Experience London’s Great Fire of 1666 through Minecraft

Great Fire 1666 pre-fire map

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.

AirJamz wearable brings your Air Guitar to life

AirJamzWho doesn’t like to play air guitar? If you do, then you may be interested in AirJamz a new wearable by Zivix, the creators of jamstik+ that takes those moves you got so good at and turn them into music.

AirJamz is being brought to life through the company’s latest Kickstarter campaign. It’s app-enhanced, Bluetooth enabled and sits on your wrist like a watch or an activity tracker like a FitBit and connects wirelessly to an iOS or Android device.  Read More at CanoeTech Blog.

Satechi Wireless Gamepad attaches wirelessly to your smartphone


While it’s fun to sit in front of your big screen TV to play games, we don’t always have the luxury of time or a big screen to be able to do so. We can however play games on our smartphones and tablets but the touchscreen experience for many of us is just not the same of the real feel of a gamepad. So Satechi has just introduced a cross-platform wireless gamepad which might just be the answer for those hardcore gamers who just need to have a something to play always at hand.

Functionally, Satechi Wireless Gamepad resembles your typical controller. It has 14 buttons, two joysticks and a directional pad. What makes it stand out and ideal for handheld mobile devices is that it has an integrated spring-loaded holder to allow you to attach your smartphone right to the gamepad so you can use both hands on the controller. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog

LG Announces 4K FreeSync Display

freesync-mu67LG has just announced a new 27-inch class Ultra HD 4K monitor that offers a 16:9 aspect ratio and a huge 3840 x 2160 screen resolution intended to provide the ultimate gaming experience for both real-time strategy and first-person shooter games that have graphic intensive visuals and ultra fast paced action.

The monitor, the LG 27MU67 features AMD’s FreeSync technology designed to eliminate image tearing and stuttering which typically happens when the monitor’s refresh rate and the graphics card’s frame rate can’t keep up with the other each other and end up out of sync. With the inclusion of FreeSync, even with a refresh range of only 40-60Hz, the gamer will experience both a fluid motion and no loss of frame rate. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Kidz Gear volume limiting headset ideal for young ears

Going beyond the earbuds that are often included with the gadget these days, it sometimes tough to find a decent headset that suitable for young ears.  Expanding upon their original headphones, Kidz Gear has introduced the Kids Gear Deluxe Stereo Headset with Boom Microphone that is not only sized correctly for a child’s head, it also has a volume limiting capability to help protect the little ears.

Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.


Young Toronto entrepreneur takes on Candy Crush turning playtime into paytime

A young Toronto entrepreneur is giving away a minimum of $1,000 per week with the hopes of attracting enough players to play his games and build his user base and then in turn earn ad dollars to take on the likes of Candy Crush. And unlike other revenue models where you need to pay-to-play, this model is Free-2-Win; there are no in-app purchases. And the more you play, the more chances you have to win.

“Our mandate with Big Time is to change the way mobile users play games,” says Jeremy Zuckerman, Founder of WINR Games. “The games are fun on their own, but the opportunity to win cash only adds to the appeal of the app. We’re the first and only free mobile gaming app to offer a cash prize. Our aim is to pave the way for the future of mobile gaming.”

And they’ve already given away lots of green, almost $20K to date. READ Full article at: CanoeTech Blog

WWE Immortals free-to-play mobile game released for iOS & Android


After its pre-Christmas announcement, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and WWE have finally released WWE Immortals for iOS and Android devices, available everywhere from the Apple App Store and Google Play. Developed by NetherRealm Studios, the creators of the best-selling Mortal Kombat franchise andInjustice: Gods Among Us, in conjunction with Phosphor Game Studios, it’s a free-to-play title that features Superstar battles in a fantastically re-imagined WWE world.

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Tetris Turns 30

Tetris 30 Logo

1984 is best known for the name of George Orwell’s 1948 book that paints a bleak look at the future and the year that saw the release of the original Macintosh, where we saw “why 1984 won’t be like 1984“. But it was also on this day exactly 30 years ago today that Tetris was unveiled to the world.

Tetris is a highly addictive game, where “falling” shaped pieces or “Tetriminos” as they are called have to be arranged into rectangular shapes to create, in real time, a line, as they float down the screen.

Read full story, see video and poll at Canoe Tech Blog

Get Set Games opts for App Store exclusive for new Mega Jump 2


Redford and his friends are now jumping yet again in Mega Jump 2, the sequel to the smash hit jumping game Mega Jump that hit #1 in 28 countries. This time things will not only be better, they’ll be a little different or a lot different depending on how you look at it.


Give the Gift of Gadgets

Gift Guide

Whether you are high tech or not, people love to get the gift of gadgets. It seems like each new day brings a new gadget making the right choice harder and harder.  To help you out, here are a few gift ideas that are suitable for everyone.

For the Tablet Lover

If you like a full-sized tablet without the bulk, the new Apple iPad Air is 20% thinner, 28% lighter and with the new A7 chip and M7 motion coprocessor is more powerful than ever before.

It still features a 9.7″ high-definition Retina Display as before and also maintains the same respectable 10-hour battery life, but now packaged in a tablet that weighs only 1 pound. (1.05 lb. for the Wi-Fi + LTE model).