What Does Apple Discontinuing iPhoto & Aperture For Mac Mean For iPhoto On iOS


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iPhoto has been the standard for working with photos while Aperture has been Apples professional photo editor on a Mac for years, but with the recent announcement that iPhoto and Aperture will be discontinued in favour of Photos on Mac when OS X 10.10 is released although both will still continue to work on OS X 10.10 at least what does it mean for iPhoto on iOS?

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iPhoto on Mac is a simple Photo Organizing and Editing Application for Mac that allows you to organize your photos into albums as well as do simple editing tasks like what the photo preview app on windows and the photo gallery feature of the Chrome OS browser allows you to do.

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Aperture is Apples professional Photo Editor and is similar to Adobe PhotoShop in that it gives you more editing features compared to iPhoto.

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iPhoto on iOS is a more feature rich version of the stock Photos App that focuses more on creating themed sharable web albums over organizing your photos into local albums.

With the demise of iPhoto and Aperture on Mac what does this mean for iPhoto on iOS, will Apple keep the iOS version of iPhoto or will they abandon it all together in favour of the iOS Photos App? My guess is that they’ll abandon it all together as OS X 10.10 and iOS 8 seem to be converging certain aspects of iOS and OS X, whether they remove it from the App Store meaning that it can’t be installed or reinstalled with the release of iOS or just leave the current version up while ever it’s still available for OS X, but as this is all speculation on my part Apple could still leave it available for iOS and keep updating it.

I’d rather that Apple integrate the features of iPhoto into the iOS Photos App and end iPhoto as iPhoto has some good features that Photos doesn’t have, but it’s not worth having an extra photos App installed.

Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Roland

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What’s On My Chromebook Shelf Right Now (July 2014)


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THE MOST USED APPS ON MY CHROMEBOOK, AND

WHY THEY’RE THERE

This is my latest Chrome OS shelf line up that I’ll probably stick with for at least the near future. While my iPhone and Google Nexus 7 Tablet are mainly used for leisure, my Chromebook is used mostly for work, I spend I’ve most of my day, it’s what I use to update this blog and work on various other projects. So I thought I’d do a post in the style of the what’s on my Mac Dock and why, but for Chromebooks, so here’s what’s on my Chromebook Shelf and why. First off we’ll cover some of the stock Chrome apps, and there are a few. The first is Chrome as it’s permanently placed on the Shelf by default, Files as it’s easier than having to go through the App Drawer to find it, finally I’ve got the Wallpaper Picker as it’s convenient for quickly changing my Desktop Wallpaper. Now onto the rest of my Apps.

  • Clock Calendar.  Clock Calendar adds a nice convenient Month view Calendar and Clock that can be used like a widget.

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  • Google Calendar. I Use Google Calendar on a daily basis, not always to add events. So it’s essential to have Calendar in easy reach.
  • Google Drive. It’s essential for me to always have quick access to all of my work with more advanced features than using Files.
  • Full Screen Weather. I use Full Screen Weather, because it’s always nice to keep an eye on the weather.
  • Google+ Photos. I use Google+ Photos as it’s a nice simple way to view all my photos that are backed up on Google+& even shared to Google+.
  • Google Play Music. I use Play Music as a lot of my music is already stored on Play Music, and having it on the Shelf makes it easy to use when I want to listen to anything.
  • Hangouts call. Hardly ever used, but it’s still there if I need it.
  • iCloud. I’ve replaced WeVideo with iCloud since I never did my Home Office Tour video, an since I’ve started using my iCloud email address as well as my Hotmail,Outlook & GMail addresses I thought that I might as well add it to my Shelf line up and maybe I’ll get some use out of the other iCloud features.
  • Notifier for Twitter. I’ve started using Notifier for Twitter as it adds pop-up Notifications via the Chrome OS Notification Centre. Even though Notifier for Twitter is a Chrome extension it has a pop down Twitter Client that can also be detached from Chrome and pinned to the Chrome OS Shelf as well as docked to the left or right edge of the Chrome Desktop. Currently I’m using Notifier for Twitter along side TweetDeck, but if I like the Notifier for Twitter Client over the TweetDeck Client I’ll probably switch to it full-time.
  • Offline Dictionary. Offline Dictionary adds a nice hand searchable Dictionary that does what the name says and works while offline.
  • OMG Chrome. As it’s nice to keep an eye on the latest Chrome & Chrome OS news.
  • Spotify.  I like using Spotify & it’s nice to be able to use Spotify from the Shelf.
  • Sunrise Calendar. I’ve started to use Sunrise Calendar on my iPhone and the Android Beta on my Google Nexus 7 for review purposes, so I thought that it makes sense to use the Chrome/Chrome OS version as well and it has some nice extra features that you don’t get in Google Calendar, so Google Calendar has taken a back seat for now.
  • WeVideo. I’ve added WeVideo to my shelf as I’m planning on doing a tour of my Office/Desk at some point during the next week and thought that it would be an ideal time to experiment with WeVideo, so it’s gained a place on my shelf for at least the next few weeks.
  • TweetDeck by Twitter. I’ve still got TweetDeck on my Shelf despite hardly ever using it any more as I prefer Notifier for Twitter to TweetDeck just for the simple fact that Notifier for Twitter displays Chrome OS Notifications even when the App is closed.
  • Weather Now. I’ve replaced Full Screen Weather with Weather Now as Weather Now is clean and simple and displays like a Chrome OS Notification so it doesn’t take up the entire screen just to check the weather.

