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HTC Rezound, first Beats Audio smartphone, headed to Verizon

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Cell Phones, Google, Handhelds, Music

HTC Rezound

Verizon Wireless and HTC on Thursday unveiled the first Beats Audio-paired smartphone, the HTC Rezound. It will hit Verizon stores and Best Buy on November 14 for $299.99.

The HTC Rezound is a 4G LTE device featuring a 4.3-inch 720p HD display, a 1.5-GHz dual-core processor, 32GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, and the latest version of HTC Sense. It also sports an 8-megapixel camera that comes with an F2.2 lens and records video in 1080p.

It will ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, though HTC promised to update it to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich "early next year."

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Top 10 Tech Deals of the Day

hp envy 14 sale

We've got your latest list of items that fall under the best tech Deals of the Day for you, separated out into laptops, desktops, monitors, gaming, and home entertainment. The laptop deals are right here, but be sure to click through to get a look at all the rest of what we determined to be today's top 10 deals in tech, including that HP ENVY 14 laptop up there!

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Don’t forget, if you’re looking for other deals, be sure to check out our Newegg Promo Code thread. Oh, and if you're on Twitter, be sure to follow @TechPromos for the latest deals, or you can Like TechPromos on Facebook.

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HTC strikes exclusive deal with Beats Audio, coming to HTC phones

HTC Beats Audio Phones

HTC has announced a strategic investment and partnership with Beats Electronics, with the goal of bringing high-quality sound to HTC phones.

HTC did not disclose the amount of the investment, which AllThingsD pegged at $300 million. HTC had previously announced an "major news announcement" for Friday, scheduled for 8:30 AM in Los Angeles.

In a separate statement, however, HTC said that a "line of HTC devices integrated with Beats sound innovations would be launched this fall". Beats Electronics is most known for its "Beats by Dr. Dre" brand, with a partnership with the iconic rapper and producer.

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Lady Gaga Heartbeats 2.0 earbuds show you were born this way

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Accessories, Wearables, Music

Monster Heartbeats Lady Gaga 2.0

Looks like the Monster Cable / Lady Gaga / Dr. Dre triumverate (with Jimmy Iovine playing coach) is teaming up again to bring the Lady Gaga Heartbeats into 2011. The Heartbeats 2.0 get a redesign, bringing the updated look of the earbuds more in line with how Gaga herself has been styling herself as of late. That means weird pyramid-shaped studs coming off the side of the earbud, and a spikey looking earpiece as well. You see, these match the ridiculous pyramid bumps that Gaga has been wearing on her face while promoting her new Born This Way album...but stay with us here. Monster is promising awesome clarity and deep base that can be turned up to deafening levels without distortion, and since it has a microphone on the flat, tangle-proof wire, you can even use them to take phone calls. See? It's not just all talk, we already know that Lady Gaga loves fine gadgets. You can pre-order the Heartbeats 2.0 now on Amazon.

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Monster Beats Pro by Dr. Dre review

beats pro review

The Beats Pro by Dr. Dre. at $399.95 (direct) is a serious pair of headphones designed for the modern DJ. The ear cups flip backwards to free one ear, the cable is detachable, and jacks on both ear cups act not only as inputs, but as outputs to send audio to a friend's headphones. The Beats Pro sounds excellent—there's plenty of bass, but the high frequencies are accurately reproduced, as well. The potential deal breaker for standard users and DJs alike: they're heavy and not comfortable when worn for long periods.

Design
Weighing in at nearly a pound (15.2 ounces), the Beats Pro comes in black or white models that each feature healthy doses of brushed metal on the ear cups and headband. The lowercase Beats logo is emblazoned in red on each ear, and the interior of the headband and ear cups is a cushioned black material. There's a 3.5mm jack at the bottom of each ear cup—it doubles as both an input (from your sound source) or an output to send audio to another pair of headphones. The connection for other headphones, however, is loose and could easily detach if you move around (this is because the jacks both have a twist-to-secure feature that only seems to work with the included cable). The cable itself is the signature Beats red, thick, and coiled at the bottom. Not only is a ¼-inch adapter included, but it comes fastened to the coil so you never have to go looking for it; just snap it on to the 3.5mm tip whenever you need it. Also included with the headphones: a protective pouch and a cleaning cloth with "advanced Aegis Microbe Shield technology" so microbes will never come between you and your music.

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2010 Holiday Gift Guide: Beatbox from Beats by Dr. Dre

BeatBox Dr Dre

We're still working on our full review of the Beatbox, the first loudspeaker dock from the Beats by Dr. Dre line of products, but we figured there was no more reason to wait to award it a spot in our 2010 Holiday Gift Guide. This thing is solid. The Beatbox is a speaker dock for your iPod touch or iPhone. You dock it the device, and your music comes to life. This is one of those speakers that can fill a large room with sound, bass and all, with no distortion even when cranked up to the max.  The Beatbox sports 5.25-inch bass drivers and 2-inch high frequency drivers, and it retails for $399. It's the best iOS speaker dock that you can find right now, and you can get yours from Apple online.

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Newegg Deal: Buy Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, get free iPod touch

Beats by Dre Studio iPod touch newegg promo code

has a nice promo going on where you get two great items, but only have to pay for one of them. If you’ve been following Gear Live for any length of time, you probably know that we are big fans of the line of headphones. Well, Newegg is selling them for $349 right now ($50 off the original price,) and when you make that purchase, they throw in an 8GB as well. Seriously, when you are rocking beats on your iPod, having a great pair of headphones like the Beats by Dr. Dre Studio set makes all the difference. If you were thinking about picking up the Beats headset anyway, then make sure you do it from Newegg so you get the free iPod touch thrown in. The offer ends at the end of July, and you can take advantage of it now.

As always, you can find all sorts of Newegg promo code and deals on our forums.

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Monster and Vivienne Tam collaborate on Butterfly in-ear headphones

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Accessories, Design, Music

Monster Vivienne Tam Butterfly headphones

Damn, Monster Cable is continuing to flood the headphone market, this time going outside of their partnership, and instead doing a collabo with fashion designer of HP netbook fame. The product will be known at the Butterfly in-ear headphones, and each earbud will have colorful butterfly artwork on it, and it’s all finished up with a light gold-brushed finish. They are being positioned as both a music accessory and a fashion piece, which we guess kind of explains the $199.95 price point. So, who’s picking these up when they ship in April?

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Diddy Beats packaging revealed

Diddy Beats: Front of box

During , announced the Diddy Beats, an addition to the headphone line. The Diddy Beats are leather-wrapped in-ears that sport a high-polished enamel end cap with the letters “db” on them. They should be available in March or April for $179, but for now, we’ve got a look at the packaging to hold you over.

Gallery: Diddy Beats packaging revealed


Bleeding Edge TV 325: HP Envy 13 and Envy 15 notebook computers

In this episode, we give you a look at the Envy 13 and HP Envy 15 notebooks. These are the flagship, top-of-the-line HP notebooks, incorporating great displays with a clickable trackpad (although, it doesn’t support multitouch gestures.) The Envy 13 also has a ridiculous 16-hour battery life. For those of you audiophiles out there that need something with a bit more punch, you’ve got the HP Envy 15 Beats Limited Edition, which comes with the Studio headphones, DJ tools software, and a few custom settings as well. Want one? You can find all three models on Amazon:

Hit the video above for the full scoop on the HP Envy notebook line.


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