CNET Live: November 8, 2007We don't need no stinkin' Tom. Brian, Molly, car horns, and your calls!
^M00:00:05 [ music ] ^M00:00:10 >> Coming up on CNET Live, the newest way to really customize your car. >> And we'll tell you what this is. >> Hmm, I think I can eat it. Plus, your calls and e-mails, a whole mess of them coming up on CNET Live. ^M00:00:22 [ music ] ^M00:00:32 >> We call this the look who's back and look who's here episode. >> Yes we do. >> Hey, look what the cat dragged in. Cooley's back. And with Molly Wood. >> And Cooley dragged in Molly Wood. >> Ladies and Gentlemen, a first time ever here on the CNET stage. >> That's right. I think we've now been through all of the mathematical permutations of host combinations. >> All three of them, yeah. >> All three of them, or six or five. >> Four. How does that work? >> I'm not very good at math. >> Something to the square. I don't know. Anyway, we've had the Tom and Molly, the Tom and Cooley, the Cooley and Molly, and that's all of them. >> And Rafe. >> Oh we had the Rafe. That was our special guest appearance with Rafe. >> Yeah. It turns out there's more permutations coming. >> I forgot the Rafe factor. Anyway, so but it's all about you. Not about us. Triple eight, nine hundred, C net is the phone number. Triple eight, nine hundred, two six three eight. We got a lot of room for those calls by the way. The Geek Squad folks are not gonna to be here this week as we had planned, so we're opening up a little bit of extra room for your calls. >> That's right. In fact we're gonna have to be answering them since the Geek Squad isn't here to help us out. Cheryl's comforting presence, though, will be on the phone as always. >> There's Cheryl. >> There she is. >> Right on. So call Cheryl which really is calling us and we'll get you through and we'll start answering some questions right after we talk about Things We Crave. ^M00:01:37 [ music ] ^M00:01:42 [ background music ] >> Okay, every week we talk about a couple of tech toys we just can't live without. Or, would rather not. This is from Motorola. The Motopure H12 Bluetooth headset. Now, I don't have a Bluetooth headset yet. Do you? >> I have the Jawbone Aliph. >> Oh it's really, that's the best one of the pack. >> Or the Aliph Jawbone. >> Best of the pack right now. >> That's what I hear but I just can't get it to fit comfortably. >> Okay, this might work out for you. It's another one to try. It's from Motorola, the H12 as I mentioned. You see on the bottom of the photo there, the left is a little dock for charging. >> Okay. >> Okay, but on the right is where it gets interesting. That's the travel box where you can A store it but, B also charge it. >> I thought that was a pencil sharpener. [ laughter ] >> It looks like one, doesn't it? >> I did. Yeah, just for a second. >> Remember the art class pastels? >> Yeah, exactly. And I thought, I could use that for eyeliner. No, anyway - >> It charges - >> It charges it? >> - via batteries in the little carrying pack. So that's really cool because you're not carrying a wall wart around. And it looks to me like I see a mini USB at the bottom of that thing, so I'm sure you can charge it off USB as well. >> That is smart. >> Yeah, that's, that's pretty slick. So this is, this is really cool. That's a magnetic dock on the left, too, by the way. Which is just kind of cool but not really essential. >> Yeah, it's neat. >> So, a hundred and twenty bucks, a new entry on the scene. And we've got another new entry later on in the show of course, also. >> Yes we do. We'll be doing a little head to head with those entries. I on the other hand, am thinking ahead to Thanksgiving because it's getting cold and dark and that makes me think about cooking. >> Yes. >> I am a total foodie. So we have a great post on Crave today, actually. Just about gadgets that will help you improve your Thanksgiving day. And the first one that I am in love with is the dual baster slash injector. >> Can I say ouch? >> So if you're the kind of person who likes to inject spices under the skin of your turkey - >> Yeah, right. >> - to make it mucho delicious, this thing does that, and then also is a baster. >> So this is all kind of like, really cool, high techie materials. >> Yeah. >> I see an aluminum schnoz down here. >> I'm sure it's silicone or something. >> A little Lexan tube and - >> Yes. Interchangeable heads. >> And the pointy part. >> And then you've got, you've got your standards, the digital thermometer. >> Yeah. >> Obviously, if you don't have that you can't call yourself a foodie. >> Right. >> And then look at this kind of thing, Silicone trussing. >> That looks obscene for some reason. >> It's a little but it's still re-useable. It's green. >> I don't want to re-use anything that came off of poultry. No thanks. I don't even want to eat it. >> I did this to torture Cooley a little bit cause he's not all about the meat so much. >> No, and I've got to go find a way to baste my Tofurkey. Believe me, it needs it. All right, let's get to your calls, shall we? Are you ready to go into the abyss? >> Yes, let's do it. >> Okay. All right, here's the first call we have no idea what to say. It's gonna