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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Sound ID's 510 headset, which is compatible with all Bluetooth-enabled handsets, is compatible with the Sound ID EarPrint App -- available for free from the App Store -- that lets iPhone users customize sound settings to meet their hearing preferences. The app also allows users to control sound quality on both sides of the call. The Sound ID 510 ($129.99 list) includes 3x NoiseNavigation to improve sound clarity via three microphones; a touch sensor for volume adjustment and A2DP audio streaming that allows users to listen to music, GPS, web casts and other audio. The multipoint-enabled 510 mutes the music if a call comes in.
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.