Category Archives: Design

HAPPY 25TH SMARTPHONE!

Today is the 25th anniversary of the smartphone. Although traditional cell phones launched 40 years ago, the Simon Personal Communicator from IBM, unveiled at COMDEX Las Vegas 1992, featured touchscreen, stylus and could send and receive faxes, e-mails, and cellular pages.

IBM’s Simon Personal Communicator had it all, even stylus, 25 years ago. Except a browser and cameras compared to the 146 times faster processor of today’s S Pen totting Samsung Galaxy Note 8

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COMPARING THE $1,350 iPHONE X AND $1,300 SAMSUNG NOTE 8

iPhone X landed on eager Canadian hands on Friday in Canada. The $600 down (64 GB option) on a monthly $95 for two years ( TELUS Alberta) plan begs the question: How does it compare with the 64 GB Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the second most expensive phone costing $550 down on a monthly $95 per month?

Aaaahhh…the beauty of OLED phone screens. They look good from any angle on the Note 8 left, and the iPhone X.

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ADOBE CREATIVE CLOUD STRIVES FOR NEW HEIGHTS

  1. All of Adobe MAX in Las Vegas will be streamed on Adobe’s Behance
An amazing week for 12,000 creative attendees from 64 countries at #ADOBEMAX in Las Vegas where majour updates were announced in Adobe Creative Cloud, dozens of seminars and reflective Keynotes from successful artists like designer/potter Jonathan Adler, photographer Annie Griffiths, music producer Mark Ronson and director, actor, writer Jon Favreau whose entire career (including Ironman I, II, III) was projected on a giant three football field length multimedia screen, below, produced by the Adobe Canada team. Captured in still frame with the new exclussive @TELUS Andy Rubin’s #ThisIsEssential phone with magnetically attached 4K 360 spherical cam.

Today, at Adobe’s annual MAX creativity event in Las Vegas, the veritable software company announced updates and new software for its Creative Cloud subscription based service. It added five new apps stressing simplicity, speed and sharing large files across desktops, laptops and mobile phones. It even includes a first-time built-in interactive tutorial app for newbies.

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EPSON LAUNCHES 2ND GEN RE-DESIGNED SUPERTANK eco tank PRINTERS

 

Epson America, Inc., better known for affordable printers for the masses and leading edge colour printers for professionals announced second generation Supertank line of cartridge-free EcoTank® printers.

Available at London Drugs, Staples, Best Buy and the online Epson stoe, they include three new Expression EcoTank home models, two new WorkForce EcoTank printers for the small medium business market and new to the line, two new Expression Premium printers.

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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

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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!

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SAMSUNG MOBILE DeX WORKS…CAN IT REPLACE BANNED LAPTOPS ON PLANES?

A smartphone cradle that runs like a desktop computer on any big screen with mouse and keyboard?

Say hello to Samsung’s DeX Station, $249.99 CDN, portable charging cradle on steroids, complete with wireless smarts, Ethernet, two USB, one power and HDMI ports making any monitor or TV a desktop-like experience. For now, it only works with Samsung’s newest S8 and S8 plus smartphones, with more compatibility in the works.

DeX Station with mounted Galaxy S8, lower left, works with corded or Bluetooth mice and keyboards and HDMI ports on TV’s and monitors, including All-in-One desktops like the HP Envy. It let’s you run productivity and entertainment apps on one big desktop screen

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BRACE YOURSELF FOR THE NEW WAYS OF GETTING AROUND

Technology is changing everywhere, but the wheel will still be here…in a big way. That’s good news for France based tire maker Michelin who hosted the Movin’On international summit for sustainable mobility in Montreal. #MovinOnConf

Jean-Dominique Senard, CEO and Managing General Partner of the Michelin Group at Movin’On and a Michelin visionary concept of a tire that is airless, made with a 3D printer from recycled materials, does not need inflation, will last as long as the car and is recyclable. New tires can be 3D printed on demand to suit weather conditions.

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LAST MINUTE TECH FOR MOM

Attention Mother’s Day procrastinators! If you have not chosen your gift on the eve of honouring mothers, check my list of smart tech gift suggestions, apps and most importantly, why I like all of them. All come from reputable makers and are proven technology. Some of these are only available online but I’m sure husbands and children can find clever ways of stalling Mom with a small delivery gift delay, right?

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