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Another Disc Bites the Dust

By | June 25th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

All good things must come to an end. Once the coolest thing ever, once the “must have” feature of 1989, once the proof that you too were hip, car CD players are now driving down a particularly lonely highway. Much like 8-tracks and car cassette players before them, car CD players are heading for oblivion.
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Zvox Brings AccuVoice Tech to $150 Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones

By | June 25th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Zvox Audio, the Boston-based soundbar pioneer and champion of audio products for the hearing impaired, has introduced $150 wireless noise-canceling headphones that also incorporate the voice-boosting AccuVoice technology developed for its line of TV speakers.
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Leica M-E (Typ 240) launched for Leica fans on a budget

By | June 25th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Leica's M-series rangefinders have been behind some of the 20th century's most iconic images, but they've never exactly been at the affordable end of the scale. Enter the M-E (Typ 240), which pairs its catchy name with a price tag more in line with that of a new full-frame DSLR.

The M-E (Typ 240) updates the original M-E (Typ 220) model, which was announced in 2012 and which was designed to be an affordable alternative to then-current M-series models such as the M9.… Read the full article

Get the world’s best phone for less – these Samsung S10 Plus deals are simply superb

By | June 25th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

They say the best things in life are free, but when it comes to the world's best smartphones, that is a saying that doesn't quite apply. But at least when it comes to our vote for the current greatest phone on the market – the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus – a recent price crash means it is now at least a more affordable option.

Thanks to Mobiles.co.uk you can now get two Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus deals for under £40 a month, without going all out on upfront costs.… Read the full article

Wilson Benesch Eminence Loudspeaker

By | June 25th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Wilson Benesch Eminence Loudspeaker

“What does that speaker sound like?” It’s such a common question among audiophiles that we never stop to think about what it means. When asking that question, we expect a capsule description of the speaker’s strengths and weaknesses, accompanied by an assessment of its overall character and quality. But what we are really asking is: “In what specific ways does that loudspeaker distort the musical signal, and what is our perception of that distortion?” We frequently ask what a speaker “sounds like” because every speaker changes the sound in its own specific way.… Read the full article

Google Pixel 4 could have better color capture than any other Android phone

By | June 25th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

If there's one small advantage that iPhone cameras have over their Android counterparts, it's that they capture a larger range of colors, but it looks like Google might catch up in that regard, judging by lines of code found in the Google Camera app.

Discovered by XDA Developers, the lines of code would allow the camera app on Android devices to capture images in the P3 color gamut instead of sRGB – and this could make a substantial difference, though notably the code is currently disabled, so Google hasn't made the change yet.… Read the full article

What the absolute mouse positioning on the 2020 Acura RDX does to your brain

By | June 25th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

That’s the burning question with the new 2020 Acura RDX, which uses a redesigned touchpad interface. The key feature is absolute cursor positioning, which means when you touch the pad and move your finger, your selection is based on where you touch, not where you move.

To explain that a little more, imagine you want to select the navigation map. On most cars with a touchpad interface (like BMW, Audi and Lexus), where you press initially doesn't matter so much – it's where you eventually move your finger that counts.… Read the full article

Nativ’s Vita is the complete high-end streaming package

By | June 25th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

There is no shortage of music servers, streaming players, and other such devices on the market today. It’s a booming category which I’ve seen go from relative niche to mainstream in a rather short time – no surprise given that standard PC or Mac playback is necessarily limited by the general-purpose hardware involved. True, an off-the-shelf computer can be improved via special software like JPLAY – not to mention various tweaks for power, USB or networking – but at some point, folks looking for superior audio quality will hit their PC or Mac hit a glass ceiling.… Read the full article

Windows Mixed Reality headsets are disappearing from the Microsoft Store

By | June 25th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Microsoft may be having a change of heart when it comes to its range of Windows Mixed Reality headsets – if the models stocked on its own website is anything to go by.

As spotted by RoadtoVR, Microsoft has culled most of the Mixed Reality headsets ranges previously on its US store. The only remaining model on sale is the Samsung HMD Odyssey+, while the Lenovo Explorer and Asus Windows Mixed Reality headsets are both listed as out of stock.… Read the full article

Tour de France 2019 live stream: how to watch all the cycling online from anywhere

By | June 25th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The Tour de France 2019 is the 109th time the cycling event has taken place to push the world's best riders to their very limits and often even a bit beyond. Geraint Thomas, as defending champion, will have to work hard this year with tough competition from all sides. The result should be a great event and you can learn how to live stream Tor de France cycling the action from wherever you are in the world by simply reading on.… Read the full article