Save 60% on these truly wireless earbuds that rival Apple's AirPods

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The ARIA wireless earbuds have a longer battery life than AirPods.
The ARIA wireless earbuds have a longer battery life than AirPods.
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TL;DR: The xFyro ARIA wireless Bluetooth earbuds are strong AirPods competitors and on sale for $99, saving you $151.

AirPods are not the be-all and end-all of truly wireless earbuds.

Sure, they may have sparked an entire wireless revolution, but there are worthy and dare we say, better, alternatives out there. Even better, many of these alternatives don’t require you to shell out more than $120.

A prime example: the xFyro ARIA wireless Bluetooth earbuds, a pair of top-rated true wireless earbuds that give AirPods a run for their money. And for a limited time, you can snag your own pair for 60% off the original price.

Raising almost $2 million on Indiegogo, this crowdfunded sonic wonder delivers next-generation audio technology to today’s on-the-go listeners. Here’s why people were willing to hand over money to fund this project:

Superior HD sound and noise cancellation

The ARIA team tested 100 different drivers to deliver superior sonics. With these earbuds, you’ll get to bask in powerful bass, crisp mid-highs, and crystal-clear vocals. They also feature premium acoustics, so you can listen to your playlists in your own personal bubble.

Bluetooth 5 technology

ARIA utilizes Bluetooth 5, which is currently the strongest and most reliable connection you can get. It’s 2.5 times more secure and allows for ten times more capacity for data transfer, resulting in unparalleled sound detail and accuracy.

All-day battery life

These true wireless earbuds pack a punch when it comes to battery life. Unlike the AirPods, these boast eight hours of initial playtime, which can then be extended to 32 hours with the accompanying charging case. Quite literally, you can use them all day without rushing to a power outlet.

Universal ergonomic fit

There’s no use in all-day listening capabilities if you constantly want to yank the earbuds off your ears due to discomfort. That’s precisely why the makers at ARIA spent months ensuring that they fit a broad spectrum of ear sizes so everyone can have access to superior sound. From the form to the ear tips to the wings, each part of the ARIA earbuds is thoughtfully designed to allow for maximum comfort. Once you put them in, they’ll remain secure in your ears for hours on end. Oh, and did we mention that they’re waterproof and dust-proof, too?

They usually retail for $250, you can get the xFyro ARIA True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds for $99 here— a savings of 60%.

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These sleek wireless earbuds are on sale — save 53% in our shop

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Move over, AirPods.
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TL;DR: The crystal-clear PaMu Scroll wireless headphones are a true competitor to the coveted AirPods, and you can grab a pair for just $69.99 in the Mashable Shop.

Look to your left, and then to your right. It’s almost certain that you’ll spot a handful of people with earbuds on. Whether they’re listening to podcasts or blasting playlists — or simply trying to avoid conversation — there’s a reason why people are glued to their earbuds.

The true wireless earbud revolution is here, folks, and it’s here to stay.

But now that cable-free earphones are cementing their status as a necessity rather than luxury, there comes another set of problems. More and more companies are coming out with their own version of wireless buds just for the heck of it. 

The PaMu Scroll earbuds, however, stand out from the crowd. These true wireless earbuds raised $3 million on Indiegogo, and we’re here to tell you why. But first, some good news: you can snag a pair here for 53% off.

So what makes these puppies tick? Here goes:

Crystal-clear sonics

The point of buying earphones in the first place is to thoroughly enjoy the immersive sound. PaMu Scroll, of course, does not disappoint. These babies boast deep bass and crisp, clear sound with minimal distortion, giving off the illusion that you’re having your own exclusive concert.

Uninterrupted Bluetooth streaming and enhanced ergonomics

Thanks to Bluetooth 5.0 technology, these true wireless earbuds allow you to listen for longer and with fewer dropped connections. They feature auto-pairing functionality, so you won’t have to manually connect your device with every use. Plus, they’re engineered for comfort, including different-sized ear tips to fit your ears.

Touch controls and smart assistant support

You can play, pause, switch songs, answer calls, or connect to Siri, Alexa, or Google Assistant with the built-in touch controls. With just a single click, you can get quick access to your A.I. assistant whenever you want.

Unique and stylish charging case

One of its most unique features is the accompanying scroll-shaped charging case. Unlike AirPods, which come with a case that looks like gum packaging, PaMu Scroll is equipped with a stylish case that adds a touch of elegance to your wireless listening setup.

Available in two delightful designs — graphene & glory,  — you can now get a pair on sale for $69.99 — a savings of 53%.

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Weighing Peloton’s opportunity and risks ahead of IPO

Exercise tech company Peloton filed confidentially for IPO this week, and already the big question is whether their last private valuation at $4 billion might be too rich for the appetites of public market investors. Here’s a breakdown of the pros and cons leading up to the as-yet revealed market debut date.

Risk factors

The biggest thing to pay attention to when it comes time for Peloton to actually pull back the curtains and provide some more detailed info about its customers in its S-1. To date, all we really know is that Peloton has “more than 1 million users,” and that’s including both users of its hardware and subscribers to its software.

