Free Art?

by Rick on November 8, 2014

in Technology and Life

In a recent interview with Yahoo Music, Taylor Swift makes this comment: … music is changing so quickly, and the landscape of the music industry itself is changing so quickly, that everything new, like Spotify, all feels to me a bit like a grand experiment. And I’m not willing to contribute my life’s work to an experiment that I don’t feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists, and creators of this music. And I just don’t agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free. I wrote an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal this summer that basically portrayed my views on this. I try to stay really open-minded about things, because I do think it’s important to be a part of progress. But I think it’s really still up for debate whether this is actual progress, or whether this is taking the word music out of the music industry. Also, a lot of people were suggesting to me that I try putting new music on Spotify with Shake It Off, and so I was open-minded about it. I thought, I will try this; I’ll see how it feels. It didn’t feel right to me. I felt like I was saying to my fans, If you create music someday, if you create a painting someday, someone can just walk into a museum, take it off the wall, rip off a corner off it, and it’s theirs now and they don’t have to pay for it. I didn’t like the perception that it was putting forth. And so I decided to change the way I was doing things.

I have tried to understand how the changes in the music industry for sometime. A lot of people say that musicians are now making their money on concerts, not on record sells. There’s probably some truth to that. But I also think she makes a good point. What do you think? Same could be said of software. Do we live in a time with everything is expected to be free?

Rick

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Mobile Payments

by Rick on November 7, 2014

in Technology and Life

width=136I am really excited about the potenial for ApplePay. Yes, it is new, and  most banks and retailers have not adopted it. The fact is, it is seamless and just works.
I have been using it for over a week know, and have used it to purchase everything from Hot Chocolate to gas to groceries. Today, while heading out to work, I used the Panera App to order Hot Chocolate, and then pay online with ApplePay .. my delishous hot chocolate was ready when I arrived. This rocks .. amazing.
Welcome to 2014.

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HandOff I have been playing with the new Handoff feature in OS X and iOS 8.1 for a while now. Today I had one of those magical experiences. I needed to respond to an email, but was in the car heading to work. I started the response on my iPhone but dictating the message. I arrive to work, but was not ready to send it yet. I walked into my office, opened my iPad, and used Handoff to open the email there. I picked up in the same place .. I just continued typing were I left off.

Yes, I could have saved the draft, and opened it on my iPad or my Mac .. but this is so seamless .. it just works!

Rick

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My Favorite iOS Photo Apps

by Rick on October 12, 2014

in photography

width=335I am often asked about my favorite photo apps for iOS. It is actually very dynamic, but I though I would create a list of my top picks today. 
 
1. iOS ‘Photos': Yes, the stock photo app is amazing in iOS8. If you have not done it, I would install iOS8 right away. This update brings  powerful editing to the Photos app, and with extensiblity, you can also use other amazing apps, without exiting Photos. 
 
 
2. Camera+: This app is not only a great tool for editing photos, it has a powerful built in Camera. It includes a lightbox, various filters, and more amazing tools. I have used it for a long time, and it is truely one of my favorites. 
 
Camera+ for iPhone by tap tap tap. There is also an iPad version: Camera+ for iPad.
 
If you are using the older version of Camera+, check out Jack Hollingsworth’s preview
 
3. Handy Photo: an extremely powerful photo editing app. You can remove objects, move objects, apply filters and so much more. There is a free and paid version. 
 
Handy Photo – Mobile photo editing suite by Adva-Soft
 
 4. layrs: using a mobile device does not mean you have to sacrifice layers. A great app! I love how this works. 
 
layrs by Artware, Inc.
 
5. Snapseed:I have used this less since they were acquired by Google, but it’s a great app for tweaking a photo. 
Snapseed by Google, Inc.

I could go on for a long time .. I have 88 photo apps on my iPhone. These 5 are my main go-to apps for photo editing. And don’t forget about , iOS extensions with photos. More on that in another post. 

 

Rick

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Life unchained …

June 20, 2014

Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again

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Rules?

June 18, 2014

One of my favorite Sir Richard Branson quotes: “You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.” Rules, status quo .. don’t be afraid to challenge the status quo!   

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The Future of Mobile Ad Revenue

June 10, 2014

Ap based search is not new, but it is starting to take share from the big guys like Google.

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Don’t give up on your idea …

February 8, 2014

The next time someone tells you ‘that’s a dumb idea’, or ‘it can’t be done’, remember this from a 1876 Western Union internal memo: “This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.” Rick

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Top 10 Gadgets From CES13 by Wired

January 12, 2014

- Oculus Rift – Sony Handycam – Sony 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector – Vizio’s $1,000 4K Television – Pebble Steel – Intel Smart Earbuds – Razer’s Project Christine – Mophie Space Pack (one of my fav) – GoldenEar SuperCinema 3D Array XL – DoorBot Check out the full article Rick

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Intel Makes A Bold Move With 64-bit Android

January 12, 2014

Intel has made a big move by contributing to Android to make ready a 64-Bit version of the OS for x86 smartphones. This will run on Atom processors.  I’m not sure this will break the hold ARM has on the tablet / smart phone market, but it’s an interesting move. Read more. Rick  

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