Gears & Gadgets

Smart homes will turn dumb overnight as Charter kills security service

Enlarge / A Charter Spectrum vehicle. Charter Charter is killing its home-security service and telling customers that security devices they’ve purchased will stop working once the service is shut down on February 5. The impending shutdown and customers’ anger at Charter—a cable company also known by the brand name “Spectrum”—has been widely reported over the past […]

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New Bluetooth standard copies best features of Apple, Qualcomm’s proprietary tech

Enlarge / Google’s Pixel Buds true wireless earphones, which use Bluetooth. Google Bluetooth SIG, the industry group that maintains the Bluetooth wireless communications standard used in numerous devices, announced a major update to the standard called Bluetooth LE Audio this week. Bluetooth SIG previously introduced Bluetooth LE with a focus on power efficiency, but that […]