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House of Marley Redemption ANC review: Environmentally conscious wireless earbuds with mediocre noise cancelling

PCWorld

Will you be redeemed by wearing the Redemption ANC buds from the House of Marley? Likely not, but if you're concerned about the usual Earth-unfriendly methods of making devices like this, you'll probably at least walk away with a load off your conscience. They're not biodegradable, but they are made from recycled silicone, and House of Marley even found a way to work sustainable materials like bamboo and wood into the design. Along with their sound quality and general stylishness, that's a good reason to be happy about these buds, but it may not take long before you start worrying about the shortcomings of some of the active noise cancelling and other features. They make a good impression even when they're in the charging case.


7 clever tech tricks you'll use time and time again

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Today's tech is loaded with features most of us never use. Why? Simply stated, there's no real user manual. Maybe no one ever told you that you could unsend an email. But you need to set up the feature before you need to use it. Tap or click for steps on how to unsend an email. Did you know you can skip the ads on YouTube?


News from WWDC: Apple Watch help with handwashing and a few other things you need to know

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, which kicked off with a keynote by CEO Tim Cook on Monday, had a different vibe. The keynote, which typically serves as a venue for Apple to highlight its latest iOS operating system, was done online only, due to crowd restrictions to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Cook & Co. unveiled new software updates for iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches and Mac computers – public betas for those will begin in July with final software versions available this fall, Cook said. The Apple CEO also announced that Apple would begin making its own processors for Macs. The move from Intel chips will make for "a huge leap forward" for Mac computers, he said.


Google's Slick Pixel Buds Finally Give Android Users the AirPods They Deserve

TIME - Tech

When it comes to headphones, especially truly wireless versions, it's hard to top those made by a certain Cupertino-based company named after a popular fruit. Google's own attempt to recreate the magic that is the Apple AirPods is here, and it's safe to say the reboot of the Android-friendly Pixel Buds is a pretty good one. The $179 truly wireless earbuds ditch the connecting wire found on the previous model, but maintain all the features that made the last version so appealing. While issues like fit and minor quirks -- especially with the AI-powered Google Assistant -- still exist, the end result is a pair of truly wireless buds with the same high-end build quality as the competition, and a welcome addition to the Android ecosystem. If only they didn't chafe so much.


Google Pixel Buds (2020) Review: Better Than AirPods

WIRED

It's taken Google a surprisingly long time to make good earbuds. The original Pixel Buds from 2018 were a bulky, mushroom-shaped mess that made you look like Frankenstein's monster. The charging case was huge, the sound was middling, and when you finally worked up the courage to go outside with them, it felt like everyone wearing AirPods was laughing at you. My expectations were muted last fall when Google announced a revamped pair with the same name--this time with no wire connecting the buds, just like offerings from Apple, Samsung, and Amazon. They've got five hours of battery life, which is short, especially compared to the 11 hours you get with Samsung's buds.


Google Pixel Buds review (2020): Truly smart earbuds

Engadget

But Google has never had a true competitor. Google's 2017 Pixels Buds were Bluetooth, but not completely wireless -- and for the most part they felt incomplete. Back in October, Google announced an updated version of the Pixel Buds ($179) that aren't only true wireless, they pack in even more smart features. Now it's time to find out just how much the company learned from its shortcomings. To get started with a phone that's running Android 6.0 and up, all you have to do is flip open the Pixel Buds case.


Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 review: top-quality sound with ANC

The Guardian

Sennheiser's second-generation high-end true wireless earbuds gain noise cancelling and longer battery life to do battle with Sony and Apple. The German firm's first earbuds were some of the best-sounding available. Now Sennheiser hopes its £280 Momentum True Wireless 2 can steal the show once again. The first thing you notice is just how big the earbuds are. Despite being slightly smaller than the previous versions they are still large, shaped like a fez with the eartip projecting out of one corner.


5 terrific Siri tricks you'll use time and again

FOX News

Siri means a secret in Swahili and in Norse, a beautiful woman who leads you to victory. To those of us in Appleland using the voice-controlled personal assistant, it stands for "Speech Interpretation and Recognition Intelligence." And when you put Siri to work, she can move productivity mountains. I use Siri to give me directions while driving with Apple CarPlay. I ask her to remind me to stop by the grocery store on my Apple Watch.


Amazon Echo Buds review: Alexa in your ear with Bose noise reduction

The Guardian

Amazon's first attempt at a set of true wireless earbuds gets a lot right, with Bose active noise reduction technology and hands-free Alexa. At £119.99, the Echo Buds undercut rivals, some of which cost more than twice as much. Their design is generic: large, kidney-shaped with a glossy touch panel on the outside and a standard silicone eartip on the inside. The eartip supports the earbud with the majority of the rest of the body sitting outside the ear. But the earbuds are large and heavy at 7.6g each, meaning they sit proud of your ear.


The 20 most popular Black Friday and Cyber Weekend deals you can still get

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. It's been over 48 hours since Black Friday kicked off, but the deals gods are merciful: If you've just begun your holiday shopping, there's still a lot of great stuff on sale. Here are the 20 best deals you can still get! The Ring Video Doorbell from Amazon for $129 (Save $70)--This is our top-rated smart doorbell, and this is the lowest price we've seen it at. The mega-popular Dash egg cooker from Amazon for $14.99 (Save $3.80)