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LG Tone Pro Bluetooth headset sports neck brace design and a lower price tag

LG is bringing yet another one of its stylish, according to the manufacturer, in-ear Bluetooth headsets to the market. This time, however, the LG Tone Pro, while carrying the same 3D NeckBehind style of its predecessors, also carries a substantially more affordable price tag.

Bluetooth headsets are a dime a plenty in today’s mobile market, but some are designed specifically with comfort in mind, or so goes the pitch. LG is quite proud of its LG Tone line, having undergone many iterations, particularly of its award-winning 3D NeckBehind design. The somewhat odd-looking amalgamation of wired in-ear buds and a Bluetooth neck collar aims to deliver a quality audio experience without burdening your ears or your head, relocating the bulk of the weight to the collar that sits conveniently on your shoulders.

In terms of hardware, the LG Tone Pro contains almost everything you need for a basic listening experience, only lacking perhaps some big-named audio maker’s brand. The headset connect, of course, via Bluetooth, with version 3.0 being the primary supported specification. The Advanced Multipoint feature allows users to pair two audio sources simultaneously, seamlessly switching between, for example, a laptop and a smartphone as the case warrants. The headset supports both Headset and Hands-free Bluetooth profiles as well as A2DP and voice remote control protocols. Charging time takes less than 2 hours, which gives the headset advertised operating times of up to 15 hours for talk, 10 hours for music, and 21 days on standby.

The LG Tone Pro is now available for online purchase from Verizon and Best Buy, with Amazon, Radio Shack, AT&T, and T-Mobile soon to follow. Unlike the LG Tone Ultra unveiled last year, which boasted of JBL Signature Sound and a $129.99 price tag, the Tone Pro will only be selling for $69.99.

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HeadWatch is part smartwatch, part Bluetooth headset, totally baffling

Smartwatches are a dime a dozen these days, so if you’re making one and want to get noticed, you’d better have an enticing hook. And, in the case of the HeadWatch, it literally has a hook — one that anchors the main body of the device to your ear so it can double as a sort of hands-free headset. Seeking $300,000 of crowdfunding cash through Indiegogo, the HeadWatch is standard wearable fare, mostly. It’s an Android-based, touchscreen smartwatch that acts as a companion for your smartphone, with a few frills like notification light strips and a temperature sensor thrown in.

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Hands-on: Huawei TalkBand B1 [VIDEO]

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This year’s tech conventions have been all about wearable smart devices. From glasses to smartwatches and rings, these accessories are meant to be with us at all time while they bring us improved functionality. Huawei is the latest to join the game with the TalkBand B1 – but what is it that makes it special?

What does the Huawei TalkBand B1 do?

The B1 is a bit of an odd device. In essence, it is a basic fitness watch that serves as a bluetooth headset and looks like a Samsung Gear Fit.

The black part that carries the screen can be taken out of the band, pretty much turning it into a bluetooth headset. When wearing it, the B1 also keeps track of your steps, the hours you have slept and the calories you have burnt.

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Compatibility

Sadly, this device is only compatible with one smartphone/tablet right now – the Huawei MediaPad X1. It makes a bit of sense, considering the MediaPad X1 is pretty much an over-sized phone.

It would be ridiculous to put that 7-inch device up to your face every time you make a call, right? The TalkBand B1 makes for the perfect MediaPad X1 companion, allowing you to make calls without even taking out your device.

At the same time, we hope Huawei doesn’t plan to keep this wearable compatible with only one device. It would be a huge mistake to limit it to Huawei devices, even. If they want it to be at least somewhat successful, they need to open it up to everyone.

Price & availability

The Huawei TalkBand B1 will cost 99 Euros once it’s released. We have no confirmed release date yet, but it should be before the spring.

First reaction

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I was actually left pretty impressed with the Huawei TalkBand B1. The device is very simple, yet helpful – I like it. It’s also a great way to always have your bluetooth device with you. Huawei is not overloading its smart watch with gimmicky features or complicated systems. This makes it a very intuitive wearable.

I do feel like Huawei could have changed a few things for the better (and might in time for its release). For example, I didn’t like the rubber material the band is made of. As you can see from our pictures, the band gets dirty exceptionally quick after being handled. Imagine dirt mixed with sweat and oils, and you have yourself once nasty looking band.

