Thorsten Lemke is the founder of Lemke Software and the creator of the Mac app called GraphicConverter. This app is now used by over 1.5 million customers worldwide. I asked Thorsten about his early years when he was learning Pascal and BASIC on his Commodore C64 and later Atari ST. Thorsten wasn’t sure what he wanted to pursue in high school, but he knew it would be technical. Then, around 1992, with his new Mac, he had a need to convert photos and clipart between file formats. After a lot of file format research, the simple GraphicConverter app on Mac OS 7 was born as shareware. Little did Thorsten know at the time how this Mac app would grow into a major application today. Thorsten tells the amazing story of his career as an Apple developer.
iPhone 8 is a sacrificial lamb that was never intended to be a big seller, yet without it, Apple would have found itself in a pickle.
If you want protection for your iPhone, but still appreciate the beauty of its design, clear iPhone X cases will be perfect for you.
Along with iOS 11.2 Developer Beta 1, Apple released watchOS 4.2 Beta 1 for developers on Monday.
Apple released iOS 11.2 developer beta 1 on Monday, which is a pretty solid indicator that we’re about to see the official public release of iOS 11.1.
Steve Jobs’s BMW Z8 has had three owners, and has an estimated value between US$300,000 and $400,000 — or, 400 iPhone Xs, as long as you’re not buying them off Ebay.
While the Camera app in iOS is pretty good at setting this automatically, it’s nice to be able to change the key photo to your own personal favorite.
We have a deal on a pair of HomeSpot AirBeans X True Wireless Earbuds. These in-ear wireless Bluetooth earbuds come with three sizes of inserts and use Bluetooth 4.2. They’re $49.99 through us.
I came across the most awesome travel tripod I’ve ever seen, hands down. Unfortunately, it’s a Kickstarter project only halfway to its goal with just 15 days left. The MeVideo travel video tripod, called the Globetrotter, is well-made and durable, and yet it’s lightweight and compact. It collapses down to 21.9 inches. Then it extends out to 65.7 inches. The fluid video head supports cameras as heavy as 8.8 pounds. It will not, however, support a smartphone without an adapter. This tripod is meant for heavier videography equipment, but a standard tripod smartphone adapter will work just fine with it. The Globetrotter weighs from six to 6.6 pounds, depending on whether you get carbon fiber or aluminum legs. This tripod provides improved pan, tilt, and counterbalance performance compared to its closest competitors. It also features dust and dirt resistant metal/rubber twist locks rather than plastic flip latches. The edging is brushed metal and all knobs are metal. A split center column is perfect for those low-to-the-ground shots. Yes, a review of the MeVideo Globetrotter video travel tripod is forthcoming.
Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to shed some light on reports that Facebook uses our smartphone cameras to spy on us for targeted ads, plus the look at the iPhone 8’s role in making the iPhone X price tag more palatable.
You can get the tracking number for your iPhone X before Apple sends you the shipping notification.
Not sure which Marvel movies you should watch before seeing Thor: Ragnarok in the theater? TMO has the list for you, plus where to stream them from Amazon, Netflix, and iTunes.
It used to be that in a fairly low-noise tech community, Apple’s quality products were greatly appreciated. That tradition seems under attack by new social forces.
The Loop effect is great for photos where the subject is already moving continuously.
It’s a good bet both of these will change in the next few hours, so get ’em while you can.
At Pepcom on Thursday, I checked out the Aura Digital Frame. The company has a new frame design by Jonathan Adler (shown below), and it looks great, but the reason I decided to write about this device is because of all the smart stuff Aura is doing. Photos are managed from an app (iOS and Android), which goes through your camera roll for you. Using machine learning, the app does a bit of facial recognition, and it also looks for (and excludes) naughty pics. That’s smart. It can then upload photos to your Aura Digital Frame, or maybe the Aura you gave your mom so she can get her grandkid fix. Better yet, image transmission is encrypted. The Retina display is 2048 x 1536 with a 4:3 aspect ratio, and it includes ambient light sensors which are used to adjust the image being displayed for your relative conditions. The device shuts down in the dark, and you can choose how fast pictures on your Aura cycle through. For instance, I think I’d probably set mine to change them just once per day, but perhaps you’d want to have them cycle through every few minutes. Lastly, you can control Aura with hand gestures. That’s a lot of tech for a picture frame, and the device costs $399. To give you a bit of insight, I approached the company’s booth more out of politeness than anything, but the features, security mindfulness, specs, and the finish of the Jonathan Adler design was what got me to write it up. It’s pretty darned cool.
Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple’s iPhone X pre-order process, plus Bryan found some cool tech products at Pepcom in San Francisco.
Check out the Twist Plus World Charging Station. It can plug into any power outlet in the world, and it has four USB ports for charging multiple devices. It also has a MacBook adapter on the bottom you can slide your MacBook’s charging brick onto. It’s $31.99 through our deal. Update: Coupon code “SAVE15” will get you another 15% off this deal.
If you need to get your brand new iPhone X screen repaired and you don’t have AppleCare+ it’ll cost you up to US$549.
Apple released a new leather sleeve for the 12-inch MacBook on Friday, and unlike the iPhone X it isn’t backordered for more than a month.