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  • 5 career lessons from “Game of Thrones”

    Holy Kaw!
    Josh Urich
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    “Game of Thrones” has a lot to teach us about life. Not only does it tell you how to brutally kill your enemies, but also it tells you how to advance your career. Wait, what? It does? Yes, according to Lifehack. “Game of Thrones” actually teaches us a lot about career advancement. For example, when Cersei winds up running the country, she burns her network almost immediately. And as fans of the show know, that did not end well for her. In fact, it sent her to jail. While burning your job network might not wind you up in jail, it certainly could make your career much…
  • Yankees Pine Tar Ejection: A Window Into Baseball's Sneaky Unwritten Rules

    Sam Laird
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:38 pm
    New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected from a Wednesday night game against the Boston Red Sox for having a swath of pine tar on his neck, then suspended for 10 games by Major League Baseball on Thursday. After Pineda's ejection, many casual followers of the sport had similar reactions: Pine tar? What's up with that? What is this, 1919? Then first step to understanding Pineda's pine tar-gate is accepting that baseball, more than any other sport, relies on a set of codified standards that don't always jibe with what you'll find in the rule book. To wit: Pine tar is illegal for use…
  • PayPal And Starbucks Are Piloting A Wireless Smartwatch Payment System

    Fast Company
    Evie Nagy
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:28 am
    The beacon-enabled system, being tested at PayPal's on-campus Starbucks, lets users buy their lattes simply by walking into the store with a Samsung Galaxy wearable.From parking apps to Square, one of the key elements in the growth of the mobile industry is finding ways to make it easier for people to part with their money. Now PayPal and Starbucks are piloting a new program to enable wireless payments with smartwatches.Read Full Story
  • Hulu Plus Launches Remote Control Feature To Connect With Game Consoles

    Ryan Lawler
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:41 pm
     Hulu just added a new feature to its mobile apps that will enable users to control the videos streaming on their game consoles from their phones or tablets. The new app connects with Sony’s PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, as well as Microsoft’s Xbox One. Users open up their Hulu Plus app, and it should be able to automatically detect game consoles nearby. Once that’s done, a… Read More
  • How big is your shortcut budget?

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:16 am
    All of us are willing to spend a little time and a little money looking for a shortcut now and then. A quicker, more effective way to lose weight, make friends, earn money and get clean, fresh breath. Sometimes, one of those shortcuts pays off and it reinforces our belief that there might just be a better way. It seems, though, that those that spend the most effort in search of shortcuts are often the most disappointed and the least successful.        
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    Holy Kaw!

  • 5 career lessons from “Game of Thrones”

    Josh Urich
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    “Game of Thrones” has a lot to teach us about life. Not only does it tell you how to brutally kill your enemies, but also it tells you how to advance your career. Wait, what? It does? Yes, according to Lifehack. “Game of Thrones” actually teaches us a lot about career advancement. For example, when Cersei winds up running the country, she burns her network almost immediately. And as fans of the show know, that did not end well for her. In fact, it sent her to jail. While burning your job network might not wind you up in jail, it certainly could make your career much…
  • Baseball fanbases broken down by zipcode [interactive map]

    Kate Rinsema
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Sorry Mets fans, but you have some work to do in the area of fan recruitment, at least if this interactive map from the New York Times is anything to go by. Fans may not list which team they favor on the census, but millions of them do make their preferences public on Facebook. Using aggregated data provided by the company, we were able to create an unprecedented look at the geography of baseball fandom, going down not only to the county level, as Facebook did in a nationwide map it released a few weeks ago, but also to ZIP codes. We can now clearly see that both Hartford and New Haven are in…
  • 10 strange reasons men shave [infographic]

    Josh Urich
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Men usually shave for one reason: they prefer to be beardless. But that’s not always the case. Sometimes we shave for super weird reasons, like not getting food stuck in your beard. Full story at Lifehack. More men’s style. Photo credit: Canva
  • Check out these wicked fingerboarding skills[video]

    Kate Rinsema
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:27 am
    While there’s no danger o f a concussion or broken limbs when it comes to the sport of fingerboarding, there’s no doubt it’s still a wonder to behold seeing how many of us can’t even manage to write legibly much less execute skateboarding stunts with our digits. Full story at YouTube via Laughing Squid. Fascinating little videos. Graphics credit: Canva
  • 26 ridiculous drawings predicting the future

    Josh Urich
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    There’s nothing better than looking back at old pictures that predicted, or tried to predict, the future. These pictures from back in the day issues of Popular Mechanics reveal some, well, interesting hopes for the future. Behold, the weird metal war cocoon: Time for a nice day at the beach, in your propeller driven boat!   In the future, we execute elephants: We also shoot balloons from moving planes. Because science! Here’s one that should be true. We stop abusing horses and start just driving cars with (hopefully fake) horse heads on them: Full story at Cracked. The…
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  • Yankees Pine Tar Ejection: A Window Into Baseball's Sneaky Unwritten Rules

    Sam Laird
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:38 pm
    New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected from a Wednesday night game against the Boston Red Sox for having a swath of pine tar on his neck, then suspended for 10 games by Major League Baseball on Thursday. After Pineda's ejection, many casual followers of the sport had similar reactions: Pine tar? What's up with that? What is this, 1919? Then first step to understanding Pineda's pine tar-gate is accepting that baseball, more than any other sport, relies on a set of codified standards that don't always jibe with what you'll find in the rule book. To wit: Pine tar is illegal for use…
  • Michelle Obama Lights Up Leslie Knope on 'Parks and Recreation'

