When Philips Hue launched I was fascinated and excited by it: a light bulb that connects to my wireless network that could be controlled by my iPhone… and change to any colour! Very cool. Hue has done well, and the line has diversified, growing to encompass other smartphone platforms and different bulb types. With Hue Go, Philips is launching a different type of product: a light that stands alone or connects with your network… but that you can take with you. I had the chance to use it for a week. Here’s what that was like.
There are two very real and modern problems for campers and the outdoorsy types: how to quickly and effieciently heat and cook food while out in the wilderness, and how to keep gadgets like phones, GPS and cameras charged when we're away from homes and cars. With the BioLite Campstove, there's a solution to both problems.
on 06-28-201506:38 PM - last edited on 06-29-201508:58 AM by BBYMartin
If the term “never leave home without it” applied to any one material item or product, it would have to be the smartphone. Some estimates suggest the average user looks at their smartphone screen as many as 1,500 times per week. Travelling without a handset in tow seems to be getting increasingly difficult, simply because of everything it can do. From taking photos at some exotic locale, uploading them to Instagram and messaging friends and family back home, the smartphone is a versatile tool anywhere and everywhere.
I have a confession to make. The first time I went camping as an adult was two summers ago. Before that, I was seven and my parents shipped me off for the weekend with my Brownie troupe to learn all sorts of life skills and earn all sorts of badges. I cried the whole time. But when one of my closest friends convinced me to join her annual camping trip—which meant no electricity, no WiFi, and no plumbing—I decided to put my tiara away for a few days and suck it up; and as it turns out, it was one of the best times I’ve ever had.
Have you ever thought about what it might be like to fly? Well we don’t quite have jetpacks yet like we’re all hoping for but we do have quadcopters and drones these days. They are getting less expensive and more versatile very rapidly, and so there has never been a better time to try one out. They are easy to use, and there is so much variety so that pilots of any budgets or skill level can find something to make use of. Whether you just want to play around with controlling something in the air, or want to take professional grade aerial video, we’ve got you covered.
In this edition of Connected Home, I take a look at keyless entry. There's a much smaller selection of keyless entry home devices than some other things like light switches and bulbs, but what's out there is high quality and easy to enjoy. Are you looking for a new deadbolt system altogether, or something that works with your existing keys and lock system? I'll lay out some options for you and compare a couple products out there already.
It’s berry season on the west coast again—a time I look forward to every year! Although most people think of strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries as their go-to berries for baking, freezing, or just eating off the vine, I’ve been lucky enough to get out there in the bushes and discover a few berries that don’t seem to get the same love as our popular friend the strawberry.
Meet Ollie! He's the small, fun, app controlled robot that goes wherever you do. I've been testing him all week and have quite a bit to say. If you enjoy RC toys—particularly unconventional ones like Ollie—then pop on in and see what you, and I, think of him!
Newly married couple Ted (voice by Seth MacFarlane) and Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth) want to have a baby, but when they find out that Ted is not recognized as a person, he has to prove it in a court of law.
Today, something a bit different. This blog is all about my own personal experience with the Philips AquaTouch Men's Wet / Dry Shaver. If you'd like to know how well this shaver has worked for me over the past 3-4 years, read on for all the details. Rest assured that I have considerable experience in this area, which I hope will help you to determine if the Philips AquaTouch Shaver is right for you!
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LEGO Jurassic World is here and is teeming with big, friendly, flying, battling and even goofy dinosaurs! In this family-friendly game, you’ll play through each of the four epic Jurassic Park storylines in classic LEGO tongue and cheek style. With over 20 different kinds of playable dinosaurs, 120 unlockable characters, and over 20 vehicles you will have plenty to do and see in this mammoth game.
Summer is the favourite season for many people, but in parts of Canada summer also means thunder, lightning and severe weather. That can be bad news for delicate electronics like computers, TVs and game consoles. Summer is also a peak demand time for electricity and that can lead to power brownouts and blackouts. Throw construction in the mix—another source of summer power outages—and it makes sense to take measures that ensure your gear isn’t damaged or offline when you really need it. Here’s how to protect your tech during thunderstorm season.
Today I consider some of the coolest remote control toys that are available for use on land. If you've been thinking of getting into the RC hobby and would like something that's fast, fun, and drives on 4 wheels, then read on for a few cool suggestions. There's something for every budget here, so don't feel intimidated by some of the more expensive models. If you're just starting out in the RC hobby, going with an inexpensive model is a great way to guage just how much you're going to enjoy it. You can always opt for something a bit higher end later on.
on 06-24-201504:59 PM - last edited on 06-25-201504:05 PM by BBYMartin
Cleaning your PC both physically and digitally can be as essential to keeping everything running well as dusting your home or checking the oil in your car. A little routine maintenance can go a very long way indeed yet it is something many people neglect. With just a little routine TLC your computer can be kept running like new for many years and it doesn't even have to be much work if you have the right tools for the job
Summer is, without a doubt, my favourite time of year. In fact, I’m such a summer girl that I’ve often wondered why I haven’t moved myself to a more temperate climate where the hot days and warm nights stick around for longer than a few months. But perhaps it’s precisely the short shelf life we have on summers here in Canada that makes me itch to spend as much of them outside as possible.
