Don’t Wait / Joey Graceffa / Special Music Feature

Don't Wait - Joey Graceffa - Mother Nature Special Music Feature

It is an absolute honour to talk about Joey Graceffa’s new record, Don’t Wait.

Since Joey Graceffa released this record earlier this week, I was instantly hooked on it after I gave his record its first listen yesterday, and my god, it is absolutely fantastic.

Joey Graceffa uploaded the “Don’t Wait” Official Music Video to YouTube last night, and I was blown away, it’s that good, as it document’s some of his life struggles, with a friend of his being by his side to this day.

You may be wondering why I’ve used a wide range of colours on the image’s text. This is because I have made sure to celebrate Joey Graceffa for who he is, and for what he does. It has been revealed by Joey Graceffa himself that he has officially come out as gay, in the debut release of his first ever book: “In Real Life: My Journey to a Pixelated World“, which comes out and hits store shelves on Tuesday. I am absolutely proud of Joey Graceffa, because it takes a lot of guts for someone like him to come out and reveal their sexuality to the world, and I am absolutely proud of him for the fact he has chosen to reveal his sexuality in his own, and official style.

I support the LGBT Community entirely because for those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, I believe in equality, LGBT equality and gender equality entirely, no matter what sexuality the person is. I respect all of those who have come out and expressed their sexualities to the world, because everyone in this world deserves to be treated equally, no matter what sexuality they are, and everyone should be respected for who they are and also be treated with the full respect that they deserve.

After watching the music video, I was blown away, it’s fantastic, it has a lot of personal, yet interesting values to it, and Joey has managed to create this video in a way where everyone can watch it, and also find out more about not just his personal life, but some of the bad and good parts of his life as well. This music video has a kind of video-game effect behind it, because some of the clothing that Joey Graceffa wore in this music video has a similar, yet realistic approach to the video-game character, Link, from Nintendo’s Gaming Series: “The Legend of Zelda“.

After being hooked on this song, I took to the iTunes Store to purchase Joey Graceffa’s “Don’t Wait” Single. The single’s artwork can be found in its full, High-Definition glory below.

Don't Wait - Single

© Don’t Wait – Single – Official Artwork – Joey Graceffa 2015

In its full glory, here is the Music Video of Joey Graceffa’s latest record: “Don’t Wait”, which is now available to watch below in Full HD.

I recommend that you go and buy Joey Graceffa’s single: “Don’t Wait” on iTunes, Google Play and any other music services that are selling this record now. It has a lot of sentimental value to it, and it is the type of record that you’ll want to keep on listening to. This record by Joey Graceffa has a personal, sentimental and bold value to it, and it is something that will most definitely tug at your heart-strings. You’ll love it instantly on its first listen. Go on, you know you want to buy it.

Alex Smithson

© Joey Graceffa 2015

Note: Homophobic and sexual comments will not be allowed, and if any homophobic and sexual comments are made, they will be deleted.

The Victoria & Albert Museum | Tuesday 14th April 2015 | Croydon College

Croydon College - The Victoria & Albert Museum - Tuesday 14th April 2015

Just a little over 3 weeks ago, I went on a trip up to South Kensington in London to the Victoria & Albert Museum, and because I went on this trip, I was able to take an awfully large amount of photos, considering that I have just started my Final Major Project for this year, which will eventually come to an end possibly towards the end of June.

With a 7th pass on the way for Unit 7, I thought it would be wise to showcase all of these photos in their full glory, as I wanted to make sure that these photos get a lot more than just a wide birth, I wanted to make sure that these photos really mean what they are, as well as the process that it took to get these photos perfect. I can admit, I did take a massive risk towards the end of the V&A trip, because, the Breathless artwork by Cornelia Parker was hanging from the ceiling, and just after I took a few steps back after taking two photos of the artwork, the camera strap that I had round my neck, which allows me to hold the Nikon D3300 DSLR, came off on the left hand side.

Thankfully, as I was holding the camera in my hands at this stage, the camera was all in one piece and was unscathed (luckily, phew). Although it was a very highly dangerous risk in taking these photos, it was absolutely worth it, and these two photos could make way to me getting the best grade at the end of the UAL Level 2 Art & Design Course at Croydon College.

Overall, I feel more than happy with the fact I took these photos, as I have since stuck a lot of the photos that are shown above into my sketchbook for the Final Major Project of the year.

Please feel free to download these photos and set them as your wallpaper at any time. Also, if you enjoyed reading this photographical article, please make sure to like this article and even comment on what photos you liked the most.

Alex Smithson

© Croydon College 2015.

© The Croydon College Logo is Copyright of Croydon College. Permission has been granted for the logo to be used on here. No Copyright Infringement Intended.

