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The sleek and shiny Nest Learning Thermostat can turn your house into a smart home

by Blogger on ‎04-13-2014 12:15 PM - last edited on ‎04-14-2014 03:31 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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You might call it the “gadgetification” of our homes. No longer do we just expect our phones to deliver high tech, full connectivity for us. Now  the list of must-have smart, connected gadgets includes our fridges that can tell us what to eat and when, our dishwashers that can self-diagnose troubles, and our thermostats. The Nest thermostat is my most recent high tech gadget purchase. Read on to learn what it is, why I bought it and what I learned about this smart thermostat.

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How to upgrade your commute with an electric bike

by Blogger on ‎03-23-2014 06:44 PM - last edited on ‎03-24-2014 02:15 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Cycling is an incredible thing: it’s one of the most efficient methods of transportation around, it’s phenomenal exercise, and it’s tons of fun, too. But it’s not always roses; there are a few things that can really put a dent in your willpower to cycle, including the time it takes to get from place to place, the energy needed to get there… and hills. You’ve got to put hills in their own category, because man, they can take the wind right out of your sails.

 

But there’s a new breed of bike that’s growing at a record pace that gives you all of the great parts of cycling, while minimizing the sting of the stuff you might not like. They’re called eBikes, and today we’ll look at how owning one might be the best biking move you’ve ever made.

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Overview: the basics on the Asus Chromebox

by Blogger on ‎03-17-2014 02:48 PM - last edited on ‎03-18-2014 12:17 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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The fact that the word “Chrome” is in the product name quickly reveals what kind of stamp is on the Chromebox — it’s a box that runs on Google’s Chrome operating system, which can perhaps best be described as a Chromebook laptop in the form factor of a small box. This design choice enables a few different scenarios wherein the device can be used as a desktop computer or TV streamer. Here’s a quick look at what this small square-sized gizmo has to offer.

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Review: Surface 604 Element Electric All Terrain Fat Bike

by Blogger ‎03-09-2014 08:32 PM - edited ‎03-26-2014 04:09 PM

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Many ebikes are built for the daily commute, but there’s a massive audience out there who have were clamouring for a bike built for them: adventure riders! For anyone who wants to tackle serious terrain, there’s a new bike in town… and here’s the scoop: it’ll handle your daily commute just fine too! It's the Element from Surface 604, and we’re going to take a look at it today.

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Speaking of changing the clock and daylight savings ...

by Blogger on ‎03-07-2014 01:16 AM - last edited on ‎03-12-2014 02:03 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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It's that time of the year...again. You ask: "What time is it?” It's that terrible time of year when we lose an hour of our precious sleep.

 

REMEMBER: this Sunday, the 9th of March at 2 A.M. we push it forward to 3 A.M...all of Canada except: Saskatchewan (except Denare Beach and Creighton), Fort St. John, Charlie Lake, Taylor, Dawson Creek and Creston in the East Kootenays of BC. 

 

I don't know about you, but I love my sleep. One of my most favourite feelings is the realisation that, when I wake up at 5 o'clock in the morning and look at my alarm clock, I can sleep for another hour or (if I'm lucky) hour and a half. Bliss. But how in the world would I ever experience that without my clock? Nowadays a clock is almost like an entrainment centre and there's something for everyone. You doubt that? Let's take a look...

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Review: Polar Loop and Polar H7 Heart Rate Sensor

by Blogger on ‎03-06-2014 10:36 AM - last edited on ‎03-07-2014 09:31 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Reaching fitness goals takes more than just trying to run one kilometre four times a week. It requires making the right choices that increase your physical activity level and improve your health. The Polar Loop is the latest in a series of activity trackers that can help you make the right choices while having fun along the way. Over the past couple weeks, I had the opportunity to test the Polar Loop Activity Tracker with the Polar H7 Heart Rate Sensor and here’s my take on them:

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Review: NeatDesk scans documents, receipts and business cards

by Blogger on ‎03-01-2014 07:09 PM - last edited on ‎03-03-2014 10:10 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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No one likes tax time, a generally stressful period for Canadians leading up to April 30, otherwise known as the income tax filing deadline. Part of the reason for the stress isn’t just a matter of payments or refunds, but also being organized. It’s never fun trying to keep track of receipts, business cards and other documents, especially if you run a business, work for yourself or keep a home office. Stacks of paper can mount quickly. The NeatDesk may be the help you need: it is a desktop scanner that can enable you to go paperless which can save time and space.

