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High Resolution Photos on iPhone

Hydra is a photo app available in the App Store that, among other things, allows you to take high resolution (up-to 32MB) photos with your iPhone. Here are some samples comparing the native Camera app in iOS12.1 on an iPhone 7+ with the “HI-RES” option in Hydra. Be sure to click on the photos to…

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Improving Your Uber Passenger Rating

Are you a good Uber passenger? It’s easy to find out what your passenger rating is (if you need help check out my how-to post here). Uber recently explained that in Australia and New Zealand any passenger with less than a 4.0 rating will be banned from rides. The ban could easily be implemented in…

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Uber Passenger Rating (Update)

Your Uber passenger is starting to become even more important now that, in certain countries, passengers with less than a 4.0 rating are banned from the service. Here’s how to check your current passenger rating: Open the Uber app. Tap on the hamburger menu in the top-left. Your rating will appear just under your name…

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360 VR Photography with Insta360 One

I’ve been really interested in 360 VR photography lately. I have a trip coming up to Peru with a planned stop at Machu Picchu and I want to create some 360 VR photos to document that portion of the trip. I’ve been doing a lot of reading about Insta360, GoPro Fusion (just purchased one yesterday…

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Light L16 vs. Sony RX10 IV

I purchased the Light L16 camera recently and was excited to do some photo tests. I decided to compare it with my iPhone 7+ and Sony RX10 IV. I’ve included a sample image from each device below. However, the iPhone 7+ really doesn’t compare to either of these cameras so I’m not going to include…

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Uber Passenger Rating (Update)

This is an update to a previous post (Uber Passenger Rating) because Uber changed the steps to access your Passenger Rating. Why would you want to see your Passenger Rating? The rating system was created by Uber to help their drivers make decisions about whether or not they want to pick up the passenger requesting…

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Digital Hotel Key

While on a trip to Destin, FL USA (first time) my wife and I stayed at an Embassy Suites (Hilton brand) hotel. It was a nice hotel, staff were friendly and it was convenient for our trip. I was excited to see the beautiful Destin beaches, but I have to admit that I was almost…

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Mobile BI

As a Data Scientist I love working with data. I especially enjoy creating stunning visuals to help make data insightful and actionable. As such I’m always interested to see new tools in the market. One area that really intrigues me is BI on mobile. Today, I don’t think there’s one product that addresses all of…

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Sidefari

While Apple introduced a Split View mode in iOS 9 for iPad users to be able to use two apps side-by-side, it did not allow users to open two Safari windows side-by-side. A new app called Sidefari from developer Francisco Cantu allows users to have two webpages open side-by-side. I tested it recently and found…

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Chart Choosing

When building dashboards and business intelligence applications you’ve likely spent many hours identifying key metrics. You may have even developed use cases and profiles so that your application or dashboard is a success. These steps are an excellent investment to ensure the final product will be engaging and satisfy the needs of your stakeholders. A…

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