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Enable Google Plus for Google Apps

Finally!  Google Apps users (such as myself) can access Google+ with their Apps account.  Until now, you had to sign in with a gmail account.  This seems to be common for Google, most of their applications are not available to Apps users to start which is always a pain.

Learn how to enable Google+ on your Google Apps account

 

If you are not familiar with Google Apps read more here.  Essentially it lets you run your own mail server using the Google infrastructure and Gmail interface.  Free for personal use.

UPDATE: It looks like you can't add your Google Apps account if you have already created a G+ account with gmail.  So it looks like you need to delete your old G+ account and create a new one with your Google Apps address.   This is going to be a problem for anyone with significant content and contacts already set up with Google+.  If you know of a way around this, please let me know by posting in the comments below.


Giant Negative

A Six-Foot-Long Camera That Shoots Enormous Photos

For some people film is superior to digital, for others film is a joke and medium format is the only way to go. for one guy, no existing camera was good enough so he decided to build this monster that produces negatives 3 feet long!

Via Popsci.com


RIM Blackberry PlayBook

RIM confirms PlayBook OS 2.0 delayed until February, still no BBM in sight

Not good news for fans of RIM. The PlayBook isn't selling well as it is, and delays to the new OS isn't going to help things. Native email will have to wait, and too bad if you were hoping for Blackberry Messenger (BBM). Apple released iOS 5, which includes iMessage and a bunch of other new features. Not looking good for ol' RIM.

Engadget Link


Steve Jobs Book

Hints of Apple Plans in Jobs Book

My copy of the book is on order and I'm looking forward to learning more about Jobs and Apple.  Apparently the 'next big thing' for Apple was text books.
Source:
http://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/Hints-of-Apple-Plans-in-Jobs-nytimes-1362329892.html


GoPro Hero 2

GoPro Launches HD HERO2 Camera

GoPro has announced a new camera, the Hero2. 11-megapixel sensor (versus 5MP for the old GoPro), sharper lens, and new remote features. Looks like a good buy, and will likely entice me to buy one myself.

2X More Powerful in Every Way 11MP Sensor

  • 2x Faster Image Processor
  • 2X Sharper Glass Lens
  • Professional Low Light Performance
  • Full 170º, Medium 127º, Narrow 90º FOV in 1080p and 720p Video
  • 120 fps WVGA, 60 fps 720p, 48 fps 960p, 30 fps 1080p Video
  • Full 170º and Medium 127º FOV Photos
  • 10 11MP Photos Per Second Burst
  • 1 11MP Photo Every 0.5 Sec Timelapse Mode
  • 3.5mm External Stereo Microphone Input
  • Simple Language-based User Interface
  • Wi-Fi BacPac™ and Wi-Fi Remote™ Compatible (coming soon)
  • Long Range Remote Control of up to 50 GoPro Cameras
  • Wi-Fi Video/Photo Preview + Playback + Control via GoPro App
  • Live Streaming Video and Photos to the Web

Check here for a comparison of GoPro cameras.

Awesome promotional video shot entirely with the Hero2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=GUEZCxBcM78

 

Press Release

GoPro Hero 2
GoPro Hero 2

MC Hammer

MC Hammer launching his own search engine

Apparently, going bankrupt once wasn't good enough for MC Hammer. He is now launching a search engine called WireDoo which apparently has "deep search" capability.  Call me cynical, but trying to compete with Google in the search space is a recipe for failure.

My latest digging shows Google has 65% of the search market, Yahoo 16%, and Bing 14%.  Since Bing powers Yahoo search, I'll lump them together into a 30% combined share.  That leaves 5% for all of the other search engines combined.

Microsoft managed to grab 30% of the search market partly by making Bing the default search in all of their products, including Internet Explorer.  Many users either won't change it or don't know how so they just stick with it and it works well enough.  Hammer doesn't have this luxury, so his chance of success is next to nothing.  The only thing that may help is if the front page of WireDoo has an animated GIF of him doing the Hammer Dance.

MC Hammer launching his own search engine - CNN.com

 

Wiredoo logo This  is the awesome WireDoo logo.  If this is the best they can do, I doubt Google and Microsoft have much to worry about.  Honestly, I could do better in five minutes using MS Paint.


MS Yahoo Flickr

Flickr May Soon Be Owned by Microsoft

Microsoft tried to buy Yahoo once before and failed, maybe they will have better luck this time around. If so, that means MS will own Flickr, which is likely a good thing.

Flickr May Soon Be Owned by Microsoft


Lytro camera

Lytro introduces world's first light field camera

Interesting technology, remains to be seen how well it works in the hands of consumers. May become the new standard for digital sensors if they can increase the resolution.

Lytro introduces world's first light field camera: f/2 lens, $399, ships early 2012

View sample images at the Lytro image gallery.


Lytro camera


A quick review of the iPhone 4S

Hardware

Signal strength for cellular and WiFi seems stronger. When choosing from Wifi networks, I get more options than I did with the iPhone 4 in the same locations which suggests it's picking up things further away. Also, I can pick up my company WiFi signal further away. Well done Apple, this is a change everyone will appreciate.

The new dual-core A5 processor (800MHz) is an improvement over the iPhone 4 and this phone feels faster overall, especially when using the photo app. Things render just a bit faster.

Screen is the same, but still excellent if not the best on the market.

Camera is improved, it's faster and 8MP. I haven't used it enough to comment on the performace though. I do love the fact that iOS 5 allows me to launch the camera from the lock screen, handy if you need to pull out your phone for a quick snap.

Software

Notification center is a 1000% improvement over the previous system. It's now not annoying and useful, something Apple should have done years ago.

Still no week view in the calendar app, lame.

Addition of iCloud is nice, a backup away from the computer is certainly the way of the future.

Siri, the voice assistant. I'm not sold on it yet, it worked well for some things but not others. It can't find restaurants in Canada, nor can it give directions making it less useful. It does have location and geofence capability, so for example it knows where you work and if you are currently there. I can then tell Siri to "remind me to call my wife when I leave work" and it will create a reminder that triggers when I leave the office. I think I need to live with it for a while, but it could be an interesting feature.

Overall, a good upgrade to the iPhone 4.


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Canon Unveils the 1D X

Wow, Canon just took the wraps off a new DSLR.   It's a blend of their previous two high end models, mixing high speed and a full frame sensor.  14fps, 18-megapixel full frame shooter, sounds like a winner if you have the cash ($6800 when it ships in March 2012).

Canon 1D X

Canon Unveils the 1D X: One DSLR to Rule Them All

If you want to see and hear what 14 frames per second is like, have a look here.

DP Review article on the 1D X

Excellent summary by Rob Galbraith


Adobe Deblur

Adobe Image Deblurring Sneak Peek

Wow, this is some amazing new technology from Adobe.  Can deblur a crappy image so now everyone can be a good photographer.  No word on when it will show up in a product, I'm hoping Photoshop CS6.

Adobe Deblur

MAX 2011 Sneak Peeks - MAX 2011 Sneak Peek - Image Deblurring | Adobe TV.

Update, October 19, 2011:  More about the software from Adobe:

http://blogs.adobe.com/photoshopdotcom/2011/10/behind-all-the-buzz-deblur-sneak-peek.html