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iHeartMedia is turning its most popular podcasts into books

iHeartMedia is turning its most popular podcasts into books

iHeartMedia, the company behind iHeartRadio, has teamed up with Flatiron Books to establish a new imprint for podcasts turned into books. The new imprint is called 'Stuff You Should Read: An iHeartBook,' according to Flatiron, which reports that it will kick things off with four books based on popular podcasts from the iHeartPodcast Network. 'Stuff You Should Know' is among the first podcasts to have reached one billion downloads.

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Spotify’s redesigned podcast show pages add featured trailers

Spotify’s redesigned podcast show pages add featured trailers

Spotify has 'refreshed' its Podcast Show page with new tools to help users find the content they're most interested in. In addition to the new category tags that simplify finding similar content, the Podcast Show page also now features show trailers, which are exactly what they sound like. With these, users can get a quick preview of the show before deciding whether to stream or download.

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Marshall Monitor II headphones pair ANC with retro design

Marshall Monitor II headphones pair ANC with retro design

Marshall has released an updated version of its Monitor headphones, a model that brings the same retro design we've seen with the company's other products. Users can expect ultra-long listening sessions from the headphones' built-in battery; there's also active noise cancellation and the same gold control knob found on some of the company's other earphones.

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New Pandora Apple Watch app released with iPhone-free experience

New Pandora Apple Watch app released with iPhone-free experience

A new version of the Pandora app for Apple Watch was launched that requires no assistance from an iPhone or iPad or smartphone of any sort. This app is what's called a "standalone" app for Apple Watch, meaning Pandora's claim for "on the go" functionality is about as true as it's ever going to get. This app allows music and podcasts to be played on Apple Watch devices right out the gate.

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Study finds binaural beats probably aren’t helping your mood

Study finds binaural beats probably aren’t helping your mood

Binaural beats have been popular for well over a decade at this point in time; you can easily find thousands of videos on YouTube featuring these tones at various frequencies alongside big claims about raising your vibrations, elevating your mood, and supercharging your memory. Though some past research has found certain small benefits potentially caused by listening to these beats, a new study found that elevated mood isn't one of them.

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Spotify deploys its new songwriter pages with ‘Written by’ playlists

Spotify deploys its new songwriter pages with ‘Written by’ playlists

In 2018, Spotify began including songwriter credits with content, making the information available to the public. The company is taking this a step farther with the launch of proper songwriter pages, which list all of the songs written by the writer. This makes it easier for creators to showcase and share their work and for fans to find all of the songs from their favorite writers.

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Samsung February 2020 event wrap-up: Galaxy S20, Z Flip, Buds+, 5G

Samsung February 2020 event wrap-up: Galaxy S20, Z Flip, Buds+, 5G

Today we're taking a peek at everything that appeared at the Samsung Unpacked 2020 event for February 11, 2020. This event showed off the Galaxy S line, the hero smartphone line, for the year 2020 - called Samsung Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra. There was also a new pair of earbuds called Samsung Galaxy Buds+, and a new foldable smartphone called Samsung Galaxy Z Flip. There was also a lot of very confusing business with 5G - a lot. Also the Samsung Galaxy Home Mini was released - this morning!

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RODE NT-USB Mini is a studio mic you can slip in your bag

RODE NT-USB Mini is a studio mic you can slip in your bag

For the past years, RODE has been making audio recording equipment aimed at digital professionals but despite their best attempts, the majority of their products are not one you could easily take around with you all the time. Not unless you always carry your recording gear with you wherever you go. That leaves out a class of content creators that are always on the go and need to set things up in a flash. That's where the new RODE NT-USB Mini comes in, promising studio-quality recording with a single cable.

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Samsung Galaxy Home Mini throws pre-launch shade at Siri

Samsung Galaxy Home Mini throws pre-launch shade at Siri

The Samsung smart speaker called Galaxy Home Mini leaked in a release-ready configuration today tossing a jab at Apple's smart assistant Siri (unofficially, of course). The video comes courtesy of an unnamed source* who would appear to have been at a location where several new Samsung products were being shown. This new smart speaker will apparently allow you, the user to "make it say literally anything you want" - like what we see in the video below: "At least I'm better than Siri."

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Huawei FreeBuds 3 go red for Valentine’s Day

Huawei FreeBuds 3 go red for Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day is quickly approaching, and if you're on the lookout for a gift for your significant other, Huawei would like to draw your attention to its FreeBuds 3 wireless earbuds. First launched toward the end of 2019, Huawei announced a new color option for the FreeBuds 3 today: red. As Huawei's announcement today reads, the new color "evokes feelings of love and passion, celebrates modern relationships around the world, helping to bring people closer together."

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Spotify acquires The Ringer to expand its podcast library

Spotify acquires The Ringer to expand its podcast library

Music streaming service Spotify has announced the acquisition of The Ringer, a website that, among other things, offers a large selection of podcasts on sports, popular culture, and more. Spotify will get these podcasts as part of the deal, as well as The Ringer website and its entertainment and sports team. If everything goes according to plan, the deal will close in the first quarter of the year.

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Galaxy Buds+ leaked as AirPods’ nightmare at $149

Galaxy Buds+ leaked as AirPods’ nightmare at $149

Today we're taking a peek at the latest leak of the Samsung Galaxy Buds+, a pair of wireless earphones (or earbuds, if you prefer) that challenge Apple AirPods in the spring of 2020. The Samsung offensive with their second-generation Galaxy Buds could be considered an extension of the family. The features of the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ are extremely similar to those of the original Samsung Galaxy Buds (no + mark), but they cost just a TINY bit more for a decent boost to battery power - and an extra microphone.

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