The PhotoActive Episode #20 – The Blur-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named

Photoactive 400The recent release of iPhones that improve Portrait mode spurred us to talk about bok… Kirk can’t say the word. That’s okay, because neither can Apple VP Phil Schiller (correctly, anyway). Yes, we’re discussing background blur and shallow depth of field, how to get the effect with traditional cameras and lenses as well as the faux version in some smartphones, and why you’d want to in the first place.

Listen to PhotoActive, Episode #20 – The Blur-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode 52: Was the Big Hack Really Big? And We Celebrate Our One-Year Anniversary

Was it really a big hack? Bloomberg claims that a Chinese hardware hack affected Apple, Amazon, and others, but the companies deny this accusation. And we look back on the first year of the podcast.

Check out the latest episode of The Intego Mac Podcast, which I co-host with Josh Long. We talk about Macs and iOS devices, and how to keep them secure.

How to Use Annotations and Quick Actions in the macOS Mojave Finder

Among the new features in macOS Mojave is a set of powerful tools in the Finder that lets you manipulate or annotate files. Instead of needing to open an app to make simple changes, you can perform some operations on files directly in a Finder window or using Quick Look. In this article, I’m going to tell you about these new features: Annotations and Quick Actions.

Read the rest of the article – and see the great cat photos – on The Intego Mac Security Blog.

The Next Track, Episode #126 – Background Music and Muzak

The Next Track Blue Flat Button2 400pxSometimes, you hear music where you least expect it, and where you don’t choose to hear it.

Listen to The Next Track: Episode #126 – Background Music and Muzak.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode 51: Facebook Blunders, Sloppy Russian Hackers, and More

Two major blunders have led a lot of people to question the security and privacy of Facebook. Some Russian hackers were caught trying to access a wi-fi network in the Netherlands. And law enforcement forced someone to open their iPhone X using Face ID.

Check out the latest episode of The Intego Mac Podcast, which I co-host with Josh Long. We talk about Macs and iOS devices, and how to keep them secure.

The PhotoActive Episode #19 – Michael Rubin and Classic Photos

Photoactive 400Conversations about photography can lead to unexpected places. Although Jeff has known Michael Rubin since the days when they were both writing technology books for Peachpit Press, it wasn’t until recently that he learned about Michael’s extensive collection of fine-art photography. Of course, he had to introduce Michael to Kirk, which resulted in this episode where we enjoy an enthusiastic conversation with Michael about two prints in his collection: Arnold Newman’s “Igor Stravinsky, 1946” and Elliot Erwitt’s “New York City, 1950.”

Listen to PhotoActive, Episode #19 – Michael Rubin and Classic Photos.

Find out more, and subscribe to the podcast, at the PhotoActive website. You can follow The Next Track on Twitter at @PhotoActiveCast to keep up to date with new episodes, and join our Facebook group to chat with other listeners and participate in photo challenges and more.