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It does have an estimated battery life of 7 hours (2 weeks in standby), which is not bad at all. This little guy will stay alive for a long time before you run out of juice.

I also am pretty upset to see it only being compatible with one device for now. This is something that will probably change in the future, and hopefully it will come to non-Huawei smartphones as well.

They will have to open it up to other users if they want the B1 to be successful. I know I am not buying a Huawei device anytime soon. And I am sure not many of you own one – it is not exactly the most popular of brands.

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[MWC 2014] Huawei’s TalkBand B1 Combines Fitness Tracker, Bluetooth Headset, Questionable Looks

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As part of its Mobile World Congress presentation, Huawei officially unveiled its own entry into the wearable market with the TalkBand B1. There’s no denying the device looks odd, but there’s functionality hidden in its slightly weird-looking body. The display portion of the device actually pops out and can be used as a Bluetooth headset, while the band itself can be uncapped to reveal a USB connector for charging.

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According to CNet’s hands-on, Huawei claims 7 hours talk time and 2 weeks standby battery life for the device.

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Huawei enters the wearable category with the TalkBand B1

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Do we really need a wristband that tracks your health and also turns into a headset? Huawei thinks so.

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It was only a matter of time before Huawei got in on the increasingly-relevant wearable space, and the TalkBand B1 is its first attempt. This device, while it looks wrist-bound, is actually two devices in one. The name reveals its hand a little bit — the TalkBand can both be used as a fitness band to capture and give you simple information about your movement but can also be removed from the band and used as a Bluetooth headset.

That’s right, you can remove the screen from the TalkBand and stick it in your ear and use it to make and receive calls. When it’s all put together, the TalkBand looks and works like your standard fitness band — think Fitbit or LG Lifeband — with a 1.4-inch curved OLED display and a single button on the side. When removed, it looks like a sleek, low-profile headset with a simple microphone slot and rubber earpiece.

The band latches together with two metal prongs, and one end pulls double duty as a USB plug to charge the device. That means you have the simplicity of not needing a cable to charge, but it also gives the TalkBand IP57 waterproofing as well. The band itself feels comfortable, as it should when you’ll be wearing it all the time, but is a tad thick because it has to house all of the components of a Bluetooth headset at the same time.

    



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Huawei Announces TalkBand B1 Fitness Tracker With Bluetooth Headset

Chinese company Huawei is entering the wearable market with its announcement of the Talkband B1 at the Mobile World Congress (MWC 2014) in Barcelona, Spain. The device is aimed at fitness enthusiasts as it is able to provide data on the number of steps you have taken, distance traveled, and calories burned on a daily basis. It is also able to detect sleep phases and helps users wake up to their normal body clock.

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The Huawei Talkband B1 is water-resistant and comes with a 1.4 inch OLED display. It also has a Bluetooth 4.1 earpiece that is able to support wireless calling. All you have to do is pair it with your Android (2.3 and above) or iOS (5.0 and above) smartphone and you will be able to view the caller ID and even make calls.

Huawei Chief Executive Richard Yu describes this device as an integrated Bluetooth headset and smartband that has NFC pairing and Bluetooth 4.1. It is IP57 certified which makes it resistant to water and dust. Users will be able to wear this even while in the shower.  The strap used is also a USB connector which allows the device to be charged. The 90mAh battery charges in 2 hours and can provide up to 7 hours of talk time and up to 6 days of use.

The Talkband B1 doesn’t have the many features of the Samsung Galaxy Gear or even the Pebble however it does cover two important bases, which are keeping track of fitness and making calls. In terms of design it looks sturdy enough. It does not use a touchscreen display and here’s only one button that users can use to interact with the device. An accompanying smartphone app will also be released which should add more functionality to it.

One thing that might be an issue with the Talkband B1 is its locking mechanism. It has two small buttons that needs to be properly aligned with the holes in the strap to lock it in place. Once it is in place it seems to pop loose easily. Since this is still an early version of the device the company might make some changes on this before it hits the market.

The TalkBand B1 is expected to become available in the Chinese market this coming March. It will become available in Japan, the Middle East, Russia and Western Europe  on the second quarter of this year. It is priced at €99 or $136.

