IFA ATTRACTS TECHNOLOGY FROM EVERY GLOBAL CORNER

IFA 2017 attracted more than 253,000 visitors to Berlin, a global trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances. With more than half of all trade visitors coming from abroad, IFA Berlin provided a huge boost for both manufacturers and retailers in the crucial run-up to the holiday period, which runs from Thanksgiving in the United States all the way to Christmas and the New Year. Once again, IFA was operating at full capacity, with 1,805 exhibitors showing their latest products and services on 159,000 square meters of fully booked show floor at Messe Berlin. The mood among exhibitors was highly optimistic, not least given the expected order volume of 4.7 billion euro achieved during the six days of the event. 

The Annual 2017 IFA tradeshow in Berlin ends today with a slew of smart and sometimes crazy technology.                                                                                 Much was about the newest wearables, laptops, phones or speakers which are basically incrementally better than older models. But exciting technology is about how to do or experience things, in a new way.

Here are some of my favourites.

BIG AND SMALL HOME APPLIANCES                      The Smart Home appliance category ruled. German high end Miele’s Dialog oven uses a combination of electromagnetic waves (like microwaves) a convection fan and traditional radiant heating elements to cook food, precisely.

Miele: three heat sources and smart sensors…

 

Continue reading IFA ATTRACTS TECHNOLOGY FROM EVERY GLOBAL CORNER

KUTNA HORA’S CURIOUS BONE COLLECTION

  • Kutna Hora’s Bone Church outside Prague houses the bones of 40,000 people excavated centuries ago after the surrounding graveyard, sprinkled with imported dirt from Golgotha,  overflowed with believers. The meticulous, artistic, macabre and somehow amusing arrangement of human bones, including a huge candle lit chandelier is a YOLO moment for the living.

Continue reading KUTNA HORA’S CURIOUS BONE COLLECTION

WILL SAMSUNG AND APPLE BEAT UPCOMING LG’S V30 CUTTING EDGE FEATURES?

The rumour mill has been at high pitch over the past few weeks on what smart phones electronic giants will soon be launching. It’s still anyone’s guess what the new phones will be like from Apple and main competitor Samsung, whose new Note 8 launches August 23, but LG has taken a different approach, bi-passing the Fake News tech world.

LG Electronics has been pealing payers of new features on its upcoming LG V30 phone will have, expected to launch at IFA Berlin 2017 in a few weeks. Here are some that currently put it in the lead of current phones in the market:

  • An F1.6 aperture camera and glass lens in the dual camera delivering 25 percent more light to the sensor compared to an F1.8 lens. Glass Crystal Clear Lens also delivers greater light-collecting ability than a plastic lens as well as better colour reproduction. The camera in the V30 cuts edge distortion by a third and still be a lower profile, but 30 percent smaller in size compared to its previous model. It will feature UX featuring laser detection AF, optical image stabilization and electronic image stabilization.
The LG V30 glass lens closely matches camera enthusiasts’ picture quality

Continue reading WILL SAMSUNG AND APPLE BEAT UPCOMING LG’S V30 CUTTING EDGE FEATURES?

WILL SAMSUNG AND APPLE BEAT UPCOMING LG’s V30 CUTTING EDGE FEATURES?

The rumour mill has been at high pitch over the past few weeks on what smart phones electronic giants will soon be launching. It’s still anyone’s guess what the new phones will be like from Apple and main competitor Samsung, whose new Note 8 launches August 23, but LG has taken a different approach, bi-passing the Fake News world.

LG Electronics has been pealing payers of new features on its upcoming LG V30 phone will have, expected to launch at IFA Berlin 2017 in a few weeks. Here are some that currently put it in the lead of current phones in the market:

  • An F1.6 aperture camera and glass lens in the dual camera delivering 25 percent more light to the sensor compared to an F1.8 lens. Glass Crystal Clear Lens also delivers greater light-collecting ability than a plastic lens as well as better colour reproduction. The camera in the V30 cuts edge distortion by a third and still be a lower profile, but 30 percent smaller in size compared to its previous model. It will feature UX featuring laser detection AF, optical image stabilization and electronic image stabilization.
The LG V30 glass lens matches camera enthusiasts’ photos

Continue reading WILL SAMSUNG AND APPLE BEAT UPCOMING LG’s V30 CUTTING EDGE FEATURES?

