Great gifts for kids and teens

by Blogger ‎11-27-2014 06:02 PM - edited ‎11-27-2014 06:05 PM

Great-gifts-for-kids-teens.jpgThis year, there are so many cool gifts for kids and teens that even I’m having a hard time choosing. If you need some ideas, look no further because here are just a few of the great gifts online at right now.


Review – Audio-Technica Professional Stereo Turntable (AT-LP120-USB)

by Blogger ‎11-27-2014 05:41 PM - edited ‎11-27-2014 05:45 PM

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I was pretty excited to review this Audio Technica turntable, as it was a good opportunity to digitize some of my older classic vinyl records. This turntable is also a higher quality machine that is full of the features that I was looking for. It has a lot of flexibility since you can digitize LPs, play them through a receiver, a computer or directly through speakers. It also has DJ capabilities to create a lot of special affects, whether you are a DJ or not.


sony preview.jpgSony has been making waves with its latest smartphones, the Z3 Compact and the flagship Xperia Z3. I just sent a loaner Xperia Z3 back to Sony after several weeks of enjoying its big screen Android experience. This is one nice-looking smartphone and just in time for winter snow showers, it’s waterproof. And don’t get me started on the battery life. Read on for my full Sony Xperia Z3 experience.


Smart Home Gifts that are DIY Simple

by Blogger on ‎11-27-2014 10:08 AM - last edited on ‎11-27-2014 01:33 PM by Editor in Chief

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Smart TVs are now the dominant TV, but what about Smart home products? They are not far behind in becoming just as pervasive in most homes. Smart home gizmos are usually technologies that are linked to our mobile devices and that add a lot of convenience to our lives. Most of us cannot live for an hour, let alone a day, without doing some activity on our Smartphone. But Smartphones have a lot more capability than what we use them for, and Smart Home products tap into that underutilized capacity. They also make great gifts, so here are my top picks that will delight just about anyone.


Review: Jaybird Reign Fitness Tracker

by Blogger on ‎11-26-2014 10:01 PM

reign.jpgFor the past week, I’ve been rocking a new accessory on my left wrist – the Jaybird Reign Activity Tracker. Introduced earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Reign goes above and beyond what other activity trackers offer by encouraging balance and prompting those who wear it to improve their habits. It tells you when you need more sleep, when you need to take it easy, and when you are your optimal self, and I recently got a chance to take one for a test drive. Here’s my take after wearing Reign 24/7 for one week.


skylanders.jpgWith any game franchise you’re going to want your game play to get bigger, better, brighter, and more fun with each go around. Skylanders Trap Team – Tablet edition delivers all that and more, and after giving it a good run though using my iPad and the Skylanders Trap Team Tablet Starter Pack, I’d say this is the most engaging Skylanders game yet.


Can a Soundbar work with a Receiver?

by Blogger on ‎11-26-2014 08:07 PM

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This question was asked by one of our readers, because they were going to buy the Samsung 120W Sound Bar (HW-355) and wanted to hook it up to their receiver but weren’t sure if that was possible. Sound bars are extremely popular because they are a simple way to take your TV sound to a new level. They are easy to set up, don’t take up much space, and generally not pricey. Most are designed to connect directly to your TV so what about connecting to your receiver instead?


Protect your tablet and mount it on a wall with Otterbox Agility cases

by Blogger ‎11-26-2014 03:07 PM - edited ‎11-26-2014 03:08 PM

otter preview.jpgIs your tablet a big part of your daily routine? If so, you’ll be interested in the Otterbox Agility Tablet System. Available for Apple iPads and coming soon for several Samsung Galaxy models, the Otterbox Agility is designed to put an end to the routine of struggling to pop tablets in and out of different cases for different tasks, propping the devices up in an attempt to get a good viewing angle and even eliminates cable clutter.


Nokia Lumia 830, Microsoft’s new affordable Windows flagship smartphone

by Blogger on ‎11-26-2014 07:32 AM - last edited on ‎11-26-2014 01:51 PM by Editor in Chief

Lumia preview.jpgFans of Microsoft’s Windows Phone mobile platform can be forgiven for feeling left out with the glut of new smartphone releases every fall. New iPhones, BlackBerries and Android phones are commonplace, but Windows? A little tougher to come by. However, Microsoft announced a new “affordable flagship” Lumia smartphone at IFA 2014 in September and the Nokia Lumia 830 is now finding its way into Canada. It sports the familiar colourful polycarbonate shell and a big 5-inch display at an affordable price point.


Best tablets as rated by Best Buy customers

by Blogger on ‎11-25-2014 04:58 PM - last edited on ‎11-25-2014 05:19 PM by Editor in Chief

tablet-rating.jpgI’ve had my crack at pointing out what I feel are some of the best tablets released in 2014. Now it’s your turn. The Ratings and Comments left by Best Buy customers are a resource that shouldn’t be overlooked when shopping for any product, and I find the feedback is extremely valuable. People think of things or have experiences that I simply don’t encounter during the course of a 1,000 word review and while my time with many review products is measured in days, feedback and ratings can reflect weeks or months spent with new gear. With that intro, here are five of the best tablets being sold today, as rated by Best Buy customers.



