FAQ: answers to questions about laptops for back to school

by Blogger ‎08-30-2013 10:47 AM - edited ‎08-30-2013 10:48 AM

BTS preview.jpgWith kids of all ages heading back to school, the question of a laptop is on the minds of many parents. Do they need one? How powerful should it be? Does it need to be a Mac or a Windows PC? Would a tablet do instead? The technology can be overwhelming, there are seemingly endless choices to make and the wrong call can be expensive. I’ve put together a FAQ about back-to-school laptop shopping that covers off some of the most commonly asked questions. And if you have one that’s not in the FAQ, put it in the comments and I’ll do my best to help you out.


Back to School: Will You Need a WiFi Booster?

by Blogger on ‎08-16-2013 11:06 AM - last edited on ‎08-16-2013 11:18 AM by Editor in Chief

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Being a student today is about being plugged in to technology, but when it comes to connectivity, “plugged in” is out and wireless is in.


Many college and university dorms are offering WiFi to students and if you rent a townhouse or apartment with friends, a wireless router is often installed before a TV or stereo makes it into the new place.


But when your WiFi isn’t up to par, suffering from spotty coverage or slower than expected speeds, it can cut into your productivity and put a damper on your fun.


The good news is there’s an easy and inexpensive solution that will fix many of these common WiFi problems: a WiFi Booster.


Back to School: Audio Solutions for your Dorm Room

by Blogger on ‎08-15-2013 02:14 PM - last edited on ‎08-15-2013 03:51 PM by Editor in Chief

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Small dorm rooms need awesome sound!


Your friends will enjoy hanging out and you will find those cramped quarters a lot more livable. This is an easy problem to solve, as there are a lot of ways to get your space rocking out without breaking the bank.


I found lot's of great options.....


Back To School: The Best Free Apps For Students

by Blogger on ‎08-15-2013 08:13 AM - last edited on ‎08-15-2013 04:26 PM by Editor in Chief





You’re heading back to school, clutching your favourite mobile device. Maybe it’s an iPad Mini, an iPhone 5, Galaxy S4, Lumia 900 or a Z10. Whatever the device, you can make the most of your high tech investment by downloading free apps for your Android, iPhone or BlackBerry. Productivity, gaming —even cheap food— we’ve got you covered with this list of the best free apps for students.


Back to School: Organize your Dorm Room

by Blogger on ‎08-12-2013 10:00 AM - last edited on ‎08-12-2013 01:40 PM by Editor in Chief




You tend not to realize how much stuff you own until you have to move your life from your parents' home into into one tiny dorm room.


Here are some tips on how to use the space you have effectively!


Make your dorm room feel like home

by Blogger on ‎08-09-2013 06:34 PM - last edited on ‎08-12-2013 01:24 PM by Editor in Chief


If you’re heading off to university to live on campus, transform that sterile dorm room into your home away from home with these decor items.


Having a dorm room that is cosy and comfortable will help you get used to living on campus.





When I went to University, I was one of a very few students who lived in my own apartment off campus. Every day my commute was close to an hour, which meant when I headed out the door for classes, I definitely couldn’t head back home if I forgot something.


If you’re a commuter student preparing to head back to class this fall, here are a few tips on bags to make your daily grind that much easier.


Back to School: Personalize Your Dorm Room

by Blogger on ‎08-06-2013 01:29 PM - last edited on ‎08-12-2013 04:15 PM by Editor in Chief



Spice up dull dorm room furniture with your own unique touches!


Craft ideas to personalize your dorm room

by Blogger on ‎08-05-2013 09:46 AM - last edited on ‎08-06-2013 11:12 AM by Editor in Chief

craft-ideas-dorm-room.jpgSummer is in full swing and thoughts of school books are probably far from your mind. Nevertheless, with summer comes summer boredom. That's why now is the perfect time to search for craft ideas for your new dorm room.


