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LG Music Flow curved sound bar for US arrives in October

LG Music Flow curved sound bar for US arrives in October

LG has a new curved sound bar that'll be arriving in the near future, the LAS855M. This is the maker’s first curved sound bar, and it will be arriving for buyers in the United States this upcoming October. The sound bar is designed to complement LG’s (and other manufacturers’) curved televisions, being both gently curved in the same way and coupling it with a shallow, broad design. The speaker bar can be placed on the television stand or mounted on the wall.

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Jaybird X2 wireless next-gen earbuds have improved sound, design

Jaybird X2 wireless next-gen earbuds have improved sound, design

Jaybird has released its newest pair of earbuds, the Jaybird X2. This model is the second-generation version of Jaybird’s previous BlueBuds X sport headphones; the company’s CMO Rene Oehlerking says Jaybird has “improved on BlueBuds X in every way.” The new X2 earbuds are wireless and, like the BlueBuds X, designed for “sport” users. Users will find that both sound quality and design have been improved in the latest generation model, which has launched so far through the maker’s own website and Best Buy, though the company is planning an expanded launch some time next month.

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China’s pollution is blowing into the western US

China’s pollution is blowing into the western US

China’s pollution is making its way across the ocean to the western United States, according to new research. The report details ozone ('smog', essentially) from China being blown by winds across the Pacific ocean to the westernmost states, bringing with it negative health and environmental consequences, including irritation of the respiratory system. One of the researchers who participated in the study quipped that China is, essentially, "Exporting its air pollution to the West Coast of America."

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Evernote clarifies top plan’s ‘unlimited’ storage: 10GB per month

Evernote clarifies top plan’s ‘unlimited’ storage: 10GB per month

In April, Evernote introduced updated plans in the form of Plus and Premium, both of which come with a subscription fee and features commensurate with what each plan offers. The premium feature is targeted at Evernote power users — those who use it frequently, likely daily, and need ample space to do so. As such, Evernote announced that the premium plan offers “unlimited” storage, but users soon discovered that, as with buffets and mobile plans, there’s still a limit -- the company just didn’t anticipate you’d manage to hit it.

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Facebook breaking news project tipped to take on Twitter

Facebook breaking news project tipped to take on Twitter

Facebook is working on a breaking news project described as being similar to Twitter, according to sources. The project is said to have an app in place and to be at the "alpha" stage. With this, publishers could push out breaking news alerts to users who have downloaded the app (or a reciprocating app; it isn't clear), in effect making the new service a new way for Facebook users to get news through the social network. This follows reports showing that many individuals get their news primarily through Facebook.

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Twitter expands transparency report with two new categories

Twitter expands transparency report with two new categories

Twitter has announced that it is, for the first time, expanding the scope of its transparency report, doing so to include two new categories: email privacy practices and trademark notices. This brings the report up to five categories. In addition, Twitter is making it easier to find its data with a redesign of its transparency site, including adding improvements to its mobile transparency portal. The new design is already in place, and the data has been refreshed with the two new sections.

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Star Wars Stormtrooper speaker helmet arrives in October

Star Wars Stormtrooper speaker helmet arrives in October

There is a Bluetooth R2-D2 speaker inbound, but if you feel it doesn't properly channel your imperial side, another wireless Star Wars speaker has surfaced -- one in the shape of a stormtrooper's helmet. The speaker looks like a helmet plucked from a stormtrooper's head, and features a single nicely concealed speaker where the eye visors should be. The device is now available for pre-order, and will start shipping this upcoming October. More pics after the jump!

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Researchers create efficient origami-inspired military shelters

Researchers create efficient origami-inspired military shelters

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame have created, with funding from the U.S. Army, a deployable mobile shelter that is both energy efficient and relatively easy to construct in the field. These mobile shelters were designed based on origami principles, and are unfolded in a similar manner, being assembled from sections that fold flat for transporting. There are several benefits to the mobile shelters, but the most important is arguably their efficiency.

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Drifter speaker is buoyant, plays music sans smartphone

Drifter speaker is buoyant, plays music sans smartphone

Portable speakers come in many varieties, and if you have average needs you'll probably find a model that meets your requirements, or most of them. If one of your requirements is a speaker that can hold and play your music directly, though, finding an adequate option becomes harder. Add in ruggedness and buoyancy, and the options dwindle to almost nothing. Thusly enters the Drifter, an oddly shaped speaker that you can knock into the water without risk of ruin, and that plays your music without a smartphone.

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American Horror Story: Hotel — Rabe returns as serial killer

American Horror Story: Hotel — Rabe returns as serial killer

Not much has been revealed about the upcoming fifth season of American Horror Story, though Lady Gaga has spoken about it more than once, including on her social accounts. We got our first hint of her role in the recent past via the season’s first teaser trailer. Now more details have emerged about one of the returning cast members — Lily Rabe — and her upcoming role in the season. She’ll be playing as Aileen Wuornos, a serial killer. The news was revealed by American Horror Story’s chief Ryan Murphy.

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BMW says it won’t give up the Alphabet domain, trademark

BMW says it won’t give up the Alphabet domain, trademark

Google's Larry Page introduced Alphabet yesterday, a holding company that will, as far as consumers go, not change much. You probably have noticed that Google didn't plant its new Alphabet website on the Alphabet.com domain, however, and that if you go to the website it doesn't have anything to do with Alphabet. That's because it is owned by BMW, as is the Alphabet trademark, and the auto maker has revealed in a statement that it has no interest in changing that.

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Columbia House files for bankruptcy after 20 lackluster years

Columbia House files for bankruptcy after 20 lackluster years

After about 20 years of declining sales, Columbia House has filed for bankruptcy. The chapter 11 bankruptcy will involve the business being auctioned off to whomever wants it, though there aren't likely to be many bidders battling it out -- the company's name is arguably all it has keeping it afloat, though even that hasn't been enough to keep its value from plummeting. Columbia House found its success years ago as a mail-order CD business, which it killed off half a decade ago.

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