Back to school with HP #tablets #laptops #computers #printers

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The centre of the home – the kitchen – always has the most foot traffic and is the best place to check off all of your to-do’s. Families need reliable tech to share; from homework to paying the bills, HP has the right tech to help each family member finish that To-Do List or prepare the next delicious recipe.

 

HP Pavilion x2
Where to buy: HPShopping.ca
Price: Starting at US$299.99
Available in Canada starting August 7, 2015

 

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For when they can’t choose between a PC and a tablet, the HP Pavilion x2 is the perfect choice for families. The colourful and detachable device goes seamlessly from notebook mode to tent, stand and tablet modes with its magnetic hinge to accommodate any activities, work, or play.

 

Designed for productivity and optimized for entertainment, the detachable PC uses an innovative latchless magnetic hinge to easily transition between the different modes. With its thin and light design and incredible battery life (up to 10.75 hours), the Pavilion x2 will impress with its powerful processor, flawless audio with B&O Play and HP TrueVision HD Webcam.

 

HP Pavilion All-in-One
Where to buy: HPShopping.ca
Price: Starting at US$599.99
Available in Canada later this summer

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Whether for entertainment or work, the HP Pavilion All-in-One takes the overall experience above and beyond with a powerful processor, optional discrete graphics card, and edge-to-edge full HD flush glass display. With premium B&O Play Audio and full HD Touch display, online streaming and gaming are taken to a whole new level for anyone in the family. The newest HP Pavilion All-in-One makes saving and accessing files for work or family memories a breeze with up to 16GB of system memory and access to cloud services through HP Connected Drive.

 

HP ENVY 7640 e-All-in-One Printer

Where to buy: HPShopping.ca

Price: $119.99

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The HP ENVY 7640 e-AiO printer is the perfect printer for the busiest of households. Designed to help boost creativity and productivity with its advanced mobile printing features, the HP ENVY 7640 e-All-in-One allows users to easily print photos and documents from any device including smartphones and tablets with mobile and NFC technology.

 

HP Printables – free apps delivered right to the printer on your schedule can help busy parents stay organized with apps to help simplify family life such as the 7 Day Menu Planner and My Calendar which syncs with your Google calendar. Great activity sheets, games and puzzle from reputed brands such as Leapfrog, Crayola, Disney, and education.com will certainly keep the kids busy!

 

Printing on Original HP supplies will enhance all of the kids’ creations because they are designed with the environment in mind, and will also ensure the best quality for your printouts.

 

For the College Student

Every student needs a study break and a bit of time for fun. These HP devices pack the power they need for high-quality entertainment and the extra productivity they need in the classroom!

 

HP Spectre x360

Where to buy: HPShopping.ca

Price: $1429.99

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The revolutionary HP Spectre x360 is a brand new 13.3 inch convertible PC with sleek lines, stylish metal body and an ultra-thin design built for performance to get things done at home or on the go. The unique, durable 360° hinge transitions seamlessly to four modes including stand mode to watch movies and videos, tent mode to play games and apps, notebook mode for those long essay-writing hours and tablet mode for on-the-go productivity. With up to 12.5 hours of incredible battery life, students can get through an entire day at the library without searching for an outlet to plug in. Not only is this device absolutely gorgeous, students can expect nothing less than all the latest features, like an Intel Core i7 processor and 8GB of RAM.

 

HP Roar Blue Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Where to buy: HPShopping.ca

Price: $109.99

hp speakerCombining the unique triangular shape and passive radiator design with the new Smart Amp technology, the HP Roar Wireless Speaker delivers enhanced audio performance. It’s easy to take your music with this thin and light device from room to room or on the road! Enabled with speaker response, it’s possible to take calls and talk hands-free with the built-in speakerphone with noise cancellation microphone. Powered to perform, this awesome HP Roar Wireless Speaker rechargeable battery lasts up to 8 hours. Did anybody say dance party?

