Wireless headphones are finally here to stay, but it can be hard to part ways with your favorite pair of wired headphones. Now you can have the best of both worlds thanks to the Atech Micro Bluetooth Receiver. This small-yet-mighty receiver turns any pair of headphones wireless, so you can keep your favorite wired pair and enjoy wireless convenience at the same time, all for $ 19.99…. Read the rest of this post here
Morel is a company known for creating hi-fi speakers for cars and your home, but the company has a new project on Kickstarter that’s an interesting solution for travelers — a Bluetooth speaker that can be used alone or inside a specially-designed suitcase.
The product is comprised of two separate items that can work in tandem: a speaker called Nomadic and the suitcase companion called Speakase. The stereo speaker features two 6-inch by 4-inch woofers, two 22mm tweeters, and an open baffle (box-less) dipole design. It’s compatible with Bluetooth 4.2 for wireless playback, and it supports aptX HD, which allows for transmitting music at a “CD-like” quality of 16-bit/44.1kHz with minimal latency. It’s also quite sleek-looking with an…
At the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, I was blown away by the sound of the tiny X2 Wireless Surround Speakers ($ 39.97) from Kempler & Strauss. Given the sound, I expected the speakers to be much larger and frankly, more expensive than the $ 40 racquetball-sized speakers. Their small, spherical shape makes them well suited to creating surround sound. They pair together via Bluetooth for wire-free listening and the battery lasts for about four hours.
They don’t have Alexa integration, which is understandable at that price, but more speakers these days do indeed have Alexa. The speakers charge via a magnetic charging base or via the included travel cable and straps. The X2 speakers are sold in both silver and black.
Remarkable sound from separate Bluetooth speakers
Magnetic charging base
Travel cable and straps
Silver or Black
No Alexa integration
Try the X2 Wireless Surround Speakers from Kempler & Strauss and prepare to be surprised.
The new board has a slightly faster 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, Bluetooth 4.2 (an upgrade from 4.1), and dual-band Wi-Fi. I’m especially excited about the Wi-Fi upgrade, because for some reason The Verge offices only have 5 GHz available, so we have to use a rogue 2.4 GHz testing network to work with the Raspberry Pi and many other IoT devices.
Speaking of the Internet of Things, the new Pi’s Wi-Fi has “modular compliance…
People visiting the Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, which is based in North Carolina, can now use an iPhone app to find their way around the hospital, but that’s not all. With a new iOS and Android wayfinding app, the hospital said patients and visitors can now get around the hospital in 21st century fashion. […] Read More… iDrop News
With many connectivity options on our smartphones nowadays, it’s easy to see how things can get very crowded on your status bar. LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, and NFC get added to the time, battery level (and percentage), alarms, and maybe DND or hotspot icons to create a super cluttered status bar. Android has been allowing us to customize this in System UI Tuner for a while, and it has also made a few choices like removing the NFC icon when it’s not actively transmitting data, even when NFC is on.
Amazon Alexa is great; I have a device in every room of my house. But that doesn’t mean each device has to be from Amazon. The iLive Concierge Wireless Speaker with Amazon Alexa ($ 65) has earned a nice place right between Amazon’s low-end and high-end speakers, and it adds a twist. When Amazon got rid of the Tap, it also stopped selling any kind of Alexa device that was battery operated. I find that too limiting.
The Concierge is battery operated, with up to five hours in Bluetooth mode, but just a one to two hours in Wi-Fi mode. Still, that should be plenty for a dinner party on the patio or by the pool. Amazon and Google have added fabric to many of their technology gadgets and iLive matches that with the Concierge’s cloth exterior. iLive even offer a rose-gold option for a little more. The device even supports iHeartRadio, Pandora, Spotify, and TIDAL. Keep in mind that the speaker requires using the free iLive app, as opposed to the Amazon Alexa app.
Voice-activated Amazon Alexa integration
Bluetooth or wired option
Supports iHeartRadio, Pandora, Spotify and TIDAL
Short battery life
Uses iLife app, not Amazon Alexa
If you are looking for a voice-enabled wireless smart speaker, look no further. The Concierge Wireless Speaker with Amazon Alexa from iLive should meet your needs.
We’ve done afewgiveaways with V-MODA in the past, but if you have yet to win anything, here’s another chance. This time, we’re giving away two of the company’s Remix speakers, which normally go for $ 300. If you would rather just buy one, we also have an exclusive coupon for 30% off!
The Remix is V-MODA’s high-end wireless speaker, with a 10-hour battery (3,400mAh) and easy multi-device Bluetooth pairing. It has two 10W speakers, and charges with a Type-C cable (no microUSB!).
If you’ve been looking for a pair of wireless in-ear Bluetooth headphones to use at the gym, while jogging, or during your commute, here’s another great deal for your consideration. Jaybird is a recognized brand in this space, and while the company’s Freedom 2 earbuds aren’t the most groundbreaking pair out there today, they warrant attention at an all-time low of $ 72.93 on Amazon.
The Freedom 2’s look just about the same as any other pair of Bluetooth earbuds that are linked by a slim cable, which is meant to wrap around your nape.
In Android 8.1 Oreo, the maximum number of Bluetooth audio devices that you can have connected at one time is two: one for call audio, and one for media. But in Android P, there’s a new developer option that allows for up to five — yes, five — of your Bluetooth audio devices to be connected to one phone simultaneously.
This new ability for up to five (or up to four, three, or two, depending on what you want) devices to be connected at the same time pairs well with the new ‘Media output’ panel, but it’s definitely a niche feature.