6 Movies For When you Just Need a Break

We all need to take time and relax every now and then. A movie is a great way to do so. If you are having a bad day, bad week, or just need to refresh on the couch, watching a fun movie is a great way to reset your spirits. Keep reading for some great picks to lighten the mood.

Babe and Babe: Pig In The City 

Babe, everyone’s favourite sheep-herding pig will delight the family in this 2 movie combo. In the original film, Babe learns he’s cut out for herding, against his owners wish. The sequel takes babe and a gaggle of animal friends to the big city to help save Arthur Hoggett’s farm. With plenty of light hearted laughs, and adorable characters, these movies are family fun for parents and kids alike.

The Pink Panther Cartoons

The Pink Panther is paws down the world’s grooviest cartoon star. In 1964, this pink-inked feline slinked onto the opening credits of Blake Edwards’ caper film by the same name and threatened to steal the entire show. This digitally remastered Pink Panther cartoon collection is the perfect companion for everything from a few minutes to a few hours of laugh inducing entertainment.

Bad Boys for Life 

Action packed, and full of laughs, the Bad Boys Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett come back together for one last ride in the highly anticipated Bad Boys for Life. A great last hurray for this mid 90’s hit franchise, sure to help you escape reality for 2 hours and 4 minutes.

The Land Before Time

This is another great adventure for the whole family. For some this will remind them of their childhood, for others it might be a whole new discovery. Voyage back in time with Littlefoot, Cera, Spike, Ducky and Petrie – a group of very different young dinosaurs who find themselves thrown together when the world around them quickly changes. With one common dream of making it to the lush, legendary Great Valley, they quickly learn that they’ll need to overcome differences and trust each other in order to survive.

Ocean’s 8 

The latest addition to the Oceans series has Debbie Ocean planning an elaborate heist at the biggest event of the year, the Met Gala. The target, 150 million dollar diamond necklace that’s around the neck of world-famous actress Daphne Kluger who will be center stage at the event. Laugh along as her and the team of specialists she’s recruited, as they try to do the impossible.

Aladdin

Soar away to “a whole new world” in Disney’s animated masterpiece Aladdin. Join the charming street rat Aladdin, the determined Princess Jasmine and the hilarious Genie (voiced by the unforgettable Robin Williams) on a wondrous journey filled with action, laughter and Academy Award-winning music.

We hope whatever your movie taste, we’ve inspired some fun ways to escape for a bit and unwind in the realm of cinema. Remember we have everything you need for your home theater, and a wide selection of Blu-Ray and DVD’s.

Gift Ideas for Tech and Home Entertainment

Someone on your list loves tech, and you need to find them the perfect gift? Fret not, we are here to help. With all your tech in one spot, we make finding that perfect gift, easy. With options like block rocking home surround sounds, the hottest tablets & computers, head thumping earphones, and everything in between, we are sure to help you find that special something. If you are looking for gifts for the photo lover, check out our photographer gift ideas blog here.

Tablets

A tablet has become an extension of many peoples’ lives. Great for streaming, reading, connecting, and just about everything really. If you have one, you know they are the perfect gift for those who don’t.

Huawei MediaPad

Settle in with your favourite apps and streaming content with a Huawei MediaPad. available with 9.6 and 10.1 screens, and various configurations, you are sure to find the perfect match for your needs and budget.

Samsung Galaxy Tablets

With a large selection of options on the market, the Samsung Galaxy line up has a tablet for everyone. From the ultra portable 8 inch Tab A, to the 12.4 inch S7+ powerhouse, stream, scroll and create with ease. Storage options from 32gb all the way to 128gb will ensure you have enough space for all your content while on the move.

Computers

Asus Vivobook

If shopping for a student or young professional, this ASUS VivoBook laptop has the upper hand when it comes to work or study. The AMD Quad Core R5 processor and 8GB of system memory ensure seamless multitasking and dependable operation, while the AMD Radeon Vega 8 graphics bring out the best in videos and games. This lightweight laptop comes equipped with a 256GB solid-state drive for convenient file storage. Boasting a 15.6-inch Full HD frameless NanoEdge display, this ASUS VivoBook laptop delivers exceptional picture quality.

