Make wireless speakers at home – DIY how-to

Today I’ll tell you how you can make your own wireless speakers. Wireless speakers of different sort are available in the market but they are much more expensive as compared to the wired ones. So how do we make a wireless speaker at home? Here we go

Nokia BH-502 bluetooth headset

What do we need to make stereo wireless speakers:

  1. A pair of good old wired speakers, may  be a pair that you already have.
  2. A stereo blue-tooth headset, any cheap one will do.
  3. A basic tool to cut/strip wire
  4. A female 3.5mm stereo connector
  5. A basic wire soldering tool or a tape to hold a twisted wire together

The trick is to use an A2DP based blue-tooth headset, connect it to a wired speaker and you are ready to enjoy wireless music.

Where to get a blue tooth headset

If you have an old Blue tooth headset, you are in luck. If you don’t have one, you are still not out of luck. Stereo blue tooth headsets are not that expensive and you can buy a cheap variant here. Luckily I had a used Nokia BH-502 blue tooth headset that I have used for this tutorial.

How to connect the female jack to the headset

This process depends on which headset you are using. I used a Nokia headset that was easily to open using a screwdriver. I simply removed the foam covering on the earpiece and opened three screws to expose the audio wires. If you have a different headset, all you have to do is to find the wire that connects to the both ear pieces. Warning: You may have to cut the plastic, metal or whatever body parts of your headset and you will eventually render your headset useless as a headset after this.

You need a pair for left ear and one for the right ear. Usually the wiring has a left channel wire, right channel wire and a common that connects to both ears.

Same is the case with the stereo 3.5mm female jack, you have a left, right and a common. You simply have to disconnect the wires from the ear pieces and connect to the 3.5 mm jack, hence the audio received by the blue tooth headset will be redirected ot the wire. Later you can connect a pair of wired speaker to the 3.5mm jack.

In most of the cases, the wiring in the headset is very very thin and handling the wires and soldering them is difficult. You can also leave the wires intact and connect the 3.5mm jack to already connected wires. In this case the audio will get directed to both speaker jack as well as the headset tiny earpieces.

Final Steps

Make sure you pack the headset in a box, casing, cover or something that helps avoiding any unintentional wire pull as the headset will be a bit of a wires mesh now :). All you have to do is pair your blue-tooth headset with your audio transmitter that could be your mobile phone or your blue-tooth enabled PC. All the sound that you play on the blue-tooth A2DP sound output will now be available on 3.5mm jack that you can connect to your favorite wired speaker without any direct connection between audio transmitter and the speaker.

Please do share your experience if you try something similar out. Happy untangled life.

Internet Explorer-I did not expect they’ll promote it on the roads

Microsoft’s latest advertisement on Karachi road-side kind of astonished me. It’s  nothing strange but it’s really unusual. Is this really time to move on to IE 9 beta? I’m not an IE fan but this ad seems to be working … downloading now 😉

And if you cannot read the link on the board, its http://www.microsoft.com/pakistan

** UPDATE **

And that’s a put-off for those who have not upgraded to Windows 7 yet. The download link only gives you an option to download it for Windows 7 32bit or 64bit. No options for a download for Vista or earlier versions.

Google 411 No More

Google 411 was a local service in US to search local businesses and places by just dialing 1800-Goog411. Google has recently pulled the plug on the service and it is not available for the users anymore. Quite interestingly it has been the tool not only to provide free POI, people and telephone number searching for general public, but it has also been a great way of training Google’s voice recognition engine.

I believe not many people are using this tool now as everyone is now moving on to the smarter phones like iPhone, Android, BlackBerries or Windows 7 phones. Google has also found better ways of training it’s voice engine to further perfection.

Google Voice transcribes users’ calls that end up in the voice mail and sends it as emails etc. Android phones are also doing lots of searching and other commands based voice commands and all these tools are helping Google’s engine to learn how it can take voice recognition to the next level.

