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It’s here: Apple’s new HomePod smart speaker launches

By Erin L / January 23, 2018 / 0 Comments

Apple announces date & pricing for HomePod smart speaker-digital assistant. While a US & UK release is set we’re awaiting details on Canada. What we know:

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Google Home vs Amazon Echo: which should you pick?

By Erin L / January 22, 2018 / 0 Comments

If you’re in Canada, you’ve really got only two choices when it comes to a personal digital assistant or smart speaker: There’s Google Home and Amazon Echo. But how to choose?
They go head to head in this comparison. Only one is victorious.

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Ember smart travel mug review

By Erin L / December 12, 2017 / 7 Comments

Cold coffee sucks.  Almost as much as Mondays.  When I heard there’s a new gadget that can keep your coffee at the perfect temperature, I knew I had to try it.  I’m often up hours before the sun and need my coffee kick to get me going. The Ember mug is a rechargeable insulated travel…

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TVs become art & Augmented Reality for all – new tech

By Erin L / October 9, 2017 / Comments Off on TVs become art & Augmented Reality for all – new tech

The holidays are one of the busiest times of year for technology. Retailers are getting ready for the rush by learning about what’s new. I recently had the chance to attend a mini technology trade show as manufacturers touted their newest gadgets and tech to London Drugs.

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Google Home Review – what a digital assistant can do for you

By Erin L / July 18, 2017 / 1 Comment

Heard about smart home speakers that are also digital assistants & wonder what they can do for you, if they’re worth it? I recently had a chance to spend a couple weeks with Google Home. Find out what surprised me about it.

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How to set up smart lights & home control with Google Home

By Erin L / July 18, 2017 / 1 Comment

Need to know how to set up your smart home or smart light devices with Google Home? Follow our easy step-by-step instructions.

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iRobot improves app, adds mapping & Amazon Alexa integration

By Erin L / March 15, 2017 / Comments Off on iRobot improves app, adds mapping & Amazon Alexa integration

Regular readers and viewers know I’ve become pretty attached to my iRobot Roomba vacuum. (Read my review of the newest iRobot 980 here, or the BraavaJet 240 mopping robot here to see why.) This week iRobot announced it was making some pretty serious upgrades to the cloud connectivity of the iRobot app. You’ll remember from…

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The Nanoleaf Aurora smart light is really amazing

By Erin L / November 15, 2016 / 2 Comments

First we had fire, then electricity. Tesla, Faraday, and Franklin pioneered the technology behind electricity, and then Thomas Edison invented the lightbulb. The way we light our homes really hasn’t changed much since that auspicious day in 1879. The lightbulb is round, it screws into a fixture, which requires a tradesman to install; electricity is…

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New Philips Hue lights & accessories review & how-to

By Erin L / November 5, 2016 / 4 Comments

As the days grow shorter, it’s a perfect opportunity to take a look around your home and assess whether your lighting can use an upgrade. Philips has recently announced several new products and accessories in its smart lighting kit lineup called Hue. I recently had a chance to test out some samples of these new…

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Home Automation with WeMo! Review

By Erin L / February 14, 2015 / 5 Comments

Home automation used to be the stuff of mansions, tycoons and futuristic films and cartoons.  No more.  Now it’s easy and relatively inexpensive to adopt easy home automation features into your house. What can you do with home automation ? From controlling your thermostat, door locks, light bulbs, light switches, sockets or plugs and even…

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