4K TVs are the best you can get when it comes to picture quality these days, offering four times the resolution of high-definition at 3,840 x 2,160 pixels versus 1,920 x 1,080. But with all of the hype surrounding them, one question that’s not as often discussed is how lower resolution content will look on these 4K/Ultra HD/UHD TVs. And it’s an important thing to consider since that’s what most of us are still watching.
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Why would you buy a gaming laptop? If your idea of playing games on your PC is Candy Crush, then you wouldn’t. But if your idea of fun is piloting a 24-foot tall Titan or taking on a Zerg swarm and you want to do it on the go (or in the smallest space possible), then you want a gaming laptop. These mobile PCs are small enough to serve as a compact all-in-one PC gaming rig, but also offer the advantage of portability. They will dramatically outperform a typical laptop or Ultrabook when it comes to video games because they are designed with one thing in mind: speed.
Famed WWE Hall of Famer "Rowdy" Roddy Piper once said "Just when you think you know the answers, I change the questions." Blizzard must be fans of the Hot Rod because right when Diablo III gamers were comfortable in their game, they change much of the core mechanics in the game leading up to the release of the Reaper of Souls Expansion on March 25th, and all are arguably for the better. Click below to read about some of the many changes from Patch 2.0.1
Daylight savings starts this Sunday, March 9. It means jumping ahead one hour to enjoy longer days of summer and signals the end of rising to work in the dark.
Why not celebrate this new time frame with a new clock? Today's clocks have self adjusting features so you don't have to worry about setting the right time.They are also a great way to add a personal touch of style.
The switch to Daylight Savings time is upon us again, and as of 2 am Sunday, March 9th, we’ll be springing forward by 60 minutes. Not all of Canada participates in the Daylight Savings ritual, with Saskatchewan being the main exception as they observe Central Standard Time all year round.
Some people don't notice the switch all that much, others will flat out tell you 'It sucks.' It doesn't matter which camp you're in, because it's coming whether we like it or not. So how do you survive the transition to Daylight Saving time?
This month, if you buy a Nintendo 2DS, 3DS or 3DS XL + Qualifying Game and register them all for Club Nintendo, you could receive Pokemon X or Y free of charge courtesy of Nintendo themselves! Click below to learn more about this freebie offer and everything that qualifies.
TV technology just keeps getting better every year, to the point it is hard to keep track and understand it all. One of the least talked about but greatest technological improvements for LCD screens is “in-plane switching” (IPS). IPS has advanced quite a bit in recent years and is definitely worth paying attention to because it is now behind the best LCD screens. The various screen technologies can be a bit confusing so let me try to explain what you need to know about IPS vs. others.
One of the things about living in a northerly country like Canada is that we spend stretches of the year with short days and long nights. Far from limiting our options as photographers, today I'll look at the limitless night photography opportunties that are open to us - including 'light painting'!
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There’s a lot to like about portable computers, but Google and its hardware partners like Samsung, Acer and HP found a way to offer a light weight, lower cost alternative to the traditional Windows laptop. Chromebooks are a hot category of portable computers that run Google’s Chrome OS instead of Windows or OSX. With Chrome’s lower hardware requirements and the ability to leverage Google’s cloud services, a Chromebook can offer a full-featured PC experience in a device that’s lighter and less expensive than traditional PCs, without the limitations of netbooks. They may not be ideal for everyone, but Chromebooks are designed to cover many scenarios and are particularly useful for students, road warriors, small business and those looking for light duty home PC.
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Roku has just made media streaming to your TV even easier,by introducing their brand new Roku Streaming Stick today!
Roku has been one of the biggest and best names in media streaming devices, and continue to show that they want to stay a leader in that market. The NEW Roku Streaming Stick puts nearly all the capabilities of a regular Roku box into a stick that looks much like a USB flash drive. With this latest announcement they have brought down the price of streaming and made it even simpler as it just plugs into an HDMI input in the back of your TV.
It's been a very long time since there was a South Park console game. In fact, the newest system when the last console was game was out was Sega Dreamcast, a previous object of Cartman's affection. Some 15 years after South Park Rally, it's time for the cast and crew to come back a few gaming generations and 200 episodes later. The Stick of Truth is the first game back, courtesy of Ubisoft, and is a Role Playing Game of all things. Featuring more fart gags and more inside jokes than perhaps any other video game I've ever played in my life, please come check out the review for this rather unique title.
I'm an easy to please gamer tired of all the clutter in my living room and home office. I'm tired of having to buy a headset for my PC, XBox, Nintendo and Playstation systems because they're only made and optimized for that specific console. How hard would it be to have something that was all-encompassing, doesn't break the bank and doesn't skimp on sound quality? Not hard at all according to Plantronics, who believe their RIG Headset is all this and more. Click below for my review of this dynamic headset.
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Final Fantasy fans rejoice! The folks at Square Enix seem to have been up to a lot lately, particularly after the admitted mistakes of Final Fantasy XIV, and its complete rehaul and rerelease. With that in mind we have, over the course of a month, not one but two Final Fantasy Releases. One, the final title in a trilogy (and who doesn't like those?), the other, the HD remaster and combining of two FF superstars with Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy X/X-2 Remastered.
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Wireless routers are the unsung heroes of the home Wi-Fi experience. We tend to buy them, set them up, then forget about them. Yet the performance of that network isn’t just a matter of the speed you get from your ISP, it has everything to do with that wireless router. If you haven’t updated yours in a few years or you’re lucky enough to have devices using the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi spec, it may be time for an upgrade. And the Linksys AC1900 Smart Wi-Fi wireless router would be a solid choice. After replacing my own wireless router with the Linksys for a week, I came away impressed with its performance and network management tools —and I don’t even have anything that takes advantage of its 802.11ac capabilities.
When it comes to cars, a convertible is one with a roof that protects occupants from the weather while offering a top-free ride in the summer sunshine. When it comes to PCs, convertible laptops mean something a little different. These are PCs that combine the best of two different experiences —the laptop and the tablet— in a single device. And like a convertible (the car), a convertible laptop accomplishes this trick through some clever hardware design. Convertible laptops aren’t for everyone, but if you’re a fan of mobile computing and you’d love to have a tablet along for the ride without the extra weight (and expense); or if you wish your tablet had a keyboard and trackpad, a convertible laptop may be the ideal device for you.
I don’t know about you, but there is only one award show I look forward to every single year. The Academy Awards make me transition from someone who watches TV in snippets while picking up stuff or folding clothes to a person who is completely focused on what’s unfolding on the screen.
I love movies, and that includes everything from old movies based in the 1930’s to new movies tricked out with CGI. I love actors and actresses, from Carole Lombard to Robert Downey Jr., and if there is a movie on my TV at any point, I’ll watch it. I might not sit down while I watch it, but I’m still see it with at least half an eye.
That’s why the Academy Awards appeals so strongly – where else can you get a taste of the glamour, mystery, and magic of the movies while still sitting on your comfortable couch?
There are very few game series' I've enjoyed more in my lifetime of gaming than the Professor Layton one. It always excites me to no end to get to unwrap and solve another couple hundred puzzles, and I always keep going back for more. I don`t have to explain how excited I was to hear that the final installment of the prequel to the first trilogy is finally available and also how much I`ve been anticipating having it in my hands. I did get it, and click below for my thoughts.
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Western Digital (WD) has been around since 1970 and is one of the world’s largest hard disk drive manufacturers. I have two Western Digital external hard drives for backing up my computer and they have been great! But WD makes other devices including media streaming devices, which they have had a lot of success with. I recently had the opportunity to test out the WD TV Live Media Player, which is their third generation device so they have continually improved it. Since I already have an Apple TV and a Roku device, I was able to compare the WD TV Live to its’ competitors, and it did extremely well.
