The Photo-Shoot Edition Sunday, January 8, 2017

Apple Releases New Ad Featuring Portrait Mode, by John Voorhees, MacStories

Apple released a new ad in its ‘practically magic’ series featuring the iPhone 7 Plus and Portrait mode called ‘Take Mine.’ Set in Greece, the video starts with a young woman arriving to visit her grandmother. They sit in a cafe where the young woman takes a photo of her grandmother using Portrait mode, which simulates a shallow depth of field.

Apple’s New Ad Pretends People Have Never Seen A Camera Before, by Andrew Liptak, The Verge

But it also feels weirdly condescending: a young person returns home to amaze the locals with her “practically magic” device. It’s almost as though nobody there has seen a smartphone before.

Cracking The TV

Spending Time With Apple's TV App, by Karan Varindani, Thoughts And Stuff

It removes so much minor irritation and is leaps and bounds better to navigate than any other individual app out there, but it doesn’t have nearly enough support from networks and other content providers right now, and it’ll ultimately fail without them.

Peace of Mind

Meet Headspace, The App That Made Meditation A $250-Million Business, by Kathleen Chaykowski, Forbes

Increased happiness, compassion and better health and relationships are some of the core benefits of meditation, according to the founders and a growing body of research that supports their claim. Headspace ranked as the highest quality “mindfulness-based” iPhone app in a study in the peer-reviewed Journal of Medical Internet Research, in part because only a handful of other apps also offer training programs, such as Smiling Mind, iMindfulness and Mindfulness Daily. As the wellness market grows -- mental health costs are predicted to hit $6 trillion by 2030, greater than the cost of diabetes, respiratory disorders, cardiovascular disease or cancer, according to the World Economic Forum – these digitally savvy meditators-turned-entrepreneurs are betting that people and organizations will continue shelling out a monthly subscription fee (ranging from a two-year deal for $6.24 per month to as much as $12.95 per month) as a life staple.


Review: LG UltraFine 5K Display With Thunderbolt 3 For Apple's 2016 MacBook Pro, by Mike Wuerthele, AppleInsider

If you can look past style issues, the display is an amazing performer, and fabulous for photographers and videographers —especially those needing a 4K production workflow. With DCI-P3 Wide Color, images and video are crisp, connectivity is easy with Thunderbolt 3, and the display performs well in nearly all office conditions.

Samsung's Smartwatch Lineup Now Works With Your iPhone, by Jon Fingas, Engadget

Samsung has launched new Gear S and Gear Fit apps that bring iOS compatibility to all of its current wrist-worn devices, including the Gear S3 (both Classic and Frontier), the Gear S2 and the Gear Fit 2. You won't see all the integration you would on an Android phone (let alone a Samsung phone), but you can receive notifications, manage apps and track your S Health data.

Bottom of the Page

Ths past week, I've been listening to the podcast The Hilarious World of Depression... I laughed. I cried. I recommend.

"A show about clinical depression...with laughs? Well, yeah. Depression is an incredibly common and isolating disease experienced by millions, yet often stigmatized by society. The Hilarious World of Depression is a series of frank, moving, and, yes, funny conversations with top comedians who have dealt with this disease, hosted by veteran humorist and public radio host John Moe."

There are four episodes already, so you will need to start by doing some binge listening.


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