AirPod is crucial component of robot umpire

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Home plate umpire Brian deBrauwere, was the first ump to wear an AirPod during a game.
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Robot umpires have finally arrived in baseball’s minor leagues and Apple’s technology is making it all possible.

The Atlantic League, an independent league mostly based on the East Coast, recently became the first professional baseball league to use a computer to call balls and strikes. A human umpire still stands behind home plate, but the gig just got a lot easier thanks to AirPods connected to an iPhone that tells him the right call.

AirPod saved from subway suicide with makeshift sticky stick

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This lucky AirPod will live to see another day.
Photo: Ashley Mayer

It’s frustrating when an AirPod falls out of your ear — especially if it decides it has had enough of being an AirPod and it jumps onto the subway tracks. That’s exactly what happened for Ashley Mayer.

But thanks to a makeshift sticky stick (duct tape on the end of a broom), this particular bud will live to see another day … or play another song?

Enhance your AirPods with 3 must-have accessories [Deals]

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We've rounded up three awesome AirPod accessories.
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AirPods are an essential part of using an iOS device. They’re an important accessory, so it should be no surprise that AirPods also get their own accessories. We’ve rounded up three of the best, from handmade carabiner carriers, to cases that double as fidget spinners and a set of grip-enhancing earhooks. Read on for more details:

Please, Apple, sort out your product naming nightmare [Opinion]

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Apple's new iPads underline its problem with product naming.
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As thrilling as new Apple devices are, this week’s surprise hardware updates really screwed the pooch on one important front: product naming.

The “new” iPad Air and iPad mini join a lineup of tablets with a variety of features and price points that will boggle the minds of even the most ardent Apple fanatics.

How did Apple’s naming strategy go so far off the rails? For the sake of the average customer, Cupertino’s once-brilliant branding needs to kick into gear. Because right now, the toxic hellstew of Apple product names is utterly confusing.

This leather shield for your AirPods is a travel must have

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A gorgeous leather case armors your new AirPods 2 against theft, damage, and debris.
A gorgeous leather case armors your new AirPods 2 against theft, damage, and debris.
Photo: Twelve South

Find My AirPods isn’t your only line of defense against a lost AirPod catastrophe anymore. Twelve South’s AirSnap is a full-grain leather case tailored to protect your AirPods while also keeping them close at hand.

AirSnap protects both your AirPods and charging case from getting nicked, scratched and dirty while floating around your desk, computer bag, or purse. Plus, it’s available at the Cult of Mac Watch Store just in time to make a great stocking stuffer this holiday season.

iOS 12 beta hints at wireless AirPods charging case launch

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The long-delayed wireless AirPods charging case could finally be out soon, along with the AirPower charging mat.
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Last September, Apple unveiled an AirPods case that can be wirelessly charged. We’re still waiting for it almost a year later — but there’s fresh evidence that it’s coming soon.

Buried in the iOS 12 beta released today are a couple of images that seem to show this new case.

Your AirPods just got way more useful with Live Listen

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AirPods can help you hear in a crowd thanks to Live Listen, coming in iOS 12.
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WWDC 2018 bug Cult of MacYou’re in a noisy bar or restaurant and can’t hear the person across the table from you. Good news: With a feature added in iOS 12, you can use your AirPods and iPhone as a low-cost hearing aid.

This feature is called Live Listen, and it’s been available for certain hearing aids for some time. But soon, anyone with a pair of Apple’s wireless headphones will be able to use it.

Alligator leather makes Hadoro AirPods more luxurious and expensive

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These are just some of the color options for Hadoro AirPods.
These are just some of the color options for Hadoro AirPods.
Photo: Hadoro

Apple’s AirPods are more than wireless headphones; they’re fashion accessories. Hadoro AirPods take that to the next level by using alligator leather to make something any starlet or internet billionaire could be proud to be seen carrying.

The French company produces these cases in seven different colors. A black version includes a pair of matching black AirPods. 

Apple considering AirPod charging case with Bluetooth speaker

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The AirPod charging case will do so much more, if a new Apple patent turns into a real product.
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The case for your Apple wireless earbuds is necessary to charge them, but it’s useless the rest of the time. But what if this AirPod charging case was itself a speaker?

That’s the concept behind a patent Apple just received. Whether it will turn into an actual product is anyone’s guess.