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Spam text messages: Are you getting them?

by Blogger on ‎08-25-2012 04:41 PM

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I consider myself fortunate for a number of things in my life, but I also know I’m not that lucky all the time, either. And yet, in just the last two weeks, I’ve received no less than four text messages on two different smartphones telling me that I’ve won an iPhone with a link to the glorious prize. Spam has traditionally been a staple of unwanted email, but it seems text messages are catching up.

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What’s the Top Gift for Brides-To-Be?

by Blogger on ‎08-25-2012 11:11 AM

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As the summer comes to an end, so does the high wedding season. Then again, fall weddings can be just as popular.  Even though, you are excited to witness your best friend or family member’s special day, the stressful part is finding that perfect gift. What's the top gift for brides-to-be on their registry list? 

 

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One-on-one with the NBA's Tristan Thompson at the Yonge-Dundas Square Future Shop

by Blogger ‎08-25-2012 05:04 AM - edited ‎08-25-2012 05:11 AM

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Thanks to the amazing people at Hewlett Packard and the National Basketball Association, Future Shop had the honour of hosting both Tristan Thompson of the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy at the downtown Toronto store recently. 

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3D TV Round Up

by Blogger on ‎08-24-2012 03:28 PM - last edited on ‎01-23-2013 10:57 AM by JorgeM Recognized Expert

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As 3D televisions become more and more affordable, many of us are seriously considering how to best incorporate this amazing technology into our existing home theatre setup. Below, you’ll find a collection of several different 3D TVs – representing the high end, the low end, and everything in between. Whether you prefer Active or Passive technology, we’ll take a look at exactly what these TVs have to offer.

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Review: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

by Blogger on ‎08-24-2012 10:44 AM

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Counter-Strike has been hugely popular for many years now but it's been some time since we’ve seen any major updates to the franchise. A decade ago Counter-Strike was the hottest thing in multiplayer action. Players became obsessed as the game (or rather, the mod) made a big impact on the gaming scene still being felt today. In the time since we’ve seen a lot of other multiplayer military shooters come and go yet Counter-Strike remains a classic. Valve has finally updated the franchise with Global Offense, overhauling what started out as a humble Half-Life mod.

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Watch the Entire World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Opening Cinematic

by Blogger ‎08-24-2012 10:18 AM - edited ‎08-24-2012 10:21 AM

 

We are drawing ever so close to the September 25 release date for World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, so close in fact that developer Blizzard Entertainment feels it's time to reveal the full opening cinematic for what's sure to be another blockbuster expansion pack.

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Review: Sony Xperia Ion

by Blogger on ‎08-23-2012 02:09 PM

Sony Xperia Ion main.jpgSony’s Xperia Ion is a smartphone that almost never hit the Canadian market. When I first saw it at CES in Las Vegas in January, Sony executives didn’t seem too confident that it would ultimately be available here, and yet, seven months later, it’s here. And it’s quickly become Sony’s flagship phone, too. So, with that said, how well does the phone do against the best?

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Available Now: Transformers: Fall of Cybertron

by Blogger ‎08-23-2012 12:01 PM - edited ‎08-23-2012 12:01 PM

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The wait is finally over, this week marks the release of the sequel to one of the best Transformers games ever.  That's right, Transformers: Fall of Cybertron is available now, and already the game is receiving widespread praise among critics.  That begs the question, is this the best Transformers game ever?

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Stay Cool During the (Remaining) Summer Months by Making Ice Cream!

by Blogger on ‎08-23-2012 11:34 AM - last edited on ‎08-23-2012 01:11 PM by Administrator

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Even though summer is almost over (yikes), you can always enjoy ice cream all year round. Especially, when you get creative on ice cream flavors or make healthier options to support your dietary restrictions. Discover how to make your own ice cream, sorbet, and even frozen yogurt.  

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Rdio logo.jpgRdio already has 15 million tracks in its catalog of streaming music, and a new deal announced earlier this week just raised that to 18 million. The numbers are only part of the story, since the bulk of the new content comes from one of the biggest repositories of independent music.

