The Moto 360 is expected at Google I/O this week, at least to make an appearance if not be part of a giveaway. Many questions have circulated about the incoming wearable, which has captured our imaginations with its classic round face. A new FCC filing gives us many more details on how it will charge, or at least what capabilities it has.
This week the folks at DISH have announced the Wireless Joey. This system allows you to bring the Joey system with you anywhere, having no need for the coaxial or Ethernet wiring of yore. This is the first Whole-Home HD DVR system made by DISH to connect to a dedicated 802.11ac (wi-fi) access point.
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.