Grab n’ Go Family Gifts for Holiday Time Entertainment

You’re on your way home or off to a holiday gathering of family and friends, but need a possible last minute gift to take along.  Here are a few gift ideas you can pick up on the way or order for quick delivery for a relaxing time during the holiday week – suitable for all ages.

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Dress up and Protect Your New iPhone

At this time of year holiday gifts and retailer incentives and discounts are driving the purchase of new smartphones, including the latest iPhone 11. While some people simply grab whatever’s handy when they buy their phone, others prefer to truly accessorize; to dress up, protect or enhance their new pride and joy.  So here are a few ideas from Case-Mate, Smartish, Catalyst and Apple to help you in your quest.

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Roku introduces Press Paws Remote pet-friendly streaming remote

Roku,  believes TV is for everyone – even for pets! According to their customer feedback, many of you lean on the TV to help entertain their playful pooch when they’re not at home. For our favorite furry friends, the television viewing experience can be static, and dare we say, unfulfilling…and that’s ruff. [Read more…]

Give the Gift of Gadgets

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Whether you are high tech or not, people love to get the gift of gadgets. It seems like each new day brings a new gadget making the right choice harder and harder.  To help you out, here are a few gift ideas that are suitable for everyone.

For the Tablet Lover

If you like a full-sized tablet without the bulk, the new Apple iPad Air is 20% thinner, 28% lighter and with the new A7 chip and M7 motion coprocessor is more powerful than ever before.

It still features a 9.7″ high-definition Retina Display as before and also maintains the same respectable 10-hour battery life, but now packaged in a tablet that weighs only 1 pound. (1.05 lb. for the Wi-Fi + LTE model).



CanoeTech: More gadgets Dad will surely love


Still undecided on what to get Dad for Father’s Day? Here are a few last minute items for you to ponder on that cover a broad spectrum, since we all know our Dad’s are unique. If not for Dad, these can also make great gifts for anyone at anytime or maybe even something you’ve always wanted for yourself.


Father’s Day Gadgets ideal for any Dad

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There are all kinds of Dads and Dads like all kinds of things, but these days it’s tough to find one who doesn’t like gadgets. So here are a few ideas to consider when selecting just the right gift for your perfect Dad, ranging from simple and nifty to right off-the charts. Read full article at G4TV Canada.

Last minute stocking stuffer ideas for those on the Go

SpareOne Emergency PhoneEDMONTON, AB, Dec 20, 2012/ Troy Media – Over the past year, I’ve discovered a number of gadgets ideal for people on the go. Here are a few handpicked gift ideas that would make for great last minute stocking stuffers and won’t break the bank.

Emergency Cell Phone

When your cellphone power runs dry and there’s no power source in sight or maybe you just don’t own a cell phone, wouldn’t it be nice to have a spare one to make an emergency call? You can, with a SpareOne by XPAL. It’s a stripped-down cell phone that operates without a SIM card installed. It can dial 911 and get the help you need. With a SIM installed, it operates as a dual-band cellphone.

It’s sans display, but does have an SMS call-me-back feature that tells your caller you can’t accept text and to call you back. What’s best is that it runs on a single AA battery, included, and can sit on your shelf or backpack for up to 15 years.

SpareOne by XPal

It’s ideal as second cell phone or for emergency purposes or for that special someone who’s refused to enter the world of mobile communications. There are two models: one offers 850/1900MHz GSM frequency bands that operates primarily in North America and Western South America; the other, 900/1800MHz covers for the most part, the rest of the world.

SpareOne by XPAL has a built-in torchlight and includes a waterproof pouch. It retails for $99.95 and is currently on promo directly from SpareOne orAmazon.

