Searching for the Coolest Gadget Gift this Season? Blu-Toques: The Ultimate Gift for Every Gadget Guru!


Skip to 3:10 to see the Blu-Toque on Global News!

The downside to the growing obsession with gadgets is that the holiday season is getting a lot more expensive. So how can you still buy the tech gifts you know your friend or loved one wants, without breaking your budget? Introducing Caseco’s Blu-Toque, the hottest newest tech gadget that doesn’t require you taking out a loan.

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Caseco Blu-toques were recently featured on Global News: Tech Talk as one of the coolest gadgets to have this holiday season. Wireless freedom at its greatest, we’ve combined the must have beanies/toques of the season with Bluetooth technology allowing you the freedom to stay connected while out in the cold without the wires. Whether you are taking the dog for a walk, enjoying a run or even shoveling the snow, enjoy the comfort of listening to music hands-free, no more scrambling for your phone or taking off your gloves just to answer a call, the possibilities are endless.

For under $50, you can now give the gadget guru in your life something they will thoroughly enjoy. Gadget gurus come in all different forms; he learns how to optimize tablets on his lunch break, she fixes your smartphone but can tell you why hers is better, they can recite the specs of your headphones, laptop and ipad to you on cue. And now, you know just what to get them.

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**featured in the video is The Boho Slouchy Blu-toque in white and The Everyday Relaxed Blu-toque in black**

Caseco on CTV Morning News

Tech blogger Erin Lawrence (erinlyyc.com) has appeared on CTV Calgary’s Tech Talk to show off our ID Wallet case!

From Erin’s blog:

I love featuring Canadian companies whenever possible. I was recently contacted by Caseco and they let me now about some of their versatile and beautiful leather-look exterior, suede interior cases. I liked the ID Wallet case, with small window and mirror. Chic and handy. When the folio cover is closed, the phone can be unlocked to show time or screen calls through the window, and when dark, the window can be used as a mirror.

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Cool new personal tech ideas for Valentine’s Day

*Steve Makris is a technology expert who does a Tech Talk segment during Edmonton’s Sunday Morning News. You can watch his segment above.

Like it or not, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner which means I’ve been inundated with gift suggestions for your significant other.

Rather than showing off the latest and greatest big dollar items such as 4K TVs, tablets or smartphones, how about a few ideas on small, new personal technology items for the person you most care about? That includes yourself!

Smartphone cases that go beyond

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Ventev Powercell 3015 3000 mAh portable battery while Ventev regen heals scratches

The following products can also be found online at amazon.ca or the listed sites and can still be shipped in time for Valentine’s Day.

The regen from Ventev.com/mobile, $24.99, for iPhone 6 or Plus is a low profile transparent snap-on case with self-healing micro filling technology that makes scratches disappear. This invisible barrier removes most scratches from the case within minutes.

Credit card storage and a folding movie stand feature makes the Ventev penna wallet, $34.99, for iPhone 6 plus a classy, genuine outer leather, all-round protection case.

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Keep your phone running twice as long with the otterbox.com Resurgence, $99, now available for the iPhone 6 with full 2,600 mAh battery power, which provides a full additional charge. Resurgence is made up of a specially formulated polycarbonate to improve impact resistance and absorb energy from drops and bumps. A two-piece snap design simplifies assembly. It is drop proof from four feet on all faces, edges and corners.

The Lychee wallet case from Kelowna-based farbetechnik.com for iPhone 6, $29.99, doubles as a wallet featuring two card slots and a money holder so you can leave the bulk at home. It’s easy to take off or put back on and it gives you access to your speakers and ports, such as volume, camera, charging and earphone jack. It’s available at iShopNation.com, shop.ca and soon at futureshop.ca and bestbuy.ca for folks who want to feel before they buy.

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Canadian Caseco thin Codex 360 vertical and horizontal stand and ID Wallet for cash and credit cards

Also all-Canadian, Toronto-based Caseco.ca offers unique functionality in new cases like the Codex 360, $29.99, an ultrathin flip case that becomes an adjustable-angle vertical or horizontal stand. It closes tight, magnetically protecting your iPhone from all angles. It’s also available for the iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Note 4. Caseco products are available in Canadian specialty mobile stores and on Caseco.ca. It should be noted that Caseco does no plan price increases despite the unfavourable Canadian exchange rate.

The Caseco ID Wallet Folio, $39.99, has two card slots in its suede interior. When the folio cover is closed, the phone can be unlocked to show time or weather through the window, and becomes a mirror when the phone is off. It is available for the iPhone 6 and Plus.

Phone accessories

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The Core 360 from Caseco is small sturdy and leaves no stain from car and phone mounts

One of the smallest, quality-built car mounts from Caseco.ca, the Core 360, $49.99, uses removable stain-free adhesive to mount its steel ball base on your car’s dashboard. It magnetically holds a small washer adhered on the back of your phone which still fits in cases. It is easily adjustable, rock solid over bumps and comes with an extra phone washer ring and adhesive. Smart!