Acer Chromebook

For those who want the traditional key board, but with streamlined functionality to tackle assignments at school or home, this Acer Chromebook 514 laptop is the answer. The quad-core Intel Celeron processor delivers dependable power for everyday use, while the 4GB of standard memory provides convenient storage for spreadsheets, photos and documents. This laptop boasts a 14-inch Full HD ComfyView display for an immersive viewing experience. With four USB ports, this Acer Chromebook 514 laptop makes it easy to customize your setup with external drives, wireless accessories and other peripherals. .

LG 22 inch LED Gaming Monitor

Complete your gaming computer setup with this LG 21.5-inch gaming monitor. Full HD resolution delivers clear, detailed images, while the AMD Radeon FreeSync technology and 1ms response time help prevent tearing and ghosting for seamless playback. Flicker-free technology works to reduce eyestrain to keep you in the game longer. VESA mount compatibility allows for versatile placement options. This LG 21.5-inch gaming monitor comes equipped with VGA and HDMI video inputs for effortless integration with your current computer configuration.

Google Nest Hub

Give the gift of connectivity. Control all your smart devices with this Google Nest hub. Built-in Wi-Fi lets you connect to your home automation system, while the Bluetooth technology pairs with your smartphone or tablet for access to streaming content. A touchscreen display makes it easy to navigate through alerts, upcoming activities and menu options. Compatibility with Google Assistant offers advice, answers and other helpful information. This Google Nest hub boasts a mute button, so you can enjoy added privacy when not using the voice command features.

Thinkware F70 Dash Cam

Give the avid driver peace of mind with the successor to the best-selling Thinkware F50 Dash Cam. The F70 builds on top of a winning recipe to offer the same discreet and compact design, coupled with an all-new image sensor for improved recordings in low light conditions, and the latest Energy Saving Mode for increased Parking Surveillance duration.

Sony 75-Inch 4k HDR Ultra HD Android TV

For the streaming lover, consider bringing vibrant colour and stunning clarity to movies and shows with this 75-inch Sony 4K Ultra HD LED smart TV. X-Motion Clarity technology enhances action films and sporting events, while the Ambient Optimization technology automatically adjusts the picture and sound for a more immersive home theatre experience. Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa compatibility makes it easy to find content on your favourite streaming media sites using this 75-inch Sony 4K Ultra HD LED smart TV.

JBL Bar 5.1 Surround Soundbar

Enjoy the quality of the cinema in the comfort of your own home with this JBL Bar 5.1 soundbar. Bluetooth connectivity supports online and music streaming, while JBL MultiBeam technology powers high-quality audio around your family room. The wireless subwoofer boosts the bass and optimizes your audio, delivering incredible surround sound. Including a wall-mount bracket kit and hardware, this JBL Bar 5.1 soundbar lets easily you set up your own home theatre in almost any room.

Skullcandy Mood Boost Headphones

If you’re looking for something bright and unique, in a black and white world of earbuds, these Skullcandy Sesh Mood Boost true wireless earbuds are the answer. Integrated controls let you adjust the volume and answer incoming calls hands-free, while a long-lasting battery and included charging case deliver up to 10 hours of use. Noise-isolating technology keeps ambient sounds to a minimum. An IP55 rating offers sweat, water and dust resistance, so you can use these Skullcandy Sesh Mood Boost true wireless earbuds during morning runs or outdoor training sessions.

Panasonic Earbuds

Panasonic true wireless Bluetooth earphones are sleek and great as a stocking stuffer. The long-lasting battery design delivers up to 20 hours of uninterrupted playback, and the convenient storage case doubles as a charger for a portable power source. A high-performance MEMS microphone makes these earphones ideal for answering incoming voice calls hands-free. Equipped with premium 6mm drivers, these Panasonic true wireless Bluetooth earphones bring sharp, detailed sound to music, podcasts and voice calls.

