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Mikme wireless mic offers studio quality, mobile mixing

Mikme wireless mic offers studio quality, mobile mixing

Mikme is a portable wireless microphone offering musicians and other audio hobbyists a way to capture studio-quality audio without setting up a recording station. The idea behind the device is that users should be able to start recording whenever the moment strikes without having to put the moment on hold to set up a quality microphone -- or, alternatively, without having to settle for a lesser-quality smartphone recording. The microphone is joined by a smartphone app that offers, among other things, mobile audio mixing and sharing.

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Hush smart earplugs block out unwanted sounds while still letting you hear

Hush smart earplugs block out unwanted sounds while still letting you hear

There are many reasons that people need earplugs, and not all of them are reasons you might expect. People need earplugs in very loud situations, such as shooting guns or at a loud racetrack for sure, but there are other reasons in the home that people use them as well when it's important that you still be able to hear sounds around you, such as sleeping. For situations like this, a new set of earplugs called Hush smart earplugs have debuted.

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Spotify preps playlists for Thanksgiving festivities

Spotify preps playlists for Thanksgiving festivities

The holidays are a lot of things for a lot of people: a time to get together with people you mightn't otherwise see often, to express gratitude, and, on the less serious level, to watch shows and partake in activities reserved specifically for this time of the year. To help you frame your Thanksgiving soundtrack are some curated playlists from Spotify, which intends to entertain you while your bird cooks. To be sure the playlist has enough songs for your time spent waiting, the service asks a few questions about your turkey to get you started.

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The “Nutshell” Wearable Focus Pod: peak nonsense

The “Nutshell” Wearable Focus Pod: peak nonsense

The term "wearable" should summon several thoughts in your mind, right off the bat. "Apple Watch" or "iWatch" is probably one of them, followed by "smartwatch" and on to "another one of those devices I want, but don't know why." This week a device setup designed by a student from the School of Visual Arts has come to light, one called "Nutshell." This device consists of a a light material "shell," a headphone-enabled helmet, and an app. Together they create a relaxing experience for you in any environment.

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Sennheiser SP 10 and SP 20 portable speakerphones launch

Sennheiser SP 10 and SP 20 portable speakerphones launch

Sennheiser has launched two new portable speakerphones, the SP 10 and SP 20. Both models are targeted at "business professionals", and are promised to mix stylish design with the functions needed for use in the conference room. The SP 10 and SP 20 are largely the same, but differ in their connectivity options (the SP 20 has more of them), and both are said to be appropriate for group conference calls, whether personal or amongst a small group of individuals. Both models are available now for purchase.

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Pioneer XDJ-1000 employs large touch screen for future DJs

Pioneer XDJ-1000 employs large touch screen for future DJs

A large touchscreen above a disk-sized wheel depicts the future of DJ stations in the XDJ-1000. So says Pioneer. So says the company that today will bring on features like PRO DJ Link, rekordbox compatibility, and of course, Wi-fi. What good is a turntable device without a connection to the internet? You'll be able to access the full collection of features through the 7-inch screen - full color and ready to roll with features like Beat Sync, Beat Jump/Loop Move, and Hot Cue.

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Rdio drops family plan rates as Spotify ramps up competition

Rdio drops family plan rates as Spotify ramps up competition

Rdio has upped its game against competitor Spotify, announcing a new pricing structure for its family plans following Spotify's own discounted family rates. The service wasn't shy to point out that it did the family plan setup first (back in 2011), and with its new pricing structure the music streaming service goes toe-to-toe with Spotify by matching its rates. As of today, Rdio subscribers can add family members to their account for an extra $5 per month. This follows Rdio's family plan boost from 3 to 5 accounts that happened last summer.

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Archt One wireless audio system produces 360-degree sound

Archt One wireless audio system produces 360-degree sound

Most wireless speakers have something in common in that they are only able to produce sound that travels in one direction. You have to be in front of the speakers to get the most benefit and best audio quality. There are a few speakers that are designed to produce a 360-degree soundscape allowing you to get optimum sound anywhere in a room, no matter where the speaker is positioned. Those omnidirectional speakers allow everyone in a room to get the best audio quality possible.

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Google Music bucks the trend with growing downloads

Google Music bucks the trend with growing downloads

Streaming music services like Spotify have caused a big ripple in the industry, influencing everything from legit music downloads to piracy rates. Despite this, Google Music has seen growth among its download sales alongside an uptick in its streaming service's user base. The growth runs counter to the industry's overall faltering, with such sales earlier in 2014 seeing a year-on-year drop of 13-percent. This follows closely on the heels of Taylor Swift having her catalog pulled from Spotify, taking a jab at the nature of streaming music services.

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