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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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Creating your Smart Home: Connected Home Audio

by Blogger ‎02-26-2015 08:29 AM - edited ‎02-28-2015 09:54 PM

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Controlling all these components can be challenging but can be done through the use of the latest hardware, mobile devices and apps.

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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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Google's Chromecast now works with CTV GO App to stream TV shows in Canada

by Blogger on ‎02-13-2015 08:40 AM - last edited on ‎02-13-2015 08:56 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

chromecase.jpgGoogle's Chromecast is the disruptive $39.00 HDMI-streaming dongle that allows any  compatible tablet, smartphone or PC to 'cast' video, music, photos and even presentations to any HDTV or projector, just got the ability to stream CTV programs.

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Aftermarket head units have enabled smartphone integration for years, but the experience has been missing something truly integrative. Pioneer has openly adopted Apple’s CarPlay platform meant to seamlessly connect an iPhone with decks that support it, making it easier to use basic functions and apps without having to touch the phone. Pioneer was the first to launch CarPlay when it released a firmware update for a number of its decks in the fall. New ones are coming and they could be your chance to use it in your car.

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Comparing the top music streaming services

by Blogger on ‎12-18-2014 04:25 PM - last edited on ‎12-18-2014 04:42 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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It was only 10 years ago that the concept of downloading single songs became the method of choice in enjoying music on portable devices. Now, an entire catalog of millions of tracks can be streamed for a monthly fee. Music streaming services have gone mainstream, and the various providers bear many similarities to each other, making it a little challenging to choose between them. Here’s a look at who’s currently playing in Canada, including what sets them apart from each other.

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Stream hockey to your devices with Rogers NHL GameCenter Live

by Blogger on ‎10-09-2014 08:21 AM - last edited on ‎10-14-2014 11:54 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Whether you’re a previous NHL GameCenter subscriber or not, you will notice that the service has gone through a makeover. Not only does it have a new look and feel, but in Canada, it’s also branded by Rogers as part of the 12-year, $5.2 billion deal it signed with the NHL. That means there are changes in how games are delivered to you, and here’s how it all works.

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HTC unveils RE camera, upgrades coming to camera apps

by Blogger on ‎10-08-2014 04:55 PM - last edited on ‎10-14-2014 11:56 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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At its ‘Double Exposure’ event today in New York, HTC unveiled a new handheld pocket video camera called the RE, and announced coming updates and upgrades to the camera software for its phones. The focus of these announcements is on what HTC calls “redefining mobile imaging”, and for the first time, it is opening things up to both third-party developers and even iOS devices.

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Review: Spotify now streaming in Canada

by Blogger on ‎09-30-2014 11:12 PM - last edited on ‎10-01-2014 08:30 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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If you’re not familiar with Spotify, you’re probably already familiar with the type of service it offers. One of the most popular music streaming platforms in the world has finally come to Canada, five years after the company originally said it was considering doing so. There is no shortage of competitors, so what is it about Spotify that has made it so sought after? I streamed tunes from it for over a month to find out.

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Apple releases iOS 8: how to get it and what it can do

by Blogger on ‎09-18-2014 02:51 PM - last edited on ‎09-18-2014 03:18 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Now that Apple has released iOS 8 on the eve of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus hitting Future Shop shelves, the new update to the operating system is less the interface coat of paint that iOS 7 was, and more a pack of features that bring it up to speed with what competitors are doing, along with a twist here and there. It’s free to download and is compatible with iPhone 4S (and later), the iPad 2 (and later), both iPad minis and the fifth-generation iPod touch.

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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 ‎10-17-2014 09:28 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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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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Best apps for Back to School productivity

by Blogger ‎07-30-2014 09:07 PM - edited ‎07-31-2014 06:09 PM

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While there's a lot of great hardware to consider for back-to-school, you should also be thinking about the other important set of computing necessities: the applications that keep us productive, on schedule and on point. Thankfully, there are many apps out there that offer useful functionality and many are even free. Here are some of the essentials worth considering.

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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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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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