Will.i.am’s company I.am+ scoops up wireless earbud maker Earin

Earin M2
After years of pushing out products of questionable quality like sub-par smartwatches, Will.i.am’s company I.am+ finally hit on a winner in 2017 with the release of its Buttons Bluetooth in-ears. It seems the company is keenly aware of this, as it has doubled down on audio, telling Techcrunch that it has acquired wireless headphone manufacturer Earin.

Earin was one of the first companies to release what are often referred to as “true wireless” headphones, which consist of two individual earbuds unencumbered by wires. The Earin M1, while plagued by the same issues that were present in many early true wireless designs, were generally well-received and sold well. The follow-up, the Earin M2, was originally slated to arrive in early 2017, but still have yet to arrive on the market.

Reportedly, the Earin M2 in-ears are still on track for release, though whether or not the Earin name will still grace the casing or packaging is up in the air. I.am+ does not seem to be sharing many details, including what the price of the acquisition was, and this isn’t limited to the public. Apparently, not all of Earin was aware that this acquisition was going to happen, as the news threw a wrench in the spokes of the company’s CES plans and it ended up canceling a meeting we had for another look at the M2.

Looking toward the future, this could be a good thing for Earin’s products. The name and brand awareness that Will.i.am being attached could help make its next product sell better and the extra funding that will likely be involved under the new owner could mean that we will finally start to see true wireless earbuds that don’t suffer from battery life or connectivity issues. Of course, this could be a tech-focused acquisition, meaning we will never see the Earin M2 released, but will end up seeing Buttons-branded true wireless in-ears come to light.

Late last year, I.am+ announced that it was working on an alternative to Alexa or Siri by the name of Omega, which would be targeted at enterprise users. It doesn’t seem very likely that the company is looking at releasing a business-focused true wireless in-ear, but stranger things have happened.

Product Review

Sennheiser brings audio perfection to wireless earbuds like no one else can

Sennheiser took its time entering the true wireless earbud market, and the results are what you’d expect from the storied audio brand. The new Momentum offer seamless operation, best-in-class sound, and a high price tag to match.
Home Theater

Set your ears free with the best completely wireless earbuds

If you can't stand the tangle of cords, or you're just excited about completely wireless earbuds, you're going to need some help separating the wheat from the chaff. Our list serves up the best wireless earbuds around.
Deals

This one-day Skullcandy sale gets you wireless earbuds for under $30

Today only, you can save 40 percent on wireless earbuds, noise-canceling headphones, and classic earbuds direct from the Skullcandy website. If you're hoping to get a pair of headphones before the holidays arrive, now is the time.
Deals

Pick up a pair of Apple AirPods alternatives for less than $50

Apple AirPods are some of the most sought-after wireless earbuds, but they certainly aren't cheap. Luckily, Walmart and Amazon both have some great Apple AirPod alternatives for sale, and you can still get them before Christmas.
Home Theater

Step aside set-top boxes, the best streaming sticks are tiny and just as powerful

Which streaming stick reigns supreme? We pit the Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra against the Roku Premiere, Roku Streaming Stick+, and the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K to help you decide which one will be the best fit in your living room.
Home Theater

Boy dies after being electrocuted through his headphones

A 16-year-old Malaysian boy appears to be the latest victim in a growing list of people who have been electrocuted by their smartphones via their headphones. It's believed that a faulty charging cable is the culprit.
Product Review

AKG's signature studio sound goes straight to your head with these stunning cans

With gorgeous looks and great sound, AKG’s N700NC are a formidable entry into the wireless noise-canceling headphone race. We put them to the test to see if they can beat out the absolute best in the business.
Home Theater

Looking for the best 4K Ultra HD TVs you can buy? Here are five great options

If it's time to upgrade your old 1080p to a new 4K model but you don't know what to look for, fear not, as we're here with a list of the best 4K Ultra HD TVs to help make your buying process as easy as possible.
Home Theater

Here's how to pick out the best TV stand to enhance your viewing experience

This TV stand buying guide will cover how much space you need for equipment, how the stand manages cables, and the size of the stand you need as you look for a new model that fits in your home.
Movies & TV

Sit down and watch some of the best stand-up comedy on Netflix

Feeling a little funny? There are hundreds of hilarious comedy specials out there, and you can't be expected to comb through them all. Lucky for you, we've compiled a list of the best stand-up specials on Netflix.
Movies & TV

Lose the torrents. Here's how to watch 'Game of Thrones' online (legally)

Game of Thrones is one of the most popular shows on TV, but unless you're a cable subscriber, finding a way to watch isn't always easy. Check out our guide on how to watch online, whether you prefer using HBO, Hulu, or Amazon.
Home Theater

Block the outside world, tune into your own with the best in-ear headphones

Over-the-ear headphones offer top-flight sound, but they're not so easy to take along with you. If you're looking to upgrade your portable sound, check out our favorite in-ear headphones -- there's a model for every user and every budget.
Computing

Don't know what to do with all your old DVDs? Here's how to convert them to MP4

Given today's rapid technological advancements, physical discs are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Check out our guide on how to convert a DVD to MP4, so you can ditch discs for digital files.
Home Theater

Get ready to ditch your amplifier: New LG TVs add a powerful way to go wireless

WiSA, a wireless technology designed for high-end home theaters, might finally start seeing more love. LG's top-tier 2019 TVs will be WiSA certified, and that could mean a new wireless future for premium surround sound.