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February 12 2014

dgnjuliennea

Why are beats headset some of the best on the market?

In today’s market, celebrity counts for a lot.

In this world of Twitter feeds, Google trends and reality TV, name value can make or break a new product. The name of a brand is important and, accordingly, terms like ‘brand awareness’ and ‘brand identity’ have migrated from the meeting rooms of corporate America and into our daily lives.

The next level, then, is celebrity endorsement. An old-as-the-hills concept that has been picked up, dusted off and given a brand new sheen, the 21st century’s take on celebrity endorsement motorola radio earpiece, ascilikvepastacilik.org, functions mainly as an amalgamation of two pre-existing brands; in this case, the celebrity’s name (and any values associated with it) and the product manufacturer’s name and brand.

Using this method, Beats were able to transition from what would have been ‘just another consumer electronics outfit’ to a company now closely linked with Hip Hop culture, fashion and music. Before Beats hooked up with superstar rapper ‘Dr. Dre’, consumers had to customize their own music systems to the tune of their preferred type of music. In fact, this writer vividly remembers sticking a ‘DANGER: HIGH VOLTAGE’ sign on the back of an iPod, in order to indicate a love of heavy-duty rock n roll.

Yeah, that worked.

Kids these days go to great lengths to advertise their favourite brands. They buy the tour T-shirts, the hoodies and the limited edition sneakers but, no matter how solidly their fledgling sense of identity may be rooted in the process of consumption, the music itself is still being played through bland, nondescript speaker units. These are speakers that might be used by any other customer for anything from Mozart to Motorhead. Latterly, brands like SkullCandy and Beats have emerged with specific genres of music in mind, and these devices are branded, brazen and instantly recognizable on the streets.

Now, ‘Beats by Dr. Dre’ may be expensive headphones, but they are the only product of their type out there at the moment. Dr. Dre himself has personally approved the design and the specifications are, according to him, the best way to listen to Hip Hop music (his own in particular). The headphones have already proven to be massive sales successes, (despite the price tag) and this is due, almost entirely, to the expert marketing employed by Beats (and the good doctor himself, of course).

So, these are the high-fashion headphones to have, the ultimate accessory for an upcoming rapper with paper to burn. These are as essential a product as the albums they’re designed for listening to.

February 10 2014

dgnjuliennea

EE and Vodafone to provide 4G access in the Channel Tunnel from summer 2014

EE and Vodafone to provide 4G access in the Channel Tunnel from summer 2014 - Gadgets & Tech - Life & Style - The Independent Monday 13 January 2014
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Ariel Sharon Elephant campaign Benefits street George Osborne Greece Michael Gove Technology Life >Gadgets & Tech EE and Vodafone to provide 4G access in the Channel Tunnel from summer 2014 2G and 3G access available from March with 4G following later in the year
James Vincent James Vincent James Vincent is Science and Technology Reporter for The Independent online, and his work appears in print too. In the past he has written freelance for Wired, the New Statesman and the Financial Times.
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Print Your friend's email address Your email address Note: We do not store your email address(es) but your IP address will be logged to prevent abuse of this feature. Please read our Legal Terms & Policies A A A Email American travellers may get access Wi-Fi whilst flying across the states, but UK passengers are now set to get high-speed mobile data when travelling through the Channel Tunnel 100 metres below sea level.
Vodafone and EE (owner of the Orange and T-Mobile networks) have signed a 10-year deal to offer mobile services on Eurostar services, with access to calls voice, texts and 3G internet to be introduced in March follow by 4G data this summer.
“This will enable passengers of both Le Shuttle and high-speed passenger trains to use their mobile phone or tablet device at any point of the journey through the Channel Tunnel,” said rail operators Eurotunnel.
“The quality of communication will be equivalent to a call made in Paris, London or anywhere above ground,” they added.
Around 20 million people take the 35-minute journey between the UK and France each year, either travelling by train or in vehicles loaded on to the Eurotunnel shuttle.
French customers have been able to use their mobiles in the southern tunnel running from France to England since an agreement brokered in preparation of the 2012 Olympics, but technical issues hampered the British effort.
EE’s Chief Technology Officer Fotis earpieces for motorola - http://Www.pevafersa.net/, Karonis said that the service would make help millions of customers “make the most of their journey time”:
“We’re proud to offer customers a superfast 4G service when they’re travelling from the UK into Europe. It’s another technology first for EE, and it’s one that will make a big difference to business workers and people going away on holiday.”

February 06 2014

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GPs are not always using the most comprehensive and reliable online resources to support them in.

GPs are not always using the most comprehensive and reliable online resources to support them in treating patients with the debilitating hearing condition tinnitus, researchers have found.
The study looked at the 10 main websites used by GPs to get information on clinical practice and found that the two best websites for assessing or managing tinnitus-Map of Medicine and the British Tinnitus Association (BTA)-were rarely used by family doctors, with only two per cent logging on to access investirdansunprojetimmobilier.com (secret info) their pages.
The research, which involved a team of experts from The University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) National Biomedical Research Unit in Hearing, is published in the latest edition of the journal BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making.
Dr Derek Hoare, Senior Research Fellow at The University of Nottingham and the NIHR National Biomedical Research Unit in Hearing, said: "We found that there are better options for sources of online information than those currently used by most GPs. Map of Medicine in particular used a rigorous and explicit approach to reporting making its sources of information very transparent and reliable, while The British Tinnitus Association website came out top for the quality of information it currently provides on treatment choice. Despite this, these two websites are rarely used by GPs.
"However, when we analysed the content of the group of websites we found that all were lacking a number of details relating to either assessing or managing tinnitus and so GPs may have to use a combination of websites to be fully informed. Our report also offers a range of recommendations that will help providers of online tinnitus websites to improve their resources."
Tinnitus, a condition in which patients hear a persistent ringing, hissing or buzzing sound in their ears, affects around 10 per cent of the population and is often associated with other illnesses including stress, anxiety, insomnia, depression and communication difficulties.

Patients usually access NHS services such as neurotology or audiological rehabilitation through their GPs. However, a recent national survey of GPs by the research team highlighted that many feel their knowledge of tinnitus is limited and they need better guidelines on how to effectively assess, diagnose and refer their patients.
In addition, patients with hearing problems expressed concern of poor GP awareness of the condition and other healthcare professionals such as audiologists highlighted inappropriate referrals received from GPs.
As tinnitus is seen to affect a relatively low number of patients at GP surgeries, many doctors are turning to the internet for information on the condition rather than spending resource on specialist training.
However, while the internet can provide instant access to a diverse range of sources, the volume of information available can often make it difficult for GPs to discern between the sites offering sound advice on the management of the condition and those which are inaccurate and unreliable-a Google search of 'tinnitus treatment' generates 11 million results alone.
The research analysed the content of 10 of the sites most commonly used by GPs-which included commercial, charity and Government-run websites-and used a specialist healthcare information score called DISCERN to rate the quality of the information they offered and their usability.
The study found that the Map of Medicine, ranked highest overall for quality and reliability despite achieving a low score for information on the management of tinnitus. Conversely, the BTA site, which was ranked in second place, had one of the highest scores on information on management choices.
The results indicate that GPs would have to visit at least two websites to gather all the information recommended by the Department of Health for good practice in tinnitus care, which is unlikely to happen in a busy practice.
Ironically, the lowest rated website was the NHS patient health information site NHS Choices. Both the highest and the lowest websites were accredited by The Information Standard.
The report recommends that GPs use both the Map of Medicine and the BTA sites as education tools on tinnitus, or more simply, to use the good practice guide on tinnitus produced by the Department of Health.
The research will also offer valuable information for websites providing information on tinnitus on how they can improve their service and Action on Hearing Loss has already gathered the preliminary findings to be incorporated into a forthcoming overhaul of its website.

More information: website using unreliable websites for tinnitus information, study finds
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February 03 2014

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Marathon bombings lead to study of blast traumas and hearing loss

Though she was standing 15 feet from the first blast, it wasn't until the second blast occurred that Amanda North realized something was wrong. What she remembers next was an eerie silence, along with an 'other-worldly' calm that came over her.
Turning to help another injured spectator, Erika Brannock, who lay on the ground near the finish line, North didn't realize until she herself was later treated that the unusual quiet she was experiencing was a symptom of a perforated eardrum.
"My main goal was to help Erika, and hold her attention with my eyes so she would remain conscious. I didn't know that my ear had been injured. It didn't really occur to me that this was the reason why everything seemed quiet. I was just in a calm, almost relaxed, state trying to help," North said.
North, one of 250 people injured in the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings, stayed with the 29-year-old Brannock until help arrived.
Brannock lost her left leg, but North's wounds were not life-threatening. After being released from Carney Hospital in Dorchester the day of the attack, and visiting Massachusetts Eye and Ear in Weymouth the next day, North, a 56-year-old high-tech executive, returned home to San Francisco.
North's ear injury, in which approximately 45 percent of her eardrum was perforated, healed after being treated with antibiotic drops and a patch on the eardrum, a common outcome for the injury. She was one of many victims that day who experienced trauma to their ears, which presented a unique opportunity for the Mass. Eye and Ear physicians who treated them that week. The sheer number of those injured prompted them to launch a three-year study of the effects of blast traumas, which they do not commonly see. While North is not a participant, dozens of other marathon bombing victims are taking part in what investigators hope will illuminate this underresearched area.
Begun in late April by principal investigator Alicia Quesnel, HMS instructor in otology and laryngology at Mass. Eye and Ear, co-investigator Daniel Lee, HMS associate professor of otology and laryngology, and Aaron Remenschneider, a fifth-year resident in the HMS otolaryngology residency program, the study will examine post-blast trauma to the ear, and will follow approximately 100 patients who are receiving ongoing care and long-term monitoring at eight Boston-area hospitals.



Quesnel was one of many Mass. Eye and Ear otologists and audiologists who rushed to evaluate and treat patients who poured into Massachusetts General Hospital after the bombing. Also on call that day was Remenschneider, who treated dozens of patients.
"Because the attacks happened in the afternoon, we were fortunate that we had a heads up that patients were probably going to be coming our way," said Remenschneider. "So, there was a cadre of nursing staff, audiologists, other residents and attending physicians who stayed on to take care of the initial wave of patients."
"As the on-call resident, I worked through the night, and began to see patients in intensive care at Mass General, many of whom had serious injuries, some of which required amputations," Remenschneider said.
As the evening wore on, Remenschneider kept in touch with colleagues at Brigham & Women's Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, discovering that they, too, had been treating a range of ear injuries.
While otologists and audiologists at Mass. Eye and Ear often treat patients for trauma-related injuries, blast trauma patients are fairly rare. Patients being treated in connection with the bombings reported mild symptoms such as ear pain, disequilibrium, decreased hearing on one side, a "hollow," or echo sound, in the ear, hyperacousis (increased sensitivity to sound) and tinnitus. Patients with sensorineural hearing loss were treated with oral steroids.
While some patients came in immediately, others called for appointments a few days later, realizing that something was not right with their hearing. For still others, the injuries were much more severe. Remenschneider treated patients who had extensive soft-tissue injuries to their ears and burns to the head and neck caused by shrapnel, beads and pellets.
"In one patient I treated, hot sparks from slags had entered and burned the ear canal, which completely destroyed his eardrum. This caused significant inflammatory response within the lining of the ear. He suffered maximum hearing loss because of this," Remenschneider said.
In treating such an advanced injury, the immediate goal is to remove debris from the ear canal and clean the area.
"The other issue with tympanic membrane perforation is that skin can get blown into the ear canal and over time that can lead to a skin cyst, which can be destructive," Remenschneider said.
In these cases, the primary goal is to earpieces for motorola (http://www.investirdansunprojetimmobilier.com/?p=66) try to remove skin debris and turn the edges of the eardrum out, so a cyst won't form. Remenschneider added that for these patients, reconstructive surgery is recommended several months later, once some measure of healing has taken place.
"Although we wanted to treat these patients early on, we let them know that we didn't need to treat some injuries, such as a hole in the eardrum, right away. This made it easier for them to deal with their more serious injuries and also the emotional trauma that comes from such an experience," Quesnel said.
While many of the area hospitals were seeing patients with a similar range of injuries-all of which were going to require ongoing care-the attending physicians at Mass. Eye and Ear faced the reality that they, and their colleagues at other hospitals, didn't understand the nature of blast injuries.
Quesnel, Lee and Remenschneider consulted with faculty and read the current literature, deciding to contact military colleagues who have worked as ear, nose and throat specialists in combat settings.
In addition to their research expertise, the military physicians shared their experience of seeing veterans who came back from Iraq and Afghanistan.
"Although we commonly see these types of injuries-a patient suffering from sensorineural, or nerve-related, hearing loss or a perforated eardrum from a blow to the head, for example-we are not familiar with this mode of injury," said Quesnel. "The outcomes will also be different in these circumstances. To be able to have this knowledge to help future patients is something that all the patients are very supportive of, and this is why they've agreed to participate in the study."
Michael Hoffer, a neurootologist specializing in neurological disorders of the ear, is considered a leading expert in blast exposure injuries to the head. A director of the Spatial Orientation Center at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego and a Navy Representative to the Department of Defense's Hearing Center of Excellence, Hoffer directs a lab that focuses on damage to the inner ear from noise, and from blunt and blast trauma.
Working with co-investigator Carey Balaban, vice provost for faculty affairs and professor of otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, this research group has conducted studies of blast injury in combat. Recently, they published data that demonstrate the efficacy of treating ear-related symptoms following a blast injury with N-acetylcysteine, an over-the-counter medicine. Their findings, said Hoffer, were directly applicable to the patients in Boston and the fertilizer plant explosion patients in West Texas, who were injured the same week.
On April 15, Hoffer saw a significant uptick in downloads of his study published in PLoS One in 2010, "Blast Exposure: Vestibular Consequences and Associated Characteristics."
"Normally, the reported average yearly usage from PLoS One are 900 views per year; we had 540 in April alone, picking up dramatically six to eight hours after the bombing," said Hoffer. "Clearly there is significant interest in understanding how to apply what we've learned in combat trauma to civilian populations. The Quesnel study is extremely important as it will give us our first domestic look into ear injuries seen after a blast and will help us assess diagnostic and treatment strategies."
In addition to providing guidance on how best to help Mass. Eye and Ear patients, Hoffer helped Quesnel, Lee and Remenschneider review some of the protocol information for the study. It was later in the week following the attacks that the team at Mass. Eye and Ear decided to launch a study that would involve several Boston hospitals-five Harvard-affiliated hospitals, including Mass. Eye and Ear, and three additional sites.
The study will include several lines of inquiry: whether eardrum perforations will heal independently or ultimately require surgery, and also whether the characteristics of an eardrum perforation are different when caused by a blast or another cause; looking at the use of steroids as treatment for patients suffering from sensorineural hearing loss immediately after a blast; and examining the correlation between distance from the blast and the severity of hearing loss and eardrum perforation.
"Collecting good quality data is going to be a time-consuming affair, so we are looking for ways to streamline this process. Here at Mass. Eye and Ear, we have nine otologists seeing patients and conducting follow-up, so tracking patients will be a bit of a challenge, but there's some institutional support for us," said Quesnel.
To aid data collection, Remenschneider is working to implement REDCap, a web-based application that supports data capture for research studies.
Upon submitting their research protocol to the Mass. Eye and Ear institutional review board 10 days after the attacks, Quesnel and Lee launched the process for IRB approval for the multisite study.
Traditionally, launching such a study would be a time-consuming, cumbersome process lasting weeks, even months. However, since 2009, Harvard Catalyst, the clinical and translational science center that supports research across the Harvard University, has facilitated a framework for HMS-affiliated institutions to speed the review of human studies.
This new efficiency can be credited to the IRB cede review form, which allows an investigator to request a single IRB review.
Just one week after submitting the protocol to the Mass. Eye and Ear IRB, Remenschneider got to work using the Harvard Catalyst cede review form for the first time, requesting a single IRB review to seven area hospitals, including that included Brigham & Women's, Beth Israel Deaconess, Mass General, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston University Medical Center, Tufts Medical Center, and Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates.
"Responses from the other IRBs came within a day or two, and they all accepted to cede review," says Fariba Houman, director of the Human Research Protections Program at Mass. Eye and Ear.
"Procedures were refined through this discussion to maximize privacy of patient data. For example, age ranges would be collected instead of age of minors to safeguard the privacy of this small and very highly publicized group of victims," Houman said.
Without the cede review process, the study would have been challenging to launch. Data captured while the patients remained in Boston following the blasts are critical to the success of this study.
Barbara Bierer, senior vice president of research at Brigham and Women's and program director of Regulatory Knowledge and Support at Harvard Catalyst, has spearheaded efforts to implement this resource for Harvard researchers.
"Our knowledge is always strengthened when Boston hospitals work together, and the IRB approval process can strongly impact the viability of a study. In this example, the investigators found this Harvard Catalyst resource and were able expedite the multisite IRB process. This has been one of my team's primary goals: to help minimize the regulatory burdens for researchers at Harvard-and beyond," Bierer said.
Currently, the physicians at each of the participating hospitals are monitoring patients' progress and will begin collecting outcomes during the next three months. As of early June, Quesnel reports that some patients' eardrums have already healed, while others who have sustained larger holes in their eardrums haven't yet healed, an expected outcome because of the nature of their injuries.
"Depending on the size of the hole in the eardrum, patients are at risk for persistent perforation with associated hearing loss, unless they opt for surgery. And they are more susceptible to an infection if water gets in," Quesnel said.
"This study would not have been possible without the cede review; there are just too many people to organize in a timely fashion, so it was really the key for this study," Quesnel said. "This has truly been a collaborative effort among the community of Boston otologists and otolaryngologists. Because of their willingness to come together, we are able to work towards the same goals, which will allow us to further our knowledge of this important research area and help patients receive the best care possible."
"It's a privilege-and humbling at the same time-to be able to take care of patients who have been through something like this and conduct this research. It's so different from what the majority of our patients are coming in for. They're certainly a very special patient population for us," she said.

January 30 2014

dgnjuliennea

Canny cans are a sound investment

Ultimate Ears 300vi £49.90 ***
Snapped up by Logitech a few years ago, Ultimate Ears made a name for themselves with their ascilikvepastacilik.org (this site) ultra high-end custom in-ear monitor earphones that are used on stage by the likes of Van Halen and Seal.



Their latest set of cans are decidedly more affordable and aimed primarily at smartphonesporting music fans.
Once you've adjusted the bendable ear loops to fit, the 300vi make for a comfortable set of headphones that stay reassuringly in place during a jog or workout.

They also offer a fair amount of natural noise isolation from the outside world with their snug-fitting buds.
The 300vi's pump out a very impressive sound that compares well with more expensive rivals such as Sennheiser's recent new line of mid-range in-ears.
While maybe tuned a little too lightly on the treble, it's an otherwise nicely detailed sound with a decent but not overbearing amount of bass.

The only real gripe comes with the in-line controls. Their placement on the cord is a too high up for my liking, making them a bit difficult to easily access, on the cord i my liking, difficult t while the play control button was a little unresponsive.

On too many occasions it couldn't cope with registering a double press to skip a track when used with an iPhone. But at this price point they are well worth trying.
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January 26 2014

dgnjuliennea

What are Two Way Radio Earpieces?

For those of you mad enough to actually read my numerous articles, think pieces and terrible jokes (usually held together by only the thinnest of links to the product in question), you’ll be aware that I spend most of my time wishing that life was more like ‘Star Trek’.



