fall-cooking.jpgI love fall: the leaves falling from the trees, the crisp, fresh air, and the Pumpkin Spice Lattes back in the stores. After this long, hot summer we’ve had with very little rain, I was so happy to turn the page to September. The one thing I’ve really been looking forward to is getting back into my cooking routine. We’ve been eating so casually for so long because of our home reno and the heat, I literally can’t wait to make a huge meal. What I’m not interested in is doing a lot of dishes, and that’s why I’ve been sourcing out some great one-pot meals for everyone to try.

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BB-8 and other Star Wars themed high tech toys coming to Best Buy

by Editor in Chief on ‎09-04-2015 02:06 PM - last edited on ‎09-04-2015 04:23 PM by Blogger

droid-your-looking-for.jpgBest Buy will be getting many new, highly anticipated Star Wars themed toys this fall. These toys include the technologically amazing and fantastically fun BB-8. Here are some details on what will be available very soon.

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Gadgetwatch: A look at some great things available to you now!

by Blogger ‎09-03-2015 11:22 PM - edited ‎09-03-2015 11:26 PM

Kinsa.jpgThere are a lot of neat new devices available at Best Buy and in the inaugural edition of Gadgetwatch, I'm going to introduce you to a few of them. Whether you're interested in inspiring the next soccer star, want to spruce up your dinner parties or need something new to take your temperature, it's all here. Click on to see more!

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Samsung announces new Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic

by Blogger on ‎09-03-2015 11:45 AM - last edited on ‎09-03-2015 12:47 PM by Editor in Chief

Samsung-Gear-S2-watches.jpgSamsung has come around and revealed a rounded smartwatch for the first time with the Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic. Both models are designed to cater to users who are looking for a timepiece that carries a little more elegance with an everyday look and feel. A number of features have been included to make the watch more useful, tapping into a variety of services and functions the company already offers.

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Xbox One bundles galore!

by Blogger on ‎09-03-2015 11:45 AM

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Getting a new console is great! Top of the line hardware, running the freshest games, is always something to behold. There is only one thing that can make getting a new console better and that’s when you get it in a bundle. Getting a bundle lets you customize your initial console experience, with things like more or less hard drive space, a game, even a couple of games sometimes, special editions and more. This fall has a whole bunch of awesome Xbox One Bundles and you can get them right here at Best Buy.

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Home Renovation Part 2: creating a smart home

by Blogger on ‎09-03-2015 11:36 AM - last edited on ‎09-04-2015 10:00 AM by Editor in Chief

phillips-smart-bulb.jpgWhen it comes to basic home renovations, I was always told to hope for the best but expect the worst. That may be true when it comes to renovating a kitchen in a 10-year-old house or even doing a major overhaul on a house that’s 20 or 30 years old, but when you decide to crack open a house that’s 100 years old, all you can do is hope for OK and expect a lot of trouble.

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HP Instant Ink

by Blogger on ‎09-03-2015 07:48 AM

HP Instant Ink, delivered to your door.jpgIn a world where we can print virtually anything on demand using the inkjet printer sitting on the desk beside us, what the heck is Instant Ink? The Answer, according to Hewlett-Packard is: “Original HP Ink ordered by your printer, delivered to your door.” Sounds convenient, but according to HP, by signing up for its Instant Ink replacement service, you can also save up to 50 percent compared to what you have been paying to keep your inkjet printer running. Now we’re going from convenient to very interesting. Let’s have a look at the details.

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Review: Lutron Caseta Smart Home Lighting Control

by Blogger ‎09-02-2015 09:25 PM - edited ‎09-04-2015 04:38 PM

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These days, it seems as though there is a smart version of almost every electronic device imaginable. There are smart watches, smart phones, smart TVs, smart appliances, smart fitness trackers, smart cars; the list goes on. But one category that really seems to be gaining momentum is smart products for the home, especially smart products that don’t necessarily require professional installation, like the Lutron Caséta Wireless Smart Home Lighting product line.

 

I was sent two Lutron Caséta products to review: The Lutron Caséta Wireless Plug-in Lamp Dimmer With Remote, and the Lutron Caséta Wireless Smart Lighting Dimmer Kit. I started with what I knew would be the easiest to install of the two, the plug-in dimmer kit.

 

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The new Moto 360 smartwatch models are coming to Best Buy

by Blogger on ‎09-02-2015 01:18 PM - last edited on ‎09-03-2015 09:47 AM by Editor in Chief

Moto_360_(2nd gen)_Womens_Hero.jpgMotorola just unveiled the latest generation of Moto 360 devices at IFA in Berlin, and the whole family of new and improved fashion and health focused Android Wear devices are coming to Best Buy this fall.

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Seagate Personal Cloud Home Media Storage Review

by Blogger on ‎09-02-2015 09:16 AM - last edited on ‎09-03-2015 07:41 AM by Blogger

 

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It's a network attached storage (NAS) device with a bountiful list of features on offer, but are they features you need in your digital life?

