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Master Mobile Gaming With This Upgraded Bluetooth NES Controller

Touchscreens are fine for solving puzzles and flinging birds, but for action-based mobile games nothing will ever beat a physical controller in hand. The makers of the FC30, a Bluetooth controller that paid homage to the original Nintendo Famicom, are back with a new and improved wireless gamepad that now hearkens back to the NES.


Braven BRV-X Bluetooth Speaker: Australian Review

There are lots of portable Bluetooth speakers on the market, from a lot of brands. You don’t really know what you’re paying for, either, unless you get a chance to try before you buy. Braven is a US company, and while it’s relatively new it has a wide range of versatile wireless speakers that prove themselves in creating good sound — including the BRV-X.


Nest And Friends Are Giving The Internet Of Things A Fresh Start

A consortium of companies just announced a new wireless networking protocol for the home called Thread. It’s designed to help build low-power, wireless mesh networks so that devices can seamlessly connect to form a true internet of things. In a way, Thread promises to create little mini internet for your home.


Plantronics BackBeat FIT Headphones: Australian Review

Plenty of people listen to music when they’re working out. But cords can get tangled, headbands can get twisted and earbuds can fall out. Fitness is the perfect application for a high-quality Bluetooth headset, and the Plantronics BackBeat FIT wants to be the pair of headphones you take running, walking or for heading out to the gym.


A Candle-Powered Speaker Keeps Playing Even When The Power's Out

Using a scientific phenomenon known as the Peltier-Seebeck or thermoelectric effect, where a voltage is produced via a device with contrasting temperatures, this Bluetooth speaker called the Pelty can run on nothing but burning candles. So the next time you lose power during a brownout, you’ll have both light and entertainment to pass the time.


These Wireless Earbuds Charge While They're in Your Pocket

These are perhaps the headphones of the future: earbuds which use Bluetooth to beam audio to your ears, with small rechargeable batteries to eliminate cables, in perhaps the smallest package of its type we’ve seen.


Beats Powerbeats2 Wireless: Pricey, Rugged Running Headphones

Beats has created a new version of its Powerbeats headphones designed for running. Powerbeats2 Wireless are sweatproof running headphones that get music from you phone via Bluetooth. They will cost around the $200 mark. And we’ll tell you right now that’s more than they’re worth.


Samsung's Bluetooth-Controlled LED Bulbs Create Their Own Wireless Network

Coincidentally timed with Apple’s WWDC HomeKit announcement, Samsung has revealed a new line of smart LED lightbulbs that communicate with your phone, and each other, using a mesh Bluetooth network they automatically create. What does that actually mean for you?


Sony's New Muteki Wireless Speakers Bring The House Down, Literally

Sony’s Muteki speakers have been around since 2009, and if you’ve ever seen them in person, you’d remember it — the original Muteki was a 7.2-channel surround sound system; that’s a lot of speakers. This year, the overpowered speaker line-up has diversified; there are new Micro, Mini and massive Muteki setups, all of which can knock your socks off.


Logitech X100 Mobile Wireless Speaker: Australian Review

There are some pretty great Bluetooth speakers on the market today — the Ultimate Ears Boom and Jawbone’s Big Jambox are my default choices, but even Creative’s new Roar is impressive. They’re all quite expensive, though, so how do cheaper speakers like the Logitech X100 stack up?