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Pet supplies galore at Future Shop!

by Blogger on ‎07-23-2014 07:20 AM - last edited on ‎07-23-2014 10:27 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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I was really excited when I heard Future Shop is now carrying pet supplies.  Curious about what’s available online and in stores, I rushed to check out the selection, and was really pleased to find there’s a tonne of options for your cat or dog. There’s pet grooming, toys, snacks and treats, food dishes, collars and leashes, as well as beds and scratching posts. Basically anything you need to make you and your pet really happy. I’ve got some great starter suggestions for you. They are so great you’ll be begging for more! ( And do I have more dog puns?  Of course I do!)

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Fitness lovers celebrate: Garmin upgrades vivofit with MyFitnessPal syncing!

by Blogger on ‎06-23-2014 04:13 PM - last edited on ‎06-24-2014 10:21 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Garmin users (and those of you out there who are still on the fence) we’ve got GREAT news: The Garmin vivofit is getting an upgrade to help you track your fitness level by partnering up with one of my favourite services: MyFitnessPal! If you’ve been waiting for a reason to jump on the Garmin Connect™ train, now is the time. Read on for more details!

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Review: Asus Chromebox is an intriguing and versatile mini computer

by Blogger on ‎06-10-2014 11:06 AM - last edited on ‎06-20-2014 01:51 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Technology is inherently meant to be versatile, and versatility is generally appreciated in a tech product, which could be the ideal position for the Asus Chromebox. Is it a small desktop computer? A home entertainment hub? Something else altogether? The lack of a distinct identity for the Chromebox isn’t a knock against it, but rather one of its most intriguing qualities. The small box doesn’t feel out of place in a few different areas, but does the software fit right in to any environment as well?

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Review: ZOKU Duo Quick Pop Maker equals instant fun

by Blogger on ‎06-08-2014 11:03 PM - last edited on ‎06-09-2014 11:02 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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The summer is almost here and nothing goes with kids and summer better than popsicles. On a hot day even I won’t say no to a popsicle.  What I love about popsicles is that you and your kids can make them yourselves. When kids learn that they can make a dessert themselves with little or no help from you, their eyes grow so big as if they learned that Santa Clause is coming early this year. It’s a great bonding opportunity. Folks in New Jersey created the Zoku Duo Quick Pop Maker which freezes ice pops in as little as seven minutes right on your countertop without electricity. Do this sound exciting? It surely does to me, so without further ado, let’s see what this magical machine can conjure.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear Apps

by Blogger ‎05-31-2014 08:06 AM - edited ‎06-04-2014 06:28 AM

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The Samsung Galaxy Gear watch has come a long way in a seemingly very short period of time. A year is almost an eternity in the tech world, and there is heavy competition in the smartwatch space (with more on the way), but Samsung has found a way to stand out in the crowd, and get developers on board for the ride.  Such is the case with the recent influx in native applications available for download in the Samsung Apps market place. Working exclusively on a Samsung device and in conjunction with the Gear 1, Gear 2, Gear Neo and Gear Fit, these apps were designed to make your life easier and that much more reliant on that sometimes ostentatious wrist candy you’re rocking.

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Fitbit Apps You'll Love!

by Blogger ‎05-26-2014 10:49 AM - edited ‎05-26-2014 04:38 PM

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For the last year and a half, I’ve faithfully worn my Fitbit Flex.  It gives me a great picture of how much I’m moving each day, and syncs seamlessly with one of my favourite apps, My Fitness Pal.  However, I’ve discovered there’s a tonne of other great Fitbit-ready apps out there to track all kinds of things related to health, wellness and sleep.  So I tried a bunch out.  Check out the ones I love, and the ones not to bother with.

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Review: Anki Drive AI-driven Smartphone Racing Car Game

by Blogger on ‎05-09-2014 10:28 AM - last edited on ‎05-12-2014 03:08 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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What do you say about a toy that does a better job of playing itself than you do? I’m sure there’s something about Skynet in here somewhere, but Anki Drive is the AI-powered smart racing game that feels like it’s from the future. 

 

Originally demoed back in June of 2013, Anki Drive is an incredible toy that’s actually a lot of fun to play. Future Shop sent one my way a few weeks ago, and I’ve got the skinny on just how cool this thing is. Read on, true believers.

