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.
BluFit Smart Water Bottle tracks water intake with app
BluFit, the smart water bottle that can track its user's water consumption, is available for pre-order pledging on Indiegogo. The glass bottle encased in a silicone sleeve notifies users to drink more water, based on a calibration of personal data such as weight, age, activity level, and more. The bottle transmits data by way of its Bluetooth LE chip to the BlueFit app, such as when and how much water was consumed.
Win a set of SuperTooth Disco Twin Bluetooth speakers
Earlier this year, SuperTooth -- a company located in France that specializes in making Bluetooth car kits and speakers -- released the Disco Twin Bluetooth speaker system. While many companies offer single Bluetooth speakers these days, it is a only in a pair of Bluetooth speakers that users get true stereo sound in a portable package. Electronista has a set of these awesome speakers to give away to our readers.
Pro model sells alongside basic Dropcam
Dropcam has introduced an upgraded version of its Wi-Fi video monitoring camera. The next-generation Dropcam Pro brings a long list of improvements, centering around a new six-element all-glass lens with a 130-degree field of view. Better optics are paired with a larger image sensor that is claimed to provide 2X sharper video during the day and a seven-fold sharpness improvement in low-light conditions or at night.
Beacon Audio's Bluetooth speaker includes free domestic shipping until Oct. 15
Beacon Audio's latest Bluetooth speaker, The Phoenix 2, launched last week alongside the promotional offer of free US shipping of the product until October 15. The Phoenix 2, measured at 3x3 inches, has prolonged battery life compared to its predecessor with up to 10 hours of music play. Its built-in microphone allows the device to facilitate use as a speakerphone, and an updated Bluetooth and flash chip set allows for a 40-foot range signal connection from its synced mobile device. Available in black, blue, red and white, the Phoenix 2 is priced $80 and can be purchased online from Beacon Audio and at select retail locations.
New Bluetooth speaker measures less than 1-inch thick
Soundmatters has released its new Dash7 Bluetooth speaker, which is focused on portability. The wireless speaker is available in three colors, and measures only three quarters of an inch in thickness. Featuring two wide-frequency drivers, the Dash7 boasts up to 12 hours of playback thanks to its "BassBattery" that doubles as a passive subwoofer. Also featuring speakerphone functionality, the diminutive device includes a noise-cancelling microphone to reduce ambient noise during a call. The Dash7 is available immediately for $219, which includes a carrying case that doubles as a kickstand.
Bluetooth karaoke device streams music content with Wi-Fi connection
Singing Machine, a home karaoke producer, has announced its new Bluetooth product: Singing Machine Home. The at-home karaoke device offers a compact design, as well as a number of features for accessing content. This includes Wi-Fi support for accessing an online library of more than 8,,000 HD karaoke videos, and a wireless microphone that doubles as a remote for browsing through a music library. The device plugs into a user's TV via HDMI and connects to cloud software Singing Machine Play -- the company's reaming platform. The Singing Machine Home will be priced at $300, and be available from BestBuy.com and Best Buy stores in late October.
Pair of speakers can be put in stereo or mirror mode
Today, audio accessory maker Ultimate Ears introduced a major upgrade to the Logitech UE Mobile Boombox with UE Mini Boom. The new speaker is a Bluetooth streamer, with a claimed range of up to 50 feet, and the ability to pair multiple devices together for simultaneous listening through the UE Mini Boom app for iOS and Android.
New chipset capable of serving Internet to vehicle occupants
Wired and wireless communications solutions provider Broadcom, today announced a new line of wireless chips, targeted for use in automotive infotainment applications. Featuring the latest in 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Smart Ready technology, Broadcom's wireless automotive chips will allow drivers and passengers to sync and stream content from mobile devices to the car's entertainment system and rear-seat displays. The new chips also enable high-speed connectivity beyond the vehicle, serving Internet content by way of LTE or directly from a Wi-Fi connection.
Wireless speaker fits in car cupholder
Accessory maker iCreation's Siri and S Voice-enabled Bluetooth wireless speaker, SpeeCup, was launched yesterday. At eight inches tall, the speaker is intended to fit in a car's cupholder, as well as be conducive for listening in various other settings, such as a boat, RV, or at a desk. SpeeCup's range is standard for Bluetooth speakers -- up to 30 feet -- and its battery capacity can last up to 20 hours. Compatible with most Bluetooth-enabled devices, the SpeeCup is sold online in three colors (black, white and red) for $130.
