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RENO & DECOR - August/September 2019

RENO & DECOR – Aug/Sep2019

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RENO & DECOR – Aug/Sep2019

Launched in 1990, R&D is Canada’s Home Idea Book, inspiring readers with the latest decorating/renovating tips and trends.

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Product Showcase: Home Furnishings

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Home Furnishings

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Home Furnishings

INSPIRED COLLABORATION

The SYMFONISK collection by Ikea just came on the market on Aug. 1. SYMFONISK is a collaboration between Ikea and Sonos, inspired by Ikea’s knowledge in home furnishings and Sono’s in-depth knowledge of audio. This has created new ways of blending sound into the home. The product line includes a shelf speaker (shown here) and a table lamp.

IKEA CANADA

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MID-CENTURY-INSPIRED

At Shelter Furniture they never put out a design just to appeal to a wider audience. They recognize their client’s individuality and are sensitive to the space the buyer envisions for their home. The Jackson chair is an example of a classic design created by Shelter and inspired by mid-century design that is ideal for any decor.

SHELTER FURNITURE

FUNCTIONAL, CONTEMPORARY & AFFORDABLE

The Chesterfield Shop, in business since 1948, has five convenient locations in North York, Scarborough, Newmarket, Mississauga and midtown Toronto. With a huge selection of contemporary leather and fabric seating, The Chesterfield Shop specializes in sofa beds, which are ideal for smaller spaces in need of functionality. Available in multiple sizes, shapes and designs, with a great choice of mattress options and upgraded mechanisms, The Chesterfield Shop’s sofa beds are always comfortable for both sitting and sleeping.

THE CHESTERFIELD SHOP

HUNDREDS OF TOP-GRAIN LEATHER OPTIONS

The Gallin Stationary Chair has hundreds of top-grain leather options. It comes with Spring Down-Cushions, an eight-way hand tie seat construction and a tight button back. Take a ride and visit Canada’s largest leather showroom… It’s worth the drive to Acton.

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Kings Landing

Kings Landing offers luxury condominiums in Port Perry

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Kings Landing offers luxury condominiums in Port Perry

Construction is set to begin on the long-awaited condominiums at Kings Landing. Located in the heart of Port Perry, this captivating development is surrounded by natural landscapes and a wide range of amenities. Within walking distance of all that this area has to offer, this is small-town living at its finest.

Comprehensive community

At Kings Landing, spacious one-, two- and three-bedroom suites offer comfort and style. Impressive layouts feature both indoor, and outdoor, lounge areas with scenic views. Suites range from 809 to 2,000 square feet, and prices start from the low 500,000’s.

All the creature comforts and conveniences have been carefully considered at Kings Landing, including an indoor pool, and an athletic centre with a yoga studio. In addition, residents have exclusive use of a private dining room, party rooms, gazebos, lounges and picturesque, onsite walking trails. Also at Kings Landing, homeowners can access tennis and pickle ball courts, as well as landscaped gardens and nearby shops.

Prime location

Port Perry is approximately one hour from Toronto. Living here offers easy access to Highway 407, the Port Perry GO bus, and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. This charming town is a go-to destination for locals and visitors, alike. Poke about the funky shops along the main street, and then stop for lunch at The Piano Cafe, Pickles & Olives Bistro, Luke’s Country Store or The Wee Tartan Shop. Or, pack a picnic to enjoy down by the lake.

Fronting Lake Scugog, water-related activities include rowing, boating, scuba diving, swimming and fishing. Along the lake are Palmer Park and Joe Fowler Memorial Park, with open spaces, family fun areas, a bandstand and a boardwalk. Come winter, Lake Scugog is dotted with ice fishing huts and outdoor skating rinks.

Port Perry High School and S.A Cawker Public School are both within walking distance of Kings Landing. Also nearby, is the Scugog Memorial Public Library, the Scugog Community Recreation Centre, the Port Perry Marina, and the local theatre – Town Hall 1873.

The best of the best

Living in Port Perry offers the best of all worlds. Here, you’re far enough away from the chaos of a larger urban centre, but close enough to take advantage of its entertainment riches, with easy access to major thoroughfares and public transit. In town, Port Perry is a sought-after location due to its waterfront location, as well its thriving downtown core.

It’s because of these cherished attributes, that Kings Landing was designed to complement the historic and natural surroundings. Each suite layout offers the homeowner an atmosphere of luxury and tranquility, and includes fine features and finishes. With construction on this highly anticipated community just around the corner, now is the time to explore this lakeside living opportunity.

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The Hoover project – a peek inside a luxury home

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The Hoover project – a peek inside a luxury home

Unique to Lifestyles by Barons is the Tour of Homes program that showcases a client’s recently renovated luxury home to prospective clients each year. This is a chance to experience first-hand the quality and latest in home design. The tour illustrates the trusted relationship formed with each client as they proudly exhibit their new breathtaking dream home to the viewing public, highlighting design, craftsmanship and quality of materials.

Toured homes are typically full-home projects that demonstrate a variety of different spaces, which include: Gourmet kitchens, serveries, great rooms, elegant home theatres, spa bathrooms, dressing rooms, exterior living and more. When making one of the biggest investments for your home, it is crucial that you trust the design-build firm to deliver your dream home. The Tour of Homes program offers full transparency and displays the trust and commitment that they have with their clients every step of the way.

The most recent Tour of Homes was the Hoover project. Here are a few highlights and key design elements that transitioned this “builder grade” home to a truly unique custom home.

An escape in your own home – the Master Wing

In a world where it is ever increasingly hard to disconnect, we seek to retreat, to the comfort of our own home. A dark and depressing loft bedroom was transformed into the master wing at the Hoover project, delivering a peaceful sanctuary for the homeowner. This space features a multitude of design elements such as: Master lounge with soundproofing to block the world out, a dressing room to prepare for the challenges of the day, master bedroom complemented with vaulted ceilings and skylights to let natural light in, a balcony that seamlessly integrates the exterior with the comfort with the interior, and finally a spa bathroom experience.

Relaxation and comfort should be integrated into daily life and not reserved just for weekends. The master wing of the Hoover project allows the homeowner to take refuge in their own space. To maximize relaxation, the spa bathroom offers a multitude of features including: Steam shower with chromatherapy, steam therapy, sound therapy, aroma therapy, and heated natural pebble flooring to truly immerse the user. In short, taking a shower has now been transformed into an experience like no other, being able to see, smell, hear and feel the ocean right in your home. The master wing design offers a truly breathtaking experience to prepare you for, or to relieve you from your daily challenges.

Seamless luxury and functional open-concept design

Esthetics should never be compromised when delivering functionality. The Hoover project displays a multitude of design features that integrate both functionality and beauty.

Highlights of the gourmet kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home and often the space where you spend most of your time. The Hoover gourmet kitchen has been outfitted with an extensive and bright window package impeccably uniting the interior with the outdoors. This space is supported with an English pantry that provides more capacity than the entire kitchen combined, which allows more guests to mingle in the space without feeling confined with clutter. The open-concept design of the kitchen flows smoothly to the Great Room and the servery with no walls or barriers that would confine your guests and family.

We continue this journey as the open-concept design transitions to the basement and offers a fully functional space that includes a bar, home theatre, and billiards. All of which maintain the same quality of materials, style, and craftsmanship as the rest of the home.

The Lifestyles by Barons team

Lifestyles by Barons is a full build and design company in operation since 1993, offering start-to-finish turnkey solutions for people looking to renovate part of their home or build a new custom home. Services include: Design concept renderings, permit acquisition, construction and management, furnishings and home decor. The company serves the GTA west, including Etobicoke, Burlington, Oakville, Hamilton, Mississauga, Caledon and surrounding areas. Lifestyles by Barons has been proudly and independently named one of three Best Design-Build Companies out of 1,450 Companies in 2018 by BILD and RenoMark, with top ratings from the Better Business Bureau, and a flawless 26 year record of client care.


