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  • Cow fartpacks: Because incessantly pulling on their nipples wasn’t enough

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    Kate Rinsema
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Someday, millions of heads of cattle will rise up in rebellion against the indignities bestowed on their species from time immemorial by the human race, and this might just be the hay that breaks the cow’s back. Argentina’s National Institute for Agricultural Technology has decided to put all those ozone-destroying cow farts to good use by collecting the most natural of all gases in a container dubbed the “Fartpack”. “As cattle release greenhouse gases (GHGs) into the atmosphere, we propose a practical and economical way to sequester these emissions and energy…
  • Seat-Belt Protest on Swedish Flight Halts Deportation of Iranian Man

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    Colin Daileda
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:25 pm
    A quiet protest on board a plane in Sweden prevented an Iranian man from being deported back to his home country. Passengers on a flight scheduled to leave Östersund for Stockholm last week refused to buckle their seat belts after activists handed out pamphlets against the deportation of Ghader Ghalamere. Pilots had no choice but to cancel the flight, since passengers must buckle up before a plane can legally take off. See also: We're Getting Close: Another Signal Detected in Malaysia Plane Search Ghalamere has two children with his wife Fatemah, a resident of Sweden, according…
  • Judge A Food By Its Texture And Risk Being Wrong

    Fast Company
    Shaunacy Ferro
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Food designers, rejoice: Low-cal's all about crunchiness, or so people think.Texture counts for a lot when we eat. New research, in the Journal of Consumer Research, says people assume that "hard" foods, such as raw vegetables, have fewer calories than "soft" foods, such as ice-cream. Calorie-counters tend towards those harder foods when planning their diet, and eat more of them altogether. This has big implications for the way food is designed.Read Full Story
  • Fired Yahoo COO Henrique De Castro’s Severance Totaled $58M

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    Alex Wilhelm
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:27 pm
     When Yahoo removed Henrique De Castro as its COO, it wasn't clear how much loot he was going to take with him. The final tally, revealed today in an SEC filing that also detailed Yahoo's board nominations, has the figure: $58 million. Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    The most underrated scene in the Wizard of Oz is the hallway leading up to the audience with the great and powerful one. One of the reasons that Oz is seen as being particularly great and powerful is that it's just so much trouble to get to see him--and that hallway is the perfect metaphor. I still remember visiting a talent agency in Hollywood a decade ago. The lobby was far bigger than most people's homes, and it was totally empty, a long, long walk from the automatically opened door to the Centurion at the desk. Contrast this with a doctor's office I recently visited. He was sharing space…
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  • Cow fartpacks: Because incessantly pulling on their nipples wasn’t enough

    Kate Rinsema
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Someday, millions of heads of cattle will rise up in rebellion against the indignities bestowed on their species from time immemorial by the human race, and this might just be the hay that breaks the cow’s back. Argentina’s National Institute for Agricultural Technology has decided to put all those ozone-destroying cow farts to good use by collecting the most natural of all gases in a container dubbed the “Fartpack”. “As cattle release greenhouse gases (GHGs) into the atmosphere, we propose a practical and economical way to sequester these emissions and energy…
  • Discover the oldest living organisms on the planet [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:56 pm
    Humans have certain mile markers in life where they start to really think about aging, such as twenty-five, forty, whatever the current retirement age is, and the “Where did all my friends go?” stage. If you’ve started taking inventory of your aches and pains or gray hairs, it’s time to start mentally reversing the clock with this sneak peek at Rachel Sussman’s book of photographs documenting organisms that make all of us lowly humans look positively spritely in comparison. These ancient individuals live on every continent and range from Greenlandic lichens…
  • Selfie-taker gets served by passing train’s conductor [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:55 pm
    At first glance, a train conductor kicking a guy standing too close to the tracks seems pretty unprofessional, no matter how dumb it is for someone to stand by  the tracks risking their life for something as stupid as a selfie. Look closer, though, and, as Gizmodo’s Casey Chan points out, that conductor very well might have saved his life because it looks like the offending boot was blocking a big metal object. The lesson here, kids, is two-fold: 1) Don’t play by the tracks; 2) Enough with the selfies. Full story at YouTube via Gizmodo. Safety first, selfie second.  
  • Holy moly, this mountain biker does not feel fear [video]

    Josh Urich
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    I hate to be gross, but after watching this video I definitely needed to change my pants. My friends also came running into the room to see if I were okay, since apparently I was screaming. Yikes. Don’t worry, though, it’s totally safe for work. And, in the style of The Princess Bride, I will tell you that the mountain biker does not get hurt at this time. Full story at YouTube. More insane sports.
  • 8 reasons not to put on a “work face” and be your real self

    Josh Urich
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    I don’t know about you guys, but when I go into work I definitely have a “work face.” After reading this article, though, I might change that. It convinced me that putting on a phony face every day actually does bum me out day-by-day and being more myself will make me happier in the long run. Plus, people like the real me better than the fake me. And, most importantly, this article convinced me that if I let my true self shine through, my work might actually improve. Read this article, see if it convinces you. Full story at Lifehack. More lifehacks.
 
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  • Seat-Belt Protest on Swedish Flight Halts Deportation of Iranian Man

    Colin Daileda
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:25 pm
    A quiet protest on board a plane in Sweden prevented an Iranian man from being deported back to his home country. Passengers on a flight scheduled to leave Östersund for Stockholm last week refused to buckle their seat belts after activists handed out pamphlets against the deportation of Ghader Ghalamere. Pilots had no choice but to cancel the flight, since passengers must buckle up before a plane can legally take off. See also: We're Getting Close: Another Signal Detected in Malaysia Plane Search Ghalamere has two children with his wife Fatemah, a resident of Sweden, according…
  • Toyota's 'Gran Turismo 6' Sports Car Drives Into Real Life

    Adario Strange
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:03 pm
    Toyota gave car fans an up-close look at its video game-inspired FT-1 concept car at the New York International Auto Show on Wednesday Hosted by old-school rapper Biz Markie and Makerbot founder Bre Pettis (who helped 3D-print a special Gran Turismo trophy for the event), the event provided an up-close look at the FT-1. See also: 5 Free Android Apps for Tethering Image: Mashable, Adario Strange Designed by Calty Design Research in California, Toyota's FT-1 concept first made its debut in January at the Detroit Auto Show, but in person, the vehicle's sleek curves and bold race-car aesthetic is…
  • North Korean Officials Target Hair Salon Over Kim Jong-un Diss

    Melissa Goldin
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Apparently not all publicity is good publicity in the eyes of North Korea — especially when it comes to state-mandated haircuts. A London hair salon was targeted last week by alleged North Korean embassy officials over an unflattering advertisement that features the country's leader Kim Jong-un and his infamous 'do, according to multiple reports. See also: 9 Celebrities Rocking Kim Jong-un's Hairdo The ad promoted a 15% discount on haircuts at the M&M Hair Academy throughout April, and aimed to be a clever way to bolster sales. It included a smiling photo of Kim, with the words "Bad…
  • Fire Truck Plows Into Restaurant Near Los Angeles; Several Injured

