Shelly's Friday Favourites breaks out the festive Yule Log recipes

by Blogger ‎11-27-2015 05:47 PM - edited ‎11-27-2015 05:53 PM

Yule-Log-how-to.jpgOut of all of the holiday traditions at my house, there's one I look forward to during the holidays. Making a Yule Log is fun, delicious, and can be really challenging if you've never done it before, but once you've tried one you'll want to make one every year.


Review: Netatmo Welcome Camera

by Blogger on ‎11-27-2015 04:38 PM

Netatmo camera square.JPGKeeping your home safe and secure has never been easier or more convienient than it is today. It used to be you needed to purchase an expensive system, hire a pricey installation team, and they'd take all day to wire your house. No more. Cameras are now small, sleek, and blend in to any home's decor; like the Netatmo Welcome Camera with facial recognition.

Netatmo makes a popular and well-liked Weather Station, but does the camera measure up to the company's reputation? Find out.


Pedals that Modulate

by Blogger on ‎11-27-2015 01:25 PM - last edited on ‎11-27-2015 03:43 PM by Editor in Chief

pedals.jpgIn this blog, part 3 of a series looking at the wide variety of guitar effects pedals, the focus shifts to “pedals that modulate”. This grouping of pedals includes the chorus, flange, phase, vibrato, and tremolo pedals and I will discuss the differences between these as well as suggest some of the ways that you can use them in your effects chain to help you get the sounds you are looking for.


Apple TV future of TV is here.jpgThe new, 4th generation Apple TV certainly isn’t the first media streamer to hit the market. It’s not the cheapest, the smallest, nor the first to offer voice control. However, the new Apple TV 4 stands out from competing media streamers and represents a revolutionary step forward for these devices.


Protocol Galileo Quadcopter Drone with Camera Review

by Blogger ‎11-27-2015 01:55 AM - edited ‎11-27-2015 02:01 AM



If you love to fly, then today is your lucky day, because today we take a look at the Protocol Galileo Quadcopter Drone with Camera! This drone is sleek, feature-filled, & super easy to fly. Ok, make that mostly easy to fly. It's also one of the best toys of 2015! To learn all about it, click on through and see how the Galileo measures up to some of this year's other great toys.


WhiteMonbaby.jpgEven though your newborn baby is asleep, it can still be a stressful time for parents. After all, there is still risk of things like SIDS or suffocation. Fortunately, Monbaby is here to help. It clips to any piece of your sleeping baby's clothes and helps look after the baby's sleeping activity, including breathing, rolling over and more. Come take a look and see if this is what you may need for your (or your family's) new arrival.


5 Bluetooth speakers that are perfect for your holiday party music

by Blogger on ‎11-26-2015 08:03 AM - last edited on ‎11-26-2015 09:34 AM by Editor in Chief

bluetooth speakers for holiday party.jpgThe holidays are packed with get-together and parties and that means music. Lots and lots of music. Bluetooth speakers are a great accessory because they let you take advantage of the music library—or streaming music service—on your smartphone, while offering much better sound quality than your mobile device’s built-in speakers. With a portable form factor and built-in battery they are perfect for the holiday party season festivities.


Educational and scientific toy gifts for the inquisitive mind

by Blogger on ‎11-26-2015 07:53 AM - last edited on ‎11-26-2015 09:01 AM by Editor in Chief

learning.jpgToys themed around education and science can be some of the most fun out there because they capture a great sense of discovery and adventure, as well as rewarding you with some accomplishment. I have always been a big fan of that sort of toy whether it was a puzzle, a building toy set, or even a camera so I could take a look at the world through fresh eyes. Let’s look at some gift ideas with that in mind.


Best Gifts of 2015: Best Kitchen Gifts for the Foodie

by Blogger on ‎11-25-2015 06:53 PM - last edited on ‎11-26-2015 09:19 AM by Editor in Chief


Tis the season for holiday shopping, not only for yourself but for your friends and family. What do get the person who has everything? Something for the kitchen, perhaps?  Everyone loves to eat—whether they love to cook or not, the kitchen is a place to get their meals.  Not to worry, we have gift ideas for that person who only orders in. 



How to give a PC for Christmas

by Blogger on ‎11-25-2015 06:13 PM - last edited on ‎11-26-2015 09:35 AM by Editor in Chief

Shop for a PC as a gift.jpgWhen it comes to big ticket Christmas gifts, a PC is one of the biggest. So you don’t want to mess it up by choosing the wrong one. My suggestion is steal a tip from Santa: make a list and check it twice. It’s not going to tell you who’s naughty or nice, but by making a list of key requirements and priorities, you’ll be sure to make the right choice when it comes to picking a PC to give a special someone.


