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Telus Drive+

Drive Smarter with Telus Drive+

Telus Drive+ keeps you connected while driving by adding a line to your existing Telus plan. Telus Drive+ give you a better understanding of your car and you’ll be able to receive helpful car diagnostics and trouble notifications directly on your phone with their mobile App, available for both Andriod and iOS phones.

Telus Drive+ Image with Phone app

Their are two components, the Telus Drive+ device, which plugs directly into your car and the Telus Drive+ app. The app will collect information from the device and track things like your car’s location and your driving habits, plus provide diagnostic alerts so you can make sure your car stays in good shape.
Another awesome feature lets you turn your car into a Wi-Fi hotspot and connect up to 5 Wi-Fi capable devices. You might be thinking, why not create a personal hotspot from your phone or tablet and just use that? The difference is that this device are dedicated hotspots, it does not multitask and only uses the data allocated to it. Telus is currently offering 1GB bonus for this.

The Telus Drive+ is manufactured by ZTE, and it’s software and cloud based features are handled by Vancouver-based developers Mojio. The module has a SIM card slot, which the card you put into it must be tied to a shareable data plan.

 

Once set up and installed, which is very easy, the device becomes part of the shared data plan. It has its own SSID and password to broadcast an in-car Wi-Fi network. Telus Drive+ can track each drive with starting time, also where you last parked. The app will show you how to locate your on-board diagnostics port and how to install the device. Always make sure that your car is turned off when plugging in or removing the device. Once the device is installed and your car is turned on the Telus Drive+ will start collecting data from your car, usually within a few minutes. (See video below)

 

Parents you’ll love this, you can set a geo-fence to keep teens from venturing too far, as well as set speed parameters. If these parameters were crossed, you would receive a notification on your Telus Drive+ app. The device also has an internal battery which goes into sleep mode when your car is not being used. This prevents battery drain, if you plan to park your car for a long period of time (several weeks), you should unplug the device to conserve battery power.

 

Despite every vehicle since 1996 having an OBD-II port, support for the device is not universal. Electric vehicles are incompatible, some hybrids will work. To find out if your car will take the Telus Drive+ Contact us!

 

 

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Marantz AV8805 13.2 channel Pre-Amplifier 2018

Marantz AV8805 all new 13.2 channel Pre-Amplifier

Hey Audiophiles! Gibbys Electronic Supermarket is excited to share with you the Marantz AV8805 13.2 channel processing Pre-Amplifier. Marantz revealed the AV8805 during the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). This is the first receiver in the world to have 13.2 channels and full 4K Ultra HD network support with Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro-3D.

Marantz AV8805 Right side

The Marantz AV8805 pre-amplifier (replacing it’s predecessor, the Marantz AV8002) is sure to redefine audiophile home cinema and music listening with HEOS multi-room, full 4K Ultra HD and wireless connectivity through the HEOS app or Amazon Alexa Voice Control. With voice control you’ll be able to pause or play songs, adjust volume and switch between media players.  All this is supported through Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Apple Airplay.

With the ease of HEOS or Amazon Alexa, you can enjoy seamless access to all of your favourite streaming services such as Spotify, Amazon Music, Tidal, Sirius XM, Soundcloud and more.

Finally, for the the finishing touch, this pre-amp is equipped with 4K, HDCP 2.2 and HDR pass-through for the 8 HDMI inputs, 3 HDMI outputs (enhanced audio return eARC with firmware update), 15.2 RCA pre-outs, 15.2 XLR outputs and a phono MM input for vinyl playback. See the picture below for a close up of the back panel.

Marantz AV8805

This Marantz AV8805 will be arriving in March 2018 at Gibbys Electronic Supermarket.

Read the full specs below:

https://gibbyselectronicsupermarket.ca/product/marantz-av8805-13-2-ch-pre-amplifier/

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Sony Z Series 4K HDR LCD TV: Engadget Review

Sony Z Series 4K HDR LCD TV: Review

When the President of Sony Electronics, Michael Fasulo, talks about the Sony Z Series 4K HDR LCD TV, he will tell you, “Seeing is believing”.  “These televisions just hit it out of the park.”  Sony just introduced a brand new line of 4K HDR televisions, an Ultra Premium Line.  Engadget talked with Sony President, Michael Fasulo about it.

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Samsung HW-K950 Dolby Atmos Sound Bar Review

This Samsung HW-K950 Dolby Atmos Sound Bar Review is from CNET.

Dolby Atmos is the next big thing in home theater.  It brings with it the added dimension of overhead audio effects. But it usually requires a whole new set of speakers and a receiver to take advantage of it.  Samsung’s new HW-K950 soundbar though is designed to take some of the pain out of upgrading to Atmos.

