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Apple tipped to be launching high-end over-ear headphones this year

By | February 25th, 2018|Categories: TechRadar|

Now that we've all got used to wearing wire-free AirPods in our ears, Apple has another audio product in the pipeline, according to reports – apparently the company is also working on some high-end, over-ear headphones to give you another option for upgrading your listening experience.

The tip comes courtesy of KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, a man with a better-than-average record at predicting what Apple's about to do next. It's not definite until we hear directly from Apple, but such a move wouldn't be a huge surprise.… Read the full article

Echo devices can now make calls and send messages on Alexa’s own network in India

By | February 22nd, 2018|Categories: TechRadar|

Alexa-to-Alexa calling is part of a phased roll out for Echo owners in India. This is will enable users to call and message contacts who also own Echo devices or the Alexa mobile app.

Users will have to give Alexa access to their contacts and she’ll able to filter through them and determine which ones also have access to the interface. After this, the user will be able to see a list with all of their contacts that are available for texting or calling.… Read the full article

Qualcomm enhances its wireless audio tech for next-gen buds and ‘hearables’

By | February 21st, 2018|Categories: TechRadar|

Qualcomm has lifted the lid on a number of enhancements its made to its TrueWireless Stereo technology, which was first announced in 2017 to meet growing demand for headsets and hearables with a smaller, true wireless form factor.

The latest update has been created to provide users with an improved listening experience across all smartphone platforms, as well as a more streamlined pairing experience that does away with the need to pair individual buds separately. It also allows longer playback time, as users can easily role switch each earbud between primary and secondary functions.… Read the full article

The John Lewis Aria DAB is a radio of true modern charm

By | February 21st, 2018|Categories: TechRadar|

 John Lewis has made in-house designed radios, washing machines and other home appliances for years. They’re part of the Only Here range, which you can only buy at John Lewis. It doesn’t stop at tech either. There are exclusive homewares and fashion buys too. 

A real pick of the moment is the new John Lewis Aria DAB radio, which will get you excited for several reasons. Firstly, John Lewis made some top DAB units over the last five years, and the Aria one has also already has a What Hi-Fi?… Read the full article

Spotify’s first piece of hardware may be on the horizon

By | February 20th, 2018|Categories: TechRadar|

For the past year, Spotify has been working on its very first piece of hardware, and if some recent job listings are anything to go by it could be going into production very soon. 

In April 2017, Spotify posted some job listings which gave us our first sign that the streaming service was looking to break into hardware. The listings included a Senior Product Manager of Hardware who would be working on “a category defining product akin to Pebble Watch, Amazon Echo, and Snap Spectacles”. 

A second listing, for a Product Manager of Voice who was to “be responsible for the strategy and execution of Spotify’s voice efforts beyond our core apps […] areas like desktop, TVs, speakers, cars, wearables, headphones”, suggested that whatever this product is, it’s going to include some form of voice control.… Read the full article

Bang & Olufsen DIY kit lets you make your own smart speakers with Raspberry Pi

By | February 19th, 2018|Categories: TechRadar|

Got a great sounding pair of speakers gathering dust as they just can't keep up with the connected smarts of the modern musical age? Then Bang and Olufsen may have a solution for you – provided you don't mind getting your hands dirty with some tinkering.

B&O has partnered up with HiFiBerry to offer a new DIY kit that lets you add wireless functionality to legacy speaker sets. The Beocreate 4 Channel Amplifier is a board designed to be paired with passive loudspeakers, acting as a digital amplifier on its own, or adding Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities if paired with a Raspberry Pi.… Read the full article

Amazon Echo devices now available for offline purchase in India

By | February 15th, 2018|Categories: TechRadar|

Amazon has today announced that customers looking to purchase its Echo devices can now do so without waiting for an invite. In the announcement, Amazon revealed that its Echo devices can be purchased both online and offline – customers looking to purchase these devices online can do so on Amazon.in. In the offline channel, Amazon has tied up with over 350 retail outlets across 20 cities in India, including the likes of Reliance Digital, Croma, Crossword and more.

To recall, Amazon launched its Echo devices in India back in October last year, but to be able to purchase these devices, customers had to wait for an invite.… Read the full article

Apple admits your HomePod might stain wooden surfaces

By | February 15th, 2018|Categories: TechRadar|

Apple has acknowledged a number of complaints from users who say their HomePod speakers are leaving white rings on wooden surfaces, admitting that "it is not unusual for any speaker with a vibration-dampening silicone base to leave mild marks when placed on some wooden surfaces".

Numerous reviews and users on Twitter have been pointing out the major flaw in Apple's new smart speaker, which is apparently caused by oils diffusing between the silicone base and the surface of the Apple. The marks should be able to be cleaned off and will fade gradually anyway, the brand says.… Read the full article

Amazon Echo speaker deals save you up to $50 before President’s Day weekend

By | February 14th, 2018|Categories: TechRadar|

You’ll be able to find new Amazon Echo speaker deals ahead of the official President’s Day 2018 sales events in the US, letting you save on the Echo Dot, Echo Spot, Echo Show or the latest standard Echo.Amazon has a discount available on all four of the above speakers.

The best price for an Amazon Echo speaker is the Echo Dot at $39 after a $10 discount. This is the miniature Echo speaker that you can easily set up and add Alexa’s smarts to any room.… Read the full article

You can buy the Apple HomePod in UAE right now

By | February 14th, 2018|Categories: TechRadar|

Apple released its first smart speaker, the Apple HomePod this past weekend but only in the US, UK and Australia. You can checkout our full review of the HomePod here, but in summary, it has fantastic audio quality but is deeply rooted inside Apple's ecosystem.

Although Apple has yet to announce an official date for a global launch, and we think that it might be a while for that, you can already buy HomePod in the UAE through retailers like noon.com and souq.com

At the moment, noon is listing the HomePod for AED 1,440 which is roughly US$460.… Read the full article