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TuneIn Premium unlimited audiobook plan will end next month

TuneIn Premium unlimited audiobook plan will end next month

If Audible's fairly pricey monthly credit system is too expensive for your tastes, TuneIn's premium unlimited audiobook subscription is no doubt appealing. Unfortunately, it also appears the plan may not be sustainable -- the company has quietly announced that it will get rid of the offering next month. TuneIn hasn't given its customers a reason for getting rid of the service, saying only that you have until January 15 to enjoy it.

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Signia Nx hearing aid separates user’s own voice from the background

Signia Nx hearing aid separates user’s own voice from the background

Many headsets today flaunt features like active noise cancellation or even sophisticated audio technologies that let the world’s sounds through while you listen to your music. Such things might be “nice to have” features for audiophiles, but technologies like these are essential to people with less than perfect hearing. Sivantos, the hearing aid company spun off from Siemens, is putting that technology at the service of such people. Its new Signia Nx, for example, boasts of the ability to replicate nature by allowing separating the user’s own voice from ambient sound.

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Amazon Music scraps storage subscriptions for MP3 imports

Amazon Music scraps storage subscriptions for MP3 imports

Amazon is planning to retire its Music storage subscription service, the plan that enabled Amazon customers to upload their own music to the company's servers. Mind you, this doesn't mean the Amazon Music or Amazon Music Unlimited products are being retired; rather, just the option to upload personal music libraries to the platform. You have until January 15 to sign up if you want this subscription.

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AirPods out for Christmas, other Apple products ship tomorrow

AirPods out for Christmas, other Apple products ship tomorrow

If you're still looking to buy some AirPods for your family member for Christmas, you might be out of luck. Shipping times for the Apple wireless AirPods earbuds have slipped past the holiday gift-giving timeframe, straight on into 2018. This does not necessarily mean there aren't any AirPods at your local Apple Store, but it does mean Apple doesn't have the stock to ship a pair within the next few days - or for New Years Eve, for that matter.

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Bragi’s future earbuds will use AI to understand ambient sounds

Bragi’s future earbuds will use AI to understand ambient sounds

Audio Analytic has announced a new collaboration with Bragi that will involve a demonstration of artificial intelligence designed for earbuds and headphones. The company explains that its technology can be used with earbuds, such as Bragi's Dash Pro, to give the device an element of intelligence. With it, the earbuds will be able to intelligently respond to environments, such as quieting the audio when the wearer begins speaking.

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UA Sport Wireless Flex earbuds use LEDs to keep runners safe

UA Sport Wireless Flex earbuds use LEDs to keep runners safe

Under Armour has teamed up with JBL to launch the UA Sport Wireless Flex, a pair of Bluetooth earbuds designed specifically for athletes and fitness enthusiasts. The UA Sport Wireless Flex feature a Flex Zone neckband, enabling the user to adjust the fit so that it best meets their needs. In addition to the adjustable neckband, the UA Sport Wireless Flex has fast charging that enables users to get a full hour of playback after only five minutes on the charger.

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Alexa music alarm wakes you up with news and tunes

Alexa music alarm wakes you up with news and tunes

Amazon has bestowed Alexa with new abilities, ones that surround its alarm functionality. Alexa can be used to set an alarm; that is nothing new. However, thanks to a new update, these users can now set Alexa to wake them up with specific music, bringing back the days of being awoken with a radio alarm clock. This functionality covers multiple music services, including the company's own Amazon Music app (if you're a subscriber).

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SiriusXM Radio app launches for Apple TV

SiriusXM Radio app launches for Apple TV

The satellite audio service SiriusXM Radio is now available on the 4th-generation Apple TV and Apple TV 4K. Access is facilitated through the SiriusXM app, though you need to have a Sirius subscription, of course. The service offers more than 200 hours of audio channels, including news, talk, comedy, music, sports, and more. The service, as with other for-pay audio subscriptions, is commercial-free.

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TIDAL gets Apple CarPlay support: here are your other options

TIDAL gets Apple CarPlay support: here are your other options

High-quality audio streaming service TIDAL has just added support for Apple CarPlay, giving subscribers the option of streaming their favorite music directly through Apple's automotive platform. It's a welcomed addition to the list of apps that support CarPlay, though it's not your only audio streaming option for the platform.

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Google Search adds audiobook results with public library links

Google Search adds audiobook results with public library links

Search for a book in Google Search and the top results pane will now feature a section dedicated to audiobooks. As podcasts regain popularity, many people are turning their attention to audiobooks with renewed interest. Life is busy and audiobooks offer a way to "read" when you're on the go, filling those daily commute hours or downtime at the office with chapters from your reading list.

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Larger Razer Phone teased by CEO amid DAC talk

Larger Razer Phone teased by CEO amid DAC talk

The CEO and co-founder of Razer defended the company's lack of headphone jack on their brand new Razer Phone this week. Users submitted "feedback" on the subject over the past week, and Razer's Min-Liang Tan responded this weekend in kind. The changes, he suggested, came not because of industry trends, but because there are more important things to fill that space with - like more battery capacity.

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X-SHOCK Transparent Edition earbuds light up to keep runners safe

X-SHOCK Transparent Edition earbuds light up to keep runners safe

SOUL has launched a new pair of wire-free Bluetooth earbuds called the X-SHOCK Transparent Edition. These earbuds, as the name suggests, feature a transparent shell; embedded LED lights illuminate them at night, helping drivers spot runners who are wearing them while out for a jog. True to their nature, the earbuds are waterproof and boast noise isolation.

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