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Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 aim to retake the audio crown

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 aim to retake the audio crown

Bose has revealed a new set of noise-cancelling headphones, the first of a three-product launch aiming to claw back the "traveler's favorite" crown from upstart rivals like Sony. The new Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are the first step of the trio, building on the well-esteemed tech inside the QuietComfort range, and integrating smart assistants and more.

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Why Nokia OZO audio on an OPPO phone should light your fire

Why Nokia OZO audio on an OPPO phone should light your fire

What on earth is going on with Nokia OZO Audio, and why is it important to the phone called OPPO Reno 10x Zoom Edition? Since we've been following along with both brands for approximately a decade, we're ready to explore this strange pairing with aplomb. Nokia is a brand that creates all sorts of things, now - and OPPO is one of the most interesting smartphone brands in the world.

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Google Podcasts can finally auto-download new podcast episodes

Google Podcasts can finally auto-download new podcast episodes

Google Podcasts is slowly developing into a proper podcast app with the addition of new -- and some would say, basic and expected -- features already available in many competing products. With the most recent update, Google Podcasts can now be set to automatically download the newest episodes in the podcasts you listen to, eliminating the need to manually find and download the content.

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NuraLoop shrinks personalized sound technology to earphone size

NuraLoop shrinks personalized sound technology to earphone size

Headphones and earbuds are designed for all ears but not only does no one size fits all, not everyone hears the same as well. In the past year or so, audio accessory makers have been pushing for a "personalized audio experience", many of them requiring rather massive headphone cups. Nura is one of those at the forefront of that thrust and it is now pushing the envelope even further by bringing all the lessons of the Nuraphone into the more portable form of the NuraLoop.

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OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 features: What’s different in these earbuds?

OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 features: What’s different in these earbuds?

The OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 were revealed today with a collection of new features. This pair of buds works with a triple-armature driver structure and one GoerTek dynamic driver - plus they sound pretty great. They're designed with the OnePlus 7 family of devices in mind - they match the hardware - but they're smooth and simple enough to collaborate with any phone that supports Bluetooth.

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Skullcandy Indy wireless earbuds launch as an $80 AirPods alternative

Skullcandy Indy wireless earbuds launch as an $80 AirPods alternative

Skullcandy has launched a new pair of truly wireless earbuds to compete with Apple's AirPods and the growing number of similar wire-free in-ear headphones models. The new Skullcandy Indy features two ear pieces with an elongated design, as well as a carrying case that includes a built-in battery for charging. Unlike some competing models, Skullcandy's offering has a budget price of $80.

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Naim Mu-so 2nd Generation wireless speaker for audiophiles revealed

Naim Mu-so 2nd Generation wireless speaker for audiophiles revealed

British high-end audio company Naim has taken the wraps off the second generation of its Mu-so wireless audio system. The Mu-so 2nd Generation offers Naim's music streaming platform alongside 450 watts of power, new speaker drivers, a cabinet design that has been re-engineered to enhance bass delivery, and more than 10 times the processing power, resulting in improved musical accuracy.

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B&O Beoplay A9 2019 brings Google Assistant voice control to the mix

B&O Beoplay A9 2019 brings Google Assistant voice control to the mix

You probably wouldn't expect the Beoplay A9 to be a speaker when you first see it and instead presume it to be some artistic home decor. That's exactly what Bang & Olufsen intended and its continued availability in the market since 2012 is a testament to that strategy. But 7 years is a long time for a wireless speaker, even one as eye-catching as the Beoplay A9. For its fourth edition, B&O is bringing the "satellite dish" to modern times by giving is some smarts courtesy of Google Assistant.

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Urbanears Rålis portable cube-shaped speaker looks like a handbag

Urbanears Rålis portable cube-shaped speaker looks like a handbag

Joining its newly launched wireless headphones model comes a new portable speaker from Urbanears called Rålis. This cube-shaped speaker features a carrying handle that gives it the appearance of a bag; though the playback time isn't quite as lengthy as what users get with the new Pampas headphones, Rålis can offer a full day of wireless jamming.

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Urbanears Pampas wireless headphones offer 30 hour battery life

Urbanears Pampas wireless headphones offer 30 hour battery life

Swedish company Urbanears has announced its newest headphones model, the Pampas. These wireless over-ear headphones promise a combination of style and functionality, the most notable of which is more than 30 hours of audio playback on a single battery charge. The model offers audio sharing with a friend, USB-C charging, and more.

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Audible reveals William Gibson’s Alien script as audiobook drama

Audible reveals William Gibson’s Alien script as audiobook drama

Amazon's audiobook service Audible has revealed plans to turn the Alien III script by William Gibson into an audiobook drama. This will be the first time the script has been as an audiobook, bringing the unfilmed installment in the popular franchise to life. The new offering, which is available for pre-order, will join Audible's existing Alien content.

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Powerbeats Pro gets some bad launch news

Powerbeats Pro gets some bad launch news

At the beginning of April, Apple and Beats officially revealed the Powerbeats Pro - a new set of wireless earbuds that had been rumored for quite some time in the lead up to that unveiling. Seemingly positioned as an alternative to AirPods 2, Apple and Beats announced that Powerbeats Pro would be available in four different colors: black, moss, ivory, and navy. We're learning today that only one of those colors will be available on launch day, with the rest coming down the pipeline later.

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