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Gifts for the tech lover on your list

by Blogger on ‎11-27-2014 01:09 PM



There are fairly good odds you know somebody like me. Somebody who is best described as a technology lover. Someone who loves getting their hands on the latest and greatest gadgets. Someone who is always up on what is going on in the world of high tech toys. The good news is, that person shouldn’t be too tough to shop for. There are so many great gadgets perfect for the tech lover to pick from, and you don’t have to have deep pockets in order to impress and delight either. No matter what they’re into and how much you’re looking to spend, there is something out there that will be the perfect fit. Let’s take a look at a few items that would make fantastic gifts for the tech lover on your list.



The best tablets of 2014

by Blogger on ‎11-27-2014 11:34 AM - last edited on ‎11-27-2014 12:19 PM by Moderator



It’s almost hard to believe that the tablet market, at least as we know it today, is little more than four years old. From the original iPad launch in 2010 to the spate of differing models available now, the category’s evolution has made choosing between them both easy and difficult at the same time. This year has seen some solid options come to market, and here are the best of the bunch.


Four reasons why the GoPro Hero 4 is a gift you'll want too

by Blogger ‎11-27-2014 09:52 AM - edited ‎11-27-2014 09:52 AM



Wearable technology is all the rage this year, with smart watches grabbing many of today's headlines. However, it's easy for me to point the finger at GoPro's Hero digital cameras line that brought the 'cool factor' to the wearable tech category. These mini recording devices can be mounted on a user's head, helmet, chest, wrist and much more, including surfboards, ski helmets and automobiles - the possibilities of how they can record are endless.







You’re looking for a camera and you want something powerful, but easy to use. You’re not into swapping lenses, and you’re more interested in the picture you get than how you get there. You’re shooting stuff at a distance, you’re shooting action, you’re shooting friends and family. If you’re smart you’re checking out the Canon PowerShot SX60 HS Wi-Fi 16.1MP 65x Optical Zoom Digital Camera, because it’s the perfect camera for you. Read on to learn about why. 



A few years ago I had my bicycle stolen right off my balcony; the irony is that it was only there because my new bike rack was being installed. The evidence that I had to present to the police? Precisely nothing. That’s why I like the stuff that Lorex has been putting out; I’ve done a number of reviews on their security systems over the past year or so, and each time I’ve been impressed with how easy they are to use. They’ve taken “plug and play” to a whole new level with the LW1742 Wireless Video Surveillance System, coming first to Future Shop in Canada. Read on and I’ll tell you why.


Pioneer X-CM32BT-K Micro System Review

by Blogger on ‎11-26-2014 03:25 PM - last edited on ‎11-26-2014 03:54 PM by Blog Editor in Chief


Here's how to transform an ordinary stereo into a more modern one in a snap: add ways to connect to it with and without wires! Pioneer wins this bet by giving the Bluetooth-enabled X-CM32BT-K speaker over seven ways to play music. This versatile system acts as a CD player, an AM / FM tuner as well as a docking station for your multimedia devices (either through Bluetooth or with a wire connection). Furthermore, this micro system does all this without compromising either sound quality or power.


Mondo and Future Shop announce 2 versions of BOYHOOD with art by Tomer Hanuka on Blu-ray SteelBook

by Blogger on ‎11-26-2014 12:00 PM - last edited on ‎11-26-2014 03:58 PM by Blog Editor in Chief


Mondo X SteelBook and Future Shop have teamed up again to bring you 2 versions of Boyhood featuring art by Tomer Hanuka on Blu-ray.
Boyhood is a stunning story about growing up, filmed over 12 years and it's sure to please all audiences.

With a standard edition SteelBook at 4,000 units and a hand numbered variant edition at 2,000 units it's sure to become collectible. Make sure to check out the SUPER LIMITED variant edition.


Overview: A Selection of the Best Cameras of 2014

by Blogger on ‎11-26-2014 02:09 AM - last edited on ‎11-26-2014 04:27 PM by Blog Editor in Chief


It’s been an evolutionary year for digital cameras in 2014, and some of the most common questions I get are “which camera should I buy for myself?” and “what’s the best digital camera?”. I’ve got five categories coming at you, making your end-of-year 2014 choices that much easier.


