Apple recalls Beats Pill XL Speakers

BeatsPillXLIf you own Beats Pill XL headphones, it may be possible the battery might overheat and catch on fire. To that end, Apple announced today that they are voluntary recalling these speakers and will issue a full refund for customers.

While Apple says the occurrence is rare, they may still pose a fire risk. So not to take any chances Apple has requested that anyone who is currently using these speakers to stop using them immediately.

Apple says the Beats Pill XL can be identified by the Beats “b” logo on the speaker grille and the words “beats pill XL” on the handle and could come in any of the five colours: black, metallic sky, pink, titanium and white.  Get full story at: Canoe Tech Blog.

Grid-It woven elastic system keeps you organized

Gridit LArgeIf you ever had to dig through your backpack or kit bag trying to find a cable or accessory, it can certainly be a real pain, especially when you’re in hurry. The solution, which at first you may not think novel, is elastic bands. But not just any elastic bands, but rather a purposefully organized system of interwoven bands by Cocoon Innovations appropriately called Grid-It.
Grid-It is the ultimate organizer. Grid-Its come in various shapes and sizes and while they were likely designed for gadgets like your iPhone and accessories like your earbuds and charging cable, you can use one for just about anything you could potentially tuck under or wrap in an elastic band.  Read full post at Canoe Tech Blog.

Review: iKlip Grip multifunction video stand with Bluetooth shutter remote

iKlip Grip TallAccessory maker IK Multimedia is back with yet another addition to their iKlip product line, this time, the iKlip Grip that at first glance looks like just another monopod or selfie-stick. But it’s more than that. It’s a cleverly designed modular 4-in-1 accessory offering additional functionality as a desktop tripod, a handle/stabilizer and a tripod adapter with a Bluetooth shutter remote to boot.

In the package you get a handle/tripod, extender, a bracket/tripod adapter plus a remote Bluetooth shutter, that when paired with a compatible device allows you to take a snapshot remotely. Read Full Review at CanoeTech Blog.

 

Review: ECOPEBBLE Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

1 ECOPEBBLEThere are many portable Bluetooth speakers on the market, a number of which are rated to resist occasional splash. However, the new ECOPEBBLE by EcoXGear has a waterproof/dustproof rating of IPX7, so it’s designed to not only keep out debris, but also water even when fully immersed to a depth of one metre for 30 minutes.

The ECOPEBBLE speaker is tiny and almost square, measuring 2.8 inches high, 2.9 inches wide by 2.8 inches deep and weighs a mere eight ounces. Its perimeter is fully rubberized with big button controls on the top and threaded camera mount screw post on the bottom to attach accessories or mounts. On one side is a colour grille and the other cleverly hidden panel behind a lanyard mounted lens-cap style cover that hides a 3.5” AUX audio-in jack for a wired connection, a microUSB input port for charging, a status indicator light and a main power switch.  Read full article at G4TV.ca.

Apple refreshes both 15-inch MacBook and iMac with Retina 5K display

iMAc5KApple announced today that it has refreshed the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display adding new and enhanced features, including the new Force Touch trackpad found on the 12-inch MacBook and the refreshed the MacBook Pro 13-inch introduced back in March. They’ve also added a new lower cost configuration of their ultra high-resolution desktop 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display.

“The response to the new MacBook and updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has been amazing, and today we are thrilled to bring the new Force Touch trackpad, faster flash storage and longer battery life to the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Customers love the groundbreaking iMac with Retina 5K display, and now with a new lower starting price, even more people can experience the best desktop we’ve ever made.”  Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog

 

Overcrowding halts RazerStore Taipei weekend launch activities

RazerStore_CrowdWe all know the sheer mass of the crowd size we can find at Apple stores on a new product launch day, but it’s usually manageable and not usually a cause to shut down the festivities. However, for the kick-off of a new RazerStore in Taipei, Taiwan, this was not to be the case.

According to Razer, a big name in connected devices and software for gamers, due to massive overcrowding at the launch of the new store at Syntrend Mall, mall management requested that Razer suspend its weekend launch activities, citing safety concerns.  Read full post at Canoe Tech Blog.

 

Microsoft ends Windows Server 2003 support July 14th

Server EndsIn the finale of Star Trek: The Next Generation the omnipotent character ”Q” says to Captain Jean-Luc Picard, “All good things must come to an end.” It’s true and times are different now and for those who have found solace in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 over the last 13 years, including the 40% of those Microsoft servers in Canada still running it, support for those using this platform will end on July 14, 2015.

With no further support, it seems that resistance will be futile, so the folks at Microsoft have created an infographic to enlighten those who may have questions and show the importance of migrating to a cloud-based server. See infographic and read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Toastcaster 54 Mad Max: Fury Road Critical Communications on a Movie Set

 

MadMaxGregVanBIt’s not often that we have a guest on our show that has both a tie-in to Toastmasters, Public Speaking and a major motion picture release – in this case the much anticipated Mad Max: Fury Roadstarring Tom Hardy & Charlize Theron which will hit theatres May 15th 2015.

In this episode, Greg speaks with Greg Van Borssum who hails from just outside of Sydney Australia. Greg, had a real rough start when it came to public speaking in years gone by but has become a motivational speaker and strategic thought leader. He’s also been the crowds director and motion capture director on the Academy Award winning Happy Feet films & most recently as Fight Choreographer and Weapons Specialist on the new Mad Max: Fury Road, where he trained some of Hollywood’s finest actors. Greg tells us a little about the movie, his incredible roles in the film and what it’s like communicating both with A-list Hollywood actors in situations that can not only be challenging they can be downright dangerous. [Greg’s life journey can be found on The Official Toastmasters Podcast #089]   (32:33)  photos: Greg Van Borssum

OptiShot Golf Replica 2015 PLAYERS Championship, Ponte Vedra Course

 golfOptiShot Golf, makers of the world’s #1 golf simulator, announces its To-the-TeeTM replicated course, Ponte Vedra. Ponte Vedra is the legendary PLAYERS Championship course flawlessly reproduced. THE PLAYERS Championship has been one of the PGA TOUR’s most coveted titles.

Held annually in May, THE PLAYERS is one of the most anticipated tournaments on the PGA TOUR calendar, boasting not only the strongest field but also the biggest purse on the PGA TOUR. A true “Stadium Course,” the championship-caliber golf course was designed to improve the overall on-site fan experience at THE PLAYERS, while also making it accessible to and playable by golf fans of all abilities. The PLAYERS Championship and OptiShot2 users begin play on May 7-10, 2015.

Last minute gift ideas: Mothers love gadgets too

Shine Mothers DayIt can sometimes be an interesting exercise picking out gifts for Mom for Mother’s Day, but time has proven that Moms love gadgets too, so you can never really go wrong taking this route. Of course, the challenge is finding her just the right one. So here are just a few ideas to ponder on – but not for too long as the big day is right around the corner.

Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog