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Erin Lawrence

This month on Tech Talk we looked at Smart Gadgets.


Google Home

It’s a smart speaker that’s also a personal digital assistant. From answering questions, setting timers, to playing music and controlling other smart devices in your home, Google Home is the must-have home gadget you didn’t know you needed.
Read the full review about how it works and what it can do.

Philips Hue Smart Lights

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The versatility of smart lights is amazing and now that you can control them with your voice and the power of Google Home, they’re even easier to use. We connected Philips Hue’s Go wireless lamp and the Bloom light to Google Home and used it to turn the lights on and off, change their colour and more.  Read more about how Google Home works with Philips Hue here.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8samsung galaxy note 8

 Samsung’s brand new Note 8 phone is big, slim with a vibrant screen and a host of new functions. Many are driven by the included S-pen like translation, and the ability to annotate texts and photos. The pen also can write on the phone’s screen when it’s off so you can create in-your-face reminders. The camera is also improved and has new features. Watch the video review here.

Samsung Gear VR

You can use your phone to create a virtual world using Samsung’s Gear VR headset. The phone slides into the visor, and using a special free app, you can access virtual worlds. I had a chance to see a concert in Virtual Reality, see what it was like, here.
 Samsung gear vr headset

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  1. Maritess S on October 11, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    The Holidays are fast approaching. Are you doing a tech gift guide? Please do. HUE+HOME

  2. Walter JANES on October 10, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Google Home is definitely the gadget of gadgets! Hue will be a perfect addition to it. HUE + HOME

  3. Gilroy Misquita on October 10, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Love all the latest gadgets you find. Recently found out about this Tech show. “HUE+HOME”
    I would like to try out different colours in my home with different rooms for the ambiance!

  4. Wendy Musial on October 10, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    I enjoy seeing a tech gal breaking stereotypes! The HUE+HOME will likely be a great seller this holiday season!

  5. Candice (@nietha) on October 10, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Nice! Would love to try to make a rainbow in my home. <3 HUE+HOME

  6. Juliana Rachewiski on October 10, 2017 at 10:02 am

    It is amazing how innovative and creative technology can go. Definitely, with HUE + HOME, Google and Philips are ahead with this peculiar touch.

  7. Anne McGhee on October 10, 2017 at 9:22 am

    Wow how neat is that, who would have thought HUE + HOME kit, what next I wonder. I hope it understands a wee Scottish accent 🙂

  8. Roy on October 10, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Really enjoyed your segment on hue + home kit. I think this product would go great with my new home. Who needs pictures for the home when you have this kind of technology.Techtalk is awesome.

  9. Gary Lee on October 10, 2017 at 8:26 am

    I would also love a starter HUE + HOME kit. It would be great out in the country

  10. marilyn tharby on October 10, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Love the Tech. Hue+Home

  11. RENU GUPTA on October 10, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Google Home is amazing, a must have product! HUE+HOME

  12. Cindy on October 10, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Totally all occasion HUR+HOME

  13. Keon on October 10, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Great Xmas gift ideas.

    Keyword: “HUE+HOME”

  14. Tim Dorscher on October 10, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Great segment today on the Phillips Hue, Google Home and the Note 8 Erin! I love the Phillips Hue lights but have never invested. Would love to pair HUE+HOME and see what I can create!

  15. Jaime Tracy on October 10, 2017 at 7:48 am

    Omg I think I am in heaven with Google home and the new things it coming out with.. I would love these in my home. I love the different colors 😊😊😊😊

  16. Mike Tracy on October 10, 2017 at 7:45 am

    These are so cool my wife would love them in our rooms

  17. Donna Martin on October 10, 2017 at 7:43 am

    Erin thats pretty impressive stuff. One is never to old for all this pretty new tech stuff! HUE & HOME

  18. Cheryl Findlater on October 10, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Organization and Fun! I can even ask it questions. Absolutely exciting and exactly what I have been waiting for and would LOVE .

