It seems that every day, virtual movers and shakers are introducing new products and systems to make our lives a little bit easier. Bluetooth technology is one of the biggest advances to hit the market. Bluetooth wireless technology makes it easy and convenient for users to enjoy wire-free, short-range communication between devices. It is a globally available standard that connects portable computers, mobile phones, MP3 players and even cars, all without wires. People who use Bluetooth technology enjoy communication without any ties, so it only makes sense to have the right wireless headsets. Manufacturers have found that it's not easy to create a really good wireless headset for Bluetooth. On the contrary, it is much more difficult that designing wired models. Bluetooth headsets can never be as small or as light as wired headsets, simply because the battery and extra functions must be included all in one unit. This extra size impacts how the headset mounts on or around the users' ears. There are two main styles of Bluetooth headsets. The more comfortable, yet less secure models are held into place with a loop around the ear. Others are "earbud" styles that are placed directly inside the opening of the ear. More secure, but certainly less comfortable. When you are shopping for Bluetooth headsets, take the following points into consideration:CostThis is an obvious issue. Prices range from the affordable to the truly lavish, so you might have to shop around to compare prices before you choose.Ergonomics Comfort should be your primary consideration, as users typically spend a great deal of time with Bluetooth headsets. - Check to see if the device can be removed and replaced from your ear quickly and conveniently- Make sure that the control buttons on the headset are easy to use- If you wear glasses, be sure that the device can be used while you are wearing eyeglasses, or sunglasses- Some calls can take a long time. Make sure that your Bluetooth headset will be comfortable after an extended period of time- Try wearing the device in both ears. You may want to switch side to side for comfort or convenience- Compare Bluetooth headsets to see which are the lightest. Weight is a very important consideration, as you don't want the device to cause discomfort or fall off- See if the headsets come with a carry case. You'll need to store or transport it when not in use Ease of useSome gadgets meant to make our lives easier, only cause frustration. - Commands and controls should be easy to use and remember- Be sure that the volume level is easy to adjust. If you're on a call that lasts from your office to the subway station, you'll need to be able to adjust the volume quickly and easily- You're shopping for Bluetooth headsets to enjoy the latest in instant communications, so make sure that the headset you choose turns on quickly - Make sure that a support number is provided to call if you need guidance or if you have a problem with the device- Check the manual. It should be well written and easy to understandFeaturesNot all Bluetooth headsets are created equally. There are a variety of features that may or may not be included in the one you choose.- Ask about the battery. Know the type of battery, how much talk time it can hold, and how to tell if it's fully charged or losing charge- Don't assume that the Bluetooth headsets you choose can be paired with every one of your wireless devices. Check and verify this before you buy- Does the headset carry a good warranty? Who will you call for service if you have a problem?- Check the sound quality for receiving and sending audio- How is the range? The headset won't be much good to you if the range keeps you tied to your home or officeThere are other important capabilities to consider in comparing Bluetooth headsets. Voice tags, transfer calls, three-way calling, last number redial, call reject, link to other phones and mute options are all convenient features. Check to see how it looks on you. You might not want a headset that is large and obvious, or you may prefer a model that stands out.While technology changes our lives, it also shapes our lives. Using Bluetooth headsets gives us the freedom to stay connected without being tied down.
Every modern notebook is Wi-Fi enabled, allowing internet access from any part of the globe. But while using your wireless notebook, you should be aware of Wi-Fi standards, hotspots, and how to effectively use this technology to make the optimum use of your notebook.The 802.11g Wi-Fi standard is the latest standard, which your notebook follows when you are online. The Wi-Fi alphabet spaghetti consists of protocols like 802.11, 802.15, 802.16, and 802.20. However, for most notebook users 802.11 would be sufficient with added `a`, `b`, or `g`. There are protocols like `e`, `h`, `i`, and `n` that are waiting in the wings to make their entry. Nevertheless, as of now, 802.11g is the only protocol that one needs to think when it comes to wireless connectivity. The latest Wi-Fi standard is the 802.11g and offers connection speeds up to 54 Mbps in the 2.4 GHz radio bands, which is five times more than the previous standard 802.11b. It is more stable, more secure, and backward compatible.Almost all notebooks that are manufactured today are 802.11g Wi-Fi standard ready. This standard is also designed to replace the older Wired Equivalent Privacy or WEP by specifying the Wi-Fi Protected Access or WPA. The WPA will function as an interim solution, until the next standard, the 802.11i network security standard is implemented with a new algorithm called Temporal Key Integrity Protocol, which shall be much more secure and reliable. However, until the new standard is implemented, the 802.11g is to be followed. There are only two disadvantages with this notebook Wi-Fi standard, that firstly, since it is a new standard, it may not perform as promised; and secondly, with fast emerging latest technologies, it may become obsolete by newer standards before you have the time to benefit from it.Few tips for a secure Wi-Fi experience:1 - You should raise the level of your laptop settings. Raise the security settings of software applications like Microsoft Outlook and Internet Explorer. Update them frequently to ensure latest protection from hackers and viruses. You should keep the encryption feature always on to ensure safest browsing with Wi-Fi.2 - Along with the software, you should also consider updating to better hardware. Hackers have always found 802.11a and 802.11b very easy to hack. However, 802.11g is harder to crack and you should consider upgrading your hardware to a `g` card. An 802.11g is backward compatible with IEEE 802.11b, thus 802.11g can leverage the widespread, international adoption of IEEE 802.11b in products from laptops to PDAs. A personal firewall, such as ZoneAlarm or BlackICE can significantly add up to the security level of your notebook.3 - Whenever you are using your notebook at a Wi-Fi hotspot, make it a point not to send data. While you are surfing, do not type your credit-card number, expiration date, passwords, bank account numbers, etc. Sensitive data are the goldmines for hackers, and they will swipe your bank account before you can finish saying, ` I have been a victim of online identity theft!