All of the photos uploaded to this article are completely my own (including the featured image).

Alfie Deyes: The Most Famous YouTube Vlogger You’ve Probably Never Heard Of.

Alfie Deyes - Video Blogger - YouTube

As I share my love for YouTube, I wanted to dedicate this article to the most famous YouTuber, Alfie Deyes. Also known under the name, PointlessBlog, Alfie is a YouTube Vlogger (video-blogger) who, over the past few years, has taken to YouTube to upload videos to his YouTube channels, one of which is a gaming channel, while the other two are based around his life, as well as a lot of the funniest things that he has done with his girlfriend, Zoe Sugg (a.k.a. Zoella), and their little pug, Nala, who is so cute.

With over 7,000,000+ subscribers (4,019,588 subscribers from PointlessBlog, 2,184,265 from PointlessBlogTv & 1,325,251 from PointlessBlogGames), Alfie has become one of the most popular YouTube icons in the whole world. As well as this, Alfie has also published two books, titled: “The Pointless Book” & “The Pointless Book 2“, which mainly focus around a set of games, as well as the ability to use the Augmented Reality book applications that allow you to transfer the designs that you’ve crafted in the books onto the two iPhone applications, which are: “The Pointless Book App” & “The Pointless Book 2 App“, and are both available for free download via the iTunes App Store.

Aside the vlogs that Alfie uploads to his YouTube channels, he is also featured in some other YouTuber’s videos, most notably in Zoe Sugg (a.k.a. Zoella) [Alfie’s Girlfriend], and in other YouTuber’s videos, such as Joe Sugg (a.k.a. ThatcherJoe), Jim Chapman, sometimes in Joey Graceffa’s videos, sometime’s in Tanya Burr‘s videos (Jim’s bride-to-be) and also in Louis Cole’s videos (a.k.a. FunForLouis).

And of course, Alfie & Zoe’s little Pug, Nala, most recently became a member of their family, and Nala is such a cute Pug, their dog melts my heart, because Nala is only a few months old, and every time I see a picture of Nala on Alfie’s or Zoe’s Instagram pages, I just end up going into cuteness overload, because most recently, Alfie put up a picture on Instagram of Nala dressed in a little doggy costume, and Nala is so cute, so flipping cute, and it melted my heart seeing Nala dressed in the little doggy costume, because she is so, so cute :-).

Alfie has been featured in the YouTuber Whispers video, which can be found on Joe Sugg’s channel, ThatcherJoe, and trust me, it’s really funny, but wait until you see the bloopers from this video, this is a daft and funny video that you will want to watch again and again :D.

Below are some pictures of Alfie Deyes and Zoe Sugg (a.k.a. Zalfie), including their Pug, Nala (WARNING: CUTENESS OVERLOAD ALERT!!!!!) :D. Also, some notable YouTubers and a musician are featured in this little gallery, along with Gabi Tozati’s lovely and beautiful drawing of Alfie & Zoe looking as happy as ever :-).

Most recently on Twitter, I was actually overjoyed with happiness because I tweeted to Alfie that I saw him on the Music Channel, 4Music, with a photo of him that I took, which he quickly favourited just minutes after I put the tweet up on Twitter. Also on Twitter, Alfie recently announced some iPhone cases for the iPhone 6, which had quickly sold out within 24 hours of them going on sale.

Alfie & Zoe (Zalfie) are one of the best couples around, because they both do everything together and enjoy themselves at the things that they love doing the most, and that is vlogging.

If you want to keep up-to-date on the latest videos that Alfie has uploaded to his YouTube channels, I will leave the links below this article for you all to subscribe to his YouTube channels. Trust me when I say this, you will not be disappointed at all, because Alfie’s videos are like a breath of fresh air, as you can watch them again and again, and even laugh at them as well for some or a lot of the funny things that he talks about, whilst Zoe is around :-).

Alex Smithson

Alfie Deyes’ YouTube Channels

© Alfie Deyes 2015.

© All images used in this article, including the featured image, have all been used courtesy of Alfie Deyes. No Copyright Infringement Intended.

© The YouTube Logo has been used courtesy of Google (Guidelines have been followed and taken into account. No image has been placed within the logotype, so the YouTube logo isn’t altered at all). No Copyright Infringement Intended.

© YouTube 2015

Welcome to May!!!!! A Relaxing & Delightful Month Awaits!!!!!

Welcome to May!!!!!

Hello everyone, and welcome to May on Mother Nature!!!!! As this month begins on a relaxing and delightful note, I wanted to take the chance to ring in the nice and lovely weather that the UK has been getting most recently. I absolutely love this weather, as it is not too hot, not too cold, but just right, even though there has been a bit of a breeze which has been quite cold, though I’ve managed quite well to just brave the cold breeze.

