Michael Simpson

Columnist, TMR

Covering Home Entertainment Tech

Michael Simpson
Michael Simpson is a freelance writer, editor, presenter, researcher, instructor, gadget freak and sci-tech consultant based in British Columbia’s beautiful Okanagan Valley. Formerly from the UK, he’s converted from tea to coffee and written and presented on film, TV, science, nature, technology, travel and other topics. His words have appeared in websites and periodicals such as SCI FI Wire, Movies Online, SciFiNow, Starburst, Blogcritics and CinemaSpy.com. He’s covering the gadget and home entertainment technology beat for The Morton Report as well as keeping tabs on what's happening elsewhere in the world.

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Articles From Michael Simpson
Saturday Jul 25, 2015 20:00 AM ET
If you're paying a high price for a top smartphone and you want to keep it looking as good as it did the day you bought it, this reliable protective product it is a worthwhile investment.
Friday Jun 12, 2015 35:00 AM ET
The filmmakers hope that Down Here raises awareness of the struggles endured by the residents of Vancouver's most depressed downtown district.
Thursday Jun 11, 2015 00:00 AM ET
The energetic first episode gets this new Canadian sci-fi series off and running on Syfy and Space this Friday.
Monday Jun 8, 2015 05:00 AM ET
Skylanders SuperChargers will include 20 new character toys and 20 land-, sea- or sky-based vehicles that can be customized with upgrades in the game.
Tuesday May 5, 2015 05:00 PM ET
The third steelbook in the series started by Canadian retailer Future Shop (now Best Buy) is comparatively modest but fitting for the film it honors.
Thursday Apr 16, 2015 30:00 AM ET
Like similar budget tablets, the Stream 7's biggest advantages are its size and its price.
Saturday Apr 11, 2015 30:00 PM ET
Syfy has released the official teaser trailer for its new summer space opera, Dark Matter.
Monday Mar 2, 2015 00:00 AM ET
This year's Skylanders special editions consist of two Skylanders Minis: Power Punch Pet-Vac and Eggsellent Weeruptor as well as a special Starter Pack containing Crayola Magic Crayons.
Thursday Feb 5, 2015 35:00 PM ET
Like the film itself, Tomer Hanukas' work on Future Shop's Mondo X SteelBook version of Boyhood captures the facets of youth in ways that are modest but revealing.
Monday Dec 22, 2014 55:00 PM ET
This is a fine family film that most children will likely be pleased to find in their festive stocking, but the Blu-ray is not worth paying more for if they'd be happy with a DVD.
Monday Dec 22, 2014 55:00 PM ET
New Light and Dark elements and Trap Masters should be popular presents with dedicated Portal Masters along with Winterfest Lob-Star and the impressively packaged Eon's Elite Skylanders.
Friday Dec 19, 2014 55:00 AM ET
Any child with a love of dinosaurs will whoop with glee if they find Santa has left this toy under the tree.
Saturday Dec 6, 2014 30:00 PM ET
The graphic design of this steelbook is characterized by sharp lines that are entirely in keeping with the film's hard edge.
Wednesday Dec 3, 2014 25:00 AM ET
Skylanders is not merely a shallow exercise in merchandising. There is evident imagination and creativity at work in the design of these games.
Friday Nov 28, 2014 20:00 AM ET
Collectors (or relatives thereof) should consider paying the extra dough for this SteelBook given its high quality and appealing design.
Wednesday Nov 26, 2014 10:00 PM ET
Activision is keeping up its tradition of releasing seasonal Skylanders by issuing a special festive edition of a character from Skylanders: Trap Team.
Wednesday Nov 26, 2014 10:00 PM ET
Next Issue normally offers a free 30-day trial to new subscribers but is advertising a special deal for Black Friday that also includes 50% off the Unlimited Premium subscription for two additional months.
Monday Nov 24, 2014 05:00 AM ET
Despite not scoring high points for its script, this disaster flick was a financial success doubtless due to its convincing depiction of windblown devastation.
Monday Nov 24, 2014 40:00 AM ET
If you want to get the best performance from Parallels Desktop 10, it's a good idea to replace your hard drive with an SSD for overall speed improvements and boost your computer's RAM.
Thursday Nov 20, 2014 00:00 PM ET
The ability to run the latest Windows version of Office on a Mac could be enough on its own to make Parallels Desktop worth its $79.95 price tag.
Thursday Nov 20, 2014 55:00 PM ET
Parallels Desktop 10 is not the cheapest virtualization option but it's less than the cost of a second computer and more convenient than drive swapping and setting up network drives.
Wednesday Nov 12, 2014 50:00 PM ET
With an R rating in the U.S. (14A in Canada) and mostly negative reviews to its name, Tammy will inevitably have a limited audience. This release will do nothing to change that.