    Josh Dickey
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:22 pm
    A fire truck plowed into a restaurant east of Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoon, injuring at least 15 people including customers and three to four firefighers, according to multiple local media reports. Pictures coming in from Fire truck crash... Possibly more than 8 injured..#MontereyPark pic.twitter.com/7oe4lVgEa7 — Gadi Schwartz (@GadiNBCLA) April 16, 2014 Officials said two fire trucks collided sometime after 3 p.m. in Monterey Park, about 10 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. The crash sent one of the rigs plowing into the Lu Dumpling House. Officials had not yet said what caused…
  • Passenger Texts Mother From Ill-Fated South Korean Ferry: 'I Love You'

    Alex Magdaleno
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:09 pm
    Six people are dead, 55 are injured and hundreds remain missing after a ferry capsized off the southern coast of South Korea Wednesday morning. Some passengers sent farewell text messages to their loved ones, as the ferry began to sink Of the more than 470 people on board, there were 325 students and 15 teachers from Danwon High School in Ansan, a city near Seoul, according to the Associated Press. See also: South Korean Coast Guard Releases Dramatic Footage of Sunken Ferry A South Korean media outlet, The Kyunghyang Shinmun, obtained a screenshot of an emotional text-message exchange between…
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  • Judge A Food By Its Texture And Risk Being Wrong

    Shaunacy Ferro
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Food designers, rejoice: Low-cal's all about crunchiness, or so people think.Texture counts for a lot when we eat. New research, in the Journal of Consumer Research, says people assume that "hard" foods, such as raw vegetables, have fewer calories than "soft" foods, such as ice-cream. Calorie-counters tend towards those harder foods when planning their diet, and eat more of them altogether. This has big implications for the way food is designed.Read Full Story
  • Embattled Bitcoin Exchange Mt. Gox Expected To File For Liquidation

    Alice Truong
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:58 am
    It's also possible the Japan-based Bitcoin exchange could find a buyer.What was once the largest Bitcoin exchange now plans to file for liquidation.Read Full Story
  • Google's Next Big Conference Is About Design

    Mark Wilson
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Google plans to focus on design at Google I/O, the developers' conference that draws thousands of software engineers each year.Every year, a few thousand software engineers head to Google I/O at San Francisco's Moscone Center to eat Goldfish, listen to other geeks lecture, and learn how to tap Google's intricate and endless code libraries to create the products of tomorrow.Read Full Story
  • iPhone Alarm Gives You A Seat In A Global Orchestra

    Mark Wilson
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Wake up and you become an instrument in an impromptu musical composition.Wake Up With The World, an iPhone app by Pratt Institute MFA student Eric Rieper, can't solve the repetitive Pavlovian torture of being forced to wake up early every morning, but it can make the horrors of daily wake ups a more positive, communal experience. It's an alarm clock that syncs with other alarm clocks around the world, turning your phone into but one instrument in a global orchestra.Read Full Story
  • Oddball Wallpaper Will Turn Your Room Into A Big Happy Funhouse

    Carey Dunne
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    It's not your grandmother's toile.The trend in wallpaper design has definitely been leaning toward maximalism, and if that's your jam, have we got something for you: Netherlands-based design collective Extrapool. The studio commissions artists (mostly European) to create original prints for its wallpaper collection. And original they are. In these designs, children have disappearing heads and repeat patterns include abstract butts and breasts, eyes on trees, and bats.Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Fired Yahoo COO Henrique De Castro’s Severance Totaled $58M

    Alex Wilhelm
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:27 pm
     When Yahoo removed Henrique De Castro as its COO, it wasn't clear how much loot he was going to take with him. The final tally, revealed today in an SEC filing that also detailed Yahoo's board nominations, has the figure: $58 million. Read More
  • Photojojo Gets Into Rentals For Drones And Other Crazy Camera Gear

    Greg Kumparak
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:22 pm
     Photojojo began as a newsletter for photography enthusiasts to share their latest tricks. Over time, it's evolved into a popular storefront for photo geeks, selling unique but oh-so-useful photography accessories. Now they're trying something new: camera and gadget rentals... but probably not like anything you've seen before. Read More
  • Pinterest’s “Choose Your Own Adventure” Could Be A Travel Product

    Sarah Perez
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:55 pm
     Pinterest's upcoming news event, dubbed "Choose Your Own Adventure," may not be directly related to the company's efforts in the personalization space, but rather the announcement of a consumer-facing travel product, we're hearing. The launch will be aimed at attracting more men to Pinterest's service, which is today overwhelmingly female. Read More
  • Yahoo Nominates One Of Its Co-Founders, A Stock Guru, And A Former Walmart CEO To Its Board

    Alex Wilhelm
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:47 pm
     Call it Yahoo's version of the butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker. The venerable Internet firm today announced a trio of nominations to its board that could round out the sort of folks keeping tabs on its focus. Most interesting among the nominations is David Filo, a Yahoo co-founder. Read More
  • Ad Company Tremor Video Now Offers Automated Campaign Optimization Across Screens

    Anthony Ha
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:40 pm
     Tremor Video, a video ad company that went public last year, has announced a new product that should take a lot of headache and uncertainty out of running ad campaigns across desktops, tablets, smartphones, and Internet-connected TVs. Cross-screen advertising is a big buzzword (buzzphrase?) right now, but Tremor CTO Steven Lee said that when it comes to running a campaign, there's still a… Read More
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  • The thing that happened before this

    Seth Godin
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    The most underrated scene in the Wizard of Oz is the hallway leading up to the audience with the great and powerful one. One of the reasons that Oz is seen as being particularly great and powerful is that it's just so much trouble to get to see him--and that hallway is the perfect metaphor. I still remember visiting a talent agency in Hollywood a decade ago. The lobby was far bigger than most people's homes, and it was totally empty, a long, long walk from the automatically opened door to the Centurion at the desk. Contrast this with a doctor's office I recently visited. He was sharing space…
  • Connecting dots (or collecting dots)

    Seth Godin
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Without a doubt, the ability to connect the dots is rare, prized and valuable. Connecting dots, solving the problem that hasn't been solved before, seeing the pattern before it is made obvious, is more essential than ever before. Why then, do we spend so much time collecting dots instead? More facts, more tests, more need for data, even when we have no clue (and no practice) in doing anything with it. Their big bag of dots isn't worth nearly as much as your handful of insight, is it?        
  • Trust and attention, the endless dance

    Seth Godin
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:51 am
    The two scarce elements of our economy are trust and attention. Trust is scarce because it's not a simple instinct and it's incredibly fragile, disappearing often in the face of greed, shortcuts or ignorance. And attention is scarce because it doesn't scale. We can't do more than one thing at a time, and the number of organizations and ideas that are competing for our attention grows daily. The dance happens because often, it seems as though we need to trade trust in exchange for attention. We have to rely on gimmicks, or overpromise and hype in order to get people to, "look at me!" And of…
  • The right moment

