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Echo Buds: Amazon New Wireless Earbuds with Active Noise Reduction Tech From Bose

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Alongside new Eeros smart mesh routers and Ring’s new cameras and retrofit kits Amazon today announced it’s new Airpods competitor.

Enter The Echo Buds

The Amazon Echo Buds are true wireless buds that integrate with Amazon smart assistant Alexa but will also work with Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant.

Perhaps the most interesting part of the new Echo buds it’s the Active Noise Reduction technology that's provided by Bose and its much lower price compared with AirPods starting at just $129.

Click here to learn more about the Echo Buds or pre-order them

Also, check out the new Amazon Echo Loop Smart Ring and Amazon Echo Frames smart-frames.

Size

Earbud: 22 x 23 x 24 mm
Case: 57 x 77 x 29 mm

Weight

Earbud: 7.6 g (7.8 g with medium ear tip) Case: 70 g Actual size and weight may vary by manufacturing process.

Wi-Fi or data connection

Echo Buds use a Wi-Fi or mobile data connection and the Alexa app for connectivity and other features. Carrier charges may apply. Please consult your carrier for information on any fees and limitations that apply to your plan. Alexa voice control is supported on Android 6.0 and iOS 12 or greater. However, please note that the following smartphones are not compatible with Echo Buds for Alexa voice control.

Bluetooth

Bluetooth 5.0 Hands-Free Profile (HFP) support for calling, Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) support for audio streaming, Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) for voice control of media sessions, Serial Port Profile for Bluetooth connectivity to Android phones and iPod Accessory Protocol for Bluetooth connectivity to iPhones.

Processors

Realtek RTL8763B Bluetooth System on Chip, Intel S1000 Digital Signal Processor, Analog Devices ADAU1777 Audio Codec

Speakers

Knowles dual balanced armature drivers

Microphones

3 per earbud: 2 external beamforming microphones + 1 internal microphone

IPX rating (water resistance)

IPX4 (earbuds only), tested to withstand water splashing. Learn more.

Sensors

Accelerometer, proximity, touch

Battery and power

Echo Buds with fully-charged charging case: Up to 20 hours music playback time with 3 full additional charges; up to 16 hours call time with 3 full additional charges.

Echo Buds (single charge): Up to 5 hours music playback time; up to 4 hours call time.

Echo Buds (15-minute quick charge): Up to 2 hours music playback time with 15-minute quick charge.

Actual battery life will vary depending on device settings, features utilized, environment and other factors. Testing was conducted by Amazon in a lab environment with preproduction Echo Buds and charging case and a prerelease version of the Alexa app on both iPhone and Android phones. Prior to testing, Echo Buds and charging case were fully charged to 100% (except for quick charge which charged drained Echo Buds at room temperature for 15 minutes). Echo Buds were set at 50% volume. Music playback testing was conducted with a preset music list, noise reduction and hands-free with Alexa enabled, until the first earbud stopped playback. 20 hour music playback testing consisted of recharging the drained Echo Buds to 100% for 4 successive discharge cycles on the Echo Buds. Call time testing consisted of discharging Echo Buds on a test phone number with a test track playing on both the caller and receiver sides with hands-free Alexa enabled, until call audio stopped on the first Echo Bud. Additionally, 16 hour call time testing consisted of recharging the drained Echo Buds to 100% for 4 successive discharge cycles on the Echo Buds.

Accessibility features

The Alexa app and Alexa-enabled products include several features for customers with accessibility needs related to vision, hearing, mobility, and speech. Learn more about Alexa accessibility.

Warranty and service

1-year limited warranty and service included. Optional 1-year2-year, and 3-year extended warranties will be available for U.S. customers and sold separately. Use of Echo Buds is subject to the terms found here.

Included in the box

Echo Buds, charging case, 3 pairs of ear tips, 3 pairs of wing tips, micro-USB cable, and Quick Start Guide.

The Best Fast Chargers For Your New iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro

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So you got your shiny new iPhone 11 but unlike the iPhone 11 Pro, it only comes with a sub-par 5w charger instead of the 18w fast charger. But since you saved at least $300 by going with the non-Pro version you have more than enough cash left to get a good fast charger for a fraction of the cost.

First make sure you have the cable.

Note that if you don’t already have a USB-C to Lightning cable you will also need one as-well.

For that, we can only recommend the official Apple Lightning to USB-C Cable. The reason we only recommend the official Apple cable is that is the only one we have tried since at the begging there were voltage issues with third party cables. While that may have been fixed we haven’t tried any other brand to be confident recommending it.

The best fast chargers

As for the chargers, that's a different story since we use a lot of third party ones from Anker to RavPower and while many brands produce respectable chargers we can confidently recommend Anker as the go-to brand.

Here are our three main recommendations:

Anker 60W 2-Port USB C Charger: The absolute best charger you can get. It provides 60w of power and two USB-c ports enough to charge two iPhone 11 or Pro’s, an iPhone and an iPad or even a Macbook Pro. It feature’s Anker PowerPort Atom PD 2 technology and outstanding reliability.

Other key features:

  • The ultimate travel charger - 15% smaller than a laptop stock charger; with the power to charge 2 laptops at once. 60W output delivers high-speed charging to nearly all USB-C and Lightning devices.
  • High-speed - 2. 5× faster than the 5W charger that comes with your iPhone. Charge iPhone x up to 50% in just 30 minutes.
  • Intelligent power Allocation - exclusive technology distributes power between devices and allows for high-speed charging up to 60W when a single device is connected.
  • Greater with Gann - by swapping out silicon for gallium nitride (Gann), we've created a higher efficiency charger that generates less heat, allowing our charging technology to be shrunk smaller than ever.
  • What you get - Power Port Atom PD 2 wall charger, welcome guide, our worry-free 18-month, and friendly customer service.

Anker 30W PIQ 3.0 USB C Charger: The best compact charger, perfect for traveling without sacrificing speed and performance. It features 30w of power enough for any iPhone, iPad and even Macbook (non Pro).

Other key features:

  • High-speed charging - from iPhone to Samsung to USB-C laptops and more, Anker signature 3. 0 technology delivers full-speed charging To virtually any device.
  • Universal compatibility - works flawlessly with nearly all mobile USB-C devices, and other laptops, tablets and more At full 30W speed.
  • Ultra-compact - 30% smaller than a stock MacBook charger, with a foldable plug for easy storage.
  • Premium build - the smooth matte exterior, glossy detailing around the port face, and cool blue LED to provide an elite look and feel.
  • What you get - power port III mini, Welcome Guide, our worry-free 18-month, and friendly customer service.

Anker 15W USB C Charger: This is the best budget option at less than $15 it still offers enough power to fast charge your iPhone and iPads. While any of the two other options above is a better deal if you are on a budget or what to grab a couple of spares this is the way to go.

Other key features:

  • Need for Speed: Delivers 15W of charging power via USB-C.
  • Universal Compatibility: Works flawlessly with virtually all mobile USB-C devices, as well as Apple devices using a USB-C to Lightning cable.
  • Superior Safety: Anker's exclusive MultiProtect safety system ensures complete protection for you and your devices.
  • Travel Ready: Light, compact design and a foldable plug enable effortless portability.
  • What You Get: PowerPort C 1 wall charger, welcome guide, our worry-free 18-month warranty, and friendly customer service.

You can't go wrong with any of this fast and affordable charger and they will definitely improve your experience with your new iPhone 11.

iPhone Users Don’t Care About Stupid Android Specs #iphone #iphone11pro #iphone11

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You know how the routine goes.

Every year right after Apple announces the newest iPhone we get a barrage of articles and ridiculous Youtube videos (with even more ridiculous thumbnails) from self-proclaimed “experts” letting us know how just like every year since 2007 Apple failed to deliver.

See these people are always comparing Apple's to oranges (pun intended). They always start by comparing specs on how the latest iPhone is lacking and overpriced and how they can’t understand why anyone will buy it compared to the “competition”.

It goes something like this:

No way this Apple toy can beat the latest Nokia - circa 2007 lol

The iPhone still doesn’t have a QWERTY physical keyboard there is no way they can compete with Blackberry

The iPhone is doomed because it lacks 3G

The iPhone still doesn’t have 4G Android does Apple is doomed

Android phones have larger screens

The iPhone unless Samsung lacks OLED

Apple can’t win Android phones have SD cards

WTF Apple removed the headphone jack while Android still have it

The iPhone still doesn’t have a removable battery

The iPhone has half the RAM of the (insert random Android phone here)

Android is open and the iPhone still locked

The new iPhone lacks (insert random gimmicky spec here) my last year androids have it

Androids are customizable the new iPhone still can’t be customized

My android doesn’t have a camera bump the new ugly iPhone does

The new iPhone is already outdated

The new iPhones are BOOOOORING

etc etc etc

While us seasoned iPhone user know that this kind of videos and articles aren’t more than clickbait intended to attract the Apple haters and generate ad revenues. These Apple haters will feel good since they feel validated in their insecurity about choosing Android. What's awkward is how close they are always following Apple's move. Why?

What the haters don’t get

What all these haters don’t get is that we DON’T care about stupid Android specs. We don’t care about the ram, removable batteries, removable storage, cheesy customization, malware, spyware, glitches, lack of ecosystem, lack of updates, fragmentation, and we definitely don’t care about the damn headphone jack.

You know why?

Because at the end of the day it still an Android and more importantly it isn’t an iPhone. The thing that makes the iPhone so good aren’t unnecessary specs or gimmicks it’s that it has iOS and the hardware is optimized to give us the best experience possible all the time.

Another big one is the ecosystem. We don’t only have iPhones we also have iPads, Macbooks, iMacs, Apple TVs and Watches and not a single Android phone integrate perfectly with all of them. The App Store and the abundance of high-quality optimized apps is second to none.

So Android users enjoy your phones because we surely enjoy our iPhone for years and years since they are supported by Apple longer than any other manufacturer.

And we just don’t care about your silly Androids.