Bluetooth headsets eliminate clumsy wires, boost productivity and, with more states requiring hands-free devices in vehicles, have become required equipment for businesspeople on the go. Vendors offer a dizzying array of headsets, differentiated by price, battery-life, weight and clarity. Many of today's headsets are multipoint, allowing use for both desktop and mobile phones. Developers also look to separate themselves from their competition through software or hardware design elements designed
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Users of Aliph's Jawbone ICON Bluetooth headsets ($99 list price) can listen to phone calls or music. The Jawbone ICON uses multipoint technology to support up to two phones simultaneously and uses standard micro-USB charging technology to eliminate the need for extra cables. Aliph's proprietary Digital Sensor Signal Fusion system was designed to reduce wind noise and its Voice Activity Sensor for a natural-sounding speech signal. Users can manage the headset's controls via Aliph's MyTalk website.
Server Market SplitsvilleJust because the server market's in the doldrums doesn't mean innovation has ceased. Far from it -- server technology is enjoying the biggest renaissance since the dawn of x86 systems. But the primary driver is now service providers, not enterprises.