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Review: Philips Hue Lux and Iris smart lights for your home

by Blogger on ‎09-15-2014 09:58 PM - last edited on ‎09-17-2014 10:31 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Retrofitting your home’s lighting is perhaps the least invasive form of renovation available to you, and your Wi-Fi network is one of the biggest reasons why. Philips Hue is a family of LED lights that can turn any of 16 million colours, adding more than just hues and shades, but entirely different settings, moods and ambience to any room. While I’ve looked at the Hue Starter Kit, Bloom and LightStrips already, the Iris and Lux are two more unique members to add to the list.

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Motorola releases new Moto X, Moto G and Moto360

by Blogger on ‎09-05-2014 02:29 AM - last edited on ‎09-11-2014 01:27 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Motorola has unveiled its newest smartphones with new models of the Moto X and Moto G and the Moto 360 smartwatch at a media event in Chicago. The new devices bring Motorola into the world of wearables and continue the design and usability features first introduced in the company’s phones last year. They are all coming to Canada, and I got to spend some time with them for a solid first impression.

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Get the best smartphone for your back to school needs

by Blogger on ‎08-11-2014 01:39 PM - last edited on ‎08-12-2014 01:44 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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As the title suggests, the weeks leading back to the start of a new school year might require you looking into a smartphone that will help you over the next eight to 12 months. Now, the “best” doesn’t necessarily mean the best on the market, but rather the best for what you need. You may be a student on a budget, or your needs might not be particularly complex, and that’s why the list in this post is focused more on bang for the buck.

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Review: Parrot MiniDrones Rolling Spider

by Blogger on ‎08-10-2014 07:53 PM - last edited on ‎08-11-2014 10:22 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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It may have been a foregone conclusion that Parrot would attempt to miniaturize its popular AR.Drone, and indeed it has — sort of — with the MiniDrones Rolling Spider. A quadrocopter like its larger cousin, the Rolling Spider can fly around, but also roll on the ground, up and down walls and along ceilings. Its limited range keeps it close to you at all times, but this is an indoor gizmo that is sure to be fun for everyone.

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Review: Parrot Jumping Sumo

by Blogger on ‎08-08-2014 09:37 AM

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When Parrot first unveiled the Jumping Sumo at CES back in January, it used a small toy basketball net to illustrate the fun you could have in making this roving drone jump. Rolling around on two wide wheels, while controlled via the free FreeFlight 3 app on iOS and Android, the Jumping Sumo is a remote-controlled gizmo that is sometimes hard to define, yet easy to enjoy because of what it does. After spending time with it myself, I got a better sense of the pros and cons of such a unique toy.

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ClearPlex screen protectors cut on the spot for your mobile device

by Blogger on ‎08-06-2014 10:20 PM - last edited on ‎08-07-2014 04:19 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Buying a smartphone, tablet or laptop can be an exciting purchase, and naturally, you’d want to protect your investment. Cases certainly help cushion the body, but a good screen protector can withstand the daily rigours of your fingers and the scratches and blemishes that could tarnish an otherwise gorgeous display. Screen protectors come in various forms and types, but ClearPlex stands out as a unique option that is available at Future Shop.

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Review: LG G3 earns place among elite of 2014

by Blogger ‎07-31-2014 02:13 PM - edited ‎08-08-2014 03:09 PM

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LG has quietly made a statement in the past 12 months that it is serious about making some of the best smartphones money can buy. The G3 takes a few solid steps in the right direction, making the case that sometimes less is more and design is an important detail not to be overlooked. It’s prettier than its predecessor and manages to outperform it in ways that it should, making this one of the more interesting and compelling handsets to come out so far this year.

