Two Bluetooth Panic Buttons Ironically Left Users More Vulnerable to Tracking

Personal safety devices like panic buttons shouldn’t be susceptible to hackers or stalkers, and yet researchers have discovered that two products on the market—the Wearsafe and Revolar devices—had weak security measures in place. Read More >>

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This Battery Pack Turns Your Google Home Into the Best Portable Bluetooth Speaker

It seems inevitable that one day your entire home will be wired so that smart assistants can hear your every request, no matter where you are. But if you mostly rely on a smart speaker, its built-in mic can only eavesdrop so far. Companies like Google would certainly love it if you bought a smart speaker for every room in your house, but a better solution is to just make your Google Home portable with a fancy pair of battery pants. Read More >>

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Tile is the Worst Tech Stocking Stuffer

I lose things. Lots and lots of things—my keys (in the couch), my jackets (inside taxis). Once I left my MacBook behind in a Subway restaurant during the Occupy Wall Street protests. I was lucky; the next morning I found it sitting there untouched underneath a chair as the staff served breakfast. I’ll admit it: When it comes to keeping track of my stuff, I could use some help. But dearest friends, family, and coworkers, whatever you’re thinking, do not buy me a Tile. Read More >>

If You Love Retro Gaming, the SN30 Pro Is the Only Gamepad You’ll Ever Need

Nintendo has promised that the Switch’s upcoming online service will include a library of classic games that will help turn the portable console into an epic—but not perfect—retro gaming machine. The one thing the Switch is missing is a genuine, four-way D-pad, but that can be easily remedied with 8Bitdo’s new SN30 Pro gamepad—a clever hybrid of both classic and modern controllers. Read More >>

Google Wants to Beat AirPods with Software

With the Pixel 2, Google joined Apple in the race to kill the headphone jack. But you can’t kill the jack if you don’t have a solid wireless solution to fall back on. Which is why, on Tuesday, Google announced that it's doing a riff on one of the Apple’s coolest features: the seamless pairing of phones to Bluetooth headphones like the Apple Airpods. Now you should be able to pair your new Google headphones to your Android device with a tap. Read More >>

Bluetooth Security Flaws Impacting ‘Billions of Devices’ Come With Some Serious Caveats

Leaving your phone or computer’s Bluetooth on all the time has never been a good idea, but now researchers at the cybersecurity firm Armis are claiming to have discovered a series of vulnerabilities that allow them to silently hack devices over Bluetooth. Read More >>

Motorola is Going to Try and Out-Sonos Sonos With the Moto X4 and Tempow Bluetooth

Tempow, a company know for its software-only Bluetooth enhancements, has teamed up with Motorola for the launch of the Moto X4 smartphone - and it looks like they have their sights set on Sonos. Read More >>

Tile Upgrades Its Bluetooth Tracking Gear With Tile Pro

Are you paranoid about losing stuff? Then you'll probably have already throughly researched Tile. This is a small bluetooth fob that sits on your keyring, in your wallet, or stuck to whatever is important to you - and will enable you to track it from your phone. The company has been around for a few years now, but today the company has officially unveiled its latest product: Tile Pro. Read More >>

Bluetooth Beacons Are Now Helping People Navigate Gatwick Airport

Beacons are nothing new, but Gatwick Airport is throwing itself into using the technology in quite a major way, installing 2000 battery-powered devices to help provide location data. Beacons are useful when GPS can't work - indoors, mainly - and allow the airport to provide a variety of services via apps. Read More >>

How to Turn Your Smartphone Into an (Almost) Nintendo Switch

Nintendo’s questionable supply chain strategies mean there are still gamers trying to get their hands on a Switch, two months after its release. But why bother trying to hunt down another console when the smartphone in your pocket can already do almost everything the Switch can — with a few upgrades. Read More >>

Ultimate Ears’ New Bluetooth Speaker Looks Like A Winking Robot

There are a lot of Bluetooth speakers in the world, but the new one from Ultimate Ears has stolen our hearts. Read More >>

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Surprise! The New Raspberry Pi Zero W Launches Today

Today is Raspberry Pi's fifth birthday, and instead of buying themselves a big cake, the Raspberry Pi Foundation's decided to give us a present instead: the Raspberry Pi Zero W. Read More >>

Handy New ‘Jack’ Makes Any Headphones Wireless

Mobile phone manufacturers might be ready to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack for good, but consumers aren't. Every new announcement of a phone dropping the standard port last year - following Apple, of course - was met with groans and kvetching, and for good reason. We've all got years' worth of 3.5mm headphones, and not everyone wants to replace them with £160 earrings. Read More >>

This Shiny Connected Toaster Uses Your Smartphone to Remember Your Perfect Toasting Settings

It’s one of the simplest appliances in your kitchen, but how many times have you popped bread in a toaster, only to have it nuke your slice because the previous user had it set to well done? Too often, which is why Griffin Technology’s shiny new Connected Toaster isn’t that absurd of an idea. Read More >>

Bluetooth 5 Now Final and Coming Soon to Something You Don’t Really Need

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has decided it's ready to have everyone use the new Bluetooth, with its Bluetooth 5 feature set now set in stone and issued to all hardware makers with an interest in having their things connect to other things. Read More >>