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Fraunhofer releases its 'CD-like' audio codecs to developers, lends a little HiFi to VoIP apps

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For those who relish high fidelity but not high data consumption (and bills), Fraunhofer introduced its IIs Full-HD codec for Android and iOS earlier in the year, which is currently being used in apps like Facetime. Now you can bring some of that "CD-like" audio quality to your own...
Fraunhofer releases its 'CD-like' audio codecs to developers, lends a little HiFi to VoIP apps
Libratone Offers First Fully Wireless Speaker In The Zipp
Google cracking down on sites that rip MP3s from YouTube videos

Skype updates Android app with Microsoft login

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The video chat service lets users sign in with their Microsoft account, boasts improved audio quality and a new design for tablets. [Read more]...
Skype updates Android app with Microsoft login

Getting handsy with the hardware (and the software)

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This week we wrote a lot about all the Apple hardware and software we could get our hands on, and we did a full review of Amazon's Kindle Fire HD. A lot happened this week—maybe everyone finally got back from summer vacation? If you were too busy to keep up...
Getting handsy with the hardware (and the software)

Ask Engadget: Best HD Camcorder for live shows?

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We know you've got questions, and if you're brave enough to ask the world for answers, here's the outlet to do so. This week's Ask Engadget inquiry is from is from Keith, who needs our help to become the next internet comedy sensation. If you're looking to send in...
Ask Engadget: Best HD Camcorder for live shows?

Apple Reveals Surround Sound System for Future MacBook Pro

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Apple thinks it's time for a MacBook Pro to have a kick-ass surround sound audio system. With future Macs doubling as our Mobile TV, Movie Theater and high end video conferencing system, it's time to kick the audio quality up a notch so as to compete with PC Notebooks offering...
Apple Reveals Surround Sound System for Future MacBook Pro
Apple unveils redesigned white 'EarPod' headphones

Nokia music streaming service gets upgrade

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Lumia Windows phone owners can upgrade to Nokia Music+, which incorporates personal radio features, for €3.99-a-monthNokia Music and its Mix Radio feature has been one of the most impressive features of Nokia's Lumia Windows phones since its launch in late 2011, offering customised streaming radio channels for free, with no...
Nokia music streaming service gets upgrade

Soundrop brings its social Spotify app to Facebook with live listening rooms and YouTube music videos

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Soundrop has made quite an impact on Spotify, offering an array of listening ‘rooms’ where users can suggest and upvote tracks from a specific music genre – however, today the service has gone one step further by launching a similar experience on Facebook. Soundrop rooms can now be embedded directly...
Soundrop brings its social Spotify app to Facebook with live listening rooms and YouTube music videos

The One Feature Sprint Offers That No Other Carrier Can Give You (S)

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Yesterday Sprint and HTC made a joint announcement, unveiling the brand new EVO 4G LTE. It's an is an impressive device. Thin, light, fast, powerful, the whole package. Make sure you check out our hands-on photos of the EVO 4G LTE. By now all that is pretty much standard in...
The One Feature Sprint Offers That No Other Carrier Can Give You (S)

Review: House of Marley Riddim On-Ear Headphones

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House of Marley is a fairly new entrant in the headphone market, arriving in late 2011 among a host of other celebrity branded headphones. In order to standout in the crowded market, House of Marley decide to make it their goal to not only offer top audio-quality products, but to...
Review: House of Marley Riddim On-Ear Headphones

Vizio's 2013 sound bars bringing big audio, Bluetooth connectivity to living rooms (ears-on)

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An HDTV without a sound system to match is like a Ferrari on 14-inch rims -- still a beautiful sight to behold, but its performance falls short of what could be, given the right accessory. Vizio knows this, and so has announced its 2013 lineup of sound bars to...
Vizio's 2013 sound bars bringing big audio, Bluetooth connectivity to living rooms (ears-on)
Hands-On With The Google Nexus 7
Sprint rolling out HD voice in late 2012, Evo 4G LTE is first compatible device

3D printed record puts a new spin on digital music (video)

