Archives for 2018

Give Dad the Gift of Gadgets this Father’s Day

From home cinema systems to barbecue tools to bug-free patio time to Wi-Fi with muscle, here’s something for every dad

There’s no doubt Dad likes tech toys, so why not give him the gift of gadgets this Father’s Day? And while making the right selection is often tough, here are a few ideas:

Let’s start big. If Dad thought a 60-inch screen was cool, how about streaming the 2018 FIFA World Cup of Soccer or his favourite movie withlarger-than-life images? With the Epson Home Cinema 1060 3LCD Home Theatre Projector, Dad can watch in full 1080p high definition.  Read Full Article at Troy Media.

Save money, avoid outrageous phone bills when travelling abroad

New CRTC rules mean Canadian providers must now unlock your phone, making it easier to use a different SIM card.

For many people, smartphones have become 24/7 appendages. However, worried about outrageous phone, data and roaming fees, many people reach for the off switch when travelling.

This is particularly true when going out of country or overseas. No one wants to return home to massive cellphone bills.

But rules and regulations are starting to change, and there are now more affordable choices for consumers. (Click More to read here. Or read it at Troy Media.) [Read more…]

Developing Yourself Through Mastermind Groups – Dave Rodwell [Podcast]

Wonder what a Mastermind Group can do for you? In this latest Toastcaster episode #96, Greg Gazin and David Rodwell chat it up. Expert Dave shares his insights and experience – the benefits it brought him and how it can also do the same for you!

You can listen to the podcast here, visit our Toastcaster site.  You can also subscribe to Toastcaster at iTunes or Google Play

Is your home killing you?

It lurks in your home but you can’t see or smell it. And it may just be putting your life at risk.

No, it’s not carbon monoxide – it’s radon gas. According to Health Canada, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Smokers are at even a higher risk.

Radon is everywhere. It doesn’t matter where you live – a new house or a century old – every home has some level of radon and that level determines the health hazard. [Read more…]

Presentation Too Long? Build it Like LEGO – Toastcaster 95

FreddiD.jpgIt seems it’s always easier to make speeches and presentation longer but to actually get them to be just the right length takes more than just podcast.

In this podcast, Greg speaks with Freddi Dogterom DTM, AS from Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada who offers up some serious lessons on crafting your speech or presentation. She also shares insights and practical takeaways on the perils, pain and passion of editing, in particular when timing is of the essence – one way, building your speech like LEGO.

Freddi is a Distinguished Toastmaster, Accredited Speaker (AS) and professional speaker for more than 20 years delivering keynotes, workshops, professional development and train the trainer sessions. She also has over 30 years experience helping people build their lives, careers and retirement futures.

Phishing e-mails supposedly from friends making rounds again

Daily flooding of the e-mail inbox is often a necessary email. Some that arrive are obviously “junk” or SPAM. However, there seems to be another bunch of possible phishing emails doing their rounds trying to get unsuspecting people to click on them. They appear at first to be from a friend, colleague or someone you know – but you might want to think twice before you decide to click on it.

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New iRig Keys I/O integrated control for GarageBand and Logic Pro X

iRig Keys I/O

IK Multimedia has just announced a new plug-in is available for iRig Keys I/O that enables control surface integration forGarageBand and Logic Pro X. Using the touch-sensitive knobs and buttons on iRig Keys I/O this allows users to control functions such as: transport control with play, record, fast-forward and rewind buttons; moving the play head forward or backward via the data knob; looping on/off by pressing the data knob, and rotary knob control of the main parameters for effects and instruments in Logic Pro X and GarageBand. [Read more…]

One step at a time: a simple solution to a better life

Create visions and not resolutions to take control of your life

Why don’t resolutions work?

Eighty per cent of all New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February, according to U.S. News and World Report. Only eight per cent of us actually follow through, according to Forbes. In fact, just over 50 per cent of us don’t even bother with New Year’s resolutions.

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Toastcaster 90 Leadership of Your Life: Create Visions Not Resolutions

[10:49] For whatever reason, over 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail within the 1st two weeks of February. Perhaps we’re going about this all wrong.  In this episode your host Greg Gazin shares a personal journey that shows perhaps why we might be more successful if we create visions rather that resolutions.

Listen to the podcast below. You can also read the companion article One step at a time: a simple solution to a better life on this site and at Troy Media.

IK Multimedia announces iRig Stomp I/O USB pedalboard controller for Mac/PC and iOS with built-in HD audio and MIDI

IK Multimedia is proud to introduce iRig Stomp I/O, an all-new generation of USB pedalboard controller for live and studio use, featuring a built-in audio interface. It is expected to be available in March 2018 and is now open for pre-order. iRig Stomp I/O is a sturdy, portable pedalboard controller that has 4 built-in switches along with an expression pedal and features a professional high-definition audio interface with 24-bit audio and up to 96kHz sampling rate, a combo input jack for line, instrument or mic input with phantom power, balanced stereo output and high quality ¼” headphone output ideal for use with the latest Apple devices like the iPhone X.

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