My favorite AirPodalternative wireless earbuds are back in stock for 33

first_imgAt $33, these are too good to pass up. BlitzWolf I’m a little obsessed with truly wireless earbuds right now. Here’s what I’ve learned after testing a variety of inexpensive, off-brand products:Smaller is not necessarily better. The tinier they get, the worse battery life is likely to be. They’re also harder to get in and out of your ears (and, often, the case as well).Avoid the ones with touch controls. It’s way too easy to graze those buttons by accident, especially when putting them in and taking them out. Then you find yourself with unwanted results — like accidentally ending up back in pairing mode.Insist on autoconnectivity, meaning the earbuds pair with each other and your phone the moment you take them out of their case.It should come as no surprise that today’s deal — which I’ve shared several times before, but is the cheapest it’s ever been — ticks all those boxes.For a limited time, and while supplies last, the BlitzWolf BW-FYE1 wire-free earbuds are $32.99 shipped when you apply promo code CNETBWFYE1. That’s $17 off the regular price and a whole dollar below last time! 😂 See it at AmazonI use these primarily for listening to podcasts while walking the dog and to music while working at my desk or around the house. For me they’re a perfect fit: easy into the ears, easy out. (Don’t expect a fully noise-isolating seal like you get from some in-ear headphones. Consequently, don’t expect super-deep bass, either.) 21 Photos Amazon Bose LG Sony Apple How to choose the right headphones The Cheapskate Tags reading • My favorite AirPod-alternative wireless earbuds are back in stock for $33 Originally published Jan. 16.Update, May 28: Back in stock.  CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! • I bought a second pair for Mrs. Cheapskate over the holidays. She likes them, too, in large part because they’re so easy to use. I can’t overstate the wonderfulness of “open the box, take out the earbuds, start listening.” And, similarly, “put the earbuds back in the box, close box, done.”On my recommendation, my buddy Doug also bought a pair and likes them a lot, though he notes that when he runs without a hat on (yeah, he runs in the winter — crazy!), they tend to fall out of his ears.My buddy Craig bought a pair and doesn’t like them, though his primary goal was to use them during conference calls — and listeners said he sounded tinny. However, we just got on a call together — me with my earbuds in and him with his — and we both sounded “very good” to each other. It might have been that he was in a noisy place during his business call, and the BlitzWolf’s microphone does a bad job of canceling noise. Bottom line: I love these. I can wear them comfortably for long stretches, and I find the audio quality to be very good overall. They’re a snap to use, and they’re $33. I think before you spend $100 to $200 on something from Apple, Bose or Jabra, you owe it to yourself to try these first.Agree? Disagree? You know the drill.Read more: The best truly wireless headphones Now playing: Watch this: Apple Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR.center_img 1:19 Comments Share your voice See All Best wireless headphones for making calls Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 26 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Headphones Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy?last_img read more

