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Bose Announces Portable Home Speaker

Today, Bose announced the Bose Portable Home Speaker, an ultra-versatile, compact speaker that combines the convenience of battery power, the simplicity of Bluetooth, and the ease of voice control in a modern new design. The new Portable speaker also delivers improved 360-degree sound, deeper bass than any other portable smart speaker its size, and weighs a mere 2.3 pounds to effortlessly take with you — from room to room, outside and around the home, and when you leave. The Bose Portable Home Speaker is available in Triple Black and Luxe Silver on September 19th for $349.

The Bose Portable speaker has up to 12 hours of battery life to last from morning to night with zero wires. Use Bluetooth to instantly stream tracks from your phone or tablet. Using Wi-Fi, just say the word — and a Bose proprietary voice pick-up system works with the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, both built-in, to access playlists, podcasts, news, weather, smart home devices, and more. Choose AirPlay 2 to play music from Apple devices, or Spotify Connect to listen directly from the Spotify app. And hear it all through a new Bose acoustic package that makes everything sound better.

There are buttons on top for basic functionality, including Bose’s proprietary mic-off feature — which cuts power to the microphones, eliminating any possibility you can be listened to or recorded — along with power, volume, play/pause and skip tracks, wake or dismiss virtual assistants, and Bluetooth source.

The Bose Music app offers additional functionality, making set up and updates easy and intuitive. Browse content, switch music services, create a multi-room system with other Bose smart speakers and soundbars, and download software for new features: coming this year, pair the Portable with a Bose SoundLink speaker for synchronized, voice-controlled audio — a welcome advancement for the millions of SoundLink Micro, Color, Mini, and Revolve owners around the world; and next year, pair two Portables for incredible 360-degree stereo performance.

The Portable speaker is cylindrical, measuring 7.5” high and just over 4” across, and wrapped in a seamless, anodized aluminum enclosure shaped precisely to enable its audio performance. Inside, three passive radiators, a high-excursion driver, and a proprietary deflector distribute clear, lifelike sound evenly in every direction — including size-defying bass. Unlike conventional speakers, there’s no sweet-spot for placement or listening — it delivers the same, jaw-dropping experience wherever it is, wherever you are. And while the left and right channels in standard one-piece systems can cancel each other out — leaving audible gaps in music — the Portable speaker won’t. Bose mono-signal technology makes corrections in real time, so you hear everything the artist recorded.

The new Bose Portable is water-resistant with an IPX4 rating to survive spills, splashes, and rain; and rugged enough to withstand drops, knocks, and hits. It comes with an integrated handle for convenience, and can charge through standard USB-C, or a charging cradle that’s sold separately for $29

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IKEA Symfonisk WiFi Bookshelf Speaker

Place the IKEA Symfonisk WiFi bookshelf speaker horizontally or vertically, or mount it on the wall to use as a practical shelf. Also helps you to use your space optimally, while providing a rich sound that fills the entire room. The speaker’s features will be enhanced through continuous software updates.

Features:

– This speaker has a rich and vibrant sound that fills the entire room and allows you to create the right atmosphere at home.
– The speaker is a collaboration between IKEA and Sonos, so it easily integrates with other products from Sonos.
– Use the speaker as a shelf by mounting it on the wall with SYMFONISK speaker bracket, sold separately.
– Hang the speaker on KUNGFORS rail or rack by using the SYMFONISK speaker hooks, sold separately.
– You can stream music, podcasts and radio via Wi-Fi without interruptions from phone calls or notifications. The music keeps playing even when your phone or tablet is not around.
– Supports all of the major music streaming subscription services.
You can control each speaker individually, so you can play music in one room while the children are listening to an audiobook in another one, or play the same sound throughout the home.
– Compatible with Airplay 2 so you can stream audio directly from your Apple devices.
– If you want stereo sound, you can buy two identical speakers.
– You can use two identical speakers as rear speakers for a Sonos home theatre system.

Order HERE for $99.

IKEA also offers a Symfonisk Table Lamp for $179.

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Carpool Karaoke The Mic

In partnership with CBS Consumer Products, Carpool Karaoke The Mic is now available online for presale and available at retail stores beginning July 15, 2019

Inspired by the segment that has become a global, viral sensation on The Late Late Show With James Corden, Carpool Karaoke The Mic will allow friends and family to sing along to their favorite songs in their cars and recreate their favorite moments from the show.

The Mic is one of the first sing along microphones designed specifically for use in the car and includes features such as:

– Connects to any car’s radio system through FM tuner or Aux.

– Bluetooth connectivity to sing along to your favorite songs from a mobile device.

– Rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides up to 6 hours of singing fun.

– High quality dynamic microphone to hear your voice amplified out through any car’s speaker system.

– Echo and microphone volume controls to sound your best.

– Lighting effects sync with the music

Carpool Karaoke The Mic is available for presale now at all major ecommerce websites and at www.CarpoolKaraokeTheMic.com. Additionally, The Mic will be available at select Best Buy stores nationwide on July 15, 2019 and anticipated to be available at most major retailers by the Fall 2019. Suggested retail price $59.99.

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SONY WALKMAN Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Over its 40 years of history, WALKMAN has challenged to bring new ways to listen to music anywhere anytime. With each challenge, came an evolution in design. Watch the video and let me know which WALKMAN you had.

My first Sony Walkman was the Sports WM-AF59 purchased in 1983.

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Sony WF-1000XM3 Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones

Sony WF-1000XM3 Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones allow you to put the outside world on hold. No noise, no wires, no distractions. Just exceptional sound, industry-leading noise cancellation, and hour upon hour of pure listening freedom.

The headphones are powered by a QN1e processor. Dual microphones — one feed-forward and one feed-back — help get rid of unwanted noises, while the 0.24″ driver creates surprisingly full sound.

They offer six hours of battery life per charge, with a total of 24 available with the charging case, and come in silver or black.

Order HERE for $229.99.

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Fujifilm’s New Instax Mini LiPlay Camera Lets You Record Audio And ‘Attach’ It To Your Photos

Fujifilm has announced that it will release a hybrid instant camera “instax mini LiPlay” which supports credit-card-size film. The model is a new addition to the lineup of “instax” instant cameras, which allows you to enjoy photo prints on the spot. The camera’s main unit is the smallest and most lightweight in the history of the instax series for outstanding portability. Yet, at the same time, the camera is packed with new features such as the “Sound” function to convey a voice message or other audio data in the form of a QR code included in a photo print, and the “Direct Print” function to print images in your smartphone on instax film.

The device is set to hit shelves on June 14, the new instax mini LiPlay will retail at $160. 

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Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

Bose has ushered in a new era of headphones with the wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones 700, featuring the biggest leap forward in headphones since the iconic QuietComfort. 

The new Bose 700s introduce a revolutionary new voice interface that redefines mobile communication the way Bose noise cancellation redefined mobile audio. They’re built off the legendary performance of QCs to transform the most demanding environments into private sanctuaries for listening. And they debut new, pioneering technologies to magically transform the same public spaces into private rooms for talking with friends, family, and virtual personal assistants. With their exclusive innovation, the 700s isolate a user’s voice from 360 degrees of unwanted sound. And that lets Bose 700 owners do what’s never been done. Surrounded by competing conversations, rush-hour traffic, and loud subway platforms, they can share their quiet, and not the noise around them — for crystal clear calls to home and work, and unprecedented accuracy from VPAs. Siri for iOS is easily accessible, the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa are both built-in — and now, Alexa is just a wake word away.

The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 fold flat with one twist of the earcups, and store neatly in a thin tapered hardcase that slides more easily into bags, backpacks, and seat-pockets. They come in Black and Silver, and will be sold directly from bose.com, Bose stores, and select resellers.

Pre-order HERE for $399.99.

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New iPod Touch Delivers Even Greater Performance

Apple today introduced the new iPod touch with enhancements to power, capability and communication at a remarkable price. The Apple-designed A10 Fusion chip brings improved performance in games, and for the first time on iPod, immersive augmented reality (AR) experiences and Group FaceTime, making it easy to chat with family members, friends or colleagues simultaneously. The new iPod touch is available to order on apple.com and in the Apple Store app starting today and in stores later this week.