be Jordan calling in from Long Island. We've got this incredibly tough array of calls waiting for us. Hello Jordan. Welcome to CNET Live and turn your computer speakers down. I think you've got us turned up there. >> Hello. >> Hello Jordan, what can we do for you today? It's Brian and Molly. >> I have a Canon Powershot SD eight seventy and I needed to know how to stream live video from my Mac, I mean from my, the camera to the Mac using, I don't know what program. Just get it to iMovie but live streaming. >> Yeah. Okay, so he wants to use his still camera's video capture function as a webcam, basically. That one's gonna be very much specific to the make and model of the camera. I wasn't able to find anything in the minute or so we had to look here, but two hints for you to work on, first of all, go look on the CD that came with it of Canon utilities. I suspect there's gonna be one in there cause Canon bundles a very rich set of utilities with all their imaging products. Whether it's a printer, multi-function, or a camera, there probably is a little helper app that's gonna do that. Whether you want to use that or not is another issue, cause you mentioned iMovie, I think. The other thing is to bring that up, have you gotten it connected to the computer and brought it up and tried to see if iMovie can see it as a capture device? >> I've done that. It doesn't let you see it. It just, just iFolder will open. >> Yeah. >> Yeah, cause I think OS10 does have some image capture tools built in that might work, but they're not compatible with every camera so you may want to just sort of search around for something like that. There is some image capture capability built into OS10. And the other things you might want to consider is actually just contact Canon directly. They would probably, cause I know that there is, there is, there's software on the PC side basically, that'll let you do that kind of live streaming. So you might just want to find out if Canon can direct you to software that will help you do it on the Mac. >> I really think you're gonna be using a Canon utility to do that, cause it is very, as Molly says, very hardware specific and not every camera is gonna do it. But that's a pretty nice camera in their range, so I suspect it's gonna be a winner on that. >> Yeah. >> Okay, let's take another one here. We're gonna go to Logan. He's joining us from Ohio. Logan, welcome to CNET Live with Molly and Brian. What's your question this week? >> Yeah, I need a wireless game controller for my G4 Mac. >> All right Moll, what do you think? >> All right. So you're looking for a joystick particularly, or any game controller? >> A game pad. So a universal game pad for the emulators. >> Okay. Let's see. >> What have you tried? >> I'm using right now, a PlayStation III controller. It only works through the USB controller. Like it only works through the USB cord. But it's Bluetooth capable, but I don't know how to pick up the controller with it. >> Right. Some, some have suggested that you could maybe use the Xbox 360 wireless controller on a Mac, which I think sounds a little crazy. And you're definitely wedded to wireless? Cause there are some USB options that will help you out. >> I'm trying to go completely wireless. >> Yeah, of course you are. >> What can he do with - >> It looks like the I, check out the iStick M450 1025 from Macally, Macally, M, A, C, A, L, L, Y. >> I didn't know how to pronounce that store. >> I know, I don't either. >> Never have. >> USB, well it's USB though. I don't know. You're killing me with this wireless thing here. >> We're gonna take this one off-line and we're gonna put something up in the show notes. >> Yeah, we're gonna to have to look, do some more research. >> If we can find anything cause that's a tough one. Thank you for stumping us, Jordan. I appreciate that. And we'll be back to - >> Bring you on in two weeks and find out whether we ever found out the answer to your question. >> Yeah, and by then that may not have been enough time. So anyway, we'll be back to more of your calls. We've got calls lined up about LCD TVs. We've got calls lined up about Vista and XP, how to make the switch between them, and also one about GPS software for laptops. But before those, we got a little something to show you that I think you're gonna love. I wasn't here last week because I was in Las Vegas at a show called SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association Show. It's car toys basically, from wheels and tires on the kind of non-tech side to in-car computers, audio, video, engine management technology, all of that on the techie side. And one of the devices I saw really lets you customize your old fashioned car horn. Take a look and listen. ^M00:08:14 [ music ] ^M00:08:20 >> If you hate all those loud systems in other people's cars you're listening to all the time, I have good and bad news. The bad news is you may be hearing a lot more noise from other cars. The good news is it's gonna sound a little clearer thanks to something called Horntones. This is the first MP3-based automotive horn. Let me show you how it works. This controller's mounted in your car. It's got 256 meg of RAM in