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.



Preview.jpgWe’re into the second official day of the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show and the new gear just keeps coming, including new wireless routers from D-Link that look as though they’re channeling alien technology. Here’s a round-up of the latest cool PC and mobile products in the CES 2015 spotlight.


A guide to streaming video content on your tablet

by Blogger on ‎12-20-2014 04:00 PM - last edited on ‎12-23-2014 10:34 AM by Editor in Chief

preview.jpgIs there anything a tablet can’t do? Tablets today are extremely versatile. You can use them for video games, taking photos, listening to music, surfing the web—even controlling your home automation. But one of the coolest things you can do with a tablet is turn it into a handheld HDTV. There is a lot of high quality streaming video content available, thought thanks to cross-border media licensing complications finding content is a little more difficult in Canada than it is in the US. To help you out, I’ve put together a list of some great streaming video sources.


Gifts that will help them get the most from their tablet

by Blogger ‎12-18-2014 04:18 PM - edited ‎12-18-2014 04:19 PM

Preview.jpgLike many people who own a tablet, I love mine. I use it every day, often for hours at a time. And just as many of those other tablet fans do, I frequently find the experience can be improved with accessories. Just in time for last-minute holiday shopping, here are some suggestions for gifts that will help those on your list get the most from their tablets.


Connected home: how a tablet can be your smart home hub

by Blogger on ‎11-29-2014 04:40 PM - last edited on ‎12-11-2014 09:53 AM by Editor in Chief

Connected home preview.jpgWe all know that tablets are great multi-purpose devices. They connect to your home Wi-Fi network. The bigger display lets them show more information, making them better than a smartphone for things like reading or web browsing — yet they’re still portable enough to carry around the house with you. They have the power to play video games and the battery life to last all day on a charge. All of these attributes make tablets ideal as the hub of one of the hottest high tech trends: the connected home. Your tablet can do everything else it does, plus offer the connectivity and apps to be your smart home companion.


Protect your tablet and mount it on a wall with Otterbox Agility cases

by Blogger on ‎11-26-2014 03:07 PM - last edited on ‎11-28-2014 12:11 PM by Editor in Chief

otter preview.jpgIs your tablet a big part of your daily routine? If so, you’ll be interested in the Otterbox Agility Tablet System. Available for Apple iPads and coming soon for several Samsung Galaxy models, the Otterbox Agility is designed to put an end to the routine of struggling to pop tablets in and out of different cases for different tasks, propping the devices up in an attempt to get a good viewing angle and even eliminates cable clutter.


Best tablets as rated by Best Buy customers

by Blogger on ‎11-25-2014 04:58 PM - last edited on ‎11-25-2014 05:19 PM by Editor in Chief

tablet-rating.jpgI’ve had my crack at pointing out what I feel are some of the best tablets released in 2014. Now it’s your turn. The Ratings and Comments left by Best Buy customers are a resource that shouldn’t be overlooked when shopping for any product, and I find the feedback is extremely valuable. People think of things or have experiences that I simply don’t encounter during the course of a 1,000 word review and while my time with many review products is measured in days, feedback and ratings can reflect weeks or months spent with new gear. With that intro, here are five of the best tablets being sold today, as rated by Best Buy customers.



The best tablets of 2014

by Blogger ‎11-18-2014 01:40 PM - edited ‎11-18-2014 01:41 PM

preview.jpgI’ve posted a number of articles about tablets in recent weeks. There’s a reason for that: tablets are one of the most popular and sought-after gifts. I have the opportunity for hands-on time with many of these devices throughout the year and if If I can help someone to make an informed choice between the dozens (of not hundreds) of tablets currently available, I’m happy to do so. I’ve already touched on topics like the best tablet for a specific task or top choices within a price range. This time around, it’s my picks for the best tablets of 2014.


preview.jpgNow that the tablet market is maturing, pretty much any of the mainstream devices will offer decent performance. So how do manufacturers distinguish their products from all the rest on the shelves? Going Ultra is one of the best ways to stand out. Ultra thin, ultra fast, ultra big —pushing the boundaries gets attention and these Ultra tablets are worth considering if you’re looking for one that stands out in a crowd.


Tablet gift solutions: how to find the perfect tablet for that special someone

by Blogger on ‎10-31-2014 03:39 PM - last edited on ‎11-05-2014 11:13 AM by Editor in Chief

Preview.jpgBuying a new tablet for yourself is one thing —you know what you like and what you want. But what about buying one for someone else? With the holiday shopping season fast approaching and a new tablet on many wish lists, a lot of people will be trying to figure out how to find the perfect tablet for someone else. I have a few pointers to help you out.



The best tablets for any budget

by Blogger on ‎10-30-2014 10:22 AM - last edited on ‎12-04-2014 03:24 PM by Editor in Chief

BBY_12052014_CS.jpgThere are many different strategies that can be used when picking a tablet. For example, it’s always a good idea to know what you might use the tablet for before choosing one. Often, it just comes down to price and your budget. Today, manufacturers are offering tablets ranging in price from under $100 to over $1,000. The choice can be overwhelming, but I’ll try to make things easier with my pick from each of the most popular price categories.


How to access Wi-Fi from anywhere, using your tablet

by Blogger on ‎10-25-2014 04:04 PM - last edited on ‎10-27-2014 11:18 AM by Editor in Chief

Tablet wi-fi preview.jpgA tablet is a great device for doing just about anything you can imagine —playing video games, surfing the net, seeing what your Facebook friends are up to or watching videos— but many of these activities require an Internet connection. No problem at home, but what happens when you go mobile? How can you keep playing Simpsons:Tapped Out, watching YouTube or checking your News Feed when your tablet is no longer connected to your home network? In this post, I’ll show you how to access Wi-Fi on your tablet, from virtually anywhere.


Tablets: the best choice for whatever you want to do

by Blogger on ‎10-21-2014 10:04 AM - last edited on ‎12-18-2014 04:52 PM by Editor in Chief

tablet preview.jpgTablets are great devices for doing many things. They truly are the embodiment of multi-purpose technology. You can use a tablet to watch videos, play games, read books, surf the web, take photos, listen to music, participate in a video conference or write a report. But there is a huge range of options to choose from and despite the fact that they’re all “multi-purpose” devices, some tablets are better suited from some purposes than others. In this post, I single out tablets that have a reputation for being ideal for different activities.



Tablets: what display size should I choose?

by Blogger on ‎10-13-2014 08:17 AM - last edited on ‎12-18-2014 04:53 PM by Editor in Chief

tablet sizes preview.jpgIt was only a few years ago —2010 to be exact— when choosing which size of tablet display was an exercise in simplicity. You really only had one choice. Apple’s original iPad was released that year, it immediately dominated the category and its display was 9.7-inches. Today, the tablet landscape is much more diverse and display sizes are all over the map. Which size best suits your needs? In this post, I’ll break down five of the most popular display sizes and what they’re best suited for.


kobo preview.jpgIf you are someone who casually reads e-books, then you probably don’t need a device like the Kobo Aura H2O. A smartphone or tablet will likely do just fine. But if you’re someone like me —an avid reader who’s fully committed to digital— then the new Aura H2O is the biggest news since last year’s Kobo Aura HD. I’ve been using Kobo’s latest flagship e-reader and even gone so far as dunking it in a sink full of water. Read on to see just how good this premium e-reader is.


Hands on With iOS 8

by Blogger on ‎09-20-2014 02:44 PM - last edited on ‎09-22-2014 12:40 PM by Editor in Chief

iOS 8 preview.jpgEvery time Apple release a new version of iOS —the mobile operating system that powers the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch (and behind the scenes the Apple TV)— it’s a big deal. On September 17, the company began rolling out iOS 8, what it’s calling “the biggest iOS release ever.” What can you expect from iOS 8? Should you upgrade immediately? Here are my thoughts after I installed iOS 8 on my iPad, as well as using it for a day on a newly arrived iPhone 6.


Sony announces Xperia Z3 flagship smartphone, Xperia Z3 Compact tablet and more

by Blogger on ‎09-04-2014 12:16 PM - last edited on ‎09-04-2014 04:02 PM by Editor in Chief

Sony preview.jpgIFA 2014 was the location for yet more high tech announcements as Sony got in the game. Among the new products from Sony are the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact (billed as the world’s slimmest and lightest compact tablet), new smartphones led by the new Xperia Z3 flagship, a new Android Wear-powered Smartwatch 3 and the SmartBand Talk fitness tracker.


Kobo announces Aura H20, the waterproof e-reader

by Blogger on ‎08-27-2014 04:49 AM - last edited on ‎09-30-2014 01:23 PM by Editor in Chief

Dahlia_Hero_Image_Web_600 Preview.jpgIf there’s one thing better than sitting on the beach, it’s sitting on the beach with a good book. An e-book, preferably. Unfortunately water, sand and e-readers don’t mix and protective cases can be a pain. Kobo has fixed that problem once and for all with the all new Kobo Aura H2O, a waterproof, sandproof and dustproof e-reader.


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.


Review: Lifeproof iPad Mini and iPad Air cases

by Regular  Advocator ShelaghM on ‎08-11-2014 10:09 PM - last edited on ‎11-06-2014 05:39 PM by Editor in Chief

LifeProof nüüd Waterproof iPad Air Case.jpgWhether you have a iPad Air or iPad mini you’ll want to keep it safe. Lifeproof now offers two new covers to protect your Air device.


Both promise to make your iPad and mini iPad waterproof, dirt proof, snow proof and shockproof.  That's a lot of protection. We tested both lines to see what were their differences and whether they delivered on their protection.


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.


Logitech has your iPad tablet covered

by Regular  Advocator ShelaghM ‎07-30-2014 04:24 PM - edited ‎07-30-2014 06:02 PM



You’ve got your new iPad Air or iPad Mini and you’re already inseparable. Unfortunately, the naked iPad doesn’t have much protection. Get it road ready with a new cover from Logitech. This company has developed a well-deserved reputation for their tough and stylish tablet covers offering great protection without adding bulk or weight. Here are some suggestions to help you find your perfect Logitech iPad or iPad mini cover.


How to buy the right Apple computer for school

by Blogger on ‎07-30-2014 01:04 PM - last edited on ‎07-31-2014 12:38 PM by Editor in Chief

Which Apple for school preview.jpgApple computers have played an important role in many people's education for many years. In recent years, that emphasis has grown to include digital offerings like iTunes U —complete university courses offered through an app— and iBook textbooks for the iPad. Despite the advances in providing educationally focused digital content, Apple’s computers remain at the heart of its offerings. With so many choices, how do you know which one is the right choice for you? Should you pick an iPad or a MacPro? I will walk you through the options to help you buy the right Apple computer for your needs this year.  


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.


Hands on With the Surface Pro 3 at the Surface Café

by Blogger on ‎06-25-2014 06:28 PM - last edited on ‎06-26-2014 12:14 PM by Editor in Chief

Surface Pro 3 preview.jpgI recently took the time to visit Microsoft’s first ever Surface Café on Toronto’s Queen Street West. You can read about the session I attended where DC comic book artist (and the guy who currently draws Batman) Francis Manapul showed how Microsoft’s new tablet has become an integral part of his digital workflow. But I wasn’t just at the Surface Café for demonstrations and to see how the Surface Pro 3 went over with an audience largely comprised of creative professionals. This was my chance to get my hands on a Surface Pro 3 to see if it lives up to Microsoft’s claims of being the tablet that can replace your laptop. Here’s what I thought of it.



Microsoft Surface Café in Toronto: The Tablet the Guy Who Draws Batman Uses

by Blogger on ‎06-24-2014 05:36 PM - last edited on ‎06-25-2014 10:32 AM by Editor in Chief

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Last weekend I spent a few hours at the first-ever Microsoft Surface Café. Held at a hip pop-up venue on Toronto’s trendy Queen Street West, the tagline for the event was: “Where creativity comes together.” The workshop I attended on Saturday was headlined by Francis Manapul —the guy who’s currently drawing Batman. He was onstage drawing Batman … and the Joker … using nothing but a Surface Pro 3. If you happen to be in the Montreal area next weekend, Microsoft is opening a Surface Café in that city starting on June 26 and is currently taking applications to attend the creative seminars. If the Toronto version was any indication, there will be some fascinating sessions (along with free coffee and Surface cookies).




Review: ZAGG folio for ipad and ipad mini

by Blogger on ‎06-04-2014 04:43 PM - last edited on ‎06-19-2014 03:45 PM by Editor in Chief

ZAGG preview.jpgNow that Microsoft is offering a version of its ubiquitous Office productivity suite for the iPad, Apple's tablets are even closer to being a device that can be used for getting serious work done. Mouse support and multi-window functionality in a future iOS version would be nice, but with a decent Bluetooth wireless keyboard, an iPad does a pretty good job these days. I took one of the best-known iPad keyboard solutions for a test run and was impressed by just how good the experience can be. The ZAGGkeys Folio not only offers a compelling Bluetooth keyboard, but it mounts it in a clamshell enclosure that transforms the iPad into an ultra-portable laptop. How well does the ZAGGkeys Folio work? I wrote this post (over 1,000 words) using a ZAGGkeys Folio and my iPad Mini with Retina Display and it was virtually as fast as my usual PC-based writing setup.



ZAGG Invisible Shield Glass for iPad reviewed

by Blogger on ‎05-30-2014 07:32 PM - last edited on ‎05-31-2014 09:31 AM by Editor in Chief

Zagg preview.jpgMobile electronics like smartphones and tablets are great, but it doesn’t matter who makes them, they all share one weak spot: the display. That big, bright screen is prone to scratches and with touch operation, it’s a magnet for fingerprints. Annoying as they are, the smudges can at least be cleaned off, but once your display is scratched, it’s scratched. The only real option you have is to replace it —and that is an expensive proposition. The ZAGG Invisible Shield Glass is an ultrathin slab of tempered glass you apply on top of your display for complete protection against scratches and resistance to fingerprints. I tested out versions for the iPad Mini with Retina Display and iPad Air and ZAGG Invisible Shield Glass is now on my must-have list for future device purchases.


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