Dusk and Dawn; Tips To Get The Best Pictures During The 'Golden Hour'

by Blogger on ‎04-21-2015 10:38 AM - last edited on ‎04-21-2015 11:07 AM by Editor in Chief

dusk.jpgI’ve often mentioned the so-called "Golden Hour" in previous articles: that hour around dusk and dawn that photographers love, where the light is amazing—provided it’s a cloudless day. Today I’m going to give you some tips to help you make the most of this window of unique light to create some beautiful images you’ll be proud to hang on your wall.


Securing your Home Network

by Blogger ‎04-21-2015 07:41 AM - edited ‎04-21-2015 11:02 AM

family network.jpgYour home network should be easy to conect to and use, but only for the people you trust. With a little bit of preparation and smart computer habits, you can protect yourself, your data, and your family from the less pleasant side of our connected world.


Review: HTC One M9

by Blogger on ‎04-21-2015 07:13 AM - last edited on ‎04-21-2015 11:11 AM by Editor in Chief

htc.jpgWhat has been the most attractive Android smartphone for the last two years is back, and the HTC One M9 sticks to the same design principles of its predecessors. The familiarity extends throughout the hardware and software, making this phone an iterative update from last year, rather than a major upgrade. There’s more speed, along with some refinements to HTC’s software overlay and the camera, but there’s no sign of an overhaul here.


Upgrade the fun on your iPad with Osmo

by Blogger on ‎04-21-2015 06:04 AM - last edited on ‎04-21-2015 11:32 AM by Editor in Chief

osmo.jpgIn the last couple of years, iPads have become such a popular tool and toy for kids, and there are so many apps now available for fun, learning and gaming. For even more fun, there are interactive apps with gaming accessories like Osmo.


Teach your kids about cyber-safety

by Blogger ‎04-20-2015 10:32 PM - edited ‎04-20-2015 10:34 PM

cyber-safety1.jpgWhen I first hopped online during University I was old enough to handle the Internet in all its glory, and I was mature enough to make decisions about where I would spend time and where I wouldn’t. Despite the fact that our kids have been online since before they can remember, they don’t have that same savvy required to always make the right decision and get themselves out of situations where they have the potential to be hurt.


Overview: Grand Theft Auto V PC

by Blogger ‎04-20-2015 01:27 PM - edited ‎04-20-2015 01:28 PM

gtav-pc.jpgGrand Theft Auto V was nearly perfect when I bought it for PS4. I played it for uncounted hours (more single-player than multiplayer) but it was a game that has eaten a good chunk of my life. 


I just bought it again on PC; here’s why you should own it there too.



The 10 best gifts to give your graduate

by Best Buy ‎04-20-2015 08:47 AM - edited ‎04-20-2015 08:51 AM

images.jpgNot sure what to give that special graduate in your life? Whether your young adult is heading off to college, travelling the world, leaving the nest, or starting their first career, here are 10 great gift ideas that will help your loved one transition to adulthood.


Use a fitness tracker to take on and challenge your friends

by Blogger on ‎04-19-2015 05:03 PM - last edited on ‎04-19-2015 08:50 PM by Blogger

fitbit flex.jpgIf you're looking for motivation for your fitness and health goals, a fitness and activity tracker can help keep you honest, accountable and keep accurate track of how well you're doing.  A great added benefit of some trackers is the ability to challenge your friends. Here's how fitness trackers and challenges work to motivate you to get up and move.


Dark Souls II Scholar of the First Sin Teaser.jpgDark Souls II, brought us back to the unforgiving world of Drangleic. A world where your only hope is to kill the now insane remnants of people now known as hollows and collect their souls to try and regain whatever you can of your frail humanity. Now with Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin, you can play through the full game plus all of its extra content, improved graphics and even more players in online play. Prepare to die, again!


TV Features Explained – Part 3: Refresh Rates

by Blogger ‎04-19-2015 10:28 AM - edited ‎04-19-2015 10:29 AM

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Refresh rates are marketed quite a bit with new HDTVs and 4K UHD TVs, using various branded jargon like “Motionflow 240” or “960 Motion Enhancement.” Higher numbers are bandied about making it difficult to understand or to make fair comparisons between TVs since there are no industry-standard definitions for these motion enhancement features. I will help you sort through this marketing muddle and let you know what you need to focus on regarding refresh rates.


Sennheiser TV Headphones Review: RS 125 & RS 135

by Blogger on ‎04-18-2015 12:04 PM - last edited on ‎04-18-2015 03:41 PM by Blogger

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There's an insane amount of headphones for various listening pursuits.  How can you pick the right one when it comes to watching TV?  For starters, pick a brand name with a good reputation, like Sennheiser.  We've got two models of over-ear headphones to review.


