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Sony Xperia Z Officially Announced

Right on schedule, the Sony Xperia Z was officially announced at the company’s CES press conference. For those that don’t know the Z, you might better know it as the “Yuga”.

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Daily Deals: 5 Awesome Headphone Deals

Did you land yourself a new smartphone or MP3 player during the holidays? Are you not satisfied with the el cheapo headphones that came in the package? Well, you’re in luck, because there’s a great post-holiday collection of awesome headphone deals that will surely satiate your aural desires.

MOTOROLLA
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Grab A Motorola MOTOACTV GPS Watch for $100 Off

Hey, it may not be quite the same thing as getting a James Bond 007 watch from Q or a technologically-absurd watch like Inspector Gadget, but this could be the next best thing. The Motorola MOTOACTV GPS sports watch and MP3 player is pretty slick and now it happens to be on sale for $102.04 off the regular price.

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Guiding Cyclists with a Musical GPS

A research team based in the Netherlands has reported positive and promising results from an audio-only navigation system which relies on an Android smartphone connected to a pair of headphones to potentially help cyclists overcome the issue of visual navigation devices. The audio GPS guides users towards the target location by using music which is artificially shifted to the left or right in order to tell directions.

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Philips GoGear Muse 3 PMP protects your hearing

Philips GoGear Muse 3 aims to protect your hearing. In the case of the GoGear Muse 3, you get something called the SafeSound function. Basically, it monitors the sound level of Marilyn Manson and Def Leppard, alerting you if the volume is probably a little too high for your eardrums to handle.

Android
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Sony Ericsson adds Xperia ray and Xperia active to Android lineup

My experience with the Sony Ericsson Xperia line of smartphones hasn’t exactly been stellar, but that doesn’t mean SE isn’t trucking ahead with new additions to the line. I have the Xperia Play in hand and will have that review posted soon, but there’s also the new Xperia ray and Xperia active coming down the chute too.

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Pioneer develops washable earphones

Pioneer has launched an inner ear earphones model capable of offering clear sound and powerful bass with a frequency set between 10Hz and 20 kHz and 16Ω impedance. But where the 3.5mm stereo headphones with gold jack and 1.2 silver cladded wire really changes things, is that they are made of a soft, ergonomic material can be washed with soap and water.

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Potential Solution to Earbud Listener Fatigue

Listener fatigue is a painful discomfort that can happen to anyone listening to an iPod on the subway, a musician playing a gig, or to someone wearing a hearing-aid. If listener fatigue occurs from listening to an iPod, you just take out your earphones. For professional musicians and people who require hearing-aids, it’s not that simple.

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Fido Fetches Sony Ericsson Cedar GreenHeart Phone

Sony Ericsson is expanding their GreenHeart collection of environmentally-friendly phones with an exclusive Canadian release of the Cedar. With post-consumer recycled plastics, a low-consumption charger and waterborne paint, the phone is being sold exclusively by Fido in Canada, aimed at consumers and businesses looking at a low-impact mobile solution.

TABLETS
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HP PalmPad tablets with specs, pics and unlimited cloud storage

We’re still referring to the yet unreleased Palm tablet as the HP PalmPad, but the Opal and Topaz names have made their way onto the Internet too. The smaller of the two is the Opal with its seven-inch 1024×768 resolution TFT LCD, while the larger of the two is the Topaz with its nine-inch display of unknown resolution.

Technology
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Scosche flipSYNC II keychain cable wins award at CES

We deal with a lot of messy cables these days. We’ve got HDMI cables leading from our televisions, audio cables leading from our headphones, and USB cables leading to our various peripherals. While it doesn’t solve all of life’s problems, the Scosche flipSYNC II looks like it could help. In fact, Scosche took home a CES Innovation 2011 Design and Engineering Award.

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World’s smallest waterproof MP3 player clips to your goggles

The iPod shuffle is pretty small, but it doesn’t do you much good when you want to go for a dip in the pool with Michael Phelps. For that, you may be much more inclined to check out the UWaterG2 from Fitness Technologies, Inc. They’ve developed the world’s smallest 100% waterproof MP3 player.

