Traxxas SST Latrax brings big fun in a small fast package

by Blogger ‎02-28-2015 09:04 PM - edited ‎02-28-2015 09:06 PM

TraxxasLatraxSST.JPGYou might be surprised how much they can pack into an RC vehicle these days, especially when you're dealing with a Traxxas Latrax.  The SST is a 1/18th scale model 4 x 4, all terrain beast of a truck.  With independent suspension, and a sturdy construction, all terrain means water resistant and tough, you might be surprised where you can go, and how fast you can get there.  Priced for the everyday sort of RC fan, it might just be your gateway into a wider world of RC enthusiasm. 

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Mounted-TV.jpgSo, you’ve just purchased a brand spanking new, top of the line 65” 3D HDTV. You can’t contain your excitement. All you want is to get this new addition to your family out of the box and plugged into the wall so you can get started on your House of Cards marathon. I don’t blame you. In fact, I’m a little jealous. Now comes the question – to mount or not to mount? The ideal situation is to mount your TV on the wall above a TV stand that holds all your home entertainment components, but you can also go the TV-stand-only route. Here are the pros of mounting your TV on the wall, and some mount and TV stand options.

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preview.jpgLogitech is one of the industry leaders when it comes to peripherals, add-ons and accessories. The company sells a lot of gear. So it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that when Logitech sent tablet cases and keyboards to review, a box stuffed full of different examples would show up at the door. Included in the mix were the Keys-To-Go ultra portable keyboard, AnyAngle protective case, Ultrathin Magnetic Keyboard cover and Ultrathin Keyboard Folio. Logitech also covered off multiple devices and provided a bright range of colours. Here’s what I thought of the cases and keyboards.

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Replacing your wireless router: what’s really involved and what you gain

by Blogger ‎02-28-2015 10:38 AM - edited ‎02-28-2015 10:41 AM

Preview.jpgWith 802.11ac (Gigabit Wi-Fi) now mainstream, we are currently in the midst of a big wireless router replacement cycle. I’ve tested so many routers in the past year that I’ve lost count. Despite the potential payoff of a new router, many people are reluctant to make the upgrade. Routers can be intimidating, and once our Wi-Fi is working, it’s such an integral part of our homes now that we’re naturally reluctant to do anything that might rock the boat. After getting a taste of what the latest generation of 802.11ac routers can do, I finally made the jump myself, replacing my own aging router. And to help you understand everything that’s involved, I chronicled every step of the process. Hopefully this account of one person’s Wi-Fi router upgrade will help to demystify the process and show why it's worth doing.

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The Sony NWZ-A15 Walkman is an audio player for the true music lover

by Blogger ‎02-27-2015 10:01 PM - edited ‎02-27-2015 10:10 PM

Sony Walkman 2.pngRetro name. New and improved technology. Introducing the Sony NWZ-A15 Walkman.       

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Shelly’s Friday Favourites experiments with spices

by Blogger ‎02-27-2015 07:14 PM - edited ‎02-27-2015 07:17 PM

Spices_in_an_Indian_market copy.jpgI’ll come right out and admit it. Until fairly recently, I wasn’t a big fan of experimenting with spices. Part of the reason was because I was stuck in a rut after years of cooking for kids who would turn their noses up at anything that wasn’t completely traditional. Mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, and even spaghetti sauce-if I added even a touch of spice, they wouldn’t eat it and I’d end up making them something else. Now that I've started experimenting with spices, I've taken the most basic dishes I've always cooked and jazzed them up until they are virtually unrecognizable. Here are three of my favourite recipes to get you started experimenting with spices.

