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The best tablets, as rated by you, the consumers

by Blogger on ‎12-09-2014 11:50 PM - last edited on ‎12-15-2014 08:45 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Sometimes, a good recommendation can be a great starting point or the final confirmation when making the decision to buy a device like a tablet. Of course, not every tablet works for every user, and not every user wants every tablet that’s available, so it doesn’t hurt to filter through the options. This group of tablets are the ones that stand out based on feedback from you, the readers and consumers.

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Review: Hipstreet Phoenix Android tablet

by Blogger on ‎12-06-2014 03:07 PM - last edited on ‎12-11-2014 11:03 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Lately I’ve been spending some time with the Hipstreet Phoenix tablet. I’ve used a lot of different tablets over the years, from the ubiquitous iPad, to the genre defying Surface. I love how much variety there is in tablets these days, and its great that more manufacturers are getting in on the scene too. While Hipstreet is by no means new to the tablet game, I had never tried out any of Hipstreet’s devices before so I was particularly curious how this tablet would stack up the other tablets out there. I have no existing expectations from the brand so this was like a blind taste test. I usually keep quite up to date on the news for all the latest gadgets but I had no idea what to expect this time.

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Review: Belkin WeMo LED Starter Set

by Blogger on ‎12-04-2014 11:45 AM - last edited on ‎12-05-2014 08:03 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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The light bulb has long been considered one of the most important inventions of the modern age, and they have become smart devices today, connected to the home network and accessible even half a world away. Belkin’s WeMo isn’t as much a product as it is an ecosystem of multiple bulbs and other devices that can be controlled using your iOS or Android mobile device. The Starter Set implies that this could be your entry point into using WeMo, and its simple enough to do exactly that.

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The best tablets of 2014

by Blogger on ‎11-27-2014 11:34 AM - last edited on ‎11-28-2014 10:09 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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It’s almost hard to believe that the tablet market, at least as we know it today, is little more than four years old. From the original iPad launch in 2010 to the spate of differing models available now, the category’s evolution has made choosing between them both easy and difficult at the same time. This year has seen some solid options come to market, and here are the best of the bunch.

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Review: Nexus 9 tablet a solid mix of hardware, software

by Blogger on ‎11-12-2014 06:39 PM - last edited on ‎11-19-2014 10:09 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Nexus devices are, by and large, collaborations of Google’s latest version of Android, and the hardware design of a leading manufacturer, which is HTC in the case of the Nexus 9. The debut of Android 5.0 Lollipop on a device that is good enough to compete with the elite of the tablet category makes for one of the most intriguing Android devices to launch this year. Its performance and user experience only serve to justify the attention its received so far.

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Review: Sony Xperia Z3

by Blogger on ‎11-11-2014 06:37 PM - last edited on ‎11-12-2014 01:32 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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It’s arguable that Sony doesn’t get the credit it deserves for crafting solid, durable phones that tend to also look better than what some competitors are coming out with. The Xperia Z3 continues the trend of looking good in a way that doesn’t shake things up, but does manage to trim the edges just enough to make it a wieldier handset. Outside of that, there isn’t a great deal that’s different compared to its predecessor, making this a more iterative update to the company’s flagship.

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Tablet gift solutions for the right person

by Blogger on ‎10-31-2014 11:41 PM - last edited on ‎12-18-2014 04:56 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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You want to buy a tablet for someone you love and respect, but might be unsure which model fits best with whom you’re buying for. In some cases, it can be easy to decide, whereas it might not be in others, particularly if the person you have in mind has never owned one before. Options abound, and it’s not just about the products themselves, but what experience or solution they can provide.

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Review: Samsung Galaxy Alpha

by Blogger on ‎10-28-2014 03:53 PM

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What is obvious about the design of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha is the metal in the body. Brushed aluminum sides fuse the textured back panel with the 4.7-inch screen on the front. It’s light, refined and looks good, even if overall performance can’t quite compete with Samsung’s two main flagships — the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4. This doesn’t make it entirely a case of style over substance, but it does make the device appealing just the same if you can accept the trade-offs.

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Review: MyGica ATV 1200 is Android TV in a box

by Blogger on ‎10-20-2014 10:23 AM - last edited on ‎10-20-2014 12:08 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Android is a mobile operating system that takes on several different forms. On a TV, there isn’t any one defining standard, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t existing ways to use it. The MyGica ATV 1200 is a set top box running on Android 4.1 and 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with a unique interface and launcher, plus access to Google Play, XBMC and Web browsers with Flash support. Coupled with other media player support, this box should be up for consideration in your home theatre setup.

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Ten Tablet Price Categories & what you can get in each!

by Blogger on ‎10-20-2014 02:31 AM - last edited on ‎12-18-2014 04:57 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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This blog is all about Future Shop's huge selection of tablets and how there is something for every personality and something for every budget. If you were thinking of picking up a new tablet to help pass those long winter days, there's bound to be one that meets your needs and your price point at Future Shop. Simply click on through, scroll to your ideal price range, check out the item I've personally selected in that category, then click on the link to view Future Shop's full selection of products in your chosen price range. From there you can select the tablet that most appeals to your individual tastes and requirements. It's that easy! Just click on through ...

 
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Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 4

by Blogger on ‎10-19-2014 01:04 PM - last edited on ‎10-22-2014 10:33 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Samsung makes several different smartphones, but if there’s one that stands out above the others for the company, it’s probably the Galaxy Note 4. The latest in the line that arguably kicked off the “phablet” era, the Note 4 isn’t a huge leap forward from the previous model, yet it still benefits from some of the tinkering Samsung has done with it. The company would like the S Pen stylus to stand out more, and it might with its improved performance here, but the real gem is the big sharp 5.7-inch display.

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Stream hockey to your devices with Rogers NHL GameCenter Live

by Blogger on ‎10-09-2014 08:21 AM - last edited on ‎10-14-2014 11:54 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Whether you’re a previous NHL GameCenter subscriber or not, you will notice that the service has gone through a makeover. Not only does it have a new look and feel, but in Canada, it’s also branded by Rogers as part of the 12-year, $5.2 billion deal it signed with the NHL. That means there are changes in how games are delivered to you, and here’s how it all works.

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HTC unveils RE camera, upgrades coming to camera apps

by Blogger on ‎10-08-2014 04:55 PM - last edited on ‎10-14-2014 11:56 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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At its ‘Double Exposure’ event today in New York, HTC unveiled a new handheld pocket video camera called the RE, and announced coming updates and upgrades to the camera software for its phones. The focus of these announcements is on what HTC calls “redefining mobile imaging”, and for the first time, it is opening things up to both third-party developers and even iOS devices.

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Review: Spotify now streaming in Canada

by Blogger on ‎09-30-2014 11:12 PM - last edited on ‎10-01-2014 08:30 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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If you’re not familiar with Spotify, you’re probably already familiar with the type of service it offers. One of the most popular music streaming platforms in the world has finally come to Canada, five years after the company originally said it was considering doing so. There is no shortage of competitors, so what is it about Spotify that has made it so sought after? I streamed tunes from it for over a month to find out.

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Review: Moto 360 among the smartest smart watch out there

by Blogger on ‎09-26-2014 12:11 PM - last edited on ‎11-20-2014 01:49 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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It was thought that the smartphone made wearing a watch almost obsolete, and yet, it may be the smartphone that changes what a watch ultimately is. While it’s still the early days of smartwatch development, they are still intriguing wearable devices that should uniquely meld fashion and function together. The jury’s still out on where the fashion side of things will end up, but as far as function goes, Motorola has crafted a solid entry with their Moto 360, perhaps the best Android smartwatch available right now.

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