Archives for April 2017

Shop safely online without using your credit card number

EDMONTON, Alta., April 30, 2017 /Troy Media/ – You can shop anywhere for just about anything online or with your smartphone – even for groceries.

It’s a convenient part of the daily routine for many.

However, some people are hesitant, even fearful, about making themselves vulnerable by using their credit card online. When retail giants like Home Depot, Target and Marshalls are hacked and credit card numbers are compromised, it’s easy to understand the fear.

But those fears may lessen as online shopping changes are made. Many processors and service providers are offering more payment alternatives online or via smartphone. They offer a third-party user ID and password each time you check out. You still use your favourite credit card and collecting those valuable reward points, but you never have to enter or reveal your number, expiry date or security code.

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Get a new eco-friendly .eco domain if you pledge


Are you, your business or organization ECO friendly? If so can qualify to register a .eco web address, a new TLD (Top Level Domain) extension dedicated to the environment and positive change for the planet; but only if you publicly set up an .eco profile and make a public pledge.

The .eco domain is backed by over 50 environmental organizations. After a nine-year collaborative effort, the new domain extension has just been launched with support from a number of these organizations, some which include Conservation International, United Nations Global Compact and the Natural Resources Defense Council.  Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

The Circle: Knowing us good; Knowing everything is better

Have you ever wanted to work for a giant tech company, but once you got there you wondered what your really got yourself into?  While at first it can be exciting but what may come of it may change your life and the lives of people all over the world. This is what the new movie,  The Circle, starring Tom Hanks and Emma Watson is all about. Call it The Social Network, the DaVinci Code and more all in one.
It’s based on the 2013 novel of the same name by Dave Eggers.
Check out the Movie Trailer.

Here’s the Synopsis: The Circle is a gripping modern thriller, set in the not-too-distant future, starring Emma Watson (“Harry Potter”), Tom Hanks (“Sully”) and John Boyega (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”). When Mae (Emma Watson) is hired to work for the world’s largest and most powerful tech & social media company, she sees it as an opportunity of a lifetime. As she rises through the ranks, she is encouraged by the company’s founder, Eamon Bailey (Tom Hanks), to engage in a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics and ultimately her personal freedom. Her participation in the experiment, and every decision she makes begin to affect the lives and future of her friends, family and that of humanity.  It opens in theatres this Friday, April 28th, 2017.

Can’t wait!

EcoSlate rugged waterproof Bluetooth speaker and lantern


If you spend a lot of time outdoors year-round, like to listen to your tunes on the go but want to carry around only the absolute minimum, then the new EcoSlate by ECOXGEAR may be a new gadget to check out. It’s an all-new rugged, all-in-one waterproof portable audio system that features a built-in power bank and a bright lantern.

Rugged and Waterproof

As far as the speakers go, under the hood are two 10 W speakers (20 watts total) with dual passive subwoofers.  Like most of ECOXGEAR products, it’s designed to be rugged. It has a drop proof exterior that the company says meets military specifications. It’s also IP 67 rated, meaning that it’s fully dust resistant and protected from full immersion in water for up to one metre in depth. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Canada’s biggest VR and augmented reality conference hits Vancouver May 5-7, 2017


VR (Virtual Reality), AR (Augmented Reality) and MR (Mixed Reality) are not just for gamers anymore. You can come and see for yourself by attending CVR 2017, Canada’s and the Pacific Northwest’s largest conference and trade show May 5th to 7th at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The event will showcase a world-class selection of top experts in the industry, some of the latest technologies and even hands-on demonstrations of some of the latest and coolest products.

Read more…about CVR 2017 at Canoe Tech Blog.

Ford smart crib mimics the movements of your car


Two weeks ago, if I heard about the Ford Motor Company rolling out an at-home smart crib that lulls your newborn to sleep by simply mimicking the movement of your automobile, I would’ve immediately thought – here comes another April Fool’s joke. But I guess the joke is on me; it’s called Max Motor Dreams, and it’s real.

Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

IK Multimedia releases Fender Collection 2 for iPhone/iPad

April 13, 2017 – IK Multimedia is proud to announce Fender Collection 2 for AmpliTube: the definitive collection joining classic amps from early 50s and mid 60s with their latest brothers from the brand new ’57 Custom amp series. Fender Collection 2 is now available for iPhone and iPad, bringing guitar players and producers worldwide the unmistakable, prestigious tone of some of Fender’s most iconic amps ever created.

Gadget Guy GadgetGreg ranks in Top 65 Best Gadget Blogs on the Planet

I have to admit that I’m honoured and thrilled and quite surprised to be included in the TOP 65 Best Gadget Blogs on the Planet by FeedSpot a.k.a Top 65 Gadget Websites And Blogs For Gadget Freaks. I was informed by email just a few days ago.

The list is created by FeedSpot by looking at thousands of Gadget blogs in the company’s index using search and social metrics and ranked based on following criteria:

  • Google reputation and Google search ranking
  • Influence and popularity on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites
  • Quality and consistency of posts.
  • Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review

In fact, I placed 47th and honoured to be in the company with other gadget blog giants. It’s interesting to note that this blog a.k.a. includes both specific content created for this blog plus a connection to a number of freelance articles, posts, videos and podcasts. (Connections are, of course, to avoid duplicate content and to also respect the other publications who have first rights.)

Nevertheless, I want to thank everyone for continuing to support and read the blog as well as those who gave it recognition.


Greg Gazin

The Gadget Guy – GadgetGreg

Alien Day 2017 returns to Earth April 26th


If you’re a big fan of the Alien movie franchise, you’d likely know that the sixth installment, ALIEN: COVENANT is coming May 10th. To get you ready for it, mark your calendars for April 26th, dubbed “Alien Day,” where you’ll be able to immerse yourself in an alien world and join in on ALIEN related festivities.

Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog

Review: IK iRig Acoustic Stage digital mic system for acoustic guitars


Back in December 2015 we reviewed the iRig Acoustic mic as a great little gift for the music lover; a MEMS microphone that clips on to the sound hole of an acoustic guitar. Now, IK Multimedia has taken that one step farther with the iRig Acoustic Stage digital mic system, a portable pre-amp and a digital signal-processing unit (DSP) that can enhance the acoustic sound sent out to a mixing board or amplifier or output to a computer or mobile device.

Sold as a kit, iRig Acoustic Stage comprises of the main pre-amp/DSP unit, iRig Acoustic Mic (functionally similar, but not interchangeable with the one sold as a stand-alone product), a belt/strap clip and padded case.

The idea behind the mic was that you could get better sound from an acoustic instrument being as close to the sound hole as possible even closer than a traditional external mic could be placed. Also having it attached to the guitar, gives the musician the freedom to move around rather than be stuck in front of a stationary mic stand. Read more…and see full review at CanoeTech Blog.