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Samsung Galaxy S5 is a notable evolutionary step in the right direction

by Blogger on ‎04-09-2014 11:50 AM - last edited on ‎04-11-2014 05:21 PM by Blog Editor in Chief



When Samsung released the Galaxy Note 3 last fall, I called it the company’s true flagship smartphone because there wasn’t much else like it on the market. By that time, the Galaxy S4 had the notoriety despite being supplanted by a few other handsets. The Galaxy S5 is not a huge leap forward from its predecessor, but it is a notable evolutionary step in the right direction that ensures this phone will compete to be the best.


Review: HTC One (M8)

by Blogger on ‎04-05-2014 05:52 PM - last edited on ‎04-07-2014 11:27 AM by Blog Editor in Chief



HTC took a different approach with the One (M7) last year, a body made of aluminum on the outside, with a subtler take on the overall interface — fastened together by the UltraPixel camera and BlinkFeed. The same cues are apparent in the new One, with improvements to the design, hardware and software that make this not just an elegant handset, but one that might compete for the crown as among the best ever made.


Review: LG G Flex

by Blogger ‎03-31-2014 12:01 PM - edited ‎03-31-2014 12:04 PM



Curved displays aren’t really a new idea, since movie theatres have had them for decades, but their implementation in mobile devices like smartphones takes a little getting used to. In that respect, the LG G Flex is a bit of a pioneer. It not only features a curved display, it also does so with a larger 6-inch P-OLED that proves to be an important element to how you might perceive it. LG hasn’t positioned this device as a solution for every consumer, nor is it the company’s flagship (that’s still the G2; soon to be the G3), but it’s a functional handset meant for those who want something bigger to look at.


Preview: HTC unveils all-new One smartphone

by Blogger ‎03-25-2014 01:01 PM - edited ‎04-03-2014 10:20 AM



HTC launched its new One (M8) smartphone today at an event in New York, looking to expand on the design culture that featured so prominently on last year’s model. I was on hand in the Big Apple to check out the shiny metallic handset, including the hardware and software features the company packed into its new frame.


Sonos app getting makeover, new search feature

by Blogger ‎03-20-2014 09:23 PM - edited ‎03-24-2014 02:43 PM


Sonos has already carved out a reputation for making elegant and stylish speakers and sound quality to match, which might explain why it’s pursuing an elegant solution for its Controller app on Android and iOS. The company is planning to overhaul the app to include a universal search function that transcends not just the music stored on your device, but also the services you subscribe to. The public beta is now available on Android, and will be available on iOS later in the spring, with PC and Mac to follow later this year. Here’s a quick look at what you can expect to find in it.


Review: Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2

by Blogger on ‎03-13-2014 10:22 AM - last edited on ‎03-18-2014 11:05 AM by Blog Editor in Chief



A tablet with a 12.2-inch screen is hard to miss, no matter who makes it, but this being the NotePRO, Samsung has combined more real estate with the improved efficiency of the S Pen to create a compelling combination. Of course, at that screen size, it’s almost where the most portable of laptops currently are, raising questions about what you can get out of it over and above its basic tenets. As is, though, it’s a tablet that is easy on the eyes and takes the good things from Samsung’s TouchWiz, while leaving the extraneous stuff out of the way.


Review: Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4

by Blogger on ‎02-28-2014 02:28 PM - last edited on ‎02-28-2014 03:23 PM by Blog Editor in Chief



There’s a reason why Samsung has put the “pro” moniker on its latest line of tablets, and it has everything to do with who the company thinks can benefit from using them. The Galaxy TabPRO 8.4-inch is the smallest of the new trio of Tabs, and while it may not have as much business-focused cachet as its bigger brothers do, it offers a unique experience for an Android tablet at this size and with this screen. If you’ve had your eye on a Samsung tablet already, this might be the one you’ve been looking for.


Samsung unveils new Galaxy S5

by Blogger on ‎02-24-2014 02:05 PM - last edited on ‎02-25-2014 03:14 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Samsung introduced the new Galaxy S5 smartphone at its Unpacked event in Barcelona during Mobile World Congress (MWC), promising a handset that will be its most “mesmerizing” and connected yet. With a similar, though more refined design, the S5 appears to take some of its design and functional cues from the previous two devices, but Samsung seems to also want to make sure consumers understand that the focus is a little bigger with this one.


Preview: LG G Flex curved smartphone coming to Future Shop

by Blogger ‎02-21-2014 06:04 PM - edited ‎02-21-2014 06:07 PM

LG G Flex preview.jpgLG has confirmed that it will launch the G Flex, its vaunted curved smartphone, exclusive to Rogers, and sold at Future Shop on a date that is still to be determined. The curved phone has been out in South Korea since last fall, but was shown off at CES in Las Vegas last month, where I got some personal time with it. Read on for some of the things you can expect to find with this big and curvy handset.


Kobo Arc: more than one to choose from

by Blogger on ‎02-14-2014 02:20 PM - last edited on ‎02-21-2014 04:14 PM by Blog Editor in Chief



If a Kobo eReader isn’t what you’re looking for, an eReader tablet might fit the bill instead, which is where the trio of Arc tablets come in. While it’s true that an eReader is more focused on actually reading ebooks, a Kobo-flavoured tablet does that and gives you some of the frills you’d expect from an Android device. It’s a marriage that works pretty well, so long as you know what you’re getting from each one.


NetTalk launches new Android app with Canadian features

by Blogger ‎01-31-2014 04:03 PM - edited ‎01-31-2014 04:04 PM

NetTalk Android app.jpgIf you’re familiar with NetTalk and its VoIP products and service, then you know how it can save you money both at home or on the go. Now, the company is showing Canadians some love by launching an app exclusively for the Great White North that offers a free Canadian phone number and free app-to-app calling anywhere in the world.


Essential Travel Gear for All, From the International Traveler to the Local Explorer!

by Blogger on ‎01-23-2014 01:40 AM - last edited on ‎02-12-2014 10:42 AM by Blog Editor in Chief





With the holidays now well behind us and the weather warming up, or at least trying to warm, our thoughts turn to the open road. London, Paris, Hong Kong, even a short trip to Las Vegas will do! There's something to be said about being well equipped for any adventure when you're traveling far from home. So read on to discover a few must have items for the worldly and adventerous traveler.


CES 2014: Wearables the defining trend on the show floor

by Blogger on ‎01-10-2014 07:22 PM - last edited on ‎01-16-2014 12:31 PM by Blog Editor in Chief



No walk is a short one on the vast show floor that is CES, but no matter the distance travelled at this year’s convention, it was clear that wearable gadgets and gizmos were the most prevalent and impactful. This category is growing and starting to spread its influence over into other categories beyond just smartphones and tablets.




HP had a small presence at CES this year, and though the company focused its announcements on business products, the Android-based Slate 21 got the Pro treatment with a business version of the consumer model Future Shop already sells. It’s Android on a 21.5-inch all-in-one PC and it looks and feels good to use.


CES 2014: Corning’s new Gorilla Glass will help kill festering germs

by Blogger on ‎01-10-2014 03:31 PM - last edited on ‎01-10-2014 03:44 PM by Blog Editor in Chief



A number of smartphones and tablets out on the market are made with Gorilla Glass, the tough panels that can take a beating from the daily wear and tear of finger tapping, swiping and handling, along with the odd drop to the ground. You probably handle your phone more times than you can count in any given day, and it may not surprise you to know that germs are an inevitable consequence. Corning, the company who makes Gorilla Glass, is aiming to offer a new antimicrobial version of the glass this year that will help make your phone stay cleaner.


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