2G iPod touch to have Bluetooth capability unlocked by iPhone OS 3.0

By Nilay Patel, Engadget

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Looks like that Bluetooth chip in the iPod touch 2G we’ve always thought was for Nike+ suddenly got a lot more useful: Apple’s Greg Joswiak said that Bluetooth can be “unlocked” on the device during the iPhone OS 3.0 Q&A session. That’s two years of rumors put to rest, right there, and a solid move, seeing as three of the major 3.0 features are A2DP, wireless accessory control and peer-to-peer connections over Bluetooth. Any touch owners feeling more inclined to drop the $9.95 now?

Scosche unveils solar-powered solCHAT Bluetooth speakerphone

By Darren Murph, Engadget

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If you happened to snag one of those Iqua Sun solar-powered Bluetooth headsets a few years back, you’ll probably have no need whatsoever for this. For everyone else, listen up. The Scosche solCHAT Bluetooth speakerphone boasts an integrated solar panel and rechargeable Li-ion, and when installed within one’s vehicle, it simply pairs up with BT-enabled handsets when in range in order to give drivers the ability to talk handsfree. The simply styled unit has just three visible buttons — volume up, volume down and the all-important answer / hang-up key — and it can be yours right now for $99.99. Oh, and just in case you live in some shadowy place like Seattle, a USB charging cable is also throw in — just don’t tell Mother Earth, alright?