Thai Limes

10 04 2018

A Lime ( มะนาว ) is a hybrid citrus fruit, which is typically round, lime green, 3–6 centimetres (1.2–2.4 in) in diameter, and contains acidic juice vesicles. The photo I took with my iPhone 6s Plus shows limes in our garden near Khon Kaen, Thailand, an essential ingredient for the delicious food my wife หนูพัศ cooks.

The health benefits of lime include weight loss, improved digestion, reduced respiratory and urinary disorders, relief from constipation, and treatment of scurvy, piles, peptic ulcer, gout, and gums. It also aids in skin care and eye care.

What about the botanical name of our limes?

I suggest Thai Limes, which may be vague, but which gets the point across. Because the semantics of what’s in the garden matters, as does the semantics of what goes into that gloriously fragrant pot of Tom Kha Gai on your stove or a spicy (เผ็ดร้อน) papaya salad (ส้มตำ).

Btw, it’s definitely not true that taking pictures of food is almost as much fun as eating it.

Thinking about the delicious Thai Food sometimes let you forget what your post is about. So back to my iThing.

With a perfect lighting my iPhone 6s Plus makes amazingly good photos. Just focus on the limes or leafs and zoom in.

The image sharpness remains quite good.

At the time I don’t think about purchasing a new iPhone. The 7/8/X might have better cameras but for me the imagination and remembrance linked with images are more important than their quality (if it’s not too bad).

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Thai House

26 03 2018

I took this shot with my iPhone 6s Plus from the balcony of the KOSA Hotel in Khon Kaen, Thailand. ผมรู้สึกเศร้า. The photo reminds me of one of the saddest moments in my life.

It shows a model of a traditional Thai House.

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I’ll be back, hopefully

12 03 2018

A turbocharged SE successor
Paying tribute to the unforgettable Steve

No, it’s not Mr Arnold Schwarzenegger I’m talking about.

It’s a possible rebirth of the all-glass 4” iPhone 4s with a A10 chip (the predecessor of the latest A11 Bionic Processor but still working like a turbo charger), a fingerprint scanner (love it, because it unlocks the device immediately after taking it into my hand), and wireless charging (don’t see benefits, instead I’d like to see an edge-to-edge display) for an affordable price.

The “A big step for small“ – device would definitely be the G.O.A.T. among 4”-smartphones.

The original iPhone SE was announced in March 2016, but it didn’t get a significant update in 2017 (except a 128GB version).

China’s Huaquang Research analyst Pan Juitang thinks that Apple won’t ever update the SE because there isn’t enough demand for smaller devices. Consumers opt for larger displays. True, but Apple could implement an edge-to-edge display.

Applying Phythagoras‘ well-known equation a²+b²=c² to the dimensions of the SE (a=4.87“ and b=2.31“; c=diagonal) and considering small bezels a 5“ display would be possible without changing the housing‘s size. Enough to make lots of people happy and give India-based Wistron a juicy morsel.

Let’s wait some weeks.

I hope Apple will also do the math and find a way to avoid another notch-device.

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5 03 2018

A shot taken with my iPhone 6s Plus in Leverkusen, Germany.

Gravitropism is a turning or growth movement by a plant or fungus in response to gravity.

Wikipedia tells us …

It is a general feature of all higher and many lower plants as well as other organisms. Charles Darwin was one of the first to scientifically document that *roots show positive gravitropism and stems show negative gravitropism*. That is, roots grow in the direction of gravitational pull (i.e., downward) and stems grow in the opposite direction (i.e., upwards). This behavior can be easily demonstrated with any potted plant. When laid onto its side, the growing parts of the stem begin to display negative gravitropism, growing upwards.

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HDR on an iPhone

2 03 2018

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range.

The camera takes a series of images, each shot with a different exposure from darkest to lightest for each subject in the frame. Software then combines the best parts of the three overexposed, underexposed, and balanced shots to create a well-exposed image with improved shadowing and coloring.

