Transform your cassette deck into a wireless receiver

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If you’re still driving an old or classic car, chances are as long as it’s not too ancient, it’s equipped with an AM/FM Cassette Deck. Now while it still might sound pretty good, likely most of your cassettes have been more than sunbaked and it’s still not up to today’s digital standards. So here’s a little gadget, the ION Cassette Adapter Bluetooth that transforms your cassette player into a wireless music receiver allowing you stream tunes from your portable device through to your car’s speakers.

It’s shaped like a cassette tape; obviously, as it would need to fits into a cassette player. Looking directly at its front face, the microphone and the micro USB charging port are both on the left-hand side along with the on/off sensor which automatically powers the adapter either on or off when you insert or eject the adapter from the player.  READ MORE at Canoe Tech Blog.

More last minute tech and not-so-tech stocking stuffers

SensoGlove Alone Photo - New VersionEDMONTON, AB, Dec 24, 2014/ Troy Media/ – Looking for some last-minute unique gift ideas? Here are a few, some of which are high tech while others not so much, you might want to consider.

There’s more than one way to help your loved ones get an edge on their golf game – using the right club and positioning it properly, swinging and standing just the right way. But one element I wasn’t aware of is how getting just the right amount of pressure in your grip is equally important in getting better distance and accuracy. I typically hold onto my club for dear life to ensure it doesn’t fly off as I swing my wood, much like Adam Sandler in Happy Gilmore. Read full review at Troy Media.

Last minute gadget gift ideas

Epson LabelMaker Jar smallMany of us wait for the last minute to pick up our gifts for loved ones so here’s a few 11th hour ideas to help you get through that special day. If it’s too late to get them in, think of them as ideas for Boxing week, which in some places, has already started.

Ultra Portable Mini Groove Controller

If you’re looking for a great gift idea for a budding music producer, music lover or someone who just likes to tap out a beat, cue up loops or mix like a DJ, then check out one of the newest gadgets from IK Multimedia – iRig Pads, a full featured ultra-portable universal MIDI groove controller.

One huge feature is its size. It’s a little smaller than an iPad, less than 1″ thick and really lightweight – ideal to port around. It’s designed to consume very little power – in fact it draws peer from whatever it’s plugged in to.  READ MORE at Canoe Tech Blog

Linksys Dual Band Router and Gigabit Switch get your wireless home network up to speed

1 Linksys stacked Router on topEDMONTON, AB, Dec 21, 2014/ Troy Media/ – Your household has made it through the year, but somehow the Internet connection is not as responsive as it could be; in fact, it’s brutal even doing a Google search. You’ve added new devices, with more likely to come by Christmas morning.

Your original router was great when you got it but now barely serves its purpose: it’s time to step things up a notch.

Just what the doctor ordered

The Linksys WRT1900AC Dual Band Gigabit Ethernet Router along with Linksys WRT 8-Port Gigabit Switch (SE4008) might just be what the gadget doctor ordered.

Instead of a single antenna, the Linksys WRT1900AC router has four. This allows you to position the router for maximum signal strength, of course, but also allows you to position each individual antenna to help minimize areas in your home void of a good signal.

And rather than just sending out a general signal, the router, through its own proprietary BeamForming technology, can single out a specific device and boost its signal. This can be handy particularly for that one device, maybe your laptop that always seems to get a poor connection in the living room. READ FULL ARTICLE at Troy Media.

Review: Yantouch Diamond+ Light, Sleep / Wake & Music Device

If you’re looking for a gift for that someone special who seems to have everything, chances are that he or she doesn’t have the Yantouch Diamond+, a 3-in-1 mini entertainment system that’s a sound, light and a sleep/wake device all built-in to a desktop diamond-cut shaped globe. This latest model from the Taiwan based company is a new and much improved follow up to their previous Diamond II and Diamond 3 models.

First of all, Diamond+ get its name from its rounded diamond shape. It’s a 2.1 stereo Bluetooth 3.0 speaker system, that allows you to stream your music wirelessly from various devices including Android and iOS. It can also work in wired mode too. It has a pair of drivers, one on each side and a bass resonance tube to give you bigger sound from the smaller form factor. Built into the globe are eight RGB and two white LED lights that offer illumination that range from a bedside reading white light to a kaleidoscope of over 16 million colours.  READ FULL REVIEW at G4TV Canada

Great gadgets come in small gift packages

1 MusicProGifts come in all shapes and sizes, but bigger isn’t necessarily better or more desirable. So here are a few gift ideas all of which I had an opportunity to test-drive, that are all much smaller than a bread box and some of which might actually fit in the palm of your hand.

