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Bounding and Booming

Sound and Fury: The Best Sports Headphones

We put dozens of headphones through their paces on long runs, bike rides and bodyweight exercises to find the ten best sports headphones.

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Today in Gear: November 6, 2013

Tile It’s great to have stuff. But once you have enough stuff, keeping track of all your stuff can get dicey. Keys, wallets, bikes, babies, bags — wait not babies — electronics, you name it. Stick a Tile to (or drop one inside) a thing, and once your phone is within 150 feet of the…

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Kit: Graduate School

So you’ve decided four years of college just wasn’t enough to quench that thirsty brain of yours. You’ve trudged through essays, taken the tests and traded countless lattes for advisor recommendation letters. The wait, worry and work were entirely worth it, though, because you just opened that letter admitting you into the graduate school you’ve been gunning for. The parents are proud, the student loans are shrieking and your name train is ready for a few extra letters. It’s time to get schooled all over again, and we’ve prepped your shopping list. You’re getting smarter — so should your gear.

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Today in Gear: June 13, 2013

Pling Pling is a new app for iOS and OSX that allows groups of people to communicate via quick voice-based messages. Record a simple message and Pling it to others who can listen to your comment and add to the conversation. Anyone else feeling compelled to send some ironic — and hilarious — You’ve Got…

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Sweet Sound of Silence: 10 Best Noise-Canceling Headphones

A respite from noise might seem thin on paper, but spend a few hours on an inescapable airplane with crying babies, heaving green-faced passengers or even a chatty cathy neighbor and get back to us on what you’re willing to pay for a little peace and music. What’s more, NC options have some of the best sound profiles available, making them true gems for audiophiles and the easily distracted alike. Considering the vastly small market for noise-canceling headsets available at the moment, the problem isn’t necessarily narrowing down the field — it’s choosing the best one for your audio needs. From pioneering audio staples to buzzing newcomers, these are the noise cancelers worth turning your ears to.

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Mulch and Music

Polk Audio Atrium Garden Speaker System

YJust because you’re outside doesn’t mean you don’t deserve good sound. Bring the bass (and midrange, and treble) pool or patio-side with a Polk Audio Atrium Garden Speaker System ($599). We had an opportunity to trial the system this past month with a volunteer who offered up his patio (a rarity) and party (not a…