christmas-cookies.jpgWe have a few Christmas traditions over at my house. We do Christmas eve PJs for everyone, even the pets, and we always have to go to the local mall and donate a few toys to the local toy bureau. But my absolute favourite Christmas tradition is my annual bake day for my top 5 favourite Christmas cookies.

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Untitled.jpgWell if Christmas is on the way, then the end of the year must be just around the corner. And as ever, it’s a great time to look back on the year that was and reflect on the highs, the lows, and the in-betweens. As I have the good fortune to get to play with new cameras from time to time, I thought I’d look back at the best models I got to hold in my sweaty paws in 2014.

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Gifts that will help them get the most from their tablet

by Blogger ‎12-18-2014 04:18 PM - edited ‎12-18-2014 04:19 PM

Preview.jpgLike many people who own a tablet, I love mine. I use it every day, often for hours at a time. And just as many of those other tablet fans do, I frequently find the experience can be improved with accessories. Just in time for last-minute holiday shopping, here are some suggestions for gifts that will help those on your list get the most from their tablets.

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BBY_GEN1.jpgWe’re officially getting down to the wire for holiday shopping and the big day is almost here, but that doesn’t mean the best gifts have passed you by. There are still so many great last minute gifts for everyone on your list, you’ll wonder why you even stressed about finishing your shopping. Here are a few that will be favourites for you and the person you’re giving them to.

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Smartphone accessories: holiday gifts that make their mobile phone even better

by Blogger on ‎12-18-2014 02:00 PM - last edited on ‎12-18-2014 02:03 PM by Editor in Chief

BBY_CELL.jpgWhat do you get the person who has everything? Tough question, but if they have a smartphone —and chances are they do— checking that name off your holiday shopping list just got easier. Mobile phone accessories offer virtually unlimited gift ideas with options to fit any budget. They range from high tech to high fashion and everything in between. Here are some suggestions for holiday gifts that are certain to make their mobile phone even better and sure to please.

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Great gifts for your tech loving dad

by Blogger on ‎12-18-2014 01:27 PM - last edited on ‎12-18-2014 01:49 PM by Editor in Chief

dad giftMost of us Dads (and even our dads) are closet tech nuts, excited over tech, pretty much any tech. 10 years ago, I could've cared less about controlling the temperature of my house through my phone, but 2 months ago as I was having a smart thermostat installed, I couldn't wait. With little things like this in mind, here's my take on some gadgets that interest me as a first time dad, and might provide you some inspiration for yours less than one week away from Christmas day.

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What the heck is wearable tech? Part 3: Train your pet using wearables

by Blogger on ‎12-18-2014 11:43 AM - last edited on ‎12-18-2014 12:03 PM by Editor in Chief

dog.JPGHey, it’s Debra again. You don’t want to be THAT neighbour, whose dog has a full-on bark-appaloosa concert every time the wind blows.The wonderful scientists, and general smarty-pants, over at Motorola have now created the MOTOPET 200. It’s a new, gentler system to train dogs using "static correction" using vibrations rather than a shock collar. MOTOPET 200 is lightweight and waterproof and looks cute on almost every dog. Who knows, maybe you can even teach him to Moto-roll-over!

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Help improve your golf game with the Arccos Golf GPS and Stat Tracker!

by Blogger on ‎12-17-2014 10:44 PM - last edited on ‎12-18-2014 01:44 PM by Editor in Chief

ArccosSensor.jpgGolfers are always interested in tightening up their games and making them that much better. Fortunately, for your budding PGA Tour Pro (or yourself,) there's the Arccos Golf GPS and Stat Tracker, now available at Best Buy. Use the Arccos to monitor your golfing progress (so you don't have to) and have it measure your distances, greens in regulation and so many other things that you never thought you'd need to know.  Come take a look!

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Home Theatre Must-Have Accessories

by Blogger ‎12-17-2014 05:44 PM - edited ‎12-18-2014 09:13 AM

TV Accessories.jpegTVs keep getting bigger with a clearer, richer picture and Christmas or Boxing Day is a very popular time for people to upgrade their technology. If you are getting a new TV, and even if you aren’t, it is also a great time to get those accessories that will make any TV experience a lot better. These must-have accessories make great Christmas presents and if Santa was not so nice, Boxing Day sales are sure to give you a second chance.

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preview.jpgHave someone on your holiday shopping list who uses a desktop PC? There are tons of gifts you could give that will make their computer better, more fun to use and even add years of life to it. I’ve put together a list of suggestions to help them to get the most from their desktop PC this holiday season.

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Linksys preview.jpgLinksys was founded in the 1980s, previously owned by networking giant Cisco and is now under the ownership of Belkin. It’s probably best known for producing the top-selling router of all time, the blue and black Linksys WRT54G series. I’ve reviewed several Linksys wireless routers this year, including the WRT54G’s successor —the WRT1900AC— and always come away impressed. This is a brand that consumers and small business owners can count on for being at the centre of their high performance Wi-Fi network.

