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For years now, the quirky feature of most wireless headphones has been, well, wires. Now, thanks to companies like MJYUN, we have truly wireless headphones and at an affordable price. In fact, 15 of our readers will be getting them for free and the rest of you can take advantage of a 20% off coupon.

When I say truly wireless, I mean not just no wire connecting to your phone, computer, or other host device, but no wire connecting the buds either.

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Tech Deals: $60 Off PS4 Pro, $190 Off MacBook Air, $10 Lightning Cable With Pouch, $80 Truly Wireless Earbuds, More

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Truly wireless earbuds haven’t caught up to AirPods after more than a year

AirPods are the best truly wireless earbuds available because they nail the essentials like ease of use, reliability, and battery life. There are alternatives that definitely sound better from Bose, B&O Play, and other. But they often cost more and all of them experience occasional audio dropouts. AirPods don’t. I’d argue they’re maybe the best first-gen product Apple has ever made. Unfortunately, I’m one of the sad souls whose ears just aren’t a match for the AirPods — and I’m a nerd who likes having both an iPhone and Android phone around — so I’ve been searching for the best non-Apple option.

But some 14 months after AirPods shipped, there’s still no clear cut competitor that’s truly better at the important stuff. They all lack the…

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Pre-Rocket-Launch-Musk-vs.-Bezos-Passive-Aggressive-Twitter-Shade: Truly Great Theater

SpaceX obsessives have spent weeks anticipating the launch of the Falcon Heavy, Elon Musk’s massive rocket designed to shuttle humans to Mars. Finally, Musk tweeted that February 6 was the day everyone should steel themselves for the Falcon to take flight.

Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO and founder of competing private spaceflight company Blue Origin made it clear that he’ll be watching, too. Bezos tweeted a good-luck message to SpaceX in anticipation of the launch:

You might be tempted to read these tweets as a sincere gesture of camaraderie. After all, the two companies aren’t in direct competition — SpaceX plans to send people to Mars, while Blue Origin wants to dominate the emerging space tourism industry, which will launch paying astronauts into orbit around the Earth.

Bezos’ hashtag — Gradatim ferociter, Latin for “step by step, ferociously” — could be read as a diplomatic acknowledgment that a successful launch for any private spaceflight company is a victory for the industry overall.

But that reading’s pretty Pollyanna, as far as these things go. That hashtag Bezos used? It happens to be Blue Origin’s motto. So: Bezos is effectively trolling SpaceX by tweeting his own company’s motto at them, the day before the Falcon Heavy’s launch. “Go for it, don’t forget, we’re coming for you,” is the basic insinuation here. And Musk’s “kissy face emoji” response?

Might as well be a middle finger.

Musk and Bezos have had openly aggressive words before. When Bezos tweeted that one of Blue Origin’s launches was “rare,” Musk was ready with the clap-back:

A failed Falcon Heavy launch could be a huge setback for SpaceX, which up until this point has been blasting past the competition (like Blue Origin) with the sheer pace and boldness of its launches. That kind of failure could open up an opportunity for Blue Origin’s reusable New Glenn rocket to take center stage.

Of course, maybe we’re just projecting, here. There’s no way to know what Bezos is thinking. Maybe one titan of industry is actually, genuinely hoping his rival titan of industry has a rocket launch that goes off without a hitch. But also? If you genuinely believe that, we’ve got a bridge to sell you, and it goes all the way to Mars.

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[Deal Alert] Bose SoundSport Free truly wireless Bluetooth headphones now $199 at most retailers ($50 off)

Like it or hate it, more and more phones are dropping the headphone jack, which means Bluetooth headphones are changing from an optional benefit to a definite requirement as time goes on. For those looking to pick up a pair, Bose’s SoundSport Free were one of Android Police’s favorite “truly” wireless earbuds late last year, and now you can grab your own for just $ 199, a savings of $ 50.

There aren’t a lot of great truly wireless headphones out there, but the SoundSport Free impressed us a lot in our review.

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Zolo Liberty+ review: $150 gets you competent truly wireless earbuds

Truly wireless earbuds are fast becoming a crowded space, and it’s getting tougher to discern who the big players really are, and who’s just the latest to try and cash in on the next trend in personal audio. Enter the Zolo Liberty+.

Zolo is the audio sub-brand of Anker, the company famous for its battery packs, chargers, and mobile accessories. The Liberty+ are its second true wireless earbud, following up on the original Liberty.

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Mobile privacy policy becoming a truly big deal

A company’s mobile privacy policy is becoming a really big deal. We already knew that privacy policies are a nice piece of low-hanging fruit for Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigators to examine, to see whether a company is living up to its own promises — as Snapchat learned the hard way. And the European Union’s GDPR requirements — which will kick into effect globally in May — also focus on privacy policies, since they are typically a GDPR regulator’s first stop. You remember GDPR? That’s the one that can fine your company as much as 4% of annual revenue.

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Could Digital Voting Create a Society That Is Truly Governed by the People?

Political scholars could take a number of lessons from the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Perhaps one of the most obvious is that our voting process is not immune to meddling. Countries from Kenya to Honduras have had to contend with contested elections in the past, but the Russian interference in the 2016 election is arguably without precedent for the U.S. With the 2018 midterms fast approaching, some experts fear that the cracks in our political process through which meddlers infiltrated have not yet been sealed.

Over the past few years, a growing chorus has asked: Why not take elections digital? If voters could weigh in via a hyper-secure app, wouldn’t it make voting more convenient, which could allow more people to weigh in more often? A voting app could ensure that we have a more direct democracy, or at least a “liquid democracy,” in which individual voters have more contact with their representatives.

But the equation might not be as simple as it seems. Some experts fear that sophisticated voting technology might exclude the less tech-savvy among us, or those who can’t afford a smartphone or computer. Others point out that taking voting totally digital might, in fact, make our elections more vulnerable to hacking; for some, only paper ballots are hack-proof.

Futurism touched base with the experts to see if digital elections would be better for American citizens, or for our democracy.

First, it’s worth discussing what kind of political shift, exactly, tech would best be used for. Areeq Chowdhury, the chief executive of WebRoots Democracy, “a voluntary, youth-led think tank focused on the intersection of technology and democratic participation” based in the United Kingdom:

Liquid democracy is an interesting idea, and the idea of giving everyone the power to vote on everything in the palm of their hands is a powerful one. In theory, it could lead to a system where everyone’s views are meaningfully listened to and acted upon, with the will of the majority truly represented.

It is not the same, however, as direct democracy. With liquid democracy, the voter should be able to assign their votes on certain issues to certain representatives, and be able to take them away. This would mean that you, as a voter, could assign your votes on an issue to someone who you deem sufficiently knowledgeable, leading to educated votes. However, this could also leave it open to being gamed by lobby groups. For it to truly work as a system, political education must be made mandatory in schools, and there would need to be serious investment in democratic engagement to ensure that enough people use the app. The first question that needs to be answered is, “do people actually want this?”

So could tech help? Steve Ressler, the founder of, a social network to connect government officials:

Governments and elected officials have always wanted to get constituent feedback on issues. However, there have always been barriers — it’s hard for folks to drive downtown to attend a townhall meeting in person, find transportation to get to a voting booth, or spend the time to write a letter or call an official. The ubiquitous nature of smartphones has the potential to dramatically increase the number of people involved in the democratic process by making it easier.

It does this in a couple ways — you can provide feedback regardless of your location and, by making it real-time with short feedback loops, it decreases the time commitment. While I love idea of using smartphones to get more feedback, I believe we elect officials to not just do a straw poll on every issue  tough issues require bringing together citizen input with thoughtful judgment to make decisions.

Rouven Brües, a project manager at the Liquid Democracy Association, a nonprofit dedicated to digital civil action:

Digital media technologies can be transformative because they enable us to rethink and remodel our democracies. New ideas that are technically feasible today, such as the delegation of votes through an app, enable us to envision the democracies to come, even though their implementation might still be facing practical difficulties.

In practice, changing democratic processes with technology is not so easy.Voting is the last step in a democratic decision-making processes and arguably one of the smaller ones if you look at the whole process: setting an agenda, forming arguments and positions in a discourse, finding compromises between conflicting positions, and merging these in concrete (law) proposals.

Through our work, we have come to understand that neither apps nor software will completely replace the democratic processes in place, since they can only model parts of the process.

Using an app to receive delegations from citizens and voters is a smart way to include them in the decision-making process. However, this runs the risk that the politician doing so renounces any possibility to negotiate compromises. So how useful an app actually is to collect delegations and votes depends on the decisions that have to be made.

In any case, we strongly believe that all democratic- and civic-tech tools have to be open (as in open-source) if they want to have a sustainable impact and benefit for society and if they want to be transparent and trustworthy.

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Apple Looking Into Reducing Notch Size For Truly Bezel-Less iPhone

According to a new report, we could see the 2019 iPhone lineup include a smaller notch, with Apple trying to find a way to combine Face ID sensors and the front-facing camera.

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