AMITIAE - Wednesday 1 July 2015
Apple News; and Stop-Motion Video on the iPhone (Bangkok Post, Life)
By Graham K. Rogers
Apple acted quickly and not only was there an amicable settlement with Miss Swift, but some independent labels came on-board. Metallica's Lars Ulrich also welcomed the streaming service. Taylor Swift was criticised however for the way her management (Firefly Entertainment) claims unlimited use of concert photographers' work, worldwide. Others pointed out that the independent labels also deserve some credit for Apple's change of heart on paying artists. Some wondered if the controversy had been fabricated as a publicity stunt.
The 3-part Apple Music service started yesterday (30 June) in 100 countries: Music, offers streamed tunes, for $9.99 a month or $14.99 for families (each with separate music lists); Connect links performers to the users, giving fans a closer look at how artists create; and Beats Radio, fronted by Zane Lowe, with support from several other personalities and performers. That part is free and has sections including Charts, Pop, Dance, Electronic and even Cantopop (Cantonese music, western lyrics). Expect updates to iTunes and iOS (late Tuesday here).
Apple Music can be accessed in 100 countries on iPhones, iPads, the iPod touch, Macs, PCs; and later this year on Android devices too. It will also be available on the Apple Watch, which is to be made available in the Netherlands, Sweden and in Thailand on 17 July.
At home, I have been playing with time-lapse on the iPhone 6. Like Burst-mode, this also works on iPads with iOS 8 installed. There are some suitable apps in the iTunes store, but I prefer OSnap which allows considerable flexibility for setting up, including time interval options up to just over 48 hours.
iPhone 6 with Glif and Tripod
iPhone 6 Plus with Glif; and Glif Adustment Hex Key, with Ring
The Glif screws onto the top of a tripod with a standard fixture. As well as a normal tripod, I also bought a mini-tripod from Mahboonkrong a couple of years back for 280 baht, but over time the legs have loosened and this needs replacing now.
[The link for those who cannot see the video in the page is YouTube upload -1]
The iPhone software extracts the important data and creates the video. Even with a 7 hour recording, the output is under 35 seconds. I posted a couple of cloud forming videos to Facebook and there are also two on YouTube. An overnight video was less successful until the moon set and then dawn arrived. The subject is the key; but the iPhone makes this easy.
[The link for those who cannot see the video in the page is YouTube video - 2]
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand where he is also Assistant Dean. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.
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