Nest3.jpgThere aren't a lot of things Nest needs to improve on nowadays. It's already arguably the best thermostat on the market. It not only provides you its learning benefits but gives you access to a huge network of coordinating partners. With no need to re-invent this wheel, Nest has turned to some physical and functional enhancements for its recently announced Nest 3.0 learning thermostat. Come take a look at the newest edition of the Nest!

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Review: Epson WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank All-in-One Printer

by Blogger on ‎09-01-2015 01:51 PM - last edited on ‎09-01-2015 02:03 PM by Editor in Chief

Epson-printer-main.jpgPrinters, even the all-in-one variety, have become more specialized, despite the various functions they provide. Turning out pages of documents isn’t the necessity it once was for consumers and business owners, but like any utilitarian gizmo, a printer may be indispensable to those who need it. Ink has long been the part that has defined the category because of the cost associated with it. Epson is attempting to change all that with ink tanks that will last for up to two years.

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September is Home Theatre Month!

by Blogger on ‎09-01-2015 11:27 AM

rsz_christmas_gifts_dorm_room_tv.jpgYou may not be ready to kiss summer goodbye, but its days are numbered. While we're enjoying the last long days and warm nights, it's a good time to start planning ahead for the cooler months to come. Why not beat the impending winter by staying warm and entertained in a refreshed and reenergized home theatre? This month is the perfect time to get educated about all the great new technology that's hitting the market.

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Review: Narrative Clip Wearable Camera

by Blogger on ‎08-31-2015 06:40 PM - last edited on ‎09-01-2015 01:53 PM by Editor in Chief

narrative.jpgIt’s amazing to see how cameras have evolved over the last 20 years. Remember the days when you’d have to load a roll of film into your camera and then take that film in to be developed after only 12, 24, or 36 snapshots? Those days are long gone. Now we can capture the ins and outs of our daily lives with our smartphone cameras and share those moments with the world in an instant via the touch of a button. The Narrative Clip wearable camera takes this concept of chronicling our lives­—or “lifelogging”—to a whole new level by snapping a picture every 30 seconds, and I recently had an opportunity to take one for a spin.

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Surface 3 review: Microsoft’s affordable 2-in1 gets even better with Windows 10

by Blogger on ‎08-31-2015 06:39 PM - last edited on ‎09-01-2015 02:05 PM by Editor in Chief

Microsoft Surface 3 review.jpgI had the chance to use a Surface Pro 3 at a launch event, but I haven’t spent any extended time with any of Microsoft’s tablets since a Surface 2 back in 2013. Microsoft recently sent me a new Surface 3 to try out for a long term review and I came away impressed with how these devices are evolving. And the experience got even better once I’d updated the loaner to Windows 10.

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Evenflo Triumph LX: The comfortable carseat that fits

by Blogger on ‎08-31-2015 02:36 PM - last edited on ‎09-01-2015 04:07 PM by Editor in Chief

evenfloseat.jpgThere's a challenge many convertible carseat seeking parents face: Fitting the seat in your car. With some seats two or three times the size of your child, space becomes an issue in the back seat of your car in a hurry. The Evenflo Triumph LX 3-in-1 Deluxe Convertible Car Seat not only fits with a compact, yet safe seat design, but it's capable of supporting your child from the time they first sit in a car seat to the time they're ready to sit without one.

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5 ways to take better photos using your smartphone

by Blogger ‎08-31-2015 12:21 PM - edited ‎08-31-2015 12:26 PM

LG-G4-camera.jpgChances are, your smartphone is your go-to point-and-shoot camera. Whether it’s a slice of life or a slice of food, the compunction to capture those moments means that more people are taking more photos than ever before. The level of sharing on social media only drives things further. Not all smartphone cameras are created equal, yet there are some basics to snapping better images that will not only improve image quality, but also make you a better mobile photographer.

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Sept. 8th: Join the Wearable Tech panels at #LifeandTech

by Blogger ‎08-31-2015 08:25 AM - edited ‎09-01-2015 10:29 AM

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The day after Labour Day, Toronto's world renown Yonge-Dundas Square transforms into a wearable tech wonderland. On top of featuring the latest in one the fastest growing categories at Best Buy Canada, attendees of the free event must check out the star-studded panels.

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How to pick the perfect back-to-school smartphone or tablet case

by Blogger on ‎08-30-2015 11:12 PM - last edited on ‎09-01-2015 03:43 PM by Editor in Chief

The kids' backpacks are packed, their lunches are planned, and you've argued out who's going to be taking the kids to their first day back … but there's always something that gets forgotten.

 

I have a cousin who had a tendency to leave his toothbrushes and shoes (how???!) behind when he was a kid, like a travelling Hansel & Gretel, but in August, it's way more likely that you've forgotten something far less dire. Like, say, to update the kids' (and your own!) phone and tablet cases for back-to-school.

