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Sonos smart speakers get Google Assistant in six more countries

Sonos smart speakers get Google Assistant in six more countries

Premium audio company Sonos is bringing Google Assistant to its Sonos One and Sonos Beam speakers in another six countries. The rollout follows Google Assistant's initial arrival on these speaker models in the United States in mid-May, enabling device owners to utilize Google's personal assistant in the same way they would use one of the company's Home speakers.

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Mikme Pocket promises to change the way you record with your phone

Mikme Pocket promises to change the way you record with your phone

Most in the mobile industry today are obsessed with cameras and picture quality. That's fine when you're taking stills or even for barely audible videos. But when you need quality audio to go with your video, many resort to ginormous contraptions many times bigger than their smartphones. Mikme (pronounced as "mic me") has been trying to revolutionize the audio landscape in the mobile market for years and their latest Mikme Pocket may be their most ambitious one yet.

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McCormick SUMR HITS 5000 concept grill has a built-in DJ station

McCormick SUMR HITS 5000 concept grill has a built-in DJ station

McCormick, the company best known for its spices, has revealed the SUMR HITS 5000, a concept grill with a built-in 'DJ Station.' The grill is packed with custom software and hardware so that cooks can create their own tunes while grilling. Key to the system is how it works with the act of grilling -- food placement dictates which sounds are added to the tunes.

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Comcast Xfinity X1 and Flex get Amazon Music integration

Comcast Xfinity X1 and Flex get Amazon Music integration

For the first time, at least according to Comcast, Amazon Music will be available through a 'pay-TV collaboration.' Put simply, Amazon's music streaming service has launched on Comcast's Xfinity X1 and Xfinity Flex platforms, enabling customers to directly access the service's music catalog using the entertainment setup's voice-enabled remote control.

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Yamaha YAS-109 and YAS-209 TV sound bars have Alexa built-in

Yamaha YAS-109 and YAS-209 TV sound bars have Alexa built-in

Yamaha has introduced two new home sound bars, the YAS-109 and YAS-209. Both models feature native Alexa voice control, enabling users to directly access Amazon's voice assistant and its various control functions. In addition, both new models pack wireless connectivity, support for various music streaming services, a discreet design, and more.

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This app made ‘Dark Knight’ phone mic spy tech a reality

This app made ‘Dark Knight’ phone mic spy tech a reality

Remember that time in Batman: The Dark Knight when they hacked into every phone in the city and used audio matching and GPS to locate The Joker? It would seem that the app developers behind the app LaLiga had the same idea as Bruce Wayne - because they've essentially made that nightmare a reality. With their app, they've been detecting pubs and bars broadcasting pirated football (soccer) matches illegally, using geofencing and live audio from everyday users with their LaLiga app.

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The Obamas’ Higher Ground will make exclusive podcasts for Spotify

The Obamas’ Higher Ground will make exclusive podcasts for Spotify

Spotify has formed a partnership with Higher Ground, the production company owned by President Barack and Michelle Obama. Under this deal, Higher Ground will produce exclusive podcasts for Spotify, making them available to the service's millions of users. Among other things, Spotify says the Obamas will 'lend their voices' for certain podcasts.

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Razer Kraken X revealed, surround sound spread to 2019 headsets

Razer Kraken X revealed, surround sound spread to 2019 headsets

The Razer Kraken X headset was revealed this morning alongside word that 7.1 surround sound would come standard with all 2019 Razer headsets. The Razer Kraken X headset is easily the most easily-accessible headset (or set of headphones, if you prefer to call them such) in the Razer headphones collection. These headphones will be released later today for the first time.

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Spotify podcast discovery test shows some users curated playlists

Spotify podcast discovery test shows some users curated playlists

Spotify is attempting to tackle the podcast discovery problem with a new test that'll start this summer. The service, which only recently added podcasts to its vast library, will present five podcast playlists to a small percentage of users in the United States, Canada, UK, and a number of other countries. Each playlist will be themed to help users choose which contains content most appropriate for their current needs and interests, including things like 'geek culture' and comedy.

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Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 lasts longer and blasts louder

Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 lasts longer and blasts louder

Ultimate Ears has given its chunky little WONDERBOOM speaker a revamp, with the UE WONDERBOOM 2 promising louder sound and more bass. A new Outdoor Boost mode promises to retune the Bluetooth speaker's EQ settings, with a special configuration designed for outdoor listening.

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Marvel is about to launch 25 original superhero audiobooks

Marvel is about to launch 25 original superhero audiobooks

Marvel has tapped Dreamscape Media to turn a number of its comic books into audiobooks, the company has announced. The audiobooks will be made under a multi-book agreement, Dreamscape said in an announcement on Thursday. The project will result in around 25 audiobooks featuring 'classic and iconic prose stories' from Marvel's vast library, including multiple notable characters from the Marvel universe.

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Iconic NY radio station WPLJ-FM will go off air for good on Friday

Iconic NY radio station WPLJ-FM will go off air for good on Friday

Iconic New York radio station 95.5 WPLJ will go off the air for good tomorrow night, leaving only hours to stream or call in before it transitions to entirely different content. The station launched back in 1971 as an album-oriented rock station, having persisted over the decades since into the hot adult contemporary destination it is today. That will change on 7PM ET on Friday, when the station's new owner flips the switch.

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