Western Digital, which makes data storage solutions, among other things, is finally bringing its external hard drives to the wireless age. With the aptly named My Passport Wireless, users will no longer have to worry about running out of storage on their mobile device or digital camera, even when they didn't bring their USB cable spool along with them.
Logitech has launched a new Bluetooth keyboard for the gadget-unfaithful, with the Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480 able to switch between three different devices at the caress of a dial. Intended to jump between your PC or Mac, your tablet, and your phone - or any other combination of devices, in fact - the K480 also finds room for shortcuts for the more popular platforms.
Two new speaker sets have been shown this week by Samsung Electronics America, bringing about one that bows outward and another that bows inward. The Shape M3 Wireless Audio-Multiroom Speaker adds to the "Shape Wireless Audio-Multiroom ecosystem" with its smaller form factor. The Samsung HW-H7500 Curved Soundbar, on the other hand, stands alone as a compliment to your massive curved TV.
Sonos has powered up its much-anticipated wireless setup, removing the need for a Bridge or a wired connection from your router to at least one of its speakers, as well as revealing a new Boost hub coming later in the year. Sonos 5.1 consists both of new firmware for the speakers and a new app, with an updated setup process that uses an existing WiFi network to get online.
Apple may have just joined the NFC game, if rumors are true, but it seems that there's already a challenger to the technology already in sight. That is, at least, if Toshiba has its way. It wants TransferJet to become the de facto standard technology when it comes to fast, wireless data transfer instead of NFC which, in all honesty, is something that is just starting to get a foothold.
You may have a brand new shiny Samsung curved TV, but those flat speakers flanking it just breaks the spell of the TVs alluring curves. Luckily for you, Samsung has just announced a new Soundbar that will complement that TV with its own curves and can even take the place of the TV stand. Continuing the audio theme, the company is also outing the M3, the latest of its "Shape" wireless multiroom speakers, poised to be the smaller and cheaper of its two other siblings.
Spotify has announced a fresh batch of Spotify Connect partners, with Bose and Panasonic among the new names promising streaming support in their products, in addition to new features like multi-room playback. The new additions - which Spotify says will be fully detailed at IFA 2014 next week - also includes Gramofon, an adapter to upgrade existing stereos with Spotify support.
The route to market for a new product is seldom straightforward, as smart lock start-up August has found, but after several months of delays the Yves Behar-designed door furniture is finally shipping. Announced more than a year ago, back in May 2013, August - which can be controlled remotely from your iPhone or Android device - was intended to ship in Q1 this year, but didn't make its self-imposed deadline.
Plantronics' latest set of BackBeat headphones are here, and while the BackBeat FIT may have targeted fitness nuts, the BackBeat PRO wants music quality to be its focus. Piping stereo audio from your phone, tablet, laptop, or something else over Bluetooth, the headphones boost wireless range to a hefty 100m if you're pairing them with a Class 1 Bluetooth device, as well as packing sensors that control playback depending on whether you're wearing the cans.
Wireless security cameras like Dropcam are shaping up to be an integral part of the smart home experience, and ArcSoft is hoping its Simplicam will carve a niche courtesy of face detection. A compact WiFi camera with a companion cloud-based recording service, Simplicam offers alerts only if a human face is spotted in-frame, rather than just responding to any sort of movement.
Lightbulbs that talk to you may not sound like the very first thing your smart home needs, but LightFreq believes they'll help give its color-changing speaker lamps an edge over Sonos, hue, and others. The crowdfunded bulbs have already more than tripled their Kickstarter goal of $50k with time to spare, and so are adding voice notifications to the feature list.