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The Ultimate Upgrade: Denon’s 7.2 Channel Network Multi-zone Receiver

by Blogger ‎11-24-2012 05:17 PM - edited ‎11-24-2012 05:24 PM

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Engineered to deliver top-tier performance for years to come, Denon’s 7.2 Channel Network Multi-zone Receiver is an excellent gift for consumers who make upwards compatibility a priority. Let’s take a look under the hood of this high-end device, and explore its wealth of impressive features.

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Blu-ray Review: Savages

by Blogger on ‎11-24-2012 03:37 PM - last edited on ‎12-05-2012 03:54 PM by Retired Administrator

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So where do I begin?  Recollecting Savages is a bit like recollecting a dream.  As the monologue starts you'll slowly find yourself drift down a slow, strange journey.  

 

The plot is simple enough: Buddhist botanist Ben (Aaron Johnson), ex-marine Chon (Taylor Kitsch) and O (Blake Lively) are happily living a relatively easy Laguna Beach life funded by the boys’ pot business, but then the Baja Cartel, run by the maternally-conflicted drug heiress Elena (Selma Hayek in probably one of her most impressive roles yet) comes calling with a proposition they can't refuse.  

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Last Week to Host a Movember Party

by Blogger on ‎11-24-2012 02:38 PM - last edited on ‎10-24-2013 10:34 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Are you growing a stash for Movember? As we enter the last week of November, it also nears the end of the month-long event to raise awareness on prostate cancer and men’s health. You might be attending a number of charity events or hosting your own party to support the cause. If you plan on the latter, here are some tips and ideas for add more stash to a memorable Movember party. 

 

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Review: Slingbox SB500 and 350

by Blogger on ‎11-24-2012 02:23 PM

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The Slingbox has been around for at least seven years, and the concept behind it hasn’t changed drastically in that time. Yet it still amazes me how many people have either never heard or it, or have trouble understanding what it actually does. The Slingbox SB500 and Slingbox 350 are the latest models, and they come four years after the previous ones first hit the market. Here’s what they do and how they do it.

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Review: Samsung Galaxy Rugby LTE

by Blogger on ‎11-24-2012 12:00 PM - last edited on ‎12-12-2012 10:56 AM by Retired Administrator

Samsung Galaxy Rugby LTE front.jpgWhen you think Samsung and Galaxy, you tend to think of something with flair and popularity, but then comes along the Rugby LTE, a sort of Mack truck for smartphones. The Rugby LTE is a niche phone that most consumers will either not know about, or even know enough to care. Unless, of course, you fall in that niche somewhere, looking for a tough, durable handset that can take punishment, and yet still offer some features seen in other Galaxy devices.

 

 

 

 

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Nabi 2 - The kid friendly tablet

by Blogger on ‎11-23-2012 10:16 AM - last edited on ‎11-26-2012 10:35 AM by Retired Administrator

If you own a tablet and spend any time with it around children, you know they love them. Kids are drawn to tablets like candy. This doesn’t have to be a problem if you’re protective of your expensive and fancy new gadget though. You can always pick up the Nabi 2 tablet that has designed specifically for kids.

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Review: Wii U

by Blogger ‎11-22-2012 11:00 PM - edited ‎11-23-2012 05:37 AM

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Nintendo has come first out of the gate with a brand new console -- the Wii U -- officially kickstarting the next generation of home gaming.  The Wii U brings with it a new online experience, finally bumps the graphics up to full HD, and delivers a superb new Mario game; yet, it's the Wii U GamePad, with its range of innovative features, which really steals the show. 

 

After putting the Wii U console through its paces over the last few days I was amazed at how multifaceted the Wii U GamePad is, and the degree to which the second screen adds to the overall gaming experience.  There were a few hiccups with my overall experience with the Wii U, which I'll explain below, but they didn't detract too much from the numerous hours of enjoyment I had.

 

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4K UHDTVs are almost here!

by Blogger on ‎11-22-2012 06:13 PM - last edited on ‎08-27-2013 12:07 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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The TV of tomorrow has almost arrived! At 2160p, 4K delivers an astonishingly detailed 8.3 megapixel image. Sony, Samsung, and LG are currently in the process of releasing their first wave of Ultra High Definition consumer TVs. Let’s take a look at these flagship devices, and explore some of the capabilities of this exciting new technology.

