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Apple buys low-power wireless specialist Passif Semiconductor

Apple buys low-power wireless specialist Passif Semiconductor

Apple has acquired Passif Semiconductor, a low-power wireless chip specialist with a product range that includes Bluetooth LE support for wearables like smartwatches. The deal, confirmed by Jessica Lessin and AllThingsD, has been confirmed by Apple, but no financial details - nor examples of what the Cupertino company intends to do with the wireless expertise - have been revealed.

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Omate TrueSmart smartwatch bringing dual-core Android with a camera

Omate TrueSmart smartwatch bringing dual-core Android with a camera

While the current pre-production iteration of the Omate TrueSmart smartwatch might not be the most flashy wearable to appear this year, the proposition made by the company for a full-powered Android smart device is certainly enticing. This device works with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and a dual-core processor as well as Bluetooth, meaning you'll not only be able to connect to your smartphone (or Google Glass, why not), you'll be able to run Android apps galore.

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Muzik smart headphones let audiophiles share on Facebook and Twitter

Muzik smart headphones let audiophiles share on Facebook and Twitter

Headphones come in all shapes and sizes, yet offer more or less the same functionality. The folks behind Muzik aim to change this, announcing the soon-to-be-available smart headphones that allow users to natively share the song they're listening to on Facebook, Twitter, and elsewhere. This is the first of what will be a line of different wearable technology devices, says the company's vice chairman John Cawley.

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Nokia “Treasure Tag” will keep your keys in place with Bluetooth and NFC

Nokia “Treasure Tag” will keep your keys in place with Bluetooth and NFC

There's an accessory line in the making said to be coming from Nokia in the form of a so-called "Treasure Tag" NFC dongle. This device has been tipped to The Verge as an invention strikingly similar to what we've seen from Tile, bringing NFC-enabled miniature pieces of plastic that attach to your every beloved device and valuable. Here with Treasure Tag, Nokia will allow you to track a collection of tags in real time, using none other than Nokia Lumia devices' LiveSight app to track these tags in augmented reality.

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Logitech Z600 Bluetooth speakers unveiled with multi-device connectivity

Logitech Z600 Bluetooth speakers unveiled with multi-device connectivity

Logitech has taken the wraps off its new Z600 Bluetooth speakers, which it is specifically aiming at those with ultrabooks and Mac computers with its design, though they'll work with any device with Bluetooth. The speakers support connection with multiple devices at the same time, allowing the user to toggle between those devices by pausing one audio stream and firing up another.

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GlassUP wearable display takes on Google Glass

GlassUP wearable display takes on Google Glass

Google Glass rival GlassUP has launched its own wearable display project, throwing the wireless headset - the prototype of which we tried out back in March - open to crowdfunding backers. Aiming to raise $150,000 (though promising units even if that goal isn't met) the GlassUP team argues its full glasses design is more functional than Google's eyepiece, beaming details from your Bluetooth-tethered smartphone onto the lens from a projector mounted in the right arm of the frame.

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Garmin HUD offers head-up display directions from your smartphone

Garmin HUD offers head-up display directions from your smartphone

Garmin has outed the latest must-have gadget for the Top Gun wannabe, the Garmin HUD, a head-up display that hooks up wirelessly to your smartphone. Designed to connect via Bluetooth to an iPhone, Android, or Windows Phone 8 device running either the Garmin StreetPilot or NAVIGON apps, and HUD projects navigation directions, speed, and other information onto the windshield, meaning drivers don't have to take their phone out of their pocket, or glance down at it.

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