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Sony doesn’t want you to take off its unique-looking LinkBuds

If you think that earbud design has plateaued, take a look at Sony’s new LinkBuds earbuds that feature a hole to let ambient sound in while making sure you can still hear your content. Sony thinks that the $ 180 LinkBuds are so good that you’ll never want to take them off. Designed to be small […]

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Nothing Ear 1 Review: Everything you could want, for just $99

The Nothing Ear 1 earbuds have a unique design, but does the sound meet expectations?
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Here’s what I want to see from the Samsung Galaxy S22 series

Samsung’s first Unpacked event of 2022 is coming up. Here are some things we’d like to see with the Galaxy S22.
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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4: What we want from the new foldable

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is likely to launch alongside the Galaxy Z Flip 4 toward the end of 2022. Here’s what we want to see on the upcoming foldable.
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Here’s a list of portable tech gadgets you’ll want to use every day

If you’re looking for portable tech to keep you charged up while on the go (or for some great small gift ideas), we’ve rounded up a bunch of must-have gadgets. You’ll find everything from a Tesla Coil rechargeable lighter to a folding Bluetooth keyboard.
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Grell Audio’s TWS/1 earbuds sound as good as you want them to

A new entrant to the true wireless headphone space you say? Sure, that might be a fairly common occurrence these days, but this one – Grell Audio – comes with some pretty strong heritage. Its founder, Axel Grell, is well known in the headphone industry for his extensive work at Sennheiser on some of the company’s most prestigious products. The TWS/1 is his first solo product under the Grell brand. Accordingly, we’re interested to see what the $ 200 wireless buds can do.

The TWS/1 has a modern look. The mostly circular design is only interrupted by a small, AirPod-like protuberance on each bud. Originally the plan was to have the outer casing entirely metal but physics and radio waves meant that some concessions (plastic parts) were needed. Overall, they maintain a premium feel that stands above that often found at this pricepoint. They visually remind me slightly of the Jabra Elite 75t, but a little lower profile.

In terms of fit, that slightly more streamlined design means you don’t feel like something is balancing in your ear which can sometimes happen with more rotund models. As per usual they come with a charging case that promises four full charges of the TWS/1. The buds themselves offer around 6 hours per charge which holds true in my experience with ANC activated. Curiously, the buds are placed in the case with the right one to the left and vice versa. I’m not sure why this would be, but it does take some remembering (you’ll soon be reminded as the buds don’t fit the other way around).

In a world of me-too products, it’s hard to stand out. The easiest differentiator is price, then sound quality and or additional/premium features. It seems Grell Audio has tried to tackle all three of these, and with general success, I would say.

The price point puts the TWS/1 in an unusual category. Many premium brands are landing in the $ 250+ zone while more affordable options, like Google’s second-gen Pixel Buds or the aforementioned Jabra’s live in the $ 150 area. Budget options, south of $ 100, are also increasingly more common. This, then, pitches the TWS/1 at the overlap between high-mid and low-premium. I would wager this is entirely intentional as feature set and build quality skew higher end, but the barebones packaging and more accessible price indicate a more mainstream audience.

Grell Audio TWS/1.
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As for sound quality, this is where things are a little more clear. In my testing, I was generally pleased with the default sound. It was perhaps a little on the thinner side for my personal preference with a slight weight on the lower end for a typically commercial sound. But Grell has partnered with SoundID – a third-party app that tunes select brands of headphones to your personal preference/hearing.

We’ve seen things like this before, most notably with Nura which takes this to a whole new level. SoundID is a little more understated in its approach. It still uses some form of hearing test, but rather than asking if you can hear certain tones, it simply plays you some music and asks “which do you prefer, A or B.” Once I completed this short test, the difference was night and day. With my own personal profile activated (it uploads to the headphones so it applies no matter what you are listening on), my usual mix of mid ‘10s indie and rave nonsense came alive.

