Review: All-New Waterproof Fitbit Charge 3 Health Tracker

If you want to get a good jump on this year’s New Year’s resolutions or looking for a great health and tracking gift for the holiday season, the all-new Fitbit Charge 3 might sit on the right side of your Naughty or Nice list. The latest reboot of the tried and true offers a number of new features and enhancements, the biggest being that’s it’s now waterproof. You no longer have to worry about frying it when you get caught out in the rain, you can wear it 24/7 except for when charging; then happily take it into the shower or pool and track your laps in water up to 50m deep.

It has virtually all the features from its predecessor, the Fitbit Charge 2 we recently reviewed at Troy Media. [Read more…]

3 gadget reboots by Kindle, Fitbit and iRobot worth another look

New Kindle Paperwhite, Fitbit Charge and the iRobot Roomba models make for great contenders

Have you ever hesitated to buy a gadget because it wasn’t quite right? Or perhaps you bought something but found the technology wasn’t up to the job?

You’re not alone, but there are always new things coming onto the market or retooled devices that might fit the bill. So we’re having a first look at the all-new Kindle Paperwhite e-reader, the Fitbit Charge 3 and the iRobot Roomba i7+.

These three rebooted and upgraded gadgets have enhancements that put them on our top picks list and might prove to be good choices this holiday season. [Read more…]

We’re “all ears” for our holiday headphone roundup

 Holiday picks from Beats by Dr. Dre, Mixcder, Jabra & Wicked Audio

With the weather turning cold and the leaves falling, holiday season is right around the corner. While many are thinking about keeping their ears warm, others might be thinking of keeping their ears filled with sounds of their favourite tunes and podcasts. Ears come in all different shapes and sizes and so do earphones, earbuds and headphones, so instead of toques and earmuffs, let’s look at a couple of pairs of over-the-ear headphones and in-the-ear wireless earbuds to meet different budget needs. [Read more…]

Why wearing a Fitbit can change your life, not just your fitness

Measure your caloric intake and your hydration. Set the alarm. Get alerts for texts and phone calls. Track your sleep patterns

 

 

Fitness trackers have come a long way since the pedometer, the original step counter. They’re no longer just for health nuts and those who simply want to get fit. The latest models include many practical applications no matter what you’re doing to help you get you through your day.

Even better, they’re no longer big, clunky and odd shaped – in fact, they’re downright stylish. And they’re now affordable. To top it all off, they’re app-enabled and can easily connect wirelessly to over 200 devices like iOS, Android and Windows smartphones and tablets for even greater functionality.  Read more at Troy Media or below. [Read more…]

Edifier R1280T Quality sound for a modest price

                                                         

 

Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers offer functionality and high-fidelity in a retro package

 

Speakers come in all shapes and sizes. And you don’t need to look far to find some pretty far-out designs. But if you’re in the market for a new high-fidelity pair with a retro flair, the Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers would be a good bet.

The R1280T keeps with the traditional bookshelf design: a pair of wood veneer MDF cabinets with a removable front grill. Behind each grill is a four-inch bass driver with calibrated front-facing bass reflex port to allow the air to circulate freely for more accurate lower range sounds. It has a 13-millimetre silk-domed tweeter tweaked for crisper highs.    Read more below or see full article at Troy Media. [Read more…]

Locking down your precious data with encrypted PIN authenticated diskAshur2

We keep our computers on lockdown, encrypt our data and secure them from prying eyes and online predators. But what about our backups and those external drives?

United Kingdom-based iStorage has created diskAshur2, an updated line of virtually bulletproof PIN-authenticated and hardware-encrypted hard drives. Even if the drive was stolen, your data is fully protected.

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Maximus Craftsman: Full-service home security in a smart light fixture

Maximus Craftsman Smart Security Light is as easy to install as an ordinary light fixture – 
but it’s anything but ordinary

It’s always comforting to know that your home and its contents are well protected, whether you’re on holidays or hunkered down for the evening with a good movie and a bowl of popcorn.

You may have motion sensor lights, cameras and an intercom. But if you don’t remember to turn them on or to set the timer, they’re not doing much good.

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Getting a jolt out of the Chevy Bolt’s practicality and versatility

GM’s top-selling electric car has plenty of features that make it attractive for everyday use, at a price that puts its chief competition to shame

With the growing public focus on the use of clean energy, electric cars sales are on the rise – and the frontrunner may surprise you.

CleanTechnica and InsideEVs, which track U.S. plug-in sales by automaker, report that in November, Chevrolet’s Bolt EV outsold Tesla’s sleek Model S.

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Review: TP-Link Archer Wireless C5400 Tri-Band router

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You can never get enough bandwidth or speed out of your Wi-Fi and chances are that the stock unit that came from your service provider likely does the job, but barely, so we’re going to have a look at the TP-Link Archer Wireless C5400 Tri-Band Gigabit Router (AC5400) that doesn’t have one or two bands, but three. [Read more…]

Review: iRig Keys I/O all-in-one portable digital audio workstation

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If you’re a budding musician or musician simply tight on space or spends time on the road, then you might be interested in IK Multimedia’s iRig Keys I/O. It’s a brand new self-contained digital audio workstation (DAW) for your Mac, PC, iPhone or iPad. It’s a MIDI controller with full-sized keys (25 or 49), a high resolution digital-audio interface (DAC) suitable for plugging in directly your guitar, bass or microphone, and a built-in pre-amp. All this comes in a self-contained compact lightweight portable unit along with with a bundle of software and apps. [Read more…]