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  • WordPress.com. Since my blog is hosted on WordPress.com it makes sense to keep the WordPress.com app on the Shelf.
  • YouTube. I watch YouTube videos nearly every day, so keeping the YouTube app on the Shelf makes sense.
  • Google Play Music Mini Player. Having the Google Play Music Mini Player on the Shelf means that I can get access to some of the Google Play Music features without having to go into the Google Play Music app, would be nice to be able to use the Google Play Music Mini Player while the Google Play Music app is closed though.

That’s everything on my Chromebook Shelf. I’ve got loads of other apps on my Chromebook, but the list I’ve provided in this post are the select few that I use enough to allow to grace a spot on my Shelf. That’s enough about my Chromebook, what about you? Be sure to share your Chrome Shelf set-ups in the Comments.

Roland

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How Can The England Men’s Team Become Competitive Again??


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After a dismal start to the 2014 World Cup sees England going out of the competition at the Group Stage how can England become competitive at International Tournaments again?

With defeats to Italy and Uruguay and one game remaining for England in their World Cup Group that’s now meaningless since both defeats now see England eliminated, what needs to be done to make England competitive again. Is it down to Roy Hodgson’s poor choices, is it down to the overpaid Premier League players that think more of playing for their club over their country or is it down to the fact that Premier League Teams prefer buying in good players from abroad and only having a few token good English players in their teams?

I think it’s down to at least two of the above. The top English players are so over paid that they see playing for their country as an inconvenience and not an honour, because they know that there is so few top English players to choose from that they know they can get away with playing poorly for the National Team as they’ll still get picked.

The Premier League is over crowded with players brought in from abroad that a lot of good English talent never makes it to the Premier League meaning that they never get to play for England. On this point there is four things that could be done, ether bring in an import quota that limits the amount of foreign players that can be on a team, meaning that English players get a fair chance, impose a quota for foreign players that can be on a squad for each match or on the pitch at a time, acknowledge that there are players in leagues lower than the Premier League that are good enough to play for England and would see it as an honour not an inconvenience to play for England, or more controversially follow the England Cricket Team and have all players that are chosen to play for England be under contract to the England Team giving more of an incentive to play at the level you do for your Club Team.

I’d go for all four but the import quota one would have to be down to the Premier League not the FA, and the Premier League wouldn’t bring in a rule that will impact the saleability of the Premier League abroad meaning that the only options are to bring in England Contracts, meaning that the chosen players would be contractually obliged to play at their best and acknowledge the Championship when picking an England Squad.

Roland

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My Home Office Set-up 2014 (Update)


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My Home Office setup isn’t like the video tours that you see on YouTube, it used to similar at one time. It’s now a lot more modest and minimalistic, but it works well for me.   So here’s my text and picture tour of my Home Office as it didn’t seem worth while doing a YouTube video. The storage part of my Home Office is an old Computer desk that houses a Box of Printer Paper, a Shredder, a Box of Envelopes and a brown box that has some Computer stuff on the bottom shelf, the Keyboard drawer has an old Microsoft Multimedia Keyboard while the top shelf has a Printer Organizer with mostly odd bits of scrap paper and the charger for my Asus Google Nexus 7, Bluetooth headphones and my Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 USB Headset & on top of it I’ve got my Kodak esp 1.2 AIO Printer.