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My Sonos Clicking Sound – Solutions

Sonos Clicking sound solution

Sonos Clicking Sound – Solutions

I was called to a clients house for a service call claiming that they had a Sonos clicking sound in their Wireless Speaker System shortly after we installed a Sonos Connect as a source. When I arrived I could hear a perfectly timed sequence of a clicking sound coming from any zone that was playing Sonos. I proceeded to change every cable to ensure it was not the obvious but the clicking continued after every cable was replaced.
Just as I was going to change out the Sonos Connect the clients home phone rang and the sound intensified,  after her phone call I went to the Panasonic phone base and unplugged it and the clicking stopped through the audio system. Now that I had found the problem I plugged the phone system back in and then went into the advanced setting of the Sonos Connect and changed the Sonos channel from the default to channel 11 now there is no clicking.

Thought I would post this because if it was not for the phone call it could have turned in to a long day of trouble shooting.

– From the desk of Rod

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LG OLED TV “Incomparable” – Director, Francis Ford Coppola

In a recent interview acclaimed Hollywood Director, Francis Ford Coppola describes the virtues of LG OLED TV. Coppola, best known for classic box office hits such as; Patton, The Godfather, The Conversation, The Great Gatsby, Apocalypse Now, and many many more, discusses how the LG OLED TV achieves perfect black – for images that deliver unparalleled depth, vivid colours and beauty beyond compare.

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Definitive Technology BP-9000 Series REVIEW

Definitive Technology BP-9000 Series REVIEW

The Definitive Technology BP-9000 Series combines the most advanced audio technology with iconic intelligent design providing the high performance, room filling sound you demand.

Definitives patented “Forward Focused”, Bipolar technology elevates audio reproduction to unsurpassed levels, maximizing the sound stage so the sweet spot is wherever you are.Continue reading

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New Sonos PLAY:5 REVIEW

Introducing the New Sonos PLAY:5

What would happen if Sonos took all of their resources and team that they’ve built up over the years and threw them all at creating the very best possible product they could make?

Sonos’ objective was to go after massively better sound and wireless performance and put it in an iconic package.  So they set out to redesign the current Sonos PLAY:5 speaker.  One of the things that’s significantly different at Sonos is that they actually design every single part of their products.  Not one woofer, tweeter, or other piece of hardware was taken off the shelf in the creation of the new PLAY:5.  The way that Sonos approached the new Sonos 5 design was to design every single piece from the ground up.

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Sonos Wireless Speakers Review

Sonos Wireless Speakers Review

Sonos Wireless Speakers let you listen to all the music on earth in every room in your home in amazing Hi-Fi sound.  The Sonos system is easy to set up.  You can start with any speaker and expand your system to other rooms over time.

Access all the music you want from anywhere on earth, in any room of your home,  all from one app.  Control your home listening experience from any smartphone, computer or tablet.  With Sonos wireless speakers you can stream different music in every room of your home. You can group rooms to play one song simultaneously, or play the same song throughout your entire home.

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Playhouse Build Competition & Auction Niagara

This weekend our President, Duane Gibson, attended the Playhouse Build Competition & Auction for the “Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara.”  The fundraising event was held to support children and youth victims of crime in Niagara.

Duane attended in support of the event with the Niagara Home Builders Association and one of Gibbys clients, Rinaldi Homes.

Several of Niagara’s Local Developers including Rinaldi Homes, Mountainview Homes, Phelps Homes, and Southport Builders, participated in the event.  The builders provided all their time and labour at no expense and turned the parking lot at Jeanne Sauve French Immersion Public School in St. Catharines into a playhouse construction zone for the afternoon.

All of the playhouses were auctioned off at the end of the day, and as it turned out Duane was one of the lucky winning bidders.  We’re calling our new (upside-down) building “Gibbys Playhouse.”

The Playhouse Build Competition & Auction raised $3,000 for the centre, which helps with child abuse investigations by reducing the amount of times a child has to repeat their experience to adults. The centre also provides support and therapeutic resources for children and their families, as well as long-term support.

This event showcases Niagara developers: Rinaldi Homes IncMountainview HomesSouthport Builders Niagara & Phelps Homes in a friendly competition to build custom playhouses that will be auctioned off live on site! These one-of-a-kind playhouses will be auctioned off at the end of the afternoon. Bidding will start at $300 – with all proceeds supporting the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara!

Come out and show your support as we are ‘Building for Change and Shaping the Future Together’ for Niagara’s children and youth.

Enjoy an afternoon BBQ lunch sponsored by Service Experts, let the kids participate in fun activities and enjoy bouncing with Niagara Inflatables & Games, Inc. or watch live demonstrations from local clubs and performers. Watch the Build Competition & bid on your favourite playhouse. Participate in our silent auction to take home your own backyard treasure.