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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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Samsung Level Active aims at Jaybird

Samsung Level Active aims at Jaybird

When it comes to earbuds for the active folks out there one of the most popular names is Jaybird. Samsung wants in on the market that Jaybird plays in and to grab some of that market Samsung has a new product in the works according to rumors and Bluetooth SIG. The name of the device is Samsung Level Active and Bluetooth SIG lists the model number as EO-BG930.

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My iPhone 7 Wishlist in 3 parts (Not Just Android)

My iPhone 7 Wishlist in 3 parts (Not Just Android)

Today in light of the surprising lack of iPhone leaks and relative deluge of details we've seen unofficially so far, I'd like to share what I'm hopeful for in a new iPhone. The next iPhone, one we'll safely assume will be called iPhone 7, will be a device - I hope - of unparalleled processing power and battery life. It'll have a better camera and a slightly modified body, and of course it'll have a display that's better than before. But what's more than that, most important to me - it'll have a little more freedom.

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O6 rotary controller frees your eyes, lets your fingers do the work

O6 rotary controller frees your eyes, lets your fingers do the work

While we spend a lot of time on our smartphones, a good majority of the actions we do usually require no more than a few seconds of tapping. Those, however, require us to look at the screen, even for a short while, which can sometimes be dangerous. Voice control tries to mitigate that, but not all actions, or voices for that matter, can be accommodated. That is why Fingertips Lab, a company formed by former GM Innovation head P.K. Mishra, is introducing O6 ("oh-six"), a wireless rotary controller that lets your fingers do the talking, leaving your eyes free from distraction and keeping you out of danger.

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Ultimate Ears Roll 2 Review – Louder, longer

Ultimate Ears Roll 2 Review – Louder, longer

In a world of square or cylindrical Bluetooth speakers, Ultimate Ears' circular Roll 2 stands out, freshly updated for 2016 for music-lovers on the move. The form-factor is the same, a saucer-sized disk of tough fabric and rubber with a handy bungee cord loop on the back, it's still waterproof to IPX7, and so is the price, $99.99. Inside, therefore, are where the main changes have happened.

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Jaybird Freedom Wireless Bluetooth earbuds rock metal body

Jaybird Freedom Wireless Bluetooth earbuds rock metal body

Jaybird has unveiled a new set of earbuds called the Freedom Wireless Bluetooth buds. These earbuds are the fifth generation of wireless offerings from the company and promise style, sound, and comfort in a single package. Freedom earbuds feature a sandblasted metal accented housing rather than the plastic common to this type of earbuds.

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Battery Base for Amazon Echo lets you take it on the go

Battery Base for Amazon Echo lets you take it on the go

If you are one of the many folks who find that Amazon Echo to be a useful device for all sorts of things might have wished you could take Echo with you on the go. In fact, back in January rumors were swirling that Amazon was working on a portable version of Echo just for this group of users. Mission Power has unveiled a new accessory for the Amazon Echo called the Battery Base for Echo.

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McDonald’s turns food tray into a music production app

McDonald’s turns food tray into a music production app

Food trays at fast food restaurants are designed to do one thing: get your food to a table in an easy and quick manner. But as our digital age progresses, it's time for these plastic trays to start doing more. Last year we saw KFC turn them into Bluetooth keyboards so you can keep your greasy fingers off your phone's screen. Now it's McDonald’s turn, and they've turned the tray into a mini music production tool.

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