. Chromebit is slated to launch this summer for under $100.

OnePlus Claims to Have Made Customer Support Improvements in Response to Criticism

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OnePlus claims that it has improved its customer support, addressing concerns of many users who felt the company was lacking in this regard.The company claimed that its customer support team is now the ‘largest’ in the company, and that it works around the clock to ensure customer needs is fulfilled.

“In the past, many of you felt that our customer support was lacking, and we heard you loud and clear. We’ve made the improvement of our support team a priority, and we’d love to share with you just some of the ways that we have been working to make the support experience amazing for every customer,” OnePlus said in a blog post on Thursday.

oneplus_customer_support.jpgThe company stressed that it has expanded its customer support to the social media channels including Facebook and Twitter.

OnePlus also claimed that its top priority is the first response time to customer requests, and that has come down to just 9 hours, which it claims is 40 percent faster than the industry standard of 21.2 hours.

Based on feedback received from customers, OnePlus says it has also made changes to its existing warranty and return policies. The company’s one year manufacturer’s warranty on the OnePlus One smartphone now also includes the accessories that come out of the box. Additionally, it has increased the 14 day no-questions-asked return policy to 15 days.

The company also talked about its RMA (return merchandise authorisation) process, which it says has been improved with a better Web platform making it easier for OnePlus agents to assist whatever issues customers may have.

“Our target is to shorten the turnaround time as much as possible and make sure you can have your repaired device back within 7 days,” notes OnePlus.

Basis Peak wearable tracks activities and sleep 24/7

Intel company Basis has introduced a new wearable called Peak — a smartwatch type of wristband that is set to arrive in November for a comfortable $199 USD. With the band will come both fitness and sleep tracking, constantly monitoring your data both day and night.

The new Peak band features a touchscreen display and sensor for monitoring things like the user’s heart rate, health habits, and sleep quality, all of it working alongside Basis’ BodyIQ tech. The monitoring is constant, something facilitated in part by a four-day battery life, says Basis.

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Because the wearable is targeted at fitness enthusiasts, it isn’t surprising the device is waterproof to 5ATM, which will allow users to go worry-free in the rain or pool. All of this rounds out to an overall improvement on Basis’ past similar devices.

As expected, the tracker works alongside one’s smartphone, being compatible with both Android and iOS, and it brings with it features you’d commonly find on a smartwatch — notifications about new messages and calls. When it does launch, consumers will be able to grab it from Best Buy, REI, and Amazon.