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Review: 1 Voice Bluetooth Ear Warmers
November 26, 2014 | 2:25 pm

bluethooth ear warmersYou know how sometimes that thing you wanted without even realizing you wanted it comes along? That was my reaction when I received the email from 1 Voice about their new Bluetooth ear warmers. They sent me a sample, and I was eager to try them out, especially since temperatures have been dropping, and I wanted to continue my morning walks with an audiobook. How perfect would that walk be without worrying about ear buds? Unfortunately, although the product works exactly as advertised, they don't fit well on my head. However, they might be perfect for you. Let's start with the basics....

BlackBerry gets injunction against Typo keyboard; plans to refocus on keyboard phones for business
March 29, 2014 | 8:02 am

Here’s an update concerning BlackBerry’s suit against the Typo keyboard, a Bluetooth thumbboard add-on for iPhones (backed by Hollywood’s Ryan Seacrest!) that hewed a little too closely to Blackberry’s own patented keyboard design. Opining that BlackBerry was likely to succeed in the overall trial, a federal judge issued an injunction halting sales of the Typo keyboard case. Meanwhile, BlackBerry has announced it plans to create more keyboard-equipped phones. Given the recent setbacks of its touchscreen devices, and the disappearance of Palm, the only other major smartphone brand to place such a premium on a physical keyboard, it seems BlackBerry...

You can use a Bluetooth mouse with your Android tablet!
March 20, 2014 | 9:49 am

20140320_072854_HDRAlso, the sky is blue, water is wet, and the sun is warm. That’s probably what some of you are thinking upon reading that headline. But I’m pretty sure there must be plenty of people out there who aren’t aware of this yet, just because it’s not what you would assume a (non-Windows) tablet is made for. So this is a reminder to people who like to use their Android tablets for productivity purposes: there’s an easier way than tapping on the screen when you need to highlight things or move the cursor. I had known about this ability...

Assassination game Dustcloud closes its Kickstarter project, plans to relaunch in 30 days
January 25, 2014 | 3:00 am

30daysJust a brief update on an article from a couple of weeks ago: Dustcloud, the laser tag assassination game using short-range radio zap guns that link by Bluetooth to a smartphone, has decided to cancel its Kickstarter and relaunch in 30 days with some changes. The writing was pretty much on the wall: almost halfway through the 40 day period, it had only reached about $28,000 in pledges—just over 1/4 of its goal. As the Kickstarter progressed, they noticed a lot of reluctance around the idea of having to pay a nickel each for the virtual bullets (“speks”) for...

Dustcloud brings virtual assassination to the digital age
January 9, 2014 | 10:23 am

dustcloudEverything’s better with smartphones. Reading, navigating, playing silly games…and possibly, that might soon include laser tag. Yesterday I found out about a game called Dustcloud, which is undergoing a Kickstarter right now that wants to combine laser tag, the game of “Assassin” (often played with water guns or paintball pistols), GPS, and social networking, for a geolocation-based game you play anywhere, on the spur of the moment, with total strangers. It’s been getting some good buzz from news sites such as Engadget, Re/code, and Time. It looks exciting, and I’ve gone ahead and kicked in for it, but I must...

Alcatel Magic Flip ereader could be the most ebook-friendly accessory of this year – or any other
January 6, 2014 | 4:25 pm

Attentive (and loyal) TeleRead readers may remember that I dubbed the upcoming Alcatel OneTouch Hero possibly the one smartphone I'd most like to have on account of its e-ink cover, intended to double as an easier-on-the-eyes ereader accessory. Now, according to news from CES relayed via Engadget, Alcatel appears to have gone one better by cutting the cover free from the phone as a separate item, the Magic Flip. Alcatel Magic Flip appears to be already an Alcatel brand, currently serving for slick-looking covers for the Alcatel OneTouch Scribe smartphone, with an inlaid watch dial. But a phone cover this is...

Blackberry files suit over Ryan Seacrest-backed Typo keyboard case
January 3, 2014 | 7:12 pm

Remember that “Typo” Bluetooth iPhone keyboard case backed by Hollywood’s Ryan Seacrest? It essentially grafts a BlackBerry style keyboard onto an iPhone. Well, it turns out that BlackBerry is not amused that the Typo is effectively a rip-off of the iconic keyboard design from their BlackBerry phones. The layout and styling of the keys is remarkably similar, after all…so BlackBerry is filing suit for infringement of their design. As Matthew Panzarino points out on TechCrunch, it seems unlikely that any money they get out of this even if they win will be enough to slow Blackberry’s slide into obscurity...

In the future, concealed embedded computers might spy on you
December 12, 2013 | 5:30 pm

On his blog, Charlie Stross ponders how small the electronics necessary to power computing and wi-fi have become, and wonders if the next great malware frontier might be physical spy devices concealed inside Bluetooth keyboards or other innocuous accessories. If it’s a keyboard, all someone needs to do is swap keyboards with you while you’re a way and no one else will be the wiser…while the microchip inside that keyboard is snooping your passwords and secretly phoning home. And it's not just keyboards. It's ebook readers. Flashlights. Not your smartphone, but the removable battery in your...

To solve a pet peeve, Ryan Seacrest funds development of Bluetooth keyboard case
December 6, 2013 | 3:48 pm

TYPO-CASES-DUALWhen most of us aren’t satisfied with the current state of mobile technology, we don’t have any recourse but to hope that someone comes up with something better. But if you’re a high-powered, wealthy Hollywood go-getter, you have a few other options. GigaOm and AllThingsD are reporting that Hollywood exec Ryan Seacrest was fed up with having to carry two cell phones with him all the time—one for typing and another one for everything else. He just couldn’t get used to the on-screen keyboard in his “everything else” phone, and needed a physical thumb board to type usefully....

Bluetooth keyboards are good enough for tablets
November 15, 2013 | 3:25 pm

bluetoothkeyboardOn ReadWriteWeb, Brian Proffitt opines that the one thing that will keep tablets from dominating the mid-sized mobile device market is the lack of a decent built-in keyboard. Tablets are light and good at doing many of the same things people use laptops for without the extra laptop bulk, but they can’t do all of them. And for the ones they can’t do, especially ones relating to productivity, they need a keyboard. Therefore, laptops will live on. Of course, while the article is right as far as it goes, one thing it doesn’t mention is the humble, handy Bluetooth...

Barnes & Noble to sell Bluetooth Nook speaker
March 1, 2013 | 10:28 am

Engadget recently reported on a Nook Bluetooth speaker making its way through the FCC. Considering all the rumors and other news about Barnes & Noble lately, it’s nice to see that the Nook line isn’t being ignored. However, we’ll have to see about pricing. Bluetooth speakers are common. For B&N to sell these in any quantity, there’d better be either an awesome feature or a super price. There is a blank listing on the B&N site, with no pricing or availability information yet.  ...

Coming Soon: An Ultrathin Bluetooth Keyboard for your iPad
January 26, 2013 | 2:53 pm

Archos Ultrathin Keyboard for iPad   By Stanley Goodner Archos, a pioneer in multimedia portable devices, has just announced the Archos Ultrathin Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad. This magnetic Bluetooth keyboard has a full QWERTY keyboard and fits 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation iPads. With a 5 mm ultra-thin profile and an adjustable kickstand, the keyboard has a very similar look and feel to the Archos Gen10 XS coverboard. “‘The needs and wants of today’s consumer have changed drastically over the past few years," says Henri Crohas, founder and CEO of Archos. "Consumers expect everything to be smaller, faster, thinner, lighter and aesthetically pleasing. In order to meet this demand, we feel that...