May is also the month of the year where the Whitsun season kicks in, with the Whitsun holiday being set to fall on Sunday 24th May 2015. As there is a month left to go until the start of Summer arrives, this will be the perfect time to make the most of these next few weeks while the temperature is just right, as we will all need to prepare ourselves for any of the scorching hot weather which is set to arrive around the end of June, into July.

In about 5 to 6 weeks from now, Mother Nature will be celebrating its 2nd Year on WordPress, as this website was started up on the 6th June 2013, and for Mother Nature to come this far in that time, I feel so proud to have come this far and I also feel proud to have achieved a huge amount in that time. It gives me the absolute pleasure to say a massive thank you to every single one of you, because without you all, my friends, my family, and even my teachers, I wouldn’t have got this far. Again, I thank you all from the bottom of my heart, I love you all so much, and I want to make sure that the journey continues forever.

There is exciting news in store for this month, as I will be finishing up work on my third book, which is being penned for a release sometime around the end of this month, so I will be working my socks off as much as I can to make sure that this book is completed and ready for release. Don’t worry, this book will be free to download, and will become available for download on the day of its release in the Free Books Widget.

This book is set to not just be the biggest book I will have ever produced, but it will also be the longest ever book I’ve written over the course of around 7 months. Packed with over 300+ pages, this book will focus around some of the photographical articles I have created and published on Mother Nature, as well as some of the articles that focus entirely on many other different subjects that I have covered.

6 Case Studies will also be included in this book, which will focus around some notable historical icons of our past time, and as well as this, there will be some pages that focus on the musical songstress, Madonna, following the recent release of her 13th Studio Album, Rebel Heart, with our Croydon lad, Ben Haenow, the X Factor Winner of 2014 (WE LOVE YOU BEN!!!!!), being featured in this book.

I have so much in this book to offer to all of you, and trust me, you won’t be disappointed, because I have been making sure to fine-tune this book and correct any possible mistakes that have been made along the way, and I have also been very cautious as to how I have created this book, because I want to make sure that it’s perfect for all of you to read, and that this book doesn’t suffer from any form of confusion.

Aside from that, there is a lot I have to offer in store for this month, so stay tuned for the latest updates on the articles that I publish.

Until then, Welcome to May!!!!! A Relaxing & Delightful Month Awaits!!!!!

Alex Smithson

Monthly Roundup: April 2015

30th April 2015 - Monthly Roundup

To round off what has been a really good month, I will take a look back on the articles that I have published over the course of this month.

1.4.2015 – I welcomed you all back to Mother Nature for what was set to be a month full of a lot of good weather, despite the solar eclipse that happened a few weeks previous, as well as the Maths & English exams that I had done before I broke up for the two week holiday. As I mentioned, I did initially hope to get this book completed by the end of this month, though the release may be held off until sometime around the end of May, considering the large amount of coursework I have to complete over the last few weeks of the year.

I sadly failed my Maths exam, which I was really disappointed about, but I have been given another chance to re-take the exam around the last week of college, which will give me plenty of time to revise between now and when the exam takes place.

7.4.2015 – I decided to take a different turn in this article, as this article would focus around The Press, Social Media & The Internet, as I would talk about what makes us turn, and how I see the use of social networking platforms from my own perspective.

I also mentioned two different shows, one of which was Jeremy Kyle, while the other was Jerry Springer, as the social networking site, Facebook, is often the most talked about social network, mainly due to the fact that it has caused a wide birth of marriage break-ups, divorces, and even many different forms of bullying. This article did require an awful lot of thought, because I had to make sure to tread carefully about what I was going to talk about, as well as the kind of content that I would go on to use.

9.4.2015 – After just 8 years of the iPhone OS being around, Apple finally released iOS 8.3 to the masses. Bringing along with it some much-needed changes, iOS 8.3 is the first ever update to go diverse, as most of the emojis that are found in Apple’s Emoji Keyboard have been updated with new sets of different coloured emojis, making diversity become something known, something that was meant to happen from the very start.

As these emojis are now diverse, this will give many users the chance to choose that emoji that they want to use, but in a different skin colour, which is much better, as everyone now gets the fair and diverse choice that they’ve always wanted.

13.4.2015 – Following the release of her 13th Studio Album, Rebel Heart, Madonna released her second music video from the album, titled Ghosttown. Over 500,000+ copies of Rebel Heart have been sold so far, with a possible 45th Number 1 set to rise to the masses. Most recently, Rebel Heart was certified Silver in the United Kingdom after 60,000 copies were sold, which is fantastic for Madonna, considering that this video was released within the first two weeks of April.

