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Soundbars have come into their own, because they are extremely easy to set up, they look great, don’t take up much space, no ugly wires, and they sound good – a lot better than you will get with your flat panel TV. There are an awful lot of soundbars to choose from so selecting the right one can be a challenge. Paying attention to what consumer experience and views can be an enormous help as they are the toughest critics. Here are the top 5 soundbars based on ratings by actual users.

 

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Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth (it's really all there in the name folks)

by Blogger ‎10-29-2014 05:35 PM - edited ‎10-29-2014 07:25 PM

Civilization-Beyond-Earth-Cover.jpgIf you've ever had a computer in your house, you probably had a copy of Sid Meier's Civilization on it. The Turn-Based Strategy that brought the genre into our homes and lives, chances are you've experienced epic campaigns of Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, or some other dynasty of your choice. Spanning the globe on a campaign for a unified world, or getting smashed to pieces by some other power that takes exception. Hopelessly addictive, undeniably well crafted, and hugely successful, it seems Civilization has achieved all it can on this lonesome blue rock. Good thing there's more out there somewhere, just waiting to be subjugated, I mean... civilized, with Civilization: Beyond Earth.

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Knives 101 - Different Knives for Different Uses

by Blogger ‎10-29-2014 03:31 PM - edited ‎10-29-2014 03:31 PM

knives.jpgA few days ago I went grocery shopping, and as I was paying, the cashier asked me if I was collecting stamps. “Stamps for what?” I asked. “Stamps for new knives” she enthusiastically replied. To be honest, I’d never really given much thought to knives before. I mean, I have a set that I got when I first moved out many moons ago, but I took my stamp and went on my merry way. Later, I was flipping through the knife brochure that came with my stamp and after about page 6, I started thinking – why are there so many different types? What knife is for what? Do you really need 18 or will two do? As it turns out, you do! Here’s a breakdown of makes one knife different from another.

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Game Room Essentials - How To Play Darts

by Blogger ‎10-29-2014 10:08 AM - edited ‎10-29-2014 10:10 AM

how-to-play-darts.jpgDid the game of darts start from sheer boredom? One of the most popular beliefs surrounding the game darts is that it was created by a warrior who, bored and trying to kill time between battles, decided he’d throw short spears at a slice of tree. The natural rings in the tree served as the markings on the first ever dartboard, and since then millions of people worldwide have played. If you've never played or you want to learn a new game or two, read on to learn how to play darts.

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Review: Sunset Overdrive might just be the best Xbox One game yet

by Blogger on ‎10-28-2014 07:00 PM - last edited on ‎10-29-2014 09:25 AM by Editor in Chief

Sunset_Overdrive_coverart.jpgIt's been a little while now since Sunset Overdrive was initially announced, and it's been on the minds of gamers (especially Xbox One owners) for well over a year now. The game, looking reminiscent of some famous titles of old like Jet Grind Radio, throws you into a modern open world full of mayhem, terror and a lot of laughs.  It should get some consideration for game of the year, and is a must for Xbox One owners.  Find out more by clicking to read.

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Review: VIZIO M-Series 42” 240 Hz Smart TV (M422i-B1)

by Blogger on ‎10-28-2014 05:49 PM - last edited on ‎10-29-2014 09:37 AM by Editor in Chief

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Vizio, the latest newcomer to Canada, at least as far as TV home entertainment goes, has a great lineup of Smart TVs. I recently got to test out the their top of the line M Series 42” LED HDTV. Vizio’s price point for their TVs is lower than their competitors for the same feature set, so I wondered how they really compare. I was very favourably impressed...

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Optimize your wifi with the Linksys ac3200 Tri-Band Smart Wi-Fi router

by Blogger ‎10-28-2014 04:19 PM - edited ‎10-28-2014 04:20 PM

Linksys preview.jpgWhen it comes to home and small office Wi-Fi networking, speed has always been important. But optimization is increasing becoming an even bigger deal. The Linksys ac3200 Tri-Band Smart Wi-Fi router is the latest model from this leader in wireless networking and this one combines speed with optimization, making it ideal for congested networks.

