Review: UnGrip won’t let you drop your phone


Johann Pascual had an epiphany noticing that while cellphones were getting bigger and bigger most people’s hands were not and that caused some difficulty for some people. So he invented Ungrip, a little gadget that adheres to the back of any sized smartphone allowing you to easily grip your prized device with comfort and care.

Now before you start quoting Capt. Obvious, the reality is that a larger phone means a higher chance of dropping it, a common occurrence particularly when taking Selfies. And haven’t you noticed how many of those phones aren’t even in a protective case Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Free wake-up service fit for the Queen

WakeUpDialerScreenNot everyone has a cellphone, a computer or even an alarm clock, so when our long-retired Aunt called to find a wake-up call service for 2:55AM MDT to watch the Queen’s 90th Birthday celebration, she mentioned that she had heard there was an on-line service that could do the job. I too thought there must be one or even an app for that.

No Time to Lose

With less than six-hours of available shut-eye for dear old Aunt, I quickly started a little digging and noticed there were a number of services. Some ask you to set up an account; others offered a one-time free call, a few more freebies if you signed in and of course a charge behind that. Read Full Post at Canoe Tech Blog.

Waterproof SurfSound-TALK Bluetooth Speaker and Handset

PBTWP24BLPyle Audio®, manufacturers known for their outdoor recreational sports gear and home, car and pro audio equipment, introduces the SurfSound-TALK Bluetooth waterproof speaker and handset.

It’s a funky lightweight, user-friendly Bluetooth speaker/handset, the SurfSound-TALK offers high end cellphone performance in a portable, waterproof audio device.

SurfSound-TALK users can connect and stream music, as well as take private phone calls with its waterproof handset. 

Pyle’s SurfSound-TALK Features Include:

·         Hands-free calling with built-in microphone or a handset for private conversations

·         up to 8 hours on one full charge

·         Small and durable design make it easy to take almost anywhere

·         Included metal carabiner design lets you clip it onto your belt, jeans or backpack

·         Available in 3 colours – blue, white or black

It should be  available  later today for $64.99 U.S. at


netTALK & VTech bundle create turnkey home phone package

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Just in time for Back-to-School, VoIP provider netTALK and handset manufacturer VTech have teamed up to provide a low cost turnkey home phone bundle for under $80. It can be used almost anywhere; all you need is a high speed Internet connection.

The bundle combines a netTALK DUO VoIP adapter and a VTech CS6619-2NT expandable cordless phone system, complete with two handsets all in one box. It’s priced at $79.76 is a available exclusively through a select number of Walmart Canada stores. Purchasing a bundle is better deal than buying the two items individually which would run you $124.90, over $40 more.

The bundle price includes a full year of free calling throughout Canada and the U.S.   It also comes with a number of free calling features. These include: call waiting, call forwarding, conference calling, enhanced 911, 411 directory assistance, visual voicemail, call blocking, 3-way calling plus a number of others. You also get a free phone number and your line may be eligible to optionally port over your existing phone number from your current service provide for a one-time fee.

While I have not personally reviewed the the netTALK DUO, back in February, I reviewed its wireless version, the netTALK DUO Wi-Fi, which you can read about here, so it can give you a good idea of what it’s all about.

Review: NetTALK Duo Wi-Fi VOIP system


There doesn’t seem to be a shortage of phone lines in my household but truth being told, with Skype, Facetime and my iPhone readily available, I hardly use them. While I’m not sure I’m ready to totally cut out the cord, it would be nice to find a way to cut down some of those monthly expenses.



SpareOne phone lasts 15 years on one AA battery


You find yourself stuck in a situation where you need to make an emergency phone call but sadly your phone is dead with no power source in sight. You say to yourself, “I wish I had a spare one”. XPAL Power Inc. has developed a product for that and it’s appropriately called SpareOne. It’s a low-cost, vanilla emergency mobile phone that’s designed to be there just when you need it.  It can call 911 with or without a SIM card and can operate as a phone with one installed.