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This tiny Marshall Acton Tawny speaker keeps it classy

This tiny Marshall Acton Tawny speaker keeps it classy

Marshall Headphones brand made a lovely little old-school speaker called the Acton Tawny - and it's tight. This speaker is a "special edition" in color combination (Tawny), including "buttery soft camel vinyl exterior and basket weave fret." It's a bluetooth speaker that also works with aux input, and it's part of a collection of sort of similar-looking speakers from the same brand.

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Deezer Alexa support goes live around the globe

Deezer Alexa support goes live around the globe

Deezer has a lot standing in its way if it wants to become one of the biggest music streaming services in the US. Though Deezer has been around for quite some time now, it only became widely available in the US back in 2016, at a time when services like Spotify, Amazon, and Apple Music were all duking it out for market share. Still, Deezer has been doing some cool things to garner attention, and today we're seeing the next step in that process.

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Spotify Premium hackers just got this stern warning

Spotify Premium hackers just got this stern warning

This week Spotify made clear that they are not fans of the apparently quite relevant number of users hacking their way into free services. Users downloaded hacked apps and ran services which allowed Spotify Premium to be used without paying the Spotify Premium fee. As such, Spotify was rather displeased, and released a message to all those would-be thieves.

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Chrome Music Lab Song Maker puts a synthesizer in your browser

Chrome Music Lab Song Maker puts a synthesizer in your browser

Browsers are no longer just about display web pages and cat GIFs. Browser makers are extending both their software and the Web itself to accommodate all sorts of content and interaction, some of them more sensible than others. Google has tons of Chrome Experiments aimed to both show off and push the Chrome browser to its limits. It’s latest, however, is probably the most fun and addictive. Chrome Music Lab’s Song Maker is exactly what it sounds but it sounds even better when you actually use it.

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Weird Al has a big surprise for Midnight

Weird Al has a big surprise for Midnight

Weird Al will perform the Hamilton Polka with Lin-Manuel Miranda on Friday night's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. But just in case you don't watch that show because it's an absolute nightmare, the single will also be released at midnight tonight. The single, that is to say, for the Hamilton Polka.

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Apple audiophile headphones tipped with AirPods magic

Apple audiophile headphones tipped with AirPods magic

Apple is aiming to pivot its AirPods success into a set of Apple-branded over-the-ear headphones, reports suggest, effectively competing with its own Beats range. The AirPods, Apple's Bluetooth earphones which do away with wires between the two earpieces completely, have been a stand-out win for the Cupertino firm, and are still in high demand even a year after they first went on sale.

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Bang & Olufsen DIY device gives new life to old speakers

Bang & Olufsen DIY device gives new life to old speakers

It's time to head to the ol' swap meet to find a few vintage speakers - they're about to get wicked sweet again. Bang & Olufsen teamed up with HiFiBerry this week to reveal the Beocreate 4 Channel Amplifier. This piece of equipment can be installed in any old B&O speaker to enable wireless features. As such, your father can finally say "I told you so" for keeping his ancient box speakers sitting in your parents' basement for the last several decades.

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Mad DIYer turns Furby choir into singing electric organ

Mad DIYer turns Furby choir into singing electric organ

Furby toys were an unholy union of fake fur, poor animatronics, and annoying voices, but they aren't extinct yet. You don't have to look too hard to find someone with an old Furby in a box somewhere, and it's pretty easy to find them online. Now one crazy DIYer has introduced us to a bizarre reality in which Furbies aren't just fake pets that sit on a shelf -- they're a full choir and a new type of instrument playing the soundtrack for your nightmares.

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Spotify Connect stops working on some older speakers

Spotify Connect stops working on some older speakers

The arrival of the Apple HomePods is being heralded as the beginning of the end for Spotify in its war against Apple Music. But instead of boasting about the fact that its service has already been in homes for years, thanks to a variety of Spotify-connected speakers, the music streaming service does the complete opposite. It has just cut off a large number of those older speakers from its Spotify Connect service, leaving most, though not all, scrambling to work around this major loss of functionality.

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Best Buy music CD sales end tipped with July phase-out date

Best Buy music CD sales end tipped with July phase-out date

Digital music sales and streaming have made the venerable music CD very close to obsolete for some consumers. The format can still be found in homes, but new sales of audio compact discs are on the decline in the US and now Best Buy is doing something about it. The electronics retailer plans to end its music CD sales this summer, according to sources, and it's not the only retailer considering this move.

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Bitcoin news is not price: Weiss Ratings, Snoop, and Katy Perry

Bitcoin news is not price: Weiss Ratings, Snoop, and Katy Perry

There's a reason why today's reveal of Weiss Ratings for Cryptocurrency are important - and it's not the ratings themselves. You don't need to look to WeissCryptocurrencyRatings dot com to understand the significance of the company's move to open such a site. It is in the creation of this new "ratings" group that we find meaning. That and the DDOS attack South Korean hackers launched at the new site overnight.

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50 Cent’s Bitcoin stash: A play in 2 parts

50 Cent’s Bitcoin stash: A play in 2 parts

Rapper and actor 50 Cent realized this week that he had a stack of bitcoin in storage from a few years ago. 50 Cent, AKA Curtis James Jackson III, had an online shop in the year 2014 when he released his album Animal Ambition. Through Shopify, his store accepted payment in the form of USD and Bitcoin. Until this week, James forgot he'd had a stash of Bitcoin left from that adventure.

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