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CES 2015: Drones a big trend hovering over the show

by Blogger on ‎01-09-2015 04:06 PM - last edited on ‎03-04-2015 09:22 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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By now, drones have become a buzzword for anything from flying toys to military airstrikes, and they were easy to spot at CES in Las Vegas this week. Robotics have been a burgeoning category for years, but have always been overtaken by bigger news from other categories. The rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), the ubiquity of mobile devices and lower price points has made drones very appealing and popular. I got to see some of them in action at the show and here are some first impressions.

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CES 2015: Mophie coming out with battery cases for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

by Blogger on ‎01-09-2015 11:18 AM - last edited on ‎01-09-2015 11:47 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Known for combining smartphone cases with built-in batteries, Mophie has showcased its latest Juice Pack Air and Plus battery cases for the iPhone 6, and more prominently, the iPhone 6 Plus.

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Landlines, am I right? If you’d told me that in 2014 I’d be writing a blog where the word “landline” wasn’t the punchline to a snide joke, I would have looked at you funny. But here I am, writing a blog covering two new landline based devices… and I like them both.

 

Damnit. Time to take the smug tech guy hat off and tell you why the Panasonic KX-PRD262C Link-to-Cell Docking Station for Smartphone (this link is for the PRL model, more on that later…) and the KX-PRW120C Premium Design Phone with Smartphone Connect are pretty cool. Oh, and why Panasonic needs to fire the guy who names their products. Read on, true believers, it’s about to get real.

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Smartphone accessories make great holiday gifts

by Blogger ‎12-21-2014 11:13 AM - edited ‎12-21-2014 11:14 AM

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Chances are, you spend more time with your smartphone than any other object over the course of a day. It may be indispensable to you, either as a personal toy or a business tool, and as such, you want to make the most of what it’s capable of. This is probably also the case for a loved one, and shopping for a thoughtful and functional gift that can be put to good use is easy with all the different smartphone accessories available.

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kate spade new york, Guess, Kenneth Cole: Big brands hit Future Shop this holiday

by Blogger ‎12-14-2014 09:49 PM - edited ‎12-21-2014 12:28 PM

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Just in time for the busiest sales month of the year, Future Shop, Canada’s leading retail destination for consumer electronics and lifestyle goods, is set to introduce shoppers to a new level of luxury through partnerships with designer brands such as kate spade new york, Guess, JanSport, Kenneth Cole, and more.

 

 

 

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Overview: Cell Phone Accessories

by Blogger ‎12-06-2014 05:53 PM - edited ‎12-06-2014 07:19 PM

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Cell phones and smartphones have become a reality of everyday life. While we rely heavily on these devices to keep us connected, organized and entertained, there are a variety of accessories  available that can enhance our day-to-day use and experience.

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Adorn your tablet and smartphone with Kate Spade

by Blogger on ‎12-03-2014 03:21 PM - last edited on ‎01-16-2015 10:53 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Her accessories are loved by women the world over, and now they're easier to get or to gift!  Kate Spade's colourful, creative and durable tech accessories are now available at Future Shop! From cell phone cases, to laptop sleeves and tablet covers, come see what's just arrived!

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Otterbox Defender series protection for tablets and smartphones

by Blogger on ‎12-02-2014 06:28 AM - last edited on ‎12-02-2014 09:22 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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One of the most enduring line of protective cases for tablets and smartphones is the Otterbox Defender series of cases. Offering multiple layers of solid and tailor-made protection, it is an unparalleled choice for anyone that wants the ultimate protection for their devices.

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Philips Hue is the type of affordable product that can really light up a room in ways that just weren’t possible before without an expensive renovation. Connected wirelessly to the Bridge that’s plugged directly into the home router, the bulbs and lights can all be controlled via the free Hue smartphone or tablet app. As cool and immersive as that tends to be, the Hue Tap adds old school hardware convenience to control the lights you use most.

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Ditch your booster cables with the Wagan Tech Ion Boost V8!

by Blogger on ‎10-26-2014 10:32 AM - last edited on ‎12-03-2014 11:23 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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When I was first assigned the Wagan Tech IonBoost V8 to review, I was a bit hesitant to accept it. It reminded me of the days when my trusty ’89 Accord would die in a parking lot, or on the side of the road, leaving me stranded because I was young and a little bit careless and didn’t own booster cables. I would then be forced to deal with the bitter reality of waiting for relief, or my father, to come bail me out of yet another situation that could easily have been avoided. Essentially, I was hesitant to take on this review because, like with most things in life, I was reminded of all the times my father was right, it IS important to own an emergency pack to help in these situations. Since receiving the battery pack and putting it through its paces, including all the tasks it is capable of completing, I have quickly become an advocate. I feel more comfortable driving anywhere, with the Wagan Tech IonBoost V8 in my car, knowing that I am in control should something happen.

 

With those nice sentiments aside, read on to find out the real explanation behind my feelings.

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Losing reception on your cell phone is one of those things that can quickly turn from being a nuisance to becoming a maddening feeling of disconnect. And while cellular networks have come a long way, their range and reach can be spotty, particularly when you start roving through patchy areas and dead zones. Wilson’s Sleek 4G-C and the Dual-Band Mobile Wireless Booster are signal amplifiers meant to raise those reception bars.

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Review: Parrot MiniDrones Rolling Spider

by Blogger on ‎08-10-2014 07:53 PM - last edited on ‎03-04-2015 09:29 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: Monster iSport Strive, iSport Intensity, iSport Victory and iSport Freedom headphones

by Blogger on ‎07-09-2014 10:14 AM - last edited on ‎07-10-2014 11:44 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Friends, gather ‘round. We’re gonna talk headphones here in what is essentially two different reviews. First up: we’re going to talk about Monster’s iSport earbuds - I’ve got three models to cover: the Strive, the Intensity, and the Victory, all with varying levels of noise isolation. Second on the docket is Monster’s iSport Freedom, a very different beast indeed. All four models are made for listeners who are engaging in a more active lifestyle… and as someone who has developed a passionate hatred for headphones and earphones while working out, I’m bringing a skeptical eye to the table. 

 

I’m ready, Monster. Come at me, bro.

 

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