Arcade-like fun can help you save money on groceries

Loblaws introduces retro online game that allows you to accumulate PC Optimum points

Arcade-like fun can help you save money on groceriesYou won’t find this game in any app store. But there is a payoff for playing. You earn 500 PC Optimum free points every day for simply practising your hauling skills while playing No Frills’ Hauler: Aisles of Glory. It’s the latest clever marketing campaign from grocery giant Loblaws, which owns the No Frills stores…

Cable Wrangler corrals your cables in place

It ranks so high on the usefulness scale and is so simplistic, it’s a wonder it wasn’t invented sooner

Cable Wrangler corrals your cables in placeSilk’s Cable Wrangler is a nifty gadget designed to magnetically keep cables in place on your desk or night table. It ranks so high on the usefulness scale and is so simplistic, it’s a wonder it wasn’t invented sooner. It looks somewhat like a pincushion with a solid rubberized base covered with a funky fabric.…

Duct tape and tablets don’t mix

Here are some gear choices that will protect your tablet and make recording or presentations easy and safe

Duct tape and tablets don’t mixIf you plan on using your tablet to stream Facebook Live or Instagram, or collect footage for your next viral YouTube video, make absolutely certain it’s properly secured before you hit record. I’ve seen too many people watch in horror as their precious iPad, Galaxy Tab, Kindle Fire or other tablet tumbles to the ground…

The origin of April Fool’s Day

Are you on red alert for pranks and fake news today? It's just an extension of a centuries-old tradition to entertain and trick – or is it?

The origin of April Fool’s DayOn April Fool’s Day, we’re on red alert for pranks, hoaxes and fake news – and it's been going on for centuries, from an era when court jesters were common. With no TV, movies or Internet, jesters, jokers or fools were the entertainers of Medieval and Renaissance times. They often started out as travelling performers who, with…

How to avoid an onstage meltdown

Four tips to ensuring your onstage appearance doesn't end in disaster

How to avoid an onstage meltdownStuff happens. But when it does, especially to a high-profile individual at a major event, you can bet the whole world will know about it seconds after it happens. One incident that come to mind involved Elton John, who stormed off the stage during a Vegas gig last year after a fan jumped on stage…

Celebrating Christmas in 18th and 19th century Alberta

Christmas was more primitive in the 18th  and mid-19th century, but it was still Christmas – joy and fellowship were, and are, its primary expression

Celebrating Christmas in 18th and 19th century AlbertaTurn the clock back to the late 18th century and mid-19th century Alberta, and chances are you’d be eating fish, beavertail, and stewed moose rather than roasted turkey and honey-glazed ham for Christmas dinner. Instead of rockin’ to tunes emanating from audio systems and iPods, you’re more likely to be dancing the jig to the sounds of…

Roomba i7+ robot vacuum just keeps learning and cleaning

With advanced smart technology, it cleverly cleans and empties even while you’re away

Roomba i7+ robot vacuum just keeps learning and cleaningThe last thing most people want to do is vacuum. So the new Wi-Fi-connected iRobot Roomba i7+ vacuum makes perfect sense. Until now, the technology hasn’t been up for the job. But this might be the robot vacuum you’ve been waiting for. The iRobot designers reimagined the Roomba using the latest technology. It adapts to…

Cool gadget gifts for the holiday season

Budget-friendly picks for the outdoors enthusiast, music lover, Apple Watch user and preschooler

Cool gadget gifts for the holiday seasonSelecting a holiday gift from the latest gadgets and tech-infused offerings can be daunting and time-consuming. So here are a few budget-friendly picks for the outdoors enthusiast, music lover, Apple Watch users and preschoolers. Safe drinking water anywhere A gift for the outdoors type or anyone who likes to be prepared in case of emergency…

Waterproof Charge 3 takes Fitbit – and its users – to a new level

The latest version of this popular and functional health tracker has a number of new features, including longer battery life

Waterproof Charge 3 takes Fitbit – and its users – to a new levelIf you want to get a jump on New Year’s resolutions or seek a great health and tracking gift, check out the Fitbit Charge 3. This reboot of the tried and true offers a number of new features and enhancements, the biggest being that it’s now waterproof. You can wear it 24/7 except for when…

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…

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…

Why wearing a Fitbit can change your life, not just your fitness

Measure your caloric intake and your hydration. Set the alarm. Get alerts for texts and phone calls. Track your sleep patterns

Why wearing a Fitbit can change your life, not just your fitnessFitness trackers have come a long way since the pedometer, the original step counter. They’re no longer just for health nuts and those who simply want to get fit. The latest models include many practical applications no matter what you’re doing to help you get you through your day. Even better, they’re no longer big,…