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Jaybird reveals Freedom and X3 Bluetooth earbuds for Q2 and Q3 of 2016

Jaybird recently revealed Freedom Wireless and X3 Bluetooth headphones. Bluetooth technology has been around for decades now but we still find it hard enough to discover the best wireless headphones to work with our specific needs. One of the better brands when it comes to wireless headphones, at least the sporty variety, is Jaybird. The company is now showing off its most prized possessions, a pair of Jaybird Freedom – a new design of headphones – and Jaybird X3, the reviewed version of the recent X2 headphones.


Freedom wireless



Freedom earbuds are meant to be less obtrusive and and smaller than other similar accessories. The buds are connected with a wire and the speaker modules are very small, which means they should be very comfortable for people with small earlobes. You also get memory foam tips and some ear fins to help you with comfort as well.


Jaybird says that the Freedom buds should last for eight hours of straight listening and you get an in-line metal remote to go with them. They will not be cheap though: the buds launch in Q2 2016 and they cost $199.15. You get five color options to choose from.


Jaybird X3 is a more conventional pair of headphones with a “SignalPlus” Bluetooth antenna that should keep a connection more stable when you are outdoors. You also get noise cancellation, trademarked earfins and a sweat-proof design. Even if they are a bit larger, these buds have a shorter battery life of about 7 hours. They also have an in-line remote and you will need a separate app on iOS or Android to access the equalizer and other options. The X3 will cots $149.95 and they will become available in Q3 2016 in the same five color options as the previous model.


Freedom x3





SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 5, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —SPECIAL TO CESPremium active lifestyle brand, Jaybird, today announced the addition of Freedom and X3 to its growing line of high-end sport earbuds. Jaybird Freedom and X3 are the first wireless sport earbuds to include a customizable sound profile that moves with the user from device to device, and will be available in Q2 and Q3 2016, respectively.
Jaybird Freedom
The micro-sized, secure-fit Jaybird Freedom are the company’s most advanced Bluetooth earbuds ever. The most notable feature of Freedom is its patented tapered step-down design, ensuring a comfortable, secure fit in any ear size. These sweat-proof premium metal buds fit perfectly in even the smallest of ears and come with Comply™ memory foam tips, as well as enhanced comfort ear fins to ensure a secure fit. Its passive noise isolation drowns out ambient noise to enhance the sound quality customers have come to expect from Jaybird’s audio line.
With its new, patent-pending Jaybird MySound app — available for Android and iOS — users can now customize their equalizer settings, which are then automatically synced to Freedom, creating a unique sound profile that is saved on the buds no matter the music device they’re paired with — a first for the wireless sport earbuds market.
Freedom provides users with eight hours of playtime — four hours in the buds and an additional four hours with the included charging clip — for worry-free listening throughout the day or a week’s worth of workouts. Equipped with Bluetooth 4.0, Freedom can be paired with up to eight devices, and its inline metal remote gives users complete control over their wireless music with volume buttons and allows for phone calls with its built-in microphone.
Freedom will be available for $199.95 and come in five beautiful color metal options — Carbon (black on black metal), Blaze (red on silver metal), Ocean (blue on silver metal), Gold (white on gold metal), and Blush (white on rose gold metal).
“Freedom combines fashion and sport into the smallest and most elegant wireless earbuds we’ve ever designed,” said Rene Oehlerking, Jaybird’s CMO. “The product is both gorgeous and versatile and is designed to be the only buds you’ll ever need for fashion, fitness and work. Freedom takes a huge step forward in wireless earbuds innovation by giving users the features of premium over-the-ear headphones in a micro-sized, in-ear package.”
Jaybird X3
The successor to the wildly popular Jaybird X2, these secure-fit sport Bluetooth 4.0 buds also feature the proprietary Jaybird MySound app, which gives users complete control over their sound profile by allowing them to customize the EQ settings, and like Freedom automatically syncs on the X3 hardware. The seven-hour battery allows users to enjoy a week’s worth of music during workouts on a single charge, and Jaybird’s proprietary SignalPlus™ antenna architecture allows for a stronger signal resulting in skip-free music listening in outdoor environments.
Featuring the same powerful award-winning Jaybird sound, the X3 includes passive noise isolation technology to enhance sound quality. Sporting a smaller hardware profile than its predecessor, the new sweat-proof buds also incorporate the X-Fit™ system as well as enhanced comfort earfins to give users an even more secure fit during the hardest of workouts. The inline remote allows for easy wireless music and call control, and its Voice Prompts let you know when you’ve successfully connected X3 or turned the device on or off. At launch, X3 will retail for $149.95 and be available in five colors — Blackout (black), Alpha (military green), Road Rash (red), Dune (tan), and Surf (blue).
“Jaybird has always prided itself on delivering world-class sound, and the MySound app in both the new X3 and Freedom will give users audio control like they’ve never experienced in a wireless sport earbud,” continued Oehlerking. “We’re excited to give users full musical freedom to crank up the bass or fine tune for that perfect acoustic sound. “
Jaybird Freedom and Jaybird X3 will be featured at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), January 6-9, 2016, at booth 21060 (South Hall). For more information about Jaybird,


