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The best deals on true wireless earbuds right now

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When it comes to true wireless earbuds, there are a ton of brands and products to choose from. Whether you need something with noise cancellation for your daily commute like the Apple AirPods Pro or a fitness-focused pair like the Beats Powerbeats Pro, there’s now a pair of wireless earbuds well suited for nearly every occasion. Some, like the UE Fits, even conform to the shape of your ear to provide a secure fit that’s uniquely yours.

Regardless of the brand or model that speaks to you, however, we’ve scoured the internet to find the best deals currently available on true wireless earbuds. Of course, if you’re still trying to find the right make and model for you, make sure to check out our guide to the best wireless earbuds, which should help narrow down your options. We’ve also put together a guide to the best noise-canceling headphones if earbuds aren’t your thing.

The AirPods Pro are frequently on sale, sometimes for pretty deep discounts.
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Apple AirPods Pro deals

If you own an iPhone or multiple Apple products, the AirPods Pro are likely the best true wireless earbuds on the market for you. Unlike the base AirPods, the latest Pros offer better sound quality and feature active noise cancellation, not to mention seamless integration with iOS and a MagSafe-compatible charging case.

While the AirPods Pro carry a lofty $249.99 price tag, they also go on sale rather frequently. During Black Friday and Cyber Monday, for instance, we saw them drop as low as $160. They’re no longer available at that price, but you can get a pair with the MagSafe charging case for $179.99 at Amazon, Target, and Best Buy. Considering how often the Pros are on sale, you ideally don’t want to spend much more than that on them.

Apple AirPods (second-gen) deals

Alternatively, you can buy a pair of entry-level second-generation AirPods with a wired charging case. The base AirPods normally retail for $129, but you can currently get them for $99.99 at Amazon, Walmart, or Target. That’s usually the best price we see them regularly drop to with the rare exception of around the holidays, when they sometimes fall to $89. They may be a little dated now, with sound quality that’s mostly in the “okay” category, but they’re as cheap as you can get for Apple’s own line of wireless earbuds — complete with easy connectivity to iPhones, iPads, and Macs thanks to the built-in H1 chip.

The second-gen AirPods with an included wireless charging case are all but gone now, unless you’re shopping used or refurbished. Though, if you prefer that added convenience, it’s probably best to shop for a deal on the newer third-gen AirPods.

Apple AirPods (third-gen) deals

Last on the AirPods block is the recent third-gen model, the latest addition to the AirPods lineup. The earbuds blend a bit of the AirPods Pro look with the hard plastic build of the second-gen model and come with a MagSafe-compatible charging case. They also offer IPX4 water resistance, improved sound quality, and retail for $179.

We’ve seen the third-gen AirPods on sale for as low as $140, but they are currently available for a modestly discounted price of $169 at Best Buy. That’s just $10 off their regular retail price. Though it may not be much, it’s still worth considering over the aging second-gen version if you like the newer design and MagSafe charging.

AirPods (third-gen)

Similar in appearance to their sleeker sibling, the AirPods Pro, the latest entry-level AirPods boast a new charging case and shorter stems. They’re also water resistant, unlike the 2019 model, and sport better battery life.

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live are sadly not called the Galaxy Beans, but at least they’re usually on sale.
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Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro deals

Samsung has a few different wireless earbuds to choose from, including its latest flagship wireless earbuds, the Galaxy Buds Pro. These earbuds include active noise cancellation and some of the best sound quality of any Samsung earbuds to date.

During Black Friday, the Galaxy Buds Pro were more than $50 off, bringing the price down to around $150 — nearly an all-time low — in select colorways. Amazon is currently the lowest, with a price of $170.10 for the Buds Pro in white. As for other retailers and other color options, Best Buy and Target have them for $179.99 ($20 off).

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro

Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Pro have a blend of tech found in the Buds Plus and Buds Live, with the best sound quality the company has achieved yet in a pair of earbuds.

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 deals

Samsung released the Galaxy Buds 2 — a good-sounding pair of earbuds with active noise cancellation, wireless charging, and a subtle design — in August of 2021, and we’ve seen plenty of discounts since then at retailers like Woot and Amazon. Right now, the best price around is $119.99 in black at Best Buy. It’s just about a $30 discount on Samsung’s entry-level buds, but they do hit above their weight class a bit with noise cancellation and good audio quality. If past deals tell us anything, it may not be long before you can scoop up these earbuds for an even better price.