Bring family together this holiday season with a board game

by Blogger on ‎11-25-2014 03:05 PM - last edited on ‎11-25-2014 04:51 PM by Editor in Chief

LOT Monopoly 2.jpgWhether it’s a new twist on an old family favorite or something you’ve never tried, cozy up with family and friends this holiday season with a selection of board games from Best Buy!


Hot Tech Gifts for Everyone on Your List

by Blogger on ‎11-25-2014 01:30 PM - last edited on ‎11-25-2014 01:57 PM by Editor in Chief

franklin zero gravity air hockey table.jpgStill haven’t started your Christmas shopping yet? Me neither! And– brace yourself, late shoppers – it’s just a month until Christmas. It’s time to scan through your list to see who’s made the “nice” column, and locate that perfect gift for each one. Luckily, when it comes to technology, there are tons of cool options to suit everyone on your list.


Get her something she’ll love this holiday season

by Blogger on ‎11-24-2014 09:42 PM - last edited on ‎11-25-2014 03:19 PM by Editor in Chief

fitbit 2.jpgNeed some gift ideas? Here is our list of the top Holiday gifts for her!    


motorola-scout-100.jpgShe’s cute isn’t she? Polly is a dachshund/Chihuahua cross, also known as a Doxie. Polly's safety is the reason why I was pretty excited to test out the Motorola Scout Trainer 100. After using it for a few weeks, I’m pretty sure busy pet owners are going to like it over traditional training classes. Why? In a nutshell, it works.




Hipstreet Phoenix is the affordable family tablet

by Blogger ‎11-24-2014 08:43 PM - edited ‎11-25-2014 08:42 PM

Hipsteet_Phoenix_10Inch.jpgI started seriously looking at the 25.4 cm (10") Hipstreet Phoenix when one of the youngest family members cracked the screen on the shared family tablet for the second time. The Phoenix cost less than a repair and turned out to be sturdier as well with some terrific features.


The Fisher Price Story

by Blogger on ‎11-24-2014 07:57 PM - last edited on ‎11-25-2014 02:13 PM by Editor in Chief

dr-doodle.jpgLaunching a new business venture in the shadows of the Great Depression – the longest, deepest, and most widespread global economic downturn of the 20th century – might sound to some like a recipe for disaster. But that’s exactly what three entrepreneurs did when they joined forces to create Fisher-Price Toys in 1930. From its humble beginnings in an A-frame concrete house that was turned into its manufacturing headquarters to a multi-billion dollar organization, Fisher-Price has not only withstood the test of time, but has become the largest, most trusted, and most recognized name in infant and preschool toys.


GTA V - The Next Gen Release - New Gear, New Goodies, New Gameplay and More

by Blogger on ‎11-24-2014 10:00 AM - last edited on ‎11-25-2014 12:13 PM by Editor in Chief

GTAV-cover.jpgThe newest member of the GTA family, Grand Theft Auto 5 is a crazy smash hit.  So much to see and do, compelling characters, an online experience that, after some initial bumps, has critics praising its virtues... What's left?  New hardware, that's what!  Now for the PC, PS4, and XBox One, it's no mere port, there's a lot of new content, exclusive to the new release.


Get ready for the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday ever!

by Editor in Chief ‎11-24-2014 06:00 AM - edited ‎11-27-2014 10:58 AM

bbyblackfridayimage.JPGOnly a few years ago most Canadians would be snuggled in their beds early in the morning on the last Friday of November. Not anymore! Black Friday and Cyber Monday are going to be keeping many Canadians awake. Since coming to Canada only a few years ago these few days have quickly become known for phenomenal deals on almost every category of merchandise.  You definitely don’t want to miss out this year!


Review: Why Super Smash Bros for Nintendo WiiU is the best one yet

by Blogger ‎11-23-2014 09:00 PM - edited ‎11-23-2014 09:41 PM

SmashBroWiiUopen.jpgEvery Nintendo generation since the Nintendo 64 has had a Smash Bros game, and they've all been fan favourites so far. I didn't play the Wii version, but really enjoyed the N64 and Gamecube games, and of course, the Nintendo 3DS one when it came out last month.  But, through all those, the Nintendo WiiU is the best one yet, and has to be right there for WiiU Game of the Year consideration.  Check it out.


Christmas 2014 Musician Stocking Stuffer Ideas

by Blogger ‎11-23-2014 07:47 PM - edited ‎11-23-2014 07:51 PM

Santa GuitarChristmas time should be a time of joy and happiness for everyone - including the musician on your list. Let me tell you from experience, that coffee cup with musical symbols and that piano keyboard scarf are NOT what he or she will be happy to see on Christmas morning. Never fear, I’ve got some ideas from the Best Buy selection that will bring a smile to that muse’s face this December.