 

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Black Friday Weekend Deals at Future Shop and Futureshop.ca

by Blogger ‎11-22-2012 12:04 PM - edited ‎11-22-2012 03:52 PM

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You’ve probably seen by now all the media coverage about America’s most celebreated sales day, Black Friday, make its way north of the border in Canada thanks to retailers like Future Shop putting on huge sales. Black Friday does indeed make its fourth annual return to Future Shop in a major way: all stores are opening across Canada at 8:00 a.m. local time – some as early as 6:00 a.m.  EST at five stores in Toronto – giving customers an early start on the bargain shopping. 

 

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Review: Motorola RAZR HD LTE ‘The All-Day Phone’ [with video]

by Retired Blogger ‎11-22-2012 10:24 AM - edited ‎11-23-2012 07:30 AM

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In the super-competitive high-end Android phone market, one of the biggest challenges facing phone manufacturers is how to make their device stand out from the crowd, when the hardware specifications of so many competing devices are almost exactly the same. For Motorola, who are now owned by Google, there is the additional challenge of making their phones suitably different than Google’s own Nexus devices, without straying too far from Google’s ‘Holo’ Android design guidelines. With the new RAZR HD LTE, Motorola has addressed these challenges threefold: they have built the phone from premium materials (glass, metal and carbon Kevlar), included a huge 2530 mAh battery for ‘All-day performance’, and built upon Ice Cream Sandwich with thoughtful software enhancements, while still staying true to the look and feel of stock Android 4.0.

 

The RAZR HD LTE is now available from Rogers, and I had a chance to spend a few weeks with one. You can check out my hands-on video, review, and some pictures of the phone after the break.

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Review: Sony Xperia T ‘The Bond Phone’

by Blogger ‎11-21-2012 08:47 PM - edited ‎11-21-2012 08:49 PM

Sony Xperia T main.jpgThird time’s a charm for Sony? That’s what the eventual outcome needs to be for the Xperia T to help turn around Sony’s fortunes in the mobile space and make the company a player. The Xperia T gets some celebrity affiliation with Skyfall, the latest James Bond film, but its true lasting appeal has much more to do with what the phone actually does, and why consumers should take notice. They should, because Sony has finally figured out how to do it right.

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Review: Resident Evil 6

by Blogger ‎11-20-2012 06:31 PM - edited ‎11-26-2012 06:20 PM

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Playing through Resident Evil 6 was one of the most enigmatic experiences I’ve ever encountered in a video game.  The franchise, which was once known for its survival-horror roots, has all but abandoned its petrifying, spine-chilling moments in favour a mishmash of genres ranging from stealth, to puzzle, to all-out third-person action.  The problem isn’t that Resident Evil is attempting to evolve; it's that the franchise is trying so hard to morph into a jack-of-all-trades that it ends up being a master of none. 

 

That’s not to say Resident Evil 6 is a terrible game – because it certainly has its moments – it’s just that with such an enormous development budget and the largest production team ever for a Resident Evil title, there are way too many moments that left me wondering “what in the world was Capcom thinking?”

 

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Great Gift Ideas: HDTVs for $600 or Less

by Blogger on ‎11-20-2012 05:47 PM - last edited on ‎11-22-2012 08:42 AM by Retired Administrator

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About to start gift shopping for your family's home theatre enthusiast? Several excellent HDTVs can now be purchased for six hundred dollars are less – making them an exciting and economical choice this holiday season. Let's take a closer look at today's selection of budget-friendly devices.

 

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Review: ZombiU

by Blogger on ‎11-20-2012 07:58 AM

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When many hardcore gamers learned that Nintendo was making a successor to their popular Wii console, they were nonplussed. A lot of these players seek a type of experience that Nintendo has just seemed unwilling to deliver on with its last few platforms. It seemed like Nintendo wanted to capitalize on the general audience of all ages and tastes and was to some extent neglecting the fans looking for a more mature experience. Then we heard about ZombiU on the Wii U. It looked like this new Wii U console was going to launch with a mature oriented title without compromise, and finally deliver an experience tailored for that niche.

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Review: Nintendo Land

by Blogger on ‎11-20-2012 06:51 AM

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The Wii U is now out and while supplies are limited, its already looking like a popular gift this holiday season. While the original Wii came with Wii Sports, for the Wii U you can get a copy of Nintendo Land which is the next-generation mini-game compilation equivalent. It helps introduce players to a lot of what is possible on their new console, and serves as a sort of tutorial or primer for a lot of the potential game interface mechanics players can expect in future titles.

