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Apple working on wireless earbuds with power saving Bluetooth chip

Apple is reportedly working on a custom Bluetooth radio chip for wireless earbuds

Citing a source familiar with the new project, Forbes reports the product has been in development for several years and might debut in September. The same time Apple is believed to introduce its next-generation iPhone, which will reportedly feature a 3.5mm headphone jack.

A report from Forbes says  the company is working on its own Bluetooth radio chip bouncing off of an acquisition the company made in 2013; Passif Semiconductor.

The low-power chip is expected to provide wireless headphones longer playtime and less charging.


Apple is no stranger to wireless earbuds. Earlier in the year, a number of reports stated Apple was working on completely wireless, in-ear headphones that come with a carrying case that doubles as a battery pack.

According to multiple rumors, Apple is planning to exclude the headphone jack from the iPhone 7, pushing users towards wireless headphones and Lightning-based headphones.

The iPhone 7 is expected to be announced at a media event on September 6th or September 7th. The company may also announce other products, including a new second-generation Apple Watch and maybe some new Macs. The iPhone 7 release date is pinpointed for September 16 with preorders on the 9th.

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Apple to sell 14 country specific Apple Watch bands for this year’s Olympics

Apple has created 14 country specific Apple Watch woven nylon bands for this year’s Olympics.

The bands are designed to reflect the national flags of 14 major competitors at the games and will be available to purchase when the games kick-off in August.

Unfortunately, these limited-edition bands are available at a single store in host city Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The bands are made of the same material as Nylon bands Apple originally introduced earlier this year, meaning the only thing different is the design. The countries included are the USA, Great Britain, The Netherlands, South Africa, New Zealand, Mexico, Japan, Jamaica, Canada, China, Brazil, Australia, Germany, and France.

The bands are available for $49 each at the Village Mall Apple Store.


It appears that American sprinter Trayvon Brommel has already got his hands on an early version of the Team USA iteration and took to Twitter to share a picture of the product on Thursday.


This isn’t the first time the Cupertino company creates limited-edition Apple Watch bands for specific events. Apple introduced a special edition nylon strap last month when the company handed out rainbow bands to employees taking part in LGBT Pride festivals.

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Man may face charges for carrying gun-shaped iPhone case in London airport

Last year, police departments warned that using gun-shaped iPhone cases was a “terrible idea” and put owners in danger.

A man was stopped at Stansted Airport after he was seen with an iPhone case in the shape of a gun sticking out of his back pocket. 

In a statement, an Essex Police spokeswoman said: “Essex Police was informed by Stansted Airport security staff that they had dealt with this incident during the routine screening of a passenger’s carry-on bag and possessions.

“Travellers are asked to consider the types of items they bring into the airport as they could lead to extra security checks or delays and/or police involvement. This could lead to them potentially missing their flight or not being allowed to travel.”

The man with the phone case in his back pocket at Stansted Airport.See Masons copy MNGUN: A passenger was stopped at Stansted Airport yesterday (weds) after he had a iPhone case in the shape of a GUN sticking out of their back pocket. Police at the airport swooped in to stop the idiotic member of the public yesterday morning after spotting the black realistic case poking out of the jeans in his pocket.

Officers also took to Twitter to speak about this terrible idea:

Essex Police tweeted: “You have a split second decision to make… #WhatWouldYouDo #joblikenoother #AirportCops.”

The officer added: “Bringing this to an airport makes it much less likely you’ll catch your plane.”

The department also explained that the passenger could be changed with Sec.5 Public Order, which relates to using threatening words or behavior to alarm or distress. Besides, the man could face charges for possession of an imitation firearm in a public place.

Finally, Essex Police noted that he could have been shot by armed officers who might have easily mistaken him for a terrorist.

Soon the police published photos of the black plastic case which looks pretty realistic.

The phone case shaped like a gun a man was found with at Stansted Airport. See Masons copy MNGUN: A passenger was stopped at Stansted Airport yesterday (weds) after he had a iPhone case in the shape of a GUN sticking out of their back pocket. Police at the airport swooped in to stop the idiotic member of the public yesterday morning after spotting the black realistic case poking out of the jeans in his pocket.

It is not clear if the passenger was arrested or will face further action.


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Pokemon Go hits iOS App Store

Nintendo and Niantic Labs are rolling out its anticipated augmented reality game Pokémon Go. The game is currently available for download in Australia, New Zealand and certain U.S. markets. 

Pokémon Go allows players to collect, train, and battle the game’s characters. Pokémon Go uses device camera and GPS hardware to create an augmented reality world.

