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Experts agree - the iPhone 6 camera rules

As you might have noticed, I've been doing the yearly Project 365 photography challenge this year. Perhaps more interestingly, I'm doing it using my iPhone 6 only. No DSLR, not even a conventional point-and-shoot.

Go iPhone, or go home.

The beauty of it all is that the pictures actually turn out pretty well, and the post-processing apps in the App Store aren't too bad either. I know I keep banging on about them, but be sure to check out Pixelmator and Exposure. I'm happy with the results.

The effortlessness of taking good pictures with the iPhone is probably that phone’s most underrated quality. And yet, its importance grows with every passing day. Consider how vital the camera in any modern smartphone is. Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter are the most popular communication platforms, and they’re all either image-centric or moving toward a greater reliance on visuals.

So I saw The Verge's piece on the iPhone 6 being the best for shooting photos and took notice. Vlad Savov might be focusing on the speed and ease of shooting, but I'd throw the quality of the end results in there, too.

Be sure to give the whole thing a read, especially if you happen to be in charge of any camera software that runs on Android.

The Verge

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UK could block WhatsApp & iMessage because they're too secure.

David Cameron could block WhatsApp and Snapchat if he wins the next election, as part of his plans for new surveillance powers announced in the wake of the shootings in Paris.

The Prime Minister said today that he would stop the use of methods of communication that cannot be read by the security services even if they have a warrant. But that could include popular chat and social apps that encrypt their data, such as WhatsApp.

Well, that's not good.


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Music (apparently) sounds different depending on which disk drive it's stored on

I've read this thrice now. I can't decide whether it's tongue-in-cheek or not.

TL;DR version: Someone decided they could tell the difference between music tracks played back on one NAS and the same tracks played back on another.

I shit you not.

Penguin Café Orchestra's Union Café has an altogether more natural recorded acoustic. On Scherzo and Trio QNAP1 promoted the leading edge piano transients, following through with a lighter, brighter instrument tone – possibly Steinway-like? The same piano had more lower mid body on QNAP2 and slightly softer hammer impact, perhaps more like a Bosendörfer.

That hint of glaze on QNAP1 also showed an impaired subjective noise floor elsewhere. In hi-fi parlance, QNAP2 had the blacker silences and deeper spaces between notes. If anything, this track highlighted a fundamental shift in timbre between the storage sources. This wasn't the gentle tweak of a DAC's digital filter option; we felt it was more akin to changing loudspeakers. System sound was improved as if the DAC itself had been upgraded, say from a £500 to a £2000 model.

This is a wind up, surely. Read the whole thing. It's long, it's wordy and, importantly, a load of rubbish.

Also, why I can't have a serious conversation with an audiophile.

Enjoy the Music

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This is precisely what's wrong with Samsung

Samsung ditching its most premium-looking and feeling phone in favour of more mid-range anonymity is exactly what is wrong with the company.

Samsung set to discontinue Galaxy Alpha in favor of cheaper phones.

Production of the metal Alpha will reportedly end when the current inventory of materials runs out

The Verge

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Samsung's flagship London store is a goner

Just like that, Samsung has decided to close its flagship 'Experience Store' in London. Only ten of these glossy retail outlets exist across the UK, and the one in Westfield Stratford shopping center was Samsung's crown jewel...

I dont expect to see Apple's Covent Garden store following suit any time soon.


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