He may be best known for his quick wit and trademark suspenders, but Citytv’s Kevin Frankish is also known as a bit of a gadget geek. We caught up with the collegial co-host of Toronto’s popular morning show Breakfast Television to find out what technology he can’t live without.
Frankish is a Mac fanatic – starting with his iPhone. “It’s easy to use, it’s intuitive, there’s a million apps and everything is at my fingertips,” he says. “It’s my encyclopedia, my dictionary, my phone, my research tool; it’s my everything.”
The iPhone’s voice-control system, dubbed Siri, is a godsend to Frankish, who commutes to Toronto from Barrie, Ont., every day. “Siri is great for in the car, because I can safely email and text while driving,” he says.
Boasting more than 44,000 followers, Frankish loves Twitter mostly for its immediacy. “As soon as a big news story happens, you know about it immediately,” he says. He’ll often ask viewers to tweet him pictures of the weather conditions near their homes, and he sometimes accesses the social network on his iPad – on air – to give viewers the most up-to-date info available. (@KevinFrankish)
“I couldn’t live without my iPad,” says Frankish. He uses it to read scripts, get emails, do research and look up traffic, weather and maps. “I would have to carry around eight briefcases full of stuff if I didn’t have it,” he says. The one day he forgot his tablet at home was not a happy one: “I was lost without it.”
5. SLEEP CYCLE
After having hit the sack around 7 at night, Frankish wakes up at 2:30 a.m. Instead of a standard alarm clock, he relies on Sleep Cycle, an alarm-clock app that analyzes your sleep patterns, detects movement and wakes you when you are in the lightest sleep phase. “You wake up feeling ready to go instead of drowsy,” says Frankish. “I’ve felt a huge difference since I started using it.”
6. SONOS WIRELESS HI-FI MUSIC SYSTEM
Frankish loves his home music system, which allows songs to be played in any room of the house by streaming them over a wireless network to a speaker that plugs into a standard wall outlet. The songs can be stored on your computer’s hard drive or you can sign up with a music service – Frankish is with Deezer. “I love Sonos,” he says. “You can send music to any room, with access to 18 million different songs.”
7. NIKON D5100 DIGITAL SLR
Frankish takes tons of pictures of his family – his wife, Beth, their four kids and two Havanese dogs – and he’s also the official photographer for his kids’ hockey teams. “I give all the kids a portfolio of them playing,” he says. “It’s something they can put on their Facebook, or their mom and dad can frame them.”
8. GARMIN NÜVI GPS
If something newsworthy is happening early in the morning on his way to work, Frankish will often swing by and take video to broadcast on Breakfast Television. He relies on his Garmin Nüvi GPS to get him around town. “It’s always in my car, and I use it a lot,” he says.
9. POCKET PLANES
He may be a serious newsman with a jam-packed schedule, but that doesn’t mean Frankish doesn’t occasionally play time-waster games. His latest download? Pocket Planes, a free airline-simulation game that has users managing and growing a fleet of planes as they fly people and cargo around the globe.
Frankish travels frequently for both business and pleasure. When he’s in his hotel room and has time to veg out, he swears by LodgeNet Mobile, an app that controls the room’s TV via Bluetooth. “It’s faster than using the remote,” says Frankish.
11. WHITE NOISE
When on family trips, Frankish loves sitting by the pool, but prefers not to listen to music. Instead, he uses the White Noise app, often choosing to chill out to the soothing sounds of waves crashing on a beach. “It’s great for when it’s noisy around you,” he says.