Why Do Secret Service Agents Always Touch Their Ears?

What’s your favourite feature of this radio accessory? Personally, I like the design job – Its cooler than an Inuit’s underpants!

When you see American secret service agents on TV or in films, have you noticed that they are always touching their ears? Well, at least one of our readers did and asked me to find out why.

In the ‘Matrix’ movies, Agent Smith and co touched their ears in order to better mimic the behaviour of real secret service agents. Therefore it is obviously a defining trait of secret service agents, at least in America. It is clearly something they have been doing for quite a while now. Then again, the ‘Agents’ also did it to better receive signals from the machines who ran the Matrix program itself…

In the real world (assuming, of course, that this IS the real world hmmm….), the reason that secret service agents touch their ears is not that different. Forrest Wickham, of http://www.slate.com, has the answers:

Are those earpieces uncomfortable? No, it’s just so they can hear better. Pushing in an earpiece makes for a tighter seal, which could mean the difference between hearing or missing a Secret Service codename or another agent’s message about the president’s position while standing in a noisy room. While earpieces are not uncomfortable, they do sometimes come loose, requiring readjustment.

There you have it, a somewhat embarrassingly lo-tech answer, secret service guys push their earphones into their ears because that makes the instructions come through louder and clearer. Being an ardent ‘Spinal Tap’ fan, I can’t help but echo the bemused query of Marti DiBergi and ask “why not just make the earpieces louder?” but that’s obviously a question for another time.

Back to you, Mr. Wickham:

“Earpieces aren’t the only communication devices the Secret Service uses, and not all earpieces have the same design. Some devices, for example, look like iPod ear buds. The one-ear headphone, http://www.iphoneearpiece.co.uk, often shown in the movies is standard and comes with a curly wire that runs down under their shirt to a hidden microphone worn in different locations depending on the circumstances of the assignment. One standard spot is just under the shirt sleeve. (That explains why agents are always lifting their wrists to their mouths.) Earpieces also come in different colors, and some agents choose a device that matches their skin or hair”.

So they don’t do it to look sinister, or to get instructions from the machine world that secretly runs all our lives. They do it because, well, their equipment is a little bit crappy, apparently.

Then again, I suppose that if you were trying to hear very specific, very important information in a busy and loud environment, then any headset you used would be severely challenged. It’s hard to hear anything over the sound of large crowds as well.

Mr. Wickham also offers a bonus explanation. At the end of his article, Wickham tells us why the secret service guys always seem to be wearing sunglasses.

“Why are Secret Service agents always wearing sunglasses? To keep the sun out of their eyes. While the Service has often cultivated a certain mystique, preferring to remain “cloaked in silence and mystery,” spokesmen insist they wear shades merely for their traditional purpose, and not, say, to keep would-be assassins from knowing which way they’re looking. The Secret Service has no set uniform, but agents say that wearing sunglasses on a sunny day helps them to scan a crowd for suspicious behavior”.

Sounds good enough to me.

Share files with Bluetooth phones

headset. earphonesNow then ladies and gentlemen, i’ve the second brilliant earpiece piece for you to read, i know, you don’t need to thank me all, just click a social like to the short article to prove your appreciation.

Present day word is the word of mobile phones, which are the most effective mediums of communication.

These new and highly innovative devices are of great use and let users to do so many things in life. No one can imagine life without these amazing mobile devices as these offer not only effective and fast communication but allow customers to perform various other innovative and necessary functions.

A user can easily capture photographs, browse the internet, send SMS and MMS, and listen to music and many more. Besides all these important functions, one of the most important features in mobile phone is the existence of various connectivity options for fast and easy data transfer.

The various mobile phone companies are manufacturing great handsets which consist of Bluetooth services for better connectivity with outer world. These useful gadgets with such excellent communicating services have made easy for customers to remain in touch with others by effective data transfer.

The Bluetooth mobile phones consist of short-range radio wireless technology, which produce an effective personal area between various other devices like mobile. This amazing advance technology is very useful for users and helps in various ways. A person can use these wonderful mobile devices with Bluetooth headsets and can work when their both hands are not free.

It let users to perform their tasks even when they are driving.
The majestic phones with Bluetooth services let one to transfer and exchange their information with each other. Bluetooth mobile machines also allow users to exchange information to other Bluetooth containing printers to get their printing needs fulfilled.
These Bluetooth service in any phone is on great demand because of its great usefulness. Moreover, one can also use these mobile phones to connect their computer with Internet. Customers can also access for a dial up connection through these fabulous Bluetooth containing phones.

