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Review: Audio-Technica ATH-IM02 In-Ear Headphones

We've covered a number of Audio-Technica headphones in the past, and admittedly been drawn to their SonicPro line. We've found that headphones in this product category (like the ATH-MSR7) tend to be well-suited to rock music and metal, a quality that is becoming something of a rarity these days. For that reason we were excited to start with Audio-Technica's SonicPro in-ear monitors. Up for review this week is the ATH-IM02; metal fans rejoice, it stays true to its SonicPro genes.

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Apple Watch Series 3 teardown finds little change outside of LTE chips

The iFixit teardown of the Apple Watch Series 3 found the guts of the device are mostly the same as the Apple Watch Series 2, minus the new LTE components that give the new device its cellular capabilities. The 1.07 Whr battery only provides a 4 percent increase over the previous model — by comparisson the Apple Watch Series 2 got a 32 percent improvement in battery capacity over the original Apple Watch. Apple promoted the barometric pressure sensor as a new addition during its Keynote, and while iFixit found it in a new place in this model, the site discovered one in the Apple Watch Series 2 as well. The lack of changes to the new device has led to speculation that Apple had been planning to make the Apple Watch Series 2 a cellular device but didn’t quite make it in time — as was reported at the time — but it’s also possible that making the Series 2 GPS-compatible laid the groundwork for what would come after.

Super Mario Run new levels and characters, temporary price cut

After users complained about the high price and lack of updates to Super Mario Run, Nintendo will be releasing an update with a new playable character, new levels, new enemies and a “Remix 10” mode that challenges users to “play a set of 10 super-short sections from Super Mario Run’s existing levels in quick succession.” Rescuing Daisy in Remix 10 mode will unlock her as a playable character and give users access to her double-jump to help best difficult levels. The company will release the update Friday after last updating the game in March, and for the two weeks after the update the game will cost $5 instead of the usual $10 on the App Store.

Apple increases iTunes movie rental time to 48 hours for US users

Apple has increased the time a user has to finish or rewatch a movie rented from iTunes from 24 hours to 48 hours for U.S. users, according to the company’s updated support document. Users in the U.S. users have 30 days from the time they rent a movie to begin watching it, and now they’ll have twice as much time to finish it. The 48 hour window to watch an iTunes rental has been available since the beginning of iTunes movie rentals in Canada and the U.K. — among other countries — and it’s not entirely clear why the U.S. had a shorter time limit. The company also recently made 4K movies available for rent at the same price as HD movies (but they can’t be downloaded for offline viewing).

iPhone 8, 8 Plus support Enhanced Voice Services, but users reporting static in calls

Takashi Tanaka, President of Japan’s KDDI cellular provider, said the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus support Enhanced Voice Services that provide clearer calls and boost the connection’s reliability, according to Engadget’s Japanese-language site. The codec is the next step in Apple’s HD Voice, which has been around since the iPhone 8. The latest incarnation — which Gizmodo reports is being called “Enhanced HD Voice” in the UK — boosts the upper frequency range of calls from 7kHz to 14.4kHz, but it only works when both users have phones with the capabilities.

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Daily Deal: Phoozy, The World’s First Thermal Capsule For Your Smartphone

Today in iLounge Deals, you can pick up the Phoozy Thermal Capsule for only $29.99. Designed to keep your iPhone cool when out in the sun and hot weather, Phoozy is a Chromium-infused “capsule” that’s adapted from spacesuit technology to protect your iPhone from extreme temperatures — both hot and cold. It also provides an extra layer of drop protection for your iPhone and floats safely if dropped in water.

Get the Phoozy Thermal Capsule now for only $29.99

Tip of the Day: Pairing your Apple Watch with a new iPhone

It’s September, and that means it’s iPhone upgrade season again. If you’re an Apple Watch user who has just picked up a new iPhone, it’s important to know that your Apple Watch has a particularly special relationship with your old iPhone, so you won’t just be able to backup your data from your old iPhone and then restore it to a new one without factoring your Apple Watch into the equation. Further, if you’ve purchased a new iPhone and a new Apple Watch, in most cases it’s not even worth pairing your new Apple Watch with your old iPhone; upgrade your iPhone first following the steps below, and then simply pair the new Apple Watch with the new iPhone.

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Anki launches Overdrive: Fast & Furious Edition

Anki has launched Anki Overdrive: Fast & Furious Edition ($170), taking the company’s evolved battle-racing game to new levels by blending it with the adrenaline-fueled world of Fast & Furious. Players will be able to challenge Toretto crew A.I. characters, including Dom, Hobbs, Letty, and Tej, as well as battle against their friends and family in two film-inspired robotic supercars — Hobbs’ iconic and tough International MXT and Dom’s super-fast Ice Charger. The modular track pieces also get an upgrade in the new edition, with a new Power Zone track piece that triggers a massive “hack” as players drive through it. The new Fast & Furious Edition is compatible with the existing Anki Overdrive product family, including the already available roster of supercars and expansion kits. Be sure to check back for our full review of the new kit.

iFixit posts teardown of iPhone 8

iFixit has posted its usual complete teardown of the iPhone 8, as usual confirming much of the information that’s already been revealed while discovering a few additional interesting details. The new iPhone 8 model appears very similar to its predecessor on the outside, and is only a fraction of a millimetre larger in its dimensions. The model is identified from the box as A1863, although the report notes that it’s now conspicuously absent from the iPhone 8’s new all-glass back, thanks to a recent law that allows this information to be displayed only in the software.

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Tip of the Day: Activating Cellular Service on the Apple Watch Series 3

When Apple unveiled the Apple Watch Series 3 last week, the company touted the wearable device’s biggest new feature as the ability to connect directly to the cellular network to place and receive phone calls and Internet access even when away from your iPhone.

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