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Samsung unveils super-thin soundbars built for gamers

To be released sometime this year

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Samsung is setting their sights (or rather, their ears) on improving their premium soundbar lineup. Two new products — the NW700 Sound+ and Soundbar N650 — look to build a better fit for Samsung’s lifestyle and gaming market.

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The NW700 Sound+ soundbar brings a new form factor to your walls. Touting a 41 percent smaller frame (compared to the previous model, the MS650), the 53.5mm soundbar sits snugly under most of thin, wall-mounted TVs out today.

The 3.1-channel soundbar sports a built-in subwoofer, which further optimizes sound quality while reducing real estate on your TV system. Also, digital signal processing cancels bass distortion even before they leave the speakers. As a trade-off, the NW700 won’t be supporting Dolby Atmos features.

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Meanwhile, the Soundbar N650 caters to a market previously left behind by premium soundbars — gamers. The soundbar uses Samsung’s Acoustic Beam tech to specifically improve the gamer’s audio experience. Using this, it engineers a surround sound experience that takes you right to the action. Underneath, it touts two pipes flanked by tweeters at each end. Each hole acts as its own speaker. The two-pipe system enhances the panoramic sound experience delivered by the soundbar.

As if that wasn’t enough, the soundbar also includes a “Game Mode.” The specialized setting optimizes the system’s equalizer for gameplay. The soundbar automatically turns on the setting whenever a PS4 or Xbox One connects to a Samsung 2018 TV. With the feature, each bullet and every NPC booms through the system with the clarity of proper surround sound audio.

Finally, the N650 comes with Bluetooth connectivity for seamless streaming to Samsung TVs. It also supports Samsung’s One Remote Control system.

Both the NW700 Sound+ and Soundbar N650 were unveiled at the 2018 Samsung Forum in Rome. Samsung expects to release both products sometime later this year.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Forum 2018: What’s been announced

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Cheap Unlimited Airline Wi-Fi: #TravelHacks (Episode 1)

Plus our favorite travel gadget!

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In the very first episode of #TravelHacks we fly to Singapore on Singapore Airlines’ new 787-10 regional business class. I show you how to pick the right kind of luggage, give you tips on how to live out of a suitcase, get unlimited Wi-Fi on flights, taste the world’s cheapest Michelin Star meal, and of course talk about my perfect travel gadget.

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Arion’s color-changing dress is turning heads

My mind is blown and I want it

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Once upon a time, the internet was divided over a dress all because people couldn’t agree on what color it was. If you’re one of those people who argued for a certain side, I have something that will truly blow your mind.

If your brain can’t process what you just saw, let me spell it out for you: This dress changes color when a light, like your smartphone torch, is shone on it. From a sophisticated muted tone, the reflective material turns into a bright and awesome party dress. Let’s see that again:

People are definitely loving this fashion statement. The first tweet from the designer quoted above has garnered 12,000-plus retweets and almost 69,500 retweets in the first 12 hours of posting — multitudes of shiny-unicorn-loving women who want the awesome look, probably.

Admittedly, I’ve stared at the video far longer than I should have and am now completely convinced that I want this material in every single outfit I’m to don from here on end. Fortunately, the dress is now for sale on the Arion website but it isn’t exactly cheap. The two-piece set retails for US$ 155. As of posting, this is the only design the dress is available in but hey, I’m not complaining!

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What could the new unicorn Xiaomi Mi 9 be called?

Xiaomi asked and people have answered

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Xiaomi’s new flagship is coming and, of course, the Chinese brand wastes no time in telling us that we’re going to want this new phone. Over the weekend, Xiaomi showed off the Mi 9’s color options and I am swooning.


The three colors posted all include a beautiful gradient in black, one in blue, and another in a purple-pink hue. Let’s look at that last one again:

The color, which people have been quick to call unicorn, has no official name. Global spokesperson Donovan Sung asked Twitter world what they could possibly name it.

There were a number of interesting and funny answers:

Of course, we had our own guesses:

If there’s any clue, though, it would be this reply:

The official Xiaomi Twitter account did conduct a poll calling it Lavender Violet the day before Donavan Sung sent out the tweet…

Until we have this confirmed, we’re calling it unicorn Mi 9. 🦄 Besides, whatever they call it, it’s looking like a very pretty color and I want it!

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