Apple offers free Beats earphones to teachers and students buying a new iPad Pro

Apple is jumping in its yearly education discount program by offering free or discounted Beats headphones to teachers and students buying a new iPad Pro and/or MacBook. Purchasing a 10.5-inch or 12.9-inch iPad Pro will either net you a free pair of BeatsX earphones, or a $150 discount on the Solo3 or Powerbeats3. The Solo3 run for around $300, and the Powerbeats3 go for $200, so you’re still getting a very good deal on these.

Unfortunately, the iPad Pro student discount is only $20, but a MacBook can have $300 shaven off its price, so that becomes a fair deal. The …


Anker-backed startup to launch super-tough, fully wireless smart earphones

If you’ve been into smartphones for a while, you’ve probably heard of Anker. It’s a company that provides a wide array of phone accessories, from car chargers to protectors, stands, and even quality cables. It has also dipped its toes in portable audio in the past but now it seems to be going all out.

Anker has provided a business incubator for a startup called Zolo, which will be focusing on smart, wireless headphones — wearables, which the company endearingly calls “hearables”. The first product to come out from Zolo is the Liberty+ — a set of wireless earbuds …

Noise-cancelling feature on new HTC earphones works on HTC U11 only

Last week, HTC introduced its new flagship phone, the HTC U11. This year, the company made it a point to listen to the demands from some of its fans by including an IP67 certification rating on the device. That means that the unit can be submerged in as much as 3.2-feet of water for as long as 30-minutes, and emerge unscathed. One area where HTC fans would have liked to have seen more done is with the battery. After stuffing a 4000mAh cell into the mid-range HTC One X10, the hope was that HTC would include a similarly sized power source on the U11. Unfortunately, HTC went with a 3000mAh …

Deal: Samsung Level U Pro Bluetooth earphones get a huge 65% discount on Amazon

The Level U Pro Bluetooth wireless in-ear headphones made their debut in the United States last year in June. Ten months after their release on the market, Samsung’s earphones have been hugely discounted on Amazon.

Although they usually sell for $99.99, Amazon is now offering the Level U Pro wireless earphones for just $34.00. That’s a massive 65% discount off the retail price. However, you’ll have to pay for shipping since Amazon only offers this incentive on orders of over $35.

It’s also worth mentioning that while Samsung’s Level U Pro Bluetooth wireless …

Deal: BeatsX wireless earphones on sale on Amazon for 20% off

Amazon is one of the first retailers to discount the BeatsX wireless earphones a few months after they were made available for purchase. Before going into details, it’s worth noting the wireless in-ear headphones can be purchased for $149.95.

However, Amazon has a better deal on the BeatsX wireless earphones, even though you won’t see the price displayed on the online store. It appears that because Amazon’s price on the in-ear headphones is lower than Beats’ suggested retail price, the company does not allow the retailer to show customers the price until they place …

Taking a closer look at the Galaxy S8’s AKG earphones

Accessories aren’t usually the talk of the town, but when Samsung announced it will be bundling its latest flagship, the Galaxy S8, with a pair of AKG-branded earphones otherwise worth $100, my interest was piqued, so I decided to put them to the test. Are they really as high-quality as Samsung would like us to believe, or is this just an overblown marketing trick?

Well, a bit of both, really.

Earphones, at the most fundamental level, are a compromise – the minimal form factor which gives them their convenience is also their biggest problem, as more often …

Take a look at the Galaxy S8's… earphones

At this point, it would be easier to list the things that haven’t leaked about the Galaxy S8/S8+ pair: um… the box, maybe? We’d normally add the bundled earphones to this list, except they also seem to have just made a public appearance.

As announced at Samsung’s MWC conference, the earphones will be AKG-branded, as the company recently took ownership of the brand name as part of its acquisition of Harman International. The ‘phones are, as expected, of the in-ear variety, with a slightly larger than usual outer body, which may or may not have …