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Review: Dlink Smart Plug, Smart Plus Plus, and Motion Sensor for Home Automation

by Blogger on ‎02-25-2015 01:05 PM - last edited on ‎02-27-2015 10:45 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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The smart home beat goes on and today we’re looking at three new products from a company with a fairly prestigious reputation in networking. On the docket: reviews of the mydlink Smart Plug, mydlink Smart Plug +, and the mydlink Motion Sensor.

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Jawbone UP3 is on the way. Are you ready?

by Blogger on ‎02-03-2015 06:22 PM - last edited on ‎02-05-2015 05:03 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Alright, here we go! Jawbone is joining the third generation of fitness trackers with Jawbone UP3 … and I’ve gotta say that I like it. I like it a lot. They’re blending everything that made Jawbone’s UP line great with the latest features in this category, delivering a tracker that I can’t wait to get my hands on. Or on my wrist. Well, you get the picture.

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The next step in home automation and the internet of things is putting more control in your hands. Or in this case on your wrist. The Misfit Flash just got a whole lot better at no extra charge - and it’s ready to take charge of your stuff.

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Overview: Casio's G-Shock still can't be beat

by Blogger on ‎01-21-2015 12:40 AM - last edited on ‎01-21-2015 02:01 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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For many the 80s are a time best forgotten, but for those of us who called them our formative years they’re a source of inspiration. While the Casio G-Shock was born of the 80s, like us it has grown to be so much more. It started ambitiously, and here it is 32 years later… ticking along with some new tricks up its sleeve.

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CES 2015 - Sony's 4K for HandyCam and Action Cam

by Blogger on ‎01-10-2015 12:50 AM - last edited on ‎01-14-2015 04:22 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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4K. If you want to get ahead of the 4K curve you need to be shooting your own stuff. 4K is expensive to shoot though, right? Not anymore. Sony’s press conference on Monday this week had a nice surprise for all of us who like to create cool content. They called it 4K for 1K, and while the Canadian exchange rate will mean that 1K is probably not the price it’s going to roll out at, it’s a great new option for getting the best quality possible.

 

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Remember Meccano? It started as a brand over 100 years ago, in 1898, and gave generation upon generation of kids and adults alike access to an incredible array of tools used to build and create. Maybe it was the inception of lego or the ease of access to digital entertainment, but Meccano seemed destined for the scrap heap, until a Canadian company stepped in to return it to relevance. That couldn’t be more evident than at CES here in Las Vegas, where Spin Master and Meccano have debuted Meccanoid,G15 KS a build-your-own-robot kit that inspires you from the moment you see it.

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WowWee shows off new AI racing wonders at ShowStoppers / CES 2015

by Blogger on ‎01-07-2015 01:29 AM - last edited on ‎01-07-2015 03:13 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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What’s great about WowWee? A few things: they’re Canadian, they’re leading in the robotic toy space, and they’re a family-run business that’s packed with creative ideas about what could be fun and innovative in the robotics space. The best part? I got a chance to speak with them at ShowStoppers, an after-hours exclusive event at the Wynn after day one of CES 2015.

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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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Review: Lumo Lift - an upstanding member of the fitness tracker community

by Blogger on ‎12-31-2014 07:43 PM - last edited on ‎01-02-2015 08:56 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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I was in a car accident in 2001 that left me with an injured back and shoulder; that gave me the excuse I needed to be lazy and let myself go a bit. Cut to the chase: 12 years later and I was overweight (not by a lot, but by enough) and I walk like a caveman. Hitting the gym, picking up some iron, and working on that posterior chain has made a huge difference in my life… but is it as big as I’d thought? It’s time to find out, with the Lumo Lift, a posture activity coach. A what? Read on and you’ll find out.

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Getting music from your phone or your computer to your Hi-Fi audio system can be accomplished in a number of ways; some cheap, some expensive. The experience isn’t uniform–some are great, some are less than great. Mass Fidelity’s Relay has been on the market for some time, and as one of the premium solutions available from Future Shop it has raised the question “is it worth the price difference over commodity competitors on the market?”. Let’s take a look together. 

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Every home should have one: Air Hockey Table!

by Blogger on ‎12-21-2014 09:40 PM - last edited on ‎12-29-2014 08:33 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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It gets cold out, men start to grow beards and just like that you know it: hockey season has started. Forget Christmas: the true Canadian family gathering occassion is hockey night, hockey games … well anything hockey. Hockey runs in the veins of all Canadians. Truly, babies in Canada, right after birth should have been given a hockey jersey instead of swaddling blankets. But in all honesty, hockey is so very Canadian. I am not into skating, so playing hockey on ice is not my thing, but I'm a big fan of Air Hockey. If you’re like me, Futureshop might have exactly what you are looking for.

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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

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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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