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Displaying articles for: 01-06-2013 - 01-12-2013

ASUS' new VivoTab Smart

by Blogger on ‎01-12-2013 09:32 AM - last edited on ‎07-11-2013 01:43 PM by JorgeM Recognized Expert


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One of the new products on display at this year’s CES is the Asus VivioTab Smart. Its a new tablet running the full Windows 8 OS. Its exactly this sort of product that is going to make you wonder why bother with a notebook PC when you can have all that and more in a tablet format..

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New hardware announced from Linksys

by Blogger ‎01-12-2013 08:27 AM - edited ‎01-12-2013 08:28 AM

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There has been a lot of great news coming out of this year’s CES. This week Cisco Linksys announced that their Linksys Smart Wi-Fi offerings are expanding. They have three brand new 802.11AC powered Smart Wi0Fi router models coming, as well as a new 802.11AC compact USB adapter, and a few new Smart Wi-Fi apps to round it all out.

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Review: LEGO Lord of the Rings

by Blogger ‎01-11-2013 08:39 PM - edited ‎01-12-2013 01:32 PM

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The LEGO video game franchise never ceases to entertain me.  It’s one of the few game franchises that delivers consistent quality with every iteration, and while critics often cite the lack of innovation, all you have to do is go back to 2005’s LEGO Star Wars to see just how far this franchise has come.  Lord of the Rings is the latest movie license to get the LEGO treatment, bringing with it all the wit and charm that is synonymous with this franchise.  LEGO Lord of the Rings is the most daring LEGO adventure yet, delivering hours of action and excitement the whole family will enjoy.

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CES 2013: Otterbox and Griffin have new waterproof phone cases

by Blogger ‎01-11-2013 02:21 PM - edited ‎01-11-2013 02:21 PM

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Waterproof smartphone cases are a big trend at this year’s CES, and a couple of the standouts that I came across are from Otterbox and Griffin. The cases are focused on the iPhone, and they each offer ruggedized bodies that can not only keep the water out, but also make sure you don’t scratch or crack anything on the phone, too.

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Belkin showcased the next stage in the evolution of its WeMo home control system by now making it possible to turn wall light switches on or off when you’re away from home. The current model available can do it for lamps and devices that are plugged into a power outlet, but this would mark the first time that WeMo can actually integrate with a home’s existing wiring. In addition to this announcement, the company also said an Android WeMo app is coming this summer.

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If you’ve ever felt your iPad was missing more of a booming audio presence, Belkin is looking to scratch that itch with its Thunderstorm case, which the company says is “the first handheld home theatre” for the tablet. With a hard, tight-fitting design, and stereo speakers along the side, the Thunderstorm also features the ability to direct the audio out to you depending on if you’re watching alone or with someone else.

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CES 2013: Withings Smart Body Analyzer targets your weight, heart and sleep

by Blogger on ‎01-11-2013 12:18 PM - last edited on ‎01-11-2013 12:35 PM by Retired Administrator

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Withings will be coming out with a new smart scale that will measure not only your weight and body mass index, but also your heart rate and the carbon dioxide (CO2) inside your bedroom to help you better understand why you may have trouble sleeping. The data is shared with a free iOS or Android app, as well as other third-party fitness apps, over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to give you a snapshot of how you’re doing and what it means.

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CES 2013: Sennheiser Momentum headphones going red and black

by Blogger on ‎01-11-2013 11:49 AM - last edited on ‎01-16-2013 02:53 PM by JorgeM Recognized Expert

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Like SMS Audio in the post below, we’ve got another cosmetic change for a pair of headphones — Sennheiser’s Momentum. Future Shop carries the original brown model that came out last year, but Sennheiser will be releasing a black model with a red cable within a few months, I was told. There’s nothing different under the hood, so the sound will be the same, and the $399.99 price tag will likely be, too.

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Blu-ray Review: Pitch Perfect

by Blogger ‎01-11-2013 10:34 AM - edited ‎01-11-2013 10:34 AM

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Upon first glance, I wasn't so sure if I was going to like Pitch Perfect.  I don't know if it had to do with the singing (I'm not really a fan of musicals or music-themed tv shows or films) or the story, but the thought of watching it just wasn't what I had in mind for a weekday night.  But after caving in and sitting down with the movie I quickly realized how much I really, really liked it.  I was a little surprised, to say the least, but this goes to show that you probably shouldn't judge a film by its cover, no matter the genre.  

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CES 2013: SMS by 50 Cent to launch new colours for on-ear Street headphones

by Blogger on ‎01-11-2013 05:22 AM - last edited on ‎01-16-2013 02:55 PM by JorgeM Recognized Expert

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Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to talk to 50 Cent himself about the latest SMS Audio headphones bearing his name and likeness, but then again, there wasn’t a whole lot of news to report, either. The one piece of info that might interest you is that new colours for the Street on-ear headphones were presented at CES, and word is they’ll be hitting Canada sometime soon, possibly before the spring. There are no technical differences between these and the original models, so this is purely a cosmetic change. The new colours are navy blue, monster green, metallic orange, metallic pink, metallic red, metallic teal.

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CES 2013: Geonaute’s action camera can capture all your moves at 360-degrees

by Blogger on ‎01-11-2013 04:57 AM - last edited on ‎01-11-2013 11:23 AM by Retired Administrator

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Geonaute, a company based in France, was showing off its new POV action camera on the show floor, and it may be one of the more intriguing gadgets to come out this year. It has three lenses that capture everything from a 360-degree angle, and you can choose which direction you want to view as you’re watching it later on an iPad or big screen TV.

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CES 2013: Razer’s Edge is a tablet purely for gaming

by Blogger on ‎01-10-2013 09:13 PM - last edited on ‎01-11-2013 11:24 AM by Retired Administrator

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Tablets and gaming should go hand-in-hand and Razer will be coming out with a gaming tablet that should be an interesting proposition for any gamer. Fusing together elements of a tablet, PC and game console, the Edge is basically the tablet equivalent of what a gaming PC is.

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CES 2013: LEGO smartphone cases coming to Canada this year

by Blogger on ‎01-10-2013 08:32 PM - last edited on ‎01-11-2013 11:24 AM by Retired Administrator

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At Belkin’s booth today, I came across a nice surprise. It looks like the company will be announcing a partnership with LEGO to make cases for the iPhone, iPod Touch and select Android devices. Details are still being worked out, but a summer launch in Canada has been all but confirmed. Just how many cases and for which exact phones is unknown at this time, but the iPhone 5 looks like it’s a lock. It’s even possible to connect LEGO pieces to the cases, so this could be a more functional case than most others. Stay tuned for news on this later into the spring.

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Review: ESPN Sports Connection

by Blogger ‎01-10-2013 07:58 PM - edited ‎01-10-2013 08:05 PM

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With the runaway success of Wii Sports, it’s no surprise to see a sports mini-game collection showing up just in time for the launch of Wii U.  What is surprising is that Nintendo opted this time around to release Nintendo Land, instead of a true Wii Sports sequel, giving the floor to other developers to capitalize on the sports mini-game phenomenon.   Ubisoft has stepped up to the plate with ESPN Sports Connection, a game that combines touch screen gameplay on the Wii U GamePad with motion control using the Wii Remote Plus, and the results are an utter strike-out.

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CES 2013: BlackBerry 10 is awesome. Long live the BlackBerry.

by Blogger ‎01-10-2013 03:40 PM - edited ‎01-10-2013 03:40 PM

I'm an iPhone guy now, but I have a rich history of BlackBerry smartphones and messengers behind me. Ever since my first 950 on the old Mobitex network I've been a fan of BB devices. That's why it was such an exciting morning for me today, getting a chance to go hands on with BB 10 for the very fIrst time. 

Spoiler alert: I loved what I saw.
 

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CES 2013: Samsung’s Evolution Kit could make your TV last for years longer

by Blogger on ‎01-10-2013 09:07 AM - last edited on ‎01-10-2013 09:46 AM by Retired Administrator

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Ultra HD and OLED have gotten the lion’s share of the hype at CES, but one of the most intriguing ideas surrounding TV is how to make them ‘new’ again for consumers. Samsung’s Evolution Kit may provide an opportunity in the future for TV owners to upgrade and gain access to new features the company comes out with in later TV models. In other words, spending all that money on a high-end flat-panel can presumably get a new lease on life after this kit is placed on the back.

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CES 2013: Asus’ 18.4-inch Transformer PC has detachable screen, runs Windows and Android

by Blogger on ‎01-10-2013 09:07 AM - last edited on ‎01-10-2013 09:47 AM by Retired Administrator

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Asus’ Transformer line is made up of tablets, but the company will be launching a desktop all-in-one PC with an 18.4-inch display that literally detaches from its base stand. When mounted, the PC runs on Windows 8, but when detached it becomes an oversized tablet running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

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CES 2013: Asus goes convertible with tablet and laptop hybrid called Taichi

by Blogger on ‎01-10-2013 09:07 AM - last edited on ‎01-10-2013 09:47 AM by Retired Administrator

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Asus will be launching Taichi, a convertible Windows PC laptop that has two screens whereby what you’re doing can be mirrored over to the display on the back. Close the lid and the Taichi becomes a full-on Windows tablet.

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CES 2013: Ion Party Rocker is like a wireless music disco ball

by Blogger on ‎01-10-2013 09:07 AM - last edited on ‎01-10-2013 09:47 AM by Retired Administrator

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Ion is a company known for making smartphone and tablet accessories that are a little unusual, but plenty of fun. The Party Rocker is a big standing speaker that can play music wirelessly from any Bluetooth-enabled music player or via a standard 3.5mm line-in cable. The light at the top projects lights like a disco ball onto the walls and ceiling of a room, and can change the colours and patterns based on the beat of the music you’re playing. There’s also a microphone for those who want to go all-out and start singing along.

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CES 2013: Wrapping up Day 2, on to Day 3

by Blogger on ‎01-10-2013 09:02 AM - last edited on ‎03-11-2013 03:05 PM by Retired Administrator

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It doesn't matter how many trade shows you go to, you'll still find that CES can kick your rear. It's a big, unforgiving monster that chews up people and spits out sore feet, sore backs, and big grins. Day 2 didn't disappoint, and left me anxious for more great stuff on Day 3.

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Tucano tablet cases

by Blogger on ‎01-10-2013 08:00 AM - last edited on ‎01-10-2013 08:45 AM by Retired Administrator

10233155_1.jpgI was never a huge fan of hiding portable gadgets away in bulky cases. That’s really changed with tablets though. It's the one gadget category where I find that cases are really essential to the experience. I can’t imagine carrying around my tablet without one. In the last few years I’ve become a bit of a tablet case aficionado. I’ve tried all sorts of cases out, from the least expensive budget options, to the top of the line options will all the bells and whistles. Recently I had the opportunity to take a handful of different Tucano tablet cases for a spin to see what I think of their lineup.

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LG's done an incredible job of bringing new technologies to the laundry space. Direct Drive, Remote Diagnostics, and powerful Steam-based technologies has put this brand of the forefront of what's awesome. 

 

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CES 2013: LG gets into OLED in a big way

by Blogger on ‎01-10-2013 01:39 AM - last edited on ‎09-24-2013 12:12 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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OLED Technology is finally here, and LG is leading the way. These feather-weight panels are incredibly thin, and deliver an unprecedented image experience from a display so thin. It's premium technology, so you can expect it to be expensive this year, but just like the flat panels of yesteryear, expect widespread adoption as these awesome displays become more affortable.

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CES2013: Android owners plug into MHL

by Blogger on ‎01-10-2013 01:28 AM

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Android owners are invited to kick back and game on the big screen right from their phone with MHL technology. The MHL booth at CES is equipped with an MHL cable and an MHL enabled display, letting Android owners plug in and take their phone for a spin in a big way. 

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CES2013: Polks collaborates with Microsoft to set a new bar for gaming sound.

by Blogger on ‎01-10-2013 01:14 AM - last edited on ‎01-10-2013 08:48 AM by Retired Administrator

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Listening to the SurroundBar 5000 IHT today I was blown away. We swapped back and forth between TV sound at max volume and the IHT at a moderate setting, and the difference was noticeable: the Polk provided richer, cleaner, louder, more immersive sound than the TV could ever hope to.

