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  • Looking for a unique holiday destination? Why not take a tour of Chernobyl?

    Holy Kaw!
    Kate Rinsema
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Twenty-eight years ago, the world was horrified to hear that an accident had occured at a nuclear power plant in Ukraine -- then under the jurisdiction of the Soviet Union -- namely Chernobyl. 31 people died and hundreds of thousands were evacuated, and even though we've all heard about the conflicts in Ukraine, Solo East Travel decided to appeal to especially adventurous tourists and offer tours of the infamous site.
  • 'Scandal' characters find hope in latest episode (yes, even Olivia and Fitz)

    Mashable
    Sandra Gonzalez
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:07 am
    As we learned on this week's episode, "An Innocent Man," everyone is someone's puppet Whether it's Fitz, who is being played by Rowan; Cyrus, who's literally sleeping with the enemy; or a former president whose wife is the one pulling all the strings. Even Olivia finds herself an unwitting pawn in someone's twisted game. No one is immune. Jake, of course, refused to play Rowan's game, and for that, he is well on his way to meeting a tragic fate. Abby intervention Concerned about Liv's nightmares, Abby insists that Fitz talks to Liv about Jake. Fitz doesn't appreciate her in-the-face…
  • What Futurists Think Of HP's Bold And Weird New PC

    Fast Company
    John Brownlee
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    The creators of three of the freakiest, most futuristic computer interfaces we've ever seen weigh in on the HP Sprout.This week, HP announced the Sprout, its bold attempt to reinvent what it means to work on the PC. Forget a mouse and keyboard. You control the Sprout by sliding your hands across an illuminated touchpad, on top of which various interface elements have been projected. This touchpad uses Kinect-like sensory technology to see what your hands are doing, allowing you to use the Sprout's touchpad like a keyboard, touch screen, or even as a Leap Motion-style 3-D interface.Read Full…
  • Slack Confirms $120M Fundraise Led By Google Ventures And KPCB At $1.12B Valuation

    TechCrunch
    Ingrid Lunden
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:16 am
     Slack, the enterprise collaboration platform co-founded by Stewart Butterfield, today confirmed that it has closed a $120 million round of funding, co-led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Google Ventures with the participation of past investors including A16Z, Accel Partners and The Social+Capital Partnership. We first reported on this fundraise last week. The valuation is… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:56 am
    Can you change? Are you stuck with your habits, your knowledge, your weight, your fitness, your interpersonal skills? Is your future a slightly different rerun of your past? We spend an enormous amount of time and money seeking to reinvent and upgrade ourselves, working to give up something, start something, build something or change something about who we are and what we do. And we usually fail. It's tempting to say, "this is who I am, habits are hardwired, it's in my DNA, I'm going to live with it." Tempting, and an easy way out.  Change is hard, sometimes nearly impossible. But if…
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    Holy Kaw!

  • Looking for a unique holiday destination? Why not take a tour of Chernobyl?

    Kate Rinsema
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Twenty-eight years ago, the world was horrified to hear that an accident had occured at a nuclear power plant in Ukraine -- then under the jurisdiction of the Soviet Union -- namely Chernobyl. 31 people died and hundreds of thousands were evacuated, and even though we've all heard about the conflicts in Ukraine, Solo East Travel decided to appeal to especially adventurous tourists and offer tours of the infamous site.
  • The beginner’s guide to homebrewing [infographic]

    Kate Rinsema
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:40 am
    Once upon a time, it wasn't uncommon for households to make their own homebrews in ye olde basement, but with the ever-presence of convenience stores and beer distributors, it's hard to justify setting up an operation today. If you've always dreamed of having craft beer fresh from your own dwelling, though, here's a guide to getting started. At least there's no risk of not having a ride home.
  • Chinese ping pong player goes ballistic after victory, punished heavily [video]

    Josh Urich
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    This Chinese ping pong player was very excited to win. So excited that he roundhouse kicked an advertising board. He probably regrets that victory dance, since he lost out on the $47,000 first prize for the competition.
  • How to create the perfect go-anywhere mini-office

    Kate Rinsema
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Do you often take your work show on the road, say, to the coffee shop, the library or whatever parking lot you can get Wi-Fi in? If this sounds familiar, then it's time to get your mini-office organized so you're not constantly wondering if you remembered to bring headphones or not.
  • College kid sinks four shots and wins 10 grand [video]

    Josh Urich
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    This is a fairy tale moment. This Bryan College student puts four shots in a basket to win ten thousand bucks in tuition. Everyone goes nuts when the kid pulls it off.
 
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    Mashable

  • 'Scandal' characters find hope in latest episode (yes, even Olivia and Fitz)

    Sandra Gonzalez
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:07 am
    As we learned on this week's episode, "An Innocent Man," everyone is someone's puppet Whether it's Fitz, who is being played by Rowan; Cyrus, who's literally sleeping with the enemy; or a former president whose wife is the one pulling all the strings. Even Olivia finds herself an unwitting pawn in someone's twisted game. No one is immune. Jake, of course, refused to play Rowan's game, and for that, he is well on his way to meeting a tragic fate. Abby intervention Concerned about Liv's nightmares, Abby insists that Fitz talks to Liv about Jake. Fitz doesn't appreciate her in-the-face…
  • Massive blaze at fireworks store captured on video by onlooker

    Blathnaid Healy
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    LONDON — Dramatic footage has emerged of a blaze at a fireworks store in the UK on Thursday evening. Two people are still missing after the fire in Stafford, in the West Midlands, while another four were injured. Police say one of the injured is in a "poorly condition" while the second is said to be stable after being treated The video, filmed outside SP Fireworks by Jacob Willcox captures the intensity of the event. Police have been working through the night coordinating with the family members of the two missing people. A 53-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the…
  • If you haven't noticed, Facebook's News Feed is 50% faster on iOS

    Rex Santus
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    You might have noticed that your Facebook News Feed is faster than it used to be on your iPhone or iPad. You're not crazy. Facebook has made the News Feed operate 50% faster than the previous version in the iOS app, according to the company. See also: 8 Brutally Honest Facebook Notifications That Need to Exist Now About two years ago, Facebook switched from HTML5 to native iOS code to make the app perform as smoothly as possible. But the developers noticed something strange: Each time the app updated, it would take longer for the News Feed to load. And gradually, users started noticing, too.
  • Hungary suspends Internet tax after huge protests

    Tim Chester
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    Hungary's prime minister says the government will suspend a planned tax on Internet usage and reconsider the matter next year after backlash Two protests within the past week attended by tens of thousands of people were sparked by a scheme to make Internet service providers pay 150 forints ($0.62) per gigabyte of Internet traffic, later proposed to be capped at different monthly rates for individual and business users. See also: What it looks like when 100,000 people rally for Internet freedom Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Friday the tax will not be introduced because "people have…
  • Chef Jamie Oliver shuts cooking schools without warning

    Blathnaid Healy
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:53 am
    LONDON — Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, known for his TV shows that encourage cooking from scratch and his global campaigns for healthier food, has closed two of his London cookery school stores, giving staff and customers little notice that he was shutting shop. In a note placed in shop windows and on the company's website, Recipease says it's closing all but one of its cookery stores in London, however it fails to give a reason for the decision. Described as Oliver's "food and kitchen shop where anyone can learn to cook and make great food", Recipease opened the first of its London…
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    Fast Company

  • What Futurists Think Of HP's Bold And Weird New PC

    John Brownlee
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    The creators of three of the freakiest, most futuristic computer interfaces we've ever seen weigh in on the HP Sprout.This week, HP announced the Sprout, its bold attempt to reinvent what it means to work on the PC. Forget a mouse and keyboard. You control the Sprout by sliding your hands across an illuminated touchpad, on top of which various interface elements have been projected. This touchpad uses Kinect-like sensory technology to see what your hands are doing, allowing you to use the Sprout's touchpad like a keyboard, touch screen, or even as a Leap Motion-style 3-D interface.Read Full…
  • App Lets You Peek Inside 80,000 Foods At Your Grocery Store

    Mark Wilson
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Looking beyond a nutrition label, Food Scores rates your grub based upon its pesticides, antibiotics, and processing.Kellogg's Corn Flakes. The package contains just a few ingredients. Milled corn. Sugar. Malt flavor. Salt. And BHT "for freshness."Read Full Story
  • Khrushchev Visits IBM: A Strange Tale of Silicon Valley History

    Harry McCracken
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    When the world's most famous Communist saw one of the West's greatest capitalist enterprises, he found much to admire--in its food.In September of 1959, Nikita Khrushchev, the premier of the Soviet Union and first secretary of its Communist Party, spent 12 days touring the United States. The trip--which occurred during a brief thawing of the Cold War, and was intended to thaw it further--included meetings with notables such as President Eisenhower, Vice President Nixon, and Eleanor Roosevelt; visits to American institutions such as a movie studio and a supermarket; and encounters with…
  • 6 Ways To Avoid Making Everyone In Your Office Sick

    Lisa Evans
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:10 am
    How to avoid passing the same cold around the office all winter long.The arrival of cooler weather often means more sick days. The cold and flu season is upon us and nowhere do germs lurk more than a shared office space.Read Full Story
  • Afraid of Creepy Craigslist Sellers? Police Create "Safe Zone" To Complete Online Purchases

    Peter Wade
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:10 pm
    A police station in suburban Philadelphia created a "safe zone" to provide more security for in-person transactions.Sometimes meeting a seller from Craigslist face-to-face feels like the beginning of a bad horror movie. Is it really safe to meet a stranger at their house? Residents of Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, no longer have to worry about this after its police department opened a "safe zone"--the lobby and parking lot of the police station--for completing online transactions.Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Slack Confirms $120M Fundraise Led By Google Ventures And KPCB At $1.12B Valuation

    Ingrid Lunden
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:16 am
     Slack, the enterprise collaboration platform co-founded by Stewart Butterfield, today confirmed that it has closed a $120 million round of funding, co-led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Google Ventures with the participation of past investors including A16Z, Accel Partners and The Social+Capital Partnership. We first reported on this fundraise last week. The valuation is… Read More
  • Amazon’s Fire Phone Product Efforts Will Continue Despite Early Stumbles

    Darrell Etherington
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
     Amazon is taking the long view on the Fire phone, despite poor early sales, a huge price cut and $83 million in surplus inventory that resulted in a $170 million charge for the excess hardware and supplier costs combined. Amazon’s SVP of Devices David Limp told Fortune the big issue was a miscalculation on pricing, which later resulted in Amazon slashing the price of the device from $199… Read More
  • Car Rental Startup Zoomcar Raises $8 Million To Democratize Transportation In India

    Jon Russell
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:41 am
     Following on from Socar, Korea’s answer to ZipCar, which raised $18 million earlier this month, another car rental startup in Asia is in the money today. India-based Zoomcar has added $8 million to its coffers with a funding round led by Sequoia Capital. Read More
  • HTC Reports Slim $19.7M Profit For Q3 2014 As Its Rebuilding Efforts Continue

    Jon Russell
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:38 am
     Things are better for HTC these days, after the Taiwanese phone company eked out a slim $19.6 million (NT$0.6 billion) profit for the third quarter of 2014. That figure represents a drop on the previous quarter’s $75 million profit, but is a big improvement on October 2013: when it suffered a $102 million loss, its first negative quarter as a public company. Read More
  • Sony Writes Off $1.5B From Its Mobile Division As It Cuts Smartphone Sales Target Again

    Jon Russell
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:26 am
     Sony replaced the head of its mobile division yesterday, and today its latest earnings report gave a clearer indication of why. Sony’s mobile unit increased its revenue in the last quarter of business (its Q2 2014) by 1.2% to $2.83 billion, but the company wrote down the valuation of the business by a whopping $1.58 billion. Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Plasticity