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The WOW Factor: Like a Brick, House

The WOW Factor: Like a Brick, House

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The WOW Factor: Like a Brick, House

Illustration: Brett Lamb

Fred Feyen of Feyen Construction in Chatham, Ont., shares this weighty story.

While doing some interior renovations at a client’s home a few years back, I noticed a significant sag in the centre of the garage roof. My curiosity got the best of me so I grabbed a ladder, lifted the attic access lid, and got the shock of my life. Sitting on three trusses in the centre of the attic was a pallet of 300 bricks weighing about 2,000 lbs.

Apparently the previous owner built an addition years’ earlier and decided to save the extra bricks, storing them right in the middle of the garage attic, pulling the trusses down. To top it off, there was a beautiful sports car sitting in the garage right underneath the bricks.

The solution was an easy fix: His two teenage sons were recruited to remove the bricks immediately.

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What’s the worst thing you’ve ever stumbled upon? And how did you fix it? Take a load off and share your scary story with us. You could win a great prize, like this DeWalt 20V Atomic Drill/Impact Driver Kit worth $299.

E-MAIL your tips to allan@renocontractor.ca

SNAIL MAIL us at: Wow Factor!, c/o Renovation Contractor, 37 Sandiford Dr., Suite 404, Stouffville ON L4A 3Z2


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Product Showcase: Paint

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Paint

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Paint

IN LIVING COLOUR

Here’s a very simple way to use Chalk Paint in English Yellow in your home! Jelena Pticek, former Annie Sloan Painter in Residence and now a Toronto Stockist at Poppyseed Creative Living, let yellow do the talking and styled this sweet dresser with her unique collection of retro kitsch props to add interest. See page 16 in Home Finds for a step-by-step guide to using the paint.

CHALK PAINT by Annie Sloan

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE

Natura paint by Beauti-Tone offers outstanding performance, exceptional value and it’s environmentally responsible. Available in flat, eggshell and pearl, it is 100 per cent acrylic and has virtually no odour, is mildew-resistant and it’s a paint and primer in one. So, pull out your painting paraphernalia and clear your conscience, paint that kitchen or bath, or any room in your home including a baby’s nursery. Natura is simply the perfectly responsible paint.

BEAUTI-TONE PAINTS

IT TAKES A VILLAGE

For enduring beauty, this Benjamin Moore Arborcoat waterproof exterior stain is paint like no other. It preserves decking, fencing and siding in a range of opacities and colours. Stop by Village Paint & Wallpaper at 4949 Dundas W. in Etobicoke, or visit the website.

VILLAGE PAINT

BEHR MARQUEE INTERIOR EGGSHELL ENAMEL

MARQUEE is Behr’s most advanced paint and primer ever, delivering exceptional hide and stain resistance plus highperformance one-coat hide in more than 1,000 interior colours and over 800 exterior colours. Its unique formulation saves you time and energy to quickly finish a project in just one coat, plus it offers excellent durability and mildew resistance.

BEHR PAINTS

THE SMART WAY TO A BEAUTIFUL HOME

Spray-Net is the new way to paint your home. With their patented technology, they formulate a custom coating for brick, stucco, siding, front and garage doors, and window frames. Spray-Net engineers a unique paint for each surface and every painting condition. Don’t settle for conventional painting. Choose the next generation — the smart way to a beautiful home.

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Briar Hill

Briar Hill is where everyday feels like a getaway

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Briar Hill is where everyday feels like a getaway

The vibrant, active adult community of Briar Hill defines the true meaning of resort-style living. With an extensive range of amenities, it’s time to experience the lifestyle that you deserve.

Fully established, and located in New Tecumseth, this award-winning community satisfies the desires of energetic homeowners who are looking for an all-encompassing lifestyle to help keep them active, healthy and happy.

