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    The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has certified a new "Surface Ergonomic Keyboard" for use with Bluetooth 4.2. Now, why would a presumably large, weirdly shaped keyboard get the Surface branding from Microsoft? Well, it would seem to affirm rumors that a Surface all-in-one computer is coming next month. Now, mind you, a Bluetooth keyboard could be any size, — some pictures of this new keyboard would've been helpful here, but we don't have them — but as WinFuture points out, Microsoft has manufactured some pretty neat-o and large ergonomic keyboards under the "Sculpt" brand. The ...

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    Even as 4G technologies slowly creep into the massive subcontinent of India, sometimes, you're just plain stuck. A decent connection here, a poor connection there, then it's bye bye, birdie. Perhaps, then, you may appreciate YouTube Go. It's Google's way of extending viewing and sharing capabilities beyond your cellular connection. The YouTube part of YouTube Go is much like on the YouTube app for India, but users can also preview how much data each video is going to consume at various bitrates before choosing to either streaming it or downloading it for later use. Users can even share ...

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    The absence of a time-honored, universally used and generally accepted 3.5mm headphone jack on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus due out later today will obviously displease plenty of iFans, many of which have already voiced their disapproval and concerns regarding wireless or Lightning audio. But as it turns out, Apple may not only want to rid you of unnecessary cables and double down on speakers as a direct consequence of the archaic jack removal, also potentially working on higher-end own-brand “AirPods” than even Beats products. This wild last-minute rumor sounds an awful lot like conjecture ...

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    Bluetooth headphones are here to stay, especially considering the industry’s latest trend (or at least threat of a trend) to eliminate the headphone jack from major flagships going forward. Lonovomoto has already done so, and rumors are suggesting that Apple may do the same thing. So, it is up to us, the consumers to adapt to this brave new world in whatever way we can. Fortunately, Mee Audio is here to help, in an unobtrusive, yet stylish way. The Mee Audio X7 Plus headphones are a good combination of size and power that will easily get you through your day. The X7 Plus headphones are ...

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    With the Galaxy Note 7 and Gear 360 camera coming out on August 19 in the US, it seemed that the Gear IconX wireless earbuds were the appetizers to this latest Samsung feast. Independent storage, heart rate monitoring, these $200 buds had the works in them and they would be out in the US starting August 15. Nope. It's been pushed back to be with the rest of the crew to August 19. Kinda disappointing, not really a big deal. It's a small expectation adjustment and, at a certain angle, it definitely makes sense. Via: GSMArena

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    No headphone jacks for the new iPhone? No problem! There are at least a few options to keep the music flowing (at Apple's discretion and cost) without having to resort to blasting your music out for your neighbors to hear. The company could stuff a Lightning-to-3.5mm headphone jack adapter in the box with the iPhone. It could also supply you with some EarPods with a Lightning connector. But it could also skip the whole cable deal altogether and move onto a wireless set of EarPods, independent from each other. That last idea has gotten a thrust with word from a Forbes source that Apple's ...

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    Seeing as how Motorola is kicking off the “no headphone jack” bandwagon, it seemed only appropriate that we cover its answer to the jackless phone – a Bluetooth headset. Motorola recently launched its Verve line of Bluetooth headphones and we wanted to take one set for a test run. We’ve been testing the Verve Ones+ for about a week and here is what we’ve found. Once upon a time, a company called Motorola developed a Bluetooth earpiece called the Hint. The Verve Ones+ seem to be the next evolution of that device. These Bluetooth earbuds are tiny, and truly wireless. They also ...

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    We may know how the Galaxy Note 7 may look like when it gets released. It's going to have some new digs and some old edges. We might even know what's going to be inside of this thing. But what makes a Note a Note? The S Pen, of course. And it wouldn't be fair to Samsung if we didn't decide to start talking about that lovely stylus. Specifically, we're learning from Indian outlet iGyaan that the S Pen will run off of a big update to Bluetooth LE (low energy) which should ease up on the consumption needs there. Air View mode will now also have access to a dictionary, text dictation and an ...

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    We're closer and closer to the release of the HP Elite x3, the baddest ass Windows 10 Mobile phone we have seen yet. It was originally slated to be an enterprise-only release, but the company has relented to fans with some availability planned for individuals. Meantime, the Galaxy A9 Pro may be creeping out of China with an international model to serve as an alternative to bleeding-edge flagships with its high-end, but staunchly standard feature set. Both phones are expected in the US soon with new certification papers from the Wi-Fi Alliance and the Bluetooth Special Interest Group for ...

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    We've been using the iOS 10 and Apple Watch OS 3 developer preview BETAs for almost a week. How is Apple stacking up to it Android competition? Bluetooth 5 is coming with more bandwidth and a focus on "Internet of Things". And, Net neutrality is defended again, this time in the courts. Will companies start accepting it now as the law of the land? These stories and we'll be tackling your questions and comments. Make sure you're charged and ready for episode 205 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on June 17th (click here for your local time), or check out ...

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    As teased for months and months now, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group is releasing Bluetooth 5, a wireless standard that doubles the speed of its last major iteration as well as quadruples the effective range and increases capacity eightfold. It's the standard's big joust into the Internet of Things, competing with Wi-Fi HaLow to connect as many things as possible — things with small batteries meant to last a long time handling a range of tasks. It also competes with the household-focused Google Cast standard. It's currently centered on media input and output sources, but will soon ...

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    Bluetooth 4.2, introduced in December of 2014, is about to be replaced. The wireless standard, which hasn't seen much change at the center of its core specifications, will see its biggest update since July of 2010 with the launch of Bluetooth 5. No point versions. Just "5". The Bluetooth Special Interest Group will release the details of Bluetooth 5 at a London press event on June 16. It has been said to have double the speed and quadruple the range of Bluetooth 4.0 connections and "provide significant new functionality for connectionless services like location-relevant information and ...

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    It's been a couple years of silent squats and burpees for Samsung's fitness-dedicated wearables. That's not to say that the company has ignored fitness. Not by a long shot. But if the chaebol wants to keep battling the likes of Apple and Fitbit, it needed to get its fitness right. Did it? Well, the Gear Fit 2 is giving it a shot. It keeps the wide AMOLED display from its predecessor, though it's gotten a bit wider — 216 x 432 at a 38.1mm (1.5 inches) diameter — that can show live stats as well as messaging notifications. The display is shy of the 24.5mm profile of the ...

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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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