    Josh Dickey
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    How does "FLOTUS and Knope" sound for a ticket? First Lady Michelle Obama is making a guest appearance on Thursday night’s Parks and Recreation, the season six finale titled "Moving Up." NBC shared some stills from the shoot with Mashable, filmed two months ago in Miami. SEE ALSO: Leslie Knope's 8 Tips for the Perfect Compliment Pawnee, Ind., has attracted political luminaries aplenty, from Vice President Joe Biden to Senators John McCain of Arizona and Barbara Boxer of California. But clearly, Leslie Knope is especially thrilled to have the First Lady walking the halls: Amy…
  • In Drought Response, Home Depot Holds Nationwide Conservation Workshops

    Ann-Marie Alcántara
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The Home Depot is taking its "more saving, more doing" slogan an environmental level. This weekend, it's hosting nationwide water conservation workshops to encourage homeowners to start conserving more water. Drought conditions across the Southwest are not expected to improve or end anytime soon and homeowners are being forced to restrict their water usage. In response, Home Depot is holding a series of 10 water conservation workshops on Saturday, April 26, in each of its 1,977 stores The total conservation effort by Home Depot includes the workshops, as well as remodeling its in-store layout…
  • Traveling Through Time With Google Street View

    Kenny Suleimanagich
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Google Maps' new time slider lets users roll Street View images as far back as 2007. Here are a few sites we found that show the evolution of cities over time. See also: 36 Embarrassing Google Street View Sightings How has your neighborhood changed on Street View? Let us know in the comments. Image: Google Maps Read more...More about Google, Google Maps, Street View, Tech, and Apps Software
  • Apple TV: The Little Hobby That Wouldn't Die

    Seth Fiegerman
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:02 pm
    After Steve Jobs unveiled updates to the entire iPod line and revealed that movies would soon be sold in the iTunes store, he made one final product announcement. "This next thing is a little unusual for us," Jobs began during an Apple event in June 2006. "It's a sneak peak of a product that will be announced in the first calendar quarter of 2007. We usually keep things pretty corralled until we are ready to ship them, but in this case I think it completes the story." That story, as Jobs told it, was about building a more complete ecosystem, which would let consumers access their…
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  • PayPal And Starbucks Are Piloting A Wireless Smartwatch Payment System

    Evie Nagy
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:28 am
    The beacon-enabled system, being tested at PayPal's on-campus Starbucks, lets users buy their lattes simply by walking into the store with a Samsung Galaxy wearable.From parking apps to Square, one of the key elements in the growth of the mobile industry is finding ways to make it easier for people to part with their money. Now PayPal and Starbucks are piloting a new program to enable wireless payments with smartwatches.Read Full Story
  • Watch A Murderer Use Snapchat To Commit The Perfect Crime In This 6-Minute Film

    Evie Nagy
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:12 am
    In Murder On Snapchat, the message-deleting app, along with other social media, becomes the platform of your worst nightmares.It's normal to be anxious about the digital permanence of your activity on social media, but according to this film, we might have a lot more to fear from Snapchat messages that disappear forever.Read Full Story
  • Taco Bell's Fancy Upscale Offshoot Will Soon Serve You Philly Cheesesteak Tacos

    Chris Gayomali
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:04 am
    It is called U.S. Taco Co., and it will open for business in Orange County later this year.Taco Bell is taking its hybrid Frankenfood mission to the next level. Thursday, the chain announced a new "fast-casual" concept restaurant for the perpetually boardshorted dude-bros of Huntington Beach, Calif. According to Ad Age, the new spin-off restaurant is called U.S. Taco Co., and it will serve slightly upscale fare but with a Taco Bell twist. Think: A taco that tastes like a Philly cheesesteak. Or, if you prefer, Southern fried chicken stuffed into a tortilla. And as it goes in Southern…
  • This App Is Like A Remote Control For Your Credit Cards

    Alice Truong
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    With CardControl, consumers can activate and deactivate cards as well as set shopping rules for location, transaction types, merchant categories, and spending limits.When parents hand over a credit card to their kids, they can only hope it's used as intended--say, paying for gas as opposed to booze. But OnDot, a startup emerging out of stealth mode Thursday, aims to give cardholders greater control over their payments, allowing them to activate and deactivate cards as well as set rules for location, transaction types, merchant categories, and spending limits with an app called…
  • Facebook Courts Journalists With Its "FB Newswire"

    Jessica Hullinger
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    The social network partners with Storyful in an effort to become a news resource for journalists.On Thursday, Facebook announced FB Newswire, a tool aimed at helping journalists "find, share and embed newsworthy content from Facebook in the media they produce."Read Full Story
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  • Hulu Plus Launches Remote Control Feature To Connect With Game Consoles

    Ryan Lawler
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:41 pm
     Hulu just added a new feature to its mobile apps that will enable users to control the videos streaming on their game consoles from their phones or tablets. The new app connects with Sony’s PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, as well as Microsoft’s Xbox One. Users open up their Hulu Plus app, and it should be able to automatically detect game consoles nearby. Once that’s done, a… Read More
  • We’ve Got To Embrace It, Man

    John Biggs
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:15 pm
     First, understand that as an employee of AOL, I'm slightly embarrassed but far more amused by our "digital prophet," David Shing AKA Shingy AKA Miley Scissorhands. His efforts on our behalf to make AOL look cool have, at best, made us look like absolute idiots. Remember, we're not all him, but sadly he represents us. Read More
  • FTC Issues Blistering Rebuke Of States Limiting Tesla’s Direct Consumer Sales

    Alex Wilhelm
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:02 pm
     The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is not big on state’s limiting the ability of electric car manufacturer Tesla to sell its cars directly to consumers. In a post published today, fittingly on its Competition Matters blog, the FTC whacked such restrictions, detailing how legal protections for dealers were built, and how they in time evolved into the opposite of their original intention.… Read More
  • Sorry, But Google Glass Isn’t Actually For Sale To Everybody Yet

    Frederic Lardinois
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:50 am
     Rumor has it that Google Glass is currently for sale to anybody in the United States. Sadly (or not -- depending on your feelings about Glass), that's not actually the case. While the Google Glass store is indeed open and seems to be taking orders (Update: all the models are sold out now), Google tells us that this isn't the public launch of Glass to anybody who wants to plunk down $1,500 (plus… Read More
  • You Know You Want A Galaxy S5 With Swarovski Crystals On The Back

    Matt Burns
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:32 am
     Samsung and Swarovski are back at it again with another unholy mash-up that puts crystals on the back of Samsung Galaxy smartphones. Because why not? Read More
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  • How big is your shortcut budget?

