BlackBerry Opens the Gateway with New Wireless Music Streaming Gadget

New device turns phone into remote control

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The Blackberry Music Gateway
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Research in Motion (RIM) revealed their new touchscreen BlackBerry 10 yesterday, but music enthusiasts are more excited by the company's new audio streaming accessory, the BlackBerry Music Gateway. The new gadget uses Bluetooth and near-field communication (NFC) to stream music to home, car or portable stereos directly from a Blackberry smartphone or RIM Playbook tablet.

"Once connected to the BlackBerry Music Gateway, customers are able to control their music from up to 30 feet away from the stereo without missing a single beat," RIM said in a statement.

In essence, Gateway turns any BlackBerry into a remote control. Similarly to the iPhone, other apps can be run simultaneously and the music automatically pauses for the duration of a phone call.

Typically, Bluetooth-enabled syncing is a pain for even the tech-savvy. Bluetooth requires setting both accessories to pair mode and finding and plugging in a code. Adding NFC to that equation streamlines the process. All users have to do is tap their NFC-equipped BlackBerry to the Gateway. NFC technology has been previously used with mobile payment systems, but this is the first time it's been employed with music streaming.

The BlackBerry Music Gateway goes on sale in June for $50.

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