Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab A tablets are family focused

by Blogger on ‎04-23-2015 01:01 PM - last edited on ‎04-23-2015 04:16 PM by Editor in Chief

taba.jpgSamsung’s built a tablet business with models that cater to specific users and their needs. Their Tab Pro line was designed around corporate users as well as the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend. Samsung has now created the Galaxy Tab A line of 8” and 9.7” tablets designed specifically for families and home users.


Back to school budget friendly smartphones

by Regular  Advocator ShelaghM on ‎09-09-2014 08:50 PM - last edited on ‎09-10-2014 11:39 AM by Editor in Chief

Back_to_school_friendly_phones.jpgBooks, tuition fees and supplies can leave a dent in your wallet. With only a two-year contract, these budget friendly phones get an A+ for affordability. They take the sting out of not being able to afford iPhone 6.


Gear essentials for back to school

by Blogger on ‎09-04-2014 09:22 AM - last edited on ‎09-04-2014 11:31 AM by Editor in Chief

gear.JPGDon’t know what you child needs this September? Here are some gear essentials that will make sure your child is prepared for back to school! I have even picked out my favourite from each list! Take a look and tell me if you agree with my selections.


Bringing your own device to school and the school policy

by Blogger on ‎08-29-2014 03:45 PM - last edited on ‎08-29-2014 06:37 PM by Blogger


shutterstock_141207505.jpgMany schools are implementing a ‘bring your own device’ policy - meaning students learn from their own computers and not those provided by the school.


3 Great Noise-Cancelling Headphones for Students

by Blogger on ‎08-21-2014 11:40 AM - last edited on ‎08-22-2014 05:01 PM by Community Manager



Headphones aren’t just for music. With technologies like noise cancellation, they can also come in handy for ensuring a quiet environment in which to work, which is something any student can appreciate.



Surface 3: a new alternative for students

by Blogger on ‎08-20-2014 09:41 AM - last edited on ‎12-18-2014 04:54 PM by Editor in Chief

Surface Preview.jpgTechnology is a big part of student life and a computer has become integral to the educational experience. Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 is a powerful device that can physically transform into a laptop form factor, becoming a true ultra-mobile alternative to a laptop or desktop PC —while offering all the advantages of a tablet.


Stay in touch this school year with online services including VoIP

by Blogger on ‎08-12-2014 10:03 PM - last edited on ‎08-17-2014 11:55 PM by Editor in Chief

Screen Shot 2014-08-12 at 9.40.37 PM.pngHopefully you’re enjoying the summer of your life right now, taking every opportunity to get outside and soak up these long, sun-filled days. You’ve probably noticed though that the back-to-school ads have already started, which means it’ll pretty soon be time to start gearing up for the new school year.  Best Buy even carries a number of devices that can help you to stay in touch with friends and loved ones, and today we're going to take a look at some of those.


Best back to school picks for your kid's backpack

by Blogger on ‎08-11-2014 10:09 PM - last edited on ‎08-12-2014 08:28 AM by Editor in Chief

back-to-school.jpgThe only thing you can guarantee about summer is that it will fly by and back to school will be upon us all before we know it. This is the year to get a jump on your shopping by scoring some of the best picks for your kid's backpack. 


Back to school: the perfect backup plan

by Blogger on ‎08-05-2014 05:04 PM - last edited on ‎08-08-2014 09:57 AM by Editor in Chief

Preview.jpgWhen you think of data backup plans, you may think of work, business and office solutions. However, home data backup is more important than ever —think of all your digital photos, personal e-mails and music that could disappear if you don’t have them backed up. For students, backup is just as important, if not more so. A crashed hard drive has turned into the new “my dog ate it” when it comes to late assignments, so you don’t want to be faced with trying to convince a teacher or professor that your hard drive did crash and take your essay with it. The idea of a backup is to make recovery as fast and as painless as possible, should you lose your data in any way. Here’s my take on the perfect backup plan.


What’s the best smartphone for students?

by Blogger on ‎08-05-2014 02:03 PM - last edited on ‎08-08-2014 10:00 AM by Editor in Chief

Preview.jpgOne of the rituals of going back to school these days is choosing a new smartphone. I’m going through it myself as my daughter starts high school. Which smartphone is the best for students? The answer depends on many factors, and ultimately everyone is going to come up with a different pick depending on how much importance they put on things like price or app selection. In this post I’ll walk you through factors you should consider and offer a few contenders as the best smartphone for students.


Bed and Bath Essentials for Back to School

by Blogger on ‎08-05-2014 12:25 PM - last edited on ‎08-05-2014 02:38 PM by Editor in Chief

bed-and-bath.jpgIf you’re just starting out in your new place and are tempted to hit your parent’s house for a little ‘shopping’ for your linen closet, you’re in luck, because I’m here to save you from that experience.  With everything available for bed and bath right now, there’s no reason to suffer through hand-me-downs.


Get all set up with the Best Buy back to school contest

by Editor in Chief ‎08-05-2014 10:19 AM - edited ‎08-05-2014 10:50 AM

pinterest-image-en.pngStudents, teachers and parents are beginning to prepare for back to school. Do you know what your back to school list will be like this year?  Our needs change each year, of course. Some of us will be replacing a laptop, others a printer or cellphone.  Here’s a way to get most of the things that will have you set up for success this year. Create a Pinterest board of some of the things you’ll be looking for this year, and you might win one of ten $1000 e-gift cards from Best Buy. Read on for more details:


MacBook overview: a closer look at Apple's MacBook line

by Blogger on ‎08-03-2014 05:26 PM - last edited on ‎08-08-2014 10:08 AM by Editor in Chief

Preview.jpgApple recently updated the MacBook Pro with Retina Display, moving to faster processors, doubling the RAM in base-model configurations and dropping the price of the top-of-the-line 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display. Sounds good, but what does it all mean? How much faster are the new models? What’s the difference between a MacBook Pro, a MacBook Pro with Retina Display and a MacBook Air? Which one should I choose? How do Retina displays compare to the labels I see on Windows laptops, like HD and FHD? I’ll answer all of these questions and more as we explore Apple’s MacBook line of OSX laptops.



Top 10 Essential School Supplies

by Blogger on ‎07-31-2014 06:11 PM - last edited on ‎08-17-2014 09:18 PM by Editor in Chief

school.jpgI’ve always loved school. In fact, throughout my entire pre-university academic career, I was what you would call a teacher’s pet. So much so, that at the end of every summer, while most kids were bemoaning the start of another school year, I was sitting on my bedroom floor, surrounded by new school supplies, getting organized for the first day of class. Yup, I was that girl. But not everyone is as school-supply obsessed as I was. So with September around the corner, here’s a breakdown of the essential supplies your kids will need to make the most out of a new school year. 


Students: how to connect your home network with printers and devices

by Blogger on ‎07-31-2014 02:43 PM - last edited on ‎08-01-2014 10:43 AM by Editor in Chief

Preview.jpgWhen your Wi-Fi network is set up properly and everything’s humming, life is good. But what happens when it’s time for a new router, or when you move out of your parents' house to go to college or university and need to start from scratch with your own Wi-Fi network? Building a new wireless network —complete with printer access and storage— used to be a challenge, but these days you don’t need to be a systems administrator to do it. In fact, most router companies offer plug and play options that make setup and configuration a matter of minutes.


Get in shape for back to school with a wearable fitness device!

by Blogger on ‎07-31-2014 12:46 AM - last edited on ‎04-10-2015 10:31 AM by Editor in Chief

jawbone 2.jpgIt’s going to be a long hard semester and getting fit and staying fit is going to help you stay focused, feel good and most importantly, avoid getting sick. So use this month before school to get fit and stay fit! 


Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review: super thin, but awesome display is the star

by Blogger on ‎07-30-2014 05:27 PM - last edited on ‎07-31-2014 01:20 PM by Editor in Chief

preview.jpgSamsung continues to lead everyone but Apple in worldwide tablet sales and it’s not just the sheer number of different models it offers that’s the reason for that (although Samsung does offer a lot of different tablets). The company keeps upping its game and the Galaxy Tab S models are the latest example of this. Samsung sent me Galaxy Tab S 8.4 to try out and I found a lot to like about the company’s thinnest and lightest tablet. Especially that Super AMOLED display. Read on for my Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review.


