Samsung expands Level audio collection of wireless smart products

Boxing flyweight world champion Zou Shiming for Beats by Dre Powerbeats2 Wireless

Beats by Dre is back in the boxing game. This Saturday night in Macau, fans could welcome the first Chinese IBF Flyweight world champion- Zou Shiming. Some may not recognize his name, but he has already won two consecutive gold medals for China.

Zou Shiming’s success is not guaranteed as he faces a fierce competitor in Thailand’s Amnat Ruenroeng. With legendary manager Freddie Roach in his corner, Zou Shiming looks to put Chinese boxing on the map.

Check out Zou Shiming in his second Beats By Dre produced spot entitled Relentless. Backed by the sounds of Royal Blood’s ‘Figure it out’, the video features Zou Shiming in a serious workout. Music and intense motion made possible by Powerbeats2 Wireless. `

Flyweight Champ Zou Shiming Flexes in Beats by Dre Powerbeats2 Wireless

Chen Man x Beats by Dre 2015 “Year of the Sheep” Solo2 Headphones

Preorders finally start for Cat Ear Headphones

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RocketNews 24:

Last summer, were you one of the many people who screamed “Shut up and take my money!” when we brought you news of the prototype cat ear-shaped headphone/speakers from recent startup AxentWear? If so, your harshly worded enthusiasm has been rewarded, as preorders have at last begun for the futuristically feline gadgets.

Back in June, California-based startup Axent Wear was preparing for its crowdfunding campaign through website Indiegogo. Given the amount of buzz/meowing the concept artwork alone had generated, we predicted University of California Berkley graduates Victoria Hu and Wenqing Yan would have no trouble getting the resources they needed, and we were right. The pair set their original target at US $250,000, but ended up raising more than 10 times that amount, eventually ending up with US$2.9 million to fund their endeavor, thanks in part to the pitch video they produced, and, we like to think, because of certain awesome news sites that helped get the word out.

If you’re the kind of person who’s keen to strap on what looks like a pair of cybernetic cat ears in public, odds are you’re not the ultra-introverted type. If you’re interested in sharing not just your fashion sense but also your taste in music with those around you, the ear portions of the headphones also function as speakers.

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▼ The unit being equipped with LED accent lights is also sure to get you some extra attention.

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Axent Wear officially announced the headphones would be going into production last November. Until now, they were only available through the company’s Indiegogo page, found here. As of this month, though, they can also be ordered here through Japanese retailer Domore Shop, in your choice of blue, red, green, or purple.

Granted, Domore’s 27,000-yen (US$225) price tag is a little higher than the $170 Axent Wear quotes on its Indiegogo page. Domore’s expected delivery date of September 2015 is also a couple of months behind Indiegogo’s estimated April.

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Price and delivery quibbles aside, though, we’re happy to see Axent Wear’s distribution network grow as large as it can. After all, given that a year ago there wasn’t even a single place where you could buy these awesome cat ear headphones, we think it’s pretty cool that now there are two.

Monster CEO Noel Lee files fraud lawsuit against Apple-owned Beats

The HTC deal was a “sham transaction” to “exclude Monster and Lee from future profits from the sale of the “Beats By Dr. Dre” product line and, ultimately, the sale of Beats as a company, to Apple,” the suit alleges.

Having severed ties with Monster and approving the acquisition by Apple, the Beats executives “made millions off the work of Lee and Monster,” the suit says. And since Beats “misappropriated the ‘Beats By Dr. Dre” technology and manufacturing and distribution channels, Monster and Lee lost millions of dollars,” the complaint says.

In the aftermath, “I came to realize that I think I’ve been duped,” Lee said during the interview here.

Apple declined to comment on the lawsuit and Beats has not responded to a request for comment.

Beyond the financial and intellectual property harms that Monster and Lee claim, they also say that Beats aims to “deceptively rewrite history” by erasing Monster’s participation in the rise of the premium headphone lineup.

Beats co-founder Iovine is described in the suit as “a respected but ruthless music mogul.” As for Dre, “other than his celebrity status as a rapper, Dre’s primary contribution was to bless Monster’s headphones when he exclaimed: ‘That’s the shit!’” the suit says.

That’s one of the reasons for filing the suit, Lee said. “To right the record.”

The U.S. headphone market amounted to about $2 billion in 2014, according to The NPD Group, with half made up by premium products such as Beats By Dr. Dre. Beats has about 60% of the premium market, compared with Monster’s single-digit percentage.

As the smaller company, Monster is trying to strike back at Beats, which is now attached to Apple, NPD analyst Ben Arnold said. The move could also be an effort to help Monster “gain market share,” he said.

Radius x Medicom Toy (Japan) Be@rbrick Earbuds

A closer look at the fragment design (Japan) x Beats by Dre collection

Apple Store SoHo presents “Meet The Designer: Hiroshi Fujiwara”- event recap

Samsung Level Audio Collection

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After previewing its line of premium headphones several months ago, Samsung has unveiled its full line of Level audio products. The line includes over-the-ear and on-the-ear headphones, earphones, and a Bluetooth-enabled portable speaker.

Samsung’s Level Over looks to make an impact in the audio market by competitively pricing the product at $350 USD, while the On-Ear headphones come in at $180 USD. As for the in-ear wired earphones, they come in at $150 USD, while the Level Box speaker will retail for $170 USD.

The Samsung Level line is now exclusively available at Gilt for just under a week before it is released at retailers, including Best Buy on July 27.

Felinephonic: New cat-ear headphones let you share your sound

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RocketNews 24:   Even if you’re more of a dog person, there’s no denying that neko-mimi have a cuteness all of their own. Knowing this, the creative folks over at Axent Wear, an independent startup now just weeks away from launching a Kickstarter campaign, are hoping to bring cat ears into consumers’ lives in a way that is both cute and functional with a product that’s sure to put a smile on your face and spring in your step. Introducing: Axent Wear cat-ear headphones. Currently still a prototype, these unique headphones are designed to introduce a little extra style and individuality to typical headwear. Featuring chunky over-ear cans, headband-mounted ear-shaped speakers and brightly coloured LEDs, these headphones are sure to attract a lot of attention when worn in public, and when they do you’ll be able to share your tunes with a mere flick of a switch.

 

▼ The prototype really is the cat’s meow. Or should that be mimi?

Screen Shot 2014-06-30 at 12.27.40 PM Formed by Berklee graduates Wenqing ‘Yuumei’ Yan and Victoria Hu, Axent Wear came into being when a sketch Wenqing drew back in 2009 received an enormous amount of positive feedback online. Inspired by the comments and excitement the picture generated, Wenqing and her friend set out to make the headphones a reality. Though we’re still a little way from being able to slip on a pair of these musical mimi for ourselves, Axent Wear is set to launch a Kickstarter campaign and take preorders sometime in the next couple of months, and with their Facebook page having already received over 50,000 likes, chances are it’ll be a huge success. Details about available styles are still thin on the ground at this stage, but judging from their stylish concept images, Axent Wear can be relied on to make a product that looks as good as it promises to sound.   Screen Shot 2014-06-30 at 12.45.45 PM gallery_1-7543ea27774b834f4c30d5b077e11c6a cats For more information and to get a heads-up as soon as the crowd-funding campaign goes live, sign up at Axent Wear’s homepage. Alternatively, you can leave questions, comments and feedback on Tumblr or Facebook.   Check out this link: