The Shooting-with-My-Palm Edition Monday, July 27, 2020

Dimpy Bhalotia Captures Her World Through ‘A Lightweight Butter Slice’ Called The iPhone, Which Has Also Fetched Her A Top Prize, by Mathures Paul, The Telegraph

I have been shooting with iPhone for over nine years now and I have shot with almost all the generations. It’s a lightweight butter slice always in my hand, which has the entire world in it. It feels like I’m shooting with my palm. And me being a heliophile street photographer — a passionate lover of the sun — what more beauty one can seek without having to produce scenes and light? This craft is a manifestation of one soul full of freedom to explore. Understanding the true semiotics of street photography with iPhone at my convenience is a euphoria.

The Biggest Question About The Next iPhone: What’s In The Box?, by Dan Moren, Macworld

Though we’re still a ways off from any formal announcement of this year’s iPhone, there is a bit of a different spin on the theorizing this year. The most intense speculation isn’t about the aesthetics or functionality of Apple’s upcoming device, but something arguably a little more mundane: what’s included with the phone?

Let’s take a moment to cogitate on what might actually be in that box this fall—aside from a brand new iPhone, naturally— and then delve a little bit into why this seems to be changing right now.

The Work-From-Home Shift Shocked Companies—Now They’re Learning Its Lessons, by Christopher Mims, Wall Street Journal

This shift has yielded an avalanche of data and insights into the habits and technology workers are using to stay productive. They paint a portrait of firms scrambling to use the equipment and software on hand—laptops, phones, internet connections and cloud services—while also rapidly discovering and adopting new technology. Zoom Video Communications had 10 million daily meeting participants in December; four months later, it had 300 million.

Companies are quickly learning lessons about the varied necessities of remote work, from appropriate tools to new styles of management. Fortunes may be won or lost as innovators and upstarts bet on what best suits a homebound workforce. Perhaps the biggest lesson is that we’re in the middle of a gigantic, unplanned experiment, and companies need to continue to try new things while rapidly discarding what doesn’t work.


Apple Now Sells A $129 Thunderbolt 3 Pro Cable, by Sam Byford, The Verge

The $129 Thunderbolt 3 Pro cable is 2 meters long, has a black braided design, and supports both DisplayPort output and USB 3.1 Gen 2 10Gbps data transfer — though of course data speeds can be up to Thunderbolt 3’s standard 40Gbps between compatible devices.


What's At Stake For Apple, Disney, And HBO Max At The 2020 Emmys — Streaming Wars, by Ben Travers, Indiewire

Apple is banking on star power to win the day, and it just might work. With a smaller slate than Netflix and HBO, the streamer isn’t looking to have the most nominations or the most wins; it’s looking for recognition, period. Any high-profile nominations will help establish the service as a place where stars can win awards (while still cashing fat checks).

Apple's iOS 14 Holds Uncertain Future For Media Industry, by Ronan Shields, Adweek

Apple’s pending iOS 14 update will require publishers (app developers) to seek consent from device users in order for third parties (app monetization partners) to access data. This in effect makes IDFA an opt-in feature for users, and advertisers will no longer be able to target them by default. Apple will also require app developers, including media owners and brands, to disclose the data they collect and the third parties they share it with.

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Every time I purchase an Apple product that doesn't come with an Apple sticker or two, I feel just a little disappointed.


It rained all day here in Singapore, which is perfect weather to sit by the window, drink some coffee and drink some tea, and read a book or two.

Too bad all I did was reviewing my to-dos, answering emails, participating in some video conferences, and writing a line or two of PHP code.


Thanks for reading.