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Review: Ibitz Unity by GeoPalz Fitness Tracker

by Blogger on ‎02-02-2014 12:50 PM - last edited on ‎04-08-2014 11:34 AM by Blog Editor in Chief


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Step counters are a great way to see how much you’re moving in a day, and how active—or not–you really are.  I’m a fitness tracker fan; I own both the Jawbone Up and the Fitbit Flex, and love them, though my go-to is the Fitbit.  So I was pleased to be able to try out a different brand and style of tracker: the Ibitz Unity by GeoPalz.

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Review: Weiser KEVO Bluetooth Deadbolt Lock

by Blogger on ‎01-31-2014 09:41 PM - last edited on ‎02-26-2014 03:34 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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The humble lock is something that’s been with us for a few centuries now, and while advances have happened in that time, it’s only in the last two or three years where locks have taken massive strides forwards. A whole range of connected locks has emerged, finally making the way we secure our houses just a little bit smarter.

 

When Martin from Future Shop asked if I was interested in reviewing the Weiser KEVO connected lock and deadbolt in Satin Nickle, I jumped at the chance (it also comes in Venetian Bronze and Polished Brass). You see, I’ve been sold on the idea of e-locks for a long time; I helped KickStart the still-not-shipping Lockitron device. So for me this was a chance to see if a big brand company could delivery where an internet startup has (so far) failed.

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The Ultimate Gear Guide for your Family Vacation

by Blogger on ‎01-24-2014 10:55 PM - last edited on ‎02-12-2014 10:40 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Parents, I’m sorry if this triggers you, but Are we there yet?

 

The stereotype isn’t always true, but let’s face it: kids get bored on the go, and never more so than when it’s time to head out on a family vacation. Travel isn’t easy on you, either; getting packed, staying organized, and making memories when you’re “there” can be equally stressful. Today I’ve got a checklist of five crucial things that you need to consider for your next vacation.

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On the Road Again: More Great Travel Items for Your Next Big Trip!

by Blogger on ‎01-24-2014 01:46 PM - last edited on ‎02-12-2014 10:41 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

 

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Winter storms may still rage on, but the thought of spring break and summer travel dangles in front of us like a carrot on a stick, urging us forward. College and university students in particular, currently studying hard, must soon begin to make vacation plans so they can relax later. If you're thinking of taking a trip, whether to hit the beach or in search of adventure, read on for a number of great items that are lightweight to carry yet heavy in value! These products are great for any traveler, and many of them compliment the products I discussed in my previous 'travel' post earlier this week. And those that don't—well they serve as excellent alternatives!

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Review: Dyson's immensely powerful DC62 Stick Vacuum (and the DC61 too!)

by Blogger on ‎01-23-2014 04:35 PM - last edited on ‎01-29-2014 09:57 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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For me there’s only one vacuum brand I’m interested in anymore, and that’s Dyson. My original DC23 has been bequeathed to a friend, and these days I’m rockin’ a DC51 Animal and my DC35 Digital Slim.

 

Two vacuums might seem a bit excessive, and two Dysons more so, but I find that 90% of the vacuuming I do is achieved with the handheld Digital Slim (either with a short attachment or the longer floor adapter with either the powered head or the Animal head on it) and the other 10% absolutely needs the power I enjoy from Dyson’s full-sized vacuums.

 

I think you can agree that it was fair for me to be skeptical when I heard about the Dyson DC62 Digital Slim. This is a vacuum that promises the power of a full-sized model in a handheld format. I was even more skeptical when the box showed up; it’s roughly the same size as the DC35 box… so how were they going to pack more power into this thing?

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Digital home - home automation made easy

by Blogger on ‎12-27-2013 01:57 PM - last edited on ‎12-27-2013 02:39 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

homeautomate.jpgSince I was a little kid I wanted a ‘home of the future’ where everything was automated. That doesn’t need to be a fantasy anymore with all the new gadgets you can get to help make mundane tasks easier around your home. From WiFi switches, to remote controlled thermostats, and even wireless locks, there is enough tech out there to make home automation wonderfully easy and convenient.

 

 

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Overview: GIO H2 Volt E-Bicycle Battery-powered Bike

by Blogger on ‎12-20-2013 03:03 PM - last edited on ‎01-30-2014 03:00 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Want to get around faster and have more fun with your bike? Vancouver-based GIO H2 Volt e-Bicycle Bikes are now available at Future Shop, and I’ve got your first look here. 

 

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Logitech Case + Tilt Review

by Blogger on ‎12-16-2013 01:31 PM - last edited on ‎12-16-2013 02:10 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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The case that meets your particular needs can be just like discovering a killer app. Logitech has invented 3 new cases this season, one of which really stands out for me. Meet the Logitech Cast+Tilt. It is a unique two-piece case for the iPhone 5 and 5s that provides two ingenious hands free solutions.

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