All items tagged with "Bluetooth"

Tile Bluetooth tracking tag works great — if you live in San Francisco

The tiny Tile really is small and light enough to use anywhere. Photos Charlie Sorrel/Cult of Mac

The tiny Tile really is small and light enough to use anywhere. Photos: Charlie Sorrel/Cult of Mac

The Tile is a tiny plastic widget that never gets lost. In theory anyway. It talks to your iPhone via low-power Bluetooth and lets you track the Tile itself, and anything the Tile is attached to.

I’ve been using one for the last couple of weeks, and it works just fine. But so far it doesn’t seem to be much more useful than one of those keychain finders that beeps when you whistle. Why? Because to be truly useful, the Tile needs to reach a critical mass of users.

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FCC filing suggests Apple will enter the iBeacon hardware business

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Apple’s iBeacon technology has potentially massive implications across a range of areas — many of them having been demonstrated over the past year.

Up until now, however, Apple has handled only the software side of the equation with the aid of the microlocation technology found in iOS. That may be set to change with new first-party iBeacon hardware, for which FCC filings have just been uncovered by electronics company Securifi.

Registered as the “Apple iBeacon” and with a model number of A1573, the document describes how the technology was tested in collaboration with the Chinese company Audix Technology, between April 30 and May 13 this year. The beacon in question (at least in the case of the model tested) is USB-powered, has a diameter of 5.46’, and a working frequency of up to 2.4GHz, which is standard for Bluetooth.

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Gadget Watch: New gear to trick out your iPad, your bike and your camera

Logitech’s updated Ultraslim Keyboard Cover is worse in almost every way

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Old versus new: Logitech takes several steps backward with its next-gen Ultrathin Keyboard Cover. Photos: Charlie Sorrel/Cult of Mac

Logitech’s updated Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad Air replaced its predecessor mere months after the original’s launch. The most obvious difference between the two is the flip-out hinge that joins the keyboard to the iPad like a cover to a book, but in reality the two devices are completely different.

Is the new one better? In one way yes. In others? Nope.

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Friday Deals: GripGo Universal Car Mount and iOS BACtrack Breathalyzer [Deals]

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The weekend is nearly upon us, so why not grab some great savings before it arrives from Cult of Mac Deals?

We’ve got the GripGo Universal Car Mount available for just $13.99 and the BACtrack Breathalyzer for iOS for only $99.99 in two very limited time offers!

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Bluetooth bamboo speaker bangs out the beats

Photo:Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

Photo:Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

Wood. It’s just better.

This portable bluetooth speaker uses sustainable bamboo to wrap a pretty great little speaker up in the warm resonance of wood. Kickstarted and made by the folks at Otis & Eleanor, the Bongo portable bluetooth is capable and beautiful at the same time.

There are Bongo designs for everyone, some with dark brown stain, some with black, and some with no stain at all. The speaker grilles come in a variety of ’60s and ’70s-inspired fabric with colors straight out of your mom’s old living room. The unit we got to spend time with comes with brown, copper, gold and red tweed covered speakers and fits in just about any decor we can throw at it around the house. It also looks stunning in a hotel room, what with its classic retro look.

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The Air-Fi Matrix2 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones: Take Incredible Sound Anywhere [Deals]

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Listening to your favorite music through a good pair of stereo headphones can make it sound like you’re hearing it for the first time. With the Bluetooth-enabled Air-Fi Matrix2, take that experience anywhere.

If you’re looking for a rich wireless audio experience with solid bass and treble so smooth it’ll make butter jealous, grab a pair of these bad boys. And Cult of Mac Deals has the Air-Fi Matrix2 headphones for 46% off the regular price during this limited time offer – only $79.99!

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‘Peacekeeper’ Bluetooth Alarm And Flashlight Douses Humans With Pepper Spray

‘Peacekeeper’ Bluetooth Alarm And Flashlight Douses Humans With Pepper Spray

This combined Bluetooth attack alarm, flashlight and pepper spray is called the Peacekeeper. LOL.

The Peacekeeper keeps the peace by letting its user deliver a does of “military-grade” pepper spray into the face of another human being. Here’s what that means, according to a paper from the European Parliament Scientific and Technological Options Assessment (STOA).

The effects of pepper spray are far more severe, including temporary blindness which lasts from 15–30 minutes, a burning sensation of the skin which lasts from 45 to 60 minutes, upper body spasms which force a person to bend forward and uncontrollable coughing making it difficult to breathe or speak for between 3 to 15 minutes.

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Macally Keyboard Pairs With Five Bluetooth Devices, Plus One USB

Macally Keyboard Pairs With Five Bluetooth Devices, Plus One USB

Macally’s BTKEYPRO looks like a nice do-everything keyboard, for all your devices. The main selling point is that it can pair with and switch between up to five devices, letting you use it with your iMac, MacBook, iPad, iPad Mini and iPhone, all at the touch of a key.

But it does more than just that.

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Sound Step Lightning: An Electrifying Bluetooth Speaker [Deals]

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In our multi-device, multi-user, multi-tasking world, you need a speaker that lets you control the music right from the palm of your hand, helping you discover, share and enjoy new sounds on the daily. Cult of Mac Deals a speaker that certainly fits the bill.

The Sound Step Lightning is Soundfreaq’s next-generation Bluetooth speaker. Featuring a dock for Apple’s Lightning 8-pin connector (on iPhone 5/5S), Bluetooth connectivity, USB audio and line-in playing – it gives you audio playback versatility. and it can be yours for only $99 – a savings of 23% – through Cult of Mac Deals.

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