Apple Stops Selling Headphones and Speakers From Third-Party Companies Ahead of Rumored Smaller HomePod and AirPods Studio Launch

Apple is no longer selling headphones and wireless speakers from companies like Sonos, Bose, and Logitech, as it prepares to launch a new, lower-cost HomePod and AirPods Studio headphones.


According to checks performed by Bloomberg, Apple removed headphones and speakers from Bose, speakers from Logitech’s Ultimate Ears brand, and Sonos speakers from its online Apple Store at the end of September. Searching for these products, which were previously sold online and in retail stores, brings up no results.

Employees at Apple retail locations have also allegedly been asked to pull third-party audio products from shelves over the course of the last few days. Retail stores and the online store continue to offer Beats-branded headphones and speakers alongside Apple’s AirPods and ‌HomePod‌.

Apple has made similar moves in the past, eliminating stock of fitness trackers ahead of the launch Apple Watch. Apple told Bloomberg that it regularly makes changes to

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New maps show Durham, Wake early-voting sites near bus stops

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The Bus to Vote map for Wake County shows early-voting sites located within a quarter mile of a pubic bus stop.

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There are numerous reasons people give for not voting, including lack of interest or time or a way to get to the polls.

Aaron Berdanier wants to help overcome that last impediment, by creating maps that show early-voting sites that are served by public buses. Berdanier, who calls his project Bus to Vote, has made maps that people can download or print for early voting sites in Durham and Wake counties. He plans one for Mecklenburg soon.

“There have been studies that show that not having access to transportation can be a deterrent to going to vote,” he said. “If we can continue to reduce the barriers to voting — in this case knowing when and where to vote — then hopefully we can increase engagement.”

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Amazon’s vision for the future: Cameras flying around your home, and in your car to record police stops

This week, Amazon unveiled a bunch of new products, including many with cameras in them. These new devices will roll out early next year.

KUOW looked into the potential benefits and some of the security concerns they present.

You know those Amazon Ring doorbells, that record footage of people who approach your front door?

Now, Amazon has put a Ring security camera on a drone. It mostly just sits on the shelf, not doing anything, with its camera blocked by the docking station. But once in awhile, it takes off and patrols the inside of your home, with the camera running. If it sees anything suspicious, it pings you on your phone.

Then there’s another Ring car camera. That one mostly watches for prowlers. But if you’re stopped by the police while driving, you can just say “Alexa, I’m getting pulled over,” and it will record the traffic stop.


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