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Erin Lawrence

Erin Lawrence
166 POSTS 2 COMMENTS
Editor TV and Home Theatre
Erin is a journalist, writer, and TV producer with a fascination for technology and a love of gadgets. Watch her on Tech Talk, monthly on CTV Morning Live Calgary.

I recently had a chance to test out a Ring Video Doorbell. A coworker had tipped me off to the product, as he’d just purchased a pair of the doorbells, and was in love. Read about my experience with this smart home device that will be coming to Best Buy Canada later this summer.

There are two very real and modern problems for campers and the outdoorsy types: how to quickly and effieciently heat and cook food while out in the wilderness, and how to keep gadgets like phones, GPS and cameras charged when we’re away from homes and cars.  With the BioLite Campstove, there’s a solution to both problems.

You’ve heard a family that plays together, stays together? Summer is the perfect time to grab hold of that old adage and bring it to life. Everyone wants to be outdoors and families are always looking for fun things to do. As far as I’m concerned, all you need are a few great games, and a few well-chosen accessories to keep you warm, comfy and bug-free, and you’re off to the races!

Camping is one of summer’s best outdoor activities. The sunshine, the warmth, cooking over an open fire and sipping a glass of wine under the stars. With the right gear, like the new line of BioLite stoves and lighting, camping doesn’t have to be “roughing it,” it can be a relaxing way to get outdoors, while still having some of the comforts of home: like fully charged phones, lights and cameras!

Kiss speaker wire and built-in speakers goodbye! The Sonos music system is the future of fully integrated in-home music, and it couldn’t be easier. The fully wireless but amazing sounding system is a snap to set up in any room in your home, and with its smart app, you can control your entire music library (and the internet’s!) right from your phone.

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.

4K TV is all the rage today. You’ve heard about it, maybe even looked one over in a local electronics store, but you may be asking yourself why you’d want one. 4K TVs already have plenty of pros, and they’re only getting better.

While we can debate the complexities, intricacies, and philosophies of the game of golf, one thing there’s no need to fight about is that every golfer appreciates new gear, and the latest tools. With Mother’s Day and Father’s Day approaching, this is a great time to check out some golf gift ideas, from GPS technology, to wearables, to great low tech gear.

Spring’s a time when we think about starting fresh. The weather starts to turn, things start to grow, and we start taking stock of our lives and our homes. Spring is also a time when many of us take a look around our houses and want to make changes. Our spring home remodel series is a great place to get some ideas for your next project, and this week, I’m going to look at how to jazz up (or create from scratch) a fabulous home theatre.

Many of us work 24/7, thanks to the endless connectivity of our smartphones. Do you want to truly relax one weekend this spring or summer? Try leaving your tech at home! Yes, some research suggests you can maximize your relaxing by unplugging from those endless little tasks like responding to texts and emails as they come in. Wondering how you’ll find your campsite, and what you’ll do when you get there? I have a whole gadget-free list of ways to spend your unplugged weekend! 
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