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Cricut Explore Review - a machine that brings your ideas to life

by Blogger on ‎12-07-2014 10:34 PM - last edited on ‎12-17-2014 09:45 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

Cricut-Explore-Machine-Open.jpgCAUTION! The following contains a description of a highly fun and addictive machine. Read at your own risk!

 

Ever since I was a little child I loved sewing, painting, cutting—creating with my hands. It brings me joy. First you imagine something and then you bring it to life.  Also you immerse yourself in these tasks and lose completely a sense of time and space; it’s only you and the thing you’re creating. That’s exactly why when I had the opportunity to test Cricut Explore I got super excited. Now, you may ask: What is it? Cricut Explore is an electronic cutting machine that can turn your idea into a finished project. All my Christmas projects done in a matter of minutes, without the use of an exacto knife?! Can this be true?

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Review: iSmartAlarm Home Security System iSA3

by Blogger ‎11-24-2014 04:43 PM - edited ‎11-24-2014 04:43 PM

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“Self-monitoring” are words that scare the heck out of some alarm companies. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a small scale local provider or “listed on the TSX”, the idea that the technology needed to keep an eye on their house is in your customers hands can’t be very reassuring. Still, getting great security technology working in your home wasn;t always easy… until now. iSmartAlarm is the one-way ticket for handling your own home security. I installed it, here’s the scoop on how it works.

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Review: Sphero Ollie App-controlled Robot

by Blogger on ‎09-30-2014 10:46 PM - last edited on ‎10-09-2014 11:01 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Ollie - now that’s a word I haven’t heard in a while. My skateboarding career was short-lived: I smacked my chin on the pavement and ended up with three stitches, much to the chagrin of my mother. This Ollie isn’t a Tony Hawk maneuver though, it’s the latest robotic toy from Sphero. With dual-drive tank tracks and some serious horsepower, the question is: is it fun to play with? Read on, true believers.

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Review: Star Wars headphones bring iconic designs and signature sound

by Blogger ‎09-27-2014 08:23 AM - edited ‎09-29-2014 04:04 PM

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Featuring the marquee sound from SMS Audio as well as the iconic imagery of the most popular Star Wars characters and their colours, the SMS Audio Star Wars STREET by 50 On-Ear Sound Isolating headphones bring premium design and exceptional studio quality sound.

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THINKWARE Shifts Car Tech Into High Gear

by Blogger on ‎08-22-2014 12:23 PM - last edited on ‎08-22-2014 04:58 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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You can’t reinvent the wheel, but you can certainly reimagine how you get around on four of them.

 

Car technology has shifted into high gear in terms of connectivity options, letting drivers optimize their automobiles with a plethora of gadgets and gizmos. While most are dismissed as novelty items that don’t do much other than capture the attention of passers-by, every so often there emerges a piece of car tech that is so cutting-edge, so easy-to-use, and so all-around practical for every type of driver that it stands apart.

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Invisible Fences, Electronic Fencing, and Chip-enabled Doggy Doors; Pets Get High Tech!

by Blogger on ‎08-20-2014 05:32 PM - last edited on ‎08-25-2014 01:09 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

high tech invisible fence.jpgTechnology has been amazing for humans, but the side benefits is it’s trickling down to our pets too!  Cats and dogs are able to benefit from advancements in technology that now allow us to feed them automatically, track their movement, let them in and out of the house while we’re out, and even keep them in our yards without fences. Check out some of the top pet tech products.

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Boost your Car and Charge Devices; Review of the Cobra JumPack

by Blogger on ‎08-19-2014 06:41 AM - last edited on ‎10-22-2014 08:52 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Few gadgets really make me sit up and say, “Wow” these days, but the latest delivery in my mailbox just did.  A pocket-sized battery pack, that will not only charge my rickety old iPhone, my larger iPad, camera, just about any gadget I own, AND it’ll also boost my car?  I’ve gotta say, The Cobra Jumpack is something to get excited about.