The mix is important – how many of these are actually generating recurring revenue (vs. one-time hardware sales) will be a key gauge. MRR is probably going to be more important to prospective investors when compared with single-purchases of Peloton’s hardware, even with its premium pricing of around $2,000 for the bike and about $4,000 for the treadmill. Peloton CEO John Foley even said last year that bike sales went up when the startup increased prices.

Hardware numbers are not entirely distinct from subscriber revenue, however: Per month pricing is actually higher with Peloton’s hardware than without, at $39 per month with either the treadmill or the bike, and $19.49 per month for just the digital subscription for iOS, Android and web on its own.

That makes sense when you consider that its classes are mostly tailored to this, and that it can create new content from its live classes which occur in person in New York, and then are recast on-demand to its users (which is a low-cost production and distribution model for content that always feels fresh to users).

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A closer look at the Bose 700 noise-cancelling headphones

As great as the Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones sound, let’s be real: they look like they were designed for dads on a business trip. And listen, as someone who’s into the whole chunky, dad-shoe trend, I’m not here to judge if you’re into their design. I’m just saying that I need something with a more modern style. Thankfully, Bose has introduced its latest flagship model, the Noise Cancelling Headphones 700, which features a newly designed stainless steel headband that gives them a more stylish and thinner look than the QuietComfort line. Bose says that the wireless 700s were designed from the ground up and, compared to the QC35 IIs, they also have all-new drivers, ear cushions and USB-C support.

The noise-cancelling tech is better than it’s ever been, too, according to Bose. One of the main attributes the company focused on is the adaptive voice system, which is designed block out noise from your surroundings as you’re using then headphone’s voice features. There are eight microphones total on the 700s, four on each earcup, and they work together to reject ambient noise around you as you move. The goal is to make your voice sound perfectly clear, especially when you’re in a place with a lot of noise.

Bose 700

Bose gave me a demo of this feature by calling someone at a nearby Starbucks in New York City, who took the call first wearing a pair of QC 35IIs and then the Noise Cancelling Headphones 700. As you might imagine, a coffee shop in NYC can get pretty loud. And while I could make most of what the person was saying wearing the QuietComforts, the difference was night and day as soon as he switched to the pair of 700s. Suddenly, you couldn’t hear the music playing on the background or the people talking — it was as if he had muted the microphone on the new headphones. This should be useful for people who use voice dictation on their smartphones or tablets, as well.

In addition to the adaptive voice system, the 700s come with controllable noise-cancelling, which lets you adjust how much outside noise you want to block. You can control this with three different buttons on the headphones (low, medium and high setting) or via the Bose Music app. With the full transparency and conversation modes, for instance, you can hear everything happening around even as you listen to your music. And if you pause your tunes to talk to someone in person, which you can do using the 700s’ capacitive touch controls on the right earcup, it doesn’t sound as if you’re underwater and your voice is muffled.

The first thing I noticed when I put on the 700s is how lightweight they feel, but that doesn’t mean they’re not durable — that stainless steel headband makes them durable and the ear cushions are as comfortable as it gets. You’ll have two options to choose from in terms of color: triple black or lux silver, both of which are pictured here. Bose says that the headphones should last up to 20 hours and, like some of its other models, the 700s will work with Google Assistant, Alexa and Siri. With Alexa, however, there’s a low-power wake word mode that’s going to let you call up Amazon’s assistant. For the other two, you’ll still have to use a physical button on the headset.

If you still prefer the look of the QuietComfort 35 IIs, or you don’t care to have the features the 700s have to offer, don’t worry because those aren’t going anywhere. But, if you are feeling the Noise Cancelling Headphones 700, Bose will be launching them on June 30th for $399, and pre-orders are available now.

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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones are $50 off. Get on it.

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If you're going to drop $300 on a pair of Bluetooth headphones, the Bose QC 35 II will make it worth your while.
If you’re going to drop $300 on a pair of Bluetooth headphones, the Bose QC 35 II will make it worth your while.
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We’ll skip roasting you for the shitty pair of headphones from CVS you’ve been sporting — the Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless headphones, arguably the best pair of headphones ever created, are $50 off at Amazon.

Aside from the fact that they’re so rarely discounted that we can’t even remember the last time we covered a sale, this sale price of $299 is their lowest price ever on Amazon.

Bose is a name people recognize even if they couldn’t care less about fancy audio, and the Quiet Comfort 35 II have remained the headphones to beat since their release in summer 2018. Regardless of which “best headphones” list you look at — whether it’s best noise-canceling headphones, best wireless headphones, or anything else — the QC 35 will be there.

Rocking a clean, minimalistic oval design (whereas many over-ear headphones toe the line of obnoxious), these metallic headphones are guaranteed to draw some jealous eyes on public transportation. But the sound is where they hit truly extraordinary: With volume-optimized EQ for the perfect audio balance and a noise rejecting dual microphone system, they were made for people with the “World: Off. Music: On” mindset.

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You can apparently enjoy that immersive sound for up to 20 hours on one charge — just don’t expect Google Assistant to help you out too much.

Regularly $349 (and rarely dropping), you can save $50, choose from black, silver, or rose gold, and get your own QC 35 for $299.

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