1. This is another round of photos from our trip to the town of Sosua in the Puerto Plata province of Dominican Republic. This was a much needed trip after the brutal weather we received in Toronto this winter.

    The majority of these photos were taken with the Canon EOS M + Canon EF M 22mm F2 OR Canon EF L 24-105 F4.

    This was the first trip I’ve been on with the EOS M and I can definitely say I’m happy with the results. Excellent little camera.

     
  2. Just got back from a relaxing trip to the Dominican Republic. There’s a ton of photos to process so I’ll be uploading a few more over the coming days.

    This first photo was taken at Sosua Beach.

     
  3. (Source: linxspiration, via parislemon)

     

  4. corynadilo asked: When do you think 32GB will be the floor for iPhones? My last two phones I have opted for 32GB which I am about out growing now. $200 premium for a measly 64GB is highway robbery in 2014.

    parislemon:

    Yeah, I’d imagine (though have no actual knowledge) that we’ll see a 128GB iPhone in the next iteration. Maybe that means the end of the 16GB model, or maybe it means that’s reserved for the more affordable version. 

    The one thing working in the other direction is the movement of all entertainment to the cloud. That is, Spotify, Beats, Rdio, iTunes in the Cloud, etc, allow you to keep a lot less music stored on your device these days (though some is saved for offline capabilities, of course).

    Still, while that has alleviated some of the need for a lot of storage, apps continue to grow in size — particularly games. Many are over 1GB now. 16GB seems untenable. And 128GB seems inevitable. (And that should drive the price down of the 64GB models, etc.) 

    Update: As, of course, as my buddy Cap notes, photos and videos are driving this need for more storage perhaps above all else.

    I think Apple has been happily milking the increased margins of the 16GB models for the past several iterations of the iPhone. It was 2010 when 16GB became the base storage capacity with the iPhone 4.

    It has amazed me that Apple has not been pushing forward in this regard. I remember a time when Apple would create excitement each year with new iterations of the iPod by increasing it’s storage capacity and decreasing it’s price.

    I’ve been bouncing off the 32GB limit on my iPhone 5S pretty much since the moment I bought it. I would have liked to get a 64GB model but I also find it hard to justify the $200 premium over the base iPhone.

    I have to admit, I am carrying multiple years of baggage on my iPhone. The majority of space is being used by pictures and I could reclaim a huge portion of that storage by moving those photos off but I feel as though I shouldn’t HAVE too.

    Apple could do a lot with iCloud to mitigate the need for mass on device storage:

    1. They could expand the functions of Photo Stream in iCloud. They could make it so the original photo is not stored on the device itself and rather on Apple’s servers. A smaller version or thumbnail could be stored on the device. Then if there is a need to share/edit the original version, the photo can be pulled down to do so. If it’s sent via email, it may never need to be downloaded, the photo could simply be appended at the server.
    2. Automatically archive data that has not been used in a set time frame. This could even be first introduced with photos.
    3. Store video in iCloud. Similar process to my first point. Although bandwidth becomes a serious bottleneck.

    I imagine this is a hard problem to solve. With the move to smaller but faster storage mediums (SSDs) in our personal computers and larger SSDs in our pockets, we have created a storage nightmare in our digital lives.

     

  5. iOS 7.1 is out! Performance increases, fixes random reboots

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    iOS 7.1 launched this afternoon for all compatible devices. This release brings a number of fixes, performance increases and feature enhancements.

    Major highlights include:

    1. Siri can now be told how long to listen by holding down the home button for the duration of your command. 
    2. Apple is promising performance increases for older hardware including the iPhone 4, iPad 2 and the iPad 3.
    3. Apple has finally fixed the bug that has been causing random reboots. This is something that has been bothering me since the release of iOS 7.
    4. CarPlay support! CarPlay, the new feature that allows you to control certain features and apps through your car’s infotainment system is now supported although the first CarPlay enabled vehicles won’t be out until later in 2014…
    5. User interface refinements include a new call screen and a new interface when powering down. (As shown in photo above)

    Apple has also updated the iOS 7 section of their website highlighting the enhancements added in iOS 7.1.

     
  6. Want to be at the top of Google search results for your website?

    Watch this amazing session from PodCamp Toronto 2014 called Hardcore SEO. Rob Campbell is an incredibly engaging and entertaining speaker who dives deep into the workings of how Google ranks content and websites.

    I wish this was a full day session and its too bad it wasn’t because I’m sure he could have spoken for hours on the subject.

    Check out the video and if you like what you see and hear, make sure to check out PodCamp next year and follow Rob Campbell on Twitter (@roberrific).

    Also, you can find this video and more from PodCamp Toronto 2014 on Peter Mykusz’s vimeo page at https://vimeo.com/torontowebcaster

     
     

  7. "No, I don’t think so."
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    Microsoft’s UK marketing director Harvey Eagle, talking to Metro about the Xbox One price cut in the UK. The question asked if the price cut — just 94 days after launch — was an admission that the console isn’t selling well.

    Eagle doesn’t think so. But he’s not sure. Why should he be sure? It’s only his job.

