The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced that it has updated its Bluetooth specification to 4.1 with new features for both developers and users of Bluetooth Smart enabled devices. The update brings coexistence support for LTE, better connections, and improved data transfer, all of which lets you connect, stay connected, and interact with your Bluetooth 4.1 devices faster and more reliably. The improved connections, for example, means developers can control reconnection intervals so your devices will automatically disconnect when you leave the room and then reconnect when in close proximity. That in return could also bring better battery life: Read more
When Apple introduced its all-new Mac Pro earlier this year, Marketing SVP Phil Schiller made a point of noting that machine would be capable of driving three 4K displays simultaneously. Since then, there has been much speculation over whether or not Apple will eventually introduce its own 4K displays as an update to its Thunderbolt Display. However, with the Mac Pro expected this month, it looks like displays from third-parties will be the only option at launch. Below we’ve put together a roundup of 4K displays already ready for the Mac Pro launch (which could be any day now –Apple said “December”), including a new model just launched by Dell today. Read more
Rather than make you sift through all of these projects, we’re tracking down the best or most notable crowdfunding projects from around the web and delivering them to you in a simple roundup. If there’s a project that you’ve backed – or even a project that you founded – be sure to leave a link below so it can be considered for the next roundup. Check out our complete list of roundups here.
Decibullz: Easy and Affordable Custom Molded Earphones (Kickstarter project)
Earpods were supposed to be the earbuds to win them all, but we all know that they still manage to fall out of some ears and the lack of noise-canceling capabilities is a huge loss. With Decibullz, these buds are made of “thermoplastic that makes the molding process remarkably simple.” By using your stove or microwave, you can heat up the material in water then shape it to your ear. Re-shaping is just as easy.
The early bird pledge is all gone, but you can grab these for just $39+. Read more
LifeProof has announced an updated version of it’s nüüd and frē cases. The cases both offer the same level of water, dirt, snow and shock protection as the previous nüüd and frē case for the iPhone 5, but now they support using the Touch ID sensor that is built into the home button on the newer iPhone 5s. Read more
After a year of volatility and investments from players Einhorn and Icahn, AAPL stock is approaching its high for the year of $549/share. Read more
Eric Schmidt decided to help all of his friends figure out what steps to take when switching from iOS devices to Android today with a post on Google+ (that’s Google’s social network, since you’ve probably forgotten about it by now).
In the post, Schmidt says that many of his friends are converting to smartphones using the mobile operating system created by the company he runs. He then goes on to list the steps required to move content, contacts, and other data from iOS to Android.
He goes on to describe Android’s interface as being “more intuitive” than Apple’s and suggests gifting iPhone users with devices running an entirely different operating system for the holidays in the hopes that they will go along with your not-so-subtle hint and switch their entire mobile ecosystem to Google’s.