As a result, Google Mobile has announced support for African languages like Zulu and Afrikaans. They will also support voice recognition for South African accented English language as well. Read more about it here.

Nokia N8- First Impressions

Nokia N8 OrangeJust got a Nokia N8 and I’m super excited about it. I have not spent much time with it but there are a few first impressions of the device that I wanted to share with you guys.

  • Unlike Nokia, its battery is locked inside, you cant remove it (that easily)
  • Unlike Nokia, (well unlike most of them) its running pretty fast and pretty smooth out of the box
  • Unlike Nokia, it’s lightweight and good looking.
  • It has a large camera sensor and a very slim Xenon flash

At least I wasn’t expecting above in the box for me 🙂

I’ll be posting more about it from now on, so stay tuned 😉

Difference between BlackBerry 9700 and 9780

BlackBerry Bold 9780
BlackBerry Bold 9780

BlackBerry Bold 9780 is a younger brother of BlackBerry 9700 who’s just a little more fashionable than 9700 and we know 9700 very well. Just got hold of a 9780 and it’s as cool as a 9700, seriously. What makes it more cool is the OS 6 and its doing a great job with the new OS despite the fact it does not have a touch screen like Torch 9800.

There are only two main differences between BlackBerry 9780 Bold and 9700 Bold.

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  1. BlackBerry 9780 has a 5 megapixel camera as compared to 3.2 megapixel cameara on Bold 9700.
  2. And the bigger difference is, 9780 has OS 6.

In cas you are planning to upgrade your 9700, then 9780 is definitely not the choice. If you are planning to get a new 9700, better get a 9780. For existing 9700 users, BlackBerry 9800 torch is a much better choice. And in case you are highly tempted to use OS 6 on your BlackBerry and own an 9700, better flash your OS to version 6 and enjoy having a 9780, well almost 🙂  . You can read this post on how to upgrade to OS 6 on BlackBerry 9700.

Here are a few more shots of the 9780 which has the same big 1500 Mah battery as Bold 9700.

BlackBerry OS 6 boots up fast

I just got hold of these two devices. A BlackBerry Bold 9700 running OS 5 and a BlackBerry Torch running OS 6. Apparently both devices do not have a difference in processing power but the operating system boot up time looks drastically improved for OS version 6.

One of the thing that has always been irritating me has been the time a BlackBerry takes to boot. Any other phone does not take that long but things are eventually changing and the new OS has done some work to improve the boot up speed.

Checkout the video.

BlackBerry Storm Disintegrated – How does it look from inside

I got a chance to open a BlackBerry Storm that I was trying to fix and eventually I failed to do so 🙂

I thought it would be a good idea to share the photos of the opened BlackBerry Storm 9500 and its different parts. The phone build is pretty solid but due to a large touch-screen, it becomes more fragile and prone to damage as compared to other BlackBerry phones. With the help of a simple youtube video, it was a breeze to open the phone apart.

OS 6 for your BlackBerry Bold 9700

If you are carrying a BlackBerry Bold 9700, and want to upgrade to OS 6, the first leaked version is available now. WillyBoy6 on CrackBerry forums has posted the steps, download links and then the whole world starts talking about it.

If you end up upgrading to OS6 successfully, the only difference between your 9700 and 9780 will be the camera.

Here is the source, enjoy!

BlackBerry 101 – Tutorials for new users

If you have recently stepped into the world of BlackBerry devices, you should definitely spend some time going through these beginners tutorials. If you have upgraded recently to OS 6, it is worth it exploring the new features with these tutorials. Tips and tricks for your BlackBerry phone will help you save time and will improve your BlackBerry experience.

How many times you use “space” key to type “@” in email addresses or “.” in the URL fields? Simple questions like how to turn on the num-lock or caps lock are answered in these simple tutorials.

These interactive demos are life savers for anyone who is looking for beginners help.

Select your device from the list below to open BlackBerry 101 page for your device:

BlackBerry Beginner’s Tutorials