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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Awkward Family Photos

Awkward family photos - what a perfect time of year to check out this site. Especially since they teamed up with USA Today to celebrate the 12 Days of Awkward Holiday Photos.

Most of us have at least one awkward photo... What's yours? 

Check out the official Awkward Family Photos board game! Why not make your own game with your very own awkward scanned photos?

Facebook Timeline Goes Live

Facebook's more than 800 million members will now be able to convert their profiles to the new Timeline design.

The world's largest social network announced Timeline in September, and now it's available worldwide. The feature replaces current user profiles and dramatically overhauls how information is shared on the service.
"It's a way to tell all the important stories from your life on a single page," Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said when he announced the new feature at his company's F8 Conference.
Timeline shows all the updates a person has added to Facebook since they joined the site. It also follows the social network's desire to provide users with a single place to showcase what has happened in their lives over the years.

Facebook said this morning that people can head over to its Timeline information page and turn the feature on. Upon doing so, they will have seven days to review their timelines and decide whether certain photos or wall posts shared on the site over the years should be shared or kept hidden from view.
Aside from a prominent picture at the top and basic information below it, Timeline has a right sidebar listing years in chronological order that you can click on to see what a user shared on the site, who they made friends with, and other information for any given period. Timeline even includes a map where people can input where they've been around the world.
I loaded up Timeline this morning and was immediately hit with a sense of nostalgia. I went back to updates and posts friends put on my wall years prior. In many cases, they were things (and events) that I had long forgotten. But Facebook hadn't. And now, my friends and I can relive some of those moments.
Timeline has privacy features.
Timeline has privacy features.
(Credit: Facebook)
Aside from that, I was pleased with Facebook's decision to let me customize just about everything in Timeline. If there was something I didn't think should be shared any longer, I simply made it private. And if certain information was worth sharing again, I made it publicly viewable.
Inevitably, some folks will complain about Timeline's design and Facebook heaping major changes on its user base. But from what I've seen so far, it's a solid update. It offers privacy features, it comes with a nice design, and it makes getting to know people (in the virtual world, at least) a bit easier.
Facebook said it will automatically push the timeline live seven days after someone signs up for the new feature. However, if folks are content with what's shared after reviewing it, they can push it live themselves at any point within that period.
Mobile users hoping to access Timeline will be able to do so from Facebook's mobile Web site.Android handset owners will also have access to Timeline in the Facebook for Android app.

Kodak Earns Three CES Innovation Awards from Consumer Electronics Association

Kodak earns three (3) CES Innovations 2012 Design and Engineering Awards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)

Which products won? The Kodak Hero 9.1 all-in-one printer, Kodak Playfull waterproof video camera & Kodak Playsport video camera/Zx5. 

Do you use Kodak products or services?

Tech the Halls with Photos

Looking for that last-minute gift idea?

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Enter code TECH40 at checkout:  Receive $40 off your next online prepaid order over $200 through December 31, 2011.

Happy holidays from!

Seeking a Picture-Perfect Tablet

Looking for a tablet to organize, edit and store photos? These are helpful tips.

Consider screen size, the ability to add storage space, see of syncing images externally or saving them in a cloud.

Very importantly, keep in mind the quality, quantity and availability of photo apps that you will have access to on your particular tablet's operating system.  Make editing and organizing your photos as easy, fast and FUN as possible.

Happy organizing and editing!

December 12, 2011, 5:46 PM

Q&A: Seeking a Picture-Perfect Tablet

I want to get a tablet for organizing, editing and storing photos. What things should I consider when shopping?
Although there are other systems available, most tablets today run Google’s Android operating system — except for Apple’s iPad 2, which runs its own iOS system.
If you want to put a focus on photography when making a tablet purchase, keep several factors in mind. Unless you want to travel light, a tablet with a 10-inch screen gives you more space to edit and show off your work than do tablets with 8.9- or 7-inch screens. If you plan to store a lot of images on the device, be mindful of the storage capacity. Some tablets expand on their internal storage space with slots for Secure Digital cards, ports for USB flash drives or a few extra gigabytes of room on a remote server.
But even with smaller-capacity tablets, you can still usually move pictures between the device and your computer. Depending on your computer’s photo program of choice, you may find it easier to sync images to the tablet if you use certain software. For example, Google’s Picasa program works easily with Android devices, and Apple’s iPad (through the iTunes program) can quickly synchronize photo collections stored in iPhoto or Aperture for the Mac, or Adobe Photoshop Elements for Windows.
When it comes to mobile devices, the apps available for the operating system are perhaps the most important factor to consider, especially if you want to do a lot of image editing directly on the tablet. If you are trying to decide between an Android tablet or an Apple iPad, visit the app stores for each system and browse the photography section to see what apps fit your needs best.
You can sample the Android Market here and Apple has a list of iOS photo apps here. If you already use Adobe’s Photoshop products, the company has a selection of photo-editing apps for both systems here.

