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August 29, 2016

Nonda ZUS Smart USB Charger & Car Finder
I've never been a super fan of gadgets that follow the Swiss Army Knife philosophy particularly when vendors add features not because they are useful, but because they can. But sometimes, you might get a pleasant surprise and this is definitely the case with the new Nonda Zus Smart USB Car Charger & Car Finder.

 

August 23, 2016

Belkin Valet Charge Dock charges Apple Watch + iPhone
Having a charging dock on your desk or bedside table can be pretty handy and even better if it can be used for more than one device. Such is the case of the Belkin Valet Charge Dock for Apple Watch + iPhone. It's an elegant all-in-one solution that features a Lightning charging connector for your iPhone and an integrated magnetic charger for your Apple watch and will charge both simultaneously.

 

July 29, 2016

Braven Lux - a wireless speakerphone and not a purse
One would rarely think of describing a Bluetooth speaker as having a luxurious feminine style, but when you look at the Braven Lux you just may smile and nod your head in agreement. In fact if you come across a lady holding one in her hand you might mistakenly take it for a clutch purse.

 

July 15, 2016

Zus Kevlar Cable – is it bulletproof?
While the world has gone wireless, we still need to rely on cables. Sadly, these necessary links all too often become the weakest link as they can easily tear, fray and subsequently fail usually at the worst possible time. That's why Nonda (No NDA Inc.) created the Zus Kevlar Cable, which they tout as, "The world's most durable cable and the last cable you'll ever need."

 

June 10, 2016

Star Wars and other tech inspired Father's Day gift ideas
Father's Day is just around the corner and picking the right gift can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. So here are a few gadget gift ideas that might pique your interest and help you find the special one for that special Dad.

 

June 6, 2016

Beyond Ink is more than just a pen
First it was the Swiss Army Knife, and then it was the MFC Multi-function printers, now it's a multipurpose pen that does more than just write.

 

Apr 11, 2016

Gatekeeper 2.0 Secure Wireless Lock & Key for your Computer
Protecting your data from prying eyes is more important than ever before. Still, we often forget to lock our computers when we walk away or purposely don't bother because it's too much of a pain to retype in a password every time you move to and fro. For this, Untethered Labs created Gatekeeper, a key fob sized wireless "lock and key" for your computer that automatically locks your computer when you walk away from it and unlocks it when you return.

 

Feb 26, 2016

Creative MUVO mini water-resistant wireless speakerphone
It’s nice to have a small portable wireless speaker that you can just throw in your backpack or purse. It’s even better, when you can get such a gadget that’s designed to withstand the elements without easily getting destroyed. The MUVO mini from Creative Labs certainly fits that bill.

 

Feb 10, 2016

Kidz Gear Bluetooth Headphones with Boom Mic
When you think of headphones for Kids, you'd likely think- cheap in terms of both price and build quality, often candy-coloured and fairly vanilla in terms of features. But one company doesn't totally believe in that philosophy. In fact they are quite adamant, touting their latest offering the Kidz Gear Bluetooth Stereo Headphones with Boom Mic as being an adult product built for kids.

 

Dec 17, 2015

Optishot 2 Golf Simulator
If you're going to swing at a golf ball, there's something to be said for using your own golf clubs and actual golf balls, unless you're a devout gamer who feels naked without an actual joystick. And why not get some practice improving your game through layouts of actual replica courses, instead of trying to be or simply beat a PGA player.

 

Dec 14, 2015

Winter Inspired Holiday Headphones
Let's face it, we take our music seriously and take it everywhere - rain, shine or even in the dead of cold. So with the holiday season right around the corner here are a few winter inspired holiday headphone gift ideas, ideal for keeping the tunes streaming and some to take and make calls when the temperature drops below zero.

 

Dec 3, 2015

Bracketron TruSportPak with LED Safety Light & Smart VU
The New Bracketron TruSportPak is a clever solution that not only houses your smartphone when you're on the go it also offers fun, practical and safety features.

 

Sep 21, 2015

Sound Blaster JAM Budget Bluetooth Headphones
Finding a pair of budget headphones that has both a recognized brand name and wireless is not always the easiest thing. So when I discovered the Creative Sound Blaster JAM is Bluetooth enabled, supports NFC (near field communications) and retails for under $50 U.S., it certainly piqued my curiosity.

 

Aug 12, 2015

iRig Mic Studio digital pocket-sized studio quality mic
IK Multimedia, known for the iRIG series of hand-held and portable microphones for artists and podcasters has added yet another flavour to its line with iRig Mic Studio. It's a large-diaphragm, digital desktop condenser mic designed for iOS and Android as well as for Mac and PC. It features an ultra-compact form-factor, smaller than their other handhelds that can actually sit in the palm of your hand.

 

Aug 5, 2015

The Pop, Universal Pop Filter by Blue Microphones
If you're a podcaster or record lots of audio, you just might need The Pop. No, it's not the ultimate soda beverage or someone's Dad; it's a universal windscreen that helps eliminate those extremely annoying popping "P" sounds that can really ruin what could have been an awesome voice recording.

