Beats latest earbuds are official. After some early hints in iOS 15.1, the company has formally announced the Beats Fit Pro. This set of true wireless earbuds has a similar look to the Studio Buds that debuted earlier this year with an added fit wing, or “wingtip” as the company calls it. Combined with an IPX4 rating, the $200 Fit Pro are well-suited for workouts but are also packed with the best features from Apple’s new AirPods for all-day use.
Thanks to Apple’s H1 chip, the Beats Fit Pro offers hands-free access to Siri, one-touch pairing, the latest Find My features in iOS, automatic device switching and audio sharing. Apple’s fancy new skin detection sensor that improves the accuracy of automatic pausing is also on board. Beats says H1 also powers the ear tip fit test that’s built into the earbuds’ settings through iOS. The Beats Fit Pro also have Adaptive EQ like the latest AirPods, a feature that continuously scans and adjusts low- and mid-range frequencies using computational audio and in-ward facing mics. Spatial audio and dynamic head tracking, also key elements of Apple’s new earbuds, are available on the Beats Fit Pro as well. This gives you the option of Dolby Atmos in both Apple Music or while you’re watching movies and shows.
The Beats Fit Pro go beyond the new AirPods with active noise cancellation (ANC). The company says its ANC setup “continuously adapts in real time,” scanning and adjusting up to 200 times per second to counter any changes “in fit and movement.” There’s also a transparency mode that allows you to hear what’s going on around you when needed. With both ANC and transparency turned off, Adaptive EQ takes over to keep things sounding as good as possible.
Beats says new custom transducer and vent system have helped improve overall audio quality. There’s also a new acoustic design that delivers what the company describes as “impressive dynamic range and clarity across the frequency curve.” On the outside, on-board controls give you the ability to play music and take calls without reaching for your phone. Beats gives you the option to customize the long press action for on-board volume control if you’d prefer that to easy access to noise control (ANC, transparency and off). During calls, the company says beamforming microphones focus on your voice while internal mics and an accelerometer work to filter out environmental noise. Spatial audio in Group FaceTime won’t be available on the Beats Fit Pro at launch, but the feature will come in a future update.
Beats is promising up to six hours of listening time with ANC or transparency mode active, plus another 21 hours in the charging case. When you turn those off and use the Fit Pro in Adaptive EQ mode you can expect up to seven hours on the buds with 27 more in the case. The case doesn’t support wireless charging but it does offer a Fast Fuel feature that gives you an hour of play time in five minutes. While everything iOS users need for the Beats Fit Pro is built into that software, Android users will need to download the Beats app. The app offers one-touch pairing, the fit test, the ability to change listening modes and customization of the long press action.
The Beats Fit Pro are available for pre-order today for $200 from Apple’s website and other retailers in the US. Color options include black, white, grey and purple. The earbuds will begin shipping on November 5th with availability in China in early December. Beats says the Fit Pro will be available “in additional regions” next year. New subscribers also get six months of Apple Music with the purchase of Beats Fit Pro.
Read our full review of the Beats Fit Pro right here.
Save $150 on these noise-cancelling Sony headphones, along with more Best Buy Top Deals of the week – Yahoo Singapore News
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Black Friday has come and gone, but Best Buy Canada is still offering shoppers plenty of pre-holiday savings. Their selection of weekly Top Deals is filled with new must-have items, whether you’re shopping for your self or for a gift for a loved one.
No matter if you’re looking for a new laptop, TV, or home appliances, this week’s crop of deals are not to be missed.
Best Buy Canada is currently offering shoppers the chance to save $150 on one top-rated pair of noise-cancelling headphones. The Sony WH-XB910N Noise Cancelling Headphones normally retail for $350, but until Dec. 9, you can score them on sale for $200.
These Sony wireless headphones are designed to offer top quality sound as well as comfort that you can wear all day. They feature built-in EXTRA BASS noise-cancelling technology to deliver an immersive audio experience without any disturbance for hours of entertainment on-the-go.
Each set of headphones has a long-lasting battery life that offers up to 30 hours of use on a single charge and touchpad controls to make selecting your music a breeze. You can shop these headphones on sale in either blue or black.
What shoppers are saying
Backed by a 4.8-star rating from Best Buy shoppers, these Sony headphones have been praised for their excellent build quality and “top-notch” sound.
“These are amazing headphones,” shared one reviewer. “The EQ let’s you customize precisely. The 360 sound feature is really effective. Plus you can turn the volume loud and set the bass to either heavy or mellow.”
