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Canon today formally introduced a brand-new campaign consisting of a pilot place in Calgary, Alberta, Canada that follows the experience of physical retail projects like Apple Stores and Microsoft ’ s recent brick-and-mortar locations, giving consumers opportunities for hands-on experiences in a space not shared with various other brands. Canon ’ s new “ Image Square ” isn ’ t a shop per se, however it is a display room and finding out center that sounds like it gets a loan a lot from the Apple model. Canon initially piloted the Image Square concept in India last year, and it appears to have succeeded enough to warrant further expansion.
The store that isn ’ t a shop will be found in downtown Calgary, and provides hands-on experiences with Canon products including sculptural exhibitions for testing point-and-shoots, DSLRs, lenses and add-ons all on interesting visual subjects. The concept is to offer a try-before-you-buy experience, however one that actually involves bending those photographic muscles on something besides various other cameras or monotonous electronic devices displays, as you may discover in your typical camera shop or Finest Buy. Personnel on hand could offer recommendations and provide trials, and there ’ s a completely useful picture studio on website with access to pro image software. All acquisitions are still made with Canon ’ s retail partners, nevertheless; this is practically program, not offer.
One of the more intriguing elements associateded with the Image Square is an image gallery curated by 500px, the Toronto-based photo sharing website that ’ s prominent among expert and lover photographers. In the Calgary area, it ’ ll display works from Alberta-based photographers utilizing Canon kit to show exactly what ’ s possible using their gear.
The partnership is considerable for 500px, since it provides it a location of importance with an established user in the photography globe, right together with big gamers like Adobe and others. Canon likewise seems to be keen on rolling even more of these out in time, meanings this can become a great way to get the photo sharing network in front of more energetic and exercising photographers all around the world. And for Canon, it indicates a feasible answer to the question of the best ways to keep customers buying cameras in a globe where the smartphone is taking over much of that market.
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After having seen its mug plastered all over the net in the days leading up to its release, actually playing with LG and Google’s brand-new Nexus 4 appeared a bit anti-climactic. I indicate, when you’ve seen a gadget like that split open and positioned for your enjoyment, it felt like there wasn’t much I didn’t currently learn about the thing.
Oh exactly how wrong I was.
The very first thing I saw when I selected up the Nexus 4 is exactly how extremely sturdy it feels. In spite of being an LG device, the Nexus 4 does not truly seem like one– it’s far much more strong and slab-like than the plasticky mobile phones that the company has actually churned out in the past. This may appear unusual, however I once I picked it up and got a feeling for its heft, I could not withstand the desire to tap the thing on the table a couple of times simply to see how it held up (the answer: quite perfectly).
Turning the thing over exposes the funky patterned finish that we’ve seen prior to, and it catches and reflects light in some intriguing means. To be sincere, it seems a bit too fancy for a Nexus gadget (previous Nexus phones were greatly complimentary of aesthetic style), however that’s just me selecting nits. I get the feeling that Nexus devotees will certainly either enjoy or dislike the method the Nexus 4 looks, and in the meantime I’m caught right in the middle.
Mentioning looks, the Nexus 4 (as you’ve probably currently heard) runs Android 4.2, which does not wander off too far from the aesthetic seen in Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean. You can easily inspect out a much more comprehensive listing of tweaks and additions here, however one modification in specific tossed me for a bit of a loop– the app launcher now sports five columns of apps instead of the customary 4.
At the same time, the Nexus 4′s show represents a big action forward from the one seen in its predecessor. Don’t get me incorrect, I adore my Galaxy Nexus to bits, but the Pentile sub-pixel configuration implied icons and text didn’t perform smooth as I would’ve includinged. Luckily, the Nexus 4′s 4.7-inch 720p IPS panel rendered colors vibrantly and properly, but I think my eyes have grown accustomed to the method colors pop on AMOLED panels.
That’s all well and good, but just how does the thing run? Well, it’s always challenging to judge a phone’s performance after only playing with it for a couple of moments, however the whole thing– from swiping with web pages of widgets and apps to scrolling through long listings of emails– was as snappy as you would expect from a top-tier Nexus mobile phone. Of course, we have actually got LG’s Optimus G to thank for that because both devices share the same 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2GB of RAM. To trot out a well-worn Android cliche, the experience was downright buttery, and I’m anticipating truly putting this thing through its speeds.
