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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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Samsung Level Active aims at Jaybird

Samsung Level Active aims at Jaybird

When it comes to earbuds for the active folks out there one of the most popular names is Jaybird. Samsung wants in on the market that Jaybird plays in and to grab some of that market Samsung has a new product in the works according to rumors and Bluetooth SIG. The name of the device is Samsung Level Active and Bluetooth SIG lists the model number as EO-BG930.

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Vi artificial intelligence personal trainer blasts Kickstarter goal

Vi artificial intelligence personal trainer blasts Kickstarter goal

Anyone who has worked out with a trainer knows that workouts done with someone to motivate you tend to be better workouts. A good trainer keeps you from getting lazy, but the problem is that trainers are expensive and aren't always available when you want them. A new device has landed on Kickstarter called the Vi. Vi is an artificial intelligence personal trainer integrated into a set of wireless earphones.

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First iPhone 7 Lightning to 3.5mm adapters spotted in the wild

First iPhone 7 Lightning to 3.5mm adapters spotted in the wild

It's long been rumored that the iPhone 7 will be losing a big feature when Apple announces it later this year. It may prove one of the most controversial changes that the company has made to the smartphone, as people have already been up in arms about it. After all, nearly every pair of headphones uses a 3.5mm jack, so what will customers do if Apple takes that port away?

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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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