it, so you load that up with MP3 clips. Then you pull up a set of them, they call them themes, and hit the button. Here's one here. Or this one. That'll wake the dead. How about this? So from fun to serious you'll load up whatever you want, songs, sound effects, it doesn't matter. MP3s is MP3s. Let me show you the guts that make it work. Okay so you get this kit, and I showed you the controller already that goes inside the car, and that's where the memory lives as well. They include an amp, you know, an amp's an amp. And then this is the speaker, but they actually call it a compression driver. In here this thing's really heavy, you got a speaker that is pounding on a compressed air chamber down in here, a sealed air chamber to be exact. And then it vibrates this cone, but it's not actually open to the driver, so he don't get water and junk in there. Now here's how you load up the head unit. Now to program that head unit, you've got to go to their web service, and here you've got a virtual version of the player. You can either pull in their tones from their library, which are a whole variety under different themes and such here. Or you can go to your virtual player and just load up your own MP3s, whether it's music or a sound effect, whatever you want. Now one thing you've got to realize, you have to upload your tones here to have them compiled and then sent back to you to be transferred to your head unit. And along the way, it's a buck a track, one time fee. So the more tracks you have, the more it's gonna cost you above and beyond the base price of this unit, which is three hundred dollars. Now a couple of practical considerations, don't go nuts with this thing cause it's really loud. Someone's gonna jump out at an intersection and pop you in the mouth if you're hitting that button too much. Legally, the Horntone's folks say a short clip would qualify as a horn in most areas, so legally that's how you'd have to use it. If you load a three minute song, you're probably getting into the area of operating a PA system, and that might require a permit or something. So good luck. ^M00:10:36 >> Okay. That was the strangest thing I saw at SEMA. Oh, boy. >> That actually seems like a terrible idea, unless you're really wedded to that General Lee horn. Right? Which is what everybody kind of wants it for. >> Yeah. And the worst part is not whether you like it but whether I driving next to you like it, cause I see a lot of room for abuse there. >> Yeah. >> Star Wars fan? >> Of course, who isn't. >> Okay, check it out. The Dodge Avenger Storm Trooper. It's a concept, it's not in production. >> Okay. >> But they have, you saw the white body work on it. It had these lenses over the headlights like storm trooper eyes. >> Wow. >> The engine is controlled by a computer like that one right there in the front dashboard, so you can alter the whole engine management curve on the fly. >> Talk about room for abuse. >> Talk about burning rubber. There it is, that's the in dash computer. Two computers in this car. It was a big trend at SEMA. A cool looking prototype. Again, not gonna go into production, but they got the look down. I mean that's right on the money. >> Well, I gotta tell you, that's a car for the evil. >> Yeah, it's not the right side of the equation, isn't it? >> Yeah, like if you're gonna put it into production, I think it needs to be for the good guys. >> Okay. >> Jedi. >> That's better brand management, just saying. This is a Cobalt SS. This is the new little hot rod Chevy Cobalt which is, you know, turbo charged, yada-ya. What was interesting about it technology-wise is what they call a no lift shift technology. So you don't have to modulate the gas when you're shifting. It's a manual. But you just stay planted on the gas, wide open. >> Okay. >> Fast and furious, and just work the clutch and the stick, and the engine handles the RPMs for you instead of you working the pedal, the gas pedal. >> So this is like no stall out? No stalling any more? >> No stalling, and you're gonna be having the ideal shift point, so you're gonna beat everybody in those street fights. >> Oh, see, now that's the key. >> Yeah, that's what it is. >> And I'm pretty sure I've already been tailgated by a Chevy Cobalt SS once or twice. So I can expect that to happen. >> A whole lot more with Horntones on it, so he'll be poca-poca-poca-poc when he's, yeah. >> You know what? Heaven preserve us, really. >> SEMA, the show of automotive hate. Okay, let's get some more of your calls, shall we? >> Yes, let's do. >> All right, which one do you want to take? >> Let's take line three. We have Alex from Pennsylvania. >> Hello Alex. Welcome to CNET Live. >> Hi. I was wondering if you could use a flip video Ultra as a webcam? >> Yeah, you know, I am extremely excited about the flip video Ultra. If you guys haven't seen this, it's just a little, small, very portable USB camcorder. >> Yeah. >> And it includes software for compressing and uploading to YouTube, and putting on I think AOL Video. And it's awesome in many, many respects and, unfortunately, one of those respects is not using it as a webcam. >> Oh, really. >> Yeah. According to the reviews I've found, you can't, which is a bummer because it's, it's webcam size. It seems like it would be the perfect kind of thing for that. Maybe there will be a hack in the future or they'll update it. >> This is like that generation of disposable cameras and camcorders we had out a year or two ago, but it's not disposable. >> Yeah. >> It's VGA I think, quality video. >> Yep. >> Or a little better. >> Yeah. >> And has that flip out USB thing on the side. Everyone knows it by that. So you just flip out the USB dongle, plug in your machine, transfer your video. But, no live streaming. >> But apparently no live streaming. >> Someone's got to be able to hack that. >> I know, that's just a huge, that is the one huge drawback that I've found. And I've been looking to make sure. That is, that is the word on the flip video, so I'm trying to make sure that that is the case with the Ultra, also. But it does seem to be the one big drawback. >> It seems like a no. Sorry about that one but - >> Really sorry. >> Someone's gonna break that. >> Someone will fix that. >> It's gonna happen, there's no two ways about it. Let's go to Ontario, Canada. Eric's got a questions deep under the hood on Microsoft Windows. Hi Eric. >> Hi. How are you guys today? >> We're good. >> I had a question regarding Windows Vista and XP running on the same system, sort of like how Linux can dual boot. >> Mm-hmm. >> Yep. >> I know you can do that with Linux and XP, but running XP and Vista on the same system because a lot of the hardware and software still isn't workable with Vista. >> Mm-hmm. >> Is that possible? >> Yeah, wouldn't it be nice if Vista included some sort of virtualization backward compatible thing like OS10 originally did with Classic. You had to run XP cause it's still such a mess. >> Oh, right, right. Like OS 10 did. >> But the good news is, you can. I mean there's kind of no reason that you wouldn't be able to, right? Cause you can dual boot basically, any Windows operating system or any Linux plus Windows combination. >> Yeah, we're not talking about running a virtualization of one in the other. We're talking about dual bootings so the machine comes up in one or the other. It's a fairly clean, clean-cut situation. >> Yeah, absolutely. There are a number of tutorials online and we'll put some of them in the show notes for you. We put those in blog.CNETTV.com. >> Blog.CNETTV.com, I think. >> Blog.CNETTV.com and there are, it seems like the easiest way to do it is to have Vista installed first. >> Right. >> And then install XP on another partition and dual boot that way but - >> You'd have to partition it, though, the hard drive, right? >> Yes. >> Yeah, yeah. Any time you're dual booting, you're pretty much gonna have to partition. >> Yeah. >> Unless it's virtualization but - >> Right. >> Yeah. So you got to make another partition, so get ready to go in and do some of that. And then Vista first, make that your master OS if you will. And then put XP on as the secondary operating system, just cause Vista needs to have some way cleared for it, it sounds like. >> Yeah. >> It's a little bit touchy as we, as we all know. >> It's the Airbus A870 of the operating system world. >> Ouch. >> Yeah. >> Let's get one more real quick here. We've got a question about LCD Televisions and or monitors. Let's go to, we've got Shalin in Dallas. Did I mangle your name too badly? >> Shaline. >> Oh, Shaline. >> Yep, Molly's got it. >> Hello, Shaline. >> All right, Shaline's well known to some of the staff, the hosting staff here today. >> That's right. Yeah. >> All right. Hey, great show. Yeah, I've a question regarding the use of LCD monitors or computer monitors at resolutions that are not native to them. I'm wondering if it would adversely affect the, you know, just the display and the performance and such. The main reason I'm concerned about that is because I'd like to get this for my parents for their computer, and you know, I want to get them a big display. But as resolutions increase and increase and increase these days, the print and you know, the text and stuff decreases. And I'm wondering, you know, does it really adversely affect if I just change it to something that's not native to the monitor? >> Yeah, so what you want to is get them a big ten eighty LCD HDTV, basically. >> Right. >> And send in the computer signal at you know, a lower resolution so the font gets bigger. You'll get the font bigger. You're gonna have a lot of jaggies and a lot of soft aliasing around the font edges, which can be harder on the eye. Unless they sit far enough back. It's an equation of how much under res you feed the monitor - >> Yeah. >> - versus how far away you can get them from the TV, which of course, starts to defeat the purpose of bigger fonts. So the short answer is, it's a matter of finding the sweet spot. With a little bit of flexibility in terms of the size of the TV, the res you feed it, and where the sofa is, or the chair, wherever they're sitting, you can get it to look really good. I think that would work out, especially for someone who's trying to achieve large fonts over anything else. >> Right. Also one suggestion for that, Shaline, is you don't necessarily