Adonit-Jot-styli-main.jpgNow that Apple is putting out its own Pencil stylus for the iPad, it lends further credence to the idea of using a stylus to write or jot something down. Adonit has built its reputation over the last few years on crafting styli that look good, feel comfortable and perform with aplomb. There are now four different versions available, and they are universal, meaning you can use them on any iOS, Android or Windows tablet.


What you can do to make use of an older tablet

by Blogger ‎10-28-2015 06:43 PM - edited ‎10-28-2015 08:04 PM

Tablets stacked.jpgTablets can be very fun devices to have for everything they do. They don’t necessarily have the same short shelf life smartphones do, but after moving on to a new tablet, there are a number of ways to get more life out of an older one. You could certainly look to sell it, trade it in or hand it down to someone else. Or you could put it to work in some other useful ways.


Options for low cost portable gaming

by Blogger on ‎10-15-2015 11:58 AM

Low Cost Gaming.jpgOne of our readers posted a question in the Plug-in forum, looking for advice on an affordable laptop or tablet for playing Minecraft. Beside showcasing what a great resource the forums are, that question reflects a buying decision that many parents are facing as we head into the holiday season. What options are there for low cost gaming?


What is the best tablet to give to the women in your life?

by Blogger on ‎10-15-2015 04:14 AM - last edited on ‎11-04-2015 01:29 PM by Editor in Chief

woman_ipad.jpegWithout the complication of having to choose data and voice-plans, today's tablets still offer many of the features and benefits of popular smartphones, while having the advantage of larger displays, connected keyboard accessories, and a range of functionality. This makes tablets some of the best gifts for the women in your life.


Get sports info anywhere and everywhere

by Blogger on ‎10-01-2015 11:08 AM - last edited on ‎10-01-2015 11:11 AM by Editor in Chief

BBY_09022015_CELL.jpgThe Toronto Blue Jays may be winning and poised to make things interesting this fall, but sports always kick into high gear with the other major pro leagues getting underway while the leaves fall. Watching the big games or catching up on highlights has never been easier with the unfettered access currently made possible by streaming services and apps delivering the content to mobile devices and streaming TV boxes.


Why would anyone want a super-sized tablet?

by Blogger on ‎09-23-2015 11:34 AM - last edited on ‎09-23-2015 02:47 PM by Editor in Chief

why pick a super-sized tablet.jpgAfter a few years where tablet makers raced to get smaller products such as the Nexus 7 and iPad Mini out the door, these days the industry seems focused on getting bigger. Microsoft has been making waves with the Surface Pro and one of the big announcements Apple made in September was the arrival of a long-rumoured—and very large—iPad Pro. But if the appeal of tablets is their portability, why would anyone want a super-sized version of the device? I’ve had the opportunity use many of these big tablets over the past year or so and I can see why they’re growing in popularity.


BLOK by Logi iPad Case review

by Blogger ‎09-23-2015 07:18 AM - edited ‎09-23-2015 12:51 PM

20150923-DSC00009.jpgLogitech has designed the ultimate protection-first series of iPad cases and shells. Here’s what you need to know about the Shell, Case and Keyboard cases.


Review: Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

by Blogger on ‎09-20-2015 10:07 PM - last edited on ‎09-23-2015 10:29 AM by Editor in Chief

Galaxy-Tab-S2-main.jpgAndroid tablets come in varying sizes from various manufacturers, though not all stand out in the crowd. Samsung has tried to push the notion that an Android tablet can be as refined and powerful as anything the competition has to offer. The Galaxy Tab S2 is the company’s elite tablet, designed to do everything you would expect of such a device. So, how well does it deliver?


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.


Foldable-keyboard.jpgUsing a tablet to get things done doesn’t have to be difficult, so long as the right tools are available to make the job or task easier. Those who have to write a lot, be it for school, work or hobby, likely appreciate the versatility and power of a tablet. With the ideal accessories in place, there are some quality apps to make the writing process more seamless.


Is a tablet as good as a laptop for students?

by Blogger on ‎08-10-2015 01:29 PM - last edited on ‎08-10-2015 02:58 PM by Editor in Chief

Tablet better than laptop for students.jpgThis is a question many parents are bound to be asking as back to school fever ramps up. I’m in a pretty decent position to weigh in on the question. One of my kids spent the previous school year using a laptop in class; another brought a tablet to school every day. Your mileage is going to vary depending on age and courses, but after a full year of using both high tech options I can say that for many students a tablet is definitely just as good as a laptop—even better in some ways—but you need to make sure it’s properly accessorized to make the most of it.


Using Office 365 on your smartphone and tablet

by Blogger on ‎08-04-2015 09:03 PM - last edited on ‎08-24-2015 11:29 AM by Editor in Chief

en-US-Office-Mod-E-OneDrive-Devices-desktop_t.pngAs the crowning jewel of Microsoft's software empire, Office 365, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote, was once exclusive to PCs and Surface tablets. Not anymore. Microsoft recently pushed its Offce productivity suite to various rival smartphone and tablet products and as a result, Office 365 is accessible on more devices than ever before.



Windows 10: how to install Microsoft's new operating system

by Blogger on ‎07-30-2015 04:14 PM - last edited on ‎07-31-2015 06:56 AM by Blogger

windows10-laptop.jpgThe tech world is buzzing these days with Windows 10 excitement. The highly anticipated operating system is full of exciting new features and technology. The new OS manages to be familiar yet fresh and powerful, giving you the flexibility to have it work the way you want it to. Many users have already taken steps to upgrade for free, and are loving the changes. You can upgrade today too, and install Windows 10 on your machine. Don’t worry if you’ve never upgraded an operating system before either. I’ll help you along with this handy guide.


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.


Student tech tips: your mobile device is a mobile scanner

by Blogger on ‎07-23-2015 07:49 AM - last edited on ‎07-23-2015 09:51 AM by Editor in Chief

scanning-documents-03ca31df08.jpgNo one can dispute the convenience and multifunctional nature of today’s mobile devices. Smartphones, phablets and tablets have all the necessary hardware and a wide range of software features to be able to serve as scanners, presentation remotes and efficient extensions of your desktop or notebook.


Review: FiftyThree Paper Pencil stylus for the iPad

by Blogger on ‎07-17-2015 07:29 PM - last edited on ‎10-06-2015 05:16 PM by Editor in Chief

Pencil-main.jpgNot every stylus is the same, and nor does each one serve the same purpose on the iPad. FiftyThree’s Pencil stylus is like a carpenter’s pencil—thicker, with a rectangular form factor that precludes it from rolling away at any given time. With rubberized tips at both ends, Bluetooth connectivity and a fully-featured app, the Pencil is more an artistic tool than a stylus for basic navigation.


Insignia 8-inch Windows 8 tablet review: proof inexpensive tablets keep getting better

by Blogger on ‎07-03-2015 08:42 AM - last edited on ‎07-15-2015 08:50 AM by Editor in Chief

insignia preview.jpgA few years ago, you couldn’t have paid me to switch to a tablet that cost less than $150. However, one of the great things about technology is the trickle down effect and that has changed the tablet game. Just like you can now buy an entry level car with tech that used to be exclusive to premium vehicles–like anti-lock brakes or a Bluetooth capable sound system—many entry level tablets now offer features that used to set the more expensive models apart. I just wrapped up a few days using the Insignia 8-inch Windows 8 tablet and came away impressed. This device is proof that an entry level tablet is more than capable of filling many peoples’ casual tablet needs without spending a fortune.


Grad gifts they will take with them everywhere

by Blogger on ‎06-15-2015 10:35 PM - last edited on ‎06-23-2015 12:21 PM by Editor in Chief


Your kid has finally graduated, is going off into the big wide world, and you're looking for a grad gift that says "I know you, I love you... but I'm not buying you a car." Seriously, here are a few suggestions for graduation gifts that your kid will actually use, and have with them everywhere they go.


Apple products you could use to make the most of the summer

by Blogger ‎06-15-2015 07:40 PM - edited ‎06-16-2015 07:14 AM



Apple doesn’t just make computers and mobile devices, they create entire ecosystems for getting work done, creating projects as well as enjoying audio and video entertainment. Here are some Apple products that can help make the most of the summer.


Take your eBooks everywhere with the free Kobo app

by Blogger on ‎06-12-2015 12:32 PM - last edited on ‎06-23-2015 12:20 PM by Editor in Chief

kobo.JPGBeing ubiquitous has its advantages, and like music, photos and video, it’s just as easy to take a library of your own books wherever you go, too. Kobo has its line of eReaders, but it also has a dedicated app that brings the experience of reading, browsing and downloading new books to a number of devices and platforms. It’s a free app that aims to appeal to those who like to read on their smartphones and tablets.


ZAGG’s new InvisibleShield HD product line is exclusive to Best Buy

by Blogger ‎06-05-2015 11:18 AM - edited ‎06-05-2015 11:20 AM




ZAGG is the leading mobile device accessories company known for their InvisibleShield line of protective screen protectors made from various materials and geared to protect tablets, smartphones and now even wearables. ZAGG’s latest line of InvisibleShield products are available exclusively in Best Buy stores nationwide and on


Keep your better half close using smartphone and tablet video apps

by Blogger ‎05-27-2015 06:17 PM - edited ‎05-29-2015 08:29 AM

bbmvideo.jpegMobile devices have always been focused on personal communication.  First, it was voice calling, then text messaging and then services like BBM (blackBerry Messenger) and chat using various apps. Now we're keeping in touch with video apps on tablets and smartphones.


Review: Kobo Glo HD ideal for day or night

by Blogger on ‎04-30-2015 07:59 PM - last edited on ‎05-01-2015 11:43 AM by Editor in Chief

Kobo-Glo-HD-main.jpgWith tablets being so numerous, the eReader’s role has become more clearly defined as a platform to indulge in not just one book, but as many as you can possibly consume for months at a time. The new Kobo Glo HD is a model made for the bookworm in all of us, offering the opportunity to read under the sun or in the dark without missing a page.


Best Buy Kiosks - Electronic Vending Machines Surprisingly Effective!

by Blogger on ‎04-27-2015 10:14 PM - last edited on ‎06-23-2015 12:08 PM by Editor in Chief


I’ve done a fair bit of traveling already this year, and couldn’t help but notice Best Buy Kiosks in quite a few airports that I ended up in. I never imagined buying electronics out of a vending machine, but actually it is a brilliant idea. Having done hundreds of business trips over the years, I inevitably had occasions where I forgot my headphones or an important cable. I hate arriving at the airport too early so I usually don’t have much time to spare. A kiosk is a perfect solution because it is a quick and secure way to quickly pick up important necessities.


HP Envy x2 13.3 review: a BIG Windows 2-in-1 Laptop

by Blogger on ‎04-26-2015 09:39 AM - last edited on ‎05-04-2015 01:33 PM by Editor in Chief

HP envyx2 review preview.jpgMost consumer tablets have displays in the 8-inch to 10-inch size range. Microsoft tapped the prosumer and professional market when it released the big-screen Surface Pro line of tablets that convert to a PC laptop form factor. HP—one of the world's largest PC manufacturers—offers its own take on that the 2-in-1 convertible laptop form factor. The Envy x2 13.3, a very big Windows tablet with features Surface fans will find familiar, namely a kickstand, digital pen support and a magnetically attached keyboard cover. The approach is familiar, but the Envy x2 is a different beast from the Surface Pro (and new Surface), as I found out during my review period.


Review: Tiggly Geoshapes, Counting iPad Toys

by Blogger on ‎04-22-2015 01:32 PM - last edited on ‎04-23-2015 07:44 AM by Editor in Chief


Kids loving playing with tablets like the iPad. And some of the latest toys, like the Tiggly Geoshapes and Counting toys, interact with apps to make the experience fun and interactive. I, and my 3-year-old son, spent some time with both sets to give our take on them.


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

by Blogger on ‎04-22-2015 06:53 AM - last edited on ‎06-23-2015 12:11 PM by Editor in Chief

surface pro 3 preview.jpgWe live at a time when many people are carrying around multiple devices, often including a smartphone, a tablet and a laptop. If you had to choose just one of those three as your only device, which would it be? I’m going to make the case for choosing a tablet, something I wouldn’t have thought possible a few years ago, but increasingly find myself doing these days.


Surface 3 tablet: Microsoft’s latest ditches RT, embraces Intel and Windows 8.1

by Blogger on ‎03-31-2015 11:20 AM - last edited on ‎03-31-2015 04:53 PM by Editor in Chief

Surface 3 preview.jpgIf you’ve had the opportunity to use Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3, you know there’s a lot to love about the company’s professional tablet. It’s significantly improved over the previous generation with a Type Cover 2 that attaches more securely, a more useful aspect ratio display and improved battery life. The less expensive Surface tablet has been less successful, primarily because people just weren’t enthused about its Windows RT operating system. Microsoft just announced the Surface 3, a replacement for that more affordable RT tablet that incorporates some of the Surface Pro 3’s innovations, switches to Intel processors and runs Windows 8.1.


preview.jpgLogitech is one of the industry leaders when it comes to peripherals, add-ons and accessories. The company sells a lot of gear. So it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that when Logitech sent tablet cases and keyboards to review, a box stuffed full of different examples would show up at the door. Included in the mix were the Keys-To-Go ultra portable keyboard, AnyAngle protective case, Ultrathin Magnetic Keyboard cover and Ultrathin Keyboard Folio. Logitech also covered off multiple devices and provided a bright range of colours. Here’s what I thought of the cases and keyboards.


How to protect your smartphone or tablet like a pro

by Blogger on ‎01-22-2015 03:07 PM - last edited on ‎01-22-2015 03:08 PM by Editor in Chief


Chances are you own a smartphone or a tablet—perhaps both. And if you do, you probably realize that you are carrying a very valuable piece of gear with you. They don’t just give these things away ... You may not realize just how fragile these devices are, but when you think about it they have at least one entire side that’s a sheet of glass and the electronics within are sensitive to dust, moisture and physical shocks. Then there’s the data on your mobile device which often includes digital photos, your web browsing history, e-mail, instant messages and passwords. That thing is a ticking time bomb! However, if you protect your tablet or smartphone like a pro, you can make the most of it on the go—like it was meant to be used— without losing sleep. Here’s how to do it.



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