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SHOOTING FIREWORKS OR STREAKING STARS IS A “SNAP” WITH OLYMPUS MIRRORLESS CAMERAS

Happy New Years Eve everyone! My eye candy photo contribution to wishing everyone a healthy and joyous ’18 despite the cold weather start! I shot it on my living room floor with the new loaded Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III, $899 with power zoom kit lens ($699.99 body only). I used the unique Olympus Live Composite Mode which makes taking professional fireworks and star streaking photos a “snap”.

Don’t let the small size of the full-featured Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III fool you

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EPSON’S TOP TWO SUPERTANK PRINTERS OFFER BIG INK SAVINGS IN MANY WAYS

Much has been said in the media about Epson’s  Supertank printers launched two years ago. The new second generation seven models are out just in time for the holidays. Like their predecessors, they are unique in that they come with bottles of ink in the box instead of normal cartridges most printers have. These bottle-fed printers have enough ink to print for two years yielding 14,000 pages black/9,000 colour – equivalent to about 30 traditional ink cartridges.

Epson sleek ET 7700 Supertank with two year ink supply in the box

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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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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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LG V30 ARRIVES IN CANADA OCT 20 2017

I had a chance for a sneak hands-on with the new LG V30 at #LDTECH in Whistler last week. First impression? This phone has a lot going for it for enthusiast mobile media producers and more.  Here is the news release from this morning.
LG V30 SMARTPHONE ARRIVES IN CANADA OCTOBER 20
  
 

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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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IFA ATTRACTS TECHNOLOGY FROM EVERY GLOBAL CORNER

IFA 2017 attracted more than 253,000 visitors to Berlin, a global trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances. With more than half of all trade visitors coming from abroad, IFA Berlin provided a huge boost for both manufacturers and retailers in the crucial run-up to the holiday period, which runs from Thanksgiving in the United States all the way to Christmas and the New Year. Once again, IFA was operating at full capacity, with 1,805 exhibitors showing their latest products and services on 159,000 square meters of fully booked show floor at Messe Berlin. The mood among exhibitors was highly optimistic, not least given the expected order volume of 4.7 billion euro achieved during the six days of the event. 

The Annual 2017 IFA tradeshow in Berlin ends today with a slew of smart and sometimes crazy technology.                                                                                 Much was about the newest wearables, laptops, phones or speakers which are basically incrementally better than older models. But exciting technology is about how to do or experience things, in a new way.

Here are some of my favourites.

BIG AND SMALL HOME APPLIANCES                      The Smart Home appliance category ruled. German high end Miele’s Dialog oven uses a combination of electromagnetic waves (like microwaves) a convection fan and traditional radiant heating elements to cook food, precisely.

Miele: three heat sources and smart sensors…

 

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