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Mobvoi's TicPods Free earbuds down to $100 ($30 off) on Amazon

Wires are so yesterday, but it's hard to find a good set of true wireless earbuds without breaking the bank. The TicPods Free from Mobvoi might not have everything you want, but they're a good deal at $130. Today, they're an even better deal with a $30 discount on Amazon.

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The best Android power user features you may have forgotten about

Android has now been around for over a decade, and every single update has brought new features. Some functionality is unknown to the vast majority of smartphone owners, either because the options aren't well-advertised, or because their uses are limited.

In this post, we've compiled some of the best power user features that Android has to offer.

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[Update: AR 'fix' of sorts, statement from Google] Déjà vu: Pixel 3 and 3 XL video recordings have poor audio

Google's Pixels are known for their software quality, but they're also known for launching with random issues, like last year's Pixel 2 audio quality problems when recording video. The theme continues with this year's Pixel 3 phones, and the first problem reviewers have noticed with Google's latest flagships is — you guessed it — another microphone/audio issue.

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JBL Link Bar orders delayed, likely won't ship this year

Android TVs and Home units have become the hallmark of a smart home powered by Google. We’ve seen a fair share of Android TV boxes from a variety of manufacturers, including the Nvidia Shield. For the most part, they offered the same features in slightly-different packages. But when Google announced the JBL Link Bar, we witnessed a different product entirely. Sadly, pre-orders for the Android soundbar have now been hit with delays.

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[Update: Not coming to the US] Nokia unveils True Wireless Earbuds and Pro Wireless Earphones

HMD Global just announced its latest hardware at a swanky event in London, leading with the intriguing mid-range Nokia 7.1 smartphone. The company also introduced some literally-named companion audio products — meet the Nokia True Wireless Earbuds and Pro Wireless Earphones.

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RHA TrueConnect are true wireless earbuds with USB-C and 5-hour battery life

RHA probably isn't that well known outside audiophile circles, but the Scottish company is renowned for making excellent audio products across various price points. I've often recommended the RHA S500 as a great sounding pair of budget earbuds, for example. True wireless earbuds are the hot product in audio right now though, as we see the headphone jack excluded from more and more phones, so it's good timing for RHA to release the TrueConnect.

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Amazon expands 'Multi-Room Music' speaker sync to third-party hardware

In addition to all the other hardware-related news today, Amazon is also rolling out its multi-room audio feature to third-party hardware. Called Alexa Multi-Room Music, the expanded support for other Alexa-powered devices will allow you to group third-party speakers, including offerings from companies like Bose and Sonos, together with Amazon's Echo hardware for synchronized playback.

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Amazon reportedly plans to release a bunch of new Alexa-enabled devices this year — including a microwave

Amazon is planning to release a whole bunch of new Alexa-enabled devices this year, including — naturally — a microwave oven, according to a report from CNBC. Per the report, the company intends to release at least eight new devices controllable by its digital assistant by year's end. Other planned devices include audio components, like an amplifier and receiver.

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Master & Dynamic MW07 are premium true wireless earbuds with beryllium drivers and USB-C for $299

Perhaps not that well known outside certain circles, New York brand Master & Dynamic creates audio products with a focus on high-end materials and expressive design. Such luxury does not come cheap, with their headline wireless speaker, designed by Sir David Adjaye, selling for an eye-watering $1,800. The MW07 are the company's first true wireless earbuds, and thankfully they won't be quite so pricey.

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Google Voice v2018.36 prepares Mark as Read in notifications, support for more attachment types, and a contact list fix [APK Teardown]

Google Voice was once thought to be abandoned, but these days we're seeing regular updates and improvements. The latest version bump hit yesterday with small fixes and tweaks to the UI, plus preparations for some future enhancements.

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