have to make the resolution you know, six hundred by eight hundred if you make the system fonts larger. >> Yeah. >> So that may be one way to cheat, basically. >> Right, right. >> Is you can go down a couple of notches on resolution, but Windows I know, and I'm sure the Mac will let you make all kinds of fonts really, really big. >> Yeah. >> And even the icons, if you change the size of the icons and the cursor, so that is one way to cheat without having it look quite so bad. >> And two ways to do that, you can either go into the desktop settings, just right click on the desktop and go to properties, that's one way to handle that. The other way is to go into I think accessories, you're gonna find what they call accessibility tools. >> Right. >> And one of those is not, your know, it's just a matter of making everything a little bit bigger. It's not really about having, you know, really limited eyesight. It's just about letting folks who are older see stuff easier. So you got a lot of ways to go. I think it's a good idea actually, to get a good, inexpensive forty-two inch or something, and that's a cool monitor. >> Yes it is. >> Okay, so the Best of the Web is coming up next and more of your calls at triple eight, nine hundred CNET right after this. ^M00:18:08 [ music ] ^M00:18:14 >> Klauss Umlat [assumed spelling], umpire at the eighty five U.S. Open? >> Macenroe. >> Wait, there's a chance that ball did hit the line. You're not evil. >> Are you handling disputes with a simple phone call? [ background music ] Are you a cardmember? ^M00:18:29 [ background music ] >> So Miss Jones, what seems to be the problem? >> The holidays are coming, and I'm having my annual meltdown over shopping. >> Ahh yes, the nightmare before Christmas. Santa Claustrophobia. >> Actually, we're druids. >> Gifting anxiety does not discriminate. >> My family, my friends, they all love gadgets, but it's just so hard to keep up and I'm afraid I'll make the wrong choice, and then they'll think I'm a loser. >> And I'm sure it just has to do with some traumatic gifting event in your childhood. >> Nonsense. Your condition is perfectly understandable, and the solution is simple. >> It is? >> It is. Just tune into CNET's ten hour holiday helpdesk marathon. [ background music ] Our staff of experts will take your questions and guide you to the right tech gifts. Watch the fear away, with CNET's holiday helpdesk marathon, live eight to six pacific time, November twenty third, the day after Thanksgiving. We'll be giving away some amazing prizes every hour. For details go to holidayhelpdesk.cnet.com. ^M00:19:28 [ music ] ^M00:19:35 >> Welcome back to CNET Live. We're taking your calls the whole show. It's a special, special show. Me and Brian taking your calls at 888-900-C, N, E, T, two six three eight. Look, I made it easy so there's no excuse for you not to call. >> We don't need to see your lips move as you're dialing the phone. Okay, before we get some more of your calls, it's time for the Best of the Web. ^M00:19:53 [ music ] ^M00:19:57 [ background music ] >> Best of the Web is brought to you by our good, good friends at CNET's Webware.com, where they're all about web two apps and all the good services around it. This week it's called Splash Up, formerly known as Splash two, known before that as Pho two. >> Okay, I think I hate it. >> Thinks she hates it already. Oh, boy, this is good. So what it is is a Photoshop online web service and it's really good. If you love the Photoshop technology of layers - >> Right. >> - which is really a powerful technique for handling various levels of change, that's over here on the right as you see on the screen there. There is the classic, I'll put it in right there, Photoshop layer box, and you can do a whole mess of them and do pretty much all the same techniques you do in Photoshop. Over here on the left, let me move this into the frame a little more, you've got, oops, not that much out of the frame. You've got a undo button which is also something that you don't always find on these web based services, undo and redo, so it really has a lot of locally cached functionality. >> Oh, wow. And this is all free web based? >> Free web base. >> To me, it's like the death knell for the gimp which makes me insane. >> Right, right. And then the other thing we've got going on here is you go under, I think under edits, no, under file, capture from webcam. I don't have one attached, but it will capture right from a webcam, grab stills, and you're immediately editing. >> Ooh, hey, maybe our caller who wanted to use a Canon. [ laughter ] >> There are all stills though. >> Hey, if you're still watching. Oh, it's all stills. >> Yeah, there all stills. >> Still, if you just want to capture stills from your Canon IS870. >> And it also has a lot of good integration with the various major photo sharing services, so you've got easy buttons to go right out and grab photos from there as if you're doing a local file open. You open virtually via like a little FTP link right to their collection. >> That's very cool. >> It's a cool program. It's called Splash Up, and you can go and get that over at, read the review at Webware.com and