There’s a new ‘LEGO City Undercover’ game coming out (and it’s not just for Nintendo)

LEGO City Undercover

The new LEGO City Undercover will be available for the XBOX One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and on PC this spring.

Warner Bros. Interactive dropped a trailer Thursday for its brand new version of LEGO City Undercover, which will be available this spring for the XBOX One, PS4 and the new Nintendo Switch.

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The original LEGO City Undercover was an exclusive on the Nintendo Wii U when it came out in 2013 and is still one of the best games on the system today. The vast open-world gameplay is equally fun for kids and adults, with loads of humour and exciting missions. The 2017 version appears to be very similar and should port over well to these next-gen gaming systems.

Check out the trailer below and share your thoughts in the comments or on Facebook at facebook.com/bamcatBuzz.

Make a LEGO pumpkin this Halloween

LEGO Pumpkin Step 22

Want to make a pumkin out of LEGO? Follow the step-by-step guide below, courtesy of Toronto’s LEGOLAND Discovery Centre.

With Halloween around the corner, Toronto’s LEGOLAND Discovery Centre is hosting family-friendly events every Saturday and Sunday for the rest of October (and on Halloween day itself) to get the little goblins pumped!

Along with the regular cool things they offer throughout the year, there’s a haunted display challenge, spooky creative build, Monster Mash scavenger hunt in the Toronto MINILAND area and a costume contest.

RELATED: You can now watch ‘The LEGO Movie 4D’ at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Toronto

If you’re unable to make it out to the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre you can still join in the fun by making a pumpkin out of LEGO at home! Master Model Builder Noel Straatsma has shared this step-by-step photo guide on how to make one. Check out it out below (click the first image to launch the gallery) and share your finished pumpkins with me on Twitter @bamcatBuzz or on Facebook at facebook.com/bamcatBuzz.

For more information on Toronto’s LEGOLAND Discovery, visit legolanddiscoverycentre.ca.

5 reasons to get an Amazon Kindle e-reader

Amazon Kindle

I’ve barely put my Amazon Kindle e-reader down since I got it.

Amazon released an all-new version of its Kindle e-reader recently that features a 6-inch glare-free display with E Ink Pearl technology, 4GB of storage, built-in WiFi and a battery that lasts for weeks. Amazon sent me one to test and I have barely put it down since I got it. After using it for two weeks, here are the top five reasons I recommend getting an Amazon Kindle for yourself.

No more clutter on your nightstand

With 4GB of storage (plus free cloud storage from Amazon), the paperback-sized Kindle is perfect for keeping a massive library on your nightstand without a stack of books cluttering up the place. This is a huge bonus if you have at least six books on the go at once, like I do, or if you just hate having a mess beside your head when you sleep.

It’s not distracting to read on

Besides cutting down on clutter, the best reason to get a Kindle is because it won’t distract you while you read. It’s got built-in WiFi for downloading books, articles and documents, but there’s no web browser, messaging app, Facebook, Twitter or sound of any kind. The anti-glare screen and digital ink are also very much like a real book and don’t affect your eyes like an iPad or iPhone screen does (there’s also no backlight on the regular Kindle so you can’t read in the dark, just like a real book).

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The Send to Kindle feature

No question, Amazon knows online shopping and delivers a wonderful experience when it comes to buying ebooks. But there are things you want to read besides books. Online articles, PDF manuals, short stories and blog posts can all be formatted and read on a Kindle. Every Kindle has a unique email address you can send document files to and it will automatically download and add them to your library. You can also use the Send to Kindle app for Mac, PC or Android to push documents to your Kindle. For online articles, like Andrew Sullivan’s lengthy I Used to Be a Human Being, you can use the Send to Kindle extension for Chrome and FireFox.

You’ll read more

Because of its portable size, ability to store a ton of books and articles, Amazon’s intuitive store behind it (yes, I would like a sample of Judd Apatow’s Sick in the Head based on my interest in Amy Schumer’s The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo) and no distractions while using it, I have found myself reading a lot more since I received the Kindle (my kids have also been reading on it and want to read now). The anti-glare screen is great for using it outside on lunch breaks and because the battery lasts so long I never have to worry about running out of juice in the middle of an exciting chapter (I’ve only charged it once since I got it).

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It’s only $79

Amazon offers a few different Kindle models ranging in price and features. The base Kindle e-reader I received is only $79.99 though and is well worth every penny. It’s such a reasonable price I plan to buy one for a few people on my Christmas list this year and honestly don’t know why I didn’t buy one for myself sooner.