 

Jun 18, 2015

Gadgets and Gifts for your Golfing Dad
With Father's Day right around the corner, I don't know of any Dad who wouldn't be happy with a little gift that can help improve his golf game. And one gadget that can help him with that task is the Blast Golf Precision Motion Sensor. It's a small easy to use waterproof sensor and golf club attachment that sits discretely atop almost any putter or driver grip. It is so smart, it knows when Dad is moving and dynamically powers itself up and by using Blast's proprietary motion detection algorithms, accurately collects real-time 3D action metrics.

 

May 29, 2015

Pure Gear Bluetooth enabled selfie stick
The invention of the monopod opened the doors to almost endless selfie possibilities as people no longer had to rely solely on the length of their arm for getting the right shot. And while timers certainly made the task a little easier there was certainly room for improvement. So in their infinite wisdom, accessory maker Pure Gear decided to create a selfie stick that was Bluetooth enabled with an in-line shutter button so you'd no longer have to reach for your device to snap the picture.

 

May 20, 2015

ECOPEBBLE Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
There are many portable Bluetooth speakers on the market, a number of which are rated to resist occasional splash. However, the new ECOPEBBLE by EcoXGear has a waterproof/dustproof rating of IPX7, so it's designed to not only keep out debris, but also water even when fully immersed to a depth of one metre for 30 minutes.

 

Apr 13, 2015

Electrohome Signature Vinyl Record Player Classic Turntable Hi-Fi System
Retro always seems to be in vogue and despite the fact that physical media like CDs and DVDs have more or less given way to streaming and downloading there still seems to be place in some people hearts for the warm sound of vintage vinyl. As a former collector and one who still dusts off the turntable from time to time, I jumped at the opportunity to test drive the Electrohome Signature Vinyl Record Player Classic Turntable Hi-Fi System (EANOS700).

 

Mar 18, 2015

XSories Big U-Shot designer selfie-stick
It's hard to go anywhere without seeing someone taking a selfie and were seeing more and more people using monopods to help them do the dirty deed. So if you're going to join the crowd and carry one around, it might as well be one that has a long range but also somewhat fashionable just like the XSories Big U-shot Deluxe Leather Telescopic Pole.

 

Mar 2, 2015

Seidio Tetra bumper for iPhone 6
I'm simply amazed how many people carry around a thousand dollar smartphone like the Apple iPhone 6 Plus in their back pocket without any sort of protection. For some, it might be a case of just never getting around to it; others might prefer to show off their fine gadget's natural beauty and some may simply hate any extra bulkiness an add-on accessory might bring.

 

Dec 19, 2014

Yantouch Diamond+ Light, Sleep / Wake & Music Device
If you're looking for a gift for that someone special who seems to have everything, chances are that he or she doesn't have the Yantouch Diamond+, a 3-in-1 mini entertainment system that's a sound, light and a sleep/wake device all built-in to a desktop diamond-cut shaped globe. This latest model from the Taiwan based company is a new and much improved follow up to their previous Diamond II and Diamond 3 models.

 

Dec 15, 2014

Great gadgets come in small gift packages
Gifts come in all shapes and sizes, but bigger isn't necessarily better or more desirable. So here are a few gift ideas all of which I had an opportunity to test-drive, that are all much smaller than a bread box and some of which might actually fit in the palm of your hand.

 

Dec 12, 2014

NewerTech NuGreen desk lamp features 50 LEDs
Long before the term was popularized but now abuse, people struggled to find the way to get that perfect "Selfie". While there have been hardware and app solutions to solve that ultimate puzzle, the Shutter Remote by iStabilizer has come along to give you that wireless proverbial extra long arm that you need, plus more.

 

Nov 26, 2014

iStabilizer Shutter Remote snaps pics videos and more
Long before the term was popularized but now abuse, people struggled to find the way to get that perfect "Selfie". While there have been hardware and app solutions to solve that ultimate puzzle, the Shutter Remote by iStabilizer has come along to give you that wireless proverbial extra long arm that you need, plus more.

 

Oct 29, 2014

Fluance Fi30 Bluetooth Wood Speaker System
I've become so used to seeing speakers that are housed in cabinets made with plastic and metal that I almost forgot about speakers that come in wood grained cabinetry just like the ones I got so used to during my formative years. So I was pleasantly surprised when I had an opportunity to test drive one that reminded me of days gone by.

 

Sept 17, 2014

Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS USB DAC (DIGITAL/AUDIO CONVERTER)
You've just upgraded your headphones. You sit down at your computer, plug them in grab your favorite tune or launch your favorite game and start to play. You now expect the sound would be much better particularly with high quality audio content. However, you find the difference is marginal and you're somewhat disappointed. You may not realize it, but it may not have anything to do with the headphones or the audio files but more to do with the on the laptop hardware itself.

 

Sept 3, 2014

Champ Bodyguard & ZipStick 3-in-1 Power Banks
Every once in a while you come across two cool products that are functionally identical but marketed under different brands. Such is the case with the Champ Bodyguard Battery Rechargeable Power Bank and the AR for Her PowerBank with LED flashlight and Panic Alarm, a.k.a the ZipStick. And while these product names seem to be quite a mouthful, they both accomplish the same job and appeal to two unique demographics.

