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Logitech Presents G413 Gaming Keyboard

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The latest Logitech gaming keyboard fails to look like its overdesigned brethren-- the G413 is a mid-range option with an understated aluminium case.

Logitech G413The G413 still features the LED backlighting seemingly required by gaming keyboards, in a choice of red or white colours. The keys are mechanical, armed with Logitech's own Romer-G switches (which are equivalent to Cherry MX Brown switches in terms of force), while the F1-F12 keys provide programmable macro access.

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Media Markt Opens Concept Store

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Media Markt plans to open a new store concept in Wilrijk and Eindhoven, adding a snack bar, coffee bar complete with barista and even a beauty salon.

Media Markt conceptstoreThe stores are designed to ensure a longer and more pleasant shopping experience. As such, furnishings are cozy while several seating areas allow customers to test out products. There are even areas where customers can race drones, play games and test out virtual reality hardware.

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Yamaha Updates 2016 AVR Firmware

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Yamaha announces owners of a number of 2016 AV receivers will get the latest and shiniest in features, including support for Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log-Gamma, via firmware update.

Yamaha AVRThe company is still to tell when the update will be available, but it confirms the AVR models getting it-- the RX-V681, RX-A860, RX-A1060, RX-A2060, RX-A3060 and CX-A5100. Some models already have other features making a fully-fledged Yamaha AVR, such as Dolby Atmos and Yamaha MusicCast multi-room streaming support.

As for firmware features, these are Dolby Vision, Hybrid-Log Gamma, Tidal and Deezer. Dolby Vision is the Dolby end-to-end solution for HDR video, currently present in LG and Sony TVs as well as Oppo and LG Blu-ray players. It also finds use by Netflix. Meanwhile Hybrid Log-Gamma is a backwards-compatible HDR broadcasting standard co-developed by BBC and NHK.

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How to Turn the iPhone Into a Mini-Mac

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Elago follows on the W3, an Apple Watch charging stand modeled after the 1984 Macintosh computer, with the M4-- a stand for customers wanting to turn their iPhone into an old Mac.

Elago M4The M4 is a charging stand, and as such it functions very much identically to the W3. One simply slides the iPhone (7, 6s or 6) into the side of the housing, with a pass-through rail in the bottom manages the Lightning cable. Construction is in scratch-free silicone, and the material feels soft to the touch while providing enough weight to hold the stand firmly on any flat surface.

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Bose Wireless Headphones Spy on Customers?

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A lawsuit filed by Kyle Zak in Chicago federal court claims Bose spies on wireless headphone customers via app tracking the music, podcasts and other audio they listen to, before violating their privacy rights by selling the data without permission.

Bose appReuters reports the complaint aims to stop the "wholesale disregard" for customer privacy shown by Bose through the free Bose Connect iOS/Android app. According to Zak, Bose sends "all available media information" from the smartphone to 3rd parties such as Segment.io, a customer tracking platform able to collect data and "send it anywhere."

"People should be uncomfortable with it," Christopher Dore, a lawyer representing Zak, says, "People put headphones on their head because they think it's private, but they can be giving out information they don't want to share."

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