Michael Simpson

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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 Feb 11, 2020 32:30 AM ET
Globe Electric makes smart home setup simple with its app- and voice-controllable products
Wednesday Dec 18, 2019 34:32 PM ET
Anker says these are the world's first earphones to utilize the "Astria Coaxial Acoustic Architecture", which should mean something to aficionados of audio.
Friday Dec 6, 2019 18:46 AM ET
Designed to plug into a USB-C port, this accessory adds two USB 3.0 ports, slots for SD and microSD cards, a 4K HDMI output, an Ethernet port and Power Delivery over its own USB-C plug-in.
Thursday Nov 21, 2019 55:00 PM ET
A smart bulb worth looking for in upcoming sales if you're switched on to the idea of remote-controlled lighting in your home
Monday Sep 9, 2019 15:00 AM ET
This clever little gadget from Anker Innovations plugs into a vehicle’s 12V cigarette lighter socket and doubles as a dual USB adapter.
Thursday Dec 15, 2016 30:00 AM ET
Star Trek's 50th birthday celebration has produced some welcome new discs. We recommend four fascinating stocking fillers.
Friday Dec 9, 2016 40:00 AM ET
Courtesy of Activision, we are offering one reader the chance to get a 3D-printed toy made of a Skylanders character they have designed.
Tuesday Oct 25, 2016 10:00 AM ET
Star Trek isn't the only classic sci-fi series that CBS is acknowledging this year.
Monday Oct 3, 2016 50:00 AM ET
Captain America: Civil War isn't any less enjoyable on 2D Blu-ray but no 3D movie collectors should pass up this release.
Thursday Sep 22, 2016 05:00 AM ET
This massive 30-disc set contains the Original Series movies, the Original Series itself and the Animated Series, which is presented in HD for the first time.
Tuesday Sep 20, 2016 00:00 AM ET
Spare but stylish in appearance, the Stilo has no bells and whistles in its packaging or its performance.
Tuesday Sep 13, 2016 10:00 AM ET
Bruce Campbell is back in the demon-killing role that has defined him for almost four decades.
Tuesday Sep 13, 2016 55:00 AM ET
This season has a recurring role for John Noble as Holmes' father and his sparkling scenes with Jonny Lee Miller are among the highlights.
Monday Jun 27, 2016 25:00 AM ET
The impressive video quality and comprehensive set of special features make this release a worthy tribute to most Trekkers' favorite Trek film.
Thursday Jun 9, 2016 05:00 AM ET
The new set will include the Director's Cut of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and the Animated Series remastered in HD for the first time.
Thursday Jun 2, 2016 15:00 AM ET
You don't need to default to LEGO's Star Wars, Marvel Superheroes or Angry Birds Movie sets to find something that will appeal to brick builders across a wide range of ages.
Wednesday May 25, 2016 30:00 PM ET
With Storage Made Easy it's a snap to manage multiple cloud storage providers in one place.
Tuesday Apr 5, 2016 05:00 AM ET
Humans deserves credit for keeping the implications of artificial intelligence grounded but adds nothing new to the discussion.
Monday Apr 4, 2016 30:00 AM ET
Marvel Battlegrounds is a brawler that pits superheroes against each other face-to-face, echoing events in the upcoming movie Captain America: Civil War.
Thursday Mar 31, 2016 50:00 AM ET
HBO Home Entertainment has gone above and beyond with its Game of Thrones releases so far and the season five set easily meets that standard.
Monday Mar 7, 2016 55:00 AM ET
Eggcited Thrillipede and Spring Ahead Dive Bomber variants are now available along with a Land Race Pack featuring Double Dare Trigger Happy.
Monday Mar 7, 2016 25:00 AM ET
Judy Hopps, Nick Wilde, Baloo the Bear and Ant Man are among the new additions.
Thursday Mar 3, 2016 45:00 AM ET
According to a press release, the ride will deliver a 'powerful storyline' and 'stunning 3D experience'.
Thursday Mar 3, 2016 40:00 AM ET
Special Skylanders SuperChargers toys released to promote Autism Speaks.
Saturday Jan 23, 2016 30:00 PM ET
Disney Infinity's interpretation of the latest Star Wars chapter lives up to its source.
Friday Jan 22, 2016 50:00 AM ET
The end of the world is a laughing matter.
Thursday Jan 21, 2016 10:00 AM ET
This hit summer 2015 series is fun but don't expect a lesson in biology.
Sunday Dec 27, 2015 20:00 PM ET
This year's seasonal special, Missile-Tow Dive-Clops, will be a must-have for any Skylanders toy collector.
Wednesday Dec 23, 2015 10:00 AM ET
It's been a good year for Nintendo Wii U and 3DS titles and amiibo toys.
Tuesday Dec 22, 2015 05:00 PM ET
This flyable Styrofoam model of the iconic ship stands out among the many Star Wars-branded toys.
Friday Dec 18, 2015 55:00 AM ET
Bring family-friendly Star Wars action to your console with Disney's much-improved toys-to-life game
Thursday Dec 3, 2015 20:00 AM ET
About as close as most of us will get to rocking out on stage.
Tuesday Nov 17, 2015 30:00 AM ET
UK fans of Sleepy Hollow will get to see the Bones crossover this Thursday on Universal Channel.
Monday Nov 16, 2015 05:00 AM ET
Low resolution graphics and constant danger makes this world-building game more edgy than Minecraft.
Monday Nov 9, 2015 30:00 AM ET
Guaranteed compatibility makes this drive is an impressive option for avid gamers who want to add tons of storage space to a Wii U.
Friday Nov 6, 2015 20:00 AM ET
Nintendo's lovable little dinosaur makes a welcome return in this heartwarming yarn.
Wednesday Nov 4, 2015 35:00 PM ET
Update adds new toy sets and the ability to 'borrow' Wave 1 characters.
Monday Nov 2, 2015 05:00 PM ET
Packaging for HBO's top show gets a classy metallic makeover in time for the holidays.
Tuesday Oct 27, 2015 20:00 AM ET
A good start that provides something to build on.
Monday Oct 26, 2015 25:00 AM ET
Add AirPlay and Chromecast streaming to Windows 10 with this versatile program.
Friday Oct 23, 2015 15:00 AM ET
Easily run Windows, Linux and Chrome OS apps on a Mac.
Thursday Oct 22, 2015 10:00 AM ET
The fifth game in Activision's toys-to-life series keeps the franchise on track.
Tuesday Oct 13, 2015 20:00 PM ET
Beneath the surface, Best Buy's budget tablet is unusually versatile.
Monday Oct 12, 2015 55:00 AM ET
The game will be released on all major platforms in January 2016.
Saturday Sep 26, 2015 30:00 PM ET
Splatoon feels like the kind of game that the Wii U console was designed for.
Friday Sep 18, 2015 20:00 AM ET
LEGO Dimensions will be released on September 27 for the Xbox One and the Xbox 360, the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 systems, and Nintendo's Wii U.
Friday Sep 18, 2015 50:00 AM ET
'Episode 1: The Order of the Stone' will be the first of five episodes in this season of Minecraft: Story Mode.
Monday Sep 14, 2015 10:00 AM ET
K'NEX building sets come in various themed series for a range of age groups and most have an educational component.
Monday Sep 14, 2015 00:00 AM ET
Activision has partnered with British racing driver Max Chilton to promote the new game at the Indy Lights Championship season finale.
Tuesday Aug 25, 2015 30:00 AM ET
Upcoming releases for the Wii U include Super Mario Maker, Disney Infinity 3.0, Skylanders SuperChargers and LEGO Dimensions.

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