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Displaying articles for: 10-07-2012 - 10-13-2012

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.

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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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Blu-ray Review: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Anniversary Edition

by Blogger ‎10-13-2012 07:33 PM - edited ‎10-13-2012 10:00 PM

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For many, Steven Spielberg's E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial was a classic among coming-of-age stories.  Some might beg to disagree but it's hard to deny the sense of fantastical humanity, even during some of its slower moments.  The seemingly simple story opened up into something far more complex than anyone would have expected for the time, especially when children's films were all too prevalent.  To put it simply, it's a story about belonging, friendship and loss.

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Comparing 3D: LED, Plasma or Projector?

by Blogger on ‎10-13-2012 10:00 AM - last edited on ‎01-23-2013 10:53 AM by JorgeM Recognized Expert

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There’s a wide variety of television technologies available for today’s consumer to choose from. So, which format can offer you a superior 3D experience? From price point to specific strengths, lets take a detailed look at some of today's finest technologies.

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It’s funny how Apple do so many things really well, but just misses the boat on a few core apps on the iPad. Mail is a common whipping boy, but let’s not forget the build in Calendar app. Clunky, slow, cumbersome, and just not the best app in the world. Sure it works, but I only use it to check my schedule not actually manage it.

 

Get ready to be wowed, the worthy alternative to the build-in Calendar, Calendars by Readdle received a big update recently and I think you sound take a look at it if you manage any kind of complex schedule.

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Future Shop begins pre-orders for highly touted Windows 8

by Blogger on ‎10-12-2012 08:36 AM - last edited on ‎12-12-2012 11:02 AM by Retired Administrator

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In two weeks on Friday, October 26, 2012, Canadians awaiting the release of Windows 8 will rejoice when it becomes available for sale in-store and online at Future Shop.

 

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When it comes to anniversary collections, I have some pretty high standards.  And for good reason, any publisher planning on releasing a bundle ought to make something extensive, elaborate and worthy of any devoted fan's time.  A keen attention to detail can be so affirming, there really is no better way of saying 'thank you' to the fans.  Luckily the Kirby 20th Anniversary Dream Collection on the Wii offers plenty of fan favourites while offering lots of additional features in the mix.  Whether you're an all-time Kirby fan or are looking for a gateway into the Kirby series, this collection is well worth your time.  

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Lytro camera to debut in Canada this weekend - only at Future Shop

by Blogger on ‎10-11-2012 07:11 PM - last edited on ‎10-19-2012 08:21 AM by Administrator

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It's official: Lytro is expected to make its Canadian debut this weekend, only at Future Shop.

 

 

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The Future According to Robot Movies

by Blogger ‎10-11-2012 11:42 AM - edited ‎10-12-2012 04:50 AM

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One day soon, our lives will be filled with robot maids, chauffeurs, and police officers – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Society will have to change to accommodate their presence, but how will that affect our opinions, attitudes, and ethics? Luckily for us, several visionary filmmakers have already attempted to answer that question. Let’s take a look at a few extraordinary movies – and see if they can offer us a peek at the technology that's just around the corner.

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Probably one of the most exciting parts about the Wii U is the enormous list of games scheduled for release.  Ranging from first-party to third-party, there's plenty to offer this holiday season; however, you might have noticed that some of those third-party titles are ports. Wonder what makes these releases so different from the originals?  Let's check them out!  

 

Each week I'll be covering three third-party ports, and the new features they offer on the Wii U.  Let me know what you think, and if there are any you plan on picking up yourself! 

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Examining the EVO System

by Blogger ‎10-10-2012 09:36 PM - edited ‎10-10-2012 09:45 PM

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Sturdy, easy to assemble, and infinitely customizable, the EVO System is a modular solution for all your home theatre needs. Affordable and attractive, the EVO’s high quality aluminum and wood construction offers upscale styling without the hassle and expense of a complicated installation process.  Let’s explore some of the more outstanding features of Vantage Point’s revolutionary mounting system.

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Amber Mac's Top 3 Tech Travel Picks - VIDEO

by Blogger on ‎10-10-2012 07:09 PM - last edited on ‎10-11-2012 09:17 AM by Administrator

 

Whether you like to chill out to great music in your hotel room after a long day, Skype with family and friends from afar, or go for a (comfy) run while exploring a new city, here are three tech travel items you might want to try.  I pack all of these "gadgets" wherever I travel.

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ASUS' new Vivo Tabs for Windows 8

by Blogger ‎10-10-2012 05:31 PM - edited ‎10-12-2012 12:17 PM

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We’re getting tantalizingly close to the launch of Windows 8. A big rollout of new hardware is only to be expected with that in mind. ASUS has a pair of new tablets coming to Future Shop to go along with the Windows 8 launch at the end of October. The Viva Tab and the Vivo Tab RT tablets have been named with inspiration from the latin verb for ‘to live’.

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If you have a Slingbox but don’t have the app for your smartphone or tablet, you’ll be happy to hear that Sling Media has cut the price down by half. The app normally costs $29.99 per device, but you can now get it for $14.99 from Apple’s App Store, Google Play and Windows Marketplace.

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Preview: Rocksmith: Guitar & Bass (PC)

by Blogger on ‎10-10-2012 06:11 AM

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Next week Ubisoft will finally be treating PC gamers to Rocksmith for electric guitar and bass. This very unique video game lets you plug in any real guitar or bass through a standard 1/4” input jack into the custom made USB adapter to rock out on your PC, and learn to actually play real songs. Even if you don’t have a bass guitar you can emulate one using your 6-string guitar.

