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  • 10 well-paid second jobs to make ends meet

    Holy Kaw!
    Kate Rinsema
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:17 pm
    Trying to find a second job that's worth the additional time devoted to working? Don't settle for minimum wage if you have the skills to make more in one of these ten high-paying side jobs discovered by FlexJob. The post 10 well-paid second jobs to make ends meet appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Dead cat painted by road crew. Not cool.

    Max Knoblauch
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:40 pm
    An animal welfare group in Ireland has expressed anger over the discovery of a dead cat painted by a road crew. On July 25, the charity group Animal Help Net Kerry posted an image of the cat on their Facebook page, where other members of the community expressed equal outrage. See also: 14 cats straight up smacking down haters Read more... More about Ireland, Watercooler, and Conversations
  • Ebay Shutters Same-Day Courier Service

    Fast Company
    Neal Ungerleider
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:55 pm
    The company bids adieu to eBay Now, which offered same-day delivery from local stores.Ebay Now, the e-commerce site's same-day delivery service, is shutting down. As of Monday, eBay has put the brakes on the service, which offered courier delivery of popular items like t-shirts and toilet paper from local retail stores in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Dallas.Read Full Story
  • Apple Showcases Watch Apps With Short, Sweet New Ads

    Lucas Matney
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:16 pm
     Today, Apple dropped a trio of 15 second ads showing off all of the great third-party apps available on the Apple Watch. Specifically, the ads focus on the travel, music and fitness apps available now for the device. These ads arrive as Apple looks to the fall launch of watchOS 2 and the native applications that the new OS is capable of supporting. These ads are likely the first step in a… Read More
  • Thoughts for the consigliere

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:27 am
    The marketer, the sales rep, the CFO. These are the indispensable levers that help creative work get to the world. When you're part of a project but not the driving creative force, when you work to lever the work of a team of mad scientists and brilliant designers, consider a blend of three roles: Generous skeptic: When the new idea is on the table, when things are being discussed, hashed out and workshopped, are you able to ask the useful and difficult questions? Someone needs to be the trusted critic, asking not with fear, but with confidence. Your question is useful when it exposes…
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    Holy Kaw!

  • 10 well-paid second jobs to make ends meet

    Kate Rinsema
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:17 pm
    Trying to find a second job that's worth the additional time devoted to working? Don't settle for minimum wage if you have the skills to make more in one of these ten high-paying side jobs discovered by FlexJob. The post 10 well-paid second jobs to make ends meet appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Dog’s ears dance to music [video]

    Josh Urich
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    This dog may not like to get down and dirty, but he knows how to move in his own way. Maybe he's the doggie equivalent the quiet kid at prom. The post Dog’s ears dance to music [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • German animal names are simultaneously clever and confusing [video]

    Josh Urich
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    As you might expect (based on stereotypes), German animal names are very logical. At the same time, though, they're a bit, well, quirky. For example, the German word for a porcupine translates to "spiked pig." Kind of makes sense, kind of doesn't. The post German animal names are simultaneously clever and confusing [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Snoozing meets snorkeling in these luxurious floating villas

    Kate Rinsema
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Always dreamed of a life at sea without worrying about swabbing the deck or sleeping in hammocks with a crew full of smelly pirates? You can't get farther from that scenario than these incredible floating villas from BMT Asia Pacific, which even offer a spiral staircase into your very own underwater bedroom. The post Snoozing meets snorkeling in these luxurious floating villas appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • This young man’s voice is downright angelic [video]

    Josh Urich
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    There are two surprising things about this video. First is just how incredible this guy's voice is. It's really one in a million. Second is how people are still talking over him, clearly unaware they're in the presence of greatness. The post This young man’s voice is downright angelic [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
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  • Dead cat painted by road crew. Not cool.

    Max Knoblauch
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:40 pm
    An animal welfare group in Ireland has expressed anger over the discovery of a dead cat painted by a road crew. On July 25, the charity group Animal Help Net Kerry posted an image of the cat on their Facebook page, where other members of the community expressed equal outrage. See also: 14 cats straight up smacking down haters Read more... More about Ireland, Watercooler, and Conversations
  • Arizona Cardinals hire NFL's first female coach — but only as an intern

    Sam Laird
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:19 pm
    The Arizona Cardinals made history Monday night by announcing that they've hired Jen Welter to work with the team's inside linebackers during training camp, crowning her the first female coach of any kind in the NFL An NFL spokesman confirmed to Mashable that Welter will make history this pre-season as the first woman to hold a coaching position in the league. But after that? It's anyone's guess, as Welter is actually being hired only as a coaching intern for training camp and pre-season games See also: Why it's amazing Pedro Martinez made the Hall of Fame on Sandra Bullock's birthday Intern…
  • Couple making thousands of knockoff iPhones busted by Beijing police

    Ariel Bogle
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:41 pm
    A secret factory in China has been counterfeiting Apple products on a massive scale Beijing police revealed Sunday they had busted the facility, which had been producing thousands of fake smartphones for export. See also: The Apple Watch is coming to Best Buy in August The factory, which has not been named, was led by a married couple who ran it under the guise of a gadget maintenance shop, the Wall Street Journal reported In fact, it produced more than 41,000 counterfeit iPhones and accessories worth up to 120 million yuan (over $19 million) The man, surnamed Yu, and his wife, surnamed Xie,…
  • Why Kevin Pietersen can turn this Ashes series into a sexy blockbuster

    Jenni Ryall
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:26 pm
    Two Tests down, two sumptuous thrashings on each side and one knockback for beers. This Ashes cricket series truly has it all With cattiness and bloodletting and an upper hand being treated like a hot potato, it is already shaping up as a dead tasty smash. In fact, let's not be scared to dream large here; the bones are there for a screenplay. It just needs something minuscule like an atomic explosion to catch Hollywood's eye. See also: A beginner's guide to the Ashes: The game, the characters, the glory So what can boost this showdown from British empire quirk into a sexy box-office thriller?
  • You can buy Katy Perry's latest fragrance exclusively on Twitter

    Kimberly Truong
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:18 pm
    Forget navigating a department store maze to get your hands on a bottle of Katy Perry perfume. The superstar singer has made sure her followers — dubbed KatyCats — can stay freshly spritzed without ever leaving the Twitter app Fresh from throwing shade at Taylor Swift on Twitter, Perry is using the social media platform to exclusively launch her new fragrance: Mad Potion by Katy Perry See also: Some nuns are trying to stop Katy Perry from buying their convent All Tweeters have to do is click the "Buy Now" button in a tweet, enter their credit card information, and the $29.99…
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  • Ebay Shutters Same-Day Courier Service

    Neal Ungerleider
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:55 pm
    The company bids adieu to eBay Now, which offered same-day delivery from local stores.Ebay Now, the e-commerce site's same-day delivery service, is shutting down. As of Monday, eBay has put the brakes on the service, which offered courier delivery of popular items like t-shirts and toilet paper from local retail stores in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Dallas.Read Full Story
  • Delta's Fancy New Upgrade Could Put You On A Private Jet

    Neal Ungerleider
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:40 pm
    If first class isn't exclusive enough for Delta's top flyers, this might do the trick.Delta Air Lines is unveiling a unique new perk for a few lucky customers—and it sure beats getting upgraded to first class. Starting this week, a select number of Delta's commercial flyers will be eligible to board one of its private jets, Bloomberg writes.Read Full Story
  • Today in Tabs: Denton Folly and the Infinite Tabness

    Rusty Foster
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:18 am
    "Do you believe us now?" asks the ever-expanding army of Cosby victims.35 of the 46 women who have publicly accused Bill Cosby of rape or sexual assault told their stories to New York Magazine. The NYMag website has been down due to a denial of service attack (which might be because some dude doesn't like New York, the city, although that's pretty questionable) but you can read an archive of the main story and listen to two of the women's stories on Instagram. I'm told you can buy printed-out copies of the magazine in the back of most vape shops (??), but you could also read it on Tumblr if…
  • 95% Of Android Phones Could Be Hacked With Just One Text

    Neal Ungerleider
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:15 am
    A new vulnerability could steal a phone's contents with a single MMS message.Android users, beware: Security researchers have discovered that 95% of Android phones are vulnerable to attack through the dispatch of just one text message.Read Full Story
  • Google Rethinking User Profiles, Logins

    Neal Ungerleider
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:10 am
    Soon, visitors won't have to use their Google Plus accounts to log into most of Google's services—and profiles will become more private.When Google Plus launched in 2011, Google hoped that its new social network—integrated with every portion of the Google experience—would lure eyeballs away from Facebook. That didn't happen. Now Google is putting increasing distance between Google Plus and Google's other services by deemphasizing Google Plus logins.Read Full Story
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  • Apple Showcases Watch Apps With Short, Sweet New Ads

    Lucas Matney
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:16 pm
     Today, Apple dropped a trio of 15 second ads showing off all of the great third-party apps available on the Apple Watch. Specifically, the ads focus on the travel, music and fitness apps available now for the device. These ads arrive as Apple looks to the fall launch of watchOS 2 and the native applications that the new OS is capable of supporting. These ads are likely the first step in a… Read More
  • Baidu Issues Disappointing Q3 Forecast As It Invests Heavily In O2O Services

    Catherine Shu
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:49 pm
     Baidu is focusing aggressively on online-to-offline (O2O) sales, one of the hottest forms of e-commerce in China, but its near-term earnings growth is still under pressure. The company’s shares dropped about 9.5 percent in after hours trading before recovering slightly as investors reacted to a disappointing Q3 2015 forecast. Read More
  • The Next Wave Of Enterprise Software Powered By Machine Learning

