Athos Taps TribalScale To Expand The Scope Of The Technology

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 22, 2016 by itnerd

I’ve written about Toronto based TribalScale recently, and I’ve got an update on them that I’d like to share. TribalScale yesterday announced it is working with Silicon Valley-based Athos, building out their coach-side web-app, helping to change the way athletes train.

So who are Athos? They are a wearable company that develops new innovations in the connected fitness clothing space. Fast Company named Athos the fourth most innovative fitness company in the world in 2015. They produce exercise gear that tracks muscle exertion, balance and heart rate to improve overall fitness. They’ve tapped TribalScale to expand the scope of their technology by developing a coach- facing web app to manage athletes within a team or program.  The technology provides coaches and trainers with a more holistic view of their team, encouraging coaches to pay equal attention to an average athlete as compared to their stars or underperformers. Coaches are now able to create new programs and assign it to a team or group. They can then go into the list of participants in a program and tailor certain aspects to accommodate for an individual’s needs.

This is a big step forward for TribalScale and shows that what I said about them was accurate. Which is that I would keep an eye on them because they’re on the cutting edge of tech related to the Internet Of Things and mobile platforms.


Review: 2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD – Part 5

Posted in Products with tags on July 22, 2016 by itnerd

So I’ve come to the end of my week long review of the Mazda CX-9. Now, what does it compete against? The Infiniti QX60, Acura MDX, Nissan Pathfinder, Hyundai Santa Fe XL, Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, and Toyota Hylander could be considered competitors. But I really think that there are four reasons why the CX-9 in the Signature trim level beats all of them:

  • Fuel economy is better in the CX-9 than in any of those vehicles.
  • The torque of the engine is better in the CX-9 than in any of those vehicles.
  • In my opinion, the exterior of the CX-9 looks better than any of those vehicles.

The fourth and most important reason is the interior. If you take the moonroof out of the mix which caused some amount of discussion amongst those who saw it, it has the best interior that I have seen in a car or SUV lately. One look and you’ll be impressed.

My final fuel economy was 10.6 L/100KM’s which is outstanding for a vehicle of this site. I did drive in a mix of city roads and highways, not to mention rush hour traffic. Thus the Skyactiv magic clearly works in the CX-9 very fuel efficient. And that 2.5L turbo engine really does motivate the CX-9.

Now the CX-9 Signature goes for $50,400. But you can get a CX-9 for $35,300. At that price range, that puts the CX-9 into the range of many shoppers who want a 7 passenger SUV. If that’s you, this is one SUV that you need to take a serious look at because quite frankly, Mazda has a winner in the form of the CX-9, and anything that competes against it is going to look like an also ran.

Linksys Launches New Smart Wi-Fi App

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 22, 2016 by itnerd

Linksys has announced a whole new user interface, design layout, navigation experience, and new innovative features for its Linksys Smart Wi-Fi app. The newly designed app for Apple and Android smartphones provides a more intuitive layout with simple-to-navigate options that enable millions of Linksys Smart Wi-Fi users to simply monitor, manage and control their home networks while at home or away.


New and improved features include:

  • New contemporary user interface
  • New organization for simpler feature discovery and use
  • Intelligent router offline notification (Initially available on EA9500 router)
  • Easily share guest Wi-Fi name and password – tap and text or email
  • Guest access now supports up to 50 guests
  • Prioritize internet bandwidth to chosen devices
  • Parental controls to block specific sites and internet access for selected devices on a schedule
  • More device icons to associate with client devices
  • Easily view how much external hard drive space is available

The app has been completely updated and redesigned, providing simple utility, such as looking up and sharing the wireless credentials for up to 50 guests with a few taps on a mobile device.  The app will also enable users to change bandwidth prioritization quickly and easily on the fly, ensuring your bandwidth-sensitive video calls and gaming sessions never slow down.

In addition to dozens of new icons to assign to clients’ devices, the app shows how much hard drive space has been used and how much is still available on external hard drives connected to the router.

Parents can block websites or shut off Wi-Fi entirely for individual devices. Parents can also set up a schedule for blocking access for each device (available in an app update coming later this year). These parental control features will aid in making sure children use the internet appropriately, providing parents with peace of mind that there is also an ample amount of homework time without the distraction of the internet.

A home network is dynamic, and notifications can alert users and provide insight on changing conditions. The new router offline notification feature (initially supported with the Linksys EA9500 router) is the first notification feature available that will detect when the router has lost its connection to the internet for any reason, and alert users with a notification on a mobile device. This feature is useful when users are away from home and could be an early warning system for:

  • Phone calls from upset household Internet users that the router went offline and there could be a potential issue with the internet connection.
  • Ensuring access to critical wireless devices remotely, such as door locks, IP cameras and smart thermostats
  • A potential problem with the users’ internet provider

The main dashboard provides an immediate glimpse into the current status of the home network. It shows the current connection to the internet and the number of connected devices, as well as quick access to the wireless password and options to reset it or share it. Parental control options from the main dashboard make it easy and fast to change settings as well as the device prioritization features and external storage visibility.

  • Devices
  • Wi-Fi Network
  • Guest Access
  • Parental Controls
  • Device Prioritization
  • External Storage (if any external hard drives are plugged into the router)

Advanced settings are also available in the app.

