Tuesday, August 28, 2012

New Amazon Sales Tax For California Customers

Amazon.com, the website that has been famous for their wide selection of products, low prices, and especially their no sales tax rule in most of the states of the US, will now have to begin charging sales tax for all California residents that shop there due to a new slight law change that goes into effect next month. Many people have known this day will come, but don't know when. In fact, this law change was passed last year, but Amazon managed to strike a deal with California law makers to cut them some slack for another year. The deal will end beginning next month. It has also been a very big pain in the butt for the people running California as many people just bought the things they needed on Amazon instead of going to the local stores to buy them. In this economy, more and more people are not willing to pay the 8%+ tax that California law makers has thrown on their residents, and are buying their things on Amazon where the prices are always the lowest, plus gets you another 8%+ savings from tax! California has been very low on money now, and the law makers are trying to find new ways to tax their residents to make more money, and sadly, Amazon was their target and they succeeded in the new law changes.

So what should you do? I doubt petitioning these changes to the this poor law makers that are extremely in need of cash is of any use, so I recommend you get your big purchases out of the way this month! There are only 3 more days left before this new law goes into play. So yes, if there is something big you want to get on Amazon, do it in the next 3 days, or you will have to start paying the 8%+ sales tax.

Monday, August 13, 2012

New Features On Android Jellybean (Video)

A quick video showing you some of the new features on Android Jellybean, the new Android OS that was recently released. The phone you see in the video is a Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens Review (Video)

Warning: As shown in the video, I replaced this lens with one of Canon's top notch L-model lenses. The information provided in the video and video description may be slightly biased as the L-model works a lot better and gives a way better quality than this lens.

The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens is a great entry level lens for both entry level photographers and amateur photographers. The lens is light and compact and is made of plastic and glass. This is one of Canon's cheapest lenses and is usually bundled with some DSLR bundles. The lens gives off great photo quality for the price and would satisfy any amateur or entry level photographers.

  • Light weight
  • Cheap
  • Has image stabilizer
  • Fairly good photo quality for the price
  • Not as sharp as L-models (Canon's elite lenses)
  • Chromatic Aberration at non-center
  • Aperture changes as you zoom
  • Front of the lens moves (not good for polarizers)
  • No distance window
  • Micro-motor focus (loud)
  • Light fall off at wide aperture
  • EF-S mount not compatible with some cameras
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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Longest I ever went with out charging my phone...

This was during my Yosemite trip. Since I knew there would be no cell signal in the mountains, I turned on airplane mode. The phone lasted over 2 days with still 78% left on the battery. How nice. LOL This is the longest I went with out charging it! It usually dies on me with in 12-24 hours...

I got a free mouse! :D

I got a coupon in the mail for a free mouse at a Sony store. Since I was passing by the Stanford Shopping Center, I redeemed mine. I wanted a black one to match my laptop, but they only had white and pink ones left. LOL So I got a white one. It works great! Also, not sure what light it uses for tracking... There is no red light shining from the bottom, so I thought it would be infrared, but after pointing a camera at it, it didn't see any infrared light either. o_O What does it use for tracking? Weird.

Android Facial Recognition Now Checks for Liveness

After being told that that Face Unlock in Android Ice Cream Sandwich can be easily fooled by a picture of the owner, the Android team has now added a new feature in Android Jellybean that once activated, will require the person to blink after the face is recognized. Obviously a photo of a person can not blink, which in turn fixes the photo hack. Like previous version, your phone will still warn you about the security flaws in facial recognition and how a Pin and Pattern lock is more secure. This still holds true as anyone that looks similar to you or has a video of you blinking will be able to unlock the phone with no issue at all. Hopefully the developers in the Android team will come out with more crafty ways to prevent unauthorized users from using your phone.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Canon EOS 7D 2.0.X Firmware Upgrade

If you are keeping up with the latest Canon news, you will know that Canon has recently released the new 2.0.X firmware for the Canon EOS 7D. The new upgrade gives lucky Canon EOS 7D owners:
  • Higher maximum burst rate
  • The option to set a maximum for ISO Auto all the way up to ISO 6400 (starting limit is from ISO 400)
  • Partial compatibility with the new Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2
  • Manual audio level adjustment during video shooting and during review
  • In-camera RAW image processing and converting
  • In-camera image resize
  • In-camera image rating
  • Faster scrolling of magnified images
  • Custom photo file names
  • Time-zone and Daylight savings options
If you own a Canon EOS 7D, you can go ahead and find the new firmware update here. The instructions for installing the firmware is included in the ZIP file. Make sure you have a full battery or use the AC adapter for the camera. Also remember not to touch anything on your camera especially the power switch, battery compartment, and the CF card door during the update!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Nikon 8072 Microfiber Cleaning Cloth Review (Video)

The Nikon Microfiber cleaning cloth is a great add-on to your camera supplies. Not only does this cloth not drop any lint, it will get rid of any contaminants on the surface of your lens for you. The cloth can also be used on other electronics such as LCD screens or computer monitors. The cloth also features anti-static properties to help get rid of dust earlier. Comes on a key chain ring so it's very easy to hang from your key chain or backpack.

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