Get a Fluance Fi30 Bluetooth speaker for $99.96

First up, thanks for the incredible response to yesterday's post about Microsoft Office. Lots of good discussion, lots of very fair points on all sides. (Note that CNET's commenting system is down for the moment, so you can't add your two cents just now. Same goes for this post. Sorry about that! Hopefully it'll be sorted out soon.)

Second up, most of the Bluetooth speakers you see nowadays are of the compact, portable variety. Those can be great if you want something that can go where you go, even if it's just to different rooms … Read more

Get a pair of Gogroove Bluetooth headphones for $29.99 shipped

Whether you're out for a walk, doing housework, or just relaxing under a palm tree while your monkey butlers prepare mojitos (a man can dream, can't he?), there's nothing quite like a pair of untethered headphones feeding your favorite music directly to your brain. Because cords are evil. Eeeeeevil.

Hence, today's deal: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Accessory Genie has Accessory Power's Gogroove AirBand Bluetooth headphones for $29.99 shipped when you apply coupon code Airband29 at checkout. Regular price: $44.99 plus shipping! That's what I call a rockin' Cheapskate … Read more

Plantronic's Voyager Edge balances great call quality with trim size

Equipped with support for multiple languages, aggressive noise cancellation and a host of other advanced communication skills, the $129.99 Voyager Edge represents Plantronics' latest stab at a high-tech tool for mobile voice chat. It sits alongside the company's popular Voyager Legend ($99.99), another premium hands-free product. Additionally, the Edge replaces the Discovery 975SE which was crafted to be as sleek as possible without sacrificing call quality.

Indeed despite it's compact size, the Edge uses the same impressive audio system as its big brother the Voyager Legend. This includes three discrete microphones and a boom arm to … Read more

The new PUMP Bluetooth HD Sportbuds promise beefed up audio (hands-on)

BARCELONA, Spain -- Bluetooth specialist Blueant hopes to tempt the fitness-minded with its new PUMP Bluetooth HD Sportbuds. Priced at $129, this rugged stereo audio device is both water-resistant and pliable to withstand the rigors of intense workouts.

I was able to see the HD Sportsbuds in person at MWC 2014. The product consists of two main earloop-style earbuds linked by a flat cord designed to be tangle-free. The entire gizmo is coated in a rubbery material which Blueant says will protect the headset against liquid spills, sweat, and the odd drop onto hard surfaces.

Though a flat wire connects … Read more

What's the deal with WhatsApp?

CNET Update is a retro texter:

In this episode of Update, learn why the world loves WhatsApp -- and why Facebook dished out $19 billion for this messaging app. The mobile messaging market is evolving quickly, and Facebook wants to be at the forefront.

Some quirky gadgets also made news today. Microsoft is selling a $25 Xbox One remote control that has a dedicated button for accessing the OneGuide for TV shows and movies.

And if you need more tech in your toothbrush, Oral-B has a smart Bluetooth toothbrush that records how well you brush, and reports the data on … Read more

The 404 1,429: Where it's good enough to snoop through (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- If portrait video is wrong, these artists don't want to be right.

- iPhone app invites strangers to eavesdrop and solicit advice.

- Tinder flaw may have exposed members' exact whereabouts for months.

- E-cigarette meets Bluetooth speaker: a perfect pair.… Read more

Oral-B smart toothbrush will tell you how to brush

A new toothbrush will play virtual dentist in the privacy of your own bathroom.

Created by Procter & Gamble for its Oral-B brand, the upcoming Oral-B SmartSeries electric toothbrush will use Bluetooth to connect with its companion smartphone app, Reuters said Thursday. Your own dentist can help program the app so you can pay attention to the trouble areas inside your mouth.

"Dentists always tell us: 'People do a great job in the week before they come to visit us and in the week after they visit us. But nothing can hide the fact that when we look inside … Read more

An e-cigarette packed with Bluetooth? Talk to the hand

The scenario is all too typical -- you're walking down the street puffing on an e-cigarette, just wishing you could use the little metal nicotine stick to make a phone call... How handy would that be?

Well, dreams can come true.

A company called Supersmoker has come up with an e-cigarette it claims is the world's first to double as a Bluetooth headset and device that streams MP3s from a smartphone. That's right, a musical cell phone cigarette.

"Never seen before! An electronic cigarette with Bluetooth functionality," the company writes on its Web site. "… Read more

Get a Qube2 portable Bluetooth speaker for $55.99

I'm on a family vacation this week, enjoying a much-needed respite from the horrors (horrors, I say!) of this year's winter. Although we all packed headphones for use with our phones and tablets, I wanted a speaker so we could jam together to Pharrell Williams' can't-not-dance-to-it "Happy."

I had several portable-speaker options to choose from, but I like to travel as light as humanly possible. So I packed the impossibly compact new Matrix Audio Qube2, which sounds way louder -- and better -- than any speaker of its size has any right to.

Alas, it'… Read more

Turn off Bluetooth to fix AirPlay mirroring bug in OS X

AirPlay, Apple's technology for wirelessly streaming audio and video between devices, makes it convenient to watch or listen to media that's stored on one Mac on another Mac, an Apple TV, an audio system, or a similar device as long as it is on the same local network.

This technology involves minimal configuration, but some people report experiencing connectivity issues in which the image shows static, is choppy, or presents frozen images while the connection gets dropped. In particular this affects owners of the late-2013 MacBook Pro and Mac Pro systems when connecting using a 802.11b or … Read more