New waterproof Kindle Paperwhite makes a splash

Fourth generation model resists liquids, has wireless audiobook support and is cheap. That all adds up to a good Christmas gift

New waterproof Kindle Paperwhite makes a splashThe newest Kindle Paperwhite looks more or less like its three-year-old predecessor. But drop old faithful into the tub and you’d be buying another one. In contrast, the fourth generation model now available has a waterproof body that can soak in up to two metres of fresh water for an hour – simply dry it off…

Holiday reading: Get lost in Lands of Lost Borders

Kate Harris’s book is a must for the travellers on your gift list; discovering Norway and Iceland; indulging in a wellness weekend

Holiday reading: Get lost in Lands of Lost BordersModern explorer Kate Harris’s story may not compel you to follow in the skinny tire tracks she left on an often-gruelling bicycle trip on the ancient Silk Road trading route. But one thing is for sure: She’ll leave you breathless with her beautiful writing about her 10,000-kilometre cycling odyssey through 10 countries in her book…

Three gadget reboots worth another look

New Kindle Paperwhite, Fitbit Charge and the iRobot Roomba models make for great contenders

Three gadget reboots worth another lookHave you ever hesitated to buy a gadget because it wasn't quite right? Or perhaps you bought something but found the technology wasn’t up to the job? You’re not alone, but there are always new things coming onto the market or retooled devices that might fit the bill. So we’re having a first look at…

Wherever we go, WeeGo goes to keep our devices powered up

Smartphones, tablets, computers and even our vehicles need a boost sometimes. The Jump Starter 44 offers a handy solution

Wherever we go, WeeGo goes to keep our devices powered upNo matter where our travels take us, we never seem to have enough battery power to keep things charged up. Smartphones, tablets, computers and even our vehicles need a boost sometimes. The Weego Jump Starter 44 offers a handy solution. The Weego 44 is powerful, putting out 400 true cranking amps – the power the battery…

We’re all ears for holiday headphones

Ears come in all different shapes and sizes and so do earphones, earbuds and headphones

We’re all ears for holiday headphonesWith the weather turning cold, holiday season is right around the corner. While many are thinking about keeping their ears warm, others might be thinking of keeping their ears filled with their favourite tunes and podcasts. So instead of toques, let’s look at headphones and wireless earbuds to meet different budgets. Dr. Dre meets Mickey…

 Must-have gadgets for back to school and more

Bluetooth speakers, a durable camera, connecting to the Internet without a nest of wires and a multi-use charger

 Must-have gadgets for back to school and moreWhen we think back-to-school, we think of pens and pencils, notebooks and backpacks, and even tablets and other gadgets. Here are a few less obvious items to consider adding to the pile. Speaker with light show Earbuds are a natural must-have for walking around campus and tuning out what’s around you. But when back at…

Digital economy a booming business in Canada

$8.1 billion worth of digital products were purchased between July 2017 and June 2018 or an average of $412 per purchaser: StatsCan

Digital economy a booming business in CanadaNearly 80 per cent of Canadians aged 18 and older reported using free versions or purchasing digital products, such as music and video streaming services, e-books, online games, mobile applications (apps) and computer software from July 2017 to June 2018, says Statistics Canada. Over the same period, 28 per cent of adults in Canada reported…

Universal docking station udoq puts all your devices in their place

You can get one off the shelf configured for Apple or Android, or have one fully customized

Universal docking station udoq puts all your devices in their placeMost people have so many gadgets to charge, wouldn’t it be nice if they could all be lined up in one place, without all the chaotic cable clutter? Germany's Marcus Kuchler, a 25-year product design veteran, and a team of 10 engineers worked for three years to create udoq, a universal docking and charging station.…

Quality sound for a modest price

Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers offer functionality and high-fidelity in a retro package

Quality sound for a modest priceSpeakers come in all shapes and sizes. And you don’t need to look far to find some pretty far-out designs. But if you’re in the market for a new high-fidelity pair with a retro flair, the Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers would be a good bet. The R1280T keeps with the traditional bookshelf design: a…

Give Dad the gift of gadgets this Father’s Day

From home cinema systems to barbecue tools to bug-free patio time to Wi-Fi with muscle, here's something for every dad

Give Dad the gift of gadgets this Father’s DayThere’s no doubt Dad likes tech toys, so why not give him the gift of gadgets this Father’s Day? And while making the right selection is often tough, here are a few ideas: Home cinema Let’s start big. If Dad thought a 60-inch screen was cool, how about streaming the 2018 FIFA World Cup of…

Full-service home security in a smart light fixture

Maximus Craftsman Smart Security Light is as easy to install as an ordinary light fixture – 
but it’s anything but ordinary

Full-service home security in a smart light fixtureIt’s always comforting to know that your home and its contents are well protected, whether you’re on holidays or hunkered down for the evening with a good movie and a bowl of popcorn. You may have motion sensor lights, cameras and an intercom. But if you don’t remember to turn them on or to set…

Tech gifts to lighten, brighten and colour your life

Still searching for just the right tech gifts for Christmas? Here are a few bright, colourful ideas that might make the last-minute rush a little easier

Tech gifts to lighten, brighten and colour your lifeStill searching for just the right tech gifts for Christmas? Here are a few bright, colourful ideas that might make the last-minute rush a little easier. TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi colour LED bulb While a light bulb may not seem like a suitable stocking stuffer, the TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi colour LED bulb is not only useful and…

Protect your $1,000 phone from earth, wind, water, and the Force

Some smartphones can easily run you over $1,000, all the more reason to give them the proper protection they need to keep them running

Protect your $1,000 phone from earth, wind, water, and the ForceNo matter where they’re going, or what they’re doing, people are taking their smartphones with them. And, as some the latest models can easily run you over $1,000 to buy, this is all the more reason to give them the proper protection they need to keep them running. To do so, it’s important that they…

Christmas gift ideas for TV and music lovers

The Gadget Guy offers you ideas from TV streaming boxes to wireless earphones to handheld mics to hi-fidelity earplugs

Christmas gift ideas for TV and music loversMusic- and TV-related gadgets are always safe bets for gifts, so here are a few of my top picks this Christmas season. Roku Express Is the family going to cut the cable cord this year? Or are you just looking for an easy way to stream HD video and high-quality digital audio? Consider putting a…

Target practice: finding the right golf rangefinder

Hand-held laser units and wrist watches that give distances dominate the market. We tested both technologies to see which best serves the needs of golfers

Target practice: finding the right golf rangefinderThere’s a story – probably apocryphal – about the notoriously fastidious German golfer Bernhard Langer. According to the legend, Langer asked his caddy for a distance on a shot he was about to make. “It’s 145 yards from the sprinkler head,” replied the caddy. “Is that 145 yards from the front of the sprinkler head…