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Google Pixel phones reported to also have audio problems

Google Pixel phones reported to also have audio problems

Did Google rush its Pixel smartphone out to market to one up Apple’s iPhone 7? That is starting to be a theory given how the honeymoon phase with users seem to be coming to a close. After the hot welcome it received, some owners are starting to discover some warts on the device. First it was a severe camera issue that plagued the otherwise near-perfect Pixel camera. Now the problem is with the smartphone’s audio, which has been shown to exhibit static and cracking noise under some circumstances.

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Facebook Live Audio unveiled for real-time audio broadcasting

Facebook Live Audio unveiled for real-time audio broadcasting

Facebook has announced Live Audio, something it describes as another way for its users to go live. As the name suggests, this is a way for users to go live with audio only rather than video, giving creators another option within the Facebook platform. Among other things, Facebook Live Audio is better suited for emerging markets and places where connectivity is low, as live audio is less demanding then live video.

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Sony announces PS4 Platinum Wireless Headset launch date and pricing

Sony announces PS4 Platinum Wireless Headset launch date and pricing

Sony has announced the launch of a new gaming headset for PlayStation players called the Platinum Wireless Headset. The headset will launch on January 12 for $159.99 ($199.99 CAD). The big feature of this new wireless gaming headset will be the enhanced and positional 7.1 virtual surround sound that is powered by PlayStation 3D audio tech. The headset features hidden noise-cancelling mics allowing for clear communications in-game without having a mic boom.

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Onvocal OV wireless earbuds have Amazon Alexa built in

Onvocal OV wireless earbuds have Amazon Alexa built in

Onvocal has introduced its new OV in-ear headphones with Amazon Alexa Voice Services built in. Using these earbuds, users can ask Alexa to do various things like open up the company’s music app, as one example. The earbuds can also be used to access other personal voice assistants like Siri by tapping a button. The headphones will be available next month, though they can be pre-ordered now.

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Sony XAV-AX100 Now Shipping, Adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to your Ride

Sony XAV-AX100 Now Shipping, Adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to your Ride

Back in August we first talked about the Sony XAV-AX100 car audio system. The big features of the device is that it brings both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to vehicles that didn't come with that capability from the factory. When the AX100 was first announced it was set to launch in late November. It is available now via Amazon.com for $499.99.

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Bose Hearphones lets you hold conversations in noisy spots

Bose Hearphones lets you hold conversations in noisy spots

No, that isn’t a typo, though Google Search my indeed think so. Bose has quietly launched a new pair of earbuds with noise canceling technology with an almost ironic mission. While headphones usually signifies the wearer’s desire not to talk with others and listen to music instead, the Bose Hearphones can actually help you listen better to those talking to you. And it does so using the very same technology used to block out ambient noise when you only want to hear your favorite tunes.

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Spotify Jump In tipped to give free users on-demand feature

Spotify Jump In tipped to give free users on-demand feature

If you’re a Spotify free user, you’re limited to a shuffle-only sort of music experience, a frustrating limitation for those who don’t want to pay. In the future, though, Spotify may change that to give free users an element of on-demand access, though perhaps one not as robust as what’s available to premium users. This information comes from a new report claiming as much, with the new feature — “Jump In” — possibly coming in the next handful of weeks.

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Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time soundtrack vinyl to launch next year

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time soundtrack vinyl to launch next year

Vinyls are popular right now, and we’ve seen more than a few special edition soundtracks appear because of this popularity. The latest among them is a vinyl version of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time soundtrack with special artwork and colored vinyl. The vinyl release will be accompanied by a digital soundtrack, which itself will be available earlier next year than the vinyl’s second-quarter 2017 release date.

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Pandora Premium details spill: smart playlists and on-demand music

Pandora Premium details spill: smart playlists and on-demand music

Pandora has officially detailed its upcoming Pandora Premium service before it goes live early next year. As with other on-demand music services, users will be able to search for and choose specific music to play. Pandora plans to use its massive quantity of data to help with that process, though, providing things like smart playlists and a personalized search, among other features. Premium will cost ten dollars per month.

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Meters Music OV-1 over-ear headphones rock active visual monitoring and noise cancellation

Meters Music OV-1 over-ear headphones rock active visual monitoring and noise cancellation

Meters Music has unveiled a new set of over-ear headphones that have some cool and premium features. The headphones have automatic noise cancelling function to eliminate noise from the outside world to allow focus on the music. Active visual monitoring is a feature that gives a VU meter on the left and right ears of the headphones.

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Ixoost EsaVox speaker is $21K and uses real Lamborghini parts

Ixoost EsaVox speaker is $21K and uses real Lamborghini parts

These days, it's becoming more and more common to see luxury car brand names appear on products that aren't cars. This includes Ferrari on a phone, BMW on a bike, and even the Porsche Design team, which slaps the German maker's name on anything it can get its hands on. But this Lamborghini speaker from Italy's Ixoost takes things to a whole new level.

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Beoplay H9 wireless over-ear headphones pack active noise cancellation

Beoplay H9 wireless over-ear headphones pack active noise cancellation

For those out there who want headphones that look and sound good, B&O Play has a new offering called the Beoplay H9. These headphones are all about premium in listening experience and design with over-ear H9 headphones that aim to be comfortable and eliminate outside noise. The headphones use ANC noise cancelling tech to remove the listener from the sound around them and allow you to focus on the music you are listening to.

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