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CES2013: WD shows off their TV smartening WDTV Live.

by Blogger on ‎01-10-2013 01:08 AM - last edited on ‎03-11-2013 03:04 PM by Retired Administrator

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Don’t have a smart TV, but want one? Looking to smarten up an existing display and want to do it easily? Meet the WDTV Live, it’s WD’s answer to the “I really like my TV but wish it had apps” problem.

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Nikon announced the new D5200 DSLR at CES, evolving the D5100 to include a more powerful 24 megapixel sensor, the EXPEED 3 image processing engine, and powerful low light performance. 

 

Pictured above, the D5200 has 39-point autofocus, 5FPS continuous shooting, and a smart new sensor. It supports both HDR modes and Active D-lighting, as well as offering 16 scene modes, and a scene auto selector. Nikon now offers real-time special effects, so you can see image enhancements as you shoot.

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RECIPE: Mini - Red Velvet Cupcakes

by Blogger on ‎01-10-2013 12:18 AM

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There is nothing cuter than serving mini-cupcakes at your next dinner party. When it is red velvet cupcake, now we talking the big leagues of baking. They make a beautiful looking mini-dessert where most can’t stop at just one. 

 

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Futuristic Appliance: Air-Conditioner Controlled by Your Voice

by Blogger on ‎01-09-2013 10:06 PM - last edited on ‎01-10-2013 08:50 AM by Retired Administrator

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Let’s say you are comfortably sitting on your couch watching The Dark Knight. You are enthralled in the movie and pausing the film for a minute is not an option. The temperature of your home is getting a tad bit too warm; it’s time to turn on your air conditioner. It’s not that you are lazy but the movie is getting intense that you can’t push the pause bottom. There's a solution to the problem.

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A Sneak Peek at DmC: Devil May Cry

by Blogger ‎01-09-2013 09:37 PM - edited ‎01-09-2013 09:44 PM

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There's been quite some talk about Capcom's decision to reboot the Devil May Cry series.  Ninja Theory, the non-Japanese developers behind the prequel, have already gotten plenty of nasty howls, remarks, and threats about the reimagining of this clearly loved series, but for what?  

 

Now shortened to DmC, the prequel continues the tradition in a vibrant, dystopian setting rather than the usual grim, baroque vibe we've grown accustomed to. Our anti-hero Dante is younger and a little sharp-tongued but is still the charismatic jerk we've grown to love over the years (he's also a total cutie, if you ask me).  The game offers distinct changes in appearance, but it boldly goes against the norms while creating something so familiar it's practically a love letter to the series. 

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Awesome 3D performance from LG + A great deal on Toshiba's 32“ HDTV

by Blogger ‎01-09-2013 08:53 PM - edited ‎02-01-2013 03:51 PM

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First up, let's begin with an overview of LG’s spectacular 55” 3D LED Smart TV, an outstanding device with one of the boldest and brightest screens in its class. Then, we’ll finish up with a look at Toshiba’s 32” LED HDTV – a high quality component that can now be purchased at a bargain of a price.

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CES 2013: Skullcandy Navigator headphones coming to Canada

by Blogger on ‎01-09-2013 05:31 PM - last edited on ‎01-16-2013 02:56 PM by JorgeM Recognized Expert

Skullcandy Navigator.jpgGot a quick look today at the Navigator on-ear headphones from Skullcandy, and this sunglasses-inspired set is a light and stylish design that should be coming to Canada before the spring after having been out in the U.S. since the fall. They’re going for $99 south of the border, so expect to see a similar price point up here in the Great White North.

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CES 2013: Pioneer AppRadio will finally work with iPhone 5

by Blogger on ‎01-09-2013 05:18 PM - last edited on ‎01-10-2013 09:52 AM by Retired Administrator

Pioneer AppRadio 2 setup.jpgIf you have Pioneer’s AppRadio 2 head unit installed in your car — and you own an iPhone 5 or latest iPod Touch — then you may have been suffering from a lack of functionality because of the move from the 30-pin connector to the new Lightning one Apple developed. Pioneer is finally coming out with a fix for this and you can expect to see it in a matter of weeks.