Win a Minx Go portable Bluetooth speaker
Since 1968, Cambridge Audio has been in the business of making amplifiers, tuners and later CD players. Fast forward to 2013, and the company has taken on building speakers for both the budget-minded and the most discerning audiophile looking for the best of the best. On the consumer end of the scale is the Minx wireless speaker range. The Minx Go Bluetooth speaker is the smallest of the bunch, but promises to offer "big music anywhere." Electronista has one to give away to our readers.
Three models cover Bluetooth, noise cancelling, and wired markets
Sony has introduced its next evolution of premium headband-type MDR-10 headphones. Available in digital noise-canceling, Bluetooth wireless with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, and standard wired versions, the new MDR-10 headphone line is claimed to offer music lovers a premium audio experience in a more lightweight and portable design than previous models by Sony.
Speakers compatible with Siri and Voice Commands
Ematic released yesterday its ESB100 Speaker, its first Bluetooth speaker product. The speaker -- comparable to a softball in size -- offers 30 feet of wireless range, as well as a line-in feature to listen directly from a non-Bluetooth device. With 35 hours of playtime per charge, the ESB100's battery is recharged with the included microUSB cable and wall charger. Including customizable foam speaker grills in blue and black, consumers can purchase Ematic's ESB100 for $40 at Wal-Mart.
Win one of two Satechi Bluetooth wireless smart keypads
Ever since Apple first brought their Bluetooth wireless keyboard to the market, fans and newcomers alike have cursed the design for its lack of numeric keypad. Oh sure, it's still possible to get the classic wired keyboard from Apple with a numeric keypad, but who wants to be shackled to their desk with a wire these days? Finally there is a wireless solution, the Satechi Bluetooth wireless smart keypad, which is the perfect compliment to Apple's Bluetooth keyboard. MacNN has two of these to give away to our readers.
Bluetooth connectivity, long battery life hallmarks of slim wireless mouse
Today, accessory maker Logitech introduced its first ultra-portable touch mouse. The new slim design of the Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse is designed to complement today’s computers, with sleek lines and a brushed aluminum body widely found on both Mac and Windows ultrabooks since the introduction of the MacBook Air. Connectivity is provided by Bluetooth 4.0, adding the ability to connect to several different machines without re-pairing.
Wireless headset shock, sweat, weather tested
Jabra today introduced the Jabra Sport Wireless+ fitness headset. The new wireless headset builds on the success of the Jabra Sport, adding features including a new fit clip, increased battery life and a variety of eargels for the best fit possible while working out. A free, three-month subscription to fitness app Endomondo Premium is also included in the package.
Kave XTD 5.1 announced yesterday
ROCCAT Studios announced its release of Kave XTD 5.1 Digital at Gamescom yesterday, making it the successor to the best selling ROCCAT Kave 5.1. The latest gaming headset aims to improve on existing features, such as enhanced surround sound componentry. Weighing 25 percent less than the previous model, the Kave XTD 5.1 includes a fully-equipped desktop remote with a built-in premium 5.1 sound card, and can be paired via Bluetooth to the user's smartphone to take calls while gaming. Available in November, the Kave XTD 5.1 will be priced at $170.
Portable Mini Bluetooth speaker released today
A new palm-sized speaker offering from accessory manufacturer Satechi was announced today, allowing users to stream music wirelessly while fitting in a pocket. Entitled the Portable Mini Bluetooth Speaker, the device can play music from up to 32 feet away from a synced media player. The speaker is compatible with most Android, iOS and Windows smartphones and tablets. Satechi's Portable Mini Bluetooth Speaker is currently available for $15 at Satechi's online store and Amazon.
Portable speakers available in varying sizes and colors
Design-focused audio company, Nude Audio, has announced the global release of its debut collection of four portable speakers in the 'Move' line. The speakers' design are intended to compliment popular sports fashion aesthetics, and are named akin to clothing size standards. The 'Move S' is the line's smallest speaker, able to fit into one's pocket, and available in both Bluetooth and wired versions. 'Move M' is able to produce more bass, and 'Move L' offers the ability to fill a room with a full sound. Each speaker is equipped with a bright carrying cord and durable silicone sleeve. Retailing between $30 and $100, the three Bluetooth speakers and one 3.5mm wired speaker are expected to be available in late August 2013.
