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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 March 15, 2016

AAPL: 104.58

2.06

I’ve always been slightly torn when it comes to headphone choice. While I make no claims to being an audiophile, sound quality is my number one criterion when it comes to selecting headphones. I like neutral sound characteristics that faithfully reproduce what the musicians intended us to hear. I also like high-quality, traditional materials with understated looks. That tends to leave me choosing from the traditional hifi brands.

At the same time, though, I’m a gadget guy. I loved the touch-panel controls of the Parrot Zik. The only thing that put me off those is that, plane journeys aside, I’m not a fan of noise-cancelling cans. I like to be able to hear just a little of what’s going on around me – enough to hear when an announcement is being made on a train, or that I’m about to step in front of a bus – and the Zik headphones don’t sound good in passive mode.

So when Phiaton announced the BT 460, which has a similar touch-and-swipe interface, I thought I’d give them a try. These also have one further claim to fame on the gadget front: they automatically pause music when you take them off, and auto-resume when you put them back on …

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Bluetooth Stories February 26, 2016

AAPL: 96.91

0.15

9to5Toys Last Call: 12-inch MacBook from $950, Fitbit Flex $60, Sol Bluetooth Earbuds $70, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Last Call Updates:

Aukey USB Accessories w/ Prime shipping: Bluetooth car audio receiver and charger $17, Dual USB solar charger $39

Apple’s 12-inch MacBook now $300 off: 256GB $1,000, 512GB $1,300 + extra $50 savings w/ .edu email

Apple 11-inch MacBook Air 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB: $720 shipped (Reg. $899)

Apple 13-inch MacBook Air 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB: $800 shipped (Reg. $999)

Apple Mac Pro 12-core Xeon/64GB/1TB: $8,799 shipped (Reg. $9,599), more

Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity & Sleep Wristband in multiple colors: $60 shipped (Reg. $100)

Hit the gym in style w/ Sol Republic’s Shadow Bluetooth Earbuds: $70 shipped (Reg. $100)

App Store Free App of the Week: HoPiKo speed-run platformer goes free for the first time ($2 value)

The highly rated iOS Lotogram photo apps go free for the first time in a year: Reflex, Framatic, Splitter, more

The Walking Dead: Michonne is now available for iOS, Android and consoles

Explore Renaissance Italy in the new Assassin’s Creed Identity action RPG for iOS

All Access is the new one stop app for DC Comics/Film/TV news and more

LD West’s gun holster-style iPhone case & wallet combo: $20 off, deals from $109 shipped

Review: Audioengine turns it up to 11 with its newest Bluetooth HD6 powered speakers

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

Amazon Gold Box: Save 30% on Kindle Accessories – Premium Magnetic Earbuds $12.50, cases, more

MORE DEALS STILL ALIVE:

DJI Phantom 3 Standard Drone w/ 2.7K HD Camera: $439 shipped (Reg. $500+), more

Show off and charge your Apple Watch + iPhone w/ this aluminum dock for just $23 Prime shipped (Reg. $39), more

NEW PRODUCTS & MORE:

Marshall’s first Bluetooth headphones tout impressive battery life alongside a retro design

Bluetooth Stories February 18, 2016

AAPL: 96.26

-1.86

Use your iPhone to control any AA-powered device with this simple $10 adapter

HomeKit-certified devices are the slickest way to control your technology, but if you have any dumb technology powered by AA batteries, you can now remotely switch it on and off using your iPhone.

The Tethercell AA Smart Battery Adapter is a really simple idea. Replace one of the device’s AA batteries with this adapter, which takes a smaller AAA battery, and you can then switch it on and off from an app on your iPhone.

It’s Bluetooth LE rather than Wi-Fi, so range will be limited (the company claims 50-60 feet), but if the device is close enough, it’s a cheap and easy way to add remote control functionality. It’s compatible with all iPhones from the 4S onward.

The adapter costs $20 for two from Amazon.

Via BGR

Bluetooth Stories February 11, 2016

AAPL: 94.27

-0.72

Bluetooth Stories January 28, 2016

AAPL: 94.09

0.67
My cheap headphone jack-less iPhone mockup
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While it’s widely rumored that the iPhone 7 will drop the headphone jack when it launches later this year, known Apple audio supplier Cirrus Logic may have hinted about how Apple plans to handle this transition. Speaking to analysts and investors during the company’s latest earnings call (via BI), CEO Jason Rhode made a few interesting comments about what might be planned for later this year.

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Bluetooth Stories January 12, 2016

AAPL: 99.96

1.43

Apple kicked off the week by releasing a major new beta for each one of its platforms including tvOS 9.2 beta for the new Apple TV. While the software update isn’t available to everyone just yet, the pre-release software brings the 4th-gen Apple TV up to parity with older Apple TVs and even makes it work more like iPhones and iPads. For example, tvOS 9.2 beta finally adds Bluetooth keyboard support to the new Apple TV after first shipping at the end of October without the feature; previous Apple TVs worked with wireless keyboards from the start. The new update also adds a new built-in app and some iPhone-like features as well. Check out the details below:

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