New Playbulb Candle S; now rechargeable & brighter

It’s been HOT where I live. Really, bakingly hot.  The kind of heat where you don’t want to turn on the oven for dinner, or even boil water. Lighting candles is out of the question. Despite the fact that some subtle flickering ambiance is nice, adding anything that says ‘heat’ is not happening. That’s why I love Playbulb’s new electronic candles, Candle S. Continue reading “New Playbulb Candle S; now rechargeable & brighter”

Need Samsung accessories? These are perfect for the new Galaxy S8+

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ have been out for a while now, and to go with it, there’s plenty of new Galaxy-ready gear.  Whether you need a proper case, charging cables or other accessories, there are some new options from different companies.

Samsung Accessories – Cool Cases from Olixar

Olixar makes a variety of smartphone accessories for Samsung phones.  From ultra thin cases that are barely there, to ones that are durable and drop-proof, there’s a case to fit every need and situation. My personal favourite for the new Galaxy S8+ is the clear soft plastic version that’s super slim and barely there.  It lets me admire the slim stylings of the phone itself.

Samsung Accessories -Handy Colourful Cables by Ventev

ventev colour charging cable  colorI absolutely love colourful charging cables. Not only are they interesting and different, it’s easy to locate yours among everyone else’s at the office or airport. These cables are available in 3.3 or 6 foot lengths which is extra long too, meaning you’re not going to be tied to the wall while you’re waiting for your phone to recharge.

I love the candy colours available and the flat profile means they wrap easily and don’t tangle.

Ventev also makes handy screen protectors for the Galaxy S8 as well as power and charging options too. I’ve found their gear to be well built and durable in previous tests.

Samsung Accessories – Extra Power from Belkin

belkin power bank charger pink color colour bestRoad tripping means you need in-car power. I recently had a chance to sample some new Belkin gear for my Galaxy S8+. I fell in love with the Home and Car Charging kit that comes with a cable, wall plug and car power adapter.  It was super handy to have all my charging options covered in one package.

I also absolutely love Belkin’s rose gold brushed aluminum power bank. The MIXIT Metallic Power Pack 6600 is powerful and attractive, giving you the ability to charge two devices at once. This was super handy while I was camping, since I could juice up mine and my husband’s smartphones in my daypack. The 6600 mA battery will charge a smartphone three times over, and can also charge your tablet. It doesn’t matter what phone you have, the USB plugs let you plug in anything that needs power.

As I adapt to life in the Samsung Galaxy/Android world, I’m finding these new accessories invaluable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Google Home is a super smart home automation portal that works with just your voice commands. While it can play music and answer trivia questions, and much more (Read Erin’s review of the device here) it can also be used to automate and control smart home gadgets. Here’s how to get smart home devices connected with Google Home. Continue reading “How to set up smart lights & home control with Google Home”

Hunting the elusive Haskap berry

I wrote this article for CityPalate Magazine this summer after trying to find these elusive berries. Have a read. -Erin

“Have you seen any of these?” Like a culinary detective hunting an elusive suspect, I flash a photo at a clerk at the market. “Sorry, no.” I try again next door. “I’m looking for these. Know who’s got any?” “Can’t help you.”

I get similar reactions from people all over the market until I run out of fruit stands. Yes, fruit stands. I’m looking for a berry, and though it’s said to be one of the most prolific in Alberta and western Canada, I’m met with inquisitive looks every time I ask about it. Continue reading “Hunting the elusive Haskap berry”

BlackBerry KEYone smartphone review

The rise and fall of Canadian technology giant BlackBerry is a well known story. But what you might not know is that BlackBerry’s climbing back up into popular culture once again with the release of its brand new phone, the BlackBerry KEYone.

The phone is BlackBerry’s first new offering I’ve paid attention to since I ditched my old Curve about ten years ago. Can it woo back business users and those for whom physical keyboards are a must have? I received one of the brand-new devices to test and review. Continue reading “BlackBerry KEYone smartphone review”

The backpack you need for work – Targus accessories

Mobile vip backpack commute best targusWhether it’s the bus, train or even Uber, sometimes commuting can be a pain. You need to be well armed when you head out for the day; all your papers and gear, your technology and devices, and maybe even lunch thrown in for good measure. Having the right accessories —and the best way to carry them — can make your daily commute easier.

I recently had a chance to partner with well known accessory company Targus to share some new gear picks with readers. They’ve sponsored this post, but let me pick out some of my favourites. Continue reading “The backpack you need for work – Targus accessories”

Linksys Max-Stream Router review (AC2200)

A router is no longer a hidden piece of technology relegated to the basement. Routers are key components to our home networks, whether it’s for surfing the web on a computer, running smart home gadgets, or streaming 4K video. You need something powerful and fast. I asked blogger Ron Leung to tackle the review of a new product on the market. Here’s his review. -Erin

Today I had the opportunity to test the Linksys Max-Stream AC2200 Mu-Mimi Tri-Band Router. The name is definitely intimidating – especially for those who cringe at the thought of setting up a new router. Linksys has been a router and Wi-Fi pioneer since the dark ages of surfing the web when Al Gore claimed to have invented the “interweb”. Continue reading “Linksys Max-Stream Router review (AC2200)”

Switching from Apple to Android/Samsung – What you need to know

I recently decided to switch from my Apple iPhone 6 Plus to a new Android phone; the new Samsung Galaxy S8+. Anyone who’s made the switch from Apple to Android or vice versa knows it can be a big change. There are a few things you should know before you make the switch. Continue reading “Switching from Apple to Android/Samsung – What you need to know”

T3 Micro Featherweight Luxe 2i hair dryer review

Drying your hair is one of those chores that’s necessary, but you’d be hard pressed to find people who say they enjoy it. In fact there was a time where women used to use washing and drying their hair, as an implausible excuse to turn down a bad date. Fortunately, the technology in drying your hair has come along way since the Mad Men era.

I recently had a chance to get to know some beauty gadgets from T3 Micro. You’ll want to check out my review of their smart curling iron – the Twirl 360 – that curls your hair with a gyroscopic barrel. This time, I’m looking at one of their newest models of hairdryer the T3 Micro Featherweight Luxe 2i is one of the brands newest offerings. Continue reading “T3 Micro Featherweight Luxe 2i hair dryer review”