Review: Philips Beard Stubble Trimmer boasts 17 settings

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Some men live their whole adult lives wearing a beard; others grow one or try to grow one at this time of the year as a tribute to Hockey, Canada’s Winter Sport. Regardless as to why, there might come a time when you either need to shave it off or give it a trim. Unless you’re somewhat of a barber, stylist or artist, keeping the exact same look can be a challenge, unless you have something like the Philips Beardtrimmer Series 5000 Stubble TrimmerRead more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Review: Dyson UV Cleansing Humidifier

Depending on where you live, you know how dry it can get indoors, particularly during the cold weather where besides dry skin, many people may exhibit chapped lips, sinus issues and a nightmare for some allergy sufferers. It also generates static, which can wreak havoc on your electronics. That’s when it’s a good time to ensure you have a decent humidifier to help you breathe easier and keep the “nasties” away.

I had given up on furnace mount humidifiers a long time ago, after going through a few of them; they either seized up due to calcification or unevenly humidified rooms. Some rooms were poorly humidified while others had condensation buildup on the windows. I resorted to using a run-of-the-mill portable ultrasonic humidifier in the sleeping area and living room that I felt more or less did the job until I took the Dyson AM10 Humidifier for a test drive for a month.  Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

SpiderLight Holster keeps your camera always ready

 

SpiderHolsterIf carting around your camera is a bit of a pain or too slow to get at when that perfect photo op pops up, then the SpiderLight Camera Holster might be something to check out. Reviewing it, it’s a two-piece plate and holster system that allows you to carry your camera at arms length and get quick access to it without the need for a strap.

SpiderLight Camera Holster is designed for smaller, lighter and mirrorless DSLR cameras. It’s configured in two pieces – a plate and a holster. The plate attaches to the bottom of your camera with a bail screw you simply insert into the camera’s tripod mount. The plate has a ball-headed steel pin that then slips into the holster guide which attaches snuggly to your belt using it’s built-in heavy duty belt clip. 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.

Oral-B Genius toothbrush feels and sees what you can’t – Review

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The dental team at Edmonton’s Southgate Dental Centre, is thorough, very thorough, and they care. At each checkup and cleaning visit, I get sage technical and non-technical advice along with the usual words of wisdom but also words of warning about things like regular flossing and proper care of my teeth. And it’s usually my hygienist who’s just a little more scolding than the dentist. The truth is she’s pretty much always right and on my last visit I heard something particularly different.

Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog

Extremely glad Belkin WeMo LED bulbs don’t work as advertised

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When we buy a product that doesn’t work as advertised, we usually get annoyed. Either it doesn’t live up to its expectations or its specifications. But in the case of the Belkin WEMO LED light bulb, I accidentally discovered it exceeded both of these in a less than ideal operating environment. 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

Review: Blue Raspberry a sweet little mic

Raspberry FrontYou wouldn’t associate blue with raspberry unless you were talking about candy or microphones – specifically the Raspberry by Blue Microphones a portable high-quality mobile USB mic designed for your PC or Mac but also for your iOS device.

Blue’s latest offering is small yet powerful. It can deliver studio quality 24-bit/48 kHz sound for your podcast, voice-over or even YouTube masterpiece through its small condenser capsule thanks to its Internal Acoustic Diffuser (IAD). Its Blue’s proprietary technology is designed to help focus on the voice or instrument, if that’s what you’re recording, and minimizes or deflects other sounds it detects as extraneous noise.

This can be handy particularly in a mobile environment, where you can’t always control what’s happening around you.  Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.