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  • Trashy sculptures you won’t believe are made from wood

    Holy Kaw!
    Kate Rinsema
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:51 pm
    One has to wonder how often artist Tom Pfannerstill has had to rescue a masterpiece from the garbage because they really do look that convincing.
  • Boston Layer-Lapse Takes Time-Lapses to a Wicked Cool Level

    Mashable
    Brian Koerber
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:25 am
    We can't say we're bored with standard time-lapse videos, but layer-lapse videos are an extremely impressive form of the craft. Using Einstein's theory of relativity as inspiration, photographer Julian Tryba created a stunning time-lapse of the beautiful city of Boston by assigning different regions and objects to separate points in time See also: Norwegian Time-Lapse Showcases the Country's Gorgeous Landscape "Each of these clocks may start at any point in time, and tick at any rate," he writes on Vimeo. "The result is a visual time dilation effect known as layer-lapse." The layer-lapse…
  • Google Wants To Organize Your Life With New Email App

    Fast Company
    Peter Wade
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:35 pm
    "Inbox" goes beyond just email: Google's Inbox wants to organize your life.Google released a new email app called Inbox, currently available only by invitation or request. But this app goes beyond just email: Google's Inbox wants to organize your life .Read Full Story
  • Ant Financial: The Greatest Victory Is That Which Requires No Battle

    TechCrunch
    Christoffer O. Hernæs
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
     Not long after the Alibaba IPO, eBay announced that it aims to spin off PayPal as a separately traded company. The rumors of PayPal as an acquisition target are already looming, and one of the contenders is Jack Ma’s Alipay, now called Ant Financial. A deeper insight into Alipay is interesting in light of the potential changes similar players like Apple, Amazon and PayPal pose for the… Read More
  • Taking the plunge

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    Maybe that's the problem. Perhaps it's better to commit to wading instead. Ship, sure. Not the giant life-changing, risk-it-all-venture, but the small. When you do a small thing, when you finish it, polish it, put it into the world, you've made something. You've committed and you've finished. And then you can do it again, but louder. And larger. It's easy to be afraid of taking a plunge, because, after all, plunging is dangerous. And the fear is a safe way to do nothing at all. Wading, on the other hand, gets under the radar. It gives you a chance to begin.
 
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    Mashable

  • Boston Layer-Lapse Takes Time-Lapses to a Wicked Cool Level

    Brian Koerber
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:25 am
    We can't say we're bored with standard time-lapse videos, but layer-lapse videos are an extremely impressive form of the craft. Using Einstein's theory of relativity as inspiration, photographer Julian Tryba created a stunning time-lapse of the beautiful city of Boston by assigning different regions and objects to separate points in time See also: Norwegian Time-Lapse Showcases the Country's Gorgeous Landscape "Each of these clocks may start at any point in time, and tick at any rate," he writes on Vimeo. "The result is a visual time dilation effect known as layer-lapse." The layer-lapse…
  • PhotoMath: Math Student's New Best Friend Is the Teacher's Nightmare

    Stan Schroeder
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:43 pm
    Touted as the world's first camera calculator and launched last week, PhotoMath is an app that uses text recognition technology to solve simple math equations But PhotoMath doesn’t stop at just solving the equation, it also provides step-by-step instructions explaining how it got to the answer. See also: In Defense of Math: 7 Reasons Numbers Rule PhotoMath can solve arithmetic expressions, fractions and decimals, powers and roots, and simple linear equations While it’s easy to see how students could take advantage of the app during tests, MicroBlink, the Croatian company that…
  • Traveling Across Turkey Never Looked So Good

    Jessica Plautz
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The way you know a travel video is truly remarkable is when you feel like you visited a place after watching it. Leonardo Dalessandri's "Watchtower of Turkey" fits the bill "I couldn't be happier with the outcome," Dalessandri told Mashable about the roughly three-and-a-half minute video he posted on Vimeo. "A passion for film and music, and the desire to experiment with new techniques, have always been a part of me." See also: Take an Incredible Bird's-Eye Tour of Manhattan The footage was captured over a 20-day journey around the country using a GoPro and Panasonic GH3. The equipment…
  • What Twitter Fabric Means for Developers

    Karissa Bell
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Twitter has had a complicated relationship with developers. In its earlier days, the social network encouraged third-party developers to build their own apps and services on top of the platform. But the company later began to roll out its own competing features (the most notable example of this is when Twitter created its own image sharing service, frustrating companies like Twitpic and Yfrog). But Twitter made its biggest appeal yet to developers on Wednesday at Flight, the company's first mobile developer conference. There CEO Dick Costolo unveiled Fabric, the company's ambitious plan to…
  • Here's Everything You Need to Know About Wombats to Celebrate Wombat Day

    Jenni Ryall
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:20 pm
    SYDNEY — Oct. 22 is an important day for Australians. It is Wombat Day Much like Christmas Day is to celebrate the birth of Jesus, on Wombat Day we celebrate the birth of wombats. There are no gifts or tree, actually not much happens at all. The tenth annual Wombat Day passed with little fanfare, a small amount of wombat cakes were baked and a bunch of wombats dug some holes In celebration of this under-appreciated Aussie legend, here's all the wombat trivia you will ever need. Wombats live in south-east Australia, including Tasmania, with a few hanging out in Queensland. They are a…
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    Fast Company

  • Google Wants To Organize Your Life With New Email App

    Peter Wade
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:35 pm
    "Inbox" goes beyond just email: Google's Inbox wants to organize your life.Google released a new email app called Inbox, currently available only by invitation or request. But this app goes beyond just email: Google's Inbox wants to organize your life .Read Full Story
  • The Apple Pay Challenge: Hey, This Thing (Mostly) Works!

