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— Wearables

V-Moda taps sporty audiophiles for Zn in-ear headphones

For its first in-ear headphones in four years, V-Moda is offering a heady mix of toughness, good looks and the promise of great sound. Zn is, of course, the symbol for zinc, which V-Moda says has a "unique hardness and resonance nature to deliver a balanced sound." Each dynamic driver is wrapped in solid yet lightweight zinc alloy housing, and the limited edition Zn in-ears boast a signature that's been fine-tuned to appeal to the modern and mobile audiophile. The earphones also come with detachable ear hooks reported capable of keeping them in place no matter the physical demands of the sport-loving, high resolution music lover.

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— Sports

What's up Chris Froome's nose?

In a sport as taxing and hard-fought as cycling, even the smallest advantage can mean the difference between making a stage-winning breakaway or falling off the back and out of contention. Some cyclists wear breathing strips on their noses in an attempt to open up their airways, an approach Team Sky’s Chris Froome has taken a step further at this year’s Tour de France by wearing a specially-designed stent called the Turbine.

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— Smartwatches

What if a smartwatch could help you shoot (a little more) like Stephen Curry?

Few of us have access to a professional coach to help hone our basketball technique, but now sports technology company Onyx Motion hopes you can at least get a decent proxy. Their upcoming smartwatch app, Swish, will analyze your shots and provide tips to improve them, along with a few words of wisdom here and there from veteran NBA shooting guard Ben Gordon as well as other pro players.

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— Sports

Carbon fiber head plate to protect baseball pitchers

Last August, Miami Marlins pitcher Dan Jennings was hit in the head by a line drive – a 101-mph (163-km/h) line drive. The horrifying video clip made any viewer hope that such an incident would never happen again. But it already has. While the risk is statistically low, comeback line drives to the head occur virtually every season in professional baseball. The MLB is trying to find a workable solution, but so far, approved protective head gear has proven bulky, awkward and extremely unpopular. Jennings is one of the major leaguers that has worked with Safer Sports Technologies in trying a lighter, lower profile solution: a carbon fiber protector that slides inside a regular ball cap.

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— Outdoors

On Wheelz skates lock onto your sneakers like clipless bike pedals

Roller skating and inline skating are both well past their primes, but there's a new generation of skates that offers a simpler, more casual skating experience. In place of a full-sized roller boot wrapping your entire foot and ankle, the latest skates slide onto your regular shoes. Models from companies like Cardiff use a basic strap system, but the all-new On Wheelz skates take things strapless, using a step-in system quite like clipless bike pedals.

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— Collectibles

Four-minute-mile stopwatch and original All Blacks Jersey go to auction

With the rise in collectible auction prices of recent times, you’d think that owning a slice of history would be by now, the domain of only the abundantly wealthy. The price estimates of some items on offer at a London sports memorabilia auction next week however, suggest that important sporting artifacts are still within reach of quite modest speculative investment budgets.

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