iPad Starts to come of age with iOS11

iOS11 has really made some great improvements to the iPad.  With the dock available when you want it, better multiscreen support its getting close to replacing a laptop for light work.

Adobe recently made some great improvements to Lightroom Mobile.  If your an iPad Pro user and have the Apple pencil you now have pressure support when editing, so that with iOS11 is really moving the mobile photo editing space forward.

The Headphone Socket

The iPhone is the one device that is always with me.  As a consumer of many video blogs and podcasts, I make heavy use of the iPhone’s headphone socket.

This year will see my iPhone reach three year old so I may replace it and pass this onto Caroline.  As the latest iPhone and I am sure this years phone will not have a headphone socket, its time to order a set of the Apple AirPods.  While I could use the Lightning port, as a heavy user the port is better used for topping up my charge so I have plenty of charge through the day.  I often make trips out on the motorcycle and you always want a well charged phone available just in case.

The Green Revolution

Here at home we are now in our third year of home energy production.  Over the last few years despite the efforts of some governments backed by the fossil fuel industry the writing is on the wall for traditional energy production.  Solar and wind are now cheaper then coal.

If every home had its own solar, each village a wind turbine, large wind farms out at sea with tidal and wave generation and storage systems, the grid would be much cleaner and flexible.

Currently about a third of our carbon pollution comes from transport.  Its with a lot of interest I have been following the developments of the electric car.  Despite the general perception of the public, electric cars are more then suitable for the majority of us who need cars.  The cheaper electric cars whilst only having a range of around 100 miles are more then suitable for the typical commute that is generally under 25 miles a day.  With most families having a couple of cars they could easily replace one with a short range electric car.

If your an electric car doubter and think they lack performance, range and practicability,  I suggest you check out the YouTube videos for the Tesla S P100D.

The reason for this post is that on Friday the Tesla Model 3 went into production, the first ‘affordable’ mass produced electric car that can travel over 200 miles, charge up over night, so always a full tank when you start your journey and it has a network of superchargers across Europe allowing your to recharge while you have your lunch break.  With very low running costs and low emission (none at the tailpipe), even if you factor in a dirty electric grid which keeps getting cleaner, even on financial grounds not to mention air purity grounds, making our cities cleaner its hard to not think that green is the way to go.

Our car is now over fourteen years old and we will definitely be looking at a car with a plug for its replacement.  What I am really looking forward to is an affordable electric BMW GS, now that would be fun.

iPhone – 10 Years Old

You have probably heard that its the ten anniversary of the iPhone.

It now hard to now to remember what a revolutionary product it was.  I bought the first iPhone and was very pleased with it.  While it lacked many features of my previous Windows Phone, the ease of user and the ‘internet in you pocket’ was the killer feature.

Its also worth while remembering that in these ten years we still have not had a significant malware attack on iOS.

While people critic the locked down nature of the phones and the restrictions of the app store process it has succeeded to keep us safer.

I currently have the iPhone 6 which I am very happy with but might upgrade this year if the ten anniversary edition is something special.

Nik Software and Photoshop plug-ins

Coffee and Cameras – Nikon V1 10mm f/2.8

Obsillescence is always an issue with computing and now in digital photography.  I used to Nik software for a while, the black and white module that plugged into Lightroom was very affective.  Now that Nik has been bought by Google we get no more updates and as Adobe continue to update their products the old plug-ins get broken.

I suppose that is life now, and why I am trying to do most of my editing now with just Lightroom and Photoshop and no other third party software.