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[LOLWUT] Supersmoker Bluetooth Is An E-Cig That Pairs With Your Phone To Take Calls And Play Music While You Pseudo-Smoke

foto2Peanut butter and jelly – these things go together. Bert and Ernie? Same deal – they just work together. An e-cigarette and Bluetooth? Well, that’s a tougher sell. The folks at Supersmoker think they’re on to something, though. The new Supersmoker Bluetooth pairs with your phone to act as a speaker and Bluetooth headset, except it’s in your mouth. The promo video is pretty weird too.

This contraption does the usual e-cig things with vaporizing nicotine solutions, but only one of the buttons controls that.

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Neat: Google Search v3.2 Finally Enabled Google Voice Search Instead Of The Old Voice Dialer With Bluetooth Headsets

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Ever since Google Now became a thing, Search has been the go-to voice command hub for all of Android. There has been one nagging issue, however: when using a Bluetooth headset, a long-press of the action button would bring up the tired old Voice Dialer, which is essentially useless for anything other than making a call. What if I just have to know how tall Joakim Noah is while out cycling.

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Jawbone ERA revamp is a smaller but longer-lasting Bluetooth Headset

The growing popularity of voice-controlled personal assistants like Google Now or Siri have put headsets with microphones, particularly Bluetooth ones, in vogue. Jawbone, one of the most popular brands out there, has just announced its latest baby, the new Jawbone ERA, with it claim is better and more ergonomic than any of its older models.

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Compared to the first ERA headset that went out in 2011, the Jawbone ERA is 42% smaller, making it more convenient to carry around and less straining on the ears. For this model, Jawbone eschewed the earloop that causes some amount of discomfort after prolonged use. But there should be no worries about the earpiece falling off while in use since Jawbone has employed a new earbud design that will keep it in place all times. The new ERA also comes with a new charging case that is equally small but just as powerful. It brings the ERA’s total talk time to 10 hours but is still small enough to even belong on your keychain.

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The latest Jawbone ERA also boasts of the latest NoiseAssassin 4.0 technology that more efficiently detects and separates speech from background noise. Such a feature is absolutely essential when it comes to giving out voice commands to your mobile devices. The ERA comes with a dedicated button at the back which can be programmed to immediately activate Google Now or Siri without having to pull out your smartphone. The accompanying software, available from Google Play Store via the link below, lets users select different actions when the button is pressed, double pressed, or pressed and held.

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The new Jawbone ERA is now available from Jawbone’s online store for $129.99, or $99 without the charging case. Color options that are available depend on where you buy them. From Jawbone, all four colors of Black Streak, Silver Cross, Bronze Streak, and Red Streak are available but only Black Streak will be offered in Verizon stores across the country. ERA will also be available starting January 24 at Apple, AT&T and Best Buy outlets nationwide.

SOURCE: Jawbone (PDF)
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Jawbone updates ERA Bluetooth headset for 2014 with improved hardware and companion app

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All new for 2014, Jawbone is announcing a revamp of their popular ERA Bluetooth headset. Doing probably what Jawbone does best, they’ve managed to make the ERA smaller, more comfortable, and crammed inside better audio and microphone technology. Using what Jawbone calls “Noise Assassin” noise-cancellation technology, callers on the other line should hear you clearer than ever before, even in noisy environments. Audio quality of the headset itself has also been improved, letting the users listen to music or podcasts in stunning clarity (and only one ear, of course).

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Jawbone has also released a companion app for the ERA, allowing users to program commands to use with with Google Search/Now (or Siri). It even features a built in locator, should you ever misplace your headset. Pretty handy.

The ERA is available in 4 colors for $100 at the usual electronics retailers, or for $130 for the special charging case bundle that is said to “double” the headsets 4 hours of talk time using a built-in battery.

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Power to go with Wagan #CESlive

Charge All The Things — all at once — with the Wagan Power Hub

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Quite a few of us have more than one device or accessory that needs charged. Maybe you have a phone and a tablet, or a Bluetooth headset, or just a spare battery in its own cradle. The new digital age means more devices are going to need plugged in.

John P. and Rene spent a few minutes with Ales Hsu from Wagan, and we get a really good look at one beastly charger. The Wagan Power Hub will plug into the cigarette lighter in your car or use a DC adapter, and it has enough oompf to charge four tablets at the same time. Available for just $30 on Amazon, this is one gadget I saw at CES that I already ordered — I can always use more powered USB ports in my truck.