Pocket Mic for iPhone, iPad & iPod touch

Built-in iOS microphones usually do a decent job but sometimes, whether it’s for voice memos, lectures or less than ideal recording conditions, we need a higher fidelity recording or more control depending on the environment.

iRig Mic Cast pocket mic

The iRig Mic Cast by IK Multimedia is perfect for just that.  It features dual gain to help control the sound input and its built-in headphone jack allows you to monitor what the mic is actually hearing so you don’t have to guess what the recording will sound like. This is key, especially when there’s no second chance to re-record. It has a built-in windscreen and unidirectional cardioid electret condenser designed to help reduce background noise. What’s great is that it’s pocket-sized, about the size of an iPod shuffle.

iRig Mic Cast retails for $39.95, including a tabletop stand and two downloadable apps – iRig Recorder (free version) to record and edit andVocaLive (designed for singers) for adding in multi-effects processing. It’s available directly through IK Multimedia or

A Tripod that isn’t

SATECHI SCH–22 Camera Holder and Suction Cup Mount doesn’t have three legs so, technically it’s not a tripod, but it does the same job and more without any of the fiddling and instability associated with most tripods.

It’s a slightly oversized pocket mount that weighs less than 2 oz. and features a rubber suction cup that gives you 25 lbs. of gripping power. It uses a standard camera thread mount but in lieu of screws it has a 3-way 360-degree adjustment using one dial-style and two button-type swivel hinges. This design allows you to position your camera or vidcam(or camcorder, palmcorder?), just right, even on the dashboard of your vehicle.

Satechi Camera Mount w/QuikPod Mobile

The SCH-22 is compatible with any standard tripod screw mount and ideal for any mobile photographer, professional or not. It retails for $27.99 US and is available at Satechi.netand,

If you have an iPhone or Smartphone without a tripod mount, for under $20, pick up the Quik Pod Mobilefrom as a cradle style adapter that neatly hugs your phone and is a perfect companion to complement the SCH-22.

Powerless Amplifier

The AirCurve Window Mount by Griffin Technology is a natural hands-free megaphone for your iPhone. No battery, AC power or special cabling is required. Simply insert your iPhone into its cradle and the acoustically friendly design creates a natural amplifier for the sound emanating from the speaker. Attach the AirCurve to your dash or windshield with the appropriate mount and you can enjoy a boost of up to 25db higher than the speakers themselves.

AirCurve Window Mount retails for $39.99 and is available directly fromGriffin’s online store.

Eton Emergency Radio

You never know when you might just find yourself in an emergency situation – like Hurricane Sandy. You may be without electricity or perhaps even be a little cut off from civilization. For those times, the Eton Emergency Preparedness Radios can come in handy.

ETON Solarlink FR370 Emergency Radio

The Eton Red Cross Solarlink FR370 is more than just an AM/FM radio. It also features a 7-channel NOAA Weatherband radio, an alarm clock and a weather alert button that can signal you if there is an alert in your area.There’s more. You can recharge via AC or USB. Plus, it also has a built-in dynamo that you can hand-crank to recharge the batteries. Cranking for 90 seconds will give you 5-7 minutes of playtime. It can also recharge some cellphones yielding 5 minutes of talk from 10 minutes of crank. If there’s sun available, you can recharge via solar power.

ETON Red Cross Solarlink FR 370 retails for $69.99. There’s also a smaller pocket sized version, theETON Red Cross Solarlink FR 170 that retails for $39.99. Both are available at The Source.  Etón Corporation will contribute a small portion of the sales price to support the Canadian Red Cross.

Greg Gazin, known as The Gadget Guy, is a Tech Columnist, Small Business and Technology Speaker and Senior Editor at Troy Media. He can be reached at Gadgetguy.CA  on Twitter @gadgetgreg or you can find him on Empire Avenue at (e)GADGET1.

Texting and Tweeting with Twittens


We can’t seem to keep out hands off our smartphones, but it’s no surprise that it’s tough to answer a call, let alone text and tweet when a slim tuft of leather, wool or polyester stands between your fingers and your touchscreen.



Check Out Apple’s Wireless Dynamic Duo

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Whether you have a laptop or even a desktop, having a clutter-free place to type can help keep you productive focused and neat. For that, Apple has two nifty wireless, ergonomic and sleek devices – a dynamic duo – the Apple Wireless Keyboard and the Apple Magic Trackpad


Set up an iTunes allowance for your kids


Want to give your kids a gift of iTunes without having to keeping buying them cards on an ongoing basis or having to let them use your credit card?  The answer is to give them an iTunes Allowance.