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2

Samsung’s Galaxy Buds 2 have a stylish, low-profile design, and the earbuds are incredibly comfortable to wear even for long amounts of time. The earbuds feature active noise cancellation, pleasing sound quality, and wireless charging.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live deals

The Galaxy Buds Live are some of the more unconventional wireless earbuds on the market right now, but don’t let their bean-shaped design fool you. The Buds Live are a good option if you want earbuds that produce powerful sound and showcase marathon battery life. Right now, you can purchase a pair of the Galaxy Buds Live in all colors from Amazon, Best Buy, and Samsung for $99.99 ($50 off). The only times we’ve seen it get much better than this were some one-day flash sales for $89.99.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live

Samsung’s unconventional wireless earbuds are shaped like beans, but they produce a powerful sound and come with lengthy battery life.

Jabra Elite 7 Active deals

Some of the things that make Jabra earbuds enticing are the value on offer and the excellent multipoint Bluetooth support. The latest midtier wireless earbuds from Jabra, the Elite 7 Active, are no exception. These are fitness-focused alternatives to the Jabra Elite 7 Pro, and they feature multipoint compatibility for connecting to two devices simultaneously.

Normally running for $179.99, the Jabra Elite 7 Active are available for just $119.99 ($60 off) at Amazon in black. That model is listed for $149.99, with an additional $30 taken off at checkout. This is one of the lowest prices on the Jabra Elite 7 Active, making them a great option if you work out a lot and find the multidevice pairing especially handy.

Jabra Elite 7 Active

Nearly indistinguishable from the Elite 7 Pro in appearance, the Elite 7 Active make the Pro model more workout-friendly with a rubberized coating that gives them IPX7 water resistance and prevents them from falling out during a workout.

Sennheiser’s Momentum True Wireless 2 deals

Sennheiser’s Momentum True Wireless 2 are another pair of excellent noise-canceling earbuds that are currently on sale. As noted in our review, the earbuds offer great ANC performance, customizable controls, and sound that can nearly match that of a premium pair of noise-canceling over-ear headphones. This does come at a fairly steep regular price of $299.95, and, now, there’s a new model that delivers more features for $249.95. So it’s possible we’ll see the Momentum True Wireless 2 get phased out soon.

In the meantime, the Momentum True Wireless 2 in white are now $175.96 (about $124 off) at Amazon — which is the lowest price we’ve seen thus far and may be the sign of fire sales to come before they’re gone. If you prefer black, they’re available for $199.98 ($100 off) at Sennheiser.

Beats Powerbeats Pro deals

If you’re currently in the market for a reliable pair of wireless earbuds for your workouts, it’s hard to go wrong with the predecessor to the Studio Buds, the Beats Powerbeats Pro. These earbuds from 2019 sport an over-ear hook that keeps them in place while you’re exercising; they also offer IPX4 sweat- and water-resistant, meaning you don’t have to worry about ruining them should your workout get intense.

Typically $249.95, the Beats Powerbeats Pro are on sale in select colors at Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, and the official Beats storefront, all of which are selling them in several colors for around $200. We’ve seen them sell for lower prices before — they were on sale for around $150 throughout November and December — but it’s still a decent discount on what would otherwise be a $250 pair of earbuds.

Beats Powerbeats Pro

The Beats Powerbeats Pro provide up to nine hours of battery life, with 24 hours provided by the case. They’re IPX4 sweat- and water resistant, too, and feature Apple’s H1 chip for easy pairing and hands-free Siri commands.

UE Fits deals

After testing a pair for ourselves, we remarked in our review that the UE Fits were the most comfortable consumer earbuds on the market. That’s because, unlike the other wireless earbuds on this list, the UE Fits are uniquely capable of permanently molding to the shape of your ears in just 60 seconds, making them a great choice for those concerned their earbuds may come loose or fall out. We also found that they offer good sound quality, as well as lengthy, eight-hour battery life. Normally $199.99, you can get them right now for just $169 direct from Ultimate Ears in gray, lilac, midnight blue, and even the limited edition hot pink.

UE Fits

The UE Fits come with ear tips that permanently mold to the unique shape of your ears in just 60 seconds. This allows for a much better fit that you can comfortably wear for hours.

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ElonJet is (sort of) back on Twitter

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The college student who ran the now-banned @ElonJet Twitter account that used public information to track Elon Musk’s private jet has resumed his activities on Twitter under a new username. As noted by Insider, Jack Sweeney, 20, has created a new account called @ElonJetNextDay — which now tracks Musk’s private jet with a 24-hour delay to circumvent Twitter policy restrictions.

Sweeney’s original ElonJet account was suspended from the platform last week following accusations from Musk that it violated Twitter rules by revealing his live location. Twitter updated its policy to forbid publishing a person’s real-time location on the same day it suspended ElonJet. Sweeney said in an interview with Insider that he will be “posting manually” for now while he works on the framework to fully automate the account.