Vinyl Records

If you want to get something extra special, why not their favourite album on vinyl? With a wide selection of new titles and classics, we have vinyl records for all musical taste. Nothing better than listening to an album on vinyl on a cozy winter eve.

We hope you have found something for everyone on your list. Be sure to check out our other gift guides for more great ideas this holiday season.

 

Gift Guide – Gift Ideas for the Photo Lover

Looking for the perfect gift for the photographer in your life? We’ve curated some ideas in our gift guide for the photo lover. From unique accessories to the best cameras, we have something for whoever you are shopping for this holiday season.

GoPro HERO 9 

Everyone loves a GoPro. Versatile, compact, and powerful, with a wide assortment of mounts, a GoPro can keep up even in the most extreme environments. From snorkeling, to sky diving, this camera will keep up with just about anything. Great gift for the adrenaline lover in your family.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 11

Great for all ages, this Instax camera revives the pre digital revolution instant photo experience. Creating one of a kind prints instantly, it’s great for little ones and older ones alike. Don’t forget to pick up some film to go with it, or a stylish case!

Sony ZV-1 Digital Camera

The Sony ZV-1 is the all in one power house for the budding content creator. Designed specifically for vlogging, featuring built in WiFi for quick and easy uploads. It’s 3″ swivel LCD screen and advanced autofocus makes sure your images stay sharp, and you can keep an eye on your shot, even when it’s of you! It’s an all in one power house that everyone will love.

Photo Accessories

Acessories are always a great gift. Anything from a new bag, travel tripod, microphone or a sling camera strap, there is sure to be an accessory that is a perfect holiday match!
With so many options for the camera lover, these are but a few suggestions to start. Be sure to browse our full camera section here to find the perfect gift.

Canon R6

If you are looking to get serious with your photo related gift, consider the all new Canon R6. With a 20MP full frame sensor, and DIGIC X processor, this powerhouse camera can capture 4K video at 60 frames per second and 1080 HD at 120 FPS. With Canon Log and HDR HQ output options, seasoned filmmakers can get the precise edits they need.

Betsey Johnson Camera Drop Earrings

These cute earrings are the perfect accessory for the photo enthusiast in your life. Show them you know what they love with these unique earrings that show off their passion even without a camera in their hand.

Photolab gifts

Remember our Photolab also has a wide assortment of gift ideas. From mugs, to express photobooks, even puzzles, there is sure to be a gift that strikes your interest. Many items are available to order and pick up before Christmas, right until the 23rd of December. Click here to view our order deadlines to have your item before Christmas.

6 apps and tips to virtually connect with your family – including for Christmas dinner

The holidays will definitely feel different this year by not being able to gather with friends and family. But that doesn’t mean that Christmas is cancelled! With the power of technology, you’ll still be able to hear your uncle’s dad jokes, or your cousin’s elaborate stories – it will feel as if they were seated right at the dinner table with you! We’ve compiled a list of video call apps and equipment to use, as well as some set up tips and tricks to help make this year’s virtual Christmas a memorable one.

Best Apps to use for Video Calling

With all the apps and services out there to choose from, it might be overwhelming to know which one to use. Below, we have broken down some great video calling apps, and what sets them apart to help you choose the right one for you.

Zoom
Zoom is an excellent choice if you have larger families, as you can call with up to 100 people using their free plan, although only for 40 minutes of video calling. It works on Windows and macOS (desktop), and Android and iOS (mobile). Click here for a Zoom how-to set up guide.

Facetime
Facetime is great for those Apple product lovers, as it works on all Apple devices such as iPads, iPhones and Mac computers and laptops. You can host a video call for up to 32 people. Click here for how to set up FaceTime.

WhatsApp
WhatsApp is a great choice for video calls when you have friends and family living across the globe. You can have up to 4 users, and the calls are on the phone’s data plan or via WiFi, so voice calls do not use up any of your phone minutes. It works on Windows and macOS (desktop), and Android and iOS (mobile). Click here on how to set up a WhatsApp group video call.