The Bluetooth services are very much favoured by customers worldwide so many companies are paying proper attention in this regard to offer their valuable users with more advance Bluetooth facilities for fast data transfer. At present these amazing services are growing up day by day and many new handsets have come up in the market with much more efficient data transfer capability.

With a mobile endowed with Bluetooth, one can easily download Mp3 from his computer in to his handset. These wonderful Bluetooth mobile phones offers several fantastic wireless solution to its customers, which make easy for customers to share different things without any stress.

With these services, one can also transfer images from their Bluetooth containing cameras and can get the printouts of their favourite photos with in a second. One can go for several Bluetooth mobile phones of Nokia, Motorola or Sony Ericsson.

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Beats by Dr. Dre Studio

Without giving too much about this earphone piece, but I thought it interesting and related to what Im currently doing.

Audiophiles and lovers of booming bass alike often ask me what I think about Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, assuming I’ll somehow slam the company. But I’m actually a fan of what Beats has accomplishedin 2008, virtually no one was paying money for headphones (except for audiophiles). Beats more or less eliminated that complacency for dismal soundtrue, it was achieved by making bass-heavy headphones a fashion statement seen on celebrities and athletes alike, but it was still a marked improvement over the status quo. The new Beats Studio, at $299.95 (direct), is the second version of the original pair made by Monster (Beats is no longer associated with Monster, and HTC, which had a controlling interest for a while, is now also jumping ship). Equipped with some decent noise cancellation, the signature glossy look, and the deep low-end that made this lineup famous, or infamous, the new Studio will appeal to bass lovers and repel purists.

Design
Visually, the Beats lineup is possibly the most recognizable headphone design made since the 80s, even if that makes audiophiles cringe. You’ve seen them on the heads or resting around the necks of pro athletes and pop stars during press conferences and music videosand that familiar look is a brand unto itself at this point. In other words: Beats isn’t going to mess with the formula too much. The Beats Studio looks, to the casual observer, like most other Beats pairs that came before it, offered in shiny red, white, or black, with a bright red lowercase B logo on each ear.

The circumaural (over-the-ear) design features large, exceedingly comfortable earpads and a well-padded headband. Even over long listening sessions, the earpads don’t get uncomfortable or too hot, and the same can be said for the headband. The headphones do not fold down flat, which is something much of the competition now does to allow for easier stowing.Beats by Dr. Dre Studio

The famously red cable is detachable from the left ear, and the Studio ships with two of themone with an inline three-button remote control and mic for controlling playback, volume, and answering calls on mobile devices, one without. There’s also a red USB charging cable (it connects to the right ear)this represents a leap for the redesigned headphones, as they now run on an internal rechargeable lithium ion battery and not AAA batteries, a minor victory for the environment. Beats claims an approximate battery life of 20 hours, but this will largely depend on how you use your headphonesspecifically, how loud you listen to your tunes.

The left earcup has a Mute functionif you want to pause or play, use the remote on the cable, as the left ear’s button will simply mute your audio while it’s still playing. A Power button on the right ear activates the noise cancellation, and holding it down for a prolonged period powers them down. The power button can also be pressed and held for a shorter period to activate an LED display that shows how much battery life you have leftfive dots is good, one dot is on the verge of death.

Annoyingly, you cannot listen to music on the Beats in passive mode without activating the noise cancellation, so the battery life will always be impacted by the noise cancellation circuitry when you’re using them. You can also (quite easily) unintentionally leave the noise cancellation activatedit will remain on even if the cable is removed if you don’t shut it off, as there’s no auto-off function like you find in some competing models. It doesn’t help that the Power button is tiny and easy to forget about.

The headphones also ship with a zip-up hard shell carrying case, a Beats decal, and a cleaning cloth.

Performance
Let’s first briefly address the active noise cancellation. It would be one thing if the noise cancellation circuitry were ground-breaking (it’s not) and was the primary draw for these headphones (ditto), but since it isn’t, it would be nice to be able to use the Beats Studio passively like many pairs allow you to do now. The noise cancellation itself is decentit can eliminate wide swaths of ambient noise and even tone down chatter and talking around you a bit, but it can’t compare with the latest technology from the Bose QuietComfort series, and it also introduces a noticeable hiss to the equation. Many noise-canceling pairs do this, but few of them cost so much. The verdict here is: These headphones would be a better deal without the noise cancellation, and with a lower price as a result, but it’s intrinsically tied to the design, so thankfully it’s at least a somewhat useful feature.