Save money, avoid outrageous phone bills when travelling abroad

New CRTC rules mean Canadian providers must now unlock your phone, making it easier to use a different SIM card

Save money, avoid outrageous phone bills when travelling abroadFor many people, smartphones have become 24/7 appendages. However, worried about outrageous phone, data and roaming fees, many people reach for the off switch when travelling. This is particularly true when going out of country or overseas. No one wants to return home to massive cellphone bills. But rules and regulations are starting to change,…

Is your home killing you?

Radon is an invisible, silent, odourless killer. But it can be easily detected with this device

Is your home killing you?It lurks in your home but you can’t see or smell it. And it may just be putting your life at risk. No, it’s not carbon monoxide – it’s radon gas. According to Health Canada, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Smokers are at even a higher risk. Radon is…

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…

One step at a time: a simple solution to a better life

Create visions and not resolutions to take control of your life

One step at a time: a simple solution to a better lifeWhy don’t resolutions work? Eighty per cent of all New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February, according to U.S. News and World Report. Only eight per cent of us actually follow through, according to Forbes. In fact, just over 50 per cent of us don’t even bother with New Year's resolutions. It…

Locking down your precious data

Hardware-encrypted, PIN-authenticated diskAshur2 drives keep data secure

Locking down your precious dataWe keep our computers on lockdown, encrypt our data and secure them from prying eyes and online predators. But what about our backups and those external drives? United Kingdom-based iStorage has created diskAshur2, an updated line of virtually bulletproof PIN-authenticated and hardware-encrypted hard drives. Even if the drive was stolen, your data is fully protected. The…

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…

Getting a jolt out of the Chevy Bolt’s practicality and versatility

GM’s top-selling electric car has plenty of features that make it attractive for everyday use, at a price that puts its chief competition to shame

With the growing public focus on the use of clean energy, electric cars sales are on the rise – and the frontrunner may surprise you. CleanTechnica and InsideEVs, which track U.S. plug-in sales by automaker, report that in November, Chevrolet’s Bolt EV outsold Tesla’s sleek Model S. Besides the fact that the Model S is twice…

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…

Adding quality audio to your smartphone videos

With the low-cost iRig Mic Lav, audio pickup is always just a few inches from your mouth

Adding quality audio to your smartphone videosTravelling is cumbersome at the best of times and with luggage costs rising, people want to travel lighter and are leaving their bulky video cameras at home. And with smartphones like the Apple iPhone 7 with Google Pixel capable of shooting 4K or ultra HD video, capturing video has never been easier. It’s hard to…

Give dad the gift of sound this Father’s Day

Every dad enjoys his music in different ways. Here are a few Father's Day gift ideas so he can listen to his tunes, podcasts or news any way he likes

Give dad the gift of sound this Father’s DayEvery dad is different, so every dad enjoys his music in different ways. Here are a few Father's Day gift ideas so he can listen to his tunes, podcasts or news any way he likes. Fluance AB40 Soundbase For the dad who enjoys home-theatre sound but prefers not to have speakers cluttering the family room or…