August 19th, 2013

#LDTouchTech Twitter Party

LDTouchTech_403x403It’s that time of year again – time to get back to class and back to business. London Drugs is hosting another great online event to showcase some cool tools for back to school.

Join our tech team for a Twitter party on Tuesday, August 27 to learn more about the evolution of touch screen technology, why it’s so prominent in today’s devices, and some of the latest and greatest products in touch screen technology available at London Drugs. You’ll also have a chance of winning one of several $50 London Drugs gift cards.

Join us:

Date: Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. PST
Location: Online – Twitter
Hashtag: #LDTouchTech

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February 6th, 2012

PlayBook 2.0: Ready for Primetime

Allow me to add my voice to the many that said Research in Motion, RIM, launched the PlayBook before it was ready.

But unlike other manufacturers who came and left the tablet market, you have to give RIM credit for sticking to their PlayBook, pardon the pun.

February will see RIM delivering the much anticipated PlayBook 2.0 operating system as a free upgrade. Previewed at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in January, this 2.0 version of the operating system for the PlayBook finally delivers a compact powerhouse of a tablet. Let’s take a closer look at what has been added.

The most talked-about feature in 2.0 is “Built-in messaging”. Note that it is called “messaging” and not email client. It consolidates all a person’s social media and email accounts into one place. LinkedIn, Twitter, email and more are all at your fingertips in the same app.

The multifunction aspect of the PlayBook extends into this app, so you could have multiple messages open while you research and compose your own email, flipping between the opened emails.

The search function also extends throughout the app, so it can search amongst all your Twitter, LinkedIn and email messages.

The Contact manager that is attached to the messaging app is more of a social hub. More than just a list of names, addresses and phone numbers, it allows you to see the social media profiles of the people you are messaging.

Also attached to this social hub is a unique Calendar app. An appointment made in this will also incorporate the profiles of the people attending the meeting.

One wild feature here is the graphical representation of a busy schedule. As you make more and more appointments, the date block within the calendar gets larger and the typeface grows bolder. At a glance, you can tell what day of the week is getting busy which prompts you to adjust your appointments.

BlackBerry owners rejoice. The best feature is reserved for you. You can now use your BlackBerry as the input keyboard or remote control for the PlayBook. If you have a BlackBerry with a touch-screen, you can use it like a touchpad.

Just think. Connect your PlayBook through the HDMI cable to your TV or projector. Stand back and control your presentation or video with your BlackBerry.

Travel a lot?

You can “print” your airline boarding passes, itinerary, hotel confirmations and maps from your BlackBerry via Wifi to your PlayBook. No more digging around in your smartphone while the line-up is growing at the security gate. Open up your PlayBook and flip through the pages of the documents on the screen like they were pieces of paper, without the paper part.

For the thousands of PlayBook users out there, this is worth the wait. We’ll be tweeting the launch date the moment we find out.

First Look: Full video walk through of BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2 Native Email, Calendar, Contacts and more!

BlackBerry Remote Hands-On

Hands-On with BlackBerry Balance on the BlackBerry PlayBook – Managing corporate and personal life in harmony with one device

Written by Cedric Tetzel



January 25th, 2012

Consumer Electronics Show 2012

It is now a week after the close of the CES chow in Las Vegas, that annual gathering of the electronics and computer industry to show the newest “stuff” in their arsenal. This year, it was joined by the Photographic industry officially with the participation of the Photographic Marketing Association, PMA.

The problem with this show is the hype. As if Vegas wasn’t enough, you have to wade through thousands of booths each touting the latest in bells, whistles and shining lights. After you get through the rap stars, country and western singers on stage, you need serious decompression time figure out what are the likely trends for 2012.

Now that my eyeballs have recovered from the bright lights and fancy hype, here is my modest list of what I consider the real deals.

  1. Windows 8. This was truly ho-hum at the show, unless you took the time to watch and experience the demos at the Microsoft booth. Microsoft would not announce a launch date, but I have already told my buyers they are not allowed to take time off during a certain month in 2012. This newest edition of Windows is a huge departure from what you and I both know as Windows. The interface has changed. Applications are grouped together for better and easier access. For a change, Microsoft paid a lot of attention of how people work, play and use their computers. This Operating System is built for users, not programmers. It is also optimized for touch, which means it will provide a common interface to phones, tablets, notebooks and desktop computers.
  2. Research in Motion demo’d their Playbook 2.0 Operating System. No one will argue that RIM launched the Playbook before it was ready, but with 2.0, it is ready. The unified inbox is astounding. It groups all social media and email communications into one application. Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter, Email are all there in one application. No more flipping, flopping, closing, opening applications. The ability to use your Blackberry as either a touchpad or keyboard is also new and great for users. That’s just for starters. Check out the calendar. As your day gets busier, the calendar for that day grow larger and the typeface changes. Easy and elegant organizational tool.
  3. Enough of Operating Systems already. People are falling asleep. How about LED DLP projectors? Don’t know what they are? Well, they are about the size of a John Grisham paperback and probably a bit lighter. Unlike the earlier pico-projectors, which seriously suck, these throw a decent image onto a projection screen or white wall. Easy to carry around, it is great as carry-on luggage. No, it will not replace a full sized projector, but you can fire the Sherpa guide you have been hiring to carry your luggage when you travel to do presentations.
  4. Ultrabook. Let me repeat that: ULTRABOOK. This will be the tiniest humongous hit of 2012. It is a notebook computer that starts up in 20 seconds or less, weighs less than 3 pounds, slimmer than a few tablets and uses fully functioning Windows along with the bajillion applications for Windows. Yes, it is a full function, powerhouse of a computer. There will be a variety of Intel processors represented in this category. Samsung, Hewlett Packard, Asus and more brands will have their own interpretation of this form factor.

Enough for today. More later.

Written by Cedric Tetzel
@cedrictetzel



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