SPINNING PHOTO CUBE
by Ida Hsiang
Remember how, as a kid, you looked up at the clouds and ignited your imagination? Windows puts a technological spin on that childhood fantasy, by letting PC users create their own personal clouds where they can create, connect, and share all of the important facets of their lives. At its core, Windows Live is designed to simplify everyday life by giving users cool tools in new ways. Getting started is easy, too. Once you have Windows 7, download Windows Live Essentials, and then get to the cloud. Some of the ways it will change your life:Create - From editing your home movies in Movie Maker and photo editing the perfect holiday photo to working on dynamic Word documents that live online, Windows helps you maximize your creativity.Connect - Collaborating with others to plan an event can be cinch thanks to the ability to sync and access your files from all of your devices (even the cool flyer you made on your home PC but forgot to print out). And, you can invite others to contribute their ideas using Windows Live Mesh. The old school days of PTA meetings in the cafeteria are numbered!Share - No one likes facing down a clogged up inbox, even if it means seeing a great slideshow of your sister€™s bridal shower. Upload your album in one click to your social media accounts using Windows Live Photo Gallery, and chat about them in real time using Windows Live Messenger.Learn more about how to Connect to the Cloud!
by Ida Hsiang
In the past few years, digital cameras have been all the rage; many of them now include video options, panoramic capabilities and a multitude of other features that I have no idea how to handle. Most everyone has, or has access to, a digital camera; and with the hyper-popularity of Facebook, we can post our documented activities for all to see. While I'm just as hooked on social networking as anyone else, I do miss the days of physical photographs and making bulletin board collages to add a touch of personality to my room. But the process of taking your memory card to a photo center, choosing which pics make the cut, then waiting for an hour PLUS having to pay is just too much in this new world of instant gratification. Speaking of instant gratification, remember the Polaroid? That little, boxy camera that spit out little, boxy photos that appeared with a few flicks of the wrist? Well, they're back and better than ever! With a new, sleeker look and instant high quality pics (you won't have to sprain your wrist trying to get an image to appear either), the Polaroid 300 is the newest thing from the picture taking past. The Polaroid 300 allows you to snap pics of the memories you'd like to keep and give you an instant, business card sized glossy print that you can keep and look at without having to sift few thousands of other pictures on your thumb drive or FB photo albums. Bring one to your next big event and start snapping!Price: $89.99Who Found It: idabone was first to add the Polaroid 300 to the Hive.