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Making Old Formats New Again: Organizing your Media Library

by Blogger ‎08-22-2012 02:26 PM - edited ‎08-22-2012 02:39 PM

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We currently find ourselves in the middle of an age of transition. Gone are the dominant, universal formats which once ruled the entertainment landscape. The unquestioned reign of the compact disc began in the mid-eighties, fell from favour in the late nineties, and is now just another face in a line-up of usual suspects. Today, we’ll be looking at solutions to eliminate the confusion and chaos that comes with maintaining a multi-format media collection.

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Review: Darksiders II

by Blogger ‎08-22-2012 02:13 PM - edited ‎08-22-2012 02:22 PM

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Back in 2010, Vigil Games was a budding company ready to release their first major game, Darksiders. Commonly regarded as The Legend of Zelda meets God of War, this action-adventure offered all the exploration and puzzles you could ever imagine, all while immersing you in its dark, dismal atmosphere. It may have lacked some originality, but it offered a satisfying blend of both game elements. The followup, Darksiders II, takes a bold new direction, incorporating plenty of new gameplay changes to the mix while offering everything you loved about its predecessor. 

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Augmented Reality Kitchen, A New Way to Learn How to Cook?

by Blogger ‎08-22-2012 12:11 PM - edited ‎08-22-2012 12:11 PM

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If you thought that celebrity cooking apps and how to videos weren’t “techie” enough, then you’ll definitely be intrigued by the concept of an augmented reality kitchen to learn how to cook.

 

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Review: Epson Expression Home XP-400 Small-in-One

by Blogger ‎08-22-2012 10:52 AM - edited ‎08-22-2012 10:52 AM

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While you gear up for heading back to school you’re probably considering printers as part of your arsenal. They’re still indispensable tools for students at all levels. If you’re heading off to university then having your own printer can come with an additional bundle of issues though; all centered around size. Ideally you want something small and compact that is easy to pack and cart to school, and something that won’t take up much space in your cramped dorm room, but of course you don’t really want to sacrifice functionality while you’re at it. That's where the XP-400 comes in. It seems like it was designed specifically for such student needs. 

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Review: HP Photosmart 7510

by Blogger on ‎08-21-2012 05:31 PM - last edited on ‎08-29-2012 08:51 AM by Administrator

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If there's one piece of computer technology that people often neglect to upgrade over the years, it's got to be their printer. If you haven’t checked out the latest in printers for a few years, models like the HP Photsmart 7510 might just surprise you enough to convince you that it's time to upgrade.

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Mark Zuckerberg Brags to his Friends about iGrill on Facebook. So, What’s iGrill?

by Blogger ‎08-21-2012 02:31 PM - edited ‎08-21-2012 02:32 PM

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Who would have known that Mark Zuckerburg likes to BBQ? However, he shares with his friends on Facebook that he likes a new BBQ tool called iGrill. So, what does it do? 

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Review: Papo & Yo

by Blogger ‎08-21-2012 07:09 AM - edited ‎08-21-2012 07:09 AM

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It's not often that you see a game wear its heart on its sleeve.  For some game developers that move is just a little too close for comfort, but you can't deny the powerful message it can potentially convey.  Minority Media doesn't seem too concerned about that, projecting an otherwise sensitive topic into their first video game, Papo & Yo.  

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Spy Hunter is back

by Blogger ‎08-20-2012 05:46 PM - edited ‎08-20-2012 05:47 PM

1343861917_sh.jpgThe classic video game Spy Hunter has been one of my favourite games since its original release thirty years ago. I used to love playing it on my Commodore 64, racing down the road, gliding over the water, and doing whatever it took to get that high score. The Peter Gunn theme song just added to the fun that much more. Finally the Spy Hunter franchise is getting a reboot thanks to Warner Brothers Interactive. This new, refreshed Spy Hunter is coming the the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita handheld game systems this October.
 
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Review: ASUS 11.6" Zenbook Ultrabook, good deal for Back to School

by Retired Blogger ‎08-20-2012 02:52 PM - edited ‎08-21-2012 12:01 AM

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Ultrabooks have been around for just over a year now, and when you are looking at Windows based thin and light notebooks today, invariably it will be some kind of Ultrabook. What are Ultrabooks? Well, an Ultrabook is simply an ultraportable notebook that uses an Intel CPU, runs Windows, and conforms to certain standards set by Intel. These standards ensure that all Ultrabooks are no more than a certain thickness and weight, have a minimum of 5 hours of battery life, and boot up in a matter of seconds.

