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October 2014

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Know & Tell Tech tips By Terry Ng B L U E T O O T H P O R TA B L E S P E A K E R S have become increasingly popular the past few years, and with good reason: Quality has increased while prices have dropped. A great Bluetooth portable speaker allows you to stream audio wirelessly from your smartphone, tablet and computer, making them an excellent choice around the classroom or even outside on a field trip. Quality sound, portability, and substantial battery life are the three crucial features you'll want to look for in any good portable speaker. We've broken down some of the best in the market for you. What can you hear through a Bluetooth? Incredible sound! Beats Pill Portable Speaker ($200) www.beatsbydre.com K E Y F E AT U R E S : Small but loud ultra-portable sound system. Seven-hour rechargeable battery. Able to charge your iPhone or any external USB device. JBL Clip Portable Bluetooth Speaker ($50, originally $60) www.jbl.com K E Y F E AT U R E S : Extremely light and portable at just 5.3 ounces. Five-hour rechargeable battery life. Integrated carabiner is designed to hook onto a backpack or messenger bag. Logitech UE Mini Boom ($77, originally $100) www.ultimateears.com K E Y F E AT U R E S : Stream music from any Bluetooth-enabled device from up to 50 feet. Up to 10 hours of power from internal rechargeable battery. Near-field communica- tion enabled for simple tap to connect. Jawbone JAMBOX ($86, originally $150) jawbone.com K E Y F E AT U R E S : Two highly powerful acoustic drivers and ultrasmall dome produce a wide audio spectrum. Up to 10 hours of power from internal rechargeable battery. Stainless steel construction and sturdy molded rubber casing. 14 www.cta.org

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