Great gadgets come in small gift packages

1 MusicProGifts come in all shapes and sizes, but bigger isn’t necessarily better or more desirable. So here are a few gift ideas all of which I had an opportunity to test-drive, that are all much smaller than a bread box and some of which might actually fit in the palm of your hand.

High Fidelity Electronic Earplugs

This first one certainly fits the criteria, but it’s designed for your ears. The Music•Pro High-Fidelty Electronic Musicians Earplugs by Etymotic Research as the name says is ideally suited for musicians, but equally sensible for anyone to find themselves in environments where hearing protection is without trading off sound fidelity, which something like typical passive earplugs can’t accomplish.  READ FULL ARTICLE at G4 Canada.

5 holiday gadget gift ideas for a dorm or small space

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They say that all good things come in small packages and sometimes “small” are what we need especially if our loved ones live or work in a tight space. And whether it is in a dorm room, condo, and makeshift office or for simply sitting on your couch, here are five gadgets that make ideal gifts for this holiday season that just make sense. 

Nimblstand Instant Workstation 

The iPad has become so versatile that many people are replacing their notebooks with these Apple tablets. The reality is that one never knows when or where it’s going to be used, but fear not, there’s a Nimblstand for that!   All you need to do is slide in your Apple Wireless Keyboard horizontally through the form-fitted slot, drop in your iPad in either landscape or portrait mode and you have an instant ergonomic compact two-piece workstation to help you play more comfortably and work more productively, almost anywhere. Read more… at Canoe Tech Blog.

BlueDriver deciphers your “Check Engine” light

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You’re driving through Banff to Fairmont Hot Springs and the dreaded Check Engine light illuminates on your car’s dashboard. Expletives come out from your mouth, followed by the onset of panic and you assume the worst. Besides the time and probably $100 or so excluding repair costs to find out what the problem might be, it also dawns on you that you and your family, just might have to spend the better part of your holiday with your new best friend – the tow-truck driver. So it’s great to know that there’s a product like BlueDriver by Lemur Vehicle Monitors touted as “Professional diagnostics for everyone”.  Now it won’t fix the problem, but it might just give you the information you need to give you peace of mind and possibly save you from unscrupulous mechanics.

More specifically, BlueDriver is an advanced diagnostic scan tool – similar to those used at car dealerships and vehicle repair outlets to troubleshoot and diagnose car trouble and demystify the dreaded Check Engine light. Read more… AT CANOE TECH BLOG.

Gadgets to look for during Black Friday Cyber Monday week and holiday buying season

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If you’re looking for that special gift for that special someone or perhaps yourself, why not take advantage of possible Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals many of which are going on for a week. Not only can you save a few bucks, you won’t be rushing like many of us on Christmas Eve trying to round up the last few items. While sale flyers and “apps for that”, can help you find the right price, here’s just a couple of ideas for gadgets I’d recommend you might want to check out and some of them are actually on sale right now.

Panasonic KX-PRW120 SmartPhone Connect Cordless Phone

People say with everyone going to mobile phones that cordless phones are a thing of the past. But the recently introduced Panasonic KX-PRW120W SmartPhone Connect Cordless Phone, which I had an opportunity to test-drive a few months back, not only gives you the best of both worlds it actually integrates them.

The phone is actually a Wi-Fi enabled device that works nicely with your wireless devices including tablets. So when a landline call comes in, for example, you can actually “transfer” your call to your mobile device that sitting on the network enabled with Panasonic’s Smartphone Connect app for iOS or Android. This will allow your son to seamlessly take a call on his iPad that you transfer to him. Even better, your landline is now freed up for other calls.    Read more… AT CANOE TECH BLOG

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.

Read more…AT CANOE TECH BLOG

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

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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

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.

Read more…AT CANOE TECH BLOG

CanoeTech: Last minute gadget gift ideas

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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.

Read more…AT CANOE TECH BLOG

Should an iPad Air be under the tree this year?

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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?

Read more…AT CANOE TECH BLOG