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Music Wrap ‘headphones’ are bendy, double as speakers

Music Wrap ‘headphones’ are bendy, double as speakers

Earbuds and headphones, despite their differences, are all largely the same. That can’t be said for Music Wrap, though, a pair of wireless Bluetooth 'headphones' that are bendable and waterproof, and only vaguely similar to what we've come to understand headphones as being. Says the maker, Music Wrap is the most "versatile listening experience" available and suitable for everyday life.

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Fluance Fi70 streaming music player has dual 8-inch woofers

Fluance Fi70 streaming music player has dual 8-inch woofers

Fluance has launched a new streaming music player that has a rather retro looking design. It looks like something you would find in an audiophiles house in the '60s. The streaming audio player is the Fi70 and it is offered in black, white, and walnut colors.

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Apple TV gets Podcasts app in 9.1.1 update

Apple TV gets Podcasts app in 9.1.1 update

Apple TV owners have been getting some love this month. First, VLC arrived just a couple of weeks ago. Finally bringing one of the most popular media players to the device was definitely a great move. Now users will have a new way to listen to their favorite podcasts.

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D&G Swarovski Crystal headphones are Rihanna’s favorites

D&G Swarovski Crystal headphones are Rihanna’s favorites

Creative marketing or an image of a star who just happens to like your blinged out and very expensive headphones we don't know, but it seems Rihanna has a penchant for a wild pair of headphones offered by Dolce & Gabbana. These aren’t normal headphones that tout their clarity and huge amounts of bass; these are more about the looks and are called the NAPA Leather Rhinestone Headphones with Crown.

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Fender in-ear headphones series arrives with 5 models

Fender in-ear headphones series arrives with 5 models

Fender has announced the arrival of its first in-ear headphones, a new product it has rolled out for the 2016 year. Officially called the Fender Pro In-Ear Monitors, this series is comprised of several different earbud models, one of which has an intriguing clear housing. Though they were all launched today, some of the models are listed as "Coming Soon" on the maker's website.

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ZCast is for podcasts what Periscope is for live video

ZCast is for podcasts what Periscope is for live video

A new app and web-based system by the name of ZCast hopes to make Podcasting a far simpler affair, boiling the entire media form down to you and your smartphone and a live presentation. ZCast allows users to produce their own multi-member podcast from their mobile device or the web. With ZCast, casters will be able to take comments and answer questions in real-time, connecting with social media outlets as they do so. We'll do it live!

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iLoud Micro Monitor speakers: portable studio reference monitors

iLoud Micro Monitor speakers: portable studio reference monitors

Music fans and audiophiles who want to be able to hear all the nuances of their favorite tracks will want to check out the new iLoud Micro Monitor speakers from IK Multimedia. They claim to be the smallest active studio reference monitoring system in the world. The monitors have a pair of bi-amplified speakers designed to deliver an expansive stereo image.

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Amazon Echo will can read your Kindle books aloud and for free

Amazon Echo will can read your Kindle books aloud and for free

In the past weeks, we've seen Amazon push its Echo platform and Alexa personal assistant beyond its cylindrical home speaker. We've seen a fridge door speaker and Ford SYNC integration. We've also heard rumors of a more portable "Fox" version of Echo. This week, Amazon is putting the spotlight again on Alexa, but this time going back to its living room roots. Now Alexa can read you your books out loud, or softly rather, when you'd rather listen than read. That said, you'll have to live with the fact that Alexa isn't going to sound anything like your favorite narrator. Unless you happen to have a penchant for robotic narrators.

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8Bitdo Retro Cube Speaker is inspired by NES controller

8Bitdo Retro Cube Speaker is inspired by NES controller

After you’ve owned a few, most wireless speakers start to look alike. The particulars — color, shape — may vary a bit, but overall the designs are very similar. That’s not the case with 8Bitdo’s new Retro Cube Speaker, a small wireless speaker with a design inspired by the original NES controller. Rather than featuring a touch panel or ordinary buttons, the speaker has a useable directional pad on the top.

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House of Marley unveils a simple, elegant turntable

House of Marley unveils a simple, elegant turntable

The electronics team at House of Marley have revealed a collection of new odds and ends, the most radical of which is a "classic turntable" by the name "Stir It Up". If you've not heard of House of Marley before - yes, it is referring to the same Bob Marley you already know about, rolling with the brand to promote "good living and shared experiences". They donate proceeds of annual profits to 1Love (1love.org) "a global movement dedicated to advancing Bob Marley's message to a new generation of cause-minded agents for growth and transformation." Now they've got a turntable.

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Roccat Renga stereo gaming headset launches in February

Roccat Renga stereo gaming headset launches in February

Roccat has taken the wraps off its new Renga stereo headset for gamers. The German manufacturer says its new headset is compatible with PCs and tablets, as well as mobile devices and the PlayStation 4, among other things. The headset is scheduled to launch late next month in the United States and Europe for $49.99 USD (and Euro).

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SoundCloud and Universal strike major licensing deal

SoundCloud and Universal strike major licensing deal

SoundCloud and Universal Music Group have reached a major licensing deal that gives SoundCloud access to a large catalogue and wide range of artists. This isn’t SoundCloud’s first licensing deal, but is its biggest to date; Universal Music Group has a large roster of big-name artists. In the recent past, SoundCloud struck a deal with the National Music Publishers Association, a consortium that includes Warner Music Group.

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