Wednesday Nov 12, 2014 40:00 PM ET
Despite its energy, Jersey Boys didn't live up to expectations. The same can be said for the special features that come bundled with Warner Home Video's Blu-ray release.
Monday Nov 10, 2014 50:00 AM ET
Beef stars Chris Meloni as Lou the Butcher as a man adept at solving other people's problems.
Wednesday Nov 5, 2014 30:00 PM ET
Plaudits to Paramount for making this Blu-ray something fans of Hercules and The Rock will want to smack down cash for.
Sunday Nov 2, 2014 25:00 PM ET
This Disney Blu-ray release is cursed by a collection of extras that is nowhere near as 'Magnificent' as its marketing suggests.
Thursday Oct 30, 2014 10:00 PM ET
Energy and color combine to make this sequel more than just a glorified excuse for merchandising.
Monday Oct 6, 2014 15:00 PM ET
Warner Home Video has enlisted a modest set of special features that includes a detailed behind-the-scenes documentary focusing on director Doug Liman.
Tuesday Sep 16, 2014 40:00 AM ET
Despite the lack of a historical retrospective, this release of Hollywood's latest remake of the Toho classic comes with a better-than-average set of extras.
Friday Sep 5, 2014 10:00 PM ET
The upcoming first-person shooter video game Destiny has joined the illustrious company of Michael Jordan, Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, and the son of God as the subject of an Official Collector’s Edition of Newsweek magazine.
Wednesday Aug 27, 2014 25:00 PM ET
Activision and PepsiCo have announced a joint promotion that will allow players of the upcoming Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare to "Fuel Up for Battle" on Mountain Dew and Doritos.
Wednesday Aug 27, 2014 35:00 AM ET
Activision will bring the full console experience to iPads and other selected tablets in October when it releases Skylanders Trap Team.
Friday May 16, 2014 40:00 PM ET
The newest game will let players trap villains and turn them into heroes.
Wednesday Feb 26, 2014 20:00 PM ET
The wondrous and imaginative visuals and pervasive feel-good factor compensate for a predictable plot to make this a charming, family-friendly adventure.
Wednesday Feb 19, 2014 55:00 PM ET
With Verbatim's MediaShare Wireless for mobile devices you can take your media with you wherever you go and share it with your traveling companions.
Monday Feb 3, 2014 00:00 AM ET
TMR talks to the former Law & Order: SVU regular about the personal significance of his leading role in the CBC drama series set in Canada's Northwest Territories.
Friday Jan 10, 2014 40:00 PM ET
There is enough wit and variety in these 26 short cartoons to settle anyone's ruffled feathers.
Tuesday Jan 7, 2014 00:00 PM ET
Samsung Electronics and Paramount Pictures have announced an initiative to promote UHD TVs using "Star Trek Into Darkness" and other blockbuster movies.
Monday Dec 23, 2013 15:00 PM ET
The latest instalment in Activision's ever-growing franchise should make fans happy this holiday season.
Monday Dec 23, 2013 45:00 AM ET
Blu-ray 3D has remained a fringe format in 2013 but it's nonetheless a worthwhile option. Here are three releases that prove as much.
Wednesday Dec 11, 2013 25:00 PM ET
With this adapter plugged in you can charge your tablet and directly access a range of mobile storage media.
Tuesday Dec 10, 2013 20:00 AM ET
This external storage hub is one of the few Surface accessories on the market, but it's worth plugging.
Monday Dec 9, 2013 45:00 AM ET
TMR catches up with the ferret-loving filmmaker who is committed to creating a better public image for some popular but misunderstood pets.
Monday Sep 30, 2013 10:00 AM ET
There are many video playback apps but none is as aesthetically impressive as this paid Apple App Store offering from the developers of aTV Flash.
Thursday Sep 26, 2013 05:00 AM ET
If you have more USB devices than you have places to plug them in, this USB hub from HooToo can help—and it will charge your iPad, too.
Friday Jul 26, 2013 50:00 PM ET
A well-designed dual purpose gadget that supports the mission of the WakaWaka Foundation to bring power and light to people in developing countries.
Thursday Jul 25, 2013 05:00 PM ET
"A stunt day for me is not a work day; a stunt day for me is a day to come and play," says the Calgary-born actor.
Friday Jun 28, 2013 05:00 AM ET
Moving to Vancouver and meeting the challenge of acting against CGI dinosaurs has kept life exciting for the British actor.
Thursday Jun 27, 2013 10:00 PM ET
Using the Biscotti's picture-in-picture calling mode, you can discuss your favorite show with your friends face-to-face while you are both watching it.
Wednesday Jun 26, 2013 00:00 PM ET
This mains-powered remote benefits from relying on Wi-Fi but its app could be better.

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