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NC #663 Analogix SlimPort, Digital Zoom vs Optical Crop, Netgear Orbi, Klok, Acronis Backup, L’Oréal UV Sense, Security Bits

It’s another big big show, with four CES interviews with Analogix SlimPort video connectors, Netgear about their outdoor Orbi, Acronis backup solution, and L’Oréal’s UV Sense product. We’ve also got a photography tip by Rally about digital zoom vs cropping (followed by some fun experiments by me) and a review of the free iOS app Klok by Helma. Bart brings us up to speed with the latest on Security Bits.

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Can Digital Zoom be Better than Optical Zoom?

Rally Barnard sent in a photo tip I really like, especially because he’s actually quoting me in it! After he sent this in I made some observations that may change my advice. First, let’s hear from Rally.


A while ago Allison in one of her talks on the MacMania Solar-Eclipse cruise said that the best way to take photos with iOS devices was to never zoom the image by pinching on the screen. Always take photos with the default field of view. If you wanted to zoom the picture, do it with Photos or other editing app after you have taken the picture.

Well, as I always dutifully follow Allison’s advice, I always take photos that way. If others aren’t aware of this photographic gem, or want to know the reasoning behind this diktat, I guess that’s the problem to be solved.

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NC #580 Apple Watch Rescue, Neverware CloudReady Chromebook, RadTech ProCables, Zoom Audio Recorders

I’ll talk about how Steve wearing an Apple Watch helped him come to my aid when I smacked my little punkin’ head on the ground, then I’ll tell you how to turn an old Mac or PC into a Chromebook for free with CloudReady from neverware.com. If you’re rough on cables, you might want to check out the RadTech ProCable UHD lightning cables from radtech.com/…. In the last of our interviews from PhotoCon LA, we talk to the folks at Zoom about their portable audio recorders, the Zoom H5 and Zoom H6.


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PhotoCon LA 2016: Zoom Portable Audio Recorders

Allison interviews Ross Hornbuckle from Zoom about their new portable audio recorders. The H5 and H6 field recorders are both designed for handheld use or attachment to DSLR and video recorders. They’re ideal for live recording, live broadcasting and professional film/video work. The H5 provides four tracks of simultaneous recording while the H6 provides six tracks. Both recorders support interchangeable microphones as well as mic- and line-level audio inputs. The H5 is powered by 2 AA batteries providing up to 15 hours of continuous recording while the H6 uses 4 AA batteries and provides up to 20 hours of operation. The setting is the PhotoCon LA show floor at The Reef in downtown Los Angeles.

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