    Seth Godin
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:16 am
    All of us are willing to spend a little time and a little money looking for a shortcut now and then. A quicker, more effective way to lose weight, make friends, earn money and get clean, fresh breath. Sometimes, one of those shortcuts pays off and it reinforces our belief that there might just be a better way. It seems, though, that those that spend the most effort in search of shortcuts are often the most disappointed and the least successful.        
  • The generosity boomerang

    Seth Godin
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:40 am
    Here's conventional wisdom: Success makes you happy. Happiness permits you to be generous. In fact, it actually works like this: Generosity makes you happy. Happy people are more likely to be successful.        
  • Does corporate trust have to be an oxymoron?

    Seth Godin
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:20 am
    Brands are based on trust. Corporations extract enormous value from the relationships they have with suppliers, employees, partners and customers. Yes, it's possible to trust a corporation, we do it all the time. But it's not free. The two key choices a brand makes to be trusted in the long run: 1. You will postpone profit-taking. There are always shortcuts available to you, always ways to make money sooner rather than later, plenty of chances to do a little less or charge a little more. 2. You will do things that are difficult. We know it’s not easy or convenient for you to keep every…
  • Trapped by linkbait

    Seth Godin
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    After reading a magazine article by a freelancer, I clicked over to his blog. It was part of a bigger media site, and it contained more than a hundred articles. Every single one of them was formulaic. The standard linkbait headline: ([Integer between 5 and 10] WAYS to [action verb like avoid or stumble or demolish] [juicy adjective like stupid or embarrassing or proven] [noun]. Every article was edited to exactly the length thought to maximize page views and every single article was boring. Sometimes he got to end his headlines with a question mark, but that was the extent of the humanity…
  • "How do I get rid of the fear?"

    Seth Godin
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:28 am
    Alas, this is the wrong question. The only way to get rid of the fear is to stop doing things that might not work, to stop putting yourself out there, to stop doing work that matters. No, the right question is, "How do I dance with the fear?" Fear is not the enemy. Paralysis is the enemy.        
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  • Want to Market Better? Think Like a Consumer

    Guest Blogger
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:13 am
    Image via Newton Free Library on Flickr This is a guest contribution from Moazzam Kamran. Consumer centricity is a hot topic in marketing circles. Organizations across the globe are trying to “get in touch” with the consumer through multiple methodologies. We employ consumer audits, focus groups, in-house visits, in-depth interviews, and various other techniques to try and understand the consumer’s mind. But in doing all of that, we as organizations are dehumanizing ourselves. We focus so much on getting to know the customer that we slowly and surely distance ourselves…
  • Kick-Start Your Blog With These Engaging Content Suggestions

    Guest Blogger
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    This is a guest contribution from Jonathan Long of Market Domination Media. Image via Flickr user mkhmarketing There is not a specific content strategy that is set in stone for bloggers to follow. Every single blog has a specific target audience, requiring content that engages that blog’s particular audience. What works well for “Blog A” might not work as effectively for “Blog B,” requiring each blog owner to test different content approaches to determine what performs the best for his or her particular blog. Here are some content suggestions that can be used to help spark some…
  • How To: Customize HTML of New Getty Images for Your WordPress Blog

    Guest Blogger
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:40 am
    This is a guest contribution from Bhagwad Park of As we discussed last week, Getty Images recently opened up millions of its images for free usage. Coming from a professional stock photo website, this is a phenomenal step and one that will be greatly appreciated by thousands of bloggers all over the world. Most of us have been in the position where we have found a really appropriate picture to use only to find that it is copyrighted and requires a license fee to display. Now we can have access to the best photographs on a dazzling variety of subjects for free. By default, Getty…
  • Five Quick Grammar Tips to Improve Your Writing – Plus Free Cheat Sheet

    Guest Blogger
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:12 am
    This is a guest contribution from Jim Butcher of Mr and Mrs Romance. There’s never really such a thing as a perfect blog post, is there? There’s always something else you could have done, something more you could have added. Another, better way you could have phrased a sentence. And then there’s grammar and punctuation. I was never taught grammar at school further than ‘a verb is a doing word. A noun is a naming word, etc’. It’s no wonder native English speakers make so many simple mistakes. Spotting these mistakes after you’ve hit ‘publish’ or – even worse –…
  • 9 Crucial Tips for Self-Editing Your Blog Posts (That Every Blogger Can Use)

    Guest Blogger
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
    This is a guest contribution from Ali Luke of Zen Optimise. Image via Flickr user Dan Patterson Have you ever glanced at a post the day after publishing it … only to notice a glaring error? In an ideal world, you’d have a professional editor helping with your posts, making careful adjustments and double-checking things with you until your post is the polished masterpiece it deserves to be. In the real world, chances are you’re on your own. If your post is going to be edited, it’s up to you to do it. Whether you’re a highly experienced writer or a new blogger who’s very unconfident…
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  • Acompli Integrates a Powerful Email Client with Your Calendar

    Thorin Klosowski
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    iPhone: You have a million choices for email apps on the iPhone, but Acompli sets itself apart by offering a few features right in the app. Included Acompli is an email client with all the bells and whistles, along with an integrated calendar, file browser, and more. Read more...
  • ​Ask Dr. Nerdlove: Am I Going To Be Forever Alone?

