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Today in Gear: March 5, 2014

Today in Gear we check out 12 Years A Slave, Lance Armstrong’s deception, a speaker that listens to you, Lexus’s newest sports car and more.

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Phone? What phone?

Casio G-Shock Bluetooth Low Energy Smart Watch

Let’s face it. As convenient as smartphones are, sometimes it’s just not convenient (or tasteful) to break it out. The Casio G-Shock Bluetooth Low Energy Smart Watch ($180) helps you stay in touch without looking like a complete ignoramus at your friend’s birthday dinner. Utilizing Bluetooth v4.0 (Bluetooth low energy technology), the watch connects with…

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Cantastic

Sony MDR-1 Headphones

Sony just announced their MDR-1 line of high-end ear-thumpers that combine gorgeous retro styling with serious audio chops and advanced connectivity. The top-of-the-line cans are available in three different models, all of which boast 40mm neodymium drivers with an impressive response range of 4Hz-80kHz. While the basic MDR-1Rs stick to traditional wires, the Bluetooth equipped…

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Wi(reless)-Fi

Audyssey Wireless Speakers

Looking back on the past twenty years, we’ve made some pretty big strides when it comes to consumer technologies. But with all these advancements, why are we still listening to music through the same speaker wire our dads used? Up until now, the only way to get decent sound quality was through being hardwired; yes,…

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A touch more advanced

Parrot Zik Headphones by Philippe Starck

Headphones are the new status symbol in a world where everyone owns the exact same phone. So it’s not surprising that Parrot, maker of a wide range of random accessories for mobile devices including a remote controlled helicopter drone and the Asteroid car audio receiver, decided to enter the fray. Like the $1,500 Zikmu iPod…

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Can-do attitude

Kickstarter: Hidden Radio & Bluetooth Speaker

We credit the Rams’-like looks of the new hidden radio & Bluetooth Speaker on Kickstarter for catching our eye this morning — despite our luke warm feelings about most Bluetooth audio. The monolithic can avoids spoiling its clean lines with external buttons by incorporating a simple but effective twist top design. The first twist turns…

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Free (Jay)Bird

Jaybird JF3 Freedom Bluetooth Headphones

Jaybird’s new JF3 Freedom Bluetooth Headphones ($100) are built from the ground up to be the workout accessory you’ve always wanted. Their Bluetooth connectivity allows them to connect to your iPhone, or any stereo Bluetooth device wirelessly, which is a huge plus for anyone whose nearly been garotted by their current wired set mid-lift. They’re…

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Making Master Control Look Weak

Pioneer VSX-1021-K Receiver with AirPlay

The Pioneer VSX-1021-K 7.1 Home Theater Receiver ($550) has iPhone and iPad integration oozing out of its amplified pores. First and foremost, it’s the first midrange receiver out of the gate to ship AirPlay ready — which allows iOS and Mac users to stream music wirelessly to their main home theater system, as well as…

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BT Home Phone

Moshi Moshi 03i Bluetooth Handset

The desire to use a land line-style phone handset as a replacement for talking on advanced devices like the iPhone may seem backwards in many ways. If you happen to use Skype on a regular basis or prefer to talk a bit more comfortably at home, though, then the Moshi Moshi 03i ($150) is a…

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E.T.'s Home Phone?

Moshi Moshi 4

Seemingly ripped straight from the set of The Fifth Element, the Moshi Moshi 04 ($199) is designed by Michael Young and serves as dedicated iPhone charging dock that supports Bluetooth 2.1 multipoint technology. This enables it to connect up to two devices at once like a Smartphone and personal phone, or a computer for VOIP…

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Drop Dead Gorges! (and Gorgeous too)

Jaybird SB1 Sportsband Bluetooth Headphones

Gym rats who prefer the comfort of over the ear headphone comfort, listen up. The Jaybird SB1 Sportsband Headphones ($80) are the sleekest looking gym approved headphones we’ve come across, and less than you’d think. Capable of playing up-to eight hours of stereo music via glorious wire-free Bluetooth, the SB1′s are perfect for everything from…

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Let Your iPod's Tunes Take Flight

Belkin Bluetooth Music Receiver

Looking for a better way to get music from your iPod or iPhone to your home stereo? Preferably one that doesn’t involve a 20′ long 3.5mm cable? Recently, we’ve discussed excellent solutions from Sonos, but not everyone has that kind of cash. Fortunately, another far cheaper option was announced today by our friends over at…

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Communicate Your Sunny Disposition

Scosche solCHAT Bluetooth Speakerphone

There are plenty of reasons to go hands-free with your cell phone whilst driving. Decreasing distractions, obeying local laws, and the simple fact that your girlish arms can’t take the punishment of holding a phone to your ear are all good rationales for making a change. If your vehicle didn’t come equipped with a factory-speakerphone…

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Untether Your Music

Spracht Aura BluNote

Say “pass” on cumbersome wires and bulky iPod docks and untether your music experience. The Aura BluNote is a portable wireless speaker that lets you listen to music from 8 different Bluetooth (A2DB) enabled devices (or wired through a 3.5mm headphone jack). Conveniently, it even functions as a speakerphone. With a surprisingly large sound stage…

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Trail Bumpin' With Your Own Tunes

CyFi Wireless Sports Speaker

As most of you know, one of the quickest ways to get yourself into danger while biking is listening to headphones. Yes, you’ve spent hours perfecting that last playlist in iTunes. Yes, it might be flat out the best exercise soundtrack known to man, but no matter how much Led Zeppelin, DMX, or Yanni (to…

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Panasonic Link-to-Cell Bluetooth Phone

The Benefits Of A Home Phone On Your Cell Phone Technology promises to solve many of the world’s major problems and plenty of its small ones. Take for example, the act of using your cell phone as a main phone line at home, which I know many guys do. Unfortunately, the sleek and compact traits…

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Aliph Jawbone Bluetooth Headset

The Jawbone Bluetooth headset virtually eliminates background noise so your calls are clearer. The device’s Noise Shield technology uses an advanced, military-grade noise-canceling system that continuously adapts to the users’ changing environment to deliver and receive unparalleled audio quality. Combined with its award-winning design, the Jawbone headset is perfect for those on the go and…