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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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Protect Your Data.jpgBack in November last year, the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA), an umbrella group that includes the major carriers among its members, announced that a stolen phone and tablet blacklist was in the works, and today is the day it finally goes live. Starting from today, the carriers will check any phone that has been reported lost or stolen on an international blacklist before activating it.

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Preview: Sony QX10 and QX100 smartphone lenses

by Blogger on ‎09-29-2013 01:39 PM - last edited on ‎09-30-2013 10:50 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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You might take for granted that your smartphone has become your go-to camera for anything and everything. Spontaneous moments or lasting mementos are easily captured now, taking the same point-and-shoot approach compact digital cameras took years ago. But quality is always a caveat to smartphone photos in that you sometimes get something good, but find that conditions and settings around you make it tough to get something better. Sony thinks it has the answer with the QX10 and QX100 lens attachments that you mount onto your phone.

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BBM Coming To Android September 21st and iPhone September 22nd! (Updated)

by Exalted Expert / Community Ambassador ‎09-19-2013 11:20 PM - edited ‎09-21-2013 11:10 PM

GalaxyS4_Android_BBM_Chat_Multimedia_ENG_medres.jpgWhether you're a current or former BlackBerry user or if you've never used a BlackBerry before, there's a good chance you've previously heard of BBM.  Even if you haven't, you've likely heard of one of the many clones that have since been developed, such as Whatsapp, even though these apps just aren't the same.  But because BBM was only available on BlackBerry devices, many people had no option but to use other cross-platform apps as their friends switched to other devices.  Well great news!  If you still have a BlackBerry, you will be able to start chatting again with your friends on Android and iPhone smartphones starting this weekend!  Read on for all the details!

 

(Screenshot of BBM Chat on the Samsung Galaxy S4, courtesy of BlackBerry)

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Apps to keep you up to date on your sports this fall

by Blogger ‎09-17-2013 10:02 AM - edited ‎09-17-2013 10:02 AM

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The fall is an exciting time for sports fans of the major leagues because so many of them are either getting started or already ongoing, be it the NHL, NFL, NBA, European soccer leagues and more. Even though Major League Baseball and the CFL wind down, there’s still plenty to keep tabs on, especially in October and November when all of those leagues have something going on.

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Cell phone plans at Future Shop have switched to 2-year plans

by Blogger ‎09-06-2013 09:53 AM - edited ‎09-05-2013 11:21 PM

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You may have noticed that the dreaded three-year cell phone contracts that used to be the norm have been replaced by two-year deals, even though the new code of conduct put forth by the CRTC (Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission) won’t officially go into effect until December. If you’re shopping for a phone now, you can expect to have one less year in your contract, and newer plans to choose from.

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Primer on iOS 7

by Blogger ‎09-03-2013 06:32 AM - edited ‎09-03-2013 05:48 PM

ios7-130610-1.jpgApple's mobile iOS operating system in on the cusp of undergoing a tremendous change that will fundamentally alter many features as well as the look and feel of what is now the oldest smartphone and tablet OS. I break down some of the changes as well as what to expect when iOS 7 rolls in in the Fall.

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