Category Archives: Creative Computing

CES ISN’T JUST ABOUT NEW BUT SMART IMPROVEMENTS ON OLD

CES isn’t just about new products we haven’t see before.  It’s also about technologies that were great when they first came out but are even better after well thought out tweaking. Let’s check some of these out.

  • At mobile chip maker Qualcomm’s press conference this week, it was revealed that the firm’s new Bluetooth system-on-chip slashed power usage by 65%. This could make wireless headphones last nearly three times as long on a single charge, nice!

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A COLLECTION OF COOL GADGETS AT CES 2018 IN LAS VEGAS

The Consumer Electronic Show is a playground for wanabe inventors. Not every gadget may see the light of day but check out these gadgets.

  • L’Oreal’s UV Sense is a tiny wearable sensor that attaches to your thumbnail. No batteries required here – it connects to your iPhone or Android smartphone via NFC to give you gathered data on how much sun exposure you’re getting. Designed to be re-used with extra sticky pads, the sensor can store three months of data at a time.

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2018 LAPTOPS IMPRESS AT CES IN LAS VEGAS

Laptops. Love them or hate them. They are the workhorse of mobile computing, despite the popularity of cutting-edge smartphones. Compared to predictable desktops, laptops have been keeping with the times with Bluetooth and cellular connectivity and sizes or form factours to please many.

Some very cool laptop designs and functionality are showing at CES 2018 expanding lifestyle, work and gaming needs.

Dell’s very classy XPS 13 oozes with looks and features

 

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THE QUEST FOR THE PERFECT GIFT

Still can’t decide on that perfect gift? This collection boasts uniqueness, practicality and smarts not to mention having something to brag about.


The Sage universal fit in-ear monitor from  $772 from Noble Audio is not your every day audio earpiece. It features two proprietary Knowles balanced drivers per piece that result in a true to life flat accurate sound, suitable for phones or portable amps. It’s meticulously crafted with an aluminium shell and non-twisting pull-out cables, ending in a natural twist to securely fit around each ear. The packaging oozes gifting with a generous supply of earbud adaptors, a small brush to keep the components tidy and a tough weather proof carrying case with a personal engraved metal contact card which helps lost units find themselves home. You can upgrade the Sage fitted with striking one-off universal acrylic pieces (pictured in photo)  for $1,028. There are eight in-ear models to pick from, with up to 10 proprietary balanced armature drivers per side like the Kaiser Encore $2,341. For a bit more and several weeks of patience, artist John ”the Wizard” Moulton will fit the Encore in an acrylic customized shell (choice of uploaded custom art work, laser engraving, glow in the dark, 24K gold nugget or wire filament) for $2,700.

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MY FAVOURITE TEN GIFT GUIDE IN WiFiHiFi DEC/JAN MAGAZINE

Steve Makris’ Top 10 Tech Gift Picks (re-printed from WiFiHiFi Magazine)

Sing it with me: “These are a few of my favourite things.” After checking out plenty of cool tech gear this year, I’ve founded that these 10 items, noted in no particular order, are best-in-class, well-designed, and functional.

AncestryDNA

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CONVERT YOUR CASH TO DIGITAL AMAZON CASH

Amazon Cash is here in Canada. The new service lets customers add cash (instead from their debit or credit cards) to their Amazon Balance at more than 6,000 physical Canada Post locations around the country, with more partners being added regularly.

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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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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

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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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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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