As the conflict between China and the U.S. progresses, lawmakers have now turned their attention to TikTok. A China-based company stands behind the super-popular app, so there are growing concerns that user data might end up in the hands of the Chinese government. Therefore, a Democratic senator recently urged on Apple and Google CEOs to remove TikTok from their app stores immediately.
ACD Systems has announced ACDSee Photo Studio for Mac 9. The newest version of the all-in-one photo editor for Mac comes with some major UI enhancements as well as facial detection and recognition for naming and organising your photos. A new Develop pane helps you to “easily take control of your Develop mode workflow” and lets you store snapshots of complex image operations.
Billing itself as “the go-to Mac product for all your photography needs”, Photo Studio for Mac 9 comes with a new Info Palette that helps you to keep an eye on the metadata of your photos. It also includes keyword and category filtering to help you organise and recall images more easily in the future. It also comes with ACDsee Mobile Sync for easily uploading your smartphone content straight to the desktop.
“Does anyone have an iPhone charger?” a person asks in a panic. Others shrug their shoulders because they have a house full of chargers – but they’re all USB-C. This is no longer going to happen. Well, at least not in Europe.
The European Union has reached a landmark agreement that wants to unify various consumer electronics and make them feature a USB-C charging port. Yes, this includes the iPhone and AirPods, and it should happen by 2024.
When the pandemic began, everyone started offering software that turns your DLSR, mirrorless, or phone into a webcam. Apple has joined the 2-year-old trend and it will soon finally enable you to use your iPhone as a webcam. What do you mean, “improve the native Mac camera?” Nah, you can attach your phone to it for your Zoom meetings.
Who says the wristwatch is dead? Not Apple at any rate as they have just filed a patent application for a “watch having a camera” Yep, we have camera-phones, but now it looks like we may get a camera-watch in future. But don’t worry, it will probably be more James Bond than Flight of the Concords. Apple isn’t planning to actually glue a point and shoot onto a watch, they’ve come up with several different ideas for how to execute it.
One of the designs depicts the camera placed in the digital crown part of the watch (that’s the side button for the uninitiated), where it can operate whilst the wristwatch is being worn, which does seem logical to keep it out of the way.
Keeping your gear safe and secure seems to be one of the biggest challenges facing photographers today. It’s not a new problem, but it seems to be one that’s on the rise as the popularity of photography and expensive camera gear has grown over the last couple of decades since the photography world went digital. Sure, we have insurance for when it goes missing but the chances of getting it back are often very slim.
Camera accessory company, Nine Volt, wants to help try and change that and they’ve designed a camera body cap, called the AirCap, that appears pretty normal from the outside but it contains a hidden compartment that lets you store an Apple AirTag, letting you track your stolen camera wherever it may be.
Yet another lawsuit has arisen against Snap, and this time, Google and Apple have been sued, too. A 16-year-old girl and her mother sued the three companies after a grown man, an active-duty Marine, had manipulated the girl into sending him nude photos since she was 12. The lawsuit claims that the companies failed to protect teen users from “egregious harm” and the spread of Child Sexual Abuse Materials (CSAM).
When last we met, I pointed out the perils of using Apple’s iCloud Photos for photo backup for one simple reason: if you delete an image off your iPhone, Apple will in turn also delete it from iCloud*.
This time I’d like to go over the best alternative photo backup options for you in more detail, because like it or not, in today’s world, just like paying for food, shelter and taxes, if you snap photos on your smartphone or camera, you will be paying for online storage. And paying more in the coming years as well, as you snap more images.
There’s no such thing as free backup anymore.
The big news amongst the general creative world this week has been the release of the Apple Mac Studio, carrying its shiny new M1 Ultra chip. There have been a number of totally unbiased “reviews” of the new system all over YouTube but Max Yuryev at Max Tech has actually taken one apart so we can take a look at its insides.
The new Mac Studio comes in a very tiny package for the amount of power that it boasts, but the teardown reveals that at least parts of the system might actually be upgradeable, thanks to two SSD ports found internally in the system – against official Apple advice.
This one definitely falls under the “No Sh*t Sherlock!” category. According to a Washington Post-Schar School survey, the majority of Americans don’t trust any of the large social media companies such as Meta, the company that owns Facebook and Instagram, but are torn because they still wish to access and use their products and services.