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Pixel 4: Why no earbuds in the box is a good thing

Pixel 4: Why no earbuds in the box is a good thing

The Google Pixel 4 doesn't include a pair of earbuds in its box, no headphone jack, and no 3.5mm headphone adapter for USB-C. My first reaction as a tech news reporter and reviewer of products is to cry foul! We've come to expect that we'll get certain things when we buy a smartphone, and those expectations are being changed for us, right before our eyes! But there's a bright side to some of this.

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Sony’s 360-degree audio tech will arrive for 1,000 songs this fall

Sony’s 360-degree audio tech will arrive for 1,000 songs this fall

Sony's previously announced 360 Reality Audio will arrive for around 1,000 songs this fall, the company has announced. Sony first detailed this technology during CES 2019, introducing the world to what it described as a new music experience that is more immersive by putting listeners within a 3D sound field. Behind the new capability lies object-based spatial audio technology.

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DxOMark adds audio performance to smartphone benchmark protocol

DxOMark adds audio performance to smartphone benchmark protocol

For a long time, DxOMark's mobile benchmarks focused on the basics of smartphone cameras but, at long last, it started modifying its testing protocol last year to accommodate unmistakable trends in the market. First to come were tests for bokeh and zoom followed by selfies. Last month it added tests and scores for wide-angle cameras and night mode and now it is adding yet another new protocol that is only indirectly related to cameras: audio recording and output quality.

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TIDAL’s new program slashes prices for first responders in the US

TIDAL’s new program slashes prices for first responders in the US

TIDAL, the music streaming service that offers a high-fidelity plan for audiophiles, has announced a new major price cut for first responders. The discount is offered under the company's new Community Heroes program, which is available to paramedics and others in similar first responder roles in the United States. The discount covers both the premium and HiFi plans.

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Skullcandy Vert wireless earbuds with dial control are made for sports

Skullcandy Vert wireless earbuds with dial control are made for sports

The Skullcandy Vert, a pair of wireless earbuds first teased earlier this year, are now available to purchase. The model offers a unique twist on an otherwise ordinary Bluetooth earbuds design, one featuring a circular 'puck' with a clip on the back. By replacing the slim in-line remote control with the large puck, users are able to control volume and audio even if they're wearing gloves.

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Sennheiser GSP 370 wireless gaming headset offers 100-hour battery life

Sennheiser GSP 370 wireless gaming headset offers 100-hour battery life

Sennheiser has launched its new GSP 370 wireless gaming headset, a model sporting an over-ear design and ultra-long battery life. The new model is compatible with PC and Mac, as well as the PlayStation 4 console, making it suitable for the majority of gamers. Among other things, Sennheiser says players can expect up to 100 hours of battery life per charge, as well as low latency despite the wireless connection.

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Roku and Walmart launch budget Smart Soundbar and Wireless Subwoofer

Roku and Walmart launch budget Smart Soundbar and Wireless Subwoofer

Roku has teamed with Walmart to launch its new Onn Roku Smart Soundbar and Onn Roku Wireless Subwoofer. The two products are offered under Walmart's Onn brand at lower prices than Roku's previously launched Smart Soundbar product, offering better audio than one would get from their TV's built-in speakers, but at a price that makes the devices affordable for most consumers.

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Marshall Major III headphones bring Google Assistant and retro style

Marshall Major III headphones bring Google Assistant and retro style

Audio company Marshall has taken the wraps off its latest pair of retro-styled wireless headphones, the Marshall Major III. The latest model brings a design very similar to the two iterations before it but adds one very key feature: support for Google Assistant. Users are able to summon the personal assistant by pressing the unique golden joystick button located on one of the earcups.

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Here’s all the Microsoft Surface videos from today’s huge event

Here’s all the Microsoft Surface videos from today’s huge event

Today's Surface event was quite the show, with Microsoft revealing a bunch of new devices. Some of these, such as the new Surface Laptop and the next Surface Pro, were expected reveals, while others like the Surface Duo came as more of a surprise. Regardless of the reveal, Microsoft had a flashy video to go along with each, and we've collected them all here for you to peruse.

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Microsoft Surface Earbuds boast Office integration, gesture controls

Microsoft Surface Earbuds boast Office integration, gesture controls

While most of our attention is on the new Surface hardware at today's Microsoft event, the company also revealed what's next for the Surface Audio line. Last year, Microsoft launched the Surface Headphones, and this year, it's following up with the Surface Earbuds. The Surface Earbuds are somewhat like any other wireless earbuds out there, but they offer some more functionality beyond what we're used to seeing.

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Pandora overhauls mobile apps with personalized ‘For You’ feed

Pandora overhauls mobile apps with personalized ‘For You’ feed

Starting today, Pandora users on iOS and Android are getting an updated version of the app that features the Pandora Modes station already offered on the service's desktop site, as well as a new 'For You' tab that features extremely personalized content based on the user's own streaming habits. The update builds upon the company's personalized nature, enabling users to discover new music and podcasts they're most likely to enjoy.

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Razer Seiren Emote microphone has an emoticon display for streamers

Razer Seiren Emote microphone has an emoticon display for streamers

There's a lot of gaming PC hardware out there aimed at streamers, and today, Razer launched a new microphone that fits well within that category. Say hello to the Razer Seiren Emote a new microphone that comes with a dedicated 8x8 LED display that showcases various emoticons. If there was ever a microphone that fit stream culture perfectly, it's probably this one.

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