    Seth Godin
    13 Apr 2014 | 2:02 am
    You might be waiting for things to settle down. For the kids to be old enough, for work to calm down, for the economy to recover, for the weather to cooperate, for your bad back to let up just a little... The thing is, people who make a difference never wait for just the right time. They know that it will never arrive. Instead, they make their ruckus when they are short of sleep, out of money, hungry, in the middle of a domestic mess and during a blizzard. Whenever. As long as whenever is now.        
  • Steal, don't invent

    Seth Godin
    12 Apr 2014 | 2:32 am
    Steal your business model. We don't have a shortage of business models, it's okay if you pick one that's already working for someone else. Steal your web design. There will always be enough people brave enough to invent whole new ways of interacting online. But unless you're an interaction designer or your business model depends on something new, do us all a favor and use something that already works. Steal your tools. You probably don't need to build a new email delivery engine, a new overnight shipping method or a new way to run payroll. Once someone has a reliable, cost-effective building…
 
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  • 6 Lessons for Writing Irresistibly Magnetic Blog Post Headlines

    Guest Blogger
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    This is a guest contribution from Matthew Capala of SearchDecoder.com Many newbie (and sometimes even veteran) bloggers erroneously spend 95% of their time creating blog content and only 5% pondering titles. Unfortunately for these bloggers, most readers’ attention spans expire in seconds. Unless you reel in your readers instantly, your well-crafted content goes largely unnoticed and going viral becomes impossible. Set aside at least 15 to 30 minutes for choosing a magnetic title after crafting your post. List three to five intriguing titles guaranteed to increase your CTR and page views.
  • How to Convince Someone to Be Interviewed on Your Blog

    Darren Rowse
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    This question was submitted recently via the ProBlogger Facebook page. How do I get an established blogger like yourself to do an interview with me? or How can I get an established blogger like yourself to do a guest post for me on my blog? – from Sandra Tillman Good questions. I think you’re much more likely to get a popular blogger to do an interview with you than to write a guest post for you. I can only speak for myself really but writing a guest post for someone else’s blog is low on my list of priorities when I already have a blog to create content for. The exception…
  • The Benefits of Making a Business Blog Available in Multiple Languages

    Stacey Roberts
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    Your company blog: while often neglected due to its perceived lack of purpose (and the commitment it requires), it is also a personal way to convey a message to a client base that isn’t possible with different forms of social media. Far too many business owners forget that a comprehensive blogging strategy is essential for a company’s greater marketing plan: a company blog puts a face and personality to what appears to potential customers everywhere as a faceless entity offering a product or service. In short, it’s a cost-effective and simple way to connect to an audience and receive…
  • Top Tips to Let Go of Fear

    Stacey Roberts
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:25 am
    Image via Flickr user audiolucistore This is a guest contribution from Jennifer Louden.  What I’m about to tell you is the most overlooked key to being a successful teacher – as well as a successful business owner, parent, writer, athlete, and all around happy human being. It’s the precursor to more sales, to repeat business, to turning customers into raving fans, to your ideas having a lasting impact on the hearts and minds of your students, readers, and clients. It’s also how you unlock your own potential to thrive. Really it can do all that, and more. The secret?
  • Getty Images vs Creative Commons and Privacy: What Bloggers Need to Know

    Stacey Roberts
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:12 am
    This is a guest post written by Simon Schmid of iubenda. Getty Images recently announced a new image embed feature that allows bloggers (and others) to access and use their vast library of images for non-commercial purposes. This rather remarkable change in policy by Getty Images shows that it’s ready to work with content creators and adapt to the times we live in. Even WordPress also published an announcement post in which they share the details of Getty’s new offering and how easy it is to embed an image into your blog. There’s now a “</>” below…
 
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  • The Designer and Drummer's Rocking Workspace

    Melanie Pinola
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Dark home offices don't appeal to everyone, but if you're building a man cave for both music and work, this is an inspiring setup.Read more...
  • Streem Offers Unlimited Cloud Storage and Streaming for $20/Month

    Alan Henry
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    If you use cloud storage not just for your files, but also for music, movies, and other content, Streem is a new service that specializes in both, and is offering unlimited storage for all of your files and media for $20/month. They even have desktop and mobile apps and play nice across platforms. Read more...
  • Deadspin Man Who Left Bag At Marathon Finish Line: "It's Symbolism" | io9 Can You Control Your Metab

    Jessica Smith on Jessica, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Deadspin Man Who Left Bag At Marathon Finish Line: "It's Symbolism" | io9 Can You Control Your Metabolism With Your Mind? | Jalopnik The Ten Worst Transportation Social Media Fails | Kotaku Why Fanboys Act Like Jerks | Kinja Popular Posts Read more...
  • Improve Your Presentations and Public Speaking 60 Seconds at a Time

    Melanie Pinola
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Most of us weren't born orators and could use a little practice to make speaking in public more natural and presentations less sucky . Andrew Ng, Coursera co-founder and Stanford professor, suggests doing deliberate practice sessions to get better at these highly useful skills.Read more...
  • MiniPlayer Adds a Tiny Floating Player to Spotify or Rdio

    Thorin Klosowski
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Mac: One of iTunes' nicer features is the MiniPlayer that shrinks the interface down so it gets out of your way. MiniPlayer for Mac adds a similar function to Spotify and Rdio. Read more...
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  • Apple Working With Shazam on Song Identification Capabilities for iOS 8

    Juli Clover
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Apple is working on a song identification feature as a new addition to iOS 8, reports Bloomberg. The company has plans to partner with music discovery service Shazam to offer users a way to discover a song that is playing on the radio or from another source, such as a TV, using a small music clip.The company is planning to unveil a song-discovery feature in an update of its iOS mobile software that will let users identify a song and its artist using an iPhone or iPad, said two people with knowledge of the product, who asked not to be identified because the feature isn’t public. Apple is…
  • Yahoo Wants to Be Apple’s Default iOS Search Engine

    Jordan Golson
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Yahoo is working on two internal projects to optimize its mobile search and monetization in order to convince Apple to make Yahoo the default search engine on iOS reports Re/code. The WSJ reported last year that Apple and Yahoo had been in discussions of how to integrate Yahoo's services more prominently in iOS, beyond powering the Weather and Stocks apps. The report says Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is preparing detailed presentations to present to Apple executives showing what its new mobile search product could look like. There are a pair of internal projects, code-named "Fast Break" and…
  • Google's 'Project Tango' Smartphone Uses Apple's PrimeSense Technology

    Juli Clover
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
    Earlier this year, Google unveiled "Project Tango," an experimental smartphone that incorporates 3D sensors to allow users to map indoor and outdoor environments. Reports suggested that the smartphone's 3D capabilities were powered by the Movidius Myriad 1 3D-sensing chip, but as it turns out, Project Tango is also powered by Apple technology. Alongside two Myriad 1 vision co-processors, Project Tango utilizes a PrimeSense Capri PS1200 3D imaging system-on-a-chip [PDF], technology that Apple acquired when it purchased PrimeSense late last year. The unexpected PrimeSense chip was discovered in…
  • Hyundai Bringing CarPlay to 2015 Sonata Models Later This Year

