Experiencing Bluetooth problems on your Mac? Try this

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 1, 2016

Bluetooth is just one of the wireless technologies that comes packed into your iOS devices and Macs. It’s used for short-distance data transmission and it’s super low on battery usage, making it a great option for third-party accessories like speakers, mice, headsets, and even the Apple Watch.

Unfortunately, Bluetooth on the Mac can sometimes be relatively flaky, and when problems occur, there are some troubleshooting steps you can take, which we will talk about in this tutorial. Read More

 

Several House of Marley Bluetooth speakers and headphones are on sale right now

By Cody Lee on Jan 15, 2016

We are big fans of House of Marley gear here at iDB. I recently reviewed the Chant Mini Bluetooth speaker, praising it for its sound and portability, and we have highlighted several of their other products over the years. So naturally, when we found out that many of their Bluetooth speakers and headphones were on sale, we just had to share it with you.

In my Chant Mini review, I noted that House of Marley products are unique in that they are built using earth-friendly materials like Hemp, bamboo and recycled plastic, and thus look very different than other consumer electronics. But, if you can get past the unorthodox aesthetics, my experience with HoM gear is that it sounds great and is very well made. Read More

 

MacID’s ‘Tap to Unlock’ makes logging into your Mac even faster

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 9, 2016

Probably one of my most-used applications on my Mac is MacID, which I use on a daily basis to unlock my Mac without ever using the keyboard to enter a password. The application works in two ways – these include allowing you to use your iPhone or iPad’s Touch ID sensor to log into your Mac, or using a secret ‘Tap to Unlock’ gesture on the multi-touch trackpad (or Magic Trackpad/Magic Trackpad 2) to log into your Mac.

Both ways can save a ton of time, and reduce wear and tear on your keyboard, but in this tutorial, we’ll focus on how you can set up ‘Tap to Unlock’ in MacID on your Mac. Read More

 

House of Marley Chant Mini review: the little speaker that could

By Cody Lee on Jan 9, 2016

House of Marley has built up a solid reputation among consumers and reviewers for delivering products with unique, eco-friendly designs, great-sounding audio and affordable prices. So of course I jumped at the chance to check out their Chant Mini Bluetooth speaker.

I’ve been playing with the Chant Mini for a few weeks now, and I have to say that I’ve been impressed. The speaker sounds great for its size—at just 4.25″x5.5″x4.35″ this thing is incredibly portable—and I have to admit that the unconventional design has kind of grown on me. Read More

 

Apple is reportedly building wireless earphones that will fit inside your ear and come with charging case

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 8, 2016

Apple is reportedly building brand new, completely wireless earphones that will fit inside of a user’s ear, along with a charging case, as per 9to5Mac.

The in-house designed hardware is similar in concept to the Motorola Hint headset and Bragi’s new Dash and said to include a noise-cancelling microphone system. The accessory will be “a premium alternative” to a Lightning-enabled version of the EarPods headset that’s also in the works (EarPods are the wired in-ear headphones that came with your  iPhone).

Three days ago, Japanese blog Macotakara first reported on Apple’s plans to bundle the iPhone 7 with a wireless headset. The following day, Fast Company said Apple is working with a supplier on a new noise-canceling technology to be used both in the iPhone 7 and the new earphones to help remove background noise in music playback and in phone calls. Read More

 

Apple allegedly plans to bundle iPhone 7 with wireless EarPods

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 5, 2016

Following a November 2015 claim by the Japanese blog Macotakara which asserted that Apple will ditch the standard 3.5mm headphone port on an ‘iPhone 7’ to focus exclusively on supporting Lightning-enabled headsets and wireless headphones, a new supply chain rumor published Tuesday by Chinese websites Anzhuo.cn and Feng claims that the Cupertino firm will actually bundle the next iPhone with a wireless version of its EarPods headphones to make up for the missing headphone jack. Read More

 

How to use Bluetooth headset with iPhone like a pro

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 23, 2015

If you own a Bluetooth headset, you can wirelessly stream phone calls, music, videos and audio from apps and games on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. iOS provides various settings and features for controlling your Bluetooth headset.

In this post, we’ll lay out everything you need to know about using Bluetooth headphones in iOS, including pairing a wireless headset with your iPhone, routing audio to the headset, changing iOS’s default answer mode so that incoming calls are always sent to the headset and much more. Read More

 

Satechi LED IQ Strip review: a simple app-controlled lighting kit

By Cody Lee on Dec 9, 2015

I’ve been playing with a cool smart lighting accessory over the past few weeks called the LED IQ Strip by Satechi. It’s a roughly 5-foot strand of multicolor LED lights that can be remotely controlled by virtually any Bluetooth 4.0 device.

Obviously this isn’t a groundbreaking product. There are several “smart” LED strips available these days—most notably the Philips Hue Lighstrip—I think its low price and ease-of-use make Satechi’s LED IQ Strip worth talking about. Read More

 

Apple releases OS X 10.11.2 El Capitan update

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 8, 2015

Following an extensive testing, Apple on Tuesday released OS X 10.11.2 (build number 15C50), the second major update to El Capitan, for public consumption. In addition to improving the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac, OS X 10.11.2 improves iCloud Photo Sharing for Live Photos, as well as the reliability of Wi-Fi networking, Handoff and AirDrop.

Moreover, the software update includes fixes for Bluetooth devices disconnecting on a whim, the Mail app deleting messages in an offline Exchange account and problems with importing photos from an iPhone to a Mac using a USB cable. Read More

 

House of Marley unveils inexpensive Rebel on-ear headphones that give Beats a run for its money

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2015

House of Marley, a music electronics brand deeply rooted in Bob Marley’s vision of consciousness, upliftment and change, today launched the Rebel, an inexpensive on-ear wireless headphones. Featuring power-efficient Bluetooth networking and priced at just $69.99, this headset is a viable option for those who can’t stand wires and value crisp sound and sustainable craftsmanship.

With up to eight hours of continuous play, courtesy of a built-in rechargeable battery, along with an integrated microphone, A2DP stereo profile and 40mm moving coil drivers, the Rebel is the perfect alternative to the much costlier Apple-owned Beats audio accessories. Read More

 

Chrome for iOS gains 3D Touch shortcuts and support for more Bluetooth keyboard shortcuts

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2015

Google today updated its Chrome browser for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad in the App Store with two new feature additions: 3D Touch shortcuts on the Home screen via the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus and expanded support for shortcuts when the app is used with a Bluetooth keyboard.

Pressing firmly on Chrome’s Home screen icon on your iPhone 6s will now bring up a 3D Touch menu with Voice Search, New Incognito Tab and New Tab options. Read More

 

Review: the Aukey outdoor Bluetooth speaker is a nice shower companion

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 22, 2015

This might sound weird, but the idea of listening to music and podcasts while in the shower has always appealed to me. It’s one of the reasons that I initially looked forward to the Apple Watch, thinking that I was going to be able to use it to listen to podcasts directly from the Apple Watch itself.

While that outlook has yet to materialize, I do appreciate the ability to easily control my iPhone’s music player via my Apple Watch while in the shower. But the iPhone’s speaker leaves a lot to be desired. I need a proper Bluetooth speaker that can take being exposed to the shower.

I recently acquired said Bluetooth speaker from Aukey, and it has proved to be the answer that I needed. It looks a bit weird, but its IPX4 waterproof rating and rugged design makes it a great option for a precarious environment like the shower. Read More

 

SNES30 Bluetooth game controller brings your favorite gaming nostalgia to life

By iDB Deals on Nov 13, 2015

In our hyper-rush for the latest and greatest in tech gadgets, it’s quite easy to forget the old wisdom of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” But 8Bitdo hasn’t forgotten, and they’re dedicated to reviving the perfection of one of the greatest gaming controllers ever made: the Super Nintendo classic grey controller.  You can get your own SNES30 Bluetooth Game Controller for just $29.95.
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Great deal: 47% off JayBird BlueBuds X Sport Bluetooth headphones

