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Review: Adesso Xtream S3B Bluetooth speaker

07/30, 12:40am

Tablet speaker good for short range, lacks punch or clarity for everyday use

Finding a speaker purpose-built for a specific need is challenging. Even when a Bluetooth speaker can be paired with a mobile device, it doesn't mean that it's the right speaker for the job. When it comes to tablets, a speaker that can be kept to the side may not be the best purchase for something that's meant to be as portable as possible. So why not look for a device that can attach to an iPad or Android tablet, like the Adesso Xtream S3B speaker? Does the Adesso speaker provide enough of a boost to sound while retaining the original portability? Find out in our review.

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Review: Cambridge Audio Minx Go Bluetooth speaker

07/14, 10:50pm

Powerful speaker emits great sound, but misses the mark on the finer details

In the pursuit of outstanding sound quality, Bluetooth speakers make a lot of sacrifices to offer a device that is affordable and pleasant enough to listen to compel consumers to purchase it. It's a series of compromises between the number of speakers in the platform, the battery life and the portability of the unit. Cambridge Audio, the London-based audio company, offers a compact version of its sound quality inside the Minx Go. On the surface, the Minx Go appears to check all of the boxes that a Bluetooth speaker needs to in order to be successful. But does that make it a must-have for consumers? Find out in our review.

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Briefly: Bluetooth 8-driver headphones and speaker, BRV-Bank battery

06/23, 9:55pm

Life N Soul releases new Bluetooth 8-driver headphones, stereo speaker

Audio device producer Life N Soul has announced its new BE501 8 Driver Bluetooth headphones, and the BM211 Virtual Surround Bluetooth Speaker. The company's Bluetooth headphones feature Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, and can pair with two different devices with a range of up to 30 feet. Offering built-in lossless transmission technology and dynamic surround sound, the BE501's frequency response ranges from 5Hz to 25kHz. Each ear piece bears 1pc woofer and 3pc drivers, with a total of 8 neodymium dynamic audio drivers. The headphones can hold a charge for 28 hours of play time, and 1300 hours of standby time.

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Review: Nyne Cruiser Bluetooth speaker

06/13, 1:34am

Small speaker offers pleasing sounds with additional bar mounting options

Adding a new option of portability to a Bluetooth speaker is no easy task. While many speakers are made for people on the go, they are meant to be packed away while people move about. Instead of being able to listen to them while traveling, they are left in a bag or backpack unutilized. Nyne is looking to change that with its Cruiser speaker. The Cruiser includes a set of clips to hold the speaker in place while out walking with a baby in a stroller or on the handlebars of a bike. But would the speaker still be functional and worth using for people on the go? Find out in our review.

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Briefly: Hex's Marquee Briefcase, Braven's Mira Bluetooth speaker

06/04, 3:23pm

New tablet briefcase bag by Hex now available

Tech accessories company Hex has announced the availability of its new briefcase bag, the Marquee Briefcase. Featuring a new structural design with tablet and accessory pockets, the bag includes an internal suspension pocket for up to a 15-inch laptop, internal organizer and tablet storage, on top of a main compartment. Composed of black leather with aged tan leather accents, its shoulder strap is fatigue-green, and the bag's lining is offered in a custom camouflage pattern. Priced at $280, the Marquee Briefcase can be purchased through Hex's online store.

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New IPS LCD 24-inch monitor from AOC announced, brings Onkyo sound

05/14, 7:20pm

Monitor features full HD IPS display, seven-watt Onkyo sound technology speakers

A new monitor has been announced from AOC that brings stereo quality sound together with a full HD display. The latest display from the Taiwanese company, the i2473Pwm, offers a 24-inch monitor with a unique base that houses two speakers inside giving consumers more options to help save desktop space.

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Bem Wireless releases Speaker Mojo, Bluetooth speaker with power bank

05/13, 6:57pm

Speaker charges on conductive base that houses 1800 mAh, allows device charging

Bem Wireless has announced the availability of its newest compact Bluetooth speaker, the Speaker Mojo. The 2.5-inch cube speaker from Bem builds on the previous generation of its mobile speaker, offering a bonus to its battery design. Instead of charging the speaker directly, it sits on a a base that houses a battery that doubles as a power bank for any devices that may need to be charged on-the-go.

