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Amazon Alexa will soon track down your keys with just a few words

Amazon Alexa will soon track down your keys with just a few words

We've all been there. You're in a hurry to get out the door, and you can't find your keys. You just saw them. They were on the counter, or was it your dresser? And it's in that moment that you think about attaching some device to your key ring that will let you find them, regardless of how well-hidden they might be. Well soon, Amazon might let you find your keys just by asking where they are, out loud.

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Switchmate’s DIY-free wireless light upgrade hits stores in May

Switchmate’s DIY-free wireless light upgrade hits stores in May

Renter-friendly ways for a smart home upgrade are few and far between, but lighting at least is getting a blast of the IoT, no screwdrivers required. Glowing from its successful crowdfunding campaign last year, Switchmate is finally bringing its Bluetooth-connected adapter for your existing light switches to market.

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Beoplay A1 Bluetooth speaker promises more bass on the go

Beoplay A1 Bluetooth speaker promises more bass on the go

BeoPlay has a new portable Bluetooth speaker that is designed to both allow you to listen to your favorite music wherever you are and to act as a speakerphone. With a speakerphone, you don’t have to keep your mobile crammed against your ear and multiple people can join in on a group call. The portable speaker is called the Beoplay A1 and its design delivers 360-degree sound.

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Let’s Try HTC Vive “Phone Companion” in VR

Let’s Try HTC Vive “Phone Companion” in VR

Those of you worried about being left unaware when you receive a phone call or a text in virtual reality should worry no more. The HTC Vive Phone Companion app has launched - and we've given it a try. What you're about to see is how simple the app is and how effective it's going to be when it comes to giving you a heads-up when your friends are about to barge in your room right after they've given you a call.

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Amazon Tap Review – Alexa’s not listening

Amazon Tap Review – Alexa’s not listening

Amazon landed with a splash in the smart home space, the Echo smart speaker opening our eyes to the potential of voice control, and Alexa hasn't stopped accelerating since. Now Echo has a baby sibling, Amazon Tap, a Bluetooth speaker that allows you to take Alexa on the move with you. At $129.99 it's fifty bucks cheaper than Echo, not to mention untethered from an outlet, though there have been some compromises made along the way.

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Ryobi garage door opener uses plug-and-play modules to do more

Ryobi garage door opener uses plug-and-play modules to do more

Typically, a garage door opener does one thing; it opens the garage door for you. Ryobi has a new garage door opener that opens the door and ads functionality to your garage via plug and play modules that can be added and removed as needed. The garage door opener can be fitted with modules that add things like carbon monoxide sensors, wireless speakers, fans, or parking assistants.

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Plantronics Voyager 5200 Review – A headset for the unpredictable

Plantronics Voyager 5200 Review – A headset for the unpredictable

The Bluetooth headset might not be the first accessory you think of when considering the "extreme" lifestyle, but Plantronics believes you're missing out. Its new Voyager 5200 picks up where the Voyager Legend left off, boosting microphone performance for tough and changeable conditions, and improving ergonomics for all-day use.

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Plantronics BackBeat GO 3 first-impressions

Plantronics BackBeat GO 3 first-impressions

Usually, with headphones you have a choice: the convenience of Bluetooth and no wires, or the audio quality of wired, but the fuss of cords and cables in your pocket or bag. Plantronics believes its latest wireless headphones address that, with the BackBeat GO 3 offering not only lengthy runtimes - and even more if you pair them with the optional charging pouch - but the promise of far improved sound over rivals.

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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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