An iPhone 7 Photo Won the 2021 iPhone Photography Awards

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

The winners of the 2021 iPhone Photography Awards have been announced, and the grand prize winner is Istvan Kerekes from Hungary whose photo was of two Transylvanian shepherds (pictured above) shot using an iPhone 7. In first place is Sharon Shetty of India with a photo of a man and horse using an iPhone X. In second place, Dan Liu from China submitted a beautiful landscape using an iPhone 11 Pro Max. Finally, the third place photo is from Jeff Rayner in the United States, with a photo of a little girl on an iPhone X.

An iPhone 7 Photo Won the 2021 iPhone Photography Awards

‘Lisey’s Story’ From The Perspective of The Author’s Wife

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

All marriages involve sacrifices and compromise. This is particularly true in Stephen King’s Lisey’s Story. In a new video the cast and crew behind the Apple TV+ adaptation explore life from the perspective of an author’s wife.

Unboxing All The International Apple Watch Bands

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Apple recently released Apple Watch International Bands to represent the flags of 22 different countries, in honor of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. YouTuber iJustine got her hands on all of them…

Tetris Beat Coming to Apple Arcade

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

Tetris Beat, a turn on the classic, is coming to Apple Arcade. There’s a new trailer for the game out now. While there is no known release date at the time of this writing, The Verge reported that it will feature 18 exclusive songs, split-screen support for Apple TV, and spatial audio or players with AirPods.

Apple TV+: Lyrics For 'The Shadow' From Central Park

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

The latest lyric video for a Central Park song was for ‘The Shadow’ and released Monday. It is performed by Daveed Diggs, who also wrote the track.

Angry Birds Flies Into Apple Arcade

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Angry Birds Reloaded

Angry Birds Reloaded is now available on Apple Arcade. Everyone’s favorite outraged avians have been added to the Classic collection. The Mac Observer accepts no responsibility for the reduction in productivity having this information may cause.

'Monodraw' is a Multi-Purpose Mac ASCII Editor

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Monodraw is an editor for Mac that lets you design ASCII art and create diagrams, mind maps, banners, and more. From the website: “Monodraw allows you to easily create text-based art (like diagrams, layouts, flow charts) and visually represent algorithms, data structures, binary formats and more. Because it’s all just text, it can be easily embedded almost anywhere. Of course, exporting as images is also supported (PNG and SVG).” You can download a free trial or buy a license for US$$9.99.

‘Monodraw’ is a Multi-Purpose Mac ASCII Editor

Surf's Up For Snoopy on Apple TV+

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

In a newly released clip of The Snoopy Show, everyone’s favorite beagle and his friends hit the beach for an afternoon of surfing. The latest episodes are now available on Apple TV+.

‘Doodle God Universe’ is Out on Apple Arcade

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Fans of Doodle God, rejoice! The newest game in the series, Doodle God Universe, is now available on Apple Arcade. In this addictive puzzle & world building game mix and match different combinations of elements to create an entire universe. As you create each new element, watch your 3D planet come alive in amazing animation. But beware, the power of creation may have unintended consequences, inventing the wheel might just trigger a zombie plague or a powerful volcano,

‘Doodle God Universe’ is Out on Apple Arcade

Photo Project App ‘Motif’ Introduces Canvas Prints for Apple Users

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Motif is an app that lets you create photo projects, and its newest offering is the ability to turn your photos into canvas prints. Available on Motif for macOS and iOS, canvases can be simply made using a single image or a collage of images to suit every design need whether you’re looking to print a single image, fill your home with your original art or create a gallery wall. Users can easily choose the photo(s) they want printed on their canvas directly from their Apple Photos library and customize from there – altering the layout, canvas color, image effects and more. The app is free and pricing starts at US$29.99 for a photo canvas, US$12.99 for a softcover photo book, US$27.99 for a hardcover photo book and US$22.99 for a 12 month photo calendar.

Photo Project App ‘Motif’ Introduces Canvas Prints for Apple Users

Fjorden iPhone Camera Grip Launches on Kickstarter

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Fjorden is a professional, pocketable iPhone camera grip. It’s compatible with MagSafe iPhones like the iPhone 12 series, and there is a case for non-MagSafe iPhone 11 models. Here are some of its features: Two-Stage Shutter Button – Just like your real camera: Half-press to focus, full-press to capture the image. Customizable Control Dial – Easily adjust exposure, shutter speed, ISO, portrait mode aperture, manual focus, and other parameters without changing your hand position. Multi-Function Button – You choose what it does: Trigger portrait mode or selfie mode, select flash mode, or switch between other custom settings. Zoom Lever – Quickly switch between iPhone lenses, or smoothly zoom in and out.

Fjorden iPhone Camera Grip Launches on Kickstarter

Apple TV+: Lyrics Video for 'Keep It Low Key' From Central Park

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

The latest Central Park lyrics video is for the song ‘Keep it Low’. The track is performed by Tituss Burgess, Stephanie Beatriz, Daveed Diggs, Rory O’Malley and Janelle James in the Apple TV+ animated series. The video helps you sing along at home, should you so desire.

How to Draw Yourself as a Peanuts Character

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In a new video, The Snoopy Show storyboard artist Krista Porter and Anthony from Today at Apple provide a guide on how to draw yourself as a Peanuts character. To follow along, viewers need an iPad or iPhone and the Pages app, with the Apple Pencil optional. Share your efforts in the comments below!

‘ProtonVPN’ Introduces a New Smart Protocol Selection

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

ProtonVPN got an update on Tuesday with a new feature called Smart Protocol Selection. It will automatically detect and use the VPN protocol that works best on a given network, such as OpenVPN and IKEv2. This update also prepares the app for something called VPN Accelerator which will be in a future update. There are new Info buttons to provide additional information about features and supported streaming services, and the VPN connection stability has been improved.

‘ProtonVPN’ Introduces a New Smart Protocol Selection

‘Darkroom’ Update Improves Grain Tool to Reduce Memory Usage

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The Darkroom photo editor got a notable update on Tuesday with a lot of fixes for memory bugs. In particular, the Grain slider has been rebuilt to reduce its memory usage, improve speed, and improve its aesthetic to make it look closer to genuine film grain. Other updates: Improved the loading indicators when viewing a photo to now make an explicit difference between loading data locally from storage, and downloading data from iCloud; Improved the interaction with the home indicator when the tools are open while editing; Improved export by ensuring a saved copy is always added to the same album as the original. Added a prompt to replace edits if existing local edits are different from remote edits.

‘Darkroom’ Update Improves Grain Tool to Reduce Memory Usage

Gear4 Releases Kita Grip 360 Protection for Nintendo Switch

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ZAGG’s Gear4 brand announced on Tuesday the release of its Kita Grip 360 case for Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite. It includes a flexible, plant-based case that has been drop tested up to 10-feet and includes an antimicrobial coating. The case is compatible with Switch dock. Also included in the package is a ZAGG InvisibleShield screen protector to protect against scratches. The Kita Grip 360 and Kita Grip 360 Lite cases (US$39.99) are available today with a limited lifetime warranty.

Gear4 Releases Kita Grip 360 Protection for Nintendo Switch

Charlotte Henry on DTNS - 'Where Have All The Ransoms Gone?'

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The Mac Observer’s Charlotte Henry joined the DTNS crew on Monday. Amongst other things, they discussed paying ransoms following a ransomware attack, the combined theater and streaming released of Black Widow by Disney, and the future of the iPad mini.