6 Great Thanksgiving Games & Apps

Simply Computing Thanksgiving Games apps

6 Games & Apps to keep the family entertained this Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a chance to reconnect with all the things we’re grateful for, including family and friends. To help with that, we’ve put together a list of our top 6 games and apps that are sure to lead to laughs (and possibly eventual arguments) for everyone!

1. Heads Up! 

Heads Up! is the smartphone version of that game from Inglorious Basterds where you hold a card on your head and everyone else gets you to guess what it says. A favourite of Ellen DeGeneres, over a billion rounds have been played since it first launched. It costs $1.39, but in our opinion that’s money well spent since it’s a great game for getting everyone involved (sometimes too much so!).


2. SongPop Party

Available on iOS, Android and Facebook, SongPop is the app version of Name That Tune. We highly recommend playing family-style on the big screen! If your family happens to have an AppleTV (currently on sale), this will work even better since the game gets even more competitive when everyone has their own controller (the controller app is a free add-on for any iPhone or iPad.) Maybe just avoid any of the hip hop playlists if you want grandparents to have a chance of keeping up, alternatively include a golden oldies round!


3. SketchParty TV

Drawing games are no novelty, they’ve been around for a while, but this our favourite because it’s less Pictionary and more Win, Lose or Draw. If you do have an AppleTV and iPad, they’ll combine to let each team’s drawer work easily on the tablet while the rest of their team can guess the drawing on the TV itself! If you don’t have an AppleTV/iPad combo with you for Thanksgiving, you can get a similar experience from the Draw Something app instead.


4. Worms 3 

An all round classic, Worms 3 is a turn-based strategy game where each player controls a set of worms, each with different abilities and power ups. Colourful and engaging enough to include the kids, but competitive enough (believe us!) to hold adults interest too. The mobile and tablet version translates exceptionally well to iPhone and iPad. Using your worms to blow up your opponents/cousins with all manner of goofy gadgets and wacky weapons never gets old!


5. Trivia Crack

We all remember the 1999 edition of Trivial Pursuit that sits bashed up in your parents basement, the one that doesn’t yet know that Ben Affleck now has played Batman too, and makes surprisingly often reference to Y2K. Trivia Crack plays similarly to the original Trivial Pursuit but has up-to-the-minute questions and doesn’t require you to hunt down those little coloured triangles that went missing the last time your brother flipped the board over in rage.


6. Just Dance Now

One of the most sophisticated app setups has been created for a game that’s as simple to play as shaking your butt. Just Dance brings the motion-controlled dancing game to phones. Using your smartphone as the sensor, copy the dance moves thrown your way on anything from an AppleTV to a tablet to a laptop. Or just let loose, who cares about winning right? Maybe make sure to tell your aunts in advance that no one wants to see them twerk to “Get Low.”

That’s it for our games and apps guide to get you through Thanksgiving 2017! We hope the above apps help bring families together this holiday weekend. And remember, Simply Computing accepts no responsibility for family disputes caused as a result of the above games! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

by Dan Daly

G-Tech Week – Why Choose G-Tech?

G-tech Week Why G-Tech?
As part of our G-Tech Week, we’d like to dig a little deeper into why
G-Tech have become the storage brand of choice for many creative professionals as well as those looking for their perfect data storage solution.
And why do they choose G-Tech? Simply put: Performance. Style. and Reliability.
 So read on to find out the top 10 reasons why you should pick G-Tech for your storage needs!

1) Manufacturing Standards:
G-Tech’s roots are deeply ingrained in offering high-performance and reliable portable and desktop drives. They support virtually all levels of personal, production and post-production workflows with our Thunderbolt, USB 3.0, eSATA, FireWire, mini-SAS connections and can meet any requirement for personal storage..desktop or mobile.

2) Standing the Heat:
Heat is the #1 enemy of data, but G-Tech products are designed with the best materials and design so they run cooler than most others, reducing wear on the drive and further protecting your data. Whether it’s the aluminum enclosure, or with quiet cooling fan technology to draw hot air away and out of the system to prevent overheating, your data is protected.

