Audio-Technica unveils its first professional grade open-back headphones with the new ATH-R70x

ath_r70x_2_sqAudio-Technica, makers of leading audio gear for nearly half a century, have announced a new entry to its growing lineup of professional grade headphones. Initially unveiled at the NAMM show in California recently, the new ATH-R70x headphones are the company’s very first foray into open-back reference headphones and sit alongside the already released closed variation, the M70x model.

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The Creator CI20 Android/Linux microcomputer starts shipping today for $65

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London-based Imagination Technologies has announced that it is now shipping its Creator CI20 microcomputer. This direct competitor to little-computer king, Raspberry Pi, is noted specifically for its low-power requirements while still pumping out high-performance graphics. Particularly, the C120 is capable of running the Quake 3 game engine at 1080p while using just 2.5 watts of power at a very competitive price point.

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Marvel Collectors Corps subscription delivers exclusive collectibles to your doorstep at deep discounts

Marvel collectable corps collectorsFunko, the makers of the ever so plush superhero figures, has teamed up with Marvel to produce a subscription box service for the “true believers” out there. The Marvel Collector corps will ship the debut box in April. It will have Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and include a 6-inch Iron Man Hulkbuster Pop vinyl figure that’s only available through this subscription service (shown below)

Hulk-Buster-OnlyThe box contents also include a T-shirt featuring one of four exclusive designs, an additional stylized vinyl figure and two premium accessories.

The offer has a value of over $50 for only $25 per box and each one will ship every two months (Marvel’s Ant-Man will be featured in the June box).

The box service has 2 levels: the basic Collector level and the Founder level. Fans who sign up for the Founders program, which includes a six-box subscription, will receive an exclusive Founder Statue on the 12-month anniversary of their first box shipment. As long as their membership does not lapse, Founders will continue to receive a new exclusive figure every year on their anniversary.

The Marvel Collector Corps service is now available for $25 per box, and you can signup for yours now at collectorcorps.com.

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WhatSim allows you to send unlimited WhatsApp messages from all over the globe for free

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With over 700 MM users worldwide, there’s a decent chance you’re chatting with friends and family on WhatsApp. If you wanted to keep in touch with those people while traveling abroad you’d most likely incur absurd roaming fees with your domestic service provider or track down a sim card of a local carrier and add data to it. Neither situation is ideal.

Beyond the initial cost of €10, WhatSim will let you keep in touch over WhatsApp for free… Read more

Luna smart mattress cover turns up the heat in bed and even triggers your morning coffee

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If you are interested in a better sleep experience, but find the Sleep Cycle app or an expensive mattress aren’t the answer, you may want to check out the Luna smart mattress cover. What was born out of an Indiegogo campaign is set to become a reality later this year. Instead of re-making an entire mattress, that would ultimately prove to be very costly, Luna is a mattress cover that fits many beds. It is covered in sensors, which helps track your movement, sleeping habits and interacts with your data to monitor your overall health.

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Revell’s latest miniature quadcopter drone claims to be the “world’s smallest” yet

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Remote controlled drones have become more popular then ever, appearing just about everywhere including South Park and landing innocently on the front lawn of The White House. From high-end Parrot Drones in the $500+ range to more affordable and smaller options, today we have a new contender for the “world’s smallest” remote controlled flyer….

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Avid will offer a free version of its digital audio workstation software known as Pro Tools First

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Avid, makers of one of, if not, the industry leading recording apps, have announced a brand new free version of Pro Tools. Known as Pro Tools First and aimed at newcomers, the slimmed down digital audio workstation will be made available for free in the coming months.

While the company has been moving its Pro Tools platform into a more subscription based service, the full version is certainly still quite expensive, so this is a great option for anyone interested in jumping in. But as you likely imagined, the cut down price also comes with a cut down feature set, head below for all the details…

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Apogee’s new Groove portable amp uses four DACs to match different headphones

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Your personal music collection is one of the most, well personal, things that many of us have in our lives. Everyone has different tastes and likes to listen in their own way. What many consumers do not realize is that they are typically not hearing the music as it was intended. We’ve covered the importance of digital-to-analog converters (DAC) before, but today we are seeing a new option that packs everything a DAC offers into a smaller, portable package.

Apogee, makers of recording industry leading microphones, audio interfaces and more, has announced the newest addition to its line of products with the portable USB Groove DAC and headphone amp for Mac and Windows PC. It comes packed with intriguing features and will launch with a special edition model you’ll certainly want to see.

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Leatherman is going to put out a wearable multi-tool with a Swiss watch


Multi-tools are a must have for any Wilderness Explorer. The problem is that they aren’t any good if you forget it or in the case of Leatherman’s President, Ben Rivera, it gets you denied from the happiest place on earth. But this summer these issues will be a thing of the past. From afar, the Leatherman Tread looks like a beefed up metal watch band. Look a bit closer and you’ll notice that each link is actually a functional tool. It includes a cutting hook, screwdrivers, box wrenches, glass breaker, and a bottle opener. There are 25 tools in all. It’s even TSA-compliant.

To add even more functionality, while making the Tread appear more inconspicuous, Leatherman will also sell a version with a Swiss-made timepiece.

Pricing is set to start at around $150. Too much moola for ya? The best selling Leatherman Multi-tool on Amazon checks in at less than $30.

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IK Multimedia unveils the iRig Mic Studio and PowerBridge adapter for iOS/Mac + the new UA Android guitar interface

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IK Multimedia, one of the leading iOS (and more recently Android) audio production device makers, has announced a series of new products at NAMM 2015. On top of a new power adapter that keeps your iDevice charging while your recording or performing on-the-go and a new Android interface/audio effects processing unit, the company has revealed its new digital mobile/desktop condenser mic…

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The Internet Button from Spark lets you physically trigger all your IFTTT recipies

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The physical world and ‘Internet of Things‘ movement continues to grow closer and closer together and today that gap got a bit smaller with the new Internet Button from Spark. Known for its ‘Photon‘ stamp-sized WiFi module, Spark is taking it a step further today with a physical button that can trigger a lot of action on the internet. If you are someone that has a frequent repeated task that is compatible with If This Then That (IFTTT), then you won’t want to miss the new Internet Button.

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