Bitcoin on the Rise

Bitcoin

As I write, Bitcoin is north of $730. I'm guessing this has something to do with the fact that Bitcoin will be halving sometime early next month. This means that Bitcoin is becoming rarer. There is also some speculation about debt in China driving their investments towards alternative options. Buckle up! This is going to be quite a ride! … [Read more...]

Apple is Absent from NAB 2016

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It appears that Apple has decided that they are so big and important that they don't need to go to events like MacWorld and NAB. Apple was absent at the recent NAB 2016. Presumably, the reasoning is that they can schedule and host their own events, stream them live and generate a huge online draw. This reasoning may be true for products like the iPhone or iPad, but I think it begins to fall apart when it comes to the video production space. Final Cut Pro X is not a dominant factor in the video editing space. Most of the workshops and workflows this year were including Adobe's Premiere and After Effects. In fact, I attended two workshops … [Read more...]

Disruptive Tech, Bitcoin, and a New Order

Bitcoin

I've spent the holiday time off doing a deep-dive into the disruptive technology of Bitcoin and the underlying techonlogy. From what I can see, Bitcoin is quickly becoming a profoundly disruptive technology. Actually, it's not really specifically Bitcoin itself. Digital currencies, and even cryptocurrencies, have been around for a number of years. The real interesting technology is in the Blockchain platform that is the core of Bitcoin. A trusted, decentralized, system of checks and balances (i.e., a trusted ledger of activity) has the potential of reorganizing our social and governing structures in unprecedented ways. The disease of … [Read more...]

Beware of iOS 8.4

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One of the biggest reasons I never apply an OS update from Apple as soon as it is released is because I don't want to lose functionality. Sometimes an Apple update just breaks things. This has happened often enough to make me wait until it's discovered and fixed. But increasingly, Apple has secretly eliminated features or functionality in order gain a financial benefit. It appears this has happened again with the iOS 8.4 release. Home Sharing has been quietly cut from iOS 8.4. If you update, you will no longer have the ability to stream audio from iTunes from your Mac OS X computer to iPhones, iPads, and iPods for free. Rumors are that … [Read more...]

The iPhone 6 After Four Months

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I've now had my iPhone 6 four months and I'm ready to give a balanced review. First, it should be noted that 4 months ago I upgraded from an iPhone 4s. My philosophy with Apple products in general has evolved from a "got to have the latest" mentality into a "I will upgrade when the improvements are significant" mentality. In the past 5-8 years, Apple has provoked me to upgrade it's products on roughly a ever-other-generation schedule. And the trend seems to be towards an ever-widening gap between upgrades. The Hardware The jump from an iPhone 4s to the iPhone 6 was significant, and it felt that way in all respects. The sleek and refined … [Read more...]

Apple Watch

Apple Watch

I'm excited about Apple's new iPhone 6. I will probably upgrade my iPhone 4s in a few weeks when they become available. I'm not sure about the iPhone 6 Plus. I don't think I want to be carrying around a small iPad mini in pocket. I am especially excited about the new 8MP camera with an f/2.2 aperture and the ability to capture 1080p HD and 60-fps and 240-fps for slow motion video. (I wish the 240-fps worked at 1080p, but sadly it's only at 720p.) I am also eager to see how well the video stabilization works. The disappointment for me today was the Apple Watch. I'm not sure that this is really a market that Apple will be able to … [Read more...]