Built with 40mm drivers, foldable design, onboard controls
SMS Audio, a headphones and accessories outfit owned by rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, has launched an updated version of one of its its designer headphones. The Sync by 50 on-ear wireless headphones are now equipped with Bluetooth 4.0 and support for aptX, allowing for improved audio playback when compared to earlier versions of the audio gear.
LG launches BTS1 Bluetooth Headset in South Korea
LG has launched the BTS1 Bluetooth Headset in South Korea. The controller box section, measuring 35.9x50.2x19.2mm (1.4x2x0.8 inches), connects over Bluetooth 3.0 to a mobile device and has a socket for the supplied headphones, has onboard volume and music controls, Apt-C compatability, and a built-in battery claimed to last up to 8 hours. It is not known if the 59,000 won ($53) device will go on sale in other markets in the future.
NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 keyring uses Windows Phone app for tracking location
Nokia is making an accessory for its Lumia device range that will help users find keys or other attached objects, according to a report. The "Treasure Tag," claimed to be launching in the next few weeks, will use a combination of NFC for initial pairing and Bluetooth signals to track the location of the tag in relation to the smartphone.
Logitech targeting Z600 at MB Air, Ultrabook users
Logitech has rolled out its latest set of Bluetooth stereo speakers, the Z600. The speakers have been targeted at MacBook Air and Ultrabook users, although they will work with any Bluetooth A2DP-enabled device including smartphones and tablets. The new speakers utilize Logitech’s easy-switching technology, allowing users to pair up to three devices at the same time – users just need to press pause on the device streaming music, and play on one of the other paired devices.
Features could be used in future wearable devices like 'smartwatches'
A document detailing future features planned for the next three years of Bluetooth show a strong interest in using the short-range wireless protocol for health monitoring, but also hint at features that could be useful to Apple, Google and other companies in the race to develop more "wearable" devices like Apple's rumored "smartwatch" and Google's Glass project. Among the planned enhancements are support for IPv6 web browsing, biometric functions such as heart rate monitoring and even indoor GPS, which Apple and Google are both known to be working on.
Different sizes, portability, water resistance offer range of options
Two different audio device manufacturers have unveiled new models of portable and lightweight Bluetooth speakers for a variety of needs, styles and options. Pyle Audio is debuting a marine-grade, shock-resistant and waterproof system called the Sound Flow that is intended to be functional even in difficult environmental conditions, while Planet Audio is launching an entire line of Lynx Bluetooth speakers ranging in size and style for more casual use. All models from both makers are available now.
Easily installed device allows time, ID as programmable parameters
Today at the D11 conference, designer Yves Behar and technology entrepreneur Jason Johnson launched August and its flagship product, the August Smart Lock. Through a Bluetooth low energy (BLE) enabled locking mechanism and a mobile application, August allows users to send a virtual key to anyone to allow access to a home.
Long battery, 360-degree sound encourages music gatherings
Audio accessory maker Ultimate Ears has announced a new wireless Bluetooth portable speaker, the UE Boom. Available in six colors, the mini-speaker is intended to be portable and offers 360-degree sound from all sides of the easy-grip device. The device features an acoustic skin to be water and stain resistant, a long and rechargeable battery life (up to 15 hours) and is easily paired with other UE Boom units.
Possibly compatible with previous models, facilitating third-party upgrades
A new Broadcom chipset spotted on a Chinese website may be a component of future Mac updates, bringing 802.11ac (known as "Gigabit Wi-Fi") and Bluetooth 4.0 to new models on a single chipset. Not only will the chip handle all wireless communication for future Mac models, but the new chip appears -- at first glance -- to be backward compatible with similar parts in recent models, opening up the possibility of aftermarket upgrades.
Ultra low power Bluetooth protocol to be enabled in dual-mode chipsets
Today at Google I/O, Google's annual developer conference, Google announced that in the coming months Android will include native support for Bluetooth Smart Ready and Bluetooth Smart devices. Phones and tablets with a dual-mode Bluetooth chip running an unnamed coming version of Android will qualify as Bluetooth Smart Ready.
