Dropbox debuts Carousel app for iOS and Android
Cloud storage company Dropbox has released its latest product, Carousel, a photo and video gallery app. Available for both iOS and Android platforms, Carousel provides a single location for users' photo and video content in an organized manner. The app automatically backs up photos and videos to the user's Dropbox account as they are captured, ensuring they are safe from being lost in a device crash. Users can engage in private conversations with friends, as to share their media with others. The number of photos and videos one can put in their Carousel is based on how much space they have attached to their Dropbox account, with the free storage size starting at 2GB. Carousel is free to download through iTunes and Google Play, and requires a Dropbox account to utilize its features.
Kinivo launches BTE40 Bluetooth Receiver and headset
Kinivo has announced the launch of its new Bluetooth receiver and wireless low-profile headset, the BTE40. Its audio receiver features multi-point Bluetooth support, allowing for simultaneous connection to up to two devices for wireless streaming, even while switching between sources. Its headphones, which connect to the BTE40's receiver, doubles as a remote control for mobile devices.
Whole-home automation capable with addition of ZigBee hub
Eschewing Wi-Fi connections used by some of its competitors, Samsung has debuted its own Bluetooth-connected LED Smart Bulb. Samsung's entry into device-controllable illumination can be either directly controlled by smartphone app, or be connected through a ZigBee Bluetooth hub for home automation. By installing an application, users can access and control of up to 64 Smart Bulbs with no additional equipment or set up required.
BBC iPlayer Radio update adds Favorites, recent searches and more
The BBC has updated its iPlayer Radio for iOS today, offering new features such as Favorites for users in the UK. The iPlayer Radio app provides live steaming access to all BBC Radio stations, with browsing of hundreds of on-demand "Listen Again" programs. Users can download podcasts to listen to on the go, discover new music with Playlister, connect to AirPlay or Bluetooth audio devices, and more. Version 1.5.0 offers a new Favorites feature, offering a save function for desired shows. Also included in the update is a recent searches history, schedules both seven days in the past and future, improved lock-screen function, and other minor improvements. Requiring iOS 6 or later and a UK iTunes account and IP address, BBC iPlayer Radio is free to download.
Pair of Bluetooth streamers bring portability, bass to mobile device audio
Bluetooth speakers come in enough configurations that anyone should be able to find one to suit their needs. Be it a speaker to fill an entire room with sound that never moves from its spot on a shelf, or a small speaker clipped on a bag pumping out music on the go, there are tons of different units on the market to match an individual's tastes. Boomphones and id America each offer a speaker that may fit a niche for customers looking at small form factors with unique features. Which speaker will do the trick in our showdown -- Boomphones Pocket Speaker or the id America Touchtone?
Only works with iOS 7.1 at present, Mavericks support likely ahead
The recently-released Apple TV 6.1 update that arrived on Monday has an undocumented new feature that allows AirPlay sessions to be initiated using Bluetooth rather than Bonjour, a change that should make third-generation (1080p-capable) Apple TV units friendlier to complex networks such as those found in institutional and enterprise environments. The system can still scan using Bonjour as well, but will work with Bluetooth if the initiating devices are running iOS 7.1.
Wello smartphone case tracks blood pressure, ECG, heart rate
Azoi has entered the health tracker market, by announcing a fitness-tracking smartphone cover that works with both iOS and Android devices. Wello contains a number of sensors on the side and back that take a snapshot of the user's vital signs after a few seconds of being held, with the results transferred wirelessly over Bluetooth 4.0 LE and recorded in a companion app.
Compatible with Apple TV, Xbox, PlayStation, 2.5K other devices
Accessories maker Logitech has extended its line of Harmony remote controls to include a new "Harmony Smart Keyboard" that the company is aiming for the growing number of non-computer "smart devices" around the home -- particularly "living room" devices like Apple TVs, video game consoles, audio systems and digital video recorders, among others. Logitech says the keyboard is compatible with 225,000 home-entertainment devices covering 5,000 brands.
