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Bethesda Announces A Full Pip-Boy 3000 Replica That Pairs With Your Phone Over Bluetooth

Bethesda released Fallout 4 last year to somewhat positive reviews, and those who ordered the deluxe limited edition version of the game got a neato Pip-Boy accessory. It was actually just a phone case that snapped on to your arm, but now the Deluxe Bluetooth Edition is up for pre-order. It's the closest thing you'll get to a real Pip-Boy without living through a nuclear war.

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[Deal Alert] Amazon Gold Box Offers The First-Gen Parrot Zik Bluetooth Headphones For $100 (Half Off, White Only)

In the market for some high-end Bluetooth headphones? Amazon has you covered, at least for the next few hours. US shoppers can buy the Parrot Zik noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphones for $99.99, which is half off of the current price. There are a couple of caveats, though: at the time of writing only the somewhat gaudy gold-on-white version is on sale, and these are the first-gen design, not the more recent (and much more expensive) second or third generation. David reviewed this version three years ago.

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Samsung Announces The Gear Fit2 Sports Band And Gear IconX Wireless Earbuds

Samsung is whipping its accessory offerings into shape today with two new fitness-oriented products. The Gear Fit2 is about what you'd expect, a followup to the original Gear Fit smart sports band. The Gear IconX is something new from Samsung. It's a pair of completely wireless earbuds that include some standalone fitness tracking features. If this sounds familiar, that's because both products leaked in April.

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The New Jaybird Freedom Bluetooth Earbuds Are Now Available For $199.95

Jaybird has made some of the nicest Bluetooth earbuds you could buy in recent years with the X series. The Freedom wireless earbuds are designed to be an even more premium version of that product. These buds were announced back at CES in January with a more compact all-metal form factor, but that comes with an increased price. The Jaybird Freedom Bluetooth earbuds are now available for purchase at $199.95.

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It's Nearly Two Years Later And Android Wear Still Has Connectivity Issues—What's The Deal, Google? [Poll]

It's time for some real talk about Android Wear. If I'm being completely honest, I wasn't sold on the idea of a smart watch when Wear was announced. Even after using the original G Watch I wasn't sure I'd find value in having Android on my wrist. It took a few updates for Wear to find a place in my life, but through it all there have been bugs. Some of that is to be expected, but here we are nearly two years after Android Wear launched and connectivity is still bad for a lot of users. While I quite like Wear now, you have to wonder why this is still a problem.

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[Deal Alert] Anker Batteries, Bluetooth Earbuds, And More On Steep Discount For Amazon Gold Box Deal Today

You may have heard the name "Anker" a few times, but haven't really paid attention to what they make. Today is your chance to get acquainted because just about everything Anker makes is on sale via Amazon's gold box deal. There are external batteries, cables, car chargers, earbuds—allthethings.jpg, basically.

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[Deal Alert] JBL Charge 2 Bluetooth Speaker Is On Sale For $99.99 Today At Best Buy ($50 Off)

The speakers on your phone are pitiful. I know, some of you have two of them and they're pointed at your face, but compared to almost any other type of device, they still suck. So when you want to listen to some tunes, it benefits you to have better audio options. Like, for example, the JBL Charge 2 Bluetooth speaker. It's on sale at Best Buy today for $99.99.

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Qualcomm's New aptX HD Codec Brings High-Resolution Audio To Bluetooth

A serious audiophile will scoff at Bluetooth audio. They also scoff at most other things, but maybe there will be less wireless scoffing now that Qualcomm's aptX HD audio codec is a thing. Using aptX HD, a device can output true 24-bit audio over Bluetooth, and there's already a Bluetooth hardware module that supports it.

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Jaybird Reveals Freedom And X3 Bluetooth Headphones At CES, Available Later In 2016

We've had Bluetooth technology for the better part of two decades now, so it's surprising that it's still so hard to find a decent pair of headphones that use it. One of the more consistently good brands for wireless headphones, at least of the sporty variety, has been Jaybird. The company's using CES to show off the newest entries in its product lineup, and by "newest," I mean it will be three to six months at the earliest before you see either of them. Meet the Jaybird Freedom, an ostensibly new design (despite the fact that the company has used the "Freedom" name on models before), and the Jaybird X3, the latest revision of the popular original and the more recent X2.

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Android 6.0.1 Finally Links Bluetooth And System Media Volume Settings, But It Breaks Volume Control On Many Headsets

Here's a good news / bad news kind of situation with the latest Android 6.0.1 update. In 2013, KitKat was supposed to link Bluetooth and System media controls allowing headsets, speakers, and car stereos to manage volume loudness on your phone. That never happened. Up until Android 6.0, if you were listening to audio through a Bluetooth-connected accessory, you had to control volume from your phone and the accessory separately. You could lower one, but the other would stay high, resulting in a medium volume. In order to completely lower or raise the volume, you had to do so from both, which wasn't practical at all.

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