Watch Live: Google Pixel 2 coming October 4th?

Google - Oct 4, 2017

A suspicious email arrives in my inbox with the subject line, “Ok Google, how many days until Oct 4?” An animated GIF pops up on the screen with the showing the same question, then a reply, “20 days.” At first I thought it was suspicious especially since it was fairly non-descript email. It had short links and a PNG attachment and no signature line. After further investigation, I determined it was legit and realized it was a teaser for some new stuff coming from Google.

Pardon my suspiciousness – my scam and phasing radar is always on high.  Read more at Canoe Tech Blog.

Gifts for Dad great for the outdoors

When it comes to finding Dad the right gadget for Father’s Day, there are so many choices; so here are three gift ideas for a Dad who likes to spend time outside, whether on the field, on the road or otherwise.

Ultimate Mini DashCam

You know Dad loves car gadgets but you also know he wouldn’t want to be gifted with some big clunky camera that would clutter up his dashboard. If that sounds like your Dad, then he might be surprised at what big features can be found in the compact Magellan MiVue 420 DashCam. 

At only 3.5”x1.9”x1.5” the MiVue 420 is packed full of features. The camera is equipped with a wide-angle lens camera (140° horizontal field of view) that captures Super HD (1296p) video both during the day and at night. It will also timestamp on the video GPS coordinates, date, time and speed, etc. These are also locked-in should Dad need proof of an event or if the unit senses the car’s been hit or moved erratically.

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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.

Whoosh! wipes out your smartphone’s bacteria

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It comes in the form of a kit that consists of a clear spray solution and an anti-microbial 6″ x 6″ orange microfibre cloth. There’s no alcohol or ammonia in the solution, which can be harmful to the coatings on some screens, particularly those like the oleophobic coating found on the iPhone.

Screens like the iPhone are designed for capacitive touch. This means that it relies on the ever-minute electrical particles found in the human finger that makes touchscreens possible.  That’s why touchscreens don’t really work if you’re wearing regular gloves.

Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Apple iPhone SE not exactly a 6S in a 5S shell

iPhone SEApple is Bucking the “bigger is a better” trend unveiling the much anticipated iPhone SE and bringing back the smaller and ever popular 4″ display. And while some are calling it an iPhone 6S in an iPhone 5S form factor, this is not exactly the case.

Yes, the iPhone SE is smaller than the 6S and the same size as the iPhone 5S. And yes, they do have in common, the 64-bit A9 chip with M9 motion co-processor, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, Wi-Fi calling, 12 mega-pixel iSight camera, 4K video recording, 720HD video recording, Voice over LTE (VoLTE) amongst many of the other wonderful features of the iPhone 6S.

Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

LD WEST: Gun style holster for your smartphone

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When I first heard about the LD WEST Holster, I was intrigued – anything that can be used to save valuable pocket space must be a good thing. When I first saw it, held it in my hands, I didn’t know exactly what to make of it. You can easily surmise by the name that it’s a holster; combine that with the name and you’re thinking Cowboys and the Wild West. As it turns out neither is the case although, if you look at its curved cutouts, you may wonder.

LDWEST is actually a sleek fashionable holster system that wraps around the backside of your neck and snaps together allowing you to sling your smartphone under your right arm and your wallet under the left. It’s more like a half a pair of suspenders worn by the likes of Tommy Lee Jones or Clint Eastwood rather than John Wayne or Matt Dillon.

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Nokia Lumia 625 4G on a Tight Budget

image.gifNCA-Lumia625-PP-Hero-Image-Carousel1-2000x1000-jpgEDMONTON, AB, Jul 8, 2014/ Troy Media/ – If you’re in the market for a budget 4G Windows smartphone without being tied down in a two-year contract, you’ll be surprised to find out that the Nokia Lumia 625 might just fit the bill. And the price is right; for only $200, you can have one with no strings attached.

It’s a recent model that’s only been available in Canada for a few months. The polycarbonate shell measures 133.2 x 72.2 x 9.2 mm and weighs 159 grams. It houses a 4.7” LCD display with a resolution of 480 x 800 at 201 ppi (pixels per inch), is powered by a respectable 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and comes with 8GB of internal memory, expandable to 64GB with a micro SD card. It houses two cameras: a 5MP megapixel rear camera with LED flash and delivers hi-def 1080p video at 30fps (frames per second) and a second camera that offers basic VGA resolution. It has 802.11n Wi-Fi and comes with a hefty non-removable 2000mAH battery that’s rated at 14 to 15 hours of talk time and 23 days standby.

The Lumia 625 feels solidly built, albeit a little on the heavy side. But even with a 4.7″ screen, it’s easy to hold in one hand. If you favour your left hand, you might find yourself accidentally hitting the power button located half way up the right edge. Powering it up, you get the Windows 8 tile-like interface that tells you right away that it’s not an Android or iOS handset. It also has three soft-touch buttons (back, Windows and search) on the lower portion of the screen, which offers super-sensitive touch. The same also holds true for navigating from screen to screen and operating the large key on-screen keyboard – they’re fast.

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Vertu luxury smartphone will set you back a cool $10K

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I guess timing is everything. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, or so it appears, UK-based Vertu, the maker of designer and luxury smartphones has unveiled the Vertu Ti, an Android-based smartphone with a starting price tag that might make you shake your head. Now it’s not diamond encrusted that costs almost as much as a house, but it could set you back almost as much as a stripped-down entry-level compact car.

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Hands on Review: Samsung Galaxy Mini

 

 

If you are going to carry a phone around, there’s almost no reason why it should not be a smartphone. For the one time you might need that extra functionality, having one in your pocket, purse or on your hip may make that decision all worthwhile.

Read more…  AT CANOE TECH BLOG

Apple iMessage a real wake-up call for BlackBerry

SAN FRANCISCO, June 10, 2011/ Troy Media/ – At the opening keynote of the World Wide Developer, Conference in San Francisco earlier this week, Apple previewed iOS 5, its latest update to the operating system that runs on iOS devices such as the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.  READ FULL ARTICLE AT TROYMEDIA