Review: Netatmo Weather Station

by Blogger on ‎11-25-2015 05:10 PM

rsz_netatmo_weather_square.jpgWeather is one thing that affects each and every one of us every single day, so it makes sense to pay close attention to it.  While you can turn on the TV or the radio or go online, wouldn't it be nice to havea personalized weather data, telling your what's happening outside your very own front door? That's where the Netatmo Weather Station comes in.


LIGS_DishwasherRepair_sq.jpgGeek Squad is now able to do in-home repairs for major appliance and televisions. This program is being introduced in Toronto, Edmonton, and Vancouver. If you live in these areas of Canada, and have a major appliance that requires servicing, then contact Geek Squad.  Read on for more details:


gifts for Mac users.jpgGot someone on your Christmas shopping list who’s all about the Mac? Don’t worry, we all have a few of those (in fact, some of us might just be one of those). Apple’s iMacs and MacBooks come pretty well equipped, but there is always room for improvement and that means plenty of gift opportunities. As one of those Mac people, I have a few suggestions for you.


Review: Testing a KitchenAid stand mixer and many attachments

by Blogger on ‎11-24-2015 05:41 PM - last edited on ‎11-25-2015 10:37 AM by Editor in Chief

KitchenAid.JPGI’ve gone through a serious appliance drought after living through a 5 month renovation, and now that my kitchen is finally ready for tile/paint and I can almost start really cooking and baking again, I was ready, willing, and so happy to try out all of the amazing KitchenAid attachments. This week I tried out 4 of KitchenAid’s most popular attachments, and I know these would make a great holiday gift for any KitchenAid fan.


4k TV is the ultimate Christmas gift

by Blogger on ‎11-24-2015 01:49 PM - last edited on ‎11-24-2015 01:58 PM by Editor in Chief


Family Christmas gifts are great, but this year, think about getting a gift everyone in the family can enjoy each and every day of the year.  A new TV is the ultimate gift for Christmas morning, and upgrading your older set to a new 4K or "Ultra HD" model will wow the entire family. Plus, you won't need to shop for matching PJ's again this year!

Find out what 4K TV is all about, and why a new 4K TV is the gift you need to get.


Gifts that will make anyone's PC better

by Blogger on ‎11-24-2015 08:30 AM - last edited on ‎11-26-2015 06:11 AM by Blogger

rsz_2015-10-26-image-10.jpgThe holidays are a a good time as any to improve or upgrade one's PC experience with accessories, peripherals, and various gifts that can update an older PC or add functionality and fun. Here are some gifts that will make anyone's PC better.


Review: Motorola Moto 360 is a sweet smartwatch

by Blogger on ‎11-23-2015 08:01 PM - last edited on ‎11-25-2015 03:24 PM by Editor in Chief

Moto-360-teaser.jpgSmartwatches running on Android Wear have had a tough go of it since first launching to some fanfare last year. Part of it has to do with the slow appeal of the category as a whole, but the rest can be chalked off to a platform that needs to grow up. With the second-generation Moto 360, Motorola has made a case for putting out a serious contender to win over some hearts and wrists.


Best Gifts of 2015: Deck the halls with a new living room

by Blogger on ‎11-23-2015 04:09 PM - last edited on ‎11-24-2015 07:33 AM by Blogger

fresh-small-living-room-design-and-decorating-gallery-Optimized-2.jpgWe've been talking a lot about the best gifts of 2015, and sometimes the best gift you can give someone is a spruce up for their house. With busy day to day lives, fitting in work, kids and extra curricular activities is enought to think about without worrying about if your house is up to date with the current trends.


Give the gift of a living room face lift to someone you love, trust me they will love you for it.




From the leading developer and publisher of interactive storytelling, Telltale Games, and world-renowned game developer Mojang, comes the dream video game collaboration: Minecraft Story Mode! For the first time ever, experience a rich, full story inside the vast Minecraft world—spanning the Overworld, through to the Nether, The End, and beyond. All with Telltale Games’ signature brand of episodic storytelling!


What are the differences between the old and the new Chromecast?

by Blogger on ‎11-23-2015 01:51 PM - last edited on ‎11-24-2015 11:47 AM by Editor in Chief

rsz_old_versus_new_chromecast.jpgIt's a common question with the release of Google's new Chromecast streaming device; what's the difference between the old version and the new? Aside from the obvious physical differences, there are a few surprises hidden under the hood. Read on to see which device is right for you.