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Announced back in 2009, Thief was a long held standard in stealth gameplay, single handedly redefining the genre with the original Thief game, Thief: The Dark Project way back in '98. With its last release in 2004, fans of the series and of the stealth Genre in general have long held their breath; well you can let it go folks, the coast is clear. Play as Garrett, Master Thief and all around enthusiast of shiny things while he tiptoes over rooftops in a Victorian Dystopia, with Thief!
During the past week, the world’s leading manufacturers of mobile electronics —smartphones, tablets and wearable technology— have been showcasing their latest products at Mobile World Congress 2014. MWC is the mobile industry’s equivalent to the Consumer Electronics Show and that means big names (Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave a keynote) along with big product reveals —like the Samsung Galaxy S5. Basically, If you want to know what to expect in the world of mobile for 2014, just look at what’s on display at Mobile World Congress. Our MWC 2014 wrap-up covers the big news from Barcelona.
One of the most popular Popcap series since its debut back in 2009, Plants vs. Zombies takes a little bit of a left turn under EA's guidance and debuts on XBox One with a third person shooter. Garden Warfare takes a different, yet just as silly look at the Plants vs. Zombies universe. Featuring up to 24 player multiplayer, and nearly a dozen game modes for a lot less than a normal retail title. Come take a look at the chaos being caused this time out!
If you’re a bit of a technophile or are in the market for a new television, you may have heard of something called OLED; but what is it? How does it differ from LED technology? What makes it special? In an effort to demystify OLED, I’ve put together what I call OLED 101 – the bare bones facts about this technology that is very likely here to stay.
Not satisfied with the default ringtones in iOS 7? Many iPhone owners are happy enough with “Cosmic,” “Stargaze” or classics like “Old Phone.” But if you’re bored with the ringtones you get as part of iOS 7 or you’re tired of reaching for your phone (along with dozens of people around you in the mall) every time you hear that familiar ring, maybe it’s time to change things up. Maybe you’d like a riff from your favourite song instead. While you can buy pre-made music ringtones directly from your iPhone, it’s easy to create your own from your iTunes music library. Here’s how.
Even if you’re pretty plugged in to the smartphone scene, there’s a good chance you haven’t heard of Alcatel. Samsung, HTC, Nokia, Apple, Sony, Motorola —of course. Alcatel? Maybe not so much. But that’s about to change. One of the biggest smartphone brand names in China’s booming smartphone market, TCL’s Alcatel is making a push into the Canadian market with the OneTouch Idol X, a big, colourful and super slim Android device that’s set to challenge the status quo. Look for the OneTouch Idol X to make an appearance soon at Best Buy.
Fujifilm has just released a water-resistant camera that can work in sub-zero temperatures. It also comes with a host of new features never before seen on any of the highly rated X-Series, including a monster of an electronic viewfinder!
Today photographer Justin Morrison gives us his thoughts on Fujifilm's latest rugged release: the X-T1.
When it comes to getting a brand spanking new TV for the home, size is always one of top decision-making factors. Naturally, we all want the biggest, best TV money can buy. But you also need to be cognizant of what size will make the most sense for the room. And sometimes, that might mean scaling down your ambitions a bit; or conversely, looking at a TV bigger than what you intended.
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When was the last time you cleaned your TV screen? How did you do it? For something that you probably spend so much time looking at, you really should clean it every now and then – every HDTV needs it at some point. The screen is electrostatic so it will attract dust and dirt, plus the occasional beer or other spray won’t help you see a clear picture. Cleaning it seems like a simple thing to do, but you really need to be careful as you could ruin the screen.
Though its usually putting the player between innocent villagers and the father of bloodsuckers, this time around Castlevania has flipped the script! Take on the roll of Dracula himself and avoid the dogged pursuit of the Belmont clan in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2. After years of slumber, the Dark Lord awakes to a proposition, the acquisition of his undead hearts desire, its up to you to return the Dark Lord to full power, and you'll probably have to do some all out battles with all manner of horrific and or massive beasties along the way. Interested?
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