Absolutely stunning. (Make sure you go full screen and in full HD…)
Shooting Pano LA has been the most ambitious, challenging, demanding, and rewarding project I have worked on to date. It was shot over a period of two years entirely in true panoramic form using two synced DSLR cameras side by side. The resulting panoramic timelapse footage comes in at a whopping 10K x 4K resolution when stitched. I did not shoot this film to achieve the extreme resolution. I shot it for the panoramic look, especially the compressed look you get when using long lenses.
It is striking how those 20 years are a constant evolution of what Apple means as a brand – there are remarkably few missteps or failed products along the way.
On a more personal level, I’m left reflecting how important Apple and it’s products have been to my own and my family’s lives over this timespan. It made me consider what a ‘sliding doors’ moment it was when Steve Jobs was invited back as interim CEO in July 1997 – how different our industry and our lifestyles could have been?
Today, we’re excited to share the next big step in SoftLayer’s evolution as part of the IBM Cloud portfolio: IBM Bluemix is integrating SoftLayer products and services into its vast catalog of infrastructure, platform, and application services!
The SoftLayer products, services, tools, systems, and support you know and love will become a cornerstone of a unified Bluemix cloud experience that delivers the performance, flexibility, and consistency of SoftLayer infrastructure alongside the extensive catalog of cloud resources that include IBM Watson services, development runtimes, containers, database services, and more.
Not a huge surprise, almost all IBM acquisitions get blue-rinsed eventually, and usually within the first 24 months. SoftLayer has actually lasted longer than most, with the $2bn purchase being announced in June 2013. There are definitely important synergies and opportunities for the legacy SoftLayer PaaS offerings to be merged with legacy Bluemix offerings, and for them to all to be available from a single unified cloud platform. In theory this will allow BlueMix to compete on a more level playing field with competitive platforms such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft’s Azure portfolio.
However, I would argue that the SoftLayer brand is very much stronger than that of BlueMix. Whilst the latter is starting to become better known amongst enterprise DevOps over the past year or so, in my experience, the BlueMix name and brand does not have anywhere near the wider market acceptance that SoftLayer had prior to acquisition, and (to IBM’s credit) has retained or even improved since.
As IBM drops such a well-known and well-respected brand, it will need to significantly ramp up on marketing and awareness campaigns around the benefits of the wider BlueMix portfolio to existing hosting/PaaS customers, else the danger will be that previously loyal customers see the death of SoftLayer as a reason to at least look elsewhere before committing to a potentially more complex IBM cloud services relationship going forward.
One thing that IBM definitely has done right this time is to align this branding announcement with a significant technology change. This week sees the launch of the new Unified Cloud Platform, allowing SoftLayer customers to manage all their servers alongside BlueMix resources in the same administration panels using a single IBM ID:
To start, go to www.ibm.com/bluemix, where you will discover that Bluemix is more than a PaaS solution. Bluemix is a complete cloud platform that includes app runtimes, services, and infrastructure. In other words, the Bluemix moniker now encompasses Bluemix services and SoftLayer offerings like bare metal servers. Here you will find details and be able to order bare metal servers, virtual servers, object storage, and other infrastructure offerings you previously ordered from SoftLayer’s website.
As always with changes like these, we’ll need to allow things to settle down before knowing the impact on customers and prospects. I look forward to reporting back in 6 months or so!
Jive Software have been running a series of events around the globe this year, kicking off in NYC back in May, entitled ‘The Power of Connection’. Aimed at allowing existing and prospective customers to hear from both Jive staff and other leading organisations that use Jive-n and Jive-x, these events have been well-attended and have received really strong feedback.
I am delighted that an event has been scheduled for London, and it features a couple of key UK-based customers that I had the pleasure of working with whilst at Jive, as well as ex-colleagues from Jive EMEA and the worldwide organisation:
How Are Leading Companies Transforming the Way They Collaborate?
It’s all about ‘connectedness’ – sharing, collaborating and building corporate knowledge. At this event you will hear from Lloyds Banking Group, Virgin Media and Euroclear on how they have created truly interactive intranets and collaborative environment.
Taking place next Tuesday, 1st November 2016, at the Hilton Waldorf, the formal event agenda runs from 9:15am-2pm and includes these compelling sessions from current Jive customers:
If you build it, they won’t come – Tackling Collaboration in Lloyds Banking Group Mark Mazza, Senior Manager, Colleague Collaboration, Lloyds Banking Group
Mark will share the journey of transforming collaboration within Lloyds, outlining the strategic starting point and the approach they have taken. He will also share the challenges they have encountered on the way, the value they have gained and what is still left to do.
