Philips Hue Go review

by Blogger ‎06-29-2015 02:51 PM - edited ‎06-29-2015 03:06 PM

IMG_1867.jpgWhen Philips Hue launched I was fascinated and excited by it: a light bulb that connects to my wireless network that could be controlled by my iPhone… and change to any colour! Very cool. Hue has done well, and the line has diversified, growing to encompass other smartphone platforms and different bulb types. With Hue Go, Philips is launching a different type of product: a light that stands alone or connects with your network… but that you can take with you. I had the chance to use it for a week. Here’s what that was like.

Read more...

Biolite Campstove Review

by Blogger on ‎06-29-2015 01:38 PM - last edited on ‎06-29-2015 04:26 PM by Editor in Chief

rsz_biolite_recrop.jpgThere are two very real and modern problems for campers and the outdoorsy types: how to quickly and effieciently heat and cook food while out in the wilderness, and how to keep gadgets like phones, GPS and cameras charged when we're away from homes and cars.  With the BioLite Campstove, there's a solution to both problems.

Read more...

Why a smartphone is the most important tool for today’s travellers

by Blogger on ‎06-28-2015 06:38 PM - last edited on ‎06-29-2015 08:58 AM by Editor in Chief

Travel-with-smartphone.jpgIf the term “never leave home without it” applied to any one material item or product, it would have to be the smartphone. Some estimates suggest the average user looks at their smartphone screen as many as 1,500 times per week. Travelling without a handset in tow seems to be getting increasingly difficult, simply because of everything it can do. From taking photos at some exotic locale, uploading them to Instagram and messaging friends and family back home, the smartphone is a versatile tool anywhere and everywhere.

Read more...

Musical instruments for your summer trips

by Blogger on ‎06-28-2015 01:43 PM - last edited on ‎06-29-2015 09:32 AM by Editor in Chief

girl-grass-guitar-summer-sun-Favim.com-356432.jpgI have a confession to make. The first time I went camping as an adult was two summers ago. Before that, I was seven and my parents shipped me off for the weekend with my Brownie troupe to learn all sorts of life skills and earn all sorts of badges. I cried the whole time. But when one of my closest friends convinced me to join her annual camping trip—which meant no electricity, no WiFi, and no plumbing—I decided to put my tiara away for a few days and suck it up; and as it turns out, it was one of the best times I’ve ever had.

Read more...

Best Remote Control Fun Part 2: In the Air

by Blogger on ‎06-27-2015 02:58 PM

maxresdefault.jpgHave you ever thought about what it might be like to fly? Well we don’t quite have jetpacks yet like we’re all hoping for but we do have quadcopters and drones these days. They are getting less expensive and more versatile very rapidly, and so there has never been a better time to try one out. They are easy to use, and there is so much variety so that pilots of any budgets or skill level can find something to make use of. Whether you just want to play around with controlling something in the air, or want to take professional grade aerial video, we’ve got you covered.

Read more...

The Connected Home Series: Getting Through the Front Door

by Blogger on ‎06-26-2015 09:06 PM - last edited on ‎06-29-2015 03:01 PM by Editor in Chief

AugustLocksIntro.jpgIn this edition of Connected Home, I take a look at keyless entry. There's a much smaller selection of keyless entry home devices than some other things like light switches and bulbs, but what's out there is high quality and easy to enjoy. Are you looking for a new deadbolt system altogether, or something that works with your existing keys and lock system? I'll lay out some options for you and compare a couple products out there already.

Read more...

Shelly's Friday Favourites goes berry wild

by Blogger ‎06-26-2015 05:49 PM - edited ‎06-26-2015 05:52 PM

salmon-berry.jpgIt’s berry season on the west coast again—a time I look forward to every year! Although most people think of strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries as their go-to berries for baking, freezing, or just eating off the vine, I’ve been lucky enough to get out there in the bushes and discover a few berries that don’t seem to get the same love as our popular friend the strawberry.

Read more...

Sphero Darkside Ollie App-Controlled Robot Review

by Blogger ‎06-26-2015 04:08 PM - edited ‎06-26-2015 10:08 PM

darkside-ollie2.jpg

Meet Ollie! He's the small, fun, app controlled robot that goes wherever you do. I've been testing him all week and have quite a bit to say. If you enjoy RC toys—particularly unconventional ones like Ollie—then pop on in and see what you, and I, think of him!