Amenity-rich lifestyle

Situated adjacent to the Nottawasaga Resort, Briar Hill homeowners can take full advantage of a comprehensive list of activities that rival any all-inclusive vacation destination.

New residents are offered a one-year golf membership to the resort’s two award-winning golf courses. The resort also offers plenty of fitness opportunities within their 70,000-square-foot fitness club, including a fully equipped gym, an indoor pool with a sauna and a whirlpool, indoor racquetball courts and massage therapy, as well as an outdoor pool and six kilometres of walking trails. An on-site arena, with two NHL-size hockey rinks, hosts organized leagues throughout the year. The resort also features a lounge and two inviting restaurants that range from casual to gourmet – perfect for an evening out or entertaining guests.

Within the Briar Hill community, the bustling 16,000-square-foot community centre is a social hub where homeowners can participate in daily events, enjoy a game of billiards or shuffleboard, or simply relax in the sunshine on the beautiful garden patio.

New release of homesites

Now is the perfect time to join the Briar Hill community, as they recently unveiled a new phase. New home buyers can choose from a wide selection of home styles, which include fully detached homes, semi-detached bungalows, bungalows with lofts and townhomes. Prices start in the mid $400,000s for beautifully designed and well-crafted homes that boast open-concept floorplans, as well as superior features and finishes. At Briar Hill, luxury is standard and many elements that are often considered premium upgrades, such as granite kitchen countertops, oak stairs and railing systems, are included in the home price.

The newest Hillside release is highlighted by stunning views of the rolling countryside and the Nottawasaga Valley. Choose from walkout elevations that lead to a private patio, or enjoy outstanding sightlines from a raised deck. There’s no need to worry about lawn care, exterior upkeep, window cleaning or the maintenance of common areas, as all of this is looked after, and included, in the low monthly maintenance fee.

The charming town of Alliston is within minutes of Briar Hill and offers a wealth of local amenities, as well as health and medical services, including a hospital. Located just 15 minutes from Highway 400, off of Highway 89, homeowners have easy access to the GTA and to cottage country.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Open daily, the Briar Hill Sales Office is located at 1A Briar Gate Way in Alliston.

705.435.5503

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The Harbour Club

The Harbour Club has resort-style living in Port Dalhousie

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The Harbour Club has resort-style living in Port Dalhousie

What’s old is new again at the one-of-a-kind loft conversion project – The Harbour Club in Port Dalhousie. An iconic building, which was once a factory throughout the 1900s, is being transformed into condo lofts.

Historical delineation

As part of the fabric of this community, this out-dated structure will be given new life. It once housed the Maple Leaf Rubber Co., until Lincoln Fabrics assumed ownership in 1955 and operated until 2017. “There is an undeniable mystique within these heritage walls that is about to be unveiled at last,” says Sheldon D. Rosen, president, Port Dalhousie Harbour Club. “From the moment you walk into the grand entrance, residents will be greeted by a concierge in a beautiful, bright lobby, where the decor is reflective of the boating lifestyle, featuring sail cloth ceilings that offer a contemporary club-like atmosphere, steeped in nautical tradition.”

New interiors will capture the traditional elegance of the century-old building. “Artisans will restore the high ceilings and arched windows, and the thick, brick walls will be brought back to life,” says Rosen.

Moving on up

Located in a new nine-storey building, will be the Harbour Estates Penthouse Collection. Units here, will be crafted as an expression of elegance and refined aesthetics. Generous designs are appreciated by those who are looking to downsize – but not too much. A three-bedrom, plus den, unit spans 2,300 square feet, and includes a 1,237-square-foot terrace.

These incredible two-storey penthouses will provide an open-concept feel, with the main living and entertainment areas situated on the lower level, and the bedrooms on the second floor. Soaring ceilings, dramatic spaces and marvellous panoramic water views are just some of the features. The penthouse collection will range in size from 1,100 to 2,400 square feet, with the option to expand even bigger. “The seasoned design team made each of the lofty penthouses feel like a fine estate home,” says Carmen Campagnaro of Valour Capital/Pro Funds Mortgages in Burlington.

