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Bluetooth and Netbooks

Bluetooth to Netbook

Many netbooks tout bluetooth as one of their important features. But what exactly does bluetooth mean to you? Well, here’s the lowdown: In short, bluetooth is a wireless standard for exchanging data over very short distances -up to 32 feet or 10 meters. A bluetooth device transmits a 2.4 GHz radio signal, while other device receives the signal, both will start talking with one another.

Bluetooth is named after a Danish King Harald “bluetooth” blaatand. Of course Harald did not invent the wireless protocol – but he was known for unifying Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. Because the bluetooth inventors saw the protocol as a unifying communications standard, they wanted to honor King Harald. Obviously, the symbol on the bluetooth logo is King Harald’s initials in Nordic runes. It is a good way to replace data and peripheral cables. There are bluetooth-compatible mice, headphones, keyboards, printers, GPS receivers, cell phones, and PDAs. None of them need cables. One of the most useful features of bluetooth is calendar and contact synchronization among cell phones, laptops, and PDAs.  If you have a bluetooth-compatible cellphone, it’s possible to connect to the internet through the cellphone without data cable.

Remember that bluetooth transfers your files at a rate of 1 Mbps. Although that’s about six times faster than serial and parallel ports, it is substantially slower than an 802.11 Wi-Fi connection – you shouldn’t use bluetooth for your day-to-day Internet connection.

Even so, the next generation bluetooth Ver. 3.0, will amp up the standard’s data rate to a zoomy 24 Mbps. Other than the speed increase, the bluetooth standard will also offer improved power management capabilities, so new bluetooth devices can run longer on batteries.

If you don’t have built-in bluetooth in your netbook, but you are tired of those data cable, you can get an affordable bluetooth adapter (around $25) that you can plug in to a USB slot – you may need a driver to run your modem, but in most cases, Windows would automatically do it for you.

In Windows, you need to configure bluetooth before using it, just follow the configuration wizard to easily adjust the setting. You should choose the types of services you need, such as file transfer, PIM (Personal Information Manager) synchronization, headset, and so forth.

When the configuration is completed, Windows creates a ‘My bluetooth Places’ icon on the desktop. If you click the icon, a window is opened to control all bluetooth connections (you can also search for nearby devices). Another bluetooth icon is also placed in the taskbar for easy access.

Check the netbook’s user manual for more information on using bluetooth.  If you have a built-in bluetooth in your netbook, you should turn it off to improve battery life. Use a menu command or press a function key (check the user manual) to turn it off and on.

The iPhone – Many Gadgets in One

The iPhone is all around us.  It has become one of the most popular brands in the world and a runaway success when it comes to mobile phone sales.  But part of that success is not down to how good it is as a phone, but how good it is as a gadget, or perhaps a tad more accurately, as many gadgets.

This is because the iPhone has the ability to perform a huge number of roles that, until now, needed many gadgets to do them.  So instead of spending a lot of money on a huge number of gadgets, and not forgetting pockets to fir them all in, you can now simply get an iPhone and get them all in one cheap, simple and easy to carry package.

The iPhone’s ‘Gadgets’

So what gadgets does the iPhone do the job of?

  • MP3 player. The iPhone can be directly linked to the massive iTunes market which gives access to a massive selection of songs, podcasts and much more.  The iPhone also contains a number of the technology pieces used in the iPod and as such is a very powerful piece of software and hardware that is as good as any MP3 player on the market.
  • Video player. Online video technology is easily integrated into the iPhone and the huge touch screen allows for a wonderful viewing portal.  Video can also be purchased from iTunes, including episodes of top shows such as CSI and Bones.
  • PDA. PDA’s are designed to help your organise your day and get work done on the move… the iPhone is the ultimate PDA.  With powerful diary functionality the iPhone allows such things as to do lists, reminders and more to be created to help keep yourself organised.
  • Email client. These days keeping up with your email is vital, the world is too fast moving to be able to afford missing emails.  Which is why the iPhone is such a useful email client.  It can access most email servers, including the very popular Microsoft exchange servers, as well as allowing complete access to web based emails such as Hotmail and Gmail.
  • Games machine. There are a vast number of games available for the iPhone and, with the latest update in processing power, the phone can be used as a powerful hand-held gaming device capable of holding it’s own against the likes of the Nintendo DS.

Of course there are many more gadgets that the iPhone can take the place of, often thanks to the functionality aspect of the numerous applications that you can add to the phone.  Software exists to use your iPhone as a foreign currency exchange calculator, a Dictaphone, a camera, a video camera, and much, much more.

The ability for the iPhone to function as all these gadgets should never be overlooked when you are considering a new phone.  Too many gadgets can be expensive and difficult to manage, having them all in one place, as you can do with an iPhone, is a very useful thing to have indeed.