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    The Galaxy S7 has had promo after promo after promo to boost its sales. LG has been trying to keep up with Samsung's shenanigans with a couple of its own tricks. US Cellular was the first carrier in the country to make its LG G5 offer known. AT&T pushed the envelope with a BOGO deal and a free battery. T-Mobile went all-out and put in the LG 360 CAM in the bag gratis. But it looks like Sprint — whose CEO has been a little hapless with Twitter today — will take the race at this stage with low prices and an accessory bundle. With the stipulation that you trade-in your current phone, ...

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    It's the rumor that won't die for the next iPhone everyone's looking forward to. Will the iPhone 7 have a 3.5mm headphone jack or won't it? If so, will Apple provide Lightning connector headphones? Bluetooth even? Maybe just an adapter? Or will we, the consumers, have to pay up for some Beats or something? Someone within a Chinese parts supplier for Apple supposedly has the answer to our main question: yes, the headphone jack is gone. The bet is that wireless EarPods will be the way forward in terms of bundling an in-ear audio option in the box. Another source attempts to confirm that ...

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    Despite its unusual design, with neck-hanging band and retractable earbuds, we unintentionally found ourselves learning to love LG's old Tone Ultra Bluetooth headset. It may not have been the accessory we expected, but dammit – it was pretty solid at doing its job. In the time since that model debuted, we've seen it followed up by more premium models like the Tone Infinim, and now in the days leading up to CES 2016, LG's getting a head start on its new product launches as it reveals a next-gen Tone Infinim design. The new Tone Infinim doesn't attempt to verge too far away from what ...

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    Bluetooth was invented and initially marketed with the intent to replace our wires with miniature radios. What's more, the technology was touted as a way to create a "personal area network" of your devices. Unlike a Local Area Network (or "LAN"), a PAN was supposed to connect all of the devices you'd normally use, all without wires getting in the way. This Bluetooth PAN was supposed to help you sync your PDA to your computer, let you beam data back and forth with others, print stuff, talk on the phone just like Uhura from Star Trek, and even surf the web using your fancy cellular phone's ...

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    Back in 1994, Ericsson (who would later merge with Sony) "invented" Bluetooth. Back then out devices were connected by one of a few technologies: RS-232 "COM Ports", Parallel Ports, and SCSI. USB was still being worked on. Ericsson's vision was to replace the serial RS-232 cables with a new, wireless standard. Bluetooth was born. Bluetooth is a wireless communication standard using the 2.4GHz band (which competes with WiFi and other signals) and is sometimes referred to as 802.15.1. In addition to exchanging data over short distances (typically 30- to 300-feet, though the spec allows for ...

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    For a long time, Bluetooth has been more of a novelty wireless connection for most consumers. It still is, at least for general consumers. All those speakers, headsets, keyboards, smartwatches and fitness bands rely on the standard, which bridges the gap between the ranges of Wi-Fi and contact/line-of-sight transmissions. But data speeds are relatively slow and the audience for those products seems a bit small right now. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group is betting that the audience will grow with smart objects and the Internet of Things coming into play. A connected lifestyle will ...

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    From speakers, to smartwatches, to input devices, the vast majority of wireless accessories we use with our smartphones connect to our handsets over Bluetooth. All the time, the technology behind Bluetooth is getting better, and over the years we've seen the release of new and improved standards – like the “low energy” support we got with Bluetooth 4.0. Sometimes adding compatibility for these changing standards means picking up new hardware, but that's not always the case, and to some extent manufacturers are able to deliver next-gen Bluetooth support to existing devices by means of ...

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    Sometimes it takes a while for new mobile tech to catch on. Like with smartwatches: we had smartwatches in various incarnations for a while now, but it's only been for the past couple years that the tech and underlying ecosystems behind these wearables made them really convenient and useful. One product type that hasn't quite gotten there yet, and is still a bit of a tough sell for a lot of us, is the Bluetooth fob: a little battery-powered token that can be attached to objects you want to keep better track of with the help of your smartphone. We've seen efforts like the Motorola Keylink, ...

