Bluetooth

Apple outs iBeacon specs (and they’re Android-agnostic)

Apple outs iBeacon specs (and they’re Android-agnostic)

Apple has detailed its specifications for iBeacon, its Bluetooth LE indoor location-based services platform, though exact details of the system are still locked down by the Cupertino firm's demands for secrecy. The specifications have been released under NDA, BEEKn reports, though according to information from those familiar with them predominantly concern how iBeacon devices will be branded, not how they are technically different from other Bluetooth LE transmitters.

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Sony SmartBand starts lifelogging from March

Sony SmartBand starts lifelogging from March

Sony has confirmed launch plans for its "Core" fitness wearable revealed at CES last month, now dubbed the Sony SmartBand SWR10 and expected to hit shelves - along with a new Lifelog app - in March. Back at CES Sony was relatively coy about what the "Core" would do, only showing off the Bluetooth LE-connected hardware and the different colored wristbands it could slot into. Now we know that it's the company's play to expand health wearables beyond simply tracking fitness.

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Huawei TalkBand B1 wearable packs pull-out headset

Huawei TalkBand B1 wearable packs pull-out headset

The wearables market is getting crowded, so Huawei is adding a pull-out Bluetooth headset to its new TalkBand B1 wristband to better differentiate it. Announced at MWC 2014, the TalkBand B1 is fronted by a 1.4-inch flexible OLED display which shows how many steps you've taken and how many calories you're burning off. However, the same screen can also flash up Caller ID, at which point you can pop out the headset and answer the call.

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Plantronics Voyager Edge hands-on

Plantronics Voyager Edge hands-on

Plantronics' latest Bluetooth headset, the Voyager Edge, wants to be all things to all people. Slotting into the company's Voyager range - known for their excellent performance but, even Plantronics admits, somewhat "call center" appearance - but with the style of the more consumer-centric Discovery range, the Voyager Edge is also Plantronics' first real attempt to reposition Bluetooth headsets as smart wearables, not just accessories. We caught up with the company to try the Voyager Edge out and see what makes it so special.

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Plantronics BackBeat FIT sports headset hands-on

Plantronics BackBeat FIT sports headset hands-on

Plantronics has brought its latest sports stereo Bluetooth headset to MWC 2014, promising no tangled cords and up to eight hours of music playback. Following on from the well-esteemed BackBeat GO 2 earbuds of last year, the new BackBeat FIT uses a flexible rubber headband that can be twisted and scrunched up in a rucksack or pocket without tangling, while a reflective strip around it helps with visibility on nighttime runs.

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Cuff merges fashion and tech with Bluetooth jewelry

Cuff merges fashion and tech with Bluetooth jewelry

Wearable technology has quickly gained traction over the past couple years, and consumers now have access to a variety of wristband-based items: smartwatches and fitness trackers being the most notable. These items, while handy, aren't the most classy devices you can wear, and tend to stick out among regular jewelry, something that doesn't appeal to some potential users. That's where Cuff comes in.

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Brighter beacons: Up close with Qualcomm’s Gimbal for Apple Stores

Brighter beacons: Up close with Qualcomm’s Gimbal for Apple Stores

With Gimbal, Qualcomm has a device that breaks quite a few molds. Open source, secure, and conceptually cool, Gimbal has the ability to actually make a difference in your day-to-day life. If you’re one to shop at an Apple Store, chances are you already know just how sublimely smooth the Gimbal experience can be. We sat down with Kevin Hunter, Qualcomm’s Senior Director of Product Management for Retail Solutions, to find out just how Gimbal makes it happen, both for retailers and consumers.

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