Review: Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal canister vacuum never stays down


I have to admit it’s been a while since I reviewed or regularly used a traditional canister vacuum. However, I can remember eons ago, not so fondly mind you, how often the darned thing tipped over and the hose became twisted and tangled. I had no choice but to stop, put it up right and untangle myself. So it piqued my curiosity when I heard that Dyson had developed a new Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal vacuum which they said self-rights itself when toppled.

Remember the Weebles?

I have to admit, at first, I had an immediate flashback to the 70s. The TV commercial forever ingrained in my brain and the slogan, “Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down.” Anyone old enough to remember? If not, I’m sure it’s on YouTube.

Apparently, I’m told, the team at Dyson had the same experience when founder James Dyson really put his engineering team to task to come up with a solution for the toppling canister.  Read more…Full review at CanoeTech Blog.

WHOOSH! now makes tech hygiene shareable and portable

Whoosh-MicrofibreBack in May here at CanoeTech Blog, we had an opportunity to test-drive and introduce you to Whoosh! Screen Shine. Created by a Toronto-based company, it’s a unique spray solution that wipes out your smartphone’s bacteria leaving behind a simple nanofilm designed to repel dust and fingerprints. The company is expanding the line and introducing the same formula but in a convenient single-use wrapped wipe.

“We are very fortunate to have customers that love our original Screen Shine Spray and asked for a wipe version for convenience to use on the go and to help share the product they love so much with others,” said Jason Greenspan, chief executive officer, WHOOSH. Read more… at Canoe Tech Blog.

TERK Trinity XTEND Antenna lets you watch free HDTV and stream Wi-Fi faster


You might have heard of antennas that allow people to cut their cable cords and catch over-the-air HDTV channels for free. You also may have heard of Wi-Fi range extenders that allow for better Wi-Fi coverage in the home. Now, you can now get both in one gadget with the new Trinity XTEND Amplified Indoor HDTV Antenna with Wi-Fi Extender by Terk.

The nice thing about the antenna/extender combo is that it sits on top of your TV or thereabouts. It’s very easy to set-up, no tech or climbing up on your roof is necessary and it can all be done through the free TERK XTEND App available for both iOS and Android from their respective stores.  Read more…at CanoeTech Blog.

Star Wars: Rogue One another excuse to shop the galaxy


The official release of upcoming feature film Star Wars: Rogue One is still 2 1/2 months away, but if you want to add to your vast collection of new-in-box collectibles, based on the new flick, you can get on board right away. In fact, is having an early celebration with a preemptive strike of an entirely new line of products based on Lucasfilm’s first stand-alone Star Wars feature.

The movie isn’t even out yet but you can still get more stuff to put on your shelf. There isn’t five or 10 or even 20 new products, there are actually over 80, consisting of toys, games and even books based on the new movie, story and all of its characters. Some of them include Jyn Erso, K-2SO, and the new Imperial Death Trooper (shown above with Rebel Commando Pao). Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Justin Bieber again McAfee’s most dangerous Canadian celebrity

If you’re not familiar with some of today’s antivirus products, you might think by reading the headline, that Justin Bieber got himself into trouble again. However here, this is not the case. The headline refers to online searches for the chart-topping “Beebs” being again the #1 bait on the Canadian chart, to lure unsuspecting fans into the hands of hackers. This is according to the 2016 McAfee Most Dangerous Celebrities Study.

The study, now in its 10th year, is named for McAfee, a company that produces products that helps protect your computers and smart phones from nasties like spyware, viruses and malware. It’s published by Intel Security who research a variety of well-known figures which not only includes musicians but also actors, comedians, TV hosts, sports celebrities and more. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Michael KORS x FujiFilm INSTAX mini 70 camera revealed

Back in 2014 we had our first look at FujiFilm’s INSTAX point and shoot cameras that instantly output their own little credit card sized prints and there have been a few new models since. But FujiFilm has gone beyond funky functionality and made a bold fashion statement – announcing a partnership with Michael Kors and a co-branded limited edition of the INSTAX mini 70 instant film camera.

Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Twitter “virtually” expands 140-character limit

If you’re always compressing your Twitter tweets by shortening words, eliminating others and taking out punctuation to conserve valuable space to insert a picture or poll and still have breathing room, you’ll be happy to know that Twitter is giving you a new way to exceed the 140-character limit.

Now they’ve not actually changed the standard 140-character limit but rather tweaked the rules somewhat so that not everything you include in your tweet counts towards that limit.

Some items that will not count towards the limit include: @names in replies (not new tweets), attaching photos, a video, GIFs, a poll, or Quote Tweet.  Read Full Post at CanoeTech Blog.

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.