In the first few days of its release, Ghosttown clocked up to over 2,000,000+ within the first week alone, and most recently, Madonna’s Ghosttown video has now clocked up to over 5,000,000+ views in almost the first month, which I think is fantastic, considering that it has much more of a better approach, as well as Madonna’s Living for Love music video.

30.4.2015 – After hearing that the music department at Croydon College took to Kickstarter to fund their new project, which is called OutBr3ak Records, I wrote an article to support the project, because, although I am unable to back the project myself, I wanted to help out, as OutBr3ak Records is a project which is being set up to be made into a record label, which will give those budding future musicians the chance to let their musical roots shine, and to also allow them to set their creativity free in what they love to do the most.

I wrote this article to support the project after speaking to one of the students that popped into my class at the beginning of the week, as one of the students that I spoke to just after leaving the college was happy with the fact that I had chosen to spread the word on the most notable social networking websites, which were Facebook & Twitter. It is an absolute honour to support this project, as this will give those students the chance to create a music career of their own, which will allow them to rise to their full potential in what they love to do the most, as well as in music.

To end this month on a high and positive note, I have fantastic news in store. I’ve passed all of my English Functional Skills exams, with no English exams left to do, which brings April to a close on such a fantastic and positive note.

Plus, I recently set up a photography website, titled Mother Nature Photography, and if you want to view the MN Photography website, I have created a tab at the top of the page, titled: “MN Photography”, which means that once you’ve clicked on it, it will take you to Mother Nature Photography, and to make getting back to this website easier, I have also added a tab on the Mother Nature Photography website, titled: “Mother Nature”, which will bring you back to this website.

Until then, thanks so much for a fantastic month, and I’ll see you all in May!!!!!

Alex Smithson

 

OutBr3ak Records | A Croydon College Music Project Funded on Kickstarter.

OutBr3ak Records - A Croydon College Music Project Funded on Kickstarter

With just under 1 week to go until the project ends, some of the students at Croydon College have set up a project on Kickstarter. Titled OutBr3ak Records, this project is where some of the students, including Croydon College, are planning to set up this record label, giving some of the students that share a passion for music the chance to let their creative side and musical side shine.

It is an absolute honour to talk about this project, as I told one of the students yesterday that I have spread the word on social networking sites, such as Facebook & Twitter, and with this article, I want to make sure that I get the word of this record label out in to the open, as the music department at Croydon College are itching to get all-new and fresh musical talents out there.

This is what the team at Croydon College have stated about this project, which fulfills a lot of musical potential:

“Hello

We are the students of Croydon college music department, we are trying to put on a show for our record label launch and we hope to celebrate it with a big bang. As part of our course we are tasked with organising a gig for the launch of our record company which will be at Fairfield halls on the 19th June, the event will be an explosion of mixed genre’s with many acts to be seen, genres from pop, rock, rap, metal and even some pretty interesting mixes of ethnic styled music from all around the globe, so you can tell this will not be an event to miss. We have many videos and pictures of our progress on our social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram. There we post our current progress with many videos and pics of the bands that will be playing and will be keeping all of our friends (you guys) updated on the current pace of our gig, so if you have em please check em out. The event will be amazing, but for such a thing to happen we really need some support from you guys reading this. Any donation made will be put toward this project and we really want this to be an enjoyable experience for both you guys but us too. We are looking to raise around £400.00 which will be our target price that will cover everything we need and will be the first steps to making this happen! We really hope that we can do this and hope that you guys will attend when it does. If you do donate we will send you a free media package containing our album, artwork and you will also have our deepest gratitude. Well that’s all of it; we hope to see you at the gig.

Kind regards

From the team”

Risks and challenges

“If we reach our goal there shouldn’t be any risk as the money we are hoping to raise will go to the venue and to us to produce posters and tickets for the main event.”

As Croydon College strives with a lot of potential, I feel honoured to share this with you all. Although I am unable to back this project myself, I wanted to help out by writing about this new record label, as I want to make sure I spread the word well and good, and that this will give you all the chance to back this project whilst the opportunity to fund it is still open.

If you want to help out and back this project for the new record label to blossom, please click here to be directed to the Kickstarter OutBr3ak Records page, where you can back this project. It would mean so much if you could help out the music department at Croydon College with this project, as they are looking to share all-new musical talents, and also give those at Croydon College the chance to let their musical roots shine through.

If you back this project, they have put a reward up, stating that for the small number of people who back this project (up to 10 backers), you will receive a copy of OutBr3ak Records’ debut album (self-titled), along with the album’s artwork as well. If you back this project now, the estimated delivery on this reward is set for delivery on release in July this year.

