Marc Settle

specialises in smartphone reporting for the BBC Academy

Blog posts in total 24

Posts

  1. A contradiction of mobile journalism is that it’s not always as easy to use your device on a big story because so many others are using theirs too. So what are the alternatives?

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  2. It’s not often you get the chance to take part in something truly new and innovative, but that was the case at the world’s first conference devoted purely to mobile journalism and storytelling.

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  3. As could have easily been predicted, the iPhone 6 has flown off the shelves and into the hands of an often fiercely critical public - but Apple probably won’t be worried.

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  4. The iPhone 6 has pluses and minuses in the features that are likely to be useful for journalism. Marc Settle offers an early verdict.  

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  5. How will Apple's new iOS 8 operating system change the way your devices work? Mobile technology expert Marc Settle explores what's different with the messaging and location features.

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  6. The new iOS 8, like earlier editions, is being keenly studied by journalists who rely on Apple’s operating system in their day-to-day work. We take a look. 

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  7. The first BBC reports of a fire on Eastbourne pier were recorded on the smartphone of a BBC reporter who happened to be on the spot, using his training in mobile recording to good effect.

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  8. More and more users are getting news on mobile platforms. Providers are responding in different ways, with the BBC implementing an ambitious mobile strategy for Africa in particular.     

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  9. While Android is winning the battle of the operating systems and Android phones have closed the gap on the iPhone, the apps and gizmos available to an iPhone user mean iOS still dominates newsrooms.

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  10. The native audio app which has long been very simple to use has changed dramatically and not in a good way. It is less intuitive, glitchy and intimidating, while it remains limited in scope.

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  11. The native audio app which has long been very simple to use has changed dramatically and not in a good way. It is less intuitive, glitchy and intimidating, while it remains limited in scope.

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  12. A lot of third-party apps do many more things better than the pre-installed iOS camera app. But even so many journalists and others are content using the default apps provided on the device.

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  13. The iPhone is no longer the all-conquering beast. Its market share is now dwarfed by Android in terms of users of operating systems, and by Samsung in terms of handsets.

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  14. Users of the latest iPhone are back on Street View following the release by Google of its Maps app for the iPhone 5.

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  15. Under the hood, as I gather Apple staff are fond of saying, is the new operating system iOS 6.

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  16. The sheer range of smartphones is of itself a large part of the problem, making consistency of training problematic when devices have such differing specifications, hardware etc.

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  17. Like it or not, the impact of the iPhone is disproportionate to the number of people who actually have one. It's thought that barely 5% of phone owners globally have an iPhone in one of its various guises, yet for journalists it's becoming the device of choice. BBC Newsgathering recently reve...

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  18. The micro-blogging site Twitter announced on Thursday that it had 50 million users who log on at least once a day. Many journalists now routinely use the service, which limits messages to 140 characters in length, to keep across breaking news and in touch with contacts. But one BBC Online journa...

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