I ’ ll refrain from making sweeping judgments for now, however the Nexus 4 managed to make a sturdy impression during the few quick moments we shared together. Anticipate a deeper dive into Google’s most recent Nexus phone later on this week after I have actually had some significant playtime, but in the meantime delight in the rest of these pictures.
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We’d previously heard rumors that HTC and Facebook were working together on a new Android smartphone back in April, and now there’s a second source: Bloomberg West. The news program’s Twitter account posted that the rumored phone, which DigiTimes had said was going to be released in 2012, is now headed for a release in the middle of next year. Other than that, details are still slim — and of course there’s no official word yet from either Facebook or HTC — but we’ll keep you updated with any new information.
— Bloomberg West (@BloombergWest) July 25, 2012
Rumors swirling around Microsoft’s mystery occasion on Monday have actually regularly focused on a tablet, but if TechCrunch sources are right, Microsoft could only play a partial function in the venture. The unveiling, according to the claims, might instead be a tablet, e-reader or a crossover of the two created in teamwork with Barnes & Noble– a business that merely recently set up a hazy partnership with Microsoft after numerous months of legal wrangling over Android and the Nook. The slate might not feature Windows 8 RT at all, despite earlier assertions, but that’s not to state that Microsoft wouldn’t be breaking ground in additional locations. One of the reported insiders thinks it can be the 1st gadget without the Microsoft badge to get Xbox Live online video streaming, which could describe Redmond’s eagerness to turn Xbox into a basic media brand at its E3 keynote. It’s still really much unknown if there will be any type of hardware at all, although choices to host the occasion in the media capital of Los Angeles and remove the invitation from any sort of existing Microsoft division supply a minimum of indirect support for the notion. Whatever occurs, we’ll be there tomorrow to offer you the lowdown.
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It’s obvious to all that the point-and-shoot camera’s days are numbered — even point-and-shoot camera manufacturers. After all, it’s difficult to compete with the increasing quality of smartphone sensors and lenses, especially when you factor in the wealth of camera apps (perhaps you’ve heard of Instagram) that have the potential to take photos beyond dull snapshots. How can compact cameras compete? Well, if you’re Casio, you re-release a model from last year and give it the ability to stick anime characters in your pictures.
The snappily-named Doraemon’s Bell x Casio Exilim EX-Z3000 is based on the 16-megapixel, 8x zoom EX-Z3000 that came out last year, but features popular manga robot cat Doraemon both on the outside and in — you…
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Cisco CEO John Chambers explains how abandoning command-and-control leadership has enabled the company to innovate more quickly, using collaboration and teamwork.
PingChat! becomes Touch, delivers real-time social collaboration to Android, BlackBerry and iOS (video)
13 million PingChat! users will soon find their cross-platform instant messaging companion taking on a more social and interactive life. Today, Enflick is announcing a new platform for communication known simply as Touch. In addition to being available as a separate download, existing PingChat! users will be presented with an upgrade that maintains their existing user names and contacts. Rather than working from predefined lists or blasting messages to all contacts, Touch allows users to determine specifically who to share a message or photo with, and also bring new friends and family members into the conversation on-the-fly. The program also shows when someone is typing, and the push-style system allows users to see exactly when messages have been read. The free app will launch today for Android, BlackBerry and iOS users. Sorry, Windows Phone fans, Enflick has no immediate plans for your platform, although it promises to continue to monitor demand. Be sure to check out the full gallery below, along with a quick video and the full PR after the break.
Gallery: Enflick Touch
UC Merced Connect: Collaboration drives robotics club
UC Merced’s Robotics Society, a student club created by engineering majors Ernesto Mora and Jos
Beef Thompson is a good humored fellow. A man of many dedications – from his girlfriend, to his video games to his deep love of comics and classic television. Deeper than all of that is his dedicated to music, which has resulted in him being dubbed the “crowned prince of Nerdcore.” Commonly and artistically known as Beefy, his tunes are a refreshing mix of bullet fast raps reminiscent of MC Frontalot or Optimus Rhyme, with a deeper edged sense of humor and metaphorical rhyming. With Sprinkles is the newest release from Beefy, and it’s full of all those dedications and more.
With Sprinkles is 18 tracks of geeky in-jokes, comic book references and tales from the life of a gamer. They are told in quick rhyme style with creative smirks in the tone and vocalization of Beefy’s raps. The accompanying music and production (by Mustin, c64, and tanner4105) is slick and infectious. The album starts off positive with the uplifting tune “Up, Up and Away” and really never shifts outside that tone.
