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portable bluetooth keyboard for ergonomics?

I've searched and read the previous posts on this exact topic, but they are all several years out...so... what's an inexpensive, small/compact/portable bluetooth keyboard that you really love? [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree on Jul 23, 2016 - 7 answers

CPU load effect of Bluetooth connections

I hook my phone up to a variety of different Bluetooth speakers and headphones. I notice that some of them produce effects consistent with the device being under very heavy CPU load and wonder (a) why, and (b) if there's a way to mitigate the effect. [more inside]
posted by jackbishop on Jul 14, 2016 - 2 answers

Bluetooth to Aux adapters?

My new to me 2011 Camry didn't come with a bluetooth enabled stereo, but it does have an Aux jack, There are bluetooth adapters that work by plugging into the aux jack, and they seem to get universally good reviews on Amazon. The $15-20 price point for them is appealing. Does anybody have personal experience with them, for both streaming music from your phone and hands free phone operation?
posted by COD on Jun 19, 2016 - 7 answers

Office-Wide Bluetooth issue?

I'm in a small office that has all newish Mac desktop computers. The last week or so- five of us have all been experiencing connection issues with our wireless keyboards and mice. They disconnect and reconnect at random, but I can't figure out why this is happening. What the heck is going on? [more inside]
posted by Blisterlips on Jun 13, 2016 - 5 answers

Recommendations on a small bluetooth speaker?

I'd like to get a little bluetooth speaker that I can keep in my bag, for all-purpose music listening. What can you recommend? [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on May 19, 2016 - 16 answers

OSX - SOCKS proxy for bluetooth tethering?

How do I use a SOCKS proxy in OS X when tethering via Bluetooth? [more inside]
posted by pompomtom on May 4, 2016 - 2 answers

Where to buy a smart ring in the San Francisco Bay Area?

I'd like to buy a smart (bluetooth, Android) ring for my BF for his birthday, which is only a couple of days away. Google shows a few websites selling these but no actual shops. Anyone know of a physical location where I could buy one of these? Thanks!
posted by Lettuce_Leaves on May 4, 2016 - 1 answer

wireless transmitter receiver set for home studio headphones?

I currently use a nice set of wired headphones attached to my audio interface in my home studio. The wire is a pain especially when playing guitar or drums. What's the best/cheapest way to get a transmitter attached to my audio interface and a receiver plugged into my existing headphones? I understand that the receiver will likely be battery operated but if the transmitter could be plugged into a power source that'd be a bonus. Specific product recommendations especially welcome. Thanks!
posted by merocet on Apr 17, 2016 - 1 answer

Bluetooth Interference

A bluetooth dead zone has mysterious appeared in my basement, which happens to be exactly where I have my bike trainer set up to use Zwift, which requires the use of bluetooth sensors. Everything worked perfectly fine 10 days ago, when I last used it, and I have not changed a single thing about my setup. I'm not sure how to find out what is the source of this new interference, or what to do about it if I find it. [more inside]
posted by slogger on Apr 8, 2016 - 2 answers

How do I get all these tunes in my rooms?

Help me decide which permanently-situated (more or less) Bluetooth speaker to buy. No batteries required. [more inside]
posted by komara on Apr 6, 2016 - 16 answers

How do trigger an iPhone app based on location?

Is there any way for me to trigger or open a specific app when I get to a particular location and then shut it down when I leave? I've got IFTTT but the app in question isn't part of their channels, so all I can do at the moment is trigger a reminder when I enter or leave the location in question. Is there another way to get this done? Am I missing something obvious?? Google has not been helpful so far. [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Apr 5, 2016 - 8 answers

Speaker for damp noisy environment

Looking for a <$100 speaker that will play music loudly in a big greenhouse with lots of noisy fans (more than twenty regular fans for air movement and three giant fans that run the heating system). I'd like to either plug in or bluetooth a music source and I'm okay with plugging in the speaker. Do I want a portable bluetooth speaker or can I get something cheaper and better in terms of sound volume if I go the non-portable route? [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek on Mar 19, 2016 - 7 answers

Bluetooth Soundbar s_gnal dr_ps d_ring s_lent m_ments... Help?

My Bluetooth soundbar (Toshiba if that makes a difference) has a very annoying habit of "blacking out" during silent moments, then re-engaging a few seconds after the sound starts up again. I want to ask if anyone has this problem, and how they resolved it. [more inside]
posted by war wrath of wraith on Feb 29, 2016 - 6 answers

I don't need a *really* smart watch, just a kinda smart watch...

So, I joined a gym and intend to go there to lift heavy things, become strong and vanquish my enemies, as one does. I'm looking for a relatively cheap (under $100), small/non-cumbersome (e.g. not my smartphone) way to both blast sweet tunes and time myself holding lunges, etc. (OH GOD WALL SITS WHY ARE YOU SO TERRIBLE). [more inside]
posted by hilatron on Jan 15, 2016 - 10 answers

Track Information via Bluetooth

I have a new car and when playing podcasts or streaming music to the in-dash unit via Bluetooth, the track and artist information will not appear. [more inside]
posted by dforemsky on Jan 13, 2016 - 6 answers

Should I Buy An Apple TV?

Ok, so I posted this question a while back. I got some great responses and insight, however, I still haven't decided if I should purchase an Apple TV. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Dec 23, 2015 - 15 answers

Turn down Bluetooth 'operator' volume

I just got a pair of these QCY QY8 Bluetooth earbuds. There is a volume control on the right earbud, but it seems to only control the volume of your music and ongoing phone calls. The 'operator' volume, however, is always set to the max--I was just listening to music when someone called, and it basically screamed the announcement into my ears. The startup announcement and jingle are also always maximum volume. I don't see anything about how to control this in the instruction manual (which I can't find online, unfortunately). Any tips?
posted by randomname25 on Nov 11, 2015 - 0 answers

Spotify to bluetooth, but nothing else?

Can I send a spotify stream through my bluetooth speaker but keep other system sounds (e.g. email arrivals) coming through my computer? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Aug 12, 2015 - 11 answers

External numberpad (Bluetooth?)

I am looking for an external numberpad for a Dell M3800. I would prefer Bluetooth in order to not having to use an USB receiver. It seems there are not many options. Thoughts? Alternatively, any recommendations for a cable free numberpad using a receiver that also supports a mouse and is super small? [more inside]
posted by nostrada on Jul 31, 2015 - 5 answers

I want to do some Roomba hacking.

I have a Roomba 650. I want to be able to control it over Bluetooth with a program. How do I get started? (It is not a Roomba Create, which is neat, but I am still interested in vacuuming, which the Roomba Create does not do.) [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Jul 12, 2015 - 3 answers

Pocket Projectors: latest and greatest

I've had no luck finding a pocket projector with 1200 ANSI lumens and Bluetooth. Does it exist? If not, what do you love to use when you travel that comes close?
posted by Ik ben afgesneden on May 19, 2015 - 1 answer

Best Bluetooth ever?

Assuming money is no object, which Bluetooth headset is awesome and totally worth it? i.e., what can I get that would be so much better than the $30 headset I currently use if I upped my budget?
posted by Tehhund on Apr 30, 2015 - 4 answers

How can I control my iPhone without touching it?

I need to give a demonstration on an iPhone 6+, and need to have full control of the device. Difficulty level: I will not be holding the phone, and will not have a desk surface for a traditional mouse. In a perfect and just world, I would simply be able to connect a bluetooth mouse and use it like any other input device, but I understand that iOS does not support mice. Assume I do not need any multi touch gestures, just taps and swipes. [more inside]
posted by LongDrive on Mar 17, 2015 - 10 answers

Best way to play audio wirelessly from Android to home theater system?

I use an Android phone as my main audio player (both music and podcasts). I'd like to use it to play audio wirelessly over my home theater system. The Bluetooth receiver I got for this isn't cutting it. What's the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by DevilsAdvocate on Mar 6, 2015 - 10 answers

Promiscuous iOS Bluetooth

Is there a way to prevent an iPhone running iOS 8.1.2 from automatically pairing with known bluetooth devices? The phone is jailbroken if that helps. [more inside]
posted by exogenous on Feb 26, 2015 - 2 answers

Bluetooth headset with replaceable batteries?

I'm looking for a Bluetooth headset for use with my Android phone and PC, for video chat, with good audio quality. Are any available that have user-replaceable batteries? I'm having trouble finding any that are still being made. [more inside]
posted by Hither on Feb 21, 2015 - 0 answers

sweet tooth I get. bluetooth not so much

How do you use a bluetooth keyboard efficiently? [more inside]
posted by mirileh on Feb 19, 2015 - 3 answers

Make my TV a wifi jukebox (difficulty level: nitpicky requirements)

My personal music collection is divided between vinyl records (easily played over the stereo, no problems there) and over 70GB of music mp3s on my laptop. I almost never listen to my mp3s anymore because laptop speakers suck and I'm past the point of listening to my music on headphones only; and also because I still haven't figured out a way to wirelessly send/access (either via wifi, bluetooth or cloud storage) the music to my TV or to my amplifier directly. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Jan 11, 2015 - 20 answers

New Bluetooth, same as the old tooth?