3) Sleek n’ Stylish:
G-Tech pride themselves with its stylish design.  Whether it’s their award winning aluminum enclosure that looks great next to your new MacBook, or our Rugged All-Terrain Case, you can stay protected, AND look good in any Mac environment…(PC environments too).

4) Work on the Go:
With their “rugged’ Range of hard drives,  G-Tech ensure that you can continue to work efficiently even in demanding environments. Like their ev RaW G-Drive, which has a lightweight bumper that can resist a fall of up to 1.5m. So whether it’s shooting on location, transporting backup files or need protection from a drop or fall, the rugged series has something for you!

5) “Always-on” Environments:
Normal drives are not meant for continuous use, and will eventually begin to fail. But G-Tech’s Enterprise class drives are proven to be more reliable; they are designed for users who work in a 24/7 environment. Their HGST enterprise-class drives are the only SATA HDDs rated at 2.0 million hours ‘mean time between failure’ (MTBF). They are also built to tolerate more vibration and feature special error recovery to maximize performance and data integrity.

6) Designed for creatives, loved by everyone:
G-Tech made its mark in the professional workspace with its G-Raid drive over 12 years ago, and a promise of Performance. Style. and Reliability.

7) Long life warranties:
For years, G-Tech proudly stood behind their products with an industry exclusive, 3-year warranty across the entire line.  Now that 3 years has become the norm, G-Tech has pushed the envelope again with 5 year warranty’s across their top of the line Enterprise class drives.

8) Complex Formats made easy:
Whether you work with 4k, HDR or other demanding formats, G-Tech’s products support HD to 4K+ workflows, which offers blazingly fast, “real-world” transfer speeds, so our customers can focus on their own creativity, not their gear.

9) Mac? PC? You’re covered either way!
G-Tech products are macOS compatible and ready for use with Time Machine.  PC user?  No problem.  A quick and simple reformat, and you get all the benefits of G-Technology drives on your Windows PC.

10) Start to Finish Support:
G-Tech is known all around the world for making workflows simpler, better, and faster. Their products touch every point of the creative workflow – from initial capturing of photos and videos… to transporting and transferring… to editing and final production, G-Tech helps move things forward.

So the next time you need to back up your prized photos and videos, or need to upgrade your storage solution to make your work environment more efficient, remember that G-tech design their products with your needs in mind! Check out our collection here.

by Julia Li

G-Tech Week – Everything you need to know before buying a hard drive

Things to know when buying a G-Tech External Hard Drive:

When buying an external hard drive, it’s important to find the right one for your needs. Whether it is backing up family memories, storing 4K video footage or protecting all your important computer data, G-Tech has the solution for you.

They provide a wide range of secure backup devices, that come formatted for Apple out of the box and have at least a 3 year limited warranty on all their products. The following sections will go through a few criteria you should take into
consideration before purchasing.
If you’re in need for a high-quality storage drive, look no further.

Visit us in-store all from August 24th to 31st for a guaranteed discount on G-Tech products, up to $50 off!

Nowadays, the price for a high capacity hard drive is dropping. The average price for a 1TB hard drive is around $100. 1TB is the same as 1,000MB, but let’s put that in perspective. A 1TB hard drive can store about 200,000 photos, 250,000 songs, 76 movies. That’s definitely a lot! G-Tech HDs range from 1TB to 20+TB, ensuring whatever your needs, they’ve got you covered.

Backing Up
G-Tech products are Apple Time Machine compatible – which makes backing up all your memories and data easy! Time Machine keeps hourly backups for the past 24 hours, daily backups for the past month, and weekly backups for all previous months. Setup takes just a few seconds, after which it will backup automatically every time it’s connected to your Mac.

There are two main types of storage drives – Hard Disk Drives (HDD) and Solid State Drives (SSD). HDDs are the most common types of storage drives, although SSDs are quickly becoming more popular and cost effective. HDDs work using moving parts and operate similarly to a record player, using a needle to access data on a rotating disc. Each HDD has a rotations-per-minute speed (RPM). The greater the RPM, the faster the drive.

