Dying Light - Open-world, Free-running, Zombie Apocalypse

by Blogger ‎01-31-2015 03:55 PM - edited ‎01-31-2015 03:56 PM

DyingLightScreen.jpgA game from a studio with a Zombie survival pedigree, Dying Light stands on the experience of developer Techland's last game, Dead Island.  A melee focused tropical get away filled with the walking dead, it was well received, selling well enough to earn a sequel.  Stepping away from the franchise, the team has turned that experience into the Undead Apocalypse they always wanted.  Free running your way over rooftops, scouring for supplies, and helping your fellow survivors, it's a zombie fans dream come true.


Preview.jpg2014 was an exciting year for smartphones. Among other things, it was the year of the phablet, with even long-time big screen holdout Apple getting into the game with the new iPhone 6 Plus. I’ve had the opportunity to use the big iPhone (I opted for the more modestly sized iPhone 6 myself), but what I want to talk about today is the latest version of the smartphone that started the whole phablet thing: the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. The newest Galaxy Note was a late arrival, hitting Canadian shelves at the end of October, but after spending a few weeks with the device early this year I can definitively say two things: worth the wait and still the phablet to beat in 2015.


How to stream content like a pro – without a Smart TV

by Blogger ‎01-31-2015 01:29 AM - edited ‎01-31-2015 01:30 AM

Roku.jpgStream the content you want without upgrading your television with one of these great media streaming devices!


It's Pizza Night on Shelly's Friday Favourites

by Blogger ‎01-30-2015 05:11 PM - edited ‎01-30-2015 05:17 PM

pizza-recipes.jpgA lot of people do a pizza night at least once a week, and for many of us that night is usually Friday. Having pizza for dinner is a nice, casual start to the weekend and there are so many different varieties you just can’t get bored of eating it. If it's pizza night at your house and you're staring at the same old ham and pineapple, here are a few of my favourite pizza recipes to add some inspiration to your pizza night.



How to protect your data like a pro

by Blogger on ‎01-30-2015 04:15 PM

preview.jpgGiven the amount of money we spend on things like smartphones, tablets and PCs it’s understandable that physical protection—cases, covers, screen protectors and laptop bags—are big business. What’s on these devices is often overlooked, though. If your basement floods and your PC is submerged you can buy a new PC. If you haven’t backed up the data on that computer’s drive, you have a much bigger problem and files like your digital photos, school work  and music could be gone for good. Don’t let that happen. Here’s how to protect your data like a pro.


Want a smart home? Here's how to create a D-Link Connected Home

by Blogger on ‎01-30-2015 01:44 PM - last edited on ‎01-30-2015 03:08 PM by Editor in Chief

dlink-connected-home.jpgIf what we saw coming out of the Consumer Electronic Show is any indication, 2015 is going to be the year of the smart home. I wasn’t prepared for how much I would love smart devices like the mydlink Wi-Fi Smart Plug and the mydlink Wi-Fi Smart Plug+, or how handy the mydlink Wi-Fi motion sensor would be when it comes to keeping me informed on what’s going on around my house.Here’s what I found out when I set up my very own mydlink Connected Home.


polk2.pngLet’s be honest. Wires suck. They’re ugly, intrusive, binding, and seemingly everywhere you look. We’re right smack dab in the middle of an era where we all have so many personal electronic devices and gadgets that it seems as though every electric outlet in our homes needs an adapter to accommodate many more inputs than the two for which it was designed. That’s why I was happy to review the new Polk Omni S2 Rechargeable Wireless Speaker. I’ve been looking for a new wireless speaker for my home office for some time now … and the Polk Omni was given the honour of being my first guinea pig.


Tips for your next outdoor adventure with the family

by Blogger on ‎01-29-2015 05:01 PM - last edited on ‎01-29-2015 05:16 PM by Editor in Chief


Why stay couped up inside when there's so much adventure waiting in the great outdoors for you? Here, I'll give some tips for your next outdoor adventure with the family, including some essential tech gear to bring along with you.


Everything you need to know about setting up the best home office for you

by Blogger on ‎01-29-2015 04:02 PM - last edited on ‎01-29-2015 04:03 PM by Editor in Chief



For me to be productive, my home office has to be clean, well organized, and full of things that inspire me – an antique typewriter, a tranquil aquarium, and a Moravian or Herrnut Star light fixture that reminds me of my favourite place on earth every time I turn it on. If you want to create your own home office that’s unique, something that will be your favourite room in the entire house, here’s how you’ll set up the best home office for you.


