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Bose SoundLink Revolve Speaker

The Bose SoundLink Revolve Speaker ($200) is their first to incorporate 360-degree sound. Highly portable, it overcomes its small body by using a downward-facing transducer, dual passive radiators, and a carefully-angled acoustic deflector to transmit full sound wherever it’s placed. Its rechargeable battery lasts for 12 hours per charge, Bluetooth frees you from the tyranny of wires, and the water-resistant body means it’s as welcome at the pool as it is on the patio. Also available in a larger, more robust “+” version for $100 more.

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Apple Introduces iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition

Apple today announced iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition in a vibrant red aluminum finish, in recognition of more than 10 years of partnership between Apple and (RED).  This gives customers an unprecedented way to contribute to the Global Fund and bring the world a step closer to an AIDS-free generation.

The special edition (PRODUCT)RED iPhone will be available to order online worldwide and in stores beginning Friday, March 24.

Pricing & Availability

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition will be available in 128GB and 256GB models starting at $749 (US) from Apple.com and Apple Stores.

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Sonos Introduces PLAYBASE

Sonos has announced PLAYBASE, the latest addition to its wireless home sound system and the newest speaker in their home theater lineup.

Inspired by the simple insight that up to 70% of all TVs stand on furniture and are not mounted to the wall, PLAYBASE is a thin, yet powerful speaker that sits discreetly under the TV. Priced at $699 US and available in both black and white, PLAYBASE will be available globally starting on April 4, 2017.

At just 58 mm in height and packing 10 drivers, PLAYBASE offers everything you’d expect from a Sonos speaker – great sound when the TV is on and music all the time when it’s off. It was designed to disappear into the home.  Appearing as if it was cut from a single piece of granite, it challenges conventional expectations of sound from a thin speaker. The construction comes together with no visible seams resulting in incredibly clean lines, an ultra-flat top surface, and more than 43,000 holes that make up an acoustically transparent grill.

PLAYBASE was built from the ground-up by Sonos with unique manufacturing processes and materials to meet the level of quality Sonos stands by, including a complex insert molding process and a custom-designed glass-filled polycarbonate exterior to keep vibration to a minimum and withstand the weight of a TV for years to come.

Designed for TVs that aren’t wall-mounted, PLAYBASE is easy to control and set-up using just two cords (optical and power). It expands to other rooms when wirelessly connected to your Sonos home sound system, and is equal parts TV speaker and music speaker, with access to more than 80 music services. Later this year, like every other Sonos speaker, you’ll soon be able to control PLAYBASE using your voice and any Amazon Alexa enabled device. PLAYBASE and PLAYBAR are Sonos for your TV space, allowing listeners to choose the best set-up to fit any room.

Through a unique balance of hardware and software, all of PLAYBASE’s 10 custom-designed drivers with dedicated amplifiers – six mid-range, three tweeters, and one woofer – are powered by software to precisely control the sound coming from each transducer.  The result is a sound stage much wider than the speaker itself.

With software, Sonos is able to deliver flexible control experiences – whether with your TV remote, Sonos app, or select partner apps—and add new features over time. This includes Trueplay, recently available for Sonos’ home theater products, which adjusts the sound of PLAYBASE to the specifics of any particular room. In addition, Dialogue Enhancement and Night Mode, both options within the Sonos App, allow for enhanced vocal clarity or toned down bass for loud action scenes.

Features:

– Two-in-one. Full-theater sound for your TV. Streams music, too.

– Low profile design that practically disappears. Sound you just can’t miss.

– Securely supports TVs up to 77 lbs (35 kg).

– Simple two-cord setup. One for power, one for your TV.

– Add SUB and two PLAY:1 rears for wireless 5.1 surround sound.

Current Sonos owners have access to an exclusive pre-order of PLAYBASE on sonos.com.

Available Apr 4, 2017.

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Cheesy Grin Bread Cutter Makes Sandwiches Smile

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Cheesy Grin stamps out the perfect smile – ideal for adding goofy grins to your grilled cheese or smirks to your salami on rye. BPA-free polypropylene is food-safe and dishwasher safe. Order it HERE from Fred and Friends for $8.

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Wheel Turntable

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Reducing the turntable to its most basic elements, the Miniot Wheel Turntable ($600) cleverly hides its components behind the record itself. An electronically-stabilized belt drive spins the heavy aluminum platter at a perfect 33.3 rpm, while the outer ring secures the record and eliminates resonance.