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Out Now: Hitman Absolution

by Blogger ‎11-20-2012 06:21 AM - edited ‎11-20-2012 06:52 AM

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Its been quite a few years since gamers have been treated to a new game in the popular Hitman series. The first game, Hitman: Codename 47 first came out back in 2000. Since then we’ve seen three other Hitman games with the last (Hitman: Blood Money) releasing in 2006. Since then theres even been the theatrical release of a Hitman film that didn’t quite do as well as hoped. It looked like the franchise was in trouble and we might not have our screens graced by a new Hitman title again. All that has now changed, as we’ve got a whole new game first hinted at in 2007 - a generation ago in gaming terms. With such a big wait, gamers would be right to be both concerned and excited for what the sequel has in store. A lot can happen in that much time.

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Yes, I’m aware that Canadian Thanksgiving has passed. However, there are many Americans living in Canada who still like to maintain the tradition. I'll support any opportunity for more turkey dinners for the season. Don't you agree?

 

We have some great recipes to add variation to the traditional Thanksgiving meal. Ranging from Maple Syrup Glazed Roast Turkey Riesling Gravy to Butternut and Ricotta salad to Pumpkin Pie Tarts. Plus, you can bookmark these recipes for Christmas!

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Mattel Apptivity Toy Roundup

by Blogger ‎11-19-2012 09:54 AM - edited ‎11-19-2012 09:54 AM

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Looking for new ways to engage fresh iPad users, Mattel's Apptivity line takes familiar games like Cut the Rope, Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja in order to create unique new interactive experiences with compatible figurines.  Much like the Skylanders series, Apptivity offers its own spin on the experience and hopes to continue the merger in some cool new ways. The technology isn't perfect, but it's a step in a bright new direction for Mattel.  Not sure how to introduce mobile gaming into a child's life?  This is a great first step.  


Set up is a breeze. On your iPad, visit www.mattel.com/apptivitycentral and download the Apptivity app.  Select one of the many Apptivity games and download the game to your iPad if you don't already have it and play!  

 

Keep in mind, in order to play these Apptivity games you need to turn off your multitasking gestures in iPad settings (I know, it's annoying, but I guess that's the price you pay... ).  Also, remember to get a good screen protector to avoid any scratches during playtime.  


Let's take a look at a few of these toys and how they measure up.  Visit the Mattel Apptivity page on Future Shop for even more.      

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Take snapshots like a pro (in 5 seconds flat)

by Blogger ‎11-19-2012 06:53 AM - edited ‎11-23-2012 01:17 PM

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The holidays are coming! Make every moment count by taking snapshots everyone "oohs" and "aahhs" over.

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Nintendo Wii U Officially Launches (Photos)

by Blogger ‎11-18-2012 08:01 PM - edited ‎11-18-2012 08:01 PM

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It's a big day for Nintendo fans across the country as today marks the official release date of the long-awaited Wii U.  The new Nintendo gaming console, which is available on futureshop.ca and at Future Shop stores across Canada starting today, promising to usher in a new era of gaming with its innovative Wii U GamePad.

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Far Cry 3 Launch Event (Photos!)

by Blogger ‎11-18-2012 05:00 PM - edited ‎11-18-2012 05:00 PM

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Ubisoft kicked-off their Far Cry 3 launch event at the Tattoo Rock Parlour in Toronto in a big, big way.  And no I don't mean the 6-foot-something Dan Hay, producer of Far Cry 3, who came up on stage to introduce the game, I'm referring to the opening 10-minutes of the game those in attendance were given the opportunity to watch.  In short, it was easily among the most breathtaking, fluid, and suspenseful introductions I've ever seen in a video game.  I must have looked pretty silly with my jaw dropped the whole way through.

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Upgrading to Windows 8 with a little help from WD

by Blogger on ‎11-18-2012 06:40 AM - last edited on ‎01-10-2014 02:31 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Installing a new operating system to your PC can seem like a daunting task to many. It can be a pain free process for the most part these days with Windows 8 but of course you should still take care to make sure you have everything backed up first when you start the process. That's where Western Digital can come on to help.

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