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Toshiba glasses-free 3D Qosimo F750 laptop

One thing we weren’t expecting to see at Fan Expo this year was new laptop technology. While game franchises have become a major part of conventions in the past few years, with the convergence of geek culture, it’s usually a matter of game titles, not the hardware underneath it. So when we came across the Toshiba booth, which had their new Qosimo glasses-free 3D laptop on display, we had to take a look.

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Rocksmith Overview at Fan Expo 2011

Ubisoft had quite a bit going on at Fan Expo in Toronto this year.  One of the upcoming titles that caught our eye was Rocksmith, which puts a new spin on the rhythm guitar game.  It’s specfically designed to work with any electric guitar, which plugs into your Xbox 360, PS3 or PC via a USB adapter, and uses the chords you strum to keep track. In the video above, you can catch Ryan’s talk with Adam from Ubisoft, who also demos the game using an Epiphone Les Paul plugged in…

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Samsung Galaxy S II photo preview

Over the past few days, Alex has had his hands on the latest and greatest Android phone from Samsung, the Galaxy S II. There’s some things we can’t say about it at the moment, but by all metrics, it certainly appears to be ushering in the next generation of powerhouse smartphones. At a 3rd of an inch thick, the SGS II is both thin and light, while sporting a 4.3″ Super AMOLED+ screen and a lot of power under the hood, driven by a 1.2Ghz dual core processor.

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LG Optimus Pad impresses in hands on video

The LG Optimus Pad is the latest in a long line up of Android 3.0 tablets hitting store shelves these days (in the US it’s known as the G-Slate on T-Mobile), but LG has made an effort to differentiate itself from the pack, by offering a slightly different form factor.  Currently there’s no WiFi only model available in Canada, but I hope LG rectifies that soon, as it does offer a unique experience.  You may be asking “But it’s Android’s Honeycomb, it’s all the same, right?”.  You’d be right, but not all…

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Virgin Mobile HTC Incredible S hands-on video including Bell Mobile TV app

At the beginning of April both Virgin Mobile and Bell Mobility released the HTC Incredible S Android smartphone, and HTC was kind enough to send us the Virgin version to review. You can check out our in-depth video look at the phone below.

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ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101 hands-on

Although the Eee Pad Transformer is a difficult tablet to come by, what with it being back ordered just about everywhere, Alex managed to get some hands on time with it recently. In particular, he takes a good look at how the optional keyboard/battery attachment works, which brings Honeycomb dangerously close to netbook territory.

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Motorola XOOM hands-on video, now available at Telus

On April 7th Motorola announced that the XOOM Android 3.0 tablet was available in Canada. Future Shop had jumped the gun a bit and started selling them the day before so instead of waiting for a review unit to be sent, I rushed out to buy it right away. I had hoped that I would be able to get some hands-on videos posted soon after. Sadly, due to Real Life™ this was not to be.

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Bell and Virgin Mobile release the HTC Incredible S and Bell updates Mobile TV

The HTC Incredible S is now available on both Bell and Virgin Mobile. This Android smartphone, the latest from HTC, was first shown at this year’s Mobile World Conference, on Feb 15th. It is incredible, then, that it came out in Canada so quickly. We usually have to wait at least 2 to 3 months for the latest phones to get here from the US and Europe.

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Xperia Play and Arc hands on (video)

After months of leaked prototypes and endless speculation on the name, Sony Ericsson finally unveiled their gaming smartphone earlier this year with the Xperia Play. Both the Play and the more traditional slate style Xperia Arc will be coming to Rogers this spring. The two devices, while sharing much in the way of innards, are definitely aimed at different mobile market segments.

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Windows Phone 7 sputters into Canada

Though the title seems damning, it isn’t a judgement on the OS itself, but of the seeming lack of availability of Windows Phone 7 handsets on it’s North American launch day.  Last week we reported Telus being the first to pull the trigger on pricing for Windows Phone 7 devices, and with launch day coming to a close, it appears they’re the carrier that made the biggest deal of the launch.he first 100 people to the Telus store in Toronto’s Eaton Centre also got a free Xbox 360 Slim 4GB…

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Rogers Samsung Focus: Hands On Video

When Windows Phone 7 launches in North America in early November, Rogers will be carrying the Samsung Focus, which is the thinnest of the launch devices.  The Focus is very much in the styling of Samsung’s Galaxy S Android phones, including the absolutely stunning 4 inch Super AMOLED screen.  One of the other traits the Focus carries over from the Galaxy S line is the light, plastic body. 

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Bell Samsung Galaxy Tab: Hands On Video

Although no official launch dates are announced, the Samsung Galaxy Tab is set to appear on both Rogers and Bell here in Canada, probably by the end of November.  We had a chance to get our hands on one, and came away suitably impressed. The Android based tablet, seen as the second mainstream device in the tablet behind the iPad, sports a 7 inch 1024×600 display using Samsung’s Super LCD screen technology, making it about half the size of the iPad.  Unlike the silver back of the European version, Samsung…

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