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Raspberry Pi Zero W launches with wireless LAN and Bluetooth

Raspberry Pi Zero W launches with wireless LAN and Bluetooth

It's the fifth birthday of the original Raspberry Pi, and what better way to celebrate than with a new release? Today Raspberry Pi Founder Eben Upton announced the Raspberry Pi Zero W, the next iteration of 2015's Raspberry Pi Zero. Not a whole lot is changing with this new release, save for a couple very important additions.

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Turn Touch smart home controller is carved out of wood

Turn Touch smart home controller is carved out of wood

Smart homes are usually more associated with science fiction but not everyone likes a hi-tech environment 24/7. Some would prefer a more cozy and natural feel to their homes, even with the pervasive presence of smart technology. Turn Touch delivers a small serving of that mix between technology and nature. Technically, it’s a Bluetooth controller for your connected appliances or even Apple devices, but one that looks and feels like it was made especially for you, because it really is.

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Senstone voice-recorder makes Star Trek comms badge an AI notetaker

Senstone voice-recorder makes Star Trek comms badge an AI notetaker

Mix a dictaphone with a connected Post-It note, add voice-to-text transcription, and you get Senstone, the latest "AI" equipped gadget aiming to corral your moments of genius. Launching on Kickstarter today, the discreet pendant promises not only a simple way to capture voice recordings, but transcribe and organize them on your iPhone, too. I've been trying a prototype Senstone over the past week; read on for some first impressions.

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QCY Q29 Wireless Earbuds Review: AirPods on a budget

QCY Q29 Wireless Earbuds Review: AirPods on a budget

Apple's AirPods have made untethered Bluetooth earbuds mainstream, but the design itself -- that is, two untethered wireless ear pieces -- has been around for years. Go back far enough, and you'll find early models like the Sennheiser MX W1, a pair of big, clunky but functional earbuds that provided stereo audio without a wire tethering them together. As technology improves and prices substantially drop (the MX W1 retailed for $600 new), we've seen earbuds of this sort with increased frequency, and joining them are the QCY Q29 pair.

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Switchmate’s no-tool smart home upgrades get sleeker

Switchmate’s no-tool smart home upgrades get sleeker

The Internet of Things may be the next big marketing pitch, but battery life, installation hassles, and general complexity can make upgrading to the smart home a headache. Promising Bluetooth simplicity and no tools required, Switchmate brought its latest range of battery-powered IoT gadgets to CES 2017 this week. Like the company's first product they're designed to be renter-friendly, but they also expand the number of devices you can add remote control to.

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Sony EXTRA BASS headphones bring the thump wherever you go

Sony EXTRA BASS headphones bring the thump wherever you go

Sony says that today’s music is mostly characterized by “heavy-hitting bass lines and dropping beats.” That means you’ll need speakers that can handle those adequately, not exactly the domain of headphones, especially in-ear pieces. Not so, says Sony. At least not for its EXTRA BASS headphones. It is introducing four new such headsets at CES 2017, two wireless, one wired, and one in-ear. All with deep bass notes, convenient smartphone integration and, in the case of one, even noise cancellation.

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Nikon shares D5600 DSLR release and pricing details for US

Nikon shares D5600 DSLR release and pricing details for US

Back in November, Nikon unveiled its D5600 DLSR camera. At the time, it didn't give us any pricing or release details, but that didn't stop us from taking a few guesses. We assumed that the D5600 would be priced similarly to its predecessor, the D5500, and with Nikon finally delivering those pricing and release details today at CES, it turns out that we weren't far off the mark.

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TrackR pixel and wallet 2.0 shrink tracking devices for CES 2017

TrackR pixel and wallet 2.0 shrink tracking devices for CES 2017

Location tag company TrackR has outed its latest, smallest, and most affordable trackers yet, the TrackR pixel and TrackR wallet 2.0. Revealed ahead of CES 2017 this week, the two new gadgets each use Bluetooth to link to a nearby smartphone. If you walk away from your keys, or can't find your TV remote, or have lost your wallet between the sofa cushions, the promise is that these trackers should help you find them.

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5 head-scratching questions we have about LG’s PJ9 floating speaker

5 head-scratching questions we have about LG’s PJ9 floating speaker

LG has introduced the world to its PJ9 Bluetooth speaker, and it's looking to give your listening sessions a mysterious twist. The somewhat tiny speaker uses magic (or magnets) to levitate above its larger base, giving it a rather unique aesthetic in a sea of other Bluetooth speakers. It's certainly an attention grabber, to say the least.

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LG TONE Studio, Free put an odd spin on the neckband design

LG TONE Studio, Free put an odd spin on the neckband design

As if the neckband design popularized by the likes of LG weren't "unique" enough, the Korean manufacturer is seemingly pushing the envelope in what that neckband can do. At CES 2017 next week, LG will show off the new LG TONE Studio and the LG TONE Free. The former, unlike its kin, has no earbuds at all and is, instead, a speaker you practically wear around your neck. The TONE Free, on the other hand, has earbuds that aren't chained to the neckband at all.

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LG 360-degree floating speaker lands to charge wirelessly

LG 360-degree floating speaker lands to charge wirelessly

Floating Bluetooth speakers are nothing new, but many of them simply serve to amuse and enchant rather than offer an authentic listening experience. LG, however, believes it can offer something different, something that makes its new LG PJ9 360-degree floating speaker worth buying. Leveraging its experience with Bluetooth speakers, the PJ9 promise a more impressive audio output mixed with water resistance, an extra long battery life, and a charging gimmick that will ensure the speaker doesn't suddenly just crash because it ran out of juice.

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4 ways Apple could make AirPods the best wireless earbuds

4 ways Apple could make AirPods the best wireless earbuds

Apple's AirPods are a wireless tour de force, streamlining the Bluetooth process in a way that no other accessory has done before, but there are still rough edges in everyday use. As I found in my full AirPods review, although the cable-free earbuds get the fundamentals right, you should still expect some frustrations along the way. Luckily, there are a few easy things Apple could do to fix that: read on for my big AirPods complaints, and how they could be addressed.

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