Tips before installing iOS 8 Update

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The rush to get the latest iOS 8 is in full swing.  But before you hit the “Install Now” button and do the upgrade there’s a little homework to do and few things you should know.

First, whenever you are doing any major update of any kind, stuff can and often will happen – so it’s probably a good idea, no, it’s a great idea to do a full backup of your device. You can either backup through iCloud or even better, hook your computer up to your Mac or PC and do a full backup through iTunes. Make sure that you have the latest version of that app installed. Read more… at Canoe Tech Blog

5 Gadgets for your listening pleasure

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With the school year now in full swing, you can’t be studying 24/7; you need some down time to tune out the world and tune in to your favourite tunes, podcasts or perhaps maybe a lecture. So here are a couple of gadgets suitable for whatever your listening pleasure.

Divoom Bike Mount Speaker

Wireless Bluetooth speakers are becoming quite common, but it’s amazing how the smallest little innovation can add incredible functionality to one. This is particularly true, if you like to bike everywhere. Such is the case with the wireless Divoom Voombox Ongo. It can easily connect to any compatible smartphone or tablet. But it’s also rubberized and rugged and water resistant, ideal for outdoors, but what’s really neat, it’s also configured with a detachable bicycle mount.  The mount clips onto your handlebars and screws onto the bottom of your speaker using a standard tripod thread mount, making it compatible not only with your bike, but any tripod, really. This makes it nice and snug and secure while riding but quick and easy to detach when you arrive at your destination.

 Read more…At Canoe Tech Blog

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus differ beyond size

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While the much-anticipated iPhone 6 models officially announced today, it seems that this time around the rumour mills more or less got it right. At today’s Apple Event, Apple unveiled the new 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and a larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. So besides size, what are the differences between the two models?

Unlike last year’s release, where we saw the unveiling of the iPhone 5C in the iPhone 5S, it was blatantly obvious that the unapologetically plastic 5C was the poor cousin to the iPhone 5S. This time, it’s a little bit different. The two new models are more closely related than you might think, but there are a few key differences.

Read more… at Canoe Tech Blog

Dyson 360 Eye intelligent robot vacuum cleaner launched

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After 16 years of development and teasing the world recently with an obscure video about Dyson project N223, Dyson revealed this morning, in Tokyo, the Dyson 360 Eye, the company’s first and much anticipated intelligent robot vacuum cleaner.

While this is not the first robot vacuum to the market, the company feels that theirs is superior, having integrated their patented technologies and overcoming the obstacles and inefficiencies of those already out there.

  Read more…at CanoeTechBlog

iPhone 5 battery replacement program

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If you were an early adopter of the iPhone 5 and are experiencing some issues with battery life, then there’s some good news for you. You may be eligible to get your battery swapped out for free under Apple’s iPhone 5 battery replacement program.

According to Apple support, Apple has determined, “That a very small percentage of iPhone 5 devices may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently.”

Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog

Apple confirms September 9th Fall event

It looks like it’s official. September 9th is the day for Apple’s much-anticipated fall event. According to the Street Insider’s invitation, Apple has sent out their round of invites to a select few. And as Apple has always done in the past they’ve included a foreshadowing short message, tagline or teaser of some sort that often give some indication as to what will be happening at the event. This time, it’s a little more cryptic as all the invite states is, “Wish we could say more.”

Read more…AT CANOE TECH BLOG

Swann Xtreem Bubble Bomber helicopter that blasts bubbles

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Labour Day is almost upon us but there’s still time to have a little bit of summer fun before back-to-school and the Swann Xtreem Bubble Bomber RC Helicopter can help you do just that. Instead of firing bullets, it dispenses bubbles. How much more fun could it be?   Read full article at CanoeTech Blog.

 

 

iRig Mic HD handheld mic goes digital

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After having recently reviewed the iRig Voice, IK Multimedia’s basic voice recording microphone which pairs nicely with karaoke apps and their own EZ Voice, I was pleasantly surprised when they skipped over to the other end of the spectrum and unveiled iRig Mic HD, a high-def digital  handheld condenser mic.

This changes their microphone game in that, unlike their other two handheld analog offerings, this one is totally digital – meaning audio goes right to your device in digital format.  As you speak or sing into its electret condenser capsule, it’s built-in pre-amp and the built-in 24-bit audiophile grade analog to digital (A/D) converter gives you good crisp clean audio sound eliminating any added noise or sound degradation of analog mics and doing away with the need for a separate A/D box.

Check out the full review at Canoe Tech Blog       Read more…

REVIEW: Dyson unveils Cinetic DC78 54 cyclone filterless bagless vacuum

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James Dyson is about to make headlines once again. You’d probably be hard pressed to find anyone who hasn’t seen his famous face in a TV commercial, starting about 20 years ago, telling us how inefficient vacuums are because they lose suction because of this culprit – the ugly dirty dusty vacuum bag.  And now there’s a new story.

Back in 1993, Dyson realized that bagged vacuums lost suction as the bag’s pores clogged even before it was full.  So they did away with them by introducing cyclonic technology that spins the dirt right into a bin.  The technology evolved over time but they realized that they were still losing suction – the blame now was put on the clogged filter that was still necessary to capture the dust. Fast forward two decades and the filter, which we hate to clean or change and is also a culprit in the war against suction loss, is now too going the way of the dodo bird.

No More Filters

Dyson is making this possible by the introduction of their next generation vacuum in North America that uses its newly patented Dyson Cinetic cyclone technology.

“Getting rid of bags solved the frustration of my vacuum losing suction. But washing filters – or worse – buying them, is still a nuisance. Dyson Cinetic cyclones are so efficient at separating microscopic particles that everything gets thrust into the bin, and you can forget about fussy filters,” says James Dyson.

Read more…and Full Review at CANOE Tech Blog

 

8 gadgets and techie tools for your summer trip

While there’s no shortage of gadgets and techie things we can take on a summer trip, there’s always a shortage of space – whether it’s room in one’s backpack, suitcase, trunk of the car or your smartphone’s memory.  Nevertheless, here’s an eclectic mix of eight things that may come in handy and you might want to consider taking along for the ride to ensure smooth sailing this summer.

They take up very little room, so take along an extra pair of earbuds or if you must, extra headphones.  There’s nothing worse than forgetting your earbuds somewhere, having them accidentally destroyed or developing a loose cable connection by having them get tangled and torn up by the armrest on the plane. Now if your tunes are a must, you could possibly buy another pair, but you might be overpaying or not really getting the ones you want.

If you’re traveling with a companion, another good thing to throw into your carry-on is a headphone splitter like the Wicked Audio Splitter, which we reviewed last December. This little accessory could come in handy when you want to share your audio with a friend or significant other, or in the event your onboard entertainment doesn’t work and the two of you want to enjoy a movie on your iPad.  READ FULL ARTICLE at CANOE  Tech Blog