    Seth Godin
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:56 am
    Can you change? Are you stuck with your habits, your knowledge, your weight, your fitness, your interpersonal skills? Is your future a slightly different rerun of your past? We spend an enormous amount of time and money seeking to reinvent and upgrade ourselves, working to give up something, start something, build something or change something about who we are and what we do. And we usually fail. It's tempting to say, "this is who I am, habits are hardwired, it's in my DNA, I'm going to live with it." Tempting, and an easy way out.  Change is hard, sometimes nearly impossible. But if…
  • Decoding Apple as a luxury tools company

    Seth Godin
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Hundreds of years ago, Hermes and Louis Vuitton started out as luxury makers of tools. If you needed a saddle or a suitcase, they offered an extraordinary option, both elite and useful. Over time, they shifted gears, no longer competing on whether or not their luggage was the most useful, or their saddles the most efficient. They competed on luxury, which is a fundamentally different promise than the optimal design of a tool. Patagonia is still a luxury tools company. The coats they sell cost more, but some professionals choose them regardless of brand, because in addition to tribal…
  • This is not a promotion

    Seth Godin
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    The internet and big media are wrestling with chokepoints. Cable TV companies, for example, are a natural monopoly in the home. Everyone only has one provider. If the provider has an argument with a TV network, they kick them off, the signal doesn't get through, the viewer gets nothing. One of the arguments behind the common sense of net neutrality is that chokepoints and tollbooths aren't in the interest of the users. Now, of course, online stores, if they get big enough, can act as chokepoints. And so can Google. If you're used to getting this blog delivered for free to your gmail account,…
  • But what do *you* do?

    Seth Godin
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:36 am
    Do you make your own paper? Do you start with wood pulp and mix and bleach and set and produce the sheets you use? My guess is that you save time (and a lot of money) and just go to Staples and buy a ream or two. The theory of the firm shows us that when people work together in an institution, they are able to produce more than if they work separately. Ricardo makes it obvious that if one person mixes the dough while the other bakes the loaves, they'll get more done than if each did the whole job. This explains one reason why big companies keep getting bigger. They gain economies of…
  • Solving the popular problem

    Seth Godin
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:17 am
    "Do you know the head of FIFA?" "I have come up with a way to speed up airport security dramatically..." "How come the people in script development at Warner won't get back to me about my Matrix idea?" If you're intent on making an impact by developing and marketing a big idea, two things to keep in mind: a. avoid trying to contribute solutions to a popular problem. It's too crowded and the people you're trying to help are almost certainly not open or eager to hear from you. Their attitude is the most important factor in whether or not your idea gains traction, so if the door is closed,…
 
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    WIRED

  • Touch and Go

    Scott Gilbertson
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    The touchscreen Chrome OS notebook from Lenovo has some appealing hardware on the outside, but the touch display is sub-par, and the internals aren't well-suited to the heavier end of the modern web. Hey, at least it's inexpensive. The post Touch and Go appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Apple Watch Just Got the Perfect Rival: Microsoft’s Band

    Christina Bonnington
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    If Microsoft wanted to take a slice out of Apple's impending Apple Watch audience, it couldn't have crafted a better plan than with its just-released Microsoft Band. The post The Apple Watch Just Got the Perfect Rival: Microsoft’s Band appeared first on WIRED.
  • Why Tim Cook’s ‘Proud to Be Gay’ Essay Means So Much to the Workplace

    Issie Lapowsky
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Tim Cook made history, becoming the first openly gay CEO on the Fortune 500 list. But for many gay people across the country, coming out at work isn't so easy. The post Why Tim Cook’s ‘Proud to Be Gay’ Essay Means So Much to the Workplace appeared first on WIRED.
  • Meet the Wizards and Lords That Rule the Suburbs of Utah

    Jordan G. Teicher
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    The mythmakers in Brian Shumway’s series Modern Medieval aren’t content to sit around a table slaying imaginary dragons or play make-believe on Halloween. No, they're out and about, dressing, talking and behaving like lords, warriors, Valkyries and the other characters of their own worlds and imaginations. The post Meet the Wizards and Lords That Rule the Suburbs of Utah appeared first on WIRED.
  • Double Action: Boogaloo Is a Free-to-Play Multiplayer Shooter With Serious Style

    Bo Moore
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    When it comes to multiplayer shooters, most games “innovate” via level design, fun weapons, and game variants that go beyond your simple deathmatch or objective game modes. Double Action: Boogaloo is not one of those games. The post Double Action: Boogaloo Is a Free-to-Play Multiplayer Shooter With Serious Style appeared first on WIRED.
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  • Free Webinar: How to Start (or Reboot) Your Blog Right: 8 success factors that determine your blog’s future

    Darren Rowse
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:19 am
    This coming Tuesday/Wednesday (depending where you live) I’m running a free webinar with Chris Garrett. The time of the webinar is: Los Angeles: 5pm Tuesday 28th New York: 8pm Tuesday 28th London: 12am Wednesday 29th (sorry my UK friends!) Singapore and Perth: 8am Wednesday 29th Cape Town: 2am Wednesday 29th Melbourne and Sydney: 11am Wednesday 29th Note: we will record the webinar but you need to register to receive access to it. The title of the webinar is – How to Start (or Reboot) Your Blog Right: 8 success factors that determine your blog’s future Chris Garrett is long term…
  • 3 Ways to Define What Your Blog Is About

    Darren Rowse
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    What is your blog about? It’s a question all bloggers get asked from time to time. How do you answer it? It’s also a question I know many ProBlogger readers wrestle with – particularly when starting out. What is my niche? Do I even need a niche? How do I define my niche? Every time I run a Q&A webinar over on ProBlogger.com, I get questions around whether bloggers need a niche. I thought I’d put a few thoughts into a blog post and suggest three ways to define what your blog is about. 1. Niche Lets start with the most obvious one – choosing a ‘niche’ to blog about.
  • A Social Media Etiquette Guide You Might Find Useful

