THE 12 SECURITY TIPS OF CHRISTMAS

Palo Alto Networks’ Unit 42 Threat Research Team just published a list of 12 Holiday tips that you can take to ensure some basic security and privacy for new devices quickly and easily that can help you be safer and not spoil your unboxing fun. Shared here on my blog.

OK folks, having some fun here with a serious message. How you pick passwords and settings for your smart phones, online health, music or secure accounts, your home Wi-Fi, smart speakers and game consoles in addition to voice assistants, smart cars and finally making sure they are all updated is important.

That’s a lot of digital stuff you need to secure!

If all this is overwhelming for you, ask a techie friend to show you how.

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CYBER MONDAY FOR CANADIANS

If you thought Black Friday was a record-setting online shopping day, then be prepared for Cyber Monday which is already underway.

Online commerce tracking expert Adobe Analytics predicts Cyber Monday is expected to be the biggest online shopping day in history in the US, generating $7.8 billion in sales, 17.3 % YoY growth. That’s with over $2 billion in online sales expected to come from smartphones alone. Adobe Analytics accurately predicted a record $6.22 billion was spent online by the end of Black Friday, an increase of 23.6% YoY.  Proportionally Canada would be following similar ratios.

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BLACK FRIDAY FOR CANADIANS-A ONE STOP

Black Friday in Canada. Need I say more?

If Canadian shopping trends follow US trends, here are some eye-popping shopping live stats in the US on Thanksgiving Day today as of the writing of this article, updated at 7 p.m. ET

Thanksgiving is currently on track to be one of the fastest growing retail days in online shopping history. Based on Adobe Analytics data,  $1.75 billion  was spent online as of 5 p.m. ET on Thanksgiving Day, representing 28.6% growth YoY. Based on today’s strong growth rate,  Adobe Analytics expects Thanksgiving Day to reach a record $3.7 billion in online retail sales, up 29% from 2017. It’s expected $38.0 billion will have been spent online between 11/1 and 11/22,

Smartphones are driving a record 54.4% of all traffic to retail sites so far on Thanksgiving Day (vs just 46.1% on Thanksgiving Day 2017).

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GOOGLE NEW NIGHT SIGHT FEATURE MAKES NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY A SNAP

Starting today, Google Pixel 3 smartphone owners can easily capture great images in the darkest of scenes with the new Night Sight feature. Available online by simply updating the Google Camera App online, or downloading the new version for the first time, Night Sight becomes a new feature on the Pixel 3 with the ability to shoot good pictures in almost non-existing light.

Mirror mirror on the wall which camera phone is the brightest of them all. Huawei Mate Pro 20 Pro Night mode, left, duke it out with the new Bright Night on the Pixel 3…how did the compare?

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SAMSUNG SHOWS HOLY GRAIL OF DISPLAY TECH…FLEXIBLE SCREENS

When I asked Bill Gates 17 years ago at the Windows XP launch to share his crystal ball on the hottest technology of the future his reply was instant. “Flexible screen display,” he said. This was when cell phones were in the flip stage, Samsung wasn’t a big player and six years before the first iPhone launched.

Well, here we are in 2018 with the most exciting months-long tech buzz seeing the Holy Grail of screen display technology for real.

The Galaxy X phone unfolding to a tablet

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THE VOID VIRTUAL REALITY WALKS THE WALK

With Halloween just around the corner, what better way to experience a state-of-the-art personal ultra-scary themed virtual reality show.  The VOID’s Nicodemus: Demon of Evanishment playing at The VOID in The Rec Room at West Edmonton Mall and The Rec Room at the Toronto Roundhouse is a must see on how VR has evolved in the past several years. And get scared!

Your’s truly with Yanni, Dino and Eleni at Nicodemus: Demon of Evanishment at The VOID in The Rec Room at West Edmonton Mall

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ADOBE THINKS BIG AND SMALL AT ADOBE MAX 2018 IN LA

LOS ANGELES – 14,000 creators  gathered at Adobe Max 2018 in Los Angeles in pursuit of the newest Adobe Creative Cloud suite. They come from more than 60 countries to listen, learn and share about how to be creative. Keynote speakers called “magical thinkers” like film director Ron Howard and DJ/designer Questlove along with comic book artist Nicola Scott and photographer Albert Watson shared the recipes for their success.

American film maker Ron Howard fires up Adobe Max 2018 creative audience

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SMARTPHONE INCREMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS DISRUPTED BY HUAWEI’S P20 PRO ON STEROIDS

Photography has become the battleground for today’s smart phones. Especially flagship phones from Google, Apple, Samsung, LG and Huawei bringing several 2018 camera phones to the $1,000 club with more to come before the Holiday season.

Huawei P20 Pro uses three rear lenses for night, high resolution and black and white photography

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AMAZON CANADA UPS THE HOLIDAY ANTE WITH NEW ALEXA DESIGNS, MODELS AND FEATURES

Just time for the Holiday season Amazon Canada aims to keep its lead in smart speakers with new sleek designs, more power and new features:

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IFA BERLIN 2018 HAS IT ALL – FROM QUIRKY TO AWESOME 8K TV

IFA Berlin 2018 had much to show from unusual gadgets to the first store-ready 8K TV’s. Started in 1924 IFA, is Europe’s leading trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances from around the world. This week, it reported record attendance and exhibitors on its closing day in Berlin – 245,000 visitors including 150,000 trade visitors attended the show; more than 50 per cent of the trade visitors came from abroad a new all-time high in international attendance. CES Las Vegas take note! Timed for the all-important end-of-year business ahead of Black Friday, Singles Day in China, and Christmas, the event hints to a positive mood for the consumer electronics industry. IFA reported high order volumes for deals struck during the convention, totaling 4.7 billion euros, a new high.

Here are some of the highlights of what was exhibited at IFA Berlin 2018 ranging from quirky to clever. And those 8K TVs with no content to show other than high quality photos from serious digital cameras? Well, you got to stand in front of one!

Somnox Smart Pillow relaxes by breathing along
  • The Somnox smart pillow, takes a life of its own, in and out while you hug it, giving you a better night’s sleep. Does it play music, sync phone alarms or notifications?

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