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1 April 2014

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at the Vivian Maier movie, Mike Eliason's fate, Apple's bayonet patent and two April Fools pranks worth falling for.

  • Finding Vivian Maier opens today at the IFC center in New York City. Maier spent her life as a nanny, secretly taking over 100,000 photographs that were discovered by pure chance when amateur historian John Maloof bought a stash of her photos at an auction. See also other U.S. screening dates.
  • The Santa Barbara Independent reported yesterday that "Mike Eliason, prize-winning, veteran photographer for the Santa Barbara News-Press, has been fired, apparently after he complained to Cal/OSHA about alleged newsroom mold issues."
  • In Apple Granted an Attachable Camera Lens Patent in Record Time Patently Apple reports, "Apple has been granted a patent today for their invention relating to attachment mechanisms and more particularly to attachment mechanisms configured to attach an accessory device to an iDevice such as an iPod touch, iPhone or iPad."
  • If you fall ("Pledge Now") for Custom SLR's April 1 Kickstarter campaign for The Bigfoot Tripod, you do apparently get a 15 percent discount. If you fall for Pioneer Press photo staff to shoot exclusively with iPhones, you didn't look at the pictures.

More to come...

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