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A wireless technology specifically geared towards exchanging data over short distances, Bluetooth is a staple hardware feature for many Apple products, such as those in the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac lineups. Bluetooth is also incorporated in many Apple peripherals, such as the Magic Keyboard, and Magic Mouse.

Bluetooth Stories May 2, 2016

AAPL: 93.64

-0.10

If there was one thing I would have sworn you could never interest me in trying, it was yet another Bluetooth earpiece. There are about a zillion of these available (well, 45,322 according to Amazon), and for the most part my view has always been that if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen ’em all. Stick them in your ear and get tinny, one-eared sound that is hopeless for music but does the job for hands-free phone calls when you don’t have access to an installed setup in your car.

But I had to admit that the Schatzii Bullet is rather smaller and more stylish than most, with a cute charging system that goes some way toward making up for the somewhat limited battery-life that inevitably accompanies such a small device. It seemed worth a try …

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Bluetooth Stories April 29, 2016

AAPL: 93.74

-1.09

If you’re looking for a pair of inexpensive wireless earbuds for workouts, then Aukey’s EP-B20 Bluetooth Headset is worth a look. These aren’t the most prestigious earbuds that you can pick up, but they sound decent, feel great in ear, and come with a reasonable $27.99 price. expand full story

Bluetooth Stories April 21, 2016

AAPL: 105.97

-1.16

9to5Toys Last Call: 12.9-inch iPad Pro 32GB $650, Adonit Jot Pro Stylus $22, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Last Call Updates:

SanDisk’s new iXpand Flash Drive for iPhone & iPad sports a fresh design and speed boost

Mpow Apple MFI Certified 3100mAh Power for iPhone 6/s $10 w/ code JPRA8LHY (Reg. $26) | Amazon

Mpow Apple MFI Certified 2400mAh Power for iPhone 5/s/SE  $10 w/ code JPRA8LHY (Reg. $26) | Amazon

Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro 32GB Wi-Fi in all colors: $650 shipped (Reg. $799)

Apple iPad Air 16GB Wi-Fi in Space Gray or Silver $249 shipped (Orig. $399)

Adonit Jot Pro Fine Point Stylus for iPad, iPhone & Android devices: $22 Prime shipped (Reg. $30)

JayBird X2 Sport Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds in multiple colors: $100 w/ in-store pickup (Reg. $130), more

Readdle’s Calendars 5 for iOS goes free for the first time in years (Reg. up to $7)

App Store Free App of the Week: Space Marshals goes free for the very first time ($5 value)

Upgrade Your Mac with 3 Great Apps: Scapple $9 (Orig. $15), STAMP Premium $5 (Orig. $10), Ghostnote $7 (Orig. $10)

Apple offers Day One 2 iOS journal app for free ($10 value)

The best accessories for Apple’s 12-inch MacBook: USB-C cables, hubs, flash storage, more

Apple drops the price on refurbished 12-inch MacBooks, now start at $929 shipped

Review: Are these third-party $11 Apple Watch Sport bands any good? Turns out, they aren’t too bad.

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

Save $10/month by owning your cable modem: NETGEAR DOCSIS 3.0 $47 (Reg. $60), more

MORE DEALS STILL ALIVE:

Audio-Technica ATH-M40X Over-Ear Headphones + FiiO E6 Amp: $82 shipped ($105 value), more

Smartphone Accessories: Pad & Quill Timber Catchall Stand for Apple Watch in cherry wood finish $64 (Reg. $99), more

NEW PRODUCTS & MORE:

Edelkrone wants to replace your tripod with its slick new camera stand

Bluetooth Stories April 14, 2016

AAPL: 112.10

0.06

9to5Toys Last Call: $100 iTunes Gift Card $85, Jackery Power Bank/Lightning Cable $20, Aukey Bluetooth Speaker $19, more

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Last Call Updates:

App Store Free App of the Week: Space Marshals goes free for the very first time ($5 value)

Get a $100 iTunes Gift Card for $85 delivered via email from PayPal (15% savings)

Jackery USB Power Banks: 6000mAh w/ MFi Lightning Cable $20 (Reg. $30), 20100mAh USB-C $36 (Reg. $50)

Smartphone Accessories: Aukey Bluetooth Speaker $19 (Reg. $27), iPhone 6/s Plus Leather Folio Flip Case $15, more

Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro 32GB Wi-Fi in Silver: $670 shipped (Reg. $799), more

Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular in all colors: $860 shipped (Reg. $1,079)

Apple’s latest 256GB Retina MacBook Pro: $1,200 (Reg. $1,499) – $99 less than list price of 128GB model

Apple 12-inch MacBook w/ Retina display 1.2GHz/8GB/512GB: from $1,250 w/ .edu

What if I told you that you could get a great Apple Milanese Loop knockoff for a tenth of the price ($16 Prime shipped)?

Apple Watch 42mm Space Gray Milanese Loop Band + Aluminum Dock: $27 Prime shipped (Reg. $35)

App Store Free App of the Week: Cut the Rope Time Travel for iPhone and iPad goes free for the very first time (Reg. $1)

Anthill for iOS drops down to its lowest price in years: $1 (Reg. $2)

Apple’s Pay Once & Play 50% off iOS game sale: Transistor, Brothers, Rules!, Implosion, Radiation Island, more

Brothers A Tale of Two Sons iOS puzzle-adventure game gets its first price drop: $2 (Reg. $5)

Apple offers Day One 2 iOS journal app for free ($10 value)

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

Pebble Time iOS/Android Smartwatch with color e-paper display: $105 shipped (Reg. $130+)

MORE DEALS STILL ALIVE:

Philips Hue Starter Kits (1st gen) w/ free shipping: Lux $56 (Orig. $80), White & Color $135 (Orig. $170)

Philips Hue discounted bundles: 4-pack A19 white & color bulbs (2nd gen) $199 shipped (Reg. $240), more

Stay online when the power goes out with the APC Back-UPS Power Supply for $20 (Reg. $30)

NEW PRODUCTS & MORE:

Amazon’s new $290 Kindle Oasis is a slim, luxury e-reader with months of battery life

The Lycan Powerbox is a robust solar generator with a swappable battery system

Bluetooth Stories April 4, 2016

AAPL: 111.12

1.13

Satechi’s new Aluminum Wireless Keypad is the numeric keypad add-on Apple doesn’t make for its own wireless keyboard. Apple has a truly full-sized keyboard with the number/keypad option, but it’s only available as a wired keyboard. Its wireless Bluetooth keyboard, however, which it bundles with its Mac desktops and also sells separately, is shorter and doesn’t come with the old number pad.

That’s probably because the majority of users probably don’t miss it with the top number row suffice for occasional number input, so it’s understandable why Apple doesn’t pay much attention to it. But I personally like and miss the speed of using a keypad for quick commands in pro apps like Logic and punching in numbers in spreadsheets (it’s tax time…), so I’ve been testing Satechi’s new Aluminum Wireless Keypad that recently arrived.

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Bluetooth Stories March 22, 2016

AAPL: 106.72

0.81

Apple yesterday officially released tvOS 9.2 to the public. The update includes a variety of new features, such as folder support, Siri Remote dictation, iCloud Photo Library, and more. One thing that was added, however, that was originally expected to be included when the fourth-gen Apple TV initially shipped is support for Bluetooth keyboards. With tvOS 9.2 users are now able to pair Bluetooth keyboards with their Apple TV to more easily make search queries and the like. Read on as we tell you how to go about setting this up..

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