streetfighter-RYU.jpgThe world-renowned fighting game series, Street Fighter, is back with its fifth, all-new main entry coming exclusively to PlayStation 4 and Windows PC early next year! For Street Fighter V, Capcom has announced the largest online beta testing in the history of the franchise, and exclusive access to this program is yours when you pre-order the game online on BestBuy.ca. Secure your online pre-order early to guarantee your spot in the hottest beta program arriving this summer!

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Samsung's "More Room" showed the ultimate 4K UHD viewing experience

by Blogger on ‎07-07-2015 03:35 AM - last edited on ‎07-07-2015 10:46 AM by Editor in Chief

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The end of June not only signaled the start of summer and my birthday, it was also when I experienced one heck of an amazing viewing 4K viewing event thanks to Samsung Canada’s “More Room." The More Room was actually the “more mansion” in my opinion given it was a luxury multi-level house in Toronto’s posh Yorkville neighbourhood, complete with elevator, chef and showcased the latest 4K SUHD curved TVs and wireless speakers. I really did get to "#seemoreandfeelmore"—the hashtag associated with Samsung’s latest flagship ultra high-definition, curved, smart TVs.

 

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Get set for the next big chapter of Destiny, the best-selling new video game franchise of all time, when The Taken King launches on PlayStation and Xbox platforms this September. With The Taken King Legendary Edition, you can have the complete Destiny experience, including the original game, two DLC expansions, and the all-new major expansion, The Taken King―all in one must-have gaming package!

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Share Your Adventures with CyberLink’s I Love Travel Contest!

by Blogger on ‎07-06-2015 04:24 PM - last edited on ‎07-07-2015 08:34 AM by Editor in Chief

340x150.jpgSummer is a perfect time for all sorts of thrilling journeys, from exploring a nearby city to discovering a new culture in a foreign country! On your adventures this year, keep a camera by your side. When you capture video footage of an amazing experience or place, why not share it with the world…and maybe win great prizes. CyberLink’s I Love Travel Contest is back!

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Announcing the new GoPro HERO4 Session action camera

by Blogger ‎07-06-2015 11:22 AM - edited ‎07-06-2015 11:38 AM

Hero4Session_0_PIU.jpg_10667127_master.jpgThere’s a new member of the GoPro family that’s mixing it up. It’s lighter, smaller, and more colourful than its companions, while maintaining the level of quality and compatibility that GoPro is famous for. Want to learn more? Meet the GoPro HERO4 Session and read on!

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Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller will elevate your game to the next level

by Blogger ‎07-05-2015 05:05 PM - edited ‎07-05-2015 09:32 PM

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Microsoft had a phenomenal E3 press conference this year, and one of the most exciting moments came when they announced the new Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller, releasing this October. This high quality, performance-grade controller is specifically designed to give competitive gamers ultimate freedom to customize and personalize it to their individual play style. If you’re wanting to get an edge on the competition, this new controller will help you play like a pro!

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Here are the 'can't miss' games coming out in July 2015

by Blogger on ‎07-05-2015 04:05 PM - last edited on ‎07-06-2015 09:08 AM by Community Manager

god-of-war-iii-remastered.jpgSummer has officially arrived, which typically means the release schedule for video games lightens up, and this year is no exception. For gamers, this can actually be the perfect opportunity to catch up on recently released games! Of course, there are still exciting games coming out this month that you'll want to keep on your radar, such as God of War III: Remastered, EA Sports Rory McIlroy PGA Tour, Godzilla the Game, and more.

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Review: Jabra Wireless Sports Earbuds

by Blogger ‎07-04-2015 07:41 PM - edited ‎07-04-2015 07:47 PM

Jabra-Home.pngA few weeks ago I launched myself into a fitness program that makes cross-fit look like a walk in the park with a bunch of puppies. Needless to say, it’s tough. So you can imagine how excited I was when I was asked to review three different pairs of wireless ear buds from Jabra. I mean, if any workout was going to test the limits of headphones, the one I’ve embarked on was definitely going to do the trick.

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popcorn-recipes-foodie.jpgIf you're tired of the same old, same old popcorn, you're in for a treat. Popcorn has exploded (pun intended) onto the food scene this year and changed up the way people are making popcorn. Try a few of these recipes, and you'll never look at your buttered bowl of popcorn the same way again.

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Samsung_SUHD_TwitterParty_contest.jpgGet excited for the experience of watching television at home again. Best Buy and Samsung are hosting a Twitter Party so you can learn why the new Samsung SUHD TVs bring back the exciteement of owning a television. Come and participate and you might also win great prizes! 

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insignia preview.jpgA few years ago, you couldn’t have paid me to switch to a tablet that cost less than $150. However, one of the great things about technology is the trickle down effect and that has changed the tablet game. Just like you can now buy an entry level car with tech that used to be exclusive to premium vehicles–like anti-lock brakes or a Bluetooth capable sound system—many entry level tablets now offer features that used to set the more expensive models apart. I just wrapped up a few days using the Insignia 8-inch Windows 8 tablet and came away impressed. This device is proof that an entry level tablet is more than capable of filling many peoples’ casual tablet needs without spending a fortune.

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Ring Video Doorbell Review

by Blogger on ‎07-03-2015 08:42 AM - last edited on ‎07-03-2015 01:51 PM by Editor in Chief

rsz_ring_3x5.jpgI recently had a chance to test out a Ring Video Doorbell. A coworker had tipped me off to the product, as he’d just purchased a pair of the doorbells, and was in love. Read about my experience with this smart home device that will be coming to Best Buy Canada later this summer.

