Apple iOS6 Maps Review **Big Thumbs Down**

I thought I would never say this, but I am seriously disappointed with the quality of the new mapping application recently released by Apple.

If you have read many of the articles I have posted on this here blog, you will know that I have been a fan of Apple for many years and really love the quality of their products.  I have only recently purchased a new MacBook Air laptop, and was not disappointed with its quality and abilities.  I still stand by what I have said for these many years, I will never go back to a Windows based machine.

However, Apple have recently released iOS6, their latest iteration of their ever popular operating system for iPhone and iPad.  As part of this release they decided they would no longer use Google as the mapping solution on the iPhone and release a version of their own.

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Photostream #006: Sunset on Loch Lomond

I was required to visit Glasgow, Scotland this past weekend and while I was in the area I thought I would take the opportunity to take some pictures on the edge of Loch Lomond.  I have been to Scotland on a couple of occasions and find the countryside to be very beautiful.

Some photographers like to take the time to explain their story behind their photographs, and thought I would share my story to get the photographs you see below…

… Have I a story for you… you’ll get such a kick out of this one…

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PhotoStream #005: Walking the Tracks

Last weekend (September 16th, 2012) I decided to go on a walk and take some photographs along one of the oldest walking tracks around where I live.  It used to be an old railway track, which many years ago was converted into a walking and cycle network, that stretches almost 30 miles.

This walk ended up being longer than I planned, approximately 25.5 Kilometers.  I have walked this path a few times, but on that day it seemed I had walked a lot further.  The weather wasn’t all that great either.  The day before, I had walked along our local beach (approximately 4 miles in total) and it had been one of the warmest days of September, I got quite a sun-tan.  I only wish I had taken my camera on that day, there were so many photographic opportunities, I could have kicked myself.

The difference between the two days was amazing… you can see what it was like in the pictures below, the dark and grey skies (and it rained a little too).

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I’ve Been Adding to Apple Profits… MacBook Air 13″ Review

I have been buying myself yet another computer.  Yes! you guessed it… it is a Mac (wouldn’t have anything else).  My MacBook Pro laptop that I purchased from new in 2006, was beginning to show its age, but only in terms of software.  When Apple released the new OSX Mountain Lion they removed support for some of the older Macs.  Although this didn’t mean I couldn’t use my computer any longer, but it meant that I would not be able to upgrade to the latest operating system or any future releases.

The computer itself was in extremely good condition, considering the amount of use it had seen over the six years of its life.  I have to say when Apple built the original MacBook Pro back in 2006, they did it right.  The mouse, the keyboard, the palm rests showed hardly any signs of use.

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PhotoStream #004 – Big Ride, Durham, Tyne and Wear

Hi everyone, a very quick update.  Today I was part of the official event photographer for the Big ‘Bike’ Ride that took place in Durham, Tyne & Wear today, it was the Little Ride for the kids (2 Miles) and the Middle Ride (10 – 25 Miles) from the County Hall in Durham, a small distance from the main town center.

Apart from being responsible for searching and printing of customer photographs throughout the day, I was also responsible for taking candid photographs of competitors after the race had finished.

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