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Enter the Best Buy Get packing and win contest

by Editor in Chief ‎02-27-2015 08:58 AM - edited ‎02-27-2015 02:31 PM

get-away.jpgDo you need a vacation? I do. How long has it been since you last got away?  For me it’s only been about six months since I was in the Caribbean.  I’m sure many of you have been waiting a lot longer than that to take off somewhere for a vacation. Perhaps you don’t have any plans to get away soon either.  Well  Best Buy might change that with this contest.  The winner will win $1000 to put toward a trip, and a new 3-piece luggage set.  Interested? Here are the details:

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Wedding gift checklist for the couple moving out of their parent’s house

by Blogger ‎02-26-2015 11:21 PM - edited ‎02-26-2015 11:22 PM

WR5.jpgHere’s what you’re going to need to ask for if you’re moving out on your own with your spouse for the first time!

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Review: Sony SRS-X9 Wireless Speaker - Elegance with Great Sound

by Blogger ‎02-26-2015 08:20 PM - edited ‎02-26-2015 08:21 PM

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The wireless speaker market has taken off in the last few years, with more new wireless speakers all the time in every price range. Not to be outdone, Sony launched their SRS line of wireless speakers within the last year. At the top of this line is their SRS-X9 premium speaker. I was able to test one out and was very pleasantly surprised by what I found. It is much more attractive than most wireless speakers I’ve seen, has plenty of power, and is full of excellent features. A nice combination!

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Laptop memory preview.jpgWhen buying any PC, memory and storage are important. With a laptop, even more so, since upgrading after the fact may not be an option. You want to get it right, but there are lot of acronyms, numbers and technical terms in play. In this piece I’ll cover off what you should know about memory and storage when buying a laptop, including RAM, VRAM, ROM, SSDs and cloud storage.

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Envy X2 preview.jpgMicrosoft set the standard for convertible laptop PCs when it released the Surface Pro 3. But the success of the latest Surface also opened the door for competition from other PC makers. The HP Envy x2 is a great example of how this class of ultra-portables just keeps getting better. With features like an even bigger 13.3-inch display, dual BeatsAudio speakers and a backlit keyboard, the HP Envy X2 is worth a look for anyone considering a Windows 8.1 convertible PC.

 

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A comparison of two new DSLRs: Canon T6i and Nikon D5500

by Blogger on ‎02-26-2015 12:13 PM - last edited on ‎02-26-2015 03:11 PM by Editor in Chief

BBY_02272015_DI.jpgNikon and Canon have both announced new additions to their entry-level DSLR offerings in recent weeks. And at first glance, the Nikon D5500 and the Canon Rebel T6i look like pretty similar cameras in terms of the specifications. But are there any real and discernable differences between these two very capable units? Today I’m going to sift through the available data and see what I can decipher.

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Why not take your home theatre experience to the next level

by Blogger on ‎02-26-2015 11:16 AM - last edited on ‎02-26-2015 11:43 AM by Editor in Chief

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Various studies have shown how much time we watch TV, and it is more than I thought—about 4 ½ hours per day! North Americans are quite the couch potatoes (US and Canadian studies are similar). That’s over 1,600 hours a year. If you are spending that much time watching TV, why not seriously upgrade your viewing experience? I will tell you the three things to consider in taking your TV experience to the next level.

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I Wanna Rock! How do I choose an amp?

by Blogger on ‎02-25-2015 12:17 AM - last edited on ‎02-25-2015 12:22 PM by Editor in Chief

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You've got your guitar, and a tune in your head. But you also imagine a particular tone you'd like your skull crushing rock epic to sound like. Your guitar is certainly a part of that overall sound, and your playing styles and techniques will certainly contribute. Ultimately, though, your amplifier is what will define your tone. The number of amplifier options and technologies involved seem endless, and can be confusing. How do you even begin looking? I'll try to help you find the amp that will deliver the sound you want.

 

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Create the best home theatre room like a pro using Sony

by Blogger ‎02-24-2015 09:47 PM - edited ‎02-24-2015 09:48 PM

Sony-Theater.jpgEvery year an organization called Harris Interactive measures and rates the reputations of 100 of the world’s most visible companies. In the 2015 report, Sony was ranked as #13, which is pretty impressive considering how many big brands there are out there these days. So it makes sense that if you are looking at setting up a new home theatre system that you put Sony products at the top of your list. Here are two options for you to consider – one for bigger budgets and one for more modest budgets.