Here, then, with the advent of these new two-way radio earpieces, is a product that can help us get a little closer to that wish. We may still be light years away from warp drive and many decades away from even a rudimentary holodeck, but the classic TOS communicators and TNG ‘com badges’ aren’t all that far fetched.

(Look, I know I’m reaching with this one, just stay with me OK?)

Of course, these two way radio earpieces don’t take the form of a cool ‘flip open’ mobile phone gizmo, or a badge that gives you an excuse to touch yourself on the tit, so, in truth, you’ll probably look more like Madonna (or else the girl who takes your order at the McDonald’s drive through) when using it.

Still, the prospect is an appealing one. Although the practical application for an earpiece like this one is still closer to watching the doors of busy nightclubs than exploring the galaxy under a banner of peace, love (and uncomplicated sex with numerous green Women). In fact, this is a pretty important piece of security equipment.

The two-way functionality allows the user to both send and receive signals, meaning that you can quickly and efficiently contact the people you need to without worrying about fannying around with mobile phones. I’m pretty sure that the bouncers who swiftly ejected a drunken mate of mine from a student club for waving his tackle at a table full of girls a couple years back, were using them. They shut his ass down pretty quickly (although, to be fair, it wasn’t his ass they should have worried about!)

Motorola do a good line in affordable two-way earpiece models, but for my money, their Kenwood equivalents are a little bit better quality and actually cost a little less. At around the same price, Icom also offer a competitive product that will work like an absolute charm. To be perfectly honest, there’s not actually much to choose from between competing brands, all the makes mentioned will do a good job, all are about the same size and weight and all cost pretty much the same amount.

Now, I’m sure I don’t need to remind you that this two way earpiece thingy is absolutely not going to replace your mobile. I also don’t need to explain that, without other users in your immediate area to contact, it isn’t much more use than a leftover beans tin and some string. I also feel that I should make the disclaimer now that, even if you buy a two-way radio headset, Scottie is unlikely to beam you up, ever. Sorry about that. Apparently it constitutes a violation of the prime directive, either that, or he’s just too busy being a fictional character.

So, as it’s the season of giving, let’s evaluate this device as a Christmas present. Frankly, any of the models mentioned would make a spectacular gift for somebody in your life that might require one for work. However, outside of that use, you can comfortably file under: ‘amusing Christmas Day fun-fest that’ll be forgotten about not long after’. These are cheap products that do a good job, which are the kind of things I love to review. So, to sum up: they won’t cost the earth, they’ll do a fine job and they’ll make you look a bit like Madonna. OK, two out of three ain’t bad!

Well, as John Lennon once sang (and continues to sing, every Christmas, every year, and on every compilation whether you want him to or not) “another year over, a new one just begun”. That’s right, this will be my last feature of 2012. I wish you all, very sincerely, a Merry Christmas and a truly joyous New Year. Keep following my articles and work (and liking any page with the words ‘Specific Marketing’ written anywhere on it) and I’ll buy motorola radio earpiece (http://www.sepuraearpiece.co.uk/?p=61) you...I don’t know, a cookie or something.

January 23 2014

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Denmark targets iPhone generation to keep edge in hearing aids

Tiny Denmark, with fewer than 6 million people, supplies half the world's hearing aids, and local makers aim to advance that commanding position as baby boomers and the iPhone generation age.

GN Store Nord, headquartered in Ballerup, near Copenhagen, has a product it hopes will reach that demographic - famously averse to accepting the depredations of age - by taking the stigma out of wearing an aid.

The world's fourth-largest maker has collaborated with Apple Inc to develop a device packed with bluetooth-like technology that installed in the ear allows users to stream voice and music from their iPhones without the need for an intermediary device.
Denmark's expertise in sound technology can be traced back to 1904, when William Demant Holding Group was founded by Hans Demant, whose wife had a hearing disability. Nearly 110 years later, William Demant is the world's second-largest maker of hearing aids, behind Switzerland's Sonova, and its Oticon Foundation continues to fund research and support engineering students.

Strong public and private cooperation has driven development in audio products from microphones to amplifiers in Denmark, which is also home to luxury stereo maker Bang & Olufsen and sound measurement firm Br���d Kjaer.
Denmark's technical university offers an engineering acoustics masters program that attracts students from around the world and hosts a sound technology innovation network funded by the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation.

There is huge potential in an industry worth $15 billion.
The World Health Organization estimates there are 360 million people - over 5 percent of the world's population - with a disabling loss of hearing, yet current hearing aid production meets less than 10 percent of global twowaycommunication.co.uk (click the next website page) need.
Berenberg Bank estimates only one in four who suffer from hearing loss in the United States use them. That might in part be down to stigma, part to cost.

Premium products in the United States sell for about $3,000, including GN's Verso range, and GN has said it will probably launch LiNX at a 5 to 10 percent premium to that.
But there are hopes that the new technology can overcome some of the stigma by making the devices more attractive, accelerating single-digit volume growth in a market that will benefit from an ageing population and rising wealth in emerging markets.

United Nations figures project that one in five people in a world population of between 8.3 and 10.9 billion will be over 60 by 2050, up from just under one in 10 of the current 7 billion.
It was a technical challenge to get the 2.4 GHz technology used in the LiNX into a tiny, discreet hearing aid that could run for several days without frequent and fiddly battery changes.

It had a headstart on bluetooth technology for hearing aids as one of the world's biggest wireless headset makers, but conventional bluetooth devices tend to be notoriously profligate users of energy and require sizeable antennas. Overcoming those limitations gives LiNX users a cosmetic advantage by eliminating the need for a separate transmitter, typically worn round the neck.

Morgan Stanley calls the LiNX, which will be officially launched in the first quarter next year, the "first attempt to turn a hearing aid into more of a lifestyle product".
Lars Viksmoen, CEO for GN's ReSound hearing aid business, described the 2010 launch of its first 2.4 GHz product - with a third device for streaming - as a "live or die" moment.
"Had that launch failed, we perhaps wouldn't have been here today," he said.

Luckily, the 2.4 GHz frequency was picked last year by trend-setter Apple for its iPhones.
Apple went to all manufacturers and said it wanted to have a direct link from hearing aids to its phones using 2.4 GHz and, because GN was already on its second generation of such products, an instant pairing was made.
Frequent visits followed between California and Copenhagen to build up the protocol and improve power-efficiency.

NO-BRAINER
The buzz surrounding the made-for-iPhone device and a major cost-cutting program have helped send GN's share price up 60 percent this year, beating the 27 percent rise in Sonova and the 6 percent rise in William Demant.
Some remain skeptical that the main user base - the over 65s - will feel the need for the connectivity offered.
"I think it will provide new avenues for innovation ... but I am less convinced it will structurally change the industry," said Tom Jones, a Berenberg analyst.

