Review: Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal canister vacuum never stays down


I have to admit it’s been a while since I reviewed or regularly used a traditional canister vacuum. However, I can remember eons ago, not so fondly mind you, how often the darned thing tipped over and the hose became twisted and tangled. I had no choice but to stop, put it up right and untangle myself. So it piqued my curiosity when I heard that Dyson had developed a new Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal vacuum which they said self-rights itself when toppled.

Remember the Weebles?

I have to admit, at first, I had an immediate flashback to the 70s. The TV commercial forever ingrained in my brain and the slogan, “Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down.” Anyone old enough to remember? If not, I’m sure it’s on YouTube.

Apparently, I’m told, the team at Dyson had the same experience when founder James Dyson really put his engineering team to task to come up with a solution for the toppling canister.  Read more…Full review at CanoeTech Blog.

IK Multimedia announces MODO Bass 1st physically modelled virtual electric bass – Mac/PC

bassIK Multimedia has just announced MODO BASS, a breakthrough physical modeling technology that brings a completely new level of realism and playability to the world of virtual bass instruments. MODO BASS is a completely customizable physically modeled virtual bass that recreates the electric bass and how it’s played – from the physical instrument and everything that makes it sound the way it does, to the human technique of how the instrument is played and its sonic performance, to the entire sound signal chain – no detail is left out.
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IK to unveil Modo a new level of realism

modoteaserIn a shroud of secrecy, IK Multimedia offered up a teaser of a new product to come on October 18th. All we know is that it’s called Modo and it will be, “a new level of realism.” Click “more” to check out the teaser video and come to your own conclusions.
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WHOOSH! now makes tech hygiene shareable and portable

Whoosh-MicrofibreBack in May here at CanoeTech Blog, we had an opportunity to test-drive and introduce you to Whoosh! Screen Shine. Created by a Toronto-based company, it’s a unique spray solution that wipes out your smartphone’s bacteria leaving behind a simple nanofilm designed to repel dust and fingerprints. The company is expanding the line and introducing the same formula but in a convenient single-use wrapped wipe.

“We are very fortunate to have customers that love our original Screen Shine Spray and asked for a wipe version for convenience to use on the go and to help share the product they love so much with others,” said Jason Greenspan, chief executive officer, WHOOSH. Read more… at Canoe Tech Blog.

TERK Trinity XTEND Antenna lets you watch free HDTV and stream Wi-Fi faster


You might have heard of antennas that allow people to cut their cable cords and catch over-the-air HDTV channels for free. You also may have heard of Wi-Fi range extenders that allow for better Wi-Fi coverage in the home. Now, you can now get both in one gadget with the new Trinity XTEND Amplified Indoor HDTV Antenna with Wi-Fi Extender by Terk.

The nice thing about the antenna/extender combo is that it sits on top of your TV or thereabouts. It’s very easy to set-up, no tech or climbing up on your roof is necessary and it can all be done through the free TERK XTEND App available for both iOS and Android from their respective stores.  Read more…at CanoeTech Blog.

Star Wars: Rogue One another excuse to shop the galaxy


The official release of upcoming feature film Star Wars: Rogue One is still 2 1/2 months away, but if you want to add to your vast collection of new-in-box collectibles, based on the new flick, you can get on board right away. In fact, is having an early celebration with a preemptive strike of an entirely new line of products based on Lucasfilm’s first stand-alone Star Wars feature.

The movie isn’t even out yet but you can still get more stuff to put on your shelf. There isn’t five or 10 or even 20 new products, there are actually over 80, consisting of toys, games and even books based on the new movie, story and all of its characters. Some of them include Jyn Erso, K-2SO, and the new Imperial Death Trooper (shown above with Rebel Commando Pao). Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Michael KORS x FujiFilm INSTAX mini 70 camera revealed

Back in 2014 we had our first look at FujiFilm’s INSTAX point and shoot cameras that instantly output their own little credit card sized prints and there have been a few new models since. But FujiFilm has gone beyond funky functionality and made a bold fashion statement – announcing a partnership with Michael Kors and a co-branded limited edition of the INSTAX mini 70 instant film camera.

Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Siri say Hello to Mac with macOS Sierra out now


Siri Comes to Mac with All-New Capabilities for the Desktop
TORONTO — September 20, 2016 — Apple today announced that macOS Sierra, the latest major release of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, is now available as a free update. macOS Sierra brings Siri to the Mac with intelligent and helpful features users know and love from iPhone and iPad, along with all-new capabilities designed specifically for use on the desktop. Features like Universal Clipboard, iCloud Desktop and Documents, Auto Unlock and Apple Pay on the web help your Mac work even better with other Apple devices. And Photos gets an update with a new Memories feature that automatically creates curated collections of your favourite photos and videos. [Read more…]

Review: IK Mulitmedia iRig HD 2 digital guitar interface


1-2_irighd2_34_vertIK Multimedia has finally unveiled their sequel to the affordable pocket-sized iRig HD digital guitar interface and not surprising, it’s called the iRig HD 2. This low-noise, high-definition guitar preamp offers the same functionality as its predecessor plus a whole lot more, adding some much needed features to the original and new additions to keep up with advancing technologies.

The new iRig HD 2 has a solid build quality and is just slightly larger (by 9 mm) and a touch heavier by (15 g), so it is still nice and compact and pretty much still fits in the palm of your hand. It draws power from the host and is designed for use with iOS devices including the new iPhone 7 as well as Macs and PCs. It features a 24-bit analog-to-digital converter plus a 96 kHz sampling rate for an ultra high-definition, high-quality signal.

It has an onboard gain control dial so you can control the pre-amp signal input from the 1/4″ Hi-Z jack when playing or recording to make sure you’re at the right level. There’s also a multicoloured LED to monitor that level. Read Full Review at CanoeTech Blog.

iTrip Clip wirelessly connects smartphone to any headphone

Bluetooth audio adapters have been around for a while. At first they were marketed as giving you the ability to use your favourite wired headphones wirelessly, i.e. not having them tethered to your smartphone. Now with the likes of Apple’s iPhone 7 and the the Motorola Moto Z shipping sans headphone jacks, an adapter like the new iTrip Clip Bluetooth Audio Adapter by Griffin Technology is a wireless alternative to using USB to 3.5 mm adapters.

Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.