BeatsX ears on: AirPods rivals bring the bass [Reviews]

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The Beats X Wireless earbuds charge via Lightning.
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The long wait for Apple’s new BeatsX wireless earbuds is finally over and based on our first impressions, it was totally worth it.

We got our hands on a pair of the precious new BeatsX buds today and are mighty impressed by the big sound Apple managed to pack in such a small package. Like the AirPods, the BeatsX earbuds pack a custom W1 Bluetooth chip to pump out better performance and connectivity. Unboxing the tethered buds has been love at first sight.

Let’s dive in!

How to charge, connect and customize Apple’s AirPods

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AirPods arrived just in time for Christmas.
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Apple’s new AirPods have finally arrived after months of waiting.

Shipping estimates for the new wireless earbuds have already been pushed back to 2017, thanks to the overwhelming demand, but if you’re lucky enough to get them in your ears this week, you’ll need some tips on getting started.

Here’s everything you need to know to use AirPods:

How to fix iPhone 7 Bluetooth problems

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It can be easy to solve Bluetooth issues on your iPhone.
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There are few things to complain about with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, but Bluetooth connectivity could be one of them.

Lots of customers have reported Bluetooth problems since upgrading to one of Apple’s latest handsets. Recent iOS 10 updates were supposed to bring a fix, but they don’t appear to have eliminated the issues for everyone. Here are three ways you can try to fix Bluetooth yourself.

$50 Bluetooth speaker … is it any good? [Review]

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Want a cheap speaker that can blow your socks off? Look no further.
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The speakers in our iPhones and iPads keep getting better and better, but they’re not close to replacing Bluetooth speakers just yet. If you’ve just splashed out hard-earned dollars for a new iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, a low-priced, quality speaker may come as a welcome relief.

There are a few rare finds out there that deliver good bang for buck, and the $60 DKnight Big MagicBox is one of them.

Check out the full video review below.

iPhone 7 won’t play nicely with Android Wear watches

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Android Wear fans should avoid iPhone 7 for now.
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If you decided to pick up an Android Wear device instead of Apple Watch, you may have trouble using it with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Those who have upgraded to one of Apple’s latest smartphones have found they just don’t play nicely with Google’s wearable platform, despite the fact that their predecessors have no trouble connecting after being upgraded to the same iOS 10 software.

Apple AirPods might make Beats headphones look like a bargain

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At least you won't have to deal with this anymore.
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The wireless future won’t be cheap if you want to listen to music on Apple’s upcoming Bluetooth earbuds.

Apple’s long-rumored AirPods could be revealed at tomorrow’s keynote for the iPhone 7 and according to one of the best Apple analysts in the game, they’re going to cost more than a set of Beats headphones.

Griffin’s new adapter fixes iPhone 7’s most hated feature

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Get ready to see more adapters like this.
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Apple is set to kill the century old headphone jack when it unveils the iPhone 7 during an event on September 7th, which is bad news for your favorite pair of wired headphones, but great news for accessory makers like Griffin.

The popular iPhone accessory maker is already prepared to cure your headphone jack woes this fall with the introduction of its newest adapter that gives your old headphones new Bluetooth 4.1 powers.

Apple supplier paves way for third-party Lightning headphones

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EarPods might get a Lightning upgrade this year.
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Transitioning to a future when iPhones no longer come with 3.5mm headphone port is going to be a lot easier thanks to one Apple supplier that is ready to make Lightning headphones a thing.

Cirrus Logic, which makes analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits, revealed that it has created a new headset development kit that will allow accessory makers to quickly develop Lightning-headphones that are made for iPhone and iPad.