Earlier this week I was on BBC Radio 4 consumer affairs show You and Yours to suggest some ways to keep smartphone photos and videos safe and secure.
Following a post on the BBC CBeebies Facebook page a disturbing number of parents shared stories of how pictures had been lost through theft, accident or a broken device.
I say pictures but often these are precious, perhaps irreplaceable family memories.
Here’s a clip from the show:
Estimates suggest we shared one trillion pictures from our smartphones in 2014. When phone photography is so simple it requires almost no thought, it’s easy to take the snaps themselves for granted.
But that becomes a big problem if your phone begins to run out of storage space or worse if it gets lost or stolen.
Fortunately, there are many easy ways to back up your photos and keep them safe. The simplest of all is to store them in ‘the cloud’, that giant USB stick somewhere on the Internet.
Both of the major phone families – iOS found on the Apple iPhone and Google Android installed on Samsung, Sony, HTC and more – provide methods to back up your settings and app data along with photos and videos.
Apps such as Dropbox (and now Carousel), Flickr and Microsoft OneDrive provide seamless background image copy; Google Photos offers unlimited free cloud storage for images up to 16 MP and videos up to FullHD 1080p, more than satisfactory for most smartphone users.
With any cloud storage security is paramount (as some celebs found to their embarrassment recently) so ensure you understand any terms, use secure passwords and two factor authentication where available.
If you want to find out more about securing smartphone photos and videos drop me a line or leave a comment below.
Mobile newsgathering has come of age.
Broadcasters and journalists know it, entertainment and social networks know it, unwitting citizen news-breakers and proud parents catching their 5-yo master their bicycle know it too.
Recently I wrote a feature for TechRadar on how mobile journalism will impact media coverage of the UK general election.
In the feature I speak to key mobile newsgathering practitioners from BBC, Sky News and Trinity Mirror to learn the role of mobile in the newsroom. Contributors (to whom I’m incredibly grateful) include Nick Garnett, Marc Settle, Harriet Hadfield and Alison Gow.
This came off the back of participating in MoJoCon 2015 in Dublin, the first international conference of its kind for mobile journalism and smartphone filmmaking.
Mojocon proved to the industry that mobile newsgathering – in all its forms – is now a primetime tool. It’s no longer a case of ‘why would you use a smartphone for video/audio/broadcast?’, it’s simply ‘why the the hell wouldn’t you?’.
Hosted by the Irish public service broadcaster RTÉ and attended by journalists and filmmakers from across the world, MoJoCon was a celebration of smartphone creativity and newsgathering ingenuity. It was the brainchild of mobile journalism pioneer and activist Glen Mulcahy.
I was particularly involved in the professional smartphone filmmaking stream, including hosting a session in the main hall featuring luminaries such as Neill Barham, boss man and Cinegenix, developer of go-to iOS videography app FiLMiC Pro (in my questioning I successfully ‘outed’ an upcoming and long-awaited Android version of the app); Taz Goldstein, author of Hand Held Hollywood (a book I downloaded when I first began filming on my phone); Newsshooter.com editor Dan Chung, and mobile film directors Conrad Mess, Michael Koerbel and Ricky Fosheim. You can watch the full session here.
— David McClelland (@DavidMcClelland) March 29, 2015
Head over to TechRadar to read my feature on mobile journalism and the UK General Election 2015 and keep an eye out on the Mojocon Twitter feed for more details on the next Mojo Conference.
Planet of the Apps is back for an all-new season on Ginx TV!
The fourth series of TV’s top mobile tech show kicks off this Tuesday 21st April.
In the first show Adam, Lucy and I look at whether smartphones are killing the games console, and some of the kicking mobile gaming kit currently making waves on Kickstarter.
Later on in the series we’re delving into virtual reality, flying high with drones and getting ahead with extreme sports tech.
Here’s an item from the third show in the series in which we lift the lid on Virtual Reality:
Planet of the Apps hits your screens on Tuesdays at 7pm in the UK on Virgin Media ch 286 and online at www.ginx.tv.
In Technology Corner recently I’ve been exploring everything in science and tech from the rise and fall of Google Glass, smartwatches and the latest in wearables, to alternative fuels, eco-homes and upgrade culture.
During the BBC’s WW1 centenary commemorations in 2014 I presented a special item on technology that has changed the world over the last 100 years.
Here’s a clip of an item I broadcast on the Kevin Fernihough show in March 2015 on the emergence of Virtual and Augmented Reality:
I’ve just arrived at the NEC in Birmingham to begin rehearsals for Gadget Show Live 2015.
I’ve worked with the Gadget Show Live team since 2012 and I’m thrilled to be back! This year I’m literally all over the show, presenting a feature on Top Smartphones and Tablets of 2015 with John Mason, as well as fronting my own Wear Next for Wearable Tech (see what I did there?) show.