[CES 2016] Misfit announces Misfit Ray, a new cylinder-shaped activity tracker!

Misfit Ray was announced at CES today and what the device appears to be is a stylish activity tracker. Its creation is all due to an Indiegogo campaign that helped launch Misfit Shine in 2014. At the end of last year, Fossil bought Misfit for $260 million and now new and beautiful things are being made.


Misfit ray tracker



Misfit – a brand new Fossil brand now – announced Misfit Ray at CES, a new device that looks like an aluminum cylinder you can wear around your neck or on your wrist.

Official specs for Misfit Ray:

  • 38mm length
  • 12mm diameter
  • vibration motor
  • one multicolor LED light capable of notifications in the case of texts, calls, silent alarms, inactivity
  • six month-lasting battery
  • water submersion up to 50 meters.



Misfit ray



Misfit Ray will show up on the market in the spring and it will have a price tag of $99.99 in the US. It will be available in Rose Gold and Carbon Black. If you are already sold on the device, Misfit has opened pre-orders on the official website.



Misfit Introduces Ray, The Most Versatile Activity Tracker Yet

LAS VEGAS, NV January 5th 2016—Today Misfit announced Misfit Ray Fitness and Sleep Monitor, the newest product in the Company’s line of design-forward wearables. Ray’s distinct deconstructed and modular design makes it Misfit’s most versatile activity tracker yet.

Only 12mm in diameter and 38mm long, Ray’s sleek form factor and clean lines make it uniquely wearable. Ray features a highly customizable cylindrical aluminum body, able to be worn with Misfit-branded or custom accessories on the wrist or as a necklace. Ray effortlessly complements watches, bracelets, and fine jewelry. Its elemental, interchangeable design makes it easy to personalize. Ray can be elegant or sporty, sensual or bold, striking or subtle.

Ray’s minimalist form conceals powerful engineering. It tracks activity and sleep with a 3-axis accelerometer and, like Misfit Shine 2, incorporates a vibration motor that allows for nuanced user feedback. Combined with a single multicolor LED eye, Ray provides inactivity nudges, text and call notifications, and a silent alarm. Like other wearables by Misfit, Ray never requires charging (the user-replaceable batteries last up to 6 months) and is water resistant to 50 meters.

Misfit Ray is compatible with Misfit Link, the groundbreaking software experience that turns your wearable into a remote to connect with the world around you. Communicate with friends, turn on your lights, change your music, take a selfie, and more, all with a few taps.

We designed Ray to be your most valuable accessory,” said Tim Golnik, Misfit’s VP of Product and Design. “Ray’s design distills the essential performance of our wearables and opens up a world of style possibilities.”

Ray comes in Rose Gold and Carbon Black, is now available for pre-order, and will be available in retail locations worldwide in Spring 2016.

Starting from $99.99, Misfit Ray is now on display at International CES at the Misfit booth (#73923, Tech West Sands Expo).

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Android Wear watch from Intel and Fossil: get ready for some competition!

A new Android Wear watch is being made and it is the fruition of a combination between Intel and Fossil. The announcement was made at the Intel Developers Conference, where Intel usually presents its new chips, but also some other things.


Android Wear watch



This watch was teased for a while now, and the first official image seems to point at a cross-breed between the Moto 360 and LG Watch Urbane. Fossil’s watch and Intel’s Tag Heuer device are the first smartwatches or Android Wear-friendly devices made by old-school watchmakers and not tech companies like LG, Samsung, Apple or ASUS. Fossil is said to possibly supply designs for well-known brands such as Michael Kors and Giorgio Armani.


