Apple’s next AirPods might scan and shape themselves to your ear

As Apple build up to the launch of the next generation of AirPods a new patent suggests that their updated earbuds will come with a lot more sophisticated tech.

Apple’s AirPods have received mixed reviews in the 2 years they’ve been available with praise for their quality and wireless functionality but drawing criticism for their size/wireless design making these $160 earbuds very easy to lose. Some listeners complained that the AirPods weren’t comfortable, either not fitting into their ears or being uncomfortable when pushed firmly into their ears. A new patent suggests this might be in some way solved with their first upgrade to their AirPods since they launched.

The approved patent application, which 9to5Mac discovered, shows an earbud design that “can be worn interchangeably in either a left or a right ear of a user”. The patent describes that the earbuds would use biometric sensors to sense it’s position in the ear to “alter operation of the earbud in accordance to which ear the earbud is determined to be sitting in”.

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The patent fuels the fire that we could be seeing new AirPods releasing soon. A new Ming-Chi Kuo report just days earlier suggested that updated AirPods could be releasing as soon as the first quarter of 2019 and will include wireless charging technology. However details in the patent imply that their biometric sensor technology might not feature in their earbuds until 2020.

Despite the concerns with certain aspects of Apple’s earbuds they have become the most popular Apple accessory in years – and not just because people keep losing them down the side of the sofa. According to people surveyed many users said that they plan on buying AirPods before they would buy a new iPhone. We will probably find out more about the future of Apple’s AirPods in the coming months and what we can expect in the next generation.

Bose’s new sunglasses bring augmented reality to your ears

Augmented reality technology is becoming more advanced by the second and Bose are delving into new worlds with their new ‘Frames’ putting audio into your sunglasses. 

World-class audio manufacturers Bose could be making the hottest pair of shades people are rocking in 2019 with their ‘Frames’. This isn’t a completely new direction for the company though as their priority won’t be blocking your eyes from the sun but providing high quality audio in exciting new ways.

The Frames go over your ears so that you’re left uncovered to hear and experience the world around you whilst providing audio to your ears that is, at least for the most part, unhearable to people around you. It works at it’s best with apps using Bose’s augmented reality technology providing digital audio experiences that enhance and expand on the reality around you.

Frames are able to use GPS to gain location data on you and feature a built-in nine-axis motion sensor to perceive your surroundings. It then combines this information with voice commands to AI assistants and it’s multi-function button to provide information through the speakers in each of it’s arms. Beyond it’s tech the sunglasses will feature tinted, UV-blocking glass so that they are actually useful in the sun too.

Bose will release two models of Frames when they launch in January, one version with round frames and the other with square frames so you can pick the look you like best. They promise 3 and a half hours of battery life when listening to music and 12 hours of life when on standby.

Bose Frames can be pre-ordered now for $199 and will ship next month in January 2019. You can find out more about the intriguing Frames and assure yourself a pair from Bose’s site:

Get Shure’s quality microphones & bundles at great prices this week

Shure make some of the best affordable microphones around whether you’re looking for microphones for the studio or to take on to the stage. With some great deals on their mics this week we’ve collected the best ones just for you.

Shure SM58-LC Cardioid Vocal Microphone – $89 (10% off)

The legendary Shure SM58 vocal microphone is designed for professional vocal use in live performance, sound reinforcement, and studio recording. Its tailored vocal response for sound is a world standard for singing or speech. A highly effective, built-in spherical filter minimizes wind and breath “pop” noise. A unidirectional (cardioid) pickup pattern isolates the main sound source while minimizing unwanted background noise.

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Shure BLX24/PG58 Handheld Wireless System with PG58 Vocal Microphone – $249 (17% off)

Shure BLX Wireless Systems combine professional-quality sound with simple setup and an intuitive interface for legendary audio performance right out of the box. Precision-built and available in a variety of configurations, it’s the most accessible way to own the stage. The bundle comes with a PG58 microphone. The PG58 is a professional quality vocal microphone with an updated industrial design that features a black metallic finish offering an unobtrusive visual presence.

