Continuing our look at the ‘connected home’ let’s take a look at the idea of keeping your home ‘lived in’ while you’re travelling. This is especially handy this time of year while the weather warms up and many of us start making plans to travel and get out a lot more. Whether you’ve got a road trip or a vacation coming up, home security can be a concern while you’re away. With all the smart home technology you can employ nowadays it’s easy to give your home the appearance of remaining occupied as usual even though you’re out and about. If your home will be unoccupied for an extended period of time this can be particularly useful.
The price-performance ratio is hard to beat on this piano - you really can’t go wrong. It is a solid product with a good feature set that will enable the beginner or intermediate player to really enjoy the instrument. If you’ve been wanting to take up piano or you’ve been looking for a reason to buy a piano and cost has been a factor, check out the CDP-130CS at Best Buy Canada.
You’ve heard a family that plays together, stays together? Summer is the perfect time to grab hold of that old adage and bring it to life. Everyone wants to be outdoors and families are always looking for fun things to do. As far as I’m concerned, all you need are a few great games, and a few well-chosen accessories to keep you warm, comfy and bug-free, and you’re off to the races!
The first game that I really, truly remember passionately loving as a child was Space Quest II: Vohaul’s Revenge. Sierra Online, along with LucasArts, represented the heart and soul of the Adventure game genre for nearly two decades until the bottom fell out of the market, leaving a vast desert of mainstream adventure gaming… until now. The adventure game is back, and there are some incredible experiences that you need to be playing RIGHT NOW. Read on to learn about the best Adventure games you should play this year.
on 05-25-201510:42 AM - last edited on 05-25-201501:56 PM by BBYMartin
It’s date night, and I want to stay in for a romantic evening. There are many things I can do to prepare and create an elegant nightlife vibe such as serving great tasting cocktails presented in stylish glassware. I’m a firm believer that drinks should be served in elegant glassware just to help set the mood right. With the right recipe and perfect presentation, I’ll be able to show off my ever-improving bartending skills, plus we will both have fun tasking some new delicious creations.
If you're in need of—or maybe just want—a great office desk for your home office, then you've certainly come to the right place! In today's blog I consider 4 excellent office desks that are fit for a President! So if this sounds like you or another member of your immediate family, then click on through and see if there's something inside that will suit your purpose. I'm betting that there will be!
on 05-24-201508:25 PM - last edited on 05-25-201502:26 PM by BBYMartin
Home automation is starting to take off in the mainstream, mostly thanks to low-cost alternatives to custom systems; while there’s still a market for the integrated home automation system, for many consumers there’s a choice between entry level and midrange “network” products and “non-network” products. What does that mean and which type of product is right for you? Read on to find out.
Camping is one of summer's best outdoor activities. The sunshine, the warmth, cooking over an open fire and sipping a glass of wine under the stars. With the right gear, like the new line of BioLite stoves and lighting, camping doesn't have to be “roughing it,” it can be a relaxing way to get outdoors, while still having some of the comforts of home: like fully charged phones, lights and cameras!
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Smart keyless entry into your home is still a project in its infancy. Being that there really aren't more than a handful of devices out there, it's easy to both shine and sputter in the spotlight. The August Smart lock is one that looks to rise above its competition, promising an easy installation and the ability for you to use your existing keys to boot. I timed my installation and I'll take you through my thoughts as you read on.
From my own experience, I can tell you that the best way to get creative with the BBQ is to use spice rubs. Spice rubs are made up of ground spices like salt, pepper, chilli pepper, and more. All you have to do is coat the meat you’re using, whether that’s beef, chicken, or ribs, with the rub and BBQ as you normally would. If done right, you’re in for a definite treat for dinner.
The Fender FA-300CE Acoustic-Electric guitar package bundles together everything that you need to produce a great acoustic tone in a live setting and in a recorded format. The FA-300CE is a solid acoustic guitar with great tone and playability for those wanting to learn the guitar, just starting to learn, and also for those intermediate players wanting to take the next step. The included Slide interface and accompanying software makes it incredibly easy to learn thanks to the Rock Prodigy software and to record and edit your music via the AmpliTtube software.
on 05-21-201505:17 PM - last edited on 05-22-201511:01 AM by BBYMartin
Recently announced, Assassin's Creed Syndicate is the latest installment in the iconic Assassin's Creed franchise. Sporting the largest, most modern, and life-like open-world city to date in the franchise, Assassin's Creed Syndicate is set to make its debut this fall. Come find out all the information on this newly announced game, and watch a nine minute gameplay walkthrough of Assassin's Creed Syndicate.
on 05-21-201504:13 PM - last edited on 05-21-201504:22 PM by BBYMartin
When Google released Android 5.0 Lollipop, it was designed to not only give the mobile operating system a new coat of paint, but also add some neat additions to make usage easier. Eventhough it initially rolled out last fall, many changes have been introduced—it is currently in version 5.1.1; the changes and fixes found in the current version have helped make Android smartphones and tablets easier to use.
I recently put my house up for sale, and before I did, I took a good look at every single room in my house and added some spring-time touches to every corner. From fresh new paint to simple touches like a brand new duvet cover, I had a blast bringing life and colour into every room after a long winter inside. Here are just a few great ways to refresh your house for spring, from simple fixes to big changes.
