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Raspberry Pi 3: why this one is special

Raspberry Pi 3: why this one is special

Four years after the launch of the original Raspberry Pi, the new Raspberry Pi 3 has appeared with several very important new features. This version of the device - the $35 computer, that is to say - comes with two essential features that've been relegated to accessories until now. Both Bluetooth 4.1 and Wi-Fi are now built-in with this Raspberry Pi 3, freeing up room for more ports for more projects and more freedom for the device on its own!

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LG TONE Platinum puts Harman Kardon inside sleek BT headsets

LG TONE Platinum puts Harman Kardon inside sleek BT headsets

LG's TONE line of wireless headsets has been around the block already a few times but at the upcoming MWC 2016, it will be showcasing something a bit different. For one, the new TONE Platinum Bluetooth headset gives justice to its name, with its premium looking aluminum housing. But more than just the looks, it also flaunts sound quality that is delivered through a combination of multiple technologies, like Balanced Armature and aptX, and certified with Harman Kardon's iconic brand.

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Google bakes IoT beacon support into Chrome for Android

Google bakes IoT beacon support into Chrome for Android

Google is set to further blur the lines between the real world and the digital one, integrating beacon support into Chrome for Android. Initially to be included in the beta channel for those testing pre-final versions of the mobile browser, but eventually set to be released for all users, the new functionality will allow Chrome on Android smartphones to spot and react to Bluetooth-based "Physical Web" markers around them.

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Bluetooth Internet gateway: dev director answers your questions

Bluetooth Internet gateway: dev director answers your questions

This week we had the opportunity to speak with Steve Hegenderfer, director of developer programs for Bluetooth SIG. This week Bluetooth SIG launched their new architecture and supporting set of educational tools called Bluetooth Internet gateway, allowing developers to "quickly create internet gateways for Bluetooth products." We asked him what this meant for the general consumer using questions sent to us by you! Have a peek and see if this new wave of simple integration will make your day.

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Bluetooth web connections will put your smart home online

Bluetooth web connections will put your smart home online

This week the folks in charge of Bluetooth have announced connectivity to the web without the need for smartphones or tablets. A new "architecture standard" is being set in place, allowing developers to send an update to Bluetooth devices that'd eventually allow them to access the web without the need for a smartphone as a conduit. That's right. Soon you'll be able to turn your coffee maker on without even being inside your house.

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Hands-on with Sensor-1, a smart Bluetooth watchdog

Hands-on with Sensor-1, a smart Bluetooth watchdog

Bluetooth trackers and IoT-style connected gadgets have given us tech that James Bond once could only dream about, but startup Metasensor has even broader ambitions than Q. Sensor-1 is a roughly coin-sized, motion-tracking Bluetooth puck that promises to secure your belongings, help you avoid forgetting your phone, and even hunt down objects without power-hungry GPS.

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Fluance Fi70 streaming music player has dual 8-inch woofers

Fluance Fi70 streaming music player has dual 8-inch woofers

Fluance has launched a new streaming music player that has a rather retro looking design. It looks like something you would find in an audiophiles house in the '60s. The streaming audio player is the Fi70 and it is offered in black, white, and walnut colors.

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iLoud Micro Monitor speakers: portable studio reference monitors

iLoud Micro Monitor speakers: portable studio reference monitors

Music fans and audiophiles who want to be able to hear all the nuances of their favorite tracks will want to check out the new iLoud Micro Monitor speakers from IK Multimedia. They claim to be the smallest active studio reference monitoring system in the world. The monitors have a pair of bi-amplified speakers designed to deliver an expansive stereo image.

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8Bitdo Retro Cube Speaker is inspired by NES controller

8Bitdo Retro Cube Speaker is inspired by NES controller

After you’ve owned a few, most wireless speakers start to look alike. The particulars — color, shape — may vary a bit, but overall the designs are very similar. That’s not the case with 8Bitdo’s new Retro Cube Speaker, a small wireless speaker with a design inspired by the original NES controller. Rather than featuring a touch panel or ordinary buttons, the speaker has a useable directional pad on the top.

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Korg offers iPad musicians an on-the-go studio

Korg offers iPad musicians an on-the-go studio

Korg has a pair of new wireless music controllers for digital musicians on the go, with the nanoKEY Studio and nanoKONTROL Studio hooking up to iOS devices and laptops. Launched at NAMM 2016, the portable duo support both Bluetooth and USB, and work with not only Korg's own Gadget soft-synth but popular apps like Garageband and any other Bluetooth MIDI compatible software.

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Senic Nuimo hands-on – The IoT’s tactile smart controller

Senic Nuimo hands-on – The IoT’s tactile smart controller

With the smartphone offering a near-infinitely flexible interface, do we really need physical controls for digital services? Senic believes so, and the Nuimo controller is its solution, a touch-sensitive wireless scroll wheel that can manage your streaming music, connected lights, and more.

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This is TipTalk, the smart watch strap that makes you Inspector Gadget

This is TipTalk, the smart watch strap that makes you Inspector Gadget

Smart strap upgrades for the analog watch you can't quite part with aren't new, but few let you pretend to be Inspector Gadget as well. TipTalk, one of the skunkworks projects out of Samsung's Creative Lab on show at CES 2016 this week, does just that, however. Out goes the traditional strap or bracelet on your Rolex, Panerai, or family heirloom, and in its place goes a Bluetooth replacement.

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