Here’s a sneak peek of the impressive Gadget Show Live Connect Theatre where I’ll be doing a couple of my live shows:
On top of that I’m hosting the Gadget Show Live British Inventors’ Project 2015 awards where I’m very much looking forward to interviewing last year’s runner-up Ed Ward from Veglo.
The Innovation Theatre, where the British Inventors’ Project shows take place every day, was a real highlight of last year’s Gadget Show Live so I’m excited to be back getting under the skin of inventors and seeing what makes them and their inventions tick.
The Gadget Show Live runs from Tuesday 7th April 2015 for press and trade, and then from Wednesday 8th April to Sunday 12th April 2015 for public. More info and ticket from the Gadget Show Live website.
I’m thrilled once again to be hosting Photography Show TV live from the NEC in Birmingham.
The Photography Show is the largest event of its kind in the UK, bringing camera and kit manufacturers together with photography professionals and enthusiasts.
I hosted the first live TV stream last year alongside Charlotte Holmes and, being quite the camera nut, was like a pig in muck all weekend long.
This year’s show will be the first chance for many to get hands-on with the latest cameras including the Canon 5DS, 5DSR and for video fans the C100 Mk II. Alongside those, I’m personally excited to see the Steadicam Solo in action (an extensible Steadicam rig and monopod all-in-one, of course), the Lytro Illum and Panasonic CM1 alongside all of the latest smartphone photography and videography innovations. See what I mean about pig in muck…?
This year I’m presenting the live stream with Andrew James, an industry professional and previous editor-in-chief of Practical Photography and Digital Photo. I’m also delighted to be working again with my good friends at Silverstream TV.
You can tune-in to the live stream of the show coverage (and highlights after the show finishes) by heading to the live stream page on the Photography Show website (taking a peek just here).
The Photography Show runs from Saturday 21st to Tuesday 24th March 2015 at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. Tickets are available from the Photography Show website.
This story first appeared in Computer Weekly in February 2015, you can find the original here.
Performance boost plus Windows 10 support for new Pi PC
The new Raspberry Pi 2 was announced today promising enough of a performance boost to make it ‘the second PC in the house’.
The credit-card sized computer debuted in 2012 and has since been embraced by schools, maker communities, industrial automation engineers and even the UK Space programme.
At today’s launch event its creator Eben Upton revealed a ripened Raspberry Pi with a quad-core ARMv7 processor and 1 GB RAM, claiming 6 times the speed of the previous B+ model.
This improved performance opens the door to a range of additional applications in schools and industry, as well as in the home.
Its in-home credentials may have been further boosted by the announcement that the Pi 2 will support both Ubuntu Linux and, thanks to a 6-month collaboration with Microsoft, Windows 10.
However, exactly what you’ll be able to do with a Windows-powered Pi isn’t entirely clear, even whether it will include a desktop user interface.
Speaking to Computer Weekly, Upton confirmed that the version of Windows 10 that Microsoft is to make available for free would be an IoT edition “more like what Microsoft did for Galileo [an Intel-based Arduino-compatible developer board].
Microsoft has yet to make a statement about its exact capabilities, we don’t want to create an unjustified impression as to what capabilities it’s going to have.”
Despite the power-up the Raspberry Pi 2 maintains full compatibility with previous versions, sporting the same credit-card form factor and, importantly, the bank-card friendly price.
Since its release total sales of the maker machine have topped 4.5 million, and Upton anticipates a further three million units will ship this year alone. Not a bad return when initial sales projections for the Raspberry Pi were in the ‘tens of thousands’ range.
The Raspberry Pi 2 goes on sale today priced £24.94 + VAT.
First published 2nd February 2015 in Computer Weekly. Articles, features and reviews are reproduced on this site by prior arrangement as samples of my work and remain the property of their respective publishers and copyright owners.
Earlier this year I joined the presenting team of TV’s top mobile technology show, Planet of the Apps.
So far this series I’ve flown a vintage biplane to test the world’s first wearable smart camera, grappled a 50-foot dragon while wearing Sony’s virtual reality headgear, and wreaked actual havoc with a smartphone-controlled drone.
Flying a vintage biplane (a 1940′s Boeing Stearman) has been one of my personal highlights from the series – here’s a clip:
The final episode of the season broadcasts this Tuesday 18th November at 7.30pm with Adam, Lucy and me sharing our best bits from the year.
It’s been an insane few months making the show, but great working with Adam, Lucy and the rest of the team.
Planet of the Apps is produced in London by Ginx TV, and broadcasts to over 40 territories. In the UK you can watch Planet of the Apps on Virgin Media channel 286.