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Saving the IoT from WiFi with Particle’s Electron

Saving the IoT from WiFi with Particle’s Electron

The Internet of Things might seem pretty ubiquitous at this point, but there are still headaches in getting things connected. Most internet-linked devices rely on WiFi, and though that's common in homes and increasingly in offices (though the latter might be ruled by a draconian IT department), out in the wild it can be harder to find consistently.

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Bluetooth web connections will put your smart home online

Bluetooth web connections will put your smart home online

This week the folks in charge of Bluetooth have announced connectivity to the web without the need for smartphones or tablets. A new "architecture standard" is being set in place, allowing developers to send an update to Bluetooth devices that'd eventually allow them to access the web without the need for a smartphone as a conduit. That's right. Soon you'll be able to turn your coffee maker on without even being inside your house.

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Apple might be planning light-based Li-Fi wireless for iPhones

Apple might be planning light-based Li-Fi wireless for iPhones

Some people dig for gold. Others dig for ancient artifacts. Still other dig through every bit of code, even those normally indecipherable to humans, to glean a different kind of treasure: the digital kind. That was what Twitter user Chase Fromm was doing when he came across a reference to "LiFiCapability" among the other hardware and software capabilities that iOS 9.1 advertises. This hints that Apple might be planning to introduce support for that Li-Fi wireless communication technology sometime in the near future of iOS and iPhones.

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Cleer DU Wireless dual driver Bluetooth headphones unveiled

Cleer DU Wireless dual driver Bluetooth headphones unveiled

Cleer has introduced its new DU Wireless headphones, a model it says is the first HD dual driver wireless Bluetooth unit of its kind. The headphones combine a stylish, modern design with support for high quality audio. There’s AAC/AptX version 4.0 lossless connectivity coupled with a pair of 40mm neodymium drivers, a quick charge feature, LED indicator, and more.

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Anova Precision Cooker WiFi Review

Anova Precision Cooker WiFi Review

Anova's first consumer sous-vide was a touchscreen-topped wand both credited with helping the fashionable cooking style broach a broader market and criticized for being a little confusing. The follow-up Precision Cooker Bluetooth dialed back the display to a couple of temperature read-outs, added a literal dial for local control, and threw in short-range wireless to link with your phone. Now there's the Precision Cooker WiFi.

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Sennheiser AVX Wireless Microphone Review

Sennheiser AVX Wireless Microphone Review

The video world might currently be enchanted with Ultra HD, but skimp on sound and all the pixels in the world won't save you. Enter Sennheiser with the AVX System, a prosumer wireless microphone setup which promises to not only raise your audio game but do it without channel-hunting headaches or messing with levels.

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Razer Leviathan Mini Review

Razer Leviathan Mini Review

Inside the Razer Leviathan Mini you're going to get some deep, booming sound. That's for certain. If you connect this speaker to your Android device, you'll be able to say "OK Google" to it just fine - it uses what Razer calls "Clear Voice Capture" technology - you can use it as a speakerphone for your phone, too. But what is the Razer Leviathan Mini best at? Audio for your TV? Not so much. Wireless music. Wireless music in twos.

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Moscow to install public WiFi…in cemeteries

Moscow to install public WiFi…in cemeteries

Moscow plans to expand its number of public WiFi networks by installing additional hotspots in the city’s cemeteries. The hotspots will be free to use, and are set to go live next year in the Novodevichy, Vagankovo, and Troyekurovo cemeteries. The selected cemeteries are each notable for the well-known individuals buried in them, making them so-called “open-air museums.” The networks will, hopefully, help visitors learn more about the people buried there.

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TrackR Atlas maps your home, tracks your items

TrackR Atlas maps your home, tracks your items

Using a set of Bluetooth tracking devices and your phone, the TrackR Atlas system keeps aims to keep your most important belongings from getting lost. This is what the Internet of Things is all about. The folks at TrackR have created Bluetooth tags in the past, but now - with the TrackR Atlas, you'll be able to keep track of a large number of items at once with a relatively simple app and a plug. TrackR Atlas plugs into your wall power socket and takes up just one space - tiny and neat.

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No contract, but a $20 fee for new Verizon phone lines

No contract, but a $20 fee for new Verizon phone lines

Pesky fees are nothing new in the cell phone industry. It seems like for every action you take, there is some kind of fee attached to it. When Verizon first announced their new contract-free plans, it was refreshing to see a lack of activation fees attached to them. Unfortunately it looks like that is no longer the case.

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Bluetooth range to quadruple in 2016 as IoT war escalates

Bluetooth range to quadruple in 2016 as IoT war escalates

Bluetooth is set to get faster and deliver whole-home range, without a hit on battery life, as the race to own interconnects in the IoT gets fiercer. The Bluetooth Smart roadmap for 2016 has been previewed today by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), and if your preconception of the wireless connection is of short-range links between your phone and a wireless headset, it might be time to reconsider.

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Qualcomm: 11ad wireless docks due 2015 for Snapdragon 820

Qualcomm: 11ad wireless docks due 2015 for Snapdragon 820

Is it finally the time for wireless docks to come of age? Qualcomm believes so, with the first 802.11ad WiGig docks based on the company's technology potentially going on sale before the year is out. The chipmaker showed off its newest WiGig tech alongside the Snapdragon 820 in New York City today, baking a tri-wireless chipset into a compact desktop router that could turn a smartphone into a desktop replacement.

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