CanoeTech: Last minute gadget gift ideas

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Gadgets as gifts are truly great to give and to get but how do you select just the right one from the wave of offerings out there? The truth is it’s tough. So here’s a selection of just a few to give you some last-minute food for thought and help you wade through the sea of gadgetry for this holiday season.

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‘Bring Your Pet to Work Day’ backfires at Klick Health

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You just wonder if it was a really good idea. In just over two minutes you get to see over 30 animals and exotic insects take over the offices when all hell breaks loose over at Toronto-based, Klick Health in a twisted take on “Bring Your Pet to Work Day.”

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New gadgets you’ll give a hoot about!

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I recently had an opportunity to be a guest at the London Drugs Retail Tech Group Conference and Trade show in Whistler, BC. It’s really nice to see that, even while technology is growing at an exponential rate, there’s still plenty of room for face-to-face interaction and one-on-one product demonstrations. Truth be told, it makes a whale of a difference. There were about 60 vendors in attendance and we managed to see a number of new and nifty things, many of which would make ideal gifts for the holidays. While it would be impossible to cover the whole gamut of what I saw in a short time, here are a few items, in no particular order, that I thought stood out and would make some great gifts for the upcoming holidays.
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Dropcam Pro drops intelligently into Canada

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Historically, when home monitoring or engaging in your own do-it-yourself security, the ability to see and possibly hear what was going on was good enough. For the most part, video quality suffered with the trade-off for low bandwidth.

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Roku 3 streaming media player finally hits Canada

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If you’re a fan of the Roku streaming media player you’ll be happy to know that the latest model, the Roku 3, is finally available in Canada after having already been available for while south of the border. Its newest design shifts away from the cylindrical likeness of the off-round hockey puck of its predecessor and of the Apple TV, with slimmer lines, rounder edges and a heavy glossy black finish.

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Reinvented 19th century lens raises $1 Million on Kickstarter

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A new Kickstarter project designed to bring a legendary 19th century camera lens back to life has already got a real boost, having raised $1.13 million U.S. in just over a week. The kicker, pardon the pun, is that the funders were originally looking for backers to pledge $100,000, an amount that they reached within a matter of a few hours. And with already over 2,700 backers, it certainly sounds like there’s a new demand for this oldie but goodie technology.

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Review: Sharp Aquos LC-60LE857U 3D LED Smart TV

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About two and a half years ago I had the opportunity to test-drive Sharp’s 46” Aquos Quattron and gave a review here at Canoe Tech blog. Remember the commercial featuring George Takei (Mr. Sulu from Star Trek) in his white lab coat?  At that time 46″ was still considered reasonably large and I really wanted to see whether that one little yellow pixel would really make a difference. Fast-forward to today and Sharp Aquos Quattron has taken a leap forward. Not only have screens increased up to 90”, they’ve also become a lot smarter in the 6, 7 & 8-series models.

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Gosling’s new flick hits theatres, iTunes same time

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As far as I can remember, major theatrical releases first went out to the big screen and the high-priced popcorn-eating crowd. Then, they eventually were pressed to DVD and or Blu-ray disc, for purchase or rental as well as through video on demand, iTunes and then perhaps Netflix and other on-line services. However, for Gosling’s latest flick, this is not the case.

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Free Apple Camp lets kids become filmmakers

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If you think your child aspires to become the next Spielberg or simply wants to have a little fun during the summer break, then encourage them to check out this year’s Apple Camp, taking place from mid-July to early August at Apple Retail stores across the country.

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Apple offers “Download Later” option on select purchases

DownloadNowWhen you make an iTunes purchase like a movie or TV series, don’t you want to download it now? But sometimes it’s a big file; maybe you’re on the road, have poor bandwidth or perhaps have a promo code that expires at midnight and hate lose out. Apple has a solution for that.

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