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Printing station

On the floor in front of the desk I’ve got a locking filing case that I keep all of my important paperwork and weekly bus pass in.

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Filing area

Now onto the main part of my Office. My work area is a two-seater sofa where my Targus Slimline Netbook Case lives.

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Tech storage

The front pocket mainly holds Headphones and Memory cards along with my 32GB Samsung SD Card, Pens, my Samsung Galaxy SIII Mini, a keyboard dusting brush and the charger for my Acer C720 Chromebook.

Accessory storage

Accessory storage

The main compartment holds my Acer C720 Chromebook in an iPearl hard shell full body cover, my Asus Google Nexus 7 (2012), External USB 3.0 HDD and the power cord for my Acer C720 Chromebook.

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Main storage 2

The great thing about this setup is that I’m always ready for going on the road, as all I’ve got to do is attach the shoulder strap for my Targus Slimline Netbook Case and I can leave the house with my bag.

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Static to mobile office with the case shoulder strap

This probably isn’t one of the best Home Office setups around but a Home Office isn’t always about large desks and dedicated room, but something that can go from static to mobile office and as long as your setup works for you, and ever since I started my blog in 2010.

Here is a couple of pictures showing how versatile my Home Office setup is.

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Mobile Office

Since I originally did my Home Office tour post I’ve now added a Desk to my setup in the form of a Laptop tray, This is a handy little Desk as it has a powerful LED Desk Lamp built-in along with a Pen/ Pencil Holder and a Cup Holder.

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Laptop Tray Desk

The Laptop Tray has a fleece underside attached to the Tray & is filled with bean bag beans meaning that it’s comfortable on your knee, it also has a compartment in the bean bag base for the battery pack of the LED Lamp & it even has a carry handle on it.

The Desk can also be used for handwriting in a notebook e.t.c. but I also use it for addressing envelopes and folding letters as well as for a Desk for my Chromebook.

Roland

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Blogging For Begginers


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So you’ve decided to start a Blog, where do you start?

There are three main things that you need to consider carefully before you start your Blog, you can find them listed bellow with some tips.

  1. Decide on which Blogging service to use:    You’ve got a choice of two free hosted blogging services available in the form of WordPress & Blogger and two self-hosted services in the form of WordPress and Blog engine. If you want a simple life with your blog that doesn’t really require any maintenance then I’d go for a WordPress or Blogger hosted blog. WordPress offers a large selection of Add-ons that you can purchase that even includes a custom domain name for your blog that gets rid of the .wordpress.com part of your Blogs address, where as Blogger only offers a custom domain name (a custom domain name changes say blogname.wordpress.com to say blogname.com) a custom domain makes your blog look more professional.  Both services allow you to either buy a custom domain through them or have a domain name that you already own mapped to your blog (I’d personally go for buying direct from your blog provider over mapping an existing domain name as all the configuration is done for you and you don’t have to do it yourself.
  2. Choose your blog name/URL:    If you’re using Blogger you don’t get much of a choice when it comes to choosing the URL of your Blog as it’s tied to the name of your Blog, but with WordPress you’ve got to choose wisely as the URL you choose is separate to the Blog name meaning that you can start your Blog with one name then change it once you’ve chosen the subject of your Blog. If you’re a Blogger user I’d suggest choosing the subject of your Blog and creating a Google account to go with it so you’re not stuck with a blog URL that you don’t like say 5 weeks into the future (unless you create a new Blog within your Blogger account with the name you want for your blog).
  3. Choose the subject of your blog:    Decide if you want your Blog to be a Sports Blog, a Fashion Blog, a News Blog, a Technology Blog, a Politics Blog, a Diary/Journal style Blog or a mix of the above.

Once you’ve gone through the three steps above you’ve got a choice of doing two things. You can find them listed bellow.

  1. Customize your Blog to look how you want it:    You can customize your Blog with a theme you like along with adding any sidebar widgets, an about page, a banner logo or image, & a background image that you want to use before you start work on your first Post/Article.
  2. Take time on writing your first Post/Article and Publish it before you start customizing your Blog.

the above to points depend on whether you want to give your Blog a professional look. If you’ve got a custom URL or have gone down the self hosting route then I’d spend that bit of extra time getting your Blog to look professional before you start writing your first Post/Article.