on 06-22-201509:59 PM - last edited on 06-24-201510:49 AM by BBYMartin
Don’t underestimate how important sound is for your home entertainment system. Today’s TVs, especially the new 4K Ultra High Definition sets, have bigger screens and such great pictures you might just think that is all you need. But having crystal clear sound with a great balance of those low and high notes will make any movie experience so much better. For the best sound in your home, seriously consider a premium audio receiver. The overall cost of ownership is not much more at all, the sound is noticeably better, and they usually come with many useful features.
on 06-22-201509:15 PM - last edited on 06-23-201504:56 PM by BBYMartin
In Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, get set to explore the largest and most modern open-world city ever created for an Assassin’s Creed game. The setting is London in the year 1868, towards the end of the Industrial Revolution, a time period marked by rapid technological progress—and a massive widening gap between the working class and the rich. With tensions rising, it’s time to unite the London underworld against their corrupt elite oppressors, Assassin’s Creed style!
Summer is here and if you need some ideas for a fun summer date, I've got a great summer date night idea for you: summer make or bake nights are the perfect way to spend quality time with the one you love.
on 06-20-201508:39 PM - last edited on 06-29-201504:27 PM by BBYMartin
2015 is definitely the year that 4K UHD TVs have taken off. There are more models coming out all the time with more variety in terms of features and price range. Initially all 4K TVs were higher-end TVs that only a select few could afford. Not so any more! LG has just launched a new line of 4K ultra high definition sets—their UF7650 series. They are their entry-level 4K TVs, which aren’t as fully loaded as their higher-end units. However, they have the two most important features in a TV—they are BIG and they have a fantastic picture.
If you’ve ever watched one of those home improvement shows on TV, you are no doubt aware that the vast majority of interior designers think that a “fan” is either someone who follows them on social media, or an intrusive assault to the esthetic senses. Well, no disrespect to the interior designers out there, but here’s the thing: in the summer months, a fan is an absolute necessity. In fact, depending on the size of your home, and in the absence of air conditioning, multiple fans are a necessity. But what makes one fan different from another? That’s what I’m here to tell you!
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If you want to add a bit of kick to your weekend BBQ, look beyond eye level on a grocery store shelf and you’ll see little gems like sriracha mayo, gourmet mustard, and organic flavoured ketchups. These condiments taste pretty great when you get them from the store, so can you imagine what they’d taste like if you started with fresh ingredients and made them yourself?
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Isn’t it time you upgraded to an antenna? Wait… what? Upgrade to an antenna? Whether or not you’re a cord cutter (meaning you’ve cancelled your monthly television service) you might find that adding an antenna to your entertainment viewing space can be a great upgrade for a variety of reasons. Whatever those reasons are, here’s what you need to know before buying an antenna.
Cardio, the act of running around? Nope! Our cardiovascular system (heart) is responsible for pumping blood (and oxygen) throughout our entire body. So? If we can improve our cardiovascular fitness we will be fitter, have more energy as well have a constant fresh supply of blood and oxygen, and we’ll burn fat at a faster pace! What’s not to love! Follow these 5 tips on how to improve your cardio fitness.
on 06-19-201502:18 PM - last edited on 06-22-201511:21 AM by BBYMartin
The code of conduct the CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission) set down for the wireless industry ensures that consumers can cancel their three-year contracts after 24 months without paying a fee, meaning that as of June 3, three-year cell phone contracts are effectively dead. If you signed a contract on June 2, 2013 or earlier, then you are free to renew or go without a contract. You have options to consider now that you’re on your own to decide, and here’s a look at some of them.
Riley was living a pretty joyful life in Minnesota, but when her parents decide to pack up and head west to San Francisco, her emotions - joy, sad, fear, disgust and anger, struggle to guide her through her new life.
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Best Buy is getting ready for summer with this 3rd and final installment in the Turn Summer On contest series. This contest will involve pinning items onto a Pinterest board, then tweeting the location of that board so everyone can see items you would like to have this summer. Read on to learn how to enter so you don't miss on your chance to win!
byPaulH06-19-201508:31 AM - edited 06-19-201508:36 AM
My last booth visit at E3 2015 was with Turtle Beach to check out all their latest innovations in gaming audio headsets and equipment. As a gamer, having a good pair of headphones is vitally important. The strength of Turtle Beach is that they offer a range of products in all price ranges, so you can pick the pair best suited to your needs. My meeting with them also helped me discover an innovative new project they are working on, which could revolutionize how we listen to television.
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Perhaps no other game at E3 2015 made quite the big splash that EA's Star Wars Battlefront did, appearing at both Sony's and EA's press conferences, and the game was playable in both of their booths (in massive displays I might add). The lines were huge at the EA booth, but I managed to get in and try out the game's epic 40-person battle mode. While in the EA area, I hopped on over to the Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 VIP section to get hands-on time with the next entry of this hilarious, yet deep first-person shooter franchise!
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