TV Features Explained - Part 6: Upscaling and Upconverting

by Blogger on ‎04-24-2015 04:20 PM - last edited on ‎04-25-2015 10:12 AM by Editor in Chief

toshiba_zv_upscaling_tvs.jpgUpscaling and upconverting features, which help make non-native video look presentable on larger resolution displays, have been with us for a while now but have become more important considerations for 4K and Ultra HD TV buyers. With various models are coming down in price, there’s a greater range of display sizes available, making 4K and Ultra HD TVs more viable for consumers


Take a walk through the history of Kenwood Appliances

by Blogger on ‎04-24-2015 02:56 PM - last edited on ‎04-24-2015 03:02 PM by Editor in Chief

kenw0od.jpgDid you know there are two Kenwood companies? The Kenwood Corporation that sells audio products, and Kenwood Limited, a company that’s been modernizing the kitchen since 1947. Kenneth Maynard Wood of Britain founded Kenwood Limited, and working from his garage, he set out to revolutionize how people perform tasks in their kitchens.


Your Anti-Anxiety Travelling List

by Blogger on ‎04-24-2015 02:55 PM

tracy-mother-headphones.jpgI get nervous when we go away. It’s not the idea of having our house robbed or the thought of not having a good time … it’s the packing.


TV Features Explained - Part 5: Contrast Ratio and Black Levels

by Blogger on ‎04-24-2015 02:45 PM - last edited on ‎04-25-2015 10:13 AM by Editor in Chief








In Part 5 of our TV Features Explained series, we look at the importance of contrast ratio and black level ... and whether you can trust the huge numbers manufacturers list for these specs.


3 Ways to Make Gluten Free Pizza

by Blogger ‎04-24-2015 01:37 PM - edited ‎04-24-2015 01:47 PM

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Pizza is one of my favourite foods. It’s perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, as well as after a late night of drinking. I couldn’t imagine having to give it up because of celiac disease or a sensitivity to gluten or wheat. But if this applies to you, have no fear: there are ways to make non-traditional pizza crust so you can continue eating the food you love. 


Shelly's Friday Favourites

by Blogger ‎04-24-2015 12:24 PM - edited ‎04-24-2015 01:49 PM

Brie & Caramelized Onion Stuffed Chicken


Our guest blogger this week on Shelly’s Friday Favourites is Leila Pejman. Leila comes to us from Future Shop’s Tech Blog where everyone enjoyed reading about (and cooking) her amazing recipes. From gluten free to special brunches, Leila’s covered them all. Enjoy these great chicken recipes!


Moving Tips for a Smart Home and a Smart Move

by Blogger on ‎04-24-2015 10:22 AM - last edited on ‎04-24-2015 10:27 AM by Editor in Chief

moving-boxes.jpgMoving sucks. We can't say it more boldly than that.  But while you're packing up all of your worldly goods into tiny cardboard crates, it's a great time to think about jazzing up your new space and making it work harder for you with some new technology. You can also make the process of selling your existing home easier, by taking a look at what smart home gadgets can do to help you.


Mondo X SteelBooks Now Sold at Best Buy: Iconic Artwork Meets Classic Cult Cinema!

by Blogger on ‎04-24-2015 02:52 AM - last edited on ‎04-24-2015 08:27 AM by Editor in Chief




If you're a fan of the Mondo X SteelBook series of "poster art" Blu-Ray cases, then you're probably already super excited about the fact that Best Buy is now carrying these awesome exclusive sets! If, however, you're not entirely familiar with these skillfully crafted works of art (featuring glossy, comic-like artwork and plenty of special features), simply click on through to learn all about them!


HPOmenBox.JPGThe first gaming laptop my wife ever brought home must have taken up half of our coffee table and weighed about as much. The second she owned was a little thinner but almost as heavy. The HP Omen's size pales in comparison to those two monstrous laptops and that's a good thing. As thin as many of today's laptops and weighing less than 5 pounds, the HP Omen defies our conventional belief of what a gaming laptop should look and feel like. That's just the beginning.  Come take a look.


Don’t put yourself last on your list

by Blogger ‎04-23-2015 05:23 PM - edited ‎04-23-2015 05:23 PM

tracy-mother-blog3.jpgIf you’re like 99.9% of mothers, when you are under the weather you suck it up buttercup and get stuff done! I’m working hard on joining the 0.01% of moms who actually stop and take a time out. I think it makes us better people to put our own names higher up on our list of things to do. In working towards that goal, I have some suggestions.


Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab A tablets are family focused

by Blogger on ‎04-23-2015 01:01 PM - last edited on ‎04-23-2015 04:16 PM by Editor in Chief

taba.jpgSamsung’s built a tablet business with models that cater to specific users and their needs. Their Tab Pro line was designed around corporate users as well as the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend. Samsung has now created the Galaxy Tab A line of 8” and 9.7” tablets designed specifically for families and home users.


Spring home remodel projects: the living room

by Blogger on ‎04-23-2015 12:38 PM - last edited on ‎04-23-2015 04:12 PM by Editor in Chief


There is something almost magical about that first Saturday of the year when you wake up late, open your curtains and windows to let the glorious sunshine and fresh air in, and realize that spring has officially sprung. I immediately associated my acknowledgement of spring with the need to clean, re-organize, and refresh my home, beginning with the living room. So with my “spring refresh” hat on, here are my plans for the next month or so—plans that you can easily incorporate into your own spring living room refresh.


Using GPS technology to enhance your golf game

by Blogger on ‎04-23-2015 12:18 PM - last edited on ‎04-23-2015 04:18 PM by Editor in Chief

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In some parts of the country, it's almost golf season! (Sorry Eastern Canada!) If you can't get out on the links yet, you can at least start thinking about the season ahead. New shoes, maybe some new plaid pants, and a few fresh sleeves of balls are enough to get you in the golf mood, but maybe this season it's time to up your game with some new technology. Find out why GPS can improve your game, and even make it more enjoyable.


Tips to help you buy the perfect cell phone for your mom

by Blogger on ‎04-23-2015 11:14 AM - last edited on ‎04-23-2015 11:51 AM by Editor in Chief


I knew it was time to buy my mom a cell phone when I couldn't get a hold of her when I had a question and needed advice. To buy the perfect phone for her, I had to figure out exactly what she would like and dislike in a phone, and as I discovered, it was completely different from what I liked.



With Samsung’s SUHD TV, get excited about your TV again

by Blogger ‎04-23-2015 10:18 AM - edited ‎04-23-2015 12:53 PM

Compressed SUHD Hero2.jpgMeet the all-new SUHD TV from Samsung

SEE MORE. FEEL MORE. More colours; Brighter blacks; Deeper blacks


Going green with your old phone

by Blogger on ‎04-23-2015 06:58 AM - last edited on ‎04-23-2015 10:19 AM by Editor in Chief

phones-recycle1-lo-res.jpgWe know you’re recycling, composting, goin’ paperless and biking to work when you can (yay!), but we thought we’d share an awesome way you can get mobile with Mother Nature.


What to look for in a TV mount

by Blogger on ‎04-22-2015 08:30 PM

Sanus.jpgSo, you’ve just picked up that new TV you’ve been coveting. You’re beyond thrilled; and seeing as though you’ve spent the last several months pinning décor examples on Pinterest, you know exactly where it should be mounted. But before you jump headfirst into securing your new toy on the wall, there are a few things to keep in mind when selecting a TV mount. Here’s the skinny on the three key considerations you need to keep in mind.


Review: Tiggly Geoshapes, Counting iPad Toys

by Blogger on ‎04-22-2015 01:32 PM - last edited on ‎04-23-2015 07:44 AM by Editor in Chief


Kids loving playing with tablets like the iPad. And some of the latest toys, like the Tiggly Geoshapes and Counting toys, interact with apps to make the experience fun and interactive. I, and my 3-year-old son, spent some time with both sets to give our take on them.


Fitbit Charge HR review: worth waiting for

by Blogger ‎04-22-2015 12:10 PM - edited ‎04-22-2015 12:12 PM

Fitbit Charge HR preview.jpgIn the world of fitness and activity trackers, Fitbit dominates. With sales of these wearables taking off, Fitbit—which has been selling the devices since 2008—holds nearly 70 percent of the market. The new Fitbit Charge HR is a prime example of why the company has been so successful. Add in a vast ecosystem of app partners and supporting hardware like its Aria smart scale, and going with the Fitbit Charge HR is a good bet to help you to be successful in reaching your own fitness goals.


Smartphone, tablet or laptop? The case for choosing a tablet as your sole device

by Blogger ‎04-22-2015 06:53 AM - edited ‎04-22-2015 06:54 AM

surface pro 3 preview.jpgWe live at a time when many people are carrying around multiple devices, often including a smartphone, a tablet and a laptop. If you had to choose just one of those three as your only device, which would it be? I’m going to make the case for choosing a tablet, something I wouldn’t have thought possible a few years ago, but increasingly find myself doing these days.