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Shure BLX288/PG58 Dual Channel Handheld Wireless System with 2 PG58 Vocal Microphones – $499 (9% off)

The Shure BLX 288PG58 Dual Handheld Wireless Microphone System features two PG58 handheld vocal miss for superb audio clarity for singing and speaking applications. The receiver features a one-touch Quick Scan frequency selection that automatically locates the clearest channel to operate in. XLR and 1/4 inch output connectors allow you to easily incorporate the Shure BLX wireless mic system into any setup.

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Shure KSM8/N Dualdyne Vocal Microphone – $449 (10% off)

As the first-ever dual-diaphragm dynamic handheld microphone, the premium KSM8 Dualdyne Cardioid Vocal Dynamic Microphone is a groundbreaking feat of engineering design. Meticulously crafted for revolutionary vocal reproduction and sound-reinforcement control for world-class live performance in top-tier professional venues. The patented Dualdyne cartridge of the KSM8 virtually eliminates proximity effect and masters off-axis rejection while providing sound professionals the signal clarity typical of condenser microphones without processing, along with the reliability of dynamic microphone feedback control.

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Get massive discounts on Shure’s best headphones this week

We’ve seen loads of great deals and discounts since Black Friday with Cyber Deals Week lasting all week on Amazon. We’ve found loads of amazing deals on Shure’s high quality microphones, headphones, wireless systems for guitars and mics and more.

Shure SRH440 Professional Studio Headphones – $79 (20% off)

The SRH440 Professional Studio Headphones from Shure provide exceptional sound reproduction and comfort. Optimized for home and studio recording, SRH440 headphones reproduce accurate audio across an extended range. Impedance, power handling and sensitivity are all calibrated for professional audio devices such as DJ mixers, mixing consoles, and headphone amplifier. Includes carrying bag and threaded 1/4″ (6.3mm) gold plated adapter.

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Shure SRH840 Professional Monitoring Headphones – $149 (25% off)

SRH840 Professional Monitoring Headphones feature a precisely tailored frequency response that delivers rich bass, clear mid-range and extended highs. Optimized for studio recording and critical listening with a closed-back, circumaural collapsible design and a detachable, coiled cable. Includes SRH840, threaded 1/4″ gold-plated adapter, carrying bag, replacement ear pads, and user guide.

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Shure SE215SPE-B-BT1 Wireless Sound Isolating Earphones – $129 (13% off)

SE215 Sound Isolating Earphones provide award-winning sound in a secure, over–the-ear design for long-lasting comfort and immersive audio. Single Dynamic Driver produces clear sound with deep bass in a convenient and portable package. Sound isolation technology prevents outside noise from interfering with your listening experience, whether onstage or on-the-go.

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Shure SE425-CL Sound Isolating Earphones with Dual High Definition MicroDrivers – $239 (11% off)

The SE425 Sound Isolating Earphones feature dual high-definition drivers for accurate, natural sound in a secure, over–the-ear design with innovative detachable cable system. Dual high-definition drivers (dedicated tweeter and woofer) deliver accurate and natural sound in a convenient and portable package. Comfortable sound isolating sleeves block up to 37 dB of ambient noise.

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Save BIG on ROLI’s amazing Seaboard and their innovative Blocks

ROLI make some of the most innovative instruments to come out in recent years. It all began with their ‘Seaboard’ keyboards featuring an entirely pressure sensitive board with responsiveness between keys and plays to every touch and shape. It transformed the traditional keyboard into a flowing, modular, instrument full of capability and redefining the way keys can be played.

With Amazon’s Cyber Deals week in full swing you can nab yourself some of ROLI’s amazing instruments at an unbeatable price.