 

HP Omen Gaming Backpack

Where to buy: HPShopping.ca

Price: $89.99

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HP Backpacks feature modern designs that can be as bold or as understated as you want to make them. The cases are constructed from durable, high-quality materials designed to provide the utmost protection for a broad range of notebook form factors. Equipped with smooth matte exterior and rugged woven polyester on the sides and back – this pack is modern and durable with designated pockets for devices that can rest snugly separated by a scratch-resistant divider and padded panels, perfect for students. The bold red interior separates all essentials and includes space for a laptop up to 17.3 inch diagonal, a mouse, full-sized keyboard, notebooks and textbooks.

 

For the Home Office

Working from home has become common today, and HP set out to bring devices that help increase in-home productivity and efficiency. From high-performing printers to powerful PCs, you will be geared for success – and most importantly, impress any type of boss.

 

HP LaserJet pro MFP M277 dw Printer

Where to buy: HPShopping.ca

Price: $529.99

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The HP LaserJet Pro MFP M277dw Printer is perfect for a home office! Smaller and faster, this loaded Multi-Function Printer and Original HP Toner cartridges with JetIntelligence combine to get the job done, while using 30 percent less energy on average! The latest HP LaserJet Pro also offers different printing options to accommodate the user, no matter the situation:  built-in wireless direct, NFC touch-to-print technology, and wifi capability. Designed with the environment in mind, Original HP printing supplies will also ensure the best quality for printouts.

 

HP ENVY Tower
Where to buy: HPShopping.ca
Price: Starting at US $699.99
Available in Canada later this summer

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HP set out to change the way people think about towers. With high-end design, the HP ENVY Tower is stylish, sophisticated and smart. For creative energy that can’t be contained when inspiration strikes, a machine that can keep up is needed. With a stunning brushed metal finish look, the HP ENVY Tower is built for high performance and unleashing creativity. Equipped with Windows 8.1, a powerful Intel Core processor, DDR3 memory and a massive expandable solid-state hard drive, this desktop tower will help make the home office a creativity and productivity hub and give you the power to innovate! And with up to three displays that can be connected and premium audio provided by Bang & Olufsen, nothing will stop you from efficiency!

 

HP Z4000 Black Wireless Mouse

Where to buy: HPShopping.ca

Price: $34.99

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For a more efficient workspace, a thinner mouse is always preferred. With its thin design and less than 13mm inch height, the Z4000 wireless mouse is the ideal accessory for a notebook, tablet or desktop. Flowing arch and subtle side grips allow the hand and wrist to settle in a more natural position for enhanced comfort. With its three standard buttons and scroll wheel gently blended into the low profile, the feel and navigation of this sleek mouse is familiar and purposeful.

 

Excellent news for left-handers! The versatile ambidextrous design fully supports comfortable usage for both right and left hands.

 

For the on-the-go Millennial

Staying connected and mobile is becoming more and more important every day for young professionals. HP has developed the ideal notebooks for millennials to stay productive anywhere, while enabling them to show off their individuality through their technology.

 

HP Pavilion x360
Where to buy: HPShopping.ca
Price: $529.99

hp tablet laptopThe vibrantly colored HP Pavilion x360 is an app-loving, friend-connecting, 360°-bending machine that offers unmatched versatility for any situation or destination adventures may take you. The innovative new hinge uses a set of three spiral gears for synchronized and precise movement to ensure the display glides smoothly and stays in place whether it’s to be used in notebook mode for working and productivity, stand mode for watching movies or the latest shows, tent mode for playing games and the expanded touchscreen fun of tablet mode for on the go.

 

The HP Pavilion x360 boasts an HD touchscreen display and B&O PLAY Audio to offer the video and audio for high-quality streaming and viewing that will fulfill all entertainment needs. Its thin and light design makes the HP Pavilion x360 the perfect device for mobility purposes. Available in Natural Silver, Sunset Red, Violet Purple and Minty Green, this device is sure to stand out, turn heads and truly fit the millennial’s vibrant personality.

 

HP Spectrum Sleeve

Where to buy: HPShopping.ca
Price: Starting at $19.99

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Be distinctly different with an HP Spectrum Sleeve that will fit a variety of notebooks, including 11.6- and 14-inch models. Slip in and go – your notebook will be snugly enveloped within a plush interior and pristine snow white exterior, accented by a subtle HP logo. Express your individuality in wide range of color options, such as White, Turquoise, Peach, Blue and Magenta.

Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD for Mac and PC

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­­­Last month Belkin introduced the Thunderbolt™ 2 Express Dock HD with cable, a powerful docking solution for both Mac and PC computers. Equipped with two Thunderbolt 2 ports, it allows users to take full advantage of Thunderbolt 2 technology’s high-speed 20Gbps bandwidth, and provides reliable transfers between laptops and up to eight other devices using one single Thunderbolt cable.

Designed for PC and Mac, Ultrabook, laptop and desktop users, the belkinBelkin Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD helps increase productivity, portability and connectivity. With eight ports including support for HDMI®, USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, audio and Thunderbolt 2, the Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD supports up to eight devices connected directly to the dock, with support for up to four more (five total) Thunderbolt devices through a daisy-chain setup. Display the clearest picture through either the HDMI or Thunderbolt 2 port at a resolution of up to 4K. The USB 3.0 ports open the ability to charge smartphones, tablets and other higher amperage devices, even when the host computer is asleep or not connected to the dock. It also offers Thunderbolt 2 data transfer speeds of up to 20Gbps, which is two times faster than Thunderbolt, four times faster than USB 3.0 and up to 25 times faster than FireWire® 800.

“Belkin’s Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD is an all-in-one solution that fully takes advantage of the Thunderbolt technology and creates endless possibilities for your setup,” said Melody Tescon, director of product management at Belkin. “Not only does it offer exceptional performance and greatest transfer speeds for creating and editing, but it also creates a more efficient work environment.”

“As consumer preference for a mobile and versatile workspace increases, Thunderbolt 2 continues to deliver unparalleled performance, flexibility and simplicity to personal computing,” said Jason Ziller, Intel’s director of Thunderbolt marketing. “Products like Belkin’s Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD help highlight what Thunderbolt 2 makes possible.”

Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD with Cable (F4U085bt)

  • Connect 8 separate devices such as drives and monitors through a single Thunderbolt cable
  • Two times faster than Thunderbolt, four times faster than USB 3.0 and 25 times faster than FireWire 800
  • Compatible with Thunderbolt 2 and backward-compatible with Thunderbolt devices
  • Supports dual displays (when one display is a Thunderbolt display)
  • Supports 4K cinema resolution for up to 1 display
  • Connect up to 8 devices directly to the dock, and daisy-chain up to 4 added Thunderbolt devices (The total number of devices supported through daisy-chain is up to 6 from your ultrabook, or up to 5 from the Thunderbolt 2 Dock.)
  • Mac and PC compatible
  • Brushed aluminum finish
  • Includes 1M Thunderbolt cable
  • Compatible with: Laptops/ultrabooks and desktops with Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 ports

Equipped with the following ports

  • Two Thunderbolt 2 Ports
  • One HDMI Port
  • Three USB 3.0 Ports + charging support
  • One Audio Out Port
  • One Audio Out Port with mic support
  • One Gigabit Ethernet Port
  • One AC/DC Power Input

System Requirements

Requires computers with a Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 port as well as Mac OS® X v10.9 or later, or Windows® 7, 8 or later. Belkin’s Thunderbolt™ 2 Express Dock HD (F4U085bt) is available now at belkin.com and is planned to be available at Apple stores nationwide in October for an MSRP of $299.99 and includes a Thunderbolt cable.

About Belkin

At Belkin, we make people-inspired products and solutions. For nearly 30 years it has been our passion and our mission to create products that make people’s lives better, easier and more fulfilling. From wireless home networking and entertainment, to mobile accessories, energy management, and an extensive range of cables, Belkin products enhance the technology that connects us to the people, activities and experiences we love…

Our diverse and far-reaching product mix also includes high-quality security, infrastructure, energy and server-room solutions for public and private sector organizations. Our commitment to innovation, research and design has inspired over 2,000 products and 200 patented designs.

Tablift review

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tabliftTablet’s have become such an part of our lives these days with people using them at home and work, it’s only natural that a tablet stand could be of use to you.

