Having recently been restricted to using only my iPhone at a couple of motorcycle road races I found the native iOS Camera App lacking. Thankfully I found the Halide Camera App.
Until this point I had tried a few iOS Camera apps but always found myself going back to the original iOS Camera. ‘It just worked.’ It was handy, wasn’t full of fluff – a proper point and shoot experience, which to be fair is probably what 99% of camera phone users need 99% of the time.
Generally for motorcycle racing events I would have used my Panasonic TZ80 or Cannon DSLR – the ability for a fast shutter is obvious when motorcycles scream past you at speeds I could only guess.
For reasons outside of my control I found myself at the 2019 Cookstown 100, and 2019 Tandragee 100 road races with only my iPhone X. It was instantly apparent that the native iOS app was not going to produce images that were in anyway usable for me – I should be more specific – the native iOS was not going to produce images of the racing and moving motorcycles that were in anyway usable.
The USA have had Apple Music support on their Amazon Alexa / Echo devices since 17th December 2018. In the UK (& Ireland) we had to wait, but that wait is now over and the good news is Amazon Alexa / Echo is now supporting Apple Music in the UK and Ireland!
The ECG App has been available in the US since December 2018, and today Apple have pushed out the App to the UK and Europe – woop woop!
Now, as a result of Apple gaining a CE mark for the ECG app and irregular rhythm notifications, a certificate applied to products intended for sale in the European Economic Area, UK users should be able to do the same. It also marks the latest move in the technology company’s increasing interest in health apps and data. As you can now find quality heart rate sensors in a vast array of wearables, the inclusion of a proper ECG is a key differentiator for Apple’s smartwatch, though even here others are offering now similar tech (most recently Withings’s Move entered the ECG space, for example).
This really is amazing news for UK Apple Watch wearers and leaves me in a horrible position! I was just about to pull the plug on a pair of AirPods – but now I totally want to upgrade from my Series 2 Apple Watch.
It’ll probably have to be the latter! Cue a trip to the Apple Store tomorrow!
The good news for early adopters of the wearable is that the watchOS update will also allow those with older generation Apple Watches not sporting the new sensors to identify signs of atrial fibrillation (AFib), a condition identified by a rapid or irregular heartbeat that can lead to heart complications. The feature is available in 19 European countries, including France, Germany, Italy and Spain, as well as here in the UK.
Go to the Watch App on your iPhone to get the update now. Like right now!
So a year later and I got my third Mous Limitless 2.0 case this time deciding to go for the real wood (Walnut) finish. So a year and three cases later then surely Mous must be doing something right, right? Right!
The great news Apple & Amazon Echo / Alexa users have wanted for what seems like eternity has arrived!
As an Apple Music subscriber, a HomePod user, and having an Echo, numerous Echo Dots and an Echo Spot splattered about the house, all I can say is ‘Finally!’
Apple and Amazon have just announced that Apple Music will launch on Echo devices beginning the week of December 17. In a blog post, Amazon explains that Apple Music subscribers will be able to ask Alexa to play their favorite songs, artist, playlists, Beats1 radio stations, and albums, all through an Echo speaker.
One example they give is the command, “Alexa, play Bebe Rexha on Apple Music.”
The integration will launch as an Apple Music skill that will need to be enabled within the Alexa app, where users will also be able to link their account to start listening to Apple Music on an Echo speaker. Apple Music will join the ranks of a few other music streaming services already supported on Echo, including Spotify, iHeartRadio, and Pandora.
Apple have just had their special event – the one the world has been talking about since the last one. The new iPhones (iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone XR) were announced at the last one, this time the hype has centred around new iPads, new Macs, a new Apple Pencil, and the possibility of a new Mac Mini.
Well lots happened in New York so if you missed the live stream here’s all the announcements and what to expect from Apple in the not too distant future.
First we were welcomed to New York in typical style – as it happens I also happens I like New York!
Invitations for the Apple October 2018 Event have been sent out. It will happen on 30th October 2018 in Brooklyn, New York .
There’s more in the making.
The invitations this time are a little bit special (they always have hidden messages and clues as to what to expect). This time though there are at least 18 individual art works for the invitations – a new one appearing each time the invitation reloads!
UPDATE : The previous estimate was grossly underestimated there are (so far) 370 confirmed unique designs!
See the end of this post for all the confirmed designs so far…
As the owner of a MacBook Pro (which is an amazing bit of kit) I fall victim to the same downfall as most owners – the small internal SSD. My MBP holds a mere 128Gb of internal built in storage.
Now that 128Gb storage is almost instant access – being a quick SSD. When paired up with 8Gb of RAM and the 2.7GHz i5 machine it really is a very capable bit of kit – in fact most of this blog, associated photos and media all stem from this very machine.
But let’s be honest 128Gb is not enough.
But let’s be even more honest. It isn’t a huge deal either. With portable options now readily available, you can easily get 4TB in your pocket, 400Gb SD Cards are becoming more affordable £ / $ per Gb and you can even get super fast tiny and portable SSD drives which are amazing for rending video and other demanding tasks.
Personally I have always opted for a connected portable hard drive. My drive of choice at the moment being a USB 3.0 2TB Seagate drive. It is quick (as you will soon see), it is small, and it is plug and play. I have the majority of my apps on it, all my games and store images on it that I won’t be using immediately.
I keep it pretty clutter free and it means my storage issues – aren’t issues.
As far as SD cards go I always (from habit more than anything else) use a USB 3.0 card reader. (The one I use is from Anker). It means I can just pop the card out of my camera / GoPro / drone… whatever and have the media transferred quickly and hassle free on my terms. I don’t like plugging in a device and having it tell me what image importer to use, or what editor, so with the Card Reader I import and use as I please.
If I am editing photos / video on the go I import them onto the Mac’s SSD, do what I need to do, then upload them or store them on the portable drive. It is no doubt easier and quicker to run on the SSD, and it means if I am mobile I don’t need to worry about the portable drive and where to set it. But then you reach the limiting factor of the maximum available space.