Review: ECOPEBBLE Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

1 ECOPEBBLEThere are many portable Bluetooth speakers on the market, a number of which are rated to resist occasional splash. However, the new ECOPEBBLE by EcoXGear has a waterproof/dustproof rating of IPX7, so it’s designed to not only keep out debris, but also water even when fully immersed to a depth of one metre for 30 minutes.

The ECOPEBBLE speaker is tiny and almost square, measuring 2.8 inches high, 2.9 inches wide by 2.8 inches deep and weighs a mere eight ounces. Its perimeter is fully rubberized with big button controls on the top and threaded camera mount screw post on the bottom to attach accessories or mounts. On one side is a colour grille and the other cleverly hidden panel behind a lanyard mounted lens-cap style cover that hides a 3.5” AUX audio-in jack for a wired connection, a microUSB input port for charging, a status indicator light and a main power switch.  Read full article at G4TV.ca.

Apple refreshes both 15-inch MacBook and iMac with Retina 5K display

iMAc5KApple announced today that it has refreshed the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display adding new and enhanced features, including the new Force Touch trackpad found on the 12-inch MacBook and the refreshed the MacBook Pro 13-inch introduced back in March. They’ve also added a new lower cost configuration of their ultra high-resolution desktop 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display.

“The response to the new MacBook and updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has been amazing, and today we are thrilled to bring the new Force Touch trackpad, faster flash storage and longer battery life to the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Customers love the groundbreaking iMac with Retina 5K display, and now with a new lower starting price, even more people can experience the best desktop we’ve ever made.”  Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog

 

SoundCover: Ultra thin folio speaker for iPad

onanoffSoundCover by Onanoff is a new folio speaker that amplifies your iPad’s volume by up to 400 percent and doubles as a carrier for your device when you’re on-the-go, it:

  • Brings your iPad’s music, movies, conference calls and games to life with two built-in flat panel speakers
  • Allows you to wirelessly control music from a tablet up to 33 ft. away and produces a 360 degree audio field and is
  • One of the slimmest speakers on the market at 14 mm thin and is intended for maximum portability and travel
  • iPad clips into the SoundCover with the screen facing in to protect it from scratches during travel
  • Matte metal finish fits in with the most design-conscience homes and offices
  • Sophisticated built-in microphone makes it the ideal audio accessory for calls
  • Can be paired with any Bluetooth enabled device, fits with iPad Air and iPad Air 2

SoundCover can be paired with any Bluetooth enabled device, fits with iPad Air and iPad Air 2. It’s available in three colours: Gold, Space Grey and Tactical Black and retails for $199 US. For more info visit Onanoff.com.

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lynk: your digital vault on the go

hand-lynk-on-clip-good-IMG_0059-vrDigital attacks are becoming an ongoing daily occurrence – thinking about major breaches at Sony, Target and J.P.Morgan. But after several friends and family members were victimized by identity theft, businessman and inventor Vincent Ramoutar realized that not only are our computers vulnerable, but also our mobile devices that we not only use to make calls and send text messages but now also use for on-line shopping and everyday banking.

Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog

Zepp announces Softball app and partnership

Natasha Watley (left), Heather Tarr (middle), and Tim Walton (right)

Natasha Watley (left), Heather Tarr (middle), and Tim Walton (right)

Softball, sometimes looked at as the poor cousin to Baseball, gets a well-deserved little shot in the arm, with an announcement today by Zepp, a provider of wearable sports technology. The company has teamed up with some of the most-revered softball players and coaches in the country to develop tailored training content for the often-overlooked Softball community.

The Zepp Baseball-Softball app has been updated to include Softball-specific features, created in partnership with two-time Olympian, Natasha Watley, US Olympic legend, Jennie Finch, and collegiate coaches Tim Walton (University of Florida), Heather Tarr (University of Washington), and Sue Enquist (former UCLA head coach).

