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KNOB Attack compromises Bluetooth security, but fix is already hitting Android

A research team has publicized about a vulnerability in Bluetooth that may affect nearly every device that supports the wireless communication protocol. Chipmakers were made aware to the so-called Key Negotiation of Bluetooth (KNOB) Attack in November. BlackBerry and Google have announced patches for Android devices.

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Anker's Soundcore Model Zero premium Bluetooth speaker is down to $119 ($81 off)

Soundcore is mostly known for its affordable audio products, but the brand also builds the more premium Model Zero speaker, which has very respectable features. Given it's a higher-end product, it cost about $200 when it came out, which could have seemed steep for a brand that's traditionally focused on mid-range accessories. However, thanks to an $81 price drop, the Model Zero is a great option if you're looking for a top-quality portable speaker at a reasonable price.

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Anker Soundcore Flare and Flare+ portable Bluetooth speakers down to $51 and $80, respectively (up to 20% off)

There's a wide variety of Bluetooth speakers available on the market, but only a few of them offer 360º sound. The list gets even smaller if you're on a budget, but Anker's Soundcore Flare and Flare+ speakers meet these criteria and are even cheaper now that they're on sale, down to $51 and $80, respectively.

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The Anker Soundcore Motion+ waterproof Bluetooth speaker is down to $80 ($20 off)

Anker products are known for their build quality and technology, including its Soundcore lineup of headphones, earbuds, and speakers. Among them is the Soundcore Motion+ Bluetooth speaker, which has dropped to $80 instead of its original $100 price tag.

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Cross-platform Bluetooth device sync arrives in Chrome OS Beta channel

Last year, Google announced a series of improvements coming to Fast Pair, a component of Google Play Services that detects nearby Bluetooth devices and pairs them automatically. One of the promised features was the ability to sync connected devices across multiple devices, whether they were Android phones or Chromebooks. At long last, Chrome OS integration appears to finally be going live, at least in the beta channel.

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Bluetooth battery status being tested in Chrome OS Canary

Battery level readings for connected Bluetooth devices are something that many of us Android users wanted for a long time, and we finally got it with Android 8.1 Oreo back in 2017. Nearly two years later, the same feature is now hitting Chrome OS with a flag that those in Canary can enable.

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Philips introduces new Bluetooth Hue bulbs that work without a hub

Hue products are known for their reliability, ease of use, and integration with third-party solutions. However, they typically require a Zigbee hub to function, which makes a Hue setup quite pricey if you're only looking at buying a couple of bulbs. The competition has long offered lights that connect directly to a Wi-Fi router or your phone over Bluetooth, and Philips is finally giving in by announcing a range of bulbs that don't need a hub to function — even though they can also work with one.

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[Update: Fixed] Bluetooth devices are breaking Android notifications with duplicate alerts and ignored settings

This seems to be the week of Bluetooth bugs. In what could be a related issue, we've received reports that notifications and notification sounds are being doubled (or even tripled) on Android devices which are paired with other Bluetooth devices. Some are also reporting that media and ringer volume are being inexplicably paired together, resulting in do not disturb, silent, and vibrate mode settings being effectively ignored when media channel volume is above silent.

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[Update: It's a Bluetooth tag] Mysterious Bluetooth-only Google device gets FCC approval

It's not uncommon that we learn about new products through FCC filings — just about anything that communicates wirelessly has to get the Commission's approval before going on sale in the US. Usually, the filings give us some inkling of what the product may be. Not this time, though: the FCC has approved a new Google product, and all we know about it is that it communicates solely via Bluetooth.

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Google Assistant is muting itself over Bluetooth for some — a big problem for Android Auto users

We're having trouble reproducing this particular issue, but we've been tipped off to a small pile of reports that the Google Assistant is muting itself when using some Bluetooth devices. That poses a particular problem when using the Assistant together with a Bluetooth connection in a car, with many complaining that it ruins their Android Auto experience.

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