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Review: Bose QC25 Noise Cancelling Headphones

by Blogger on ‎10-28-2014 10:56 AM - last edited on ‎10-28-2014 02:48 PM by Editor in Chief

qc25_large_10.jpgThe Bose QC25 (QC stands for Quiet Comfort) noise cancelling headphones offer a comfortable and well-rounded listening experience - something one would expect from Bose. 

If you’re a public transit commuter or business traveller and need a set of headphones to help you immerse yourself in your music or podcasts, then I’d put the QC25’s on your list to try out.

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The wait is over - Fitbit reveals 3 new on-wrist fitness trackers

by Blogger on ‎10-28-2014 10:45 AM - last edited on ‎10-28-2014 02:50 PM by Editor in Chief

new-fitbit-fitness-trackers.jpgI’ve been fortunate enough to test out a bunch of fitness trackers and I’ve become the go-to person my friends go to for advice when they want to buy the latest and greatest fitness devices. That’s why yesterday, when Fitbit announced their newest wrist-based activity trackers, my phone was buzzing. And for good reason, because there’s a lot to be excited about. Here’s a quick look at the three new fitness trackers from Fitbit.

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Review - The Evil Within, Survival Horror at its Best

by Blogger ‎10-28-2014 09:00 AM - edited ‎10-28-2014 01:00 PM

TheEvilWithinReleaseDate-610.jpgIt's that time of year when things take a turn for the spooky. Whether you find yourself in the mood for some shivers, love the genre, or just well made games, this covers all the bases. Survival Horror the way it was intended (by the guy who started the whole thing in the first place) as a game it's everything good about the genre. Tension, atmosphere and never enough health or bullets, I guess it's a good thing there are closets and lockers in which to cower fearfully.  Inhabited by monsters straight out of a modern horror buffs handbook, prepare to run and hide from, The Evil Within.

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Review: Crayola Arts and Crafts Kits

by Blogger on ‎10-27-2014 06:52 PM - last edited on ‎10-28-2014 11:54 AM by Editor in Chief

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It’s time to start thinking about holiday gifts, and at the top of our family’s list each year are arts and crafts supplies and kits. We encourage our kids to explore their inner artists and to express themselves through different mediums, whether it’s colouring, painting or creating something with their hands. Crayola products have been a part of our home since our firstborn could hold a crayon. When our family had the opportunity to test four of their best new products, we jumped at the chance.

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Review: Harmony “Home” Remotes – Ultimate Home and Home Control

by Blogger on ‎10-26-2014 10:49 PM - last edited on ‎10-27-2014 10:08 AM by Editor in Chief

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Logitech’s “Harmony” wheelhouse has always been universally controlling home entertainment systems, and have been king of that hill for a while. They recently made a smart move (no pun intended) expanding their remotes beyond home entertainment into the entire home. The Harmony Ultimate Home and Home Control remotes bring the home of the future here today in convenient easy-to-use packages.

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Great sound at a great price point: The Logiix Blue Piston Wireless Speaker

by Blogger on ‎10-25-2014 04:08 PM - last edited on ‎10-27-2014 11:16 AM by Editor in Chief

Logiix speaker.jpgThe Logiix Blue Piston is a small, compact wireless speaker with a great sound quality at an even better price point!

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How to access Wi-Fi from anywhere, using your tablet

by Blogger on ‎10-25-2014 04:04 PM - last edited on ‎10-27-2014 11:18 AM by Editor in Chief

Tablet wi-fi preview.jpgA tablet is a great device for doing just about anything you can imagine —playing video games, surfing the net, seeing what your Facebook friends are up to or watching videos— but many of these activities require an Internet connection. No problem at home, but what happens when you go mobile? How can you keep playing Simpsons:Tapped Out, watching YouTube or checking your News Feed when your tablet is no longer connected to your home network? In this post, I’ll show you how to access Wi-Fi on your tablet, from virtually anywhere.