While some of the subject matter isn’t always as positive, such as the song “Feature Creep” in which Beefy so eloquently illustrates the actions of the one jackass that always seems to be in the movie theater, the positive tone seems to behave slightly like the plague would. The tone even ends up infecting Nerdcore’s evildoer – Schaffer The Darklord – on the collaboration track “Smiles Times” – also including Epic-1. Other collaborations include “Ones & Zeroes” with ytcracker and “Press Start” featuring Dual Core. Dr. Awkward lends some rhymes on “Give Me My Gun,” a track undoubtedly inspired by first person shooters, and MC Lars chimes in on the flashback to childhood track “Uncanny.”
To find out more about those collaborations, how much of With Sprinkles is taken from true life and just how important video games are in his life, Beefy sat down (via the magic of the internet) for a quick Q & A where he absolutely did not come off like a lame brain.
GeekDad: With Sprinkles is full of great geek culture, movie references and so on. Is that stuff rattling around in your head, or do you occasionally have to look something up?
Beefy: I may look up how to spell something or hit up the Wikipedia if I want to flesh out an idea, but the rhymes and references are all pretty organic. I’ve never sat down and thought, “Ok, now what movie can I mention that will make 18-35 year olds want to buy my album?”
GeekDad: How big of an influence are video games in your life and music? Do you spend waaaay too much time playing them instead of being productive?
Beefy: I beat Final Fantasy XIII so, yeah, I have no problem wasting my time on video games. I try to absorb video games like I do movies or comic books or good TV shows. The beauty is that I can put in 60 hours into a video game and write it off as “research.”
GeekDad: Speaking about research, some of your songs seem like they were stripped out of your real life. Were they? How true are those tales?
Beefy: “Uncanny” is very true. From how I felt as a kid waking up every morning for my shows to how that brought me into the world of comic books. I first started reading X-Men just before Grant Morrison took over and changed the title to New X-Men. I remember trying to contact Marvel thinking they started shipping me the wrong title.
“Game Store Girl” is about my lovely girlfriend. I don’t like to tell her that she’s the subject, because I don’t want it to go to her head, but we met at GameStop so we spent a lot of time at the mall. Game store girls are treated like goddesses by nerds. So while it was written for my girl, it’s dedicated to lady game store employees everywhere.
GeekDad: Who did you enjoy working with the most on With Sprinkles? Not to take anything away from your talent, but some of the most entertaining tracks were the collaborations.
Beefy: It was a blast and a half working with everyone on With Sprinkles, but I have to say I had the most fun writing with int-eighty of Dual Core. For most tracks I’ll write a verse then the next guy will write a verse and so on. With “Press Start” int-eighty and I just kept sending e-mails back and forth, writing lines for one another, until we had the finished song. Eighty has an ability to write his rhymes exactly how they will flow with the song, so it’s easy to get into that guy’s head even though he’s writing these rhymes 2000 miles away. I also think Dual Core is an excellent group who I’ve been working with for a few years now and they never disappoint.
GeekDad: Finally, as we hope to see you this year at Nerdapalooza, how do prepare for a show? Ceremonial foods? Comics? Music influences?
Beefy: I get insanely nervous before shows, even if there’s only 3 people in the club. I don’t eat at all after 12 if I have a show that night. I smoke, so I stock up on Halls so I’m able to breathe and I spend a lot of time going over the lyrics in my head. I find it best to take my mind off of performing so I’ll usually chit-chat with fans or the other acts until it’s my turn. For me it feels way better stepping off stage after rocking a great set than it does stepping up fearing everyone is going to hate it or that I’ll forget the words.
WIRED A strong offering from the crowned prince of Nerdcore. Beefy keeps the rhymes tight, sprinkled with geek humor throughout.
TIRED If you aren’t a geek, gamer or nerd, you may be hard pressed to get any more than half of what Beefy is referencing throughout the album.
Image credit: Brandon J. Carr
Konarka Announces Business Collaboration and Strategic Investment with Konica Minolta
LOWELL, Mass.—-Konarka Technologies, Inc., an innovator in development and commercialization of Konarka Power PlasticÂ®, a material that converts light to energy, today announced the company has signed a comprehensive R&D collaboration and strategic investment agreement with Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc. .