Items tagged with Bluetooth

Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire TV Stick are highly capable media streamer available for extremely attractive prices. The Fire TV has an MSRP of $99 and can regularly be found for $80 or less. The Fire TV Stick has an MSRP of $39. For users that sign up for three months of Sling TV, even bigger discounts can be achieved with both media streamers. Amazon is about to make the Fire TV/Fire TV Stick experience even more compelling with an over-the-air (OTA) software update that will land within the next few weeks. The biggest feature is perhaps the addition of USB storage support on the Fire TV. This will allow you to connect a USB mass storage device to the device’s single USB port and expand beyond the... Read more...
Qualcomm, a behemoth in the semiconductor business, has reportedly agreed to purchase British chip maker CSR for 1.6 billion pounds (around $2.5 billion in U.S. currency). The offer breaks down to £9 per share in cash, which represents a 56.5 percent premium on the company's share price before the start of the offer period in August, and a 27 percent premium on CSR's closing price on Tuesday. The primary appeal here is CSR's experience in Bluetooth wireless technology. Qualcomm is a major player in the mobile market with chips that power a wide range of smartphones and tablets. As the landscape expands to include the Internet of Things (IoT) category, Qualcomm could set itself up nicely... Read more...
Say goodbye to your dopey toothbrush and hello to a new Bluetooth-enabled smart teeth cleaner that Procter & Gamble is introducing to the public through its Oral-B brand. P&G is planning to show off what it claims is the world's first smartphone-connected toothbrush at Mobile World Congress and then make it widely available to the public in June. That's right, even toothbrushes are getting smart. This particular one can be programmed with the help of a dentist -- for instance, he may want you to spend a bit more time brushing a particular area that you've been neglecting. Through an accompanying app, users will receive real-time guidance, Oral-B told Reuters. Users will be alerted when... Read more...
MOGA’s product line offers a simple but very cool approach to mobile gaming, which is to provide nicely-sized controllers for gaming on Android (and with its second generation of controllers, Windows 8) devices. The company has a pair of new controllers coming out, the MOGA Hero Power and MOGA Pro Power, that will actually charge your smartphone or tablet while you play, thus significantly boosting the amount of time you can spend gaming away without worrying that your battery life will be toast. MOGA Hero Power MOGA says that both the slimmer Hero Power ($59.99) and more full-size Pro Power ($79.99) were designed with better ergonomics, improved Bluetooth radios, and its S.M.R.T. Lock... Read more...
Speaking of smartwatches, there are already plenty of them out there (albeit not necessarily Android-based devices that answer your phone calls), and Garmin has a couple of new ones for athletes. The Forerunner 620 offers a host of features, including those that offer granular data about your runs, pace, heart rate, estimated volume of oxygen you’re using per minute, and more. The 620 connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth, and using the Garmin Connect Mobile app, it will track where you are on your run and let those in your community know where you are. (Note: Privacy mavens may shudder at such a feature, but it’s a safety measure; if something were to happen to you on a long... Read more...
Intel's Wireless Display technology, also known as WiDi, hasn't exactly taken off the way Bluetooth has, but it's still a blossoming protocol that has the chance to eliminate wire usage in the display market. More and more laptops are shipping with WiDi support from the factory, and now, LG Display has developed the world's first WiDi-enabled LCD panel for desktop monitors. The new 23.8" LCD panel allows users to stream wirelessly from their laptop and desktop content to their TVs and monitors in a more seamless manner. The company managed to build a key chipset right into the LCD module, essentially embedding WiDi rather than bolting it on. “LG Display’s latest development brings... Read more...
Kickstarter has quickly become the go-to place for new gadgetry; why waste effort and energy trying to convince a company to cough up funding for an unproven concept, when you can just ask the world to believe in your idea? KEEO is yet another Kickstarter concept that could turn out quite nicely, deemed the world's first keyholder with an associated app for iPhone and Android. Basically, it's the world's first keyholder that lets you select a key with a push of a button, and it's designed from the ground-up to work in concert with a smartphone. It's Bluetooth-enabled as well, and the smartphone app enables you to locate it at any time. The company still needs well over $100,000 to make it to... Read more...