By Cody Lee on Nov 9, 2015

The JayBird BlueBuds X Sports are wireless, Bluetooth headphones that offer great sound and great features at an affordable price. They look sharp, utilize SignalPlus tech for skip-free playback, and can last for up to 8 hours on a single charge. And for a limited time, these headphones are 47% off, meaning you can score a pair for just $89.99. Read More

 

Save 25% on Logitech’s Ultimate Ears Boom bluetooth speaker

By iDB Deals on Nov 5, 2015

Logitech’s Ultimate Ears Boom is a compact, durable wireless speaker made to provide a 360-degree sound design, with up to 15 hours of battery life. Add powerful and clear midrange & treble, with a strong low-end, and you’ve got a versatile little blaster that’s well worth the price tag – especially when you take 25% off, for a total of $149.99 that’s $50 cheaper than Amazon. Read More

 

How to check battery level of Siri Remote and game controllers on Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 2, 2015

The primary input method for the fourth-generation Apple TV is the included Siri Remote though compatible ‘Made for iOS’ (MFi) Bluetooth controllers can be optionally used to navigate across tvOS.

Input method notwithstanding, you’ll want to occasionally check out the battery level of the connected remote or gamepad, especially if it stops working.

As tvOS lacks an iOS-style status bar, seeing the battery level of the Siri Remote and other Bluetooth devices requires paying a quick visit to Settings.

In this tutorial, you’re going to learn how to check out the battery level of your Siri Remote or a Bluetooth gamepad paired with an Apple TV. Read More

 

How to pair Bluetooth headphones with the Apple TV

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 31, 2015

One of the great things about the new Apple TV is that you can pair Bluetooth headphones for wireless audio. This is especially nice for those times when you wish to watch a game or play a movie, but don’t want to disturb others in your household.

With the new Apple TV, Apple has made it easy to quickly connect a pair of Bluetooth headphones, such as its own PowerBeats 2 earbuds… Read More

 

How to pair a Bluetooth controller with the Apple TV

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 30, 2015

I finally got around to opening my SteelSeries Nimbus, and that gave me a good opportunity to check out the Apple TV pairing process for Bluetooth controllers. As you might imagine, the process is ridiculously easy and straightforward, especially if you have a device like the Nimbus, which was designed with the Apple TV in mind. Read More

 

How to pair the Magic Keyboard with the iPad

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 17, 2015

As I noted in my Magic Keyboard review, it makes a wonderful iPad companion. The Magic Keyboard is extremely lightweight and portable, which makes it super easy to slip into a bag, or even a coat or jacket pocket.

The Magic Keyboard’s low profile, and streamlined design not only make it practical for traveling, but ensures that it looks right paired with the iPad as well. In fact, I’ve been using my Magic Keyboard and iPad Air 2 together for the last few days, and I absolutely love the combination. I’ve even gone as far as to pair my Magic Keyboard with my iPhone 6s, and that was a good experience as well.

If you’re an iPad owner, you should definitely consider pairing it together with your Magic Keyboard. With iOS 9’s new keyboard shortcut abilities, and the svelte Magic Keyboard 2, you’re looking at a capable working machine when using both in tandem.
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Magic Keyboard review: streamlined and rechargeable, but worth it?

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 17, 2015

Along with my Magic Mouse 2, I decided to pick up a Magic Keyboard. The Magic Keyboard, for me, is probably the least compelling of the “Magic” devices that Apple just released. That’s primarily because I’m a full time MacBook user, so I don’t actually have a real hardline need for an external keyboard.

Yet, I’m nonetheless intrigued by the Magic Keyboard. I’m a sucker for the streamlined design, and the rechargeable batteries. Anytime you can get me away from having to replace or swap out batteries, you’ve pretty much won me over.

But does the Magic Keyboard do enough to truly justify the upgrade? Admittedly, it’s a hard sell. Not only do you have to consider whether an upgrade is necessary, you then have to justify paying $30 more than the Wireless Keyboard that it replaces.

Is it worth it? Watch our video review and find out. Read More

 
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