Jabra Sport Life app provides in-ear audio coaching

For fans of burpees, lunges, squats and planks who want the added motivation of individual coaching while listening to music, the world’s first wireless cross-training audio solution has arrived. The Jabra Sport Coach Wireless earbuds combine personalized in-ear coaching with premium Dolby sound to get the most out of cross training workouts. The launch of the Sport Coach extends Jabra’s sport audio product line, and follows the award-winning Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless earbuds that introduced in-ear heart rate monitoring for the very first time.


Key features of the new Jabra Sport Coach Wireless headset optimized for cross training include:

  • Best music experience with premium Dolby sound quality
  • Integrated motion sensor and advanced Sport Life app provide real-time in-ear audio coaching
  • Secure fit, lightweight and compact design
  • Extends Jabra’s sports audio product range, pioneered by the award-winning Sport Pulse wireless earbuds for runners

Developed to meet the needs of cross training enthusiasts, the Jabra Sport Coach Wireless creates customized workouts based on over 40 different exercises – either time or repetition-based training – via the Sport Life companion app. The app lets users plan, track, and analyze cross training workouts, choosing exercises from beginner to advanced, with in-the-moment, personalized in-ear audio coaching. To ensure you achieve optimal performance and your overall fitness goals, the integrated TrackFit motion sensor provides advanced tracking of pace, distance, step count, cadence and calories to make every workout count.


“For sports, we are committed to delivering innovative audio solutions designed to enhance the training experience for fitness enthusiasts,” says Jabra CEO René Svendsen-Tune. “We started by specifically targeting runners, and now we are taking the next step by delivering a solution optimized for cross trainers. We see clear possibilities for in-ear audio solutions combined with biometrics.”


Jabra Sport Coach Wireless will be available in July for $169.99 at select Best Buy Canada stores,www.bestbuy.ca and www.jabra.ca.

The mobile health industry is booming

The Mobile and Wearable Sensor Industry Projections

The demand for wearable sensors resulted in the sale of 67 million units in 2013. By 2019, the worldwide market is seen to jump nearly seven-fold to 466 million units. Shipments of sensors for smart watches will surge by almost 600% in 2015 on the strength of new products launched by big names in the industry such as Apple and Samsung.

The level of sophistication of wearable devices will also increase as indicated by the number of sensors incorporated in them, from an average of 1.4 sensors per device in 2013 to 4.1 sensors in 2019. As for smartphones, about 200 external sensors can be connected and utilized by a mobile app.

The US market for wireless health monitoring devices is expected to reach $22 billion by 2015. The worldwide revenue for sensors used in mobile handsets, meanwhile, will rise from $2.3 billion in 2012 to $6.5 billion in 2018.

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Mobile Health Sensor Abilities

Mobile health sensors come in different varieties with each having its own specific function. They are primarily used to monitor pertinent metrics, thus enabling the user to better manage his or her health. Any danger signs will be seen right away so appropriate action can be taken before things get worse. The metrics include glucose level, medication compliance, heart rate, blood pressure, and skin temperature. These sensors may be embedded inside the device itself, as in the case of smart watches, or paired with a mobile device through USB, Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

Function of Current Mobile Health Sensors

People with asthma may use Propeller Health’s SpiroScout. It’s an inhaler with built-in sensors that monitor the environmental conditions. It alerts the owners about dangers that might be present around them. SpiroScout is able to link up smartphones to inhalers to log the time and place of usage.

Fast and accurate decision-making is crucial in medical emergencies. The iRevive system is designed to be used in these sensitive cases to help emergency responders make the right decisions in a timely manner. Its sensors continually check the patient’s vital signs like blood oxygen level, heart rate, and more.

Glucose monitoring devices, on the other hand, help diabetics keep their vitals under control so that they can go through their days without incident. These continually take blood sugar readings around the clock through a tiny sensor that is embedded in the skin.