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Bring on the celebs to Best Buy's Life & Tech Event

by Blogger on ‎09-02-2015 08:41 AM - last edited on ‎09-04-2015 01:24 PM by Editor in Chief

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Like any good electronics exhibition, celebrities heighten the excitement for brands and demos of their products. On Tuesday, September 8th, in addition to offering dozens of impressive new wearable technologies and demos, guests can enjoy seeing and meet a slew of celebrities.

 

Read on to discover who these notables are.

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Introducing the Nest 3.0: Could it be the smartest thermostat yet?

by Blogger on ‎09-01-2015 10:50 PM - last edited on ‎09-03-2015 12:26 PM by Editor in Chief

Nest3.jpgThere aren't a lot of things Nest needs to improve on nowadays. It's already arguably the best thermostat on the market. It not only provides you its learning benefits but gives you access to a huge network of coordinating partners. With no need to re-invent this wheel, Nest has turned to some physical and functional enhancements for its recently announced Nest 3.0 learning thermostat. Come take a look at the newest edition of the Nest!

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Review: Epson WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank All-in-One Printer

by Blogger on ‎09-01-2015 01:51 PM - last edited on ‎09-01-2015 02:03 PM by Editor in Chief

Epson-printer-main.jpgPrinters, even the all-in-one variety, have become more specialized, despite the various functions they provide. Turning out pages of documents isn’t the necessity it once was for consumers and business owners, but like any utilitarian gizmo, a printer may be indispensable to those who need it. Ink has long been the part that has defined the category because of the cost associated with it. Epson is attempting to change all that with ink tanks that will last for up to two years.

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September is Home Theatre Month!

by Blogger on ‎09-01-2015 11:27 AM

rsz_christmas_gifts_dorm_room_tv.jpgYou may not be ready to kiss summer goodbye, but its days are numbered. While we're enjoying the last long days and warm nights, it's a good time to start planning ahead for the cooler months to come. Why not beat the impending winter by staying warm and entertained in a refreshed and reenergized home theatre? This month is the perfect time to get educated about all the great new technology that's hitting the market.

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Review: Narrative Clip Wearable Camera

by Blogger on ‎08-31-2015 06:40 PM - last edited on ‎09-01-2015 01:53 PM by Editor in Chief

narrative.jpgIt’s amazing to see how cameras have evolved over the last 20 years. Remember the days when you’d have to load a roll of film into your camera and then take that film in to be developed after only 12, 24, or 36 snapshots? Those days are long gone. Now we can capture the ins and outs of our daily lives with our smartphone cameras and share those moments with the world in an instant via the touch of a button. The Narrative Clip wearable camera takes this concept of chronicling our lives­—or “lifelogging”—to a whole new level by snapping a picture every 30 seconds, and I recently had an opportunity to take one for a spin.

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Surface 3 review: Microsoft’s affordable 2-in1 gets even better with Windows 10

by Blogger on ‎08-31-2015 06:39 PM - last edited on ‎09-01-2015 02:05 PM by Editor in Chief

Microsoft Surface 3 review.jpgI had the chance to use a Surface Pro 3 at a launch event, but I haven’t spent any extended time with any of Microsoft’s tablets since a Surface 2 back in 2013. Microsoft recently sent me a new Surface 3 to try out for a long term review and I came away impressed with how these devices are evolving. And the experience got even better once I’d updated the loaner to Windows 10.

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Evenflo Triumph LX: The comfortable carseat that fits

by Blogger ‎08-31-2015 02:36 PM - edited ‎09-04-2015 11:46 AM

evenfloseat.jpgThere's a challenge many convertible carseat seeking parents face: Fitting the seat in your car. With some seats two or three times the size of your child, space becomes an issue in the back seat of your car in a hurry. The Evenflo Triumph LX 3-in-1 Deluxe Convertible Car Seat not only fits with a compact, yet safe seat design, but it's capable of supporting your child from the time they first sit in a car seat to the time they're ready to sit without one.

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5 ways to take better photos using your smartphone

by Blogger ‎08-31-2015 12:21 PM - edited ‎08-31-2015 12:26 PM

LG-G4-camera.jpgChances are, your smartphone is your go-to point-and-shoot camera. Whether it’s a slice of life or a slice of food, the compunction to capture those moments means that more people are taking more photos than ever before. The level of sharing on social media only drives things further. Not all smartphone cameras are created equal, yet there are some basics to snapping better images that will not only improve image quality, but also make you a better mobile photographer.

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Sept. 8th: Join the Wearable Tech panels at #LifeandTech

by Blogger ‎08-31-2015 08:25 AM - edited ‎09-03-2015 04:14 PM

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The day after Labour Day, Toronto's world renown Yonge-Dundas Square transforms into a wearable tech wonderland. On top of featuring the latest in one the fastest growing categories at Best Buy Canada, attendees of the free event must check out the star-studded panels.

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How to pick the perfect back-to-school smartphone or tablet case

by Blogger on ‎08-30-2015 11:12 PM - last edited on ‎09-01-2015 03:43 PM by Editor in Chief

The kids' backpacks are packed, their lunches are planned, and you've argued out who's going to be taking the kids to their first day back … but there's always something that gets forgotten.

