Best Buy—along with tech expert Marc Saltzman and representatives from Microsoft and Intel—held a Twitter party last week. The purpose of the #SpringTechChat Twitter session was to give people the opportunity to ask the questions that will help them make the best choice possible when they buy their next laptop. I sat in on the event and was blown away by the volume, scope and quality of questions that came firing in during the hour. For those of you who missed out, I’ve done my best to capture some of the themes I spotted among the conversations along with some of the more interesting topics
A road trip wouldn’t be a road trip if it didn’t come to a conclusion, and although it was hard to leave Orange County, we pulled out and headed north. Destination? San Francisco and Fisherman’s Wharf, home of sour dough bread so amazing I’ve spent the two years since our last trip trying to replicate it. I’m getting more successful with each try!
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If you’re excited about the pending arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge with its curved display, you aren’t alone. But it was only a few months ago that Samsung released the Galaxy Note Edge, the flagship phablet that paved the way for the Galaxy S6 Edge. I spent several weeks putting Samsung’s curved display phablet through its paces. It does take some getting used to, but the curved glass looks great, feels great and bodes well for the Galaxy S6 Edge—which puts that curve on both sides instead of Note Edge’s one.
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?
There’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.
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The 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!
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It 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.
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With 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.
Yesterday 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.
Samsung’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.
I’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.
One 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 us at Best Buy Canada this Wednesday March 25th from 8pm to 9pm (EDT).We’ll be joined by "Tech-sperts” fromMicrosoft,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 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.
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.
Today 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
The 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!
Our 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 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?
Have 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.
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.
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Taking 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!
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If 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!
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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.
What’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.
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