Google+ Hangouts for iOS adds iOS7 optimization, video messaging
Messaging app Google+ Hangouts has received an update for iOS devices. Google+ Hangouts features free group audio calling with up to 10 people, and phone calls can be made through the app for free to numbers in the US and Canada. Now optimized for use on iPad, users of v2.0 can access picture-in-picture video calling as well as record and send video messages up to 10 seconds long. The app has been updated to reflect iOS 7, and has the addition of shareable animated stickers for expressing feelings and sending a map of one's current location. Google+ Hangouts is free to download, and is available on iTunes.
Fitness tracker combines wrist-worn device with Bluetooth earpiece
Huawei has entered the wearable devices market with an accessory that provides users more options beyond just fitness tracking. The TalkBand B1 is a wearable fitness tracker that incorporates a detachable Bluetooth earpiece as part of the design, allowing the wearer to make and receive phone calls when not monitoring fitness. Electronista took a closer look at the device at the company's Mobile World Congress display.
Huawei announces TalkBand B1, unlikely to be released in US
Huawei has announced its upcoming wearable tech device, the TalkBand B1. Described as both a fitness band and Bluetooth headset combined, the band has a removable earpiece that accepts calls, and when used in the band tracks physical activities including sleep. Its 90mAh battery can last up to six days powering the flexible OLED display. The TalkBand B1 is not anticipating release in the US, though will be available in Chinese markets next month, and Japan, the Middle East, Russia and Western Europe in the second quarter of 2014.
Aria headphones feature 50mm full-range neodymium magnet drivers, wooden acoustic chamber
Luxury gaming instruments company Feenix has announced the upcoming availability of its headset, Aria. Intended for gamers who desire a high level of sound quality, Aria focuses on reproducing sounds as well as a studio monitor. The headphones possess 50mm full-range neodymium magnet drivers, and an acoustic chamber composed of Japanese pine wood. Its independent cardioid clip microphone allows for unidirectional voice recording, with its recording capability making Aria suitable for an every day headphone as well as a gaming headset. Aria's ear cushions are made of memory foam and protein leather for comfortable wearing. Currently available for pre-order online, the Aria headset is priced at $350.
Pi Dock-It Pro case and Bluetooth keyboard for iPad to be released March 14
Parle Innovation has announced the upcoming release of the Pi Dock-It Pro case and keyboard for iPad. Both a protective case and a full-size Bluetooth rechargeable keyboard, the Pi Dock-It Pro is slim, with a 'Chiclet' style of keys. Composed of a high-grade polycarbonate blend, its anti-skid base and slide-and-pivot opening action provides stable use, in vertical or horizontal orientation. Its integrated magnets and sensors automatically put the iPad in sleep mode and activate the Bluetoth keyboard in laptop mode. Priced at $160, the Pi Dock-it Pro will be available for purchase beginning March 14.
Vemo updated, introduces Bluetooth detection of fellow users for mobile payment
Mobile payment app Venmo has released an update today, featuring a new method of sending a prompt money transfer to friends. Venmo facilitates mobile sending and receiving of money, ideal in situations such as splitting a dinner bill with friends, or for any other payment need. By using Bluetooth, Venmo can detect other Venmo users and provide a list of who is nearby. Though the app has not yet been updated on iTunes as of this writing, Venmo is free, and requires iOS 5.0 or later.
Treasure Tag helps keep track of objects via Bluetooth proximity
Nokia will be shipping its rumored Treasure Tag item-tracking accessory in April, the company has announced. The Tag, which uses a combination of NFC and Bluetooth, is designed to be attached to important objects, such as a bunch of keys, and via an app, provides feedback on where the tag is in the event it is misplaced or lost.
Dash Bluetooth earbuds offer water-resistance, fitness tracking
Bragi's wireless "smart" headphone set, The Dash, has wildly surpassed its Kickstarter goal of $250,000, with 43 days still remaining in its fundraising campaign. The Dash wireless smart headphones are in-ear, and offer audio playback with the ability to store up to 1,000 songs in its embedded 4GB song player.