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The Smart Dorm Room

by Blogger on ‎08-11-2014 05:03 PM - last edited on ‎08-17-2014 10:35 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Very soon a lot of you college students are going to head off to school to trade the comforts of home for the confines of a dorm room. Thankfully these days that doesn’t mean living in the technological Stone Age, and there is a lot you can do to prepare and make the most of it with a smart door room. You don’t know what to expect, and it may be a challenge to run wires, or deal with securing all your valuable gadgets, or figure out how you’re going to keep entertained away from mom and dad’s living room with its big screen TV. No need to worry. With all the wireless technology, ultraportable gadgets, and flexible entertainment devices you can get, you can prepare for all of this.

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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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Pet supplies galore at Future Shop!

by Blogger on ‎07-23-2014 07:20 AM - last edited on ‎07-23-2014 10:27 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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I was really excited when I heard Future Shop is now carrying pet supplies.  Curious about what’s available online and in stores, I rushed to check out the selection, and was really pleased to find there’s a tonne of options for your cat or dog. There’s pet grooming, toys, snacks and treats, food dishes, collars and leashes, as well as beds and scratching posts. Basically anything you need to make you and your pet really happy. I’ve got some great starter suggestions for you. They are so great you’ll be begging for more! ( And do I have more dog puns?  Of course I do!)

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Fitness lovers celebrate: Garmin upgrades vivofit with MyFitnessPal syncing!

by Blogger on ‎06-23-2014 04:13 PM - last edited on ‎11-10-2014 02:16 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Garmin users (and those of you out there who are still on the fence) we’ve got GREAT news: The Garmin vivofit is getting an upgrade to help you track your fitness level by partnering up with one of my favourite services: MyFitnessPal! If you’ve been waiting for a reason to jump on the Garmin Connect™ train, now is the time. Read on for more details!

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Review: Asus Chromebox is an intriguing and versatile mini computer

by Blogger on ‎06-10-2014 11:06 AM - last edited on ‎06-20-2014 01:51 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Technology is inherently meant to be versatile, and versatility is generally appreciated in a tech product, which could be the ideal position for the Asus Chromebox. Is it a small desktop computer? A home entertainment hub? Something else altogether? The lack of a distinct identity for the Chromebox isn’t a knock against it, but rather one of its most intriguing qualities. The small box doesn’t feel out of place in a few different areas, but does the software fit right in to any environment as well?

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Review: ZOKU Duo Quick Pop Maker equals instant fun

by Blogger on ‎06-08-2014 11:03 PM - last edited on ‎06-09-2014 11:02 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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The summer is almost here and nothing goes with kids and summer better than popsicles. On a hot day even I won’t say no to a popsicle.  What I love about popsicles is that you and your kids can make them yourselves. When kids learn that they can make a dessert themselves with little or no help from you, their eyes grow so big as if they learned that Santa Clause is coming early this year. It’s a great bonding opportunity. Folks in New Jersey created the Zoku Duo Quick Pop Maker which freezes ice pops in as little as seven minutes right on your countertop without electricity. Do this sound exciting? It surely does to me, so without further ado, let’s see what this magical machine can conjure.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear Apps

by Blogger ‎05-31-2014 08:06 AM - edited ‎06-04-2014 06:28 AM

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The Samsung Galaxy Gear watch has come a long way in a seemingly very short period of time. A year is almost an eternity in the tech world, and there is heavy competition in the smartwatch space (with more on the way), but Samsung has found a way to stand out in the crowd, and get developers on board for the ride.  Such is the case with the recent influx in native applications available for download in the Samsung Apps market place. Working exclusively on a Samsung device and in conjunction with the Gear 1, Gear 2, Gear Neo and Gear Fit, these apps were designed to make your life easier and that much more reliant on that sometimes ostentatious wrist candy you’re rocking.

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Fitbit Apps You'll Love!

by Blogger ‎05-26-2014 10:49 AM - edited ‎05-26-2014 04:38 PM

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For the last year and a half, I’ve faithfully worn my Fitbit Flex.  It gives me a great picture of how much I’m moving each day, and syncs seamlessly with one of my favourite apps, My Fitness Pal.  However, I’ve discovered there’s a tonne of other great Fitbit-ready apps out there to track all kinds of things related to health, wellness and sleep.  So I tried a bunch out.  Check out the ones I love, and the ones not to bother with.

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