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Amazon Music app now available on Apple CarPlay

Amazon Music app now available on Apple CarPlay

iPhone owners can now listen to music from the Amazon Music app using Apple’s CarPlay, Amazon has announced. The music becomes accessible after connecting the iPhone to a vehicle with CarPlay, as users will be able to select the Amazon Music app as one of the supported audio choices. This joins the support for Android Auto, which similarly allows Android users to access the music on their vehicle’s touchscreen.

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This AI was taught to rap using Kanye West lyrics

This AI was taught to rap using Kanye West lyrics

We've heard a Christmas song written by artificial intelligence, and we've read depressing poetry written by an AI trained by thousands of romance novels. Now a new AI has surfaced with similar abilities, only rather than writing music or artwork, it has penned its own rap lyrics. How did it gain such unusual (for a machine) skills? By being fed a bunch of Kanye West songs.

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Precise Audio (volume control) for Android released [APK Download]

Precise Audio (volume control) for Android released [APK Download]

This week far finer-grain control over audio volume has been released for most Android devices. This control comes in an unofficial app by the name of Precise Volume - and it comes without cost. There is a version that adds odds and ends and bits of helpful functionality, but the base app add-on is free. This should serve to encourage Google (and other smartphone manufacturers) to bring just such a set of controls to their own phones in the near future.

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V-MODA Remix Bluetooth speaker has a built-in headphone amplifier

V-MODA Remix Bluetooth speaker has a built-in headphone amplifier

V-MODA has introduced its new Remix Bluetooth speaker, a model that features an integrated V-MODA VAMP tech headphone amplifier. According to the company, its new speaker is able to drive high-end headphones that have higher-impedance with 83mW x 2 power, rivaling standalone headphone amplifiers offered at high price points. Remix also boasts a variety of other features, including support of various personal assistants like Alexa and USB-C charging.

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Sony BRAVIA OLED 4K HDR TVs, sound bars get pricing and release dates

Sony BRAVIA OLED 4K HDR TVs, sound bars get pricing and release dates

Sony showed up to CES 2017 with a collection of new BRAVIA 4K OLED TVs in tow, but as is usually the case with these trade show reveals, Sony wasn't quite ready to talk release dates or pricing at the time. Today Sony is delivering that information at last, but with these TVs offering 4K OLED panels, don't expect them to be inexpensive.

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Study: audio synced to brainwaves improves memory in elderly

Study: audio synced to brainwaves improves memory in elderly

A new study out of Northwestern Medicine has found that playing audio synced to one’s brainwaves both improves memory in the elderly and improves their deep sleep quality. The memory increase is likely due to the substantial improvements in deep sleep quality, which gets worse as a person gets older, but especially starting in middle age. The discovery could lead to non-medicine-based interventions to improve both memory and sleep quality in older adults and the elderly.

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Fluance DB12 subwoofer boasts ‘ultra-low’ bass frequencies

Fluance DB12 subwoofer boasts ‘ultra-low’ bass frequencies

Fluance has announced the arrival of its new DB12, a subwoofer that is able to produce ultra-low bass frequencies for one’s home entertainment needs. Officially called the DB12 Powered Subwoofer, this model offers consumers a standalone way to add powerful base to their home audio setup. The model offers 240 watts of dynamic power with a peak of 400 watts, and it packs it all within a modest, somewhat classically-designed wood cabinet.

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Top 3 Ways to Stream Hi-Res Music (2017)

Top 3 Ways to Stream Hi-Res Music (2017)

So you’ve grown tired of poor-quality music streaming, but you’re not interested in downloading a massive library of FLAC files to fill up your music player. What’s the solution? So-called hi-res music streaming, an increasingly common tier of on-demand music access for audiophiles and others with discerning tastes. We recently heard a rumor that Spotify is planning to launch a 'Hi-Fi' subscription tier, but what options are available right now?

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B&O Play Beolit 17 wireless speaker boasts more power than ’15’ model

B&O Play Beolit 17 wireless speaker boasts more power than ’15’ model

Bang & Olufsen’s B&O Play has unveiled the latest model in its Beolit line of wireless speakers, the Beolit 17. This model boasts more power than the previous Beolit 15 model, and brings with it what the company describes as ‘distinct cool Scandinavian style.’ The speaker is being offered in two different color options, Stone Grey and Natural, and it is launching across more than half a dozen countries.

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Nokia OZO Audio is a spatial audio tech for phones, cameras

Nokia OZO Audio is a spatial audio tech for phones, cameras

Nokia has dipped its hands into a lot of cookie jars lately, including the hottest computing and gaming trend, virtual reality. But most, if not fall, VR systems today only deal with the visual part of that made-up reality. A fully immersive virtual experience would need to also have 3D audio to go along with the 3D visuals. And for that, you need to record, and play back, audio in 3D, which is why Nokia is announcing OZO Audio to complement its existing OZO camera and platform.

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Spotify Hi-Fi music tier tipped with lossless audio

Spotify Hi-Fi music tier tipped with lossless audio

The days of low-quality audio streaming may be behind us, at least as far as Spotify is concerned. Screenshots from the service have appeared online detailing a not-yet-available “Spotify Hi-Fi” service that gives users access to lossless CD-quality audio for an additional $5 or $10 per month. Users aren’t yet able to sign up for the service and the pricing seems inconsistent at this time.

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Grace Digital’s Mondo+ radio has Chromecast built-in

Grace Digital’s Mondo+ radio has Chromecast built-in

Grace Digital already offers products that play nice with Chromecasts, but perhaps not at this level: its new radio, called the Mondo+, has a Chromecast built-in. Those of you who are familiar with the original Mondo will feel right at home here, as the Mondo+ doesn't offer too many aesthetic differences. Functionality is similar as well, but with a built-in Chromecast, your streaming options expand quite significantly.

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