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Erin L

Erin L

This month on CTV Tech Talk, we looked at great tech gifts.

Fitbit Versa

The Versa is Fitbit’s newest smart watch and activity tracker combo. It’s definitely the slimmest, chicest and prettiest Fitbit yet. So what sets the Versa apart, and should you upgrade? I tackle those questions in this review.

Fitbit Versa looks gorgeous. This newest incarnation of a Fitbit smartwatch is thinner, smaller and much more feminine than previous smart watches, and as one alert Instagrammer pointed out, it looks a lot like another popular watch out there. Read the full review here.

Amazon Echo Spotamazon echo spot review how to

Amazon is absolutely ruling the smart home speaker-digital assistant market with another addition to its powerful Echo lineup. The Amazon Echo Spot turns the speaker thing on its ear, however by adding a small colour screen, and turning the device into a small round ball instead of a cylinder. I recently received a new-to-Canada Echo Spot to test and review in my home; click here to read the review and see what it can do.

Conair Hair Dryer

This dryer is smart! It knows when you’re picking it up and putting it down, and it will turn on when you lift it up, and turn off when you set it back down on the counter. I recently reviewed Conair’s new flat iron too. Check that out here.

Case mate Cases

Case Mate is making some super pretty cases to protect your smartphone. The new Karat petals line has glitter and pressed flowers, while the Brilliance Tough adds bling. See more cases at Case Mate’s website.

Felony Case cases

Felony Case makes the coolest 3D cases; they’re shiny and deeply textured, making them easy to find in your purse. Find more at the Felony Case website.

**Contest now closed**Enter to Win – a Felony Case iPhone X phone case!

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Erin L

Erin L

I'm a journalist, tech blogger, writer, TV producer, silversmith& jewelry designer, foodie and world traveler. I blog, write for publications, and supply freelance writing services to Calgary, and the world.


  1. Diane on May 8, 2018 at 8:49 am

    This case is perfect for my phone when hiding in my bottom-less pit of a purse! Thank you for airing this segment on CTV this morning!!! Great ideas, all of them

  2. Fergeeksongirl on May 8, 2018 at 8:45 am

    Aaaahhhh the rainbow felony case!!! 😍 love all those gadgets this morning but the echo is awesome! I think having one for my Mum, my sister, myself and my daughter means we could all have dinner together when we are all in different locations!

  3. Debbie Hamilton on May 8, 2018 at 8:40 am

    Awesome show today. Always look forward to your segment. Great Mothers Day gift ideals.

  4. Oleta Mattinson on May 8, 2018 at 8:36 am

    Love your show. Just got a new phone and the phone cases by far are the nicest I have seen.

  5. Kerri Stait on May 8, 2018 at 8:35 am

    Hi Erin,
    I loved your segment on CTV morning live! Great tips and reviews!
    Would love to win one of the felony cases for Mother’s Day, as a busy mom of two I’m always losing my phone in the bottom of my diaper bag, so this case would be much appreciated. Always look forward to seeing your reviews.

  6. Heather Lazzer on May 8, 2018 at 8:34 am

    Great the phone cases.

  7. Evan Hamilton on May 8, 2018 at 8:33 am

    Awesome Technology Items.. and always entertaining to watch the reviews!

  8. Nancy on May 8, 2018 at 8:33 am

    Always informative and current, keeps the less tech savy such as myself in the tech loop 🙂

  9. Shelley on May 8, 2018 at 8:32 am

    Always love hearing what is new! You explain it all so well! Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Lyanne on May 8, 2018 at 7:52 am

    Great gift ideas! Look forward to future tech talks.

    • Heather Lee on May 8, 2018 at 8:32 am

      Excellent segment….I want all the items featured! Thank you for the beautiful Mother’s Day ideas!

  11. Rhonda Malinowski on May 8, 2018 at 7:44 am

    Good morning. Great segment on CTV. The phone cases are amazing. My daughter (a new mom) would love it.

  12. Hannah Nuttall on May 8, 2018 at 7:39 am

    Love the show and these sparkling cases, great Mother’s Day gift!

  13. Laurie Heather on May 8, 2018 at 7:38 am

    Enjoyed your segment on the CTV live morning show! Particularly loved the felony phone cases. So unique love the 3-D and patterns! Learned a lot about all the new innovative tech gadgets out there will keep checking out your blog! Great Motbets Day gift ideas!

  14. Wendy Lamarche on May 8, 2018 at 7:36 am

    This appears to be an awesome phone cover device,especially the idea of it standing out in one’s purse. I’m forever looking for my black phone in my black lined purse.

  15. Valerie Orr on May 8, 2018 at 7:32 am

    Excellent segment on CTV this a.m. re: Felony case

  16. Wendy Palmer on May 8, 2018 at 7:32 am

    Always really good information on the new technology available. Always enjoy watching you on the CTV morning show.

  17. GREGORY on May 8, 2018 at 7:32 am


  18. Susan on May 8, 2018 at 7:31 am

    I love the full unbiased review of the products you review!

  19. Jennifer Marquis on May 8, 2018 at 7:30 am

    Wonderful segment, awesome Phone cases and super cool hair dryer!
    – Jenny Marquis

  20. heather read on May 8, 2018 at 7:30 am

    I’d like to win a sparkly phone case they are pretty

  21. Sherry Reynolds on May 8, 2018 at 7:29 am

    I would LOVE one of these Felony phone cases for my iPhone 7. 😀😀

  22. Tara lefebvre on May 8, 2018 at 7:29 am

    This morning was the first time that I got to see your segment, and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it!! Wishing all the moms and dads standing in their shoes a very Happy mother’s day!

  23. Kelsey on May 8, 2018 at 7:27 am

    love your reviews!

  24. Tiffany Wettergreen on May 8, 2018 at 7:27 am

    Love your show!

  25. Jenna on May 8, 2018 at 7:27 am

    Great ideas for mother’s day!

  26. Denise Kervin on May 8, 2018 at 7:26 am

    Awesome gifts on tech talk today. I love the phone cases!

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