The Form-And-Content Edition Sunday, February 12, 2017

Ali Shams: iPhone Street Photography, by Oliver Atwell, Amateur Photographer

One of the current best examples of smartphone street photography is by Iranian photographer Ali Shams, whose gorgeous black & white images are little masterclasses in how to best capture street scenes. His work is reminiscent of another contemporary master of the genre, Richard Koci Hernandez, a leading iPhone photographer who, similar to Shams, enjoys rendering the world in stark tones. In this way, we as the viewer are afforded more of an opportunity to focus on the form and content of the image. We see something familiar rendered as something quite unusual.

This Is Tim

Apple Boss Tim Cook Takes Inspiration From Scottish Student, by Chris McCall, The Scotsman

“Our whole emphasis is on the accessibility of our products,” Cook told The Scotsman. “We design with people with disabilities in mind. “We think everyone should be able to take advantage of technology. It shouldn’t just be for people that are lucky enough not to have disabilities."

Fake News Is Killing People's Minds, Says Apple Boss Tim Cook, by Allister Heath, Telegraph

Tim Cook, the boss of Apple, is calling for governments to launch a public information campaign to fight the scourge of fake news, which is “killing people’s minds.”

In an impassioned plea, Mr Cook, boss of the world’s largest company, says that the epidemic of false reports “is a big problem in a lot of the world” and necessitates a crackdown by the authorities and technology firms.

Watch Me Move

Latest Apple Watch Series 2 ‘Close Your Rings’ Promo Highlights Activity Tracking, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

The inclusion of swimming is notable as one of the selling points of the Apple Watch Series 2 over its predecessor is that it’s water-resistant. To go along with that enhancement, there are new swimming workouts in the Activity app, as well.

Nike+ Run Club App Is Borking My Runs, And I Blame Apple Watch Nike+, by Graham Bower, Cult of Mac

In theory, Nike+ Run Club is no longer a third-party app. It is “built-in” to the joint-branded Apple Watch Nike+. So you would think it should now be fully integrated into watchOS. The reality is disappointingly rather different.

Review: Kanex's GoPower Watch Portable Battery For Apple Watch Is Good, But Would Be Great With A Lightning Port, by Neil Hughes, AppleInsider

If you are a road warrior and two-a-day workout enthusiast whose Apple Watch struggles to keep up, it's likely a no-brainer. And if you plan to use it as your at-home charger too, the cost might be easier to swallow.

Outside of those uses, however, a $100 battery accessory with limited capacity is a tough sell. It would be much cheaper to get a regular battery brick and bring an Apple Watch cable.


Head To Head: Apple's BeatsX Vs. AirPods, by AppleInsider

On sound, BeatsX features the audio company's signature bass-heavy reproduction, though mids and highs are surprisingly well tuned. The overall sound profile is more dynamic out of the box than AirPods, which produce a flatter, more even sound signature. That said, we found AirPods to be much louder than its BeatsX cousin, perhaps due to driver impedance or a firmware-limiting volume cap.

Want An App To Help See Eclipses, Comets And Constellations? This Is My Favorite., by Angela Fritz, Washington Post

Far and away the best feature of the SkyGuide app is the main attraction — the ability to lift your phone up to the sky and see all of the constellations, planets, satellites, comets and other space objects in your phone’s “field of view.” [...]

The app gets even more exciting for big events — past and the future — including this year’s total solar eclipse which will be visible across North America.


Oracle Refuses To Accept Pro-Google “Fair Use” Verdict In API Battle, by David Kravets, Ars Technica

Google successfully made its case to a jury last year that its use of Java APIs in Android was "fair use." A San Francisco federal jury rejected Oracle's claim that the mobile system infringed Oracle's copyrights.

But Oracle isn't backing down. Late Friday, the company appealed the high-profile verdict to a federal appeals court.


Filming Of Apple's Upcoming 'Planet Of The Apps' Series Has Finished, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

The way that developers pitch is said to be "very unique," and "not as straightforward as just standing on a stage in front of the judges," a format popularized by shows like American Idol. In addition to influencers and judges, the series also has a "very famous" host, but the source does not want to play spoiler as to who it is.