I think that this is a fantastic opportunity, as this will give those with musical talents the chance to shine, and will also be beneficial and useful in a wide range of aspects for those who are looking to take up a music career in the future.

Again, please make sure to back this project and help out, as this will give Croydon College’s Music Department the much-needed boost that it really needs.

Alex Smithson

© OutBr3ak Records logo courtesy of the record label. This logo has also been used courtesy of Croydon College. No Copyright Infringement Intended.

© OutBr3ak Records 2015

© Croydon College 2015

Ghosttown | Madonna’s Gothical Ingenuity to a World That’s Fallen Victim to Mass Destruction.

Ghosttown - Madonna - Rebel Heart - Mother Nature - Special Music Feature

Following the release of her 13th Studio Album, Rebel Heart, Madonna has added another music video to the video collection by releasing Ghosttown. In the styles of gothic and destruction, Madonna has used these to create a gothical ingenuity, in which the whole world has fallen victim to a mass destruction, causing the lives of all those caught in it all to be lost. Clocking up to over 2,000,000+ views on YouTube in just the short space of a few days since it’s release, this could mean Madonna might just get lucky if this video surpasses the 10,000,000+ views mark on YouTube in the next few weeks.

Previously, Madonna took to Snapchat to release her first video off of Rebel Heart, Living for Love, which appeared on YouTube shortly after she made history with showing the video through the Snapchat app. Now, despite a small number of problems with the Meerkat app not showing the video due to unknown circumstances, considering that it is a new service, Madonna delighted all of us with the Ghosttown music video via YouTube.

In this video, Madonna has taken inspiration from Shakira, who is most famously known for a few of her notable records, such as She Wolf, Waka Waka (This Time for Africa), Can’t Remember to Forget You (feat. Rihanna) and La La La (Dare). In terms of inspiration, Madonna has styled her hair in a similar way that Shakira styled it, but in the video, Madonna appears to feel more relaxed, as well as creating an overall appearance that defines what the video, Ghosttown, is about.

Alongside her in Ghosttown comes the actor from the hit TV show, Empire, Terrence Howard. Throughout the rest of Ghosttown, notable elements show Terrence Howard lighting a fire, carrying what appears to be a highly dangerous type of sniper gun, as well as holding a young child’s hand in the same way that Madonna did at the end of the video.

After releasing her second single, Ghosttown, just days after releasing Rebel Heart, Madonna had made sure to record and release a video to go with the single, which has been doing quite well, considering the amount of AirPlay that Ghosttown has been getting from radio stations across the world.

The single cover has been designed to accommodate the town’s ghoulish appearance, with Madonna appearing to hold what looks like a sword, with some etched text on the sword.

© Madonna, Boy Toy Inc. & Live Nation 2015

In the video, the whole world has witnessed a mass destruction, which has brought the world to its knees, killing almost all of human life on Earth, with only 3 survivors left on the planet. The scenery of the video shows a lot of fires that have occurred, as well as the destroyed buildings that can be seen in the distance.

My thoughts on Ghosttown? This video is fantastic, as it shows more of a sensitive side to Madonna that some of us have seen, but not like in the way you would expect to see her. the overall appearance of the Ghosttown video has a similar, yet connected feel to Madonna’s 1998 record, Frozen. I think this because Ghosttown has a comfortable and relaxing approach which has quite easily given me and everyone else goosebumps.

There is now a possibility that Ghosttown could be Madonna’s 45th Number 1, after she performed “Bitch I’m Madonna” on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. I was taken by surprise when I saw the performance on YouTube, because the whole audience was clapping and cheering her on, though you can see why Rebel Heart has done well, so far, she’s sold over 500,000+ copies of her album, Rebel Heart, so far, which is fantastic. That’s not bad, because if it’s sold that many in just the first month of its release, then it’s definitely sure to go on to sell more than a million copies over the next few months. Like they say, give it as much time to blossom, and it will become something better in the process.

I think that with the way this album has gone, it’s certainly doing very well in the short time that it’s been released. Ghosttown is more than likely to boost album sales for Madonna, as well as the performance on Jimmy Fallon‘s Tonight Show.

I can see more of a sensitive side to Madonna more in this video than in Living for Love, because this video gives me more of a chance to feel relaxed and also feel comfortable at the same time. In this video, she shows more of her heart side than her rebel side. When Madonna was being interviewed by someone at a certain stage just before or after Rebel Heart was released, she said that the album title: “Rebel Heart” was based in two parts, as the first part of the album would show the rebellious side to her personality, whereas the other side shows that sometimes, Madonna can be hurt, but really she is someone who has a heart deep down, it’s just that some people don’t see her that way.