ROLI Seaboard Block – $229 (31% off)

Create astonishingly expressive music on a next-generation keyboard. Seaboard Block replaces a traditional keyboard with a soft, pressure-responsive surface that lets you touch and shape your sound. Play a powerful standalone instrument – and extend its power by connecting to other Blocks. Access your sounds on either mobile or desktop through included software, and add to your collection by purchasing soundpacks.

Seaboard Block is the newest, smallest, most portable Seaboard, an award-winning family of instruments hailed as ‘the future of the keyboard.’

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ROLI Lightpad Block M Wireless Controller – $159.95 (20% off)

Reach for the ultimate music-making surface that fits in the palm of your hand. The next-generation Lightpad Block features a redesigned surface that offers an even more tactile, responsive, and precise playing experience.

On Lightpad M’s unique surface you shape sounds and make music with Five Dimensions of Touch (5D Touch), while LED illuminated grids guide you as you play. Expression is at your fingertips, so you can bring any musical idea to life in an instant.

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ROLI Live Block – $79.95 (20% off)

Live Block is one part of the modular making music system: Blocks. Connect Live Block wirelessly to a Seaboard Block or Lightpad Block to use as a shortcut to the functions you use most to make music.

Live Block helps you perform faster. Switch scales and octaves, trigger chords and arpeggios, and sustain notes by clicking its control buttons. All these functions for live performance can be modified through included software, but Live Block puts them right at your fingertips — so you can fine-tune your performance in real time.

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Get singing this Cyber Deals Week with the best microphone discounts

Amazon are keeping the discounts coming all through the week with Cyber Monday Deals Week. Whether you’re looking for performance microphones to take to the stage, a quality microphone for your home studio, or a professional vocal microphone for podcasting/vlogging – We’ve found their best deals on microphones for you to snatch up and get recording with.

Electro-Voice ND76 Dynamic Cardioid Vocal Microphone – $79 (39% off)

The ND76 is a robust, high-performance, large-diaphragm dynamic cardioid vocal microphone. Designed to be a workhorse for excellent all-around voice applications, the ND76 capsule is precisely tuned to deliver crisp, clear, and balanced vocal presence, as well as superior isolation from sound on the stage.

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Behringer Ultravoice Xm8500 Dynamic Vocal Microphone – $19.99 (33% off)

The XM8500 dynamic microphone is a performer’s and home recording enthusiast’s dream come true! This professional-quality microphone is designed to capture your sounds with outstanding sensitivity and accuracy. With a cardiod pickup pattern for excellent sound source separation and feedback rejection, this ultra-wide frequency response mics is an excellent choice for any performing or recording scenario.

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Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Studio XLR Microphone – $99 (41% off)

Audio-Technica’s stringent quality and consistency standards set the AT2020 apart from other mics in its class. Its low-mass diaphragm is custom-engineered for extended frequency response and superior transient response. With rugged construction for durable performance, the microphone offers a wide dynamic range and handles high SPLs with ease. The AT2020: the new standard for affordable side-address studio condensers.

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Rode NT1A Anniversary Vocal Condenser Microphone Package – $228.98 (38%)

The RODE NT1A raises the bar for value-priced mics! From the new nickel plated body to the state of the art surface mount electronic circuitry, the NT1A will leave you asking ‘how can RODE offer a microphone that sounds this good, for so little money’? The RØDE NT1A, Winner of the Electronic Musician 2004 Editor’s Choice Award and the world’s quietest studio condenser microphone. This redesigned version of RØDE’s classic NT1 has only 5 dBA of self-noise.

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Once you’ve picked out the microphone for you, get yourself a good deal on a microphone stand.

Samson MK-10 Microphone Boom Stand – $14.69 (25% off)

The MK10 Microphone Boom Stand combines the crucial elements of lightweight durability with an attractive and functional design. It comes a very small package that folds up easily for transport anywhere you need it.