    Harris O'Malley on Kotaku, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:08 pm
    What's up, Internet? Welcome to the latest installment of Ask Dr. NerdLove, the dating advice column that understands why Sir Isaac Newton is the deadliest son of a bitch in space. Read more...
  • Volunteer to Get Bumped from a Flight for Free Travel and Many Perks

    Melanie Pinola
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Getting bumped from your flight might sound like a terrible inconvenience, but volunteering for this is a strategy travelers can use to earn serious money for flights, as well as upgrades like first class seating and lounge access.Read more...
  • Set Urgency-Based Rules to Streamline How People Get In Touch

    Mihir Patkar
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    Inundated with calls, texts, IMs and emails, entrepreneur Cyrus Stoller has set up rules for communicating with him, based on how urgently you need him to respond. It's a trick that might serve everyone well for people you communicate with regularly.Read more...
  • Genius Bookshelves, GoPro Hero3+, Nespresso Espressos, Tire Discounts

    Shep McAllister, Commerce Team
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    At first glance, these shelves don't look like anything special, but it turns out they're actually designed to fit perfectly behind a door. Pretty genius! They're marked down to great low prices at The Home Depot, today only. Read more...
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  • iOS 6 Users on Devices Able to Run iOS 7 Must Upgrade to Fix FaceTime

    Juli Clover
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:56 am
    Apple today released a new support document, detailing the issue behind the recent problems some iOS 6 users have been experiencing with FaceTime. According to Apple, a bug resulting from an expired device certificate has rendered FaceTime unusable on older versions of iOS and the only solution to the problem is to update to the latest version of the operating system. Devices capable of running iOS 7 must be upgraded to iOS 7.0.4 or later, while devices unable to run iOS 7, such as the fourth-generation iPod touch and the iPhone 3GS, must upgrade to iOS 6.1.6.If you started to have issues…
  • Apple's Future OS X Names May Include Yosemite, Mammoth, Big Sur, Redwood, Pacific, and More

    Eric Slivka
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:36 am
    Following recent trademark investigations related to the iWatch, French site Consomac has discovered [Google Translate] that Apple may also be using a pair of shell companies to protect various California-related names in anticipation of future OS X releases. Apple's Craig Federighi announced at last year's Worldwide Developers Conference that the company would be shifting gears on OS X naming, moving from big cats to "places that inspire us in California". The current OS X Mavericks was the first to adopt the new naming pattern, taking its name from a popular surfing spot known for its…
  • Tim Cook Auctions Charity Lunch Meeting at Apple HQ

    Juli Clover
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Charity auction site CharityBuzz is hosting a second listing to meet with Apple CEO Tim Cook at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, California, this time offering a lunch meeting. The auction is the second Cook has volunteered his time for, with last year's coffee auction raising $610,000 for the RFK Center for Justice & Human Rights. The 2014 auction benefits the same cause, which aims to achieve a "just and peaceful world by partnering with human rights leaders, teaching social justice and advancing corporate responsibility." Two people can meet with Cook for lunch, for approximately one…
  • Pioneer Talks CarPlay: Working with Apple, Pricing, and the Future

    Eric Slivka
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
    Following last month's formal introduction of Apple's CarPlay system for integrating iPhones with in-dash vehicle systems, there were some questions about whether the feature would be able to make its way to aftermarket products or if it would be limited to auto manufacturers putting it into brand-new vehicles. That question was answered earlier this month, with both Alpine and Pioneer announcing their plans to launch CarPlay-compatible systems. Pioneer appears to be in the best position to move quickly with CarPlay, as its latest NEX systems already include CarPlay-compatible hardware, which…
  • Apple Researching Temperature, Pressure, and Humidity Sensors for Mobile Devices

    Kelly Hodgkins
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:05 am
    A pair of patent applications published today by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and spotted by AppleInsider describes how an electronic device such as an iPhone, iPad or even a wristwatch could be used to detect ambient conditions such as temperature, pressure, humidity and sound. The applications appear just as Apple has been rumored to be incorporating such functionality into the iPhone 6, and the company's rumored iWatch has also been said to include an array of sensors. Cutaway view showing environmental sensors inside a mesh-covered recess in a device's body The first patent,…
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  • Freaks Book Release Week

    Chris Brogan
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    Hi there! If you’re even vaguely considering getting my new book, The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth, but are on the fence, here’s my big attempt to convince you, especially since this week is a big week in ensuring the success of its release. So, it’s my job to entice you and convince you and it’s your job to see if this book is for you. Deal? Can’t see the video? Click Here Are You a Freak? In the parlance of this book, a freak is someone obsessed with excellence and a deep understanding of their domain. Marc Ecko is a freak about design and apparel and deep…
  • 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.
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  • Which Email Marketing Strategy Should You Choose: Full Meal or Just the Aroma?

