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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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Review: Denon's AH-D600 Music Maniac On-Ear Headphones

by Blogger on ‎06-29-2014 12:57 PM - last edited on ‎06-30-2014 09:50 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Shopping for premium headphones in-store is an interesting experience: there are definitely tiers of hardware out there. You see the entry level stuff in plastic packs, with the higher quality gear showing up in more and more elaborate packages. The Music Maniac AH-D600 Over-Ear Headphones from Denon bill themselves as “audiophile grade” cans and they’ve got packaging that matches. Are they any good when you crack them open? Read on, true believers.

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MyQ Garage reliably opens the door with your smartphone

by Blogger on ‎06-19-2014 08:45 PM - last edited on ‎06-23-2014 09:58 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Back in December, I had written a post on the blog about the MyQ Garage from Chamberlain, a kit that works with an existing garage door opener to make it ‘smart’, letting you use your smartphone to open and close the door, no matter where you are. Since I installed it at my parents’ house, I’ve gotten to learn more about it and really see the benefit of having something like this set up.

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Best Customer Reviewed Portable and Bluetooth Speakers 2014

by Blogger on ‎06-16-2014 05:57 PM - last edited on ‎06-23-2014 01:03 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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The world of home audio is ever-changing, with trends shifting from component audio (that’s a receiver with discrete speakers) to stereo systems to mini-systems… and back again. One of the best ways to choose how YOU are going to listen at home is to head into a Future Shop and take some time in the speaker room; auditioning the speakers you’re going to use at home is a great way to find the perfect set. The other way is to look to people like you and find out what they think sounds great. That’s why we’ve put together a round up of the best reviewed portable and bluetooth speakers for Future Shop for 2014.

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Review: ZAGG InvisibleShield Glass for extra screen protection

by Blogger on ‎06-08-2014 08:08 PM - last edited on ‎06-09-2014 11:10 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Tablets are fun and dynamic devices, but they’re also among the most fragile, not being built to withstand too many bumps and bruises. Yet it’s the more day-to-day usage of fingers touching the screen that tends to be more worrisome. Despite tough glass and panels used these days, small scratches or blemishes aren’t uncommon for naked screens, and while quality film screen protectors do a good job, using one made of glass could be even better. Enter ZAGG’s InvisibleShield Glass.

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Review: Dropcam Pro keeps an eye on your home

by Blogger on ‎06-03-2014 11:47 AM - last edited on ‎06-03-2014 12:37 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Keeping an eye on your home while out and about or even from a different part of the world used to be an expensive setup out of reach of most consumers. The disruptive force of the Internet is such that not only is this scenario a lot more affordable now, it’s also much easier to set up, control and manage. Enter the Dropcam Pro, a surveillance camera with a small footprint and a birds-eye view that you can see on your iOS or Android device.

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Apple’s CarPlay for vehicles has come to Future Shop

by Blogger on ‎05-17-2014 01:05 PM - last edited on ‎05-20-2014 03:03 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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It was only a matter of time before Apple would make the jump into vehicles by trying to simplify how to use an iPhone while behind the wheel, and that vision has culminated in CarPlay. CarPlay isn’t a product unto itself but rather a platform car manufacturers and aftermarket companies can include in their respective infotainment systems. You can get your hands on it now with a new unit from Pioneer Future Shop will be carrying.

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Run Your Business Anywhere with Square

by Blogger on ‎05-02-2014 11:15 AM - last edited on ‎05-08-2014 11:23 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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When you run a small business like I do you’ll find that one of the most common questions you get asked is “do you take credit cards?”. It used to be that this was the awkward moment that separated the small-time contractors from small business people, but that time is over. As part of my kit I pack one of the most useful tools that I have: a Square reader and my Square app. Together they make it possible for me to handle more business on the spot, getting me paid when and where I want to be paid. It’s one of the smartest pieces of tech you can carry, and it’s now available at Future Shop.

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Review of Cogito and Cookoo smartwatches

by Blogger on ‎04-27-2014 03:31 AM - last edited on ‎05-07-2014 10:03 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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There are various ways to make a smartwatch. While the more popular ones resemble digital watches with touchscreens that can morph into different watch faces, show notifications, control smartphone apps and push time and weather information, there are other watches that take a more analog approach.

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Review: Samsung Gear Fit

by Blogger on ‎04-17-2014 09:27 PM - last edited on ‎05-21-2014 10:59 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Is Samsung’s Gear Fit a smartwatch or a fitness band? Could it be both, and if so, can it pull it off? These are reasonable questions for a device that doesn’t really have one distinct purpose, yet manages to carve out a unique identity. Straddling the line like that can be risky for an unproven gadget, but then again, the Fit doesn’t usually act alone, relying on certain Galaxy devices to expand on its capabilities. The result is an interesting one that shows promise, though a slam dunk remains elusive.

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Review: Avani Beverly Hills Phone Cases

by Blogger on ‎02-26-2014 07:46 AM - last edited on ‎02-26-2014 03:35 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

P1030876.jpgSmartphones have become vastly more advanced, powerful and beautiful. So why is it that the selection of cases and covers is sometimes so boring and plain. We see the same designs on rubber covers, the same colours and almost no artistry or inspiration to actually improve the look and feel of the devices that we cover. Avani's line of Beverly Hills Phone Cases bring another level of quality and some striking fashion forward designs.

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Samsung Gear 2 and Gear Neo appear at MWC, drop Android for Tizen OS

by Blogger on ‎02-24-2014 06:38 AM - last edited on ‎04-21-2014 08:18 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Samsung is flexing its muscles and revamping its Galaxy Gear smartwatch line with the Samsung Gear 2 and the Gear Neo. The new wearables drop the Galaxy monicker and also Google's Android OS for Samsung's own Tizen OS. Here are the details of this exciting new selection of smartwatches.

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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.

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Parrot shows its Mini Drone and Jumping Sumo at CES 2014

by Blogger on ‎01-15-2014 03:19 PM - last edited on ‎01-30-2014 02:19 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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It’s hard not to see Parrot’s AR.Drone as a cool gizmo, a quadricopter flying around at the whim of a mobile device in your hands. The company has decided to give it a little brother, considerably smaller than the AR.Drone, and aptly called the MiniDrone. To go with that, the Jumping Sumo was also introduced, a wheeled robot that jumps up over two feet in the air on its own power.

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CES 2014: Wearables the defining trend on the show floor

by Blogger on ‎01-10-2014 07:22 PM - last edited on ‎01-16-2014 12:31 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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No walk is a short one on the vast show floor that is CES, but no matter the distance travelled at this year’s convention, it was clear that wearable gadgets and gizmos were the most prevalent and impactful. This category is growing and starting to spread its influence over into other categories beyond just smartphones and tablets.

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