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CES 2013: Olloclip’s new lens for iPhone 5 and a case

by Blogger on ‎01-09-2013 04:44 PM - last edited on ‎01-10-2013 09:52 AM by Retired Administrator

Olloclip case.jpgOlloclip has a new lens for the iPhone 5 that is already made and could come to Future Shop really soon. I’ve already had one for a few weeks, and saw it again here at CES. The issue I’ve always had with using it is that my iPhone 5 is in a case, and I’m not a fan of taking it out each time I want to shoot something. Looks like Olloclip heard all the gripes about that, too.

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CES 2013: Parrot has a gadget for your green thumb, AR.Drone 2.0 gets some new features

by Blogger on ‎01-09-2013 10:25 AM - last edited on ‎01-10-2013 09:52 AM by Retired Administrator

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Parrot has shown off a unique gadget called “Flower Power” that is basically a Bluetooth sensor for plants (both indoor and outdoor), so you can see their health on your smartphone or tablet via a free app. In addition to that, the AR.Drone gets a couple of updates that will let you do a little more on the recording side.

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CES 2013: Sony will offer up-converting from Blu-ray to 4K

by Blogger on ‎01-09-2013 09:07 AM - last edited on ‎05-16-2013 11:41 AM by JorgeM Recognized Expert

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You can’t walk the show floor without either seeing something about Ultra HD (or 4K) or hearing somebody mention it, but one thing that hasn’t been mentioned as much is upconverting from Blu-ray to 4K. Sony presented what upconverted content looks like, and while it appears impressive, it harkens back to a time when DVD looked just a little closer to HD.

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CES 2013: Slingbox adds new functionality for watching content

by Blogger on ‎01-09-2013 09:07 AM - last edited on ‎01-10-2013 09:57 AM by Retired Administrator

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If you know about the Slingbox, then you know what it can do, and if you have the newest Slingbox 500, then you might want to read further to see what the box will be able to do. My Media and Slingbox Companion are the two new features introduced on the show floor today and they add some useful additions to what is becoming a more versatile product.

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CES 2013: Lenovo’s Table PC is undeniably fun

by Blogger on ‎01-09-2013 09:07 AM - last edited on ‎01-10-2013 09:56 AM by Retired Administrator

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One thing that seems to transcend the show this year is that just about every screen on every type of device is getting bigger. The most obvious on the computer side is probably Lenovo’s IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC, the company’s first “interpersonal PC”, which lets you lay it flat on almost any surface and have two people use it at the same time.

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Transform your Home Theatre with In-Ceiling Speakers

by Blogger ‎01-08-2013 08:14 PM - edited ‎01-09-2013 10:25 AM




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Cost effective, space efficient, and capable of making some big, big noise -- in-ceiling speakers represent a fantastic option for those seeking to enhance the capabilities of their home theatre's audio system. Below, you'll find a selection of some of the finest in-ceiling speakers currently available at Future Shop … but first, let's begin with a few basic pointers on installation.

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CES 2013: I want a Pentax Q10. Maybe two of them.

by Blogger on ‎01-08-2013 07:45 PM - last edited on ‎01-09-2013 09:05 AM by Retired Administrator

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Pentax made a graceful exit from Future Shop a while back; they're a smaller brand, and it can be hard to make sure that you've got enough stock fill Future Shop's ample demands (a whole lot of us shop with big red, with over 140 stores across the country and futureshop.ca running 24/7).

 

And while it was sad to see Pentax go, never have I been more heart broken then today. I want to go to my local Future Shop and buy the Q10.

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CES 2013: There’s no actual way to show you how awesome this Sharp TV is.

by Blogger on ‎01-08-2013 07:33 PM - last edited on ‎01-09-2013 09:04 AM by Retired Administrator

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4K is the next big thing. Sharp’s gone one further, showing off an 8K display. What does that mean? 8000 lines of horizontal resolution. It is, without a doubt, ridiculously good.

 

Which is why I took this picture with my iPad Mini. Because it doesn’t matter if I had an incredibly good camera, you’re still not going to be able to see how good this thing is... unless you had an 8K display.

 

So you’ll have to take my word for it. It was, like, awesome, man.