We received the Tablift last month and I have used it with our families iPad 4. It’s 59.95 with free shipping. It looks like a large spider with four metal legs to me and those legs adjust easily for whatever kind of viewing you plan to do. The top of the Tablift has 10mm wide slots that allow you to slot in your tablet at three positions.

The Tablift works with the following tablets:
•    Apple iPad (all generations, full-sized and mini)
•    Samsung Galaxy (all models and sizes)
•    Amazon Kindle (all sizes of: Fire HD, Fire HDX, Paperwhite)
•    Asus Google Nexus 7, Vivotab
•    Microsoft Surface 2

One of the major benefits of the Tablift is that you can use your tablet handsfree, wherever you happen to be including in bed or on the couch or even on your kitchen counter while you are cooking.  We liked it’s weight and sturdy construction and the fact that it comes in black.

My Mother in Law who is recovering from hip surgery and has to lay in bed while reading and watching TV loves the Tablift and said that it is the perfect stand to aid her in her recovery. Her iPad 2 fits well into it.

Here is what she had to say about it:

I feel as if it was designed specifically for me . It’s very convenient when I am in bed . The legs are long enough that it fits over me and feels stable. It’s also good when I am sitting in an armchair . Because the legs can be adjusted independently , I can find a working place for it in among pillows and blankets. It’s also weighty enough that it doesn’t fall over. It’s good for Facetiming . In the past , I often had to end up holding the iPad in my hands throughout the call.

I can see it being useful in the kitchen if you were following a recipe on your tablet , the Tablift would keep it out of harms way while you were cooking.

My concerns with the Tablift were the length of the legs themselves and the fact that my iPad would not fit as well in its Belkin case. I hesitate to take my iPad out of any case for fear of dropping and damaging it. While the iPad is securely fastened in the Tablift, once you remove the danger of dropping the tablet is there.

Travelon waterproof case review

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During a recent trip to the US I visited an Eddie Bower outlet store and picked up a Travelon clear view waterproof case for my iPhone. I figured I couldn’t go wrong for five bucks and the product declared that it was submersible to 65 feet and that it floats.

Now while I can’t prove that it’s good to 65 feet for the 30 minutes it claims I can attest to the fact that it does indeed float. It is also an IPX8 certified case.

The main issue I had with the case was the design and now I understand why this particular model was being cleared out for $5. There is an awkward opaque design on the back that completely covers the camera. Now my main reason for buying the unit was to take photos.

Inserting the phone upside down and backwards mostly resolved the issue but then the screen was partially covered. Well at least I can take an underwater photo now.

Inserting the phone itself was a bit awkward and required a bit of skill in getting inserted correctly. The pillow inside the case indicates if the seal has been compromised but pushing all the air out of the pillow was a bit of a challenge.

Overall I can’t complain for $5 but definitely wouldn’t recommend paying more considering the design issues. Perhaps newer models will feature a more functional design.

Top 10 Tech must-haves for summer road trips

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Summer is officially here and along with the arrival of warm, balmy weather and long relaxing days comes two solid months of patio lounging, backyard BBQs and the classic summer road trip. Whether it’s a drive to the cottage, a day at the beach or a weekend of camping, here are a few great gadgets to pack along for the ride.

The Fujifilm Instax Mini 8fuji
This instant camera makes it fun and easy to snap photos wherever you go. It takes instant credit-card-sized photos that you can share with friends or carry in your wallet.

GoPro HD
The GoPro HD waterproof camera records video in gorgeous Ultra HD resolution and takes detailed 12MP snapshots whether you’re biking down a mountain or swimming in the ocean. With built-in WiFi, you can control the camera with the included WiFi remote and preview footage on your smartphone or camera.

Sony QX10 Optical Zoom Digital Camera
The Sony Zoom mounts onto smartphones allowing you to use your favourite apps and existing menus to play back, edit and share quality images captured by its powerful 18MP lens. One touch connectivity links the two devices, instantly enabling high-definition photography beyond the capabilities of a smartphone camera.

Bose SoundTrue Over-the-ear headphones
Get the most out of your summer playlist with Bose SoundTrue around-ear headphones. With its lightweight design, it’s great for all-day wear whether you’re listening to your tunes by the lake or watching your favourite movies on your tablet.