This new Android wear watch is not the only project Fossil has going on as they will soon launch a connected bracelet and watch. It is safe to say that Intel does not want to reveal more information regarding the watch at the moment. It doesn’t have an official name or official specs yet and it is expected to launch sometime this holiday season.


That is all we know about the Android Wear watch from Intel and Fossil, but more details will be released soon. Stay tuned!


Source: Gizmodo


Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus rumored to have QWERTY keyboard case!

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus is rumored and expected to launch at Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event on August 13th and until then leaks will keep showing up everywhere. Veteran “leaker” @evleaks has done it again and released a rendered image of a device that looks very much like an Edge smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard case. Could this be the next big thing when it comes to smartphone accessories and fashion?


Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus QWERTY



The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus is speculated to be the bigger version of its namesake. It should differentiate in the size of screen and its QHD display plus a possibly better processor: 2,1 GHz Exynos 7420 64-bit. The device will also sport a 16MP rear camera and a 6MP frontal camera, plus 32GB of internal storage to store those beautiful media files of yours.


Evan Blass showed on Twitter that this Android smartphone could present a QWERTY keyboard case too. We’re not sure if we like this image or not, mainly because the Samsung Galaxy device has some nice curves and that innovative double edge screen which would be encased in a piece of chromed alloy if this were to be true. On a different side, it could help folks who find it hard to type out texts on a touchscreen. The case even contains three physical Android navigation keys at the bottom to make everything easier to access.


Nothing is confirmed at the moment, and we are still a few days apart from the event. This accessory could not even make an appearance next to the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus or the Galaxy Note 5, which is rumored to share an announcement.


Source: IBNLive


Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch to run on Tizen and change appearance

Samsung ’s next smartwatch is said to be smarter, better and easier to navigate. Plus, is will change its design a little bit and slim its bezels down! The next Galaxy Gear will reportedly have a round rotatable bezel that will be used for navigation and zoom in and out of photos. The round face of the device is a given considering that it will facilitate rotating the bezels for easier content access.


Samsuntg Galaxy Gear



The info was relayed at the Tizen Developer Summit 2015 held in Bangalore, India, last week. This is pretty much all we know about it so far, as no other details were unveiled to the public.


Will the new Galaxy Gear device save Samsung ’s smartwatch line?


The new Samsung smartwatch is codenamed Orbis, but its final name is allegedly Gear A. It is supposed to run on Tizen, Samsung’s own watch software. It is possible that the device will be unveiled on August 13th, at a press event, when the South Korean manufacturer will launch its two phablets, Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus. The gear watches have not been so well received, which means this could be a great step towards acceptance or the final nail in the coffin.


The new Galaxy gear device is rumored to have 768MB of RAM plus 4GB of storage and lots of sensors: a Wi-Fi chip, a GPS and a heart rate sensor, plus a digital crown win an undisclosed function.


Considering the fact that Apple is munching on high-end content and the Chinese manufacturers are taking over the low-end spectrum of the market, Samsung finds itself in a tough position that only toughens with every passing day. We shall see if they manage to get back on the high horse with their newest devices as sales have dipped across its entire smartphone line.


Source: Mashable

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New Google Glass project to be aimed at enterprises first

The next Google Glass project phase will be directed at enterprises and it should feature an attachable design which can be clipped on (or something similar) to other eye-wear. There have been lots of rumors circulating over these past few months and some recent news reports may shed some light on the mystery of the Google project.


Google Glass augmented reality



The new iteration of Google Glass will have a curved rectangular form, plus it will also sport a button-and-hinge system that will allow it to attach to different types of glasses, sunglasses and other possible types of eyewear.


It appears that Google is willing to make the project available for healthcare, manufacturing and energy companies. Moreover, it is already being distributed to software developers in order to facilitate the creation of viable applications.


A new consumer version is also in the works, but it will not be seen on the market until as recent as a year from now, sources say. The previous Glass version which was launched last year got a lot of backlash because it was launched to soon and was not ready for consumer use.


The new Google Glass enterprise version should have a faster Intel processor and better wireless connectivity. The device is said to be powered by an external battery pack which connects magnetically and it is supposed to offer a prolonged life time for the device. The accessory will also have a longer and thinner prism display which will be adjustable for more flexibility.


For now, we will only see or hear about Google Glass when it comes to corporate industries and businesses, which is a great starting idea for such technology. Who knows, in the future the world may be more comfortable with using such tech on a daily basis!


Source: PCWorld