What social collaboration means to Virgin Media Justin Barber, Collaboration Manager, Virgin Media
Justin will speak about what Social Collaboration and Jive mean to Virgin Media. He will provide an insight into their journey to social collaboration and employee engagement, sharing adoption trends, their biggest wins and reveal a future where all projects are run from Jive linking to SharePoint.
Digital Transformation with business purpose Bonnie Cheuk, Head of Digital Communications, Marketing & CSR, Euroclear
Bonnie will share how she has positioned digital transformation at the heart of Euroclear’s cultural change. She will share how the enterprise-wide social intranet and collaboration is transforming Euroclear’s digital workplace experience and helping them to deliver their vision of the digital client.
These sessions are top and tailed by main tent and breakout sessions from Jivers David Macmillan, Todd Moran and Michelle Gantt.
The event is free to attend, and promises to be tremendously informative and interesting from a content perspective, as well as providing an excellent networking opportunity for prospective customers to meet customers and partners in the UK Jive community.
The best camera is always the one you have in your pocket, right?
Whether it’s an iPhone, an Android device like the new Google Pixel, or even the much-missed Windows Phone-based 1020 from Nokia, we’ve all become accustomed to producing compelling images from the super slim 4-5″ devices we carry everywhere we go. In addition, the photo editing apps the devices enable have become as much part of our photography habits as have the networks on which we share our photos with friends and relatives.
Whilst there’s still a market for high-end DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, this has left the traditional camera manufacturers well and truly out-in-the-cold.S a result, a few companies have made attempts applying their decades of experience to the smartphone format. Most recently, Hassleblad released their True Zoom add-on for the Motorola Z line of smartphones. Whilst the specs looked good, sadly reviews such as this one from MKBHD have suggested that photo quality doesn’t justify the extra expense.
But that failure doesn’t mean that others won’t attempt a similar vision. Next into the market is Kodak. I personally thought they were done and dusted as a brand a few years back, but they subsequently emerged from Chapter 11 protection and have been working on a number of commercial and consumer-led projects.
The EKTRA Smartphone announced yesterday is named and modelled after one of Kodak’s classic rangefinders. From the back it resembles a standard point-and-shoot camera, with an oversized (for phone standards) f/2.0 lens protruding from a faux black leather surface. When it comes to specifications, it has a 21 megapixel fast focus sensor, with 6-axis optical image stabilisation and 4K video capture. The device also packs an ‘industry leading’ 13-megapixel front-facing camera with Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF) and /f2.2 aperture.
There’s a curved grip and dedicated dual-press shutter button, just as you would expect from a real camera, and the custom-built Kodak camera app puts a DSLR-like scene selection dial within your thumb’s reach, with haptic touch helping the user whether in auto, semi-auto or manual modes, when setting exposure, ISO, focus, white balance and shutter speed are all available. There is also a ‘Super 8’ video capture app which offers effects suggested to be reminiscent of Kodak’s films from the past.
In every other way, it is pretty much a regular but well-specified Android phone, with a 10-core Mediatek Helio X-20 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage with microSD expansion and a 3000mAh battery with USB-C for fast charging. Finally, it offers a 5-inch, 1080p display, which should be ideal for framing what Kodak hope will be photos worthy of its veteran and storied brand. Built by the UK-based Bullitt Group (who also build devices for Cat, Land Rover, Ted Baker and Ministry of Sound), the device ships with Android 6.0 (Mashmallow).
The Ektra is ‘launching soon across Europe’ and will cost £449. There will also be a range of custom-made leather cases and accessories.
As always, we’ll only know the quality of this device when we get to test it in the real world, but the specs look extremely promising. It would take a very special device indeed to make me give up my iPhone 7 Plus, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t be hoping that Kodak can leap that bar.
Introducing Nintendo Switch! In addition to providing single and multiplayer thrills at home, the Nintendo Switch system also enables gamers to play the same title wherever, whenever and with whomever they choose. The mobility of a handheld is now added to the power of a home gaming system to enable unprecedented new video game play styles.
So excited about this… Though the parent in me thinks we’d better get a stock of those controller sliders!
If you’re using a password manager like 1Password or LastPass then you’ll not want to keep your logins and passwords saved in your browser any longer, particularly if those passwords are owned and synced by Google).
So how to delete all those hundreds of logins saved over the years? The obvious way is via passwords.google.com, but this only lets the user delete one password at a time. This could be extremely onerous with even a few dozen IDs to delete!
What about deleting them all in one go?
The not so obvious answer is via the Clear Browser Data option in Google Chrome:
And then selecting just the Passwords option:
The same task on Safari is somewhat more obvious – Preferences, Passwords, Select All, Remove: