Extreme Sports have been very popular in the last 20+ years. It has always been a challenge for these sports enthusiasts to visually document their amazing accomplishments. Digital cameras have allowed many in the past 10 years or so to strap on a handheld camera to their helmet or carry as they performed their daredevil stunts. These cameras are bulky and prone to all sorts of problems. Within the last 2 years, we have seen some interesting advances in portable HD camera designs. The two cameras I will compare are specifically designed for the extreme sports enthusiast to strap on and record their achievements in 1080p HD video.
We are now in the tail end of November and we have experienced one of the best November weather in a good number of years. This has allowed me to devote more time outdoors instead of being under the covers staying warm. To maximize the enjoyment of this great weather, I have been taking part in various activities. Most activities are those that allowed me to get some exercise and enjoy the simple things in life.
I thought carrying a cellphone, point and shoot camera, MP3 player and a PDA was bad enough. How about adding a TwitterPeek device to the collection? This new offering seems like a great addition to the geeky mobile person I have become. It is a simple device that allows you send and receive emails plus do twittering on the go. The cost of the device is not cheap though. At $199.00 USD, it is not a really high cost but the advanatge is it comes with a lifetime of free service with no added cost or contracts. There is the option to buy a unit for only $99.00 USD with a 6 months worth of free service and the added service fee afterwards is only $7.95 per month USD which is not bad either.
Will this technology really take off?
In Canada it is taken for granted that we can use our ATM/ABM (Automated Teller Machines – Automated Bank Machines) cards to buy gas, food at groceries, restaurants, liquor stores and elsewhere. Most places of business accept direct debit card transactions. Some places do pose a $5.00 minimum but that is a small price to pay for added convenience. Sure most countries accept credit cards for the same type of purchases but not always a debit card. Even in the United States, many states lack the acceptance of debit cards unless it is a debit card and credit card combination like a Mastercard debit card. These cards are not the same since you still need to top up the Mastercard debit card when the funds run low on the card.
In most Canadian cities, you have ATM/ABM machines in banks open 24/7, in convenience stores, bars and even ATM/ABM only locations. Some cities even have ATM/ABM drive thru. The only convenience area that still lacks the use of an ATM/ABM card is on vending machines. Some do exist but not a common sight yet. To carry cash or go to a bank to withdraw cash first before shopping is nolonger a neccessity. Many major retailers and businesses also allow a CASH BACK transaction with the purchase. This makes it truly convenient when you are strapped for time.
Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?] http://www.cyberlink.com/ Connected Media Lifestyle Press Release For Immediate Release CyberLink DVD Suite Bundled with HLDS (LG) New Line of DVD Burners Taipei, Taiwan—November 16, 2009—CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW), innovative solutions provider for the connected media lifestyle, today announced that Hitachi-LG Data Storage Inc., (HLDS) will bundle CyberLink DVD Suite with [...]
Many amateur photographers feel that they lack the quality in their photos since their equipment they use is not as great as those used by professional photographers. Professionals do have an advantage over amateurs purely by the fact that their equipment are more expensive and higher in imaging quality. This does not automatically mean someone with an expensive camera will always take better photos. Many professionals lack one element when on a photo shoot. This element is time therefore many professionals use the more expensive cameras to allow them to quickly adjust and set the camera for the ever changing lighting conditions or use equipment that is specifically suited for the condition they are shooting in. Lower priced consumer cameras take much longer to adjust for each shooting condition meaning the opportunity to take that one money making shot could be lost.
Today, I wanted to discuss how you can utilize your existing camera equipment to improve your photos since time is not an issue. First and foremost is you need to understand the ins and outs of your current camera. All digital cameras have a number of buttons that allow for customization. Be it from adjusting the ISO setting, white balance, how the camera focuses, if the flash is on or off etc. . .
Most amateur photographers are in a hurry when taking photos. At a gathering, picnic, concert or just taking photos in general, most users just press the shutter button and hope for the best. One specific feature built into all cameras that most take for granted is the auto focus. Most people feel that just the press of the button to shoot the image is sufficient for the camera to focus and take that good photo. In many situations, this is not the case. Many point and shoot cameras lack the speed in making the proper adjustments in that micro second available during the press of the shutter button. Therefore, all camera makers provide the ability for the camera to auto focus by pressing the shutter button half way for 3 – 5 seconds before pressing the shutter button all the way to snap the photo.
As an avid photographer for decades, I have been struggling to take high quality images at night. Certainly the latest technology allows low light shots of still objects and specific moving objects like fireworks relatively well but still has its limitations. Pushing the ISO range beyond 800 ISO means a higher level of noise is introduced into the image causing a grainy image in the end. Higher quality the camera, the lower amount of image noise and higher light sensitivity.
Once you introduce any level of motion into an image taken at night using only the available lighting, the image taken will have blurring, or ghosting occur. Very few cameras to date are capable of taking great night shots using only the available lighting. Certainly, external lighting and flashes can be added to compensate but in most cases, forces the image to be washed out or unnatural. Recently Canon released a new version of their EOS DSLR camera that seems to truly allow photographers to capture the natural low light essence of any night shot. If it looks great to the naked eye, the Canon 1D Mark IV should be able to reproduce an image that comes really close.
For years I have been looking for a good HD camera or a camera that is portable, small and allows something over 640 X 480 resolution. Companies do make small cameras in the $300.00 price range but are not suited for my use which would be to mount on a RC plane or bike helmet. I just came across a new camera that is manufactured just for this purpose called the VholdR ContourHD 1080p. It does not have the fancy zoom, external lighting, or LCD display but perfect for mounting for use in extreme conditions.
Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?] Taipei, Taiwan—October 15, 2009—CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW), innovative solutions provider for the connected media lifestyle today released CyberLink TrueTheater Enhancer that improves the playback quality of videos on YouTube™, including “High Quality” and “HD” online video content. Based on the same advanced TrueTheater Technology that is featured in CyberLink’s leading [...]
Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?] Phiaton Offers Book Lovers a Great Listen; Announces $100 Discount With Audiobooks from Audible.com! – Hi Res Photos and Review Samples Available Upon Request – Irvine, CA – Phiaton, a top premium headphone brand is giving book lovers an ultimate audiobook experience from Audible.com, a leading provider of premium [...]
Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?]10 news skins are now available 21st of September, 2009 VITO Technology releases new version of Winterface. Now you may customize the look of your phone to your personal needs: change skins (10 new skins are available), background color or picture, headings for the icons and much more. Change the [...]
Today I wanted to discuss two aspects of photography that will really help you to improve your photos quickly and add some real visual impact. The two topics are the RULE OF THIRDS and the APERTURE setting on the camera. Both are relatively simple to grasp especially if your camera has the necessary features built in.
Apple iPhone users should read Eric’s QUICK LOOK’s on iTouch/iPhone software. These overviews on third party software programs are a great source to determine if your hard earned money and time is worth the investment. If any of the titles listed in the Comprehensive Reviews/ 1 QUICK LOOK section are of interest to you, just read Eric’s comments before making the decision to download or purchase.
Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?] Taipei, Taiwan—September 7, 2009—CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW), innovative solutions provider for the connected media lifestyle, today released CyberLink MediaShow 5, the fast and easy way to organize, fix, and share videos and photos. Today’s digital still cameras, camcorders and smart phones make photo and video taking easy, while large storage [...]
A new balanced current-feedback circuitry design is at the heart of the new N˚500H Series, creating unparalleled sensitivity and sound. New N˚500H Series amplifiers range in power rating from 300 Watts to 1,000 Watts and all share superior Mark Levinson design and engineering
The Revel Performa B150 is the ultimate in subwoofer sound and performance thanks to its massive 15-inch transducer and integrated high-power amplification.
ELKHART, Indiana — Revel®, a leading name in high-end home theater sound, today introduced the new Performa™ B150 Subwoofer, the most advanced subwoofer in its class. The B150 raises the standard for low-frequency sound reproduction with a combination of its large, long-excursion 15-inch woofer and 1,200 Watts RMS of integrated amplification.
Clickfree’s two newest devices add effortless automatic backup to the world’s hottest tech gadgets and can be used to copy music from your iPod or iPhone
TORONTO – August 10, 2009 – Storage Appliance Corporation, developers of Clickfree Automatic Backup products, today announced two new breakthrough products with the launch of the Clickfree Transformer for iPhone and iPod and the Special Edition model, the Transformer SE. The new Transformers allow consumers to backup their computer’s irreplaceable digital content onto the excess storage space on their iPhone or iPod. They can also be used to transfer music from any iPod or iPhone to a Windows or Mac-based computer.
Users of electronic devices can truly enhance the enjoyment of their device with the addition of accessories. Power and performance improvements are just some of the added benefits. There are accessories geared towards kids, students and the budget conscious.
Develop Windows Mobile/Smartphone and Desktop Applications
Anywhere Software (www.Basic4ppc.com) has released Basic4ppc v. 6.8, the newest version of the 5-years old brand Basic4ppc – a powerful software development environment for Windows Mobile and Pocket PC (PDA, Smartphones such as Samsung Omnia and more) devices programmers.
At 9:15 am this morning, I had the privilege of interviewing Colleen Lerro from the Consumer Electronics Association over the telephone. For those not familiar with the CEA, CEA produces the annual CES (Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas). If you have never been to the Consumer Electronics Show, you have to make a trek at least once to experience this grand showcase in person of thousands of new consumer products.
Location-Based App Puts Deals and Experiences Across the U.S. Right at Your Fingertips
Purchase, NY – July 17, 2009 – MasterCard Worldwide today announced the availability of the MasterCard® Priceless Picks iPhone application which gives consumers a location-based utility to find and share their favorite picks with friends and family. Leveraging the iPhone’s GPS technology, users can instantly find shopping deals, entertainment options, dining venues and special experiences just steps away from where they are or where they’re traveling to, for business or for pleasure. Priceless Picks is available for free download at the iPhone App Store or at www.itunes.com/appstore.
CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW), innovative solutions provider for the connected media lifestyle today released CyberLink YouCam 3, the fun webcam software that includes unforgettable effects for live chats and video blogging, provides easy-to-use video recording modes, and is the first webcam software to support uploading directly to Facebook™ and YouTube™.
YouCam 3 is optimized for leading PC technology, including HD webcams, touch-enabled systems, and ultra-light netbooks.
With over 21,000 videos already available on YouTube via earlier versions of the software, YouCam 3 now offers even more ways to record impressive videos using a webcam. Face-tracking technology, including video noise reduction and auto zooming, and support for HD webcams, enables the easy creation of high quality video clips for posting to a YouTube channel or uploading directly to a Facebook account.
“CyberLink YouCam 3 is not just the most fun you can have chatting via webcam
Never get lost on your way!!
Taipei, Taiwan, June 15, 2009
QSTARZ launched the GPS QFinder, GF-Q900
GF-Q900 GPS QFinder Can not find your car in the parking lot? Can not figure out the direction for way back to your camp?
GPS QFinder, GF-Q900, is to be launched by global leading GPS brand QSTARZ today. With the digital compass and 8-directional arrows, GF-Q900 is a perfect homing device which will guide you to the marked location.
No matter you are going to use it for parking, fishing, camping, hiking, kayaking, tourism or even treasure hunting; it is not only handy but also very easy to operate. Firstly mark the current location before leaving; then just following the QFinder to find the way back to marked location. You will never get lost on your way!!
Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?] CyberLink Showcases Multimedia Solutions Optimized for Netbooks and Nettops at Computex 2009 Taipei, Taiwan—June 2, 2009—CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW), innovative solutions provider for the connected digital lifestyle, announces that the company is showcasing a series of digital media applications designed for Netbooks and Nettops at Computex 2009. Netbooks and Nettops [...]
Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?] Sleek, attractive designs perfect for the active lifestyle; cell phones, smart phones, handheld games and other USB devices AVANEL, NJ. 29, 2009 – Digipower, makers of mobile power solutions for electronic devices, today announced the launch of the Jumpstart family of universal chargers led by its flagship product [...]
Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?] Taipei, Taiwan—May 27, 2009—CyberLink Corporation (5203.TW), innovative solutions provider for the connected digital lifestyle, announced today its partnership with VIA Technologies, Inc. to enable the VIA Vinyl VT1818S and VT1828S HD audio codecs within PowerDVD, delivering unsurpassed HD audio playback at 192kHz/24bit. The VIA Vinyl VT1818S and VT1828S are [...]
Wassop! Tuday – The common problem with doing a backup of my computers is dealing with opened files and opened programs always meant saving and closing the applications before doing a backup. Using the computer while the backup was taking place meant not having access to the computer. Installation of automated backup software always promised simple and headache FREE operations but this was never the case with all backup software I have used. The setup alone would be a nightware to configure. Did I want a file backup, mirror backup, backup right away, schedule a backup, uncompressed files, compressed files, encrypted files, incremental backup, overwrite old files and many more annoying decisions to make before you can start the backup process. If I forget to leave the computer on or the backup drive installed on my laptop, a message usually appears the next time I turn on the laptop that the scheduled backup was not completed and provide options but usually meant I would just reschedule. Sometimes missing 2 – 3 backup sessions.
Wassup! Today – Over the past 10 years or so, I was subscribing to cable TV that was not the greatest as far as the picture quality goes. The lower channels from 6 – 2 would always be grainy and the rest would get worse over time. Every 6 to 8 months, I would have to bleed the cable line to eliminate the static build up. The first time I ran into poor quality, I called the cable company and that was all the repair person did. Attach a fancy device to the incoming cable line and remove the static built up in the cabling. Over the years, I would resort to bleeding the cable line myself by attaching a self made cable adapter that would connect to the radiator piping. after about 5 minutes, I would reconnect the cable to the TV and the picture quality would be better.
Wassup! Today – Bluetooth headsets have become very popular in the last couple of years since many countries have instituted a law prohibiting drivers from using a cell phone that is held against your ear while driving. Most of these Bluetooth headsets have been the mono/single earpiece design. The lack of wireless stereo headsets was mainly due to the fact that a phone conversation is mono in nature plus the lack of software or Bluetooth stereo profile support. Now that the proper stereo profile A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution profile) and the remote control profile AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile) has been created, we are able to take advantage of the stereo music that many cell phones support now wirelessly. To add more style and functionality to the wireless stereo music enjoyment and cell phone call access, Trispecs has combined the stereo Bluetooth headset support into a stylist pair of sunglasses.
Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?] Storage Appliance Corp. introduces Clickfree Traveler, world’s smallest totally automatic PC backup device, and Clickfree Transformer, a simpler way to burn data to optical discs The size of a credit card, the Clickfree Traveler slips easily into a wallet; New Clickfree DVD Transformer bypasses tricky CD & DVD burning [...]
Wassup! Today – The Siso Tablo from www.hantech.ca is certainly an interesting product to review. First off, I have been using a Wacom 4 X 6 drawing tablet for some time now. Great for drawing programs, navigating quickly on Internet Explorer and numerous other programs. The problem I have always had with the Wacom was I cannot easily use it with my laptop when the desk space is limited. The added space required for the Wacom drawing tablet is always an issue. Taking the tablet on the road is not really convenient also. Now the Siso Tablo solves the limited desk space issue nicely and is made for convenient use on the road as well.
Wassup! Today – I just read an article HERE by Preston Gralla that states in conclusion, “Linux will never become a mainstream operating system on desktops, and so for client machines, it will remain largely confined to netbooks. Market surveys have shown that Linux sales on netbooks have plunged to only 10% of netbooks.
Given that, how will Linux ever reach 10% to 20% of the market? The answer: It never will. It will remain a niche operating system, and a very good one at that.”
Wassup! Today – I did a Versus POST on March 24th. I did not know at the time when the Versus post was written that the account I created on last.fm was FREE for a limited time only. I received a message about 30 days afterwards that I only have 30 songs left before the trial expires. The service would like to charge me $3.00 USD per month to continue using their services. I am not crazy about paying any price for what they offer. I will use other services like what iTunes and other sites offer which are 100% FREE for the unforeseeable future.
Wassup! Today – Has Android Already Failed? is the title for a post written by Sacha Segan for www.pcmag,com. Is this truly the trend we see in Google Android? I do not feel that the Google Android is ready to be classified as a dead operating system just yet. The main point to his argument is that the company is already pushing the Android OS for use on other categores like laptops, set-top boxes and cars plus the first offering through HTC was not an overwhelming success. What I feel Sacha is missing is that it takes a long period of exposure and updates before the operating system can fully mature. By introducing the OS to other categories, this will allow drivers, OS upgrades, and applications to be created that appeal to a wider market. The very first G1 from HTC was really a launch to get the product into the hands of third party developers and mobility geeks to showcase how robust Android is and the simplicity to customize.
Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?] SMS-Chat 1.2 Released! Chat with style! April 28th , 2009 – VITO Technology releases the new 1.2 version of SMS-Chat. Our bestseller for threaded SMS on Windows Mobile handsets now has 3 skins, backup function for your messages straight from the application and. last but not least major bugs [...]
Wassup! Today – Skype created huge waves when it first appeared online in August of 2003. In September of 2005, Skype was bought by eBay for 2.6 billion dollars. The software based telephone service was a big draw for many Internet users since it allowed users to call other Skype users anywhere in the world for FREE. There were other VOIP services around but Skype at the time offered the clearest audio quality and the least amount of audio lag. Ever since eBay bought the company, the subscriber base and usage of the paid features has not really increased to offset the original purchase price of the company. Apparently, Skype generated 126 million dollars in the first quarter of 2009 with 309 million users world wide.
Wassup! Today – Handmark has just announced their own mobile solution for independent developers to quickly create a branded online App Store that allows for maximum sales potential. The announcement does not go into any details about this new offering. Questions that stll need answering:
Wassup! Today -The BLOG @ Lecycle.com has announced that their product STANZA and the company has been bought by Amazon. The company created about 1 year ago released STANZA on the APPLE APP Store for FREE. I was curious to find out why this deal was important to Amazon and what STANZA really offered that was appealing. There are a number of other e-book reading software available for the iPhone also like:
Wassup! Today -It has been almost 33 years since Steve Jobs first started APPLE Computers. Since his absence from the company from January of 2009, the company seems to be very quiet. There is a good online history of Steve Jobs and APPLE posted HERE by The New York Times. It is truly amazing to see how APPLE has actually gone from a small company offering the original APPLE II computer to the company it is today.
Wassup! Today -Checking Your Rechargeable Batteries
Now that we are finally getting into warmer weather, more and more of us will be out and about enjoying the great outdoors. This means dusting off that digital camera and accessories to capture the spring bloom or active wild life. One practice I always do this time of year is make sure the batteries are up to snuff. Currently rechargeable batteries are of the Lithium based design. These are batteries that recharge relatively quickly and hold a strong charge like 1800 – 2600 mAh (milliampere hour) for the commonly used AA rechargeable batteries. Keep in mind I frequently mention rechargeable Lithium batteries and not just Lithium batteries because there are standard Lithium AA batteries you can buy for around the same price as rechargeables which are not rechargeable. These are use once and throw away batteries which contain more power over standard alkaline batteries and should never be recharged.
Wassup! Today – Everywhere I go nowadays, I see someone talking and walking as if they are talking to themselves. It is not until I take a closer look that I realize they have one of the many mono Bluetooth headset connected wirelessly to their cell phone. A few years back Oakley released an MP3 player embedded inside a pair of fashion sunglasses. Currently the various models range from $270.00 – $390.00 CAD.
Wassup! Today – Last year the big news in video projection was the release of various Texas Instruments DLP processor based pico handheld projectors. Another version will hit the market soon called the Cinemin Swivel. This is one of the smallest I have discovered thus far. Designed to connect to a number of mobile devices including the Apple iPhone.
Wassup! Today – External backup systems have been around almost as long as laptops. There are numerous backup choices out there from various hard drive manufacturers and memory manufacturers like Maxtor and Lexar. A new backup manufacturer has appeared on the scene called Clickfree. This manufacturer offers a selection of external hard drives that require no software installation and configuration. All you do is plug the drive into a USB port and forget about it. The package automatically recognizes over 400 file types. The laptop I am currently writing this post on has a 70 Gb hard drive therefore I would require 80+ to be comfortable that an external drive can backup everything contained on this unit. Clickfree sells various sizes and the starting size is 120 Gb with the cost being $89.99. This is a great deal for an external USB backup drive that is small and requires no software installation or configuration.
Wassup! Today – Protecting Your Kids
More and more parents are now getting cell phones for their teen and pre-teens in an effort to protect them and make them safer. For the most part, I do not blame the parents for this rise in cell phone usage by kids. The manner in which the industry is promoting the services is the main culprit. Companies are making cell phones in sizes and colors that appeal to young kids This article on MSNBC covers some of these phones for kids. Another promotional avenue is for cell phone carriers is to provide a family plan and also have special deals on phones like BUY ONE and GET ONE FREE. The ability to interact with TV shows and radio programs geared towards kids via SMS messaging is another way companies can get more kids to use cell phones and generates added revenue.
Wassup! Today -Kurzweil Keyboard
I have been a huge fan of Kurzweil keyboards ever since there first release in 1983 of the K250. Kurzweil recently released the PC361 Controller. This keyboard has 61-note lightly-weighted synth action with velocity and aftertouch sensitive keys with 128 voice polyphony and over 850 preset sounds. This keyboard is like having a synthesizer, controller keyboard and sequencer in one unit. The PC361 is a MIDI sythesizer which uses the newer MIDI through USB connection which allows for the fastest data rate possible for the MIDI signal. You can find the full specifications HERE. Plenty of onboard controls that can be accessed from the computer connected via the USB.
Wassup! Today -We have been on Twitter for a week now. The search on Twitter does not seem to be quick on the draw as far as adding new accounts to its search feature. You can simply follow us by going to Technobrains.
For those not familiar with Twitter will quickly realize that Twitter is a great way to understand what your freinds and family are doing without getting deeply personal and having to weed through hundreds of email rants that take away from your productive day. Individual posts are limited to 140 characters or less thus the postings are short and to the point. There is absolutely no obligation for you to respond back to the postings as you would with a traditional email.
Wassup! Today – Video editing has suddenly become a huge hobby for many with the popularity of YOUTUBE and other online video sharing websites. I have never been a fan of software that comes packaged with the video hardware equipment. If it was possbile to purchase the hardware only and save a few dollars I would do so. Many professionals use software from a company called Avid which makes the Avid Media Composer 3.5. This is an online and offline editor which allows you to create a low res copy of the original as a working copy and then transfer all the reference data back to the master copy for final rendering. Great piece of software but unfortunately for most of us, the software is just too expensive @ $2500.00 USD and has a high learning curve. This is where a software program like Cyberlink’s PowerDirector 7 comes in.
Wassup! Today – Yesterday, I briefly touched on the topic of OPEN SOURCE HARDWARE by mentioning an innovative device being introduced on TED. I have been aware of a group called Bug Labs that have been doing some creative designs for some time now. What is uniquely special about Bug Labs design is that all their OPEN SOURCE HARDWARE products are modular and designed to fit the form factor of all their other modular products.
Wassup! Today – A presentation of a device being developed has been posted on TED. This device has been created using off the shelf products for $350.00 USD and has a huge potential in making our lives so much easier and more intuitive. To really appreciate what this device can do, you have to go HERE to see the short video.
Wassup! Today – Social networking sites are truly exploding even with the recession. I have been reluctant until now to be apart of an online social network since email alone is a full time activity on to itself. The beauty of twitter is that what you say is limited to 140 characters only. All you do is answer one question – “what are you doing”? Interested twitterers or twits can follow you and leave comments if interested. It’s a great way to let people in a private or public group know what you are up to without getting into too much details.
Wassup! Today -The new “ATM Hunter” application from MasterCard for the iPhone and iPod touch enables users to locate the nearest ATM anywhere in the world they are. MasterCard ATM Hunter is the first in a series of FREE applications that MasterCard is developing specifically for the iPhone and iPod touch.
Wassup! Today! Get an Accessroy for Your Mobile Device Tomorrow and Recieve a 25% Discount
PPCTECH is offerring a 25% discount on all accessory orders processed tomorrow April 15th. If you have a PDA, cell phone or iPod, you can go to www.ppctech.com to place your order. Use the code TAXDISC09 during check out in the special instructions/comments field to recieve your discount.
Google Releases Update to Android Software
Wassup! Today – Real World Interactions Using Yellowpin
The next generation of social lifestyle tool is now available. The product is called Yellowpin and originally appeared on Facebook as an add-on application. It’s a very simple application to use and take advantage of. Anyone with a SMS capable phone can easily send a text message and have their activity and location made available to all their buddies in the social network.
Wassup! Today – Awhile back I had reviewed a product that allows you to use your home wiring to extend your networking capabilities. The product called the Megaplug AV is available for $169.00 USD. This product uses two boxes about the size of a standard electrical outlet plate. The Pogoplug is a similar sized box that allows you to configure any USB based mass storage device for access via the Internet for $99.00 USD. Once you connect the Pogoplug to an electrical outlet and connect your Internet router and an external mass stoarge device, you can go online and configure the device for access via the Internet. This means files stored on the mass storage device can be accessed while on the road or made available on a website via my.pogoplug.com website. You can send a simple link to files and images to friends and family easily using this device. No more third party websites, like www.flickr.com, smugmug.com and others required to host your public images or sensitive files.
Wassup! Today -30 Megapixel DSLR Camera From Pentax
I just came across a Japanese article released by Pentax that a 30 megapixel camera will be released in the near future. I was wondering when I read this how many megapixels do we actually need in the end? I thought maybe a fair comparison would be the human eye and I did some looking around. According to wiki.answers.com, The human eye has a resolution of anywhere from 324 megapixels to 576 megapixels depending on the actual field of view angle that is used. Now if these numbesr are accurate, certainly we still have a long ways to go to matching the quality our eyes can reproduce.
Wassup! Today -A few years back, I had invested in a new laptop from Dell. The Dell Inspiron 6000 series which cost around $1200.00 at the time. The price was very reasonable for all the bells and whistles it came with. Around the same time, many companies also manufactured tablet PCs which where laptops with a built in stylus. Generally costing around $2000.00+. The advantage of a stylus can be truly experienced when using a graphic related application like Adobe Photoshop. The pinpoint accuracy of the stylus makes free hand drawing directly on the screen that much more enjoyable in the end compared to using a mouse.
Wassup! Today -Things to Consider Before Buying Your First Music Player
Everywhere I go nowadays on the subway, I see people with an Apple music player of some kind. Various iPods, iPhone and the iTouch are certainly popular. I on the other hand use a traditional MP3 player or a Windows Mobile device for listening to music. For me, it has always been a Microsoft Windows CE based PDA for listening to music. There are a number of reasons why I stay with a Windows Mobile device but the main one is that most of my music is in a Mp3 format.
Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?] Latest versions of award-winning notes organizer also improves compatibility with Windows Vista and latest models of Windows Mobile phones Las Vegas, NV, April 2, 2009 – PhatWare Corporation, a leading provider of software products and professional services for mobile and desktop computers, announces today the release of PhatNotes [...]
Wassup! Today – Headphones Reviews
This is a website dedicated to reviewing headphones only and is located at www.goodcans.com.
Wassup! Today – Photo of the Day:
I had the opportunity last year to take a tour of a Canadian Friget in Toronto. The military band was playing on the docks and I captured this image of just the tuba section.
Wassup! Today – GPS Tracking Online
If you have ever watched any of the Police dramas on TV, you would certainly seen them use a system online that allows the police to enter a phone number and have the users location detected on a map. Now, you can do this yourself by going to the Mobile Tracker and entering the persons phone number. Actually this is not a real system but a joke system setup by the folks at www.megapranks.com. You can enter a phone number to track or not enter a number at all and click the Start Searching button. You will eventually see a map and then watch the satellite camera zoom right into the actual location of the user. Of course this is just but an intertaining one for a short period. You will certainly see what I mean once you go to the link above and try this out yourself.
Wassup! Today – Console gaming has been very popular for decades starting with the original Nintendo Entertainment System. Within the past 5 years we have seen companies like Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo release very powerful DVD based gaming systems with spectacular graphics, 3D sound and amazing game play. The down side to this for many is the constant upgrading of the hardware and the added cost of $30.00+ for new gaming titles with some being over $70.00.
Wassup! Today -LAST.FM vs. THERADIO.
During the last couple of months I have enjoyed www.theradio.com. The ability to just go to the URL and have my favorite station play automatically is really sweet. Recently though, I have noticed advertising popping up as soon as I go to the website and after 6+ songs. Not so cool anymore when the flow of music is interrupted with a 15 second commercial.
Wassup! Today – The Battle of the Handheld Marketplace:
In the late 1990′s, Palm Inc., released the Palm Pilot which started the PDA recolution. Basically the Personal Digital Assistant was born which allowed you to do more than just track phone numbers and play simple games. Hundreds of productivity applications turned into thousands of applications that ranged from being FREE to costing over $20.00 USD. Certainly, the Palm Pilot was not the first handheld device o the market but was the first to truly introduce the masses to a handheld productivity device.
Wassup! Today – Sharing Your Pictures
It is always more exciting when you can share your fond memories with others by sending your pictures to friends and family. www.flickr.com is a popular site though there are dozens of many others out there too. Keep in mind most FREE sites like Flickr limit you to the number of photos you can have or the total storage you have available. This means you must delete old pictures as you start to run low on storage space. This can be lots of work and in many cases too much work to maintain once you get into 100′s of pictures.
Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?] World’s first PC TV receiver featuring software demodulation delivers HD content with CyberLink’s industry standard TVEnhance Taipei, Taiwan—March 23, 2009—CyberLink Corporation (5203.TW), innovative solutions provider for the connected media lifestyle, announced today that Mirics has demonstrated full interoperability of its revolutionary FlexiTV™ software-based receiver with CyberLink’s TVEnhance, together delivering [...]
Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?] LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Alltel Wireless knows that customers always want to be in touch, and with today’s launch of the LG Banter, connecting with friends, co-workers and family is easier than ever. Featuring a full sliding QWERTY keyboard for fast and easy texting and a chat-style messaging interface, [...]
Wassup! Today – LAST.FM
So what is last.fm?
Well last.fm is another online music site. There are plenty of them around but last.fm has some atrributes that make it stand out. I have never been a fan of FREE sites that expect you to sign up to access the features even though it maybe a simple and quick process. I have too many accounts with a unique login name and password already therefore I kringe when a site asks me to register.
Anyways, I had to try last.fm just to see what makes them tick for Digital Music Fridays. Here is a short list of what I like about last.fm.
Wassup! Today – Garmin Nuvi Series of Stand alone GPS Units
Garmin has an very interesting line of GPS units geared mainly for North American usage that will be released in the second quarter of 2009. There are a number of units all with the same external design with specific internal differences. There are currently 8 new models to choose from:
Wassup! Today – The latest Syndicated feed is coming from www.technoblabber.com. It’s run by “2 Dudes Rambling About Neat Stuff” and they are new to the blog scene. They are still working their way around Wordpress and you may see some broken feeds now and then. They are learning quick but more importantly have some unique views on technology which you will certainly enjoy reading.
Wassup! Today – Powerful and Rugged Windows Mobile
It not often I see a Windows Mobile device with loads of features built right in. The latest offering from Nautiz is certainly one that has everything I would expect in a fully featured Windows Mobile device.
Wassup! Today – Don’t be Fooled by Just High Megapixels
Ever since early 2008, I have been seeing all sorts of higher megapixel cameras come out in the markeplace. Point and shoot cameras with 8 – 10 megapixels with some even in the 12 megapixel range. Not all cameras are created equal and the actual image sensing chip used can make a huge difference in the actual image output. When you are in the market for a new camera, always try them out carefully before deciding on your final choice.
Wassup! Today -If you tend to use someone elses computer on occasion, it is important that any personal information like website login information or duplicate saved files are not stored on the computer. Depending on how the Internet Explorer in a Windows PC is setup, there can be a number of areas where access details are automatically saved.
1: The browser can store a history of all recent websites visited.
2: Information entered in web based forms can be stored.
3: Login passwords can be saved.
When it comes to MS Word files, even if you save the completed document on an external USB drive, there can be an autosaved version stored locally on the PC.
Wassup! Today – Mobile Development War Beginning
Now that Microsoft has announced a new online mobility store to compete with the Apple iTunes store. The war for the shrinking disposable income will begin. In the end, the battle will not only be between the different operating systems and hardware only. A good percentage of iPhone and iTouch users are not happy with how the iTunes store operate. This frustration also translates over to the software developers that must wait months for their newly completed title to be approved and made available for access on the iTunes store. Developers will soon have a non Apple store where titles can be made available for sale quickly and potentially with a greater return in profit. This is done via a third party installer called Cydia. Cydia will allow you to choose from a number of different download sites and even from sites that will be offerring commercial titles for purchase.
Wassup! Today – Satellite Radio vs www.theradio.com
I did a post awhile back HERE and the main PROS about THERADIO was that there are no commercials. Unfortunately this has changed in the past few weeks. About every 6 songs or so, a 30 second commercial is inserted on top of the channel identifier. It all started with an Esurance commercial. Not a huge discomfort since www.theradio.com is still free but with the introduction of commercials without prior notice, I have no idea if the service will still be free down the road or if the frequnecy of the commercials will increase over time. I hope the service does stay free for end user use and the level of commercials are kept at its current level.
Wassup! Today – Photo Editing Using Photosphop
Almost all “point and shoot” cameras save the captured image in the jpeg format. This is a common format that all photo and imaging software can easily load and edit. Most people that use Photoshop or any photo editing software do not realize that a large portion of the original image quality is lost when the original image is edited under default settings. You can check this by loading an unedited image into photoshop. Once the image has loaded, go to Image/Image Size and look at the default image resolution. The default is 72 ppi (pixels per inch) for most images captured by a “point and shoot” camera. This is the typical resolution used by many camera manufacturers to minimize the file storage requirements for the captured image.
Wassup! Today – Last week, Roger Mcnamee (an investor in the company Palm Inc.), made some bold public statements about the upcoming Palm Pre device.
“You know the beautiful thing: June 29, 2009, is the two- year anniversary of the first shipment of the iPhone,” McNamee said today in an interview in San Francisco. “Not one of those people will still be using an iPhone a month later.”
Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?] MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — March 3, 2009 — Eye-Fi Inc., makers of the world’s first wireless memory card for digital cameras, today announced the release of two new wireless SD memory cards that will upload videos directly from a digital camera to a computer and the Web. Videos are [...]
Wassup! Today – It is not like you have enough things to deal with on a daily basis but if you need information on the run, you can now go to http://wapedia.mobi/en/ or http://pda.wapedia.mobi/en to view the popular wikipedia pages now formatted for the mobile WAP browser screen.
Wassup! Today – This is one game that really intrigued me when I first tried it a couple of years ago on the i-Mate Jasjar. The Windows Mobile version has great graphics and a complex gaming artificial intelligence. Warfare Incorporated is a RTS realtime strategy game similar to the old Sim City and Sim Earth type of games in which you must built your community over time. The difference is that elements of a war game like Command and Conquer have been added.
Wassup! Today – I have to mention a website I frequent called Technoblabber.com. I go there at least once a day now not because I enjoy their blog but mainly by accident. When I make my way to Technobrains by typing in the URL in Google, the auto fill lists Technoblabber before Technobrains and I tend to quickly choose Technoblabber by mistake. It’s a site that seemed to have started in 2007 but only has one post dated today. I wish Technoblabber all the best.
Wassup! Today – Photo Sharing Sites:
There are numerous photo sharing sites online with FLICKR being a very popular one. I use FLICKR but I must confess that I have not updated my picture section in months. You can go HERE to see old pictures I have made public. The origianl reason for posting images on FLICKR was to expose my pictures to as wide an audience as possible. Seemed like a good idea at the time but as the months passed, I realized that getting poeple to actually spend time looking through my pictures was a full time task in itself for me. There are just too many distractions on FLICKR that easily divert my attention away from concentrating on my pictures. It is a great thing for FLICKR but not so great for me as a photographer. Lately, I have noticed that it is getting substantially harder to locate high quality images among the thousands of pictures being uploaded everyday. The number of views of my pictures alone are very low and not worth the time and effort it take to maintain a spot on FLICKR.
Wassup! Today – Virtualpunk is a unique game that takes MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) to a whole new level. Virtualpunk is GPS based therefore is best played outdoors. Just like other RPG’s you must collect treasure, armor, weapons and fight your way through each level. The graphics are great for a mobile game and certainly well thought out. If you have ever played a RPG game and enjoy them, you have to try Virtualpunk. For those that have never played a RPG but would like try something very unique while enjoying the outdoors have to give Virtualpunk a try. One word of warning, on lookers may think you are a little odd walking around in circles.
Wassup! Today – Yesterday was the first official change over day in the United States for terrestrial TV from analog to digital. Complete change over is scheduled for mid June. I am still not 100% comfortable as to what should be changed when dealing with an older setup and what can be kept? I am located in Canada and the switchover is not until 2011 but I am located close enough to the United States that any good programming will come from US based stations. This means I need to change too.
Another Microsoft Mobile Category Coming Soon
Yesterday Jack @ Experience Mobility blogged about the latest Microsoft announcements. One announcement was about the new mobile device category called Windows Phone. Not sure if this is just an added category or if this will replace all existing categories. We went from a Pocket PC Phone edition device which had a full touch screen to a Smartphone which has no touch screen. Now with the Windows Phone, it seems like we are back to the full touch screen again. When will this flip flopping end? It must be a nightmare for current Windows Mobile device developers to support all the categories. Seems very costly now to support the older Windows Mobile Classic, Windows Mobile Professional and the newer Windows Phones. All have different versions of the Windows CE operating system and uses different screen sizes. Until the actual Windows CE v6.5 versions of Windows Phone come out, it will be hard to tell if these will be a really hot device or a total flop for Microsoft. From my former days as a Microsft Mobile MVP, I was under the impression that the touch screens would disappear and the Smartphones with no touch screen would be the wave of the future for Microsoft. Looks like Apple wins the battle again and sets the standard with the multi-touch touch screens.
Wassup! Today – Dell Wasabi PZ310
The Dell Wasabi is a unique photo printer which uses the ZINK photo paper technology. The printer uses special paper that has the ink crystals built directly into the paper. The printer only prints photos in one size but the cost of each print is reasonable considering you have no added ink costs. Printer costs $99.00 USD currently with an instant $50 savings. 24 sheets of paper cost $12 or 48 for $20.00 USD.
