Review – Piper: Security Camera and Home Automation in a smart little bundle

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More homes are not only getting more secure, they’re also getting much smarter, thanks to the availability of affordable and easy to set up security and home automation systems like Canadian-invented Piper.

Piper, which got its kick-start through crowdsourced funding on Indiegogo, is the brainchild of Ottawa-based BlackSumac (just acquired by California based iControl Networks earlier this week). The Piper solution revolves around a multipurpose camera unit and a multifunction downloadable app which together provide an all-in-one home awareness hub rather than just a typical security camera.

The Wi-Fi enabled camera shoots 1080p HD video. It’s equipped with a fish-eye lens that offers an impressive extremely wide 180-degree field of view.  The 10x digital zoom supports pan and tilt functions giving you the ability to zoom in and look around the room.  It also has an infrared motion detector to detect intruders (up to 10m), a built-in microphone and a piercing 105dB siren – loud enough to almost rival a chainsaw. More than just acting as your eyes and ears, it also has four additional sensors that measure indoor temperature, ambient light, and relative humidity. You’ll see why the last four are not just “nice to know”.

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Nomad ChargeKey & ChargeCard – world’s smallest USB cable

Nomad ChargeKey & ChargeCardNo matter where we go we always need to have some sort of USB cable nearby, whether it’s to charge up our gadgets or sync with another device. The truth is, carrying them around can be somewhat of a pain. They can be too bulky, cumbersome or we have nowhere to put them. Well Nomad has come up with a solution – in fact two of them, ChargeCard and ChargeKey.

Technically, ChargeCard and ChargeKey are not really cables at all; they are connecting devices and work like cables but look like a credit card and a house key respectively. They both allow you to charge up your device when connected via USB and full-fledged data transfer when syncing to a computer or other compatible device.

Both ChargeCard and ChargeKey come in two models, one for Lightning connector compatible devices, like the iPhone 5, 5C & 5S as well as any iPad, including iPad mini and iPad Air. The other is a micro USB version that will work with most Android and Windows phones as well as your BlackBerry.

Review: Dyson DC62 Animal cordless vacuum sucks like a corded one

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At first glance the Dyson DC62 Animal doesn’t look like much of a vacuum; in fact, it looks more like a metal detector than a vacuum cleaner. The first thing that came to mind was how such a small handheld unit, especially a cordless one, could do the job of a full sized vacuum. Fortunately for me, for today anyway, I live in a very dry area, almost back on to a transit station and have a significant amount of carpeting in my home, so there’s never any shortage of testing material – dust, sand and other sediment – that needed to be sucked up.

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Seidio: Ledger for iPad Air and iPad Mini

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It’s a no-brainer to get some sort of cover or protection for your iPad these days and there is certainly no shortage of options, especially those that try to compete with similar offerings from Apple.

Made specifically for the iPad Air (with a little brother version for the iPad mini), check out theSeidio: Ledger for iPad Air and iPad mini. These are a tight fitting full body folio style case that holds your iPad snuggly into place with an attached flip cover.

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CanoeTech: Hello EarPods it’s time for SPRNG

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Do you love your Apple EarPods, but get annoyed when they pop out of your ear -usually at the most inopportune time? I’m sure that Apple tried to make them so they fit most ears, but not all ears are made the same, even on the same head. The good news is that someone had the ingenuity to design a pair of snap on clips, that when attached to your Apple EarPods, create a nice comfortable and solid custom fit.

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Brushing snow: the secret behind Oral-B latest toothbrush technology

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Who would have thought, when a German engineer was out in his driveway routinely brushing off the snow, it would ultimately lead to discovering technology behind the latest plaque-fighting toothbrush?

Well, that’s exactly what happened to Peter, an Oral-B engineer at Braun.

“As he brushed away the snow he noticed that a layer of snow still remained. So he picked the brush up bashed the brush into the snow to break it up and swept it away again,” explains Dr. Paul Warren P&G Director, Global Professional and Scientific Relations.

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CanoeTech Review: ClipR turns your headphones wireless

 

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Don’t you just wish your favourite headphones or speakers were wireless? If your wired audio accessories have a 3.5” connector or jack, a new little gadget –ClipR by Muse Mini – can turn them wireless through Bluetooth 4.0 or NFC (Near Field Communication).

ClipR acts as a transceiver in the form of a lightweight rubber polymer coated disc, shaped like a bulked up poker chip – 42mm wide and 8mm high.

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Focus 2 easily adds focus, blurring and other lens effects

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There are days I’m in such a hurry to take a picture that I’m usually happy if it all comes out in focus. But there are times where adjusting the focal point of an object to make it jump out of the picture or purposely blurring a section for a contrasting effect, among other options, can really add to the overall impact of the image.

On many cameras today you can add effects right within the hardware or use a special lens.  You can adjust the aperture or maybe set it to take a shot in macro mode; but even then, it might not always come out the way you want.  Especially if you’re like me – a little depth of field challenged! Of course, there are apps for that. Classic apps like Photoshop can certainly do the job and then some and, although great for some people, it might be a little intimidating or overkill for others.  Read full Review at G4 TV Canada

Review: Edifier Bric Bluetooth Connect Wireless Speaker

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Edifier is not only known for their Bluetooth speakers; they’re easily recognized by their elegance in design and styling and the Edifier Bric Bluetooth Connect (iF335BT) is certainly no exception.

It has a built-in microphone allowing it to operate as a hands-free speaker kit when you’re using your phone and a neat little output device when you’re streaming your tunes. Its appeal is further enhanced with a pocketsize wireless multifunction remote. It has a beautiful black frame with a matching grill. It’s quite square at the front with rounded edges and curves to the backside. It has two chrome reflex bass ports on either side and two front-facing 70mm drivers under the hood. While it’s classified as portable, at 11.8” x 3.54” x 5.23” (W x H x D), this unit is not really designed to be thrown in a backpack or purse and used on the go. It can run on batteries, albeit six AA cells, but it also runs on AC power with the supplied adapter.

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Should an iPad Air be under the tree this year?

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Now that the latest generation of the Apple iPad, the iPad Air is here, the question on some people’s minds, is whether or not it should be on the list for this year’s holiday season?

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