Apple CarPlay for the vehicle you already have

PioneerCar PlayWere you excited about Apple’s CarPlay that brings Siri’s voice control and other iPhone 5 functionality to your car, but saddened by the fact that it’s only available on new cars? If a brand new car is not in the cards in 2014, you might still be able to get Apple CarPlay in the vehicle you currently own as Pioneer Electronics will introduce a firmware update to their five 2014 NEX in-dash multimedia receiver systems later this year.

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Seidio: Ledger for iPad Air and iPad Mini

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It’s a no-brainer to get some sort of cover or protection for your iPad these days and there is certainly no shortage of options, especially those that try to compete with similar offerings from Apple.

Made specifically for the iPad Air (with a little brother version for the iPad mini), check out theSeidio: Ledger for iPad Air and iPad mini. These are a tight fitting full body folio style case that holds your iPad snuggly into place with an attached flip cover.

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Review: Mio Lifesaver II emergency battery pack

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At the risk of sounding repetitive, there’s no shortage of battery packs out there on the market. They come in all different shapes, sizes and capacities. However, one neat little package is the Lifesaver II emergency battery pack by Mio, which stands out amongst others with its minimalist design and fast charging capability.

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Curl up with 15,000 Marvel comics for $0.99

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As winter seems to never want to end, perhaps this is a good time to roll up with a good comic book – or m

aybe 15,000.  For a limited time, to celebrate SXSW Interactive 2014, Marvel is offering unlimited access to their massive collection, spanning their 75 years, for an entire month, for under a dollar.

They’re not holding back on new titles, either. Selections include the top-selling Age of Ultron and all the first issues from Marvel NOW! The company says they’re also adding new and classic titles every week with some appearing within six-months after being offering in stores.  READ MORE AT CANOE TECH BLOG

 

Apple ‘iOS in the Car’ rolls out as CarPlay

Apple CarPlay in a HondaAfter a sneak preview at Apple’s iOS in the Car standard unveiled at the Apple Wordwide Developer Conference back in June, Apple is officially rolling it out as CarPlay and will be shown off through leading manufacturers this week at the Geneva International Motor Show.

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CanoeTech Review: ClipR turns your headphones wireless

 

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Don’t you just wish your favourite headphones or speakers were wireless? If your wired audio accessories have a 3.5” connector or jack, a new little gadget –ClipR by Muse Mini – can turn them wireless through Bluetooth 4.0 or NFC (Near Field Communication).

ClipR acts as a transceiver in the form of a lightweight rubber polymer coated disc, shaped like a bulked up poker chip – 42mm wide and 8mm high.

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HISY helps you snap the perfect selfie

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The perfect gift for the self-indulgent

EDMONTON, AB, Feb 13, 2014/ Troy Media/ – Last November Oxford Dictionary declared “Selfie” the 2013 international word of the year. Simply put, Oxford define it as a photograph – typically taken with a smartphone or webcam – of oneself and uploaded to a social media website.

And while “Selfie” may have achieved a certain status because of the venerable dictionary, many of us still consider such self-indulgence as either vain or simply downright annoying. This is particularly true in crowded areas when those trying to get the ultimate self-portrait create chaos as they push and shove others aside. But no matter, people are happily snapping selfies in record numbers, and continually flooding Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and other social media sites with them.

If you are one of them, you might as well at least do it right.

Unless you have a long arm or a gadget like the QuikPod – an extendible monopod – you’re still either at the mercy of the steadiness of your hand or your device’s 10-second timer to get a decent in-focus shot or the shot you really want. With HISY – pronounced “high-see” – however, that ends.
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Microsoft SkyDrive change to OneDrive wasn’t easy

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Just as people settled in on the name SkyDrive, Microsoft has just announced that it will soon become OneDrive, a place that despite all the devices you have in your life; you can find and store all of your important documents, photos, videos and important stuff, all in one place.

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Lightsaber Power Bank charges from the dark side

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How Darth Vader charges his iPhone

You might have an interesting time, or not, at some airport security scans these days, but cast your worries aside. This interesting looking device despite its appearance is not a real weapon from the future, but rather a Star Wars licensed portable battery charger or more formally, The STAR WARS Darth Vader Lightsaber Power Bank.

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CanoeTech: U.S. solar company legitimizes Google Glass use

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Google Glass has certainly found itself this year at the butt-end of many jokes. In fact, it’s been parodied on Saturday Night Live and those who wear it have been branded with a less than flattering label. Many see it as ludicrous, expensive and destined for failure. But one leading renewable energy company, San Diego-based Sullivan Solar Power has announced that they are now using it along with their recently developed app, as a way to keep their technicians hands free out in the field, or more specifically out on the rooftops.

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