Gift ideas for Dads – CTV Tech Talk

This month on CTV Tech Talk we checked out some great new gadgets that would also make good gifts for Father’s Day.

Fugoo Speakers: Fugoo Style, Style XL, Tough

Fugoo style poetable wireless bluetooth speakerFugoo makes a variety of Bluetooth speakers in varying sizes, different levels of portability and several styles; we checked out the Style, Style XL and Tough.

The Style speaker is one of the chicest, but its good looks conceal a tough and durable interior. Fugoo says the speaker has a “fiber-reinforced resin shell and waterproof cloth covering that gives this speaker the protection it needs to last long past cocktail hour.”

The speaker is about the size of a small clutch purse or a portable coffee mug, and though it’s lightweight, it doesn’t feel cheap; it feels like it has some durability and heft behind it. it has a built in speakerphone and connects with Siri or Google Now.

It also has a changeable jacket, which is removed by pushing a release tab on the base. Without its skin, it looks very industrial, and still cool. Keeping the jacket on provides some measure of water or spill protection, so it’s probably best kept on.

Read more about the Style speaker in Erin’s review.

 Jam Xterior Max portable speaker

The Jam Xterior Max which is a rugged Bluetooth speaker designed for the outdoor enthusiast. The speaker claims to handle rough and tumble conditions while still providing superior sound quality. 

The Jam Xterior Max lives up to its name when it comes to durability. When I first picked up the speaker it had the weight of my trusty old Sports Walkman back in high school.

While speakers seem to be trending towards smaller and lighter, the Jam has a sturdy feel to it. Despite its beefy five pound girth the Jam is built for portability and has a super grippy exterior to help prevent accidental drops.

Pairing the Jam Xterior Max was very simple. As with most Bluetooth pairings these days, a typical long push of a button along with that oh-so-pleasant sounding voice and you’re off to the races. I tested the pairing on both iOS and Android without any issues.

Read the full review here.

Epson Workforce WF-4740 Inkjet Printer

I’ve recently changed my tune on printers. I used to think they were rather unnecessary in our digital world. Then I had a chance to test a couple, and found myself printing all kinds of things.

For starters: photos.  All our photos tend to live on our phones, but when you print them they become keepsakes.  Printing photo magnets and stickers are also quick and easy. A fun idea for Father’s Day is to print iron-on transfers for T-shirts and make a cute project or gift.

Today I showed off the Epson Workforce WF-4740 Inkjet Printer which gives you heavy-duty performance plus the fastest color print speed in its class. It holds 500 sheets, so you won’t need to refill that often. Plus, its 4.3″ color touchscreen offers easy navigation.

Check out more info here.

Samsung Galaxy S8+ smartphone

The Samsung Galaxy S8+ is a sexy piece of work. It’s ultrathin and very light. In a significant upgrade from its predecessor, the phone has a larger front screen — a 5.5” ‘Infinity Display’ which fills almost the entire space. Gone is the S7’s lower control panel on the bottom end and the logo panel along the top edge. Now the screen covers most of that real estate. (For you iPhone 6 users, all that white space on the front is basically eliminated.)

The camera on this phone is a game changer. Smartphone cameras have replaced point and shoot and DSLR cameras for many of us. It’s just too convenient to use your smart phone for photography when it’s always in your hands or pocket. Plus, with smartphones, we can upload pictures to social media, and share with family and friends instantly.

The biggest problem with some smartphone cameras has been quality. Samsung has been paying attention and appears to have poured everything they’ve got into the camera on this device.

Supreme selfies!

A selfie taken with the Samsung Galaxy S8 (in Pro mode – everything in focus)

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ will take outstanding selfies, thanks to the 8MP F1.7 Smart autofocus front camera.  Or do as I did, and enjoy snapping photos, panoramas, and even easy 360° views using the 12MP F1.7 Dual Pixel rear camera, which also features outstanding low-light, zoom and anti-blur technology with enhanced image processing. Samsung also makes it easy to snap away since you can access the camera quickly by double tapping the power button.

Read more about the Galaxy S8 here.

Win a Fugoo Speaker! 

***PLEASE note the contest is now CLOSED. Congratulations to winner Lisa Douglas. ***To enter, please write a (preferably nice!) comment in the comments section below.

Don’t forget to use they keyword(s) I gave out on TV.

You may enter today until midnight.  Contest closes at 11:59pm MT Tuesday  June 13th, 2017. One entry per person.  Duplicate/additional entries on the same day will be discarded.

The Fine Print:

I’ll get in touch with the winner via email. Winner must respond to my email within 48 hours. If I do not receive a response/acknowledgement of the win, your entry is forfeited/discarded and I’ll redraw under same 48 hour timeframe until I get a winner to acknowledge.

I’ll pick one winner at random from among all the website entries. Only 1 entry per person, per day please; duplicate entries will be discarded.

Contest closes at 11:59pm MT Tuesday  June 13th, 2017. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. Not valid in Quebec.

1 winner will receive 1 Fugoo portable speaker, exact mode of which is to be determined by Fugoo Inc. and is at the company’s sole discretion, and subject to availability. bears no responsibility for prizes not delivered, delayed or misdirected, or not claimed after 30 days. Prize has no cash value. Fugoo has the right to substitute a similar prize, so the prizes may not be exactly as shown.

