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Onkyo Intros Portable DAC/Amp/Music Player

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Onkyo launches the DAC-HA300-- a combination of digital/analogue converter (DAC), headphone amplifier and music player within a portable device able to output high-resolution PCM and 5.6MHz DD files in native resolution.

Okyo portable DACThe device features a micro USB type-B input allowing to act as an asynchronous DAC when connected to PCs without need for drivers, and a switching optical/coax/analog input able for digital signals from connected devices.

It can operate as a standalone music player with up to 128GB storage (via microSD slot), and can output high-resolution PCM and 5.6MHz DSD audio saved on smartphones via companion Onkyo HF Player app and either USB (Android) or Lightning (iDevices) connection.

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EU Probes into Online Commerce

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European Commission regulators are investigating e-commerce as part of an effort to remove barriers to shoppers wanting to use websites outside their countries within the EU.

EC“I can go to Italy and buy a pair of shoes but I am unable to do that from my home,” EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager says. “If I try to buy on the website I may be redirected."

As part of the investigation EC staff raided a number of European online CE retailers on suspicion of "illegal behavior," including the Media-Saturn-owned RedCoon, following on December 2013 raids on Philips, Samsung and Media-Saturn. The EC is also looking into the "geo-blocking" of online videogame sales.

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A Wearable for Stress Management

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Many wearables sell themselves on the basis of being able to handle multiple tasks, from fitness tracking to applications and notifications. However the Emvio is different, as its only task is stress management.

Emvio stress watchAccording to makers Data Systems chronic stress is caused by repeated daily annoyances, not occasional life-changing events. The Emvio promises to help by constantly measuring heart rate to determine the wearer's emotional state (but "it's not as simple as "excited = more beats per minute" and "calm = fewer beats per minute,"", the company insists). Should stress levels get too high, the wearable vibrates and provides tips on how one can calm down.

Once the wearer is sufficiently calm the Emvio, perhaps ironically, vibrates again to let the know exactly that.

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Turning Cassette Decks into Bluetooth Receivers

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Ion Sound proposes a means for turning customers' cassette players into a Bluetooth receiver-- the Cassette Adapter Bluetooth, a device that looks like a cassette, but is actually a wireless audio streamer.

Cassette Adapter BluetoothThe Cassette Adapter Bluetooth installs like a traditional cassette tape (no cables required), and automatically turns on once it inserted in the deck. It streams audio from any Bluetooth-enabled device, including music players and mobile phones.

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Apple Confirms Watch Stores-in-Stores

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Apple announces April 10 2015 grand openings for its three store-in-a-store locations in London, Paris and Tokyo dedicated exclusively for selling the Apple Watch as a high-end accessory.

Watch barricadeThe stores are located at Selfridges in London, Galeries Lafayette in Paris and Isetan Shinjuku in Tokyo.

In Selfridges Apple takes over part of the Wonder Room, a "unique destination that plays host to the world’s most desirable brands”-- meaning the Apple Watch will reside alongside the likes of Cartier, Bvlgari, TAG Heuer, Gucci, Montblanc and Longines, among others.

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