Bluetooth

New Apple mouse, keyboard incoming with Bluetooth LE

New Apple mouse, keyboard incoming with Bluetooth LE

New Apple accessories for desktop computers appear in FCC listings, likely headed for release later this Summer. Today we're seeing two wireless devices, on Apple mouse, the other an Apple wireless keyboard. The keyboard has not had a refresh since 2011 while the mouse (also known as the Magic Mouse) has not had a refresh since the year 2009. It's about time for that to happen. Inside these devices is no longer the Bluetooth 2.1 (BCM2042 inside) they originally came packed with, but Bluetooth 4.2 with Bluetooth LE Low Energy.

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Omate smart ring vibrates only when one specific person calls

Omate smart ring vibrates only when one specific person calls

This certainly isn't the first "smart ring" we've heard of on the tech scene, with many claiming to bring gestures to everything from changing TV channels, responding to messages, and even tracking health data. But by those standards, this new ring from Omate and French fashion brand Emanuel Ungaro may not be that smart. Or rather, it uses its smarts in a very limited capacity. The ring vibrates, notifying the wearer, only when one specified contact is calling the smartphone it's paired with.

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R2-D2’s head will launch as a Bluetooth speaker this month

R2-D2’s head will launch as a Bluetooth speaker this month

There’s no shortage of Star Wars gear, and yet we can never get enough of it. If the rugs, the wall-mounted heads, the knife block, the desk vacuum, and others aren’t enough, later this month ThinkGeek will be launching an exclusive wireless speaker designed to look like R2-D2's head. As far as replicas go, the speaker looks quite similar to the movie rendition, and it even glows. With a twist of one of its knobs, however, the little droid head starts playing music.

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Monster SuperStar BackFloat Review: the best waterproof bluetooth speaker yet

Monster SuperStar BackFloat Review: the best waterproof bluetooth speaker yet

The Monster SuperStar BackFloat speaker is a simple concept - it pumps out the jams while it floats in water. Water to which it is resistant. You can toss it in the pool and not worry about it exploding, shutting down, or otherwise being wrecked. While the price isn't something you're going to want to pay for your everyday average speaker this size, what you receive is immense: reliable, full sound in a package that wont sink when you toss it in the drink.

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Review: Inateck MarsBox wireless speaker — angular and playful

Review: Inateck MarsBox wireless speaker — angular and playful

Inateck has recently launched a trio of new speakers, one of which is the Inateck MarsBox BP2002 wireless speaker. The market has no shortage of wireless speakers, and so finding a way to stand out is imperative. Inateck managed to do that with its unusual, minimalist and vaguely LEGO-like design. The MarsBox features what appears to be two different angular components fused together at offset angles, forming a puzzle-like arrangement joined by four atypical buttons reminiscent of older gamepads. How does it sound? Read our full review to find out!

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Satechi BT Cortana Button lands just in time for Windows 10

Satechi BT Cortana Button lands just in time for Windows 10

One of the big features of Windows 10 that Microsoft has been talking up is the virtual assistant Cortana that will be common across Windows 10 platforms including smartphones and PCs. Satechi has unveiled a product to go along with those Windows 10 devices called the BT Cortana Button. The device is a small black and blue button that users can press to access Cortana without having to turn on the Hey Cortana feature.

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KFC’s new mobile gimmick is a photo-printing bucket

KFC’s new mobile gimmick is a photo-printing bucket

These days, fastfood chains are thinking up of unusual and sometimes bizarre marketing stunts to appeal to today's mobile generation? Remember the Pizza Hut projector box in Hong Kong? Or how about KFC's Bluetooth keyboard food tray? It seems that the latter is at it again. Its Canadian branch will soon be celebrating its 60th anniversary and to honor that memory, it is going to help their devoted customers make their own memories. How? By turning their boring chicken buckets into instant photo printing machine.

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LG Tone Active Bluetooth headset arrives tomorrow

LG Tone Active Bluetooth headset arrives tomorrow

LG has another Bluetooth headset for its LG Tone product lineup — this model is called the LG Tone Active, and as its name suggests, the headset is targeted at the more active users out there. There’s an IPX3 rating, which is a water resistance that is moderate but able to handle exposure to sweat. As with the other LG Tone headsets, the Tone Active features a band that goes around the wearer’s neck and earbuds that snug into the band’s end pieces when stored.

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Plantronics BackBeat SENSE Review – Smarter Bluetooth headphones

Plantronics BackBeat SENSE Review – Smarter Bluetooth headphones

You’re spoiled for choice right now with wireless headphones, but Plantronics is hoping the new BackBeat SENSE can slot in with a mixture of clever tech and everyday flexibility. Lightweight and quietly handsome, they may not have in-your-face branding of some rivals, but they come from a company with a solid track-record both in audio and in wireless devices. Bluetooth offers more than just cutting the cord, mind, and Plantronics claims to be doing more than most with its smart wireless system.

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Moto Hint gets a surprise second-gen update

Moto Hint gets a surprise second-gen update

Motorola has an event coming up on July 28, but ahead of that it has already released an update to its Moto Hint headset. The second generation Moto Hint is both dark and robust, bringing with it some substantial updates that make the already gorgeous earpiece all the more attractive. Chief among them is battery life, which has jumped to 17 hours -- a full 70-percent improvement over the original generation, and far more accommodating of a busy life style.

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G-Tube Bluetooth waterproof speaker can survive the summer

G-Tube Bluetooth waterproof speaker can survive the summer

The summer can be challenging for mobile devices with people going to the lake, beach, or pool. Water and electronics don't go well together typically so if you frequent wet areas you want gear that can survive. A new portable Bluetooth speaker has debuted called the G-Tube that is inside a ruggedized housing that is water resistant.

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Wi-Fi Aware: your router knows you’re near

Wi-Fi Aware: your router knows you’re near

The Wi-Fi Alliance reveals their next Wi-Fi CERTIFIED service - Wi-Fi Aware. This certification program from the Wi-Fi Alliance is for a technology that works with your smartphone's built-in Wi-Fi sensing capabilities, allowing Wi-Fi Aware devices to discover one-another before they even make a Wi-Fi connection. In one sense this technology is similar to Bluetooth Beacons, sending your smartphone information when you get close enough to them to speak with them wirelessly. While Bluetooth beacons have been in testing for several years, Wi-fi Aware is brand new.

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