How far have you gone to keep a desktop PC relevant?

by Blogger ‎04-18-2015 10:28 AM - edited ‎04-18-2015 01:09 PM

fixer.jpgThe beauty of the standard desktop PC is its open architecture. The idea is that people should be able to choose from interchangeable parts from a variety of manufacturers and swap them as they see fit. What this has meant for me is that not only have I been able to build myself desktop PCs myself, which is surprisingly easy to do by the way, but I have also been able to upgrade and augment my systems over the years to extend their lifespans. Desktop PCs may be the ideal situation for somebody looking to keep their tech relevant as they can focus their attention on upgrading the components they need and make little changes over the years rather than having to wait for obsolescence then investing in a net new machine.


family-camping.jpgOver the past few years I’ve become a lot smarter about what to pack for a family camping weekend and what not to pack. It all comes down to planning. Take a look at some of the camping gear I bring along when I’m camping with the family.


Review: The NEW Roku 3 Streaming Player

by Blogger on ‎04-18-2015 08:45 AM - last edited on ‎04-18-2015 03:13 PM by Blogger

rokuhero.jpgTen years ago, few would believe that we could become so reliant on streaming media but these days many people are taking advantage of streaming HD video content from web services at an increasing rate. So much so that new services and options keep popping up continually. Recently I had the chance to spend some time with the new Roku 3, a streaming player tailor made for those who want to take advantage of all these video streaming services. There is no shortage of competition here either. If you’re into Netflix and YouTube, for example, there seems to be a way to stream that content from virtually every device out there. Many of these devices are multitaskers, that are primarily game consoles, or other sorts of gadgets that just happen to integrate a few streaming services. With the Roku 3 you get a dedicated device that specializes in streaming online content. With that focus comes a certain simplicity and clarity to the device.


TV Features Explained – Part 2: Viewing Angles

by Blogger on ‎04-18-2015 08:36 AM - last edited on ‎04-18-2015 06:01 PM by Blogger

view-angle.jpgViewing angles are important features to consider when choosing a new television. I’m here to explain what is it and why you should care!


Raptors Amir Johnson pranks Toronto with help of Geek Squad, Thinkware dash cam

by Blogger on ‎04-18-2015 07:54 AM - last edited on ‎04-18-2015 09:42 AM by Editor in Chief


Toronto Raptors star forward, Amir Johnson, teamed up with Best Buy, Geek Squad and Thinkware to prank unsuspecting Torontoronians. Watch the video to see the funnies unfold and how Amir cleverly used the Thinkware X500 dash cam to document the off-the-court fun.



EA announces release date of Star Wars Battlefront in first full-length trailer

by Blogger on ‎04-17-2015 06:06 PM - last edited on ‎04-21-2015 08:40 AM by Editor in Chief

2386 Boba_Sitter_Glam.jpgHot on the heels of the yesterday's surprise release of a new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, comes the first full-length trailer for Electronic Arts' upcoming video game, Star Wars Battlefront. That's already more than enough to get any Star Wars fan thoroughly excited, but check this out: if you pre-order Star Wars Battlefront on Bestbuy.ca, you'll get an exclusive Boba Fett bobblehead! Get ready Star Wars fans, this holiday season couldn't get any more exciting!


Role-playing games you must play this year

by Blogger ‎04-17-2015 05:35 PM - edited ‎04-21-2015 07:30 AM

RPG collage.jpgWith so many great role-playing games in 2015, you may be wondering what to spend your hard-earned money on? Come check out my list of role-playing games you must play this year, and discover what my all-time favourite role-playing game is! Let's take a look!


Sony Canada VIP event showcases new tech coming to Best Buy

by Blogger on ‎04-17-2015 03:30 PM - last edited on ‎04-17-2015 05:15 PM by Editor in Chief


CES is an eye-popping, mind-blowing experience for any tech enthusiast, but one of the most frequent questions that stick out as you tour the latest innovations is release date: Is the product available in the current year, or are we looking at a prototype and will we have to wait a year, sometimes several until we can get hold and own the device? This is why I love Sony Canada’s annual VIP event that brings us much of the best of what they showcased at CES to  a Best Buy Canada store near you.



The Top 3 Camera Systems

by Blogger on ‎04-17-2015 12:02 PM - last edited on ‎04-17-2015 12:30 PM by Editor in Chief

cameras.jpgToday I'm going to choose my top 3 camera systems from the vast range of cameras and lenses available here at BestBuy.ca. Forget boring things like budgets, today I'm letting my imagination run wild!


CyberLink Unveils New Research on Radically Changing Media Consumption Habits

by Blogger on ‎04-17-2015 11:39 AM - last edited on ‎04-17-2015 12:40 PM by Editor in Chief


As CyberLink prepared to launch the latest version of our best-selling PowerDVD software (PowerDVD 15) we noticed that the way people consume media was changing quite rapidly. Naturally we wanted to better understand the habits of our many tech savvy users so we can anticipate their needs and ensure we are always providing them with the very best software solutions. 


