Wireless heated insoles keep toes toasty warm

TYhrmacellAs the mercury dips below -20°C, we think more and more about keeping warm. We wear toques, scarves, mitts, warm clothes and boots but sometimes it’s still a little hard to keep our feet and little tootsies warm in deep snow, on ice, or on cold pavement. There’s a cool gift idea for that, pardon the pun, the new wireless ThermaCELL ProFLEX Heavy-Duty Heated Insoles. They’re a flexible cushioned pair of insoles that feature a removable rechargeable lithium-ion battery in each insole.

The heat is controlled by your smartphone via Bluetooth through an Android or iOS app. So by simply pairing your smartphone with the insoles, you can control the level of heat going to each foot.

It does sound kind of funny, but it works. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Review: LockSmart mini keyless and wireless padlock

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It’s so easy to lose your keys or forget the combination of your lock, but chances are that you will have your smartphone with you. That’s what Australian accessory maker Dog & Bone is betting on with their new LockSmart mini, which allows you or your friends to wirelessly lock and unlock your padlock without physical keys or complicated codes.

LockSmart mini looks like a standard lock, but don’t let the candy colour rubberized silicone casing fool you. It’s pretty rugged. The shackle is made from hardened steel complemented with a die-cast zinc alloy body.

Although it’s called mini – likely because there is another model slightly larger it’s not tiny like a luggage lock. In fact, it measures 2” X 0.94” X 4.0”tall and weighs about 160g.  Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Netflix adds video previews to TV interface

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Scrolling through Netflix selections and reading the descriptions can sometimes be extremely time-consuming and often not very helpful, so Netflix has decided to enhance the user’s search experience. Today, they announced a new TV interface, which adds video previews alongside the title’s description.

Not a Teaser or Trailer

The video previews included in the new interface will however, not exactly be a teaser or the traditional trailers we’ve become so accustomed to. Read Full Post at Canoe Tech Blog.

Toastcaster 76 Being a Toastmasters District Social Media Manager – Glenda Sheard

[27:41] In this episode we speak with Glenda Sheard, DTM, Social Media Manager for District 99. While not an official Toastmasters position, her role is a critical component in attracting new members and engaging existing ones as this medium has gained widespread use. Glenda, a newly minted DTM enthusiastically shares how Social Media impacts districts and clubs and all Toastmasters, enlightening us on the importance of her role and how it works; how Districts can benefit from having a Social Media Manager and using Social Media along with some tips, tricks and examples how D99 uses these resources and how others can use them too.

Glenda Sheard DTM is a speaker, facilitator, presenter and fundraiser and lives in Sherwood Park, Alberta.

You can find more Toastcaster Podcasts at Toastcaster.com or iTunes.

Epson FastFoto FF-640 scans photos in only a second

EpsonFF640If you’re a family that has shoe boxes tucked away in the attic, full of hundreds or even thousands of photos collected over the years that no one has ever seen or likely never ever will, then Epson FastFoto FF-640 High-Speed Photo Scanner might just be something for the holiday wish list.

Epson claims the FastFoto FF-640 is the fastest scanner in its class, capable of scanning pictures on average as fast as one per second. This is based on stacking thirty 4″ x 6″ prints in landscape mode in an auto-feeder tray set at 300 dpi (dots per inch). Maximum optical resolution of the scanner is 600 dpi.

The scanner uses Epson’s Single-step technology that scans the image as well as handwritten notes that may have been written on the photo’s backside. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Black Friday and Cyber Week tech deal sightings

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Looking for some gift ideas or simply a great deal on the latest tech? It seems that there is some serious savings to be had not only on Black Friday and Cyber Monday but also, as I recently discovered, days leading up to them and then even up to a week after. To that end, here are a few deals, from a few of your favourite outlets, I came across that you might just want to check out.

Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

iPhone 6s powers down but won’t blow up

Faulty battery leads to iPhone 6s recall

iphone6s-silver-selectEDMONTON, Alta. Nov. 23, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Apple has announced a recall of some of its iPhone 6s due to a faulty battery.

There is no need to worry, however, as, unlike the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which are now banned on all airlines, the iPhone 6 batteries won’t explode or catch fire.

In fact, Apple says there is no safety concern; the defect may simply cause your phone to shut down unexpectedly.

The recall doesn’t cover all iPhone 6s phones, only some of those that were manufactured in September and October 2015 and certain handsets that fall within a certain serial number range.  Read full post at Troy Media.

 

Don’t call iKlip Grip Pro just a selfie-stick

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Whether we’re taking family photos, creating our next viral video, we want to capture it with smartphones or DSLR cameras, when we want it and how we want it. So having a professional 4-in-1 gadget like the new iKlip Grip Pro by IK Multimedia to make it easier to FaceTime, Facebook Live, Skype or what have you, would be pretty useful. It would allow you to effectively use one single item as a tripod, monopod, video handle, (ok, like a selfie-stick) and a remote shutter.

Reviewing the iKlip Grip PRO, it seems like the reincarnation of the iKlip Grip we reviewed last year here at Canoe Tech Blog, with the PRO model having new design and much-improved features.

At first glance, yes, it looks like a selfie-stick – even though these are starting to get banned in some public places, but you can also use it to extend your reach above a crowd at a concert. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Impact absorbing BodyGuardz for your iPhone 7

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Not all cases are created equal. This is even truer of the BodyGuardz Ace Pro Case for Apple iPhone 7 for the simple reason, pardon the pun, it’s lined with Unequal military-grade impact absorbing technology and the same used in professional athlete’s gear on the field.

Its bumper is made from TPU also known as Thermoplastic Polyurethane. To give it added shock absorption properties, an impact gel, which incorporates Kevlar and Acceleron, materials Unequal uses to make their body armour, is injected into the mould during the manufacturing process. The idea is that if your phone is dropped while inside the case, the bumper absorbs the shock and it dissipates upon impact.

Even better is that the better protection can be had without the need for added bulk, keeping the case sleek and low profile. In fact, the rounded edges of the case feel very natural to the shape of the iPhone 7.  Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog

Review: PowerUP FPV: Live streaming paper airplane drone

right_side_2048X_grandeEvery kid at one time or another loved to fly paper airplanes. In fact in my youth I spent some time in the principal’s office just for that reason. Today it’s all about gadgets, cameras and drones. So would it surprise you to know that there’s a cool new product that incorporates all of those? Even better, how about a gadget that lets you see what the plane sees  as it flies? It’s called PowerUP FPV Paper Airplane VR Drone.

Think about it, putting a camera that can stream video on a paper airplane seems almost impossible, but then again didn’t the Chicago Cubs win the World Series? And what about the celebrity billionaire being elected President of the United States.

PowerUP FPV, the first ever airplane drone of this kind, is the brainchild of a partnership between the creators – PowerUp (now on their third product) and well known drone manufacturer Parrot (who provides the streaming technology), through a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised almost half a million dollars last year.  Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.