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Sony MDR-1AM2, EXTRA BASS, sports earbuds: 2018 mobile audio lineup

Sony MDR-1AM2, EXTRA BASS, sports earbuds: 2018 mobile audio lineup

Sony has unveiled a slew of mobile audio products, including portable speakers and earbuds. Joining the lineup is the new Sony MDR-1AM2, a sequel of sorts to the 1A model Sony launched back in 2014, as well as Sony's own alternative to AirPods -- the WI-SP700N "truly wireless" earbuds, which feature a charging case and no wires at all.

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Sony 2018 home audio lineup: sound bars, Dolby Atmos, vertical audio

Sony 2018 home audio lineup: sound bars, Dolby Atmos, vertical audio

Home entertainment enthusiasts will have a slew of new home audio products to choose from this year thanks to Sony, which has just unveiled a bunch of sound bars and more. Though the products, which include speakers and sound bars, won't be arriving until this spring season, the company has shown them off ahead of time. Vertical Surround Engine, surround sound audio, Chromecast support, and more round out the features.

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Ibuprofen male infertility issue joins cardiac risk as painkiller concerns grow

Ibuprofen male infertility issue joins cardiac risk as painkiller concerns grow

Ibuprofen is a simple, inexpensive, easily purchased NSAID pain reliever, one often taken due to a combination of its perceived safety and over-the-counter availability. Ask the average person whether ibuprofen is dangerous and they'll likely say it is safe when used properly, but that may not be true. A growing number of studies shed light on concerning health issues that may arise from NSAIDs and ibuprofen in particular.

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JBL Everest headphones, earbuds have Google Assistant built-in

JBL Everest headphones, earbuds have Google Assistant built-in

Audio company JBL has announced headphones featuring Google Assistant built-in. Called Everest, these wireless headphones tap Google's voice assistant for audible notifications and the ability to control music using voice instead of touch (though a bit of touch is still necessary). Google Assistant has been integrated into the Everest 710GA and 110GA around-ear headphones and earbuds.

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iPhone SE 2 glass back and wireless charging tipped, plus early 2018 launch

iPhone SE 2 glass back and wireless charging tipped, plus early 2018 launch

The iPhone SE 2, the rumored successor to the iPhone SE, will feature a glass back, according to a new report. This glass back may be more than a random design choice, instead hinting at a specific, welcomed feature: wireless charging. It's a big change over past rumors regarding the device, which was expected to bring an increase in speed but little else. The addition of a glass back would itself be a big change, and wireless charging would bring it to a whole new level.

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2018 TCL 4K HDR Roku TVs get Dolby Vision, Roku Assistant, contrast zones

2018 TCL 4K HDR Roku TVs get Dolby Vision, Roku Assistant, contrast zones

As expected, TCL has unveiled a bunch of new Roku-based products at CES 2018, not the least of which is the new TCL Roku Smart Soundbar that Roku recently teased in its own announcement. The new lineup includes refreshed Roku smart TVs for the 2018 year, including models that pack Dolby Vision HDR support and the new iPQ Engine. The TVs span two different series: the 6-Series and the 5-Series.

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Sennheiser HD 820 closed-back headphones are made for audiophiles

Sennheiser HD 820 closed-back headphones are made for audiophiles

Open-back headphones have a special place in any audiophile's heart, but sometimes a closed-back pair are more appropriate. Here to fill that need is Sennheiser with its newly unveiled HD 820 closed-back headphones. Sennheiser says its HD 820 are dynamic stereo headphones sporting a glass transducer cover for keeping resonances to a minimum. The model has a circumaural design and is promised to "set a new benchmark" for closed-back headphones.

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ASUS Lyra Voice, Trio offer Amazon Alexa and mesh networking

ASUS Lyra Voice, Trio offer Amazon Alexa and mesh networking

ASUS has a pair of devices for the modern smart home: the ASUS Lyra Voice and Lyra Trio. These devices offer Amazon Alexa voice services and mesh networking, the combination of which ensure that one's whole home is blanketed with WiFi and that any connected (and supported) IoT gadgets can be controlled using voice commands. ASUS plans to launch both products in the first half of 2018.

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ASUS unveils Chromebox 3, Tinker Board S, and Mini PCs for 2018

ASUS unveils Chromebox 3, Tinker Board S, and Mini PCs for 2018

In the market for a tiny-but-powerful PC, a small device for DIY project, or a new Chromebox? ASUS has you covered. The company has introduced all three varieties of computing products at CES 2018, including a couple of small-form-factor (SFF) desktop PCs perfect for compact spaces, home entertainment systems, and more. The Chromebox is back as well, this time packing an 8th-generation Intel Core processor and USB-C.

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ASUS ZenFone Max Plus packs a 5.7″ display into a 5.2″ body

ASUS ZenFone Max Plus packs a 5.7″ display into a 5.2″ body

ASUS has taken the wraps off the ZenFone Max Plus (M1) smartphone for the North American market, saying this compact 5.7" handset will be available to purchase within the region starting next month for $229 USD. The phone will be offered in two color options: Deepsea Black and Azure Silver. The big selling point for this phone is its compact nature -- ASUS says it has squeezed a 5.7" display into a phone body the same size as typical 5.2" smartphones.

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ASUS Windows Mixed Reality Headset: 3K display and all-day comfort

ASUS Windows Mixed Reality Headset: 3K display and all-day comfort

Joining ASUS's slew of new gaming products is its Windows Mixed Reality Headset, the company's headset for immersing users into various virtual worlds. The headset was announced amongst ASUS's CES 2018 wares, joining the mass of gaming laptops and other products. With the ASUS Windows Mixed Reality Headset comes a unique, angular 3D pattern and the promise of very simple setup.

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US Customs phone, laptop border searches increased substantially in 2017

US Customs phone, laptop border searches increased substantially in 2017

Back in August 2009, the US Customs and Border Patrol released a Directive over its border searches of electronic devices. Today the CBP released a new Directive that supersedes the one it released in 2009, explaining that the new one "enhances transparency, accountability and oversight of electronic device border searches" it performs. The CBP also said that it performed 30,200 electronic device searches at the border in 2017.

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