Daily Archives: January 16, 2012

High-tech space heaters, car defrosters, and vacuums! – CityLine

The winter has arrived, and whether we live in a cold apartment, or work in an office where heating is no such thing, our friends at Future Shop and Canadian Tire have helped us bring some of the latest and greatest in heating technology.

As seen on CityLine on January 9th, 2012, here’s my segment on high-tech space heaters, car defrosters, and vacuums!

As always, you can re-watch previous episodes of CityLine on Citytv.com, or via the Citytv Video iPad/iPhone app!  CityLine airs 9am/4pm EST on Citytv in Toronto.  Check Citytv.com for air times in your city.

Show Notes:


Dyson Hot Air Multiplier Heater, $449.99, Future Shop

  • Air Multiplier technology amplifies heat output to warm larger spaces, quickly, and at a further range
  • The intelligent thermostat lets you select your ideal temperature to the exact degree
  • Touch-tilt allows for pivoting on its own centre of gravity while tilting to direct heat exactly where you want
  • Tip-over automatic cut out
  • No visible heating elements -SAFE for KIDS
  • Includes remote control


Noma Parabolic Heater, $59.99, Canadian Tire

  • 2-heat setting: 400/800 W
  • 2-hrs. timer, safety tipover switch
  • These really work, and the parabolic aspect aims it out.



Car Warmer with DeFogger, $29.99, Canadian Tire

  • Peak car warmer with defogger is a 13A, 12V unit
  • 6′ power cord with 12V adapter to power car
  • Pop-out handle with ratcheted positions allows for easy directional defrosting


Programmable Car Warmer – $99.99, Canadian Tire

  • Peak programmable car warmer
  • Programmable feature allows user to set timer so that the car is warmed before the driver gets in
  • 24-hour programmable on/off


Dyson Handheld Vacuum – $169.99, Future Shop

  • As the winter progresses, the car gets dirty, kids spill food on the floors, and we can’t be bothered with lugging out the big vacuum.
  • This Dyson allows you to get power, easily clean your car, even in the winter. It’s CORDLESS!
  • Great for keeping in your garage, you can use it for a quick cleanup, and it’s great for in the house too!
  • Captures debris using Root Cyclone technology, not a bag or filter that needs replacing
  • Hygienic bin emptying; Just press the button to empty the dirt
  • Recharges up to three times faster than others
  • Dyson digital motor; More powerful and uses much less energy than conventional motors
  • Includes crevice tool, and wide debris nozzle that converts to a brush tool for dusting

The Digital (Foodie) Life – What Katie Ate (Part 4 of 5) – The Digital Life


The truth is, I’ve always had a secret passion for food.  I’m often cruising through cook books, trying new restaurants, and discovering new cooking shows!  This CityLine blog has often been very technology-oriented, but living “The Digital Life” doesn’t always have to be “geeky.”

We live in a world of blogs, apps, smartphones, and there’s literally something for everyone!  In my online travels, I stumbled upon Andrew Dobson, a self-proclaimed “Professional Foodie,” based out of Toronto.  In the last installment of the five-part series I call “The Digital (Foodie) Life,”  I got the opportunity to chat with the founder of the dobbernationLOVESblog, and speak about the trend of video blogging, and how you can find the unknown gems of your own city.

Dobson says he’s constantly amazed and inspired by the work put out by some of the world’s top Food Stylists.  People eat with their eyes first, so having stellar food presentation is key when it comes to pleasing your dinner guests.

“I often find myself up late at night whisking myself through the eye popping images featured on Katie Quinn Davies food blog, “What Katie Ate.”  Following a Food Stylist’s blog rather than just a simple recipe encyclopedia website gets your creative juices flowing.”

On the blog, expert food stylists decompose a meal by showcasing how we are to serve it; what instruments we use to prepare each dish; and incorporate a suggested décor into the mix.

Dobson tells me that as a food and travel blogger who regularly finds himself developing his own recipes, he looks to Katie for inspiration in how to capture the essence of a dish in a way that tells a compelling and engaging story.

Next time you are looking for inspiration at the table, check out Katie Quinn Davies, and what she’s up to in her Sydney kitchen.  In the next – and last – installment of “The Digital (Foodie) Life,” we’ll take a look at “TasteSpotting.”

Have a question for the blog?  Send me an email, me@winstonsih.com, or send me a Tweet,@WinstonSih is the place to go!

Repost from CityLine.ca