5 Apple AirPods Alternatives For That Truly Wireless Earbud Experience

Forbes Technology

Apple's AirPods have taken the headphone world by storm. While they weren't the first ever "true wireless" headphones out there, they certainly helped popularize the new trend in headphones, and sparked a slew of alternative options. For the uninitiated, Apple AirPods are Apple's take on true wireless headphones, or earbud-style headphones that have absolutely no wires. In other words, the separate earbuds sit in your ear, connected only wirelessly to each other and to your listening device -- whether it be your phone, computer, tablet, or another device. There are plenty of other options out there, and they each have something a little different to offer.

It's summer, so let's extend Wi-Fi to your backyard speaker and try a robot lawnmower


Now owned by barbeque maker Weber, the iGrill family of Bluetooth meat thermometers let you see the temperature inside your meat, via an app or small console. Summer officially starts June 21, and with the warmer weather upon us, many will be spending more time on a deck, patio, or in the backyard. But that doesn't mean you need to be without your tech. Oh sure, many will argue this is the time of year we should break free from the gadgets that bind us. But I'd argue choosing the right technology can, in fact, help you get more out of the Great Outdoors.

Graphene battery charges in just five minutes

The Independent

Billions of pounds have been poured into research of the "revolutionary" material graphene, though few real-world applications have so far been realised. A Catalan startup called Earthdas is aiming to address that by producing a graphene-based battery that it claims can charge 12-times faster than current lithium-ion batteries – potentially transforming the usability of electric vehicles by decreasing charging times from hours to just five minutes. "Currently, cities are experiencing an obvious shift in terms of mobility," Rafa Terradas, founder of Earhdas, told ZDNet. "We're all aware we must reduce the space occupied by combustion vehicles and incorporate innovative solutions to reduce pollution. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph.

Graphene tech: What if five minutes were enough to charge your battery?


Video: Samsung to make batteries charge faster and last longer with new 3D graphene. People often credit their ideas to inexplicable eureka moments. Almost two years ago, Rafa Terradas was thinking about developing an innovative bicycle, unlike anything else on the market. At the time, he was also collaborating with the Spanish National Research Council, CSIC, on a project using artificial intelligence and robotics to help autistic children communicate with their environment. There, he met members of the research group from the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) dedicated to graphene, which is a super-thin material that's stronger than steel, more conductive than copper, and flexible.

Four Reasons We Don't Have Flying Cars--Yet


Electric, vertical-lift air-taxis may someday criss-cross the skies, but the timelines their advocates are proposing are ambitious, to say the least. Uber, for example, predicted at its Elevate conference last month that it would begin deploying its system, UberAIR, in 2023. That's going to be a stretch: the autonomous control systems that will make such flight practical and affordable are in utero, the air traffic control integration necessary to make it safe and efficient are barely a twinkle in the FAA's eye, and the regulatory blessing necessary from federal and city governments--well, let's just say there's nothing to bless yet. Uber, the dominant player trying to bring this industry to life, insists that an electric vertical takeoff and landing (e-VTOL) aircraft is the way to go, arguing that nothing else can match it for efficiency, speed, reliability, safety, and quietness. Such a craft won't simply evolve from existing hardware, either.

China's ambition to power the world's electric cars took a huge leap forward this week

MIT Technology Review

China's grand designs to dominate the future of clean energy paid off spectacularly this week. In a public offering on June 11 in Shenzhen, battery giant Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd. (CATL) raised nearly $1 billion to fund ambitious expansion plans, and its stock has been shooting up every day since. Thanks largely to the company's new plants, China will be making 70 percent of the world's electric-vehicle batteries by 2021, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). The rapid rise of CATL is arguably the clearest, though certainly not the only, payoff from China's calculated efforts to bolster its domestic battery and electric-vehicle industries--two of the most promising sectors in clean energy. These efforts have largely followed the same playbook China used to get ahead in solar panels, including highly automated manufacturing; aggressive efforts to lock in global supply chains; foreign acquisitions and licensing; and hefty doses of government support and protectionism.

Want your child to learn STEM skills? These 10 robotics kits can help


You say you're a parent or teacher investigating robot kits for children? And you don't want a simple solution with a single purpose: you want the child to experience science, technology, engineering, and math? You want a kit that teaches all four categories, from piecing together the foundation to wiring the appendages to programming the "brain" using software. That's where our list of robot kits for kids comes in. Most of the robot kits listed below are tied to terms such as STEM, Arduino, and Blockly.

AI Helps Africa Bypass the Grid


In sub-Saharan Africa, home electricity is a 50-50 prospect and bank accounts can be rare, but most people have some kind of cellphone. The phones provide information often tough to come by in rural areas--the latest commodity prices, for example. And even in places where pastoral tribesmen tend livestock in very old-school ways, they may also chat over WhatsApp and use money-transfer apps to settle debts. To charge the phones without access to an electrical grid, Africans spend more than $17 billion a year on such fuels as kerosene and firewood to power sometimes primitive generators. Simon Bransfield-Garth is pitching a cleaner and, he says, smarter alternative.

Why the Future of Machine Learning is Tiny


When Azeem asked me to give a talk at CogX, he asked me to focus on just a single point that I wanted the audience to take away. A few years ago my priority would have been convincing people that deep learning was a real revolution, not a fad, but there have been enough examples of shipping products that that question seems answered. I knew this was true before most people not because I'm any kind of prophet with deep insights, but because I'd had a chance to spend a lot of time running hands-on experiments with the technology myself. I could be confident of the value of deep learning because I had seen with my own eyes how effective it was across a whole range of applications, and knew that the only barrier to seeing it deployed more widely was how long it takes to get from research to deployment. Instead I chose to speak about another trend that I am just as certain about, and will have just as much impact, but which isn't nearly as well known.

OfficeCore M2 Review: The World's 1st AI Smart Conference Speaker


Smart speakers or virtual assistants, whatever name you decide to call them, they are very useful, handy, and they are winning the world. There is a statistics showing smart speakers are now owned by one in six Americans. Those products are not only used in home automation, but also in business. Initially, maybe the smart speakers have been launched with another purpose in mind. But now everything has entirely changed. Say, Amazon Echo should be made to boost the sales.