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Nextear wireless earbuds include multi-purpose case

Nextear wireless earbuds include multi-purpose case

Earbuds used to be the ultimate audio convenience, but they’re not anymore. The cable is an unwanted shackle between smartphone and ears, and while Bluetooth earbuds eliminate that tether, they don’t often eliminate the actual wire. Nextear is different, being two individual and entirely wire-free earbuds that work together to produce stereo audio. They come with a case that features an integrated battery for charging the earbuds while on the go, but it does more than that — the case is multi-purpose, and brings with it several features including an LED flashlight.

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Wren V5US wireless speaker includes AirPlay, Play-Fi, aptX Bluetooth

Wren V5US wireless speaker includes AirPlay, Play-Fi, aptX Bluetooth

Wren has introduced a new wireless speaker, and it hails it as a unique offering due to its inclusion of Apple AirPlay, aptX Bluetooth, and DTS Play-Fi, something said to be the first of its kind. It's the Wren V5US (universal) speaker, and it can serve the needs of just about any user, where that user prefers AirPlay or Bluetooth. The myriad wireless support is coupled with an attractive, somewhat conservative design available in two colors. The speaker itself is available now through Wren and its authorized dealers for $499 USD.

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Push for Apple to unlock iPhone’s FM receiver chip access

Push for Apple to unlock iPhone’s FM receiver chip access

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has brought a previously hidden iPhone feature to light. Almost all smartphones have an FM receiver chip built into their hardware. It's actually the same chip that is used for WiFi and Bluetooth functionality. In the iPhone 6, it's the Murata 339S0228, and the FM utility is completely switched off. According to the NAB, the FM chip could be an invaluable feature for the public to utilize in an emergency situation, especially considering how cellular and data networks can become overloaded in the case of an emergency.

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Norway to cease FM radio broadcasts in 2017

Norway to cease FM radio broadcasts in 2017

FM radio has been around for decades and it has always been the type of broadcast you wanted for the highest quality music. Many countries are now working on switching from FM broadcasts over to digital radio. The first country in the world to cease all broadcasting of FM radio signals will be Norway.

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AIAIAI TMA-2 modular headphones bring swappable parts

AIAIAI TMA-2 modular headphones bring swappable parts

Love headphones but haven't been able to find the perfect pair for you? AIAIAI might have the solution: its new modular headphones, which includes a variety of cables, headbands, and ear cups, among other things, allowing for a tailored music listening experience. In addition, if one part of the headphones in particular wears out before the rest, owners can simply order a replacement component and swap it out themselves, eliminating the need to tinker with a broken pair or replace them entirely.

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Harman x Quirky: inventor-made headphones of the future

Harman x Quirky: inventor-made headphones of the future

The creator outreach company known as Quirky is the latest to collaborate with Harman on audio products, this time coming to the public with an interesting proposition. The program they're creating and going on to curate goes by the name "The Headphones Of Tomorrow," and like Quirky's normal M.O., they're seeking out inventors from the general public. With Harman onboard for this project starting soon, the final product will have Quirky "work with Harman to make it the next big thing in audio."

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Samsung unveils curved soundbars, Radiant 360 R7 speaker

Samsung unveils curved soundbars, Radiant 360 R7 speaker

Samsung has introduced a variety of new products today, and counted among them is a new line of curved soundbars and the new Wireless Audio Radiant 360 R7 speaker. These present consumers with a few new audio options to round out their entertainment system, and is joined by the new televisions Samsung has also unveiled today. Most of the new products will be launching later on this month, though a couple of the curved soundbars are available as of now.

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Break free from tethered headphones with Magzet magnetic audio jack

Break free from tethered headphones with Magzet magnetic audio jack

The Magzet is a magnetic audio quick connection that wants to change the way you use audio jacks on all your devices. Instead of being tethered to your laptop, tablet, or smartphone by your headphones, the Magzet is a breakaway connector that can connect headphones to any audio jack. It's designed to work with all audio devices from those ubiquitous Beats headphones to Apple's generic earbuds. After 18 months of product development, the team behind the invention is launching a Kickstarter to crowdfund their magnetic connector.

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