phpe6jP3aPM.jpgOn the faceplate for the BOSS GT-001 it reads, “Guitar Effects Processor”, but that is really selling itself short. The GT-001 is so much more than “just” a guitar processor. While it does contain the legendary BOSS guitar effects that will give you the sound to play vitually any style of music from metal to blues to indie, it also includes effects for acoustic guitar and voice as well as being a desktop audio interface that allows you to connect to your computer for practising or recording. And there’s more!

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Last week I took a look at the Sony Sonnar 35mm f/2.8 and found it to be a lens of exceptional quality. This week I’ve been fortunate enough to get the opportunity to test another lens from the Sony ZA line-up; the Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA. This is another high-end lens manufactured to the exacting standards of German optics company Carl Zeiss, designed for use with Sony’s full-frame A7 range of cameras.

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SecureWin.jpgWindows 10 doesn't only deliver various visual and functional updates.

 

The latest and most advanced OS from Microsoft has an abundance of new security features under the hood which ensure safer computing for consumers and businesses. 

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break-in.jpgIn this installment of the Internet of Things, we take a look at how safety around your home has evolved. We've gone from loud, blaring alarms and simplistic security systems to something much more hands-on and its all thanks to your Internet Connection and how it connects you to home even when you're not there.

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What's new at Best Buy for August?

by Blogger on ‎07-30-2015 12:50 PM - last edited on ‎07-30-2015 12:56 PM by Editor in Chief

1.jpgThere are some amazing new products hitting the shelves of Best Buy this month. Here's a quick look at just a few of the cool products you can pick up right now.

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Windows 10: Is now the time to replace your aging PC?

by Blogger on ‎07-30-2015 10:03 AM - last edited on ‎07-30-2015 11:29 AM by Editor in Chief

Replace your old PC get Windows 10 for free.jpgWindows 10 is a pretty big deal right now. You can bet that by now, millions of PC users will have downloaded Microsoft’s new operating system and will be playing with the new features like Cortana. But what if your computer is showing its age? Now might be the time to replace it. Upgrade to a new PC and you can be sure your hardware can take full advantage of Windows 10’s new features and if your existing PC is running an older version of Windows, you’ll save a chunk of cash by not having to pay for the upgrade.

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Review: Samsung SD590C Curved LED Monitor

by Blogger on ‎07-29-2015 03:55 PM - last edited on ‎07-30-2015 09:10 AM by Editor in Chief

IMG_3339.JPGYou might be surprised just how much difference the right monitor can make but the combination of a curved screen, thin bezel and integrated speakers makes the Samsung SD590C curved 27" monitor one you'll definitely want to take a look at.

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5 ways to keep your personal data safe on your smartphone

by Blogger on ‎07-29-2015 01:51 PM - last edited on ‎07-29-2015 02:28 PM by Editor in Chief

Smartphone-security.jpgKeeping your smartphone safe can mean more than just ensuring it doesn’t fall into a toilet or hard concrete and meet an untimely death. It also means taking proper steps to protect the data—your personal data—stored on that phone to keep the wrong people away from it. If smartphone security is a concern of yours, then you may want to consider these methods for ramping your privacy and protecting what’s yours.

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Student tech tips: always have a thumb drive handy

by Blogger on ‎07-29-2015 08:33 AM - last edited on ‎07-29-2015 12:00 PM by Editor in Chief

thumbdrive.jpgWhen we talk students and technology, we often focus on the big stuff like laptops, tablets and smartphones. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned as part of having three kids work their way through elementary school and into high school, it’s that a little piece of inexpensive technology is indispensable: a thumb drive. From “sneaker-netting” assignments between school PCs and home to collaborating on assignments with other students, USB thumb drives are indispensable. Here’s what you need to know.

 

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What should a student look for in a backpack?

by Blogger on ‎07-28-2015 10:21 PM - last edited on ‎07-29-2015 02:50 PM by Editor in Chief

Backpack 1.jpgHere are some key things to look for when choosing the perfect backpack for back to school!

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Review: Carson lenses turn your smartphone into a scope or binoculars

by Blogger ‎07-28-2015 12:05 PM - edited ‎07-29-2015 02:07 PM

Carson-Monocular-Binocular-main.jpgIt might seem a little far-fetched when thinking of a smartphone attached to an object of considerable size, like a DSLR camera lens or even a pair of binoculars. Products like that are out there, amplifying the focal length of the phone’s camera, and thereby changing the very scope (pun intended) of images it can capture. Carson doesn’t have a DSLR lens, but it does make monoculars and binoculars with adapters for the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy devices.

