This Could Never Happen Today

Franklin Roosevelt, a victim of polio, was paralyzed from the waist down.

He went to great lengths to hide his disability. If someone caught him maneuvering himself in and out of a car, or walking a few steps, his security people would quickly confiscate the offending camera.

And so, any film of President Roosevelt walking is very very VERY rare. A new one just surfaced this week, donated by the daughter of the baseball player who did the filming.

Watching this, and knowing how successful Franklin Roosevelt was at hiding his disability, I couldn’t help but think how completely impossible this feat would be today.

Aside from the sad fact that he felt the need to hide it (thought it would make him look weak?) …… just imagine trying to pull this off in 2014. Impossible. It would simply be impossible.

It’s a good thing that Franklin Roosevelt attended that All Star game in the year 1937.

A similar event today would see an entire stadium filled with people with cameras in their pockets.

There is no hiding from 30,000 people with smart phones.

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How to Save Web Images to your iPhone or iPad

Screen Shot 2014-04-23 at 9.13.26 PMOver the last several years, “throwback Thursday” has become quite popular.

Although it is really supposed to be about nostalgia (like old photos), I thought I’d stretch the point, and occasionally post an old “how to” on Thursdays, for the benefit of the many new-device-users who have joined our blog.

Perhaps you’re wandering around the internet on your iPhone or on your iPad and you see a photo you would like to keep. Maybe you’ve just stumbled on a photo of a sailboat that is on your dream list, or a picture of an awesome cake that inspires you to bake and decorate.

How to Save a Web Image to your iPhone or iPad:

If you see a picture that you would like to keep, just touch the picture and wait a moment. A menu will appear with the option to SAVE the image. Touch SAVE.

You’re done. Yep. That’s all there is.

The image is now in your camera roll. To find it, go to your Photos app. Choose camera roll, and take a look at the last picture. There is your cake (or boat :) )

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Another great way to grab what you see is to take a screenshot. This means that you will actually take a picture of the whole screen. Just put one finger on the on/off button, and your other finger on the home button. Push them both at once. Hold for just a second and then let go. Click! A picture of the screen is now in your camera roll. Now go to the Photos app > camera roll. You’ll find your screenshot waiting for you as the last picture in the camera roll.

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I Really Really REALLY Don’t Like This

Screen Shot 2014-02-25 at 8.41.58 AMI usually love all gadgets. I love my iPhone, my iPad, and my Kindles. Other tech stuff is fun too. I have some remote gadgets, step-counting gadgets and kitchen gadgets. I rarely meet a gadget I don’t like.

But I don’t like this one.

This is just plain creepy.

The Narrative is a clip on camera that you wear. It automatically takes a picture every 30 seconds.

The point? To create a “narrative” of your life. All the regular moments. The things you don’t remember… remembered.

I don’t want to be on either end of this device. I don’t want all those photos of …. ???? and I sure don’t want to be talking or working with a person who is wearing this little camera. I know I’d find it highly distracting.

(I suppose there is an argument to be made for wearing it to capture candid photos of your children, or maybe at an event …. I’ll go with that. But it’s the “all day” and photographing unsuspecting people that just seems yuchy. Bye bye privacy.)

You can read more about it in this article, and view examples of the photos that this gadget takes:

Cool or Creepy? A Clip-On Camera Can Capture Every Moment

If you’re interested, the Narrative sells for $279.

Just don’t visit with me if you’re wearing one. :roll:

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How to Switch your Camera on your iPhone for a Selfie: (part of the) Very Beginner Series

Screen Shot 2014-02-03 at 8.36.40 AMOccasional posts will contain how-tos and/or hints for VERY new users of iPads, iPhones or Kindles. All new users welcome! Non-tech speak, not terribly detailed, just basic device-enhancing goodness. All part of this Very Beginner Series. Please share with any beginners (Mom? Dad? Grandma?) in your life.

Recently one of the readers of this blog asked me about this, and I realized that there are probably other new users who also are unaware of how to switch the perspective for your camera. After all, when you FIRST get a new device, everything is new to you, even the most basic. And THAT is the purpose of this VERY Beginner series….. :)

How to switch the perspective of your camera, so that you can take a picture of yourself (a selfie) :

Open your Camera app

Look to the TOP of the screen. You will see an icon that looks like the outline of a camera with two whirly arrows in it.

Tap that icon, and the camera will switch it’s direction, and take a picture of you. Just tap the same icon to switch it back.

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Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year for 2013 is …….

Screen shot 2013-11-20 at 6.56.12 PMWhat is the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year (WOTY)?
The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is a word, or expression, that we can see has attracted a great deal of interest during the year to date. Every year, candidates for Word of the Year are debated and one is eventually chosen that is judged to reflect the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of that particular year and to have lasting potential as a word of cultural significance.
(Oxford Dictionaries.com)

And so, this year’s Word of the Year was recently announced, and the winner is …….. drum roll, please ……. “selfie.”

Yes, that’s it. The International Word of the Year.

SELFIE

What is it? Here is the Oxford definition:

selfie:
noun, informal
(also selfy; plural selfies)
a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website

The word Selfie can be traced back to an Australian online forum wayyy back in 2002.

Do you use this word? (I haven’t)

Do you take selfies? (I have, a few times when traveling, and quickly deleted the result. Clearly selfies are not a friendly form of photography for folks-of-a-certain-age :shock:)

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Amazing Cat Face: Photoshopped? or NOT?

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I just couldn’t help myself. I had to show you these pictures. And since this blog has a “tech” theme, I stretched the title with the “photoshopped” tease…… :)

But I do think this fellow’s face looks, well, fake. The line down the middle is just so straight!!!!

He is a feral kitten (no lectures, please) and he just showed up at my back door on Saturday. I tapped the window and when he looked up I used my iPhone to take his picture.

Have you ever seen such an amazing face?

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How to Access the New Control Center in iOS 7

Screen shot 2013-10-06 at 4.50.18 PMOn this blog we will be exploring one feature of iOS 7 at a time, and so every few days I’ll toss another here on the blog to look at more closely.

Just ONE at a time.

Slow and steady.

That’s how we “everyday folks” can cope with all this stuff. :)

The iOS 7 designers decided that it would be helpful to have an easily accessible Control Center with many frequently used functions …. and so they made one.

I guess this is one of those things that some people really love and can’t live without. I am not one of those people.

It’s ok. Maybe I’ll grow to love it. But for now, it’s just ok. I suppose if you are someone who needs to adjust many of these things frequently, then you’ll feel differently and will embrace this new feature.

The Control Panel enables you to access things quickly instead of navigating through a bunch of steps (like getting to Wifi, for example).

Here is how to access your new Control Center:

From any screen on your iPhone, swipe UP from the bottom of the screen. There it is! Your official Control Center.

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Take a careful look at the control center screen. From here you can quickly access all kinds of things: wifi, bluetooth, brightness, the clock, the camera, just to name a few. Just tap any of the representative symbols to do the deed.

The beauty of this is that you can call it up from where ever you are. If you have 9 pages of icons, for example, and you’re on page 9, you can bring up the control center in an instant and use the Camera that might be living way back on page one. I’ll admit, that’s kind of handy. You can even access it from the lock screen, and apps.

However, it may possibly interfere with some apps, so you might want to tweak this.  If you go to Settings > Control Center, you can disable access from the lock screen or from within apps.

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Try on Glasses … on your iPad

Screen shot 2013-07-24 at 9.40.46 AMI am a glasses wearer, and every time the prescription changes I dread shopping for new frames. Selection is always an issue, but another problem for me (and others, I’m sure) is that when you try on the frames, you can’t see (which is why you are getting new glasses in the first place :) )

So, when I came across this app that allows you to virtually try on glasses (both regular frames and sunglasses), I thought I would give it a try. Truth be told, I wasn’t expecting much.