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The tonearm, modified AT95E cartridge, drive, amp, and electronics sit in a vibration-isolated block inside a cavity in the platter, and it’s all controlled by the center stick. A wood base in walnut, cherry, or mahogany gives the minimal design an added bit of finish. Made in Holland.

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BoseBuild Speaker Cube

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More than just a Bluetooth box, the BoseBuild Speaker Cube ($149) is a chance to get your child interesting in electronics. The kit includes everything you need to build the speaker, with rugged components designed with kids in mind and app-based instructions.

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Along the way, your child will learn about concepts ranging from magnets and electromagnets to how sound works, and when finished will end up with a high-quality speaker they can take pride in having built themselves.

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Snapchat Renames To Snap & Announces Spectacles

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Communications app Snapchat has a new name, Snap Inc., and is getting into the hardware business.

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Early Saturday, Snapchat, one of the most popular smartphone apps, reaching 100 million visitors daily, announced its first physical product, available later this year: Spectacles, $129.99 glasses that can record up to 10 seconds of video, similar to the ill-fated expensive Google Glass.

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In a news release, Snapchat described the new product as “the best way to make memories … hands-free, with the simple tap of a button.” It put up a bare-bones website to announce the product, Spectacles.com, and says the new video glasses will be “landing soon.”

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Belkin Introduces Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar For iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus

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The Belkin Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar offers dual functionality for charging and listening. Whether you want to charge in the car, on the go, or at home, the Belkin adapter makes it possible to listen to Lightning Audio and power your iPhone, simultaneously.

The adapter is designed to work with the full ecosystem of Lightning Audio headphones and there’s no need to remove your phone case while using it. The new Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar will be available October 10 for an MSRP of $39.95 on Belkin.comApple.com and at Apple retail stores.

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Taylor Guitars Announces TaylorSense

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Taylor Guitars recently announced its latest technology innovation: TaylorSense, a revolutionary new guitar care technology that puts the health and vital signs of a Taylor guitar directly into the owner’s hands.

TaylorSense is a smart guitar battery box that replaces the 9-volt battery box in any acoustic-electric Taylor guitar, and houses sensors that monitor the condition of the guitar and communicate that data via low-energy Bluetooth to a free Taylor Guitars iOS App. Shaped by the company’s decades of guitar care experience, TaylorSense is calibrated to send timely alerts and notifications to address some of the most common concerns that guitar owners face: humidity and temperature extremes, potentially damaging impact, and pickup battery life. The guitar health data is reported in a series of easy-to-follow screens and when enabled, push notification alerts of extreme conditions appear on the iOS device’s home screen. Each notification includes a link to a suite of “how-to-fix” tutorial videos to help the owner provide proper care for their guitar.

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“Over the company’s forty-year history, we’ve witnessed the distress that can be caused by extreme conditions or the damage caused by travel that many gigging musicians face,” says Tim O’Brien, Taylor’s Vice President of Marketing. “As part of our continued commitment to helping owners care for their Taylor guitars, TaylorSense gives real-time insight to prevent and treat common guitar health issues, and provides expert solutions to help owners keep their guitars playing beautifully for generations to come.”

In addition to providing alerts and guitar health data, the Taylor Guitars App also features a variety of free mobile playing tools, including a tuner, metronome, and Sonoma Wireworks’ FourTrack: a songwriting and practice tool for players who want to capture their musical ideas and record songs on their iOS device. FourTrack works with the iPhone’s built-in microphone, headset microphones, or dock-connecting audio interfaces.

TaylorSense made its debut in January at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, and was subsequently named one of the “Four Coolest Things at NAMM,” by USA Today. The TaylorSense smart battery box will be available for sale in Q2 2016.

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Interested players can sign up to learn more about the product, its release date, the Taylor App, and other information about TaylorSense by visiting HERE.

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Blockhead Side-Facing Plug For Apple Chargers

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Blockhead snaps on to your existing Apple charger, allowing it to sit flat against the wall. Now it can fit in more places than ever. Turning your charger sideways lets it fit just about everywhere.

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Blockhead is compatible with all MacBook chargers, 10W and 12W iPad chargers. Order HERE for $19.99.

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