65LB7100.jpgIf you’re thinking about upgrading to a bigger, higher-quality picture television with 3D capabilities and wireless connectivity, the LG 65” 1080p 240Hz 3D IPS LED Smart TV may be for you!


Bringing Nintendo gaming alive like never before with amiibo

by Blogger on ‎11-22-2014 06:26 PM - last edited on ‎11-27-2014 10:12 AM by Editor in Chief

amiibo-figures.jpgIt was one of Nintendo's most well received ideas of E3 2014 - The amiibo, a series of bite sized figurines for use with your Nintendo systems, and specifically for Super Smash Bros. They're finally here, and they're pretty neat to get into, so let's take a look!


Record Players 101 - Vinyl is Here to Stay!

by Blogger ‎11-22-2014 04:45 PM - edited ‎11-23-2014 09:08 PM

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The vinyl revival is very real. Vinyl album sales have been growing steadily for the last 10 years, and growth just last year was over 30%. CD sales have been steadily declining and surprisingly even digital music downloads declined last year. To accompany the surge in vinyl, record players of today have features that weren’t around when vinyl was king many moons ago. So here’s a short primer on what to look for in a record player these days.


LBP3Opener.jpgSackboy is back with a few new friends in LittleBigPlanet 3 for Sony PlayStation 3 and 4.  For PS4 users, this is Sackboy's first foray into 1080p, and what a huge foray this is.  In addition to the regular story mode and gameplay features, how is it that LBP 3 has over 9 million playable levels already?  Read on to find out more and learn about the game.


Shelly’s Friday Favourite presents Traditional Christmas Sugar Cookies

by Blogger on ‎11-21-2014 05:59 PM - last edited on ‎11-25-2014 02:11 PM by Editor in Chief

sugar-cookie-recipe.jpgToday on Shelly’s Friday Favourites, I’m going to share my favourite sugar cookie recipe with you and show you how easy it is to decorate these cookies. If you get overwhelmed by roll out cookies because they’re too sticky or they don’t turn out right, you’ll love this recipe. The dough is light, fluffy, and rolls out like a dream.


Review: Fujifilm X-T1—Will This Camera Become A Cult Classic?

by Blogger ‎11-21-2014 02:29 PM - edited ‎11-25-2014 11:27 AM

10246845.jpgAs the mirrorless (or compact system) camera segment has mushroomed over the last few years, one company has stood out from the rest for consistently releasing high-quality, stylish cameras that produce gorgeous images: Fujifilm.


Today I'm reviewing the rugged, durable X-T1, a camera capable of taking gorgeous images in the most demanding of circumstances.



What I learned about crafts and my marriage while testing the Cricut Explore

by Blogger on ‎11-21-2014 09:33 AM - last edited on ‎11-21-2014 05:03 PM by Editor in Chief

crafts.jpgLet me set the scene for you. It’s 8 pm and I get home after a long day chasing small people to see the Cricut Explore has just been delivered to my house. I’ve been asked to test it out and write up a review, and I’ve been looking forward to it because I’ve never tried a Cricut before. Little did I know that my husband and I would be fighting over it and in 5 short days I'd be completely hooked. Read on and find out why everyone needs a Cricut Explore.


Stay connected with the LG 3D Wi-Fi Blue-ray Disc Player (BP 735)!

by Blogger on ‎11-20-2014 10:30 PM - last edited on ‎11-25-2014 09:12 AM by Editor in Chief

lg blu ray 3.jpgThis high-quality disc player allows you to play 3D Blue-ray and DVD discs, stream apps such as Netflix and connect, navigate and play content from your phone, tablet or computer.


Overview: The LG 65” 4K Smart TV is big and packed with features

by Blogger on ‎11-20-2014 10:01 PM - last edited on ‎11-21-2014 10:16 AM by Editor in Chief

LG-1.jpgI have a theory. A product that has a long name is almost always better than a similar product with a short name. Take, for example, my favourite coffee indulgence: a large-triple-shot-extra-hot-no-foam-sugar-free-vanilla-soy-cappucino. Now, doesn’t that sound a million times better than plain old “coffee”? I think so. And if my exceptionally scientific theory has any merit at all, then the LG 65” 4K Ultra HD 240Hz IPS Smart TV might just be the king of the TVs. All kidding aside, this TV is packed with features that are sure to please.


In keeping with the “long names are better” theme, let’s break down name of this TV to illustrate all that it hsa to offer.


The hottest tech this season is wearable

by Blogger on ‎11-20-2014 02:35 PM - last edited on ‎11-20-2014 03:13 PM by Editor in Chief

story-feature-1.jpgLooking for a cool, high tech gift idea? One that can help someone live a healthier lifestyle or make them love their smartphone that much more? Look no further than wearable technology, a category of gear that’s taken off this year, finally living up to the promise of wearing a mini computer instead of carrying one.


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