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The Internet of Things and gaming

by Blogger on ‎07-27-2015 10:39 PM - last edited on ‎07-28-2015 02:37 PM by Editor in Chief

game-consoles.jpgThe Internet of Things has been covered in-depth on a few fronts. Tom gave you an overview of the IoT with this article, talking about how the internet is finding its way into televisions. We’ve seen other articles on how IoT is affecting our interaction with computers and wearables. There’s a category that has seen huge changes over the last decade as the internet becomes more integrated: gaming and toys. While this is by no means a comprehensive overview, here’s a look at how those categories are making the most out of their pipeline to the internet.

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Top 5 new backpacks for 2015

by Blogger on ‎07-27-2015 09:13 PM - last edited on ‎07-29-2015 02:57 PM by Editor in Chief

Burton.pngWhile I’ve been out of school for quite some time now, I still have vivid memories of the pleasure I took in prepping for a new year. Yup, I was one of those kids who enthusiastically went shopping for back-to-school supplies while everyone else relished the last few weeks of summer freedom. And believe it or not, we’re only a little over a month away from the start of another school year, so whether you have little ones heading to elementary school for the first time, or are a university student yourself, here are the top 5 backpacks for 2015–ideal for toting all your shiny new school supplies.

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Design a child's room primed for scholastic excellence

by Blogger on ‎07-27-2015 11:36 AM - last edited on ‎07-27-2015 03:07 PM by Editor in Chief

BBY_07242015_EA.jpgOnce the kids head back to school, bring on the homework! Sure, you can help them out as they get lots of it done while sitting at the kitchen table. But to encourage great scholastic excellence, a good idea is to give them some private working quarters in their bedroom.

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Review: Should you upgrade to the high quality Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA camera lens

by Blogger on ‎07-27-2015 11:35 AM - last edited on ‎07-27-2015 12:39 PM by Editor in Chief

Tcarl-Zeiss.jpghe Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA is a high-end lens designed for Sony’s E-mount compatible cameras like the A7 II, the A5000 and the A6000. It’s a lens which aims to satisfy the needs of professional photographers and serious enthusiasts. But for many readers of the Plug-in blog the question is: "Is it worth upgrading the kit lens that comes with my camera?" Today I’m going to attempt to answer that question in a totally unbiased manner.

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weBoost cell phone signal boosters could help your reception

by Blogger on ‎07-27-2015 07:37 AM - last edited on ‎07-27-2015 08:53 AM by Editor in Chief

we-boost.jpgMaybe it’s Murphy’s Law, but dropped calls usually happen at the most inopportune times. An important or engaging conversation cut short by a sudden drop in reception can be annoying—even more so if it happens with any sort of regularity. Cell phone signal boosters are designed to amplify sending and receiving those signals, and weBoost has products that cover both your car and home.

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Review: Sony FDR-AX33 4K HandyCam Camcorder

by Blogger on ‎07-26-2015 01:30 PM - last edited on ‎07-27-2015 08:46 AM by Editor in Chief

bestbuy-sony-fdr-ax33-camcorder.jpgIf you have a 4K TV you have a few options out there for getting the most out of your display … but if you’re like me there’s nothing more satisfying than creating your own content. Whether you’re shooting beautiful nature vistas, capturing exciting downtown life, or creating memories with friends and family at events that you won’t forget, shooting your own video in 4k is pretty awesome—and it’s more accessible than ever. Coming in at a reasonable price and packing a powerful 4k punch, the Sony FDR-AX33 Handycam is the portable video camera that’s makes it possible.  I had a chance to take it out for a spin: here’s how that turned out.

 

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Taking your live game stream to the next level with Blue Microphones.

by Blogger on ‎07-26-2015 07:38 AM - last edited on ‎07-27-2015 01:49 PM by Community Manager

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With the live videogame streaming scene growing at an unprecedented rate, more and more people want to start broadcasting their own gameplay streams. It doesn’t take too much to get started but if you really want to rise above the pack with a quality stream there are a few tips for your streaming setup that you’ll want to heed. If you make use of the right equipment you can quickly find yourself creating content that really shines and draws in the viewers.

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Review: Rory McIlroy PGA Tour makes the cut

by Plug-in Legend on ‎07-25-2015 04:07 PM - last edited on ‎07-27-2015 10:09 AM by Editor in Chief

Rory McIlroy Tee Off.jpgAfter taking a year off, EA Sports is finally back with the latest entry in its annual golf title, and this time with a brand new face for the franchise. Utilizing the Frostbite 3 engine, EA is poised to bring some of the most realistic golf experiences to current generation consoles. It's time to tee off with Rory McIlroy PGA Tour.

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Soundbar vs. Soundbase – which one should you choose?

by Blogger on ‎07-25-2015 10:38 AM - last edited on ‎07-27-2015 10:00 AM by Editor in Chief

Soundbars.jpegI have always been a big proponent of augmenting your home entertainment system with the full immersive sound of a surround sound system. However, I also recognize there are many reasons why a surround sound system may not be a practical solution. Whatever your reason is, a soundbar or soundbase can be an excellent alternative.

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Shelly's Friday Favourites microwaves some meals for back to school

by Blogger on ‎07-24-2015 10:22 PM - last edited on ‎07-29-2015 03:16 PM by Editor in Chief

quiona.jpgLast week on Shelly’s Friday Favourites we talked about how taking a slow cooker along when you go back to school is a seriously good idea. This week we're packing up the microwave to take it to your dorm room, and I've got a few healthy, fresh microwave recipes ready for you to try. 

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Review: Carson Optical zPix 300 Digital Microscope

by Blogger on ‎07-24-2015 09:04 PM - last edited on ‎07-30-2015 12:58 PM by Editor in Chief

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Just in time to coincide with the release of Marvel’s Ant-Man in theatres - a movie about a superhero who can shrink down to insect size—I get to test out the new Carson Optical zPix 300 Digital Microscope and see the world in tiny detail just like I possessed the same power. At no time during my demo do I wear tights, though.

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Arccos Golf Tracker Review

by Blogger on ‎07-24-2015 05:53 PM - last edited on ‎07-30-2015 01:01 PM by Editor in Chief

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What’s a golfer to do to improve and enjoy the game even more? Arccos Golf thinks it can help with its set of sensors and companion app that will track your shots, your game, and give you data to help improve.

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Review: you’ll want to cook everything on the T-fal Optigrill

by Blogger on ‎07-24-2015 11:39 AM - last edited on ‎07-30-2015 01:02 PM by Editor in Chief

grill.jpgAll it took was one set of steaks cooked on the T-fal Optigrill Non-stick grill and it was time for my BBQ to step aside and let a handier appliance take over. Here’s what I found out when I tested out the T-fal Optigrill.

 

 

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Review: Samsung 65” 4K Ultra HD Curved Tizen Smart TV (JU6800)

by Blogger on ‎07-24-2015 10:59 AM - last edited on ‎07-28-2015 01:30 PM by Editor in Chief

Samsung 4K JU6800.jpgI had the luxury of testing out this new Samsung Ultra High Definition 65” TV at home. I had it for several weeks so was able to run it through its paces to provide a detailed review. This set is a brand new model exclusive to Best Buy. I have a couple of excellent HD plasma TVs at home but don’t own a 4K set yet, so I was looking forward to testing it out to see how it compares. This exclusive TV is definitely a step up with lots of features and an excellent picture.

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Best coffee makers for back to school as rated by our customers

by Blogger on ‎07-24-2015 08:38 AM - last edited on ‎07-27-2015 10:53 AM by Editor in Chief

latte 1.jpgIf you're a busy parent with school runs or a college/university student with a crazy schedule full of classes, your coffee maker can be the one thing in your day to keep you sane.  It's great to read Best Buy customer reviews to help choose which coffee maker will work best for you. Read on to learn which coffee makers were chosen as favourites.

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The Internet of Things and Wearables

by Blogger on ‎07-23-2015 10:29 PM - last edited on ‎07-30-2015 01:02 PM by Editor in Chief

internet-of-things.jpgIn this edition of The Internet of Things series, we take a look at Wearables. A newer entry into the IoT series, this entry takes a look at what wearables contribute now and what they can contribute in the future.

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Create an amazing elegant bedroom

by Blogger on ‎07-23-2015 01:44 PM - last edited on ‎07-23-2015 01:45 PM by Editor in Chief

BBY_01302015_EA.jpgJust because you’re parents of a toddler doesn’t mean you can’t have a space just for yourself. Chances are the living room, playroom, backyard, even kitchen, is dominated by kid stuff. But once your little one is old enough, it’s time to claim back the space that is rightfully all yours: your bedroom.

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BBY_07242015_ENT.jpgWe live in world surrounded by mobile technology that is enabled by ubiquitous cellular and Internet networks. Technology today is so much smaller, lighter, faster, and more powerful that it not only enables you to work and communicate wherever you are, it allows you to enjoy your favorite entertainment wherever you are. Beyond watching your favorite movie on your Smartphone or tablet, there are some less obvious ways to take your favorite entertainment with you that I will explore.

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Geek Squad Membership: Worry-free PC and device ownership

by Blogger on ‎07-23-2015 10:22 AM - last edited on ‎07-30-2015 01:04 PM by Editor in Chief

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When a PC is fresh out of the box, it’s a thing of beauty. But then you have to set it up, get online, back up your data, worry about someone else stealing your data, keep the software up to date … well let’s face it: ownership is a lot of work. That’s where a Geek Squad Membership comes in. A low monthly fee gets you exclusive access to first class technical support that takes the hard work off your shoulders so you can enjoy actually using your device, plus exclusive benefits.

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