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POPSCOPE
Selfie-Helpie

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 28th, 2014

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The number of selfies being taken seems to grow every day, if you pay attention to social media. More often than not, self-shot photos tend to lead to awkward head positions (the downward tilt) and, consequently, duck faces. Part of the problem is that our arms are not long enough, so unless you plan on undergoing some sort of somatic mutation in order to gain the arms of an orangutan, you will need to use some sort of mechanical device to help you put a little distance between your hand-held and your face. Enter the POPSCOPE, a selfie-taker’s best friend – but also so much more useful, as you can see from its Kickstarter page.

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Reviews
ViewSonic VP2772 Pro Graphics 27” Display

By Evan Bergstra - July 22nd, 2014

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There is an episode of Corner Gas where a couple of the characters get into a strategic battle of luxury, with each side trying to introduce the other to new, rich tastes and experiences, thereby ruining otherwise acceptable pedestrian alternatives for the recipient. I think it starts with a fountain pen and escalates from there. The good people at ViewSonic sent me one of their premium displays to try out for a couple weeks, and it may well have ruined all lesser displays for me.

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Reviews
Snugg iPod Touch 5th Generation
Silicone Rubber Case (Black)

By Jorge Figueiredo - July 16th, 2014

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Owning a smartphone, tablet, or some other smart hand-held device is like wielding a two-edged sword. On one hand, you’re essentially carrying a computer around that can fit in your pocket. On the other, the interface is not bulletproof, and dropping the device can result in disaster. Snugg makes some great cases that are functional and protective. They sent me their Touch 5th Generation Silicone Rubber Case to check out, and while it does not provide absolute protection1, it’s up to Snugg’s usual high standard.

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Reviews
Viewsonic PJD-7820HD

By Jorge Figueiredo - July 12th, 2014

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Projectors are something that I don’t normally get too excited about. My house doesn’t have too many surfaces upon which I could effectively use it, and getting a screen installed would be a pain. Still, the Viewsonic PJD-7820HD that was sent to us to check out gave me pause, causing me to re-think my position on projectors. A relatively affordable offering, The 7820HD packs a lot of value under the hood, especially when you consider that it is supposed to be an entry-level viewing device.

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Reviews
Brydge+ with Speakers
Utility and Then Some!

By Jorge Figueiredo - July 1st, 2014

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While the iPad on-screen keyboard is fairly easy to use, it is still not perfect. I am particular when it comes to screen real estate – I like to see the big picture; plus, I also like the tactile feedback of a physical keyboard (although the LG G2 does a good job of emulating that feeling – at the cost of battery life). Out of all the different Bluetooth-enabled keyboards out there, one of the nicest that I have seen is the Brydge+ keyboard with speaker. It’s a bit on the pricey side, but it is definitely worth the money thanks to a high level of utility and a surprising bonus feature.

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Reviews
Marshall Minor Headphones

By Jorge Figueiredo - June 24th, 2014

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Last year, we reviewed the Marshall Major, a set of on-ear headphones with both style and substance. Vintage-inspired looks and fantastic sound earned the Major a place on our list of suggested holiday gifts. For those who do not like over-ear or on-ear headphones (but want good sound quality), the Marshall Minor in-ear headphones might be a reasonable substitute. Marshall sent Toronto Thumbs a pair to check out, and let me tell you, they are just as impressive as their larger cousins.

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Reviews
Weiser Kevo Bluetooth Deadbolt Lock

By Jorge Figueiredo - June 18th, 2014

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Last month at the Future Shop Smart Loft event, I was introduced to the Weiser Kevo Bluetooth Deadbolt Lock. The Kevo is a smart lock, and brings the everyday household deadbolt to the next level – home automation, making the lock an “e-lock”. The Kevo allows you to utilize not only a mechanical key, but also an electronic fob or your smartphone to open the lock. Intelligence is built into the Kevo, giving you a lot of control over the lock, and there is also an excellent amount of security (both physical and electronic) present in the system to help prevent break-ins. Weiser has been around for over a hundred years (and they have been making locks the entire time), so they definitely know a thing or two about locks. Partner that with Kwikset technology and you have yourself a very compelling reason to grab a Kevo for yourself.

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