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LG unveils ‘4K’ speaker and more audio devices at CES 2017

LG unveils ‘4K’ speaker and more audio devices at CES 2017

LG is debuting a number of speakers and audio devices at this year's CES 2017 event, including sound bars and speakers designed to offer the best sound from users' TVs. Heading the lineup is the new SJ9 sound bar, which boasts of Dolby Atmos tech, a slim and sleek profile, and even "4K High Resolution Audio," which might be the first time you're hearing of such a feature on a speaker.

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NASA wraps up the year with a catchy tune and 2016 highlights

NASA wraps up the year with a catchy tune and 2016 highlights

NASA has wrapped up 2016 with a catchy tune put on video to the space agency’s biggest highlights over the last year. The music is accompanied by a photo of a cassette tape appropriate dubbed 'Goddard,' a word referring to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center located in Maryland. At only about a minute in length, the video doesn't even begin to detail all of Goddard's achievements throughout 2016, but it does offer a selection of the best ones.

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Samsung flaunts UHQ 32-bit audio tech in new speakers

Samsung flaunts UHQ 32-bit audio tech in new speakers

Samsung may have just recently acquired the HARMAN half of the Harman Kardon pair, but we won't be seeing the fruits of that investment just yet. Instead, at CES 2017, Samsung will be showcasing new audio equipment that are still based on its own hard work. Make no mistake, however, as these are just as buzzword-filled as any Harman Kardon product. For 2017, it seems that Samsung's buzzword will be "ultra high quality 32-bit audio" that aims to trump the current "hi-res audio" hype.

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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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