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Beats' new headphones are Bluetooth, but better. You don't even have to touch your phone to pair them, battery life is twice as long as previous generation. And they're Beats, so if you buy them then you're instantly the coolest guy in the room. But what do they actually sound like?

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Once in a while, a company takes all the good bits from its previous products and puts them together in a new one, one that hits the mark just right. Sony's newest headphones have all the noise-cancelling smarts of older MDR-series headsets, add a bunch of genuinely useful extras, and bring the fight to Bose's best QuietComforts with superior sound quality both wired and wireless.

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Tile is a great idea. It's a tiny, Bluetooth-blasting white square that hooks up to an app on your phone and constantly pings it its location. When you leave the Tile — or whatever it's attached to — somewhere, your phone realises, and when you go to look for it you'll have the power of the internet and Google Maps to help you remember. If that sounds good, then great — you can now stock up on Tiles at JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman.

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There's really nothing like playing a Nintendo 64 game with one of the classic controllers. The problem is that classic N64 controllers don't hook up to phones, tablet or laptops, which makes playing console emulators a real pain. Now, there's finally some sweet relief for retro gaming fans.

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That sad, empty feeling when the last slice of pizza gets eaten might be a little easier to bare now that Pizza Hut in the UK will be packing its pies in special boxes that turn into a pair of playable DJ decks, complete with mixer, letting you follow up dinner with some jams.

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When Bluetooth headphones first hit the market in the mid-2000s, it was a good idea to steer clear. The sound was discernibly worse. Connection problems were abundant, and they were expensive. But a decade later, consumer research firm NPD Group says that Bluetooth headphones have finally outsold their wired competition in the US.

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Tools are expensive, but so is having to replace your rolling tool chest, because you misplaced its key in your workshop and had to physically cut the lock open. So Craftsman's new Pro Series storage units feature Bluetooth-connected locks that can be opened and secured using an app — just don't lose your smartphone.

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With billions of wireless devices shipped across the globe every year, it is safe to assume that most of us carry at least one wireless gadget with us much of the time.

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Every company wants kids to build stuff — not in an illegal child labour kind of way but in a fun, educational kind of way. Ball robots are teaching kids code and Google's new modular blocks work towards a similar goal. But Bose's BOSEbuild speaker is more interested in teaching the ins and outs of sound and speaker design. It also looks cool as hell.