Google Intros Spec for Streaming Audio from Android Phones to Hearing Aids
Google today said that it partnered with GN Hearing to create an open specification meant to stream audio to hearing aids. The published spec is called Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids (ASHA) on Bluetooth Low Energy Connection-Oriented Channels. Google says the spec will allow hearing aid users to connect their phone to the aid, monitor battery life, and listen to any audio content from their phone. Google says it created the spec to ensure connections have minimal impact on battery life and provide low latency for near instant response time between the phone and the hearing aid. Google said it expects to add ASHA to a future version of Android down the road. Since the spec is open, any hearing aid manufacturer can build in native update the spec over time.
YouTube Broadens Creators' Ability to Connect and Earn
Jun 22, 2018
YouTube is expanding the features offered to its top creators in an effort to help them put their fan base to use. First, it is adding Channel Memberships.
Apple Complains About FCC's Hearing Aid Push
Jan 29, 2016
Apple has filed comments with the FCC requesting the agency refrain from adopting new hearing aid rules. In November, the agency issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would require all phones to be accessible to people who use hearing aids or have cochlear implants.
AT&T Makes Commitment to Purchasing Renewable Energy
Feb 8, 2018
AT&T today said it has agreed to purchase wind power in order to help it reach renewable energy goals. AT&T will buy 220 megawatts of power from the Minco V Wind Farm in Oklahoma and 300 megawatts from the wind farm in Webb and Duval Counties in Texas.
Bluetooth 5 Released By Bluetooth SIG
Dec 7, 2016
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.
Motorola Solutions Supercharges Talkabout Walkies with Phone-Based App
Oct 23, 2018
Motorola Solutions today announced the Talkabout T800 walkie talkies and accompanying mobile application. The concept is to let outdoor adventurers keep in touch — and, more importantly, share precise location data — when cellular networks are not available.