And we have a winner…

This weekend was a busy one with the regular life stuff, as well as drawing a winner for the Palm Pre 2 giveaway contest.

Through a rigirous and exacting process of filtering new followers reviewing tweets, and generating a random number a random number of times — the winner of the Palm Pre 2, Touchstone Charger and case is:

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Congratulations to Audemars02, and thanks for playing to all who entered and tweeted.

Oh, and I’ve got another contest and announcement in the works — stay tuned!

Woot! New Canon Rebel T3 cameras

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Last year around this time, Canon introduced the Rebel T2i (also known as the EOS 550D). An awesomely speced-out camera, as all the Rebel’s are, aimed squarely at the consumer Digital SLR and home video market – yes, the Rebel T2i was a true hybrid.

Well, today Canon reprised that tune with the announcement of the two new Rebels; the Canon Rebel T3 (EOS 1100D) and Canon Rebel T3i (EOS 600D).

The T3 (pictured above) looks like a great, modern entry-level DSLR with some powerful features. Here’s a few that caught my eye:

  • High Resolution 12.2MP CMOS Sensor
    A 12.2MP (APS-C sized) CMOS sensor and DiG!C 4 processor captures high resolution images boasting exceptional sharpness, clarity, tonal range and noise reduction.
  • EOS scene detection technology
    Enhance Photos Easily – When you want to go beyond Automatic Mode, Creative Auto allows you to change the photo finish to exactly how you want it.
  • Live View Function
    Live View allows you to compose your shots using the large LCD monitor. This function is now available in ALL shooting modes including Full Auto and Movie Mode.
  • 63 Zone Dual-Layer Metering System
    This Metering Sensor analyzes colour and luminosity information surrounding the chosen AF points to optimize exposure and image quality.

That’s just a few of the features on the inside. On the outside the T3 is a very stylish camera too — available in Black, Red, Brown and Metallic Grey — some colour’s you don’t find often on DSLRs.

For a full-up preview and more details, check out DPReview’s writeup.

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Movin’ on up
But if you’re a more advanced photographer looking to graduate into a camera that offers you more creative options with more serious tech, check out the Canon Rebel T3i.

T3i_screen.jpgMore closely aligned with it’s predecessor, the Rebel T2i, the T3i breaks tradition with the previous Rebel models by adding this one cool feature; a large Vari-Angle LCD display screen – A First to the Rebel Series.

The 3.0” Vari-Angle LCD screen makes it easy to shoot from very high or low-angles. Features a 3:2 wide aspect ratio, and an incredible 1,040,000 pixel resolution, allowing for precise focus checking.

Flash!
Another neat feature when you’re using multi-flash lighting layouts is the ability to remotely trigger and control the power of external flash guns — the feature is called ‘Integrated Wireless flash controller with multi-flash support’.

Full HD 1080
And one feature that reinforces the hybrid status of the Rebel line is the ability to record full HD resolution movies at 1920 x 1080p.

Consumer or Prosumer?
Both cameras are part of Canon’s consumer line. Yet the line between consumer and professional equipment is getting quite blurred — especially with the introduction of powerful equipment like this. I can’t wait to get my hands on them and give them a workout :smileyhappy:
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iPredict: some new stuff from Apple on Wednesday.

appleguitar_200.jpgOnce again we’re on the cusp of Apple’s annual Fall ‘event’. Over the last few years it’s been focused on Apple’s vision of music, entertainment, and the hardware technology needed by us, the consumers, to realize that vision.

So in two days, September 1, we’ll know what that vision of the future looks like. But there’s been a lot of speculation online as to what’s coming down the pipe, especially with the iPod line, so I thought I’d take a look at a few of the more interesting things I’d seen, starting with;

Redesigned iPod Shuffle (or is it a Nano?)

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Well, some folk are thinking that the Nano will get smaller, perhaps starting to push into the Shuffle’s market niche. One report and image indicates that the device will have a touch screen, and the body shrinks to about size of a wrist watch.

Updated iPod Touch
At the last event, there was huge disappointment that the iPod Touch didn’t really get any significant enhancements. Speculation was rampant then that the Touch would get a camera. It didn’t.

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Fast forward to now, and the rumor mill is prophesying two cameras (one front facing) to support Apple’s Facetime app (via WiFi), and Apple’s enhanced ‘retina’ display. And, perhaps a streaming music service. And perhaps 3G service too — creating a true iPad mini.

The Usual.
As well, this event, heading into the holiday buying season, is the perfect time to announce extensions to existing product lines (more memory), price changes for existing hardware, and perhaps, introduce a new look at an older product line (Apple TV becomes iTV?) and, perhaps the much discussed iMac Touch.

Regardless of how this all plays out, you can bet that there’ll be a lot of tech-types scanning the news of the day to see what new toys Apple rolls out — yeah, me too.

So, of course, check back here to get our take (I’m sure there’ll be a few of us weighing in) on the latest offerings from Apple.



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