Telecommuting, remote working or just plain working from home: it doesn’t matter what you call it, the trend is on the rise. To get the most out of the experience, sitting at the dining room table with a laptop won’t cut it. A properly equipped home office will maximize productivity and make for a better experience. This doesn’t just mean moving the laptop from one room to another: you need to consider everything from computer equipment and peripherals to ergonomics and networking. Read on for tips on how to build a better home office.
Withings may not be a household name in the Canadian smart device market yet, but they soon will be. Blending a mixture of European influenced design with subtle lifestyle-enhancing functionality, Withings has arrived at Best Buy, and whether you need some surveillance for home or a new watch, you may find what you're looking for by reading on.
on 05-21-201509:11 AM - last edited on 05-21-201511:42 AM by BBYMartin
For Blue Jays catcher, and resident Canadian, Russell Martin, being a cover athlete for a video game is a case of coming full circle. A childhood fan of the Jays and Expos growing up in Montreal, and a gamer at heart, the two-time All-Star catcher talks about being on the cover of MLB 15: The Show and what it’s like playing the game.
There are some small kitchen appliances you just can’t help get really excited about. For some people that appliance might be a crockpot, for others a bread maker. At my house, we always get a real kick out of blenders. That could be because we’ve had some real stinkers over the years, where you can literally see the blades struggling to cut through whatever we’ve put in the bowl and you can smell the blender’s motor as it burns out. Yes, I’ve killed off a few blenders in my time, so I’ve been really impressed with how far blenders have come over the past few years, and even more impressed when I gave the Breville Boss Super Blender a run through for a few days.
Ever wanted to drive track at over 200km/h? Not your style? How about driving tractor and prepping a field for the fall harvest? Maybe you’re a little more politically minded, and you’d like to manage the daily goings-on of a village with weird, bizarre animal-like villagers. The wonderful thing about simulation games is that they let you do things that you never could or would. Want to get caught up with some of the best sim games out there right now? Read on.
What’s cooler than having your own eye in the sky? For a lot of consumers and professionals out there, not much! The DJI Phantom was one of the first truly user-friendly drones on the market, and the family has grown over the past few years to includes some awesome new features. The beautifully designed Phantom 3 brings more range, more clarity, and more power to the field with two new models.
With the exclusive Canadian launch of the Myo armband at Best Buy, I can soon be controlling all sorts of things—from games and toys, to computers, TVs and more—all with a wave of my hand or snap of my fingers, just like I had the power of telekinesis. Read on to learn why I can't wait to pair one of these with a video game and have a brand new reason to call in sick for work.
The release of several ultra-portable PCs over the past few months has taken the laptop form factor to new extremes. The new Apple MacBook, Dell’s XPS 13 and Lenovo Yoga 3 are so svelte, they actually weigh less than the battery alone from a late 1980s vintage Macintosh Portable. I’ve put together a timeline showing some of the key advances in technology that have helped us move from a 10 kg PC in a suitcase to a device weighing 1 kg or less.
Induction cooking is one of the many ways you can cook your meals today. Because I had no idea what induction cooking was all about, I had to do some research to learn about everything induction cooking has to offer. Let me tell you, I found out it has some great benefits, so read on to see if an induction cooker is right for you.
There’s a new gadget coming to town, and I’m pretty sure you’re going to want one. I know this because as much as I may have initially scoffed at the idea that it would be a product I would ever want or need, I’ve come to the realization that it is indeed something I have to have. It’s the new Philips Hue Go–a WiFi enabled portable mood light that can be used indoors or outdoors, and it will be hitting the Best Buy shelves just in time for summer.
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The television section in a Best Buy store is a place to dream. Around every corner is a bright amazing image: crystal clear entertainment magic. Some shelves have HD televisions, some have the vivid detail of 4K UHD displays, and some even have dazzling 3D. Then there’s the cream of the crop. The best example of this last category is the new Samsung SUHD television. Best Buy is giving away one of these, the best televisions available, in this contest. You can also win an exclusive trip to Toronto to get the Samsung SUHD experience like never before! Read on to learn how to enter:
on 05-19-201507:38 AM - last edited on 05-19-201512:07 PM by BBYMartin
We post data online, or send it via our phone, yet this information is often just lost in space. In fact, some people say this generation will be one of lost memories. Nero is a solution to save memories and at the same time make more out of them. Read to learn more about how Nero can help you make the most of your digital memories.
on 05-18-201508:41 PM - last edited on 05-19-201504:10 PM by BBYMartin
One of the most anticipated racing simulation games of the past three and a half years is finally here. Project CARS was developed on a new crowdfunding platform, with the help of over 80,000 community members, developer Slightly Mad Studios set out to make the ultimate racing simulator game. If you love racing simulation games like Forza Motorsport or Gran Turismo come read my top 5 reasons why every racing sim fan should have Project CARS.
on 05-18-201507:04 PM - last edited on 05-22-201510:23 AM by BBYMartin
I love it when new TVs come out as the technology just keeps improving. The value for the dollar keeps getting better, even if the new TVs aren’t a big step up in features and technology. LG just introduced a new line of TVs for 2015, the LF Series, that I had a chance to get a closer look at even though I wasn’t able to test them out. Two of them were 32” models and the other comes in a 43” and 49” sizes. LG’s LF series, at least so far, are smaller sets than I am used to seeing being introduced.
Kiss speaker wire and built-in speakers goodbye! The Sonos music system is the future of fully integrated in-home music, and it couldn’t be easier. The fully wireless but amazing sounding system is a snap to set up in any room in your home, and with its smart app, you can control your entire music library (and the internet’s!) right from your phone.
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