Read more...

Movie Review: Ted 2

by Best Buy Best Buy on ‎06-26-2015 11:48 AM - last edited on ‎06-29-2015 08:55 AM by Editor in Chief

ted2.jpgNewly married couple Ted (voice by Seth MacFarlane) and Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barthwant to have a baby, but when they find out that Ted is not recognized as a person, he has to prove it in a court of law.

Read more...

Men's Grooming with the Philips AquaTouch Shaver: A Personal Experience

by Blogger on ‎06-25-2015 11:33 PM - last edited on ‎06-26-2015 11:33 AM by Editor in Chief

Today, something a bit different. This blog is all about my own personal experience with the Philips AquaTouch Men's Wet / Dry Shaver. If you'd like to know how well this shaver has worked for me over the past 3-4 years, read on for all the details. Rest assured that I have considerable experience in this area, which I hope will help you to determine if the Philips AquaTouch Shaver is right for you!

Read more...

Review: LEGO Jurassic World, all four Jurassic films in one action-packed video game

by Blogger on ‎06-25-2015 09:29 PM - last edited on ‎06-26-2015 02:16 PM by Editor in Chief

teaser.jpgLEGO Jurassic World is here and is teeming with big, friendly, flying, battling and even goofy dinosaurs! In this family-friendly game, you’ll play through each of the four epic Jurassic Park storylines in classic LEGO tongue and cheek style. With over 20 different kinds of playable dinosaurs, 120 unlockable characters, and over 20 vehicles you will have plenty to do and see in this mammoth game.

 

Come find out why this is the best LEGO game yet!

Read more...

Protect your tech during thunderstorm season

by Blogger on ‎06-25-2015 09:49 AM - last edited on ‎06-29-2015 08:55 AM by Editor in Chief

Lightning protection preview.jpgSummer is the favourite season for many people, but in parts of Canada summer also means thunder, lightning and severe weather. That can be bad news for delicate electronics like computers, TVs and game consoles. Summer is also a peak demand time for electricity and that can lead to power brownouts and blackouts. Throw construction in the mix—another source of summer power outages—and it makes sense to take measures that ensure your gear isn’t damaged or offline when you really need it. Here’s how to protect your tech during thunderstorm season.

Read more...

Best Remote Control Fun Part 1: On Land

by Blogger on ‎06-25-2015 01:50 AM - last edited on ‎06-25-2015 08:47 AM by Editor in Chief

remote-car.jpg

Today I consider some of the coolest remote control toys that are available for use on land. If you've been thinking of getting into the RC hobby and would like something that's fast, fun, and drives on 4 wheels, then read on for a few cool suggestions. There's something for every budget here, so don't feel intimidated by some of the more expensive models. If you're just starting out in the RC hobby, going with an inexpensive model is a great way to guage just how much you're going to enjoy it. You can always opt for something a bit higher end later on.

Read more...

Summer cleaning: tips to make your PC faster and more efficient

by Blogger on ‎06-24-2015 04:59 PM - last edited on ‎06-25-2015 04:05 PM by Editor in Chief


cleaning.jpgCleaning your PC both physically and digitally can be as essential to keeping everything running well as dusting your home or checking the oil in your car. A little routine maintenance can go a very long way indeed yet it is something many people neglect. With just a little routine TLC your computer can be kept running like new for many years and it doesn't even have to be much work if you have the right tools for the job

Read more...

Summer survival guide part 4: relaxing and entertaining on the patio

by Blogger on ‎06-23-2015 09:29 PM - last edited on ‎06-24-2015 08:38 AM by Editor in Chief

housepatio2.pngSummer is, without a doubt, my favourite time of year. In fact, I’m such a summer girl that I’ve often wondered why I haven’t moved myself to a more temperate climate where the hot days and warm nights stick around for longer than a few months. But perhaps it’s precisely the short shelf life we have on summers here in Canada that makes me itch to spend as much of them outside as possible.

Read more...