Nintendo 3DS
A great way to pass the time on a long drive or during a rainy summer day, the Nintendo 3DS provides up to 6.5 hours of battery life for 3D games and 10 hours for 2D games. The dual screens are 90 per cent larger than the original 3DS, while the upper one can display your games with cool 3D visuals without needing special glasses to see them.

Ultimate Ears BOOM Wireless Speaker
Keep the summer playlist going at the beach, on the patio or at the campgrounds with the greatest wireless speaker system. The 360 degree wireless speaker blasts sound in every direction, is water-resistant and can play songs wirelessly up to 50 ft away.

Seagate Wireless Plus
The Seagate Wireless Plus mobile storage device allows you to stream your media wirelessly without Internet by using its own WiFi network to send results to your mobile device. Enough storage for about 500 movies and allows up to eight tablets and smartphones to reach and store content at the same time.

LifeProof Smartphone Case
Waterproof, dirtproof, snowproof and shockproof, this is a must-have to keep your smartphone safe and protected during your summer outdoor adventures!

POWERROCKS Stone 3 portable battery pack
Never worry about losing power with the Powerocks Pro Series portable battery pack to charge your smartphone or tablet.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S Tablet
Enjoy cinema-like HD quality whether viewing movies, games and more. At only 6.6mm, this slim tablet is easy to carry so you can stay productive and entertained wherever you go. It also comes with privacy features, such as a fingerprint scanner, for tighter security.

Cat Rugged Range of Mobile Accessories Launches In Canada

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Cat phones and accessories announces that the Cat Rugged Range of Mobile Accessories is now available in Canada via an exclusive distribution partnership with Canadian distributor Affinity Electronics of Canada Inc.

The partnership means the popular Cat accessories portfolio will be available just in time for the summer and all action-packed activities. The range includes the flagship ACTIVE URBAN® cases and the more affordable ACTIVE UTILITY® range – both offering a high level of protection for the latest iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 4, iPad Air, iPad mini as well as Samsung Galaxy S5 and S4.

The following rugged features will make sure your new phone or tablet is protected:

  • Made Tough: Made exclusively from SAIF™, an active material with unique shock and impact absorption properties.
  • Drop Proof: The case protects your phone from drops of up to 6 feet and Catyour tablet from drops of up to 4 feet, preventing the dreaded cracked screen.
  • Well Designed: Despite the tough reputation, the accessories are surprisingly lightweight with a slender, stylish design including metal elements at the edges of the casing

“Our range of protective yet stylish cases is revolutionary in shock absorption and impact protection, thanks to the exclusive use of SAIF material,” says Severine De Maximoff, Accessories Business Manager, Bullitt Mobile Ltd. “Not only do they give enough protection to prevent damage to the phone from drops of heights up to 1.8m, they also allow for complete access to all the features of the phone, unlike other, bulkier cases.”

The Cat rugged range of accessories are available from Affinity distribution in Canada, with prices starting at CAN$ 29.99 and are available now at www.thesource.ca. 

About Cat devices and accessories

The Cat brand stands for trust, durability, reliability and quality. The Cat DNA is found in every Cat mobile phone and accessory offered by Bullitt Mobile Ltd. The worldwide licensee of Cat phones and accessories and provides boundless experience with robust mobility. A new product was created for wireless communication that meets the great variety of needs of a demanding life.

 

dbrand offers some great vinyl skins for phones like the Nexus 5

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dbrandHaving recently got my sweaty paws on the Nexus 5 I ended up spending some time researching protective cases. I tend to carry a lot of stuff around in my pockets and because of this smartphones I’ve owned in the past have tended to look pretty badly beaten after only a few months of use thanks to dings scratches and nicks from coins and keys.

While I knew I needed a case my search was proving fruitless as most of the cases were either bulky or had hit nearly every branch of the ugly tree on their way to the ground. Then I found dbrand.

They’re a Toronto-based manufacturer of protective vinyl skins designed to add a decent serving of style and prevent scratches from damaging your hardware, making them perfect for my needs. This said these skins don’t offer much in the way of protection should you drop your phone.

dbrand skins are all made from 3M vinyl and available in boggling range of colours and textures. Using their web-based choser I could select a woodgrain skin for my phones back and camera lens, brushed titanium side skins and leather for the front. After a few days I got a personalized confirmation email and several weeks later (it is a hell of a long way from Toronto to New Zealand), the skins finally arrived along with two screen protectors as an added bonus.

