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Amazon patents noise-blocking headphones that turn off with a keyword

Amazon patents noise-blocking headphones that turn off with a keyword

Last month, Amazon was granted a patent for a pair of noise-cancelling headphones that listen for a specific keyword in order to suspend the noise-cancelling feature. They could, it seems, be set up with something like your name as the keyword, causing the headphones to suspend the noise-cancelling aspect whenever someone nearby says your name. The headphones can also listen for specific noises or patterns of noises — a car horn, perhaps, for extra safety while jogging.

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Plex music libraries can now be streamed on Sonos speakers

Plex music libraries can now be streamed on Sonos speakers

Plex has announced support for Sonos speakers, allowing users to browse their Plex music library directly from the Sonos app and play whatever audio they’d like. It’s good news for those who use Plex to organize and access their media libraries, and it represents yet another option Sonos users have. Says Plex, Sonos users also have the option of accessing their music library remotely from whatever (connected) location they're in.

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Samsung Gear IconX wireless earbuds launch with in-ear fitness tracking

Samsung Gear IconX wireless earbuds launch with in-ear fitness tracking

Samsung's newest addition to its Gear line has begun hitting the shelves: the IconX wireless earbuds. We were impressed when we got our hands (ears?) on them back in early June, with high-quality audio maintained even over a Bluetooth connection. But the IconX, which Samsung bills as "truly cord-free earbuds," do much more than just audio output; they're also a fully functional fitness tracker and heart rate monitor.

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ZEEQ Smart Pillow will stream music and monitor your sleep

ZEEQ Smart Pillow will stream music and monitor your sleep

It seems like everything is getting smart today from watches to phones and now even our pillows. A new pillow has turned up on Kickstarter called the ZEEQ Smart Pillow and it has the ability to do all sorts of things while you are sleeping. Before you doze off the pillow can play your favorite music to lull you to bed.

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Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless speaker launches in white

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless speaker launches in white

Bowers & Wilkins has announced the upcoming launch of its Zeppelin Wireless speaker in white, complementing the black option it launched several months back. The white color is more contemporary in nature and goes better with certain types of decor versus the black model. Says the company, it made this color model “to appeal to palette purists and design enthusiasts who prefer a more neutral color tone."

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Audible Channels launches with original podcasts and more

Audible Channels launches with original podcasts and more

Audible has launched a new on-demand service called Channels, something it is offering to Premium members for free and on its own for $4.95/month for everyone else. The service focuses on exclusive and original content -- it's basically a podcast service to complement Audible's long running audiobook service. Content is split up into channels based on category, such as “20 Minutes of Relaxation,” “Meow! For Cat Lovers,” “Front Row Comedy,” and more.

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Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless headphones have 30-hour battery life

Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless headphones have 30-hour battery life

Sennheiser has introduced a new pair of headphones called the Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless. This model features wireless connectivity and is aimed at the “discerning business traveller,” according to Sennheiser. Users will get up to 30 hours of run time on a charge, as well as a tunable listening experience facilitated by Sennheiser’s CapTune app. The user can also enable an adaptive noise cancellation feature called NoiseGard.

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Xbox One background music arrives August 2

Xbox One background music arrives August 2

In January, a tweet suggested that we’d see background music support arrive for the Xbox One this summer, and now we finally have a date: it’ll arrive on August 2 with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, according to Microsoft. The Anniversary Update will bring changes to both the Xbox One and the Xbox app on Windows 10; in addition to the background music support, owners will see Language Region Independence and more.

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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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