T.Mobile Concord Mobile Phone Universal Case Women's Wallet Clutch - BABY BLUE & GREEN. Bonus Ekatomi Screen Cleaner

Ekatomi will process and ship items within 1-2 business day(s); from California, USA.

Bonus Ekatomi's reusable sticker, screen cleaner to help remove dust / dirt from youur gadget.

Suitable for a woman for whom both fashion as well as price is important! This universal, mobile phone women's wallet does double duty to protect and hold your pocket belongings in one secure location. Available slots inside for your cards, cash, receipt, etc. Removable wrist strap for your convenience as you carry your daily necessities in one. Comfortable, beneficial and affordable.

Unique and happy combination of beautiful colors that gives timeless fashion and style on this universal wallet. Protect your phone on the go!

*Color may appear slightly different due to personal computer brightness settings*
You may or may not fit your gadget with a housing shell/case; please check the approximate dimensions for your reference.

Price: $21.99

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T.Mobile G2x Mobile Phone Universal Case Women's Wallet Clutch - MAGENTA / HOT PINK & BLUE. Bonus Ekatomi Screen Cleaner

Ekatomi will process and ship items within 1-2 business day(s); from California, USA.

Bonus Ekatomi's reusable sticker, screen cleaner to help remove dust / dirt from youur gadget.

Suitable for a woman for whom both fashion as well as price is important! This universal, mobile phone women's wallet does double duty to protect and hold your pocket belongings in one secure location. Available slots inside for your cards, cash, receipt, etc. Removable wrist strap for your convenience as you carry your daily necessities in one. Comfortable, beneficial and affordable.

Unique and happy combination of beautiful colors that gives timeless fashion and style on this universal wallet. Protect your phone on the go!

*Color may appear slightly different due to personal computer brightness settings*
You may or may not fit your gadget with a housing shell/case; please check the approximate dimensions for your reference.

Price: $21.99

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Technomobility in China: Young Migrant Women and Mobile Phones (Critical Cultural Communication)

As unprecedented waves of young, rural women journey to cities in China, not only to work, but also to “see the world”and gain some autonomy, they regularly face significant institutional obstacles as well as deep-seated anti-rural prejudices. Based on immersive fieldwork, Cara Wallis provides an intimate portrait of the social, cultural, and economic implications of mobile communication for a group of young women engaged in unskilled service work in Beijing, where they live and work for indefinite periods of time.


While simultaneously situating her work within the fields of feminist studies, technology studies, and communication theory, Wallis explores the way in which the cell phone has been integrated into the transforming social structures and practices of contemporary China, and the ways in which mobile technology enables rural young women—a population that has been traditionally marginalized and deemed as “backward” and “other”—to participate in and create culture, allowing them to perform a modern, rural-urban identity. In this theoretically rich and empirically grounded analysis,Wallis provides original insight into the co-construction of technology and subjectivity as well as the multiple forces that shape contemporary China.

Price: $45.00

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TEKTON 2830 Everybit Tool Kit for Electronics, Phones and Precision Devices, 27-Piece

Specifically designed for popular mobile and electronic devices, this set includes the hard-to-find bits to fit laptops (Mac, MacBook), mobile devices (iPhones, smart phones), game systems (PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, Vita, PSP, DSi, 3DS), and other precision items like wristwatches and eyeglasses. Bits are constructed from high-quality, milled chrome molybdenum steel with a sandblasted nickel finish. The mini precision bit driver features a spinning endcap to allow constant finger pressure while turning and a bit storage compartment in handle.

A spudger is also included to carefully pry open electronic devices without damaging delicate parts. All compactly organized in a pocket-sized carry case, this set can go anywhere you go. Keep it in the kitchen drawer, glove compartment, or pack in your luggage when you travel. You can always be ready for those challenging little repairs that come up at the most inconvenient times. Set Includes: (3) Flat: 1, 1.5, 2.5mm; (4) Phillips: #000, #00, #0, #1; (3) Star Drive: T3, 4, 5; (6) Tamper-Resistant Star Drive; TR6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15; (2) Tri-Wing: TRI 0, 1; (2) Pentalobe: TS1, 5; (2) Nut Drivers: 4, 5mm; (1) Precision Driver; (1) Spudger; (2) Bit Organizer; (1) Storage Case .

Price: $11.99

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Telecommunications Engineer's Reference Book

The pace of change within telecommunications, measured in terms of technology and the opening up of markets to competition, has continued steadily since the highly acclaimed first edition of the Telecommunications Engineer's Reference Book was published. To keep up with all these changes this second edition has been extensively revised, and seven completely new chapters added.

The book maintains a balance between new developments and established technologies since telecommunications systems, once in the network, represent a substantial investment which tends to be mainted for a relatively long time. New operators have the advantage of being able to use the latest technologies when building their new networks.

The book is structured in five parts. Part 1 introduces mathematical techniques which are required for the analysis of telecommunications systems. Part 2 deals with the physical environment of telecommunications. Part 3 describes various components used within telecommunication systems, both wireline and wireless. Part 4 covers fundamental telecommunication topics. Part 5 describes telecommunication applications and represents the largest section of the book. The topics have been selected and grouped in order to cover all the major areas within telecommunications, spanning the field of transmission and switching, the transmission media being copper, fibre optic or wireless.

The 75 International authors who have contributed to the book are all specialists in their own field, working in organisations that are in the forefront of the technology concerned in Europe, Japan, Canada and the USA. Fraidoon Mazda has done an excellent job in pulling all these contributions together to create an ongoing reference work which will be invaluable to anyone working in the growing field of telecommunications.

New sections are now included on the following subjects:
Trigonometric and General Formulae
Series and Transforms
Matrices and Determinants
Fibre Optic Communications
Cable Television and Telelphony
The Internet

Price: $255.00

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Telephone Installation Handbook, Second Edition

The definitive guide to home and small business installation -- extensions, modems and telephone systems. Steve Roberts provides a practical guide to the installation of telephone wiring in Telephone Installation Handbook. The coverage of his book ranges from the simple, single extension socket to the Private Automative Branch Exchange (PABX), with the necessary tools, test equipment and materials needed by installers described throughout.

The text is supported by an extensive glossary of technical terms, abbreviations and acronyms. Further appendices give supplier addresses and useful contacts, as well as providing circuit diagrams and descriptions of a number of telephone-related electronic devices.

This book arms you with knowledge of regulations and techniques to help plan and implement telephone installations. Above all, this is a practical book for those intending to make a living from installing extensions and systems, for facilities managers responsible for workplace systems, for those who need to communicate effectively with telephone engineers, and for those who prefer to do their own work around the house.

The new edition has been updated throughout, and now includes extended information on ISDN and also a new chapter covering CAT5 cabling -- its implementation and integration.

The first practical guide to telephone installation, fully updated to cover new technological advances
A basic primer for those with little prior knowledge of the subject and want to know more.
* Coverage of the basics makes this a useful reference work.

Price: $59.95

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The Great Indian Phone Book: How the Cheap Cell Phone Changes Business, Politics, and Daily Life

In 2001, India had 4 million cell phone subscribers. Ten years later, that number had exploded to more than 750 million. Over just a decade, the mobile phone was transformed from a rare and unwieldy instrument to a palm-sized, affordable staple, taken for granted by poor fishermen in Kerala and affluent entrepreneurs in Mumbai alike. The Great Indian Phone Book investigates the social revolution ignited by what may be the most significant communications device in history, one which has disrupted more people and relationships than the printing press, wristwatch, automobile, or railways, though it has qualities of all four.

In this fast-paced study, Assa Doron and Robin Jeffrey explore the whole ecosystem of the cheap mobile phone. Blending journalistic immediacy with years of field-research experience in India, they portray the capitalists and bureaucrats who control the cellular infrastructure and wrestle over bandwidth rights, the marketers and technicians who bring mobile phones to the masses, and the often poor, village-bound users who adapt these addictive and sometimes troublesome devices to their daily lives. Examining the challenges cell phones pose to a hierarchy-bound country, the authors argue that in India, where caste and gender restrictions have defined power for generations, the disruptive potential of mobile phones is even greater than elsewhere.

The Great Indian Phone Book is a rigorously researched, multidimensional tale of what can happen when a powerful and readily available technology is placed in the hands of a large, still predominantly poor population.

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The Mobile Connection: The Cell Phone's Impact on Society (Interactive Technologies)

Has the cell phone forever changed the way people communicate? The mobile phone is used for "real time” coordination while on the run, adolescents use it to manage their freedom, and teens "text” to each other day and night. The mobile phone is more than a simple technical innovation or social fad, more than just an intrusion on polite society. This book, based on world-wide research involving tens of thousands of interviews and contextual observations, looks into the impact of the phone on our daily lives. The mobile phone has fundamentally affected our accessibility, safety and security, coordination of social and business activities, and use of public places.

Based on research conducted in dozens of countries, this insightful and entertaining book examines the once unexpected interaction between humans and cell phones, and between humans, period. The compelling discussion and projections about the future of the telephone should give designers everywhere a more informed practice and process, and provide researchers with new ideas to last years.

