Beats announces light Pill+ wireless speaker, available in November

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 7, 2015

Apple-owned Beats by Dr. Dre today announced its very first wireless speaker since joining the Cupertino firm in May 2014 deal valued at more than $3 billion.

The new Pill+ is Bluetooth-enabled, lighter than its predecessor and comes with a twelve-hour battery that can be used to charge your devices through the USB and USB-C ports found on the back.

The Pill+ is slightly larger than the original Pill speaker and uses the stereo active 2-way crossover system to create an optimized sound field. Read More


Shazam update brings support for iOS 9’s enhanced Spotlight Search and more

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 21, 2015

Shazam, the popular music and media identification software, has rolled out a brand new 9.0 update to its iPhone and iPad application in the App Store, bringing out support for Spotlight Search on iOS 9, improved Bluetooth listening and other tidbits.

Shazam songs and artists can now be searched from the Home screen on iOS 9 and tapping a Shazam result takes you directly into that content within Shazam’s mobile app. Read More


Daily Deal: MMOVE Stereo Bluetooth Earbuds – 45% Off

By iDB Deals on Sep 3, 2015

Excellent performance and top quality sound, wrapped up in a contemporary and ergonomic package – that’s what we want in our earbuds. That’s what you get with the MMOVE Stereo Bluetooth Earbuds, which can be yours for just $31.99  – saving 45%.

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Alpatronix AX400 is a tiny speaker with a big sound

By Lory Gil on Sep 2, 2015

When you are hanging out with friend, whether it is a backyard barbeque or a picnic in the park, music always makes the festivities a little more enjoyable. However, packing a heavy, large speaker into your picnic basket isn’t exactly convenient.

Alpatronix AX400 Bluetooth speaker is less than five inches long and just over two inches tall. So, you can toss it in with all of your other outdoor gear and barely even notice its existence until you are ready to rock the tunes. Read More


Good deal: Jarv Nmotion PRO Bluetooth Earbuds for $30

By iDB Deals on Aug 20, 2015

Are you sick of tangled wires and muddy-sounding beats? Solve both problems with the Jarv Nmotion PRO Bluetooth Earbuds. With matching faultless Bluetooth playback in crystal clear clarity, the sounds of Summer have never been better. Save 57% and get them for only $29.99.

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Review: Inateck MercuryBox Bluetooth speaker

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 30, 2015

One of my biggest beefs with the iPhone and iPad is the lack of love given to sound output quality. Neither device features speakers that face the user, and the speakers that are there produce sound that’s just passable in my opinion. It’s definitely one of the biggest opportunity areas for improvement when it comes to iOS hardware.

Other devices do a much better job with sound quality. For example, the HTC One M9 features front-facing speakers, as does the just-released Motorola G 3rd-gen. Even tablets like the Nexus 9 feature front-firing speakers that sound relatively good. The iPhone and iPad? Not so much.

But that’s okay, because that’s what external speakers were made for. In fact, I just got my hands on stylish-looking Bluetooth speaker called the MercuryBox (42.99 with Amazon discount code below). It’s from a German company called Inateck, who sent us a sample unit for review.

Is this the perfect device to improve your iPhone’s sound output? Read More


Motorola’s new wireless headphones come with an iOS app and Find My iPhone-like functionality

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2015

Motorola held ‘A Better Mobile Relationship’ press event this morning to announce some new hardware, including the third-generation Moto G handset, a second Moto X called the Moto X Play and its brand new flagship, the Moto X Style.

In addition to the new smartphones, the handset maker has released a pair of new wireless headphones: the $59.99 Moto pulse on-ear headphones and the $69.99 Moto surround in-ear earbuds.

Both are Bluetooth 4.1-compatible and use Motorola’ companion iOS app called Motorola Connect for battery management, easy pairing, Find My iPhone-like functionality and other perks. Read More


How to fix a slow, unresponsive and laggy mouse on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 25, 2015

Have you experienced a slow and jumpy cursor while using a Magic Mouse or other Bluetooth input device on your Mac? Admittedly, this may not apply to all of you, but if you’re like me and use a Magic Mouse with a MacBook Pro, you may have encountered this maddening issue.

The problem has to do with choppy, laggy, jumpy, and overall slow mouse performance while using a Bluetooth mouse. There are some things that you can do to troubleshoot, but I took all of the obvious steps, and still could not alleviate the issue. That is, until I realized that an unlikely culprit was causing my problems. Read More


Your iPhone is the key to this Bluetooth-enabled lock

By iDB Deals on Jul 24, 2015

Are you always losing your keys? Don’t worry, you won’t need them with the advanced wireless-enabled QuickLock. Use your phone or the two RF/NFC wireless enabled cards included in the package to unlock it and enjoy solid safety for just $49, saving 18% with iDownloadBlog.

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The JAM Classic provides better audio playback at a low price

By Lory Gil on Jul 23, 2015

There are some situations in which one may want to listen to Apple Music using more than just the iPhone 6 speakers, but don’t need a big sound and don’t want to take up too much space.

The JAM Classic is the perfect portable Bluetooth speaker for listening to tunes in the office, at the beach, or while studying for finals in the dorm. Think of it as a personal sound system. Read More


Apple’s focus on privacy slowing HomeKit rollout as cutting-edge encryption produces unacceptable lag

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 22, 2015

HomeKit, Apple’s platform for the connected home, sounds terrific on paper. In reality, HomeKit is like CarPlay, another Apple platform plagued with slower than expected rollout.

