September 27, 2005

Wireless review: Fellowes Earglove BlueVoice Bluetooth headset

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"The Fellowes Earglove BlueVoice Bluetooth headset is the result of a curious partnership between Fellowes and Body Glove (yes, the wetsuit company). But unlikely as the partnership may be, the result is an attractive headset that feels light and comfortable on the ear despite its bulky size. It's so user-friendly that even novice Bluetooth chatters will have little trouble managing calls and dialing numbers, thanks to the well-designed controls. At $80, the BlueVoice is reasonably priced compared with other Bluetooth headsets on the market."
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September 21, 2005

Home video review: Philips DVDR600VR

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"Philips's latest DVD/VHS recorder proves that you can't judge an A/V component by its cover. This deck's slick, mirrored faceplate and silver accents bring a certain amount of style to the homely ranks of VHS decks for the first time in years, but we found plenty of ugliness under its surface. Plagued by arcane, tough-to-understand menus, a mediocre feature set, and some of the poorest-quality VHS-to-DVD dubs we've seen, the underwhelming Philips DVDR600VR falls well short of the competition. Yes, it has a component-video input and decent DVD-editing options, and it costs about the same as competing decks. But unless you absolutely must record a component-video source or you really like the look, we recommend choosing another option."
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September 20, 2005

Wireless review: Motorola i850

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"Marking only its second camera phone to date, Nextel's stylish Motorola i850 flip phone feels as heavy as a brick but also packs in all the goodies that Nextel subscribers have come to expect, including Direct Connect walkie-talkie service, built-in GPS, and a speakerphone. In addition to all the Nextel regulars, the Motorola i850 ups the ante with a brilliant, razor-sharp internal display and improved navigation controls. The i850's low-wattage VGA camera might not compare to the latest powerhouse camera phones offered by other manufacturers, but business-minded push-to-talk users will appreciate the phone's no-nonsense features and sturdy, reassuring bulk. That said, at $400 (or $200 with a two-year service plan), the i850 ranks as one of Nextel's pricier phones."
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Feature: How to rip a CD as MP3s

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"Ripping the tracks on your music CDs into MP3 files is easier than ever, thanks to the latest music managers and jukeboxes. That said, there are a few settings to tweak to ensure your new files are named properly, stored in the proper directory, and sound their very best. Use this tutorial to guide you through the steps of ripping MP3s. Choose either Windows Media Player or iTunes, depending on your personal preference. "
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September 06, 2005

First take: Google Desktop 2.0

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"The speedy, dynamic Google Desktop 2.0 (beta) makes it clear that Google is out for nothing less than dominion over your desktop. The test edition of this new tool expands upon Google Desktop Search, with live, as-you-type searching (à la Apple's Spotlight) and the eye-catching Sidebar, a clever combination of 1997-era PointCast channels and Apple's new Dashboard that delivers news, information, and tools to your fingertips."
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