Recently we’ve seen Apple computers make a move to the USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 connection port. Being smaller in size than traditional USB ports, they allow hard drives to be even thinner, lighter and more portable than ever, as well as providing a faster connection. But it’s not just Apple – many PC and cell phone companies are making the move to the more universal USB-C type port.

Thankfully, G-Tech are sure to offer a drive that supports your machine, making hard drives that support USB 2.0; USB 3.0; Thunderbolt 2; Thunderbolt 3 as well as FireWire and eSATA. The USB-C/Thunderbolt 3, found in their higher end models, delivers more speed, pixels and power than ever before.

Durability, Reliability, and Warranty
Durability and Reliability is a very important factor when choosing an external hard drive. All G-TECH HDs comes with a at least a 3 year warranty. Our most durable drive is the G-DRIVE ev ATC. The G-DRIVE ev ATC is a rugged, all terrain drive. It is dust resistant, water protected, series compatible, pressure resistant, and has a 2-meter drop protection. The G-DRIVE ev RAW is the next highest durable drive that’s designed for everywhere you go. This rugged drive supports a 1.5-meter drop protection, making it durable and reliable for on-the-go access. G-TECH have one of the lowest fail rates across all HD manufacturers.

Now that you’re all read-up on all things hard drive, why not check out our collection of G-Tech’s latest and greatest right here.

By Julia Li

Under the Simply Spotlight – Episode 6 Student Edition

Welcome to the student edition of Under the Simply Spotlight, where we spoke to one of our student staff members for their insights into working at Simply. Each month we put one of our staff under the spotlight so that you can get to know the people who provide our outstanding service. For this edition, we spoke to Jordan Bornais, from our Kamloops store. So read on for a short interview that gives a flavour of who we are.

Where do you go to school and what are you studying?
I am from Calgary and moved to Kamloops when I was only one and lived there ever since then.

What’s your current position at Simply Computing?
I go to Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops and I am working towards my Bachelors of Physics.

Do you have any vacations planed before going back to college?
Its technically a vacation but nothing extravagant, but I will be visiting Vancouver Island and Victoria again this year with my girlfriend for a week!

What’s your current position at Simply Computing?
I am currently a Sales Representative and a One-on-One Trainer at my store in Kamloops.

What was your job before working at Simply Computing?
I was actually working in the Electronics Department at Target for about a year before they all closed down.

If you could own any product in store right now, what would it be?
I know that it isn’t out yet but I would very very much like to own the new iMac Pro coming out soon, it’s due out in December and the Space Grey accessories are a very nice touch.

What’s your favourite thing about working with Simply?
My favourite thing about working at Simply would most likely be the atmosphere. It is extremely high paced and you’re always on your feet and trying to solve unique problems. Its also extremely rewarding helping someone find something they never thought possible.

What music are you into right now? How do you listen to it?
If it has a beat, then I like it. There are very few genres that I don’t have saved on my iPhone. I will normally listen to my music either through my MacBook Pro speakers, or through BeatsX or AirPods.

If you could eat just 1 type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
It would have to be burritos, you can have breakfast, lunch and dinner in one nicely wrapped surprise!

What advice would you give to a fellow student in the market for a new computer/iPad?
There are two pieces of advice I could give, the first being that it’s never too early to think about what you could be doing in the future and picking a computer or iPad that will help you most in the situation, but at the same time you do not need always need the top of line equipment to be able to succeed in school.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
As of late, a great deal of my spare time has been spent at the gym! If not there I would be playing basketball or just hanging out somewhere with friends.

What do you hope to work as once you’ve finished college?
After I have finished, there are a great number of places I would hope to work for, but at the end of it all I really hope to have a business of my own.

Thanks to Jordan for taking part in our Student Edition of Under the Simply Spotlight. Just one of our experienced and dedicated staff who are ready to help with all your Apple needs. For directions to our Kamloops store click here.

By Dan Daly