Growing older is inevitable. Growing up? Now that’s optional as far as I’m concerned. I’m not alone with this one either. There are a lot of people out there who believe that, although the years pass and you have a birthday or two, it doesn’t have to mean you give up on all of the things you liked once-upon-a-time when you were younger.
It's almost time to say goodbye to one of the most monumental, hardest hitting video gaming years ever. 2013 was one of the greatest years of video gaming, culminating with the completion of the 8th generation of console games. Everybody had a year full of triumphs and letdowns, and it's time to celebrate some of those pivotal games as we look back at some of the best games released this year.
This is a great time to be a Doctor Who fan - the show is celebrating its 50th anniversary and we have had two special early releases of new-found shows! I caught up with our good friends at the BBC to discuss all the latest buzz on the Doctor...
Man caves were a big trend in 2013, but if you really think about it, they’ve been around for a long, long time. I’ve seen pictures of a room my Dad had in the early 1970’s that had dark wood paneling, orange shag carpet, and a bar in the corner. He might have called it a den or maybe even ‘the bar,’ but the humble origins of the man cave most likely came from these retro rooms.
Most full-sized Android tablets tend to fall into one of two camps: the inexpensive models with last year’s CPU and a low resolution display, or the pricer flagship models that offer fast, quad-core processors and high resolution displays that are now pushing beyond HD. Kobo, the company best known for its impressive line of e-readers (like the Aura HD, my current fav) has been working on its tablet chops too and its line-up this year includes the Kobo Arc 10HD, a full-sized Android tablet with a powerful quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 processor and a brilliant 2560 x 1600 display. This tablet offers an affordable price that puts it in the first camp, but impressive specs that have it firmly in the second. The Arc 10HD has some weak spots, but for many people its performance, price and reading chops make it well worth considering over more expensive Android competitors.
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I recently reviewed two Philips PicoPix “pocket” projectors, and I was suitably impressed at what they could do given their small size. A few weeks later I tested the Philips PicoPix PPX2495, and this mini projector is even more impressive. It is not small enough to be considered a pocket projector, but it is not far off as it will easily fit into the palm of your hand. It is a little bigger in size, and it is a lot bigger in terms of capabilities.
I’ve recently reviewed several Windows 8 tablets, both the RT variety (Microsoft’s own Surface 2) and a Windows 8.1 version in the form of Sony’s VAIO Tap 11. While Windows 8 and its touch-friendly tile interface shines on a tablet, one of my primary complaints about Windows tablets has been their size and weight. Because of their focus on productivity, Windows tablets embrace the larger form factor —makes sense. Still, I think the platform suffered for not having a smaller option to compete with 7-inch Android tablets in terms of cost and portability. Dell has stepped up to fill that need and with a full Windows 8 (as opposed to RT) tablet no less, The Dell Venue 8 Pro. If you’ve been holding off until you could get a tablet running Windows 8.1 you can hold in one hand, with an HD display, 32GB of built-in storage, all-day battery life —along with Microsoft Office pre-installed— look no further than Best Buy, where you can try out the compact yet powerful Dell Venue 8 Pro.
It's the eternal debate that rages every time a new console comes out: Which one should I buy? If you're stuck between a rock and a hard place deciding whether you want the XBox One or the Playstation 4, you have so much more to consider now outside of just the games on the system, or the price point. Which one is going to provide you with a better online store? Which one can I link with my other devices better? If gaming is "the box," which system does it better outside that box? Read on to see which system might be the right fit for you.
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In a season dominated by the release of the new generation of console gaming, and all its new generation of exciting releases we have an audacious PS3 title reminding us that there's plenty of life left in what has become the old generation. Packed with content, speed, and shiny shiny vehicles, Gran Turismo 6 is here... vroom vroom.
Die-hard sports fans are truly a breed of their own. Trust me, I know. There is someone on my list who lives and breathes a particular football team. If it were up to him, and considered acceptable behavior, he would commute to and from work in a custom decaled Seahawks SUV, wear a different Seahawks jersey and cap every day, and have his entire home decorated in Seahawks memorabilia. Thankfully there is someone in his life to put the breaks on his Seahawks obsession – thank you mom. But what do you get the sports fan for Christmas without blowing the bank, your sense of style, or décor? Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Canada is a country that can’t be defined by any one way of life. We’re a country based on multiculturalism, and you can easily see that whether you’re on the East Coast in Prince Edward Island and Quebec, steadfastly in the middle of central Canada, or on the West Coast and way up North.
I’m not sure about you, but when it comes to household cleaning, my least favourite chore is sweeping and mopping the floors, so they tend to get done last. And because I do them last, they often get skipped over in favour of a glass of wine and a comfy couch. Well, clearly I am not alone in my hatred of this necessary chore, as there is an entire product line dedicated to taking the human element out of cleaning – iRobot. I recently had an opportunity to try out the iRobot Braava 380t Floor Mopping Robot, so this past Sunday I let it loose on the linoleum and hardwood surfaces of my apartment to see what it could do and whether or not it’s worth the hefty price tag.
