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Displaying articles for: 09-23-2012 - 09-29-2012

The need for Speed: why you should upgrade to UHS SD Cards.

by Blogger ‎09-29-2012 04:31 PM - edited ‎09-29-2012 04:32 PM

SDXCLOGO1.pngMemory cards are the often-overlooked key component of your camera that can make or break your shot or your video. It’s the part of the camera you’re most likely to add as an afterthought, grabbing the cheapest thing on the shelf. We’ve come a long way, getting into bigger cards, but it’s easy to forget that speed and quality come at a price. 

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Blu-ray Review: Snow White and the Huntsman

by Blogger ‎09-29-2012 03:03 PM - edited ‎10-01-2012 09:59 AM

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With fairytale film adaptations all the rage, it's no wonder Snow White was the next in line for a blockbuster makeover.  In his directorial debut, Rupert Sanders takes the helm of this tale and makes it darker, prettier and more action-packed than ever before. 

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Now that’s deep: Lytro’s revolutionary camera is coming to Future Shop.

by Blogger on ‎09-29-2012 12:36 PM - last edited on ‎10-11-2012 02:38 PM by Administrator

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Beautiful photography is all about perspective; it’s about how you, the photographer, can present what you’re seeing to someone in another time and another place. That unique moment, captured on film or as data, is what we share.

 

Great photographs aren’t recreations of what we see, because we can take in the whole scene after the fact. That means you can focus on a subject and still have a gorgeous background in the shot (like in a portrait), or you can pull everything into focus (like in a landscape shot)–that’s what we do when we manipulate depth of field, and it’s getting easier to do all the time. Great technology is helping to make better photographers out of all of us.

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One of the cool things about how ubiquitous Android is comes in how it integrates with other devices. Not everyone who has a Mac has an iPhone or iPad, and for those who prefer to have an Android mobile device, the File Transfer software is a simple way to manage the video, music and photos you copy over.

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Google 25 cents apps.jpgGoogle Play now has 675,000 apps for you to shop through, and the company wants to celebrate after they hit the 25 billion download mark. Since Wednesday, a selection of apps have been on sale for just $0.25 and new ones are being unveiled each day until the promotion ends on Sunday.

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Review: Microsoft Wedge Touch Mouse

by Blogger on ‎09-28-2012 08:24 PM

 

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We’ve already taken a look at the new Microsoft Wedge Mobile bluetooth keyboard. Now its time to take a look at its sibling, the Microsoft Wedge Touch bluetooth mouse. Its microsoft’s new ultra-compact travel mouse for those on the go. It works with pretty well any device you’ve got that will support a bluetooth mouse. Touchscreens are gaining in popularity and so many of the devices coming out soon will have them, but for a lot of applications many users will still prefer their traditional mouse controls. This could be just what those users are looking for.

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As though there wasn't already enough talk about the upcoming stealth-action game, Dishonored, Bethesda has just released yet another in-depth look into the game.  Unlike past sneak peeks, The Tales from Dunwall offers a truly imaginative look at the game and is filled with subtle hints at this increasingly cryptic city.  

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Create a 'Fall Home' in Time for Thanksgiving!

by Blogger on ‎09-28-2012 04:44 PM - last edited on ‎10-18-2012 12:03 PM by Administrator

With Thanksgiving just a couple of weeks away, it's the perfect time to transition your home from Summer to Fall by adding some cozy harvest decor to your home.  Here are three easy tips for decorating your home for the Fall / Harvest Season.

 

 

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Tip #1: Create a Fall- or Harvest-Inspired 'Vignette'

 

In Fall, the days get cooler and shorter, and we begin to spend more time in our homes. Fall 'nesting' is all about adding warmth and comfort

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LG Optimus G quad-core Android smartphone hands-on video

by Retired Blogger ‎09-28-2012 02:07 PM - edited ‎10-02-2012 02:46 PM

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Late last year I spent some time with LG’s flagship Optimus LTE Android Smartphone. While there was a lot to like (it was one of the first phones to ship with an HD IPS screen), it did suffer from some shortcomings, most notably is that it shipped with the older, and slower, Gingerbread OS (Android 2.3). Fast-forward to almost a year later, and LG just announced their new flagship Android phone, the QUAD-CORE Optimus G.

 

Yes, you read that right; the LG Optimus G sports a quad-core processor, and will be one of the only phones available in Canada with such a powerful CPU (and probably the only one running the new Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU) come its "early November" launch date. After spending some quality time with it yesterday, I can definitely say that it is a huge step up from last year’s top model. It could even be a contender for the best Android phone on the Canadian market when it launches on Bell, Rogers and Telus. This time around, it seems that LG has gotten the mix of ingredients just right – it has a beautiful 4.7” HD-IPS+ screen , fast quad-core processor, a big 2100 mAh battery, and runs the fast, smooth, Ice Cream Sandwich OS (Android 4.0).

 

Check out some pictures after the jump, along with a hands-on video where I speak at-length about the Optimus G with the always personable Frank Lee of LG Canada.

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Bad Piggies

by Blogger on ‎09-28-2012 12:11 PM

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Chances are that you’ve already seen Rovio’s work. They’re famous for the amazingly popular game, Angry Birds. I’ve seen that game running on phones, tablets, PCs, TVs, game consoles etc. There are Angry birds toys, candies, clothes, you name it! There is no denying the popularity of the those birds, but what about the poor piggies? Well Rovio is back with their newest game, Bad Piggies, for iOS, Android, Mac, and PC. 

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Review: Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard

by Blogger on ‎09-28-2012 11:42 AM

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If you’re looking for a bluetooth keyboard, there is another contender on the scene. Microsoft’s Wedge Mobile keyboard offers some interesting, refined design and quality construction without neglecting portability and usability. If you own a tablet you should definitely be paying attention now.

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Review: NHL 13

by Blogger ‎09-27-2012 08:52 PM - edited ‎09-27-2012 08:52 PM

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Let me be frank, I've never been one for sports games.  That said, I'm not much of a sports fan either so, as you can very well imagine, a game like NHL 13 was something very much out of my comfort zone.  I was always in tune with the series and dabbled in a few casual games here and there, but I was never as driven by it as some people I know. That made this experience a little on the interesting side for me, the casual player.  And let's face it, there are lots of us out there: people who pick up and play without getting a full feel of the game. Considering all the iterations made in NHL 13 this could potentially be the best place to start, even if there are a few frustrations along the way.  

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Autumn is a Great Time to Grab a New Television

by Blogger on ‎09-26-2012 05:11 PM - last edited on ‎09-28-2012 11:35 AM by Administrator

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As summer fades into autumn, we start to find ourselves spending more and more time indoors. This trend will increase throughout the winter months, as the weather grows increasingly inhospitable. Perhaps you should take a moment to reconsider your current television, since the two of you are about to be enjoying a lot more time together. Is it HD? Does it have Wi-Fi? Here's a few suggestions that just may help you find a new television for those chilly winter nights.

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RIM sheds some more light on BlackBerry 10

by Blogger on ‎09-26-2012 12:56 PM

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If yesterday couldn’t be considered a ‘good’ day for RIM, it was certainly a hopeful one. To an audience made up of mostly developers and some tech media, RIM CEO Thorsten Heins and co. lifted the curtain (almost literally) on some of the features you can expect to see when BlackBerry 10 finally comes to life sometime soon after the New Year. Needless to say, what was shown bears virtually no resemblance to anything the company has done before.

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Sneak Preview: The Logitech Harmony Touch

by Blogger on ‎09-25-2012 04:23 PM - last edited on ‎10-03-2012 09:45 AM by Administrator

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Most consumers want to consolidate their many controllers into one device, and the Logitech Harmony Touch certainly tries hard to succeed at that goal... but is it good enough to become a permanent addition to your home theatre system? Let’s take a detailed look at the process of setting up this device, and see once and for all if it can handle all of the components you already own.