    Ajay Agarwal
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
     Enterprise software is about to undergo radical transformation — a substantial change that will make the shift to software as a service (SaaS) look like a simple facelift. This transformation is being powered by machine learning. Read More
  • Smithsonian’s Giant Leap Into Kickstarter Pays Off

    Sarah Buhr
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:05 pm
     Millions of Americans gathered around small black and white television sets in the hot July of 1969 to watch Neil Armstrong step off the Apollo 11 spacecraft and set his left boot onto untouched moon dust. Armstrong would go down in history as the first man to ever walk on the moon. Armstrong’s suit is now much older and in bad need of repair. So the Smithsonian launched a… Read More
  • Restaurant Delivery Startup Deliveroo Raises $70M Series C

    Steve O'Hear
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:01 pm
     Deliveroo, the ‘on-demand’ startup that offers food delivery from premium restaurants that don’t traditionally offer a take-out service, appears to be on somewhat of a roll. Today the company is disclosing $70 million in new funding, money it plans to use for further international expansion. Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Thoughts for the consigliere

    Seth Godin
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:27 am
    The marketer, the sales rep, the CFO. These are the indispensable levers that help creative work get to the world. When you're part of a project but not the driving creative force, when you work to lever the work of a team of mad scientists and brilliant designers, consider a blend of three roles: Generous skeptic: When the new idea is on the table, when things are being discussed, hashed out and workshopped, are you able to ask the useful and difficult questions? Someone needs to be the trusted critic, asking not with fear, but with confidence. Your question is useful when it exposes…
  • "Can we talk about this?"

    Seth Godin
    26 Jul 2015 | 2:37 am
    That simple question is the litmus test for a productive relationship. If one professional says it to another, the answer is an emotion-free, "sure." There's no baggage. Talking is the point. Talking is what we do. We communicate to solve problems. On the other hand, if the question brings with it fear and agitation and, "uh oh, what's wrong," you can bet that important stuff goes undiscussed all the time. [PS altMBA2 applications are due by tomorrow.]        
  • In search of your calling

    Seth Godin
    25 Jul 2015 | 2:55 am
    I don't think we have a calling. I do think it's possible to have a caring. A calling implies that there's just one thing for you, just one thing you're supposed to do.  What we most need in our lives, though, is something worth doing, worth it because we care. There are plenty of forces pushing us to not care. Bosses, systems, bureaucracies and the fear of mattering. None of them are worth sacrificing something as important as caring.        
  • Opposition

    Seth Godin
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:37 am
    The opposite of creativity is fear. And fear's enemy is creativity. The opposite of yes is maybe. Because maybe is non-definitive, and both yes and no give us closure and the chance to move ahead. Perfect is the enemy of good. Us is not the enemy of them. Us is the opposite of alone. They can become us as soon as we permit it. Everything is the opposite of okay. Everything can never be okay. Except when we permit it. The right is not the opposite of the left. Each side has the chance to go up, which is precisely the opposite of down. Dreams are not the opposite of reality. Dreams inform…
  • You have no credibility (yet)

    Seth Godin
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:32 am
    You believe you have a great idea, a hit record, a press release worth running, a company worth funding. You know that the customer should use your limited-offer discount code, that the sponsor should run an ad, that the admissions office should let you in. You know that the fast-growing company should hire you, and you're ready to throw your (excellent) resume over the transom. This is insufficient. Your belief, even your proof, is insufficient for you to get the attention, the trust and the action you seek. When everyone has access, no one does. The people you most want to reach are likely…
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  • Really, Propellantless Space Drives Are Still Not a Thing

    Katie M. Palmer
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:22 pm
    People tend to get really excited when they think really smart propulsion physicists have figured out a way to travel to the farthest reaches of space. They shouldn't. The post Really, Propellantless Space Drives Are Still Not a Thing appeared first on WIRED.
  • True Detective Recap: A Smartly Done Orgy Scene

    K.M. McFarland
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:14 pm
    Surprisingly, the orgy scene that sounded like a terrible idea turned out to be a grounded and gripping moment for the show. The post True Detective Recap: A Smartly Done Orgy Scene appeared first on WIRED.
  • Tech’s Next Frontier: Removing Barriers for Disabled People

    Issie Lapowsky
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:11 pm
    The Americans With Disabilities Act transformed the physical world for people with disabilities. Now it's time to transform the digital world, as well. The post Tech’s Next Frontier: Removing Barriers for Disabled People appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Blockbuster-in-China, Man-Births-Radish Trailer: Monster Hunt

    Jordan Crucchiola
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:50 pm
    This is China's most successful movie. The post The Blockbuster-in-China, Man-Births-Radish Trailer: Monster Hunt appeared first on WIRED.
  • Plenty of Other People Signed That AI Weapons Letter