High Fidelity Electronic Earplugs

This first one certainly fits the criteria, but it’s designed for your ears. The Music•Pro High-Fidelty Electronic Musicians Earplugs by Etymotic Research as the name says is ideally suited for musicians, but equally sensible for anyone to find themselves in environments where hearing protection is without trading off sound fidelity, which something like typical passive earplugs can’t accomplish.  READ FULL ARTICLE at G4 Canada.

NewerTech NuGreen desk lamp features 50 LEDs

nugreen_gall2Desk lamps are not typically something in this Gadget Guy’s repertoire or even on my list of tech gifts for under the tree but I was happy to make an exception for the NewerTech NuGreen energy efficient flexible neck LED desk lamp.

The first thing you’ll notice is that it looks pretty cool. It has a flat aluminum base, a bendable 12-inch gooseneck, which allows you to position, it depending on where you need the light and an equally flat disc-shaped head that matches the lamp’s base quite nicely.

What’s even cooler is how it puts out the light. The lamp head features an impressive 50 5mm light emitting diodes (LEDs), producing a very bright (4500K) white light similar to what natural daylight would look like. This makes it ideal for almost any room in the house. It’s not designed to light the whole room, but more in a concentrated area like a desk. Still, you wouldn’t want to switch it on and looked directly at it, as it would be truly blinding. What’s even more amazing is how energy-efficient it is. With all that light it puts out, it only consumes a mere 3.6 W total power and the LEDs remain cool to the touch.

According to the company, the LEDs are designed to last for up to 45,000 hours of use, which they say is up to 22 times longer than a traditional bulb. And they’re eco-friendly too. They contain no mercury and therefore can also be recycled.  READ FULL Review at G4TV Canada’s Tech News.

 

Wink makes home automation easy

1 Wink HubEDMONTON, AB, Dec 11, 2014/ Troy Media/ – In the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, a Babel Fish is a fictitious creature which, if you stick it in your ear, immediately converts any language into one that you can understand. This makes the Wink Hub, recently introduced to Canadians by The Home Depot, the “Babel Fish” of Home Automation.

The Wink Hub is a hardware (hub) and app solution designed to bring all of the different “smart” brands, most of which operate within their own eco-system and protocols, together under a single platform to allow them to work together. Currently, Wink is compatible with over 70 products from a dozen or so brands, including Philips, GE, DropCam, Honeywell, Schlage and more.  READ Full article at TROY Media.

BlueDriver deciphers your “Check Engine” light

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You’re driving through Banff to Fairmont Hot Springs and the dreaded Check Engine light illuminates on your car’s dashboard. Expletives come out from your mouth, followed by the onset of panic and you assume the worst. Besides the time and probably $100 or so excluding repair costs to find out what the problem might be, it also dawns on you that you and your family, just might have to spend the better part of your holiday with your new best friend – the tow-truck driver. So it’s great to know that there’s a product like BlueDriver by Lemur Vehicle Monitors touted as “Professional diagnostics for everyone”.  Now it won’t fix the problem, but it might just give you the information you need to give you peace of mind and possibly save you from unscrupulous mechanics.

More specifically, BlueDriver is an advanced diagnostic scan tool – similar to those used at car dealerships and vehicle repair outlets to troubleshoot and diagnose car trouble and demystify the dreaded Check Engine light. Read more… AT CANOE TECH BLOG.

Gadgets to look for during Black Friday Cyber Monday week and holiday buying season

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If you’re looking for that special gift for that special someone or perhaps yourself, why not take advantage of possible Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals many of which are going on for a week. Not only can you save a few bucks, you won’t be rushing like many of us on Christmas Eve trying to round up the last few items. While sale flyers and “apps for that”, can help you find the right price, here’s just a couple of ideas for gadgets I’d recommend you might want to check out and some of them are actually on sale right now.

Panasonic KX-PRW120 SmartPhone Connect Cordless Phone

People say with everyone going to mobile phones that cordless phones are a thing of the past. But the recently introduced Panasonic KX-PRW120W SmartPhone Connect Cordless Phone, which I had an opportunity to test-drive a few months back, not only gives you the best of both worlds it actually integrates them.

The phone is actually a Wi-Fi enabled device that works nicely with your wireless devices including tablets. So when a landline call comes in, for example, you can actually “transfer” your call to your mobile device that sitting on the network enabled with Panasonic’s Smartphone Connect app for iOS or Android. This will allow your son to seamlessly take a call on his iPad that you transfer to him. Even better, your landline is now freed up for other calls.    Read more… AT CANOE TECH BLOG