see what you're getting into, and then they'll link you right up to go download that guy. >> That is cool. Very cool. All right, it's time to get to your calls on 888-900-C, N, E, T. And we have calls. >> Boy, do we. >> Let's start with Mustafa. Are you there, Mustafa? >> Yes Molly, I'm here. Hi, Brian. Hi, Molly. >> Hello. Hi, what's your question? >> Okay, I wanted to ask you about GPS softwares for laptops. I know you guys always review GPS sets for the Santa Rosa GPS devices like for cell phones or for cars or something like that. What about for laptops? I recently got an iPhone and I got lost in Oklahoma City. I hate the iPhone. After selling my Nokia [inaudible]. >> Oh, really. [ laughter ] >> I used to use TomTom on my Nokia, the Bluetooth GPS receiver, but now I just, I'm frustrated. I need a software for my laptop. >> Right. And so you - >> I tried Deloren [assumed spelling]. I tried Deloren. There's a software called Deloren. I got lost with that as well so that's not worth it. >> Oh, so you're not just looking for software. You're looking for good software. >> Yes, something good. Like TomTom is amazing. >> Right, the TomTom software. >> I mean, I really like TomTom. >> Now is it possible, no because the iPhone doesn't have GPS built in, so there's not way for you to still use your TomTom software because you don't have, so you now do not have a stand alone GPS. You're just looking for software that you can do for mapping on your laptop. >> Yes. >> Is that correct? Okay. I know there - >> Well, there, sorry, go ahead. >> No, you go ahead. If you can clarify, that's excellent. >> There's a third party software on iPhone and that's called Navizon. And basically, it tries to detect your, it pinpoints your location using WiFi and GSM networks. >> Right. >> But that, I tried that in Oklahoma City and it was two miles off. >> I've heard that the WiFi pinpointing is hard. >> I think the problem is not the software. It's Oklahoma City is the problem here. >> That might be the problem. It's possible. But you should still be able to, you know, I mean, if you're gonna be navigating in advance and you don't need the kind of discovery, you don't need it to find exactly where you are, then I, certainly we've always reviewed and Streets and Trips pretty well, Microsoft Streets and Trips. This is mapping software. >> Yeah. And their version of GPS, their version with the GPS locator, we got it here. >> Yeah. >> I like the interface on it. It's a little bulky as an app, but you're carrying a laptop with you if that's the scenario I understand here. >> Right. >> So it's not gonna be that hard to run this on a modern laptop. And I like the interface on Streets and Trips. I recently did a three day motor tour on it with all kinds of stops and call outs and detail. I found it was, you know, not quite a Google maps cleanliness, but I liked it. >> You know, one other thing I would suggest, actually. If you know you're gonna be using your laptop and your laptop has Bluetooth, this is probably a little more than you want to spend, but you could go a hardware route. I am a proud owner of the TomTom Navigator 5 which is just the Bluetooth receiver. >> Yeah. >> The GPS receiver, and then, you can use the TomTom software on your laptop, which is actually a pretty great combination. I use it with my Trio which is nice and it might, you never know, it might talk to your iPhone, although I can't promise that because I don't know - >> But that's a great way to go with a laptop, I think. >> - for sure. But with a laptop - >> The TomTom software, does it work on the laptop or do I have to have a mobile device to sync it up with? >> No, it comes on DVD. I think you can use the TomTom Navigator 6, maps and software, and I think you can use that on your laptop. Because I know that, I know that I've been driving with my husband and used the TomTom on the laptop for navigation. >> Yeah, try that. Cause that way you've got your TomTom. You just have to go get another piece of hardware and deal with it, which is a GPS to Bluetooth or, I guess, USB cable it to your laptop. >> No, I do have that. Yes, I do have GPS, a wireless Bluetooth GPS receiver. >> You've got the dongle. >> I've got the dongle and the receiver. Now the thing is, I need a software that actually, like, helps me not get lost. That's all I need. >> Well, that's the TomTom 6. >> Right, so you just need the software to be better. So you have a GPS receiver that's not TomTom is what you're saying. >> Yeah. I do have like a thirty-two satellite receiver kind of thing. >> But those are all universally compatible. >> Right. >> So we're just talking about good software. Try the, try the, try the TomTom Navigator 6, you say. >> Try the TomTom software. See if that's available separately. >> Okay. We'll get one more in here about, speaking of wireless connections, this is an interesting one that I actually did a video on not long ago. Eli's calling from New York. Hello, Eli. Welcome to CNET Live. >> Hello. How are you guys? >> Good, man. How are you doing? >> Good. I have a question. I get really bad T-Mobile service in my house, and I think you guys did a weekend project on it