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Touch ID for your Mac ... sorta

Apple's Touch ID biometric authentication has one very bad side effect on users - when you start using it regularly, you want to unlock everything with your fingerprint. Apple hasn't built a Touch ID pad into Macs yet, but an iOS app called FingerKey (US$1.99) attempts to make up for that oversigh...

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Handoff feature in OS X Yosemite may only work on Macs with Bluetooth LE 4.0 support

The upcoming Handoff feature that allows users to seamlessly transition between workflows on their Mac and iOS device seemingly only works on Macs that support Bluetooth LE 4.0. For starters, MacRumors points out that Apple engineers during WWDC explained that the feature does in fact utilize Blue...

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Find'Em Tracking card helps you keep an eye on your valuables

As the low-power Bluetooth 4.0 standard becomes more and more popular in electronic devices, one area that seems to be getting a lot of attention from accessory manufacturers is that of "finders". No, not the OS X file manager, but the type of devices that let you find things from your iPhone or i...

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Tabu Lumen app-enabled LED color smart bulb: Hue's not the only game in town

Philips made a splash a while back with the Hue Connected Bulb. The colorful, Internet-connected light bulb is available in Apple Stores as well as a lot of other retail outlets, and it works with an accompanying app to let you change the color of the light to suit your mood. Well, there's another s...

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iOS 7 iBeacons: An unsung feature with immense promise

While the world is getting up to speed on iOS 7's more visible features like Control Center and the dazzling parallax effects, there's one feature that hasn't gotten a lot of attention -- iBeacons. TidBITS author Michael Cohen wrote a great piece this week that talks about the feature and what it ...

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Outdoor Tech Tuis audio wireless headset slated for October

Summer's not even officially here yet, and we're already starting to see some products that are planned for release this fall. The latest example is a premium Bluetooth 4.0 audio headset with some nice features and great design. The Tuis (pronounced two-wees) Wireless Headphones from Outdoor Tec...

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Pogo Connect: The best pressure-sensitive Bluetooth 4 stylus yet

Artists using the iPad to create their artworks now have a "brush" that is like no other in terms of its flexibility, sensitivity and similarity to traditional artists tools. TenOne Design is set to ship the Pogo Connect pressure-sensitive Bluetooth stylus (US$79.95) on October 31, and it will ...

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MetaWatch offers iPhone compatibility in new developer kit

So, you didn't get signed up to get one of the first Pebble watches on Kickstarter? Well, you have a fallback plan now. MetaWatch, a spinoff of watchmaker Fossil, has released a new version of its self-named watch in developer kit format that specifically uses Bluetooth 4.0 (found in the iPhone 4...

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iPad is the first Bluetooth Smart-ready tablet

The new iPad has Bluetooth 4.0 making it the first Bluetooth Smart-ready tablet. So what does that mean for the average consumer? It means you can use all the current Bluetooth devices on the market. You'll also be able to use nifty new devices like Find My Car Smarter which uses a Bluetooth 4.0 d...

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Ten One Design outs iPad 3 pressure sensitive Bluetooth stylus

Ten One Design has brought a number of well-received accessories to the iOS world, including the recently announced Magnus iPad stand. Now the company has taken the wraps off of a new pressure sensitive stylus that it is publicly stating as "our first product for the iPad 3." Dubbed "Project Blue ...

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Find My Car Smarter uses Bluetooth Smart to locate your car

One time, I spent hours wandering the parking lot after a concert. I really wish I had marked the location of my car and not relied on my memory to navigate. Next time I find myself in that situation, I'm going to use Find My Car Smarter. It's a Kickstarter project from FMC Smart which automati...

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Daily Update for October 25, 2011

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get all the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's Apple stories by clicking the inline player (requi...

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Bluetooth Smart announced, iPhone 4S is ready

Lost in the hype about Siri is the fact that the iPhone 4S is the first available smartphone to support the Bluetooth 4.0 standard. Announced in early 2010, Bluetooth 4.0 focuses on low-energy, sensor-filled devices that can be powered by button cell batteries. Examples include pedometers, hear...

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