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    What's it take to make a pair of Bluetooth headphones exciting? Well, a good first step is launching them alongside some highly anticipated smartphones at a widely publicized press event and giving a sample to everyone in attendance. But free swag is a momentary thrill; making the excitement last takes an authentically impressive product. The Moto Pulse bluetooth headset is just that. I've been using it as my primary audio accessory for a solid week, and in that time I've gotten to know its highs and lows – in every possible sense. With the Pulse, Motorola has crafted a solid set of ...

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    San Diego-based accessory maker Satechi is no stranger to mobile swag. The company's catalog boasts legions of smartphone sidekick products ranging from external batteries to Bluetooth speakers to bicycle mounts. It's made a name for itself in the single-button remote market (a segment I had no idea existed prior to today) with products like the Satechi Bluetooth Home Button and Satechi Bluetooth Shutter Button, and today it expands on the lineup with the Satechi Bluetooth Cortana Button for Windows 10. Don't let the fancy blue decal fool you; the Bluetooth Cortana Button is a direct ...

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    We have smart phones. We have smart cars. Some of us even have smart homes - but the smart homes of yesterday usually have to be professionally wired and programmed. Thanks to modern technology, the capabilities of smart homes are changing, and the interoperability of devices with each other, and controllability from our smartphones and tablets is finally within reach of the average person. Unfortunately, all these different components that go into a smart home are fairly disconnected from each other. We rely on services like IF (formerly IFTTT) and apps like Tasker to build recipes and ...

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    The whole experience was surreal. It was mind-boggling. As it was stupefying. And rage-inducing. This is not fit for human consumption. [gallery ids="440595,440596,440597"]   A teacher once told me that "limitations are only what you make of them." I was a crying brat then and I'll stick with being a crying brat right now. Because unless we push the limits of what a smartwatch or any wearable with a screen can do right now, then "Video for Android Wear&YouTube" is clearly too far ahead of its time and risks being laughed into obsolescence. I'm being melodramatic here, but after ...

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    As developers currently test the second beta of OS X El Capitan, iOS 9 and watchOS 2, it's hard not for these to not reveal more than just the future of Apple software. These builds need to bring support for every product they were designed for, and this could include products that haven't been launched by Apple yet, given the fall timeline for these betas to go official. If you're in the market for a new iMac or Apple TV, it might be a good idea to wait. OS X El Capitan code reveals a possible new 21.5-inch iMac with a 4K display. At the moment if you want ultra-high resolution on an ...

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    So much for inspiring my weight loss journey. The Huawei TalkBand B2 was marketed to us here in the US as a spartan device for spartan athletes and/or white collar workers. It promised a ton of features, but its missions were fairly simple: enable you to track your exercise and to interact with media and calls hands-free. A fitness band and a Bluetooth headset. Plain and simple. Did Huawei live up to its promises? We had a quick taste early on in our review period, but maybe it's time we dive a bit further. The fitness band Thermoplastic Polyurothene is the band material on our black ...

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    Back at the Mobile World Congress we checked out a lot of new mobile products. Beyond the headline-grabbing Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, and HTC One M9, we also saw a ton of stuff from other companies, including a bunch of accessories. One Sony product that caught our eye was an unusual little Bluetooth speaker, a very Nexus-Q-looking black orb that entertained us with its pop-up “earstalks,” color-changing accents, and wheels that let it dance around your desk. Still, it wasn't quite ready for commercial release at the time, and we'd have to wait in order to see all its features in action. ...

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    With as many products as are on display at MWC 2015, it can be tough to make your accessory stand out. Deliver something nice and functional, but with a cookie-cutter design, and you're liable to find yourself quickly forgotten. But spruce things up with a little sound, a little light, and dare we say a little motion, and you're well on your way to catching a few eyes. Sony's doing all that at MWC this year, with its unabashedly cute “smart” Bluetooth speaker BSP60. Pairing over NFC and communicating via Bluetooth, the BSP60 is more than just a speaker. It cycles through colors, raises ...

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    The Inateck BTSP-10 Plus Bluetooth Speaker is powered by double 3-watt precision-tuned drivers, multi-band compressors and built with a high performance composite diaphragm 40 mm Rotunded 16-core NdFeB 3W magnetic driver. What's any of that mean? I don't know ... yet. But I'm fixing to find out! In the meantime, check out the first impressions video below so I can show you what I do know so far. Namely: the BTSP-10 Plus (or BTSP-10P if you wanna get personal about it) is a chunky, hexagon-studded, red-and-black monster box of a speaker. It's intensely loud, aggressively designed, and ...