Inspiration is everywhere! There are many crafty ideas online and in different crafting apps so you’ll be able to find a bunch of great projects in no time. But if you need a few decorating ideas, here is some crafty inspiration to dress up your dorm room:


Back to School: Best Laptops for Students

by Blogger on ‎07-30-2013 06:45 PM - last edited on ‎08-09-2013 09:31 AM by Editor in Chief

BTS Preview.jpgSeptember is fast approaching and we all know what that means: back to school! While that used to entail hitting the office supply store for pencils, paper and erasers, today’s students are just as likely to be searching for a new PC. While there’s nothing wrong with a desktop system, a laptop computer is often the better choice for students. These systems are portable, compact, they give up little compared to many desktop PCs when it comes to performance and they have sharp LED displays. While Best Buy stocks dozens of laptops to cover off any requirements, here are a few of my picks as some of the best laptops for students.



Back to School: How To Use a Tablet For Note Taking and Assignments

by Blogger ‎07-20-2013 12:39 PM - edited ‎07-23-2013 02:02 PM

Logitech Bluetooth Preview.jpgStudents five years ago thought they had it made with laptops. They could bring their portable PC into class and use it to type out notes instead of having to deal with loose pages of paper that always seemed to degenerate into indecipherable scrawl or get lost. Plus, they had wireless Internet access for looking up supplemental material. But diagrams still had to be copied by hand with pencil and paper, laptops were heavy, had limited battery power and they were expensive. Tablets offer all the advantages of a laptop for students at a fraction of the price, without having to lug a heavy computer around, without worrying about running out of power and with the added ability to integrate diagrams and pictures with typed text. They can even be used as eReaders with eTextbooks to avoid heavy paper textbooks altogether. You just need to know how to use a tablet for note taking and assignments to make back to school more productive than ever.


Overview: Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3

by Blogger on ‎07-12-2013 05:29 PM - last edited on ‎11-01-2013 03:56 PM by Editor in Chief

Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 preview.jpgA year ago to the day, we were looking the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 2, Samsung’s affordable and compact tablet entry. Now Samsung has introduced the bigger and more powerful 8-inch Galaxy Tab 3 (they have also released a smaller model the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3 has also joined the roster at Best Buy and a larger 10-inch model too). At 8-inches, the display is just slightly larger than it’s smaller sibling, but the resolution has been increased, an additional camera has been added for video conferencing capability, it packs a much faster processor and the new Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is running Jelly Bean (Android 4.2.2). Despite the all round beefier specs and larger display, the 8-inch Galaxy Tab 3 is still a very svelte tablet, weighing only 309 g and coming in at just 0.7 cm thick, with a thin bezel keeping overall dimensions down and making it easy to hold in one hand. With its size, capabilities and affordable price, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 makes an ideal tablet to carry for reading, web browsing, gaming, catching up on work or snapping a quick photo.



Logitech's great new keyboards for the iPad family

by Blogger on ‎07-09-2013 06:50 AM - last edited on ‎07-19-2013 04:11 PM by Regular Member

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Love your iPad or iPad mini but don't like typing on the screen? 


Logitech has designed the prefect solution with the iPad Keyboard Folio Case and iPad Mini Ultrathin Keyboard Cover.


There are probably the two best keyboard accessories on the market today.



Comparing Android and Microsoft tablets

by Blogger on ‎06-30-2013 01:37 AM - last edited on ‎07-19-2013 04:11 PM by Regular Member

Windows_Android_Tablet.jpgIt can be confusing trying to decide what kind of tablet you would like to buy. You’ll want a tablet that suits your needs and personality.


Comparing some of the features of Android and Window tablets can help you decide which way to go.


Dorm Room Décor on an Endless Budget

by Blogger on ‎08-28-2012 11:42 PM - last edited on ‎02-19-2013 04:25 PM by Regular Member

BigIdeas_dorm.jpegWhen I was in high school, I was a bit of a nerd. It’s true. I was the bookworm, straight A, love to do homework, teacher’s pet kind of girl. But once a week on Wednesday nights, I would set aside my homework in favour of something a little more important – watching the oh-so-true-to-life antics of Kelly, Donna, Dylan, Brandon, David, and all the others on a certain little TV show called Beverly Hills 90210.


Needless to say, when it was my time to go to university, my expectations of “university life” were a little bit skewed. Because of 90210 I had imagined that my post secondary education would involve living in a beautiful beachfront apartment. It would be meticulously decorated and have ample room out front for my convertible BMW. Sufficed to say, that’s not exactly how things went down. Instead, for five of my six years of university (I changed majors, so don’t judge), I lived at home and commuted back and forth every day. I ate my parent’s food, lived in my childhood bedroom, and drove a 1984 Mazda GLC Sport (with a crank sunroof) that I bought for $1,000 and that consistently overheated and leaked oil.


