The future of BlueTooth and Apple

Bluetooth technology has become common in cars, computers, and cell phones. Because of the success and popularity of Bluetooth technology, new innovation is being explored that encompasses Bluetooth technology. Most of the new ideas for the future of Bluetooth being explored by different companies and organizations will please the average consumer but a few may not. Some companies that are currently working with Bluetooth technology are Ericsson, Intel, Lenova, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia and Toshiba. Since none of these companies want to give away valuable marketing information they usually do not comment specifically on what they have in the works for Bluetooth technology.

One new use of Bluetooth being worked on is environmental control. Bluetooth in certain locations could transfer information to your device telling it how to act in a specific location. For example, Bluetooth at schools could automatically turn cell phones to silent so they do not become disruptive. This idea sounds promising but some may question whether or not it invades the privacy of those with Bluetooth capable devices.

Another technology in the works is the ability to make simple transactions with Bluetooth such as checking into a hotel or withdrawing money from a bank account. The widespread incorporation of this would transform mobile phones into invaluable devices that could make your life much easier. The only drawback of this is the amount of security that would have to be involved. If someone stole your mobile phone they could gain access to your money, personal information, and whatever else may have been developed to work with Bluetooth via mobile phones.

An idea that has already been developed but is being expanded is the use of Bluetooth in advertising. In 2007 soft drink maker, Pepsi, began using Bluetooth in advertisements in locations such as bus stops and phone booths. Owners of Bluetooth enabled phones can go up to the advertisement and download a viral video clip onto their phones via Bluetooth. If other companies incorporate this into their advertising, you may soon be seeing this new advertising technique everywhere you go.

A new experiment using Bluetooth technology in the city of Bath in the UK may scare or anger some. Researchers from Bath University tracked the locations of Bluetooth users recently during a six month trial. If this technology becomes common, anyone with the proper equipment could track your whereabouts whenever you have a Bluetooth enabled device with you. Although this may be useful in tracking criminals or other dangerous people it could easily be used maliciously.

It looks like the future of Bluetooth technology is very promising. Hopefully, companies can use these ideas and the many other possibilities that are out there to develop products that can keep us safer, make our lives easier, and provide us with entertainment. If you want more information on Bluetooth technology you can visit Bluetooth.com.

“Six Cool Uses for Bluetooth Beyond the Desktop” Accenture

“Pepsi Uses Bluetooth Technology in Interactive Advertising Campaign” Telecommunications Industry News

“Bluetooth Surveillance Tested In the UK” Slashdot

Canon XL2 Mini DV Digital Professional Camcorder Review

If you desire to create feature films, short films or any other project, than you need to have a camcorder that will provide you with the highest quality image and shooting features. Whether you’re a film student, professional videographer or a weekend filmmaker, I highly suggest going with a Mini DV Camcorder due to the fact that it will give you the filming flexibility you require, as well as an easy way to transfer your film to your computer. The Canon XL2 MiniDV Digital Camcorder, Model: DM-XL2 has all of the features and technologies professional filmmakers require, and they have been placed within a user-friendly model that will allow novice filmmakers the ability to create high-quality films easily.

Main Product Features:

Users of this camera will have full control over each of the image settings, allowing you to fully-customize the look of every frame. With a with a progressive scan CCD that features 3x 1/3″ 800k technology you will be able to enjoy more pixels and higher image quality than nearly every other camcorder in this class.

You are able to take advance of one of the best frame rates within the industry, 50i and 25p. This will provide you with amazingly clear and vivid images, even during the most demanding scenes. There are two different formats in which are available, 16:9 and 4:3, which will provide you with the options to further customize the overall look of the images.

One of the coolest features within this mini DV camcorder is the Cine Look mode, which will give you a genuine cinematic-appearance, and when you place this feature with the 25p mode, you will have true film-like movies. You can adjust the various features to make every image unique. Some of these modes you are able to control is the noise reduction, gain, sharpness and coring, just to name a few.

The 20x zoom, will allow you to capture stunning images, even when you are far away from your shooting object. Because of this feature, shooting wildlife is dramatic and will provide you with a finished product that is true broadcast quality. You are able to add any XL video lens to this camera, and if you have the lens adapter, your choices expand to 60+ Canon EF lenses. And with the Optical Image Stabilization System, this camera will eliminate any type of motion blur or shakiness due to rough shooting locations or unstable hands. Because of this feature, this camera is deal for a SteadyCam shot when you do not have access to a SteadyCam.

