Ben Abel

Ben Abel

Technology, gadgets, and writing have always interested Ben and in 2011 he and partner Jason Hattrick decided to start Vancouver Gadgets, a Vancouver based tech blog focused on consumer electronics, social media and business. Armed with a BA in Communications, Diploma of Technology and Marketing Certificate from BCIT, his work experience includes the retail, technical, criminal justice and government sectors. He writes about topics and subjects that he is passionate about both online and offline. He lives in North Vancouver with his wife and daughter.
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Mad Genius Radio Review

With a number of music streaming services out there and Apple's iTunes still one of the dominant players in the market, Mad Genius Radio has its work cut out for it. That being said it's a hit that definitely delivers. It's now available in the United States and Canada for free to all users on iOS, Android and desktop during an extended trial-period. It will then cost you 5 dollars a month or 48 dollars for a year, not a bad price for someone looking for a personalized music service. We spoke with Eric Neumann, Founder, prior to Mad Genius Radio's launch on October 28th, 2014. "We know that people like to create their own playlists and do deep dive research when it comes to the music they listen to. We're allowing people to create a personalized radio space that they can customize to their heart's content and enjoy the...
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Jabra Sport Wireless+ Review

Having used the Jabra Sport Wireless+ headphones since February, I have a confession to make. I'm not switching back to regular headphones! Cutting the headphone cable has been a great move for me as it's now so easy to listen to music and not be cabled to my Apple devices. At first it was a challenge trying to hook the headphones on my ears and configure them via bluetooth in my iPhone. Jabra Sport Wireless+ headphones should be charged every 4 hours or so of usage so a few of my workouts have been without music because I have forgotten to charge and have run out of batteries. Sometimes the headphones do fall out of my ears despite the guarantee from Jabra. I haven't tried switching between the three sizes of ear gels provided as they come with small, medium, and large. Once you get past these little hiccups it's...
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Handybook lands in Vancouver to provide on demand services for you

Cleaning and staying on top of your home can be challenging at the best of times. Now imagine you don't have time to do these things and you need to hire people you can trust. Handybook solves these problems and provides you with reliable professionals to help you do so. It allows you to book fully vetted, background-checked professionals at the push of a button - simply select your desired service, confirm the time of service and enter your email address - all in under one minute. Handybook is also available for iOS devices as an app. We spoke with Oisín Hanrahan, co-founder of the company. The Handybook Story "With Handybook we are looking at how to change the way people buy services and connect with different services professionals. We have over 3,000 Services professionals across all of our cities for things such as cleaning, handyman and plumbing in our...
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Tablift offers a unique way to use your Tablet

Tablet's have become such an part of our lives these days with people using them at home and work, it's only natural that a tablet stand could be of use to you. We received the Tablift last month and I have used it with our families iPad 4. It's 59.95 with free shipping. It looks like a large spider with four metal legs to me and those legs adjust easily for whatever kind of viewing you plan to do. The top of the Tablift has 10mm wide slots that allow you to slot in your tablet at three positions. The Tablift works with the following tablets: • Apple iPad (all generations, full-sized and mini) • Samsung Galaxy (all models and sizes) • Amazon Kindle (all sizes of: Fire HD, Fire HDX, Paperwhite) • Asus Google Nexus 7, Vivotab • Microsoft Surface 2 One of the major benefits of the Tablift...
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Orbit from Runtastic a great wearable tech fit

My first use of wearable tech has come in the form of the Runtastic Orbit. I received it last month and have worn it to help me track my steps and calories. Fitness trackers are all the rage these days with the Nike Fuel Band, FitBit and Jawbone UP24 competing for your money as well as the Orbit. I'm not sure how long the wearable tech craze will last given that so much of it is fueled by speculation and hype but fitness trackers should have a place for a while. Retailing for 119.99 in Canada it is now available for buy online at Amazon.com. The Orbit is also available at Canada Computers and Walmart. I've downloaded the Runtastic Me app for iOS but haven't added the Runtastic GPS app for running, biking & other fitness activities. The the Orbit works with the iPhone 4s/5/5s/5c/6/6 Plus as well as Android...
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PEAR Sports fitness app now syncs with Apple Health

Wearable tech is becoming the hottest thing in the fitness industry. Being able to track key health metrics via wrist bands will help millions achieve ultimate health and fitness objectives. PEAR Sports is one of the leaders in real-time audio coaching and the training kit is available for $99 which includes the following: Bluetooth wireless heartrate monitor Pear stride headphones Earlock earpieces Nylon rip stop gear bag Pear Training Intelligence uses the advanced Bluetooth heart rate monitor to measure your body’s response to a workout and provides real-time audio coaching through the Pear Stride earphones to ensure that you train at the right intensity. PEAR Sports has recently released version 1.9 of its Mobile Training app.  A free download of the PEAR Training app is available in the Apple iTunes store. PEAR's Version 1.9 Mobile Training app includes the integration of Apple Health, as well as the development of smart features to...
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Vuzix M100 review

Wearable tech is an interesting thing now. With so much hype around it it's often hard to meet peoples expectations when they get their hands on it. The Vuzix M100 is one such device. Having read and posted a Tech News piece last year I was looking forward to trying and when I did last week I was disappointed. Upon putting on the M100 I noticed that the headset felt very uncomfortable on my ear. I constantly had to readjust it and make sure that it wasn't digging into the side of my face. While I don't expect these devices to be perfect the M100 goes the other way and quickly becomes annoying. While the M100 is primarily used for commercial and medical applications, I used it strictly operating as a consumer and user of wearable tech. If I had to use it for a job I would quickly discard...
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