LBP3Opener.jpgSackboy is back with a few new friends in LittleBigPlanet 3 for Sony PlayStation 3 and 4.  For PS4 users, this is Sackboy's first foray into 1080p, and what a huge foray this is.  In addition to the regular story mode and gameplay features, how is it that LBP 3 has over 9 million playable levels already?  Read on to find out more and learn about the game.

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Shelly’s Friday Favourite presents Traditional Christmas Sugar Cookies

by Blogger ‎11-21-2014 05:59 PM - edited ‎11-21-2014 06:01 PM

sugar-cookie-recipe.jpgToday on Shelly’s Friday Favourites, I’m going to share my favourite sugar cookie recipe with you and show you how easy it is to decorate these cookies. If you get overwhelmed by roll out cookies because they’re too sticky or they don’t turn out right, you’ll love this recipe. The dough is light, fluffy, and rolls out like a dream.

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Review: Fujifilm X-T1—Will This Camera Become A Cult Classic?

by Blogger on ‎11-21-2014 02:29 PM - last edited on ‎11-21-2014 05:01 PM by Editor in Chief

10246845.jpgAs the mirrorless (or compact system) camera segment has mushroomed over the last few years, one company has stood out from the rest for consistently releasing high-quality, stylish cameras that produce gorgeous images: Fujifilm.

 

Today I'm reviewing the rugged, durable X-T1, a camera capable of taking gorgeous images in the most demanding of circumstances.

 

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What I learned about crafts and my marriage while testing the Cricut Explore

by Blogger on ‎11-21-2014 09:33 AM - last edited on ‎11-21-2014 05:03 PM by Editor in Chief

crafts.jpgLet me set the scene for you. It’s 8 pm and I get home after a long day chasing small people to see the Cricut Explore has just been delivered to my house. I’ve been asked to test it out and write up a review, and I’ve been looking forward to it because I’ve never tried a Cricut before. Little did I know that my husband and I would be fighting over it and in 5 short days I'd be completely hooked. Read on and find out why everyone needs a Cricut Explore.

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LG Blue-ray (2).jpgThis high-quality disc player allows you to play 3D Blue-ray and DVD discs, stream apps such as Netflix and connect, navigate and play content from your phone, tablet or computer.

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Overview: The LG 65” 4K Smart TV is big and packed with features

by Blogger on ‎11-20-2014 10:01 PM - last edited on ‎11-21-2014 10:16 AM by Editor in Chief

LG-1.jpgI have a theory. A product that has a long name is almost always better than a similar product with a short name. Take, for example, my favourite coffee indulgence: a large-triple-shot-extra-hot-no-foam-sugar-free-vanilla-soy-cappucino. Now, doesn’t that sound a million times better than plain old “coffee”? I think so. And if my exceptionally scientific theory has any merit at all, then the LG 65” 4K Ultra HD 240Hz IPS Smart TV might just be the king of the TVs. All kidding aside, this TV is packed with features that are sure to please.

 

In keeping with the “long names are better” theme, let’s break down name of this TV to illustrate all that it hsa to offer.

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The hottest tech this season is wearable

by Blogger on ‎11-20-2014 02:35 PM - last edited on ‎11-20-2014 03:13 PM by Editor in Chief

story-feature-1.jpgLooking for a cool, high tech gift idea? One that can help someone live a healthier lifestyle or make them love their smartphone that much more? Look no further than wearable technology, a category of gear that’s taken off this year, finally living up to the promise of wearing a mini computer instead of carrying one.

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HTC Nexus 9 review: a high performance tablet that makes the most of Android

by Blogger on ‎11-19-2014 05:03 PM - last edited on ‎11-20-2014 09:27 AM by Editor in Chief

Nexus 9 Preview.jpgI’ve spent several weeks now with HTC’s Nexus 9 tablet. That’s a bit longer than a typical reviews, but with all the hype surrounding this device, I wanted to take the time to really run it through its paces. There are also questions surrounding the Nexus 9, primarily whether its unusual size should be considered a plus or a minus. Again, I wanted to spend time with it before coming to any snap decisions. Read my review to get the full scoop but here’s one spoiler: the Nexus 9 did make my best tablets of 2014 list

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Gift ideas for Games Rooms

by Blogger ‎11-19-2014 03:45 PM - edited ‎11-20-2014 07:31 AM

board-games.jpgHaving one or two games in a games room is great, but it’s the extras that convert a spot where you play darts or Ping-Pong into the perfect hang out for the guys or the entire family, and these games room extras make the perfect gifts to put under the tree. With the holidays right around the corner, here are some great gifts for games rooms.

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WWE 2K15 brings a huge selection of new features to Xbox One and PlayStation 4

by Blogger on ‎11-19-2014 10:00 AM - last edited on ‎11-21-2014 10:19 AM by Editor in Chief

wwe2k15logo.jpgNew console owners had to wait an extra year, but it sounds like it was worth the wait!  WWE 2K15 is now available for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and Booker T would be proud to hear that there's now FIVE TIMES (FIVE TIMES! FIVE TIMES!) the character animations and commentary dialogue, along with a new career mode and wrestling engine.  Get in here before Sting hits you with the Stinger Splash!

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The Best TV Picture – the LG 55” Curved OLED Smart TV EC9300

by Blogger on ‎11-18-2014 08:16 PM - last edited on ‎11-21-2014 10:32 AM by Editor in Chief

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This LG OLED Smart TV is loaded with lots of great features but the best feature of all is its absolutely fantastic picture. In fact CNET who do detailed reviews of hundreds of TVs have claimed that it has the “Best. Picture. Ever.” Picture quality is the most important attribute of any TV and this one is at the top of the list, but it doesn’t stop there because it has so much more to offer.

 

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Top Kid’s Tablet Picks for the Holidays

by Blogger on ‎11-18-2014 02:03 PM - last edited on ‎11-19-2014 09:20 AM by Editor in Chief

leapfrog leappad 3 kid learning tablet.jpgLooking for a fun tech gift for a child on your list? There are a ton of really cool kid-friendly tablets, plus affordable entry-level models, that are great for kids from aged 3 up to tween and teenage. Check out some of our favourites.

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The best tablets of 2014

by Blogger ‎11-18-2014 01:40 PM - edited ‎11-18-2014 01:41 PM

preview.jpgI’ve posted a number of articles about tablets in recent weeks. There’s a reason for that: tablets are one of the most popular and sought-after gifts. I have the opportunity for hands-on time with many of these devices throughout the year and if If I can help someone to make an informed choice between the dozens (of not hundreds) of tablets currently available, I’m happy to do so. I’ve already touched on topics like the best tablet for a specific task or top choices within a price range. This time around, it’s my picks for the best tablets of 2014.

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NintendoDay.jpgNovember 21st signals the arrival of Super Smash Bros for Nintendo WiiU as well as Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, reboots of the popular Game Boy Advance games. On November 20th, Toronto residents have the chance to get in on a day (and night) of fun downtown, and the next day, the rest of the nation will get to help celebrate Nintendo Day.  Come check out, and look back on Nintendo's 2014 offerings.

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Review: The NVIDIA Shield Tablet and Controller make tablet PC gaming easier than ever

by Blogger on ‎11-17-2014 10:53 PM - last edited on ‎11-18-2014 09:09 AM by Editor in Chief

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It's not a branch of gaming tech we're too accustomed to as tablet gaming is still by and large a fairly new thing. While the Razer Edge Pro blew things out of the water with its debut last year, it just wasn't affordable for most of us. The NVIDIA Shield, however, and its optional controller are different. They feature the robust and powerful specs needed for you to play and even share your gaming experiences.  Come check out the Nvidia Shield.

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Jawbone UP Move: Affordable motivation

by Blogger ‎11-17-2014 07:15 PM - edited ‎11-17-2014 07:16 PM

UpMove-clip-wristwatch.jpgI have to start off confessing the first thing I tested on the Jawbone UP Move was the sleep feature. Was my midday nap really that long? It felt like only half an hour. I did quickly progress to using the Jawbone UP Move to track my daily activities and it did motivate me to get off the couch.

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Band Instruments at Best Buy

by Blogger on ‎11-17-2014 12:19 PM - last edited on ‎11-17-2014 12:34 PM by Editor in Chief

Band PerformanceThe musical instrument selection at Best Buy has grown yet again and this time, it’s expanded into the band instrument realm. A selection of entry-level brass and woodwind instruments have arrived for the budding musician in you or your family.

 

 

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Review - Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, The MIlitary Sim Steps Forward

by Blogger ‎11-15-2014 11:18 AM - edited ‎11-15-2014 11:21 AM

Call-of-Duty-Advanced-Warfare.jpgIt's Call of Duty, not like I'm talking about some unknown quantity... but that started working against this juggernaut of a franchise by the time the heralds of a new hardware generation started sounding.  We were done with Modern Warfare, and we'd had our share of Black Ops, what's next?  Well Activision and Sledgehammer Games had an answer, it was 'advanced' warfare, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

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The Perfect Gift Cameras for Xmas 2014

by Blogger on ‎11-14-2014 03:25 PM - last edited on ‎11-17-2014 11:49 AM by Editor in Chief

Xmas-2014.jpgHoliday season is fast approaching, and if you’re anything like me then you'll be doing a lot of headscratching when it comes to choosing presents for everybody this year. Digital cameras are one of those go-to gifts that are bound to be super-popular again this year, but given the array of models available it can be a bit overwhelming trying to find the right one. Today I’m going to offer you some insight into my favourite cameras, and the kind of user that might appreciate each one.

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One Soup Base - 3 Soup Recipes on Shelly's Friday Favourites

by Blogger ‎11-14-2014 01:17 PM - edited ‎11-14-2014 01:18 PM

homemade-soup.jpgWhy make homemade soup when it’s so easy to open up a can and eat within minutes? Really, it all comes down to taste. If you go through the effort of making your own soup base and you let your soup simmer on your stove or in your slow cooker for hours, the flavours of what you’re cooking will practically explode when you eat it. 

