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3 great podcast episodes for Memorial Day (and beyond)

3 great podcast episodes for Memorial Day (and beyond)

It’s Memorial Day, and so you probably have a bunch of plans already in place. That might include a long drive to a relative’s house or a few hours in the fishing boat. Need something to listen to in your downtime? Fire up a podcast. If you don't already have some favorites, though, finding the right thing to listen to is daunting. Save yourself time and check out one of these great episodes instead.

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Check out the 3D holograms etched into The Force Awakens vinyl soundtrack

Check out the 3D holograms etched into The Force Awakens vinyl soundtrack

There's no doubt that vinyl has been enjoying a wave of popularity for the last few years, especially as super special editions of artists' albums and new soundtracks. Now Star Wars is getting in on the artistic packages, with a new vinyl release of the soundtrack for The Force Awakens. But while many records use unique or exclusive artwork in the packaging, Star Wars has placed it directly on the vinyl itself, in the form of 3D holograms.

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Twitter audio cards gain Spotify support

Twitter audio cards gain Spotify support

Back in 2014, Twitter launched something called audio cards with iTunes being the first participant in that service. Audio cards allow Twitter users to get 30-second song previews right in the timeline and in Moments. Later the audio card platform also supported SoundCloud and now Twitter has announced support for one of the most popular music services around- Spotify.

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Urbanears ‘Limited Sweat Edition’ are actual sweaty Hellas headphones

Urbanears ‘Limited Sweat Edition’ are actual sweaty Hellas headphones

Urbanears has a bizarre new campaign in which they're offering 'sweat-soaked' headphones that are 'drenched in some real sweaty inspiration' via the workouts of somewhat notable individuals. The headphones are a pair of Hellas, and they were worn by seven individuals who worked up a sweat, apparently got them sweaty, and then had their headphones sealed in a bag right after. No, this isn't a joke.

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Spotify’s Discovery Weekly has more than 40m listeners

Spotify’s Discovery Weekly has more than 40m listeners

Since launching, Spotify’s Discovery Weekly has reached nearly 5 billion streamed tracks, the company has announced. More than 40 million users listen to Discovery Weekly, which arrived last July and gives listeners a new playlist of music recommendations every Monday. The recommendation feature has turned out to be a big hit, with more than 50% of listeners coming back the next Monday for more.

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XOUNTS UP Portable Party Speaker And Lightshow Review

XOUNTS UP Portable Party Speaker And Lightshow Review

The battle to be the life of the party just got that much more intense with the XOUNTS UP 360-degree light-and-sound speaker system. The unit, which strongly resembles a three-foot version of one of those quartz pyramids you'd find in your local rock shop, offers an unusual aesthetic for anyone seeking to make a splash at their next BBQ, birthday celebration, or gathering of friends.

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Human Inc’s headphones completely encapsulate your ears

Human Inc’s headphones completely encapsulate your ears

Seattle startup Human Inc is working on a program called “Sound,” and it involves a pair of headphones that completely encapsulate the wearer’s ears, blocking out the external world while providing one’s self with a personal surround sound system. These won’t be just any old pair of futuristic-looking headphones, though — the startup plans to have them function as language translators and portable speakers, as well.

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Review: Symphonized NRG 3.0 wood earbuds

Review: Symphonized NRG 3.0 wood earbuds

Earbuds are not hard to come by, unless you want a pair that doesn't sound like garbage without costing a minor fortune. The ones from the dollar store? Garbage. The ones that come with your phone? Maybe not garbage, depending on the phone you bought (e.g., Apple Earpods are alright), but they're not blowing anyone out of the water. What lies above good enough and below breaking-the-bank? The Symphonized NRG 3.0 wood in-ear headphones.

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i.am+ EPs Bluetooth earphones land as Apple Store exclusive

i.am+ EPs Bluetooth earphones land as Apple Store exclusive

Music fans probably recognize the name will.i.am, he is more than a musician these days with his own i.am technology company. i.am has launched a new set of premium earphones called the i.am+ EPs that aim to be different in a market that is packed with mostly sports solutions. The hallmark of the design for the EPs is a shape supposed to remind fans of vinyl records.

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Jaybird Freedom Wireless Bluetooth earbuds rock metal body

Jaybird Freedom Wireless Bluetooth earbuds rock metal body

Jaybird has unveiled a new set of earbuds called the Freedom Wireless Bluetooth buds. These earbuds are the fifth generation of wireless offerings from the company and promise style, sound, and comfort in a single package. Freedom earbuds feature a sandblasted metal accented housing rather than the plastic common to this type of earbuds.

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Meizu enters the US market with a “floating” Gravity speaker

Meizu enters the US market with a “floating” Gravity speaker

For those who keep tabs on the smartphone market, the name Meizu might be easily recognized as one of the more popular Chinese brands. Those who know the brand before that, however, will probably remember how the company started out making portable MP3, and then MP4, players. Meizu has no illusions that it isn't yet as strong a global brand as Xiaomi, Lenovo, and Huawei, the three top dogs in the Chinese smartphone market. So in its first formal attempt to venture to the West, particularly the US, it is going back to its roots and crowdsourcing Gravity, a rather intriguing "floating" wireless speaker.

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Department of Energy launches podcast ‘Direct Current’

Department of Energy launches podcast ‘Direct Current’

Podcasts are popular again, and high-quality offerings are springing up all over the place. Newest among them is a series from the Department of Energy, which has announced (and published) its first-ever podcast. The podcast series is called ‘Direct Current,’ and it concerns itself with everything electricity. The team behind it includes a few people from the Office of Public Affairs, among others.

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