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How To Get Siri On An iPhone 4

by Blogger on ‎03-17-2012 06:14 PM - last edited on ‎03-21-2012 03:07 PM by Administrator

apple-siri.jpgWhen iPhone 4S was launched, Siri was hailed as the killer app for the phone.  Yes, she's still in beta and there are kinks to work out.  It will still be a few years for us to get the handle of pressing a button and asking for "Tea. Earl Grey. Hot." instead of just making it ourselves.


Still, if you're a little jealous of your friends with iPhone 4S who can talk to Siri and ask a number of things, there are ways to get "Siri-ish" on your iPhone 4.


Wireless Beats by Dr. Dre headphones

by Blogger on ‎03-16-2012 06:22 PM - last edited on ‎12-03-2014 09:08 AM by Blog Editor in Chief




It's no surprise to see the Beats Solo Wireless by Dr. Dre headphones in Canada this week at Future Shop. You may have noticed in the Twittersphere I excitedly grabbed a pair of them to give them a try.






You’d better start working your clicking finger out, and making sure your mouse is up to the task of handling it – Blizzard has finally announced the official release date for their long-awaited magnificent octopus* action-RPG, Diablo III.  It will be in your sweaty hands on May 15th for PC and Mac, and you can pre-order your copy now at Future Shop.


(*somewhat obscure Blackadder TV-show reference)


It seems like Diablo III has been in beta for ages, and while the folks at Blizzard are known to be perfectionists, usually when a game goes into beta the release date isn’t that far off.  So when the beta started on September 20th 2011, it was assumed that the game would be out soon, perhaps even by Christmas.  How wrong everybody was.



The iPad Storage Crunch - 16GB Is Just Not Enough Anymore

by Blogger on ‎03-16-2012 05:58 AM - last edited on ‎03-16-2012 07:17 AM by Retired Moderator



The new iPad is out today and while you may see the numbers and think that an iPad 2 is "only $419" or a new iPad is "only $519", you need to know that's for the 16GB model.  You will not want a 16GB model.


The new iPad has 1 million more pixels in the retina display than HDTV.  That kind of display is going to chew up memory, and you're going to have to pay for it.


Xbox 360 4GB Kinect Family Bundle Now Available

by Blogger on ‎03-15-2012 10:00 PM - last edited on ‎03-23-2012 03:22 PM by Moderator

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If you're in the market for an Xbox 360 console, you may want to check out the brand new Special Edition 4GB Kinect Family Bundle.


New Sonos Controller apps out next week

by Blogger on ‎03-15-2012 09:34 PM - last edited on ‎08-29-2012 04:59 PM by Administrator



If you’re at all interested in home audio streaming then you’ll want to check out what Sonos has up its sleeve. Next week you’ll be able to download the next version of the Sonos Controller software for both OSX and Windows.


Kid Icarus: Uprising News Revealed Exclusively Via Twitter

by Blogger on ‎03-15-2012 07:57 PM - last edited on ‎05-01-2012 10:29 PM by Retired Moderator



With less than ten days until the release of Kid Icarus: Uprising, the excitement is mounting for fans eager to get their hands on the first Kid Icarus game in twenty-one years.  Twenty-one!


To help celebrate this momentous occasion, for the first time ever Nintendo has turned to Twitter to release new game details directly from acclaimed game designer Masahiro Sakurai.


Sony's Music Unlimited Service Now Live in Canada

by Blogger on ‎03-15-2012 07:04 PM - last edited on ‎03-23-2012 03:26 PM by Moderator



Earlier today, Sony Entertainment Network announced the debut of Music Unlimited, cloud-based digital music service, to Canada.  What's really cool about this service is the millions upon millions of songs you can download on several different devices like the PS3, PCs, Android handsets, Sony BRAVIA HDTVs and Blu-Ray players. With this, you can create your favourite playlist for the mood and never have to worry about long download sessions or song skipping.  


Party Like It's Mario Party 9

by Retired Blogger on ‎03-15-2012 02:23 PM - last edited on ‎05-01-2012 10:29 PM by Retired Moderator



Because... it is Mario Party 9! Yep, Nintendo has released Mario Party 9 on Nintendo Wii, introducing "vehicles, boss battles and 80 new minigames" to the latest in the series.


Rogers One Number Helps You Fight Roaming

by Blogger on ‎03-15-2012 01:27 PM - last edited on ‎07-22-2013 01:30 PM by Administrator

rogersone.jpgIf you travel a lot in North America, you know the roaming charges can add up when you hop back and forth across the border or out of your calling zone. 


Have a cabin out in the middle of nowhere with no cell reception?


Rogers One Number is a chance for people with Rogers plans to have one number stick with them around the continent, as long as they can get online.


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In my best Kermit the Frog voice impersonation: "Hi-ho!," to the fact Canadians can get their Muppet-crazy hands on "Disney Collectible Packaging" exclusive in North America to Future Shop of The Muppets movie next Tuesday. 


HP Envy 14 Spectre Preview: The Envy of Ultrabooks

by Exalted Expert on ‎03-15-2012 09:44 AM - last edited on ‎08-29-2012 09:11 AM by Administrator

HPEnvySpectreDirectView.jpgFor those who have used the HP Envy laptops in the past, you will know that the Envy name is synonymous with power and quality built into a well-designed package. But things have been quiet on the Envy front, or at least they were until this January. The HP Envy 14 Spectre debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January to considerable fanfare as the first scratch resistant glass laptop. And with a 14” screen size packed into a 13.3” chassis, the HP Envy Spectre has a lot to offer for those looking for a powerful and sleek ultrabook.


Review: Apple's New iPad

by Blogger on ‎03-14-2012 06:40 PM - last edited on ‎03-15-2012 11:19 AM by Administrator


If you own any Apple product you know the feeling; that feeling you get as you plunk down your hard-earned cash knowing in about one year's time a newer, shiner model will hit stores shelves and you will be faced with a dilemma. Should you upgrade to the latest model? That's the question many iPad owners are now faced with as Apple prepares to launch its latest iPad.


Tea, Earl Grey, Hot. The MakerBot Replicator personal 3D printer at CES (video)

by Retired Blogger ‎03-13-2012 07:26 PM - edited ‎04-05-2012 07:44 AM

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Earl Grey tea – It was one of Captain Picard’s favourite drinks, and he often ordered it on Star Trek: The Next Generation.  However, he didn’t order it from a person, or even make it with futuristic kettle and teapot - he ordered a computer to make it,  and it materialized out of thin air, nice and hot and perfectly steeped every time.  Not only could the replicator make food, it could also make small objects.  In the economy of the future, who needs money when you can make anything you want at your command?  Of the many futuristic technologies showcased on Star Trek: TNG, the replicator, along with the transporter with which it shared its technology, was probably the most far-fetched of the show.  Little did I know when I was watching TNG in 1989 that the very same technology would actually exist in my lifetime, albeit in a much less sophisticated form.


MakerBot Industries has been one of the pioneers of the 3D-printing revolution.  While the technology has been around since the early 1980s, before MakerBot came along, it was still just the domain of large, expensive machines for industrial use.  While MakerBot’s printers aren’t exactly cheap compared to your run-of-the-mill inkjet, they are certainly within the price-point that a small business, artist, or hobbyist can afford.


Griffin Announces New iPad Case Collection

by Blogger on ‎03-13-2012 06:10 PM - last edited on ‎05-01-2012 06:43 AM by Retired Moderator



With so many iPad cases available nowadays, it's easy to see why so many people have trouble deciding which one to purchase.  Griffin Technology, creators of accessories for home, mobile and personal technology, announced earlier today their latest collection of iPad cases.  Whether your looking for a military-duty case or something more minimalist, Griffin's latest collection seems to have something for everyone.  Since they're each pretty different from one another and offer several unique features, finding the right iPad case might have just gotten a little simpler. 


Get an Assassin's Creed III Limited Edition Steelbook with Future Shop Pre-orders

by Blogger on ‎03-13-2012 02:30 PM - last edited on ‎05-03-2012 02:57 PM by Moderator



Thanks to Mathew's write-up on the recently announced Assassin's Creed III, we know some of the backstory behind the game, and that Future Shop is currently accepting pre-orders for the game.  What you may not know is that if you pre-order Assassin's Creed III from Future Shop you'll receive a Limited Edition Steelbook case featuring artwork created by award-winning comic book artist Alex Ross.


Crush3D Is Out Now

by Blogger on ‎03-12-2012 12:13 AM - last edited on ‎04-26-2012 07:35 PM by Retired Moderator



SEGA's sleeper-hit PSP game Crush is back, and after taking a five year hiatus is finally on the system it was meant to be on, the Nintendo 3DS. 


Apple will shut down for good on July 31

by Blogger on ‎03-11-2012 11:59 PM - last edited on ‎05-01-2012 03:56 PM by Moderator beta.jpg



These days, it’s not often that you see Apple try something and fail before truly getting off the ground, but it’s going to happen with, now that it will go officially go under in July. But it’s not so much a failure as it is an example of how one of Apple’s products cannibalized another.


Review: NeverDead

by Blogger on ‎03-11-2012 10:40 PM - last edited on ‎05-03-2012 02:58 PM by Moderator



Bryce Boltzmann is his own worst enemy.  The immortal demon hunter hero in Konami's NeverDead possesses the unique ability to dismember himself and use his appendages as weapons or to solve puzzles as he progresses towards his goal of ridding the world of Astaroth, the King of Demons. This same ability is Bryce's greatest weakness, as the legion of demons that he encounters unavoidably lob off limbs, turning every battle into a frustrating dash to reassemble yourself.  While the interesting dismemberment play mechanic had so much potential, it ends up making NeverDead feel like a never-ending, pus-filled fetch quest.


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