Beats answer to Apples new AirPods is arriving in April

first_img $119 Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors AirPods 2 vs. AirPods: What’s the difference? See it The big question is price. The person I spoke to didn’t have any details on the cost, but the list price of the PowerBeats3 Wireless is $200. You can actually pick them up for as low as $90 on Amazon and Best Buy has them on sale for $100 off, which is also a pretty good indication that something new is coming.It wouldn’t be surprising if Beats stuck a list price of $250 on the new PowerBeats, although that’s too high and wouldn’t end up being the real street price. In my opinion, they have to cost $200 or less to compete with the AirPods, which are priced from $159 to $199.We’ll update this post as we get more info, but it should be an interesting next few months as more companies, including Apple’s own Beats, put out compelling AirPod alternatives. Apple Apple Mentioned Above Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless (Black) Share your voice Review • Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless headphones: Better, but how much better? See It $199 Comments $49 Tags Now playing: Watch this: Mobile Accessories Headphones CNET may get a commission from retail offers.center_img Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 $119 10 See It Amazon Enlarge ImageBeats will announce a new version of its PowerBeats sports earphones that removes the cords and makes them truly wireless, like the AirPods.  Sarah Tew/CNET Apple may make what it says is the “world’s most popular headphone” — the AirPods — but lest anyone forget, it’s the owner of another headphone company, Beats, which will have its own true wireless competitor hitting the market shortly. A cord-free version of the Beats PowerBeats wireless sports earphones will be announced in April, according to a person close to the retail channel who has previously provided credible information to CNET.We’ve seen this game plan before. After Apple released the AirPods in the fall of 2016, Beats also announced new headphones, including the BeatsX, which incorporated Apple’s latest headphone chip, the W1. Read: Beats Powerbeats Pro full CNET reviewSimilarly, the new true wireless PowerBeats earphones are expected to use Apple’s new H1 chip and have the same always-on Siri voice-assistant as the new AirPods, as well as the other connectivity improvements that the H1 is supposed to deliver. The battery life may also be better than the AirPods. Beats hasn’t had a major headphone release since the Beats Studio3 Wireless, which was updated with the W1 chip and improved sound in June of 2018. The brand is overdue to update its line. The new PowerBeats could serve as an alternative to people who were hoping the new AirPods would include design improvements that would help keep them more securely in more people’s ears, and offer features like better bass and water resistance. Those features will most likely be available in the new PowerBeats. Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Best Buy • See It Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones reading • Beats’ answer to Apple’s new AirPods is arriving in April See All 2:45 Scoop Applelast_img read more

Googles ad system under EU probe for how it spreads your private

first_img 0 Post a comment Google’s ad practices are under scrutiny in the European Union. James Martin/CNET Ireland’s data protection watchdog has launched an investigation into Google’s collection of personal data for the purpose of online advertising.”A statutory inquiry pursuant to section 110 of the Data Protection Act 2018 has been commenced in respect of Google Ireland Limited’s processing of personal data in the context of its online Ad Exchange,” the Data Protection Commission said in a statement Wednesday.Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.The DPC, one of the lead authorities over Google in the European Union, wants to know whether the search giant’s “processing of personal data carried out at each stage of an advertising transaction” is in compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation. The GDPR is a sweeping law that gives residents of the European Union more control over their personal data and seeks to clarify rules for online services.The DPC inquiry follows a complaint filed in Europe in September by privacy-focused browser maker Brave that says Google violates GDPR by broadcasting personal information to companies bidding to show targeted ads. At the time, Google denied any wrongdoing.On Wednesday, Johnny Ryan, Brave’s chief policy and industry relations officer, said the DPC inquiry signals a change is coming that goes beyond just Google. “We need to reform online advertising to protect privacy, and to protect advertisers and publishers from legal risk under the GDPR,” Ryan said in a blog post.The EU probe comes as consumers, lawmakers and regulators take a harder look at how tech companies collect and use their personal information. Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal last year brought data collection issues to the forefront. Google has also been criticized for its wide-scale data operation and the way its location history settings could mislead consumers with its disclosures. In response, Google and Facebook have both begun to preach the virtues of privacy. Earlier this month, Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in a New York Times op-ed that privacy “should not be a luxury good.” He continued, “We’re also working hard to challenge the assumption that products need more data to be more helpful.”Google also pushed a privacy message at its Marketing Live summit last week in San Francisco, where the search giant addressed more than 5,000 advertisers and partners in its ad network. Prabhakar Raghavan, Google’s senior vice president of advertising and commerce, said that even though the company collects lots of user information to improve its products, Google should use “as little of that data as possible over time” for ad targeting.”Whoever’s leading the market [in five years] will be the ones who are actually the most trusted,” Raghavan told CNET. “If we can maintain that trust, then we can remain a market leader. If we don’t, it’s a question.”Originally published May 22, 11:27 a.m. PT.Update, 11:44 a.m. PT and 12:32 p.m PT: Adds more background. Tags Security GDPR Privacy Google Share your voicelast_img read more