Logitech is going for a certain look and feel with its Z600 Bluetooth stereo speakers, which is to say that it’s trying for a sleek, high-end-looking product that matches the luster of ultrabooks. (Especially MacBooks, it would seem.) The twin speakers are quite fetching, with graceful curves and a long, tall stance. They’re sort of an aluminum-white in color, with speaker grills covering most of the outside and a white stripe down one side that contains the power button, Bluetooth button, and 3.5mm input. The flat top offers a volume control that you can manipulate by gliding your finger in a circle. The Z600 speakers will work with up to three devices simultaneously--just press... Read more...
It’s about time. Apple is planning to put iOS into devices in cars from many major vehicle manufacturers, starting as early as 2014. Brands lining up for the project include Acura, Chevy, Ferrari, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jaguar, Kia, Mercedes Benz, Nissan, and Volvo. Microsoft and Ford teamed up for For Sync. Now, Apple is planning to put iOS in cars. Image credit: Microsoft. Apple has already worked with some car manufacturers on support for its iDevices, but now it’s talking about put iOS onto in-car screens, which would be an entirely new (and important) step for the company. This is one area where Microsoft has already made a substantial investment. Ford SYNC uses Bluetooth to connect... Read more...
There’s yet another entry in the smartwatch market, and this one’s from Poland, the effort of Reardon Technology. The company is launching an indiegogo campaign in an attempt to raise some funds to kick its Boddie smartwatch project into high gear. The device will feature a 1.44-inch display and an aluminum enclosure. Inside, there’s a pair of MSP430 microcontrollers, 2 x 16KB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.0/BLE, a microUSB port, and a 7-day battery. It also has a dedicated OS and an impressive array of extras including an accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, and two thermometers. The Boddie is designed to connect to iOS and Android devices via Bluetooth and will let the wearer... Read more...
Some would argue that the modern day cellular phone killed the watch. After all, who needs a wristwatch when you can just glance at the time on a display that never leaves your side? But on the other side of the equation, the phone revolution has seemingly jump-started fitness. While a certain segment of the population has been (and will always be) addicted to staying in shape, the mobile phone has pulled a lot of people into that circle who would've never otherwise considered it. Turns out, using a device that's highly intelligent and always with you is a pretty good way to get people to exercise, particularly when you offer them endless statistics to help prove that they're actually making... Read more...
Lots and lots of news coming out of San Francisco this week, mostly from Google. And in case you're hungry for more, there's yet another tidbit that could make waves. Google today announced that in the coming months, Android will include native support for Bluetooth Smart Ready and Bluetooth Smart devices. Phones and tablets with a dual-mode Bluetooth chip running the coming version of Android will qualify as Bluetooth Smart Ready. Bluetooth Smart Ready is the premium designation for devices that are compatible with virtually any Bluetooth enabled product, from keyboards or audio headphones, to the next generation of ultra power-efficient Bluetooth Smart appcessories, like the FitBit Flex or... Read more...
For whatever reason, the smartwatch “craze” has been more of a low-level buzz than one might expect, but plenty of companies are getting in the game nevertheless. Google is no exception, and after a hearty helping of rumors to that end, Google has filed a patent application that indicates that the company might have one of its own in development. (The patent title is pretty clear: "Smart-watch with user interface features.”) This Google smartwatch makes no clear mention of Bluetooth-type connectivity, which has been something of a hallmark for these devices, although it does detail all manner of wireless connectivity such as WAN, LAN, satellite (indicating perhaps GPS capabilities),... Read more...
Jawbone expanded its product offerings to include those trademark boxy Bluetooth speaker/speakerphones back in 2010, and now the company is updating the firmware for its JAMBOX and BIG JAMBOX devices in addition to dropping prices on both. You can now snag the JAMBOX (v2.2) for $129.99 and the BIG JAMBOX (v2.0) for $249.99. Updates for the JAMBOX include more crisp and clear phone calls, a Silent Mode in case you need to disable voices and notification sounds, and support for the Jawbone Companion for Android. The BIG JAMBOX also enjoys the new Silent Mode as well as better audio streaming with fewer dropouts once you put distance between the source and the speaker, improved battery life for... Read more...
As an avid basketball fan myself (with two torn ACLs and three knee surgeries to prove it), I'm highly intrigued by the 94Fifty sensor basketball, a new product from InfoMotion Sports Technologies. It's supposedly the first and most advanced digital sport product that measures basketball skills in real-time. It analyzes everything from ball-handling to shooting, and even athleticism. Sensors inside the 94Fifty basketball keep track of the ball's movement, and using "sophisticated counting algorithms," it's able to instantly measure over 6,000 pieces of data per second. InfoMotion Sports Technologies refers to these proprietary measurement technologies as Point of Force," and the idea is to provide... Read more...