    Meanwhile, while Microsoft has maintained that the Xbox One is selling as fast as the system can be made, Eagle told GameSpot: “We’re doing this because it will generate sales, absolutely.”

    So, Microsoft isn’t cutting the price because it hasn’t been selling well in the UK. In fact, it has been selling as fast as possible. But this price cut is all about helping to generate more sales. Got it.

    Business as usual.

    (via parislemon)

     
  8. Hardcore SEO Session at PodCamp Toronto 2014

    I’m currently writing this blog post to get a prize from Rob Campbell at the Hardcore SEO session which is part of Podcamp Toronto 2014.

    Did I win?

    Update: I Did! I won a jar of honey from Rob Campbell’s family honey farm.

     

  9. Reigning Champ x Club Monaco

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    Vancouver based athletic apparel brand Reigning Champ has teamed up with Club Monaco to release a exclusive line of the products to be sold at select Club Monaco stores worldwide.

    The Pullover Hoodie (shown above) is one of two hoodies available in the line. The collaboration also includes one pair of sweat pants, a fleece robe, and a fleece blanket

    Not only is Reigning Champ a Canadian company, all of their products are hand made in Vancouver. 

    It’s really great to see awesome new companies that start and continue to make their products in Canada. It really shows in the craftsmanship and quality of their products.

     

  10. iPhone 5s Review - 3 Weeks Deep

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    Introduction:

    I’ve been using the iPhone 5s for 3 weeks now and I don’t want to go too over board in this review because I’m sure enough people here and elsewhere already have but I just wanted to share my thoughts.

    I have bought 6 of the past 7 iPhones since the original and I can confidently say that if you’re still rocking an iPhone 5, sick with it. You’re really not missing out on much this time around and I think Apple knows this since they basically took the iPhone 5’s internals and stuck them in the iPhone 5c.

    That’s not to say this isn’t an incredible phone, it’s just that the iPhone has finally gotten to a point in it’s product cycle where it has become mature. Incremental upgrades are inevitable and necessary but will not change the way you use your phone or show a noticeable speed increase in your daily tasks.

    But, the iPhone 5s is still the best phone you can buy if you want an overall great experience.

    Design:

    From a design perspective, this is very much the same phone we’ve seen and used over the past year with the iPhone 5. The only noticeable difference to the trained eye are the minute colour differences between the iPhone 5’s matte black exterior and the 5s’ “space grey” exterior, a new gold colour addition as well as the dual “true tone” flash on the back.
    It’s a solid piece of quality hardware that very few companies have been able to match.
    Performance:
    Without a word of a doubt, this is the fastest iPhone to come out of Cupertino but of course it is. In Apple tradition, a new processor called the A7 debuts in the iPhone 5s. The unique point here is that it’s the world’s first 64 bit mobile processor and it has also been paired with a motion co-processor that handles all the phones mundane tasks associated with movement dubbed the M7. It still has the same 1GB of RAM that was in the 5 and the same clock speed of 1.3Ghz but manages to double the performance for most benchmarked tasks.
    The 5 was no slow poke and the performance gains will most likely not be seen until developers really start taking advantage of the added horse power here and there’s a lot of horse power. This is the first phone that will be able to keep up two years from now.
    Camera:
    The iPhone’s camera is one of those features that tends to be incredibly important to me. The iPhone is the the camera I have with me 99% of the time. This time around, Apple has chosen to improve overall image quality rather then add megapixles. They’ve also added a couple very nice improvements. They’ve increased the Aperture size to f2.2 and increased the sensor size by 15% to increase total light sensitivity by 33%. This effectively means that photos will look better in low light which is always a good thing.
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    They have also included a new dual LED “True tone” flash that is supposed to help capture a more natural image when the flash is being used. I usually have my flash turned off and I don’t think this is going to change that but it’s still a welcome improvement none the less.
    Experience and Ecosystem:
    iOS 7 is the biggest update to iOS since the iPhone debuted in 2007. It is a complete redesign of an aging mobile system. Once again, I’m not going to go into detail here but iOS 7 has given users of the iPhone 4 and newer, an entirely new experience with their iPhones and one that is much more superior to all iOS versions since the original.
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    Apple controls hardware, software and services. Because of this, they can tie each aspect together flawlessly. The iCloud suite of products is just one part of this ecosystem and is incredibly important to the overall experience. 
    For free, Through iCloud, Apple gives you an entire suite of services for free. They give you an email account, calendar syncing, contact syncing, document syncing, photo syncing as well as a few other features. They also give you Find My iPhone, a service that allows you to find a lost or stolen iPhone through GPS and completely lock it down or even erase it.
    They have also made their mobile versions of iWork and iLife completely free which before costs $9.99 per app. This is a super good value and is a great value add for the user. 
    Wrap up:
    The iPhone 5s still is the best all around phone on the market and the one I will continue to recommend to friends and family. Sure some phones have larger screens, cameras sensors with more megapixles and NFC but none of that really matters if the experience is lacking. Apple really knows how to deliver on a consistently great experience.
    If you already own the iPhone 5 though, there’s really no need to upgrade.
    But, if you’re going out to buy a phone today, the iPhone continues to be the phone you can’t go wrong with and you won’t regret the purchase down the road.