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What this Galaxy Note 10 leak means for your pocketbook

What this Galaxy Note 10 leak means for your pocketbook

There's been what might seem like a super miniature leak this afternoon, thanks to Samsung. The leak shows a dongle. This is the sort of dongle that connects a USB-C port to a headphone jack. This can mean only one thing for the Galaxy Note 10 - at least one of the two expected models coming from Samsung soon. It means that the Galaxy Note 10 will be the second major mobile device to ditch a feature we've been taking for granted for far, far too long.

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House of Marley Liberate Air true wireless earbuds are eco-friendly

House of Marley Liberate Air true wireless earbuds are eco-friendly

House of Marley is the latest audio company to release a pair of truly wireless earbuds, meaning two earpieces and a battery storage case. Called Liberate Air, the company says its earbuds are made from sustainable materials, offering that eco-friendly edge some competing products are missing. The company packs a number of notable features into the model, including weather resistance and long battery life.

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Tool is finally releasing its albums on streaming services

Tool is finally releasing its albums on streaming services

Brace yourselves, Tool fans. The band has announced that it will finally be making its albums available to stream through digital music streaming services like Spotify, a reversal of its previous refusal to enter the modern streaming era. The announcement was made on the band's Twitter account today just weeks ahead of the launch of its latest upcoming album.

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Android Sound Amplifier personalizes volumes for those who need it the most

Android Sound Amplifier personalizes volumes for those who need it the most

A lot of the focus in mobile technologies have centered around visual and sometimes haptic aspects of the experience. For some people, however, sound is just as important or sometimes even more important. Smartphones can help us experience the world on a different level or, for those with impairments, on a normal level. That's why Google is now putting the Android platform to use in enabling not just those with visual problems but hearing loss as well to allow them to connect and feel connected with other people and other things.

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Pandora Voice Mode assistant arrives for all users on iOS and Android

Pandora Voice Mode assistant arrives for all users on iOS and Android

In January, SoundHound announced that Pandora was introducing an in-app voice assistant called Voice Mode in the US. This feature, which is powered by the Houndify Voice AI platform, arrived for some users located in the United States, but hasn't been available to all users until now. Pandora subscribers on Android and iOS can now use the feature to search for music using their voice.

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Audible is adding audiobook captions and publishers are mad

Audible is adding audiobook captions and publishers are mad

Amazon's Audible has announced plans to add captioning to audiobooks and publishers aren't happy about it. Though many users are receptive to the idea of 'close captioning' for audiobooks, which Audible announced last week, the publishing industry is revolting against the plan, in some cases demanding the feature be made unavailable on certain titles.

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Spotify’s new Disney Hub offers sing-alongs, classics, Marvel music

Spotify’s new Disney Hub offers sing-alongs, classics, Marvel music

Spotify has launched a new Disney section in its catalog, enabling users to search for and stream Disney content spanning from the classics through modern day hits. All of the content is collected under the service's new Disney Hub, which can be accessed in a large number of countries where the service is available.

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RHA Wireless Flight Adapter grants Bluetooth audio to anything with a 3.5mm jack

RHA Wireless Flight Adapter grants Bluetooth audio to anything with a 3.5mm jack

If you're the owner of a quality pair of Bluetooth headphones but you own devices that don't support wireless connections through Bluetooth, then RHA has the perfect device for you. Today the company introduced its Wireless Flight Adapter, which takes any device with a 3.5mm jack and makes it compatible with your Bluetooth headphones.

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JBL Link Bar, an Android TV soundbar with Google Assistant, is finally shipping

JBL Link Bar, an Android TV soundbar with Google Assistant, is finally shipping

Back in August 2018, JBL started accepting pre-orders for its Link Bar, a hybrid soundbar device that includes Android TV and Google Assistant built-in. The device was positioned as a sort of all-in-one home entertainment experience that brought both Android TV and Google Assistant to one's entertainment setup, but a huge delay prevented consumers from getting the soundbar.

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Apple AirPods’ 5 secret sauces of sales success

Apple AirPods’ 5 secret sauces of sales success

Before we go any further, I want you to know that this is not an advertisement, and nobody at any company (especially Apple) compelled me to write what you're about to read. I noticed today that several blogs had written about some AirPods discount or another - and passed it off as news. Besides the obvious affiliate angle, how did a discount about AirPods become news - and why do so many people care? Here are five reasons why Apple AirPods are so bonkers-level popular.

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IT’S OK is a portable cassette player with Bluetooth audio support

IT’S OK is a portable cassette player with Bluetooth audio support

What was old is new again in the entertainment industry with old consoles getting mini makeovers and vinyl coming back in fashion. For some people, however, their first music experience wasn't with phonograph but with cassette players. The darling of the 80s, cassettes were perhaps the last stage of the analog audio world before MP3s became, and still are, the king. In time for the retro revolution, the IT'S OK campaign popped up on Kickstarter to bring back the beloved audio device with a slightly modern twist.

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US Army’s first two audiobooks are free to the public

US Army’s first two audiobooks are free to the public

The United States Army has released two training manuals as audiobooks that are freely accessible to the public. The two audiobooks represent the first time the US Army has released training manuals in audio form, giving those who prefer to listen rather than read a new way to digest the material. The new content was released by the Training and Doctrine Command’s Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate (CADD).

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