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Last Updated: 03/27/2020 08:20:02 AM EST

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Facebook Messenger for Kids: I Caved

Facebook Messenger for Kids: I Caved

I finally caved. I have been avoiding signing my 8-year-old son up for Facebook Messenger for Kids since the invites started rolling in ages ago. As much as I use and advocate for the benefits of social media, I don't think an 8-year-old needs to be on a Messenger service.

Christine Persaud Published: 03/27/2020 08:20:02 AM EST

 

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Huawei Expects Customers To Make A Big Sacrifice After Buying The Mate 30 Pro

Huawei Expects Customers To Make A Big Sacrifice After Buying The Mate 30 Pro

Six months after its Fall launch and mysterious disappearance from the free world, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro smartphone has re-emerged in a global marketing campaign, including Canada. It finally arrives here late May. No pricing details are available yet.

Steve Makris Published: 03/26/2020 08:20:01 AM EST

David's Take: AudioQuest DragonFly Red - Fly Like an Eagle

David's Take: AudioQuest DragonFly Red - Fly Like an Eagle

I'm a simple person. When I bought the AudioQuest DragonFly Red for $249, I bought it not because of the specifications but because of the colour. It turns out among the three options, Black, Red, and Cobalt, the Red is the mid-level, perfect choice.

David Susilo Published: 03/25/2020 07:50:01 AM EST

David's Take: Feeling Fly with Creative SX-Fi

David's Take: Feeling Fly with Creative SX-Fi

Recently, Creative Labs has been turning heads again with its Super X-Fi (SXFI - pronounced "sex-fy") headphone technology. At CES 2020, I was handed the SXFI Amp, a tiny dongle touted to recreate a surround-sound holographic environment with headphones.

David Susilo Published: 03/11/2020 07:30:01 AM EST

David's Take: Taking A Glance at LG's NanoCell 65SM8100 UHD TV

David's Take: Taking A Glance at LG's NanoCell 65SM8100 UHD TV

It has been more than a year since the last time I looked at a new LG LCD TV. The last time I checked, the NanoCell TVs are pretty good for the money. But as you know me, I'm looking for a product that's a true performer.

David Susilo Published: 03/06/2020 10:00:02 AM EST

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Pushes the Envelope With 8k Video and DSLR Quality Photos

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Pushes the Envelope With 8k Video and DSLR Quality Photos

This Saturday, Canadians will be able to purchase the newest Samsung flagship Galaxy S20 series smartphones online or in stores. On pre-order until March 5, they will come with a free set of Samsung Buds+ for the S20+ and S20 Ultra.

Steve Makris Published: 03/05/2020 09:00:01 AM EST

David's Take: Hands-on Review - Austere HDMI Cable - It's Just Right

David's Take: Hands-on Review - Austere HDMI Cable - It's Just Right

Austere, a home theatre accessories company from Portland, OR, sent me a 2.5-metre Austere V (MSRP $130) 4K-rated HDMI cable to play with after I expressed my excitement at the designs when meeting with them in a private suite at CES 2020.

David Susilo Published: 02/27/2020 02:14:45 PM EST

David's Take: The Hyundai Palisade Aural Experience

David's Take: The Hyundai Palisade Aural Experience

I was recently offered a Hyundai Palisade for a week in order to review the upgraded sound system in the top-line seven-seater vehicle. So I took it out on the open road, tweaked settings, cranked up the volume, played some of my favourite tunes, and here's my report.


David Susilo Published: 02/24/2020 08:30:02 AM EST

HANDS-ON REVIEW: Thorens TD240-2 Turntable and Totem KIN Play Powered Speakers

HANDS-ON REVIEW: Thorens TD240-2 Turntable and Totem KIN Play Powered Speakers

As I was browsing online for another fully automatic turntable and speakers to replace the ones in my bedroom, I came across the MSRP $1,499 German-made Thorens TD240-2. Meanwhile, the Totem KIN Play speakers ($1,250), which were first shown at CEDIA 2018 in early September, also sounded intriguing. The combination of the two? I was eager to try it out.

David Susilo Published: 02/20/2020 09:40:41 AM EST

David's Take: Hands-On Review of the Nextbase 222 Dash Cam

David's Take: Hands-On Review of the Nextbase 222 Dash Cam

Not long ago, I was loaned a Hyundai Palisade SUV by Hyundai Canada so I could write a review of the vehicle's factory sound system. During the week-long review process, I also used the time to review the Nextbase 222 dash cam, which I first saw at CES 2020.

David Susilo Published: 02/19/2020 08:45:49 AM EST

Hands-on Review: Huawei Watch GT - An Energy Efficient Watch That Monitors Your Well Being 24/7

Hands-on Review: Huawei Watch GT - An Energy Efficient Watch That Monitors Your Well Being 24/7

At first glance, the new Huawei Watch GT 2 46mm series looks like last year's GT model. But it offers much more, like slick-looking 3D glass with a smaller bezel, faster speed, longer battery life measured in weeks not days, more indoor and outdoor activities, a new 4GB music player, Bluetooth phone calling, and copious amounts of health and activity readings.

Steve Makris Published: 02/17/2020 08:20:01 AM EST


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