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October 16, 2014#

iPhone 6 camera: great low light performance

Processed with VSCOcam with n1 preset

I took this photograph with my iPhone 6 and enhanced it a bit with VSCO Cam. As you can see, there was very few light and the result is stunning. So little noise.

October 15, 2014#

Facebook and Apple to pay for female employees to freeze their eggs

Siri Srinivas, The Guardian:

Beginning in January, Apple will pick up the tab on bills up to $20,000 for egg-freezing procedures taken by its female employees. This is in addition to Facebook’s $4,000 cash bonus to new parents and Apple’s 18-week paid maternity leave.

October 4, 2014#

Her

I know I’m very late, but I just watched Her and it’s the best movie I have ever seen. If you haven’t had the chance to see it, do it now. And don’t miss Louie Mantia’s lovely wallpaper.

September 25, 2014#

iOS 8.0.1 and iCloud security

Ugh, rough week for Apple. Yesterday they publicly released a faulty iOS update and pulled it back. I have absolutely no idea how this build has made it through internal testing.

Today, Mac Rumors reports that Apple knew about the iCloud security flaw six months ago:

In an email from March 2014, Balic told Apple that he was able to bypass the security of any iCloud account by using a “brute-force” hacking method that was able to try over 20,000 password combinations.

Normally I’d be the first to defend Apple, but this is just too embarrassing.

September 23, 2014#

Four days with the iPhone 6

I’d like to share my thoughts on the iPhone 6, now that I have used it for four days:

Pro

  • Good performance
  • Camera has improved compared with iPhone 5s
  • Touch ID button is clickier

Con

  • Uninspired design
  • Too big
  • Protruding camera lens is annoying
  • Unattractive antenna bands
  • Space Gray is different to 5s and iPad Air

If I’m honest, I kind of miss my iPhone 5s.

Update
So, yup, I’ve changed my mind. I now think the size is good, battery life is increased and it definitely feels better in your palm than the 5s.

September 17, 2014#

Without a keyboard

Seth Godin:

Many people are quietly giving away one of the most powerful tools ever created—the ability to craft and spread revolutionary ideas. Coding, writing, persuading, calculating—they still matter.

September 12, 2014#

Octave Minds

Octave Minds

Octave Minds, a project by Chilly Gonzales and Boys Noize, has released their first album and it is available today in the iTunes Store. I’ve just listened through for the first time and I absolutely adore it.

September 10, 2014#

A few words on the new iPhone 6

Yesterday, Apple announced two new iPhones in a for web viewers infuriating event. Don’t get me wrong, you can’t get more fanboy than me, but Apple still can’t do internet properly. Never before was an announcement that bold, Apple even redirected their front page to the countdown which later became the stream and live blog. And then, the only moment the stream was reliable, was when U2 was on stage.

But that’s not what bugs me most. In my mind the new iPhone 6 looks uninspired, it is the least beautiful iPhone ever. Their obsession with thinness resulted in the need of a protruding camera lens. Your iPhone will now wobble when you use it on a flat desk. How is that good design? I bought every iPhone since the original iPhone, and I always couldn’t await the day it was delivered. Being a developer and tech nerd, I need to buy the new iPhone 6 in order to keep up with the zeitgeist, but the iPhone 6 is definitely the first iPhone I’m not very impatient to get it.

Lastly, I found a thread on /r/apple regarding the protruding lens. Have a look at this product image of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus:

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Image credit: Apple, full resolution

Missing something? Yes, you are correct. Apple removed the lens. Even Apple isn’t sure about its own design. I fear they lost some of their magic yesterday.

September 3, 2014#

A Googler’s Tips: Be ‘Brutal,’ Say No to Meetings

Some interesting insights from Google for Work chief Amit Singh.

August 11, 2014#

The Pros and Cons of Living on a Sailboat in the Caribbean

The Atlantic:

David Welsford doesn’t pay rent or have a full time job. Instead, he lives on a 50-year-old wooden boat. A few years ago, he gave up the luxuries of land for life alone in the sea. “For me, what’s more important than having a big house is having a space that makes me feel good,” he says.

Take 8 mins of your time, watch this video and be prepared to question your current life.