You are able to upload your video directly to a hard disk through the IEEE1394 connector.

Product Price:

This high-quality mini DV camcorder has been priced so that amateur filmmakers and professional can both afford it. You will be able to find this broadcast-quality camcorder for an average price of only $4,000.

The Sony Bravia KDL-55HX800 3D HDTV Delivers Great Cinema Experience

3D technology is all the rage at the local cinema, and that experience is also available for in home enjoyment. The 3D HDTV experience is here and television and movie fans everywhere are looking for the best bang for their buck. The Sony Bravia KDL-55HX800 represents a great example of a 3D capable television that delivers some knock visuals as well as a vivid soundscape for the ultimate in-home 3D experience. Sony is a company that tries to stay ahead of the field in home electronics, and this particular television is a fine example of that drive.

The Sony Bravia KDL-55HX800 has a fifty five inch LED-LCD screen that delivers true 1080p high-definition with an impressive refresh rate of 240Hz. The result of those components is impressive on TV this size, as picture clarity is top-of-the-line in addition to vivid colors. The refresh rate makes for a smooth transition no matter how fast the action on the screen is moving.

Standard 2D programming and movies look spectacular. However, this a 3D capable television, which means potential buyers need a 3D capable Blu-Ray player (or other source of programming) and Sony Bravia 3D glasses. The recommended glasses for this unit are model number TDGBR100/B, which are battery operated and retail for around $150 a pair. Buyers should be prepared to pick up a few pairs, because the TV does not come with any 3D glasses included. The 3D effects come off brilliantly. The rapid speed of the television coupled with the glasses makes the action take place in the living room, thanks to the Dolby Digital Surround speakers the audio is every bit as good as the video.

The Sony Bravia KDL-55HX800 features four HDMI ports, two of which are on the side of the unit for easy access. There are also two composite inputs and two component inputs (one on the side) for attaching just about any type of home entertainment console. If that were not enough, a USB port allows just about anything to be connected to the display as well. But this 3D HDTV is also equipped with an Ethernet port, making it Internet connectable. Through the Internet viewers can access Neflix, YouTube, Pandora, and much more content for an all-encompassing home theater experience.

The Sony Bravia KDL-55HX800 retails for around $3200 at Best Buy. However, viewers looking to upgrade to the 3D experience need to plan to purchase the 3D Blu-Ray player and a pair of 3D glasses for each potential viewer (a 3D Blu-Ray or other source of 3D content is obviously required for 3D as well). While that bumps up the total purchase price, the overall three dimensional experience on this particular Sony is worth the investment. The dynamic sound and top notch picture combine to produce a great home video experience.

High Definition Television: Plasma, LCD, Rear Projection – What’s Your Flavor?

The boom and new age of TV technology. What kind of HDTV should you get? There are three flavors: Plasma, LCD, and Rear Projection. Who knows, the average person may not even know this by now, only knowing what that guy in the blue shirt told you at Best Buy. With the move of bigger and flatter screens and demand of higher definition of TV, came about these breed of televisions. They all have their good and bad sides, but really, which TV will suit you? It all depends on these factors: size, price, and other pet peeves. Here’s my general idea to differentiate upon the selection that may help the common folk out there that aren’t very tech savvy.

Plasma

Based upon my own memory, these were around first generally but it could’ve been the rear projection. It’s the latter. Any who, plasma TV’s will look the best out of the bunch. One, it’s display screen is glass. It’s able to show and support more pixels on screen than the other two TV types, LCD and Rear Projection. Sounds neat with that little extra eye candy right? Maybe. The drawback to that is, to show and support those extra pixels; the plasma TV consumes the most power. If you don’t mind the power bill then this may be for you. Another good thing is, the plasma TV does not suffer from motion blur and ghosting like the LCD. Beyond that it’s flat. That’s probably something everyone wants. However, there’s an additional problem that MAY still be a problem but I’m not definitely sure but it was a problem for older plasmas. This is often referred to as ‘burn in’ or something synonymous of that nature. Here’s an example of burn in: say, you watch CNN a lot or ESPN and they show those scrolling bars at the bottom of the screen that show scores from previous games or news breaking stories.

