bells and whistles


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bells and whistles

A popular term for non-essential features or anything extraneous to a particular device or subject—e.g., colour and high-tech or ostentatious graphics in an otherwise scholarly textbook, or an imaging device that outputs files data and images to non-specialists and patients.
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It is a Google clone that mimics Google's basic search technology, and it does have a few nice bells and whistles in general web and special topic searching.
* Lacks bells and whistles * Keypad is hard to handle
Packed with virtuoso dancing by the eight bare-chested male cast members, Asphalt is performed against a background of video projections of a tribal mask and other scenes from Africa and has plenty of tremendously effective lighting bells and whistles. The unison movement packs a real wallop, a head-spinning solo is electrifying: but I missed some of the gritty edginess it has had in earlier performances.
The service will provide a bells and whistles version of selected contents of the magazine, mainly animated cartoons and amusing sound clips.
"I don't want this person to be fearful of a very sophisticated microprocessor with all kinds of bells and whistles."
This unit's bells and whistles include one-touch auto setup, a "Blackboard" function that allows a presenter to make a wall color adjustment when projecting on a non-screen surface, instant power shutdown, and a digital zoom function on the remote.
Bells and whistles include Bluetooth compatibility, voice-recognition technology, latest generation navigation software, and too much more to list here.
But building owners will tell you that excellent security is about managing the technology--a vital, ongoing hands-on process that even the shiniest new bells and whistles can't replace.
Direct mail will still be with us, of course, but my unscientific impression gained from what I'm seeing in my mailbox is more bells and whistles. The old modest #10 envelope, letter, order form, reply envelope package seems to be giving way to oversize formats, heavy teaser copy, brochures, and more.
While more advanced products might offer greater wireless transmission speeds and more bells and whistles, the ease of installation paired with the relatively low price make this a good buy.
Of those, it was particularly Melton's experience at VeriFone that trained him to think like his bank customers, to focus on their strategic business needs rather than on the technology's bells and whistles - a skill especially critical for a company like CyberCash, given its highly uncertain market.