Skype
Skype is another great app to use, especially if you have family living in other countries. What makes it a little better than Whatsapp is that it lets you make free international calls online for up to 100 people for audio or video conferencing on any device (Hello, big virtual family gathering!) Works on Windows and macOS (desktop), and Android and iOS (mobile). Click here for how to set up a group chat in Skype.

Houseparty
If you love being the life of the party (or your friends and family do), you’ll love Houseparty. It’s a social networking app that allows up to 8 people to video chat at once in a “room,” plus you can also play games on it, such as Heads Up!, Trivia, Quick Draw and more! Works on Windows and macOS (desktop), and Android and iOS (mobile). Click here to learn more about Houseparty and how to set it up.

Facebook Messenger
Facebook Messenger lets you easily chat and video call with your friends and family. It’s great because most of your friends and family will probably already have it if they have a Facebook account, making it an excellent choice for those who aren’t as tech-savvy. Plus, video calls have a limit of 50 users. Works on Windows and macOS (desktop), and Android and iOS (mobile). Click here for how to set up Facebook Messenger group video chat.

Set Up Tips

Lighting
Of course, you’ll want to look your best when video calling with your friends and family, since someone might request a group screenshot to capture the moment. If you are using a laptop, set up a light source behind and above your screen. This way, your face will be nicely lit up and visible. Also, use lighting from multiple sources and angles, so that it is dispersed nice and evenly. This can help you avoid harsh shadows casting on your face or in the background.

Sound Check
Nothing is worse than not being able to hear your video caller, or them struggling to hear you. If you have a microphone plugged in, make sure your computer isn’t sticking to its default audio input device. Check by making sure your microphone settings on your computer are correct. You can check on a Mac computer by clicking the volume control in the menu bar and selecting “sound options.” In the “Input” tab, make sure that your external microphone is selected from the list. Once it is selected, ensure that the “Input level” bar is moving to show that the computer is picking up any sound. Lastly, check that the volume slider isn’t all the way down.

If you’re using a PC, right click the volume icon in the taskbar and select sounds. Choose the “Recording” tab and choose your external microphone from the list. If you are using you computer for the first time or it is fairly new, you can select “Set up microphone” to go through the Microphone Setup Wizard.

Go Hands-Free
If you don’t have a laptop and will be using your phone, instead of awkwardly propping it up on your table, use a mini or table top tripod. This way, you can eat or do other things while you chat with friends and family. As well, many tripods have convenient, bendable legs that you can securely place on any type of surface or wrap around anything, like a floor lamp post.

Tidy Up!
Lastly, if you’re planning a big family video call, make sure the space in the background is somewhat tidy. The last thing you want is a big pile of dirty laundry sitting in plain sight, or the dishes you forgot to put in the dishwasher the night before on the counter behind you. It’s not the end of the world, but it might save you some embarrassment!

Take it to the Big Screen

If you have your set up ready to go, take it one step further and run your video calls through your TV screen! It is a lot better than hunching over a laptop or trying to see everyone on a tiny mobile screen. If you have any Apple or iOS devices, use a Lightning-to-HDMI adapter. Just plug the adapter into an HDMI cable, hook the cable up to the TV, and switch to the appropriate input.

If your laptop has an HDMI port, you can also simply plug an HDMI cable from the laptop straight into your TV. For newer Macs and Windows PCs with USB-C ports, you can use a USB-C to HDMI cable. Once you have plugged it in, press Windows-P on a Windows laptop to switch between display modes. Choosing “Second-screen only” will disable your laptop’s screen while it’s connected to the TV.

BONUS TIP: If you own a camera, you can also check out our blog on Using Your Camera as a Webcam | How-To Guide for Better Video Calling at Home.

We hope you found this blog helpful on how to virtually connect with friends and family over the Christmas holidays. From choosing the right video call app or service, to setting up, and even using your TV for enhanced visual and sound, it will feel like your loved ones are right there with you!

Aura Digital Frame Terms and Conditions

Enter for your chance to win!

Do you want to win a beautiful Aura digital picture frame to showcase your best family photos this holiday season? If so, you are in luck as we have 2 to give away. Aura digital frames are beautifully designed WiFi photo frames that connect people around the world through a brilliant photo sharing experience. We have one Mason by Aura, which is a freestanding frame seemingly carved from stone, and a grand prize of a Sawyer by Aura, a contemporary take on the classic frame utilizing clean lines and faceted planes that strike a bold silhouette. Changing the orientation of these frames is as easy as turning it on its side; Aura’s smart technology rotates the photo for you. For full details read below:

Aura Frames Contest – Official Rules

1) To enter: Simply tell us who you would share a Digital Frame with this holiday season in the comments on this Facebook post before November 29, 2020 11:59pm PST.

Participating and entering in this promotion is considered a complete release of Facebook by each entrant or participant. It is also an acknowledgement that the promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Facebook.

[November 24, 2020 – November 29, 2020 11:59pm PST]

2) No purchase necessary. Limit one (1) entry per social network per contest. Limit one (1) prize may be won per household. Entries must be received no later than November 29, 2020 at 11:59pm PST. London Drugs is not responsible for entries that become lost or misdirected.

3) Contest is open to all residents of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba who, as of the date the prize draw is made: (i) have not won a London Drugs contest since [November 29, 2019 11:59pm PST]; (ii) have reached the age of majority in the province in which they reside as at [November 24, 2020 ](iii) are not employees of London Drugs, their respective advertising and promotional agencies, the independent judging organization (if any), or any family member living with any such employee.

4) The winners will be randomly chosen on the day the contest ends (see dates below) in Vancouver, British Columbia, from all eligible entries received per contest. To win, selected entrants must have correctly answered the skill-testing mathematical question on the online entry form and must sign London Drug’s declaration and release confirming compliance with the contest rules and acceptance of the prize(s) as awarded, releasing London Drugs from liability in association with the contest and prize and consenting to the use of their name, photograph, voice and statements for promotional and publicity purposes.

5) There will be 2 (two) prize(s) awarded to 2 (two) winners: each receiving one of the following: One Aura Mason Graphite (value:$259.99), or one (1) grand prize of a Aura Sawyer Shale Digital Frame (value: $399.99). Prize(s) must be accepted as awarded, are non-transferable and no substitutions are permitted. London Drugs reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value should any prize become unavailable for any reason. Prize will be awarded by Aura and delivered to winners home address.

Contests dates: November 24 – November 29, 2020 11:59pm PST
Draw Date: 12:00 PM Pacific Time [November 30, 2019]

6) Selected entrants will be contacted by social network they were drawn from. No correspondence will be entered into except with selected entrants. If the winner does not respond then she/he will be notified for the second time, 3 (three) days after the first notification. If the winner still does not respond within 3 days of the second notification, a new winner will be chosen in the same manner until a winner is successfully contacted.

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8) London Drugs, their respective advertising and promotional agencies, the independent judging organization, and their respective agents are not liable to an entrant in any manner relating to the contest or the awarding and use of the prize(s).

9) This contest is subject to all federal, provincial, and municipal laws and regulations. By entering the entrant consents to the collection of all personal information included on their entry and agrees to the use and disclosure of such information by and between London Drugs and their agents. The winner(s) also agrees to the collection, use and disclosure of their name, entry, photographs, voice and statements for London Drugs’ publicity purposes without further compensation. All personal information collected from entrants will be used only for the purposes of administering the contest and for marketing and promotional purposes as contemplated by these rules; under no circumstances will any personal information be sold or rented to third parties. All personal information collected by London Drugs will be kept in accordance with the privacy policy of London Drugs, which can be viewed at www.londondrugs.com, and in accordance with all applicable privacy laws.

10) The right is reserved by London Drugs to terminate this contest, in whole or in part, and/or modify, amend or suspend the contest, and/or these rules in any way, should any cause beyond the reasonable control of London Drugs or its agents affect the proper administration thereof.

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All selected entrants will be required to sign the Statement of Declaration and Release attached before they can be declared a winner and receive a contest prize.

