Goodbye rats' nest of cables: hello Intel 6th-gen Core. Not satisfied with putting more grunt, better graphics, and lower power consumption into its latest chips, Intel is declaring renewed war on cables and ports with Skylake, envisioning a brave new world of no wires for displays, charging, or docking your laptop or tablet.
The car business is changing at a rapid rate, due in no small part to more technology integration. Companies like Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile are all vying for control over the car business, reasoning that people are in cars, desiring of services, and with their networks, they can provide it. For years, T-Mobile and AT&T have made their play for the car industry by partnering with carmakers and delivering in-car Wi-Fi. T-Mobile, for instance, provides in-car Wi-Fi for Audi, allowing users who want to pay each month the ability to have a built-in Wi-Fi experience from within their vehicle. AT&T offers similar options with its own contracts with carmakers.
Would-be payments disrupter Coin has announced Coin 2.0, the second generation of its connected card, adding NFC but potentially pushing back deliveries for some still waiting on the first. As before, Coin 2.0 can register multiple credit, debit, and other cards, and has a built-in display to cycle between them while in the store. However, whereas swiping to pay through a magnetic reader was the only way to actually complete the transaction before, now contactless payments are supported.
Sony is proudly continuing the Japanese trend of combining two random, unrelated products into one. The latest example is their newly announced SRS-LSR100, a wireless speaker that basically has a television remote on top. The idea behind the device is that users bring the TV's audio closer to them, while still being able to change the channel. You know, like the remote that comes with the TV set does.
The writing has been on the wall for almost a year now, but it doesn't make this latest development any less disconcerting. Karma will be shutting down its WiMAX network come November 6, as it had already hinted last year. Understandably, that will require existing users to upgrade their devices to the new LTE-enabled Karma Go. But if that weren't inconvenient enough, they will practically be paying for it with the same price tag that they paid for when they bought the original Karma little less than 2 years ago.
Yamaha has just announced it's getting into the multi-room audio system market with its new MusicCast system, complete with support for several lossless music formats. The company says it is introducing MusicCast with integration into more than 20 products, including all but one of their receivers for 2015, along with sound bars, monitors, and speakers. The system will support streaming from a number of sources via WiFi and Bluetooth.
The modern world is full of funny new terms that speak of situations facilitated by the gadgets we carry around with us. The new word buzzing around is 'cyberflashing', and some are saying the first of such incidents has taken place via a lone pervert using AirDrop. Reportedly, the suspect used Apple's AirDrop to send unsolicited indecent pictures (it is unclear whether they were images of the suspect) to a passenger on a train in London. Police say they have investigated the matter.
There’s no shortage of Star Wars gear, and yet we can never get enough of it. If the rugs, the wall-mounted heads, the knife block, the desk vacuum, and others aren’t enough, later this month ThinkGeek will be launching an exclusive wireless speaker designed to look like R2-D2's head. As far as replicas go, the speaker looks quite similar to the movie rendition, and it even glows. With a twist of one of its knobs, however, the little droid head starts playing music.
Inateck has recently launched a trio of new speakers, one of which is the Inateck MarsBox BP2002 wireless speaker. The market has no shortage of wireless speakers, and so finding a way to stand out is imperative. Inateck managed to do that with its unusual, minimalist and vaguely LEGO-like design. The MarsBox features what appears to be two different angular components fused together at offset angles, forming a puzzle-like arrangement joined by four atypical buttons reminiscent of older gamepads. How does it sound? Read our full review to find out!
You’re spoiled for choice right now with wireless headphones, but Plantronics is hoping the new BackBeat SENSE can slot in with a mixture of clever tech and everyday flexibility. Lightweight and quietly handsome, they may not have in-your-face branding of some rivals, but they come from a company with a solid track-record both in audio and in wireless devices. Bluetooth offers more than just cutting the cord, mind, and Plantronics claims to be doing more than most with its smart wireless system.
Google has launched Eddystone, a new open-source Bluetooth LE beacon platform which plays nicely with iOS, Android, and other OSes. Aiming to power a new age of location-based services, as well as give those responsible for managing a flock of Bluetooth beacons the tools to make sure they're working properly, Eddystone arrives with two main features: telling mobile devices exactly where they are and what's nearby, and linking a physical location with online data.