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.

4 new gadgets from International CES 2017

thunderbolt-3-dock-device-audio1As the International CES in Las Vegas 2017 is set to get underway tomorrow a number of companies, some of which we’ve looked at their offerings in the past have already announced new products short of the show’s official grand opening. So here’s just a sneak peek from a few including Elgato, Terk and Panasonic. Some will actually be released at the show, others are just being showcased and one is already available for sale.

If you like a clean workspace and heavy into Thunderbolt connectivity, Elgato has announced their new Thunderbolt 3 Dock. This new gadget will allow you to charge your MacBook Pro or Windows notebook with a single cable. Plus it will also allow you to smoothly drive two additional 4K displays at a 60 Hz frame rate. The dock features built-in Gigabit Ethernet, amplified audio output, a microphone input and three super-speed USB 3.0 ports. The unit itself will also have two Thunderbolts ports, one for your computer and another one as a pass-through. Read full post at Canoe Tech Blog.

Easily batch convert files with Preview

 PreviewImageIf you’re a Mac OS user and need a quick and dirty way to batch convert a whole bunch of files from one format to another, you may not need to seek out or even buy an app for that. In fact, for some file types all you need to use is Apple’s Preview, an app that comes with every installation of any Mac OS. 

Many of us already use Preview daily in a pinch to handle PDFs and photos. It can be pretty handy whether we want to annotate a PDF or crop, resize or colour adjust our photos. It can also be used to easily merge and combines PDFs. Read full post at Canoe Tech Blog.

Archive: Celebrating Christmas in 18th and 19th century Alberta

troyxmas18thBy Greg Gazin
 Writer 
Troy Media Corporation

EDMONTON, December 19, 2008 /Troy Media/ — Turn the clock back to the late 18th century to the mid 19th century Alberta and chances are you’d be eating fish, beaver tail and stewed moose, rather than roasted turkey and honey-glazed ham, for Christmas dinner.

Instead of rockin’ to tunes emanating from audio systems and iPods, you’re more likely to be dancing the jig to the sounds of a fiddle and perhaps a drum.

That was the height of the festive season celebrations during the period of the Fur Trade.

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Last minute unique Christmas gift ideas

EDMONTON, Alta. Dec. 23, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Don’t panic. Yes, you’ve waited until the last minute to get that special something for that special someone in your life but I have a few cool gift ideas that will not only show you’re thoughtful, but also innovative.

Wireless High Definition 4K 360°

If you’re looking for a gift for the kind of person who really wants to catch 360° immersive 4K and HD video but realizes their smartphone just won’t cut it, then consider getting them the 360fly 4K 360 Camera.

Its 61 mm spherical shape makes it look like an eyeball and socket from a Star Wars robot but, in fact, it’s currently designed as the world’s smallest 360° 4K single lens camera. It’s also wireless, supporting both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.  Read Full Post at Troy Media.

 

3 new or novel last minute tech gifts

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There’s always someone looking for a last minute cool or novel gift, so I couldn’t resist adding three more to the holiday gift list, two of which are hot of the press. Now it may be too late for Santa to get them under the tree, so lets consider them early Boxing Week ideas. Either way, they’ll certainly be enjoyed.

Nano guitar amp allows you to play anywhere

If you find it hard to find a gift for that mobile musician, then chances are he or she doesn’t have one of these – the new iRig Nano Amp by IK Multimedia, an ultra-compact standalone amp for the times they need just a little amplification for practice or rehearsal and don’t have a lot of space.

It has a built-in 3″ speaker with a 3-watt amp powered by three standard AA batteries (included).  It has both a 1/4″ guitar input and speaker output along with separate volume and gain controls plus a bright sound enhancement switch. If they don’t want to use the built-in speaker, there’s a standard 3/8″ jack option to plug in a set of headphones for monitoring or alternately output the sound to a 4×12 external speaker cabinet. It also has a little built-in kickstand to prop it up. Read more…at Canoe Tech blog.

FixMeStick virus detection software runs from USB stick

fixmestickEDMONTON, Alta. Dec. 20, 2016/ Troy Media/ – It’s imperative that you use software to protect your computer against viruses, spyware, malware, trojans and other threats. Unlike the human body, where vaccines or treatments can take effect while you’re asleep or awake, some computer nasties can’t be detected or eradicated if an infection is active, or while the computer is running. It could be compared to trying to diagnose an issue with your car, and then attempting to fix it while driving.

Equipped with its own operating system, a gadget like FixMeStick can be a lifesaver. It’s a self-propelled, self-contained, hardware-based 
virus removal system that runs directly from a USB stick. Plus, it’s a Canadian company of the same name that is based in Montreal.  Read full story at Troy Media or Active-Life.Ca.

Tech gifts for the whole family to enjoy

 Vero-mirror_bathroom-styleStocking stuffers are great for individual family members, but sometimes it can be a challenge finding just the right gift to put under the tree that everyone in the entire household can enjoy. So here are three ideas that everyone in the family can take pleasure in either inside or outside of the home.

Bluetooth Mirror-Mirror on the Wall

Bluetooth speakers are plentiful, but you’ve likely never seen one built into a stylish high-tech mirror. Designed to fit on your wall, the Viio series feature built-in side speakers, LED lighting and hands free-calling.

With Viio, anyone in the family can sing in the shower while listening to tunes and even take calls, if it just can’t wait. And when you’re all done, the anti-fog button will dissipate the steamy surface. Of course Viio can certainly go beyond the bathroom. It’s also suitable for the living room, bedroom or anywhere else you can hang a mirror. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.