    



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Sony wraps up day one of CES 2014 with launch of multiple wearables

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Sony’s new Smartwear products include a bunch of really neat devices— included are the SmartBand and the wireless SBH80 Bluetooth headset. They even released some information regarding the SmartWatch 2.

The all-new SmartBand is a bracelet (seen above) that keeps track of the user’s activities throughout the day. Not only is it comfortable, but you can also wear it in the water, and the battery lasts up to five days. You can toggle music using the button on the bracelet, and a companion application called LifeLog lets you look at all of the data being collected by the SmartBand.

The SBH80 Bluetooth headset features NFC, HD voice, and aptX. It surely makes a great companion for exercising or multitasking throughout your day.

As for the SmartWatch 2, there were some minor updates to the device, and more apps are now available, bringing the total to around 300 globally and 250 in the U.S.

Be sure to check out our complete CES coverage.

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[CES 2014] Sony Unveils Its ‘SmartWear’ Vision – The SmartBand Activity Tracking Bracelet, SBH80 Bluetooth Headset, And More

SmartBand-ThumbSony understands wearables, for the company’s no stranger to Bluetooth headsets, earbuds, and, more recently, smartwatches. Now it’s hitting CES with a new vision of SmartWear, a.k.a, basically whatever Sony makes that can pair with a phone and fit comfortable on, or in, your body. The most interesting of the newly unveiled gadgets is the SmartBand, a FitBit Flex-style bracelet that logs your activities throughout the day. It’s thin, safe to wear in the shower, and has enough battery life to last for up to five days.

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[Bug Watch] Nexus 4 And Nexus 5 Suffer From Extremely Low Sound Levels On Headset Mics, Fix Coming Soon

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We all use our smartphones differently. Some people rely on them for web browsing and apps, some for texting, and many of us still resort to making calls, you know, when we have to. Even within those categories, several patterns emerge and certain habits and practices have been developed. Many of us have long since abandoned using wired headsets for calling, but a lot of people still prefer them to keeping Bluetooth headsets charged or holding a 5-inch phone against an ear.

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[Bug Watch] Nexus 4 And Nexus 5 Suffer From Extremely Low Sound Levels On Headset Mics, Fix Coming Soon was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

    

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LG Tone Ultra Bluetooth headset touts less angular neck brace design

LG has just unveiled its new LG Tone Ultra Bluetooth headset that boasts of delivering quality audio and ergonomic comfort. The Tone Ultra is the company’s third entry in its series of uniquely shaped headsets.

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The most eye-catching part of the Tone Ultra and its older siblings is the form. The wired earbud pieces are attached to a contraption it is actually meant to go around the neck like a collar. LG claims that this 3D Neck Behind design affords better ergonomics than other headsets, though actual experience may vary. This latest iteration tweaks the design a bit, with the ends now sporting a more curved shape that should look better around your neck. It is still made of the same memory alloy that returns the Tone Ultra to its original shape no matter how much bending is applied.

Of course, a headset isn’t just about shape. The LG Tone Ultra also boasts of a high quality audio system, particular its Ambient Noise Cancellation (ANC) technology that filters out background noise from ruining your listening experience. This accessory is compatible with any device that supports Bluetooth audio output, such as mobile devices and computers. One interesting feature is that it can pair with two Bluetooth devices at the same time, making it possible to listen to audio playing from a computer but still make or receive calls from a smartphone.

No pricing details have been revealed yet for the LG Tone Ultra, but the launch schedule has been given. The headset is set to be available in the United States and China by the end of November, while Europe, Asia, and the Middle east will have to wait a bit later this month.

SOURCE: LG

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Bluetooth Headset Problem

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We have been receiving numerous reports about the Samsung Galaxy S4 Bluetooth headset problem. In fact we have already published an article that tackled this problem titled, Galaxy S4 Problem in Pairing with the Nokia Bluetooth Headset.

But, as mentioned, the questions related to this issue just keep on piling up in our Mailbag, so we decided to conduct further research about the problem.

According to one contributor in the DoubleTwist forum, Samsung has already acknowledged this problem. Then, the same contributor was apparently advised by Samsung to perform the necessary steps to resolve the issue. Below are the steps mentioned by Samsung, but it should be noted that these haven’t been tested yet:

Step 1 - Starting from the Home screen, select Applications.

Step 2 - Go to Settings.

Step 3 – Proceed to Applications Manager.

Step 4 – Choose the All tab.

Step 5 – Scroll down the list until you get to the Bluetooth Share portion.

Step 6 – Tap Clear Data and Clear Cache.

Step 7 – Shut down the Samsung Galaxy S4 normally.

Step 8 – Wait for around 10 to 15 seconds.

Step 9 – After the mentioned time lapses, switch your device on.

Another contributor stated that turning off the Samsung S Voice feature will also solve the Galaxy S4 Bluetooth headset problem. However, it seems that this solution only worked for a number of users.

Based on the XDA Developers forum, you can access the option to disable S Voice through Settings followed by App Manager.

The Galaxy S4 Bluetooth headset problem can also be fixed by unpairing the device and pairing it again. This process can be performed under the Bluetooth configuration of the phone which can be accessed through Settings.

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For more questions or if you have any ideas that you share about the topic, feel free to email us at mailbag@thedroidguy.com or hit the comment box below.

Sources: DoubleTwist, XDA Developers, Virgin Mobile

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Yep, another crowd-sourced smart watch runs Android, and this one is called the A.I Watch

It seems we can’t go a week without a new smart watch popping up on any number of crowd-sourced funding sites. This time, a new Android-powered smart watch — dubbed the A.I Watch — is looking for dollars on IndieGoGo to help bring it to life.

Based on Android 4.0.4, the open-sourced A.I Watch aims to provide some unique features that not many others can claim. One big thing is a 3G radio embedded for independent data on the go, meaning you’d be able to get updates on email, social networks and more without even having to have it connected to your phone via Bluetooth.

More than just data, the makers call this a fully functioning smartphone, with the ability to place calls using nothing but your wrist (though we imagine most people would look to hook the watch up to a Bluetooth headset). The device is also promising Google Play Store support, something you can see proof of in the video sitting above.

One of the biggest features being touted is the personal assistant. It allows you to do things like launch apps, set appointments and more. The developers are also promising that you’ll even be able to configure the personal assistant to do what you want it to do, though we’re not given any indication as to just how deep this functionality truly will be.

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The watch is made out of an aluminum alloy build and will be water resistant, something most people will require out of any watch. Specs include a 1.2GHz dual core processor, NFC, RFID, 100 hours of battery life on standby mode, and more.

The cheapest option to get one as of the time of this writing is $179, though that’s an early bird special and you’ll need to be one of the first 500 people to buy one if you want it for that price. The campaign’s going through September 25th, which gives the team about 40 days to reach their goal of $100,000. They currently sit at $7,000 after about a week’s worth of pledges, so it’ll take them a bit more momentum if they want to reach that goal. Be sure to head to IndieGoGo and check it out for yourself.

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Jabra Sport Wireless Plus headset arrives with improved battery life

The folks at Jabra have released their latest Bluetooth headset. This one is the Jabra Sport Wireless+ and is arriving as a follow up to the Jabra Sport. This latest keeps a similar design, but did bring some key improvements. Perhaps key here though, this is a headset that should appeal to runners or cyclists — or basically anyone looking to ditch the tangle of wires.

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Some of the features of the Jabra Sport Wireless+ include a bump in battery life and a new fit clip. The headset also ships with a variety of eargels which should allow for a close fit. Jabra is touting this one as being the “ultimate fitness headset” and aside from being able to get away from the wires — it brings goodies to include the ability to handle voice calls and also audio.

The headset has military-grade protection against rain (sweat), dust and shock. This one pairs with your phone using Bluetooth. Specifically, Bluetooth 3.0. Aside from simply listening, the headset also has a full set of controls which will allow you to raise/lower the volume, skip tracks and take any incoming calls. While this will pair nicely with a phone, it can also be used by itself. There is a built-in FM radio.

Looking outside of the hardware features, Jabra has also partnered with Endomondo and is offering a three month subscription with purchase. Endomondo Premium allows you to track your workout progress with GPS but also includes extra features such as training programs, analysis, workout comparisons and peer benchmarks.

That all being said, Jabra has said the Sport Wireless+ Bluetooth headset should be able to provide up to 4 hours of talk time and up to 120 hours on standby. Those looking to make a purchase will be able to find the Sport Wireless+ direct with Jabra and also with other retailers such as Amazon and Verizon Wireless. The headset is black with yellow accents and currently priced at $99.99.

