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“Toronto: Street Level” Exhibition: Photos of Physical Disability & Accessibility Until End of July + Reception May 29, 2014

Tue May 27, 2014

Toronto: Street Level – A Photography Exhibition

A photography exhibition curated by award-winning photographer Vincenzo Pietropaolo in partnership with Tangled Art + Disability

Continues to the End of July, 2014

Included in Regular Admission

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 29, 2014, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Official remarks at 6 p.m.

Mackenzie House
82 Bond St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Please RSVP to tohistoricsites@toronto.ca or 416-392-6915

Toronto: Street Level is an exhibition of photographs by 10 artists with disabilities, created through a workshop led by Vincenzo Pietropaolo, a self-taught independent Toronto documentary photographer.

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Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai Sets Next April 2015 As Crucial Date To Complete The Overhaul Of Its Electronics Division

Sat May 24, 2014

CEO Kazuo Hirai is on a mission to reform Sony’s troubled Electronics division by April 2015 and to return to profits by April 2016.

After exiting the PC business in February, reforms now targets the splitting out of the TV business and cutting costs by 20% to 30%.

Even though Sony is forecasting a loss of AY=50 billion (US$500 million) for the year to next April, it believes the reforms will lead to an operating profit of more than AY=400 billion (US$4.0 billion) for the year to April 2016.

Its three core electronics businesses are mobile, games and imaging, with image sensors and batteries the profitable ones. Sony’s entertainment, insurance and banking businesses are expected to support the manufacturer as it struggles with the reforms.

via CIO

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Adorama Weekend Deal 2014-05-23: Canon PIXMA MG2520 Inkjet All-in-One Printer

Fri May 23, 2014

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McAfee: More Online Safety Tips

Fri May 23, 2014
Image by McAfee

Image by McAfee

With the recent breach of eBay’s database containing passwords, email and physical addresses, phone numbers, and dates of birth, McAfee would like to offer a few tips on how to protect ourselves.

“Similar to washing your hands before meals, consider these precautions basic digital hygiene practices,” said Mike Fey, executive vice president, general manager of corporate products, and CTO at McAfee.

If you’re an eBay user…

  • Change your password immediately
  • Keep an eye out for phishing scams referencing your personal information
  • Track your credit and debit card accounts for unusual activity
  • Keep an eye out for snail mail and phone fraud given physical addresses were compromised along with other information

Good practices for password safety
While many websites utilize encryption measures to secure data, it needs to be known that the longer a password remains the same, the more likely it will be discovered by someone seeking to gain access to private and confidential information.

Changing your password ensures security by:

  • revoking access to any unauthorized person with access to your account, and
  • restarting the process for anyone trying to break your password.

Some tips from McAfee for best practices regarding password security include the following:


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Digital Microscope Camera + Social Artistry: The I Love You Project Exhibition May 30-June 1, 2014

Thu May 22, 2014

8th Annual Arts in Bushwick

Hosts

Bushwick Open Studios 2014 (BOS) and

Presents

The I Love You Project® Exhibition – Founded by Debbie T. Davies

FREE Admission

Friday May 30,  5pm-8pm
Saturday May 31,  11am-6pm
Sunday June 1,  11am-6pm

Location: The Vander Ende-Onderdonk House, 1820 Flushing Ave, Ridgewood, NY 11385

And

BOS Launch Party

Friday, May 30, at Radio Bushwick
22 WYCKOFF AVENUE, BROOKLYN, NY 11237

TEL: 917-893-8935 | EMAIL: RADIOBUSHWICK@GMAIL.COM

Please click here for more info about the BOS Launch Party.

“The purpose of the project is to celebrate diversity and share intentions of peace, acceptance, and love across cultures.

Participants are videotaped and photographed saying “I Love You” in their native language using digital microscope cameras. The images and voice recordings are combined with original music by Julius Schön to create an immersive multi-media installation. The microscope technology, which is actually a child’s toy, creates unexpected reflections of skin tone, sometimes capturing what is beneath the skin, and showing that we are all human underneath. During the photo sessions, participants are encouraged to spend time telling their stories of migration, and describing their personal and cultural definition of “love”. The highly emotional and connected experience participants share – saying “I Love You” into the camera – exemplifies the healing power of this phrase. This interaction creates a connection between participants, the photographer, and strangers. The message of love reverberates through the images and voices of people of different cultures and religions.”

Debbie T. Davies
www.theiloveyouproject.net

This video presents “The I Love You Project.”

  • First of a series of global photo-video projects in….Raval, Barcelona, Spain.



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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review @ Neocamera

Tue May 20, 2014 | by Itai Danan

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is the latest professional mirrorless from Olympus. It boasts a 16 megapixels Micro Four-Thirds sensor with an ISO 100 to 25600 sensitivity range paired with a shutter capable of 1/8000 – 60s exposures, plus bulb up to 30 minutes. The sensor is mounted on a 5-axis image-stabilization system to benefit all lenses.

This extremely capable mirrorless shoots at 10 FPS and record full 1080p HD video with stereo sound. All this in a durable, weather-sealed and freeze-proof body suitable for professional use. Neocamera just published a detailed review of the Olympus OM-D E-M1. Read it now to find out how this digital camera performs.

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McAfee Mobile Security for Android: FREE New Version Once Installed Instantly Runs Protection Scan

Tue May 20, 2014

McAfee Canada today announced an updated version of McAfee Mobile Security. This enhanced version enables consumers to instantly run free privacy and security scans as soon as the product is installed.

