JBL On Tour XT Speaker, Sudio Silhouette, Transfer Big Files

JBL ON Tour XT Speaker
Price: $259.95

Measuring only 17cm across, the JBL On Tour PC speaker doesn’t look like a lot, but it’s versatile and surprisingly powerful. The sound that comes through it is as clear as you can get from an iPod or lower end stereo with just a whisper of background noise and the bass is fairly solid. It’s a portable unit and won’t by any means replace your home stereo. At top volume, the noise level is nowhere near deafening so it’s a compact, single-user solution.

The device has a plain stereo audio cable jack so you can connect it to any small stereo source like an MP3 player, but a point comes off for there being a USB jack but no cable, so to play music from your computer you’ll be up for a little extra. Rating: 3

Sudio Silhouette
Price: $129

This is the latest Bluetooth, in-car phone speaker from WA provider Sudio, and the profile is much more attractive and user friendly than other models, many of which look like a miniature UFO in your car.

Once again it clips over your visor, but it’s flat and doesn’t restrict movement either of the visor or your head to avoid contact. It’s easy to pair with your phone and operate with easy to reach volume, call and hang-up buttons. There can be a little lag at times, not enough to make talking a chore but enough to niggle. But it’s a great low cost in-car solution. Rating: 3

Transfer Big Files
Price: Free

Sometimes we need to send very large files and email isn’t the best way to do so. Many ISPs still restrict the file sizes they allow through their system (as little as 5Mb in some cases), and technologies like FTP are a mystery to many basic-level users.

The answer might be a service such as transferbigfiles.com. You simply go to the website and navigate to the file you want to send, inputting the email address you want it to go to and a message if necessary. Your file is uploaded to transferbigfiles.com’s server and a message sent to the recipient to say they have a file waiting.

Why bother? It might not be a big deal for you to send a huge file by email, but it puts the receiver in a good position to deal with your file. Instead of filling their inbox and causing other emails to bounce, you give them to option of downloading it when they want, such as during off-peak times when it’s cheaper for them. But be quick. Transferbigfiles.com is free, but if they become more mainstream they might not stay that way. Rating: 3

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