New heart rate monitor water watch resistant, tracks activity
Recreational gear and audio equipment designer Pyle Audio has released its latest device, the Bluetooth Heart Rate Monitor Watch (PSBTHR70). The monitor tracks and measures heart rate, average speed, distance traveled, number of steps taken, lap speeds and caloric consumption. Data can be wirelessly transmitted through its Bluetooth Smart technology, and is compatible with a variety of third-party fitness apps, such as RunKeeper, MapMyRun and WahooFitness. Its water resistance protects from rain and sweat. Available in black, green, blue or pink, Pyle's Bluetooth Heart Rate Monitor Watch is priced at $70.
Video-oriented sound bar includes Bluetooth streaming receiver
Pioneer has been heavily invested in home audio for decades. Couple that expertise with the predilection for flat screen televisions to have equally flat-sounding speakers, and the fit seems obvious. Couple a television-oriented sound bar with wireless audio streaming from a smart device, and the value equation just gets better, assuming the product is of sufficient quality. Recently, Electronista has been given the chance to try out the Pioneer SP-SB23W sound bar, with Bluetooth audio streaming capability. Check out our review to see what we thought of the system.
NudeAudio announces Studio 5, its first home speaker
NudeAudio announced today its asymmetrical home speaker, the Studio 5. Featuring Bluetooth and Apple Lightning connectivity, the Studio 5 is compatible with all smartphones and tablets. Its 2.1 audio system offers high-fidelity sound, and is housed in metal and fabric material combination. The Studio 5's play-control buttons are hidden in its circular dock-plate, and its iPad support is composed of transparent polycarbonate.
Booq's newest Python shoulder bag has capacity to pack mirrorless camera with large lens
Today, accessory creator Booq announced its latest addition to its Python Collection for photographers, the Python Mirrorless. The top-loading shoulder bag has the space to hold either a mirrorless camera with a large lens, or a compact DLSR with a small lens. Comprised of a durable, water-repellent nylon exterior and densely-padded interior, the Python Mirrorless can house an iPad mini or other small tablet with its chargers in the main interior, and has room for business cards, an extra battery and wallet in its exterior side pockets and slip-in back pocket.
Divoom Voombox Outdoor Bluetooth speaker offers portability, water resistance
Divoom will be releasing its portable outdoor Bluetooth speaker tomorrow, the Voombox Outdoor. Offering 12 hours of play and talk time on 15 watts of power, the Voombox can withstand splashed water and dust. Users can wirelessly stream audio from tablets, smartphones and other Bluetooth-enabled devices, and make or receive calls wirelessly.
Apple technology could deliver information, advertising during event
A advertising and marketing trade publication has reported that soft drink giant Coca-Cola is looking into Apple's iBeacon, a short-range Bluetooth-powered messaging technology, as part of its major sponsorship of the FIFA World Cup. The iBeacon is a small, Bluetooth Low Energy-powered device usually planted on a wall that detects smartphone proximity and, with permission, can broadcast a message or alert -- be it informational or advertising -- as a notification on the device.
Button on Jawbone Era triggers Google Now, Siri
Jawbone has launched a revised item in its range of Bluetooth headsets, with more of a focus on voice recognition, as it attempts to fight back against wearable technology such as Google Glass. The Jawbone Era introduces a button on the back of the earpiece that, when pressed and held, will activate Google Now or Siri on a connected mobile device without requiring any button presses on the host smartphone or tablet.
Bluetooth for aging autos
Expensive electronics gather the most attention at CES, but there are always a few seemingly small accessories that are worth mention. Ion Audio's Bluetooth cassette adapter fits into the latter category, addressing an audio compatibility issue that affects anyone with a car that is more than a couple years old. Recognizing its significance, we had a chance to check out the adapter at the show.