The Proteus Ingestible Sensor is a revolutionary technology designed to be swallowed by patients. It is typically placed inside a pill to make this process easier. The sensor then travels down to the stomach where it sends information to a mobile app regarding identity and timing of ingestion.

Benefits of Mobile Health Sensors

Mobile health sensors are mostly focused on monitoring for prevention. This heightened vigilance helps the people and the government to bring down healthcare costs. At the same time, the abundance of available data aid medical professionals in their diagnosis and design of treatment plans. Patients get to enjoy improved treatment results.

The sensors are able to capture patient data in a manner that was previously difficult, if not impossible. Round the clock monitoring and precisely timed checks help provide a complete picture of the situation. There are no missed data points due to forgetfulness or random issues. All of the information is in electronic format making them easy to save and access for future reviews.

Researchers can tap into the data stream generated by these mobile health sensors for advanced studies. The unprecedented level of awareness regarding physical activity, physiological responses, location, and more will allow them to gain deeper insights on how the body works. These tools may be the key to unlocking new and better treatments for a wide range of diseases.

Future Innovations

Various companies specializing in medical technologies are developing innovative products and applications. Already in the pipeline are cervical cancer screening and diabetic retinopathy detection systems using mobiles phones. Also in the works are skin patches that measure hydration and sun exposure.

The fitness industry is awaiting the maturity of sensor fusion technology to solve the problem of bulk. This technology is expected to result in a further miniaturization of existing sensors, making them easier to embed in different wearable devices.

Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 available in Canada after June 30th

Alcatel OneTouch– the fifth largest smartphone manufacturer in North America – has announced the Canadian availability of the IDOL 3 at Bell, TELUS and Videotron as of June 30. Winner of the Android Authority Editors’ Choice and Mashable Choice awards, among others, the IDOL 3 was one of the big surprises at this year’s Mobile World Congress; challenging the convention of an affordable flagship smartphone.

The award-winning IDOL 3 from Alcatel OneTouch, coming to Canada with Bell, TELUS and Videotron. Beginning June 30.
“IDOL 3 is changing customer expectations by redefining the flagship smartphone experience,” said Steve Cistulli, Senior Vice President & General Manager of North America for Alcatel OneTouch. “With IDOL 3, we’ve partnered with top brands like Qualcomm, JBL and Technicolor to deliver the best in class experience for our customers at a price that’s considerably less than other flagship smartphones in the market. Others try to justify outrageous prices for their top devices and we’re out to show our customers they can get a device with the high-end features they want, at a price that won’t empty their wallet.”

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Offering dual-front facing speakers featuring JBL Audio, a 5.5-inch Full-HD display with technicolor enhance technology and a 2910mAh battery to power through a full days use, the IDOL 3 offers consumers the best experience for their money. The IDOL 3 also comes packed with other unique features, such as a fully reversible user interface that makes the screen adaptive to be right side up even if the phone itself is upside down. You’ll never miss any of life’s moment either, thanks to IDOL 3’s 13MP main camera and 8MP wide-angle front camera. IDOL 3 is also the first smartphone in North America to include the innovative security feature Eye-D – a biometric technology that uses eye print verification for secure authentication to unlock a user’s device with a simple selfie.

IDOL 3 is the first globally released flagship from Alcatel OneTouch and is the latest in the company’s award-winning IDOL line of smartphones, known for combining the best of high-end design and features; following last year’s IDOL X+ and IDOL 2S.

IDOL 3 Key Features:


5.5-inch Full-HD IPS Display (1920×1080), with Technicolor Color Enhance for greater viewing angles – even in direct sunlight + Fully Reversible UI


Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 615 MSM8939 Octa-Core 1.7GHz (64-bit), Adreno 405 @ 550MHz


LTE FDD: B2/4/5/7/12/17, 150Mbps Downlink, 50Mbps Uplink + VoLTE


Android Lollipop 5.0.2


13MP Main Camera + 8MP Wide-Angle Front Camera


Dual 1.2 Watt Front-Facing JBL Stereo Speakers


16GB ROM + 2GB RAM (LP-DDR3); Expandable Memory Via MicroSD (up to 128GB)


2910mAh With Up To 13 Hours Talk Time and Up to 600 Hours Standby Time

To learn more about the IDOL 3, please visit www.alcatelonetouch.ca.