Best tablet accessories for under $50

by Blogger ‎11-23-2015 06:53 AM - edited ‎11-23-2015 10:06 AM

10347602.jpgIn and of themselves, today's tablets are highly-connected, smart and powerful devices that can easily be used for work or Entertainment. The right peripherals can make them better devices, depending on what users need. Here are some top picks under $50.


Best Buy is the place to shop on Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2015

by Blogger on ‎11-23-2015 05:00 AM - last edited on ‎11-26-2015 09:53 AM by Editor in Chief

black-friday.jpgHoliday shopping hasn’t really begun until the deals are revealed for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Here are all the details that you will need to know to ensure that you have a great shopping experience at Best Buy during this busy season.


Review: Razer Nabu Smartband

by Blogger ‎11-22-2015 08:53 PM - edited ‎11-25-2015 08:43 PM

Razer.jpgWearable technology has become a huge trend in recent years, especially when it comes to fitness trackers. In fact, when I think of my circle of friends, I’d have to say that at least half of them wear one at all times. I’ve yet to jump on the fitness tracker bandwagon, but when I was asked to review the Razer Nabu Smartband, I was all for it!


A brief history of instant photography

by Blogger on ‎11-21-2015 01:40 AM


Did you know that you're not supposed to shake a Polaroid as it dries? Yup, it's true! Despite what you see in the movies, waving around a modern Polaroid does nothing to help it develop, and it can actually cause blobs in the image if you wave it around too aggressively.


Review: Rise of the Tomb Raider is one of the best games of 2015

by Blogger ‎11-20-2015 09:16 PM - edited ‎11-21-2015 12:47 PM

Capture2.jpgRise of the Tomb Raider, the sequel to the 2013 action-adventure game Tomb Raider, is here and is only available on Xbox One and Xbox 360 this holiday season. Whereas Tomb Raider’s focus was on building Lara’s character into the strong woman that she would become, Rise of the Tomb Raider returns the series back to the roots of tomb raiding. Featuring high-octane action, stunning environments, a revamped crafting system, and a stealthier Lara—Rise of the Tomb Raider sets out to push the envelope on the Xbox One and Xbox 360.


Shelly's Friday Favourites - Planning a Christmas Cookie Exchange

by Blogger on ‎11-20-2015 01:27 PM - last edited on ‎11-20-2015 03:49 PM by Editor in Chief

melted-snowman-cookies.jpgThis week on Shelly's Friday Favourites: a guest post! I'm Erin, and most of my articles are about home theatre and televisions, but today Shelly asked me to write about an event I participate in each year: a Cookie Exchange. 


How to set up and use the new Apple TV 4

by Blogger on ‎11-20-2015 10:35 AM - last edited on ‎11-21-2015 09:37 AM by Blogger

how to set up new Apple TV 4.jpgOne of the appeals of Apple TV has always been its ease of use, from the minimalist black box hardware to the remote that lacks the typical confusing array of buttons. The new Apple TV offers a new remote, a new user interface and new capabilities: here’s how to set up and use a fourth generation Apple TV.


Best Buy Canada stages epic lightsaber battle to celebrate Star Wars Battlefront

by Blogger ‎11-20-2015 05:32 AM - edited ‎11-20-2015 05:35 AM


In celebration of Star Wars Battlefront, which released this week on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, Best Buy Canada hosted a truly extraordinary Jedi vs. Sith duel in downtown Toronto last month as part of the city's massive public Lightsaber Battle. It was a truly epic showdown between the light and dark sides of the forcecome check out what went down!


A Vancouver Pub tour to test the BACtrack Go Keychain Breathalyzer

by Blogger on ‎11-19-2015 06:09 PM - last edited on ‎11-20-2015 01:55 PM by Editor in Chief

BACtrack.jpgHave you ever wondered what 0.08% BAC feels like? The BACtrack Go Keychain is a small, easy-to-use breathalyser that lets you get an idea of someone’s blood alcohol concentration before you or someone you love gets behind the wheel. To test it I took my dad on a beer tour of Vancouver. To see how that turned out and how we liked to the breathalyzer, click below to read my in depth review.


What are the differences between the Chromecast and the Chromecast Audio?

by Blogger ‎11-19-2015 03:38 PM - edited ‎11-23-2015 12:50 PM

rsz_chromecast_duo_square.jpgThere are two devices newly available from Google: Chromecast and the Chromecast Audio. A question we're seeing often is, "What's the difference between the two?"


While they have different and distinct purposes (primarily Audio vs Video), there is some overlap and crossover. 


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