*Rich Ling (an American working in Norway) is a prominent researcher, interviewed in the new technology article in the November 9 issue of the New York Times Magazine.
*A particularly "good read", this book will be important to the designers, information designers, social psychologists, and others who will have an impact on the development of the new third generation of mobile telephones.
*Carefully and wittily written by a senior research scientist at Telenor, Norway's largest telecommunications company, and developer of the first mobile telephone system that allowed for international roaming.

Price: $47.95

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The Wall Design Protective Decal Skin Sticker (High Gloss Coating) for Samsung Galaxy Note II GT-N7100 Cell Phone

Bring stunning style and sensible protection to your Samsung Galaxy Note II GT-N7100 Cell Phone with this amazing decal skin. The durable combination of cast vinyl and clear laminate that makes up this skin sticker gives your Samsung Galaxy Note 2 protection from the daily scratches and scuffs that can make your device look worn. This skin decal's exterior is digitally printed with a beautiful, art-quality design that helps you show the world your own personal style. Thanks to a slim-fit design, this skin decal won't interfere with most cases and accessories, and it won't add extra weight or bulk to your Samsung Galaxy Note II.

This protective decal skin's unique channeled adhesive makes it easy for you to apply and remove this skin sticker without the hassle of air bubbles or sticky residue. Add even more style to your phone when you use the code included in each skin kit to download a matching wallpaper. To bring both style and protection to your Samsung Galaxy Note II GT N7100, just add this incredible protective skin to your device. (Note: Due to differences in monitors, color may vary from photo.)Device not included.

This item IS NOT a hard case cover or faceplate. These are custom-made decal vinyl sticker, all Expedite or Standard orders will take 2-3 extra business days to ship out. Premium automotive-grade cast vinyl decal with High Gloss Coating that rivals the reflection of automotive paint or glass. We also carry Matte Satin Coating as selection.

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Universal Generation X Cell Phone Antenna Booster Signal Enhancer for T-mobile cell phone

Universal Generation X Cell Phone Antenna Booster Signal Enhancer for T-mobile cell phone . The Universal Generation X Cell Phone Antenna Booster Signal Enhancer is a passive device designed to capture stray radiation in the body of the cell phone and to re-radiate the signal to improve the phones reception. The signal booster will work most efficiently when installed properly. When using the phone, try to avoid placing your hand over the area where the internal antenna is installed.There are no tools required for installation.FEATURES: Enables to reduce dropped calls and fading signals.

To improves signal strength. Enhances sound quality. Can be used with any cell phone, PDA.INSTRUCTIONS:Simply place the antenna under your battery to add the equivalent of a 4' antenna to your phone or PDA.Compatible With T-mobile MyTouch 4G Sparq G2 with Google myTouch Q (LG Maxx QWERTY) Comet Garminfone myTouch 4G Slide(Doubleshot) Sidekick 4G T839 myTouch (LG Maxx Touch) myTouch 3G Slide myTouch 3G HD2 Tap Sidekick LX 2009 G2 (HTC Desire Z) G1 myTouch 3G (Fender Edition) Pulse Mini G2 Touch Pulse Dash Dash 3G Vairy Touch MDA Basic Vairy Touch II Sidekick LX Wing Vairy Text MDA Vario IV Shadow Mint Shadow Shadow 2

Price: $ 125 

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Unlocked Quadband 2 sim with Android 2.3 OS (Android 4.1 UI) Smart Phone 4.0 Inch Capacitive Touch Screen T-mobile Simple mobile (White)

Type: Touch screen phone Color: White OS: Android 2.3 CPU: PZ320 1GHz Service Provide: Unlocked ROM: 256MB RAM: 256MB Battery: 1400mAh Li-ion Capacitive touch (2-point) screen Network frequency: GSM 900/1800MHz Dual SIM, Dual standby Dual cameras (the back one with flash light) Wireless internet Gravity sensing system FM/MP3/MP4/Bluetooth function supported Network Network type: GSM Frequency: GSM 900/1800MHz WIFI: 802.11b/g wireless internet Bluetooth A2DP Screen Information Screen type: Capacitive (2-point) Screen size: 4.0 inch Screen resolution: 320 x 480 (HVGA) Connectivity 2 x SIM slot TF card slot.

Micro USB host 3.5mm audio out port Microphone Speaker Camera Back camera: 3MP (with flash light) Front camera: 3MP Video recording: Yes Storage Internal memory: 200MB External memory: TF card up to 32GB (not included) Supported Media Formats Picture format: JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG Video format: 3GP, MP4 Music format: AAC, AMR, MP3, WAV MS Office format: Word, Excel, PPT E-book format: TXT Live wallpaper support: Yes Games: Android APK and Java Languages English, French, Portuguese, Russian (Note: If you need any specific language other than English, you must leave us a message when you checkout).

Dimensions Product size (L x W x H): 127 x 66 x 10 mm Product weight: 143 g Package weight: 0.5 kg Additional Features Wi-Fi, Java, FM, Bluetooth, E-book, Sound Recorder, MP3, MP4, MMS, Alarm, Calendar, Calculator... Package Contents 1 x Smart Phone 2 x Battery 1 x Power Adapter 1 x Earphones 1 x USB Cable 1 x English Manual Product Notes: This Android device is designed to function specifically with the current Android OS installed on it. Any alterations such as upgrades, modding with custom ROMs, rooting or flashing the Android device with other firmware will automatically void the device's warranty.

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Viking Electronics Video Entry Phone Stainless Steel

- Viking video entry phone in Stainless Steel- E-50 Series video entry phones are pact weather and vandal resistant speaker phones designed to providetwo-way handsfree audio munication and color posite video of who is at your door or gate- Compact size allows it to be mounted in a standardsingle gang electrical box- Replacement E-50 faceplates (PNL50) can be purchased separately - Can share a single phone line with house or small business telephones when used with a Viking model C-200 or C-2000A Entry Phone controller- Can alsobe connected to an unused analog station port (programmed for ring down) on a phone system or connected directly to a telephone line when used with aViking model K-1900-5 auto dialer.

Features a built-in high resolution color video camera microphone and speaker volume controls selectable autoanswer for monitoring and intelligent call progress detection for automatic hang-up when the call is pleted- Door or gate munication business delivery entrances - Use with a Viking C-200to control one E-50 on a single phone line - Use with a Viking C-2000A to control 1 to 4 E-50’s and door/gate control on a single phone line - Provide unique front and back door chimes and paging when used with a Viking SLP-1 and C-2000A - Use with a Viking K-1900-5 for automatic speed dialing on telephone lines or analog PABX/KSU stationports.

Use on an analog PABX station port with programmable ringdown capability - Built-in high resolution color video camera with wide viewing- Tilt/swivel adjustments- Wide operating temperature of -30° F to 150° F - Audio and video transmission on one CAT5E cable - Compact size: front panel is the size of a typical single gang midsize wall plate - Mounting: flush mount ina single gang (1.7" deep x 2.1" wide min) electrical box or surface mount in a Viking model VE-3x5 (not included) - Weather resistant features: mylar speaker faceplate gasket mic and speaker gasket internally sealed (IP67) push button switch sealed

Price: $454.80

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VTech V-Link Accessory

V.Link is the easy way for kids to track their progress on V.Smile Cyber Pocket, V.Smile PC Pal, and V.Smile Motion. Just plug V.Link in the specified V.Smile Game Console and it automatically tracks kids progress and scores. Plug the V.Link into a PC's USB port and it auto connects to a secure site where kids see how they rank against all V.Smile players and earn online bonus games. V.Link is the easy way for kids to track their progress on V.Smile Cyber Pocket, V.Smile PC Pal, and V.Smile Motion.

Just plug V.Link in the specified V.Smile Game Console and it automatically tracks kids progress and scores. Plug the V.Link into a PC's USB port and it auto connects to a secure site where kids see how they rank against all V.Smile players. As kids play more of their Smartridges and master more school skills, they are rewarded with on-line bonus games. Each V.Link only tracks and rewards one child. In order to keep everyone happy and tracking individual progress, your family may elect to get one V.link per child. Both the V.Smile Motion and the Cyber Pocket come with one V.Link included

Price: $17.99

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Wall Flower Design Protective Skin Decal Sticker for Samsung Galaxy S II SGH T989 Cell Phone

Style, function, and smarts come together in this fashionable and practical skin decal sticker for your Samsung Galaxy S II SGH T989 (T-mobile) Cell Phone. While the beautiful design shows off your own unique style, the durable cast vinyl and high-gloss clear laminate keep your device protected against daily bumps, scratches, and general wear and tear that can make your device look worn. The skin decal features a slim fit that won't add bulk but will allow you to keep using your device with most cases and accessories. Applying and removing the skin decal is easy: simply peel and stick.

The channeled adhesive keeps a tight hold to the front and back of your Samsung Galaxy S 2 while also preventing air bubbles, and that same adhesive also allow you to peel off the skin decal easily (without sticky residue) when you want to change your style. With the code in each skin kit, you can extend your style even as far as your display screen by downloading a wallpaper to match your chosen design. (Note: Due to differences in monitors, color may vary from photo.)

This item IS NOT a hard case cover / faceplate. These are custom-made decal vinyl sticker, all Expedite or Standard orders will take 2-3 extra business days to ship out.

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ZTE Avid 4G Mobile Phone Universal Case Women's Wallet Clutch - PURPLE & BLUE. Bonus Ekatomi Screen Cleaner

Ekatomi will process and ship items within 1-2 business day(s); from California, USA.

