Everyone, by now, is fully aware of Bluetooth technology which is pretty much ubiquitous in many areas – smart phones, entertainment centers, laptops, etc
It’s one of the greatest inventions of recent times – allowing quick and easy wireless connections between electronic devices. While earlier revisions were super painful at times
The story of how Bluetooth came about – from the pile of competing standards, to the exact name, and its logo itself is quite interesting.
In this Jaba Article all is explained!
When I commute to work I spend half my time listening to the radio (NPR only) and the other half streaming music or podcasts from my Samsung phone to my stereo via Bluetooth. I’ve noticed severe choppiness in the streaming lately, and even though I could tolerate it for a while, it was quite disruptive to my passengers so I finally gave in and searched for a fix.
- Pioneer AVIC head unit
- Samsung Galaxy S5
- AT&T LTE connection
- Spotify (music) or Stitcher (podcasts)
The most effective fix I’ve found had to do with Clearing the Phone’s Cache Partition. I did it yesterday and have had clear, uninterrupted streaming since. Think of the Cache Partition to be your phone’s Temp Folder which uh … caches files to speed up access in some apps. It’s similar to your PC’s Temp folder. (There’s actually another /data/dalvik-cache directory but that’s too complicated for this post)
- Go to the Android Recovery menu, Wipe Cache Partition, Reboot
- Turn your device off.
- Press and hold both the Volume Up and Home keys, then press and hold the Power key (so you end up holding all 3 keys)
- When the device beeps/vibrates release only the Power key
- When you see the Android Device Recovery Menu you can release the other two keys.
- Use the Volume keys to navigate to Wipe Cache Partition and use Power key to select it.
- Use the Volume keys to navigate to Reboot system now and use Power key to select it.
- The device will reboot and you should notice better Bluetooth streaming performance.
HEVO Labs has just come up with a great accessory for the iPhone which addresses its most annoying/weakest feature – the %$#! Lightning port which is used for power & data. It’s an Apple-only “standard” which I admit is nicer than there clunkier 30-pin port but
I honestly wish them the best of luck but there’s a reason why no non-Apple hardware manufacturers have developed any “Magsafe-Like” power adapters for either phones or laptops because Apple would sue the pants off them.
This a great idea though – to have a minimalist, aluminum-bodied 2200mAh battery case, that converts the Lightning port to a magnetically connected charging port. This magnetic feature allows clean connectivity to their own docking stand and charging cables without the risk of physical wear & tear/damage that the traditional Lightning or MicroUSB ports have. It combines the ease-of-use of wireless magnetic induction (popular on some Android) and the speed
Cult of Mac Article
Apple Magsafe US Patent
They state some of the Risks and Challenges include logistics and manufacturing but I think their biggest threat to success is Apple’s penchant for litigation against supposed IP violations – the L in the PESTLE analysis for you MBA nerds. Apple neither licenses the Magsafe connector nor the patent which means…they’ll be hoarding and suing anyone that poses a threat. So with that big threat looming on the horizon I’m both curious and worried for the Cabin system.