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Canadian Videogame Awards recognized the Best in Canadian game development

by Blogger ‎11-23-2014 12:33 AM - edited ‎11-23-2014 12:42 PM

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The annual Canadian Videogame Awards have announced their winners, and Ubisoft Montreal walked away the night's big winner. Picking up both coveted Game of the Year awards for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (2013) and Watch Dogs (2014), the two games brought home a total of eight awards. I was invited to come see the annual award show that recognizes the best Canadian-developed video games, so join me as we take a peek at what went down!

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Nintendo Day Toronto Countdown Event was all about the games & fun

by Blogger ‎11-22-2014 04:38 PM - edited ‎11-22-2014 04:43 PM

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This past Thursday was a day Nintendo fans had been waiting for: the Toronto Countdown Event for Nintendo Day!

 

Hundreds of enthusiastic Nintendo fans came out for a night of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U 8-player tournaments, Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire demo stations, cosplay competitions, and the grand finale–ceremonial cake cutting by Mario and Luigi themselves. I've got lots of great stories and event photos to share, so come see more of this fun-filled evening!

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5 Toys that Make You Smarter as You Use Them!

by Blogger on ‎11-21-2014 02:12 PM - last edited on ‎11-21-2014 05:48 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Do you want to be smarter? I know I do! Which is why in today's blog I'm scoping out 5 cool toys (& toy categories) that actually make you smarter as you use them. Oh sure, you may not see immediate results, but there's certainly no doubt that the toys I'm blogging about today are enormously helpful in the development of one's intellect! Whether your talents lie in the Arts, the Sciences, or one of the many other of life's many worthy pursuits, there's bound to be something for everyone in our toy list today! So read on to check them all out and begin the process of becoming smarter.

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What to look for in your next laptop?

by Blogger on ‎11-20-2014 04:21 PM - last edited on ‎11-20-2014 04:25 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Buying a laptop is a personal thing. It’s the computer you take with you wherever you go, or the one that stays safe at home. It sits on a desk or on your lap. It lets you consume content or create it. All of that is great, but finding one that is right for you isn’t as easy as it may seem. The level of choice is widely varied, and the differences in capabilities equally so. If you’re in that boat, here is a guide that might be able to help.

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Give more than tech for that special someone

by Blogger on ‎11-20-2014 03:24 PM - last edited on ‎11-20-2014 03:33 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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With all the stores festively decorated, this can only mean one thing: the 2014 holiday season has officially begun! It’s never too early to start searching for the perfect holiday gift, especially when it comes to shopping for that special someone in your life. As exciting as the pursuit may be, I know it can be just as daunting to get it right… but don’t fret! If you want to give more than tech for that special someone but don’t know where to start, you’ve come to the right place. I’ll share with you some of my personal favourites to get your gift-giving juices flowing.

 

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LG monitors are a clear solution for your tired eyes

by Blogger on ‎11-20-2014 12:20 PM - last edited on ‎11-20-2014 04:59 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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If there is one part of home computers that people seem to neglect, it is probably the monitor. People go through multiple computers without even considering changing their monitor. They’ll get new keyboards, mice, video cards, hard drive, you name it but it seems like people don’t even consider getting a new monitor until their existing screen fails. A lot of people seem to figure ‘it still turns on, why consider an upgrade?’, but it is the thing you often spend all day staring at! You would think people would want to take advantage of the latest advancements in technology to get the most out of that experience. The world of monitors has been rapidly changing ever since we started doing away with bulky CRT monitors. If you haven’t taken a serious look at the world of monitors lately you’re in for a few surprises as things have really gotten a lot better lately, and it’s a more exciting scene than ever before. A nice new monitor can reduce your eye strain, neck strain, and increase your productivity all at once.

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Holiday performance must haves: tips and gadgets

by Blogger on ‎11-20-2014 07:10 AM - last edited on ‎11-20-2014 03:38 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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As a music teacher, I always encourage my students to perform as often as they can, regardless of age, level or discipline. Whether they’ve been learning for five months or five years, recitals and gigs are a great way to showcase students’ hard work and push them to excel at their instrument.For a lucky few, nerves aren’t a problem; some use their anxiety as a way to adrenalize themselves and get excited. For others, especially younger or beginner musicians, their nerves can get the best of them  How can this be avoided? The best advice I can give is to be 110% prepared. Take a look at the tips and gadgets below to sound polished and professional in time for your next recital, concert or gig.

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Top Children's Tablets for Holiday Gift Giving

by Blogger on ‎11-20-2014 03:38 AM - last edited on ‎11-20-2014 12:56 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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In today's blog I examine a number of great children's tablets for gift giving and consider what's what in the world of youth technology! From LeapFrog tablets to, well, everything else, come along and learn for yourself what's available for today's tech savvy tots!

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Hands-on with Nintendo amiibo and Super Smash Bros!

by Blogger ‎11-19-2014 09:28 PM - edited ‎11-19-2014 09:44 PM

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In just two days, the much anticipated release of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and amiibo will be upon us. This is a big moment for Nintendo fans as Super Smash Bros. is going high-definition for the first time, and offering lots of new features like 8-player competitive matches. Arguably the most exciting addition though is the inclusion of amiibo, Nintendo's brand new interactive figures that will bring your favourite Nintendo characters to life. I've had an opportunity to go hands-on with amiibo to see how they interact with Super Smash Bros., and other Wii U games―come take a look!

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Review: Driveclub is a gorgeous social racing game for PS4

by Blogger ‎11-19-2014 04:56 PM - edited ‎11-19-2014 05:18 PM

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Headlining Sony’s fall gaming line-up for PlayStation 4 is Driveclub, an all-new socially connected racing game from developer Evolution Studios. Known for their off-road festival racing series MotorStorm, the veteran racing game studio has taken a decidedly different approach with Driveclub, with its focus on road racing, car clubs, and a hybrid simulation/arcade style of driving. There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding this game ever since its announcement at the PlayStation 4 reveal event, so now that it’s out, the question is—does it live to the hype?

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Put Some Sparkle in the Season with Baby Jewelry

by Blogger on ‎11-19-2014 01:55 PM - last edited on ‎11-19-2014 03:27 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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On a hunt to make my baby look more 'girly' I discovered baby jewelry with Cubic Zirconia.  They're great stocking stuffers with the holidays approaching!

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Ultra is the hot word on tablets

by Blogger on ‎11-19-2014 09:37 AM - last edited on ‎11-19-2014 10:50 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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I love seeing tablets grow in popularity. Over the past few years they went from a niche experimental device to an invaluable addition to your digital arsenal. You can get tablets suited to different needs, with widely varying features, power levels, and specifications. This year it seems like the big things with tablets is to be ‘Ultra’ in some way. Whether its ultra-thin, ultra-powerful, ultra large, ultra-portable, or even ultra-durable. A lot of tablets pick out one factor to favor and go all in to live up to it as well as possible, carving out its own niche.

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Range Wars: Induction vs. Gas Ranges!

by Blogger on ‎11-19-2014 02:29 AM - last edited on ‎11-19-2014 10:55 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Are you ready for some rock-em sock-em ranges? Think you know which type is best?? Truly the answer depends on several different factors that ultimately boil down to each end user's individual needs. In other words, each of these oven types certainly has its place. In today's blog I examine the many features and benefits of each type of range (gas vs. induction) and consider any potential drawbacks that either system may have. The bottom line: Whichever type of range wins with you personally and best suits your individual cooking requirements, you're the true winner here for doing your research and uncovering which type of range you need! So click on through and read my blog to begin the learning process! And just for the record, the winning range type is...

 
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Great Gift Ideas & More for the Ultimate Games Room!

by Blogger on ‎11-18-2014 12:29 PM - last edited on ‎11-21-2014 05:49 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Recently I wrote an article entitled "Games room essentials: how to play ping pong" in which I briefly outlined some of the main rules of Table Tennis and examined a few of the top Table Tennis products available at Future Shop. Today's article is closely related to the earlier one in that the theme, once again, is related to your very own in home games room. The difference? This time I lay out a number of great games, toys, and other products that will help you to create the ultimate games room, whether for yourself or someone else on your personal gift list. Check out games, furniture, and more games (of the video variety) inside.  

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Celebrate November 21 with Nintendo Day!

by Blogger on ‎11-17-2014 10:01 PM - last edited on ‎11-18-2014 01:51 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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November 21 is going to be a huge day for Nintendo fans with Super Smash Bros. for Wii UPokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, and an array of amiibo figures all launching on that day. To celebrate the occasion, Nintendo has lots of great events planned over the next week that are sure to excite fans. Get ready to play some of the hottest Nintendo games this fall, and show your enthusiasm for all things Nintendo!

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