Neckband headset by Steelseries

February 17, 2011

Steelseries introduce a new headset for the iPod, iPhone and iPad.

The Award-Winning Siberia Neckband Headset is Now Available in a Refreshed Design for Music, Mobile, and Gaming

SteelSeries, the leading manufacturer of premium audio peripherals and accessories, today is introducing the award-winning and unique design of the SteelSeries Siberia Neckband headset to music lovers and mobile gamers to use with their iPod, iPhone and iPad. This headset version has been designed to fully support iPod, iPhone and iPad devices, which features a single 3.5mm jack for combined audio and voice and an inline remote that powers audio and call controls. The Neckband features thick, cloth covered foam earcups, an optimized soundscape, and a retractable microphone system to be used while answering calls or stored in the left earcup while just listening to music.

“We believe that gamers are some of the most demanding consumers and as competitors they require well designed peripherals that reproduce high-quality sound and clear voice communication, which ultimately can mean the difference between a tournament prize purse and going home empty handed,” said Bruce Hawver, SteelSeries CEO. “We knew that if our audio products can meet and exceed expectations for gamers, that our designs would also be appealing to a broader music and entertainment audience. Now iPod, iPhone and iPad users who want an audio solution for entertainment on their mobile device have a new, high-quality headset option.”

Featured throughout international music videos, the Siberia Neckband is considered one of SteelSeries’ most unique designs. The headset rests behind the head on the user’s neck while providing excellent sound reproduction that has been fine-tuned with the help of professional musicians, DJ’s and audiophiles. It can be adjusted to fit all head sizes through its retracting neckband, while the unidirectional, retractable microphone can be stored in the left earcup and can be easily pulled out when answering calls. Its optimized soundscape emphasizes crisp highs, and deep balanced bass levels for music and movies.

The SteelSeries Siberia Neckband is $79.99 / €79.99 MSRP. Details regarding product availability, retail locations, and new additions to this music and mobile audio line-up will be announced soon. Be sure to check out SteelSeries’ Facebook and Twitter pages to gain access to these details and updates first.

Apple in top ten noughties

January 9, 2010

Marc Ferranti writing for Macworld 2 January 2010 confirms that Apple products were leading the tech markets in the noughties and two of the top ten tech stories of the decade were the iPod launched in October 2001 and the iPhone in June 2007. Apple products are riding high and this accolade from MacWorld confirms that its design mojo can still outsmart its competitors.

The iPhone combination of cool design, phone functions, Internet connectivity and multimedia features have raised the bar for its competitors. The iPhone excels for ease of use  – the handset can be used without referring to a manual. The iPhone’s add on apps outshine any other smartphone. iPhone’s app store has 100,000 applications -that is more than three times as many as any rival.

The Sunday Times In Gear journalist Mark Harris suggests that it’s hard to imagine other stores catching up for years, if ever. Albeit, Nokia still has the largest share of the mobile market but competition is strong with the BlackBerry coming second and Apple third. Nokia is being challenged on all sides and its market share is looking vulnerable as Google introduces its smartphone rival, Nexus One, this Easter the marketing leaders battle for a larker slice of the cake. You, the consumer hold the power … it pays to be informed.

For those of you who want to test out the rivals to the iPhone why not try the following:

  • The Nokia X6 £400 pay-as-you go challenges the iPhone for its camera and music deal -visit www.nokia.co.uk
  • Palm Pre, Free on contract, beats the iPhone on pocketability as it is petite and good at pulling together social network contacts but fun apps are limited and disappointing visit  www.o2.co.uk

Marketing battle between Google and Apple

January 3, 2010

Google, the internet search engine, plans to launch a smart-phone in direct competition to Apple’s iPhone, offering net browsing and video games. The launch is expected next Tuesday when the Nexus One will be unveiled. This launch will inevitably lead to a marketing battle between Google and Apple.

Nexus One, the new Iphone, is bound to create a consumer technological stir in the fast-growing market for mobile-phone web access. The number of mobile internet searches grew by 30% ,over the previous three months, in the third quarter of 2009. Like Apple’s iPhone, the Google Nexus One will have a touch screen and users will be able to search the web by voice commands. Price for the new smart-phone is still under wraps!

Source: The Sunday Times Newspaper 3.1.10

Using the new iphone as a modem

June 9, 2009

Thats right. You can use the latest version of the Apple iphone as a modem. This means you can now use the latest generation iphone for accessing the internet via a broadband connection.

In the UK, this will mean purchasing the new iphone (out in the middle of June 2009) will give you access via the O2 broadband and wifi networks.

This offers you a very real possibility of dropping your home broadband connection and even your mobile broadband dongle. This could be the perfect excuse for you to bring and iphone into your Apple collection or upgrade your existing iphone.

iphone as modem

As reported in the Times newspaper…

O2 has announced that it is to charge users of new Apple’s iPhone models announced yesterday at least £14.68 per month on top of the monthly subscription if they want to use it as a modem to connect their laptops to the internet, a process known as internet tethering. Using the internet from the iPhone itself, via both 3G and wi-fi, is included in the normal monthly subscription.

Tethering is one of the key features that has been missing from the iPhone until now. However, the new iPhone 3G S models announced at yesterday’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose and which will be available in the UK through Apple’s exclusive network partner O2 from June 19, will allow tethering. Users of existing 3G iPhones will also be to download an upgrade to their operating system software from the same date, giving them access to that feature as well as other new ones such as cut and paste and picture messaging.

However, O2 has revealed that using tethering will not be included in the normal unlimited data that comes with standard pay monthly packages. Instead, you will have to buy a bolt-on monthly package costing £14.68 per month for 3 gigabytes of data and £29.36 per month for 10 gigabytes. Additional data used through tethering will cost 19.6p per megabyte. If you want to use internet tethering overseas, you will have to pay £2.94 per megabyte in the EU and £6 per megabyte everywhere else.

Visit the O2 online store for more information

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