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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

Black

  • 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

Power

  • 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

Calls

  • Receive call and make calls from latest call list

Other

  • 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

Messaging

  • 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

http://www.sonymobile.com/in/products/accessories/smart-wireless-headset-pro/specifications/

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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 www.bing.com/visualsearch. 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 bing.com/worldwide 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 bing.com/visualsearch.
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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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Silverlight powered Bing 2.0 on its way this month?

Friday 11 September 2009

That’s the message coming out of yesterdays annual company meeting at Microsoft. Several Microsoft employees tweeted that Microsoft’s improvements to Bing maps is “exciting” with one going as far as to claim “BING 2.0 terrific !! watch out guys ! bing + silverlight in maps = amazing !! goodbye google”.
One Microsoft tweet-aholic claims that the company is set to release the update next week whilst others claim it will be ready at some stage in September. According to Mary Jo Foley, who spotted the twitter updates, company officials would neither confirm or deny the reports, claiming “we’re very excited about some of the new Bing features set to roll out over the next few months, but have nothing to announce today”. Mini-microsoft, an anonymous insider, confirmed the Bing 2.0 demo, claiming it was “map goodness”
Microsoft used the annual company meeting as a place to rally the troops and provide product demos to nearly 20,000 Microsoft staff members. Company officials also unveiled the first Windows 7 commercial at the event yesterday in downtown Seattle.
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Cell phones and radiation: 10 best and 10 worst

Thursday 10 September 2009

How much radiation does your cell phone emit? It’s easy to find out the answer thanks to the Environmental Working Group’s new online guide to cell phone emissions.
The non-profit research and advocacy group ranked over 1,000 different cell phones according to radiation levels. It looked at the publicly available, but difficult to find, specific absorption rate (SAR) for each phone. SAR is a measure of how much radiation is absorbed by the body when the phone is sending a signal to the network. (Your phone only emits radiation when you talk or text.)
The jury is still out on whether cell phone radiation is harmful to human health, but it certainly won’t hurt to limit your exposure to cell phone radiation when you can. “The data is still conflicting and the science isn’t settled,” says Jane Houlihan, research director at EWG. “But there is enough evidence now that it makes sense for people to take personal action while the teams of scientists and health agencies sort through the data.”
Houlihan also points out that health agencies in six different countries are warning people to cut their exposure to cell phone radiation, particularly when it comes to children.
Taking personal action can be as simple as adding radiation emissions to the list of criteria you use when purchasing a new cell phone, especially when it’s for your child.
How much of a difference can choosing a low-radiation phone make? High-radiation cell phones on EWG’s list emit eight times more radiation than those on the low end of the spectrum. 

cell phones

10 best phones (lowest radiation)

  1. Samsung Impression (SGH-a877)
  2. Motorola RAZR V8
  3. Samsung SGH-t229
  4. Samsung Rugby (SGH-a837)
  5. Samsung Propel Pro (SGH-i627)
  6. Samsung Gravity (SGH-t459)
  7. T-Mobile Sidekick
  8. LG Xenon (GR500)
  9. Motorola Karma QA1
  10. Sanyo Katana II

10 worst phones  (highest radiation)

  1. Motorola MOTO VU204
  2. T-Mobile myTouch 3G
  3. Kyocera Jax S1300
  4. Blackberry Curve 8330
  5. Motorola W385
  6. T-Mobile Shadow
  7. Motorola C290
  8. Motorola i335
  9. Motorola MOTO VE240
  10. Blackberry Bold 9000

Can’t find your phone? Check the entire list of 1,000 phones or search for your model. If your cell phone isn’t on EWG’s list, then search the Federal Communications Commission website to get your phone’s SAR value. You can then compare it to the models in EWG’s guide to see how it stacks up against the competition.
Buying a new cell phone isn’t your only option for limiting your exposure to cell phone radiation. Keeping your phone away from your head and body is the best thing you can do.
Here are some tips adapted from EWG’s guide to reducing cell phone radiation exposure:

  • Use speakerphone or a headset. There’s no consensus on whether it’s safer to go with a wired or wireless headset, but headsets emit less radiation than cell phones.
  • Send text messages instead of talking. Phones use less power and therefore emit less radiation to send text than voice. It also keeps radiation away from your head.
  • Stay off the phone when you have a poor signal. Your phone will emit more radiation to get the signal to the tower when there are fewer signal bars on your phone. 

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