SAMSUNG NEW GEAR 360 4K DELIVERS

Its not often I get to push technology limits, but my last 360 virtual reality shoot at West Edmonton Mall proved to be challenging.

When Samsung sent me their newest 4K Gear 360 (2017 edition) action spherical cam, I knew I had to outdo my previous experience with the original Samsung Gear 360  at Whistlers’s #Zipride.

Screaming down vertically on the Mindbender at 95 km/h with my son John…and a few twists along the way

Continue reading SAMSUNG NEW GEAR 360 4K DELIVERS

BLACKBERRY LOSING TO SAMSUNG IN GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS

Samsung Canada recently announced its Galaxy S7 KNOX-enabled security smartphone is being added to the Canadian Federal Government approved list of devices for its employees. BlackBerry’s decision to abandon it own phones to less secure third-party Android phones created a short supply of Government-approved BlackBerry phones, now out of production.

Continue reading BLACKBERRY LOSING TO SAMSUNG IN GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS

WIKIMANIA ARRIVES IN MONTREAL AUGUST 9-13

Note to readers: The deadline for online participant registration for Wikimania 2017 in Montreal is Monday July 31st. Participants can still attend after this date on site, but availability may be limited.

Wikimania is coming to Montreal August 9-13. The annual global conference celebrates the popular Wikipedia knowledge resource and its sister knowledge products. The advancement of free knowledge, privacy and digital rights and the role of technology to further those objectives are at the core of the keynote and community submitted talks at Wikimania. If all you experienced is getting the occasional online information on the free www.wikipedia.org you are missing out on what made the grassroots Wiki concept a success – the fifth largest visited site on the web.

Wikimedia founder Jimmy Wells, lower left, never dissapoints in his keynotes at the annual worldwide Wikimania events

Continue reading WIKIMANIA ARRIVES IN MONTREAL AUGUST 9-13

FUJIFILM INSTAX SQ10 HYBRID HAS IT ALL…EXCEPT ONE THING

The new Instax SQUARE SQ10 hybrid instant camera, $369.99, manages to combine the fun of popular instant Polaroid picture snapping and printing with cutting edge digital backups, stored in the camera. Re-prints anyone?

Smart? Yes. Win-win? Maybe. Practical? No.

Instant magic prints with digital backup. You’re the life of the party!

Continue reading FUJIFILM INSTAX SQ10 HYBRID HAS IT ALL…EXCEPT ONE THING

CANADIAN INSTANT POT – TOP AMAZON.CA PRIME DAY SELLER

Amazon announces its 30 hour Prime Day 2017 global deals event, reserved exclusively for Prime members – surpassed Black Friday and Cyber Monday, making it the biggest day in Amazon history! It grew by more than 60 per cent over last year’s event, according to Amazon.

Continue reading CANADIAN INSTANT POT – TOP AMAZON.CA PRIME DAY SELLER

AMAZON PRIME TODAY HAS HOT DEALS, BUT CHECK LOCAL STORES FOR SURPRISES TOO!

Amazon’s Black Friday is here today and gone tomorrow!  Reminder today is Amazon Prime Day with 30% to 50% savings on electronics, movie gift sets, TV’s, Kindle,  eReaders and more. Free regular Canadian Amazon members need to pay $79 annually for Prime membership to take in the deals and free two-day delivery all year round, preferred pricing every day and Amazon TV and Movie access…or try the free 30 day trial.

Continue reading AMAZON PRIME TODAY HAS HOT DEALS, BUT CHECK LOCAL STORES FOR SURPRISES TOO!