New faster on-board Wi-Fi available for purchase on Air Canada

It seems we expect free Wi-Fi just about everywhere on the ground but when it comes to connecting on a plane 30,000 feet in the air, options for the longest time have been somewhat non-extent. While it’s not free, Air Canada you can now stream your favourite content like you would at home with their new top-of-the-line as they call it satellite Wi-Fi technology. [Read more…]

Save money, avoid outrageous phone bills when travelling abroad

New CRTC rules mean Canadian providers must now unlock your phone, making it easier to use a different SIM card.

For many people, smartphones have become 24/7 appendages. However, worried about outrageous phone, data and roaming fees, many people reach for the off switch when travelling.

This is particularly true when going out of country or overseas. No one wants to return home to massive cellphone bills.

But rules and regulations are starting to change, and there are now more affordable choices for consumers. (Click More to read here. Or read it at Troy Media.) [Read more…]

iHeadBones Cyclist Headset uses cheekbone to transmit sound

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About five years ago I discovered an amazing little gadget called Rock-it! which using vibrations, could turn any hard surface into a speaker. Fast forward to 2017 and those good vibrations are even better as iHeadBones has just unveiled the R949 Cyclist Headset which actually uses your own cheekbone to transmit sound directly to your inner ear. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Review: UnGrip won’t let you drop your phone

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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.

LectroFan micro wireless speaker helps you sleep better

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It may sound unusual to hear that a gadget that’s a wireless speaker and had the word fan in the name would help you sleep better, but the Lectrofan Micro Wireless Bluetooth Speaker by Adaptive Sound Technologies will do just that.

I’m sure you’ve guessed by now that it’s a multi-functional device but alas, it’s not actually a fan, either. Confused yet? Read on.

In a nutshell, it’s a pocket sized combination white noise and fan sound machine and a wireless Bluetooth speaker. It’s designed primarily to be used in a bedroom or hotel room as a sleep-aid to help people get some good shut-eye, which I’m sure is a challenge for many of us, particularly when you have noisy neighbours, late-night barking dogs or maybe even someone close-by who snores. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Groove Ring perfect for water sport enthusiasts

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If you’re a huge sports enthusiast particularly those that involve water like boating, fishing or swimming, but often worry about losing or damaging your rings or wedding bands and can’t leave home without one on your finger, then the Groove Life Groove Ring might give you and your significant other one less thing to worry about.

It’s not high-tech in the sense that it’s electronic or Wi-Fi enabled but it is made of high quality low-profile medical grade flexible silicon. And their designers seem to have really thought this one though. It features recessed grooves, which allows for proper airflow between your fingers while keeping the water out but still hugging nicely to your finger without stopping your blood’s circulation. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Gadgets for Dad for Father’s Day

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Some find it tough to find Dad just the right gift for Father’s Day, so here are a few ideas for the outdoorsy Dad, cord-cutter Dad or Dad with a Galaxy S8 or iPhone 7 series smartphone. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Get U.S. Cash at Canadian ATMs

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I learn something new everyday. Yesterday, it was that I could get US currency from a Canadian ATM at CIBC. At this one particular branch in Edmonton, one of the ATM machines has been given the additional capability of dispensing US Cash – but it has to be in $20 denominations.

Now I didn’t actually need U.S. currency at the time; I was actually just venting to one of the staff that the machine I was using only dispenses $50 bills, so now I had to stand in line to get change. That’s when the helpful customer service person smiled and said, “Just look above the machine. You see the 50 icon? That means it dispenses $50 bills. And by the way that machine at the end issues US Currency – see the American Flag above it?”  The young lady also happened to mention that I would likely get a better exchange rate than at the till; she didn’t say how much and I could withdraw the currency right from a Canadian account.  Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

New Audi knows when traffic signals will turn green

As the debate of the self-driving car continues, a number of car manufacturers are continuing to build smart and driver assistance technology into their new car models. The latest is Audi with select 2017 Q4 and Q7 models (built after June 1, 2016) which will be equipped with a traffic light information system that can alert the driver from the dashboard and tell him or her when the nearby traffic light will turn from red to green.

Audi America says the new technology called the Traffic Light Information System is being built in conjunction with Traffic Technology Services (TTS) and will be launching as part of their first step in vehicle to infrastructure integration (V2I) technology – and it’s set to launch in select “smart” cities across the U.S. later this fall.

Traffic light information is part of its suite of Audi connect PRIME services, a paid service which vehicle owners will be required to subscribe to in order to gain connectivity. 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.