Wireless

Apple knows how to make iPhone antennas invisible

Apple knows how to make iPhone antennas invisible

Radio waves may not pass through metal, but Apple is developing new materials that could look like aluminum even as they play nice with LTE and WiFi networks. The distinctive strips running around the edges and across the rear of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are a necessary evil, given the interference a fully-metal chassis would introduce to the wireless tech a smartphone relies upon. However, a freshly-filed Apple patent suggests a fix could be on the way, and it could have big implications for MacBooks, too.

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Did Apple dash Dre’s dream of a Beats Sonos-rival?

Did Apple dash Dre’s dream of a Beats Sonos-rival?

Apple axed Beats' ambitions of a wireless home audio system to rival Sonos, insiders say, with the rumored project iced in the aftermath of the acquisition. Beats Electronics had been working on a speaker system which would upgrade its existing range from Bluetooth-alone to supporting multiroom synchronized playback over WiFi, among other things, Variety's sources suggest, but a supposed combination of technical hurdles and dwindling confidence left the concept in limbo.

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Oculus Touch: up close with the next-gen VR controller

Oculus Touch: up close with the next-gen VR controller

Today Oculus announced Oculus Touch, a set of wireless controllers that allow the user to see gestures and movement in virtual reality. While the latest software for Oculus Rift did include visions of virtual reality hands, Oculus suggested today that they needed to go a step further. Beginning their special Oculus Rift event out with word that the headset would ship with an Xbox One controller, they went on to show a couple of hand-held joysticks with halos around them. This is the controller setup that'll usher in the future, so they suggest.

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Phiaton BT 100 NC wireless headphones bring noise cancellation

Phiaton BT 100 NC wireless headphones bring noise cancellation

Phiaton has introduced its new BT 100 NC headphones, a pair of wireless earbuds designed for those who need to listen to music in loud places, or who want to use the headphones while being active. The set is wireless and able to deliver notification alerts using vibration (which is felt through the band). There’s also NFC joining the Bluetooth, and noise cancellation functionality that can be toggled on and off. The run time will depend on whether that noise cancellation feature is being used, but up to 12 hours on a charge is available, placing it toward the high-end in the market in terms of battery life.

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Logitech K400 Plus keyboard wants a spot on your sofa

Logitech K400 Plus keyboard wants a spot on your sofa

Set-top boxes and smart TVs may have proliferated, but sometimes there's nothing quite like the flexibility to hooking your PC up to the big screen, and now Logitech has the keyboard to completely the pairing. The Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 Plus is, perhaps unsurprisingly, a relative of the company's original Wireless Touch Keyboard K400, pairing a touchpad with a full QWERTY layout and 33 feet of range.

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Apple HomeKit’s newest Hue addition is retrofit

Apple HomeKit’s newest Hue addition is retrofit

The Philips Hue ecosystem will be fit with Apple HomeKit capabilities this Autumn, including both systems old and new. Philips Hue has suggested that they "will help existing users to upgrade their system" and will be updating "all existing Hue light sources" to be "made compatible with HomeKit." If that's not good news for those Hue users looking to work with HomeKit in the future, I don't know what is. Come this September, this system will be sent up in full detail. For now, Philips is preparing their system for full compatibility.

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Android Pay to battle Apple Pay worldwide

Android Pay to battle Apple Pay worldwide

Today at Google I/O 2015 the company revealed Android Pay, a replacement for their already in-place Google Wallet system. This payment method will work with Android devices and "is an open platform" according to Google. You'll be able to activate this system with your bank's information or Google's, and you'll see this system pre-installed on devices coming in the United States from AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile USA. This system will effectively replace the payment system Android devices have been shipping with for years - Google Wallet.

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Lenovo Cast: a puck-shaped Chromecast competitor

Lenovo Cast: a puck-shaped Chromecast competitor

There's the Chromecast (check out our review) and the litany of casting devices that have come in its wake, and now Lenovo can be counted among them. Today the company has taken the wraps off its new Lenovo Cast, a puck-shaped wireless hub compatible with just about any Miracast or DLNA device; it can be connected with any display that supports HDMI, as you'd expect, and serves to cast content from gadget to display.

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JBL Clip+ and Charge 2+ Bluetooth speakers unveiled

JBL Clip+ and Charge 2+ Bluetooth speakers unveiled

JBL, the audio company that recently had 16 speakers and two subwoofers squeezed into a Smart car, has taken the wraps off two new speakers: the JBL Clip+ and the JBL Charge 2+. Both are wireless speakers offering connectivity over Bluetooth, with the Clip+ featuring a hooked top and the Charge 2+ a long cylindrical design. Each speaker brings with it its own features, though the Charge 2+ is no doubt the higher end of the two. Both are up for order now, though the Clip+ won't be shipping again until September.

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