One of Walt Disney's favorite attractions was the Carousel of Progress. Presented during the 1964-1965 World's Fair, Disney seemed especially devoted to this project. The Carousel of Progress is steeped in both nostalgia and futurism, the attraction's premise is an exploration of the joys of living through the advent of electricity and other technological advances during the 20th century via a "typical" American family.
Beam ahead nearly 50 years later and yes, the Carousel of Progress is still playing in Walt Disney World as the longest running stage show in the history of American Theater. The optimism and excitement about the future of technology was one of Walt Disney's most enduring legacies and can be heard in the Carousel's theme song - "The Best Time of your Life" - if you have ever been to this Walt Disney World attraction, then you are probably humming the song to yourself now.
So, what does this all have to do with the Roku? It is our firm belief that we are entering a new golden age of technology that the Father of Imagineering would have found so intriguing and exhilarating that he would have concluded, as he did in 1964, that it would change the world. He would have wrapped himself around the technology and stretched it to the boundaries of space. All of the promises of the last 15 years of technology development are coming to a crescendo that will result in a major shift in social, economical and political change as the choice of freedom ceases the day. The signs are everywhere. Blazing fast computer processors, wireless internet, tablets and touch screens will eventually be attached to every device we own making our lives easier with more time for Americans to engage in what Americans have always done - innovate!
The Roku represents what we believe is the future and promise of a new age of media and communications that will change the world. Once upon a time, watching a movie at home meant ordering a DVD online, waiting for it to arrive, then having it sit on your coffee table for weeks until you were in the mood to watch it. Then came along the Roku—the original streaming player. Now, millions of people use Roku to choose what they want to watch instantly. Whether you’re exploring over 700 channels of movies and shows, delving into what really interests you, or just stumbling across something new, Roku makes it happen easily, instantly and affordably. Movie night—or any night—will never be the same.
Roku was designed to be amazingly easy to use. With the simple remote, you choose what you want to watch, and it starts instantly. That's it.
Roku does not charge a monthly fee. Simply access your existing subscriptions like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon or watch free content with services like Crackle and Vudu. Enjoy all the free movies, shows, and music. Or browse the latest blockbusters on demand.
Roku connects easily to your TV and wireless (Wi-Fi) network at home. You’ll be up and streaming in minutes.
Access all of Celtic Radio channels using the Live365 Channel, right from your HD T.V.
We have put to the test the HD Roku for 30 days and did not encounter one problem. Connection with our wireless access point was as advertised; simply and trouble free. We really appreciated both the HDMI port and the alternative RCA plugs for our older T.V.'s. The Roku is small and portable and can easily be carried to another room in a jiffy or to a friend's house for that matter. The Roku is the first T.V. streaming device that we consider easy to rent movies and very usable. We used Amazon and really liked the 48 hour rental time. Best of all we found the HD Roku for $48 at our local Walmart.
We highly recommend the HD Roku for its ability to be used on both a HD TV and older VGA (RCA Plugs) TV. If you enjoy listening to the Celtic Radio channels on Live365, then you will love the Live365 channel especially on your HD TV with full color albums, song info and more.
With the Roku and other new products coming on to the market, prepare for the Golden Age of new technology to become the Best Times of our Lives! 5 Stars from Celtic Radio!
The Secret of Roan Inish is an American independent film written and directed by John Sayles, and released in 1994. It's based on the novel The Secret of Ron Mor Skerry, by Rosalie K. Fry. It is centered on the Irish and Orcadian folklores of selkies—seals that can shed their skins to become human. The story, set on the west coast of Ireland, is about Fiona, a young girl who is sent to live with her grandparents near the island of Roan Inish, where the selkies are rumored to reside. It is an old family legend that her younger brother was swept away in his infancy and raised by a selkie. Part of the film takes place in Donegal. The movie has been widely praised for its uniqueness and its breathtaking cinematography filmed by Haskell Wexler.
The story is told from the point-of-view of Fiona — played by Jeni Courtney — a young girl who is sent to live with her grandparents in an Irish fishing village. Her grandfather weaves tall tales about the family's evacuation from their home on the tiny island of Roan Inish and his great-great grandfather, who once cheated death at the hands of the sea. As she meets other villagers, Fiona hears more personal stories about an ancestor who married a beautiful, part-human/part-seal, and more about how the sea stole her baby brother during the departure from Roan Inish. Later, Fiona believes that she has found Jamie romping in the grass on Roan Inish, and she must convince the family of her vision.
Although in the original novel the story takes place in Sotland, the filmmakers decided to have the film take place in Ireland for practical reasons. Critic Stephen Holden, of The New York Times, liked the film's direction. He wrote, "The Secret of Roan Inish is the first film directed by Mr. Sayles that could be described as visually rhapsodic. Photographed by Haskell Wexler on Ireland's rugged northwestern seacoast, it is a cinematic tone poem in which man and nature, myth and reality flow together in a way that makes them ultimately indivisible.
A beautiful story, that captures the selkie legend with a touch of innocence. 5 Golden Stars from CelticRadio.net:
Picture Gallery from the Movie: The Secret of Roan Inish
The Canon Powershot ELPH 320 HS is a camera that can do it all. From gorgeous pictures to HD video, this little camera packs a big punch when it comes to features and ease of use.
Some key features of this camera include:
• 16.1 Megapixels • Wi-Fi Enabled • 5x Zoom, 24 mm Wide-Angle Lens • Full 1080p HD Video • 3.2 Inch Touch Panel LCD
What interested us the most in this camera was the HD video capacity and the wide angle lens. Having been disappointed in the past with other digital cameras only offering lower resolutions for video, we were excited to see that the 320 had 1080p HD along with a wide-angle lens to boot! The Wi-Fi feature was also a draw to this camera and we will get into that later.
The HD Video has a built in stabilizer that provides for a shake free recording of videos. This feature is a must as it really helps create professional looking videos. The wide angle lens is another professional recording feature, so that you can include more in your videos – especially up close. All of the features can be customized right from the built in touch screen and menu system. We found the learning curve to be about an hour to discover all of the features and make changes confidently on the fly.
In picture mode this camera can strut its stuff. Beautiful 16.1 megapixel photographs that have all of the rich details of the moment captured. The optical image stabilizer is a feature that creates professional looking photographs and the PureColor LCD system allows you to view and frame your shots in high resolution. An interesting feature of this camera is Face ID which allows your camera to learn the faces of your family members or friends. Simply take a picture of up to 12 faces you would like the camera to register, then enter names and ages. Once a person is registered, the camera will pick him or her out of a group (even against a busy background) and adjust focus and exposure to his or her face, even recognizing faces in profile.
This camera has so many features that we could not possible list all of them in this article. However, what struck us the most was that even with all of the features packed into this little photographers dream, it was still very easy to learn and use. Check out the full list of features by visiting the Amazon.com product page on this camera.
Finally we have to tell you about the Wi-Fi enabled features. The built in Wi-Fi wireless technology makes capturing images and HD videos easy to transfer to smart phones, computers and tablets. Compatible with Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n wireless standard), this camera can connect with compatible home networks or to wireless access points. No need to pull out that USB cable, now you can transfer photographs and videos easily. The setup process is not exactly easy, but the supplied manual has detailed instructions that worked for us. Once you setup on your computer or tablet, connecting to your device is automatic.
The Canon Powershot ELPH 320 HS is a dream come true for us. It combines the best of a digital camera with a HD video camera, all in a small hand held device. The features of this camera will have us taking videos and pictures for a long time to come and will be the perfect camera for sharing YouTube videos and more. We highly suggest a compatible small case for storage and the 32 GB SDHC card for external storage. An extra battery or two is also a good idea if you plan on taking a lot of videos!
So you want to YouTube? If your like alot of people you've been using YouTube for a while now and your tempted to start your own YouTube video channel. But you don't want to break the bank with the high cost of a digital camera or perhaps you don't know exactly what you need in a digital camera to YouTube. Let us introduce you to the Fujifilm Fine Z70 12 Megapixel Digital Camera. This camera is definitely a friend of YouTube!
The Fuji Fine Z70 takes the best of the former Z-series cameras and combines it with an affordable price and HD movie capability. A key feature that we love about this camera is that unlike other digital cameras, you can zoom in and out while recording in HD video in a 5X optical zoom lense (most cameras have a 3X zoom lense). Another plus about this camera, which is different than most video cameras, is it records in native AVI instead of the standard MP4/MOV. This makes it much easier to edit your video using Microsoft's free Movie Maker software. A great feature of this camera is it comes with a rechargable battery with charger - no more buying expensive batteries everytime you are ready to start shooting! The camera takes both SD or SDHC memory cards and a USB cable to directly connect to your PC or MAC. Our favorite feature of this camera is that it can take 2 pictures at a time, one
with the flash and then one without so you can pick which one is better.
In terms of weight and feel, it is solid and well built with parts of the outside constructed of high quality metal. It has a
port on the bottom for a standard tripod. On this camera you can take many many pictures and HD Video with power to spare.
The battery can recharge to maximum capacity in about
Included with the Fuji Fine Z70 is a software package that contains tons of features along with a single button to upload your selected videos or pictures to YouTube or Facebook. Definitely a plus in our books.
So, if you are looking for a full-featured digital camera to take videos for YouTube at an affordable cost, then go with the Fuji Fine Z70 12 Megapixel Digital Camera. You will not be disappointed. Care for a video response? :-)
FinePix Z70 Highlights:
Chic New Design
Debuting a sleek new look, the FinePix Z70 features a sophisticated metal body
and a chic horizontal sliding lens barrier. At a mere 17.9mm thin, the FinePix
Z70 is ultra-portable and can be slipped into a handbag or jean-pocket with
ease. It is available in a choice of Black, Silver Blue and Berry Red, and
features LED illuminated keys that allow users to easily navigate the camera's
functions in dark conditions.