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Macworld gems: Prong PWR case, Hidden BT speaker

04/25, 1:49am

Charming, surprising, intriguing finds now available or coming to market soon

Continuing our look at some of the more interesting devices and services we ran across at Macworld in San Francisco last month, MacNN and Electronista staffers will periodically write about items and vendors that caught our eye at the show that we thought our readers would like to know about, particularly as they start accepting pre-orders. This week, we check out the Hidden Bluetooth portable speaker, and the new Prong PWR case for the iPhone 5 and 5s.

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Briefly: Dropbox launches new gallery app, Cobalt Bluetooth speaker

04/10, 5:18pm

Dropbox debuts Carousel app for iOS and Android

Cloud storage company Dropbox has released its latest product, Carousel, a photo and video gallery app. Available for both iOS and Android platforms, Carousel provides a single location for users' photo and video content in an organized manner. The app automatically backs up photos and videos to the user's Dropbox account as they are captured, ensuring they are safe from being lost in a device crash. Users can engage in private conversations with friends, as to share their media with others. The number of photos and videos one can put in their Carousel is based on how much space they have attached to their Dropbox account, with the free storage size starting at 2GB. Carousel is free to download through iTunes and Google Play, and requires a Dropbox account to utilize its features.

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Nokia unveils MD-12 portable Bluetooth speaker with 'Acoustic Bonding'

04/03, 5:46am

Nokia MD-12 uses hard surfaces for bass boosting

Despite the unveiling of the Lumia 930, Lumia 630, and Lumia 635 Windows 8.1 smartphones at Microsoft Build, Nokia still had something new to reveal for itself at its scheduled "more" event. The Nokia MD-12 is a portable mini speaker that connects to smartphones via Bluetooth with NFC pairing, which is able to use "acoustic bonding" with whatever surface it is resting on to provide a more powerful sound.

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Briefly: Updated Square card reader, Pyle Audio's new speaker

03/29, 11:17pm

Square notifying users of upcoming card reader replacement

Square, a mobile payment service, has begun to notify its existing customers that they can receive the latest Square reader for free. The redesigned Square card reader is 45 percent thinner than the original, and will be replacing the previous model as the standard device, with the former to be no longer supported. Users can receive their new Square reader for free by signing into their web dashboard.

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Briefly: House of Cards Comcast access, new rugged outdoor speaker

03/10, 1:22pm

Comcast subscribers can soon purchase access to Netflix produced House of Cards

Comcast subscribers will soon be able to purchase access to the episodic series House of Cards without requiring Netflix, according to a report by Variety. The cable company has struck a pact with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, providing rights to sell the first season of House of Cards through its Xfinity Store service. The Xfinity store offers on-demand video streaming on a variety of devices for Comcast subscribers -- the company's own answer to Netflix or Amazon Instant Video. In a similar deal made with Lionsgate, Orange is the New Black will be available on the Xfinity Store in May.

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FAVI Entertainment releases Audio+ Set to Connect speaker

02/08, 11:45am

Wireless speaker uses induction rather than pairing

FAVI Entertainment has released a new speaker for smart phones and tablets that allows wireless connection to a device without the hassle of pairing. The Audio+ Set to Connect speaker merely requires the device to be placed on the docking space in order to connect to the speaker via induction. No fiddling with Bluetooth or Wi-Fi is required.

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Briefly: Divoom's Voombox Outdoor Bluetooth speaker, Rapoo headphones

01/28, 10:55pm

Divoom Voombox Outdoor Bluetooth speaker offers portability, water resistance

Divoom will be releasing its portable outdoor Bluetooth speaker tomorrow, the Voombox Outdoor. Offering 12 hours of play and talk time on 15 watts of power, the Voombox can withstand splashed water and dust. Users can wirelessly stream audio from tablets, smartphones and other Bluetooth-enabled devices, and make or receive calls wirelessly.

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Briefly: Braven's latest rugged gear, Scosche heart rate monitor

01/07, 6:41pm

Braven releases BRV-Bank rugged smartphone battery, BRV-X HD wireless speaker

Braven on Tuesday revealed its latest product releases: the BRV-Bank portable backup battery, and the BRV-X outdoor speaker. Both products are intended to be rugged, with both products holding an IP water-resistant rating. The Braven BRV-X is equipped with custom-made HD drivers, an omnidirectional passive bass radiator, and setting for indoor and outdoor locations. Its noise-cancelling speakerphone, USB charging capability and integrated power bank allow for versatile function, and easy pairing with NFC offers users true left and right stereo sound with a second BRV-X.

