Apple Could Launch Speakers and Headphones Soon

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In what seems like an obvious sign that Apple has a few new audio products lined up to launch this fall, the company just cleared its digital and physical stores of nearly every speaker and headphone brand that could conceivably be considered a rival if Apple had some competing devices slated to go on sale soon.

The company has taken down product pages for headphones and speakers made by Bose, Sonos, and Ultimate Ears, and will reportedly be removing those products from its physical stores, too. The move, first spotted by Bloomberg, means that Apple is selling only headphones, earbuds, and speakers made by itself or its subsidiary, Beats, online or in stores.

Apple told Bloomberg that the company regularly reevaluates the third-party products it sells, which are chosen to help customers get more out of their Apple devices.

But the timing

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Apple Stops Selling Headphones and Speakers From Third-Party Companies Ahead of Rumored Smaller HomePod and AirPods Studio Launch

Apple is no longer selling headphones and wireless speakers from companies like Sonos, Bose, and Logitech, as it prepares to launch a new, lower-cost HomePod and AirPods Studio headphones.


According to checks performed by Bloomberg, Apple removed headphones and speakers from Bose, speakers from Logitech’s Ultimate Ears brand, and Sonos speakers from its online Apple Store at the end of September. Searching for these products, which were previously sold online and in retail stores, brings up no results.

Employees at Apple retail locations have also allegedly been asked to pull third-party audio products from shelves over the course of the last few days. Retail stores and the online store continue to offer Beats-branded headphones and speakers alongside Apple’s AirPods and ‌HomePod‌.

Apple has made similar moves in the past, eliminating stock of fitness trackers ahead of the launch Apple Watch. Apple told Bloomberg that it regularly makes changes to

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The Battery Show & EV Tech Digital Days Announces First Wave of Globally Renowned Speakers | Money

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Track 3: Battery Design

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The Best PC Gaming Speakers 2020: Latest Reviews, Buying Guide


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If you’re a PC gamer who wants to get the most out of their games — or beat your competition — you’ll want a good set of speakers. Gaming headsets are popular, and we have a guide for them, but it’s nice to be able to get a complete audio experience without having to wear something on your head.

Gaming headsets are also only suited for a single player, so if you’ve got a group playing or watching the action, you’ll need a set of speakers to amplify the sound.

We did our research and found some great speakers that will deliver an immersive experience while playing games. Many of these speakers were designed by PC accessory makers

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The Battery Show & EV Tech Digital Days Announces First Wave of Globally Renowned Speakers

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The Battery Show & EV Tech Digital Days, an all-new virtual event connecting the global advanced battery and EV/HEV tech community, today announced the keynote lineup and first lineup of globally renowned speakers that will present at the online conference and exhibition scheduled to take place from November 10-12. To register for press credentials, visit here.

Organized by Informa Markets – Engineering, the producers of The Battery Show North America and the large-scale online event, will feature keynote presentations

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Amazon’s kid-savvy Alexa a welcome new option for Echo speakers

Amazon is adapting its Alexa technology so that Echo smart speakers will switch to kid-friendly mode when they detect children are speaking to them.`



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Given how far these digital devices reach into our lives, that’s welcome news.

Echo devices reach deeply into our existence. We use them to get answers to questions, control lights and play music. Our kids see us using them, and kids mimic their parents. So in coming months, Amazon will give parents the option of setting up voice profiles for their children in order to produce kid-friendly responses, the giant retailer said at its device product launch event Thursday.



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Once voice profiles are set up, the Alexa device will return kid-friendly answers, games, music, Audible books and premium skills, for example. The feature dovetails with the new

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Amazon Luna, new Echo speakers, Fire TV, a flying Ring camera and more: All the new products just announced

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Amazon surprised us at Thursday’s event with its new Luna cloud-gaming service as well as the expected updates to its line of Echo, Fire TV and Ring products. The event helps Amazon generate buzz as we roll into the holiday shopping season, and for the first time, Prime Day. (The annual sale is usually held in July, but this year is slated to start on Oct. 13.) That means Alexa everywhere and addressing privacy concerns, which were a big storyline in 2019 for both Ring and Alexa. In a life-at-home existence, with millions of us hunkered down for the long haul, the connected house concepts that Amazon has been developing for years have become more critical than ever. 

The company’s Echo and Fire TV products will be its first to earn sustainability badges and it’s working on reducing power consumption across devices with a new

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Amazon Event: Tech Titan Unveils New Home Drone, Speakers, Gaming Service

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com Inc. on Thursday rolled out an array of speaker and security devices centered around the home and a gaming subscription service and controller, offerings tailor-made for the coronavirus era.

The devices include a home camera drone, a pivoting speaker with a camera, a car alarm, a car camera, a cloud-connected gaming controller and a number of other products and services.

The company announced new features for some existing products such as using a television as a video-calling device with the Fire TV media player and updated functions for its Alexa voice assistant. Alexa now has the ability to read books to children or detect if a baby is crying. It can also ask users to clarify questions to “get smarter,” Amazon says.

A new Alexa security feature named Guard Plus will be able to detect sounds of activity around a customer’s home when they are

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GeekWire Summit: Our annual look into the future returns, with amazing speakers (and a few twists)

The GeekWire Summit will look a little different this year. But in this unusual time, there’s one thing that won’t change: Amazing speakers and insightful commentary on where technology, science and innovation are driving us as a society.

Over the course of a three-week period in October, we are convening some of the planet’s top thinkers for the 9th annual GeekWire Summit. This virtual experience will provide insights and inspiration on topics relevant to the tech industry and our broader lives in these unprecedented times: travel, education, the future of work, computing, politics and policy, leadership, startups, health, vaccines and much more.

Early-bird tickets are on sale here, ranging in price from $29 for students, startups, non-profits and government entities to $149 for VIP level access. In addition, given these unprecedented economic times, we are making a pool of tickets available for free for those who can’t afford the regular

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