Yes, it’s summer. However, that doesn’t mean you need to endure the harsh sunlight. Thanks to the wonders of technology, you can keep yourself perfectly entertained in the climate controlled indoor environment of your living room.

You know, with something like the upcoming Apple iPad 3 HD. Michael Lim dug up this gem of a rumor, which says that Apple is indeed working on putting a Retina Display on the next-generation iPad. They’re shopping around with LG and Samsung, getting a display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels. That’s four times when you have on the iPad 2.

By now, you’ve surely heard about some of the changes that happened with Netflix’s plans. They’ve separated out the DVD plan from the streaming plan and many members are up in arms about how this effectively doubles how much they have to spend each month.

While Dylan Duarte isn’t particularly pleased with the effective price hike either, he understands the business model, offering the case for Netflix. Even when you factor in the extra costs, Netflix is still one of the best deals if you want to keep entertained all month. The streaming only plan is only $7.99 and that’s way cheaper than many of the other (legal) options out there.

Maybe you don’t like the idea of renting movies and television shows. Maybe you’re more the type that wants to own copies of all your favorite programming, getting access to any of it at any time. That said, you also don’t want to get up from the couch to change what you’re watching.

If that’s the case, then Beth Snyder has found the solution for you. It’s called the Kaleidescape M700 Disc Vault. In effect, this slick silver box will hold up to 320 discs, including CDs, DVDs, and Blu-Ray discs.

It’ll even connect to your home network via an Ethernet cable, granting you access to hours upon hours of entertainment. The price of convenience can be quite high, though, as the Kaleidescape M700 retails for nearly $6,000, not to mention the cost of buying 320 movies to fill it up.

Last and certainly not least, I’m over at LANcouver 2011. This is a huge gaming event in the Vancouver area, encompassing PC, console, tabletop, trading card, and more. If you gotta game, this is the place to be.

For instance, they had a Mario Kart Wii tournament on Friday and fun was had by all. The top prize was a sweet $100 gift card to Future Shop, a t-shirt, and a bandana. Not bad for doing what you love anyhow!

There’ll be more coverage of LANcouver both here on MEGATechNews and on our sister site at Futurelooks, so stay tuned for that.

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