Bluetooth

HTC One X camera has hidden Bluetooth controls

It looks like there's more hiding in HTC's Sense 4.0 than meets the eye. The Chinese gadget enthusiasts at ePrice found that if they paired certain Bluetooth headsets with the HTC One X, they could operate the shutter mechanism on the camera by pressing button combinations on the headset. It's a useful little trick, and one that's strangely absent from all the HTC documentation we've seen thus far. It's possible, but not confirmed, that the trick could work with the other HTC One phones as well.

Runkeeper is Pebble Watch’s first confirmed app

If you've been keeping an eye on Kickstarter news for the last few weeks, you've no doubt heard about the Pebble, the e-paper Bluetooth watch that's broken the crowdsourcing record with an incredible $7.9 million raised. The designers have said from the beginning that they intend to allow app development for the watch, which is capable of pairing with Android and iOS devices. The first confirmed developer to take up the challenge is FitnessKepper, whose RunKeeper app has been downloaded millions of times on Android alone.

Braven Six Series Bluetooth speakers daisy-chain with glee

There's a brand new brand of speakers out there, and they're both working with Bluetooth and are able to daisy-chain for ultimate awesomeness. The brand Braven you might not have heard of before, but it's former name Spar might ring a few bells. They've taken everything they know about the speaker business and have created a mobile speaker line here that's both colorful and powerful, working with bluetooth for every-device integration.

Pebble watch goes waterproof after raising a million bucks

Yesterday we brought you news of the Pebble smart watch project on Kickstarter, and almost immediately the organizers reached their $100,000 goal. They've raised just a bit more than that since then: a million dollars in just a little over 24 hours, and almost 1.5 million at this point. To celebrate thier success, they're adding in an extra feature. When the watch enters production later this year, it'll be waterproof. The organizers say that it won't be a dive watch, but you'll be able to shower or swim with it without worry.

Sony’s Bluetooth Xperia SmartWatch now shipping in the US

It never rains, but it pours. Just a day after the intriguing Pebble smart watch got almost instantly funded on Kickstarter, Sony is back in the game with its latest take on the wearable smartphone augmenter. As promised, the SmartWatch that we saw at CES (and which is completely and totally not the underwhelming LiveView watch from last year) is now shipping to the good old US of A. $149.99 gets you a Bluetooth-paired secondary screen for your Android phone, complete with alerts, alarms and other goodies. And yes, the Sony SmartWatch will pair with any Android device regardless of manufacturer.

Pebble combines Bluetooth smart watch and e-paper in Kickstarter campaign

Smart watches are finally starting to catch on, but unfortunately, they're all pretty expensive - not to mention bulky. One Kickstarter project aims to change that with a lowered featureset and Kindle-style e-ink technology, bringing both the size and the price down to something a little more manageable. The Pebble watch is currently in the concept stage, but with a Kickstarter campaign that's nearing completion, it looks like it'l be hitting stores before the end of the year.

Motorola MotoACTV update will allow pairing with all Android phones

Motorola's MotoACTV digital watch/pedometer/Dick Tracy cosplay accessory is a pretty neat piece of tech, but it's somewhat limited by its ability to pair only with Motorola phones. The latest update will fix that oversight, allowing the MotoACTV to pair with and work with all Android devices running 2.1 Eclair or later. Because leveraging your brand should always come second to leveraging your hardware, right, Moto? The update is scheduled to hit the Google Play Store later today.

Tenqa REMXD Bluetooth Headphones Review

Bluetooth headphones have not become the ubiquitous accessories that I hoped they would years ago. A lot of that's due to the shortcomings of the standard itself, but it's got more to due with the fact that the price has remained high. That trend is starting to reverse, however, and the new Tenqa REMXD are just a little pricier than standard earbuds at $39.99. At an impulse-buy price, they're hard to resist, so we asked Tenqa for a pair to review.

ZTE “Optimus Barcelona” is certifiably baffling

You've read these stories before: a previously unknown Android phone has been revealed from its certification listings. This time it's both the WiFi and Bluetooth certification authorities, and the company asking for its papers is Chinese manufacturer ZTE. There's just one puzzling thing about this phone: it's been given the official moniker "ZTE Optimus Barcelona". Say what?

ThinkGeek plays to the emulation crowd with 8-Bitty Bluetooth controller

Thus far, Android has proven to be a fantastic platform for classic game emulation, especially if your tastes lead you to prefer games made before 1995 or so. But try as we might with grips and even specialized hardware like the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, there's just nothing like a classic game controller, with buttons you can count on one hand and a non-existent approach to ergonomics. ThinkGeek, long-time nostalgia enabler and supplier of geeky tools to the poor and the gentry, intends to make your gaming sessions authentic with the iCade 8-Bitty Bluetooth controller.