The Focus-On-Portraits Edition Monday, February 1, 2016

Apple Drafts More Everyday People For New Shot On iPhone Campaign, by Josh Raab and Olivier Laurent, Time

While the previous campaign included a variety of photographic subjects – from landscapes to extreme close-ups – this time, Apple has put the focus on portraits, most of them photographed in subtle, everyday moments.

Apple Updating 'Shot On iPhone' Ad Campaign With iPhone 6s Photos, by Aldrin Calimlim, AppAdvice

Spectacular photos shot on iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are the focus of Apple’s latest worldwide marketing push for its latest handsets. The move is essentially an update to the company’s “Shot on iPhone” ad campaign, which was launched last year with photos taken with the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.

Live Interactive

I Just Tried An Amazing Live Sports App And I'm Convinced It's The Future Of TV, by Tim Stenovac, Tech Insider

Experiences like this are possible now because connected devices, like the new Apple TV and game consoles, have real processing power. They also allow for interactivity that wasn't possible with traditional TV.


Back To School: How To Back Up Your Kid's iPad, by Adam Turner, Sydney Morning Herald

Lots of schools insist that students bring an iPad to class, but teachers don't always explain the best way to backup school work. It's important to have a digital insurance policy should a tech disaster strike the night before an assignment is due.

Airmail Lands On iOS, Lets You Customize Your Email Experience, by Harish Jonnalagadda, iMore

Popular Mac email app Airmail is now available for iOS, offering a wide array of features including the ability to snooze emails, interactive notifications, filters, multiple account support, customizable swipe actions, Apple Watch support, and so much more.

Australian Develops New App To Connect Solo Travellers, by Alyshia Gates, SBS

An Australian adventurer has developed a new app, set to solve the problems of people travelling solo, and he's got the backing of the world's biggest social network.

Doculus Makes Handling Documents On An iPhone Feel Fast And Natural, by Phone Arena

The most critical information of any document is summarized, reducing the time needed to digest it.

When iTunes Accounts Intermingle: How To Separate The Data, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld


Why Mobile First Is Outdated, by Paul Adams, Medium

For me, obsessing about specific devices was a bad path (they change too frequently), obsessing about iOS versus Android OS was a bad path (they are both important) and obsessing about phone versus tablet was a bad path (they have merged into one larger category of portable screen and continue to evolve all the time). Information via screens not devices — this is the key idea.


New Technologies Give Government Ample Means To Track Suspects, Study Finds, by David E. Sanger, New York Times

A study in which current and former intelligence officials participated concludes that the warning is wildly overblown, and that a raft of new technologies — like television sets with microphones and web-connected cars — are creating ample opportunities for the government to track suspects, many of them worrying.

Microsoft Plumbs Ocean’s Depths To Test Underwater Data Center, by John Markoff, New York Times

Today’s data centers, which power everything from streaming video to social networking and email, contain thousands of computer servers generating lots of heat. When there is too much heat, the servers crash.

Putting the gear under cold ocean water could fix the problem. It may also answer the exponentially growing energy demands of the computing world because Microsoft is considering pairing the system either with a turbine or a tidal energy system to generate electricity.

Bottom of the Page

With a whole bunch of new business models for creating and distributing television programs, the television, suddenly, seems to be new and exciting again.

I wonder how people felt about television back in the 1950/60s.


Test patterns and National Anthems used to be staples of my television experience when I came home from school.


Thanks for reading.