Posts tagged with: bluetooth 4.0
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    Bluetooth may be one of the most used but least understood technologies packed inside our smartphones and tablets today. In its early days we were promised a wireless future with a Personal Area Network of interconnected devices. Wireless headsets were pretty much all we got from the initial iterations of the Bluetooth standard, but that's all changing. The Bluetooth SIG completed the Bluetooth Core Specification version 4.0 (called Bluetooth Smart) in  June 2010, and has announced a couple updates since then. However, technology marches ever onward, and earlier this month Bluetooth 4.1 ...

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    We seem to get caught up debating which OS is better, or which manufacturer makes the best hardware. Doing so hides the fact that today's personal electronic devices are wondrous things. We can literally reach out across the globe to communicate with friends, family, and even complete strangers in real-time. We can surf the web. We can watch TV and movies. We can read books. We can listen to music. On the surface it looks like we have it all. We don't. Our smartphones and tablets do a lot, but they're quickly shedding (or not adopting) features and functionality in lieu of other devices ...

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    Over the years, Bluetooth has become one of those terms you simply expect to see when reading through the specifications of a phone – any phone. It's a given that most smart devices have it. Laptops, smartphones, tablets, and most wireless peripherals or connected accessories utilize Bluetooth in some way or another. And the use cases for Bluetooth stretch far and wide. For many mobile users, although we like to take it for granted, it's a necessity – an undervalued connection we give little to no thought to anymore. That's likely due to the stigmas surrounding the technology. It's ...

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    Before any large event or conference there's always a lot of speculation about what's coming next. It may come as a surprise to many of you, but any software development project is never really "done". There is always a list of features that didn't make it in, known bugs that were deemed not to be "show stoppers", bugs that weren't identified prior to release, as well as other patches and updates that come with the normal development cycle. As such, there will always be updates to software, including operating systems like Android. There are always rumors about what's coming in the next ...

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    Technology has been improving by leaps and bounds in recent years. Processors have gotten faster, RAM has become more plentiful, graphics processors and screens today are outstanding. We even have megabit data connections in our pockets -- which is amazing if you stop and think about it. What hasn't changed much? Batteries. I've seen the future of technology... and battery life still sucks! Honestly, it should come as no surprise, we've been complaining about battery life for as long as we've had consumer electronics. While improvements have been made, let's face it, none of us are ...

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    Bluetooth is a wireless technology that's supposed to make connecting our devices easy. When we're talking about headsets, keyboards, and mice, the process is usually pretty straight forward. Bluetooth itself is capable of so much more than just connecting to simple devices. We can have Personal Area Networks, wireless data transfers, and we can even get updates from specialized equipment like heart-rate monitors. In many cases Bluetooth carries with it a premium cost when it comes to battery life. Items like pedometers, geo-locators, watches, and the monitoring equipment that we talked ...

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