Bluetooth SIG Adopts GNSS Profile 1.0 for GPS Data Sharing
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group recently voted to adopt the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Profile v1.0. The GNSS profile, which can be used by all devices using Bluetooth 2.0 and up, lets GPS-enabled devices share positioning data with another nearby device via Bluetooth. The Bluetooth SIG explained in an email, "The GNSS profile specification defines the Serial Port Profile (SPP) based transport mechanism and associated service discovery record parameters needed to establish a service level connection between two devices." The end result will be an easier method of sharing GPS-derived location data between two Bluetooth devices, such as smartphones, tablets, or sensors. The profile may be downloaded by hardware/software makers from the Bluetooth SIG's web site.
Facebook Takes Steps to Improve Mobile Profiles
Facebook today discussed several significant changes headed to user profiles on mobile devices. First, profile images can now be short, looping videos to highlight a new dimension of our personalities.
Instagram to Let People Highlight and Archive their Stories
Instagram today introduced several new tools that will allow users to hold onto their fleeting stories more permanently. First, Stories Highlights let people create a featured story that can be pinned to their profile.
Bluetooth 5 Released By Bluetooth SIG
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has released the core Bluetooth 5 specification. Bluetooth 5 was first announced earlier this year and is now available in final form to technology companies.
Bluetooth SIG Provides More Details About Bluetooth 5
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group today announced Bluetooth 5, the next version of Bluetooth scheduled to launch late this year or early next year. The Bluetooth SIG says Bluetooth 5 quadruples the available range, doubles the speed, and improves data broadcasting capacity by 800%.
Qualcomm Hopes to Improve Bluetooth Audio with aptX HD
Qualcomm today announced aptX HD, an improved stereo music Bluetooth profile that delivers 24-bit playback. Qualcomm says aptX HD picks up where the standard aptX profile leaves off, offering a significant upgrade to wireless audio performance by improving fidelity.