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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 ‎04-04-2014 10:13 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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Review: Klipsch GiG

by Blogger on ‎12-28-2013 10:35 AM

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One of the biggest trends in speakers in the last year was not just Bluetooth, but Bluetooth in combination with smaller form factors. A number of manufacturers have gotten into this game and Klipsch is one of the latest with the GiG, a small speaker that is meant to pump out impressive sound in a portable frame. Its unique design treatments and attention to detail make it an interesting option for a smaller speaker, but how does its performance match up once the music starts playing?

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Review: MyQ Garage opens your door with your smartphone

by Blogger on ‎12-07-2013 07:43 PM - last edited on ‎12-13-2013 11:18 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

MyQ Garage.jpgHome automation used to be a technical category that had very little, if anything, to do with consumer electronics. Garage door openers are great examples because their purpose and design was meant for convenience coupled with minimal usage. You pressed the button to open and close it like a remote control. That concept still works, but having the ability to do it anywhere, anytime using the device you always carry with you changes it in a lot of good ways.

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Belkin WeMo: control stuff in your home when you're not there

by Blogger on ‎12-02-2013 12:47 PM - last edited on ‎02-21-2014 09:00 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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It’s especially cool that you can turn a light in your home on or off when you’re nowhere near your place, or having a pot of coffee brewing just as your morning alarm goes off. This kind of home automation is one of the beauties of the Internet’s never-ending disruptive force, and Belkin’s WeMo is an interesting line of home automation products that don’t break the bank.

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Review: Pebble Smart Watch

by Blogger ‎11-11-2013 07:38 AM - edited ‎11-12-2013 12:44 PM

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The Pebble Smart Watch isn’t just the biggest bit of hardware to come out of the popular crowd funding website KickStarter, it can also be considered the purest and most promising concept of what a smart watch can be.

 

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Review: Sphero 2.0 Robotic Ball

by Blogger on ‎10-22-2013 05:39 PM - last edited on ‎10-31-2013 04:13 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Robots have always been cool, no matter what form or medium you find them in, and the Sphero is no exception. It’s equal parts functional, colourful and cute wrapped up in the form of a ball — a ball that you can control with your iOS or Android smartphone (plus iPad and iPod Touch) via Bluetooth. The first one introduced consumers to the concept, but the new Sphero 2.0 has been designed to be better in all respects, from its weight and noise, right down to how seamlessly it works. We took it for a good test run to see how it performed.

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BlackBerry Messenger comes to iOS and Android devices: #BBM4ALL

by Blogger on ‎10-21-2013 06:03 PM - last edited on ‎10-22-2013 11:22 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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After a false start weeks ago, BlackBerry Messenger has finally arrived on the iPhone as well as on Android devices. BBM, once BlackBerry's crown jewel messaging app, is now truly a cross platform ecosystem allowing anyone from BlackBerry, iOS and Android users to communicate with each other. Keep reading for instructions on how to get BBM onto your device.

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Preview: Sony QX10 and QX100 smartphone lenses

by Blogger on ‎09-29-2013 01:39 PM - last edited on ‎09-30-2013 10:50 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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You might take for granted that your smartphone has become your go-to camera for anything and everything. Spontaneous moments or lasting mementos are easily captured now, taking the same point-and-shoot approach compact digital cameras took years ago. But quality is always a caveat to smartphone photos in that you sometimes get something good, but find that conditions and settings around you make it tough to get something better. Sony thinks it has the answer with the QX10 and QX100 lens attachments that you mount onto your phone.

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Overview: Weiser Kevo Bluetooth Deadbolt Lock

by Blogger on ‎09-28-2013 12:40 PM - last edited on ‎10-31-2013 03:54 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

Kevo Lock.jpgYour smartphone is capable of connecting to a wide range of devices and products, turning it into a digital Swiss Army Knife, so why not have it unlock your door, too? Weiser Kevo Locks are your classic deadbolt locks with a digital twist, meaning you can pair it with your phone via Bluetooth and unlock the door just by touching it and keeping your phone in your pocket.

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Lego Mindstorms EV3 now at Future Shop!

by Blogger on ‎09-23-2013 03:50 PM - last edited on ‎11-07-2013 10:28 AM by JorgeM Recognized Expert

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Who doesn’t love Lego? The timeless toys have been around for a long time and still resonate with young and old, alike. If you’re a Lego aficionado, then you probably know all too well what Mindstorms is about. If you’re not in the know, it’s a cool spin-off of the Lego brand that incorporates robotics and mechanized parts into the final product. Think of a cross between Lego and Transformers — that’s pretty much what Mindstorms can be.

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Review: BACtrack Breathalyzers to test your sobriety

by Blogger on ‎09-23-2013 10:19 AM - last edited on ‎09-25-2013 09:08 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Breathalyzers aren’t a new technology but they’re inherently valuable for what they can prevent from happening. Drinking and driving has long been an important message for obvious reasons, and the ability to measure your own sobriety is something you can now do, saving yourself the embarrassment of a police stop while behind the wheel. Future Shop carries nine different models from BACtrack, each with its own unique form factor and feature set. Finding the right one for you shouldn’t be too hard.

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