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CES 2013: It’s about software! Samsung’s Galaxy Camera is the future.

by Blogger on ‎01-08-2013 07:23 PM - last edited on ‎01-09-2013 09:03 AM by Retired Administrator

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It’s amazing that it hasn’t happened sooner. One of the reasons that the iPhone is one of the world’s most popular cameras is because it’s stupidly easy to use. It’s fun to use. You point at something, tap on it, and take a picture. You tap one part of the screen to review the picture. You tap an arrow to share your picture. It’s just so simple.

 

But that simplicity belies its powerful nature. It’s a camera that’s connected to WiFi, 3G, or LTE. It’s a camera that has access to your Twitter account and your contacts. It’s a camera that runs apps.

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CES 2013: dts is stepping into the world of streaming audio.

by Blogger on ‎01-08-2013 06:56 PM - last edited on ‎01-09-2013 09:02 AM by Retired Administrator

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Home theatre nuts know the name dts. It’s that format that, when it first launched on DVD, everyone loved because it seemed to kick just a little bit more than Dolby Digital. It’s been 10 years, and in the meantime we’ve seen DD evolve, and dts has stayed in lock-step with dts Master Audio HD.

 

Which is why it was so odd to see a virtual house with dancing twenty-somethings. What the heck does that have to do with home theatre?

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CES 2013: LG’s promise of mobile gaming in 3D

by Blogger on ‎01-08-2013 05:05 PM - last edited on ‎01-10-2013 09:56 AM by Retired Administrator

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CES 2013: Maxell's bright future is powered by LED.

by Blogger ‎01-08-2013 04:06 PM - edited ‎01-08-2013 04:06 PM

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I had a chance to chat with Mike from Maxell about their coolest, newest stuff at CES 2013. I've been using Maxell's AirStash wireless USB stick for a while, and I really like it... but I was surprised to see that their new product wasn't a disc or a drive of any type. It's a bulb.

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Samsung Series 7 Chronos – Future Shop @ CES

by Blogger on ‎01-08-2013 03:40 PM - last edited on ‎01-10-2013 03:31 PM by Retired Administrator

 

Samsung has just updated its Series 7 ultrabooks introducing more powerful chips and hardware that would strike a balance between design, power and performance.

 

Now powered by a quassd-core Intel Core i7-3635QM CPU running at 2.4GHz, with up to 16GB of RAM and an AMD Radeon HD 8870M GPU, the Series 7 Chronos should be more than powerful enough to run today's latest games at high detail settings. Paired with the 1,920x1,080 resolution 15.6in display, you'll also be able to watch Full HD videos. Weighing only 2.3kg and with a battery that Samsung claims will last up to 11 hours on a single charge, it could strike a fine balance between power and portability.

85” Ultra HD TV from Samsung – Future Shop @ CES

by Blogger on ‎01-08-2013 03:24 PM - last edited on ‎01-10-2013 03:31 PM by Retired Administrator

 

Samsung's S9 UHD TV represents the largest screen in home entertainment viewing with brilliant picture quality in ultra-HD resolution. The S9 comes complete with features to ensure the best picture quality possible regardless of video source. Samsung's proprietary up-scaling engine can up-convert HD or Full-HD to UHD-level picture quality by restoring detail information to create greater precision and real-life picture quality.

Samsung at CES 2013 - It's about integration

by Blogger ‎01-08-2013 02:34 PM - edited ‎01-08-2013 02:35 PM

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It's about integration. That was the core of the discussion I had with Craig Mclennan last night. He's the VP for the consumer division  for Samsung Canada, and while he's only a year into this role he has big plans for the brand.

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CES 2013: Seagate announces new and improved wireless hard drive

by Blogger on ‎01-08-2013 10:32 AM - last edited on ‎01-10-2013 09:59 AM by Retired Administrator

Seagate Wireless Plus.jpgIf you’ve ever used the Seagate’s GoFlex Satellite Wi-Fi portable hard drive, then you might appreciate this. If you haven’t you still might like what this does. The new Wireless Plus mobile storage device is a 1TB drive that can feed stored content to up to eight mobile devices simultaneously. It also has 10 hours of battery life and comes with a car charger for viewing on the go.

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CES 2013: Linksys’ new routers and apps serve up media to you

by Blogger on ‎01-08-2013 10:17 AM - last edited on ‎01-10-2013 09:59 AM by Retired Administrator

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Cisco Linksys showed off three new Wireless-AC (or 802.11ac) “Smart Wi-Fi” routers, along with new apps that will not only give you faster network speeds but also serve up photos, music and video that you have on hard drives connected to them.

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Top Kid-Friendly Games for the PlayStation Vita

by Blogger ‎01-08-2013 09:43 AM - edited ‎01-08-2013 09:42 AM

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Ahh the PlayStation Vita.  Since its release last February this handheld has accumulated a variety of genres ranging from action-adventures, JRPGs, puzzle platformers, fighting and so many more.  Take into account all the downloadable games you can sync from your PS3 and you've already got quite the collection of games.  

In terms of E-Rated and T-Rated games there are lots of quality options, many of which I've put together for you.  This was not an easy list, mind you, considering how many amazing games this handheld has to offer, but it offers just enough variety to suit just about any young gamers needs.  Happy hunting! 

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Welcome to Vegas. Here’s what the Future is going to look like.

by Blogger on ‎01-07-2013 08:27 PM - last edited on ‎01-08-2013 08:56 AM by Retired Administrator

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The yearly pilgrimage of Consumer Electronics manufacturers, retailers, tech media, and gadget aficionados to the city in the Nevada desert is an eye-opening experience. Badged exhibitors throw caution to the wind as they discuss their company’s next “top secret, so I shouldn’t tell you but I’m gonna anyway” project with each other in hallways, malls, and on the terrifyingly loud monorail. Through the eyes of attendees the rest of the world finally gets a chance to see what a privileged few have seen in the months before: what the next year in consumer electronics is going to look like.

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CES 2013: Samsung unveils first quad-core LED TV

by Blogger on ‎01-07-2013 03:43 PM - last edited on ‎01-10-2013 09:59 AM by Retired Administrator

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At their CES press conference today, Samsung talked a lot about the evolution of TVs, and aside from smarter features and apps, some of the big news is that the F8000 LED TV is the first to have a quad-core processor built-in.

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CES 2013: House of Marley lines up new headphones, speakers

by Blogger on ‎01-07-2013 01:18 PM - last edited on ‎01-07-2013 01:58 PM by Retired Administrator

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Bob Marley’s son, Rohan, was on hand at a pre-CES show to talk about the new products House of Marley will be showcasing when CES officially kicks off tomorrow. Two of the standouts I confirmed will be coming to Canada are Bag of Riddim speaker system and Liberate headphones.

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“Smart” was the big buzzword at LG's press conference, as they made a series of announcements at CES 2013 that not only included 4K Ultra HD and OLED TVs, but also a vision for how the company’s smartphones would connect with their appliances. They also introduced a new Magic Remote that works a little bit like a trackpad on your laptop, but with a different twist.

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Neo Geo X Gold Limited Edition - Unboxing Video!

by Blogger on ‎01-07-2013 06:56 AM - last edited on ‎01-11-2013 04:23 PM by Retired Administrator

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The Neo-Geo Advanced Entertainment System (AES) was a revolutionary home console when it hit the market over 20 years ago, delivering a true arcade-quality video game experience at a time when the vastly technically inferior SEGA Genesis and Super NES dominated the industry.  With its prohibitively high launch price ($650 USD), the Neo-Geo AES found a limited, yet passionate niche audience that supported the console for an amazing fourteen year lifespan -- making it the second longest-lived console ever (after the Atari 2600).

 

SNK Playmore, the company behind the Neo-Geo AES, have teamed up with major North American video game distributor Tommo to bring a brand new system to market: the Neo-Geo X.  It's a system that's seemingly doing the impossible, delivering a two-in-one home arcade and portable handheld gaming experience, capable of playing perfect ports of more than 20 classic Neo-Geo games.  Since the Neo-Geo X runs games produced for the original Neo-Geo AES hardware, there's little chance that new games will show up on the system, so this is a console created squarely for the retro gamer.

 

I had the chance recently be peek inside the Neo-Geo X box and experience first-hand this unique two-in-one game system.  What I saw was pretty awesome, have a look:

 

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