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There’s a movement afoot just about everywhere to make things more accessible to everyone. That’s a great thing in a lot of cases… but when it comes to artisan tools it’s not. Making things hyper-accessible can mean making them less powerful, and it takes a brave manufacturer to say “no, we want to make something incredible for a small group of people.” That manufacturer is Fujifilm, and that camera is the Fujifilm X-T1.

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Ultimate Designer Holiday Gift Guide

by Blogger ‎10-30-2014 03:48 PM - edited ‎10-30-2014 03:54 PM

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I have had a lot of fun over the past few weeks talking about kitchen design, appliances and entertaining. Today I thought I'd put together twenty of my favourite products for the ultimate designer holiday gift guide.

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Top tools for the kitchen from a Top Chef

by Blogger ‎10-30-2014 03:20 PM - edited ‎10-30-2014 03:55 PM

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You’ve heard it said so often before, that it’s the little things that can make such a difference. That is true in life, and in cooking.  One of the simplest ways to improve your cooking is to make sure you are cooking with the right tools. I’ve compiled a list of some of the essential tools that can give you a leg up in the kitchen.

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Holiday Dining Etiquette 101

by Blogger on ‎10-30-2014 12:50 PM - last edited on ‎10-30-2014 01:32 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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‘Tis the season to be dining, Fa la la la la, la la la la!

 

During the upcoming holiday season, you’ll be raising a glass many times at dinner parties, whether as a host or as a guest. But before you send or reply to those invitations, let’s review some basic rules of etiquette so you don’t inadvertently act like a turkey!

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Review: Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD

by Blogger on ‎10-29-2014 11:16 PM - last edited on ‎10-30-2014 01:12 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Whether you have a Mac desktop or laptop, take a look at the ports it offers. There are a bunch of them, and it’s not always practical to have cables sticking out of them all the time, especially if you care about portability and clutter. Belkin’s Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD uses the ultra-fast Thunderbolt port standard on Macs and some PCs to pipe in multiple connected devices all at once, making it possible to be plugged in a number of ways with only one Thunderbolt cable.

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Review: VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch - even more fun than you think.

by Blogger on ‎10-29-2014 09:32 PM - last edited on ‎10-30-2014 02:37 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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As a parent, or should I say, as a hippie-at-heart parent, I’m not a fan of technology for small kids. There’s so much stimulation in our world – everything blinks, makes noise and doesn’t last more than three minutes.But...Unfortunately or fortunately, my daughter is growing up in these technology rich times and my role as a parent is to introduce her to technology and maybe show her how to deal with it all. As much as I would wish it, sheltering my child is not the answer. Technology can be addictive, but exposure to it is inevitable. Giving them the tools to manage technology at an early age will help prevent them going bonkers when not supervised so they don't end up playing PlayStation for 5 days straight (Note that any similarity to someone you know is entirely unintended). For this particular reason I got quite excited to give my daughter the VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch to play with and see what happens …

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For weeks and months strategy fans have been hoarding their vacation days, displaying signs of impending illnesses when their bosses walk by, and banking quality time with their family and friends. Now the wait is finally over - Civilization: Beyond Earth has landed on PC, poised to take up the mantle of creator Sid Meier’s perpetual attack on the free time of innocent gamers around the world.

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Knives 101

by Blogger on ‎10-29-2014 02:57 PM - last edited on ‎10-29-2014 04:24 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Having the right knife can make even the most mundane kitchen task easier and quicker.  But where do you begin when it comes to knives?  How many knives do you really need?  Which material is best, and how should you care for your new purchase?  Click along with us as we commence Knife University!

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Overview: Introducing the Fitbit Charge, Charge HR, and Surge Fitness Trackers

by Blogger on ‎10-28-2014 03:53 PM - last edited on ‎10-28-2014 04:00 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Hey there. Fitbit fanboy here. It was almost a year ago that I got my Fitbit Force from Future Shop and despite the recall of the Force for causing allergic reactions in some customers, it was only a few weeks ago that I switched back to my Fitbit Flex (it took a full nine months for me to start seeing issues). Two weeks later, we have new Fitbit devices: the Charge, the Charge HR, and the Surge, and dang am I excited. Keep reading, it’s about to get awesome in here.

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Review: Samsung Galaxy Alpha

by Blogger on ‎10-28-2014 03:53 PM

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What is obvious about the design of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha is the metal in the body. Brushed aluminum sides fuse the textured back panel with the 4.7-inch screen on the front. It’s light, refined and looks good, even if overall performance can’t quite compete with Samsung’s two main flagships — the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4. This doesn’t make it entirely a case of style over substance, but it does make the device appealing just the same if you can accept the trade-offs.

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Games Room Essentials: How to Play Darts

by Blogger on ‎10-28-2014 03:50 PM

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Darts is one of the easiest to learn, and least expensive sports to take up.  Boards and supplies are readily available, and the rules are straightforward and simple. Why not click to learn about setting up darts in your home games room?

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Review: Destiny, is it all just hype?

by Guest Blogger on ‎10-27-2014 09:29 PM - last edited on ‎10-28-2014 03:53 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Bungie has been pushing the boundaries of how we play games for over 10 years now. If you play console games, regardless of if you enjoy them or not, you should be no stranger to the Halo games. After years of waiting Bungie is now bringing us a whole new way to play first person shooters with the long awaited and potentially ground breaking Destiny.

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4 Great Telescopes: See to the Stars and Beyond!

by Blogger on ‎10-27-2014 02:20 AM - last edited on ‎10-28-2014 03:51 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Someone I used to know once remarked that telescopes aren't all that interesting. But consider this: Our home galaxy (The Milky Way) is estimated to be between 100,000 and 120,000 light years in diameter. As you may know, light years are a measurement of distance—not time (1 light year is the distance that a beam of light can travel in a single year). At 300,000 KMs/Second (light speed), that's pretty far! Thus, if one could instantaneously travel a mere fraction of the diameter of our galaxy away from the Earth—let's say 100 light years—and could bring with them a telescope of ridiculous strength to look back with, then the events they would witness would be ones that happened 100 years ago. A bit further—say, 400 light years—and one could watch Shakespeare write his plays. Now, who says that telescopes aren't all that interesting?? Learn more about telescopes and check out Future Shop's great selection inside.   

 

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Overview: Logiix Blue Piston Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

by Blogger on ‎10-27-2014 12:07 AM - last edited on ‎10-27-2014 09:29 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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There are lots of great things that come in small packages, and over the last five years we’ve seen sound join that list thanks to Bluetooth. Logiix’s line of Blue Piston Wireless speakers is right up there on that list. Let’s take a look together.

 

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Ditch your booster cables with the Wagan Tech Ion Boost V8!

by Blogger on ‎10-26-2014 10:32 AM - last edited on ‎10-28-2014 03:33 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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When I was first assigned the Wagan Tech IonBoost V8 to review, I was a bit hesitant to accept it. It reminded me of the days when my trusty ’89 Accord would die in a parking lot, or on the side of the road, leaving me stranded because I was young and a little bit careless and didn’t own booster cables. I would then be forced to deal with the bitter reality of waiting for relief, or my father, to come bail me out of yet another situation that could easily have been avoided. Essentially, I was hesitant to take on this review because, like with most things in life, I was reminded of all the times my father was right, it IS important to own an emergency pack to help in these situations. Since receiving the battery pack and putting it through its paces, including all the tasks it is capable of completing, I have quickly become an advocate. I feel more comfortable driving anywhere, with the Wagan Tech IonBoost V8 in my car, knowing that I am in control should something happen.

 

With those nice sentiments aside, read on to find out the real explanation behind my feelings.

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