Tag - Bluetooth
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.
We've talked about rugged, waterproof speakers before, and what we've come to find is that, usually, the most impressive speakers we've seen tend to be the ones that come in at higher price points. Today, we're checking out a more reasonably-priced speaker, the Aquatune 5712, to see how it holds up against its pricier competitors.
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.
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.
Debuting at CES 2015, the Braven Fuse was claimed to be a portable, party-starting music mixer. As an entry-level product, just about anyone can pick it up and use it. Add a rechargeable battery to the mix as well as both Bluetooth inputs and outputs, and it looks on paper to be a pretty solid product. We got our hands on the Braven Fuse just about a year after it was announced, and put it through its paces. Check our full review to see what we thought about it.
Remember how we had covered our Battle of the Bulbs earlier, and how we had said that we didn't like the Ilumi for the $90 price tag, and the fact that it didn't continue working? Well, it turns out that Ilumi has created an all-new smartbulb, called the Ilumi A19, and we got our hands on one to check out.
Accessory manufacturer iHome has shown its entire 2016 product line at the Las Vegas CES. Highlighting the 2016 lineup are new products from the company's iHome Control smart home brand, as well as a new rugged portable speaker line called Weather Tough. Also demonstrated are other gadgets for the home, continuation of the company's Bluetooth speaker lines, mobile docking/charging stations, and headphones.
New ClamCase owner Incipio has announced the first new iPad Bluetooth keyboard cases made since the company took over its rival last year, including three models for the iPad Air 2 and a new model for the iPad Pro, along with one for the iPad mini 4. Most models include keyboard backlighting, wth one model featuring a rear OLED screen for notifications while the case is closed, and the one for the iPad Pro including a storage slot for the optional Apple Pencil drawing stylus.
Everyone has them: the oft dubbed "dumb" electronics. Whether it's your window air conditioner, your favorite floor lamp, or your beloved Christmas lights, these tend to be trusty companions that work on the rapidly archaic notion of physically turning them on and off via an inconveniently placed light switch or button, a power strip hidden behind a decade of AV equipment, or God forbid: plugging and unplugging them directly from the outlet. Instead of getting rid your "dumb" electronics for an updated "smart" version, why not just update your outlet? That's what Nyrius did with their crowd-funded Smart Outlet.
Accessory maker Griffin has brought new color options to some of its best-selling products, and is showing them off at CES. The company has produced matching "iPhone color" versions (gold, silver, and "space gray") of it's PowerMate Bluetooth control knob, it's Elevator laptop stand (presumably to match the similar options on the Retina 12-inch MacBook) and it's Guide cable and wire anchors (the more-visible orange option will remain available for the Guide).
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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