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Gizmag's Loz Blain comes to grips with the Sea-Doo Spark (Photo: Noel McKeegan/Gizmag.com)

The PWC market has been in decline for a number of years, possibly because jet skis have become so gigantic, powerful, expensive and fuel hungry that they've stopped appealing to younger folk. Sea-Doo is starting to turn that around, though, with the release of the Spark. Half the price, half the weight and half the power of a regular midrange jet ski, the Spark delivers 90 percent of the fun of a more expensive PWC in a way that's much more accessible and attractive to newcomers … and burns nearly ten times less fuel than the big boys. If it's newbies the Spark is hoping to attract, then we've got a total newbie on the team to test it. The completely inexperienced Loz Blain and the moderately experienced Noel McKeegan take to the water to see how she goes. Rejoice, dear readers, that Loz didn't fit into a wetsuit, and is thus not depicted in skin tight clothing.  Read More

Gizmag takes HTC's selfie phone, the Desire Eye, for a spin (Photo: Will Shanklin/Gizmag.c...

If you're anything like me, the mere mention of "selfie phone" will be enough to make you run for the hills. But HTC's new Desire Eye is the rare novelty phone that backs up its niche focus with a damn good overall experience. Read on, for Gizmag's quick review.  Read More

Gizmag reviews Motorola's powerful Droid Turbo (Photo: Eric Mack/Gizmag.com)

When it was first announced last month, Motorola's Droid Turbo sure looked like one of the most muscular smartphones yet. Since then, Gizmag has had a chance to test one out to see if this beefed up Moto X lives up to expectations.  Read More

Fuhu's Nabi DreamTab HD 8 is a fully featured, sophisticated Android tablet for kids with ...

Prying your iPad or Kindle Fire away from a child's fingers can get old really quickly. If they're clamoring for their very own device, it can be tricky to find them a kids tablet that delivers the kind of performance they've gotten used to. Enter Fuhu's Nabi Dreamtab HD8. Packing a Tegra quad core processor, this children's tablet is filled with themed kid-friendly content.  Read More

The Woojer adds a new dimension to music listening (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)

About this time last year, the Woojer hit popular crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to raise production funds. Rather than merely massaging or enhancing the output from a mobile music player with the aid of a headphone amp, the so-called wearable woofer sends beat-driven vibrations throughout the region of the body where it's placed, adding a new dimension to the personal music listening experience. The matchbox-sized device entered the consumer space at the end of October, and Gizmag has been grooving to Woojer's polyphonic beat ever since.  Read More

Gizmag reviews Samsung's (almost) standalone smartwatch, the Gear S (Photo: Will Shanklin/...

Samsung has released so many smartwatches in the last year that it's easy to start tuning them out. But no matter what you think of the Gear S, it certainly isn't forgettable. Read on, as Gizmag reviews the most forward-thinking smartwatch you can buy.  Read More

The Brigadier is dust and shock proof

Lately, smartphones are growing larger, lighter and thinner, making them increasingly frail to the point where we might have to worry about a $1,000 iPhone 6 Plus warping or bending in a back pocket. Amid this strange new status quo, the Kyocera Brigadier is the increasingly rare phone that need not be handled with care.  Read More

Gizmag reviews the consumer-ready version of Ubi the ubiquitous computer (Photo: Paul Ridd...

Last month, Canada's UCIC announced the consumer launch of the Ubi. As regular readers may already know, Gizmag has been following the progress of this ever-present, always-on, voice-controlled vault of internet knowledge since its successful crowdfunding outing back in 2012. I was fortunate enough to get invited to join the beta program, and have now spent the last couple of weeks trying out the new-improved version (and taking a sneaky peek at things yet to come).  Read More

Gizmag reviews the latest Nexus tablet, the HTC/Google Nexus 9 (Photo: Will Shanklin/Gizma...

Though Nexus phones have been around since 2010, Nexus tablets only started popping up a couple of years ago. Do the same things that worked in the Nexus 7 also work on a 9-inch sequel? Read on, for Gizmag's take on the new HTC-made Nexus 9.  Read More

With a camera built into its front, Parrot's Jumping Sumo minidrone can quite a useful too...

With all the interest surrounding aerial drones of late, it might seem like a step backwards for Parrot to come out with a quirky two-wheeled vehicle that rolls around on the floor. But after spending some time with its new, spring-loaded minidrone, we can report the Jumping Sumo is quite a fun little toy.  Read More

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