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Samsung and Apple are probably going to go down as one of the greatest rivalries ever with both companies habitually improving or mimicking each other in terms of innovations.

It seems that we have another one with the Airpods. Apple released the AirPods, complete with a proprietary W1 chip that lets them instantly connect to an iPhone or iPad and now fresh rumours are suggesting Samsung will produce its own pair of wireless in-ear headphones. It's not clear if they will be bundled with the phone, or sold separately.

The S8 (one of the most anticipated things of 2017) will like the iPhone 7 reportedly get rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack, and use instead a USB Type-C for audio. 

It is believed that the USB Type-C audio allows for higher quality audio to be passed through a wired connection. But because it will use USB C, you won't be able to connect your current headphones, so you'll either have to get a pair that will use the bespoke connection, or get a wireless Bluetooth pair.

It is also rumoured that the new earphones will use Harman audio technology following Samsung's acquisition earlier this year for $8 billion, but we don't know this for sure.

Other features, such as one to rival Apple's W1 chip, haven't been confirmed either, so we'll just have to wait and see.

The new earphones were made to be a fashion statement and garner attention. 
A Chinese online shopping site called  Taobao is selling elf earbuds.
Naturally its expected that geeks and needs that would find this interesting, but it could also be used by other people who either want to just go for a different look or as part of costume while also being able to listen to your music. 
They sell for about $14.40 (£12, AU$20). The earbuds are worn as normal, and they're connected to the little pointy covers that hook over your own ears. 

So I guess you can get excited, or add it to your Christmas shopping list. 

Will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas has released a new pair of wireless Bluetooth earphones.
They look like vinyl records which is pretty cool, they're pretty pricey ($229.95) and they're exclusively Apple. They are also sold in a few select Apple stores.
The Earphones are not the best design from will.i.am's tech company, i.am+, but they're certainly not the worst either.

The earphones come with gold or black highlights, and the circular covers clip together magnetically, back-to-back, to keep the earphones cinched around your neck when not in use. 
It has other cool features including an in-built mic and volume controls, woven fabric cable construction, and larger-than-usual 14mm drivers in the earphones themselves (although that's no guarantee of audio quality).

On the flip side, They're engraved with the messages "left and gone" and "right and wrong" to tell which earphone is which, and Apple's product notes inform users they should "listen closely for i.am+ founder will.i.am’s voice when you turn on your EPs or connect to Bluetooth.". Nothing against Will.i.am's voice, but it'll get old-- fast.

It remains to be seen if the new Will.i.am earphones are going to make an impact in the market.
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