Amazon’s Alexa joins Canada Day celebrations and her very own first year anniversary in Canada with Anthem singing, party ideas, Canadian jokes and tongue twisters and more. If you have an Alexa speaker you are all set. If not, check out Amazon’s Alexa smart speakers: Alexa Echo $99.99, Alexa Dot $39.99 and the newest Alexa Spot with screen and cameras, available at www.amazon.ca. Alexa tries Canadian accents, but she can’t pronounce Regina quite right, eh! Still, this new catalogue of voice command utterances are available now to make Canada Day special.
Last week I was invited to try out the Cadillac Super Cruise on a leisurely 400 km drive along the St. Lawrence River to the picturesque town of Kamouraska, North East of Quebec.
Powered by the latest Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 845 Mobile chip platform, the LG G7 ThinQ comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It features an extra bright 6.1-inch bright display nearly half an inch larger than its predecessor but keeps the same width making it easy to use with one hand.
Sony’s redesigned and noticeably improved flagship phone, the Xperia XZ2, launches in Canada.
What’s the big deal? Costing several hundred bucks less than the top tier competitors, the XZ2 has unique features like gently curved Gorilla Glass 5 body shell with aluminum rim, fitting nicely in your palm. Despite the rear curvature, the XZ2 still stays flat when you lay it down to use its sensitive touchscreen on your desk.
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:
Although slow motion photography has been a specialty for professionals, smartphones have been getting better at giving users a taste of slowing down time.
Following the announcement two weeks ago of the new LG G7 ThinQ May 2 launch in New York, LG is starting to share hints on its newly designed phone. It will feature artificial intelligence, ThinQ, to make it easier to use the phone as well as communicate with other LG products, like appliances and TV’s.
One specific feature is the much-improved screen viewing in bright, sunny days – the equivalent of 1,000 nits (that’s real bright in TV screen lingo) using LG’s latest Super Bright Display technology. An early pre-release phone (under embargo, except for the features in this story) I saw this week, showed natural colours, even in bright outdoor lighting.
That’s $17,422 CDN folks. From screen and TV maker SHARP, after a seemingly long hiatus from store show floors the Japanese electronics company is blowing the dust off its unique IGZO fine screen technology for next Father of all TV’s.
The 8K screen was shown this weekend in Rome, hosted by Berlin based global Tech Show organizer IFA at their annual three-day Global Press Conference for more than 360 journalists flown in from around the world.
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.
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.