PHONES
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CONTEST: Mobile Magazine Gadget Grab Bag Giveaway!

How do you like the new digs? As you may have noticed Mobile Magazine has just undergone a bit of an extreme makeover. We want to celebrate the new look by giving away some fabulous prizes. You do like winning free stuff, right? That’s why we’re here to hook you up! How Do I Enter? […]

BLUETOOTH
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Six new Jabra headsets, all with Lync and touchscreens

Feel like stretching out that corporate expense account with a few new toys? It looks like Jabra has gone headset crazy, announcing no fewer than six brand new headsets this week. The kicker is that they all come paired with their own little touchscreen displays and they all play nice with Microsoft Lync.

TABLETS
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Genius offers first wireless graphic tablet: The MousePen M508W

Another option for graphic designers has emerged this week. Genius, makers of tablets and other peripherals have added the first wireless tablet to their roster. The 5 x 8-inch MousePen M508W tablet is just $199 and will ship this September. As for technicals, it gives you 1024-levels of pressure sensitivity, comparable to the Intuos Bamboo pen but twice the LPI, sitting pretty at 4000.

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HTC Legend review

If you’re thinking that the overall form factor looks familiar, well, you’re right. The HTC Legend functions as a spiritual successor to the HTC Hero, throwing the “chin” back in the game. The Legend also comes with a bunch of other improvements too, including operating off the newer HSPA network.

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Weatherproof iPhone bicycle mount sits on your handlbars feeding you data

The Biologic Bike Mount is a bicycle-mount for your iPhone, allowing you to strap your device to the handlebars and keep tabs on GPS location, speed, distance traveled, perhaps all the while playing some good music to keep those quads pumping. The mount is part of a weatherproof case, silicon-lined for protection against water and dust, and able to rotate 360 degrees between landscape and portrait mode.

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Review: DryCase keeps your beats going underwater

Hot fun in the summer, oh yah. DryCorp sent us one of their mp3 player cases to check out. It fit quite right with the Apple iPod. I’m still kickin’ it to my 3G model, hence the dated looking thing sealed and protected inside the dry case which helps it evade a nasty inevitable liquid death quite common in the summer months. You can take it in the pool, river, or the shower, the dry case is designed to keep your gear happy in the water.

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Super rugged Xbox 360 consoles for NBA’s road warriors

I love nothing more than curling up on my couch or bean bag chair, grabbing my Xbox 360 controller, and dialing in some hours on Street Fighter IV or NHL 10. However, not everyone has that kind of luxury. For NBA players who are always on the road, 2K has devised the perfect solution.

It’s not quite the same as the Xbox Portable we want to see to compete against the Nintendo DSi and Sony PSP, but it’s still portable.

IPAD
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Going hands-on with the almost-a-tablet Dell Mini 5 prototype

Even before the Apple iPad officially broke the surface, we had already seen a number of UMPCs and MIDs hit the market. You do have to admit that Cupertino will really help to put the mini-tablet on the map, though, so it’s interesting to look at the immediate competition. One of the most captivating? The Dell Mini 5.

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CES gadgets you may have missed

At this annual event – as you saw in my recent show overview – I was bombarded by vendors at every turn and played with more gadgets than I’ve ever seen in my life. I also went to a few special events. These events were designated PRESS-ONLY and therefore contained some items regular attendees might not have seen.

News
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5 Things to Remember While Buying a Headphone

Whether you are going out for a jog or simply want to do some household chores, a good pair of headphones can really be a great company. However, buying the right pair of headphones can be difficult task, especially for those who aren’t that tech-savvy. That’s why; we’ve made a list of 5 things that […]

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Sennheiser 2015

Sennheiser launched various wireless headphones as a part of their 2015 line which were mostly based on their earlier wired headphone models. The Urbanite XL Wireless is one such example of that can trace back its origin to last year’s wired Urbanite XL. Currently, it only comes in black color, however, more options might arrive […]