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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 - pocketfinder Personal GPS Tracker

by Blogger on ‎11-01-2013 07:32 PM - last edited on ‎01-27-2014 03:19 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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There are moments that can scare the heck out of you and take your breath away. Losing track of a child or a family member can be one of those moments, and they're really some of the most terrifying you'll ever experience.

 

In this case GPS, Internet and Smartphones come together to give us pocketfinder powered by LBT; it’s a tiny gadget that can end those heart attack moments, along with being useful in many other ways. Let’s take a look!

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The Ultimate Father’s Day Gift Guide

by Blogger on ‎05-28-2013 05:34 PM

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Father’s Day is just around the corner. What are you getting your papa, daddy, daddio, old man?  Whatever nickname you have for your dad, it’s all about the thought when it comes to providing the perfect gift. We have your ultimate gift guide for Father’s Day. Likely your old man has a number of hobbies– so how do you define his personality?  He might enjoy pastimes like fishing, cooking, or relaxing in his back yard. Or is he a fitness buff? Is he a man of fashion? We have the perfect gift to choose for your papa’s personality.

 

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REVIEW: Proximo Starter Kit

by Blogger ‎03-25-2013 05:45 PM - edited ‎03-25-2013 05:45 PM

proximoLosing your keys or your kids? Even have a hard time finding your phone?  Pair your phone and keys (and kids) with Proximo and make them all easier to find and track.

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Time to look at more watches: Fila and Nike bring sporty-casual choices

by Blogger on ‎12-07-2012 08:46 AM - last edited on ‎12-07-2012 09:50 AM by Administrator

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You may have caught on, watches are an interest of mine. They are an accessory in the fashion world seen as a key statement piece to finish or enhance an outfit. I'm no runway expert, but I do agree with the experts who stress the importance of matching accessories - including technology - with lifestyle and clothing. I also like watches that are practical when it comes to athletics. 

 

 

 

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AMD Announces New A-Series CPUs

by Blogger on ‎10-01-2012 09:13 PM

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Okay, umm, home builders (?) AMD has some new chips out that tout the balance of power and affordability. Look, I’ll come clean. I’ve never built a PC from scratch. I know, it’s my geek shame. Fine I might have boot DVDs and USBs for more than a couple Linux distros on hand, but…nope never built a PC from scratch.

 

So the fact of the matter is that while I know this announcement from AMD is cool (for me anytime CPUs and graphics chips can do more with less power, I think it’s cool), I couldn’t put it into context for you. However…

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When Google announced last week that Google Maps will be available offline on Android devices in 100 countries, there were some questions raised over how exactly the implementation would work. So, you could browse a map of a whole neighbourhood, city or country, but would navigation work? Could you search for a local address? Here are the basics of how the new offline mode will work, though there are still some question marks.

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Review: Waze free GPS navigation app

by Blogger on ‎06-08-2012 04:39 PM

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GPS navigation isn’t new, of course, but its potential with smartphones has offered an intriguing twist in the evolution of in-car navigation. Not surprisingly, the likes of TomTom, Garmin and Magellan have their own iPhone apps, and are joined by several others at varying price points. And then there’s a free one like Waze, a fully-featured app that offers turn-by-turn directions with spoken street names and crowdsourced information.

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It seems like a pretty cushy way to work, but that’s what TomTom is offering with its Map Paradise Project, a contest for five families or groups of friends to spend two weeks on a tropical island and help the company create a navigation map for it. The five islands are Cape Verde, Mauritius, Seychelles, St. Lucia and Fiji. And if that wasn’t enough, you get $15,000 for your troubles.

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A GPS that Navigates Around Accidents?

by Guest Blogger on ‎12-28-2011 09:01 AM - last edited on ‎04-27-2012 01:32 PM by Administrator

gps.jpgThe new TomTom GO LIVE 1535 M GPS makes a bold claim.  The device will provide real-time traffic information.  Save money on gas and alleviate stress by continuously rerouting you around traffic problems.  The TomTom is already a GPS leader.  But does this new feature work on the streets of Canada?

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TomTom proves why you need a standalone GPS.

by Blogger on ‎08-04-2011 01:19 PM - last edited on ‎04-30-2012 03:17 PM by Moderator

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I got some strange looks from friends when I went about mounting the TomTom VIA 1435TM GPS to my window. One actually said “What’s that for, you’ve got a smartphone?” After using the TomTom for six weeks to navigate up and down the west coast I can safely say this: Phones are for calling. GPS is for navigation. This is one device that, for the best experience, needs to be separate.

 

I’ve used my phone as a GPS for nearly a year after coming from a long line of GPS units stretching back to the time when they were $600 a pop. There have been a few things that have annoyed me: I can never get my phone quite right in the 3rd party window mount, the notifications on both my iPhone and my Android phone are too annoying to easily dismiss while driving, and despite the availability of custom GPS apps, the standard apps use data (which is a killer if you’re headed to the US).

 

The TomTom VIA 1435TM was like a breath of fresh air. Let’s start with the basics.

 

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It's cold! Pamper your tech

by Retired Blogger on ‎02-02-2011 12:16 PM - last edited on ‎04-30-2012 08:47 AM by Retired Moderator

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The weather in Edmonton has been rather cool of late, in the -20 to -30 degree range in fact. And today, since it's warmed up to a reasonable -2, I decided to drive the car, rather than our other, warmer, SUV.

After digging it out, scraping it off, and jumping in to wait for it to defrost, I rummaged around in the centre console -- and discovered that I'd left my TomTom GPS in the vehicle since the fall.

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Review: TomTom Go 2505TM

by Blogger on ‎11-10-2010 10:09 AM - last edited on ‎04-30-2012 03:17 PM by Moderator

10157244.jpgTomTom's latest Go 2505TM GPS device for vehicles is slick. 

 

It has fewer buttons than an iPhone, responds to voice commands and will help you navigate the best route in rush hour or on a lazy Sunday, but .. it's a little clunky.

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Holidays: GPS and Accessories

by Blogger on ‎10-20-2010 10:04 AM - last edited on ‎04-30-2012 03:18 PM by Moderator

10141906.jpgGPS may have been invented by the military to track enemies, but for those of us travelling to new places or who get lost often - they're a godsend.  Sure, they're great in the car, but there are other places to take these handy pocket guides, like the golf course and the wilderness.


Here are some of my favourite GPS gadgets and accessories.

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How To Teach Your Old GPS New Tricks

by Blogger on ‎07-14-2010 02:21 PM - last edited on ‎04-30-2012 03:18 PM by Moderator

Your car's GPS is great to get you around town or maybe take along when you rent a car on vacation, but did you ever think to use your car GPS as a pocket guide for walking and wandering tours? Here's how to teach your old GPS some new tricks.

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