Anker launches six new wireless earbuds including $150 ‘Pro’ pair
Anker announced six new sets of wireless earbuds at its event today in NYC. Notably, each new model supports USB-C fast charging, and most of them cost less than $100 — even if by just a dollar. The stars of its 2019 lineup are the Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro (pictured above) and the Liberty Air 2. Starting with the Liberty 2 Pro, these are Anker’s first foray into premium audio, and cost $149, a premium compared to its other products.
Wireless phone charging isn’t always available on modern cars, let alone anything older. But there is a way of adding it retrospectively. Meet the Connects2 universal in-car charging pad.
This wireless charger can be placed anywhere flat in the cabin of your car, or indeed in the office or at home. And while wireless charging capability may cost several hundred pounds extra for a new car, this one retails at £29 from Halfords.
Also available is an in-car charging pocket, which adds a level of security for your device. Essentially, it holds your phone, rather than it resting atop a pad. It mounts in a glovebox, armrest or on any flat surface.
Apple Launches Higher-End AirPods Pro with Noise-Cancellation
Apple Inc. announced the AirPods Pro, a higher-end version of its popular wireless headphones that add noise-cancellation, water-resistance and a new design. The model priced at $249 will sell alongside the current $159 version that launched in March, and marks the first time that Apple is segmenting its AirPods line in a significant way. The new model includes interchangeable flexible tips to improve their fit. That addresses a criticism of the original design, which first debuted in 2016, and also helps enable the noise cancellation feature for improved audio quality.
Lights on the pouch indicate the phone’s charge status and there are two USB ports for multi-device charging. This more comprehensive item is available for £79 from Halfords.
Opinion: Wireless chargers – gimmick or essential?
I’m not sure if I can speak for my MR colleagues, but I’ve been genuinely disappointed by the lack of wireless charging in some new cars I’ve driven recently.
I can confidently say this is something I’ll likely add to my own, older car. That’s an exclusive list, mostly reserved for broadcasting devices, which include aux cables and FM transmitters. It could make a nice replacement for my old-fashioned USB cable.
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Wireless charging for electric taxis to be trialled in UK .
Wireless on-street charging for electric taxis is to be trialled in the UK for the first time. The pilot, supported by £3.4m of government cash, will see the technology installed at a cab rank outside Nottingham railway station.Ten electric taxis in the city will be fitted with hardware to enable them to recharge their batteries by parking over five plates in the road while waiting for their next passengers.Electric taxi fleets in urban areas are crucial to cutting vehicle emissions and improving air quality, according to the Department for Transport (DfT).