I have a slight preference for dynamic range and beefier low and mid-high frequencies. At least, I presume I do because that was the biggest change in sound after completing the test and I instantly found them much more enjoyable. In the SoundID app, you can toggle between the default sound and your own profile and it really does make a huge difference. You don’t need the app to get good sound, but I’m going to guess that you’ll be happier with what it gives you.

Coincidentally, SoundID is also where you’ll get software updates for the TWS/1. I had one during my testing and it improved a few things including the slightly unresponsive touch controls. They’re still not reading my taps 1:1 but its about on par with most other touch-control buds I have used. Before the update, it was much more frustrating (or, maybe I just learned the technique?).

Those controls aren’t user-configurable, so you’re stuck with what Grell gives you. But, fortunately, that’s pretty much everything you’d want and without too many complicated tap or gesture combinations. Swiping forward or back on the left ear skips tracks, up or down on the right for volume, and so on. It was the single taps that I was having issues with which control play/pause on the right and transparency mode on the left – both of which are more annoying if not activated immediately.

This brings us on to smart(er) features. As mentioned, the TWS/1 has Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency mode – both of which are becoming increasingly standard. But there’s also a Noise Annoyance Reduction (NAR) mode. Grell explained to me during their initial announcement briefing that ANC is great for lower-frequency sustained noises, but doesn’t work as well for higher-frequency annoyances (think, crying baby on a plane). NAR is Grell’s own attempt at offering some reduction of these types of sound.

Grell Audio TWS/1.
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In practice, I found it hard to pinpoint the difference that NAR makes. With ANC, it’s easy to hear the low rumble of the road outside my apartment decrease in volume. It’s maybe not the most powerful ANC I have heard but it does the job. With NAR, whatever the ear equivalent of squinting is, proved to be a little more indeterminate. It does seem to slightly improve the listening experience in combination with ANC, but it’s also hard to tell how much of that was me willing it to do so. It’s an interesting concept though and one that I hope Grell can continue to improve over time.

Other small perks include a “mono” mode (listening with just one bud). This isn’t as common as it should be in my opinion and it adds more flexibility for those that want to maintain some spatial awareness without having to wear both buds. It’s also, obviously, how some people prefer to handle their calls, too (reliving the Bluetooth headset days).

Another small added bonus is wireless charging “compatibility.” It’s not something I was able to test, but the more things that support it the better? Or, at the very least, it’s a nice perk for those already invested in the wireless charging world.

All in, Grell has given price, features and sound quality enough consideration that the result is a promising first product from an emerging brand. The price point, in particular, strikes a good balance between signaling premium ambitions without putting it too far out of reach for mainstream casuals. I’d love to see some further advances on the NAR technology and the controls could still be more responsive, but if you’re looking for a fresh set of true wireless headphones that are customizable to your taste, these are a great place to start.

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Apple Watch SE 2: What we want to see from the next budget Apple watch

Apple is expected to release a rugged Apple Watch and Watch SE 2 alongside the Series 8 in 2022
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Want to watch TV in your hotel? Better bring your phone

The pandemic has brought a lot of changes, but one you may not be expecting is in hotel rooms, where TV remotes are quickly becoming artifacts of a past era.
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Huawei’s Mate 40 Pro and Pro+ are official with almost everything you could want in a flagship smartphone

Despite the ongoing saga of its troubles with the US government, Huawei continues to plow ahead with its smartphone plans with its new Mate 40 Series once again pushing the envelope of technology. The trio of handsets consists of the Mate 40, Mate 40 Pro, and the Mate 40+ that, as with the Mate 30 […]

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What does Apple want from a VR events company?

Since 2009 a startup called NextVR has been developing proprietary cameras and striking deals to bring live events — think sporting events, wrestling matches and concerts — straight to the VR headset of your choice. It sounds like a potent cure for…
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Want to see the canceled Essential Phone 2?

