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Sennheiser HD 2 and HD 4 lines launch with 7 headphones models

Sennheiser HD 2 and HD 4 lines launch with 7 headphones models

Sennheiser has launched two headphones product lines, the HD 2 and the HD 4. Both lines bring a few new headphones models with them, with Sennheiser describing all of them as ‘portable headphones.’ In total, the two product lines bring the HD 4.20s, the HD 4.30i, and the HD 4.30G, as well as the HD 2.10, HD 2.20s, HD 2.30i and the HD 2.30G. The HD 2 line is described as minimalist and clean, while Sennheiser says the HD 4 is bass-driven.

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TomTom VIO is a navigation display that uses your phone

TomTom VIO is a navigation display that uses your phone

TomTom didn’t only unveil fitness wearables at IFA — it has also taken the wraps off a pair of navigation devices, the next-generation GO devices and the entirely too intriguing VIO. The latest TomTom GO range brings the company's most advanced satnavs to date, according TomTom, while VIO brings a new twist (and unique design) to an aged technology: it’s a puck-shaped navigation display that relies, in part, on your existing smartphone to provide directions.

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3Doodler PRO hands-on: a 3D drawing pen for professionals

3Doodler PRO hands-on: a 3D drawing pen for professionals

The 3Doodler PRO has made its debut at IFA 2016, and it brings with it the promise of 3D-drawing on the professional level. Who would benefit from drawing in 3D? Architects and engineers of various sorts are two big groups the 3Doodler PRO targets -- rather than sketching ideas onto a sheet of paper or designing them in 3D on a computer, the 3Doodler brings the best of both those worlds together for real-world 3D drawing.

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Sen.se ThermoPeanut is a smart temp monitor for every nook and cranny

Sen.se ThermoPeanut is a smart temp monitor for every nook and cranny

Sen.se has a small smart temperature monitor called ThermoPeanut (it does kind of resemble a peanut) that can be stuck just about anywhere to keep track of the area’s temperatures. Inside of the fridge is one example, if you’re particularly concerned about the temp getting too high; you could stick one in your bedroom or the basement, behind your electronics in the entertainment system, or even in the car. Temperature data both past and present can then be accessed from your mobile device.

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Alcatel Vision VR headset doesn’t require a smartphone

Alcatel Vision VR headset doesn’t require a smartphone

Alcatel has introduced a new VR headset called ‘Vision,’ as well as the Alcatel 360 Camera, the combination of which makes for ‘an all-in-one virtual reality experience,” according to the company. The Alcatel 360 Camera is being offered as two different models, both of them featuring two 210-degree fisheye lenses but each coming in different sizes: one is ball-shaped and about the size of a coin, while the other is rectangular and about half the size of a credit card.

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Philips 901F 55″ OLED TV features built-in ambient lights

Philips 901F 55″ OLED TV features built-in ambient lights

Philips is launching its first OLED television, and it comes with beautiful built-in ambient lights called “Ambilight.” The TV boasts a bunch of different features, including an OLED panel with a wide range of colors and the Perfect Pixel Ultra HD engine powering things. The combination of features ultimately results in a 3800ppi performance index, eclipsing most other televisions currently available.

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Sennheiser PXC 480 travel headphones boast hybrid active noise cancellation

Sennheiser PXC 480 travel headphones boast hybrid active noise cancellation

Sennheiser has introduced a new pair of high-performance wired headphones called the PXC 480. These headphones are designed for travel, and join the similar and recently launched PXC 550 Wireless. Because these headphones are targeted at travelers — and, it seems, especially targeted at those who take flights frequently — they include NoiseGard hybrid active noise cancellation that works with an internal battery offering up to 50 hours on a charge.

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Plex adds DVR for OTA and cable broadcasts

Plex adds DVR for OTA and cable broadcasts

Plex has added a DVR feature for recording shows available via cable and over-the-air broadcasts. The feature is available in a limited fashion as a beta initially, but Plex says it will be making the DVR function available in a future auto-update for Plex Pass users in the near future. The DVR function is being offered in partnership with SiliconDust and requires an HDHomeRun device to work. Those who are interested in trying it out can get the beta from Plex's forums.

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Logi Circle security cam gets premium video subscription service

Logi Circle security cam gets premium video subscription service

Logitech has announced the launch of a premium video subscription service for Circle security camera owners called Circle Safe. With Circle Safe, users can both store their security footage and access it whenever they want. Unlike the 24-hour replay events limitation that comes with the free version, Circle Safe subscribers can access their replay events an entire month, among other things.

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CBS All Access launches an advertisement-free option

CBS All Access launches an advertisement-free option

CBS is launching a new advertisement-free version of All Access, its subscription service. Ad-free premium subscriptions are becoming more common amongst video services like this, catching up with the ad-free versions many music services have been offering for a while. As with any ad-free version, it comes with a higher price tag — in this case, subscribers will be paying $4 more for a total monthly price of $9.99.

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Hello Sense sleep tracker heading to Target and Best Buy

Hello Sense sleep tracker heading to Target and Best Buy

The Hello Sense sleep tracking device is now available to buy from Target’s website and will be on Best Buy's website soon, and it’ll be heading to their physical stores all over the nation later on this year. The sleep tracker is more than just a tracking device, according to Hello, also helping the user fall asleep and wake back up in the morning. Thus far, the tracker has been available through Amazon and the maker’s website, the latter of which makes the device available internationally.

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LA’s mountain lions could go extinct in the near future

LA’s mountain lions could go extinct in the near future

Mountain lions call the Santa Monica Mountains home, but that could change in the next handful of decades or sooner. According to the National Park Service and a study it did with researchers from UCLA, Utah State University, and UC Davis, LA’s mountain lions may fall victim to their lack of genetic diversity, something stemming from their geographical isolation. The mountain lions' unique location (near such a massive city) has also spurred the development of atypical behaviors.

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