The Sennheiser MB 660 UC and Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 headphones let you listen to music, check out videos and listen to conference calls without disturbing co-workers. We test to see if they fulfill their promise.
Stories by Barbara Krasnoff
If you do any business travel, you know how important -- and annoying -- it is to track your spending. One of these 7 Android apps can help.
The Jam Rewind and Braven 105 are two small, durable Bluetooth speakers that offer good sound and several distinctive features.
We review three sets of Bluetooth earbuds from Jabra, Jaybird and Plantronics for music listening and phone talking.
Motorola's latest unlocked smartphones, the Moto G and Moto G Plus, offer features and prices that pull the line out of the low end.
HP's latest version of its Elite x2 tablet offers a top-notch keyboard case, a digital pen and the ability to be repaired in-house.
Offering a compelling and important news feature can turn the Google Cardboard VR viewer from a toy into a important aid to storytelling.
The Moto Hint Bluetooth headset was designed as an accompaniment to the second-gen Moto X. It's got a lot of good features -- but may not be competitive, despite its lower price.
A small but efficient gadget called Ditto offers an unobtrusive way to be notified of calls, texts and emails.
It's obviously the start of smartphone season. Tech-fashionable vendor OnePlus announced its <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/2953519/smartphones/first-look-oneplus-refines-its-successful-formula-with-new-phone.html">new OnePlus 2</a> high-end low-cost smartphone on Tuesday, while <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/2953255/mobile-wireless/samsung-event-in-august-portends-new-smartphone-launch.html">Samsung has sent out invitations</a> to an upcoming press event that will take place in a couple of weeks.
Traveling these days is a hassle, no matter why you're going, or where -- and the necessity to track your expenses along the way just adds to the irritation. A good app, though, can make things a lot easier -- not only during the trip but afterwards, when you have to report it all to your (or your company's) accountant.
Back in the dark ages, when the only way to get onscreen entertainment was by tuning in a television set at a specific time (get home late? miss your favorite show? too bad for you!), networks had a habit of scheduling similar shows opposite each other. The notion was presumably, that the competition would cause one show to win out over the other, which would eventually drop in the ratings and get cancelled. The idea that viewers might be interested in seeing both apparently was not in the networks' psychology.
A few years ago, Evernote picked up a small contact-manager app called Hello (which was then retitled Evernote Hello). One of the main ideas behind the app was to help those of us who had trouble remembering names (a category I definitely fall into). It let you take notes about people you met at, say, a conference, and pick up extra information, including photos, from LinkedIn. You could then use the info and/or the photos to jog your memory.
CES has a multitude of wearables out there for athletes, runners, bikers, long-distance hikers -- it's enough to make you tired just thinking about it. Last night, at the Pepcom press event, an eager PR guy asked me, "When you run, how often do you wonder how fast you're going?" Since the last time I ran anywhere, it was to catch a bus, I wasn't sure what to say.
With the abundance of smartphones and tablets comes a proliferation of Bluetooth speakers. And it makes sense: Although mobile devices have, on the whole, better speakers today than they had even a couple of years ago, they still can't produce the sound quality or the volume that a good speaker can.
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