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Title: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on July 16, 2011, 06:08:46 AM
From smartphones to tablets to computers to 3D tvs..... it's all here in the Technology Thread.

Feel free to post any questions, reviews, etc., you may have and interact with other posters. (This is actually a resurgence of an old thread, which should serve it's purpose well again).
Title: Re: The Official Temporary Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on July 16, 2011, 12:03:47 PM
As anyone tried out or bought any of the new tablets on the market (besides the Ipad, I mean)?

Yesterday saw the release of the newest member of the tablet market, the HP Touchpad (manufactured by HP).  It's sleek look,  (albeit with a plastic back will make fingerprint mania a new game in town),  comes with some good features, namely beta flash, excellent email interface, "Synergy" (communicate with HP's Pre smartphones merely by tapping the smartphone to the screen of the tablet),  the "Just Type", and of course, it's WebOS,  optimized for the tablet.

Of course, there are plenty of there tablets to choose from, such as the Blackberry Playbook, built more business users, but sporting an excellent flash player right from the outset (embedded in the device's software, straight out of the box) in a smallish 7" frame.  Videos look super crisp on the Blackberry's screen.  For those using web-based email, there shouldn't be much of a problem, though there will be an update to patch this at some point, soon.
Those who already own or use Blackberry's array of smartphones will be better served by pairing the Playbook together via Blackberry, which is why the Playbook isn't considered something for everyone, definitely no email client, nor contacts, or calendar, again, only when paired with a Blackberry smartphone.  Sounds disappointing?  Sure is.

Acer, Motorola, and Samsung have all come out in full force.  What do these have in common apart from the HP Touchpad and the Blackberry Playbook?  Why, they're all Android tablets using the latest Honeycomb system on the Google browser.  According to tech reviews,  the 10.1" Samsung Galaxy Tab seems the only one of the three Android tablets to rival the Ipad, both in speed and interface. How interesting that Apple is suing Korean-based Samsung, claiming infringement on the Ipad software/design/similar interface, etc.  And, Samsung is counter-suing Apple for something similar, the other way around. 

The very interesting fact is, that Samsung's processors and chips are the most widely used hardware found in many devices, yes, including the Ipad.   Now that's technology food for thought!

Did I neglect to say a few words about the Acer Iconia and the Motorola Xoom?  Ah, yes, the former is a discounted, but not necessarily a terrible tablet, pretty decent with  10.1" bright, HD screen, right up there with the Motorolq Xoom.  Plenty of specifications the Iconia a500 offers, and costs less than the pricier name tablets mentioned above. 

The Motorola Xoom is among the priciest, but has the absolute best screen resolution in it's class, utilizing the latest Android Honeycomb.  Oops, mistake, for the Galaxy Tab has the absolute latest version of Android.  Anyways, the Xoom is no slouch, is perfect for video & gaming, with it's HD screen, then again, the Blackberry Playbook's HD screen is also in league with the Xoom's, keeping in mind we're comparing 7" to a 10.1" screens here.  In fact, many tablet aficionados think that the just as pricey 10.1" Samsung Galaxy Tab is a better buy than the Xoom, at least for now.

Those who are looking for a tablet that can be used both alone and with a keyboard (this makes for a tablet/netbook combo possibility), can look to the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, a speedier processor than the Acer Iconia a500, slightly costlier, but well worth it for those who desire such a design and style.

The truth is, that as valiant as many of these tablets mentioned above are trying to be in attempting to become the next Ipad, none measure up in the popularity department.  Ipad is, and will remain the most sought after tablet on the market according to analysts, until 2015.  Until Android is improved still more, and the competition upgrades further and provides a better app market for consumers, compared to Apple's which carries a whopping 95,000+apps, only then will a more viable alternative be worthy of it's price & choice. 

If I had to choose a tablet, other than the Ipad, let's just say, at this point I'd choose the HP Touchpad, partly because I wouldn't yearn foe Android right now, and am enticed by the Touchpad's beta flash (web) as well as the (Palm) WebOS.  It's good enough for what I would need it for, plus it's interface is both easy to use and convenient.













   
Title: Re: The Official Temporary Technology Thread
Post by: cw on July 16, 2011, 12:16:56 PM
I wasted a lot of time with the Blackberry Playbook. I was looking at it for business use and feel it's software is not ready for prime time business users - in fact, it was kind of pathetic as was their support. Their ebooks capability was poor as well in my opinion. The software available for Blackberry phones is much, much better so don't assume one has the other.  The Samsung tablet was substantially better for the business applications and ebook capability I was looking at. I'm not aware of anything the Playbook does that the Samsung doesn't do but can't say the same thing the other way. Besides the Ipad, I haven't spent any time with the others.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Sarge on September 19, 2011, 12:47:13 PM
Wow... another one of those life imitating art things... Well, Gene Roddenberry anyway. Very cool.

http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/81825916/?lt=ep
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Rick Couchman on September 21, 2011, 03:49:13 PM
My wife and I are kinda looking at the iPad.  I've got an iPhone now.

She wants to eread and play some simple games.  I want to be able to update websites using Wordpress CMS, and use APPS.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: You're right on September 21, 2011, 07:48:25 PM
My wife and I are kinda looking at the iPad.  I've got an iPhone now.

She wants to eread and play some simple games.  I want to be able to update websites using Wordpress CMS, and use APPS.
I really enjoy mine and highly recommend it (and I was a staunch PC guy). I just read that the issue with flash will also cease to be as Adobe releases an update that will allow developers to program for almost all devices.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: AvroArrow on September 22, 2011, 09:14:40 AM
I wasn't sure where to put this, but as it's related to technology, I'll put it here.

http://www.thestar.com/business/article/1057766--crtc-bans-exclusive-content-contracts

Seems like a HUGE step in the right direction, though I haven't had long to process it.

Quote
In a decision that is part of the regulator’s response to the convergence of phone, cable and broadcast services in Canada over the past year, the CRTC issued a permanent ban on so-called exclusive mobile content deals.

It said the integrated media giants must share their programming with rivals under fair and market-based terms and cannot restrict content to their own wireless and Internet subscribers. Companies must negotiate the terms but cannot deny service while those talks are taking place.

The regulator also took steps to ensure that telecom, cable and web companies that also own broadcast networks play fair with smaller competitors.

As well, it recommended measures that would provide more choice for cable and satellite TV service subscribers.
...
The regulator said Wednesday that any program broadcast on television, including hockey games and other live events, must be made available to competitors under fair and reasonable terms.

I've hated the fact that the broadcasters owned the channels and the content on the channels.  This way, any channel can get any content, be it a channel broadcast through standard TV mediums, or newer ones like Web and Mobile.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: seahawk on September 22, 2011, 08:51:13 PM
The one aspect of the CRTC decisions I liked is the one that brings pick and pay options closer to reality. The sooner that happens, the better.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: bustaheims on September 22, 2011, 08:58:19 PM
I really enjoy mine and highly recommend it (and I was a staunch PC guy). I just read that the issue with flash will also cease to be as Adobe releases an update that will allow developers to program for almost all devices.

Unless Adobe has massively improved the security of Flash, Apple still won't allow it on their mobile devices.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: You're right on September 22, 2011, 09:42:03 PM
I really enjoy mine and highly recommend it (and I was a staunch PC guy). I just read that the issue with flash will also cease to be as Adobe releases an update that will allow developers to program for almost all devices.

Unless Adobe has massively improved the security of Flash, Apple still won't allow it on their mobile devices.
Apparently the upcoming version is a little more to Apple's liking....I can't recall where I read it honestly. I really haven't found it to be a big issue without it personally.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 24, 2011, 07:44:00 AM
We have all heard of Albert Einsteins theory of relativity -- E=mc^2 -- which translates to "energy equals mass times the speed of light squared".  We also know that the speed of light travels at approximately 300,000 kms/sec, or, 299,792 kms/sec to be exact.

Well, according to Einstein, nothing could possibly travel or smash this "cosmic speed barrier", until.....

.....the discovery of neutrinos.  Huh?  That's right, neutrinos, up until now, relatively little-known particles of physics.  Scientists at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) -- non-related to the Hadron Collider project -- claim to have released a neutrino beam from an accelerator From a lab in Geneva to a laboratory in
Italy, the Gran Sasso National Laboratory ( in the Abruzzo region), traveling 730 kilometers in 60 nanoseconds faster than the speed of light!!  These were the preliminary findings as more tests and collaborations between labs wiil be done, as scientists still remain skeptical of such experimentation of this magnitude.  It could be the start of the proof of the discovery that will eventually prove Einstein wrong.....

Read this recent fascinating story at...http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2011/09/22/technology-particles-light-speed.html

P.S.  The Gran Sasso National Laboratory is located near Aquila, in the Abruzzo region of Italy, and the Gran Sasso, by the way, is now a newly-minted official Italian national park (Italian heritage).  My parents hometown is nearby!  :D 
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Mordac on September 24, 2011, 11:48:11 AM
I've always believed in faster-than-light particles! Glad to hear they finally may have proven it.

Now to prove the tachyon!
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: You're right on September 25, 2011, 01:27:18 PM
Just for iPhone/iPad users that are interested - Tiger Woods PGA 12 is available for free. Not bad....even better when you don't have to pay!
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Mordac on September 25, 2011, 01:46:55 PM
Anyone know if there is a way to get a Youtube video to play as my wallpaper, without downloading it?
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: seahawk on October 03, 2011, 11:05:45 PM
As if I don't have enough issues these days, my laptop has decided to crash again. For the 2nd time in just over 3 months I get a corrupted boot file and a pile of work to restore it. Guess it's time to look at a new system.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bender on October 04, 2011, 02:20:03 PM
Apple Keynote speech going on right now. I can't believe how much an innovator the early iPhone models were. Now they're playing catch up and asking people to pay a premium for it.

So far I'm very underwhelmed.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Deebo on October 04, 2011, 02:36:03 PM
Dual core and a new camera seem to be the only changes from iphone4.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: bustaheims on October 04, 2011, 02:55:50 PM
Dual core and a new camera seem to be the only changes from iphone4.

Those are the big changes, yeah. Also, there's a 64GB model available.

I'm overdue for an upgrade (still using an LG Shine) and was hoping the iPhone 5 would be announced today, but, oh well. I'll probably pick up a 64GB 4S instead.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bullfrog on October 04, 2011, 03:17:59 PM
I use a Blackberry Pearl flip and still haven't figured out how to do 80% of what it does.

I'd love a touch-screen smart phone but honestly can't justify it cost-wise.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: The Red Polar Bear on October 04, 2011, 04:49:30 PM
Picked up a Nokia E73 a month ago from Mobilicity on their $25 unlimited talk/text/data + CallerID (paid $150 outright, no contract). So far so good, its essentially a Blackberry Curve without BBM for half the price and a higher build quality.

I'll forever be sold on Nokia phones since I ran over the last one I owned with my car and it still worked.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on October 05, 2011, 02:36:40 AM
Samsung Galaxy S II is just a much better phone than the Iphone 4S.

Apple will sell a ton of the new phone, but this is the first time it's legitimately trailing behind technologically speaking when it comes to introducing a new smartphone.

By the time Apple tries to release a 5, android phones are going to be about 12-18 months ahead of them. 
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on October 05, 2011, 11:10:24 AM
Picked up a Nokia E73 a month ago from Mobilicity on their $25 unlimited talk/text/data + CallerID (paid $150 outright, no contract). So far so good, its essentially a Blackberry Curve without BBM for half the price and a higher build quality.

I'll forever be sold on Nokia phones since I ran over the last
one I owned with my car and it still worked.


I have an unlocked Nokia E71 which I bought 2 years ago
from Celltech.  I use it primarily as an organizer, occasional
wireless usage, etc. Works very well in offline mode.  No contract since I haven't switched the SIM from my Moto Razr pay-go cellphone (Rogers).  Excellent build quality and nice keyboard.
 
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on October 05, 2011, 11:24:11 AM
Dual core and a new camera seem to be the only changes from iphone4.
Those are the big changes, yeah. Also, there's a 64GB model available.

I'm overdue for an upgrade (still using an LG Shine) and was hoping the iPhone 5 would be announced today, but, oh well. I'll probably pick up a 64GB 4S instead.


I'm still on my 3g iPhone albeit as dysfunctionally slow as it is getting.  My 3yr contract expired in August and it came with a good data (no voice) plan from Rogers at 6GB for $25 (before taxes).  Now, with no contract, I'm paying $52!  So, if I were to upgrade to the 4S -- (I was hoping it was going to be the Iphone 5, but, the 4S sounds much more of a capable performer with it's A6 microchip processor -- I'm probably going to go on another 3yr term and Rogers may give me a lower plan pricing again.

By the way, the 4S will incorporate SIRI Apple's voice recognition software to be a feature on it's next generation Iphones.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: sucka on October 05, 2011, 12:35:08 PM
Dual core and a new camera seem to be the only changes from iphone4.
Those are the big changes, yeah. Also, there's a 64GB model available.

I'm overdue for an upgrade (still using an LG Shine) and was hoping the iPhone 5 would be announced today, but, oh well. I'll probably pick up a 64GB 4S instead.


I'm still on my 3g iPhone albeit as dysfunctionally slow as it is getting.  My 3yr contract expired in August and it came with a good data (no voice) plan from Rogers at 6GB for $25 (before taxes).  Now, with no contract, I'm paying $52!  So, if I were to upgrade to the 4S -- (I was hoping it was going to be the Iphone 5, but, the 4S sounds much more of a capable performer with it's A6 microchip processor -- I'm probably going to go on another 3yr term and Rogers may give me a lower plan pricing again.

By the way, the 4S will incorporate SIRI Apple's voice recognition software to be a feature on it's next generation Iphones.

You can try asking to downgrade the 6gigs to save the $5.  I did that and they still gave me the 6gigs.  i'm paying now around 45.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on October 05, 2011, 12:53:17 PM
Quote from: Deebo link=topic=68.msg10178#msg10178
date=1317753363
Dual core and a new camera seem to be the only changes from iphone4.
Those are the big changes, yeah. Also, there's a 64GB model
 available.

I'm overdue for an upgrade (still using an LG Shine) and was hoping the iPhone 5 would be announced today, but, oh well.
 I'll probably pick up a 64GB 4S instead.


I'm still on my 3g iPhone albeit as dysfunctionally slow as it is getting.  My 3yr contract expired in August and it came
with a good data (no voice) plan from Rogers at 6GB for $25
 (before taxes).  Now, with no contract, I'm paying $52!  So,
 if I were to upgrade to the 4S -- (I was hoping it was going
 to be the Iphone 5, but, the 4S sounds much more of a
capable performer with it's A6 microchip processor -- I'm
probably going to go on another 3yr term and Rogers may
give me a lower plan pricing again.

By the way, the 4S will incorporate SIRI Apple's voice recognition software to be a feature on it's next generation
Iphones.
You can try asking to downgrade the 6gigs to save the $5.  I did that and they still gave me the 6gigs.  i'm paying now around 45.


Good idea.  In fact, Rogers has already pre-agreed to give me the $10 credit again if I choose a term contract again.  That would still be at 6GB but at a pared down price. 

I have a friend who manages a Rogers Wireless dealership and will try to negotiate some sort of price plan reduction for me.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: CarltonTheBear on October 05, 2011, 07:12:25 PM
Samsung Galaxy S II is just a much better phone than the Iphone 4S.

Apple will sell a ton of the new phone, but this is the first time it's legitimately trailing behind technologically speaking when it comes to introducing a new smartphone.

By the time Apple tries to release a 5, android phones are going to be about 12-18 months ahead of them. 

As an iPhone4 owner, I won't deny any of these claims. However, the App Store will always be head and shoulders above anything the competitors can put forth in that area. And that's even expanded for jailbroken users. And for that one reason I'll stick with my iPhone.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: bustaheims on October 05, 2011, 07:15:32 PM
Samsung Galaxy S II is just a much better phone than the Iphone 4S.

Apple will sell a ton of the new phone, but this is the first time it's legitimately trailing behind technologically speaking when it comes to introducing a new smartphone.

By the time Apple tries to release a 5, android phones are going to be about 12-18 months ahead of them.

I'd say you're probably right up until this point. It wouldn't surprise me if part of the reason the iPhone 5 wasn't announced yesterday is because of how far Apple intends on pushing the technology, but they just haven't perfected it yet.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bender on October 05, 2011, 07:36:07 PM
Dual core and a new camera seem to be the only changes from iphone4.

Those are the big changes, yeah. Also, there's a 64GB model available.

I'm overdue for an upgrade (still using an LG Shine) and was hoping the iPhone 5 would be announced today, but, oh well. I'll probably pick up a 64GB 4S instead.

There's gonna be a lot faster phones coming out by the time you decide to pick up a 4s. It sounds like the Atrix is just as fast, SGSII is faster. Samsung's gonna have their pow-wow in the next week or two with the possibility of announcing SGS3 and Nexus Prime.
Title: Re: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: bustaheims on October 05, 2011, 07:49:30 PM
There's gonna be a lot faster phones coming out by the time you decide to pick up a 4s. It sounds like the Atrix is just as fast, SGSII is faster. Samsung's gonna have their pow-wow in the next week or two with the possibility of announcing SGS3 and Nexus Prime.

Speed isn't everything, and I'm really not a fan of the Android platform.
Title: Re: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bender on October 17, 2011, 03:22:39 PM
There's gonna be a lot faster phones coming out by the time you decide to pick up a 4s. It sounds like the Atrix is just as fast, SGSII is faster. Samsung's gonna have their pow-wow in the next week or two with the possibility of announcing SGS3 and Nexus Prime.

Speed isn't everything, and I'm really not a fan of the Android platform.

Ok, but the screen size and quality gets crushed by SGSII. And TBH, I started on iPhone and it drove me ballistic that you can't use it as a flash drive to store your documents, the fact that you had to jailbreak it so you could change the themes, frequent restores no flash support (INSANITY!). I mean, don't get me wrong, it's a slick operating system and quite a lot of stuff is optimized for it. But I just can't get passed certain features and design elements. Android suits me a lot better: it's more open and customizable, plays flash, better organization system, moving backgrounds, functions as storage.

Anyway, the real reason I'm posting here is Google is likely going to announce Ice Cream Sandwhich as a major update to the Android operating system as well a possible unveiling of the Nexus Prime.

http://www.engadget.com/2011/10/13/samsung-confirms-ice-cream-sandwich-event-on-october-19/
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: TheMightyOdin on October 18, 2011, 02:03:04 PM
Anyone updated their apple mobile device to IOS 5 yet? I just updated last night and am so far I am unimpressed considering all the hype leading up to it.

 To be fair I haven't really spent much time with it, maybe I'll change my mind.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bender on October 18, 2011, 02:09:04 PM
Anyone updated their apple mobile device to IOS 5 yet? I just updated last night and am so far I am unimpressed considering all the hype leading up to it.

 To be fair I haven't really spent much time with it, maybe I'll change my mind.

It's mostly loaded with stuff they should've done a while ago. They JUST added notifications? Please. They're losing ground to Android IMO. The only thing they've got is Siri which is interesting but not nearly a deal breaker. Its a decent phone, but not something I would pay a premium for anymore. The iPhone's riding the coattails of good marketing, that's all.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: You're right on October 18, 2011, 02:19:39 PM
Anyone updated their apple mobile device to IOS 5 yet? I just updated last night and am so far I am unimpressed considering all the hype leading up to it.

 To be fair I haven't really spent much time with it, maybe I'll change my mind.
I like the notifications update and the camera availability from the lock screen and the main notifications screen (swipe down from top). I think the best features are really for the iPad (especially the Safari update for tabbed browsing).

I too was initially unimpressed but some googling and reading up on all of the features that were implemented helped me to find some interesting features and how to use them.
Title: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Deebo on October 18, 2011, 05:01:42 PM
Anyone updated their apple mobile device to IOS 5 yet? I just updated last night and am so far I am unimpressed considering all the hype leading up to it.

 To be fair I haven't really spent much time with it, maybe I'll change my mind.
I like the notifications update and the camera availability from the lock screen and the main notifications screen (swipe down from top). I think the best features are really for the iPad (especially the Safari update for tabbed browsing).

I too was initially unimpressed but some googling and reading up on all of the features that were implemented helped me to find some interesting features and how to use them.

You thought the best features are for iPad?

Apart from tabbed browsing, which I feel should have been there a long time ago, I haven't noticed any tangible after upgrading.

What else have you found?

The notifications are nice, but it feels incomplete. There should be some indication on the main screen that there are notifications. Unless you heard the chime, you have no way to know if there are notifications. Maybe beside the clock there should be some icons indicating which apps have a new notification. I feel the whole should have been implemented a couple years ago. It is an improvement though since the pop up notifications were terrible.

This is an area where I think blackberry has them beat, without even picking up my torch I can see what new notifications have. The led light blinks a different colour for twitter, BBM, Facebook, texts or email and will cycle through the colours if I have more than one notification. And when the screen is on, right under the clock there would be a bar with a bunch of icons and numbers beside each one to indicate the number of new notifications.

I'm with mightyodin, I'm underwhelmed with this os update.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Mordac on October 18, 2011, 06:11:19 PM
Shhh....don't talk about how Blackberry has anything on Apple....you'll upset the fanbois.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on October 19, 2011, 04:50:02 AM
You raise some valid concerns Deebo, although you can now use the flash on the iphone as a message indicator too.  Although granted it is not as cool as the different coloured LED from the Blackberry.

With regards to your notifications, if your phone is locked there is a display right there on the front screen telling you that you have either texts, facebook messages or other types of notifications, when you unlock the phone this then disappears and can be accessed from the drop down, where clicking on any of these notifications will take you to the relevant section of the app.  If you aren't seeing these perhaps there is a setting off somewhere.

Largely I am with you though, the 4S is a huge disappointment, anyone with a 4 who goes out and gets a 4S is bordering on moronic.  The changes are marginal at best and although IOS 5 is decent, it pretty much only pulls Apple into a position where it's OS can do what the top smartphones have been doing for at least six months now.

The hands down most powerful, 'best' smartphone out there right now is the Galaxy S II.  I am neither a huge android nor Samsung fan, but just from a basic hardware perspective, it is at least six months ahead of even the Iphone 4S.  Like I've said previously, I work with all these devices and OS's on a daily basis and from anyone inside the industry, it's pretty much accepted as fact for now(there are a handful of devices that will drop before the end of the year that take things to a higher level yet again). 

Blackberry is becoming more and more of a niche market.  It had a fiercely loyal following who stuck with it through thick and thin, but that was in large part based around it's email power and BBM.  With those types of features being improved on other platforms, Blackberry really needs to 'reinvent the wheel' to hold onto or increase it's market share.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: You're right on October 19, 2011, 06:53:41 AM
Deebo,

Besides the tabbed browsing (and additional browsing functionality) I also liked the split/moveable keypad and have been playing around with the custom gestures. While the updates may not be earth shattering there are a few things that I have found useful and have been trying out a number of the new features over the last couple of days to see if there are any that I like.
Still doing a lot of "googling" and playing around with both iPad and iPhone features - but so far it's not a disappointment for me as some of the new features are a good fit for the way I use my devices.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Kessel Run on October 19, 2011, 08:47:35 AM
Here's a guide to some of the new iOS 5 features:

http://www.apple.com/ios/features.html#notification
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on October 19, 2011, 11:39:55 AM
Samsung Galaxy S II is just a much better phone than the Iphone 4S.

Apple will sell a ton of the new phone, but this is the first time it's legitimately trailing behind technologically speaking when it comes to introducing a new smartphone.

By the time Apple tries to release a 5, android phones are going to be about 12-18 months ahead of them.

I'd say you're probably right up until this point. It wouldn't surprise me if part of the reason the iPhone 5 wasn't announced yesterday is because of how far Apple intends on pushing the technology, but they just haven't perfected it yet.

I hear Jobs was working almost exclusively on the Iphone 5 prior to his death so hopefully it will be a leap forward.  As for the reason as to why this phone was not a leap forward, you only have to look at the display.  They could not have made a profit on any device with a 'retina' display larger that 3.5 inches.  In no small part due to the fact they have a huge dispute with Samsung who is owning the display side of things right now.  Increasing the size of the screen on an Iphone as it stands would mean reducing the 'retina' quality and apple will never take a step backwards as we all know.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: TheMightyOdin on October 22, 2011, 06:26:01 PM
The best thing I've found so far with IOS 5......( Or maybe it's been there all along and didn't find it earlier).....  Is the touch assistant. Basically I've added a home button icon to my screen so now I don't have to physically press a button I can just touch it, or double tap it, or triple tap it.. Etc... 

I've always worried about wearing out the physical button and wanted exactly this option. It's also silent instead of the "click click" button sound when checking to see what apps are open and running.

Edit: it's called Assistive Touch.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Sarge on November 22, 2011, 10:47:48 AM
I'm thinking of buying my wife one of these for Christmas...
Anyone have any knowldege of them or experience with them?... Any complaints or praises? Is one better than the other?

Kodak Playsport ZX5 Waterproof High-Definition SDHC Camcorder

(http://www.bestbuy.ca/multimedia/Products/500x500/101/10182/10182861.jpg)

Samsung Waterproof HD Pocket Camcorder (HMX-W200TN)

(http://www.bestbuy.ca/multimedia/Products/500x500/101/10171/10171174.jpg)

Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bullfrog on November 22, 2011, 12:38:04 PM
Anyone have experience with e-readers? I'm seriously considering one, especially the Kobo touch.

Anything good or bad I should know?
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Zee on November 22, 2011, 12:53:42 PM
Anyone have experience with e-readers? I'm seriously considering one, especially the Kobo touch.

Anything good or bad I should know?

I've owned a Kindle since last October (2010), fantastic device, what would you like to know specifically?

I'm a little wary of the current generation of Touch-based eReaders.  I've seen the Nook Touch, and I don't like the responsiveness of the touch screen.  They all use the same technology, basically an infrared detection system over the actual e-ink screen, and it's way less responsive than say an iPhone or iPad touch screen.  You should really go play with a Kobo touch at Chapters and see if you like it.  If you have any other general questions about eReaders just ask.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bender on November 22, 2011, 02:32:59 PM
Samsung Galaxy S II is just a much better phone than the Iphone 4S.

Apple will sell a ton of the new phone, but this is the first time it's legitimately trailing behind technologically speaking when it comes to introducing a new smartphone.

By the time Apple tries to release a 5, android phones are going to be about 12-18 months ahead of them.

I'd say you're probably right up until this point. It wouldn't surprise me if part of the reason the iPhone 5 wasn't announced yesterday is because of how far Apple intends on pushing the technology, but they just haven't perfected it yet.

I hear Jobs was working almost exclusively on the Iphone 5 prior to his death so hopefully it will be a leap forward.  As for the reason as to why this phone was not a leap forward, you only have to look at the display.  They could not have made a profit on any device with a 'retina' display larger that 3.5 inches.  In no small part due to the fact they have a huge dispute with Samsung who is owning the display side of things right now.  Increasing the size of the screen on an Iphone as it stands would mean reducing the 'retina' quality and apple will never take a step backwards as we all know.

Yeah, but now you have the Galaxy Nexus which will be released soon that has a true 720p HD display. Pentile or not, it's almost irrelevant at that resolution. If that's the beginning you have to think Super Amoled Plus HD is only a matter of time, and I think it'll be the new gold standard due to the lack of LCD backlight, which washes out colour. Nothing can touch Samsung's forward movement in display technology right now, not even Apple.

Don't get me wrong, I owned an iPhone 3GS and liked that it was optimized, liked the games etc. When 3GS was released it was still one of the best phones of its kind (although screen resolution kinda sucked) and it was the fastest phone out there. But the 4S is has a CPU upgrade that isn't even near the speed of other phones like SGSII, and the fact that the RAM is stuck at 512MB is just insane - it's half the standard of what's already out, nevermind what we'll see in the new year.

Until Apple allows more customization on their devices without jailbreaking (I can't believe I have to jailbreak the phone to add a freaking theme!), until they have a much bigger screen, can compete technologically with current phones then I have no problem with picking out the best Android phone when I have to make that decision, especially when ICS looks pretty slick indeed.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Sucker Punch on November 28, 2011, 04:27:47 AM
I don't really understand the draw of eReaders.

Just looking up Kindle on Wikipedia, for example, it's twice the price of an iPod Touch with a fraction of the features.

If you want to read eBooks, why not just get an iPod Touch and install Stanza?
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bullfrog on November 28, 2011, 01:20:14 PM
Not sure what site you're reading, but a Kindle is about 1/2 the price of an Ipod touch. it has a larger screen, and it uses the e-ink technology giving the screen the appearance of a book. To most people I've talked to, the screen is the big draw as it seems to reduces eye fatigue.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Zee on November 28, 2011, 02:30:17 PM
I don't really understand the draw of eReaders.

Just looking up Kindle on Wikipedia, for example, it's twice the price of an iPod Touch with a fraction of the features.

If you want to read eBooks, why not just get an iPod Touch and install Stanza?


1. The cheapest iPod Touch that I see in Canada is $199, the cheapest Kindle is $109.

2. The iPod touch has a 3.5-inch screen
The Kindle has a 6 inch screen

3. iPod touch battery would last less than 1 day if you used it to try and read books for hours on end, the Kindle battery would last 1 month.

4. iPod touch for reading books would put strain on the eyes due to back-lighting of the screen shining into your eye.  The iPod touch is bad for reading outdoors in full sunshine.
The Kindle screen has no backlighting and is fully readable in bright sunshine, causes no eye strain.


Here's an example of an LCD screen vs. an eReader screen when used outdoors:
(http://www.thejavajive.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/IMG_0498.jpg)
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Sucker Punch on November 28, 2011, 05:17:52 PM
Makes sense, thanks Zee.

With regards to the price, I just checked the Kindle page on Wikipedia.   Now that I look again, $399 was the "introductory" price, didn't notice that the first time though.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Andy on November 28, 2011, 05:35:11 PM
So I was browsing the amazon.ca "black friday" electronics deals and ended up ordering a Le Pan 9.7" tablet for 169$.

For me, one who is not technologically suavy (to say the least) I am absolutely loving this thing. Bright touch screen, fast wi-fi, easily accesible and pretty sharp looking.

It's operating on Android 2.2 which is pretty outdated and Le Pan isn't exactly a household name so there are drawbacks. But personally I can't rationalize shelling out 400-600$ for the higher powered ones. And really, all I'm using this thing is for its light, sleek compactness, wi-fi and free apps (euchre, hearts, poker, blackjack, etc).

So after taxes (including FREE shipping) I paid 190$ +50$ for a 32GB micro SD card.

Seems like a pretty decent option for those with more mild technological ambitions/preferences.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Heroic Shrimp on November 28, 2011, 06:16:53 PM
So I was browsing the amazon.ca "black friday" electronics deals and ended up ordering a Le Pan 9.7" tablet for 169$.

For me, one who is not technologically suavy (to say the least) I am absolutely loving this thing. Bright touch screen, fast wi-fi, easily accesible and pretty sharp looking.

It's operating on Android 2.2 which is pretty outdated and Le Pan isn't exactly a household name so there are drawbacks. But personally I can't rationalize shelling out 400-600$ for the higher powered ones. And really, all I'm using this thing is for its light, sleek compactness, wi-fi and free apps (euchre, hearts, poker, blackjack, etc).

So after taxes (including FREE shipping) I paid 190$ +50$ for a 32GB micro SD card.

Seems like a pretty decent option for those with more mild technological ambitions/preferences.

We're on the same page about the tablet: http://tmlfans.ca/community/index.php?topic=499.0

 ;)
Title: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Zee on November 28, 2011, 06:32:17 PM
Makes sense, thanks Zee.

With regards to the price, I just checked the Kindle page on Wikipedia.   Now that I look again, $399 was the "introductory" price, didn't notice that the first time though.

Yeah the first ever Kindles released were way too expensive but then new technology always is. Last year they dropped the price to 139 and this year to 109 (even cheaper if you live in the US and can put up with ads --$79)
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Andy on November 28, 2011, 08:03:23 PM
So I was browsing the amazon.ca "black friday" electronics deals and ended up ordering a Le Pan 9.7" tablet for 169$.

For me, one who is not technologically suavy (to say the least) I am absolutely loving this thing. Bright touch screen, fast wi-fi, easily accesible and pretty sharp looking.

It's operating on Android 2.2 which is pretty outdated and Le Pan isn't exactly a household name so there are drawbacks. But personally I can't rationalize shelling out 400-600$ for the higher powered ones. And really, all I'm using this thing is for its light, sleek compactness, wi-fi and free apps (euchre, hearts, poker, blackjack, etc).

So after taxes (including FREE shipping) I paid 190$ +50$ for a 32GB micro SD card.

Seems like a pretty decent option for those with more mild technological ambitions/preferences.

We're on the same page about the tablet: http://tmlfans.ca/community/index.php?topic=499.0

 ;)

Hey look at that :)

I didn't know the deal was on until Dec 3. If my wife keeps using mine I may have to buy another.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on November 29, 2011, 06:06:10 AM
Not sure what site you're reading, but a Kindle is about 1/2 the price of an Ipod touch. it has a larger screen, and it uses the e-ink technology giving the screen the appearance of a book. To most people I've talked to, the screen is the big draw as it seems to reduces eye fatigue.



By far and by wide, e-ink technology is easier on the eyes, no backlight, therefore, it's just like reading a book (where you need to read in a well-lit area).


I once received an email from a University bookstore telling me that the preferred and better ereader should be e-ink.  That LCD screens caused too much eye fatigue.  So true.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Zee on November 29, 2011, 08:27:10 AM
Not sure what site you're reading, but a Kindle is about 1/2 the price of an Ipod touch. it has a larger screen, and it uses the e-ink technology giving the screen the appearance of a book. To most people I've talked to, the screen is the big draw as it seems to reduces eye fatigue.



By far and by wide, e-ink technology is easier on the eyes, no backlight, therefore, it's just like reading a book (where you need to read in a well-lit area).


I once received an email from a University bookstore telling me that the preferred and better ereader should be e-ink.  That LCD screens caused too much eye fatigue.  So true.

After owning a Kindle for the last 15 months I will never go back to reading anything else, especially not trying to read for long periods on a traditional computer screen.  The convenience of the eReaders can't be overstated, I can load up multiple books at once and carry them around with me.  If I want to read a trilogy of books I just put them all on the reader and they're waiting for me.  No more lugging around a large 1000 page hardcover book that just gets released -- the eReader is small and light, lighter then even some paperbacks.  Also it's easy to read with one hand, because they have page turn buttons, so you hold the unit with one hand and use your thumb to turn pages, not easy to read a traditional book with one hand cause you can't just turn pages and hold the book at the same time.  I find that I've read far more books in the last year than I ever have before. I tend to read faster when using the Kindle.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bullfrog on November 29, 2011, 01:17:13 PM
Also it's easy to read with one hand, because they have page turn buttons, so you hold the unit with one hand and use your thumb to turn pages, not easy to read a traditional book with one hand cause you can't just turn pages and hold the book at the same time.  I find that I've read far more books in the last year than I ever have before. I tend to read faster when using the Kindle.

That's one issue I'm curious about. I could save $20-30 by going with the regular readers instead of the new touch screens. I'm wondering if I would actually regret not having a physical button to press. When i'm really tired but still reading, I'm sure I'll curse the makers of the touch screen models for not including physical buttons (of course it also illustrates how whiny of a society we've become, but that's another issue.) I don't know why they couldn't have included buttons on the touch screen models.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Zee on November 29, 2011, 01:27:57 PM
Also it's easy to read with one hand, because they have page turn buttons, so you hold the unit with one hand and use your thumb to turn pages, not easy to read a traditional book with one hand cause you can't just turn pages and hold the book at the same time.  I find that I've read far more books in the last year than I ever have before. I tend to read faster when using the Kindle.

That's one issue I'm curious about. I could save $20-30 by going with the regular readers instead of the new touch screens. I'm wondering if I would actually regret not having a physical button to press. When i'm really tired but still reading, I'm sure I'll curse the makers of the touch screen models for not including physical buttons (of course it also illustrates how whiny of a society we've become, but that's another issue.) I don't know why they couldn't have included buttons on the touch screen models.

Call it personal preference but I prefer the physical buttons to turn pages.  I've seen and tried the Nook touch, they have a touch screen device AND the physical buttons, and I would never use the touch screen to turn the pages.  I just hate having to touch the screen (and dirty it).  Imagine sitting at the beach, you have sunscreen on your hands and you're touching the screen to turn pages, the smudge of the sunscreen would be terrible.  If you get the buttons dirty no big deal, wipe them clean later. 

Also I find the buttons WAY more responsive than the screen.  The e-Ink touch screens don't use the same technology as an iPad or other tablet based computer.  The screens on eInk readers are less responsive to touch.

Just my 2 cents.

I own this Kindle by the way -- non touch screen:

http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Wi-Fi-Ink-Display-international/dp/B0051QVF7A/ref=amb_link_358889382_2?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-1&pf_rd_r=07HEN1ANAHB74P7NS6WQ&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1332001682&pf_rd_i=507846
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Zee on November 29, 2011, 03:36:59 PM
One more thing that I mentioned about eReaders that I can't stress enough, you really don't have to worry about the battery on these things.  The last time I charged my Kindle was November 8th.  I know this only because that's the day the latest Stephen King book came out and I decided to charge my device as I was going to read it and go on a trip to Miami the following week.  It's now Nov 29th, I read every day on it, and I still have 25% battery left.  It's truly astounding.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Michael on December 05, 2011, 04:24:47 PM
I have an iPad2. I have never used it as an ereader until now. What ereader do people recommend? Does it make a difference? If I just go with iBooks would that make sense? iBooks is the reader I think, but there are other apps as well....?

I do not really understand the whoel ereader aspect, but want to get into now in a hurry.

Any thoughts from someone who knows would be appreciated.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Michael on December 05, 2011, 10:48:47 PM
I got my own questions answered this evening. iBooks is fantastic. I can even load .pdf files.

Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on December 06, 2011, 06:43:54 AM
A very different ebook reader... the M90 Onyx Boox and the more powerful M92... plenty expensive...

http://www.onyxboox.com/
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bullfrog on December 06, 2011, 09:55:30 AM
A very different ebook reader... the M90 Onyx Boox and the more powerful M92... plenty expensive...

http://www.onyxboox.com/

Interesting:
Quote
Format Support
 PDF/TXT/HTML/MOBIPOCKET/EPUB/CHM/PDB/JPG/PNG/GIF/BMP/TIFF/MP3/WAV
Now supports Office 2010 Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint file types
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Zee on December 06, 2011, 03:49:27 PM
(http://qrcode.kaywa.com/img.php?s=5&d=GO%20LEAFS%20GO%21%21%21)
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: LittleHockeyFan on December 12, 2011, 03:24:06 PM
I laughed my head off.....but I'll need a translation.

http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1100750

maybe SP can help us out? Or MountPearl, if you're still around.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Stebro on December 17, 2011, 08:34:34 AM
A question about tv's...I've heard that it's only plasma screens that could get a burn-in....but after searching for it on google I can read that LCD's can get it too...but it seems as if people can't agree on whether that's possible or not....

So here's the deal, I constantly see a part the teletext when watching tv. At first I didn't notice, but when looking closer I can see it. I see it when I use my mediaplayer as well. Any ideas on how to fix this? or could it be temporary? I tried to turn off the tv and all the other equipment and started it again after 5 minutes, but it was still the same.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bullfrog on December 17, 2011, 08:57:12 AM
Mine's a plasma, but in the TV menu there's a utility called a screen-wipe. Basically it "wipes" a bright white bar across the screen for 15 minutes and clears away the burned in image.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Rob on December 17, 2011, 10:54:23 AM
I laughed my head off.....but I'll need a translation.

http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1100750

maybe SP can help us out? Or MountPearl, if you're still around.

“The arse fell right out of ‘er, bye,”

Sounds like the Leaf penalty kill.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Zee on December 20, 2011, 02:37:43 PM
My wife is getting an iPad through work, but who are we kidding, I'll be having the iPad for game day threads.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bender on December 21, 2011, 01:37:39 AM
I want a new computer but I can't find any good deals on parts! The cost of Core i5 and i7 processors has been the same since they were released over 9 months ago! I'm absolutely shocked. Anyone know of a place with base prices for good parts?
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: leafsjunkie on December 21, 2011, 03:46:45 PM
I want a new computer but I can't find any good deals on parts! The cost of Core i5 and i7 processors has been the same since they were released over 9 months ago! I'm absolutely shocked. Anyone know of a place with base prices for good parts?

I get all my parts from either NCIX, PC Village or Tiger Direct. All 3 are in Markham around HWY 7 & Woodbine Ave. I'll go to whoever is giving the best deal. I've had PC Village build a few PC's for me with the parts I wanted, I was able to negotiate prices each time. :)
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bender on December 21, 2011, 10:44:02 PM
I want a new computer but I can't find any good deals on parts! The cost of Core i5 and i7 processors has been the same since they were released over 9 months ago! I'm absolutely shocked. Anyone know of a place with base prices for good parts?

I get all my parts from either NCIX, PC Village or Tiger Direct. All 3 are in Markham around HWY 7 & Woodbine Ave. I'll go to whoever is giving the best deal. I've had PC Village build a few PC's for me with the parts I wanted, I was able to negotiate prices each time. :)

Hmm... Maybe I should go in and negotiate. Here's what I've got so far but I want to bring the price down.

i5 2500k = $230
EVGA 560Ti 448 Classified = $310
Maximus IV = $180
8GB Corsair = $40
WD Caviar Green 640GB = $120 (Barracuda Infonec $140 1TB)
Samsung monitor 24" LED = $200 (E-Outlet)

$1220.40 w/tax

I think I can do better. That's a huge chunk of change... Although I don't really want to skimp out and have to upgrade.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bender on December 24, 2011, 09:56:21 AM
So far no blowout deals on computer parts I'm looking for :(
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bender on December 24, 2011, 01:19:19 PM
Can anyone comment on this mobo? I really like the 2500k and it's unlocked and can overclock. Just wondering if this is a good deal or not for both, and if the mobo is any good.

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1355286&CatId=6982
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: TML fan on December 25, 2011, 03:18:48 PM
My girlfriend bought me an Android tablet for christmas. Its pretty cool but unfortunately i cant get any apps for it. Only Amazon appstore will recognize the device and as a Canadian, i dont have access. Otherwise its perfect for commenting on gameday threads  ;)
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Sucker Punch on December 25, 2011, 03:30:51 PM
My girlfriend bought me an Android tablet for christmas. Its pretty cool but unfortunately i cant get any apps for it. Only Amazon appstore will recognize the device and as a Canadian, i dont have access. Otherwise its perfect for commenting on gameday threads  ;)

There's some way you can install apps less legitimately.   Never had anything android, so I don't know how, but I see tons of android apps on torrent sites.

Google what to do with a .apk file.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Rick Couchman on December 25, 2011, 08:02:40 PM
I know it's been mentioned with not great reviews earlier in this thread, but I'm seriously looking at the 32GB Playbook.  It's on for $249 in several stores. I'm due to update my phone (iPhone 3GS), so I'd then go back to Blackberry and give my wife the old iPhone, as she's always using mine.

The reviews are getting better all the time for the Playbook, with each update they do. And in February they're supposed to be able to run Android apps, I think I read somewhere.

Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Chev-boyar-sky on December 25, 2011, 10:22:21 PM
The first thing that comes to mind every time I see this thread is this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9CEqlUJGCE
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: moon111 on December 26, 2011, 01:43:05 PM
The first thing that comes to mind every time I see this thread is this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9CEqlUJGCE
Is that a bad SNL skit?  Who the hell is Ali G?
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: LittleHockeyFan on December 26, 2011, 02:33:01 PM
The first thing that comes to mind every time I see this thread is this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9CEqlUJGCE
Is that a bad SNL skit?  Who the hell is Ali G?

No, no SNL. Ali G is one of Sacha Baren Cohen's alter egos. He did a series of shows in England as "The Ali G Show" (I think that's what they called it) and it was just him having at it with whatever the topical issues of the day were.

Pre-Borat, I think. And not as funny. My husband loves it, I can't stand it myself.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Tigger on December 28, 2011, 12:19:59 PM
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zsf1VhZ9L7c[/youtube]
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: brothert on December 28, 2011, 12:45:33 PM
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zsf1VhZ9L7c[/youtube]
Amazing technology.  George Orwell would be spinning in his grave though.  Like every invention it has its benefits and risks.  How does the technology differentiate between co-conspirators and people who are having an innocuous conversation with a suspect??
Title: Re: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: pnjunction on December 28, 2011, 01:00:42 PM
  Like every invention it has its benefits and risks.  How does the technology differentiate between co-conspirators and people who are having an innocuous conversation with a suspect??
It doesn't. It only processes information decisions like that are left to the people who then analyze it.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Tigger on December 28, 2011, 01:18:13 PM
It creeps me about a bit after watching The Last Enemy, quis custodiet ipsos custodes yadda yadda but it's an interesting development.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Zee on December 28, 2011, 02:45:32 PM
Christmas has just passed, where's all the posting about the new technology that people have received?  I'm disappointed!
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bender on December 28, 2011, 02:53:01 PM
Christmas has just passed, where's all the posting about the new technology that people have received?  I'm disappointed!

Gonna be going to NCIX to build a new computer. Can't wait. I haven't been able to play games in years, and I need an upgrade for recording music. Will post sometime next week!
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Rick Couchman on December 29, 2011, 07:43:32 PM
wife and i both got 32gb Playbooks at $249. I'm surprised at how much i like it...
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bender on December 31, 2011, 10:31:37 AM
Just bought a whole whack of parts for a new computer. I can't wait to start building it. Unfortunately I'm waiting on a friend to give me a case and PSU for it. I decided to scale down on some of the specs, but not by much

i5 2500k Processor
Maximus IV Motherboard (heard good things!)
Radeon HD 6850
8GB Corsair RAM
1TB Barracuda 7200 RPM Hard Drive
Lightscribe DVD Drive
22" Samsung LED Monitor
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bullfrog on December 31, 2011, 05:12:30 PM
I'm loving my Kobo Touch. Really loving it. Way better than reading a printed book.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: DK2 on December 31, 2011, 05:19:54 PM
Fridge, bottle opener and the TV remote, in that order.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: leafsjunkie on January 04, 2012, 01:48:52 PM
My girlfriend bought me an Android tablet for christmas. Its pretty cool but unfortunately i cant get any apps for it. Only Amazon appstore will recognize the device and as a Canadian, i dont have access. Otherwise its perfect for commenting on gameday threads  ;)

#1, have you run any available updates?
#2, you should have the Android Market (just called 'Market') in your list of Applications. Then you just click on the Market icon and go start browsing through hundreds of thousands of apps you can download....

I have an android phone and got my gf the Lenovo Android tablet for xmas.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Stebro on January 05, 2012, 12:44:24 PM
Im thinking about buying a new computer...mainly because I want a better experience when playing games...and I'm thinking about a few things, I'm gonna check some tests to find the answer to some of these questions, but maybe some of you know.

1. I'm looking for a fast CPU, i'm mainly looking at Intel i7, but are there other similar options that AMD has? Because my experience is that AMD is usually cheaper.

2. What kind of graphic card should I look for? I just know that I don't want one from Intel again, so probably Nvidia or ATI? Anything in specific that I should look for other than memory?

3. I've been thinking about this for a long time, and it's probably a stupid question. But back in the stoneage, like 15 years ago or so, me and my friends always talked about something called 3dfx card, which we used to improve graphics with a pretty good result. Is there something similar today for laptops, or is that usually built in to say a good nvidia or ati-card?

My current computer has an Intel Core 2 Duo, 2,17 ghz, 3GB memory, and for the graphics I think it's 256mb or 512, likely 512 but it's from Intel. It's about 2 and a half years old, still pretty good though.

Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on January 05, 2012, 12:50:48 PM
I'm hearing Windows 8 is going to be 'Gaze' compatible.  Meaning you won't need a mouse or trackpad etc, just control the cursor with your eyes, crazy.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: AvroArrow on January 05, 2012, 02:00:47 PM
I'm hearing Windows 8 is going to be 'Gaze' compatible.  Meaning you won't need a mouse or trackpad etc, just control the cursor with your eyes, crazy.

That's the power of the Kinect!

It's funny, I don't think they realized how successful the Kinect was going to be, otherwise, they would have done the Win8 interface differently.  It wouldn't be hard, for instance, to make the windows desktop glasses-free 3D with the kinect, and since typically only 1 person is at a computer at a time, it would work 98% of the time without issue.  But for now, they're stuck with the stupid blocky interface (which, by the way, aggrevated the poop out of me when I tried their beta preview build).
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bender on January 06, 2012, 01:21:04 AM
I'm hearing Windows 8 is going to be 'Gaze' compatible.  Meaning you won't need a mouse or trackpad etc, just control the cursor with your eyes, crazy.

That's the power of the Kinect!

It's funny, I don't think they realized how successful the Kinect was going to be, otherwise, they would have done the Win8 interface differently.  It wouldn't be hard, for instance, to make the windows desktop glasses-free 3D with the kinect, and since typically only 1 person is at a computer at a time, it would work 98% of the time without issue.  But for now, they're stuck with the stupid blocky interface (which, by the way, aggrevated the poop out of me when I tried their beta preview build).

It's beyond aggravating even on their phones. It's complete insanity. I nearly threw my gf's phone out the window for it being so non-intuitive and so damned menu oriented.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: BMan on January 10, 2012, 07:56:19 AM
Little surprised with the selections of e-pub books at libraries. Unlike the paper version of a new book, you may have to be on a waiting list at the online part of the library, because they may only have 5 copies. I guess it's a licensing thing. I just thought I could download the book, use the for 3 weeks, then it just expires on my Kobo E-reader.

Anyone know of any websites I can check out other then the ones I have googled, including Google books??  ???
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Zee on January 10, 2012, 08:16:43 AM
Little surprised with the selections of e-pub books at libraries. Unlike the paper version of a new book, you may have to be on a waiting list at the online part of the library, because they may only have 5 copies. I guess it's a licensing thing. I just thought I could download the book, use the for 3 weeks, then it just expires on my Kobo E-reader.

Anyone know of any websites I can check out other then the ones I have googled, including Google books??  ???

It's a license thing.  They have to buy a license for each copy of the book they lend out, and once all their copies are lent out they are "out" of the item until someone returns it.  It's silly really since a digital copy is never "out" but there you go.  There's also some publishers that limit how many times a library can lend out a book before they have to renew it.  So for example, they may say "this license permits you to lend the book 26 times", once 26 people have checked it out, it disappears from the library catalogue unless they re-purchase the license.  There has to be a better system.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: BMan on January 10, 2012, 08:25:58 AM
Little surprised with the selections of e-pub books at libraries. Unlike the paper version of a new book, you may have to be on a waiting list at the online part of the library, because they may only have 5 copies. I guess it's a licensing thing. I just thought I could download the book, use the for 3 weeks, then it just expires on my Kobo E-reader.

Anyone know of any websites I can check out other then the ones I have googled, including Google books??  ???

It's a license thing.  They have to buy a license for each copy of the book they lend out, and once all their copies are lent out they are "out" of the item until someone returns it.  It's silly really since a digital copy is never "out" but there you go.  There's also some publishers that limit how many times a library can lend out a book before they have to renew it.  So for example, they may say "this license permits you to lend the book 26 times", once 26 people have checked it out, it disappears from the library catalogue unless they re-purchase the license.  There has to be a better system.

Interesting. Thanks.

Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bullfrog on January 10, 2012, 10:57:08 AM
Anyone know of any websites I can check out other then the ones I have googled, including Google books??  ???

Kobobooks.com
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: CarltonTheBear on January 11, 2012, 03:31:47 PM
Anyone know of any websites I can check out other then the ones I have googled, including Google books??  ???

I mainly used it for essay sources in university, but you can try searching for a book on archive.org.  Just change the dropbox option from 'All Media Types' to 'Text'. They mostly just have academic texts, but if that's not what you're looking for you can still give it a shot. I searched Harry Potter and they had all of those.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: BMan on January 11, 2012, 08:47:12 PM
Thanks for the sites!
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Sarge on February 03, 2012, 04:38:28 PM
This is awesome...

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=6Cf7IL_eZ38&vq=medium
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Sarge on February 16, 2012, 01:55:00 PM
... and this is just ridiculous;

http://www.break.com/index/mind-blowing-technology-2300947
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on February 16, 2012, 02:00:06 PM
That's been around for a little while, it's also partially staged.  The Printer cannot print moving parts just yet, only solids.  They don't really show that in the video if I recall correctly(can't watch it right now while I'm at work).

It is crazy to think how much this tech might have advanced in five years though.  We could have the more advanced versions of these printers at home, buy something online and the company just sends the schematic to the printer and we have it immediately, obviously that is silly and would be open to piracy, but fun none the less.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Sarge on February 16, 2012, 03:43:17 PM
Thanks... Still, it's pretty crazy tech.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bender on March 04, 2012, 11:23:17 PM
I'm very interested in an e-reader and I need some help purchasing one.

I've seen a lot of the Kindle and know a few people who own one and it's a fine piece of technology, and I love Amazon.com for pretty much everything. That said, I'm worried there might be some competitors that aren't as popular but might be as good if not better than the Kindle.

I've looked at the Kobo as well and, while I like it, I just trust the amazon brand a bit more, it's pretty much the only place I buy things online except for e-bay.

The features I'm looking for are: Touch screen with good responsiveness, ease of use and purchase of books, very strong availability of titles, best bang for buck.

Any thoughts?
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bullfrog on March 05, 2012, 12:23:15 AM
The Kindle is priced right, but I (and my good friend) went for the Kobo Touch. I've only used an older Kindle (about three years old) so I can't compare to the new one.

I really enjoy. I haven't had any trouble with book availability. Actually, i have, but it's common among the readers for the types of books I read. I like that the Kobo can read more formats than the Kindle and others. It has an expandable slot (microSD) though that only comes into play if you're going to have thousands of books.

Compared to tablets, smartphones, etc. the responsiveness is sluggish, but the battery lasts forever (I haven't charged mine in a few weeks.)
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bender on March 05, 2012, 02:56:01 AM
The Kindle is priced right, but I (and my good friend) went for the Kobo Touch. I've only used an older Kindle (about three years old) so I can't compare to the new one.

I really enjoy. I haven't had any trouble with book availability. Actually, i have, but it's common among the readers for the types of books I read. I like that the Kobo can read more formats than the Kindle and others. It has an expandable slot (microSD) though that only comes into play if you're going to have thousands of books.

Compared to tablets, smartphones, etc. the responsiveness is sluggish, but the battery lasts forever (I haven't charged mine in a few weeks.)

Yeah, I totally understand the sluggishness. I want it mainly for reading, I'm not at all looking for a full fledged tablet. Its mostly for the subway and reading in sunlight (as tablets are atrocious for this).
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 05, 2012, 06:49:17 AM
A $35 "computer"...welcome to the Raspberry Pi...

http://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/35-raspberry-pi-computer-sells-175320248.html
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bullfrog on March 05, 2012, 11:16:20 AM
Yeah, I totally understand the sluggishness. I want it mainly for reading, I'm not at all looking for a full fledged tablet. Its mostly for the subway and reading in sunlight (as tablets are atrocious for this).

I'm definitely happy with my Kobo Touch as an ereader. I don't think there's really much difference between them.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: BMan on March 06, 2012, 12:55:17 PM
Yeah, I totally understand the sluggishness. I want it mainly for reading, I'm not at all looking for a full fledged tablet. Its mostly for the subway and reading in sunlight (as tablets are atrocious for this).

I'm definitely happy with my Kobo Touch as an ereader. I don't think there's really much difference between them.
Me too.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 07, 2012, 03:57:43 AM
Yeah, I totally understand the sluggishness. I want it mainly for reading, I'm not at all looking for a full fledged tablet. Its mostly for the subway and reading in sunlight (as tablets are atrocious for this).

I'm definitely happy with my Kobo Touch as an ereader. I don't think there's really much difference between them.
Me too.


One question I have-- since Kobo Books is Canadian (Indigo/Chapters), doesn't it make more sense to spend $ in CDN dollars, as compared to the Kindle, being American (Amazon)? It is understood that there is Amazon's Canadian site and that our dollar is now parity with the U.S. dollar, still, to me at least, it would make much more prudent sense to buy Canadian.

No?


I may, in the near future decide to purchase an ereader, preferably an e-ink version and that would be the Kobo Touch.


Out of curiosity, has anyone tried the Kobo Vox yet, with it's non-e-ink LCD screen?  Good or bad on the eyes? (I'm of the opinion that e-inks are far softer and less tiring on & for the eyes).
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bender on March 07, 2012, 04:14:12 AM
Yeah, I totally understand the sluggishness. I want it mainly for reading, I'm not at all looking for a full fledged tablet. Its mostly for the subway and reading in sunlight (as tablets are atrocious for this).

I'm definitely happy with my Kobo Touch as an ereader. I don't think there's really much difference between them.
Me too.

Just bought one. Impressed already. Love the epub selection :D
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: BMan on March 07, 2012, 05:46:28 AM
One question I have-- since Kobo Books is Canadian (Indigo/Chapters), doesn't it make more sense to spend $ in CDN dollars, as compared to the Kindle, being American (Amazon)? It is understood that there is Amazon's Canadian site and that our dollar is now parity with the U.S. dollar, still, to me at least, it would make much more prudent sense to buy Canadian.

No?
In a Don Cherry kind of way, I would lean towards the Canadian Kobo e-reader, but, I would rather go with what is the better product, no matter what country sells/makes it. Having said that, KOBO has been a very good e-reader for quite a long time.

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I may, in the near future decide to purchase an ereader, preferably an e-ink version and that would be the Kobo Touch.
Out of curiousity, do you have an Apple IPAD? You can save yourself loads of money by picking up the APP so you can read your e-books on it instead.

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Out of curiosity, has anyone tried the Kobo Vox yet, with it's non-e-ink LCD screen?  Good or bad on the eyes? (I'm of the opinion that e-inks are far softer and less tiring on & for the eyes).
Not me. Since I have the KOBO Touch, I have no need to try another e-reader.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 07, 2012, 01:04:17 PM
I may, in the near future decide to purchase an ereader, preferably an e-ink version and that would be the Kobo Touch.
Out of curiousity, do you have an Apple IPAD? You can save yourself loads of money by picking up the APP so you can read your e-books on it instead.



I actually have both-- the IPAD (family member) and the BlackBerry Playbook (my own).  They both have the KOBO app -- IPAD (from the app store, and the Playbook on-device).  While it's not such a bad idea using these tablets to do one's e-reading, I doubt an LCD screen is appropriate for long-term reading usage.  I would much prefer an e-ink screen to the above.


I'm certain you've found the Kobo e-ink screen very pleasant to read on.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: BMan on March 07, 2012, 07:04:20 PM
I'm certain you've found the Kobo e-ink screen very pleasant to read on.

Agreed.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bender on March 08, 2012, 01:37:35 PM
I may, in the near future decide to purchase an ereader, preferably an e-ink version and that would be the Kobo Touch.
Out of curiousity, do you have an Apple IPAD? You can save yourself loads of money by picking up the APP so you can read your e-books on it instead.



I actually have both-- the IPAD (family member) and the BlackBerry Playbook (my own).  They both have the KOBO app -- IPAD (from the app store, and the Playbook on-device).  While it's not such a bad idea using these tablets to do one's e-reading, I doubt an LCD screen is appropriate for long-term reading usage.  I would much prefer an e-ink screen to the above.


I'm certain you've found the Kobo e-ink screen very pleasant to read on.

I heard that that is true. Reading on an LCD is more like watching something, whereas reading on an e-reader is like actually reading a book. Your brain uses a different process, or so I'm told.

God, it's insane how much a gadget can get you back into reading. I've already finished 50% of the Great Gatsby.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Zee on March 08, 2012, 02:29:11 PM
I may, in the near future decide to purchase an ereader, preferably an e-ink version and that would be the Kobo Touch.
Out of curiousity, do you have an Apple IPAD? You can save yourself loads of money by picking up the APP so you can read your e-books on it instead.



I actually have both-- the IPAD (family member) and the BlackBerry Playbook (my own).  They both have the KOBO app -- IPAD (from the app store, and the Playbook on-device).  While it's not such a bad idea using these tablets to do one's e-reading, I doubt an LCD screen is appropriate for long-term reading usage.  I would much prefer an e-ink screen to the above.


I'm certain you've found the Kobo e-ink screen very pleasant to read on.

I heard that that is true. Reading on an LCD is more like watching something, whereas reading on an e-reader is like actually reading a book. Your brain uses a different process, or so I'm told.

God, it's insane how much a gadget can get you back into reading. I've already finished 50% of the Great Gatsby.

Yeah, I can honestly say that my Kindle has made me a more avid reader now.  I used to go through cycles where I would read a lot of books for weeks, then for whatever reason i'd hit a book I didn't really like and I'd stopped reading anything for months on end.  Since i've gotten the Kindle I've been reading pretty much a bit every single day for the last 18 months. 
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: MonikaM on March 12, 2012, 06:51:46 PM
Apparently my laptop has a broken wi-fi antenna. What is the quickest fix, aprx. Cost, and best place in the GTA to have it done?
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Rob on March 12, 2012, 07:43:25 PM
Apparently my laptop has a broken wi-fi antenna. What is the quickest fix, aprx. Cost, and best place in the GTA to have it done?

A replacement USB wi-fi stick, about $10.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: No.92 on March 12, 2012, 08:33:07 PM
I may, in the near future decide to purchase an ereader, preferably an e-ink version and that would be the Kobo Touch.
Out of curiousity, do you have an Apple IPAD? You can save yourself loads of money by picking up the APP so you can read your e-books on it instead.



I actually have both-- the IPAD (family member) and the BlackBerry Playbook (my own).  They both have the KOBO app -- IPAD (from the app store, and the Playbook on-device).  While it's not such a bad idea using these tablets to do one's e-reading, I doubt an LCD screen is appropriate for long-term reading usage.  I would much prefer an e-ink screen to the above.


I'm certain you've found the Kobo e-ink screen very pleasant to read on.

I heard that that is true. Reading on an LCD is more like watching something, whereas reading on an e-reader is like actually reading a book. Your brain uses a different process, or so I'm told.

Well, not sure who told you that, but it is kinda BS.  You can read perfectly fine with both.  I live and work in Silicon Valley (AKA San Jose, California) and we usually get the latest and greatest first.  But what you're talking about, I've had experience with both for a long while now, I would still recommend an iPad or any tablet over an e-reader any day of the week.  An e-reader uses e-ink which only changes the screen periodically (usually on an advance to the next page) and only changes when electricity is applied to it.  So, the benefit of an e-reader is that it can last longer than a tablet with an LCD screen.  However, e-readers can't do much else.  Remember, I'm talking about e-readers with the e-ink technology.  A lot of tablets or less powerful tablets may call themselves e-readers now but they sport an LCD screen.

Is it easier to view stuff on an e-reader?  That depends.  Are you constantly reading stuff in bright sunlight outside?  If so, then yeah, an e-reader may be the solution but with all the said limitations mentioned above.  But if you are reading in dim light or at night, you will need a light on to read the e-reader whereas a tablet is self-illuminated. 

If I were to buy something now, it would be hands down an iPad or an Android tablet.  The ability to do a lot more things than just read a book makes it worthwhile.  This includes reading email, surfing the net, playing games (if you're into that), downloading apps that are too many to name, and many more.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: MonikaM on March 13, 2012, 07:59:37 PM
A replacement USB wi-fi stick, about $10.

Thanks, but that would mean having to pay for another data plan, right?
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Rob on March 13, 2012, 08:24:06 PM
A replacement USB wi-fi stick, about $10.

Thanks, but that would mean having to pay for another data plan, right?

No, it's just a wi-fi adapter that plugs into your USB port instead of being internal in your computer. 

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=27_364&item_id=040322
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Leafaholic99 on March 19, 2012, 11:36:04 AM
I picked up an iPad 2 yesterday as my laptop has been slowly dying. It came charged at 84% and I gave it a full charge and started using it. I have logged quite a few hours on it already and I, only at 34% battery, very happy with it.

The reason I went with the iPad 2 is I don't need a ton of features for what I do, mainly surfing the net and playing the basic games, so the $100 price difference had me convinced to not get on a waiting list for the iPad 3. Money well spent!
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bullfrog on March 19, 2012, 11:50:19 AM
A replacement USB wi-fi stick, about $10.

Thanks, but that would mean having to pay for another data plan, right?

No, the USB stick just replaces the non-functioning hardware. You would connect to a wifi router the same as you normally would (entering username and password for new networks.)
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Sarge on April 06, 2012, 12:33:08 PM
Does anyone know of good free website for video conversion? I discovered filsh.net that will convert youtube vids to MP4s (and other formats) for free but the only problem with it is it'll only do vids up to 20 minutes long... 
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bullfrog on April 06, 2012, 12:35:37 PM
This program is free and will convert streaming videos:

http://www.any-video-converter.com/products/for_video_free/
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: CarltonTheBear on April 06, 2012, 12:36:49 PM
Does anyone know of good free website for video conversion? I discovered filsh.net that will convert youtube vids to MP4s (and other formats) for free but the only problem with it is it'll only do vids up to 20 minutes long... 

Are you just looking for something that converts youtube videos? Check out jdownloader. It's mostly used for downloading from file-sharing websites but it can only be used for that.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Sarge on April 06, 2012, 12:44:42 PM
Thanks Bull... Carlton, it doesn't just have to be youtube. Basically, I'm prepping for the firewall at work. I want to be able to pull crap off the internet at home from my playbook (using my wifi there) and convert it to MP4s so I can watch them later at work (or wherever.)     
Title: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Deebo on April 06, 2012, 02:10:43 PM
Jdownloader is a great tool, I've saved videos from NHL.com with it too.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Sarge on April 06, 2012, 02:12:49 PM
Sweet! Thanks.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: seahawk on April 08, 2012, 01:23:58 AM
Looking at a new laptop. Have everything pretty much nailed down, but I have a choice on the chip and wanted to get opinions from the more tech-minded among us. Both options come with 6GB of dual channel DDR RAM.

a) Intel i3-2350M at 2.3 Ghz
b) Intel i5-2450M at 2.5 Ghz with the ability to boost to 3.1

Am I really going to notice enough of a difference between these?
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: leafsjunkie on April 10, 2012, 12:34:24 PM
Looking at a new laptop. Have everything pretty much nailed down, but I have a choice on the chip and wanted to get opinions from the more tech-minded among us. Both options come with 6GB of dual channel DDR RAM.

a) Intel i3-2350M at 2.3 Ghz
b) Intel i5-2450M at 2.5 Ghz with the ability to boost to 3.1

Am I really going to notice enough of a difference between these?

Yeah... Go with an i7....
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: AvroArrow on April 10, 2012, 02:38:58 PM
Looking at a new laptop. Have everything pretty much nailed down, but I have a choice on the chip and wanted to get opinions from the more tech-minded among us. Both options come with 6GB of dual channel DDR RAM.

a) Intel i3-2350M at 2.3 Ghz
b) Intel i5-2450M at 2.5 Ghz with the ability to boost to 3.1

Am I really going to notice enough of a difference between these?

What will you be using the laptop for?  It's likely that the i5 is  quad core and the i3 is dual core.  Anything requiring more multi-threaded or multi-tasked performance will benefit from the i5.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Deebo on April 10, 2012, 03:20:44 PM
Looking at a new laptop. Have everything pretty much nailed down, but I have a choice on the chip and wanted to get opinions from the more tech-minded among us. Both options come with 6GB of dual channel DDR RAM.

a) Intel i3-2350M at 2.3 Ghz
b) Intel i5-2450M at 2.5 Ghz with the ability to boost to 3.1

Am I really going to notice enough of a difference between these?

What will you be using the laptop for?  It's likely that the i5 is  quad core and the i3 is dual core.  Anything requiring more multi-threaded or multi-tasked performance will benefit from the i5.

Both of the chips he mentioned are dual cores.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: seahawk on April 11, 2012, 12:33:47 AM
The i7 chip was not an available option with this system. As for what I'm going to be using it for, it will be mostly email and web browising. There will probably be some streaming videos as well but no gaming. I was looking at this system because I didn't think I would benefit from the i7. My last laptop lasted 7 years so it would be nice to see similar life span in a new system.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Deebo on April 11, 2012, 01:00:14 AM
The i7 chip was not an available option with this system. As for what I'm going to be using it for, it will be mostly email and web browising. There will probably be some streaming videos as well but no gaming. I was looking at this system because I didn't think I would benefit from the i7. My last laptop lasted 7 years so it would be nice to see similar life span in a new system.

What's the price difference between the chips?
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: seahawk on April 11, 2012, 01:12:39 AM
The i7 chip was not an available option with this system. As for what I'm going to be using it for, it will be mostly email and web browising. There will probably be some streaming videos as well but no gaming. I was looking at this system because I didn't think I would benefit from the i7. My last laptop lasted 7 years so it would be nice to see similar life span in a new system.

What's the price difference between the chips?

$115
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: mc on April 18, 2012, 12:26:50 PM
Question:

My house has ethernet in all the rooms. I also want wireless. The Rogers modem is wireless but since it is in the basement, the signal is very weak upstairs. I have bought a LinkSys router. Can I plug the router in one of the ethernet jacks upstairs so I can connect to it wirelessly?
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: AvroArrow on April 18, 2012, 01:03:58 PM
Question:

My house has ethernet in all the rooms. I also want wireless. The Rogers modem is wireless but since it is in the basement, the signal is very weak upstairs. I have bought a LinkSys router. Can I plug the router in one of the ethernet jacks upstairs so I can connect to it wirelessly?

Yes, the router can be connected to any ethernet port to provide wireless service to the rest of the house
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: mc on April 18, 2012, 03:50:31 PM
Is there any special setup I need to do on the router or on Rogers modem re ip address or gateways?
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: leafsjunkie on April 18, 2012, 04:44:47 PM
Is there any special setup I need to do on the router or on Rogers modem re ip address or gateways?

Nope
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bender on May 03, 2012, 01:00:38 PM
SGS III being unveiled in 1hr!
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bender on May 03, 2012, 01:52:03 PM
SGSIII liveblog unveiling:

http://www.engadget.com/2012/05/03/samsung-mobile-unpacked-liveblog/
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bender on May 03, 2012, 11:37:15 PM
SGSIII liveblog unveiling:

http://www.engadget.com/2012/05/03/samsung-mobile-unpacked-liveblog/

Disappointed that they're still using a crappy pentile display instead of RGB.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Stronger Than All on June 08, 2012, 03:41:16 PM
So my work got me an iphone 4S today and I've never owned anything other than a BB.  First thoughts that come to mind - why do ppl think this is 10 million times better than a BB?  and yes it is harder for me to type on a touchscreen.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Rick Couchman on June 08, 2012, 07:32:15 PM
So my work got me an iphone 4S today and I've never owned anything other than a BB.  First thoughts that come to mind - why do ppl think this is 10 million times better than a BB?  and yes it is harder for me to type on a touchscreen.

Come back here in 2 weeks and let us know your thoughts.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: CarltonTheBear on June 08, 2012, 07:45:41 PM
So my work got me an iphone 4S today and I've never owned anything other than a BB.  First thoughts that come to mind - why do ppl think this is 10 million times better than a BB?  and yes it is harder for me to type on a touchscreen.

Come back here in 2 weeks and let us know your thoughts.

Yup. The whole typing thing especially takes a bit of getting used to.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on June 09, 2012, 05:35:37 AM
So my work got me an iphone 4S today and I've never owned anything other than a BB.  First thoughts that come to mind - why do ppl think this is 10 million times better than a BB?  and yes it is harder for me to type on a touchscreen.


Typing on an Iphone 4s isn't always a pleasant experience -- I find myself hitting the space bar rather than the lower keys near it at times....aaargghh!... -- yet, the 4s is, IMHO, the best Iphone simply because of it's o/s (think Ipad), faster than any of it's predecessors.

I can't speak for the BlackBerry (I don't own a BB smartphone), except for the Playbook, which, despite it's slight flaws, I oftentimes prefer it over a family member's original Ipad. No, the Playbook is no Ipad, but, it functions quite well.

BTW You mentioned that you were given the Iphone at work.  Not surprisingly, more and more enterprises are turning towards the Iphone 4s o/s platform/software, as it supports their platform needs now better than the BB.  What was once RIM's domain is slowly slipping from them.

My cousin-in-law told me that his company will be switching to the 4s platform and ditching the BB. 
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Zee on June 09, 2012, 10:03:38 AM
So my work got me an iphone 4S today and I've never owned anything other than a BB.  First thoughts that come to mind - why do ppl think this is 10 million times better than a BB?  and yes it is harder for me to type on a touchscreen.

My wife has a blackberry for work (bold) and I find it horrendous for doing any sort of web surfing.  I mean if all you want to do is check email and text people, I suppose the Blackberry is good.  If you want to have some sort of portable internet experience, it's iPhone all the way.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: AvroArrow on June 09, 2012, 10:59:41 AM
So my work got me an iphone 4S today and I've never owned anything other than a BB.  First thoughts that come to mind - why do ppl think this is 10 million times better than a BB?  and yes it is harder for me to type on a touchscreen.

My wife has a blackberry for work (bold) and I find it horrendous for doing any sort of web surfing.  I mean if all you want to do is check email and text people, I suppose the Blackberry is good.  If you want to have some sort of portable internet experience, it's iPhone all the way.

Which version of the bold?
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: bustaheims on June 09, 2012, 12:21:53 PM
Typing should be a little easier in the iPhone 5 when it's released, as it's expected to have a larger screen.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bleeding Blue & White on June 09, 2012, 01:11:46 PM
I had to get a phone a few weeks ago, ended up getting a Blackberry Curve. I almost got a smartphone but I couldn't bear the thought of a touch screen.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on July 10, 2012, 02:09:06 PM
Thought this was a very intriguing and interesting perspective on how to increase the size of the next gen iohone, using some algebraic formulation,  without sacrificing pixel density nor revamping the apps...

http://www.theverge.com/2012/4/9/2937265/the-4-inch-iphone-5 (http://www.theverge.com/2012/4/9/2937265/the-4-inch-iphone-5)
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Dappleganger on July 10, 2012, 02:31:18 PM
I had to get a phone a few weeks ago, ended up getting a Blackberry Curve. I almost got a smartphone but I couldn't bear the thought of a touch screen.

I thought blackberry's were smart phones.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Corn Flake on July 10, 2012, 02:35:14 PM
The new Samsung Galaxy SIII looks absolutely incredible.

Before you join the lemmings at the Apple store to buy their next repetitive fodder, give this thing a try. 

Oh and also, every time I see this thread pop up, I think of .....

(http://www.socialtechpop.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/kip2.jpg)
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Tigger on August 02, 2012, 11:30:35 AM
Happy 30th Commodore 64!
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on August 03, 2012, 06:39:38 AM
The new Samsung Galaxy SIII looks absolutely incredible.

Before you join the lemmings at the Apple store to buy their next repetitive fodder, give this thing a try. 

Oh and also, every time I see this thread pop up, I think of .....

(http://www.socialtechpop.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/kip2.jpg)


Hey, iphone owners aren't lemmings!  ???   :)
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Madferret on August 03, 2012, 09:13:50 AM
I <3 my HTC Incredible S
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: moon111 on August 05, 2012, 09:13:47 PM
Just got a HTC One X.  Pretty good so far, but no removable battery and no place for a memory card.  Which you'd think would be something that would go very well with something that has the Beats Audio thing...which I don't care one way or the other about.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Sarge on August 10, 2012, 12:39:20 PM
Interesting;

CP24 ‏@CP24
IBM reported to have made offer for RIM assets http://bit.ly/NRbX1K
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Rick Couchman on August 20, 2012, 09:51:12 AM
Ya run a busy website like this, you'd think I'd be okay with technology...

If I find a site for downloading tv shows, and I download it onto a memory stick, can I stick the memory stick into the tv and will it play?
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on August 20, 2012, 12:55:47 PM
Ya run a busy website like this, you'd think I'd be okay with technology...

If I find a site for downloading tv shows, and I download it onto a memory stick, can I stick the memory stick into the tv and will it play?

If the TV has a USB slot and can playback whatever file type the shows are in. Generally speaking they can play back .mp4 files and sometimes .avi's.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Rick Couchman on August 20, 2012, 12:57:51 PM
Ya run a busy website like this, you'd think I'd be okay with technology...

If I find a site for downloading tv shows, and I download it onto a memory stick, can I stick the memory stick into the tv and will it play?

If the TV has a USB slot and can playback whatever file type the shows are in. Generally speaking they can play back .mp4 files and sometimes .avi's.

Awesome.  Anyone care to PM me some sites that you can find seedy stuff at?  ;)
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on August 20, 2012, 01:13:49 PM
I PM'd ya one that's good for TV shows.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Rick Couchman on August 20, 2012, 01:20:05 PM
I PM'd ya one that's good for TV shows.

Mucho appreciated!  You're right - True Blood and Newsroom from last night are up and posted.

Any movie sites?
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Chev-boyar-sky on August 20, 2012, 01:22:31 PM
I PM'd ya one that's good for TV shows.

Could you please send me the same? :)
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on August 20, 2012, 01:59:37 PM
I PM'd ya one that's good for TV shows.

Mucho appreciated!  You're right - True Blood and Newsroom from last night are up and posted.

Any movie sites?
I have one that is private and requires you to upload as much as you download, there are public ones out there.

Sent the PM too Chev.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Rob on August 20, 2012, 02:28:56 PM
eztv.it


Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Tigger on August 22, 2012, 11:07:41 AM
By connecting a new flexible, thin-film Li-ion battery to a flexible organic LED, a team of researchers from South Korea has demonstrated the first fully functional all-flexible electronic system. In other words, they have shown the total integration of a flexible display and battery on a single plastic substrate without the help of bulk electronics. The achievement relies on a new fabrication method that enables flexible batteries to work with a variety of electrode materials, overcoming previous electrode limitations. (http://phys.org/news/2012-08-bendable-battery-functional-all-flexible-electronic.html)

(http://cdn.physorg.com/newman/gfx/news/2012/bendablebattery2.jpg)
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on August 23, 2012, 06:48:25 AM
By connecting a new flexible, thin-film Li-ion battery to a flexible organic LED, a team of researchers from South Korea has demonstrated the first fully functional all-flexible electronic system. In other words, they have shown the total integration of a flexible display and battery on a single plastic substrate without the help of bulk electronics. The achievement relies on a new fabrication method that enables flexible batteries to work with a variety of electrode materials, overcoming previous electrode limitations. (http://phys.org/news/2012-08-bendable-battery-functional-all-flexible-electronic.html)

(http://cdn.physorg.com/newman/gfx/news/2012/bendablebattery2.jpg)


Someday, if they can perfect it, it could eventually be used in countless consumer electronic products.  Good start!
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Nik the Trik on September 03, 2012, 11:44:13 AM

A quick tech question if anyone could help.

So my old lap top, after years of sputtering, finally gave out on me a couple weeks ago when the screen essentially stopped working. I'd boot it up I'd get the HP logo and then just total black no matter how long I left it on.

Anyways, being as it was old and garbage anyway I decided to buy a new laptop and I was wondering what would be the best ways to get files from the old laptop to the new one? The old one can turn on but the screen doesn't work so I can't log on to windows at all or alter settings. Would just one of those transfer cables work or would I need to be able to actually use both computers for that?
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bullfrog on September 03, 2012, 12:03:47 PM
If it was me, I'd just pull the hard drive out of the old one and connect it to the new one with a USB cable.

Something like this: http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3276554&CatId=3770

You'd have to confirm it has the right connection. Also, if you're willing to wait a bit, you can order the same cable off of ebay for 1/3 the price.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bates on September 03, 2012, 12:47:24 PM
Try hooking a monitor up to laptop and maybe just the screen has died.  This happened to me before.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: bustaheims on September 03, 2012, 02:02:38 PM
A straight transfer isn't going to work if you can't change the settings on the original computer in order to share the files. Yanking the hard drive is probably your best bet.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Nik the Trik on September 03, 2012, 02:06:02 PM
Try hooking a monitor up to laptop and maybe just the screen has died.  This happened to me before.

I think this is what I'm going to try as I wouldn't know the first thing about opening the old one up. Thanks for all the answers though.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bullfrog on September 03, 2012, 03:51:03 PM
Type your make/model number into youtube and there's a good likelihood of finding a video with how to disassemble your particular laptop. If you're trashing it anyway, there's very little to worry about (just make sure you unplug it and remove the battery first!) It's a simple process, but you'll probably have to remove about 50 screws to get to the harddrive.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Rick Couchman on September 04, 2012, 07:41:10 PM
Anyone either have or know someone who has the Galaxy Note?

I'm more interested in the S3 I think, but the size of the Note is heaven to my eyes.

Anyone?
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Tigger on September 05, 2012, 10:23:40 AM
Quantum chip breakthrough to unleash ‘ultra-fast’ computing (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/technology/tech-news/quantum-chip-breakthrough-to-unleash-ultra-fast-computing/article4516380/)

Quote
Scientists have built a new quantum chip that will enable the creation of completely secure mobile phones and ultra-fast computers with capabilities far beyond today’s devices.

The international research team behind the breakthrough, who are based at the University of Bristol, will detail the development at the British Science Festival in Aberdeen this week.

In the short term, the team are applying the technology to safe communications for mobile phones and computers, which would make online banking and internet shopping more secure. Phones could be protected against hacking attempts.

...

The new chip is made from silicon, like the microprocessors in all computers and smart phones. Unlike conventional silicon chips that work by controlling electrical current, the quantum chips manipulate particles of light, called photons, to perform calculations. A quantum computing device with 100 photons could in principle solve trillions of equations at the same time.

Because the technology uses the same silicon manufacturing techniques as conventional chips, a manufacturer can easily produce millions of quantum chips.

The new circuits are compatible with existing optical glass fibre infrastructure used in broadband communications, because they operate at the same wavelengths. “The global communications network, including the internet, is powered by fibre optics which use light to move information at high speed between countries, cities and buildings,” said Mark Thompson, deputy director of Bristol’s Centre for Quantum Photonics. “Our devices are directly compatible – in a sense they talk the same language.”
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 05, 2012, 02:05:33 PM
Anyone either have or know someone who has the Galaxy Note?

I'm more interested in the S3 I think, but the size of the Note is heaven to my eyes.

Anyone?


I don't own the Note, but I managed to get my hands on one from a friend who owns a Rogers dealership.  Fantastic screen, and that stylus makes the day!

I would have liked to have had one myself, instead of the Iphone 4s for the next while to tie me over until the next generation iphone comes to market.  Could not do that due to a contract misunderstanding with Rogers & ended up with the Iphone 4s (only phone I was eligible to upgrade to).

My friend said to me that he thinks Rogers wanted me to have the 4s -- "It's like comparing apples to oranges" -- in reference to IOS & Android OS.

I agree.  Still, the Note would have been fun to use.  I'm certain you'll enjoy it! :)
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: moon111 on September 05, 2012, 06:53:04 PM
I wonder if Windows/Nokia will make any noise in the cellphone world?  Wonder if a RIM/Nokia partnership would work???
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 06, 2012, 11:38:00 AM
Here is an (exclusive?) leaked photo of the new BlackBerry 10 smartphone "code-named London":


(http://i939.photobucket.com/albums/ad239/fotogalri/BlackBerry-10-Smartphone.jpg)

http://www.bgr.com/2012/01/31/blackberry-london-shows-up-again-with-fresher-design/ (http://www.bgr.com/2012/01/31/blackberry-london-shows-up-again-with-fresher-design/)




                                        ........ and this........


(http://i939.photobucket.com/albums/ad239/fotogalri/BlackBerry_10_L_Series.jpg)

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/photos/rim-first-blackberry-10-smartphone-revealed-photos-video-photo-144516464.html?_esi=1 (http://ca.news.yahoo.com/photos/rim-first-blackberry-10-smartphone-revealed-photos-video-photo-144516464.html?_esi=1)
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Dappleganger on September 06, 2012, 11:43:57 AM
Here is an (exclusive?) leaked photo of the new BlackBerry 10 smartphone code-named "London":


(http://i939.photobucket.com/albums/ad239/fotogalri/BlackBerry-10-Smartphone.jpg)

http://www.bgr.com/2012/01/31/blackberry-london-shows-up-again-with-fresher-design/ (http://www.bgr.com/2012/01/31/blackberry-london-shows-up-again-with-fresher-design/)

That phone looks pretty cool.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 06, 2012, 11:50:56 AM
Here is an (exclusive?) leaked photo of the new BlackBerry 10 smartphone code-named "London":


(http://i939.photobucket.com/albums/ad239/fotogalri/BlackBerry-10-Smartphone.jpg)

http://www.bgr.com/2012/01/31/blackberry-london-shows-up-again-with-fresher-design/ (http://www.bgr.com/2012/01/31/blackberry-london-shows-up-again-with-fresher-design/)

That phone looks pretty cool.


Hope it will eventually get RIM back on track.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 06, 2012, 12:01:49 PM
I wonder if Windows/Nokia will make any noise in the cellphone world?  Wonder if a RIM/Nokia partnership would work???


Add Dell into the mix.  A Wall Street insider suggested that Dell buy RIM if it wants to stay afloat..before IBM, HP, and Microsoft may make their moves.

Here is the article:
http://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/dell-buy-rim-die-103000685.html
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bates on September 06, 2012, 12:03:01 PM
I think RIM is making yet another mistake by not have a key pad on their new phone.  Many of their customers who stayed with them through these troubling times have did so for the keyboard. 
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bender on September 06, 2012, 02:38:24 PM
I think RIM is making yet another mistake by not have a key pad on their new phone.  Many of their customers who stayed with them through these troubling times have did so for the keyboard.

No offense, but RIM needs to do something. Clearly what they're doing now isn't enough. Can you really justify doing nothing while on a sinking ship? At the very least the company will get in line with what's popular. The physical keyboard is going the way of the Dodo. It's like companies that try to hang on to home phone.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bates on September 06, 2012, 02:48:34 PM
The keyboard is the main thing that has kept BB in the hands of grown up business people.  They still have 75 million subscribers to their phone system and it is a very dangerous risk to piss off your current customers for a chance at tech savvy folks who have thus far shown no interest in your device.  They should roll out new "cool" device for the tech folks while also putting the new O/S in a keyboard device to keep their present customers happy.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bender on September 06, 2012, 02:59:04 PM
The keyboard is the main thing that has kept BB in the hands of grown up business people.  They still have 75 million subscribers to their phone system and it is a very dangerous risk to piss off your current customers for a chance at tech savvy folks who have thus far shown no interest in your device.  They should roll out new "cool" device for the tech folks while also putting the new O/S in a keyboard device to keep their present customers happy.

Ah I see. I thought you meant they should stick to keyboards in all their product lines. They don't even have one offering upcoming with a keyboard? Well that's kind of silly. You only need maybe two models to satisfy people, low end and high end. The rest can be the crazy redesigns.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: bustaheims on September 06, 2012, 03:16:03 PM
The keyboard is the main thing that has kept BB in the hands of grown up business people.  They still have 75 million subscribers to their phone system and it is a very dangerous risk to piss off your current customers for a chance at tech savvy folks who have thus far shown no interest in your device.  They should roll out new "cool" device for the tech folks while also putting the new O/S in a keyboard device to keep their present customers happy.

I read an article today that said they will be releasing a model with a keyboard.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bates on September 06, 2012, 03:20:03 PM
Then that will be OK but I read that the new model will arrive around Feb/Mar of next year with the new keyboard model to follow later in summer/fall.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: bustaheims on September 06, 2012, 03:49:39 PM
Then that will be OK but I read that the new model will arrive around Feb/Mar of next year with the new keyboard model to follow later in summer/fall.

The article I read (from about 2 weeks ago) said they're both expected at the same time, with the ambiguous release date of next year.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Corn Flake on September 06, 2012, 03:52:44 PM
Then that will be OK but I read that the new model will arrive around Feb/Mar of next year with the new keyboard model to follow later in summer/fall.

The article I read (from about 2 weeks ago) said they're both expected at the same time, with the ambiguous release date of next year.

I've heard and read the same thing in several places.  The keyboard is their bread and butter and launching without a version with one would be insanity. 
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bates on September 06, 2012, 03:53:31 PM
I hope you are right as I love my BB but it is getting a little long in the tooth.  I don't need anything from my device except email and text with an occasional website.  I also don't want to use a touch screen for everything so want a keyboard.  I would hate to trade mine in and then watch a better version arrive a couple months later.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: moon111 on September 07, 2012, 06:11:43 PM
I didn't like touchpad typing, but find having a 4.7″ screen makes it allot easier.  With bigger phones, the keypad isn't as needed as they once were.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Tigger on September 11, 2012, 12:04:45 PM
Thought controlled drone via off the shelf EEG headset... (http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2012-08/video-controlling-drone-nothing-thoughts)

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But a team of researchers at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, has gone a long step further. Using an off-the-shelf Emotiv EEG headset, they’ve devised a brain-machine interface that lets users control an AR.Drone with their thoughts alone.

As you will see in the video below, the interface isn’t exactly seamless mind-control. Its range of motions is also somewhat limited. The user thinks “right” to fly forward, “push” to increase altitude, and “left” to turn clockwise. “Hard left” initiates takeoff, while clenching teeth causes the drone to descend. The drone’s onboard camera is controlled via blinking--four times rapidly to snap an image of whatever the video feed from the drone is displaying.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Tigger on September 11, 2012, 12:10:33 PM
Uranium harvested from seawater gets a boost... (http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn22201-record-haul-of-uranium-harvested-from-seawater.html)

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Lingering doubts over the future of US energy security are breathing new life into a technology that has lain dormant for more than a decade.

Researchers at the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have more than doubled the amount of uranium that can be extracted from seawater using Japanese technology developed in the late 1990s.

The world's oceans contain around 4.5 billion tons of uranium, enough fuel to power every nuclear plant on the planet for 6,500 years. The results were presented on 21 August at a meeting of the American Chemical Society in Philadelphia, Pennsylvannia.

"Our original goal was to double what the Japanese have achieved with absorption capacity," says PNNL chemical oceanographer Gary Gill. "We have surpassed that."

The technology Japanese researchers pioneered uses long mats of braided plastic fibres, embedded with uranium-absorbent amidoxime, to capture trace amounts of uranium in the ocean. The mats are placed 200 metres underwater to soak up uranium before being brought to the surface. They are then washed in an acidic solution that captures the radioactive metal for future refinement.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 13, 2012, 02:45:13 AM
Turning plastic into (crude) oil...

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/whitehorse-gets-machine-convert-plastic-oil-000826769.html
Title: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on September 16, 2012, 05:27:05 PM
Canada's broadband access a disgrace.

http://gigaom.com/video/netflix-canada-caps-human-rights-violation/
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: CarltonTheBear on September 16, 2012, 05:48:49 PM
Canada's broadband access a disgrace.

http://gigaom.com/video/netflix-canada-caps-human-rights-violation/

I had to cancel my Netflix subscription after a month or two because it kept putting me over my month cap.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bender on September 16, 2012, 05:55:11 PM
Quote
I had to cancel my Netflix subscription after a month or two because it kept putting me over my month cap.

Teksavvy :)
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on September 16, 2012, 05:55:52 PM
Do you guys have unlimited cell phone data?

It'd be worth using your device as a hotspot in that case.

I'm pretty sure you don't because those as sharp as the users here would have thought of that.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: seahawk on September 16, 2012, 05:59:33 PM
I had a cable outage in my neighborhood on Tuesday and after everything came back up, I'm not getting 2 HD channels that are part of the package I'm subscribed to. Just had a tech here for 45 minutes or more and he said that the signal was fine, in fact he said the signal was too loud. Then he said that the issue with the channels not coming up was an issue with my PVR. Personally, I'm calling bs on this. To me if the issue was with my PVR then it would be impacting more than 2 channels. Anyone else have an opinion on this?
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: CarltonTheBear on September 16, 2012, 06:08:15 PM
Quote
I had to cancel my Netflix subscription after a month or two because it kept putting me over my month cap.

Teksavvy :)

That's the plan eventually when I move out on my own.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: CarltonTheBear on September 16, 2012, 06:09:01 PM
Do you guys have unlimited cell phone data?

It'd be worth using your device as a hotspot in that case.

I'm pretty sure you don't because those as sharp as the users here would have thought of that.

The most Bell/Rogers/Telus give out is 6gig.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on September 16, 2012, 06:13:11 PM
I had a cable outage in my neighborhood on Tuesday and after everything came back up, I'm not getting 2 HD channels that are part of the package I'm subscribed to. Just had a tech here for 45 minutes or more and he said that the signal was fine, in fact he said the signal was too loud. Then he said that the issue with the channels not coming up was an issue with my PVR. Personally, I'm calling bs on this. To me if the issue was with my PVR then it would be impacting more than 2 channels. Anyone else have an opinion on this?

Sounds like BS especially if it just started after a cable outage.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: seahawk on September 17, 2012, 12:20:07 PM
I had a cable outage in my neighborhood on Tuesday and after everything came back up, I'm not getting 2 HD channels that are part of the package I'm subscribed to. Just had a tech here for 45 minutes or more and he said that the signal was fine, in fact he said the signal was too loud. Then he said that the issue with the channels not coming up was an issue with my PVR. Personally, I'm calling bs on this. To me if the issue was with my PVR then it would be impacting more than 2 channels. Anyone else have an opinion on this?

Sounds like BS especially if it just started after a cable outage.

Turns out it was BS. I noticed another tech truck in the parking lot when I got up this morning. I checked those channels after they left and those 2 channels are now back in HD. Good thing too. I bought my PVR when I got my TV and didn't really want to add $25 a month to my bill to rent a new one.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on January 30, 2013, 10:28:36 AM
Here it is...the Z10...a.k.a. BlackBerry 10 new smartphone...

http://ca.finance.yahoo.com/blogs/insight/blackberry-10-device-name-hope-172918446.html

Full video & written review...
 http://reviews.cnet.com/blackberry-z10/...

Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on January 30, 2013, 10:57:32 AM
The Z10 (BlackBerry 10) smartphone:

(http://i939.photobucket.com/albums/ad239/fotogalri/images.jpg)

Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: seahawk on January 30, 2013, 11:11:19 AM
For those who would rather have BB10 with the physical keyboard, the Q10 is expected in April.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Justin on January 30, 2013, 11:33:40 AM
There's some really impressive features in the BB10 that you just can't do with iPhone. BB now has the best touch-screen keyboard in the business, the best camera, makes the best use of swiping/gestures, and remains the prime business mobile machine for those users. I'm really impressed, and can't wait to get one of those BB10's when my existing plan is up in the summer.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Potvin29 on January 30, 2013, 11:37:43 AM
The Star review of it said the battery life was almost double the iPhone 5, too.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bender on January 30, 2013, 05:36:27 PM
There's some really impressive features in the BB10 that you just can't do with iPhone. BB now has the best touch-screen keyboard in the business, the best camera, makes the best use of swiping/gestures, and remains the prime business mobile machine for those users. I'm really impressed, and can't wait to get one of those BB10's when my existing plan is up in the summer.

It's not at all the best camera, nor do I think it makes the best use of gestures. None of the specs are anything we haven't seen before - in fact most of them have been on the S3 since June-July 2012, which is a long time in the smartphone world.

I'm not against the Z10 but to play off opinions as fact is a bit unfair.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Zee on January 31, 2013, 03:58:11 AM
I like the ability to switch between business/personal use with ease on the phone.  I can see where that would be very handy for people who have blackberrys for work and still want to have personal stuff like Facebook/Twitter etc.  Overall there isn't a huge motivation for existing iPhone/Android users to switch over, but I think blackberry users will still be there.  There's enough of a market to have 3 big players.  Blackberry will carve out it's niche.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: TimKerr on January 31, 2013, 04:03:29 AM
I like the ability to switch between business/personal use with ease on the phone.  I can see where that would be very handy for people who have blackberrys for work and still want to have personal stuff like Facebook/Twitter etc.  Overall there isn't a huge motivation for existing iPhone/Android users to switch over, but I think blackberry users will still be there.  There's enough of a market to have 3 big players.  Blackberry will carve out it's niche.

The thing is more and more large corporations are switching away from company issued phones. Now that smartphones are becoming so common, companies are seeing a way to save money so instead of issuing everyone a Blackberry they are telling them pick whatever smartphone you want and use it.
The company issued phone is where Blackberry thrives and if that market disappears that could truly spell the end.
I know at my office, which is a typical Fortune 500 company, we were issued new Blackberrys a year and a half ago. Now talking to the folks in IT it looks like when the next contract is up, we'll get to use whatever phone we want.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Stronger Than All on January 31, 2013, 11:40:20 AM
I like the ability to switch between business/personal use with ease on the phone.  I can see where that would be very handy for people who have blackberrys for work and still want to have personal stuff like Facebook/Twitter etc.  Overall there isn't a huge motivation for existing iPhone/Android users to switch over, but I think blackberry users will still be there.  There's enough of a market to have 3 big players.  Blackberry will carve out it's niche.

The thing is more and more large corporations are switching away from company issued phones. Now that smartphones are becoming so common, companies are seeing a way to save money so instead of issuing everyone a Blackberry they are telling them pick whatever smartphone you want and use it.
The company issued phone is where Blackberry thrives and if that market disappears that could truly spell the end.
I know at my office, which is a typical Fortune 500 company, we were issued new Blackberrys a year and a half ago. Now talking to the folks in IT it looks like when the next contract is up, we'll get to use whatever phone we want.

Our company was issuing BB's and we aquired a company that only used iphones so they started allowing us to order iphones and slowly everyone was switching.

I think I'd want a BB10 if I was due for a new phone.   Although one of the reasons is that we don't have company issued samsungs.  :P
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: seahawk on January 31, 2013, 05:51:02 PM
I like the ability to switch between business/personal use with ease on the phone.  I can see where that would be very handy for people who have blackberrys for work and still want to have personal stuff like Facebook/Twitter etc.  Overall there isn't a huge motivation for existing iPhone/Android users to switch over, but I think blackberry users will still be there.  There's enough of a market to have 3 big players.  Blackberry will carve out it's niche.

Can't remember where I saw it, but it was mentioned that around 30% of Rogers customer base are BB devices. that's a pretty good chunk.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Dappleganger on January 31, 2013, 06:49:22 PM
There's some really impressive features in the BB10 that you just can't do with iPhone. BB now has the best touch-screen keyboard in the business, the best camera, makes the best use of swiping/gestures, and remains the prime business mobile machine for those users. I'm really impressed, and can't wait to get one of those BB10's when my existing plan is up in the summer.

You sure?
http://wmpoweruser.com/blackberry-z10s-camera-an-abject-and-miserable-failure/
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Potvin29 on January 31, 2013, 07:25:02 PM
Oh no now I won't be able to take a photo of my dinner if the light is dim.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Dappleganger on January 31, 2013, 07:35:55 PM
Oh no now I won't be able to take a photo of my dinner if the light is dim.

Not a photographer Potvin? Low light ability is one of the most important attributes on any camera.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bender on January 31, 2013, 07:54:55 PM
Oh no now I won't be able to take a photo of my dinner if the light is dim.

Not a photographer Potvin? Low light ability is one of the most important attributes on any camera.

Even then, like I said, these specs have been out for a long time in the smartphone world. Why not just pony up $350 or whatever it is for a Nexus 4? It's specs are comparable and at almost half the price.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Potvin29 on January 31, 2013, 08:59:09 PM
Oh no now I won't be able to take a photo of my dinner if the light is dim.

Not a photographer Potvin? Low light ability is one of the most important attributes on any camera.

It was a joke about how many people use their iPhones to instagram their food.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Dappleganger on February 01, 2013, 08:10:27 PM
Oh no now I won't be able to take a photo of my dinner if the light is dim.

Not a photographer Potvin? Low light ability is one of the most important attributes on any camera.

It was a joke about how many people use their iPhones to instagram their food.

Ahhh. Gotcha. Let me say that I loathe people who take photos of their food.

I'm no better. I use my iphone to post pictures of my dog.  :-\
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bullfrog on February 02, 2013, 06:04:04 AM
It was a joke about how many people use their iPhones to instagram their food.

Jokes aside, the iPhone is pretty awful at lowlight photos too.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: bustaheims on February 02, 2013, 07:23:26 PM
It was a joke about how many people use their iPhones to instagram their food.

Wait, is that what I'm supposed to be doing? I'm so many meals behind!
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Frank E on February 03, 2013, 02:46:53 AM
There's some really impressive features in the BB10 that you just can't do with iPhone. BB now has the best touch-screen keyboard in the business, the best camera, makes the best use of swiping/gestures, and remains the prime business mobile machine for those users. I'm really impressed, and can't wait to get one of those BB10's when my existing plan is up in the summer.

You sure?
http://wmpoweruser.com/blackberry-z10s-camera-an-abject-and-miserable-failure/

Little bit of a bias there on that site, no?
Title: Re: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Zee on February 03, 2013, 05:27:14 AM
There's some really impressive features in the BB10 that you just can't do with iPhone. BB now has the best touch-screen keyboard in the business, the best camera, makes the best use of swiping/gestures, and remains the prime business mobile machine for those users. I'm really impressed, and can't wait to get one of those BB10's when my existing plan is up in the summer.

You sure?
http://wmpoweruser.com/blackberry-z10s-camera-an-abject-and-miserable-failure/

Little bit of a bias there on that site, no?


The windows site might be biased but they're referencing a gizmodo  review of the camera.

http://gizmodo.com/5980316/blackberry-z10-camera-the-worst-low+light-performance-weve-seen-in-a-long-time
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: brothert on February 10, 2013, 08:45:08 AM
Bought a nexus 7 for my vacation. Saw the score of the game last night and tried to watch highlights on tsn this morning. Says I need adobe flash. No problem I'll just download it ? Except adobe doesn't have a version for my android. So what's my next step? Android v4.2.1
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: bustaheims on February 10, 2013, 11:40:35 AM
Bought a nexus 7 for my vacation. Saw the score of the game last night and tried to watch highlights on tsn this morning. Says I need adobe flash. No problem I'll just download it ? Except adobe doesn't have a version for my android. So what's my next step? Android v4.2.1

Well, the problem is that mobile Flash is dead. Adobe killed it themselves. TSN needs to get with the program.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: AvroArrow on February 10, 2013, 12:05:41 PM
Bought a nexus 7 for my vacation. Saw the score of the game last night and tried to watch highlights on tsn this morning. Says I need adobe flash. No problem I'll just download it ? Except adobe doesn't have a version for my android. So what's my next step? Android v4.2.1

Buy a BlackBerry PlayBook.
Title: Re: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Zee on February 10, 2013, 02:42:46 PM
Bought a nexus 7 for my vacation. Saw the score of the game last night and tried to watch highlights on tsn this morning. Says I need adobe flash. No problem I'll just download it ? Except adobe doesn't have a version for my android. So what's my next step? Android v4.2.1

I've installed flash on the Nexus 7

http://m.cnet.com/news/install-adobe-flash-player-on-jelly-bean-devices/57554629
Title: Re: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: brothert on February 10, 2013, 05:23:05 PM
Bought a nexus 7 for my vacation. Saw the score of the game last night and tried to watch highlights on tsn this morning. Says I need adobe flash. No problem I'll just download it ? Except adobe doesn't have a version for my android. So what's my next step? Android v4.2.1

I've installed flash on the Nexus 7

http://m.cnet.com/news/install-adobe-flash-player-on-jelly-bean-devices/57554629
Thanks Zee, that did the trick. Loved the game highlights too ;D
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on February 15, 2013, 10:15:45 AM
LOL (This is hilarious)!!

Hey, just ask Siri who God is...(you'll never guess)...

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2013/02/13/ottawa-daniel-alfredsson-god-apple-iphone-sin.html (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2013/02/13/ottawa-daniel-alfredsson-god-apple-iphone-sin.html)

The 40-year-old Senators right-winger has also played along with the joke, making a quip in regards to the current search for a new Pope.

"I guess I need to get to work and decide who the next Pope is," he told reporters.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on February 25, 2013, 06:48:30 AM
Galaxy Note 8.0 to rival IPad mini...

http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/ipad/samsung-launches-ipad-mini-competitor-the-galaxy-note-8-0-pics/

Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bender on February 25, 2013, 09:39:07 AM
Bought a nexus 7 for my vacation. Saw the score of the game last night and tried to watch highlights on tsn this morning. Says I need adobe flash. No problem I'll just download it ? Except adobe doesn't have a version for my android. So what's my next step? Android v4.2.1

Buy a BlackBerry PlayBook.

No offense but when someone purchased an item the last thing they want to do is buy an alternative, especially a far, far, far worse alternative.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: LittleHockeyFan on March 04, 2013, 08:13:54 PM
*facepalm*

and much swearing.....

I have a Macbook. I have an iPhone. Until the other day, never had an iCloud account. Macbook=Facebook, this forum etc etc. iPhone=really just for the phone. I have all my family phone numbers, doctors, work, hubby's work, school etc numbers on the phone.

So iCloud does a sync. And clears my freakin' iPhone of the numbers, listing all my Facebook friends as my 'contacts' on the phone!!!!! chrissakes!! no phone numbers!!! and certainly not the ones I need every day.

arrrrgh I hate iCloud!!!!

 >:(
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 05, 2013, 06:58:53 AM
Just bought a Galaxy Note 2 and am enjoying the wonderfully large HD screen and using the pen stylus!

Had an iphone 4s prior to the Note 2 and while the iphone has a much more intuitive OS, the Note 2 comes pretty close.  All in all, very satisfactory.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: AvroArrow on March 05, 2013, 08:19:48 AM
No offense but when someone purchased an item the last thing they want to do is buy an alternative

You've never returned something that didn't work or didn't suit your needs and purchased an alternative instead?  That is, absolutely, something that people do.

especially a far, far, far worse alternative.

Personal bias, much?  Just because you think it's a "far, far, far worse alternative", doesn't mean that it is, or that others think that.


He wanted suggestions, I gave him one.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: OldTimeHockey on March 05, 2013, 09:09:25 AM
Bought a nexus 7 for my vacation. Saw the score of the game last night and tried to watch highlights on tsn this morning. Says I need adobe flash. No problem I'll just download it ? Except adobe doesn't have a version for my android. So what's my next step? Android v4.2.1

Buy a BlackBerry PlayBook.

No offense but when someone purchased an item the last thing they want to do is buy an alternative, especially a far, far, far worse alternative.

Though I've only ever used the Playbook, and never had a problem, the Nexus certainly does get some mighty good reviews.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bates on March 05, 2013, 10:20:17 AM
I never understand technology arguements???  Someone buys the apparent best tablet and yet can't do what they want on it is smarter than the person who buys the cheaper tablet that does exactly what they want it to do???  I have a Playbook that does everything I need from the device yet plenty of people tell me that I am a dummy for buying this "piece of crap"???  Some of these people spent several times more money than me for Ipad and only use it for web and email and they think I am the dummie??  I get same message about my BB phone, not sure what I am missing??
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bullfrog on March 05, 2013, 10:32:04 AM
Not sure the answer Bates. I've never really understand brand loyalty when it comes to electronics or vehicles. I mean, I understand returning to a product because you've been satisfied with its performance. I just don't understand why people would assume that all other stuff is crap.

The biggest point of confusion for me is how people will spend double on a Mac book or similar when they could get a PC for 1/2 that. I've got no problems with the Macs -- in fact I like them quite a bit -- but I'll never pay $1800 for a laptop when the $800 PC will accomplish the same thing.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Potvin29 on March 05, 2013, 11:41:21 AM
Has anyone got a new Blackberry? If so, thoughts?
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Frank E on March 05, 2013, 11:48:54 AM
Has anyone got a new Blackberry? If so, thoughts?

+1.  I'm thinking about getting the Q10.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Stronger Than All on March 05, 2013, 11:53:01 AM
Has anyone got a new Blackberry? If so, thoughts?

+1.  I'm thinking about getting the Q10.

The Z10 is light to hold in your hands.  Feels nice.  I didn't get to play with it other than that because the pushy salesman wanted me to buy it and I left.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: bustaheims on March 05, 2013, 12:07:30 PM
Has anyone got a new Blackberry? If so, thoughts?

My sister's boyfriend got one, so I got a chance to play with it for a little while. It feels sort of like a hybrid between the iPhone and the Galaxy S3 - the GUI reminds me very much of iOS, with some slight adjustments. The quality of the screen/picture is great and it seems like a great business phone, but, as a consumer phone, it's still lacking in terms of available apps and such.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: The Red Polar Bear on March 05, 2013, 12:27:21 PM
Looking at the Nexus 4 myself.  Anyone know if it'll be worth waiting for the Nexus 5 (supposedly May 2013) or should I dive in now?
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bates on March 05, 2013, 12:35:13 PM
Wife has the Z10.  It is a very good product but I really can't get used to the size.  It's way bigger than present Torch and is a little big for carrying in pants pocket.  Thought I would hate typing on it but it is very easy to use and corrects plenty of my mistakes.  It is very fast for downloading and surfing the net as well.  Again the only issue I have with phone is the size but that is a big issue for me!!!
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: bustaheims on March 05, 2013, 12:43:50 PM
Looking at the Nexus 4 myself.  Anyone know if it'll be worth waiting for the Nexus 5 (supposedly May 2013) or should I dive in now?

I always say, if it's only a few months away and you don't absolutely need a new device now, it's better to wait. If nothing else, you could very well end up getting a better deal on the Nexus 4.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Deebo on March 05, 2013, 12:45:05 PM
Looking at the Nexus 4 myself.  Anyone know if it'll be worth waiting for the Nexus 5 (supposedly May 2013) or should I dive in now?

I had a nexus 4, its very nice, there is a way to turn on LTE as well.

I broke it about a week after I got it.

Only complaint was battery life.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Dappleganger on March 05, 2013, 12:48:16 PM
Looking at the Nexus 4 myself.  Anyone know if it'll be worth waiting for the Nexus 5 (supposedly May 2013) or should I dive in now?

I always say, if it's only a few months away and you don't absolutely need a new device now, it's better to wait. If nothing else, you could very well end up getting a better deal on the Nexus 4.

If it's May, wait. Like Bustheims said, you'll get a better deal if you still decide to got with the Nexus 4.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Potvin29 on March 05, 2013, 12:49:53 PM
Has anyone got a new Blackberry? If so, thoughts?

My sister's boyfriend got one, so I got a chance to play with it for a little while. It feels sort of like a hybrid between the iPhone and the Galaxy S3 - the GUI reminds me very much of iOS, with some slight adjustments. The quality of the screen/picture is great and it seems like a great business phone, but, as a consumer phone, it's still lacking in terms of available apps and such.

Thanks! Luckily available apps is pretty far down my list of requirements.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: bustaheims on March 05, 2013, 12:52:50 PM
Thanks! Luckily available apps is pretty far down my list of requirements.

If you're just using it for the basic smartphone type stuff, it's more than enough - but, then again, so is pretty much every smartphone on the market. :P
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Potvin29 on March 05, 2013, 12:56:55 PM
Thanks! Luckily available apps is pretty far down my list of requirements.

If you're just using it for the basic smartphone type stuff, it's more than enough - but, then again, so is pretty much every smartphone on the market. :P

I've read good things about the ease of use/transition between functions with the new BB that sound appealing.  Plus I have a soft spot for RIM/Blackberry.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Stebro on March 06, 2013, 10:05:26 AM
Anyone tried the new hockey manager game yet? I bought it yesterday, it's still in a beta phase though, shall be released in September if I remember it correctly. The first thing I did was to unload Komisarek and Connolly. Next up might be Kessel, because we have different ideas on what his contract shall look like ;D
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: CarltonTheBear on March 06, 2013, 12:27:58 PM
Anyone tried the new hockey manager game yet? I bought it yesterday, it's still in a beta phase though, shall be released in September if I remember it correctly. The first thing I did was to unload Komisarek and Connolly. Next up might be Kessel, because we have different ideas on what his contract shall look like ;D

I bought it but haven't had time to do much yet. I'm a little hesitant to really get involved as save games won't carry over from beta to beta.

I do look forward to it one day completely ruining my social life though.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Zee on March 06, 2013, 12:33:47 PM
Looking at the Nexus 4 myself.  Anyone know if it'll be worth waiting for the Nexus 5 (supposedly May 2013) or should I dive in now?

I think those rumors were put to bed.  New Nexus won't be until the fall, they'll be refreshing the Nexus 7 though in May.  For the record, the recent Android 4.2.2 update has really improved battery life on the Nexus 4.  It used to drain even when sitting idle, now there's little to no drain when the phone is just sitting around.  I'm pleased.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Zee on March 06, 2013, 12:34:15 PM
Anyone tried the new hockey manager game yet? I bought it yesterday, it's still in a beta phase though, shall be released in September if I remember it correctly. The first thing I did was to unload Komisarek and Connolly. Next up might be Kessel, because we have different ideas on what his contract shall look like ;D

I bought it but haven't had time to do much yet. I'm a little hesitant to really get involved as save games won't carry over from beta to beta.

I do look forward to it one day completely ruining my social life though.

What game/platform is this?
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on March 06, 2013, 12:40:53 PM
Anyone tried the new hockey manager game yet? I bought it yesterday, it's still in a beta phase though, shall be released in September if I remember it correctly. The first thing I did was to unload Komisarek and Connolly. Next up might be Kessel, because we have different ideas on what his contract shall look like ;D

I bought it but haven't had time to do much yet. I'm a little hesitant to really get involved as save games won't carry over from beta to beta.

I do look forward to it one day completely ruining my social life though.

What game/platform is this?

Yeah, please answer, I love me some hockey manager sims.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: CarltonTheBear on March 06, 2013, 05:15:47 PM
It's called Fantasy Hockey Manager 2014. From the same guys who did the Out of the Park baseball sim games, which I've never played but heard they are fantastic. I haven't played it too much, but it's supposed to be like the commercial versions of EHM but only much better. Currently it beta with a September 3rd release date. Price was like $30 or something. You can find some more information here:

http://www.ootpdevelopments.com/board/franchise-hockey-manager/

It's for PC and Mac, but the beta for Macs aren't out yet.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on March 06, 2013, 06:01:12 PM
Weird, didn't ootp fall under the sports interactive banner at one point, the guys behind the sensational football manager, who also tried a hockey manager game through I wanna say Risto Rhems the guy behind eastside.

That flopped despite being a solid game IMO.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: CarltonTheBear on March 06, 2013, 06:03:29 PM
Weird, didn't ootp fall under the sports interactive banner at one point, the guys behind the sensational football manager, who also tried a hockey manager game through I wanna say Risto Rhems the guy behind eastside.

That flopped despite being a solid game IMO.

That's the commercial EHM game that I referred to, yeah. I didn't play it too much, but it has a similar look and feel to this game.
Title: Re: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bender on March 06, 2013, 06:10:50 PM
I never understand technology arguements???  Someone buys the apparent best tablet and yet can't do what they want on it is smarter than the person who buys the cheaper tablet that does exactly what they want it to do???  I have a Playbook that does everything I need from the device yet plenty of people tell me that I am a dummy for buying this "piece of crap"???  Some of these people spent several times more money than me for Ipad and only use it for web and email and they think I am the dummie??  I get same message about my BB phone, not sure what I am missing??

Its not a bad product. If you're happy with what you bought thats all that matters. However, there are still ways to figure out what is. a better product and what isn't. For example app support is generally important when it comes to mobile and this is where the Playbook lacks. I agree the iPad has a highly inflated price.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bender on March 06, 2013, 06:20:41 PM
No offense but when someone purchased an item the last thing they want to do is buy an alternative

You've never returned something that didn't work or didn't suit your needs and purchased an alternative instead?  That is, absolutely, something that people do.

especially a far, far, far worse alternative.

Personal bias, much?  Just because you think it's a "far, far, far worse alternative", doesn't mean that it is, or that others think that.


He wanted suggestions, I gave him one.

Yeah, but if someone likes a product and is looking for a solution to an issue with the product, don't you think it makes more sense to figure out how to get the issue resolved without having to bring back the product?

If someone bought a car in otherwise great working order and didn't like the style of hubcaps, would your first suggestion be to buy a different car?

Also, the Nexus isn't "not suiting" his needs or not doing what it's supposed to do. Flash was killed by Adobe some time ago, and this is where the issue lies - getting a Playbook won't miraculously make Flash work.

I've owned Apple, Android and RIM products in the past, and I used to sell these products for a living so I'd like to think I have a good handle on the technologies we're talking about. It's up to the user, but I would argue the main reasons of picking one type of device over another are specs, aesthetic and app support. To be honest it's mostly a wash between the first two, but RIM has, in all honesty, fallen flat in the app department, the Playbook was a smidgen away from going the way of HP's TouchPad and if someone were to ask me, I would honestly say that I can't recommend an OS from a company in as precarious a position as RIM is (for example what will happen to app store purchases if RIM no longer develops its own OS in a year or two?).
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 07, 2013, 07:55:07 AM
http://www.techvibes.com/blog/canadians-privately-browse-the-internet-as-americans-2013-03-05
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 10, 2013, 10:39:10 AM
Now, how about this...the "MeCam"...

http://www.zagg.com/community/blog/this-tiny-flying-camera-follows-you-around-and-films-your-every-move/?
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 10, 2013, 10:42:45 AM
Incredible but true...and lucky...

http://www.zagg.com/community/blog/how-an-iphone-saved-the-life-of-a-soldier-fighting-in-afghanistan/?

Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 10, 2013, 10:51:39 AM
Volette last pizza, anyone?  Pizza vending machine (invented by Italians) claims to make "la pizza fresca" in under "tre minuti" (tree minutes).  The ingredients are all "freschi".

Video is in http://www.zagg.com/community/blog/pizza-vending-machine-makes-fresh-pizza-in-less-than-3-minutes/



Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Sarge on March 10, 2013, 10:57:45 AM
Uhhh... That was about pizza? I was a little distracted there.

Edit: Either way, pretty cool... I hope yoo don't mind that I just shared that on twitter.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 10, 2013, 11:25:55 AM
Uhhh... That was about pizza? I was a little distracted there.

Edit: Either way, pretty cool... I hope yoo don't mind that I just shared that on twitter.


No problem.  :)  Viva last pizza!  :D
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 18, 2013, 03:27:34 AM
How about this for breakfast...a toastcr that imprints an image from the web onto your toast!

http://www.fastcodesign.com/1672092/a-toaster-that-burns-the-morning-news-onto-bread
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on March 19, 2013, 11:08:39 AM
Weird, didn't ootp fall under the sports interactive banner at one point, the guys behind the sensational football manager, who also tried a hockey manager game through I wanna say Risto Rhems the guy behind eastside.

That flopped despite being a solid game IMO.

That's the commercial EHM game that I referred to, yeah. I didn't play it too much, but it has a similar look and feel to this game.

Thanks for the link Carlton, I picked it up and lost maybe 8 hours to it over the weekend, lots of fun, but seems very easy.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Leafaholic99 on March 21, 2013, 05:50:00 PM
Anyone here have the z10 blackberry? I am wanting to get it but am unsure if I can adjust to a touch screen keyboard. Might need to wait for the q10.

I have a torch 9810 and it has a touch keyboard plus a physical sliding keyboard. Iam trying to use the touch keyboard on my current phone now to see how it works for me, not bad so far but I am making a lot of mistakes blah lol
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bullfrog on March 21, 2013, 06:47:48 PM
I've got an iphone; didn't take long at all to get used to. I certainly wouldn't give up screen real estate to get a true keyboard.
Title: Re: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Zee on March 21, 2013, 07:56:00 PM
Anyone here have the z10 blackberry? I am wanting to get it but am unsure if I can adjust to a touch screen keyboard. Might need to wait for the q10.

I have a torch 9810 and it has a touch keyboard plus a physical sliding keyboard. Iam trying to use the touch keyboard on my current phone now to see how it works for me, not bad so far but I am making a lot of mistakes blah lol

Z10 has some cool predictive typing features. If you can go and play with one in a store try it out.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bates on March 21, 2013, 11:16:27 PM
I am in same boat with Torch now but wanting to upgrade. Wife has Z10 and I have say it's a very good phone. No issue at all with keyboard but I do find the phone a little too big for my liking. The keyboard is very easy to type on and gets faster everyone you use it as it adapts to you. Phone is also very fast for Internet.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Leafaholic99 on April 03, 2013, 06:44:54 PM
So I picked up the z10 today and have been in love with it since I got it. I'm making a few mistakes with adjusting to a touch keyboard but the auto correct is amazing.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: leafsjunkie on April 04, 2013, 03:02:55 PM
I picked up the Samsung Galaxy Note II. Epic is all I have to say. 1.6 ghz Quad core goodness, Micro SD Card slot (up to 80gb storage), 2gb ram, huge screen, multiple apps can run at once on the same screen, fully customizable.  IMO, best phone out there hands down.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Corn Flake on April 04, 2013, 03:06:03 PM
I picked up the Samsung Galaxy Note II. Epic is all I have to say. 1.6 ghz Quad core goodness, Micro SD Card slot (up to 80gb storage), 2gb ram, huge screen, multiple apps can run at once on the same screen, fully customizable.  IMO, best phone out there hands down.

Nice phone. I have the S3 and love it... also have the Galaxy Tab 2 and love it as well. 

Wondering what the S4 is going to be like.. it's just about to come out.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: leafsjunkie on April 04, 2013, 03:19:38 PM
I picked up the Samsung Galaxy Note II. Epic is all I have to say. 1.6 ghz Quad core goodness, Micro SD Card slot (up to 80gb storage), 2gb ram, huge screen, multiple apps can run at once on the same screen, fully customizable.  IMO, best phone out there hands down.

Nice phone. I have the S3 and love it... also have the Galaxy Tab 2 and love it as well. 

Wondering what the S4 is going to be like.. it's just about to come out.

Yes, I looked at the S3, good phone too!! (I used to have the first Galaxy S captivate). I think they said the S4 is coming out in May (but most likely delayed a little), it'll be quad core processing as well, it also may come with the new OS Keylime Pie (the Note II has Jelly Bean), that phone will be awesome, I would have held out for it but my battery was dying in my old phone and my plan was up and ready to get an upgrade. I didn't feel like getting a new battery when I was going to upgrade soon anyways. I am glad I went with this phone though, it's amazing (I also looked at the LG Optimus G 2600, but only 16gb with no SD Card slot, you can't take off the back and replace battery, came with ice cream sandwich etc... But it had some pros too, but those pros were still outweighed by what the Note II can do).
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 04, 2013, 06:05:42 PM
I picked up the Samsung Galaxy Note II. Epic is all I have to say. 1.6 ghz Quad core goodness, Micro SD Card slot (up to 80gb storage), 2gb ram, huge screen, multiple apps can run at once on the same screen, fully customizable.  IMO, best phone out there hands down.


Same here.  I previously had the Iphone 4s (still do), and don't get me wrong, IOS6 is excellent but after having used the Note 2, I cannot fathom myself going back to the smallish Iphone screen.

For everything that the Note 2 can do, it is quite incomparable.  Best smartphone I've had so far.  Thank you, Samsung!
Title: Re: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Zee on April 04, 2013, 07:16:16 PM
I picked up the Samsung Galaxy Note II. Epic is all I have to say. 1.6 ghz Quad core goodness, Micro SD Card slot (up to 80gb storage), 2gb ram, huge screen, multiple apps can run at once on the same screen, fully customizable.  IMO, best phone out there hands down.


Same here.  I previously had the Iphone 4s (still do), and don't get me wrong, IOS6 is excellent but after having used the Note 2, I cannot fathom myself going back to the smallish Iphone screen.

For everything that the Note 2 can do, it is quite incomparable.  Best smartphone I've had so far.  Thank you, Samsung!


For android phones once you go Nexus you won't go back. My wife has the S3 I have the Nexus 4 and I much prefer Google's vanilla android over the customized Samsung touch wiz. Just cleaner look overall and things are more smooth.
Title: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Deebo on April 04, 2013, 07:41:06 PM
I picked up the Samsung Galaxy Note II. Epic is all I have to say. 1.6 ghz Quad core goodness, Micro SD Card slot (up to 80gb storage), 2gb ram, huge screen, multiple apps can run at once on the same screen, fully customizable.  IMO, best phone out there hands down.


Same here.  I previously had the Iphone 4s (still do), and don't get me wrong, IOS6 is excellent but after having used the Note 2, I cannot fathom myself going back to the smallish Iphone screen.

For everything that the Note 2 can do, it is quite incomparable.  Best smartphone I've had so far.  Thank you, Samsung!


For android phones once you go Nexus you won't go back. My wife has the S3 I have the Nexus 4 and I much prefer Google's vanilla android over the customized Samsung touch wiz. Just cleaner look overall and things are more smooth.

I found the battery life to be a problem on my nexus 4.

Maybe because I turned the LTE on.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Rick Couchman on April 05, 2013, 08:22:05 AM
I love my S3.  I thought my iPhone 4s was great - but the Samsung leaves it in the dust...
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Zee on April 05, 2013, 09:05:01 AM
I picked up the Samsung Galaxy Note II. Epic is all I have to say. 1.6 ghz Quad core goodness, Micro SD Card slot (up to 80gb storage), 2gb ram, huge screen, multiple apps can run at once on the same screen, fully customizable.  IMO, best phone out there hands down.


Same here.  I previously had the Iphone 4s (still do), and don't get me wrong, IOS6 is excellent but after having used the Note 2, I cannot fathom myself going back to the smallish Iphone screen.

For everything that the Note 2 can do, it is quite incomparable.  Best smartphone I've had so far.  Thank you, Samsung!


For android phones once you go Nexus you won't go back. My wife has the S3 I have the Nexus 4 and I much prefer Google's vanilla android over the customized Samsung touch wiz. Just cleaner look overall and things are more smooth.

I found the battery life to be a problem on my nexus 4.

Maybe because I turned the LTE on.

Battery stopped being an issue when I upgraded to 4.2.2, of course that also kills the LTE trick.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Zee on April 05, 2013, 11:21:06 AM
This was on sale last week at Best Buy for $99:

(http://www.bestbuy.ca/multimedia/Products/500x500/101/10197/10197151.jpg)

http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/acoustic-research-acoustic-research-wireless-outdoor-speaker-aw851-single-speaker-aw851/10197151.aspx

Hooked it up to replace the light in my backyard and provide wireless music while I BBQ in the summer. I used to haul out a portable radio all the time, now I can control my iTunes collection through my phone to switch tracks or listen to internet radio. It's decent sound, no worse than a portable radio would sound.   My transmitter is up in the office on the 2nd floor on the other side of the house and the reception is fine to the backyard.  I'm happy.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: leafsjunkie on April 07, 2013, 09:33:30 AM
I picked up the Samsung Galaxy Note II. Epic is all I have to say. 1.6 ghz Quad core goodness, Micro SD Card slot (up to 80gb storage), 2gb ram, huge screen, multiple apps can run at once on the same screen, fully customizable.  IMO, best phone out there hands down.


Same here.  I previously had the Iphone 4s (still do), and don't get me wrong, IOS6 is excellent but after having used the Note 2, I cannot fathom myself going back to the smallish Iphone screen.

For everything that the Note 2 can do, it is quite incomparable.  Best smartphone I've had so far.  Thank you, Samsung!


For android phones once you go Nexus you won't go back. My wife has the S3 I have the Nexus 4 and I much prefer Google's vanilla android over the customized Samsung touch wiz. Just cleaner look overall and things are more smooth.

I found the battery life to be a problem on my nexus 4.

Maybe because I turned the LTE on.

I fully charged my Note II on Thursday before I left work @ 4:30. It was @ 100%. I use the phone all the time, surfing the web, email, video's etc... I just plugged it in this morning @ 9 am when it was @ 5% left... The least the battery has lasted so far has been 48 hours. It's unheard of, my Galaxy s Captivate wouldn't last longer than 12 - 14 hours with normal use... I love that aspect of the phone.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: moon111 on April 07, 2013, 04:29:52 PM
Trying to see if I could play movies  off my phone (HTC One X) via an MHL to HDMI adaptor (Rocketfish).  I've had the screen pop up very briefly, but the phone usually ends up crashing.  Anyone with any wisdom on how to fix this issue?
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 26, 2013, 01:35:44 AM
Just when you thought something was sacred...

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2013/04/24/nl-smartphone-credit-card-skimming-app-424.html
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on May 29, 2013, 10:38:13 AM
Liquipel making it's foray into the Canadian market, with it's first store opening in the West Edmonton Mall.  More store openings planned (hopefully in other locations across Canada).

What is Liquipel?  Waterproof nano-coating total protection for devices.  Dunk your gadget in a vat of water and voiIà...look Ma, pas de dommage!

0h well, that's what they claim.

Check it out and watch the attached video:
http://mobilesyrup.com/2013/05/29/liquipel-opening-first-canadian-retail-location-this-thursday/
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Zee on May 29, 2013, 12:49:34 PM
Liquipel making it's foray into the Canadian market, with it's first store opening in the West Edmonton Mall.  More store openings planned (hopefully in other locations across Canada).

What is Liquipel?  Waterproof nano-coating total protection for devices.  Dunk your gadget in a vat of water and voiIà...look Ma, pas de dommage!

0h well, that's what they claim.

Check it out and watch the attached video:
http://mobilesyrup.com/2013/05/29/liquipel-opening-first-canadian-retail-location-this-thursday/

How does the usb charging port / headphone plugging port get protected? 
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on May 29, 2013, 04:23:45 PM
Liquipel making it's foray into the Canadian market, with it's first store opening in the West Edmonton Mall.  More store openings planned (hopefully in other locations across Canada).

What is Liquipel?  Waterproof nano-coating total protection for devices.  Dunk your gadget in a vat of water and voiIà...look Ma, pas de dommage!

0h well, that's what they claim.

Check it out and watch the attached video:
http://mobilesyrup.com/2013/05/29/liquipel-opening-first-canadian-retail-location-this-thursday/

How does the usb charging port / headphone plugging port get protected? 


Good question, Zee.  Been wondering about that too.  They claim the coating is done on the interior of the device(s), as well as the exterior, or something to that extent.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bullfrog on May 30, 2013, 08:42:07 AM
Well, a couple of weeks ago I gave my iphone 4s to my wife and got a new Sony Xperia ZL. I have to say I really like it, though my biggest complaint is that it's a touch too big. The iphone is much easier to use one-handed for me. The screen is pretty amazing quality and I like the Sony Walkman app for playing music. The "skin" that Sony puts on the android OS is quite nice. My only other complaint is that I'm fairly disappointed in the camera quality and find this really surprising considering it's a Sony device. For size, I think the ideal for me would be half between the two.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Corn Flake on May 30, 2013, 10:13:25 AM
This was on sale last week at Best Buy for $99:

(http://www.bestbuy.ca/multimedia/Products/500x500/101/10197/10197151.jpg)

http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/acoustic-research-acoustic-research-wireless-outdoor-speaker-aw851-single-speaker-aw851/10197151.aspx

Hooked it up to replace the light in my backyard and provide wireless music while I BBQ in the summer. I used to haul out a portable radio all the time, now I can control my iTunes collection through my phone to switch tracks or listen to internet radio. It's decent sound, no worse than a portable radio would sound.   My transmitter is up in the office on the 2nd floor on the other side of the house and the reception is fine to the backyard.  I'm happy.

Hey that's cool.  Do you run the sound in mono or did you get two and go stereo?

