Treat your brain to some brain food - Shelly's Friday Favourites

by Blogger ‎07-25-2014 11:26 PM - edited ‎07-25-2014 11:27 PM

finished-brain-bites.JPGI’ve been experimenting with brain food lately, and found a recipe that takes all of those nutrients and combines them into one delicious energy bar. Although they’re chock full of healthy ingredients, they taste almost like a chocolate bar. The local coffee shop sells them and calls them ‘Brain Bites,’ but I just call them delicious.

 

I whipped up a batch of these little gems today – check out the recipe and my photos for the steps to make them.

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Dorm Room TVs: Getting the right TV for back to school

by Blogger on ‎07-25-2014 06:10 PM - last edited on ‎07-26-2014 09:43 AM by Blogger

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Heading back to school to hit the books is an exciting but challenging time. Downtime is going to be an important part of your balancing act but your budget is going to be tight. Entertaining at home means having friends over to your dorm room to either watch the game or play the game. Which TV should you choose for your dorm? It all depends on your favourite kickback and relax activity.

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How to buy a Home Entertainment Projector

by Blogger ‎07-25-2014 03:38 PM - edited ‎07-25-2014 03:41 PM

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It is hard to resist those shiny new big flat screen TVs. They are bigger and more beautiful than ever. But if you truly want an immersive entertainment experience, a projection system is very hard to beat and provides better value. Projectors deliver a truly huge picture that you could never get in a flat panel HDTV, and still provide all the clarity, vibrancy, and features that come with a flat screen. Projectors have come a long way, so throw away any old pre-conceived ideas you might have about them. If you are in the market for a new TV seriously consider a projector. I hope you do, and here I will tell you what you should look for.

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De-Stress With Tech: 8 of My Favourite Ways to Wind Down

by Blogger ‎07-25-2014 12:03 PM - edited ‎07-17-2014 12:03 PM

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As important as technology is in helping us do our jobs, complete school assignments, and communicate with others, we all need to take a step back and relax once in a while. And yes, you can still use technology to do this. Here, you'll find some of my favourite ways to do so.

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everyday-essentials-for-dorm.jpgIt’s important to break your ‘must haves’ into ‘absolutely pack’ long before you head out the door. For some people the ‘absolutely pack’ includes everything but the kitchen sink, but because I’ve been there and done that, I can definitely share what you can safely leave behind and what is absolutely essential to bring when you’re heading back to school.

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The Back-to-School Laptop Dilemma

by Blogger on ‎07-25-2014 10:30 AM - last edited on ‎07-25-2014 01:21 PM by Blogger

laptop.JPGWe're in the the midst of summer, but parents everywhere are thinking about 'back to school' and the numerous tasks that go with it. The long list of what's required can be daunting whether it's new clothes, backpacks, sports equipment or even a new laptop.

 

Knowing what to look for in a laptop and the terminology used should make the buying decision easier.

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The Last of Us: Remastered for PS4!

by Blogger ‎07-25-2014 09:53 AM - edited ‎07-25-2014 10:23 AM

boxart.jpgIt may arguably have been the best game to come out on the PlayStation 3, getting praise like it being the "Citizen Kane" of video games. It's high praise, but the Last of Us was a very different and very special game at a time where we were craving something new, and something unique. Few games have made me think and react on the immediate consequences of my actions like this one did.  On July 29th, you'll get the chance to re-live those memories on the PlayStation 4, when the Last of Us: Remastered debuts in glorious 1080p.  Come check out more and leave us some of your memories of this amazing game.

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Best productivity apps you should have before going back to school

by Blogger on ‎07-25-2014 08:24 AM - last edited on ‎07-25-2014 09:22 AM by Editor in Chief

Productivity preview.jpgHeading back to school in September? Chances are you have a tablet and even if you own a laptop PC as well, I’ll bet you’d rather be carrying the ultra-light tablet to classes than the heavier and bulkier computer. And many students are choosing to go with a tablet exclusively. Whether you’re using the tablet as your primary device or switching back and forth between it and a PC, this list of must-have productivity apps that will ensure you get the most out of your mobile device.

