The Nano S is a 360 camera built for social media

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been testing out the Nano S 360-degree camera from Insta360. It’s a cute little camera that clicks into your iPhone’s Lightning port and takes 360-degree photos and videos. The camera itself is very compact and can easily be held in the palm of your hand or slipped into your pocket.

I’m fairly new to 360 cameras. I generally shoot using my Canon 7D DSLR or Fujifilm X-T10, and this is an entirely new experience altogether. Instead of concentrating on framing a particular shot, you can just click the shutter button and worry about framing later, so it’s good if you’re on the go and don’t want to think too much. The most engaging experience the camera offers is that it places you in the center of your…

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All New Apps Must Be Built With iOS 11 SDK Starting in April

Apple today sent out a notice to developers letting them know that starting in April of 2018, all new apps submitted to the App Store must be built using the iOS 11 SDK, which is included in Xcode 9 or later.

Furthermore, Apple says that all new apps designed for the iPhone, including universal apps, must support the iPhone X’s Super Retina display.

Update your version of Xcode to the latest release of Xcode 9 available on the Mac App Store, which includes the iOS 11 SDK, and build your apps. Starting April 2018, all new iOS apps submitted to the App Store must be built with the iOS 11 SDK. All new apps for iPhone, including universal apps, must support the Super Retina display of iPhone X.

With this requirement, Apple is aiming to encourage developers to adopt key features introduced in iOS 11, like Core ML, ARKit, new camera APIs, expanded SiriKit domains, and more, plus the company is making sure future apps will be fully compatible with the display of the iPhone X.

Apple will, for the time being, allow apps built using earlier SDKs to continue to be updated without switching over to the iOS 11 SDK, but at some point in the future, Apple is likely to require developers to use the iOS 11 SDK for app updates as well.

April 1, 2018 is also when Apple plans to stop accepting updates to watchOS 1 apps. All updates submitted after that date must be built using the watchOS 2 SDK or later, and all newly submitted apps must be built with the watchOS 4 SDK or later.

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Tagging in: How the iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and Instagram built a career from graffiti

A self-proclaimed “Apple nerd” talks about turning sketches into dollars with the Apple Pencil.

Arturo “Duro the Third” Parada is confident. He’s a big guy with a shaggy salt-and-pepper beard and shaved head who leans in when he talks because he’s very excited. That demeanor, he admits, can be intimidating to some who don’t know him — though in the Toronto art scene, most people know him — but Duro, as he prefers to be called, has been an Apple fan since his childhood.

“I’m a hardcore Apple nerd,” he tells me as we sit across from one another in an empty lounge inside an airy studio space in Toronto’s Liberty Village, a former industrial area that, in recent years, has become one of the city’s most vibrant creative hubs. A few years ago, a sketch of the late Steve Jobs went viral, which caught the attention of artists and entrepreneurs, both local and abroad.

Duro’s work is in high demand in this neighborhood because he has redirected his once-rebellious graffiti output into something more lucrative: murals. As someone who found an outlet for his intensity through art, murals have become both a primary creative outlet and a considerable revenue source.

Despite improvising the murals themselves, Duro credits his recent rise to three things: the iPad Pro 12.9, Apple Pencil, and Instagram. Together, he’s built a network of collaboration that extends well beyond the local Toronto art scene as he takes on the role of iPad Pro advocate. Like well-known Pencil artists like Kyle Lambert and our own Serenity Caldwell, who drew her entire review of the stylus on the iPad Pro itself, Duro, despite having used the Mac and well-known graphics design programs for years, says the iPad Pro has facilitated an entirely new form of expression.

“The iPad lets my clients and my followers visually see my guts and every idea I ever had spill out onto the internet — in HD — in a way they’ve never seen before, and they started hiring me for it,” he says. When he’s finished improvising his murals, he takes a photo of them with his iPad and uses apps — usually Procreate, but for his burgeoning clothing line an app called RageOn! — makes some changes, and uploads them to Instagram, where his 8,000+ followers eat it up.

His latest project is an Instagram account called, aptly, ipadprograffiti, where he shows off the work of other amazing artists creating on the iPad Pro using Pencil. “Every venue, every customer, every client wants something hand-drawn,” he says, remarking that using Pencil basically eliminates the traditional prototyping phase of a traditional graphic design pitch.

His conversational style means that he can bring an iPad Pro and Pencil into a meeting with a prospective client and sketch something in real time, turning that into a job that will eventually become a mural or art installation. He’s also leveraging the power of Instagram to launch a clothing line, the first piece of which he was wearing during our meeting. While the distribution of such a venture is fraught with uncertainty, the overhead of producing the pieces is minimal because Duro takes his so-called “retro 80s and 90s” mural designs and merely overlays them on top of clothing renders.

One of Duro’s many projects, an advertising campaign for Fitness Magazine that inspired his own line of athletics clothing.

The implications of such a simple turnkey fashion line, done right, are easy to see. For years, designing printed tees involved silkscreen machines, trial and error, and a lot of patience. Using increasingly high-quality cameras, desktop-class tools, and quick prototyping eliminates many of the barriers in bringing products to market — Duro’s already experimented with an athletics line printing his designs on leggings, for instance — and affords a designer more space to focus on creating.

Duro has boundless energy, as many artists do, and quickly flits from one topic to another. His confidence and bravuro is infectious, and if the work didn’t speak for itself there would be a sense of self-inflation. But there isn’t, because as he says, “I can produce anything I want and everyone loves it.”

After our talk, he walks me over to a recent mural he painted for a friend’s company’s new office, and it’s exactly as he described: “When I’m painting a mural, my arms flailing all around, I’m in my element. I’m capturing the true essence of Massivity,” a word he uses to describe not just this work but his ethos. “But then with the iPad, I can break it apart and make it cooler.

“It’s the ultimate example of convergence,” he says, interlocking his fingers and smiling. “This drawing took me 14 hours to do. It’s huge.” But for a man who doesn’t need a lot of sleep, who spends days and nights “spilling his guts” onto the internet, onto Instagram, through the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, I think there are plenty more 14-hour drawing sessions in his future.

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iFixit: Apple’s HomePod is ‘built like a tank’

If the sheer quantity of engineering intelligence iFixit has identified in HomePod is eventually matched in Siri support for multiple users and more search domains, then Apple just nailed the smart speaker market.

‘We’re pretty impressed’

On the same weekend as Loup Ventures found that if you only ask HomePod the questions it is designed to answer, Siri is more effective than Alexa or Cortana, iFixit took a HomePod apart to see what’s inside.

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