    Harry McCracken
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    The credit-card authentication process can be a tad gnarly. But at the register, paying with an iPhone works as promised.When I resolved to leave my wallet at home and spend a week buying only those things I could pay for using my iPhone 6 and Apple's new Apple Pay service, I was prepared for the worst. I thought it might not work reliably--or at least turn out to be enough of a hassle to make me pine for my plastic.Read Full Story
  • Google Reimagines Email With Its New "Inbox" App

    Mark Wilson
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:12 pm
    And you can sign up for the beta now.Google has released a new Gmail app called Inbox,which appears to combine the look and feel of Google services with the automated, bother-me-later philosophy of Mailbox.Read Full Story
  • This Is How Facebook Is Secretly Trying To Make You A Nicer Person

    Chris Gayomali
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    The social network is trying to replicate the social cues that make us better communicators in real life.It's a modern fact: People are meaner on the Internet than they are in real life. Academics call this the "online disinhibition effect," a term coined by psychologist John Suler, who once explained it to me like this:Read Full Story
  • Friends Don't Let Friends Share Fake News About Ebola

    Peter Wade
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    Fake news spreading on social media is reaching "epidemic" proportions.This is a public service announcement about Ebola: If you see a story from a source called the National Report, ignore it. Do not--repeat, do not--pass it along on social media.Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Ant Financial: The Greatest Victory Is That Which Requires No Battle

    Christoffer O. Hernæs
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
     Not long after the Alibaba IPO, eBay announced that it aims to spin off PayPal as a separately traded company. The rumors of PayPal as an acquisition target are already looming, and one of the contenders is Jack Ma’s Alipay, now called Ant Financial. A deeper insight into Alipay is interesting in light of the potential changes similar players like Apple, Amazon and PayPal pose for the… Read More
  • Chicago And Big Data

    Nick Rojas
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
     As a civilization, we may not be getting smarter. However, the technologies we use certainly are. Since the introduction of the smartphone, we’ve witnessed the emergence of smart homes, smart power grids, and even smart football stadiums for helping fans find parking spaces. Lately, the trend has been to go big. Infrastructure applications are ever increasing in size and scope for… Read More
  • Tim Armstrong Doesn’t Say The Wrong Thing About Women In The Workplace

    Fara Warner
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:55 pm
     In the past few weeks and months, conversations about women in our industry have run the gamut from companies such as Apple and Facebook willing to pay to freeze women’s eggs so they can put off having children and Satya Nadella’s karmic misstep to the data-rich, but solution-poor disclosure of just how few women are at the top of tech. Read More
  • When Should Startups Hire A CFO?

    Christian Gheorghe
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
     Many founders and CEOs of start-ups don’t spend a lot of time thinking about CFOs. When it comes to finance for a start-up, founders focus on more pressing needs: What’s my burn rate? How long is my runway? How does our annual recurring revenue (ARR) look? How much more money do we need? Read More
  • SOSVentures Takes On Y Combinator With A Pure Biotech Accelerator

    Sarah Buhr
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
     International VC firm SOSVentures is capitalizing on the now buzz worthy biotech investment trend with the creation of IndieBio, the first accelerator to focus on just life sciences. Y Combinator raised a few eyebrows when it accepted five biotech companies out of the 80 startups in its program this last summer. That was a first for the Silicon Valley accelerator. But IndieBio partners tell… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Taking the plunge

    Seth Godin
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    Maybe that's the problem. Perhaps it's better to commit to wading instead. Ship, sure. Not the giant life-changing, risk-it-all-venture, but the small. When you do a small thing, when you finish it, polish it, put it into the world, you've made something. You've committed and you've finished. And then you can do it again, but louder. And larger. It's easy to be afraid of taking a plunge, because, after all, plunging is dangerous. And the fear is a safe way to do nothing at all. Wading, on the other hand, gets under the radar. It gives you a chance to begin.
  • Biggest vs. best

    Seth Godin
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:13 am
    There's not much overlap. Regardless of how you measure 'best' (elegance, deluxeness, impact, profitability, ROI, meaningfulness, memorability), it's almost never present in the thing that is the most popular. The best restaurant, Seinfeld episode, political candidate, brand of beer, ski slope, NASDAQ stock, you name it. Compare them to the most popular. Big is a choice. So is best.        
  • "Desire is full of endless distances"

    Seth Godin
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:45 am
    Just one more level on this game, she says. Once I get to level 68, I'll be done. Just one more tweak to the car, they beg. Once we bump up the mileage, we'll be done. Just one more lotion, she asks. Once I put that on, my skin will be perfect and I'll be done. Of course, the result isn't the point. The mileage or the ranking or slightly more alabaster or ebony isn't the point. The point is the longing. Desire can't be sated, because if it is, the longing disappears and then we've failed, because desire is the state we seek. We've expanded our desire for ever more human connection into a…
  • "Google it!"

    Seth Godin
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:56 am
    The job is no longer to recite facts, to read the bio out loud, to explain something better found or watched online. No, the job is to personally and passionately make us care enough to look up the facts for ourselves.  When you introduce a concept, or a speaker, or an opportunity, skip the reading of facts. Instead, make a passionate pitch that drives inquiry. In the audience, in your employees, in your customers... The only reason people don't look it up is that they don't care, not that they're unable. So, your job is to get them to care enough. [You can even send them…
  • Famous to the family

    Seth Godin
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:49 am
    There is famous and there is famous to the family. Cousin Aaron is famous to my family. Or, to be less literal, the family of people like us might understand that Satya the milliner or perhaps Sarma Melngailis or Peter Olotka are famous. And famous to the family is precisely the goal of just about all marketing now. You don't need to be Nike or Apple or GE. You need to be famous to the small circle of people you are hoping will admire and trust you. Your shoe store needs to be famous to the 300 shoe shoppers in your town. Your retail consulting practice needs to be famous to 100 people at ten…
 
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    WIRED

  • Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin, Blows Everyone’s Mind

    Marcus Wohlsen
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Post by Mark Zuckerberg. Think you’re too busy to learn another language? Well, you’re not the CEO of a $205 billion company, and apparently, even this rather demanding job leaves plenty of time to learn some serious Mandarin. Case in point: the video that Mark Zuckerberg just posted to, yes, Facebook. It shows off his […] The post Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin, Blows Everyone’s Mind appeared first on WIRED.
  • China’s Biggest Smartphone Maker Vows to Move Online Services Overseas

    Cade Metz
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    In a move that could show the way forward for many Chinese companies hoping to compete in the worldwide tech market, China's largest smartphone manufacturer, Xiaomi, says it will shift its online services to machines running outside the country. The post China’s Biggest Smartphone Maker Vows to Move Online Services Overseas appeared first on WIRED.
  • Our First Look at Android Lollipop and the New Nexus Devices

    Mat Honan
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    We had our first hands-on demo of Google's new version of its Android operating system, Lollipop, this week running on a pair of Nexus devices, the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. Here's what we thought. The post Our First Look at Android Lollipop and the New Nexus Devices appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Urban Bike You Fold Up With a Kick of Your Leg

    Alexander George
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:08 am
    Folding bikes are a compromise. They’re a breeze to store in a studio apartment or at an office. They’re easy to take on public transportation, and you don’t have to leave them outside and trust your U-lock will deter thieves. For all that versatility, the ride quality typically suffers—tiny wheels and uneven weight distribution make […] The post The Urban Bike You Fold Up With a Kick of Your Leg appeared first on WIRED.
  • Apple Pay and the Mobile Wallet Tipping Point: It Will Come Down to the Retail Experience

    Andy O'Dell, CLUTCH
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    Since Apple unveiled Apple Pay, the response suggests that it may represent a quantum leap towards the tipping point in the adoption of mobile wallets. The common expectation is that Apple will move the needle in getting a wide swath of consumers to TRY mobile payments. But is it a fool’s errand to expect that […] The post Apple Pay and the Mobile Wallet Tipping Point: It Will Come Down to the Retail Experience appeared first on WIRED.
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    @ProBlogger

  • How You Can Make Your Writing Twice as Fast by Making It 3x More Time-Consuming; Wait, What?!

    Guest Blogger
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    This is a guest contribution from Karol K. You can read the first post in this series “The Power of TK in Content Writing and How it Can Help You” here. Imagine yourself in the following scenario… It’s a normal Tuesday and you decide to write a blog post. You start confidently with a blank screen, and after a minute or so, the first sentence is ready. But almost immediately there’s a problem. “No, this doesn’t sound right,” you start thinking, so you correct a couple of words and read it back again. “Okay, this is better!” Now you…
  • Stat-Driven Tips on How to Pitch to Big-Name Publishers in Your Niche

    Guest Blogger
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    This is a guest contribution from Wil of Startup Bros. What’s the best way to pitch a content idea to the big players in your niche? What do today’s top publishers look for in a contribution? Many of today’s biggest influencers get hundreds of pitches every week. How do you stand out from the crowd? It’s a tough question to answer unless you’re the one who’s doing the sifting. So, the folks over at Fractl went straight to the horse’s mouth to find out what separates the good enquiries from the bad. After surveying 500+ industry-leading publishers,…
  • The Language of Selling – Are You Using It?

    Guest Blogger
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
      This is a guest contribution from Richard Akhmerov. Benefits, benefits, benefits. We’ve all heard that benefits sell, not features. Create needs, not wants. But this is all rehashed information. And no amount of reading will make you better at the following if you don’t practice it by trying. But there is one thing missing from all of this marketing talk. And it has to do with the epicenter of marketing and copywriting. What creates the language of selling, and how does it work? The language of selling is not a single language. In fact, every product, idea or service has a…
  • Be a Better Blogger by Doing as Little as Possible

    Stacey Roberts
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    When you make the decision to grow your blog and hopefully create an income from it, it can be so easy to fall into the trap of doing everything all at once in the name of getting as much exposure as you can. You’re blogging every day, you’re promoting those posts to your Facebook, Twitter, Google+, you’re ensuring all posts have a Pinnable image, and you’re Instagramming the behind-the-scenes for your followers. You’re working hard, commenting on other blogs, finding interesting things to retweet, staying up half the night with your editorial calendar, reading sites like this one…
  • Top Five Things to Learn from the Greggs vs Google Twitter Debacle

    Stacey Roberts
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    This is a guest contribution from Mark Potter. Greggs is the UK’s largest bakery chain, famed for its sausage rolls and steak bakes. They have always enjoyed a strong social media presence, winning a Digital Impact Award in 2013 for a ‘Sandwich Maker’ Facebook app. As a relatively low-budget food chain, they are a popular target for online abuse. As a result, they have already developed a robust strategy for dealing with complaints and controversy: Things turned particularly sour in August, when the Google algorithm accidentally replaced the official Greggs logo with a highly offensive…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • Learn to Pick Locks for Fun and an Increased Understanding of Security

    Jason Fitzpatrick
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Learning to pick locks is a fun exercise in learning about locking mechanisms, honing a useful skill, and getting a better understanding of how locks work and protect—or fail to protect—you and your stuff.Read more...
  • The Sleek Scandinavian Workspace

    Melanie Pinola
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This mostly white workspace with black and natural accents is refreshingly light and minimalist—without being boring.Read more...
  • The Money You Can Save by Cutting Back on Beer, TV, Soda, and Smoking

    Patrick Allan
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Everyone has heard how drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, and indulging sugary sodas is unhealthy one way or another, but there are other costs involved. This video gives some examples of the money and time you could save if you cut back on these common bad habits.Read more...
  • Play with Digital Paper with These Android 5.0 Wallpapers

    Eric Ravenscraft
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Google just released announced Android 5.0 last week and, along with it came a new developer preview. Included in that preview are a slew of pretty new wallpapers for your phone-decorating pleasure.Read more...
  • Watch Out for Suspicious Microsoft Office Files--It Could Be Malware

    Patrick Allan
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Microsoft recently announced a security advisory warning of specially crafted Microsoft Office files that can give an attacker the same user rights as the user that opens it. The vulnerability affects all supported releases of Microsoft Windows, excluding Windows Server 2003.Read more...
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors

  • iFixit Tears Down iPad Air 2, Confirms Smaller Battery, A8X Chip, and 2GB RAM

    Juli Clover
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Now that the iPad Air 2 is being delivered to customers and showing up in retail Apple Stores, iFixit has acquired one of the new tablets and has begun one of its traditional teardowns to see just what's inside Apple's thinner, more powerful iPad Air 2. According to iFixit, the "gapless" front panel is more rigid than previous iPad models, and feels sturdier when it's being pried up with the company's proprietary iOpener. As with all iPads, the glued down display is the only access point to the tablet. As noted in reviews, the iPad Air 2 has a smaller battery than the original iPad Air,…
  • iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 Now Available In Stores via Personal Pickup

    Juli Clover
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Apple's new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 have begun hitting retail stores, as we reported earlier, and the tablets are now available for in-store pickup for a limited number of retail locations that have received shipments. It appears that in-store availability is limited to Wi-Fi only tablets at this time. Many stores on the east coast of the United States are showing wide availability of both tablets as stores receive shipments and unpack boxes. Availability on the west coast is still limited as it is earlier in the day and stores are not yet prepared to begin retail sales. Apple store…
  • Apple Encouraging Chrome and Firefox Users to Try Safari After Installing Yosemite

    Juli Clover
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Chrome and Firefox users that install OS X Yosemite are receiving notifications suggesting they give Safari a try, according to multiple reports on Twitter (via Tom Davenport). After upgrading to Yosemite, Apple is sending popups that read "Try the new Safari. Fast, energy efficient, and with a beautiful new design." The interactive notification comes with "Later" and "Try Now" options, and it seems that users may be receiving the messages when opening Chrome or Firefox for the first time after installing the operating system update. Apple made several updates to Safari in OS X Yosemite,…
  • Apple Pay Glitch Causes Bank of America Customers to Be Charged Twice for Purchases

    Juli Clover
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    With Apple Pay positioned as a brand new service that requires banks, credit card companies, and vendors to all work together, it seems that some glitches in the system are inevitable. Some Bank of America customers have been running into a serious problem when using Apple Pay to make purchases, with two charges showing up on their credit card statements. A CNN report from this morning first suggested that multiple Bank of America customers had been double charged, which Bloomberg later confirmed. Hundreds of customers are said to be affected. A Bank of America representative contacted by CNN…
  • MasterCard Airs 'Priceless Surprises' World Series Ads Featuring Apple Pay

    Eric Slivka
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    Earlier this week, Major League Baseball and MasterCard announced a partnership that has seen Apple Pay support roll out at concession stands at ballparks in San Francisco and Kansas City for the World Series. As part of its World Series promotional push, MasterCard also debuted a pair of television ads during last night's Game 1, featuring Apple Pay and the company's "Priceless Surprises" program that has seen cardholders surprised with various rewards. One spot features former New York Yankees star Mariano Rivera and longtime Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, while the second…
 
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  • Dear Podcaster

    Chris Brogan
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    Dear podcaster: I’m really glad that you were kind enough to invite me to be a guest on your show. It means a lot that you think my ideas will be of value to the community you serve. I really want to share a few things with you before we get started. (I’m blogging this because I want the universe to know, not just one person.) I run the risk of seeming a bit fancy or snobby. That’s not it. I’m more sad than anything.Continue Reading
  • Bravery is Contagious

    Chris Brogan
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    I recently watched my friend, Matt Ridings give a very personal speech, wherein which he talked about culture and how culture is living content. It was mind-blowing especially insofar as how Matt told a very personal story and then a story everyone over twelve years old knows. In the process, though the speech itself was magical, I just kept thinking about the bravery Matt demonstrated in telling the tale the way he wanted to tell it. Bravery is Contagious Yesterday, I gave a speech at PubCon wherein which I decided to tell an audience of hardcore Internet marketers about the vital importance…
  • Building a Culture of High Performance Training

    Chris Brogan
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    In working through my new course, The Owner’s Heart, we had to understand what was required for an owner to have a successful journey from a life (and job) being led by others to picking up the capabilities and connections required to own your choices and your business as well. Just like it says here at [chrisbrogan.com], “you can’t own your business, until you own your life,” I knew that I had to explain how one moves from that sense that you’re not quite making it to that deeply-felt knowledge that you’re on the path towards what you want to accomplish.
  • Work Life Balance?

    Chris Brogan
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:58 pm
    I just finished watching a documentary on Paul Levesque, better known as Triple H, a professional wrestler, now helping shape the WWE and sports entertainment. In it, the recurring theme was that Paul had a very strong work ethic, that he pushed harder, worked harder, did more than those around him. His intense level of dedication to his work brought him the success that he earned throughout his career. Lots of people argue that it’s difficult to reach those levels and still have a life or a family. Anyone who works hard is often cautioned that it will ruin your relationship, that…
  • What I’ve Come to Learn About Learning

    Chris Brogan
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:15 pm
    I’ve come to learn that I’m somewhat different than other people when it comes to learning. I’m there for the candy bar, not the wrapper. And yet, I understand it, after the fact. Let me explain. People Want Their Learning to LOOK Very Formal In my experience, I find that the best lessons I’ve ever learned came during “between official moments” experiences, after hours, in the back rooms, quietly over coffee somewhere, or in other very informal places. When we talk openly versus with all the polish is where the best lessons come, OR SO I BELIEVE MYSELF.
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    Copyblogger

  • How Empathy Maps Help You Speak Directly to the Hearts of Your Audience

    Jerod Morris
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    As we enter the conclusion of our three-part series on content strategy, you should already know what your audience believes about the world and have a narrative mapped out that will allow you to confirm your audience’s worldviews. Now it’s time to explain the final piece of the content strategy puzzle. This piece creates an emotional connection between you and your audience. It’s a component that makes your audience think: “Hey, they get me. They understand me. They know what I’m thinking and feeling.” I’m talking, of course, about empathy —…
  • Guest Posting Best Practices From Copyblogger’s Guest Post Gatekeeper

    Stefanie Flaxman
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Many years ago, when I began developing my personal guest posting strategy, Copyblogger sat atop my “Where I Want to Guest Post” list. Five years later, I achieved my goal. So, how did I spend the time between making my list and May 23, 2013 when my first blog post appeared on Copyblogger? Rigorously practicing my writing, of course. Although I had high hopes of guest posting for Copyblogger during the early stages of my online copy editing business, it was my rejection from Copyblogger that shaped my subsequent guest posting success. Ironically, it also led me to my current…
  • Why Copyblogger Is Killing Its Facebook Page

    Erika Napoletano
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Have you ever stared at something, knowing you’re doing everything right, but it still won’t … freaking … work? That’s how Copyblogger has felt about its Facebook page for quite some time. As of today, the page has 38,000 “fans,” but Copyblogger’s presence on Facebook has not been beneficial for the brand or its audience. Just over three months ago, Brian Clark reached out to me for some extra help on the page. He thought that, given the success I have with my own Facebook page, several others I’ve managed for clients over the years, and…
  • 5 Ways to Prevent Business Burnout When Your Inspiration Starts to Flicker

