Libratone Diva

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Soundbars are convenient, but odds are you would rather hide it than have it sitting under your TV. That isn't the case with Libratone's DIVA, their speakers are designed like furniture pieces and their newest model is definitely one you would proudly have on full display.

The speaker features the brand's 360-degree "FullRoom" sound that has a toal of 225W of power that includes a powerful bass driver, two midrange drivers, and two tweeters. It features AirPlay and DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, NFC for easy pairing, and Spotify Connect.

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Kindle Voyage

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Sure, tablets have come a long away, but when it comes to books, nothing can hold a candle to a Kindle. Today Amazon has released their latest and greatest Kindle reader, the Voyage, a Paperwhite Display product with the highest resolution and highest contrast in a Kindle e-reader.

The Voyage has their sharpest display to date, a 300 ppi screen for print-like text and an adaptive light sensor to give you the ideal brightness no matter what environment you're in. At 7.6mm it's also the thinnest Kindle and with PagePress haptic sensors you can turn the page without ever lifting your finger. When it comes to technical specs the Voyage can be purchased with Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + 3G and has 4GBs of storage, up to six weeks of battery life on a single charge, and of course, access to the entire Kindle library.

$199, Amazon

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Now Available | iOS 8

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Whether you're sticking with you previous generation iOS devices or you want to get a quick peek before your new iPhone 6 arrives, Apple has finally released their big OS update of the year, iOS 8. The update is compatible with iPhones all the way back to the 4S, iPads back to the 2nd generation, and the iPod Touch 5th generation.

iOS 8 will feature some major tweaks to the apps you know and love including a comprehensive update to the Photos app that will give it better organization and a deeper set of editing tools to get the most out of your images. You'll also find improved audio and video sharing in Messages, various design refinements, a smarter, customizable keyboard, iCloud Drive file storage, a new Health app for fitness tracking, better search through Spotlight, and seamless connectivity with your iPad and Mac.

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Leica X

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The Leica X series of cameras gains a new sibling, the X Typ 113, a compact APS-C shooter coupled with a Summilux 23mm f/1.7 lens (35mm equiv). The camera has the fastest lens in the X lineup which should deliver beautiful bokeh and great performance in low light situations.

The large 16MP APS-C sensor should be comparable to some of the best DSLRs in that class and it also has HD-ready video capability with 1080p HD shooting at 30 fps. Of course, no Leica would be complete without its premium fit and finish. The camera's construction features a mix of magnesium and anodized aluminum and is then finished with matching leather trim.

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Killspencer Precision Pocket Modular Camera Bag Collection

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Killspencer adds a camera bag collection to their growing bag and accessory portfolio with the Precision Pocket Modular Camera Bag Collection. Designed as a system to hold your camera and lenses, the collection features items that will protect everything from your camera body right down to your memory cards.

The modular system features a leather bag that can be accessorized with their Precision Pocket Camera Bucket that perfectly fits a Leica T or get it customized to fit your specific camera. You can also get individual lens pouches and a slick SD card carrier. The bags and accessories will be available next week on September 23rd.

$79-$750, Killspencer

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Leica M Edition 60

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Leica just announced a very special camera at the Photokina show in Germany celebrating the 60th Anniversary of its iconic M Rangefinder camera system. The camera is a Leica M-P with a twist, a big twist. The camera has the latest full-frame 24MP Leica sensor, but takes it back to the basics, giving you access to just the essentials: shutter speed, aperture, focusing, and ISO. It's like shooting on film, but digital.

Limited to 600 examples worldwide, the camera will come with a 35mm f/1.4 Summilux-M lens and both the body and lens are styled by Audi Design. Each camera and lens is individually numbered and matched to each other and will also come with a camera protector which is also created by Audi Design. The M Edition 60 will hit Leica retailers in October.

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The Return of Technics

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One of the most important names in audio is making a big comeback next year and this time they're taking it back to their roots, focusing squarely on the hi-fi products that put the company on the map. Technics will relaunch with two lines: an ultra high-end reference audio line and a new premium line of audio products.

The R1 Series, Technics' flagship line will feature three products: a stereo amplifier with their JENO (Jitter Elimination and Noise-shaping Optimisation) digital engine, a noise minimizing Network Audio Control Player, and their floorstanding SB-R1 speakers. Below the R1 Series is the C700 line which will also feature an amp, network audio player, speakers, and for those of you who still can't let go of their discs, they will also have a premium compact disc player.

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Panasonic CM1

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Though Panasonic has never proven itself to be a competitor in the mobile phone space, their new CM1 might have a leg up on the competition and that's because they've managed to squeeze in a 1" sensor into a slim, smartphone-sized body.

The CM1 boasts a 20MP sensor that is coupled with a Leica f/2.8 lens w/ manual control ring for images that could possibly rival those in the most premium point-and-shoots. It's also an impressive smartphone that is powered by Android 4.4, a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and has 16GBs of storage. No word yet on whether or not this will hit America, but if you're in Germany or France you should be able to get your hands on one before the end of the year.

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Samsung NX1

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Samsung isn't exactly a name you compare to the Nikons, Canons, and Sonys of the world, but their new NX1 may finally put them in the conversation and once you see the specs you'll know these guys aren't messing around when it comes to photography.

Inside the NX1 is a 28MP APS-C sensor that will give you heaps of resolution and is more than adequate for video with the ability to shoot 4K and Ultra HD video. It also has an impressive AF system with 205 Phase Detection AF points and a hyper fast continuous shooting rate of 15 fps. You also get a magnesium body, built-in EVF, Wi-Fi, and a tilting Super AMOLED display.

$1599, Samsung

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Panasonic LX100

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Panasonic hopes to steal some attention away from the well-reviewed Sony RX100 with its own premium point-and-shoot, the LX100. The camera will be backed by a large 20 megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor and will feature a built-in 2,764-dot EVF, and a versatile 24-75mm f/1.7-2.8 zoom lens.

The camera is also capable of shooting Ultra HD 30p 4K video, 1080p video, a full set of manual controls, 11 fps burst shots, and a quick 0.14 second AF. You also get built-in Wi-Fi for transferring all your photos to your favorite mobile device and you also get an external flash.

$899, Amazon

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