Live photos & softball

One thing I already love about my new phone is the live photos feature.  Apple introduced live photos with the release of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus last year, but I haven’t heard much about it since then.  After taking some photos over the weekend, I realized there was a bit of animation as I swiped through them.  The camera captures 1.5 seconds of video before and after you take a picture.  When you tap and hold the photo, you can see the full animation. It’s very Harry Potter-like!

On mobile you can see the animation even after uploading the pictures to Google Photos. However there doesn’t seem to be any animation when viewing the pictures on Google Photos through a browser.  If you download the picture from Google photos, it downloads as a zip file.  Inside the file is the picture as well as the animation file.  I was unable to post the full animation as a video file on here so I uploaded it to YouTube instead.

Our daughter surprised us when she said she wanted to sign up for softball.  We were a little worried the level of play would be above her and she would get frustrated.  Up to this point she has only played t-ball and didn’t seem interested in continuing to play so we stopped.  Turns out 5th grade softball isn’t competitive.  They don’t keep score, it’s coach pitch, each team gets to bat around each inning without worrying about outs, there’s no sliding, and no cleats.  Say what you want about not keeping score or participation awards. She’s having fun and that is what’s important.



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