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There are 50 new Amazon Dash buttons and it’s getting ridiculous

There are 50 new Amazon Dash buttons and it’s getting ridiculous

This week the folks at Amazon have added 50 new Dash Buttons to their collection, bringing the full set up to over 150. This set of buttons works for Amazon Prime members, allowing them to press said button once to see products delivered to their home soon thereafter. What's more, this newest set includes such baffling buttons as NERF and PLAY-DOH, making certain you're fully stocked on soft arrow and doh for forming fake cookies.

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Bluetooth 5 to debut next week with major speed, range improvements

Bluetooth 5 to debut next week with major speed, range improvements

The next generation of the Bluetooth standard is scheduled to be announced next week, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group has revealed. Dubbed Bluetooth 5, the next version is said to offer significant improvements over the current wireless standard, including four times the range and double the speed. The official reveal will be held in London on June 16th, an email from Bluetooth SIG CEO Mark Powell says.

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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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Meizu enters the US market with a “floating” Gravity speaker

Meizu enters the US market with a “floating” Gravity speaker

For those who keep tabs on the smartphone market, the name Meizu might be easily recognized as one of the more popular Chinese brands. Those who know the brand before that, however, will probably remember how the company started out making portable MP3, and then MP4, players. Meizu has no illusions that it isn't yet as strong a global brand as Xiaomi, Lenovo, and Huawei, the three top dogs in the Chinese smartphone market. So in its first formal attempt to venture to the West, particularly the US, it is going back to its roots and crowdsourcing Gravity, a rather intriguing "floating" wireless speaker.

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Harman Kardon GO + Play next-gen speaker sports steel handle

Harman Kardon GO + Play next-gen speaker sports steel handle

Harman Kardon has taken the wraps off its next-generation GO + Play, a wireless speaker that supports three devices at once and includes a built-in handle for easily toting it around. The company boasts ‘premium’ materials in its construction, including stainless steel for the handle and fabric for the finish. The speaker will be launching in May for $299 USD with a bunch of other features rounding it out.

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Sennheiser PRESENCE headsets offer HD audio in tough environments

Sennheiser PRESENCE headsets offer HD audio in tough environments

Sennheiser has a new line of Bluetooth headsets, and they’re designed to offer high definition audio even in tough environments — windy days spent outdoors, for example, which render many headsets useless. Among other things, the new Sennheiser headphones feature enhanced noise filtering, as well as a wider range of styles to suit various wearer needs and comfort levels. Sennheiser’s SpeakFocus, ActiveGard, and WindSafe technologies are all present.

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The Internet of Things keeps letting me down

The Internet of Things keeps letting me down

It can be tough sometimes, being an Internet of Things cheerleader. A world of devices that silently talk between themselves should be making my life easier; instead, it's giving me a serious headache.

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Plantronics BackBeat GO 3 first-impressions

Plantronics BackBeat GO 3 first-impressions

Usually, with headphones you have a choice: the convenience of Bluetooth and no wires, or the audio quality of wired, but the fuss of cords and cables in your pocket or bag. Plantronics believes its latest wireless headphones address that, with the BackBeat GO 3 offering not only lengthy runtimes - and even more if you pair them with the optional charging pouch - but the promise of far improved sound over rivals.

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New wireless chargers are 3x faster, and compatible with existing phones

New wireless chargers are 3x faster, and compatible with existing phones

For the last several years, it seems like everything in our lives has a cable attached to it. Sure, our phones, laptops, watches, and other devices are wireless for most of the day. But eventually you have to plug them in, and that means getting all of your cables out, and plugging them into their respective ports. Well LG Innotek is working on a new wireless charging system that hopes to cut down on the amount of cords in your house.

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Marshall Major II Bluetooth headphones hit USA

Marshall Major II Bluetooth headphones hit USA

This week the folks at Marshall Headphones have brought their slick looking MAJOR II Bluetooth headphones to the United States. This pair of headphones keeps the look of the Marshall headphone line consistent whilst bringing the added convenience of wirelessness with Bluetooth to the mix. This pair of headphones works with Bluetooth APTX for digital audio data reduction - that's there for as little latency as possible between the device projecting the audio and the headphones receiving them.

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WiGig Spot demo can download 120-minute movie in ten seconds

WiGig Spot demo can download 120-minute movie in ten seconds

Panasonic Corp is currently demonstrating a new wireless networking technology that it is calling the WiGig spot. The experimental device is able to transfer data at over ten times faster than a conventional wireless network. The technology is on display at the Narita International Airport to let travelers get a glimpse at the wireless network of the future. Panasonic says that the network is fast enough to download a 120-minute movie in about ten seconds.

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This is Nokia’s Next Big Thing (and 5G plays a huge role)

This is Nokia’s Next Big Thing (and 5G plays a huge role)

Nokia may be out of the phone business but the next step for the storied brand might see have an impact on more pockets than ever before. The company has brought new devices to Mobile World Congress 2016, but unlike previous years they're not smartphones. Instead, It's Nokia AirScale, a 5G-ready ecosystem that, while you may never hear the name in daily life, could end up gluing together your future handsets, IoT devices, cars, smart homes, and more.

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