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.


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.


De-Stress With Tech: 8 of My Favourite Ways to Wind Down

by Blogger on ‎07-25-2014 12:03 PM - last edited on ‎07-29-2014 12:42 PM by Editor in Chief

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As important as technology is in helping us do our jobs, complete school assignments, and communicate with others, we all need to take a step back and relax once in a while. And yes, you can still use technology to do this. Here, you'll find some of my favourite ways to do so.


Galaxy Tab S: Samsung’s thinnest tablet boasts a revolutionary visual experience

by Blogger on ‎06-17-2014 12:53 PM - last edited on ‎06-25-2014 10:29 AM by Editor in Chief

Galaxy S preview.jpgTwo of the factors driving the premium tablet market today are thinness and display quality. A thinner tablet not only looks sleeker, it’s lighter than others in its class making it easier to hold and to carry. Display quality is a no-brainer (who doesn’t want a better display?) but to this point, most of the competition has been in pixel count. Samsung has been a leader on both fronts but at a recent media event, the company introduced its thinnest tablet ever, the Galaxy Tab S. Besides its credentials as the sveltest tablet out there (yes, it’s even thinner than anything coming out of Cupertino), Samsung has seriously upped the visual ante by incorporating a Super AMOLED display. Pre-order yours today!



CES 2014: Samsung Wants to Take Over Your House With Smart Home

by Blogger on ‎01-06-2014 03:31 PM - last edited on ‎01-07-2014 11:20 AM by Editor in Chief

Samsung-Smart-home.jpgThe connected home and home automation are already proving to be major themes of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show—CES 2014. One of the pre-announcements released on Sunday was Belkin’s expanded line-up of WeMo connection options. Samsung is taking the connected home a big step further with its new Smart Home initiative, announced as part of CES 2014. The consumer electronics giant is already a major presence in many of the components involved in home automation, including smartphones, tablets, PCs, Smart TVs, wearable technology, LED lighting and air conditioning. The company has also been working on health and lifestyle apps for its mobile devices. With Smart Home, Samsung is using all of its expertise to build a platform —a single method for connecting, communicating and controlling home services, with support being extended to third party partners.


Using your Android tablet as a comic book reader

by Blogger on ‎11-30-2013 09:32 AM - last edited on ‎12-06-2013 09:04 AM by Editor in Chief

digital comics preview.jpgIf you happen to be a fan of comic books –and judging from the number of superhero movies tearing up the box office in the past decade, that covers a lot of people— you can turn your Android tablet into the ultimate mobile comic book reader, library and storefront. The big, high resolution display of a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, Sony Xperia Tablet Z or a new Kobo Arc 10 make comics come to life in brilliant colour and detail. You can carry literally thousands of titles around with you, buy new ones on demand (even at 3am on a Sunday if you need your Hulk fix) and unlike the dead tree, paper versions, no matter how many times you read a digital comic book, it remains in mint condition. Even if you eat pizza while doing so! Advantage digital.



A New Experience from Samsung now at Best Buy!

by Blogger on ‎11-15-2013 12:07 AM - last edited on ‎11-15-2013 11:16 AM by Editor in Chief

Samsung_Experience_Front_Splash.jpgThe Samsung Experience is a new integration in many Best Buy locations nationwide.  From the large TVs that adorn the massive lit wall to the ability to pick out and test out a new cell phone, laptop or tablet, this store-within-a-store makes identifying, and shopping for your favourite Samsung products that much easier.  Come take a look at the new Samsung Experience, now available in almost 20 different locations across Canada.


Logitech's ultrathin keyboard folio for Samsung Tab 3

by Regular  Advocator ShelaghM on ‎11-01-2013 08:00 AM - last edited on ‎02-27-2014 05:22 PM by Editor in Chief

Ultrathin Keyboard Folio-Stand.jpgThe Samsung Galaxy tablet as arrived with its own line of Logitech accessories.


Logitech's new collection includes the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio for Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 and three cases: Logitech Folio Protective Case for Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, 8.0 and 7.0. 


I tested the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio S310 and found it offers great protection for your Samsung device and the keyboard is very responsive, fluid and  able to keep pace with my quick fingers


Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T built for the mobile professional

by Regular  Advocator ShelaghM ‎07-23-2013 11:56 AM - edited ‎07-23-2013 11:59 AM

ATIV Smart PC Pro-Keyboard.jpgThe Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T is geared towards the mobile professional looking for the power of a notebook with the convenience of a Tablet.




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.



The Galaxy Note 8.0: What Mom Really Wants

by Blogger on ‎05-10-2013 11:56 AM - last edited on ‎12-17-2013 04:23 PM by Editor in Chief

Be cool, be organized


My mom is pretty cool and likes to be up on the latest devices. But more importantly, she likes to be organized. And now that she’s a grandmother of three, life is full of so many important events and memorable moments that she’ll love the S Planner to help her keep track of birthdays, events and appointments. She can even handwrite notes directly in her calendar, or scribble her thoughts down with the natural feel of a pen.


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Celebrate Earth day by recycling your computer

by Regular  Advocator ShelaghM ‎04-22-2013 01:54 PM - edited ‎06-06-2013 12:10 PM

Recycle_Computer_Earth_Day.jpgGo green and celebrate Earth Day by properly recycling your computer and other electronic devices. You'll be helping to keep toxic waste out of our soil, air and water. Find out how to donate your computer and put it to good use to raise funds for charities. June 2013 update on provincial recycling facilities.



Announcing the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

by Blogger on ‎03-12-2013 06:54 AM - last edited on ‎03-12-2013 09:36 AM by Blogger

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0With the success of smaller tablets like Apple’s iPad Mini and the Google Nexus 7, it was only a matter of time before Samsung brought out a new model to take on the competition. Positioned between it’s Galaxy Note 2 “phablet” and the full-sized Galaxy Note 10.1, the new Galaxy Note 8.0 is coming soon to Best Buy stores. Featuring the innovative S Pen, a range of built-in apps including Peel’s “Smart Remote” for TV control and running Android 4.1 (Jellybean), the Galaxy Note 8.0 is bound to heat up the battle in the hot, 8-inch tablet market.



Laptop or Tablet? Convertible or Hybrid? Learn the Lingo of 2013

by Regular  Advocator ShelaghM on ‎02-07-2013 09:21 PM - last edited on ‎02-20-2014 04:41 PM by Editor in Chief

sony vaio 15a new.jpgThe term laptop used to mean a small portable computer but nowadays laptop really means a class of computers.


Before you decide which “laptop” is right for you, learn some laptop lingo.


Samsung Galaxy Note II or the S III or the Tab 2? Which One is Right for You?

by TechLinz on ‎10-30-2012 04:51 PM - last edited on ‎10-31-2012 12:30 PM by Blogger

samsung note 2.jpgToday, a behemoth was reborn. The Samsung Note II is the newest contender in the mobile device world and it is making waves. The Note II is the result of a marriage between a smartphone and a tablet. As of late, Samsung has been developing products that are legitimate contenders to other dominant mobile device manufacturers (cough, cough…Apple). Let’s take a moment to compare the two.


The Note II

I’ll start off with the big boy. The Note II’s sheer size is its defining characteristic. With a 5.5 inch screen, even a person suffering from the most extreme case of sausage fingers will find this phone a little on the large side. Despite this, there are some definite benefits to having a phone this size. Since it gives you all the functionality of a tablet with the portability of a cell phone, you get the best of both worlds.


Turn That Tablet into Family Fun this Thanksgiving

by TechLinz on ‎10-07-2012 10:35 AM - last edited on ‎10-17-2012 01:35 PM by Blogger

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If you’re looking for something to pull you out of that turkey coma after Thanksgiving dinner this yeawhy not bring out that tablet for some family fun.  Whether an Andriod or Apple user, hundreds of Apps are at your fingertips breathing new life into classic board games, bringing them alive digitally. 


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 Blogger

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?


Celebrate Hot Dog and Ice Cream Month – Crazy But True!

by TechLinz on ‎07-23-2012 08:13 AM - last edited on ‎02-19-2013 03:56 PM by Regular Member

hotdog appsBelieve it or not, someone in this wonderful world of ours has decided to deem July as Hot Dog month, more specifically July 23rd is Hot Dog Day.  I for one am a big fan of summer afternoons spent with a hot dog or two, or three. I’ve decided to support and National Hot Dog Month and Day this year with a list of must have hot dog Apps. 


Must Have Camping Apps

by TechLinz on ‎07-18-2012 10:01 AM - last edited on ‎03-14-2013 04:20 PM by Blogger

Camping AppsMany would argue that when camping, you must leave technology behind you. But, I say…why deny yourself of the things that bring you pleasure? I just returned from a weeklong camping trip. And while I disconnected for the most part, you could still catch me soaking up the rays by the lake while I was checking my Samsung Galaxy SIII from time to time. Last summer I tried a weekend away at a campsite with friends without my tablet and smartphone and felt naked the entire time.  One can commune with nature and appreciate its simplicity and beauty with their smartphone in hand – trust me I’ve proven it.




Mouthwatering BBQ Apps for Android

by TechLinz on ‎05-16-2012 02:17 PM - last edited on ‎03-14-2013 04:22 PM by Blogger

Screen Shot 2012-05-15 at 2.24.16 PM.pngThere’s nothing more mouthwatering then the savory smells from your neighbour’s BBQ.  Those smoky aromas wafting over into your yard are usually all it takes for you to dust off your own BBQ and spark up the grill. Sadly for those of us whose grilling skills are not at par, our neighbour’s cuisine seems just that much more delectable.  What we hope to be a delicious dish can easily become a charred, tough piece of meat that ends up smoking out everyone on the block. Humph.


Android App Store Get’s a Facelift

by TechLinz on ‎04-30-2012 05:30 PM - last edited on ‎03-14-2013 04:32 PM by Blogger

Screen Shot 2012-04-30 at 5.30.02 PM.pngIt’s a good time to be an Android user!  If you’re a current Android user, or contemplating the benefits of switching to a mobile device that is supported by Android, take a look at the new Google Play menu option on the Google homepage.


Tech Necessities for Any Tourist

by Blogger on ‎03-25-2012 05:36 PM - last edited on ‎09-14-2012 02:38 PM by Blogger

sambor luggage.jpgTravelling always has its’ ups and downs, but Best Buy is the one stop shop to ease your stress and help your trip go off without a hitch!


Never Too Early to Start Learning: 5 Toddler Apps for Android

by TechLinz on ‎02-20-2012 02:20 PM - last edited on ‎03-14-2013 04:53 PM by Blogger

Screen Shot 2012-02-14 at 2.24.36 PM.pngWith the launch of Samsungs new line of smartphones the Android Apps are gaining more and more popularity. The Android platform and the Samsung phones have proven to be a device loved and used by all demographics. Some of the most popular Apps being downloaded on the Android system are for toddlers. 


The Samsung Smart Evolution

by Community Manager (Retired) on ‎01-10-2012 02:10 PM - last edited on ‎07-10-2012 01:35 PM by Blogger

samsing-series-9-ultrabook.jpgCheck out the second part of our Samsung coverage with the unveiling of the 2nd generation Samsung Series 9 Notebook, the Samsung Galaxy Note and a few other cool products on the way. Interaction between devices is going to be big in 2012.


Which Tablet Should You Buy?

by jillianTBD on ‎11-27-2011 10:55 PM - last edited on ‎02-19-2013 04:06 PM by Regular Member

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Whether you are staring at a holiday wish list made by a loved one or contemplating a little something special for yourself, there are plenty of reasons to be shopping for a tablet this season.  So now for the hard part: which tablet should you buy?


Having worked in the computer industry for more years than I care to admit, my advice has been sought a time or two.  Being one that always recommends the right tool for the job, my answer always comes in the form of a question.  What will the device be used for? 



Slates vs. Tablets: Are they the same thing?

by TechLinz on ‎02-28-2011 08:44 AM - last edited on ‎07-10-2012 04:11 PM by Blogger

Tablet Slate

What happens when a laptop and a tablet have a few too many drinks and go home together?  Nine months later you have the slate. Ok, that’s not exactly how they’re made, but it gives you a general idea of what a slate looks like :smileywink:


Apps Stats: Interesting tid-bits on Android & iPhone

by TechLinz on ‎09-13-2010 11:23 AM - last edited on ‎03-14-2013 04:52 PM by Blogger





Mobile applications has been around forever, however prior to the release of the iPhone, apps on your wireless device were more like mobile web pages. Today, apps are media rich with multi-sensory capabilities. There is no doubt that they are taking the world by storm. Whether we are playing games, banking online, or keeping up to speed with friends on facebook; many of our daily activities are happening via mobile devices. To demonstrate, just how popular "mobile living" is becoming, let's take a look at some of the stats.


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