once. >> Yeah. >> And I need like a booster or a device that'll boost my T-Mobile signal. >> Okay. So here's one. I've got this up on the screen now. I can't for the life of me recall who makes this, but I want to say it's called the Cell Xtender, letter X, tender, two hundred and forty bucks. This is it up at some merchant, but it's available for roughly two fifty at a lot of places. So this thing goes in your house. The only tricky part is you're in New York City or New York State? >> New York State, I'm in Westchester. >> All right. So you're not in some, you know, concrete jungle where it's not gonna help. You just have to run a piece of coax from this to an antenna that you typically mount at least up in the eaves of your attic, ideally outside on the roof. Somewhere in there, away from metal and toward the nearest cell site. So you got to figure out where that is. We found in that weekend project that you're talking about, you should go look that up on CNET TV. We found that it added at least a bar. It doesn't take a one and turn it into a four, but it does add at least a bar I'd say to be safe, maybe two. It was a work around. It wasn't a weekend project so - >> One other, sorry. >> No, please. >> I have another possible solution actually, which is the, since you said you have T-Mobile, they have a box called the T-Mobile Hot Spot at Home which is basically a little WiFi box. >> Yeah, it's a WiFi Hot Spot. >> Yeah, it's a WiFi Hot Spot, so if you have a T-Mobile WiFi phone, you can use that to use the WiFi in your home - >> Do a WiFi voice connection in the house. >> -to make those calls, to avoid connections. So you kind of just bypass your cellular service. You do need a WiFi enabled T-Mobile phone, but that's another option. >> Yeah, that's an interesting wrinkle though. >> It's kind of cool. >> Interesting wrinkle. Okay, so there's a couple of ways you can go. Good luck with that, Eli. Let us know how that works out. >> All right. First, now we've got a first look at something new from Apple. >> Hmm. ^M00:27:19 [ music ] ^M00:27:22 [ background music ] >> I'm Nicole Lee, Associate Editor for CNET.com, and this the Apple iPhone Bluetooth headset. It is made specifically for the iPhone, and as you can see the design esthetic sort of mirrors the iPhone in terms of style and elegance. It's very small and tiny. It's very compact as you can see. It's very lightweight as well. On the top here, there's a multi-function button. On the back you do have an earpiece which is kind of similar to the old school iPod ear buds in a way. It fits really comfortably in the ear. There is no ear hook, so there's not much security compared to the other headsets. You do also get optional earphone covers for better comfort. Overall, it's a pretty basic headset, but the thing that makes this special of course, is that it is designed specifically for the iPhone. And it even comes with this pretty cool dual slot charging dock. And what happens if you dock the iPhone and the headset for the first time, it will automatically pair. That means you don't have to go through the whole you know, Bluetooth menu to pair, there's no special passkey that you have to input in. Also if you want to find out the battery charging status of the headset, all you have to do is dock it into this charging dock here, and you will see the battery life of both the iPhone and the headset. Overall, the headset is pretty basic, which goes the same for it's features. You get the typical answering and ending calls, but you don't get call mute, and we weren't able to do last number redial either. Since the iPhone doesn't have voice commands for it, this obviously will not add the voice command support to the iPhone. But when we did pair this headset with the regular Blackberry, we were able to use the voice dialing options on that phone. Another thing that we didn't like was that there aren't any volume controls on the headset, so you do have to control the volume via the phone itself. It's pretty pricey at a hundred twenty-nine ninety-nine. And you know, you don't get a lot of standard headset features. [ background music ] It's pretty elegant, good-looking headset, but we wouldn't recommend it if you want something that really high quality. My name is Nicole Lee and this has been the Apple iPhone Bluetooth headset. ^M00:29:19 [ music ] ^M00:29:23 >> All right, we've got it here. Just what you need, another iPod dock. >> Yeah. [ laughter ] >> Right? >> A big one. >> A big one. You've already got your, you've already got your iPhone dock for one, and then you've got this. I mean, it's cool that it comes with a dock although it sounds like - >> It's really tiny. I mean, look at that thing compared to the iPhone. The iPhone is smaller than it looks in print. >> Yeah. >> And the headset is even smaller than it looks on screen. It's really tiny. >> Although it seems like small and Apple-made, so it's probably gonna pair pretty well. But other than that, it seems like that's the only thing to recommend it. I can't believe it doesn't add voice dial - >> I know. >> - to the iPhone. That's the huge missing feature of the iPhone. Here you've got a Bluetooth headset that