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Review: New Dell U3415W Curved IPS LED Monitor

by Blogger ‎02-24-2015 09:01 PM - edited ‎02-24-2015 09:07 PM

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Being a laptop user for years, I haven’t had much need for a monitor or so I thought until I recently tried out the LG 34UC97. It made me realize how much utility that a laptop user can get out of a monitor, especially an extra wide screen that allows you use the display in many ways. I also recently tested out the new Dell U3415W Monitor, and discovered how it makes the computing experience much better, while providing a lot of flexibility. Here’s why I really liked it.

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It’s Pebble Time!

by Blogger ‎02-24-2015 08:19 AM - edited ‎02-24-2015 08:19 AM

Pebble Preview.jpg2015 is living up to expectations as an exciting time for smartwatch fans. We’re seeing Android Wear smartwatches hit their stride, the Apple Watch is due out in a matter of weeks and now Pebble—the company that really helped kick off the whole thing—is back with an exciting new model. Pebble Time was just announced, offering everything we love about the original Pebble and Pebble Steel (including that amazing battery life), while adding a colour display!

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What will be the next robot you bring into your home?

by Blogger on ‎02-23-2015 10:07 PM - last edited on ‎02-25-2015 11:55 AM by Editor in Chief

C-3PO.jpgWhen I think of a “robot” two things happen. First, I picture the iconic droid C-3PO from the Star Wars movie franchise. Second, I involuntarily start to sing the 1980’s Styx classic Mr. Roboto … Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto, Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto. But a robot isn’t necessarily a shiny golden humanoid or the subject of an annoyingly catchy song ... Secret, secret, I’ve got a secret. In fact, according to Webster’s dictionary, a “robot” is “a device that automatically performs complicated often repetitive tasks” or “a mechanism guided by automatic controls.” So by those definitions, it's clear that we are truly surrounded by robots. Don’t believe me? Here are some fun and some functional items that are robots by definition. You might even have one of these at home already!

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MajoraMaskSplash.jpg15 years have passed now since The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask shocked traditionalists and long time series fans. Following a much darker pathway than previous games, Majora's Mask was welcomed by some and shunned by others.  Now, with the New Nintendo 3DS making its debut, Majora's Mask is back in a revamped 3D form to help take advantage of the new controls and button spread.  I admit I wasn't a fan 15 years ago, but I'm older and much more open to change nowadays.  My thoughts on the game are available by clicking below.

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Amazing Dell laptop with powerful I7 processor

by Blogger on ‎02-22-2015 03:51 PM - last edited on ‎02-23-2015 01:17 PM by Editor in Chief

Dell preview.jpgThere are some beautiful and powerful laptops out there, especially if you have an unlimited budget. Trying to keep things more reasonable—under $1,200 for example—it can be pretty tough to get both performance and looks in one package. The Dell Inspiron 7000 Series 15.6-inch touchscreen laptop is one of those rare PC notebooks that offers both specs and looks, without breaking the bank.

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Preview.jpgThe display is one of the most important features to consider when choosing a new laptop. The display is the way you’ll be interacting with that laptop, so getting it right is critical. Resolution, size, aspect ratio, glossy or matte, touchscreen support, viewing angles, brightness, colour accuracy, response times—there are a lot of factors to consider. Pick a laptop with the wrong display and you’ll quickly dread using it. But at the same time, if you want a portable PC for casual use, you also don’t need to pay extra for a professional grade display. Buying a laptop? Here’s what you should know about displays.

 

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Shelly’s Friday Favourites shows you how to experiment with root vegetables

by Blogger ‎02-20-2015 07:09 PM - edited ‎02-20-2015 07:11 PM

index.jpgWith root vegetables, every traditional meal you serve could have a new and interesting taste. Kick your comfort food to the curb, try these recipes, then weigh in on what you think about the root vegetable food trend.

