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Android Q will have native support for data-saving AV1 video codec

Google is a leading member of the 'Aliance for Open Media,' a group of companies working to create a successor to VP8/VP9 (both used in WebM video), called AV1. AV1 is designed to be more compressed than VP9 while still retaining good video quality. Google announced today that Android Q will include native support for AV1, paving the way for more widespread use.

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Moshi's Avanti C hybrid 3.5mm/Type-C headphones are worth the steep asking price

For those of us that prefer wired headphones, or who merely can't tolerate the bugginess of Bluetooth on many Android phones, there aren't a lot of USB Type-C choices out there — especially if you don't want noise canceling. Moshi's new Avanti C checks the right boxes, though. There's no charging, no Bluetooth, and no ANC. What you do get is good audio, nice build quality, and dongle-free wired compatibility with 3.5mm and USB Type-C sources. Moshi thinks that's worth $200, and I agree.

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[Update: Larger font, smaller clock] Android Q shows your currently playing song info on the Ambient Display

Although Android Q's Ambient Display seems pretty much unchanged at first glance, we keep discovering small modifications in it that are interesting. One of these is that you can see the full track title, and possibly even artist, on the always-on display without unlocking your phone. We've verified this with Spotify, Pocket Casts, YouTube Music, and Google Play Music, but it will likely happen with all apps that surface a music notification.

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Amazon has a 2-pack of Anker's 360-degree Soundcore Flare Bluetooth speaker for just $70 ($50 off)

When it comes to Bluetooth speakers, we as consumers have a ton of options to choose from. But if you're on a budget yet still want a great audio experience, Anker's Soundcore brand usually fits the bill. This deal, if you've been looking for some 360° stereo sound for your home or office, is one to pay attention to. Amazon is currently offering a two-pack of the Soundcore Flare for just $69.99, about $50 off the regular price.

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Google Slides to let your annoying coworker add annoying music to his annoying presentations

Sometimes when you're giving a presentation, an audio clip can really help illustrate a point. Up until now, there was no simple way to play that audio alongside a Google Slides slideshow, but Google has announced that the option to embed audio clips directly into presentations is coming.

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Moshi's Mythro C USB Type-C earphones are well worth the $50 price tag

The 3.5mm headphone jack is now an exception rather than a standard in the flagship smartphone world. Many consumers have turned to Bluetooth options, but there are still some folks who prefer wired audio. If you're in the latter camp and you hate dealing with dongles, you'll probably want a set of USB Type-C headphones.

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[Update: Working] Google Duo audio calls are coming to Home speakers

It's already been four months since Google unveiled its own smart display, the Home Hub. When it was discovered that the Home Hub would still be capable of Duo video calls despite not having a camera, Google reached out to let us know that the Home Hub also supports audio calls over Duo. As we had speculated back then, it looks like Duo audio calls will also be coming to Home speakers.

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Audio support is coming to Linux apps with Chrome OS 74

I've come to love using my Pixelbook over the last few months, thanks in part to support for Linux applications. Though it's still in its beta stages, I find it incredibly useful. Interestingly, it seems that Google is looking to address one of the limitations: the lack of audio playback for container programs. Based on a some official Project Crostini documents, we might see support for this in Chrome OS 74.

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JBL's ludicrous PartyBox 200 and 300 speakers now available in the US

How to have a party, according to JBL: Step one, buy this giant portable Bluetooth speakers (there is no step two). You can now complete step one thanks to the launch of the PartyBox 200 and 300 in the US. For a couple hundred dollars, you can get a mammoth, glowing speaker to haul around and start parties. The promo video makes it look pretty easy.

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The Anker Model Zero speaker will shake your chandeliers and is discounted 30% to $140

When it comes to charging and audio accessories, Anker is one of the more trusted brands out there — it makes well-rounded Bluetooth earbuds and USB-C chargers. Today, we found a deal on the recently released top-of-the-line Soundcore Model Zero speaker, bringing it down to $140 from an original price of $200. To take advantage of this 30% discount, you need to simply clip the coupon on the Amazon listing.

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