Sony SBH60 Bluetooth Headset

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Anyone who's ever owned a Walkman will feel a bit of nostalgia when they see the SBH60 headphones from Sony. The retro-inspired cans are a 21st century update complete with Bluetooth audio streaming in a beautiful, low-profile design.

The headphones pack a bit of punch for such a compact design. They not only feature Bluetooth streaming and NFC, but can last up to 13 hours on a single charge for both music streaming and phone calls. The SBH60s are compatible with any A2DP compatible device and has a standard 3.5mm plug for tethered listening.

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Mac mini 2014

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So you don't need an iPad or a 5K resolution iMac, but are in the market for a reasonably priced desktop computer. You can thank your lucky stars as Apple introduced a new Mac mini today and their portable desktop is more affordable than ever with a price that starts at just under $500.

That gets you a 1.4GHz dual-core Core i5 processor, 4GBs of RAM, 500GBs of storage, and Intel's HD Graphics 5000 chip. Throw in a couple hundred more dollars and you get a 2.6Ghz Core i5, a 1TB hard drive, 8GBs of RAM, and Intel's Iris graphics chip. There's also a top of the line 2.8GHz model and all models feature dual Thunderbolt 2 ports, four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, Gigabit ethernet, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and a SDXC slot.

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Alpine Headphones

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Mostly known for their car audio products Alpine branches out into a segment dominated by Beats by Dre with their own set of bass-heavy headphones. What's unique about Alpine's pair is the ability to connect to an app via Bluetooth to change the sound profile of your headphones. They've also created what they call "Full Frequency Immersion technology" that is designed to replicate the feel of live music in your headphones.

The Alpines are powered by a set of twin drivers and amplifiers and integrated DSPs. The Level App that works alongside the headphones not only customizes the EQ, but also scans your music and sorts and organizes playlists to your liking.

$299, Alpine

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iMac with Retina 5K Display

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The iPhone, the iPad, the MacBook, all of these products have had Apple's "Retina" display for some time now and there's always been a big void in that product line that has finally been filled today with the announcement of the iMac with Retina 5K Display.

This beast of a display will boast a resolution of 5120‑by‑2880 which gives you more resolution than 1080p and 4K with a little over 14 million pixels behind that 27 inch display. The standard configuration will have a 3..5GHz quad-core Core i5 processor, 8GBs of RAM, a 1TB Fusion Drive, and AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics with 2GBs of GDDR5 RAM.

$2,499, Apple

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2014 iPads

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Apple introduced their newest iPads today and the highlight of the collection is the second generation iPad Air which is even thinner and introduces an anti-reflective display for 50% less glare. They've also brought in TouchID and a whole array of internal upgrades including a new A8X processor that makes the iPad Air 2 their most powerful tablet yet.

The new iPad Air also gets an 8MP camera with burst mode, Slow-Mo video, and the latest high speed Wi-Fi technology with MIMO. The iPad mini also gets an update with its own TouchID sensor and all models get new storage options and a gold colorway.

$399-$829, Apple

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Android Lollipop

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Google debuts its next generation mobile operating system, Android 5.0 Lollipop. Google's biggest focus with Lollipop is consistency across all devices with a UI called Material that they say is more fluid and intuitive than ever before. You also get a deeper level of customization such as the ability to control when and how you receive notifications to battery saving features that extend the life of your device to up to 90 minutes.

Other new features include encryption that's activated right out of the box, the ability to use another Lollipop-powered phone to log into your phone to retrieve your contacts and messages if you lose your phone, and support for 64-bit devices. Lollipop will be available on the latest Nexus devices that were announced today and will also be compatible with the Nexus 4, 5, 7, and 10, and Google Play edition devices in the weeks ahead.

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Nexus 9

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On the eve of Apple's rumored next generation iPad announcement, Google slips in the announcement of their next big tablet release, the Nexus 9. Loaded with their newest operating system, Android Lollipop, the tablet takes advantage of their improved multi-tasking technology and features a design built by Android partner, HTC.

The Nexus 9 features a 2048x1536 8.9 inch screen, a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 Dual Denver 2.3GHz processor, 192-core Kepler GPU, 2GBs of RAM, 16-32GBs of storage, 6700mAh battery, 802.11ac, NFC, optional keyboard cover, an 8MP camera w/ LED flash, and a 1.2MP front-facing camera.

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Nexus 6

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Always setting the benchmark for what an Android phone should be, Google introduces the Nexus 6, which packs a massive 5.96" 493 ppi screen that even puts the once "giant" iPhone 6 Plus screen to shame. For this release Google teamed up with their former partners at Motorola who are now owned by computing giant, Lenovo.

The Nexus 6 packs a laundry list of features including the massive screen we mentioned, a 3220mAh battery good for over 24 hours of use, 13MP camera with optical image stabilization and a f/2.0 lens, 2MP front facing, Qualcomm's Quad-Core 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 processor, an Adreno 420 GPU, and 32-64GBs of storage. Just like previous Nexus releases, the phone will be available unsubsidized and contract-free when it is available later in the year.

$650, Google

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Nexus Player

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Looks like Chromecast wasn't enough for the Mountain View-based behemoth, the company is taking on Roku and Apple TV with their own console, Nexus Player. The formula should be pretty familiar, just Google-fied, and if your loyalty lies with Android then this might just be the set-top for you.

The Nexus Player is Google Cast ready and can stream from a Chromebooks, Android Devices, Windows laptops, and even little 'ol iOS. If you own an Android device your content is automatically sync'd with the Nexus Player and integrated voice functionality in the remote lets you search your content without punching in a bunch of buttons. Inside the box is 802.11ac 2x2 (MIMO) and an Intel Quad Core 1.8GHz Atom processor.

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Denon AH-MM400

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Hitting shelves this winter, Denon is releasing a new collection of premium headphones and at the top of the range is their new AH-MM400, a closed headphone with a newly-developed 40mm driver and a high-end, premium wooden earcup design.

The new 40mm drivers have a wide frequency range of 10Hz ~ 40kHz which can also be tuned with a companion app and the wooden housing is crafted from American walnut. The headphones are slated to release early in December and a North American release should follow shortly.

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