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App Store price hikes in Canada encourages bargain hunting

- January 14th, 2015

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As Apple hikes the price of those just under a buck apps in Canada to $1.19, it looks like for now, the $0.99 app is a thing of the past  The cause of the increase, no doubt, is due to our weaker Loonie, closing Tuesday at $0.8365 against the US Greenback. And it was just a matter of time before the exchange rate differential caught up with pricing north of the border.

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iRig Mic Field records stereo in landscape or portrait mode

- January 6th, 2015
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Back in 2012, here at CanoeTech Blog we reviewed IK Multimedia’s iRig Mic Cast a portable external microphone you popped into the headphone port of your iOS device. Skip ahead to 2015 and its follow-up product, the iRig Mic Field is a new and improved stereo and now digital microphone perfect, as the name says, for field recording and for both audio and video projects.

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Bluetooth toothbrush keeps your teeth white

- December 17th, 2014

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Every day we hear about some new device now equipped with Bluetooth.  The latest, are Oral-B’s 5000 and 7000 series of interactive smart toothbrushes. Now back in March here at Canoe Tech Blog, we had a look at their latest plaque fighting tooth brush technology and learned the secret about how it all came about because a German engineer had an epiphany while brushing snow off the driveway. Their latest models, Oral-B SmartSeries with Bluetooth 4.0 Connectivity 5000 and 7000 still incorporate the ridiculously fast oscillations and pulsations and their remote SmartGuide, but now you’re able to monitor and track your progress and even share the data with your dental professional because there’s now an app for that.

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Apple has another schmaltzy Christmas ad that will make you tear up

- December 16th, 2014

Last year, Apple released a Christmas ad that showed a kid playing with his iPhone during a family gathering, seemingly ignoring everybody around him. But it’s then revealed that he has been filming and editing the affair and shows the finished product to everyone on the TV. His family applauds him and cries at the supposedly “touching” video.

This year, the company’s Christmas ad, called The Song, features a young woman finding a poor old vinyl recording from Dec. 4, 1952 of a woman named Valarie singing a holiday song to someone named Raymond, presumably her husband, who couldn’t make it home for Christmas.  The quality of the recording is poor, crackling and distorted, but heartfelt.

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