The Viable-Companion Edition Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Using An iPad For Photography Workflows, by Marius Masalar, The Sweet Setup

To be practical, an iPad photography workflow has to encompass everything from shooting, importing, culling, editing, and the final export. The ideal scenario is to be able to trust the iPad to replace a laptop as my daily photography companion. It needn’t do so entirely — I’m happy to continue using my desktop-based collection of apps when I’m at home and need their specific capabilities — but I should feel confident taking nothing but an iPad with me when I head out on a shoot or take my next trip.

And I do.

Things aren’t perfect yet, but depending on your tolerance for doing things differently, we’re finally at a place where the iPad is a viable companion for the working photographer.

PSA: This Link Will Crash Messages On iOS And macOS, Cause Resprings & More, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

In some instances, sending the link would cause both the sender and recipient’s device to respiring or cause the Messages app to instantly freeze and crash. Furthermore, reentering the thread would cause the Messages app to crash again and again, making the only viable solution to regain access to that thread to delete it and start a new one.

Is BMW Going To Make You Pay For Apple CarPlay Every Year?, by Zac Estrada, The Verge

The automaker next year will turn CarPlay into a subscription-based service rather than treating it as a one-time option, Don Smith, technology product manager for BMW North America, told The Verge at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show on Tuesday.

“This allows the customer to switch devices,” he said. “A lot of people buy [CarPlay] and think it’s okay, but sometimes they stop using it or switch to Android.”

Innovator To Innovator: Apple CEO Tim Cook Interviewed By High School Senior Rebecca Kahn, by Rebecca Kahn, Aspirations in Computing

It was my senior year, and I wanted to interview not just a real leader in technology, but one whose philosophy and ideas about life were motivating as well. As soon as the assignment was announced, one name immediately came to mind: Apple CEO Tim Cook. He is not just in charge of the world’s largest tech company, but he personally advocates and stands up for things he believes are right. He travels the world and meets with political and innovative leaders. What was the likelihood of him even responding to me?

Amazingly, Tim Cook actually read my email, asking for a few moments of his time to complete my computer project. When the interview actually took place, I was surprised to hear his southern personality and mannerisms when I first heard him say “Hello, Rebecca.” He immediately put me at ease: “Call me Tim -- Mr. Cook is my father’s name.”

It’s Time For Apple To Build A Less Addictive iPhone, by Farhad Manjoo, New York Times

And there’s another, more important reason for Apple to take on tech addiction: because it would probably do an elegant job of addressing the problem.


For one thing, Apple’s business model does not depend on tech addiction. The company makes most of its money by selling premium devices at high profit margins. Yes, it needs to make sure you find your phone useful enough to buy the next one, but after you purchase your phone and sign up for some of its premium services, Apple doesn’t really need you to overdo it. Indeed, because it can’t make infinite battery life, Apple would probably be O.K. if you cooled it with your phone a little.


Apple's 500th Store And First In Korea Opening January 27 Ahead Of 2018 Winter Olympics, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

The store is located in the upscale Garosu-gil shopping area in the Gangnam District of Seoul, the capital of South Korea.

PhotoLemur V2.2 Spectre Photo Software Review, by Smythe Richbourg, The Gadgeteer

The first version of PhotoLemur was a one-trick, one-shot, stand-alone deal: Here’s your photo, or here’s your photo with our program applied. Take it or leave it. In version 2.2, they have the same singleness of purpose and application (you can’t select a single area and change just it – it’s still all-or-nothing on the photo itself), but the level of change and enhancement can now be modulated. Also, in addition to stand-alone, there are plug-ins for the two largest photo-editing programs: Adobe LightRoom and Apple Photos.

Apple Is The Only Place You Can Buy Colgate's New Artificially Intelligent Toothbrush, by Avery Hartmans, Business Insider

Called the E1, the "smart" electronic toothbrush gives you real-time brushing feedback, maps your mouth, and uses "sonic vibrations" to remove more plaque, and can upload the data it collects to an iPhone app called Colgate Connect.


Apple And WeChat Resolve Disagreement Over App Store Cut On Tips, by Tom Warren, The Verge

It’s not clear if Apple will still take a small cut on tips, but the iPhone maker did alter its App Store rules again in September to allow users to gift money to each other in apps without Apple taking a cut. Gifts need to be true gifts, and not related to access to content or services.


The Popularity Of Microsoft’s Surface Is The Least Realistic Thing On TV, by Adrianne Jeffries, The Outline

I’m a tech writer. My friends are all nerds. They have every device. Some of them even own Surfaces. But nobody just casually… pulls out a Surface. Unless they live in the alternate universe of Hollywood-produced TV and film, in which case, they do. Constantly.

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This is what I wish can happen:

1) Come in to work and review my Todo list, 2) Start doing the tasks in my Todo list according to what the Todo list software tells me to do.

This is what is actually happening many-a-days:

1) Stare at my Email Inbox and trying to comprehend through the list of read emails that are still residing in the inbox, 2) Being called away to do something new and urgent and that should have been completed yesterday.

Waiting for my permanent sabbatical:

1) Wake up and stare at my Todo list, 2) Play video games and watch Netflix, 3) Stare at my Todo list and remind myself that death is near and I need to get to my bucket list and promise tomorrow will be better.

And after my permanent sabbatical: 1) Don't have to care about anything in this world, 2) Remain dead.


Thanks for reading.