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Joby Zivio Boom Wireless Headset

Joby Zivio Boom Wireless Headset

I’ve been looking for a Bluetooth headset that’s comfortable to wear, easy to use, stylish, and has good sound quality.  I found one when looking for a tripod of all things. Joby, maker of the versatile Gorillapod, applied their ingenuity to the Bluetooth headset market and the result is the Zivio.
Joby provides a variety of earpieces in sizes to ensure a comfortable fit and I found both types (earbud and …

Bluelounge – The Sanctuary

Bluelounge – The Sanctuary

What do you do with your multiple mobile phones, Bluetooth headset, MP3 player, portable GPS, and game console, not to mention your car keys, when you get home?  Most people have a plethora of chargers scattered throughout the house.  Enter the Sanctuary, from Bluelounge Design.  The Sanctuary lovingly holds and charges all of your gear in what proves to be a simple but brilliant solution to a problem faced by …

Flip Mino Video Camera

Flip Mino Video Camera

If you think of a camcorder as bulky and cumbersome, you haven’t seen Pure Digital’s Flip Mino.  The Flip is both pocket-friendly and easy-to-use.    Weighing in at just 3.3 ounces (its predecessor tipped the scales at 5.2 ounces), you might even forget you have it with you (I did, several times).
The Flip gets its name from the retractable USB arm that pops out on demand (no need to have the …

Joby Gorillapod

Joby Gorillapod

Many photographs that appear to be out of focus are actually blurred due to camera shake.  Holding the camera steady is the key to taking sharp photographs.  Too many people hold a camera at arm’s length and look at the display; in low-light conditions, even the steadiest photographers may not have a steady hand.
For the past few months, I’ve been travelling with the lightweight (smallest is 9.7 oz.) Gorillapod SLR, …

Samsung Instinct

Samsung Instinct

The Samsung Instinct and the iPhone have a similar look and feel but the similarities end there.  The iPhone is a not only a smartphone but a software platform; the Instinct is a smartphone with some features not found on the iPhone.
The Instinct’s interface (with some exceptions) is reasonably well thought out; visual voicemail allows one to see and listen to individual messages (the iPhone lacks this feature); and the …

Cradlepoint PHS300

Sometimes, when you are out of the office, you just need Wi-Fi.  While mobile broadband service (which can come built into laptops or separately as a USB stick or USB modem) provides reasonably fast service, it typically serves only one computer at a time.   For groups or families travelling, off-site meetings, and even emergency back-up in the office, the ability to fire up a WLAN (wireless local area network) can …

Virtual PBX

PBX stands for “private branch exchange” but you might think of it as your phone system.  For smaller organizations where many employees are constantly on the move, the logic of your main phone number being the one on your desk is lost.
Giving out your mobile phone number isn’t always the answer either.
Companies such as Virtual PBX offer a phone system-as-a-service.  This means calls can be routed to any employee regardless …