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AIAIAI’s New Neon Cables Are Here to Glow Up Your Headphones

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Any budding DJs reading this will be well acquainted with AIAIAI already. Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, the brand specializes in minimalist, modular headphones and has become a go-to for its unparalleled audio quality at this price range. Its wireless TMA 2s also happened to come out on top when we tested some industry-leading wireless headphones not long ago.

A vibrant sound, high isolation, and sturdy design have contributed to AIAIAI’s extreme popularity among club DJs, which goes some way to explain this vibrant latest release. To complement their chunky, all-black design, AIAIAI has just launched a new cable in three bright neon hues, sure to stand out both during DJ sets and as you jam out on the streets, too.

The C11, C12, and C13 cables come in woven neon yellow, neon pink, and neon orange respectively — each of which can now be built into your custom headphones on the AIAIAI website. All the new cables boast a 1.2-meter length (around 47″ inches), and retail for $28, making for a perfect last-minute gift for your audiophile friends and family.

Click through on the links below to shop the cables now.

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Injera connoisseur from Italy, currently mastering the art of finessin’ in Berlin.

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Groove X Reveals Robot Designed to Love, Because This Is The Saddest Timeline

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Japanese company Groove X has revealed an in-home robot called “Lovot”, just in time for the lonely holiday period — next year.

As the name suggests, Lovot is designed to love (not like that) and aims to encourage “skinship” between user and device. If that didn’t sounds terrifying enough, Lovot also includes sensors and a camera on top of its head that allows the cuddly robot to recognize sounds and record its surroundings. Additionally, Lovot’s eyes have six layers of projections to create that extra authentic — and disturbing — impression of depth.

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Kaname Hayashi, the creator and a former developer of the humanoid robot, Pepper, admits, “the robot won’t do any of your work;” in fact, “he might just get in the way.” Unlike Hayashi’s previous robot, Lovot bears little resemblance to a human and looks instead like a furry toy, somewhere between a Furby and a Teletubby.

Pre-orders for the $3,000 Lovot began on December 18, and it’s expected to ship in Fall 2019.

Do you have room for a Lovot in your home, or does it just seem like a creepy, less-useful Roomba? Let us know in the comments below.

In other news, Google’s “Game of the Year” tests your knowledge of 2018. Find out how much you remember from the year here.

Isabelle is an Australian writer based in Berlin.

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Macaulay Culkin Is ‘Home Alone Again’ in Google’s Holiday Ad

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Just days after reviewing Home Alone video games on comedy retrogaming web series Angry Video Game Nerd, Macaulay Culkin is in the spotlight once again in a new ad for Google.

The Home Alone star reenacts a few of his famous scenes from the iconic 1990 Christmas comedy film with a twist, now portrayed as a grown up Kevin McCallister.

Emphasizing how technology has evolved since the ’90s, particularly promoting Google Home and Google Assistant, Macaulay Culkin is seen asking the voice assistant with a variety commands and reminders such as to get him aftershave, clean his bed sheets after jumping on them, scare away a delivery guy with the movie’s classic fictional film Angels With Filthy Souls, and even executing “Operation Kevin,” which showcases a cutout of NBA superstar Kevin Durant riding atop a robot vacuum to scare away burglars — another key sequence inspired from the holiday classic.

Enjoy the ad above, and for more, take a closer look at the outtakes, bloopers, and behind-the-scenes footage below, in which Macaulay Culkin describes what it was like returning to the role after all these years.