Edmonton’s Metterra Hotel of Whyte is ideal for staycation

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Trendy boutique hotel on trendy Whyte Ave ideal for business travellers too!

EDMONTON, AB, Feb 4, 2014/ Troy Media/ – I live in Edmonton and enjoy the trendy urban neighbourhood of Old Strathcona, which is located south of the North Saskatchewan River across from the city centre.

So during a recent staycation I decided to try out the Mettera Hotel on Whyte Avenue. I was more than pleasantly surprised.

The Metterra on Whyte Hotel is a boutique hotel located smack-dab in the middle of Old Strathcona on the busy Whyte Avenue (82nd Ave) and surrounded by a good selection of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, gift shops, book and clothing stores and live entertainment venues. If you didn’t know the hotel was there, you might miss it as it can easily get lost in the sea of retail signage in the area.

READ FULL REVIEW at Troy Media

CES 2014: E-Go lets you skateboard to the next frontier

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As a kid growing up I relied heavily on bicycles and roller-skates but when it came to things like skateboards, I didn’t feel like I had the combined agility and leg power needed to take me on longer distances. And while I’m much older now, the new Yuneec E-Go Cruiser skateboard just might coax me into reliving that time in my youth.

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Wicked Audio Splitter offers dual volume controls

WickedAudioSplitterIt’s not often that you see two people sharing the same audio source from an iPod, smartphone or tablet, but when the need arises, it’s nice to know that each individual has the ability to control his or her volume with the new Audio Splitter from Wicked Audio.

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G4TV.ca: Bluetune Bean: a truly portable wireless speaker

Bluetune BeanThere’s no shortage of small portable Bluetooth speakers on the market, but the Divoom Bluetune Bean with a built in loop and a supplied carabiner is designed so you can carry it along with you anywhere. All you need to do is clip it onto your bike, belt, purse or backpack and you’re good to go.

When I first came across the Bluetune Bean, without any point of reference, I thought for a minute that it was a mini wireless speaker you attach to your keychain.  Upon further investigation, I discovered at 68mmx45mm92mm that it was not ultra mini, but still small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. READ MORE AT G4 Canada

 

CanoeTech Review: Mobile Home brings Siri to your car

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When you hear “mobile home”, the first thing that comes to mind is a house on wheels. But this mobile home is nothing like a house trailer; this one is a portable replacement for your iPhone’s home button.

Mobile Home is a creation of Plano, Texas based, Beanco Technology. It’s like they’ve detached your iPhone`s home button and put it in a little package that resembles a garage door remote. Just like the garage remote, simply mount Mobile Home on your dash or attach it to the visor in your car.  With a push of a button, you can bring Siri to life, leaving your iPhone’s features usable while it’s safely and legally in your pocket or purse. The concept is so simple you wonder why someone hadn’t come up with it sooner.

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Go-Taxi app allows you to quickly, safely and easily catch a cab

The Go Taxi app was developed by Edmonton, AB-based Tim TuxworthThe Edmonton, Alberta Go-Taxi app is currently available inHong Kong, Jersey Shore, Chicago, Tampa Bay, Florida and North Carolina

EDMONTON, AB, Sep 30, 2013/ Troy Media/ – When two Boston women, in two separate incidents, each hailed what they thought was a cab, the last thing they expected to happen was to be assaulted by the drivers. While reports so far indicate police are saying these incidents of “fake” cabs are unrelated, it begs the question: how safe is it to hail a cab?

The best way to ensure safety is to use a licensed cab company. While regulations vary by municipality, the cab, or taxi industry is generally highly regulated, and drivers are vetted, including criminal record checks, licensed, bonded and required to adhere to codes of conduct.

Even so, you need to ensure the actual cab is legit. In Boston for example, all licensed cabs, historically called Hackney Carriages, are approved by the Police Commissioner and have its identification medallion on the rear trunk. There are also other identifying decals specifically placed on the rear passenger door window and on the Plexiglas partition between driver and customer. The driver will also have his Hackney license displayed.  READ MORE AT TROY MEDIA

How to save on currency exchange when travelling to Mexico

File:50 pesos series D obv.jpgEDMONTON, AB, Sep 11, 2013/ Troy Media/ – If you are a Canadian travelling to Mexico, you might not need to rush out and get U.S. dollars before you leave home. While smaller denominations of U.S. currency are widely accepted, Mexico’s official currency is the Peso (MXN), so there are better ways to get a better bang for you buck, or should I say, Loonie. Of course, I had to learn this the hard way.  READ FULL ARTICLE AT  TROY MEDIA BONVOYAGE    (photo: Wikipedia) – updated

Affordable luxury alternatives to all-inclusives in Cabo San Lucas


CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico, Aug 31, 2013, Troy Media/ – When I think of travelling to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, the first thing that comes to my mind is all-inclusives.

Sure, all-inclusives, in which all your meals, as well as many activities and possibly even your beverages are included in one-price, might be a great idea for a couple or for people who want to eat and stay at the same place for a week or two and don’t mind crowds. They may not, however, be the ideal choice for those groups and larger families who prefer choice, convenience, privacy and even luxury.  READ FULL ARTICLE AT TROY MEDIA (updated)

boomBottle adds sound to your bicycle

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If you’ve got water in the bottle cage on your bicycle, it might be time to find it a new home, because you might want to replace it with the boomBottle by Scosche. Of course the word boom, creates all kinds of imagery, but this has nothing to do with dangerous liquids, nor any liquids or bottles for that matter. It’s a funky new rugged weatherproof bicycle speaker so you can listen to your tunes streamed from your wireless device while on the road.

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Gadget charging rolling luggage soon on the horizon

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To better your traveling experience, Southern California based ECBC has announced a forthcoming collection of rolling garment, back-pack and duffle bags that are designed to get you quicker through security and take advantage of today’s technology.

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