Some of the top audio trends expected at CES 2017

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 to be held in Las Vegas next week, several interesting and attention-grabbing audio products and technologies will apparently be showcased by some bigwig audio companies.

With the market for audio devices being quite huge worldwide, it is speculated that audio-related announcements and unveilings at the CES 2017 event will include the introduction of high-quality smart speakers, wireless airbuds which channel hearing aids, as well as some other enthralling new ways to listen to music.

Arkansas police seeks data from Amazon Echo device for murder case

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Gionee’s new premium handset - M2017 - is now available for preorder in China

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Jaunt partners with Xiaomi to help in app and content development for Mi VR headset

In a recent announcement, Jaunt China - an earlier-this-year launched cinematic content provider that shoots, edits, and distributes VR-centric videos - said that it has partnered with Chinese consumer electronic firm Xiaomi.

According to an NDTV report, Jaunt China's partnership with Xiaomi hints at Xiaomi's apparent interest in gaining a foothold in the virtual reality (VR) arena.

Cyanogen will cease all operations by the end of 2016

In a recent announcement, Cyanogen, Inc. has disclosed that it will shut down all its operations by the end of 2016. The announcement implies that services and servers related to Cyanogen's nightly builds will soon be shuttered, and no security updates will be rolled out in the future.

Cyanogen is the company responsible for the commercialization of the open-source CyanogenMod project.

Hacking groups issue numerous threats of Christmas Day attacks

Two shadowy hacking groups - Lizard Squad and Phantom Squad - have issued a number of threats of attacks on Christmas Day, to shut down PlayStation Network (PSN) and Xbox Live.

The threats of Christmas Day attacks, evidently to ruin the holidays for gamers, have been issued by the infamous Lizard Squad and Phantom Squad hacking groups via several Twitter accounts affiliated with the two groups.

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