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Misfit Specter puts activity tracking into wireless headphones

Misfit Specter puts activity tracking into wireless headphones

Misfit has been busy at CES 2016, first announcing Ray, a sleek fitness wearable like those the company is more know for, and now its unveiled something entirely new: a pair of wireless in-ear headphones called Specter which feature activity tracking tech. The headphones appear similar to any standard Bluetooth earbuds, with a small clip-on base and a cord remote with music playback buttons, but are capable of tracking the standard data, including steps, activity, and even sleep (assuming users wear them bed).

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Jaybird Freedom wireless earbuds have customizable sound

Jaybird Freedom wireless earbuds have customizable sound

Jaybird has unveiled two new sets of wireless premium earbuds at CES 2016 called the Freedom and X3. Both of the earbuds offer customizable sound profiles that can be moved with the user from device to device. That means you don’t have to reset your sound preferences if you want to use the earbuds on multiple devices.

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Sony Glass Sound Speaker doubles as classy light

Sony Glass Sound Speaker doubles as classy light

At its CES event today, Sony announced its Glass Sound Speaker, a vertical round glass tube with an “LED source” on the inside. The Glass Sound Speaker, as the name suggests, is a speaker first and foremost, with the light serving as a gentle accent that blends well with most decor styles. This is part of Sony’s previously announced Life Space UX product lineup.

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Sony h.ear Series scores new wireless headphones and speakers

Sony h.ear Series scores new wireless headphones and speakers

In addition to its new Extra Bass products, Sony has added a variety of audio devices to its h.ear Series, an audio lineup including speakers and headphones. This time around, Sony has added three new models, the h.ear on Wireless NC headphones, h.ear in wireless earbuds, and the oddly named h.ear.go wireless speakers, all three of which boast bright, colorful designs. Sony will be launching the new items this upcoming Spring.

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Sony Extra Bass line expands with new speakers, headphones

Sony Extra Bass line expands with new speakers, headphones

Sony has announced an expansion to its Extra Bass audio lineup, adding news headphones, speakers, and an audio system. The lineup, as its’ name suggests, is targeted at those with heavy bass audio tastes; those who find themselves often disappointed by the bass from most consumer audio devices. Sony plans to launch all of the products in Spring, though prices haven’t been stated yet.

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Altec Lansing Super LifeJacket and Freedom Earbuds feature Bluetooth tech

Altec Lansing Super LifeJacket and Freedom Earbuds feature Bluetooth tech

Altec Lansing is on hand at CES 2016 and among the new items they are showing off in Las Vegas are the Super LifeJacket Wireless Bluetooth portable speaker and the Freedom wireless earbuds. The Super LifeJacket portable speaker is IP68 rated to survive underwater indefinitely without damage.

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Deezer lands for Roku users in France, UK, Canada, and Mexico

Deezer lands for Roku users in France, UK, Canada, and Mexico

Roku fans in a few select countries now have a new streaming option to check out with the launch of Deezer for streaming music. Deezer is now available in France, UK, Canada, and Mexico. The Deezer app for Roku TV users gives users access to tracks, albums, playlists, and their personal Deezer Flow.

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Apple Music rumored to get hi-res audio to match Lightning connectors

Apple Music rumored to get hi-res audio to match Lightning connectors

There might be another reason why Apple might drop standard 3.5 mm headphone jacks from the next iPhones after all. According to a Japanese website, Apple is gearing up to deliver high resolution, or hi-res, audio over its Apple Music streaming service. But in order to successfully do so, it will need to convert that digital data to high quality signals, something that regular headphone connectors aren't capable of. Instead, the new feature will leverage Apple's new Lightning connection audio specification, which it has released to its accessory partners last year.

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NPR’s bringing audio to Facebook in new experiment

NPR’s bringing audio to Facebook in new experiment

NPR has a new experiment to see if “audio can go viral,” and first in line to facilitate its’ experiment is Facebook, where users will soon see NPR audio clips directly in their News Feed. The audio will first come this month as part of a “brief preview,” and will expand starting in early January when NPR will publish several clips on the social network every day for a month.

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Cleer DU Wireless dual driver Bluetooth headphones unveiled

Cleer DU Wireless dual driver Bluetooth headphones unveiled

Cleer has introduced its new DU Wireless headphones, a model it says is the first HD dual driver wireless Bluetooth unit of its kind. The headphones combine a stylish, modern design with support for high quality audio. There’s AAC/AptX version 4.0 lossless connectivity coupled with a pair of 40mm neodymium drivers, a quick charge feature, LED indicator, and more.

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Sennheiser AVX Wireless Microphone Review

Sennheiser AVX Wireless Microphone Review

The video world might currently be enchanted with Ultra HD, but skimp on sound and all the pixels in the world won't save you. Enter Sennheiser with the AVX System, a prosumer wireless microphone setup which promises to not only raise your audio game but do it without channel-hunting headaches or messing with levels.

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Spotify uses music to find your inner Star Wars character

Spotify uses music to find your inner Star Wars character

Disney is going all out with the Star Wars promotions, and latest on that bandwagon is Spotify. Whether you’re a subscriber or a guest, the music streaming service will use a little bit of magic to pair you with your best matched Star Wars character. The process works best if you have a listening history on Spotify, but those who don’t use the service can select some artists to help Spotify “guide your alignment.”

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