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TheOtherMac: The Usability of Date Formatting

#TheOtherMac is a series of new and existing posts on geek culture, user experience, and other topics by Amber Mac’s business partner, Jeff MacArthur. Each year as tax time creeps up, I can’t help but continue to be frustrated with the lack of a standard format for dates. Receipts gathered… Read More

Top 5 Automotive Tech Trends

The largest auto show in Canada just hit downtown Toronto, featuring more than 1,000 hot new vehicles in a massive 650,000 square-foot space. I spoke at the Volkswagen booth on Friday about emerging tech trends in this industry, alongside one of the company’s key marketing executives. During our chat with… Read More

5 Best Santa Tracking Apps for 2016

When I was a little girl growing up in rural Prince Edward Island, I remember cozying up to the radio on Christmas Eve to track Santa’s world wide tour. Today, kids have a number of ways to stay on top of the jolly fellow’s whereabouts that include space satellites, live… Read More

Trident Case Guards for Apple Watch

If you’re looking for holiday ideas for someone with a smartwatch then you might want to check out the wide variety of protective covers or cases as a potential gift. Without breaking the bank (and many available at big box electronic and other stores for last-minute gifts), these make it… Read More

Protect Your Kids with KidsWifi

Parents know that it’s tough to manage where your child is going online but thanks to a new product called Kids Wifi, things can be a little easier! The KidsWifi device lets you manage internet access from a simple dashboard (see my video below to check it out) where you can control the following… Read More

Scotiabank My Mobile Wallet & More

Thanks so much to Scotiabank for sponsoring the AmberMac Holiday Guide. Here are a few of their products that you should check out (see my video at the bottom for more details)… My Mobile Wallet (Android users) Scotiabank’s My Mobile Wallet allows customers to securely store their Scotiabank… Read More

Marathon LED Alarm Clock & USB Charging Station

If you have multiple devices you’re probably frequently searching for a spot to charge them, or the right cable and an empty outlet. The Marathon LED alarm clock with USB charging ports from the Marathon Watch Company solves a problem that is becoming more and more  common – freeing up space… Read More

Netatmo Smart Home Products

Smart home technology is a great gift for the holidays for people on your list who want the hottest new tech. If you’re planning to buy a smart home product, consider something that is easy to set up and easy to manage. Some of my favorite picks are devices that… Read More

LEGO Dimensions Video Game

Last year the new “Toys-to-Life” video game LEGO Dimensions was the number 1 holiday toy in Canada. My 7-year-old son has been playing the game since it first came out. He loves that it’s interactive and he’s especially excited about its Year 2 expansion packs (which were just released,… Read More

Spin Master Hatchimals Toy

Hatchimals is one of the hottest toys this season. There are five different species of Hatchimals, and each of these little toy animals start off their “lives” incubating inside an egg. The more your child plays with the egg, the faster it hatches, and the fun grows from there (check… Read More