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Top 5 wireless sound solutions for the dorm room

by Blogger on ‎07-28-2014 07:01 AM - last edited on ‎07-28-2014 11:49 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

 

Wirelessfs.jpgSetting up a comfortable and functional dorm room  for back-to-school is always an exciting challenge. One thing you don’t want in any dorm room are too many confusing wires. There’s a bevy of choices whether you want Apple AirPlay focused speakers, straight-uo Bluetooth speakers, Sound docks that stream wireless audio, shelf-style speakers that can be wired or wireless as well as a modern boombox.  Thankfully, there are some really great options for getting sound into spaces wirelessly here are five our favourites.

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Review: Philips Hue can transform your home’s lighting

by Blogger on ‎07-24-2014 09:00 AM - last edited on ‎07-25-2014 01:34 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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The very concept of a connected light bulb is one that might surprise you, but it’s an intriguing part of a connected and automated home. Philips Hue is a set of connected LEDs that can light up a room with any colour or shade in the gamut, literally changing the look and mood inside. Being able to control them from your phone or tablet makes the whole experience all the more convenient, but how much better does it get when you can go further?

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Preview: LG G3 pushes to be among the best smartphones

by Blogger on ‎07-17-2014 12:39 PM - last edited on ‎07-17-2014 04:23 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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If it’s true that LG made a breakthrough in the tough smartphone market, it may well have been the G2, which signaled the company was serious about competing with the best. As good as the phone was, in some respects, it needed some work to improve the user experience. This is exactly what the LG G3 seems to be tailored for, not only trimming the fat of its Android skin, but also using a display that is unquestionably one of the best on any handset today.

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Review: Samsung Galaxy Tab S

by Blogger on ‎06-30-2014 07:56 PM - last edited on ‎07-02-2014 03:00 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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In the space of less than six months, Samsung has launched three different tablet variants in a quest to offer something for everyone, and the Galaxy Tab S falls in the premium consumer column. Where the TabPRO is primarily targeted at business users and the Galaxy Tab 4 line aimed at the budget-conscious, the Galaxy Tab S is the company’s elite consumer tablet, meant to not only be the best Samsung can deliver, but also the best on the market.

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Wearables and mobile take centre stage at Google I/O 2014

by Blogger on ‎06-25-2014 10:33 AM - last edited on ‎06-25-2014 02:44 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

 

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Another Google I/O developer conference is underway at the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco and the focus this year has is clearly on mobile and Google's wearable initiative. Demonstrated on stage today were the first screens of the next major revision of Android codenamed Lollypop as well as smartwatches and wearables from Google's various partner manufacturers.

 

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In most cases, updating the software or operating system on a device is an iterative exercise where the latest version simply adds or replaces features from the previous one. Then there are unique cases like Samsung’s first-generation Galaxy Gear smartwatch, where an update has turned into an overhaul, pushing the Android-based platform it originally ran on in favour of Tizen, the software running on the Galaxy Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit wearables.

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Review: Motorola Moto G LTE good value for money

by Blogger on ‎06-12-2014 05:17 PM - last edited on ‎06-13-2014 09:42 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Smartphone manufacturers have tended to pack in whatever they can into their devices, choosing to offer as much as possible without paralyzing them. Despite a bit of caution in that trend so far this year, flagship handsets will always be about what can be done, rather than what can’t. But not everyone is in the market for the hottest item when practicality, functionality and price intersect. Motorola has looked to fill that mid-range void by offering devices that don’t aim to unseat anyone from a perch, but rather provide value without a big financial commitment. This is exactly where the Moto G LTE lies, a phone that neither dazzles nor disappoints.

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Watch the World Cup 2014 on your devices

by Blogger on ‎06-05-2014 11:03 AM - last edited on ‎06-09-2014 01:07 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil is set to begin in earnest with the opening match on June 12 between the host Brazilian team and Croatia. It’s the biggest and most prestigious tournament in the world, watched by up to a billion people across the globe, and you have the advantage of being able to watch the action from almost anywhere. Whether you’re near a TV or have a smartphone or tablet with you, and you’re looking cheer on the squad you think is going to take it all, here are the details on where and how to tune in.

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