*Strategy Analytics – North America Smartphone Vendor & OS Market Share by Country: Q1 2015

About Alcatel OneTouch
Alcatel OneTouch is a brand within TCL Communication, an international multicultural company which designs, develops, and markets globally a growing range of mobile and Internet devices. TCL Communication is a public company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (2618.HK) and part of TCL Corporation one of the largest consumer electronics companies in the world.

Vancouver Gadgets visits the Dun & Bradstreet Cloud Innovation Center

Bursting at the seams, dnblogo-newthe Dun & Bradstreet Cloud Innovation Center is a prime example of the growing tech industry in Vancouver. The team has expanded by 327% since April 2014, out-growing their current space in Vancouver’s traditional financial district and reaching the point where they need to expand, in this case to a 2-floor state of the art office space right in downtown’s new innovation hub.

We’ll visit behind the scenes of the global tech innovation centre to preview their brand new workspace.

Reminiscent of the Uber head office in San Francisco, the new office has been designed with its location in the city in mind and a distinct connection to the musical heritage of the Granville Street Entertainment District. The space features musically themed murals, collaborative and ‘phone box’ meeting spaces, West Coast-inspired hickory panelling throughout the office, handfuls of locally designed lighting fixtures throughout, a dedicated fitness room, music room, wrap around deck and meeting rooms each named after a different local event space including Imperial, Vogue and Commodore. Rounding out some of the stand out features is an open social space to host tech events and meet ups.


Mojio Launches New Mechanic and Car Alarm Apps for Android

Mojio, the leading open platform for connecting cars, today announced the mojioavailability of two new apps for Mojio – Gauge and Cloak. At this time, both apps are available for Android devices. With this update, Mojio brings an authentic connected car experience to Android devices everywhere, demonstrating its commitment to making cars part of people’s everyday connected experience.

“The Internet of Things holds great promise but most people don’t know how they can experience it,” said Jay Giraud, CEO, Mojio. “With Mojio, you can now put any car’s status, health and location in the palm of your hand.”

Mojio Gauge – a virtual mechanic app for Android gives drivers the power of having a car mechanic in their pocket, providing them with real-time vehicle health alerts and status updates. Gauge provides quick access to a vehicle’s overall health, as well as fuel level readings, diagnostic alerts and current location. Other features include:

  • Reads the unique VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) to provide drivers with contextual information specific to their make, model, and year, such as important recall notices from the NHSTA and recommended maintenance schedules
  • Runs diagnostic scans in the background and on-demand, instantly alerting drivers about car trouble and informing them of exactly what the problem is before seeing a mechanic
  • Monitors battery voltage and fuel levels, providing timely notifications if either is getting low
  • Provides drivers with mileage, and fuel efficiency readings
  • Helps drivers plan for routine vehicle maintenance and service milestones
  • Locates nearby dealers and mechanics based on a driver’s current location and vehicle make, model and year
  • Keeps a record of DTC (diagnostic trouble code) faults and service history
  • Coming soon: provides drivers with instant access to on-demand roadside assistance, allowing you to book and pay for nearby tow trucks, or speak directly with a nearby mechanic
  • Coming soon: provides drivers with estimated repair costs for specific diagnostic trouble codes, helping to avoid any unpleasant surprises at the mechanic

Mojio Cloak – a connected car alarm app for Android that immediately alerts car owners with text and audio notifications if their car is being stolen, providing owners peace of mind knowing where their car is at all times – something that is currently unavailable via traditional car alarms. Other features include:

  • Single-tap activation and deactivation of the car’s alarm
  • Uses the cellular connection of the Mojio 3G+GPS device to monitor a car’s exact location in real-time, whether it is parked or in motion
  • Instantly alerts drivers if their car is moving, or if the ignition has been turned on, so appropriate action can be taken against a potential theft
  • Helps drivers locate their car’s parking spot to make sure it’s exactly where it should be
  • Coming soon: enables custom geo-fencing and provides instant notifications if a driver’s car leaves the pre-defined geo-fence zone

“Since Mojio’s launch seven months ago, we have built a community of passionate drivers who readily share their experiences and feedback with us,” said Jay Giraud, CEO, Mojio. “We know that people want their car to behave more like their smartphone, intuitively sharing information that is important and personal to them. Gauge and Cloak are new apps with richer features that provide immediate value out of the box and ongoing peace of mind for anyone who ever worries about their car’s health and status.”

Both apps require the Mojio 3G+GPS device which is $149 USD ($169 in Canada), including the first year of cellular service, and connects almost any car to the Internet of Things through premium cellular networks – AT&T in the US and TELUS in Canada. Subscriptions after the first year are $4.99 USD per month ($6.99 in Canada).

For more information and to download Mojio Gauge, please visit: http://mojiogauge.com. For more information and to download Mojio Cloak, please visit: http://mojiocloak.com.

For more information about Mojio and its open platform for connecting cars, or for details on purchasing the Mojio device, please visit www.moj.io

About Mojio
Founded in 2012, Mojio delivers unparalleled insights on what’s happening under the hood and behind the wheel. Apps powered by Mojio provide accurate, near real-time, contextual information to drivers and enterprises to keep them better informed on and off the road. Mojio’s open platform for connecting cars makes it easy for developers to create apps that solve problems for road warriors and businesses alike. With a plug-and-play device for the car and mobile apps for the smartphone, Mojio improves the driving experience by helping drivers to plan and record trips, share driving information with friends and family and better understand their car’s health. For the enterprise, Mojio is a fully scalable, customizable and cost-effective option for resource management that can host multiple web and smartphone based applications.

For more information, visit www.moj.io


Linksys Wi-Fi range extender boosts signal up to 10,000 square feet

Linksys has announced the newest addition to its Wi-Fi range extender family, the Linksys AC1200 Amplify Wi-Fi Range Extender (RE6700).  This new range extender provides a Wi-Fi signal boost (up to 10,000 SQ FT†) into rooms throughout a house or small business. The built in power outlet maintains use of an existing wall outlet with pass-through functionality.

Wi-Fi range extenders help eliminate dead zones by detecting, then amplifying a router’s Wi-Fi signal so it extends to the remote areas of a building. But if a range extender is not installed in an optimal location, users may not be getting the most out of this powerful connectivity solution. So Linksys developed Spot Finder technology, which enables users to visually see the best placement spot for the range extender in the building; using their smart phone, tablet or laptop. Spot Finder Technology automatically activates when the setup process is launched.  Just follow a few prompts for a hassle-free setup and improved Wi-Fi to existing dead zones.wi-fi range extender from linksys

“With more and more devices connecting to wireless networks, the demands to extend that wireless signal are at an all-time high”, said Mike Chen, vice president, product management at Linksys. “Mobile devices are driving this demand because users want to take their devices all around the house but can be limited if the Wi-Fi signal doesn’’t reach.