    Amy Harrison
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    In a space as fast-paced as the Internet, you know there are many tasks you “should” perform to reach more people with your story. You’re well-aware of other businesses with meteoric rises to fame and companies thrown into the spotlight seemingly overnight. In order to seize opportunities, you know you have to stay ahead of the game with relentless focus. So when it comes to creating content, there is palpable pressure and stress to get everything right. If you feel a little frazzled by all of your content marketing duties, here are five ways to keep your cool and stay on…
  • Want to Hook Your Readers? Apply These 10 Principles to Create Captivating News Stories

    Julia Ogden
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Writing well-structured articles that inform, educate, and entertain is not as easy as it looks. There are billions of webpages out there that contain poorly written, unimaginative, boring content. But those aren’t the descriptions you want associated with the media you produce, right? As all content marketers who want to grow their digital media platforms know, audiences reward websites that offer special resources, whether they’re up-to-date blogs, in-depth ebooks, smart podcasts, or evergreen whitepapers. There is, of course, a definite knack to writing well, especially about a…
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    Macworld

  • The Week in iOS Accessories: New products for new iPads

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    New products for new iPadsThis week's roundup of iOS accessories includes a number of new items to accompany Apple's latest generation of iPads.BelkinBelkin is updating its QODE line of keyboard cases to fit the iPad Air 2. Devices include the $150 QODE Ultimate Pro (pictured); the $130 QODE Ultimate; and the $100 Slim Style Keyboard Case for both the iPad Air and iPad Air 2. All of these devices will be available to ship in December.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Some Bank of America customers double-charged with Apple Pay

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Some Bank of America customers have been double-charged for purchases made with Apple Pay, the payment system Apple launched on Monday. Roughly 1,000 transactions made with Apple Pay were logged twice in customer accounts, said Tara Burke, a spokeswoman with Bank of America, which is one of the largest U.S. banks and was an Apple Pay launch partner. “We apologize for the inconvenience and are correcting the problem,” said Burke. The duplicate transactions should be removed by the end of Wednesday. Apple Pay utilizes a secure chip inside Apple’s new iPhone 6 that enables the phone to…
  • Twitter brings log-in via phone number to wider app landscape with 'Fabric' platform

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Twitter is opening its nest to more mobile developers, with a new service for easier app sign-ins.The company on Wednesday began rolling out “Digits,” an alternative tool mobile developers can use to let people sign in to their apps instead of using their email or other social account credentials.It’s one of a range of new features included in “Fabric,” a new platform for app developers designed to help them build, grow and monetize their apps, which Twitter also announced Wednesday.Fabric was developed from some services Twitter has already made available for developers, like its…
  • 10 iPad Air 2 reviews in 10 quintessential quotes

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    Apple’s just-announced tablets, the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, haven’t hit store shelves yet, but the early reviews are in. After four days with the devices, most outlets were impressed by the slimmed-down iPad Air 2 but would recommend it only to owners of early-generation iPads. The iPad mini 3’s slight update—a new gold option and Touch ID—weren’t enough to win a ringing endorsement from any expert. We’ll be weighing in with our in-depth analysis and test results on both tablets, but until then, we picked out some of the best insights from our fellow journalists around the…
  • Google unveils Inbox, a new Gmail app that reorganizes and reformats your mail

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    Starting with an invite-only beta, Inbox brings the intelligence of Google Now to your Google mail.
 
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Design Accessibly, See Differently: Color Contrast Tips And Tools

    Cathy O' Connor
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:07 am
    When you browse your favorite website or check the latest version of your product on your device of choice, take a moment to look at it differently. Step back from the screen. Close your eyes slightly so that your vision is a bit clouded by your eyelashes. Can you still see and use the website? Are you able to read the labels, fields, buttons, navigation and small footer text? Can you imagine how someone who sees differently would read and use it? In this article, I’ll share one aspect of design accessibility: making sure that the look and feel (the visual design of the content) are…
  • Hybrid Mobile Apps: Providing A Native Experience With Web Technologies

    Patrick Rudolph
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    According to a recent report1, HTML is the most widely used language for mobile app developers. The main reasons among developers for selecting web technologies2 are cross-platform portability of code and the low cost of development. We’ve also heard that hybrid apps tend to be sluggish and poorly designed. Let’s prove whether it’s possible to deliver the native look and feel that we’re used to. This article provides many hints, code snippets and lessons learned on how to build great hybrid mobile apps. I’ll briefly introduce hybrid mobile app development, including its benefits and…
  • Improving Your Information Architecture With Card Sorting: A Beginner’s Guide

    Pierre Croft
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    Information architecture (IA) is one of those buzzwords you’ve probably heard before. It refers to the organization of the information on your website and how it all fits together. When planning your IA, involve users of your website in the process as soon as you can. In this article, we’ll discuss card sorting, a tried and true technique for doing just that. We’ll go through some practical tips for running a card-sorting session, and also cover some examples. What Is Information Architecture? One of the great things about modern web design is the way it considers users’ needs from…
  • Be A Better Designer By Eating An Elephant

    Alexander Charchar
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    I can’t imagine any other industry in which so much change happens so quickly. If you stop paying attention for a week, it can feel like you’ve not been listening for a year. There’s so much to learn. Falling behind is easy, too. We might be in the middle of a major project, so we put off learning about this newfangled thing called Sass or Node.js or even quickly experimenting with the new Bootstrap or Foundation that everyone is raving about. Before we know it, we have these elephants of missing knowledge wandering around our minds, reminding us of what we should know and do but…
  • Freebie: Touristic Icons (100 Icons, PNG, SVG)

    The Smashing Editorial
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    Icons are a lot like real monuments — they can both be easily recognized. Today’s icon set consists of a set of vector icons that represent monuments across the globe, so they can be literally used anywhere. This colorful set was carefully designed by Freepik141 and is completely free to use for commercial as well as your personal projects, including software, online services, templates and themes. This icon set is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported2. You may modify the size, color or shape of the icons. No attribution is required, however, reselling of bundles…
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • China to launch moon orbiter

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:29 am
    China says it will launch an experimental spacecraft between Friday and Sunday that will orbit the moon before returning to Earth, in a first for the country's ambitious space program.
  • Kenny G at Hong Kong protests?

