Bluetooth Software Enables New Capabilities
BY Curt Finch
Your phone has bluetooth. Your computer probably does too. What should this enable you to do?
Investigating various software packages has led me across the following capabilities:
1. Transferring pictures and movies taken on your phone wirelessly to your computer.
2. Syncing address book data between your phone and your computer.
3. Using your cellphone as a 'clicker' to advance powerpoint slides
4. Texting people through your phone from your computer (after all your computer has a better keyboard)
5. Picking up and dialing calls directly from your PC
6. Auto locking and unlocking your computer screen when you walk away with your phone.
I haven't gotten any of this to work yet, although I tried with one application, the BluePhoneElite for the Mac, but it gave me an I/O Kit Error which I could find no information on and could not resolve.
If you're a frequent reader of this column (Hi Mom!) you know I love my BlueAnt earbud. It never judges me, is always there to listen when I want to talk, and always speaks to me in a calming voice.
Last updated: Apr 29, 2009
CURT FINCH has more than two decades of software development and distributed workforce management experience. In 1997, Curt created the world's first internet-based timesheet application and the foundation for the current Journyx product offering. Curt has a B.S. in Computer Science from Virginia Tech. His book, All Your Money, is available on Amazon. @curtfinch