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…]

3 gadget reboots by Kindle, Fitbit and iRobot worth another look

New Kindle Paperwhite, Fitbit Charge and the iRobot Roomba models make for great contenders

Have you ever hesitated to buy a gadget because it wasn’t quite right? Or perhaps you bought something but found the technology wasn’t up to the job?

You’re not alone, but there are always new things coming onto the market or retooled devices that might fit the bill. So we’re having a first look at the all-new Kindle Paperwhite e-reader, the Fitbit Charge 3 and the iRobot Roomba i7+.

These three rebooted and upgraded gadgets have enhancements that put them on our top picks list and might prove to be good choices this holiday season. [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…]

Weego Jump Starter 44 powers you wherever you go

Smartphones, tablets, computers & even our vehicles need a boost sometimes – Weego Jump Starter 44 offers a handy solution

No matter where our travels take us, we never seem to have enough battery power to keep things charged up. Smartphones, tablets, computers and even our vehicles need a boost sometimes.

The Weego Jump Starter 44 offers a handy solution.

The Weego 44 is powerful, putting out 400 true cranking amps – the power the battery can deliver for 30 seconds at 0ºC. It’s more than enough to jump-start your car, truck, boat, ATV or motorcycle – anything with a gas engines up to seven litres and diesel engines up to 3.5 litres with 12-volt lead-acid batteries.  Read more below.

[Article also available at Troy Media and Active-Life Magazine.] [Read more…]

We’re “all ears” for our holiday headphone roundup

 Holiday picks from Beats by Dr. Dre, Mixcder, Jabra & Wicked Audio

With the weather turning cold and the leaves falling, holiday season is right around the corner. While many are thinking about keeping their ears warm, others might be thinking of keeping their ears filled with sounds of their favourite tunes and podcasts. Ears come in all different shapes and sizes and so do earphones, earbuds and headphones, so instead of toques and earmuffs, let’s look at a couple of pairs of over-the-ear headphones and in-the-ear wireless earbuds to meet different budget needs. [Read more…]

Unique & practical must-have gadgets for back to school and more

Light Show Bluetooth speaker, a durable wireless camera, connecting to the Internet without a nest of wires and a multi-use charger that starts your car are among the few top picks.

When we think back-to-school, we think of pens and pencils, notebooks and backpacks, and even tablets and other gadgets. Here are a few less obvious items to consider adding to the pile.

Speaker with light show

Earbuds are a natural must-have for walking around campus and tuning out what’s around you. But when back at the dorm or chilling out with friends, you might just want to fill the room with sound. The prescription for that is the portable Creative Halo wireless speaker and two-way speakerphone.

Read more below or also at Troy Media. [Read more…]

Why wearing a Fitbit can change your life, not just your fitness

Measure your caloric intake and your hydration. Set the alarm. Get alerts for texts and phone calls. Track your sleep patterns

 

 

Fitness trackers have come a long way since the pedometer, the original step counter. They’re no longer just for health nuts and those who simply want to get fit. The latest models include many practical applications no matter what you’re doing to help you get you through your day.

Even better, they’re no longer big, clunky and odd shaped – in fact, they’re downright stylish. And they’re now affordable. To top it all off, they’re app-enabled and can easily connect wirelessly to over 200 devices like iOS, Android and Windows smartphones and tablets for even greater functionality.  Read more at Troy Media or below. [Read more…]

Edifier R1280T Quality sound for a modest price

                                                         

 

Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers offer functionality and high-fidelity in a retro package

 

Speakers come in all shapes and sizes. And you don’t need to look far to find some pretty far-out designs. But if you’re in the market for a new high-fidelity pair with a retro flair, the Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers would be a good bet.

The R1280T keeps with the traditional bookshelf design: a pair of wood veneer MDF cabinets with a removable front grill. Behind each grill is a four-inch bass driver with calibrated front-facing bass reflex port to allow the air to circulate freely for more accurate lower range sounds. It has a 13-millimetre silk-domed tweeter tweaked for crisper highs.    Read more below or see full article at Troy Media. [Read more…]

Meteorite fragment adorns Royal Canadian Mint commemorative coin – SOLD OUT

Just days before Canada Day came word that an out-of-this-world piece of Canadian memorabilia was sold out.

The prize 2018 $20 fine silver coin issued by the Royal Canadian Mint was designed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) and it contains a fragment of a real meteorite.

“One hundred and fifty years of research, education and discovery by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) is an engaging story to share with Canadians,” said Sandra Hanington, president and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint.     ALSO READ FULL ARTICLE at Troy MEDIA. [Read more…]

Give Dad the Gift of Gadgets this Father’s Day

From home cinema systems to barbecue tools to bug-free patio time to Wi-Fi with muscle, here’s something for every dad

There’s no doubt Dad likes tech toys, so why not give him the gift of gadgets this Father’s Day? And while making the right selection is often tough, here are a few ideas:

Let’s start big. If Dad thought a 60-inch screen was cool, how about streaming the 2018 FIFA World Cup of Soccer or his favourite movie withlarger-than-life images? With the Epson Home Cinema 1060 3LCD Home Theatre Projector, Dad can watch in full 1080p high definition.  Read Full Article at Troy Media.