VIA: SlashGear

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LG outs diminutive Bluetooth headset with 8 hours of battery life

LG outs diminutive Bluetooth headset with 8 hours of battery life

LG’s big ticket items may take up most of our attention span, but the South Korean firm’s latest Bluetooth headset solution has caught our eye. Coming in at roughly the size of a matchbox (35.9 × 50.2 × 19.2mm), the BTS1 boasts an 8 hour battery life, features a built-in clip, supports the aptX codec and packs on-board controls for volume, pause and play, sifting through songs and handling phone calls. With the help of Bluetooth 3.0, the pack connects to smartphones, laptops, tablets and even TVs — yes, even those in LG’s 2013 line-up — with the wireless standard baked in. Of course, you could always lean on a Roku 3 if you’re hankering for a wire-free television experience for your earbuds. There’s no word of a US release, but if you find yourself in PSY’s homeland, you’ll be able to score one for 59,000 won (roughly $53).

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LG touts new Bluetooth headset, claims 8 hours battery life

Who says good things must come in big packages? Definitely not LG who just announced a new Bluetooth headset no larger than a matchbox. Don’t let the size deceive you, though, as the small device packs just the right features to make it worth a longer look.

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At a size of 35.9mm x 50.2mm x 19.2mm, LG’s BTS1 Bluetooth headset is hardly eye-catching. It sports controls for playback and volume at the front and a built-in clip for attaching to collars, belts, or ties. But as they say, it’s what’s inside that counts. The headset has a “G-Class Amplifier” and support for the aptX audio codec. LG also claims a battery life of 8 hours on continue music playback. The company suggests that the device is perfect for watching TV with a movie theater experience, without having to worry about the volume bothering other people.

The BTS1 includes Bluetooth 3.0 support, allowing it to connect to a variety of devices such as smartphones, tablets, and TVs that support Bluetooth connectivity, like LG’s Smart TVs, for example. It could be the perfect partner to LG’s new flagship smartphone, the LG G2. The G2, sporting a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, is expected to be announced next week.

The LG BTS1 is priced at 59,000 won, around $53. However, it can only be purchased in Korean markets for now. International availability has not yet been announced.

VIA: Engadget

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ASUS PadFone update 10.2.4.1 rolls out with improved wireless connections and more

The original PadFoneASUS‘s combination smartphone and tablet – has received a software update from the device maker, bringing it up to version 10.2.4.1. With this update comes several big changes, most of them being in the form of stability improvements and enhancements to already-existing features.

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Before getting into the updates, the bad news is that users are still stuck running Android 4.1 rather than the latest version. The software is a little better than it was before the update, however, and so users – particularly those who may be experiencing some issues – should be pleased. The latest version is available for download from the maker’s website.

The biggest change users will likely notice is improved stability across both the tablet mode and the smartphone mode, with more precise changes including a strengthening of the Bluetooth and wireless Internet connections. Those who complained about having issues with either should see that change – or at least improve – with this update.

With this version, there has also been an optimization of the function that allows users to switch between a Bluetooth headset and a Bluetooth speaker. In addition, FM radio broadcasts should be more “stable,” according to the change log that comes with the update. The email function has also seen an enhancement, though ASUS doesn’t detail what this is comprised of.

Security has also been a topic in this update, with both the device and its SD card data seeing improvements to security. Those things aside, there has also been a general enhancement of the performance and interfaces of the device’s applications. Do you have an original PadFone? Let us know what you think after upgrading!

SOURCE: Android Police

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Sony Xperia Z Ultra destined for UK on September 13

Last month, Sony revealed the Xperia Z Ultra‘s specs, showing offering the rumored 6.4-inch full HD display and powerful hardware under the hood. We got a look at the handset in action in some promotional videos, including one that featured the Smart Bluetooth headset, and now word has surfaced that the smartphone will be available in the UK on September 13.

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The information comes from the folks over at Phandroid, who say Expansys, a retailer, confirmed that the Sony Xperia Z Ultra will be available for buyers in the United Kingdom on September 13, leaving us with only a couple more months of waiting. The device will be available in white, black, and purple, per the details given back in June.

