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New technology solutions to help you stream great content without a Smart TV

by Blogger ‎01-26-2015 08:43 AM - edited ‎01-26-2015 08:43 AM

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Like many people, I am quite satisfied with my older HDTV which is a perfect fit for my home theatre set-up and which has served me and my family well since we bought in five years ago. While we are happy with the picture quality and the features it offers, we wished we had the connectivity and versatility offered by today's connected SmartTV offerings. Here are a list of solutions we considered to enjoy streaming content without a SmartTV.

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It's New Nintendo 3DS XL Unboxing time! [Video]

by Blogger on ‎01-25-2015 10:42 PM - last edited on ‎01-26-2015 11:39 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Four years ago Nintendo introduced the world to their revolutionary new glasses-free 3D gaming console, Nintendo 3DS, and now the company is set to redefine handheld gaming once again with the New Nintendo 3DS XL. Releasing in Canada on February 13, New Nintendo 3DS XL is the next big leap in handheld gaming, adding tons of great new features to an already impressive portable gaming device. Want to know what those new features are? Come check out this unboxing video I prepared, giving you an overview of the console and what to expect when it comes to Future Shop in less than three week's time!

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Review: Polk Audio OMNI SB1

by Blogger ‎01-25-2015 10:03 AM - edited ‎01-25-2015 10:25 AM

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There are a lot of people out there with great flat screen TVs set up in their homes but are still using the TV’s built in speakers. Sure those do okay in a pinch but if you want your audio experience to be good as the visuals that TV delivers, you should consider setting up a home theatre system. One of the great things with flat screen TVs in comparison to older TVs is that now you can put TVs in more places where you might not otherwise have the space, but what about speakers? Not everybody has space for a big and complex home theatre setup. Running cables and positioning speakers can be a bit of work for some people. If you want something that you can install simply, won’t take up too much space, and will still give you a great sound experience, then a soundbar is for you. Soundbars do all of this, delivering the right balance between simplicity and performance. Polk Audio has a very solid history in premium audio so it was a treat to check out their Omni SB1 soundbar with subwoofer.

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Tips to get the most from your new action camera

by Blogger on ‎01-22-2015 02:20 PM - last edited on ‎01-22-2015 02:39 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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You’ve just received a new action cam. Congratulations! You now have the number one way of recording the awesome, the stupendous, and the outright unbelievable… all yours to save, edit and upload to YouTube and Facebook without a second care. Want to get the most out of your action cam? Read on, true believer!

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Easy tips to save time in the kitchen

by Blogger on ‎01-22-2015 12:45 PM - last edited on ‎01-22-2015 12:48 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Finding time to eat properly and live a healthy lifestyle isn't always easy. Life today can be hectic, and sometimes there just aren't enough hours in the day to do everything we need to do to be our happiest and healthiest selves. Thank goodness, then, for time-saving shortcuts! And that's what today's blog is all about―saving time at meal time! So if you're like me and can use all the help you can get when it comes to making nutritious meals in a more timely fashion, then click on through for a few tips and tricks (i.e., time saving products) that will help you to prep. easier, cook faster, and eat healthier!

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Transform your living room to host the ultimate sporting experience

by Blogger on ‎01-22-2015 12:33 PM - last edited on ‎01-22-2015 12:34 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Having some friends over for the big game?  You'll need to be party ready and so will your house.  So what do you need to do to transform your living room into the ultimate sports pantheon?  It's not as hard as you might think.

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A first look at Windows 10

by Blogger on ‎01-21-2015 02:14 PM - last edited on ‎01-22-2015 02:59 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Today was a huge day for Microsoft. They just had their big Windows 10 briefing event where they gave everyone a glimpse of the future and what a glorious future it is. There certainly was quite a lot of news to talk about. Windows 10 looks like a big jump for the platform which will make many exciting changes. This goes beyond the PC to tablets, phones, games, and beyond as we’ll see. This is the start of a new generation of more personal computing. After today I can’t wait for Windows 10 to roll out. I’m sure after seeing more of the Windows 10 news you’ll feel the same way.

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Evolve Xbox One Open Beta Impressions

by Blogger on ‎01-21-2015 06:00 AM - last edited on ‎01-22-2015 03:01 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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It's hunting time! For the last five days I've braved the wilderness in the Evolve Xbox One Open Beta, seeking to find, and eliminate, the deadliest monsters humanity has ever encountered. Two-story high brutes that can snap you like a twig. Flying beasts that can fry you with electric blasts. And lethal teleporting assassins with blades-for-hands. Luckily, I didn't hunt alone, as with me was a team of specialized soldiers more than capable of downing these nightmarish creatures.

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Overview: Casio's G-Shock still can't be beat

by Blogger on ‎01-21-2015 12:40 AM - last edited on ‎01-21-2015 02:01 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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For many the 80s are a time best forgotten, but for those of us who called them our formative years they’re a source of inspiration. While the Casio G-Shock was born of the 80s, like us it has grown to be so much more. It started ambitiously, and here it is 32 years later… ticking along with some new tricks up its sleeve.

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Gibson and Epiphone: What makes them great?

by Blogger ‎01-20-2015 01:31 PM - edited ‎01-20-2015 01:35 PM

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Choosing the right guitar is an important decision for any musician (or their parents, depending on who is footing the bill) to make. Whether it’s your first one, your best one, or something in between, it’s a choice that shouldn’t be taken for granted, or lightly. And, more often than not, a little homework goes a long way in figuring out what's the best fit for the player’s level, style and musical goals. Today we take a look at why Gibson and Epiphone guitars can be a great choice for guitarists of all ages and playing ability. 

 

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Baby Bathing Basics

by Blogger ‎01-19-2015 07:31 PM - edited ‎01-23-2015 09:41 AM

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A few accessories are essential when it comes to bathing a baby. You'll want to ensure many of these things are conveniently close at hand while bathing your baby.  They help make bath time easier for a worry free and safe bath. Many of them are fun too! 

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I have limited space in my living room. A big home theatre setup would be impractical so I always had my eye on soundbars. They help you enhance your audio experience while being easy to setup and not taking up much space. I had the opportunity recently to spend some time checking out the Energy Connoisseur CS-30 Soundbar and Subwoofer system and found it perfectly filled that gap in my setup.

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What happens when you take one of the most hallowed franchises in all of gaming and toss it in the mixer with a Japanese-style hack and slash adventure? You get Hyrule Warriors, a combat-heavy alternative take on the classic mythos that plays more like a traditional Zelda game on steroids. So get ready to deal crushing damage to dozens if not hundreds of enemies at a time with characters and weapons you know and love in this clever spin-off.

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Review: Sony SRS-X9 Wireless Speaker

by Blogger on ‎01-17-2015 05:13 PM - last edited on ‎01-21-2015 11:41 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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The world of wireless speakers seems to be a rapidly evolving space with many people releasing new and interesting gadgets all the time. There always seems to be something new to see. I love seeing how each new wireless speaker offering manages to differentiate itself from the pack. Lately I’ve been playing around with Sony’s SRS X9 Ultra Premium Hi-Res Bluetooth Speaker to see how it stacks up. I had the chance to spend a lot of time with the Sony SRS-X5 and SRS-X7 last year so this was a great opportunity to see what the higher tier offering looked like. I was a fan of the other models in the lineup when I got to spend some time with them so I was really curious if the upgrade to the X9 would be significant to make it worth considering. I know the lineup differentiates itself well from all the other wireless speakers on the market, but would the X9 differentiate itself significantly enough from the X7 and X5? I was excited to find out for myself.

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Spot the differences to win an ultimate football experience

by Blog Editor in Chief ‎01-15-2015 11:55 PM - edited ‎01-21-2015 10:15 AM

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I love football. As a kid I used to play it during lunch hours at school, and for hours after school.  I rarely get an opportunity to toss the ball around now, but I still love the game—especially during the NFL playoffs, even when my favourite team (Baltimore) has been eliminated.  The game is just a lot of fun.  Future Shop and LG are giving everyone a chance to have some fun during the playoffs with the “spot the differences” contest.  Check out how you might win an amazing ultimate home theatre including an LG 4K TV:

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