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Overcast update adds major new features for podcast enthusiasts

Overcast update adds major new features for podcast enthusiasts

Overcast, the podcast app that was introduced in 2014, has been updated with some major new features that'll appeal to people who regularly listen to podcasts. In addition to making the entire listening experience more pleasant by normalizing audio, Overcast now also makes it easier to get directly to the meat of each episode, scrubbing the obnoxious parts of the audio track.

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Elon Musk releases EDM track on SoundCloud and Spotify

Elon Musk releases EDM track on SoundCloud and Spotify

When he's not busy dominating the electric vehicle market and launching rockets into space, Elon Musk apparently spends some of his free time developing music. The entrepreneur recently released an EMD track on SoundCloud and Spotify called 'Don't Doubt ur Vibe' for which he says he wrote and performed the vocals. The track is listed under 'Emo G Records.'

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Study finds a type of music that makes exercise seem easier

Study finds a type of music that makes exercise seem easier

With the exception of certain niche activities, exercise is generally performed with music in the background. The audio does more than keep the mind entertained while the body gets its daily fitness routine in, according to a new study published in Frontiers of Psychology. Researchers found that a specific type of music has a profound effect on the way the mind perceives the exercise and how much of a benefit someone gets during the session.

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Roku update brings surround sound to Smart Soundbar

Roku update brings surround sound to Smart Soundbar

Roku today announced that it will soon be pushing an update to its smart soundbars that will enable support for surround sound setups. At the same time, Walmart is launching new Roku wireless surround sound speakers through its onn brand, so if you need to buy additional speakers to pad out your surround sound setup once this update ships, Walmart is one of the companies vying for your dollar.

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These Sonos devices lose software support in 2020

These Sonos devices lose software support in 2020

Sonos announced today that it will be ending support for some legacy hardware later on this year. The phase out won't happen for a few months yet, and Sonos says that it will only impact its "oldest products." Those products can still be used once support ends too, but they'll no longer receive software updates and new features from Sonos.

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Apple Music and NBA team to launch new BASE:LINE playlist

Apple Music and NBA team to launch new BASE:LINE playlist

Apple recently teamed up with the National Basketball Association and United Masters to launch a new Apple Music playlist called 'BASE:LINE' that currently contains 40 songs from independent artists. The playlist is available for everyone to stream; it is intended to highlight the best indie and emerging hip-hop songs of the past week, helping listeners discover new music to enjoy.

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Bose to close 119 retail stores around the world, focus on online sales

Bose to close 119 retail stores around the world, focus on online sales

The audio equipment industry has experienced a dramatic change in the past few years. Especially thanks to smartphones, there has been a greater focus on wireless audio streaming which did catch a few companies a bit off-guard. Consumer buying habits have also changed over the course of the years, with more and more people becoming more comfortable buying things online rather than walking into physical stores. It is at least only for the latter reason that Bose is closing up almost half of its shops around the world and not because it's losing its market share.

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Beoplay E8 3rd Gen true wireless earbuds boost battery life

Beoplay E8 3rd Gen true wireless earbuds boost battery life

Bang and Olfusen has introduced the third-generation version of its Beoplay E8, a pair of true wireless earbuds offering longer battery life over the previous generation. Depending on how often they're used, the company says that some users can go up to 'several' weeks recharging the earbuds with the battery case before they'll need to recharge the case itself.

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Marvel original audiobooks arrive with more to come later this year

Marvel original audiobooks arrive with more to come later this year

The first batch of previously announced Marvel audiobooks has arrived for fans to enjoy. The new titles include both traditional audiobooks and multi-voice versions, which are essentially dramatizations that include sound effects and music. This is only the start -- another, though smaller, batch of Marvel audiobooks will arrive later on this year.

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Does this Galaxy Buds+ feature leak mean AirPods Pro are better?

Does this Galaxy Buds+ feature leak mean AirPods Pro are better?

In February we'll get our first official look at the newest round of Samsung products, one of which will quite likely be the Samsung Galaxy Buds+. This newest pair of wireless earbuds from the Galaxy-centric brand will be the most visible opponent of the latest wireless earbuds from Apple, the AirPods Pro. For those users looking for feature-by-feature parity, today's leak might be sorta bad news.

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NuraLoop ears-on: Personalized audio gets even more personal

NuraLoop ears-on: Personalized audio gets even more personal

Once in a while, one company stumbles onto a new technology that pulls the rug out from under their industry - and sparks plenty of competitors trying to do the same. For Nura, that innovation centered on how it could create truly personalized hearing profiles simply by having people sit through a series of beeps and boops while wearing their headphones. Headphones offering personalized audio has since then popped up left and right, pushing the company to step up its game. That next level comes in the form of the NuraLoop, a pair of around the neck earbuds that brings Nura's technology to a more discreet and more personal wearable device.

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Phonak Virto Black hearing aids look like regular wireless earbuds

Phonak Virto Black hearing aids look like regular wireless earbuds

It is always good to hear, no pun intended, when trends, technologies, and designs from the mobile market seep into other industries to help make products become more approachable or even desirable and vice versa. Such an exchange of gifts is perhaps most visible in the audio market where Bluetooth earphones and hearings aids inform each other's development from time to time. The most recent example of this is Phonak's Virto Black, a hearing aid that further blurs the lines by adopting a form that is quite common if not already fashionable among mobile users today.

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