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Now everyone wants to kill the audio jack! (The 3:59, Ep. 97)

It's not just Apple; Intel believes USB type C will replace your 1/8-inch 3.5mm headphone jack. We talk about some of the buzziest announcements from Intel's developer conference.


Et tu, Intel?

Your precious headphones may soon be irrelevant if the titans of tech have their way.

Apple is rumored to be excising the 3.5 mm audio jack in the next iPhone. Now, Intel believes the USB Type-C port could also be a suitable replacement.

Special guest Kent German and I talk about whether this means we need to buy new headphones, or forever have to carry dongles with us. It's one thing if Apple moves in this direction, but Intel's push revealed at its developer forum this week suggests Android phone makers will have the option to dump the audio jack.

We also talk about Project Alloy, a virtual reality headset with no wires. It may portend the future of VR gear, even if consumers won't see something like this for a while.

Lastly, we touch on a new tiny computer called Joule, and look at whether a prototype smart glass may mean the second coming of Google Glass.

The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by CNET Executive Editor Roger Cheng, Senior Writer Ben Fox Rubin and Producer Bryan VanGelder.

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Now everyone wants to kill the audio jack! (The 3:59 Ep. 97)


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