Black Friday and Cyber Week tech deal sightings

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Looking for some gift ideas or simply a great deal on the latest tech? It seems that there is some serious savings to be had not only on Black Friday and Cyber Monday but also, as I recently discovered, days leading up to them and then even up to a week after. To that end, here are a few deals, from a few of your favourite outlets, I came across that you might just want to check out.

Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Review: PowerUP FPV: Live streaming paper airplane drone

right_side_2048X_grandeEvery kid at one time or another loved to fly paper airplanes. In fact in my youth I spent some time in the principal’s office just for that reason. Today it’s all about gadgets, cameras and drones. So would it surprise you to know that there’s a cool new product that incorporates all of those? Even better, how about a gadget that lets you see what the plane sees  as it flies? It’s called PowerUP FPV Paper Airplane VR Drone.

Think about it, putting a camera that can stream video on a paper airplane seems almost impossible, but then again didn’t the Chicago Cubs win the World Series? And what about the celebrity billionaire being elected President of the United States.

PowerUP FPV, the first ever airplane drone of this kind, is the brainchild of a partnership between the creators – PowerUp (now on their third product) and well known drone manufacturer Parrot (who provides the streaming technology), through a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised almost half a million dollars last year.  Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Holiday Tech this year a myriad of wonders

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From hoverboards and inconspicuous HD Dash Cams to DSLR viewfinders to instant wireless printing and even USB Christmas trees, this holiday season is sure to provide us with a myriad of wonders and once again way too much to choose from.  So here are just a few of the tech gadgets I thought would make for great holiday gifts that I had an opportunity, along with other fellow media types, to check out live and in person this year at the trade event at LD Tech 2016.
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Michael KORS x FujiFilm INSTAX mini 70 camera revealed

Back in 2014 we had our first look at FujiFilm’s INSTAX point and shoot cameras that instantly output their own little credit card sized prints and there have been a few new models since. But FujiFilm has gone beyond funky functionality and made a bold fashion statement – announcing a partnership with Michael Kors and a co-branded limited edition of the INSTAX mini 70 instant film camera.

Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Treat dad to gadgets this Father’s Day

Microsoft-Sculpt-Ergonomic-EDMONTON, Alta. June 17, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Looking for the right gadget for Dad on Father’s Day? If so, here are a few ideas that will certainly put a smile on his face.

If Dad spends a lot of time in front of his keyboard and likes to stay comfortable, the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Wireless Desktop may be something he’ll enjoy. It consists of an all-wireless ergonomic keyboard with a cushioned palm rest, a multifunction ergo-mouse and a separate numeric keypad.

Unlike a typical keyboard, this one offers a domed design and arc style split key set which allows Dad to keep his wrists and forearms in a very natural and relaxing position.

The mouse has a nice ergo shape to keep Dad’s wrists from getting tired. It also has a four-way scroll wheel, so Dad can navigate left and right, up and down. It has a Back button and Windows button to quickly get to the start screen without moving the cursor. Read full article at Troy Media.

Family purchase Father’s Day gift ideas

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It’s always fun yet sometimes challenging trying to pick out a gift for the Dad who likes gadgets, as there are so many to choose from. Here are a just a few ideas of some of the newer, perhaps a little more buy-as-a-family type gadgets and gifts to hit the market for you to choose from.

Kindle Oasis

For starters, the Kindle Oasis, the newest Kindle e-book offering seems to have been made with Dad in mind. It’s thinner, lighter and shorter yet a tad wider than previous models.

Like other models, it has a 6″ display e-Ink display and 300 ppi (pixels-per-inch) resolution found on most models and is enhanced with the use of 10 LEDs for even better page readability. In addition to a touch screen this model also has two physical page turning buttons and a larger frame area on one side so Dads with larger hands can easily grip it in one hand.

And it doesn’t matter if he’s right or left handed as Kindle will automatically adjust the page’s orientation to suit the hand. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

G4TV: Star Wars and other tech inspired Father’s Day gift ideas

 

BB-8Father’s Day is just around the corner and picking the right gift can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. So here are a few gadget gift ideas that might pique your interest and help you find the special one for that special Dad.
BB-8 App-Enabled Droid

For the ultimate Star Wars Dad and at the risk of sounding cliché, the Sphero BB-8 App-Enabled Droid just might be the one he’s looking for. More than just a toy, it’s a Bluetooth BLE enabled interactive robot with an adaptive personality that evolves the more you play with it to give Dad virtually endless fun. It even listens and responds to voice commands like “Look Around,” “Wake up” and “Watch out” and like a pet BB-8 perks up when you talk to it. Order him around or even send him out on patrol and BB-8 will explore by itself.  Read Full Post at G4TV Canada.

 

Cool gadget gift ideas for Mom

PAD-BCBG_2_3Q viewEvery Mother is unique and sometimes finding the right gadget or gift can often be a challenge. So here’s a small selection of last minute Mother’s Day gift ideas from HP, Epson, nonda, CTA Digital and Stojo that might just put a huge smile on her face on her special day.

 

Read about all the gadget gift ideas for Mom at Canoe Tech Blog.

Valentine’s Day gifts for and from the heart

QardioArmWhen contemplating gifts for Valentine’s Day why not consider gifts both from and for the heart. If you think that’s a good idea here are a few last minute gadget gifts to consider for that quickly arriving special day.

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If you’re considering a gift for the heart, check out the QardioArm by Qardio. It’s a wireless and portable Smart Blood Pressure Monitor that accurately measures you heart rate, blood pressure and looks out for an irregular heartbeat.

Designed to work nicely with Apple Health, Qardio tracks your measurements over time providing you with a smart chart and appropriate statistics and looks for trends. In addition to measuring, you can also record the data, store it in Qardio’s secure cloud and optionally share it with your family and medical professionals. It’s all done using Qardio’s companion app for iOS and Android.

Last minute Musician and music lovers tech gifts

IrigAcousticFor the Musicians, future artists or music lovers in your life, here are a few last minute gift ideas for the holiday season all of which I had a chance to test-drive. If you find it’s a little too late to get them in, add a little IOU if necessary in his or her stocking. This can give them something to look forward to after Christmas Day.

Lav Mic for Acoustic Guitar 

For the acoustic guitar lover, here’s a gift that chances are, he or she doesn’t have, the new iRig Acoustic by IK Multimedia. Basically, it’s a lav microphone and mobile guitar interface featuring a high quality professional mic capsule uniquely designed to clip right onto the hole in your acoustic guitar. It makes recording and amplifying the sound a whole lot easier.

Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.