TV Features Explained – Part 4: Resolution

by Blogger on ‎04-21-2015 10:30 PM - last edited on ‎04-25-2015 10:15 AM by Editor in Chief

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TV resolution keeps getting better. We have gone from standard definition to high definition to now 4K. There are even 8K resolution “Full Ultra High Definition” TVs, although you would be hard pressed to buy one. Where will it all end and do I really need the higher resolution of 4K? Sure more resolution is always better than less resolution, but there are several circumstances where it doesn’t make sense paying more for all those extra pixels. It is good to know the finer points of resolution, no pun intended, so you don’t pay more for not much gain.


M-Audio Producer USB Microphone Review

by Blogger on ‎04-21-2015 10:16 PM - last edited on ‎04-21-2015 10:30 PM by Editor in Chief

maudio.jpgThe M-Audio Producer USB was one of the first USB microphones to hit the market a few years ago - ushering in an era of minimalistic mobile recording solutions. You no longer needed a host of middleware hardware to deliver decent audio into your computer or mobile device. USB microphones allow you to plug directly into your computers USB port and start recording. As a solid, professional-looking microphone that’s simple to setup and use, the M-Audio Producer USB is a decent choice in this category of microphones.


Now open: A Best Buy near you – the full list of the 65 recently consolidated stores

by Blogger on ‎04-21-2015 06:06 PM - last edited on ‎04-23-2015 07:31 AM by Editor in Chief

BestBuyCAforBlog.jpgAll 65 Future Shop stores converting to the Best Buy brand are open for business. Best Buy appreciates customers’ patience as they make the transitions across Canada. View the complete list of the 65  Future Shop stores consolidated and operated by Best Buy Canada.




8 Ideas for Renewing Your Earth Day Vows

by Blogger ‎04-21-2015 02:44 PM - edited ‎04-22-2015 10:55 AM


In its 45-year existence, Earth Day has evolved from a grassroots North American campaign to a global concern with nearly 200 countries committing every year to continued environmental awareness. Getting into the spirit of Earth Day doesn't always mean hitting the streets with a protest placard. You can do it from your home with a few simple lifestyle choices.



Dusk and Dawn; Tips To Get The Best Pictures During The 'Golden Hour'

by Blogger on ‎04-21-2015 10:38 AM - last edited on ‎04-21-2015 11:07 AM by Editor in Chief

dusk.jpgI’ve often mentioned the so-called "Golden Hour" in previous articles: that hour around dusk and dawn that photographers love, where the light is amazing—provided it’s a cloudless day. Today I’m going to give you some tips to help you make the most of this window of unique light to create some beautiful images you’ll be proud to hang on your wall.


Securing your Home Network

by Blogger ‎04-21-2015 07:41 AM - edited ‎04-21-2015 11:02 AM

family network.jpgYour home network should be easy to conect to and use, but only for the people you trust. With a little bit of preparation and smart computer habits, you can protect yourself, your data, and your family from the less pleasant side of our connected world.


Review: HTC One M9

by Blogger on ‎04-21-2015 07:13 AM - last edited on ‎04-21-2015 11:11 AM by Editor in Chief

htc.jpgWhat has been the most attractive Android smartphone for the last two years is back, and the HTC One M9 sticks to the same design principles of its predecessors. The familiarity extends throughout the hardware and software, making this phone an iterative update from last year, rather than a major upgrade. There’s more speed, along with some refinements to HTC’s software overlay and the camera, but there’s no sign of an overhaul here.


Upgrade the fun on your iPad with Osmo

by Blogger ‎04-21-2015 06:04 AM - edited ‎04-21-2015 04:20 PM

osmo.jpgIn the last couple of years, iPads have become such a popular tool and toy for kids, and there are so many apps now available for fun, learning and gaming. For even more fun, there are interactive apps with gaming accessories like Osmo.


Teach your kids about cyber-safety

by Blogger ‎04-20-2015 10:32 PM - edited ‎04-20-2015 10:34 PM

cyber-safety1.jpgWhen I first hopped online during University I was old enough to handle the Internet in all its glory, and I was mature enough to make decisions about where I would spend time and where I wouldn’t. Despite the fact that our kids have been online since before they can remember, they don’t have that same savvy required to always make the right decision and get themselves out of situations where they have the potential to be hurt.


Overview: Grand Theft Auto V PC

by Blogger on ‎04-20-2015 01:27 PM - last edited on ‎04-21-2015 04:21 PM by Editor in Chief

gtav-pc.jpgGrand Theft Auto V was nearly perfect when I bought it for PS4. I played it for uncounted hours (more single-player than multiplayer) but it was a game that has eaten a good chunk of my life. I just bought it again on PC; here’s why you should own it there too.



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