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Philips SpeechAir Android voice recorder has touchscreen and camera

Philips SpeechAir Android voice recorder has touchscreen and camera

In some industries, there is a big need for high quality voice recording capability. A couple of those industries include the legal and medical fields. Philips has unveiled a new voice recorder that looks more like a new smartphone than a traditional recorder. The device is called the Philips SpeechAir and it has a lot in common with a smartphone in style and the fact that it runs the Android operating system.

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Plugfones Liberate are earplugs first and earbuds second

Plugfones Liberate are earplugs first and earbuds second

Noise isolating earphones are nothing new; there are hoards of these products on the market today. A new device called the Plugfones Liberate have been unveiled and they make a key distinction between themselves and other noise isolating products. The distinction is that the Plugfones are meant to be an earplug first and an earbud second. That would indicate that blocking external sound is more important than the audio playback.

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Beoplay A1 Bluetooth speaker promises more bass on the go

Beoplay A1 Bluetooth speaker promises more bass on the go

BeoPlay has a new portable Bluetooth speaker that is designed to both allow you to listen to your favorite music wherever you are and to act as a speakerphone. With a speakerphone, you don’t have to keep your mobile crammed against your ear and multiple people can join in on a group call. The portable speaker is called the Beoplay A1 and its design delivers 360-degree sound.

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Android beats iOS in the race to ditch the headphone jack

Android beats iOS in the race to ditch the headphone jack

There are a lot of rumors about the iPhone 7. Perhaps one of the biggest ones is that Apple will ditch the headphone jack in favor of routing all audio through the Lightning connector. While the rumors still swirl about, the first phones to ditch the port aren't from Apple at all. They run Android.

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Denon HEOS wireless multi-room audio system upgrade supports high-res audio files

Denon HEOS wireless multi-room audio system upgrade supports high-res audio files

Back in 2014, Denon rolled out the HEOS wireless multi-room audio system for the first time. Denon has announced that it is now making a major upgrade to the HEOS wireless system to meet the evolving consumer demands in the wireless multi-room audio segment. The HEOS family of audio speakers now supports Bluetooth accessibility.

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Fluance Fi70 Review: a massive, beautiful Bluetooth speaker

Fluance Fi70 Review: a massive, beautiful Bluetooth speaker

There are speakers, and then there are speakers. When I first saw a picture of Fluance's Fi70 wireless speaker, it was on a pedestal and I imagined it to be something somewhat hefty but not enormous. I realized I was mistaken when a 100lbs box appeared on my front porch. Though officially referred to as a wireless speaker, the Fluance Fi70 is more appropriately described as a sound system aggregated together into a convenient, awfully heavy box. How does it sound? In one word: incredible.

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Sennheiser has a fix for bad GoPro audio

Sennheiser has a fix for bad GoPro audio

GoPro's action cameras might be the go-anywhere video recording option for racing, biking, and other extreme sports, but the audio they capture has always been the ugly sibling. Sennheiser, though, believes it may have the answer with its new, microphone-toting GoPro camera case, one of the first products to launch under the GoPro Developer Program.

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Crosley’s 2016 Record Store Day Turntable Review

Crosley’s 2016 Record Store Day Turntable Review

A special edition of the Crosley Cruiser portable turntable (read: vinyl record player) is sitting on our review bench today, Mickey Mouse-infused. This version of the Crosley Cruiser has a couple of images of the Disney mouse, both rolling pretty hard with his own stack of records as such. This piece of equipment has the same internals as you'd find on a classic Cruiser model, but here it has a limited edition set of images to adorn its exterior - and under the hood.

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Logitech buys Jaybird as part of its ‘audio wearables’ expansion

Logitech buys Jaybird as part of its ‘audio wearables’ expansion

Logitech has entered into an agreement to acquire Jaybird, an audio company that sells earbuds and more for athletes and sporty folks. Logitech will buy the company for $50 million in cash, as well as up to another possible $45 million depending on whether they hit some growth targets over the next couple of years. With this acquisition, Logitech will be furthering its expansion beyond PC speakers to include, in this case, audio wearable technology.

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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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