Moshi's Versa case features Bluetooth keyboard with sliding storage slot
Accessory maker Moshi yesterday launched its VersaKeyboard case for iPad Air, featuring an origami-style folding stand that includes a Bluetooth keyboard. The keyboard component to the case can be easily hidden away when not in use, due to its 'sliding' keyboard storage feature built into the back. Aimed to provide a versatile keyboard without adding bulk or a need for additional storage, the VersaKeyboard is 0.6-inches thick while being nearly full size -- about 80 percent of the size of a standard keyboard.
Audio collection includes devices with Bluetooth streaming, AirPlay, DLNA support
Harman revealed a number of audio products at CES, headed up by the JBL Flip 2 portable wireless speaker. The JBL Synchros S400BT headphones and J46BT in-ear stereo headphones accompany the Flip, as well as the AKG Y55 DJ headphones, the Harman Kardon Aura home audio system, and the Harman Kardon BDS 580 and 280 3D Blu-ray players.
Ion Bluetooth cassette adapter ideal for older vehicles
Ion Audio has introduced a Bluetooth version of a standard audio accessory for vehicle owners who's cars came with no "Aux In" jack but rather a cassette player (which was still standard equipment on many vehicles into the middle of the last decade) -- the cassette adapter. The unit turns itself on and off automatically when inserted or ejected, and has a battery that lasts up to six hours (rechargeable through mini-USB, rather than the turning of the sprocketed wheels as one might expect) and can also route calls through the car's audio system (though a speakerphone is still needed to talk). Pricing and availability have not yet been announced, but the product is on display at Ion Audio's CES booth.
Safeway, Giant Eagle in some cities to get iPhone coupons, offers
A new campaign dubbed "Mobile to Mortar" by inMarket is bringing Apple's Bluetooth LE-powered iBeacon technology to over 200 Safeway and Giant Eagle grocery stores in Cleveland, San Francisco and Seattle. The "beacons," tiny signalling devices about the size of a quarter, would alert shoppers who have a Safeway app, or have set up specific reminders, of things such as applicable coupons, items they listed to buy or special offers as they enter a store.
New 50W speaker sits between existing T2, T6 offerings
Pure is expanding its Pure Connect platform today at CES so its Jongo wireless stereo and multiroom music system can be used with any music streaming service -- including Pandora, iTunes Radio, Rdio, Deezer and Spotify, as well as any audio or radio app. Additionally, it has also unveiled an addition to its Wi-Fi and Bluetooth speaker line with the new high-end T4 wireless speaker.
Sony expands its premium range with the MDR-10RBT Bluetooth Headphones
With the rise of the premium headphone market over the past few years, Sony has been quietly ramping up its headphone range to meet the increased demand for a high quality audio experience. The latest addition to its high-end audio range is its new MDR-10 series that sits just below its superb MDR-1 range. We have previously reviewed the Sony MDR-1RBT headphones (which have recently been updated to the Mk II version) and found them to be the best Bluetooth headphone experience we have heard. At $150 less than the MDR-1RBT and more in line with competing products, how do the MDR-10RBT's stack up? Read on in our full review.
New Evoke F4 compatible with rest of Jongo whole-house speaker line
Audio purveyor Pure is debuting the Evoke F4, an Internet and FM radio with Bluetooth and the ability to stream multiroom audio entertainment, including content from SiriusXM Radio (with subscription). The new streamer is compatible with Pure's Jongo multiroom music system, and in conjunction with other speakers in the series, enables users to listen to synchronized music throughout their home.
Lumen TL800 Bluetooth smart bulb now available on Amazon
Tabu Products' app-enabled Lumen TL800 smart bulb is now available for purchase on Amazon.com. A light bulb that lasts up to 30 times longer than an average incandescent bulb, the Lumen TL800 uses five times less power. Dimmable, The TL800 has 16 million color options; its LED RGBW (red, blue, green and white) lighting can be customized to create a specific atmosphere.
iGrill2 Bluetooth Smart Meat Thermometer, iLP Bluetooth Smart Liquid Propane Monitor
Accessory maker iDevices has announced some additional grilling tech products to be showcased at CES 2014 next week. The iGrill2 Bluetooth Smart Meat Thermometer and the iLP Bluetooth Smart Liquid Propane Monitor are app-connected products that aim to improve the user's grilling efficiency.
E FUN to debut Nextbook 8 and Nextbook 10 tablets at CES 2014
Consumer electronics designer, E Fun, has announced its upcoming debut of its first quad-core Nextbook Android tablets at CES 2014. The Nextbook 8 and Nextbok 10 tablets will feature Android Jelly Bean 4.2, Google Play access, and new narrow frame bezels. Both tablets include 1 GB DDR3 system memory, dual webcams (2 megapixel back-facing, 0.3 megapixel front-facing) with a microphone, an HDMI-out port with video output of 1080p HD, b/g/n 802.11 Wi-Fi compatibility and more.
Divoom OnBeat-200 speaker
Last, but certainly not least in Electronista's countdown to the new year giveaway is the Divoom OnBeat-200 portable Bluetooth speaker. This sleek, fashionable durable speaker bumps the tunes and has a built-in microphone to take calls with the push of a button.
Win a Divoom Bluetune-Solo
Next up in Electronista's countdown to the new year, we have the Divoom Bluetune-Solo speaker. Start your next party with this compact Bluetooth speaker and speakerphone. This portable Bluetooth speaker combines superb stereo, a hands-free speakerphone, and daisy chaining capabilities, making it ideal for music on-the-go.
Win a Divoom Bluetune-Bean
The new year is closing in fast and Electronista want's to get the party started, so we've teamed up with Divoom to give away three of their Bluetooth speakers through the evening in our countdown to the new year. The year isn't over yet, so to get things started we have the Divoom Bluetune-Bean.
RPM Cadence Sensor displays data to popular cycling apps
Wahoo Fitness has announced the release of its RPM Cadence Sensor, a Bluetooth-powered device that wireless tracks cycling cadence. Its installation is without magnets, allowing the RPM to attach to any bicycle and instantly display cadence data through popular cycling apps such as Strava and MayMyRide. Featuring LED lights, an active wireless connection is signified by flashing, so as to ensure data is being logged while riding.
Atom USB 3.0 flash drive size of a quarter, available in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB
Mushkin has announced its new Atom USB 3.0 Flash Drive, which focuses on providing a small form-factor the size of a quarter. Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1, the Atom USB 3.0 flash drive enables users to leave the flash drive into the USB port while working on the go without obstruction. Offering versatility for tablet and slim notebook users, the flash drive can be plugged in and left as secondary device storage with a low power usage.
Can the oversized earbuds intended for vigorous exercise take the reps?
Finding a good pair of headphones for a midnight jog is hard. An over-the-ear set is either flopping around on your head, falling off, or collecting pools of sweat. Earbuds pierce ear canals in order to assure a tight grip -- or the troublesome cord that gets caught in your arm or cuts off your windpipe as it has somehow wrapped itself around your neck after the earbuds have fallen out several times. Looking to get at least one piece of trouble out of the way, iHome has put out a new Bluetooth set of earbuds -- the iHome Bluetooth Wireless Sports Earphones. Will they be a necessarily piece of equipment for an athlete? Or are they destined to be left in the locker room to collect dust? Read our review and find out.
Bluetooth LE continues retail push
Less than a week after Apple began deploying its iBeacon technology inside US retail stores, Qualcomm has launched its own alternative. Known as Gimbal, Qualcomm's proximity beacons also take advantage of low-power Bluetooth LE to help retailers optimize their smartphone-enhanced shopping experience as customers move throughout a store.
New protocol brings LTE co-existence, aids developers
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group today announced the adoption of updates to the Bluetooth Core Specification. The updates will improve consumer usability with increased co-existence support for LTE and bulk data exchange rates. The new release will also aid developer innovation by allowing devices to support multiple roles simultaneously, and also lays the groundwork for IP-based connections -- extending Bluetooth technology's role in device communication.