The Essential Phone 2 is canceled and Essential as a company is gone, and despite some last gasps, it’s officially over for the company. But we do know they were working on something before going under, and some new hardware prototypes have surfaced showing off what could’ve been the company’s follow-up smartphone. Essential Phone 2 […]

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Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite gets Android 10, but you might want to hold off for now

The Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite is one of the Android One devices that Xiaomi seems the most proud of. It packs in a dual-camera module and two-day battery life at a low cost, and it’s running Google’s trimmed down version of Android One for better performance. Well, it finally got its update to Android 10, […]

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You’ll want to use a VPN on your Android phone in 2020

If you’re not using a VPN, you’ll probably want to change that up soon. Whether you need one for privacy, getting around blocked content, or you’re just trying to keep your traffic secure, it’s one of the best tools you can have on your Android phone. Privacy and security Using a VPN for privacy is […]

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Howard University and Amazon want to diversify the entertainment industry

Howard University and Amazon Studios are working together to diversify the entertainment industry. Today, they announced Howard Entertainment, a program that will give African American, Latinx and Native American students a chance to study and train…
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All I want to do is chill and play ‘Flight Simulator’

It's been a long day. You get home as the sun is setting and close the door behind you, throwing down your keys and sliding off your shoes. You grab a drink and sink into the chair in front of your PC. The screen boots up and — click, click — it's…
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[TA Deals] Pay what you want for this FastestVPN and Antivirus bundle

In search of a good VPN, but don’t know what you want? If you’re looking for a solid option that won’t break the bank, Talk Android Deals is running a promotion on a bundle that includes both a lifetime subscription to FastestVPN, plus a one-year subscription to Cylance Antivirus, and you can pick what you […]

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[TA Deals] Pay what you want and become a Java master with this training bundle

Love it or hate it, Java is popular, and it’s here to stay. If you’ve done any kind of web development or app development, you’ve probably had to at least dip your toes into the language, and if you haven’t but you’re planning on getting into it at some point? Well, you’re going to want […]

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Lawmakers still want details from Amazon on its facial recognition tech

In July, three members of Congress — Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), Representative Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) and Representative Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) — sent Amazon and CEO Jeff Bezos a letter requesting information about the company's facial recogni…
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Want to join the Talk Android team? We’re hiring!

Have an interest in Android and Google news? Want to use that interest and write for a team with other smartphone enthusiasts? Talk Android might just be the destination for you! We’re looking for part time writers to join our site and cover the daily news cycle, review gadgets, and offer your opinion one of the […]

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Democrats don’t want candidates to use ZTE and Huawei phones

Huawei might have taken Apple's place as the second largest smartphone seller in the world, but that doesn't mean everyone's a fan now. According to CNN, the Democratic National Committee has warned candidates running in November against using device…
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[TA Deals] Pay what you want for the Total Python Machine Learning Bundle

Machine learning is one of the biggest trends in current development and tech circles, and you’re going to want to stay in the loop with something this big. Right now we’re offering a comprehensive machine learning bundle that includes several ebooks and educational courses, and it won’t break the bank. The bundle includes six ebooks […]

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Taboola and ZTE want to bring a tailored ad feed to your phone

Taboola is an advertising company that you’ve likely seen across websites on the internet, and they’ve announced a new partnership with ZTE that’s aiming to bring a more personalized ad feed to your smartphone, for better or worse. The app itself looks pretty similar to the old Google Now feed, but it’s tailored around content […]

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Anker ZOLO Liberty+ review: Truly wireless earbuds you’ll actually want

Companies have been testing the waters of truly wireless headphones for a few years, but recently, especially after the launch of Apple’s AirPods, it seems like everyone’s cranking out significantly improved models that no longer have to sacrifice sound quality just to completely ditch the wire. Anker’s offering, the ZOLO branded Liberty+ headphones, offer up […]

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[TA Deals] Pay what you want for the Arduino Enthusiast e-book bundle

2018 is a great year to get into building and coding with the Arduino platform, and we’ve got an e-book bundle to help you out. Right now you can name your price for the 2018 Arduino Enthusiast bundle which includes 8 books and 2 courses to help you build a ton of different things with […]

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[TA Deals] Pay what you want for the Learn to Code 2018 bundle

It’s never a bad time to kickstart your professional coding career, and right now you can score a deep discount on a bundle that’ll take you through a programming crash course. You can pay what you want to get started, too. The bundle covers Python, JavaScript, C#, full stack web development, and even touches on […]

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[TA Deals] Pay what you want for the Learn to Code 2018 bundle

It’s never a bad time to kickstart your professional coding career, and right now you can score a deep discount on a bundle that’ll take you through a programming crash course. You can pay what you want to get started, too. The bundle covers Python, JavaScript, C#, full stack web development, and even touches on […]

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Colorado voters really want city-run broadband service

Internet access and quality varies widely depending on where you live in the US. There's a huge rural broadband gap that the FCC, companies like Microsoft and the Trump administration have said they'd like to close in the coming years and as Clevelan…
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Scientists want to explore asteroids with a fleet of nanoprobes

Researchers at the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) presented a mission plan today at the European Planetary Science Congress that would allow scientists to observe hundreds of asteroids over the course of just a few years. Their plan is to sen…
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[TA Deals] Pay what you want for this bundle that teaches you all things coding

You want to learn coding — Python, Ruby, Angular, Java, and more. Don’t go scouring the web for lengthy, confusing tutorials. There’s something you can get on Talk Android Deals that takes you from no one to someone at your own pace. And it’s available at a price set by you. The Learn to Code […]

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Scientists want to use satellites to predict landslides

Small satellites have countless uses, including when it comes to monitoring the planet for natural disasters. Now, scientists think they've made a breakthrough on this front: They're using satellite data to map the Earth's movement. Their end goal is…
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Features on iOS we want to see on Android

Google’s Android has a lot of great phones in the ecosystem, as well as plenty of excellent features from phone-to-phone; however, there are a handful of features that I, and many others, would no doubt like to see become official Android features. This isn’t speaking in terms of one OS is better than the other, […]

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Want to learn how to perform surgery? You need one HoloLens, stat!

Surgeons around the world are preparing to enter the incredibly pressured environment of an operating theater using an app called Touch Surgery, and now the company’s embracing mixed reality technology.

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Ordering a beautiful Galaxy S6? We’ve got 30 cases you may want

The Samsung Galaxy S6 represents a beautiful fusion of metal and glass, but it’s still a fragile beauty that’s prone to cracks and scratches if you don’t protective it. Here are few of our favorite cases for the aging device.

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Top European scientists want to crash a spacecraft into an asteroid — again

This week European scientists launched the “I Support AIM” campaign — an initiative to urge the European Space Agency (ESA) to move forward with its Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM) in 2020. Over 100 scientists have signed on.

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Want to capture 360 video wherever you go? Wear these sunglasses

360 video is coming to wearables — the Orbi Prime is a pair of sunglasses capable of recording 360 video using four built-in cameras. Previous camera glasses have had mixed results, but the Indiegogo campaign is already halfway to their goal.

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Want to find glasses that fit perfectly? Look into this 3D-scanning smart mirror

Fuel3D, a 3D scanning company, has developed an impressive new smart technology for retail optical locations that makes finding a pair of spectacles that fit perfectly as simple as glancing in the mirror.

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Want to watch the presidential debates? Just head over to Twitter

A new deal brokered between the social media platform and Bloomberg Television will allow the Twitterverse to view a live-stream of all three presidential debates, the first of which is to take place on September 26.

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Want to go for a run? Snap your iPhone 6S into Moshi’s Endura case and get going

The iPhone 6S is a great companion to fitness as a tracker, route map, or for motivational music, but carrying it while being active isn’t always convenient. Moshi’s Endura slim case mounts to compatible accessories that make taking your phone along easy and is rugged enough for outdoor sports and activities.