Is Blogging time-consuming?

When you first start your Blog you have to Publish a Post/Article at least once a day until you get enough content up. Once you’ve got at least 100+ Posts/Articles on your Blog you don’t have to be as regular as when you start your Blog. If you want to get a lot of readers regularly to your Blog you’re going to have to put in the work, but I post when I can and as much as I can and still get a decent amount of visitors a day.

If you can afford the expense of going down the self hosted way with a WordPress Blog, or get enough views on a Blogger Blog that you can live from Google AdSense income then you could potentially survive off of Blogging full-time, but running your Blog as a full-time job and your only source of income you’re going to have to be Publishing high quality Posts/Articles every day if not multiple times a day.

Blogging full-time means that you’ve got time to work on high quality Posts/Articles, but the down side is that you’re not going to get much free time as you’ll be working long hours writing.

Being at your Computer for hours at a time and having to sacrifice breaks in your work to get content out will then impact your health with the risk of suffering from RSI or eyesight problems will then limit your working hours in the long run meaning that your Blog will suffer and as a result your income will too.

I love writing content and running my Blog & would love to be able to afford to make my Blog my full-time job, as being my own boss appeals to me. Especially the fact that I’d be working from home and would get to spend time with my family while also working.

Roland

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Are OS X 10.10 Yosemite & iOS 8 Game Changes In The Mobile & Desktop OS Market?


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With iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite set to bring a new level of convergence between Mobile OS’s and Desktop OS’s with two new features in both iOS and OS X 10.10 that Apple calls Continuity and Hand-Off.

Continuity basically brings over the flat look that was introduced in iOS 7 and partially implemented in OS X 10.9 Mavericks, the new look of OS X 10.10 also brings a new flat widow controls theme along with a new Notification Centre that has a Today tab like that of the Notification Centre in iOS 8 along with Widgets and a Notifications tab. In the iOS 8 Notification Centre gone is the Missed Notifications tab & the All Notifications tab has been replaced by the Notifications tab.

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New Flat Theme in OS X 10.10 Yosemite

 

New OS X Yosemite Notification Centre.

New OS X 10.10 Yosemite Notification Centre.

New iOS 8 Notification Centre.

New iOS 8 Notification Centre.

Hand-Off basically allows you to start doing something like write an Email on your iOS device and continue working on it on your Mac (this feature is only handy if you own both an iOS Device and a Mac, or quite possibly multiple iOS Devices), another good Hand-Off feature is the ability to use your Mac to receive phone calls or SMS Messages while your phone is on charge or in a different room.

Conclusion

if features like Continuity and Hand-Off are done correctly without changing the original Desktop OS too much then it’s only a good thing for Computing and Smartphones, but if it’s done wrong then it is a bad thing.

I’d like to see something like what Apple is doing with Hand-Off done by Microsoft on both Windows and Windows Phone, along with Google with Chrome OS and Android.

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My Current Chrome OS Desktop & App Drawer Layout (June 2014)


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In this post I’ll describe the layout of my Chromebook Desktop with a full description to why I’ve chosen the layout etc.

The Wallpaper is the stock one from the Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite Developer beta 1 (also that was used in the WWDC OS X Keynote), if you want to use this Wallpaper then just Google OS X Yosemite Wallpaper.

I’m using the OS X Yosemite Wallpaper as I find it more visually appealing than the Stock Wallpapers that come with Chrome OS.

I’m using the Notifier for Twitter Chrome Extension as my current twitter Client, as even though it’s meant to be a Chrome Notification extension for Twitter it has a nice drop down Client that can be detached from Chrome and pinned to the Chrome OS Shelf. The Notifier for Twitter Desktop Client can be docked to ether of the left or right Dock ports of the Chrome OS Desktop, the Chrome OS Notifications are handy if you have the Client minimized.

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Notifier for Twitter Client & Desktop Notifications

On the System tray side of the Chrome OS Shelf I’ve got the Google Hangouts extension open & minimized for quick access. unfortunately Google have decided that it’s not a good idea to give Google Hangouts the ability to be pinned to the Shelf, meaning that every time Chrome OS is booted.

For a full tour of my Chrome OS Shelf then please see this post.

I’ve got my App Drawer organized into categorised and alphabetically sorted folders instead of one big list of short-cuts.

Roland

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