EcoSlate rugged waterproof Bluetooth speaker and lantern

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If you spend a lot of time outdoors year-round, like to listen to your tunes on the go but want to carry around only the absolute minimum, then the new EcoSlate by ECOXGEAR may be a new gadget to check out. It’s an all-new rugged, all-in-one waterproof portable audio system that features a built-in power bank and a bright lantern.

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As far as the speakers go, under the hood are two 10 W speakers (20 watts total) with dual passive subwoofers.  Like most of ECOXGEAR products, it’s designed to be rugged. It has a drop proof exterior that the company says meets military specifications. It’s also IP 67 rated, meaning that it’s fully dust resistant and protected from full immersion in water for up to one metre in depth. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Ford smart crib mimics the movements of your car

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Two weeks ago, if I heard about the Ford Motor Company rolling out an at-home smart crib that lulls your newborn to sleep by simply mimicking the movement of your automobile, I would’ve immediately thought – here comes another April Fool’s joke. But I guess the joke is on me; it’s called Max Motor Dreams, and it’s real.

Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Review: IK iRig Acoustic Stage digital mic system for acoustic guitars

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Back in December 2015 we reviewed the iRig Acoustic mic as a great little gift for the music lover; a MEMS microphone that clips on to the sound hole of an acoustic guitar. Now, IK Multimedia has taken that one step farther with the iRig Acoustic Stage digital mic system, a portable pre-amp and a digital signal-processing unit (DSP) that can enhance the acoustic sound sent out to a mixing board or amplifier or output to a computer or mobile device.

Sold as a kit, iRig Acoustic Stage comprises of the main pre-amp/DSP unit, iRig Acoustic Mic (functionally similar, but not interchangeable with the one sold as a stand-alone product), a belt/strap clip and padded case.

The idea behind the mic was that you could get better sound from an acoustic instrument being as close to the sound hole as possible even closer than a traditional external mic could be placed. Also having it attached to the guitar, gives the musician the freedom to move around rather than be stuck in front of a stationary mic stand. Read more…and see full review at CanoeTech Blog.

Apple drops iPad Air in favour of new iPad

 

 

 

 

 

A few years back when Apple launched their latest series of smaller notebooks, they dropped the “Air” in MacBook Air and simply called the new 12-inch model, MacBook. Well, it looks like the same has happened with the iPad Air, as Apple today unveiled a new lower-cost 9.7-inch model simply called iPad.

With the release of the new model for 2017, the new designation will separate it from the iPad Pro models.  The new iPad will feature an upgraded processor, yet remain very similar to the MacBook Air 2 but with a few differences.

It still keeps the same display size as the MacBook Air 2, i.e. 9.7-inches. It will still be an LED backlit, Retina display with multi-touch at 264 PPI and a 2048 x 1536 resolution. It also maintains the 8.0MP rear camera that shoots 1080P HD video, and a 1.2-megapixel front-facing FaceTime HD camera battery-life also remains at 10 hours.  Read full post at Canoe Tech Blog.

Oral-B Genius toothbrush feels and sees what you can’t – Review

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The dental team at Edmonton’s Southgate Dental Centre, is thorough, very thorough, and they care. At each checkup and cleaning visit, I get sage technical and non-technical advice along with the usual words of wisdom but also words of warning about things like regular flossing and proper care of my teeth. And it’s usually my hygienist who’s just a little more scolding than the dentist. The truth is she’s pretty much always right and on my last visit I heard something particularly different.

Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog

New IK Multimedia Fulltone guitar & bass effects collection for AmpliTube

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IK Multimedia has just unveiled the new Fulltone Collection for AmpliTube for Mac/PC, which offers guitarists and all musicians an essential palette of sounds that span from classic to contemporary tones.

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Pyle vertical Bluetooth turntable stands up and stands out

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I’m an old-school audiophile so call me sentimental, but I’m also a Gadget Guy. So when I see retro technology combined with today’s innovations I get pretty excited. This time, it comes from long-time audio products manufacturer Pyle USA. Today, they unveiled a brand-new turntable that almost makes a vinyl record stand up on its end. It’s called the Bluetooth Vertical Turntable, a new gadget that plays vinyl records positioned vertically and wirelessly streams music from almost any Bluetooth enabled device. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Indestructible Nokia Gresso 3310 costs a cool $4K

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I’ve heard that some retro gadgets retain their value and then some, but this one really takes the cake.  The old Nokia 3310 handset, not even a smartphone, is making a comeback. This one, a variation of the retro handset reimagined by Gresso will come in an indestructible casing, crafted from titanium but it will set you back a cool US $2990, or about 4000 loonies. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

LG G6 with 18:9 aspect ratio display almost here

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If you’re a fan of LG and await the much-anticipated LG G6 smartphone, it will be unveiled tomorrow Sunday February 26th. For those of us in Canada it might be a little too bright and early especially if we want to catch the YouTube live stream (below) of the mobile announcement from Barcelona, Spain, which begins at 6 a.m. Eastern, 3 a.m. Pacific. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Leef iBridge 3 Mobile Memory expands iPhone, iPad storage

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If you’re an active iPhone user, chances are you’re likely running low on storage space, particularly if you shoot lots of hi-res pictures and high-def video. We know of course, that iPhone memory is not expandable – no card slots for extra storage. The solution might just be Leef iBridge 3.0 Mobile Memory. It’s a nifty gadget that plugs directly into your iOS device’s Lightning port that allows you to expand your memory and working in conjunction with its companion app gives you in part the functionality of a mini external drive – and more. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.