Wassup! Today – Don’t be alarmed that when I use the term RESTRICTED. This does not refer to XXX or pornographic videos. When I say RESTRICTED, this refers to sites that are inaccessible from your country. For example, I have always been a fan of a TV program created in the UK called “The Prisoner”. Released in 1967, The Prisoner was a follow up to another TV program called the “Secret Agent” or some of you may remember this as “Danger Man” which was being canceled. The original main actor of the “Secret Agent” Patrick McGoohan came up with a story that takes the character John Drake and places him in a whole new scenario and story line. The two TV shows are drastically different in plot and atmosphere. Star Trek Deep Space Nine and Star Trek Voyager are still Star Trek Shows in the end. The Prisoner is very unique and has aspects of design and technology that was far beyond its 1967 era. Patrick McGoohan produced 17 episodes of The Prisoner which was recently made available on www.AMCTV.com for On Demand viewing. Since access to AMCTV and its online streaming content is available only to US residents, I was not able to watch this program from Canada.
Wassup! Today – MIDI Music (Musical Instrument Digital Interface)
It has been over 25 years since the MIDI standard was established giving birth to all sorts of synthesizer New Wave music in the 80′s . It is amazing that the General MIDI Standard is still supported today with a number of newer extended formats available. I am disappointed in some ways that MIDI has not really become a household name defining music composition, electronic music programming and as a general form of study for music enthusiasts. My impression is that MIDI is still considered as some kind of BLACK BOX used by hardcore dance music creators or known as a file format used for ring tone use only.
Wassup! Today – Digital Video Camera:
In the last 3 years or so, we have started to see the introduction of HD digital video cameras and the lowering of prices of video cameras in general. $2000.00 USD was the normal price range for a basic digital video camera. Now we are starting to see a number of choices in the $500.00 – $1000.00 USD price range. This certainly will get more and more individuals into purchasing a digital video camera to capture those important family moments.
One of the common problems with video camera users is the ability to immediately view the movies conveniently. Old technology involved a VHS tape that allowed you to easily remove the tape from the camera and insert into your video cassette player. Now we are dealing with an internal hard drive or a removable memory card which is not supported by standard video players. This means connecting the video camera directly to your TV each time you would like to watch the video. For some, this is as simple as plugging the camera into the AV jacks on the front of the TV. Unfortunately, many will have to deal with the connections on the back of the older TV which can be a real pain to reach.
Wassup! Today – This is by far the best looking and most functional ereader that has been developed to date. This is not a glorified handheld PDA redesigned to be an e-reader like the SONY PRS-505. The Plastic Logic e-reader is revolutionary in design. First the device uses a plastic display developed by Plastic Logic and provides a screen display of 8 1/2 X 11 and less than 16 ounces in weight.
Wassup! Today – GPS 101
Many people understand generally what it means when someone says GPS but most people do not know how or what a GPS can be useful for. Typically a GPS is used to determine where you are which is not really a benefit in populated areas since we have street signs and other landmarks to guide us. Inexpensive maps can also show us exactly where we are thus a device costing $100.00 or more is not something the average person is willing to invest in. Keep in mind that street signs and maps are only as good as the person using these tools since the information only provides a point of reference only. The user must use the information effectively to reach the final destination. This method is easily prone to human error.
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Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?]Release Date: February 10, 2009 Alltel Wireless continues to service wireless customers in portions of 22 states LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Alltel Wireless subscribers in portions of 22 states, will continue to experience Alltel’s award-winning benefits, as these territories were not included in the company’s recent sale to Verizon Wireless. [...]
Wassup! Today – What is a PDA Anyways?
We keep hearing about PDA this and PDA that. What are these devices and how do we know when a topic is related to a PDA device that you own? This is not as difficult as you might think. PDA stands for “Personal Digital Assistant”. As the name implies, any electronic device that assists you can fall into this category:
Wassup! Today – CLOSE ACT PERFORMANCE OUTDOORS IN TORONTO
Saturday night, I had the opportunity to catch a special outdoor performance by an extraordinary troop that came all the way from the Netherlands. The group called the Pi-Leau managed a spectacular show running 1 hour long based on an underwater theme. Divers and mermaids would move across the court yard and interact to music. You can see a small glimp by watching this video below.
Wassup! Today – Amazon has just announced the release of the new Kindle 2 reading device. This is the second generation of the reading device which now has a larger screen, improved display, and longer battery life.
Wassup! Today – The current slump in the economy and market down turns are forcing many large companies to cut back and force many people out of work. This may seem like a real depressing time for those that have lost their jobs but it should not be all that bad. I feel many of these people are truly blessed for being laid off over their coworkers that still have their jobs.
I say this because, this is the perfect time to take your career to the next level and by being forced to look for other employment is the perfect opportunity. Those co workers that still have their jobs will be too busy worrying if they will be next or not. If you decide to take it easy and collect Unemployment Insurance then you are certain to get depressed and be in a more serious situation than you are now. The trick is to take advantage of this time and focus your FREE time on creating new avenues.
Wassup! Today – Since it is Saturday now, I wanted to start this post early to ensure I have time for other activities. First, I would like to continue the synthesizer theme and add this video to the site. The song and group is not a synthesizer band but are great in adding the synthesizer sound together with traditional instruments. The group is Miami Sound Machine with Gloria Estefan and the song is Here We Are.
Wassup! Today – Digital Music Fridays will be a weekly digest on digital music information covering topics like MP3 players, MIDI music, online radio, music formats, digital audio and other digital music related categories.
I love YouTube and so do millions of other people. Seems kind of strange that we have all settled for sub par quality when watching all these music videos on YouTube. It is only recently that YouTube has upgraded the service to support a wide screen and higher resolution Flash video format. I can understand that YouTube was originally limited by the Flash technology in how high a video quality that could be efficiently supported. At least we are able to watch many of the classic videos and many commercially copyright protected videos. I would like shar with you a classic video and song from Louis Armstrong – The great SACHMO – What a Wonderful World.