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Tangle-free Caseco TuneZip with extra bass and noise cancellation

Caseco also makes the TuneZip tangle-free noise cancelling and bass-boosted earbuds, $39.99, in red or white. The adjustable cords. with built-in mic and mute, literally zip the two earbuds together for tangle-free storage.

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Caseco wireless Bluetooth Blu – Toque with built-in speakers comes in two styles and is washable

The second edition Bluetooth wireless Blu-Toque, $49.99, from Caseco.ca comes in slouchy and regular fit and features two built-in wireless headphones. The dual-layerd synthetic wool beanie comes in five colour designs and charges up to two hours. Just unzip the inner pouch for removing the speakers and toss the Blu-Toque in the wash for cleaning. The Blu-Toque also talks to you to let you know when it is on or needs charging.

Want privacy? The Alpha Glass, $29.95 – $49.95, from otterbox.com protects your privacy by limiting the angle of view from folks next to you. It’s also anti-shatter/scratch and easy to put on. It’s available for iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5/5s, iPhone 5c, iPad Air 2, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, LG G3 and Nexus 6.

Small portable battery chargers

A two-in-one wall charger plus built-in 3,000 mAh backup battery makes the mobile power, $49.99, from farbetechnik.com a perfect space-saving gift. Its 12,000 mAh dual USB Mobile Power Bank, $74.99, is ideal for long trips for charging your phone four times or more. Nice.

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Ventev Powercell 3015 Caseco Power Beacon and Farbe Technik mobile power feature 3000 mAh batteries

The Caseco Power Beacon, $39.99, also packs a car outlet rechargeable 3,000 mAh battery, a USB out for charging devices and an LED light in a small package.

Ventev’s powercell 3015, $34.99, is slightly larger than a credit card and thinner than most phones with enough power to add 12.5 additional talk time hours on any phone from its 3,000 mAh Li-ion Polymer cell.

Fitness for two

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Garmin Vivosmart receives notifications and shows active health stats while on the go

The sleek Garmin Vivosmart, $175.99 at Sport Chek, comes in large and small size for him and her. It features an invisible display that comes to life when you get a text or mail notification, or when you give the band a tap. The OLED display shines through the band to reveal your steps, distance travelled, calories burned, time of day and more. The optional heart rate monitor kit version $199, can be shared between the two devices. It works with iOS, Android, Mac and Windows.

Giveaways

The tiny but powerful Sonos Play:1 is a wireless WiFi speaker, part of the unquestionably best designed and performance Sonos speaker system. You can build your audio system with an array of Sonos speaker sizes including Sound Bar and Bass and control each speaker, or group of speakers, in your WiFi-enabled home from an iPhone, Android, Mac or Windows PC. Sonos supports 29 streaming music services including Songza, Spotify and Google Play Music. You can also check out the Valentine play list from Rdio. Sonos is not cheap but it has been around for a long time and proudly boasts that its first speakers still work in homes today.

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Our giveaway Sonos powerful Play 1 WiFi speaker and Google pure Lollipop OS Nexus 6 phablet

The Nexus 6 phablet smartphone in midnight Blue oozes style and class with its 6-inch AMOLED 1440×2560 brilliant touch screen. Made by Motorola Mobility, with 32 GB memory, the slim phone features the newest Lollipop Android 5.0 OS, which as in previous Nexus lines, is in its pure form unhampered by phone makers extra app features. Its long battery life and turbo charger mode keeps your mobile life active with 24-hour talk and 330-hour standby. It has a sharp 12 MP camera and a front 2 MP selfie. Its large selection of frequencies allow it to work outside Canada and it comes unlocked.

Phone trends for 2015 – BYOD is here to stay

Personal smartphones are the tool of choice for keeping in touch with friends, news and entertainment.

What about work? That’s changing too, as more companies are letting their employees bring their personal devices to work. The “bring your own device” (BYOD) trend is expected to become even more popular as a long-standing confrontational BYOD relationship between employee and employer is changing to a win-win affair.

A recent 12-country Intel-commissioned study by MSI Research found 78 per cent of respondents use personal devices for work-related activities and 65 per cent of respondents feel IT is responsible for protecting personal data on work devices.

“Historically, people have wanted to bring their phone to work, connect to the network and get their corporate email on the phone, but haven’t wanted corporate to have any control over that,” said Simon Hunt, CTO of End Point Security with Intel.

“It used to be ‘stay away from my phone’ to ‘OK, you can protect my phone, that’s good for you and good for me.’ Having a willing IT department and willing user makes things so much easier,” he said.

Seventy-five per cent of Canadian and US workers who responded to the survey say personal, confidential or private activity conducted at work is considered sensitive to somebody. This shows North American workers are more sensitive to privacy issues than their counterparts in the other 10 countries surveyed, who reported lower percentages.

Hunt said the majority of BYOD users want to be more productive at work.

