Photographer Martin Reisch was driving down Highway 55 to visit friends in Vermont on Friday, when 30 minutes from the Stanstead crossing, he remembered that he left his passport at home.
He thought of turning around when he remembered that he had a scanned copy of his passport on Dropbox, an online file storage service. It was a backup he kept in case he lost his passport while travelling.
“When I explained my story to the American guard, he looked kind of indifferent. He was a pretty serious border guy,” Mr. Reisch said.
The Canada-U.S. border on Highway 55 at Vermont where Martin Reisch used his iPad showing a scanned copy of his passport to cross into America.
The officer took his tablet computer and went inside the border office. “I guess he looked me up in the computer and saw I’m not a criminal or a terrorist or anything. (Photo: CBC Montreal)
For 50 years, British artist David Hockney has crafted vibrant, influential pictures out of everything from Polaroid photographs to Xerox photocopies. Now, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto is showcasing Hockney’s latest technical foray: sketches on the iPhone and iPad. With only a few weeks left to go before the groundbreaking exhibition leaves Toronto, the 74-year-old tells Leah Sandals what those shiny new technologies can (and can’t) do for art.
At Apple’s game-changing iPad launch nearly two years ago, the company’s late co-founder Steve Jobs said, “holding the Internet in your hands, it’s an incredible experience.” Until you drop it on a hardwood ﬂoor, that is. Or — almost worse! — scuff it with scratches and greasy ﬁngerprints. This holiday season, Jobs’ most immediately tangible legacy is that one of the top gifts to give — or better yet, get — is the iPad 2 (now with iOS 5, from $519). And not only for Apple: Injecting Jonathan Ive’s elegant industrial design with a bit of personality has been a boon to accessory labels, too.
The Kindle Fire will have a 7-inch display and sell for US$199, compared with US$499 for Apple’s cheapest iPad, Amazon executives said. The device, a souped-up version of the Kindle electronic-book reader, will run on Google Inc.’s Android software, the Seattle-based company said. (Photo: Emile Wamsteker/Bloomberg)
Photo gallery: Hat tricks at the Royal Ascot It’s Royal Ascot week in the U.K. The races, which continue until June 18, are a British tradition, mixing sport, style and pageantry. According to us, it’s a week for looking at eccentric hats. (Photo: Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty Images)
Toronto school board to lift cell phone ban Proponents of a freshly approved policy to allow cellphone use in Toronto classrooms say it will support “21st century learning,” an argument critics say ignores the unnecessary distractions the devices may cause.
The Toronto District School Board voted this week to rescind a four-year-old rule banning cellphone use, which was put in place to prevent everything from inappropriate photographs to electronic cheating.
“We’re trying to prepare them for 21st century learning, and how can we do that when there’s a ban?” said student trustee Jenny Williams, who helped bring forward the cellphone motion, which takes effect in September. (Credit: Fotolia )