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Amazon Echo Buds revealed: Bose tech, Alexa, and noise cancellation

Amazon Echo Buds revealed: Bose tech, Alexa, and noise cancellation

Amazon has officially unveiled the wireless earbuds that leaked last week, its new Echo Buds. As anticipated, these truly wireless earbuds provide users with direct access to Amazon Alexa (though users can also tap-and-hold to get Google Assistant or Siri), as well as technology from audio company Bose, and a design that enables users to wear the earpieces while active.

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Sonos Move on sale now: Here’s why you want one

Sonos Move on sale now: Here’s why you want one

If you're one of the many who have been waiting for Sonos to make a Bluetooth speaker, then here's some good news: the Sonos Move is available to purchase beginning today. The Move bucks some of the trends established by many Bluetooth speakers out there. For starters, this is no sub-$100 Bluetooth speaker that's meant to be more of an impulse purchase, but rather a wireless speaker with a premium price of $399.

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Blue Yeti X microphone features real-time LED metering and smart knob

Blue Yeti X microphone features real-time LED metering and smart knob

Audio company Blue has introduced its latest Yeti microphone, the Yeti X. This model, as with many before it, is designed for podcasting and other voice content, such as streaming. One of the microphone's most notable features is the inclusion of an LED meter that provides real-time visual feedback on the user's voice levels. In addition to using the microphone with software, users can adjust certain primary functions using a 'smart knob.'

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Amazon Music HD arrives with high quality music streaming

Amazon Music HD arrives with high quality music streaming

In the music streaming space, Amazon finds itself in heated competition with the likes of Google, Spotify, and Apple. With that in mind, it needs every edge it can get, and todayuit's rolling out a new one. Amazon has announced a new tier of its music subscription service called Amazon Music HD, which promises higher-quality streaming for many of the songs it offers.

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Spotify targets family plan sharing by requesting user location

Spotify targets family plan sharing by requesting user location

Spotify is targeting users who are sharing family plans in ways that violate its terms of service. This isn't the first time the company has targeted this unapproved sharing, but it is the first time it will take more drastic steps to stop users from providing account access to individuals living outside of their home. To do this, Spotify will start periodically requesting access to each family plan user's location.

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Bowers & Wilkins Formation Flex gives HomePod some high-end competition

Bowers & Wilkins Formation Flex gives HomePod some high-end competition

Back in April, Bowers & Wilkins revealed what it calls the Formation Suite, a collection of five different products intended to play nice with one another and give users multi-room audio options. Today, the company introduced what could wind up being the core of the Formation Suite, announcing a new speaker called the Formation Flex. It seems that the Formation Flex is a challenger to speakers like Apple's HomePod and Sonos' smart speakers, so Bowers & Wilkins definitely has some market competition.

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Audio-Technica launches ATH-CKS5TW and CK3TW AirPods competitors

Audio-Technica launches ATH-CKS5TW and CK3TW AirPods competitors

Renowned audio company Audio-Technica has launched two new true wireless earbuds models, the ATH-CKS5TW and the ATH-CK3TW. Both pairs have been showcased at IFA 2019 ahead of their launch starting later this month. The company is targeting general consumers with these earbuds, offering them at reasonable prices while offering a large array of notable features.

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Jabra Elite 75t wireless earbuds offer 28 hours of battery life

Jabra Elite 75t wireless earbuds offer 28 hours of battery life

As part of its newly unveiled IFA wares, Jabra has taken the wraps off its new Jabra Elite 75t. The truly wireless earbuds have been updated to offer longer battery life, smaller earpieces, and what the company says is a more comfortable design. Users get a variety of notable features, including up to 28 hours of battery life before needing to recharge and USB-C support.

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Sony 40th Anniversary Walkman includes retro cassette player case

Sony 40th Anniversary Walkman includes retro cassette player case

Joining the headphones Sony introduced today is its new Walkman NW-A100TPS, a modern streaming device offered with a retro-style soft case and package inspired by the TPS-L2, the first portable cassette player launched by Sony in 1979. Unlike that original model, the new NW-A100TPS doesn't play cassette tapes.

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Apple Music web player is the beta we’ve been waiting for

Apple Music web player is the beta we’ve been waiting for

The Apple Music service is finally accessible through an online web player, enabling subscribers to stream content directly through their web browser while on desktop. The web player joins the existing mobile apps available on iOS and Android, as well as the desktop app, expanding the ways users can access the content and making the service more competitive with alternatives like Spotify and Pandora.

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Lost AirPods reports for NYC subway workers ramping up

Lost AirPods reports for NYC subway workers ramping up

A report this week from NYC shines light on the state of loss in which many New Yorkers find themselves upon entering or exiting the subway. MTA maintenance supervisor Steven Dluginski suggested that requests for retrieval of AirPods from the tracks has increased over the last few years - ramping up significantly since the launch of the 2nd-generation version of the hardware. He gave one example of a day in which 18 item retrievals were requested on a Thursday - of the 18 items that'd been lost, 6 were AirPods.

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New Beats Powerbeats Pro colors arrive for preorder this week

New Beats Powerbeats Pro colors arrive for preorder this week

The Beats Powerbeats Pro wireless earbuds revealed in early April and initially released in May will be arriving in new colors starting this week. The three new color options will go up for preorder on Apple's website starting on August 22, giving consumers a chance to nab a unit ahead of the planned shipping and store rollout on August 30.

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