Antec Smartbean Adds Bluetooth to Any Headphones

People are losing their ever-loving minds over the possibility that Apple may get rid of the headphone jack on the next iPhone. I’ve talked about the Antec Smartbean before but I decided to make a video for Megan Morrone and Leo Laporte to play on iOS Today. I thought it might be a good device for people who don’t want to buy all new headphones.

I did about 8 takes before finally nailing the video…but Ada decided to help. Being the consummate professional, I kept that part in.

Amazon link to the Smartbean: http://amzn.to/2aYik6I

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NC #573 BitTorrent Sync, Enigmo, Making Fire, Remote File Access with myDrobo and DroboAccess, Beurer GS485 Digital Glass Scale

Allister here standing in for Allison this week. I’ll tell you how I solved my OS X network drive problems. Then Dorothy, aka MacLurker, reviews the iOS game Enigmo. Next, inspired by Allison, I encourage you to play with fire. We hear from Drobo about their new myDrobo and DroboAccess services from the NAB conference. And finally, I review the Beurer GS485 digital scale.


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Receive Notifications with Ditto

Ditto tiny in my palmOne of the coolest things about the Pebble watch, and now Apple and Android watches how they give you notifications on your wrist. It’s not that you HAVE to be notified instantly of every single thing with interruptions, rather the exact opposite. Having notifications on your wrist allows you to quickly see what you DON’T have to deal with. Let’s say I’m out for a walk with the dog and I get a notification. I can flick my wrist and quickly see that it’s nothing important, so I don’t need to respond quickly. However, if it’s someone sending an important notification, maybe I do want to stop and pull out my phone and dictate a response to hold them over till I get home.

$300 for an Apple Watch is an awful lot of money for this functionality. I get a lot more out of it than just notifications, but if you can’t justify that kind of money, maybe a simple $40 device that only does notifications would give you what you need. This is where Ditto from SimpleMatters for iOS and Android comes into play.
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Smartbean Turns Any Headphones or Speakers into Bluetooth Devices

Smartbean front viewOn Chit Chat Across the Pond last week, Dave Hamilton and I talked about the repercussions if Apple removes the analog headphone jack. During this conversation we talked about Bluetooth and Dave mentioned a little device he uses called the Antec Smartbean. While I was recording with Dave, I bought my own Smartbean through Amazon for a grand total of $12 (with free Prime shipping).

Smartbean is a 1.25 x 1.25 x 0.5 inch device with a built-in clip that turns wired headphones and speakers into Bluetooth devices. It’s pretty close to the size of the old square iPod Nano, a little smaller but thicker.

I was especially interested in the Smartbean and in my conversation with Dave I mentioned how much trouble I have pairing Bluetooth devices and how I get audio dropouts with all of them. I figured the Smartbean wouldn’t be any different.
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#340 Plantronics Voyager Pro HD, Ollocip, Kindle Fire Review, Aperture Script, Ray Solar Charger, BlackBerry Bold 9930

NosillaCastaways are smarter than the Apple geniuses, Plantronics Voyager Pro HD Review from Rod Simmons (Plantronics Voyager Pro HD), Olloclip review from Rod (Olloclip). Kindle Fire review (amazon.com. Tom Stewart sends in his first review – explaining how to use an Aperture Script from ApertureExpert.com to swap out RAW images for JPEGs.Ray Solar Charger review by Rod Simmons from quirky.com. BlackBerry Bold 9930 Review, and Robb Dunewood of Simple Mobile Review Podcast joins us to talk about the past, present and future of Research in Motion.

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