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In memory of Amber Rae and Beau Duke Thomas
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My Review of Bluetooth Headsets for iPhone UPDATED

I have a few more bluetooth headsets that I have been testing for work.

1. Jabra Motion UC+ it has great sound quality ease of use is very good. My only complaint is how it goes over the ear, if you wear glasses it does not work well and is uncomfortable to use. The Jabra comes a USB to Bluetooth dongle included, over all the Jabra Motion scores a 7 out of 10 on my this rocks scale.

2. Plantronics Voyager Legend, Another good sounding high end headset. It is also an over the ear design that seems to work slightly better if you are wearing glasses. Very easy to install on to any bluetooth enabled device. The Plantronics Voyager Legend scores an 8 out of 10 on my this rocks scale.

3. SoundID Six, okay these folks for some reason have gotten out the headset business ( I am so sad) this product is just the greatest headset for a iOS device ever created! it gets a 10 out of 10 ( but since I can't buy a new one anymore or get my repaired I will give it a 5 out of 10 in reality).

4. Sennheiser Presence. is my newest most worn bluetooth device it has the greatest sound, easy to wear with my glasses. it now takes the top spot honors 9 out of 10. the only thing I could wish for is a custom ear mold piece like I have on my SoundId 6 then it would be perfection. Ok I can have one made for around $80.00 (USD) if I send them my headset in with my order (3 weeks turn around).

5. VXi VoxStar UC is another contender it comes with accessories for ear buds for in the ear placement, over the ear, behind the head, over the head. This makes the VoxStar a RockStar. None of the other headsets offers this flexibility! The VoxStar is light and very comfortable to wear for long periods of time. It comes with a USB Bluetooth Dongle for pairing with you MAC or PC. It also works my Avaya phone, OneX Client (downloadable software off website) Skype (downloadable for windows off the website), etc. Over all this headset also gets a 9 out of 10 due to its unique design (if they had Skype software for MAC I would have given them 10 out of 10) all of the for around $170.00 bucks (VXiCorp and Blue Parrott are the same folks, I did not know that).

I hope this helps items 1, 2, and 4, 5 also work great with my laptop and Avaya IP based telephone set!

Let's talk iPhone 5/5s Battery cases UPDATED

k I am what I consider a iPhone power user, my phones is on 7X24 365 days a year. So I have always used some form of battery case. I have used 4 on my current iPhone5:

One I purchased when I was staying at a hotel in Las Vegas at a booth in the hotel's shopping area working on a project (un named brand) it is a 2000mAh battery with a cool little kick stand. Cost was $150.00. It has served me well. I go through at least 2 batteries per day. The re-charge time is about 6 hours.

Next comes the Mophie case that I paid about $85.00 for at a best buy machine at an airport I was passing through, the juice pack has been great as well but lasts half as long and still takes 4 hours to recharge. I have been a Mophie fan for years on IOS devices.

Next comes a Juice Pack Plus (trademark for Mophie or so I thought) that I purchased via ebay from proudparents2005. This was a horrible idea. The unit was defective out of the box and the seller would not replace it. Told me is was my iPhone 5 that was the issue because they never have had a unit fail. the included instructions did not match the unit I was shipped. I tested the unit on 2 iPhone 5's and it did not work on either one. they battery case was so tight on the iPhone 5 you could barely remove the case without damaging the iPhone itself. I just ate the cost of $35.00 and moved on.

In my search fro the perfect battery case I found a product from iBattz that is just great for me. it is the Mojo Refuel Removable Battery case, that is right you can actually change the batteries in the case, they use the i9300 3.7v 2200mAh Li-ion battery. I got 2 i9300's with the case, plus I bought a 3rd one. So far this has been the best solution! the case comes with a red or silver side bezel, usb charging cable, headset extension cable for plugging in you headphones to the iPhone5 ( I bought an extra cable for like $11.00 just in case I lose one). the instructions are dead on simple. I even sprung for an external battery charging device that I can plugin to recharge the batteries once I swap them our of the ReFuel case. The basic cost is about $90.00.

What you want your own iBattz gear click the link below.. Also their customer support is excellent!

So once again this is just what I have found works for me. Your mileage may very. I am going to be putting video on youtube on how I am doing with the Mojo ReFuel case. I have been using my iBattz for over a year now I have 5 i9300 batteries. I still love it. I have had to replace the back cover and that's is it.

Transporter replacement for Dropbox?

You might have seen a company on Facebook or on the web called Connected Data offering a product call a Transporter or Transporter Sync. The products allow you to setup your own private cloud service, Great idea right goodbye dropbox, iCloud, one drive, copy, etc.  so I purchased a sync ( it allows you provide your own usb hard drive for storage). It takes an hour or two setup and get working, To access your drive you will need a helper app ( they have the app for MAC OS and Windows) they also have apps for iOS and Android mobile devices. As well as a free account on contacted data site so you can claim your transporter device, The transporter works as advertised wight he following warnings IT DOES NOT SUPPORT SSD DRIVES, or DRIVE OVER 4 TB, you MUST PLUG IT INTO a !Gig ETHERNET port. the USB port is on 2.0 yet the recommend that you use a USB 3.0 drive. Copying of files is REALLY SLOW on both wired and wireless ethernet connections. It reformats your usb drive and wipes out all of your data. If you need to upgrade your external hard disk you must copy all of the data off of your existing transporter drive to another disk. Replace the existing drive with a new drive wait for it to reformat the new drive.. Then you can copy your old files to the new drive, and as I have stated that is a SLOW PROCESS!. Another oddity is that it does not like long file names (I found this on PDF files I use for work) I opened a ticket with support on this one to find out sorry it does not do that. File sharing is kind of different too, you have to create an email request to add people to the file or folder, in turn they have to sign up for a free account to gain access to what you are sharing. You can add other Transporter into your private cloud, they will replicate data to and from each other. 

It is a cool device but it will chew up your bandwidth since it passes data over your internet connection. 

I have to give the Transporter 2 out of 5 stars for now.  

They just released an update to the helper apps. I will test them and see what is fixed.  UPDATE: The new helper apps seem to be a bit faster in loading, updating the Transporter and Transporter Sync folders. So that is good. Now 2.5 out of 5 stars for now. 

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