There are currently only five HomeKit-compatible accessories on the market: the Ecobee3, Elgato Eve, iHome iSP5 SmartPlug, Insteon Hub and Lutron Caseta Wireless Lighting Starter Kit.

A new report alleges that wider HomeKit adoption is being held back by Apple’s stringent encryption requirements. Apparently, Bluetooth chips currently available on the market and certified for HomeKit just can’t handle Apple’s super strong encryption without degrading the experience.

As Forbes reported Wednesday, Apple imposes a high level of encryption on HomeKit accessory makers in order to prevent eavesdropping and protect the privacy of its users. Apple’s focus on privacy, however, has created unacceptable levels of lag in prototype Bluetooth products whose chips have sub-par processing capability. Read More


Here are some interesting tidbits about Apple’s ‘best iPod touch yet’

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 16, 2015

Apple yesterday refreshed its aging lineup of iPod-branded music players. By and large, the iPod touch has received its most substantial upgrade yet as Apple really went all out with upgrades on the hardware front.

Not only does the new iPod touch run the latest Apple-designed “A8” processor as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but includes the M8 motion coprocessor, a much-improved eight-megapixel camera on the back, three times faster Wi-Fi and the latest in Bluetooth networking.

Here are some interesting tidbits related to the iPod touch’s hardware surprises. Read More


Apple becomes Promoting Member of Bluetooth SIG, gains voting rights

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 23, 2015

Apple has become a Promoter Member of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), a non-profit industry organization that oversees the development of Bluetooth standards and the licensing of the Bluetooth technologies and trademarks to manufacturers.

As one of the biggest proponents of Bluetooth, the iPhone maker now holds a continual seat on the SIG Board of Directors and can influence future development of the standard even more than before. Read More


Turn any iPhone or iPad into a universal remote with Blumoo

By iDB Deals on Jun 2, 2015

The Blumoo universal remote allows you to control your entire home theater right from your iPhone or iPad instead of the remote hiding out under the couch cushions. Order the Blumoo for over 30% off at iDownloadBlog Deals. Read More


Good deal: 50% off the Soundfreaq Sound Kick Bluetooth speaker

By iDB Deals on May 14, 2015

Crystal clear audio and seamless Bluetooth syncing are just two of the reasons the Soundfreaq Sound Kick Bluetooth Speaker is winning awards. It’s been voted Overall Best of Show CES winner by iLounge, and can be yours for just $49.99  – 50% off the retail price. Read More


Harmon Kardon SoundSticks: when modern industrial design meets beautiful sound

By Lory Gil on May 7, 2015

Some speakers are great for on-the-go listening. Others are meant for rugged used in the outdoors. There are plenty of quality mobile Bluetooth speakers out there. But what about stationary speakers? Harman Kardon, one of the best-known quality sound system companies, offers the SoundSticks Wireless Bluetooth Speaker System so you can stream media from your iPhone in style. Read More


NYNE Multimedia Aqua Bluetooth speaker is fully waterproof, and it floats

By Lory Gil on May 6, 2015

As the weather gets warmer and summer looms around the corner, I find myself daydreaming about spending hours at the river, swimming in the cool pockets of still waters. Wouldn’t it be great to bring a speaker? But, I don’t want to ruin it by accidentally dropping it in the water.

NYNE Multimedia has solved that problem with a fully waterproof Bluetooth speaker called Aqua. Not only can you drop the external audio source right into a body of water, but it will also float, so you don’t have to worry about it sinking to the bottom of the pool. Read More


Phiaton Chord MS 530 review

By Jim Gresham on May 3, 2015

While wearing my Apple Watch on week one, I kept feeling like something was missing. After listening to this week’s Let’s Talk iOS, Jeff clued me in. I was missing the music capability. It is somewhat surprising that Apple precluded Apple Watch from playing music through the speaker. Most likely, it is a move to conserve battery power and prevent a poor listening experience on such a small speaker.

Enter a renewed need or desire to have a good set of Bluetooth headphones. Coincidentally, I was contacted by Phiaton to review their Chord MS 530 headphones and happily accepted. The M-series headphones are known for bold styling with a modern appeal and high build quality. Having previously reviewed the Bridge MS 500 wired headphones, I was happy to take a look at the more robust, wireless and noise canceling older brother. Read More


Take your sound to the next level with Anker Classic Portable Bluetooth Speaker

By Lory Gil on May 2, 2015

There is no reason to even bring up the fact that the iPhone’s internal speaker system sucks, but I just did. So the best solution to a terrible sound is boosting it with something else.

The Anker A7908 Portable Bluetooth Speaker is a box speaker that fits in the palm of your hand, but packs a punch when it comes to increasing the volume of your iPhone 6. The nearly 20-hour battery life makes it possible for you to keep the party going, all night long. Read More


Seven cool things Apple Watch can do without its paired iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 27, 2015

Designed as a versatile companion to the iPhone, the Apple Watch uses the GPS and Wi-Fi in your iPhone to give you the full experience. That’s why the very first step before you can start using the Watch is pairing it to an iPhone in iOS’s Apple Watch application.

But even though the wearable device wasn’t conceived as a standalone product, it can still do a few tricks on its own, without having a paired iPhone in range. Here are seven different things the Apple Watch can do without being tethered to an iPhone. Read More

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