Review: Jabra Halo Smart Wireless earphones

When Jabra announced the Halo Smart – wireless Bluetooth earphones and smart nonetheless, it truly piqued my interest – and in particular that they were also designed to give both voice and call, top priority, something often forgotten about in other sets.

To review the set, I thought I’d give them the test drive as I do others by taking them along with me along with my iPhone 5S for a week during my daily walks.

The first thing you notice about Halo Smart is its unique shape. Rather than just cables running to each bud or to a control module, each earphone is attached by a short cable to an almost squared off light-weight, U-shaped rubberized neckband, which sits quite comfortably around your collar. And should you need to adjust the fit, the arms have flex zones where you can bend them. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Is Rose Gold is the new black?

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People certainly love having colour options even when it comes to technology and are no longer willing to settle for silver, white or even black. It seems these days, while gold and space grey are still very cool; the ever-growing popular colour is Rose Gold. And with Apple making the likes of the new MacBook, the Apple Watch and the iPhone in this new colour, one company, Satechi is expanding their Metallic series of accessories. Seems like they’re betting that consumers will now want matching accessories to match their pink-hued Apple purchases. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Experience London’s Great Fire of 1666 through Minecraft

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In 1666, the Great Fire destroyed London, England and to commemorate the 350th Anniversary of the event, the Museum of London wants to share the story with the world. But rather than do it simply in the form of video, text, or a exhibit, the story is also being retold as a game – Great Fire 1666.

The game will consist of three phases or ‘Maps”; starting you off on the streets of 17th century London before the eventful time, where you can walk around and interact with the locals. You’ll then have an opportunity to combat the flames of the Great Fire and then later on rebuild your own version of England’s capital. Read More at CanoeTech Blog.

Marley CHANT BT Bluetooth speaker sleek and eco-friendly

CHANT BT is the latest speaker from the House of Marley. It looks pretty funky and delivers the sound you’d expect from a Marley product. This time, it’s both wireless and delivered with sustainable craftsmanship by incorporating eco-friendly, recycled and recyclable materials into the final product.

CHANT BT Audio System is a Bluetooth enabled speaker that looks like a mini drum that you just want to tap to the beat. Its housing is made from a combination of eco-plastic and recyclable precision-milled aluminum, beautifully finished with a bamboo trim ring with the final covering made from an exclusive fabric called REWIND. Read more at Canoe Tech Blog.

Zus Kevlar Cable – is it bulletproof?

Zus Kevlar CableWhile the world has gone wireless, we still need to rely on cables. Sadly, these necessary links all too often become the weakest link as they can easily tear, fray and subsequently fail usually at the worst possible time. That’s why Nonda (No NDA Inc.) created the Zus Kevlar Cable, which they tout as, “The world’s most durable cable and the last cable you’ll ever need.”

Kevlar is a trade name of Dupont, and a type of Aramidfibre. It’s commonly used for bulletproof vests and ballistic helmets, but somehow I had my doubts that a cable would survive the actual impact from a bullet. I’m also sure our city’s finest have better things to do than have me bother them asking them to shoot up a defenseless cable, so I opted for other test methods.

While I didn’t exactly go crazy, I did put the cable through a number of paces but opted not to involve the jaws of neighbour’s pooch. Read full Review at G4TV Canada.

iKlip A/V smart mount makes you a mobile broadcaster

iKlip-AV_iph6_cable_v2_back34_hand_optGrabbing mobile video is pretty easy these days, but to really capture both high quality video and audio quickly and easily on the go, can be a little more cumbersome. This is where the new IK Multimedia iKlip A/V comes in. It’s the first all-in-one broadcast smart mount designed to do both by integrating an ergonomic handle, a mic pre-amp and wireless support into one handheld gadget.

Designed in Italy with guidance from mobile broadcasters and field reporting professionals, iKlip A/V features a mounting platform consisting of a slightly curved metal bar. In the middle is a standard UNC ¼” threaded camera mount with thumb wheel. There’s also a removable rubber reinforced double spring-loaded expandable clamp that allows you to securely attach any 3.5”-6″ iPhone, iPod touch or Android smartphone to it. Read more…and get full review at Canoe Tech Blog.

File converter app dangerous Mac malware in disguise

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According to an alert issued by Intego, makers of VirusBarrier, the EasyDoc Converter app is the latest in Mac malware. It’s a fake Mac OS X app that’s masquerading as a drag-and-drop file converter. Instead of converting your files, it drops a malicious code script onto your unsuspecting Mac.

Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Illuminating iPhone power case for the perfect Selfie

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To help you get the perfect lighting when taking a Selfie with the latest iPhone 6 models, Pyle Audio has unveiled the Lite-Me Selfie Lighted Smart Case, a slim-fitting multi-function case fitted with a series of super-bright LEDs to give your self-portrait the lighting it needs.

You could of course opt to use Apple’s Retina Flash, which illuminates the phone’s display as a way of simulating the flash. However, it can only be set to on, off or auto and given an almost unlimited array or lighting conditions does not give you the flexibility you’ll likely need. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Technics direct-drive turntable a Grand Class experience

Technics SL-1200GMany may think that CDs and DVDs have gone way of the dodo bird as digital downloads and streaming services seem to be in great supply.  However vinyl, which for some may be a distant memory, seems to be making a real comeback, especially for Hi-Fi enthusiasts. Technics is betting on it, unveiling the ultimate turntable — the Technics Grand Class Direct Drive Turntable System SL-1200G.

This new turntable is designed for the ultimate Audiophile who craves the depth and warmth of the LP – the vinyl disc.  Now turntables are nothing new, but this new model is designed to use the latest technology to overcome some of the challenges that plagued the turntables of yesteryear. Read full details at CanoeTech Blog.

Sub $200 HP Chromebook Android app friendly boasts 12.5 hr battery

Chromebook G5HP is rebooting its 11-inch Chromebook, announcing a newer sleeker stylish laptop that offers an optional touchscreen, all-day battery life and designed to be Android app friendly.

The new model the HP Chromebook 11 G5 will come with a totally redesigned chassis. It’s thinner, has narrower display bezels and at only 2.51lb. (non-touchscreen model), it’s over 10% lighter than its predecessor, making it ideal for an ultra-mobile road warrior.

It will have an 11.6″ (1366 x 768) display and will be available with or without a touchscreen. The standard screen will feature anti-glare and the touchscreen model is made with Corning Gorilla Glass.

Expect battery life will vary slightly with the different screens – 12.5 hours and 11 hours respectively. Read full post at CanoeTech Blog.