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Review: Nuheara IQbuds True Wireless In-Ear Headphones

We're taking a detour from our normal audio reviews to look at a headphone that, uniquely, is less focused on listening than it is on hearing. Launched after a wildly successful Indiegogo campaign, Nuheara's IQbuds are "true wireless" earbuds that promise to enhance your hearing ability, boosting the sounds you want to hear and letting you customize your hearing to your environment. After hearing through the IQbuds for a few weeks, we find that their "Dynamic Noise Control" can be impressive at times, but they're something short of magical.

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Review: Optima NuForce HEM Dynamic In-Ear Headphones

Optoma is a company we first became aware of years ago for their home theater projectors. In more recent years, they've become popular in the headphone community for their line of IEMS, DACs, and headphone amplifiers, which sport the NuForce brand. Foremost among these are the NuForce HEM, or "Hi-Res Ear Monitor" IEMs. This week we're testing the HEM Dynamic, the entry-level model in the lineup. We find that although the HEM Dynamic sounds good, it has one fatal flaw that soured the experience.

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Gear: Burkley Magnetic Detachable Leather Wallet Case for iPhone X

If you’re looking for a wallet case for your new iPhone X, we think you’ll be especially pleased with the latest entry from New York fashion house Burkley, the Magnetic Detachable Leather Wallet Case. Despite the somewhat awkward name, this elegant new wallet case features handcrafted Turkish leather along with a magnetically detachable inner shell that looks and feels great by itself — effectively giving you two cases in one. It’s one of our favorite new wallet cases for the iPhone X.

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Apple rumored to be releasing second-generation iPhone SE next year

After rumors about an updated iPhone SE went nowhere this year, China’s Economic Daily News is again claiming that there will be a second-generation version of the device coming, this time in the first half of 2018. The new assembly plant in Bangalore, India that helped Apple get its foot in the door in India is now rumored to be the likely site to produce the new model as well. While Apple skipped updating the iPhone SE in 2017, markets like India and China still have high demand for a smartphone at a lower price point than the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X. Last month a questionable report from Tekz24 speculated about the hardware inside a new SE, including an upgrade to the A10 Fusion chip and slightly larger battery than the current device.

OtterBox reveals Star Wars-themed cases ahead of new movie’s release

OtterBox has released five Star Wars-themed versions of its Symmetry Series cases ahead of the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” The cases are available for the iPhone 7/8 ($45) and iPhone 7 Plus/8 Plus ($55), but not the iPhone X. The cases feature stylized versions of the Star Wars logo, a Storm Trooper, lovable robot BB-8, protagonist Rey and the ultimate villain Darth Vader and include the trademark OtterBox raised beveled edge to keep the touchscreen tucked away from harm during drops.

Freedom Mobile to begin offering iPhones on Dec. 8

Freedom Mobile is set to begin offering new iPhones for the first time, MobileSyrup reports. Freedom will provide the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X at all of its retail locations across Canada, alongside other older models in its western stores. Network upgrades have hindered the roll out of the older devices in eastern Canada, with Freedom promising to support those by “early 2018.” All of the iPhones are available for no money down and Freedom’s monthly payments amount to hundreds of dollars in savings over the outright price of the devices.

Sega makes Sonic The Hedgehog 2 free to play on iOS

In honor of Sonic The Hedgehog 2’s 25th anniversary, Sega has made the game free to download on iOS. The free version is ad-supported and gives users new features like leader boards, cloud saves, and controller support. For those who want an ad-free experience, they can pay $2 in the app itself to remove them.

Apple acquires AR headset company Vrvana

As Apple reportedly plugs away at getting a wearable augmented reality device to market by 2020, the company has bought another startup that could prove useful in the development, TechCrunch reports. Apple has purchased Canadian AR headset startup Vrvana for around $30 million according to two sources familiar with the deal. Vrvana gained notoriety with its Totem headset — which combines both AR and VR technologies to create an “extended reality” — but never shipped a consumer product. The Totem relies on several cameras to capture the outside world and broadcast that to its attached OLED screen, creating a much more detailed and intricate overlay with more capabilities than competitors like Microsoft’s HoloLens. The cameras even track a user’s hands, allowing them to manipulate virtual objects. The drawback is Vrvana’s products so far have been the same kind of bulky headsets that Apple would never ship, so time will tell how Apple chooses to use the technology it has acquired.

Daily Deal: JS Innovations WiFi Smart Home Security Cameras

Today in iLounge Deals, you can get the JS Innovations WiFi Smart Home Security Camera for only $157 — that’s 30% off the regular price. EpPEX is a simple plug-and-play smart camera that will help you keep an eye on your home when you’re not around, right from the palm of your hand. A built-in mic and speaker let you remotely communicate with somebody on the other end, built-in night vision lets you detect movement even at night, and the 720p HD recordings can be saved online or to local storage.

Get the JS Innovations WiFi Smart Home Security Camera now for only $157

Review: Anker Soundbuds Surge In-Ear Bluetooth Headphones

Just a little while ago, we reviewed the Anker Soundbuds Slim — a highly recommendable, highly-affordable Bluetooth headphone designed for sport. Anker recently sent us the Soundbuds Surge, a refresh of the Slim. The Surge has more similarities to its predecessor than differences, making it just as easy to recommend.

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