The Xperia Z Ultra is a massive device fully in the phablet range with its near-tablet sized display. That aside, the device also packs a fair bit of power, running a 2.2GHz MSM8974 quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset under the hood alongside 2GB of RAM. Around back there’s an 8-megapixel camera that can record in HD, as well as a 2MP front camera.

Connectivity has all the trimmings you’d expect: Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, wifi, GPS, and DLNA streaming. The camera utilizes Exmor RS, and there’s X-Reality technology in there, too. As a Sony smartphone first, there’s also TRIMULINOS technology, which those with BRAVIA TVs will be familiar with.

The phone itself has svelte dimensions, coming in at 179 x 92 x 6.5 mm and weighing 212 grams. The Xperia Z Ultra also trumps the Xperia Z in terms of being waterproof and dustproof, with the upcoming offering being rated at IP58, while the Xperia Z model is rated at IP55/IP57. And, of course, joining the handset will be the mini Bluetooth headset, making it easier to deal with the Ultra’s large size.

SOURCE: Android Police

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HTC One “Google Edition” passes Bluetooth SIG again, this time with Android 4.3 and Bluetooth 4.0 LE

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HTC’s flagship device, the HTC One, has made its way through Bluetooth SIG again, this time its the “Google Edition” and its running Android 4.3. As we can tell from the model number (PN071) this is a stock device available exclusively from the Google Play Store.

As to why this phone is going through Bluetooth SIG again, its likely related to Android 4.3′s inclusion of the exciting new Bluetooth 4.0 LE (Low Energy), which allows phones to sync with everything from your Bluetooth headset to heart monitors and the like. Bluetooth 4.0 LE is also said to be far more efficient on battery life.

Are any of our readers planning on snagging a “Google Edition” HTC One, or does this news just get you more excited to get your hands on Android 4.3. Let us know in the comments!

Via: Phone Arena
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Sony Smart Bluetooth headset shown in Xperia Z Ultra teaser video

Sony announced the Xperia Z Ultra towards the end of June and almost immediately after dropped a pair of teaser videos on YouTube. The channel had been quite since, however it looks like the latest Xperia Z Ultra teaser video has appeared. This one has arrived showing off what Sony is calling “efficiency in an ultra slim smartphone.”

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Some of the highlights in the video touch on the handwriting recognition and multitasking, but there was still a little bit more to see including a look at the Smart Bluetooth Headset. Some of these features have been mentioned before, but it is nice to see them in action. That thought seems to apply to the use of a stylus or pencil for taking notes. Sony is showing what looks to be a regular refillable pencil in this particular video.

Sony also talks multitasking and efficiency with what is referred to as the “small apps.” Here we see the calculator app which sits on top of the note the user is currently working on. The other aspect with this handset is the size. The display is 6.4-inches and it looks like Sony has done a few things to make it more reasonable to use in an everyday situation. This was revealed in a few examples.

The keyboard can be adjusted to a one-handed mode, which is basically just a shrunken down version of the full-sized keyboard. Without actually getting hands-on this is hard to judge, but is nice to see that Sony took some thought in this regard. The other aspect dealing with the size comes in with taking calls and we are fairly certain many have thoughts of holding this 6.4-inch monster up to their ear.

Well, in this case Sony has the Smart Bluetooth headset, which is basically a small handset that can be help up to your ear (without looking foolish). Otherwise, while not covered in this video, the Xperia Z Ultra also has 4G LTE connectivity along with a Snapdragon 800 processor, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera and an IP58 rating against water and dust. With that, we are expecting the Xperia Z Ultra to arrive during the third quarter of the year.

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Move Over Bluetooth Headsets: Say Hello To The Glove Phone

glove phoneEver wanted to do away with those blasted Bluetooth headsets because they feel unnatural and unwieldy? Well, Sean Miles of Designworks may have a solution for you. Given the chance to designed whatever he wanted, Miles made this concept glove phone which allows you to answer phone calls all from your glove. The glove phone is essentially made up of a Bluetooth headset with the mic positioned in the little finger of the glove, and the speaker housed in the glove’s thumb.

This is quite a cool idea for the colder seasons as you’ll be able to answer your phone calls without ever taking off your gloves or worrying about whether your phone works with your gloves or not. Miles goes on to say in his interview with the BBC that “we were focusing on bringing together a technology and everyday item that would allow you to get on with your life, without interfering with performing its everyday task”, which is an idea I thoroughly applaud.