  19. Debbie Kram on October 10, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Great segment on the morning show.

  20. Jenell Martin on October 10, 2017 at 7:36 am

    Can’t wait to try my Hue+Home

  21. Jennifer Ferguson on October 10, 2017 at 7:36 am

    Never mind my home… I would love to have this for my classroom! Thanks for bringing all the latest tech to my living room in the morning – we have VR goggles in our classroom we use with Google Expeditions so the Philips Hue Ambiance starter kit would be an amazing addition to our learning commons! Hue+Home

  22. Lia Thompson on October 10, 2017 at 7:35 am

    I’d love to try it! HUE+HOME

  23. Brenda on October 10, 2017 at 7:35 am

    These look so cool would love Hue. Home I. My home

  24. Geraldine Hampton on October 10, 2017 at 7:35 am

    A Very Enlightening Information on Technology, Spilling Over With Fun!! HUE+HOME

  25. Gayle kadlec on October 10, 2017 at 7:34 am

    This looks amazing. Thank you so much!

  26. Denise Kervin on October 10, 2017 at 7:33 am

    I always look forward to these segments. HUE+HOME.

  27. Booker Zaytsoff on October 10, 2017 at 7:32 am

    I’m always in trouble for leaving the lights on. This might just save my marriage.


  28. Chris Ferguson on October 10, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Love the new tech!! It is always helpful to understand what awesome new technology is out there!


  29. Erin Taylor on October 10, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Great segment on the google speaker today. Please enter us in the contest for the hue, home lights.

  30. Veronika on October 10, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Love the pretty lights. Hue+Home

  31. Claire on October 10, 2017 at 7:32 am

    You’re Awesome…”Hue+Home”

  32. Cheryl Van Horne on October 10, 2017 at 7:31 am

    We have a few of the lights, would love the HUE+HOME starter kit!!

  33. Neil on October 10, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Cool technology…

  34. Nicole on October 10, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Sweet! HUE+HOME

  35. Jayson on October 10, 2017 at 7:31 am

    These are so techy! Way to start a high tech home.

  36. Joanne on October 10, 2017 at 7:30 am

    These look pretty fun, Erin! Thanks for sharing! HUE+HOME.

  37. Jean McRae on October 10, 2017 at 7:30 am

    I have been looking at the google home and loving the idea. Seeing it on TV just reinforces my interest. HUE+HOME

  38. Lise Fekete on October 10, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Google Home is truly for the lazy! Love it in our home. Hue+Home

  39. Shaina Rance on October 10, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Thanks for the enlightenment on Google Home. Very cool! Hue+Home.

  40. Paul on October 10, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Great technology updates

  41. Dave on October 10, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Always like your tech talk The Phillips hue would be a really nice addition to our home.

  42. dammitdaze on October 10, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Thank you for such an awesome contest!
    Suuuper neat!!

  43. Mark Roffey on October 10, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Very cool system, thanks


  44. Christine McLennan on October 10, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Love Google!
    Hue + Home

  45. Nate Clarke on October 10, 2017 at 7:28 am

    This segment was very informative. HUE+HOME

  46. JIM Hands on October 10, 2017 at 7:28 am

    I hope that what fell on the ground wasn’t irreparably broken! 🙂 Hue+Home

    • Erin L on October 10, 2017 at 7:30 am

      LOL… fortunately nothing crucial!

  47. Lindsey Bromley on October 10, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Love watching your segments on CTV, the Hue+Home one today was very informative.

  48. Carley on October 10, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Google home looks so awesome!

  49. Ryan McCourt on October 10, 2017 at 7:27 am

    I have a friend who’s always has the newest speaker and the newest lights. Would love to have these speakers and lights to show him up! HUE+HOME

  50. Haly on October 10, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Interesting show. Love the color changing lights. Hue+Home

  51. Yvonne Schwartzenberger on October 10, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Running out to get a google home! HUE+HOME

  52. Randy Peterson on October 10, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Good segment on morning live! HUE+HOME

  53. Wayn Siegel on October 10, 2017 at 7:26 am


  54. Jeff Owen on October 10, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Looks pretty cool! Hue+Home

  55. Susan on October 10, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Wow!!! Google home is SOOOO COOL!
    That is pretty slick!
    I love how excited you get telling us about all the tech!
    HUE + HOME

    • Peter Plange on October 10, 2017 at 9:24 am

      Technology is moving at a blinding speed and you’re my main source for news and information on latest high tech gadgets and consumer electronics.
      HUE + HOME

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