UN aid chiefs set to visit Rakhine state

first_imgAerial view of a burned Rohingya village near Maungdaw, north of Rakhine state, Myanmar September 27, 2017. REUTERSRepresentatives of UN agencies will be permitted to visit Rakhine state in Myanmar on Thursday for the first time since the start of a massive exodus of minority Rohingya Muslims.The United Nations has been demanding access since its humanitarian organizations were forced to pull out of Rakhine when Myanmar’s military launched operations against Rohingya rebels in late August, causing hundreds of thousands to flee into neighboring Bangladesh.“There will be a trip organized by the government, probably tomorrow, to Rakhine,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.“We hope above all that it is a first step toward much freer and wider access to the area,” he said at his daily news briefing.He said the chiefs of UN agencies would take part in the trip.The UN has drawn up a contingency plan to feed up to 700,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, and warned that those who fled will not be returning home soon.“All the UN agencies together have now set a plan for a new influx of 700,000. We can cover if the new influx reaches 700,000,” the World Food Program’s deputy chief in Bangladesh, Dipayan Bhattacharyya, said on Wednesday.‘Return will take time’ -UN refugee agency chief Filippo Grandi said that for those who have fled to Bangladesh, “return will take time, if it happens, if the violence stops.”Myanmar’s military, under fire for imposing a news blackout on the campaign around the city of Maungdaw in the country’s west, on Wednesday organized a press tour in the Hindu village of Ye Baw Kyaw.Mass graves containing 45 Hindu villagers were discovered in the area earlier this week, and the military has accused Rohingya militants of carrying out the massacre.The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) “categorically” denied that its members “perpetrated murder, sexual violence, or forcible recruitment” in the area.The decomposing skeletal bodies remained laid out in rows on a grassy field outside Ye Baw Kyaw as distraught relatives wailed, according to AFP journalists at the scene.Hindus who fled the area have told AFP that masked men stormed into their community and hacked victims to death with machetes before dumping them into freshly-dug pits.Myanmar’s army has tried to control the narrative over the crisis, restricting press access to the conflict zone while it posts regular updates that blame Rohingya militants for the bloodshed.Government and military reports have also sought to highlight the suffering of other ethnic groups, such as Rakhine Buddhists and Hindus, swept up in the communal unrest.Ethnic cleansing accusations -The latest violence has intensified long-running religious hatreds and been complicated by a swirl of rival narratives from different ethnic groups.Thursday’s visit for the UN representatives will come on the same day that the UN Security Council meets on the situation in Myanmar.On September 13, the council demanded “immediate steps” to end the Myanmar violence and expressed concern about “excessive force” being used by the military.The council also called on the Myanmar government to abide by its commitment to facilitate humanitarian aid in Rakhine, but until now that request has not been met.Secretary General Antonio Guterres will address the UN Security Council during its open door session. As a former UN high commissioner on refugees, Guterres knows Rakhine and the context of the current crisis intimately.With accusations of “ethnic cleansing” being leveled at the UN General Assembly, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said last week she was “ready” to organize the return of the Rohingyas.The Rohingyas, the world’s largest stateless group, are treated as foreigners in Myanmar, whose population is 90 percent Buddhist.last_img read more

ArtTech Startup Makes the Digital Picture Frame Super Classy

first_imgApril 7, 2015 2 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img Register Now » The idea of the digital picture frame is logical, but in execution, it doesn’t always work. In many cases, the picture quality isn’t great, the frames are cheesy and the whole vibe is a bit suburban-country-living gone wrong.A new art-tech startup, Meural, is making digital picture frames super classy and innovative. The image appears on a matte LCD display and the frame is made by hand of maple wood. The New York City-based startup isn’t interested in a slideshow of family vacation snaps from your latest family trip to Disney, either. The idea is for you to rotate images of fine art and professional photographs in your Meural.The startup is being very careful not to upset the art community traditionalists. “We unreservedly respect the established means of art collection and curation,” says CEO Vladimir Vukicevic, in a statement announcing the launch. “Meural is working closely with museums, galleries and artists to create an innovative new layer in visual culture by increasing the opportunity for exploration and accessibility.”Related: Marc Ecko on Entrepreneurship as an Art Form (Video)The discovery component of the Meural “digital canvas” makes it appealing to the indecisive set. And what if your tastes change? Or your mood shifts? Or you grow tired of a particular image? The Meural frame is connected to an app wirelessly, so you can change the image from across the room. But, also, if you are standing in front of the image, the frame is gesture sensitive, so you can wave your hand in front of the “digital canvas” and change the image displayed.Related: Artists Are Job-Creating Entrepreneurs, Too.The Meural frame is not available for purchase just yet. It’s in pre-order, starting at $395, and is expected to ship this fall.The technology that Meural is using to collect pre-orders is a new “standalone” crowdfunding software developed by the alternative finance platform RocketHub. The pre-order software, called LaunchPad, allows businesses to customize the RocketHub software to their particular needs. Vukicevic, the founder of Meural, was previously the CTO of RocketHub.Related: Crowdfunding Nearly Tripled Last Year, Becoming a $16 Billion Industrylast_img read more