Wireless

Apple buys low-power wireless specialist Passif Semiconductor

Apple buys low-power wireless specialist Passif Semiconductor

Apple has acquired Passif Semiconductor, a low-power wireless chip specialist with a product range that includes Bluetooth LE support for wearables like smartwatches. The deal, confirmed by Jessica Lessin and AllThingsD, has been confirmed by Apple, but no financial details - nor examples of what the Cupertino company intends to do with the wireless expertise - have been revealed.

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Omate TrueSmart smartwatch bringing dual-core Android with a camera

Omate TrueSmart smartwatch bringing dual-core Android with a camera

While the current pre-production iteration of the Omate TrueSmart smartwatch might not be the most flashy wearable to appear this year, the proposition made by the company for a full-powered Android smart device is certainly enticing. This device works with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and a dual-core processor as well as Bluetooth, meaning you'll not only be able to connect to your smartphone (or Google Glass, why not), you'll be able to run Android apps galore.

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Nokia “Treasure Tag” will keep your keys in place with Bluetooth and NFC

Nokia “Treasure Tag” will keep your keys in place with Bluetooth and NFC

There's an accessory line in the making said to be coming from Nokia in the form of a so-called "Treasure Tag" NFC dongle. This device has been tipped to The Verge as an invention strikingly similar to what we've seen from Tile, bringing NFC-enabled miniature pieces of plastic that attach to your every beloved device and valuable. Here with Treasure Tag, Nokia will allow you to track a collection of tags in real time, using none other than Nokia Lumia devices' LiveSight app to track these tags in augmented reality.

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NFC ring aims to open doors, literally

NFC ring aims to open doors, literally

It's not the first time we've seen NFC embedded in odd products - the folks at Geak have even tried to make ring of their own - but here with John McLear's invention, uses appear unlimited. Here with what's called - quite simply - "NFC Ring", McLear suggests that you'll be able to do anything a standard NFC tag would be able to to, including linking to webpages, sharing codes and URLs, and sending commands to phones (just so long as they've got the right app to do so). What's not to like?

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Google TV is not dead: Chromecast will co-exist

Google TV is not dead: Chromecast will co-exist

Do not worry that your Google TV will be losing support now that Chromecast has been introduced - on the contrary. This week none other than Google's Sundar Pichai spoke up in an interview confirming and denying several points on Chromecast specifically, making clear the idea that Google TV and Chromecast will exist as separate entities. In fact, Pichai, explained, Google TV will continue to expand as "full-fledged Android for television", complete with Chromecast support.

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Google providing free WiFi in San Francisco parks

Google providing free WiFi in San Francisco parks

If there's anything better than WiFi, it's free WiFi, but that's usually hard to come by in public places, but that's quickly changing. San Francisco has been desperately trying to get with the times for a few years now, and thanks to a large chunk of money donated from Google, the city will be implementing WiFi into its public parks.

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Chromecast hits $35 price point, aims to connect TV to the web this week

Chromecast hits $35 price point, aims to connect TV to the web this week

This week the folks a Google have introduced a re-birth of the TV-connected smart device Nexus Q with a dongle called "Chromecast". This device connects through your television's standard HDMI port, connects to the web via Wi-Fi, and is controlled by a wide variety of devices, including Android, iOS, Chrome for Windows, Chrome for OS X, and Chrome OS on the Chromebook Pixel.

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