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Sony unveils a new Walkman to celebrate its 40th anniversary

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Sony Walkman has made a comeback. This year is unique for the electronics manufacturer as it marks 40 years of Sony Walkman. So, to celebrate this occasion, it seems quite apt that Sony has now decided to make a new walkman launch.

Sony announced on Friday at the IFA 2019 trade event that it will be releasing a brand new variant of its iconic portable personal music player.

The company had launched the Sony Walkman TPS-L2 in 1979. It was the first real portable cassette player that brought a forever change in the way one listens to music. Since then, Sony has released many different types of Walkman, but it has gone an extra mile with the 40th-anniversary edition.

The new Sony NW-A100TPS Walkman is nearly the same as the other NW-A100 Series walkmans, except that it has a 40th Anniversary logo on its rear side. It is available in an exclusively designed package and case in honor of the original Walkman TPS-L2. It also comprises of a special cassette tape player interface for the ones that wish to indulge in old memories.

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This is not all. Also in the offering is a cheaper variant known as Sony NW-A105 Walkman. It comes sans the 40th-anniversary logo, Sony said.

The brand new Walkman will be powered by Android and packed with an array of exciting features for the music lovers. It sports a DSEE-HX processor for upscaling compressed video. There is also an S-Master HX amplifier and a vinyl processor installed in the new Walkman.

The company says that it offers a battery life of up to 26 hours, which indeed is more than what most phones provide. Besides, in terms of connectivity, it also features a USB-C port.

The release date and the cost haven’t been announced officially yet. And though smartphones have replaced the requirement for having a dedicated audio player massively, still, the Walkman has its own share of dedicated users.

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Bluetooth headphones to improve performance and audio sharing

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Bluetooth headphones to improve performance and audio sharing

Coinciding with the Consumer Electronics Show, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group has announced new updates. The announcements on Tuesday stated Low Energy (LE) Audio that is to roll out soon. The LE Audio will facilitate better sharing of audio as well as will also serve the people having difficulty hearing.

With the rolling out of the LE Audio, several people will be able to connect to the same audio source. Therefore, the update will facilitate people to sync to a particular source based on location. For instance, family or friends of the users will be able to watch movies, hear audios together.

This will benefit the students in lecture halls significantly. The students can tune in to the earplugs to eliminate interruption and disturbances in the lecture halls.

The current features allow users to connect to 2 different or the same devices for a single source at most. But, the new updates brought in will allow connecting more types of devices to a unique product.

Furthermore, the LE Audio will enhance the quality of the audio even while streaming with low rates of data. Hence, according to reports, the audio quality will remain high even when the source file is not of high quality.

Moreover, the introduction of Bluetooth hearing aids will benefit people with hearing defects to a large extent.

Stefan Zimmer, the Secretary-General at EHIMA (European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association) applauded the advancements.

Zimmer stated that the coming of LE Audio to the market is a significant development for the people who find difficulty in hearing. The audio system will henceforth allow people with hearing defects to access gadgets like phones and televisions. Therefore, this will contribute to these people for better hearing experiences.

According to reports, the LE Audio will be available early, in the first six months of the year.

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Nintendo Switch Games to give you company this winter

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Nintendo Switch Games to give you company this winter
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The much loved Nintendo Switch games could be your holiday fix this winter. With amazing offers for a limited period, Nintendo eShop has more than 700 Switch games of Nintendo on sale.

Nintendo games can be preferred as the best way of playing games over the others for a bunch of different reasons. To begin with, these games are compact, convenient and can be played easily on its handheld screen.

Moreover, the gaming company gives a platform to other developers apart from the big-budget run developers. This provides a wide range of games with variety in ideas and approaches to the gamers. Further, Nintendo has consistently produced quality games along with a good vision. Therefore, if you are a gamer, the Switch is here to provide you with the best plans for the holiday season.

Furthermore, the Nintendo eShop provides a discount on the Switch games. For instance, Doraemon Story of Seasons is available at a sale offer of $34.99 instead of the original $49.99 price tag. Final Fantasy 8 is on sale for $13.39 instead of $19.99. Also, My Time at Portia is worth $17.99 from $29.99. Therefore, if you are a gamer, the Switch is here to provide you with the best plans for the holiday season.

The cherry on the cake is the availability of all these offers on these games although for a limited period. With the grace of the offer by Amazon, you can get back $30 on the purchase of Switch along with Gray Joy-Con before Christmas.

However, the purchase of the Switch with Neon Red Jo-Con and the Neon Blue Joy-Con will get you a credit worth $30 but after Christmas. To get the offer one has to apply ‘D3E2CDJ6GB6S’ as the code. The code, however, will not apply to purchases on sites other than Amazon. Therefore, make sure to grab your Nintendo Switch before you run out of time.  

More about the Nintendo Switch:

  • Model number: HAC 001(01)
  • Battery Life: approx. 4.5-9 hrs. However, it also depends on the games. For instance, battery for Breath of the Wild from The Legend of Zelda will last for about 5.5 hrs.
  • The hand-held mode can help while you are out of the house.  

Hence, cut the delay and grab your very own Nintendo Switch.

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Should you repair or buy a new laptop?

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Should you repair or buy a new laptop?

Deciding if you should replace or repair a laptop can be confusing. If it runs a program which can’t be reinstalled then you likely can repair it. However, if the cost of repairing it is higher than its overall value then you might have to consider replacing it. Hence, to ease out the confusion, below are some signs you should pay attention to before buying a new laptop:

  • Laptop works sluggishly:

The RAM and CPU are the two primary hardware which determines your laptop’s speed. As the laptop ages, you may notice a webpage taking a lot of time to load or a document taking ages to open. This generally happens as the memory of the laptop begins to fill up.

In such cases, you can think about upgrading these two components to help regain the speed of your laptop. However, this is not an easy task to do on a laptop which is old. In fact, replacing your laptop could be a wise option if you discover that either of these isn’t performing as per your needs or is damaged.

  • When laptop overheats quickly:

Laptops contain a fan inside to help them remain cool. You may have noticed your laptop heat up if you’ve been using it for a prolonged time period. Over time, these fans tend to accumulate debris and dust, thus making it difficult for the laptop to cool itself.

This results in the laptop overheating and ceasing to function properly. In such a case, it’s probably best to buy a new laptop instead of investing in cooling pads or cushions. A cooling mat will likely give you some time, however, most laptops cannot be saved from such an issue.

  • The battery does not charge:

Replacing your laptop when it is not turning on isn’t the right choice always. It may likely just be suffering from some charging issue. The problem might be with the charging cable, battery or the power input source (highly unlikely).

A damaged charging cable or battery can be replaced simply. However, you may want to confirm if the battery is really an issue by plugging your laptop in the power source with the battery removed. If the laptop still turns on properly then its battery is at fault. Here, you can check the kind of battery your laptop uses to buy a replacement of it. You can try checking out for fox battery for buying a new battery or replacement battery.

In another case, it’s best to try a separate power cable if possible before you buy its replacement, just to remain on the safer side.

If the cable or battery isn’t the cause of your dying or dead laptop, consider plugging your system in a different power source. If you discover that internal components are refraining your laptop from charging then replacing the system may probably be right.

These are a few signs which can help you determine what is the right thing to do- repair or replace. In the end, you are the best judge to decide if upgrading or repairing an existing laptop can help you.

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