Tag - Bluetooth
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.
Working out without music isn't fun, but working out with earbuds or headphones that are plugged into your phone can be a complete nightmare. That's where the Urbanears' Hellas come in: they're Bluetooth headphones, so there's no wires to get tangled up in, and they rest gently on your ears, so those of you who don't like earbuds can enjoy them as well. They're clearly designed for workouts in and out of the gym, but are they the best bang for your buck? Check them out in our review.
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WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R