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New Sony A99 Digital SLR Camera Is a Winner

January 6th, 2013
Sony has a new flagship digital SLR camera, and it's a stunner. The Alpha SLT-A99 has a much larger image sensor than its other models, meaning higher resolution and sharpness. It's a whiz in low light, and shoots terrific video, too.

It's also very expensive ($2,800 for body only), so the A99 will appeal to serious hobbyists and pro photographers.

But if you've been looking to upgrade from an entry-level SLR, you'll get a lot of camera for your money. Let's explore. With the A99, you'll see:

Better, more consistent autofocusing than either the comparable Canon 5D Mark III or Nikon D600 for stills and, especially, for video.

Cool features such as automatic panorama stitching and auto HDR processing. With HDR, the camera snaps three instant shots, one at normal exposure, one over-exposed, one under-exposed. It then patches them together to get richer colors, a darker sky and more details in the shadows.

A terrific professional workhorse. The A99 is easily Sony's best SLR to date.

It has a full-frame image sensor, and with more pixels (24MP), there's more room for resolution and color.

The A99 has Sony's "translucent" mirror technology, which basically ditches the familiar mirror used in SLRs since the earliest days. The result is faster focusing and rapid-fire 12-frames-per-second shooting.

In the past, the mirror helped photographers compose images by presenting a true rendition of a scene. Sony SLRs use an OLED electronic viewfinder, instead.

Anyone who has struggled with autofocus on SLRs in dark environments (think sports, school plays) will love the results on the A99. The focus clicks in within fractions of seconds.

For video, the improved autofocus is even more of a big deal. The autofocus is quick and responsive, and continues to function even once the recording has started.

The bad news: You can only make use of autofocus features for video if you're...

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Countertop oven hides healthy cooking in plain sight

January 3rd, 2013
It's that time of year again: time to break the New Year's resolution. Or perhaps this time, make it truly a new year. [Read more]

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Google Pushes Paperless Office with New Coalition

January 3rd, 2013
Google is ringing in the New Year with a drive to push the paperless office to new heights in 2013. Google Drive is joining Fujitsu, Constant Contact, Expensify and others in a campaign to remove the need for paper from paperwork.

The initiative is compelling, especially for green-minded companies. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average office worker uses a whopping 10,000 sheets of copy paper each year. And in 2010 alone the amount of paper recovered for recycling averaged 334 pounds for each person living in the U.S., according to the American Forest & Paper Association.

"It's a new year, which means new resolutions. If you're up for saving time, money and trees, going paperless might be a good goal for you in 2013," said Google Drive product marketing manager Meredith Blackwell in a blog post. "This year, Google Drive is part of the Paperless Coalition, a group of organizations and products that help you live completely in a paper-free world. So whether you're an expense reporter, invoice tracker, file hoarder or note jotter, you can do it all without using paper."

Google's Vested Interest

Of course, Google and other companies in the coalition have a vested interest in pushing the paperless office. In Google's case, that vested interested is Google Drive. Google Drive is a "freemium" service that lets you store your files, including documents, photos, videos and Google Docs online.

"Google Drive makes it easy to keep all your stuff in the cloud and access it anywhere -- so you don't have to carry around paper copies wherever you go," Blackwell said. "There are also other great apps that can help you get things done in the cloud -- no printer required."

By joining the Paperless Coalition, Google brings visibility to its product. Google offers 5 GB of storage free,...

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Google’s arty after-party New Year’s Day doodle

January 2nd, 2013
Having offered a party of a doodle for New Year's Eve, today Google presents the cleanup, in which the only character remaining is deep in thought. [Read more]

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Chris Hadfield sends New Year’s wishes from space

January 1st, 2013

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield took a moment today on the International Space Station to send a New Year's greeting back to Earth in both English and French.

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6 Natural Hangover Remedies to Cure What Ails Ya on New Year’s Day

January 1st, 2013

Mobile Trends for the New Year in Tech

January 1st, 2013
Mobile trends in 2013 will revolve around the fact that more and more people are using their phones as computing devices, Noah Kravitz said.

Kravitz, a national mobile expert, has been covering the mobile industry for seven years and recently founded the new consumer buyer's guide He's also partnered with U.S. Cellular to provide his mobile predictions for the year.

Phones are now like walking computers in your pocket, Kravitz told the Tulsa World last week.

But Kravitz said he sees many more technological advances in the future.

"We're like maybe at the top of the second inning of a baseball game," he said. There's still a long way to go.

Below are some of his predictions for the mobile trends of 2013.


The expansion of 4G LTE will continue next year, with more parts of the country, and the world, getting access to the super-fast wireless network.

"4G LTE is a pretty big leap from 3G," Kravitz said. The network's fast speed will put "productivity in your pocket."

Streaming music and movies, uploading photos, and browsing Web sites and social networks will become much faster for smartphone and tablet users who have access to 4G LTE.

Bigger Phones

Kravitz said he's also seeing a trend toward bigger phone screens and a shift in people's attitude toward them.

"When the first giant-sized phones came out, the 4-inch-plus screens, people -- myself included -- were a little skeptical, and now it feels like people are really embracing them," he said.

The shift in attitude reinforces the idea that people "use the phone as a computer more than anything else," Kravitz said.

People want to be able to check their email and watch videos on their phones, and they want to do so on bigger screens.

The Samsung Galaxy Note II, which has a 5.5-inch screen, has already sold 3 million units in three...

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Swine Flu Attacking Norway People – TopNews United States

January 1st, 2013

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Swine Flu Attacking Norway People
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It has been told that 22 patients, who have been admitted to hospitals on New Year Eve, have flu symptoms. But, they turned out to have contracted the H1N1 virus or the swine flu. The report says this strain of flu virus is far more deadly and leads to ...
Norwegian boy dies of swine flu infection Xinhua
Swine Flu Panic Spreads in Norway The Nordic Page
Swine flu kills 11-year old boy in Norway Ninemsn
Newstrack India  - The Foreigner
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Instagram kicks off New Year’s Eve with worldwide photo stream

January 1st, 2013
The photo-sharing social network creates a desktop-optimized stream that displays how users around the globe -- from Dakar to Dublin to Doha -- are ringing in the New Year. [Read more]

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Tony’s Organic Farm Has a New Shipping Container Visitor Center in Shanghai

December 31st, 2012