October 20, 2012 |
Beats by Dre is the latest company to enter the portable Bluetooth speaker market, going into the ring with its challenger: the Pill. And Beats delivers. Earlier this week, the Santa Monica company famous for its line of headphones announced and started selling the Pill, which goes for $199.95. The Pill is unsurprisingly shaped like a gel capsule and looks like a perfect circle when viewed from the side. On the front, there's a button stylized to Beats' famous logo, which is used as a Bluetooth sync button.
September 6, 2010 |
Sitting here in my den, I have two ways that I can call you and two ways that I can get a call from you. One of them has been around since the late 1800s and still does pretty much what it did when it was invented. The other is virtually magic in a box — and that box isn't much bigger than a deck of cards. One sits like a weird dusty antique on my desk. It's not pretty. No talented designer has ever bothered to make it museum-worthy. When it rings, I hear the same sound, no matter who is calling.
April 9, 2010
19 named in Bluetooth patent suit Wi-Lan Inc., the Canadian owner of patents for wireless technology, sued Irvine-based Broadcom Corp. and 18 other mobile phone and computer makers, claiming they're infringing its Bluetooth patents. The suit, filed in federal court in Marshall, Texas, seeks unspecified damages for the alleged infringement and an order to stop the companies from using the technology. Bluetooth is used to wirelessly transmit data and voice between devices such as computers and phones.
November 16, 2011 |
Bentley Motors' Continental GTC is making its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show this year, adding updated styling and performance to the company's sporty convertible. The two-door drop-top gains the muscular refreshed front fascia of its sibling, the 2012 Continental GT coupe, and a upgrade in power over previous models with a 567-horsepower W-12 engine. The GTC hits 60 miles per hour from standstill in just 4.5 seconds. Bentley says a new Quickshift transmission improves acceleration in the 5,115-pound vehicle while trimming shift times to 200 milliseconds.
March 15, 2012 |
If you're going to fly around the world to be among the first on Earth to get a new iPad, you may as well run directly to a workshop with your new prize, the better to tear it apart in a matter of minutes. That's what iFixit has become famous for, and the gadget repair firm has done it again. The firm's co-founder Luke Soules flew to Melbourne, Australia, to get a head start on the rest of the world, and the opportunity to crack open the device and see what's inside it . It's not just idle curiosity either -- the iPad's dozens of components tell an important business story: which electronics makers have wooed Apple with the most advanced screens, radios, microchips and other components -- and secured themselves multimillion-dollar contracts in so doing.
January 17, 2011 |
If you think Bluetooth is a rare dental condition and an app is what you eat before the entree, you might not be a candidate for today's high-tech, whiz-bang smart phones. Instead, you might be happier with a mobile phone geared toward seniors. Those phones typically don't have Web-surfing capability, GPS maps and video games. Instead they have large buttons, oversized digital readouts and hearing-aid compatibility, along with a relatively simple calling plan. Although senior-friendly phones aren't new, their lower prices and variety are. A recent price skirmish among wireless companies means seniors can get an easy-to-use cellphone and cheap service to go with it, said Mac Haddow, senior fellow on public policy for the independent and nonprofit Alliance for Generational Equity.