These Are the 8 Ways Apple Tracks You — and Their #1 Security Flaw

This is the next installment in our ongoing series about the choices we make about our personal data, and how these choices relate to the online products and services many of us use daily.  Recently on these pages, I wondered: what does Google know about me?  The short answer: a lot. The detailed answer: 8.75 GB of search history, browser history, emails, GPS locations, voice searches, voicemails, a few short YouTube videos, and an ad profile built from my behavior with all of the above. Kinda creepy, though to be fair actually also kinda transparent — I found all this data because Google has a handy tool for downloading everything at once. This, in theory, allowed me  to see what I’ve been giving  the company since my google account was created in 2008. Creepy? Yes. And, just maybe, also cool. So now I want to know what Apple knows about me. How does the company store my information? And how transparent are they about what they’re doing? Starting With the Man in the Mirror First, full disclosure: I’m a Mac guy. I bought my first one, a 17″ Aluminum Powerbook G4, in 2005. A few years later, I traded in my Palm Treo 700wx for my first iPhone. Apple devices always felt… Continue reading These Are the 8 Ways Apple Tracks You — and Their #1 Security Flaw

Here’s What You Get When You Put Your iPhone in a Deep Fryer

There’s just no way around it, so it’s probably best to just get it out of the way and say it up front: Henry Hargreaves likes to play with his food. The food artist and photographer often juxtaposes edible stuff with biting (Man! Unavoidable, I tell you) commentary on popular culture, and our sometimes fraught relationship with what we eat. In a meditation on our national sugar fixation, for instance, he’s filled a pig piñata with pork products (and yes, then smashed it open, ew). Other times, he just has fun. To wit: the series Jello Submarine (yes, literally), and Bacon alphabet (exactly what you think it is, only better). Deep Fried Gadgets, which was shot by Hargreaves and styled by Caitlin Levin, falls somewhere in between: a commentary on disposable, consumer culture served up hot, greasy, and probably not too healthy — just like our fast food nation likes it. And it’s fun. I like to play with food and the juxtaposition of different worlds. I found a video of some japanese kids trying to deep fry a PSP and eat it, it didn’t work and they made a mess of it, but I loved the idea and thought… Continue reading Here’s What You Get When You Put Your iPhone in a Deep Fryer

Why Is My iPhone Storage Full? (And What Can I Do About It?)

I love my iPhone. It’s not only a great phone, but a great texter, video- and photo-taker and -viewer, gaming device, and so much more. But all that wonderfulness has a silicon ceiling: storage capacity. If you’ve ever seen regular messages with variations of iPhone storage full, you know what I mean. Apple offers a variety of options for iPhone memory capacity, but show me the biggest iPhone SSD out there (like my iPhone 6s+ with 128 GB of storage) and I’ll show you a way to fill it, fast. How? iPhone’s Worst Space Hogs: Photos & Camera Videos Music Messages (especially if you send/receive a lot of photo and video messages) Games Other Apps Tip: You can see what’s stored (and where) on your iPhone by opening Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage. iPhones Are Chock Full o’ Pictures Like other smart phone users, those of us with iPhones like to take a ton of pictures. But apparently we’re even more snappy than most: a 2015 study showed that iPhone users took an average of 250 photos per month — 65% more than the average Android user. That leaves a lot to be managed (not to mention a quickly… Continue reading Why Is My iPhone Storage Full? (And What Can I Do About It?)

24 Juicy Mobile Photo Apps You May Never Have Heard Of (Part 2)

Ready for more smart phone photo app deliciousness? We know you are, so let’s get right to it. (And if you haven’t checked out Part 1 of this series with apps 1-12, you can see it here). 13. Snapseed Platform: iOS, Android Price: Free What it is: Snapseed by Google simply is a robust, professional photo editor with features like a healing tool, brushes, filters, frames, HDR effects, structural and perspective edits, vignette, lens blur, “glamour glow,” and focus enhancement. What’s cool about Snapseed is it opens both JPG and RAW files for editing. 14. Photo Editor by Aviary  Platform: iOS, Android Price: Free, with in-app purchases What it offers, what’s special: This app allows you to enhance and stylize your smartphone photos using filters, stickers, overlays, vignettes, a sharpening tool, a focus tool, a blemish removal tool and a teeth whitening tool, as well as apply editing tools like crop, rotate, straighten, contrast, brightness, and shadows. Aviary tells us that some of these effects are even “made by artists around the world.” The app also lets you draw your own photo captions and doodles. One differentiator here: you can sync your photos to Adobe Creative Cloud (requires Adobe ID) to access filters and tool packs… Continue reading 24 Juicy Mobile Photo Apps You May Never Have Heard Of (Part 2)

24 Juicy Mobile Photo Apps You May Never Have Heard Of (Part 1)

This two-part post is for you, smart phone photographers – even those brave, hardy few that still have flame-throwing Samsung Galaxy Note 7s: a robust list of 24 awesome photo apps you might have never heard of before. From colored gels, to cartoonizing, to time lapse to still-capture — there’s something for everyone to slice, dice, freeze, stretch, and, yes please, share. Enjoy discovering the first half today, then come join us for the second half tomorrow. Ready? Let’s do this. 1. PABLO Platform: iOS Price: Free Why it’s cool: You can make long-exposure videos, and light-write art photos in HD on your iPhone. How does it work? As TechCrunch explains: “Since Apple’s API mandates that the camera shutter only stay open for a maximum of 1 second, PABLO needed to find a workaround. So they came up with a way to simulate the shutter staying open by taking multiple one second exposures and merging it into a video or photo (which is just the last frame of the video)… This faux long-exposure also means that you can see the content while you are capturing it, as opposed to a real long-exposure on a DSLR where the screen goes black and you… Continue reading 24 Juicy Mobile Photo Apps You May Never Have Heard Of (Part 1)