The Annual Las Vegas Company Retreat

Each year, to celebrate our extraordinary employees and to provide an opportunity to bond, the entire family heads out to the Capitol of fun as we leisurely enjoy Las Vegas.

We recently returned from this year’s retreat, which vaunted a more over-the-top adventure than ever in the past. The celebration was in part due to our expansion from a 1,200 sq. ft. retail location to our new corporate headquarters in Irvine, CA - boasting 6,000 sq. ft and 19 separate offices. Our staff has also grown over the years, from five to nineteen employees (new ones are on the way).

For this retreat, we even flew a former employee to join in the fun. Although Phil is now attending the University of Massachusetts, it was important that he too attended, after all, we are a tight-knit family and his efforts also assisted in magnifying the upswing in our business; besides, we hope that during vacations and next summer, he will return to work with us.

Those guests flying to Las Vegas were met with chauffeured Rolls Royce Ghost limousines to whisk them to SKYLOFT’S. Perched on the top two floors of MGM Grand, SKYLOFT'S redefines luxury. From the modern two-story loft design to their personal 24-hour butlers, every detail was carefully planned to ensure our absolute comfort.

At this years Vegas adventure, we included a master suite at SKYLOFT’S Suites. Several employees engaged and talked with the celebrities that were also staying on our floor. Along with separate luxury rooms throughout MGM Grand, Vegas shows, culinary and unique thrill ride experiences were also provided.

Some of the activities included:

Front row seats to LOVE, the Cirque du Cell celebration of the musical legacy of The Beatles at Mirage Hotel and Casino

Row three seats for Elton John's Million Dollar Piano Show at Caesar’s Palace

Heart-pounding thrill rides atop the Stratosphere Casino Hotel

Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour - We began at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday as we received a briefing on the helicopter adventure by Maverick Helicopter Tours. Sixteen of our guests were wisked above the beautiful Lake Las Vegas, Lake Mead, the world-famous Hoover Dam and Fortification Hill, an extinct volcano. Along the way we saw breathtaking scenery and wildlife of the Southwest.

Then, we descended and landed 3,500 feet into the Grand
Canyon in Hualapai Indian Territory. Champagne, beverages and a morning breakfast were served some 300 feet above the mighty Colorado River surrounded by one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. Afterwards, we boarded the helicopters for a journey back through the Grand Canyon and land on the West Rim, where we enjoyed the spectacular views at Eagle Point and received a brief introduction to the Hualapai Indian legends and culture. Afterwards, we headed to Guano Point, a breathtaking observation spot overlooking the Grand Canyon where another meal was served. The adventure culminated with a walk on the Grand Canyon Skywalk, the new glass bridge attraction. On the ride back, aboard our three chartered helicopters, we set out back to the SKYLOFT’S Suites, toward Las Vegas through the Bowl of Fire and concluded the journey with a flight over the Las Vegas Strip.

In-room games and dining experiences at SKYLOFT’S Suites were hosted throughout the retreat along with those famous Vegas buffets at MGM and Mirage.

Dinner included reserved seating for our seventeen guests at two of the hottest Vegas restaurants.

MESA Grill Las Vegas at Caesar’s Palace: Bobby Flay brings his passion for bold and innovative Southwestern fare straight to the heart of the region that inspired it at Mesa Grill, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. Bobby developed his signature style of American cookery, marrying the flavors of southwest with his love of grilling at Mesa Grill. Dishes like New Mexican Spice Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Bourbon-Ancho Chile Sauce, Sweet Potato Tamale, and Crushed Pecan Butter were presented. In a nod to the West, he also included a Chiptole Glazed Rib-Eye with Red and Green Chile Sauce. Las Vegas' proximity to Mexico gives the restaurant access to some of that country’’s highest-quality tequila and mezcal offerings, and the expansive wine list has a global reach yet maintains an emphasis on top American wines. The combination of Mesa Grill's magnificent decor, the exciting vibe of the casino atmosphere and Bobby Flay's stunning range of textures, flavors and colors incorporated into his menu electrify all of us.

