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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 ‎08-11-2014 10:22 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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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 Portable and Bluetooth Speakers 2014

by Blogger on ‎06-16-2014 05:57 PM - last edited on ‎08-06-2014 12:03 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 ‎09-23-2014 04:06 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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