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20 September 2021

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. This time we look at a giant violin, Ocean Photographer of the Year, Alex Dietrich, Stefanie Glinski, Hashem Shakeri, the Inspiration4 space crew selfie, Apple's iPhone guided tour, iPhone optical zoom, the Kingston XS2000 Portable SSD and making decisions.

  • To celebrate its reopening, Venice held an open-air concert held on A Giant Violin that floated down the Grand Canal. Photos by Susan Wright.
  • The Guardian showcases the winners of the Ocean Photographer of the Year contest.
  • Viennese photographer Alex Dietrich's long-term project L'estate represents "a kind of 'la dolce vita' for the new millennium" that will be published as a book with text by his girlfriend Leonie Novotny.
  • In One Month in Kabul Under Taliban Rule, photojournalist Stefanie Glinski documents life in the capitol over the last four weeks with a photo essay. "The nation is cash-strapped, with the United Nations warning that up to 97 percent of Afghans could plunge into poverty by mid next year," she writes.
  • Cast Out of Heaven is Iranian photographer Hashem Shakeri's series on urban development around Tehran. "The residents of these places exist in a state of near-exile as a result of the lacking infrastructure required to bring a city to life," writes Greogory Eddi Jones in the accompanying text.
  • Trevor Mogg shows the Out-of-This-World Selfie the all-civilian Inspiration4 space crew took before returning to earth.
  • Apple has released a 7:29 Guided Tour of iPhone 13 & iPhone 13 Pro that includes demos of cinematic mode (1:31), improved low-light performance (2:56), photographic styles (5:15), macro photography (6:06) and the new 3x optical zoom (6:20):
  • OTOH, Scott Kelby is skipping The iPhone 13 because it only has a 3x zoom (77mm). "But what I wanted (ever since I saw it on my buddy's Samsung) is a 10x optical zoom," he writes.
  • Derrick Story called the Kingston XS2000 Portable SSD a pocket-sized powerhouse. "Not only is it light and compact, it's affordable as well, weighing in at $159 for 1-TB of storage," he writes. "There are also 500-MB and 2-TB models at similar prices." Gift-worthy, he notes.
  • In Making the Right Decisions, Thom Hogan quotes Jason Snell about companies making decisions that benefit themselves rather than their customers. He gives a few examples in both the software and hardware spheres.

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