I recently picked up a Nexus 6 and am looking for a good stereo Bluetooth headset to go with it. [more inside]
posted by wierdo on Jan 9, 2015 - 5 answers

Bluetooth transmitter for my TV

I want to be able to watch TV with headphones on. I already have a pair of bluetooth headphones that I use with my tablet at the gym so I thought it would be a good route to go but I can't find much information about adding transmitters to a TV. So far in my researches I've only seen portable battery powered bluetooth transmitters. Are there socket powered transmitters? Are they any good? What should I look for? [more inside]
posted by srboisvert on Dec 31, 2014 - 8 answers

Connect cell phone to car stereo through usb port

I have a car with a factory stereo which has both an aux jack and a usb input, but no bluetooth. Is there a commercially available device which would connect to an android cell phone via bluetooth and the car stereo via the usb port? My objective is to use the car stereo as the phone speaker. I do not need to stream music from the phone to the stereo. I know there are aux jack devices, but they require periodic recharging. A usb device should be able to operate indefinitely off usb 5V power
posted by grahahw on Dec 13, 2014 - 4 answers

Can I make OS X avoid hunting for my bluetooth mouse & keyboard?

OS X on my MacBook Pro is doing what it's supposed to do: Trying to connect with my Bluetooth mouse and keyboard. I'd like it to not do that when my MacBook isn't connected to my Thunderbolt display. Is there any way to automate this? [more inside]
posted by mph on Oct 13, 2014 - 3 answers

Tooth and Nail

My new phone's Bluetooth insists on automatically turning itself on without any authorization or configuration. Should I be concerned about vulnerability? [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole on Oct 11, 2014 - 5 answers

Because we all need another gadget.

I'm looking for an awesome bluetooth headset/handset/gadget. It should play well with an up to date android tablet. Do you know of a bluetooth device cooler than the Sony SBH-52? [more inside]
posted by nobeagle on Sep 8, 2014 - 4 answers

Is it possible to stream turntable to Sonos?

I want to stream music from my turntable to a Sonos. Is it possible to stream from a phono preamp's RCA line out to a Sonos device? Bluetooth transmitters allow me to treat RCA line out as a Bluetooth source, and I believe I can receive this as an audio source on my Android phone, but is it possible to then send this signal on to a Sonos? Or, and this begins to look like an unstable kludge, do I need a Bluetooth transmitter from the phono preamp's line out, and then a Bluetooth receiver at the Sonos device's RCA line in?
posted by mr_suboptimal on Sep 2, 2014 - 5 answers

Recommend me a bluetooth speaker!

I just want a simple to use bluetooth speaker that I can plug-in in whichever room I'm in throughout the house and have my i-Device play music through. I listen to a lot of 80s and 90s, and would like good sound, but my budget is about $100. I just need to keep my toddlers entertained/danced out to tunes, and feel overwhelmed by the choices, so what would you recommend? Thanks!
posted by cestmoi15 on Sep 1, 2014 - 12 answers

Bluetooth headphone recommendations for running?

I'm looking for a new set of headphones to wear while running and I'm interested in trying Bluetooth. I want to still be able to hear the world around me as I do most of my running on the road. Track/volume controls would be nice to have. Can any of you recommend something you've had a good experience with? [more inside]
posted by Songdog on Aug 25, 2014 - 12 answers

Bluetooth Pony request...

So i have a bit of a weird one here. I'm aware that there are speakers that can pair to eachother so you can use two as a stereo sound pair, or just two at once(E.G. jambox mini, beats pill XL). What i'm looking for though, is sort of the reverse. [more inside]
posted by emptythought on Jul 8, 2014 - 2 answers

How can I safely use my iPhone 5 when I'm driving?

I want to make and receive calls when I'm driving, but I want to do it as safely as possible. I've tried two different Bluetooth devices, and they were both terrible. [more inside]
posted by akk2014 on May 24, 2014 - 16 answers

Can I send audio & video to different places, using my Macbook?

