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Review: Moto 360 and Moto X

- November 25th, 2014

I’m not entirely sold on smartwatches. It’s a nice idea to be able to have a computer on your wrist but many of the designs look too weird and gimmicky to wear in public.

What’s nice about the Moto 360 is that on the surface it looks like a regular watch. It has a sleek design, with the dimensions 45.8 mm x 11.02 mm, and weighs on 49 grams. And the timepiece comes with a comfortable leather strap.  (Metal straps are available in the U.S. and will likely be coming to Canada in the near future.)

Moto 360

A Moto 360 smartwatch is seen at Motorola’s headquarters on Sept. 4, 2014. (Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for Motorola/AFP)

The 360′s 1.65-inch screen offers six different watch faces to choose from, many of which mimic the look of an analogue watch, and more options can be downloaded through the Motorola Connect app.

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Finally, emojis you can sext with!

- November 21st, 2014

Worried about someone hacking your phone and leaking those nude pics to your significant other? Why not send your lover sexualized emojis instead?

Emojis (the little cartoonish pictures of smiles, clothing and other icons you can add to text and chat messages) aren’t generally what the average person would consider sexy. But a site called Flirtmoji is trying to change that.

Flirtmoji.com

Flirtmoji.com. (Screenshot)

In a blog post on its website, the company said, “(O)ur mission at Flirtmoji to empower people of all sexualities to communicate their desires, concerns, and flirtations.”

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Amazon launches its same-day delivery service in Toronto, Vancouver

- November 6th, 2014

Amazon’s same-day delivery service has finally come to Canada. Well, Toronto and Vancouver at least.

The newly launched service allows for customers to choose from a select group of items at Amazon.ca. Customers can place their orders as late as noon and should expect to receive the packages by 9 p.m. the same day. The service is even available on the weekend.

Amazon basket icon

(AFP PHOTO)

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The next frontier for drones: Porn?

- November 6th, 2014

Drones can deliver pizza and may be used to deliver other types of packages in the future if the rules and regulations get more lax.

And back in September, six U.S. production companies got an exemption from the FAA’s ban on commercial drones, provided they don’t fly above 120 metres and stay inside the film set. (The FAA is looking at other exemption requests as well.) But one use it probably wasn’t expecting drones to be used for is to shoot porn.

Drone

(Fotolia)

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Is the BlackBerry Passport right for you?

- November 3rd, 2014

So if you’ve seen the BlackBerry Passport, which launched back in September, the one thing that probably sticks out to you is the size.

An almost square device, the phone looks like it would be a monster to carry around. And, frankly, the demonstration that it was roughly the same size as a passport didn’t placate me as passports aren’t that small either.

John Chen holds a Canadian passport over top of a BlackBerry Passport

BlackBerry chief executive John Chen shows a Canadian passport along with the Passport smartphone during an official launch event in Toronto, Sept. 24, 2014. REUTERS/Aaron Harris

At the launch, BlackBerry CEO John Chen and company showed that the Passport could easily fit in the inside pocket of a blazer. But I’m not a Bay Street businessman who wears a suit to work every day. I generally wear a golf shirt and pants and so it seemed that it would be considerably more uncomfortable to carry the Passport around.

Or at least, that’s what I thought. In fact, it fits reasonably well into the front pocket in my pants. Jeans could be an issue, but most men’s pants have big enough pockets.

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