I'm going to wade into the outdoor speaker world soon but not sure whether to go with self powered units using wifi or bluetooth or go with outdoor speakers wired to an amp inside somewhere.. and then there's the crazy swing in price/quality.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Zee on May 30, 2013, 12:48:59 PM
This was on sale last week at Best Buy for $99:

(http://www.bestbuy.ca/multimedia/Products/500x500/101/10197/10197151.jpg)

http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/acoustic-research-acoustic-research-wireless-outdoor-speaker-aw851-single-speaker-aw851/10197151.aspx

Hooked it up to replace the light in my backyard and provide wireless music while I BBQ in the summer. I used to haul out a portable radio all the time, now I can control my iTunes collection through my phone to switch tracks or listen to internet radio. It's decent sound, no worse than a portable radio would sound.   My transmitter is up in the office on the 2nd floor on the other side of the house and the reception is fine to the backyard.  I'm happy.

Hey that's cool.  Do you run the sound in mono or did you get two and go stereo?

I'm going to wade into the outdoor speaker world soon but not sure whether to go with self powered units using wifi or bluetooth or go with outdoor speakers wired to an amp inside somewhere.. and then there's the crazy swing in price/quality.

I'm mono right now but considering going stereo with a 2nd speaker.  Only problem is my backyard only has the one light fixture already there, I guess I could get just a regular wireless speaker to put outside to make it stereo instead of trying to hook up another light.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bender on May 30, 2013, 01:35:04 PM
Well, a couple of weeks ago I gave my iphone 4s to my wife and got a new Sony Xperia ZL. I have to say I really like it, though my biggest complaint is that it's a touch too big. The iphone is much easier to use one-handed for me. The screen is pretty amazing quality and I like the Sony Walkman app for playing music. The "skin" that Sony puts on the android OS is quite nice. My only other complaint is that I'm fairly disappointed in the camera quality and find this really surprising considering it's a Sony device. For size, I think the ideal for me would be half between the two.

Whats the screen size?
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bullfrog on May 30, 2013, 03:59:18 PM
It's a 5 inch screen.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Potvin29 on May 31, 2013, 09:20:01 AM
What can I expect to pay for a flatscreen TV these days?  Something around, say, 42" or so?
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Deebo on May 31, 2013, 10:02:56 AM
What can I expect to pay for a flatscreen TV these days?  Something around, say, 42" or so?

$400-$1500
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: bustaheims on May 31, 2013, 12:44:11 PM
What can I expect to pay for a flatscreen TV these days?  Something around, say, 42" or so?

As Deebo points out, it's a wide range, depending on quality, type of TV (LCD, LED, plasma), etc. But, if you have a lot of extra money lying around, you could pick up an UltraHD screen for ~$6000.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on June 04, 2013, 03:32:12 AM
Eye-Fi Mobi for iPhone & iPad.  SD card inserted in camera will enable the user to transfer pictures directly to any of the mentioned IOS devices.

http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/accessories/eye-fi-mobi-memory-card/
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on July 23, 2013, 02:05:44 PM
Warning about SIM cards as "security risks"...

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2013/07/22/tech-sim-hard-hack.html
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on October 27, 2013, 08:50:43 PM
Pebble, anyone?
https://getpebble.com/

(Best Buy Canada currently taking pre-orders). 
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/research/pebble/rc9314.aspx

Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on November 27, 2013, 03:21:52 AM
The shape (and way) of things to come...

http://mobilesyrup.com/2013/11/26/oh-canada-seven-canadian-wearable-tech-companies-changing-the-world/
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Leafaholic99 on December 20, 2013, 01:15:06 PM
Picked up a blackberry playbook on the best buy auction site last week, picked it up today, paid $70 for it. Anyone else browse/buy from this site ?
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 09, 2014, 06:33:08 AM
No more online tv for "cord-cutters".... hmm...

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/03/08/online-tv-canada-subscriber-walls_n_4920659.html
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: TheMightyOdin on March 09, 2014, 10:17:07 AM
No more online tv for "cord-cutters".... hmm...

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/03/08/online-tv-canada-subscriber-walls_n_4920659.html

The way things have gone for me over the last few years I think TV is dead in my house. If its not online I'm not watching. Rogers or Bell would have to do something amazing and completely out of character before I even start to consider considering reattaching the cord. I don't see that happening.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: TML fan on March 09, 2014, 08:16:39 PM
I just bought an LED tv for my basement, since my wife hates when I play video games and hog the tv. I'm a little hesitant to put it in the basement because the basement is unfinished. The walls are only insulated half way up. The bottom half is concrete. I'm just wondering, will the TV be ok in that environment? It's definitely cooler than the rest of the house. It doesn't feel too damp. I'm not sure what it's like in the summer since I've only lived here since November. I asked the guy in the store and he said it would be fine, and I've checked around the internet and seen varying responses. Any help would be appreciated. It wasn't an overly expensive tv but I still don't want to wreck it.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: bustaheims on March 09, 2014, 08:56:03 PM
I just bought an LED tv for my basement, since my wife hates when I play video games and hog the tv. I'm a little hesitant to put it in the basement because the basement is unfinished. The walls are only insulated half way up. The bottom half is concrete. I'm just wondering, will the TV be ok in that environment? It's definitely cooler than the rest of the house. It doesn't feel too damp. I'm not sure what it's like in the summer since I've only lived here since November. I asked the guy in the store and he said it would be fine, and I've checked around the internet and seen varying responses. Any help would be appreciated. It wasn't an overly expensive tv but I still don't want to wreck it.

If it doesn't drop between 15 degrees or so down there, you should be fine. Most electronics are built to be used in the ~15 to ~30 degree range. Anything more than a couple degrees outside of that might be iffy.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: TML fan on March 09, 2014, 10:59:47 PM
Thanks!
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: moon111 on March 10, 2014, 07:27:17 AM
There's nothing on T.V., so why worry? 
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: TML fan on March 10, 2014, 10:45:54 AM
There's nothing on T.V., so why worry?

I still spent money on it :)
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bullfrog on April 03, 2014, 08:42:18 AM
So, after many months of deliberation, I decided to take the plunge and bought a Microsoft Surface Pro 2. I have to say, I'm really impressed. I've never owned a netbook or ultrabook before, so it's taking a little to get used to the small size, but I love the portability of it. I needed a full-fledged laptop performance, but was also interested in having a tablet too, so having both in one device is great. I got the 8GB ram version, which is sufficient to run my resource intensive CAD programs.

About windows 8, it's so much better with a touch-screen. Other than the general lack of availability of apps, I'm starting to really like it. I'm forcing myself to use the start screen as much as possible and am becoming much more comfortable with it. I'll even say that I quite like Internet Explorer. It's the only browser that's truly built to take advantage of windows 8. It's too bad that it's totally separate from the desktop version though.

The type cover 2 keyboard is wonderful to type on. The stylus sensitivity is great. My only complaint is that the dock for the stylus is the charging port. So if you're charging the device you have to put the stylus down. Knowing me, it'll be lost in a couple of weeks.

For me, it was down to the Surface Pro 2, Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro, and the Sony Vaio Tap. But the 8 GB of ram and the detachable keyboard won me over. I think it's still priced too high, particularly considering the keyboard was an extra $130.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 04, 2014, 10:47:48 AM
So, after many months of deliberation, I decided to take the plunge and bought a Microsoft Surface Pro 2. I have to say, I'm really impressed. I've never owned a netbook or ultrabook before, so it's taking a little to get used to the small size, but I love the portability of it. I needed a full-fledged laptop performance, but was also interested in having a tablet too, so having both in one device is great. I got the 8GB ram version, which is sufficient to run my resource intensive CAD programs.

About windows 8, it's so much better with a touch-screen. Other than the general lack of availability of apps, I'm starting to really like it. I'm forcing myself to use the start screen as much as possible and am becoming much more comfortable with it. I'll even say that I quite like Internet Explorer. It's the only browser that's truly built to take advantage of windows 8. It's too bad that it's totally separate from the desktop version though.

The type cover 2 keyboard is wonderful to type on. The stylus sensitivity is great. My only complaint is that the dock for the stylus is the charging port. So if you're charging the device you have to put the stylus down. Knowing me, it'll be lost in a couple of weeks.

For me, it was down to the Surface Pro 2, Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro, and the Sony Vaio Tap. But the 8 GB of ram and the detachable keyboard won me over. I think it's still priced too high, particularly considering the keyboard was an extra $130.


Good purchase for you, Bullfrog.

I went to a Staples store near my area and tried out the Surface Pro 2 more out of curiosity and not for purchasing.  Since I'm an Apple user, I have no need for Windows, but, I must admit that of all the hybrid tablet/laptop style devices I've seen, the Surface Pro 2 is the winner, for it's simple portability, nice keyboard and the screen's resolution comes to life with the revamped Windows software.

My relative bought one and is very satisfactory with it's overall usage.  The only caveat she had was with the pricing.

All in all, well done, Microsoft.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 15, 2014, 04:05:08 AM
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/04/14/wireless-devices-cancer-risk_n_5148740.html
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Leafs71 on April 15, 2014, 08:42:48 PM
http://www.wheels.ca/news/dashcam-video-captures-crash-with-us-border-patrol-who-then-lie-about-cause-of-accident/

I was thinking of installing a dashcam. Paranoid, or good idea? I also remember the guy on the 427 that was backed into as an insurance scam that had one.

Anyone running one or have an opinion either way?
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Ronco on April 15, 2014, 09:06:37 PM
http://www.wheels.ca/news/dashcam-video-captures-crash-with-us-border-patrol-who-then-lie-about-cause-of-accident/

I was thinking of installing a dashcam. Paranoid, or good idea? I also remember the guy on the 427 that was backed into as an insurance scam that had one.

Anyone running one or have an opinion either way?

I have a couple of co-workers who have em. I think their overkill. They watch the show on a stick on their computer when they park the car. It's really boring TV.
I think it depends on where you live. If you drive a lot, or live and park in a high traffic area fine.
I've always had my car doors dinged when i went to a shopping mall. Still. But the car is old, and it's no Lexus.
It's video proof of vandalism.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Frank E on May 03, 2014, 01:06:45 PM
Does anyone know where I'd buy a mobile charging station in the GTA/GHA?  Like one that can handle 3 or 4 different phones at once?
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on August 10, 2014, 06:49:37 PM
Silicon Valley: North...Many U.S. (tech) companies, (Facebook, Twitter, etc., etc.,), set to open up jobs in Canada as  U.S. lawmakers grapple with immigration reform. 

The federal goverment in Ottawa set to take advantage of lagging U.S. reforms by propping Canada as a desired destination.

Silicon Valley itself has employed over 350,000 Canadians.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/silicon-valley-north-vancouver-tech-surges-as-u-s-immigration-reform-idles-1.2732667
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: No.92 on September 22, 2014, 05:06:59 PM
Silicon Valley: North...Many U.S. (tech) companies, (Facebook, Twitter, etc., etc.,), set to open up jobs in Canada as  U.S. lawmakers grapple with immigration reform. 

The federal goverment in Ottawa set to take advantage of lagging U.S. reforms by propping Canada as a desired destination.

Silicon Valley itself has employed over 350,000 Canadians.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/silicon-valley-north-vancouver-tech-surges-as-u-s-immigration-reform-idles-1.2732667

Being 1 of the 350,000 Canadians in Silicon Valley, this is a great development.  Perhaps one day we can "retire" in Canada with a tech job.  It really all depends on money though.  Currently Silicon Valley kills all other locations on that.  When I graduated out of college, I was told I would be lucky to get an engineering job for around $30K Canadian (and this was back when the US dollar was worth  $1.50 CDN) but I ended up getting a job in San Jose for $61K USD (right out of school).  That's a pretty big difference.  So only way Canada can compete is if they are will to pay top dollars for top talent.  And now there are rumblings of paying engineers like superstars (which I am all in favor of since we are the ones creating the "magic"):

http://www.cnet.com/news/silicon-valley-talent-wars-engineers-come-get-your-250k-salary/

Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on August 05, 2015, 02:16:22 PM
Poor Hitchbot:  (*sniff*)

When hitchBOT the hitchhiking robot started his journey in Boston two weeks ago he wanted to see the entire country. Unfortunately, he never made it out of the Northeast. The researchers who built hitchBOT announced today that they need to stop the experiment because hitchBOT was vandalized in Philadelphia.

The goal of the hitchhiking trip was to see how humans would interact with hitchBOT. And apparently the answer was “not well.” HitchBOT has been around the world, including trips across the entirety of Canada and Germany without major incident. But America is clearly a hard land for our robot brothers and sisters.

(http://i939.photobucket.com/albums/ad239/fotogalri/1370872643322580396_zpsk83einbs.jpg)

(http://i939.photobucket.com/albums/ad239/fotogalri/1370872643588849068_zpsahj6ggzd.jpg)

http://paleofuture.gizmodo.com/hitchhiking-robot-lasts-just-two-weeks-in-us-because-hu-1721544551 (http://paleofuture.gizmodo.com/hitchhiking-robot-lasts-just-two-weeks-in-us-because-hu-1721544551)

But alas, he was found:
http://paleofuture.gizmodo.com/whoever-found-hitchbot-brought-him-to-see-kevin-smith-l-1722226588 (http://paleofuture.gizmodo.com/whoever-found-hitchbot-brought-him-to-see-kevin-smith-l-1722226588)

Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 05, 2016, 03:01:17 AM
Beginning this month (March), Canada's cable giants will begin offering customers new "pick-and-pay" packages, which includes a $25 basic cable "starter" package.  In part, thanks to the CRTC that decreed that the cable companies needed to offer consumers more choice in the channels (and pricing) available, as a means of making the entire cable package more feasible.

Well, has it, or more to the point, will it?  It's doubtful, and, according to consumers who've already tried it out, in the end, one ends up to pay more for certain channels added, rather than less, as a whole.

Hmm.  Smart economics, eh?  (*sic*)

Here's the story:
https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/25-basic-tv-package-deal-184300582.html
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: TML fan on April 10, 2016, 05:17:45 PM
Anyone here with Teksavvy? Thinking of making a switch.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: herman on April 10, 2016, 06:54:23 PM
Anyone here with Teksavvy? Thinking of making a switch.

Yeah. What would you like to know?
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: TML fan on April 10, 2016, 07:30:29 PM
Anyone here with Teksavvy? Thinking of making a switch.

Yeah. What would you like to know?

What kind of service plan you have, how reliable it is, how their customer service is? Cable or DSL?
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: herman on April 11, 2016, 06:07:31 PM
Anyone here with Teksavvy? Thinking of making a switch.

Yeah. What would you like to know?

What kind of service plan you have, how reliable it is, how their customer service is? Cable or DSL?

I've used their service twice: once with cable and now with DSL (moved apartment units). Internet service is pretty solid once you get it going.

They're a reseller for Rogers/Bell/Telus lines, so on-site stuff relies on those technicians anyway. Customer service by phone has always been responsive and forthcoming, but you will be on hold for a bit sometimes. I haven't really experienced many other ISPs for residential internet, but I have no horror stories regarding TekSavvy.

I'm currently on DSL 25/10. Prices aren't rock bottom, but they're way better than the big 3, especially with the bandwidth tiers they allot.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: TML fan on April 12, 2016, 12:25:38 PM
Thanks herman! How long did it take for your service to get going?
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Dappleganger on April 12, 2016, 12:33:04 PM
I have teksavvy which piggybacks Cogeco here in Rockwood.

Reliability has been good, much better than the Rogers I had previously. Customer support has been good.

I pay $62.09 including tax for 40mb d/l and 10 u/l with a 400GB cap.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: TML fan on April 12, 2016, 01:29:19 PM
Thanks guys! Im thinking of going with the unlimited DSL 15 package. That's the speed I'm getting now with Bell, but almost $40 cheaper. I just want to get as much info as possible before I make the switch. Thanks again!

I was looking on their website at the cable internet as well, but it says their modems for cable have no wireless capabilities. Can you not just get your own modem or do you have to use one of theirs?
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bullfrog on April 12, 2016, 01:43:50 PM
just get a cheap wireless router.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: herman on April 12, 2016, 02:12:08 PM
Thanks herman! How long did it take for your service to get going?

I'd budget about two days to get going: getting the hardware, and then scheduling the technician that comes in, which TekSavvy will coordinate with Bell in the case of DSL.

Since you're already on DSL, there isn't much to do, so it shouldn't take long.

I was looking on their website at the cable internet as well, but it says their modems for cable have no wireless capabilities. Can you not just get your own modem or do you have to use one of theirs?

You can source your own cable or DSL modem (they provide the model numbers/specifications and hunt around for suitable prices. I got my cable modem from NCIX and I had a spare wireless router to go with it. Those I had to program to get going, but that wasn't difficult (since I do this sort of thing for work anyway).

Now that I'm on DSL, I just went with TekSavvy's device which they pre-program before shipping out to you; it's a combo modem/router device so there's less to program, but a single point of failure.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: TML fan on April 12, 2016, 08:15:03 PM
I appreciate all the help guys! I think I'm going to make the switch. I just cancelled my satellite tv with Bell and am switching to Wind next week. I'll be saving over $200 a month by switching ISP to Teksavvy. Kind of a no brainer.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Deebo on April 12, 2016, 08:23:14 PM
I just moved to their 100Mbps service, very happy so far.

Download speeds over 10MB/sec with it.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: TML fan on April 13, 2016, 12:30:15 PM
I just moved to their 100Mbps service, very happy so far.

Download speeds over 10MB/sec with it.

If their DSL service goes well for me, that's definitely on my list for an upgrade. Glad to hear it's working out for you. I'm assuming you have a router to give you wireless capabilities?
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: harps64 on April 13, 2016, 12:53:49 PM
Been with Teksavvy for almost 3 yrs now and very happy with the service. I have 30Mbps and 150 MB for $48 including tax per month. I think the package is called 30 cable lite. We do a lot of streaming as well with Kodi, never any buffering issues.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Zee on April 13, 2016, 01:51:33 PM
Been with Teksavvy for almost 3 yrs now and very happy with the service. I have 30Mbps and 150 MB for $48 including tax per month. I think the package is called 30 cable lite. We do a lot of streaming as well with Kodi, never any buffering issues.

I've been with Teksavvy about 2 years now and have only had occasional issues.  When they do have issues it seems to last on and off for days.  Earlier this year I had terrible speeds and lost connection for a few days in a row, but overall i'm happy.  I'm on 35 down/3up plan that I don't think they offer anymore.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on November 30, 2016, 01:26:18 AM
Look Ma, no driver!  Have yourself a seat and watch a Tesla being driven driverless... (the human in the car is there for legal purposes):


https://techvibes.com/2016/10/20/autonomous-tesla-drive-itself-around-town
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Frank E on December 14, 2016, 04:13:01 PM
I need some help here...my laptop crapped out, so I'm on the hunt for a new one...also a deal.

I use it for work, and my wife uses it for netflix.  Mostly Office software usage, and I've got about 160000 emails (backed up on Office exchange Server)...here's what I believe I need:

i3 minimum
256GB SSD
touchscreen, and keyboard preferably with number pad due to extensive Excel usage
8GB   

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Nik the Trik on December 15, 2016, 11:58:34 AM
I might be wrong about this but I've been semi-seriously shopping for a Laptop for sometime now, my current one is four years on and barely hanging on, and I haven't seen much in the way of real deals or even much variance at any price point. Basically it seems like you set your budget and get what the industry has decided that buys you. From what I've read it seems less like hardware specs are going to be the difference and more reliability/design/battery life that swings from brand to brand.

This is what I've been looking at recently: Dell Inspiron 7000 (http://www.dell.com/ca/p/inspiron-13-7368-2-in-1-laptop/pd?cs=cadhs1&~ck=mn). Seems like it'd meet your criteria except for the number pad.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Frank E on December 15, 2016, 12:11:16 PM

I might be wrong about this but I've been semi-seriously shopping for a Laptop for sometime now, my current one is four years on and barely hanging on, and I haven't seen much in the way of real deals or even much variance at any price point. Basically it seems like you set your budget and get what the industry has decided that buys you. From what I've read it seems less like hardware specs are going to be the difference and more reliability/design/battery life that swings from brand to brand.

Thanks Nik.  After speaking with some more knowledgeable folks, they seem to agree with you.

I'm hoping for a boxing week deal on something on Amazon.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Frank E on December 15, 2016, 12:16:52 PM
This one is interesting:

http://www.costco.ca/HP-Envy-x360-15-AQ123CA-Bilingual-Notebook%2c-i7-7500U.product.100323899.html
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: McGarnagle on December 15, 2016, 07:09:21 PM
I'm hoping for a boxing week deal on something on Amazon.

I'm by no means an expert, but I get a new laptop every two years for the last twenty years through work - I've had Dells, HPs, IBMs/Lenovos, etc etc. None were markedly more reliable than the other. If I was buying one for myself, I'd likely buy it from Costco simply due to their exchange/return policy.... I think it's 90 days, as opposed to the 30 day standard, and they'll take back a half eaten sandwich - which is nice because a lot of retailers are horrible with post-sale issues and simply refer the customer back to the manufacturer with any issues. I've heard of some full on nightmares dealing with some of the other big box stores and their apathy and fine print.

Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on December 16, 2016, 02:10:17 AM
This one's appealing though no optical drive. Seems to incorporate a (separate) numbered keypad.  Powerful enough for business, multi-tasking, and gaming.  Have a look:


 https://www.amazon.ca/ASUS-Laptop-Intel-256GB-Windows/dp/B0146DD02G (https://www.amazon.ca/ASUS-Laptop-Intel-256GB-Windows/dp/B0146DD02G)
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Frank E on December 16, 2016, 10:40:20 AM
Thanks for your help guys and girl...the Dell Nik suggested is at $999 on bestbuy online, but no number keypad.  Seems like a deal though too.

The hf1 suggestion almost fits, but no touchscreen.

And the costco one I suggested just went down to $1009.  I'm tempted to pull the trigger there, but I think I'll still wait for boxing week.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on December 16, 2016, 03:05:49 PM
Thanks for your help guys and girl...the Dell Nik suggested is at $999 on bestbuy online, but no number keypad.  Seems like a deal though too.

The hf1 suggestion almost fits, but no touchscreen.

And the costco one I suggested just went down to $1009.  I'm tempted to pull the trigger there, but I think I'll still wait for boxing week.

Any tech savvy friends? You could build a rig twice as powerful for half the price if you assemble yourself.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Nik the Trik on December 16, 2016, 03:47:24 PM
Any tech savvy friends? You could build a rig twice as powerful for half the price if you assemble yourself.