If you were to watch those type of channels for a super long time, that bar will eventually be ‘burnt in’ to the TV and so whatever other channel you’re watching will have that burnt in, which could be a nuisance. That’s the more major problem that associates with plasma television sets. Now with price, I consider the plasma the middle ground, as in it’s not too expensive to put a hole in your wallet or that cheap to make you feel happy inside. The price per screen inch is pretty middle and balanced to say so the least. So if you like having a glass display, a flat screen, and those extra pixels then this may be the winner. Also, to note I think the plasma may be the heavier tv of the bunch so don’t break your back lugging it. Though I’m not ENTIRELY sure on this bit of information so don’t let this be a deal breaker.

LCD

LCD, or Liquid Crystal Displays are notably the newer sets of TV. You probably mostly know them from computer use but it made its way to television some odd years ago. The LCD TV is widely more popular as it consumes less power than the plasma, is a lot brighter and crisp in terms of image and shares the same quality of being flat. The notable differences are price for size, it doesn’t use a glass screen and its blacks aren’t as ‘full’ or entirely black. A kind of major problem that this type of set suffered from was motion blur. As in, when you see something moving super fast, you can see a kind of blurring or a ‘doubling’ effect. This has been cured for the most part in today’s LCD’s but will probably always exist in LCD sets, it’s just a matter of how the developers disguise it. Beyond that it is a really good set and is most used for gaming. However, the price just skyrockets when the size goes up. An LCD TV around 52+ inches or more could go up to 8000$, depending on model and quality. Example is the Samsung LNT5271F. It retails for about $3-4,000 while the Samsung LNT5281F is double when they are practically identical in terms of size and technology. Silly isn’t it? But if you don’t plan to go big then this set could be very ideal. Also, in terms of TV life LCD’s are supposed to last the longest according to how much the average person watches.

Rear Projection

Rear Projection TV’s are among the older types of technology in televisions. From what I recall when talking to someone who knew his stuff, he said that rear projections were the CRT monitor’s upgraded brother. It was to produce the same vivid and great colors the CRT produced while reducing the size. In case you don’t know what a CRT monitor is, it’s those big, bulky, ugly monitors that are like 13 inches deep and hurts your eyes(60hz flicker). So, the rear projection is just as ugly and big(in the back) like the CRT in comparison to LCD and plasma. However, the rear projection televisions do not suffer from burn in image and motion blur. What does it have instead? I’ve heard stories of ‘Rainbow Effect’ and ‘Green Blob Effect’. These are basically, I suppose you can call them artifacts, in the image of the TV.

Why? It’s plagued by this because of it’s technology. Rather than having a cold cathode light or plasma, it uses a color wheel and a lamp to produce light and image. The color wheel has more moving parts and is therefore will be more prone to have something go wrong. Beyond that, unlike the plasma and LCD, the lamp that I mentioned has to be replaced every 3 years or so and can cost up to $150. The lamp is needed to work with the color wheel to produce image so you will have no choice on that. The other thing is, this type of set has a very poor viewing angle. What that means is, when you’re in the kitchen and want to watch the TV from the living room you won’t see a thing. However, you can with the LCD. I’m not sure about the plasma. Want some good news? The rear projection TV is the cheapest price per inch type of set. Example? My brother purchased a 60 inch rear projection for $1800. For $1800, that won’t really get you anything substantial in plasma sets but especially in LCD sets. Replacing the lamp was meant to be an easy DIY and it won’t eat as much power as an LCD or especially a plasma set. So if you want size for a really, really good price and don’t care about replacing the lamp ever 3 or so years or care about the viewing angle, this could be it.

Wrap Up

That is the general summary of all three types of technology. It’s really up to you to do the research on what suits you best for your home and what size it is and how much you want to spend. Just never, EVER buy something this expensive like this at an impulse. Or is it pulse? Either way, you do not want to get buyer’s remorse for something like this. Do plenty of research on brands and models that fit your budget. Also remember that brighter isn’t always better. That general misconception may haunt you post-purchase because that isn’t always the case. The other thing is, consider buying it online. You can save thousands of dollars compared to buying it in store but this may not be peace of mind to some. If you do, please take time and do research of the website and their reputation and customer service. Take precautions on things like the price and the design of the website. If it’s too good to be true then it probably is. If the price seems really cheap and the website looks like it was designed by a 15 year old, then that could be a problem. So it’s your decision. Buy online or at a retail store; i.e: red pill or blue pill. :) (edit: more info on next page.)

Should I Wait For a Better TV?

