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Shades of Grey Outside the IFC Apple Store

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Mainland Chinese huddle over their purchases that they will soon take back to China.

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Traders patrolling outside the Apple Store in order to find a buyer.

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Everyone hopes to sell their iPhones before the grey market prices start to drop once Apple is allowed to sell in China.

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Written by jonathanjk

September 27, 2014 at 03:50

Who We Are – My First iBook is Out! (Promo)

For all those who are a regular reader to my blog, I want to thank you with a free copy of my new book on the iBookstore. With 29 chapters across 113 pages, I try to capture a part of Swansea located in South Wales in the UK.

Swansea, the second city of Wales. With a rich history which is largely unknown and viewed negatively by residents and visitors alike. Swansea City was perfect for creating a positive, celebratory work about the place I lived in for six years.

Swansea famously can be referenced with just two culturally critical quotes:

‘The graveyard of ambition’Dylan Thomas

‘Pretty shitty city’.Twin Town (Terry Walsh)

My ambition was to show differing sides, something unique, something common, something personal and importantly show a beauty that isn’t always seen. Who We Are is one part guidebook, one part documentary record, two parts personal experience.

So come and witness glorious landscapes, discover the history and culture, meet the people and savour some of the culinary delights of Swansea City.


A Welsh Delicacy – Welsh Faggots from Gershwins in Swansea.


IMG_0077 Each text page is followed with an accompanying image page.

So, in celebrating Who We Are being released onto the store, I’m giving away a few copies and I have here five promo codes to those first few lucky readers.


If you are not quick enough, the book can be had for only £2.99 (UK), $4.99 (US), €3.8 (EUR) or $37 HKD in each respective store. Of course you can download a preview copy of the first 15 pages.IMG_0083


Who We Are includes portraits and landscapes covering Swansea and the Gower.

Printed hard copies use to sell for 15.00 (UK)! So quite clearly a big discount/saving as a digital book. I hope you find it enjoyable and entertaining as you discover what Swansea has to offer.

Written by jonathanjk

September 24, 2014 at 05:38

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Funny and as well written though this article is, the easiest solution to doing more of what you want to do and not what you have to do, is to have less stuff or not a raise a child.

Written by jonathanjk

September 23, 2014 at 02:40

iPhone Reselling in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is in a enviable position which takes me think of the launch of the original iPhone when people were lining up to buy the iPhone in order to simply resell them for marked up prices because of the lack of availability. It’s happening in Hong Kong because of a regulatory issue with selling the iPhone in mainland China.

Similar to how the FCC tests and approves cellular devices in the U.S., China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology certifies handsets for sale in China. The MIIT has approved the iPhones for domestic frequencies but hasn’t yet provided Apple with a “critical network access license,” so there’s still one hurdle left before Apple or carriers can sell the iPhone 6 in China. – Gigaom

Hong Kong is separate when it comes to testing devices. With Hong Kong being in the first round of countries, many mainland Chinese are now coming over the border in order to be the first to take back an iPhone 6. This would bring some time limited cachet to those lucky individuals who are taking them back to China. In asian culture, it’s important to show to others how rich one is. Besides wearing expensive jewellery, what better way is there by rocking with one of the most sought after phones in a country where it isn’t available?

Hong Kong being under separate rule from the mainland has allowed residents with a HK ID card to get the new phones first. They are strictly available to residents through Apple’s online ordering system. There would be no walk ins either. Informal queues can’t be formed like in other countries. Residents can purchase two. I don’t know how the two individuals managed to obtain forty of the devices unless they were involved with a larger group who were at the store earlier. I arrived around midday to take these pictures.

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iPhone 6 resellers waiting outside the IFC Apple Store.

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IFC mall security breaking up any trading on the IFC premises outside the Apple Store.

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Huge queues for those who have ordered on the first day of sale. Next to the reservation queue are many resellers.

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A crowd gathers under a cafe to witness another transaction before its their turn in a game of whack-a-mole with IFC security.

Written by jonathanjk

September 19, 2014 at 23:36

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Episode 16 – That Sonofabitch isn’t Waterproof Apple

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In this special episode we dig deep into the latest announcements from Apple.

Show can be downloaded here or here on iTunes.

