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Recent articles by Billy:

Jabra's Elite 85t true wireless earbuds offer adjustable ANC for $229

Jabra's latest true wireless earbuds offer "advanced" ANC thanks to a dedicated noise-cancelling chip. → Read More

Sennheiser CX 400BT review: Great-sounding mid-range wireless earbuds

At $199.95, the CX 400BT aren't a bargain. But they are Sennheiser’s most affordable true wireless option. → Read More

Apple One bundle offers Arcade, Music, TV+ and iCloud for $15 a month

At its September event today, Apple officially announced its “Apple One” subscription bundle: a combination of Apple Arcade, Apple Music, Apple TV+ and iCloud (50GB) for $14.95 (£14.95) a month. It’s $19.95 (£14.95) per month, but it includes 200GB of iCloud storage. If you want to add Apple’s newly announced Fitness+ subscription, you can do so for $29.95/month. → Read More

Recommended Reading: Microsoft's Panos Panay on the Surface Duo

Recommended Reading highlights the week's noteworthy writing on technology and more. → Read More

Bose QuietComfort Earbuds offer powerful noise cancellation for $280

When Bose announced its Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 in spring 2019, the company also teased two new true wireless models. Well, it’s September 2020 and Bose is finally ready to fully reveal the Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700 and Sport 500 true wireless products. The former are now called the QuietComfort Earbuds — taking on the label of the company’s popular noise-cancelling over-ear… → Read More

Recommended Reading: Behind the wheel of the Polestar 2

The week's noteworthy writing on technology and more. → Read More

Qualcomm's adaptive ANC adjusts to changes in earbud fit

However, Qualcomm has a solution that will automatically adjust the ANC levels when the fit of your earbuds changes or with variations in outside noise. → Read More

Sennheiser's CX 400BT are its most affordable true wireless earbuds yet

While some headphone companies have gone all in on true wireless earbuds, Sennheiser has taken a more measured approach. The company has released two versions of its Momentum True Wireless buds thus far, with an improved model debuting back in March. While the MTW 2 offered better battery life, active noise cancellation (ANC) and more reliable controls, it was still $299.95. → Read More

Recommended Reading: The world of Lego interface panel design

The week's noteworthy writing on technology and more. → Read More

Sony's WH-1000XM4 headphones arrive in mid-August for $350

Thanks to early details in a Walmart listing back in June, we knew the debut for Sony’s latest flagship headphones was imminent. With the M4, Sony is introducing some subtle tweaks to the design alongside several new features to make further improvements to the highly-rated 1000X noise-canceling headphones line. All of those tweaks make the M4 more comfortable than its predecessor, especially… → Read More

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live review: Unique design, poor execution

Samsung’s latest true wireless earbuds have a unique “open type” design, but you have to sacrifice sound quality and the effectiveness of ANC. There are some attractive features here, but the company’s Galaxy Buds+ are the better option. → Read More

Samsung's Galaxy Buds Live offer 'open' ANC and hands-free access to Bixby

Samsung’s latest true wireless earbuds, the Galaxy Buds Live, have leaked several times over the last few weeks. Today Samsung is doing just that, alongside the Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Watch 3. When the Galaxy Buds Live design first broke cover, the jokes about their bean-like design were a dime a dozen. → Read More

Masterbuilt Gravity Series 560 review: A versatile smart charcoal grill

Masterbuilt offers the familiarity and convenience of charcoal with a WiFi-connected setup that works well as both a smoker and a high-temperature searing machine. The 560 lacks some of the more advanced features pellet grills have, but at around half the price, the company does a great job covering the basics. → Read More

Recommended Reading: The fear of TikTok

It's unclear what the White House will actually do at this point. Why does everyone seem to be afraid of the app that houses silly dance and lip-sync videos? The Atlantic explains how we got here and why a full-on ban probably isn't the best idea. → Read More

Jabra Elite 45h review: Feature-packed $99 headphones

Over the last two years, Jabra has been on a solid run when it comes to audio gear. During that time, Jabra also debuted the noise-cancelling Elite 85h headphones with respectable ANC and solid sound quality. Now Jabra is back with the $99 Elite 45h on-ear headphones, a budget option that doesn’t cut too many corners. → Read More

Recommended Reading: The case for a 'Tenet' online premiere

This piece from The Verge was published before AT&T CEO John Stankey announced Christopher Nolan’s upcoming blockbuster Tenet wouldn’t skip theaters for an on-demand premiere, but the argument still holds true. The simple fact is going to a movie theater is extremely dangerous amid the COVID-19 outbreak, and there’s no sign that we’ll be able to congregate in front of the big screen any time… → Read More

'Tetris Effect' is coming to Xbox with co-op, online and multiplayer modes

As part of its massive games showcase today, Microsoft announced Tetris Effect will make its Xbox debut this holiday season. A new version of the game, officially called Tetris Effect: Connected, will introduce co-op, competitive online and multiplayer game modes. The multiplayer option won’t arrive until next summer, but the expansion will be available as a free update to Connected and “all… → Read More

Spotify debuts video podcasts for select shows

Thanks to a report in May, we already knew Spotify was testing video podcasts. Today, the streaming service announced the format’s official debut on a handful of shows. Basically, podcast creators can upload videos they make while recording their shows to play alongside the audio. → Read More

OnePlus Buds hands-on: $79 wireless earbuds with lots of compromises

The OnePlus Buds are OnePlus’ first foray into true wireless earbuds and being pitched as a companion to its affordable phones. If you’re hoping to take these to the gym, the OnePlus Buds are IPX4 rated against water splashes. In terms of audio, the OnePlus Buds are mediocre at best. → Read More

Recommended Reading: Livestreamed concerts with no crowds are still extremely risky

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed bands to Instagram Live, YouTube streams and other avenues to keep in touch with fans. Metalcore act Underoath began a series of livestreams this week where the group will play three albums front to back — all together, in the same venue and essentially on stage. Nestlé’s single-serve coffee pods were revolutionary, especially when you consider the concept dates… → Read More