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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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Scrap dealer finds Apollo-era NASA computers in dead engineer’s basement


A pair of Apollo-era NASA computers and hundreds of mysterious tape reels have been discovered in a deceased engineer’s basement in Pittsburgh, according to a NASA Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report released in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

Most of the tapes are unmarked, but the majority of the rest appear to be instrumentation reels for Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11, NASA’s fly-by missions to Jupiter and Saturn.

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Rayz Plus Lightning Earphones Gain ‘Smart Mute’ Feature and Exclusive Colors at Apple Stores

Announced earlier in February, Pioneer's Rayz Plus Lightning earphones allow Apple users to simultaneously listen to music or make a phone call while also charging their iPhone, thanks to the inclusion of an inline charging node. Today, the company announced a new feature called "Smart Mute" coming to the earphones as well as two new Rayz Plus colors launching exclusively on and in Apple retail stores.

Rayz Plus and the basic Rayz earphones (the latter do not include an inline Lightning port) are both getting the new Smart Mute ability, which automatically mutes the microphone when a user is not speaking and unmutes it when they begin talking. Pioneer said that this will be perfect for any Rayz wearers who often find themselves taking calls on the earphones in noisy environments.

The update will be available through the Rayz app on the iOS App Store [Direct Link]. Pioneer worked with Avnera Corporation in developing Smart Mute, and Avnera CEO Manpreet Khaira said that it is "one of several smart technologies" being developed by the company.
"Rayz appcessories were launched with a commitment to deliver new compelling experiences for our customers through future software updates using the Rayz companion iOS app" said Munenori Otsuki, CEO of Pioneer and Onkyo Corporation. "In keeping with this commitment, we are pleased to announce Smart Mute today, a feature that will enable truly compelling call experiences."
Customers are also now able to buy Rayz Plus earphones in new Black and Rose Gold color options only on and in Apple retail locations around the world. Currently, the Rayz earphones are available in Onyx Black and Ice White, while the Rayz Plus are available in Graphite and Bronze.

Existing features of the Rayz and Rayz Plus earphones include AutoPause technology so music starts and stops automatically when the buds are placed in or removed from the user's ear, HearThru noise cancelling, Smart Button controls, and dynamic audio adjustment via the iOS app.

The pricing on the earphones remains unchanged, with the Rayz available for $99.95 and the Rayz Plus available for $149.95. Those interested can purchase Rayz Plus in Black and Rose Gold exclusively on beginning today.

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Pioneer Releases Their New Rayz Rally Speaker For The iPhone

Pioneer just launched their new Lightning-connected speaker, called the Rayz Rally; that is designed to host conference calls, everyday conversations as well even play music, all on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

All you have to do is just plug it into your device and you’re pretty much ready to use it. The only thing that it does come with is a companion app that you can use to listen to music; since you get to play, pause and mute your music within the app, as well as even use it to mute calls or update the device with it.

It also comes with a special detection feature for if you’re listening to music while an incoming call is coming through, and will literally adjust its sound levels so you know when someone is trying to call you; to help prevent you from missing any important calls.

Pioneer’s new Rayz Rally is now available for any Apple device at Apple’s official website/stores, for around $100 in a color choice of white, black or grey. For more information about it, you can simply click on the link for more details.

Source: The Verge

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Pioneer Rayz Rally FAQ: Everything you need to know

Here's everything you need to know about the Rayz Rally, Pioneer's new conference speaker for iPhone and iPad.

Pioneer, the maker of countless audio accessories, has unveiled the Rayz Rally, a speakerphone accessory for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The speaker phone attaches to your iOS device to turn it into a speakerphone that you can easily take with you wherever you need to go.

Here's what you need to know about the Rayz Rally.

What is it, exactly?

The Rayz Rally is a small, portable device, resembling a smaller external battery, that connects to your iPhone or other Lightning port-equipped iOS devices. It features a speaker and a single button, as well as a Lightning port of its own.

How do you use it?

Just plug the Rayz Rally into your iPhone, and it's good to go. In addition to its use for conference calls, the Rally can also be used as a Lighting-powered speaker, and the device can automatically determine which mode it's being used in. Audio will be optimized based on the mode to make sure that you get the best quality for your current use.

The single button on the Rally can be used to mute and unmute calls while in conference mode, while in music mode, just tap the button to pause and play.

Does it have any other features?

At the present time, the Rayz Rally is focused on conference calls and music. However, with the Rally's iOS companion app, you can automatically update the Rally. These updates, Pioneer says, will deliver new features over time.

What kind of battery life does the Rayz Rally have?

None! Or, more accurately, the Rayz Rally doesn't have a battery, instead sipping power from your iPhone. Pioneer says that the Rally minimizes the power it uses in order to prevent massive battery drain during calls.

Can I at least charge my phone while I use the Rayz Rally?

You can. While the Rally does take over your iOS device's Lightning port, it features a Lightning port of its own. Plug your iPhone's charger into the Rayz Rally's port to charge while you call or listen to music.

So how much does the Rayz Rally cost?

You can get your hands on the Rayz Rally for $99.95.

Are there any color options?

You can get the Rayz Rally in Ice, Onyx, and Space Gray.

Where can I get one?

Pioneer is making the Rayz Rally available at Apple Retail Stores, as well as on and Amazon.

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