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+ - Best option for printing digital photos

Submitted by rrossman2
rrossman2 (844318) writes "With the birth of our son (who is now just over 2), we have snapped and accumulated a ton of pictures. The issue is, the wife uploads most of them to Facebook. I have them on panoramio, picasa, Facebook, etc.

My question for the slash dot croud is what is the best option for bulk printing the photos to a physical format? We all know with how fast technology advances, as well as sites come and go, I want a way to have these pictures for my son when he is older... just like my grand father has photos of his self from world war II, my parents have photos of me when I was little etc.

Are there any affordable services that you can upload the photos to that print and deliver long lasting pictures? How well do today's photo ink jets last and what's the best type of paper?

I do have a cheaper Samsung color laser printer, but color lasers don't make the most color rich prints, and using normal photo paper you can find in big box stores doesn't work out too well as the laser toner seems to peel off on the rollers and gum things up... is there a good long lasting paper that seems to work well with laser printers?

I can see what's going to happen in the future.. all of the digital photos people take now are going either end up on a website that won't be around in 20+ years or get stuck on disks (hard drives, CDs etc) or flash memory that won't last or become dated where interfacing with the media will become difficult or impossible. (An example is I have some old 100MB hard drives that still work, as well as floppies from my C64, but newer drives seem to crap out more often or in ways you can recover at home... and IDE ports are thinning down and may eventually go the way of ST506, ESDI or other older interface connections)

Any help/insight any of you have used that have worked out well would be fantastic. I guess this is the danger of going all digital vs old film cameras where the prints lasted for an extremely long time as well as ghe negatives."
Android

+ - Samsung Vs Apple War Set To Explode->

Submitted by rrossman2
rrossman2 (844318) writes "A top Samsung executive says the company will take a bolder stance in its patent battle with smartphone and tablet rival Apple, which Samsung claims has been "free riding" on its patented wireless technologies.

Lee, a senior vice president at Samsung, did not say what form the South Korean company's stronger stance would take or if there would be more lawsuits. But her remarks suggest a definite change in tone. She described its previous approach as "passive."

Lee said that Samsung has kept that relationship with Apple (over hardware) in mind amid the dispute with the Cupertino, California-based company, and has largely been pulling its punches."

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+ - Qualcomm Releases And Ships Dual-Core Snapdragon->

Submitted by rrossman2
rrossman2 (844318) writes "Qualcomm has released a press release revealing they have started shipping their new Dual-Core Snapdragon chipsets. These chipsets run each core at up to 1.2GHz, include a GPU which supports 2D/3D acceleration engines for Open GLES 2.0 and Open VG 1.1, 1080p video encode/decode, dedicated low power audio engine, integrated low power GPS, and support for 24-bit WXGA 1280x800 resolution displays.

These chipsets come in two variants, the MSM8260 for HSPA+ and the MSM8660 for multi-mode HSPA+/CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev B. The press release also lists QSD8672 as a third gen chipset like the two mentioned, but doesn't go into any detail of what it's roll is.

With this announcement they they are shipping, how long until HTC makes a super smart phone?"

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+ - Deal gives Verizon users access to Skype ->

Submitted by rrossman2
rrossman2 (844318) writes "Skype on Tuesday announced a major deal with Verizon Wireless that would make its inexpensive online-calling service available to up to 90 million Verizon users, vastly expanding Skype's presence on smartphones.
The deal gives Verizon customers with smartphones and data plans the option of making unlimited calls to hundreds of millions of Skype users worldwide, beginning next month. It extends to BlackBerrys and Android smartphones that run on Verizon. Those calls would go over Verizon's network, not using cellphone plan minutes. Minutes would be deducted to use Skype to call regular phone numbers in the U.S., Verizon said.

It doesn't work over WiFi, and Verizon's version of Skype won't call landlines/mobile phones without eating up your regular minutes, but I'm betting now that Verizon isn't blocking SIP it's only a matter of time before someone releases a Skype client that supports Skype-out for the Blackberry"

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+ - Microsoft drops payback demand on ex-workers

Submitted by rrossman2
rrossman2 (844318) writes "According to Reuters: 'The Redmond, Washington-based company, which announced a plan to cut up to 5,000 jobs in January, acknowledged on Sunday that it had tried to get the overpaid workers to return the extra money. But late on Monday, it reversed course.
"This was a mistake on our part," said a Microsoft spokesman in an e-mailed statement. "We should have handled this situation in a more thoughtful manner."'
All said and done, it was only 25 employees that had been over-paid."

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