 

July 29, 2014

Fritz Frame for iPhone 5 and 5s
Say it quickly and it sounds like you're saying "freeze frame", but it's actually Fritz Frame. It's a cleverly designed video stabilizer, stand and case that allows you to position your iPhone 5 or 5S virtually any which way, even hang it, so you can do Facetime, watch videos and even take those must-have selfies, totally hands-free.

 

July 9, 2014

Divoom Voombox Travel - Wireless Portable Speaker
Summertime is a great time to take a portable Bluetooth speaker on the road and the Divoom Voombox Travel is suited just for that purpose. It has a cool round shape similar to that of a giant pocket watch topped with matching loop-style carabineer to conveniently hook it to your backpack, your bike or wherever you see fit.

 

June 13, 2014

Last Minute Gadget Gift Ideas Just for Dad
If you're like many who wait for the last minute to find that special gift for that special Dad, or Grand Dad, here are a few ideas especially if he's a geek - but he doesn't have to be.

 

May 28, 2014

Outdoor Tech Adapt makes any headphones or speakers wireless
You've invested in a great pair of headphones, but that was eons ago, long before wireless and perhaps before in-line microphones. But you now have a dilemma. You'd like to take advantage of the latest wireless features but don't want to let go of your tried and true speakers or have to payout big bucks for something else. With Outdoor Tech's Adapt, you won't necessarily have to.

 

May 16, 2014

Bottle opening timepiece focuses on Happy Hour
I don't usually find it a challenge to come up with a headline for a story or review, but while tossing around a couple of ideas, this one certainly made me want to have a "beverage". And so it should, that is, for the simple fact that when staring at it the entire face looks somewhat fuzzy, the hour and the minute hand appearing somewhat blotchy and none of the numbers visible with the exception of the "5".

 

Apr 9, 2014

Nomad ChargeKey & ChargeCard - world's smallest USB cables
No matter where we go we always need to have some sort of USB cable nearby, whether it's to charge up our gadgets or sync with another device. The truth is, carrying them around can be somewhat of a pain. They can be too bulky, cumbersome or we have nowhere to put them. Well Nomad has come up with a solution - in fact two of them, ChargeCard and ChargeKey.

 

Feb 10, 2014

Focus 2 easily adds focus, blurring and other lens effects
There are days I'm in such a hurry to take a picture that I'm usually happy if it all comes out in focus. But there are times where adjusting the focal point of an object to make it jump out of the picture or purposely blurring a section for a contrasting effect, among other options, can really add to the overall impact of the image.

 

Jan 29, 2014

Techcessories just for her
The ladies like their tech too, so how about creating gadgets and accessories that are not just functional, but are also attractive, stylish and designed with a lady in mind? There's no reason not to, so here are a few items unveiled at the International CES 2014 that are just for her that would appeal to any Geekette, or Digital Diva.

 

Jan 6, 2014

Edifier Bric Bluetooth Connect Wireless Speaker
Edifier is not only known for their Bluetooth speakers; they're easily recognized by their elegance in design and styling and the Edifier Bric Bluetooth Connect (iF335BT) is certainly no exception. It has a built-in microphone allowing it to operate as a hands-free speaker kit when you're using your phone and a neat little output device when you're streaming your tunes. Its appeal is further enhanced with a pocketsize wireless multifunction remote.

 

Dec 20, 2013

Give the Gift of Gadgets
Whether you are high tech or not, people love to get the gift of gadgets. It seems like each new day brings a new gadget making the right choice harder and harder. To help you out, here are a few gift ideas that are suitable for everyone.

 

Nov 27, 2013

Hang tight with MonkeyOh, MonkeyDo
There are tons of gadgets on the market that are either cute or useful, but together they often come up short in one category or another. Enter MonkeyOh, by Felix. It comes up as top banana; pardon the pun, in both categories.  Shaped like a monkey, it's a fun little 3-in-1 dock, stand and cord wrap that keeps your desk, table or wall socket clutter free and keeps a grip on your iPhone in either landscape or portrait mode.

 

Oct 29, 2013

Guardian AlertME app offers up a little piece of mind
If you're heading out to Trick or Treat on Halloween, jog around the neighbourhood or you're off to locations unknown, it's probably a good idea to check in with your loved ones to let them know you're ok.

 

Oct 21, 2013

Bluetune Bean: a truly portable wireless speaker
There's no shortage of small portable Bluetooth speakers on the market, but the Divoom Bluetune Bean with a built in loop and a supplied carabiner is designed so you can carry it along with you anywhere. All you need to do is clip it onto your bike, belt, purse or backpack and you're good to go.

 

Sept 24, 2013

Satechi Wireless Smart Keypad
I really enjoy using my Apple Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard but one thing it's missing, similar to many notebooks, is a numeric keypad. I'm certainly not an accountant or do tons of data entry, but truthfully, having a keypad handy to quickly punch in numbers rather than pecking one number at a time can certainly be a godsend. Apple doesn't make one, so accessory maker Satechi designed one to fill the void.

 

Sept 9, 2013

Kanex DoubleUp doubles your charging pleasure
While it sounds like the name of an R. Kelly album and a famous chewing gum, DoubleUp by Kanex is a dual USB charger for iPad, iPhone, and iPod. And unlike a typical USB charger, this gadget is uniquely designed as a workhorse, enabling you to simultaneously and quickly charge two full-sized iPads from a single power source. Having this capability can be particularly handy when you're on the road and carrying a backpack full of gadgets or when the availability of AC sockets or time is at a premium.

 

Aug 28, 2013

iKLIP Stand for iPad rises above your desktop
While many of us use our iPad by holding it in our hand, it's often nice to be able to keep it propped up without taking up any desktop space. This where the new iKLIP Stand for iPad by IK Multimedia fits the build. It acts as both a tabletop stand and a clamp-on riser depending on what you need to accomplish.

 

Jun 26, 2013

Opena Case is part case, part bottle opener
Canada may be tops when it comes to beer, but when it comes to high-tech gadgets that open the bottle; we can't discount the good folks from the land down under. As a follow-up to their flagship model, Opena Case for iPhone 5 by Annex Products is a 2-in-1 iPhone case and bottle opener.

 

June 13, 2013

Father's Day Gadgets ideal for any Dad
There are all kinds of Dads and Dads like all kinds of things, but these days it's tough to find one who doesn't like gadgets. So here are a few ideas to consider when selecting just the right gift for your perfect Dad, ranging from simple and nifty to right off-the charts.

 

May 31, 2013

Pyle Audio Tabletop Retro Jukebox
Looking for that 1940s retro feel, but still want to take advantage of today's digital technology? If so, you might want to check out the Tabletop Retro Jukebox from Pyle Audio. With its vintage nostalgic motif, it allows you to listen to your tunes in stereo, enhanced by a seven colour LED lighting experience which you can opt to have on or off for just the right mood.

 

May 8, 2013

Seidio OBEX waterproof case for iPhone 5
At first glance the Seidio OBEX waterproof case for iPhone 5 doesn't look like much. However, if you use your precious device in an environment where it can easily be subject to things like mud, water, dust, sand or anything that could potentially destroy your prize possession then this case, as vanilla as it may seem, could literally save your backside.

 

Mar 13, 2013

Toddy Gear Screenster a solution for smudges
Having trouble keeping the touch screen on your iPhone, iPad or any touch screen device clean and free from smudges and fingerprints? If you do, wouldn't it be nice if someone, perhaps a friend, could keep them clean for you?

 

Mar 1, 2013

Razer OUROBOROS ambidextrous wireless gaming mouse
Any way we can improve game play is a good thing, especially for those of us who struggle to keep up with the pros. One way, of course, is to use a better mouse. We've seen a number of them over the years, but the folks at Razer are trying to take it to the next level with the Ouroboros Elite Gaming Mouse.

 

Feb 15, 2013

Honey, I shrunk the Bluetooth keyboard
I've come across some small portable keyboards in my time, but the FAVI Entertainment: Mini Bluetooth Keyboard is really small. Shaped and sized like a chocolate bar, or maybe a TV remote, it offers a whole lot of functionality in a small package.

 

Jan 29, 2013

Official Canadian NHL team iOS apps, eh!
Hockey is back and whether your favorite Canadian team or home team is the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Montréal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks or the Winnipeg Jets, you'll want to know that amongst the sea of apps, each has their own official selection. They're all free and each one is universal so they will run on most iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices.

 

Jan 10, 2013

CES 2013 provides a new flurry of innovative gadgets
There are so many cool gadgets being announced at the 2013 International CES there's no way that we'll be able to cover them all. So here are just a few to chew on to help you start your wish list for the New Year.

 

Nov 6, 2012

PadPivot NST turns lap into a tablet desk
iPads and other tablets have become so versatile, they can now be used almost anywhere but sometimes holding them for long periods of time or keeping them in a place or at angle to effectively use them can be a challenge. This is especially true where the only available surface is an arm, a leg or a lap; like in the back seat of a car.

 

Oct 15, 2012

Streaming Video with ROKU 2 XS
I'm not one for spending too much time in front of the tube, so when I had the opportunity to test drive the ROKU 2 XS streaming video player (recently available in Canada) I figured I could do a little catching up with a few flicks and TV shows and find out what this little device had to offer.

 

Sept 7, 2012

Edifier Spinnaker Bluetooth speakers offer horn of plenty
I've seen many speakers in my day, but none that remind me of shark fins, rhinoceros horns or hats worn by the Loyal Order of Water Buffalo in The Flintstones cartoon, until now.

 

Aug 24, 2012

AirCurve Window Mount iPhone's natural megaphone
There is quite an abundance of gadgets that allow you to use your iPhone hands-free in your car while driving, but most of them would require some sort of power, whether AC or battery, to operate. Griffin Technology has come up with the gadget for your iPhone (4/4S) that allows you to accomplish this task plus amplify the sound, without any electrical power or even cables.

 

Aug 15, 2012

Wicked Audio Solus DJ Headphones
For me headphones and earphones are like shoes, you need 'em, you can never have enough of them and there are different kinds for different moods and different occasions. Some are funky; some are cool, some are practical, others crisp and sometimes even formal and the list goes on. Now while it might sound silly or just another example of a Gadget Guy's obsessive behavior, I jumped at the opportunity to review the Solus Headphones, by Wicked Audio - the name alone intrigued me.

 

July 27, 2012

a-JAYS Four funky tangle-free earphones
Your iPhone rings and you quickly answer it. You want to be hands-free so you reach for your earbuds but once again you have to fiddle and fumble and untangle them before you can actually plug them in to get to your call. It's certainly a pain, no only for you, but also for your caller.

 

July 6, 2012

Sharp's new 90-inch LED HDTV Ideal for Assassin's Creed III
Imagine playing Assassin's Creed III or experiencing the upcoming 2012 London Olympics, in the comforts of your own home on a 90-inch LED HDTV.  I know, what you're thinking - WOW! Then ask yourself - a 90-inch TV? That's like the same amount of viewing area as five 40-inch TVs and I didn't know there was a TV that big I could buy!

 

Apr 11, 2012

iMainGo XP Portable iPad Home Theatre
Home Theatre and portability might be a contradiction in terms, but that seems to be the best way to describe the iMainGo XP by Portable Sound Labs, a battery operated amplified speaker system that does double-duty as a protective iPad case.

 

Mar 19, 2012

Control almost any App's volume with SoundBunny
You're in the middle of recording a podcast and that wretched e-mail alert interrupts you. Or maybe today's the day you have your tunes cranked up and you're waiting for a message to come in and you don't want to be disturbed.

 

Feb 23, 2012

The Amazing Rock-It! Portable Vibration Speaker
Speakers come in all shapes and sizes, but Rock-It by OrigAudio.ca is more like a speaker-maker, because it's a gadget that can actually turn almost any item you want into an actual speaker.

 

Dec 21, 2011

Stocking Stuffers for Mobile Warriors
Looking for that right little stocking stuffer for someone who uses gadgets on the road? If so, here are a few novel ideas that you may not have thought of to help ease that aching pain of selection.

 

Dec 16, 2011

Apple's Wireless Dynamic Duo
Whether you have a laptop or even a desktop, having a clutter-free place to type can help keep you productive focused and neat. For that, Apple has two nifty wireless, ergonomic and sleek devices - a dynamic duo - the Apple Wireless Keyboard and the Apple Magic Trackpad

 

Oct 3, 2011

Verbatim Bluetooth Foldable Mobile Keyboard
Have an iPad or iPhone but prefer the tactile feel and familiarity of a traditional keyboard, but the bulkiness of your desktop keyboard gets you down? If so, have a look the Verbatim Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard as an option.

 

Aug 3, 2011

Etón Red Cross Emergency Radio
Everyday you hear about new all-in-one devices that will slice and dice and even promise to do your laundry for you. Now the Eton Canadian Red Cross Emergency Radio will not do any of those things for you, but it is a multifunction device that is practical, affordable and something you wish you had long ago in case of an emergency.

 

July 6, 2011

Psyko Carbon Review
Back in November, we reviewed the Psyko Audio Labs , PC 5.1 Gaming headset. We put it through its paces and while we decided that it was certainly a true sound wonder, we did feel that it could use a few enhancements.

 

Mar 30, 2011

Dressing Up Your iPad 2
With the new and improved iPad 2 hitting the Canadian market, it opens the doors to some real cool and innovative accessories. And whether your interests lay in fun, fashion or just good old solid protection, there's nothing more important than keeping your new iPad 2 well-dressed for any occasion.

 

Dec 21, 2010

The Right iPod for the Right Person
At their Apple event back in September Apple unveiled a totally redesigned iPod lineup, so if the gift of iPod is on your list, you want to ensure that you choose the right iPod for the right person. So let's have a quick look at the lineup to help you with your selection.

 

Dec 9, 2010

Barbie Girl in A Video World
I have to admit, it's very rare that I play with dolls, in fact I never have. But this is not your average doll. In fact technically, you could classify it as a gadget, so I could not pass up an opportunity to test-drive Mattel's Barbie Video Girl Doll…of course, with a little help.

 

Nov 29, 2010

Psyko 5.1 PC Gaming Headset a Sound Wonder
There's nothing like playing your favorite game on a mega-sized big-screen TV and a wicked surround sound system cranked right up. But that's not always possible or practical.

 

Aug 31, 2010

myGrid Drop-and-Go Cordless Charging
How do I charge thee? Let me count the ways. And while we're at it, lets add one more way to the mix. It's called myGrid, by Duracell, the guys with the copper top batteries.

 

July 30, 2010

iPhone 4 plus Gyroscope a Game Changer
"iPhone 4 is the biggest leap since the original iPhone", said Apple CEO Steve Jobs when he recently unveiled the forthcoming 4th generation device at WWDC10, Apple's Worldwide Developer conference in San Francisco.

 

July 16, 2010

Can This Keyboard Save your Life?
They are everywhere - homes, offices, airports, classrooms, hospitals and coffee shops just to name a few. And they all come in different shapes and sizes. I'm talking about keyboards. It's hard to go anywhere without seeing one. The problem is they're filthy, dirty and they are making us sick.

 

May 27, 2010

Apple iPad 3G is Magical
After being hands-on for the last 10 days with Apple iPad, Humphrey Bogart's line from Casablanca best sums up the experience when he said, "Louis, I think this is the start of a beautiful friendship." Friends do things together and go places together and the same holds true for the iPad, you'll want it to be with you everywhere you go.

 

Apr 8, 2010

Privacy Filters Blind Those Prying Eyes
We've become a mobile generation, carrying around our technology and communicating from all corners of the earth. And while we seem to pour out the details of our lives out on FaceBook or work on very sensitive company financials, sometimes we need to ensure that what's on our screens on our laptops and mobile devices is kept hidden from prying eyes.

 

Mar 2, 2010

PIk's Revenge – A Miner Detail!
How would you feel if one day you were just working your everyday day job and out of the blue, your planet is pummeled on by series of explosions?

 

Feb 4, 2010

Three Fine Mice
With all the input devices we have for our computer, people still seem to love the mouse and as a result every year we seem to get a new breed hitting the market. We offer up a fine selection of just 3 of the latest “mice” that can be enjoyed from the pleasure of your desktops.

 

Dec 23, 2009

Gadget Gifts for the Photo & Video Lover
If you find yourself scrambling to find just the right thing for the photo & video lover, here are three gift ideas for enthusiasts that you might want to have a look at.

 

Dec 21, 2009

Dreaming of a White MacBook
If a netbook just isn't your thing and your old PowerBook needs to be retired but you still want to get into a Mac, the latest evolution of Apple's entry level MacBook might just be the right for your holiday wish list.

 

Dec 9, 2009

Ramp Champ an Addictive "Roll" Playing Game
Whether you're 8 or 80, you can just never get enough of Amusement Park games and especially if you like Skee-Ball and shooting gallery, then you'll really enjoy version Ramp Champ by The Icon Factory and DSMedia Labs.

 

Nov 13, 2009

Timex Expedition WS4 Widescreen Wristwatch
When you think you've seen it all, another innovation hits the big screen- literally. But the Timex Expedition WS4 is not for watching movies, but rather a timepiece that goes beyond - like the names says- for expeditions – wherever they may take you.

 

Oct 15, 2009

One Band Gets 2 Tracks on Forthcoming Rock Band for iPhone
When EA Mobile releases Rock Band for iPhone and iPod Touch later this month, one band will get 2 of the core games' 20 legendary rock tracks – and that lucky band is the Foo Fighters. Both Learn to Fly and Everlong will appear along with 18 other tracks by artists such as Blondie, Blink-182, Joan Jett and the Go-Go's.

 

Oct 1, 2009

Retro Flying With Rock, Paper, Airplane
Nestled deep within the 65,000+ apps at the iTunes store is a neato little game for the iPhone and iPod Touch called Rock, Paper, Airplane.

 

Sept 9, 2009

The Beatles RockBand is Beatleamania 2009
On February 7th, 1964, The Beatles made history by arriving in North America and playing on the Ed Sullivan Show. Over 45 years later, September 9, 2009 will mark yet another historic first for the Beatles – The Beatles Rock Band. It would be the first time ever the Fab Four would have been presented in an interactive format.

 

Aug 31, 2009

PlayStation PS3- Slimmer and Leaner
The Sony PS3 is getting a makeover, - not an extreme one, but rather more like a Jenny Craig makeover. It'll be lighter, slimmer and a little less hungry for power. Available at the beginning of September, the new model it will shed a third of its mass, a third of its weight and will consume a third less power. And less power will also make for a smaller and quieter fan.

 

Aug 5, 2009

Belkin Declares Earbud Freedom for iPod Shuffle
One of the greatest features of Apple's 3rd generation iPod Shuffle, is for some, also one of its biggest drawbacks. There is no doubt; it's a great piece of industrial design.

 

July 20, 2009

Broadband Almost Everywhere – No Stick Required
It used to be that Internet-Ready meant that your device either had a wired either card or a wireless adapter built-in. We then saw Mobile Internet-Ready which meant a dongle, a stick or and external adapter was needed to give you access to the mobile network. Well Rogers and Hewlett-Packard HP have changed all that and you'll have one less thing to carry around with Canada's first 3.5G embedded notebook.

 

June 30, 2009

Hey Canada, You Can Now Pimp Your Flip
While everything today seems to be mass-produced, it's nice to know that you can still get something personalized without paying through the nose. And it's not a keychain, t-shirt or a license plate – it's a pocket camcorder!

 

June 16, 2009

Brother's Latest Wireless/Cordless MFC Makes Sense
For the longest time, I thought the most useless item on a fax machine or a multi-function printer (MFC) was the actual phone. It was either a corded handset or just a keypad with no receiver to dial out. Now considering the fax machine is soon to be going the way of the dodo bird – sorry Fred, as a phone into today's cordless world, mostly of them are now more or less useless.

 

April 28, 2009

Caffeine-Infused Applications Top iTunes Chart
With all the things the Apple iPhone can do, it's amazing that the top download for the last 2 consecutive months is coffee related and it has anything to do with the taste and the smell of freshly ground beans or a gimmick of some new scratch and sniff technology.

 

April 9, 2009

Balanzza – The Real Swiss Army Knife of Weighing Things
I'm not in the habit of weighing things, especially myself, but between Airlines offering to lighten your wallet if you're luggage is a feather over the limit and eBay – no need to elaborate here, a handy weighing contraption capable of accurately predicting your poundage is certainly welcome in my arsenal.

 

Mar 12, 2009

Cool Clever Cases Double as an Extra Battery
It no secret for anyone using any sort of portable device that these days that one needs both some sort of protective covering and often more battery power that any units holds. Two iPod/iPhone accessory makers have come up with a clever way to incorporate a lithium polymer battery within an actual case without adding overall a significant amount of bulk for the user.

 

Feb 24, 2009

Rescuing the Shivering Kittens
The kittens are stranded and they're cold. Some of them are shivering, standing on the ice –others are frozen – embedded right in the block of ice. Your job, if you wish to accept it, is to rescue them and all you need is an iPhone or an iPod Touch and a desire to do so.

 

Jan 29, 2009

Turning Back the Clock – The Macintosh at 25
“On January 24, Apple Computer will introduce Macintosh and you'll see why 1984 won't be like 1984.” Those are the famous words used in the commercial played during Super Bowl XVIII that introduced Macintosh to the world.

 

Jan 14, 2009

New MacBook Pro Boasts 8-Hour Battery
Some people and batteries just don't get along, so when Apple unveiled the environmentally friendly aluminum unibody 17” MacBook Pro, they did something special – they added a high-capacity eco friendly extended life battery without sacrificing the width or weight.

 

Dec 22, 2008

Different Gift Gadgets for Different Travelers
If you're still looking for that perfect little stocking stuffer and short on creativity as you come down to crunch time, perhaps think of the way they travel. Here are a few gift ideas for those who fly, drive, run or walk.

 

Dec 12, 2008

GoStudio Portable Recording Studio for iPod
Most recording consoles are designed for studio use, but with today's mobile generation, Belkin has found a way to help you take it on the road. You can hold it in your hand but it won't fit in your pocket, but it certainly with fit in your backpack.

 

Nov 28, 2008

Greg's G4 Random Gadget Holiday Gift Picks
So many gadgets, so little time. With all the cool nifty things out there here's 4 gadgets that would make great holiday gifts.

 

Nov 12, 2008

Picture Yourself with a Quikpod
How often have you returned from your travel destination only to discover that very few of the pictures have you in them? If we travel and want pictures of ourselves, unless we have really long arms or can shapeshift like Elasticman or rely on the kindness of strangers we often leave our destination without a photo of without ourselves in it.

 

Oct 22, 2008

Testing 1,2,3,4 iPod Nano Can Record
There are 2 features that can be found on almost every other portable music player on the market except the iPod and that's an FM tuner and the built-in ability to record voice or audio and while the Apple iPod Radio Remote added and external FM solution for iPod users, voice recording was not an option – until now.

 

Sept 02, 2008

iPods Can be Free
Every year Apple dangles carrots for qualifying higher education, college and university students offering up juicy tidbits, discounts and even bonuses like free iPods. And this year is no exception. So if you're after a Mac for back-to-school anyway, these are offers really hard to resist.

 

August 13, 2008

MACify Your BlackBerry
The word in the title is pronounced Mack-if-I and I'm not sure that's really even a word. In any event, a little innovative company out of San Diego called Information Appliance Associates (IAA) produce the niftiest little applications and utilities under the PocketMac brand, that are truly functional, priced “light” and most often a must buy.

 

July 21, 2008

MUSO Makes Your iPod Listen to YOU!
DirectVoxx's starship is the company's flagship product Muso, a pocket-sized accessory for the iPod and iPhone that allows users to access their music and control their iPod with natural voice commands.

 

July 10, 2008

DS 'Guitar Hero' a handful
I usually don't get too excited about the opening of a new store, but when it comes to the Apple Store I have to make an exception. Visiting an Apple Store is a unique experience itself, but to be part of the christening of a brand spanking new one, just adds to the excitement.

 

July 7, 2008

Largest Canadian Apple Store Opens in West Edmonton Mall
I usually don't get too excited about the opening of a new store, but when it comes to the Apple Store I have to make an exception. Visiting an Apple Store is a unique experience itself, but to be part of the christening of a brand spanking new one, just adds to the excitement.