My thoughts on this video? I honestly and genuinely think that this is a video that has been crafted to perfection, as Madonna has taken a lot of time to make sure that this video becomes what it is, and that the Ghosttown video becomes a reality.

In its full glory, here is Madonna’s latest and greatest video, Ghosttown, directed by Jonas Åkerlund.

(Make sure to change the quality of this video to 1080p for the full, high-definition experience).

Overall, I think that the Ghosttown video is Madonna’s best one yet, as she has decided to explore a different side to the album, as well as creating a video in a format that no-one else has ever used before, as she wanted this video to be worth something, and for it to also mean that no-one else can copy or even steal the ideas she used to make this video become what it is today.

Please make sure to like this article if you thought the video was good, and also, please make sure to leave a comment below on what you thought about the video, as well as the article itself :-).

Alex Smithson

© Madonna, Boy Toy Inc. & Live Nation 2015

© Any of the logos used, such as the Ghosttown logo, and the Madonna logo, including the image used behind the text are all courtesy of the record label, the ticket provider, the director and the artist itself. No Copyright Infringement Intended.

Fact: Jonas Åkerlund is best known for some of Madonna’s notable music videos, such as: “Ray of Light, Music, American Life, Jump & Celebration”. He has also worked with Madonna on putting together the tour footage for notable tours, such as: “I’m Going to Tell You a Secret”, “The Confessions Tour – Live from London (2006)” and “The Confessions Tour (2007)”.

iOS 8.3 Available Now for Download Via Software Update. Go and get it!!!

iOS 8.3 - Available Now

Just weeks after Apple released iOS 8.2 to the world, iOS 8.3 was officially released for download yesterday. Along with iOS 8.3 comes a wide number of changes and bug fixes, squashing those pesky, little and annoying bugs that have been plaguing many of the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users.

For the first time, Apple has completely redesigned the Emoji keyboard, which has now gone diverse. This means that any emojis in human form will now range in different skin colours. This will be perfect for everyone, as this means that everyone will now get more choices of Emoji to use.

What is much better now is that the speed of some devices, such as the iPod touch (5th Generation), iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad mini (1st & 2nd Generation), iPhone 5S & iPhone 5C has seen an increase in speed, which is good. I’ve noticed the change in speed a lot more now on both my iPad mini (1st Generation) and iPod touch (5th Generation), as they have somehow become a little, if not a lot faster than before.

Below is the full changelog for the latest Software Update, iOS 8.3:

This release includes improved performance, bug fixes and a redesigned Emoji keyboard. Changes include:

Improved performance for:

  • App launch
  • App responsiveness
  • Messages
  • Wi-Fi
  • Control Centre
  • Safari tabs
  • Third-party keyboards
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Simplified Chinese keyboard

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth fixes

  • Fixes an issue where you could be continuously prompted for login credentials
  • Addresses an issue where some devices disconnect intermittently from Wi-Fi networks
  • Fixes an issue where hands-free phone calls could become disconnected
  • Fixes an issue where audio playback could stop working with some Bluetooth speakers

Orientation and rotation fixes

  • Addresses an issue that sometimes prevented rotating back to portrait after having rotated to landscape
  • Improves performance and stability issues that occurred when rotating the device between portrait and landscape
  • Fixes an issue where device orientation appeared upside down after taking iPhone 6 Plus from your pocket
  • Resolves an issue that sometimes prevented apps from rotating to correct orientation after switching apps in multitasking

Messages fixes

  • Addresses issues that caused group messages to sometimes split
  • Fixes an issue that sometimes removed the ability to forward or delete individual messages
  • Resolves an issue that sometimes prevented a preview from appearing when taking a photo in Messages
  • Adds the ability to report junk messages directly from the Messages app
  • Adds the ability to filter out iMessages that are not sent by your contacts

Family Sharing fixes

  • Fixes a bug where certain apps would not launch or update on family members’ devices
  • Fixes a bug that prevented family members from downloading certain free apps
  • Increased reliability for Ask to Buy notifications

CarPlay fixes

  • Fixes an issue where Maps could come up as a black screen
  • Fixes an issue where the UI could be incorrectly rotated
  • Fixes an issue where the keyboard could appear on the CarPlay screen when it shouldn’t

Enterprise fixes

  • Improves reliability of installing and updating enterprise apps
  • Corrects the time zone of Calendar events created in IBM Notes
  • Fixes a problem that could cause web clip icons to become generic after restarting
  • Improves reliability of saving the password for a web proxy
  • Exchange out-of-office message can now be edited separately for external replies
  • Improves recovery of Exchange accounts from temporary connection problems
  • Improves compatibility of VPN and web proxy solutions
  • Allows use of physical keyboards to log in to Safari web sheets, such as for joining a public Wi-Fi network
  • Fixes an issue that caused Exchange meetings with long notes to be truncated