“Users are not evil, they are trying to be better,” he said, adding that the least prepared for BYOD are the companies who think they can stop it.

“BYOD is happening, so get on board, mitigate and try to reduce the risks,” he said.

© Shaw Media, 2015

Steve Makris

About the Author, Steve Makris

Steve co-hosts a live weekly Tech Talk segment on GlobalTV Monday and Sunday Morning News, accompanied by blog posts. Steve also contributes technology features to Globalnews.ca as well as Postmedia. Follow Steve’s personal blog on more technology at www.techuntangled.ca

Cantech Letter covers Blu-Toque

Well, we seem to be making quite the headlines! From the article:

“With wearable tech creating a lot of buzz these days, there will likely be no more quintessentially Canadian product on display than the Blu-Toque. Yes, it’s a bluetooth enabled toque, made by Toronto’s Caseco. One of the problems with wearable tech is that while the devices offer cool features, for the most part they look (and there is no charitable way to say this) stupid. … Toques, on the other hand, are absolutely wearable. And no one will look twice at you for appearing to be some kind of cyborg-in-waiting.”

Read more at Cantech Letter.

REVIEW: CASECO SHOCK EXPRESS CASE & POWERBOX UNIVERSAL PORTABLE CHARGER

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As relative new kid on the block, Caseco is working its way into the wireless market. A Canadian brand, the company has a fully-developed line that ranges from protective smartphone cases, to portable chargers. Here, we take a look at the Shock Express case, and the new PowerBox Universal backup battery charger.

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Available for the iPhone 5, 5s, 5c, 4, and 4s, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S3, S4, and S4 Mini, I tried a version of this case for the iPhone 4s.

It’s a dual-layered smartphone cover that’s finished in soft rubber on the inside to protect the phone from shock, and has a solid outer shell to protect from impact and scratches. It is also slip-resistant, thanks to raised bumps on either side.

In the package along with the case is a screen protector, easily applied using the included applicator to help smooth it out. (I opted not to install it, however, since I already have a tempered glass screen protector on my device.) There’s also a tiny cleaning cloth for wiping away pesky smudges.

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The case comes in seven colours, including basic black and white. The turquoise/blue shade depicted here adds a nice pop of colour to the back of the phone, with the Caseco logo featured prominently in the bottom, right corner.

The case adds minimal bulk to the phone, but offers nice, rounded edges, and a slightly raised surrounding lip at the front to help protect the screen in the event of a face-first fall. While the raised bumps run along the sides, the back is a glossy material. The headphone jack, side function button, charging port, and camera lens are all left open for easy access, while the power button and volume up/down are covered with raised rubber. This is just as easy to depress, though, not impacting use of the device at all.

Priced at $30, the Shock Express case is fairly good value for what it is, which is a simple case that offers a level of protection for your device. It’s not the most fashionable, nor the most rugged. But it’s a viable solution for the price.

Caseco PowerBox Universal Backup Battery Charger

The small, rectangular, cube-shaped PowerBox Universal charger is meant for emergency backup power while on the go. It’s a 2,600 mAh charger, which means it can charge virtually any portable device, including tablets, at full speed.

It comes with a USB cable for charging via connection to a computer or USB wall outlet; but also has a USB out port, for reversing the cable, and charging up a microUSB-based portable device. Apple devices can be charged using their own cables. Either way, you must have a cable with you in order to use the PowerBox.

As the device is charging, its LED illuminates red to indicate that the battery is not full just yet. Once it reaches full charge, the light goes off. The included warranty card suggests charging for at least five hours before the first use, though subsequent charges take far less time. So I did just this.

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Once it’s fully charged, keep the PowerBox in your pocket, purse, backpack, or briefcase, then pull it out, along with the cable, whenever your device’s battery is running low. Plug it in, and it will light up blue to indicate charging as your phone or tablet fills back up with juice.

As with other portable chargers that aren’t built into cases or plug directly into a phone’s charging port, you’d need to hold the PowerBox in your hand, or lay it on the table, while the phone is plugged in. Or, if your cord allows, keep it in your pocket with the cable running up to your ear if you need to actually make/answer a call.

One gloomy day, I found myself arriving early for a doctor’s appointment, and waiting for more than an hour (as Canadians often do) to get called in. After exhausting all of the old waiting rooms magazines, I found myself e-mailing, social networking, instant messaging, and Web surfing on my phone to pass the time. Not surprisingly, my phone’s battery was at 10% in no time. I popped in the PowerBox, and my phone reached a 60% charge in less than a half an hour.

By my calculation, the PowerBox is good for about one full charge of a device before it needs charging up again. So while it does charge your devices rapidly, it also depletes its own battery just as rapidly. That said, in most cases, just one extra boost is all you’ll need.

The PowerBox comes in five colours, and sells for $40. It’s a fairly affordable option when it comes to portable power. And the design is nice enough that it will appeal to both those who want practicality and an attractive look.

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