Premium Audio Receivers for the Best Home Entertainment Experience

by Blogger on ‎06-22-2015 09:59 PM - last edited on ‎06-24-2015 10:49 AM by Editor in Chief

Marantz Audio Receiver.jpgDon’t underestimate how important sound is for your home entertainment system. Today’s TVs, especially the new 4K Ultra High Definition sets, have bigger screens and such great pictures you might just think that is all you need. But having crystal clear sound with a great balance of those low and high notes will make any movie experience so much better. For the best sound in your home, seriously consider a premium audio receiver. The overall cost of ownership is not much more at all, the sound is noticeably better, and they usually come with many useful features.

Read more...

Pre-order Assassin's Creed Syndicate and get over 45 minutes of extra content!

by Blogger on ‎06-22-2015 09:15 PM - last edited on ‎06-23-2015 04:56 PM by Editor in Chief

ACSyndicate-preorder.jpg

In Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, get set to explore the largest and most modern open-world city ever created for an Assassin’s Creed game. The setting is London in the year 1868, towards the end of the Industrial Revolution, a time period marked by rapid technological progress—and a massive widening gap between the working class and the rich. With tensions rising, it’s time to unite the London underworld against their corrupt elite oppressors, Assassin’s Creed style!

Read more...

Bake your way to a great date night with the one you love

by Blogger on ‎06-22-2015 01:00 PM - last edited on ‎06-26-2015 04:05 PM by Editor in Chief

date-night-baking1.jpgSummer is here and if you need some ideas for a fun summer date, I've got a great summer date night idea for you: summer make or bake nights are the perfect way to spend quality time with the one you love.

Read more...

Pre-order Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and get early access to the Nathan Drake Pack

by Blogger on ‎06-21-2015 09:44 PM - last edited on ‎06-23-2015 04:57 PM by Editor in Chief

uncharted drake pack.jpgExcited for next year's hugely anticipated launch of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End? To help prepare you for the next entry in Sony's groundbreaking adventure series, this fall on PS4 you can play remastered releases of the first three games in the series with Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection!

 

 

 



Read more...

Summer means renovating: Upgrading your kids rooms

by Blogger on ‎06-21-2015 09:18 PM - last edited on ‎06-22-2015 08:50 AM by Editor in Chief

toddler-bedroom-sets.jpgI wanted to use the summer months to make my baby's room less baby and more child. I'm so glad Best Buy has furniture options that can help me!

Read more...

Review: NEW LG 60” 4K UHD Smart 3D TV has a fantastic picture!

by Blogger on ‎06-20-2015 08:39 PM - last edited on ‎06-29-2015 04:27 PM by Editor in Chief

LG UF7650 UHD TV.jpg2015 is definitely the year that 4K UHD TVs have taken off. There are more models coming out all the time with more variety in terms of features and price range. Initially all 4K TVs were higher-end TVs that only a select few could afford. Not so any more! LG has just launched a new line of 4K ultra high definition sets—their UF7650 series. They are their entry-level 4K TVs, which aren’t as fully loaded as their higher-end units. However, they have the two most important features in a TV—they are BIG and they have a fantastic picture.

Read more...

All about fans

by Blogger on ‎06-20-2015 02:09 PM - last edited on ‎06-24-2015 08:58 AM by Blogger

fan-blades.jpgIf you’ve ever watched one of those home improvement shows on TV, you are no doubt aware that the vast majority of interior designers think that a “fan” is either someone who follows them on social media, or an intrusive assault to the esthetic senses. Well, no disrespect to the interior designers out there, but here’s the thing: in the summer months, a fan is an absolute necessity. In fact, depending on the size of your home, and in the absence of air conditioning, multiple fans are a necessity. But what makes one fan different from another? That’s what I’m here to tell you!

Read more...

Shelly's Friday Favourites creates artisan ketchup

by Blogger ‎06-20-2015 07:36 AM - edited ‎06-24-2015 09:16 AM

homemade-ketchup1.jpgIf you want to add a bit of kick to your weekend BBQ, look beyond eye level on a grocery store shelf and you’ll see little gems like sriracha mayo, gourmet mustard, and organic flavoured ketchups. These condiments taste pretty great when you get them from the store, so can you imagine what they’d taste like if you started with fresh ingredients and made them yourself?

 

 

Read more...

