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Galaxy Buds+ leaked as AirPods’ nightmare at $149

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Today we’re taking a peek at the latest leak of the Samsung Galaxy Buds+, a pair of wireless earphones (or earbuds, if you prefer) that challenge Apple AirPods in the spring of 2020. The Samsung offensive with their second-generation Galaxy Buds could be considered an extension of the family. The features of the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ are extremely similar to those of the original Samsung Galaxy Buds (no + mark), but they cost just a TINY bit more for a decent boost to battery power – and an extra microphone.

You’ve got the Samsung Galaxy Buds on the market already here in early February of 2020. These are the most high-profile, visible, big-brand wireless earbuds on the market playing against the Apple AirPods. Galaxy Buds cost $129, have 6 hours of playtime (or 13 hours with the battery power provided by the recharging case), and they work with Bluetooth 5. How’s that compare to AirPods, AirPods with Wireless Charging Case, or AirPods Pro?

• AirPods Pro cost $250
• AirPods with Wireless Charging Case cost $200
• AirPods with (non-wireless) Charging Case cost $160
• Galaxy Buds+ with Wireless Charging Case cost $150*
• Galaxy Buds with Wireless Charging Case cost $130**

*The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ price and details are not yet confirmed as of press time for this article. We’ll know these details for certain on February 11, 2020, at Samsung’s big event. We’ll return to this article at that time to make sure the rumors we’ve gathered for info here were as market-ready accurate as possible. Until then, note that we’re working with leaks like this little drop from early 2020.

**Also note: I’ve rounded up all the prices by $1 (one dollar) because they all ended in 9 – now they’re easier to read and analyze. The Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Buds+ work with wireless charging cases right out the gate, there is no non-wireless charging case with a pair of Samsung Galaxy Buds wireless earbuds.

The big difference between devices for battery time is in quotes for listening time: AirPods Pro 4.5-hours, AirPods: 5-hours, Galaxy Buds: 6-hours, Galaxy Buds+: 11-hours.

The amount of battery life each different charging case can carry is also worthy of some consideration. Each device has a quote that includes time given by the battery in the earbuds PLUS the extra provided by the charging case. Galaxy Buds: 13-hours, Galaxy Buds+: 22-hours, AirPods/AirPods Pro: “More than 24 hours of listening time (with Charging Case).” That’s regardless of non-wireless or wireless case for the AirPods, according to Apple.

The difference between Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Buds+ is mainly in the aforementioned battery life, but also in the addition of “multi-device connectivity” in the Buds+, and in 2 microphones on the exterior of the Buds+ instead of just 1 (in the Buds). That’s mostly helpful for accuracy in earbud-based phone calls and smart assistant commands.

If you’re an iPhone user, it would appear that you’ll get all the features listed by Samsung for the Galaxy Buds, regardless of Buds or Buds+. If you’re an Android user, I suggest you take a peek at our AirPods Pro Review to get a handle on the differences in feature availability for your device.

Two major things to consider for the AirPods Pro: Active Noise Cancellation and Adaptive EQ. Those do not appear in any other buds in this article.

The lesser of the two AirPods models are not rated for water resistance, while the AirPods Pro are IPX4 rated resistant to water and sweat: “Resistant to water splashes from any direction.” Both the Galaxy Buds and Buds+ are rated IPX2: “Resistant to that hits the product at a 15° angle or less.”

Could the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ create chaos for Apple’s AirPods empire? Or do these earbuds just provide a convenient block for Samsung Galaxy smartphone users that’d otherwise strongly consider giving Apple a couple hundred dollars for a pair of pods?

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2023 Dodge Hornet Crossover Revealed With PHEV Power And Sub-$30k Price

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If you’re trying to save money at the gas station, the Dodge Hornet R/T offers 30 miles of all-electric range alongside the kind of fuel economy a hybrid provides. The batteries can be topped up at any charging station, hence the “plug-in” part of a plug-in hybrid. While operating in tandem with the electric motors, the car’s 1.3-liter engine is capable of producing over 285 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. That makes it the most powerful hybrid utility vehicle on the market. All of that power is put through a six-speed automatic transmission, and several driving modes are available depending on your style and needs.

The powershot feature, which is activated by holding down the gear shift paddles and performing a pedal kickdown, is exclusive to the R/T. It provides a 25-horsepower boost and gives instant access to every bit of torque your drivetrain has, so it’s ideal for when you need a quick start. Powershot can be activated while in sport mode, a setting that sharpens the throttle, optimizes the gear shifts, and trades economy for raw performance. There is also a hybrid mode, all-electric mode, and e-save mode.

If you’re the type of person that will only drive a regular gas-powered vehicle, you haven’t been left out — that’s what the Hornet GT is. It has a turbocharged 2-liter inline 4-cylinder engine capable of producing upwards of 295 lb-ft of torque. All of that goes through a nine-speed electronic transmission. Like its semi-electric brother, the GT includes a sport mode for those times you really want a performance boost. Both vehicles also come with all-wheel drive as standard, though the R/T’s is a little bit better, as it can power all four wheels independently.

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The Real Reason The US Cancelled This Multi-Billion Dollar Helicopter Project

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Prior to UAVs like the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper capturing the public’s attention during the War on Terror, stealth aircraft were all the rage. Aircraft like the B2 Spirit showed the potential for stealth attack aircraft. The RAH-66 Comanche was supposed to follow that same trend. 

The Comanche was a joint venture by Sikorsky and Boeing and was originally intended to act as a reconnaissance aircraft and pinpoint targets of interest, according to Boeing. 

Looking like a PlayStation One render of a helicopter, the Comanche was designed to operate stealthily. Its angular body panels allowed it to fly into enemy territory virtually undetected. The Comanche was not designed to be a flying weapons platform like the AH-64 Apache, but it wasn’t a slouch either. It boasted a 20mm chin gun and the wing pylons could be equipped with air-to-air or air-to-ground missiles (via Hotcars).

With nearly 20 years of hindsight, it’s easy to see why the military favored drones over the stealth wizardry of the Comanche. But back then, a stealth helicopter was the future of warfare.  

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American Airlines New Supersonic Jets Could Slash Flight Times In Half

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Being built to travel at Mach 1.7, or about 1,304 miles per hour (when traveling over water), the Overture would get passengers to their destinations much faster than the average commercial flight. Though one of its primary trade-offs is capacity, as Boom says the jet can only manage between 65 to 80 passengers at a time. That’s roughly half of the commonly-used Airbus A320’s 140 to 170 passenger capacity or the 149 to 220 maximum seating of the Boeing 737 series. Though on paper the Overture does boast more range — up to 4,250 nautical miles — than either of its mass transit contemporaries.

A ride in an Overture aircraft should also be just as safe as today’s typical flights, with Boom on the hook to make sure the new plane meets the current industry standards. Additionally, the new models will also have to meet American’s own requirements even before it delivers its first plane.

If all goes according to plan, Boom should begin rolling out manufactured Overtures sometime in 2025. It expects to start carrying passengers by 2029. So far nothing has been said about the availability of Overture flights to American Airline customers once it has the planes in hand, nor anything about ticket pricing.

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