Win an Acoustic Research: ARS60 Bluetooth speaker
Our Giveaway Blitz continues with our Cyber Monday giveaways. Today we have the Acoustic Research ARS60 Bluetooth speaker to give away to one lucky reader. This speaker is the result of a cooperative effort between SuperTooth and Voxx to create a portable and powerful sound system that is compatible with any Bluetooth device.
New Wren V5BT's 3-inch throw drivers and four layer voice coils produce realistic bass
American audio company, Wren Sound Systems, is now shipping its latest speaker product, the Wren V5BT portable speaker. Powered by Intersil's classic D2 50-watt DSP-controlled class D amplifier, the V5BT is able to deliver room-filling sound in a compact design.
Crescent-shaped Boomerang Wireless Audio Dock released
Favi Entertainment has launched its latest mobile accessory, the Boomerang Wireless Audio Dock. A Bluetooth and NFC-enabled speaker, the Boomerang can pair with a mobile device from up to 33-feet away, or rest on the outside edges of a device to create a portable home-theater experience. Its expansion sleeve design is adjustable, accommodating desired viewing angles as well as varying sizes of devices, with its curved shape allowing for wearing around the neck. The Boomerang can play audio for up to ten hours, and is available in two sizes: the original Boomerang, which has two 6-watt speakers, and the Boomerang Mini with two 4-watt speakers. Featuring up to ten hours of audio play, both Boomerang speakers are available in a variety of colors. Currently available for pre-order, the 6-watt Boomerang dock is priced at $80, and the 4-watt Boomerang mini is priced at $60.
Jawbone Up24 adds Bluetooth LE synchronization
Jawbone has updated its existing Up fitness tracker with a new wireless version. The Up24 is a wrist-based tracker that does the same job as the original Up, except that data is transferred over Bluetooth LE, rather than forcing the user to remove an end cap and to plug it into a smartphone's headphone socket for syncing.
Soundmatters' wireless, 'pocketable' speaker DASH7 now available
Audio accessory maker Soundmatters has announced the availability of its wireless pocket-portable speaker, the Dash7. The new Daah7 is three-quarters of an inch thick, and offers omnidirectional sound in a size that fits in a slim bag or pocket. Featuring extended Bluetooth range, the Dash7 can also be used as a noise-cancelling speakerphone. Available in red, white and black, it can be purchase for $250 through various online retailers, and the Soundmatters website.
Knock simplifies Mac password entry
For those who find password protection a necessity, but a cumbersome one, Knock offers a possible solution. Designed to simplify the process of unlocking a Mac-based computer, Knock enables users to access their computer by simply tapping twice on their phone. The app takes advantage of Bluetooth 4.0 features to make pairing a breeze, while also ensuring the app doesn't cause any excessive battery drain.
New tablet now dual core, with enhanced front and back cameras
Building off of last year's MEEP tablet, Oregon Scientific has announced the MEEP X2. The new seven-inch MEEP X2 incorporates a slim design that is shock- and splash-proof, and which offers front- and rear facing cameras, Bluetooth connectivity, a high-capacity lithium battery, and an all-new kid-friendly user interface. MEEP X2 was specifically designed to withstand daily child-induced wear and tear, while offering a safe online experience with parental controls.
Bluetooth device remotely activates Siri anywhere in the car
While automobile Siri integration is surging, late model cars with only basic smartphone compatibility are left in the lurch. Chargers are often inside a dash, making the phone's microphone inaccessible or other inconveniences. Additionally, many states have outright banned holding and using mobile phones without a hands-free device, making tapping the home button to access Siri illegal. Beanco's Mobile Home device is a simple Bluetooth peripheral for the iPhone which purports to enable Siri's use with any car's hands-free system. Does the device really enhance the Siri experience for older hands-free systems? Read our review and find out.