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SONY RE-THINKS ITS NEW XZ2 PHONE WITH ALL THE RIGHT STUFF

Sony’s redesigned and noticeably improved flagship phone, the Xperia XZ2, launches in Canada.

What’s the big deal? Costing several hundred bucks less than the top tier competitors, the XZ2 has unique features like gently curved Gorilla Glass 5 body shell with aluminum rim, fitting nicely in your palm. Despite the rear curvature, the XZ2 still stays flat when you lay it down to use its sensitive touchscreen on your desk.

 

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3,000 MORE NEW JOBS IN VANCOUVER’S AMAZON.CA NEW DIGS

Amazon announced it is creating 3,000 high tech jobs in Vancouver, taking over the redevelopment project of the old downtown Canada Post building. The 416,000 square foot development project has now changed from a mixed-use retail, office, and residential to mixed commercial-only retail and office space. This makes the Amazon’s full time working force in Vancouver 5,000 strong totaling more than  6,000 in Canada.  Alternate location arrangements are being made until the new project is completed in 2022.

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SHARP 70” 8K TV SELLING ACROSS THE POND AT MONTH’S END FOR…11,199 €

That’s $17,422 CDN folks. From screen and TV maker SHARP, after a seemingly long hiatus from store show floors the Japanese electronics company is blowing the dust off its unique IGZO fine screen technology for next Father of all TV’s.

The 8K screen was shown this weekend in Rome, hosted by Berlin based global Tech Show organizer IFA at their annual three-day Global Press Conference for more than 360 journalists flown in from around the world.

Global tech media gather around Sharp’s 8K TV in Rome

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SHARP 70” 8K TV SELLING ACROSS THE POND AT MONTH’S END FOR…11,199 €

That’s $17,422 CDN folks. From screen and TV maker SHARP, after a seemingly long hiatus from store show floors the Japanese electronics company is blowing the dust off its unique IGZO fine screen technology for next Father of all TV’s.

The 8K screen was shown this weekend in Rome, hosted by Berlin based global Tech Show organizer IFA at their annual three-day Global Press Conference for more than 360 journalists flown in from around the world.

Global tech media gather around Sharp’s 8K TV in Rome

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IFA Tech Trends for 2018: Smartphones rule, tablets falter, TV buyers go large in China

  1. For us North Americans, most sources for our shopping trends are from…North America!

But here’s your chance to follow technology trend opinions from a respected source in Europe. Feast on the  Berlin-based first IFA Tech Trends report for 2018. It’s based on real-time point-of-sales data from partner GfK, a global leader in market and consumer information.

Here is their report. What’s in for you? A better understanding what smart buyers from around the world, radiating from Europe, are looking to buy, or not, in technology. In fact, they are smarter buyers than us because they consider pricey items as an investment not the latest fad.

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“TOILET: FLUSH” AMONG CES 2018 BIG TRENDS TO SMART STUFF AT HOME

The big trend for 2018?

It’s challenging to pick new trends at the recent 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. After all, with 4,000 vendors showing big and small technology spread out over 2.7 million square feet between several spread-out huge halls, it’s impossible to see it all.

This year though, one repetitive new technology won hands-down. Voice assistant technology from Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Home Assistant were everywhere and in the most interesting appliances.

Gourmia announced five smart kitchen appliances

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EPSON’S TOP TWO SUPERTANK PRINTERS OFFER BIG INK SAVINGS IN MANY WAYS

Much has been said in the media about Epson’s  Supertank printers launched two years ago. The new second generation seven models are out just in time for the holidays. Like their predecessors, they are unique in that they come with bottles of ink in the box instead of normal cartridges most printers have. These bottle-fed printers have enough ink to print for two years yielding 14,000 pages black/9,000 colour – equivalent to about 30 traditional ink cartridges.

Epson sleek ET 7700 Supertank with two year ink supply in the box

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THE QUEST FOR THE PERFECT GIFT

Still can’t decide on that perfect gift? This collection boasts uniqueness, practicality and smarts not to mention having something to brag about.


The Sage universal fit in-ear monitor from  $772 from Noble Audio is not your every day audio earpiece. It features two proprietary Knowles balanced drivers per piece that result in a true to life flat accurate sound, suitable for phones or portable amps. It’s meticulously crafted with an aluminium shell and non-twisting pull-out cables, ending in a natural twist to securely fit around each ear. The packaging oozes gifting with a generous supply of earbud adaptors, a small brush to keep the components tidy and a tough weather proof carrying case with a personal engraved metal contact card which helps lost units find themselves home. You can upgrade the Sage fitted with striking one-off universal acrylic pieces (pictured in photo)  for $1,028. There are eight in-ear models to pick from, with up to 10 proprietary balanced armature drivers per side like the Kaiser Encore $2,341. For a bit more and several weeks of patience, artist John ”the Wizard” Moulton will fit the Encore in an acrylic customized shell (choice of uploaded custom art work, laser engraving, glow in the dark, 24K gold nugget or wire filament) for $2,700.

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MY FAVOURITE TEN GIFT GUIDE IN WiFiHiFi DEC/JAN MAGAZINE

Steve Makris’ Top 10 Tech Gift Picks (re-printed from WiFiHiFi Magazine)

Sing it with me: “These are a few of my favourite things.” After checking out plenty of cool tech gear this year, I’ve founded that these 10 items, noted in no particular order, are best-in-class, well-designed, and functional.

AncestryDNA

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