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Giveaway: Divoom OnBeat-200 speaker

12/31, 9:37pm

Divoom OnBeat-200 speaker

Last, but certainly not least in Electronista's countdown to the new year giveaway is the Divoom OnBeat-200 portable Bluetooth speaker. This sleek, fashionable durable speaker bumps the tunes and has a built-in microphone to take calls with the push of a button.

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Briefly: Pebble iOS 7 notifications update, Skullcandy Air Raid launch

11/12, 5:22am

Pebble releases iOS 7 app update with greater notification support

Pebble has updated the iOS version of its smart watch app, one which introduces support for iOS 7 notifications. The update, which allows for updates from a host of watched services to be pushed to the Pebble display, also introduces support for Bluetooth LE, which will lower the amount of power used by the smartphone and the Pebble when communicating.

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Beats Pill XL spotted at FCC with 4,400mAh battery, NFC pairing

11/05, 12:54pm

Larger version of Pill portable speaker gets tested at FCC

A new speaker from Beats has been spotted going through certification at the FCC, one that appears to be a more stationary model. The filing for the Beats Pill XL reveals a larger version of the company's portable speaker, suggesting that the company may be celebrating its break-up from HTC by preparing to sell an upscaled model in the near future.

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Briefly: Context app for Illustrator, Braven announces 710 speaker

11/04, 4:18pm

Livesurface's Context introduces photorealistic previewing into Adobe Illustrator

Livesurface, a design development company, has launched its full version of Context. The program is an integrative app that allows users of Adobe Illustrator to display projects on a wide variety of real-world objects and scenes. While working, users can preview designs in Context without leaving Illustrator, and see 3D renderings to help better predict a finished, implemented product. Featuring photorealistic 'inks' for adding printing effects to a project, surfaces to select for previewing, and access to direct tools that allow for quick visual implementations, Context can create professional, high-resolution output renderings. Context can be downloaded as a free test version for access to low-resolution surfaces, and as a $10 monthly subscription or $90 annual subscription, providing full access to high-resolution content. Software requirements include Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later, and Adobe Illustrator CS4 through CC.

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Sonos officially launches Play:1, updates software on existing systems

10/14, 12:31pm

Wireless speaker joins Sonos Play range, free Bridge available

Sonos has added to its Play range of wireless home speakers, which currently consists of the Play:3 and the Play:5, with the Play:1. At the same time as launching the compact speaker, one that briefly appeared on sale late last week, Sonos has released a software update that adds some minor changes to the way the speakers function.

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Briefly: SpeeCup wireless speaker, Pocket for iOS 7 coming next week

09/13, 12:30pm

Wireless speaker fits in car cupholder

Accessory maker iCreation's Siri and S Voice-enabled Bluetooth wireless speaker, SpeeCup, was launched yesterday. At eight inches tall, the speaker is intended to fit in a car's cupholder, as well as be conducive for listening in various other settings, such as a boat, RV, or at a desk. SpeeCup's range is standard for Bluetooth speakers -- up to 30 feet -- and its battery capacity can last up to 20 hours. Compatible with most Bluetooth-enabled devices, the SpeeCup is sold online in three colors (black, white and red) for $130.

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Sony Splash-Proof Bluetooth Wireless Speaker shipping now

09/10, 8:44am

Sony rolls out new, water resistant, Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

Sony has started shipping its new Splash-Proof Bluetooth Wireless Speaker (SRS-BTS50). As with a number of its 2013 consumer electronics products, the new speaker is both water resistant and includes NFC for fast one-touch connectivity over Bluetooth. Users can also quickly disconnect with another touch of the paired device's NFC logos when they are ready to get going.