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Review: Netatmo Weather Station

by Blogger ‎12-17-2014 08:09 AM - edited ‎12-17-2014 08:10 AM

Netamo_wearther_station.jpgWhether good or bad, the weather is the one thing we all have in common. Probably why we talk about it so often. The Netatmo Weather Station bills itself as the the first personal weather station. It lets you monitor temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide, air quality and even noise from your phone, tablet or computer.

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The Crew - Open-world Driving across the Continental USA

by Blogger ‎12-17-2014 07:57 AM - edited ‎12-17-2014 09:24 AM

TheCrewCoverTop.jpgYes, you read that right.  Developers Ivory Tower and Ubisoft have crafted themselves a map that includes all of Continental America.  A driving game that wants you to tag along with friends, fancy a road trip across country?  Pack your bags (get your snacks really, no actual packing required) and grab some friends.  It's time for a rip down the road with The Crew.

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A Bluetooth speaker makes the perfect gift for anyone on your list!

by Blogger on ‎12-17-2014 01:06 AM - last edited on ‎12-19-2014 02:07 PM by Editor in Chief

Monster Superstar.jpgChristmas is just over a week away! A Bluetooth speaker is a great last minute gift option for anyone on your list!

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Pioneer X-CM32BT Micro System Review

by Blogger on ‎12-16-2014 12:53 PM

X-CM32BTThe Pioneer X-CM32BT Micro System is a relatively compact little unit that can be deceiving. If asked to describe where it lands in the crowded arena of audio playback systems, I’d have to say it lies somewhere between massive amplifier/receiver systems and compact all-in-one mobile device docking stations. It reminded me of hi-fi systems of a couple of decades ago, but in a much smaller package.


The system will play many audio formats and media. Radio, CD’s and digital audio files (MP3/WMA) are all supported.

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Smartphone operating systems compared

by Blogger ‎12-16-2014 07:34 AM - edited ‎12-17-2014 08:53 AM

Preview.jpgWhen it comes to choosing a new smartphone, hardware features are important —the display size, CPU and camera image sensor are always something to consider. The operating system is arguably an even more important choice. Right now there are four main mobile operating systems: iOS, Android, Windows and BlackBerry. Not sure which one should be on your next smartphone? I’m here to help you choose.

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Panasonic Connect links smartphone and home phone

by Blogger on ‎12-15-2014 03:31 PM - last edited on ‎12-15-2014 04:17 PM by Editor in Chief

Panasonic 1-Handset DECT 6.0 Link2Cell Cordless Phone.jpgIf you’re like most typical Canadian homes, you probably still have a landline plus several cell phones. The Panasonic Connect series include the Panasonic KXPRD262 and Panasonic KX-PRW120c that provides a bridge between your landline and smartphone.

 

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Best Buy's Keep Fit for the holidays Contest: Win a Fitbit Charge

by Editor in Chief ‎12-15-2014 10:18 AM - edited ‎12-18-2014 09:59 AM

fitbit charge.jpgWearable technology has seriously been changing lives.  We all know how important exercise is to keeping healthy, yet many of us don't exercise every day.   Wearables like the Fitbit Charge make getting enough exercise really easy. Wear one, and suddenly your life will change. That's what this contest from Best Buy will do, help one person keep fit for the holidays, and for the rest of their life. The winner can decide if they want it for themselves, or to give as a gift so a loved one can become healthier. Read on for all the details:

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Review: The newer and smaller Insteon Hub

by Blogger on ‎12-14-2014 08:25 PM - last edited on ‎12-15-2014 09:57 AM by Editor in Chief

NewInsteonHub.jpgWe've covered Insteon products here before, including the original hub last year. This year, Insteon has a new hub that provides the same in-house product support, along with promising easier setup than the original hub.  However, if you've already got the old Insteon Hub, and some of the old x10 products that the first one supported, is it worth upgrading to the new hardware?  Read on to find out.

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D-Link Wireless Routers and Network Solutions

by Blogger on ‎12-13-2014 10:49 AM - last edited on ‎12-15-2014 08:07 AM by Editor in Chief

D-Link Preview.jpgSince its early days as Datex Systems (circa 1986) D-Link has specialized in connecting devices. Today, the company is well known for wireless routers designed to optimize home Wi-Fi network performance in a wide range of price points. It also offers Wi-Fi extenders and even kits that utilize a home’s electrical wiring as a network in order to boost Wi-Fi coverage and performance. I’ve put together an overview of D-Link’s wireless routers to help explain why you might want to consider this company’s products if your network isn’t living up to expectations.

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Shelly’s Friday Favourite presents Traditional Christmas Drinks

by Blogger on ‎12-12-2014 08:58 PM - last edited on ‎12-15-2014 08:10 AM by Editor in Chief

Christmas_Drinks.jpgTis the season to be jolly and that includes attending or hosting holiday parties, and it doesn’t hurt when you’re hosting if you serve some great traditional and no-so-traditional Christmas drinks. If you’re hosting a special holiday party or you’re wondering what to bring to a small get-together, here are some great drink recipes for the holidays.