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Ted Baker and Google want you to say weird things in public, but it’s going to be worth it

Passers-by are really going to wonder what you’re searching for online if you partake in fashion brand Ted Baker’s latest gambit. Partnering with Google, and linked to a “shoppable” short film made with Guy Ritchie, this is shopping like we’ve never seen it before.

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[TA Deals] Pay what you want for these programming essentials

Let’s get you started in programming with a package of content that won’t break the bank. On Talk Android Deals, the Programming Into the Future bundle is up for grabs at a price decided by you. Hit the break for details on the deal. This is what’s included: Node.js: From Zero to Web Apps ($ 199 value) […]

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Want a HUD in your motorcycle helmet? Livemap survives where Skully crashed

Are connected motorcycle helmets the future? After the disaster that was Skully, a Russian inventor may have a better way to see the road ahead for riders. We took a look at his latest prototype.

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Want to build an Android app? Google and Udacity launch Android Basics Nanodegree

If you think you could have the next big Android app idea, perhaps you should learn the basics of coding with this nanodegree from Google and Udacity. If you’re willing to pay a cool $ 200 per month, that is.

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Astronomers want to deploy 5,000 tiny robots to help build a 3D map of the universe

“DESI will enable us to measure the distance of up to 40 million galaxies over 5 years,” Parker Fagrelius, manager of the project at Berkeley Lab, tells Digital Trends.

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Do you want Jolla’s swish new smartphone? Tough luck, you can’t have one

Jolla, the company responsible for Android alternative OS Sailfish, has a new phone called the Jolla C. The limited edition device comes as part of a new developer-led initiative to boost interest in the software, and the program has already sold out.

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20 handy HTC 10 tips and tricks you’ll want to know

If you’ve got yourself a sexy HTC 10, then you’ll want to unleash its full potential with our HTC 10 tips and tricks. Find out how to get the best from your new smartphone.

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Google Photos will now suggest photos you might want to add to a shared album

Google has finally added a feature that competing services have had for a while — the ability to comment on shared albums and photos. Photos will also now offer “smart suggestions” on photos you might want to add to shared albums.

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You may want to curl up inside these cat houses designed by architects

Architects for Animals held a competition for cat house designs from architects. The results were pretty perfect, and the proceeds from an auction benefit FixNation, which spays and neuters strays.

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Want to live forever? Ray Kurzweil thinks that may be possible very soon

Who wants to live forever? According to Ray Kurzweil, the famous American inventor who has been described as the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison,” the answer oughta be everyone, because we’re nearing immortality.

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[TA Deals] Pay what you want for this Hardcore Game Dev Bundle

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Do you enjoy video games and mobile devices? Then you might like this Hardcore Game Dev Bundle we have over on Talk Android Deals at a Pay What You Want price. It’ll teach you everything you need to know about developing games for mobile platforms, including Android 6.0!

  • Create 5 real-world Android M apps w/ 15 hours of content
  • Learn or review introductory Java concepts
  • Master & implement material design principles
  • Utilize & implement ListViews, databases, wear cards, etc.
  • Use Google’s main APIs during the app development process
  • Create wearable apps using the Wearable API

That’s just a small peak into what you’ll get out of this Hardcore Game Dev Bundle. You’ll learn everything about developing apps for Android and iOS. Not only that, but you’ll be able to learn the beginning stages of programming languages like JavaScript and C#. There’s a total of 10 educational sections in this bundle, all covering different topics, so those interested will definitely get a comprehensive overview and look as to what they’re getting into.

Now, you can do the Pay What You Want price, but that’ll only get you two sections of this 10 part bundle; however, if you beat the average price, you’ll be able to get all 10 pieces of the Hardcore Game Dev Bundle, start learning, and launch a promising career into game development for mobile platforms!

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Don’t want to plug your phone in? Just stick a Moos sticker on it instead

You can now pay with an iPhone sticker, so why not charge your phone with one too? If Moos ever makes it to market, you’ll be able to do just that, wirelessly charging your smartphone with a stylish sticker.

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