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If you thought downloading music from the internet had nothing new to offer, think again. One of the tech editors over at Instructables -- Amanda Ghassaei -- has put a new twist on the digital delivery of music by 3D printing a record. Ghassaei developed a technique that converts...
3D printed record puts a new spin on digital music (video)
5 tips for setting up an effective video conferencing policy
Please don't tell my editor that my iPhone 5 review is a month late

Neil Young's Music Rescue Mission (Video)

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Neil Young is on a quest to improve upon the MP3 file that dominates digital music. Young isn’t opposed to the fact music is going digital, but he says the sound of today’s files isn’t good enough, with audio quality at just 5 percent of traditional recordings. “My goal is...
Neil Young's Music Rescue Mission (Video)

Skype 4.0 for Linux

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First off, we'd like to thank our Skype for Linux users for your patience awaiting Skype 4.0 for Linux, codenamed 'Four Rooms for Improvement,' which is now available. With this release, we have finally filled the gap with our other desktop clients and we are now making many of the...
Skype 4.0 for Linux

Dolby Digital Plus coming soon to tablets, we go ears-on (video)

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Whenever we review tablets, the section on audio quality is usually short, and it usually goes something like this: "The quality is tinny and the volume is low, especially since the speakers are located on the back side." (Translation: What did you expect, people?") That's a shame, given how...
Dolby Digital Plus coming soon to tablets, we go ears-on (video)
HTC Car StereoClip Bluetooth dongle (hands-on)

DIY Cellphone has the footprint of an ice cream sandwich, definitely doesn't run ICS (hands-on)

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Building your own wireless communications device isn't for the faint of heart, or the law-abiding -- the FCC tends to prefer placing its own stamp of approval on devices that utilize US airwaves, making a homegrown mobile phone an unlikely proposition. That didn't stop a team at the MIT...
DIY Cellphone has the footprint of an ice cream sandwich, definitely doesn't run ICS (hands-on)

Yamaha intros mini audio systems with iOS remote control, explosion of colors

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We're well acquainted with both connected bookshelf audio systems and colorful speakers -- seeing both in one place, though, is still a rarity. Yamaha reckons the two aren't mutually exclusive. Its MCR-B142 and MCR-042 both put out 30W of sound taken from a 30-pin Apple device dock, USB, aux-in...
Yamaha intros mini audio systems with iOS remote control, explosion of colors
HTC Car StereoClip Bluetooth music adapter now available through Sprint

The Complete Indiana Jones Blu-ray Collection finally brings the entire set home in HD this fall

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It's taken forever to come about, but the first three Indiana Jones movies will be released on Blu-ray for the first time later this year. Paramount announced it will deliver The Complete Indiana Jones Blu-ray Collection this fall (no exact date yet), without explaining how it could possibly be...
The Complete Indiana Jones Blu-ray Collection finally brings the entire set home in HD this fall
First Hands-On With The Incident Tech gTar

Verizon's Samsung Galaxy Nexus update finally official

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The IMM76K Android 4.0.4 upgrade for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Verizon is slowly becoming officially available. The Google-provided update fixes a number of bugs, while cleaning up in-call audio quality. A manual upgrade is possible on rooted devices, but a signed push upgrade will be available to users shortly.......
Verizon's Samsung Galaxy Nexus update finally official

Open audio codec Opus gets real, gains VLC support

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Opus, the open audio codec whose backers include Mozilla, Xiph.org, Microsoft’s Skype and Google, got a little closer to being enjoyed by end users this week: The popular media player VLC added Opus support with the release of new version 2.0.4 Thursday. Meanwhile, there has been some more talk on...
Open audio codec Opus gets real, gains VLC support

Jabra's Revo, Revo Wireless and Vox headphones get priced, now shipping

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Jabra's fresh batch of stereo headphones were first trotted out at CES, and now they've just been graced with price tags and are up for grabs. The Revo Wireless over-ear headphone rings up at $249, while the wired flavor will set folks back $199. Jabra's in-ear Vox hardware hits...
Jabra's Revo, Revo Wireless and Vox headphones get priced, now shipping
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