True wireless is here to stay…and that’s great news

by True wireless is here to stay...and thats great newsDaniel Gniazdo

2016 is the year true wireless earbuds have finally hit the mass market. From the Jabra Elite Sport to Apple’s much-discussed AirPods, there’s no shortage of earbuds to pick from. But is true wireless a fleeting fad or the future of hearables? We think it’s the latter. Here’s why.

Man wearing Jabra Elite Sport true wireless earbuds

As the dust settles on the news that Apple’s iPhone 7 comes without the headphone jack, let’s take a closer look at the term “true wireless.”

Many felt outraged by Apple’s decision to drop the jack. Others praised it as a bold and courageous move toward embracing the wireless future. Who’s right? Continue reading

Cortana can shine with Jabra headsets

by Cortana can shine with Jabra headsetsDaniel Gniazdo

Cortana works best when it can clearly hear what you’re saying. Getting the right headset is one of the easiest ways to make sure it does.

Man wearing Jabra Evolve 65

If you have Windows 10, chances are you’re familiar with Cortana: Microsoft’s personal digital assistant designed to help you get things done throughout your day, assisting you with tasks like sending emails, scheduling events, finding your documents, searching the Internet for answers, and much more. If you’re not yet using Cortana, here are a few reasons to start.

But how do you speak to Cortana? Do you use the built-in microphone on your PC? Or maybe you have a headset plugged in to do the trick? If it’s the latter, you probably figured that any old headset will work just fine.

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These four jobs will soon go bye-bye

by These four jobs will soon go bye-byeDaniel Gniazdo

Don’t panic! You won’t lose your job tomorrow. But thanks to the ongoing digital revolution, Generation Z will live in a world where these four jobs will morph into something else entirely…and that’s good news.

Social media icons being pressed

Thanks to modern technology, our workplace changes fast these days. Jobs that didn’t exist yesterday suddenly become indispensable; others job are doomed to quietly disappear or give way to new ones. You’ll probably be seeing fewer and fewer postal workers around, as snail mail becomes a relic of the past. On the other hand, we’re bound to start hearing about certified Pokémon GO consultants any day now.

Similarly, some corporate positions will also go the way of the dodo. They won’t disappear completely, mind you. They’ll simply adapt to the modern age. Here are four of them, but I’m sure you can think of more.

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Best noise-cancelling headsets for a loud call center

by Best noise-cancelling headsets for a loud call centerDaniel Gniazdo

Call centers can get loud. To deal with the background noise, call center employees may opt for noise-cancelling headsets that help them hear and be heard.

Call center agent wearing Jabra Biz 2300

What separates a busy call center from a regular office is the amount of calls people handle on a daily basis. It’s kind of in the name. Call center staff spend their days talking on the phone, surrounded by a lot of noise from their colleagues.

The job of a call center employee quite literally depends on being able to have clear, noise-free conversations with customers and clients. So it’s not too surprising that noise-cancelling headsets are some of the most sought-after tools for a call center. It’s as important to make sure the customer hears you clearly as it is to reduce the amount of noise around you.

That’s where dedicated noise-cancelling headsets for call centers come in. They help you solve two main call center concerns: “Will they hear me?” and “Will I hear them?”

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“Do these pants make me look fat?” Having some fun with Siri and friends

by Do these pants make me look fat? Having some fun with Siri and friendsDaniel Gniazdo

Siri, Cortana, and Google Now can be useful tools for managing your daily life and tracking your appointments. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get a bit silly with them.

Woman wearing jeans holding an iPhone

Not so long ago, I wrote that digital assistants like Siri are more than silly trinkets. And make no mistake: They are. They can definitely help you do more with your limited time.

But they can also help you waste time with a few fun Easter eggs. The next time you’re bored, try these phrases with your digital assistant.

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Smart Headsets Help You Stay On Top Of Your Day

Michael Steinhart, Technology Editor at CBS Interactive Studio 61 has been testing the Jabra Halo Smart for several weeks. Below are his thoughts on the headset. You can read the original article on CNET.