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Motorola Moto X review: bigger and better Android experience

by Blogger on ‎11-14-2014 07:53 AM - last edited on ‎11-14-2014 11:17 AM by Editor in Chief

moto 360 preview.jpgLast year’s Moto X was a surprise hit, winning praise for its attractive design, nearly pure Android UI and excellent value proposition. This year’s follow-up Moto X is much more than a spec-bumped version 2. The new Moto X is significantly bigger, much more powerful and gains new features, while retaining much of the appeal of the original. I just wrapped up a week with the 2014 Moto X and I’ll be sorry to see it go.

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Fitness trackers keep getting better – here are the best for the holidays

by Blogger on ‎11-13-2014 06:48 PM - last edited on ‎11-14-2014 11:33 AM by Editor in Chief

fitness-trackers-for-holidays.jpgFitness trackers are a great tool for anyone interested in getting the most out of their workout or just adopting some healthy new habits. I’ve tested out a lot of wearable technology and used quite a few different fitness trackers, and although they all have different features that will appeal to a different type of user, the common thread I found with all of them is how incredibly motivating they are. Fitness trackers make great gifts for the holidays too, so if you’d like to choose one for yourself or pick one up to put under the tree this year, here’s a few types you can choose from.

 

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BlackBerry Classic set to make old-school QWERTY fans very happy

by Blogger ‎11-13-2014 05:48 PM - edited ‎11-14-2014 11:41 AM

bbpreview.jpgIf you’re one of those long-time BlackBerry fans who still holds on to your battered BlackBerry Bold 9900 because you just don’t see the point of an all touchscreen BlackBerry and couldn’t live without the trackpad and navigation keys that didn’t make it to the Q10 or Passport, the company has your back. It just officially announced the BlackBerry Classic.

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BBY_Holiday_gifting.jpgAs the go-to person in my large Irish family, I’ve helped young and old pick the technology that works for them. It’s a question of figuring out their likes and dislikes to fine tune what they actually need rather than what they think they want. This approach seems to work as we've ended up with a wide range of products that has made everyone happy. Is there a product here that suits your family?

 

 

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Overview: Customize your own surveillance system with a DLink Video Recorder

by Blogger on ‎11-13-2014 10:27 AM - last edited on ‎11-17-2014 12:39 PM by Editor in Chief

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Security systems have come a long ways over the last few years, and DLink has really improved their solution with the DLink Video Recorder (DNR-202L). It no longer requires a PC to operate and it eliminates the need for cloud-based storage solutions for their cloud-based cameras. You can customize your surveillance security system more economically and manage and view it from anywhere in the world.

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Gifts for the Gadget Guru In Your Life

by Blogger on ‎11-13-2014 09:00 AM - last edited on ‎11-13-2014 02:51 PM by Editor in Chief

GGBose.jpgIs your home gadget fan an easy person to shop for, or a difficult one?  Do they like every catchy gadget out there like I do, or  are they selective?  Well, whatever they happen to be, here are some suggestions for them, from some new Home Automation options, to a new TV if you're thinking on that level.

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Top Toys For 2014

by Blogger ‎11-12-2014 07:30 PM - edited ‎11-12-2014 07:42 PM

top-toys-2014.jpgInstead of pouring over a toy catalog like we used to before the Holidays, we cuddle up on the couch with our kids and scroll through pages of the latest toys on our tablet. But no matter how we check out the top toys of the season, I still get that cozy holiday feeling that comes from sitting down with the kids and dreaming about what Santa will bring them. Check out the top toys of 2014 right now, and do a little Christmas dreaming yourself.

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Moto 360 review: the smartwatch evolved

by Blogger ‎11-12-2014 08:16 AM - edited ‎11-12-2014 08:16 AM


moto 360 preview.jpgSmartwatches and wearables have been a hot category this year. It seems like everyone is making one, but this early in the game it’s tough to get things just right. Motorola’s Moto 360 has been one of the most hotly anticipated devices of the season because it’s one of the first out of the gate to tackle two challenges head on: it’s round like a traditional wristwatch, and with Android Wear it has an operating system built from the ground up for wearables. I’ve been spending some quality time with a Moto 360 and this is what I think about the latest must-have high tech accessory.

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Gifts for the Fitness Enthusiast

by Blogger on ‎11-11-2014 08:19 PM - last edited on ‎11-13-2014 04:29 PM by Editor in Chief

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Walk into any convenience, grocery, or drug store and you’ll find no shortage of magazines whose covers feature scantily clad models and celebrities showcasing their rock-hard, oiled up abs alongside a headline that reads something like: “To get this body, all I did was drink more water and cut out sugar!” Well I’m calling <insert expletive> on that. Being fit takes work. Hard work. And it’s not necessarily all about obtaining those elusive abs. It’s about being healthy. And that’s why, to me, there is a wide range of “fitness enthusiasts” out there. So, at the risk of offending the people in my life, I’ve created a list of “fitness enthusiast types” and what gift might be a hit for them under the Christmas tree this year.

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Dedicated sports fans spend a fair amount of time glued to their TVs, so Christmas is an ideal time to help make that experience even more enjoyable. If you are having a hard time coming up with some great gifts for the sports junkie in your house, here are some suggestions for you.

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