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Hexa-Core processors and why you want one.

by Blogger on ‎10-22-2014 12:17 PM

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If you’ve shopped for a computer at all in the past few years, you’ve likely heard people talking about cores. They’re not talking about apples, obviously. They’re referring to technology that allows your central processing unit (or CPU for short) to support multiple independent CPUs that work in harmony to produce more computational horsepower.

Not too long ago your CPU would only have one core. Just over a decade ago we saw multicore processors start to gain popularity. We started with dual-core CPUs which gave us a pretty solid boost to performance and quickly graduated to quad-core CPUs. These days hexa-core machines boast six computing cores and give you a lot of bang for your buck. You get improved parallel computing ability which translates to a general improvement in aggregate processing speed.

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Child Car Seats: Do you know the expiry date on your child's seat?

by Blogger ‎10-22-2014 06:49 AM - edited ‎10-22-2014 06:52 AM

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Believe it or not, car seats do expire. And while you may be thinking it’s all a marketing tactic to pressure you into splurging more on your little one, rest assured it’s all with good reason. It all comes down to keeping your child safe. As a parent, or as someone who cares for children, it’s your duty to stay up-to-date with the latest information on child safety. One of Transport Canada’s biggest recommendations for keeping kids safe on the road is to pay close attention to the expiry date on your child’s car seat.

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Review: Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones

by Blogger on ‎10-21-2014 11:33 AM - last edited on ‎10-21-2014 01:19 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

Create a distraction-free soundscape with the flick of a switch: good noise cancelling headphones allow you to turn down the world around you. And, by the same token, your music plays as clear as it can in your ears. The QuietComfort 25 headphones by Bose accomplish this feat brilliantly: high-quality audio accompanied by top-notch noise-cancellation in a light and well-designed product. Commuting, working in a crowded cafe, air travel, (etc.) can all become peaceful activities.

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fs-tech-blog-4k-value.jpgGot a taste for the best? Me too. With so many options on the market, stepping it up to some of the best tech available can really take your home theatre experience to the next level. In the past I’ve written about making the jump to projector tech, but this time around we’re going to look at some of the best physical displays on the market, and why they might be the perfect value for you.

 

There are three categories we’re going to look at: 4K TV under 60”, 4K TV over 60”, and OLED TV.

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Danganronpa on PlayStation Vita is a game series that flew under my radar earlier this year when the first game, Trigger Happy Havoc, released in February. After spending weeks playing through the sequel, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, it was such a great experience that I immediately picked up the original game to fill in the backstory of this thoroughly engaging narrative. If you’re an adult that enjoys captivating visual novels and own a PS Vita, then Danganronpa 2 is absolutely a must-play adventure.

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Review: Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Looks good and plays great!

by Guest Blogger ‎10-20-2014 06:02 PM - edited ‎10-20-2014 06:02 PM

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I have always liked how competitive fighting games get so many sequels and definitive editions. Players need to feel them out a bit and developers get to make tweaks, adjustments or even introduce new characters. Persona 4 Arena Ultimax not only brings back many of the Persona 3 and 4 characters it also offers an amazing improvement on a great fighting game.

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Review: Monster Instrument Cables for Guitarists

by Blogger on ‎10-20-2014 11:07 AM - last edited on ‎10-20-2014 11:32 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

 

Monster cables have been around for over 35 years now. Countless artists have endorsed their products throughout the years. Simply ask George Benson, Lee Ritenour, Phil Ramone, Keith Emerson, All Di Meola and Slash what they think of Monster Cables. Instrument cables have made the company famous. I was sent some of the newest Monster cables and here is what I thought learned.

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Review: MyGica ATV 1200 is Android TV in a box

by Blogger on ‎10-20-2014 10:23 AM - last edited on ‎10-20-2014 12:08 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Android is a mobile operating system that takes on several different forms. On a TV, there isn’t any one defining standard, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t existing ways to use it. The MyGica ATV 1200 is a set top box running on Android 4.1 and 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with a unique interface and launcher, plus access to Google Play, XBMC and Web browsers with Flash support. Coupled with other media player support, this box should be up for consideration in your home theatre setup.

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Ten Tablet Price Categories & what you can get in each!

by Blogger ‎10-20-2014 02:31 AM - edited ‎10-20-2014 06:20 PM

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This blog is all about Future Shop's huge selection of tablets and how there is something for every personality and something for every budget. If you were thinking of picking up a new tablet to help pass those long winter days, there's bound to be one that meets your needs and your price point at Future Shop. Simply click on through, scroll to your ideal price range, check out the item I've personally selected in that category, then click on the link to view Future Shop's full selection of products in your chosen price range. From there you can select the tablet that most appeals to your individual tastes and requirements. It's that easy! Just click on through ...

 
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Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 4

by Blogger on ‎10-19-2014 01:04 PM - last edited on ‎10-22-2014 10:33 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Samsung makes several different smartphones, but if there’s one that stands out above the others for the company, it’s probably the Galaxy Note 4. The latest in the line that arguably kicked off the “phablet” era, the Note 4 isn’t a huge leap forward from the previous model, yet it still benefits from some of the tinkering Samsung has done with it. The company would like the S Pen stylus to stand out more, and it might with its improved performance here, but the real gem is the big sharp 5.7-inch display.

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Hands-on with PlayStation TV

by Blogger ‎10-18-2014 11:29 AM - edited ‎10-18-2014 11:44 AM

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Take one look at the PlayStation TV's feature list and you're bound to be impressed: the ability to play over 700 PlayStation game titles out of the box, access TV, movie, and music media via online apps, steam your PS4 games to other TVs in your home with Remote Play, and full access to Sony's video game streaming rental service, PlayStation Now. All this from a device no bigger than a deck of cards and very reasonably priced. It's an offer, on paper, that seems hard to pass up.

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With Step2 toys it's Ready, Set, GO! for your toddlers

by Blogger ‎10-17-2014 06:37 PM - edited ‎10-17-2014 06:41 PM

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As a new mom, I know my little one will be growing out of her baby toys quickly, and needing more challenging toddler fare.  Luckily I discovered Stage 2!  Here are some of my favourites:

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How to pick a tablet by screen size

by Blogger on ‎10-17-2014 12:39 PM - last edited on ‎10-17-2014 01:10 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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It's wonderful seeing tablets grow increasingly popular with each passing year. They’re becoming invaluable devices for anyone who needs more than a smartphone, but less than a desktop workstation PC. These days there are so many tablet options that you can surely find one to suit your needs and one of the big factors in your decision ought to be screen size. The size of your tablet’s screen can make a big impact on how you use the device in the future. It impacts how portable the device is, sure. Obviously a mini-tablet is easier to carry around than a jumbo-tablet, but it is so much more than that. Depending on which screen size you go for, it can affect how you hold your tablet, how useful it is for certain tasks, and of course how much you’ll be spending.  

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Overview: Apple's iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, Mac mini and iMac with 5K Retina display launch

by Blogger on ‎10-16-2014 06:10 PM - last edited on ‎10-17-2014 03:51 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Cupertino - Apple today hosted a special event in their campus where they unveiled the iPad Air 2, the iPad mini 3, updated OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.1 as well as new Mac mini and an iMac with 5k Retina Display to round off this year's product offerings.

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Tips for holiday entertaining

by Blogger on ‎10-16-2014 04:35 PM

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It's that time of the year when we all start thinking about having friends and family over to enjoy the holiday season.  Whether you are throwing a small party or entertaining a houseful of guests you’ll want everything to look perfect. Here are some tips that will help prepare your home this season:

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