Holiday gadget highlights from LD Tech 2014


Sony TVLondon Drugs recently held their LD Tech 2014 conference event in Whistler B.C., where over 100 suppliers and vendors from a wide variety of areas showed off some much of their standard fare and also some of the new and exciting and cutting edge tech products that are being made available just in time for the holiday season. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to take it in and get some face time with some of the vendors and their products.  And while it’s impossible to cover all of them, I’ve selected an eclectic few that had left an impression on me.

Sony High Resolution Audio

Having been an audiophile since the days of vinyl and less excited about compressed audio, I was ecstatic to hear about Sony’s new high-resolution audio systems. While CD was supposed to be an improvement over analogue, it’s 16-bit/44.1kHz sampling rate seems rather frail compared to the more precise and detailed 24-bit/192kHz capabilities of high-def. These uber-cool playback devices piggyback on any device you have and can effectively reproduce the higher definition PCM Audio files including DSD (2.8MHz/5.6MHz) and FLAC. And using its proprietary DSEE (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine) it can upscale even compressed digital files like mp3 and AAC by restoring the high range lost during the compression process getting about as close as you can to the original recording. The Sony Hi-Res USB DAC System – UDA1B retails for $699.99 at London Drugs.


Last Minute Gadget Gift Ideas Just for Dad

2 Instax Share SP-1If you’re like many who wait for the last minute to find that special gift for that special Dad, or Grand Dad, here are a few ideas especially if he’s a geek – but he doesn’t have to be.

For Dads who love Heavy Duty Wi-Fi

If he’s a real geek and serious Wi-Fi is really important at home, then Dad may enjoy the Linksys WRT 1900AC Dual Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router. This new router looks like a throwback to the earlier part of the 21st century, but its technology is significantly advanced.

READ FULL ARTICLE  including gifts from Linksys, Fuji & Dyson  at G4 TV CANADA


CanoeTech: Gadgets Mom would love

INstax Mini 8 Pink

As Mother’s Day is just around the corner, have you found the perfect gift just for mom? Here are a few ideas that you may not have thought of, that will be a treat for your hard-working Mom beyond that special day.

Instax Camera

If you thought the instant camera of yesteryear has gone the way of the dodo bird, think again. Mom can still take snaps and get some cool little pics almost instantly with the FujiFilm Instax Mini 8. This funky cool camera is focus free and features an automatic flash so Mom can just point and shoot. It prints out 62mm x 46mm credit card size prints immediately and within moments you can see the picture coming alive.     Read more… AT Canoe Tech Blog

Giftagram – send gifts with an email address


Giftagram Toronto is an app for iOS that sends awesome gifts to people in GTA (Greater Toronto Area) via email or text–no address required. They’re not virtual gifts, but real gifts. It’s just that you don’t need to know the recipient’s physical address to order them.


CanoeTech: Last minute gadget gift ideas

DropCamHD Xmas

Gadgets as gifts are truly great to give and to get but how do you select just the right one from the wave of offerings out there? The truth is it’s tough. So here’s a selection of just a few to give you some last-minute food for thought and help you wade through the sea of gadgetry for this holiday season.


Should an iPad Air be under the tree this year?


Now that the latest generation of the Apple iPad, the iPad Air is here, the question on some people’s minds, is whether or not it should be on the list for this year’s holiday season?


New gadgets you’ll give a hoot about!


I recently had an opportunity to be a guest at the London Drugs Retail Tech Group Conference and Trade show in Whistler, BC. It’s really nice to see that, even while technology is growing at an exponential rate, there’s still plenty of room for face-to-face interaction and one-on-one product demonstrations. Truth be told, it makes a whale of a difference. There were about 60 vendors in attendance and we managed to see a number of new and nifty things, many of which would make ideal gifts for the holidays. While it would be impossible to cover the whole gamut of what I saw in a short time, here are a few items, in no particular order, that I thought stood out and would make some great gifts for the upcoming holidays.

Talk Dock brings back that retro feeling


Headsets, earbuds speakerphones are all great, but watching That 70’s Show or seeing retro in vogue, sometimes makes you yearn for yesteryear. But while the evolution of technology might make turning back the hands of time unlikely, we seem to come across gadgets that almost take us there.


iPhone holiday bling especially for the Ladies


For the Ladies, having the right case for their iPhone, is just as important as its shape, size, colour and what it does. So here are a few handpicked holiday gift ideas to help you find just the right case for that special someone.


Holiday Gift iDeas for the iPad lover


The iPad is certainly one of the most versatile tablets in on the market and whether you are looking for one as a holiday gift this season, or simply looking to accesorize, here are a few handpicked ideas for you to help narrow down some of your choices.