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August announces new smart locks and a smart doorbell

 August has updated its smart lock line with a new Pro version with Bluetooth, HomeKit, and Wi-Fi support, as well as the more basic model for $149. They’ve also announced the Doorbell Cam Pro for $199 that lets you see visitors approaching your domicile, even at night. The August is unique in that it depends entirely on the phone for usage, improving security (or reducing usability)… Read More

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John Biggs

September 19th

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Hackers can steal data off your Android phone via Bluetooth

Bluetooth BlueBorne Hack

As always with new security issues affecting mobile devices, it’s Android users who have to worry about the newly discovered Bluetooth hack. Windows and iOS phones are protected against it but only if you’ve installed the September 12th security patch on Windows or run iOS 9.3.5 or laters. A security patch is already rolling out to Android device. But we all know that updates aren’t exactly instant in the Android universe, especially compared to Apple’s or Microsoft’s updates.

The BlueBorne attack can also work on other Bluetooth-enabled devices, including computers and IoT gadgets.

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Chris Smith

September 14th

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Nintendo Switch Joy-Con and Pro controllers work on PC, Mac and Android

switch-2270015 The Nintendo Switch’s Bluetooth controllers work with a range of different platforms, it turns out – making for some of the most flexible console controllers currently available. The Xbox One and PlayStation DualShock 4 controllers can also connect to a range of devices using Bluetooth, but the Joy-Cons seem to be ready to use with Macs out of the box with no additional software,… Read More

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Darrell Etherington

March 6th

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Nintendo Switch Joy-Con and Pro controllers work on PC, Mac and Android

switch-2270015 The Nintendo Switch’s Bluetooth controllers work with a range of different platforms, it turns out – making for some of the most flexible console controllers currently available. The Xbox One and PlayStation DualShock 4 controllers can also connect to a range of devices using Bluetooth, but the Joy-Cons seem to be ready to use with Macs out of the box with no additional software,… Read More

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Darrell Etherington

March 6th

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The $10 Raspberry Pi Zero W is the teeniest little Wi-Fi-enabled computer you’ve ever seen

img_3020 When the original $5 Raspberry Pi Zero came out – to much fanfare, I might add – users connected it to all sorts of things. They made micro gaming rigs that ran on the 1GHz single-core CPU and added Pi Hats – little breakout boards – to power robots and sensors. Now you can do all that but without worrying about a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth dongle. The $10 Pi Zero W is the… Read More

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John Biggs

February 28th

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The $10 Raspberry Pi Zero W is the teeniest little Wi-Fi-enabled computer you’ve ever seen

img_3020 When the original $5 Raspberry Pi Zero came out – to much fanfare, I might add – users connected it to all sorts of things. They made micro gaming rigs that ran on the 1GHz single-core CPU and added Pi Hats – little breakout boards – to power robots and sensors. Now you can do all that but without worrying about a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth dongle. The $10 Pi Zero W is the… Read More

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John Biggs

February 28th

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Nintendo Switch will not support one extremely popular accessory

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Nintendo really needs the Switch to be a home run. With the utter failure of the Wii U and rapidly aging 3DS lineup, the company could really use a bit of luck and a whole lot of love in 2017. With so much riding on the Switch, you'd think Nintendo would have packed just about every standard bit of functionality into the system as possible, but it seems that just isn't the case. A report from French news site Melty reveals that Nintendo has decided not to support wireless Bluetooth headsets, meaning that any personal audio you need at home or on the go will have to come with a cord.

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Mike Wehner

February 24th

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The Sengled Pulse is a clever but problematic take on whole-home audio

bulb_page_b_sec_1 Sengled is the latest manufacturer to jump into the smart bulb space and their products, while a bit behind the curve, are clever and – most important – cheap. Their smartest smart bulbs are $10 cheaper than the arguably top-of-the-line Philips LIFX bulbs and they also offer the Pulse, a pair of bulbs containing an LED light source and JBL Bluetooth speakers for about $100.… Read More

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John Biggs

January 17th

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Estimote uses their new mesh network of BLE beacons to decorate a yuletide tree

screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-5-34-18-pm Everyone knows the holiday season means three things: family, friends and interconnected low-energy Bluetooth devices connected using a simple mesh network. Estimote, a beacon company, has given us the last thing by creating a small mesh network of wireless beacons that they proceed to hang on a Christmas tree. The new beacons run Bluetooth Low Energy and connect to each other automatically.… Read More

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John Biggs

December 8th

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Become Michael Knight with Dashbot, an AI for your car

56bb6606492354b482e938a39f64f40b_original Who needs a smart car when you have a cool car? The Dashbot is a $49 add on for your vehicle that allows you to interact with your phone and Alexa while driving, thereby keeping your hands free to fend off pomaded villains and to swoop in an save innocent people before a helicopter explodes overhead. The product is a sort of Bluetooth speaker on steroids with lots of functionality built-in and… Read More

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John Biggs

November 26th

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