Smart watches have been gaining traction over two years and the latest to emerge is Casio’s ever reliable G-SHOCK, or more specially, the GB6900AA Series. Aside from the accustomed features like resistance to shock and water, this Bluetooth 4.0 will pair with an iPhone and G-SHOCK+ app (iPhone 4S and 5) for automatic time sync, alerts for incoming calls and emails, and a Find Me function to help you locate your misplaced/out-of-range iPhone. As for the battery life, thanks to the lower power consumption of BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy), users will get approximately 2 years on a single button-cell battery – this is assuming that the bluetooth function is used for 12 hours per day. Impressive.
The GB6900 retails for $180 and is available at select Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom and Tourneau. Check out the video trailers and specifications after the break.
Game devs, you do a great service to iDevice gamers. You have brought life what once was a barren platform, and you have done it at serviceable price points. In return, I’d like to give you a hint – a supplication really: that you need to heed the desire of gamers by implementing what is fast becoming a gaming necessity: social networking.
One of the strange and unexplainable limitations Apple put in place when adding A2DP support to the iPhone OS 3.0 was limiting the mono headsets to the simpler protocol. That is even though you have a state of the art headset that (theoretically) is perfectly capable of playing music, podcasts, etc. on your “Jesus” phone, you can’t. You’re limited to the basic handsfree functionality. And only because you have a mono headset (single earpiece).
Well, no more! Jailbreakers – rejoice! Just yesterday a new toggle for SBSettings appeared on Cydia that allows one to turn on full A2DP functionality for the mono headsets (provided they support it of course). The developer we have to thank for is Weydson Lima and the toggle is called (unsurprisingly) Bluetooth Mono SBSettings Toggle.
Among non-vocal jailbreakers, I am probably one of its meakest proponents. I’m not a pirate and not much of a hacker. But when out and about, I would love a better way to enjoy a cup of coffee, a sandwich and my iPod touch at the same time. Currently, I have to do either one or the other, and in the heat of it all, remember to wipe my greasy fingers. Of all the cryptic messages I have seen on da internets, “Available in the Cydia store before Christmas” has sent heretofore absent chills up and down my spine. In short, Jailbreak your hamstrung iPhone if you long for the more graceful input allowed by external Bluetooth keyboards. Sometime soon, the iPhone Bluetooth Keyboard driver will make quick work of emails, stories, and obtuse SMS messages.
It will debut at the Cydia store in time for Santa to drop something beneath the Christmas tree. Click here for more information.
Kleer, manufacturer of true lossless wireless audio transmission technology, will release an iDevice app designed to interface with products from multiple vendors which benefit from Kleer’s wireless technology. Kleer has the advantage over the other popular wireless solution, Bluetooth, by firing a stronger, higher quality signal to receiving devices, and has unique pairing options. You can read more about Kleer VS. AD2P for the iPod touch, and in TMA’s review of the Cy-Fi Wireless sports speaker which has turned my training sessions into safe, tuneful workouts.
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How to make convenient and easy to use controls for action/arcade games (as well as other genres), is one of the most serious issues facing iPhone developers. Controls can make or break a game and despite the enormous variety of ways to interact with the iDevice (multitouch, accelerometer and even the compass in the 3GS), there is still no adequate replacement for the good old hardwired D-Pad.
Well, soon there may not be a need to reinvent the wheel. While Apple is making developers sweat over implementing workarounds, a small independent group of developers has set off to improve the built-in Bluetooth stack with the BTstack project. Of course it is only available to the Jailbreaking community, but before you slip off to read the latest review, take a minute to see what BTstack can do. With their recent update they have finally implemented full WiiMote wireless support!
Just as The Quest ain’t your kid’s RPG, Cy-Fi ‘s iPod and Bluetooth speakers aren’t your average run-to-the-beach bicycle speakers. And, at 159$ for either model (Kleer or Bluetooth) also ain’t your casual, cheap portable speaker. I’ll be honest here, I’ve searched for years for a perfect way to listen to my music whilst riding and tested everything from earbuds to custom earphones. But as you can guess, deafening your ears to the outside is extremely dangerous. Actually, putting anything in your ears while riding is dangerous, no matter how much the trail or road needs the fellowship of music. For this very reason, Cy-Fi’s wireless bicycle speakers simply rock for the serious rider.
When it comes to sports games, tennis is right up my alley. It’s one of those games that seems to just work extremely well regardless of the platform. I’ve been on the look out for one that would be a worthy candidate for my iDevice and was pleased when I saw Bluetooth Wireless Tennis With Agnieszka Radwanska.
Not everything about 3.0 makes immediate sense. However, the great additions of spotlight, landscape mode and cut/copy/paste do. The addition of Bluetooth to the iPod touch in 3.0 is one of those interesting Apple decisions that makes sense, but not immediate sense. I became interested in the topic of A2DP support in OS 3.0 because of this thread at Apple’s Discussion forum. As the ‘baby iPhone’, the touch is really beginning to get its legs. Since 2007, it has been an excellent mid-fielder, but lately, I am inclined to put it forward a bit more. Bluetooth is a protocol that allows for wireless data transfer through specialised radio waves and now, with OS 3.0, even the touch gets that functionality. However, if you have tried to connect your OSX, *NIX or Windows computer to the iPod, you have probably been met with a ‘searching’ message that either never stops or error-exits to the springboard.
Unfortunately, owners of the iPhone 2G and first-generation touch are out of luck: this Bluetooth update affects only the 3G iPhone, 3GS iPhone and iPod touch 2G.
June 17, 2009, Apple birthed a new iPhone firmware which caused possibly one of the biggest server hiccups to date. If you own an iPhone, then you probably encountered the dreaded message, “iPhone activation servers are temporarily unavailable”. I nearly popped a blood vessel in my eye when I read that error message. Being the impatient iPod fanboy that I am, I stood in front of my Mac for the next 2 hours clicking the update button to no avail. After what seemed like years (2 hours and 18 minutes to be exact), I was finally prompted by the wondrous message “preparing iPhone for update”. My pleas had been answered.