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The best ways to back up your smartphone data

by Blogger on ‎08-30-2015 07:51 PM - last edited on ‎08-31-2015 10:29 AM by Editor in Chief

Phones_Laptops.jpgIt is a gnawing feeling to not only lose a smartphone, but to also lose all the data contained within it. A key part of good smartphone maintenance includes protecting the data you have stored on it, especially the kind that is personal and priceless. The good news is that it’s not really difficult to do this on a regular basis, regardless of which phone you’re using.

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Review: Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is a portable JRPG masterpiece

by Blogger ‎08-30-2015 07:39 PM - edited ‎08-30-2015 07:48 PM

Xenoblade_Chronicles_3D_artwork_1.jpgOne of the most beloved Japanese role-playing games of the last decade is back as a grand portable adventure, exclusive to New Nintendo 3DS XL. If you're looking for a game to show off the power of your shiny new handheld console, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is definitely it!

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case for buying a dekstop PC.jpgWith the start of school rapidly approaching, the rush is on to make sure students have the gear they need. The biggest purchase for most will be a computer, so you want the right one and making the right choice starts with picking the right form factor. A few days ago, I made the case for choosing a traditional laptop. This time, I’m going to switch hats and make the argument for choosing a desktop PC.

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Review: Rare Replay is a nostalgic, value-packed compilation

by Blogger ‎08-30-2015 02:59 PM - edited ‎08-30-2015 03:08 PM

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Rare Replay, a compilation of 30 games celebrating the revered 30-year history of developer Rare, is perhaps the easiestand most difficult―review I've done in years. Easy because there's an absolute irresistible amount of value in this collection, and challenging since it contains literally hundreds of hours of gameplay. While it would easily take months to play through all the games, you only need one night with Rare Replay to come to this conclusion: it's worth the investment multiple times over.

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Educational Toys That Will Stimulate Your Child’s Memory

by Blogger on ‎08-30-2015 09:16 AM - last edited on ‎08-31-2015 10:36 AM by Editor in Chief

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Today we wrap up our 3 part series on educational toys that will help your child in the early stages of his or her formal education. Please join me inside as I investigate the importance of memory to your child's future education. This is certainly an important theme, and not merely during your child's formative years. Memory is a lifelong tool that we all rely on each and every day. You might just find yourself wanting to work on your own memory by the end of this post. And, as always, I'll suggest a few toys / products that are sure to help with memory development. So, click on through and let's get started!

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5 reasons why muffins are the perfect food for back to school

by Blogger on ‎08-29-2015 06:47 PM - last edited on ‎08-31-2015 10:49 AM by Editor in Chief

blueberry-muffin.jpgWith the new school year right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about quick and easy snack ideas for those seemingly endless brown bag lunches. But rather than simply tossing in a granola bar and an apple, why not think out of the box and add a delicious, homemade muffin to your kid’s lunch bag? Here are five reasons why muffins are the perfect food for back to school.

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5 best printers to take to your dorm room

by Blogger on ‎08-29-2015 12:38 PM - last edited on ‎09-01-2015 04:50 PM by Editor in Chief

top 5 dorm room printers.jpgSo you’re off to college or university, leaving home and high school behind for the challenge of post-secondary education. Naturally, you’ll be bringing some gear along with you, like your computer and maybe a stereo, game console or a TV. Don’t forget to include a printer in the mix! If you don’t have one already (or if the one you own has seen better days), I’ve put together a list of 5 of the best printers to take to your dorm room.

 

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Boost productivity with these organizing and to-do apps

by Blogger ‎08-29-2015 07:12 AM - edited ‎08-29-2015 07:14 AM

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As student's lives get exponentially busier during back-to-school,good productivity apps for organizing and managing tasks and to-do's becomes a necessity.

 

Here are some apps that do the job well.

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BTS why choose a laptop.jpgA few weeks back I explored the topic of whether a tablet could be as good as a laptop for students. Here’s a hint (as a father whose kids have used both in class): yes, in many cases a tablet can be. However, I also know from experience that there are situations where a laptop just makes more sense. If you’re a student or you have kids in school, here’s the case for buying a traditional laptop over alternatives like a tablet or a desktop PC.

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BOSS pedals small.jpgBoss answers the boutique pedal manufacturers by releasing 2 new (old) pedals under their WAZA Craft branding that retain their original analogue warmth while adding some nifty new features. The Boss DM-2W Delay and the Boss SD-1W Super Overdrive are re-imagined for the modern guitarist. In this blog I will talk about their hallowed predecessors, compare them to this new iteration, and put them through their paces to see how kind time has been.

