Bluetooth

Musical Fidelity Merlin 1 gives vinyl a Bluetooth chaser

Musical Fidelity Merlin 1 gives vinyl a Bluetooth chaser

Vinyl enthusiasts may not have a reputation for embracing modern technology, but Musical Fidelity clearly believes at least some record lovers are willing to entertain more than one way to get their audio fix. The new Merlin 1 system is built around the British company's Round Table turntable, but the companion digital amp not only caters for vinyl but supports Bluetooth aptX streaming for pulling over digital music from a phone or tablet, among other sources.

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Bluetooth 4.2 will get faster, more private [UPDATE]

Bluetooth 4.2 will get faster, more private [UPDATE]

One of the most-used connections between your smart devices is about to get a whole lot faster and more secure. The folks at the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) officially adopted a new standard of Bluetooth technology, Bluetooth 4.2. Bluetooth is now in nearly every smartphone and tablet on the market, and with this new specification, the technology can expand before devices are even at the point at which developers have found use-cases. The next generation of Bluetooth devices - coming as soon as this Spring, in some cases, will have more secure connections, faster connections, and a more diverse portfolio of connectivity options.

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South Korea: $27k fine, 3 yrs in jail for unregistered ‘selfie-sticks’

South Korea: $27k fine, 3 yrs in jail for unregistered ‘selfie-sticks’

Selfie-taking South Koreans have one-upped the rest of the world with the rapid popularity of "selfie-sticks," or low-tech solutions to improving self-portraits taken with our high-tech phones while in public. But now the country is getting ready to crack down on the tools, even making them illegal. For becoming public nuisances? For being used as weapons? No, it's simply because they're unregistered Bluetooth devices.

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StoneTether: a tiny long-range Bluetooth tracker

StoneTether: a tiny long-range Bluetooth tracker

We've seen different types of Bluetooth trackers over time, some being simplistic, others more complicated. StoneTether seeks to make a name for itself amongst these, doing so with a mixture of tiny size and long-range tracking capabilities that lets users locate items even if they're a fair distance away. Says the maker, StoneTether has a 500ft. range via an integrated antenna, and it works in conjunction with a related app (iOS and Android). The app works to advise users before something is lost, sending alerts when the user moves away from a tagged device -- or, alternatively, if a tagged device is moving away from the user.

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GoGlove wants to make your smartphone talk to the hand

GoGlove wants to make your smartphone talk to the hand

One of the oft cited drawbacks of a purely touchscreen world is that smartphones and tablets become nigh unusable with just fingers in cold regions or weather because gloves that would keep our hands from falling off from frostbite also get in the way of touch interfaces. Of course, there are styluses, but those are easy to lose or drop and some prefer to use their hands. Enter GoGlove, a Kickstarter glove that promises to let you control your smartphone while keeping your fingers cozy and warm.

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Helios Bluetooth headphones use solar power to juice up

Helios Bluetooth headphones use solar power to juice up

Bluetooth headphones offer the distinct convenience of shedding the audio cable and allowing users to listen to their music unshackled. That convenience disappears, however, once the battery runs low, which requires you to plug them back in until there's enough power to go wireless again. Exod's Helios headphones address this by adding solar charging into the mix, allowing users to leave the device in sunlight when not in use to charge back up the internal battery, no cables necessary.

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Ohm Bluetooth Speaker doubles as wireless charger

Ohm Bluetooth Speaker doubles as wireless charger

Joining its recent slew of new products comes a new audio device from Quirky, the Ohm Bluetooth Speaker. The unit won't be shipping until December 10, but interested parties can pre-order it now from the company's website for $169.99 USD. As far as speakers go, the Ohm isn't terribly notable -- what sets it apart is the base, which includes a wireless charger to power up any device that supports Qi charging units. There's a USB cable to join it, something expected considering many devices still don't support wireless charging, as well as an integrated battery for portable use.

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Motorola Keylink can find, unlock your phone via BLE

Motorola Keylink can find, unlock your phone via BLE

Witha ll they have going on, Motorola has pushed out some pretty impressive devices and accessories. Their DROID Turbo hides a beastly battery, and the Moto X (2014) is a nice upgrade form the original. Motorola also has some decent bluetooth earbuds on offer, and now have another bluetooth accessory that will appeal to a broader audience. The Motorola Keylink is a key chain that links to your phone via Bluetooth, and can be activated from up to 100 feet away. That’s not all it does, though.

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The “Nutshell” Wearable Focus Pod: peak nonsense

The “Nutshell” Wearable Focus Pod: peak nonsense

The term "wearable" should summon several thoughts in your mind, right off the bat. "Apple Watch" or "iWatch" is probably one of them, followed by "smartwatch" and on to "another one of those devices I want, but don't know why." This week a device setup designed by a student from the School of Visual Arts has come to light, one called "Nutshell." This device consists of a a light material "shell," a headphone-enabled helmet, and an app. Together they create a relaxing experience for you in any environment.

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