Tag - Bluetooth
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).
It's difficult to find a decent Bluetooth speaker without running into a few problems. Potential buyers could go for quality and spend a lot, opt for a cheap but low-quality device, or take their chances with a mid-range device that tries to give decent audio reproduction and build quality in equal measure. The KitSound Hive 2 certainly counts as a mid-ranged speaker aiming for great things, but does it succeed in punching above its weight? Find out in our review.
Hey there, Amber here. As most of you know, I review a lot of audio equipment here on MacNN, primarily Bluetooth speakers and various types of headphones. Dozens, in fact, in the little-over-a-year that I've been writing here, and no, I don't have a wall'o Bluetooth like Mike and Charles say I do. Despite not having a testament to short-ranged wireless speakers in my home, I think that what I do have gives me a bit of perspective for what makes a Bluetooth speaker good, and I thought I'd pass this information along to you, in an effort to help you pick out a product that works for you.
Whether you're a sporty, outdoorsy type or just the type of person who hates being tethered to their phone, Bluetooth headphones are great. You don't get tangled in them, you can make phone call with them, they're a person's best friend at the gym or on the bus. Today, we're checking out Scosche's little Bluetooth number, a set of earbuds called the SportsclipAir.
So, you're in the market for a speaker, but you want one that can go places that most speakers can't, like out in the rain or in the shower -- but you're not willing to drop hundreds of dollars on a bulky waterproof speaker. No worries, friends, as iHome came up with the iBT15, also known as Drop+, a small, versitile Bluetooth speaker with an IPX5 water-resistant rating.
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Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive, Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN
MIT demoes 'Eyeriss' AI chip for mobile
At the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco this week, MIT researchers presented a new chip designed specifically to implement neural networks. The researchers claim that "Eyeriss" is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU, so it could enable mobile devices to run artificial-intelligence algorithms such as Siri or Cortana, rather than uploading all data to a remote server for processing. http://bit.ly/1TISJBe