London Drugs staff armed with price-matching iPads


London Drugs wants consumers to know that they are armed and ready to take on their Black Friday rivals in order to ensure they get their share of Canada’s November’s retail sales, which last year rose to a record high $43.03 billion dollars.

Reuters reported this Statistics Canada figure back in January 2015 after all the dust had settled following last year’s retail holiday season.

Like other retailers, this family-owned and operated Western Canada based retail giant has already announced their Black Friday and Cyber Monday door-crashers and sales along with Cyber week offerings and early store openings. However, in a news release issued today, they were very specific as to how their 78 stores will meet their competition.   READ MORE and Take the POLL at Canoe Tech Blog.

NETGEAR AirCard instant mobile hotspot for 15

netgear-aircard-785s-overviewIf you’re frequently on the road and travel with a lot of gadgets or with a family who needs Internet access and Wi-Fi is not always around, then the NETGEAR AirCard 785S 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot might just be a viable solution.

If you’re frequently on the road and travel with a lot of gadgets or with a family who needs Internet access and Wi-Fi is not always around, then the NETGEAR AirCard 785S 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot might just be a viable solution.

The AirCard 785S is an ultra-portable device, about the size of a smart phone measuring 4.3” x 2.7” x 0.6” and weighing only 127g. It connects to the TELUS LTE/4G network through a micro SIM, which in turn allows up to 15 wireless devices to securely share the data connection and giving them all 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity.  Read Full Review…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Misfit puts a new Shine on fitness bling


It’s no secret that wearables are becoming a pretty big thing but when I hear the term “activity tracking jewelry” it really makes me wonder.  I guess keeping fit and looking sharp now go hand-in-hand as Misfit, the makers of the Shine fitness and sleep activity tracker have unveiled, just in time for the holiday season, the Swarovski Shine Collection.

The Misfit Shine has been around for a couple of years. It’s a slim fitness activity monitor that can pair with an Android, iOS or Windows app to help track your typical everyday activities like running, walking and even sleeping. Its claim to fame is both its slimness and its lack of buttons, dials and connectors. Shine uses a tap method to communicate with your wireless device using its own proprietary algorithm – which was recently redesigned to improve tap sensitivity. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog

Phiaton BT-110 funky square bluetooth earbuds

bt110-manEvery time I come across a new set of earbuds or headphones I always hear from the vendors that theirs are a little bit different. Taking the opportunity to test drive the new Phiaton BT-110 wireless compact  sport Bluetooth earbuds, I have to admit that these do fit that description.

First of all, looking at them, they seem to be something you’d find as an implant on an episode of Star Trek. Rather than the typical round bodies you find on most earbuds, these are actually rectangular so they sort of cover part of your ear.

To make sure you have a good fit, you get three sets of Vulcan-style silicon ear wings, featuring their aptly named RightFit+ technology and four sizes of traditional silicon tips. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.


iRig Acoustic mobile mic for mobile players

irig_acousticIK Multimedia is proud to announce iRig Acoustic, the first acoustic guitar mobile microphone/interface specifically made for acoustic guitars. Inspired by a must-see documentary on flamenco guitar master Paco de Lucia, iRig Acoustic is an innovative and extremely compact patent-pending clip-on acoustic guitar microphone/interface for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and Android.

iRig Acoustic features advanced miniature microphone technology, which gives it a rich quality of sound that beats piezo and magnetic pickups and rivals professional-grade studio microphones at a price that’s much more affordable. It installs (and uninstalls) in seconds: It simply clips onto the rim of a guitar or ukulele’s sound hole. iRig Acoustic also features monitoring and line-output capabilities for recording and performing live.

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Amplio: Retro radio inspired bamboo smartphone amplifier

AmplioAmplio is a cool sounding name for the latest smartphone sound amplifier dock trying to make its way to market through an upcoming Kickstarter campaign. The name implies amplification, but that tells you only part of the story. Amplio is totally wireless, eco-friendly and requires absolutely no power because it’s made from bamboo.

creator Vlad Butucariu, is a designer from Rotterdam, Netherlands who has been working on the project for the past six months. His goal was to create an amplifier for smartphones that had a unique modern desirable design yet still maintain the flavour inspired by the minimalist classic designs of radios from yesteryear. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.


Remembrance Day: The Homefront in Alberta (archive)

The Second World War was hard on the men fighting on the front lines as well as those they left behind.


EDMONTON, AB, Nov. 4, 2008/ Troy Media/ – While the Second World War was hard on the men and women fighting on the front lines, it was also hard on those they left behind.

This is important to remember this Remembrance Day.

It’s two sides of the same coin, said Dr. Adriana Davies, Executive Director and of the Heritage Community Foundation. “The front (line) was only one side of the coin. The home front was the other side,” she said.

World War II: The Homefront in Alberta, one of the newest sites within the Alberta Online Encyclopedia –, contains powerful and compelling stories of the realities faced by the people who were thousands of kilometers away from the actual war front. The project is a result of a partnership with the Canadian Militaria Preservation Society and the Royal Alberta Museum.  READ FULL POST at Troy Media.

Navigating the Tech Zoo

Whether it’s for your home, office or a gift during the upcoming holiday season, it’s no secret that sometimes it can feel like a zoo navigating crowded store aisles or the Internet wilderness while seeking out the right technology. But fortunately, I had an opportunity once again, to take in LDTECH 2015 – London Drugs Retail Tech Group Annual Conference or at east a portion of it . Not only did I once again get to see birds of prey but also “friendly” animals you wouldn’t necessarily find in your neighbourhood. Now, I didn’t get a chance to partake in the awards ceremonies, in-depth training sessions and other secret things the 650 LD attendees do to keep current and enlightened. However, I did get to partake with them getting up close and personal with many of the 75 vendors displaying many exciting gadgets and tech ware many new and soon available at your local stores.  Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.


Spider Charger to charge 8 USB devices at once

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Although everything seems to be going wireless these days the onslaught of new devices seems to bring out the need for yet more practical USB charging stations. We’ve seen them in all shapes and sizes including those embedded into wall sockets. But British Columbia based Lomiko Technologies; a wholly owned subsidiary of Lomiko Metals Inc. is taking this a few steps further. They’ve announced they have recently filed two key patents for their prototype of the new Spider Charger, their forthcoming product that will allow for charging up to eight USB devices from a single in-wall electrical outlet. Read more… at Canoe Tech Blog

Entrepreneur credits Toastmasters for $10K Prize – Toastcaster Podcast 59

Entrepreneur Rana Varma from Calgary, Alberta Canada credits Toastmasters as key in helping him win a $10,000 prize for a new product pitch at a recent health competition. In the latest Toastcaster Podcast, he tell us about his pitch, his new invention the Slate Scale and how skills he learned in Toastmasters helped make all the difference. ( Click MORE for MORE and access to the Podcast.)

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