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Displaying articles for: 10-14-2012 - 10-20-2012

AMD unleashes the new Z-60 APU

by Blogger on ‎10-20-2012 10:28 AM

AMD-Z60-Processor-Hero_770W.pngRecently AMD announced its most recent advancement for high-performance, high-mobility devices like tablets and micro-PCs. the AMD Z-60 Accelerated Processing Unit is the lowest power APU in AMD’s arsenal designed to work efficiently in devices as thin as ten millimeters. With support for Windows 7, Windows 8, high end graphics, and some interesting features under the hood, this is a technology we’re likely to see popping up in more and more upcoming products with the first AMD Z-60 APU tablets expected to launch globally alongside Windows 8.



If you’re looking for a new tablet, its a good idea to check out some of the great upcoming Windows 8 options on the horizon. One such device is Acer’s Iconia W510 tablet PC with Windows 8. I had the opportunity to sit down with this device not long ago and have seen first hand what a slick little gadget it really is.


Classic Jones Trilogy Still Packs a Punch

by Blogger ‎10-19-2012 04:35 PM - edited ‎10-19-2012 04:39 PM

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The Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls introduced an entire generation to the 20th century’s most heroic archaeologist – Indiana Jones. It also encouraged a great deal of us to revisit the initial trilogy. To many, the first three Jones movies are considered just as important as the original Star Wars films – both of which owe an enormous creative debt to George Lucas. He and Steven Spielberg joined forces to create the trio of features we'll be looking at today. Cue the John Williams score...



Video games can be a lot of fun but there is often no good substitute for the social and casual fun of traditional tabletop games like card games and board games. With the increasing popularity of touch screen tablets, we’re starting to see the line between video and tabletop games blur. There a lot of great options out there to get a lot of the best aspects of both worlds combined.


Mega Bloks and Future Shop!

by Blogger on ‎10-18-2012 03:16 PM - last edited on ‎03-11-2013 01:12 PM by Retired Administrator

10210086.jpgJust repeat after me—You’re never too old for LEGO (or Mega Bloks).


Speaking as someone who has, umm, several completed LEGO set on his desk and might have a set of Star Wars magnets on his whiteboard, and might have almost bought a Star Wars LEGO set today…


Future Shop is now carrying Mega Bloks (with tie ins to several game franchises) and, starting November 16th, will be carrying LEGO! Dude.


Preview: Samsung GALAXY Note II Hands-on Video, Pre-orders Start Now

by Retired Blogger ‎10-17-2012 10:59 PM - edited ‎12-20-2012 08:47 AM

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A few weeks ago I wrote about the Galaxy Note 10.1, Samsung’s second device (and first tablet) to use their S Pen stylus technology. Yesterday I got to spend some time with the successor to the original S Pen smartphone, the GALAXY Note II. This update to the original GALAXY Note has a bigger screen, faster processor and updated S Pen functionality, overtop of the latest version of Android, Jelly Bean. The grey and white versions of the GALAXY Note II will be released on Bell, Rogers and Telus on October 30th, and can be pre-ordered from Future Shop now.


Check out some pictures of the GALAXY Note II after the break, along with my video interview with Samsung Canada and a hands-on with their latest smartphone.


Selecting the Right Projector Screen

by Blogger on ‎10-17-2012 08:48 PM - last edited on ‎06-26-2013 11:20 AM by Administrator

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Your projector’s image quality will be largely determined by the projector screen you’ve chosen to watch your media on. With such a wide variety of options available, the selection process can sometimes seem a bit daunting. From portable units to motorized screens – let’s take a look at a few diverse solutions, and see if we can help you find the perfect companion for your projector.


Recipes: Best Halloween Dessert

by Blogger on ‎10-17-2012 05:33 PM - last edited on ‎11-30-2012 08:58 AM by Retired Administrator

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Let the countdown to Halloween begin. Have you found your costume? Many of you are already in the Halloween spirit by getting out decoration and turning your home into a haunted house. Adorning your space with pumpkins, cobwebs, spiders, bats, scarecrows (oh my), you may also want to add some nicely themed treats to the scary ambience. Here are some beautiful themed desserts for the scary holiday to check out.


A Sneak Peek at Medal of Honor: Warfighter

by Blogger ‎10-17-2012 05:09 PM - edited ‎10-17-2012 05:14 PM



Looking for your latest first-person shooter fix? Danger Close, the developer behind 2010's Medal of Honor, is coming back with their follow-up, Medal of Honor: Warfighter.  This time around, Danger Close took a big step forward, with the story written by actual Tier 1 Operators while deployed overseas.  


Warfighter gives you the chance to play as one of these warfighters and apply several skill sets and new game mechanics to track down a real global threat, in real international locations, sponsored by real enemies. For a series that has always given us the opportunity to play in real world events, it doesn't get any more authentic than this.  


[Breaking News] GoPro amazes with awesome new 2.7k / 4k GoPro Hero 3

by Blogger ‎10-17-2012 12:11 AM - edited ‎10-17-2012 11:30 AM

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Action and adventure enthusiasts: rejoice! The next GoPro Hero cameras are here, and they’re incredible. 


GoPro is rolling out two new models of GoPro Hero 3: Silver and Black.



A Sneak Peek at Skylanders: Giants

by Blogger on ‎10-16-2012 07:47 PM



Last year, Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure taught me that there's nothing wrong with being a kid at heart.  The game's developer, Toys For Bob, took a risk merging video games and collectible toys, but managed to create something immersive and fun.  Spyro's Adventure gained so much notoriety for its design and gameplay it quickly became a favourite for both young and old alike, a huge surprise considering its kid-oriented vibe.  


