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Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds get Alexa support and volume controls in new update

It's rare that earbuds get significant new features after launch, but Sony is doing that for the WF-1000XM3 true wireless earbuds. The WF-1000MX3s were already fantastic, but now they've gotten even better with Alexa support, volume controls, and more.

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Get an Anker Soundcore Flare Mini Bluetooth speaker for an all-time low of $30 ($20 off)

Consumers can face an overwhelming number of choices when shopping for a Bluetooth speaker. This number quickly dwindles when looking for features such as water resistance, 360° sound, or stereo pairing. Anker's Soundcore Flare Mini manages to bring all of these together into one already affordable package. Amazon is currently offering the Flare Mini for an all-time low of $30, which is a $20 savings off list price.

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Google Nest Mini speakers can be paired together for stereo sound

One of the long-running complaints about the Google Home Mini is the lack of stereo pairing, where one speaker could act as the left audio channel and another could be the right channel. Though Google hasn't widely publicized the feature, the updated Nest Mini apparently supports stereo pairing.

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Android 10 allows multiple apps to access your microphone at once

Android 10 is now available in its final form on a few phones, but some of its more interesting changes flew under the radar. One of those is a change to how audio inputs work, which allows multiple apps to access audio input at once — in some cases, anyway.

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B&O announces very pretty, very expensive Chromecast-enabled soundbar

B&O has a history of making speakers that don't look like other speakers, which can be great if you like the company's minimalist aesthetic. There's a new B&O soundbar on the way that could really complement that cone-shaped speaker it released a while back. The Beosound Stage has a thin, sleek design with Kvadrat fabric and wood or metal housings. Oh, it has a lot of speakers, too.

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The Klipsch T5 true wireless earbuds offer superb sound, few frills

Klipsch has been making high-end audio gear for more than 70 years. With the better part of a century's worth of audio expertise informing their design, the company's T5 true wireless earbuds have a lot to live up to — and while they lack some of the frills I've come to expect in premium earbuds, they absolutely nail the fundamentals.

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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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