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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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iPad tablet stand for your backseat riders

- November 21st, 2014

RoadShow

A few weeks back, we reviewed the Airframe+, a practical gadget that allows you to easily mount your oversized smartphone at the front of your car, more specifically, on your vent’s grill. This week, we look at the Felix RoadShow, a tablet stand designed for the iPad and other tablets for your backseat riders.

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Beacon’s Blazar all about that bass… and treble

- November 17th, 2014

The Beacon Blazar is a definite upgrade from your cellphone’s speakers, but is it worth the hefty price-tag? It depends on what you’re looking for.

The portable device relies on Bluetooth technology to pack both a quality speaker and microphone into one small package.

From the unboxing, it’s clear Beacon wants you to think you’re in possession of something special. It comes in a novelty, leather box with heavy duty zipper.

Beacon Audio's Blazar speakers.

Beacon Blazar. (Supplied)

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New Asus Zenbook doesn’t know what it is

- November 4th, 2014

The Asus Zenbook UX303LN doesn’t know what it wants to be.

The Ultrabook comes with a 13.3-inch touchscreen display, which makes it a little too small to be a laptop. But it’s a tad too large to pick it up and use that touchscreen like it was a tablet.

Asus Zenbook UX303LN

Asus Zenbook UX303LN. (Supplied)

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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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