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    One of the unavoidable pitfalls of covering a field as vast as mobile technology is that sometimes, you get things wrong. It happens regardless of preparation, regardless of time spent with a device, and no matter how many colleagues help copy-edit your work. But it happens most often when you establish an opinion before going hands-on with a product, before incorporating it into your daily life. Out in the real world, that's called prejudice – and it's just as damaging to a product review as the myriad ways it's destructive to broader society. Yes, that's a shallow parallel ... ...

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    Android 5.0 Lollipop brings with it a lot of new features and functionality, and it just looks nicer - but that's not my favorite part. My favorite feature of Android Lollipop, believe it or not, is the setup process! The first thing you'll see when you power on your Lollipop-powered smartphone or tablet is the welcome screen. The screen itself looks beautiful. After you select your language and locale you're asked if you want to connect to your WiFi network to download all the settings and apps using that network rather than your cellular data plan. Once you connect you'll be asked if ...

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    “Where the hell did I leave that phone? I could call it – I think the ringer might be on. Wait... what's my number, anyway?” Sound familiar? If you count yourself among the absent-minded, you're in good company, as plenty of us regularly find ourselves losing track of our smartphones. Online tracking services help to a degree, but if you're sure the phone is somewhere inside your house, a local solution can sure help speed things up. To that end, Motorola has just launched its latest mobile accessory, the Motorola Keylink Bluetooth fob. Keylink works with the Motorola Connect app for ...

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    Competition between the big players on the mobile platform stage is an odd thing. On one hand, it's in the best interest of companies like Google to see the Apples of the world fail, driving users over to its own platform. But at the same time, we have Google releasing app after app for iOS. Microsoft's in on this seemingly counter-intuitive action as well, and this year has seen it bring Office to more of its competitors' devices. Today we check out a new accessory from Microsoft that further establishes its willingness to “step over the lines” as it were, delivering features tailored ...

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    Two years ago this month, Google unveiled the Nexus Q during Google I/O... and that was the last time many of us ever saw the media hub. While it was an interesting concept, giving users an Android-powered device to stream audio or video to their televisions, the $300 asking price was pretty steep, and Google quietly killed the Q off in the months that followed. Since then, we've seen devices like Chromecast rise to take its place, and today we see the launch of another model that takes a pinch of Q inspiration, as Motorola introduces the Moto Stream. Moto Stream is a bit more focused than ...

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    Smartphone audio quality is better now that it's ever been before. We've got handsets capable of 24-bit, 192kHz output like the LG G2, and models with beefy front-facing speakers like HTC and all its BoomSound models. Sometimes, though, you really need a proper external speaker to really appreciate the sound your phone pumps out, and for a lot of us that means a wireless Bluetooth speaker. For those of us in the US, one new option is about to arrive, with Bayan Audio announcing plans to bring its gear to the US. While Bayan's got a number of docks, we're most interested in its Soundbook ...

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    So you’re looking for a set of speakers a little beefier than what your smartphone’s packing out of the box. We've been down this road before, most notably with our unboxing of the monstrous JBL PowerUp dock that we bought to match our Nokia Lumia 920 back in 2012. But such big sound often requires big equipment: the PowerUp is a monster. And if you go for a smaller solution, you're often left dealing either with tangled-up cables or a speaker with a battery so small that it dies within a few hours. Truly, these are trying times for mobile audio (unless you own a phone with BoomSound, ...

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    Yesterday, I explored the concept of working entirely from a tablet – an iPad mini with Retina display, to be exact. On Thursday last week, I attempted to go tablet-only for the entire day, only to confirm what most already knew. While I could easily do 90 percent of the writing, editing, and publishing I do – including photo editing, spreadsheets, and fact checking – it wasn't ideal to try to do everything from an iPad. No surprise there. I've known this for some time. I've tried countless times in the past to move over to a tablet to handle the brunt of my work and it's never ...

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