Will my Bluetooth headphones work with my [blank]?

Finding out whether your Bluetooth headset or headphones will actually work with your phone, tablet, or computer is kind of a big deal. Here’s what you need to know about that.

Man holding a smart phone

Bluetooth has become ubiquitous nowadays. You find it in phones, headsets, smart fridges, and – yes – even socks. Yet when it comes to figuring out whether your Bluetooth headset will work with a phone in your hand or a computer at your desk, people often have doubts.

Well, if you must take just one thing away from this post, here it is:

All Bluetooth headsets should work with all Bluetooth smartphones, tablets, and computers
That’s because…

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Here’s how the cloud is reshaping UC

New cloud computing models are reinvigorating the UC market and opening up new opportunities for companies, their employees, and manufacturers of audio devices.

Cloud Computing

Not so long ago, cloud computing was a concept still largely unexplored by the corporate world. In just a few short years, new cloud computing models and market players have spurred new approaches to managing IT resources and deploying UC.

Unsurprisingly, these developments have far-reaching implications for how companies will operate in the future and what tools they’ll need. Continue reading

Waterproof or water resistant? What’s behind an IP rating?

Manufacturers often describe their products as “dust resistant” or “moisture proof.” To back these claims up, products can be given an IP rating. But what does it mean?

Jabra Sport Pulse covered in mud

We’re used to seeing terms like “waterproof,” “weather resistant,” “dust protected,” and countless other variations. While they give product marketers plenty of ways to massage their message, these terms can lead to major confusion for the rest of us. Continue reading

Why is Bluetooth called “Bluetooth”?

Have you ever wondered where the name “Bluetooth” came from? You probably haven’t, but—curiously—the name for this modern technology traces back all the way to the Middle Ages and a Viking king.

Man wearing Jabra Step Wireless looking at phone

Bluetooth technology has become ubiquitous over the years and is the go-to standard for short-range wireless communications. There’s a good chance you’ve used Bluetooth today. You might even be listening to the latest pop tune on your Bluetooth headphones this very moment.

But how did Bluetooth end up getting its name? Continue reading

Siri, Google Now, and Cortana are more than gimmicks

Talking smartphone assistants like Siri, Google Now, and Cortana can make your life easier. They’re also getting smarter ever day. Let’s take a look at what they can do.

Man using Jabra Stealth with smartphone

In 2011, Siri charmed her way into our hearts with humorous quips and silly answers to no-less-silly questions. Since then, intelligent assistants have become a staple of modern smartphones. Every major player has one: Apple has Siri, Microsoft has Cortana, and Google has the decidedly unsexy-sounding Google Now.

I’m sure that a few of you are actually using these assistants to get things done. It makes sense: Why bother typing a message by hand when you can simply dictate it to your helpful smartphone elf? Continue reading

What’s NFC and why should you care?

Near Field Communication, or NFC for short, has gone from being obscure tech mumbo jumbo that only gadget freaks cared about to an increasingly useful feature in many modern smartphones. So what is NFC, and what can you do with it?

Person using NFC payment on smartphone

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More likely than not, you’ve heard someone use the term “NFC” before. Even more likely, the smartphone some of you are reading this article on has an NFC chip inside. See for yourself. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

But if you’re like most people, you still have no clue what NFC really is and what in the world you can use it for. Let’s change that. Continue reading

ANC headsets aren’t all the same: Headset design matters

Active noise cancellation (ANC) has become a popular feature in music headsets. Many headsets now boast ANC, but not all of them are created equal. Let’s see why.

Woman wearing Jabra Evolve 65 in the library

This is the second part of our look at why not all ANC headsets are alike. In the first part, I’ve talked about how active noise cancellation itself comes in a few different flavors: feedforward, feedback, and hybrid. The hybrid approach works best but costs the most.

But even going with the expensive hybrid ANC solution doesn’t guarantee that you’ll get the perfect ANC headset. Why? Because aside from the ANC technology itself, there’s also the matter of how the headset is designed. Continue reading

ANC headsets aren’t all the same: The three types of ANC

Active noise cancellation (ANC) has become a popular feature in music headsets. Many headsets now boast ANC, but not all of them are created equal. Let’s see why.

Man wearing Evolve 80 with active noise cancellation in the metro

As I have briefly mentioned in an earlier post, ANC is all about generating “anti-noise” that mirrors and cancels the ambient noise. (The technical term for this is “destructive interference,” which makes ANC sound like a bit of a badass fighting for the good guys.)

In an ideal world, ANC should result in a completely noise-free experience for the one wearing the headset. Spoiler alert: We don’t live in an ideal world. Continue reading

Are Bluetooth headsets safe?

Bluetooth headsets have been around for over a decade, yet many are still reluctant to use them. It may have something to do with not wanting to look like an extra in a sci-fi movie, but there’s also the recurring question: Are Bluetooth headsets safe?

Are Bluetooth headsets safe: Man in car with Jabra Stealth headset

It’s kind of in our nature to worry about new technologies and whether they’re going to doom us all in some unforeseen way. People love a good dystopian tale. Bluetooth headsets…well, let’s just say they don’t make the best candidates for such a tale. If anything, they may actually reduce some of the risks associated with other tech. How so? Continue reading

Wind noise reduction in Bluetooth mono headsets: How it works.

Talking on a headset is rarely a problem when you’re outside on a calm, sunny day. But if you’re out in heavy wind, things get trickier. In most cases, people you talk to can barely hear you, or you end up sounding like a dying robot sending out an SOS.

Jabra Storm behind-the-ear Bluetooth headset

If you live in a windy city (not limited to Chicago) or use your headset on the road, you’ll come across this problem often. That’s why some Bluetooth mono headsets offer wind noise reduction. But what is this wind noise reduction all about and how does it happen? Continue reading