What you need to know before buying an antenna

by Blogger ‎06-19-2015 10:39 PM - edited ‎06-23-2015 10:34 AM


10319739.jpgIsn’t it time you upgraded to an antenna? Wait… what? Upgrade to an antenna? Whether or not you’re a cord cutter (meaning you’ve cancelled your monthly television service) you might find that adding an antenna to your entertainment viewing space can be a great upgrade for a variety of reasons. Whatever those reasons are, here’s what you need to know before buying an antenna.

 

Read more...

Workout Tips to Improve Your Cardio

by Blogger on ‎06-19-2015 05:04 PM - last edited on ‎06-26-2015 03:47 PM by Editor in Chief

selfie.jpg

Cardio, the act of running around? Nope! Our cardiovascular system (heart) is responsible for pumping blood (and oxygen) throughout our entire body. So? If we can improve our cardiovascular fitness we will be fitter, have more energy as well have a constant fresh supply of blood and oxygen, and we’ll burn fat at a faster pace! What’s not to love!  Follow these 5 tips on how to improve your cardio fitness.

Read more...

Now is the best time to consider your smart phone options

by Blogger on ‎06-19-2015 02:18 PM - last edited on ‎06-22-2015 11:21 AM by Editor in Chief

FS_smartapps.jpgThe code of conduct the CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission) set down for the wireless industry ensures that consumers can cancel their three-year contracts after 24 months without paying a fee, meaning that as of June 3, three-year cell phone contracts are effectively dead. If you signed a contract on June 2, 2013 or earlier, then you are free to renew or go without a contract. You have options to consider now that you’re on your own to decide, and here’s a look at some of them.

Read more...

Movie Review: Inside Out

by Best Buy Best Buy on ‎06-19-2015 09:26 AM - last edited on ‎06-23-2015 12:23 PM by Editor in Chief

insideout.jpgRiley was living a pretty joyful life in Minnesota, but when her parents decide to pack up and head west to San Francisco, her emotions - joy, sad, fear, disgust and anger, struggle to guide her through her new life.

Read more...

Turn summer on Pinterest contest to win a $500 Best Buy Gift Card

by Editor in Chief ‎06-19-2015 09:00 AM - edited ‎06-26-2015 08:41 AM

TurnSummerOn_PinBackyard_PlugIn.jpgBest Buy is getting ready for summer with this 3rd and final installment in the Turn Summer On contest series.  This contest will involve pinning items onto a Pinterest board, then tweeting the location of that board so everyone can see items you would like to have this summer.  Read on to learn how to enter so you don't miss on your chance to win!

Read more...

E3 2015: Checking out the latest in gaming audio tech from Turtle Beach

by Blogger ‎06-19-2015 08:31 AM - edited ‎06-19-2015 08:36 AM

Turtle Beach E3.jpg

My last booth visit at E3 2015 was with Turtle Beach to check out all their latest innovations in gaming audio headsets and equipment. As a gamer, having a good pair of headphones is vitally important. The strength of Turtle Beach is that they offer a range of products in all price ranges, so you can pick the pair best suited to your needs. My meeting with them also helped me discover an innovative new project they are working on, which could revolutionize how we listen to television.

Read more...

E3 2015: Hands on with Star Wars Battlefront and Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2!

by Blogger on ‎06-19-2015 08:00 AM - last edited on ‎06-26-2015 08:44 AM by Editor in Chief

Star Wars Battlefront Sony E3.jpg

Perhaps no other game at E3 2015 made quite the big splash that EA's Star Wars Battlefront did, appearing at both Sony's and EA's press conferences, and the game was playable in both of their booths (in massive displays I might add). The lines were huge at the EA booth, but I managed to get in and try out the game's epic 40-person battle mode. While in the EA area, I hopped on over to the Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 VIP section to get hands-on time with the next entry of this hilarious, yet deep first-person shooter franchise!

Read more...

Announcements
Welcome to the Plug-in Blog!
Get the latest news, reviews and how-to’s from tech enthusiasts across Canada and learn how technology can enhance your lifestyle. Looking to eliminate techno stress? You've come to the right place!
Bloggers
Top Kudoed Authors
User Kudos Count
6
4
2
1
1
Labels