Review: Tales from the Borderlands is full of trademark humour and action

by Blogger ‎05-03-2016 03:53 PM - edited ‎05-03-2016 04:02 PM

teaser.jpgTaking place after the events of Borderlands 2, Tales from the Borderlands is set on the unforgiving world of Pandora, and is full of the trademark humour and action the hit franchise is famous for. You'll play as Rhys, a Hyperion company man with dreams of being the next Handsome Jack, and Fiona, a con artist looking to score her biggest ever swindle. Their journey will take you on a wild ride through the Borderlands universe where gangsters, bandit lords, and Vault Hunters are just some of the obstacles you'll encounter.

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GeekSquadVan.gifWelcome to the first of seven blog summaries that share my trials and success of creating a smart home inside my home. With a little elbow grease and help from Geek Squad, the project is already turning into a fun journey!

 

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Cool new gear for summer camping

by Blogger on ‎05-02-2016 12:44 PM - last edited on ‎05-02-2016 02:12 PM by Editor in Chief

cut camping tent copy.jpegGearing up for camping season is one of my favourite times of the year.  I love planning for a host of summer excursions to the great outdoors. Whether you need a new tent, or just some lighting for your site, or even some portable wine glasses for a bit of a 'glamping' touch, we've got some fun new gear for your excursions this summer.

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What's new at Best Buy for May?

by Blogger on ‎05-02-2016 12:36 PM - last edited on ‎05-02-2016 02:07 PM by Editor in Chief

images.jpgApril showers bring May flowers, or so the saying goes. Besides flowers, May also brings with it a lot of great stuff to the shelves of Best Buy. Here's a sneak peek at what's new for May.

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Review: Samsung CF591 27" Frameless, Curved Monitor [Video]

by Blogger on ‎05-02-2016 06:34 AM - last edited on ‎05-03-2016 02:12 PM by Blogger

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Computer monitors have come a long way since the green and amber screen monochrome views into the digital world we once had. You might have heard about curved screens and how effective they are, especially with gaming. This article explores that and more.

 

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spring fitness program.jpgThere's just something about springtime that makes me want to get outside, so it's the perfect time of year to kick start your fitness routine. Here are 5 spring fitness essentials you can use to get up and out there this month.

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NHL 17 Cover Athlete Vote is on now

by Blogger ‎04-30-2016 09:48 PM - edited ‎04-30-2016 09:54 PM

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EA has confirmed that NHL 17 is on its way this fall to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This year you, the fans, will determine the next cover athlete for the game via a three round voting process on now. Click through to learn all the details!

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Review: Asus ZenWatch 2 best suited for smartwatch newbies

by Blogger ‎04-30-2016 08:14 PM - edited ‎04-30-2016 08:18 PM

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Choosing to get a smartwatch is one thing, but choosing amongst the growing list of devices available is another. It’s in this uncertain market that the Asus ZenWatch 2 sits, trying to stand out in a crowd that looks and feels similar in a number of respects. Watches have always had a certain familiarity to them, be they analog or digital, but when a smartwatch demands the wearer’s attention far more often, it has to deliver something entirely different. The ZenWatch 2 is a polarizing model in that regard.

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Comparing a router to a muscle car probably wouldn’t seem like an apt analogy, but in the Nighthawk X8, Netgear has built a unit that is designed to roar with power. Outfitted with a variety of features and unique hardware connections, this is a router aimed at users who know their home networking situation and want to raise it to another level.

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Video games coming out in May 2016 you won't want to miss

by Blogger ‎04-30-2016 04:38 PM - edited ‎04-30-2016 09:57 PM

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2016 has already been an amazing year for video games, but May just "may" be the biggest month yet. Sony's flagship treasure-hunting franchise is back with Uncharted 4, 2K is readying their brand new MOBA, Battleborn, Bethesda is giving us the much-anticipated DOOM reboot, and Blizzard Entertainment is launching their competitive first-person shooter, Overwatch. Come check out the games you'll want to keep on your radar in May!