With 720p HD movie recording and a high 12-megapixel resolution, the FinePix Z70
can capture stunning, detailed images that can be played back in beautiful
detail on your HDTV. In addition, the FinePix Z70's one-touch movie button it is
simple to create your own video clips. The newly added Movie Edit feature allows
users to add personalized finishing touches to footage by editing videos and
incorporating various effects including B&W, Sepia or dynamic lighting settings.
Along the same theme, Blog Mode lets users add special effects to their photos
including color tones, contrasts and brightness changes, Diagonal Crop and Face
Easy Web Uploads
As sharing photos online has become an everyday activity for many young people
worldwide, Fujifilm has developed a new Facebook/YouTube Automatic Upload
feature that makes for quicker and easier modes of posting photos/videos on
social networking sites. Featured in both the FinePix Z70 and FinePix XP10
digital cameras, the one-touch easy web upload button allows users to mark a
photo for Facebook or YouTube upload. Once the camera is connected to a PC and
MyFinePix Studio software is launched, all marked photos or movies will upload
directly to Facebook or YouTube at the press of a button.
Target Focus: Target Focus tracks fast moving subjects so
they don't escape from the frame in a blur. Target Focus tracks a subject
automatically for as long as the shutter is half-pressed, and once users fully
press the shutter, the picture is taken with the subject in the centre of the
frame in perfect focus.
Digital Image Stabilization: Digital Image Stabilization
reduces image blur and offers creative adaptability and excellent picture
Scene Recognition Auto (SR AUTO): This mode intelligently
detects the scene-type and shooting conditions and optimises the camera
Face Detection and Automatic Red-eye Removal: To provide
perfectly exposed and focused portrait shots, the FinePix Z70 is fitted with
Fujifilm's latest Face Detection technology which is able to track up to 10
faces simultaneously, at almost any angle to the camera. The system instantly
corrects red-eye and then saves both the original and the corrected image file
Fujifilm FinePix Z70- 12MP, Fujinon 5x Periscopic Optical Zoom, 2.7" LCD.
Other features include: Face Detection w/ Red Eye Removal, Tracking Auto
Focus, Digital Image Stabilization, Upload Function to YouTube & Facebook,
High Sensitivity 1600 ISO, 6 Scene - SR Auto Automatic Scene Recognition, One
Touch HD Movie 720p w/ Sound, Successive Movie Mode, Blog Mode w/ 7 In-Camera
Editing Options, Couple and Group Timers, LED Illuminated Buttons, Thin Metal
Body 17.9mm, Li-Ion Rechargeable Battery.
This month in our new Go Technology column we take a close look at Amazon's upcoming new product called the Kindle Fire. Set to release on November 15, 2011, the Kindle Fire is certainly about to set the digital and technology world on fire with 95,000 units already sold.
For a low price of just $200, buyers will get a great deal on a tablet that is going to change the way manufactures sell and market this wonderful little devices we call tablets. By the end of the year, researchers expect the Kindle Fire to sell over 3 million units!
So what is all of the excitement about? Kindle Fire will have 18 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines and books available. It will contain an Amazon App store similar to iTunes App store and also a web browser. But here is the magic of the Kindle Fire - Ultra Fast Web Browsing using Amazon's Silk cloud computing. To store all of your purchases Amazon will provide free cloud storage and that's not all...
Movies, magazines and children's books come alive on a 7" vibrant color touchscreen that delivers 16 million colors in high resolution. Kindle Fire uses IPS (in-plane switching) technology - similar technology to that used on the iPad - for an extra-wide viewing angle, perfect for sharing your screen with others. Kindle Fire features a state-of-the-art dual-core processor for fast, powerful performance. Stream music while browsing the web or read books while downloading videos. Stay in touch using a built-in email app that gets your webmail (Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, AOL etc.) into a single inbox. Import your messages and contact lists from other email accounts.
This just touches upon a few of the many features of the Kindle Fire. Not to even mention the 8 hours of continuous reading or 7.5 hours of video playback. Of course this is a wireless device, just like an iPod or iPad, so you can take it with you on the go to all of your favorite places.
The workmanship, design and easy of use earns the Kindle Fire a 5 Star review from Celtic Radio. This system is a real genius of innovation. An impressive compilation of technology, internet and music to give you many hours of enjoyment. Make sure to pre-order your Amazon Kindle if you want this exciting new product before Christmas. This just may be the hot product that everyone wants this Christmas!
Update: We received our Kindle Fire and the 5 star review is right on target. You will love the Kindle Fire as tablet containing thousands of Apps, Mobile Web browsing, Books, Music and cloud storage to name a few features. We highly recommend the Kindle Fire as a least expensive option to the iPad (only $200 compared to $600) and without sacrificing the great features that Amazon has some how manage to include.