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4 April 2014

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at Anja Niedringhaus, the Vatican's plans to digitize 82,000 manuscripts, Lensbaby's iPhone Kickstarter project and two iOS camera apps.

  • The Associated Press reports, "An Afghan police commander opened fire Friday on two Associated Press journalists inside a security forces base in eastern Afghanistan, killing prize-winning photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding veteran correspondent Kathy Gannon." The PBS NewsHour has published a selection of Niedringhaus' images in its early story and includes a piece at the end of Friday's broadcast as well.
  • NTT Data and the Vatican Apostolic Library plan to digitally archive 82,000 manuscripts, including works "from pre-Columbian America to the Chinese and Japanese Far East, encompassing all the cultures and languages that have inspired European culture." The digitized manuscripts "will be released on the Vatican Apostolic Library's Web site as high-definition data," Toshio Iwamoto, president of NTT Data said.
  • Lensbaby has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a Creative Focus Lens for iPhone. The magnetically-mounted, selective focus lens attaches to a stainless steel ring that adheres to the iPhone with an adhesive. The company has already reached 75 percent of its fundraising goal.
  • We note two iOS camera apps today. The $1,99 iOS camera app PureShot for iOS includes dRAW TIFF captures, positionable spot metering, burst and bracketing modes, a soft shutter release, digital zoom and more. And the $4.99 iOS camera app ProCamera 7 features "TIFF captures, a burst mode, slow shutter speeds for night photography, separate focus and exposure points, anti-shake and a smart trigger.

More to come...

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