For more information on the Amazon Kindle e-reader, visit amazon.ca.

Do you use a Kindle or other e-reader? Share your thoughts in the comments below or at facebook.com/bamcatBuzz.

You can now watch live TV on Roku players in Canada

VMedia Roku

For $17.95 a month, Canadians can stream 20 live HD channels via VMedia TV on a Roku device.

Canadian cable, Internet and home phone service provider VMedia Inc. is now offering a live TV streaming service for Roku devices in Canada.

VMedia TV is a “skinny” package that offers subscribers 20 live HD channels, including CTV, CBC, Citytv and Global, along with American networks like CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX and PBS. Users can also watch shows they missed over the last week with VMedia’s cloud-based “look back” feature.

RELATED: What you need to know about 4K Ultra HD content on Netflix

“VMedia’s mission is to make the live TV experience enjoyable, affordable and accessible – we aim to keep live TV an important part of everyone’s entertainment universe,” Alexei Tchernobrivets, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of VMedia, said in a statement.

Canadians can try VMedia TV for seven days by registering directly through the Roku Store on a Roku player, such as the Roku 3, or on a Roku TV. The service costs $17.95 per month once the 7-day trial ends and customers can cancel anytime.

RELATED: You can now stream CraveTV on the XBOX One

“Adding VMedia TV to the Roku Channel Store is great news for our Canadian customers. It enables them to watch live TV, from Canadian and US TV channels they are accustomed to, in addition to the wealth of on-demand entertainment our platform offers,” Ziba Kaboli-Gerbrands, director content acquisition at Roku, said in a release.

For more information on VMedia TV on Roku devices, visit vmedia.ca.

Are you interested in a skinny live streaming TV service like VMedia TV? Share your thoughts in the comments below or at facebook.com/bamcatBuzz.

Around the House (Sept. 20, 2016)

Around the House is a weekly roundup of news items related to smart devices, tools, kitchen gadgets and anything else worth mentioning that affects how we live at home.

Philips Hue Motion Sensor coming to Canada in October

Philips is adding more ways to control its Hue line of connected bulbs and lighting devices with a new wireless motion sensor. Available in Canada this October for $39.95, the Hue Motion Sensor allows users to run certain scenes during set times. This means that if you want your Hue bulbs to only turn on in “Nightlight” mode when motion is detected between midnight and 6 a.m., you can set it up that way. I can see this being very useful when my son wakes up in the middle of the night.

Hue Motion Sensor

The Philips Hue Motion Sensor will be available in Canada for $39.95 this October.

CraveTV scoops up Rolling Stones doc at TIFF

Right before its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last week, Bell purchased the exclusive rights to The Rolling Stones road movie The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé! : A Trip Across Latin America for its video streaming service CraveTV. The film follows The Rolling Stones during their 2016 Latin American tour, which saw them stop in 10 cities, including Havana. CraveTV subscribers will be able to stream the film beginning Oct. 14. Check out the trailer for it below.

Lay’s taking Chalet Sauce chips mainstream

It seems that Canadians love Lay’s Swiss Chalet sauce flavoured chips so much that the company has to ramp up production to meet demands. The chips have been selling out since they arrived at select Swiss Chalet locations earlier this month and now Lay’s says that along with restocking restaurants, the chips will be available in limited quantities at grocery stores across the country beginning Nov. 1. Expect to see a lot of these out at holiday parties this year!

Apple helping teach kids to code with Swift Playgrounds app

Learning to code is becoming more popular with kids and now Apple is helping with their new iPad app Swift Playgrounds. The free app allows users with no programming experience to get a better understanding of coding concepts and experiment with the Swift language, which is used by professional developers to create apps. Along with app templates, Swift Playgrounds also features lessons and challenges to keep users interested. Swift Playgrounds is available via the App Store.

Swift Playgrounds

Apple’s free Swift Playgrounds iPad app helps teach kids to code.

Amazon Echo coming to Germany and the UK (but not Canada)

Amazon announced last Wednesday its popular Echo device is coming to Germany and the UK this fall, giving us Canadians hope it will be available here at some point soon. Amazon also announced a new (cheaper) Echo Dot that gives users more control of the Echo throughout the entire home. It’s also not available in Canada.

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Around the House (Sept. 12, 2016)

Around the House is a weekly roundup of news items related to smart devices, tools, kitchen gadgets and anything else worth mentioning from the last week that affects our home life.

Nest Cam Outdoor arrives

The highly anticipated Nest Cam Outdoor is now available to purchase for a cool $249.99 CDN. The weatherproof camera allows users to monitor the outside of their homes live 24/7 and also includes two-way audio. Users with a Nest Aware subscription can receive person alerts and have 10 or 30-day video history saved in the cloud depending on the package they subscribe to. Nest also added three new thermostat colour options this week. For those unhappy with only being able to purchase the standard stainless steel model, you can now get it in white, black and copper.

Nest Cam Outdoor

The Nest Cam Outdoor is now available in Canada for $249.

Apple shows off ‘Home’ app

During its iPhone 7 event last week, Apple briefly showed off its new ‘Home’ app in iOS 10, which will give users total control of HomeKit integrated smart devices in one location. Compatible devices include the likes of Philips Hue bulbs, the ecobee3 thermostat and Schlage Connect locks (among others). Besides the announcement that Mario is coming to the iPhone and iPad this holiday season (about time!), the ‘Home’ demo was the most exciting thing about the event.

Apple Home App

Apple’s ‘Home’ app.

PlayStation 4 Pro announced

The PlayStation 4 Pro is coming November 10. Along with a faster processor and a 1TB hard drive, it opens up 4K gaming. Unfortunately it does not not support 4K UltraHD Blu-ray titles like the XBOX One S does. This is somewhat odd since Sony Home Entertainment has been pumping out 4K UltraHD Blu-ray movies all year, including the Angry Birds movie (which, if you’re going to watch, it might as well be in 4K UltraHD).

PS4 Pro

The Sony PlayStation Pro 4.

Milwaukee Tool has a light for everyone

Four new lighting options are coming this fall from Milwaukee Tool. These include the M18 Rocket LED Tower Light/Charger, M12 ROVER LED Compact Flood Light, M18 LED Search Light and M18 RADIUS LED Compact Site Light w/ONE-KEY, which can be programmed via the ONE-KEY app and remotely controlled from up to 50-feet away. As a fan of the Milwaukee Tool brand I’m excited for all of these. All four options will be available in October.

Milwaukee M18 RADIUS LED Compact Site Light w/ONE-KEY

The Milwaukee M18 RADIUS LED Compact Site Light w/ONE-KEY.

Samsung Canada officially recalls Note 7

After some serious issues surrounding the Note 7 battery (like the potential of it to explode and cause a fire), Samsung Canada has issued a recall notice for the device. If you purchased one between August 19 and September 1, 2016, you are urged to power it down and register for a new one. There’s been approximately 21,953 of these sold in Canada (according to Health Canada) so if you know someone with one let them know about the recall.

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You can now play solitaire and tic-tac-toe by doing a Google search

Google solitaire

Be prepared to waste time playing solitaire and tic-tac-toe right from Google.

Want to waste some time playing solitaire or tic-tac-toe without installing an app? You now can just by doing a Google search.

Googling “solitaire” or “tic-tac-toe” will bring up an option to play the games right from within Google!

RELATED: Nintendo releasing retro NES system loaded with 30 classic games

This works on desktop browsers and from the Google mobile app.

Google tic-tac-toe

Playing tic-tac-toe on Google.

What other games would you like to see be playable in Google? Share your thoughts in the comments below or at facebook.com/bamcatBuzz.

‘Labyrinth’ is getting a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release for its 30th anniversary

Labyrinth - David Bowie

Fans of the 1986 Jim Henson classic ‘Labyrinth’ are in for a treat when the film hits 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray in September. Photo courtesy Sony Pictures.

Jim Henson’s classic 1986 fantasy film Labyrinth is getting a special 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release on Sept. 20 to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

Starring late musician David Bowie and a young Jennifer Connelly, the film, which was written by Monty Python’s Terry Jones, follows 16-year-old Sarah (Connelly) as she tries to save her little brother from the Goblin King (Bowie).

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In order to get the best quality for the 30th anniversary release, the film was fully restored in 4K Ultra HD from an original 35mm negative. It also has a new Dolby Atmos sound mix produced specifically for the home theatre.

The 30th anniversary 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release comes in a 24-page Digibook package, which includes rare, behind-the-scenes photos from the set. A special “mirrorbox” gift set will be available exclusively on Amazon.ca.

In order to watch Labyrinth in 4K Ultra HD you’ll need a 4K television and a 4K Blu-ray player, such as the upcoming PS4.5 Neo that’s rumoured to be announced on Sept. 7 (Sony Pictures is the distributor of Labyrinth and has been pumping out 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray titles the last few months).