New model removes 30-pin dock in favor of wireless connectivity
Boutique sound system manufacturer Geneva has announced the new Model S Wireless Bluetooth streaming speaker set. The new Model S Wireless offers completely re-engineered components than the original Model S, higher-grade electronics, better speakers, drivers and the convenience of wireless connectivity.
Sony SBH50 Bluetooth earphones feature 'smart' tech
Following hot on the heels of the Sony SBH20 Bluetooth earphones, the company has also revealed a more upmarket variant, the SBH50. The new headset is notable for including a small OLED display into its remote with app extensions available through Google Play. The extensions allow users to browse their call log, read text notifications and messages on the display without needs to pull out a smartphone.
Sony adds new SBH20 stereo Bluetooth earphones to range
In tandem with the launch of the Sony Xperia ZR, Sony has rolled out a iPod shuffle inspired pair of stereo Bluetooth earphones. The new SBH20 uses a small shuffle-like case to enclose a Bluetooth 3.0 receiver and rechargeable battery, while also function as a remote control for a connected smartphone or other Bluetooth-enabled device. The SBH20 incorporates a clip that users can use to pin to their clothing, minimizing the amount of cabling while allowing the connected device to remain stored in a backpack or handbag.
Bose AE2w Bluetooth headphones retailing for $250
Bose has revealed its new AE2w Bluetooth headphones featuring the company’s well-regarded TriPort audio technology. Interestingly although compatible with a wide range of Bluetooth devices, the Bose website seems to be targeting the headphones at Apple users, and iPad users in particular. The design of the AE2w is also notable for a control module that protrudes from the left side ear cup that incorporates the remote control functions, as well as a microphone for making and receiving phone calls.
Wrist-based tracker forgoes full display for five LEDs, no buttons
Fitbit has started shipping its first wrist-based activity tracker. The Fitbit Flex follows the Jawbone Up and the Nike FuelBand in providing tracking of activities and sleep patterns from the wrist, and like other Fitbit trackers in the entire range, is able to sync over Bluetooth 4.0 through iOS and Android devices, as well as using the provided Bluetooth dongle with a PC.
Other features include ambient lighting, foot warmer, backup battery
Plumbing equipment manufacturer Kohler has announced an upgrade to the Numi Comfort Height toilet. Added to the receptacle are a Bluetooth 4.0 receiver, a SD card slot for accessing personalized playlists and ambient light customization. Kohler's most advanced toilet now includes an interactive LCD touch-screen interface, built-in personalized bidet functionality and deodorizer, dual-flush technology with 0.6 or 1.28 gallons per flush, proximity based auto-open and -close lid, and a heated seat and foot warmer.
Win a bem wireless Bluetooth speaker.
Through modern history, portable audio devices have gone through many evolutionary phases -- from boom boxes and Walkman cassette tape players to CD and MP3 players. Now listening to music on the go consists of carrying around a smartphone and headphones, or a Bluetooth speaker. However, some Bluetooth speakers are too large to easily fit in a bag with other items. The Bēm Wireless mobile speaker was designed to fit where others wouldn't, and MacNN has one to give away to our readers.
Creative set to roll out T3150 Bluetooth speakers, due May
Creative has announced the T3150 Bluetooth speakers. The new speakers work over wired connections, but will pair with any Bluetooth-enabled device including smartphones, tablets and PCs over a range of up to 10 meters. Using a 2.1 arrangement, the speakers include two satellite speakers and a subwoofer.
Unit boasts detachable Bluetooth receiver, suction cup for any surface
Accessory manufacturer Digital Treasures has revealed the two-in-one Lyrix Duo Bluetooth speaker with removable receiver. The wireless receiver attaches to the Lyrix Duo speaker through a mini USB port, and the device pairs with a Bluetooth-enabled device for playback with up to 33 feet of working wireless range.
Innovative 'controller' motion, temperature, touch sensitive
European company Game Technologies today announced that it is officially launching its site for game designers wanting to develop products using its Bluetooth-enabled Dice+. The company is inviting game developers to create digital board games for tablets, and is making the developer's kit available for the iOS and Android platforms with a special-edition Dice+ unit with a clear housing.