Galaxy S8 – The Little Things
The screen of the Galaxy S8 is BIG, but as “they” sometimes say, it is the little things that matter. I don’t know how true that is in all situations, but I’m discovering that it is certainly applicable to mobile technology.
When I moved over to Android and Samsung, from Windows Mobile, I knew about the big stuff that would be different, like the availability of more apps that were part of the “app gap” on Windows. More important to me are some of the little things. These first two features and things that I had requested on Windows for many years. They are small things, but they matter to me.
Today’s double dose of small things are sponsored by the letter “C”. I use my phone for a lot of things, but two areas that are mission critical in the JDE, are COMMUNICATION and CREATIVITY. See, the “C” connection happening? Read the rest of this entry
In A Galaxy S8 Near/Far/Pan Focus Away
I have had my Galaxy for about a week. In that time, I have played with the camera, quite a bit. One of my favorite features is Selective Focus. It will take a single photo and allow you to change the focus. To do this you need to select Selective Focus from the camera menu.
What happens, is that the camera simultaneously takes multiple photos and gives you these options for effect. You get an option to choose the closest item as a near focus, or the background as a far focus, or a pan focus, which puts everything in focus. The editing screen for making that selection looks like this:
So, while the feature is not exactly the same as the dual camera Portrait Mode on the iPhone 7, the flexibility of the multi-frame approach does provide creative options for the photographer.
Here are some shots with Selective Focus.
Having the option to change your mind is a convenient and useful feature. Which focus do you prefer?
Here you see that it works on the front facing camera, as well.
Do I share my focus with the Beverly Hills sign or not? I can decide that later, with Selective Focus.
Finally, it works with the front camera in low light. Craziness…
There are limitations to selective focus. The dual camera option on the iPhone 7 lets you do these things from a distance where the Galaxy S8 needs the subject to be relatively close to the phone. For most of what I do this is not a deal-breaker but it would be awesome to combine both approaches and maybe Samsung has that a in mind for the Note 8. Of course, Apple surely has some tricks up its leaves with the upcoming iPhone 8. For now, the Galaxy S8 was the best option for me to choose. What do you think?
Please note, that I wrote a majority of this blog with voice to text on my phone. I think this mobile thing is here to stay and make us even more productive.
Have an apple! 😊
My Complaint Email to USDOJ RE: Chase + BofA Anti-Competitive Activity Against Windows Phone
In the last week or so, Microsoft had some really big news with the announcement of Windows 10, HoloLens, and Surface Hub. They were showing true innovation on screens of all sizes and getting good press. The day before the Microsoft event and a couple of days after, something strange happened: Chase and BofA pulled their banking apps from the Windows Phone app store. Considering that they are the headline banks for ApplePay, something seemed a bit fishy to me.
I’ve never written the United States Department of Justice, but I honestly feel like something anti-competitive is being acted on here, with collusion between the banks and Apple. It bothered me so much that I sought out the email to contact the DOJ. Please find that email below.
JD Reacts to 4D!
I had the fortune of being invited to see a movie in 4D Motion Effects. Yeah, that sounds a full 6 syllables of impressive. What is 4D Motion Effects? Is it really that amazing?
Well, check out my post-screening reaction below and then read along for some more thoughts and information about where you can experience this yourself in Southern California. Hint: You can pick up a load of fresh strawberries while you’re there.
Lumia Gets REAL…estate
I have to tell you that the Nokia Lumia 1020 puts in work. I’ve used it on paid video jobs and paid event photography jobs. Now, it just got REAL. My friend asked me to do a shoot of his new real estate listing. I brought along my trusty DSLR because “size matters”, when people are paying for pictures.
I took about half of the photos with the DSLR and half with the Lumia 1020. The Lumia had a wider angle, which is great for capturing smaller rooms where I couldn’t back up any further to frame it properly with the DSLR. That wider view was also great for capturing the totality of the yard spaces.
I’m only going to post pictures taken with the Lumia in this posting. If you are interested in the house, please check out the listing here: 10521 Northvale Rd – Represented by Cory Holtzman.
Single Resolutions – 2014 Updated
A lot of you guys are still single and frankly, I don’t need the competition. We need to get some of you pair bonded, post-haste. I’m not sure if you paid attention when I dropped the Top 10 Single Resolutions for the 2011 New Year’s season, but go ahead and catch up because ALL 11 of those Top 10, still apply. I’ve just added a few to the mix.
Before we get to that, let’s talk about resolutions or whatever you want to call them: visions, intentions, plans…they’re all the same thing. Anyway, why do we constantly set ourselves up for failure? Throw in a few gimmes and you’ll feel better about yourself. I resolve not to make people feel guilty about the fact that they aren’t running a marathon, so I will refrain from running a marathon this year. DONE. I resolve to support the good people who own and work at micro-breweries. COUNT ON IT. I resolve to do my part in solving state problems. For example, prison over-crowding is a problem and I resolve to prevent my temper from adding another number to the system. PERFECT.
OK, let’s jump into these additions to the list of single resolutions!
41MP + JDE = Extended Trial of Nokia Lumia 1020
This innocent looking package made its way to my front door today. Don’t let the external packaging fool you; This package contains leading edge technology from Nokia and Microsoft. This package holds the hardware that I will grasp, learn and manipulate in a content creating frenzy over the next few weeks. This package might as well be Christmas paper because this guy (pointing at myself) is as excited as a kid after a visit from Kris Kringle in late December.
Let’s unwrap the goodness!!
Why Windows Phone & Nokia Lumia?
I’m often asked about my phone and what I like about it. Lots of times those questions are from iPhone or Android fans who just want to get into an argument, so I just rattle off a couple of features and let them retort. When someone is really interested or curious, I go out of my way to answer the questions and to say what I like about Windows Phone.
Today I got an email from a woman I know and her contract has been up and she has a pretty old Android device. She said “What do you like about Windows Phone? Sell me, Mr. Daly…”. That was my clue and started to craft an email. I did have some knowledge about her scenario. What she liked about Android was in her words, “that I understand Android”. She’s not a super techie person, so learning curve is a consideration. I also know that she likes taking pictures. SCORE! She’s really into Groupon. SCORE! She does the usual Facebooking, Texting and get this…she talks on the phone! She also asked me about the notification light that is missing in Windows Phone that is part of Android and how would she know what activities she’s missed whilst potentially away from her beloved Nokia Lumia 928 (she’s on Verizon). Finally, she has seen my phone and felt overwhelmed by my Start Screen.
I took all of what I know about her and what I know about Windows Phone, matched them up and I started to jot down some notes in an email and it turned into a Top 10 list, invented for her. This seemed appropriate since Windows Phone was invented for her…and me….and you. What? You don’t remember that ad? Before we get started, let’s get that out of the way:
Now, let’s get into my sales pitch. I’m hoping to welcome another into the WinPham! Let me know if you think I missed something.
My Red Lumia just got an Indigo Upgrade
Apple should take note…Siri-ously.
Tomorrow users of Windows Phone and Android will get a chance to try out a new app that I’ve been playing with for a few days. The company, Artificial Solutions, has been innovating NLI (Natural Language Interaction) for other companies’ sites and gadgets, but now is releasing their own Indigo app. My red Nokia Lumia 920 has been officially upgraded with the presence of this app.
From my testing over the weekend, I’m impressed. Besides the generally accurate voice recognition and picking up cues from natural speech, which are no slouch, they have already implemented a few tricks that make the app stand out. Here are two that I find fascinating: