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JBL Reflect Aware C earbuds are for USB Type-C phones

JBL Reflect Aware C earbuds are for USB Type-C phones

The new HTC 10 smartphone has a USB-C port, and just in time for it is the new JBL Reflect Aware C earbuds with a USB Type-C cable. These are the first sport earbuds for USB-C phones, according to JBL, that feature adaptive noise control and noise cancellation. In addition to blocking out unwanted ambient noises, the earbuds feature an in-line control and microphone, two color options, and more.

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Audiofly AF240 Headphones Review

Audiofly AF240 Headphones Review

Over-the-ear headphones get your hopes up. Those who choose to wear bulky cups balanced on top of their heads expect to be rewarded with above-average sound quality to make up for the lack of convenience, particularly on consumer-grade cans designed to be used outside of a studio environment. The Audiofly AF240 represent the first attempt by the Australian company to bridge the gap between the earbuds it's known for, and the new territory that comes with the over-the-ear market.

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RippleBuds mono-earbud is a nearly invisible wireless headset

RippleBuds mono-earbud is a nearly invisible wireless headset

There’s a new mono-earbud on the market, and its called RippleBuds. The earbuds are two individual units that can be used together or separately, and unlike an ordinary Bluetooth earpiece, the unit fits fully inside one’s ear, no extended microphone to be found. Despite the small size, RippleBuds’ creator says the unit offers noise blocking technology and features an integrated microphone for on-the-go phone calls.

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Bang & Olufsen partners with LG in OLED TV effort

Bang & Olufsen partners with LG in OLED TV effort

Bang & Olufsen has partnered with LG Electronics to produce OLED TVs. Bang & Olufsen, of course, will be handling the audio part of things, with the company saying it will “focus on its unique competencies within design, acoustics and smart home integration within TV development.” LG will be contributing its OLED technology into the mix, and the first result of the collaboration, an OLED TV, will be available next year.

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Chrome Music Labs brings interactive music lessons to the web

Chrome Music Labs brings interactive music lessons to the web

Google has introduced its new Chrome Music Lab, an effort to tech everyone about music by providing free interactive online tools. The idea is that just about everyone has access to the Internet, and as such it should be leveraged as a teaching tool for music — it may not be able to teach someone how to play a specific instrument, but it can expand one’s understanding of music in general.

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TuneIn Premium adds access to all 2016-17 NBA games

TuneIn Premium adds access to all 2016-17 NBA games

TuneIn and the NBA have struck a partnership, and those with a TuneIn Premium subscription will benefit from it. Starting with the 2016-17 basketball season, TuneIn will offer live play-by-play coverage for NBA pre-season content, as well as regular and post-season games as the months roll by. The NBA content will be available to premium subscribers located in the United States.

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Sennheiser and Freitag team for one-of-a-kind Urbanite headphones

Sennheiser and Freitag team for one-of-a-kind Urbanite headphones

Sennheiser has taken the wraps off a new pair of limited edition headphones, the F703 Sennheiser + FREITAG model. The limited edition model is comprised of Sennheiser’s own black Urbanite on-ear headphones paired with unique styles from FREITAG for a one-of-a-kind look. The limited edition models are made with recycled truck tarpaulins over the headbands, says Sennheiser, each adding bold colors and more.

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Oregon’s mystery noise lures researchers, conspiracy theorists

Oregon’s mystery noise lures researchers, conspiracy theorists

A strange, unidentified sound is haunting an Oregon town and residents are getting creeped out. The sound only happens at night, and is said to make local pets go crazy. The noise isn’t only heard by unfortunate critters in the Forest Grove region, though — it is bothersome enough that it has awakened residents in the middle of the night. Some have described the sound as akin to an unbearably loud tea kettle, others as a “mechanical scream.”

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Ossic X headphones calibrate 3D audio to the listener

Ossic X headphones calibrate 3D audio to the listener

Audio fans looking for headphones with high quality sound can now check out the Ossic X headphones that offer something unique. These headphones claim to be the first in the world to offer 3D sound that instantly calibrates to the listener. By calibrating the sound to the listener using head tracking and individual anatomy calibration, the Ossic X headphones claim to deliver an increased sense of auditory space and sound quality.

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Ekko sound pods stream audio to several headphones at once

Ekko sound pods stream audio to several headphones at once

Ekko Audio has taken the wraps off an intriguing product that aims to make a single audio source available to multiple pairs of headphones at once. This functionality is achieved via sound pods, of which four are available; each sound pod streams audio to a pair of headphones plugged into the pod, allowing everyone to listen to, for example, the TV or radio using their own headphones or earbuds.

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Line pulls the plug on MixRadio

Line pulls the plug on MixRadio

Poor MixRadio. for years it's been passed around, with hopes of finding a permanent home, where it can serve up music for the masses. Unfortunately, instead of finally taking off and making it big, it would seem that the final nail has been driven into its coffin today.

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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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