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:27 am
    Smooth jazz saxophonist Kenny G wants everyone to know that he's not a foreign agitator trying to defy the Chinese Communist Party.
  • Dogs catch White House fence jumper

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:44 pm
    Video shows the confrontation between police dogs and a man who jumped the White House fence.
  • 'Dog got him'

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:38 pm
    A man jumped over the White House fence on Wednesday night, but this time, the man barely made it onto the lawn before he was subdued as he kicked and punched two police dogs.
  • Victim stood guard at War Memorial

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a recent convert to Islam, was identified by Canadian officials to U.S. counterparts as the gunman in Ottawa, multiple U.S. officials told CNN.
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    New KelbyOne Website and New Blog! We have a brand new design on our website and it looks really sleek. But more importantly, it’s super easy to navigate and find the classes and instructors you are looking for. That’s over on KelbyOne.com AND, we have a brand new blog with all kinds of photography and photoshop related content. We have contributors from all over and all kinds of industry related news and info. Check that out over at kelbyone.com/blogHow To Shoot Tack Sharp Images with Matt Kloskowski One of the most important skills for a photographer to master is how to…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Alan Hess!

    Brad Moore
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Photo by Nadra Farina-HessMy name is Alan Hess and I love being a photographer. I am really lucky that I get to photograph things for a living. As the house photographer for a large indoor arena in San Diego I get to capture some of the biggest names in music like Cher, The Who, Taylor Swift, Justin Beiber, as well as other events like the NBA, MMA, and the WWE. This year we will also have a Professional Bull Rider event. But even with the wide variety of events I get to shoot, once in a while I still find myself in a creative rut. That’s where personal projects come in.For me, that is…
  • I’m Calling in Sick (cough, cough)

    Scott Kelby
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    I had hoped to have some meaningful, substantive post for this morning, but when I got home last light, I realized a cold was coming on, so instead of writing that awesome post I hit the sack early thinking a good night’s sleep would knock it out. Sadly, that was not the case so I’m kind of laying low today for the most part.Hoping to be better for tomorrow’s episode of “The Grid” because Dave Black is here, and we’re doing Blind Critiques, so my fingers are crossed but long story short, blah, blah, blah, I don’t have that good blog post for today…
  • Yes…it’s come down to this…

    Scott Kelby
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    You know if the Monday after the game I post a Demotivational Poster, I probably didn’t have a great shoot. I know that generally as the season progresses you’re supposed to get better and better,right? And I was really feeling like I was “in the zone” two weeks ago at the Falcons/Giants game at the Meadlowlands, but dang I just do not know what happened yesterday but I just had a real clunker!It seemed like I was always in the wrong position, and I missed some stuff I definitely should have caught, and I was just generally to the point that I wanted to chuck my gear…
  • Way Cool Little-Known Lightroom Mobile Feature (Plus Lots of Photo Walk Stuff)

    Scott Kelby
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:23 am
    If you missed “The Grid” this week, we started right off with a short tutorial on a little-known feature in Lightroom Mobile that is just too cool (we start the show, posted above, with the demo), and then after the demo I talk about how at the Adobe Max conference last week they added one new thing that made it tremendously better. Really worth checking out.We also cover lots of Worldwide Photo Walk stuff, and the fact that my buddy Bill Fortney just launched a new series of eBooks on a bunch of photography categories, and we take lots of questions and (wait for it…wait for…
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    Digital Photography School

  • Who Are You as a Photographer?

    Nick Fancher
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    This is a shot I did on my own for my portfolio. In other words, it was unpaid. Who am I? This is a question that I ask myself all the time. What kind of photography do I do? Since I am inspired by so many different photographers, across multiple genres (fashion, portrait, photojournalist, product, commercial), it can get hard for me to remember that I can’t be all things to all people, or clients. For the sake of time, I’ve had to learn to narrow down the types of photography that I will pursue. It takes a considerable amount of time and energy to pursue new clients, to test the…
  • 5 Easy Steps to Exposure Blending for High Contast Landscapes

    Bruce Wunderlich
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Final Image: Bear Rock, Dolly Sod Wilderness Area, West Virginia. Sunrise and Sunsets can be extremely contrasting and very challenging to capture the wide exposure range. Here’s a problem I am sure you have encountered, instances where you try to photograph an image that has a greater range of light and dark than your camera can accurately capture. In the example above, when we set our exposure to expose the sky correctly, the foreground objects are severely under-exposed. Likewise, if we set our exposure to correctly expose the foreground, the sky is blown out and loses almost…
  • Five Ways to Improve Your Eye for Composition

    Andrew S. Gibson
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    An eye for composition is one of the things that elevates the work of the best photographers above the rest. One of the best ways to learn about composition is focus on applying one idea at a time. You can treat it as an exercise that will help you improve your composition skills, the same way that piano players practice scales. Here are five ideas to get you started. #1 Use a single lens Lenses have an enormous influence on the look of a photo, and the best way to learn exactly what effect they have is to spend some time using just one lens. Ideally it would be a prime lens, but if you have…
  • Using Cameras with Electronic Viewfinders for Close-Up Photography

    Andrew S. Gibson
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    I recently bought a mirrorless camera (the Fujifilm X-Pro 1) and since then I’ve been getting to know the camera, using it in a variety of situations to familiarize myself with the way it works. Today I’d like to offer a few observations, based on my experience so far, on using cameras with electronic viewfinders for close-up photography. 1. The light weight of the camera and lens is very nice. This is a camera I can carry around all day without it feeling like a burden. It’s nearly half the weight of my EOS 5D Mark II. 2. Manual focusing is very easy in the electronic viewfinder.
  • 7 Tips for Doing More Meaningful Street Photography

    James Maher
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Donut, American Apparel, NYC. Yes, someone thought this was a good idea. While it takes time to master the technical skills needed to excel at street photography, I think the most difficult aspect of the genre is trying to figure out what you are trying to capture. I get this question a lot, “What should I be looking for?” This is why street photography is a genre where experience is second to none. You can get comfortable capturing strangers candidly, you can learn to technically capture your images perfectly, but finding your voice is something that takes years of experience,…
 