“I have to point out is that the noise cancelling on the WH-XB910N is near perfect!” another shopper wrote. “I couldn’t even hear my dog barking in front of me with active cancellation turned on. So if the goal is silence, these are great at it. Pairing was a breeze with the Sony App.”
Shoppers have noted that the tap capabilities can take some getting used to, but all of the benefits of these headphones far outweigh the slight learning curve.
In case you’re looking to pick up a pair of these headphones for yourself, be sure to shop them on sale while you can! You can also browse more of this week’s Top Deals below.
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‘Fortnite’ Down With Players Stuck Floating Outside New Chapter 3 Map – Forbes
Fortnite Chapter 2 has ended and Chapter 3…has not quite started just yet. After the calamitous battle against the Cube Queen, Fortnite (and right now, the Epic Launcher) is down until Chapter 3 comes online. Last time this happened, we got a black hole animation for a few days. Now? My guess is that won’t be that long, but players are now floating in a vast ocean, waiting to make their way to the map.
So, how did we get here?
Well, to start things off, players are put in a somewhat defensible area alongside a friendly blue cube, who fought back against the Cube Queen and her hordes of Cube Zombies and flying saucers until it was impossible to survive.
Then, that transitioned seamlessly into a cutscene where The Foundation rescues Jonesy from Doctor Sloane’s torture and reveal himself to be none other than The Rock, which is no great shock, given all the hints the game and he have been doling out lately. But it is neat to see him playing a Fortnite original character, rather than himself or something from a different licensed IP, which is how we usually see celebrities enter Fortnite.
We were warped back to a playable sequence where we ran through tunnels under the island, escorted by a scientist that sounded suspiciously like Joel McHale. Once the chamber flooded, we emerged to watch the entire island flip over and reveal a brand new island underneath, which will serve as the Chapter 3 map.
Then, a tidal wave came, as you imagine might happen when an entire island flips over, and now players are stuck floating clutching debris like Jack in Titanic, waiting for the greenlight to head to the map. As of right now, we do not know how long that will be.
Fortnite is moving over to Unreal Engine 5 as of this new chapter, so it’s a bigger transition than usual. But we also did see the battle pass trailer leak earlier today, implying that perhaps it won’t be that long until the game returns. Maybe tonight, I’d guess no later than tomorrow, so players can still hop in during the weekend, but we’ll have to see. Stay tuned for updates as we get them.
As far as Fortnite events go it was…pretty good. Lately, these have been more cinematic than not, where you’re a pretty passive observer. This one integrated a cutscene directly, and I personally find the concerts more engaging, but it was still cool.
So, you can keep trying to log in to see when Fortnite stops being down, but it’s likely going to be a bit, so keep an eye on social media for clues on when things will return and you can dive into Chapter 3. More to come, stay tuned.
Update: Debris is starting to float through the water. Maybe this is how we end up on shore eventually:
Update 2: The map is slowly being revealed by this website, asking people to flip their social media photos and post #FortniteFlipped
Leaked Fortnite trailer reveals Spider-Man and a new island for Chapter 3 – The Verge
Fortnite’s Chapter 2 comes to an end on Saturday, but a trailer for Chapter 3 has already leaked, reportedly from Epic Games’ Polish YouTube channel (via Kotaku). Based on the trailer, the next chapter is poised to be a significant update, adding a brand new island, new mechanics, and your friendly island Spider-Man.
The Chapter 3 island looks to have a lot of new areas to explore, including the Daily Bugle and a location reminiscent of the Aztec-themed Sunny Steps from Fortnite’s first chapter. There appear to be new ways to get around, such as sliding down hills to get some extra speed and swinging from high places. And it seems you’ll be able to retrieve stashed weapons from previous matches using tents, which could add some extra strategy to playing a few rounds with your friends.
The leaked trailer shows some new playable characters joining the game, including Spider-Man (who looks to be available in the battle pass) and skins for Marcus Fenix and Kait Diaz from Gears of War. Epic also appears to be adding The Foundation, a mysterious character from Chapter 2 who might be played by Dwayne Johnson.
One thing the trailer doesn’t reveal is exactly when Fortnite Chapter 3 will be available. The black hole downtime between chapters 1 and 2 lasted for nearly two days — hopefully, we don’t have to wait as long to swing onto the new island in Chapter 3.
If you want to watch the end-of-chapter event, you might want to log on soon, as it kicks off at 4PM ET Saturday.
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