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30 September 2015

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 Mecca 128 years ago, airline travel tips, Memento Smart Frame and a SanDisk iXpand firmware update.

  • Alan Taylor presents 17 images of Mecca Then and Now with "then" being 128 years ago when Al Sayyid Abd al Ghaffar carried his gear to the city to photograph thousands during Hajj. "Now" includes images of the two million Hajj pilgrims who attended the 2015 observance, shot from the same vantage points as al Ghaffar's photos.
  • In Flying as a photographer, redux, Ming Thein shares his "wisdom and experience," which includes an exorbitant fare increase to take his gear onboard an Air France flight. The carry-on problem hasn't improved since we complained about it two years ago.
  • Before you roll your eyes at the Memento Smart Frame Kickstarter project, imaging beaming your smartphone photos to a 25- or 35-inch 4K monitor hanging on your wall. The WiFi frame stores 3,000 images using a 3:2 aspect ratio and turns itself off when the room lights go out. The company also claims its proprietary Print Display 4K technology makes "each picture looks like a printed work of art." OK, you can roll your eyes now.
  • If you've got a SanDisk iXpand and have already upgraded your iOS device to iOS 9, you won't be able to apply the iXpand firmware update it requires for that operating system. The company did issue a pre-release update a few days before the iOS 9 rollout but you'll have to do the firmware update using "either a compatible iOS8 device or a PC computer," the company said.

More to come...

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