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Sony’s latest true wireless earbuds and noise-canceling over-ear headphones start at $130

The influx of budget Bluetooth headphones once audio jacks started disappearing from smartphones has inspired brands like Sony to focus more on the more affordable segment while its premium WH-1000XM3 continues to enjoy critical success and win followers. While we wait for the them to get their successor sometime this year, Sony has dropped a couple of new options—one truly wireless and one over-ear—in the mid-tier price bracket.

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LineageOS ROM releases first builds based on Android 10 (Update: Builds are back)

LineageOS is the most popular custom ROM in existence, and the project prides itself on bringing newer versions of Android to unsupported devices. However, Lineage has been a bit slow to roll out a version based on Android 10 ⁠— the Pie-based ROM was already available by this time last year. Thankfully, the next major version of LineageOS seems to be just around the corner.

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Sony noise canceling WF-1000XM3 wireless earbuds are just $99 refurbished on eBay ($130 off MSRP)

Sony's WF-1000XM3 are the most popular option on the market when it comes to ANC buds. Unfortunately, they're quite expensive as they traditionally cost $230. Thankfully, you can save a great deal by buying a refurbished pair on eBay and only pay $99.

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Sony's excellent WH-1000XM3 ANC headphones are down to just $230 on Woot ($120 off MSRP)

Bose has been one of the most popular brands when it comes to ANC headphones. However, Sony has managed to dethrone the title with its WH-1000XM3 noise-canceling headset, which has been praised as one of the best on the market. Sadly, the device traditionally sells for about $350, which can be a roadblock for many. Thankfully, you can now snatch a new pair for just $230, which is $120 off the MSRP.

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LineageOS drops support for Nexus 6P, Pixel C, and 14 other Oreo devices

LineageOS is the most popular custom ROM around, boasting support for dozens of popular phones. While most new development in the past year has focused on bringing Android 9 Pie to new devices, Lineage has continued to offer an Oreo ROM for older phones, but that option is sadly going away.

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Sony unveils 5G flagship Xperia 1 II and mid-range Xperia 10 II (Update: Xperia Pro with HDMI input)

Sony's smartphone design language has long stagnated, but last year, the company stepped up its game with the Xperia 1 and 10, coming with 21:9 displays and slightly more rounded corners than Xperia devices of old. Today, the company has released the follow-ups for these two phones, the Xperia 1 II and 10 II (speak: Xperia 1 mark 2), stepping up both handsets' cameras and resurrecting the headphone jack on the high-end device. It's also Sony's first to come with 5G.

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LineageOS 16 Pie arrives on the Moto G7, Xperia Z3, and other phones

LineageOS is the most popular custom ROM out there, boasting official support for dozens of phones and tablets. The project is best known for breathing new life into older devices, and since we last covered Lineage, builds have become available for nine more phones ⁠— including some old favorites.

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All the companies that have withdrawn from MWC

The coronavirus outbreak is shaking up the tech world, leading to factory and store shutdowns all over China. This could mean we'll see some production shortages, but fears of the virus spread also have more tangible effects. Many companies have decided to withdraw from or limit their availability at MWC 2020, slated to begin February 24. To hinder contamination, the fair organizer GSMA has put a vast number of actions in motion to keep attendees as safe as possible.

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Sony may have suspended Android 10's rollout to the Xperia XZ3 and XZ2 due to numerous major bugs

Sony is having a hard time in the smartphone business amidst declining sales and shrinking market share, but its users are likely more distressed right now. Many existing Sony users found that the recent Android 10 update broke their 2018 flagships almost universally, with no official communication from the company. In what appears to be a widespread issue, the affected Xperia XZ3 and XZ2 owners rallied on community platforms like Reddit complaining about a long list of bugs, including terrible RAM management, high battery consumption, app fails, and a generally sluggish UI.

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Get a refurbished pair of Sony WH1000XM3 headphones for just $180 ($70 off MSRP)

When it comes to noise-canceling headphones, there aren't many that can rival Sony's WH1000XM3. It's one of the best options out there, with excellent sound quality and a fantastic design, and now you can get a manufacturer-refurbished model for just $179.99. For context, the same headphones new-in-box go for around $350.

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