If your child, or someone you know, received a My Friend Cayla doll, a Furby Connect doll, a Q50 children’s smartwatch, or a Sphero BB-8 droid (or quite likely one of a number of other toys or devices aimed at children, and that connect to the Internet via Bluetooth), that device – and thus the child who plays with it or uses it – is at risk of being hacked, personal data stolen, and even a hacker talking to the child, all because of unsecure Bluetooth connections.
Using your cell phone as a modem is perhaps the most overlooked of all Internet connection options. But a mobile phone Internet connection, whether as a tethered modem or, using bluetooth, a wireless cell phone Internet connection, is easy to set up, and with a laptop and cellphone you can check email and surf the web from anywhere, any time!
Apple iBeacon is a way for stores (any store, not just Apple stores) to push advertisements to you once you are inside the store, using bluetooth technology. So, when you are inside a department store, for example, in the shoe department, the store might use iBeacon to push an advertisement to your phone saying that they have a sale going on in the sock aisle.
As those who’ve joined the Sync My Ride generation already know, Ford SYNC may be the ultimate in convergence technology, marrying Internet, voice recognition and voice commands, and, of course, your cell phone, as an integral part of your car. With MyFord Touch – an LCD dashboard screen – coming this year, and with Ford SYNC available in dozens of models of Fords, working with most modern cell phones – the Ford SYNC system is now all grown up. (Want to know the best phone for Fords SYNC system? See below!) When Ford SYNC first launched, the system ‘recognized’ about 100 voice commands; this week Ford announced that SYNC in Fords now recognizes more than 10,000 commands – and that’s just ‘first level’ commands, meaning those commands can be combined with other words and phrases.
Key 2 Safe Driving (KTSD) is a new technology built on Bluetooth, which will disable a teen’s cell phone when they start up the car.
The new Nintendo Wii may have a funny and hard to remember name (is it the Nintendo Wii? Nintendo Wie? Nintendo Wee? Whee? Oui?), but it has managed to do what no other gamebox has done before – revolutionize game box gaming by incorporating genuine real-gesture remote control. It’s also got built in Internet wi-fi access, and Bluetooth.
This is a side-by-side review and comparison of the Sidekick 3, the Treo, and the Cingular 8125. I just came off strenuously testing a Treo 650 and a Cingular 8125. Why? Because I was so discouraged when they finally added Bluetooth to the new Sidekick 3 but crippled it so that all you could use it for was headsets and xfering a vcard. Here are the results.
A new line of Bluetooth enabled watches from both Fossil and Sony Ericsson are hitting the stores within the next few weeks. Both the Sony Ericsson Vanguard MBW-100 and the Fossil Caller ID FX6001 are able to detect and display data from your cell phone, alerting you to an incoming call via vibration, displaying the caller i.d. of the call, and allowing you to reject or accept the call. Shades of Dick Tracy!
For what bluetooth services the T Mobile Sidekick 3 offers, it’s quite decent. Of course, it doesn’t have voice dialing. And it doesn’t stop there. Because it also doesn’t have any of the standard bluetooth services which you can get on pretty much any bluetooth-enabled phone now. Such as, you know, file transfer!
Applying new technology to an old profession – thievery – high-tech thiefs are now using regular old bluetooth-enabled phones to locate laptops to steal.
MP3 player breast implants may have once been proposed as a lark, but the idea of an mp3 player breast implant has now taken the world by storm.
A free music video made entirely with cell phones is thought to be a first, and was filmed by the Presidents of the United States for their hit single “Some Postman”.
Bluecasting says that what they do is not spamming, because you asked for it. The Internet security industry is taking notice, and they say that it’s dangerous.
Bluecasting has been accused of Bluetooth spamming, and tries to explain why what they do is different.
In case you haven’t heard, Sony Ericsson has recently announced their line of Walkman Phones (cellphones) including both the ‘candy bar’ (non-flip, buttons on the…