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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.

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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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FlipBelt does away with armbands and fanny packs

- October 31st, 2014

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You’re out for a jog or run but you need to carry around your smart phone, keys and probably a few other things. You don’t have that many pockets and your tired of those very in attractive armbands and things bouncing up and down in your pockets. So the good folks at FlipBelt have come out with a cool little fitness accessory of the same name, so you can carry all of the above, including something as big as an iPhone 6 Plus and more, right around your waist.

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Kim Kardashian wants to buy BlackBerry?

- October 29th, 2014

Move over Lenovo,  as it sounds like there may be someone else who is interested in purchasing BlackBerry. Namely, socialite-turned-reality-TV-star Kim Kardashian.

In an onstage interview with Re/code’s Kara Swisher, Kardashian expressed her love for the Waterloo, Ont.-based company.

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Kim Kardashian arrives at the Tao Nightclub at The Venetian Las Vegas to celebrate her 34th birthday on Oct. 25, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (David Becker/Getty Images/AFP)

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World’s smallest battery pack jumpstarts your car and your phone

- October 15th, 2014

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You can never have enough battery power for your gadgets but to be able to have a small compact lightweight device, that can also jumpstart your car in the rare case you need to do so and usually at the most inopportune time, is an incredible bonus. That’s what JUMPR by Juno Power is designed to do in a form factor that’s not much bigger than a couple of iPhone 6’s stacked on top of each other.

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Hands-On: Runtastic Orbit fitness activity and sleep tracker

- October 6th, 2014

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I spend a significant amount of time in front of some form of screen and probably not enough time at the gym, doing things that keep me in shape like walking which I strive to do at least three to five times per week. Now depending on whom you talk to, it can take 21 days, 40 days or somewhere in between to form a habit. Whatever that number is for you, having a device able to be with you 24/7 is a probably a good way to start. So I jumped at the opportunity to test-drive the new Runtastic Orbit, a real-time activity, fitness and sleep tracker.

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