    Katie M. Palmer
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:43 pm
    AI researchers are sick of having their field equated with the Terminator. The post Plenty of Other People Signed That AI Weapons Letter appeared first on WIRED.
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  • 31DBBB Day 28 Writing Challenge: Write a Review Post

    Darren Rowse
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    It’s writing challenge day! For some of you, this will be “business as usual”, as review posts are already part of your repertoire. For others, it will be something quite new. In today’s episode we discuss why review posts are even something to consider. They can be useful for many reasons, not just for the reader who may be researching a decision, but also for you and your blog too – not the least of which could lead to monetization. I built my first commercial blog 100% around reviews! We’ll also discuss the reasons for and against having reviews on your…
  • Update Your Blog’s Archive Pages (including Broken Links)

    Darren Rowse
    26 Jul 2015 | 1:22 pm
    We’re going on a link hunt, we’re going to catch a big one! Today’s the day to check everything that might be turning readers away from your blog, but don’t be overwhelmed – it’s not as onerous as it sounds. Over time, you’re bound to have some broken links. The sites you link to shut down, change their link structure, move their URLs… anything can happen. It can be bad for readability, but also for SEO. In this episode I will explain how best to find the links that are broken, whether you are a beginner or have an established blog. Small steps…
  • How Improving Another Blog will Help You Improve Yours

    Darren Rowse
    25 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Today I want to challenge you to help another blogger to achieve their goals in some way – and I’ll explain in the podcast how it has a knock-on effect of helping you improve yours. There are many ways you can help another blogger along their path, and I outline quite a few in today’s episode. Some are big and some are small, but perhaps the easiest way to identify one is to work out how you would like to be helped, and offer that to someone else. There’s really no limit to what you can do. Click here to listen to day 26 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog series on…
  • 31DBBB Day 25: Ask a Question

    Darren Rowse
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Today is another writing challenge, but it’s one that need not take much time at all. In fact, it might be the shortest post you’ve ever written! Very simply, ask your readers a question. In the episode, I detail the benefits of writing this kind of post – things like how it can increase blog stickiness, how it can help you gauge where your readers are at, how to tailor your content from what you’ve learned, how it even helps your post rank higher in Google searches. And if you’re new, or concerned that you won’t get much of a response, take heart! I…
  • 31DBBB Day 24 Challenge: Use a Magazine to Improve Your Blog

    Darren Rowse
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    A very easy and enjoyable task for you today: read a magazine! Old media has the potential to help you improve your “new media” blog in any number of ways from marketing ideas to design ideas, to content ideas and more. I give a few areas to look out for as you’re browsing, but for the most part, in that first flick-through, just see what jumps out at you. What piques your interest, what makes you reach for your notebook to jot down a few things? I give a list of items you’ll need for today’s challenge in the show notes, and some tips and questions to ask…
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  • The Geologist's Field Bag

    Thorin Klosowski
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    No matter what you’re occupation, working out in the field always requires a different set of tools. Over on Everyday Carry, Geologist J.G. shares his bag, which is packed with all kinds of interesting stuff.Read more...
  • Grill the Stems of Fresh Herbs Instead of Throwing Them Away

    Heather Yamada-Hosley
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Fresh herbs can add a ton of flavor to any dish, especially on the grill. If you buy fresh and have stems left over, don’t throw them away, toss them on the grill. They’ll add a little smoke and some subtle flavor to whatever you’re cooking. Read more...
  • Keep Cables Organized with Drinking Straws

    Walter Glenn
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    We’ve shown you many ways of getting your cables organized . Most of them are about keeping your rat’s nest of wires organized, but when you’ve got a lot of similar cables running to a location, labeling them is a big help. That’s where drinking straws come in.Read more...
  • Keep Your Sleeping Bag in Good Shape by Hand Washing in Your Bathtub

    Walter Glenn
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    If you’ve ever run your sleeping bag through a washing machine, you know the kind of damage it can do. Fortunately, a bathtub and some gentle hand washing is all you need to keep your bag performing efficiently.Read more...
  • Six Healthy Snacks You Can Eat While Gaming

    Stephanie Lee on Vitals, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Pizza rolls, potato chips, and Hot Pockets washed down with Mountain Dew may silence that grumbling stomach, but these foods probably don’t do you any favors for your waistline (or your brain, for that matter). Instead, trade in the typical gamer grub with these healthier-but-still-delicious snack swaps.Read more...
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  • Apple Debuts Three New Apple Watch Videos Highlighting Music, Fitness and Travel Apps