Having worked in a business where nearly everyone had the same smartphone, it wasn’t rocket science that adding some custom skins would not only offer scratch protection, but would also add personalization so I didn’t end up picking up a workmates phone by mistake.

Before I got to the peeling and sticking stage I watched the dbrand tutorial and followed their advice on how to install the skins. This is definitely something I’d recommend as it turns out that there’s a few simple yet clever tricks that can really make installing the skins easier and hugely improve their durability (believe it or not, this involves using a handheld hair dryer – who’d have thought?).

Installation took just a few minutes and I was pleasantly surprised at just how accurately the skins fitted my Nexus 5. Everything from the “Nexus” cutout on my phones behind through to the camera and LED notification cutouts on its front aligned perfectly.

Being able to go online to choose what skins you want for each part of your phone is a highly intuitive and visual process that really gives dbrand an edge over other similar players. Their other big point of difference however is the sheer breadth of hardware they’ve made skins for, which includes the Nexus 5, Nexus 4, iPhone 5s, the Moto X, iPhone 5, HTC One, BlackBerry Z10, iPhone 4/4s, Galaxy S4, Nexus 7, iPad Mini, iPad 3, iPad 2, the PlayStation 3 and 4, the XBOX 360 and PlayStation Vita.

Pat Pilcher is a freelance journalist based in Wellington, New Zealand who writes for the New Zealand Herald. By night Pat is a gadget obsessive who lives to play with shiny new toys and write about them for blogs such as Vancouver Gadgets. Pat can often be seen lurking on twitter as @iminwellington.

Lightercase first iPhone Case with built-in no flame lighter

Lightercase is another potential gift that might be of interest. I got my hands on this a while ago and thought it would be better on our blog with Christmas less than three weeks away.

Lightercase: What is it?

lightercaseIt is an iPhone case that has built-in no fuel or flame lighter that’s heat-resistant, and childproof. Available for the iPhone 5 & 5S it also comes with Built-In, Rear LED Flashlight and USB Charger. Lightercase comes in black with black metal accents, black with blue metal, white with white metal, and white with pink metal.  The case weighs 35g.

How it Works

Developed by Smartcase, Lightercase works safely via a heated, metallic coil, just like a car lighter.  When the protective latch covering the coil is slid back and held for two seconds, the coil produces just under five watts of heat energy but does not damage the phone. It then automatically shuts off within four seconds. A latch guards the metallic coil – and also keeps the lighter from activating while in your pocket or bag.

A built-in USB port allows you to charge the case via the iPhone’s power adapter or a computer. When the case is being charged, there is a red light to show the charge which also flashes when the case is fully charged. Lightercase also has a rear LED flashlight to give more light.

Design

Lightercase is made from a durable polycarbonate plastic protects your phone from drops or bumps. It is easy to remove as well. Lightercase was designed and manufactured in Silicon Valley.  Smartcase is looking at developing cases for the iPhone 5c and 4/4s) as well as cases for Samsung and HTC phones.

WaterSeal Technology Launches Campaign on Indiegogo

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WaterSeal Technology are the creators of a revolutionary process that applies a protective nano-coating to your smartphone to protect it from water damage. WaterSeal Technology is launching a campaign on the crowdfunding site Indiegogo on October 29th.

Waterproofing Your Smartphone

After extensive time and energy into research and development, WaterSeal Technology has developed a revolutionary process that applies a protective nano- coating that fully protects your smartphone from accidental water damage. This process is unique in the industry as they treat the inside of the phone, where the electronics are; growing a microscopically thin layer of translucent, waterproof material, right onto the inside of the smartphone. The coating is not visible to the human eye, virtually undetectable and unlike most cases, it does not compromise the look, feel, and performance of the smartphone.

