Even’s earphones adapt to your listening and won’t break the bank

“No two ears hear the same, including yours” is the premise behind Even’s earphones that tune to you.

A lot of earphones seem to be coming out these days that fine-tune themselves to your ear’s own personal blueprint like Nura headphones. ‘Even’ are hoping to stand out from the crowd with their adaptive earphones with their reasonable cost.

Even compare the way we hear to how we see, saying on their website: “Did you know each of us hears sound differently? And we hear differently in our left and right ears. Yet all other earphones are stuck in one setting. Imagine if all eyeglasses had the same prescription.

“We know that someday soon we’ll all listen this way, with sound shaped to your unique hearing. Even is a collaboration between engineers, artists and everyday listeners who together are reinventing the listening experience.”

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The in-ear earphones use Even’s EarPrint technology to measure your hearing and adapt the sound output to your specific hearing. It uses a small test to decipher the best sound for you by testing you on different frequencies, volumes, and positioning.

After two years of working on “like glasses for your ears” Even’s team has been assembled and created their new earphones that “figure out how you hear, make the sound adapt to your ears, to give you an incredible, breakthrough listening experience that will remind you why and how you fell in love with music and sound in the first place.”

At just $99 the earphones are a definite competitor against the more expensive ‘tuned to your ears’ audio products. You can get a taster of how the tech works on the Even website, where a small test will work out how your left and right ears pick up sound and let you preview music mixed normally, and then tuned to your ears how they would sound through Even earphones.

You can order a pair for yourself at the limited time introductory price of $99 here.

Bose release new build-it-yourself Bluetooth speaker for kids

Bose have released their new Speaker Cube, a kid-friendly speaker that children build themselves step-by-step.

Speaker Cube is the first in Bose’s new BOSEbuild range, which will offer a variety of easily assembled products that aim to get kids thinking about science, technology, engineering, and math whilst also teaching them about how everyday products that we take for granted work.

The cube shaped (you don’t say) speaker comes unassembled which the child, or adult it doesn’t seem age inclusive, then constructs using a companion app (unfortunately only available on iOS). The app gives step-by-step instructions for its construction as well as extra features that show you how speakers work – in terms that kids can understand.

children speaker bluetooth Bose DIY

The Speaker Cube teaches kids about the essentials behind how speakers work to reproduce music, how electromagnets function and are used in a speaker. Bose hope to inspire a new generation of children to get interested in science and engineering with a product that is modern and intriguing that also requires their active participation in the process of.

Once it’s constructed you can connect to the speaker via Bluetooth on Smartphones, Tablets and Bluetooth enabled PCs and laptops. The speaker can change colour and you can use it to stream music like other Bluetooth speakers but with the satisfaction that you, or your child, put it together themselves and learned some valuable skills in the process.

You can purchase your own BOSEbuild Speaker Cube now for $149 from the BUILDbose website.

Sonos have added lock-screen controls to iOS… at last!

No more swiping, searching, and app opening just to skip a track on your Sonos, now you can do it straight from the lock-screen.

It was one of the Sonos’, most begrudged features, that when streaming to it from iOS devices you had to open your device up and go to the Sonos app each time you wanted to control the wireless music streaming speakers. Now iOS users can join Android users in streaming simplicity by accessing Sonos controls from the lockscreen of their iOS device.

The feature has been added in an update to their Sonos Controller app for iPhone and iPads. Android have been able to use this feature on Sonos’ app for a while now but as can often be the case, thanks to their different frameworks, iOS users have had to wait until now.

The update also brings some 3D touch functions for compatible iOS devices. You can also now access the Sonos Controller app in Split View and Slide Over views so that you can control Sonos whilst using other compatible apps.

If you don’t have a Sonos speaker you can get one here. If you have a Sonos speaker but don’t have the new iOS app you can get it here. If you have a Sonos speaker, don’t have the app and instead use Android you can get the app here. If you don’t have a… oh nope, that’s everything.

Incipio offer Skullcandy headphones $177 million in a buyout

Incipio, provider of mobile accessories, are looking to purchase Skullcandy to add their expansive range of head/earphones into their stock.

Incipio LLC will pay $5.75 a share for a total of $177 million to buy Skullcandy. The company announced they’ve given Skullcandy a month to find a better deal, after which assuming that they haven’t found one they will be integrated into Incipio’s stock of mobile accessories.

Incipio have been expanding their products through over companies since last year when they bought Incase, backpack, and laptop and phone case manufacturers. They also bought iPad case manufacturers ClamCase.

SkullCandy’s purchase is undoubtedly the biggest one for Incipio however as it represents the biggest branching out from accessories to audio products. Skullcandy’s headphones have earned a strong legacy since being founded 13 years ago however in recent years have been losing revenue and stock prices.

With Incipio’s purchase the pressure will be off Skullcandy to raise themselves back up to the popular audio phone manufacturer they once were and will allow Incipio to enter a new market and potentially innovate.

An Incipio rep told The Verge that the Skullcandy brand would be retained, assumably becoming a sub-branch of their company. The headphones will retain the elements that have made them popular, like their rough-and-ready design made to survive stress and abuse. You can expect to see Skullcandy expanding, but not losing their core.

Facebook Messenger now integrates Spotify sharing

Facebook have integrated Spotify into their Messenger app so you can share all your favourite music directly with friends and family.

The new feature allows users to share tracks, albums and playlists from the massively popular music streaming service Spotify straight into their chat box on Facebook’s Messenger. The feature is universal and not exclusive to Premium members.

To share music from Spotify to Messenger users need to find the Spotify logo on the Messenger app. The Spotify logo will appear near the bottom alongside all their other partnered, integrated apps. Once you click the logo you just need to search for the track, album, artist or playlist you’re after and select them. You’ll be taken to a “Send To” screen where you choose who you want to send the music to and then press send.

Unfortunately the integration doesn’t go so far as to let you play the music within the app but when you receive a Spotify link you can click on it to go directly to the Spotify app and begin listening. The feature is available on Spotify’s Android and iOS app.

If you update both your Messenger and Spotify apps you can start sharing music from Spotify to your Facebook friends right now.