A Vancouver Pub tour to test the BACtrack Go Keychain Breathalyzer

by Blogger on ‎11-19-2015 06:09 PM - last edited on ‎11-20-2015 01:55 PM by Editor in Chief

Have you ever wondered what 0.08% BAC feels like? The BACtrack Go Keychain is a small, easy-to-use breathalyser that lets you get an idea of someone’s blood alcohol concentration before you or someone you love gets behind the wheel. To test it I took my dad on a beer tour of Vancouver. To see how that turned out and how we liked to the breathalyzer, click below to read my in depth review.


Which drone is right for you: hobbyist

by Blogger on ‎07-13-2015 11:39 AM - last edited on ‎02-12-2016 05:11 PM by Editor in Chief

If you enjoy flying remote controlled drones and pursue this activity purely for the pleasure and relaxation it brings you, then you probably won't object to being called a drone hobbyist. And why not?? After all, drones can be a great deal of fun, and they also provide an optimal level of challenge to master, making them all the more enjoyable. So, if the term drone hobbyist describes you, then come along for a brief overview of 3 drones that are perfectly suited to your interest level. These drones are fun, affordable, and they pose enough of a challenge to hold the attention of even the most hard core of drone enthusiasts!


Dashcam Comparison by Features: Get the Most Bang for Your Buck!

by Blogger on ‎05-31-2015 09:50 PM - last edited on ‎06-03-2015 12:55 PM by Editor in Chief

Today I follow up on 2 recent dashboard camera articles by other Bloggers (such as Dashcam 101: What you need to know to get started by Paliontology) to let you know what general features you can expect to find within each of 3 dashcam price / quality ranges. I selected the ranges myself and will confess that they are completely arbitrary, but they should give you some idea of what you can expect to receive in either a low, a medium, or a high end dashcam. So if you've been thinking of joining the dashcam revolution, step on in and learn all about this awesome emerging technology!


A Beginner's Guide to Dashcams

by Blogger on ‎05-28-2015 01:03 PM - last edited on ‎01-15-2016 10:50 AM by Editor in Chief

Have you been curious about dashcams and wondered what all the fuss was about? Let's take a look at them and why you might want one. 


Car tech for commuting fun, safety and productivity

by Blogger on ‎05-17-2015 11:26 AM - last edited on ‎05-19-2015 04:20 PM by Editor in Chief

For some, the car is more than just a tool, it’s a way of life. There are commuters on the road, parents shuttling kids from long school days to endless activities, and road trippers for whom a traffic jam is an opportunity to slow down and take it all in. No matter which profile you fit, there are gadgets you can stash in your car to make life easier.


Raptors Amir Johnson pranks Toronto with help of Geek Squad, Thinkware dash cam

by Blogger on ‎04-18-2015 07:54 AM - last edited on ‎04-23-2015 02:25 PM by Editor in Chief

Toronto Raptors star forward, Amir Johnson, teamed up with Best Buy, Geek Squad and Thinkware to prank unsuspecting Torontoronians. Watch the video to see the funnies unfold and how Amir cleverly used the Thinkware X500 dash cam to document the off-the-court fun.



Wagan Tech IonBoost V8: Perfect portable roadside assistance

by ShelaghM ‎12-10-2014 06:31 PM - edited ‎12-17-2014 08:35 AM

Can the Wagan Tech Ion Boost V8, a portable emergency roadside kit that claims to jumpstart a dead car battery all on its own, help protect your loved ones? I asked an aircraft structural mechanic to check out the device and give me her professional opinion. What will an engine expert think of the Wagan Tech?  Check out our video test.


Thinkware Dashcam offers "on the road" peace of mind

by ShelaghM on ‎09-19-2014 01:42 PM - last edited on ‎04-23-2015 02:27 PM by Editor in Chief

Put technology to work while you’re driving and give yourself that extra bit of security. The Thinkware Dashcam sits in your dashboard acting as your silent witness on the road, recording events you can review later.



Look forward to summer road trips thanks to car audio technology like CarPlay

by Blogger on ‎05-21-2014 12:48 PM - last edited on ‎01-30-2015 12:05 PM by Editor in Chief

Chances are you’re too young to remember this, but there was a time when car audio was limited to AM radio or even 8-track tapes. Even today, many new cars ship with a standard entertainment system that doesn’t get much fancier than an in-dash CD player. Fortunately, Best Buy has an entire department dedicated to upgrading your ride with the latest in audio and other high tech gear, including emerging new platforms like Apple’s CarPlay. Whether you want a subwoofer powerful enough to rattle your entire block, Bluetooth handsfree capability, a navigation system, video playback or the ability to use Siri to find a favourite tune, Best Buy has you covered.


Hit the road with Bluetooth technology

by ShelaghM ‎06-19-2013 11:03 PM - edited ‎06-19-2013 11:06 PM

Get ready for vacations and road trips with Bluetooth enabled wireless headsets and hands-free car systems. With these systems you can stay connected and not have to worry about being distracted while driving.