 

I have a cousin who had a tendency to leave his toothbrushes and shoes (how???!) behind when he was a kid, like a travelling Hansel & Gretel, but in August, it's way more likely that you've forgotten something far less dire. Like, say, to update the kids' (and your own!) phone and tablet cases for back-to-school.

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The best ways to back up your smartphone data

by Blogger on ‎08-30-2015 07:51 PM - last edited on ‎08-31-2015 10:29 AM by Editor in Chief

Phones_Laptops.jpgIt is a gnawing feeling to not only lose a smartphone, but to also lose all the data contained within it. A key part of good smartphone maintenance includes protecting the data you have stored on it, especially the kind that is personal and priceless. The good news is that it’s not really difficult to do this on a regular basis, regardless of which phone you’re using.

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Review: Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is a portable JRPG masterpiece

by Blogger ‎08-30-2015 07:39 PM - edited ‎08-30-2015 07:48 PM

Xenoblade_Chronicles_3D_artwork_1.jpgOne of the most beloved Japanese role-playing games of the last decade is back as a grand portable adventure, exclusive to New Nintendo 3DS XL. If you're looking for a game to show off the power of your shiny new handheld console, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is definitely it!

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case for buying a dekstop PC.jpgWith the start of school rapidly approaching, the rush is on to make sure students have the gear they need. The biggest purchase for most will be a computer, so you want the right one and making the right choice starts with picking the right form factor. A few days ago, I made the case for choosing a traditional laptop. This time, I’m going to switch hats and make the argument for choosing a desktop PC.

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Review: Rare Replay is a nostalgic, value-packed compilation

by Blogger ‎08-30-2015 02:59 PM - edited ‎08-30-2015 03:08 PM

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Rare Replay, a compilation of 30 games celebrating the revered 30-year history of developer Rare, is perhaps the easiestand most difficult―review I've done in years. Easy because there's an absolute irresistible amount of value in this collection, and challenging since it contains literally hundreds of hours of gameplay. While it would easily take months to play through all the games, you only need one night with Rare Replay to come to this conclusion: it's worth the investment multiple times over.

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Educational Toys That Will Stimulate Your Child’s Memory

by Blogger on ‎08-30-2015 09:16 AM - last edited on ‎08-31-2015 10:36 AM by Editor in Chief

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Today we wrap up our 3 part series on educational toys that will help your child in the early stages of his or her formal education. Please join me inside as I investigate the importance of memory to your child's future education. This is certainly an important theme, and not merely during your child's formative years. Memory is a lifelong tool that we all rely on each and every day. You might just find yourself wanting to work on your own memory by the end of this post. And, as always, I'll suggest a few toys / products that are sure to help with memory development. So, click on through and let's get started!

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5 reasons why muffins are the perfect food for back to school

by Blogger ‎08-29-2015 06:47 PM - edited ‎09-03-2015 05:21 PM

blueberry-muffin.jpgWith the new school year right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about quick and easy snack ideas for those seemingly endless brown bag lunches. But rather than simply tossing in a granola bar and an apple, why not think out of the box and add a delicious, homemade muffin to your kid’s lunch bag? Here are five reasons why muffins are the perfect food for back to school.

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5 best printers to take to your dorm room

by Blogger on ‎08-29-2015 12:38 PM - last edited on ‎09-01-2015 04:50 PM by Editor in Chief

top 5 dorm room printers.jpgSo you’re off to college or university, leaving home and high school behind for the challenge of post-secondary education. Naturally, you’ll be bringing some gear along with you, like your computer and maybe a stereo, game console or a TV. Don’t forget to include a printer in the mix! If you don’t have one already (or if the one you own has seen better days), I’ve put together a list of 5 of the best printers to take to your dorm room.

 

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Boost productivity with these organizing and to-do apps

by Blogger ‎08-29-2015 07:12 AM - edited ‎08-29-2015 07:14 AM

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As student's lives get exponentially busier during back-to-school,good productivity apps for organizing and managing tasks and to-do's becomes a necessity.

 

Here are some apps that do the job well.

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BTS why choose a laptop.jpgA few weeks back I explored the topic of whether a tablet could be as good as a laptop for students. Here’s a hint (as a father whose kids have used both in class): yes, in many cases a tablet can be. However, I also know from experience that there are situations where a laptop just makes more sense. If you’re a student or you have kids in school, here’s the case for buying a traditional laptop over alternatives like a tablet or a desktop PC.

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BOSS pedals small.jpgBoss answers the boutique pedal manufacturers by releasing 2 new (old) pedals under their WAZA Craft branding that retain their original analogue warmth while adding some nifty new features. The Boss DM-2W Delay and the Boss SD-1W Super Overdrive are re-imagined for the modern guitarist. In this blog I will talk about their hallowed predecessors, compare them to this new iteration, and put them through their paces to see how kind time has been.

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