    Sean D'Souza
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Let’s say you’re at Alfredo’s. Alfredo’s is your favorite Italian restaurant and you’ve been yearning all week for this lasagna. You sit down, chomp a mouthful, then another mouthful. The flavors explode in your mouth. Then Alfredo steps in and takes the plate away before you get the third bite in. It’s enough to make you choke, right? You were into the meal, but Alfredo says you have to get up from your table and continue your meal in the next room. Email newsletters can make you boiling mad like that too, you know … You open the newsletter,…
  • The Complete Flake’s Guide To Getting Things Done

    Sonia Simone
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    So if you clicked through to read this post, I’m going to make a couple of educated guesses about you. Maybe you’re smart and motivated and passionate. With all kinds of cool things you’d like to get done. But somehow when it comes to doing them, you just . . . don’t. Maybe you’re great at ideas but lousy at execution. Talk a good game but don’t get the results you want. Spend a lot of time thinking about where you want to go, but not much time actually moving your ass down the road that would take you there. You, my friend, are a flake. Congratulations. We are a…
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People (While Sharing Social Content)

    Andrew Schrage
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    More than 70 years ago, the American writer and lecturer Dale Carnegie published a transcendent book on people skills entitled “How to Win Friends and Influence People.” To this day, Mr. Carnegie’s many nuggets of wisdom ring largely true, because more than anything else they speak to human nature, which for better or worse seems to change very little over time. In the modern age of the Internet and social content sharing, we can still look to age-old truths in deciphering a code to grow an audience (win friends) and successfully market online content via social media…
  • The 14 Keys to Writing Advertorials That Sell

    Demian Farnworth
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Advertorials are native ads with a single purpose: getting specific action from the reader. This could be donating to a cause, downloading a PDF, subscribing to an email newsletter, visiting a store, or buying a product. An effective advertorial grips the reader and leads her to the logical conclusion — pointing her, in very specific language, to what to do next. This is the call to action. Advertorials come in all shapes and sizes. They could be lists or guides They could be videos or print articles They could be one page or six Regardless of the format or medium, however, most tell a…
  • Want Copyblogger to Answer Your Specific Business Question? Here’s Your Chance

    Demian Farnworth
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    We see it all the time: questions from people like you who are looking for answers to specific challenges. Questions like: What are the best business models for a hyperlocal site? Do I have the right “Big Idea” for my business? How can I expect a certain content strategy to affect my SEO? Will my strong political or religious views interfere with my Google authorship business profile? Just how can I make the time to get all this content written, anyway? These are the long-tail questions that either we haven’t gotten an opportunity to address on the blog yet, or are so…
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  • Hands on: Opera Coast iPhone browser offers a different way to view the Web

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:35 pm
    To delete sites from your home screen, tap on an icon and hold, then drag to the top. Safari is the go-to browser for the vast majority of iPhone users—it’s the default, after all. But there are a few third-party browsers vying for your attention, and the latest is Opera Coast from the folks at Opera Software. Opera Coast is actually at version 3.0—the iPad version has been out since last fall.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • This Week in iOS Apps: Unlimited coffee!

    24 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Unlimited coffee!This week’s roundup of apps includes ways to buy coffee, plant your garden, plan your tasks, and call a cab. Oh, and everybody’s favorite web-slinger makes an appearance, too.The Amazing Spider-Man 2This is one of those apps that kind of sells itself: The $5 Amazing Spider-Man 2 for iPhone and iPad features the latest adventures of everybody’s favorite web-slinger. The game, though, goes beyond the story of the new film and includes new characters like Black Cat and Screwball. (You’ll also take on six “legendary villains” from the Marvel universe.) Best of all?
  • Hot Deals Thursday: Pick up a Toshiba Satellite for only $600, Windows 8 Pro Upgrade at 65% off, and more

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:59 am
    Today's hot deals from LogicBuy include one-day savings on a Toshiba Satellite laptop, $550 off a Lenovo gaming laptop, huge discounts on an internal hard drive, Samsung HDTV, Keurig Rivo, Adobe software, and more!
  • Apple's Cook on new products: 'Take the time to get it right'

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Apple CEO Tim Cook says the company is closer than it has ever been to releasing products in an entirely new category.( read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Facebook, the fitness tracker: The social network buys Moves to see your activity

    24 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Facebook just bought a popular app. Continuing the spending spree that started with messaging service WhatsApp and virtual reality headset makers Oculus VR, Facebook added Moves, a popular activity-tracking app for iOS and Android, to its portfolio.Facebook didn’t say how much it paid for the app, but indicated it was far, far less than the $19 billion and $2 billion it paid for WhatsApp and Oculus, respectively. But what on Earth will Facebook do with a fitness app?To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
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  • Turns Out Galaxy Users Aren't Using Samsung Bloatware—At All

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Remember all those sort of wild-sounding software features that Samsung insists on stuffing into phones like its Galaxy S3 and S4? The ones you never use? Turns out, no one else does, either. See also: Samsung Galaxy S4—Sometimes More Is Less [Review] A recent survey by Strategy Analytics found that Galaxy S3 and S4 users spend a mere six to 18 seconds a month on pre-installed Samsung apps such as ChatON, Group Play, Samsung Hub, and Samsung Link. Engadget reports that users spend larger amounts of on-device usage on popular apps like Instagram and Facebook—151 minutes and 11 hours…
  • Google+ Head Vic Gundotra Is Out, Leaving Its "Social Spine" Wobbly

    24 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
    Google+ is still figuring out where it fits among other social identity managers like Facebook and Twitter since it launched in 2011. But Vic Gundotra, head of Google+ since its inception, will not be there to see its eventual epiphany. Today Gundotra, who has spent eight years at Google, announced he is leaving the company with, predictably, a post on Google+.  "I have been incredibly fortunate to work with the amazing people of Google. I don't believe there is a more talented and passionate collection of people anywhere else," he wrote. "And I'm overwhelmed when I think about…
  • Fitness Wearables Must Smarten Up Or Die—Just Ask Nike's Fuelband

    24 Apr 2014 | 11:22 am
    ReadWriteBody is an ongoing series where ReadWrite covers networked fitness and the quantified self. The first age of wearable devices is coming to an end—and the next generation will either be considerably smarter, or will disappear into our smartphones entirely. Consider the news that Nike is drastically cutting back on its FuelBand hardware efforts, while Facebook is buying Moves, a smartphone app that tracks your steps and other activities. Death To The Glorified Pedometer I've long called devices like the FuelBand "glorified pedometers." Simple wristbands with accelerometers,…
  • How GitHub Could Restore A Woman-Friendly Environment

