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Future AirPods might gain advanced noise cancellation sans unwanted occlusion effects

The United States Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published Apple’s patent filing for an “In-ear speaker hybrid audio transparency system” that would give future AirPods an advanced noise-cancelling system not unlike that on Bose headphones, but with a twist.... Read the rest of this post here

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Custom fit earphones: Audio nirvana or a waste of money?

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In recent years, the humble earbud has fallen out of fashion in favour of the headphone—and with good reason. Headphones offer a sizeable upgrade over their compact counterparts, which often come bundled with smartphones and music players and offer miserable, if at least listenable, sound quality. Good headphones have more bass (a typical inadequacy of cheap earbuds), are more comfortable, block out more exterior noise thanks to heavily padded ear cups, and in some cases they're even more of a fashion statement than Apple's ubiquitous EarPods. Some might even be wireless.

The tradeoff, though, is that headphones are big. For those that value discretion, headphones, even compact ones, are too bulky to be manageable on the go. That's not to mention their impracticality for fitness enthusiasts, for whom earbuds tend to be the preferred option. Traditionally, the upgrade path for earbuds has been towards sets like Sennheiser's CX300 II. These offer decent sound quality and the addition of silicone sleeves, which sit inside the ear rather than outside of it, helping to isolate outside noise, provide better bass, and ensure a more stable fit.

But even the silicone sleeve has its limits. Until recently, the best fit for consumers has been via foam tips, which are squished before being inserted into the ear where they expand to form a surprisingly solid seal. As someone that's been using Comply-branded foam tips for years with a set of Ultimate Ears' excellent UE900 earphones—which boast four balanced armature drivers, two for bass, and one each for middle and treble—I can confirm they make a huge difference to comfort and noise isolation, provided they're used with a good set of headphones to begin with.

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Pioneer’s Rayz Plus Lightning earphones now support “Hey Siri” function

First announced in February, Pioneer’s Lightning-equipped Rayz Plus earphones have gained “Hey Siri” support, Munenori Otsuki, CEO of Pioneer & Onkyo U.S.A. Corporation, said today.

With support for this feature, the earphones automatically recognize “Hey Siri” commands and allow customers to accomplish various tasks just by using their voice.

“Today we are pleased to announce that customers can say ‘Hey Siri’ while using Rayz earphones to easily make a call, send a message, listen to music and much more, even when iPhone is in their pocket or purse,” Otsuki said.

The firmware update also enables other capabilities, like language support for Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish, audible alerts when the Smart Mute feature is active, AutoPause improvements and more.

The noise-cancelling earphones use a wired Lightning connection which lets you listen or talk on your iPhone at the same time you’re charging it.

A Smart Button on the earphones can be customized in the free Rayz app to bring up your favorite app, mute or unmute a call, or launch the Rayz app at a single touch.

For instance, you can create and save custom equalization profiles, enable HearThru mode to allow ambient sound, or activate AutoPause to pause music when you remove the earphones.

As of last month, the $149.94 earphones are available in two new colors—Black and Rose Gold—from and Apple retail stores worldwide.

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iOS 11 lets AirPods owners skip forwards and backwards between tracks with a double tap

The most common complaint about AirPods is their inability to change the currently playing song directly on the earphones, without invoking Siri. Well, YouTuber Appsolutely Tech has discovered that iOS 11 solves this customer pain point by adding the ability to skip forwards and backwards between tracks with a double tap.

On iOS 11, your AirPods settings include some handy new options for choosing a double-tap action separately for the left and right earbud.

TUTORIAL: Tips and tricks for using AirPods like a pro

You could, for example set your left AirPod to skip to the next track and your right AirPod to go to the next track. Or, you could leave Siri as the default action for one of your AirPods and set the other one to go to the next track when double-tapped.

Watch Appsolutely Tech’s video below.

Simply tap the “i” next to your AirPods in Settings → Bluetooth on your iOS 11 device.

You will see you can now set a different double-tap action for each of your AirPods:

  • Siri
  • Play/Pause
  • Next Track
  • Previous Track
  • Off

It’s unclear if Apple might bring this new feature to iOS 10 via a future AirPods firmware update.

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Apple releases AirPods firmware 3.7.2

Apple today released AirPods software 3.7.2, bringing unspecified improvements and bug fixes to the company’s first Bluetooth earbuds featuring the in-house designed W1 wireless chip.

According to the German-language publication (Google Translate), which first spotted the new firmware, it’s possible that it addresses the reported Bluetooth connectivity issues where AirPods would lost connection with their paired iPhone during phone calls.

To install the new AirPods firmware, put both earbuds inside their charging case, then close the case and connect it to a charger or a USB port on your computer. Your iPhone must be paired with your AirPods and connected to Wi-Fi in order for the firmware to download and install.

TUTORIAL: How to install software updates for your AirPods

Keep the charging case within a few inches of your iPhone or the AirPods firmware won’t be updated. Keep in mind that updating your AirPods may take a few minutes to complete.

During the update process, your AirPods may be unavailable for use.

You can find out your AirPods firmware version in Settings → General → About → AirPods on your iPhone when the earbuds are connected to the phone.

AirPods originally released with firmware version 3.3.1.

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