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Review: New BlackBerry Z30

by Blogger on ‎11-04-2013 10:27 AM - last edited on ‎11-05-2013 10:17 AM by Blog Editor in Chief



Despite rumours of an impending death, BlackBerry seems far from being gone, and its newest device, the Z30, may be the best it’s ever made. It offers some of the same things you expect to find in a flagship handset in 2013, though missing others that have become standard. BlackBerry 10.2 undoubtedly improves the software experience, and the hardware is a noticeable step up, which will almost certainly please current BlackBerry users. But is there enough here to win over converts?


How to: Sync two iPhones on the same Computer

by Blogger on ‎10-30-2013 12:44 PM - last edited on ‎10-30-2013 05:08 PM by Blog Editor in Chief




iPhones can usually be synched with only one computer and the specific iTunes application running on that specific computer.


This one-to-one requirement works for most users but becomes an issue when using multiple computers or in the event that you need to use two iPhones on the same computer. Here's a quick fix.



Review: Nokia Lumia 1020 and its 41-megapixel camera

by Blogger ‎10-26-2013 01:44 PM - edited ‎10-26-2013 01:44 PM

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Nokia has always been known for making quality hardware and their smartphones certainly carry that kind of consistency. When the company went all in with Windows Phone, it was a gamble whose results are still ongoing, and despite the solid design, getting consumers to buy into the Windows Phone platform was another hurdle altogether. And then came the Lumia 1020 and its 41-megapixel camera — a pixel count  (at least on paper) that smokes any competing phone on the market. That alone makes it an intriguing device, especially since some people take more photos than actually talking on the phone.


Review: Sony Xperia Z1

by Blogger ‎10-23-2013 11:05 AM - edited ‎10-23-2013 08:26 PM



Sony is at it once again. The Xperia Z1 is the third smartphone the company has released in Canada this year, and it’s easily the best of the trio, improving and perfecting on the design tweaks and features that have been introduced along the way. It offers a unique mix of durability and functionality, and aims to offer one of the best cameras on any smartphone. It’s an interesting device that comes with a couple of surprises, but whether or not the whole package appeals to you will depend on your expectations.


BlackBerry Messenger comes to iOS and Android devices: #BBM4ALL

by Blogger on ‎10-21-2013 06:03 PM - last edited on ‎10-22-2013 11:22 AM by Blog Editor in Chief



After a false start weeks ago, BlackBerry Messenger has finally arrived on the iPhone as well as on Android devices. BBM, once BlackBerry's crown jewel messaging app, is now truly a cross platform ecosystem allowing anyone from BlackBerry, iOS and Android users to communicate with each other. Keep reading for instructions on how to get BBM onto your device.


Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 3

by Blogger on ‎10-12-2013 04:14 PM - last edited on ‎10-18-2013 02:52 PM by Blog Editor in Chief



In the space of less than two years, Samsung’s Galaxy Note line has gone from a tenuous upstart to arguably the true flagship device the company offers (sorry, Galaxy S4). Its mix of a large vibrant display and pen input has always been its calling card, and with the Note 3, those two standout features have gone through some incremental improvements. The phone is also a step up in design (though not a big step) and offers a pretty solid experience on a number of levels, making it one of the most appealing Android handsets available.


Review: LG G2

by Blogger on ‎10-07-2013 09:30 PM - last edited on ‎10-08-2013 10:41 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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LG may not be a household name when it comes to a top smartphone, but the G2 may change that perception completely. LG’s newest flagship Android handset is a mix of clever design, reasonable software tweaks and an onus on battery life that combines to form what is essentially an outstanding device. In any debate over the best smartphones currently available, the G2 has earned its place in that conversation by doing some of the simple things much better than may have been expected.


Protect Your Data.jpgBack in November last year, the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA), an umbrella group that includes the major carriers among its members, announced that a stolen phone and tablet blacklist was in the works, and today is the day it finally goes live. Starting from today, the carriers will check any phone that has been reported lost or stolen on an international blacklist before activating it.


Review: Samsung Galaxy Mega

by Blogger on ‎09-30-2013 05:53 PM - last edited on ‎10-01-2013 11:58 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Go big or go home is the old adage, and Samsung seems to have taken it seriously, offering phones in various sizes to cater to just about everyone and anyone. The Galaxy Mega is at the top end of the scale as far as size goes. It’s a monstrous device with a 6.3-inch display, almost like a mutated Galaxy S4. The extra screen real estate and affordable price point make the Mega an attractive proposition, but will size really matter once you see what it can do?


Smartphone Camera Technology taking off to new heights

by Blogger ‎09-19-2013 08:45 AM - edited ‎09-23-2013 10:45 AM



Smartphones have become the go-to cameras for most people simply because they're always with us. But smartphone manufacturers and even some camera manufacturers have taken notice and we're currently experiencing a rennaisance in amazing smartphone camera technology that in many ways eclipses what we're seeing from point-and-shoot as well as DSLR camera segments.


Apps to keep you up to date on your sports this fall

by Blogger ‎09-17-2013 10:02 AM - edited ‎09-17-2013 10:02 AM

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The fall is an exciting time for sports fans of the major leagues because so many of them are either getting started or already ongoing, be it the NHL, NFL, NBA, European soccer leagues and more. Even though Major League Baseball and the CFL wind down, there’s still plenty to keep tabs on, especially in October and November when all of those leagues have something going on.


Cell phone plans at Future Shop have switched to 2-year plans

by Blogger ‎09-06-2013 09:53 AM - edited ‎09-05-2013 11:21 PM

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You may have noticed that the dreaded three-year cell phone contracts that used to be the norm have been replaced by two-year deals, even though the new code of conduct put forth by the CRTC (Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission) won’t officially go into effect until December. If you’re shopping for a phone now, you can expect to have one less year in your contract, and newer plans to choose from.


Samsung announces Galaxy Gear watch and Galaxy Note 3

by Blogger on ‎09-05-2013 09:35 AM - last edited on ‎10-03-2013 02:25 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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At IFA in Berlin yesterday, Samsung announced a couple of new products that ultimately proved the rumours were true, and also opened up a category that needed an infusion of something fresh. The Galaxy Gear smartwatch looks to be an innovative take on how a wristwatch can play a role alongside a smartphone, while the Galaxy Note 3 inches continues Samsung’s penchant for bigger displays. We take a quick look at what these two gizmos have to offer.




Since the introduction of their bypass modules for remote starters in 2005, the engineers at iDatalink have continued to impress us installers with their innovation in products, software and trusty tech support during those (few) times when we run into speed bumps during an install.  Their OEM integration products for remote starters and security systems are the best I’ve used in my career as an installer.  Taking another step in the ever-changing world of OEM integration, iDatalink have released the Maestro, which is designed to bridge the gap between aftermarket head units and factory-integrated systems, such as Ford Sync.  Compatible head units will also benefit from a few added bonus features from the Maestro that make it a truly unique product.


Primer on iOS 7

by Blogger ‎09-03-2013 06:32 AM - edited ‎09-03-2013 05:48 PM

ios7-130610-1.jpgApple's mobile iOS operating system in on the cusp of undergoing a tremendous change that will fundamentally alter many features as well as the look and feel of what is now the oldest smartphone and tablet OS. I break down some of the changes as well as what to expect when iOS 7 rolls in in the Fall.


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