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Displaying articles for: 12-09-2012 - 12-15-2012

Review: Xerox Workcentre 6015NI

by Blogger ‎12-15-2012 12:28 PM - edited ‎12-15-2012 12:28 PM

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Compared to many all-in-one laser printers on the market today, the Xerox Workcentre 6015NI is, without a doubt, a top contendor.  It may be large model (although not as large as some Xerox models), but with its competitive price point and relatively fast print speed there's some good in having a printer like this one.  

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Review: Espon LabelWorks LW-300

by Blogger on ‎12-15-2012 12:13 PM

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Label printers sure have come a long way. Now with gear like the Labelworks LW-300 from Epson you’ve got loads of options at your disposal in one self contained handheld printer. This thing is capable of a pretty respectable assortment of typefaces, decorative borders, colourings, and all sorts of tweaks to help you stylize things and make them that much more personalized all without even needing a PC.

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Looking for holiday baking ideas? We have some really fun baking recipes to choose, ranging from Chocolate Peppermint Patty Cookies to Chocolate Covered Pretzels. We also have a great recipe to make snowflake popsicles – the kids will love this one. 

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Kitchen Playlist with Janette Ewen, Interior Stylist

by Blogger ‎12-14-2012 03:52 PM - edited ‎12-14-2012 03:52 PM

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Janette Ewen is Canada's leading home décor and lifestyle expert and has expanded her savvy talents to the United States as she lives between Toronto and Santa Monica. This busy stylist is in the process of launching a new creative studio called Parker Barrow with her business partner Jef Hancock. Does the company’s name sound familiar? Well, it’s the last names of Bonnie Clyde. This partnership seems like it’ll cause some trouble…all in the name of style, fashion, and home décor. Expect a gangster entrance in January 2013 from this duo.

 

In this series, we find out what is on Janette Ewen's Kitchen Playlist. 

 

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Samsung ATIV Smart PC

by Blogger on ‎12-14-2012 01:33 PM - last edited on ‎04-02-2014 12:14 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

The new Samsung ATIV Smart PC Tablet is available now. I had the opportunity to spend some time with one this week. The thing that I found most intriguing about the Smart PC Pro has to be the versatility. It has all the practical uses of a tablet but with complete Windows functionality. It is easy to travel with, quick to take into meetings, or fun to play games while at home.

 

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Microsoft Surface RT coming soon to Future Shop

by Blogger on ‎12-14-2012 11:06 AM - last edited on ‎12-21-2012 04:32 PM by Retired Administrator

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Earlier this year we reported on the big splash Microsoft was making with the announcement of their new line of Surface tablets. Way back in June, half a year ago, we got our first glimpse at this new hardware and it certainly made an impression with many gadget lovers. You don’t often see an announcement get that much attention, but since then there wasn’t much information revealed. Today we can finally announce that the Surface RT tablets will be available at Future Shop retailers and online very soon.

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The Gift of Healthy Air: Sharp's Incredible Ion Air Purification Technology

by Blogger on ‎12-13-2012 08:30 PM - last edited on ‎12-14-2012 10:20 AM by Retired Administrator

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As the colder months settle in, winter drives many of us indoors – to enjoy warm and cozy nights on the couch, enjoying a favourite movie while the snow falls outside. Unfortunately, the air inside your home is packed with dander, pollen, dust, and more – making the coming months a tough time for anyone with respiratory sensitivities. That’s why Sharp’s air purifiers are such a great gift option this holiday season.

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Boxing Day Deals - Here is your Sneak Peek

by Retired Administrator ‎12-13-2012 10:33 AM - edited ‎12-21-2012 05:14 PM

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With just a few days to go, we wanted to give you a preview of our Boxing Day Deals! And here they are:

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Google Maps main.jpgA lot of people were waiting for this, and it has finally arrived. Google just released a new standalone Maps app for the iPhone and iPod Touch (but not the iPad — yet) that was “designed from the ground up” to make it even better than it was before. After taking this for a spin myself, it’s pretty clear that this is a definite improvement over the one that graced the iPhone for all these years.

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Wii U 101: Transferring Your Mii and Wii Data

by Blogger ‎12-12-2012 02:19 PM - edited ‎12-12-2012 02:19 PM

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Are you an owner of a Nintendo Wii U and still trying to figure out how to make the most of your new console?  Well, you're in the right place!  For the past month I've been posting a series of informational Wii U articles, aptly named Wii U 101, that are meant to help you enjoy your console to the fullest.  

 

This time around I'll be talking about transferring your data from the 3DS and Wii to the Wii U, because who doesn't want to carry over their digital personas, downloadable games/software, unused Wii Points and save data? Luckily, it's completely possible and, while a little on the tedious side (particularly when transferring Wii data) it wasn't terribly jarring.  Below is a step-by-step look at what you need to do!  

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Review: Gravity Rush

by Blogger on ‎12-11-2012 11:15 PM - last edited on ‎12-12-2012 12:18 PM by Retired Administrator

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Over the last ten months, the PS Vita has been slowly gathering a quality line-up of software titles, and with recent hit games such as LittleBigPlanet and Sound Shapes it might be easy to forget some of the great games that released earlier in the year.  One of my absolute favourites is Gravity Rush, and if you’re a new PS Vita owner, or surprising a loved one with a PS Vita this holiday season, I definitely encourage you take a look at this exceptional title.

