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.


Samsung unveils Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+

by Blogger on ‎08-14-2015 10:06 AM - last edited on ‎08-24-2015 11:20 AM by Editor in Chief

Galaxy-Note-5.jpgSamsung raised the curtain on its two newest smartphones, the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+, both of which sport large displays. Staying true to their predecessors, they are designed to be premium handsets that don’t diverge very much from each other. The specs are nearly identical between them, though one is flat while the other curves.


5 ways to keep your personal data safe on your smartphone

by Blogger on ‎07-29-2015 01:51 PM - last edited on ‎08-24-2015 11:24 AM 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.


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.


weBoost cell phone signal boosters could help your reception

by Blogger on ‎07-27-2015 07:37 AM - last edited on ‎08-24-2015 11:28 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.


Review: Carson lenses magnify your smartphone’s camera

by Blogger on ‎07-22-2015 01:25 PM - last edited on ‎08-24-2015 11:26 AM by Editor in Chief

micromax-plus.jpgA smartphone camera may be limited by its size, but it doesn’t have to be when accessories can enhance and take things further. Carson makes a number of different magnification products, including lenses for the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy devices that turn them into true macro cameras and microscopes.


Why using a VPN on your smartphone is a good idea

by Blogger on ‎07-09-2015 03:31 PM - last edited on ‎07-17-2015 09:07 AM by Editor in Chief

Smartphone-VPN.jpgWhether you realize it or not, your smartphone keeps tabs on your location almost all the time. That may not be an issue for you under most cases, but if you’re connected to an unfamiliar Wi-Fi network, or you just like flying under the radar, using a VPN (virtual private network) is one way to make that happen.


Why a smartphone is the most important tool for today’s travellers

by Blogger on ‎06-28-2015 06:38 PM - last edited on ‎07-09-2015 10:58 AM by Blogger

Travel-with-smartphone.jpgIf the term “never leave home without it” applied to any one material item or product, it would have to be the smartphone. Some estimates suggest the average user looks at their smartphone screen as many as 1,500 times per week. Travelling without a handset in tow seems to be getting increasingly difficult, simply because of everything it can do. From taking photos at some exotic locale, uploading them to Instagram and messaging friends and family back home, the smartphone is a versatile tool anywhere and everywhere.


Now is the best time to consider your smart phone options

by Blogger on ‎06-19-2015 02:18 PM - last edited on ‎07-03-2015 01:53 PM by Editor in Chief

FS_smartapps.jpgThe code of conduct the CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission) set down for the wireless industry ensures that consumers can cancel their three-year contracts after 24 months without paying a fee, meaning that as of June 3, three-year cell phone contracts are effectively dead. If you signed a contract on June 2, 2013 or earlier, then you are free to renew or go without a contract. You have options to consider now that you’re on your own to decide, and here’s a look at some of them.


Five Apps for Couples

by Blogger on ‎06-18-2015 09:01 AM - last edited on ‎06-19-2015 10:59 AM by Editor in Chief


Having trouble connecting with your honey? Is technology getting in the way of your relationship? Here are five cool smartphone apps speficially deisgned to help couples get to know each other better, improve their communication and get back to being all lovey-dovey.


LifeProof Fre Power aims to keep the lights on and water out

by Blogger on ‎05-29-2015 02:17 PM - last edited on ‎05-29-2015 02:44 PM by Editor in Chief

fre.jpgBattery life is one of those bugaboos that’s always a concern with smartphones, and the iPhone 6 is no exception. Protecting a phone from a nasty fall is another thing altogether, so when a case comes along that can take care of both, it may be worth a look. LifeProof’s pedigree has usually been in making quality waterproof cases, and the Fre Power takes that and adds a large battery to keep the iPhone going double the time.


Review: LG G4

by Blogger on ‎05-28-2015 03:11 PM - last edited on ‎06-04-2015 02:32 PM by Editor in Chief

LG-G4-main.jpgLG has proven that it can manufacture a really good smartphone, much like it already did with devices like the Nexus 5 and G3. Last year’s G3 made considerable improvements on the software side of things, improving the user experience in tangible ways, yet it still didn’t go far enough in standing out from the crowded Android pack. The G4 deviates little from an overall design standpoint, but offers an excellent camera upgrade and simpler software for a compelling contender.


Tips and tricks to help you get the most from Android Lollipop

by Blogger on ‎05-21-2015 04:13 PM - last edited on ‎05-21-2015 04:22 PM by Editor in Chief

BBY_05222015_MOBILE.jpgWhen Google released Android 5.0 Lollipop, it was designed to not only give the mobile operating system a new coat of paint, but also add some neat additions to make usage easier. Eventhough it initially rolled out last fall, many changes have been introduced—it is currently in version 5.1.1; the changes and fixes found in the current version have helped make Android smartphones and tablets easier to use.


Killer apps for your smartphone

by Blogger on ‎05-14-2015 12:53 PM - last edited on ‎05-14-2015 01:04 PM by Editor in Chief

BBY_Cell.jpgWhich smartphone apps do you use most, no matter where you are? Arguably nothing changed the usability of smartphones more than apps. Your music, photos, maps and web browser were in your pocket, along with all your contacts, messages and phone history. The explosion of apps and their sophisticated capabilities have since given rise to the concept of a “killer app.” These are some of the elite that really change how you use or think about your smartphone.


Review: BlackBerry Leap

by coreyherscu ‎05-13-2015 12:15 PM - edited ‎05-13-2015 06:03 PM


BlackBerry isn’t ashamed to promote its latest offering, the Leap smartphone, to anyone who will pay attention. Proudly positioned as a cost-effective, updated version of the Z10, the Leap is targeted at the busy professional who has very specific demands—namely performance and security—from the device they use, without needing the bells and whistles that come with higher-end models.


Cyber safety tips for you and your smartphone

by Blogger on ‎04-27-2015 04:22 PM - last edited on ‎06-26-2015 08:42 AM by Editor in Chief

bby_cybersafety.jpgWhen you think of cybersecurity or cyber safety, are you more likely to think of hackers targeting big corporations or governments rather than your own personal vulnerability. The wide open world of cyberspace is something you regularly interact with every time you browse a website, click a link, post on social media and chat online. But your online risk extends beyond those things because you can leave behind a digital footprint without realizing it, or expose your data in ways you didn’t intend to. This article is part of a series of articles that my Plug-in Blog colleagues and I are publishing over the next few weeks offering helpful tips and information about many topics related to cybersecurity. Today I will explore personal smartphone security.


Smartphone, tablet or laptop? The case for choosing a smartphone as your sole device

by Blogger on ‎04-27-2015 08:23 AM - last edited on ‎05-12-2015 12:17 PM by Editor in Chief

smartphone.jpgIf you had to choose only one device to take with you, be it a smartphone, tablet or laptop, which would you go with? There is perhaps no more personal—or versatile—a device as a smartphone. I would argue that the increasing power, screen size and app selection make it hard not to consider it as the go-to choice above all others.


Tips to help you buy the perfect cell phone for your mom

by Blogger on ‎04-23-2015 11:14 AM - last edited on ‎04-23-2015 11:51 AM by Editor in Chief


I knew it was time to buy my mom a cell phone when I couldn't get a hold of her when I had a question and needed advice. To buy the perfect phone for her, I had to figure out exactly what she would like and dislike in a phone, and as I discovered, it was completely different from what I liked.



Going green with your old phone

by Blogger on ‎04-23-2015 06:58 AM - last edited on ‎04-23-2015 10:19 AM by Editor in Chief

phones-recycle1-lo-res.jpgWe know you’re recycling, composting, goin’ paperless and biking to work when you can (yay!), but we thought we’d share an awesome way you can get mobile with Mother Nature.


Review: HTC One M9

by Blogger on ‎04-21-2015 07:13 AM - last edited on ‎04-21-2015 11:11 AM by Editor in Chief

htc.jpgWhat has been the most attractive Android smartphone for the last two years is back, and the HTC One M9 sticks to the same design principles of its predecessors. The familiarity extends throughout the hardware and software, making this phone an iterative update from last year, rather than a major upgrade. There’s more speed, along with some refinements to HTC’s software overlay and the camera, but there’s no sign of an overhaul here.


BBY_smartphone.jpgIt’s that time of year again. With Mobile World Congress now a month in the rear view mirror, the smartphones that made their debut at the event are finally beginning to find their way into buyers’ hands. If one of those cool new smartphones is in your future, there are a few things you should definitely be thinking about before making a purchase. I’ve put together a checklist of features to consider when purchasing a smartphone to ensure you make the right choice.



Review: Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge

by Blogger on ‎04-09-2015 11:08 AM - last edited on ‎06-23-2015 12:14 PM by Editor in Chief

Galaxy-S6-main.jpgFor the first time, Samsung has split its flagship Galaxy S line into two distinct models. There is the regular flat version following in the footsteps of its predecessors, and the Edge, which curves on both sides for unique functionality. Under the hood, there is little that sets these two apart, so your choice is going to be mostly about which look you prefer.


Samsung Galaxy Note Edge: the curve that led to the Galaxy S6 Edge

by Blogger on ‎03-27-2015 08:40 AM - last edited on ‎05-19-2015 02:07 PM by Editor in Chief

Galaxy Note Edge preview.jpgIf you’re excited about the pending arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge with its curved display, you aren’t alone. But it was only a few months ago that Samsung released the Galaxy Note Edge, the flagship phablet that paved the way for the Galaxy S6 Edge. I spent several weeks putting Samsung’s curved display phablet through its paces. It does take some getting used to, but the curved glass looks great, feels great and bodes well for the Galaxy S6 Edge—which puts that curve on both sides instead of Note Edge’s one.


HTC One M9 ready for pre-order

by Blogger on ‎03-25-2015 06:00 AM - last edited on ‎03-25-2015 09:44 AM by Editor in Chief

HTC One M9 Preview.jpgSamsung’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge stole much of the spotlight at Mobile World Congress 2015, but there was another big Android smartphone reveal that has people talking. HTC unveiled the successor to its popular One M8 flagship smartphone, the HTC One M9. The beautiful aluminum design, BoomSound speakers and everything else that made the One M8 such a great smartphone remain, while the few complaints from users have been addressed in the new model. Now the wait is over, the HTC One M9 is available for pre-order in Best Buy stores as of today.


What is new with Android in 2015?

by Blogger on ‎03-19-2015 11:33 AM - last edited on ‎03-19-2015 12:19 PM by Editor in Chief


Not a fan of the iPhone 6 or iOS 8? Find Windows on a mobile device is a little “meh” and have no use for BlackBerry’s physical QWERTY keyboard on your smartphone? You’re not alone. Google’s Android operating system powers somewhere in the neighbourhood of 85% of all smartphones and it’s closing in on 70% of all tablets. Android fans have a lot to look forward to in 2015. Lollipop is rolling out to more devices, Android 5.1 just made an appearance, Android Wear smartwatches are gaining steam and some pretty amazing looking new Android smartphones made their debut a few weeks ago at Mobile World Congress.


My top 10 travel apps for your spring break vacation

by Best Buy on ‎03-06-2015 05:21 PM - last edited on ‎03-09-2015 03:31 PM by Editor in Chief

Going away for spring break? Whether you're heading down south for some beach bumming, taking the kids to Disneyland, or going on a backpacking adventure through Southeast Asia, a variety of apps can help make your travels easier and more exciting. From currency exchange to preventing jetlag, be sure to check out my top 10 travel apps you can't leave home without.


Mobile World Congress (MWC 2015): The Big Trends

by Blogger on ‎03-05-2015 07:43 PM - last edited on ‎03-09-2015 01:26 PM by Editor in Chief

mwcsmartphone.jpgMarch 5th marked the final day of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. While most of the splashy announcements (like that Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge) took place early in the week, through the rest of the show some definite trends became clear. And given that MWC 2015 is the world’s biggest exhibition of mobile technology, trends there are likely to set the pattern for what we see here in terms of smartphones, tablets, smartwatches and other mobile gear throughout this year.


Mobile World Congress (MWC 2015) day one wrap

by Blogger on ‎03-03-2015 08:47 AM - last edited on ‎03-03-2015 09:31 AM by Editor in Chief

preview.jpgMobile World Congress in Barcelona is the world’s biggest event for mobile technology. Want to know what smartphones will be the “must have” devices this year? Look to the MWC 2015 reveals to find out. Monday was officially the first day of the conference (it runs until March 5), but there were some major media events on Sunday, too. Here’s what you need to know after the first full day of Mobile World Congress.


Samsung makes a big announcement at the World Mobile Conference

by Blogger on ‎03-01-2015 12:30 PM - last edited on ‎03-02-2015 12:30 PM by Editor in Chief


Mobile World Congress officially starts on Monday, but the biggest, most highly anticipated reveal of the show took place at a special Samsung event on Sunday. The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are now official. Here’s what you need to know about Samsung’s two new flagship smartphones.



Preview.jpgDistracted driving has become a big problem now that we all have smartphones. With all your music on your phone, texts coming in nonstop, directions to where you are going right there on your phone display and the occasional voice call coming in, it’s really tempting to pick up that iPhone and look. Don’t do it. Using a hand held device while driving a vehicle is illegal in every province (except Nunavut). And it’s just plain dangerous. However, there is a solution and a pretty elegant one at that. Upgrade your in-car entertainment system with a new Pioneer audio deck and go hands-free!


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