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The Order: 1886 - Steampunk Weapons, Werewolves, and the Dark Streets of London

by Blogger ‎02-20-2015 02:23 PM - edited ‎02-20-2015 05:06 PM

The_Order_1886Cover.jpgA game that captrued imaginations when it was announced at E3 2013, The Order: 1886 is a Victorian era romp with a few twists.  Stunning to look at, the dark streets of London hold more than a few terrors, one of them being beastial half breeds lurking in the night.  Fighting these monsters are the Knights of the Round, aided by the early onset of the Industrial Revolution, and that means it's epic guns vs. werewolves, and if that doesnt get you excited, you might want to check your pulse.

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Explore what you can do with a television in 2015

by Blogger on ‎02-19-2015 03:02 PM - last edited on ‎02-19-2015 03:05 PM by Editor in Chief

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I am going to date myself: my first TV was a black & white cathode ray tube with vacuum tubes that needed to be replaced every now and then. It had rabbit ears that could pick up 4 stations if I was lucky. Needless to say, I didn’t watch it very much except for Ed Sullivan and the Twilight Zone. It is a big understatement to say that TVs have come a long way from those distant memories. TVs of 2015 are no longer just for watching television; they can be used in so many more ways. Are you taking advantage of all its capabilities? Here are some things to think about.

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BBY_02202014_SMART.jpgWith over 75 years of Home Audio experience, Pioneer is no stranger to the Home Audio game. Ever since they shifted their focus away from televisions 5 years ago, they've been making progress in the "Smart home" market.  In 2011, they envisioned a Smart concept car, and ever since, they've been making smart connected home audio products.  Come take a look at some of the options they have produced for your connected home.

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What the heck is wearable tech? Misfit Beddit

by Blogger on ‎02-18-2015 01:04 PM - last edited on ‎02-18-2015 03:47 PM by Editor in Chief

debra-misfit-beddit.jpgWhen I asked the team what was up for this week, they said, “BEDDIT”. I responded, “Absolutely. Which guy is ‘IT’?” Beddit, I quickly found out, is a new sleep monitor. Ahem. I always thought a sleep monitor was a creepy roommate, but the good people at Best Buy Canada showed me the light!

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Track your dog's activity levels with the FitBark

by Blogger on ‎02-17-2015 07:52 PM - last edited on ‎02-20-2015 01:28 PM by Editor in Chief

fitbark.jpgI love how motivating my fitness tracker is, so I was excited to hear about the FitBark dog activity monitor. It’s a fitness tracker specifically for dogs, is available in a wide variety of colours, and can be pre-ordered right now for shipping beginning March 31st, 2015.

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What the heck is wearable tech? Garmin Forerunner 10

by Blogger on ‎02-17-2015 02:27 PM - last edited on ‎02-18-2015 03:49 PM by Editor in Chief

Debra-Garmin.jpgDebra here, strapping on some more wearable technology! This fitness train cannot be stopped!! This week, it’s the Garmin Forerunner 10 watch. This impressive device is for those who run without being chased, without an oncoming Indiana Jones boulder and/or avalanche—those who actually ENJOY running.  So what did I do with it?  Read on to find out:

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How to transfer data from your Nintendo 3DS to your new Nintendo 3DS XL

by Blogger on ‎02-16-2015 10:11 PM - last edited on ‎02-17-2015 10:37 AM by Editor in Chief

datatransfer.jpgWhether you've upgraded to one of the standard new Nintendo 3DS XL systems or bought one of the special edition ones, there's one problem you'll have to solve before you can ease into it fully - Transferring the data from the previous system to the new one. 

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Top 5 Blenders, as rated by Best Buy Customers

by Blogger on ‎02-16-2015 08:08 PM - last edited on ‎02-17-2015 04:52 PM by Editor in Chief

blendtek.jpgWhen it comes to blenders, one size does not fit all, and there are a lot of different makes and models to choose from. Hand or immersion blenders, countertop blenders, or even juicer/blender combinations – no matter what you want to use your blender for, there’s a blender to suit you.  Here’s a look at the top blenders carried on Bestbuy.ca as rated by you, the customers.

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