But to my surprise, this is a pretty gosh darn amazing app for your iPad.

The app “begins” by taking you step by step through a filming process to get YOUR face onto their screen.

After following the steps, your face appears, not just as a still photo, but as a virtual representation, a 3D custom model, that you can turn from side to side, and see how the frames look on you from all directions. (I apologize for the screenshot of their screenshot, but I’m too shy to use my own face :shock: )

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You view the frames in groups of four, as you see above. But tapping any one will bring that single face up full screen.

And that’s it! Start flipping through thousands of glasses, and view them on your face. See what you would look like with large frames, retro frames, designer frames, frames in color and more more more.

There are a few other tweaks within the app. You can bookmark favorites, edit the 3D model of your head, and of course, buy glasses if you choose. You can also sort by price.

It’s easy, it’s FREE, and it’s fun … so why not?

Glasses.com is FREE in the iTunes store

Note to Parents: Have a chat with your kids about Snapchat

Screen shot 2013-07-18 at 3.38.55 PMThe Message is loud and clear:

The Internet is NOT private. Anything you put out there, stays out there.

This is the message that parents are trying to get across to their kids. It’s a tough message to sell, however, because “youth” is often reckless, and the future is just a misty never-land. Few young people can imagine themselves 20 or 30 years into the future, when the vetting for a new promotion turns up some lack-of-judgement moment from years gone by.

Enter the very popular app, Snapchat. I guarantee that if you have a teen or twenty-something in your life, they are well aware of Snapchat. Just ask. You’ll see.

So what is it? It is a picture sharing app. Snap a photo and send it. The twist? The photo will self-destruct, will disappear, in just a few seconds.

Several worries, here. First of all, there is the obvious (uh-oh) sexting consideration. If the picture is going to disappear in just a few seconds, even a usually level-headed soul just might zap off a photo in a wild and crazy moment, comforted by the knowledge that it will quickly disappear.

Screen shot 2013-07-18 at 3.49.29 PMIt is this self-destruct design that is a real worry. “Disappear” is just an illusion. First of all, the receiver could take a screenshot. (The app is supposed to notify the sender if a screenshot is taken, however there are many hacks available so that function is basically useless). It is also possible for the receiver to simply take a picture of the screen with another device. Click. So much for ‘temporary’.

I came across a wonderful news story about Snapchat. If you have teens or twenty-somethings in your life, you really should watch it so that you can understand a bit of what is going on in their world. Unfortunately, I was unable to embed it into this post, so if you would like to watch the story, you’ll have to follow this link:

http://www.kgw.com/video/featured-videos/Is-Snapshot-app-saving-deleted-photos-189372151.html

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Macro Photography on your iPhone: How to Lock the Focus

Photo Skitch Document-5Although the iPhone isn’t a replacement for a “real” camera, it can take excellent photos.

In addition to general photography, it can do an amazing job on close-up (macro) photos.

Just hold the iPhone about 4 inches from your subject, and you will be surprised at the detail you can capture.

However, while you are trying to get your subject into focus, you may be frustrated because every time you move a bit to recompose the shot, (even ever so slightly), the iPhone camera adjusts and refocuses. Argh!

There is a way to “lock” the focus in place and solve this problem, but the feature is a little hard to find.

Here is how to lock your macro focus on your iPhone:

Move your iPhone to within about 4 inches from your subject.

Put your finger on the screen on top of the subject of your photo.

You will see a square appear under your finger. Hold your finger in place against the screen and the square will start pulsating. Take your finger off the screen.

As you lift your finger, you will see the words “AE/AF Lock” appear at the bottom of the screen. This means that the focus is now locked and you can make your small adjustments to the photographic composition without the camera shifting out of focus, again.

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The lock is ‘released’ after you take a shot, so if you are going to take more photos, you will have to put your finger on the screen each time to enable the lock.

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