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Ask Andru: How can I make my iPad louder?

In today's Ask Andru column, we get a question about an issue with the iPad that we've actually experienced ourselves for years. Ever since the release of the original iPad, it's been painfully obvious that the speaker on the Apple tablet isn't exactly up to snuff. It's fine if you're somewhere quiet, but go somewhere that has any ambient noise, and all of a sudden it's a challenge to enjoy any audio-based entertainment. So, on to the submitted question:

I love my new iPad, but I wish it were louder. It seems that everything about the new iPad is high-quality, with the exception of the speaker! Is there any way I can get more volume out of this thing?

I hear you! As I said earlier, the low volume issue has been around since the very first iPad. When the iPad 2 was released, the speaker grille was larger, and many assumed that this meant that the device would be louder. Unfortunately, despite the visual cue, the iPad 2 suffered from the same issue, and the new third-generation model (see our new iPad review) seems to have the exact same speaker as its predecessor. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to alleviate the frustration.

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Bleeding Edge TV 445: MyStream iOS app shares music wirelessly between devices

In this episode we give you a look at MyStream, an iOS (and soon, Android) app that lets you share your music with multiple devices, eliminating the need to share headphones. Sharing of content happens over Bluetooth, streaming to up to 5 devices, or Wi-Fi, which will stream to up to 30 separate devices.

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Unboxing Live 090: Nike+ FuelBand

We open up the Nike+ FuelBand in this episode. The Nike+ FuelBand actually displays how well you are doing throughout the day as it pertains to your fitness and activity level, syncing to your iPhone over Bluetooth not only on your phone or other Bluetooth device, but also on the band itself. It does this using its 20 LED color dot-matrix display that shows how much Nike Fuel you've earned during the day, and another 100 white LEDs to give you information in calories burned, time of day, and pedometer info. The device costs $149, and the Nike+ FuelBand is available on Amazon.

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Bleeding Edge TV 434: Cadillac CUE infotainment system tour

In this episode we give you a look at the Cadillac User Experience, also known as Cadillac CUE. This is the new infotainment system that you can expect to find in the upcoming Cadillac XTS and Cadillac SRX as a standard feature, as well as an optional feature on the upcoming Cadillac ATS as well. Cadillac CUE offers a bunch of cool, new features that make driving more fun:

Connectivity: CUE seamlessly connects you to a world of content. Its available 3D GPS navigation system has map-integrated Doppler weather reports. It accesses every contact and song on your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. It reads text messages aloud and streams Pandora Radio. With downloadable custom apps, its content possibilities are endless. With CUE, you are always connected.

Convenience: CUE starts with a clean, uncluttered design. From there, intuition takes over. Spread your fingers to zoom in closer on a map. Swipe to breeze through your music. Program the homepage to keep your favorites front and center. With fewer buttons and more intelligent controls, CUE also offers natural voice recognition, allowing you to effortlessly place phone calls and play music.

Control: Proximity-sensing technology detects your hand as it approaches the 8-inch LCD touch screen. When an icon is pressed, the screen pulses to acknowledge the command, keeping your eyes safely on the road. Even the gauge cluster is reconfigurable (select models), offering four display layouts that mix vehicle data, such as a speedometer and fuel gauge, with navigation, entertainment and 3-D vehicle image.

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Bleeding Edge TV 426: Casio G-Shock GB-6900 Bluetooth Smart watch

We bring you a demo and overview of the Casio G-Shock GB-6900 Bluetooth Smart watch from CES 2012. As you'll see in the video, the GB-6900 features Bluetooth functionality that pairs it up with your Bluetooth Smart Ready smartphones and other devices, and lets you get information from those devices (like call alerts, text messages) as well as send commands to them (like lost phone alerts) all from the watch. Very cool, and we are definitely looking forward to getting our hands on the Casio GB-6900 G-Shock! This was recorded at CES 2012.

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Bleeding Edge TV 419: Jabra Sports headphones at CES 2012

We chat with Jabra's Morten Urup in this episode as he gives us the low-down on Jabra's latest headphones, focusing on Jabra Active, Jabra Clipper Bluetooth headphones, and Jabra Sport. 5-time Ironman competition winner Craig Alexander is actually running on a treadmill the entire time, showing how comfortable the Jabra Sport headphones are, and how the earbuds stay in your ears, even with rigorous activity. You can purchase any of these at Amazon. This was recorded at CES 2012.

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Bleeding Edge TV 413: Jawbone talks Up, Jambox, headsets at CES

We're big fans of Jawbone products at Gear Live, so we were happy to catch up with Travis Bogard from Jawbone at CES 2012. We chat with Travis about the Jawbone Era and Icon Bluetooth headsets, the Jawbone Jambox Bluetooth loudspeaker, including a couple of limited edition models and how they're helping our Charity Water, and we get an update on the Jawbone Up fitness wristband.

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Nike+ FuelBand aims to monitor your fitness

Posted by John Ball Categories: Accessories, Wearables

Nike isn't the first company to think of using a wristband or other device to monitor your fitness and better improve your life, having been beaten them to the punch by the FitBit and Jawbone UP. But still, what Nike brings to the table with its new FuelBand wristband is extraordinary. The Nike+ FuelBand actually displays how well you are doing throughout the day not only on your phone or other Bluetooth device, but also on the band itself.

The band on its own has a very sleek design with a 20 LED color dot-matrix display that shows how many “Points” you have earned during your workout, and another 100 white LEDs to give you feedback, time of day, and the like. The idea behind this is that the next time you work out you try to equal or get a higher score than before, pushing yourself to work out more and therefore become more physically fit. The activity wristband market is small but growing, and from what we can tell the Nike+ FuelBand may be the best bang for your buck. You can pre-order one now for $149.


Monster ClarityHD Micro Bluetooth speaker to sell for $219 this March

Monster ClarityHD Micro bluetooth speaker

Monster is jumping into the high-quality Bluetooth loudspeaker game with the ClarityHD Micro, which they introduced at CES 2012. Similar to the Jawbone Jambox that's been so popular over the past couple of years, the ClarityHD Micro produces "higher definition sound" from your Bluetooth devices, and also allows you to take calls as well using its built-in omnidirectional microphone. So you can be streaming the latest from Justin Bieber from your iPhone, and when a call comes through, you can answer it and hold the conversation over the ClarityHD Micro as well. Convenient. Additionally, the speaker grills are magnetic and interchangeable, allowing the user to switch up the color and style. Expect to pay $219.95 when they ship worldwide this March.


Google releases Android 4.0.3 ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’ partner update

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Cell Phones, Google, Software

Google formally announced Android 4.0.3 on Friday, the base version of its "Ice Cream Sandwich" operating system that will be provided to partners.

Although Google described the new version as a mix of optimizations and bug fixes, the real significance is that the new OS will be the baseline version that will be rolled out to partners interested in developing phones and tablets around the new OS. It also appears to possibly include Facebook Ticker-like functionality.

"Going forward, we'll be focusing our partners on Android 4.0.3 as the base version of Ice Cream Sandwich," Xavier Ducrohet, the Android SDK Tech Lead, said in announcing the new version. "The new platform will be rolling out to production phones and tablets in the weeks ahead, so we strongly encourage you to test your applications on Android 4.0.3 as soon as possible."

In addition to incremental improvements in graphics, databases, spell-checking, Bluetooth, and other features, the new OS includes a new social stream API.

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