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Trying to understand the hype around Google’s Pixel Buds • BirchTree
Matt Birchler on how Google-focussed outlets represent the new wireless (except for the wire) headphones:
<p>The Pixel buds are said to have better battery life than the competition because of the wired connection between the earbuds, but they have the exact same advertised life as the AirPods (5 hours, and 24 extra hours of charge in the case). He goes on to say the cost of the Pixel Buds is undercutting the competition. The Pixel Buds cost $159, which again is exactly the same as AirPods.

The Verge calls the Pixel Buds “more pragmatic” than AirPods. How, exactly? They cost the same, have the same battery life, seem to have lower build quality, and are not “truly” wireless headphones, but have a special integration into Google’s Translate app. The feature seems cool, but since you still need to unlock your phone, open the Google Translate app, select your languages, and the other person still has to hold a button and talk into your phone, I don’t see how this is a revolution in translation services.

As far as I can tell, Google’s “AI-powered headphones” (The Verge’s words, not mine) are no smarter than any other bluetooth headphones out there, and certainly not smarter than their main competitors, Apple’s AirPods. The Google Assistant and translation features are 100% run on the phone, just like AirPods, and the only difference is the audio is routed to the headphones, not your phone speakers. You know, exactly like you’d expect when having headphones connected to your phone…

…I’m prepared to be wrong about these, and maybe I’ll get a pair next year to try them out, but as of right now there seems to be a lot of buying into Google’s marketing jargon by many publications out there.</p>

I think it's what people call "grading on a curve". AirPods are truly the most Apple-y product in ages: the perfect integration of hardware and barely-visible software (which does plenty of heavy lifting, quietly).
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yesterday by charlesarthur
AirPods: Everything you need to know! | iMore
What's new with AirPods? Are they changing, getting new colors, going on sale? Here's the latest news on Apple's AirPods!
September 9, 2017: AirPods getting a slightly new look
Thanks to some digging into the leaked supposed Gold Master (GM) version of iOS 11, developer Steve Troughton-Smith tweeted out some pictures of the second-generation AirPods. For the most part, they're exactly the same, but there is one notable change to the charging case: The LED status light is on the outside.
This change could make it easier for you to quickly assess whether you need to charge up your charging case before heading out, something I personally forget to do all of the time.
5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Sony WF-1000X release date, price and specs • CNET
David Carnoy:
<p>Say hello to the WF-1000X, Sony's first set of totally wireless earphones due to hit stores in September. What makes them special? Well, not their price. They're $200, £200 or AU$399. But they are lightweight, sports friendly and have something Apple's AirPods don't have: active noise cancellation.

That's right, this model is part of Sony's new 1000X line, which includes over-the-ear and neckband-style models, all of which feature Sony's excellent noise cancellation, as well as the ability to customize the sound via Sony's Headphones Connect app.

Like a lot of these types of headphones, battery life isn't great at three hours, but the earphones come with a battery case that gives you an additional two charges for a total of nine hours.</p>

1) Terrible name

2) less good battery life. AirPods manage five hours per charge; the case recharges them back up; for as much as 24 hours total.

3) noise cancellation is nice, but not essential

4) pricier.
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7 weeks ago by charlesarthur
Four months using AirPods everywhere... almost - Six Colors
In the four months since I got a set of AirPods, they have colonized my life in ways both surprising and unsurprising. As someone who would never have been caught dead using a pair of Apple’s wired earbuds—either originals or EarPods—I’m a little surprised about this myself.
airpods  review 
10 weeks ago by rgl7194

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