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Spotify Codes are barcodes shaped like audio waves for sharing music

Spotify Codes are barcodes shaped like audio waves for sharing music

Next Monday, Spotify will offer details on a new tool for sharing music called Spotify Codes. The codes are designed to look like an audio wave, and when scanned they offer the recipient either a music track, a playlist, or an album, depending on what it points to. Though Spotify won't be detailing the codes until next week, images of them, as well as some primary details, have surfaced ahead of the formal debut.

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dBud ‘adjustable earplugs’ use a slider to keep your hearing safe

dBud ‘adjustable earplugs’ use a slider to keep your hearing safe

It's not often you see a pair of fancy earplugs, but dBud would arguably fit the bill. Unlike an ordinary pair of earplugs, dBud aims to keep your hearing safe in a customizable, fairly convenient manner: by utilizing a sliding mechanism. At first glance, the earplugs appear to be wireless earbuds; they are, however, instead designed to keep noise to a proper level without blocking it out entirely.

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B&O Play Beoplay P2 is a minimalist portable Bluetooth speaker

B&O Play Beoplay P2 is a minimalist portable Bluetooth speaker

B&O Play has introduced a new Bluetooth speaker, the small and minimalist Beoplay P2. This speaker is oval-shaped with lightly rounded edges, a lanyard strap, and a construction quality that makes it reasonably safe to take outside. Among other things, the Beoplay P2 features 2 x 50watts of power, and it'll be offered in three different colors: Black, Sand Stone, and Royal Blue.

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Master & Dynamic and Leica launch 0.95 headphones series

Master & Dynamic and Leica launch 0.95 headphones series

Audio company Master & Dynamic has teamed with camera company Leica to launch a new headphones series under the brand 0.95. The headphones lineup is comprised of two over-ear headphone models and one pair of earbuds. The companies explain that the 0.95 brand is itself a homage to the Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH, the fastest aspherical lens in the world. The headphones' designs come from Leica while the audio quality comes from Master & Dynamic.

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Sennheiser Ambeo headset with 3D audio recording will include Apogee tech

Sennheiser Ambeo headset with 3D audio recording will include Apogee tech

During CES 2017, Sennheiser took the wraps off a unique pair of earbuds that feature microphones built into the ear pieces for binaural audio recording. While binaural audio is nothing new, the ability to record it has largely been limited in the consumer world. Sennheiser's Ambeo Smart Headset aims to change that by making so-called '3D audio' (binaural) recording as easy as putting in earbuds, and now the company has announced that Apogee tech will be used to refine the headset.

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Master & Dynamic MA770 Wireless Speaker is made out of concrete

Master & Dynamic MA770 Wireless Speaker is made out of concrete

Master & Dynamic has introduced its new MA770 Wireless Speaker, a model that is made out of a concrete composite. The speaker was made in partnership with Sir David Adjaye, an architect, and it is intended for consumers who need a home speaker. According to the company, the MA770 has a 'robust, tactile' heft; the material itself is said to have positive acoustic properties that suit a speaker well. All of this is complemented by integrated Chromecast tech that enables multi-room setups.

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JVC Marshmallow 2017 series headphones and earbuds arrive

JVC Marshmallow 2017 series headphones and earbuds arrive

JVC is known for its inexpensive audio products, ones that have surprisingly decent audio quality for their price. Perhaps most popular among the company's headphones offerings is its Marshmallow series, a product line mostly composed of earbuds. If your old Marshmallows are wearing out and you're in the market for a new pair, JVC has several options to choose from, having recently taken the wraps off its new Marshmallow HA-FX39BT, HA-ET50BT, HA-EC30BT, HA-S190BN, and HA-S90BN wireless models.

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Bang & Olufsen BeoSound Shape is a hexagonal wall speaker system

Bang & Olufsen BeoSound Shape is a hexagonal wall speaker system

Bang and Olufsen has introduced its new BeoSound Shape, a hexagonal-shaped wall speaker system that enables users to create their own shapes and custom color arrangements. The system features hexagon wall tiles, some that are speakers, others that are acoustic dampeners, that all look the same from the front. The system is modular, meaning users can get creative when choosing how to mount them on the wall. The end result is whole-room audio.

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V-MODA Crossfade 2 wireless headphones offer hi-res audio in wired mode

V-MODA Crossfade 2 wireless headphones offer hi-res audio in wired mode

V-MODA has introduced its new Crossfade 2 headphones, a pair of over-the-ear headphones that feature both a wireless and a wired mode. When in wired mode, the Crossfade 2 are said to meet the Japan Audio Society certification for the Hi-Res Audio standard, making them suitable for use with lossless media players and streaming services. The wireless mode, meanwhile, gives users 33ft of freedom and the ability to connect to just about any consumer audio device sans wires.

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YouTube uses AI to caption video sound effects

YouTube uses AI to caption video sound effects

Last month, YouTube announced automatic video captions that are machine-generated, and now it has announced a new type of automatic captioning that builds upon that -- the captioning of sound effects within a video. The idea here is to give those who are deaf or hard of hearing the ability to perceive the non-spoken parts of a video by writing out the sound effects that happen in between.

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Amazon Music app now available on Apple CarPlay

Amazon Music app now available on Apple CarPlay

iPhone owners can now listen to music from the Amazon Music app using Apple’s CarPlay, Amazon has announced. The music becomes accessible after connecting the iPhone to a vehicle with CarPlay, as users will be able to select the Amazon Music app as one of the supported audio choices. This joins the support for Android Auto, which similarly allows Android users to access the music on their vehicle’s touchscreen.

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This AI was taught to rap using Kanye West lyrics

This AI was taught to rap using Kanye West lyrics

We've heard a Christmas song written by artificial intelligence, and we've read depressing poetry written by an AI trained by thousands of romance novels. Now a new AI has surfaced with similar abilities, only rather than writing music or artwork, it has penned its own rap lyrics. How did it gain such unusual (for a machine) skills? By being fed a bunch of Kanye West songs.

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