Bluetooth

Automatic’s Link v2 gets FCC nod (and ace new packaging)

Automatic’s Link v2 gets FCC nod (and ace new packaging)

A second generation Automatic dongle, the Link2, has been spotted passing through FCC testing, ahead of plugging into your car's dashboard and piping driving stats to your phone. The Bluetooth dongle is outwardly identical to the existing model, which translates data on car status, driving style, fuel economy and more to a companion app for iPhone or Android, and currently there's no clear indication of what might have improved in functionality. In fact, the most exciting part right now looks like Automatic's new packaging design, which might actually have some legitimate usefulness to save it from landfill.

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Boombotix launches customization tool for mobile speaker

Boombotix launches customization tool for mobile speaker

This week the folks at Boombotix have released a customization tool for the Boombot REX, a unique portable speaker with oomph. This Boombot REX has been out in several different colors and with custom-made faces before, but now the team at Boombotix have brought the tools to make this happen to the public. There's also a Built-A-Bot collection of artwork created by creative brand Benny Gold. Now your clip-on speaker of choice can also be your ironic accessory of choice - it's up to you what you'll end up doing with it.

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Inateck BTSP-10 Plus bluetooth speaker review

Inateck BTSP-10 Plus bluetooth speaker review

You have choices when it comes to Bluetooth speakers. Lots of choices. Be it bombastic offerings from big-name manufacturers or impressive boxes from smaller companies, the market is saturated. With that, we got our hands on Inateck’s latest, a Bluetooth speaker with a small footprint that wants to do big things. Dual 1.5-inch speakers promise big sound, with Inateck boasting a virtual 3D output. Portable, lightweight, attractive, and seemingly worth a look, we decided to put the Inateck speaker to the test.

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Super Bowl weekend gets ‘beaconized’ courtesy of Gimbal

Super Bowl weekend gets ‘beaconized’ courtesy of Gimbal

As the sporting world steadies its gaze on Phoenix this weekend, there’s more than just a Super Bowl going on. The event, once just a game to decide the champions of the NFL, has morphed into a festival. Much like the NFL has grown, so has their coup de grace. If you’re weaving your way through the festivities orbiting the Super Bowl this weekend, you might even find your phone is getting in on the action, helping you find great stuff to do.

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Pronto review: Great for cable TV, but falls short elsewhere

Pronto review: Great for cable TV, but falls short elsewhere

As portable a device as I’ve seen come across my desk in some time, Pronto intends to make a home on my mantle, next to my TV. Or maybe 30 feet away! This little rectangular box of plastic wants to control all my living room (or bedroom) devices via Bluetooth, and allow me to control it via an app on my iPhone. Part universal remote, part new-look TV interface on the phone, Pronto definitely sounds the part, but does it stack up? Let’s find out.

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Bluewire records phone conversations with Bluetooth

Bluewire records phone conversations with Bluetooth

Imagine you're speaking on the phone several times a day and want to make certain you've got every conversation recorded for posterity. Do you hit the "record" button on your smartphone every time you make a call? Or do you rely on a 3rd-party device to hold up to your phone to record what's being said? There's a device by the name of Bluewire appearing this year that's able to record both sides of your conversation via a wireless Bluetooth connection to your smartphone, and it's being crowd-funded right this minute.

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Razer Nabu X sneaks out for sale to the public

Razer Nabu X sneaks out for sale to the public

Earlier this month at CES 2015 we first heard about the 2nd tier wearable device from Razer, one called the Nabu X. Here less than a month later the device is already on sale to the general public. This device went on sale to Razer Insiders before, coming in at a price that very well could be kicking the device out at a loss - $20. Now the device comes to the public at a still-reasonable $49.99 USD - very similar to its competitors in the field.

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Sony MDR-AS600BT earbuds have both NFC and Bluetooth

Sony MDR-AS600BT earbuds have both NFC and Bluetooth

Sony has introduced a new pair of in-ear headphones, the MDR-AS600BT. As you might have guessed from the model name, these earbuds feature Bluetooth connectivity (hence the "BT" at the end), as well as NFC for even quicker pairing with mobile devices. The headphones seem targeted at ordinary usage but include some features that would go along well while out running or in the gym, or when commuting on the train everyday. The headphones will be available starting February 13.

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Burton gets in the speaker business with Braven portables

Burton gets in the speaker business with Braven portables

An outdoor winter speaker set is being brought out to play this week by Burton and Braven, a combination of brands the likes of which the market has never seen before. Braven is a brand we've seen before - they make fine speakers of all kinds. Burton is also a brand we've seen before - they make fantastic winter clothing, creating some of the finest jackets known to snowboard-kind. Together they're making a unique set of speakers prepared for the snow, the cold, and the icy, unforgiving air of the slopes.

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