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Tt eSports shows off Combat White CRONOS gaming headset at Computex 2013

Computex Taipei 2013 - Tt eSports, a division of Thermaltake, is demoing their mid-level CRONOS gaming headset that is aimed at PC and mobile users.

 

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The CRONOS is able to function as a PC gaming headset in addition to working with your mobile device via swappable audio cables. The headset features a LYCRA head-pad that reduces pressure on the users head to allow for a longer fatigue-free gaming session. Additionally, the CRONOS features a bendable and pivotable microphone as well as LED-lit Battle Dragon Logos.

 

Gold-plated 3.5mm connections and an in-line user-friendly control box is present on each of the audio cables. The CRONOS is responsive in the 20Hz to 20kHz audio range and feature 40mm neodymium magnets for the drivers. The CRONOS retails at an MSRP of $69.99 at all major online retailers.

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Turtle Beach approved to make Xbox One headsets

Just days after the Xbox One reveal, and we're hearing that Turtle Beach have been approved as one of the first next-gen headset providers. Turtle Beach aren't unveiling any details on their products just yet, which is something we'll hear more about at E3 in a few weeks time.

 

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The problem here is that existing headsets won't be compatible with the Xbox One, as the controllers on the Xbox One use a new proprietary port that makes your old devices incompatible with the new controller, good work, Microsoft. We should keep our eyes and ears open at E3 for Turtle Beach's goodies.


Headphones that can read your mind and pick what music you want to hear

Neurowear's new Mico headphones are capable of reading your mind and playing music that your subconscious "wants" to hear. The headphones read your brainwaves to figure out what mood you are in and then select the corresponding song (out of a library of about 100) from the company's app.

 

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The headphones connect up to your smartphone via Bluetooth. While they may not be the most stylish headphones ever deceived, they do show a cool step forward in reading brainwaves. If your mood (or brainwaves) change, you can switch the song to your new mood by shaking your phone. Hit up the source for a cool video demonstration.

Tt eSPORTS announce the Level 10 M Headset, their third collaboration with BMW Group DesignworksUSA

Tt eSPORTS has a very unique product announcement today, with their Level 10 M Headset now known to the world. The Level 10 M Headset is Tt eSPORTS' third design collaboration with BMW Group DesignworksUSA.

 

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Managing Director of Tt eSPORTS, Tony Liu, said:

 

Its mission is to extend the Level 10 experience to the headset that users can directly interact with. With the Level 10 design, the headset now also functions as the experience itself. And it's a huge part in the world of E-Sports as well - always exciting, always emotional, and full of challenges - exactly the same as Tt eSPORTS' brand mission and the Level 10 M Headset.

 

Tt eSPORTS' new headset is set to launch in the following days at CeBIT 2013 in Hannover, Germany.

House of Representatives bans the use of Spotify

As an avid Spotify user - heck, I'm listening to music on Spotify right now, Black Eyed Peas to be precise - this news comes as a bit of a shock. The House of Representatives has slapped a ban on the use of music streaming and subscription service, Spotify.

 

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The House has a longstanding ban on peer-to-peer technology, and while Spotify isn't exactly a P2P program, it has still been banned. The ban on peer-to-peer software was made to stop illegal file-sharing and to prevent infections on computers with malware. A spokesman for the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer told Politico:

 

To help protect House data, our IT policy generally prohibits the use of peer-to-peer (P2P) technologies while operating within the secure network. While Spotify is currently not authorized, the CAO has and will continue to work with outside vendors to enable the popular services that improve member communication capabilities.

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Sony ends an era by discontinuing their MiniDisc player after 21 years

After 21 years in the limelight (well, until the iPod was unveiled) Sony's MiniDisc player has been discontinued. Sony are just finishing off the MiniDisc, where the last units will leave the assembly line next month.

 

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Debuting back in 1992, Sony's MiniDisc player was heralded as the next big step in portable music players, where it was capable of cram a bunch of music onto a small optical disc, which at the time was about half the size of a compact disc. This made it easier to take your music with you, enjoying a nice 80 minutes of listening, but it never really took off with US consumers for a few reasons.

 

Pricing on the format was expensive and didn't slide down to acceptable levels for years, and there weren't many new releases dumped onto the format. Japan was the place to be for the MiniDisc, but elsewhere? Not so much.

Sony will end it's MiniDisc payer production in March

Some of you may remember the MiniDisc; it looked like a weird mash-up of a CD-ROM and a 3.5-inch floppy disk and was originally designed by Sony to replace the audio cassette. Much like the PlayStation 2, Sony kept the MiniDisc production alive to appease a loyal fan-base in Japan.

 

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In a statement made to the Japanese website Ashashi, Sony says that it will cease production of the MiniDisc this March. The storage format used a magneto-optical disc that was kept safe inside a plastic case that featured a sliding mechanism that protected the disc when not in use.

 

It was able to store 74 minutes of audio in the ATRAC format with the linear PCM format and 80 minutes of record time developed later. Sony sold over 27 million MiniDisc players over its 20 year run despite being overtaken by the CD and much more popular Walkman portable CD player. We at TweakTown say sayonara to the MiniDisc and wish it a happy retirement.

Music Unlimited upgraded to 320Kbps streaming for Android, PS3, web

While most people can't distinguish the difference in bit-rate between 128Kbps and 320Kbps, the latter has become a selling for most online streaming services. Sony has updated their Music Unlimited service to keep up with the times and that means they will now be streaming 320Kbps audio.

 

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The updated streaming quality will first be coming to Android, web, and the PlayStation 3 players, but desktops, iOS, and the Vita won't be left out. Upgrades for the latter devices and home theater devices will be coming later this year. Sony has staggered the update to make sure it goes without a hitch.

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CM Storm Sirus S 5.1-channel gaming headset unveiled by Cooler Master

Cooler Master has just announced its latest addition to the CM Storm line of gaming accessories. The Sirus S 5.1-channel gaming headset is a variant of the Sirus which ships with a custom 5.1-channel USB sound card.

 

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The original Sirus dates back to spring 2011 and included a purpose built USB sound card, effectively making the unit more expensive. Cooler Master designed the Sirus S to run without the sound card and includes a simple volume control pod and 3.5mm audio jacks.

 

This new setup allows users to take advantage of their own sound card or even the motherboards built in HD integrated audio. We expect that Cooler Master decided that the constant driver support needed for a custom sound card was just too much and redesigned the headset as a quiet way out. The Sirus S should be much cheaper than its predecessor when released in February.

Amazon beginning to "Auto Rip" digital files when you purchase music CDs

Today Amazon announced that it will begin giving free digital music files when customers purchase physical CD versions. The AutoRip program is basically Amazon's plan to get the older generation to begin migrating from CD players to MP3 players.

 

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The program gives CD customers a digital version of their purchase at the exact time of purchase when buying CD based music. As an added incentive, any music purchased since 1998 on Amazon is also available to be downloaded in MP3 form.

 

Not all music will be available for AutoRip though, not all albums and even some songs on specific albums will be omitted from the program as Amazon is still working out deals with music labels. We are sure that Amazon will eventually sort things out though, so that we can all enjoy both our CD's and digital files at the same time.

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