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AirPods are undoubtedly among the most sought-after wearable tech on the market. Convenient for just about any commuter, fitness enthusiast, podcast listener, and more, the Bluetooth headphones are popular for their discreet look, comfortable fit, and hassle-free wireless design.
Understandably, all that goodness costs a pretty penny. Typically, a pair of AirPods 2nd Generation is $159 on Amazon, while the AirPods Pro, which have active noise cancellation and silicone tips that adapt to the shape of your ear, are $249. An updated version of the original design, the newly released AirPods 3rd Generation, goes for $175 on Amazon, and the over-the-ear AirPods Max cost $549. So that’s why it’s a really good idea to buy them on sale.
Whether you’re thinking about switching to AirPods, replacing a lost pair, or gifting them to a friend or family member, you’ll want to check out these amazing Black Friday deals on AirPods before you make your way to checkout. Amazon, Walmart, Target, and more are treating shoppers to discounts on their AirPods inventories. Right now, you can expect to save up to $120, which is a rare occurrence for the popular tech accessories.
With so many AirPods iterations available, you’re probably wondering which pair to buy. Starting with the basic AirPods, the 2nd and 3rd Generation models are shaped differently, with the 3rd Generation being a little wider for a better fit in most ears. The 3rd Generation AirPods also have surround sound and a rechargeable battery. Both are equipped with a microphone. On a single charge, the AirPods 2 have five-hour battery life, and the AirPods 3 have six-hour battery life.
Varying price tags aside, the 2nd and 3rd Generation AirPods and the AirPods Pro differ in design, as the AirPods Pro are intended to securely fit your ear with their silicone-tipped buds, which guarantee active noise cancellation. AirPods Pro also have a stronger bass and three microphones in each bud, which comes in handy for phone calls. Plus, they’re sweat- and splash-resistant. Also important to note: AirPods Pro have a battery life of 4.5 hours on a single charge.
If you’ve decided to get the AirPods Pro, know that you have your choice of three different ear tip sizes: small, medium, and large. Apple users with iOS 13.2 or later can use the Ear Tip Fit Test, which can be found in the AirPods field of the Bluetooth menu when you go to Settings. Keep in mind that you may need different sizes for your right and left AirPod.
If you’re not one for earbuds and prefer the fit of traditional headphones, then you may want to consider the noise-canceling AirPods Max. Its over-the-ear fit combined with high-quality, wide-frequency sound creates an immersive listening experience. In fact, Apple describes it as “theater-like.” The headphones have 20-hour battery life and will send you alerts when 20, 10, and 5 percent charge is remaining.
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Poco F4 and Poco X4 GT officially announced – TrustedReviews
Xiaomi has officially launched the Poco F4 and the Poco X4 GT, two budget-friendly powerhouse smartphones.
The Poco F4 is undoubtedly the most hotly anticipated of the two, following as it does the Poco F3, one of last year’s best mid-range smartphones.
It seems the Poco F4 follows its predecessor quite closely, with the exact same Snapdragon 870 processor and 6.67-inch E4 AMOLED display. Once again, the latter component comes with a 120Hz refresh rate, a 360Hz touch sampling rate, and a 1300 nits peak brightness.
As has become pretty typical from the Poco brand, this display is flanked by a pair of speakers, here verified with Dolby Atmos.
The first major improvement here appears to come from the camera department, with Xiaomi adding OIS and a sharper 64MP main sensor. You still get an 8MP ultra-wide camera and a 2MP macro camera.
Once again you’re looking at a 4500mAh battery, which is a fairly typical size for a mid-range Android phone. One other big improvement this time, however, is the provision of a 67W charger rather than the Poco F3’s 33W. This should get the F4 from 0 to 100% in just 38 minutes.
This is the thinnest phone we’ve ever seen from the Poco brand, too, with a thickness of just 7.7mm.
The Poco X4 GT is the direct successor to the Poco X3 GT, and a bit of a budget gaming specialist. To that end, it runs on the highly capable MediaTek Dimensity 8100 chipset, much like the Realme GT Neo 3. Like the Poco F4, it sports LiquidCool Technology 2.0 to keep things cool when under load.
New this time is an unusually tall 20.5:9 display aspect ratio. What’s more, while it’s LCD rather than AMOLED, Xiaomi claims that it’s the best LCD on the market, with automatic colour temperature adjustment, one billion colours, and support for the DCI-P3 wide color gamut.
The X4 GT comes with a 5,080mAh battery, and once again supports 67W charging out of the box. Like the F4, it packs a triple camera system consisting of a 64MP main camera, 8MP ultra-wide camera, and 2MP macro camera. There’s no OIS here, however.
Interestingly, Xiaomi is offering a premium after-sales service for both phones when they rollout on June 27, with the ability to claim one free screen repair service within six months of your purchase.
The Poco F4 ships in two variants: one with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage for £379/€399, and the other with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage for £429/€449, all from the Poco website and other “leading e-commerce platforms”. There’s an early bird offer running from June 27 to July 2 for £279 and £329 respectively.
The Poco X4 GT offers 8GB of RAM as standard, but comes in 128GB (for €379) and 256GB (for €429) variants. With that said, the brand is offering an early bird deal of €299 and €349 respectively from June 27 to July 7.
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Apple announced a new generation of the 13-inch MacBook Pro at WWDC 2022. The new laptop, which is powered by Apple’s new M2 chip, went on pre-order last week and will hit stores on Friday, June 24. Now the first customers who bought the M2 MacBook Pro are finally having their orders delivered.
As shared by some customers on Twitter, they are now receiving their M2 MacBook Pro – as it’s already Friday on the other side of the world.
Unlike the new MacBook Air, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro is not exactly a major upgrade. Its main new feature is the M2 chip, which is about 20% faster than M1. The M2 MacBook Pro keeps the same design as the previous generation 13-inch MacBook Pro, which means that it has a regular LCD panel with thick bezels and no notch.
Apple also kept the same 720p webcam, the same two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 support, and weirdly, the same keyboard with Touch ID and Touch Bar. Features such as HDMI port, SD card reader, MagSafe connector, and Mini-LED display remain exclusive to the more expensive 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro.
The base M2 MacBook Pro model comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. In the US, that version costs $1,299. Compared to the M2 MacBook Air, the main difference of the 13-inch MacBook Pro is the built-in fan for better sustained performance while running more demanding tasks.
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If you’re sick of receiving spam messages on your phone, you’re not alone. According to research firm RoboKiller, the U.S. received almost 12 billion spam and scam text messages in the month of May alone, rounding to roughly 43 per person in the country. Luckily, Apple is now hoping to help combat the influx with a new reporting feature on the upcoming iOS 16.
Launched for the operating system’s beta version, the new feature allows iPhone users to directly report spam SMS messages to Apple as well as the user’s service provider, which will then investigate and flag the number for future spam prevention. The feature was previously available in older generations of iOS but only worked with iMessages, so increasing coverage to SMS messages will be helpful. Notably, however, reporting the number won’t automatically mean you won’t receive messages from them anymore, so you’ll still have to block the number manually on your device if you want to be sure.
Unfortunately, there’s no official release date yet for iOS 16, but Apple is expected to launch the update this fall.
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