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Satechi BT Cortana Button lands just in time for Windows 10

Satechi BT Cortana Button lands just in time for Windows 10

One of the big features of Windows 10 that Microsoft has been talking up is the virtual assistant Cortana that will be common across Windows 10 platforms including smartphones and PCs. Satechi has unveiled a product to go along with those Windows 10 devices called the BT Cortana Button. The device is a small black and blue button that users can press to access Cortana without having to turn on the Hey Cortana feature.

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KFC’s new mobile gimmick is a photo-printing bucket

KFC’s new mobile gimmick is a photo-printing bucket

These days, fastfood chains are thinking up of unusual and sometimes bizarre marketing stunts to appeal to today's mobile generation? Remember the Pizza Hut projector box in Hong Kong? Or how about KFC's Bluetooth keyboard food tray? It seems that the latter is at it again. Its Canadian branch will soon be celebrating its 60th anniversary and to honor that memory, it is going to help their devoted customers make their own memories. How? By turning their boring chicken buckets into instant photo printing machine.

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LG Tone Active Bluetooth headset arrives tomorrow

LG Tone Active Bluetooth headset arrives tomorrow

LG has another Bluetooth headset for its LG Tone product lineup — this model is called the LG Tone Active, and as its name suggests, the headset is targeted at the more active users out there. There’s an IPX3 rating, which is a water resistance that is moderate but able to handle exposure to sweat. As with the other LG Tone headsets, the Tone Active features a band that goes around the wearer’s neck and earbuds that snug into the band’s end pieces when stored.

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Plantronics BackBeat SENSE Review – Smarter Bluetooth headphones

Plantronics BackBeat SENSE Review – Smarter Bluetooth headphones

You’re spoiled for choice right now with wireless headphones, but Plantronics is hoping the new BackBeat SENSE can slot in with a mixture of clever tech and everyday flexibility. Lightweight and quietly handsome, they may not have in-your-face branding of some rivals, but they come from a company with a solid track-record both in audio and in wireless devices. Bluetooth offers more than just cutting the cord, mind, and Plantronics claims to be doing more than most with its smart wireless system.

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Moto Hint gets a surprise second-gen update

Moto Hint gets a surprise second-gen update

Motorola has an event coming up on July 28, but ahead of that it has already released an update to its Moto Hint headset. The second generation Moto Hint is both dark and robust, bringing with it some substantial updates that make the already gorgeous earpiece all the more attractive. Chief among them is battery life, which has jumped to 17 hours -- a full 70-percent improvement over the original generation, and far more accommodating of a busy life style.

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G-Tube Bluetooth waterproof speaker can survive the summer

G-Tube Bluetooth waterproof speaker can survive the summer

The summer can be challenging for mobile devices with people going to the lake, beach, or pool. Water and electronics don't go well together typically so if you frequent wet areas you want gear that can survive. A new portable Bluetooth speaker has debuted called the G-Tube that is inside a ruggedized housing that is water resistant.

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Wi-Fi Aware: your router knows you’re near

Wi-Fi Aware: your router knows you’re near

The Wi-Fi Alliance reveals their next Wi-Fi CERTIFIED service - Wi-Fi Aware. This certification program from the Wi-Fi Alliance is for a technology that works with your smartphone's built-in Wi-Fi sensing capabilities, allowing Wi-Fi Aware devices to discover one-another before they even make a Wi-Fi connection. In one sense this technology is similar to Bluetooth Beacons, sending your smartphone information when you get close enough to them to speak with them wirelessly. While Bluetooth beacons have been in testing for several years, Wi-fi Aware is brand new.

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Google Eddystone open-source Bluetooth beacons revealed

Google Eddystone open-source Bluetooth beacons revealed

Google has launched Eddystone, a new open-source Bluetooth LE beacon platform which plays nicely with iOS, Android, and other OSes. Aiming to power a new age of location-based services, as well as give those responsible for managing a flock of Bluetooth beacons the tools to make sure they're working properly, Eddystone arrives with two main features: telling mobile devices exactly where they are and what's nearby, and linking a physical location with online data.

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Microsoft’s folding Bluetooth keyboard plays nice with all

Microsoft’s folding Bluetooth keyboard plays nice with all

Microsoft's Universal Folding Keyboard has finally hit store shelves, with the platform-agnostic wireless peripheral playing nicely with phones and tablets. Shown off back in March alongside a pair of midrange Lumia phones, the keyboard hooks up over Bluetooth and has a dedicated switching button at the top which allows it to flick between two different devices. That way, so the theory goes, you could be typing on your iPad one moment, then flip to your Android smartphone the next.

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Dot Bluetooth earbud packs 9 hours of call time into a tiny package

Dot Bluetooth earbud packs 9 hours of call time into a tiny package

Bluetooth headsets have been around for a very long time now and there are headsets of all sizes on the market to choose from. A new Bluetooth headset has debuted called the dot and it claims to be the smallest Bluetooth earbud in the world tipping the scales at 3.5g. It's compatible with iOS, Android, and Windows Phone Mobile devices. Despite being small, the dot has impressive battery life with 80 hours of standby.

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Star Trek Communicator Bluetooth handset gets unveiled at Comic-Con

Star Trek Communicator Bluetooth handset gets unveiled at Comic-Con

Star Trek fans rejoice! You're now going to have the chance to own an exact replica of the sci-fi show's Communicator device, and it's fully-functioning to boot. Sadly, the Communicator won't let call up to the Enterprise, but it will work as Bluetooth handset and speaker for your smartphone. The device is built by The Wand Company, and will be officially shown off for the first time at San Diego Comic-Con this week. You can even pre-order one now for $150 on the official Star Trek web store, however it won't be shipping until January.

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Stormtrooper helmet bluetooth speaker goes on sale in time for ‘Force Awakens’

Stormtrooper helmet bluetooth speaker goes on sale in time for ‘Force Awakens’

With the December 18th release date of Star Wars: The Force Awakens less than six months away, now is the perfect time to start rolling out the merchandising tie-ins. While not directly connected with the new movie, one item that might be of interest to music fans is this bluetooth speaker in the form of a Stormtrooper's helmet. The speaker comes from UK-based outlet The Fowndry, known for a number of geek-related goods, and will go on sale in October.

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