Mattel Apptivity – CJAD 800 AM Newstalk Radio 4

Recently, I appeared on Montreal’s CJAD 800 Newstalk Radio to chat with fellow technology journalist Marc Saltzman about Mattel’s latest innovation: Mattel Apptivity.

Mattel Apptivity truly represents the future of play.  It bridges the traditional physical toy with the digital component.  Now, there truly is an app for everything!

Merging age-appropriate technologies and traditional play, Mattel continues to deliver meaningful and innovative play with the development of Mattel Apptivity.  The toy is safe and fun: the figurines are made with a conductive plastic that can be moved around the screen smoothly without scratching your screen.

Mattel has world class brands and leverages these brands and licenses for Apptivity. Apps for Hot Wheels, WWE, Batman and Angry Birds are already available online, and the Apptivity toys will be available in store in September, including Cut the Rope and Fruit Ninja.

Fun facts, courtesy of Mattel:

  • More and more families are using tablets together as a way to interact and bond rather than watching the television. Mattel Apptivity is about family play, family time, and family togetherness
  • 1 in 4 families own an iPad
  • iPad owners love accessories
  • 83% of tablets are used at home by ALL family members, in the family room
  • 26% of free time is toy & digital play
  • iPad dominates tablet category with 78% share
  • 40% of Canadians are interested in purchasing a tablet this year
  • 44% of existing tablet owners are female
  • Average age of a tablet owner is 39 years

I had my chance to play with the toys over the past month of announcing the presence of this product in Canada.  Without a doubt, Mattel Apptivity will be a huge hit come holiday season.

These are the perfect toys, giving you hours of fun on end, and are ideal for stocking stuffers, birthday presents, and taking on long road trips to the cottage.  Simply throw them in your purse or backpack, and pull them out when your child needs some entertaining.  Gone are the days of your kids saying, “Are we there yet?”.

The app-compatible toys price from $14.99 each.  Mattel Apptivity toys are available now at most local toy retailers, and the apps are free to download from the App Store.

More details at


Tech Talk with Marc Saltzman airs each Sunday from 5-6 p.m. on CJAD 800 AM in Montreal, or around the world on  CJAD is a division of Astral Media.

Disclaimer: I have been hired by Mattel as a spokesperson for Apptivity, but please note that the opinions reflected on my experience with Apptivity are my own.

Tech to Make Dad Smile this Father’s Day – The Digital Life

With Father’s Day around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about gifts. Rather than gifting the same-old tie, why not consider some of these high-tech treats?

BlackBerry Bold 9900

Whether the fathers in your life want to stay connected to their friends or family abroad, the BlackBerry Bold 9900 is sure to get the job done.  Available on the Rogers Wireless network, the 9900 is one of the thinnest and lightest BlackBerry devices on the market.  Featuring the comfy QWERTY keyboard and vibrant displays that users have come to know and love, the BlackBerry is the complete all-in-one device for dad’s busy lifestyle.

Price $129.99 (on a 3-year term)

Panasonic EP-MA70 Massage Chair

For the dad who needs to relax, treat your dad to a thermal ceramic massage after a long day at work! The Panasonic EP-MA70 massage chair features heated ceramic heads, a sophisticated massage and stretch program, giving Dad a full body massages. To achieve the ultimate comfort, the massage chair comes with folding arm and leg rests, and an automatic body scanning system, so you get the most personalized massage from any massage chair on the market today!

Price:  $6,999.99

Panasonic ES-LV81K Pro Curve ARC V Blade Shaver

For the clean-cut dad: Add a little luxury to Dad’s morning routine with this shaver that will leave him soft and smooth!


–    Five-blade system can be used wet or dry
–    Panasonic’s fastest 14,000cpm powerful linear motor
–    Multi flexible active head follows contours of the face
–    Pop-up trimmer
–    Includes fully automatic self-cleaning and charging system

Price:  $399.99

Etón FRX3 AM/FM/WB Radio

Whether you are outback or in the blackout, you can be sure to reach for this radio with a powerful light. It will keep your whole family informed, entertained, and illuminated. It comes with a solar panel for recharging, and a hand turbine that gives you lots of power for minimal cranking.

–    AM, FM, NOAA weather digital radio with display.
–    NOAA weather alert function.
–    Alarm clock and LED flashlight.
–    USB jack recharges smart phones and other mobile devices.
–    Glow in the dark locator lets you find it when the lights are out.
–    Built-in solar panel.
–    Can also be recharged via mini USB input or via AC with included wall charger.
–    Headphone output.
–    AUX input lets you play an MP3 or iPod® through the speaker.

Price:  $63.00

Sharp AQUOS Quattron 9 Series 80” LCDTV

Sharp offers the biggest TVs available in Canada with 60, 70 and 80 inch sizes. Perfect for Father’s Day, the Sharp AQUOS Quattron 8 Series 3D LCDTVs with LED backlight have Quattron Four Colour technology which adds yellow to the traditional red, green and blue – meaning Dad will be able to see gorgeous colours while watching the big game.

Sharp’s advanced HD large screen technology allows you to be fully immersed in the viewing experience.  The size of the room is less of a factor than ever before. In fact, you only need to have 10 feet of viewing distance from your 80-inch TV to enjoy a seamless, beautiful picture. This HUGE line of TVs will show Dad just how much you love him!

Price:  $6499.99


As Father’s Day approaches, and BlackBerry want to give you a chance to win a BlackBerry Bold 9900 just for Dad, so he can stay in touch with his family and friends.

Here’s how you can enter:

1)    Follow @CitylineCA and @WinstonSih, and tweet us why Dad needs a BlackBerry to stay connected.

2)    Be sure to include in your tweet the hash tag #CitylineFathersDay to ensure you’re considered for the prize pack, worth approximately $499.99 CAD!

Deadline:  Friday, June 15, 2012, 5pm EST.

The winner will be selected via the dedicated “#CitylineFathersDay” hash tag, so be sure to include it in your tweet!

Giveaway Fine Print:

1.    No purchase necessary. Only one (1) entry per person. Any attempt or suspected attempt to enter more than once per person, any use of robotic, automatic, programmed or entry methods not authorized by these rules, shall be deemed as tampering and will void all of your entries. This Contest is brought to you by Citytv, a division of Rogers Broadcasting Limited (“Citytv”) and collectively the “Contest Sponsors” (Research In Motion; BlackBerry)
2.    The winner of the contest will be chosen on Friday, June 15, 2012, and the selected entrant will be contacted by Twitter. The selected entrant must email back to claim prize within three (3) business days following the draw,
3.    Phone will not come with a working monthly plan. Citytv assumes no responsibility of incurred charges or additional price liabilities. Entrant is responsible for providing cell and data plan for the smartphone.
4.    Approximate retail value of the Grand Prize is $499.99.
5.    The Grand Prizes must be accepted as awarded and may not be transferred or exchanged.
6.    The Contest Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of at least equal or greater value in the event of the unavailability, for whatever the reason, of the advertised prize in whole or in part.
7.    By entering this Contest, entrants consent to the use of their entry, name, city of residence and/or any photograph of or that may be taken in publicity carried out by Citytv and/or its advertising agencies, without further notice or compensation.
8.    This Contest is open to legal residents of Canada (excluding Quebec) who are over the age of majority in their province, excluding employees of the Contest Sponsors, their parent and affiliated companies, representatives, dealers and agents, Contest suppliers and judges, and those with whom they are domiciled. This Contest is subject to all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws and regulations.
9.    No communications will be entered into except with selected entrants.
10.    Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. All entries that are incomplete, illegible, damaged, irregular, have been submitted through illicit means, or do not conform to or satisfy any condition of the rules may be disqualified by Citytv. Citytv takes no responsibility for lost, stolen, delayed, damaged, misdirected, late or destroyed entries, or for typographical or other production errors. The Contest Sponsors are not responsible for any errors or omissions in printing or advertising this Contest. All entries become the property of Citytv and will not be returned.
11.    The Contest Sponsors are collecting personal data about entrants for the purpose of administering this Contest. No further informational or marketing communications will be received by entrants unless entrants provide the Contest Sponsors with explicit permission to do so as indicated on the entry forms. Please see Citytv’s Privacy Policy at for information on their policies towards maintaining the privacy and security of user information.
12.    By entering this Contest, entrants release and hold harmless the Contest Sponsors, their advertising and promotional agencies and the Contest judge(s), their affiliates and respective directors, officers, owners, partners, employees, agents, dealers, representatives, successors and assigns (collectively the “Releasees”) from any liability in connection with this Contest or, if declared a winner, the prize(s). Before being declared a winner, entrants may be required to sign and return, within a stipulated period of time, a Declaration of Compliance with the Contest Rules and a full Liability and Publicity Release. By accepting a prize, winners consent to the use of their name, place of residence, voice, statements, photographs or other likenesses for publicity, advertising or informational purposes in any medium or format without further compensation or notice.
13.    This Contest will be run in accordance with these rules, subject to amendment by Citytv. Contestants must comply with these rules, and will be deemed to have received and understood the rules by participating in this Contest. The terms of this Contest, as set out in these rules, are not subject to amendment or counter-offer, except as set out herein.
14.    Contest Sponsors assumes no responsibility for failure of the internet or the website during the promotional period, for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any email or traffic congestion on the internet or at any website, or any combination thereof including any injury or damage to an entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from playing or downloading any material in the promotion. Contest Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion to cancel or suspend this Contest should a virus, bug or other cause beyond their reasonable control corrupt the security or proper administration of the Contest. Any attempt to deliberately damage any web site or to undermine the legitimate operation of this Contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such an attempt be made, Contest Sponsors reserve the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution.

[With information from BlackBerry, Panasonic, Eton, and Sharp.]

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Christmas wish-list for a tech lover – 680News

I sat down with Patrick Luciani to talk about my top holiday picks from smartphones, to tablet, to books!  Take a listen to these three radio spots below.

CLICK HERE for Radio Spot #1  |  CLICK HERE for Radio Spot #2  |  CLICK HERE for Radio Spot #3

If you have a tech-lover on your holiday gift list, finding that perfect gadget may seem a bit daunting.

In an attempt to make gift giving easier, 680News sat down with Cityline tech expert Winston Sih who gave his top 5 gift ideas for the gadget-geek in your life.


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


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 – $37.99 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
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