Adobe Introduced Photoshop CC on iPad



Adobe announced that they are expanding Photoshop CC (which they refer to as “real Photoshop CC”). They presented a preview of Photoshop for the iPad at Adobe MAX and will gradually add new operating systems and form factors when they are ready.

Photoshop CC on the desktop is the center of the system. It has been updated with new features. (The ecosystem connection will ship “in the future”). Photoshop CC on the iPad is part of the ecosystem. People will be able to use the mobile version of Photoshop on its own or as a partner to Photoshop on the desktop. (It is not yet available and “ships in the future”.) Cloud documents is another part of the system.

I can see how Photoshop for the iPad would be useful for artists who create digital drawings. It also would make things easier for photographers who want to edit their photos on their iPad while traveling.

Personally, I do all of my artwork by hand and on paper because that is how I was taught. It is unlikely that I will switch to Photoshop for the iPad. That being said, I can see the benefits of it for other artists. If I’m understanding this correctly, an artist could start their drawing on their desktop, sync it to their iPad, and work on the artwork some more at another location.

Photoshop CC on iPad will be available in 2019.

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From Japanese Fabric to Casual Friday: the Aloha Shirt



I’ve been a member of Todd’s GNC ohana since double-digit episodes but I know relatively little about Hawaii. Out in the Pacific, the archipelago is part of the US and home to Pearl Harbor. Famous for big waves, it’s the birthplace of surfing, with native Hawaiians enjoying the sport for centuries. That’s really about it….I never watched Hawaii 5-0.

Duke’s Pareo design by Kahala

The team over at 99% Invisible have been running a podcast series called “Articles of Interest” exploring the background to clothes and clothing – blue jeans, tartan (plaid), pockets and Hawaiian shirts, aka aloha shirts.

This episode investigates the background of the aloha shirt, the meaning of the pattern and how to spot a high quality product. The history of the shirt is linked to the history of the state – did you know that the Hawaii is home to the only royal palace in US and it had electricity before the White House?

Starting out as a novelty shirt made from Japanese material for kimonos in the 1930s, skilful marketing increased the popularity of the aloha shirt during the 1960s and 70s until it was accepted business attire in Hawaii. Part of the campaign on the islands created “Aloha Friday” which in turn became the inspiration for casual Fridays and business casual.

Have a listen to the Hawaiian Shirt episode to learn a little more about Todd’s home state.

Surfboard photo by Abigail Lynn on Unsplash.


Facebook Says Private Information was Stolen



Facebook revealed more information about the security issue that affected the privacy of many Facebook user’s information. The update provided by Facebook includes unsettling news.

Facebook now says that out of the 50 million people whose access tokens were affected by the security issue, they believe that about 30 million people actually had their tokens stolen. I’m not sure if Facebook thought this news would be reassuring – but it obviously isn’t. The additional details provided by Facebook aren’t good news, either.

For 15 million people, attackers accessed two sets of information – name and contact details (phone number, email, or both, depending on what people had in their profiles). For 14 million people, the attackers accessed the same two sets of information, as well as other details people had on their profiles.

The “other details” included information such as: username, gender, locale/language, relationship status, religion, hometown, self-reported current city, birthdate, device types used to access Facebook, education, work, the last 10 places they checked into or were tagged in, website, people or Pages they follow, and the 15 most recent searches.

Facebook also said for 1 million people who were affected by the data breach, “the attackers did not access any information”.

This is a very big deal! Some of the information that was stolen is used in security questions on things like bank accounts, credit cards, and to access a person’s health information. Facebook can’t fix this. Personally, I would not be surprised if this awful situation results in a massive number of people deleting their Facebook accounts.

Image from Pixabay


Genius and Apple Music Team Up to Add Lyrics



As of yesterday, Apple Music became the official streaming platform on the Genius website. This means Apple Music subscribers who visit Genius will be able to play any song in full right from the song page, simply by signing into their Apple Music account.

