Sir Paul McCartney and Skype make beautiful Love Mojis together

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Mention former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney and Valentine’s Day in the same breath and you immediately think – Yeah, Yeah, Yeah – She Loves YouMy Valentine or All You Need is Love. Add Skype into the conversation and you might think it’s getting a little weird.

Well, not so, as Skype has announced a new partnership with Macca for this special project. No, it’s not a new opening app launch chime a la Hard Days’ Night, but rather a new exclusive set of “love inspired Mojis” (short video clips or animations you can drop into your Skype instant messages), just in time for Valentine’s Day.  READ FULL POST at CanoeTech Blog.

 

Goldgenie 24k gold iPhone 6s is no monkey business

iphone6s_year_of_the_monkey_1How would you like to celebrate the Year of the Monkey in the ultimate style? You can, if you have deep enough pockets and get yourself or that special someone, a special and extremely Limited Edition Goldgenie ”Year of the Monkey” 24k Gold iPhone 6s Elite.

Goldgenie has unveiled this special iPhone 6s to celebrate what they call one of the luckiest years in the Chinese Zodiac.

They are also limiting edition of this exclusive iPhone 6s to only 99 units. In addition to the 24 karat gold coating, the edition number, (out of 99) will be laser etched onto the surface along with a laser engraved special commemorative monkey symbol to commemorate the special occasion.

Read more…at CanoeTech Blog.

Apple voluntarily recalls select international AC wall plug adapters

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Apple has taken a pre-emptive strike, voluntarily recalling certain two-prong Apple AC wall plug adapters for Mac and iOS devices as well as the Apple World Travel Adapter Kit after determining that in “very rare” cases, handling them could result in a possible electric shock.

In the announcement Apple clarified the recall is limited to adapters designed for use in Continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Argentina and Brazil. Adapters designed to be used in Canada and other countries such as China, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom, and the U.S. as well as Apple USB power adapters is not affected. Regardless, owners of the Apple World Travel Adapter Kit who may have purchased the travel adapter in one of the non-affected countries should still verify that it’s not part of the recall.

The potential hazard is not limited to new products; it affects products shipped over a 12-year period, from 2003 to 2015.  Read more…at CanoeTech Blog.

ThermalTech: World’s first solar-powered smart jacket

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If you thought a down-filled jacket was the best way to keep warm you may be surprised to find out ThermalTech’s new lightweight energy-absorbing smart fabric with stainless steel mesh threads rather than goose or duck down, will more than do the trick.

The company’s new-patented technology uses the UV rays from the sun and other artificial lighting sources to help keep you warm and it’s very unlike traditional methods of using down or other fabrics and recycled body heat.  In fact, the energy it generates can warm wearers up to a further 10°C/18°F in a matter of a few minutes even in cold temperatures. And once the body’s optimal temperature is reached, the company says it will prevent overheating with its ability to maintain that temperature. Read more…at CanoeTech Blog.

NETFLIX now streaming to over 190 countries

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If your country didn’t offer Netflix streaming, chances are after today’s announcement it probably might as the Netflix tap was turned on today to more than 130 additional countries, bringing the total number around the world to 190. And interestingly enough, the service went live as co-founder and Chief Executive Reed Hastings delivered his keynote at International CES 2016.   Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog

CES 2016 Fold-up scooter, broadcast mounts and instant touch screens

There will be thousands of products announced, unveiled and displayed at this year’s International CES 2016 and here are a few to begin with that really caught my attention. Three in particular are; a cool little fold-up scooter, a professional smartphone mount and a gadget that gives your PC notebook instant touch functionality.

Fold-up Smart Scooter

Smart-Rhino unveiled their cool little Xcooter, which you have to say real fast to get right. As you’ve probably guessed, it’s a scooter and if you look closely at the picture, it’s designed in the shape of an X.

