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Two Of The Big Wireless Charging Organisations Are Merging

There are way, way too many wireless charging standards, which is part of the reason that the technology is struggling to take off. Now, two of the competing bodies have decided to merge.


Seagate Makes Some Compromises For A Cheap $130 Wireless Drive

The easiest way to expand the storage capabilities of your smartphone or tablet is with a wireless external drive. It means there’s never any memory cards to swap (or lose) and you can share videos, photos, and music with multiple users at the same time. And while Seagate’s new Wireless drive isn’t the largest you’ll find, it perfectly balances features and functionality with a competitive $US130 price tag.


Bluetooth Is Named After A Medieval King Who May Have Had A Blue Tooth

Bluetooth was never supposed to be called Bluetooth. Back in 1996, a consortium of companies — Intel, Ericsson, Nokia, and later IBM — decided to create a single wireless standard. Each company had been developing their own short-range radio technologies, but all the names they came up with sucked. Then, along came an obscure Scandanavian king from the Middle Ages.


The Best Bluetooth Headphones For Every Discerning Ear

I love headphones, always have. That’s probably because for most of my life, I was hearing impaired. Headphones were the only way for me to hear music the way it was supposed to be heard — the treble, the bass and everything in between. But I don’t want to be tethered to my laptop and phone: I want to do it wirelessly.


This Cheap Little Circuit Could Double Data Speed On Your Next Phone

Wireless technology is already amazing. It’s any data you could ever want through the air. But some exciting innovations are hiding on the horizon. This cheap little circuit that allows a wireless antenna to send and receive data at the same time is one of them. It stands to double the rate at which your phone transfers data.


Parrot Zik 2.0 Hands-On: The World's Most Advanced Headphones? Maybe.

The first time I tried the Parrot Zik headphones, my jaw dropped. The world around me disappeared. I felt like I was right there in the sound studio with the artist. So you can imagine my excitement to try the updated Zik 2.0. If you don’t mind paying $US400 for headphones, you should be excited too.


Moto Hint Review: The First Bluetooth Headset I Wasn't Ashamed To Wear

Bluetooth earpieces have always stuck out. I mean they have literally stuck out of your ear. Perhaps they’re not as much of a fashion faux pas as Google Glass, but there’s definitely a stigma about them. To combat the cyborg look, some wearable manufacturers are building smartwatches, but Motorola also has a backup plan: a tiny, handsome earbud that can act like a personal assistant.


LTE Direct Will Let Your Phone Get Alerts With No Towers In Sight

Picture this. You walk onto the train, but you don’t lose service. Instead, your phone lights up with useful alerts — the train is delayed, a nearby kiosk is running a sale, your friend is standing on the other end of the platform. Meanwhile, there’s not a mobile tower within 500m. This is the world powered by the future of smartphones: LTE Direct.


Moto Hint Hands-On: Is This The First Non-Dorky Bluetooth Headset?

While the Moto 360 was unquestionably the wearable of last week, Motorola quietly showed off a little something else. Something very little, in fact. The Moto Hint is a teeny-tiny Bluetooth headset, and it’s the first I’ve seen that isn’t actively stupid-looking. But it’s not just for making calls — this is the new way to interact with your digital assistant.


These Wireless Earbuds Are 3D-Printed To Fit Your Ears (And Style)

For as long as I can remember, I’ve dreamed about a pair of earbuds that could pump music into my brain without the fuss of wires or plugs. And in recent years, various companies have tried (and failed) to make good ones. A funded Kickstarter project promises to finally succeed.