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RockJam Scissor Arm Microphone Stand RJMS050 – $7.69 (30% off)

The RockJam microphone stand is a strong, sturdy and supple piece of kit that has been designed to work universally across a range of microphones and environments. So if you’re a Twitch streamer, a Podcast recorder, a YouTube streamer, a radio broadcaster, a live performer or a recording artist then give your microphone the security deserves and your audience, the benefit of a boom arm that will contort to your needs, no matter on the environment, to keep you sounding crisp.

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Start recording with 33% off Steinberg USB interface for instruments

Nab yourself Steinberg’s 2 channel USB interface this Cyber Monday for a great discount and start recording your instruments and microphones, the perfect introduction to your own home recording studio.

With Steinberg’s line of USB 2.0 connectivity interfaces, you’ve got it all covered: the UR range comprises a 19” rack-mounted studio solution, a desktop production interface, an ultra-compact mobile unit and an advanced portable production studio — all engineered and crafted to meet the most exacting standards.

Sharing the same heritage as the highly acclaimed MR816 interfaces, the URs house outstanding converters and D-PRE Class-A discrete mic preamps. Each interface is completely adapted to your needs while sharing the hallmarks of the UR range: great build quality, stunning sound and flexible, fully integrated capabilities. Ultra-stable drivers for Mac OS X and Windows mean that the entire UR range supports all major recording software applications.

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The preamp is where sound creation begins in recording, and ultimately determines the quality of your mix. All UR audio interfaces offer D-PRE Class-A discrete mic preamps from Yamaha. The D-PRE is carefully designed to capture all the subtleties and expressiveness of any audio source and is the culmination of years of development by the experienced engineers at the Yamaha Corporation. D-PRE Mic Preamps sound stunning, and the difference is in the design.

D-PRE has a very wide frequency range so that it can handle any music source and it does not overly amplify any specific components of the signal. It’s beautifully tuned to be able to capture the true expression of a given performance or audio source, while leaving flexibility for later editing.

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Save up to 50% on the best Bluetooth speakers on Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday is the perfect excuse to get a wicked new speaker that enhance your music whether you’re at the beach, in the car, going camping, or anywhere else. These are the top deals on portable Bluetooth speakers for Cyber Monday this year.

Marshall Stockwell Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Flip Cover – $129.99 (35% off)

Built for life on the road, the Stockwell is the smallest travel speaker made by Marshall today. This portable active stereo speaker will go wherever you want it to. Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are built into the Stockwell, which give it 25 hours of playing time. The handy USB port also allows you to charge your devices when you’re on the go. The Stockwell packs a sonic punch, with two 2.25” woofers and two Class D amplifiers, making it the loudest speaker in its class.

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Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth speaker – $69 (30% off)

The Bose Sound Link Micro Bluetooth speaker delivers sound so good for a speaker its size, you’ll never leave it behind. Proprietary Bose technology produces loud, clear sound—even outdoors—thanks to its custom-mounted transducer and passive radiators. All from a speaker that’s at home in your hand. It’s also waterproof from the inside out, has a soft but rugged exterior and tear-resistant silicone strap, so it’s ready to take with you on all life’s adventures.

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Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Built-In Microphone – $110 (35% off)

The lightweight Beoplay P2 wireless Bluetooth speaker is a portable companion for your audio adventures. Featuring Bang & Olufsen Signature Sound, this mini Bluetooth speaker provides you with big immersive sound whenever and wherever you like. The P2 portable speaker packs rich sound character and good bass definition into its small and stylish package. While the Beoplay A1 is designed for sharing, the P2 is a truly personal, fully portable wireless speaker that’s ideal for listening to podcasts and amplifying your favourite music.

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APIE Portable Wireless Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker IPX6 – $16.58 (38% off)

The APIE Portable Bluetooth Speaker offers dual 10W drives that provide incredible full range of output stereo at any listening level with impressive bass effects and clarity. Enjoy LIVE music anytime, anywhere. APIE design and use of rubber shell and interface design, waterproof, shock, splash and dust. It can be in any direction to protect the speakers from the water spray, waterproof speakers on the beach party will be more interesting!

