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How Bluetooth is Making Our Lives Easier

How Bluetooth is Making Our Lives Easier

When you think of Bluetooth technology, you may be thinking of the Bluetooth headsets used to take calls when you are driving or simply don’t want to have the phone against your ear. Many people are now seeing Bluetooth in a whole different light and are now using it to make things easier to do than ever before.

Bluetooth has broadened its horizons and found itself almost indispensable in many different areas of technology today.

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    Here are five examples of how Bluetooth technology is making our lives easier.

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    Streaming Music to Your Sound System

    There is something incredibly convenient about being able to relax in your bed, streaming music from your mobile to your sound system on the other side of the room. With the possibilities that services, such as Spotify, offer us in producing one-of-a-kind playlists, it is now easier than ever to enjoy that music without compromise, and Bluetooth just adds to the experience, meaning we no longer have to get out of bed to change the CD.

    There are even external Bluetooth devices available to revamp old traditional speakers, giving them the ability to accept Bluetooth signals like modern Bluetooth-enabled speakers.

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    Tracking Your Every Step

    If you want to be able to track your child’s every step, Bluetooth stickers mean that you can see their every movement in real time on your smart phone. Although this is not for everyone, it can prove very useful for when you have accidentally lost track of your child in a busy place or have a missing pet that may just be in your next-door neighbor’s garden.

    Opening Doors

    Have you ever closed the front door behind yourself, just moments later to realize you left the keys on the kitchen table and won’t be able to get back in after work? If you are forgetful with your keys, then you may find it interesting to know that you can use a Bluetooth-driven smart phone app to unlock doors without the need for your keys. This is pretty useful if you can’t afford to get a new lock fitted and a set of new keys cut. You can also use the app to open your garage door if it is raining and you don’t want to leave the car.

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    Wireless Gaming

    Tethered gaming handsets were restricting and meant that you had a limit of how far you could sit from the gaming console. PS3 and Nintendo Wii are strong advocates of wireless gaming, allowing their users to have a more realistic gaming experience. As televisions have got bigger, it has become more important to sit further away from the screen, without pulling the games console off the shelf.

    Driving Music

    Just as we all love the convenience of being able to stream music from our bed to our bedroom sound system, the same principle applies to car sound systems. When you are driving and want more choice than your collection of 3 CDs from years ago or the radio, it can be very convenient to stream all of your favorite music from your smart phone to your car’s sound system.

    I have only covered five ways in which Bluetooth technology is making our everyday lives easier, but there are many more ways. One of the main areas we are seeing Bluetooth being used to great effect is the health and fitness industry, with a wide range of gadgets to monitor our activity. With the technology surrounding Bluetooth modules continuously evolving, who knows what Bluetooth will offer us in ten years’ time.

    If you have any ideas of how Bluetooth is making your life easier, please let us know in the comments below.

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    8 Replacements for Google Notebook

    8 Replacements for Google Notebook

    Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

    1. Zoho Notebook
      If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
    2. Evernote
      The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
    3. Net Notes
      If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
    4. i-Lighter
      You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
    5. Clipmarks
      For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
    6. UberNote
      If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
    7. iLeonardo
      iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
    8. Zotero
      Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

    I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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    In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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