Accessibility fixes

  • Fixes an issue where using the back button in Safari causes VoiceOver gestures to not respond
  • Fixes an issue where VoiceOver focus becomes unreliable in draft Mail messages
  • Fixes an issue where Braille Screen Input cannot be used to type text in forms on web pages
  • Fixes an issue where toggling Quick Nav on a Braille Display announces that Quick Nav is off
  • Fixes an issue keeping app icons from being moveable on the Home screen when VoiceOver is enabled
  • Fixes an issue in Speak Screen where speech will not start again after pausing

Other improvements and bug fixes

  • Introduces a redesigned Emoji keyboard with over 300 new characters
  • iCloud Photo Library has been optimised to work with the new Photos app on OS X 10.10.3 and is now out of beta
  • Improves the pronunciation of street names during turn-by-turn navigation in Maps
  • Includes support for Baum VarioUltra 20 and VarioUltra 40 braille displays
  • Improves the display of Spotlight results when Reduce Transparency is turned on
  • Adds Italic and Underline format options for iPhone 6 Plus landscape keyboard
  • Adds the ability to remove shipping and billing addresses used with Apple Pay
  • Additional language and country support for Siri: English (India, New Zealand), Danish (Denmark), Dutch (Netherlands), Portuguese (Brazil), Russian (Russia), Swedish (Sweden), Thai (Thailand), Turkish (Turkey)
  • Additional Dictation languages: Arabic (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates) and Hebrew (Israel)
  • Improves stability for Phone, Mail, Bluetooth connectivity, Photos, Safari tabs, Settings, Weather and Genius Playlists in Music
  • Addresses an issue where Slide to Unlock could fail to work on certain devices
  • Addresses an issue that sometimes prevented swiping to answer a phone call on the Lock screen
  • Addresses an issue that prevented opening links in Safari PDFs
  • Fixes an issue where selecting Clear History and Website Data in Safari Settings did not clear all data
  • Fixes an issue that prevented auto-correcting “FYI”
  • Addresses an issue where contextual predictions did not appear in Quick Reply
  • Fixes an issue where Maps did not enter night mode from hybrid mode
  • Resolves an issue that prevented initiating FaceTime calls from a browser or third-party app using FaceTime URLs
  • Fixes an issue that sometimes prevented photos from properly exporting to Digital Camera Image folders on Windows
  • Fixes an issue that sometimes prevented an iPad backup from completing with iTunes
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Podcast downloads to stall when switching from Wi-Fi to mobile networks
  • Fixes an issue where remaining time on timer would sometimes incorrectly display as 00:00 on Lock screen
  • Fixes an issue that sometimes prevented adjusting call volume
  • Fixes an issue that caused the status bar to sometimes appear when it shouldn’t

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:

http://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT1222

A lot of bugs have been squashed in this update, and as well as this, there are enhancements that have been included for some features. Other than that, it’s really good that Apple are taking into account that these bugs need fixing, as well as adding and enhancing some used or unused features.

If you haven’t already, please make sure to go ahead and download this software update, it will be much more different now a lot of things have changed in the software.

Alex Smithson

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The Press, Social Media & The Internet: What makes us turn?

Social Media - What Makes Us Turn

What it is about the News & Social Media that makes us turn? It is all about what the newspaper companies and social media write. If, for example, you look at social media websites, such as Facebook, this social network is often mentioned on some news websites, and especially on certain TV shows, such as Jeremy Kyle, and possibly Jerry Springer.

Now, you would think that in some instances that something like this may be rather sad, but, when you look at the news and social media combined, it is like as if they both connect, considering the fact that they are the two main sources, the two main sources of which are good, but at the same time, bad as well.

Although I use some or most of these social networks, I like to tread carefully with what I post, and especially with what I share as well, because I’ve seen what kind of effect some social networks can have on people, and sometimes, if not, a lot of the time, social media and also the news can have negative effects on many of us.

What do I think of the news and social media? I think that some of the news and social media is good, as long as they are used properly. It is only when these kind of things are abused, that is when things start to go wrong, which means that if the news and social media is abused, anything can happen.

Facebook is a good social network in certain ways, as you can create a Facebook page to promote your business, or even your blog or website, as well as the content that goes with it, but the bad side to Facebook? Sometimes, people can take offence to something that may be rather inappropriate, for example, if there are images that are obscene to the naked eye, then it’s images like that which should be taken down.

It is only when certain images or videos are not taken down, that is when the trouble starts, as there will be complaints, and then the possibilities that are faced is that the person can take whoever owns that page to court, in order to get the inappropriate or personal content removed.

