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Review: Sony Walkman NWZ-A17

by Blogger ‎03-22-2015 07:38 AM - edited ‎03-22-2015 07:39 AM



If like me you’ve lived through the eighties then the name Walkman has a certain special meaning to you. Some may describe the Walkman as simply a portable cassette tape player but of course it means so much more than that. There was a long time where Walkman was synonymous with portable personal music players. If you saw someone with headphones on bobbing their head to some tunes, you would say that they were listening to their Walkman. Sony delivered portable personal audio so well that their brand was inexorably tied to the very concept of it. Since digital audio players became the norm we haven’t heard much from Sony about the Walkman brand but now it’s back with the NWZ-A17 Walkman to remind us all what we’ve been missing.



Phillips Dual Screen Portable DVD Player: The Key To Happier Road Trips!

by Blogger on ‎11-26-2013 09:20 PM - last edited on ‎01-08-2014 04:18 PM by Blog Editor in Chief


This one’s not for you. No, seriously, it's not for you.


It’s for your kids! If you’re reading this, chances are you’re a driver, not a passenger, and you’re still reading because this is one of the smartest ways to keep your backseat passengers amused when you’re on the road. It’s the Phillips Dual Screen Portable DVD Player (the PD7012G/37 to be exact) and today we’re going to look at what it is, and why you want it.


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.


Review: Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear headphones

by Blogger on ‎08-31-2013 12:06 PM - last edited on ‎01-14-2014 11:39 AM by Blog Editor in Chief


Sennheiser already scored a winner with the over-ear Momentum headphones, but now, they’ve slimmed down the profile and slightly changed the design materials to create an on-ear version that are considerably more portable. These won’t have the noise isolation of the bigger model, but the components inside are virtually identical, all but ensuring music will sound great on these.


Review: Urbanears headphones and Slussen

by Blogger on ‎07-16-2013 08:21 AM

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Headphones are in abundance these days, and the level of choice makes it tough to find the right pair for you. Urbanears has come to market with a couple different models that aim to offer the kind of sound bass-lovers would appreciate, but without the drowning effect and price of other brands like Beats. Plus, there’s the Slussen, a cool adapter that turns your iOS device into a DJ console.


Review: Sony X Series SRS-BTX500 wireless speaker

by Blogger on ‎06-25-2013 11:24 PM - last edited on ‎01-20-2014 12:47 PM by Blog Editor in Chief



Good sound and good music doesn’t have to come out of a huge speaker, especially if you’re living in a smaller space, like an apartment or condo. Sony’s X Series speaker (SRS-BTX500) is a model that isn’t portable enough to take with you everywhere, but packs in impressive audio quality that can fill a room without taking up too much real estate.


Review: The Ultimate Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers

by Blogger ‎06-16-2013 06:02 AM - edited ‎06-16-2013 05:31 PM


These self-powered precision stereo speakers pack a punch and can connect to a variety of devices such as home theatre systems, HDTVs, iPods and any smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth. Set up is a breeze, just plug in the speakers and connect them together with the included speaker cable. Audio quality is stunning and can be tweaked via a remote control.


Review: Kensington EVAP Rescue Pouch

by Blogger on ‎05-29-2013 08:02 AM

EVAP Rescue Pouch.jpgOne of the worst things that can happen to your smartphone or portable handheld electronic device is when you accidentally drop it in water. You know it’s trouble, but you’re not sure, so you wipe it down, take out the battery, put it back in and then try to turn it on just to get a sign of life. When it doesn’t work, or the screen flickers, you figure it might be doomed. The bag-and-rice home remedy has been one way to combat water damage and ensure the moisture doesn’t short out the circuits inside, but Kensington has the Rescue Pouch, which is said to be even better.


Review: iRig Mix Mobile Mixer

by Blogger on ‎05-13-2013 11:14 AM - last edited on ‎10-31-2013 04:15 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Not everybody is a DJ, but it’s one of those things that most people appreciate in some way. Whether it’s dancing the night away in a nightclub or listening to a great set of tracks in your car, DJing seems to have become an art people are drawn to, and the power of smartphones today means you can do a little bit of it yourself. To be fair, the iRig Mix Mobile Mixer isn’t going to replace expensive DJ gear outright, but it is a good entry point into mixing tracks.


Photoshop Touch: solid photo-editing for iPhone and Android

by Blogger ‎03-25-2013 10:45 AM - edited ‎03-25-2013 10:47 AM

Photoshop Touch main.jpgAdobe Photoshop is the preeminent photo-editing software and platform in the world today. Everyone knows that. And the word “Photoshop” has even become a verb to describe edited images. Photoshop moved to the iPad and Android tablets last year, and most recently came to the iPhone and iPod Touch and Android smartphones. The app is fairly deep and intuitive on smaller screens, but keeping your expectations reasonable should ensure that you’re better prepared to deal with its challenges.


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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If you’re a Sirius or XM satellite radio subscriber, you may already know what’s coming, but even if you don’t, or even if you’re thinking about signing up, new features and service expansion might sweeten the deal. The new features bring in Internet connectivity into the mix, and make it more possible than ever to listen to content you may have missed.


Review: Sphero Robotic Ball

by Blogger ‎08-15-2012 06:49 AM - edited ‎08-15-2012 06:50 AM


Sphero is a robotic ball that can be controlled on an iOS or Android device through a Bluetooth connection.  Using the multi-touch capabilities of these devices, you can move Sphero around indoors, outdoors and even on water. It is available online from Future Shop for $129.99


Are We There Yet? 5 Tips for Traveling with Babies & Children!

by Blogger on ‎08-13-2012 10:45 AM - last edited on ‎01-16-2013 03:02 PM by JorgeM Recognized Expert

"Are we there yet?" It's a saying most parents get used to hearing when traveling with babies and children! Getting away is fun, but, let's face it, the 'getting there' can be plain ol' stressful with young children in tow! Since there's only a few weeks of summer left to get away with family before the fall school routine begins (eek!), I thought I'd share a few of my tried and true tips on how to travel with children (without losing your mind ;-)).


SOL Republic releases Deadmau5 Tracks HD headphones

by Blogger on ‎08-10-2012 10:31 PM - last edited on ‎01-16-2013 03:02 PM by JorgeM Recognized Expert

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SOL Republic have only just entered the Canadian market, and on top of the Tracks and Tracks HD headphones available at Future Shop, there’s also a Deadmau5-themed set ready to hit the shelves, too. One of Canada’s most famous DJs and producers seems to have loved the brand so much, he helped design a set that carries his look and imprint on them.


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