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Kicking off today - FIFA Soccer 13

by Blogger ‎09-25-2012 08:02 AM - edited ‎09-25-2012 08:10 AM

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Today is a big day for all the soccer game lovers out there. FIFA Soccer 13 is now finally available. The demo, released on the eleventh of September, was downloaded a record 1.99 million times in it’s first three days so you can be sure that the release of the full game is going to be pretty popular.

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How to enjoy music therapy with Marantz

by Blogger on ‎09-24-2012 06:48 PM

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The big news in premium home audio is that Marantz is becoming available through Future Shop. Their stuff is pretty high end, focusing on quality and top tier performance. Not everyone has learned to appreciate the difference premium quality can make so lets take at an example of how the sort of products Marantz offers can make a difference for you via music therapy.

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Pokémon Meet-ups Coming to a City Near You!

by Blogger ‎09-24-2012 09:00 AM - edited ‎09-24-2012 09:00 AM

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In celebration of the upcoming release of Pokémon Black and White Version 2, Nintendo will be hosting several Pokémon Meet-ups across Canada. If you're a fan of the series and want to meet, battle and trade with other Pokémon enthusiasts this might be worth checking out! 


The meet-ups will be happening Saturday, September 29 from 12 - 4pm. If you plan to make it, don't forget to bring a few of your favourite Pokémon games. Just look for a Nintendo ambassador wearing a Pokémon t-shirt and you're good to go! 

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My Top 3 Audio and Video Apps, such as Ricky Gervais' Just Sayin'

by Blogger ‎09-24-2012 08:48 AM - edited ‎09-24-2012 08:56 AM

JustSayin.pngIf you're bored with 140 characters on Twitter, why not give audio and video a try?  Here are three hot apps for sharing audio and video with your social networks, including a new digital download from funnyman Ricky Gervais. 

 

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PlayStation Plus Coming To PS Vita In November

by Blogger ‎09-23-2012 11:52 PM - edited ‎09-23-2012 11:54 PM

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Sony Computer Entertainment is bringing their PlayStation Plus premium membership service to PS Vita in November 2012, the company announced during the Tokyo Game Show.  The service, which debuted on PlayStation 3 over two years ago, offers members an array of benefits including free games, game discounts, and a cloud-based game save feature.

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Home Theatre Bundle Bonanza

by Blogger on ‎09-23-2012 10:50 PM - last edited on ‎12-12-2012 11:04 AM by Retired Administrator

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If it's time to boost the output of your home theatre system, consider one of these three component bundles. They can lend some extra oomf to your existing setup, add 3D playback to your next movie night, and fill your home with the thunderous soundtrack of your favorite DVDs and Blu-rays. Selected to represent a wide variety of tastes and budgets, these home theatre bundles offer an outstanding opportunity to take your media centre to the next level.

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Sony Reveals New Smaller and Lighter PlayStation 3

by Blogger ‎09-23-2012 12:51 PM - edited ‎09-23-2012 12:58 PM

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Announced during the Tokyo Game Show, Sony is releasing a new smaller, lighter PlayStation 3 model just in time for the holiday season, sporting an upgraded 500GB or 250GB hard disk drive, an increase over the current 360GB and 160GB models on the market.

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10 Reasons to Buy Pokémon Black Version 2 and White Version 2

by Blogger ‎09-23-2012 09:53 AM - edited ‎09-23-2012 09:58 AM

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With Pokémon Black Version 2 and White Version 2 only a few weeks away, I'm sure there are many of you counting down the days for this new release.  At the same time I can see how there may be some of you a little reluctant to make the purchase -- with this being developer Game Freaks' first sequel in the longtime series, what changes could there possibly be in the Unova region?  Actually, there's plenty!  Aside from the whole new story, there's lots to look forward to.  

 

Earlier this week, I offered you a teaser of what's to come, but today I want to offer you with something more substantial. To pump you up for the new release, below is a list of all the big new changes any Pokémon enthusiast needs to check out!

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