Over the last decade, Sirius has continued to expand their satellite radio stations. At the moment they offer 69 streams of commercial-free music and 65 streams of sports, news and entertainment. With all these options though, how do you know what to listen to?


There's so much to choose from with Rocketfish

by Blogger on ‎12-13-2012 10:16 AM - last edited on ‎02-19-2013 03:01 PM by Epic Genius


My first experience with Rocketfish was when I mounted a flat panel TV on my wall, and I couldn’t have been happier with how easy and flexible the entire system was. Little did I know at the time that Rocketfish has an entire lineup of amazing products for home theatre, computers, mobile phones, and even GPS.







Review: Sirius XM Lynx Wi-Fi Enabled Portable Radio and Vehicle Kit

by Blogger on ‎11-02-2012 12:00 PM - last edited on ‎11-05-2012 10:00 AM by Blogger

Heading on a road trip? Gotten stuck with a long commute for the fall? Update your car with the Sirius XM Lynx Wi-Fi Enabled Portable Radio and Vehicle Kit!


SiriusXM Canada offers more content and more control to subscribers

by ShelaghM on ‎10-08-2012 01:16 AM - last edited on ‎02-19-2013 03:05 PM by Epic Genius

Canadian listeners can now benefit from the merger of two satellite radio companies.


Back in 2011, the CRTC approved Sirius Satellite and XM Radio Canada joining forces but customers had to choose between the two.


Last week SiriusXM Canada announced its “Best Of” subscription package – for an extra few dollars per month subscribers can have content from both networks on one device.



Fish Finders for Eventful Summer Fishing

by Blogger on ‎08-14-2012 10:30 PM - last edited on ‎02-18-2013 04:38 PM by Epic Genius

First off, I feel it is essential that I tell you that I’m not exactly a pro fisherman. I can remember exactly two times in my life when I was actually wielding a rod and reel. The first was when I was about five or six. In his infinite wisdom, my father decided to take my brother and I out to a local fishing place (I don’t remember if it was a pond, lake, or a stream in the forest behind our house) where we could bond while experiencing the vast wilderness in the outskirts of Edmonton. I still have vivid memories of the horror I felt when both my brother and father willingly and barbarically pierced live worm after live worm with what I recall to be giant daggers attached to feathers. This was probably the first time my father realized I would grow up to be more princess than tomboy. 


Be hands free with Bluetooth accessories

by Blogger on ‎07-27-2012 07:43 PM - last edited on ‎02-19-2013 03:14 PM by Epic Genius

It’s a busy world out there. If you’re one of those people on the go all the time, you probably can’t imagine life without the ability to talk hands free. Whether you’re driving a car, washing the dishes, or typing up a report, being hands free with your phone makes you that much more productive.


Now, more than ever, Bluetooth accessories have become a multi-taskers best friend. Choose from a Bluetooth headset, stereo headphones, or Bluetooth speakerphone and you’ll be instantly connected to your smartphone for one touch talking. Some Bluetooth devices even let you use them for voice activated phone calls, where just a simple phrase will dial the phone and get you in touch with the person you want to talk to.


Tech Out Your Boat

by TechLinz The Captain on ‎06-21-2012 10:32 AM - last edited on ‎02-18-2013 04:39 PM by Epic Genius

What summer isn’t complete spending time out on the water?  For those of you lucky enough to be able to enjoy the lake or ocean behind the wheel of your very own boat, I hope you’re taking advantage of all the great technology available to make sailing, fishing or floating across the lake as pleasurable as possible.


Road Trip Apps for Summer 2012

by Blogger on ‎06-16-2012 10:03 AM - last edited on ‎03-14-2013 04:24 PM by Blogger

The last days of school are dragging by, the weather is improving, and summer is almost (officially) here. You know what that means? Road trip!


Gone are the days when you’d pick up a paper map and just go where the wind blows you. Smartphones, tablets, and GPS let you stay connected as you cruise familiar or unfamiliar paths, and apps have replaced those impossible to refold maps so you can guide your car in the right direction without the frustration.


Tech gifts for Dad under $100

by ShelaghM on ‎06-14-2012 08:36 AM - last edited on ‎02-19-2013 03:59 PM by Epic Genius


This Father's Day celebrate your Dad and the special bond you share together. Give Dad some tech toys you a gift that will help hime at work or at play.


All these gift suggestions are under $100 and geared to any budget.



Dream gifts for Dad

by ShelaghM on ‎06-13-2012 02:59 PM - last edited on ‎02-18-2013 04:40 PM by Epic Genius

Dad is the unsung hero of our days, that guy in the background waiting to help out. He taught you to belief in yourself and always follow your dreams. This Father’s Day share a few dreams with Dad with our list of super special gifts.


5 Cheap and Cheerful Gifts for Mom under $50

by ShelaghM on ‎05-09-2012 10:35 AM - last edited on ‎02-19-2013 03:18 PM by Epic Genius

If you're on a budget but still want to get a gift for Mom on her special day, here are 5 gift ideas under $50. Add some flowers, a nice card and some coupons for helping out around the house and Mom will be sure to feel well treated this Sunday.


Check them out and get inspired...