That’s you’re call, but some day soon if you plan on purchasing a HDTV you will have to pull the trigger on something. However right now, a new set will come in: Laser TV. That’s right. It’s a TV that uses a Laser LED and supposedly it will be incredibly cheap, have crazy picture quality, and the fact that it looks just as flat as a pancake. If you want to wait for that to come in, then sure but god knows when it will actually come out. Either way, I recommend that you probably should not buy it when it comes out, especially since it’s first generation where there are probably bugs and problems in it that the developers didn’t catch or didn’t bother to catch. Just look at the Samsung DLP LED tv set. HLS6187 is the model I believe. It’s the first rear projection TV to use a ‘twinkie’ lasting LED light rather than a regular ‘ol lamp. Good idea, but it was first generation and has some major problems.

Why Yahoo Will Never Catch Up to Google

Yahoo’s technology will never catch up to Google’s because it would involve changing much more than just their search.

A fundamental part of why Yahoo is inferior to Google is inherent in the websites’ intent and in the way they each sell advertising space. When the internet became commercialized, Yahoo was one of the leading websites on the web. Google was actually developed by two graduate students who wanted better search results when they used the internet. It is easy to remember a time when all you got was really irrelevant search results. This is because results came from the sites that had the most appearances of the searched key words. Programmers started to take advantage of this by putting invisible lines of code with repeating search words so that their websites would come up first in search results.

Google was the first to really focus on search. They developed an algorithm that is based on connections. Sites that are often visited and linked to from other sites are judged to be relevant. That is why Google searches come up with far better results than most others. What a lot of people don’t know is that before Google was created, the two students who created this algorithm offered to sell it to Yahoo. Yahoo declined. They weren’t interested in search because they are a portal. They want to provide people with in-house results and they weren’t concerned with people finding relevant results as long as they were part of their portal.

Of course, internet users quickly made Google the more popular of the two because Google allowed them to actually find what they were looking for. And since then, Yahoo along with other searches have tried to come up with a similar algorithm and to gain back some of the share they lost to Google. But since Yahoo is still very much a portal, results are biased towards their own site. They also sell advertising that can corrupt searches and pop up in your results. Google on the other hand, doesn’t allow sponsored links anywhere near your search results and you can see when you perform a search the Sponsored Links section at the top and side of the screen.

Advertisers, of course, love that Google makes their search results relevant to users as opposed to Yahoo’s use of irrelevant banner ads. Since more people use Google, advertisers are more likely to place ads there. So on top of already being better in the search game, they have higher and more consistent profit.

Try as they might, Yahoo is having a hard time creating a good search algorithm comparable to the one Google has had in place and been perfecting for years. In addition, even if they began using the exact same search algorithm, they would still just be playing catch up in an arena where Google is already king. They would have to offer the same and so much more for people to start switching. Google has proved that there are no other sites better for search.

Sony Ericsson XPERIA Neo – a Classy Android Phone

Sony Ericsson has decided to break the shackles and go for the kill. It has introduced a new member in the XPERIA family – the absolutely glorious android mobile phone: the XPERIA Neo. The mobile phone reviews of the various international platforms are drooling over its features. The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Neo review exquisitely remarks about the style the phone boasts about. The built of the Sony Ericsson is always a strong point in their favor, and the company does justice by making the phone sturdy, but with a sleek curvature and jaw dropping chrome-like finish, aimed to stop many breaths for few instants.

The phone has got an impressive internal memory of about 320 MB with a RAM capacity of 512 MB. But the first thing that would catch the attention, according to the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Neo review, is its scintillating display. The phone has got a surface that is resistant to scratches, so it is a definite collection for the casual users. The keys are quite well placed, and along with the brilliant touchscreen, very user-friendly. The dimension of the touchscreen is roughly 4 inches. The LCD screen is a treat to the eyes with an advanced LED facility at the rear side.

Among the several mobile phone reviews of the handset, the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Neo review tells about the excellent camera that the phone flaunts. It has got a strength of 8.1 megapixels which is quite impressive. The Led flash system is very smart along with the feature of auto focus with an integrated adjusting feature. It has also got the facility of video stabilizer that would attract several enthusiasts. The face detection feature is also another smart feature of the phone. The Gingerbread operating system of the phone with an Android platform is the primary platform that coordinates the advanced features of the mobile. The weight of the phone is, according to Sony Ericsson XPERIA Neo review , about 126 grams. It is in no way bulky and this weight gives it exclusive resistance to damages caused due to casual handling. The phone is a treat for the music lovers too. Most of the audio files of various formats are playable and the mobile set has got an enviable play-time of a whopping 31 hours. The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Neo deals are said to be quite competitive when put in the segment of high end mobile phones with android technology.