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Best Projectors for Outdoor Summer Movies

by Blogger on ‎07-24-2014 06:32 PM - last edited on ‎07-25-2014 09:16 AM by Editor in Chief

outdoor.jpgSummer has officially arrived here on the west coast, and along with the sunshine and increased temperatures, Mother Nature has given us a much-deserved respite from the rain (for the most part). So as you can imagine, like the majority of Canadians, Vancouverites are finding every excuse imaginable to spend as much time outdoors as possible. Case in point – I’ve spent the last several Tuesday evenings sitting on a blanket in the grass with several thousand of my closest friends watching free classic movies from the 80s as they are projected on to a four storey inflatable movie screen. Super fun, for sure, but it got me thinking … if I had a backyard, could I transform it into my own personal outdoor theatre? Yes. And as it turns out, it’s not that hard to do. 

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Review of the Monster iSport Freedom Headphones

by Blogger on ‎07-23-2014 01:09 AM - last edited on ‎07-24-2014 08:55 AM by Editor in Chief

freedom1.jpgLast November, I had an opportunity to review three different in-ear headphone models from Monster’s iSport line – Strive™, Intensity™, and Victory™. While each had their pros and cons, it was the iSport Victory™ that got my vote for the best of the bunch. In fact, since my review, the Victory™ earbuds have become just as much a staple to my workouts as my overpriced stretchy pants. But to throw a bit of a kink in things, I was just sent the latest in the iSport arsenal – the over-ear, wireless, and Bluetooth-enabled Freedom™ headphones. Would they take the place of my beloved Victory?

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TV on DVD Coming This Fall

by Blogger ‎07-22-2014 05:13 PM - edited ‎07-22-2014 05:46 PM

television-shows.jpgDo you love watching TV shows? Are you a binge-watcher? Are you a big collector of TV on DVD and BluRay?

 

There are over SEVENTY new shows coming out on DVD and BluRay from August to October this year! Check out my list of what is coming and when ... and get ready to lock yourself in a room for weeks watching all the great shows coming out this Fall!

 

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Best laptops for Back to School

by Blogger on ‎07-22-2014 04:50 PM - last edited on ‎07-23-2014 09:09 AM by Editor in Chief

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As we hit the halfway point of summer vacation (for kids), back to school is starting creep closer. For many parents, that’s going to mean a mad scramble to find a laptop for their university, college high school or even elementary school student. But which one to choose? Best Buy alone stocks hundreds... I can’t tell you the perfect laptop for your student —the best advice I can offer is to make certain you understand your student’s requirements, research the options and don’t leave your choice until the last minute when popular models might be in short supply. To help you get started, though, here are my picks as some of the best laptops of the year for back to school.

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5 Tips For Great Zoom Photography

by Blogger on ‎07-22-2014 03:20 PM - last edited on ‎07-22-2014 03:53 PM by Editor in Chief

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Long-distance photography offers some unique opportunities and perspectives that would otherwise be unavailable to us, and as a technique can help us to create a distinctive style in our photography.

 

Today I’m going to look at some of the scenarios in which you can use long-distance photography effectively and also offer some tips on how to get the most from your long-distance photography.

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Back to school – Here’s the top 5 small kitchen appliances to take to your dorm

by Blogger on ‎07-21-2014 06:34 PM - last edited on ‎07-22-2014 02:06 PM by Editor in Chief

dorm-room.jpgWhen I first went off to University, I was pretty surprised at what I didn’t know about living away from home. You know all of those ‘little things’ you get used to having in your kitchen? You have to, for the most part, live without them or stock them yourself. And because dorm rooms are shared and you don’t generally have a kitchen right in your suite of rooms, you have to really pick and choose from all of the kitchen essentials you’re used to having.

 

If you’re squeezed on space and aren’t quite sure what you’ll really miss from your kitchen at home, here are my top 5 picks for kitchen appliances you need to take to your dorm.

 

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Review: Monster HDMI Cables and Surge Protector – High Quality Accessories

by Blogger on ‎07-21-2014 08:48 AM - last edited on ‎07-22-2014 01:56 PM by Editor in Chief

Monster Accessories.jpgMonster manufactures high quality accessories that are needed for any TV & Home Theatre system. You know, cables and surge protectors that you typically just take for granted or simply buy as an after thought. They are extremely well made, but with that typically comes a higher price. You get what you pay for, but with these relatively mundane accessories is it worth spending the extra dough? You just bought a fancy new HDTV or better yet a shiny stunning 4K UHD model, so do you need high-end cables to make sure you get the best picture?