    Guest Blogger
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    This is a guest contribution from Jennifer Landry. What do you think of when you hear the word etiquette? For most people, the term conjures up images of a relative telling them to chew with their mouth closed, or to take their elbows off the table. So what does it mean when it’s applied to social media? In general terms, etiquette is a set of guidelines on how to behave properly around other people. While you might not have face-to-face interaction with all of your followers, the way you present yourself online directly affects people’s opinion of your brand. You might be…
  • 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,…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • Use a Pill Box to Organize Jewelry and Small Items While Traveling

    Eric Ravenscraft
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Tiny things don't have a place in most suitcases. They can easily get lost in pockets or fall out of bags. To avoid this, keep your jewelry and other small items in a pill box.Read more...
  • Deadspin How Muhammad Ali's Rope-A-Dope Myth Suckered America | Gawker A Child's Treasury of This Ye

    Jane-Claire Quigley on Kinja Roundup, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    Deadspin How Muhammad Ali's Rope-A-Dope Myth Suckered America | Gawker A Child's Treasury of This Year's Most Offensive Halloween Costumes | io9 10 Tropes Involving Fantasy Weapons That Should Die In A Fire | Kotaku School Tries To Recreate Studio Ghibli Food Read more...
  • Check Your Power Meter with Everything Off to Identify Outside Drains

    Eric Ravenscraft
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    We all expect that we're the only ones using the electricity in our house. However, sometimes faulty wiring or dishonest behavior can leave you on the hook for your neighbor's power needs.Read more...
  • How Did You Start Investing?

    Kristin Wong on Two Cents, shared by Andy Orin to Lifehacker
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    A lot of people shy away from investing because it seems confusing and risky. But if you want to build your nest egg, you'll probably have to get over your fear of investing. If you did get over it, tell us how you got started.Read more...
  • What You Need to Know About Shame and Guilt

    Herbert Lui
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Although shame and guilt may seem similar, shame is highly correlated with addiction, depression, and aggression. In contrast, guilt is linked to empathy and understanding other perspectives.Read more...
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  • Seth Rogen to Star as Steve Wozniak in Sony's Steve Jobs Biopic

    Juli Clover
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Seth Rogen will play Steve Wozniak alongside Christian Bale, who has been cast in the role of Steve Jobs in Sony's upcoming Jobs biopic, reports Variety. Rogen will have the opportunity to get advice directly from Wozniak, who is working as a consultant on the film. Rogen is a popular actor who has starred in movies like Neighbors, 22 Jump Street, and This Is the End. While Rogen often stars in comedic films, he has demonstrated his ability to do more serious work in movies like Take This Waltz and 50/50. Image courtesy of Variety After several months of limbo after writer Aaron Sorkin…
  • Some OS X Yosemite Users Plagued With Wi-Fi Connection Issues

    Juli Clover
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:43 am
    Since OS X Yosemite's October 16 launch, MacRumors has been receiving a number of complaints from users who have been experiencing Wi-Fi issues. Extensive threads about Wi-Fi problems have surfaced on both the MacRumors forums and on Apple's own Support Communities as well, suggesting there are quite a few users who are seeing Wi-Fi connection issues after installing Yosemite. According to the complaints, Wi-Fi connections are sometimes extremely slow, resulting in long loading times, and in some cases, users are seeing their Wi-Fi connections disconnect continually after just a few minutes…
  • Apple Reverses Course on iOS 8 Notification Center Calculators

    Juli Clover
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Yesterday, Apple told PCalc developer James Thomson that the Notification Center widget portion of his popular calculator app PCalc would need to be removed, as Notification Center widgets "cannot perform any calculations." Following significant media coverage of the issue, Apple has now reversed course on the decision and according to an Apple spokesperson that spoke to TechCrunch, both PCalc and its Notification Center widget will be allowed to remain in the App Store, along with all other apps that contain calculator widgets. The initial decision to remove Pcalc's widget was reportedly the…
  • Apple's Lead in Tablet Market Share Shrinks as Consumer Satisfaction Slips Slightly

    Kelly Hodgkins
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    Apple continues to rank among the world's top tablet manufacturers both in customer satisfaction and shipments, according to reports released today by J.D Power and IDC, although the company is showing some signs of weakness as lower-cost competitors gain momentum and consumers look for more innovation in Apple's tablet lineup. Apple fell slightly behind Amazon in J.D. Power's semiannual customer satisfaction survey, while the company's lead in worldwide tablet shipping volume continues to shrink. Worldwide tablet shipments in 3Q14 in millions of units (Source: IDC) According to IDC's…
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook Publicly Comes Out as Gay in Letter Declaring Support for Equality

    Richard Padilla
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    In a letter written for Bloomberg Businessweek, Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly come out as gay while declaring his support for equality. Cook, who has typically kept a low profile on his personal life, says that his decision to publicly acknowledge his sexuality was done to "bring comfort to anyone who feels alone" and to "inspire people to insist on their equality." I’ll admit that this wasn’t an easy choice. Privacy remains important to me, and I’d like to hold on to a small amount of it. I’ve made Apple my life’s work, and I will continue to spend virtually all of my waking time…
 
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    chrisbrogan.com

  • Freakshow – A New Video Show Coming Soon

    Chris Brogan
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    I’m pretty excited to announce a new project I’m doing with the legendary Grant Cardone on his Whatever it Takes Network. It’s called Freakshow and it’s a video show about entrepreneurship but often from the perspective of some extraordinary types you wouldn’t normally get a chance to sit down with and talk business. If you like my other projects, you’ll have a blast with this. Continue Reading
  • Follow the Value

    Chris Brogan
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    My business is to equip owners. I know that sounds fluffy. The current way I do that is through courses and other educational experiences. But, if tomorrow, I could create some other method to deliver the same kind of value (or better), would I abandon courses? Sure. The courses aren’t the big goal. Delivering value to owners is the goal. Follow the Value I’m obsessed with delivering value. What’s cool about that obsession is that I spend a lot of my time noodling with one question: “what else do owners need to succeed?” This gives me a strong mission to follow,…
  • 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.
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    Copyblogger