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Briefly: Akitio's new two-bay external storage, new wireless speaker

09/06, 4:46pm

Neutrino Thunder D3 expected for release by end of September

Akitio announced its upcoming release of its latest external storage product, the Neutrino Thunder D3. With Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 ports, the Thunder D3 is set to be available by the end of September. The two-bay unit is designed to hold 2.5-inch hard drives or SSDs with a drive height of up to 15mm, enabling greater versatility than other form factor enclosures. The Thunder D3 will be available in capacities up to 4TB, and upon release can be purchased online from Akitio, Amazon and retail outlets, though pricing has not yet been announced. For reference, however, the similar Thunder Duo enclosure starts at $300 with no drives.

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Briefly: Ematic's new Bluetooth speaker, new flash drives by Corsair

09/04, 7:05pm

Speakers compatible with Siri and Voice Commands

Ematic released yesterday its ESB100 Speaker, its first Bluetooth speaker product. The speaker -- comparable to a softball in size -- offers 30 feet of wireless range, as well as a line-in feature to listen directly from a non-Bluetooth device. With 35 hours of playtime per charge, the ESB100's battery is recharged with the included microUSB cable and wall charger. Including customizable foam speaker grills in blue and black, consumers can purchase Ematic's ESB100 for $40 at Wal-Mart.

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Briefly: Edifier unveils portable speaker, iDrive adds mobile backup

07/09, 12:24pm

Edifier's MP260 Extreme Connect fully portable and Bluetooth compatible

Edifier's MP260 Extreme Connect portable speaker was released today, offering audio playback from any Bluetooth enabled device. Fully portable, the Extreme Connect is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use with a battery charge lasting up to 12 hours. The speaker includes a built-in microphone with Bluetooth phone answering capabilities, allowing for hands-free calling.

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Ultimate Ears brings out 'social' Bluetooth speaker

05/22, 9:00am

Long battery, 360-degree sound encourages music gatherings

Audio accessory maker Ultimate Ears has announced a new wireless Bluetooth portable speaker, the UE Boom. Available in six colors, the mini-speaker is intended to be portable and offers 360-degree sound from all sides of the easy-grip device. The device features an acoustic skin to be water and stain resistant, a long and rechargeable battery life (up to 15 hours) and is easily paired with other UE Boom units.

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Giveaway: Bem Wireless Bluetooth speaker

04/15, 7:07pm

Win a bem wireless Bluetooth speaker.

Through modern history, portable audio devices have gone through many evolutionary phases -- from boom boxes and Walkman cassette tape players to CD and MP3 players. Now listening to music on the go consists of carrying around a smartphone and headphones, or a Bluetooth speaker. However, some Bluetooth speakers are too large to easily fit in a bag with other items. The Bēm Wireless mobile speaker was designed to fit where others wouldn't, and MacNN has one to give away to our readers.

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Creative reveals T3150 2.1 Bluetooth speakers

04/12, 8:27am

Creative set to roll out T3150 Bluetooth speakers, due May

Creative has announced the T3150 Bluetooth speakers. The new speakers work over wired connections, but will pair with any Bluetooth-enabled device including smartphones, tablets and PCs over a range of up to 10 meters. Using a 2.1 arrangement, the speakers include two satellite speakers and a subwoofer.

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Pure debuts modular Jongo synchronized audio system

01/07, 7:22pm

Single-speaker base expanable as users' need grow

Today at CES 2013, Pure announced the Jongo family of products -- affordable multiroom audio products that allows the user to start with a single speaker and add more Jongo products for perfectly synchronized audio all around a home. Using Wi-Fi along with the free Pure Connect app, users also get the additional benefit of listening to multiple, tightly synchronised Jongo products in a single room or in a multi-room environment.

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Edifier Esiena, Bric speaker docks for iOS hit retail

10/05, 2:05pm

Speakers use 30-pin connector, Bluetooth

Speaker manufacturer Edifier has released two speaker docks for iOS and other handhelds. Using the old 30-pin connector found in older iOS devices instead of the Lightning port, the Esiena and Bric both still allow for connectivity to the iPhone 5 and other handsets wirelessly over Bluetooth, or through a 3.5mm auxiliary input port.

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Beats Pill Bluetooth wireless speaker seen at FCC, HMV

09/19, 11:08am

UK retail leaks price and imminent release date

Sightings of a Beats-branded Bluetooth wireless speaker have been reported at both the FCC and a UK retailer. The Beats by Dr. Dre Pill has passed through the FCC, with mention of its Bluetooth capabilities, while the online store for HMV put up a listing for the speaker, before quickly removing it from existence.