Your home entertainment system is probably the most used thing in your entire house. Everyone who lives there uses it. Upgrading that system will provide hours of joy for years to come. There are many fantastic ways to improve your home entertainment experience, and they will likely have a different positive impact on every member of your family.
Playtime is the best way to help baby grow and master new skills with each exciting phase.
Babies change at an astonishing pace so you want toys that will grown with them. This holiday season pick up an interactive toy that is going to nurture your favourite baby in a fun way. This collection may even get Mom and Dad playing along.
Stuck on your holiday gift list? Getting down to the final weeks and panic is beginning to set in? No worries, technology can bail your out. The hottest gifts of 2013 can be found at Best Buy and whether you’re shopping for someone who finds a smartphone too small and a tablet too big (the perfect phablet candidate!), a video game aficionado looking for the best of the next generation video game consoles or a home automation fan, we’ve got you covered with these high tech gift suggestions.
A few months ago, I took my car in for servicing overnight and realized that I had left my garage door opener remote behind and I had chain locked and deadbolted my front door shut, so I couldn't get in that way. That was the day that I wished that there was a device out there that would allow me to open it with my Smartphone. Fast forward a few months later, and my garage is now outfit with the Chamberlain MyQ Universal Smartphone Garage Door Controller. My Garage Door Opener is almost 20 years old, and it still hooked up in a snap. Is it a good fit for your home? Click below to read my review of my new addition.
Teens are notoriously hard to shop for. While I don’t have any of my own, I do have nieces and nephews, and well, I was a teen myself at one point in time. Trends change on a daily basis, and while you think you have your teen pegged, you might be completely off the mark. So this year, why not give a gift that is sure to please – the gift of music. Whether your teen shares your love of Michael Bublé and Katy Perry, or prefers tunes that sound to you like a mixture of nails on a chalkboard and the screeching sounds of an alley cat in heat, the choice of gifts for music-loving teens is endless.
When I hear “Sony Walkman” I immediately travel back in time to the late 1980’s when I, like any other self-respecting pre-teen, would listen to the hits of the day on my yellow, plastic, waterproof Sony Walkman. It was portable, super cool, fit perfectly in my pink nylon fanny pack, and allowed me to listen to the Dirty Dancing cassette tape over and over and over again without getting any derisive looks from my parents or older brother.
If you happen to be a fan of comic books –and judging from the number of superhero movies tearing up the box office in the past decade, that covers a lot of people— you can turn your Android tablet into the ultimate mobile comic book reader, library and storefront. The big, high resolution display of a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, Sony Xperia Tablet Z or a new Kobo Arc 10 make comics come to life in brilliant colour and detail. You can carry literally thousands of titles around with you, buy new ones on demand (even at 3am on a Sunday if you need your Hulk fix) and unlike the dead tree, paper versions, no matter how many times you read a digital comic book, it remains in mint condition. Even if you eat pizza while doing so! Advantage digital.
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Tablets may be getting much of the attention leading up to the holiday season, but all the top consumer electronics manufacturers have their flagship smartphones on shelves now too —it's a great time for comparison shoppers. Every year choosing the right phone gets more difficult as the devices get faster, more capable and more attractive than the generation before. We’ve gone from chunky phones with 2.5-inch displays, 1 MP cameras and basic texting capability to sleek devices sporting 5-inch displays crammed with as many pixels as a HDTV, along with photo and video capabilities that rival a digital camera, mobile web surfing faster than some home Internet connections and the ability to play console-grade video games. Throw in variables like customized interfaces, and choosing a smartphone is tougher than ever. To help you pick the right phone for your needs, we’ve put together a comparison of five of the most popular Android flagship smartphones.
If you’re struggling to find the perfect gift for the men on your list this year, I have some simple words of wisdom – young or old, boys like their toys. A gender stereotype? Perhaps, but it’s a pretty safe bet that if it moves, plugs in, makes loud noises, or comes with a manual, it will put a smile on their face. So skip the sweater and shaving kit and opt for something a little less “practical” and a lot more fun!
It’s that time of the year again! The Holidays are upon us and the Christmas shopping frenzy has begun. No matter what type of shopper you are, from PJs in front of the computer to heading out to the mall and fighting the crowds, chances are you’ll need to find a great gift or three for your favourite female.
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Most customized home theatres that people put into their homes use cinema projectors instead of HDTV’s because they can get a beautiful extremely big picture at a reasonable cost. I think more people should seriously consider getting a projector instead of their next HDTV. I realize that it isn’t for everyone, but I recently posted on the reasons you should consider a projector. Epson has a full range of projectors so you can find exactly what you are looking for. I am going to take a quick look at three that are in different price ranges so you can get an idea of what you get.
If you do a search for Montreal online, you’re almost always going to pull up the term ‘food’ on the first page. That’s because as far as Canadian cuisine is concerned, Montreal really is in a league of its own.
Written by Sylvester Stallone, Phil Broker (Jason Statham) is a former DEA agent who moves to a quiet city with his daughter to lay low after a huge bust, but there's only one problem - Phil can't lay low.
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