Bonus Ekatomi's reusable sticker, screen cleaner to help remove dust / dirt from youur gadget.

Suitable for a woman for whom both fashion as well as price is important! This universal, mobile phone women's wallet does double duty to protect and hold your pocket belongings in one secure location. Available slots inside for your cards, cash, receipt, etc. Removable wrist strap for your convenience as you carry your daily necessities in one. Comfortable, beneficial and affordable.

Unique and happy combination of beautiful colors that gives timeless fashion and style on this universal wallet. Protect your phone on the go!

*Color may appear slightly different due to personal computer brightness settings*
You may or may not fit your gadget with a housing shell/case; please check the approximate dimensions for your reference.

Price: $21.99

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JBuds J5 Earbuds-Style Headphones (Graphite)

JLab marks the 5th anniversary of the best-selling JBuds line with the striking new J5. Benefiting from five years of evolution in design, sound quality, durability, and comfort, the J5 ear buds-style headphones represent the most universally appealing JBuds ever. JLab continues to refine our signature sound, fueled by a dialogue with thousands of customers on how different JBuds models translate their favorite tracks and genres. The J5's titanium micro drivers deliver an incredibly smooth and consistent response across the entire frequency curve, from deep, rich bass to full, luscious mids and crisp, vibrant highs. The all new 45° angle jack leverages the strength of pure metal with the durability of flexing rubber.

The Y joint features the rugged exoskeleton pioneered on the J4, now more compact. The lightweight cable is reinforced with Kevlar for optimum flexibility and strength. Sleek housing ergonomics deliver an ultra comfortable fit with a satin soft feeling inside the ear. The J5 is so comfortable, you can barely feel you're wearing ear buds. The rear bass port offers the optimal mix of airflow to the drivers through an inset rear chrome grill inspired by Italian supercars. The front housing sports a contrasting metal bling ring, protective front chrome grill, and JLab's classic sound tube, compatible with our double flange tips. Crafted from solid aluminum and polished with a silky anodized finish, the J5 is available in an array of sinful colors.

24 karat gold plated 3.5 mm jack for premium, lossless connection. Details include laser engraved logos and custom '5' strain relief. Includes 4 pairs of silicone cushions as well as a clip for securing the cable. Compatible with JLab's sport ear hooks. Compatible with Kindle Fire, iPad, iPod, tablets, MP3 players, and other devices with a standard 3.5 mm jack. Also available with mic (J5M) for use with mobile phones and tablets. Backed by JLab's limited one year warranty and world-class support.

Price: $59.95

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Galaxy S4 beats iPhone 5 in our brutal destruction test video

The Samsung Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5 -- two smart phones at the top of their game. But which is tougher? That's what our in-depth and brutal destruction video aims to discover. Hit play to see the world's two greatest mobiles drowned, scratched, dropped and crushed -- with surprising results. In the video you'll see both phones -- kindly donated by gadget insurance company Protect your bubble -- dunked underwater, with Samsung's mobile making a truly miraculous recovery that puts Apple's aluminium smart phone to shame.

You'll also discover the unsuspecting object in your pocket or handbag that's most likely to destroy your precious smart phone's screen, and see how it lays waste to both mobiles' toughened displays. After that, both phones have an appointment with a slab of concrete, and a ladder. But which mobile takes more damage before shattering? Click play to find out.

Finally, we run both phones over with XCAR's enormous truck. I won't spoil the results for you, but let's just say that if you happen to enjoy super-slow-motion shots of phones exploding beneath the immense tread of a huge tyre, you'll probably like the video we've prepared for you. Which of these two phones is your favourite? Do you think about durability when buying a smart phone, or are there other features you care more about? Let me know in the comments, or on our Facebook wall.

Nero SIPPS Connect: the Internet Phone Solution [Old Version]

Nero SIPPS Connect is an intuitive internet phone that offers you all the features you expect along with a high level of customization. Convert your PC into a communication center! VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) now provides users with simple and cost-effective ways to communicate through your internet connection. SIPPS Connect offers easy VoIP solutions for all PC users connected globally. With two SIPPS Connect licenses included, you can share the VoIP experience with family or friends everywhere. Call your friends and family at home and on their mobile phones at extremely competitive rates!

Price: $29.99

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Nokia Lumia 925 available now in UK

The Nokia Lumia 925 is available now. The new flagship Windows Phone 8 smart phone from Nokia lands in different colours at different networks and shops throughout the week, and brings with it a new camera mode and always-on clock. Unlike previous Lumias, the 925 ditches the brightly coloured cases for a monochrome cladding. The 32GB black version is exclusively sold by Vodafone at first, while the white 16GB model is only sold by O2 for now. 3, EE, Phones4u, and Carphone Warehouse and other shops will sell the 925 later this month.

Based on the Lumia flagship the Nokia Lumia 920 -- and a European version of the Lumia 928 -- the 925 is the first Lumia with metal in the design. A metal band encases the polycarbonate plastic back, which can be swapped for yellow and red options. Oh, and a wireless charging cover can be clipped onto the back instead, so you can charge your phone without plugging in a cable. The Lumia showcases Nokia's Smart Camera mode, which captures ten images in one go, so you can quickly pick the best snap or edit out stuff from the picture. Smart Camera mode will come to all Lumia Windows Phone 8 smartphones in a forthcoming software update.

The 925 is also the first to shows the time all the time, with Glance Screen displaying a clock even when you haven't woken the phone. The Lumia 925 is due to go on sale today, but if not Nokia says it's expected to hit shelves this week. And keep it CNET for our in-depth review of the 925, coming atcha any minute. Are you tempted by the Nokia Lumia 925? Tell us your thoughts in the comments or work nine-to-five on our hard-working Facebook page.  

OBi100 VoIP Telephone Adapter and Voice Service Bridge

FREE Calling with Your Home Phone

Use your existing home phone and your broadband router to make and receive calls over the Internet for free (or at a very low-cost).

Why You Will Love the OBi

  • Save Money
    Use FREE and low-cost VoIP services to lower your phone bills... Maybe to NOTHING!

  • Pay Only for the Device — It's Not Locked to a Service!
    You can add VoIP services to make & receive phone calls to and from regular numbers. In addition, OBi to OBi calls are FREE.

  • Computer Not Required
    All you need is your existing home phone and broadband router.

  • Fantastic Voice Clarity
    Talk with your family and friends anywhere in the world, from the comfort of your home telephone.

  • How Does the OBi Work?

    The OBi allows you to make and receive phone calls using your high-speed internet, your regular home phone and a "VoIP" Internet phone service provider like Google Voice™, Callcentric or VoIP.ms. No computer is needed. You can also call for FREE from one OBi to another OBi anywhere in the world. In this case, a traditional phone service is never needed to make the connections. Talking becomes truly free.


    1. Broadband Internet Connection
    2. Internet Router with Available Ethernet Port
    3. Analog/Digital Corded or Cordless Phone
    4. VoIP Service Provider Account Username & Password (Optional)
        Examples of Service Providers:
          Google Voice™
          plus Many More…!


    • FREE Calls* to US & Canada Using Google Voice™

    • Unlocked — Use with Any VoIP Service Provider

    • Get the Lowest Cost International Calls with Service Providers of Your Choice

    • Premium Features — Voice Mail, Caller ID, Call Forwarding, Call Waiting, 3-Way Calling

    • FREE OBi to OBi Calls Anywhere in the World

    • No Computer Required to Make/Receive Calls

    • OBi Callback — Make Calls at Receiving Rate

    • Fantastic Call Quality

    • Use FREE OBiON iPhone™ & Android™ Apps from Your Smart Phone

    • Easy Set-Up

      1. Connect the OBi to Your Internet Router
      2. Connect Your Home Phone to the OBi
      3. Sign-on to www.OBiTALK.com
      4. Add Google Voice™ or Any Other VoIP Service Provider to your OBi Device (Optional)

      Additional Benefits

    • 1-Year Limited Hardware Warranty

    • Live Technical Support via...
         - Email
         - OBiTALK Community Forum
         - Phone

    • Free Software Updates & Enhancements

    • Features

      Google Voice™ Derived Features:
      - One Number for All Your Calls / Phone Devices
      - Call Forwarding
      - Call Blocking
      - Call History
      - Call Billing - Detailed History
      - Do Not Disturb
      - International Calling
      - Ability to Ring Multiple Phones on Incoming Calls
      - Voice Mail (Voice Mail Acts Like Email)
      - Voice Mail Speech to Text
      - Voice Mail Alerts via Email, Text-message, Indicator on Phone
      - Custom Voice Mail Greetings
      - Send and Receive Text Messages
      - Use the Google Voice™ Web Portal to See, Listen to and manage voicemail
      - Call Recording
      - Multi-party Conference Calling

      OBi Device Telephony Features:
      - Message Waiting Indication - Visual and Tone Based
      - Speed Dialing of 99 OBi Endpoints or Numbers
      - Three-Party Conference Calling with Local Mixing
      - Hook Flash Event Signaling
      - Caller ID - Number
      - Caller ID - Name (Not Available with GV)
      - Call Waiting
      - Call Forward - Unconditional
      - Call Forward on Busy
      - Call Forward on No Answer
      - Do Not Disturb
      - Call Return
      - Call Recording (From Device Web UI)
      - Call History (Last 200 Calls from Device Web UI)
      - Aggregation and Bridging of Two (2) SIP and/or Google Voice™ & One (1) OBiTALK Services
      - Automatic Attendant (AA) for Simplified Call Routing
      - Call Back Service - Connect to AA to Make a New Call or Ring the Attached Phone

      OBiTALK Web Portal Integration:
      - Configuration and Management of OBi Endpoints
      - Addition & Configuration of VoIP Service Providers - Including 7-Digit Dialing
      - Download OBiON Apps for Smart Phones, Internet Tablet Devices & PCs
      - Creating & Joining Circles of Trust So You Can Share Your OBi's Services with Friends & Family
      - Setting Up Your OBi Endpoint Speed Dial Directory

      Which OBi Should I Get?

