June 21st, 2016

LD Experts: Connect Your Home With These New Gadgets

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LD Expert David Levitt chats with CTV Morning Live Weather Host Phil Darlington.

Watch the full interview here. 

Many know about Fitbit and other wearable fitness trackers, which connect to the internet to monitor many aspects of health. But fewer know about the range of similar devices designed to monitor your home.

David Levitt from London Drugs Grassland recently appeared on CTV Morning Live in Regina, Saskatchewan to discuss the emerging smarthomes trend.

He showed off many such gadgets available at London Drugs, including:

Eve Weather

Eve Outdoor Weather Sensor by Elegato: Eve Weather is built to live outside, and with IPX3 water resistance, even a little rain won’t hurt. Keep track of the weather at your actual home, and easily access your personal data right on your iPhone and iPad.

Note: Elegato also makes an indoor sensor.

 

L8908493mydlink WiFi Water Sensor by D-Link: It alerts you when water is detected, letting you know of a leak before it becomes a disaster. Use your mobile device to monitor what’s happening at home, even when you’re on the go with push notifications to your iOS or Android device.Leaks don’t always happen near an available outlet. That’s why D-Link has designed their 1 metre extension cable to be extended even further using any Standard RJ-11 phone cable.

L6065791Eve Energy Switch & Power Meter by Elegato: Live smarter by knowing more about the place you care about most. With Eve Energy, switch your devices on or off with a simple tap, and instantly see how much energy your devices are using.

Note: Elegato devices currently do not support Android.

L6141790WiFi Video Doorbell by Ring: With Ring, you’re always home. That’s because, with wide angled HD video, smart motion detection, and cloud recording, it’s like you’re home even when you’re not. It even allows you to monitor your property from hundreds of miles away!

At LD, we know even the most useful gadgets have to fit within a budget in most Canadian homes. Not to worry. David also assured viewers that these devices will not break the bank, “They are entry-level priced, but not entry level in terms of what you get.”

Watch the full interview here. 

 



May 14th, 2016

LD Experts: Your Guide to Binge-Watching TV

With the popularity in tv streaming services comes a variety of products that can contribute to the movie night of your dreams. Not sure what you need? Read this article. Then get some candy and snacks, cozy up in a throw blanket, and hit play.

If you’re a basic binge-watcher, an HDMI cord is the simplest way to project your shows onto your TV. They connect your laptop to your TV, so you can have a larger picture and better sound. If you have a Macbook, you’ll need a converter in order to connect the HDMI cord to your computer. Logiix and Certified Data both offer HDMI cables and a variety of adapters, and Apple has a new three-in-one adapter. Ask in-store if you aren’t sure which cords you need for your TV and computer.

However, if you’re more of an intermediate binge-watcher, then you might be ready for a most sophisticated device. The following devices enable you to watch web-based video on your television. There are no monthly fees associated with these products – however, services like Netflix do charge a monthly fee.

Roku Streaming Media Players

your guide to bingewatching

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April 3rd, 2016

LD Experts: On-the-Go Compact Technology

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LD Expert Jake Schultz

Just because you’ve travelling or working remotely doesn’t mean you can sacrifice technological productivity. That’s why LD Expert Jake Schultz visited CTV News Calgary to discuss some small, portable options to replace your clunky tech.

Need a printer? The Canon Pixma IP110 Compact Printer is wireless and can print 240 pages on a single charge.

For full-power computing needs, consider a portable device like the N2807 Ultra Compact PC by Certified Data. Since Certified Data is our in-house brand, any repairs, upgrades, or service you require will be done right here in Western Canada.

Next up is the Verbatim Mediashare Wireless Streaming Device. It allows you to share media across your devices, completely wirelessly – using it’s own wifi system.

The D-Link Wireless Travel Router creates a wifi hotspot from an ethernet cord. If your hotel only provides wired internet, this mini router will allow you to use wifi from that internet – and you can connect all of your devices at once.

But what about when you’re out and about and need a charge for your smartphone or tablet? The Logiix Piston Portable Battery Pack can charge your phone (or anything that uses a USB charger) three separate times on a single charge, so you can stay connected.

The last compact product is the Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard. It folds up teeny tiny and provides you with a proper, keyed keyboard for those urgent emails.

Visit London Drugs for all of your travel & compact computing needs.

Watch the full video here.



April 27th, 2015

Tech Talk with GoPro and 3DR Drones

If you haven’t already heard, GoPro’s are the next big thing and London Drugs has all the accessories and items you need to capture the perfect video. On Monday, April 20th, London Drugs tech expert David Levett sat down with anchor Darrell Rumold on CTV Morning Live in Regina to discuss the latest GoPro and some of the newest accessories to go with it.

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July 20th, 2010

All About Computer Viruses

Almost every day we are warned about a virus making the rounds. Although it may seem that they spread independently from computer to computer, in fact they do not…they need people to spread, just like a cold. Viruses are like sneezes, except that the sneezes are emails. Innocently attached to an e-mail message, a virus does its damage by delivering its payload – a malicious piece of code – once it has reached the destination computer.

Here’s a quick primer on the different types of viruses, how they typically propagate, and what kind of damage they can do.

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