Bummer, Apple's HomePod speaker may not let you stream Bluetooth audio

Apple’s HomePod smart speaker launch date is fast approaching next week, yet we are just now learning that you won’t be able to play audio on it vi… you guessed it… Bluetooth, despite that the HomePod is equipped with the latest high-range, low-power 5.0 version of the wireless connectivity standard. So, what are my options to run tunes on the HomePod, you ask? Well, straight from the newly updated audio sources list that Apple just posted:

While lock-up to the Apple ecosystem could pretty much be expected with ease, a full-bore such effort comes …


Get a Bluetooth sound system on sale for 51% off

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There’s no question we’re experiencing an audio renaissancePlush headphones are back and we’re even listening to vinyl on epic machinery that can bring a tear to Baby Boomer eyes everywhere.

SEE ALSO: Trick out your home theater with this TV speaker that’s massively on sale

But perhaps the best part of being knee deep in the evolution of audio technology is the affordability that’s accompanied the increased supply. It wasn’t long ago that just having a subwoofer was pretty impressive — and friends were blowing an entire paycheck in the name of bass. But today, you can score the whole stereo system (namely the Ratsel Bluetooth Speaker System) for $145. Read more…

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Best Bluetooth gaming controllers for Android

In one of our latest how-to guides, we showed you how you can transform your smartphone to a versatile gaming console. One of the main components needed in achieving that is pretty obvious, a wireless Bluetooth game controller of some kind – something you absolutely need to cement the experience! Having one on hand for the occasion means being able to replicate that home console feel, as you sit on the couch, chair, or sofa, while spending some quality time gaming from the comforts of your seated position.

Owning an Android powered device has it perks, especially when it comes to …

Audio Technica's new Bluetooth headphones look great for sports

Audio Technica has a brand new pair of sporty Bluetooth neck-bud headphones – the ATH-SPORT70BT model – and we got to spend some time with them at CES 2018, so here are our first impressions.

The Audio-Technica ATH-SPORT70BT headphones are super lightweight and the wire can be adjustable so nothing is flapping. This means that the actual experience of wearing them is very comfortable and fitting for an intense workout. On the flipside of things, they are pretty conservative in terms of looks and styling, so they might not be everyone’s cup of tea if you value …

Best wireless Bluetooth earbuds and in-ear headphones to buy right now (January 2018)

Wireless headphones are nothing new as this old and proven concept fits in particularly well with the nature of accessories whose purpose is to comfortably and  unobtrusively pump sound in your ears while you go by with your daily business. Truly, die-hard audiophiles probably cringe and wince at the thought of surrendering their high-end cans for Bluetooth earbuds, but this wouldn’t make a difference to the average Joe out there who will certainly value the comfort and added ease of use of the wireless buds.
But which ones to buy? You’d be forgiven to be a little …

Qualcomm bests the AirPods' battery life with a new chip for Bluetooth headphones

Qualcomm just announced the QCC5100 – a chipset aimed squarely at true wireless earphones, like Apple’s AirPods. In fact, Qualcomm has nonchalantly mentioned during its presentation that the Bluetooth 5.0 system-on-a-chip will deliver “25% better battery life than the most popular true wireless headset on the market today.” Since that title goes to the AirPods, this is a stone thrown in Apple’s garden by a chip giant which is currently in a patent feud with the team from Cupertino.
In the press release, however, the new silicon is actually claimed to offer “up …

Buttonless Bluetooth earbuds can seriously improve gym life, and they're 50% off

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Headphones serve a strictly utilitarian purpose, so you’d think shopping for them would be a breeze. But in reality? It’s a total nightmare.

With tons of brands, styles, and price points to choose from, there are simply too many options. And once you buy a pair you think will do the trick, they’re uncomfortable, bulky, or have superfluous buttons.

Ergonomic, powerful, and currently more than 50% off, Cresuer Touchwave Bluetooth Earbuds might be just what you need. Read more…

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Deal: This 15W Bluetooth and Wi-Fi speaker is 66% off, grab one for $20!

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If you’re on the hunt for a decent and affordable wireless speaker, we have good news for you. A 15W Bluetooth & Wi-Fi speaker made by Que Design is now on sale. Currently, this model is listed for $60 on Amazon, but you can grab it for just $20 – that’s a 66% discount – if you purchase it through Daily Steals. 

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Now you know what Control Center's Wi-Fi and Bluetooth buttons really do

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When Apple released iOS 11 with a redesigned Control Center in September, they also quietly made a change to how the shortcut buttons for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth worked.

On iOS 10 and earlier, tapping them turned these wireless connections completely on and off. But on iOS 11, it merely disconnected your devices temporarily, while still allowing features like AirPlay and AirDrop to work.

Apple hasn’t changed how the buttons work back to the old way, but at least it’s more clear what’s happening on iOS 11.2.

On iOS 11.2, when you go to turn off Wi-Fi or Bluetooth in Control Center, it now says that it’s “disconnecting nearby Wi-Fi until tomorrow”. The same goes for Bluetooth. Read more…

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The Razer Phone now comes with a free Leviathan Mini Bluetooth speaker (limited time offer)

Released last month as the first smartphone in the US to sport a
screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, the Razer Phone is certainly a handset to
consider buying if you’re looking for something a bit different. Of course, its
$699.99 price isn’t for everyone, but maybe Razer’s current promotional offer
will broaden the phone’s appeal.

Update: Razer says that, “due to overwhelming response,” it has extended its limited time promotion until December 21 – that’s today, so you still have a bit of time to score a free Bluetooth speaker.

Today and tomorrow only (December 18 and 19), Razer is …