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Review: Unleash your inner composer in Fantasia: Music Evolved

by Blogger on ‎10-24-2014 11:25 PM - last edited on ‎10-27-2014 11:30 AM by Editor in Chief

FantasiaMusicEvolved.jpgWhen I was a child, the first two Disney movies my mom bought were The Rescuers Down Under and Fantasia.  Music aside, I hated Fantasia.  Absolutely hated it. As I grew older, I learned to appreciate that it wasn't a prototypical Disney movie, and learned to appreciate what it was.  It gave me a better appreciation of Fantasia 2000, and now the fact that I've been looking forward to Fantasia: Music Evolved ever since it was announced. It's here, and it's quite the workout.  Come check it out!

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Celebrate Octoberfest with homemade Bavarian Pretzels on Shelly's Friday Favourites

by Blogger on ‎10-24-2014 04:04 PM - last edited on ‎10-25-2014 11:05 PM by Editor in Chief

Bavarian-Pretzels.JPGWhile going through the old letters researching my ancestry, I also came across old recipes. There’s nothing like food to trigger memories of growing up, and when I look back I remember different German dishes on my Grandma’s kitchen table. Because it's Octoberfest, I've been creating authentic German weiner schnitzel, frying pans full of cabbage, and big, puffy Bavarian pretzels. If that sounds delicious, it is, so today I thought I'd share a 'how to' make Bavarian pretzels on Shelly's Friday Favourites.

 

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Mac OSX Yosemite: worth the upgrade?

by Blogger on ‎10-24-2014 11:54 AM - last edited on ‎10-27-2014 11:56 AM by Editor in Chief

Yosemite preview.jpgApple continued its fall tradition of releasing a new version of the OSX operating system that powers its Mac computers and once again, it’s a free upgrade. This year’s version is OSX 10.10 Yosemite. Should you make the leap? I’ve spent the past week test-driving OSX Yosemite on a MacBook Air and put together a guide of how to do it, what to expect and what you need to know before making the decision.

 

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ZWILLING Henckels gives a chef's touch

by Blogger on ‎10-24-2014 03:01 AM - last edited on ‎10-27-2014 10:03 AM by Editor in Chief

ZWilling_henckel-Prime_frypan.jpgAdding a few exceptional knives and pans to your kitchen can make all the difference in your kitchen. Using guidelines from my chef friend,  I checked out the ZWILLING Henckels Professional “S” collection and the new frying pan. I was impressed with their quality and performance.

 

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Review: LG OLED 55” 3D Curved (55EA9700) – Thin and Beautiful

by Blogger on ‎10-22-2014 07:31 PM - last edited on ‎10-28-2014 11:59 AM by Editor in Chief

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If you haven’t seen an OLED TV yet, then you don’t know what you are missing. OLED TVs are the next generation of technology that is here today and is a big step up in picture quality. The LG 55” OLED 55EA9700 is a fully loaded set that is beautiful in so many ways.

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How to create your dream games room

by Blogger on ‎10-22-2014 01:26 PM - last edited on ‎10-28-2014 02:52 PM by Editor in Chief

dream-games-room.jpgOut of all the rooms in a dream home, a games room is one of the most fun to create. You can stock it with all the games you love and add creative touches that make it your own. If you’re interested in creating a dream games room, here’s how. 

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Hexa-Core Processors: Six Cores Are Better Than Four

by Blogger on ‎10-22-2014 08:44 AM - last edited on ‎10-22-2014 02:40 PM by Editor in Chief

Hexacore preview.jpgMulti-core CPUs have been a mainstay in PCs (and mobile devices) for over a decade. The innovation of having multiple cores in a single processor —each able to run software in parallel— has led to significant performance boosts. Quad-Core used to be the high end in consumer PCs, but now Hexa-Core chips are making it into the mainstream through computers like HP’s new Pavilion x360 Convertible. Here’s why you might want a Hexa-Core processor in your next PC.

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panasonic-4.jpgLCD, LED, HDTV, 3D, 4K, IPS. OMG, right? Ok, that was pretty cheesy, but it was meant to illustrate a point – TVs these days are much more complex than they were only 10 years ago. Not only do you have to understand what all those acronyms mean, you have to understand what constitutes good value. Sure, you could spend the equivalent of one month’s salary on a 60” LED Smart TV, but why would you when you could get much more for your money with the Panasonic 60” 1080p 120Hz IPS LED Smart TV (AS630). It’s got all the acronyms you could want and performance you need, at a price point that won’t break the bank.

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BothThermostats.jpgFor over 100 years now, Honeywell has stood as one of the industry gold standards in Thermostat technology. In fact, it's how the company got started. Now, Honeywell's Smart Thermostats are available at Best Buy in two different varieties, featuring an assortment of different helpful features that you wouldn't expect out of something that controls the temperature in your house. Come check them out!

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Telescope 101

by Blogger ‎10-21-2014 08:01 PM - edited ‎10-22-2014 10:35 PM

telescope.jpgAbove our heads every evening is a world of celestial happenings. A telescope can open the night skies for you to enjoy. It’s all waiting for you to discover when you have the right telescope. Here’s what to look for when buying one.

 

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Review - Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

by Blogger on ‎10-21-2014 06:54 PM - last edited on ‎10-21-2014 08:31 PM by Blogger

middle-earth-shadow-of-mordor_wp-one.jpgIt's Lord of the Rings meets Assassin's Creed with a healthy dose of Arkham Asylum, and if that sounds like it might be a winning combination, you'd be right.  A huge step in video game technology, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor brings to the table enemy programming unlike anything we've seen to date.  Oh, and there's like, an unlimited amount of Uruk warriors that need to be taken care of (and it never, ever get's boring)

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Review: Wagan Tech’s IonBoost V8 – Charges up Everything!

by Blogger on ‎10-21-2014 05:45 PM - last edited on ‎10-22-2014 09:54 AM by Editor in Chief

 

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If you have ever been stranded in a car that won’t start, it is at that moment that you regret never having invested in jumper cables. Well, forget the jumper cables and get a Wagan Tech IonBoost V8 instead. I was just sent this to review and believe me it is an amazing unit. Not only will it start your car in those stranded situations it has the versatility to keep your cell phone, tablet, and laptop charged up, not to mention a myriad of other devices. Read my review to learn all about it.

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Netgear Wireless Adapter – Wirelessly Connect Anything to Your Home Network

by Blogger on ‎10-21-2014 03:18 PM - last edited on ‎10-23-2014 01:08 PM by Editor in Chief

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Most Internet enabled devices come with WiFi these days, but not all do. If you have an older gaming device, media player, or any other device that might not support WiFi connectivity, then Netgear’s Wireless Adapter is the perfect solution. It easily turns any wired Ethernet-only device into a wireless one.

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Tablets: the best choice for whatever you want to do

by Blogger on ‎10-21-2014 10:04 AM - last edited on ‎10-21-2014 04:37 PM by Editor in Chief

tablet preview.jpgTablets are great devices for doing many things. They truly are the embodiment of multi-purpose technology. You can use a tablet to watch videos, play games, read books, surf the web, take photos, listen to music, participate in a video conference or write a report. But there is a huge range of options to choose from and despite the fact that they’re all “multi-purpose” devices, some tablets are better suited from some purposes than others. In this post, I single out tablets that have a reputation for being ideal for different activities.

 

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Frigidaire Laundry – We’ve Come a Long Way Baby

by Blogger on ‎10-18-2014 04:51 PM - last edited on ‎10-20-2014 08:26 AM by Editor in Chief

first-washer.jpgLet’s face it, laundry isn’t a whole lot of fun. It’s certainly not how I like to spend my evenings, I can tell you that much. I mean, there are just so many steps! You’ve got to sort your clothes, lug them to the machine, put them in, press a button, wait … take them out, put them in another machine, press another button, and then wait some more before you take them out and fold them. It’s excruciating. It’s also pretty sad that I’m not alone in my disdain for laundry, especially when you consider the fact that electric washers and dryers as we know them today, like those from consumer appliance giant Frigidaire, have only been around for about 100 years.

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Review: PlayStation TV - Great out of the box with room to grow

by Blogger on ‎10-18-2014 11:56 AM - last edited on ‎10-20-2014 08:09 AM by Editor in Chief

PlayStation TV logo.pngThe PlayStation TV has finally arrived in North America, and brings with a solid lineup of features, including video streaming, an extender option from the PlayStation 4, and the arrival of the new PlayStation Now service, offering full versions of games via digital stream rental. It's small, lightweight and packs a lot of power, and it's just getting started.

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