Category Archives: Creative Computing

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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INTEL’S UPHILL CLIMB IN THE NEXT 50 YEARS

Happy 50th Intel! What a ride its been since the company’s first processor, the Intel 4004 is a 4-bit central processing unit (CPU) released by Intel Corporation in 1971. It was designed for calculator types of devices. Sporting 2,300 transistors buzzing along at 740KHz it pales in comparison with today’s chips.

Intel’s first 4004  processor with 2300 transistors  in 1971, left and latest 8th Gen Core i7 with more than 3 billion transistors

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STUDENTS, SMALL BUSINESS WINNERS AT ACER GLOBAL NY LAUNCH

New York, NY May 23, 2018
By Steve Makris

Acer is on a roll. A full parade of well-designed and performing Pads, notebooks, and chromebooks along with cutting edge gaming laptops and desktop PC’s launched at the next@acer global event in New York.

What impressed me the most were devices for the everyday consumer, student and budget minded business user. Let’s check some out:

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SAMSUNG S9 SLOWS TIME WITH SMART EASY TO USE SUPER SLOW-MO

Although slow motion photography has been a specialty for professionals, smartphones have been getting better at giving users a taste of slowing down time.

I recently put the new Samsung S9+ through the paces of capturing fast moving events using the phone’s SUPER SLOW-MO camera setting.

Slowing down time 1/960th of a second with the S9 Slow Mo

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CAN COLOUR THEORY CHOOSE THE RIGHT PRINTER BASED ON YOUR FAVOURITE COLOUR? EPSON THINKS SO

There’s more to colour than meets the eye.

I recently got a whimsical pitch from Epson through their Canadian Media Profile marketing gurus with a novel idea on how to match the best Epson printer model with one’s personality based on their favourite colour.

A long shot? That’s what I first thought, but it turns out Epson’s idea of mixing personality, colour and printer is based on colour theory first used in 1947. That’s when Swiss psychotherapist Dr. Max Lüscher  published the Lüscher Color Diagnostic Test, a tool for measuring an individual’s psycho-physical state based on his or her colour preferences. Lüscher believed choosing from dozens of primal and secondary colours, was an unconscious and objective way to best reflect your moods and feelings that we as humans have associated for thousands of years.

Fast forward to 2018 and Toronto based colour expert Jane Lockhart, principal and founder of http://www.janelockhart.com/ who partnered with Epson’s colour personality printer matchup.

Although Max Lüscher’s colour theory is more than 70 years old, is still stands up to today’s colour gurus like Jane Lockhart in Epson’s colour personality printer match-up

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LET YOUR FINGERS DO THE WALKING ON SMARTPHONE SCREENS FOR BEST SUNSETS

Love photographing sunsets? Learn how smartphone apps can help you predict sunrises and sunsets in my just published feature in the Spring Edition Canadian Photo News magazine.  Check out the article here.  Continue in the picture book format to lot’s of other helpful articles by seasoned photography writers on tips for shooting wildlife photos, helpful macro photography techniques, inside secrets shooting in RAW format and more.

You can also pick up the free magazine issue at the following locations across Canada:

  Henry’s Photo, Lozeau Photo,  Gosselin Photo, The Camera Store, Kerrisdale Camera, Don’s Photo, Forest City , Camera Kingston, Photo Central, Burlington Camera and London Drugs in the western provinces.

Finding the perfect spot to shoot an old castle lookout tower a modern lighhouse and a fireball dip in a wall break was easy with Sun Position and a tide table for the best date to be on dry land during sunset

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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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