Blood glucose monitors are growing up, and it's about time. With some 26 million diabetics in the U.S. alone, (that's almost 1 in 10 Americans), and hundreds of millions globally, according to the American Diabetes Association, glucose monitoring has become one of the largest patient-generated data sets in the world -- and yet much of that data is being uploaded manually onto desktops or written by hand into little log books.
Some would say I'm easily impressed, because I still get a thrill every time I stream music from my smartphone or tablet to a Bluetooth speaker.
I mean, sure, an FM radio also produces music straight out of thin air, but somehow this is way cooler.
Of course, there are lots of great home stereos, boom boxes, speaker docks, and the like that lack Bluetooth capabilities, meaning you're stuck with (horrors!) wires if you want to play music from your mobile device.
Keys. Who needs 'em?
Not the Kwikset Kevo, that's for sure. With the Kevo (licensed out from UniKey), you'll be able to unlock your deadbolt just by tapping on it, thanks to the built-in Bluetooth 4.0 capable of detecting the smartphone in your pocket. Don't have a smartphone? Don't worry about it -- the Kevo comes with a handy keychain fob that'll let you tap your way inside, too. You can even use the free Kevo app to send friends and loved ones "eKeys" to let them in when you're not … Read more
I'm a proud member of the Bluetooth cyborg army. I'm the guy who always seems to be talking to himself in the car next to you at red lights, and I'm the dude at the gym working out to Spotify, podcasts, or Audible with a flashing thing in my ear. Since going wireless for almost all my audio needs, I've never looked back and have actually become a bit of a connoisseur, particularly when it comes to budget Bluetooth options.
What I've discovered over the past few years is that Bluetooth, in my opinion, is a pretty mature technology and there's not a whole lot of extra value to be found in the very top-of-the-line headsets and speakers, even for power users like myself.… Read more
Quick housekeeping note: If you tried to grab the free Wired subscription I mentioned a couple weeks ago, you've probably received a notification that you weren't "eligible" for the promotion. Turns out that freebie was only for folks who'd spent at least $25 at HSN, which wasn't at all clear on the promo page. Most likely it was a post-purchase landing page that shouldn't have been visible to the Internet at large. Sometimes freebies that seem too good to be true turn out to be exactly that.
Anyway, on to business. Sorry to … Read more
Bluetooth speakers come in all shapes and sizes, and there are even a few that can pull double-duty as an alarm clock. But who wants a clunky-looking hunk of plastic on their nightstand?
This is better: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Accessory Genie has the GoGroove BlueSync Tym wooden Bluetooth speaker for $44.99 shipped. That's after applying coupon code SAVETYM at checkout. Regular price: $59.99 plus shipping.
This is a Cheapskate exclusive: You won't find the deal anywhere else. Just saying.
As you can see in the photo, the BlueSync Tym looks more … Read more
Eek, a mouse! Fortunately, it's the good kind.
This week, we're giving a Penclic Bluetooth Mouse B2, the Bluetooth version of the Penclic Mouse, which looks, feels, and acts like a pen, allowing you to navigate your computing tasks with focused precision.
Intended for right-handed users (sorry, southpaws!), the product is designed to counteract the neck, shoulder, and arm tension that many computer jockeys know so well by shifting the mousing muscle work to the hand. It has five buttons and a scroll wheel for navigation, and the swivel base, which contains a laser sensor, should work on almost any flat surface. … Read more
The Pioneer SP-SB23W ($399) may be in a class of its own for affordable sound bar performance, but it's not quite perfect.
Shortly after posting our review of the SP-SB23W, I noticed a couple of user reviews that mentioned issues with Bluetooth audio sound quality. Specifically, the customers found that when using Bluetooth audio, only the right channel of audio was being being decoded, resulting in mono (rather than stereo) sound.
It was an easy issue to confirm, simply by connecting a MacBook Pro to the SP-SB23W via Bluetooth and adjusting the balance control. There was no mistake: move … Read more
What's better than two-deal Tuesday? Three-deal Wednesday, of course! Let's get right to it, because at least one of them is likely to sell out soon.TiVo bundle
If you've been lusting after one of those higher-end new TiVo Roamio DVRs with the built-in TiVo Stream capabilities, here's your chance to get the poor-man's equivalent.
While supplies last, Tech.Woot has the TiVo Premiere 4 and TiVo Stream for $99.99, plus $5 for shipping. Alternately, on the same page, you can opt for a refurbished but much higher-capacity TiVo Premiere XL4 and TiVo Stream … Read more
Most of us lock and unlock our doors each and every day, so why not smarten the whole process up? That's the idea behind the Lockitron, the intriguing gadget from Mountain View, Calif.-based startup Apigy. For a current preorder price of $179, the Lockitron promises to turn almost any deadbolt into a smart lock after less than a minute of installation.
Using a free smartphone app (available for iOS and Android devices) users will be able to tell the Lockitron to lock and unlock the door remotely -- perfect for letting someone in from afar, or double-checking to … Read more