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Best Buy presents the first Wearable Tech Expo in Toronto

by Editor in Chief ‎08-28-2015 04:45 PM - edited ‎09-01-2015 12:56 PM

life-and-tech-lifestyle-image2.jpgBest Buy will be hosting the first Life & Tech Wearable event on September 8th in Toronto Ontario. This free event will feature hands on demonstrations, celebrity appearances, great music, and even a fashion show. Come try out the newest in wearable technology and have a lot of fun. Read on to learn all the details:

 

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Shelly's Friday Favourites fuels your kids for back to school

by Blogger ‎08-28-2015 04:04 PM - edited ‎08-28-2015 04:05 PM

packed_lunch.jpgGetting back on a schedule, making sure the kids have enough to eat, and making sure it’s healthy is a lot to take on for any parent, but there are a few recipes you can use to ensure you’re on track every day. The bit of extra time you’ll spend preparing them instead of grabbing a granola bar from the store will work out in the wash, because you’ll spend that much less time feeling guilty for what you’re kids are eating.

 

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What’s new at Best Buy for September?

by Blogger on ‎08-28-2015 11:10 AM - last edited on ‎08-28-2015 11:26 AM by Editor in Chief

Hello-September copy.jpgSeptember: a time of the year when one chapter closes and a new one begins. That’s why there is no better time to take a look and see what’s on the shelves of Best Buy for September!

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#GearUp4School Twitter party: RECAP of this awesome event

by Blogger on ‎08-28-2015 09:43 AM - last edited on ‎09-01-2015 01:12 PM by Editor in Chief

gear up.jpegOn Wednesday with the help of Microsoft Canada and Intel Canada, Best Buy Canada hosted a Twitter party aimed at helping followers find out what tech they will be needing for back to school.

 

There were some great questions and even better consumer tips, and as a bonus one of Best Buys' followers won a fantastic prize pack. Read on to get a recap on some of the highlights of the hour.

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LeapFrog LeapPad Platinum Review

by Blogger on ‎08-28-2015 08:22 AM - last edited on ‎08-31-2015 03:15 PM by Editor in Chief

LP Official Shot.jpgToday I take an in-depth look at the new LeapFrog LeapPad Platinum (along with 2 classic LeapFrog LeapPad learning games). Join me inside and we'll learn together whether or not the good folks at LeapFrog have hit yet another home run .... I'll just give you this one little hint: They have! It's their biggest children's tablet yet, and, as always, it's packed with fun, educational, and amazing features! So, click on through and read all about it!

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We spend so much time in front of our TVs and with our home entertainment systems that it is an absolute shame if it isn’t set up perfectly. Or worse yet, we don’t quite have the right system for the size and shape of our favorite room. Sure, today’s technology is great but also fairly complicated and fine-tuning every element of your home entertainment system will make it look and sound fantastic. Geek Squad is your insurance policy to ensure your system does what it is designed to do, and to maximize your entertainment value.

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Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 5

by Blogger on ‎08-27-2015 01:20 PM - last edited on ‎08-27-2015 04:20 PM by Editor in Chief

note5.jpgSamsung helped start the current trend of bigger phones with bigger screens when it first unveiled the original Galaxy Note back in 2012. The screen has since grown, while the phone’s body has trimmed down, turning what was once one of the largest handsets into one that fits in with much of the pack. The Note 5 isn’t a big leap from its predecessor, but it does have some new features that make better use of its constituent parts.

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Essentials for every backpack, even for an adult going back to school

by Blogger on ‎08-27-2015 08:04 AM - last edited on ‎08-27-2015 02:38 PM by Editor in Chief

back-to-school__1439346611_174.1.17.29.jpgEvery year back to school shopping time seems to creep up on me so fast, and every year I vow to be more organized and not leave it all until the last minute. This year not only do I have my sons shopping to worry about, but I have my own too since I'll be heading back to school also. Read on to see what must haves we love to get you through the school year.

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Hands on with Skylanders SuperChargers

by Blogger on ‎08-26-2015 06:57 PM - last edited on ‎08-27-2015 05:09 PM by Editor in Chief

Skylanders_SuperChargers_13.jpgGet ready to rev your engines and experience high octane action as Skylanders SuperChargers takes off—literally—this September with all-new vehicles and racing. Activision recently invited me to experience the new racing mode first-hand, which spans land, sea, and air. I also got a run-down of the new features in this year’s edition, and checked out many of the new Skylanders characters and vehicles!

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Doing a home renovation? Everything you need to know about the planning stages

by Blogger ‎08-26-2015 10:39 AM - edited ‎08-26-2015 10:41 AM

IMG_4039 copy.jpgFor the next few weeks I’ll be talking home renovations, and if you’re about to start renovating an older home or move into a house you plan on changing and you’re wondering how the process works, read on. From the planning stages to tips on turning your home into a smart home, I’ve either been there or am in the process of being there, and what I’ve found is that renovations aren’t as scary when you’ve got someone else’s experiences to compare to.

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Leap into LeapFrog’s LeapTV

by Blogger on ‎08-26-2015 09:36 AM

leapfrog leaptv box.jpgVideo gaming is for kids (and adults!) of all ages. But the LeapFrog LeapTV is particularly catered to kids aged 3-8, combining fun, active play with education in a variety of subjects. We tried it out with kids aged 5, 3.5. and 2. Here's our take.

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