To take a shot with HDR setting, open the Camera app on your iPhone. At the top center of the screen, you’ll see a button labeled with “HDR Off.” Tap it, and you’ll see three options: Auto, On, Off.

Without using HDR your subject is either perfectly lit but the rest of the image is washed out, or the background of your photo is well-lit but the foreground is darker and slightly out of focus.

Let sensors and software do the work for you.

Set HDR to Automatic.

By default, an iPhone keeps both photos, the original unaltered image, and the optimized HDR photo (with a slightly opaque icon in the upper left corner of the image that says ‘HDR’). If you’d prefer to not keep the original image, open Settings – Camera and disable “Keep Normal Photo”.

Personally, I like to keep this enabled, as having both versions allows me to compare them and then to decide if I should take a new shot.

The photo I added to my post shows the garden behind our house during the flood in October 2017. Because of the perfect ambient light you won’t see a difference between Normal and HDR Mode.

Keep an eye on your data plan.

If you’ve turned on HDR Mode and ‘iCloud Photo Library’ in Settings – Apple-ID – iCloud – Photos keep in mind that when you take a shot two photos are uploaded to iCloud.

Happy shooting.

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Camera Shootout 6s vs 8

22 02 2018

Should I upgrade for the camera?

I own an iPhone 6s Plus and agree to a comparison of the cameras of a 6s and the 8 published in an article on businessinsider.

No need to upgrade.

See the shot I took this morning in Leverkusen, Germany. It shows bamboo and ice. Isn’t it of high quality?

More …

iPhone 6s vs 8 camera

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Death, Taxes, iPhone Rumors

19 02 2018

are the three constants in modern life.

And there’s more we all can recognize.
So-called “News” about upcoming iThings are clickbaits. Bloggers around the world do follow all spasmodic coughs of so-called analysts. In some cases they’re right but in all cases we can realize that there intention is just getting attentionclicks money.

What are the benefits of knowing details about devices months before they are presented at Steve Jobs’ Theater or elsewhere? None. But …

Apple enjoys a cult-like following for its platforms, especially following the massive increase in popularity for the brand brought about by the huge increase in sales for all its products that started around the time the company introduced the original iPod in late 2001. The mass usage of computing devices in everyday life, mixed with Apple’s vertical integration of its products, has helped to bring about this increase in popularity, and combined with a tight-lipped corporate policy about future products, helped foster an interest in the company’s activities. So it’s not an unhappy love affair between Apple and fortune tellers.

Let me put you out of your misery. Here are the latest tokens from the rumor mill.

  • Apple to release iOS 51 on June 29, 2057, iPhones 50th birthday
  • iPad 48’s WiFi gets the Multi-Media Tech Award from North-Korean Government
  • Apple’s iPad Smart Cover now available in XXXL covering up to 4 devices with your Apple IDs, passwords, fingerprint, and face engraved
  • Ming – Chi Kuo Jr. seem to confirm that iPad 34 will sport a nuclear reactor replacing the Li-Ion Dino manufactured and assembled in North Korea
  • Craig (@HairForceOne) Federighi, Maestro of Bits and Bytes, filed a lawsuit against his coiffeur for copying and selling his hairdo to an AR app developer
  • Apple is starting the production of its most anticipated neural engine for humans; its massively criticized because of complete incompatibility with Android engines already working in 85% of all human beings
  • Apple now offers Apple Health Care to cover accidents caused by AR distraction

Oh, I nearly forgot that hackneyed saying:

Apple didn’t immediately respond to requests for comments.

See you.

In their book Psychology of Rumor, Allport and Postman (1947) formulated the basic law of rumor, in which the strength of the rumor (R) is linked to the importance (i) and to the degree of ambiguity (a) of the topic, such that: R ≈ i × a. Regarding Apple i represents the highest possible value in the tech industry and a the many features consumers like to have but Apple doesn’t deliver.

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