 

When I wrote about the first generation of Ultrabooks that Future Shop carried, all the way back in September of last year, one of the models that I wrote about was the ASUS Zenbook. At that time they weren’t in stock, so I didn’t get a chance to spend some time with one personally. Since then I have managed to get some hands on time with one. Even though the UX21E model I looked at is now an older model, since it uses a 2nd generation Intel CPU, rather than the latest 3rd gen ‘Ivy Bridge’ chip, it is still an excellent choice for a new notebook for back to school. Also, there is the bonus of it being on clearance now, so you can get one for a good deal from Future Shop.

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3rd Gen Apple TV vs. The Boxee Box

by Blogger on ‎08-20-2012 01:00 PM - last edited on ‎07-22-2013 01:37 PM by Administrator

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Welcome to the arena of online media: Apple TV vs. The Boxee Box. In the battle for market dominance, two competitors have arisen to duke it out. Today, we’ll be taking a detailed look at the well-established Apple TV – with a great track record, a history of reliability, and a long-standing infrastructure of popular Apple services... it’s going to be tough to beat. It’s up against a strong competitor. Sleek, stylish, and infinitely compatible, we have the Boxee Box – an exciting media device that’s powered by an ingenious open-source programming language. May the best tech win!

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Ubisoft Reveals Just Dance 4 Full Track List

by Blogger ‎08-19-2012 04:37 PM - edited ‎08-19-2012 04:40 PM

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The Just Dance phenomenon continues this October with Just Dance 4 releasing for Nintendo Wii, Kinect for Xbox 360, and PlayStation Move. A Wii U version is also being worked on, with Ubisoft saying that version will release during the Wii U release window (expected later this year).  Ubisoft have announced that more than 40 tracks will be included on disc, ranging from chart-topping hits from Justin Bieber, Rihanna, and Flo Rida, to classic dance party songs from P!nk, Ricky Martin, and Will Smith.

 

Check out the full Just Dance 4 track list:

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Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two - Behind the Scenes Videos!

by Blogger ‎08-19-2012 03:23 PM - edited ‎08-19-2012 03:41 PM

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We're less than three months away from the much-anticipated release date of Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, a game that is shaping up to be significantly superior to its predecessor.  That's saying a lot considering the Wii-exclusive original Epic Mickey was, finicky camera issues aside, an epic experience in its own right.

 

To shed some light on the making of Epic Mickey 2, publisher Disney Interactive Studios have released a pair of videos featuring insights from industry luminary Warren Spector, the creative force behind the game.  The videos explore the rich story, written by famed comic book writer Marv Wolfman, and the cast of characters, which include the return of our hero Mickey Mouse, along with his new playable companion, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.

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Cloud Printing 101

by Blogger ‎08-19-2012 10:49 AM - edited ‎08-19-2012 10:50 AM

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While you’re gearing up for back to school, you’re probably considering printing solutions. These days printing has gotten much more convenient and flexible than it ever used to be. One of my favorite trends in home printing is adoption of Apple’s AirPrint and Google’s Cloud Print. Apple’s AirPrint lets you print from any iOS device on the same WiFi network as your printer while Google Cloud Print effectively allows you to print from any internet connected device no matter where they are. A lot of you are still unfamiliar with these so this is a good time to take a closer look.

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Review: New Super Mario Bros. 2

by Blogger ‎08-19-2012 07:48 AM - edited ‎08-19-2012 07:54 AM

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It's amazing how far Mario has come since his debut in Donkey Kong back in 1981.  Aptly named "Jumpman" Mario went on to conquer the platforming genre with utter finesse.  You'd be hard pressed to find someone not familiar with the Super Mario series, one of the most loved collection of games to date.  Since those days, Mario has been through a lot, traversing video game genres and 3D realms. In 2006, Nintendo released the New Super Mario Bros. series in a pursuit to replicate the nostalgia behind Mario and create fresh, enlightening games for newcomers.  

 
For the most part, that vision was successfully replicated and it showed in the game's sales, but it didn't quite impact hardcore fans because of its easier difficulty and level design rehashes. After a successful Wii port of the game, Nintendo has finally released a 3DS sequel, New Super Mario Bros. 2, and hopes to meet the needs of hardcore gamers with its greater sense of challenge.  However, having spent some time with the game, it doesn't seem like much has changed, and brings nothing substantially "new" to the series.  
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