Now that headphone jacks are being killed off, there's no choice but to look at Bluetooth alternatives. There are tons of form factors out there, but the most fashionable right now is the truly wireless earbud, which is difficult to get right and usually quite expensive. The Jabra Elite Sport is a decent option, and it's currently going for $100 less than its original MSRP. Read More
Anker is best known for making portable battery packs and other charging accessories, but it's been increasingly dabbling in personal audio. The company ran a Kickstarter for some fancy earbuds a few months ago, but those ones aren't for sale yet. You can, however, get the slightly less fancy version right now. The Zolo Liberty Bluetooth earbuds are on sale today for $99.99. Read More
JBL is one of the better-known names in the Bluetooth speaker market, sporting not only a wide range of products, but also a large and mostly loyal following. Up for sale today is the Charge 3 for $89.95 (or $89.99 at Best Buy), a savings of $60. Read More
The Google Assistant on the Pixel 2 and 2 XL is more powerful than ever before, and it can help you do a bunch of things with your phone like change settings or initiate a conversation with support. Thanks to a whimsical request from a reader, we now know about one more ability the Assistant has. Read More
Vulnerabilities. There's a new flavor of the week every few days and in this highly connected world, it's tough to keep up, whether it's for users who don't know which of their devices are vulnerable and have/haven't been patched or for companies who are scrambling to fix one bug only to see the next one around the corner.
The BlueBorne vulnerability affected Bluetooth devices and could be exploited by hackers to completely take over a device with Bluetooth just turned on, without pairing with it first. Android patched it in September, but it appears that Amazon Echo and Google Home devices were left vulnerable for a while. Read More
Google's history with Bluetooth is a bit rocky, but it looks like at least one Bluetooth bug in Android isn't entirely Google's fault. The so-called "phantom call" issue appears to be the result of a third-party app. Namely, Skype Lite. Uninstall that, and you should be all good. Read More
Google announced a lot of things at its October 4th event including the new Pixels and the Pixelbook. However, the Pixel Buds sort of stole the show with that rad universal translator demo. These babies don't come cheap, but those who dropped the requisite $159 will be happy to know orders have started going out. Read More
Bang and Olufsen (B&O) makes some high-end audio products. Some would say overpriced, some would argue that the design, materials, and audio quality justify the premium price tag. B&O's latest venture into streaming speakers is reminiscent of Sonos, but the company is being more open about its connectivity standards. As an example, the newly announced Beoplay M3 speaker supports Chromecast (thus Google Assistant/Home), Airplay, Bluetooth, and Beolink Multiroom, so you can choose whichever protocol works best for you.
The M3 is the most compact speaker in B&O Play's Connected Audio line-up. It follows the design language of the M5 by featuring premium aluminum and fabric with exchangeable front covers. Read More