Review: IK Mulitmedia iRig HD 2 digital guitar interface


1-2_irighd2_34_vertIK Multimedia has finally unveiled their sequel to the affordable pocket-sized iRig HD digital guitar interface and not surprising, it’s called the iRig HD 2. This low-noise, high-definition guitar preamp offers the same functionality as its predecessor plus a whole lot more, adding some much needed features to the original and new additions to keep up with advancing technologies.

The new iRig HD 2 has a solid build quality and is just slightly larger (by 9 mm) and a touch heavier by (15 g), so it is still nice and compact and pretty much still fits in the palm of your hand. It draws power from the host and is designed for use with iOS devices including the new iPhone 7 as well as Macs and PCs. It features a 24-bit analog-to-digital converter plus a 96 kHz sampling rate for an ultra high-definition, high-quality signal.

It has an onboard gain control dial so you can control the pre-amp signal input from the 1/4″ Hi-Z jack when playing or recording to make sure you’re at the right level. There’s also a multicoloured LED to monitor that level. Read Full Review at CanoeTech Blog.

ResQBattery disposable smartphone battery pack

With the number of rechargeable battery banks available one would think that a pocket disposable battery pack like ResQBattery may not make any sense. However, the fact is even spare batteries lose capacity over time and often we forget to charge them, so having a spare in case of emergency or in the event there’s no where handy to recharge, may not be such a bad idea.

This is the concept behind ResQbattery, the brainchild of entrepreneur Idit Hoter-Ishay and founder of Nofet LLC who conceived the idea a few years ago after her battery died and she urgently needed to use her phone while travelling in China. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

LG V20 unveiling live streaming this evening – Sept. 6th

If you want to catch the official unveiling for the much anticipated LG Electronics V20 SmartPhone, you can pick up a live stream of the event at the top of the LG USA Mobile’s Facebook page later this evening. The official stream originating from San Francisco will go live at 8:50PM EST, 5:50PM PST, just ahead of the iPhone 7 announcement expected tomorrow morning. While there has been some official information on the V20 pre-released, a few further “leaks” seem to have surfaced.

Like the iPhone 7, rumours have been plentiful, with not a significant number of details being officially revealed. We know that the LG V20 will run Android Nougat 7.0 out of the box and and that it will be the first phone to showcase Google’s new In-App Search, which will allow you to virtually find anything in one place from all your user-installed apps as well as from within your contacts, emails, text messages and photos. We also know it will have the world’s first Quad DAC, which we talked about here at CanoeTech Blog a few weeks back.  Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

First Android triple driver earphones with 3-button mic support

Triple driver three-button models are not the most common when it comes to earphones and really non-existent for Android users – until now. Degauss Labs, a manufacturer based in Stockholm Sweden has just introduced HOWL, a pair of handmade hybrid in-ear monitors to fill that void.

HOWL incorporates three individual drivers into each earbud allowing for the proper separation of low, midrange and high frequencies.

Dynamic Driver & Balanced Armatures

To optimize the sound and get the best possible results, the company has combined their own Degauss Dynamic driver with two Balanced Armature drivers to allow a three-way crossover to complete the triple play.  Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

New Audi knows when traffic signals will turn green

As the debate of the self-driving car continues, a number of car manufacturers are continuing to build smart and driver assistance technology into their new car models. The latest is Audi with select 2017 Q4 and Q7 models (built after June 1, 2016) which will be equipped with a traffic light information system that can alert the driver from the dashboard and tell him or her when the nearby traffic light will turn from red to green.

Audi America says the new technology called the Traffic Light Information System is being built in conjunction with Traffic Technology Services (TTS) and will be launching as part of their first step in vehicle to infrastructure integration (V2I) technology – and it’s set to launch in select “smart” cities across the U.S. later this fall.

Traffic light information is part of its suite of Audi connect PRIME services, a paid service which vehicle owners will be required to subscribe to in order to gain connectivity. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Microsoft keyboard is both universal and foldable

When you think of a Microsoft keyboard, you usually envision the ergonomic keyboard they’ve been forever known for. What you may not know is that they also offer the Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard, a compact wireless keyboard that you can use with a plethora of devices – not just those that run Windows and when you’re done, you can easily fold it away.

The keyboard offers full-sized keys; it’s ultra thin and lightweight at 180 grams and measures only 5.75 x 4.29 x 0.94 inches when folded closed and 9.53 x 4.29 x 0.47 inches when open. It has a spill resistant design, featuring a water repellent fabric and keys so spilling your morning Timmies Double-Double won’t have you pulling your hair out. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Cygnett offers ultra-slim 10,000 mAh power bank

Having a spare power bank is always a good thing, but as logic dictates there’s always a trade-off between battery power and battery size; if you want more power you have to increase the size. So Australia-based Cygnett has created the ChargeUp Digital Portable Power Bank, a small slim-lined power bank rated at 10,000 mAh and has an LED digital power display to boot.

The ChargeUp case has a durable polymer shell, a very small footprint, not much bigger than a credit card. It measures 142 mm long x 71 mm wide; 14 mm thin and weighs only 250 g.

It looks pretty sleek, too

Inside the case is a super thin lithium-polymer battery the company claims offers enough power to charge five to six phones or two to three tablets before the unit needs to be recharged. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

World’s First Drone Racing Game – 2 days left


If simply flying a drone isn’t fun enough, how about an affordable kit that comes with everything you need to have an awesome drone racing game?  If so, there’s one being offered right now by New Yorked-based Autonomous through an Indiegogo campaign that’s soon coming to a close.

The Drone Racing Game being offered through the campaign, or as Indiegogo calls them, perks, is being offered in the form of a kit that comes in a few different flavours including the Pro and Ultimate. The game, the company is claiming is said to be the world’s first.

The Pro Drone Racing Kit perk, includes everything that you need to start a race; two drones (one black and one white) each with a 2MP built-in HD camera, compass and Wi-Fi, two matching remote controllers, two headsets and the mobile apps for either iOS or Android. It’s being offered for US $99. (50% off the expected retail price) READ DETAILED POST AT CANOE TECH BLOG.




New Misfit Speedo Shine 2 just in time for Rio 2016

shine2_speedo_5Around this time last year at CanoeTech Blog we looked at the new partnership between Misfit and Speedo that resulted in a Misfit Shine activity and sleep tracker that featured a proprietary algorithm especially designed for swimmers. Whether the timing of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio is a coincidence or not, Misfit has just released its next generation model – Misfit Shine 2 Swimmer’s Edition, powered by Speedo, adding a number of new features including a new vibration motor and redesigned lights to make the wearable more valuable.

The new model also known as Speedo Shine 2 offers improvement in the hardware, firmware and software through the enhanced Misfit app for iOS and Android.

Shine’s new vibration motor offers much improved touch responsiveness with capacitive touch technology and now allows for both text and call notifications along with a silent vibrating alarm. This alarm is also a perfect companion to the new countdown swim timer that offers a gentle vibe when your task is complete.  Read Full Post at Canoe_Tech Blog.

Razer iPad Pro keyboard case features mechanical switches

You often see people using a full-sized keyboard when using their notebooks at home partly because of its larger size but also for the fact that they just like the touch and feel of the mechanical switch type keys. So users of Apple’s 12.9″ iPad Pro users will be happy to know that Razer has released the Razer Ultra-Low-Profile Mechanical Switch, a first in the world of keyboard mechanical switches. The switches will be initially outfitted into the Razer Mechanical Keyboard Case for the 12.9″ Apple iPad Pro.

Read more…at CanoeTech Blog.