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Polar Loop: the fitness tracker Fuel Band users have been waiting for.

by Blogger on ‎05-01-2014 11:13 PM - last edited on ‎05-05-2014 02:10 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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I’ve been on a long road to find personal fitness; for almost a year now I’ve been hitting the trains, the gym, the weights, and changing my diet to make a difference… and I’ve seen success. I’m dead-lifting and squatting more than my bodyweight, and I’ve lost 20lbs. It’s pretty exciting.

 

One of the things I can credit my good health to has been tracking my daily activity with a fitness tracker. It lets me know when I’m not active enough, and helps me celebrate my victories when I’ve achieved something new. For years I used the Fuel Band from Nike, but after hearing that Fuel Band is being discontinued I went on the hunt for something new. I found the Polar Loop. Here’s why it’s the perfect replacement.

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Finding WeMo: How Belkin's WeMo is your next smart home upgrade

by Blogger on ‎05-01-2014 08:48 PM - last edited on ‎06-24-2014 02:12 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Home automation is the promise of tomorrow. It’s the idea that the relationship you’ll share with the place that you live will be intuitive and natural, with the things around your home working together in harmony, responding to changing conditions and under your control from a central location.

 

WeMo, from Belkin, is the next-generation line of automation gear. It’s designed to integrate into your home in a seamless way, giving you control from anywhere, adding a bit of security to how you live, and making things more efficient.

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Review: LaTrax Teton 1/18 Scale RC Monster Truck powered by Traxxas

by Blogger on ‎04-30-2014 11:17 PM - last edited on ‎05-16-2014 12:11 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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RC cars can be a lot of fun, but when you look at the high-end cars they can be a bit intimidating. If you’re looking to get your feet wet you want something that you can pull out of the box, plug it in, and get driving with a minimum of hassle. 

 

Meet the LaTrax Teton powered by Traxxas. Known for their big, mean RC machines, this 1/18 Scale 4WD Monster Truck is RTR - Ready-to-run right out of the box. Does it live up to the reputation of the brand? Read on, true believers.

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Review: Traxxas E-Maxx Brushless Edition and E-Revo Brushless Edition RC Vehicles

by Blogger on ‎04-30-2014 08:13 PM - last edited on ‎05-16-2014 12:11 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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RC cars have changed and evolved, keeping pace with connected technology. Seeing the Traxxas E-REVO and E-Maxx brushless vehicles for the first time is an intimidating site; both of them were a damned sight bigger than I thought they’d be. Opening the boxes, I pulled out the first bits of styrofoam and laid them out carefully. This was going to be fun.

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Google Glass Preview

by Blogger on ‎04-25-2014 08:44 AM - last edited on ‎05-07-2014 10:02 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Google Glass is one of the most unique implementations of the new wearables market and also one of the most polarizing bits of technology to come in a long time.

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Garmin's Vivofit Fitness Tracker

by Blogger ‎04-23-2014 11:06 AM - edited ‎06-23-2014 04:09 PM

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As one of the most well-known names in geolocation technology, Garmin is coming to the table–and to Future Shop stores near you–with their take on fitness band technology. Vivofit from Garmin takes the pieces that many competitors are showcasing, putting them together in a single band that looks like it’s going to be a hit with fitness folk like you and me!

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The sleek and shiny Nest Learning Thermostat can turn your house into a smart home

by Blogger on ‎04-13-2014 12:15 PM - last edited on ‎04-14-2014 03:31 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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You might call it the “gadgetification” of our homes. No longer do we just expect our phones to deliver high tech, full connectivity for us. Now  the list of must-have smart, connected gadgets includes our fridges that can tell us what to eat and when, our dishwashers that can self-diagnose troubles, and our thermostats. The Nest thermostat is my most recent high tech gadget purchase. Read on to learn what it is, why I bought it and what I learned about this smart thermostat.

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How to upgrade your commute with an electric bike

by Blogger on ‎03-23-2014 06:44 PM - last edited on ‎03-24-2014 02:15 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Cycling is an incredible thing: it’s one of the most efficient methods of transportation around, it’s phenomenal exercise, and it’s tons of fun, too. But it’s not always roses; there are a few things that can really put a dent in your willpower to cycle, including the time it takes to get from place to place, the energy needed to get there… and hills. You’ve got to put hills in their own category, because man, they can take the wind right out of your sails.

 

But there’s a new breed of bike that’s growing at a record pace that gives you all of the great parts of cycling, while minimizing the sting of the stuff you might not like. They’re called eBikes, and today we’ll look at how owning one might be the best biking move you’ve ever made.

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