Spago Vegas: At the flagship of Wolfgang Puck's fine dining restaurant empire at Spago, located in The Forum Shops at Caesar’s, just steps away from the Colosseum Theater where we saw the new Elton John show, we were presented with an imaginative diner menu. Acknowledged as the spark that ignited the Las Vegas culinary phenomenon, Spago is the preeminent trendsetter in cuisine, service and style -- synonymous with fine food and celebrity clientele. Executive Chef Eric Klein’s menu features seasonal American cuisine with influences from around the world and trademark Wolfgang Puck touches.

Craftsteak Las Vegas: After a day traveling to the Grand Canyon and afternoon in room movies, we stopped off for cocktails in the private SKYLOFT’S lounge 29 floors above the Vegas Strip and then ambled through the SKYLOFT’S lobby to Craftsteak, where the James Beard Award Winning Chef, Tom Colicchio created menu items that appeal to all lovers of fine food. Using only the finest ingredients from small family farms and other specialized venues, every dish bursts with flavor. While this famous steakhouse offers mainstays like Kobe beef, specialties also include veal, salmon, lobster, and farmer's market vegetables. Before a medley of the most popular desserts were served, each guest was provided with a private tour of the Craftsteak kitchen.

Why did we entertain our employees in Vegas?

We are smart and they deserve it. They are the best employees in the WORLD and the reason for our success! After 21-years in business, we understand that our most important resource are those dedicated workers that help build and expand Every smart entrepreneurial company should understand the fuel that powers their business are their employees. Beyond a very rich compensation program, including free lunch and 100% paid medical, dental and eye coverage, we constantly strive to create an environment that fabricates loyalty and a steadfast commitment to excellence. After all, our business is to preserve millions of precious photo memories, and along the way, create new ones for us that will be coveted forever.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

PMA@CES exhibitor update

JACKSON, Mich. – PMA, The Worldwide Community of Imaging Associations reports The Venetian exhibit space allotted for 2012 PMA@CES will feature key exhibits in the digital output, camera and accessory space. The combined PMA, Digital Imaging Marketing Association (DIMA) and International CES imaging experience, Jan. 8-13, 2012, is shaping up to be the biggest imaging exhibition and conferences in U.S. history. 
“Coupled with the array of digital imaging companies at other International CES venues, PMA@CES is shaping up to be the can’t-miss kick-off for 2012,” comments Jim Esp, executive director, PMA. “With DIMA and our traditional PMA programming, we’ve got a terrific lineup.” 
Pentax Ricoh, Liberty Synergistics, Lucidiom, Noritsu America and Tamrac are among the confirmed exhibitors in the PMA@CES, which will also feature imaging-specific German and China pavilions. Other imaging exhibitors at The Venetian include AAA Imaging Solutions, ToCAD America, Inc., Black Rapid Inc., Bowens International, Dotline, KIS SA, Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA, Marumi Optical Co. Ltd., MediaClip Inc., Omega Brandess, Pioneer Photo Albums,, Altech Co. Ltd., Colorado Timberline, Gallery Blocks / Artsy Couture, GPI International, KVD Kleer Vu Deluxe, Matin Interational Co. Ltd., and Think Tank Photo. 
The 2012 International CES also features a robust array of digital imaging companies exhibiting in other areas of the show floor, including Canon, Casio, Fujifilm, JVC, Kodak, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Samsung, Sigma, Sony, Tiffen and Vivitar.
PMA@CES will give attendees maximum exposure to all of the newest technology and products in the imaging/electronics world. 
Esp adds the outlook is bright for PMA-CES relationship, which is in the first year of a two-year agreement and will continue in 2013.

