Get your taxes done quickly and efficiently with the right tools

by Blogger on ‎03-26-2015 01:41 PM - last edited on ‎03-26-2015 01:54 PM by Editor in Chief


Benjamin Franklin was famously quoted as saying that “in this world nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes.” Super uplifting and not at all depressing, right? Ugh. It’s the kind of sentiment that makes you want to bury your head in the sand isn’t it? Well don’t. As disturbingly accurate as this quote may be, I’m here to offer up some tips and tools that will help you make this year’s tax season as painless as possible. I’ve also included some advice from a finance pro that will come in handy this year and for many years to follow. So let’s dive in, shall we?


Why you need cast iron and stainless steel cookware in your kitchen

by Blogger on ‎03-26-2015 01:00 PM - last edited on ‎03-26-2015 01:01 PM by Editor in Chief

BBY_cookware.jpgThere’s something that happens to people when they start to get into food and food preparation. Whether you are a budding chef or just a foodie who wants to try things at home, you take a good long look at the pots and pans you have in your kitchen and you put them to work, experimenting with what works best for different dishes.


The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited - Explorers Pack pre-order bonus

by Blogger on ‎03-26-2015 10:13 AM - last edited on ‎03-26-2015 11:53 AM by Editor in Chief

ESOTamriel.jpgThe Elder Scrolls Online, fantasy role-playing game and massive multiplayer online, set in Tameriel, home of such games as Skyrim and Morrowind, is dropping its subscription fee. Now making a move to next generation consoles, with a recent update adding major improvements and additions, it's The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited. Pre-order your copy for the PS4, Xbox One, or PC hard disc for access to Explorers pack exclusive content!


The Hockey playoffs are coming to a screen near you

by Blogger on ‎03-26-2015 10:06 AM - last edited on ‎03-26-2015 10:08 AM by Editor in Chief

BBY_Hockey.jpgIt may not be very Canadian of me, but I don’t watch much hockey during the regular season, eh! There are just too many games where one or both teams don’t really show up to play, plus there are a lot of Bobby Clobbers that take away from the game. But the playoffs are a different story! Each game really counts so everyone usually comes with a totally different sense of urgency, and Cinderella stories happen all the time. I hate missing any playoff action, but fortunately there are lots of different ways to catch playoff games no matter where you are. Here are the best options to make sure you get your fix.


Making Friends: How to get fit together with social fitness trackers

by Blogger on ‎03-26-2015 07:54 AM - last edited on ‎03-26-2015 11:52 AM by Editor in Chief


Did you know that with some activity trackers, you can actually set it up to see how your friends are progressing as well, and even compete with them? Here's how it works.


Borderlands: The Handsome Collection - 'Bazillions' of hours of content

by Blogger on ‎03-25-2015 10:41 AM - last edited on ‎03-25-2015 04:23 PM by Editor in Chief

borderlands-the-handsome-coll-123.jpgWith two included games, the newest franchise to receive a high definition port to the new consoles is bringing a great deal of content onto the PS4 and Xbox One. A first-person shooter with a roster of class based characters with lot of personality.  Not to mention a world (and moon) filled with monsters, mutants, and degenerate freaks, and a 'bazillion' guns to use against them, Borderlands is in a class all its own. A whole lot of gaming in one place, let's take a peek at Borderlands: The Handsome Collection.


Samsung’s Smart TV Platform is now Tizen

by Blogger on ‎03-25-2015 10:07 AM - last edited on ‎03-25-2015 04:24 PM by Editor in Chief

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Despite the problems Samsung has had launching Tizen in its Smartphones and other devices, they have decided to use Tizen as the operating system in all its Smart TVs. Likely in the next month or two you will see Tizen as the only platform available in any new Samsung Smart TVs. Why are they so determined to replace the Android platform that they have been so successful with?


Dell XPS 15: full-sized premium laptop with Quad HD+ resolution

by Blogger on ‎03-25-2015 09:12 AM - last edited on ‎03-25-2015 09:34 AM by Editor in Chief

XPS 15 preview.jpgYesterday I posted details about Dell’s award-winning XPS 13 Ultrabook. It’s a great little ultraportable with a beautiful display. What if you want a premium Windows notebook with that same Quad HD+ resolution, but a 13-inch display is just too small? No worries, Dell also released the XPS 15, a full-sized, premium laptop that boasts a fantastic 3200 x 1800 touchscreen display.


HTC One M9 ready for pre-order

by Blogger on ‎03-25-2015 06:00 AM - last edited on ‎03-25-2015 09:44 AM by Editor in Chief

HTC One M9 Preview.jpgSamsung’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge stole much of the spotlight at Mobile World Congress 2015, but there was another big Android smartphone reveal that has people talking. HTC unveiled the successor to its popular One M8 flagship smartphone, the HTC One M9. The beautiful aluminum design, BoomSound speakers and everything else that made the One M8 such a great smartphone remain, while the few complaints from users have been addressed in the new model. Now the wait is over, the HTC One M9 is available for pre-order in Best Buy stores as of today.