I have a pre-2010 Macbook Pro which I use to watch DVDs on my TV, using an HDMI cable with mini display port adaptor. However the audio doesn't go through the cable and has to play through the laptop speakers, which is less than ideal. I'm thinking of buying one of these bluetooth adaptors so that I can play the audio through my stereo system. Has anyone tried to do this at the same time, and will it work?
posted by superfish on May 17, 2014 - 11 answers

I ♥ my White Apple Wireless Keyboard, but it's time for a change!

I am looking for suggestions on a full-sized, wireless keyboard (Bluetooth or non-Bluetooth) that would be a worthy replacement for my old, disgusting White Extended Apple Wireless Keyboard. [more inside]
posted by melorama on May 2, 2014 - 7 answers

Can you recommend a good bluetooth mouse?

I'm fed up with my crappy mouse. Can you recommend a good bluetooth mouse (for a mac)? [more inside]
posted by aeighty on Apr 30, 2014 - 9 answers

Pumping Up the Jam at 20 MPH

What is the best way to play music of decent audio quality and volume while riding a bicycle? (not headphones) I'm riding the MS-150 bike ride this year from Duluth to the Twin Cities. I've done it the last few years with a cheap handlebar-attached speaker that runs on AA batteries and barely delivers enough sound for myself to hear, let alone my riding companions. This year I'd like to improve on that, because it really helps to have some sweet tunes while tooling down the road. [more inside]
posted by mcstayinskool on Apr 24, 2014 - 11 answers

Help me hear the music, please!

Hi! Over the weekend, the receiver/speaker combo I use to listen to vinyl and my iPhone (cobbled together from stuff friends didn't want anymore) reached a critical point of sounding crappy. Can you help me find a replacement? [more inside]
posted by justjess on Apr 21, 2014 - 5 answers

Quieter bluetooth headsets?

I just bought a Plantronics Marque M155 Bluetooth headset for use with my cell phone. The lowest volume setting on it is too loud for my probably-overly-sensitive ears. Any suggestions for quieter headsets? [more inside]
posted by asperity on Mar 20, 2014 - 3 answers

I'm looking for a bluetooth button. No features. Just. A. Button.

So I used WAZE for my morning commute on my iPhone. It's on my dash and out of easy reach. But sometimes I get an idea for a thing I need to do when I get to the office. Or a text I need to send. So I have to stretch and reach over for the iPhone button to hold it down and dictate it to Siri. Then I thought: What if I just had a button. On me. So that's what I'm looking for. A button I can have close to me that I can press to activate the same function on the iPhone. Not a headset. Or a speakerphone. My car's functionality there works great. Just a button to trigger the thing that's a foot out of easy reach. Now It'd be great if it was like a pin on and didn't look awful so it could be semi decorative. But frankly even if it was big and ugly and I could mount it on the wheel that would work too. So...anyone know any straight button options?
posted by rileyray3000 on Feb 18, 2014 - 11 answers

Why are there no Bluetooth 4.0 keyboards?

I can't find any Bluetooth 4.0 keyboards from any of the usual places. This makes me suspicious. Alibaba has some, but I'd prefer to buy a single one from somewhere I have used before. What's going on?
posted by devnull on Jan 26, 2014 - 4 answers

Skipping Bluetooth Audio

I just bought a Lenovo T440s laptop, and the audio is skipping when streaming it to my bluetooth speakers, no matter what distance I sit away. I had previously been using my iPhone 5s for this, and it was wonderful. Is this par for laptops, is it fixable, or am I doing something wrong? [more inside]
posted by tintexas on Jan 18, 2014 - 4 answers

Bluetooth Headset Which Mutes Calls

Is there a reasonably priced (<$50) bluetooth headset for Android (HTC One) that can mute calls? I've done a healthy amount of research & I'm not sure why what seems like such an obvious feature is so curiously difficult to find.
posted by forallmankind on Dec 21, 2013 - 7 answers

Question about Bluetooth security and speakers.

I am about to buy some bluetooth speakers to be used in conjunction with a Windows computer and Itunes. I have heard vague rumblings to the effect that bluetooth has security issues that regular wifi devices do not. Ordinarily, I would buy wifi speakers but the few I can find are awfully damned pricey. Would I be putting myself at risk of compromising my computer's security if I set up a pair or two of bluetooth speakers in my apartment? In general, are there any bluetooth security issues I should be aware of, as a new user of this technology? Many thanks for your time.
posted by jason's_planet on Oct 24, 2013 - 2 answers

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