Bluetooth

2nd-gen Amazon Dash Button bypasses Wi-fi

2nd-gen Amazon Dash Button bypasses Wi-fi

This week the folks at Amazon have had their second-generation Amazon Dash Button appear in the FCC. This device appears to be rolling with the same capabilities as its predecessor, able to connect to its web-based functions via 802.11 WiFi - but this time adds Bluetooth. What might a device like this need with Bluetooth? Why, to connect via your smartphone, of course. Or perhaps to go Echo on us all?

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Marshall Major II Bluetooth headphones hit USA

Marshall Major II Bluetooth headphones hit USA

This week the folks at Marshall Headphones have brought their slick looking MAJOR II Bluetooth headphones to the United States. This pair of headphones keeps the look of the Marshall headphone line consistent whilst bringing the added convenience of wirelessness with Bluetooth to the mix. This pair of headphones works with Bluetooth APTX for digital audio data reduction - that's there for as little latency as possible between the device projecting the audio and the headphones receiving them.

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Galaxy S7’s Bluetooth LE is on even when BT is off

Galaxy S7’s Bluetooth LE is on even when BT is off

This week we're continuing our exploration of the Samsung Galaxy S7, finding a setting new users may want to turn off right out of the box. This feature goes by the name "Nearby device scanning" - and it's not strictly good nor bad, so to speak. What you're going to want to do is test the feature in your own immediate area to see whether or not it adversely affects your battery life - chances are it won't. If it DOES, it's relatively easy to turn off.

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Zuli adds Hue support to presence-tracking IoT plugs: Hands-on

Zuli adds Hue support to presence-tracking IoT plugs: Hands-on

In the smartest Smart Home, everything plays nicely together, and IoT smartplug maker Zuli is further joining up its dots with the addition of Hue support. The Zuli smartplugs, which differentiate themselves by using Bluetooth to figure out when rooms are in use and adjust devices accordingly, can now command Philips' color-changing LED bulbs too.

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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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