Genius’s Chief Strategy Officer, Ben Gross, said: “Being able to read lyrics and annotations on Genius while you listen along on Apple Music is a dream Genius experience. We’re proud to make Apple Music our official music player, and we’re doubly excited to bring Genius lyrics to their amazing program.

To me, this seems like an excellent idea. When I listen to music, and can’t figure out what the lyrics are, it makes me want to do a search. That can be time consuming, and might be too difficult to do while listening to music during a walk or commute.

People who subscribe to Apple Music will now have a much easier time finding the lyrics of their favorite songs. Sign into your Apple Music account. Look up a song’s lyrics on Genius, and listen to the song right from the Genius page.

Image by Pixabay


Will they Abandon the ISS #1320



Will NASA Abandon the ISS due to the failed Soyuz launch today that resulted in a ballistic re-entry for the Cosmonaut and Astronaut aboard? There is real pressure here as the current occupants need to depart the ISS by January as the Soyuz vehicle at the station will no longer be viable after that. As a reminder, the show will be off next week and I dig into some future plans that I want you all to be aware of.

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Facebook Removed Multiple Pages and Accounts for Political Spam



Facebook announced today that it removed 559 Pages and 251 accounts “that have consistently broken our rules against spam and coordinated inauthentic behavior”. The post was written by Facebook’s Head of Cybersecurity Policy Nathaniel Gleicher and Project Manager Oscar Rodriguez.

The behaviors that caused Facebook to remove 559 Pages and 251 accounts are not new. Facebook says that this type of spam is often used to “hawk fraudulent products like fake sunglasses or weight loss ‘remedies’.” It can also be celebrity gossip.

Today, Facebook says it is seeing these networks “increasingly use sensational political content – regardless of its political slant – to build an audience and drive traffic to their websites, earning money for every visitor to the site.” Facebook pointed out:

This is why it’s so important we look at these actors’ behavior – such as whether they’re using fake accounts or repeatedly posting spam – rather than their content when deciding which of these accounts, Pages, or Groups to remove.

Facebook has every right to remove Pages and accounts that violate their rules. Personally, I think Facebook could have made more of an impact if they removed the spammers earlier, instead of a few weeks before the United States midterm elections. The damage caused by spreading misinformation has already been done.

It’s good that Facebook attempted to clarify that the Pages and accounts were removed because of their behaviors. Even so, I believe there will be individuals who spend today filling their social media accounts with accusations that Facebook is biased against their preferred political party.


Google’s Live Albums Keeps Families In Touch



Google’s Pixel 3 event today didn’t bring too many surprises on the hardware front: most had been leaked well in advance of the presentation. What caught my eye was not a device but a new a new software feature called “Live Albums”.

Dave Loxton, Google Photo Product Manager, explains, “Many of us share the same photos with the same people over and over, whether it’s photos of your children to their grandparents, or cute pics of your pup to your best friend. Every time, we have to find the photos, select the ones we want to share and send them to the right people. And that’s if we even remember to share them at all.

Live albums start out as ordinary albums – you select the special photos of friends, family and pets. Here’s the clever bit…once tagged as a live album, freshly taken photos will be scanned by Google’s AI smarts and if they include people in the live album, they’ll be added into the album automatically.

This is fantastic for those families wanting to share photos with far-flung relatives. Instead of constantly having to remember to send photos to granny in Edinburgh, create a live album of the grandchildren and share it with her. New photos of the children will be added in as they’re taken, and granny gets to see the photos straightaway.

Google touts its Home Hub as being the ideal picture frame to display live album, though it’s only 7″, which I think is a little small for a photo frame. Priced at US$149 or UK£139, the Home Hub is competitively priced against wireless photo frames from the likes of Nixplay. I can see the Home Hub taking market share this Christmas.

The updated version of Photos with live album support will be rolling out shortly, so wait for it to appear on your smartphone.