Best laptops as chosen by Best Buy’s customers

by Blogger on ‎07-29-2014 03:33 PM - last edited on ‎07-29-2014 05:07 PM by Editor in Chief

Preview.jpgLaptops are a hot product right now as high school, college and university students start preparing for back to school. Best Buy has hundreds to choose from and I’ve already dished on five of my favourites. Now it’s time to leverage the power of Best Buy’s website, through the customer ratings and comments left by people who have bought specific laptops. We’ve combed through the ratings and put together another list of five laptop computers, this time based on your feedback. Without further ado, here are five of the best laptops on the market, as chosen by Best Buy customers.


Prepare for back to school with some brain food - Shelly's Friday Favourites

by Blogger on ‎07-25-2014 11:26 PM - last edited on ‎07-29-2014 09:20 AM by Editor in Chief

finished-brain-bites.JPGI’ve been experimenting with brain food lately, and found a recipe that takes all of those nutrients and combines them into one delicious energy bar. Although they’re chock full of healthy ingredients, they taste almost like a chocolate bar. The local coffee shop sells them and calls them ‘Brain Bites,’ but I just call them delicious.


I whipped up a batch of these little gems today – check out the recipe and my photos for the steps to make them.


Back to school – Don’t leave home without these everyday essentials

by Blogger on ‎07-25-2014 10:31 AM - last edited on ‎07-29-2014 12:28 PM by Editor in Chief

everyday-essentials-for-dorm.jpgIt’s important to break your ‘must haves’ into ‘absolutely pack’ long before you head out the door. For some people the ‘absolutely pack’ includes everything but the kitchen sink, but because I’ve been there and done that, I can definitely share what you can safely leave behind and what is absolutely essential to bring when you’re heading back to school.


The Back-to-School Laptop Dilemma

by Blogger on ‎07-25-2014 10:30 AM - last edited on ‎07-29-2014 04:23 PM by Editor in Chief

laptop.JPGWe're in the the midst of summer, but parents everywhere are thinking about 'back to school' and the numerous tasks that go with it. The long list of what's required can be daunting whether it's new clothes, backpacks, sports equipment or even a new laptop.


Knowing what to look for in a laptop and the terminology used should make the buying decision easier.


Best productivity apps you should have before going back to school

by Blogger on ‎07-25-2014 08:24 AM - last edited on ‎07-25-2014 09:22 AM by Editor in Chief

Productivity preview.jpgHeading back to school in September? Chances are you have a tablet and even if you own a laptop PC as well, I’ll bet you’d rather be carrying the ultra-light tablet to classes than the heavier and bulkier computer. And many students are choosing to go with a tablet exclusively. Whether you’re using the tablet as your primary device or switching back and forth between it and a PC, this list of must-have productivity apps that will ensure you get the most out of your mobile device.


Back to school – Here’s the top 5 small kitchen appliances to take to your dorm

by Blogger on ‎07-21-2014 06:34 PM - last edited on ‎07-22-2014 02:06 PM by Editor in Chief

dorm-room.jpgWhen I first went off to University, I was pretty surprised at what I didn’t know about living away from home. You know all of those ‘little things’ you get used to having in your kitchen? You have to, for the most part, live without them or stock them yourself. And because dorm rooms are shared and you don’t generally have a kitchen right in your suite of rooms, you have to really pick and choose from all of the kitchen essentials you’re used to having.


If you’re squeezed on space and aren’t quite sure what you’ll really miss from your kitchen at home, here are my top 5 picks for kitchen appliances you need to take to your dorm.



In the Dorm: Tablet vs. TV

by Blogger on ‎07-15-2014 10:11 AM - last edited on ‎07-17-2014 12:12 PM by Editor in Chief

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Heading off to college or university is an exciting time. And if you’re planning to live in a dorm room, it means stocking up on all of the gear you’ll need for the shared living space. When it comes to a display device, one wouldn’t even think of a tablet as being a full-on TV replacement. But when you consider that your home base will be such small living quarters, this becomes a real consideration. And there are advantages for each technology when it comes to both productivity and entertainment.


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 entertainment and more

by Blogger on ‎08-15-2013 08:13 AM - last edited on ‎07-17-2014 04:15 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 Regular  Advocator ShelaghM 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.



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