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A big name for a small device, the FAVI Swivel Screen Portfolio Case with Bluetooth Keyboard

on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Ok, I realize not everyone is as enamored with the iPad as I am, but since it is my tablet device of choice, I do like to present interesting options and accessories for it when I find them. The FAVI Swivel Screen Portfolio Case with Bluetooth keyboard (hence forth known as the FAVI case) isRead More…

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Minisuit Bluetooth QWERTY Keyboard Stand Case for iPad mini 1 & 2 review

on Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

When Apple released the iPad mini with Retina display, some people were disappointed because it was slightly thicker than the original.  That meant it was probable that many accessories for the original wouldn’t work with the newest model.  That’s not the case with the Minisuit Bluetooth QWERTY Keyboard Stand Case for iPad mini 1 &Read More…

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The toothbrush has entered the 21st century

on Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Oral-B has created the SmartSeries toothbrush with Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity and associated iOS and Android apps. Now brushing your teeth will no longer be such a mundane task! In addition to making brushing more interesting and potentially more enjoyable, this toothbrush was developed to help improve oral health by collecting and reporting data on yourRead More…

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Add an eInk screen to your smartphone

on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

OAXIS produces cases for your iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy Note II that incorporate a 3.5″ ePaper screen into the back of the case.  The ePaper screen connects via Bluetooth and serves as an auxiliary screen.  Using a special app “allows users to control and manage the second screen to display images, notifications, reminders, andRead More…

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Modern sound from a steampunk device

on Saturday, March 1st, 2014

The Bluetooth Sound Enhancing Amplifier looks like steampunk, but it has some modern features married with some old technology.  The amplifier uses two 6N3 vacuum tubes to “generate 20 RMS watts per channel of distortion-free signal, adding punch and clarity to high bit-rate MP3s, Apple Lossless, or CD-quality audio played wirelessly from an iPhone, iPad, iPodRead More…

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Take your iOS gaming to the next level with the SteelSeries Stratus

on Friday, February 21st, 2014

So, I am moving up in the world, I am upgrading to an iPad air from my old iPad2. Better graphics, better weight, better gaming just to name a few advantages. Speaking of gaming, one area that the iOS devices lack in the gaming arena is a decent hand-held game controller. The SteelSeries Stratus hopesRead More…

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Your Nokia phone can keep track of your treasures

on Thursday, February 20th, 2014
Posted in: Bluetooth Gear, News

With Nokia Treasure Tags, your Nokia phone will notify you before you leave behind your keys, wallet, or whatever you’ve tagged.  The Treasure Tags use Bluetooth 4.0 (with Proximity Profile (PXP), Object Push profile (OPP) 1.1, Find Me Profile (FMP)) to pair with your phone to notify you before you leave something behind.  It has aRead More…

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You’ll be a smash wearing The Dash wireless smart in-ear headphones

on Friday, February 14th, 2014

We are constantly seeing the evolution of the headphone! We have gone from big to small, from wired to wireless, and from over the ear to in the ear. Now Bragi wants to bring you the next evolution of head phone with The Dash, wireless smart in-ear headphones as an active Kickstarter project. The DashRead More…

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Listen to music without getting frost-bitten ears

on Monday, February 10th, 2014

This winter has been the pits.  It’s cold and snowy, and I’m ready for it to be over.  There’s still several weeks to suffer through before spring, and Hammacher Schlemmer has some Bluetooth earbuds that will keep your ears warm while we’re waiting.  The Wireless Headphone Ear Warmers have integrated speakers and a microphone soRead More…

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The new LYNKtec TruGlide Apex stylus is fine – literally

on Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

After suffering through years of wide tipped capacitive styluses, we’re finally starting tonsee styluses with fine tips. Last week I posted a review of the Adonit Jot Script stylus. It was the first iOS stylus that I’ve tested with a tip comparable in size to a to a ballpoint pen. The Adonit is a niceRead More…

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One keyboard to pair with them all…

on Thursday, January 30th, 2014
Posted in: Bluetooth Gear, News

Or at least pair with three devices simultaneously.  At first blush, it seems the Multi-Sync Keyboard from Kanex is designed to work only with Apple products, but reading closer reveals that this Bluetooth keyboard also works with Windows and Android devices, too.  You can even use it with your Apple TV.  This isn’t unexpected fromRead More…

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Coolstream Duo Bluetooth Receiver review

on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

If you’re going to market another Bluetooth receiver in an already overcrowded market, it would make sense to differentiate yourself with a unique feature.  At Coolstream they have made their Duo receiver different in the way it connects to the playback device by plugging in directly to the 30 pin connector on an iPhone docking station.Read More…