Winner’s name(s) Will be posted to this website and/or social media after the drawing.

If for any reason the internet portion of the contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond the control of this website which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this contest, erinlyyc reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest. Prize may not be exactly as show in accompanying photographs. Prize are supplied to by a third party, as such bears no responsibility for prizes delayed, misdirected, adjusted, substituted, or otherwise not supplied.

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101 thoughts on “Gift ideas for Dads – CTV Tech Talk

  1. Would love to win the speaker – thanks for the suggestions, and appearance this morning on the show!

  2. Thanks for your knowledgeable review of the speakers this morning. I’m actually looking for a good new bluetooth speaker, and these all look great. The key word was Steve.

  3. hi….watched the CTV dads day segment this morning…great stuff,,,great give away
    enjoy the week ahead

  4. Great demos this morning on CTV, thanks for the info on the products. Entry code for contest is Steve, your dad’s name.

  5. Steve is the key word (your father’s name!) Thanks for the review on the portable speakers-learned a ton! My boyfriend just got the new Samsung 8 and I would agree that the camera is amazing

  6. I was really impressed by the information presented in the CTV piece this morning. And I’m glad I have now found your blog. Lots of great information here. Would love to win the speakers. :). Keyword: Steve. Thanks. Robin Kelly

  7. Thanks Erin for your very informative blog. I always enjoy seeing the products that you’ll present on CTV Calgary providing a great product review. I have a friend who’s name is Steve; loyal encouraging and always there when needed, I am sure the same can be said of your dad 🙂 Have a wonderful day!

  8. My husband loves listening to music and these would be a great gift to win! Hope you get your Dad Steve something as cool!

  9. I really like your segments on CTV. This is this is the first time in your site and wow love it more. Definitely going to be a subscriber. The work you put into this is amazing.
    Thank You!

    * STEVE *

  10. Such great tech stuff available now! Those speakers would be great for the patio this summer! Awesome Father’s Day gift ideas, thanks! I hope your dad, Steve, has a great Father’s Day!

  11. Lots of great info.. I’ve bookmarked your page … really like the format too… Today’s keyword is “Steve”…!

  12. Keyword is “Steve.” Great review today, thanks for the information that you always provide to the CTV’s Morning News crew.

  13. Oh, wireless speakers, great idea!! Will need to try the Fugoo. Also, that printer looks pretty sweet!

    Happy Father’s Day to your Dad Steve!

  14. Great info this morning on the speakers! Love the 40 hour charge and the ability to charge phones on the speaker!

  15. Hi Erin, you brought some really great ideas for Father’s day gifts. As a techie myself, I’m going to have to check out these items. Your father, Steve, is a lucky dad.

  16. Great segment! This would be a great gift for my husbands first Father’s Day he is the best father to our daughter!

    And happy Father’s Day to Steve!

  17. I think one of those speakers would be great for our daughters wedding taking place in our backyard, great information!

  18. Will certainly look up these speakers. We are not tecky and would like something simple and easy to use. Thanks for your review of things for Dad!

  19. Thanks for the information this morning. What a great way to sit outside in the summer with friends and have the speaker outside with you.
    Keyword – Steve

  20. Wow .. Love the Tec Talk and today’s Fogoo Speakers not only look good they sound Great! … a Great gift For Fathers Day .. Erin is always looking for great gifts for her dad “Steve” and the Galaxy S8 and S8+ fills the spot so she can take great pics and send them to her dad … thus now she gives her self a tool that keeps giving .. wink wink nudge nudge you know what I mean?

  21. Just happened on your segment. Might have to have you as one of my favourites now and watch you regularly. Key word is Steve! Have a great day.

  22. What a great segment today Erin. I’m off on medical leave and wish I had a speaker to use while my leg is propped up. I bet your father Steve, would like the speaker for Father’s Day too!

  23. Great segment on CTV Morning Live. I will be a follower going forward. Thanks for the great ideas. Hope you Dad “Steve” has a great day on Sunday! Cheers!

  24. Happy Fathers Day to Your Dad ” Steve ”
    Was looking for this kind of speaker for our little trailer that doesn’t take up much space.

  25. Thanks Erin for all amazing suggestions, love your news, always looking forward to reading and staying more tech focused, you ROCK

  26. Steve isn’t my name. But if it were, I’d be proud to Steve it. I’d Steve that Steve all over town. I’d play songs on this Fugoo speaker featuring Steve Tyler on Stevens Avenue, with my own dad, whom I’d give this to. While we both wore T-shirts with “STEVE” written on them. Blasting at 90 Stevciebels of volume. Because that’s what Steve does.


  27. I never would have heard of Fugoo before your segment today. Definitely going to check them out. Love portable audio! Steve should have been in the email response, not the comments. Now everyone knows!

  28. We are up for new phones and maybe the Samsung 8 plus might be our answer. We currently have 6s and seem to have reception issues. This speaker looks really cool for dad. I hope I can win. I’m sure Steve would like it too.

  29. Really enjoyed your Father’s Day gift ideas today. Speakers look fantastic. Would come in handy for those Friday conference calls. Happy Father’s Day to Steve!

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