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

by Blogger ‎09-15-2014 09:58 PM - edited ‎09-15-2014 09:59 PM



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.


Review: Parrot Jumping Sumo

by Blogger on ‎08-08-2014 09:37 AM



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.


Best apps for Back to School productivity

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



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.


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



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?


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



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.


How to add movie effects to your smartphone video

by Blogger on ‎05-30-2014 08:39 PM - last edited on ‎06-02-2014 03:09 PM by Blog Editor in Chief



It seems almost rare now to watch a Hollywood film that doesn’t have some form of special effects in it, and fantasy, sci-fi and action movies top the list. Adding effects like rollover cars, robots and aliens into your smartphone videos is now a lot easier with results that look undeniably cool. Here’s a look at how you can make it happen on your phone.


Samsung S-Health Overview

by Blogger on ‎03-28-2014 11:01 AM - last edited on ‎04-21-2014 03:19 PM by Blog Editor in Chief



There is no doubt that fitness is the hot topic for electronics manufacturers. Whether it’s developing the next great wearable (which is another hot topic in itself) or the app that works in tandem with it, there is no project more front of mind for these teams than creating and deploying the next great health-tracking app.


So let's take a look at Samsungs 2014 health-focused offerings: 



Sonos app getting makeover, new search feature

by Blogger ‎03-20-2014 09:23 PM - edited ‎03-24-2014 02:43 PM


Sonos has already carved out a reputation for making elegant and stylish speakers and sound quality to match, which might explain why it’s pursuing an elegant solution for its Controller app on Android and iOS. The company is planning to overhaul the app to include a universal search function that transcends not just the music stored on your device, but also the services you subscribe to. The public beta is now available on Android, and will be available on iOS later in the spring, with PC and Mac to follow later this year. Here’s a quick look at what you can expect to find in it.


Spritz is an app looking to change how you read

by Blogger on ‎03-11-2014 10:10 PM - last edited on ‎04-21-2014 03:15 PM by Blog Editor in Chief



Usually, the term “a need for speed” doesn’t tend to rhyme when it comes to reading, a pastime that is more about slowing down enough to retain all the information on each page. There appears to be an app for that, too, and it’s called Spritz. Well, to be fair, Spritz is actually more than just an app, it’s a technology that its developers believe could change the speed, recognition and retention that people read with, managing to get you through up to 1,000 words per minute. Samsung devices will be the first to showcase it on mobile devices, with the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Gear 2 coming first.


Review: Polar Loop and Polar H7 Heart Rate Sensor

by Blogger on ‎03-06-2014 10:36 AM - last edited on ‎05-16-2014 12:07 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Reaching fitness goals takes more than just trying to run one kilometre four times a week. It requires making the right choices that increase your physical activity level and improve your health. The Polar Loop is the latest in a series of activity trackers that can help you make the right choices while having fun along the way. Over the past couple weeks, I had the opportunity to test the Polar Loop Activity Tracker with the Polar H7 Heart Rate Sensor and here’s my take on them:


Review: Ibitz Unity by GeoPalz Fitness Tracker

by Blogger on ‎02-02-2014 12:50 PM - last edited on ‎04-08-2014 11:34 AM by Blog Editor in Chief


Step counters are a great way to see how much you’re moving in a day, and how active—or not–you really are.  I’m a fitness tracker fan; I own both the Jawbone Up and the Fitbit Flex, and love them, though my go-to is the Fitbit.  So I was pleased to be able to try out a different brand and style of tracker: the Ibitz Unity by GeoPalz.


NetTalk launches new Android app with Canadian features

by Blogger ‎01-31-2014 04:03 PM - edited ‎01-31-2014 04:04 PM

NetTalk Android app.jpgIf you’re familiar with NetTalk and its VoIP products and service, then you know how it can save you money both at home or on the go. Now, the company is showing Canadians some love by launching an app exclusively for the Great White North that offers a free Canadian phone number and free app-to-app calling anywhere in the world.


Apps To Improve Your Home Theatre Experience

by Blogger on ‎01-23-2014 07:17 AM - last edited on ‎01-23-2014 11:51 AM by Blog Editor in Chief


If you’ve ever spent an afternoon surfing the App Store, you know there's a plethora of apps out there for the home theatre lover.  So how do you choose? Which ones should take up gigs on your already full phone or tablet?  Right this way ...


The New Furby Boom!

by Blogger on ‎11-08-2013 09:17 PM - last edited on ‎02-26-2014 03:50 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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With much anticipation, a new generation of the Furby has arrived! After hatching into the toy scene in 1998, this robotic critter instantly became one of the must-have toys of the year. Well known for its charming and playful personality, this furry hamster-owl-like critter has a mind of its own and interacts when you talk, pet, tickle, or feed it. Hasbro’s revival of Furby in 2012 boosted interactivity to a whole new level. It’s amazing to see how this classic childhood toy has evolved over the years to keep up with the digital age. Even more exciting is the recent unveiling of the Furby Boom, which has brought about tremendous change, especially in its free partner application.


Wear your health on your sleeve: FitBit One, FitBit Flex, and FitBit Aria reviewed.

by Blogger on ‎11-04-2013 06:29 PM - last edited on ‎02-21-2014 12:34 PM by Blog Editor in Chief


It was weird wearing the FitBit Flex in the shower. As a long-time Nike+ Fuel user I’ve been practically religious about removing my Fuel Band before showering, doing the dishes, or even washing my hands. So having this strange new band on my wrist was definitely something that took some getting used to. 


But get used to it I did. Wearing the FitBit on my left wrist and the Fuel Band on my right, I set out to record just how fit I am (or not!) and to make the call as to which was better: the ‘Bit or the ‘Band.


Let me spoil it for you: FitBit wins. Read on if you want to know why.


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