Bluetooth earbuds exist, but they're not quite as wireless as most people would hope. Often times, these devices feature a cable that spans from one ear piece to the other, connecting the two behind your head. While still more convenient when, for example, running than a wired pair, they'll still a hassle when trying to fall asleep listening to your favorite album, and still advertise to others that you have a headset in.
Starbucks has introduced a new way for its customers to charge up their devices: wireless charging stations. The new offering is rolling out now, having kicked off with the company's San Francisco stores. If you're not in that area and want to take advantage of the feature, you might have to wait a while: the roll out is planned over the next three years.
The tech industry is scrambling to make us all smarter. Electrode-laden headsets have been crafted promising boosts in brain power. Homes are being connected to the wireless hivemind one accessory at a time. Cars are being taught to drive themselves. And amongst it all is the bigger picture as a whole, one that has received comparably less attention but that will affect us all together, for better or worse.
Networking specialist D-Link is slowly but surely filling the market with these little gizmos that add value to your home WiFi network at an affordable price. The latest to join the fray is the DCH-M225, an inconspicuous little box that not only plays music from mobile devices to any connected speaker but even extends your WiFi connection inside the house.
Honeywell is looking to shake off its "old school" reputation with a new smart thermostat, Lyric, promising greater convenience and energy savings by following the patterns of your home, not a preset schedule. Eschewing beige plastic for a slick gloss white and chrome finish and OLED touchscreen controls, Lyric is aimed conspicuously at the sort of audience courted by Google-owned Nest, but takes a different approach to figuring when you need heating or cooling.
If you're one of the few owners of Samsung's wireless multiroom speakers, your audio equipment has just gotten an upgrade. Now these Shape wireless speakers can now be controlled with Spotify's mobile app, allowing users to combine Spotify's selection of music with Samsung's equipment, if you already have it.
SteelSeries has come out with a new game controller for iOS 7 devices, but this time it's thinking big. The SteelSeries Stratus XL is being billed as a full-sized wireless game controller that aims to deliver maximum control and comfort when playing any of those hundreds of compatible iOS games.
Intel's wireless ambitions don't just end at high-speed cable free charging for your ultrabook, with the company also planning to finally launch a WiGig docking system in 2015. WiGig will be an integral part of Intel's Maple Peak wireless system, and will show up alongside certain notebooks and tablets running the Broadwell chips inside Intel's stunning tablet reference design.
This morning Microsoft has released two drivers for their Xbox One controller for PC. This means that if you have an Xbox One wireless controller - the only standard controller for the Xbox One at this time - you can now work with your PC as well.
This week Intel has made clear their intentions to create a wireless PC universe in the year 2016. With their post-Broadwell Intel Core processors, the company will aim for wireless charging in all things. This week the company makes plain their plan to bring systems like magnetic resonance charging to the public.
An anti-Google Glass artist is threatening to cut off the wearable's WiFi over privacy concerns, though the connection cutting project seems to be based more on knee-jerk fear than an understanding of how Glass actually works. The jammer, handiwork of Julian Oliver, runs on a Raspberry Pi with a WiFi adapter and can supposedly spot nearby Glass users on the same network, "deauthorizing" their connection if it finds them. However, Oliver's goal - to prevent Glass from recording video - isn't actually served by the device.