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Now there’s a ClamCase for the iPad mini

on Thursday, January 16th, 2014

ClamCase has been making keyboard cases for the full-sized iPad since the first model, and now they have just announced the ClamCase Pro iPad Mini Keyboard Case. It’s compatible with both the original mini and the new mini with Retina display.  This tiny ClamCase has the same features and functions as its bigger siblings but weighs only 0.87Read More…

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Fugoo speakers are all wet

on Monday, January 13th, 2014

If there is one thing that’s indicative of the changing audio landscape, it’s the explosion of headphone and Bluetooth speaker choices. Just a few years ago, decent headphones were an expensive luxury and you could count the number of Bluetooth speakers available on one hand. At the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, countless portable speakers wereRead More…

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Old becomes new with Ion Cassette Adapter Bluetooth

on Saturday, January 11th, 2014

Anybody with an older car can relate to this: You have a smartphone with all the latest Bluetooth connectivity, but your car stereo is still oh so 90s with its cassette and maybe CD player. No USB. No AUX port. Certainly no Bluetooth… until now. Ion has made it possible for any Bluetooth-enabled device toRead More…

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Bem Wireless speaker band is small enough for your wrist

on Friday, January 10th, 2014

Bem  Wireless is a consumer electronics new company that was started in 2012 and has several audio / speaker related products on the market. This week at CES in Las Vegas, they introduced a new speaker that is so small that you wear it like a watch. It’s called the speaker band and features BluetoothRead More…

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Tired of typos on your iPhone? Maybe the Typo keyboard case can help you.

on Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Because he was tired of the inefficient on-screen keyboard on his iPhone, Ryan Seacrest (yep, the guy on TV) joined with Laurence Hallier to develop the Typo iPhone Keyboard Case.  The Bluetooth keyboard sits at the bottom of your iPhone and, according to early users, can increase your typing speed and reduce the number of mistakes.Read More…

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Meet the Pebble Steel Smartwatch

on Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Pebble has just announced a new version of their popular smartwatch, the Pebble Steel.  This version of the smartwatch is made of milled stainless steel and Corning Gorilla Glass, and it comes with metal and leather straps.  It’s fully compatible with existing Pebble apps for iOS and Android.  The Pebble Steel runs for $249, and you canRead More…

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Zepp sensor for golf review

on Monday, December 30th, 2013

Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, three great golfers I will never be like. Let’s face it, three golfers most of us will never be like. What makes these golfers or most professional golfers so much better than the rest of us? Why are they on the tour and we are not? I mean besides theRead More…

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This iPad cover incorporates a Bluetooth speaker for improved sound

on Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

The one thing I don’t like about my iPad mini, and this is true of every iPad I’ve owned, is the wimpy sound from wimpy, back-facing speakers.  I’ve tried various methods of increasing the sound, but I usually just cup my hand around the bottom of the iPad to redirect the sound toward me.  BluetoothRead More…

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People will wonder if you stole a side mirror off a MINI Cooper when they see this speaker

on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

These cute little speakers from iUi look like someone pulled a side mirror off someone’s MINI Coooper and turned it into a speaker.  They connect wirelessly to your audio device through Bluetooth (AAC and apt-X Codec) or NFC; if your device has neither, the speakers also have a 3.5mm aux-in jack on the back.  The IUIRead More…

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This portable speaker can piggyback along for the ride

on Monday, December 9th, 2013

The Pulse Speaker from Felt Audio is tiny (2.2″ X 3.2″ X 0.6″), and it has a clip on the back that lets you attach it to a bag strap, car visor, or even your clothing.  The clip also functions as a kickstand.  This 1.5W speaker reproduces 150- 18000 Hz, and its rechargeable battery gives yourRead More…

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Gift ideas – Four portable Bluetooth speakers

on Monday, December 9th, 2013

For the music fan on your gift list, here are four portable Bluetooth speakers that I reviewed this year and think are worthy enough to consider. They are all small enough to stow in a gear bag or backpack (I’ll admit that one of them is borderline too big for that statement) so that you canRead More…

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ZAGGkeys Cover for iPad mini (original) review

on Friday, December 6th, 2013

Because virtual keyboards on tablets always present a problem for some users, there are a multitude of keyboard cases on the market.  The keyboards for the full-sized tablets are undersized and can be difficult for touch-typists to type on because of their non-standard layout.  I was surprised when I heard that manufacturers were introducing keyboardRead More…

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Add Bluetooth to your car for streaming music and hands-free calling

on Thursday, December 5th, 2013

My car doesn’t have Bluetooth connectivity, so I have to plug my iPod into the Apple-specific input jack in my car to listen to music through the car’s speakers.  If I had the Kinivo BTC450 Bluetooth Hands-free Car Kit, I could add Bluetooth streaming and hands-free calling just by plugging into the 3.5mm audio jackRead More…