Show Notes

Sound Clips – Apple advert – boring – One More Thing – Shaun of the dead – Winchester Plan – apple store opening in china – You Shall Not Pass – Hand in Jar – iPhone 6 Advert – To Be The Man (Ric Flair ‘woo’) – Are you Geared Up?

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September 17, 2014 at 12:44

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Episode 15 of JPG Podcast – He’s Not Black

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It’s amazing to me that Thanos is pink skinned! A quick discussion of gender and racial representation in Marvel.

Music and clips:

Everything You Need to Know About Thanos – Comics History 101

Thanos Theme-Marvel Super Heroes Soundtrack

Does He Look Like A Bitch?

Baby’s in Black

Private William Hudson – THE ULTIMATE BADASS

Paint it Black

Tomb Raider 1 Theme Music

Download here or download on iTunes.

Written by jonathanjk

September 12, 2014 at 08:31

iPhone 6 camera :-(

The camera in the new IPhone 6 bothers me and this is the ONLY thing about these excellent iPhones that do. It’s the one feature that I was really expecting an upgrade for and Apple didn’t go all the way.

I had an iPhone 4S after owning the 3GS. The 4S had an eight megapixel camera, then I bought a second hand iPhone 5 here in Hong Kong to tie me over until the iPhone 6 came out, that also has 8 megapixels, I deliberately skipped the iPhone 5S because the camera still hadn’t changed and the screen size was the same as the iPhone 5.

“The six, will have everything”, I thought. Boom. No.

You can see the differences between the 4S to the 6 below as quoted from wikipedia.

Highlights in red are mine and illustrate new differences between models. iPhone 4S on the left, the iPhone 6 Plus on the far right.

8 MP photos with 1.4µ pixels,f/2.41080p HD video (30 fps),Infrared cut-off filterBack-illuminated sensorface detection,video stabilization, panorama and ability to take photos while shooting videos 8 MP photos with 1.5µ pixels,f/2.2 aperture1080p HD video (30 fps) or 720 HD video slo-mo video at 120 fps, improved video stabilization,True Tone flashInfrared cut-off filterBack-illuminated sensorface detection, panorama, ability to take photos while shooting videos and Burst mode 8 MP photos with 1.5µ pixels,f/2.2 aperture, 1080p HD video (30 fps) or 720 HD video slo-mo video at 240 fps, True Tone flashInfrared cut-off filter,Back-illuminated sensorface detection, panorama, ability to take photos while shooting videos and Burst mode, time-lapse video, phase-detect auto-focus 8 MP photos with 1.5µ pixels, f/2.2aperture, 1080p HD video (30 fps) or 720 HD video slo-mo video at 240 fps, True Tone flashInfrared cut-off filterBack-illuminated sensorface detection, panorama, ability to take photos while shooting videos and Burst mode, time lapse video, phase-detect auto-focus, optical image stabilisation

Okay, they they did say they updated the sensor, added the optical image stabilisation, updated the video mode, but couldn’t they have added at least a 12megapixel camera?

8mp doesn’t matter if you didn’t want to print your iPhone pictures, if you live only in Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, but I don’t, I fancy printing my snaps. I also might want to crop a picture, having more pixels gives me some room to do so.

My hope is they will update the camera in the iPhone 6s as a defining feature. I can’t believe they have gone four generations now with the same camera resolution, I refuse to accept they’ll do it a 5th time. Then again what can I do? I find myself weighing the extra benefit of the screen size vs the shortcomings of the camera. Which will benefit me more? I’ll see.

As a sidenote, I haven’t seen any publication point out that the iPhone hasn’t had a megapixel bump since the 4S all the way back in 2011!

With regard to the updates. Did they need to make the 4.7″ thinner than the 5.5″ iPhone? What’s wrong with keeping it to 7.1mm like the 5.5″ brother? Then both models can have the OIS and better battery life. Why can’t the screens be the sole differentiator?

Oddly I don’t mind how the lens juts out, everybody is going to slap a case on them anyway. It won’t matter that much to many people.

At the same time, wouldn’t it have been nice to keep the iPhone 5s up to date along with the new models, giving the iPhone 5s the same makeover? The 4″ screen size is the most popular after all. But maybe they want the attention to be concentrated on the newest models. Maybe that screen size will get an update next year.

Written by jonathanjk

September 12, 2014 at 07:56


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