Still, GN's bigger rivals are taking stock.
William Demant, which has a 23 percent market share, will not go into details but says there is greater engagement with the mobile phone industry.
"We will have great stuff with connectivity for all types of mobile phones," Finn Mohring, Vice President of Research and Development at William Demant, who previously worked at Nokia for nearly two decades, told Reuters.

Asked if it might also collaborate with mobile makers, he said: "Probably. We will not be seen trailing in the dust on this area."
William Demant, Sonova, Germany's Siemens and privately owned Widex in Denmark all use lower frequency bands which some argue provide better sound quality. They also have 2.4 GHz in third devices, but not in their hearing aids.

Starkey Technologies in the United States uses an 800-900 MHz platform. It is working on a made-for-iPhone hearing aid but will not provide details about what technology it will use.
But most agree GN is a step ahead, and ReSound's Viksmoen said it would look to work with other mobile phone makers - the bigger Android market, for instance - after the iPhone device.

"It's a no brainer that we will not stop here," he said.
Morgan Stanley recently bumped up its organic sales growth forecast for GN's hearing aids business for 2014 to 8-9 percent from 5.8 percent, with possible further upside thanks to LiNX.
Currently the penetration rate among iPhone users in GN's target group is only 5 to 10 percent.
"We'll see if connectivity can change that," Viksmoen said.

(Editing by Will Waterman)

January 17 2014

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Dramatic rise in hearing aid app downloads

Almost 190 people per day are downloading a mobile app that turns an iPhone into a hearing aid, making it the most downloaded medical app in some countries.
In just three months BioAid downloads have risen by 17,000 with feedback from around the world suggesting it is having a revolutionary impact on people's lives.
The number of downloads of BioAid, which was developed by researchers at the University of Essex and is available free, hit the 18,000 mark last week.
Professor Ray Meddis, of the University's Department of Psychology, said: "Since April we have had 17,000 downloads from people all over the world. This is part of a research project with the ultimate aim of improving the lives of those who have trouble hearing and we need their feedback to be able to deliver a product that works for them."

Testimonials on the BioAid website suggest the algorithm behind the app - which, unlike standard hearing aids uses technology inspired by the way the human ear works - is having a profound impact on the way people with hearing loss communicate.
The mother of a young user who has Down's Syndrome said: "Since downloading the BioAid app on his iPad and iPod, my son is actively taking part in class discussions."
The son of an 88-year-old user in the USA said: "The effect for him (and for my mother) was dramatic. For the first time in several years…they could now carry on a regular conversation in normal voice, even when sitting about 10 feet apart."
Unlike standard hearing aids in which amplification is based on engineering principles, the algorithm behind the BioAid app is inspired by biology and replicates the complexities of the human ear. The app puts the user in control, is available to anyone, anywhere without the need for a hearing test, and potentially holds the key to a future where tiny, phone-based hearing aids can be dispensed and adjusted remotely.
Realising the potential of the algorithm behind BioAid, Nick Clark, a Visiting Fellow at Essex and part of Professor Meddis' team created the mobile app. He hopes this is just earpieces for motorola (motorolaearpiece.co.uk) the beginning: "There is potentially much more we can do with BioAid. At present, BioAid works only on the iPhone but the possibility of sharing this on cheaper android devices is currently being considered.
"We are also listening to user feedback to see how BioAid can be adapted to help with the communication requirements they have identified. In particular we are hearing from many disadvantaged groups who could benefit such as the elderly, infirm, and isolated, often living in countries where health services are less well developed."
User feedback certainly suggests the research team has hit upon what could prove to be an important development in the advancement of hearing aid technology with one user commenting: "What distinguishes BioAid from the competition is the availability within the app of multiple settings to meet the needs of different types of hearing loss… In a sense, you have the kind of control over frequency curves that usually only an audiologist would. It works."

January 13 2014

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Bring beautiful music (and sound effects) to your ears with this headset buying guide

Modern games deliver awesome graphics, but the visuals are only half of the gaming experience. Studies have shown that audio quality can shape your perception of the entire gaming experience. When a high-quality soundtrack reaches your ears, your brain will also perceive the game's graphics to be of higher quality.

Audio quality can affect your gaming experience in other ways, too. Without good audio, you won’t hear enemies approaching or hiding behind cover. You might not hear your teammates as they try to coordinate with you or give you instructions, and they won't hear you clearly, either. And you'll lose that sense of immersion in the game world that turns a good gaming experience a great one. A high-quality headset is just as important as a good graphics card, keyboard, and monitor.

motorola cp040 fiyatiAudiophiles want the best quality they can get, and gamers need the best tech available. Top-of-the-line headsets deliver both. Whichever camp you're in, the first choice you need to make is between a stereo headset and a surround-sound headset. Stereo—independent sound from the left and right channels—is the more common option, but it can't match the realism of surround sound.

Headsets that use surround-sound technology simulate realistic room acoustics through digital signal processing. They trick your brain into thinking that sound is coming from specific locations in the environment. It’s a great sensation and can be really helpful in games—when it works. If the designer handles the encoding poorly, however, it can create myriad artifacts and distortions that make audio enthusiasts cringe.

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Inline controls make it easier to adjust a headset's volume and mute functions.

Once you've made that decision, focus on comfort. A headset should fit your noggin the way your favorite sweatshirt fits your torso. A too-heavy headset will pull down on the top of your head and strain your neck, turning you into a broken bobble-head. The headband should be well padded, and the ear cups should cover your ears completely to keep sound in and background noise out.

Natural materials such as cloth mesh and leather (especially lambskin) are the most comfortable to wear for long gaming runs. Vinyl and other types of faux leather tend to peel and crack with age, and they can irritate sensitive skin after several hours.

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Headsets can connect via USB or analog. The Logitech G430 lets you choose.

You can connect a headset to your PC in one of two ways: with a USB connector or with jacks (typically, 1/8-inch jacks). USB keeps the audio signal in the digital domain until it reaches a digital-to-analog converter, which can be inline with the cable or inside the headset. These designs prevent electrical noise from the PC's motherboard and other components from contaminating the audio signal. If you've invested in a high-end sound card, or a motherboard designed to isolate its onboard audio components from electrical interference, a good analog headset will deliver excellent audio quality.

Don't forget the element that turns a pair of headphones into a headset: the microphone. Communication is huge in multiplayer games, so a good mic is invaluable. A flexible stalk will enable you to position it comfortably near your mouth when you need it, and easily shunt it aside when you don't.

