Tag - Bluetooth
It's billed as being for making sport and movies sound great, but I can tell you now that it didn't help make the UK European Union referendum sound any better at all. You can't expect miracles, though, and the Kitsound Stadium 120 is far from the top end of TV soundbars that you can buy. Yet it did transform my television, and it did make it very hard to go back to watching anything without it.
Editor's Note: As we wind down operations, the staff of MacNN is running some of their personal favorite stories, either moments we were especially proud of or -- as with this one -- stories that really stuck out in our minds. Without question, this was one of them. Originally written in 2013, we have laughed about this one many times (only because we can't afford it), but fret not -- some more "night shift what th--?" type stories are yet to come. In the meantime, we give you one of the stories we're glad we didn't flush the press release on -- the Bluetooth Toilet. And yes -- it is still available.
The next upgrade of Bluetooth is on the way, with a formal announcement from the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (Bluetooth SIG) expected to take place next week. In an email, Bluetooth SIG executive director Mark Powell advises the name of the new wireless standard will be Bluetooth 5, with the official unveiling containing more details about what to expect from this latest version taking place at an event in London on June 16. Among the highlights are claims that BT5 will include a speed boost of up to four times the current rate under Bluetooth Low Energy (LE), and double the current range.
Alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today, we're highlighting four Bluetooth-equipped audio devices, including a record player with wireless connectivity, a way to convert headphones with detachable cables to fully wireless versions, and a pair of high-class Bluetooth speakers.
We're barreling down toward summer, and you're probably preparing all sorts of fun, outdoor activities with your friends and family right now. You've got the pool toys inflated, the barbecue oiled up, and your most comfortable pair of hiking shoes reside in the spot where your snow boots once were. Now all that's left is to secure yourself some outdoor music for every occasion, and you'll be good to go. That's why we're excited to introduce you to our new favorite outdoor Bluetooth speaker, the Turcom AcoustoShock.
You can type just fine on your iPad or iPhone: the on-screen keyboard is very good. However, it is also just small enough and awkward enough that it slows you down and if you're a proper typist or you just need to hunt-and-peck through a lot of writing, you need an external keyboard. It's more than you just want one, it's that you need it: trust us on this. Unfortunately, the small size of the iPad and the even smaller size of the iPhone become less convenient when you've got to cart around a full-size QWERTY keyboard. Cue the iClever Tri-Fold Keyboard which really does fold up in three bits.
Alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. If you ever find yourself forgetting things on journeys, today's items may be of use, as they are all Bluetooth-equipped accessories capable of warning you if something has been left behind, such as keys or a wallet at a bar.
Alongside our regular MacNN Deals and Daily Deals posts, the writers of MacNN occasionally find offers that are interesting or major enough to warrant their own Big Deals post. Today's selections are all accessories and gadgets that primarily work over Bluetooth, including a keyboard, a portable speaker, and two options for converting non-Bluetooth equipment over to wireless audio.
Jaybird has revealed a pair of wireless headphones that it claims to be the smallest the manufacturer has ever produced. The Freedom Bluetooth earphones are premium audio accessories that use an all-metal housing for the earbud itself to remove distortion that plastic equivalents can create, while its over and under secure ear fitting system uses silicone ear fins that make contact with a number of areas of the ear to keep them firmly in place.
Reports are piling up one the Apple community support forums with reports of a problem that some users are having with the iPhone SE. Users are reporting distorted sound only during phone calls when the iPhone is paired through Bluetooth to a headphone set, or through car audio systems.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE