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

How to Eliminate 3 Barriers to a Great Workout

By How to Eliminate 3 Barriers to a Great Workout Peter Hartmann

What stands between you and your ideal workout session? Find out how an exciting new technology can give you the workout you deserve.

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Let’s face it: Working out is tough. And not just the physical part.

Plenty of things get in the way of an ideal workout – like making the time, focusing on the task at hand and staying motivated, just to name a few. Continue reading

The Secret to Determining How Fit You Really Are

By  Peter Hartmann

If you’ve ever wondered if your workout routine is making you more fit – or if it is just a waste of time – there’s now an easy, accurate way to find out.

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We’re working out like crazy. But are we getting in better shape?

That’s a question all of us who push to stay fit often ask ourselves. Sure, maybe we’ve shaved a few seconds off our last time or done a few more reps, but is all that time, sweat and effort we put in at the gym making us any healthier?

Fortunately, finding the answer to that question just got a whole lot easier. It’s why I’m so excited about our Jabra Sport Pulse headphones. They’re the first headphones that provide automatic fitness testing. 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.

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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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Will my Bluetooth headphones work with my [blank]?

by Will my Bluetooth headphones work with my [blank]?Daniel Gniazdo

Finding out whether your Bluetooth headset or headphones will actually work with your phone, tablet, or computer is kind of a big deal. Here’s what you need to know about that.

Man holding a smart phone

Bluetooth has become ubiquitous nowadays. You find it in phones, headsets, smart fridges, and – yes – even socks. Yet when it comes to figuring out whether your Bluetooth headset will work with a phone in your hand or a computer at your desk, people often have doubts.

Well, if you must take just one thing away from this post, here it is:

All Bluetooth headsets should work with all Bluetooth smartphones, tablets, and computers

That’s because…

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Here’s how the cloud is reshaping UC

by Heres how the cloud is reshaping UCDaniel Gniazdo

New cloud computing models are reinvigorating the UC market and opening up new opportunities for companies, their employees, and manufacturers of audio devices.

Cloud Computing

Not so long ago, cloud computing was a concept still largely unexplored by the corporate world. In just a few short years, new cloud computing models and market players have spurred new approaches to managing IT resources and deploying UC.

Unsurprisingly, these developments have far-reaching implications for how companies will operate in the future and what tools they’ll need. Continue reading

Waterproof or water resistant? What’s behind an IP rating?

by Waterproof or water resistant? Whats behind an IP rating?Daniel Gniazdo

Manufacturers often describe their products as “dust resistant” or “moisture proof.” To back these claims up, products can be given an IP rating. But what does it mean?

Jabra Sport Pulse covered in mud

We’re used to seeing terms like “waterproof,” “weather resistant,” “dust protected,” and countless other variations. While they give product marketers plenty of ways to massage their message, these terms can lead to major confusion for the rest of us. Continue reading