Grab-and-go family gifts for holiday entertainment

Grab-and-go family gifts for holiday entertainmentYou need a last-minute gift? Here are a few ideas you can pick up or order for quick delivery during the holiday week – suitable for all ages. Table fun Jenga by Hasbro requires a little more brainpower than brawn. It’s a classic low-tech game, fun to play with family and friends of all ages. You…

Dressing up your new smartphone

Here are some case, carry and accessory ideas that make your phone just a little bit smarter – and better protected

Dressing up your new smartphoneHoliday shopping and retailer incentives are driving sales of smartphones right now. And plenty of people want to dress up, protect or enhance their new phones. So here are a few ideas from Case-Mate, Smartish, Catalyst and Apple. From camo to colourful If you don’t want boring but still want to keep your case slim…

Last-minute tech-savvy holiday gift ideas

Deep-muscle treatment, foldable phones, audio repair software and an easy-learn mini digital wind instrument

Last-minute tech-savvy holiday gift ideasWith Christmas just around the corner, you may need to make some last-minute purchases or gather ideas about what to do with all those gift cards come Boxing Day. So here are a few very practical selections from Theragun, Accusonus, Roland and Samsung. Gift of pain relief If you’re looking for a gift to help…

iRobot dynamic duo vacuums and jet mops work in tandem

Review: The iRobot Roomba s9+ vacuum and the Braava jet m6 mop work in tandem so you can relax

iRobot dynamic duo vacuums and jet mops work in tandemLike most people, we're not crazy about household chores. So last year around this time we were ecstatic to discover the robot vacuum we were looking for. And now iRobot has stepped up two notches by delivering a more powerful and smarter dynamic duo: the iRobot Roomba s9+ vacuum and the Braava jet m6 mop.…

Fitbit Inspire HR tracker is a inspired choice

The latest offering from Fitbit is big on features, small on size and price

Fitbit Inspire HR tracker is a inspired choiceIf you’re in the market for a low-cost, full-featured fitness tracker but don’t want the bulk of many models or the complexities of a smartwatch, the Fitbit Inspire HR might be for you. It’s hard to miss the family resemblance of the most recent addition to the Fitbit family. It’s slimmer but modelled after the…

Amazon Fire HD 10 offers big screen on a small budget

If you’re looking for the basics, this tablet can be perfect for those who are connected to the Amazon eco-system

Amazon Fire HD 10 offers big screen on a small budgetIf your computing needs are casual and you would best be served by a tablet rather than a laptop or computer, you may want the all-new Amazon Fire HD 10. It has a high-definition 10.1-inch widescreen display with 16:10 aspect ratio, making it ideal for your entertainment needs. It displays a respectable 1,920 by 1,200…

Chill out and recharge with this travel gear

Chill out and recharge with this travel gearWe are always on the hunt for lightweight, handy gear and gadgets to make our travels a breeze. This summer on a backcountry canoeing/camping trip to British Columbia’s beautiful Slocan Lake, we tested out a few new items to see if they’ll be worth packing next time. Cosmic Solar Charger – Yes, you’re supposed to…

It’s hip to be Square: payment device expanding its reach

Square Reader is changing the way small businesses process transactions, putting budding entrepreneurs on a more even playing field with big business

It’s hip to be Square: payment device expanding its reachThe Square Reader is well used at cafes, markets and events like art walks. And now it’s expanding its reach with new payment solutions. Perhaps you want to start a little enterprise or maybe just get rid of some unused household items. But few people use cheques or carry cash. Square lets you give these…

Putting smartphones back into working order for Canadians

Tim McGuire of Mobile Klinik is building a national service network to meet the needs of all smartphone users

Putting smartphones back into working order for CanadiansTim McGuire is chief executive officer of Mobile Klinik. What is Mobile Klinik and what does it do? McGuire: Mobile Klinik is Canada’s largest and fastest-growing retail network of while-you-wait smartphone and tablet repair, care, sales and services stores. As Canada’s only national Samsung and LG-authorizd in- and out-of-warranty repair retailer, Mobile Klinik offers no-appointment-needed,…

Why point-and-shoot cameras are still relevant

Why point-and-shoot cameras are still relevantYou might think point-and-shoot cameras are going the way of the fax machine and dodo bird, but don’t write them off just yet. Smartphones have become the default for shooting photos and videos. Phones give even some of the latest digital SLR cameras a run for their money in terms of photo quality. And they’re…

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.…

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…