    24 Apr 2014 | 9:57 am
    GitHub may have thought it cleaned up its recent internal kerfuffle this week when it published the results of its third-party investigation into allegations of gender discrimination—and found no evidence of gender-based discrimination.  However, the situation is not as neatly resolved as Github would hope. While the company says there was no gender-based discrimination to be found, the language in the statement did not specify other types of discrimination. It’s also unlikely that Julie Ann Horvath, a prominent female developer, left Github for no good reason.  The…
  • Facebook Wants To Be A Source For Real-Time News

    24 Apr 2014 | 9:27 am
    Facebook and Twitter are on a well-documented mission to one-up each other. But Facebook threw the latest punch on Thursday, announcing a new feature that caters to Twitter’s most avid users: Journalists. Facebook is partnering with Storyful, a social media tool that helps find and verify interesting content, to launch FB Newswire, a curated page featuring newsworthy public posts from around Facebook. The handpicked posts, which will include photos and video on a variety of topics from politics to celebrities, will be pulled from public Facebook profiles and Pages…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Rebuilding An HTML5 Game In Unity

    Martin Kool
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    When our HTML5 game Numolition was nearly done, we decided to throw it all away and rebuild it in Unity. That turned out to be an exciting and valuable experience, and one that I thought would be worth sharing with other Web developers. Come in, the water’s warm! Last year, we released a mobile game named Quento. It was written entirely in HTML5, wrapped in our proprietary PhoneGap alternative and launched in many app stores with mild success. The game caused me to jot down a few spinoff ideas. One that I particularly liked was a game with a stack of numbered tiles in which the player has…
  • Cache Invalidation Strategies With Varnish Cache

    Per Buer
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Phil Karlton once said, “There are only two hard things in Computer Science: cache invalidation and naming things.” This article is about the harder of these two: cache invalidation. It’s directed at readers who already work with Varnish Cache. To learn more about it, you’ll find background information in “Speed Up Your Mobile Website With Varnish.” 10 microseconds (or 250 milliseconds): That’s the difference between delivering a cache hit and delivering a cache miss. How often you get the latter will depend on the efficiency of the cache — this is known as the…
  • Rethinking Mobile Tutorials: Which Patterns Really Work?

    Theresa Neil, Rich Malley
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:49 am
    Pattern libraries are a great source of inspiration and education for designers. But common practice doesn’t always equal best practice. In this post, we’ll look at why many common tutorial patterns are ineffective and how you can leverage game design principles to increase user engagement. After the release of the first edition of Mobile Design Pattern Gallery, Intuit asked me to speak with its mobile team. I spoke at a high level about the value of patterns across industries (fashion, architecture, software and others) and how they are a useful teaching tool. Alissa Briggs, a senior UX…
  • After Editorially: The Search For Alternative Collaborative Online Writing Tools

    Paul Lloyd
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    I’m going to let you in on a little secret: the best writers, be it your favorite authors or those that write for Smashing Magazine, don’t do it alone. Often, they work with an editor (or two), who will help them coalesce their words into something more compelling or easier to understand. Having worked with several editors — and having been a technical editor myself — I’ve really come to appreciate this aspect of the writing process. Refinement is an essential aspect of any creative process. As refactoring code can make a program more logical and efficient, editing a text can allow…
  • What You Need To Know About WordPress 3.9

    Tyler Longren
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:04 am
    The latest version of WordPress named “Smith” was released yesterday which brings us another round of core changes. This time, the team worked mainly on the back-end editing and admin functions, such as a big TinyMCE (visual editor) update, gallery previews, media playlists, an improved widget UI and live theme previews (only to mention a few). Here’s what you need to know about the major changes in WordPress 3.9. Improved Widget Interface While the old widget interface set the standard for drag-and-drop UI when it was introduced, it was time for an overhaul. The developer…
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The HDR Book, 2nd Edition by RC Concepcion Congratulations to RC Concepcion on the second edition of his book, The HDR Book, making it as high as #663 in the Amazon Best Sellers list for ALL books!! To celebrate, we’re going to give away free signed copies to three lucky people. Leave a comment for your chance to win, and you can also go buy your copy from Amazon or Barnes & Noble, or pick up a signed copy from the KelbyOne Store!The Art of Digital Photography with Joe McNally Join Mia McCormick as she sits down with Joe McNally for an inspirational hour of conversation that spans…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Beno Saradzic!

    Brad Moore
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I’m originally from Slovenia but I’ve lived and worked in the United Arab Emirates since 1991.My background is in architectural visualization and illustration. For almost 2 decades, I worked in the Emirates, one of the fastest growing countries in the world, and work was never scarce. I specialized in the creation of photo-realistic, computer generated renderings of master developments, buildings and interiors. Examples of the 3D CG architectural visualization workflow, 2007Somewhere around 2005, many real estate developers started to outsource architectural renderings and…
  • Come and Watch Some KelbyOne Online Classes On Me

    Scott Kelby
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:43 am
    Want to check out KelbyOne online training for free? Sure ya do! Well, that’s perfect timing seeing as we’ve just set up a FREE (F-R-Dubba-E) 24-hour trial so you can go watch as many classes as you want (which we’d love you do to because you’ll fall deeply in love with this way of learning, and then you’ll join in and get new classes every week on everything from photography to Photoshop to Lightroom and more!).Here’s the link to get the free 24-hour trial.This free trial is just available for a limited time so go right now (quick, like a bunny) and sign…
  • The Blue Angels (from the Sun n’ Fun Fly-in)

    Scott Kelby
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:53 pm
    Above: It was pitch dark when we got there, and we were all in position just before sunrise.Hi Gang: Right before I headed up to Photoshop World in Atlanta earlier this month, I got a chance to shoot the US Navy’s famous Blue Angels parked on the flight line at dawn (I was speaking the following day the annual ISAP Summit (the International Society of Aviation Photographers and they took a group of their members along with Pete Collins and me, out to shoot the jets at dawn).Above: Once the sun came up, I got down low and hid the sun behind the tail wings.I shared a couple of these on…
  • Got My Synology NAS Up and Running (plus some other Friday stuff)

    Scott Kelby
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:11 pm
    Above: That’s not my office behind me. That’s Photoshop User magazine editor Chris Main. You’re only seeing a small part of his sci-fi collection. His office is like an action figure wonderland. Above: Now, does this thing go inside this thingy? Feel the roar of 24 Terabytes of sweet storage. Yeah, baby!Above: A rare sight — me in the server room. Even rarer — me plugging in an Ethernet cable. (the three photos above by RC. The photo below is RC). :)Psyched to get my new Synology NAS set-up yesterday RC helped me get it set-up but honestly, it was a breeze (had I known…
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    Digital Photography School

  • 11 Accessories for Long Exposure Photography

    Scott Wyden Kivowitz
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Every so often I get an email from a blog reader asking “if there is one accessory that you would recommend for long exposure photography, what would it be?” I wish the answer was a simple one, but of course it is not. There are so many accessories that I carry every time I go making long exposure photographs. There are also many accessories I carry on a regular basis no matter what, and some I carry here and there depending on the location. So with that all said, here are some of my favorite items, and must have accessories for long exposure photography. #1 Comfortable Shoes It…
  • 7 Street Photography Tips and Exercises to Try This Season

    James Maher
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    You can currently pick up 2 eBooks on Street Photography by James on sale now at SnapnDeals! Windswept Hair, Prince and Broadway, SoHo If you live near me, the birds are starting to chirp, it no longer hurts your face to walk out the door, and everyone sheds their all black winter outfits and puts on their most interesting attire. If you live in the southern hemisphere, it’s beginning to cool off nicely. Spring and fall are the best times of the year to capture people and focus on street photography. If ever there’s a time to do it, it’s now. So here is a list of street photography tips…
  • Finding Gold in Your Image Archives

    Rowan Sims
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    No doubt like many other photographers, so many of my images have never seen the light of day. This is mostly for good reason; they are out of focus, poorly composed, badly timed, they just don’t make the cut. Often these images may be good, just not the BEST. I have learned though, that there can be gold hiding in your archives, just waiting to be rediscovered, taken into the develop module and shared with the world. I have found that spending some time digging through old shoots can yield some very positive results. Make it part of your workflow to revisit your image archives Maybe…
  • Win a $1500 of Camera Gear with Loving Landscapes

    Darren Rowse
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:29 am
    Last week we announced a brand new dPS eBook – Loving Landscapes: a Guide to Landscape Photography Workflow and Post-Processing with the early bird discount of 33% off what will be its normal price. We’re really pleased both with the eBook and how it helps readers improve their Landscape Photography Post Processing – but also the feedback it is already getting. Here’s what one of our readers – Belinda said: “Thanks for this ebook. I downloaded it at 11pm last night moments after getting your email and was up until 3am reading it and practicing the…
  • How to get Motivated to do more Photography

    Gavin Hardcastle
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Are you one of those photographers who finds there’s a million other things that demand your attention and get in the way of pursuing your passion for photography? You’re not alone. The work/life balance is a delicate dance and it’s easy to get sidetracked by the endless tasks of day to day life, even when things are going well. As a professional photographer you’d expect I spend a great deal of time out there shooting, but the truth is that I don’t get to shoot anywhere near as much as I’d love to. There are a few things you can do however, that ought to…
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    Breaking Apple News, Tips and Reviews from The Unofficial Apple Weblog RSS Feed

  • Apple tops JD Power smartphone satisfaction and other news for April 24, 2014

    Dave Caolo
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Former Apple engineer Francisco Tolmasky has shared some very interesting stories about the development of mobile Safari and other software features of the new iPhone. Including Steve Jobs' insistence that it be "like magic." Meanwhile, Apple's stock...
  • Lunch with Tim Cook up for auction

    Steven Sande
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Have a couple of hundred grand burning a hole in your pocket? Want to ask Tim Cook some burning questions about the iWatch or Apple HDTV? Now's your chance! CharityBuzz and The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights announced the 8th...
  • Daily Deals for April 24, 2014, featuring RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Platinum

    Kelly Hodgkins
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. Don't forget to check out our "Today in the App Store" post that singles...
  • Opera Coast is ready to impress you... and then be forgotten

    Mike Wehner
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Do you remember Yahoo Axis? It was an iOS Web browser that it seemed as though everyone thought it was the second coming of the mobile Web. It was called "impressive," "surprisingly fresh," and "one of the best Web browsers," only to be...
  • Play It On A Mac: Goat Simulator

    Mike Wehner
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    In this weekly series I'll show you how to get your favorite Windows-exclusive PC games running on OS X. For more information on the programs used, check out the Play It On A Mac explainer. For suggestions and/or questions about any game, feel free...
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  • 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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  • All teed up: Leica T First Impressions Review

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Leica's new T (Typ 701) is the company's first mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with autofocus. While its 'guts' aren't much different than other cameras in its class, the hand-built body is all Leica. We've been able to spend some quality time with the German manufacturer's latest baby, and have put together our first impressions of it. Find out what we think of it thus far.
  • Leica T and lenses herald arrival of mirrorless T-system

