Well, I’ve been an Apple fan for quite some time… hence my somewhat interest for what Apple is coming up with.
It’s time to show many of you, first hand photos of the new iPhone 6, which is bound to hit the streets later this month. It’s the device you will see everyone roaming the streets with, on the subway, on the train, while they drive, while they have dinner with family and friends.
Anyways, on with the show!! Take a look at this beauty!
I got all excited today when I saw that Instagram has released a new app, which I simply love the idea of. Yes… I’m a total photo/video geek – no doubt. Already thinking of all the possibilities of creative time-lapse videos that I could easily and quickly do… until my dream got completely destroyed as soon as I read the words “iPhone only”.
Yes, I have recently abandoned iPhone (at least until they get their act straight… which from the rumours and glimpses of the new iPhone 6, won’t happen anytime soon) and I’m currently enjoying my new Android device… until today.
As I realized this new and amazing app wasn’t going to be available on Android, at least not for now and with no estimate as to when… I felt like the world had just fallen on me, like there were no more Oreos in the cookie jar, like I had eaten my last hamburger, like I had devoured my last ice cream… no, I was not insane. I felt betrayed by Android… all these months/years of putting in my head that Android had more features (I won’t say better phone… more on that another day) and now they don’t support a new amazing app that I want?! I was like, whaaaaat?!
Anyway, Hyperlapse for Android is promised to be out “soon”, but will require changes to the camera and gyroscope APIs on Android phones.
Meanwhile, I shall survive – I’m on my way out to get more cookies.
On Wednesday during a keynote presentation, Amazon finally revealed its long-rumoured phone, the Fire Phone, a new 3D capable flagship smartphone. In terms of notable features setting Amazon’s Fire Phone apart from other smartphones on the market, it comes equipped with a three-dimensional menu and a new real-world item scanning system called Firefly, that has the ability to identify up to 100 million objects through direct Amazon marketplace integration. During the Fire Phone presentation, Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos showed off a 3D map application and 3D lock screens. Unlike previous 3D smartphones and handheld gaming devices like Nintendo’s 3DS, Amazon says users won’t need to maintain a direct line of sight with the Fire Phone to view 3D images, accomplished through a feature the company describes as “dynamic perspective.” Early prototypes of the technology required users to wear special glasses allowing the phone to track where the user’s head was positioned.
“It’s how objects behave in the real world,” said Bezos during the presentation, describing how the Fire Phone’s unique 3D technology works. The phone features a 4.7 inch IPS LCD HD display, Guerrilla Glass 3 construction and a rubber frame. The Fire Phone’s connectors are also made of steel, which means it will be difficult to break them if you happen to incorrectly insert a USB cable or other accessory into the smartphone. In terms of processing power, the Fire Phone features a 2.2 GHZ Quad-core processor and a 330 Adreno Graphics processor, as well as 2 GBs of RAM. Surprisingly, Amazon’s new smartphone isn’t a budget device and falls on the higher-end of the smartphone spectrum, rivaling powerful devices like the iPhone 5s and HTC M8 One when it comes to hardware and features.
The smartphone’s rear camera has 13 megapixels and special image stabilization capabilities accomplished through tiny motors that automatically counteract hand tremors. The camera’s shutter is also designed to stay open four times longer than most smartphones, allowing users to capture better images in low lighting conditions. During the keynote, a comparison between the iPhone 5s, a high-end Android phone and the Fire Phone was shown off. Amazon’s new smartphone produced the least noisy and highest quality image. Avid photographers will also get unlimited photo storage via Amazon’s Cloud Drive storage service. In terms of sound, the phone is set to feature dual stereo speakers and virtual surround sound courtesy of Dolby. It’s also going to come with magnetic, tangle-free earbuds described as “comfortable and ergonomic.”
The Fire Phone features a 24/7 customer service feature called Mayday, designed to give users a response to any technical issues they might encounter with the device in 15 seconds or less via WiFi and 3G/4G. Firefly, perhaps the Fire Phone’s most interesting feature, allows users scan objects, QR codes and barcodes, connecting them instantly with the product on Amazon’s online store. This is set to be yet another blow to traditional big box retailers. Firefly also has the ability to listen to music and recognize audio tracks, similar to apps like SoundHoundand Shazam. The service can recognize art, linking users to a Wikipedia entry featuring info about the artist. The same process works for television shows and movies, giving users specific detail about the actors as well as the particular episode and scene you’re watching. Even taking a picture of a phone number, email address, or URL will automatically input the information you’re searching for. On the back-end side of things, Amazon’s Firefly scrapes the image for relevant info and then compresses the larger image into just a few small bits of info. This helps the phone send information to its cloud-based service, processing the image quicker and giving users the appropriate information in a timely manner. Developers will also have open SDK access to Firefly, allowing them to add the platform’s capabilities to their apps.
Firefly is set to get a dedicated button for easy access on the Fire Phone. Industry analysts have described Firefly as Siri for buying random products from Amazon. Whether or not this features ends up being useful for the average user is still unclear, but Firefly certainly has exciting potential. The Fire Phone also features an interesting auto-scrolling gesture letting users to subtly tilt their phone to scroll up and down a page. Halting this scroll is performed by touching the smartphone’s screen. In the U.S. the Fire Phone is exclusive to AT&T and will be sold for $199.99 on a two-year contract for the 32 GB model and $299.99 for the 64 GB version. When not on a contract, the Fire Phone is set to retail for $649 for the 32 GB and $749 for the 64 GB. It’s still unclear if the smartphone will be sold in Canada at launch. We’ve reached out to Amazon to find out if the Fire Phone is coming north of the border. In the past select Amazon products, like the Kindle for example, have made their way to Canada but this always happens a few months after the device launches in the U.S. The Canadian market often seems to be seen as an afterthought by Amazon.
During the keynote Amazon also spent time touting its new music service, Amazon Prime Music, a new music streaming platform launched by the company a few weeks ago. The Fire Phone also runs on a heavily modified version of Google’s Android operating system called Fire OS. The Amazon Fire is available for pre-order today in the U.S. and is set for a July 25, 2015 release date. The Fire Phone also comes with a free year of Amazon Prime, the company’s preferred shipping discount and video streaming service. Over the last few years Amazon has expanded its services beyond being just an online retailer at an aggressive rate, releasing products like the Kindle and Fire TV. More to come…
Tired of going to your equally not rich friend’s house, to only find them with the same Ikea furniture that you have at home? There’s a solution to that.
Check out this pretty cool antique market. Grab yourself an antique piece of furniture, clean it with lysol and wash your hands a couple times… you will end up with a unique piece of solid furniture for a great price!
Open from Spring until Fall, the Sunday-only Market hosts over 60+ quality dealers for the entire season, with an additional 30+ visiting dealers, set up on a week-by-week basis.
Regular Sunday Market: $2 per adult. No charge for children 12 years of age and under.
Saturday Special Shows: $5 per adult, from 8 am. Again, no charge for children 12 years of age and under.
Sunday Season’s Pass
$15 for one or $25 for a pair. Passes are available at the admission gate.
Please note: Sunday Season’s Pass cannot be used for admission to the Saturday Special Shows.
Cash – direct to dealer.
ATM – for cash withdrawals at Market Office.
Delivery can be arranged through most dealers or at the Market Office.