Twitter is also a good social network if you are planning to promote your businesses and products, and is also a good service for those who want to follow their favourite musicians and other well known companies that are around the world. Also, Twitter’s video sharing service, Vine, is a good service to use as well, as you can share the happy moments of life, while businesses promote their products through both of these services.

The downsides to both? Sometimes, if not most of the time, there are often internet trolls on these services, as some people are known for publishing images and videos on the internet without the other person knowing. I make sure to only use Twitter instead of Vine, because Twitter gives me the chance to tweet the best things in life, and is also useful for me when it comes to publishing articles, as my three Twitter accounts automatically tweet the article after I hit the ‘Publish‘ button on every article.

I hate the thought of seeing tweets on my timeline that focus around certain stuff, as some Twitter users have been known for posting obscene and profane images and videos that are disgusting and amoral.

In many cases, it is advisable that all of us should be careful with what we choose to put up on the internet, because, the internet is not a safe place as we think it is. Anything can happen on the internet. I always make sure to stay secure on the internet, because the last thing I want is to deal with any problems that keep me from being secure on the internet.

Viruses can also create problems on the internet, and you often see the names of these viruses that are mentioned in articles on other websites across the whole of the internet. Even social networks have the same problem.

Sometimes, the news and social networks can brainwash us and make us believe some things that are, or may be completely untrue, as there have been certain times in the past where social media and the news have gone just a little bit too far with every bit of detail that they have found, for example, if you look at certain news sources, including social networks and other social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Vine, MySpace, Instagram, BBC, Sky News, ITV and any other news and social media sources, they may have reliable and possibly accurate information on hand, but sometimes, these services can be fooled, as some of the information might either be true, or false, but sometimes, some of the information isn’t entirely true.

My views on the news and social media? Be careful with what you put up on the internet, because all it takes now is to post something that is possibly crude or horrible, and it will go viral everywhere. It doesn’t matter what you do on the internet, just be careful, because the internet will never be a safe place, and it is always wise to choose any appropriate content that should go up, because the authorities often police the internet to make sure that some of the inappropriate content doesn’t go up, or if there is inappropriate content up on the internet, then the inappropriate content can be taken down ultimately over a matter of different reasons.

I believe that if you can keep yourself secure on the internet, whether it be through using the latest security software on your computer or laptop, then you are good to go, but, even with security, you are still at risk, no matter what.

All views on the chosen topics are my own, and my genuine and honest advice? Stay safe as much as you can, because we are not all secure. Prevent your security from being breached before it’s too late.

I have also written this as I feel that everyone is entitled to a freedom of speech.

If you enjoyed reading this article, please make sure to like it, and also leave a comment below what you think of the Press, Social Media & the Internet.

Alex Smithson

Welcome to April!!! A Month Full of Relaxing Times, Happiness & Joy!!!

Welcome to April

Welcome to April on Mother Nature!!! It’s good to be back. As this month is set to kick in with some good weather, despite the solar eclipse that happened just a few weeks ago, this will give nature the chance to blossom and also create a beautiful landscape that will flourish well.

As well as this, this month is also going to be a good month for me, as I’ll be going on a trip up to the Victoria & Albert Museum on the 14th April, which will give me the chance to photograph some images for my coursework.

While this month is in sight, I will be aiming to finish working on my third book before the end of April comes, which is set to be the biggest book I will have ever produced, marking the biggest follow-up from my second book: “A Year in Photography”. My Journey Through a Lens is set to comprise of the first 5 case studies that have been published on Mother Nature, as well as some of the things that I’ve talked about, with two musicians being mentioned in this book, along with my own showcase of my own photography skills.

I have some exciting weeks ahead to look forward to, as I’ll be focusing on my final project once my last few pieces of coursework for the second to last unit are completed, but it feels good to keep on top of the work, which is why I have been able to find some time to write and publish articles for Mother Nature, whilst working on this book.

I had made it my New Year’s Resolution at the beginning of this year to keep on top of my work, as I wanted to be able to have more time to relax, and to also publish articles and work on my book as well. I have kept to this resolution from the start of this year, and I feel more than glad to have kept on top of the heavy workload this year, as this gives me a lot more of time to carry on doing the things that I want to do whilst I have no college work available.

For the first time this year, I have decided to not take a hiatus, despite a heavy workload, given the fact that I took one last year, but my goal for this year is to publish articles over the course of the whole of 2015, as I took a 4-5 month break last year to concentrate on my exams, but for this year, I will make sure to keep on publishing articles, and also complete any work that may involve a possible heavy workload, which I will also work on keeping up-to-date on.

Until then, welcome to April on Mother Nature!!!

Alex Smithson