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Comparing the top music streaming services

by Blogger on ‎12-18-2014 04:25 PM - last edited on ‎12-18-2014 04:42 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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It was only 10 years ago that the concept of downloading single songs became the method of choice in enjoying music on portable devices. Now, an entire catalog of millions of tracks can be streamed for a monthly fee. Music streaming services have gone mainstream, and the various providers bear many similarities to each other, making it a little challenging to choose between them. Here’s a look at who’s currently playing in Canada, including what sets them apart from each other.

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Giving Goodness on Giving Tuesday

by Blogger on ‎12-02-2014 12:44 PM - last edited on ‎12-02-2014 03:15 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

virgin-mobile-smartphone.jpgDecember 2, 2014 is Giving Tuesday. This is a day to give thanks and support causes you care about. Being a force for good is a part of Virgin DNA. We’re always looking for ways to make a genuine impact in the communities we’re a part of. This is why we created Virgin Mobile RE*Generation, which empowers a generation to help their own and provides opportunities for at-risk and homeless youth to develop the skills they need to find jobs.

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Otterbox Defender series protection for tablets and smartphones

by Blogger on ‎12-02-2014 06:28 AM - last edited on ‎12-02-2014 09:22 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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One of the most enduring line of protective cases for tablets and smartphones is the Otterbox Defender series of cases. Offering multiple layers of solid and tailor-made protection, it is an unparalleled choice for anyone that wants the ultimate protection for their devices.

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5 Great Gift Ideas for Her

by Blogger on ‎11-28-2014 12:05 PM

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December is just around the corner and we all know what that means: it’s time for us to get our acts together and get a move on with holiday shopping! Earlier this week, Leo covered 5 Great Gift Ideas for Him, but what about for the special ladies in our lives? Whether it’s your wife, girlfriend, mom, sister, daughter, cousin, or dear friend—if you’re looking to spoil her for being extra good this year, you’ve come to the right place. Curated by yours truly, here are five great gift ideas for her worth considering:

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Review: Nokia Lumia 830

by Blogger on ‎11-25-2014 12:37 PM - last edited on ‎11-25-2014 04:26 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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For the most part, Nokia’s Lumia line has been the best option to go with for those looking to have a Windows Phone. The Lumia 830 is what Nokia (and parent company, Microsoft) calls an “affordable flagship”, meaning that it should give you a solid user experience, but not the best specs. Sacrifices in one area or another of a smartphone usually turn out to be trade-offs, though this may be one mid-range handset that does what it can with what it’s got.

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The BlackBerry Classic: A New Twist on an Iconic Design

by Exalted Expert on ‎11-14-2014 11:35 PM - last edited on ‎11-19-2014 02:57 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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This is a bit of news that is certain to satisfy BlackBerry enthusiasts. The BlackBerry Classic, a new BlackBerry smartphone that offers a bit of a twist by reintroducing a classic BlackBerry feature, is now available for pre-order. If you're a keyboard enthusiast who missed the navigation keys from the older generation BlackBerry devices but want the power, effeciency and functionality of the BlackBerry 10 OS, the BlackBerry Classic just might be the device you've been waiting for.

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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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How to: Access Wi-Fi anywhere using your smartphone

by Blogger ‎10-31-2014 06:51 AM - edited ‎10-31-2014 11:14 AM

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Free public Wi-Fi isn't anywhere as ubiquitous as many would like. Still, it is the easiest, most convenient and cheapest way for most devices to go online. I'll discuss services like Shaw's Go WiFi as well as how to use any smartphone as a wireless hotspot.

 

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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: 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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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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Virgin Mobile's Summer of Sound

by Blogger on ‎10-02-2014 01:34 PM - last edited on ‎10-02-2014 02:39 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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At Virgin Mobile, we sponsor some fantastic concerts and events allowing us to give our Members money-can’t-buy experiences through our Member Benefits program,. This summer we took Members to the Much Music Video Award in Toronto, the Virgin Mobile Stampede Concert Series in Calgary, Virgin Mobile Presents Osheaga in Montreal and Virgin Mobile Presents Squamish Valley Music Festival in B.C. It was literally a summer of sound and it was amazing.

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Virgin Mobile Gives You 2-For-1 Movies at Cineplex!

by Blogger on ‎10-02-2014 09:13 AM - last edited on ‎10-02-2014 10:03 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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There are so many must-see movies out right now. Catching all of them can be pricey, especially if you’re a movie buff, you hate the cold or you can’t think of a better option for your next Tinder date. The options might seem endless, but with our 2-for-1 Cineplex movie Member Benefit you don’t have to choose, you can see as many movies as you like at half the cost.

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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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Apple releases iOS 8: how to get it and what it can do

by Blogger on ‎09-18-2014 02:51 PM - last edited on ‎09-18-2014 03:18 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Now that Apple has released iOS 8 on the eve of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus hitting Future Shop shelves, the new update to the operating system is less the interface coat of paint that iOS 7 was, and more a pack of features that bring it up to speed with what competitors are doing, along with a twist here and there. It’s free to download and is compatible with iPhone 4S (and later), the iPad 2 (and later), both iPad minis and the fifth-generation iPod touch.

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