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Kobo Aura H2O - The First Premium Waterproof eReader

by Charles Mohapel

When I read the press release for the new Kobo Aura H2O in late August, I requested one for review.  Having used the Kobo Wireless eReader (1st gen. and 2nd gen.), Kobo Touch, Kobo Glo, and color Kobo Vox (the latter very briefly), and reviewed the Kobo Wireless eReader (2nd gen.) Kobo Glo, Kobo Arc, and Kobo Aura HD E Ink eReader, I was eager to see how much the Aura H2O differed from the other Kobo ereaders and tablets.

Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite Ultimate 2015 Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite Ultimate 2015
Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite Ultimate 2015
by David Em

Autodesk's Entertainment Creation Suite Ultimate 2015 streamlines the company's flagship imaging tools for 3D artists

When Did Smartphones Get Smart? Smartphones Didn't Take Off Until 2009, Even Though the iPhone Came Out in 2007.
When Did Smartphones Get Smart?
by Ernest Lilley

IBM brought a touchscreen phone named Simon with more than phone functions to the market in 1994. Nokia produced the Nokia 9000, a clam-shell phone/PDA with a keyboard in 1996, which was, at the time, their best selling phone. But it wasn't until the 1997 that Nokia called the GS 88,  the successor to the 9000 a smartphone, coining the term that would describe all phones with computing capabilities built in from then on.  That's the official story, and it's factual, but I think it's off the mark.

Sony DSCRX10/B Cybershot A Bridge Camera For DSLR Fans
Sony DSCRX10/B Cybershot
by Ernest Lilley

Sony's 20.3 megapixel DSCRX10/B may be part of their Cybershot line, with an integrated lens and an electronic viewfinder, but it might just make serious photographers consider an all-in-one camera for all that it offers, including a DSLR feel in a semi-compact format.

Logitech Wireless Performance Mouse MX MX Performance Mouse: Still Our Choice
Logitech Wireless Performance Mouse MX
by Ernest Lilley

Having pretty much worn out the clickers on my favorite mouse, a Logitech MX Performance mouse, I'd limped along for a few weeks on wired mice I had lying around that worked reasonably well, but eventually went and a new one. It's not quite the same as the mouse I reviewed in seven years ago, and it may take a day or two to get used to, but it's still a terrific mouse.

Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite 2014 Autodesk And The Future Of Animation
Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite 2014
by David Em

Autodesk's Entertainment Creation Suite 2014 features a wide array of tools that shine a light on the future of digital entertainment.

Open House At The 2013 Canadian Grand Prix Fan-Friendly Formula 1 Open House At The 2013 Canadian Grand Prix Is Back
Open House At The 2013 Canadian Grand Prix
by Charles Mohapel

After a one year forced hiatus, Open House at the Canadian Grand Prix was back. Held on the Thursday morning of Grand Prix Week in Montreal, the track at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve was open to everyone, not just the people who bought the 3-day weekend passes which began at $126.00 for General Admission and Platform Wheelchair Accessible 41A.

The New Limited Edition Kobo Aura HD eReader Kobo's Newest eReader, The Aura HD Is Available In Espresso Brown, Ivory, and Onyx
The New Limited Edition Kobo Aura HD eReader
by Charles Mohapel

Having used the original Kobo eReader, second generation Kobo Wireless eReader, Kobo Touch, Kobo Glo, and Kobo Arc, I was eager to my hands on their newest model, the limited-edition Kobo Aura HD E Ink eReader, and see how it matched up against the previous models.

SLAPPA HardBody PRO Headphone Case (SL-HP-07) Let The SLAPPA HardBody PRO Headphone Case Protect Your Favorite High End Headphones
SLAPPA HardBody PRO Headphone Case (SL-HP-07)
by Charles Mohapel

How many of us have broken our favorite headphones or damaged the cable connection by carrying the headphones unprotected in our backpacks, duffle bags, or messenger bags? Your best bet for protecting your headphones is not a soft nylon bag, but ideally speaking, a custom case that comes with them. But if they came with the aforementioned soft nylon bag, or worse, no protection at all, then your best choice is to purchase the appropriately sized and shaped hard case.

HTC One: 4.7-inch Super LCD 3, Quad Core 1.7ghz HTC One Sprints Onto The Scene
HTC One: 4.7-inch Super LCD 3, Quad Core 1.7ghz
by Ernest Lilley

Sprint just announced the online availability of the much anticipated HTC One, HTC's new Android SmartPhone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, quad-core, 1.7GHz processor, a "premium metal unibody", camera optimized for low light, and a 4.7 inch, Full HD 1080p, 468 PPI display.

Take Your Show On The Road With Epson's 1761W 3 LCD Projector
Epson PowerLite 1761W Projector
by David Em

Back in the nasty old days of the late Twentieth Century, mobile presentations required lugging ...cont

A Simple Carousel Slider in JQuery
bxSlider - A Simple and Versitile JQuery Content Slider and Carousel
by Ernest Lilley

I've been looking for a simple carousel for images to use with TechRevu and some other publicati...cont

Why The Kobo Arc Tablet Is A Tablet To Be Reckoned With
Kobo Arc 16GB Tablet (Black)
by Charles Mohapel

The Kobo Arc is the second color tablet from Kobo, the first color tablet being the Vox. Both come ...cont

Plantronics Audio 478 Stereo USB Headset (Audio 478)

by Ernest Lilley

The .Audio 478 scores high marks for both comfort and audio quality whether you're Skypeing away...cont

Plantronics Audio 648 Stereo USB Headset
Plantronics Audio 648 Stereo USB Headset
by Ernest Lilley

If you're looking for an inexpensive behind the ears headset, this one offers simple controls an...cont

Certifications: CompTIA Security+
Certifications: CompTIA Security+
by Ernest Lilley

IT Security certifications are often the next step tech's take after getting their basic hardwar...cont

Lenovo U310 13.3-Inch Ultrabook (Graphite Grey)

by Daniel P. Dern

Lenovo IdeaPad U310 combines performance, style and portability in an "Entertainment-oriented" ultra...cont

Are You Ready For Some Super Bowl Ads?
Super Bowl 2013 Ads: Tech, Sex, and Selling Sure...But Nothing Beats An Astronaut. Ever.
by Ernest Lilley

Maybe football isn't our fandom of choice, but we love the Super Bowl anyway. For us, the suspen...cont

Windows 8: Time To Upgrade
Windows 8: Time To Upgrade
by Ernest Lilley

As of the end of this month, the $39.99 upgrade for Windows 8 Pro goes away. If you're running a...cont

3D Printing Comes To The Catwalk In Paris Fashion Show
Stratasys and Materialise Prototype The Future of Fashion
by Ernest Lilley

The future won't really arrive until you can step into a new 3D printed outfit made to whatever ...cont

Deep Space Industries Plans To Mine Asteroids With Robot Ships
Deep Space Industries Robot Miner Fleet Launches in 2015
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Starting in 2015, Deep Space Industries is planning on launching robotic mining spacecraft to grappl...cont

Audi Takes A4s and iPads to the Track - For Slot Cars
Audi quattro Experience: iPads, 4WD Slot Cars, and a Custom Track
by Ernest Lilley

There was a time when slot car tracks could be found in every hobby shop across the USA. For many, i...cont

CES 2013: The Dern Report
CES 2013: The Dern Report
by Daniel P. Dern

There were, as always, thousands (or more) of new/newish products at this year's (2013) Consu...cont

CES 2013 ShowStoppers: Press and Gadgets at the Wynn
CES 2013 Showstoppers
by Ernest Lilley

ShowStoppers closes out the first full day of CES 2013 over at the Wynn. We'll be back with phot...cont

CES 2013 Starts With a Pepcom Tailgate Party
Pepcom Digital Experience @ CES2013
by Ernest Lilley

The Pepcom team always bring together a mind-boggling array of cutting edge tech companies in a pres...cont

Kobo's New Glo Sheds Some Light On Your eReading
Kobo Glo eReader
by Charles Mohapel

While the various Amazon Kindles and Nooks from Barnes & Noble dominate the American market, ...cont

Panasonic's LX7: Shoots Eyes Wide Open With f1.4 Leica Lens
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX7K 10.1 MP Digital Camera with 7.5x Intelligent zoom and 3.0-inch LCD - Black
by Ernest Lilley

There are a lot of things to like about this advanced single lens digital...which we can't bring...cont

We Welcome Our Future Robot Insect Masters
TechJect Dragonfly Project
by Ernest Lilley

Forget robot planes, helicopters, and birds. The future of flying robots is hovering silently on dra...cont

HP Canada's Pre-CES 2013 Product Showcase In Toronto
HP Pre-CES 2013 Product Showcase
by Charles Mohapel

On Wednesday December 12, 2012, I and other members of Canada's high tech media got an early pee...cont

LP-2020A+ Lepai Tripath Class-T Hi-Fi Audio Mini Amplifier with Power Supply

by Ernest Lilley

Though it's smaller than a hardcover novel and only puts out 2x20W RMS, this little amp delivers...cont

Tech News/Leads

HP Drives 'Business-First' Approach to Mobility HP Introduces Eight New 'Business-First' Mobile Devices HP Drives 'Business-First' Approach to Mobility

Following on the heels of CES 2015, HP has taken a different approach to mobile computing from th...more

Thieves Tunnel Into Apple Warehouse, Abscond With Treasure Trove If Only All Crooks Were As Dumb As These Three Thieves And This Smuggler Thieves Tunnel Into Apple Warehouse, Abscond With Treasure Trove

Every police officer and customs agent wishes they encountered crooks as dumb as the three men tu...more

Hellcat Driver Gets His Ass Handed To Him By Tesla At Drag Strip Tesla Model S P85D Electric Car Smokes Dodge Challenger Hellcat Over Quarter Mile Hellcat Driver Gets His Ass Handed To Him By Tesla At Drag Strip

The 691 horsepower Tesla Model S P85D electric car is not your run-of-the-mill family sedan as it...more

