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The Bluetooth standard governing body, Bluetooth SIG, has introduced a new architecture and supporting set of educational tools that enables developers to quickly create Internet gateways for Bluetooth products. The new Bluetooth gateways allow any Bluetooth sensor to send and receive data to the cloud allowing for potential "Internet of Things" functionality such as the ability to monitor and control fixed Bluetooth sensors from a remote location.
Every day, the staff of MacNN search online retailers for great bargains on hardware, gadgets, software, and other items that you may find useful for our regular Daily Deals post. The list has been refreshed, adding new deals alongside still-valid older items, with debuting offers including a 24-inch LG HDTV for $120, a Sony 55-inch 4K smart TV for $1,500, and a Dell laser printer that has dropped down from $230 to just $80.
An Apple job listing for a dedicated clock face team may suggest future fashion-brand partnerships, possibly in time for the updated watchOS updates that are likely to be revealed at this spring's Worldwide Developer Conference. Since the introduction of watchOS 2, there has only been four new watch faces, but three of them were left over from the first release, with only one truly new one -- the co-branded Hermés face exclusive to that edition. There is a rumored March 15 event, but if that takes place it will likely focus on new band options as regards the Apple Watch.
The latest installment of Star Wars continues to ride high in the box office charts, but despite the series existing for quite a long time, there are some people watching The Force Awakens without having seen any of the earlier films. If you happen to be in this small group of people, or are a fan of the franchise, you might want to take part in the MacNN Deals giveaway to win yourself Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray as well as your own BB-8 droid.
A new study that compared the security of user data as transmitted by the short-range Bluetooth used by the leading fitness and health wearables has found, as one headline writer summed it up, that "every fitness tracker but [the Apple Watch] is a privacy nightmare." The report, done by the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab and Canadian privacy-rights group Open Effect, tested eight wearables and found that all -- apart from the Apple Watch -- leaked Bluetooth data that could be read nearby.
It's the day after a major sporting event, and it is almost certain some people are feeling a bit worse for wear after watching the big game, and possibly partying afterward. If you need to buy some hardware, software, or gadgets today, let Daily Deals be your guide, and help you find great offers from online and offline retailers, while you take care of yourself. The Deals slate has been emptied of older inactive deals, with the new collection including a WD 2TB Berry My Passport Ultra external hard drive for $73, a ChugPlug external Macbook battery pack for $19, and an assortment of Apple-refurbished iMacs.
It's the end of the week, and the last thing you want to do is anything that involves effort. To save you the trouble of scouring online retailers for great offers, the crew of MacNN have done it for you. The still-active deals from earlier this week are accompanied by a new batch, including a four-unit D-Link Smart Plug pack for $60, a HP Business 23.6-inch monitor for $110, and Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection for $28.
A new report from industry analyst Canalys reports that the Apple Watch has established itself as the industry leader in smartwatches, shipping around 12 million units since its debut last April and accounting for two-thirds of all smartwatch shipments. In part the confirmation of what many analysts already suspected came about because of a strong holiday quarter, with Apple selling around five million Apple Watch units during that period. Separate from full-blown smartwatches, basic fitness bands exceeded 37 million units for calendar 2015.
Fourth-generation Apple TV users can now use Siri or other wise search for programs on some additional sources: in an update on Thursday, the company added NatGeo TV, Fox Now, and FXNow to the list of third-party search options that includes Hulu, Netflix, PBS and PBS Kids, HBO Go and Now, Showtime and Showtime Anytime.
If you were worried the change in design of MacNN meant the end of Daily Deals, don't worry, as it's here to stay, providing you with more bargains, offers, and discounts on hardware, software, gadgets, and games. The still-active deals from yesterday have been carried over to today, with the new batch including the Canon Pixma MG2920 wireless inkjet all-in-one printer for $30, the refurbished Logitech X100 mobile wireless speaker for $9, and the Proscan Premium 43-inch 1080p HDTV for $230.