journalism, mobile, photography, tools

Apps for taking control and exporting your iPhone ‘Live Photos’

Have enjoyed using the Live Photos feature on the iPhone (models 6 and above), creating short little animated clips alongside a photo still.

There’s only one main drawback, in that outside of Apple’s world, you can’t simply download the file as video, they don’t appear as video files on your device. A minor irritation of being locked into Apple’s world. I see great use for journalism as well as family events.

But a few weeks ago I spotted an app Motion Stills (A Google creation) for outputting them as video files or looping GIFs, also the ability to compile multiple clips into a longer clips. Get Motion Stills here from iTunes.

A post inspired by video storytelling expert Robb Montgomeryhighlighting a similar appwhich lets you easily export the Live Photo files as videos, GIFs and grab frames from the clips – plus it’s only a 6MB file size, compared to Motion Stills 33MB.

But both are handy tools if you are using LPs regularly.

news

Worth reading: Change never stops, but we will always need journalism

A few pertinent quotes at the turn of another tumultuous year in news media from Peter Preston, in his Guardian column, an excerpt from his chapter for Last Words? How Can Journalism Survive the Decline of Print?: “..digital consumption/addiction accelerates away and social media dominate reading time and attention. One habit dies; another takes over.”

“And all of this, one crisis after another, one false dawn after another, seemed to promise some publishing nirvana just around the corner…

“To this day, only about 10% of news on the net comes with a price tag. The central competition, therefore, had to be scrabbling for advertising riches…”

“The point about looking back is that this unwinding chronicle never ends, never finds a steady state. There’s a whole new world beyond Facebook and Google out there – and only one certainty firm in the mix. However produced, however delivered, this swirling world needs facts, perceptions, arguments, reflections, hard truths. This world needs journalism.”

Amen. 

Original article http://j.mp/2hG1bEI, published 1 January, 2017

content, journalism, news, strategy

Worth reading: People will read your long stories on their phones (for two minutes, anyway)

Good news, publishers: People will read your long stories on their phones (for two minutes, anyway)
As publishers’ tablet dreams diminish, are smartphones picking up the slack when it comes to reading long articles online? A report out from the Pew Research Center [from May 2016] tries to answer that question, and comes away with some reassuring findings: Yes, people are willing to engage with longer content (i.e., news stories over 1,000 words) on their phones.…

Seems to be various schools of thought on this, how the length of the article affects chances of being read, or being read to the end, etc.

Underlying this question, it’s quality of the content, information or writing that really counts, especially for long-tale value.

May 6, 2016 at 02:50PM
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digital age, news

Worth reading: Your new iPhone 7 headphones will break all the time because of Apple’s obsession with minimalism

Your new iPhone 7 headphones will break all the time because of Apple’s obsession with minimalism
Deep within Apple’s labyrinthine website, beyond its beloved laptops, phones, and tablets, is a class of items that are universally reviled.

A couple of week’s old, but still interesting on the whole iPhone headphone jack saga

September 8, 2016 at 02:23PM
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travel

Holiday ideas in and around Woolacombe, North Devon

Woolacombe on the north Devon coast is such a beautiful place, three miles of golden sands. I’ve spent many hours wandering along the beach, sitting on the dunes, taking in the view with a drink at the Red Barn. Letting the cares of the world drift away. What’s not to like?

Woolacombe beach looking out to sea on a sunny day
Woolacombe beach

Some ideas for what to do in and around North Devon:

  • From Woolacombe, walk up the steep, and I mean steep hill to Mortehoe for a cream tea at The  Town Farmhouse.
  • Spend and afternoon in Ilfracombe, wandering around the harbour, see Damien Hirst statue Verity statue and check out the beach through the tunnels.
  • Cycle the Tarka Trail along the riverside and disused railway route from Barnstaple to Instow, then picnic on the beach.
  • Take the Tarka Line train and enjoy the scenery from Barnstaple to Exeter [].
  • Visit the picturesque village of Clovelly, walk down the cobbled hill to the harbour. And when I say down, I mean doooown…
  • Explore Lynton & Lynmouth taking the cliff railway down to Lynmouth harbour.
  • Walk along the beach at Saunton Sands.
  • For the kids there is The Big Sheep near Bideford. 
  • Bust mostly just enjoy the relaxing atmosphere in Woolacombe, sitting and playing on the dunes, eating pasties for lunch, and fish and chips as the sun goes down, before a drink at the Red Barn.
  • Play pitch and putt on the lawns in front of, or just take in the views from the Woolacombe Bay Hotel lounge.