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Leica has announced the T-System, a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera system with autofocus. The first camera in the system, the Leica T, features a 16MP APS-C sensor. Two lenses - an 18-56mm F3.5-5.6 and a 23mm F2 prime have been announced alongside the camera, with the promise of an 11-23mm F3.5-4.5 wide-angle zoom and 55-135mm F3.5-4.5 telezoom to follow. The camera is milled from a solid billet of aluminum and features a touchscreen that the company says uses a user-friendly operating concept. An optional electronic viewfinder provides an alternative to the 3.7" LCD.
  • Solid metal: Creating the Leica T

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    No one will argue that Leica cameras are expensive. But there's more to the cost than just that red dot on the front. Each of the company's new 'T' mirrorless cameras are built by hand in Germany with incredible precision. View the transformation from aluminum brick to finished product.
  • Behind the photo: Sports Illustrated's 'Boston Strong' cover

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    About a week prior to Monday’s running of the Boston Marathon, and a year after the bombing at the 2013 marathon, photographer Gregory Heisler addressed a crowd of thousands gathered at the finish line. The group included runners, first responders and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, all ready to pose for Sports Illustrated's 'Boston Strong' cover photo. Directing the crowd through a megaphone and standing on a raised platform, Heisler captured a portrait of 3,000 proud, resilient Bostonians. Take a peek behind the scenes of this large scale photo shoot. Learn more
  • Lensbaby adds Android option for its selective focus lens

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    When Lensbaby launched the  Kickstarter project for its 'Sweet Spot' selective focus lens at the beginning of April it was initially iPhone only. Now the company has added a pledge level for Android users, too. For $50 you can pre-order the Sweet Spot lens and the Android application for your device. Delivery is expected in October. Learn more
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Lightroom Q&A: Snapshots Vs. Virtual Copies (Matt Kloskowski)
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:01 pm
    A common question I get is what the difference between Lightroom’s Snapshots and Virtual Copies. While you could use them interchangeably in some ways, they really have two separate uses. Here goes: What’s a Snapshot? Think of a snapshot as something you’d use when editing a photo and you have a few different paths, editing ideas, or effects you want to try on the photo. It’d be silly to keep hitting the reset button and start over again each time. And if you found a good point where you liked how the photo looked, but wanted to try something difference just in case,…
  • Super-Fast Browsing in onOne Software’s Perfect Photo Suite (Matt Kloskowski)
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    Anyone that’s ever been to one of my smaller workshops or editing photos next to me knows that, while I do most of my work in Lightroom, I usually look at my photos in Photo Mechanic first. Why? Mainly because Photo Mechanic is lightning fast at showing you your thumbnails and even higher quality photos than Lightroom. Now, I don’t do this all the time. When I have a few extra minutes, it’s actually much easier to import in to Lightroom and choose the Standard Previews option. As long as I give it a few minutes before looking through my photos, I can browse through them…
  • Lightroom Mobile Tip: Selecting A Photo To Represent the Collection (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 (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 (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…
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Creation of Original iPhone Browser Detailed by Former Apple Engineer

    Juli Clover
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Countless details on the development of the original iPhone have been shared by various Apple employees in several different publications, but a new story on the creation of the phone's first web browser has surfaced courtesy of Francisco Tolmasky, an early iPhone engineer who interviewed with The New York Times. Tolmasky joined Apple when he was just 20 years old, working under Steve Jobs to create a mobile web browser for the original iPhone. Jobs regularly gave him feedback on his project, often sending Tolmasky back to the drawing board because his creation wasn't "magical" enough."Steve…
  • Facebook Expands Mobile App Portfolio with 'Moves' Fitness App Acquisition

    Kelly Hodgkins
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:51 am
    Facebook today announced that it is acquiring mobile fitness app developer ProtoGeo Oy, reports the Wall Street Journal. The Helsinki-based company was founded in January 2012 and launched its first and only app, Moves [iTunes] one year later. The fitness tracking app debuted first for the iPhone and was made available for Android in August of 2013. It is popular, accruing 4 million downloads across both mobile platforms. In a post on its website, ProtoGeo confirms Moves will continue to operate as a standalone app and adds that the company has no plans to share its fitness data with…
  • 'Beats Music' Tops App Store Music Chart as In-App Subscriptions Spark Interest

    Kelly Hodgkins
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    As noted by Billboard, the Beats Music app [iTunes] for the iPhone climbed to the top of the iOS Music charts on Wednesday, amid grumblings that the streaming music service is struggling to attract customers. Founded by music producer Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, Beats Music launched its streaming music service earlier this year, entering a crowded market that is dominated by Pandora, iHeartRadio, and Spotify. Beats has aggressively marketed its service, spending millions of dollars for a splashy Superbowl ad featuring Ellen Degeneres and recently partnering with AT&T Mobility to offer its…
  • 'Opera Coast' WebKit-Based Browser Now Available for iPhone

    Juli Clover
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Back in September, Opera Software released its Coast WebKit-based browser for the iPad and now the company is debuting a new version of the browser designed for Apple's iPhones. Like the iPad version of the app, Opera Coast for iPhone has been optimized for the touchscreen. Initiating a search is as simple as pulling down on the home screen, which brings up an input interface with an icon-based autofill that allows users to tap the site they want to visit. Made for thumbs: The iPhone was made for having all screen real estate within a thumb's reach, and Opera Coast takes this idea one step…
  • Prong Debuts iPhone 'PWR Case' With Built-In Plug and Backup Battery

    Juli Clover
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Prong, the company behind the iPhone case with a built-in plug for easy charging, today announced an expansion to its product line up, debuting the Prong PWR case. Like its existing PocketPlug combo cases, the PWR case includes an integrated plug for charging the iPhone, but it also comes equipped with a 1500 mAh detachable backup battery that can be used to charge the iPhone when it is away from a power source. The backup battery itself can also be detached and recharged via its built-in plug. The Prong PWR Case includes a detachable backup battery and integrated plugs for charging in any…
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    CNN Travel

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

    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

    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

    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

    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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