Why Bird Sounds Make Us More Productive

By  Holger Reisinger

It’s time to incorporate nature into the workday. Find out how the natural sounds featured in the “Focus on Work” music soundtrack can help relieve stress and make us more productive on the job.

Why Bird Sounds Make Us More Productive

Are noise and distractions in the workplace keeping you from getting your job done? Continue reading

Noise cancellation in headsets: What is it, and how exactly does it work?

Noise cancellation is very much the tech expression of today – at least in the audio world. Every headphone producer seems to be speaking about Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), which pleases us greatly at Jabra because we have a long history of engineering such sound solutions.

Noise cancellation in headsets: What is it, and how exactly does it work?

We started developing ANC two decades ago, and have today enhanced and improved this technology along with the digital signal processing (implemented via a two-microphone solution) now found in the Jabra Evolve 75.

But what is noise cancellation? How does it work, and how can it help you work? The first thing to note is that there are two types of cancellation – passive and active – and both are important features of the Evolve 75. Continue reading

Small Business Week: Finger on the SMB Pulse

By Small Business Week: Finger on the SMB Pulse Yves Dupuis

Those owning or working for a SMB do truly exceptional work. And with more than half of Americans falling into this category, Small Business Week showcases and honors the efforts made by these people. But what makes SMB talents tick?

Small Business Week: Finger on the SMB Pulse

Jabra appreciates the contributions of this dynamic community and decided to join in the fun of this year’s Small Business Week. Throughout the week of April 30th, we conducted daily Twitter polls (@We_are_Jabra) to learn what inspires SMB workers. From where they concentrate best, to the tools they utilize and the challenges they face, we were treated to an eye-opening experience. Here are some of the key takeaways! Continue reading

Why “Work from Anywhere” Got Bad Press

By Why “Work from Anywhere” Got Bad Press Holger Reisinger

Despite reports to the contrary, there’s little to fear – and much to gain – from the new way of working known as “Work from Anywhere.”

Why “Work from Anywhere” Got Bad Press

The headlines were worrying:

“Beware of the Dark Side” to working from anywhere!

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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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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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Headsets make task workers more productive

There’s no shortage of UCaaS platforms out there: Skype for Business, Cisco Jabber, Avaya Aura – you name it. These platforms are quickly changing the way people communicate and work. Companies now need to look at something they may not have considered before: How to deploy headsets for their many different employees?

Office worker wearing a Jabra PRO 9400

Most businesses haven’t had much experience with deploying and managing headsets for a large group of employees. There’s one exception: businesses with employees that are “call-centric.” These professionals listen to and talk with customers for a living – think stockbrokers, insurance agents, or call center agents. Their typical day includes a lot of phone conversations and the occasional quiet time to get some focused work done. Call-centric workers treat headsets as a critical business tool; they wouldn’t even consider doing their jobs without one.

Today, more and more businesses are starting to deploy headsets to completely different types of employees in order to improve their productivity and help them make better use of new UC tools.

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Headsets and headphones buying guide

by Headsets and headphones buying guideDaniel Gniazdo

Finding the right Jabra headset to buy can be tricky. There are many different types and models on sale. Whether you’re on the lookout for a Bluetooth headset or a pair of music headphones, this guide should help.

Jabra Evolve, Pace, and Storm wearing styles

All Jabra headsets and headphones come with a microphone, letting you make calls as well as listen to music and podcasts. Beyond that, there’s a wide assortment of headsets and headphones for every imaginable need. Continue reading