Marc Settle

specialises in smartphone reporting for the BBC Academy

Blog posts in total 30

Posts

  1. The BBC's Marc Settle took out his smartphone to shoot 30 seconds of video of his son's toys. He had no idea what would happen when he put the video on social media.

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  2. Marc Settle looks at some of the third party apps proven to help journalists, film-makers and others improve their video.

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  3. Now it's possible to record a call on an iPhone - but it's not straightforward, as Marc Settle explains.

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  4. Some of the changes do indeed look impressive, but on closer inspection they either aren’t that new or could pose challenges for journalists looking to use them.

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  5. Beyond photos, video and audio (discussed in part one of this blog), what else is notable in iOS 9 that might benefit journalists?

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  6. The three pillars of mobile journalism - video, photos and audio - remain relatively similar in iOS 9. This is in sharp contrast to the big changes that arrived with iOS 8.

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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