Are flatware and knives still traditional wedding gifts in 2015?

by Blogger on ‎03-25-2015 12:55 AM - last edited on ‎03-26-2015 11:54 AM by Editor in Chief

Flatware 2.jpgGood quality flatware and knives are kitchen staples—but are people still asking for them?


wedding-gift.jpgI’ve been to my fair share of weddings. Heck, I’ve been in my fair share of weddings, so I know all to well that as much fun as they can be, the can also get a little pricey. The good news is that you don’t have to remortgage your home or sell a kidney to get the happy couple a wedding gift that won’t just be appreciated, but will actually be a welcome addition to their home. Here are some great wedding gift ideas that won’t break the bank.


XPS 13: Dell’s hot new ultraportable available now

by Blogger on ‎03-24-2015 03:30 PM - last edited on ‎03-25-2015 04:28 PM by Editor in Chief

Dell XPS 13 preview.jpgOne of the hottest new laptops at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show was the Dell XPS 13. Even now, three months after CES, the XPS 13 is still in the spotlight, frequently referred to as one of the great laptops of 2015 and Dell’s MacBook Air killer. With the XPS 13 now available at Best Buy, it’s worth taking a deep dive to learn what all the fuss is about.


Join Best Buy, Microsoft, Intel and Marc Saltzman to discuss tech on Twitter

by Blogger on ‎03-24-2015 12:28 PM - last edited on ‎03-25-2015 04:26 PM by Editor in Chief

twitterparty.jpgJoin us at Best Buy Canada this Wednesday March 25th from 8pm to 9pm (EDT). We’ll be joined by "Tech-sperts” from Microsoft, Intel Canada and special guest Marc Saltzman who will share their tech insights and best buy recommendations for the perfect 2-in-1s, tablets and PC accessories. They are primed and ready so bring your questions and let’s have a conversation.


The Roland AC-40 Acoustic Chorus Amplifier

by Blogger on ‎03-23-2015 06:49 PM - last edited on ‎03-24-2015 09:40 AM by Editor in Chief

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The age old adage that "bigger is better!" can finally be put to rest once and for all. Roland's mighty might of an acoustic guitar—and more—amplifier, the AC-40 is versatile enough to fill many different needs and wishes.


Get moving: three fitness trackers that will get you moving

by Blogger on ‎03-23-2015 02:11 PM - last edited on ‎03-25-2015 12:44 PM by Editor in Chief

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We often get most excited about features in activity trackers like heart rate monitoring and sleep tracking. But one often overlooked, yet very useful, feature is the motion alert sensor that can be found in a few models.





Why Photographers Need Fast Memory Cards

by Blogger on ‎03-22-2015 02:38 PM - last edited on ‎03-24-2015 12:18 PM by Editor in Chief

cards.jpgToday we're looking at the unsung hero of the digital camera setup: the humble memory card. Although we often focus on the capacity of memory cards, it is also worth paying attention to the speed of the card in order to get the most from your camera


Getting my Party on with Mario and Friends in Vancouver

by Blogger on ‎03-20-2015 10:04 PM - last edited on ‎03-24-2015 12:47 PM by Editor in Chief

OpeningSplash.jpgThe latest Mario Party for the Nintendo Wii U has just hit shelves, and to celebrate, Nintendo has had a few nationwide demo events for Mario Party 10!  I had the chance to attend one of the West Coast events, and check out my initial thoughts of the game, along with a look at the new amiibo!


What is Quantum Dot technology and why should we care?

by Blogger on ‎03-20-2015 09:41 PM - last edited on ‎03-23-2015 03:49 PM by Editor in Chief

Quantum dot.pngQuantum Dot was the latest buzzed about TV technology at CES 2015, but what is it and what makes it great?


Shelly's Friday Favourites hits the road for a culinary adventure: second stop, Disneyland

by Blogger on ‎03-20-2015 11:12 AM - last edited on ‎03-20-2015 12:11 PM by Editor in Chief

disneyland.jpgOur road trip continues with a good old-fashioned pit stop at the Happiest Place on Earth. For some people, going to Disneyland means hitting all the shows, parades, and attractions. We like to do that too, but because we have annual passes and go so often, we’ve added to our adventure by becoming hunters for the best dishes and treats in the park. There are a lot of treats to be had, and they’re more delicious than you may think.


PC Gaming that delivers more power and performance than you can imagine

by Blogger on ‎03-19-2015 04:11 PM - last edited on ‎03-19-2015 04:26 PM by Editor in Chief

BBY_PCGaming.jpgPC Gaming is arguably the most popular it's been in almost 2 decades. Boasting features you can't get on consoles (including more powerful components) has there been a better time to make your next gaming choice a PC?


