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Review: Philips Hue can transform your home’s lighting

by Blogger on ‎07-24-2014 09:00 AM - last edited on ‎07-25-2014 01:34 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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The very concept of a connected light bulb is one that might surprise you, but it’s an intriguing part of a connected and automated home. Philips Hue is a set of connected LEDs that can light up a room with any colour or shade in the gamut, literally changing the look and mood inside. Being able to control them from your phone or tablet makes the whole experience all the more convenient, but how much better does it get when you can go further?

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Watch the World Cup 2014 on your devices

by Blogger on ‎06-05-2014 11:03 AM - last edited on ‎06-09-2014 01:07 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil is set to begin in earnest with the opening match on June 12 between the host Brazilian team and Croatia. It’s the biggest and most prestigious tournament in the world, watched by up to a billion people across the globe, and you have the advantage of being able to watch the action from almost anywhere. Whether you’re near a TV or have a smartphone or tablet with you, and you’re looking cheer on the squad you think is going to take it all, here are the details on where and how to tune in.

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How to add movie effects to your smartphone video

by Blogger on ‎05-30-2014 08:39 PM - last edited on ‎06-02-2014 03:09 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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It seems almost rare now to watch a Hollywood film that doesn’t have some form of special effects in it, and fantasy, sci-fi and action movies top the list. Adding effects like rollover cars, robots and aliens into your smartphone videos is now a lot easier with results that look undeniably cool. Here’s a look at how you can make it happen on your phone.

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Review: Canon SELPHY CP910 Wireless Compact Photo Printer

by Blogger ‎05-30-2014 08:13 AM - edited ‎05-31-2014 07:30 AM

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In the digital age we live in today, it’s never been easier to capture and share moments through the photos we take. From shameless selfies to group shots—it’s almost a given that any social outing will end in a spree of photos. What better way to celebrate and cherish these special memories than by taking it past the digital screen and into the palm of your hands? The portable and lightweight SELPHY CP910 Wireless Photo Printer from Canon is the perfect companion that will do just that, and with its fun, creative, and easy-to-use functionalities, it’s no surprise that it’ll also be an instant hit with any tween girl!

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Apps To Improve Your Home Theatre Experience

by Blogger on ‎01-23-2014 07:17 AM - last edited on ‎01-23-2014 11:51 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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If you’ve ever spent an afternoon surfing the App Store, you know there's a plethora of apps out there for the home theatre lover.  So how do you choose? Which ones should take up gigs on your already full phone or tablet?  Right this way ...

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Belkin WeMo: control stuff in your home when you're not there

by Blogger on ‎12-02-2013 12:47 PM - last edited on ‎02-21-2014 09:00 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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It’s especially cool that you can turn a light in your home on or off when you’re nowhere near your place, or having a pot of coffee brewing just as your morning alarm goes off. This kind of home automation is one of the beauties of the Internet’s never-ending disruptive force, and Belkin’s WeMo is an interesting line of home automation products that don’t break the bank.

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Review: Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Power Edition

by Blogger on ‎11-26-2013 12:45 PM - last edited on ‎02-26-2014 03:22 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Drones tend to be in the news for sobering reasons that involve geopolitics and terrorism, but there is a fun side to drone technology that shouldn’t hurt anyone, and that’s where Parrot’s AR.Drone 2.0 Power Edition comes in. An incremental upgrade from the original 2.0, the Power Edition lengthens the amount of flying time on one battery charge and improves the drone’s performance in a few areas for a better overall balance.

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The New Furby Boom!

by Blogger on ‎11-08-2013 09:17 PM - last edited on ‎02-26-2014 03:50 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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With much anticipation, a new generation of the Furby has arrived! After hatching into the toy scene in 1998, this robotic critter instantly became one of the must-have toys of the year. Well known for its charming and playful personality, this furry hamster-owl-like critter has a mind of its own and interacts when you talk, pet, tickle, or feed it. Hasbro’s revival of Furby in 2012 boosted interactivity to a whole new level. It’s amazing to see how this classic childhood toy has evolved over the years to keep up with the digital age. Even more exciting is the recent unveiling of the Furby Boom, which has brought about tremendous change, especially in its free partner application.

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Review: Sphero 2.0 Robotic Ball

by Blogger on ‎10-22-2013 05:39 PM - last edited on ‎10-31-2013 04:13 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Robots have always been cool, no matter what form or medium you find them in, and the Sphero is no exception. It’s equal parts functional, colourful and cute wrapped up in the form of a ball — a ball that you can control with your iOS or Android smartphone (plus iPad and iPod Touch) via Bluetooth. The first one introduced consumers to the concept, but the new Sphero 2.0 has been designed to be better in all respects, from its weight and noise, right down to how seamlessly it works. We took it for a good test run to see how it performed.

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Mobile brain games for your Back to School commute

by Blogger on ‎08-19-2013 08:10 AM - last edited on ‎08-20-2013 12:24 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Going to the gym is meant to improve your body physically, but what about your brain? It’s entirely possible to do a training regimen for your mind, and there are apps for that, too. Plenty, in fact, but not all of them are worth your time, so we’ve got a bunch that would probably benefit you more than most when you have some extra time with your smartphone or tablet.

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Review: Striiv Play Smart Pedometer

by Blogger on ‎08-06-2013 02:36 PM - last edited on ‎10-03-2013 02:37 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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The idea of a fitness instrument that you don't have to think too much about is easy to like. It’s even easier when it comes with a built-in source of motivation.

 

Enter the Striiv Play Smart Pedometer, a fitness tracker module that pairs with your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to measure all the steps you take when walking, running, going up and down stairs, plus the elapsed time, distance traveled and calories you lost.

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Review: Zagg Keys Profolio iPad case

by Blogger ‎08-03-2013 02:27 PM - edited ‎08-06-2013 06:28 PM

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Having a great keyboard case for your iPad is one of those things that’s easy to dismiss as something you don’t need. Once you try one out, however, you’ll find the convenience of having a full physical keyboard integrated into your iPad case something you don’t want to live without again. In the iPad keyboard case department there are a bunch of options to choose from, but the Profolio from Zagg Keys really stands out from the pack.

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Review: SurfEasy Mobile VPN

by Blogger on ‎07-23-2013 07:16 AM

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Whether you realize it or not, your smartphone keeps tabs on your location almost all the time. That may not be an issue for you under most cases, but if you’re connected to an unfamiliar Wi-Fi network, or you just like fly under the radar, SurfEasy Mobile VPN might be the right app for you. And the bonus? You get access to U.S.-only and U.K.-only content, like American Netflix and even Spotify and BBC iPlayer.

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App Store turns 5: Select apps and games on iOS available for free

by Blogger ‎07-09-2013 08:28 PM - edited ‎07-09-2013 08:30 PM

App Store promotion.jpgApple launched its App Store five years ago on July 10, 2008, and had 500 apps available at launch. Now, there are 900,000. To celebrate the occasion, a select group of apps and games have been made available for free for a limited time. Some of them are a significant savings over the regular cost, too.

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Logitech iPad cover review roundup

by Blogger on ‎05-31-2013 02:39 PM - last edited on ‎03-13-2014 10:47 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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If you’re looking for a new case for your iPad or iPad mini, you’ll be hard pressed to find an option much better than one of the Logitech cases. While they do tend to have options ranging from inexpensive to premium level, they are all fairly well built with attention to materials and detail so you know you can count on them unlike some other off-brand alternatives. I’ve always been a pretty big fan of Logitech’s products and their iPad cases are certainly no exception.

 

 

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