DC School Suspensions Drastically Down But Concerns Remain

first_imgOn Jan. 6, the District’s Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) released a report, “State of Discipline: 2015-2016 School Year” that documented the falling number of suspensions in D.C. schools. The report also outlined procedures designed to make sure the practice is executed in the best interest of the city’s school children and families.D.C. Council member David Grosso is the chairman of the Committee on Education. (Courtesy Photo)D.C. Council member David Grosso (I-At-Large) convened a roundtable with the title of the report as the hearing topic and said while the numbers of suspensions are decreasing, more work needs to be done. “We are seeking ways to reduce out-of-school suspensions,” Grosso said. “Studies have shown that out-of-school suspensions negatively impact the community.”Roundtables are information gathering sessions for D.C. Council members with no legislative business.The report said the number of suspensions went from 11,000 in total in school year 2013-2014 to 6,695 in 2015-2016. It also noted that the number of students suspended decreased from 5,758 in school year 2013-2014 to 4,097 in 2015-2016.Of those suspended, the report said, Black males were 5.8 times more likely to endure that type of punishment than other males. Overall, the report showed that all students expelled during the 2015-2016 school year were either Black or Latino and while Blacks make up less than 70 percent of the school population, they were 97 percent of those expelled.Arthur Fields, the interim special advisor for Student Services for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), said suspensions are headed down. “I oversee the District’s work surrounding behavior, attendance, and health and wellness. And we are particularly proud of the work DCPS has accomplished over several years to strengthen school climate, increase school attendance, and ensure that students have the services and supports they need to thrive in our schools,” Fields said. “All of this has contributed to a noticeable decrease in DCPS’ suspensions and it has directly impacted our overall attendance, and is most likely affecting student, teacher, and parent satisfaction.”One parent that hasn’t been satisfied with the school systems disciplinary process is Eleasah Banks. Banks, a resident of Southeast Washington, told Grosso that her daughter was “suspended for three days for bringing a weapon to school.”Grosso was surprised when he found that the “weapon” was a sharply pointed yet dull, key chain.“Many parents have to work to take care of their families and they can’t come to the school to resolve discipline issues,” Patricia Wedderburn, a staff attorney with Advocates for Justice & Education, said. “That’s where we come in and we try to resolve these issues at the school level before a suspension takes place.”“I know this subject well because I served as the Ward 8 member of the D.C. State Board of Education,” D.C. Council member Trayon White (D-Ward 8) said. “When boys miss school they tend to drop out. Suspension is part of the school to prison pipeline.”Retired D.C. Superior Court Judge Arthur L. Burnett Sr., chairman and president of the Youth Court of the District of Columbia, told Grosso that many students who are repeatedly suspended come from homes where domestic violence, drugs, and prostitution take place and teachers and administrators need to be more sensitive to that. “When a sleeping student pushes a teacher away, that is not a cause for a suspension but understanding,” he said.Fields said that to address misbehaving students, the school system has instituted programs such as the School Climate Initiative, designed to make schools a wholly positive environment for students; Restoring Justice, that works with social service agencies to create a positive school culture and developing relationships with students; and ninth grade academies that focus on preparing students for higher academic demands.last_img read more