Its body is made of a full aluminum alloy and fairly lightweight. It’s designed with their own-patented technology to fold up along with the handlebar in one second making it space efficient and quickly storable. Although it does weigh just under 42 lb (19 kg), but a folding size of only 21 ¼” x 7 ¾” x 38″, you could theoretically throw it in your car or take with you so you don’t have to worry about locking it up. Read more… at Canoe Tech Blog.

Winter Inspired Holiday Headphones

Let’s face it, we take our music seriously and take it everywhere – rain, shine or even in the dead of cold. So with the holiday season right around the corner here are a few winter inspired holiday headphone gift ideas, ideal for keeping the tunes streaming and some to take and make calls when the temperature drops below zero.


Wireless Earwarmers

At first glance, the 180s Earwarmers look like simple earmuffs, but under that insulated poly-spandex shell with polyester lining is a Bluetooth enabled set of wireless headphones, so you’re just as likely to find them in a place that sells gadgets as one that offers outdoor wear.

They don’t have a lot of bells and whistles but they also don’t add a lot of bulk to your winter attire. But don’t let that fool you. Under the padding are high definition speakers plus they are Siri and Google Now friendly so your hands can keep more time in their mitts. They are also designed to sit behind your head than over the top so you could call them “toque-compatible”. The headband is adjustable plus they fold down for quick storage.  SEE FULL POST at G4TV Canada.

ShiftWear: Customized Sneakers with Built-in Screen

ShiftwearIf you get tired of your desktop image or screen saver, you can easily change it, so why can’t the same be true for your runners? Well, with Shiftwear, soon you can. In fact, the company says that if you can display it on your screen, you can display it on your runners allowing you to customize your runners to match your attire and for any occasion.

So how do they do it? Well the runner acts like a wireless external monitor, but instead of an image being transmitted to your TV, it’s basically sent to your ShiftWear runner that features a built-in flexible display.

Runners certainly wear out faster than screens.  So to help them last longer the soles are coated with a layer of Kevlar Fibre, the same stuff found in bullet-proof vests. They’ve even managed to make them waterproof, too. The runners will have a built-in eco-friendly battery and with its own Walk-N-Charge Technology, you’ll always have power.

There will be three models; the Shiftwear L1 Classic, Shiftwear M1 Classic and the hi-top Shiftwear H1 Classic.

The company launched an Indiegogo Campaign to raise $25,000 U.S. to finish their prototype and move the products into mass production.  They’ve already raised over $86,000 U.S. and are at almost 350% of their target with three weeks still to go.

If you’re interested in a pair, the campaign prices, pardon the pun, run $150, $250 and $350 respectively for the L1, M1 and H1. All prices are in USD and are 50% of what they will eventually retail for.

Portable foot-powered Drumi does your laundry

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We see more devices becoming a lot more portable, but how about a washing machine?  It’s called Drumi, a new Canadian invention that looks a little like Star Wars’ R2-D2 without the arms that will clean your clothes. The cool thing, is that it requires no power, electrical or otherwise and has no carbon emissions. It just needs a little water, a little detergent and some good foot energy.

Drumi is the brainchild of Yi Jiang who discovered the need when he realized the challenge of getting his laundry done living in downtown Toronto. Back in 2012, he began developing it while attending OCAD (Ontario College of Art and Design) as part of his industrial design thesis project. Read full post at Canoe Tech Blog.

London Drugs staff armed with price-matching iPads

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London Drugs wants consumers to know that they are armed and ready to take on their Black Friday rivals in order to ensure they get their share of Canada’s November’s retail sales, which last year rose to a record high $43.03 billion dollars.

Reuters reported this Statistics Canada figure back in January 2015 after all the dust had settled following last year’s retail holiday season.

Like other retailers, this family-owned and operated Western Canada based retail giant has already announced their Black Friday and Cyber Monday door-crashers and sales along with Cyber week offerings and early store openings. However, in a news release issued today, they were very specific as to how their 78 stores will meet their competition.   READ MORE and Take the POLL at Canoe Tech Blog.