12 + 6 + 7 Reasons Not to Hate on the iPhone 7

As any mystic will tell you, 7 is a particularly magical number. So it’s no accident that Apple doubled down on the religious experience its products can trigger in consumers (ever visit the Apple Chapel on a Sunday?) by announcing its iPhone 7 on September 7.  But if numerology was part of the launch strategy, it didn’t seem to take. Internet judginess was swift: AirPod headphones are like a tampon without a string for example. Ouch. Setting aside whether the iPhone 7 is the new New Coke, I wanted to focus specifically on the photo aspects of the new product, and whether phone photo fans (pretty much all of us at this point) should consider an upgrade.  First, the tampons AirPods. All the chatter leading up to the launch of the new iPhone was about whether or not Apple would ditch the headphone jack. Of course it did, in favor of the new $159 (yikes!) wireless ear buds. And while Apple is shipping a Lightning to 3.5-millimeter headphone jack adapter with the new phones so you can still plug in your old wired sets, the adapter goes into the same port your charger uses, so you won’t be able to listen… Continue reading 12 + 6 + 7 Reasons Not to Hate on the iPhone 7

Infographic: 10 Things You Didn’t Know Your iPhone Camera Could Do

In the elevator, the checkout line, (gulp) traffic: anywhere you look, people are staring at smartphones (assuming you’ve looked up from your own). By 2017, more than a third of the global population – 2.6 billion souls — will own a smart phone.[i]  And if the sheer number of digital photos projected for that year[ii] is any indication, a goodly number of us are using our phones’ built-in cameras. I have an Apple iPhone 6 and use its camera as much as my Nikon DSLR because my smartphone’s with me 24/7, its camera app is super handy, and it produces pretty darned good pictures. Since there are nearly 100 million more like me in the U.S. alone[iii] I thought I’d do my part to help us up our iPhone photography game. 1) Open the camera from lock screen Photos are moments, and moments come quickly, so you need to be fast on the trigger. To immediately access your camera app from the iPhone lock screen, look for the camera icon in the bottom right corner, place your finger on it, and swipe up. Done. 2) Multiple shutter release options Did you know the volume buttons on the side of your… Continue reading Infographic: 10 Things You Didn’t Know Your iPhone Camera Could Do

Why Is My iPhone Storage Full? (And What Can I Do About It?)

I love my iPhone. It’s not only a great phone, but a great texter, video- and photo-taker and -viewer, gaming device, and so much more. But all that wonderfulness has a silicon ceiling: storage capacity. If you’ve ever seen regular messages with variations of iPhone storage full, you know what I mean. Apple offers a variety of options for iPhone memory capacity, but show me the biggest iPhone SSD out there (like my iPhone 6s+ with 128 GB of storage) and I’ll show you a way to fill it, fast. How? iPhone’s Worst Space Hogs: Photos & Camera Videos Music Messages (especially if you send/receive a lot of photo and video messages) Games Other Apps Tip: You can see what’s stored (and where) on your iPhone by opening Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage. iPhones Are Chock Full o’ Pictures Like other smart phone users, those of us with iPhones like to take a ton of pictures. But apparently we’re even more snappy than most: a 2015 study showed that iPhone users took an average of 250 photos per month — 65% more than the average Android user. That leaves a lot to be managed (not to mention a quickly… Continue reading Why Is My iPhone Storage Full? (And What Can I Do About It?)

Love = Roots

This photo shows why I love it here in Seattle. The area’s contrast of natural with manmade, and integration of people with the land really show through here. The textured water almost makes you feel the crisp breeze. There’s the industrial look of the skyline. The rowers. And the sunset creating a backdrop for all of this activity and beauty. Together, it’s all a reminder of why I’ll always have roots here. Mackenzie Collins, Support Team Member Who knew? I was homeschooled until 8th Grade I’m a formally-trained singer I’ve never been to Disneyland I like to shoot: Landscapes, landmarks, contrasting silhouettes, and, when they’re not looking, people I care about. I use a Sony Mirrorless and an iPhone 6s because they’re compact enough to keep with me almost anytime. My Mylio setup: Three computers, three mobile devices, and three USB hard drives for protection of 16,160 images.

Apple’s iMessage Security Flaw Exposes Personal Photos and Videos

Today, news broke that Apple’s iMessage service contains a security flaw exposing users’ photos and videos to hackers. This particular exploit gives hackers access to personal data stored not on a person’s device, but on Apple’s iCloud servers — highlighting the ever-present concern that our mobile Internet-connected devices, of which we have in increasing number, are as vulnerable as they are powerful. The flaw would allow attackers to access photos and videos stored on Apple’s iCloud servers. – INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES Hackers love cloud services, because the payoff for an exploit can be huge. A single vulnerability can give them access to personal data from millions of people (not to mention private pictures of naked celebrities, as in 2014’s iCloud hack, aka the Fappening).  And though sometimes the bad guys get caught (the man behind the Fappening recently plead guilty to felony charges), usually they don’t, and the damage to victims can’t be undone regardless. The hacker, 36-year-old Ryan Collins, has signed a plea agreement and agreed to plead guilty to a felony violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act… Collins is expected prison sentence of 18 months, although it could be as long as five years. – 9TO5MAC.COM So will cases like this act as a deterrent to future exploitation of personal data? Not… Continue reading Apple’s iMessage Security Flaw Exposes Personal Photos and Videos