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Some headsets, like the Astro A40s, have such additional features as equalizers, a detachable microphone, and inline controls.

Extra features are the icing on a headset cake. Inline controls provide a convenient way to adjust the volume and mute the mic when you don't want to broadcast your conversation. A removable microphone allows you to comfortably use the headphones with a digital media player while on the go. And an equalizer or client software can let you establish sound profiles for whatever you’re listening to—games, movies, or music.

shure earphones seEscape the never-ending ambient sounds of holiday music and squabbling families by throwing on your new headset and blasting away in-game baddies while enjoying sweet high-definition audio.

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January 08 2014

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Motorola's Moto G: A perfect phone for emerging markets like India?

SAN FRANCISCO: Motorola Mobility, the handset maker owned by Google, is still trying to find its niche in the smartphone market.

Sales of Motorola's high-end smartphone, the Moto X, have been slow. Now the company is targeting the low end of the market with a less expensive phone, but with a major limitation - the phone won't be released in China, the biggest market for low-end phones.

motorola radio test set r-1033aThe lower-priced phone, Moto G, was announced by the company Wednesday. It costs at least $180 without a contract, and Motorola thinks it will appeal to people in places like Brazil, Chile and Peru, where there are more than 500 million potential customers.

Much of its appeal for those customers would be Google's Internet services that are embedded in the phone. But in China, the government blocks some Google services, including Play, Google's official online store, making Motorola's new smartphone far less smart there.

"Our ability to compete there is a bit constrained," Dennis Woodside, Motorola's chief executive, said in an interview. "Moto G won't be offered in China, initially at least."

Still, Motorola believes that the phone will appeal to enough people outside of China to be a success. Unlike many cheap smartphones on the market, the Moto G will have a big high-resolution screen and run the latest Android software to support the latest apps on the market. It has a 4.5-inch screen, which puts it between the smaller iPhone 5S and the larger Galaxy S4 from Samsung Electronics.

There are some trade-offs that come with making the phone less expensive. The Moto G is bulkier than many popular smartphones - weighing 5 ounces, it is more than an ounce heavier than an iPhone 5S, which costs $650 without a contract.

The Moto G also lacks a special feature that made Moto X, its higher-priced sibling, stand out: the ability of the device to continually listen for a user's voice and quickly react to commands.

But the low-end smartphone's goal is not to be a flashy piece of gadgetry representing the latest innovation. It is an effort by Motorola to return to growth by reaching as many people as possible, according to Woodside.

"Google's mission is to organize all the world's information and make it universally accessible," he said. "For Motorola, one of the things we're trying to do is create a very-high-quality mobile Internet experience over time for hundreds of millions of people."

Smartphones have surpassed the traditional cellphone in sales in the United States and some parts of Europe, and many manufacturers are looking overseas for growth. While Apple and Samsung make most of the profit in the worldwide smartphone market, the makers of cheaper phones - including Huawei, Yulong and ZTE of China, and Micromax and Karbonn of India - are selling well in emerging markets where high-end smartphones are not popular.

However, like other American companies, Motorola will most likely face tough competition overseas, where many manufacturers have been selling low-end smartphones for years for less than the Moto G. Details about the Moto G leaked online ahead of Motorola's official announcement, and some analysts who looked at the specifications did not find it very compelling.

"It's heavy, thick and it's pretty expensive," said Tero Kuittinen, an analyst for Alekstra, a mobile trends research firm.

Along with the bulkier size, the $180 price tag is still not as aggressive as what some other manufacturers have released in the low end of the market, Mr. Kuittinen added. For example, Samsung's Galaxy Young, which weighs 3.4 ounces and has a 3-inch screen, costs $100 on Amazon.com. Chinese handset makers like Huawei and ZTE also make Android phones that cost as little as $100.

Motorola says it will sell the Moto G at a profit. The device will go on sale Wednesday in Brazil and parts of Europe, and then in January in other parts of the world like India and Southeast Asia. The phone will also go on sale in January in the United States, where the company thinks the device could appeal to people who cannot afford a fancy smartphone, particularly children.

The success of the Moto G will largely depend on how aggressive Motorola and Google market it, said Chetan Sharma, an independent telecom analyst who does consulting for carriers. Motorola will not only have to advertise the phone, but it will also have to persuade the carriers to train retail workers to sell the device to consumers who walk into the store, he said.

But along with being unable to sell phones in China, Motorola faces another big limitation. Unlike most manufacturers, Motorola, which Google bought last year for $12.5 billion and then retooled, has to be cautious about its approach to selling hardware. If it were too aggressive - for example, if it were to sell the smartphones at a loss and make the money back later with ads - it could harm Google's partners who sell phones using Google's Android operating system, which could eventually move people away from Android devices.

"That's the tight line they always have to walk," Mr. Sharma said. "How hard and how far do they push their own devices?" Post a commentALSO ON TOI
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Why is Bluetooth headset better than other wireless headsets?

Users of Bluetooth headset claim that the best convenience offered by it is the wireless mobility without the costs of high power consumption.
Although many other kinds of wireless headphones can be found in the market, Bluetooth headsets have excelled in terms of mobility, convenience and ease.
Some of the common wireless headphones type includes radio frequency headsets that use radio waves for linking two devices (transmitter and receiver). Infrared are another popular wireless headset type and it makes use of the infrared frequency waves to carry out the communication between the two linked devices.

Bluetooth headsets have successfully overcome the limitations that were associated with both of these devices, like its transmission range can cover a 100 meter radius. Although headphones with Radio frequency can cover a larger radius, they consume high power and therefore aren’t economical.

business communication reviewSo if we talk in terms of both, the range and power, then Bluetooth enable headsets win. They can be used with a wide range of devices; media players, game boxes, mobile phones and computers being common examples.

Nowadays, devices that are commonly used with the Bluetooth headset include cell phones and Personal Digital Assistance (PDA). Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) has also allowed many mobiles and PDAs high quality streaming to the headsets and this means that you avoid the use of wired headsets for listening audio.
Many of them also have built in microphones. If your device supports HSP, HFP and AVRCP, you can use your Bluetooth headset to make or receive calls and gain wireless control over your device.

Apart from these, you can use them with your computer as well. You can use them in place of your traditional headphone or microphone while voice and video chats through your computer or laptop. Many latest portable player models are also beginning to support Bluetooth function.
So you can use them with your Bluetooth headset too. Even the gamers are not behind. The latest generations have also given their players an option of playing online or interact with the social communities. You can chat with your game mates even when game controllers have occupies both your hands.

You can even stay in touch with them while you are away from the game box.
More and more devices are starting to support Bluetooth and so, these headsets will soon be very dominant for playing, listening to music and voice chats etc.