Just imagine the future if our clothing could be used as functional technology too. Would you considering getting a glove phone if it were to become a commercial reality? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Source: BBC via CNET Australia

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Did you know: In a Hangouts video call you can switch to earpiece or Bluetooth Device

I have seen some comments and topics springing up that people are having video calling issues with the new Hangouts app. I took some time last night to make a few calls and play around with the settings and the various features while in a call. There were a number of things that I was very pleased to find. Most importantly, the speaker settings. Finally allowing you to go to your phones earpiece or a Bluetooth headset.

Hangouts Video Call settings Hangouts Video Call (2) Hangouts Video Call (3)When making the call, tap the speaker and you can switch to earpiece, Bluetooth or wired headset. This gives you a chance to actually be in a hangout call with friends and not be stuck on speaker anymore. Why this is important. In the past all you could do was use the speaker or a wired headset. Now you can turn off the camera, change to the earpiece and still be involved in a conversation without needing to be heard in public or having to skip a hangout because you aren’t by your PC. Killing the camera also kills the strain on your data connection and can also improve the voice quality of your call.

As you can also see, you can easily and quickly bounce between the video call and messaging. Simply hit the message icon at the top right. Not to mention around your device and just pull down the notification bar to go back to the video call. This might not be all that amazing to many people since the whole point is to have face to face interactions, but I am sure that many of you just want to talk at times and don’t need to hold your phone at just the right distance to hear, talk and be seen.

 

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Sony SBH50 Bluetooth headset touts NFC and a smart remote (video)

Sony SBH50 Bluetooth headset touts NFC and a smart remote video

Sony’s Xperia ZR isn’t reaching the market all by its lonesome: it’s accompanied by a high-end Bluetooth headset, the SBH50. The sequel to the Smart Wireless Headset Pro mostly ups the ante with NFC — listeners just have to tap the smart remote against their Xperias (or many other NFC-aware devices) to get going. There’s still the emphasis on higher-than-usual quality for wireless audio; likewise, the remote continues to preview calls and messages, play FM radio and take the owner’s pick of wired headphones. Sony has only committed to launching the SBH50 “soon” and hasn’t mentioned prices, but we’d use the previous headset’s $150 price as a rough benchmark. Catch Sony’s overview video after the break.

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Sony SBH50 Bluetooth headset touts NFC and a smart remote (video)

Sony SBH50 Bluetooth headset touts NFC and a smart remote video

Sony’s Xperia ZR isn’t reaching the market all by its lonesome: it’s accompanied by a high-end Bluetooth headset, the SBH50. The sequel to the Smart Wireless Headset Pro mostly ups the ante with NFC — listeners just have to tap the smart remote against their Xperias (or many other NFC-aware devices) to get going. There’s still the emphasis on higher-than-usual quality for wireless audio; likewise, the remote continues to preview calls and messages, play FM radio and take the owner’s pick of wired headphones. Sony has only committed to launching the SBH50 “soon” and hasn’t mentioned prices, but we’d use the previous headset’s $150 price as a rough benchmark. Catch Sony’s overview video after the break.

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Sony SBH50 Bluetooth headset touts NFC and a smart remote (video)

Sony SBH50 Bluetooth headset touts NFC and a smart remote video

Sony’s Xperia ZR isn’t reaching the market all by its lonesome: it’s accompanied by a high-end Bluetooth headset, the SBH50. The sequel to the Smart Wireless Headset Pro mostly ups the ante with NFC — listeners just have to tap the smart remote against their Xperias (or many other NFC-aware devices) to get going. There’s still the emphasis on higher-than-usual quality for wireless audio; likewise, the remote continues to preview calls and messages, play FM radio and take the owner’s pick of wired headphones. Sony has only committed to launching the SBH50 “soon” and hasn’t mentioned prices, but we’d use the previous headset’s $150 price as a rough benchmark. Catch Sony’s overview video after the break.

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Spring cleaning: Win a Samsung BT S Pen

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Here's one you don't see every day. I've had this Samsung BT S Pen on my desk for months now. It's a larger S Pen than you get with the Galaxy Note 2 or Note tablets, and it also serves as a Bluetooth headset. Not a particularly great one — I've tried it — but it at least works.

You know the drill. Leave a comment on this post, and we'll pick a winner after midnight EDT tonight. We'll announce all the winners later this week.

    

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