Apple WWDC15 kicks off June 8 in San Francisco

Apple officially announced the 26th annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) would be held at San Francisco’s Moscone West, June 8-12, where developers will gather, “to learn about the future of iOS and OS X”. And while no specifics for any WWDC event are actually ever given out ahead of time, the image on the developer’s splash page and a repetition of history are often telltale signs of what’s to come. Read more……at CanoeTech Blog

VERT transmits how high you can jump

Back in the mid-eighties, when Van Halen’s David Lee Roth sang “might as well ‘jump’,” he probably never thought that he could wear a device on his waistband that could tell him how fast, how high and in which direction let alone share that information with his adoring fans both in the audience and half way around the globe. That’s obvious since smartphones and the Internet, as we know it today didn’t exist, but more specifically, the VERT, Jump Rate Monitor, by Mayfonk Athletic Inc. hadn’t yet been invented, until now.

The wearable jumping device is referred to as a mini IMU, Inertial Measurement Unit that’s small and non evasive. It’s best worn near one’s waist using the VERT training clip or Active Waistband. It has an on-board display but is most useful when data is transmitted, which it does in real-time, so it can be viewed simultaneously on your smartphone or tablet with one of the two apps- the free personal VERT app for iPhone which also allows you to sync your data for historical tracking on myvert.com or the more advanced VERT Coach App for iPad ($119.99). Read full Review at Canoe Tech Blog.

Apple updates 3 Mac OS apps: Final Cut Pro X, Motion & Compressor

FinalCutProX102Apple announced today updates to Final Cut Pro X, Motion and Compressor with new features for motion graphics and key enhancements to accelerate video editing, packaging and delivery.

Final Cut Pro 10.2 introduces stunning 3D titles that are easy to use, improved masking for colour grading and effects, and native support for more camera formats, as well as GPU-accelerated RED RAW processing.

Motion 5.2 extends the power of 3D titles with the ability to create custom materials and environments and instantly publish them to Final Cut Pro X. Compressor 4.2 makes it easy to package a movie for sale on the iTunes Store.

“From Hollywood blockbuster directors to first time movie makers, Final Cut Pro X is changing the way we edit movies today,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The updated Final Cut Pro X, Motion and Compressor make it even easier to edit, title and package everything from short videos to feature-length films.”

Pricing & Availability 

Final Cut Pro 10.2, Motion 5.2 and Compressor 4.2 are available today from the Canadian Mac App Store for $349.99, $57.99, and $57.99, respectively.  Updates are free update for existing users.

via Apple Canada.

Apple confirms Apple Watch in-store preview and on-line pre-orders begin Friday

GoldEDMONTON, AB, April 9, 2015/ Troy Media/ – After much anticipation, Apple confirmed today that the Apple Watch would be available for in-store preview and on-line pre-order beginning tomorrow, Friday, April 10. Previews can be made at local Apple Stores in Canada, the U.S. along with Australia, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and the UK, select galleries in Paris, Tokyo and London and Authorized resellers in Japan and China. On-line ordering will be open to the public at 12:01 a.m. PDT with deliveries starting on April 24th.

With all the on-line buzz the Apple Watch has generated, it seems the stores will certainly be busy on Friday.  Read Full Article at Troy Media.

Connected AwoX colour SmartLIGHT a modern day disco ball

 

smartlight_color_600x300Connected smart lights are becoming a lot more commonplace and many models are more than just another pretty white light. Thus is the case of the new smartphone controllable A SmartLIGHT Colour light bulb by AwoX based in Montpellier France, fairly new to the Canadian market. It looks like a regular light bulb, compatible with most common lamps, but since it’s LED, it consumes much less power and not only offers up to 16 million colours including multitude of shades of white, it can also sync to the beat your dance music giving you your own modern day disco ball.

The AwoX SmartLIGHT offers a simple smart solution powered from the AC socket of your lamp, but controlled by your iOS or Android device, pairing easily via SmartBluetooth 4.0. The free SmartCONTROL app you can get from the App Store or Google Play will allow you to control the colours, tones, intensity and more. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog

 

Refreshed crowd-funded SmartGuitar never needs tuning

Jamstik+

After the launch of the original jamstik, the Smart Guitar in 2014, Zivix, the creators went back to the drawing board to improve upon their original offering. And just a few days ago, they initiated a Kickstarter campaign for jamstik+, that reached its original funding goal of $50K U.S. in just four hours. They currently have over 900 backers with over $224K U.S. in pledges – four and a half times the original ask.

Jamstik works with your iPad, iPhone or Mac and unlike the guitar you get with RockBand, it uses real guitar strings, real frets and a magnetic pickup. But the real beauty is that it never needs tuning.  It’s quiet, lightweight and portable, measuring only 16” tall and weighing 36 oz.  It has a five-octave range and also handles string bend and vibrato. It runs off its built-in battery rated at over 8 hours of playtime. Read more…at CanoeTech Blog

Coin sized TrackR keeps tabs on your stuff

TrackR Coin

Can’t remember where you left your keys or maybe your phone? If you answered yes to either of these questions then TrackR bravo is the gadget for you. It’s a Bluetooth enabled device paired with a mobile app that using a distance locator, could locate missing items within 30m and possibly beyond. And it’s not just limited to your phone and your keys; it can track anything from pets and bikes to purses and wallets, anything that you attach it to.

It’s tiny. It has a 31mm diameter only 3.5 mm thick and it’s pretty clever. You start by downloading the app for Android or iOS. You then pair TrackR bravo with your compatible smartphone and it will keep tabs on where it is and show it on the map located within the app. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog

New Apple TV slated for June WWDC?

At Apple’s recent “Spring Forward” event the focus was on the Apple watch and the new MacBook but quietly, Apple reduced the price of the Apple TV in Canada by $20 to $89 without any changes to the product.  But little did I realize, that two little words on the Apple TV page at the Apple Store might be an indication of something new and exciting coming down the path.

Those two words were “starting at”.  At first, I didn’t think anything of it, because like many people, when looking through a store, I was just browsing, so I really never thought much of “Apple TV starting at $89”. Funny thing is, there is only one Apple TV model but at the time it really didn’t faze me. Read more…at CanoeTech Blog

PRONG new PWR Case for iPhone 6 on Indiegogo – funded

PWR Case for iPhone 6_Exploded View with OutletPRONG launched the New PWR Case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on Indiegogo and it’s now totally funded having raised over $63K of their $50K goal with 15 days still left.

The PWR Case comes equipped with a detachable battery and built-in plugs, allowing users to easily charge up their iPhones without to the need for a wall adapter and cable. You can now charge your device anywhere and at any time.

The PWR iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus case comes in two components. First, there’s a bumper attachment that acts like a normal bumper case, and then the actual charging attachment can clip on and off the bumper case.

For more information, check out Prong’s Indiegogo page.

Apple Watch Canadian pricing and availability announced

ApplewatchAt today’s Spring Forward Event and after much anticipation, Apple officially rolled out and finally announced pricing and availability of the Apple Watch collection: the Apple Watch Sport the Apple Watch and the 18 karat gold Apple Edition.

The Apple watch, which Apple calls “its most personal device yet and the newest innovative addition to Apple’s ecosystem,” will be available in nine countries including Canada on Friday, April 24th. They will also be available for preorder beginning on April 10th.  Read full article and details on the Apple Watch and other announcements at CanoeTech Blog.