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Full Frame Cameras and Artists

February 28, 2013 |

For The Artist Project in Toronto, Sony loaned ten artists a camera with a full frame sensor – the A99 or RX1. The gave them a specific assignment. I wanted to ask the artists where they found the inspiration for … Read More

BlackBerry Ten Launch Event (Toronto)

January 30, 2013 |

Blackberry Ten Launch

Spent most of the day at the Blackberry Launch event at the Carlu in Toronto. Arrived before 9h00 to register, the presentations started about 10h00. And in the interests of full disclosure, I did eat their snacks, … Read More

Apple TV Upgrade 5.2

January 29, 2013 |

Apple TV has released an upgrade for the small black box version, but not the larger silver boxes. This upgrade includes support for bluetooth keyboards and can playback any of your iTunes purchases directly from the cloud. Want to know … Read More

Ding-dong, the cap is gone!

January 28, 2013 |

Big announcement from Bell today. Although there are a few catches, you can now again have unlimited Internet service, added as a $10 option to any Bell Internet service package. The biggest catch is that you have to be a … Read More

Toronto Subway Art Tour

January 24, 2013 |

A new video, in which I go exploring for art on the TTC, trying to answer the question, “DId Leslie hook up with Sheppard?”

On the first day we tried to shoot we were apprehended by TTC security and told … Read More

Philips Hue Video Review

January 12, 2013 |

I’ve posted a review of the Philips Hue starter kit, the Philips Hue App as well as the Magic Hue and Hue Disco apps on Youtube.  All scenes with the bulbs (with the exception of the party scenes) were shot … Read More

Philips Hue Apps Review

January 11, 2013 | | 4 Comments

The native Hue app from Philips

The Philips Hue bulbs are one of the best examples of what the Internet of Things can provide. I’ve been playing with the bulbs for the last month, primarily using the … Read More

Saving Energy

December 29, 2012 |

The video version of the energy management story I wrote for The Toronto Star. It features the Philips Hue bulbs as well as the Nest Learning Thermostat – 2nd Generation T200477 and ecobee web-controlled programmable thermostats.  

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Cleaning my inbox

December 29, 2012 |

New Year’s Resolutions for Technology (2)

The week between Christmas and New Year’s provides a nice break from the regular routine and the daily flood of emails. So first I’m going to clear out some of the accumulated messages and … Read More

How to choose the TV you want

December 27, 2012 |

(this article appeared on page u2 of The Toronto Star on December 26, 2012. It was not posted in the online edition)

Picture quality, size and the number and type of inputs are the key factors

by Maarten Heilbron (Special … Read More