Champ Bodyguard AR for Her & ZipStick 3-in-1 Power Banks

Every once in a while you come across two cool products that are functionally identical but marketed under different brands. Such is the case with the Champ Bodyguard Battery Rechargeable Power Bank and theAR for Her PowerBank with LED flashlight and Panic Alarm, a.k.a the ZipStick. And while these product names seem to be quite a mouthful, they both accomplish the same job appeal to two unique demographics.

They are slim-line battery packs designed to power and charge up 5V USB devices. They have a built-in LED flashlight and a panic alarm that emits a very loud and annoying sound designed to either attract attention or to scare off something or someone.  READ FULL REVIEW at G4TV Canada.

REVIEW: Dyson unveils Cinetic DC78 54 cyclone filterless bagless vacuum

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James Dyson is about to make headlines once again. You’d probably be hard pressed to find anyone who hasn’t seen his famous face in a TV commercial, starting about 20 years ago, telling us how inefficient vacuums are because they lose suction because of this culprit – the ugly dirty dusty vacuum bag.  And now there’s a new story.

Back in 1993, Dyson realized that bagged vacuums lost suction as the bag’s pores clogged even before it was full.  So they did away with them by introducing cyclonic technology that spins the dirt right into a bin.  The technology evolved over time but they realized that they were still losing suction – the blame now was put on the clogged filter that was still necessary to capture the dust. Fast forward two decades and the filter, which we hate to clean or change and is also a culprit in the war against suction loss, is now too going the way of the dodo bird.

No More Filters

Dyson is making this possible by the introduction of their next generation vacuum in North America that uses its newly patented Dyson Cinetic cyclone technology.

“Getting rid of bags solved the frustration of my vacuum losing suction. But washing filters – or worse – buying them, is still a nuisance. Dyson Cinetic cyclones are so efficient at separating microscopic particles that everything gets thrust into the bin, and you can forget about fussy filters,” says James Dyson.

Read more…and Full Review at CANOE Tech Blog

 

Seidio Innocell Plus Combo makes your hip “hip” once again

SeidioInnocell Front Side BackEDMONTON, AB, Aug 8, 2014/ Troy Media/ – The bigger smartphones get, the less likely we are to see people opting to wear them on their hips. And the need of the latest and greatest for even more power and bigger and extra batteries is another reason to simply sock them into your pocket or purse.

But sometimes (think if you’re working out in the field or up on a telephone pole), a phone on your hip still makes perfect sense.

The Seidio Innocell Plus Combo is a nifty little accessory for your iPhone 5 or iPhone 5S that acts as a case with a battery plus holster in an all-in-one combination.

The case is a snap-together sleek slim protector for your phone. It features Seidio’s signature soft-touch coating, that feels nice to handle while keeping your phone free from scratches, and doesn’t add too much excessive real estate to your phone. It has a built-in 2000mAh battery which, in effect, doubles your iPhone’s battery’s capacity, with an extra 25 per cent more to boot.

Your Innocell Plus case clips right into the perfectly matched felt-lined Innocell Plus Holster, which you then simply need to clip it right onto your belt. It allows quick access to your phone and swivels in seven different directions to accommodate almost any type of hip. The belt clip also has a lip on it to make it less likely that the phone will fall off your belt.  READ FULL ARTICLE at TROY MEDIA

Review: iKlip Xpand, Xpand mini for tablet or smartphone

 IKXPANDBack in May 2013, we reviewed iKlip 2 for iPad by IK Multimedia. It was a clever product back then, but the company has really taken it up a notch with its successors – the iKlip Xpand and iKlip Xpand mini, two all-new universal mic stands for smartphones and tablets.

The previous models were specific for an iPad model. The latest reincarnations are designed so regardless as to whether you have a 1st gen iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air or even an Android tablet, iKlip Xpand will fit all of those. The same holds true for your iPhone 4S, 5S, iPod touch, or Android smartphone – iKlip Xpand mini is for that. The secret, well it’s not so secret, is the new expandable spring-loaded design that can stretch to accommodate the varying sizes of the devices.

Read more…At Canoe Tech Blog

LD WEST: Gun style holster for your smartphone

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When I first heard about the LD WEST Holster, I was intrigued – anything that can be used to save valuable pocket space must be a good thing. When I first saw it, held it in my hands, I didn’t know exactly what to make of it. You can easily surmise by the name that it’s a holster; combine that with the name and you’re thinking Cowboys and the Wild West. As it turns out neither is the case although, if you look at its curved cutouts, you may wonder.

LDWEST is actually a sleek fashionable holster system that wraps around the backside of your neck and snaps together allowing you to sling your smartphone under your right arm and your wallet under the left. It’s more like a half a pair of suspenders worn by the likes of Tommy Lee Jones or Clint Eastwood rather than John Wayne or Matt Dillon.

Read more…at CANOE TechBlog

Review: FritzFrame for iPhone 5 and 5s

1 FritzSay it quickly and it sounds like you’re saying “freeze frame”, but it’s actually Fritz Frame. It’s a cleverly designed video stabilizer, stand and case that allows you to position your iPhone 5 or 5S virtually any which way, even hang it, so you can do Facetime, watch videos and even take those must-have selfies, totally hands-free.

