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Beep's volume knob slash WiFi adapter reincarnates your aging stereo as a wireless model, but it only worked with Pandora streaming -- up until now. The company's just added Spotify's Connect service to its app, meaning you can select the Beep device you want to stream to (assuming you have more t...

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For all the talk of an Internet of Things, many Bluetooth devices aren't very internet-savvy; they usually have to rely on WiFi (or another gadget entirely) to hop online. That's going to change very shortly with the advent of Bluetooth's new 4.2 spec. If a sensor, smart light bulb or other low-po...

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So long as you still need physical ID cards and cash, you'll need something to carry them -- but that doesn't mean that you're stuck with a low-tech purse or wallet. StreetSmart is crowdfunding the SmartWallet, a money holder with both a Bluetooth-connected GPS locator and a 1,000mAh battery to ch...

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Motorola isn't done releasing small yet convenient accessories this year, apparently. It just unveiled the Keylink, a Bluetooth key fob that helps you find both your smartphone and your keys. If you lose your phone between the seat cushions, you can push a button on the Keylink to make it ring fro...

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Music is a social experience. Headphones -- by their very nature -- are not. Except the team behind the Wearhaus Arc you see above never got that memo. If you think these look familiar, that's because I wrote Wearhaus an open letter back in May. I received the press release about the Arc headphone...

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Beats today announced the release of new Solo2 Wireless on-ear headphones, the first major new product the company has released since joining the team at Apple last May. "We're taking the most popular headphone in the world and adding wireless Bluetooth functionality to it," Beats President L...

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In just a matter of three months, the Noke smart padlock managed to make its way from Kickstarter to our Expand event as an Insert Coin contender, so of course it's rather special. First of all, it's a Bluetooth 4.0-enabled steel bolt that can be unlocked with a click on the shackle when your iPho...

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If you're into drones and wireless audio, then you'll probably agree that Parrot is the best thing out of France since Daft Punk. Personally, I've been most impressed with the company's wireless headphones, the Zik. In fact, I've been a regular user since it came out about two years ago. Even toda...

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You may remember my review of Cambridge Audio's Bluetone 100 Bluetooth speaker last month. The Bluetone 100 is a 100-watt true stereo speaker that delivers the best sound I've ever heard out of a Bluetooth speaker, and it earned a four star rating out of four stars possible. Well, thanks to Cambri...

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There are myriad devices like the Philips Hue that can be controlled with a smartphone, but how about just... a switch? A company called Avi-on was thinking the same thing, so it created a movable Bluetooth dimmer switch that simply sticks to your wall without any holes or wiring. It can be used t...

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Losing your luggage is no fun, but while companies like Trakdot have been selling trackers for some time, a startup is taking to Indiegogo to create what it calls the "world's first smart, connected carry-on." Bluesmart is a small suitcase with a host of features that its makers believe frequent t...

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I live in Colorado, where it can get cold on occasion. That means that when I go for a walk in the snow or am otherwise out in chilly weather, listening to tunes can be an exercise in futility. I'll wear my Apple Earbuds under a knit hat on occasion, but I'm not a real fan of those buds anyway. ...

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Since Apple's HomeKit home automation framework was announced with fanfare at WWDC 2014 in June, we haven't heard a whole heck of a lot about products that are designed to work in its ecosystem. Today, smart energy technology design firm Velvetwire announced that it will have an Apple HomeKit-ena...

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As part of our continuing coverage of the world of connected devices and of crowdsourced projects, I see a lot of item tracking devices. These are usually little Bluetooth tags that connect to something you want to keep track of - keys, backpacks, computers, cats, you name it - that work with an...

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Macy's experiments with location-sensitive shopping have apparently paid off -- in the wake of a successful trial, the retail behemoth has unveiled plans to put iBeacons in all of its stores. Once they're activated this fall, you can get discounts and other promos on your iPhone as you wander thro...

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