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AirPods 2 drop back to their lowest price ever

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AirPods 2 with box on desk
Now is a great time to get those AirPods you’ve been thinking about.
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You can get one of Apple’s best products ever for under $100. That’s how how low AirPods 2 have just dropped — $60 below their usual price for these wildly popular in-ear headphones.

Or you can also save a nice chunk of change on AirPods Pro.

Is it OK to use a Mac mini as a stand for your display? [Setups]

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Is it OK to rest your display on top of your Mac mini?
Is it OK to rest your display on top of your Mac mini?
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We’ve written about storing a Mac mini in an upright rather than a flat position to save space. It’s OK to do if the machine’s intake and exhaust vents are not blocked. But what about using your Mac mini as a stand for a display, as in today’s featured computer setup?

It’s not necessarily quite as cut-and-dried as the upright mini question. Whether it’s totally fine or a little risky depends a little more on the specific Mac mini and the kind of monitor you use.

Apple should build ‘Find My’ into everything it makes

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Apple should build ‘Find My’ into everything it makes
We should be able to locate every type of Apple accessory with Find My.
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I’ve misplaced my AirPods case. It’s in my house … somewhere. Fortunately, I can use the Find My app to locate it, as though it were a lost AirPod or AirTag.

Ha, ha, ha! No, I can’t. AirPods cases don’t offer Find My support. Just as the feature is missing from far too many other Apple accessories.

This needs to change. Find My is amazing, but limited by not being on devices that need it.

Honor’s new AirPods Pro-like earbuds will take your temperature

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Honor's new Earbuds 3 Pro will sense temperature.
Honor's new Earbuds 3 Pro will sense temperature.
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Fresh off its rollout of a smartphone that can charge wirelessly at 100W, Honor said at MWC 2022 it will offer new earbuds that monitor temperature. The new buds look like AirPods Pro. And temperature sensing is a function Apple has reportedly tested in AirPods.

The former Huawei subsidiary, based in China, said its new $199 Earbuds 3 Pro combine a temperature sensor with an AI temperature algorithm. It has an 80% chance of coming within plus or minus 0.3 degrees Celsius of an accurate reading, the company said.

How to enable Conversation Boost on AirPods Pro

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Enable Conversation Boost on AirPods Pro
Make others much easier to hear.
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AirPods Pro aren’t your average wireless headphones. Apple packed in a whole bunch of brilliant features that allow you to enjoy clearer FaceTime calls, quieter flights, and more. One of those is the brilliant Conversation Boost.

Designed for those who are hard of hearing and introduced last August, Conversation Boost allows AirPods Pro to function a little like hearing aids. When it’s active, it amplifies the voice of the person you’re speaking to.

Here’s how to use it.

Protect your AirPods with this sale-priced accessory kit

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Protect your buds with this AirPod accessory kit.
This four-piece accessory kit will keep you from losing your third-gen AirPods or AirPods Pro.
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Possibly the only downside of AirPods is that they can break or get lost. You can customize your Apple earbuds, and make them last longer, with a four-piece AirPods accessory kit from Chargeworx.

This kit, which works with AirPods Pro as well as third-gen AirPods, comes with four items that combat common problems. And right now, it’s on sale for $22.99, a full 54% off the regular price of $49.

Nothing Ear 1 true wireless earbuds get Siri voice support

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With Siri voice support added, these buds just became a little more competitive with AirPods and AirPods Pro.
With Siri voice support added, these buds just became a little more competitive with AirPods and AirPods Pro.
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Nothing, the audio brand from OnePlus founder Carl Pei, just updated its Ear 1 true wireless earbuds to include Siri voice support. That makes the inexpensive earbuds a little more competitive with competitors like AirPods and AirPods Pro. After all, the Ear 1 buds already have a lot of premium features.

Apple readies its ‘widest array’ of new products ever for this fall

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Tim Cook is keeping quiet about Apple TV+ subscriber numbers for now.
Credit cards at the ready!
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Apple is preparing to launch the “widest array” of new products in its history, according to a new report. This fall is expected to bring new iPhone models, a more affordable MacBook Pro, and big refreshes for iMac and Mac Pro.

That’s in addition to a “revamped” MacBook Air, new AirPods Pro, and lots more. Apple is also said to be preparing an iPhone SE refresh for this spring.