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Catalyst waterproof sleeve protects your gadgets from the elements

Catalyst Sleeve 1We all need a little protection for those notebooks, tablets and e-readers that we like to take everywhere we go but at the same time we’re sometimes reluctant to fall prey to always carting around those bulky carrying cases. An alternative solution is the Catalyst Waterproof Sleeve – designed to be both a standalone protective carrier for your portable gadget and an accessory that you can easily slip into your briefcase or backpack.

The Catalyst Sleeve is a dual protection system that’s both stylish and functional, giving you protection from accidental drops and water leakage. It consists of an ultra slim durable outer shell made of waterproof ripstop nylon and an inner high-grade EVA foam cushioned insert. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

New IK Multimedia UltraTuner for Apple Watch is all in the wrist

UltraTuner
When we think of all the uses for a smart watch a musicians tool is not likely at the top of mind but with the new UltraTuner for Apple Watch by IK Multimedia, musicians will be able to tune their instruments with high precision, and conveniently right from their wrists.

IK calls the app the first and most precise and feature-packed instrument tuner available for Apple Watch that features a 1/100th of a cent accuracy.

When installed on an iPhone, the latest UltraTuner app pairs with an Apple Watch, allowing musicians to view the tuning information in two operational modes: UltraTuner’s classic graduated LED “STAGE” mode and a simple “NOTE” mode, specifically designed for the Apple Watch display.Read more…at CanoeTech Blog

Senneheiser, Apogee clip-on mics go digital

ClipMic

Sennhesier and Apogee have teamed together to launch ClipMic digital and MKE 2 digital, a pair of clip-on microphones designed for iOS – iPhone, iPad and iPod touch that offer digital recording and enhanced sound quality over similar traditional analog mics.

“We are proud to launch the first digital clip-on microphones designed to connect directly to your iPhone,” says Betty Bennett, Co-Founder and CEO of Apogee Electronics. .

More than just a direct connect with their 1.6m cable through the devices Lightning connector, capturing the enhanced audio will add a new dimension to your videos, according to Wolfgang Fraissinet, Director Audio Recording at Sennheiser. “Speech intelligibility will increase tremendously – and will retain this quality when the speaker is moving. The fact that we feed the mobile device with a professionally converted digital signal results in the best possible sound quality,” says Fraissinet. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Kidz Gear volume limiting headset ideal for young ears

Going beyond the earbuds that are often included with the gadget these days, it sometimes tough to find a decent headset that suitable for young ears.  Expanding upon their original headphones, Kidz Gear has introduced the Kids Gear Deluxe Stereo Headset with Boom Microphone that is not only sized correctly for a child’s head, it also has a volume limiting capability to help protect the little ears.

Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

 

REVIEW: Electrohome Signature Vinyl Record Player Classic Hi-Fi System

Retro always seems to be in vogue and despite the fact that physical media like CDs and DVDs have more or less given way to streaming and downloading there still seems to be place in some people hearts for the warm sound of vintage vinyl. As a former collector and one who still dusts off the turntable from time to time, I jumped at the opportunity to test drive the Electrohome Signature Vinyl Record Player Classic Turntable Hi-Fi System (EANOS700).

The hi-fi is an eye-opener right from the start. It’s more reminiscent of a mid-century radio rather that the boxy look of a 60s record player. The hefty cabinet has a large footprint (17.9”x13.5”x12.1”) and weighs a hefty 26 pounds. It has a sturdy build, handcrafted mainly from MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard) with an antique real walnut veneer finish. It has a retro cloth grill and antique finish brass knobs and buttons. It looks like a model from yesteryear, save for the blue LED panel and front USB port (for both recording and playing), giving telltale signs of a more modern production date.

Hidden behind the grille are four speakers – 2 x 15W and 2 x 5W. The front face shows an obvious built-in AM/FM tuner with an analog scale and rotary tuning dial. It also has a single tray-load CD player.  Read Full Review at G4 Canada