Photographers: How to keep your expensive camera equipment safe and secure at home?

One of the best ways to protect your camera is to use a good and comfortable camera bag. This will protect the camera from physical shock and protect it from direct sunlight, moisture and rain. Furthermore, the bag helps you keep all accessories in one place without losing them when you want to use them next time. When you’re at home, you should consider a safe, or even putting a lock on your door!

Do not leave the camera under direct sunlight. Protect it with a towel or shade of some kind, so that rays from the sun does not hit directly on the camera or lens body. Direct sunlight on the camera can make it hot and damage the complex electronic circuit inside the camera. Make sure that the towel or any cover you put on top of the camera is not a dark colour since dark colours absorb heat and can make the camera hotter.

In case your camera is exposed to heat, do not use it immediately until it has cooled significantly. Using the camera when it is hot may damage the camera. In fact, try not to move the camera at all when it’s hot. Leave it to cool before handling to prevent any damage.

Apple Music Not Worried About Losing Customers After Trial

Electronic giants Apple have claimed that they’re not worried about the predicted drop in customers after their 3 month trial ends in the next few weeks.

“We don’t wake up in the morning and look at the numbers and get stressed about it. We think that, over time, if the product is great, then people will choose our product over other people’s.

It is a coincidence, but it’s a nice coincidence because there’ll be lots of really interesting content, and there’ll be lots of buzz on social media. Our focus is on making Apple Music as great as it gets and the bump from the festival will really help.” (Oliver Schusser, VP of iTunes)

 

Contactless Payments Cap Rises To £30 In The UK

Behold all contactless payment fans in the UK, the payments cap is set to rise on September 1st by an extra £10 to £30 per day.

With contactless payments becoming much more popular, the decision made sense as over £2.32 billion was spent last year via contactless means, compared to £653 million the year before.

The increase in daily payments will also apply to Apple Pay and the upcoming Android version, Android Pay.

Visa welcomed the move, claiming that this will benefit retailers across the country.

“We believe that the new threshold increase to £30 could be the most significant to date, and has the potential to essentially redefine contactless usage. With contactless now accounting for one in 11 in-store Visa transactions, and Britons increasingly embracing the technology, our data shows that the rise could impact as many as 3 million Visa transactions per day in the UK, for a total of over £70 million.” (Kevin Jenkins, Visa)

Siri To Transcribe Voicemail Messages?

According to rumours circulating online, Apple’s Siri software will be able to transcribe voicemails in the upcoming iOS10 update.

Similar to Apple’s Visual Voicemail feature, the service will be called iCloud Voicemail and will use a virtual assistant to take calls, record and then convert them to text.

These features are currently being tested by Apple employees before the big receal, so we look forward to seeing if this idea does come to fruition. We predict that it will, seeing as the phone can alsready transcribe voice commands.

Do bear in mind that iOS9 will be released in September, so this voicemail feature is probably still 12 months away before debuting.

With Surveillance Systems you Definitely Get What You Pay For

The temptation whenever you buy things is always towards going for the cheaper option, but for some things this is definitely not a good idea. It is unfortunate to say, but there are a lot of cheap ‘surveillance systems’ on the market which, when you look at their capabilities, barely qualify as anything of the sort. This is why, before you just for the cheapest option available, you need to make sure that they meet a criteria.

The criteria for any surveillance system is quite simple: recording capabilities, detailed image from the camera, and the camera needs to be able to perform in the environment (so if it’s dark, it needs to be able to see details in the dark). There are also a number of other things which, while not necessary in every instance, do provide another layer of usability and convenience: Movement sensors can help limit the amount of data being used for the recordings (as the cameras only activate once the sensors have been triggered), infra-red or UV capabilities, disguises (so people don’t notice them), and network capabilities. While network capabilities aren’t essential to having a working surveillance system, having any data the cameras collect automatically transmitted to a central hub is invaluable, and it means that if the camera is destroyed you’ve still got anything it recorded.