Sony introduce Smart Wireless Headset pro

Monday 4 June 2012

Sony introduce Smart Wireless Headset pro

Quick specs

  • Main unit: 6 x 2.5 x 0.8 mm
  • With clip = 1.2 mm wide
  • 18 g main unit
  • 9.5 g for earphones
  • operating range 10m

Available colours


  • LiveSound™ headset earpiece
  • Smart Wireless Headset pro main unit
  • CCR80: SD card reader
  • EC300: Short USB cable
  • Micro USB wall charger
  • 2GB SD card
  • User guide + warranty leaflet
  • Earbuds in different sizes
  • Play
  • Pause
  • Fast forward
  • Rewind
  • Black and white OLED
Smart Wireless Headset pro

Detailed specification


  • FM radio playing time (up to) 11h
  • Standby time (up to) 650h
  • Talk time (up to) 11h
  • MP3 streaming time (up to) 12h
  • BT Streaming A2DP (up to) 8.5h
  • Charging connector: Micro USB


  • Receive call and make calls from latest call list


  • Works with up to 32GB micro SD card

UI / Wearing

  • Clip
  • Music player control – track information on display

Acoustical – Speaker

  • Total Harmonic Distortion: <0.3% @ 1khz
  • Driver size: 6mm
  • Speaker Frequency range: 10-20000hz
  • Audio features: MP3 & Wav playback via micro SD card

Acoustical – Microphone

  • Maximum Sound Pressure: 115dB @ 1khz


  • Sms/e-mail can be read in display. Sms read out in earpiece via text to speech.

Bluetooth™ General

  • Bluetooth™ core version. 3.0
  • Auto-pairing


Windows 8 Release Preview ISO Download Link

Monday 4 June 2012

Windows 8 Release Preview ISO images


64-bit (x64) Download (3.3 GB)

32-bit (x86) Download (2.5 GB)

Product Key for both 32-bit and 64-bit : TK8TP-9JN6P-7X7WW-RFFTV-B7QPF

Place a Fully Functional Recycle Bin on your Windows 7 Taskbar

Tuesday 15 September 2009

Method of bringing a fully functional Recycle Bin to your Windows 7 Taskbar.

Toolbars and click New toolbar.

When prompted to provide a folder directory, enter the following string of text: %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch

After doing so, a labeled Quick Launch bar should appear near the clock. Odds are it will have several icons onboard, but since we won’t be using this bar for anything apart from hosting the Recycle Bin I would just delete all of the shortcuts.

Right click on the Taskbar and uncheck Lock the taskbar if it isn’t already. Now, right click on your Quick Launch bar and uncheck Show text, as well as Show title. Finally, right click and hover on View to select the size that your Recycle Bin icon will be — I chose large to match my Superbar icons.

With the Quick Launch bar configured, all you have to do is drag and drop the Recycle Bin onto it. Feel free to grab the dotted lines and drag the Quick Launch bar to your preferred location. I would recommend either pulling it all the way to the left near the Start menu, or all the way right near the clock.

When you are satisfied with the position of your Quick Launch bar, relock the Taskbar and hide the Recycle Bin on your desktop by right-clicking an empty space and selecting Personalize, then clicking Change desktop icons in the left column of the Personalization window and un-checking the appropriate box.

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Microsoft launches new visual search for Bing

Tuesday 15 September 2009

Microsoft is rolling out a new feature in its search engine Bing called Visual Search. The feature is part of the company’s effort to push search into new directions to differentiate Bing from Google, the market leader in search.

Bing Visual Search

Visual Search, currently in a beta test phase, allows users to search visually, such as through a photo gallery of Major League Baseball players, instead of scrolling through text links.Users can then continue to narrow their search, such as “highest paid” players, then “shortstop.” The feature requires users to download Silverlight, Microsoft’s video software.
The feature is available in U.S. only about 50 categories, including celebrities, movies, U.S. politicians, yoga poses, cellphones, digital cameras and pro athletes. To try it out, go to When you enter a search term, an option appears in the left column of the page that says “Visualize (search term).” Sadly, “Visualize Ballard” is not one of the beta categories.
“The idea behind it was to present information to enable people to use very simple filters to sort through large amounts of information that previously were hard to get through on the Web”
“We’re positioning Bing as a decision engine. This really is a faster way to make decisions. This is one of the more compelling ways we have to pay that vision off”

Here’s how you can quickly enable Bing Visual Search in your browser. Go to and set your country as United States. Save the settings and you will then be able to enjoy the visual search feature of Bing at
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The Windows 7 Taskbar

Tuesday 15 September 2009

Pinning Commonly Used Applications

The taskbar displays open applications, but it can also show applications that are not running – remember “Quick Launch” bar in Windows and Vista? -. By default, Windows 7 comes with three icons that are lying there on the taskbar even when the applications are not open. These are the icons for: Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player and Windows Explorer.
These applications have been pinned to the taskbar. This means that they are always there regardless of whether they’re running or not. Why? To allow users to open them directly from the taskbar. You can run a pinned application by just clicking on its icon.

Windows 7 Taskbar - Active and Inactive Icons

Windows 7 Taskbar – Active and Inactive (Pinned) Icons

You can tell whether the application is running or not from its icon. If the icon has a border frame around it, then it’s running. Additionally, if you hover over it with the cursor, a glowing effect appears. To sum up, by pinning an application that you frequently use, you can easily access it, since it’s always lying there on the taskbar. Not to mention that you can use keyboard shortcuts to do so. Here’s how:
To open, or switch to, an application on the taskbar, you can either:

  • Simply click on its icon!
  • Or press: Windows Key + Number. (The number corresponds to application’s position on the taskbar. For example in the above screenshot, to open “Windows Media Player”, press Windows Key + 2.

To pin an application to the taskbar, you can either:

  • Right-click on its icon –> Choose “Pin to Taskbar”,
  • Or drag and drop it into the taskbar

If the application you want to pin is already running:

  1. Right click on its icon
  2. Choose “Pin this program to taskbar”
Pinning a Running Application to the Taskbar

Pinning a Running Application to the Taskbar

To remove a pinned application from the taskbar:

  1. Right-click on its icon
  2. Choose “Unpin this program from the taskbar”.
Unpinning an Application from the Taskbar

Unpinning an Application from the Taskbar

As you can see, interacting with the new taskbar is quite easy. You should now understand how to pin commonly used applications to the taskbar and access them. Nevertheless, if you are still unhappy that “Quick Launch” is no longer available in Windows 7 and would like to restore it, check out below

How you can enable the quick launch toolbar in Windows 7.

  • Right-click an empty space on the Windows 7 taskbar and select Toolbars > New Toolbar.
  • Enter the following path: %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
  • Click on Select Folder
  • The Quick Launch toolbar should appear.
  • Right-click the Windows 7 Taskbar again and select Lock The Taskbar from the menu.
  • Drag and drop the Quick Launch toolbar into the location where you want it to be.
  • Select Lock The Taskbar again to lock the Windows 7 Taskbar in place

The result could look like this:
windows7 quick launch
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Block Windows 7 Themes From Changing Mouse Pointers And Icons

Monday 14 September 2009

Windows 7 gives users more freedom in creating and distributing custom Windows 7 themes. A theme in Windows 7 is made up of various elements that include a desktop background, sounds, window colors, screen , mouse pointers and desktop icons. All of these elements can be changed by Windows 7 themes.
Some users might prefer that themes do not change the mouse pointers or desktop icons by default. Microsoft has – thankfully – added the means to block Windows 7 themes from changing mouse pointers and desktop icons in Windows 7. The items can be blocked individually, here is how you do it:
The easiest way to access both options is to right-click the Windows 7 desktop. This opens a context menu with the Personalize link at the bottom. Clicking that link will lead to the Personalization control panel menu with links to desktop icon and mouse pointer settings in the left sidebar.
Blocking themes from changing mouse pointers
A click on the Change mouse pointers link in the left sidebar will open the options. The screen should look like the one below.
Uncheck the option “Allow themes to change mouse pointers” to block Windows 7 themes from changing mouse pointers during theme installations.
Blocking themes from changing desktop icons
A click on the Change desktop icons link in the left sidebar opens a similar menu for configuring desktop icons.
desktop icons
Uncheck the “Allow themes to change desktop icons” option to block Windows 7 themes from changing desktop icons during theme installations.
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Search in Windows 7

Saturday 12 September 2009

Search is built into every aspect of Windows 7, and as we get more and more files, documents, photos, music and videos in our personal libraries it can become harder to find things, especially if we haven’t looked at them in a while.
Search in Windows 7 works in a contextual way depending on what you’re searching in.  For instance, search in the Start Menu will prioritise Start Menu items and programs, search in Explorer will prioritise documents and pictures, search in Internet Explorer will prioritise Favourite websites and browsing history and so on.
Alas, gone is the simple search of previous versions of Windows to be replaced by a more text-based search.  When you start a search a drop down will ask if you want to add a search filter.
There and a great many of these which I shall detail but the basic ones Name: and Type: for file name and file type respectively would be used in the format…
Type: pdf
…if you were looking for Adobe Acrobat files.  This is a way to help narrow down searches.
Kind: used to search the properties of a document type
Datemodified: to search by the date a file was modified
Type: to search by file type
Name: searching by file name or by a property name for a file
Unfortunately the search syntax doesn’t let you double-up on search terms.  For instance typing type:.docx, .pdf won’t bring up search results for all Word and PDF files.
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Microsoft’s Windows 7 ads

Friday 11 September 2009

Microsoft has released its first Windows 7 advertisement, Good News 1, on several TV stations in the US. The advertisement shows Kylie, a 4½ year-old girl, who finds “happy words” about Windows 7 on her dad’s laptop. The “happy words” are actual press reviews of the operating system. She then creates a slideshow using Windows Live Movie Maker of them. You can watch it below: The spot closes with her saying: “I’m a PC and more happy is coming.” As for the song played during the slideshow, it’s “The Final Countdown” by the rock band “Europe” in 1986.