 

I had the opportunity to try out a couple of excellent Monster HDMI cables and a Power Surge Protector so I can give you my first-hand perspective on why you may or may not consider them for your system.

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Asus Chromebox review: the “world’s smallest Chrome device” has big potential

by Blogger on ‎07-20-2014 08:41 AM - last edited on ‎07-21-2014 02:43 PM by Editor in Chief

Chromebox preview.jpgChromebooks —inexpensive laptops running Google’s Chrome OS— have proven to be extremely popular. Chromeboxes arrived after the portable versions but they’re now beginning to gain traction too. One of the most eagerly anticipated Chromeboxes is now available at Best Buy. Read on to see what my experience using the Asus Chromebox PC was like and whether this Windows PC alternative might be a good fit for you.

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WWE 2K14: Introducing your Pre-order bonus.... Sting!

by Blogger on ‎07-19-2014 10:38 PM - last edited on ‎07-22-2014 01:59 PM by Editor in Chief

wwe2k15Cov.jpgA wild man in black and white, fighting for what's right, Sting was to the WCW what guys like Brett Heart were to the WWE. How many imaginary matches have friends young and not so young pitted their WCW legend against a friend's WWE Superstar in an imaginary clash of the titans, back and forth across the ring, the highs, the lows!  The two counts! Well the time has come wrestling fans. With WWE 2K15.

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LG 4K UHD 3D IPS Smart TV (55UB8500) – feature-rich at a very low price!

by Blogger on ‎07-19-2014 05:48 PM - last edited on ‎07-22-2014 01:50 PM by Editor in Chief

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You may be thinking it will be a little while before you can afford an upgrade to a stunning 4K UHD new technology TV. That time may be closer than you think with LG’s new 
4K 55” 3D Smart TV (55UB8500). They have priced it very aggressively while keeping all the excellent features that you could want in such a TV. It is one of the lowest priced 4K TV’s on the market and comes as a WebOS powered Smart TV, an IPS panel, and passive 3D. This is probably the best value 4K TV on the market.

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Asus 4K monitor review: PB287Q puts over 8 million pixels on your desktop

by Blogger on ‎07-19-2014 09:46 AM - last edited on ‎07-22-2014 02:01 PM by Editor in Chief

Asus preview.jpgIf you use a computer monitor, you know you can never have enough onscreen real estate. The bigger that display, the better. But you can also never have enough pixels, even if you aren’t gaming or editing digital photos. More pixels means more windows can be open and visible for greater productivity. The Asus PB287Q offers both of these advantages in a single, affordable unit: a 28-inch display and a 4K Ultra HD panel. That means a big screen and 4K resolution for a vast amount of space and information. And if you happen to be a gamer, the monitor has a 1ms response time, 60Hz refresh rate and a pushbutton “Game” mode. I just spent some quality time with the Asus PB287Q and after experiencing 4K computing at that scale, it’s tough to go back to the world of HD computing.

 

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Summer sides from the garden to your table - Shelly's Friday Favourites

by Blogger on ‎07-18-2014 06:11 PM - last edited on ‎07-21-2014 02:46 PM by Editor in Chief

summer-sides.jpgThe amazing thing about summer vegetables is that you can make a new side dish for dinner every single night. Some of them are so good you may just opt out of a main course and stick to your sides.

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Monster SuperStar review: Big sound from a small speaker

by Blogger on ‎07-18-2014 03:05 PM - last edited on ‎07-18-2014 03:31 PM by Editor in Chief

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Monster has became synonymous with high quality and high performance audio/video cables that revolutionized consumer audio products. The company has branched out with its SuperStar speaker offering great wireless sound in a compact design.

 

We put SuperStar through its paces to see how it worked.

