AirPods are Apple’s Bluetooth earbuds. Initially released December 13, 2016, they used the special W1 chip to make pairing easier with other Apple devices, handling a common pain point for users of third-party Bluetooth headphones.

In 2019, Apple released AirPods pro, adding a fully-sealed earpiece allowing for noise isolation, cancelation, and more.

AirPods Max Announced – TMO Daily Observations 2020-12-08

· Kelly Guimont · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple’s new AirPods Max specs, pricing, and comparison to other headphones.

Telegram Beta Supports Siri Announce Message Feature

· Charlotte Henry · Link

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Users of the latest beta of security-focusssesd messaging app Telegram can now access Siri’s ability to announce messages through AirPodsThe 8-Bit reported. It is the first third-party aim to support this feature.

Those on the latest Telegram beta via Testflight will see an option to enable the feature Telegram in Settings – Notifications – Announce Messages With Siri. It’s worth noting that only Apple’s AirPods, AirPods Pro, Powerbeats, Powerbeats Pro, and Beats Solo Pro support this feature. Moreover, only iPhones and iPads running on iOS 13.2 and later are supported. The Announce Messages with Siri feature uses Siri to announce incoming messages out loud when a user’s headphones are connected to their iPhone or iPad, they are wearing them, and their device is locked, according to Apple. Upon the arrival of an incoming message, Siri plays a tone, announces a sender’s name, and then reads the message.

5 Tech Stocking Stuffers for Your iPhone

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

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If you’re searching for the perfect gift for the iPhone user in your life, look no further than this list of five tech stocking stuffers.

AirPods Menu Bar Tool ‘ToothFairy’ Updated to Version 2.7

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

ToothFairy is a Mac app that lives in the menu bar to connect your AirPods with a single click or key press. It works with other Bluetooth accessories too, like mice, keyboards, and gaming controllers. Version 2.7 readies the app for macOS Big Sur and brings changes: Added AppleScript support for listing devices, getting their properties, and toggling connections; Updated the sample scripts in the “Run shell script after connecting/disconnecting” section of the manual; Added new icons for AirPods Pro, Beats Studio 3, controller, headphones, Playstation, Powerbeats 2020, Siri Remote, and Xbox; The “Improve sound quality by disabling audio input from device” option now works better when a Bluetooth device auto-connects rather than being connected via ToothFairy. It’s also more reliable in cases where macOS reports that it has set the audio input device but actually hasn’t. ToothFairy is available on the Mac App Store for US$4.99.

AirPods Menu Bar Tool ‘ToothFairy’ Updated to Version 2.7

Cut Price AirPods Available on Amazon Prime Day

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

AirPods Amazon Prime Day deal

Tuesday and Wednesday is Amazon Prime Day. The online retailer gives various offers over a limited period of time. One offer that caught my eye is AirPods for $114.99, a saving of $44.01 from the regular price. The deals are available only to Prime customers and while stocks last.

This Wooden Magnetic Dock Powers Your iPhone, Apple Watch, AirPods: $67.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Triple Dock charging station for iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods

We have a deal on the Triple Dock, a handcrafted wooden charging station for your iPhone, Airpods, and Apple Watch. It features two Lightning connectors with 5-foot chords, and an Apple Watch charging disc. The back stand for your Lightning ports are adjustable to accomodate different devices, and the middle one was designed for AirPods. The company also has what it calls innovative micro-suction tape technology that allows one-handed operation. It’s $67.99 through our deal.