Google has begun doling out its Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update to Galaxy Nexus owners, according to a few Reddit users who claim to have received the new build. Several people on Google+ have also said they received the OTA (Over The Air) update, which will be the last version of Jelly Bean before Key Lime Pie debuts. There's no official changelog to reference just yet, though Google previously promised to fix a Bluetooh A2DP audio streaming issue in the "next release" after 4.2.1. Other minor bug fixes are likely included in the incremental update as well, though we won't know any specifics until Google posts the release notes. The update applies to Galaxy Nexus smartphones along with Nexus... Read more...
Fancy a disco? Got a need to utilize Bluetooth a bit more? Then, listen up. SuperTooth has just introduced a set of $199 Disco Twin speakers, alongside an $89 HD Voice apparatus at CES 2013. The former is a pair of portable, rechargeable speakers featuring true right / left stereo, each unit equipped with 16 watts RMS audio power, double speakers in front and a high efficiency bass reflex system in back, pairing together for a combined 32 watts of pure sound. Music can be streamed wirelessly from any Bluetooth-enabled device, and the built-in batteries are said to be strong enough to handle 3-4 hours of nonstop playback. (Or, up to 10 hours if you don't crank 'em to 11.) HD Voice, on the other... Read more...
When it comes to Bluetooth headsets, there really are only a few names left in the industry making new ones that people are actually interested in. Perhaps it's because the whole "talking to yourself" fad never took off, but whatever the case, it's certainly a tough business nut to crack. But that's not stopping a new name from surfacing just in time to showcase a new one at CES 2013. AfterShockz will be debuting a world's first at the show -- it's the first open-ear wireless Bluetooth headphone, and yes, they're of the bone-conducting variety. The company asserts that they're building this due to public demand for a wireless version of their Bluez. It'll be available next month, with customers... Read more...
There's no shortage of peripherals for Mac users these days, and Logitech certainly has a history of producing a good amount of them. Now, the company has introduced a new Bluetooth "Easy-Switch" keyboard as well as a Wireless Rechargeable Trackpad. The Logitech Bluetooth Easy-Switch Keyboard features Logitech Easy-Switch technology – similar to the Logitech Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard K810 – so you can easily go from typing an e-mail on your Mac to taking notes on your iPad to replying to a text on your iPhone, by simply pressing a button. In addition, the Logitech Rechargeable Trackpad gives you the full set of Mac OS multi-touch gestures on a smooth glass surface. If you've... Read more...
Logitech expanded its keyboard lineup with the addition of the new Logitech Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard K810. This new keyboard is compatible with Windows, iOS and Android devices and features a layout designed for Windows 8. As you should expect from its name, this keyboard uses Bluetooth to connect to up to three of your favorite devices simultaneously. The K810 features a thin design along with a brushed aluminum finish. The laser-etched backlit keys feature auto-adjusting illumination to ensure they're easy to read both day and night. The K810 automatically turns on the backlighting when your hands approach the keyboard thanks to proximity detection. Logitech has incorporated its keycap... Read more...
Head units don't usually get a heck of a lot of love, but Sony's newest is quite the technophile. The XAV-601BT is a powerful, large unit that's engineered to be used with your smartphone at the helm. There are two USB ports for simultaneous connection of phone and MP3 player/flash memory, and it supports firmware updates for compatibility with growing range of apps and smartphones. It also packs an enormous 6.1" touch panel, 3D-style graphics, and something that no other head unit has to date: MirrorLink compatibility. If you've got a MirrorLink-capable phone, you can access its media collection and compatible apps right on the unit's display -- all while the phone charges over USB. Directions... Read more...
Bluetooth 3.0 and 4.0 haven't seen a huge amount of publicity, mostly due to the fact that average consumers aren't paying attention to version numbers. But for techies, 4.0 is important. It's a low-energy spec, and on a mobile device, every minute of battery life makes a major difference. The new iPad is the first to use BT 4.0, dubbed the world's first Bluetooth Smart Ready tablet, and it's certainly destined to be only the first of many. The fact that Apple's new iPad is a Bluetooth Smart Ready hub is big news for the broad CE ecosystem – accessory manufacturers, app developers, and most importantly, consumers. Every second, there are over 60 Bluetooth enabled devices commercialized... Read more...
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