Recently named Calgary Herald’s Startup of the Week, WaterSeal Technology is making waves in a field brimming with fragile products. The process is simple: drop off your phone or have it couriered to their Calgary lab and they will have the phone returned back to you- ‘WaterSealed’

Crazy Simple Service Promise

The coating is entirely invisble, good for life and is backed by their “Crazy,Simple” warranty. If your WaterSealed phone suffers water damage from a spill or a short dip in water (accidental water exposure), then WaterSeal Technology simply refunds you any funds spent with WaterSeal.

About WaterSeal Technology

WaterSeal got started when co-founder Craig Dunn’s iPhone ended up in a hot tub and stopped working. Craig thought there had to be a way to saved others from the homeFishbowltime, money, and frustration spent replacing a water damaged smartphone. Partnering with fellow Calgary entrepreneur Mike Wellwood, the idea was to transfer revolutionary technology to real life in a Crazy Simple, customer friendly way. Their mission – Save every phone from water and make every customer extremely happy. The co-founders Mike Wellwood and Craig Dunn are both serial entrepreneurs with a history of innovative start-ups in technology, energy and finance.

Research and Development

“Many innocent phones died horrible, ugly deaths in our R&D department to make sure we had the right technical solution,” said WaterSeal Technology founder Mike Wellwood. With greater integration of smartphone technology into daily life, society is sure to benefit from their hard work. Early adopters seem to have faith; clients have put the technology through the ringer; from voluntary exposure in a rainstorm to a runner’s free-spirited cool-off in the Bow River. These examples through beta testers show complete functionality after exposure to water.

The WaterSeal Technology Campaign

The WaterSeal treatment is currently available for iPhones 4 and 5, Samsung Galaxy S3, S4 and Discover and BlackBerry Bold and the list continues to grow. WaterSeal Technology is currently moving forward with an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign; the goal is help get the word out about this innovative technology, to raise funds for continued R&D and to roll out licensed locations across Canada and the USA.

Check out the waterproof phone case from LifeProof

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With the winter holidays just around the corner, holiday shopping will soon be in full swing. With kids, teens and adults all on the shopping list, it can be time-consuming to run from store to store to find the ideal gift for each member of the family.

LifeProof® cases for Apple® and Android® offer the perfect holiday gift for everyone on the list this holiday season, providing stylish and worry-free use of smartphones and tablets. LifeProof offers a waterproof phone case for smartphone and tablet users, so no matter which family member is using the device, it’s always protected.

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Whether Mom is Skyping Aunt Lisa about the secret family recipe for turkey stuffing or using her favorite recipe app to make gingerbread cookies, spattered batter on her iPad® mini is no problem. With LifeProof, she can just rinse it off in the sink. And if her iPhone® should get bumped off the counter onto the tile floor while the kids are getting a snack from the cupboard, LifeProof is there for the rescue.

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Kids antsy during the car ride to Grandma’s house? Entertain them with movies on their tablet without worry of drops from the car or spills from juice bottles. Kids love using their parents’ iPhones for music and apps. Now there is no need to worry even if that precious iPhone falls out of tiny hands and lands on the sidewalk or falls down the stairs. Just pick it up and move on.

Teens text, update their Facebook status, tweet or share photos on Snapchat, rain, snow or shine. And while all too many iPhones accidentally wind up falling in a puddle, or worse, the toilet, your investment doesn’t have to.

And Dad doesn’t have to miss one minute of the football game on his Samsung® GALAXY S®4 – whether he is shoveling snow in the driveway or relaxing on the beach during a family vacation.

“With the holidays around the corner, LifeProof is a great choice for everyone in the family,” said Executive Vice President of Marketing, Alan Cohen. “We know that kids, teens and parents all have different needs and may use different devices. LifeProof offers a versatile selection of smartphone and tablet protection to please family members of all ages.”

LifeProof is a three-time winner of the Parent Tested Parent Approved® (PTPA) Seal of Approval award, giving parents trust and confidence in LifeProof cases. With the following case lineup, there is sure to be something for everyone on this year’s holiday list.
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LifeProof products can be purchased at Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile locations nationwide, and at other fine retailers, or at www.lifeproof.com.

