Bluetooth

Bluetooth Working on COVID-19 Contact Tracing Support Update for Wearables

COVID-19 contact tracing will soon make its way to wearable devices thanks to an upcoming Bluetooth update. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has unveiled plans for a specification that would bring the Exposure Notification System from Apple and Google to Bluetooth wearables. The spec would maintain the privacy and security of the existing approach, but wouldn't require...

Security Researchers Discover New BIAS Vulnerability in Bluetooth Protocol

Security researchers have discovered a new vulnerability in the Bluetooth wireless protocol, which is used to interconnect modern devices like smartphones, laptops, IoT devices, and other smart devices. In an official statement, the researchers stated that the vulnerability is dubbed BIAS (Bluetooth Impersonation Attacks) and the attacking device needs to be within wireless range of a...

Bluetooth Flaw Makes iOS, macOS and Windows Devices Vulnerable to Spying

Security researchers have recently highlighted a new flaw in Bluetooth protocol that impacts Windows 10, iOS, and macOS machines, and puts them at risk of being spied on despite all the native OS protections in place, ZDNet is reporting. According to Boston University researchers David Starobinski and Johannes Becker, except for Android, all modern smartphones and devices,...

Google Expands Fast Pair Capabilities to Sync Bluetooth Connections Across Android Phones

Google has announced it's expanding the abilities of its Fast Pair Bluetooth connectivity feature. [caption id="attachment_273522" align="aligncenter" width="640"] 9to5Google[/caption] Almost a year ago, Google introduced an improved new Bluetooth connectivity service called Fast Pair. It used Google's Nearby technology on your phone to detect nearby Bluetooth devices that might want to be paired before letting you quickly pair them. Starting...

Apple Developed Bluetooth Low Energy Tech for Cochlear Implants

Apple is leading the way in terms of hearing impaired accessibility with their devices, as the tech giant has teamed up with Cochlear to create a new implant that allows the hearing impaired to hear audio from their compatible Apple devices. Now, a new story from Wired has revealed the lengths that the two companies went...

Bluetooth Technology Gets New Mesh Networking Capability

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has today announced that Bluetooth technology now supports mesh networking, which has been optimized for creating large-scale device networks. The new capacity is ideal for creating automated, sensor networks and other IoT solutions, where up to thousands of devices can reliably and securely communicate with one another. “By adding support for...

How to Fix Unusable Bluetooth Mice and Keyboards on MacOS Sierra

Following an update to MacOS Sierra, a wide number of users have been facing difficulty using their Bluetooth mice and keyboards, including some Apple-made keyboards and mice. According to ZDNet, the most commonly reported problem is that keys are suddenly repeated over and over, while pasting text also repeats itself endlessly. Some mice suddenly stop responding, and eventually get "Connection...

Montréal Using Bluetooth to Address its Urban Traffic Problem

In order to address its urban traffic problem, the city of Montréal in Quebec is using Bluetooth signal detectors to monitor and analyze traffic patterns in real-time. According to Radio-Canada (via Tech Crunch), the city has installed over a hundred detectors in the past couple of months, which monitor traffic patterns daily instead of just once a year during an annual traffic...

Bluetooth Inventor Talks About the Future of Wireless

Jaap Haartsen, who invented the Bluetooth standard in 1994 while working at Ericsson, and was also recently inducted into the Consumer Technology Association Hall of Fame, has talked about the development of the standard and the future of wireless technology in an exclusive interview with Engadget. He is currently serving as a wireless expert at Plantronics, a company known...