    Kelly Hodgkins
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:43 am
    Hyundai today announced that it will bring Apple's CarPlay technology to its Sonata automobile lineup starting next year. This introduction makes Hyundai the first volume automobile manufacturer to bring CarPlay to the market and leaves Honda as the only one of five brands featured by Apple as launching CarPlay support in 2014 yet to make a specific announcement. The first Hyundai automobiles to offer the voice-driven system will be the company's popular Sonata line. Models that are equipped with the CarPlay-compatible navigation systems will debut later in the 2015 model year. Hyundai’s…
  • Another Alleged iPhone 6 Case Surfaces with Cutouts for Moved Power Button, New Volume Controls

    Richard Padilla
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:27 am
    New photos showing what appears to be another case for Apple's larger-screen iPhone 6 have been posted by Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate]. While details about the case's exact length are unknown, the images are said to have come from a Chinese accessory maker and show a case designed for the next-generation iPhone, similar to cases pictured last week and those on display at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair yesterday. The case feature slightly rounded edges, similar to the design of the iPhone 5c and consistent with design drawings said to be for the iPhone 6. Like other cases and in line with…
 
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  • 7 Ways to Bore the Hell Out of People

    Chris Brogan
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:38 pm
    I was looking at the news flow stream thing on LinkedIn just now. Don’t ask. But you know, I thought I’d see if anything was worth my time. I found that pretty much every post fell into two categories: “go to my thing” or “read my bland and boring article.” So, a fun idea came to mind. 7 Ways to Bore the Hell Out of People Use graphics everyone else would use. Especially people in suits or weird stick men and dollar signs. Make sure you use a number in the post title, unless it’s an event. Then just say “new event” or “premier…
  • The Single Most Effective Change I Made to My Digital Presence

    Chris Brogan
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:57 pm
    People ask me quite often whether the world of social media has changed much. The answer is yes. It’s changed a lot. There are lots of details to think about. I’ll give you those. But I also wanted to share the single most effective change I made to my digital presence. What’s Changed In Social Media Here’s a quick list: Then: conversational. Now: promotional. Then: thoughtful sharing. Now: shovel it over the wall. Then: “I’m hungry for lots of great information.” Now: “I’m drowning in information.” Then: just being here is great!
  • On the Occasion of my 44th Birthday

    Chris Brogan
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    Today, I turn 44 years old. First, I don’t feel especially old. In fact, I’m in the best health and shape of my life (thank you, fitness journey). Do I feel more wise? I wouldn’t go that far, or at least not in the way that you’d think it would keep me out of trouble. I learn by failing. Wisdom comes with that learning. I’m grateful for the love of a strong woman. I’m thrilled to be a dad to two really smart and funny kids. I’m blessed to have two amazing parents. And I’m lucky to have the support and connection of friends and allies like you.
  • Portland, Oregon – I’m Part of #pdxpioneer

    Chris Brogan
    25 Mar 2014 | 4:01 pm
    I’ll be in Portland, Oregon to speak at Chris Guillebeau’s Pioneer Nation event. It’s built for Owners. Are you in Portland? My Business Intentions for #pdxpioneer I have one goal in mind while speaking at Pioneer Nation: to convince you that the freaks shall inherit the earth. But I’m not going to sell my book. I’m not going to sell my business services (though if you subscribed to my newsletter, I’d be grateful, and if you started in on the Owner’s Mastery Foundation Group, I would LOVE you.
  • Five More Freaks Event Opportunities

    Chris Brogan
    25 Mar 2014 | 9:50 am
    Wow! So, Wiley had to push the book back a few weeks to deal with some last minute stuff (probably my fault), and so that gives me just a little more time to lay some groundwork. For YOU, that means if you’re thinking of having an event and if you want to take advantage of the absolutely most affordable way to have me speak live and in person to your community and event, there’s still time. Hire Me to Speak for Only 300 Books Not bucks. Let’s not be crazy. But books. The deal is this: hire me for an event in this or the next calendar year for the cost of your purchasing of…
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  • The Simple Truth People Forget When Trying to Grow a Business

    Sean Smith
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    You want to grow your business, right? You want downloads of your app, people buying your products, readers on your blog, and evangelists on social media, don’t you? Fair enough, that’s what we all want. But you’re missing something essential. People won’t ever know you, hear from you, understand you, follow you, or engage with you because of one simple flaw. Your target isn’t small enough. Seems counter-intuitive doesn’t it? It isn’t. Building an audience online should be born the same way it is offline: from person-to-person. First, define who you are…
  • Are You Really a Writer … Or Just a Copyist?

    Raubi Perilli
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    There is a terminology problem plaguing the content community. It’s confusing marketers, it’s misleading clients, and it’s causing an identity crisis among content creators everywhere. It seems that no one really knows what it means to be a writer. And Merriam-Webster isn’t much help when it comes to defining this person. A “writer is someone whose work it is to write books, poems, stories, etc.” Or even more vague, a writer is “someone who has written something.” And as Sonia Simone recently pointed out here at Copyblogger, there are even some…
  • 12 Examples of Native Ads (And Why They Work)

    Demian Farnworth
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Despite all the hype, native advertising remains a fuzzy concept for most marketers. According to our 2014 status report: 49 percent of respondents don’t know what native advertising is 24 percent are hardly familiar with it Another 24 percent are somewhat familiar Only 3 percent are very knowledgeable So, given the lack of awareness (and people mistaking it for other things, like sponsorship), we thought it would be a good idea to walk you through about a dozen examples of native advertising — and why they work. Let’s get going. 1. Print advertorials … starting with…
  • Removing Blog Comments: The View So Far

    Jerod Morris
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Shockwaves. That’s what this post by Sonia Simone sent through the Copyblogger community. The post, you’ll recall, announced our decision to remove blog comments and gave the reasoning for why we decided to do so — reasoning that some accepted at face value, others parsed for hidden meaning, and the rest ignored before ZOMG’ing to their social account of choice to share the headline. Agree or disagree, trust or question, the one constant was that everyone had a reaction. Now almost three weeks later, it’s time for us to react to the reaction. In this episode,…
  • Agile Content Marketing: How to Attract an Audience That Builds Your Business

    Brian Clark
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s the question I get more than any other, and it’s one of the most important questions you’ll answer in marketing your business: How do I create a content marketing strategy that actually works? That will take several thousand words to answer, and then you’ll have to create your own strategy. Yep, ultimately it’s up to you. To help, I’ll be writing a few articles over the next several weeks, starting with this one. Each will progress from general to more specific at each step, to provide a blueprint for you to work from. The first step is to get your head right.
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    Macworld

  • Travel gear, HBO, Passbook, and Amazon buys some comics

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Amazon buys yet another company, the changing world of travel tech, using Apple services on non-Apple devices, and HBO's "Silicon Valley." With guests Susie Ochs and Dan Frakes.
  • Report: Yahoo hoping to woo Apple away from Google

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer reportedly has a secret plan: To convince Apple to use her company's mobile-search technology, rather than Google's. (If so, it's not much of a secret anymore.)(recode.net)To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • LaCie warns hackers may have customer info, credit cards after year-long breach

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:12 am
    Seagate-owned LaCie fessed up on Tuesday to a major security breach that put sensitive customer information at risk for nearly a year. The hard drive and peripheral storage maker isn't sure what information has been compromised; however, the company says the list may include customer names, email addresses, credit card numbers, and card expiration dates. In short, the bad guys may have nabbed everything a malicious attacker would need to post fraudulent charges to a LaCie customer's credit card. LaCie said the breach was the result of a malware intrusion that allowed hackers to obtain…
  • Adobe Lightroom mobile review: A strong start, but still a work-in-progress

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:08 am
    Adobe brings touch and gesture navigation to Lightroom mobile. Helpful overlays introduce you to the new gestures. For as many image editing and organizing apps as we’ve seen on iOS, none has come close to rivaling what you can do on your computer. Until now. Adobe Lightroom, long the gold standard for desktop digital image workflow, now brings its core capabilities to iOS in a companion app, Lightroom mobile 1.0 for iPad (and soon iPhone). In so doing, Adobe successfully reimagines Lightroom for touch. But as this 1.0 version shows, Lightroom mobile has much room to grow, both in features…
  • Podcast: Comic relief

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    We’re back for another look at the past week in Apple (and related tech industry) news. We touch on Amazon’s purchase of Comixology and what the retail giant might get out of the deal, discuss the latest announcements and apps from Dropbox, try to read the tea leaves and figure out what the future of the iTunes Store holds, decide whether or not we’ll be upgrading our car stereos for aftermarket CarPlay units, and attempt to decipher just what is going on with the whole analyst/pundit community.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
 
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    ReadWrite

  • How Arduino And Raspberry Pi Can Enhance Your Connected Home

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:17 am
    ReadWriteHome is an ongoing series exploring the implications of living in connected homes. The connected home, the ultimate ideal in technology-driven luxury, promises easy living by passing along our drudgery to computers. But it’s not perfect. Even if you’re willing to shell out for expensive devices for your house, are you willing to trust them? There’s always the concern that when a middleman is involved, you’re relinquishing at least some control of your own domain. See also: Hacking The Connected Home: When Your House Watches You In that case, why not roll your…
  • The Rear-View Camera Is No Longer Just An Option For Cars—It's The Law

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:04 am
    ReadWriteDrive is an ongoing series covering the future of transportation. Here’s something gruesome to consider: More than 200 people are killed every year when cars are reversing—most of these deaths are children. Back-up accidents also injure more than 15,000 people each year. These factoids get more tragic when you consider that it’s usually a parent behind the wheel, and the cost of preventing nearly all of these accidents is a cheap piece of technology: A $50 camera. Take heart. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) took a big step on March 31 to…
  • How Microsoft's Cortana Stacks Up Against Siri And Google Now

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:53 am
    Cortana doesn’t want you to know where Master Chief is hiding. But for just about everything else, Microsoft's new voice-controlled personal assistant is ready and available to do your bidding. See also: Introducing Cortana, Plus 8 Other Things To Know About Windows 8.1 Cortana, a new feature in Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system, is both a search engine and a helper, just like its counterparts: Apple's Siri and Google Now for Android. Cortana—who says she's female, though not a woman—is Microsoft’s attempt to counter Google's domination of Web search on smartphones while…
  • Atlassian's Geeky Software Carves Out A Big Home With Developers

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:54 am
    f you're not a developer, you're not going to understand Atlassian's success. Atlassian employs no salespeople, yet it's doing over $200 million in annual sales, according to a recent report in The Wall Street Journal. While enterprise software companies struggle to make their wares more consumer-friendly, Atlassian builds software that only a developer could love: It's geeky, not super intuitive and frankly somewhat unpleasant to use for a business user like myself. Yet it's now worth $3.3 billion. How's that? Of The Developer, For The Developer Atlassian co-founder…
  • With Gnip, Twitter Is Ready To Sell Your Tweets

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    Gnip was once a neutral provider of social data, but now that neutrality is gone, and it's in the hands of Twitter. Twitter on Tuesday announced the acquisition of social data analytics startup Gnip, which is one of the only companies with access to Twitter’s firehose of data—all the tweets and activity streams on Twitter since the platform launched in 2006. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Twitter will bring both the revenue and data streams from Gnip in-house, exerting full control over our tweets and how they’re used.  Gnip has worked with Twitter…
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    Smashing Magazine Feed

  • Why You Should Get Excited About Emotional Branding

    Rick Sloboda
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:47 am
       Globalization, low-cost technologies and saturated markets are making products and services interchangeable and barely distinguishable. As a result, today’s brands must go beyond face value and tap into consumers’ deepest subconscious emotions to win the marketplace. The Role Of Brands Is Changing In recent decades, the economic base has shifted from production to consumption, from needs to wants, from objective to subjective. We’re moving away from the functional and technical characteristics of the industrial era, into a time when consumers are making buying decisions…
  • A Guide To Validating Product Ideas With Quick And Simple Experiments

    Grace Ng
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
       You probably know by now that you should speak with customers and test your idea before building a product. What you probably don’t know is that you might be making some of the most common mistakes when running your experiments. Mistakes include testing the wrong aspect of your business, asking the wrong questions and neglecting to define a criterion for success. This article is your guide to designing quick, effective, low-cost experiments. A Product With No Users After 180 Days Four years ago, I had a great idea. What if there was a more visual way to learn about our world?
  • Building The Web App For Unicef’s Tap Campaign: A Case Study

    Nick Jonas, Francis Villanueva
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:12 am
       Since a smartphone landed in almost everyone’s pocket, developers have been faced with the question of whether to go with a mobile website or a native app. Native applications offer the smoothest and most feature-rich user experience in almost every case. They have direct access to the GPU, making layer compositions and pixel movements buttery-smooth. They provide native UI frameworks that end users are familiar with, and they take care of the low-level aspects of UI development that developers don’t have time to deal with. When eschewing an app in favor of a mobile website,…
  • How To Build A Ruby Gem With Bundler, Test-Driven Development, Travis CI And Coveralls, Oh My!

    Mark McDonnell
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:39 am
       Ruby is a great language. It was designed to foster happiness and productivity in developers, all the while providing tools that are effective and yet focused on simplicity. One of the tools available to the Rubyist is the RubyGems package manager. It enables us both to include “gems” (i.e. packaged code) that we can reuse in our own applications and to package our own code as a gem to share with the Ruby community. We’ll be focusing on the latter in this article. I’ve written an open-source gem named Sinderella (available on GitHub), and in this article I’ll go through…
  • Involving Clients In Your Mobile Workflow

    Thomas Joos
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:12 am
       A lot of mobile-minded talented folks across the globe produce great work, but yet sometimes you still hear many of them complain about their relationships with their clients. They often mention feeling isolated and not truly understanding what the client really needed. This lack of personal interaction often leads to misunderstanding, as well as less awareness of and appreciation for all your hard work. While involving clients in your mobile workflow can be challenging, really working together will make a big difference. In this article, I’ll share some important things I’ve…
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Douglas Sonders!

    Brad Moore
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    In many of my workshops, photography career articles, and classes, I’ll often share with my students the one amazing tool that will revolutionize their work, help attract new clients, and keep their spirits positive all at once. It’s personal work. Sure, maybe you’ve heard this before, but maybe you haven’t heard the true significance of why doing ongoing personal photoshoots are so important for you. For me, doing this has made my entire career.The past year has thankfully been very good business-wise (I’m a commercial photographer and video producer), but as we all know, we…
  • Big App News: Your “most requested” feature is now here And so is our Android Version (finally!)

    Scott Kelby
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:33 pm
    Big, big App news today for KelbyOne subscribers as we’ve just released a major update to the KelbyOne App for IOS, and it includes the #1 most-requested feature by our members: the ability to take a class “off-line” so you can watch it on a flight, or during a commute, or any time you don’t have access to wireless.This new version has already been released (along with a bunch of other happy new features), and it’s available free to KelbyOne Subscribers from App Store for iPad.Oh I can’t believe this day is finally here — we have an Android version!
  • Perhaps my most revealing interview ever

    Scott Kelby
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:21 pm
    Last week, while we were all at Photoshop World, the always amazing Karen Hutton released an interview she did with me on her show “The Chat” and of all the interviews I’ve ever done, a lot of folks have told me this was the most revealing. I wouldn’t’ know, because I haven’t been able to bring myself to watch the interview because of something that happened to me during the interview as it went to a place I was not expecting, or prepared to go.Anyway, I shared it on social last week when she posted it, but I wanted to share it here with my readers who have…
  • Thanks So Much Atlanta (and see you all in Vegas in the Fall!)

    Scott Kelby
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:01 pm
    (Above: That’s Peter Hurley above and below on-stage delivering a funny, engaging, and throughly inspiring talk to close out the amazing week in Atlanta. Photos here by Brad Moore).What an incredible week! One of our best Photoshop World’s ever (and that’s saying something), partially thanks to the Galleria Center in Atlanta which turned out to be the best location ever for hosting a large event like Photoshop World, and partially because the people who came were so engaging, fun and ready to learn that it just set the instructor team on fire!!!!Each year we close Photoshop…
  • Interested In Coming to Photoshop World Next Time? Here Are Some Reasons You Should!

    Brad Moore
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    We don’t want to try to convince you that you should come to Photoshop World, really. Just listen to these people who have attended the conference and they’ll tell you why they’ve come back to Photoshop World time and time again. Whether it’s the one-on-one time they get with instructors, networking with other creatives, or learning the latest skills in the creative field, there’s more than one reason that they love it!
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    Digital Photography School

  • Finding and Working with Available Light

    Michael Walker-Toye
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I don’t use a flash for my photography, it’s a personal preference. Available light, in its many forms, is both challenging and rewarding so I rarely find a need to turn to creative lighting. Natural light, golden hour What is ‘available light’? Let’s be clear on definitions first. As a street photographer my preferred source of light is sunlight, more specifically, natural light. Available and ambient light refer to any and all light sources the photographer did not introduce for their photograph; light bulbs, candles, fire, neon, to name a few. The available light…
  • The Power of Post-processing for Landscape Photography

    Todd Sisson
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Embracing the power of creative post-processing can transform your landscape photography from dull and lifeless, to lustrous and vibrant overnight! We’re acutely aware that the preceding statement reads suspiciously like the voiceover script for a ‘next generation, nano-organic hair care’ commercial, but it’s true – digital post-processing can be a transcendent experience for your landscape images. Sunset over the Mount Egmont from Wai-iti Beach, Taranaki Coast, New Zealand (by Sarah). Post-processing doesn’t always have to be complex to be effective. This image…
  • Guide to Creative White Balance for Landscape Photography

    Alex Morrison
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    If you’ve been using a digital camera for any length of time, you’ve probably heard about White Balance. You may still be wondering exactly what it is, and how to use it; or you may be using it right now and be wondering how it can possibly be something “creative”. Different white balance settings create different looks I’m going to show you some of my techniques for using White Balance to creatively enhance your landscape photography and with a few simple steps you can unlock the remarkable power of creative White Balance. Don’t worry, this is not a…
  • 5 Reasons for Doing Natural Light Portraits

    Andrew S. Gibson
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    With all the attention given to the art and craft of shooting portraits using flash, you could be forgiven for thinking that this is the only way to take a portrait. The truth is that while fashionable Speedlites get all the attention, there are photographers working almost entirely in natural light and creating beautiful portraits without a softbox or light stand in sight. One of the most prolific is Eduardo Izq, a photographer based in the United States who has built an impressive portfolio of natural light portraits taken using local models and dancers. Eduardo takes natural light…
  • A Guide to Landscape Photography Workflow and Post-Processing

    Darren Rowse
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:01 am
    Today is an exciting day at dPS HQ because we’re releasing an eBook that has been asked for many times by readers – LOVING Landscapes, a Guide to Landscape Photography Workflow and Post-Processing by Todd and Sarah Sisson. Early in 2013 we looked at our growing library of photography eBooks and realised that we had a big hole to fill – we were yet to publish a Landscape Photography eBook. We began the hunt for a photographer to create a guide. After much searching we came across the photography of husband and wife team Todd and Sarah Sisson and fell in love with their…
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    Breaking Apple News, Tips and Reviews from The Unofficial Apple Weblog RSS Feed

  • The transparent Mac trick

    Mike Wehner
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Usually these wallpapers don't work well with desktops, but this is a big exception. [Photo credit: Thomas Huxley]...
  • The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for April 16, 2014

    Steven Sande
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's...
  • How to create your own coiled iPhone charging cord

    Mike Wehner
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Apple's official iPhone and iPad charging cords are nothing special. Like any straight wires, they have a tendency to tangle in a bag and they don't look particularly neat laying across your desk or nightstand. But there's a way to give your official...
  • TUAW TV Live: Form factors and other delights

    Steven Sande
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:55 pm
    All the talk these days about forthcoming Apple devices seems to focus on one thing -- form factors, AKA "how big the screen is". With the iPhone, there's a lot of talk about a larger display, and despite the fact that the iPad already comes in two...
  • Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates

    Kelly Hodgkins
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can. Apps Now Free Geared for iPad [iPad;...
 
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    Strobist

  • On Manufactured Opportunities

    4 Apr 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Every day I try to spend as much time walking as my schedule will allow. Ideally, I just head off into the woods and shoot for at least ten miles a day. I don't always hit that goal, but even on a bad day I'll get most of it.That's because long walks invariably pay for the time they cost in many ways: health, mental well-being, increased fitness and maybe best of all, a steady stream of ideas.Of those ideas, there is one type that constantly proves itself to be the most valuable to me as a photographer. And that is the concept of the manufactured opportunity. Read more »
  • Gulf Photo Plus 2014 Shootout Video is Live

    25 Mar 2014 | 11:05 am
    Earlier this month I had the honor to host (read: did not have to compete in) the Gulf Photo Plus 2014 Shootout, which this year featured Zack Arias vs. Sara Lando. Zack is a multi-year veteran, Sara is a newb. You'd think she'd be an easy put-down. You'd be wrong.Having been the first person to walk out on stage in the first-ever shootout in 2010, I can tell you it is absolutely terrifying. You feel as if you have made a terrible mistake, and that you have everything to lose and nothing to gain.You feel as if the creative part of your brain just announced, "Eff this. I'm outta here." and you…
  • A Guide to Lighting Indoor Sports

    25 Feb 2014 | 7:09 am
    Newspapers may be circling the drain at this point, but for 150 years they were king of the hill. And the 20 years I spent there proved to be a great ride as well as a non-stop idea lab.Today we'll take a look back at how we developed our multi-budget solutions for lighting winter indoor sports—specifically in high school gymnasiums. Lighting indoor sports opens up a whole new world as compared to trying to shoot available light. You can both freeze action and define the quality of the light in a much better way than the spotty existing overheads.And for the sake of argument, let's…
  • Yep, That's an OCF Magnet at The South Pole.

    4 Feb 2014 | 9:21 am
    Back in 2009 we had a little game going wherein people left Strobist OCF magnets at various places around the world. Some were dropped off and tweeted for the first finder to claim. Others were just placed and photo'd in what can only be considered some pretty impressive spots. One might say it even got a little competitive.Five years later, reader Sebastian Stewart has just dropped an OCF A-Bomb. He has placed an Off-Camera Flash magnet at the South Pole. Sebastian is on a team of NASA scientists who measure atmospheric conditions by shooting (frickin') lasers into the air and measuring the…
  • Winters' Road to Seeing Finally Shipping

    1 Feb 2014 | 12:25 pm
    The seemingly mythical Dan Winters: The Road to Seeing is finally, actually in stock and shipping from Amazon. But even now, over a month after release, they are saying it might take an extra 1-2 days to process. Because Curse of New Dan Winters Book, I guess.Seriously, this thing disappeared pretty much as soon as it arrived (pre-orders?) and was never planned to be a big press run. So if you want it, you best make hay while the sun shines.
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    News: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Canon G1 X Mark II First Impressions Review

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Canon's PowerShot G1 X Mark II is an intriguing update. It keeps the 1.5"-type sensor from its predecessor, but adds a faster processor, longer and brighter lens, tilting LCD, dual control rings and has Wi-Fi with NFC. The big change for 2014 is no more optical viewfinder. Our first impressions review covers the usual aspects of the camera (Controls, Body and Design, etc.), but also has our Shooting Experience report where we talk about it handles in the real-world. Learn more
  • Fuji adds grips, grip strap, and extended eye-cup accessories for X-T1

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Fujifilm UK has announced a host of accessories for its X-T1 mirrorless cameras. These include two extra accessory grips for the X-T1, which build on the features offered by the MHG-style grips already available for the X-series cameras. The MHG-XT Small and Large offer a choice grip sizes and include integrated Arca-Swiss compatible flanges, as well as full-time access to the battery port. Other accessories include a deeper viewfinder eye-cup and a handgrip-style strap that's compatible across the X-mount range. Pricing and availability dates have not yet…
  • Fujifilm announces 1.4x teleconverter for X100/X100S

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Fujifilm has formally announced the TCL-X100, a 1.4x teleconverter for the X100 and X100S that was first shown at CP+ back in February. The converter brings the focal length up to 33mm (50mm equiv.) and features an HT-EBC coating to reduce flare. Owners of the X100 and X100S will need to update their firmware in order to take advantage of the TCL-X100. The teleconverter will be available this May in your choice of black or silver for $349.99.
  • Google applies for contact lens camera patent

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    If you are the kind of person who gets uncomfortable at the thought of somebody recording you on Google Glass, the search company's latest patent application will probably make you feel even more uneasy. In January Google announced its smart contact lens project and now has filed a patent application for a micro camera module to go with the smart lenses. Learn more
  • Sony releases update for QX10 and QX100 lens modules

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Sony has released a firmware update for its QX10 and QX100 camera modules that bring a couple of improvements. The shutter button can now be used to pre-focus with a half-press which allows you to focus and recompose with the QX modules just like you would do with any digital camera. Learn more
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Lightroom Mobile Tip: Selecting A Photo To Represent the Collection

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:14 am
    Lightroom Mobile launched last week to a huge welcoming crowd at Photoshop World. Since then I’ve heard a lot of great feedback on it and I’m hopeful to see where things go in the future. Anyway, I had a cool tip to share that one of the blog readers (Brian) asked about last week. See, Lightroom Mobile uses collections on the iPad. When you’re looking at all of your collections though, you’re only going to see one photo that represents the collection. But sometimes that photo (that Lightroom chooses automatically) may not be a good representation of the collection for…
  • Your First Tutorial/Look On Lightroom Mobile

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:50 am
    Well, it’s here. There’s been a lot of talk over Lightroom Mobile since Photoshop World Vegas 2013 (when Adobe first gave everyone a sneak peak). Now it’s here and I wanted to put together a quick tutorial for you. Also, don’t forget that I did a full Learning Center with 8 videos over at KelbyOne and if you’re a subscriber, those videos are always in the subscriber area for you to check out. 1. Getting Lightroom Mobile Up and Running First, you’ll need to download and install the app on your iPad. Here’s the link. Then you’ll need to update…
  • Converting To DNG After Importing To Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:01 pm
    First off I just wanted to give a HUGE thanks to everyone that came out to my seminars this week in Indianapolis and Columbus, OH. I had two awesome crowds and, while I’m really happy to be on my way home, I had a blast getting to meet everyone who came out. Anyway, I’m on the plane back, and had some time to think about common questions I get. One of those questions is about converting to DNG and whether or not it’s possible to convert to it after you do your Lightroom import. See, the Import dialog has a Copy as DNG option in it. But what if you’re just adding photos…
  • 5 Random Little Things In Lightroom That Throw People Off

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:19 am
    I’m on the plane to Indianapolis right now, heading to teach my Lightroom seminar tomorrow (well, today when you read this). As I’m reviewing my notes, I realized there’s a bunch of little random things that people will come up and ask about throughout the day. Things that throw people off, have them searching around needlessly for settings, or simply things/settings that were just accidentally clicked on. So I thought I’d recap the top 5 I hear about. 1) Info Display – By default, Lightroom wants to put your photo “info” over the photo. Personally I hate…
  • Can You Apply Multiple Presets in Lightroom?

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    25 Mar 2014 | 7:16 am
    I get the question all the time… Can you stack multiple presets in Lightroom? The answer? You “kinda” can, but it’s not really stacking. See, each preset let’s you record a certain adjustment (Exposure, Highlights, vignetting, etc…) and it’s settings. So if I have my Exposure set to +1.00 when I create a preset, it’ll record that +1.00 as the Exposure setting as long as I check the Exposure checkbox in the Preset dialog (see below). Once I apply the preset to another photo it’ll set that photo’s Exposure setting to +1.00. No matter…
 
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' for iPad Now Available Worldwide

    Juli Clover
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Blizzard Entertainment’s digital card trading game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft for iPad is now available for download worldwide after soft-launching in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand in early April. The game initially launched for the Mac in March. The free-to-play collectible card game is set in the Warcraft universe, allowing players to compete with Magic the Gathering-style decks in one-on-one fights via Battle.net or against the computer. The iPad version of the game is able to connect to a Battle.net account, syncing with the PC/Mac version.  JUMP RIGHT IN: Fun…
  • 'Anki Drive' AI-Based Slot Car Racing Game Gains New Cars and Tracks

    Juli Clover
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Anki today announced the debut of two new cars and two new tracks for its iPhone-compatible Anki Drive slot car racing game. Joining the existing four cars are Hadion and Corax, new characters that focus on speed and weaponry, respectively. Designed by Anki and Hollywood legend Harald Belker, Corax and Hadion are the newest characters available for Anki DRIVE. Hadion is built for speed and is the only car that can access Turbo Boost, which enables you to fly incredibly fast down the track. Corax is the ultimate warrior, with the option to mount multiple weapons. Watch out, he's an aggressive…
  • Apple Launches 8 GB iPhone 5c in 16 New European Countries [Updated]

    Richard Padilla
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:22 am
    Following a brief maintenance period worldwide, Apple's Online Stores in the Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Sweden, Poland, and the Czech Republic are now selling the 8 GB iPhone 5c. The device was spotted in these online stores by 9to5Mac. The 8 GB version of the phone was launched last month in a few of Apple's Online Stores alongside the relaunched 16 GB iPad 4. Apple revealed in a statement to Re/code that its strategy with the 8 GB iPhone 5c is to offer a low-cost option that is compatible with the growing number of developing LTE networks in certain countries. The report also noted that…
  • Compliance Monitor Says Relationship With Apple Has 'Significantly Improved'

    Husain Sumra
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:59 pm
    In his first report to US District Judge Denise Cote, external compliance monitor Michael Bromwich says that his relationship with Apple has "significantly improved" since Apple was ordered to hire him to ensure the company complies with antitrust requirements in the wake of the e-book antitrust case, reports the Wall Street Journal. After the Second Circuit panel issued its decision in early February, we took steps to reestablish contact and to attempt to “reset” our relationship with Apple, as this Court had directed during the January 13, 2014 proceedings and in its January 16, 2014…
  • T-Mobile Ending All Overage Charges, Challenging Rivals to Follow

    Kelly Hodgkins
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:56 am
    T-Mobile is kicking off a new campaign targeting overage fees as part of its ongoing Uncarrier initiative that aims to disrupt the wireless industry in the U.S. Starting in May, the U.S. carrier is eliminating overage charges for all its customers regardless of their cellular plan. The wireless carrier also challenges its competitors to do the same. With this move, T-Mobile is abolishing those additional charges that are levied when a customer exceeds their available minutes or allotted data for their cellular plan. These extra calling minutes or gigabytes of data are charged at a much higher…
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    CNN Travel

  • CNNGo in Milan: Supermodels, high fashion and top brollies

    hiufu
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Our monthly TV show cruises the home of some of the world's greatest designers, discovering a hidden museum and an exclusive umbrella maker along the wayWhat is the real Milan?A culinary journey through MilanExperience Milan's eclectic nightlifeTalk about style: this month, CNNGo TV checks out Milan Fashion Week's catwalk with model Eva Riccobono and explores the city's night scene with DJ Matteo Ceccarini. We also visit to one of the world’s most exclusive umbrella makers, a top restaurant and the navigli, the derelict canals that run through the city. Francesco Maglia Ombrelli…
  • iReport: Your favorite attractions in Colombo, Sri Lanka

    hiufu
    19 Mar 2014 | 7:00 pm
    A greener Galle Face Green and the newly refurbished Dutch Hospital Precinct -- some of the travel ideas for your next Sri Lanka trip"[Colombo] has undergone a major transformation in the past five years and I'm glad to say that it's all for the better -- Colombo has become a much more interesting, beautiful and enjoyable place," says iReporter Abdul Rahman Ifham. "It's a must visit for anyone and everyone." Ifham has traveled to many places, but still thinks Sri Lanka's capital city -- also his home city -- is the best in the world. He and his friends -- Praveen Wijayaweera, Rakhitha…
  • Appy Traveler: Best new apps for travelers

    16 Mar 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Latest entries include an all-in-one business traveler's app, the new Google Maps and an exclusive concierge serviceBookmark this article and check back in occasionally to see what new great apps we love, and think you should try. Also see: 50 best apps for travelers ... so far Updated March 17, 2014 Google Maps Newer and better.iOS: App Store Android: Google Play Windows Phone: Store The recently launched new Google Maps app offers faster and more navigation options such as a transit route with less walking and provides live traffic or accident information en route. Travelers can also…
  • CNNGo in Sri Lanka: Spicy crabs, blue whales and Ceylon tea

    hiufu
    11 Mar 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Fresh seafood mixed with UNESCO World Heritage Sites -- CNNGo explores Sri Lanka Sri Lanka's freshest seafoodColombo's 'creepy' town hallWhale watching in Sri LankaEditor's note: This month CNNGo heads to the island nation of Sri Lanka. Previous episodes can be viewed on the CNNGo page. Starting in Sri Lanka's freshest seafood market and the renovated racecourse in Colombo, this month's CNNGo episode then ventures beyond the capital city to the seaside city of Galle and the tranquil tea farm-filled countryside. Ministry of Crab Sorry, Singapore. Chili crabs are actually from Sri Lanka.
  • Now eat! Okinawan cuisine gets a makeover

    karlac1
    6 Mar 2014 | 2:00 pm
    How a unique island culture is taking its own version of "local" a step furtherWhen it comes to food movements, the word “local” is a rarity in Okinawa. That's because restaurants in Japan's southernmost prefecture have been doing the local thing long before it was trending. Or even just trendy. World-renowned for promoting health and longevity, traditional Okinawan cuisine uses primarily local ingredients. What's more, it's easy to find.   Restaurants across this multiple-island prefecture dish out fresh, delicious fare ranging from braised pork rafute and custardy shima…
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