Maximizing the Wi-Fi Signal

To get that high-speed wireless experience, Linksys has included auto cross brand technology that will identify the best backhaul path for relaying traffic from/to a given Wi-Fi client. For example, RE6700 will use the 5GHz backhaul to relay the traffic from/to a near-by 5GHz client with strong signals. On the other hand, RE6700 may use the 2.4GHz backhaul to relay the traffic from/to a distant 5GHz client with weak signals. The result is reduced dropped data packets, faster media transfer speeds, and a stronger, more consistent signal throughout your home. Also included is Beamforming technology that focuses and strengthens the Wi-Fi signal, while the two external antennas amp up performance and throughput.

wi-fi range extender from linksys

The Linksys AC1200 Amplify Wi-Fi Range Extender – RE6700 Features:

  • Simultaneous Dual-Band Wireless AC1200 (N300 + AC867 Mbps*)
  • Spot Finder Technology – for optimal placement and performance
  • Integrated power outlet – Flexible plug-in placement maintains use of existing wall outlet
  • External Antenna for better Wi-Fi coverage and performance
  • Auto Cross Band Technology allows for the simultaneous use of both wireless bands for providing high speed data transfer to help with uninterrupted music/video streaming and gaming
  • Gigabit Port for connecting a single wired device or plug in a Gigabit switch for connecting multiple wired devices to a wireless network
  • 3.5mm audio jack allows users to connect speakers to the range extender to stream music wirelessly from your iOS or Android smartphone, tablet, or laptop
  • Works with any router or gateway including routers supplied by service provider


The Bell Fibe TV app: Watch the best television service in Canada

fibeOn Tuesday Bell launched the Fibe TV app, a revolutionary new way to watch Canada’s best television service. Recreating the full Fibe TV experience on any screen, with access to hundreds of live channels at home or on the go, and over 7,000 hours of on-demand programming, the Fibe TV app is available to all Bell Fibe TV customers as a free iOS and Android download.

“The Fibe TV app truly changes the game in television by bringing the full power of the Fibe experience to your mobile devices,” said Rizwan Jamal, President of Bell Residential Services. “With more channels than any other app and a feature-rich, easy-to-use interface, the Fibe TV app means watching television just got better.”

With the app, Bell Fibe TV customers can watch broadcast or on-demand content on a smartphone or tablet and switch to viewing on their TV set with the tap of a button. The app also doubles as a remote control, providing access to the Fibe TV programming guide and the ability to manage recordings at home or on the go. Other features include integrated Rotten Tomatoes ratings, filters to easily select content, favourite channel setting, parental controls and more.

In addition to smartphones and tablets, Bell customers can use the Fibe TV app on the Apple Watch to control their television, navigating the menu, selecting a channel from the favourites list, or calling up the on-demand store, guide or PVR. Fibe TV customers can also start, pause and record a program, skip back and skip send, and change channels, all from their Apple Watch.

For more information including a complete list of channels, please visit Bell.ca/FibeTVapp.

Leadership through TV innovation
Since its launch at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2010, Bell Fibe has introduced non-stop innovation to Canadian television. Wireless TV lets customers watch HD TV anywhere in their home from up to 5 more TVs. The exclusive Restart feature lets customers rewind and watch TV shows already in progress from the beginning on more than 170 channels, including CBC, CTV, Global, HBO Canada, Super Channel and TSN. Bell continues to see its TV subscriber numbers grow, adding more than 150,000 net new customers in 2014, and another 26,990 in the first quarter of 2015. With 2.65 million total TV customers, Bell is now the second-largest television provider in Canada.

Bell is keeping the momentum rolling forward with plans to invest $20 billion from 2015 to the end of 2020 to expand both its broadband fibre and 4G LTE mobile networks. Bell invests more in the nation’s communications infrastructure than any other provider, ensuring Canada remains competitive at a global level in next-generation broadband communications.

About Bell
Bell is Canada’s largest communications company, providing consumers and business customers with wireless, TV, Internet, home phone and business communications services. Bell Media is Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out of home, and digital media. Bell is wholly owned by Montréal’s BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE). For more information, please visit Bell.ca.

The Bell Let’s Talk initiative promotes Canadian mental health with national awareness and anti-stigma campaigns, like Clara’s Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk and Bell Let’s Talk Day, and significant Bell funding of community care and access, research, and workplace initiatives. To learn more, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk