Google Home, the smart digital assistant/speaker that recently launched in Canada has gotten some new and added functionality this week.
Google Home can now recognize different voices so it can customize your user experience. One of the ways it can do that is by utilizing the second new feature: the ability to make phone calls. Continue reading “Google Home gets new functions in Canada”
How do you know if a smartphone can be right for you? Many people get their first hands-on experience with a new phone while standing in a retail store or browsing online. It’s not a very elegant way to decide whether or not you’re going to make a commitment to something that will be in your hands and part of your most intimate moments likely for the next 2 to 3 years. Ideally, instead, you’d get to hold it and get a real feel for it, try out the camera, interact with the device and its apps, and use it as if it were your own before you decide. I had a rare chance to do exactly that with the Samsung Galaxy S8 before its public launch. But this was no ordinary review opportunity. Continue reading “24 hours at the edge of the world with Samsung Galaxy S8”
Who couldn’t use a few more hours (or even minutes) of extra sleep, or better sleep overall? We should all go to bed earlier, but sometimes that’s not realistic. Couple our poor bedtime habits with the fact many of us are glued to our screens (being bombarded with blue light that stimulates the brain and disrupts sleep) and we’re not doing ourselves any favours.
What’s up with sleep light, wake light?
There are ways to fight off these sleep disruptors; one of them is to change your light bulbs. Yes, by matching your body’s natural circadian rhythms to different colours of light, you can help you body stay properly in sync, and possibly even stay healthier.
I recently received samples of several lights from the company Lighting Science. These lights are specifically created to compensate for the problems that the wrong lighting can create. Continue reading “Light bulbs mimic daylight & night light for better sleep – Lighting Science”
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Start dreaming of summer now. Playbulb has a brand new smart light that lets you decorate your pool, pond or yard with multi-coloured light. It’s the newly launched Playbulb Solar. Continue reading “New Playbulb Solar made for pool & outdoors”
With so many of us relying solely on our smartphones for the bulk of our photography, it’s too bad we don’t put much effort into making the shots truly great. While lighting, luck and skill are definitely part of getting a good photo, you can improve your snaps with a few key accessories. Joby is a large company that makes photo accessories and gear for DSLR cameras, and action video cameras like GoPro, but it’s also got some gadgets that can help you with the photos you take on your phone. Continue reading “Photo gear from Joby lets you go handsfree”
Is there a TV sitting in your basement that is basically obsolete? Wondering how you can stream today’s shows on that old TV?
When HDMI ports emerged years ago, allowing reliable strong digital connections from peripherals to TVs, many sets fell out of use as the popularity of HDMI-connected gaming consoles and streaming devices grew. But that also means that TVs without HDMI ports can’t connect to today’s streaming devices like Apple TV, Roku and Google Chromecast. But there’s now a reliable, easy way to get streaming TV on your old set. Continue reading “How to stream with an old TV (even without an HDMI plug!) Try Roku Express+”
There were so many great gadgets through my tech test center this year. I picked just a few as some of my most favourite for 2016. Be sure to check out my longer “Top 10 tech gifts” list too. Continue reading “Top tech gift picks”
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Getting content from the web to your TV has almost always involved 2 things; 1) hooking your computer up to your TV, a complicated process best reserved for techno geeks, or 2) purchasing a third party box or web-enabled TV. Well now you have options, and Roku has just announced what may be the most pocket-friendly option; the Roku Streaming Stick,
Preorder now at Futureshop.ca.
This little gadget looks like your standard USB stick, but inside is a wealth of video options, or as I saw one TechCrunch writer put it, “it makes dumb TVs smarter”. The Roku Streaming Stick allows you to stream content direct to your TV, simply by plugging this little gadget into the back HDMI slot. Roku says it contains instant access to 700+ channels (in Canada)……
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