Network and computer essentials for a smart home

by Blogger on ‎01-29-2015 11:23 AM - last edited on ‎01-29-2015 11:45 AM by Editor in Chief

preview.jpgSmart thermostats, smoke detectors, door locks and appliances have gone mainstream and are finding their way into more homes than ever. What sometimes gets lost in the list of cool things those smart devices can do is that they are connected. Without an Internet connection, most of them fizzle. Poor Wi-Fi means a poor user experience and for many people, their wireless router is the weak link in the smart equation. In this post, I’ll review the network and computer essentials for a smart home that lives up to the billing.


How to save money on your grocery bill like a pro

by Blogger ‎01-28-2015 10:06 PM - edited ‎01-28-2015 10:07 PM

grocery-bill-like-a-pro.jpgI’m one of the few people I know who enjoys grocery shopping. For me, it’s a challenge finding new and interesting products, getting the best price on those things I buy all the time, and saving money at the checkout. And because groceries make up a sizable chunk of my monthly spending budget, I like to save money on them as often as I can. Read on and I’ll share some tips that will have you saving on your grocery bill like a pro.


Control your home with your Misfit Flash

by Blogger ‎01-27-2015 02:22 PM - edited ‎01-27-2015 02:23 PM

misfit-flash.jpgThe Misfit Flash is now poised to be even more than your fitness companion – an announcement from Misfit HQ today has taken the Misfit Flash out of the realm of simple and effective fitness tracker and placed it squarely into the category of smarthome accessory, because now you’ll now be able to use the Smart button face on the Misfit Flash to interact with some of your favourite apps and smart hardware.


Super Easy Super Bowl Appies & Dips

by Blogger on ‎01-27-2015 09:58 AM - last edited on ‎01-27-2015 01:42 PM by Blogger

Superbowl.jpgThis Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks will be taking on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX in what I’m hoping will be an epic battle. Will Wilson step up to the task and avoid throwing four interceptions to reclaim Super Bowl glory for the second year in a row? Will Brady look ridiculously handsome as always? Whether you’re a football fan or not, the Super Bowl is always a good time. And whether you’re planning on hosting a small gathering for four, or are attending the party of the year, no Super Bowl is complete without an adequate amount of food. So here are some easy and delicious appies and dips that will be a hit, no matter what the outcome of the game.


How to choose your next PC like a pro

by Blogger on ‎01-27-2015 07:23 AM

Preview.jpgThere will come a time when a new PC is in your future. Maybe it’s your first, or maybe you’re moving on from an older computer that just didn’t make sense to upgrade. Making the decision to buy a new PC is one thing, but picking the right one? That’s a lot tougher, especially when you begin to wade through all the specs and promotional material. Don’t make your choice based on who has the best marketing department. I’ll help you to choose your next PC like a pro, so you end up with a computer you’re happy with.


Samsung-TV.jpgWhen it comes to creating a home theatre room, there are really no set rules. What might work for one person, one space, and one budget, may not work for you, your space, or your budget, and that’s ok. A home theatre doesn’t need to be created in a 1,000 square foot dedicated space. It can be created in your basement, living room, or even a dorm room. All you need are a few key components to get the most immersive viewing experience possible.


How to configure a surround audio system like a pro

by Blogger on ‎01-26-2015 08:55 PM - last edited on ‎01-30-2015 12:03 PM by Editor in Chief

surround 3.jpgBuying a fancy surround audio system doesn’t mean anything if it’s not set up correctly!


How To Use Flash Like A Pro

by Blogger ‎01-26-2015 04:14 PM - edited ‎01-26-2015 04:22 PM

Untitled.jpgFlash can be a pretty unflattering style of lighting, and yet there are pros who use it successfully all the time. Today we're going to look at some of the different ways you can use flash to make amazing photographs.


[FINAL]RZGC_TwitterContest_twitter1_880x440_EN.JPGReward Zone is Best Buy’s very popular loyalty points program. Earn points with every purchase, and then convert those points in to reward certificates that can be applied to future purchases.  The Reward Zone Gamers Club has additional benefits like exclusive offers and contests: this is one of those. Gamers Club members who also follow BBYC_GamersClub on Twitter will be eligible to win great prizes once we exceed 10,000 followers, which should be this week.  Join now and help us “level up” to 10,000 followers and you could be entered in a draw to win some awesome prizes. Read on for more details:


NAMM 2015 Close-out

by Blogger on ‎01-25-2015 03:30 PM - last edited on ‎01-26-2015 11:52 AM by Editor in Chief

NAMMAnother NAMM show has come to a close and while all the exhibitors contemplate packing up their booths, I'm reflecting on all that I've seen over the past few days. There weren't any show-stopping standout announcements this year, but there was a lot to see!


