December 18, 2013

Camera Gift Guide

Every year since the introduction of the iPhone 3GS, Apple has worked to improve the camera and video capture experience of the iPhone. The iPhone 5s marks the first truly capable device for recording professional looking movies in a wide variety of situations. As Apple has shown, you can even film a television commercial with it. Chances are, you know someone, who, like myself, loves taking photos and video on their iPhone. With the holidays just around the corner, I’ve gathered up some of the best accessories for iPhone filmmaking.

The Glif Plus

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Stabilization is the best (and easiest) way to make your videos look more professional and polished. The Glif Plus is a small tripod adapter that you can slide your iPhone into. From there, you’ll be able to attach your phone to any standard tripod, for ultra smooth and stable video footage. The Glif Plus also includes an extra little stand built in which you can use as a simple prop for your device, great for watching movies. You can even attach the Glif to a keychain.

[$30]

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AAPL stock took a 1.8 percent hit in pre-market trading as China Mobile not only failed to announce its iPhone launch today as had been expected, but its chairman Xi Guohua specifically told reporters that the world’s largest carrier had no announcement to make.

While neither Apple nor China Mobile ever officially confirmed today as the launch date, the Chinese government confirmed the date as the one on which 4G service would begin, China Mobile had said it would launch “a new brand” today and the WSJ seemed confident last month that today was the day.

The deal has been a very long time in the coming, but all the pieces of the puzzle looked to have fallen into place …  expand full story

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9to5Mac readers know a thing or two. When I reviewed Postbox, after explaining that I had lost patience with the flakiness of late of Apple Mail, several of the commentators recommended Airmail, a lightweight email client based on the popular but discontinued Sparrow app. It’s also the only alternative to Apple Mail and (of course) Outlook for those who need Exchange support.

Since then, Apple released OS X 10.9.1 with Mail fixes. It’s definitely better, but those unread mail counts still don’t update promptly, and my jury is still out (to put it nicely) on Gmail integration and other issues. As I mentioned before, so long as you use IMAP, switching back-and-forth between email apps is trivial, so I decided to give Airmail a try …

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