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Canon. Criticisms. Constructive. Which word does not belong?

Sat April 3, 2010

Canon has taken a beating lately with autofocus problems in its top pro DSLR and image softness in its latest enthusiast DSLRs, leaving Nikon as King of DSLR. So opines Michael Pino in his latest blog post, titled “Some Constructive Canon Criticisms.”

Sorry, Mike, camera manufacturers never take criticisms as constructive, but we get your point.

Read the article at: MikePino.


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Breaking the CrackBerry Habit

Fri April 2, 2010

Want to stop smoking? Try chewing gum. Want to break the CrackBerry habit? Try an iPhone! So said 39% of BlackBerry owners in a survey by Crowd Science that they would ‘definitely’ switch to an iPhone tomorrow if given the option. The survey also found that 52% of Blackberry users would ‘definitely’ recommend an iPhone to their friends or family.

You just have to look at the number of business users who are opting for an iPhone instead of a BlackBerry to realize that a definite shift has taken place in that sector, long a bastion for the BlackBerry. Some are predicting that the iPhone will overtake Blackberry in market share as soon as 2011, a year from now.

Read the article at: Yahoo!


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‘Father of the Personal Computer’ Ed Roberts Passes Away

Fri April 2, 2010

Interesting article over at TrustedReviews about the passing of Dr. Ed Roberts — dubbed the “father of the personal computer.” Dr. Robert used Intel’s famous 8080 processor to build the Altair 8800 in 1974.

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Adobe Photoshop CS5 Is Content Aware

Sat March 27, 2010

Digital manipulation takes on a whole new meaning with Photoshop CS5’s Content-Aware Fill feature. And it’s so e-a-s-y that you will all be doing it and we won’t know what “digital manipulation” means anymore — especially if camera manufacturers eventually incorporate this feature in-camera.

[ via Steve’s DIgicams ]

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It Costs More in Canada

Sat March 20, 2010

Even though the Canadian $ and US $ approach parity, you’ll pay more for the same goods in Canada than in the US. After factoring in the exchange rate, goods in Canada were on average 6.8 per cent higher than in U.S. stores. That’s down from the 24 per cent higher last Fall that sparked an outcry among Canadian consumers.

The Retail Council of Canada explained the cost disparity by saying that Canadian retailers face higher labor costs, import duties and bilingual labelling requirements. Yeah, right.

Read the article at: Toronto Star.


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Google’s Next Frontier: Internet TV

Thu March 18, 2010

Just what is Google up to? Is it a search engine or is it more? It hopped onto email with Gmail [competitor: Microsoft Hotmail, Yahoo! mail], dabbled in mobile technology with Android [competitor: Apple iPhone], created a browser overnight with Chrome [competitor: Microsoft IE, Firefox], provided a new translation software with Translate [competitor: AltaVista (now Yahoo!) Babel Fish], gave away Web services with Docs [competitor: Microsoft Office], bought YouTube [competitor: none really], … and now has indicated that it wants to be a player in the Internet TV arena with the help of Sony and Intel [competitor: Apple TV].

All of this made possible by the search you and I type into its search engine every day. In-cre-di-ble!

[ via TrustedReviews ]


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Is this the beginning of the end for Flash?

Thu March 18, 2010

The Apple iPad does not support Adobe Flash which, according to Adobe, runs on 85% of all Web sites and which powers most of the cool animation and videos you encounter on the Internet. Apple claims that Flash is too buggy and drains the power from its devices. To prepare for the arrival of the iPad, major sites have announced Flash-free versions. Sites include The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio and Virgin America.

[ via Network World ]

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And now… the Malvertising Virus

Thu March 18, 2010

Avast Antivirus is reporting a virus that targets display advertisement. Javascript code in the malware runs as soon as the ad displays on your screen and does not require you to click on the ad. Dubbed a malvertising virus, the ‘JS:Prontexti’ malware may have already infected the big ad services such as Google, Yahoo and Fox.

[ via BizReport ]

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Virgin America Airlines Loses Its Innocence

Wed March 17, 2010

Virgin America airlines, long the darling of airlines, seemed to have lost its innocence this past week-end when Flight 404 stranded passengers on board for an excruciatingly long 4.5 or 7 hours (depending on whether you are asking the company or the passengers) the tarmac.

A new law is coming into effect to prevent just this kind of passenger mistreatment by airlines with a maximum of 3 hours on the tarmac allowed before airlines must release passengers (with refunds or overnight hotel stay, etc.).

Read the article and watch the video at: abc News.

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Why Is Apple Banning The Sale Of Protective Screen Film From Its Apple Stores

Wed March 17, 2010

Why is Apple banning the sale of protective screen film from its retail and online stores? Users of the iPod and iPhone have been purchasing screen film as protection for the devices’ plastic and glass display from scratches and damage. There’s been no report of the iPad and iPhone touchscreen being negatively affected by the protective film on top. Wonder if this has anything to do with the iPad’s new touchscreen?

[ via iLounge ]


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.canon

Wed March 17, 2010

It’s simple, it’s clear and it’s contentious. ICANN’s decision to broadly widen the number of top level domain, that is. Canon has given notice that it is ready to ditch .com and gather all its web properties under .canon by late 2011.

Does it mean that no one else will be allowed to register a domain name ending in the top level domain .canon? Yep, the privilege of obtaining a top level domain name all to yourself [uh, sorry, only companies or organizations need apply] will set you back by about US $185,000 for now.

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How To Get The Best From Your Web Designer

Wed March 17, 2010

If you are planning to design or redesign your web site, be it for a personal blog, a photo gallery showcase of your work, or just to give information to your customers, it’s good to know what the process is going to be. The best designers, like the best photographers, follow a workflow to help them ensure that 1) they understand the client’s needs, 2) the client understands their own needs (you’d be surprised how little we know about what we need or want, but a good designer can help us flesh this out), and 3) that both designer and client agree on the cost, time frame and deliverables.

If your designer does not do the three things above, be on your guard. There are many fly-by-night freelancers who will promise you a great design for a couple hundred bucks. What you end up getting is a template that you can freely download from the Internet. And there is no follow-up, barely any customization and the overall effect is cheesy and amateurish. It might look great to you with all the flash and animation and sound and colors — but it is still very amateurish.

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