Kim: The iPhone SE will revolutionise photography


Eric Kim has been on the minimalism kick for as long as I can remember. He now has it off to a fine art and is still pruning. Eric manages with just one camera and lens,a Leica MP and 35mm Summicron. This is an admirable trait that I find myself entirely unable to emulate. But it's a good goal for anyone. The launch of the iPhone for the masses, the new back-to-the-four-inch SE prompts him to reflect on the place of smartphones in 21st Century photography. Could Eric's photographic life soon be even more minimal?

Christmas Reading: 75 hidden secrets of OS X El Capitan

When a new version of OS X comes along I dutifully download it, note the obvious changes and carry on as usual....

Steve Jobs: “Tech Industry’s First Rock Star”


London's Financial Times today named Steve Jobs as Personality of the Year, saying he was the tech industry's first rock star:

"When Steven Paul Jobs first hit the headlines, he was younger even than Mark Zuckerberg is now. Long before it was cool to be a nerd, his formative role in popularising the personal computer, and Apple’s initial public offering on Wall Street – which came when Mr Jobs was still only 25 – made him the tech industry’s first rock star."

"Now, three decades on, he has secured his place in the foremost ranks of the West Coast tech titans who have done so much to shape the world around the turn of the millennium. Long-time nemesis Bill Gates may be richer and, at his peak, arguably exerted greater sway, thanks to his monopoly over the world’s PC software. But the Microsoft co-founder has left the stage to devote his life and fortune to good works. It is Mr Jobs who now holds the spotlight"

A Mac User Group near you

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Apple Stores sprout up everywhere, only some are fake

Nothing like the atmosphere when you walk into an Apple Store, and this here outlet in China looks like every other Apple Store in...

Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar: Another dilemma arises


Back to the old dilemma: A desktop computer and portable laptop or one do-it-all solution: The new MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar..... 

Jony Ive at the National Portrait Gallery

A visit to the National Portrait Gallery in London to see Gursky's portrait of Jonathan Ive at the new Apple Park in Cupertino

Apple Watch: Will it be a hit or a miss?


Monday is Apple Watch Day. Some say it is the most important moment for Apple since the launch of the iPhone in 2007. Some are impressed and speak of massive success; others have already decided the new wrist device will be a monumental flop. I'd like to go on record as a supporter of the concept of the wrist-borne communicator in general and of the Apple Watch in particular.

Bargain Parrots: Cheap-as-chips bits from the Bay, for and against


My friend and fellow Australian blogger, John Shingleton, was obviously cut to the quick by Bill Palmer's condemnation of cheap third-party accessories bought from well-known auction sites. Bill's ire was raised by a faux teleconverter for the Fuji X100T. Conclusion: He would have been better to throw his £20 note into the fire. He also waxed eloquent against cheapo lens-mount adapters covered in swarf and rattling like a fleet of 1920s Ford Ts.

iPhone Photography: A huge opportunity for the camera industry


The effect of burgeoning iPhone photography is a positive indicator for the camera industry as a whole. Far from killing off the traditional camera, the new craze is introducing a whole generation to the pleasures of holding and using a camera.....

There’s life in them there vintage MacBook Pros

Six years is several human lifetimes in computing terms. The lithesome MacBook Pro of 2009 is not going to speed into...

Horace Dediu: World’s most respected Apple analyst


Over the past six months Horace Dediu and his Asymco blog has achieved world-wide renown among Apple commentators and analysts. Based in Finland - he was a former Nokia staffer - Dediu's perceptive posts and his uncanny predictions have seen off the US-based financial analysts. Asymco is now essential reading for anyone who wants to know about Apple and Apple's place in the wider technological field.

Today's post on the relationship between Microsoft, HP and Nokia is as perceptive as they come.  This is the day when Nokia will announce a new initiative, widely believed to be the adoption of Microsoft's Windows 7 mobile OS. If true, this will be a seismic shift for the Finnish mobile giant. It will also represent a symbolic schism between Microsoft and HP, long its major partnership in the Windows world.

I don't often reproduce other posts word for word but in this instance Horace's analysis deserves it:

"The juxtaposition of HP’s strategy of increased independence and Nokia’s new strategy of increased dependence can’t be more striking," writes Dediu.

"HP is probably Microsoft’s biggest customer. As the largest licensee of Windows it probably generated more revenue for Microsoft than any other company. The fact that HP invested in a new operating system for its mobile efforts shows a level of discomfort with the lack of strategic leverage.

"Nokia, on the other hand, has been resolutely independent in its software strategy. For over a decade it held out against licensing any OS, especially one from Microsoft. The pantomime theatrics that took place over that decade will make a great case study some day.

"But now we have a complete reversal of roles: The abandonment of platform independence by a mobile giant at precisely the same time as the acquisition of platform resolve by an IT giant.

"It seems almost poetic. And that should be a clue. Whenever you see poetry, you need not look far for some truth.

"These chess moves are taking place in the context of a greater game: the collision and disruption of IT and Telecom. It’s not surprising that massive market forces are causing incumbents to react. HP, Microsoft and Nokia are in the throes of fundamental disruption. Even if these moves may not be all in the same direction, they each react in ways that make sense to them.

"It’s also very likely that all the moves are for naught. Incumbents rarely win with reactions. Let’s not forget that the entrants came with different business models. Apple and Google are not making money in the ways of Nokia and HP (who are channel dependent) or Microsoft (who is license dependent). The reaction must itself be asymmetric. So far it’s not clear where the asymmetry lies."

iCloud Desktop: A synchronised workplace on all your computers


Apple’s new iCloud Desktop is a feature of MacOS Sierra that most of us are just beginning to get to grips with. Mike find it is a very useful addition that is worth turning on.