 

May 27, 2008

HELLO - I'm a MAC, and I'm a PC, etc...
I like commercials – well not all commercials. Since 1984, when in an Orwellian fashion Apple introduced Macintosh – and we saw “why 1984, won't be like 1984”, not only have I been hooked on the Mac but I just can't get enough of their commercials. So each time a new one comes out, I head straight to Apple's site, where I can view the latest in 4 sizes including high-definition

 

May 06, 2008

Apple iMac Breaks the 3GHz Barrier
Take note, the iMac has entered its 6th generation. While it's descendant, the original bloated 300Mhz Bondi-Blue, was responsible in putting Apple back on the map a decade ago, it's latest incarnation is an incredible speed-demon.

 

April 17, 2008

Old Mac – Time to Say Goodbye?
When it comes to technology, I‘m a fairly early adopter. However, I don't exactly camp out with a sleeping bag at the front of the line every time the latest and greatest hits the street. Although admittedly, as a self-professed Gadget Guy, the temptation certainly exists. Ok, I like to play! But in reality, it's the self-talk, the evil “B” word – “Budget” that keeps me from that temptation while delivering me a swift reality check.

 

March 17, 2008

TuneTalk Makes Your iPod a Voice Recorder
While the iPod revolution has gone through some major evolution, one feature found on many music devices, that's always been missing on the iPod, besides a built-in radio tuner, is the ability to do voice recordings. We focus so much on the hearing, playing, shuffling and downloading – all output elements, we sometimes need a little input.

 

February 28, 2008

MacBook & MacBook Pro Get Performance Boost
Faster processors and larger hard drives are just 2 of the enhancements found on Apple's MacBook and MacBook Pro series models. Prices on selected models have also been lightened $100 on most 13”-15” to $150 on 17” offerings dollars bring them to within $50-$150 closer, but not quite on par with pricing found on equivalent models in the US.

 

February 13, 2008

Apple Doubles Solid State Capacities & Thinks Pink
With capacities of hard drive bloating as demand for storage soars to infinity and beyond, as my pal Buzz Lightyear would say, one of the complaints I often hear about a select few of Apple’s offerings is the meager capacities of the devices that have solid state drives.   While the iPod Classic today boasts a respectable 160GB in its compact package, albeit a traditional hard drive,  Apple’s offerings that incorporate solid state devices, more specifically the iPod Nano, the iPod Touch and iPhone (not in Canada – of course) have been limited to a mere 5-10% of those capacities-  8Gb and 16GB respectively.

 

January 21, 2008

MacWorld 2008 Keynote Highlights
For the Mac Enthusiast, one of the greatest things about a new year, after New Year's Eve, is the always anticipated Keynote from Steve Jobs, the CEO, Apple Inc. Prior to the keynote, which this year was on Jan 15th, rumours had run rampant including supposed leaked drafts of Steve's keynote. A new MacBook, a Tablet Mac, a sub-notebook and iPhone part-deux were all part of the mill. But Steve has been playing this game for a long time. Perhaps it was Steve himself that let slide these vicious rumours.

 

December 11, 2007

A Few iPod Companion Gifts
A great way to make your Christmas shopping go a long way is to find gift items that will compliment one's they already have or will be getting under the tree this year. And since the iPod is a definite hit, here are just a few gift ideas to help you in the gift selection to help maximize that iPod experience.

 

November 26, 2007

iPod Attire – the iGift Guide
It's one thing to want to protect your iPod, it's another thing to make sure it looks good. Here are a few ideas to top up that holiday stocking with iPod attire for that special person – it could be you!

 

November 12, 2007

iChat 4 - Video Podcasting, Instant Messaging & More
Once upon a time, iChat was simply an Apple instant text messenger, Audio was then added and with the development of the iSight – Apple's webcam, Video became part of the whole mix. iChat 4, included in the latest release of Mac OS 10.5 Leopard has taken personal desktop communication to a whole new level. The enhancements are so incredible (read: useful and tres cool), that it's worth having a look at this application all by itself.

 

October 23, 2007

MAC OS X Leopard- New Cat on the Block
In a matter of days, Apple Computer will be releasing another cat onto the world – Leopard - Apple OS X 10.5. After having been delayed due to the release of the iPhone it will be unleashed on Friday October 26, 2007 at 6:00PM.

 

October 9, 2007

iPod Touch - An iPhone Sans Phone
While it's no secret that it may still be a while until the Apple iPhone is "officially" available in Canada, Apple has released a new iPod, the iPod Touch. This latest offering, a radical departure from the traditional click wheel model, has many of the features, including the look and feel of the iPhone of course sans phone and sans camera.

 

September 19, 2007

New iPod Nano –More Breadth & Beauty
It may have added a little width to its appearance but the view of Apple’s new iPod Nano leaves you breathless. That’s right! The new Nano is “fatter” that its predecessor but it’s added breadth has made room for something that was missing – the ability to play video.

 

September 03, 2007

The iMac Evolution
Apple has unveiled it’s most powerful, sleekest all-in-one computer to date – the iMac. Now the iMac line itself isn’t new. In fact, coming of age, it’s now in it’s 10th year and it’s 4th generation. Its latest reincarnation has shed the iPod looking white in favour of a beautiful MacBook Pro family style anodized aluminum.

How soon we forget that it was the iMac, where the “i” stood for Internet and not the iPod, that saved Apple from the brink of destruction and started the “i" revolution.

 
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