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    Strobist

  • Inspiration: Atbin Eslami's Video Bio

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    Such a simple idea, and not so difficult to do—unless you count all of the self-inspection it will require. Iranian-born (now in Dubai) photographer Atbin Eslami's video-bio of herself first made me think, "that's really cool."And second, "Why haven't I done that?" Read more »
  • On Assignment: Ben Lurye

    6 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    To some a foot bridge abutment, to others a studio. I've long kept a picture file of versatile nearby locations for photographing people. This foot bridge abutment on Columbia Road about two miles from my house is a great example, and it actually gets used a lot.Above it's seen in normal daylight. But with the right light it offers so many different looks. Read more »
  • Choosing a Tripod

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    For lighting photographers, the first thing to consider about a tripod is this: a tripod is your most powerful light.Read more »
  • Traveling Photographer_DUBAI has Ben Posted

    12 Sep 2014 | 3:04 am
    For those following The Traveling Photographer project (more info on the whole project here) the Dubai episode has just been posted.-30-
  • Education: Gear for Your Brain

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Your brain is gear. Keep it in tune by providing it regular doses of education. A well-written and info-packed photo technique book is a screaming bargain in the long run. You're essentially renting someone's brain. I have dedicated an entire bookshelf page to my very favorite lighting (and other photo) books for your consideration. All are well-considered and are, I believe, the very best examples in their genre.__________But beyond that I would suggest you consider the occasional workshop. Nothing beats a hands-on, small class with a solid pro who knows things you would like to know. It is…
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Panono announces pricing and availability for rolling ball camera

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:20 pm
    German startup Panono has announced availability and pricing for its ball-shaped Panono Camera. The device shoots spherical panorama images and will cost $549/€549 when it ships worldwide in the spring of 2015. The first to receive the camera will be the backers of the crowd-funding project the company used to get started before the camera goes on general release. Learn more
  • Canon announces EOS C100 Mark II

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Canon has announced the upcoming release of its second-generation EOS C100 Mark II digital video camera. The device houses a Super 35mm 8.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, and is positioned as an affordable solution for film and video production, providing a variety of new design and performance upgrades. Read more
  • Pentax launches K-S1 Sweets Collection

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Ricoh Imaging is set to introduce three new colors for the company’s Pentax K-S1 DSLR camera in what it calls the 'Sweets Collection'. Already available in 12 different main body colors, the 20-million-pixel APS-C camera will now also come with a white body featuring cyan, yellow or magenta colored panels. The company has named these Strawberry Cake, Blue Cream Soda and Lime Pie, and each features the trademark colored light strip on the handgrip of the original K-S1 that was launched back in August.
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional's opinion

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    With the increasing affordability of digital full frame cameras, there's been speculation about the future of APS-C as an enthusiast format. But with the launch of the 7D Mark II, Canon has made it pretty clear it believes there's still a high-end market for crop-sensor formats. We spoke to Bettina Hansen, a photographer who regularly shoots Canon and has experience working with the original EOS 7D to see what she made of the new camera
  • Canon PowerShot G7 X First Impressions updated

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    From the outside, Canon's PowerShot G7 X enthusiast compact looks like the S-series models that came before it, but inside it's an entirely different story. The G7 X offers a 20MP 1"-type BSI CMOS sensor, a 24-100mm equiv. F1.8-2.8 lens and built-in Wi-Fi with NFC. We've made a substantial update to our First Impressions Review of the G7 X including a writeup of our shooting experience and performance tests. Read more
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Some Cool Updates to Lightroom Mobile and the Web

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    Last week I got the chance to teach some Lightroom classes at Adobe Max and I figured I’d give you a quick report on some new stuff that Adobe announced for Lightroom Mobile and the web. First off, a HUGE thanks to anyone that came out to Adobe Max last week in Los Angeles. The Max conference has a very creative/designer feel to it, and it’s a ton of fun. But it was great to see Lightroom making more of an impact. For example, my Lightroom for New Users class was packed. I think no matter what you do with Adobe products, chances are that you use a photo at some point. And…
  • Lightroom 5 Presets: Fall/Autumn Color Boost

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    It’s that time of year again. I taught a Lightroom seminar in Michigan last week, and as I drove around I saw people raking leaves (yuck!), and the trees starting to change color (cool!). So I figured it was time to release my Fall Color Presets again for Lightroom 5. TIP: If you’re looking for some Fall Photography tips, I posted some last week over on my personal landscape photography blog at www.mattk.com. These presets were created when I first started processing a lot of my fall photos years ago. As I processed my the photos I realized that I usually make the same tweaks to a…
  • TIP: Saving Prints and an Awesome Printing Deal for This Weekend

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:23 am
    Hey everyone and Happy Friday! My friends over at Mpix.com have an incredible 20% off (site wide) deal this weekend (see bottom of post for more details) and I thought I’d pass along a cool printing tip that goes along with Lightroom if you’re printing from a Photo Lab. See, the Print module in Lightroom is by far one of the easiest places to lay out a print. The layers, and masks, etc… that you’d need in Photoshop would take much longer than doing it in Lightroom. In Lightroom it’s basically drag-and-drop. But the question always pops up after people see this:…
  • NEWS: Photoshop Elements 13 Is Released!

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    Hey everyone. I’m a little late on this one, as it happened last week. I had a post ready to go, but then forgot to turn it live (ooops!) Anyway, I know from my Lightroom seminars that a lot of people use Photoshop Elements along with Lightroom. Well, following the last few years trends in late September, Adobe has released a new version of Elements. Now they’re up to Elements 13 (Wow! I started when it was Elements 2). Here’s a link to Adobe’s website for more info. And don’t forget to stop by the Photo Elements Techniques website to check out their videos that…
  • Thanks Michigan! Next Stop – Adobe Max and Colorado Springs

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:50 am
    Hey there! I just got back from teaching my Lightroom seminar in Livonia, Michigan yesterday, and had an awesome crowd of about 300 photographers. A big thanks if you came out to the seminar, and it was great to meet so many of you and get such a warm welcome. Next month (well, next week actually) I’m off to teach some more Lightroom at Adobe Max in LA. I’ve got two classes there and you can find out more about them right here. Later in the month I’ll be in Colorado Springs on October 22nd and then on to Philadelphia in November and San Antonio in December. So if…
 
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • How to Use 'Instant Hotspot' On a Mac with OS X Yosemite

    Richard Padilla
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:21 pm
    With OS X Yosemite, Apple has included a number of Continuity features that improve the integration between iOS and Mac devices. OS X Yosemite includes a feature called Instant Hotspot which allows users to more easily use their iPhone's wireless cellular data connection from their Mac or iPad. With Instant Hotspot, there is no longer a need to enter a password to connect as security is handled through a common iCloud account. An iPhone can even be in sleep mode and allow your Mac to initiate Instant Hotspot, with no additional settings needing to be enabled aside from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
  • Olloclip Debuts New 4-in-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

    Juli Clover
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Popular photography accessory maker Olloclip today unveiled an all new 4-in-1 photo lens designed for the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus. The 4-in-1 Photo Lens has been completely revamped for Apple's iPhone 6 devices and has gained several new features. For the first time, the Olloclip lens is designed to work with both the front and rear-facing cameras, letting users take both traditional photos and selfies with the four lenses. Like previous Olloclip accessories, the newest version includes fisheye, wide-angle, 10x and 15x macro lenses. Both the fisheye and the wide-angle lenses provide a wider…
  • Amazon Confirms Plans to Support Apple Pay on Visa Rewards Card in the Future

    Kelly Hodgkins
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    Following the launch of Apple Pay earlier this week, a number of users were disappointed to discover that the Amazon Rewards Card offered by Chase was not supported, although the reason for the omission was unclear given that many other Chase cards do support Apple Pay. Amazon has, however, now confirmed to GeekWire that it does plan to support Apple Pay with the card in the future. Amazon reportedly is working to enable the service for launch at an undisclosed date. But an Amazon spokesman confirmed to GeekWire this evening it is working to enable the Amazon.com Rewards Visa Card for use on…
  • Fantastical for iPhone and iPad Go iOS 8-Only With Widgets, Extensions, and More

    Eric Slivka
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    Fantastical, one of the most popular third-party calendar apps for iOS, has seen both iPhone and iPad versions updated today with a number of new iOS 8-specific features including a Notification Center "Today" widget that offers a quick glance at upcoming appointments and to-dos. Also included are a custom app extension that allows users to create events and reminders from any app that properly support share sheets and interactive notifications for tasks such as snoozing event reminders or completing tasks. With the arrival of the new features, Fantastical is now an iOS 8-only app.
  • FXNOW iOS App, Apple TV Gain Support for 'Simpsons World', All 552 Episodes of The Simpsons Available

    Juli Clover
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:27 pm
    FXNOW, an on-demand video app that features hit movies from Fox networks FX, FXX, and FXM, was today updated to add support for Simpsons World, an FXX feature that allows users to watch all 552 episodes of popular television show The Simpsons. FXNOW is an on-demand video service featuring Simpsons World, as well as the biggest and best lineup of critically acclaimed dramas, hit comedies and blockbusters movies from 3 networks, FX, FXX and FXM. With the addition of Simpsons World, FXNOW delivers a one-of-a-kind Simpsons experience with access to Every.Episode.Ever. and more, at your…
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    CNN Travel

  • CNNGo in Japan: Wagyu, ramen, sake

    hiufu
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:23 am
    From exquisite tempura to perfect noodles, this culinary journey hits the hot spots in a land bursting with flavorA taste of delicious TokyoMaking the purest sakeBuying the freshest fish in JapanWarning: This episode of CNNGo may cause intense hunger pangs followed by a sudden urge to book a flight to Japan. We've been to Japan before, but with our latest episode, CNNGo dishes up the finest food the country has to offer.  Starting in the whimsical Tokyo kitchen of Michelin-starred chef Yoshihiro Narisawa, we then travel south to a Wagyu cattle farm that raises the country's famous Kobe…
  • CNNGo in Bali: Legends, cocktails and an amazing pig roast

    hiufu
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:32 am
    The locals show us there's more to Indonesia's top tourist island than those world-famous beaches Bali's best beach clubSurfers' paradiseThe mellow side of BaliWith its gorgeous beaches and delicious cuisine, beautiful Bali is undeniably Indonesia's travel hotspot.  But what's happening beyond the tourist grind? This September, CNNGo hits up some of the island's locals to share their favorite Bali hangouts and the stories behind them.  Legendary Indonesian surfer Rizal Tanjung shows us where he first fell in love with the waves. Sunglasses designer Suki takes us to the…
  • No more using Uber in Germany?

    Guessy1
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:57 pm
    A court moves to end the ride for the U.S.-based online chauffeur and ride-sharing service in GermanyIn the ongoing fight between chauffeur and ride-sharing app Uber and taxi drivers around the world, score one for the taxi drivers … for now. A regional court in Frankfurt, Germany, this week issued a preliminary injunction forbidding the San Francisco-based Uber from operating in Germany. The ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed by Germany’s national union of taxi drivers. The court said that Uber violated German law by working with a network of drivers that lack commercial licenses.
  • Video: CNNGo in Los Angeles: Hollywood stars, food trucks

    hiufu
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:12 am
    From Hollywood to Santa Monica, some of L.A.'s most renowned locals guide us through the star-studded citySoaking up the sun in MalibuVintage cinema honors movie historyBest of L.A. comes to life in VeniceThe surf is up and the sun is out -- CNNGo is coasting through Los Angeles this summer with star locals. Director and producer of the "Iron Man" movie series, Jon Favreau takes us to a few of the locations that have inspired his movies, including the Kogi Truck on which his latest movie, "Chef," is partially based.  Lubov Azria, one of LA's most notable fashion icons, shows us how to…
  • Insider Guide: Best of Zurich

    barry.neild
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:26 am
    It may be Switzerland's banking capital, but Zurich's real wealth lies in the village-like charm of its cobbled streets and Alpine sceneryCNN Travel's series often carries sponsorship originating from the countries and regions we profile. However, CNN retains full editorial control over all of its reports. Read the policy. Visitors arriving in Zurich can be forgiven for wondering where the city is. Church steeples dominate the skyline. Shoes stay clean on century-old cobblestones. And lawyers and bankers jump into the Limmat to swim with the swans during lunchtime. Which begs the…
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