May 9th, 2016

Looking to game on the go? Certified Data has you covered with the new Magnum gaming laptop!

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Looking to game on the go? Certified Data has you covered with the new Magnum gaming laptop!

The Magnum is designed with power in mind. We used an Intel Core i7-4710MQ processor running at 2.5 GHz. That’s a quad core CPU that supports all the latest tech. You also get 8 GB of DDR3L RAM (which you can expand to 16GB). We could list all the technical details but here’s the takeaway: this thing has a lot of horsepower. Seriously, just check it’s Geekbench scores.

Combine all that horsepower with the GeForce GTX 960M graphics card and its 4GB of graphics memory and you have a formidable gaming machine. Whether you want to play Candy Crush, World of Warcraft, or the upcoming Doom reboot, this machine will be able to handle it.

That’s not where it ends though! We have a full keyboard with numberpad, a huge 1TB hard drive, a DVD+/-RW drive for those games you still have on disk, HDMI output so you can play on your big screen TV, Bluetooth and WiFi and gigabit ethernet so you won’t have any lag at LAN parties. Top that off with a 15.6 inch high definition screen and what we’re left with is a pretty sweet package.

Have more questions? Our LD Experts are waiting for you at your nearest London Drugs computer department! That’s not all though, if you buy a Magnum between April 29th and May 11th we’ll throw in a Tree Frog gaming mouse and a $20 prepaid Steam card! This deal is only available in store so come on down!

 

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April 30th, 2016

Upcoming Games for May

Greetings gamers and welcome to May! This month has nine new games for you to play, including the return of some classics, a reboot or two, some sequels, and some entirely new games! Let’s take a closer look at what’s in store.

Battleborn


A catastrophe has befallen the galaxy! All the habitable systems have been destroyed save one, Solus, the last star. All the races and people of the galaxy have fled there, including the bad guys, and now it’s up to you, the Battleborn to stop them from destroying Solus too! Gearbox software, makers of the highly successful Borderlands series have developed Battleborn, an online first person shooter and far flung space fantasy. At release the game will feature 25 playable characters each with their own unique abilities and weapons, and their own unique skill tree to unlock.

Battleborn will be available on May 3rd on PlayStation 4, XBOX One, and Windows, and you can pre-order your copy today!

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April 26th, 2016

MSI Canada Cup V3 Results

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The winners are in! The MSI Dragon Cup V3 Hearthstone Tournament was held on April 9th and 10th pitting players from all around the continent against one another. This year we had over 100,000 players registered and the tournament was watched by over 34,000 people!

The matches were exciting, and there was one EPIC match featuring some of the craziest, weirdest plays seen in a tournament.

Jean-Francois T, aka Walf#1592 placed 4th overall and was the 3rd highest ranked Canadian which means he took home a $200 London Drugs gift card to use on LondonDrugs.com.

Mathieu B, aka Doctueur#1458 placed 3rd overall, taking home $200 cash and an MSI gaming keyboard. He was also the 2nd highest ranked Canadian and received a $300 London Drugs gift card to use on our website.

Justin D, aka Luffy#1586 placed 2nd overall and took home $300 cash and an MSI gaming motherboard. That’s not all though, Justin was the highest ranked Canadian meaning he also took home a $500 London Drugs Gift card!

The grand champion of the tournament is Robert M, aka Nostam#1965. Robert is taking home a $500 cash and a sweet MSI GTX 960 2G graphics card, and he also earned a spot in the Enthusiast Gaming Live Expo Hearthstone Tournament being held in Toronto this coming weekend, and a chance to take home a part of that tournaments prize pool of $10,000!

A big thanks to all the players, and congratulations to all the winners! It was a big success and we look forward to the Dragon Cup V4!

 



April 2nd, 2016

Upcoming Games for April

Rain rain, go away, no wait stay so we can stay inside and play video games guilt free!  April sees the release of 9 new games for you, including a new special edition XBOX One Console and some re-released classics!

Quantum Break

An experiment gone wrong has broken time! Now not only is time breaking down but you can manipulate it to your advantage! Stop time, bend time, slow down bullets or send them back at your enemies! Quantum Break features a whole host of time based powers for the main character as well as an all star cast including Shawn Ashmore (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Dominic Monaghan (The Lord of the Rings, Lost), Aiden Gillen (Game of Thrones) and Lance Reddick (Fringe, The Wire).