Once the game first installed, players are asked to create and customize a virtual avatar that will represent them in the title. Then, they are offered a tutorial that walks them through the basic mechanics of the game. The game’s characters can be leveled up, traded and used for battle. They can also be assigned to defend Gyms from other users. Gyms, like Pokemon, can be found by wandering out into the real world.

“During gameplay, Pokémon GO players will be encouraged to join one of three teams and engage in Gym battles with other teams. Once they have joined a team, players will have the ability to assign their Pokémon to empty Gyms. Like PokéStops, Gyms can be found at real locations in the world, and because only one Pokémon per player can be placed at a given Gym, team members will need to work together to build a strong defense. A Gym claimed by one team can be challenged by the other two teams.”


Users can also buy an optional accessory named Pokemon GO Plus, a wrist-worn item that syncs with the title and alerts players about in game events, such as nearby Pokémon sightings.


Pokémon Go is available for free from the iOS App Store. The Pokémon Go Plus device costs $35 and is expected to hit the market later this month.

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Apple gifted rainbow Apple Watch bands to employees to celebrate the LGBT Pride parade

Apple once again celebrated the LGBT Pride parade in San Francisco and thanked employees who registered to take part in the event by giving them a limited edition rainbow Apple Watch band.

The Cupertino company gifted the bands with a card explaining the idea behind the Apple Watch accessory. The card reads:

Apple’s first Diversity Network Association, Pride, turns 30 this year and we’re thrilled to celebrate this tremendous milestone with you! As recognition for everyone who registered to participate in the Pride event this year we created something special.


This limited-edition band is a symbol of our commitment to equality and we hope you’ll wear it with pride.”

2Apple employees as well as CEO Tim Cook joined the annual parade on Sunday as a mark of the company’s support for equality and diversity, with many workers taking to social media to demonstrate the colorful bands. 


Past years workers taking part in parade as individuals were provided official backing from Apple. In 2015, for example, the company supplied custom printed T-shirts, flags and banners to parade participants, and later shared a video showcasing its efforts.


It is unclear if Apple will release this rainbow band as a public product, but it would likely sell well.

In addition to marching, Apple also activated a dedicated Pride section in the iTunes Store on Sunday. The category includes music, movies, TV shows, e-books, podcasts and other media honoring individuals who fought for equality “before, during and after the 1969 Stonewall riots.” 

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Ultimate Ears’ UE Boom 2 and UE Megaboom got Siri and Google integration

Bluetooth speaker company Ultimate Ears updated its firmware bringing Siri and Google Now integration to its UE Boom 2 and UE Megaboom speakers.

This update makes it easier for iPhone and Android users to play and control music on the devices without needing to access their phones. Users can now get access to Siri or Google Now by just pressing the Bluetooth button on their speaker and asking their voice assistant what they want to listen to. Siri integration for speakers works exactly the same as with smartphones.

“Music lovers can now truly stay in the moment, playing their favorite song from the middle of the pool or even while diving off a cliff with their UE speaker in hand,” said Charlotte Johs, general manager of Ultimate Ears. “No matter how wet, muddy or wild the situation, with Siri and Google Now voice integration on UE BOOM 2 and UE MEGABOOM, fans no longer need to pick up their phone to play DJ. Now, they can just say it to play it.”


If you want to use Siri or Google Now via your UE BOOM 2 or MEGABOOM, you must install the latest version of your speaker’s app from the App Store. 

Ultimate Ears is well known for designing waterproof, shockproof speakers that can hold up to the elements for listening to music at home and while moving.

The UE Boom 2 and the UE Megaboom are available for purchase via the Ultimate Ears website for $200 and $300, respectively. Both the UE Boom 2 and the UE Megaboom can be ordered from at a bit lower prices.

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Pokémon GO may come to iOS in July

Pokémon Go — the crazy, augmented reality Pokémon title for iOS/Android built by the team behind Ingress, will be available this July.

Nintendo announced the release window during its second-day E3 live stream, but didn’t provide a specific release date. 

Nintendo has also mentioned a piece of hardware that will allow users to play the game without using their smartphones. This device will connect to your mobile device via Bluetooth and will run $35. 

The Pokémon Company, and Niantic Labs, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto demonstrated the Pokémon GO Plus device, which is a Bluetooth wearable accessory that will let users receive alerts for nearby Pokémon without the need to check their iPhones constantly. 


During the presentation, Miyamoto said that the GO Plus device will hit the market by the end of July, meaning players will need to launch the game during that same timeframe.


Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of The Pokemon Company also confirmed that players won’t be able to trade Pokemon at launch, but the feature will be added sometime in the future.

Pokémon GO is currently in an ongoing Beta stage for the past few months or so in the US, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

In the game, you can take the role of a trainer and travel to different places to capture pokémon and battle at gyms, which are located at notable landmarks.The gyms will be controlled by one of three groups, the Red, Blue, or Yellow team. Players can control gyms by battling their own pokémon, and joining others in the real world increases your chances to win. The game features hundreds of Pokémon to discover through exploring and evolution. 

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Bose pushes first wireless noise-cancelling headphones

Bose has announced four distinct wireless headphones, headlined by two noise cancelling Bluetooth models, including the around ear QuietComfort 35 model and QuietControl 30s. 

Available in black or silver and priced at $349.95, the QuietComfort 35 headphones has the same around-ear design as previous wired QC cans and the company says they offer similar audio quality to its QC25 headphones. 

The headphones feature four separate microphones and an ANC chipset to block out external noise. In addition, QuietComfort 35 offers Bluetooth/NFC pairing, 20 hours of wireless or 40 hours wired battery life, 15-minute quick-charge functionality that allows for 2.5 hours of use. There is also a button interface that allows users to answer phone calls or control music tracks and volume. 


In the meantime, the new $299.95 Bose QuietControl 30 wireless active noise-cancelling in-ear headphones are expected to allow users to block outside noise while they cram their skulls full of music.  The level of noise cancellation in this model can be adjusted via the Bose mobile app or via the physical controls on the buds. The company also packed the headphone’s battery, Bluetooth and ANC hardware into a compact, semi-rigid pod that wraps around a user’s neck.


Finally, Bose also unveiled two new models of fitness-oriented Bluetooth earbuds, the SoundSport Wireless and SoundSport Wireless Pulse. Both models are water and sweat resistant, while the latter is equipped with a built-in heart-rate monitor inside the earbuds. 


The SoundSport comes in black and blue versions at $149.95 each. SoundSport Pulse ships this September, and will retail for $199.95.

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Chinese company advertises new Lightning-to-headphone adapters ready for iPhone 7

While there are a lot of rumors suggesting that Apple will drop the 3.5mm audio jack to make its next-gen iPhone even thinner, Chinese accessory maker is now advertising a number of Lightning-to-headphone adapters with separate volume controls.

Tama Electric is currently advertising three Lightning-to-headphone adapters, two of which also feature a micro USB port for charging while using headphones. The listing was first spotted by the Japanese blog Mac Otakara.

The Lightning-to-3.5mm-audio adapter appears to be MFi-certified and looks rather bulky.

First reports suggesting that the Cupertino company will drop the headphone socket from the iPhone 7 in favor of Lightning and wireless headphones appeared six months ago.

Apple is also rumored to be developing new Bluetooth EarPods that will pair and charge with a handset through the Lightning port, similar to the Apple Pencil with the iPad Pro.


The Tama products have no price listing, do not appear to be available for purchase yet and are unlikely to be sold as certified Made for iPhone accessories anytime soon. 

Apple’s next-generation iPhone is expected to debut in September with $649 starting price. Apple’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will feature an upgraded A-series processor and likely an improved camera. The iPhone 7 Plus is also rumored to include a 256GB storage option, a 3,100 mAh battery, and 3GB RAM. 

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Сhange the mood of your room with Revogi Smart Bluetooth LED Bulb

Do you want to change the mood of your room with just a few taps? The SatechiRevogi Bluetooth 4.0 RGBW Smart LED Bulbs offers 16 million color combinations.

In addition to the color option, the smart device can dim and brighten on command, and use just 10 percent of the energy consumed by a standard bulb.

Revogi’s smart LED bulbs are easy to install and can fit into any standard socket. Once paired with the free Delite app on smartphone, it gives you control upto 10 smart LED bulbs from your phone at once. All you need to do is to use the companion app to select between millions of colors and set mood lighting to calm or energize you.

You can also easily set timers to turn lights on or off to help you fall asleep and wake up with your own customized settings.

Revogi Smart Bluetooth LED Bulb

Every bulb features a lifespan of 25,000 hours and uses 10% of the energy in comparison with a standard bulb.


Key features:

Control all aspects of your lights from an easy-to-use app

  • Choose from 16 million color options
  • Easily control the brightness of your lights
  • Set smart-timers
  • Control up to 10 bulbs from the app
  • Enjoy preset ‘scenes’
  • Use 90% less energy than w/ traditional bulbs