Frank Mansfeld, Fritz Frame CEO and director, and hisdesigners have exploited almost every viewing angle. Fritz Frame is hinged at the bottom, pivots at the centre and can rotate a full 360 degrees in any direction. Movement is smooth and precise on both the hinge and pivot, each with a six-step stop position.

Fritz Frame is amazingly sturdy, yet light, CNC machined from aircraft grade aluminum. It has a fine finish and even where there are square corners you’ll find them smoothly finished. The attention to detail down to the locking pins and countersink screws, of course, is something you’d expect from German Engineering.  READ MORE at G4 TV CANADA

 

Living Plug Inlet redefines electrical outlet

 

E0 Inlet Before and AfterDMONTON, AB, Jul 25, 2014/ Troy Media/ – With all of the innovations in telephone communications, home entertainment and computers over the last 500 years, there’s one thing that hasn’t changed – the electrical outlet.Until now that is. Thanks to San Francisco-based Living Plug and its Inlet, the outlet will never be the same.

 Now, we’re not talking about modifying or rewiring an existing outlet. That would require a major overhaul and a change to electric standards around the world.

Instead, the Inlet gives the outlet a simple but very useful makeover. It comes in the form of a 5” x 5” x 1 1/2′” square housing that fits over the outlet plate and plugs into an existing socket. It moves the two room-facing sockets to a safer location – the bottom of the Inlet, making it safer for children. (There’s also an additional safety screw that you could use to secure Inlet to the actual outlet so the kids can’t pull it out of the wall.) They’ve also added a third tamper-proof outlet, rotated 90 degrees, making it a triplex outlet.

READ FULL ARTICLE at Troy Media

 

Review: Divoom Voombox Travel – Wireless Portable Speaker

VoomBox Travel wetSummertime is a great time to take a portable Bluetooth speaker on the road and the Divoom Voombox Travel is suited just for that purpose. It has a cool round shape similar to that of a giant pocket watch topped with matching loop-style carabineer to conveniently hook it to your backpack, your bike or wherever you see fit.

VoomBox Travel features a sturdy rugged heavy-duty construction, that Divoom’s products are known for, complemented with rubber trim that makes it water resistant. It’s housed in a metal enclosure with speaker grills on both top and bottom with three discrete rubber strips on the underside that act as stabilizing feet.

It measures about 3″ in diameter with a depth of less than 2-inches and weighs in at 312g. It’s onboard controls are located on the rubberized circumference including a microUSB port which can be used for either charging or wired connectivity, which you can expose by simply lifting a small rubber gasket.  READ FULL ARTICLE AT G4TV CANADA

Nokia Lumia 625 4G on a Tight Budget

image.gifNCA-Lumia625-PP-Hero-Image-Carousel1-2000x1000-jpgEDMONTON, AB, Jul 8, 2014/ Troy Media/ – If you’re in the market for a budget 4G Windows smartphone without being tied down in a two-year contract, you’ll be surprised to find out that the Nokia Lumia 625 might just fit the bill. And the price is right; for only $200, you can have one with no strings attached.

It’s a recent model that’s only been available in Canada for a few months. The polycarbonate shell measures 133.2 x 72.2 x 9.2 mm and weighs 159 grams. It houses a 4.7” LCD display with a resolution of 480 x 800 at 201 ppi (pixels per inch), is powered by a respectable 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and comes with 8GB of internal memory, expandable to 64GB with a micro SD card. It houses two cameras: a 5MP megapixel rear camera with LED flash and delivers hi-def 1080p video at 30fps (frames per second) and a second camera that offers basic VGA resolution. It has 802.11n Wi-Fi and comes with a hefty non-removable 2000mAH battery that’s rated at 14 to 15 hours of talk time and 23 days standby.

The Lumia 625 feels solidly built, albeit a little on the heavy side. But even with a 4.7″ screen, it’s easy to hold in one hand. If you favour your left hand, you might find yourself accidentally hitting the power button located half way up the right edge. Powering it up, you get the Windows 8 tile-like interface that tells you right away that it’s not an Android or iOS handset. It also has three soft-touch buttons (back, Windows and search) on the lower portion of the screen, which offers super-sensitive touch. The same also holds true for navigating from screen to screen and operating the large key on-screen keyboard – they’re fast.

READ FULL ARTICLE AT TROY MEDIA

The perfect pouch for the TruRunner

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As the mercury climbs, we do away with the hoodies and tracksuits and opt for T-shirts and shorts we find ourselves with fewer pockets and places to keep our keys, smartphones and the like as we head out and about for a walk or a run. One solution to avoid a knapsack or a bulky fanny pack is the TruRunner by Bracketron, a sturdy diminutive lightweight waist pack to store the necessities you need to carry.

TruRunner has a fully adjustable elasticized belt that hugs nicely to your body.  Its pleated in-line pocket, may not look like much, but actually expands quite nicely allowing you to store things like your iPhone, keys and perhaps another small personal item or even a granola bar. It’s lining is weather resistant to keep your electronics dry and a weatherproof sealing zipper can help avoid leaks.

I wholeheartedly resist calling TruRunner a fanny pack, for the simple reason that that term conjures up images of the 1990s humongous multi-zippered leather pouch that looked more like a life preserver than a portable storage pack.

Read more… At CANOE TECH BLOG