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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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Bluetooth LE Audio official – and the uses will surprise you

Bluetooth LE Audio official – and the uses will surprise you

As we enter into 2020, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group is announcing a new specification for audio over Bluetooth. Just as we have devices that can leverage Bluetooth Low Energy (LE), we’ll soon see audio devices that use Bluetooth LE Audio. It sounds like it’ll be some time yet before we hear more about Bluetooth LE Audio, but at CES this year, the Bluetooth SIG is outlining a couple of potential applications for the spec.

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The first HP Tile tracker-integrated laptop is here

The first HP Tile tracker-integrated laptop is here

HP Elite Dragonfly will be the first device with a Tile tracker embedded within, shown first at CES 2020. This is the first of what'll probably be a whole line of laptops with "embedded" Tile technology, allowing users to search for their lost laptop with the standard Tile app* and network. Much like a normal Tile tracker, this Tile works without the assistance of the laptop's own, separate technology. You can track this laptop even when the laptop is offline or powered off.

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This Simpsons box plays random episodes on shuffle via HDMI

This Simpsons box plays random episodes on shuffle via HDMI

There's a DIY Simpsons gift out there this holiday season called "The Dud". It's the sort of creation that gives its components meaning. It's the sort of thing a big product company might never think of because it's too simple, or not part of a never-ending profit model. This is the most interesting piece of Simpsons fandom in the world today.

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Galaxy Note 10 Lite to come with Bluetooth 5.1 and a new feature

Galaxy Note 10 Lite to come with Bluetooth 5.1 and a new feature

The Galaxy Note line was almost predicted to be discontinued this year. There have been debates, both on the Internet and, some say, internally, about the future of a device whose only remaining unique feature is its stylus. With the Galaxy Note 10, Samsung put its bet once more on the S Pen, giving it features that some consider more of a gimmick than a practical utility. It seems that the Galaxy Note 10 Lite will make that new feature a bit more useful but, ironically, might not become available on the more expensive model.

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Master & Dynamic MH40 wireless headphones cut cord on a fan-favorite

Master & Dynamic MH40 wireless headphones cut cord on a fan-favorite

Master & Dynamic is turning five years old, and because of that milestone, it's releasing a wireless version of its MH40 headphones. The original MH40 is one of Master & Dynamics more successful models, so it shouldn't come as much of a surprise to see it get a wireless version. The headphones are launching today, but if you want a pair for yourself, you'll need to plop down a fair amount of cash.

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Every brand has “true wireless” earbuds now: what are the important differences?

Every brand has “true wireless” earbuds now: what are the important differences?

It seems like every other tech brand is developing its own “true” wireless earbuds. Since the success of Apple AirPods, companies have quickly jumped on board the bandwagon, offering their renditions of these tiny audio devices, housed in a small charging case.

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Tile Sticker, Slim, Pro, and Mate leave no object un-tracked

Tile Sticker, Slim, Pro, and Mate leave no object un-tracked

Tile's tracker range is getting a full refresh for 2019, with new Tile Sticker and Tile Slim designs joining revamped Tile Pro and Tile Mate models. The Bluetooth beacon line-up has come a long way from its early days, now with more choice in form-factor, how you can fix it to things you really don't want to lose, and how Tile's crowd-powered locator network will help you track those items down.

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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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Bowers & Wilkins wireless headphones promise hi-fi soundstage with aptX

Bowers & Wilkins wireless headphones promise hi-fi soundstage with aptX

Thanks to Apple's retirement of the headphone jack, the wireless headphone market has seen a significant boost in interest, sales, and especially development. Once regarded to be far inferior to wired accessories in terms of quality, wireless headphones have quickly stepped up to the challenge of a future where 3.5 mm ports are but a fading memory. The latest to make that jump is famed speaker maker Bowers & Wilkins whose new line of cable-free headphones promise to deliver audio as if it were being played in a studio.

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Windows 10 20H1 will make the Bluetooth pairing process faster

Windows 10 20H1 will make the Bluetooth pairing process faster

Microsoft already made it know not to expect big new features in the Windows 10 update later this year. That will be focused on polishing the user experience and fixing bugs. Look to version 20H1, instead, if you want to hear about new features and it does seem like Microsoft is packing quite the features based on Insider Previews. The latest drop might not have big changes but they can be life-changing for users that constantly pair Bluetooth devices or, better yet, take a lot of screenshots.

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Sonos Move hands-on: $399 Bluetooth speaker cuts all cords

Sonos Move hands-on: $399 Bluetooth speaker cuts all cords

Pretty much from day one, Sonos customers have been asking for a portable speaker and one which can be taken outside: the new Sonos Move delivers both. As you might expect from the company pioneering streaming audio long before Spotify and Apple Music were even born, though, the Move is no ordinary wireless speaker. Yes, Sonos has made a Bluetooth speaker, and an expensive one at that, but it did so as only it could.

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