  • It identifies apps on their smartphones and tablets that are oversharing personal information, searches for and removes malware, and looks for other security threats.
  • McAfee Mobile Security helps to safeguard Android users’ digital assets and personal information stored on their smart devices.

Canadian Internet users value their digital files to be worth more than $32,000, or the price of a new car1.

  • On average, Canadians have 2,584 digital files stored on at least one digital device.
  • Canadians value the personal memories they keep on their digital devices to be worth $17,711, and their personal records are valued at $7,354.
  • Seventy-seven (77) per cent of Canadian consumers list identity theft, financial theft, and fraud as their top security concerns, and 87 per cent of Canadians don’t protect their smartphones with comprehensive security.
[1] McAfee Canada, Digital Assets Survey. May 2013.

This video presents “McAfee Mobile Security — Powerful Protection for Your Mobile Life.”

  • McAfee mobile solutions offer customers the confidence to safely connect, surf, shop and socialise online knowing that their data, device and privacy are safe.
  • If your mobile device gets lost, stolen, infected with a virus, or an app unknowingly mines your personal information, you could lose your personal data, but also could possibly expose yourself, your friends, or your colleagues to financial fraud and identity theft.
  • That’s why McAfee provides an award-winning security solution that’s as mobile as you are.

“Protect your mobile device with McAfee and do more with confidence.”

NEWS RELEASE

McAfee Offers Free Instant Protection Scan for Mobile Apps
that Overshare Personal Information

New release of McAfee Mobile Security enables Android users to instantly check
for apps that use extensive data collection techniques

MARKHAM, ON, May 20, 2014 – Today McAfee, part of Intel Security, announced the latest version of McAfee Mobile Security that now enables consumers to instantly run free privacy and security scans as soon as the product is installed. It identifies apps that are oversharing personal information, searches for and removes malware, and looks for other security threats. This new version of McAfee Mobile Security also allows users to easily remove apps that pose significant risks.

According to McAfee’s Consumer Mobile Security Report, 80 per cent of mobile apps today collect location information about users, 82 per cent know the device ID, and 57 per cent track when people use their phones. Additionally, the apps that aggressively and often unnecessarily collect data leverage potentially dangerous ad libraries, and 35 per cent of these apps contain malware.

“The personal data some apps collect can be beneficial to enhancing your mobile experience. However many apps are collecting more information than they need, putting your privacy and personal security at risk,” said Gary Davis, vice president of consumer marketing at McAfee, part of Intel Security. “McAfee Mobile Security is empowering users by letting them know exactly what information their apps are accessing, and helps them safeguard their identity and personal information.”


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Is the iPhone 5s All You Need? Bentley Ad Seems To Agree.

Mon May 19, 2014

To show off the “Intelligent Details” in the 2014 Bentley Mulsanne ($300K), especially the in-car connectivity and entertainment platform, Bentley chose to shoot a B&W commercial using the iPhone 5s and edit it in the back seat of the car using an Apple iPad Air. Of course, add on lenses, external keyboards, tripods, and expensive video stabilizer bars are liberally thrown in.

In the video, we see the “picnic tables” (which are apparently crafted from solid metal, fine veneer and hide) which are designed to accommodate an iPad and a wireless keyboard.

The video is a pretty impressive feat, but I doubt it is as easy as it is shown to be. Anyone who has ever shot and edited a movie knows the amount of shooting, reshooting and hours of painstaking editing it all takes — and it certainly does not take a couple of minutes editing on an iPad Air in the back seat of a car.

The iPhone 5s (any other smartphone) may well be all that you need for a point-and-shoot camera and video camera. But just take all the ads with a healthy grain of salt.

via The Loop

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Freemium Apps (and Apple, Google, Amazon, Gameloft) Come Under Fire

Mon May 19, 2014

Fed up of so-called Freemium apps where you are free to download but have to make In-App Purchases (IAP) to actually use the app (usually games)?

Apparently there are many of you out there complaining about this.

Now, mind you, with some of these games, you can actually play quite a bit before being required to shell out money to play further or to have an enhanced playing experience. They give you a feel for the game and whether you really like it or not. If you were then required to shell out, say $2.94 to buy the full version, no one would really complain. But paying $0.99 for an extra game character gets expensive real quick and you could end up paying in excess of $5/$10 for a game, a price you would never agree to in the first place. Parents who downloaded these Freemium games did not realize their children could so easily buy extra characters at the cost of $0.99 a character. It adds up real fast.

In fact, Apple settled a lawsuit earlier this year to reimburse parents whose kids spent insane amounts of money on in-app purchases.

But that is not what the investigation is about this time.

Now, Italian antitrust authorities have Apple, Google, Amazon and Gameloft in their direct fire sight; they are investigating alleged misleading advertisements claiming the mobile game apps are free when they actually require in-app purchases in order to be played beyond a certain point.

Case in point, I downloaded Microsoft Office Cloud apps (and other office productivity apps) and was under the impression they were free. Imagine my surprise to find out they are not (and I had wasted my time). Should other companies, like Microsoft, be also included in the investigation?

So, do you think Freemium apps (whether games, productivity, office, photo) should be listed alongside (really) free apps in the App Store? Or, are they misleading consumers?

via Cult of Mac

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