Home appliance and electronics manufacturer Haier America leaped into the portable media player market last year with the 30GB Ibiza Rhapsody, a jack-of-all-trades device that came loaded with features, including Wi-Fi music downloading. Even at the time, hard-drive-based MP3 players were a dying breed, so it's no surprise that the Ibiza was followed up by a flash-based sibling of the same name. The flash Ibiza Rhapsody offers most of the same extras as its slightly larger family member, but comes in a different array of colors and with either 4GB ($199) or 8GB ($229) of memory. It's large … Read more
It actually could come handy for PowerPoint presentations, though we'd recommend taking it off your ear before using the pointer to avoid looking like a trained seal. As for the headset, it has a range of 10 meters and talktime of 6 hours, according to Gadget Venue. And it comes with an integrated LED flashlight as well, because Brando can't resist cramming in as many … Read more
Just as the mobile phone and media player continue to evolve into one device, so too are their respective accessories. Many electronics makers, for example, are trying to find the right formula for Bluetooth headsets that will work equally well for phone calls and music.
Sony is launching its latest effort in this category with a new pair of Bluetooth 2.0 headphones for the Japanese market. The DR-BT140Q has a built-in microphone, comes in various colors, and claims 12 hours of playing time with its lithium battery, according to Newlaunches. We're a little curious about those cords hanging … Read more
Last year's Sound Leaf headset, which caught our eye during CommunicAsia 2007, is back this year and makes no bones about going Bluetooth.
Like its wired predecessor, NTT DoCoMo's Sound Leaf Plus is almost its twin in design, sans the wires. What's less visible are the tweaks, from a vibrate feature to signal an incoming call to a three-step tone control for comfortable sound levels while talking. It's also a mite lighter at 45 grams compared with its older sibling's 52. Not surprisingly, the tradeoff for wireless convenience is a dip in battery life, dropping … Read more
Beginning July 1 of this year, new laws in California and Washington will require drivers to use a hands-free device when using a cell phone. California goes a step further for drivers under 18; they will be prohibited outright from using a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle. Washington does not make any age distinctions, but since January 1, the Evergreen State has prohibited composing or sending text messages while driving. After the laws go into effect, Washington and California will join the District of Columbia, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut in enacting statewide hands-free calling legislation. In … Read more
Motorola introduced a couple of new Bluetooth headsets today; the Motorola H560 and the Motorola H620 respectively. Both headsets have noise reduction and echo cancellation technology, but the H620 has additional automatic volume adjustment to adapt to road noise while driving. The H620 also comes with an in-car charger. Both headsets have a rated talk time of 7 hours and a rated standby time of up to eight days. They'll be available in Q3 of this year.
Microsoft on Tuesday released its June 2008 security bulletin, which includes three critical, three important, and one moderate patch.
Of the critical, one is for the Bluetooth stack in Windows XP and Windows Vista, one is for DirectX, and another is a cumulative update to Internet Explorer. The one moderate bulletin covers a flaw in the speech recognition feature in Windows 2000, XP, and Windows Vista. Of the important bulletins, one concerns Active Directory and another Pragmatic General Multicast (PGM). All Microsoft security patches for both Windows and Office software are available via Microsoft Update or via the individual bulletins … Read more
Toyota techs up the 2008 Toyota 4Runner with an available Urban Runner Package, an experiment in integrating a portable navigation device into the car's dashboard. The navigation device is a TomTom, branded as a TomTom Toyota, and it does much more than simple navigation, potentially catapulting the 4Runner into the ranks of the most technically advanced cars. But the inclusion of the Urban Runner Package affects the 4Runner's electronics and cosmetic details, without changing the SUV's off-road capabilities. The ride height is unchanged, and our four-wheel-drive version included a locking center differential and a hill descent program. … Read more
Microsoft is planning seven security bulletins for its Patch Tuesday this month, the company announced Thursday.
Three of the bulletins are deemed critical by Microsoft, and cover Bluetooth, Internet Explorer, and DirectX. The Internet Explorer bulletin is expected to be cumulative and might include some remediation for the Safari for Windows vulnerability disclosed last month by Nitesh Dhanjani.
Three of the bulletins are termed important, and cover WINS, Active Directory, and PGM. One of the bulletins is considered moderate and covers kill bits.
The bulletins will be released on Tuesday.
Sixth Avenue Electronics is clearing out first-generation Aliph red Jawbone headsets for the quite attractive price of $48.88 (plus an extremely reasonable $3.95 for shipping).
The last time I posted about this headset, it was $64 for a black one in OEM packaging.
Check that original post for more deets on the Jawbone. No time to click? I'll sum up: stylish design, killer noise-canceling technology, and somewhat awkward fit. It's far and away my favorite Bluetooth headset, and this is the best price I've seen. It's Wednesday only.