      Obihai have two telephone adapters, currently - The OBi100 and the OBi110. The two products function the same except for one feature. The OBi110 has a physical port for an analog line service. This port, labeled LINE on the OBi110, can be thought of as a gateway to a traditional phone service. The service can be from a land line carrier. It can also be from a VoIP service, when the phone port of the service provider's device is plugged into the LINE port of the OBi110. This gateway functionality is useful for a number of reasons.

      OBi110 LINE Port:
      - Allows you to keep your current land line service yet take advantage of the OBi device's VoIP services.
      - Provides for an emergency calling services route when connected to a service supporting the same.
      - Acts as a gateway and bridge to the PSTN for calls originating on a VoIP service from a remote OBi device or soft phone.

      The OBi110 & OBi100 Both Have:
      - One Phone Port: For connection to an analog cordless or corded phone
      - The OBi Phone Port Can Power All the Phones in Your Home
      - One Ethernet Port: For connection to an Internet router
      - Support for up to 2 Commercial VoIP services
      - Support for SIP
      - Support for Google Voice™
      - Support for OBiTALK
      - Message Waiting Indication - Visual and Tone Based
      - Speed Dialing of 99 OBi Endpoints or Numbers
      - Three Way Conference Calling with Local Mixing
      - Hook Flash Event Signaling
      - Caller ID - Name & Number
      - Call Waiting
      - Call Forward - Unconditional
      - Call Forward on Busy
      - Call Forward on No Answer
      - Call Transfer
      - Anonymous Call
      - Block Anonymous Call
      - Do Not Disturb
      - Call Return
      - Repeat Dialing
      - OBiTALK Managed VoIP Network for OBi Endpoint Devices & Applications
      - High Quality Voice Encoding Using G.711, G.726, G.729 Algorithms

      * Google previously announced that calls inside the USA and Canada to the USA and Canada will be free through 2012.
      Calls to the USA and Canada from other countries are 1 cent per minute.
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      Note: Some listed features are not available from every service provider.

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Roaming charges in Europe could go on until next year.

I spoke with the smart phone roaming the place, and displays the cost at home, I'll show you the same somewhere else. The EU is Europe, next year could end up with an unwanted Bill shock's international mobile roaming charges is a step closer to ending. European officials said an emergency call came in a foreign network, the company also has a United Kingdom to pave the way for a while, when the mainland currency, charging extra for text and data proposed to be banned from voting.

Ditching roaming charges in an effort to one of the biggest telecommunications market as part of European integration, the Telegraph reports. Detailed proposals will be created in the next six weeks to next year's European elections will push through time and about if all goes well could be enacted by July 2014. EU officials are charged in the history of roaming charges, after we have our holibobs how to use our phones to do more so that mobile phone networks are 2% of earnings for a check for slipping.

Single European mobile phone market – and perhaps a single communications watchdog Ofcom-here's our Green and pleasant throughout, such as the euro, and compete for your business in the land, a foreign opening the way for the network. The network can also be formed here and the continent's affiliate, even though we are part of the network is already connected to Europe: Telefonica O2 and Vodafone, owned by international brands.

"For consumers, the real victory is abolished all roaming charges in the EU" uSwitch's mobile expert Ernest doku says. "Not only will we be protected from shock but no Bill Gates too cheap mobile deals and finding a piece of the market in the United Kingdom could mean will be open to foreign networks. The Brits are still non-EU countries, if you are using a cell phone in a very careful, but there is still no limit at all. "

The first 4 g network in the United Kingdom, electronic, network, when the proposal for the record comments are said to me. Roaming charges were put out of the pasture it's time for it? If you've ever hit by a shocking Bill? Tell us your thoughts in the comments or roaming over on our Facebook page, that is fine.

New Plantronics Supraplus Wideband Monaural Style Over The Head Headset Audio Telephones Voip

The Foscam FI8910W features high quality video and audio, pan/tilt, remote internet viewing, motion detection, night-vision, embedded IR-Cut filter as well as a built in network video recording system. In addition, it is smartphone compatible (iPhone, Android & Blackberry) as well as viewable over the internet using standard web-browsers. The camera functions well as an iPhone baby monitor or as part of a home or office security system with remote internet monitoring ability. Building on the success of the Foscam FI8918W, the FI8910W is the latest camera from Foscam Digital Technologies LLC.

The FI8910W distinguishes itself with an embedded IR-Cut filter providing enhanced picture and color quality. The IR-Cut filter automatically adjusts the lighting exposure via mechanical filter to provide true and accurately colored images that are not washed out. In addition, the FI8910W has an upgraded and higher quality external housing as well as an included 2 year extended warranty. Features: Remote internet monitoring from anywhere in the world over LAN or internet  Supports standard browsers; iPhone/iPad, Android & Blackberry compatible IR-Cut filter for true color video and images Two-way audio 300 degree pan, 120 degree tilt Auto IR-LED illumination lights for night vision up to 8 meters IR lights can be turned off manually from the software Audio quality is improved, there will be no noise when speaking into the camera.

WPA2, WPA & WEP Internal mic as well as jack for external mic Simple to setup with a friendly graphical interface 640 x 480 Pixels (300k Pixels) Infrared Motion Detection (with email notification and image upload via FTP) Wifi IEEE 802.11b/g, Wired connection also included DDNS Multi-level user management.what's in the box: Foscam Wireless IP Camera, Wifi Antenna, User Manual, Installation CD, Mounting Bracket, Network Cable and DC Power Supply 5v. 2 year extended warranty, when bought from authorized retailers listed at foscam.us/where-to-buy.html


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Sony Xperia Access gives intimate access to Sony artists

Want to party with Rita Ora? Want to get so close and personal with Newton Faulkner that you can feel his prickly, orange beard on your face? You might want to float your eyes over Sony's way then as it’s providing a way for you to get a little more intimate with musicians. Xperia Access, as it's known, will be set up as a hub on Sony's Xperia Facebook page, providing a host of behind the scenes videos, interviews and exclusive performances with some of Sony's artists. In case that doesn't get your celebrity juices flowing, Sony will also be running competitions to see artists like Rita Ora perform in Sony Music's Derry Street office.

Still not good enough? How about being able to win the opportunity to visit artists in the studio during recording sessions? In a launch video, dreadlocked folk singer Newton Faulkner suggested that one winner will be able join him in studio for a brew and, if they can hold a good humming note, will even get to perform on his next album. The videos and competitions will be available through a Facebook hub and Vevo channel. They'll be open to the general public too, not just the few of you’ve who've bought an Xperia device recently. In fact there's surprisingly little to do with Sony's new Xperia Z smart phone or tablet, which is particularly odd, given that the whole thing comes bearing the Xperia name, rather than just Sony's.

"The smartphone will feature, but it's not about pushing the product in people's faces." Sony explained to me. Expect the odd celeb to be texting on the Z, but let's hope that whopping great ads don’t get in the way of the music. It also didn't want to elaborate further on exactly which artists would be involved. It did indicate however that the focus will be more on up and coming artists, rather than big, established names. Along with Ora and Faulkner, piano-boy Tom Odell will be on board, but you'll apparently have to wait and see who else will feature.

Xperia Access is, for now, a summer-only thing, running from 10 June, to 12 September. "Summer is all about the music," explained Sony, who tentatively hinted that festival access might feature among the prizes. It said it didn’t have any plans as yet for Access to run after August, but if it proves to be popular then you can bet your last penny that Sony won’t can the idea in the Autumn. If you're keen to get involved then head on over to Sony's Facebook page to see what's what. While you're there, pop on over to our own star-studded Facebook page to let me know what you think.

OBi202 VoIP Phone Adapter with Router, 2-Phone Ports, T.38 Fax - Supports: Google Voice & SIP (Unlocked)

The OBi202 is perfect for customers who do not have a traditional Telco phone service and want the savings and simplicity of using a VoIP service for all their calls. With its support for 2 independently configurable phone ports, support for Google Voice and many other VoIP providers, the OBi202 provides you with an abundance of control and convenience from the comfort of your home phone(s). The OBi202 is equipped with a 2-Port router/bridge with support for integrated quality of service (QoS). The OBi202 may be installed in a variety of environments where an extra Ethernet port is needed to connect a computer/network behind the OBi202 and/or locations where upstream voice traffic needs to be prioritized above other types of traffic like web surfing and uploading pictures and movies.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 could be first metal Galaxy phone

Like rebellious teenagers in bedrooms across the world, it seems Samsung could be about to go through a metal phase. Reports suggest the Samsung Galaxy S5 -- follow-up to the smash hit Galaxy S4 -- could boast the first aluminium body in the Galaxy line-up. Android Geeks reports the as-yet-unreleased S5 will be encased in an aluminium unibody like the iPhone and HTC One, styled under a new philosophy dubbed 'Design 3.0'.

Exactly what that involves remains to be seen, but word on the street suggests the S5 will be the first of many high-end Galaxy smart phones to be made of metal. The current S4 is made out of -- to paraphrase Nicolas Cage in The Rock -- glass and plastic, glass and plastic! Plastic is certainly tough, but lacks the premium feel you'd expect from a phone you've dropped a monkey on. And with the S4 taking stick for looking identical to the S3, it could be time for a new look when the next S phone comes along.

Aluminium certainly gives a phone a weighty, premium feel, and is tougher than plastic. Plastic does have other advantages, though. A metal body generally precludes a removable battery, a criticism of unibody blowers like the iPhone, HTC One or Nokia Lumia phones. If you're bothered by the build quality of the S4, there is another option: the waterproof, drop-proof Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, a toughened spin-off of the S4 expected to arrive in July.

Still, the actual S4 is pretty 'ard -- hit play below to see the S4 take on the iPhone in a head-to-head, no-holds-barred fight to the death in our brutal destruction test:

Are you happy with the S4's plastic build? Should Samsung switch to metal? What's the best-built phone in your opinion? Ride the lightning in the comments, or take the highway to hell and throw horns on our very metal Facebook wall.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra phablet teased in saucy French invite

Ooh la la! What ees zees, my leetle chickens? Could it be une grande phablette? This cheeky little invite has been sent to French Android blog FrAndroid, and it looks very much like a gigantic Sony Xperia Z. Bonnet de douche! "Sony Mobile has a big surprise for you," the invite winks saucily, "Don't forget to mark your calendars!" The grande debut is on 4 July.

Showing a very tall, thin device sporting the trademark Xperia power nubbin and a classy looking stylus, there's little doubt Sony's planning a version of the flagship Xperia Z with an even bigger screen. It's called the Xperia Z Ultra, according to reliable gossip-merchants Xperia Blog, and features a 6.4-inch display with the same 1080p resolution as the Xperia Z. It may feature new infrared screen tech from a company called Neonode, which lets you control it with pretty much anything -- a finger, a stylus, even a piquant merguez.

Other rumoured specs include a mighty 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, which has an Adreno 330 graphics unit and an ultra-low power digital signal processor for saving battery life. 2GB of RAM seems a fair bet, and 16GB of storage expandable with microSD too. An 8-megapixel camera seems a little stingey compared to the Xperia Z's 13 megapixels, but there should be a 2.2-megapixel snapper on the front for video calls.

We absolutely loved the Xperia Z with its incredible 5-inch screen and waterproof capabilities, and the Tablet Z is a wonderful bathtime chum too. The Ultra doesn't look to have the same damp-repelling abilities, however, with an uncovered headphone jack. What do you make of the idea of an Xperia Z phablet? Magnifique or merde? Do your best Gallic shrug down in the comments, or over on our Gitanes-smoking Facebook page.

Packet Guide to Voice Over IP: A system administrator's guide to VoIP technologies

Go under the hood of an operating Voice over IP network, and build your knowledge of the protocols and architectures used by this Internet telephony technology. With this concise guide, you’ll learn about services involved in VoIP and get a first-hand view of network data packets from the time the phones boot through calls and subsequent connection teardown.

With packet captures available on the companion website, this book is ideal whether you’re an instructor, student, or professional looking to boost your skill set. Each chapter includes a set of review questions, as well as practical, hands-on lab exercises.

  • Learn the requirements for deploying packetized voice and video

  • Understand traditional telephony concepts, including local loop, tip and ring, and T carriers

  • Explore the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), VoIP’s primary signaling protocol

  • Learn the operations and fields for VoIP’s standardized RTP and RTCP transport protocols

  • Delve into voice and video codecs for converting analog data to digital format for transmission

  • Get familiar with Communications Systems H.323, SIP’s widely used predecessor

  • Examine the Skinny Client Control Protocol used in Cisco VoIP phones in networks around the world

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Vodafone Smart Mini is a 3.5-inch Android blower for £50

Vodafone's new budget own-brand blower is a cheery little Android-powered fellow who'll only set you back £50 on pay as you go. On sale later today from Vodafone's website, the Smart Mini is a super-basic mobile that could make a good late-night backup. It'll certainly fit in your pocket at 115 by 62mm, although it's thicker than many high-end phones at 12.2mm.

Specs-wise you're not getting a huge amount for your half a tonne, with a 1GHz single-core processor, a meagre 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage, only 2.4GB of which is usable. You can expand that by 32GB with a microSD card, but you probably won't be able to install apps to it -- most phones running Android Jelly Bean, like the Smart Mini, can't do that without rooting.

Its 3.5-inch display is totally basic too. At 480x320 pixels, don't expect pin-sharp icons, and text will be a chore to read. That's 165 pixels per inch, which is about the same density as the original iPhone. The one from six years ago. I can warn you from personal experience that phones with small, low-res screens like this are not good starter phones for people who've never used touchscreens before. Using the keyboard in particular can be very difficult, but we'll reserve judgement until we see it in person.

Another option for not much more cash is the £60 Huawei Ascend Y300, which has a much better screen, a dual-core chip and a 5-megapixel camera (the Smart Mini makes do with 2 megapixels). Nevertheless, £50 is not a lot of money and it's certainly compact. It's available in black and white -- and a pink model is coming soon, Vodafone tells me. What kind of phone do you have as your backup? What's the best sub-£100 phone around at the moment? Make your recommendations down in the comments, or over on our frugal Facebook page.

OBiWiFi Wireless Adapter for OBi202

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Trendnet TEW-812DRU AC1750 Dual Band Wireless Router

Trendnet's AC1750 Dual Band Wireless router (model TEW-812DRU) is a major upgrade from the company's previous TEW-692GR, and the first 802.11ac-enabled router from Trendnet. In my testing, the device offered excellent Wi-Fi performance and was easy to use. Its only minor shortcomings are the lack of a wall-mount option and its slow storage performance when using a plugged-in USB external hard drive.

At the current street price of around $150, some $50 less than its peers cost, the TEW-812DRU is the most affordable 803.11ac-enabled router on the market. Even those that don't currently have 802.11ac clients at home will benefit from what it has to offer. For more good 802.11ac router options, check out the alternatives on this list.

Design and ease of use
This is the first router from Trendnet I've seen with an internal antenna design. Instead of lying flat on a surface like all of its predecessors, the new router stands in a vertical position, like a book. The router is thick and heavy enough for it to be quite steady in this position. There's no option for wall-mounting, however, unfortunately.

On the front, it has an array of LED indicator lights showing the statuses of the ports on the back, the Internet, the power, and the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) option. On the back, the router has one USB 2.0 port, four Gigabit LAN ports, and one Gigabit WAN (Internet) port. There's also a tiny WPS button that initiates the 2-minute window of time in which other WPS-enabled clients can connect to the router's Wi-Fi networks. The TEW-812DRU's Web interface is very responsive, easy to use, and works with any browser.

The USB port is located on top of the network ports, which is somewhat of a design flaw. This is because when connected to an external storage device or a printer, the USB cable might put stress on the router and make it topple easily. This is not a big deal, however, since the router works fine in other placements. The USB port provided enough juice to power all portable bus-powered drives I tried it with.

Setting up the TEW-812DRU is very easy via its Web interface. Basically, from a connected computer, point a browser to the router's default IP address, which is, and log in with the default credential, which is admin for both password and username. Check out this How To post on setting up a router for more information.

The TEW-812DRU AC1750 is a true dual-band router that offers the top speed of the Wireless-N standard, which is 450Mbps, on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequency bands at the same time. On top of that, it also offers up to 1,300Mbps 802.11ac speed on the 5GHz band. (Read more here about Wi-Fi standards.)

The way Wi-Fi standards work, in order to enjoy 802.11ac speed, you need to use 802.11ac-enabled clients with the router. For now, there are almost no hardware devices, such as tablets or laptops, that come with built-in 802.11ac support. However, for computers, you can get 802.11ac adapter or media bridge to take advance of the faster speed. You can create up to four main Wi-Fi networks on each of the router's two frequency bands.

The TEW-812DRU offers the most Wi-Fi networks I've seen from a router. You can set up as many as four main Wi-Fi networks and another four guest Wi-Fi networks on each band. This means the router can offer a total of 16 concurrent Wi-Fi networks. You can literally create a network for each Wi-Fi standard and still have a few to spare. The use of multiple Wi-Fi networks means that you don't have to sacrifice speed for backward compatibility.

The TEW-812DRU's Web interface, similar to that of the TEW-692GR, is responsive and works in any browser. The interface is intuitive and includes a clear indicator that shows the progress of changes that are being applied to the router's settings. This is helpful, as with many other routers you have no idea when changes have been applied.

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ZyXel PLA4205 500 Mbps Powerline Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

The ZyXel PLA4205 HD power line adapter is the fastest I've seen yet, thanks to the combination of the Powerline AV 500 standard and Gigabit Ethernet. It offers more than twice the speed of a regular Ethernet connection, which is all the more reason you should get a pair of these instead of running network cable to that far corner of the house where your Wi-Fi signal can't reach.

The PLA4205 isn't perfect since it doesn't come with a pass-through power socket. The adapter itself could also stand to slim down a bit to keep the wall socket area clear, or use power cable to connect to the wall, instead of the current snap-on design. At the street price of around $50 per unit or around $80 for a kit of two, however, the ZyXel PLA4205 is one of the best deals for those wanting to build or expand a power line home network. Not only does it save you setup time, it also offers speed closer to that of a Gigabit Ethernet network than any of its peers. See our list of top power line adapter options.

Design and features
The ZyXel PLA4205 is quite large, about twice the size of the recently reviewed Actiontec PWR500. On the bottom, toward one of its sides, it has a two-prong power connector that goes into a wall socket. This snap-on design is convenient but also means that the adapter will obstruct access to any adjacent receptacles. And since the adapter doesn't comes with a pass-through power socket, you shouldn't use it in a place where there's only one wall socket.

On the far side from the two prongs, the PLA4205 has a Gigabit Ethernet (1,000Mbps) port. This is an important difference from the Actiontec PWR500, which has only a regular Ethernet 100Mbps port. This means the PLA4205 can offer the real benefit of the Powerline AV 500 standard it supports, which caps at 500Mbps. The Actiontec PWR500 also theoretically supports Powerline AV 500, but because of the speed at which its port caps, that of the regular Ethernet standard, which is only 100Mbps.

On top of the ZyXel PLA4205 are an Encrypt button and a recessed Reset button. Pressing the Encrypt button of multiple units within a two-minute period will create a secure power line network in between them. This is a helpful feature in case you live in an apartment building and don't want neighbors to tap in to your home network by using an adapter. This is quite a real risk since the ZyXel PLA4205 is compatible with basically all power line adapters on the market. The Reset button restores the adapter to its default settings, in which no security feature is used.

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Ooma Linx VoIP Phone and Device

The new Ooma Linx wirelessly connects phones, fax machines or other telephony devices around the home to the Ooma Telo using the latest DECT technology. It also gives users the convenience to install their main phone anywhere in the home if the Ooma Telo is installed in a remote area of the home. For Ooma Premier subscribers, the Ooma Linx provides access to a second phone line without using the Ooma Telo HD2 Handset.

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Seagate business 4-Bay NAS storage (diskless)

Seagate informed us that it will launch an update firmware in a matter of weeks to resolve performance issues mentioned in this review. The server will be re-evaluated once the firmware is available. Seagate four business storage Bay NAS Server 4-Bay is the replacement for former BlackArmor NAS 440 company. Despite the name, it is a device of simple network storage that can benefit consumers and business users. In fact has fewer functions related to the business than other advanced servers consumer I have reviewed, as Synology DS412 + or the Pro of QNAP TS-469, and is also slower.

The new Seagate server comes in a much lower range of prices, however, starting from only $400 (in comparison with $650 or more than the other two). On top of that, it includes a powerful backup application and has a slot for storage module Universal (USM) that can be used with portable drives Seagate Backup Plus to offer a system of quick backup offsite.

If you are looking for a storage server based on networks of workhorse used mainly for local backup and data sharing, the Seagate NAS storage company is a cost-effective option. Those who want to get more out of a NAS server must pay more for one of these alternatives. USB 3.0 support (2), Universal (USM) storage of Gigabit Ethernet module slot (2), iSCSI, DLNA, machine, remote access media server time (native) Seagate NAS discovery, Seagate BlackArmor Backup 2011; mobile applications for Android and iOS devices.

Seagate business storage 4 Bay NAS has a typical design of the server medium four-Bay and resembles a little to its predecessor, the BlackArmor 440. On the front, a big door opens up to four bays in front. Each of these bays have a tray that can be easily out where you need to install or replace the hard drives, and no tool is needed for the job.

The server can accommodate four standard SATA hard drives of any capacity, what with the hard drives may be as large as 4 TB, the new server can provide up to 16 of raw storage space. The server is available from 0TB (no disk) up to 16, with the cost ranging from $400 to $1,500. The NAS server is more affordable four bays on the market right now.

The server supports RAID configurations more standards available for sets of four units: RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10 and JBOD. (For more information about raids, check this post). Since these are all standard attacks, be sure to choose a space of initial storage that is big enough to use in the long term. This is because it is not possible to expand the ability of the server to switch to disk drives greater capacity hard without RAID rebuild from scratch. Other servers NAS like Synology, or Netgear, offer a way to dynamically increase server storage space without even shut down the server. They also allow you to use hard disks of different capacities.

Also at the front, the server has a small LED screen resolution of two lines and two navigation buttons. The display shows the status of the server, such as your IP address, disk health and so on, and you can use the buttons to move between the different pages of the display. Each page contains two lines of information. You press and hold a button for the screen displays details of the subject. For example, by pressing and holding "NetworkStatus" displays the current IP of the server address and oppressed "Backup" will begin a fast backup job.

The business of Seagate storage can perform fast backup through the slot of the storage module Universal (USM), which is located on the top of the small LED screen. Seagate, presented at CES 2011, USM slot allows portable Seagate drives work as removable storage media, such as Zip drives were working with a Zip drive, but at the speed of SATA 3 (6Gbps), which is as fast as the speed of two internal hard drives when used inside a computer. When a Backup Plus portable drive is inserted into the slot of the USM, your content will be shared with all network (with restriction options), or you can make backup copies of certain folders of internal storage for the server in it. You can select which folders of backup of the handheld unit via the Web interface of the server.

The server has two USB 3.0 ports, one in the front and another at the back. These ports can be used to hold more storage or printers. You can also use the front USB port with other external storage device for quick backup function.

As a network, the business of storage storage device 4-Bay NAS has two ports Gigabit Ethernet on the back. Only one of the ports is necessary, but the two can be used together for purposes of security or load balancing. Unfortunately, not are they used together to increase the data rate of the server, a feature available on some other high end NAS servers.

I checked a version of total storage of business 4 Bay NAS, and it came with a CD containing applications NAS discovery of Seagate and Seagate NAS Backup. The first helps to identify the server in the network (by revealing your IP address) and launches the Web interface. You can also do so by pointing a browser to the IP address of the server. The latter is its powerful name backup software called Seagate BlackArmor Backup 2011, which is based on Acronis True Image 2011. This allows you to support all Windows computer and restore it to another computer or to another hard disk. For Mac, Seagate enterprise storage servers support Time Machine natively. In total, it was fairly easy to storage business 4-Bay NAS already in operation. Those who need further help can consult the included QuickStart Guide.

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IoSafe N2

Unveiled at CES in 2013, IoSafe Server NAS N2 is the first storage device connected in network that offers protection of data against the failure of the hard drive and disasters. The device is a combined effort of Synology, the manufacturer of several NAS servers of award-winning IoSafe, and market the supplier of storage known for disaster-proof storage products.

Having said that, the N2 is basically a Synology DS213NAS hosted server chassis 30 lb waterproof, fireproof, super-rugged. In my tests, the server offers in fact about the same performance and features as recently the Synology DS213air reviewed (the Wi-Fi-version of the DS213), which was excellent for an entry-level server of double Bay. Although the N2 could be a bit excessive for some users, those seeking a storage product of robust network that can also keep your critical data safe regardless of what you will find N2 its economical price is worth so not about $600 (no HDD included).

The N2 is a storage device double, capable of accommodating two units standard SATA 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch design. With current 3.5-inch hard drives capsular in 4 TB of capacity, the server is able to offer up to 8 TB of storage space in RAID 0 or 4 TB of storage in RAID 1-protected space. Considering that the server is designed to be a storage depot, RAID 1, which protects the data against the event that one of the hard drives fails, is the most convenient way to establish internal drives of N2. IoSafe N2 with Synology DS213air. While essentially the same, the N2 is much larger and heavier because of its layers of protection.

Please note that N2 is also compatible with Synology hybrid RAID, which automatically sets the internal units with a balance between performance, storage space and data security, is based on how many units are used. Since N2 is a Dual-bahia server, if you choose hybrid RAID, the configuration would be similar to a RAID 1. However, in this case you can then upgrade the internal drive for more capacity without having to rebuild the RAID from scratch.

First serviceable storage depot
The N2 is not the first product of IoSafe disaster proof storage, but is the first that allows users to replace internal drives. This is significant since it is difficult to do something serviceable while stays well protected internal unity. The N2 is also the first IoSafe storage device I've seen offering raids. This means that, in addition to being able to survive a catastrophe, N2 can survive also lack a disk drive when used in RAID 1 configuration as mentioned above.

The front Server bays are covered by layers of protection. N2 comes with a hex screwdriver designed to loosen the two screws tamper on his forehead. This will separate the first unit door fireproof heavily reinforced - that is similar to one that can be found in a vault - reveal another door on the inside. This second door protects the internal drive of water and can be removed with the same hex driver. Finally, the two hard drives are protected by the server with a latch that can also be removed using the same tool. Ultimately, the entire process of installation or replacement of disk drives hard took me 5 minutes and it was much easier than I expected. Please note that without a proper hex screwdriver, it is simply not possible to do it at all.