All residents of The Harbour Club will have exclusive access to a lavish lounge with a fireplace and a large-screen TV, as well as a private dining room. Club members will have the opportunity to purchase individual boat slips, which allows them to sail right up to their residences.

As part of the master plan for mixed-use space, there will be seven ground level live/works lofts. Dedicated professional and commercial units front Lakeport Road, but the high-ceilinged residential portion of the suites will face the water.

The average size of most units is 1,200 square feet, and prices range from $500,000 up to two million.

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National Homes - The Forest Phase 2

National Homes’ The Forest Phase 2 is a spectacular sequel in Bradford

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National Homes’ The Forest Phase 2 is a spectacular sequel in Bradford

The second and final phase is coming to The Forest, completing a community that has come to represent the very best of Bradford. But you’ll have to be swift to call The Forest Phase 2 home.

Starting from only $699,990, these are the lowest priced detached homes in the Bradford and Newmarket area. Furthermore, this is a limited release of fully detached homes up to 3,473 sq. ft. that check all the boxes on every wish list and more.

The Forest Phase 2 is full of bright ideas. Once again, National Homes has raised the bar, offering buyers a truly state-of-the-art new-home buying experience at the company’s Blueprint Design Lab and a home they will be proud of, with advanced energy-efficient and smart home technology. The future has come to The Forest Phase 2.

Lush surroundings

As its eponymous name suggests, The Forest Phase 2 is surrounded by lush forest. Elegant detached homes with up to five bedrooms on 36- and 40-ft. lots boast gracious elevations of stone, stucco and classic brick. Buyers will move into an established National community as Phase 1 is completed and families are already enjoying their new homes.

With 25 years of experience, scores of inspired communities and more than 15,000 homes built, National Homes has become one of the GTA’s most celebrated names. But to National, it’s only ever been all about the homebuyer. The team at National has really leaned into their core philosophy and longtime tagline: You are the Blueprint. The company has initiated a series of Blueprint Workshops where homebuyers are invited to participate. Its R&D department regularly tests products, materials and techniques. A new Bright Ideas initiative offers advanced tools and technology such as smart ventilation, built-in recycling areas, smart thermostats, and more that make National homes smarter, more responsive and more energy-efficient.

Planning for The Forest Phase 2 included a Blueprint Workshop with potential Bradford buyers to discuss which Bright Ideas would be of most value for growing families here. As a result, residents at The Forest Phase 2 will enjoy optional and standard features such as a WiFi video doorbell, main door Smart lock, a family drop zone with storage shelves and hanging hooks, and a family allocated smart centre with desk. This exciting Bright Idea has a hidden charging station, whiteboard and shelving to store and display the family calendar, mail, messages, and school forms, all those odds and ends with no place to go in a typical home.

In addition, a range of dreamy comforts are offered as options, such as a closet organizer with revolving shoe rack in the dressing room, and a voice-activated Smart shower in the spa ensuite that controls on/off, water temperature and flow. Laundry rooms can be fitted with a convenient pull-down drying rack, kitchens with pull-down cupboards and motion sensor faucets, and more.

National Homes has teamed up with Pottery Barn to bring home its trademark style in the exquisite model home at The Forest Phase 2 designed by David Nosella. On display is an eclectic fusion of traditional style mixed with striking accents and contemporary aesthetics. All the Bright Ideas are built into the model as well, for visitors to see and experience. Pottery Barn stylists have designed beautiful spaces that appeal to the lifestyles and tastes of a wide range of customers. Purchasers at The Forest will receive 20 per cent off at Pottery Barn plus free professional design consultation from Pottery Barn and West Elm.

Homebuyer Portal

Buyers can also take advantage of the builder’s new customer service initiative. National’s Homeowner Portal connects you to the design and construction of your home, from the moment you decide to buy until long after you move in. It also makes the decor selection process at the Blueprint Design Lab more fun and much faster, using their Virtual Interior Design Tool.