How far have you gone to keep a laptop relevant?

by Blogger ‎04-17-2015 11:09 AM - edited ‎04-17-2015 05:34 PM

Preview.jpgA new laptop is an investment. It costs you money and it costs you time—you have data to transfer, software to install and settings to get just right. So it makes sense to put a little effort into extending the life of an existing laptop, especially if it’s one you’ve grown fond of. The key is to know when to walk away and just buy a replacement instead of throwing good money after bad. That’s not always easy to do. I have a few examples of going to extremes to keep a laptop relevant that hopefully will help when it comes time to make that decision yourself.


What is Cyber bullying and what can you do about it?

by Blogger on ‎04-17-2015 11:04 AM - last edited on ‎04-17-2015 12:44 PM by Editor in Chief

cyber-bullying.jpgIf you’ve got kids in the school system, odds are you’re hearing a lot about bullying right now. The days when kids entering high school have to worry about getting their heads flushed or shoved into lockers has, for the most part, gone by the wayside because of teachers actively watching for physical bullying and anti-bullying campaigns. But like when you douse out a campfire and there’s a chance of a jumping embers, when you control one type of bullying a new one can crop up. I’m talking about cyber bullying or online harassment, and it’s becoming a serious problem in Canada.


MLB 15 The Show Title Teaser.jpgOnce again fans can get into the latest season of Major League Baseball with the always jaw dropping MLB 15: The Show.  SCE San Diego studios hits it out of the part with the most authentic MLB experience to date. So get your bubblegum ready, pick up your controller and lets start the show!


Get around faster with a new ebike or scooter

by Blogger on ‎04-17-2015 10:00 AM - last edited on ‎04-17-2015 12:50 PM by Editor in Chief


Getting around by car may be the easiest form of transportation, but it’s certainly not the most economical… especially when parking and gas is costing you an arm and a leg! Nowadays, there are plenty of options to choose from that will not only save you money and time, but also amp up the vitamin D in your daily commute. Here are a few of my favourite alternative personal transportation methods worth checking out: the electric bicycle, scooter, and unicycle.


How to get out of the house (kind of) fast

by Blogger on ‎04-17-2015 09:00 AM - last edited on ‎04-17-2015 10:10 AM by Editor in Chief

tracy-mother-pic1rev.jpgHow fast do you get out of the house when you have kids? We all know 45 minutes spent at the front door without ever crossing the threshold is not unheard of. I make a habit of getting everything ready hours before we actually have to be anywhere.  It is a feat of incredible magic and coordination to get out the door without screaming your head off, breaking a sweat or a nail or both. Here are a few suggestions that may help.


You’re about to have a baby! Now what?

by Blogger on ‎04-17-2015 09:00 AM - last edited on ‎04-17-2015 10:32 AM by Editor in Chief

tracy-motherLet’s rewind to winter 2008. Me, my beach ball belly and my husband step into a big box baby store full of dreams of tiny yellow onesies. What greets us is aisle upon aisle of plastic, primary-coloured product. Strollers, diapers, breast pumps, soothers, a billion bottles and toys. Within 10 minutes I am drenched in tears, completely overwhelmed and feeling wholly inadequate as a shopper and a soon-to-be mom. Was it the hormones? Of course! But it was also the reality of having way too many options and just not knowing what was needed and what wasn’t. Use my breakdown to your advantage.


Shelly's Friday Favorites does Spring BBQing

by Blogger on ‎04-17-2015 07:20 AM - last edited on ‎04-17-2015 11:09 AM by Blogger





Spring is finally here, and on the West coast we've been blessed with gorgeous weather earlier than usual, so my mind has already turned to BBQ season. I know I'm not the only one out there grilling early this year because I can smell the all too familiar BBQ smell coming from my neighbours as well.


Movie Themed LEGO Sets Available at Best Buy!

by Blogger on ‎04-17-2015 01:14 AM - last edited on ‎04-17-2015 12:54 PM by Editor in Chief






Have you ever noticed how versatile the popular LEGO toy brand has become over the years? With numerous themed building block sets currently available, I'd say that LEGO is pretty much tied in with everything these days! With this in mind, I thought that today I'd take a look at several LEGO sets that specifically have movie related themes. There are some really cool sets available, so click on through to see LEGO sets related to Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, The LEGO Movie itself, and more. After all, it's all about having fun!


Review: Sengled Smart LED Wireless Bulbs

by Blogger on ‎04-16-2015 09:17 PM - last edited on ‎04-17-2015 08:59 AM by Blogger

Sengled-Pulse.jpgSometimes when I’m sent a product to review, the first thing that comes to mind is: “Really? People want/need/buy this/these? Wow.” More often than not though, within a few minutes of using the product I realize that YES, people DO want/need/buy this/these! How in the heck did we live life without this/these for so long?! This is exactly what happened when I was asked to review Sengled’s Smart LED Bulbs … with perhaps a little more enthusiasm. Maybe I’m getting older, or maybe it’s just becoming increasingly difficult to “wow” me in such a techno-savvy time, but let me tell you something – Sengled’s Smart LED Bulbs are by far one of the coolest products I’ve reviewed in a while. 


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