3 gadget reboots by Kindle, Fitbit and iRobot worth another look

New Kindle Paperwhite, Fitbit Charge and the iRobot Roomba models make for great contenders

Have you ever hesitated to buy a gadget because it wasn’t quite right? Or perhaps you bought something but found the technology wasn’t up to the job?

You’re not alone, but there are always new things coming onto the market or retooled devices that might fit the bill. So we’re having a first look at the all-new Kindle Paperwhite e-reader, the Fitbit Charge 3 and the iRobot Roomba i7+.

These three rebooted and upgraded gadgets have enhancements that put them on our top picks list and might prove to be good choices this holiday season. [Read more…]

Easily add quality audio to your smartphone videos

Travelling is cumbersome at the best of times and with luggage costs rising, people want to travel lighter and are leaving their bulky video cameras at home. And with smartphones like the Apple iPhone X with Google Pixel capable of shooting 4K or ultra HD video, capturing video has never been easier.

It’s hard to dispute the quality of the image but the accompanying audio often suffers. While there’s a microphone on every phone, there’s often too much distance between you and what you’re recording, so ambient noise is also picked up. [Read more…]

A few Canada Black Friday 2018 gadget deals

There’s no shortage of Black Friday Deals even here in Canada. Here are few items I thought that were of particular interest and could make for great gifts for yourself or your loved ones – but don’t forget to check when a particular sale runs – some have already started and some even go beyond Cyber Monday.

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Weego Jump Starter 44 powers you wherever you go

Smartphones, tablets, computers & even our vehicles need a boost sometimes – Weego Jump Starter 44 offers a handy solution

No matter where our travels take us, we never seem to have enough battery power to keep things charged up. Smartphones, tablets, computers and even our vehicles need a boost sometimes.

The Weego Jump Starter 44 offers a handy solution.

The Weego 44 is powerful, putting out 400 true cranking amps – the power the battery can deliver for 30 seconds at 0ºC. It’s more than enough to jump-start your car, truck, boat, ATV or motorcycle – anything with a gas engines up to seven litres and diesel engines up to 3.5 litres with 12-volt lead-acid batteries.  Read more below.

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3I-Racer Technique for More Engaging Storytelling – Jock Mackenzie

Jock_IMG_2920.jpgIt’s not often we get a school teacher or principal on the show but there are things we might have learned back in the day perhaps we’ve forgotten or can still learn and add our skills repertoire.

Our guest, Jock D. Mackenzie has those credentials and more with 30 years in the field mostly teaching Language Arts to Middle School and Upper Elementary, now semi-retired, he takes those skills on the road. Jock is a published author having written the book, Essay Writing: Teaching the Basics from the Ground Up (2007). He’s also a Toastmaster with the Sunrise Club in Red Deer, Alberta Canada.  MORE ABOUT THIS PODCAST:

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We’re “all ears” for our holiday headphone roundup

 Holiday picks from Beats by Dr. Dre, Mixcder, Jabra & Wicked Audio

With the weather turning cold and the leaves falling, holiday season is right around the corner. While many are thinking about keeping their ears warm, others might be thinking of keeping their ears filled with sounds of their favourite tunes and podcasts. Ears come in all different shapes and sizes and so do earphones, earbuds and headphones, so instead of toques and earmuffs, let’s look at a couple of pairs of over-the-ear headphones and in-the-ear wireless earbuds to meet different budget needs. [Read more…]

Great Clips App adds SIRI Shortcuts Integration & Haircut Reminder

How many times have you said to yourself, “Oh I forgot to get my hair cut,” or “I should have made an appointment with my stylist.” Well if you’re an iPhone or iOS user and a Great Clips customer, you’ll be happy to know there are two new updates and few new features to the Great Clips App  to help easily remind you so you can look your best when you need to. Android users aren’t totally left out, there’s one update for you.

The company announced the first update includes an integration with latest Apple’s iOS 12 mobile operating system which includes the newly introduced ‘Siri Shortcuts’.  With this update, and Apple’s latest update, customers can save themselves a whole lot of time by using Siri to initiate checking in to their usual salon location. They will also receive updated wait time estimates after then check in. Just saying, “Siri, check me into my favourite salon,” online check-in will open the Great Clips App to the customer’s previously selected ‘favourite’ salon. To set a shortcut, customers with the Great Clips App can go to the Settings within their device, select “Siri & Search” and then “All Shortcuts”. [Read more…]

ToastCaster Podcast 103: Is Leadership for Me? – Mohammed Murad

 

 

 

 

 

It’s hard to watch the news without hearing about leadership in some form or another. Whether it’s in politics, business or even in the non-profit area, just to name a few.  In the latest ToastCaster Podcast, Episode 103, we take a page from a well recognized leader – Mohammed Murad.

Murad believes that at every step of your life at one time or another,  we need to ask ourselves, the thought provoking question, “Is leadership for me?” [Read more…]

New massive Microsoft Canada HQ slated for September 2020

 

 

This morning, Microsoft Canada announced that it will move its Canadian headquarters to a new space in the heart of downtown Toronto at 81 Bay Street. Opening in 2020, the new facility will span four floors & 132,000 square feet of the new CIBC Square, empowering employees to thrive in a new modern workplace. Currently under construction, the new facility’s more central location is well-served by transit and is closer to Toronto’s downtown innovation hub. [Read more…]

Unique & practical must-have gadgets for back to school and more

Light Show Bluetooth speaker, a durable wireless camera, connecting to the Internet without a nest of wires and a multi-use charger that starts your car are among the few top picks.

When we think back-to-school, we think of pens and pencils, notebooks and backpacks, and even tablets and other gadgets. Here are a few less obvious items to consider adding to the pile.

Speaker with light show

Earbuds are a natural must-have for walking around campus and tuning out what’s around you. But when back at the dorm or chilling out with friends, you might just want to fill the room with sound. The prescription for that is the portable Creative Halo wireless speaker and two-way speakerphone.

Read more below or also at Troy Media. [Read more…]