Time for Better Directions – Thanks Google Maps

by TechLinz The Captain on ‎04-09-2012 03:22 PM - last edited on ‎02-18-2013 04:40 PM by Epic Genius

I’m a strong believer that the one thing most of us have in common is an overwhelming want for more time in our lives.  I know that for me, this tends to be the root of why I have a passion for technology.  There’s nothing I love more than enjoying greater efficiency in life thanks to new technology!


Our friends at Google have made a wonderful advancement on their Google Maps platform that aids in helping us choose how much time we would like to spend traveling.  Users of Google Maps now have the ability to choose a route not only based on the shortest distance defined by actual kilometers, but based on real time traffic. 



Last minute Valentine gifts for your gal

by ShelaghM on ‎02-11-2012 01:35 PM - last edited on ‎02-19-2013 03:38 PM by Epic Genius

You’ve left it to the last minute haven’t you? The flowers are sold out and her favourite restaurant is booked solid. You’ve realized—too late—that procrastination and romance don’t mix. How are you going to save your skin and not end up sleeping on the couch for the next week? Here’s your 3-step romance rescue plan...




Should we be putting the brakes on in-car technology?

by Blogger on ‎01-19-2012 10:53 AM - last edited on ‎02-18-2013 04:41 PM by Epic Genius

One of the technologies I get really excited about is the growing integration of computers and cars. The first time I rented a Ford car with Microsoft Sync installed, I was converted! Bluetooth integration between your phone, your iPod, and your car is absolute magic. All manufacturers are now integrating Bluetooth connectivity and we are seeing some cars that have phenomenal interfaces, including texting, email, search, navigation and even social networking in the car.

CES 2012 Recap

by Community Manager (Retired) on ‎01-18-2012 04:56 PM - last edited on ‎02-19-2013 03:38 PM by Epic Genius

Last week TechLinz and I hit up the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to cover all the upcoming tech trends and cool devices you can expect to see coming out this year. We had our fair share of celebrity sightings and exciting moments as some of our favorite brands unveiled new innovations and products sure to get the gadget world buzzing. If you missed any of our coverage, here’s a recap of our blog posts, video interviews, product reviews, photos and more!



Pioneer Announces AppRadio 2

by Community Manager (Retired) on ‎01-09-2012 04:41 PM - last edited on ‎02-18-2013 04:42 PM by Epic Genius

Mobile devices have become a big part of our connected world - a popular theme among the press events today. But before launching into any announcements, Pioneer kicked things off with a trip back in time. In the beginning of radio we wanted 2 things while driving our car - music and information. We only had access to radio signals in our immediate proximity, so for me, having grow up in small town BC, my family and I had access to only one - our local station. 


Best Buy's Favourite Things - Nike TomTom GPS Sport Watch

by Blogger on ‎12-16-2011 10:24 AM - last edited on ‎02-18-2013 04:42 PM by Epic Genius

Looking for the perfect gift to get that person on your list who thinks that getting up at 5AM to run in the snow and sleet is a great way to start the day? Look no further than the Nike TomTom GPS Sport Watch. That’s right, Nike and TomTom joined forces to design a watch that not only tracks pace, distance, time, calories and heart rate, but that also tracks and maps each run via an integrated GPS. Runners can even search for their perfect route by searching the catalogue by location, length and difficulty.


Fit and Connected

by Blogger on ‎11-29-2011 04:32 PM - last edited on ‎02-18-2013 04:42 PM by Epic Genius

There is a certain magical rhythm to the holidays, is there not? Planning and preparation leads to time with family and friends, which always includes eating, and eating and eating...and perhaps a little drinking. Then the week after Christmas comes time to pay the piper. Time for a new New Years resolution, made all the harder by the fact that you just packed on an extra 10 lbs! Rest assured, there are a few tech gifts that may help make this be a year where you actually loose that weight and get fit.


Oxygen Audio's iPhone Car Stereo

by Blogger on ‎10-30-2011 03:22 PM - last edited on ‎02-18-2013 04:42 PM by Epic Genius

For all you iPhone owners, now there is a unique alternative for using it in your car, and it has nothing to do with using Bluetooth or cable hookups. Oxygen Audio has developed the O-Series car deck, which essentially turns your iPhone into a car stereo and then some. The iPhone clicks directly into the O-Car deck and becomes part of your car’s dashboard by becoming the entire control panel for your car stereo system. 


So long, donuts on the back 9, golf carts get GPS

by evergeek on ‎07-29-2011 02:32 PM - last edited on ‎02-18-2013 04:42 PM by Epic Genius

Club Car LLC and GPS Industries recently introduced a sexy-cool golf cart that tells you where you are, how far you've got to the pin, and what drinks are on special. And it lets you order those drinks right then and there, but it won't let you b-line through a couple of sand traps to fetch them. That's probably a good thing.


Welcome to the Plug-in Blog!
Get the latest news, reviews and how-to’s from tech enthusiasts across Canada and learn how technology can enhance your lifestyle. Looking to eliminate techno stress? You've come to the right place!
Top Kudoed Authors