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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

BlackBerry Reports $148M US Loss In 3rd Quarter On Lower Revenue BlackBerry's 3rd Quarter Loss This Year Smaller Than Same Quarter Last Year BlackBerry Reports $148M US Loss In 3rd Quarter On Lower Revenue

While BlackBerry recorded a net loss of $148 million US in its third quarter before recordin...more

Did The Browser Wars Finally End In 2014? When Was The Last Time You Even Heard The Term 'Browser Wars'? Did The Browser Wars Finally End In 2014?

Article author Ed Bott has a good point when he asks "After a decade, have the browser wars final...more

New Airport Backpack For Quadcopters To Be Released Think Tank Photo To Release New Airport Helipak Backpack In February 2015 New Airport Backpack For Quadcopters To Be Released

In October 2014, Think Tank Photo released the Airport Accelerator Phantom 2 Quadcopter Divider K...more

Free Software GNU / Linux Laptop In Development The Purism Librem 15 From Portland, Oregon-based Crowd Supply May Be The First Pure Free-Software Laptop Free Software GNU / Linux Laptop In Development

Linux laptops, while not rare, are becoming more common as they become available from major compu...more

BlackBerry Classic: Familiar QWERTY Design Packs High-Performance Features BlackBerry Upgrades Their Product Line With Release Of New BlackBerry Classic BlackBerry Classic: Familiar QWERTY Design Packs High-Performance Features

Many executives who were BlackBerry loyalists and never switched over to iPhones, Android smartph...more

Apple Canada Ordered To Turn Over Documents In Carrier Deal Probe The Federal Court of Canada Orders Apple Canada To Turn Over Additional Documents Apple Canada Ordered To Turn Over Documents In Carrier Deal Probe

The Federal Court of Canada has just ordered Apple's Canadian division to turn over more docu...more

3D Printing Has Turned This Canine Into A Cyborg 3D Printing Lets Derby The Crippled Husky Mix Run For The First Time 3D Printing Has Turned This Canine Into A Cyborg

While Derby, the Husky mix born with underdeveloped legs and paws isn't technically a cyborg ...more

Drone Threat Concerns U.S. Pilots As FAA Weighs Rules Proliferation Of Drones Threatens U.S. Flights, FAA Still Hasn't Finished Working Towards Setting The Rules Drone Threat Concerns U.S. Pilots As FAA Weighs Rules

According to the CBC News article "In 2012, Congress told the FAA it has until September 2015 to ...more

The Biggest Music Comeback of 2014: Vinyl Records Vinyl Records Far From Dead -- Almost Eight Million Sold This Year The Biggest Music Comeback of 2014: Vinyl Records

If you thought vinyl records were museum pieces, then news that nearly 8 million of them had been...more

Lenovo Recalls Over 500,000 AC Power Cords In The US Due To Fire Hazard Fire Hazard Causes Lenovo To Recall More Than 500,000 AC Power Cords In The US And 44,000 in Canada Lenovo Recalls Over 500,000 AC Power Cords In The US Due To Fire Hazard

We don't imagine that executives at Lenovo can be too happy with having to recall more than 5...more

SprayLD Coats Various Surfaces With Energy-Producing Solar Cells What Would You Say To Any Surface Of Your Home Being Converted Into A Solar Cell? SprayLD Coats Various Surfaces With Energy-Producing Solar Cells

Can you imagine being able to have a contractor come to your home and spray almost any surface, e...more

Samsung Galaxy Ace II x Explodes Causing Bedroom Fire Canadian University Student's Samsung Galaxy Ace II x Explodes And Catches Fire Samsung Galaxy Ace II x Explodes Causing Bedroom Fire

Apparently mirroring a problem that Samsung is having worldwide with a number of Samsung Galaxy S...more

NASA's New Orion Spacecraft Completes First Spaceflight Test NASA's Next Generation Orion Spacecraft Takes Big Step Forward, Completes First Spaceflight Test NASA's New Orion Spacecraft Completes First Spaceflight Test

Launched at 7:05 a.m. EST on December 5th, 2014 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, NASA's Ori...more

Why Elon Musk's Batteries Scare the Hell Out of the Electric Company Billionaire Elon Musk Strikes Fear Into The Hearts Of Big Electricity Why Elon Musk's Batteries Scare the Hell Out of the Electric Company

Mention the name Elon Musk around members of the mainstream electric industry and you're like...more

Regin - The Software That's Been Spying On Users Since 2008 Don't Recognize The Name 'Regin' - It's The Spyware That May Have Been Spying On You Since 2008 Regin - The Software That's Been Spying On Users Since 2008

If you hadn't heard of the Regin Trojan, you're far from alone.  Around since 2008, ...more

UK's Desolenator Uses Solar Power To Convert Seawater Into Potable Drinking Water

On December 2nd, 2014, UK-based Desolenator launched a a campaign to bring an end to the world wa...more

7 Days / 13 Backpacks: Enter To Win One Of Our Amazing Backpacks!

The bags you can win from Think Tank Photo are the Streetwalker, Streetwalker Pro, Streetwalker H...more

BlackBerry Aggressively Targets Apple iPhone Users And Will Pay Up To $600 To Switch To New BlackBerry Passport

Although Android has the largest overall market share, Apple has the largest single company share...more

Enter And Win A FREE Gary Fong Studio-To-Go Fashion and Commercial Kit Valued At $695.00

Entries will be accepted online starting on or about November 23, 2014 and ending December 1, 201...more

Elon Musk's SpaceX Reusable Rocket Program Moving Forward Slowly, But Making Progress

While SpaceX founder Elon Musk is an inventor and entrepreneur, he is also apparently a pragmatis...more

Adobe Updates Now Available -- Lightroom 5.7 and Camera Raw 8.7

On Tuesday November 18th, Adobe announced the immediate availability of Photoshop Lightroom 5.7 f...more

Japan's Experimental Maglev Train Hits 500 km/h (311 mph) Mark

When Japan's experimental Maglev train hit the 500 km/h (311 mph) mark, it made their famed B...more

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