If Spyro's Adventure was as fun for you as it was for me, you'll be happy to hear that the sequel to the game, Skylanders: Giants, is less than a week away (October 21, to be exact).  I have no shame in saying this is one of those games I am absolutely dying to play.  While Giants may look and feel the same, it offers several new features you'll definitely want to try for yourself.  


How to: Blogging On Your iPad

by Blogger on ‎10-16-2012 03:44 PM

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You have an iPad. You’re surfing, you read and answer emails, read books, play games, watch movies, post to your blog… Wait, what? Post to my blog? No way! That’s way to hard. The apps don’t work well, and how, pray tell, do I deal with images? Huh, mister smarty pants professional blogger…oh right.


While blogging on your iPad wasn’t too great at first, now it’s pretty easy and in this how-to I’m going to give you the ins and outs of getting it done. With caveats along the way.


A Refrigerator that acts like a Kitchen but costs $41,500

by Blogger on ‎10-16-2012 01:16 PM - last edited on ‎12-12-2012 11:01 AM by Retired Administrator

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Who needs a kitchen when you can get a do-it-all fridge for a whopping $41,500? The Italian designers, Meneghini, created a fridge that does everything a kitchen can do, except for washing dishes. What? No dishwasher? Then that’s no deal for me.



Review: Spy Hunter

by Blogger on ‎10-16-2012 11:56 AM



Originally released way back in 1983, Spy Hunter is one of the oldest and most iconic game franchises. When it first came out it was so distinct and really made its mark on the landscape. Back then it was great to be able to take on the role of the agent behind the seat of the Interceptor as you evaded enemy attacks and hunted down your prey both over road and waterways. Well last week the series got a much-needed reboot on the PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS handheld game systems.


rocksmith.jpgIf you still haven’t taken the time to check out Rocksmith, then I am disappointed in you but also have good news. As of today, Ubisoft’s Rocksmith Guitar & Bass Edition is available for PC users at retail. What's more, if you have a Microsoft Xbox 360 or Sony PlayStation 3 you'll be able to find the re-release of Rocksmith that now includes the Bass Expansion pack included on the disc. 


Microsoft Introduces Xbox Music

by Blogger ‎10-16-2012 09:41 AM - edited ‎10-16-2012 09:42 AM



Today, Microsoft introduces their latest Spotify-esque service, Xbox Music. Replacing Zune, Xbox Music is a all-in-one music service that gives you the freedom to stream custom-created playlists for free, subscribe to all the music you want or download-to-own your favourite songs. Offering more than 30 million songs in the global database (via data stream) it  can be used cross-platform, whether it's your tablet, PC, phone or TV. 



Its not too long before the official release of the latest installment to Microsoft's blockbuster Halo franchise. It already looks like its going to be quite popular this holiday season. With such a big game release, that of course also means we’ll see a lot of branded hardware and accessories to match. We’ve already confirmed a special Limited Edition of the game, as well as a Limited Edition Halo 4 Xbox 360 console bundle. Today lets take a look at the new Limited Edition Halo 4 Xbox 360 wireless controller.


Upgrading your Audio on a Budget

by Blogger on ‎10-15-2012 08:00 PM - last edited on ‎12-12-2012 04:55 PM by Retired Administrator

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When was the last time you upgraded your audio equipment? A small expenditure can create an enormous and immediate difference in the performance of your home theatre system.  Today we’ll be reviewing four great audio solutions, which are all currently available for three hundred dollars or less. From standalone micro systems, to speakers and subwoofers... we’ll explore price point, output, and quality to determine which device might work best with you.




Looks like those warm sunny days are over as we enter the fall and winter season. Get out your cozy jackets and boots. In addition, get out your blenders to make delicious yet comforting soups to keep you warm for the season. The goal is to make pureed soups that is healthy, easy and flavorful. so I’ve discovered some wonderful recipes to test try over the next couple of months.



A Refrigerator that Needs a Smile to Open

by Blogger on ‎10-15-2012 11:00 AM - last edited on ‎12-12-2012 11:02 AM by Retired Administrator

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It’s always important to appreciate the little things in life that make you happy. A group of scientist from the University of Tokyo believes that opening your refrigerator to grab something to eat or drink is a simple task that can make you smile without even thinking about it. Which is why they took it a step further by inventing the Happiness Counter device that is attached to your refrigerator to encourage smiling as well as maintaining a positive mind frame. Essentially, when you are heading to the refrigerator to grab a beer, if you are not smiling, the door will not open. The happiness counter will encourage you too smile (even if it’s a fake smile) before the door can be opened.



Google rolls out Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2. update for Nexus devices

by Blogger on ‎10-14-2012 12:41 AM - last edited on ‎07-11-2013 01:44 PM by JorgeM Recognized Expert

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If you have the Galaxy Nexus smartphone or the Nexus 7 tablet, you’ll like the latest update Google released for Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2. It’s not a major change but it does make for a better experience that you would appreciate. It also sheds light on just how effective it would be if Google managed all updates for all Android devices.


Review: FIFA 13

by Blogger on ‎10-14-2012 12:15 AM

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How do you make the most popular sports game franchise better each year to keep it at the top of the heap? It’s a question that EA has to consider every time they release the latest iteration of FIFA, but at least there’s an upstart in Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) franchise that is willing to step up and compete. It’s an uphill battle to catch up, and perhaps that’s why FIFA 13 is more about tweaks than a major shift in how the game is played.


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