Michael Simpson

Columnist, The Morton Report

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
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.
Tuesday Jun 25, 2013 50:00 AM ET
Powered by Dijit's comprehensive app, this remote device looks cool and gives you plenty of control.
Monday Jun 24, 2013 10:00 PM ET
GEAR4's app-controlled tabletop remote is compact and easy to set up.
Saturday Jun 1, 2013 05:00 PM ET
With the help of Netflix, AMC and Fox have revived their moody, bleak procedural, but can it deliver more than just another muddled mystery?
Friday Oct 5, 2012 10:00 PM ET
Cervantes Mobile, the award-winning designer of the Jorno Bluetooth keyboard, has officially introduced the Kickstarter campaign to bring the product to market.
Thursday Sep 27, 2012 50:00 PM ET
FAVI Entertainment has announced the availability from November of an HDMI stick for anyone with a lower end or older HDTV who wants access to higher-end SmartTV features.
Sunday Jun 10, 2012 00:00 AM ET
For users of iOS devices, Stem Innovation's iZON Remote Room Monitor provides a flexible alternative to a webcam in a home surveillance setup.
Saturday Jun 9, 2012 45:00 AM ET
The Verbatim Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard is a portable tablet or smartphone peripheral that provides some significant usability improvements over the on-screen keyboard but could use some design improvements.
Tuesday Apr 17, 2012 20:00 PM ET
Do you regularly forget to charge your smartphone? Or do you often find that the battery on your tablet has run down just when you need the device to keep your kids entertained at a restaurant? If so, you could use Solar Technology International's Freeloader Classic.
Friday Mar 30, 2012 45:00 PM ET
If you've been inspired to enter the tablet world by the hype around Apple's new iPad but are on a tight budget, the ViewSonic's ViewPad 7e will get your foot in the door.
Thursday Mar 29, 2012 05:00 AM ET
Whether you use your iPad for business or pleasure, Griffin Technology has got you covered with the Elan Passport and the IntelliCase.
Sunday Oct 30, 2011 20:00 AM ET
The SuperTooth DISCO portable speaker delivers powerful stereo sound, is simple to set up and, like all the best gadgets... just works.
Thursday Sep 29, 2011 25:00 AM ET
I'm always impressed when a gadget lands on my desk that does what it's supposed to without fuss. Scosche's boomCAN is one such device.
Monday Sep 26, 2011 20:00 PM ET
Members of Vancouver's business and film communities met at a gala last weekend to help cure a degenerative disease in children.
Friday Sep 23, 2011 30:00 AM ET
An online auction is being held in support of a fundraising event for Hunter Syndrome research that has attracted a host of stars from popular sci-fi and fantasy TV shows.
Friday Sep 16, 2011 25:00 PM ET
The man behind the hit Canadian sci-fi show takes a break during a night shoot in Vancouver to tell us about his experiences directing.
Tuesday Sep 13, 2011 15:00 PM ET
Season three of the Canadian science fiction series Sanctuary lands on DVD and Blu-ray in North America today and members of the cast and crew are celebrating by bringing the ancient game of tag to Twitter.
Monday Sep 5, 2011 20:00 AM ET
Stars of Stargate, Sanctuary, Eureka and Smallville will be among the guests attending the 1st Annual Once Upon a Cure Gala for Hunter Syndrome Research in Vancouver on September 24th.
Tuesday Aug 30, 2011 50:00 AM ET
Wicked Audio's 3D Series headphones should be wicked enough to satisfy the average popular music fan who doesn't want to pay top dollar.
Tuesday Aug 23, 2011 20:00 PM ET
ThinkFlood, maker of the RedEye remote control system, has announced the release of an Android version of its RedEye app.
Monday Aug 22, 2011 05:00 PM ET
We test Amimon's WHDI Stick, which is designed to wirelessly transmit video from any HDMI-equipped device to an HDTV.
Saturday Aug 20, 2011 40:00 AM ET
The cast and crew of the sci-fi series Sanctuary wrapped filming of Season 4 on location with a night-shoot in Vancouver this week.
Wednesday Aug 17, 2011 15:00 PM ET
Jaeger Mah, a resident of Vancouver, British Columbia, today began voluntary incarceration for 80 days and 80 nights at Vancouver International Airport after winning a video contest.
Saturday Aug 13, 2011 25:00 PM ET
Panasonic, Samsung, Sony Corporation and XPAND 3D have joined forces in the "Full HD 3D Glasses Initiative" but will it be enough to win the format war against passive 3D?
Friday Aug 5, 2011 35:00 AM ET
Toddy's chic Smart Cloth is an excellent tool for cleaning those love-to-have, hate-to-smudge surfaces on tablets, TVs and other gadgets.
Tuesday Aug 2, 2011 05:00 PM ET
Cesc Fabregas' desire to return to Barcelona appears to be overwhelming. Arsenal should let him go already.
Tuesday Aug 2, 2011 00:00 AM ET
NuForce, Inc., manufacturers of audio solutions, have announced the availability of the uDAC-2 Signature Gold Edition USB digital audio converter.
Sunday Jul 31, 2011 40:00 AM ET
Warpia's StreamHD Wireless PC to TV Display Adapter can give good quality video output if you can accept its limitations.
Thursday Jul 28, 2011 55:00 AM ET
The VooMote One and Griffin Beacon are intended to turn your iDevice into a universal remote control.

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