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Review: LifeProof cases for iPad Air and iPad mini

by Blogger on ‎08-21-2014 05:08 PM - last edited on ‎08-22-2014 05:05 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Normally, when I — or any other of my colleagues — are asked to review a product (tablet accessory or other) it usually bears a name that doesn’t really explain what it does (think Pebble, mophie, etc.). This couldn’t be further from the truth with the LifeProof line of iPad cases for the Air and Mini.

 

So what does “LifeProof” really mean? Does it imply that the product is exempt from death and taxes? Maybe it can avoid dinner with the in-laws? Close, but not quite. In this instance, owning a LifeProof case means you can have an unequivocal safety net cast over your Apple iPad. You can use it without worrying that the next accidental drop, spillage of liquid, or playground sand is going to mean replacing the device.

 

Let’s dive into the two types of LifeProof cases, the Nuud (pronounced ‘nude’) and Fre (pronounced ‘free’), and compare their screen protection, aesthetics and usability.

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Review: Parrot Jumping Sumo

by Blogger on ‎08-08-2014 09:37 AM

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When Parrot first unveiled the Jumping Sumo at CES back in January, it used a small toy basketball net to illustrate the fun you could have in making this roving drone jump. Rolling around on two wide wheels, while controlled via the free FreeFlight 3 app on iOS and Android, the Jumping Sumo is a remote-controlled gizmo that is sometimes hard to define, yet easy to enjoy because of what it does. After spending time with it myself, I got a better sense of the pros and cons of such a unique toy.

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Protect your iPad with the right case from Logitech

by Blogger on ‎08-08-2014 06:36 AM - last edited on ‎08-08-2014 09:26 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Now that you’ve got your hands on a new iPad Air or iPad Mini, it’s time to get to the real fun of accessorizing it! To retain its pristine condition, it’s imperative that you equip your device with a protective case right off the bat. If you don’t want the added bulk of carrying around a keyboard and case, a folio case is your best solution. Logitech has a unique selection of folio cases from their recently expanded tablet product line. To guide you in the right direction, here's a closer look at Logitech's new iPad cases:

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ClearPlex screen protectors cut on the spot for your mobile device

by Blogger on ‎08-06-2014 10:20 PM - last edited on ‎08-07-2014 04:19 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Buying a smartphone, tablet or laptop can be an exciting purchase, and naturally, you’d want to protect your investment. Cases certainly help cushion the body, but a good screen protector can withstand the daily rigours of your fingers and the scratches and blemishes that could tarnish an otherwise gorgeous display. Screen protectors come in various forms and types, but ClearPlex stands out as a unique option that is available at Future Shop.

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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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