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Sharp's Holiday Line-Up

by Blogger on ‎12-11-2012 10:19 PM - last edited on ‎01-23-2013 10:47 AM by JorgeM Recognized Expert

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Sharp’s current top-of-the-line devices offer some of the biggest, brightest, and most impressive performance on the market. Here’s a few of their finest home theatre components – each would prove ideal for a home theatre enthusiast who absolutely insists on owning the very best.

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Preview: Hands-on with BlackBerry 10

by Blogger ‎12-11-2012 09:42 PM - edited ‎12-11-2012 09:43 PM

BlackBerry 10 main screen.jpgEver since RIM announced January 30, 2013 as the launch date for BlackBerry 10, there has been some guarded optimism about the company’s chances of catching up to the likes of Apple and Google. We’re still about 50 days away from the big unveiling, but earlier today, I got to play with BlackBerry 10 a little bit and see what the new-look OS feels like and some of what you can expect.

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Make Old Fashion Cheese Bread with the T-Fal Pleasure Set

by Blogger on ‎12-11-2012 06:08 PM - last edited on ‎12-12-2012 12:33 PM by Retired Administrator

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This holiday season is the time to update your cookware and start preparing meals like a chef. So, add this on Santa’s list: T-Fal Pleasure set. If your new year’s resolution is to start cooking more at home, the T-Fal is the best gift to give yourself. Once you get the T-Fal set, make some cheese bread, the old fashion way.  

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Overview: Sony PlayStation 3 Pulse Wireless Headset

by Blogger ‎12-11-2012 04:46 PM - edited ‎12-11-2012 04:46 PM

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Sony's first attempt at a wireless PlayStation 3 headset was a great value for an entry-level audio device, however its flimsy design and low audio performance meant it was limited in its appeal.  This year Sony is back with a successor headset, the Sony PlayStation 3 Pulse Wireless Headset, which improves upon everything that was good with the original, while also eliminating most of the bad.  This is a quality headset clearly intended for hardcore gamers, and that's evident from the moment you peek inside the box.

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Continuing on our journey to understanding the often mysterious world of advanced home networking, lets take a look at QoS. Last time we checked out Port Forwarding; what is is and how it can help you.  It was something that, even if you didn’t know what it was, had likely heard about when trying to troubleshoot your networking issues. QoS is even more obscure though. Chances are you’ve never even heard about it and have no idea what it means. Thats such a shame. Its something that you’ll wonder how you ever did without it once you know how to take advantage of it.

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Samsung Speaker Docks Pack a Mighty Punch

by Blogger on ‎12-10-2012 08:51 PM - last edited on ‎12-28-2012 04:53 PM by Retired Administrator

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Elegantly styled and reasonably priced, these two Samsung speaker docks promise consumers a punchy combination of power and affordability – but are they good enough to justify purchasing this holiday season? Let’s take a closer look and find out.

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HOLIDAY GIFT LIST: For the Wine Connoisseur (or Enthusiast)

by Blogger on ‎12-10-2012 12:35 PM - last edited on ‎11-08-2013 03:05 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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This holiday gift list is for that special person who enjoys tasting new wines whether they are the wine connoisseur-type who can describe the scents in just one swirl and sniff. Or the friend who thinks they are a wine expert but is really a snob. It’s the season to splurge on wine and all its fun toys to make vino more flavourful. 

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Review: Scribblenauts Unlimited

by Blogger ‎12-10-2012 12:14 PM - edited ‎12-10-2012 12:14 PM

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One thing I've always admired about the Scribblenauts series is its unique take on puzzle-solving.  First released in 2009, the idea was novel and unlike almost anything we experienced before in games.  Now in its third iteration, Scribblenauts Unlimited offers more of what you loved.

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Blu-Ray Review: The Dark Knight Rises

by Blogger on ‎12-10-2012 10:12 AM - last edited on ‎12-11-2012 03:46 PM by Retired Administrator

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“Oh, so you think darkness is your ally? But you merely adopted the dark. I was born in it, molded by it. I didn’t see the light until I was already a man, by then to me it was only blinding. The shadows betray you because they belong to me.”  --- Bane

 

Director Christopher Nolan's (Inception,The Prestige) epic conclusion to his Dark Knight  trilogy was certainly one of the cinematic events of the year. Stacked high with a long list of notable actors, a gigantic budget and an IMAX-sized productionThe Dark Knight Rises has the unenviable task of wrapping up the series while aiming to be the best movie of 2012.

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Get to know shutter speed.

by Blogger on ‎12-10-2012 09:13 AM

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Shutter speed, ISO and aperture. They're all important parts of photography - and they're not that hard to learn, understand and use. Get to know them and you can make some amazing photographs (instead of letting your camera do all the thinking for you).

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Review: HTC One X+

by Blogger ‎12-09-2012 11:44 AM - edited ‎12-09-2012 11:46 AM

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Whether it’s the name or the look and design of the HTC One X+, you initially get the impression that this is just like the One X that came out in the spring, albeit with some minor differences. It might be a stretch to call this a totally new phone, but there are enough tweaks and upgrades to improve on what was already one of the best smartphones of the year.

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