“We’re making the most affordable iOS device even better with performance that is twice as fast as before, Group FaceTime and augmented reality starting at just $199,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Product Marketing. “The ultra-thin and lightweight design of iPod touch has always made it ideal for enjoying games, music and so much more wherever you go.”

iPod touch comes in a new 256GB capacity, giving plenty of space to download music for offline listening through Apple Music or the iTunes Store. With Apple Music, subscribers can access a catalog of over 50 million songs, thousands of playlists, Beats 1 Radio and daily editorial selections from the world’s best music experts. Subscribers can create their own playlists, watch music videos, listen to exclusive Beats 1 shows from their favorite artists on demand and share music with their friends. Now available in over 100 countries, Apple Music offers the most comprehensive music experience ever.

Pricing and Availability

The new iPod touch starts at $199 (US) for the 32GB model, $299 (US) for the 128GB model and $399 (US) for the 256GB model from apple.com, in the Apple Store app and Apple Stores, and is also available through Apple Authorized Resellers and select carriers (prices may vary). iPod touch is available in six finishes; space gray, white, gold, blue, pink and (PRODUCT)RED.

The new iPod touch models are available to order starting today from apple.com and in the Apple Store app.

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Polaroid Releases Stranger Things Edition of Their One Step 2 Camera

This summer the widely anticipated third season of American sci-fi TV series, Stranger Things, lands on Netflix. To mark the occasion, Polaroid Originals have joined forces with the master-series to create a new analog instant camera and special edition film that will turn your world Upside Down.

Available in stores and online from the 6th May 2019, fans can now brave the Stranger Things alternative dimension. Transformed into the TV shows red and blue colors, the special edition camera sees the classic Polaroid design flipped Upside Down and invites you to experiment with supernatural perspectives and create adventurous compositions in instant film.

The new Polaroid Originals OneStep 2: Stranger Things Edition offers the perfect reminder to capture those one-off moments, turning memories into something you can hold, something to share with your friends, something real, no matter which way up your world is.

Polaroid Originals is also releasing collectable special edition film, perfect for super fans to capture their stranger moments. As a further ode to the Stranger Things universe, each pack of 8 will include 16 graphic design prints, which will transport you back to the summer of 1985 in Hawkins, discovering Scoops Ahoy at the town’s new Starcourt Mall and back to the flashing lights of Joyce Byer’s living room.

Stranger Things is renowned for re-imagining the early 80s, and is infused with popular culture from the period, from walkie-talkies and Fabergé Organic big hair to Dungeons and Dragons. Retro Polaroid cameras pop up throughout the series, capturing moments from the Hawkins middle school’s Snow Ball to the gang’s iconic Ghostbuster Halloween costumes. After all what would the 80s be without a Polaroid snap?

The new camera is optimised for today with a fixed-focus lens, a powerful built-in flash, easy USB charging and a self-timer. The battery lasts up to 60 days, and the high-quality lens guarantees a sharp image from as close as 2 feet to infinity – perfect for selfies. The camera works with a new generation of Polaroid Originals i-Type and 600 instant films.

Season three premieres on the 4th July 2019, and will see the story continue in Hawkins in the summer of 1985 where things are heating up. But it’s not just the sun, fireworks or summer romances – there’s something below the surface for the teenage group that feels different than before – very different.

Stranger Things Polaroid OneStep 2 analog instant camera and special edition Stranger Things film will be available from May 6th, at polaroidoriginals.com for $109.99 and $17.99.

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Ford’s Self Braking Shopping Cart

For parents of young children, in terms of stress, the weekly trip to the supermarket is right up there with getting the kids to bed and meal times. And few moments are more worrying than seeing your child careen off at high speed on a shopping cart. 

Taking inspiration from its own Pre-Collison Assist technology, Ford has now come up with the “Self-Braking Shopping Cart”.

While just a design concept and probably cost prohibitive, this device could prevent a lot of bruised ankles and dinged bumpers.

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