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Classic car champions at the Cruise Nationals

Juliana Chiovitti and Tom Henheffer check out classic cars, from Dodge Chargers and Z28 Camaros to ancient Ford trucks and Chevy convertibles at the Cruise Nationals championships during the Toronto Auto Show.

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Cool Gadgets at the Toronto Auto Show

 

Juliana Chiovitti and Tom Henheffer check out some new gadgets hitting the road this year from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus and Honda.

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Kids sitting in a $2.5 million Bugatti Veyron at the Toronto Auto Show

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Leave it on the Floor at TIFF

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Pink Triangle Press’ 40th Anniversary

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Christmas Gifts 2011: Headphones

Smartphones mean always having a soundtrack in your pocket, but their out-of-the-box headphones are generally pretty mediocre. And there isn’t much point in having an HDTV when you can’t enjoy the full aural glory of explosions, witty one-liners and the crunch of bodies on a 20 yard line without bugging your significant other.  Audiophile or not, it’s always nice to have a good pair of headphones kicking around, so here, to help you sort through the hundreds of options available, is a list of the best units you’ll see on store shelves this holiday season.

Bose Quietcomfort 15 acoustic noise cancelling headphones
Price – $349.99 On the Street
Six or less – Wow

I did not know sound could sound this good.  Solos wail. Drums pound. Explosions are like slap to the face.  These are excellent headphones that create a kind of cone of silence shutting out the world, making music sound like its originating inside your brain.
The 15s are also very comfortable to wear, but large, and a rigid design means they aren’t particularly travel-friendly. They also have a forceful built-in springiness—I got a painful smack to the head once when I lost my grip while putting them on.
The unit also irritatingly reqires a single AAA battery, and music stops when it dies. Despite a 35-hour charge, the 15s have no auto-off feature that I could discern, making it easy to drain their juice by forgetting to flip the power switch. But still, you won’t find anything sounding better for lsess than $400.

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Christmas Gifts 2011: Top Apps

The staggering number of smartphone apps is overwhelming, especially to someone unboxing their shiny new device for the first time on Christmas morning. So here’s a list of the ten applications you need to download (most of which I personally use almost every day) as soon as the torn wrapping paper settles on your living room floor.

CARDSTAR
Price – Free
Platform – Android, Blackberry, iOS

I hate a bulky wallet, which is a problem, because I’m also a big fan of customer reward programs. It might sound unusual for a twenty-something guy, but Cardstar, an app that stores membership and customer reward cards, is my all-time favorite mobile program because it simply and practically solves this problem. Using your phone’s barcode reader, it scans  and stores card numbers—from Airmiles to Best Buy to Goodlife memberships. You present your phone, instead of the cards, at checkout for businesses to scan the on-screen barcodes generated by the app (numbers can usually be entered manually if a scanner can’t read from your device). It’s easy to add a dozen or so cards in only a few minutes, and considering this means an end to sitting on three inches of plastic, it’s well worth the download.

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