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.