    Juli Clover
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:40 pm
    Apple today introduced three new Apple Watch videos on its YouTube channel, highlighting third-party apps designed for the wrist-worn device. Each of the three videos focuses on a different subset of apps, covering music, fitness, and travel. The videos all depict a single Apple Watch that displays a series of apps on the screen, with a selection of app icons in the surrounding space. Icons are enlarged to denote which app is on the screen. In the "Music" video, for example, music discovery app Shazam, DJing app Pacemaker, and ticket-purchasing app Stubhub are shown in quick succession. The…
  • Apple Seeds Fifth OS X El Capitan Beta to Developers

    Juli Clover
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Apple today released the fifth beta of OS X El Capitan to developers for testing purposes, less than one week after releasing the fourth El Capitan beta and nearly two months after unveiling the operating system at its 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference. Today's update is available through the software update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Apple Developer Center. It is not clear if this update will add any outward-facing changes to El Capitan, as the past few betas have focused on under-the-hood performance improvements and bug fixes to optimize the operating system ahead of…
  • Parallels 11 With Windows 10 to Allow Mac Users to Access Cortana on OS X

    Juli Clover
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:29 pm
    When Windows 10 is released to the public later this week, Windows users will have desktop access to Cortana, Microsoft's virtual assistant designed to compete with Apple's Siri. It appears Mac OS X users may also be able to access Cortana on OS X, using an updated version of the Parallels Windows virtualization software. For those unfamiliar with Parallels, it's software that's designed to let you run Windows and Windows apps on your Mac. According to a now-deleted leaked site that details upcoming features in Parallels 11, the software is gaining a new Windows 10 feature that will let…
  • Apple Appears to Have Ditched Plans for 4-Inch 'iPhone 6c' in 2015

    Joe Rossignol
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:54 am
    While several reports since last December claimed that Apple was planning to release a new 4-inch "iPhone 6c" as a low-cost option alongside the so-called "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus" later this year, Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri recently told investors that supply chain evidence of the rumored smartphone has seemingly disappeared since around March. Arcuri, in a research note obtained by Business Insider, speculates that Apple may have delayed or dropped plans to release the "iPhone 6c" due to concerns that the budget smartphone would cannibalize the iPhone 6, which has…
  • iPad Mini 4 Rumored to Be Smaller Version of iPad Air 2, A9-Based iPad Air 3 Still Possible for 2015

    Joe Rossignol
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:41 am
    Apple's fourth-generation iPad mini could be a miniaturized version of the iPad Air 2, according to Japanese blog Mac Otakara. The report claims that the iPad mini 4 will adopt some of the same features and specifications as the iPad Air 2, including an 8-megapixel rear-facing iSight camera, ultra-thin 6.1mm design and possibly a fully laminated display with anti-reflective coating. Mac Otakara claims that Apple may release the new iPad mini alongside an A9-based iPad Air 3, contrary to a sketchy report last week from Taiwan's Economic Daily News that said no new iPad Air will be released in…
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  • The Last King of Brooklyn

    Chris Brogan
    14 Jul 2015 | 2:24 pm
    The air inside the Brooklyn Bowl smells like well worn leather, sawdust, and evidently hops (from the nearby Brooklyn Brewery, but I’ll get back to them). All around me are authentic Coney Island early 20th century amusement park props, like the tin targets from shooting galleries. There’s a band putting their gear together onstage for an evening event, lots of percussion and fewer amps, so I’m guessing it’ll be some kind of folk or world music. In front of me, Charley Ryan, cofounder of the Brooklyn Bowl (with partner Peter Shapiro) is pressing his business card into…
  • Customer Service is Marketing

    Chris Brogan
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:13 am
    My son, Harold, is huge into video games and video game culture. He knows more weird and deep-level memes and obscure details than you’ll ever know. Harold has convinced me to take him to the SCG Convention in Texas. To say he’s hyped and excited is to really underplay how he feels about it. As part of this, I’ve encouraged Harold to do as much of the planning and deciding as possible. Harold chose the Aloft hotel chain. Swell by me. He picked it because he loved the videos. I prepaid for the days of the conference. And then, I ran into a snag.Continue ReadingThe post…
  • The Biggest Competitive Advantage I Have

    Chris Brogan
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:32 am
    I’m sprawled out on my bed writing to you. My son is reading a copy of Retro Gamer and my daughter is playing Splatoon (it’s a Wii game that your kid probably wants). Lately, I’ve been thinking about this blog, about you, about my business, about what I stand for. That kind of stuff. The Biggest Competitive Advantage I Have is Openness and Honesty But that sounds like I’m trying to be virtuous. I’m not. I just think it’s easier/better/faster to just tell you what I think and feel, instead of worrying. Continue ReadingThe post The Biggest Competitive…
  • How to Get Ahead if You’re Shy – or the Secret Magic of Puppets