Major PMA events coming soon:
• DIMA /PMA@CES Conferences, Las Vegas, Nev., Jan. 8-12, 2012
 •PMA@CES exhibits, Las Vegas, Nev., Jan. 10-13, 2012
• PPFA Convention, Mirage Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nev., Jan. 29 - Feb. 1, 2012
PSPA/SPAA ConferencesThe Renaissance Las Vegas, Nev., Feb. 18-19, 2012
6Sight Future of Imaging Conference, New York, N.Y., June 25-27, 2012
For more information on PMA events, visit the PMA home page.

About PMA – The Worldwide Community of Imaging Associations
As a professional trade association, PMA® helps the worldwide photo imaging community achieve business success and adapt to new technologies. Its commitment to members in 100-plus countries is part of an 86-year legacy that connects business owners to a network of knowledge and support. PMA furthers this purpose through the development of educational programs, marketing research, publications, and trade shows. As a not-for-profit organization, any success PMA achieves in its endeavors directly benefits the industry, providing the means to continually develop services and activities for members.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Official Consumer Electronics Show 2012 Party List

Update: See the most up-to-date, official list of CES 2012 parties! 

List from December 9th follows:
posted by admin on Nov 29
10 am – 8:30 pm: AT&T Hackathon, Palms (
4-7 p.m.:  CES Unveiled – Venetian, Ballroom D, invited media only (
7-10 pm: 3rd Annual Startup Debut at CES, House of Blues Foundation Room, invited media only (

posted by admin on Nov 29
7-11 p.m.: Pepcom Digital Experience – MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, invited media only (
7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.: IMS Research Reception – Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, limited invites (
7:30-10:30 p.m.: DA Awards Ceremony – Aria, Haze Nightclub (Invite only)
8:30- midnight: AT&T “Rock at Rain” (part of AT&T developer summit -

posted by admin on Nov 29
6-10 p.m.: Showstoppers – Wynn, Lafitte Ballroom, invited media only
7-9 p.m.: Women in CE Awards – Paris, Champagne Ballroom 1 (Tickets available:
TBA – Social Media Club usually does a blogger event…

posted by admin on Nov 29
7:30 – 10:30 a.m.: IDC Breakfast - Encore hotel – Encore Ballroom 5 (Invite only)
5 – 9:30 p.m.: iHollywood Forum/LaunchFest Party – Clarion Hotel, 303 Convention Center Way, Theatre, various levels of tickets, including some free (
6-8 p.m.: Shuttle Hospitality Suite – Bellagio, Shuttle Suite (Invite only)
6-9 p.m.: Netshelter Party – Venetian, TAO (Invite Only)
7-10 p.m.: Bluetooth SIG Party – Venetian, TAO (Invite only)
7-10 p.m.: Marketnews Canada Night – Bellagio, Bank Nightclub (Invite only)
7:30 p.m.: Monster Cable Retailer Awards – Paris Hotel, Paris Ballroom, starring  Chicago (Invite only)
8-11 p.m.: Mashable Awards – Mirage, 1OAK Club, tickets available for $35 ( )
TBA – Parnassus Group/OnStar Tweet House “It Won’t Stay in Vegas” party, location TBA (

posted by admin on Nov 29
6-10 p.m.: 6th Annual CES Partylist Party, private residence in Paradise Palms (5 minutes from Convention Center), presented by SocialRadius and sponsored by WeVideo (for media, VIPs, video content creators and friends – for information/consideration, please email

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

In 2012, the trend will be to discard your photo albums and save everything digitally

Digitize your life was the principle takeaway message learned by members of the senior management team as they attended the Economist Magazine's World in 2012 Festival, which was held on December 1st and 3rd in New York City.  A compelling message at the conference was to propel yourself into the digital age to protect your precious photo memories and declutter your life.  By digitizing your analog images, you will be able to instantaneously share those memories with friends and family across the world.

If you are looking for a creative way to share your photo memories, consider collaboratively hosting an online family reunion by uploading your scanned photos to Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, Instagram or another photo sharing site, allowing your family and friends to tag people and comment on each of those special images.

Do you have an annual New Year’s resolution to live happier and stress-free?  Happiness is throwing away your photo albums and saving everything digitally.  Preserve your precious memories for a lifetime and more.

If you’re looking for that perfect gift to help preserve family genealogy or save and share analog images, try Teching the halls with
Scan Photos, 35mm Slide and Negative Scanning, Photo Restoration, Digital Printing -