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2017 might go down in history as the year those boxy speakers your dad still uses finally started to go extinct. Following the development of a heat-powered graphene chip that could replace the speaker in your phone, scientists at Michigan State University have developed a paper-thin, flexible electronic panel that could turn fabrics into speakers — among other applications.

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The traditional speaker design involves the use of a vibrating membrane that pushes air to create sound waves that travel to your ears. The technology has been in use for well over a century, but scientists at the University of Exeter might have found a way to improve how speakers work — eliminating movement altogether — using the wonder material graphene.

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There was a brief period of time — think 2011 to 2015, where the pedestal-like soundbar was convenient for TV owners. TVs had gotten skinnier and sound had gotten crummier as a consequence. Functioning as both speaker and stand, the pedestal was an appealing soundbar-style ideal for TV owners who had no plans to mount a set on their wall, but didn't have space for a giant sound log resting precariously in front of their set. Sonos' new Playbase is one of the best pedestal-style sound bars you will be able to buy right now, but, uhh, it's also way late.

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Chances are you've signed up to at least one streaming service — but are you making the most of the best-quality music on offer? A quick audit of your apps can boost both streaming and downloaded bit-rates, so you're always assured of the highest fidelity audio flowing through your pricy headphones to your eardrums. Which means you hear more of the music and a little less of the noise that can accompany lower quality music files.

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Video: Have you ever found yourself listening to some classic '70s funk, rock or disco and suddenly recognised a portion of the song you swear you've heard elsewhere? As YouTube's Daftworld reveals, it was probably in a Daft Punk track, given the duo's almost bizarrely impressive ability to turn classic samples into electro hits.

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V-Moda is known for making practically indestructible headphones that sound great and look nice to boot. What the company isn't known for is external speakers. And yet I'm writing this review while listening to The Beatles on the V-Moda Remix, the company's first Bluetooth speaker. But, and this is important, I'm listening to John Lennon croon over my headphones. Because V-Moda's first bluetooth speaker is also a headphone amp, and it's not the gimmick I expected it to be.

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Sonos is getting ready to expand its home theatre lineup, according to multiple leaks that surfaced in the past few days. Photos of a new Sonos product called the "PlayBase" speaker have been featured in a B&H Listing, several tweets and a FCC listing. Base speakers of this kind — which sit directly under a TV — have typically received poor reviews from audio fans, but Sonos' proprietary sound-tuning software could give this thing hope.

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I get it. You're trying to market a product that's inherently uninteresting or difficult to explain, so regular forms of communication are no good. This is the challenge VMware — a company that specialises in virtualisation software — likely faces on a daily basis. So what's a sales department to do? Cook up a bunch of sci-fi parodies in podcast form, taking the piss out of everything from The Matrix and Star Wars, to TRON and 2001.

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Whether you're gaming, watching movies, or streaming Spotify, there are likely to be times when your laptop's default sound setup doesn't quite hit the highs and lows you're looking for. If you don't want to settle for subpar audio any longer, there are ways to improve it, and we've outlined some of the best below.

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I am listening to music at all times. Always. I've missed whole memos of verbal information and dodged countless potentially life-changing conversations. I've been the guy in a bar with headphones on. And carrying me through this blissful solitude was a pair of indestructible $10 corded earbuds that I knew to sound only kind of good. Wireless earbuds usually market themselves towards the sporty, sweat-prone types, and I'd yet to find a pair that could also help me tune out the world 24 hours a day. That's still not the case, but the Jaybird X3 comes pretty damn close.