Did you know that Bluetooth technology has now been around for a decade? The Bluetooth Special Interest Group wants to make sure you are aware, as they have thrown up a page that highlights the history of the wireless technology that we know and love. On the page you can check out the different milestones for Bluetooth, starting back in 1998, grab a few free ringtones, and even enter to win a Samsung YP-P2 widescreen digital media player. Heck, even if you don’t care about all that Bluetooth does for us in the world of gadgetry, free stuff is always cool, right? All you have to do in order to enter is vote for your favorite stereo Bluetooth product. The contest closes in a few days, so make haste and head on over.
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We guess that Levi’s last cellie was a big hit because they are doing it again with a Limited Edition Red Tab. The phone also features an MP3 player, stereo Bluetooth capability, and a 2 megapixel camera with flash. Only 100 will be available through Collette online and for your €550 ($870.00) they will include a “premium” box, a cover for the cell phone, a hands free kit, a metal chain, and up to 13 letters of customization. Maybe if Lee jeans puts one out, they will come up with something affordable for the little people.
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Trying to capture the conference phone market is Spracht’s Aura SoHo. Compatible with most systems, it has multi-line and Skype compatibility, echo and noise cancellation with its Digital Signal Processing tech, and is analog ready. The plug-in bay offers wireless, Bluetooth, and PBX capability with optional adapter. With 3 built-in mics and a 5 watt speaker output, there is auto-room acoustic profiling. Add to that a one-touch conference button, built-in keypad, and redial, and this is one handy phone. The SoHo carries a $249.99 price.
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Microsoft has come up with a Notebook Mouse that does more than a singular function. It will also put on slide presentations up to a distance of 30 feet, and act as a laser pointer and media remote. With 2.4 GHz Bluetooth connectivity, it has 4-way scrolling, instant-view, 5 customizable buttons, and magnification capability. At a size of 3.68 x 2.22-inches, it features an on/off switch to save some energy and a battery status LED. The multi-talented mouse is available for $79.95.
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iLuv has a new 2.1 channel iPod Docking/Charging Station with a built-in woofer. The i399BLK features an FM tuner with 20 preset keys, a digital clock, beat-sensitive mood lighting, remote control and aux. inputs for 3.5mm headphones and alternate devices. The station supports Bluetooth and comes with a detachable BluePin for turning your cellie into a speakerphone. Compatible with most dockable iPods (the exceptions being 1st, 2nd, and 3rd gens,) it comes with a price of $229.00.
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Holux has released the M-241 wireless GPS logger with dual interface (Bluetooth and USB GPS-mouse) and memory capable of recording up to 130,000 positions such as longitude, latitude, altitude, and time. Running on one AA battery, it has a 32 x 8.9mm display for position, speed, available memory, date, and time. You can set it either by distance or time in one of 3 languages. The logger can be yours for ~$80.00 on Amazon.
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Still want a speakerphone but don’t think you can afford a decent one? eCost is featuring the Kyocera K323 for a mere $15.00. There are only 8 left and the sale ends in a little over 41 hours. The Bluetooth gadget has re-dial and volume control buttons, and amber and blue LEDs that will take you about a week to figure out. However, a deal is a deal, no matter how small. Grab one, attach it to your cigarette lighter plug and think of it as making you one step safer on the road.
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One of the honorees at this year’s CES was Spracht’s Aura Mobile BT. The Bluetooth gadget turns your cell phone, computer (VoIP) or cordless home phone into a conference phone. It features a dual speaker system and external microphone. It comes packaged with power adapter, car charger, and VoIP and wireless phone cables so that you can take it along with you wherever you go. The price for the lightweight, diminutive Aura is $129.95.
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OQO has opened its online outlet store that carries their refurbished UMPCs at some excellent price points. Their second generation mobile PC, unveiled at the 2007 CES, features 1.2GHz CPU, holds 512MB SDRAM, has a 40GB HDD and WiFi/Bluetooth capability. Prices begin at $999.00 and come with a 1 year warranty.
The site also offers a portable docking station with optical drive and multiple ports for $299.00 and the iGo Stowaway Bluetooth Travel Mouse with optical pickup and scroll wheel (compatible with the UMPC 02 ) for $79.00.
HTC has unveiled its new Shift mobile computer at the 2008 GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Equipped with Windows Vista and Microsoft’s Origami Experience 2.0, it also features an RSS reader, media player, and one-touch to e-mail, weather, and more. At a weight of only 800g and a size of 207 x 129 x 25mm, it has a 7-inch slide and tilt touchscreen with 800 x 480 resolution, QWERTY keyboard, Bluetooth 2.0 and WiFi capability, and GPS. Toss in a fingerprint sensor, a CMOS VGA cam, and a built-in mic and dual speakers, and you have a product for €1199 (~$1,750.00.) Now available in Spain and the UK, it is next traveling to Italy and other parts of Europe. Maybe it will find its way stateside this holiday season.