Musk tweeted on December 15th that “Posting locations someone traveled to on a slightly delayed basis isn’t a safety problem, so is ok.” Twitter also explicitly states that “sharing publicly available location information after a reasonable time has elapsed, so that the individual is no longer at risk for physical harm” is not a violation of platform rules. Elsewhere in the policy, it notes that its definition of “live” location data means someone’s real-time or same-day whereabouts.

Most commercial and private aircraft are equipped with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast technology (ADS-B) that transmits a unique code (tied to the airplane’s tail number) containing information such as altitude and GPS location. This information is publicly available and aircraft flying in the USA and Europe are required to broadcast it in order to prevent midair collisions.

In a statement back in November, Musk said he would not ban the original ElonJet account as part of his “commitment to free speech” despite claiming it was a “direct personal safety risk.” The automated ElonJet account posted publicly available information regarding the location of Musk’s 2015 Gulfstream G650ER, and had amassed over 540,000 followers before it was permanently banned on December 14th. Musk previously offered Sweeney $5,000 to have the account taken down.



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She Worked for Twitter. Then She Tweeted at Elon Musk.

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Early in November, Twitter’s roughly 7,500 employees received a terse email from a generic address: “In an effort to place Twitter on a healthy path, we will go through the difficult process of reducing our global work force.” The note was signed “Twitter.” On Nov. 3, some people at the company received emails indicating they would be laid off the next day.

That night, Ms. Solomon, her husband and a few colleagues headed to Dots Cafe Portland, a lounge on Clinton Street. Phones were on the table, face up, she said. As the work friends talked, they tapped away at their phones, taking part in chats on the Signal app with colleagues in London, Seattle and San Francisco. Messages like “I got hit” were flying across screens, Ms. Solomon recalled. “You were seeing your co-workers drop like flies,” she said.

By the next afternoon her team of about 10 engineers was reduced to four. Ms. Solomon and her husband had survived the round of layoffs. The next week, she recalled, she awaited further direction from Mr. Musk or the new executive team. Nothing came, she said, except for an email alerting employees that remote work would no longer be permitted, with few exceptions.

Many employees learned of Mr. Musk’s priorities by watching his Twitter feed, where he posted frequently about company business to his more than 100 million followers. On Nov. 5, he complained about the platform’s search function: “Search within Twitter reminds me of Infoseek in ’98! That will also get a lot better pronto,” he wrote. That same day, he tweeted: “Twitter will soon add ability to attach long-form text to tweets, ending absurdity of notepad screenshots.”

That was more than Ms. Solomon and many of her colleagues had heard internally. “Radio silence,” she said. She began to vent her frustration on Twitter.

One of her first tweets in this vein came on Nov. 6, shortly after Mr. Musk announced a new rule for Twitter users in a tweet: “Any name change at all will cause temporary loss of verified checkmark,” he wrote. He had posted that message after many people on Twitter had changed their names to variations on Mr. Musk’s name, most of them mocking.



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The new iOS 16.2 Home app architecture upgrade has disappeared

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Apple has removed the option to upgrade to the new HomeKit architecture on devices running iOS 16.2. The change follows multiple reports of issues and problems with the Home app after the upgrade was installed.

Apple spokesperson Emily Ewing confirmed the change in a statement provided to The Verge:

“We are aware of an issue that may impact the ability for users to share the Home within the Home app. A fix will be available soon. In the meantime, we’ve temporarily removed the option to upgrade to the new Home architecture. Users who have already upgraded will not be impacted.“

The new Home app architecture was one of the key features of iOS 16.2, with Apple claiming that the upgrade would be “more reliable and efficient.” MacRumors first discovered this week that the Home app in iOS 16.2 no longer offers the option to upgrade to the new architecture within the Home app settings. Several reporters at The Verge have also confirmed that the upgrade option is unavailable on their devices.

The new architecture was first introduced in the iOS 16.2 beta back in October as an optional upgrade before the iOS 16.2 public release on December 13th. Both the beta and public release required Apple devices logged into iCloud to be running the latest versions of iOS, macOS, and tvOS. The upgrade does not happen automatically when iOS 16.2 is installed on a phone, instead requiring a manual process through the Home app.

The update has caused issues with missing devices and adding multiple users for some

Reddit users who downloaded the optional upgrade prior to its removal have reported issues such as the app booting other members from a Home account and being unable to re-add them. Users on the MacRumors forum have reported being unable to invite users to share the Home, HomeKit‌ devices being stuck displaying an “updating” status, and some accessories vanishing from the Home app entirely. Users who have already upgraded are unable to revert to the previous version of the app.

Update, December 23rd, 2022, 2:15PM ET: Added confirmation and statement from Apple spokesperson. Added links to Apple’s updated support pages.

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