"Intermittent audio."If you say those words at a Bose Store, they're as golden as the phrase "Les Wexner gave me this backstage pass" at the annual Victoria's Secret lingerie show.

"Intermittent audio."

If you say those words at a Bose Store, they're as golden as the phrase "Les Wexner gave me this backstage pass" at the annual Victoria's Secret lingerie show.

At the Bose Store, the term "intermittent audio" is good for at least a $200 discount.

Here's the deal: Bose's QuietComfort noise-cancelling headphones hit the market about a decade ago. A little over a year ago, the company debuted their QC15 headphones, which are noted for two noise-cancelling microphones (inside and outside the ear cup), redesigned ear cushions and power provided by a AAA battery.

The headphones cost a steep $300. A friend of a friend says anyone who brings in an old pair of Bose noise-cancelling headphones and complains of "intermittent audio" will get a brand new QC15 for less than $100. You pay $99 if you have the QC1 and about $10 less if you turn in a later model.

I've witnessed this twice. Once, the salesman never asked a question and simply made the discounted exchange. The other time, the salesman tested the old pair and eventually made the switch even though he never heard an intermittent audio problem.

So if it's time to upgrade your Bose headphones, save a couple C-notes by saying those two magic words.

Teach your iPad new tricks

You might remember me writing about Pogoplug ($99 at pogoplug.com), a gadget that connects up to four USB 2.0 hard drives or thumb drives to the internet so their content can be accessed from any computer in the world.

The folks at Pogoplug recently released their free Pogoplug HD app for the iPad, which gives the tablet a whole new lease on life.

Just do the math. A 16GB iPad is $200 less than a 64GB iPad. Connected to a $99 Pogoplug, that 16GB iPad now has virtual access to terabytes of memory.

In addition, users of the Pogoplug iPad app can print straight from their iPad, view and edit Microsoft Office documents, watch streaming movies, listen to streaming music as well as share video, music, documents and photos.

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