Items tagged with Bluetooth

Bose. It's a name that most people recognize. It's a respected, and equally controversial, name in audio. But mostly, Bose has focused on home theater and bedroom audio systems. They have branched out into headsets and over-ear headphones in recent years, as well as putting their name on a new HDTV setup earlier in the year. But now, the company is doing something radically new and different: a Bluetooth headset. What's interesting about this move is that Bose isn't riding a bandwagon. In fact, most would argue that this ship has sailed. Bluetooth headsets aren't nearly as popular now as they once were, but obviously Bose believes that they have something special here. The company has revealed... Read more...
Jawbone and Cisco are working together to make it easier for employees to move from one device to another throughout the day. The new Jawbone ICON for Cisco Bluetooth Headset can connect to Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones, Cisco Unified IP Phones, Cisco Unified Wireless IP Phones, or Cisco Cius, letting you make and receive calls from all sources via the same headset. The Jawbone ICON for Cisco Bluetooth Headsets is currently shipping with Cisco Unified IP Phones 9951 and 9971. International shipments will begin in October. Jawbone and Cisco Introduce Wireless Headset for Enterprise Collaboration and Beyond Jawbone Integrates With Cisco Video Endpoints Extending Unified Communications Inside... Read more...
Recently, a Solid Line iPad case added a physical keyboard to Apple's hot-selling tablet. But it only functions with one particular tablet, so if you aren't an iPad owner, you can't really take advantage. Now, there's a more universal alternative. Cervantes Mobile, which is responsible for quite a few other peripherals in the mobile realm, has just released the Jorno Keyboard, which is a foldable Bluetooth keyboard that can be used with any Bluetooth-enabled phone, UMPC, MID or tablet. It collapses up neatly for travel, and then unfolds to display a full QWERTY keyboard that is said to convert your iPhone, iPad or Android device into a "fully functioning laptop." That may be somewhat of a stretch,... Read more...
You've probably heard of Bluetooth. You may have even heard of Wi-Fi Direct. But have you heard of TransferJet? That's Sony's own short-range transfer protocol, and the company has been quietly pushing it into more and more products over in Japan for the past year or so. A few TransferJet cameras have emerged, as well as a few TransferJet USB docks/dongles. The idea is simple. A TransferJet-enabled device can send short-range, high-speed communications to a TransferJet-enabled PC or a TransferJet adapter. But before Sony really puts a huge marketing effort behind the technology, they're introducing the CXD3270GG second generation transceiver chip. It's fully compatible with PCI Express and USB... Read more...
IN Media plans to enter the tablet market with a new Tablet PC that will run Android 2.1. Although we don't know a lot about the device at this point, we do know that it will offer Wi-Fi 802.11b/g and Bluetooth EDR 2.1 wireless capabilities. It will also come in 7-inch and 10-inch models and feature a forward facing camera as well as a HDMI interface. IN Media Announces Revolutionary Tablet PC -- Tablet PC Allows Integration of All Applications and Content in Simple Touch Screen Format IN Media announces revolutionary Tablet PC using Android 2.1 OS with both Wi-Fi 802.11b/g and Bluetooth EDR 2.1 wireless capabilities LOS ALTOS, Calif., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ --  IN Media Corp. (OTC Bulletin... Read more...
It's not uncommon for us to miss a call when we're at home, particularly if our cell phone is in the other room and we can't hear it ring or simply can't get to it in time. Thanks to Panasonic's new Link-to-Cell system, you may not miss quite as many calls. The system targets busy professionals and multitasking parents who want the ability to answer their cell phone from multiple handsets. Link-to-Cell uses Bluetooth technology to connect your cell phone to a Panasonic handset. With the system, you can make and receive phone calls using Panasonic handsets placed throughout the house. Simply place the Panasonic base unit in a place where the mobile phone receives a good connection to the cellular... Read more...
Are you ready to learn about yet another protocol? Believe it or not, it's time. Bluetooth SIG, the entity behind all of the Bluetooth releases that we know and love (or don't know) has just revealed that version 4.0 is ready to be adopted. What's crazy is that version 3.0 was in this same position early last year, yet to date only a handful of devices (like the Samsung Wave smartphone) have shipped with Bluetooth 3.0 support. It's hard to say why the Bluetooth SIG is moving on so quickly. Bluetooth 2.0 garnered an incredible amount of support. Nearly every major and minor portable electronics product shipping today has a BT 2.0 module (or BT 2.1), but despite the promise of power gains and increased... Read more...
Hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. Sounds like such basic advice, doesn't it? Be that as it may, the advent of cell phones has disrupted this most fundamental building block to becoming a good driver and you can't drive down to your local grocery story without seeing someone yapping on their iPhone, Nexus One, or other mobile device. We all do it, which isn't comforting in the least. That's where BlueAnt comes in, which just unveiled what it claims is the world's first hands-free, voice-controller Bluetooth car speakerphone. And by "hands-free," BlueAnt really means it. To initiate a call, a driver need only blurt out "BlueAnt Speak To Me" followed by the command to activate the phone's... Read more...
Samsung's new ST5500/CL80 Wi-Fi enabled digital camera will now come with pre-loaded with Boingo software and three months of free Boingo service. With this offering, users will be able to connect to 125,000 Boingo Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide to share their photos and videos while on the go. With Wi-Fi connectivity, Samsung ST5500/CL80 users will be able to share memories via social networks such as Facebook and YouTube directly from the camera. The ST5500/CL80 is a point-and-shoot model with a 14.2 megapixel sensor, HD video recording capabilities, a touch-screen keypad, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless. The Samsung ST5500/CL80 digital camera is available in most regions worldwide. Samsung intends... Read more...
How many times did your mother tell you growing up that you'd lose your head if it wasn't screwed on? As it turns out, she was feeding you a line of bull, but what she should have said instead is that if you're not more careful, you'll end up misplacing your pricey smartphone. It happens to all of us, whether it falls out of our pants pocket in a cab or we leave it on the table in a restaurant. Or maybe you walked out of the house without your phone. It's situations like these where ZOMM's digital leash could save the day. The concept is pretty simple. Just attach the silver-dollar sized device to your keychain or anything else you always keep on your person and pair it with any Bluetooth enabled... Read more...
Burn us at the stake (please don't) or take away our PC geek cred membership card (never mind, we'd rather be burned at the stake), but we have no problem admitting we like Apple's iPad. It's fun, it's functional, and it makes an awesome bedside or couch companion, lack of Flash support be damned. But one thing we're not so keen on is typing on the iPad's virtual keyboard, at least not for any kind of real work. Sure it's serviceable for hammering out a quick email or typing in a URL, but beyond that, it really kind of sucks. While we're complaining about things we don't like with the iPad, we might as well moan about the $40 protective case Apple sells. It feels flimsy and even a little ghetto... Read more...
Talk about innovating faster than the speed of a short-range file transfer. Bluetooth 2.0 and 2.1 are still standard inclusions on most shipping notebooks, but Bluetooth 3.0 has already been announced for a variety of smartphones. The biggest feature with BT 3.0 was the ability to borrow nearby Wi-Fi signals to speed up transfers when needed, but obviously that will drain more power in exchange for speed. Now, Bluetooth 4.0 is already being unveiled, far before Bluetooth 3.0 has even become a mainstay. This week, at an all-hands meeting in Seattle, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) revealed the most data yet about the forthcoming specification, which will target low-energy products that... Read more...
Bluetooth headsets are a dime a dozen these days, and honestly, they're becoming a little bit "last decade." We haven't seen nearly as many people walking around with them lately, despite the fact that Cellbow is at an all-time high. But Motorola's new H17txt might just change things for the sagging market, as it does something mighty special that most other BT headsets could only dream of: talk back to its owner. That's right. This headset, which will be available solely through Verizon Wireless starting this month, has the ability to speak text messages to the owner, enabling a full handsfree experience that cannot be matched by units that lack text-to-speech. Also, it gives users the ability... Read more...
Hey! You! Yeah, you! Put the phone down! Don't you know that's harmful to your health? No, we're not too concerned about those radiation waves flowing into your brain, but more concerned about the potential damage to your arm, elbow and hand. For anyone who has held their smartphone for too long, you know the pain. It starts in your elbow, and slowly moves to your wrist and fingers. It's a tingle, a twinge, a pain that you can't quite describe. But there's no doubt about where it comes from: hoisting that phone up to your ear for too many minutes.Jabra, a company that makes Bluetooth headsets, has made a huge effort today to get people to take notice of one of the most serious health concerns... Read more...
Announced last month at Mobile World Congress, the Jabra CLIPPER caught some people's attention with its built-in 3.5mm headphone jack that essentially brings the power of Bluetooth to any pair of 3.5mm headphones. That's right—with this device, you can listen to your music through your favorite set of headphones while still having the functions of a Bluetooth headset. Of course, the CLIPPER comes with its own set of noise-blocking ear buds as well. As its name implies, the CLIPPER will clip to your clothes, bag, or belt. All of the controls are built in to the 0.7 ounce unit. The CLIPPER can connect to two devices at once, and calls will override a song so you won't miss an important phone call... Read more...
Why the sudden surge in Bluetooth headsets? Probably because America's largest cellphone trade show is going on in Las Vegas. CTIA has already delivered a snazzy new piece from BlueAnt, and Samsung Mobile is following that up with the introduction of the Modus. Also known as the HM3500, this "convertible-style" headset boasts dual microphone and noise cancelling technology that converts to a Stereo Bluetooth headset for an enhanced mobile experience. It's still not discrete enough for our liking, but if you don't care about looks, the features here are actually pretty nice. Background noise is all but an afterthought, and it even offers multipoint technology that allows seamless connectivity... Read more...
Bluetooth headset usage has been declining for some time now, and for good reason. They often don't work well, and they always make the user look goofy. But a few companies have managed to stay afloat as the others have died off, with Jabra and BlueAnt being at the top of the heap.The latter company has just introduced a new Bluetooth headset today, and unlike most of the others, this one actually has something to differentiate it. The T1 is actually "rugged," boasting "groundbreaking durability and wind noise reduction" that isn't found on most "normal' headsets. It's the first headset the company has shipped with Wind Armour Technology, which is described as the following: this solution combines... Read more...
The camcorder sector has largely grown without too much attention over the past few years. It just hasn't emerged as one of those "must-have" mainstream technologies, whereas netbooks, smartphones and tablet PCs are just about everywhere. A lot of innovation is still going on with camcorders though, and while many of them are somewhat boring, this particular JVC caught out eye. The company just announced that this model (the Everio GZ-HM550) was shipping, and it definitely packs more features than your grandma's camcorder. Featuring a handheld form factor, a 10.6MP CMOS sensor, 32GB of integrated memory and an SD/SDHC card slot, this unit is completely disc-free and tape-free. You capture 1080p... Read more...
Bluetooth has become the de facto standard in the short-range communications field. It's hard to find a new PC these days without Bluetooth support, with even many netbooks offering Bluetooth 2.0 or 2.1 onboard. Bluetooth 3.0 became official last year, though it's still a feature that's rarely found. But what if we told you that Bluetooth 4.0 was on the way. Believe it or not, it is. According to a new report, the Bluetooth 4.0 wireless specification could begin to appear on devices before the end of the year, but we're wondering just how accurate an assumption like this is. Bluetooth 3.0 is still a rarity, and we highly doubt 4.0 will gain traction before 3.0 does. At any rate, we're fine with... Read more...
We're accustomed to seeing various apps and app stores for mobile phones, but this is something new: Bluetrek recently launched an online app store for its Bluetrek Crescendo Bluetooth headset. The Talk2Me App Store lets users upload applications and works to enhance the usage experience of the headset. One of the applications available today is called Personal Handsfree Assistant, a service from Dial2Do that will read your emails and lets you reply to and send emails and text messages using your voice. Another offering, Bing411 voice search, provides easy access to stock quotes, sports scores, flight schedules, news, weather, and local traffic information from the 511 hotline. The app store... Read more...
SuperSpeed USB seems to be the hot transfer protocol these days, mostly because the coming out parties at IDF and CES went over really well. Tons of companies are voicing their support for the next-generation USB solution, and it should only be a few more months before we see a number of machine shipping with USB 3.0. But a protocol that many seemed to have forgotten about is Bluetooth 3.0.We get the feeling that it will be brought back to our attention in a big way at Mobile World Congress, which starts in just a few weeks in Spain. Many new cellphone and mobile technologies are expected to be showcased, and Broadcom is a huge player in the mobile space. What's so special, you ask? Broadcom... Read more...
Aliph unveiled the latest version of its popular Jawbone Bluetooth headset. The new Jawbone ICON features a software platform called MyTALK that lets you personalize and update the headset using a website. The headset also features the latest version of NoiseAssassin 2.5 with wind reduction to help eliminate background noises. Other unique features of the Jawbone ICON include the ability to view remaining battery life using a visual icon placed at the top of an iPhone screen. Because the headset supports simultaneous multipoint, you'll also be able to seamlessly switch between two calls on different cell phones. The Jawbone ICON will be available starting today from www.jawbone.com and at Verizon... Read more...
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