Bluetooth

Apple’s iPhone 7-compatible wireless headphones tipped to feature custom Bluetooth chip

Apple’s iPhone 7-compatible wireless headphones tipped to feature custom Bluetooth chip

One of the biggest ongoing rumors supporting the expectation that the iPhone 7 will launch without a headphone jack is that Apple is developing a wireless pair of its own EarPods headphones — likely to be called "AirPods." Further backing that claim is a new report that indicates the company is even going as far creating a custom Bluetooth chip to reduce power usage and extend the headphones' battery life.

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TrackR Bravo Bluetooth tracker adds custom printing and groups

TrackR Bravo Bluetooth tracker adds custom printing and groups

Bluetooth tracking keyfobs have gone from novelty to must-have for many, and TrackR is stepping up its game with custom printing as well as new group support. Roughly the size of a large coin, but just 3.5mm thick, the TrackR Bravo relies on Bluetooth LE to help your phone figure out whereabouts your keys, pets, or anything else might be.

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Analogue launches SNES wireless Retro Receiver

Analogue launches SNES wireless Retro Receiver

Earlier this year, Analogue released a what it called the "Retro Receiver" for the NES, which allows players to use wireless controllers with the classic console. Now Analogue is giving the same treatment to the Super Nintendo, bringing Bluetooth connectivity to the 26 year-old console. Like the Retro Receiver for the NES, the Super Nintendo version will work with most any Bluetooth controller.

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Signia primax Insio & Pure hearing aid review: one of the most advanced wearable devices

Signia primax Insio & Pure hearing aid review: one of the most advanced wearable devices

In this review, Signia offered me the Pure primax (Receiver in Canal or RIC) and a custom Insio primax “near” invisible-in-canal (IIC) version (more on this later). I’ve worn both extensively over the past months – long enough to be able to share and recommend the right version for you.

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Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless speaker launches in white

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless speaker launches in white

Bowers & Wilkins has announced the upcoming launch of its Zeppelin Wireless speaker in white, complementing the black option it launched several months back. The white color is more contemporary in nature and goes better with certain types of decor versus the black model. Says the company, it made this color model “to appeal to palette purists and design enthusiasts who prefer a more neutral color tone."

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Bagel tape measure doesn’t make you count marks

Bagel tape measure doesn’t make you count marks

If you have ever worked with someone on a project who uses a tape measure frequently, it can be impressive when they can glance at a tape measure and just know its 12 15/16 of an inch at a glance. Those of us who don’t work with tape measures often end up counting the little tick marks and then cutting the board too short anyway. At least that's how it often works for me, but the Bagel Smart Tape measure will end all that.

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Estimote improves its Proximity Beacons with programmable NFC

Estimote improves its Proximity Beacons with programmable NFC

Today Estimote has announced a rather significant update to its wireless Proximity Beacons. The Google Eddystone-compatible beacons, which aim to give users contextual experiences on smartphones and bridge the gap between the real world and mobile devices, have been updated to include programmable NFC chips. NFC seems to be a huge addition that will help Estimote's beacons stand out from the crowd.

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Star Trek Bluetooth Communicator works with your smartphone

Star Trek Bluetooth Communicator works with your smartphone

Geeks with a penchant for the original Star Trek series with Kirk and Spock who carry a smartphone that has Bluetooth connectivity might as well get out their wallets. ThinkGeek has a very cool new product called the Star Trek: TOS Bluetooth Communicator. Just as the name implies, the communicator has Bluetooth connectivity to sync with your smartphone and allow you to talk over the communicator like you were on an away team with Kirk.

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B&O’s Beoplay H5 earphones go wireless for $249

B&O’s Beoplay H5 earphones go wireless for $249

Bang & Olufsen is cutting the cord with its latest headphones, the Beoplay H5, a set of sports and hands-free focused wireless earbuds. Hooking up via Bluetooth 4.2 to your smartphone, the splashproof earphones promise customizable sound from a companion app for iPhone and Apple Watch.

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BOSEbuild aims to teach kids tech with DIY speaker

BOSEbuild aims to teach kids tech with DIY speaker

Bose may not be the first name you associate with learning about electronics, but the company's BOSEbuild educational division is aiming to change that with a DIY speaker. The BOSEbuild Speaker Cube is a $149 Bluetooth speaker broken down into its component parts, intended to teach kids not only what goes into a modern gadget but how principles like sound operate.

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Ultimate Ears speakers get Siri and Google Now voice integration

Ultimate Ears speakers get Siri and Google Now voice integration

Ultimate Ears has announced that two of its popular Bluetooth portable speakers are getting the ability to be controlled with your voice. Both the Boom 2 and the Megaboom portable speakers now have the ability to be voice controlled using Siri and Google Now voice integration. The speakers have a push-to-talk function to active the voice control.

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Bluetooth 5 revealed : pumps up range and spread to push IoT, ads

Bluetooth 5 revealed : pumps up range and spread to push IoT, ads

Bluetooth is perhaps one of the unsung heroes of the mobile world today. The wireless technology is what makes many of the fancy new devices and integrations today possible, from fitness bands to smartwatches to personal home assistants. Just as the Bluetooth 4 standard introduced the Bluetooth Low Energy profile to facilitate development of those types of devices, the upcoming Bluetooth 5 spec will put a focus on increasing Bluetooth's range, speed, and spread in order to further drive the development of the Internet of Things (IoT), as well as "beacons", which are mostly used for serving location-relevant information, a.k.a. ads.

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