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The Internet of things and your television

by Blogger ‎07-02-2015 03:37 PM - edited ‎07-03-2015 10:43 AM

BBY_HT.jpgAlmost all the information currently on the Internet is created by humans. Content mainly produced by people. But the Internet of Things (IoT) is about devices connected to the Internet and interacting with other connected things and to a small extent with humans, and providing its own content. It is a concept that has enormous potential to impact how we live and work and is already starting to impact the home. But we are just at the tip of the iceberg. Smart TVs already comprise some of the billions of “things” currently connected to the Internet, and they will definitely have a role to play as the Internet of Things unfolds. I will start to identify that potential.

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3 new technologies every parent should not be without

by Blogger on ‎07-02-2015 03:10 PM - last edited on ‎07-02-2015 03:29 PM by Editor in Chief

BBY_EA.jpgEveryone who has children wants to inundate you with their list of "must-have" gear. "I couldn't live with this" and "you must get that." Here are 3 essential tech items that  are must-haves for any parent, plus a few honourable mentions.

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IMG_3332.JPGIf you’re looking for a good pair of headphones on a budget, wired or wireless you owe it to yourself to take a look at the Jabra Move wireless headphones. They’ve got tremendous build quality, they sound fantastic, and they’re wallet friendly. Whether you’re tired of wires getting in the way while working out or anything else, these headphones ought to be a great option.

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Summer survival guide: staying safe outdoors

by Blogger ‎07-01-2015 09:02 AM - edited ‎07-03-2015 09:02 PM

summer safety-Optimized-Optimized.jpgSummer is in full swing and it's time to enjoy the beautiful weather and all the fun activities summer has to offer. With the nice weather comes extra safety precautions to be had. Read on for my must have summer survival tips for the outdoors.

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Review: Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition

by Blogger ‎06-30-2015 10:32 PM - edited ‎06-30-2015 10:48 PM

puzzle-dragons-two-games.jpgGungHo Online Entertainment’s Puzzle & Dragons, a bona fide runaway success on mobile platforms, has arrived on Nintendo 3DS—and along with it comes a second, all-new adventure starring Mario! If you enjoy puzzle games with light role-playing game elements then you won’t want to miss out on this two-in-one game bundle, Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition.

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Top 5 TV Antennas as Rated by Customers

by Blogger on ‎06-30-2015 11:14 AM - last edited on ‎07-02-2015 09:42 AM by Editor in Chief

ClearStream TV Antenna.jpegMore people are cutting their cable ties by capturing free over-the-air (OTA) TV signals that are broadcast in full HD. Doing that plus Internet streaming is making it easier all the time. To capture those free OTA signals requires a good antenna, which may be hard to judge until you buy one, so why not look at what consumers are saying are the best antennas?

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Philips 40-inch widescreen 4K Ultra HD monitor review

by Blogger on ‎06-30-2015 09:55 AM - last edited on ‎07-02-2015 09:48 AM by Editor in Chief

Philips monitor preview.jpgI spend the majority of most working days researching and writing. But I also have frequent periods where I have the opportunity to put some of the latest high tech gear through its paces. That is one of those “cool” aspects of my job. What people don’t always realize, though, is that this gear usually has to go back, and that can cause severe withdrawal symptoms. Not so cool. Case in point, I just had the opportunity to review a new Philips 40-inch widescreen 4K Ultra HD monitor. This is a beautiful piece of equipment and something that would be a real benefit to me. But it had to go back. While I ponder whether my office budget could be tweaked to support an upgrade like this, here are my thoughts on this behemoth of a computer monitor.

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Workout Tips to Tone Your Arms

by Blogger on ‎06-30-2015 08:11 AM - last edited on ‎06-30-2015 08:24 AM by Editor in Chief

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Arms are like the cover of a book: if the cover of the book is attractive, the book instantly becomes more appealing. The author/artist of the book feels confident and proud of his masterpiece and rightfully so. Though I strongly believe in being fit and healthy from the inside first, why not sculpt your arms in the process to give yourself something extra to feel good about! So here we go, let’s get into exactly how to tone your arms!

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Home theatre essentials to amp up your love life

by Blogger on ‎06-29-2015 11:37 PM - last edited on ‎07-02-2015 09:53 AM by Editor in Chief

Theatre-Love.pngI don’t know what the weather is like where you live, but right now we are going through a pretty epic heat wave here on the west coast. Don’t get me wrong, I live for summer, but when it’s hot and humid like this I find that a number of my otherwise “normal” activities often take a backseat to more pressing issues, like searching out air conditioning and cold bodies of water. For example, blow drying and straightening my hair (not going to happen), cooking anything in the oven (it’s already a million degrees in my apartment), and sadly, romance (there’s no way we are cuddling). But believe it or not, you can actually amp up the summer romance with a movie night at home, regardless of how unbearably hot it is outside; all you need are a few essentials to improve your home theatre room and you’re set!

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Philips Hue Go review

by Blogger ‎06-29-2015 02:51 PM - edited ‎07-06-2015 09:28 PM

hue.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.

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Biolite Campstove Review

by Blogger on ‎06-29-2015 01:38 PM - last edited on ‎06-30-2015 08:31 AM 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Connected Home Series: Getting Through the Front Door

by Blogger on ‎06-26-2015 09:06 PM - last edited on ‎07-03-2015 01:53 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.

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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.

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A brief history of the selfie

by Blogger on ‎06-26-2015 05:39 PM - last edited on ‎07-02-2015 10:43 AM by Editor in Chief

Right now, the “selfie” trend is all over news sites, social media, blogs, and forums -- but did you know that selfies (and internationally-renowned “selfie artists”) have been around for hundreds of years?

 

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Sphero Darkside Ollie App-Controlled Robot Review

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

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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!

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