Samsung expands Level audio collection of wireless smart products


Samsung’s first Smart Bulb is Bluetooth-only and lasts 10 years



Though it got beat to the punch by arch-competitor LG, Samsung has just released its debut smart LED bulb, literally called the “Smart Bulb.” It looks nothing like the multi-tiered model we saw at the FCC, but retains the Bluetooth-only spec — unlike the WiFi-based Philips Hue and LG’s WiFi/Bluetooth Smart Lamp.

That’ll give you direct control of up to 64 bulbs via a smartphone app, similar to how the Lumen bulb works. However, you’ll need a ZigBee Bluetooth hub for home automation, and there’s no word yet if that’ll be included. The bulb will dim down to ten percent power with a color range between warm and cool white, meaning the disco-like tricks of the Philips and Lumen models are out.

There’s no word yet on the price, but Samsung said the Smart Bulb would last a prodigious 15,000 hours or around 10 years under normal usage. Given that, if it’s in the same $32 range as LG’s bulb, we think we can swing it.


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Samsung’s first Smart Bulb is Bluetooth-only and lasts 10 years


Huawei hops on the Android gaming bandwagon with Tron mini-console



The jury’s still out on Android gaming (exhibit A: OUYA), but that’s not stopping Huawei from taking a dive into that niche corner of the industry. Its Tegra 4-based Tron mini-console, announced here at CES 2014, pairs a cylindrical-shaped hub with a Bluetooth controller that hews quite closely to the Xbox 360 mold OUYA also went after. Before we get your hopes up though, take note that Tron’s for China only — at least, for now anyway. A Huawei rep did say that the company’s looking into further market expansion, but given its track record with smartphones in the US, we have a hard time believing Tron will see these shores anytime soon.

The Tron console itself runs a half-skinned version of Android JellyBean (version 4.2.3) that presents a clean menu overlay with feature tiles for access to games, Huawei’s store, video, application, settings and featured titles. That slick menu selection comes to a screeching halt, however, as soon as you attempt to select anything other than games, bringing you face-to-face with Android’s ugly underbelly — much like on the OUYA.

Storage-wise, the Tron will come in 16GB/32GB configurations, but that space can be expanded up to 64GB via a microSD slot at its base. There’s also support for Ethernet, USB 3.0, audio out, WiFi a/b/g/n/ac and 2GB RAM to aide the Tegra 4 chip inside. The Tron console, of which there are black and white versions, is housed in a glossy plastic shell (sorry, no flashing strips of neon light) with a large power button that nearly occupies its entire top. Overall, it’s an underwhelming design — something more than one Engadget editor referred to as “wastebin-like.” You can judge for yourself in the gallery below.

The Tron controller is an Xbox 360 controller by way of OUYA. So much so, that the button placement is nearly identical save for that giant, circular touchpad smack dab in the center. Users that pick up the controller will be greeted with four actions buttons (X, Y, A, B), four shoulder triggers, as well as buttons for home, mute, view and menu. There’s even a headphone jack just tucked beneath the front face. The controller is actually incredibly light, but that lightness comes across as a con rather than an asset. It just makes the whole thing feel cheap and disposable, an impression not helped by the materials used.

Gameplay was good, not great. There was a slight latency noticeable when effecting button presses, but nothing that seemed like it’d get in the way of the onscreen action. We weren’t able to get much clarity on the openness of the platform — a Huawei rep told us games would need to be optimized for Tron before appearing in the Store — but we assume side-loading Android games wouldn’t pose any problem. 4K playback is also supported on the console and was demoed from within the video submenu.

Huawei hasn’t locked down final pricing on the Tron just yet, but we’ve heard the Android mini-console should arrive with a sub-$150 price point. Again, it’s destined for China-only in Q2 of this year, but if you really need to get your hands on it, there’s always the option to import.

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Huawei hops on the Android gaming bandwagon with Tron mini-console


Casio G Shock with Bluetooth V4.0 GB6900AA Watch

Band Type: Resin
Color: Black
Dial Code: Digital

Technical Specs
Shock Resistant
200M Water Resistant
LED Backlight (super illuminator)
World Time 35 time zones (100 cities + UTC), city code display, daylight saving on/off
5 Daily Alarms
Hourly Time Signal
Vibration Function
Tap Function (alarm/vibration on/off)
1/100 second stopwatch
Measuring capacity: 23:59’59.99″
Measuring modes: Elapsed time, split time
Countdown timer
Measuring unit: 1 second
Countdown range: 24 hours
Countdown start time setting range: 1 minute to 24 hours (1-minute increments and 1-hour increments)

Time-up alarm
Full Auto Calendar (pre-programmed until the year 2099)
12/24 Hour Formats
Button operation tone on/off
Accuracy: +/- 15 seconds per month (without BLE communication)
Low Battery Warning
Power saving function
Battery: CR2032
Approx. battery life: 2 years (assuming BLE communication function is used up to 12 hours per day)
Module 3407
Size of case/total weight
GB6900AA 53.2 x 50.0 x 17.7mm / 64g


Sony introduces the MDR-10BT Bluetooth/NFC Headphones


For Sony‘s latest bluetooth-enabled headphones, engineers from the Japanese electronics giant teamed up with Danny O’Donoghue, Mark Sheehan and Glen Power of The Script to produce a set of premium headphones that are compact, wireless and pump out great sound.

The result, the MDR-10BT NFC headphones, is a set of stylish over-the-ear headphones that offer great sound isolation and playback across of a range of music styles. The 40mm drivers and sculpted air vents ensure great sound reproduction regardless of whether your tastes lean towards hip hop, pop, dubstep or something a little more downtempo. The headphones can connect using Bluetooth or NFC and can go 17 hours between charges.

The Sony MDR-10BT NFC headphones will be available starting at the end of the October.

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Sony introduces the MDR-10BT Bluetooth/NFC Headphones