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Review: The Microsoft Band 2 is a cut above the rest

by Blogger on ‎04-30-2016 04:08 PM - last edited on ‎05-02-2016 11:43 AM by Editor in Chief

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2016 is going to be the most exciting year for the wearable yet. We’ve already seen brands like Fitbit improving their brand by putting all of their new features forward. We’re going to have wearables that help us de-stress by encouraging better breathing and then there’s Microsoft Band 2. The Microsoft Band 2 looks to go above and beyond its competition by offering features that nobody else does. In addition to the usual run of notifications and trackers, Band 2 is the first wearable that flexes to offer help with your sleep, on the golf course and in the gym in the same package. Find out more about my experiences with Band by reading onward.

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Choosing the right streaming device can be confusing; after all what's the best bet for what you want, and what are some of the key differences among the options?  In part 3 of our series we look at the "how-to" of streaming with a Roku Streaming Stick.

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Review: Misfit Ray Fitness and Sleep Tracker

by Blogger on ‎04-30-2016 03:59 PM - last edited on ‎05-02-2016 12:17 PM by Editor in Chief

2016-04-30 15.47.24.jpgFitness trackers come in all shapes and sizes, but for the most part they all feel very familiar: weird connected to charge them, big bulky shapes for heart rate monitoring, and a sporty, plastic look. There’s one brand that’s gone in a different direction, however: Misfit. Focusing on attractive, fashionable hardware with smart fitness and sleep tracking, Misfit has brought a number of products to market. The latest, the Misfit Ray, wound up on my doorstep a few weeks ago. I took it for a test run (and lift, and nap). Here’s what I found out about the Misfit Ray Fitness and Sleep tracker.

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I'm a huge fan of Arlo cameras. I've been using them for several months and I'm impressed with their ability to withstand all weather conditions while still streaming great video. Now Netgear has brought the Arlo inside with the Arlo Q, and this camera comes with all the bells and whistles including sound and zone detection.

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Post-processing is such a major part of the photography process nowadays, even if you're not photoshopping your work there are still tonnes of tweaks you can make to enhance the look of your photographs. 

 

Today I'll talk you through some of the basics to help get you up and running.

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Good, better and best tech solutions for your home office

by Blogger on ‎04-29-2016 01:46 PM - last edited on ‎04-29-2016 01:57 PM by Editor in Chief

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A few weeks ago, I wrote a post making the case for a PC, router and smartphone being the three most important technologies for your home office. Today, it’s time to get down to specifics, with good, better and best options in each of these categories.

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Spring eats and garden-ready treats: Shelly's Friday Favourites

by Blogger ‎04-29-2016 11:55 AM - edited ‎04-29-2016 12:03 PM

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It's spring time and it's time to shake off the winter blahs and bring some garden-fresh fruit and vegetables into your kitchen again. Here are a few of my favourite spring recipes.

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New Baby Gear Online for May

by Blogger on ‎04-29-2016 09:17 AM - last edited on ‎05-02-2016 12:43 PM by Editor in Chief

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No matter how much you have for baby, there's always room for more clothes, more toys, more gadgets, and gear. And sometimes, it's time for an upgrade. Or maybe there's that one thing on your wish list that you still haven't picked up yet. That said, here's a ton of new baby bear online for May.

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Why Sonos is a superior home wireless speaker system

by Blogger on ‎04-29-2016 04:45 AM - last edited on ‎05-02-2016 10:32 AM by Editor in Chief

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I recently made the dramatic change of living in an one-bedroom Vancouver condo to a three-bedroom house in Toronto and needed an easy, wireless speakers system like Sonos to fill it with super-sounding music and set the right the right tones. Read on to discover the top five reasons why I think Sonos is the the leading wireless speaker on the market today. 

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Cool gear to stay emergency prepared

by Blogger on ‎04-28-2016 09:40 PM - last edited on ‎04-29-2016 11:07 AM by Editor in Chief

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Did you know that ever year in Canada, the first full week of May is Emergency Preparedness Week? I certainly didn’t, but this event couldn’t have come to my attention at a better time. To be honest, I am completely ill prepared for even the most minor of emergency situations, which is why I am going to fully embrace this year’s theme of Plan. Prepare. Be Aware. If you too think it’s time to get­–or beef up–an emergency kit, here is some very cool gear to include that will help you stay prepared.  

