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How do you re-create the air-ripping launch of 11,000-hp dragsters? Dolby Atmos

Dolby and the NHRA have been working together on something special. The two entities have been producing live drag races in spine-chilling Dolby Atmos. Digital Trends recently went behind the scenes at a race in Las Vegas to check out this newly forged partnership in action.
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5 things Google’s Pixel Buds 2 need to outdo Apple’s AirPods

That Google is all but certainly working on a second generation of its failed Pixel Buds doesn’t come as a surprise, but the company faces an uphill battle. We decided to do Google a solid by outlining five things the company must do to make the Pixel Buds 2 viable, let alone successful.
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Step inside the home of LG’s new audio partner in crime, Meridian Audio

South Korea’s LG Electronics is raising the stakes in the quest for sonic supremacy, adding hi-fi features to its latest lineup and a new audio partner in Britain’s Meridian Audio. We crossed the Atlantic to go behind the scenes with the flagship speakers to find out more.
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When will your phone charge wirelessly in your pocket? We asked an expert

The idea that our smartphones might charge in our pockets, or smartwatches might charge up on our wrists, is appealing, but how close are we to a world without wires? True wireless charging is creeping closer, but there still some big barriers to overcome. We spoke to experts at Energous and Ossia to find out more.
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The Handmaid’s Tale cast on why only Gilead’s powerful men get to use technology

The Handmaid's Tale stars Samira Wiley and Joseph Fiennes, and the show's executive producer, Warren Littlefield, reflect on how technology is a form of oppression in the hit show, as well as the scenes too gruesome to shoot, and what we might see in a potential season 3 of Hulu's award-winning series.
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How NextVR and the NBA are bringing VR from the sidelines to center court

NextVR and the NBA have been working together to broadcast dozens of live games inVR. We went behind the scenes to find out how it’s done.

Can this app make EarPods sound like studio-grade cans? We tested to find out

Sonarworks' True-Fi headphone app promises a revolutionary way to modify the sound signature of your favorite headphones for a more accurate, linear response. But is it right for you?
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Cambridge Audio’s Edge line spearheads the company’s next British invasion

Cambridge Audio talks to Digital Trends about the company’s 50th anniversary, its impressive new Edge audio line, the British sound, and how it all comes together in some exciting new products.

For $29, the PaMu truly wireless earbuds are a no-brainer

Can these true wireless buds, which cost just 29 measly dollars, really live up to their potential as a worthwhile asset in your workout routine?
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The Solo looks unlike any speaker you’ve ever seen (and a lot like an ashtray)

Studio19 just launched a crowdfunding campaign for its Solo wireless speaker, and we took it for a quick spin. Here are our thoughts.
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Audiophiles belong on Android. Here’s what I learned from switching over

After 9 years with the iPhone, I switched to LG’s V30 to keep my precious headphones. It’s always scary trying something new, but taking the leap isn’t as hard as you might think.

How the ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ FX team created a realistic ape army

'War for the Planet of the Apes' visual effects supervisor Dan Lemmon explains how monkey business raised the bar for visual effects in the Planet of the Apes trilogy's final chapter.
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How the ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ FX team crafted its skin-crawling villain

How the Oscar-nominated visual effects in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' brought Supreme Leader Snoke to terrifying life and created the saga's quietest collision.

Where Baby Groot’s dance moves came from, and other FX secrets from ‘Guardians 2’

It took some complex mathematics and a lot of sweet dance moves to create the groundbreaking visual effects that earned 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' an Oscar nomination.
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How the ‘Kong: Skull Island’ FX team built a bigger, better King

The visual effects supervisors on 'Kong: Skull Island' explain how they brought the biggest version of King Kong ever to the screen with Oscar-nominated effects.
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DirecTV wants to make 4K HDR sports par for the course. Here’s how it’ll work

4K HDR TVs deserve live sports in 4K HDR, and DirecTV is doing its best to deliver more of that content to its subscribers while pushing an industry forward.
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CES 2018 is over, but these hot products and trends will shape the year ahead

From new TVs to audio gear to self-driving cars and more, CES 2018 revealed trends that will shape the year ahead in gadgets. Here’s what you need to know.

TVs want to be the center of your smart home, but does that really make sense?

TV manufacturers like Samsung are pushing their new digital assistant-enabled TVs as the future hub of your smart home. Will that bear out?
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MicroLED is the new hotness in TVs. But OLED isn’t going anywhere

Samsung wowed the crowds at CES 2018 with its 146-inch display using MicroLED technology called “The Wall.” But it’s OLED that will soon land in your living room.
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Gutting this A/V rack was just the start of our home-theater overhaul

Digital Trends, Control4 and Technology Design Associates partnered with Sony and Audio Control to renovate an aging home theater.
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We took a dumb home and made it smart. Here’s where we started

Watch as Digital Trends, Control4, and Technology Design Associates transform a technologically outdated home into a smart home marvel.
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Best new shows and movies to stream: ‘Marvel’s Runaways,’ ‘Godless,’ and more

Need something to watch this weekend? Check out our list of the best new shows and movies to stream this week.
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Best new shows and movies to stream: ‘Mudbound,’ ‘The Punisher season 1,’ more

Need something to watch this weekend? Check out our list of the best new shows and movies to stream this week.
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How some of the best wireless headphones were almost never made

Audio Technica’s ATH-DSR9BT headphones changed the way we think about wireless audio quality. However, engineering them was such a challenge, they almost never made it past the early stages.
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Why binge watch when you can binge experience? TV is about to seem old-school

Virtual-reality will deliver us from boredom with experiences we’ll embrace as readily as we binge-watch Netflix today.
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Best new shows and movies to stream: ‘Stranger Things’ returns, ‘Arrival,’ more

Need something to watch this weekend? Check out our list of the best new shows and movies to stream this week.
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Best new shows and movies to stream: ‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ and more

Need something to watch this weekend? Check out our list of the best new shows and movies to stream this week.
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The best new shows and movies to stream: ‘Mindhunter,’ ‘Lore,’ and more

Need something to watch this weekend? Check out our list of the best new shows and movies to stream this week.
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Legal online gambling is returning to the U.S., if Monster plays its cards right

Monster plans to enter an entirely new market: online gambling, poker in particular. The site will launch December 15, it says.
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The best new shows and movies to stream: ‘Transparent’ season 4 and more

Need something to watch this weekend? Check out our list of the best new shows and movies to stream. Transparent season 4 tops our list.
CEDIA 2017 What We Expect

From Alexa to massive OLED TVs, CEDIA 2017 blueprints the future of home theater

CEDIA is where the homes of the future are born. Here's a rundown on the trends we expect to see on the floor at CEDIA 2017.
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‘Twin Peaks’ explained: Finale offers little closure, many questions

In a bizarre, often disorienting finale, 'Twin Peaks' gives up no easy answers. Here's what happened, and what it could mean.
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Awesome tech you can’t buy yet: Smart soccer balls, vibro razors, drum rings

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week.
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‘Twin Peaks’ explained, ‘Part 10:’ Men behaving badly

In 'Part 10' of 'Twin Peaks,' director David Lynch presents a more mundane form of evil in domestic violence.