Stay away from anything that combines 1) a lot of money, 2) buying a digital camera, & 3) anything branded "Kodak". They declared bankruptcy shortly after the start of 2012 and subsequently announced that they are getting out of the digital camera business. W/ that said, on your budget for a brand new quality name branded dslr, your best bet would probably be the Canon T3, and even buying this lowest priced new name brand dslr, you will probably end up going over your budget by at least a little bit. If you can possibly allocate a bit more money, the best choice for a beginner dslr is the Nikon D3100. Image quality equal to any other trusted name brand's camera out there at a competitive price, combined w/ extra features you wo not find on the other offerings targeted expressly to guide beginners to better pictures, like on-screen help guides that will guide you w/ step by step instructions on how to set the camera up to more easily show you how to achieve the particular results you are after in your photographs
1. Smartphones arriving in 2019: Samsung foldable phone, Google Pixel 3 Lite
From notch-free phones, ever-shrinking bezels to dual rear cameras trickling down to budget devices, smartphones have seen a whole gamut of changes in 2018. And things are set to alter even more as we enter 2019.As Samsung gears up to unveil the foldable phone, there is buzz that Apple is working on new iPhones that are likely to be a departure from the iPhone XS and XR. Here's a peek at what else is likely to make tech news in 2019.Samsung's much awaited and talked-about foldable smartphone would offer the functionality of a tablet complete with multi-tasking and a big screen. While the price of the foldable smartphone is still not out, industry watchers say it may cost around $1,770, which could end up limiting sales. Samsung has said that the upcoming foldable smartphone will fold inward and sport a 7.4-inch screen when unfolded, and have a 4.6-inch display like a regular smartphone when folded. The Samsung Galaxy S10 , Galaxy S10 Plus and Galaxy S10 Lite could well boast of the slimmest bezels ever on a flagship from the South Korean firm, if leaks doing the rounds are to be taken seriously. Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite is rumoured to feature a full HD, 1080 x 2280 display, while the Galaxy S10 Plus screen is expected to be a QHD, 1440 x 3040 offering.
An increase in height of the displays on the Galaxy S10 trio hints at a reduction in bezel size above and below the display. And the phone's camera might have a night mode. Cupertino's future handsets will continue the dual-camera lens setup and probably ditch the 3D Touch in an effort to keep costs down. Apple may change the design after two years of the notched iPhone X look, but then again, the iPhone 6, 6S and 7 all looked functionally the same. Keeping up with the Pixel trend, this new smartphone is likely to be packed with a wonderful camera, strong configuration and stunning design.
This will be a mid-range, low-cost handset - and likely to carry 32GB of internal memory and a battery about as large as the Pixel 3s. There is also buzz of a 12.2-megapixel rear camera. There might even be an XL version of the Lite, sans the notch. Huawei plans to push harder on its camera dominance this time around - which means more visible hardware on the back. Leaks so far point to four cameras on the back, all vertically arranged in a module. And Huawei could be going big on the flash, as well, since renders show a pretty sizable flash node right alongside.
The OnePlus 7 could be the most exciting smartphone for 2019, packing in top specs but at a more affordable price than the competition, much as the OnePlus 6T has done this year. The smartphone will have a triple lens rear camera, which seems to be the trend for 2019 phones. What is got geeks excited is the fact that the front-facing camera is hidden behind the sliding screen, which in turn means there may be a true all-screen display with no bezels or notches at all. Oppo may just become the first one to mass-produce 5G compatible handsets in 2019. OPPO's R&D department has been busy in the past few years churning out tech such as triple cameras, variable aperture, AI, Face Unlock, and even Super VOOC in its 2018 smartphones. The 5G Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 was confirmed in late October and, in the UK and Europe at least, is currently set for an early 2019 release.
This would put it near the front of the 5G smartphone release schedule, with the device likely to hit store shelves either just before or just after MWC 2019. 5G aside, the Mi Mix 3 already looks like a strong device, with a magnetically sliding 6.39-inch OLED display embedded in a sleek bezel-less design (93.4% screen-to-body ratio), and a suite of hardware that includes a maximum of 10GB of RAM and 256GM of storage space, as well as a dual rear camera system (24MP 2MP).
2. Awesome birthday gift for a really close friend?
you could get him a team jersey or something of his favorite team? Or you could get a baseball shirt at a sports store and then some t-shirt shops have screen printing so you could have his name put on the back with a number or something personal like that. In addition (or instead of) you could get him his favorite food. Maybe something he does not get to have very often that would be super special? haha idk but ive seen people give food as presents before and it usually works. :).
3. How should I reference my own previous work in a talk to a general audience?
As I understand the question, you are talking to a slide presentation. Any slide will be on screen for a very very few minutes. Nobody, I mean nobody, will read the details of your citation from a slide. Your aim is to leave the audience in no doubt that you are presenting your own work, but nevertheless, not to hide the fact that you were collaborating with other researchers. So you say something like 'as I and my collaborators have shown in our recent paper...'. The slide can give the full citation, if you really think that is necessary. In practice you do not need to: 'Buggins et al. (2019)' will give anyone who is sufficiently interested all the information they need to track down the relevant paper