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Review: ZAGG InvisibleShield Glass for extra screen protection

by Blogger on ‎06-08-2014 08:08 PM - last edited on ‎06-09-2014 11:10 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Tablets are fun and dynamic devices, but they’re also among the most fragile, not being built to withstand too many bumps and bruises. Yet it’s the more day-to-day usage of fingers touching the screen that tends to be more worrisome. Despite tough glass and panels used these days, small scratches or blemishes aren’t uncommon for naked screens, and while quality film screen protectors do a good job, using one made of glass could be even better. Enter ZAGG’s InvisibleShield Glass.

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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 create your own free ringtones with iTunes

by Blogger on ‎06-01-2014 12:04 PM - last edited on ‎06-02-2014 04:11 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

iTunes logo.jpgRingtones aren’t new, but they’re easy to distinguish anytime you hear them. That catchy hook or cool opening part of a song can be the best way to move away from the standard ringtones available on the iPhone and give your contacts some personality. You can do this pretty easily by creating your own ringtones for free using the music you already have. All you need is a Windows PC or Mac, plus iTunes and your iPhone, and you’re ready to make it happen.

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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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Apple’s CarPlay for vehicles has come to Future Shop

by Blogger on ‎05-17-2014 01:05 PM - last edited on ‎05-20-2014 03:03 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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It was only a matter of time before Apple would make the jump into vehicles by trying to simplify how to use an iPhone while behind the wheel, and that vision has culminated in CarPlay. CarPlay isn’t a product unto itself but rather a platform car manufacturers and aftermarket companies can include in their respective infotainment systems. You can get your hands on it now with a new unit from Pioneer Future Shop will be carrying.

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Sonos app getting makeover, new search feature

by Blogger ‎03-20-2014 09:23 PM - edited ‎03-24-2014 02:43 PM

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Sonos has already carved out a reputation for making elegant and stylish speakers and sound quality to match, which might explain why it’s pursuing an elegant solution for its Controller app on Android and iOS. The company is planning to overhaul the app to include a universal search function that transcends not just the music stored on your device, but also the services you subscribe to. The public beta is now available on Android, and will be available on iOS later in the spring, with PC and Mac to follow later this year. Here’s a quick look at what you can expect to find in it.

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CES 2014: Corning’s new Gorilla Glass will help kill festering germs

by Blogger on ‎01-10-2014 03:31 PM - last edited on ‎01-10-2014 03:44 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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A number of smartphones and tablets out on the market are made with Gorilla Glass, the tough panels that can take a beating from the daily wear and tear of finger tapping, swiping and handling, along with the odd drop to the ground. You probably handle your phone more times than you can count in any given day, and it may not surprise you to know that germs are an inevitable consequence. Corning, the company who makes Gorilla Glass, is aiming to offer a new antimicrobial version of the glass this year that will help make your phone stay cleaner.

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Review: Klipsch GiG

by Blogger on ‎12-28-2013 10:35 AM

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One of the biggest trends in speakers in the last year was not just Bluetooth, but Bluetooth in combination with smaller form factors. A number of manufacturers have gotten into this game and Klipsch is one of the latest with the GiG, a small speaker that is meant to pump out impressive sound in a portable frame. Its unique design treatments and attention to detail make it an interesting option for a smaller speaker, but how does its performance match up once the music starts playing?

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Review: MyQ Garage opens your door with your smartphone

by Blogger on ‎12-07-2013 07:43 PM - last edited on ‎12-13-2013 11:18 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

MyQ Garage.jpgHome automation used to be a technical category that had very little, if anything, to do with consumer electronics. Garage door openers are great examples because their purpose and design was meant for convenience coupled with minimal usage. You pressed the button to open and close it like a remote control. That concept still works, but having the ability to do it anywhere, anytime using the device you always carry with you changes it in a lot of good ways.

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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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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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Give music on your iPhone the live concert treatment

by Blogger ‎10-15-2013 03:21 PM - edited ‎10-15-2013 03:22 PM

LiveTunes main.jpgIf you have a lot of music on your iPhone, and you tend to like how a live concert sounds, there’s an app that puts the two together in a unique way. LiveTunes is an iOS app that simulates the sound effects of a live concert for tracks you already have stored on your device. Imagine how a song recorded in a studio would sound if it had all the elements of a venue, audience and acoustics. That’s what LiveTunes delivers with particular coolness.

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How to make NHL GameCenter even better

by Blogger on ‎10-05-2013 03:42 PM - last edited on ‎11-21-2013 01:13 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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The 2013-14 NHL season has already begun and if you’re a fan of a specific team or just love taking in games from various teams, NHL GameCenter is a pretty sweet package. For $150 (or $25 per month) for the full regular season, you get access to dozens of out-of-market streaming games every week. There are a couple of ways you can make your experience even better and gain access to every single game the service offers, regardless of the restrictions.

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