Have You #AVtweeps Heard About the One With the 3 Million Hacked Toothbrushes?

February 14, 2024

A few weeks ago, a Swiss newspaper story about “3 million hacked toothbrushes” went viral. I personally shared a link about the distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack with my cybersecurity coworkers via Teams message, prompting a number of comments and “Jurassic Park” memes. We all fell for it, but there is very little evidence that this […]

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Bluetooth Adds ‘Auracast’ Public Audio

June 30, 2022

There are few smartphone users who haven’t used Bluetooth, by far the most-recognized wireless standard for audio streaming, with an estimated 1.1 billion devices shipped per year. LE Audio, the next generation of Bluetooth Audio, is expected to boost this number, with earbud users as the main contributor. LE Audio brings broadcast audio to Bluetooth […]

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Radial Engineering Releases BT-Pro V2 Bluetooth-Enabled Stereo Direct Box

May 20, 2020

Radial Engineering dropped the new BT-Pro V2. It’s a Bluetooth-enabled stereo direct box that connects wirelessly to smartphones and tablets. It also provides a pair of balanced audio outputs to feed a PA system, studio interface or powered speakers. Applications include houses of worship, installed sound environments (gyms, dance studios), live sound environments, studios, DJ […]

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Helios from Metra Home Theater Group Debuts at 2019 CEDIA Expo

September 11, 2019

Metra Home Theater Group just launched the Helios line of retail AV products at the 2019 CEDIA Expo. The AS-AVKIT1 provides a 6-foot micro-USB-to-USB cable and a 6-foot USB-C-to-USB cable for data transfer and charging. The AS-AVKIT2 provides a 9-foot optical digital audio cable for high-fidelity Toslink systems. Both kits include a 9-foot 4K HDMI […]

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The Williams AV BluePOD Solo Dante System Ships

June 7, 2019

The BluePOD Solo Dante is designed to simplify making conference calls in your meeting rooms with your computer, laptop and mobile phone just by tapping the Bluetooth connect button on your device. And, the volume, muting and connecting is all done on the standard volume control on your device. BluePOD gets its name from the […]

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Williams AV Debuts BLUE POD and BLUE POD AIR

October 15, 2018

  The BLUE POD and BLUE POD AIR from Williams AV aim to simplify conference calls in your meeting rooms using your mobile device. Make a call by touching the Bluetooth connect button on your phone; no special software is needed. Use the iOS and Android apps for complete system setup control. Select the speakers […]

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Electro-Voice Adds Bluetooth to ZLX Speaker Series

September 26, 2018

Electro-Voice added the ZLX-12BT (12-inch two-way) and ZLX-15BT (15-inch two-way) Bluetooth-enabled speakers to its ZLX series. Designed for music playback, the ZLX-12BT and ZLX-15BT include features like: DSP processing: four presets, sub/top system-match, two-band EQ, five user-programmable presets, visual monitoring of limiter status, input level control and meters and master volume control to optimize gain structure — […]

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AmpliVox Intros Dual Audio Pal Compact PA

September 26, 2018

AmpliVox Sound Systems has launched a new version of its SW245B Dual Audio Pal, a Bluetooth-equipped compact sound system for audiences up to 300 people. The ultra-portable 50W Dual Audio Pal delivers crisp, clear sound from up to two microphones at once and also streams music and other audio for all types of indoor and […]

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Vanco Intros Four New AV Products Across its Beale Street Audio, PulseAudio and Vanco Lines

July 18, 2018

Vanco has just launched four new products from the Beale Street Audio, Pulse Audio and Vanco brands. The new products are for residential and commercial AV applications and include an HDMI wireless extender and receiver technology, as well as compact subwoofer amplifiers and Bluetooth transmitter/receivers. The Beale Street Audio A220 amplifier fits almost anywhere and […]

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Adoption of Latest Bluetooth Specification (Bluetooth 5) Finally Happened

December 9, 2016

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) officially adopted Bluetooth 5 as the latest version of the Bluetooth core specification this week. Key updates to Bluetooth 5 include longer range, faster speed, and larger bandwidth, as well as what the SIG says will be “improved interoperability and coexistence with other wireless technologies.” There is no doubt […]

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Attero Tech Ships Bluetooth Audio Networked Solutions

November 15, 2016

Attero Tech is shipping two new Bluetooth audio interfaces. Not to be confused with consumer Bluetooth interfaces, the Attero Tech unBT2A and unD6IO-BT are the first Bluetooth-enabled audio devices designed specifically for use with commercially installed AV systems. Attero Tech also released its new unDNEMO-BT, the world’s first Bluetooth-enabled, Dante network audio monitor. Both Attero […]

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BrightSign Adds Bluetooth Via BrightBeacon

May 31, 2016

BrightSign will debut at InfoComm 2016 (booth #N2247) Bluetooth integration called BrightBeacon. Bluetooth adds a two-screen experience and enables highly targeted audience participation to digital signage applications. BrightBeacon makes it possible for businesses to create unique, personalized experiences for virtually any application, enabling bi-directional communication between digital signage and their customers’ mobile devices. BrightSign says […]

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Pushing Technology for Churches

May 22, 2015

The debate between those who want technology turned off during church services versus those who not only want it on, but want to actively use it as part of the church-going experience, is a matter of personal preference. That being said, there are plenty of churches using passive technology that would jump at the chance […]

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Mackie Intros FreePlay Personal PA

January 23, 2015

Mackie has announced a battery-powerable PA called FreePlay. Featuring Bluetooth music streaming, a 4-channel digital mixer and a control app for iPhone and iPod touch, FreePlay is an all-in-one stereo PA solution that includes an 8 inch woofer. FreePlay allows users to connect microphones, line or instrument level sources and features an easy-to-use 4-channel digital […]

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Beacons and Occupancy in the Intelligent Building

January 21, 2015

Wikipedia: In 2010, an Australian company called DKTOB pioneered Bluetooth for indoor proximity sensing in its Seeknfind location attendance solution. In 2013, the retail industry saw Beacons and their ability to approximate a customer’s location as an ideal method for drawing attention to targeted products. While passive access control cards can alert the building to your presence, […]

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Anchor Adds Bluetooth

September 24, 2014

Anchor Audio has now made Bluetooth as a standard feature in its Portable Sound Systems and Portable Public Address Systems. Starting in August, Anchor Audio began offering Bluetooth as a standard feature in the Beacon, Liberty, Go Getter and MegaVox systems, at no additional cost. Even the base model has the Bluetooth functionality, free to […]

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AmpliVox Portable Sound Systems Now Stream Music Wirelessly Via Bluetooth

February 27, 2014

AmpliVox Sound Systems has added Bluetooth wireless connectivity as a standard feature to the SW800 Titan Wireless Portable PA system. The streaming technology will also be available as an option on AmpliVox’s SW915 Digital Audio Travel Partner and SW720 Wireless Portable PA System. The Bluetooth connection enables the presenter to easily control volume, stop/start, and […]

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15 Years Ago: Bluetooth? What’s Bluetooth?

January 17, 2014

It’s incredible that Gary’s first explanation of Bluetooth is 15 years old! What’s interesting to note is that this year’s CES has finally cemented “The Internet of Things,” which was one of the originally marketed purposes of Bluetooth but didn’t really catch on until recently. Early Bluetooth’s problems were due to a much shorter range […]

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