But imagine for a moment that you are a Kelly, Donna, Dylan, Brandon, or David and you have the ability to live in the lap of luxury when you battling your way through university. What then would your dorm room look like? 


Say “Hello Moto” to the stylish Motorola MOTOLUXE

by Best Buy on ‎08-24-2012 05:00 AM - last edited on ‎08-24-2012 09:06 AM by Best Buy Best Buy

Have you noticed that smartphones keep getting bigger and bigger screens while our pockets remain the same size? Well, Motorola minds our pocket size with their new super thin and stylish MOTOLUXE smartphone. Now don’t be fooled by the name, this luxurious little guy won’t break the bank but it looks and feels like it should.


The first thing I noticed about the MOTOLUXE is how great it feels in your hand. The soft plastic exterior feels smooth and refined while the aluminum details make the phone feel very solid and durable. Another great thing about the design and hardware of the MOTOLUXE is that the screen goes edge-to-edge, so that you’re left with a very small footprint. The volume and power buttons are well placed and feel very sturdy so you’re not likely to accidentally hit them while on a call or while it’s in your pocket. But at just 9.8 mm thin and less than 125 grams, you’ll be lucky if you even notice that it’s in your pocket. 


Gear-Up for Back to School with Five Educational Apps for Android

by TechLinz on ‎08-22-2012 09:30 AM - last edited on ‎03-14-2013 04:29 PM by Best Buy Best Buy

Android AppsAs summer winds down you may be worried about getting your children back into listening and learning mode.  With that in mind, it just might be time to ease their brains back into school mode. Why not pull out the Android tablet and have some fun with my top picks for education apps on Android?


Obusforme: Off Your Lap and On Your Back

by TechLinz on ‎08-09-2012 08:19 AM - last edited on ‎08-23-2012 01:03 PM by Best Buy Best Buy

Obusforme BackpackThere’s nothing better than living in a world of mobile technology. Having the power to go almost anywhere with your technology and keep connected with the world is a gift I’m thankful for every day.  There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t leave the house without either my mobile phone, tablet or laptop; to be honest most days it’s all three!  But I never forget the importance of protecting these devices with the proper gear.


Seagate Back-Up Plus

by TechLinz on ‎08-07-2012 08:04 AM

Seagate Back-up PlusI remember way back in the days when computers were not as reliable as they are today.  I know I’ve been a victim of not backing up my work.  We tend to sometimes place too much faith and trust in our computers, thinking that a crash happens to other people and not to us.  


Back to School Printers

by TechLinz on ‎08-05-2012 08:08 PM - last edited on ‎08-07-2012 11:37 AM by Best Buy Best Buy

Samsung printerSummer is almost half way done (ouch!), which means that many of you are starting to think about school again.  Very soon - afternoons and evenings will shift from sun, fun and relaxation to reading, studying and homework.  Is your dorm, home office or family computer ready for some hard-core learning?


Student Apartment Accessories on a $1000 budget

by Blogger on ‎08-04-2012 11:00 AM - last edited on ‎05-24-2013 11:05 AM by Regular Member

bed.jpgIf you’re lucky enough to snag an apartment or dorm room alone in University, here are some appliance and furniture must haves for under $1000!


Dorm room decor on a $500 budget

by Blogger on ‎07-26-2012 11:15 PM - last edited on ‎02-19-2013 04:25 PM by Regular Member

small planet 3-in-1.jpgThe beginning of a school year will soon be upon us and for those of you preparing to move away and start University, here are some great items to set up your dorm room on a budget!


How to print wirelessly from any device, anywhere in your home

by Blogger on ‎07-25-2012 09:53 AM - last edited on ‎09-18-2013 10:59 AM by Editor in Chief

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Times really have changed. 10 years ago, if you wanted to print off a term paper or work document, you’d have to plug into your bubble jet printer and go make dinner while you waited ½ hour for your 20 page document to print. Who’d have thought you’d not only be able to print in seconds, but be able to hit the print button from virtually anywhere in your home?


Laptops make us mobile, and with that mobility comes the need to be wirelessly connected to everything in our home, including printers. Luckily, it’s easier than ever to pick up a wireless printer and install it in minutes, not hours. Plus, with the right printer, you’ll even be able to hit the print button from your tablet and smartphone.



The Perfect Family Computer – HP TouchSmart

by TechLinz on ‎07-22-2012 09:16 AM - last edited on ‎07-24-2012 08:55 AM by Best Buy Best Buy

HP TouchsmartThis month a friend of mine asked me if I would tag along with her to Best Buy to help her choose a new PC for their family.  At first I was pushing my friend into purchasing a laptop or tablet, as I’m all about the mobility these days.  My friend explained to me that the family had a tablet that they shared and loved it, but they wanted a traditional PC for the desk in their kitchen, an area that has become synonymous with homework and a time for learning and sharing.


Then I was enlightened...


Buying a Back to School Computer

by Blogger on ‎07-21-2012 11:01 PM - last edited on ‎07-24-2012 08:56 AM by Best Buy Best Buy

computersAtschools.jpgNo school shopping is complete without looking at computer hardware and software needed. However, what a junior high school student needs is going to be very different from what a college or university student needs.


July and August are the best months to buy a computer when retailers are competing for sales and trying to capture the back to school market. But do your homework before heading out to buy so you'll be sure to get the right computer for the right grade.


Back to School: an online resource like no other!

by Blogger on ‎09-06-2011 10:27 AM - last edited on ‎09-06-2011 02:34 PM by Community Manager (Retired)

learn_online.jpgIn a week where most of the education news you will hear revolves around what your kids will not be getting in school this year, it is good to learn about some things that they do get.


Dorm Essentials for Starving Students

by TechLinz on ‎08-31-2011 10:51 AM - last edited on ‎02-19-2013 04:28 PM by Regular Member

Dorm FridgeAs the final days of summer tick away, university and college students are starting to pack up and get ready for dorm living. The average dorm is pretty small and is usually shared for first year students - so pack light and be sure to use the space to the best of your advantage! 


And by using the space wisely, I don’t mean re-purposing a beer keg for your bedside table, using your desk to house dirty laundry or filling the communal bathroom sink with ice for your drinks.  Although the social scene is an important part experiencing college life, try not to overdo it :smileywink:


Canon MX420 Printer - great for back-to-school or using at home!

by Blogger on ‎08-30-2011 09:58 PM - last edited on ‎09-01-2011 01:46 PM by Community Manager (Retired)

Canon MX420 Printer.jpgWith back-to-school days away, students are typically spending time looking at the sexier toys like laptops, tablets, and smart phones; but one essential is a good printer.  I think you ought to seriously consider the Canon MX420 all-in-oneprinter because it provides an excellent balance between price, quality, and functionality.   For just over a hundred bucks the printing clarity is excellent and it comes with many very desirable features.


Kobo eReader Touch Edition - A Back to School Necessity

by Blogger on ‎08-27-2011 10:15 PM - last edited on ‎02-20-2013 03:42 PM by Regular Member

Kobo.jpgWhether we’re talking about high school or university, there are a few essentials that appear on everyone’s back to school supply shopping list – pens, paper, binders or notebooks, maybe some White Out, and a probably a highlighter or two. But this year there is another item that should be added to everyone’s list – the new Kobo eReader Touch Edition.


Signs of Cyber-Bullying

by Blogger on ‎08-25-2011 09:52 PM - last edited on ‎09-01-2011 09:55 AM by Community Manager (Retired)

Cyberbullying.jpgThe other night I watched what turned out to be a very disturbing episode of Dateline. The premise: cyber-bullying. When I was in elementary and high school in the 80’s and 90’s, bullying was part of the academic landscape, as it has been for who knows how long. Not to undermine the effect bullying can have on an adolescent by any means – I was the target of bullying myself – in those days it amounted to teasing, verbal attacks, inappropriate pranks, and the occasional bloody nose.


But since then, the landscape of bullying has changed dramatically. In the past twenty years cyber-bullying, or the use of the Internet, social networking sites and other related technologies to harm others, has become rampant. Why the increase in such abuse? Simply put, it’s easier to be cruel when you aren’t face to face with someone.


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