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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

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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.

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Eurocom M3: a mobile PC gamer's dream machine.

by Blogger on ‎04-05-2014 01:26 PM - last edited on ‎04-07-2014 11:03 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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These days I’ve been spending a lot of time playing around on a Eurocom M3 notebook. Let me tell you, this thing is a fierce machine. I often get to play around with notebooks in every category, from mobile business machines, to budget every day machines. The Eurocom is clearly a gaming machine, but goes beyond that to really stand out amongst all the other gaming notebooks out there today.

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Review: LG G Flex

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

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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.

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Review: WD Live TV Media

by Blogger on ‎02-22-2014 11:31 AM - last edited on ‎02-27-2014 03:04 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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You may know Western Digital primarily as a hard drive manufacturer but they have also had a fair amount of success with media streaming HDTV gadgets in the past but it’s a highly competitive category with companies like Google, Apple, and Roku fighting tooth and nail for supremacy. I’ve spent some time taking the WD Live TV media player for a spin and am pleased to see how well it stacks up against that competition. It doesn’t just hold its own, it offers some great features and performance at a very wallet friendly price. It certainly offers a lot of bang for your buck.

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Review: Sony VAIO FLIP 14"

by Blogger on ‎02-01-2014 10:35 AM - last edited on ‎02-20-2014 02:55 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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When the Sony VAIO Flip 14 landed on my desk I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I knew It was one of the new hybrid style machines that could be used as both a notebook PC or a tablet but I didn’t know too much beyond that. I’ve used hybrid style machines before but as soon as I took this one out of the box I could tell I was in for a treat. From the aluminum finish to the smooth feeling transformation, this machine just screams style and quality.

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Review: Motorola Moto G

by Blogger ‎12-25-2013 07:32 PM - edited ‎12-25-2013 07:31 PM

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Smartphones tend to be expensive products when you factor in all the costs associated with them, whether or not you buy them outright or on contract. The Moto G is very much an exception to that rule, offering a quality design and feature set that delivers solid performance and a serious bang for your buck. It does this with some trade-offs, mind you, but if your needs don’t necessarily require those things, you may find that this is the right phone to go with when you’re on a budget or new to smartphones.

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Philips goLITE BLU Energy Light Review

by Blogger ‎11-24-2013 07:44 PM - edited ‎01-31-2014 12:19 PM

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Ach winter, it’s hard to love you. I wake up in the morning: it’s dark. I go to work and spend a whole day in an office with an artificial light. It’s time to go home and it’s dark again. Our friends from Philips claim to have a solution and they call it: goLITE BLU Energy Light. They say it can help you feel better in the winter. After using it for a while, I have to agree with them!

 

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Review: Google's New Nexus 5

by Blogger on ‎11-21-2013 01:02 PM - last edited on ‎11-21-2013 01:33 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Google’s Nexus devices are some of the most interesting Android devices because they have good prices and don’t skimp out on specs and features. The real bonus, however, is that they have the purest Android experience you can find. Neither bloated with preloaded apps, nor overlaid with a different user interface, the Nexus 5 is one of the most unique Android smartphones to launch this year. Its combination of feature set and price make it undeniably attractive, and if you can manage a couple of its shortcomings, you may have the right fit here.

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Review: Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

by Blogger on ‎11-20-2013 04:04 PM

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Samsung seems to love experimenting with screen sizes, and since the Galaxy S4 is one of the company’s most widely known smartphones, why not give it the “diet” treatment and slim it down? The Galaxy S4 Mini is an interesting device, both for what it offers and why it was made in the first place. In effect, it actually does look like a skinnier Galaxy S4, and it doesn’t veer too far away in practice, either. Whether or not this is the right phone for you will really depend on your budget and whether size really matters to you — both for the screen and components inside.

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Review: HP Slate 7

by Blogger on ‎11-17-2013 06:22 PM - last edited on ‎11-19-2013 10:53 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Tablets not only come in a few different sizes, but they also come with different price points. The more affordable end of that spectrum includes a model like the HP Slate 7, which seems to have flown under the radar a bit when compared to others like the Nexus 7 or Asus Memo Pad HD 7. If you are in the market for a tablet that will cost you less than $200 — and you only really want it for basic tasks — the Slate 7 could be worth a look.

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Review: MS Surface 2

by Blogger on ‎11-06-2013 01:36 PM - last edited on ‎03-11-2014 03:40 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Microsoft says it’s serious about tablets, so much so that the company thinks it has something enticing and prolific with the Surface 2, an update on the previous model that failed to resonate with a lot of consumers. With a bump up in specs and performance, the Surface 2 remains an enigmatic device, though its ultimate value will largely depend on what you want to use it for. The fact that this runs on the RT version of Windows 8.1 is the elephant in the room that you’ll have to work with.

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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

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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?

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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.

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Review: Sony Xperia Z1

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

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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.

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Review: Sphero 2.0 Robotic Ball

by Blogger on ‎10-22-2013 05:39 PM - last edited on ‎10-31-2013 04:13 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Robots have always been cool, no matter what form or medium you find them in, and the Sphero is no exception. It’s equal parts functional, colourful and cute wrapped up in the form of a ball — a ball that you can control with your iOS or Android smartphone (plus iPad and iPod Touch) via Bluetooth. The first one introduced consumers to the concept, but the new Sphero 2.0 has been designed to be better in all respects, from its weight and noise, right down to how seamlessly it works. We took it for a good test run to see how it performed.

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