Wireless

Facebook WiFi offers in-store internet if you check-in

Facebook WiFi offers in-store internet if you check-in

Facebook and Cisco have teamed up to offer free WiFi in select stores, restaurants, and other public locations, aiming to get weary shoppers online in return for a Facebook check-in and some anonymized demographic data. The Cisco Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX) for Facebook Wi-Fi may have an unwieldy name, but it could get you online in a pinch if the social site and networking company have their way, with the promise of participating locations spreading between now and the holidays.

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Bluetooth, Wi-Fi standards to eclipse proprietary wireless medical monitoring by 2018

Bluetooth, Wi-Fi standards to eclipse proprietary wireless medical monitoring by 2018

Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and other standardized wireless protocols are set to trump proprietary wireless protocols in mobile medical devices by 2018, says a new ABI report. This follows the proliferation of consumer smartphones, tablets, workout monitors, inhalers and other devices, reflecting the desire of consumers and health professionals to make it easier to integrate remote health reporting systems with familiar electronics.

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Libratone Loop wireless speaker unveiled with wall-mounting option

Libratone Loop wireless speaker unveiled with wall-mounting option

Libratone, maker of the column-shaped portable Zipp speaker we reviewed last year, has unveiled another wool-covered speaker option: the Libratone Loop. With the latest speaker, users are again provided with a wireless connectivity option, but wall-mounting has been added into the mix, allowing the speaker to be fixed to a wall in addition to being placed on a flat surface.

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Steam Controller revealed: the missing link for SteamOS

Steam Controller revealed: the missing link for SteamOS

The third of three binding announcements has been made this week surrounding Valve's big move toward living room gaming: SteamOS, Steam Machines, and now the Steam Controller. This machine is a next-generation solution to the relatively stagnant state of gaming controllers in the market today, working with two large trackpads, haptic feedback, and a touchscreen in the middle. There are a total of 16 buttons and/or pads on this single controller, and it'll be entirely wireless, too.

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Stir Kinetic Desk hands-on: The standing desk gets smart

Stir Kinetic Desk hands-on: The standing desk gets smart

The average work surface is covered in smart devices - laptop, smartphone, tablet, maybe a wearable or two like Fitbit or UP - but Stir's Kinetic Desk asks could the desk itself be smarter? That's the approach startup Stir is taking, founded by a former member of Apple's iPod team, and promising great things from its first product, the world's only smart, connected desk. As far away from the average height-adjustable desk as your iPhone is from a rotary phone, the Kinetic Desk not only knows when you're working, it figures out when you should be standing up or sitting down, and gently motions to suggest a change in posture, all controlled by an embedded touchscreen in the hand-finished tabletop itself. We caught up with founder and CEO JP Labrosse to find out more.

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Apple TV one-tap setup from iPhone quietly capitalizes on Bluetooth LE

Apple TV one-tap setup from iPhone quietly capitalizes on Bluetooth LE

Apple has added one-tap instant setup to the Apple TV, using Bluetooth LE and an iOS 7 device to automatically load WiFi network and Apple ID information to the streaming set-top box. Quietly introduced today, the new feature appears to have been enabled in Apple TV OS 6.0 - re-released earlier this week - and helps new Apple TV owners to avoid punching in setup details such as complex WiFi passwords with the bundled remote.

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DVDO AIR3 WirelessHD adapter delivers 1080p60 content over MHL

DVDO AIR3 WirelessHD adapter delivers 1080p60 content over MHL

DVDO has announced the AIR3, which is being touted as the industry's first 60GHz Wireless HD adapter with support for both MHL and HDMI connectivity. Or more specifically, the DVDO AIR3 is a wireless adapter that will allow the user to push 1080p60 HD content from HDMI and DVI as well as from smartphones and tablets that are equipped with MHL support. DVDO is pushing the AIR3 as being good for gamers as well as for those looking to stream video without having to string cables across the room.

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Grace Digital Bluetooth receivers make ancient speakers usable again

Grace Digital Bluetooth receivers make ancient speakers usable again

This week there's a couple of new devices arriving from Grace Digital that may very well be the one thing that makes that ancient set of speakers you've been keeping in the garage worth the years of nagging from your significant other. Why don't you get rid of those old things? You're never going to use them, everything is wireless these days! Here's why: the GDI-BTAR122 (24 watt) and GDI-BTAR502 (100 watt) from Grace Digital work with Bluetooth 4.0 and connect to your old speakers - like the future attaching to the past, so to speak.

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Honeywell WiFi Smart Thermostat adds voice control for Nest rebuke

Honeywell WiFi Smart Thermostat adds voice control for Nest rebuke

Honeywell may not have the sort of geek-kudos Nest does, but it's aiming to change that with a new voice-controlled touchscreen thermostat that hooks into the cloud. The Honeywell WiFi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control is fronted by a finger-friendly color display, but by saying "Hello, thermostat" it can also be controlled by naturally phrased speech commands such as "make it much cooler."

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