`4 - Consider not staying online while working. If the risks outweigh the benefits, then it would be better to stay offline; at least until the new 802.11i standard is not implemented. Even then, the security can be breached, albeit with difficulty. If you do not need Wi-Fi to implement your work, then stay switched off. If you need the Wi-Fi just to send and receive files, then stay connected for only that period. Rest of the time, stay offline.Precautions to take at a public Wi-Fi hotspot:Whenever you are in public domain, you need to take precautions, as it is free for all. The Wi-Fi hotspots are available to any and every person, and anybody can be connected. Besides online thefts, there is also the risk of offline thefts.While in a public hotspot, do not be so absorbed with your notebook, that you fail to notice the people around you. There are persons who are in the business of stealing notebooks, from public hotspots. And they do not operate as individuals but as a gang.Also, while you are online at a public hotspot, follow simple rules like encrypting files before transferring or emailing them; making sure you are connected to a legitimate access point; and file sharing is turned off. Basic precautions like password protecting your notebook, updating your system regularly, and using anti-virus software should be strictly followed. For further online security, consider using a personal firewall, a virtual private network (VPN), and web-based email with secure http (https).Having a good Wi-Fi experience directly translates into a satisfying Internet experience. With the above suggestions being implemented, you are guaranteed to have a pleasant online time with your notebook.
Lets be honest. In todays day and age, a persons cell phone is literally an extension of their personality. With all of the mobile phone customization options and accessories available today, its easy to express yourself with your mobile phone.Is mobile phone customization for everyone? Of course not. Some people are simply content with a plain, boring, everyday cell phone. If youre one of those people, then this article isnt for you. However, if youre one of those who enjoy personalizing your stuff, this article will give you some great tips and ideas for making the most of your cell phone.The first (and easiest) way to customize your cellular phone is with ringtones and customized wallpaper. These are cheap and easy ways to make your cell phone stand out from the crowd.Another great cell phone accessory that you should check out is a customized faceplate. Faceplates usually arent very expensive and they can really work wonders when it comes to altering the appearance of your stock mobile phone.A favorite cell phone accessory of my daughter is a bling kit. She has decked out her phone top to bottom in fake diamonds and the thing looks like a million bucks. We dont go anywhere without someone commenting on her bling and asking where she bought it.Hopefully this article has given you a few cheap and easy ideas for cell phone accessories. Customizing your cellular phone doesnt have to cost a fortune and it certainly doesnt take much time. So, if youre like me and hate being like everyone else, take a few minutes to customize your cell phone with some cool ringtones and accessories. I guarantee that youll have a lot of fun with it and will be happy once youre finished. Enjoy!
College students spend an enormous amount of money on day to day living and school expenses. Dorms, books, and food alone will cost parents thousands of dollars per semester. Finding places to cut costs can be difficult, but one major expense can be avoided. Laptop computers are very quickly becoming a necessity for any student, and they are costly. Finding a cheap laptop that will get the job done can save a great deal of money.Many have found the answer in Refurbished Laptops. A refurbished laptop is one that has been returned to the manufacturer and has been restored to a like new state. Although the computer is not damaged, it cant be sold as new so the price is slashed heavily. A $2000.00 laptop might be sold as a refurbished item for $900.00 and be no different that its new counterparts. This means that for less than half the cost, a powerful like new laptop can be purchased, and in many cases be placed under warranty in the same way a new laptops would. Almost every major computer manufacturer offers refurbished laptops including IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and Dell.Once a refurbished manufacturer is chosen, the laptop specifics must be looked at to make sure the computer can get the job done. Students are looking for a laptop that is:Sturdy Students are on the move, and their laptop will take some damage in its time. Make sure the computer is tough.Fast The computer needs to keep up with the student so processor speed and memory is very important. These are not the two areas to cut cost.Light Weight No one wants to carry a 50 pound boat anchor around in their already heavy book bag. Make sure the refurbished laptop is as portable as it needs to be.Wireless The laptop should already be wirelessly enabled or have an open slot for a wireless card. Universities are becoming wireless hot spots and every student should be able to take advantage of this.Powered Make sure that the life of the laptop battery is respectable, and purchase a rechargeable back-up so there is always battery power available.There is more that should be considered of course, but most options will depend on the needs of the individual. One drawback of a refurbished laptop is that in most cases there is very little customization that can be done before the point of purchase. These computers are already built and ready to go so if you dont like a particular option then you need to buy another laptop. This doesnt mean that changes cant be made by the user after purchase, but any further customization will cost additional money and the user needs to be proficient in making the upgrade.
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