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Cameras for summer and travel

by Blogger on ‎04-28-2016 07:07 PM - last edited on ‎04-29-2016 11:21 AM by Editor in Chief

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With summer vacation season coming up, there's one thing that you might not have remembered to put on your list of things to pack: a great camera. Sure, you probably have a camera somewhere in the house, but while your smartphone might be perfect for posting pictures to Snapchat and Instagram, it can't give you the same quality of photos that even a budget point and shoot will be able to deliver.

 

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Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is the next step in a game unlike any other. With its new open world map, the rooftops of the city seem endless. The closed beta just ended, and it was great to get back into Faith’s shoes to run through the rooftops again in preparation for the game’s release on June 7th.

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Introducing the Alienware Alpha Gaming PC

by Blogger on ‎04-28-2016 06:10 AM - last edited on ‎05-02-2016 10:33 AM by Editor in Chief

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Get the power and versatility of PC gaming with the convenience of a console with Alienware’s Alpha Gaming PC. Powerful hardware and SteamOS come together in a desktop PC that’s built to be the ultimate video game solution.

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How to Stream Series: Part 2 - Google Chromecast TV

by Blogger on ‎04-27-2016 07:06 PM - last edited on ‎04-27-2016 07:37 PM by Editor in Chief

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Streaming is growing in popularity, but it may be tough to know which device is right for you. So I am going to show you how each one works.

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Review: which Vitamix blender should you choose?

by Blogger ‎04-27-2016 10:27 AM - edited ‎04-27-2016 11:44 AM

Ivitamix-models copy.jpgf you only use your blender to make smoothies, you're missing out on so many cool recipes you can try. That's what I found out this week when I compared the Vitamix 300 to the Vitamix 500, and I made butternut squash soup and hazelnut spread in no time at all.

 

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Best tech Mother’s Day Gifts in 2016

by Blogger on ‎04-26-2016 08:14 PM - last edited on ‎04-27-2016 07:47 PM by Editor in Chief

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The countdown is on to Mother’s Day and for the procrastinators in the crowd, panic may be starting to set in. If you haven’t picked out a gift for mom yet, no need to worry—I’ve got you covered with a collection of some of the top tech gifts of 2016 including portable music, wearables and even a new computer.

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Review: Dyson V6 Mattress Vacuum Cleaner

by Blogger ‎04-25-2016 11:54 PM - edited ‎04-26-2016 12:15 AM

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Today I present the findings of my rescent round of experimentation with the new Dyson V6 Mattress Vacuum Cleaner. Ok, it's really not as formal as all that, but I did test the dickens out of this thing, so click on through to see how it went!

 

 

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Review: Pokkén Tournament is a worthy fighting game from the makers of Tekken

by Blogger ‎04-25-2016 08:09 PM - edited ‎04-26-2016 03:05 PM

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It’s Pokémon’s 20th anniversary, and to ring in this huge milestone the franchise is “mega evolving” into the exciting realm of real-time fighting. Pokkén Tournament on Wii U lets you directly control your favourite Pokémon, all represented in vivid HD, and challenge other Pokémon trainers to intense, visually-stunning 3D arena-style matches. It’s big, it’s bold, and it’s beautiful; Pokémon fans won’t want to miss this one!

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Best beach BBQ's

by Blogger on ‎04-25-2016 05:33 PM - last edited on ‎04-29-2016 10:27 AM by Editor in Chief

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We are well on our way to beach weather and it's time to start thinking about if you're BBQ ready for days at the beach or lake. Read on to see how you can make great meals with a portable BBQ during your summer outings this season.

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More than just a pretty picture: the many benefits of upgrading to a new computer monitor

by Blogger on ‎04-25-2016 02:27 PM - last edited on ‎04-25-2016 02:58 PM by Editor in Chief

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Looking for a way to kickstart your PC experience? Don’t overlook the monitor. One of the easiest components of your computer to replace, it also delivers a big “bang for the buck” upgrade experience. And that’s not just limited a pretty picture. I’ve put together a list of ways a new monitor can boost your overall PC experience.

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