Google Glass Sales End On Jan. 19 Google To End Selling Google Glass 'Explorer' Edition On January 19th Google Glass Sales End On Jan. 19

Reminding us very much of the mind controling gaming headsets in the 'Star Trek: The Next Gen...more

Mars Beagle-2 Lander Found After 11 Years Missing Missing For 11 Years, ESA's Mars Beagle-2 Lander Found By NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Mars Beagle-2 Lander Found After 11 Years Missing

Missing since Christmas Day 2003, the European Space Agency's Mars Beagle-2 Lander has finall...more

Lightroom mobile for Android Phones Now Available Adobe Lightroom mobile for Android Phones Now Available Through The Google Play App Store Lightroom mobile for Android Phones Now Available

Android users have looked across the fence at iPhone and iPad users with a bith of jealousy when ...more

Sony Canada To Close All Canadian Stores Within 2 Months Sony Canada To Close All 15 Canadian Retail Stores By Mid-March Sony Canada To Close All Canadian Stores Within 2 Months

It came as a shock to many Canadians to hear on January 15th, 2015 that Sony Canada would be clos...more

AI Must Turn Focus To Safety, Stephen Hawking, And Other Researchers Say Stephen Hawking And Elon Musk Agree That Artificial Intelligence Needs Close Supervision AI Must Turn Focus To Safety, Stephen Hawking, And Other Researchers Say

For many people the words "Artificial Intelligence" bring the "Terminator" movie franchise to min...more

Year's First Patch Tuesday Highlights Conflict Between Microsoft And Google 2015 Begins With Google Hammering At Microsoft Over Their Monthly Updates Year's First Patch Tuesday Highlights Conflict Between Microsoft And Google

Anyone who uses a computer running Windows knows that the second Tuesday of every month is known ...more

SpaceX Failed To Land A Rocket On A Platform In The Ocean - But It's Still A Step Closer SpaceX Attempts To Land Falcon 9 Rocket On Their Drone Ship SpaceX Failed To Land A Rocket On A Platform In The Ocean - But It's Still A Step Closer

Following its fifth cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS), SpaceX attem...more

Mysterious Legendary Metal From Atlantis Found In Shipwreck Off Sicily Significant Quantity Of Orichalcum, Valuable Metal From Atlantis Discovered Off Sicily Mysterious Legendary Metal From Atlantis Found In Shipwreck Off Sicily

Previously known only from ancient texts and a few ornamental objects, orichalcum was a legendary...more

China Takes Another Step Towards Unmanned Return Mission To The Moon China Moves One Step Closer To Joining The U.S. And Russia In The Lunar Landing Club China Takes Another Step Towards Unmanned Return Mission To The Moon

Though not scheduled to occur until 2017, China's unmanned Chang'e 5 mission to land on t...more

New Gadget Can Turn Any HDTV Into A Desktop Computer Intel's Compute Stick Turns Your HDTV Into A Desktop PC New Gadget Can Turn Any HDTV Into A Desktop Computer

At CES 2015, Intel announced that it would be ready to ship its Compute Stick in March.  Ava...more

App Store Price Hikes Confirmed For Canada, Norway, EU Apple's Mac App Store Raises Prices For Apps For Canada, Norway, and the European Union App Store Price Hikes Confirmed For Canada, Norway, EU

Effective Thursday January 8, 2015, Apple raised prices of all apps in the App Store for customer...more

How The Three Biggest PC OEMs Are Facing An Uncertain Future PC Sales Down Slightly Over 2013 How The Three Biggest PC OEMs Are Facing An Uncertain Future

While it's true that PC sales dropped by 5.6% according to the International Data Corporation...more

Sennheiser Makes Itself Heard At CES 2015

At CES 2015 in Las Vegas, Sennheiser introduced two new versions of the MOMENTUM line of headphon...more

HP Introduces A New Virtual Reality Display, The Industry's Thinnest, Lightest Workstation Ultrabooks, And Two New Mini Desktop PCs At CES 2015

HP preceeded CES 2015 by introducing the HP Zvr interactive Virtual Reality Display, HP Z27s and ...more

The AKG, JBL, And Harman Kardon Divisions Of HARMAN Had Much To Introduce At CES 2015

At CES 2015, KARDON pulled out all the stops, introducing such gems as the AKG N90Q, the world...more

Quantum Dot LCD TV Sales Expected To Explode In the Next Four Years

Just as you were getting used to LED (Light Emitting Diode) TVs, OLED (Organic Light Emitting Dio...more

Kensington Announces A Number Of New Products And A 2015 CES Innovation Awards Honoree

On January 6, 2015 Kensington introduced a number of new products, unveiling the industry's t...more

Inspired Photos with Flair, Ready to Share: New Nikon D5500 DSLR Helps Creatively Capture the Moments that Matter

On January 5, 2015. Nikon introduced their latest entry-level DX-format DSLR, the Nikon D5500, a ...more

Seagate Celebrates Thirty-Five Years of Storage Innovation With Launch of Seagate Seven - the World's Slimmest Portable Hard Drive

Seagate Technology preceded CES 2015 by unveiling the new 500 GB Seagate Seven drive, a high-desi...more

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