Jabra Halo Smart

Michael’s note: Jabra provided me with a Halo Smart unit to try and with comparative market stats to help illustrate how Jabra feels the Halo Smart compares to other headsets. I’ve been using the Halo Smart for several weeks now, and below are my thoughts.

Taking it on the road

Traveling from New York to Chicago and back this week, I noticed a few things about business travelers and the devices they carry. Continue reading

5 tips to stay “in the zone” at work

by 5 tips to stay in the zone at workDaniel Gniazdo

Your colleague Suzy is really fun, but she laughs like a screeching seagull. Your colleague Daniel is a nice enough guy, but he’s so loud, people halfway across the world cover their ears when he “whispers.” Your colleague Tom keeps constantly dropping by your desk to tell jokes only he and – regrettably – Suzy find funny.

They’re all great people, but sometimes you really wish they’d just let you work in peace for one single moment. How are you supposed to get anything done when you’re constantly distracted?! Well, here are at least five suggestions.

Man wearing Evolve 80 in the office

Hey! Did you know it’s World Productivity Day on Monday, June 20? Me neither. It’s arguably one of the more obscure celebrations. Productivity day? On a Monday? Ugh! But World Productivity Day is apparently a thing. Which is why, in honor of this occasion, I thought I’d share a few tips on staying productive at work. Continue reading

Jabra Insider: Durability testing

by Jabra Insider: Durability testingDaniel Gniazdo

To most people, a headset is just one of the many gadgets they use on a daily basis. Yet it takes an impressive amount of testing and development to get that headset into your hands and make sure it works as expected.

In our “Jabra Insider” series, you get a behind-the-scenes look at the often fascinating journey a headset makes from an idea to your ear. We’ve already covered headset comfort and the sound lab in previous posts.

Today’s final chapter is about durability testing: How do we make sure your headset doesn’t break as soon as you touch it?

Jabra Steel

As you might suspect, Jabra headsets aren’t just hastily slapped together and rushed directly to your nearest retail store; they go through rigorous durability tests to make sure they live up to specifications and last a long time without breaking.

To learn more about how this happens, I’ve spoken to Li Li, Director of Product Quality at Jabra. Here’s what I learned: Continue reading

Jabra Insider: The sound lab

by Jabra Insider: The sound labDaniel Gniazdo

To most people, a headset is just one of the many gadgets they use on a daily basis. Yet it takes an impressive amount of testing and development to get that headset into your hands and make sure it works as expected.

In our “Jabra Insider” series, you get a behind-the-scenes look at the often fascinating journey a headset makes from an idea to your ear. The first chapter of the series talked about headset comfort.

Today’s post is all about sound: How does Jabra make sure your headset sounds great on both ends of the call and performs well in noisy and windy conditions?

Sound lab - speaker in anechoic chamber

When you buy a headset, you naturally expect it to not sound terrible. That seems obvious, but you might not realize just how many different sound tests Jabra headsets go through to live up to their promise of great quality sound. Continue reading

Jabra Insider: Headset comfort

by Jabra Insider: Headset comfortDaniel Gniazdo

To most people, a headset is just one of the many gadgets they use on a daily basis. Yet it takes an impressive amount of testing and development to get that headset into your hands and make sure it works as expected.

In our “Jabra Insider” series, you get a behind-the-scenes look at the often fascinating journey a headset makes from an idea to your ear.

Our first stop is user experience: How do we make sure a headset is intuitive, easy to use, and – of course – comfortable to wear?

Jabra Revo comfort

Do you like how your headset sits on your ear? Was it easy to figure out what all the buttons do and how to get it working? If so, you have a team of user experience (UX) experts to thank for that.

To find out more about this discipline, I spoke to two Jabra UX experts – Bettina Ridler and Bjarke Just Nonbo. Here’s what they taught me.

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