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NuForce releases 2" Cube portable speaker

05/29, 4:51pm

Cube replaces digital to audio converter on music player with its own

NuForce has released its Cube mobile speaker. The compact cube offers to play sound as a conventional speaker, serve as a headphone amplifier to boost volume, or work as a USB digital-to-analog converter (DAC), bypassing a computer or music player's own on-board DAC in favor of components that are claimed to be of higher quality.

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Sonos intros Sub wireless subwoofer

05/22, 5:56pm

Subwoofer interacts wireless system

Sonos has introduced the Sub, a wireless subwoofer designed to work alongside the company's amplified systems with wireless support. The resin cabinet integrates a pair of acoustic ports and speaker cones, each facing inward in a configuration that is claimed to eliminate buzz or rattle, while dual Class D amplifiers provides the power.

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XtremeMac unveils Soma BT speaker, InCharge docks at CES

01/11, 12:30am

Company is celebrating 10 years in business

Accessory maker XtremeMac, showing at CES on the occasion of its 10th anniversary in the market, has taken the wraps off two new products today -- a lightweight, portable Bluetooth stereo speaker that also features a line-in jack for other music players, and a line of multi-device iOS charging docks that rely on the slim design of iOS products and which offer a full 10 watts in each port, with one model offering up to five charging slots.

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Water resistant long-range Bluetooth speaker iShower debuts

01/06, 10:00pm

Will formally launch at CES, optional mirror

Those who like to sing in the shower or just enjoy some music near the pool or beach can do so without fear of getting their expensive iOS or Android device wet with iDevices' introduction of the iShower, a long range (up to 200 feet) Bluetooth speaker that is water-resistant, can be paired with up to five different devices and offers up to 15 hours of safe listening. The company, best known for its iGrill cooking hardware, will debut the iShower at CES.

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Review: Fidelio Docking Speaker DS7700

11/16, 5:30pm

Pricey but quality speaker dock

When purchasing a speaker dock for iOS devices, a number of different factors have to be considered. From price to sound quality to iOS integration to connectivity or even just looks, different users have different priorities. Fidelio offers the DS7700, a docking speaker with an attractive design, quality sound for its size, Bluetooth, internet radio stations and more. But how does it measure up to the competition? We find out in our exclusive review.

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Review: Soundmatters FoxLv2 Speaker

10/17, 6:00pm

Bluetooth portable mini-speaker a strong value

There are times when you need a small, portable mini-speaker to with your iPod, iPhone or even notebook computer -- whether its for a presentation or just atmospheric music. The Soundmatters FoxLv2 speaker not only offers decent sound in a tiny (about the size of a hand) package, it includes Bluetooth capability and can act as a speakerphone with a wide variety of devices. Though it's not the cheapest mini-speaker on the market, it makes a strong case for being one that may prove the most durable and versatile. We take a deeper look in a variety of real-world uses in our exclusive review.

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Bose kicks out upscale CineMate, Lifestyle sound bars

09/26, 5:30pm

High-end sound bar commands $2500

Bose has introduced its first sound bars for home theaters, the CineMate 1 SR and Lifestyle 135. Both offerings maintain the company's focus on the high-end market, featuring compact speaker arrays built into a single sound-bar that can be placed in front of a television. The sound bars are paired with a wireless subwoofer to handle low frequencies.

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AirPlay-compatible iHome iW1 to ship September 26

08/31, 8:50pm

Wireless speaker system is expandable

The rechargeable AirPlay speaker from iHome, the iW1 will be arriving in retailers and available through iHome starting September 26th. The long-anticipated system uses Airplay and either direct-from-device or an iOS app to control multiple units throughout a space to stream music from a Mac or iOS device. A limited quantity was offered for sale on the company's website earlier today to customers who had signed up for availability notifications and were sold out in 45 minutes.

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Yamaha intros YSP-2200 16 speaker sound bar plus subwoofer

12/10, 6:45am

YSP-2200, a simple home theater solution

Yamaha has added the YSP-2200 digital sound projector to its YSP range. The slim line sound bar has a much narrower profile than the other sound bars in Yamaha’s current range. At just 3.5-inches high, it allows for a user to place the speaker in front of a flat screen TV without blocking the image.

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