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BOSEbuild aims to teach kids tech with DIY speaker

BOSEbuild aims to teach kids tech with DIY speaker

Bose may not be the first name you associate with learning about electronics, but the company's BOSEbuild educational division is aiming to change that with a DIY speaker. The BOSEbuild Speaker Cube is a $149 Bluetooth speaker broken down into its component parts, intended to teach kids not only what goes into a modern gadget but how principles like sound operate.

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Here One earbuds go up for pre-order in US

Here One earbuds go up for pre-order in US

You may remember Doppler Labs, the company behind the Here Active Listening earbuds, a pair of smart earbuds that proved to be quite the Kickstarter darling. Originally, Doppler Labs looked to Kickstarter to raise $250,000 to produce its earbuds, which allowed users to suppress and amplify the ambient sounds in the world around them. The Kickstarter was a hit in every sense of the word, raising $653,189 by the end of the campaign and bringing Here Active Listening to life earlier this year.

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Uber drivers can now stream Pandora without ads

Uber drivers can now stream Pandora without ads

If you use Uber, you’ve probably noticed that most drivers have a streaming service of some sort running, which makes it easier to switch to a type of music the rider likes if they request. Perhaps that’s why Uber has announced a new perk in which drivers located in the US, New Zealand, and Australia can stream music from Pandora without advertisements, though it is limited only to times they are actually driving.

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Zungle Panther sunglasses send music through your bones

Zungle Panther sunglasses send music through your bones

Zungle Panther sunglasses look like the normal shades you might see folks wearing, but these shades have something built in that music fans will love. If you want to listen to your favorite tunes or podcasts while on the go wearing these sunglasses you need no separate headphones or speakers. Zungle Panther sunglasses have built in bone conduction technology.

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SoundCloud rolls out Suggested Tracks recommendation feature

SoundCloud rolls out Suggested Tracks recommendation feature

SoundCloud is rolling out a new feature called Suggested Tracks to all of its supported platforms, the company has announced. The feature monitors a user’s listening activity and uses that to determine what new artists and tracks the user may enjoy, offering them up as suggestions. This feature is made possible via a machine learning algorithm, says SoundCloud. With it, the company is better positioned to attract those interested in listening to music, an audience largely focused on Spotify and similar competitors.

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Basslet puts a subwoofer on your wrist

Basslet puts a subwoofer on your wrist

A new portable audio device has turned up that aims to let you feel the bass in addition to hearing it. The Basslet and is described as the world's first wearable subwoofer. It's more of a transducer to generate felt bass to your body rather than bass that you and others around you can hear. Similar devices have been around for a long time now that connect to chairs to allow gamers to hear the bass via speakers or headphones and feel the bass via vibrations.

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Ultimate Ears speakers get Siri and Google Now voice integration

Ultimate Ears speakers get Siri and Google Now voice integration

Ultimate Ears has announced that two of its popular Bluetooth portable speakers are getting the ability to be controlled with your voice. Both the Boom 2 and the Megaboom portable speakers now have the ability to be voice controlled using Siri and Google Now voice integration. The speakers have a push-to-talk function to active the voice control.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1 gets “professional audio” support

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1 gets “professional audio” support

NVIDIA has traditionally been seen as a "good citizen" when it comes to the speed and frequency of rolling out Android updates and this latest one cements that image. No, there isn't a new Android version released (unless you count the new Android N Preview, but that's another story). That, however, isn't stopping NVIDIA from pushing out an update to the SHIELD Tablet K1 that could still delight owners. The update is short but substantial, giving users the ability to split navigation buttons and adding support for hi-res audio.

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Libratone ONE Click and TOO portable speakers are easy to carry

Libratone ONE Click and TOO portable speakers are easy to carry

Libratone has taken the wraps off a pair of new speakers, the ONE Click and TOO. Both speakers are portable and wireless, and each one is small but in its own way. The ONE Click is said to be about the size of a paperback book with a shape to match, while the TOO speaker is more like “an overstuffed hot dog,” says Libratone. Both speakers boast 360-degree sound, as well, being able to project audio in every direction around it for a full and robust presence.

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Como Audio Solo and Duetto streaming audio systems hit Kickstarter

Como Audio Solo and Duetto streaming audio systems hit Kickstarter

Fans of hi-fi streaming audio have a new media player to check out that aims to deliver American sound ingenuity combined with Italian design. The streaming audio devices are called the Solo and Duetto. The Solo is a compact box made of hardwood that doesn't need a smartphone or tablet to stream your favorite music.

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Vizio SmartCast sound bars bring Google Cast technology

Vizio SmartCast sound bars bring Google Cast technology

Vizio has announced a new sound bar series that includes Google Cast technology. The new products are called, most appropriately, Vizio SmartCast sound bars, and they range from 38-inches in length to 45-inches. A total of nine sound bars have been announced, with the lowest price coming in at $180 USD, and the highest at $500 USD. Even better, the full lineup is available for purchase now.

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Bose finally goes wireless with two noise-canceling headphones

Bose finally goes wireless with two noise-canceling headphones

As one of the most recognized names in headphones and audio accessories, Bose is known for its noise-canceling technology and quality audio output. It should come as no surprise that its QuietComfort headphones are both its flagship model, and among the best-selling. But the thing is, the QuietComforts have remained wired as more and more rivals are switching to wireless (not to mention upcoming phones that are expected to ditch the headphone jack). That has finally changed.

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