Explore the many benefits of cast iron pans

by Blogger on ‎03-19-2015 03:23 PM - last edited on ‎03-19-2015 03:23 PM by Editor in Chief

BBY_CastIronPans.jpgHave you ever cooked in a cast iron pan? If you haven’t, you’re really missing out on an amazing experience. Beyond the fact that cast iron pots and pans are absolutely gorgeous and come in a variety of beautiful colours, they let you cook healthier, cook food more evenly than standard cookware, and enhance the flavour of your favourite dishes in ways you just can’t with your old pots and pans.


Create one of these 3 great types of birthday cakes

by Blogger on ‎03-19-2015 02:18 PM - last edited on ‎03-19-2015 02:41 PM by Editor in Chief

BBY_BDayCakes.jpgHave a birthday coming up? Sure, you can head over to the local grocery store or bakery shop and grab a cake. But why not add that personal touch and make your own?


What is new with Android in 2015?

by Blogger on ‎03-19-2015 11:33 AM - last edited on ‎03-19-2015 12:19 PM by Editor in Chief


Not a fan of the iPhone 6 or iOS 8? Find Windows on a mobile device is a little “meh” and have no use for BlackBerry’s physical QWERTY keyboard on your smartphone? You’re not alone. Google’s Android operating system powers somewhere in the neighbourhood of 85% of all smartphones and it’s closing in on 70% of all tablets. Android fans have a lot to look forward to in 2015. Lollipop is rolling out to more devices, Android 5.1 just made an appearance, Android Wear smartwatches are gaining steam and some pretty amazing looking new Android smartphones made their debut a few weeks ago at Mobile World Congress.


Battlefield Hardline - Cops vs robbers and up to 64 person multiplayer

by Blogger ‎03-19-2015 11:02 AM - edited ‎03-19-2015 12:24 PM

Battlefield_Hardline.jpgTaking the fight from the more familiar military field of battle and throwing it into the crime riddled streets, the newest edition to the Battlefield franchise pits the criminals against the police. With a self contained campaign, and a big multiplayer suite, Battlefield Hardline is like a selection of the best crime drama scenarios, but now on your game console as a first-person shooter. Time for some cops and robbers folks!


What’s great about Google Play Music?

by Blogger ‎03-19-2015 10:51 AM - edited ‎03-19-2015 10:51 AM

googleplay.jpgIf you were to have asked me a week ago what “Google” means to me, I would have said that it serves one purpose and one purpose only – to satisfy my insatiable need for information and celebrity gossip day and night. As for the rest of Google’s suite of products, I could have done without. Google Docs? Not a fan. Gmail? I never use it. But then Google Play Music was brought to my attention and I have to admit, my singular attitude towards Google changed. Will I embrace Google Docs tomorrow and forward all my email to my Gmail account? Likely not. But as far as music is concerned, in seven short days I have become a giant fan of Google Play Music. Why is it so great? Well … let me tell you!


LG’s NEW Lineup of LED TVs

by Blogger ‎03-18-2015 08:57 PM - edited ‎03-19-2015 09:32 AM

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I love checking out the latest technology, and recently had a chance to get a preliminary view of new line of TVs that LG is releasing in the next few weeks. Because the big brands like LG already have extremely good TVs, the improvements with each new generation are pretty subtle. Here’s a sneak peak of their newest TVs yet to hit the streets.


mature-couple.jpgWhat’s your favourite gift to give at a wedding? Most people have a standard gift, something like gift cards or a small appliance, that they like to give the happy couple just starting out. But what if the happy couple is a little older, a little wiser, and is getting married for the second time around? If you’re not sure what to get the happy couple who has been together for a long time but is only now tying the knot, here are a few great wedding gifts for the mature couple getting married.



debra-wearable-tech-martian.jpgHey guys, its Debra your wearable technology girlfriend and general nuisance. Today we’re discussing the Martian Victory Series Voice Command watch. So here we are with another watch that does stuff other than just be a watch. Who just tells time anymore!? BORING!


Huge battles and new challenges await in Final Fantasy Type-0 HD!

by Blogger on ‎03-18-2015 09:00 AM - last edited on ‎03-18-2015 10:07 AM by Editor in Chief

Type0HDLogo.jpgFinal Fantasy Type-0 HD is a next gen re-release of the 2011 PSP title.  A fairly violent title that takes place in the Fabula Nova Crystallis subseries, Type-0 HD tweaks a couple of things from the original and sets course on a long story mode and fun side missions.  Come take a look!


Resident Evil Revelations 2 - Co-op Survival Horror with a TV twist!

by Blogger ‎03-17-2015 11:10 AM - edited ‎03-23-2015 09:17 AM

Resident-Evil-Revelations-2-Gamers.jpgReleased as TV inspired, weekly, digitally downloaded episodes, the forth and final installment is releasing on March 18th and Capcom is bringing it all together under one roof. With Resident Evil Revelations 2, join two teams of cast members in a co-op adventure against an evil islands worth of mutated zombie freaks. Packaged with Raid mode, put aside the four part campaign and face off against waves of mutants for a spree of unlockables and level ups. Get those neck hairs ready folks, they'll be standing up before long, thanks to Capcom's unique brand of survival horror.


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