Hey Alexa where’s my half-caf Venti Macchiato?

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Do you like being able to order your Venti half-caf Caramel Macchiato with a twist, in advance, before you arrive at your friendly neighbourhood Starbucks? If so, you’ll be happy to know that Siri and Alexa may soon be able to take your order as Starbucks recently announced Voice Ordering coming soon to an iOS app or Amazon Alexa platform near you. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

String Valentine theme plugin for Apple Final Cut Pro X

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If you’re a Final Cut Pro X (FCPX) user and thinking of creating a sweet little masterpiece just in time for Valentine’s Day, then you may want to know that Pixel Film Studios has released the String Valentine Holiday Theme Package.

This special holiday themed plug-in is a template that includes pre-made layouts or scenes and is fully customizable for both images and text. It also includes themed lower thirds and a background key for added tailoring. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Razer BlackWidow keyboard gets smoother linear key switch option

If you’re a keyboard gamer, you know you’ll go through thousands of keystrokes in one session and each and every one of them count. So today Razer has added another key switch option to its line of BlackWidow Chroma V2 mechanical keyboards, adding a yellow switch to compliment their green and orange variants giving gamers more choice and another way to help them improve their game play.

The BlackWidow line of mechanical keyboards is not new, in fact it’s been around since 2010 and known for its durability, comfort and responsiveness and has been a great choice for gamers everywhere. In fact, it was so popular, that about three years ago, Razer actually started manufacturing mechanical switches themselves. Read more… at Canoe Tech Blog.

Matias wireless aluminum keyboard now backlit

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If you think it’s time for a new keyboard, then how about one that’s backlit, Bluetooth enabled, has a numeric keypad and comes with a choice of two colours? If so, Aurora, Ontario based Matias has just unveiled their new Wireless Aluminum Keyboard with Backlight.

“We took Apple’s iconic Aluminum Keyboard with Numeric Keypad as a starting point, and built from there — adding Bluetooth with multi-pairing support (4 devices), rechargeable 1‑year battery life, and now new models with backlighting and a 2nd dedicated battery just for the backlight,” said Edgar Matias, CEO of Matias. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

IK Multimedia announces iRig Acoustic Stage digital acoustic guitar mic system

January 18, 2017 – IK Multimedia is proud to announce iRig Acoustic Stage – the first advanced microphone, preamp and digital processor system that provides an exceptional true acoustic tone, anywhere. iRig Acoustic Stage combines an advanced MEMS microphone that clips on to the sound hole of an acoustic instrument with a preamp and DSP unit that captures all the tone, vibe and “air” of the instrument when playing live or recording in home and project studios.

The synergy between its components and the advanced signal processing makes iRig Acoustic Stage a revolutionary solution for accurately reproducing – and improving – the sound of all types of acoustic guitars and other instruments, in any situation, with studio-grade performance, advanced features, ease of installation and a convenience never seen before in any competing product.

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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.

Braven Ready Elite outdoor app enabled speaker with bottle opener

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Braven Audio was one of the early entrance into the wireless speaker market. We first looked one back in 2012 and another, the Braven Lux, late last year, which could be easily mistaken for a ladies clutch purse. This year at CES 2017 they released the “Ready” line of outdoor speakers. The model I’ve particularly taken note of is the Ready Elite, their top-end heavy-duty wireless Bluetooth app-enabled model designed for the outdoors.
Designed to be rugged, it features a shockproof an aircraft-grade aluminum grill over a moulded cabinet. It’s also waterproof and rustproof, certified to the IP67 standard. For that extra boost when playing outdoors, this speaker features massive drivers and a deep bass passive radiator. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

2 cool new audio gadgets to kick off 2017

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To follow up our last post of some cool new gadgets and technology hitting the market in 2017, here are a couple more that will appeal to music lovers all around including a funky wireless streaming turntable from 808 Audio and a serious high-powered dual tablet Karaoke system from VocoPro.

808 Audio has unveiled a whole new lineup of audio gadgets. One in particular that really caught my eye is the new 808 Audio Wireless Streaming Turntable. It’s designed to easily connect to not only a Bluetooth speaker but also headphones or a receiver.  And while playing, it puts on a visual LED lightshow for a little added entertainment.  Read Full Post at Canoe Tech Blog.

4 new gadgets from International CES 2017

thunderbolt-3-dock-device-audio1As the International CES in Las Vegas 2017 is set to get underway tomorrow a number of companies, some of which we’ve looked at their offerings in the past have already announced new products short of the show’s official grand opening. So here’s just a sneak peek from a few including Elgato, Terk and Panasonic. Some will actually be released at the show, others are just being showcased and one is already available for sale.

If you like a clean workspace and heavy into Thunderbolt connectivity, Elgato has announced their new Thunderbolt 3 Dock. This new gadget will allow you to charge your MacBook Pro or Windows notebook with a single cable. Plus it will also allow you to smoothly drive two additional 4K displays at a 60 Hz frame rate. The dock features built-in Gigabit Ethernet, amplified audio output, a microphone input and three super-speed USB 3.0 ports. The unit itself will also have two Thunderbolts ports, one for your computer and another one as a pass-through. Read full post at Canoe Tech Blog.

Last minute unique Christmas gift ideas

EDMONTON, Alta. Dec. 23, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Don’t panic. Yes, you’ve waited until the last minute to get that special something for that special someone in your life but I have a few cool gift ideas that will not only show you’re thoughtful, but also innovative.

Wireless High Definition 4K 360°

If you’re looking for a gift for the kind of person who really wants to catch 360° immersive 4K and HD video but realizes their smartphone just won’t cut it, then consider getting them the 360fly 4K 360 Camera.

Its 61 mm spherical shape makes it look like an eyeball and socket from a Star Wars robot but, in fact, it’s currently designed as the world’s smallest 360° 4K single lens camera. It’s also wireless, supporting both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.  Read Full Post at Troy Media.