LifeProof Resources

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LifeProofCases
Twitter: www.twitter.com/lifeproof
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/LifeProofCases

About LifeProof

LifeProof’s company mantra is Freedom; LifeProof designs, manufactures and markets an entirely new category of products designed to give people more freedom from environmental constraints. Based in San Diego, LifeProof offers elegant and protective cases for Smartphones and Tablet PCs that enable full functionality and interactivity under any condition encountered in daily life. The registered brand name ‘LifeProof’ is inspired by the protection and fully functional convenient operation of the device in water, mud, dirt, or snow. For more information, visit www.lifeproof.com.

©2013 Treefrog Developments, Inc. All rights reserved. The LifeProof name and LifeProof trademarks are the property of Treefrog Developments, Inc. registered in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Zyroshell car and desk phone cradle review

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Originally a Kickstarter project, the Zyroshell car and desk phone cradle is making its way out of the labs and into our cars and offices.

I’ve had the Zyroshell phone cradle for a while now and almost forgot I had it as it has blended in so well. It’s a gadget that’s so simple but functional. I’ve used this in a couple of cars the first of which is an Acura and it was nice to have something to hold my phone during the morning and afternoon commutes. The only negative thing I would have to say is that when I removed the device from the one car to move it to another there was a degree of residue left behind. In fact you could see the outline of where the unit was adhered to the dashboard.

phone cradle
phone cradle

Now that I’ve moved it into the Honda I think its found a permanent home as the entire family has found value in it whether it be from using the maps and GPS applications in our smartphones to watching videos on Netflix like SpongeBob Squarepants. I like the metallic look of the unit and the fact that my smartphones quickly adhere to the cradle. This is a refreshing option compared to some of the plastic-y types of units available. One word of caution though, just make sure you push your smartphone firmly onto the cradle. There is a gel pad that is used to temporaily attach your phone and if you don’t push firmly enough you may find your phone on the floor. Also remember to replace the dust cover to the gel pad after every use otherwise the life of your unit could be compromised. Here’s a description from the Kickstarter page.

The baseplate attaches to dashboards or desks using a gel pad (non-adhesive sticky technology). The gel pads leave no sticky residue, are reusable, as well as washable.

The ultra-low profile (2.4mm), soft and flexible design of the baseplate conforms to curved dashboards and console areas. The upper wing of the cradle has a strong gel pad to hold the phone securely through extensive vibration. However, it can easily be detached by hand.

Overall I would rate this item a “BUY”. It’s solid and works as advertised. There were a couple of issues though but I’m sure the vendor is looking at getting those resolved.

Find Phone Cradles at Amazon

If you’re interested in buying the Zyroshell you can get one on their website.

 

 

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SafeCase a sturdy and protective option for the iPhone 4S

SnuggSafeCase

Having already reviewed the Snugg iPad 4 case back in the spring I figured it was time to try another of their cases SnuggSafeCasefor my iPhone 4S. At first glance I was amazed how sturdy the Safe Case was and then I realized why upon reading the packaging. It’s meant to protects users from electromagnetic radiation emitted from your phone.

I hadn’t realized that the iPhone 4s is one of the highest radiation emitting smartphones on the market and that’s a concern for anyone who uses the phone as much as I use mine.

Why Use the SafeCase

The SafeCase is designed to cut the SAR (Specific Absorption Rate) given by iPhone units up to 92%. It will also limit hot spot radiation (EFI) by 90%.  The SafeCase is also made from non-hazardous materials and will not compromise the performance of your cell phone unit.

I have had the case on my iPhone for about two weeks and haven’t noticed anything via WiFi or 3G in terms of weak internet or app usage or dropped calls.  The case itself also takes a pounding and whether the manufacturers intended it or not, I’ve dropped my iPhone a couple of times and not even seen a scratch. SafeCase is available for both iPhone 4 & 4S and that works well for me.

Can I buy it in Canada?

I visited Snugg’s Canadian version of their website and found the case for sale for 44.99$. Shipping will run you $7.50 for a five-day postal delivery and courier delivery of two days will cost you $10.00. I would say this case is a worthwhile investment for both the health risks associated with cell phone use and the durability of the case. I’d recommend this as a case for iPhone 4S users and I plan to use this case for a while.