Usually, with headphones you have a choice: the convenience of Bluetooth and no wires, or the audio quality of wired, but the fuss of cords and cables in your pocket or bag. Plantronics believes its latest wireless headphones address that, with the BackBeat GO 3 offering not only lengthy runtimes - and even more if you pair them with the optional charging pouch - but the promise of far improved sound over rivals.
For the last several years, it seems like everything in our lives has a cable attached to it. Sure, our phones, laptops, watches, and other devices are wireless for most of the day. But eventually you have to plug them in, and that means getting all of your cables out, and plugging them into their respective ports. Well LG Innotek is working on a new wireless charging system that hopes to cut down on the amount of cords in your house.
This week the folks at Marshall Headphones have brought their slick looking MAJOR II Bluetooth headphones to the United States. This pair of headphones keeps the look of the Marshall headphone line consistent whilst bringing the added convenience of wirelessness with Bluetooth to the mix. This pair of headphones works with Bluetooth APTX for digital audio data reduction - that's there for as little latency as possible between the device projecting the audio and the headphones receiving them.
Panasonic Corp is currently demonstrating a new wireless networking technology that it is calling the WiGig spot. The experimental device is able to transfer data at over ten times faster than a conventional wireless network. The technology is on display at the Narita International Airport to let travelers get a glimpse at the wireless network of the future. Panasonic says that the network is fast enough to download a 120-minute movie in about ten seconds.
Nokia may be out of the phone business but the next step for the storied brand might see have an impact on more pockets than ever before. The company has brought new devices to Mobile World Congress 2016, but unlike previous years they're not smartphones. Instead, It's Nokia AirScale, a 5G-ready ecosystem that, while you may never hear the name in daily life, could end up gluing together your future handsets, IoT devices, cars, smart homes, and more.
The folks at Qualcomm have revealed that they want to jam so much internet speed through their chips, you won't know what to do with it all. The company's 6th-generation LTE modem chipset will support "download speeds up to 1Gbps" and will be what they describe as "the mobile industry's first announced LTE Advanced Pro modem that also has support for Licensed Assisted Access. While it reach Gigabit Class LTE speeds, this chip will use the same amount of spectrum as Category 9 LTE devices - no big deal!
The Internet of Things might seem pretty ubiquitous at this point, but there are still headaches in getting things connected. Most internet-linked devices rely on WiFi, and though that's common in homes and increasingly in offices (though the latter might be ruled by a draconian IT department), out in the wild it can be harder to find consistently.
This week the folks in charge of Bluetooth have announced connectivity to the web without the need for smartphones or tablets. A new "architecture standard" is being set in place, allowing developers to send an update to Bluetooth devices that'd eventually allow them to access the web without the need for a smartphone as a conduit. That's right. Soon you'll be able to turn your coffee maker on without even being inside your house.
Some people dig for gold. Others dig for ancient artifacts. Still other dig through every bit of code, even those normally indecipherable to humans, to glean a different kind of treasure: the digital kind. That was what Twitter user Chase Fromm was doing when he came across a reference to "LiFiCapability" among the other hardware and software capabilities that iOS 9.1 advertises. This hints that Apple might be planning to introduce support for that Li-Fi wireless communication technology sometime in the near future of iOS and iPhones.
Cleer has introduced its new DU Wireless headphones, a model it says is the first HD dual driver wireless Bluetooth unit of its kind. The headphones combine a stylish, modern design with support for high quality audio. There’s AAC/AptX version 4.0 lossless connectivity coupled with a pair of 40mm neodymium drivers, a quick charge feature, LED indicator, and more.
Anova's first consumer sous-vide was a touchscreen-topped wand both credited with helping the fashionable cooking style broach a broader market and criticized for being a little confusing. The follow-up Precision Cooker Bluetooth dialed back the display to a couple of temperature read-outs, added a literal dial for local control, and threw in short-range wireless to link with your phone. Now there's the Precision Cooker WiFi.