EcoSlate rugged waterproof Bluetooth speaker and lantern

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If you spend a lot of time outdoors year-round, like to listen to your tunes on the go but want to carry around only the absolute minimum, then the new EcoSlate by ECOXGEAR may be a new gadget to check out. It’s an all-new rugged, all-in-one waterproof portable audio system that features a built-in power bank and a bright lantern.

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As far as the speakers go, under the hood are two 10 W speakers (20 watts total) with dual passive subwoofers.  Like most of ECOXGEAR products, it’s designed to be rugged. It has a drop proof exterior that the company says meets military specifications. It’s also IP 67 rated, meaning that it’s fully dust resistant and protected from full immersion in water for up to one metre in depth. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Review: IK iRig Acoustic Stage digital mic system for acoustic guitars

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Back in December 2015 we reviewed the iRig Acoustic mic as a great little gift for the music lover; a MEMS microphone that clips on to the sound hole of an acoustic guitar. Now, IK Multimedia has taken that one step farther with the iRig Acoustic Stage digital mic system, a portable pre-amp and a digital signal-processing unit (DSP) that can enhance the acoustic sound sent out to a mixing board or amplifier or output to a computer or mobile device.

Sold as a kit, iRig Acoustic Stage comprises of the main pre-amp/DSP unit, iRig Acoustic Mic (functionally similar, but not interchangeable with the one sold as a stand-alone product), a belt/strap clip and padded case.

The idea behind the mic was that you could get better sound from an acoustic instrument being as close to the sound hole as possible even closer than a traditional external mic could be placed. Also having it attached to the guitar, gives the musician the freedom to move around rather than be stuck in front of a stationary mic stand. Read more…and see full review at CanoeTech Blog.

Marshall Monitor Bluetooth headphones boast 30 hour battery

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The name Marshall has been around since the 1960s and has been synonymous with sound-blasting guitar amps, but just this week the company unveiled the Marshall Monitor Bluetooth, their first wireless over-ear high-fidelity premium headphones.

At first glance you’ll immediately recognize the classic Marshall black vinyl and Marshall signature script. It also features a padded headband, brass inlays, heavy duty cast metal hinges and the ergonomic ear cups designed to provide enhanced noise isolation. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Razer launches gamer’s “Paid to Play” program

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If you get paid for something you love to do is that really considered work?  What if what you had to do was play games? The best of the best are probably making some serious coin, but what about us casual types? Well, you’re not going to get rich and you’re probably not going to get real cash, but Razer is launching a new “Paid to Play” initiative that can certainly add a little more incentive to playing games. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Indestructible Nokia Gresso 3310 costs a cool $4K

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I’ve heard that some retro gadgets retain their value and then some, but this one really takes the cake.  The old Nokia 3310 handset, not even a smartphone, is making a comeback. This one, a variation of the retro handset reimagined by Gresso will come in an indestructible casing, crafted from titanium but it will set you back a cool US $2990, or about 4000 loonies. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Leef iBridge 3 Mobile Memory expands iPhone, iPad storage

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If you’re an active iPhone user, chances are you’re likely running low on storage space, particularly if you shoot lots of hi-res pictures and high-def video. We know of course, that iPhone memory is not expandable – no card slots for extra storage. The solution might just be Leef iBridge 3.0 Mobile Memory. It’s a nifty gadget that plugs directly into your iOS device’s Lightning port that allows you to expand your memory and working in conjunction with its companion app gives you in part the functionality of a mini external drive – and more. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Third Google Pixel smartphone is Really Blue, really

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Some people put cases on their phones, so often they’re pretty indifferent to colour. Others on the other hand are more particular. So for those of you who may be interested in a Google Pixel and Quite Black is not your thing and Very Silver is a little too typical, you’ll be happy to know that Google has just added a limited edition model, available for preorder in Canada that’s Really Blue. Yes, really! Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Goodbye plastic, hello wood and metal iPhone cases

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Tired of the bright and boring poly and plastic iPhone cases? If so, you’ll be happy to know that X-Doria has expanded their line to include a new Defense Lux Wood Case for both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. These new cases not only have a cool real grained wood finish, the frame is made from anodized machined aluminum and built to exceed the military grade drop testing specifications. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog

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