Residents will delight in the views of rolling farmland and forests right across the street, Lake Simcoe 20 minutes up the road, and all the conveniences nearby. A large, modern, multi-use leisure centre, new library, high school and elementary schools are within walking distance. There’s ample choice in shopping, including Tanger Outlet Mall and Upper Canada Mall only minutes away. A short commute on the GO Train whisks you into Union Station, or take Hwy. 400 to the GTA in 20 minutes. A proposed 16.2-km connecting link between Hwy. 404 at Queensville to Hwy. 400 at Bradford is in early planning.

NATIONAL HOMES
The Forest Phase 2

If you’re looking for the charm of a real forest community with the comfort and amenities of modern living, National’s latest release of elegant and innovative homes in Bradford is for you. Register online to preview.


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Simply Tech: Square - micro payment

Be Square: You, too, can accept wireless payments

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Be Square: You, too, can accept wireless payments

You’ve heard of it, and most likely seen one. Chances are, you’ve made a payment to a company who uses Square. Step into a cafe, a market, or stroll down an art promenade and you’re likely to see their iconic logo, and someone swiping their credit card through a small white square dongle attached to a smart phone.

Personal use

Perhaps you’ve decided to downsize, or start up a business initiative that’s always been on your mind. Since fewer people use cheques or carry cash, you can offer a quick and easy mobile payment option with Square. It’s an easy way to get paid, especially if you want to rid yourself of no-longer-wanted items.

It’s been approximately five years since Square introduced their micro-payment system to Canada. Payment is enabled through a magstripe reader that’s plugged into the headphone jack of your mobile device. It has changed the way that small businesses process their transactions. It’s put budding entrepreneurs and service providers, as well as street market sellers and garage sale vendors, on a more level playing field.

Easy peasy

Being able to make a secure, credit card payment transaction (with a simple swipe) was a privelege previously reserved for major players.

With the free companion Square point-of-sale (POS) app, you can track your activity, add product photos and prices, and manage your inventory. Square’s invoice app allows you to bill your clients, and send invoices and automatic payment reminders via e-mail. This allows secure payment transactions to be facilitated when not dealing face-to-face.

Getting better and better

Square is taking advantage of the latest technologies, and has now included more features and payment options, so that customers can pay the way that they want. Not only are you not limited if your mobile device doesn’t have a headphone jack, or if their payment requires a chip and a PIN, but you’re not limited to just accepting credit cards.

For users with iOS devices, including the iPhone or iPad, Square now has a magstripe reader that plugs into the lightning port. However, Square’s new Contactless + Chip Reader has to be its finest feature. This palm-sized, battery-powered, wireless device quickly pairs with most Bluetooth enabled mobile devices.

With this new reader, customers can simply tap for purchases up to $100. For anything over that amount, they insert their chip-enabled credit card into the reader, and enter their PIN number on their mobile device to complete the transaction. Customers can also tap for payments via Interac Flash (debit), as well as Apple Pay and Google Pay.

Square encrypts the card information, so the data is never stored on your mobile device in order to protect the customer.

The cost of doing business

Cost for Square payment processing is only 2.65 per cent for all credit card transactions and only 10 cents for debit transactions. Apple Pay + Google Pay fees will depend upon whether the customer has a credit card or debit card connected to the account. There are no other hidden fees or service charges. Your funds are sent directly to your bank account, and are available in one to two business days.

The Square Contactless + Chip Reader retails for $59, and includes a free magstripe reader. Both can be connected to your devices at the same time. There’s also an optional wedged-shaped reader dock for Square Reader ($39), in order to keep it charged. Available at Staples, Best Buy, Telus or Apple Stores.

Greg Gazin is a syndicated tech columnist, blogger, podcaster (host and producer), and contributes to canoe.com, Troy Media and Active Life magazine.

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