RELATED: VIZIO’s SmartCast home theatre displays now available in Canada

A full list of bonus features available on the 4K Utra HD Blu-ray release are below.

4K Ultra HD

  • Feature film in 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR)
  • Dolby Atmos soundtrack (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible)
  • Also includes the film and special features on high-def Blu-ray

Blu-ray Bonus Features Include:

  • 4K Restoration & Dolby Atmos soundtrack (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible)
  • ALL-NEW: “The Henson Legacy” Featurette
    -Jennifer Connelly and the Henson family talk about the art of puppetry and the magic of Jim Henson, along with a visit to the “Center for
  • Puppetry Arts” featuring The Jim Henson Collection and over 100 puppets from Labyrinth.
  • ALL-NEW: Labyrinth Anniversary Q&A
    -Hosted by Mythbuster’s Adam Savage with participants Brian Henson, David Goelz and Karen Prell, and surprise guest Sheri Weiser.
  • ALL-NEW: “The Goblin King” Featurette
    -Remembering David Bowie with co-star Jennifer Connelly, and Jim Henson’s children Brian Henson and Cheryl Henson.
  • The Storytellers (Picture-in-Picture)
  • Commentary by Conceptual Designer Brian Froud
  • Original Making of Documentary “Inside The Labyrinth”
  • “Journey Through the Labyrinth: Kingdom of Characters” Documentary
  • “Journey Through the Labyrinth: The Quest for Goblin City” Documentary
  • Theatrical Trailer
Labyrinth 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Labyrinth 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

Are you excited for the release of Labyrinth on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray? Will you consider upgrading your TV and Blu-ray player in order to watch it? Share your thoughts in the comments below or at facebook.com/bamcatBuzz.

Disney Castle LEGO set now available for LEGO VIP members

LEGO Disney Castle

Are you ready to build a 4,080 piece LEGO Disney Castle?

If you ever felt the need to build a LEGO replica of Walt Disney World’s Cinderella Castle, you’re in luck as the official set is now available to order for LEGO VIP members.

With a crazy 4,080 pieces, the Disney Castle set measures 48cm wide by 74cm high and features a detailed facade, clock, stone bridge, arched entrance, four-storey main building and a five-storey tower.

RELATED: LEGO Imagine Nation Tour coming to four Canadian cities

Rooms inside the castle are based off of animated Disney films and include items such as a chest with book of spells, buildable candelabra and a large redbrick-patterned stove.

The magical model also comes with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck and Tinker Bell minifigures.

BELOW: Explore the Disney Castle with LEGO Designer Marcos Bessa

If you’re not a LEGO VIP member (which is a free loyalty program so why not become a member), you’ll have to wait until Sept. 1 to purchase the set, which retails for a cool $399.99 in Canada.

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For more information on the Disney Castle LEGO set or to become a LEGO VIP member, visit shop.lego.com.

Are you excited for the LEGO Disney Castle set? Will you buy it for yourself or your kids? Share your thoughts in the comments below or at facebook.com/bamcatBuzz.

Dave & Buster’s opening second Canadian location this November

Dave & Buster's Oakville

Dave & Buster’s is opening its second Canadian location in Oakville this November.

A second Canadian Dave & Buster’s location is opening in Oakville this November, the company announced Monday.

Dave & Buster’s is an entertainment hub with a selection of food options, arcade games to play and sports to watch (it’s basically a Chuck E. Cheese’s for adults).

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“Following the success of our Dave & Buster’s Vaughan location, we are excited to open the doors in Oakville this November,” General Manager Brian Light said in a statement. “We know Oakville and the surrounding communities will enjoy this one of a kind venue to eat, drink, play and watch sports.”

The Oakville location is going to take up 40,000 square feet of the Oakville Entertainment Centrum plaza at 2021 Winston Park Dr. Visitors will have multiple high-def screens to watch sports on and more than 160 games to play in the Million Dollar Midway, where they can win products from the likes of Apple and XBOX.

Food options include Dave & Buster’s popular Legendary Buffalo Wing Burger, a Caveman Combo, which includes ribs, sliders and fries piled high in a bucket and a new Whisky BBQ Half Chicken. Their delicious Pepperoni Pretzel Pull-Apart will also be on the menu.

RELATED: Let’s all go to the drive-in!

Another huge draw for Dave & Buster’s is their cocktail menu, which features tiki drinks, adult snow cones and a strawberry watermelon margarita served with strawberry ice cubes.

Dave & Buster’s Oakville is set to open sometime in November. For more information, visit daveandbusters.com.

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