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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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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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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: 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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Review: Sony Bluetooth Speaker Ball

by Blogger ‎05-16-2013 06:47 PM - edited ‎07-09-2013 07:55 PM

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It’s not easy to imagine big sound coming out of a small package, which is what Sony endeavours to deliver here with its wireless Bluetooth Speaker Ball. The SRS-BTV5, which is the product’s actual model number, is a bit like a baseball, except it’s lighter and much more colourful. It’s meant to be versatile, but what it outputs in sound is what makes it tough to listen the way you’d like to.

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Match YouTube videos with songs on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch

by Blogger on ‎03-31-2013 08:21 PM - last edited on ‎04-01-2013 09:17 AM by Administrator

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It’s already widely known that Vevo is the go-to app for watching music videos on a smartphone or tablet, but what if you wanted to watch music videos based on songs you have in your own collection? MusicTV is a neat little app that does just that; it scours YouTube and plays a music video that matches the song you’re playing.

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Create the Ultimate Home Spa!

by Blogger ‎02-18-2013 01:39 PM - edited ‎02-18-2013 01:39 PM

 

Picture this: After a long day at work and a hurried commute, you arrive home, light some candles, turn on some soft music, and sink into a shiatsu massage chair that kneads your achy back. Immediately, the day's anxieties begin to melt away!  Sounds downright dreamy, right? 

Luckily, you don't have to go to a day spa each time you need relaxation and stress relief. With busy schedules and tightened purse strings, more and more people are turning to products like massage chairs to create a home spa experience, and to take better daily care of their mind, body and soul.

 

Even if you don't have space for a massage chair in your home, you can still create a great home spa experience with a few essentials...

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Sweet Valentine's Gift Ideas for Him and Her

by Blogger on ‎02-04-2013 09:19 AM - last edited on ‎01-21-2014 04:37 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

Are you looking for a Valentines gift idea for your sweetie?  OK, let's face it. Roses die.  And chocolates?  Well, they get eaten (and fast!). So why not give him or her something that will last? Show your love with one of these Valentines gift ideas that will bring endless hours of enjoyment!

 

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Funky photo editing apps seem to pop out all the time in Apple’s App Store, but that isn’t always the case for video, which is why Game Your Video piqued my interest. This app offers some basic editing, but is more of a standout for the filters and effects it offers in turning a video into something far more interesting. For $0.99, it’s worth every penny.

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CES 2013: Ion Party Rocker is like a wireless music disco ball

by Blogger on ‎01-10-2013 09:07 AM - last edited on ‎01-10-2013 09:47 AM by Retired Administrator

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Ion is a company known for making smartphone and tablet accessories that are a little unusual, but plenty of fun. The Party Rocker is a big standing speaker that can play music wirelessly from any Bluetooth-enabled music player or via a standard 3.5mm line-in cable. The light at the top projects lights like a disco ball onto the walls and ceiling of a room, and can change the colours and patterns based on the beat of the music you’re playing. There’s also a microphone for those who want to go all-out and start singing along.

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Facebook Messenger voice.jpgIf you use the Facebook Messenger app on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, download the latest update and you’ll find a new feature that lets you call someone on your Friends list using VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), the same technology Skype uses. It’s a pilot project that Facebook has launched and surprisingly enough, Canadians will be the only ones who get to try it out for the next few weeks.

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12 Days app.jpgLast year, Apple rolled out a “12 Days of Christmas” campaign wherein they offered a free item from the iTunes Store each day, and this year has been no different. Granted, we’re already halfway through this year’s list of freebies, but today’s is Sonic Jump, a solid game (normally $0.99 in the iTunes Store). It’s available now until midnight, when the clock ticks into a new year because each free item is available for 24 hours. With six days left after this, there could be a couple more gems to look out for.

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YouTube Capture main.jpgBeing in the middle of the holidays, it’s the ideal time to be shooting videos of family and friends enjoying time off work at gatherings or out and about somewhere. The YouTube app on iPhone and iPod Touch lets you watch videos, of course, but there hasn’t been an official app from Google for creating and uploading them yourself. YouTube Capture is a new app that does just that.

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Google Maps main.jpgA lot of people were waiting for this, and it has finally arrived. Google just released a new standalone Maps app for the iPhone and iPod Touch (but not the iPad — yet) that was “designed from the ground up” to make it even better than it was before. After taking this for a spin myself, it’s pretty clear that this is a definite improvement over the one that graced the iPhone for all these years.

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Sonos iPhone screenshot.jpgIf you have a Sonos sound system, you will be interested to know that you can now stream music and podcasts you have stored on the device directly, instead of having to do it through your Mac or PC. Update your Sonos Controller app on your iOS device and you’ll see your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch appear under the Music menu.

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