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The App-Enabled ReSound LiNX 3D Hearing Aid

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GN Hearing announces the next generation of app-enabled hearing aid-- the ReSound LiNX 3D, a hearing aid complete with companion app for customisation and fine-tuning via iPhone and even Apple Watch.

ReSound LiNX 3DThe app allows users to ask their audiologist to remotely fine-tune the hearing aid without need for an appointment or traveling to the clinic, thanks to a cloud-based platform dubbed ReSound SmartFit. One can also share feedback on hearing difficulties as a situation occurs, and hearing care professionals can offer follow-up services remotely.

As for the actual hearing aid, the ReSound LiNX 3D carries 5th generation 2.4GHz wireless technology and 3rd generation binaural directionality for "clear, natural sound, exceptional speech understanding and the best sense of where sounds are coming from." GN Hearing adds the hearing aid handles both quiet and speech-only situations as well as areas with loud surrounding sound, and the aid optimises audibility of speaking voices.

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Apple Plans TV Channel Bundle?

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Apple still hasn't given up on the pay TV dream, ReCode reports-- apparently the iPhone maker plans to start selling a premium TV bundle featuring HBO, Showtime and Starz for a single price.

Apple TVApple already offers the three channels individually, but it reportedly has approached the 3 networks for rolling them into a single package, as conventional pay TV operators sometimes do. However, unlike pay TV operators, Apple might sell the bundle as a standalone product (rather than as part of a subscription with other TV channels) delivered via iDevices, including the Apple TV.

ReCode adds Apple still has to reach a bundle deal with the premium networks, and no comment is available from HBO, Showtime or Starz, not to mention Apple itself.

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Apple Ends Deal With Imagination Tech

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Apple announces it is to stop using graphics technology from British firm Imagination Technologies in consumer devices in up to 2 years' time, since it is working on own graphics processing chips.

Apple ImaginationImagination supplies the PowerVR technology behind the GPUs inside all iDevices, be it iPhones, iPads, Apple TVs and the Watch. The royalties received from the sale of each iDevice make around 50% of all Imagination revenues.

"Apple has not presented any evidence to substantiate its assertion that it will no longer require Imagination’s technology, without violating Imagination’s patents, intellectual property and confidential information," the company adds. "This evidence has been requested by Imagination but Apple has declined to provide it."

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Misfit Vapor Gets Android Wear 2.0

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Fossil-owned fitness tracker maker Misfit announces its first smartwatch, the Vapor, will use Android Wear 2.0-- replacing the proprietary OS seen when it was first revealed at CES 2017.

Misfit VaporThe Vapor is a fitness-focused device with a circular 1.39-inch AMOLED touch display. It features a standalone GPS, heart rate sensor and a touch-sensitive bezel. According to Misfit, Android Wear 2 offers support for more 3rd party services (as opposed to a homegrown OS) while allowing for a customised device with unique watchfaces and micro apps.

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A Stream Deck for Streamers

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Elgato announces a controller for streamers of all kinds-- the Stream Deck is a hardware device with 15 keys for users to access shortcuts to programs or features.

Elgato Stream DeckThe Stream Deck connects to PCs via USB 2.0 and essentially is a miniature TV studio control board. Each of the 15 buttons has a tiny LCD display, allowing customisation with different icons for different functions. In total the Stream Deck handles up to 210 actions per configuration, since one can organise shortcuts into folders with the companion Stream Deck app.

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