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What are the best Headsets on the market for the playsation 3

Let’s have a show of hands: Who doesn’t love the PS3?

Hm. Only that one fat kid at the back declined (and he appears to be licking pepperoni from his own armpit). So, basically, we all love PS3.

best headphones for an mp3 playerPS3 offers great graphics, immersive gameplay and a range of enthralling, cinematic adventures that are often so real its often scary. So what can you do to improve this (already pretty great) experience?

Get a headset, of course!

With a headset, not only can you channel the sound through your speaker (meaning that you don’t have to disturb everyone else around you AND you can keep playing ‘after hours’) you can also communicate verbally with other players spread across this big blue marble we call planet Earth. Headsets have become pretty standard equipment for serious gamers, however, there are a lot of headsets and they aren’t all good.

Some headsets offer really poor sound quality, with quiet reproduction with harder scratches than you’d expect from a polar bear’s arse, some simply drop out, making other gamers mistakenly believe that you have abruptly died. There are possibly as many crappy headsets out there as good ones, so we cobbled together this modest little site, in order to guide you along the right path.

We test the headsets rigorously by playing games constantly (its a tough job...) and we keep up to date on all the latest news, releases and ‘sciencey stuff’ so you don’t have to. Furthermore, we aren’t some great big corporate mega-site, we’re real people, just like you, which means that we don’t have any obligation towards anybody but you.

We aim to offer you the best value for money, the best products and the strongest, clearest idea of what you should be looking for when seeking a PS3 headset. Yeah, we know, with drive and ambition like that we could have split atoms and cured diseases, but no, we’re more interested in playing PS3 and bitching about crap headsets. It’s just easier.

So there you go, that’s our mission statement.

We’re nuts about the PS3 and, since you’re on this site we figure you are too. We want to make sure your PS3 experience is as good as it can possibly be. Sound and communication are a vital part of that experience. Headsets are massively important bits of kit for any gamer, so it really pays to know what you’re looking for.

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January 01 2014

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What are the Practical Applications of the Emotiv Headset?

The Emotiv headset is a pioneering device that allows a user to interact with a virtual environment by reading his/her ‘thoughts’. Essentially, the device records the brain’s electrical signals and translates your thought-commands into virtual actions.

The Emotiv headset works by employing a device known as an EEG, or electroencephalograph, to monitor the brain waves (and emotional responses) of each gamer, almost instantaneously translating those readings into virtual reactions, movements and responses.

The practical applications could be enormously good, but also potentially hideous. On the plus side, disabled users could have their lives completely turned around, regaining an enormous amount of independence by thought-controlling various household appliances. To develop the idea, paraplegic and quadriplegic users could create thought-controlled virtual avatars and interact with other people in real time.

The potential to revolutionize the world of gaming is also very evident, as Jane McGrath, of How StuffWorks.com, explains,

“If the EEG gaming technology eventually catches on, it could revolutionize the way people think about video games in much the same way the Nintendo Wii did (or perhaps more). On the one hand, with its facial expression interpretations, the Emotiv EPOC attempts to close the gap further between the real world and the virtual world to create a more realistic experience, much like the Wii does. On the other hand, the Emotiv EPOC also tries to bridge the gap between human thought and the outside world to create an experience that's less like reality and more fantastical and dreamlike. The technology behind EPOC eliminates the middleman of motion altogether -- a staggering thought to consider”.

Of the possible downside, which is potentially chasmic, McGrath states.

“Should researchers continue making more breakthroughs to advance EEG technology, it could plausibly lead to computers that can, in essence, read someone's mind. Those with the technology could be privy to the private thoughts, opinions and emotions of others. Granted, this could be very far off, considering where the technology (and our understanding of the human brain) is now. Nevertheless, we can't rule out the possibility entirely. Perhaps we shouldn't dismiss the prospect of Thought Police (like that in George Orwell's "1984") as mere alarmism”.

Frankly, this thing creeps me out. I just don’t like the idea of a thought-activated computer, it makes my skin crawl. But hey, that’s just me. Also, if you’re a male of the species, you’d likely be dredging up porn sites every 7 seconds.

It has also been suggested in some quarters that you’ll be able to simply think of a person and that said computer system will automatically place a call to them. The last thing I want to do is be thinking about some old girlfriend of whatever and suddenly end up phoning her. No, just no. That’s a can of worms that simply doesn’t need opening up, thank you very much.

However, whatever my thoughts on it happen to be (and, for now at least, I have the option to keep them private), the Emotiv Epoc headset will soon be available to the average consumer, priced around $299 (that’s just under £200 to us Brits).

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December 30 2013

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Spy Ear Buds Make Our Life Colourful

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December 29 2013

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Advantages of Bluetooth Headset

As you could see from the huge selection of Bluetooth headsets that're offered in the marketplace, it can be very complicated to choose which one to purchase.
This short manual is supposed to assist you to through this selection procedure so that you obtain the headset that's ideal for you.
The Bluetooth headset is definitely an essential item which has lots of advantages. It is used when ever driving a vehicle it makes working with your phone legitimate; used in the road it doesn't show your cell phone which can cause you to be a target; it spots a range between your cell phone and the head so removing the health issues of cell phone usage; and that could make a style statement.


Earlier Bluetooth headsets seemed very nerdy and weird. Nowadays fortunately they 're much more highly discreet and trendy; some are eye-catching. Their efficiency has also enhanced substantially as has the battery lifetime. The earlier types implemented Bluetooth 1.
2 standard protocols that had major restrictions. The more modern day people benefit from Bluetooth 2. 0 that's much quicker at creating connections, offers much enhanced sound quality and offers prolonged battery lifetime.

In this article we will examine some of the essential things to think about prior to helping to make your purchase. These're headset style, convenience, battery lifetime, sound quality, mono vs. Stereo system, charging and functionality.
Which Bluetooth Headset has Style?
Since it has been previously stated that modern day Bluetooth headsets do not have to seem geeky plus some are absolutely trendy. Many are small so they easily fit in your ear in that way which enables them nearly invisible. People have hearing clips that offer a safer mounting but make sure they are more visible.

Several are available in the range of trendy colors with changeable themes, several have the look of (and truly are) higher technological know-how. Definitely you should select a style that you'd feel relaxed to put on and that will seem excellent on you.
How Weighty?
Earlier Bluetooth headsets were reasonably large and heavy compared to modern day types and often weighted more than twenty two gram that could become very unpleasant if used for very long periods. These days it's possible to purchase those headsets which weight just 8 to 10 grms.

