Vizio is showing off a number of new Bluetooth speakers at CES in Las Vegas this week, and they’re not your average Bluetooth speakers. They come with Android-powered tablets built-in, allowing you to play music and watch movies using all your favorite apps without the need for a second device.
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While adding physical controls instantly improves almost any mobile game, no one wants to carry around a big, bulky control pad all day. But it’s unlikely you’ll have any complaints about taking the iMpulse with you everywhere you go, because it’s so small it fits on your keyring — and it’s compatible with both Android and iOS devices.
Google has today announced that it will officially revoke access to the Bump and Flock apps on its Play Store as well as the Apple App Store on January 31, 2014. Consequently, this means that on the first day of February, neither app will be available to download from either of the popular app directories and those who have already installed the applications will find that they will no longer work.
Google made Nexus 4 owners wait almost three weeks for their Android 4.4 KitKat update, and yet it seems the release still wasn’t ready for public use. It’s now causing all kinds of problems on the device, including excessive battery drain, Bluetooth connectivity issues, random reboots, and unresponsive home buttons.
What really sets the youthful, rough-and-tumble Boom Urchin apart from the rest of its brethren in the crowded Bluetooth speaker market is its flexibility.
Like other ruggedized BT speakers, the Urchin can withstand splashes and moderate abuse — but Boom has also equipped the Urchin with a smart array of effective, fun, useful little accessories that allow the Urchin to easily tag along on adventures that might be awkward for other speakers.
Samsung has today unveiled Shape M7, a $400 wireless speaker that hopes to compete with the Sonos. It connects to your smartphone, tablet, or computer via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or NFC, and there’s a handy companion app that makes setup easy on Android and iOS devices.
The HTC One is famous for its incredible front-facing BoomSound speakers, but clearly HTC feels there’s still room for improvement. The Taiwanese company today announced BoomBass, a miniature subwoofer that promises to bring even better sound to your HTC One and One mini.
Gear Manager, a new Samsung app that will allow you to manage your Galaxy Gear smartwatch from your Android-powered smartphone, has appeared in a pair of leaked screenshots ahead of of the Galaxy Gear’s grand unveiling on Wednesday.
The app suggests Gear will connect to your smartphone via NFC and Bluetooth, and that it will have its own apps and a “find my watch” feature.
It has the technological sophistication of a sonic screwdriver. Its design elements look as if pulled straight out of another dimension. And there may not be another set of headphones on this planet — or any other — baked with as many ingredients as the Parrot Zik.
But we were curious — would all this tech work? And how would the Ziks sound? So we poked them with a stick, and here’s what we discovered. Allons-y!
Category: Bluetooth Headphones, Circumaural
Works With: Phones, MP3 players
You can’t get Altec Lansing’s new The Jacket iMW455 Bluetooth speaker/speakerphone from anyone other than Verizon, which explains the red and black skins the Jacket comes with.
Don’t like red or black? No problem — because, like a moulting lobster, The Jacket’s special trick is its ability to swap skins. The speaker comes with the two free skins, with more colors available for a price — though we’re not yet sure which colors or how much.