Hey Alexa where’s my half-caf Venti Macchiato?

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Do you like being able to order your Venti half-caf Caramel Macchiato with a twist, in advance, before you arrive at your friendly neighbourhood Starbucks? If so, you’ll be happy to know that Siri and Alexa may soon be able to take your order as Starbucks recently announced Voice Ordering coming soon to an iOS app or Amazon Alexa platform near you. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Tech companies grab top 6 of 10 most influential brands in Canada

33114020During FFWD: Advertising and Marketing Week 2017 in Toronto, ICA (Institute of Communication Agencies) in partnership with Ipsos unveiled the Top 10 Most Influential Brands in Canada based on a comprehensive study measuring and ranking today’s brands in Canada and the world. The study, now in its 6th year was conducted in 19 countries and evaluates over 100 brands that spend the most on advertising in Canada, and ranks their influence.

“Our study measures and ranks today’s most influential brands, why they are leading, which generations they influence most, how they impact us and what makes them influential,” explained Steve Levy, COO Ipsos.

Interestingly enough the study shows that the Top 10 brands list has been quite stable. The current list has six tech-focused companies that also happen to be the top six. Read more… at Canoe Tech Blog.

String Valentine theme plugin for Apple Final Cut Pro X

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If you’re a Final Cut Pro X (FCPX) user and thinking of creating a sweet little masterpiece just in time for Valentine’s Day, then you may want to know that Pixel Film Studios has released the String Valentine Holiday Theme Package.

This special holiday themed plug-in is a template that includes pre-made layouts or scenes and is fully customizable for both images and text. It also includes themed lower thirds and a background key for added tailoring. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Razer BlackWidow keyboard gets smoother linear key switch option

If you’re a keyboard gamer, you know you’ll go through thousands of keystrokes in one session and each and every one of them count. So today Razer has added another key switch option to its line of BlackWidow Chroma V2 mechanical keyboards, adding a yellow switch to compliment their green and orange variants giving gamers more choice and another way to help them improve their game play.

The BlackWidow line of mechanical keyboards is not new, in fact it’s been around since 2010 and known for its durability, comfort and responsiveness and has been a great choice for gamers everywhere. In fact, it was so popular, that about three years ago, Razer actually started manufacturing mechanical switches themselves. Read more… at Canoe Tech Blog.

Gigabit Ethernet and 3-port hub in one adapter

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Many of today’s notebook models like the MacBook Air no longer have Ethernet ports, so in the event you might find a need for a wired Internet or a hard LAN connection, you need an adapter for that. For notebooks with a standard USB-A connection LOGiiX has the Piston Connect USB-A 3-Port Hub + 1Gbit Ethernet Adapter, which not only gives you that missing RJ-45 port; you also get as the name suggests, a built-in 3-port USB hub.

It comes in a handy compact, yet sturdy, form factor (135 x 61x 24mm) with a pigtail style format – i.e. with the USB cable (38cm) attached, which you can easily throw into your knapsack and carry around. It also has an on-board LED indicators that give you your connectivity status. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Matias wireless aluminum keyboard now backlit

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If you think it’s time for a new keyboard, then how about one that’s backlit, Bluetooth enabled, has a numeric keypad and comes with a choice of two colours? If so, Aurora, Ontario based Matias has just unveiled their new Wireless Aluminum Keyboard with Backlight.

“We took Apple’s iconic Aluminum Keyboard with Numeric Keypad as a starting point, and built from there — adding Bluetooth with multi-pairing support (4 devices), rechargeable 1‑year battery life, and now new models with backlighting and a 2nd dedicated battery just for the backlight,” said Edgar Matias, CEO of Matias. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Edmonton: You can win passes to the special advance screening for THE FOUNDER

Founder_EP_Intl_Payoff_Poster-2The Founder: Starring Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonalds as we know it today.

Advance screening date:

Date: WednesdayJanuary 18th

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Edmonton – Scotiabank Edmonton (#3030, 8882-170 Street, Edmonton, AB, T5T 4M2) West Edmonton Mall.

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You can win passes to the special advance screening for THE FOUNDER.

Enter by leaving a comment below. Winner will be notified by email after contest close Tuesday Jan 17th 3:0oPM.

You can also enter by tweeting with hashtag #thefounderfilm and #FounderYEG

 

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Review: Blue Raspberry a sweet little mic

Raspberry FrontYou wouldn’t associate blue with raspberry unless you were talking about candy or microphones – specifically the Raspberry by Blue Microphones a portable high-quality mobile USB mic designed for your PC or Mac but also for your iOS device.

Blue’s latest offering is small yet powerful. It can deliver studio quality 24-bit/48 kHz sound for your podcast, voice-over or even YouTube masterpiece through its small condenser capsule thanks to its Internal Acoustic Diffuser (IAD). Its Blue’s proprietary technology is designed to help focus on the voice or instrument, if that’s what you’re recording, and minimizes or deflects other sounds it detects as extraneous noise.

This can be handy particularly in a mobile environment, where you can’t always control what’s happening around you.  Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Braven Ready Elite outdoor app enabled speaker with bottle opener

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Braven Audio was one of the early entrance into the wireless speaker market. We first looked one back in 2012 and another, the Braven Lux, late last year, which could be easily mistaken for a ladies clutch purse. This year at CES 2017 they released the “Ready” line of outdoor speakers. The model I’ve particularly taken note of is the Ready Elite, their top-end heavy-duty wireless Bluetooth app-enabled model designed for the outdoors.
Designed to be rugged, it features a shockproof an aircraft-grade aluminum grill over a moulded cabinet. It’s also waterproof and rustproof, certified to the IP67 standard. For that extra boost when playing outdoors, this speaker features massive drivers and a deep bass passive radiator. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

2 cool new audio gadgets to kick off 2017

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To follow up our last post of some cool new gadgets and technology hitting the market in 2017, here are a couple more that will appeal to music lovers all around including a funky wireless streaming turntable from 808 Audio and a serious high-powered dual tablet Karaoke system from VocoPro.

808 Audio has unveiled a whole new lineup of audio gadgets. One in particular that really caught my eye is the new 808 Audio Wireless Streaming Turntable. It’s designed to easily connect to not only a Bluetooth speaker but also headphones or a receiver.  And while playing, it puts on a visual LED lightshow for a little added entertainment.  Read Full Post at Canoe Tech Blog.