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Back-to-school tech gadgets – Cityline

We take an early look at some of the must-have back-to-school tech gadgets for 2013.

As aired on Cityline, Wednesday, August 7, 2013, on City.

As always, you can watch previous episodes of Cityline at Citytv.com, or via the City Video iOS or Android apps! Cityline airs 9 a.m. on City across Canada. Check Citytv.com for all television air times across the country.

Show notes:

Future Shop
www.futureshop.ca

Products for home:

  • Kobo Arc 7″
  • Verson eReader light
  • Brother Electronic Labelling System
  • Logitech Washable USB Keyboard
  • Epson Expression Home All-In-One Wireless Inkjet Colour Printer with AirPrint

Products to take to school:

  • Microsoft Surface Windows Tablet
  • Livescribe Sky Wi-Fi Smartpen
  • Kensington Ultrabook Laptop Keyed Lock
  • Beats by Dr. Dre Mixr On-Ear Headphones (Neon Collection)
  • Logitech Zone T400 Wireless Touch Mouse (910-003671) – Blue Rush 

Mother’s Day tech gift ideas – The Digital Life

mom-tabletWith Mother’s Day just around the corner, we wanted to share some of our top tech picks for gift ideas for every mom out there.

Samsung Chromebook – $269.99

For the on-the-go business mom, the Chromebook is an inexpensive way to equip her with a computer that’s easy to use and portable! The Samsung Chromebook seamlessly merges sleek design with a Google Chrome operating system and built-in Google apps. Super fast and portable, a gadget- loving mom will have everything she needs in a computer.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0″ 16 GB Android 4.1 tablet with Exynos processor – $429.99

For the gadget-loving mom, upgrade her to the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet. With an 8-inch display, S-Pen and all the functionality you can imagine packed into a truly portable device, it’s the perfect addition to her digital arsenal. For work, play, entertainment and anything in between, the flexible, intuitive and fun Galaxy Note 8.0 will be her go-to device.

Nike SportWatch with TomTom GPS – $169.99

For the fitness-enthusiastic mom, the Nike+ SportWatch is the ideal workout buddy.  It tracks time, distance, pace, heart rate and the number of calories she’s burned so she can get the workout and results she’s looking for. It features a built-in GPS, powered by TomTom, so she’ll always get accurate readings indoors and outdoors.

Kobo Aura 6.8″ eReader touch edition – $169.99

For the on-the-go mom, the new Kobo Aura HD is a premium eReader with an extra-large, 6.8″ high-resolution screen and a book-inspired design that will feel as natural to hold as mom’s favourite novel. With up to two months of battery life, copious customizable fonts, and a ton of storage, she can enjoy a truly immersive reading experience on the go.

Monster Diamond Tears Edge on-ear sound isolating headphones – $349.99

For the all-dolled-up mom, a mom that loves her music and loves looking great when she listens to it, the Diamond Tears Edge headphones combine Monster’s remarkable audio technology and pristine sound with a head-turning design. They feature a diamond-inspired finish and soft, breathable and roomy ear cups.

*Products are all available at Future Shop*


Last-minute gifts for the tech lover – Toronto Star

Apple iPad mini, starting from $329.99, at Apple retailers or Apple.ca

Ideal for: Whiz kids who want the newest tech toy to working professionals who need to stay on top of emails. The small form-factor (it has a 7.9-inch [20-centimetre] screen) allows you to handily carry the device while the screen is large enough for easy readability.

What we love: It has optional cellular connectivity. You can reach up to lightning-LTE speeds, all without a contract or long-term commitment from the wireless carrier – just pay what you use.

Breakthrough features: This tablet is Apple’s smallest – measuring 23-per-cent thinner and 53-per-cent lighter than Apple’s iPad 3, and can fit in the palm of your hand.

What’s disappointing: With Apple focusing on keeping it affordable, the mini lacks a high-resolution retina display, a regular feature on other tablets like the recently announced Google Nexus 10.

Canon EOS M camera, starting at $829.99, at Canon-authorized sellers

Ideal for: Budding videographers and photographers in your life – novice to professional.

What we love: The mirrorless technology gives you the stunning image quality of a DSLR camera with the convenience of a point-and-shoot, minus the bulk. Plus, the APS-C-sized CMOS image sensor makes it a lightweight to tote.

Breakthrough features: With the new stepper motor built into the lenses (they’re included) the Spielberg in your family can capture HD movies in 1080p. The autofocus setting means you can simply hit a button and record up to 44 minutes of HD footage on a 16GB SD card. Now you’ll never miss another birthday or graduation.

What’s disappointing: Theabsence of traditional, standard digital camera features like a viewfinder and built-in flash; you have to carry a separate flash unit (included in the kit).

Sony VAIO T13 with Windows 8, $899, at most electronics retailers.

Ideal for: Those who thrive on processor power and need a machine that can take some abuse (it’s made out of durable aluminum and magnesium construction), all with an affordable price tag.

What we love: You can experience Windows 8 in all its speedy glory. Its elegant build, excellent battery and moderate price point makes this computer an overall mid-range laptop.

Breakthrough features: It comes equipped with all the bells and whistles like a full HDMI port, Windows 8 and a generously spaced keyboard. The touchpad supports multi-touch gestures and allows you to scroll and pinch-and-zoom photos.

What’s disappointing: This computer measures heavier (1.5 kilograms) than rival computers in its category. The keyboard isn’t backlit and the fan can be intrusive.

Samsung GALAXY Note II, $599.99 no term, at major wireless carriers.

Ideal for: The consummate traveller who needs a mobile office. It’s only 5.5 inches [14 centimetres], eliminating the need for both a smartphone and a tablet computer.

What we love: It’s a smartphone/tablet hybrid with a large, vibrant HD Super AMOLED 5.5-inch screen giving you quality and quantity. The included S-Pen allows you to be creative: draw fun pictures and take notes on the large screen.

Breakthrough features: While other phones have similar motion-gesture features, Samsung has perfected it to integrate directly with the operating system making it easier to use: silence calls when the phone is flipped over, and just shake to connect to Bluetooth.

What’s disappointing: The larger screen may be a tight squeeze for your pocket or your clutch. LTE data is battery-intensive, so turn it off when not in use.

BlackBerry PlayBook 4G LTE, $549.99 no-term, at major wireless carriers.

Ideal for: The workaholic who can leave his or her laptop behind, but still have access to email, media and productivity tools like Microsoft Office via Documents To Go, or the teen who doesn’t like waiting for movies to load before watching them.

What we love: It’s the size of an e-reader, but offers more features such as 4G LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity, a wide-selection of apps from Blackberry App World, two 1080p HD cameras and HDMI. It also brings the BBM service to a bigger, tablet-sized screen.

Breakthrough features: The BlackBerry Bridge app allows you to switch between your BlackBerry smartphone and PlayBook – giving you access to a larger screen. wide-selection of apps from Blackberry App World, two 1080p HD cameras and HDMI. It also brings the BBM service to a bigger, tablet-sized screen.

What’s disappointing: It’s designed to work with a BlackBerry smartphone via the BlackBerry Bridge application. iPhone or Android users may not appreciate the unified BlackBerry experience.

Kobo Arc, $199.99, at Indigo.

Ideal for: The literary aficionado or student who doesn’t want to tote around a dozen books at a time.

What we love: Kobo has one of the largest e-bookstores (access to over three million e-books — one million of which are free!). Its dual-core processor allows you to turn pages without lag, smoothly surf the web and speedily check your emails.

Breakthrough features: It’s not just your personal library. It allows you access to movies, music, apps and games — all in colour, and lighter than a traditional computer.

What’s disappointing: While it hasadditional tablet capabilities (load apps, music and movies), this shortens the battery life.

Sharp 60-inch LE845 TV, $2,699.99, at most electronics retailers

Ideal for: Families making the big upgrade for the family den, or a new toy for Dad’s man cave.

What we love: This sleek LED TV features Sharp’s Quattron four-colour technology, including a full 3D-2D conversion experience. The 240Hz edge-lit LED panel means your TV will deliver a natural and vibrant picture.

Breakthrough features: SmartCentral, Sharp’s link between TV and the Internet. Through Wi-Fi, you can download and access some of your favourite social apps or surf the web – all from the comfort of your own remote control.

What’s disappointing: The steep $2,699.99 price tag.


Fast Five Holiday Gifts for Techies – CityLine

This is a quick 50-second piece I did, named “Fast Five,” on CityLine discussing my top five gifts for the tech lovers in your life.

As aired on CityLine on December 12, 2011.

Smartphones
1) Motorola RAZR 4G for Rogers

  • Lightning fast 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and a cool 1GB of RAM – listen to music, check the score, and have your email refresh all at the time, without delay
  • Super durable Kevlar® fiber and Corning® Gorilla® Glass screen with splash-guard coating- drop it, scratch it or toss it in your bag without any fear of damage
  • The Motorola MotoCast app gives you the power to stream or download content from your PC straight to your device – no uploading, your personal library is always within reach

Tablets
2) HTC Jetstream ANDROID LTE tablet for Rogers

  • Tri-band HSPA+/Quad-band EDGE for connectivity on the Rogers 4G HSPA+ network and roaming in over 190 countries.
  • 10” (1280 x 800) HD touchscreen
  • 32 GB capacity plus supports up to 32 GB expandable microSD memory.
  • 8MP rear camera for 1080p HD video capture, 1.3MP front camera for video calling.
  • Easy pre-loaded access to Rogers My Account, urMusic™, Rogers On Demand, MacLeans™, Sportsnet™ and the Gameloft store.

Navigating on the go
3) TomTom GO LIVE 1535M + HD Traffic, NEW to Canada

  • One of their newest GPS units, touch screen, running for $269.
  • Offers their NEW Canadian HD Traffic feature, updating realtime speed information.
  • Displays Yelp, TripAdvisor and Expedia reviews.

For the book worms out there
4) Kobo eReader

  • Available at Chapters/Indigo book stores, allows you to carry up to 1000 books anywhere you go
  • Three models from Wifi, to touch screen, to colour screen running Android OS
  • All run between $109.99 to $199.99

5) Steve Jobs biography – $36.99 Canadian retail

  • In light of the passing of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, this book highlights his early steps of what is one of the biggest electronics companies today, bringing innovations from Macs, to iPods, to iPhones, to iPads.
  • He details his early days in life, all the way to what made Apple the company it is today.
  • Available in hardcover, eBook, or audio book form