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Bluetooth 5 coming to devices in 2-6 months with these features

Bluetooth 5 coming to devices in 2-6 months with these features

As of today, the December 7th 2016, Bluetooth 5 is within 2 to 6 months away from consumer-ready products. This information comes from the folks at Bluetooth Special Interest Group (Bluetooth SIG), the most official source of Bluetooth certification information. The headline they chose this week was "Bluetooth 5 Now Available" - though that's largely aimed at manufacturers readying their devices for 2017.

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Naim Mu-so and Mu-so Qb review: music to my ears

Naim Mu-so and Mu-so Qb review: music to my ears

These days, the names of Harman Kardon and Bose are becoming more and more prevalent, especially in tech and in cars, but they are hardly the only trusted Hi-Fi names in the audio market. And while Sonos has had a good head start in the wireless Wi-Fi speaker market, it’s hardly the only game in town. And depending on your audio proclivities, it might not even be the best. Naim’s name holds just as much weight as the top players, especially in the UK, and while its first wireless system, the Mu-so, is almost two years old, it, together with the Mu-so Qb wireless speakers, remain one of the best sounding wireless audio systems money can buy.

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Google doubles-down on WiFi as Apple eyes the exits

Google doubles-down on WiFi as Apple eyes the exits

Google's new home networking system, Google WiFi, may not be actually out juggling internet packets in users homes yet, but that hasn't stopped the company from declaring a premature mesh victory. Announced in early October, the cylindrical router doesn't just aim to replicate what the existing OnHub does, but goes beyond it by allowing multiple units to work together. It's called mesh networking and, while Google isn't the first company to attempt it in the home, the search giant is claiming to be best at it.

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WiGig devices coming next year to ease Wi-Fi congestion

WiGig devices coming next year to ease Wi-Fi congestion

The use of the Internet has exponentially grown that even the usually wider highway of Wi-Fi networks have already become crowded. And just like real-world vehicular traffic, congested networks mean slow-moving data. Trying to prevent an Internet catastrophe before it happens, the Wi-Fi Alliance has announced the start of a certification program that could herald the arrival of networking devices next year supporting WiGig, or multi-gigabyte Wi-Fi 802.11ad on the 60 GHz band.

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One last (semi-secret) reason Apple bought Beats

One last (semi-secret) reason Apple bought Beats

Beyond the already-spoken reasons Apple bought Beats, it occurred to me just recently that there might've been a less obvious line of reasoning, one that had to do with the iPhone 7. On July 28th of 2016, NPD Group's Retail Tracking Service reported that, for the first time in the history of headphones, Bluetooth headphone revenue overtook non-Bluetooth. To see this coming many, many moons ahead of time, Apple may only have had to purchase the biggest brand in headphones.

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Wireless Emergency Alerts will soon support more characters, embedded URLs

Wireless Emergency Alerts will soon support more characters, embedded URLs

The Wireless Emergency Alert system, which pushes AMBER Alerts and emergency notifications of things like natural disasters to phones across the US, is about to get something of an overhaul. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted today to expand the WEA system in a number of different ways, ranging from giving the alerts more characters to adding embedded URLs where it's appropriate.

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This drone flies indefinitely using wireless power instead of battery

This drone flies indefinitely using wireless power instead of battery

Most consumer-use drones offer a flight time of anywhere between 10 to 30 minutes. While the idea of simply using a larger battery to extend that time seems ideal, it actually results in increased weight for the drone, in turn reducing its flight time. It's this dilemma that prompted one researcher to create a prototype drone that can fly non-stop without the use of battery.

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Logitech Z337 Bold Sound is a desktop speaker with Bluetooth

Logitech Z337 Bold Sound is a desktop speaker with Bluetooth

Logitech has taken the wraps off its new Z337 Bold Sound with Bluetooth, the company’s first desktop speaker that can play music via Bluetooth rather than an audio cable. Thanks to the Bluetooth support, users are able to stream their audio from any device that supports it — a laptop, smartphone, tablet, or similar device. The Z337 Bold isn’t limited to just Bluetooth audio, though, also offering RCA input and a 3.5mm audio jack for a wired connection.

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T-Mobile takes a swing at AT&T, says its 2G network will stay active through 2020

T-Mobile takes a swing at AT&T, says its 2G network will stay active through 2020

AT&T recently announced that it would be dropping support for its 2G network next year, and of course, its competitors are seeing that as an opportunity. Specifically, T-Mobile has hopped on the chance to pull some clients who still depend on 2G connectivity away from AT&T, pledging today to keep its 2G network functioning through 2020.

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Valve partners with Quark VR for untethered, WiFi-enabled Vive

Valve partners with Quark VR for untethered, WiFi-enabled Vive

Virtual reality is easily one of the most exciting and fastest growing markets in the consumer tech industry right now, and like any new such products, there are still a couple major drawbacks. The first is easily the high buy-in cost with the price of a headset and high-end PC, but beyond that is the issue of the length of cables between those two components that make their way across the floor, causing a fear of tripping that poses a threat to the full immersion VR tech is designed to offer.

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Apple must take its iPhone 7 AirPods decision and run with it

Apple must take its iPhone 7 AirPods decision and run with it

If you're not already sick and tired of hearing arguments about Apple's iPhone 7 headphone jack decision, don't worry: give it a few days and you'll be ready to strangle yourself with your outmoded 3.5mm cable. Whether or not I agree the decision to ditch the legacy - but apparently beloved - port was as "courageous" as Apple's Phil Schiller argued on stage this week, there's one thing I'm pretty certain of, though: Apple will not reverse course.

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Apple AirPods hands-on

Apple AirPods hands-on

The headphone jack is dead, but Apple giveth as it taketh away, and what it gives are AirPods. Well, it gives them if you cough up an extra $159 on top of the $649+ for your shiny new iPhone 7: otherwise you're stuck listening to music like a peasant with the wired, Lightning-connected EarPods bundled as standard with the new phone, or rocking it old-school with the ugly little Lightning to 3.5mm adapter that's also nestled in the box.

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