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Amazon Echo speakers now let you wake up to your favorite song

“Alexa, wake me up to Rick Astley.”

Smart speakers can be used for a laundry list of different things, but as I’ve quickly been discovering with my Google Home Mini, some of them are fantastic little alarm clocks. Amazon’s Echo devices have long supported alarms, but a new update now allows users to wake up to the song of their choice rather than Amazon’s default alarm tune.

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Sony’s true wireless earbuds might be pricier than AirPods, but that’s because they’re better

As someone who owns and loves Apple’s AirPods, I can happily admit that there are better options out there for cord-free Bluetooth earbuds. I can also confirm that the Sony WF1000X Premium Noise Cancelling True Wireless Headphones can be counted among them. Sony doesn’t get everything right these days — case in point: smartphones — but when it comes to audio products, Sony typically knocks it out of the park. Such is the case with the WF1000X earbuds, which blow Apple’s AirPods away. The biggest issue with AirPods is maintaining noise isolation, since they’re made of slippery plastic. These Sony buds have silicone tips instead, and the result is a perfect seal that’s quite [...]

 
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Google Home Max is now available for $399 at select retailers

Google made a big fuss about the Home Max when it announced it in October, but it didn’t launch the speaker then and promised it would be available in December. Well, December is almost halfway through and we’re starting to see the Home Max pop up on a couple of stores.

If you want the badass Google Home Max, your options now are Best Buy (chalk and charcoal) and Verizon (chalk only, charcoal is out of stock). Read More

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This portable home theater is like nothing you’ve seen before, and it’s never been cheaper

The Nebula Mars Portable Cinema might look vaguely like your typical portable projector, but it’s an entirely different breed. This compact device features unrivaled brightness for this class at 3,000 lumens, and it also has best-in-class battery life, capable of delivering three straight hours of playback. It packs integrated JBL speakers for superior sound, and it can connect to any iPhone, iPad, or Android device wirelessly. Amazon typically sells it for $599.99, which is more than fair for such an impressive device. Thanks to Amazon’s deal of the day, however, it’s on sale at a price that matches its lowest price ever from back in September. Actually, it’s [...]

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