can do it with other phones and not the I, I'm just saying. >> A hundred and thirty bucks too, right? >> Yeah. >> It's on the high end of Bluetooth headsets. >> Yeah. >> I was surprised because that one came out you know, in the last few days and I barely heard anything about it. >> I didn't either. You know, sometimes they sneak these little accessories out and you - >> Yeah, there was no meeting. There was no one more thing. There was no stage show. >> Right. >> It just dribbled out all of a sudden. Okay. We're gonna get two more calls in so let's see. We're gonna grab the first one here. Been waiting a long time is Kevin calling from Minnesota. Hi, Kevin. Welcome to CNET Live. >> Hi. >> What's on your mind today? >> I was wondering if there was a free alternative to Microsoft Publisher. But I need it to support Windows Vista. >> Okay. Let's try this one. This one gets a lot of raves. I have not used it myself. I use Publisher, you know, mostly because they have a gun to my head. But this is called Scribus at Scribus.net, S, C, R, I, B, U, S. This is an open source technology. And it's also giving the promise of Windows. I don't know that it's necessarily certified for Vista. But what is? So, you know, you're out there on your own anyway. They've got a lot of great features in here. It looks to me like it's somewhere between Publisher and like, you know, Ventura or PageMaker. It looks like it skews pretty high end. So I think you're gonna get a lot of power out of this from the screens I've been looking at, the font effects it's got, the scaling and kerning and all the things that I, that I check for. So I would definitely go, look at that. I'm gonna give you a screen shot of it here. Here's one that it looks, see that's why I think it's got a real, a real pro page layout field. You see it's got a lot of column and tabling technologies built in there. It looks pretty powerful, so try that out, Scribus.net. No promise on the Vista, but it does have XP support, and that's about as good as you're gonna do these days. All right? Thanks for the call. >> All right, we have another call from Nick, it looks like, who's looking for help playing your media from your computer onto your Xbox 360. Hi Nick. Are you there? >> Hey Molly. >> What's your question? Even though I just said what I think it is. >> Okay, I've used a media extender for Windows Vista to play videos on my Xbox 360. >> Uh-huh. >> But I just wanted to play movies and music from XP. Is that possible? I know I've heard of Zune, but some videos don't work. >> You just, you want to play movies and music from just your XP computer? >> Uh-huh. To my Xbox 360. >> So it should work fine as long as you, do you have a Windows Media Center? >> Yeah, I have a media center for Vista, and to use, to use XP you need to have Zune, that's what I heard. When I used it and it worked but it doesn't work for certain videos and what not. >> Right. See it's tough because with XP media center is actually a different operating system. It's built into Vista, but there is a media center version of the Windows XP operating system, and that's what you need to stream. You don't need, it doesn't have anything to do with Zune necessarily, you just need that media center capability in XP. >> And you need to above Vista Basic. I think that doesn't have media center. The rest do. >> Right. If it's Vista. >> Okay, as long as you're above the Basic version of Vista. You are? What are you running, Vista - >> But I think he's wanting to use XP. So home come you to use XP if you have Vista? >> Yes. >> Well, I have the dual boot, so sometimes when I switch to XP, I still want to share the same, you know, videos, media. >> Oh, right. You've got media there. >> Zune, Zune has an option where you get to like, share your Xbox 360. Like there's an option in there somewhere. >> Right. >> But I was just wondering about the format. Is there a certain format for the media, for the videos to work on the XP, I mean, the Xbox? >> The three sixty. Well definitely the three sixty doesn't support every video format, and I think it's possible that it doesn't support Divx. So that may be one of the things that you're running into. >> Right. >> But it certainly, it certainly supports all of the Windows Media video formats, and it should be listed on the Microsoft site which formats are supported. You know, if it comes to a format that's not supported, then I guess it doesn't really matter if it's Vista or XP, it's just not gonna play. >> Okay. >> All right, Nick. Thanks for the call. Sorry we can't give you a definitive answer on that one, but yeah, if it's down to the formats, just go check the format support on the three sixty - >> Yep. >> - through either the documentation on the three sixty support section or where have you and you'll be all set to at least get that off the plate. Okay, so next week, if you like that SEMA stuff we had, that auto tech we had this week, I'm going to the LA car show next week. I'll be out again. [ background music ] It will be Molly and Tom, joined by the special guest, John C. Dvorak. >> Hopefully. >> Finally. >> Yeah. 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