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Review Comparison Roku 3 vs. Apple TV

by Blogger ‎06-23-2014 07:27 PM - edited ‎06-25-2014 07:51 AM

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The Roku 3 and the Apple TV are two of the leading streaming video and content solutions that are designed to plug-and-play into any existing networked TV setup. Provided there’s a nearby Ethernet or WiFi connection, these two tiny set-top boxes will open a world of TV, movies, music and streaming content either from their respective content libraries or through third-party services like Netflix and many others.  While very similar in general appearance and functionality, the approach taken by Roku and Apple in this space today is like night and day.

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Elevate Your Sleeping Experience with Vivon Mattresses—Wide Selection Now Available!

by Blogger on ‎06-23-2014 02:02 PM - last edited on ‎06-23-2014 02:28 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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For those of you looking to retire your old mattress for a new one, you’ll be happy to know that Future Shop has recently expanded its online furniture offering to include some of the most innovative mattresses on the market. One brand in particular that caught my eye with its cutting-edge technology and world-class design was Vivon. With a wide range of memory foam to spring mattresses to choose from, I’m sure you’ll have no problem finding the perfect model that will elevate your sleeping experience.

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Microsoft All-in-One Media Keyboard

by Blogger on ‎05-29-2014 04:13 PM - last edited on ‎05-30-2014 11:52 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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When I last wrote about a TV, I reviewed the 70-inch Sharp LED Smart TV, and couldn’t have been happier with the experience. It, like other smart TVs in its class, bridged the gap between standard picture monitor and all-out hanging a computer on your wall. With sharp colors, a Smart HUB for social media and streaming and a browser for all your surfing needs, what more could anyone really ask for?  Well, for starters, an easier way to navigate through all the aforementioned features.  It seems that little problem is now solved in the form of the Microsoft All-in-One Media Keyboard.

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Ideal TV and Sound Systems for the Kitchen

by Blogger on ‎05-29-2014 01:32 PM - last edited on ‎06-13-2014 02:40 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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While living rooms and dens still reign supreme for creating the best home entertainment and home theatre setups, a little creativity in kitchen goes a long way. If your family is anything like mine, the kitchen is the place to congregate. It's where we cook our meals but it's also our cocktail bar, where we have breakfast, feed our toddler and where snacks are served.

 

People spend a lot of time in the kitchen preparing family meals, baking cakes and pastries or simply handling the chores that need to be done such as washing dishes, clearing plates, cleaning surfaces and counters and preparing meals to-go make up a large chunk of time. Here's a list of neat ideas to occupy the time.

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Review: Philips Smart Blu-Ray Player

by Blogger on ‎05-19-2014 03:24 PM - last edited on ‎05-20-2014 02:22 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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You've got an extensive Blu-ray collection, and you're looking to add some connectivity to your home theatre set-up, but you don't want to upgrade both your disc player AND get another peripheral to allow you to connect.  What to do?  You'll probably want to pick up the Philips Smart Blu-Ray Player. 

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Google’s Chromecast comes to Future Shop

by Blogger on ‎04-25-2014 03:25 PM - last edited on ‎05-13-2014 02:17 PM by Administrator

 

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Google’s streaming content dongle, the Chromecast, is now available at Future Shop.

 

One of the most innovative products from the past year, the Chromecast is a thumb-drive sized device that plugs directly into an HDTV’s HDMI-port. This device then interfaces with smartphones, tablets and even Google’s Chrome browser, which can stream video, photos and music in full-HD quality.

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What to look for in a Soundbar?

by Blogger on ‎04-17-2014 05:27 AM - last edited on ‎04-17-2014 08:33 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Most HDTVs feature ample sound by way of built-in speakers but ideal home theater setups often require a larger soundstage and good sound separation. Home theater sound systems range in price and capacity from stereo speakers to amplified 5.1 or up to 7.1 surround sound speakers that interface directly with the source of the video or through an amplifier or tuner.

 

The challenge with multiple-speaker systems is that you need space for placement and also costly wired or wireless installation and once this is set up, it becomes difficult to move either the speakers or the TV.

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How to Connect Stereo Speakers to Your TV

by Blogger on ‎04-16-2014 08:11 AM - last edited on ‎04-16-2014 09:18 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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So you bought a great new TV.  Congratulations! When the salesperson asked you about speakers, did you think, “I’ve spent enough money today, no thanks! And besides, TVs COME WITH speakers built right in!” The thing is, factory speakers on many TVs are ok for watching Jeopardy! but if you’re going to put on a movie, or even check out some of the cool new TV shows that are putting movies to shame you need good speakers to give you good sound

 

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Roku Streaming Stick now available in Canada through Future Shop

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

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Great news: The Roku Streaming Stick is officially available in Canada today. Watch the unboxing and demo video to see what this tiny wonder can do to upgrade any TV into a smart one.

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Review: Roku Streaming Stick Home Theatre Media Streamer

by Blogger on ‎03-27-2014 11:15 PM - last edited on ‎04-04-2014 09:47 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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The battle for the living room is heating up this month with the arrival of the Roku Streaming Stick. Knowing how interested I was to see this product first hand, Future Shop rushed me a Streaming Stick (and I’m in the process of rushing it back to them so they can shoot it for social media and so on) so that I could get a review out to you, our stalwart readers. I hope you're ready, cause here it comes.

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What is 4K? Explaining the Technical Details

by Blogger on ‎03-23-2014 12:03 PM - last edited on ‎03-27-2014 12:19 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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4K or Ultra HD is where the industry is headed. 4K relates to the amount of resolution in terms of pixels on a screen and it is estimated at around 4,000 horizontal pixes (thus 4K) which is roughly four times the resolution of 1080p HD, today's standard for Blu-Rays and full-HD broadcasts.

 

4K promises to bring greter detail, depth and colour range with four times the amount of video information as we're used to. While this is an exciting proposition, the new 4K standards require that movies and content be shot in native 4K resolution using 4K capable cameras, same for broadcasts and even Internet streaming services which will require increased bandwidth to push resolution that's four times the quality of HD.

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Battle of the Streamers: Roku Streaming Stick VS Google ChromeCast

by Blogger on ‎03-19-2014 02:52 PM - last edited on ‎04-03-2014 01:38 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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2014 is an amazing time to be alive; the two heavyweights in media streaming technology are the two smallest products on the market. We’re talking about the Roku Streaming Stick and Google ChromeCast, and today we’re putting them head to head!

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What's an IPS TV, and Why You REALLY Want It

by Blogger on ‎03-09-2014 01:20 PM - last edited on ‎06-04-2014 02:24 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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You may be reading more about IPS when it comes to TV screens.  But what are IPS screens, how do you identify them, and why should you buy one?  

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Exciting Announcement of Roku Streaming Stick

by Blogger on ‎03-05-2014 09:47 AM - last edited on ‎04-03-2014 01:39 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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It used to be that streaming content from your computer to your TV was a complicated process, or one that involved spending lots of money on a boxy set- top connector.  No more, because the streaming-content specialists at Roku have just come out with a device that gives you access to your favourite content, in a plug-and-go device no bigger than a USB stick.  And the price point can't be beat right now in Canada.

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Types of Surround Sound: What Do All Those Letters and Numbers Mean?

by Blogger on ‎02-27-2014 06:17 PM - last edited on ‎05-16-2014 11:06 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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5.1, 6.1, 10.2?  It could be a code from the Matrix, or an episode of Lost.

But no, these are some of the different types of surround sound. Not sure what the numbers add up to or what it means for the new home theatre system you're looking at?  Come along with me as we de-mystify Surround Sound. 

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