    Chris Brogan
    8 Jun 2015 | 11:03 am
    My son, Harold, found out quite by surprise that he really likes puppets. He pretty much had to have this Kermit the Frog puppet. What we did with it was quite interesting. And in the process, I found myself thinking about me, then you, and about us. About all of us. And about something I’m not sure I’ve yet shared in this specific way. The Magic of Puppets When you put a puppet on your hand, you empower someone else to speak for you. You can say things you might not say from your own lips. Because hey, it’s a puppet. Puppets are like a super power.Continue ReadingThe post…
  • How to Learn A New Skill

    Chris Brogan
    28 May 2015 | 4:54 am
    I’m a big fan of the work of Dr Nick Morgan. In my circles, when people ask me advice about how to be a better professional speaker, I tell a somewhat backhanded and loving story about how I paid for a day of Dr. Morgan’s time, hellbent on having him make me a much better speaker. I loved everything he had to say. It was brilliant, full of really important details and ideas. And I couldn’t really make good use of any of it. Dr. Morgan mentions it in this post. For instance, “The good news for you conference organizers, then, is that if you hire Chris you’ll get…
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  • The ‘Horror’ of Making a Living from Selling eBooks

    27 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Look out, Stephen King. A new generation of Horror authors are using the power of self-publishing to climb the ranks, get new fans, and push the envelope in the genre. J. Thorn is an up-and-coming Horror author who knows how to write great books … and build an audience and income stream with them. In this episode of Authorpreneur, host Jim Kukral and J. Thorn discuss: How J. Thorn went from selling two books a day to 200 books a day How to build a powerful fan-base and turn them into readers through creative content marketing The biggest mistakes J. Thorn made when writing and launching…
  • An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Investing in Yourself

    27 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Today’s guest on Hack the Entrepreneur is a marketing expert, consultant, author, and blogger for Fast Company magazine and a regular contributor to The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business section. He is the author of Evergreen, which was an instant number one bestseller in the sales and marketing section of Amazon. Evergreen describes how companies can become so obsessed with finding new customers that they lose valuable customers along the way. Evergreen is a guide to customer retention, experience, and strategy … and today’s guest shows us how to cultivate enduring…
  • 8 Signs of Weak Writing that Turn Off Readers

    27 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    What makes writing “weak,” and are you able to identify the specific aspects of your writing that are weak? Writers can be hard on themselves. They may think everything they write is lousy. But “lousy” is a vague word — and that general self-judgment doesn’t help you move beyond “lousy” writing. Check out these eight specific signs of weak writing and how to strengthen each one. In this 23-minute episode of Editor-in-Chief, host Stefanie Flaxman discusses: The true danger of weak writing (and why strong writing creates a completely different experience for a reader) How to…
  • 6 Storytelling Lessons from a Famous Urban Legend

    27 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    “Don’t panic, but one of your kidneys has been harvested.” That’s the punch line for one of the most successful urban legends of the last 15 years. What makes it so successful? It’s hypnotic: understandable, memorable, and effective in changing thought and behavior. How do you create stories that are like that? Just follow these six principles. In this 7-minute episode of Rough Draft with Demian Farnworth, you’ll discover: How to think staggeringly simple How to attract attention How to help people understand and remember How to help people believe How to tell stories…
  • Don’t Panic, But This Article Was Written by an Algorithm

    Demian Farnworth
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    I don’t care how many times you read this opening paragraph. Study it word for word. Examine it frontwards and backwards. You won’t be able to conclusively tell whether it was written by a human or machine. Don’t believe me? Read this sports story, and tell me if it was written by a human or machine: Tuesday was a great day for W. Roberts, as the junior pitcher threw a perfect game to carry Virginia to a 2-0 victory over George Washington at Davenport Field. Human or machine? Here’s the answer: It was written by a machine. (I wrote the opening paragraph.) See, when it…
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  • Google has finally figured out what to do with Google+: Downsize it

    27 Jul 2015 | 11:34 am
    Google+ has been officially demoted. Today, Google announced that an account on its flailing social network is no longer required to log in to any of Google’s connected services. Over the next few months, “a Google Account will be all you’ll need” to do things like post YouTube videos and upload pictures to Google Photos. Not a Google+ account, just a Google Account. What's more, comments posted on YouTube will only appear there, and comments posted on Google+ videos will only appear on Google+. With this, Google is finally addressing one of the biggest complaints generated by its…
  • FuelBand buyers eligible for $25 gift cards in Nike, Apple settlement

    27 Jul 2015 | 8:59 am
    If you bought a Nike+ FuelBand between Jan. 19, 2012 and June 17, 2015, you might be eligible to claim a little bit of cash. Nike is paying out $2.4 million to settle a class-action lawsuit claiming the FuelBand misled buyers by delivering inaccurate step and calorie counts. As part of the settlement, Nike is offering a $15 cash payment or $25 gift card to eligible FuelBand buyers who submit a claim here. You can also exclude yourself from the settlement if you plan to challenge its terms in court or sue Nike or Apple down the line. If you don’t file a claim or exclude yourself from the…
  • Dart review: Give it time to evolve, and Dart may be the future of email