Huh. I've heard of people doing that with desktops before but never with laptops.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on December 16, 2016, 03:52:44 PM
Any tech savvy friends? You could build a rig twice as powerful for half the price if you assemble yourself.

Huh. I've heard of people doing that with desktops before but never with laptops.

You're correct, my mistake.

EDIT: It is possible btw, just a much longer process requiring a lot more technical ability.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Frank E on December 16, 2016, 04:10:28 PM
Any tech savvy friends? You could build a rig twice as powerful for half the price if you assemble yourself.

Huh. I've heard of people doing that with desktops before but never with laptops.

You're correct, my mistake.

EDIT: It is possible btw, just a much longer process requiring a lot more technical ability.

Thanks for nothing WIGWAL.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on December 16, 2016, 04:23:36 PM
(http://memecrunch.com/meme/BN695/lulz/image.gif?w=400&c=1)
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: herman on December 16, 2016, 04:33:59 PM
Some companies used to provide barebones laptop shells and you just pick your own internals (RAM, CPU, Storage). Last time I did this was in university with an ASUS so I don't think they do this anymore.

Performance wise, pretty much anything out there with an i3+ is going to be more than enough for your usage.

Just find whatever meets your input/output and size/portability and battery needs, then sub out the hard drive with an SSD. They are usually cheaper after market (newegg, Canada computers, NCIX) rather than trying to find a higher capacity build. And then with a hard drive dock or enclosure, you've got another external storage option with the original drive.

All you need are a set of screwdrivers (probably smaller Torx) and a dock or enclosure that you can use to clone the hard drive onto the SSD.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Frank E on December 16, 2016, 08:03:21 PM
Some companies used to provide barebones laptop shells and you just pick your own internals (RAM, CPU, Storage). Last time I did this was in university with an ASUS so I don't think they do this anymore.

Performance wise, pretty much anything out there with an i3+ is going to be more than enough for your usage.

Just find whatever meets your input/output and size/portability and battery needs, then sub out the hard drive with an SSD. They are usually cheaper after market (newegg, Canada computers, NCIX) rather than trying to find a higher capacity build. And then with a hard drive dock or enclosure, you've got another external storage option with the original drive.

All you need are a set of screwdrivers (probably smaller Torx) and a dock or enclosure that you can use to clone the hard drive onto the SSD.

I like to think that I'm a pretty smart guy, successful, reasonable, knowledgeable, and stuff....i have no F'ing idea what those last 2 paragraphs are talking bout.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: herman on December 16, 2016, 08:55:41 PM
Just find whatever meets your input/output and size/portability and battery needs, then sub out the hard drive with an SSD. They are usually cheaper after market (newegg, Canada computers, NCIX) rather than trying to find a higher capacity build. And then with a hard drive dock or enclosure, you've got another external storage option with the original drive.

All you need are a set of screwdrivers (probably smaller Torx) and a dock or enclosure that you can use to clone the hard drive onto the SSD.

I like to think that I'm a pretty smart guy, successful, reasonable, knowledgeable, and stuff....i have no F'ing idea what those last 2 paragraphs are talking bout.

I'm on a keyboard now, so I can elaborate a bit.

Pre-built laptop notebooks sold in stores will give you price tiers for various performance upgrades (CPU, RAM, Storage) per size model. In most laptops of the size you're looking for, RAM and Storage are upgradable, so they shouldn't be the things that rule good value options out. For example, vendors will place a price premium on RAM and SSD drives and ramp that up by size. It's a bit the same with any large investment purchase: there are some things that will be easily upgradable, while other things are your limiting factors.

RAM and SSD prices are fortunately usually lower when you buy them separately, so you can sort of save that way. If the laptop you purchase ends up being a hard disk, then you can pick up a Solid State Disk of the size you want that will take the place of the original disk.

All hard drives/SSDs are sold blank obviously, so you'd need to transfer the OS, drivers, and software and what have you onto the new disk, and the easiest way to do that is with a removable disk enclosure, or hard drive dock, or data cable (so that the original disk and the new disk can communicate), and then use (free) cloning software to copy the data over. The benefit will be you get SSD speeds on your computer, and your original drive can be reformatted as an additional storage.

tl:dr; if you didn't really understand that, it'll be easier to just buy what you want  :D
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Frank E on December 17, 2016, 07:13:38 AM
Just find whatever meets your input/output and size/portability and battery needs, then sub out the hard drive with an SSD. They are usually cheaper after market (newegg, Canada computers, NCIX) rather than trying to find a higher capacity build. And then with a hard drive dock or enclosure, you've got another external storage option with the original drive.

All you need are a set of screwdrivers (probably smaller Torx) and a dock or enclosure that you can use to clone the hard drive onto the SSD.

I like to think that I'm a pretty smart guy, successful, reasonable, knowledgeable, and stuff....i have no F'ing idea what those last 2 paragraphs are talking bout.

I'm on a keyboard now, so I can elaborate a bit.

Pre-built laptop notebooks sold in stores will give you price tiers for various performance upgrades (CPU, RAM, Storage) per size model. In most laptops of the size you're looking for, RAM and Storage are upgradable, so they shouldn't be the things that rule good value options out. For example, vendors will place a price premium on RAM and SSD drives and ramp that up by size. It's a bit the same with any large investment purchase: there are some things that will be easily upgradable, while other things are your limiting factors.

RAM and SSD prices are fortunately usually lower when you buy them separately, so you can sort of save that way. If the laptop you purchase ends up being a hard disk, then you can pick up a Solid State Disk of the size you want that will take the place of the original disk.

All hard drives/SSDs are sold blank obviously, so you'd need to transfer the OS, drivers, and software and what have you onto the new disk, and the easiest way to do that is with a removable disk enclosure, or hard drive dock, or data cable (so that the original disk and the new disk can communicate), and then use (free) cloning software to copy the data over. The benefit will be you get SSD speeds on your computer, and your original drive can be reformatted as an additional storage.

tl:dr; if you didn't really understand that, it'll be easier to just buy what you want  :D

Thanks herman, that does make some sense.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bullfrog on December 18, 2016, 09:22:49 AM

Thanks herman, that does make some sense.

Just buy what you need and live with the fact that you were too technically incompetent and lazy to waste two hours of your time trying to not f-up your new laptop.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: McGarnagle on December 18, 2016, 11:45:40 AM
I can't remember the last time I saw a laptop with a number pad built in to the keyboard. I guess small and light is the selling feature, and this isn't real estate that's necessary any more.

I use one of these.
https://www.amazon.ca/Targus-AKP10US-Numeric-Keypad/dp/B002NURRL0
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Frank E on December 19, 2016, 10:05:03 AM

Thanks herman, that does make some sense.

Just buy what you need and live with the fact that you were too technically incompetent and lazy to waste two hours of your time trying to not f-up your new laptop.

Thank you for your helpful advice.  I'd like to invite you to have romantic intercourse with yourself.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Frank E on December 19, 2016, 10:14:16 AM
I can't remember the last time I saw a laptop with a number pad built in to the keyboard. I guess small and light is the selling feature, and this isn't real estate that's necessary any more.

I use one of these.
https://www.amazon.ca/Targus-AKP10US-Numeric-Keypad/dp/B002NURRL0

Small and light is secondary to my being able to use it effectively, sir.  I don't want to carry around a stupid dumb accessory like that stupid thing you use like an idiot.

Thank you for your valuable input.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bates on December 19, 2016, 10:41:13 AM
When I bought last year I think it was HP and ASUS who seemed to have a numeric keypad on most models.  As someone who travels and does accounting on a lap top the plug in jobbie is a pain in the butt.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: LuncheonMeat on December 19, 2016, 01:37:48 PM
Thanks for your help guys and girl...the Dell Nik suggested is at $999 on bestbuy online, but no number keypad.  Seems like a deal though too.

The hf1 suggestion almost fits, but no touchscreen.

And the costco one I suggested just went down to $1009.  I'm tempted to pull the trigger there, but I think I'll still wait for boxing week.

More to what Nik suggested, a number of Dell machines actually have full keyboards with numeric keypad. Most of the Inspiron models have the full keyboard. I did a search for Inspiron 15 series with touch screen and numeric keyboard, so most of these should meet your needs. You just need to decide between Intel/AMD (this battle has raged for years). Click on the link for the base 15 series model (15" screen). Once you get there, click the green 'customize and buy' button and you can play around with the configuration and see an adjusting price as you go.

http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-15-5567-laptop/pd?oc=cai155w10ph2397&model_id=inspiron-15-5567-laptop&l=en&s=bsd

Edit: no SSD available in the customization options, so if you're dead set on that you're out of look here. One thing to consider, if you're not gaming or using resource intense apps, you probably won't notice the performance difference with a SSD.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Frank E on December 19, 2016, 01:53:09 PM
Thanks LM, I'm told to go with the SSD because the storage I use would bog down a big regular drive.

Does that make sense to you?
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: LuncheonMeat on December 19, 2016, 02:11:12 PM
Thanks LM, I'm told to go with the SSD because the storage I use would bog down a big regular drive.

Does that make sense to you?

I suppose. I've always built my own machines (PC), and you can overcome those issues with more RAM, faster processor, etc. Your choices on laptops are much more limited, unless you want to drop a lot of $$ (a 1TB SSD is about $300 on its own). To add a SSD to a Dell laptop takes you out of the 15 series and into their more high-end products. Now you'll drop closer to $2K and probably not get your numeric keyboard.

I would probably go hit a big box store to see what's out there, and then narrow down the field with a little online research.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Bullfrog on December 19, 2016, 04:11:19 PM
Thanks LM, I'm told to go with the SSD because the storage I use would bog down a big regular drive.

Does that make sense to you?

Not really. The beauty of SSDs is that they start up and run programs much quicker. And cost is a factor. On my custom-built work stations in my office, I put in smaller SSDs (128 to 256GB) that have my operating system and software and all data is on a conventional HDD. Machines run fantastic.

No doubt, the future is SSD, but it's a cost trade-off in today's market. With an optical HDD, you should defrag it on occasion. No need to do so on an SSD.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: herman on December 19, 2016, 10:37:59 PM
Not really. The beauty of SSDs is that they start up and run programs much quicker. And cost is a factor. On my custom-built work stations in my office, I put in smaller SSDs (128 to 256GB) that have my operating system and software and all data is on a conventional HDD. Machines run fantastic.

No doubt, the future is SSD, but it's a cost trade-off in today's market. With an optical HDD, you should defrag it on occasion. No need to do so on an SSD.

This is the way to go, but not quite possible on laptops unless you get an adapter subs out the CD/DVD drive. Seagate has a hybrid SSD/HDD drive out but manufacturers don't bother including those as options.

Bullfrog is absolutely correct in that SSDs $/GB is much higher than HDDs' in general at this time, but they can be had from wholesalers for less than the upgrade costs laptop companies charge (provided the machine you're looking at is upgradable).

Might be easiest to just get a separate keyboard (wired or wireless) that includes a number pad to go with whatever computer you think is the best deal with SSD, or something like this: http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/insignia-insignia-usb-numeric-keypad-ns-pnk6a01-c-ns-pnk6a01-c/10368936.aspx
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Rob on December 21, 2016, 04:58:54 PM
https://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msca/en_CA/pdp/Dell-Inspiron-15-i5559-4682SLV-Signature-Edition-Laptop/productID.333111400?tduid=(211df1df9ee820edab4d9628475c8f0e)(240780)(2316686)(CAqD7bLWUPI-mFQqXZkf61hlsZfoE9VRKw)()
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Frank E on December 21, 2016, 06:49:28 PM
That's a pretty great deal, right?
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Rob on December 21, 2016, 07:59:38 PM
That's a pretty great deal, right?

Checks all your boxes, except for the SSD.  If you find that you really need an SSD it's easy enough to swap out and re-install Windows.

Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: madkenstalin on December 22, 2016, 11:13:17 AM
SSD is the best upgrade on any computers i've installed. Though I don't have one on my own laptop as it doesn't give me the storage i require, and I don't want to mess about with NAS drives for music etc.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Rob on December 22, 2016, 06:11:26 PM
Here's another one, with an SSD but $200 more;

http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/acer-acer-aspire-e-15-6-laptop-black-intel-i5-7200u-256-ssd-8gb-ram-nvidia-940mx-windows-10-e5-575g-55nw/10497405.aspx?path=0cd901e6e3dfa28970b5d143aba0f175en02
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 26, 2017, 05:22:35 PM
TED Conference given by His Holiness Pope Francis.  He touched on many topics but particularly on the impact science & technology, and how it affects our world, it's people, being both positive and negative in scope.  In other words,  "there is no 'you' without an 'us' ":

"In this complicated and often confusing world, Pope Francis has become possibly the only moral voice capable of reaching people across boundaries and providing clarity and a compelling message of hope," said Bruno Giussani, TED's international curator, who finally coaxed Francis into participating.

The theme of TED's conference was "The Future You," and Francis did what he does best, delivering a plainspoken sermon on the importance of interconnection and tenderness. Essentially, he told the academics and innovators, scientists and techies, there is no "you," without an "us."

"Quite a few years of life have strengthened my conviction that each and everyone's existence is deeply tied to that of others," Francis said. "Life is not time merely passing by, life is about interactions."

Pope Francis said scientific and technological innovation is fine, but not when it blinds us to the suffering of people sitting next to us on the subway.

"How wonderful would it be, while we discover faraway planets, to rediscover the needs of the brothers and sisters orbiting around us," he said.

Too often, Francis continued, modern "techno-economic" systems put products ahead of technology.

"People's paths are riddled with suffering, as everything is centered around money, and things, instead of people."

"A single individual is enough for hope to exist, and that individual can be you. And then there will be another 'you,' and another 'you,' and it turns into an 'us.' And so, does hope begin when we have an 'us?' No. Hope began with one 'you.' When there is an 'us,' there begins a revolution.

"Tenderness means to use our eyes to see the other, our ears to hear the other, to listen to the children, the poor, those who are afraid of the future," Francis said in his TED talk. "To listen also to the silent cry of our common home, of our sick polluted Earth...."

Tenderness isn't for the weak, the Pope continued. It takes spiritual and emotional strength to empathize and act on behalf of the neediest. And the alternative, arrogant and out-of-touch leaders, are like fall-down drunks who ruin the party for everyone.

...the more powerful you are, the more your actions will have an impact on people, the more responsible you are to act humbly. If you don't, your power will ruin you, and you will ruin the other."

Good thing, then, that politicians and big companies don't own the future, Francis said. We do.


http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/26/world/pope-ted-talk/
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on October 20, 2017, 05:26:29 AM
Google's parent company Alphabet, is planning to build a residential/commercial/environmentally-conscious neighborhood on the Eastern part of the waterfront.  It will blend hi-tech with the above description, yes, including driverless cars:

Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on November 20, 2017, 03:45:50 AM
The future of medical diagnosis and what it will mean for both doctors & patients:

As well as being more effective, treatment will become more efficient, says David Agus, a professor of medicine and engineering at the University of Southern California. According to Agus, who is also a bestselling author on the future of health, personalized treatment and preventive strategies will lessen the financial burden on the system.

“It’s testing the right patient at the right juncture in life,” he says. Women now have a colonoscopy and a mammogram when they turn 50 even though thousands of people under that age die of breast and colon cancer every year. “Soon you’ll be able to say with accuracy whether or not you will develop a particular disease, so you and your doctor can immediately discuss prevention. This will lower health-care costs over time.”

That is the best part, something I've always hoped should be done.  If only this had come to fruition decades ago...nevertheless, prevention is the key. 
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Heroic Shrimp on December 07, 2017, 10:27:48 PM
I picked up an Amazon Echo on it's launch day in Canada.  Very happy with it, but there's still much to explore about what it can do.  They've definitely Canadianized Alexa, from (when asked) her favourite sport (curling), to her favourite song (Fifty Mission Cap), to her favourite hockey team (Montreal).  But seriously, what Habs fan has Fifty Mission Cap as their favourite song?
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Rob on December 07, 2017, 10:56:39 PM
I picked up an Amazon Echo on it's launch day in Canada.  Very happy with it, but there's still much to explore about what it can do.  They've definitely Canadianized Alexa, from (when asked) her favourite sport (curling), to her favourite song (Fifty Mission Cap), to her favourite hockey team (Montreal).  But seriously, what Habs fan has Fifty Mission Cap as their favourite song?

I'd return it.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Zee on December 08, 2017, 09:05:15 AM
I picked up an Amazon Echo on it's launch day in Canada.  Very happy with it, but there's still much to explore about what it can do.  They've definitely Canadianized Alexa, from (when asked) her favourite sport (curling), to her favourite song (Fifty Mission Cap), to her favourite hockey team (Montreal).  But seriously, what Habs fan has Fifty Mission Cap as their favourite song?

I'd return it.

Good call.  Google Home Mini is only $39 and doesn't like the Habs as their favorite team.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Nik the Trik on December 08, 2017, 09:10:23 AM

Well, the important thing is that you let either Google or Amazon have an always on microphone in your home.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on December 08, 2017, 09:56:55 AM
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Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate on December 08, 2017, 10:09:23 AM
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You win!
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Zee on December 08, 2017, 10:20:33 AM
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You win!

They can eavesdrop all they want at my place.  All they're hear is "c'mon SHOOT!  Dammit Polak what are you doing!???"
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Coco-puffs on December 08, 2017, 10:59:10 AM
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You win!

They can eavesdrop all they want at my place.  All they're hear is "c'mon SHOOT!  Dammit Polak what are you doing!???"

Somehow, your next foray onto the internet has Polak jerseys' advertised :P
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Nik the Trik on December 08, 2017, 11:02:12 AM
Somehow, your next foray onto the internet has Polak jerseys' advertised :P

And if the microphone is a little static-y some of the things we say about the coach might lead to very interesting search results.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Nik the Trik on December 09, 2017, 03:22:50 PM

I just upgraded my phone from a Galaxy Note 4 to a Galaxy S8+ and I have to say...phone technology isn't exactly leaping ahead the way it felt like it used to. The S8+ is nice and everything, and it cost me nothing as my plan had expired anyway, but I'm doing my best to find significant differences between it and the 3 year old phone I was using.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on December 09, 2017, 03:53:08 PM
I’m still using the IPhone 6 for much the same reason, I’ve had a free upgrade available for well over a year and just haven’t seen anything that is miles better. 
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Heroic Shrimp on December 10, 2017, 08:37:56 AM
Well, the important thing is that you let either Google or Amazon have an always on microphone in your home.

Yes, like all household appliances, the Echo microphone does have the natural design flaw that it's on unless it's turned off.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Frank E on December 10, 2017, 11:11:31 AM
Well, the important thing is that you let either Google or Amazon have an always on microphone in your home.

Yes, like all household appliances, the Echo microphone does have the natural design flaw that it's on unless it's turned off.

I thought that the point of these things is that they were always on, at your beck and call to answer whatever you were wondering about at any moment?
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Nik the Trik on December 10, 2017, 12:26:03 PM
Well, the important thing is that you let either Google or Amazon have an always on microphone in your home.

Yes, like all household appliances, the Echo microphone does have the natural design flaw that it's on unless it's turned off.

Um, excuse me. I think your fair-minded practicality is interfering with my cheap and easy cynicism.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Heroic Shrimp on December 10, 2017, 12:52:32 PM
Well, the important thing is that you let either Google or Amazon have an always on microphone in your home.

Yes, like all household appliances, the Echo microphone does have the natural design flaw that it's on unless it's turned off.

I thought that the point of these things is that they were always on, at your beck and call to answer whatever you were wondering about at any moment?

The Echo microphone does have the natural design feature that can be turned on.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Zee on December 10, 2017, 01:13:58 PM
Well, the important thing is that you let either Google or Amazon have an always on microphone in your home.

Yes, like all household appliances, the Echo microphone does have the natural design flaw that it's on unless it's turned off.

I thought that the point of these things is that they were always on, at your beck and call to answer whatever you were wondering about at any moment?

The Echo microphone does have the natural design feature that can be turned on.
Yeah there's an on/off listening switch for the Google home as well
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Heroic Shrimp on December 10, 2017, 02:25:06 PM
Well, the important thing is that you let either Google or Amazon have an always on microphone in your home.

Yes, like all household appliances, the Echo microphone does have the natural design flaw that it's on unless it's turned off.

I thought that the point of these things is that they were always on, at your beck and call to answer whatever you were wondering about at any moment?

The Echo microphone does have the natural design feature that can be turned on.

Yeah there's an on/off listening switch for the Google home as well

As there should be.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Nik the Trik on December 10, 2017, 03:25:40 PM
As there should be.

This is true but, to defend my nonsense a little, they're not really being sold as things that you just turn on to use because then they're not really any more convenient than asking Siri or looking something up with Google Assistant or whatever.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: bustaheims on December 10, 2017, 05:02:54 PM
I’m still using the IPhone 6 for much the same reason, I’ve had a free upgrade available for well over a year and just haven’t seen anything that is miles better.

The iPhone X is jump, but not necessarily the kind we saw in the earlier days of smartphones. Not having a home button takes some getting used to, but the wireless charging is a really nice addition, and being able unlock my phone with my face is pretty fun. There's a few hardware upgrades that they don't really have apps to fully take advantage of (the augmented reality stuff, the facial mapping with the front camera, etc), but there's stuff.

Really, though, as it's probably not one of the phone you can get for free, it's not worth the upgrade from the 6 to the 8 unless your phone is having issues.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: Heroic Shrimp on December 10, 2017, 11:29:41 PM
As there should be.

This is true but, to defend my nonsense a little, they're not really being sold as things that you just turn on to use because then they're not really any more convenient than asking Siri or looking something up with Google Assistant or whatever.

No, for sure.  I haven't turned off the microphone, other than to actually test pushing that button.
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on August 10, 2018, 07:46:33 AM
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 "Unpacking" event -- official unveiling:

https://youtu.be/zm5o8exbQN0
Title: Re: The Official Technology Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 15, 2018, 08:11:12 AM
Apple introduces three new iPhones:

https://youtu.be/1kQ-mWgyZSQ (https://youtu.be/1kQ-mWgyZSQ)

Compare Xs & Xs Max models in 3D:
https://www.hotspot3d.com (https://www.hotspot3d.com)