Gear Ogling

by Blogger on ‎01-25-2015 01:41 PM - last edited on ‎01-26-2015 11:58 AM by Editor in Chief

API DeskLike most of you in the home and project studio game, I like to read the trade magazines and gear review sites frequently. I'm a firm believer in the "it's-not-about-the-gear" mantra, but hey, if money weren't an object...


How to boost performance on an old PC or laptop like a pro

by Blogger ‎01-25-2015 12:10 PM - edited ‎01-25-2015 12:11 PM

Preview.jpgMany of us have an older PC or laptop kicking around that simply isn’t cutting it. The easy solution is to buy a new one. But there’s a cost to doing that and it isn’t always necessary. A relatively small investment in parts, software and labour can often make an old computer run like new. It may not be quite so fast as the current crop of PCs, but you can make it zippy enough that using it is enjoyable again. And if you still have an eye on an upgrade to a new model, you’ll have a nice machine to pass down to someone else. Here’s how to boost performance on an old PC or laptop like a pro.


Akai Advance 49 Controller

by Blogger on ‎01-25-2015 12:00 PM - last edited on ‎01-26-2015 12:03 PM by Editor in Chief

Akai Advance 49Akai terms their Advance line of controllers as "unprecedented" plug-in control. The 49-note version that I played with came pretty close to the mark.  I can see its potential as a studio and live situation controller that, once you adjust your workflow, will help you organize, recall and control all of your software synths and effects.


BBY_LoopIn_Giveaway.jpgBest Buy has recently expanded its awesome health and fitness products selection. We organized a scavenger hunt on Instagram so that you can win some of these great products. Read on for all the details


Behringer U-Phoria USB Audio Interfaces

by Blogger on ‎01-25-2015 11:30 AM - last edited on ‎01-26-2015 03:51 PM by Editor in Chief

Behringer U-PhoriaIt's always been a mystery how Behringer comes out with products that pack so many features but don't break the bank.


The new U-Phoria line of audio interfaces does just that. With world-class pre-amps from MIDAS, these seem to be a no-brainer.


KORG Kaossilator 2 Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer

by Blogger on ‎01-25-2015 11:15 AM - last edited on ‎01-26-2015 04:31 PM by Editor in Chief

Korg Kaossilator 2Don't be intimidated by the long, complicated name of this product, it should just be called "fun". The Korg Kaoss line of X-Y instruments and controllers has been around for over a decade and they've all been noteworthy tools in electronic music production. This is the smallest version I've seen and it has a lot going for it.


Casio Previa PX-760 Digital Piano

by Blogger on ‎01-25-2015 10:21 AM - last edited on ‎01-26-2015 04:05 PM by Editor in Chief

Casio PX-760In the crowded market of digital pianos, it's hard to stand out. The Casio PX-760 seems to accomplish just that feat with a feature-rich package that impresses but at the same time, doesn't intimidate.


NAMM Day 3 Wrap Up

by Blogger on ‎01-24-2015 11:56 PM - last edited on ‎01-26-2015 04:36 PM by Editor in Chief

Saturday CrowdSaturday is always the busiest day (and night) at NAMM - as you can see by the crowd waiting to get in. The weekend brings out a lot of local people who couldn't make it the last two days and/or folks looking to spot artists roaming the floors. We didn't have any specific appointments to hit today, so I took the opportunity to just walk around and see what I could find.


NAMM Artist Sightings - Day 3

by Blogger on ‎01-24-2015 06:00 PM - last edited on ‎01-26-2015 04:41 PM by Editor in Chief

CamerasSaturday was a-buzz with artist endorsement and demonstrations. That came with the obvious lines and crowds huddled around the booths to the displeasure of convention centre security. NAMM sometimes becomes a game of "Do I know him/her?".


Weighted Keys or Non-Weighted Keys?

by Blogger on ‎01-24-2015 05:34 PM - last edited on ‎01-26-2015 04:46 PM by Editor in Chief

Playing KeysIt's not actually a black-and-white question. There are many different variations of keyboard action and it gets down to a personal preference question.


Being armed with what to expect is going to get you a good way down the road to a decision.


Zildjian Gen16 Accoustic / Electric Cymbal System

by Blogger on ‎01-24-2015 04:40 PM - last edited on ‎01-26-2015 04:48 PM by Editor in Chief

Zildjian Gen 16It wasn't really until today that I saw something that made me literally stop and backup. 


Zildjian is famous for its cymbals and has an artist endorsement list that goes on forever. These cymbals not only look different, but the display also encouraged you to listen to them through headphones.


I just had to see what this was all about.


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