Bluetooth

Apple TV one-tap setup from iPhone quietly capitalizes on Bluetooth LE

Apple TV one-tap setup from iPhone quietly capitalizes on Bluetooth LE

Apple has added one-tap instant setup to the Apple TV, using Bluetooth LE and an iOS 7 device to automatically load WiFi network and Apple ID information to the streaming set-top box. Quietly introduced today, the new feature appears to have been enabled in Apple TV OS 6.0 - re-released earlier this week - and helps new Apple TV owners to avoid punching in setup details such as complex WiFi passwords with the bundled remote.

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Pyle Audio Disco Jam “party machine” offers 10″ subwoofer and Bluetooth

Pyle Audio Disco Jam “party machine” offers 10″ subwoofer and Bluetooth

Pyle Audio has introduced its latest audio offering, the Disco Jam Stereo Speaker System, a compact "party machine" that offers, among other things, an integrated disco ball. The setup is on wheels and comes with a handle, making it easy to wheel into a location and remove after the party is over, and is being aimed at -- among other consumers -- aspiring DJs.

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Marshall Stanmore speaker brings vintage looks and Bluetooth to your music system

Marshall Stanmore speaker brings vintage looks and Bluetooth to your music system

Marshall has launched a vintage-looking stereo speaker line called Stanmore that harkens back to "the golden days of rock n' roll", giving owners the best of both worlds with analog knobs and modern technology. The Stanmore speaker is being offered in both black and cream colors, with a metal grille across the front and large classic-esque logo across the face.

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Grace Digital Bluetooth receivers make ancient speakers usable again

Grace Digital Bluetooth receivers make ancient speakers usable again

This week there's a couple of new devices arriving from Grace Digital that may very well be the one thing that makes that ancient set of speakers you've been keeping in the garage worth the years of nagging from your significant other. Why don't you get rid of those old things? You're never going to use them, everything is wireless these days! Here's why: the GDI-BTAR122 (24 watt) and GDI-BTAR502 (100 watt) from Grace Digital work with Bluetooth 4.0 and connect to your old speakers - like the future attaching to the past, so to speak.

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Polar Loop fitness wearable understands housework is exhausting

Polar Loop fitness wearable understands housework is exhausting

Does the world need another fitness tracker? Polar believes so, and the Polar Loop is its offering, a wrist-worn "smart coaching" wearable that monitors both fitness and sleep. Reminiscent of Nike's Fuelband, complete with an LED display for giving real-time feedback, the Loop supports Bluetooth Smart for low-power connectivity to your smartphone, as well as being waterproof for use when swimming.

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Kanex Multi-Sync wireless keyboard brings quick-switch with Bluetooth 3.0

Kanex Multi-Sync wireless keyboard brings quick-switch with Bluetooth 3.0

While there's no reason to believe that the newest keyboard device from Kanex wouldn't work with any and all Bluetooth 3.0-compatible devices, they've aimed directly at the Apple world here in the week of this accessory's launch. The Kanex Multi-Sync Keyboard works with the iPhone, iPad, iMac, and any other machine (with Bluetooth 3.0 or higher) you think would match up nicely. You've got a full Apple-esque design to the board as well as Bluetooth switching buttons - that means you can press one button for device A, then switch to device B or C with a press of one of your total of three buttons.

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PayPal Beacon promises touch-free mobile payments with Bluetooth LE

PayPal Beacon promises touch-free mobile payments with Bluetooth LE

PayPal has launched Beacon, a new mobile payment dongle using Bluetooth LE for hands-free transactions, and with installation as easy as plugging in a wall-wart. PayPal Beacon hooks up via Bluetooth Low Energy to the PayPal app on their smartphone, automatically letting them check-in - with a quick vibration to show that it's happened - and then allowing for a final check-out without needing to touch the device at all.

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Garmin HUD hands-on: A head-up display for the freeway fighter pilot

Garmin HUD hands-on: A head-up display for the freeway fighter pilot

Fighter pilots and Google Glass owners: Garmin is channeling a little of both with its latest navigation accessory, the Garmin HUD, and we took some time to peer through the head-up display while at IFA 2013. The Bluetooth peripheral is designed to sit on your dashboard and project simple guidance and directions to drivers using Garmin's StreetPilot or NAVIGON apps, without forcing them to look away from the windshield or - worse still - down to a phone shoved precariously into a spare cup holder.

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