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Star Trek Bluetooth Communicator works with your smartphone

Star Trek Bluetooth Communicator works with your smartphone

Geeks with a penchant for the original Star Trek series with Kirk and Spock who carry a smartphone that has Bluetooth connectivity might as well get out their wallets. ThinkGeek has a very cool new product called the Star Trek: TOS Bluetooth Communicator. Just as the name implies, the communicator has Bluetooth connectivity to sync with your smartphone and allow you to talk over the communicator like you were on an away team with Kirk.

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B&O’s Beoplay H5 earphones go wireless for $249

B&O’s Beoplay H5 earphones go wireless for $249

Bang & Olufsen is cutting the cord with its latest headphones, the Beoplay H5, a set of sports and hands-free focused wireless earbuds. Hooking up via Bluetooth 4.2 to your smartphone, the splashproof earphones promise customizable sound from a companion app for iPhone and Apple Watch.

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BOSEbuild aims to teach kids tech with DIY speaker

BOSEbuild aims to teach kids tech with DIY speaker

Bose may not be the first name you associate with learning about electronics, but the company's BOSEbuild educational division is aiming to change that with a DIY speaker. The BOSEbuild Speaker Cube is a $149 Bluetooth speaker broken down into its component parts, intended to teach kids not only what goes into a modern gadget but how principles like sound operate.

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Ultimate Ears speakers get Siri and Google Now voice integration

Ultimate Ears speakers get Siri and Google Now voice integration

Ultimate Ears has announced that two of its popular Bluetooth portable speakers are getting the ability to be controlled with your voice. Both the Boom 2 and the Megaboom portable speakers now have the ability to be voice controlled using Siri and Google Now voice integration. The speakers have a push-to-talk function to active the voice control.

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Bluetooth 5 revealed : pumps up range and spread to push IoT, ads

Bluetooth 5 revealed : pumps up range and spread to push IoT, ads

Bluetooth is perhaps one of the unsung heroes of the mobile world today. The wireless technology is what makes many of the fancy new devices and integrations today possible, from fitness bands to smartwatches to personal home assistants. Just as the Bluetooth 4 standard introduced the Bluetooth Low Energy profile to facilitate development of those types of devices, the upcoming Bluetooth 5 spec will put a focus on increasing Bluetooth's range, speed, and spread in order to further drive the development of the Internet of Things (IoT), as well as "beacons", which are mostly used for serving location-relevant information, a.k.a. ads.

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Hush Smart Earplugs Review: Beyond the veil of sleep, Bluetooth-style

Hush Smart Earplugs Review: Beyond the veil of sleep, Bluetooth-style

I've never been a good sleeper. Ever since I was a kid I'd toss and turn hours past my bedtime, chasing elusive Z's and secretly panicking as the clock ticked closer to reveille. As an adult, I've gotten better at shutting my brain down and nodding off, but throw in distractions like noise, lights, or the impending existential dread that can grip us all in the dark of the night, and it's easy enough for my brain to cling desperately to consciousness and leave me exhausted for the following day. This is where Hush smart earplugs come in.

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Withings Body Cardio Review : what no other scale has

Withings Body Cardio Review : what no other scale has

If you want to get so extremely serious about your body that your scale can tell you if you have heart problems, Withings Body Cardio is here for you. This piece of hardware works with the ability to tell you your pulse wave velocity - that's the measure of the stiffness of your arteries - aka the velocity at which your arteries pulse through your vessels. The measurement is non-invasive, and could very well show you that you're at cardiovascular risk when you'd otherwise have no idea. So far it seems we're not at risk - so that's good!

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Bluetooth 5 to debut next week with major speed, range improvements

Bluetooth 5 to debut next week with major speed, range improvements

The next generation of the Bluetooth standard is scheduled to be announced next week, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group has revealed. Dubbed Bluetooth 5, the next version is said to offer significant improvements over the current wireless standard, including four times the range and double the speed. The official reveal will be held in London on June 16th, an email from Bluetooth SIG CEO Mark Powell says.

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Jabra’s Halo Smart refuses to play favorites with music or calls

Jabra’s Halo Smart refuses to play favorites with music or calls

Not all Bluetooth headsets are created equal, and nowhere is that more readily apparent when it comes to the divide between stereo headphones and mono earpieces. For the former, music is the primary goal and voice calls generally an afterthought; for the latter, a focus on speech generally leaves your music as a second-class citizen, and certainly in mono. Jabra, though, claims to have erased that divide.

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Prophix electric toothbrush has a tiny camera to show you how you clean

Prophix electric toothbrush has a tiny camera to show you how you clean

There are plenty of electric toothbrushes on the market today that promise to make cleaning your teeth and oral health more efficient and effective. Some of them connect to your smartphone to give you an idea of how long you should stay in one section of your mouth like the Oral B Genius from early 2016. A new electric toothbrush called the Prophix has a new way to help you be sure that you are cleaning your teeth as efficiently as possible by adding a video camera to the brush.

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Bose finally goes wireless with two noise-canceling headphones

Bose finally goes wireless with two noise-canceling headphones

As one of the most recognized names in headphones and audio accessories, Bose is known for its noise-canceling technology and quality audio output. It should come as no surprise that its QuietComfort headphones are both its flagship model, and among the best-selling. But the thing is, the QuietComforts have remained wired as more and more rivals are switching to wireless (not to mention upcoming phones that are expected to ditch the headphone jack). That has finally changed.

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Switchmate Review – The easiest IoT light upgrade ever

Switchmate Review – The easiest IoT light upgrade ever

If embracing the smart home has a common first step, it's often remotely-controlled lights, but that can be an expensive, time-consuming, or technical upgrade. Wireless bulbs switch out for their dumb cousins, but equipping every lamp can get expensive; swapping dumb wall switches for wireless versions looks clean but requires screwdrivers and dealing with mains electricity, not to mention potentially incurring landlord wrath. Step forward Switchmate, then, with an alternative that's up and running in mere minutes.

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