  • The Surprising Spooky Secret to Enduring Success Habits

    Sonia Simone
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Are you addicted to productivity advice? I was, for a long time. I bought every system, book, and blueprint out there. I had a very spiffy David Allen-inspired GTD process that was only 642 steps long and took a mere 3 hours a day to implement (during which time I wasn’t actually, you know, getting anything done). That wasn’t David Allen’s fault, by the way, it was mine. But I don’t think I was alone. Every person who has a long to-do list also has a desire to do more. And most of us are quite good at doing certain things. We don’t have a problem getting out of…
  • The 5-Step Process for Writing an About Page that Connects (and Converts)

    Leanne Regalla
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Although it seems like a natural place on your website to talk about yourself, a strong About page is really about empathy for your visitors. When you write an effective About page, you dig into your readers’ minds and then communicate that you have what they need or want. And you can’t afford to follow the herd. Just think about how many times you’ve clicked away from a website that included just a little too much “Me! Me! Me!” You don’t want to be that person at the cocktail party who brags so incessantly that other party guests plan different routes to…
  • The Amazingly Simple Anatomy of a Meaningful Marketing Story [Infographic]

    Demian Farnworth
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Think about it. Apple. Dos Equis. Old Spice. Procter & Gamble. Ram Trucks. Jack Link’s Beef Jerky. GEICO. GoDaddy. At some point, all these companies told compelling stories that grabbed our attention — and held it. Not just for thirty seconds, but longer. And as they repeated their stories over and over again, they got under our skin. Through simple stories, these companies won our allegiance and business. Tell the right story and you can capture attention, entertain, enlighten, and persuade all in the course of just a few minutes. As author Jonathan Gottschall said:…
  • Focus on These 4 Steps to Harness the Addictive Power of Email (And Turn Your Traffic Into Business)

    Henneke
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Are you working your butt off to run your business? But feeling you’re not making enough progress? You’re building a social following, slaving over weekly blog posts, and managing a heavy client load. Perhaps you’d also love to develop digital products or write a book. But it’s difficult to find the time when you juggle so many demands, right? Building a thriving online business may often feel like an insurmountable task. But when you learn the right way to apply the addictive power of email, you’ll possess a dynamite business tool. A laser-sharp focus on growing and…
  • The Ultimate Copy Checklist: 51 Questions to Optimize Every Element of Your Online Copy [Free Poster]

    Aaron Orendorff
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    So, you’ve written a piece of sales copy. Congratulations — that’s no small feat. But, before you celebrate, there’s just one issue: Now what? After all, as I’m sure you’ve heard before: “There is no such thing as great writing. Only great rewriting.” And why is “great rewriting” important? One reason: the bottom line. Will it compel? Will it convert? Will it close? You need to learn how to optimize first draft copy to support your bottom line. A step-by-step optimization guide Optimizing your own copy is a bit like scaling Mount…
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    Macworld

  • How to avoid deleting messages when swiping your iPad too briskly

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Reader Nancy Hilton has an iOS issue that she’d like me to take a swipe at. She writes: I upgraded my iPad mini to iOS 8, and suddenly an accidental left swipe mysteriously wipes out an email message. A gentle left-swipe displays More, Flag, and Trash options, but a quicker swipe produces a brief narrow red line, and poof! the message is gone into cyberspace. Can you help? I can. As you’ve rightly deduced, this is a behavior introduced with iOS 8, and it works across iPads, iPhones, and iPod touches. It was a notion Apple introduced with the idea that it’s an easy way to quickly delete…
  • Two coasts, 10 days: Macworld’s thorough field test of Apple Pay

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:44 am
    Apple Pay’s eventful early days were full of highs and lows. Excited iPhone users rushed to test the mobile payment service on day one and found it super seamless. Cashier confusion, Bank of America’s double-charging foul-up, and the NFC block at Rite Aid and CVS marred the rollout, but a major product launch is never smooth. And who knew CurrentC, a QR code-based app that isn’t even on the market yet, would turn into such a huge thing?To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Seth Rogen will play Steve Wozniak in the next Steve Jobs biopic

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Freaks and Geeks alum Seth Rogen is set to play the Mac community’s favorite ubergeek Steve Wozniak in the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic (no, not that one, the other one), alongside Christian Bale as Steve Jobs. Hopefully it won’t be Superbad. (Sorry.)The news comes from Variety, which also reported that “Jessica Chastain is being eyed for an unspecified role.” Perhaps that’ll be a composite character of every woman in Jobs’s orbit—after all, last year’s Jobs (the one starring Ashton Kutcher) was seriously bereft of women actors who weren’t playing Steve’s mother, wife, or…
  • The Week in iOS Apps: Old timey pictures in TinType, Bitstrips meets emoji, and more

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Old timey pictures in TinTypeThis week’s app roundup includes TinType, an app that tries to reproduce the look of photos taken before your grandparents were born.BitmojiIf you want your emoji to be more personalized expressions of your feelings, well, here’s your chance. Bitmoji lets you create a cartoon avatar of yourself, then choose from a library of moods and comic scene, which can then be used in a number of messaging apps.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Flipboard 3.0 is both more and less personal than before

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    A new update for Flipboard aims to make the popular reading app more personal—but not all the time. Flipboard 3.0 lets users add new magazines on more than 30,000 topics, from broad ones like “art” and “food” to highly specific ones like “optical illusions” and “human geography.” When launching the app, Flipboard presents a massive list of potential topics to select, along with a search bar for finding exactly what you want. As before, Flipboard sources its stories from around the Web and presents them in a magazine-like format. For those who don’t want to drill down into…
 
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Maximize Your Creative Energy

