I is for Independence: cutting the cord

It won’t be available until the Autumn, but yesterday Apple previewed some exciting new features in the forthcoming iOS update that I for one can’t wait to get loaded onto my iPhone 4. There are apparently over 200 new features in iOS5 which will no doubt enhance productivity and efficiency, but for me there are a couple of changes that really will drastically improve the user experience on all iOS devices. Continue reading I is for Independence: cutting the cord

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iCloud: everything, everywhere, in sync

Without wanting to sound smug as it really isn’t my style, it turns out my previous speculation about Apple’s forthcoming iCloud service wasn’t too far off the mark. It had always struck me that iCloud was never going to be a cloud-based music streaming service, and what Steve Jobs announced at WWDC yesterday was much more – everything, everywhere, in sync. Continue reading iCloud: everything, everywhere, in sync

A tale of two halves

Those who know me and follow me on Twitter will know that I’ve recently started riding my bike again. It’s a bright orange Trek 6500 that I bought 4 years ago – a model that is very well equipped with quality Shimano components and a ‘Super Light Racing’ aluminium frame. Admittedly the garish colour wasn’t my first choice, but I’ve always liked Trek bikes and it was heavily discounted as a previous seasons model when I bought it. Despite being well geared up for it (literally) it’s never seen any serious off-road use – much like I suspect most ‘mountain’ bikes I pass on the cycleways and footpaths. Continue reading A tale of two halves

iCloud: what happens when it rains?

We’ve been using so called “cloud storage” for quite some time now – sharing photos on flickr, documents on our iDisks and all manner of files in our dropboxes. We’ve also been able to surf and work online using our iDevices for years, but now we’re starting to see devices such as Google’s Chromebook which let you do regular computing tasks online without the need for a regular computer. Sounds good, but are we ready to move the desktop online, and does Apple have something similar up its sleeve for iCloud and next-generation iOS devices? Continue reading iCloud: what happens when it rains?

Time to open the bubbly?

OK so I’ve been thinking about doing this for quite some time, and finally decided – what have I got to lose? Well, the pessimist in me says my reputation is at stake and nobody will be in the slightest bit interested, but today, the optimist won.

I guess only time will tell if anyone likes my simple, stylish and every-so-slightly-geeky T-shirt designs, or perhaps wants to buy one of my favourite photographs and artwork as a canvas to hang on their living room wall.

Check out my new redbubble portfolio and if you like it, please tell your friends!

If you don’t, please tell me and I’ll let the pessimist know he was right 🙂

Give your dock a spring clean

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I decided it was high time I shared something creative, and with Spring in the air I thought this little tip for tidying up all those pesky dock icons seemed appropriate. So, if you use software suites like iLife, iWork or Final Cut Studio on your Mac and like the sound of spring-cleaning your bloated dock with some CS-inspired icon stacks, then read on! Continue reading Give your dock a spring clean

I’m a loser…

For as long as I can remember I’ve been overweight, suffered from migraines, lacked self-confidence and been quite unfit. Last October I tipped the scales at 250lbs, and decided that for someone who is 5’10” that was far too big a number. Something had to change, but with work and play mostly involving sitting on my back side in front of a computer, and me really rather enjoying my food, what was I supposed to do? Continue reading I’m a loser…

Thunderbolt – greater than the sum of its parts?

I find it hard to believe that anyone interested in all things technological could have missed the announcement of Thunderbolt – the new high-speed, dual-protocol I/O developed by Intel and brought to market by Apple in their latest range of MacBook Pro portables. If you thought a thunderbolt was merely a meteorological phenomenon, you can read all about this new super-fast data transfer technology straight from the horses mouth here – alternatively, if you’d like to hear my thoughts on what it means for Mac users like you and I, do read on… Continue reading Thunderbolt – greater than the sum of its parts?

Anyone for a glass of MILC?

This time last year, I decided to sell my Canon DSLR outfit. It wasn’t perhaps the smartest move I’ve ever made, having built up a nice kit comprising 40D body, 17-85 and 70-300 USM lenses, the ubiquitous 50mm prime and a 430EX flashgun, all housed in a LowePro rucksack. However, having been eyeing up the Panasonic GH1 for some time, it looked like I could get at least the same image quality but in a much smaller package, and as a father of two young children, being able to shoot high-definition video was a real bonus. I was sold, and I wasn’t the only one showing interest in this new ‘mirrorless’ format. Continue reading Anyone for a glass of MILC?

There’s an App (Store) for that…

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It’s less than a week into the New Year and Apple has served up a tasty software update bringing the much anticipated ‘App Store’ to the Mac desktop, heralding 2011 as a year that will shake up the software industry. OK, so perhaps that’s what Apple hopes it will do, but it’s already clear that the App Store is good news for software consumers and has the potential to be lucrative for software developers too. Continue reading There’s an App (Store) for that…

Bah, humbug!

Sometimes we forget the true meaning of Christmas. Turn on the television, and it’s impossible to escape the barrage of advertisements for the latest re-gurgitation of previously released material on DVD, over-priced exotic smelly water, celebrity biographies and cookbooks, gadgets, gizmos, games and garments. Let’s not forget food and drink either, and the somewhat ominous re-running of adverts that I’m sure I remember seeing years ago – budgets tight this year perhaps? And don’t even get me started on toys – a toy dog that actually urinates? Please (and I mean “no thanks”). Continue reading Bah, humbug!

Yes sir, that’s my Lensbaby!

Let me preface this post by clarifying that I’m not a professional photographer – I just enjoy taking and indeed making pictures. Since buying my first proper SLR camera 10 years ago (essentially to ensure I had good photographs of our soon to be born first child), I’ve gone through a number of digital compacts, not-so-compacts, and more recently Canon DSLRs, increasingly enjoying photography as a hobby.

The ‘selective focus’ mantra and somewhat quirky nature of Lensbaby’s products mean they’ve always been on my radar. They seemed like they would suit my creative side, but there has always been something more important to spend my hard-earned money on – food, clothes, electricity, tyres…. Since essentially exchanging my Canon 40D DSLR kit for a micro-four-thirds Panasonic GH1 outfit earlier this year, the family snaps (and video) are looking better than ever, and I’ve caught the legacy lens bug, grabbing a few eBay bargain lenses along the way. Having got used to manual focus, the announcement of a native m4/3 mount Lensbaby caught my eye, and I was lucky enough to be able to get my hands on the Tilt Transformer with Composer last month. So what’s it like “seeing in a new way”..? Continue reading Yes sir, that’s my Lensbaby!

Black magic

“You can have any colour you like, as long as it’s black.” Henry Ford would have been proud, except of course that’s not actually what Mr Jobs said – he promised black and white. Seems reasonable enough. Previous iPhone models had been available in both shades of mono, and lets not forget the “perfect harmony” that Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney sang about – wherever there’s ebony, ivory shouldn’t be too far away.

Not everything in life is black and white however, but when it comes to the iPhone 4, I think it most definitely is – we will never see a white iPhone 4. There you are, in black and white. Or perhaps not. Although there are no official explanations as far as I can tell for the latest delay until next Spring (!), previously Apple had stated that the white iPhone was being delayed as it was “more challenging to manufacture than we originally expected”. So what’s up? Continue reading Black magic

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