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Review: Motorola Moto E

by Blogger on ‎03-25-2015 04:56 PM

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Sometimes a good smartphone isn’t always the best — or even among the best. As flagship smartphones keep battling it out at the top echelon, mid-range and more budget-friendly handsets have been an interesting subset deserving of some attention. Motorola has doubled down on devices like these, offering a few different options to choose from. The Moto E is pure entry-level, and yet, it comes with a surprisingly good user experience.

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In what is the de facto signature mobile conference of the year, Mobile World Congress in Barcelona provided a clear glimpse into what you can expect over the next several months. New phones and tablets were flanked by new wearables and even a renewed commitment to virtual reality (VR) devices. Here’s a look at some of the products and announcements that grabbed headlines.

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HTC One M9 unveiled at Mobile World Congress

by Blogger ‎03-02-2015 03:26 PM - edited ‎03-02-2015 03:27 PM

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Arguably the most attractive Android smartphone is back, now that HTC has confirmed its new One M9. Sticking to its guns, the phone is based on continuing the design principles of its past two predecessors, making it more than a little recognizable. The familiarity may extend to the device’s functionality, as HTC seems to have focused on shoring up what were considered weaknesses.

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Preview: Pebble Time smartwatch looks to top the list

by Blogger ‎02-28-2015 06:51 PM - edited ‎03-02-2015 09:21 AM

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The battle for your wrist will continue to heat up throughout 2015, and the latest device unveiled in that fight is the Pebble Time. Hailing from a company that can be considered one of the smartwatch pioneers, the Time is more an ode to the past with a touch of the future thrown in. It isn’t as flashy as some of the Android Wear watches or the Apple Watch, but it offers a simplicity that is supposed to appeal to everyone.

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New technology solutions to mirror your computer and mobile device screen to your TV

by Blogger ‎02-24-2015 12:48 PM - edited ‎02-24-2015 01:27 PM

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From the small screen to the big screen. It’s the kind of functionality that makes a lot of sense in the home. Why watch a movie on your smartphone when you can beam it over to your much larger TV? Why not do the same with your tablet or computer? There are a number of ways in which to do this, and they’re not only easy to use, they also don’t require much to install or maintain them.

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Review: Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

by Blogger ‎02-20-2015 09:29 AM - edited ‎02-22-2015 12:14 PM

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It’s patently obvious that smartphone screens continue to creep up in size, and the extra real estate should make it easier to do everything you want to do. Samsung can be credited with having kicked off this current era of larger displays with the original Galaxy Note. The Galaxy Note Edge is less a clone than it is an offshoot of the Note 4, a phone that was probably among the best of 2014. The curved screen on the edge gives it a unique identity and usability, and one that does require a learning curve unto itself.

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Go hands-free in any car with new Pioneer audio decks

by Blogger ‎02-16-2015 09:23 AM - edited ‎02-17-2015 04:25 PM

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Distracted driving laws across all the Canadian provinces and territories (except for Nunavut) usually amount to financial penalties when police catch you using your smartphone while behind the wheel. Going hands-free is, of course, a matter of safety, but it should also be one of convenience, which is what Pioneer tries to offer with its audio head units.

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CES 2015: showing off Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

by Blogger on ‎01-09-2015 01:27 AM - last edited on ‎01-30-2015 11:57 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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CES 2015 proved to be the ideal breeding ground for the aftermarket to show what CarPlay and Android Auto are all about. The two highly anticipated in-car infotainment platforms are still really early in their overall development, but you will be able to get your hands on them this year.

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CES 2015: Android TV is coming to you soon

by Blogger on ‎01-07-2015 02:51 AM - last edited on ‎01-08-2015 01:31 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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One thing you can expect to happen in 2015 is the arrival of Android TV, a smart TV platform developed by Google that aims to make a big difference compared to what’s come out to date. I got a good look at what this platform has to offer and came away with some initial impressions.

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CES 2015: LG G Flex 2 looks and feels stylishly thinner

by Blogger on ‎01-06-2015 03:21 PM - last edited on ‎01-08-2015 01:32 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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LG is all about curves at this year’s CES in Las Vegas, showing off some curved TVs and the G Flex 2, the company’s latest smartphone. This one picks up where the original left off, featuring a noticeable curved body that the company says is actually four curves, not just one. I got to play around with it a little bit, and it’s fair to say that slimming it down and including a better screen makes this a solid step up from its predecessor.

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Where to find streaming video content for your tablet

by Blogger on ‎12-24-2014 02:57 PM - last edited on ‎01-02-2015 03:15 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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You may not know it, but your tablet can be the entry point to a lot of streaming video. No doubt, you already know about, or have streamed video from a number of sources, and there may be more you’re not aware of. Canada is always unique when it comes to that because of geo-restrictions that either shut out the Great White North, or offer a different catalog altogether. Here’s a look at the options available to you.

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Which smartphone platform do you use?

by Blogger on ‎12-23-2014 01:08 PM

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Smartphone loyalty seems a little fleeting sometimes because part of what keeps a user around is the mobile operating system as much as the phone itself. I tend to ask people why they use iOS, Android, BlackBerry or Windows Phone, and the answers usually have a common denominator — they just like it. Comparing the four major platforms, there are plenty of similarities with distinct differences.

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Comparing the top smartphones of 2014

by Blogger on ‎12-22-2014 02:12 PM

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Finding the right smartphone for you — or for someone you’re shopping for — can be an easy process or a difficult choice. And the reason for both is the same: the number of devices you can choose from. In this particular case, we’re talking about the top smartphones of 2014. Need a quick look at what sets them apart, or what some of the nuanced similarities and differences might be? Read on and find out.

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The best tablets, as rated by you, the consumers

by Blogger on ‎12-09-2014 11:50 PM - last edited on ‎12-15-2014 08:45 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Sometimes, a good recommendation can be a great starting point or the final confirmation when making the decision to buy a device like a tablet. Of course, not every tablet works for every user, and not every user wants every tablet that’s available, so it doesn’t hurt to filter through the options. This group of tablets are the ones that stand out based on feedback from you, the readers and consumers.

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Review: Hipstreet Phoenix Android tablet

by Blogger on ‎12-06-2014 03:07 PM - last edited on ‎12-11-2014 11:03 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Lately I’ve been spending some time with the Hipstreet Phoenix tablet. I’ve used a lot of different tablets over the years, from the ubiquitous iPad, to the genre defying Surface. I love how much variety there is in tablets these days, and its great that more manufacturers are getting in on the scene too. While Hipstreet is by no means new to the tablet game, I had never tried out any of Hipstreet’s devices before so I was particularly curious how this tablet would stack up the other tablets out there. I have no existing expectations from the brand so this was like a blind taste test. I usually keep quite up to date on the news for all the latest gadgets but I had no idea what to expect this time.

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