Review - Assassin's Creed Rogue, it's an icy good time.

by Guest Blogger on ‎11-25-2014 08:31 PM - last edited on ‎11-26-2014 10:30 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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For the first time in the history of the series, Assassin’s Creed Rogue sees the player leave the assassins, to side with what we thought was the enemy. Sea shanties, bar room brawls, swashbuckling, icebergs and much more await in the North Atlantic seas.


Review: Nokia Lumia 830

by Blogger on ‎11-25-2014 12:37 PM - last edited on ‎11-25-2014 04:26 PM by Blog Editor in Chief



For the most part, Nokia’s Lumia line has been the best option to go with for those looking to have a Windows Phone. The Lumia 830 is what Nokia (and parent company, Microsoft) calls an “affordable flagship”, meaning that it should give you a solid user experience, but not the best specs. Sacrifices in one area or another of a smartphone usually turn out to be trade-offs, though this may be one mid-range handset that does what it can with what it’s got.


Review: Sharp AQUOS 60" 1080p 240Hz 3D LED Smart TV

by Blogger on ‎11-25-2014 10:27 AM - last edited on ‎11-25-2014 04:27 PM by Blog Editor in Chief


Earlier this year, I reviewed the big brother to the 60-inch Sharp AQUOS LED Smart TV, the 70-inch iteration. Aside from the 10-inch size difference, the two TVs look, feel and act aesthetically the same, right down to the subtle nuances embedded in the Smart menu. In fact, I was so impressed with the functionality of the TV I reviewed that I bought it from Sharp to hang in my living room! So when Future Shop approached me to do a follow-up review of the 60-inch version, it seemed like a no-brainer — why not take a look at other features of the TV that may have been missed the first time around?  So that’s exactly what I am going to do. This review will focus on the internals that power the TV, explain what 4K upscaling is really all about, and of course, some cool features of the user interface.


5 Great Gift Ideas for Him

by Blogger on ‎11-25-2014 04:06 AM - last edited on ‎11-25-2014 04:41 PM by Blog Editor in Chief



It's great fun to give gifts, but it is often very hard to choose the perfect gift for a given person. Myself, I always need help, and I'll take whatever help I can get! Which is why I've gathered a few select gift ideas for the top guy on your list. So if you're facing this age old dilemma this Christmas, then check out the brief list inside. You might just find the perfect gift!



It’s been a while since I joined the 100”+ club, and it’s hard to go back. Whether you’re watching Doctor Who, playing Mario Kart, or just streaming endless hours of syndicated TV from Netflix, having a projector in your life is one way of saying “those panels just aren’t big enough for me”. And when it’s time to go back to a smaller display? It feels cramped. Future Shop sent the BenQ HT1075 1080p DLP Home Theatre Projector my way, and I plugged it into my home theatre to put it to the test.


Review: JVC Everio camcorder (GZ-R10BU)

by Blogger on ‎11-24-2014 05:07 PM - last edited on ‎11-26-2014 03:55 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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A video camera!? Why would you need a video camera when we all already carry cameras in our purses and pockets? It turns out your smartphone, no matter how great the camera, is no match for the tough as nails JVC Everio: it's waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof and you can strap it to your quad (or snowboard, or bike) and catch all the action without worrying about harming a delicate electronic device. Check out my review, testing the mettle of this HD video camcorder.


Review: iSmartAlarm Home Security System iSA3

by Blogger ‎11-24-2014 04:43 PM - edited ‎11-24-2014 04:43 PM


“Self-monitoring” are words that scare the heck out of some alarm companies. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a small scale local provider or “listed on the TSX”, the idea that the technology needed to keep an eye on their house is in your customers hands can’t be very reassuring. Still, getting great security technology working in your home wasn;t always easy… until now. iSmartAlarm is the one-way ticket for handling your own home security. I installed it, here’s the scoop on how it works.


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