    Ann Holm
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    We’ve heard many personal stories this week of how people in our industry have experienced hard times and how they managed to get out of them. We end this week with an article by Ann Holm, a personal development coach and expert in psychology and brain science. Read on to learn how to reduce stress in your everyday life and prevent burnout and other breakdowns in order to stay healthy and unlock your potential. — Ed. What does knowledge of the brain and personality have to do with creative work? As a lifelong brain geek, I have taken on the mission to help others tap the secrets of…
  • Let’s Talk About It

    Christopher Murphy
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Many of us struggle silently with mental health problems and many more are affected by them, either directly or indirectly. It’s {Geek} Mental Help Week1 and we would like to help raise awareness with a couple of articles exploring these issues. – Ed. Talking about mental health can be awkward and embarrassing, but it really shouldn’t be. Mental health is just an illness, like any other. When we talk about mental health, we do so in hushed terms. We whisper, “Don’t mention it, he or she isn’t ‘all there.’” I believe this approach — sweeping the problem under the…
  • When Flowers Start To Bloom, It’s A Sign That SmashingConf Oxford Is Coming Soon!

    Vitaly Friedman
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Crafting a good front-end is no piece of cake. When tough budgets and ambitious goals interweave, you need just the right expertise to make just the right decisions. That’s why we create heavily practical Smashing Conferences, and the upcoming SmashingConf Oxford 201531 isn’t going to be an exception. 2Yes, we’re coming back to the UK: SmashingConf Oxford 201531 will be as practical as usual, taking place in March 16–18th. Get your ticket.4 About The Conference We don’t care about volatile trends, but we do care about things that work and don’t work in real projects,…
  • Feeling Stuck? Design What You Don’t Know

    Alexander Charchar
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    Many of us struggle silently with mental health problems and many more are affected by them, either directly or indirectly. It’s {Geek} Mental Help Week1 and we would like to help raise awareness with a couple of articles exploring these issues. – Ed. Where is it?! It has to be here somewhere. It use to be so easy. What happened? Somewhere, somewhere, somewhere. That idea is somewhere. It’s here, it has to be. This is where I’ve always found it. But there’s nothing. The only shapes I find here are well worn and boring, dints still obvious even with fresh paint. Oh so boring.
  • You Are Not A Machine. You Are Not Alone.

    Paul Boag
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:06 am
    Many of us struggle silently with mental health problems and many more are affected by them, either directly or indirectly. {Geek} Mental Help Week1 starts today and we would like to help raise awareness with a couple of articles exploring these issues. – Ed. It was pouring with rain and I found myself driving. I didn’t know where I was going. I just needed out of the house. I needed to escape. After what felt like an age I found myself parked outside my parents’ house, just staring at their front door. Eventually I got out of the car, rang the doorbell and burst into tears the…
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • Smoke rises from Radio France building

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    Dark smoke rose from the upper floors of Radio France's headquarters in Paris on Friday as a fire prompted an evacuation of the building.
  • This is T-Pain without Auto-Tune

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    T-Pain performs "Buy U A Drank" without autotune and his performance may actually surprise you.
  • Candidate forgot to praise himself?

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:22 am
    Like every political animal, I will be paying close attention to U.S. Senate elections this Tuesday because they will tell us a lot about the next two years. But I will also have a special eye on a few particular races that may tell us more about our long-term future.
  • Why politics of fear isn't working

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:22 am
    Politicians in both parties might have seriously miscalculated. The election returns aren't in yet, so we can't know for sure. Still, if trends continue, this could turn out to be a bad year for fear.
  • Are black cats really so bad?

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    From ancient superstitions to modern photography, black cats face their share of unique issues -- especially this time of year.
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • I’m Calling In Tired!

    Scott Kelby
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Greetings from New York where by whatever time you read this, I’ll probably still be sound asleep.I’m feeling MUCH better (despite the fact that my voice sounds just awful), but I had a crazy busy, awesome, fun, tiring, exhausting, I’m really toast kind of day, so I’m kinda calling in “Tired.” (you can do that, right?)Lots to share next week (the Mylio launch and party last night was just so cool)!Today (Friday), I’ve got two sessions then I’m off to the airport:> 10:45 am — “How to Shoot Sports Like a Pro” at Canon’s…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Wildlife Photographer Adam Jones on The Canon 7D Mark II Wildlife photographer Adam Jones talks with KelbyOne’s Mia McCormick about his thoughts on the new Canon 7D Mark II. Adam talks about how shooting high ISO has helped him get free from his tripod and shoot handheld. Adam also talks about the crop factor and how it benefits the way he shoots.If you’ve been itching to get some hands-on time with this new camera, you’ll be able to this week at PhotoPlus Expo in NYC! Just swing by the Canon booth on the expo floor and try it out for yourself today, tomorrow, or…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Steve Simon!

    Brad Moore
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The Passionate Photographer – A Life Obsessed All I ever wanted to do was take pictures. I love photography. My tagline says “obsessed by all things photographic” and it’s true.When I was 16, I spent a summer riding around my suburban Montreal home on a 70cc motorcycle, an all-mechanical Nikon FM/35mm lens dangling from my neck. I was documenting community life for a local weekly newspaper long since gone. Even better, I got paid for it. As good as it gets I thought.Years later, I graduated university with a journalism degree, and I couldn’t wait to aim my camera at issues I…
  • Now I’m Offically “More-Sicky”

    Scott Kelby
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
    After feeling sicky for about a week, and every day feeling like the next day I was going to be better, I actually started getting worse in the past couple of days.  My wifey gave me that “Boy, you need to go to the doctor” look yesterday, so I did and the Doc didn’t like my cough at all — he did chest X-rays, and I do have a full-on case of Bronchitis. After looking at my x-rays he said if I hadn’t come in, it would have been pneumonia by Friday, so as usual, the wifey was right (man, I say that a lot).I felt really cruddy yesterday, but now I’m on four…
  • My Football Game Day Shooting The UT Vols

    Scott Kelby
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:54 pm
    It’s taken me a while, but I finally got my football shots from the Vols/Gator’s game a few weeks back, posted over at Exposure.co.I’ve got lots of behind-the-scenes shots, and the whole story behind the day, including shots inside the locker room; on-field during warm-ups, and of course during the game itself.If you get a quick minute, I hope you’ll check them out (here’s the link).I’m shooting the Bucs/Vikings NFL game on Sunday if I can shake this cold that’s hit me this week. Finger’s crossed ’cause it could be a great day of really…
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    Digital Photography School

  • A Set of Brown Tone Images

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    The time of year is upon us when things turn brown up here in northern part of the world. Leaves turn yellow and then brown. Grass changes from green to beige as nature prepares for winter. You may consider brown a boring color and one that isn’t very photogenic or interesting. But there is a lot of nuance and varying tones in browns. Let’s see what’s possible. Set of brown tone images: On the top of the world by aranka delina janné on 500px Boxing Bear by Olav Thokle on 500px House of Furballs by Alex Greenshpun on 500px Talk to the Paw by Holly Kuchera on 500px Alpine…
  • 5 Fears to Overcome When Starting a Photography Business

    James Maher
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    As you enter the field of professional photography, there is one thing that will become immediately clear. One of your biggest obstacles will be fear. You will worry that you are not prepared for a job, that you are not experienced enough, that something will go wrong, or that they will not like your images. Business Portrait.  Each photography job will have a different makeup and you should create a game plan going in. This is normal and I have bad news for you; the fear will never fully go away. It will get easier however, and you will become better at pushing through it. As time…
  • 4 Reasons to Capture Images of You and Your Child Together Right Now

    Melinda Smith
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    1. You Need to Document That You Were There I get it, I do. You’re the one behind the camera. You’re the one taking the photo of that adorable little smile. You’re the one documenting that you spent a day at the park together. Someone’s got to do it, right? Sometimes you have to get on the other side of the camera, and let someone else be the photographer for a minute. Even if you weren’t planning on being in photos that day, just do it. It doesn’t matter if your hair is perfect. It doesn’t matter if you wore the most flattering outfit. It…
  • 10 Hot Photography Tutorials: October 2014

    Darren Rowse
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Who else is slightly freaked out by the fact that we’re about to move into November? Where did the year go! Anyway – it’s time to look back on the hottest tutorials for October. This past month saw a few of our posts go a little viral. Here are the top 5! 1. 10 Common Mistakes Made by New Photographers A post by Jame Mahaer that many of us can relate to and that many new photographers found helpful! 2. 3 Simple Ways to Create Stunning Eyes in Your Portrait Photography Gina Milicia did it again with this helpful tutorial on giving a little extra attention to your portrait…
  • 5 Tips for Creating Creepy Halloween Photos

    Lori Peterson
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    It’s the most wonderful time of the year! For some people that is Christmas, but for other’s it means that it’s time for the goblins and ghosts and all of the scary creatures to come out of hiding and find their way into our everyday lives. Theme parks have Halloween themed nights, scary movies are on television, haunted house tours start having people waiting in line and of course, it’s time for photographers to break out of their everyday subjects and come up with something dark and sinister to shoot. Here are some tips to help you when you are  preparing to shoot…
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    TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004 RSS Feed

  • Droplr is back with new features and Yosemite support

    Mel Martin
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    I reviewed Droplr a couple of years ago and found it to be an easy method of transferring large files. The Mac application is back with a spanking new interface and new features that are likely to appeal to people who share screen shots, screen...
  • This Apple 3.0 poster is a must-have for every Apple fan

    Kelly Hodgkins
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    When I spotted he Insanely Great History of Apple 3.0 poster over at Pop Chart Lab, it jumped out at me as being the best gift ever for the Apple fan, especially for one who already has every Apple gadget under the sun. The 28" x 42" print includes...
  • Add some flash to your sports photos with Winz

    John Emmert
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    The next time you are at a game or watching a game on TV or out with friends you can improve your photos of the event with Winz, a free universal app that enhances the sports photos you share through social media outlets. Winz requires iOS 7.0. Open...
  • Beware two-factor authentication using SMS forwarding

    David Gluckman
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Continuity features, and SMS Relay in particular, are my favorite part of Yosemite so far. Using my iMac as a giant speakerphone is beyond awesome, and group texts in Messages can finally include the one BlackBerry-toting holdout among my...
  • Seth Rogen set to play Woz in upcoming Steve Jobs biopic

    Yoni Heisler
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Seth Rogen has been tapped to play the role of Steve Wozniak in Aaron Sorkin's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, Variety reports. The 32-year-old actor, known for his roles in films such as 40 Year Old Virgin and Pineapple Express, will star alongside...
 
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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)

  • Sony launches support program for pro photographers

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Sony has launched a 'Pro Support' program with the aim of offering professional photographers the levels of support available from the big DSLR makers. The move presumably comes to help persuade pros to consider switching to the company's SLT and mirrorless camera systems. The program, called Sony Imaging PRO Support, provides 'superior support' so that pros can 'ensure their Digital Imaging products are always ready'. Read more
  • Olympus Stylus 1s camera announced in Japan

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Olympus has announced the Japan-only release of the Stylus 1s, a successor to its Stylus 1 enthusiast compact camera. Maintaining almost all of the same hardware as the Stylus 1, the Stylus 1s offers an OM-D based design with a fixed lens and provides some software upgrades. Read more
  • DxO Labs introduces OpticsPro 10 with atmospheric haze correction feature

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    DxO has taken the wraps off its OpticsPro 10, the latest software version that brings with it, among other things, DxO ClearView for correcting atmospheric haze. Joining the new feature are some improvements to the software, not the least of which is enhanced noise reduction promised to trump competing products, as well as interface changes. Read more
  • Price released for Brikk's 24k gold Nikon Df

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Luxury goods brand Brikk has released the price of its forthcoming 'Lux Nikon kit' that has been finished in its trademark yellow gold and which will be on sale this month. Set to cost $41,395, the kit will include a gold plated Nikon Df body, a Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 lens with gold plated lens cap and lens hood, together with the usual charger, cables and software, and will come in a specially made gold plated Zero Haliburton hard case. Read more
  • First Hasselblad in space goes to auction next month

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:15 am
    The first Zeiss lens and Hasselblad 500C camera to visit space will be going up for auction on November 13 via RR Auction in Boston. The unit is a piece of history, having joined Wally Schirra during the Mercury-Atlas 8 mission and, later on, Gordon Cooper during the Mercury-Atlas 9 mission. Read more
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • My Favorite Plug-ins from OnOne Just Got Better

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Lightroom and Photoshop plug-ins are huge these days. Just about every person I run in to uses at least one (if not several). Well, one of my favorites from onOne Software, just got even better. Today they announced their Perfect Photo Suite 9 is available for download. They announced the new version last month at Photoshop World in Vegas, but it’s actually shipping (or downloading) today So what’s new? I’ll run down the list of my favorite features: • They’ve really overhauled their Browse module. I’ve spoken many times to the engineers and folks at onOne…
  • Adobe Releases the Aperture Importer

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    Last week Adobe released a plug-in for Lightroom 5.6 (obviously Mac only) that let’s you migrate your Aperture (and iPhoto) libraries over to Lightroom. Probably one of the big questions is what exactly does it import. Well, here’s the list: • Flags • Star Ratings • Keywords • GPS Data • Rejects • Hidden Files • Color Labels* • Stacks* • Face Tags* *Color Labels, Stacks, and Face Tags will be imported as Lightroom keywords. Another big question is what happens to the adjustments made to your photos in Aperture or iPhoto. Well, those adjustment scan’t be…
  • Making the Move from Aperture to Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    Hey everyone! I’m just getting back from my Lightroom seminar in Colorado Springs yesterday. So first off, a big thanks to everyone that came out. I’m continually fortunate to have awesome crowds at every city, and yesterday was no exception. Really engaged, and just a really great group of people. Next… if you’re an Aperture user looking to make the switch to Lightroom then you’ll be happy to know I’ve got a brand new class up on KelbyOne.com. It’s called “Making the Switch from Aperture to Lightroom”. It covers how to use the new plug-in…
  • 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…
 
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Skype for iPhone Updated With 'Smarter and Faster' Chat and Photo Management Tools

    Mitchel Broussard
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    Closely following its optimization for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus earlier this month, Skype has updated its Skype app for iOS with faster loading times for chat, new options for saving photos, and general UI tweaks that allow users to easily browse their People lists. In the Skype 5.7 for iPhone update, we addressed some of the most common user suggestions. We can’t wait for you to download the new version to take advantage of the new features inspired by your feedback: -Save and delete photo - If you want to save a memorable photo to your camera roll or delete a sent photo from a chat,…
  • Flipboard for iOS Updated with New 'Topics' Feature and Redesigned Look

    Richard Padilla
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    Flipboard today updated its iOS app to version 3.0, bringing a refreshed design along with a number of new features for gathering and consuming content. The app now allows users to choose from over 30,000 topics to follow, with each topic containing stories from publishers, websites, and magazines curated on Flipboard. The service is also launching an in-app section called The Daily Edition, which is delivered to users at 7 a.m. daily and features articles that are picked by Flipboard's staff. With over 30,000 topics now available, your Flipboard can be as unique as you are. Topics range from…
  • Beats by Dre Debuts Special Edition Hello Kitty Headphones for 40th Anniversary

    Juli Clover
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Apple's Beats by Dre headphones brand is teaming up with Sanrio to offer two special edition Hello Kitty-themed products to commemorate Hello Kitty's 40th anniversary (via CNET). Beats has designed new Solo2 over-the-ear headphones that feature an all-over Hello Kitty print in a signature red, white, and blue color scheme, plus new urBeats in-ear earphones that feature the same colors along with a bow decoration and a matching bow-shaped collector's pouch. The new Hello Kitty x Beats Solo2 headphones will retail for $249.95, while the urBeats will sell for $149.95, a $50 premium…
  • Buyer's Guide: 20% Off iTunes Gift Cards, Halloween Discounts on Most Mophie, Speck, and Griffin Products

    Juli Clover
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:57 pm
    In celebration of Halloween, which takes place on Friday, retailers are offering some significant discounts on their products. Mophie, for example, is offering 20 percent off all of its products with the promo code LIVINGDEAD, with the discount valid until 11/2. Speck is offering a similar deal, providing customers with 20 percent off all products aside from iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cases with the promo code TRICKORTREAT. Speck's deal will last until 10/31. Griffin is offering 20 percent off all products sidewide using the promo code SPOOKY20. The sale will last through the end of the week. Along…
  • How to Use AirDrop to Share Files Between Macs and iOS Devices

    Richard Padilla
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Apple's AirDrop file-sharing feature debuted with the release of OS X Lion and allowed users to transfer files from one Mac to another without using email or an external storage device. The feature made its way to iOS devices with the release of iOS 7, and offered a simple way for users to share files like photos between iOS devices. Now, with the release OS X Yosemite, users can use AirDrop to transfer files between the Mac and an iOS device for the first time. This video shows you how it works: Prior to the release of OS X Yosemite, users looking to transfer files between a Mac and iOS…
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    CNN Travel

  • Forest Service says stop taking selfies with bears

    Guessy1
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:26 pm
    "Bears are unpredictable, wild animals and may attack if threatened," Forest Supervisor Nancy GibsonTags: wildlifeU.S. Forest serviceselfiesphotographyanimal photographywildlife photography
  • 5 amazing places in Iran you've never heard of

    laurama
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    It might not be on everyone's travel radar, but Iran has a wealth of lesser-known destinations that rival their more famous counterparts in beauty and historical significanceTags: iran travelparts unknownAnthony Bourdainhistorical travel
  • Five continents, five years ... and thousands of sketches

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    29 Oct 2014 | 8:45 pm
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