Archives for July 2013

New Zealand man printing full-scale car using desktop 3D printer


I’ve heard of 3D printers being used to create tiny little plastic replacement parts for cars, but Auckland New Zealand’s Ivan Sentch has something on a much grander scale in mind. He’s got his sites set on 3D-printing a full-scale car and planning on doing it with a desktop 3D printer.


Review: Sharp Aquos LC-60LE857U 3D LED Smart TV


About two and a half years ago I had the opportunity to test-drive Sharp’s 46” Aquos Quattron and gave a review here at Canoe Tech blog. Remember the commercial featuring George Takei (Mr. Sulu from Star Trek) in his white lab coat?  At that time 46″ was still considered reasonably large and I really wanted to see whether that one little yellow pixel would really make a difference. Fast-forward to today and Sharp Aquos Quattron has taken a leap forward. Not only have screens increased up to 90”, they’ve also become a lot smarter in the 6, 7 & 8-series models.


10 interesting financial facts about comic books

thumbnail-1 Superheroes have been around for a while and with the exponential growth and interest in events like ComicCon, it’s interesting to see what kind of financial impact comics have had since the early days of the 1st Superman comic.

The interesting and informative infographic, features 10 of the best-recorded financial triumphs of our childhood ( and adulthood heroes.  (did you know that in 1946, comic books sales surpassed that of regular books — eliciting outrage?). Click more to see an infographic.


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Canoe Tech Review: Panasonic ES-ST25 linear shaver

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Shaving can be the most painful thing you do every day and even sometimes twice a day. So the thought of test-driving the new Panasonic ES-ST25K Triple Blade Linear Milano Shaver rechargeable cordless shaver that could potentially ease the pain of that daily annoyance, certainly piqued my interest.


Apple surpasses 1 billion podcast subscriptions


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Apple has hit another milestone yet again. This time it’s for podcasts, surpassing 1 Billion Podcast Subscriptions.

The iTunes Podcast directory has over 250,000 podcasts in over 100 languages and available in over 155 countries.  There are also more than 8 million episodes of audio, video, enhanced audio and documents are available to listen to or download.

Podcasts are available with the Podcasts app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or on Apple TV, Mac or PC.

To mark the milestone, iTunes, is highlighting a selection of the most popular podcasts, as well as a collection of captivating new shows.


Gosling’s new flick hits theatres, iTunes same time


As far as I can remember, major theatrical releases first went out to the big screen and the high-priced popcorn-eating crowd. Then, they eventually were pressed to DVD and or Blu-ray disc, for purchase or rental as well as through video on demand, iTunes and then perhaps Netflix and other on-line services. However, for Gosling’s latest flick, this is not the case.


Effective use of repetition

July 12, 2013

EDMONTON, AB, Jul 12, 2013/ Troy Media/ – “Your call is important. Please stay on the line and someone will be with you shortly.” After hearing that for the 27th time, it starts to become annoying, doesn’t it? If you’re like me, you probably dream hearing it in your sleep.

It might even become your worst nightmare.

Repetition can be monotonous – like having to make it through summer reruns on TV or listening to verbal filler such as “Like I said,” or “Did I tell you this already?” which occurs when not having enough to say or simply stumbling over your words. And  when it happens in conversation or during a presentation, it can detract from getting your point across. However, when used effectively, repeating what you have to say can actually enhance your message.

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PowerDock 5 charges five devices in one fell swoop


Having a dedicated charger for your devices might be a good thing, but when you have five of them, like iPads, iPods and iPhones, it might be a challenge to have them all plugged nice and neat in a compact space. So Griffin has come up with a new charger that will charge up to five power hungry devices that fit in a compact space.


Quark extends upgrade deadline in the wake of policy change

QuarkXPress, a page layout and desktop publishing application for both Window and Mac OS, that’s been around since the late eighties and still used by a number of designers and large publishing houses, has made some recent changes in their upgrade policies.


5 years of the Apple App Store

Apple 5Apple is celebrating the 5th anniversary of its App Store and to commemorate this auspicious occasion, they are giving away 10 paid products, not normally free, which include 5 apps and 5 games, but only for a limited time.

And these are decent titles, to boot They  include: Barefoot World Atlas, Day One Journal, How to Cook Everything, Over and Traktor DJ for iPhone (and for iPad). Games include: Badland, Infinity Blade II, Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery, Tiny Wings and Where’s My Water?

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 5 years already. Apple launched the App Store on July 10, 2008 with 500 apps and it was an immediate success with 10,000 million apps downloaded in its first weekend. In 5 years, the App Store has gone from its initial 500 apps to more than over 900,000 to date and a billion is just around the corner. In May 2013, the number of App Store downloads reached a new milestone surpassing the 50 billion mark.

Developers have also profited from creating Apps to the tune of $10 billion US, which Apple has paid to them to date.

Visit your iTunes store to get the low-down on the free apps and a look at some of the milestoes Apple has reached in only 5 short years.  Limited time only!!!!