    27 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    It’s hard to pinpoint when it happened, but email has turned from a modern, convenient form of communication into an awful nuisance. It’s not just spam and unwanted solicitations; without strict attention, emails that actually need to be dealt with will pile up and important ones will inadvertently get pushed to the bottom of your inbox. What we need is a better way to communicate. Where text messages and tweets encourage short, rapid-fire conversations, emails tend to be lengthier—and therein lies the problem. We put off responding because emails inherently require more time; even when…
  • Samsung's new FreeSync monitor will wirelessly charge your phone, too

    27 Jul 2015 | 4:15 am
    Samsung Electronics thinks it can help unclutter your home with a monitor that can wirelessly charge smartphones and other mobile devices.The SE370 monitor will come in 23.6-inch and 27-inch formats and is the industry’s first to have an integrated wireless charging station, the South Korean manufacturer said Monday.But your phone will have to support the Qi wireless charging standard, which was developed by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) and is supported by makers such as Samsung, Sony, LG, HTC and Huawei.The charging area is on the stand for the monitor, and an LED lights up when…
  • Chinese police shut down supplier of over 40,000 fake Apple iPhones

    27 Jul 2015 | 4:01 am
    Apple’s iPhones are a big business in China. So big that an alleged supplier of knock-off iPhones in the country produced at least 40,000 units, before local police shut down the massive operation.Beijing authorities have arrested nine suspects, and confiscated over 1,400 fake handsets of different brands, as part of an investigation into the supplier, the city’s police force announced on Sunday.The supplier, based in Beijing, allegedly established one of the largest knock-off phone operations found in recent years, according to the police. Since January, the supplier produced over 41,000…
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  • Want To Keep Customers? Integrate Tech With A Personal Touch

    Scott Gerber
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Guest author Scott Gerber is the founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council.It's hard to do personalized customer service at scale. When you're using the technology to streamline the process and save your team time, the sense of personalization is easily lost.You need a strategy to get the best of both worlds—which is why I asked ten founders from YEC how they suggested other entrepreneurs keep the customer service experience personal while still leveraging the best technology.1. Incorporate Data Cohesiveness And IntegrationWith the growth of social media as a…
  • Windows 10 Suffers Last-Minute Control Panel Bug

    Adriana Lee
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:04 pm
    With the supposedly polished release of Windows 10 coming in two days, Microsoft should be putting its finishing touches on the operating system. Instead, it’s scrambling to fix a bug in its latest update, sent out through its Windows Insider Program last Saturday. According to CNET, the latest test version of the Windows software, build KB3074681, triggered unexpected behavior when some people attempted to uninstall programs through Control Panel instead of using the newer Settings screen. In the site’s tests, doing so crashed the Control Panel app, kicking users back to the…
  • Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo And Others Push For Accessibility Development

    Adriana Lee
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:21 pm
    For all their rhetoric and idealism about changing the world, consumer-facing technologies have largely failed at least one major set of users: people with disabilities, a segment that represents roughly 1 in 5 people in the U.S.As the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) approaches, a new group has formed to champion the cause of development for accessibility. Several educators and tech companies have joined forces in an effort dubbed Teaching Accessibility. According to its website, the group aims to address the "lack of awareness and understanding of basic…
  • How Startup Job Titles Got Into Such A Sad State

    Tony Stubblebine
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:40 am
    Guest author Tony Stubblebine is the CEO and founder of, an online productivity community and app.I love the job title "growth hacker." It’s an indictment of the entire field of marketing.How many marketers had to forget to do their job before we had to create a new title to remind them about the growth part?“Now remember, we want these ads to be funny AND ALSO, this is the part we skipped last month, get people to try our product.”A growth hacker is a marketer who also has responsibility for the results of their work.The theme that’s driving new job titles is this:…
  • Can You Be The Next Uber? It's Easier Than You Think

    Danny Boice
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Guest author Danny Boice is the CEO of Trustify, a service that allows anyone to hire a private investigator on demand.Uber is so successful that the name is now synonymous and interchangeable with on-demand marketplaces that overturn the status quo and leverage technology at scale. Uber did not invent the concept of aggregating disparate supply and demand to create a business, but they did it in a loud, disruptive manner with cheap technology. Others are paying attention and trying to mimic their success. Today, you don’t have to look far to see an “Uber for X” business. Why? In large…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • How Copywriting Can Benefit From User Research

