Here’s why you should study abroad now more than ever

I’ve always been a fan of travel, especially for students. If you are a student in college, see if your school has programs that can help you pay for study abroad. I promise, you won’t regret it.

iPhone hackers say Apple weakened backup security with iOS 10

Apple says they are “aware of an issue that affects the encryption strength for backups of devices on iOS 10 when backing up to iTunes on the Mac or PC. We are addressing this issue in an upcoming security update.” It’s not going to happen but I’d like to hear an explanation from Apple about how and why this backward step was implemented.

The benefits of going bald

I’m BBC – “Bald By Choice” – and while I’d be the first to admit I’d love to have a Fabio-like mane, being bald is certainly less hassle.

Hands on with the iPhone 7 Plus’ crazy new Portrait mode

Everyone is raving about this article and, while it’s interesting, this “feature” is not “crazy”. Photographers have been creating this effect in camera for a hundred years. I’ll critique it and Panzarino’s photographs (gently – after all, I can’t make fun of a guy with a new baby named Enzo!) on tonight’s Your Mac Life “Starting Point Photography” segment. Bottom line is, you don’t have to wait for Apple’s iOS 10 “Portrait Mode” to create these kinds of images.

The art of hand making a book

I knew about the typesetting and page making parts but the bookbinding was new to me. Fascinating, laborious process.

Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk

I’ve been a Walk Leader for several years and have always had a lot of fun. I love the idea that thousands of my fellow photographers of all levels of ability and experience are all shooting on the same day. Check the web site to see if there is a walk in your area and, if not, apply to be a Walk Leader and create your own walk. It’s easy to do and there are prizes available for both leaders and shooters. Plus, it’s for a good cause.

The meaningful changes in macOS Sierra

Very few of the additions to macOS Sierra will make a lot of difference to me except for the better “universality” of the Mac with my iOS devices. Looking forward to testing that out.

Explaining Sierra’s “Optimized Storage”

“Optimized Storage” sounds like another one of those things that would be great – in theory. But, in practice, I’d be very careful about using it.

Are smartphones threatening the camera industry?

As a photographer, I’m excited about what the iPhone 7 brings if only because it will push other manufacturers to do more with less. Of course, there may (will?) be a tipping point where the market is unsustainable for the Nikons and Canons of the world. I hope that day never comes though.

Three Take Control books document Sierra and iOS 10

I’m a big fan of the Take Control books. While most of us would never read manuals (even if our machines had them), some folks want to know all the ins and outs of an OS. The Take Control books will give you a wealth of knowledge.

The all-new Apple Music

I wish Apple would stop trying to do comedy. I really wish they’d stop trying to do comedy with James Corden.