You can pick up the game on it’s own or choose the special edition XBOX One Console in Cirrus White with a 500 GB hard drive and award winning game Alan Wake. Quantum Break will be available on April 5th

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March 8th, 2016

Windows 95 – We’ve Come A Long Way…

Windows 95 was released as of this posting just a little over 20 years ago. This operating system brought many innovations to personal computing, the most common being the “start” button that still exists in Windows 10. You may not have realized that teenagers today were all born after ’95 and the relative simplicity of their smartphones, tablets and even computer operating systems is taken for granted. Here’s a video of teenagers’ reactions to Windows 95.



March 1st, 2016

Upcoming Video Games for March

Spring is around the corner, you know what that means!  Spring rain is coming giving us plenty of time to play the 8 video games coming out in March!

 

March 1st

Return to Popolocrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale

Our first title was held over from last month.  Return to Popolocrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale features two popular 3DS franchises crossing over:  The fairy tale world of Popolocrois and the farming simulation of Story of Seasons!  Price Pietro of Popolocrois is stranded in a strange land where nothing will grow and is forced to live as a farmer, returning life to the corrupt soil in order to make your way home!  Yes, you basically farm your way out of trouble.  Sounds strange, but also like a boat load of fun!  We’ll finally find out on March 1st on Nintendo 3DS.

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February 18th, 2016

What’s new in taxes for 2015

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By Jennifer Gorman, TurboTax. Originally posted to the TurboTax Blog

Over the past few months numerous changes to the current tax system have been announced. Although most new laws announced in December by the Federal Government do not affect this year’s filings, there are a few previously announced changes that apply to tax year 2015.

Child Care Maximums Raised

For tax year 2015, the cap on child care deductions has been raised. For each child who is eligible for the Disability Tax Credit, the deduction limit is now $11,000. The child care deduction limit for a child who is under seven years of age at the end of the year is now $8,000. Parents of children born between 1999 and 2008 can now claim up to $5,000 in childcare expenses.

Refundable Children’s Fitness Credit

Tax year 2014 saw the doubling of the Children’s Fitness Credit from $500 to $1000. For 2015 returns, eligible children’s fitness fees are now refundable up to $1000. The deduction has moved from the non-refundable credits schedule 1 to the T1 General refund/balance owing section. This is great news for parents, especially those who may have previously not seen the tax benefit from such expenses. Individuals who have enough deductions to bring their tax owing to zero will now receive a refund of their children’s fitness fees. In past years, if your tax owing was zero, the credit was wasted.

Enhanced Universal Child Care Benefit

The initial change to the UCCB came last July when all parents with children under 18 began receiving monthly benefits. Part two of the enhanced UCCB program will be seen on your tax return. In previous years, a non-refundable credit named the “amount for children” was granted to parents. The credit was worth $2,255 per child under 18. That credit is no longer available.

Lifetime Capital Gains Exemption on QFFP

For qualified farm or fishing properties (QFFP) disposed of after April 20, 2015, the lifetime capital gains exemption has risen from $813,600 to $1,000,000. Because capital gains are taxed at a 50% rate, this translates to a bottom line difference of $93,200 for claiming lifetime capital gains on QFFP only. Qualified small business shares not related to farming or fishing remain unchanged.

Small Business Job Credit

Employment Insurance premiums are paid by both employers and employees. If you are the owner of a small business and have employees, you may see a refund of a portion of the Employment Insurance premiums you pay as an employer. The Small Business Job Credit applies to small businesses whose employer share of EI premiums is less than $15,000 annually. It translates to 39 cents per $100 of insurable earnings. There’s no application for the credit; CRA will do the math for you based upon the T4’s submitted for your employees. If you are entitled to a refund of EI premiums, you will automatically receive either a direct refund or the amount will be applied to any outstanding balance in your business’s payroll account.

TurboTax makes it easy for you to get your taxes done by staying up to date on all the latest tax credits and deductions, so you don’t have to. To learn more about the tax law changes that took effect on January 1, 2016 and don’t impact your 2015 taxes, click here.

 

About Jennifer Gorman

Jennifer is a tax expert with more than 20 years experience helping Canadians. She enjoys holding yearly seminars in her hometown in Newfoundland to teach seniors and students how to use TurboTax to prepare their own returns.



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