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GoPro cameras are immensely popular these days because of how they can capture the exhilarating moments in your sporting life in full HD and with amazing clarity. Now, there’s an iOS app to work with the HD Hero2, and Android is going to follow soon.

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Fable: The Journey Is Out Now!

by Blogger ‎10-09-2012 11:14 AM - edited ‎10-09-2012 11:21 AM

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Looking for an engaging, new adventure on the Microsoft Kinect?  Check out Lionhead Studios recently released Fable: The Journey. This new instalment in the popular Fable series is unlike anything you've seen before, combining all the humor of the series in a new, motion-control gameplay experience.  

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One of the games launching today is a reboot on an old personal favorite of mine; Spy Hunter. To celebrate thirty years since the original game graced our screens Warner Brothers is giving us a fresh take on the classic game. Developed by Tt Fusion this game gives us all the crazy cars and high tech weaponry we’ve come to expect from the franchise.

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Dishonored Is Out Now!

by Blogger on ‎10-09-2012 09:13 AM

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Today Bethesda announced the release of Arkane Studios' critically-acclaimed stealth-action game, Dishonored.  Available on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, Dishonored is bold and refreshingly new. Arkane takes everything you loved about stealth games like Thief and Deus Ex and creates something even more versatile and accessible.  

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XCOM: UFO Defense (AKA UFO: Enemy Unknown in Europe) wasn't supposed to be a scary game. When it launched in 1994, the game was advertised as a deep, turn-based strategy game with base-building elements; you would respond to an alien invasion by building a team of expert soldiers and scientists, killing and capturing the invaders to research their technology before taking the fight back to them.

 

The reality of it was that the game was terrifying. Each mission would pit your woefully inexperienced fighting force against vastly superior alien enemies with powerful tech. The turn-based assault stages featured cruel line-of-sight; death lurked around every corner and on top of every building, just out of vision's range. Xcom had a unique way of notifying you that you could see an alien (and by proxy, that they could see you): a flashing number in the corner of the screen. And that's where my Xcom nightmares came from. 

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Review: Canon PowerShot G 1X

by Blogger on ‎10-08-2012 12:05 PM


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Canon’s larger PowerShot G-Series models have been notable advanced point-and-shoot camera options for many years now. With full manual control, RAW file capability plus a nice mix of zoom, one-handed use and HD video, they are extremely versatile.

 

The PowerShot G1 X, now available at Future Shop for $699.99, takes this to an even higher level with a larger sensor, a more rugged build and a 28-112mm zoom plus all the features that were covered in Graham's first-look.

 

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How to Clean your Home Theatre System

by Blogger ‎10-08-2012 11:49 AM - edited ‎10-08-2012 04:44 PM

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When dust and grime accumulate atop your home theatre equipment, it can significantly reduce its performance – interfering with your ability to enjoy your favourite types of media. Cleaning your components is a delicate task, so let’s review several tried-and-true methods to return your home theatre system to its optimal condition.

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Gaming with Internet Explorer

by Blogger on ‎10-08-2012 11:46 AM

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Internet Explorer, the ubiquitous but much maligned browser has been staging a pretty serious comeback lately. For a long time it was less than ideal to use and certainly had more than its share of problems. The latest versions of IE have been surprisingly solid though. If you haven’t checked it out, it may be a good time to do so. Microsoft is trying to raise awareness in several ways to get you to upgrade and try out the newest IE. One push in particular has been towards showcasing how good IE now does with games.

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Angry Birds Star Wars - November 8!

by Blogger on ‎10-08-2012 09:23 AM

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They’ve been teasing it for a week now, and rumors have been circulating but now its finally official; Rovio Entertainment will be unleashing Angry Birds Star Wars on November 8th!

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Review: Toshiba's AT270 tablet

by Blogger on ‎10-07-2012 12:45 PM

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There are plenty of tablets out there for you to chose from. A lot of them look pretty similar. With that in mind, the Toshiba A270 is a welcome change. Toshiba has shown off Android tablets before, so they certainly have some experience with these. That all seems to show through with this particular model which combines a nice, small form-factor with a really beautiful high-quality screen.

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Today is a big day for many Pokémon fans out there, and for good reason.  Nintendo is proud to announce the release of two much-anticipated games: Pokémon Black/White Version 2 and Dream Radar

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Linksys brings you 802.11ac speed with the WUMC710

by Blogger ‎10-07-2012 11:06 AM - edited ‎10-07-2012 11:07 AM

wumc710front.jpgWe recently took a look at the new Linksys EA6500 802.11ac router, the new home networking gadget that will let you take advantage of the latest in WiFi speeds. Well Cisco has also released a new gadget to let you capitalize on those speeds. When coupled with an 802.11ac compatible WiFi router, the WUMC710 universal media connector lets you take advantage of Gigabit wireless technology on your existing wired ethernet gear.

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Rachael Ray Gets a Stainless Steel Makeover

by Blogger on ‎10-07-2012 08:14 AM - last edited on ‎12-12-2012 11:03 AM by Retired Administrator

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Rachael Ray enters the 7th season of her highly successful TV show. And she’s going into the new season with a whole new look and feel.  She took away the old kitchen look and completed stainless steel makeover for the set. Ray’s previous kitchen resembled Rachel Green and Monica Geller’s kitchen from the show Friends. It had a lot of color, clutter, with a cutsie approach that emulates Ray’s style. With the new kitchen look, it seems that Rachael Ray wanted to bring a sexier feel for the new season. The new set looks cleaner, spacious, and organized.

 

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