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In-Ear Headphone Recommendations From Consumer Reports, And Our Favorite Apps Of The Week

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Consumer Reports joined Into Tomorrow this week to tell us about in-ear headphones:

There are probably a select few who can entertain the possibility of buying the $55,000 Sennheiser Orpheus headphones suggested as a holiday gift by Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle website. But for the rest of us who lack that kind of extra cash around the holidays, there are thankfully other options, so says Consumer Reports. Their electronics spokesman James McQueen is here with some realistic portable headphone options that would make great gifts.

 

The lightweight AKG by Harman in-ear headphones go for about $40. They’re pretty barebones when it comes to extras. For instance, they lack volume or other function controls. But they deliver where it matters most: very good sound quality. And like many in-ear models, the ear-insert design muffles many external noises and sounds.

You can also get the Philips ActionFit Sport headphones for $40. If you’re an active, outdoors type, consider a set of headphones like this with a more rugged design. The Phillips ActionFit Sports claim to be sweat and moisture proof, which makes them well suited for strenuous workouts or for hiking or biking in rainy weather. But its weather-resistant design doesn’t impede its audio performance as it provides very good overall sound.

If you like your headphones to have a cool, edgy design, the $50 Skullcandy Strum might fit the bill. Each earbud is adorned with a tiny skull logo. But it’s not just about looks: It has very good sound quality. It even comes with a carrying case, so your headphones won’t get tangled up with your other gear.

For more info on this story, visit ConsumerReports.org.

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For Into Tomorrow, James McQueen – Consumer Reports

Dave recommended an app to help you cook:

What could be better than walking into your home after a long day to be greeted by the aroma of your favorite dish? Remote cooking is now a thing, and products like WiFi-enabled Slow Cookers like the Crock-Pot Smart Wifi-Enabled WeMo 6-Quart Slow Cooker that lets you monitor your meal from work, ensuring a home-cooked meal that’s ready when you are. And if you’re running late, being able to shut off the cooker with your phone is a major help.
Whatever your level of tech expertise, there are smart home apps and products that can work for you. They’re increasingly compatible, affordable and mobile-friendly. I imagine this type of product will become more and more common in American homes, and these examples are just the beginning. Whether you’re looking for enhanced peace of mind and security or a moister pot roast, the smart home tech industry has been stepping it up a bit. So this one is a FREE App, but goes with a $150 Crock Pot.

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Written by Dave Graveline

Dave Graveline is the founder, Host & Executive Producer of "Into Tomorrow" in addition to being President of the Advanced Media Network".

Dave is also a trusted and familiar voice on many national commercials & narrations in addition to being an authority in consumer tech since 1994. He is also a former Police Officer and an FBI Certified Instructor.

Dave thrives on audience participation!

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