Like many of us, James Logan knows what it's like to forget his phone.
Worms, spam, viruses and hackers -- they're not just for your desktop or laptop anymore. According to internet security experts they could be well on their way into your pocket or purse.
A radio without any knobs. A bathroom where a clear display wirelessly streams vital statistics on your health. And a user interface that takes brain waves and translates them into commands for a computer.
Every now and then my natural talent for the evasion of unpleasant duties fails me. So it was that recently I found myself in a hotel chair, to my right some guy with dandruff and a Bluetooth in his ear, to my left his clone, listening to an analyst who works for a failing financial institution grill a variety of senior officers about the state of their businesses in this pesky economy of ours.
Dec. 25: I got what I wanted! A brand-new Bluetooth headset! Wow, it's tiny. A little swanky gizmo with a dingus that goes behind my ear and a piece that fits into it and a tiny wedge of plastic that sits near my jaw, blinking. Except, you know, it isn't blinking. It's just sitting there. Turns out I've got to charge it for eight hours before it will do anything at all. So here we go! Into the charger! See you tomorrow, itty-bitty electronic friend!
Every day, millions of people use social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook to stay in touch with friends, make business contacts and procrastinate at work.
Every year, the International Consumer Electronics Show yields dozens of exciting, useful and just plain silly high-tech gadgets. Sometimes they're even useful and silly at the same time, like a wristwatch cell phone.
HLN's Eric Lanford talks to Popular Science's Megan Miller about the new watch phone at the Consumer Electronics Show.
Law enforcement officials in six states can now give you a ticket for talking on your cell phone while driving, so that hands-free device you should be using for your cell phone is going to become your best friend.
BlueAnt Wireless launched the first headset that recognizes spoken English commands, and responds, also in English
Now that stereo Bluetooth has become a common feature in a lot of music phones, it's no surprise that stereo Bluetooth headsets have become quite popular as well.
When the Jabra BT160 came out last year, we praised it for being one of the first Bluetooth headsets to come with interchangeable cover designs.
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"I hope you're talking to me on a speakerphone," Devra Davis barks at me when I call her on my cell phone. "You'd better not be holding that phone up to your head."
As Jabra is one of the world's most well-known Bluetooth headset manufacturers, it only made sense that the company would leap headfirst into the world of Bluetooth speakerphones.
Not everyone needs a Bluetooth headset for hands-free chatting while in the car. If you prefer to keep your ears unplugged, a Bluetooth speakerphone might be a better option.
Millions of California motorists have had to put down their cell phones or risk a ticket as a new law takes effect requiring hands-free devices for those behind the wheel
One of the best things about reviewing gadgets is the chance to play with something you've never played with before.
For 2008, Sony makes a minor update to its entry-level Bluetooth-equipped car stereo.
The 3200 LS Color represents the latest stage in the evolution of Parrot's in-car Bluetooth calling kits. The device builds on the simple design and great usability of the CK3000 and the CK3100 car kits.
With legislation on the horizon banning the use of cell phones while driving, we decided to take a look at the options for those drivers with too much self respect to wear Bluetooth headsets.
We'll admit that we're not normally fans of Bluetooth headsets with tiny LED displays. After all, it doesn't seem that convenient to be looking at the display while wearing the headset at the same time.
Jabra is a significant brand name in the Bluetooth headset business, but that doesn't mean Jabra is resting on its laurels.
Last year, Yamaha created a small portable speaker called the NX-A01 that delivered gutsy sound in a space no larger than a Rubik's cube. It had only two considerable drawbacks: it had to be plugged in; and the US model lacked the Bluetooth audio capability of the version selling in Japan.
Jabra made headlines early last year when it debuted the Jabra BT8010, the first mono-to-stereo convertible Bluetooth headset. The BT8010 was even awarded Best of CES 2007 in the MP3 category.
Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua Bleill lost both his legs above the knees when a bomb exploded under his Humvee while on patrol in Iraq on October 15, 2006. He has 32 pins in his hip and a 6-inch screw holding his pelvis together.
Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua Bleill tells CNN's Barbara Starr how Bluetooth technology is helping him walk again.
What if you could embed newspapers - and their ads - right into the tables where people sip their lattes? That's the idea behind TableTouch, a San Francisco startup that sells a coffee table with a built-in, Wi-Fi-enabled touchscreen and software that lets you browse the latest news stories with your fingers.
When we first saw the Motorola H9 Miniblue earlier this year, we thought it was the smallest Bluetooth headset we've ever seen. Samsung, however, has recently launched a Bluetooth headset that's just as tiny. Called the Samsung WEP500, this minuscule headset is about the size of a quarter and is even lighter than the Miniblue.
By now, you're pretty savvy when it comes to buying a new car. You know all about dealer-invoice pricing, depreciation and extended warranties. There's still one last chance, though, for the dealer to get the better of you. A new model's options list can be a minefield, and if you're not careful you could end up spending 20% or more above what you intended for your car. So it pays to know whether an option is good for you or just for the dealer.
The latest receivers for your car move with you in a whole new way. All the key features for easy navigationâ€”touch-screen controls, spoken directions, and street maps for the entire lower 48â€”come packaged in pocket-size models that easily transfer between cars or slide into a suitcase. But the best add superior ergonomics and features that really take them (and you) the extra mile.
There are a billion Bluetooth-enabled devices in the world -- cell phones, headsets, cameras, keyboards, printers. Another 13 million of them are being sold every week.
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Kyocera may be better known as a maker of hip cell phones for Virgin Mobile such as the Marbl and the Cyclops, but it has also churned out a number of Bluetooth accessories in the past.
We remember when Logitech released the first Bluetooth headphones for the iPod back in 2005. In fact, we still have those antiques here at our office.
Headset makers have been stocking up on fashion talent, hoping Bluetooth's day would come. And now it has. Global headset sales are projected to reach $3 billion.
Aliph has finally given their old wired Jawbone headset a much-needed upgrade for the Bluetooth generation. The Aliph Jawbone Bluetooth headset is quite simply one of the most eye-catching headsets we've ever had the pleasure of using.
They're becoming the new sunglasses. Bluetooth headsets, once exclusively the province of early adopters who didn't mind the cyborg look, have crossed over from geek to glam.
THEY'RE BECOMING THE NEW SUNGLASSES. BLUETOOTH headsets, once exclusively the province of early adopters who didn't mind the cyborg look, have crossed over from geek to glam. In a bid to make wirel...
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Music cell phones have become a hot commodity in 2006, with almost every manufacturer getting into the game. Sony Ericsson's Walkman handsets in particular have emerged as favorites of mobile music fans, but Nokia has countered with its quality N-series smart phones that come packed with multimedia features. But let's face it, not everyone needs a fancy smart phone such as the Nokia N91 so we're glad to welcome the new Nokia 5300 Xpress Music. Packed into a unique but user-friendly design is an exceptional music player and a broad range of features including a 1.3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, and an expandable memory slot. And yes, it delivers on performance as well. As of this writing, the GSM 5300 isn't available with a U.S. carrier, so it will cost you. But even at $300, we reckon it's worth it.
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Do you have any tales from the digital frontier? What's life like in your digital world? These CNN.com readers sent us their stories and thoughts. Here's a sampling of the responses, some of which have been edited.
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SAN FRANCISCO (Business 2.0 Magazine) - Wireless networks are only as useful as the devices we use on them. That's why the grainy screen of your trusty flip-phone probably won't cut it, and neither will its anemic processor.
You might think, "Who really needs a Bluetooth headset?" Well, do you drive? Do you like having the use of not one but two arms? If so, maybe a headset isn't such a crazy idea after all.
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Newlyweds HP and Compaq have delivered their first offspring, a set of fraternal twins. Both weigh 6.5 ounces and are slightly more than five inches long, and oh, baby, are they expensive.
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