  • Single Port Forwarding
  • Port Range Forwarding
  • Port Range Triggering
  • MAC Filtering

The Linksys Smart Wi-Fi app (v2) for all Linksys Smart Wi-Fi routers is planned for availability in the Google Play Store on Friday and in the iTunes App Store (pending approval), for no cost.

Meze 11 Neo Headphones Announced

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 22, 2016 by itnerd

Meze Headphones has announced that their new line of earbuds, the Meze 11 Neo, is now available for preorder.


Coming in two color variations, Gun Metal and Iridium, the Meze 11 Neo earbuds are designed for the user: to elegantly stand out from the crowd. Besides the looks, the 11 Neo line’s ergonomic shape makes it easy to handle and comfortable to wear.

Sturdily built, the aluminum housings hold the titanium coated dynamic neodymium drivers that deliver the crisp and fun Meze sound signature. The earbuds are compatible with all audio playing devices, including iOS, Android, and Windows, making the 11 Neo a practical and go everywhere gadget.

The complete package of the Meze 11 Neo will include the following:

  • 1 (one) pair of Meze 11 Neo
  • Hard EVA carrying pouch
  • Spare silicone eartips, 4 (four) sizes • Set of Comply foam tips

Visit their website for more info as well as to preorder.

TUDIA ARCH & MERGE Shock-Proof Cases Announced

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 22, 2016 by itnerd

TUDIA has launched the incredibly thin, shock-proof TUDIA ARCH Case and extra strong TUDIA MERGE case for the Motorola MOTO G4, G4 Plus, and G4 Play smartphones. Light-weight at about ½ ounce, the TUDIA ARCH Case protects the delicate plastic body of the G4, G4 Plus, and G4 Play from scratches and scuffs, accentuating its design with a durable skin made of high quality soft Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) rubberized gel silicone with stylish TUDIA edging at the base of the case. The TUDIA MERGE Case provides additional extreme protection with an additional heavy duty layer, protecting the G4 and G4 Plus by merging the benefits of a hard and soft case. MERGE’s dual layer design provides an outer layer of scratch resistant hard polycarbonate with an inner layer of flexible Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) rubberized gel skin to absorb and disperse the shock of drops.

The TUDIA ARCH perfectly fits the MOTO G4/Plus/Play, with precision cut openings that line up precisely with the phone’s buttons and connectors. The TUDIA ARCH is essential to protect your MOTO G4 smartphone investment, featuring raised edges to protect the display from scratches, a lip compatible with most screen protectors, a soft feel and comfortable grip, and multiple colors of blue, black, frosted clear and gray.

TUDIA ARCH Case for MOTO G4/G4 Plus, and Play Features:

  • High quality Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) rubberized gel silicone skin case.
  • Soft feel with comfortable grip.
  • Precision cut openings perfectly line up with the G4’s buttons and ports for use without removing the case.
  • Case accentuates the G4 design.
  • Case is compatible with most screen protectors.
  • Extremely durable flexible shell.
  • Raised edge design helps protect the display screen from scratches when faced down or when dropping.
  • Multiple color choices: black, blue, gray, and frosted clear.
  • Light-weight at .6 ounces.

In addition to the features included in the TUDIA ARCH, The TUDIA MERGE Case includes an extra strong hard polycarbonate piece that can be removed when you want a lighter profile and snapped on when you need more protection. Available in rose, mint, metallic slate, and matte black.

TUDIA MERGE Case for MOTO G4/G4 Plus Features:

  • Dual layer: internal soft high quality Thermoplastic Polyurethane TPU rubberized gel silicone skin case and removable external hard polycarbonate layer.
  • Soft feel and comfortable slip resistant grip.
  • Extremely durable.
  • Scratch resistant and shock absorbing.
  • Unique precision cut design allows easy access to all buttons, controls and ports without having to remove the case.
  • Raised edge design protects the display screen from scratches when placed face down.
  • 1 year warranty.

The TUDIA ARCH Case for MOTO G4/G4 Plus/Play is priced at $9.90, available through Amazon at:*Version*=1&*entries*=0.

TUDIA MERGE for MOTO G4/G4 Plus is priced at $12.90 at:*Version*=1&*entries*=0.

Walmart Canada Launches New Online App

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 22, 2016 by itnerd

Walmart Canada has announced the launch of its new online shopping application for iPhone and Android users. Canadians can get their shopping done quickly, conveniently and anywhere they are.

The app promises to help customers browse and check out efficiently with features such as:

  • Your Favourites: Save time with quick access to weekly shopping items selected by the customer
  • Flyer Features: Browse online weekly flyer products
  • Rollback Alerts: Save money with a notification any time one of your favourite items is on Rollback
  • Barcode Scanning: Get access to ratings and reviews of products while in store – as well as confirming price
  • Grocery PickUp: Book a time to pick up your online grocery order (Greater Toronto Area and Ottawa Area only currently)

The app is available for download now for iPhone and for Android.




Kick Ass Torrents Kicked In The Ass By Cops

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 21, 2016 by itnerd

The world’s largest torrent site known as Kick Ass Torrents is no more. As reported by TorrentFreak, Artem Vaulin a.k.a “tirm” who is reputed to be the person who is suspected to be the owner of this site was arrested yesterday in Poland and charged for criminal copyright infringement and money laundering.

The and .TV domains will likely be seized by Verisign, while the main .CR domain and others will likely be seized as warrants will be issued and sent to the respective authorities.

The US now awaits his extradition where I am sure he’ll have a fun time.


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