A server of standard input, in a non-standard fitness level
In front, the server has a button for quick backup, a USB 2.0 port and a SD card slot. With this button, you can quickly upload a portable storage device, such as a thumbdrive, an SD card or a portable unit, internal server storage. There are indicators that show the status of the internal hard disk, network connection, and the power status.

On the back the N2 has a Gigabit Ethernet port and two USB 3.0 ports. These USB ports can be used to hold more storage or printers, or to make backup of internal data from the server to an external storage device. This is rather limited; other dual-Bay NAS servers have more USB ports and also eSATA ports and even two Ethernet ports. You can use the N2 with expansion of Synology to expand storage space it can DS712 + with a DiskStation DX510 expansion unit, nor. Also in the back, the N2 has a larger fan that manages to stay very quiet even during heavy operations.

The N2 is very similar to other storage devices to test disaster of IoSafe, such as the G3 and the Pro Solo, in terms of physical size. It is huge. 5.9 X 9.06 x 11.5 inches, that server bigger double Bay I've seen and it's heavy, too - about 30 pounds. However, since it's a NAS server, its size and weight does not bother me the way the size and weight of the G3 do. Really not take a NAS server, after all. Developed by Synology DSM NAS operating systems, the N2 promises to be one of the best dual-Bay NAS servers, adding to its uniqueness as a disaster-proof storage device.


The best of both worlds: During my years of review of storage devices, I found that server Synology NAS are among the best on the market, thanks to NAS operating system robust of Synology, DiskStation Manager (DSM). On the other hand, IoSafe is the only company that offers storage devices truly disaster-proof.

The N2 is a combination of both. Indeed, as mentioned above, as a NAS server, it is basically the same as the recently reviewed the DS213air. For this reason you can expect everything that the DS213air (except for the built-in Wi-Fi) and the rest of time same insurance that your data will survive must strike of the disaster, which the DS213air can do for you.

By IoSafe, N2 comes with enough protection to protect its two internal drives up to 1,550 degrees 30 minutes and heat immersion in up to 10 feet of water (including salt water) up to three days.

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D-Link DIR - 868L AC1750 wireless cloud band Dual Gigabit Router

After the disastrous DIR - 865L, D-Link now almost gets it right. The new DIR - 868 L Wireless AC1750 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud router is fast, stable, and offers wide Wi-Fi coverage. It also supports USB 3.0. It's far from perfect, however, mostly because of the ill-conceived mobile apps, and the fact that the router can' t work as a half-bridge or a standalone access point.

If you're setting up a new home network or want to replace your existing Wi-Fi router, the DIR - 868 L is excellent buy at the current price of some $170 street. Just don't expect it to be more than an excellent Wi-Fi router. For those than can do more than routing, check out those on this list of other 802. 11ac-enabled routers on the market.

Straightforward design and easy to set up
The DIR - 868L abandons the squarish shape of the DIR - 865L routers and goes back to the vertical cylindrical design, first available in the DIR-645. It looks more like a computer speaker or a Thermos than a router. The cylindrical DIR - 868L comes with four gigabit LAN ports, one gigabit WAN port, and a USB 3.0 port.

On the front the router has two round green LEDs that show power and Internet statuses. There are no other status lights for the network ports, which some users might miss. On the back, it has four gigabit LAN ports (Ethernet-ready for clients), one gigabit WAN port (to connect to an Internet source, such as a broadband modem), and a USB 3.0 port to a USB host device, such as a printer or an external hard drive. Also on the back, there's a power on/off button and a WPS button, which initiates a 2 - minute window during which other WPS-enabled devices can enter the router's Wi-Fi network.

Setting up the DIR - 868L is about the typical example of setting up a home router, as shown in this How To post. Basically, you plug the router into an outlet, connect its WAN port to an Internet source with an network cable (one is included with the router). Use another cable to connect a computer to one of the router's LAN ports. If you don't have a second cable, you can also use Wi-Fi client (such as a computer or a tablet) and connected to the router's default Wi-Fi networks. The router comes with a label with this information printed on it. The DIR - 868L comes with a QRS (Quick Router Setup) Mobile app, allowing users to use a mobile device to set up the router.

Now, you have to options. You can download D-Link completo QRS Mobile app and use a smartphone or tablet to finish the rest of the of the setup process. Or, from the connected computer, launch a browser and you will be greeted with a Web-based setup wizard that walks you through the process via a few simple steps. You can always go back to the router's Web interface by pointing a browser from a connected computer to its default IP address, which is The default log-in information, unless you have changed it, is admin for the username with the password being left blank.

Technically, after the setup wizard, you don't have to do anything else to use the router, and this is the case for homes. If you want to further customize your home network or take advantage of the router's other features, the Web interface tonica'accommodates all of that.

Common high-end features with cloud integration, but not bridge or AP-only role
The DIR - 868L seems very similar to the previous DIR - 865L, both use Wi-Fi chips from Broadcom. The new router is a true dual-band router with support for the three-stream setup for the 802.1n (Wireless-N) and 802. 11ac Wi-Fi standards. This means it offers up to 450Mbps on the 2.4 GHz frequency. On the 5 GHz band, it offers up to 450Mbps when used with Wireless-N clients, and up to 1.3Gbps when used with 802. 11ac clients. The router supports all existing Wi-Fi clients on the market, regardless of their Wi-Fi standards. (Read more about different Wi-Fi standards here.)

The DIR - 868L use D-Link's family Web interface and supports USB 3.0. Note that enabling USB 3.0 will result in shorter wireless range on the 2.4 GHz frequency band.

The DIR - 868L, however, uses the second-generation Broadcom chip and now sports SmartBeam technology, designed to enhance the router's Wi-Fi performance and coverage.On the other hand, the new router now lacks the ability to work as a half-bridge or as an access point only. This means it can't be used as an 802. 11ac client to add Ethernet-ready devices to a Wi-Fi network, nor can it be used as a switch with built-in access point to work with an existing network. That said, the DIR - 868L should only be used as the first gateway of a home or business network. All of the other 802. 11ac routers I've reviewed offer better flexibility.

As an advanced Wi-Fi router, the DIR - 868L supports all common features found in high-end routers, including guest networking (with two networks, one for each band), IPv6, port forwarding, QoS, firewall, and so on. Additionally, the router offers features that have been collectively available in other D-Link routers, including a well-organized Web interface, an extensive Web-filtering engine, and support for a storage device for data sharing and media-streaming needs via a external USB connected hard drive.

The DIR - 868 L completo USB port can be used with any external hard drives formatted in either FAT32 or NTFS, and in my trials, it was able to power all bus-powered portable drives. You can then easily share the entire connected drive the everybody in the network or securely share its content via user accounts. You can also stream digital content stored on the drive with network media streamers. Note that by default, the USB port works in 2.0 mode, you can use the Web interface to enable the USB 3.0 speed but this will translate in to shorter range on the router's 2.4 GHz frequency band.

Similar to other cloud routers from D-Link, including the DIR - 865L and the DIR - 605L, the DIR - 868L enables users to manage their home network via the Internet, using the MyDlink portal. You first need to create a free account (unless you have an existing one) then add the router to that account by entering the username and password in the MyDlink Settings section of its Web interface completo setup. After that, you can easily view the status of the router as well as manage some of its settings.

While the cloud-based feature can come in handy, it's rather limited since it doesn't offer the same amount of access to the router as the Web interface. On top of that, advanced user can easily set up the router with a free DynDSN service to access its Web interface on the go, without the need of the MyDlink portal. However, the cloud-based feature can also be accessed via a mobile app, called D-Link Light, available for both iOS and Android devices.

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Corsair Voyager Air (500GB, Black)

The Corsair Voyager Air is basically a USB 3.0 portable drive that comes with a built-in Wi-Fi access point to offer mobile data sharing and HD content streaming. It's not the first device of its kind. The Seagate Wireless Plus (which is preceded by the Seagate GoFlex Satellite), and the G-tech G-Connect have been on the market for years.

However, the Voyager Air has features that the other two lack individually. It has a Gigabit network port (the Wireless Plus doesn't) and a built-in 7-hour battery (the G-Connect sorely lacks this). For this reason, I find it the most complete package among its peers, for now.

It's still not perfect. The new mobile storage device uses a slow Wi-Fi standard, has no network port-based Internet sharing, and comes with a simplistic mobile app. These are minor shortcomings, that can be (and will likely be) addressed via firmware and app updates.

For frequent travelers with lots of digital content to carry or those looking to share mobile hot-spot Internet with multiple Wi-Fi-enabled devices, the Corsair Voyager Air is an excellent buy. It currently costs $220 for 1TB (or $180 for 500GB). The Wireless Plus is great alternative if you're looking for something a bit cheaper.

Corsair Voyager Air mobile app for iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire, and Android-based devicesiOS 5.1 or later (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch), Android (2.2.3 or later), Kindle Fire, Microsoft Windows XP or later, Mac OS 10.5.8 or laterMax concurrent Wi-Fi clients supported8 (only 5 for HD video streaming)Mobile streaming format supportedVideo: MP4, MOV (iOS only), M4V (iOS only) | Audio: MP3, M4A (iOS only) | Image: JPG, PNG | Documents: DOC, XLS, PPT, PDF

The Corsair Voyager Air is about the size of the Wireless Plus, just slightly longer and a tad thicker, and is basically the size of a larger portable bus-powered drive. And in fact, it is one that supports USB 3.0. The storage device comes with a standard Micro-USB 3.0 cable and when plugged into a computer, using the USB 3.0 port on its side, it works just like any other bus-powered portable drive. The drive also works with USB 2.0 port but at slower speed.  While the Voyager Air can also work as a portable drive, a home NAS server, being a mobile server for tablets and smartphones is its main purpose.

On the opposite side of the USB port, the Voyager Air comes with two on-off switches: one for the power and the other for the Wi-Fi signal. Each of these switches has a status LED of its own and in the middle, there are two other LEDs for the battery and the charging status. The two switches come with their own on and off positions, which is helpful since it's very clear when you want to turn the device on or off. With the Wireless Plus, you have to press and hold the single power button and hope that you have pressed it long or quick enough for it to work as expected.

Another area where the Air tops the Wireless Plus is the addition of the Gigabit Network port. This enables the device to also work as a single volume NAS server, when plugged into a network using this port.

In all, the Voyager Air looks impressively compact, considering the internal battery, the built-in Wi-Fi access point, and the support for Gigabit Ethernet. Its battery is slated to offer 7 hours of usage on one full charge, which is very good but still about 3 hours shorter than the Wireless Plus.

To make up for this, the Voyage Air comes included with a car charger (the Wireless Plus doesn't), in addition to a regular charger, both charge the device via its separate power port. The drive also charge when plugged into a computer via its USB port, but in this case, it works only as a portable drive.

The Voyager Air comes in a two-tone, hard-plastic chassis that is either red and black or black and, er, darker black. It feels sturdy and looks good. In addition to the USB cable and power adapter, it includes a traveling pouch and a Quick Start guide in the package.

Out of the box, the Corsair Voyager Air is fully charged but comes with just a single high-def video that shows off its features. While the video is well-made, don't expect to be entertained immediately on the way home, using the Voyager Air as a mobile media server.

The Corsair Voyager Air can work either as a portable drive, a mobile storage media/streaming server, or a single-volume NAS server.  The Voyager (middle) is about the same size as other hard-drive-based mobile storage solutions on the market, including the G-Connect (left) and the Wireless Plus.

As a portable drive
As a portable drive, the device is preformatted in NTFS and works immediately when plugged into a Windows computer. It works with Macs, too, but you can't write to it. You can, however, reformat it into HFS+ for it to work with Macs, including using it with Time Machine, but in this case it won't work with Windows. You can also make two partitions with two different file systems, one for each platform but this is rather awkward. When working as a portable drive, it will also charge its battery.

Note that if you plug the device into a computer when it Wi-Fi signal is on, the signal will turn off by itself. In this case, when you want to quickly turn the Wi-Fi back on, you need to manually move the Wi-Fi switch to the off position then back to the on position again.

As a mobile media server
To use the Voyager Air as a mobile media server, which is the main purpose of the device, all you have to do is turn it and its Wi-Fi signal on. It takes about a 30 seconds to be ready and now you can connect up to eight Wi-Fi devices, such as laptops, tablets or smartphones, to its Wi-Fi network. By default this network's name is "Voyager Air" and is open. You can change this name and pick a password to your liking. To do this from a mobile device, run the Voyager Air mobile apps (freely available for Android-, iOS-based devices, and Kindle Fire) and use the Settings section. Here you can also make the Voyager Air connect to another Wi-Fi network, such as a mobile hot spot to relay Internet to its connected clients. This worked very well in my trial, including when the existing Wi-Fi hot spot required signing in.

Similar to the Wireless Plus, the Voyager Air supports the single-stream setup of the 802.11n Wi-Fi standard, and works only on the 2.4Ghz frequency band, to offer a top speed of 150Mbps. The real-world speed is much slower than that. For this reason, it can support the maximum of only five Wi-Fi clients simultaneously for HD streaming. While I wish it supported faster Wi-Fi standards, it's understandable that it doesn't since faster Wi-Fi speeds also means shorter battery life, a larger physical design, or both.

If you connect a laptop to the Voyager Air's Wi-Fi signal, the device immediately become available as a network-attached storage (NAS) server that you can browse using a network browser (Windows), map network drives, and copy data from and to it. On a Mac, it automatically appears on the Finder. The Voyager Air shares its entire contents to everybody with full read/write access and there's no way to restrict this.

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TRENDnet Powerline 500 Nano AV adaptador (TPL-406)

Powerline AV 500 Nano Adapter (model TPL-406E) is the response of Actiontec PWR500 adapter Trendnet. The two are so similar that are almost like a device located in two different cases, and basically they offered the same performance in my tests.

Trendnet TPL-406E also has the same defect as their Actiontec counterpart: has a standard Ethernet network port. This means that despite its support for the standard of Powerline AV 500 500Mbps, adapter performance speed is limited to the regular Ethernet, which is 100 Mbps.

At a street price of around $35 (or $50 if you get a kit of two - TPL-406E2K), Trendnet TPL-406E makes a great purchase for those who want to venture into the field of power supply line for the first time. Alternatives, see the list of feed line adapters more top-rated.

Design, configuration and characteristics
Measures 6 x 3 x 6 inches, the Trendnet TPL-406E adapter is small and fits right in your Palm. It is not the smallest I've seen - is slightly larger than the Actiontec PWR500 - but call it supercompact would not be an exaggeration.

As Actiontec, the Trendnet TPL-406E has a design of snap-on, which is usually a problem with larger adapters since they block access to the adjacent outlet. This is not a problem with the TPL-406E, however, thanks to its small frame.

At the bottom, the device has a standard network port. This port, unfortunately, only supports the standard regular Ethernet, which caps to 100Mbps. If the adapter supports the standard Gigabit Ethernet much faster, it would be able to offer the maximum benefit of Powerline AV 500, which is up to 500Mbps data throughput speed. In its current state, most can be reached off Trendnet TPL-406E is the speed of regular Ethernet.

This type of help of the Ethernet standard rarity is not new, however; Actiontec PWR500 and the recently reviewed the ZyXel PLA4231 are in the same boat. According to Trendnet, this is because they share the same chip power line AR7420 of Qualcomm that trades Gigabit support for a lower price. Future chips will offer a higher speed, however.

As mentioned above, the Trendnet TPL-406E is available in either a single unit or in a kit of two. The reason for line power adaptors tend to come in a kit is that it takes at least two adapters to create the first power line connection. However, if your home is equipped with other feed line adapters, to add another connection device to the network only you must get a new adapter.

Trendnet TPL-406E works with other vendors line power adapters, but in this case, might need to disable the security on all adapters for them work together. This is because the safety feature can only operate between providers of the same line power adapters. Trendnet TPL-406E comes with a safety function itself, which can turn on and off by a little fair button beside your network port. This is a useful feature for those who live in an apartment building that you want to make sure that your network at home will not be shared by accident with people in other apartments that also use power line adaptors.

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Superb voice changing algorithms and ultra-quiet background cancellation make it one of the cleanest-sounding voice changers available on the market. Its high-quality sound is perfect for creating voice-overs for your latest video or audio project.

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The paperless office continues to elude us

Since the dawn of personal computers there have been predictions of an all-digital future where paper was little but a distant memory. Decades later, it seems like we’ve made progress toward the “paperless office,” but the Utopian vision is still a long way off. Adobe, which bought digital signature company Echosign in 2011, conducted a study to find out how things are progressing on the road to our all-digital documents future. The study is based on data gathered from an online survey among 1051 U.S. managers who draft, send or sign contracts and agreements at small, medium and large companies.

The report, "Paper: An endangered species?" uncovers some interesting results. Just over half of the respondents, 51 percent, believe that digital workflow makes filing and managing documents easier, and 61 percent say that working digitally cuts costs. Nearly a third even feel that digital workflow gives them an edge and helps them win business. Fair enough. Looking at the infographic from Adobe, those numbers are leaning in the right direction—albeit not as strongly as I would expect after decades of the promise of a paperless office. 

As a freelance analyst and consultant I can vouch for the fact that most companies still rely on paper. I’ve been on both sides of paper-vs.-digital divide, and I can say from experience that digital contracts are much more efficient.percent) that actual contracts or legal documents are still done using paper, even though nearly three fourths think life would be easier if contracts were done digitally.

Typically, when I agree to work with a client, I send over some draft language to use as a contract. The client then fills in any missing details, and sends the document back—generally in the form of a PDF file. I then must print the PDF file so I can sign it, and scan the signed document so I can return it to the client. Then, the client must print my signed version, and sign it themselves so they can scan it and return the completed contract to me. It’s a tedious process that wastes paper on both ends.

I have also worked with clients that employ a digital signature tool. I received an email with a link to "sign" the document. I signed the contract digitally, and we were done and ready to do business. No muss, no fuss, and no wasted paper.

Banks are one of the worst offenders. When I bought my car, and when I bought my house there were reams of paper used. They even wanted to use some archaic thing called a fax machine (look it up on Wikipedia). I initialed and signed enough paper to take down a small forest just to complete the transactions. Paperless office? We’re making slow progress toward that goal, but we’re a long way from achieving the Utopian pipe dream.

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