Holiday gadget gift ideas for TV and music lovers

Music- and TV-related gadgets are always safe bets for gifts, so here are a few of my top picks this Christmas season.

Roku Express

Is the family going to cut the cable cord this year? Or are you just looking for an easy way to stream HD video and high-quality digital audio? Consider putting a Roku Express under the tree.

It’s a small control unit with wireless remote. Just plug in the power and connect the included HDMI cable to the box and your HDTV, follow the step-by-step guide and you’ll be up and running before your popcorn is ready.

Some of the popular streaming services can be quickly accessed by a dedicated button on the remote, and the free Roku downloadable app for iOS or Android gives you even more power.  Read Full post at Troy Media.

Christmas gift ideas for TV and music lovers

You’re never too old for the new GLIDER Electric Scooter

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You’re never too old to ride a scooter, especially the new GLIDER Electric Scooter by GOTRAX, a company known for its HOVERFLY hoverboards. And whether you’re looking to ride for fun or as an eco-friendly mode of transportation, this clever little gadget is suitable for both kids and adults whose weight is between 44 and 264 lb. (20-120 kg). [Read more…]

Energizer Recharge charges batteries in an hour

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Our portable gadgets today consume lots of power. While some have built-in recharge capabilities, others still use traditional batteries. To save us from buying them over and over again and to keep the dead cells out of our ever-growing landfills, rechargeable AAs or AAAs can be pretty handy. This is true only if they can do the job and are far less trouble than simply swapping out old ones for new ones. [Read more…]

Review: TP-Link Archer Wireless C5400 Tri-Band router

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You can never get enough bandwidth or speed out of your Wi-Fi and chances are that the stock unit that came from your service provider likely does the job, but barely, so we’re going to have a look at the TP-Link Archer Wireless C5400 Tri-Band Gigabit Router (AC5400) that doesn’t have one or two bands, but three. [Read more…]

Review: iRig Keys I/O all-in-one portable digital audio workstation

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If you’re a budding musician or musician simply tight on space or spends time on the road, then you might be interested in IK Multimedia’s iRig Keys I/O. It’s a brand new self-contained digital audio workstation (DAW) for your Mac, PC, iPhone or iPad. It’s a MIDI controller with full-sized keys (25 or 49), a high resolution digital-audio interface (DAC) suitable for plugging in directly your guitar, bass or microphone, and a built-in pre-amp. All this comes in a self-contained compact lightweight portable unit along with with a bundle of software and apps. [Read more…]

It’s NOT all been done before – Holiday Tech 2017

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When it comes to gadgets, for me, sometimes Barenaked Ladies’ songs come to mind. Not, necessarily, If I Had $1,000,000, but rather the words of former band member Steven Page, It’s All Been Done (Before). But much to my delight with the scores of trade fair vendors at LDTECH 2017 – London Drugs Retail Tech Group Annual Conference, I did not walk away disappointed – in fact, it was the opposite! [Read more…]

MTN Dew and Doritos giving away an Xbox One X every hour

While there’s a lot of hype going around about the upcoming November 7th launch of the much-anticipated Xbox One X, there’s also a contest that will allow Canadians to win one of over 1,000 units up for grabs. All this, courtesy of Mountain Dew and Doritos who have teamed up and will give you a chance to ‘Win Every Hour.” And if you are in Toronto there’s another Xbox One giveaway happening. [Read more…]

Waterproof USB cables necessary for harsh environments

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While more and more products are going wireless, it’s not always possible to do away with USB cables. And if you do need to use them, the challenge of course arises when you have to use them in less than ideal conditions – particularly wet ones. Since not all cables can withstand moisture, having waterproof rated cables is imperative to ensure you maintain a solid connection especially in mission critical situations. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Canadian Netflix watchers top world in Binge Racing

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When House of Cards made its debut on Netflix, I watched Season 1 in its entirety in less than a week. I thought that was pretty fab, but I guess that’s nothing compared to today’s Bingers who are ripping through every single episode of a season in a day. In fact, the new trend amongst the over eight million “super fans” around the world, primarily to get bragging rights is called Binge Racing with Canada clocking in with the world’s top marks. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

IK Multimedia releases iRig Pre HD – high-def digital mic interface for iOS, Mac & PC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 19, 2017 – IK Multimedia has just announced iRig Pre HD a high-definition, ultra-compact digital interface for microphones with an onboard Class A studio-quality preamplifier designed to deliver top notch audio performance with iPhone, iPad, Mac and PC. It offers the ability to record anytime and anywhere using any kind of professional microphone with a XLR connector, including gain-hungry models and those requiring phantom power. Featuring an integrated 1/8″ headphone output for real-time direct audio monitoring, high-quality internal converters, LED indicators and a suite of professional audio apps, iRig Pre HD is the most comprehensive, portable digital microphone interface for professional applications on the market.

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