Using Your Camera as a Webcam | How-To Guide for Better Video Calling at Home

Do you ever wonder why some webcams feel like you’re using MSN video in 2004? If you’re working or learning from home, your webcam plays an integral role in communicating with the world. If you have a newer model camera, and don’t want to invest in a webcam, Canon, Fujifilm, GoPro, Nikon, Olympus and Sony have all developed ways to allow you to use their cameras as webcams. Find your manufacturer below for instructions on how to turn your camera into a webcam. Be warned that some of these are in beta versions and can contain errors. Certain manufacturers also don’t warranty the use, so be sure to follow the instructions closely.

Canon

What you’ll need: A compatible camera, a USB cable, Canon Webcam Utility. Be sure that your EOS Utility application is not running as it will interfere with the Webcam Utility.  Make sure your camera is in movie mode (if equipped).
To install, download the software from Canon here.

Compatible cameras:

Fujifilm

What you’ll need: a compatible Fujifilm camera with the latest firmware, a USB cable, a compatible streaming application (Google Meet/Microsoft Teams/ Skype/Zoom).
To configure your camera, in the main set up menu, go to “connection Settings”> USB Mode and select Webcam. You can then use the exposure compensation button to adjust your exposure. Once in Webcam mode, it’s plug and play.
To install, download the software from Fujifilm here.

Compatible cameras:

GoPro

What you’ll need: GoPro HERO8 Black with the newest firmware, a USB-C cable, a mounting option, and  GoPro Webcam desktop utility. Currently they support Mac and PC versions, however the PC application is still in beta. Click here to download the GoPro webcam desktop utility app.

To use an older model requires the use of a HDMI-to-USB video converter, and a GoPro with an HDMI output. The HERO7 Black, Hero6 Black, HERO5 Black, or HERO4 Black, should all be compatible using this method.

Nikon

What you’ll need: A compatible Nikon camera, a computer with Windows, USB cable, Charged battery, video conference software, Nikon Web utility software.
They plan to expand to offer a Mac version in the near future. Click here to download. Once the software is installed, it’s a simple plug and play procedure.

Compatible cameras:

Olympus

What you’ll need: A compatible Olympus camera with a memory card, a USB cable, and OM-D Webcam Beta.
Olympus require you to follow detailed steps to ensure proper function. For full details and to download and install the software from Olympus, click here.

Compatible cameras:

Sony

What you’ll need: A compatible Sony Camera with the latest firmware, Sony’s Imaging Edge Webcam software specific to your model, a USB and a Mac or PC.
On models without ‘Control with Smartphone’ option, it’s a simple plug and play. For cameras with Smartphone control, you will need to go into your settings to configure them to work. You can download the Sony Imaging Edge Webcam software here.

Compatible cameras:

E-mount

A-mount

Digital Still Cameras

 

We hoped this help upgrade your at home webcam experience! Remember to also check out our vlogging lighting accessories and tripods online or in store to ensure you look your best on your next video call!

The Cutest First Day of School Photos

Whether your kids are learning from home or are back in the classroom this September, one thing is certain: the first day of school is even more of a significant moment in time than it usually is. In the midst of such extraordinary times, there’s even more reason to document the ways life has changed (or stayed the same) this year – from life at home to the first day of school. Many parents snap a first day of school photo each year to signify the start of a new chapter for their child, while documenting their growth since the previous school year. They grow up so fast, and photos help you document it!

Below, we’ve rounded up 10 of the cutest first day of school photos of little ones ready to hit the books. And keep on scrolling to learn how you can preserve your child’s first day of school milestone, with prints from our London Drugs Photolab (plus get a code for free shipping)!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Photolab can help you mark this important annual milestone in you and your child’s life with keepsakes you’ll appreciate being able to look back on years from now. Choose from quality prints in different finishes such as glossy, pearl, bamboo, metallic and even canvas. Also, our print size options are nearly endless, starting at 4×4 and going all the way up to 44×96 for some prints. We can even turn those first day of school photos into fridge magnets!

You can conveniently pick up your order in-store, or if you’re not nearby a London Drugs location, we can ship it directly to you. Use our promo code SHIP2020 for free shipping on orders over $7.99! Valid September 17 – September 30, 2020.

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