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Pre-Order Persona 4 Arena Ultimax for Collectibles and in-game content!

by Blogger on ‎07-18-2014 12:38 PM - last edited on ‎07-18-2014 01:56 PM by Editor in Chief

Persona4_UltimaxPS3Cover.jpgPersona 4 Arena Ultimax releases for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 at the end of September, but a great limited Pre-Order bonus from Atlus means you should think about Pre-Ordering as soon as possible! In addition to free access to one of the side story (Adachi) episodes, you'll also get some collectibles packaged in too!  Read on to find out more.

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Movie Review: S*x Tape is a miss

by Best Buy Best Buy on ‎07-18-2014 10:41 AM - last edited on ‎07-18-2014 01:28 PM by Editor in Chief

tape.jpgAnnie (Cameron Diaz) and Jay (Jason Segel) are going through a dry spell in their marriage, so Annie comes up with an idea to spice things up. Unfortunately, the excitement from the idea quickly becomes madness.

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Sweat it out with Monster ADIDAS Sound Isolating Headphones!

by Blogger on ‎07-17-2014 09:08 PM - last edited on ‎07-23-2014 01:27 PM by Editor in Chief

Monster adidas overear.jpgMonster and Adidas have paired up to bring you a pair of in-ear and over-ear sport headphones that are guaranteed to be the perfect summer workout buddy! 

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Review: Monster DNA Pro Headphones - Getting into "Pure" Monster Sound

by Blogger on ‎07-17-2014 02:10 PM - last edited on ‎07-17-2014 04:50 PM by Editor in Chief

DNAHeadphonesPreview.jpgBoasting a revolutionary system dubbed "Pure Monster Sound," Monster is quickly proving that they're more than just a pretty face that you've gotten used to for your non-mobile electronic needs around the house. The DNA Pro Headphones are a set that look to continue to change that stigma.  How do these sleek looking headphones stack up against modern music and poorly mastered classic rock?  Click on to find out.

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Review - ASTRO Gaming headsets (a trio of awesome!)

by Blogger on ‎07-17-2014 01:49 PM - last edited on ‎07-17-2014 04:54 PM by Editor in Chief

ASTRO header.JPGChances are, you spend some time with some device or another plugged into your ear. Some of us (me included) don't pay much attention to what that is, just so long as we can hear stuff.  I got the chance to spend some time with a trio of gaming headsets by ASTRO that completely changed my opinion on that front.  I found out that, when done properly, especially for the serious multiplayer gamer, the right set of headphones can really add a level of depth and immersion I've been missing out on all this time.

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Share Your Photos Instantly With Wifi Enabled Cameras

by Blogger on ‎07-16-2014 12:39 PM - last edited on ‎07-17-2014 04:57 PM by Editor in Chief

Untitled.jpgOne of the hottest new features in camera technology is on-board wireless capabilities, which allow you to download, backup and share your photos without the need to physically connect your camera to a computer.

 

Today I'm going to look a little deeper into the wifi functions currently available and the way various manufacturers are incorporating them into their latest models.

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Great Picture at a Great Price: LG 42” 720p 600Hz Plasma HDTV (42PN4500)

by Blogger on ‎07-16-2014 09:25 AM - last edited on ‎07-18-2014 09:39 AM by Editor in Chief

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Looking for a compact, high-quality unit for a great price? Look no further than the LG 42” 720p 600Hz Plasma HDTV!

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When Should I Upgrade My TV?

by Blogger on ‎07-16-2014 07:30 AM - last edited on ‎07-18-2014 09:42 AM by Editor in Chief

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Deciding to buy a new TV has an objective and emotional component to the decision. New models of TVs are constantly being launched and they keep getting bigger and better usually at a lower cost, unless you are into the really elite technologies. Your emotional side can easily be “wowed” by the shiny new “bigger-screen” TVs that are full of great features like 3D or Smart. The objective side obviously has to consider whether there really is enough performance difference to justify spending some money. There is no right or wrong answer with this, but I will try to outline what I think are the most important factors to consider.

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Moto G 4G LTE review: Great price and great performance

by Blogger on ‎07-15-2014 03:43 PM - last edited on ‎07-18-2014 09:50 AM by Editor in Chief

moto-G.jpgWith its signature Moto G 4G LTE, Motorola proves that simplicity is powerful. Don’t let the low price tag fool you. The MotoG may cost less than other devices but it performs like a higher end Smartphone.

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