Polar A300
Fitness and Activity Monitor

By Jorge Figueiredo - March 27th, 2015


Fitness bands have been all the rage for a while now, but most of the time I find that most people, once buying a Fitbit or a Nike+ Fuelband, adhere to their newly discovered interest in getting into shape for a short time, and eventually start to “forget” their new wearable tech on the top of the dresser. I, personally, have never been into the bracelet-style of fitness tracker. When Polar sent us their A300 to check out, though, I was far more receptive to trying it out due to its more traditional aesthetic. Of course, it is a lot more than just a watch, and now I am addicted to it.

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Vomo XL
Wireless Headset

By Jorge Figueiredo - February 11th, 2015


It’s always cool to find really great products made in your own backyard. A little while ago, I reviewed Western Leaf’s Frenzy 8Z tablet; and while it may not be unseating iPads or Galaxy Tablets anytime soon, it is a viable alternative for those who may be looking to outfit their kids with a cost-conscious alternative. Alongside with the Frenzy 8Z, Western Leaf also sent us the Vomo XL, a pair of wireless headphones of their own design. After playing with the Frenzy, I figured that the Vomo XL would be a product designed in a similar vein: practicality and decent quality. I certainly wasn’t ready for what these things could do and how great they sounded.

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SteelSeries Stratus XL
Wireless Controller

By Jorge Figueiredo - January 31st, 2015


​There are so many options for gaming now – more than there have ever been. Folks that like to chill at home can purchase a console, or build a gaming PC, while those who spend time on the go can rely on their tablets, laptops, or portable gaming systems (3DS or Vita, for instance) to help fill their gaming needs. Of course, most people can’t afford every system that they might want – and sometimes, practicality dictates that a tablet is the best option for one’s all-around needs. But tablets like the iPad have some decent games, and have a screen large enough to counter the need to squint – plus, with a relatively cheap attachment, can output their screen contents to an HDTV or projector. The only thing lacking in terms of the console experience would be a nice, wireless controller – unless, of course, you happened to own a SteelSeries Stratus XL. SteelSeries sent us one of these devices to check out – and after spending some time with it, I have to say that this controller does nothing but add to the positive ‎experience of gaming on iOS – and I’m not talking Angry Birds.

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Hub IT
Sync & Charge Station

By Jorge Figueiredo - January 30th, 2015


‎As time marches on, more people become wired (or wireless, as the case may be), which means that the number of devices in the average home is increasing. More devices means more charging, which can take up valuable electrical socket space. Couple that with the need for wired data transfers to a computer and, well, port real estate values rise. There is a neat product‎ called the Hub IT Sync & Charge Station that deals with this inflation of need. Created by Eggtronic (Italy), this modular device can accommodate up to 7 wired devices for charging; and if you have a hand-held that conforms to the Qi (pronounced “chee”) standard of charging by induction, it can support that, too!

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Master & Dynamic
ME03 Headphones

By Jorge Figueiredo - January 29th, 2015


There are really two choices when considering the purchase of headphones: go big or go home. This may not sound like the most sage advice, seeing as most of us are not fabulously wealthy; but it does carry some merit. Skimping usually results in headphones that break too easily, usually due to cheap build quality‎ – it also tends to mean robbing yourself of a better audio experience. Now, if you are super-careful and you don’t really care about audio quality, then there probably is no lower limit to your headphone budget. However, if you are someone who doesn’t mind spending more to get more, then you might want to consider a pair of ME03 in-ear headphones. Once again, New York’s Master & Dynamic (makers of the MH40) have merged form and function to create something truly special.

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By Jorge Figueiredo - January 22nd, 2015

Photo courtesy of Clipless.

When you are out and about, where do you keep your smartphone? I tend to keep mine in either my front pants pocket or the inner breast pocket of my coat – easy to reach locations that make it a simple matter to pull out my phone when I need it. Of course, there are disadvantages to these locations: sitting down, for instance, makes it a chore to pull the phone out of my pants pocket, and both of those locations are default storage spots for spare change and keys, which is not so friendly to the screen of my smartphone. The folks at Clipless (from Port Hope, Ontario) have come up with an alternate location with the use of their new product – and that location is: practically anywhere. Toronto Thumbs checked out the Clipless kit that was sent to us from their office, and it’s a really interesting and useful gadget.

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Brothers in Arms 3 : Sons of War

By Sharad Hirjee - January 16th, 2015


Over the holiday season I picked myself up and iPad Mini (with retina display), so when the opportunity came up to review Gearbox Software’s Brothers in Arms 3: Sons of War (iTunes or Android), I put up my hand. As a lover of first-person shooters, I was curious to see how this genre made the jump from the console systems and PC to the hand-held device. I must say that I was impressed with the game-play and that I have continued to play the game after the completion of my review. However, as fun and entertaining as this title is, the game-play is detracted from – but not for the reason that you may think.

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