Review: IK Mulitmedia iRig HD 2 digital guitar interface

 

1-2_irighd2_34_vertIK Multimedia has finally unveiled their sequel to the affordable pocket-sized iRig HD digital guitar interface and not surprising, it’s called the iRig HD 2. This low-noise, high-definition guitar preamp offers the same functionality as its predecessor plus a whole lot more, adding some much needed features to the original and new additions to keep up with advancing technologies.

The new iRig HD 2 has a solid build quality and is just slightly larger (by 9 mm) and a touch heavier by (15 g), so it is still nice and compact and pretty much still fits in the palm of your hand. It draws power from the host and is designed for use with iOS devices including the new iPhone 7 as well as Macs and PCs. It features a 24-bit analog-to-digital converter plus a 96 kHz sampling rate for an ultra high-definition, high-quality signal.

It has an onboard gain control dial so you can control the pre-amp signal input from the 1/4″ Hi-Z jack when playing or recording to make sure you’re at the right level. There’s also a multicoloured LED to monitor that level. Read Full Review at CanoeTech Blog.

iTrip Clip wirelessly connects smartphone to any headphone

Bluetooth audio adapters have been around for a while. At first they were marketed as giving you the ability to use your favourite wired headphones wirelessly, i.e. not having them tethered to your smartphone. Now with the likes of Apple’s iPhone 7 and the the Motorola Moto Z shipping sans headphone jacks, an adapter like the new iTrip Clip Bluetooth Audio Adapter by Griffin Technology is a wireless alternative to using USB to 3.5 mm adapters.

Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

ResQBattery disposable smartphone battery pack

With the number of rechargeable battery banks available one would think that a pocket disposable battery pack like ResQBattery may not make any sense. However, the fact is even spare batteries lose capacity over time and often we forget to charge them, so having a spare in case of emergency or in the event there’s no where handy to recharge, may not be such a bad idea.

This is the concept behind ResQbattery, the brainchild of entrepreneur Idit Hoter-Ishay and founder of Nofet LLC who conceived the idea a few years ago after her battery died and she urgently needed to use her phone while travelling in China. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

LG V20 unveiling live streaming this evening – Sept. 6th

If you want to catch the official unveiling for the much anticipated LG Electronics V20 SmartPhone, you can pick up a live stream of the event at the top of the LG USA Mobile’s Facebook page later this evening. The official stream originating from San Francisco will go live at 8:50PM EST, 5:50PM PST, just ahead of the iPhone 7 announcement expected tomorrow morning. While there has been some official information on the V20 pre-released, a few further “leaks” seem to have surfaced.

Like the iPhone 7, rumours have been plentiful, with not a significant number of details being officially revealed. We know that the LG V20 will run Android Nougat 7.0 out of the box and and that it will be the first phone to showcase Google’s new In-App Search, which will allow you to virtually find anything in one place from all your user-installed apps as well as from within your contacts, emails, text messages and photos. We also know it will have the world’s first Quad DAC, which we talked about here at CanoeTech Blog a few weeks back.  Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

First Android triple driver earphones with 3-button mic support

Triple driver three-button models are not the most common when it comes to earphones and really non-existent for Android users – until now. Degauss Labs, a manufacturer based in Stockholm Sweden has just introduced HOWL, a pair of handmade hybrid in-ear monitors to fill that void.

HOWL incorporates three individual drivers into each earbud allowing for the proper separation of low, midrange and high frequencies.

Dynamic Driver & Balanced Armatures

To optimize the sound and get the best possible results, the company has combined their own Degauss Dynamic driver with two Balanced Armature drivers to allow a three-way crossover to complete the triple play.  Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Microsoft keyboard is both universal and foldable

When you think of a Microsoft keyboard, you usually envision the ergonomic keyboard they’ve been forever known for. What you may not know is that they also offer the Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard, a compact wireless keyboard that you can use with a plethora of devices – not just those that run Windows and when you’re done, you can easily fold it away.

The keyboard offers full-sized keys; it’s ultra thin and lightweight at 180 grams and measures only 5.75 x 4.29 x 0.94 inches when folded closed and 9.53 x 4.29 x 0.47 inches when open. It has a spill resistant design, featuring a water repellent fabric and keys so spilling your morning Timmies Double-Double won’t have you pulling your hair out. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Cygnett offers ultra-slim 10,000 mAh power bank

Having a spare power bank is always a good thing, but as logic dictates there’s always a trade-off between battery power and battery size; if you want more power you have to increase the size. So Australia-based Cygnett has created the ChargeUp Digital Portable Power Bank, a small slim-lined power bank rated at 10,000 mAh and has an LED digital power display to boot.

The ChargeUp case has a durable polymer shell, a very small footprint, not much bigger than a credit card. It measures 142 mm long x 71 mm wide; 14 mm thin and weighs only 250 g.

It looks pretty sleek, too

Inside the case is a super thin lithium-polymer battery the company claims offers enough power to charge five to six phones or two to three tablets before the unit needs to be recharged. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

New Misfit Speedo Shine 2 just in time for Rio 2016

shine2_speedo_5Around this time last year at CanoeTech Blog we looked at the new partnership between Misfit and Speedo that resulted in a Misfit Shine activity and sleep tracker that featured a proprietary algorithm especially designed for swimmers. Whether the timing of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio is a coincidence or not, Misfit has just released its next generation model – Misfit Shine 2 Swimmer’s Edition, powered by Speedo, adding a number of new features including a new vibration motor and redesigned lights to make the wearable more valuable.

The new model also known as Speedo Shine 2 offers improvement in the hardware, firmware and software through the enhanced Misfit app for iOS and Android.

Shine’s new vibration motor offers much improved touch responsiveness with capacitive touch technology and now allows for both text and call notifications along with a silent vibrating alarm. This alarm is also a perfect companion to the new countdown swim timer that offers a gentle vibe when your task is complete.  Read Full Post at Canoe_Tech Blog.

Razer iPad Pro keyboard case features mechanical switches

You often see people using a full-sized keyboard when using their notebooks at home partly because of its larger size but also for the fact that they just like the touch and feel of the mechanical switch type keys. So users of Apple’s 12.9″ iPad Pro users will be happy to know that Razer has released the Razer Ultra-Low-Profile Mechanical Switch, a first in the world of keyboard mechanical switches. The switches will be initially outfitted into the Razer Mechanical Keyboard Case for the 12.9″ Apple iPad Pro.

Read more…at CanoeTech Blog.

 

Review: Braven Lux – a wireless speakerphone and not a purse

2 LUX_CLUTCHOne 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.

Created by accessory maker Braven, the LUX wireless speaker is part of a limited edition for the Braven Design Series, so I’m sure the purse look was created rather by design and not pure by accident.  Read Full Review at G4TV Canada.