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Have You Ever Been Rejected??

Have You Ever Been Rejected??
by Gary Woods

A lot of us have been wearing the little Bluetooth headsets on our ears that wirelessly connect to our cell phones. The biggest problem is all the ambient noise. If you're at a ball game, or even driving with the window open the person at the other end gets treated to an outstanding cacophony of sounds that too often drown out what you're trying to say.

Recently I saw a headset that addresses what's called noise cancellation or noise rejection. The product is by Aliph ( and is called the Jawbone. The Jawbone uses a Digital Signal Processor to actively cancel out unwanted noise and consists of 2 rectangles connected to the phone jack and to each other by a thick wire. The first rectangle holds the ear loop, the earpiece, the microphones and the voice-activity sensor. The Second rectangle holds the belt clip and the user-friendly control buttons.

I listened to the demo online and was ready to run out the door and get my Jawbone from Aliph which comes in three colors, red, black and silver and goes for $199.99 and I want one.

Unfortunately I discovered that the product works only with some Motorola, Sony Ericsson and Nokia handsets. Ah well, maybe they'll come up with a version for an LG clamshell phone and I'll be able to talk to you all again.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. You can hear Gary on the Radio at 1290 AM Monday 9-10 AM and he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc