eXtensions - Sunday 28 April 2019
Cassandra - Weekend Review: Up and Down Predictions and Other Comments
By Graham K. Rogers
So some analysts are telling investors to buy, with high predictions for future share prices, while others wring their hands and predict the worst. Well, no one has used the "doom" word this time, but the range of predictions is wider than normal. Take your pick: Tim Apple and Luca Finance will tell us all this week.
When I work on the Mac, I can save all the RAW photos on SSD (archive) and keep only the best in Photos and iCloud. If I want to use an image deleted from iCloud, I have the SSD version and can copy that across. This flexibility is unavailable when I use the iPad Pro.
Also on my list of iOS Photos features that are missing are a proper White Balance tool, and Sharpen. I have other apps that have these features, but these are such basics (in my opinion) that everyone ought to have access to them. Whether they use them, is another matter.
One of my often used apps on the Mac is Luminar 3 which was just updated to version 3.1. I also have Tonailty Pro which mainly has filters for black and white. Both of these work as extensions from within Photos, along with a number of other applications, vastly expanding the value of that core Apple product as so much can be done from within Photos.
And then iFixit withdrew its review. It had acquired the device from an unnamed source (clearly not Samsung) and when they were asked to remove the review by Samsung, they complied, in part because of where the phone had come from and to protect that source. But this has not gone down well in all quarters. They were right to point out the problems - which Samsung should have found before the media release - but whether they should have taken down the review is up for debate. For sure, the Fold, if it is ever released, will have been considerably revised, but does that justify removal of the lesson that was on display?
In an attempt at being objective, Dieter Bohn (The Verge) opens with the display problems then examines the rest of the device, presuming that Samsung will fix the issues and there will be a working phone, although I would expect that consumer confidence has been sapped so much that this will be something of an uphill task for Samsung.
If it is re-released, I would anticipate a revised pricing structure (down of course). What Bohn does write early on in the second part of the review is, "head to a store and play around with it because it is legitimately a marvelous thing to play with." For a product that has seen some derision, that is quite a comment, although the rest of the review does not completely endorse the Fold, especially at that price.
As I looked through several reviews it became apparent that Samsung could have had a winner here as so many writers made positive comments on the device, with only one not having a defective display: great product; just can't use it. Shot themselves in the corporate foot in a big way.
At the other extreme is a story of an Apple Watch found some 6 months after the owner dropped it in the sea. Roger Fingas (AppleInsider) reports that this was found 3 miles from where it was lost by the owner while surfing. Apart from a haze on the display, the watch still works, far exceeding Apple's specifications.
The problem was not just water, it was salt; and as he was not able to take it to an agent for service for quite a while, there was much corrosion inside, to the extent that it was unrepairable. When he questioned this (I would too) Nikon Service Point Netherlands sent photographs. These are with the article: if it were my camera, I would weep.
Three bellows cameras - Agfa Record III, the Voigtländer Perkeo and the Agfa Isolette
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. 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. After 3 years writing a column in the Life supplement, he is now no longer associated with the Bangkok Post. He can be followed on Twitter (@extensions_th)
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