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Unique Home Theatre Gifts for the Gadget Guru in your Life

by Blogger on ‎12-12-2014 05:43 PM - last edited on ‎12-15-2014 04:21 PM by Editor in Chief

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I like gifts that I typically wouldn’t buy for myself even though they are so cool or useful that I would love to have them. Gifts that I want but just can’t seem to justify buying for myself. Well, here are some unique home theatre gadgets that easily fall into that category. They are cool because they are very useful, but might not be something you would think to give even though your gadget guru will likely really like them.

 

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Get help choosing the right gift from Microsoft, Intel and Best Buy on Twitter

by Blogger on ‎12-12-2014 04:24 PM - last edited on ‎12-18-2014 01:42 PM by Editor in Chief

gifts for the familyGive yourself an evening off as you plan for the holiday season and join us for a special Twitter chat on Tuesday December 16th at 8pm EST. Best Buy representatives will be joined by experts from Microsoft and Intel Canada who will answer your tech questions and help you choose the right tablet, notebook or All-In-One for yourself or someone special on your list. Read on for more details:

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What the Heck is Wearable Tech? Part 2: Wearables are not just for athletes

by Blogger ‎12-12-2014 02:30 PM - edited ‎12-12-2014 02:32 PM

fitbit 1.JPGHi Gang, Debra here! There comes a point when you just want to scream “WHAT IS A NORMAL WAY TO GET HEALTHY?” Now, the rational part of my brain knows that the best way to get healthy is to simply eat less and move more. (WHO KNEW?!)  But how much do I need to move and not eat? I’m not a doctor—I just like wearing lab coats. I’m a regular human trying to be healthier. SO! My peeps at Best Buy hooked me up with some more of their Wearable Tech. This week I got to try out the new FitBit Charge.  This has changed everything.

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Want to stop slouching? Lumo Lift will help you stand straight and tall

by Blogger on ‎12-12-2014 11:42 AM - last edited on ‎12-12-2014 01:06 PM by Editor in Chief

lumo.JPGYou know how your mom would always tell you to stop slouching? Or she’d casually mention that your spine would permanently curve if you didn’t sit up straight? You might have straightened up when she was looking but the second her back was turned, you went right back to slouching. Slouching and poor posture really does make back pain worse, yet I can’t say I’ve ever really focused that much on improving my posture until the Lumo Lift, a small fitness activity tracker that coaches you to have better posture, arrived at my door.

 

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Review: Nintendo takes a trip down memory lane with the NES Remix games

by Blogger ‎12-12-2014 10:00 AM - edited ‎12-18-2014 11:11 AM

RemixLogos.jpgWith every passing Nintendo gaming generation, it's not unusual to see original NES titles up for sale in the respective console's eShop. Usually, however, all you get is the old game itself with no bells and whistles.  The recently released NES Remix disc version (the WiiU games were originally available in the eShop) change things up a bit. You get bits and pieces of these NES games put into objective/challenge form, and a few new twists and turns too. 

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Gifts that will help them get the most from their smartphone

by Blogger on ‎12-12-2014 08:51 AM - last edited on ‎12-12-2014 01:01 PM by Editor in Chief

Preview.jpgDid someone on your holiday shopping list pick up a new smartphone this year? Or maybe they have an older one but aren’t making the most of it. Either way, here are some great ideas for gifts that will help them get the most from their smartphone.

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The perfect laptop for everyone on your list

by Blogger ‎12-11-2014 02:29 PM - edited ‎12-11-2014 02:31 PM

preview.jpgLaptops have long been a constant on holiday wish lists. From students wanting a portable solution for homework assignments to gaming enthusiasts who don’t want to be tied to a desktop PC, laptops are always a welcome gift. There are hundreds of choices, which doesn’t make picking one easy. I’m here to help out, with some picks for the perfect laptop for everyone on your list.

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Gifts that will get everyone excited on Christmas morning

by Blogger on ‎12-11-2014 01:51 PM - last edited on ‎12-12-2014 11:03 AM by Blogger

BBY_12122014_GEN2.jpgI don’t know about you, but for me, one of the best things about the holidays is selecting gifts for my family that I know will bring a smile to their faces on Christmas morning. But being the daughter-aunt-sister-sister-in-law that always picks the perfect gifts is getting increasingly difficult as the years go by. My parents don’t need anything, and when they want something they just go and buy it. My nieces and nephews are at the age where anything “cool” on their list is likely something Auntie hasn’t heard of. And my brother and sister-in-law, well all they want is to take their four kids to Disneyland, and that’s entirely out of the question. So after a considerable amount of thought, here’s what I chose for them this year – five fantastic gifts that are sure to get anyone excited on Christmas morning.

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Top 5 Home Entertainment Stocking Stuffers

by Blogger on ‎12-10-2014 10:39 PM - last edited on ‎12-11-2014 08:32 AM by Editor in Chief

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If you have an aspiring home theatre buff on your Christmas list, or just someone with some great home theatre gear, here are some ideas on how to fill their stocking with smaller stuff that can come in real handy. They qualify as stocking stuffers because they are small enough to fit, OK a couple of them you might have to have stretch socks, and they are very inexpensive.

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