New waterproof Kindle Paperwhite takes quite a splash

Fourth generation model resists liquids, has wireless audiobook support and is cheap. That all adds up to a good Christmas gift

The newest Kindle Paperwhite looks more or less like its three-year-old predecessor. But drop old faithful into the tub and you’d be buying another one. In contrast, the fourth generation model now available has a waterproof body that can soak in up to two metres of fresh water for an hour – simply dry it off and you’re good to go. [Read more…]

Easily add quality audio to your smartphone videos

Travelling is cumbersome at the best of times and with luggage costs rising, people want to travel lighter and are leaving their bulky video cameras at home. And with smartphones like the Apple iPhone X with Google Pixel capable of shooting 4K or ultra HD video, capturing video has never been easier.

It’s hard to dispute the quality of the image but the accompanying audio often suffers. While there’s a microphone on every phone, there’s often too much distance between you and what you’re recording, so ambient noise is also picked up. [Read more…]

Locking down your precious data with encrypted PIN authenticated diskAshur2

We keep our computers on lockdown, encrypt our data and secure them from prying eyes and online predators. But what about our backups and those external drives?

United Kingdom-based iStorage has created diskAshur2, an updated line of virtually bulletproof PIN-authenticated and hardware-encrypted hard drives. Even if the drive was stolen, your data is fully protected.

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LectroFan micro wireless speaker helps you sleep better

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It may sound unusual to hear that a gadget that’s a wireless speaker and had the word fan in the name would help you sleep better, but the Lectrofan Micro Wireless Bluetooth Speaker by Adaptive Sound Technologies will do just that.

I’m sure you’ve guessed by now that it’s a multi-functional device but alas, it’s not actually a fan, either. Confused yet? Read on.

In a nutshell, it’s a pocket sized combination white noise and fan sound machine and a wireless Bluetooth speaker. It’s designed primarily to be used in a bedroom or hotel room as a sleep-aid to help people get some good shut-eye, which I’m sure is a challenge for many of us, particularly when you have noisy neighbours, late-night barking dogs or maybe even someone close-by who snores. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Review: IK iRig Acoustic Stage digital mic system for acoustic guitars

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Back in December 2015 we reviewed the iRig Acoustic mic as a great little gift for the music lover; a MEMS microphone that clips on to the sound hole of an acoustic guitar. Now, IK Multimedia has taken that one step farther with the iRig Acoustic Stage digital mic system, a portable pre-amp and a digital signal-processing unit (DSP) that can enhance the acoustic sound sent out to a mixing board or amplifier or output to a computer or mobile device.

Sold as a kit, iRig Acoustic Stage comprises of the main pre-amp/DSP unit, iRig Acoustic Mic (functionally similar, but not interchangeable with the one sold as a stand-alone product), a belt/strap clip and padded case.

The idea behind the mic was that you could get better sound from an acoustic instrument being as close to the sound hole as possible even closer than a traditional external mic could be placed. Also having it attached to the guitar, gives the musician the freedom to move around rather than be stuck in front of a stationary mic stand. Read more…and see full review at CanoeTech Blog.

Leef iBridge 3 Mobile Memory expands iPhone, iPad storage

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If you’re an active iPhone user, chances are you’re likely running low on storage space, particularly if you shoot lots of hi-res pictures and high-def video. We know of course, that iPhone memory is not expandable – no card slots for extra storage. The solution might just be Leef iBridge 3.0 Mobile Memory. It’s a nifty gadget that plugs directly into your iOS device’s Lightning port that allows you to expand your memory and working in conjunction with its companion app gives you in part the functionality of a mini external drive – and more. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Third Google Pixel smartphone is Really Blue, really

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Some people put cases on their phones, so often they’re pretty indifferent to colour. Others on the other hand are more particular. So for those of you who may be interested in a Google Pixel and Quite Black is not your thing and Very Silver is a little too typical, you’ll be happy to know that Google has just added a limited edition model, available for preorder in Canada that’s Really Blue. Yes, really! Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

FLO touch-free smart thermometer tracks child’s temperature

FLO1 I remember long ago, as a child, not feeling well; the first thing Mom did was check my forehead for a possible fever and then force that awful glass thermometer which was never that accurate anyway, under my tongue. There has certainly been progress in this area over the years with technological advances. In fact, the new FLO Smart Thermometer by Zeraph can take temperature readings without entering or even touching any part of the body.  Read more…Full review at Canoe Tech Blog.

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.

Review: Braven Lux – a wireless speakerphone and not a purse

2 LUX_CLUTCHOne would rarely think of describing a Bluetooth speaker as having a luxurious feminine style, but when you look at the Braven Lux you just may smile and nod your head in agreement. In fact if you come across a lady holding one in her hand you might mistakenly take it for a clutch purse.

Created by accessory maker Braven, the LUX wireless speaker is part of a limited edition for the Braven Design Series, so I’m sure the purse look was created rather by design and not pure by accident.  Read Full Review at G4TV Canada.