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Bose Bluetooth

January 11, 2008

I have a pair of Bose QuietComfort 3 noise-canceling headphones and for the longest time I have wondered why -- just why, I have to have a separate bluetooth stereo headset. After all for $300, Bose should not only have bluetooth in their top of the line headphones they should send you a gift basket.

It seems engadget has the details on how Bose will be upgrading or retrofitting the QuietComfort 3 headphones allowing us to reduce the number of headphones and headsets we need to carry with us. I for one just can't wait for this to happen but i must say, this blog post lack a good deal of detail about what a future product may look like and when it will come out.

Sad, Very Sad

January 11, 2008

WMWifiRouter

January 11, 2008

One of the most incredible software packages I have come across in quite some time is WMWifiRouter which enables Windows Mobile devices to become WiFi access points, sharing the EVDO connection with a number of others. Although the software allows ad hoc connections instead of infrastructure I found no negative effects from this minor oddity.

As Tom Keating wrote recently, I did install this software on my phone for a number of reasons. One of the main ones is because I would like to use the Nokia N800 tablet computer away from areas that have WiFi. You have no doubt read me go on and on about how useful the N800 is... The main problem with the device continues to be the lack of cellular access.

Now, I can easily run the WMWifiRouter software on my XV6800 and an instant access point is created for the N800 and other devices to share.

In addition, during trade show set up (before internet is running in the convention center) at ITEXPO, TMC can now use our Windows Mobile devices to create instant access points for others to share.

As you might imagine, Verizon is not happy about this because they have their own "tether" service which allows you to pair a Windows Mobile device with a single other computer via bluetooth.







Service Provider Opportunities

January 11, 2008

Service providers are being extremely creative in using technology and ingenuity to launch new and enhanced services and products to keep customers and attract new ones. Some of the better ideas I have seen lately are the consumer electronics DECT phone from Comcast which allows internet browsing and address synchronization via the in-home cordless phone.

I also think the Alltel/AAA collaboration is a great move allowing consumers access to over 100,000 locations which give AAA discounts. In addition the GPS-enabled devices allow instant transmission of location to AAA when you have a car problem.

Another great idea is the transmission of Pandora radio to certain AT&T Wireless handsets. I really like Pandora as the service allows you to customize your own radio stations without listening to commercials.



Death of the Road Warrior

January 11, 2008

One of the more respected names in the video/telepresence space is Casey King, CTO of LifeSize. I recently had a chance to interview King and you may be interested in reading his views on how telepresence is changing the world of business travel. According to King, business is doing very well over at LifeSize and they expect the future to be even brighter. King makes one prediction at the end of his interview which at first I didn't agree with but over a few minutes I started to think he may be correct. Check it out for details.

King will be speaking at ITEXPO in two weeks so if you want to learn more about telepresence be sure to register for the conference and I'll see you in Miami.

IP Fax Reliability

January 11, 2008

International Calling Alternatives

January 10, 2008

Secure your WiFi or not?

January 10, 2008

Solar Laptop Bag

January 10, 2008

Alltel Partners with AAA

January 10, 2008

Years back, many of my colleagues and I waxed poetic about location based services. Now it seems, with the aid of GPS, these services are being rolled out. A really interesting one has been announced by AAA the automobile club and Alltel.

The way it works is your GPS-enabled Alltel phone allows you to know the closest establishments where AAA savings may be had. This could save people a great deal of money as AAA has over 100,000 locations working with them to provide savings.

In addition, the phone works to alert AAA if you have car trouble.



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