Kylie had appeared in a previous advertisement for Windows Live Photo Gallery in “The Rookies” advertising campaign, which aims to show that the program is very easy to use.

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Managing remote desktop management

Friday 11 September 2009

There have been many great steps forward in the world of computing: The mouse, the desktop and folder metaphor, object-oriented languages and … well, the list is long and highly debatable. I would like to offer up another entry to this roll call of genius: Remote desktop access technology.
When I were a young un’ the only remote access you had was Telnet and you had to walk uphill both ways with barbed wire ’round your feet to get anything done. But I digress.
Today, we have a variety of technologies that allow us to remotely access graphical desktops and see more-or-less exactly what’s going on. The only industry to suffer as a consequence of this has been a handful of companies that make tennis shoe soles because people stopped wearing out their footgear quite as quickly.
So, what are your choices? Well, there are, in fact, quite a few products to choose from, with the majority based on either Microsoft’s proprietary Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) or something called RFB (remote framebuffer), which was developed in 1998 by the now defunct Olivetti Research Laboratory.
The details of the RDP protocol used to only be available under license, but when Microsoft started (grudgingly) to embrace openness, it made the details available under its Open Source Interoperability Initiative.
In contrast, the RFB protocol specification has been open and free since its inception. A more ambitious version of the documentation, announced earlier this year, is also available.
The two protocols are quite different architecturally. While RDP is built into all Windows operating systems as a kernel-level driver that sends display primitives for a Windows RDP client to render, RFB is layered on the top of the system and sends compressed images of screen updates to a RFB client to render independently of the underlying operating system. This means that RDP is Windows-specific while RFB operates cross-platform.
If your shop is like most IT operations you probably use products that are based on both protocols and, where RFB is concerned, you probably use some flavor of Virtual Network Computing, most usually called “VNC” (VNC is both the name of a product line and an implementation of RFB). There are scores of VNC-derived products available, mostly for free, and they all interoperate because they are all RFB-based. How weird is that?
Now, if you have a lot of remote machines to manage then you really need something to make your life easier and I have just the tool for you: VNCScan Enterprise Network Manager for VNC and RDP published by Bozteck Software.
VNCScan is not only a directory and launcher of your VNC and RDP desktop connections, it can also capture remote screen shots into thumbnails, execute scripts on remote computers, install and update remote VNC server components, monitor the up/down state of VNC and RDP, and ping for availability and uptime. As the company claims, “VNCScan is like the Swiss Army Knife for anyone who manages computers on a network.”
The VNCScan user interface allows you to group remote machines (very useful for managing large numbers of devices) and logs all connection activities.
My only complaint: VNCScan’s documentation isn’t well organized; it’s a series of well-written articles but they aren’t ordered; you have to search for what you’re looking for. On the other hand, I noticed something that Bozteck has in its support articles that few companies bother with: details about which files need to be backed up and how to restore them. Very smart.
What is crazy about VNCScan is its price: $59 for a single admin license and $995 for a full site license. VNCScan gets a rating of 4.5.
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LED bulbs shine for 19 years

Friday 11 September 2009
(Credit: Panasonic)

Panasonic has launched a new household LED lightbulb in Japan that it says lasts 40 times longer than incandescent bulbs.
The screw-in bulbs are part of the EverLed line, and they’re scheduled to hit stores in Japan on October 21, with monthly production at 50,000 units. No changes to lighting equipment used for incandescents are required.
If used an average of five and a half hours per day, the new bulbs can last up to 19 years, according to Panasonic. That’s 40 times longer than incandescent bulbs.
The bulbs use only an eighth the power of incandescents. That means a 60-watt-equivalent LED bulb would cost only 300 yen (about $3) a year instead of 2,380 yen ($25.80)–a significant savings over a lifetime.
Panasonic hasn’t set a price for the new EverLeds, but Nikkei suggests standard versions will cost about 4,000 yen (about $40).
LED bulbs aren’t new. Their relatively high cost is one factor keeping them from gaining popularity, but in Japan at least, Panasonic represents about 50 percent of the domestic bulb market. That means EverLeds should raise the LED profile there considerably.
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