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December 27 2013

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Motorola set to dial India again

NEW DELHI: Motorola, which stopped selling phones in India around two years ago after it was acquired by Google, will re-enter the Indian market in January with Moto G, a smartphone developed specifically for developing markets.

The company is promising that Moto G will be unlike any other smartphone in the market. The key feature of the phone is its low price. In the US, the device is priced at $179 (around Rs 11,500) and the Indian price is expected to be less than Rs 15,000. But in terms of hardware and software features, the phone is ahead of similarly-priced Android or Windows Phone devices sold by companies like Samsung, Nokia, LG, Sony and HTC.

headset button controller 5.1 apk"Most people in the world can't afford $500 or $600 phones. The average smartphone price nowadays is around $200. But the problem is that the experience that the phones in this class provide is really really bad. These (affordable) smartphones are slow, buggy and their screens are too small," said Denis Woodside, CEO of Motorola Mobility. "In the next one year over 500 million consumers will buy a smartphone that costs less than $200. We believe half a billion people deserve better."

Moto G has a 4.5-inch screen with 720P HD resolution, a quad-core processor running at 1.2GHz, 8GB internal storage (16GB version also available), 1GB RAM, 5MP primary camera and a 1.3MP front camera. Punit Soni, Motorola VP for product management, claimed that Moto G will be faster than Samsung Galaxy S4, a premium phone, in many tasks because it runs a largely unmodified version of Android.

"Moto G costs less than one third of the price of Galaxy S4 and Apple iPhone 5S. Yet, it outperforms these devices in many tasks," said Woodside.

For Motorola, India, where affordable Android phones that offer good experience are a rarity, seems like the perfect market for Moto G. "At the moment Moto G is the only product plan for India that I can share," William Moss, global head for communications at Motorola told TOI.

He added, "As for re-entering India, we never left. One of our largest international offices is still in India!"

India's affordable smartphone market is dominated by Samsung and local players like Micromax and Carbonn. Multinationals like Samsung and Sony rely on their brand image to sell their mainstream phones, even though they do not pack in the cutting-edge technologies. Local brands rely on superior hardware specifications to push sale but cannot match the big firms in aftersales support and quality control. With Moto G, Motorola hopes to match the devices sold by local companies in terms of specifications as well offer an assurance of good aftersales support. Post a commentALSO ON TOI
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Advantages of Bluetooth Headset

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How Do Earpieces Work?

To put it very simply, your earphone includes a piece of plastic that vibrates in accordance to the signals received from the device it’s attached to. The plastic moves due to a metal coil that’s attached to a magnet, which allows the plastic to form the sound waves that pass into your ear.

That’s it, really. It seems easy enough, but I couldn’t have thought of it.

Jezen Thomas at eHow.com provides a more detailed explanation to us, he says that,

“Earphones consist of a speaker cone, an iron coil, a magnet and speaker cables. When earphones are plugged into a music-playing device like a stereo, electricity is sent along the speaker cables. The speaker cables feed this electrical current through the iron coil, which behaves as an electromagnet. The coil then attracts or repels the permanent magnet, depending on the electrical current sent by the music-playing device. This causes the coil to move, which subsequently pushes and pulls the speaker cone. As the speaker cone vibrates as a result of this movement, it creates sonic waves that resonate through the air and are transferred through small bones and membranes inside your ear”.

Of course, there are different types of earphones, but basically, that’s it.

Some earphones, however, do feature additional functions. Noise-canceling headsets, for example, can generate a small field of white noise around the speaker itself, which acts as something of a vacuum and has the effect of disabling outside noise. These headphones are also better for the health of your inner ear than most other types. Sam Costello at About.com writes,

“The noise around us can contribute to cause us to change how we listen to an iPod. If there’s a lot of noise nearby, it’s likely that we’ll turn up the iPod’s volume, thus increasing the chances of hearing loss. To cut down on, or eliminate, ambient noise, use noise-deadening or –cancelling headphones. They’re more expensive, but your ears will thank you”.

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“The biggest difference between loudspeakers and headphones is, of course, size. A loudspeaker needs to set all the air moving in a room so you can hear the sound it's making, but the speaker in a headphone only has to move the volume of air inside your ear canal. That's why it can be so much smaller and more discreet”.
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Bone Conduction 101: How it Works, What it is and Does it Hurt?

Music is a huge part of everyday life and it has been for almost as long as Humans have been on this planet. I often point to the discovery of a 40,000-year-old flute dating back to the ice age as evidence for this, but truly, all the evidence you need is all around you, every day. We remember ballads and songs long after the people who first composed them have died and rotted away (a thought which I find curiously comforting) and the music industry, love it or hate it, is always a big business.

However, while the ice age musicians likely lived in a world of stark brutality, frozen, featureless wastelands and harsh, ‘kill or be killed’ inter-cave politics, they never had to contend with road works, delivery lorries, screaming babies or drunken rabble-rousers on their way to a stag night. Lucky buggers.

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Now, however, modern science has stumbled across a way in which you can still listen to your favourite tunes, even when you’re wearing earplugs (no, I’ve not been sniffing discarded paint cans again). Its called bone conduction technology and no, despite the slightly odd name, it really doesn’t hurt...

According to recent studies, exposure to any noise over 100 decibels wears away a membrane known as the myelin sheath and leaves your inner ear susceptible to problems like tinnitus and temporary deafness, which can be the beginning of even more serious problems. Bone conduction technology has been designed to bypass the most sensitive portions of your ear and reduce the risk of inner-ear damage.

How? Well, in order to understand that, we need to first understand how our ears actually work. (HERE COMES THE SCIENCE-Y BIT) Basically, sound travels though the air, these sound waves are intercepted by several structures in the ear and are eventually translated and transmitted into our brains (if it helps, think of it like the encoding/decoding of digital information, such as that which guides the movements of a wireless mouse).

The sound waves first encounter a piece of cartilage (yes, the same stuff that a shark’s skeleton is made of), which helps to focus the sound, this is called a pinna (but you can call it your outer ear without looking too silly).

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Bone conduction technology vibrates the bones of your skull, sending the sound directly to the cochlea and bypassing the rest of the ear completely. The nerve impulses transmitted to your brain are exactly the same, but the sensitive mechanism of the ear doesn’t have to deal with the hassle of, to quote Anchorman’s Brick Tamland “LOUD NOISES!”

This method appears to be completely safe; in fact, the famously deaf composer Beethoven employed a rudimentary version of this method in order to compose his most famous works. He attached a rod between his piano and his head and, as such, was able to hear the music he was playing.

So there you go, rather than exposing your delicate ears to louder and louder volumes, just to drown out the background noise, you can instead stick your earpugs in and play your music at the proper volume. Make no bones about it (groan!)

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