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Here are the top home theater deals this Cyber Monday 2018

Cyber Monday has brought with it a bunch of incredible deals on Home Theater speaker systems that will transform your TV into a cinema-style experience. Here are the greatest offers we have found for you to choose from.

Sony ST5000 7.1.2ch 800W Dolby Atmos Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer – $1,198 (20% off)

Feel the sound come alive all around you with our flagship sound bar featuring Dolby Atmos 3D surround sound with 7.1.2 channels. Maintain quality from source to screen with the latest 4K HDR support, plus HDCP 2.2. Enjoy the rich detail of Hi-Res Audio and a whole-home solution with Google Home compatibility and multi-room listening.2,6 All in a sleek, stylish design that looks great in any room. Consider the sound bar raised.

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LG SK10Y 5.1.2 Channel Hi-Res Audio Sound Bar with Dolby Atmos – 769.99 (28% off)

Technology from the renowned experts at Meridian Audio combines advanced signal processing and hardware design to expand image height and widen the sound field. Experience cinematic sound at home: With Dolby Atmos, the action can move anywhere in three-dimensional space, including above the listener for the ultimate in surround audio.

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Klipsch Black Reference Theater Pack 5.1 Surround Sound System – $599 (40% off)

Klipsch have taken the premium materials and acoustic technology of their revered Reference series and designed a beautiful 5.1 surround sound system to pair with your favorite AV receiver. Complete with a wireless subwoofer, the Reference Theater Pack brings the Klipsch cinematic sound into your home with an incredibly minimal footprint.

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Denon HEOS HomeCinema HS2 Wireless Soundbar and Subwoofer – $499 (38% off)

Add dimension and power to your favorite movies, music and video games with the HEOS HomeCinema HS2 sound bar and wireless subwoofer system. The HEOS HomeCinema HS2 Features bi-amplified mid-woofers and tweeters with advanced DSP processing, plus a wireless subwoofer. Dolby digital, Dolby digital plus and DTS decoding for immersive sound. Listen to your favorite music services via airplay, Bluetooth and high-resolution audio playback. Easily stream music hands-free with Amazon Alexa voice control.

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The best Cyber Monday deals on earphones under $50

The Cyber Weekend has passed and left hundreds of amazing deals for you to nab this Cyber Monday. We’ve found the best deals on earphones from amazing discounts on the top brands to quality earphones at an unbeatable price.

Bose SoundSport in-ear headphones – $49

Bose Sound Sport in-ear headphones deliver deep, clear sound for the music you love, with a durable design that stands up to the rigors of your day. Exclusive TriPort technology provides crisp highs and natural-sounding lows, while acoustic ports are positioned to resist sweat and weather, and hydrophobic cloth keeps moisture out. Proprietary Stay Hear tips conform to your ears’ shape, so they stay comfortably in place all day long.

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Senzer Q10 True Wireless Earbuds – $43.99

These wireless earbuds bluetooth 5.0 provide rock-solid wireless connection between Senzer Q10 earbuds and your devices. No more tangling cords, enjoy untrammelled music & talking. Senzer Q10 bluetooth earbuds with 130° angle into ears, to bring most comfortable wearing experience for every customer.

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Soundcore Spirit Sports Earbuds by Anker – $29.98

Crystal-clear sound is delivered through premium composite drivers. The earbuds’ IPX7 Sweat Guard Technology Truly sweat proof technology is specially designed to resist the corrosive properties of sweat. The cable clip keeps the neckband off your neck, while the specially designed Earwigs and Ear tip provide a secure, yet comfortable fit.

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Sony MDR-EX15 High-Fidelity in-Ear Earphones – $15.99

Enjoy music on your run with these Sony in-ear sports headphones. Their 9mm neodymium drivers deliver crisp call quality and powerful music playback, and the durable silicone earbuds fit securely for optimal comfort. These Sony in-ear sports headphones include a multi-function button that lets you control your phone without removing it from your pocket.

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