Microsoft Offers Office Integration Sample Code

With Office 2007 rapidly approaching final code, Microsoft announced plans for a series of sample code packs called Office Business Applications Reference Application Packs (OBA RAPs), which show developers how to create new business applications using the Office interface.

The OBAs are designed for use with Office 2007 only. They show how to connect existing line-of-business (LOB) systems with Office applications. The purpose is to provide users with a familiar environment rather than force them to learn a new interface for accessing back office systems.

Microsoft has heard this request for some time. “An issue that consistently comes up is using the Office client to connect people to apps in the back-end,” said Tim O’Brien, Director of Platform Strategy Group.

The OBAs will use Word, Excel and Outlook as the interfaces to back-end systems through Microsoft’s SharePoint, InfoPath, Windows Server, SQL Server and Active Directory.

OBA RAP for Supply Chain Management (SCM) will come with demo websites and site templates, reference documents, .NET code, Web services references, XML (define) :and XSLT (define) files and scripts.

Using the Office applications instead of writing custom front-ends means less time spent writing the UI, and not forcing users to context switch from one application to another.

“Training is the number one problem in the enterprise software space today. Most of the time you are putting users in front of an interface they’ve never seen to do things they’ve never done before,” said Josh Greenbaum, principal analyst with Enterprise Applications Consulting.

“After dozens of years and billions of dollars, the industry has come to the realization that Office might be the best place to go and cut off a lot of the problems of interface design,” Greenbaum told internetnews.com.

The OBA RAP for SCM is the first of what Microsoft hopes will be many others, all for Office 2007, said O’Brien. In the future, Microsoft is looking at producing more vertical RAPs for retail and financial services, he said.

It has been possible to build connections between older versions of Office and back end systems, but it was very difficult, said Greenbaum. “It was hard enough that it wasn’t done that often. It just wasn’t advantageous,” he said.

Cisco Telephony: The Very Best Communications Hardware

Every modern business has come to rely upon modern information and communication technology hardware over the past couple of decades. The steady improvement in modern communications devices has revolutionised the manner in which companies perform their business and operate on the whole. There are not many aspects of the business world that have not developed with such advancements. Therefore it is of utmost importance for a business to keep up to date with the most recent hardware and software and to make sure that equipment is suitably managed. Cisco telephony delivers high quality hardware which includes the very latest technology and features.

Network acceleration is a key product offered by Cisco telephony. Virtually every modern business utilises a network for a wide variety of purposes including internet access, intranet access, file sharing, printer sharing and use monitoring. With high volumes of people trying to access the network at one time this could adversely effect the speed of the network leading to widespread irritation . Through network acceleration as delivered by Cisco telephony the speed of the network may be significantly increased with additional bandwidth being made available.

Another valuable addition for companies that can be supplied by Cisco telephony is the voice over IP service. This offers a local network for communications that will allow people within the same business or utilizing the same system a means of communicating. Cisco telephony voice over IP offers safe and reliable communication between departments and suppliers without the expense of an external telecommunications contractor. Call made through such system are secure and will not be in danger of any treats to the network.

The products supplied by Cisco telephony have the advantage that they’ve the capacity for additional functions to be included at a later date. This is particularly useful when a company seeks to expand either by adding additional departments or just by adding extra employees. Moreover, more modern capabilities could be added to existing hardware whenever they become available. This way the modern business can always stay up to date with the most recent developments and the latest hardware offer by Cisco telephony. This is more important than ever before with the rate at which developments take place and new systems become available.

Products and services offered by Cisco telephony cover a number of solutions for modern businesses to satisfy their communication and hardware demands. The principle systems such as network acceleration and voice over IP are flexible as they can be added to through Cisco telephony in order to meet the specific business needs. An extensive service is offered whereby businesses can be assured of reliability and security and can have peace of mind while using the very latest technology. Whatever communications solutions are required by the modern business there is a variety of hardware systems which can be installed to fulfil the requirement.

This article was written by J. Harper on behalf of SICL , experts in cisco telephony and network acceleration. For more information on cisco telephony and network acceleration please visit sicl.co.uk.