    Marli Mesibov
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:19 am
      I’ve often heard there are four stages along the road to competence: unconscious incompetence, conscious incompetence, conscious competence, and unconscious competence. Most of us begin our careers “unconsciously incompetent,” or unaware of how much we don’t know. I’ll never forget the first time I moved from unconscious to conscious incompetence. I was working as an office manager at a small software company, and having been impressed by my writing skills, the director of sales and marketing asked me to throw together a press release, welcoming the new CEO.The post How…
  • Making Time: Redesigning A Calendar Experience For Android

    Günther Beyer & Nino Rapin
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:55 am
      In UX design, few things are more intricate than time and personal time management — only a good arsenal of mobile design patterns and information architecture principles can save you. This is the story of redesigning the UX for a popular calenda tool on Android: Business Calendar. We’ll cover designing systems, interaction design problems, scaling across screens and platforms, research, and big business decisions and their outcomes. Business Calendar started out as a side project, a one-man show, and is now run by a team of eight in Berlin. The app was very successful…
  • Finally: Smashing Book #5 Is Here, And It’s Hot Like Smoking Barrels.

    Vitaly Friedman
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:51 am
      The waiting is over. Smashing Book #5 is here, it's smashing, and it's shipping worldwide — in fact, all pre-orders have just been dispatched. Think of it as a reliable playbook to master all the tricky hurdles of responsive design, well-tested in real-life projects by respected designers and developers. Ah, sure, you can get the book right away. Now, a standalone release post would be boring and predictable, so how about bringing another perspective to the magazine instead? Below you'll find some insights about the writing process by one of the authors of the book, Sara…
  • How To Moderate Effectively In Usability Research

    Colleen Roller
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:24 am
      As UX professionals, we know the value of conducting usability research. But UX research initiatives — even when designed well — are not perfect. A lab study to test a website, for example, would never perfectly capture a user’s actual behavior in the wild. This is because, inevitably, the research protocol itself will influence the findings. A lab environment can never replicate the natural environment of the participant, and the mere presence of a research facilitator or moderator creates a dimension of artificiality that can thwart the research goals. They must…
  • Smarter Grids With Sass And Susy

    Michelle Barker
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:46 am
      If you’re a designer, you’ll know that grids are your friends. More often than not, they’re the vital architecture that holds a beautiful design together; they create rhythm, structure your page, lead the eye, and prevent the whole thing collapsing in a sloppy mess. I’m a firm advocate for designing with the browser: prototyping with HTML and CSS has many clear advantages over static Photoshop comps, which have less value for the responsive web. Unfortunately, HTML, CSS and grids aren’t natural bedfellows: the progression of web standards over the years has been lacking…
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  • Bush lays out his immigration plan ... in Spanish

    27 Jul 2015 | 7:34 pm
    Jeb Bush told Telemundo he wants a pathway to legal status for all 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.
  • How serious is the Clinton email controversy?

    27 Jul 2015 | 7:26 pm
    Of the many allegations related to Hillary Clinton's emails -- ranging from reasonable to conspiratorial -- the most serious are the findings by two inspectors general that Clinton's private email server contained classified information and a related referral to the FBI concerning a "potential compromise of classified information." While details remain unclear, the alleged presence of classified information on a private email server undoubtedly has legal implications for the controversy -- and places a strain on Clinton's public defense.
  • Donald Trump leaves world in disbelief

    27 Jul 2015 | 7:26 pm
  • N. Korea, Russia vie to be top menace

    27 Jul 2015 | 7:26 pm
    While Iranian leaders prepare to pause on their nuclear program, Russia and North Korea appear locked in a contest for chief nuclear menace.
  • Was Rick Perry right on guns at the movies?

    27 Jul 2015 | 7:26 pm
    In response to last week's theater shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry called "gun free zones" a bad idea, saying that movie-goers should be allowed to attend while carrying arms, and that "it makes a lot of sense to send a message across this country ... If we believe in the Second Amendment, and we believe in people's right to protect themselves and defend themselves, and their families."
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • If you were only allowed to have 10 pieces of photographic gear, what would they be?

    Scott Kelby
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:16 am
    …that was a question posted on my Facebook page by Are Knudsen, a photographer from Norway. Why the question? Well, I kicked off a new monthly Q&A column in Shutterbug magazine a few months ago (they named it “Ask a Pro”), but essentially I answer questions posed by Shutterbug’s readers along with questions I get throughout the month on my blog or social media, and the column has been a lot of fun for me (and I’ve been a reader of Shutterbug for many years, so it’s also really a kick to be in their pages). As I was working on the latest installment, I…
  • Travel Photography Tips & Tricks

    Scott Kelby
    24 Jul 2015 | 12:16 am
    Hi Gang: If you missed “The Grid” this week, our topic was travel photography, and I showed image, and talked tips and tricks based on my trip last week to London and Paris. Lots of helpful little nuggets, and we answered lots of questions from viewers. If you’ve got a sec, here’s the episode (below): In case you missed it — I posted my favorite images from the trip over at (along with the story and more tips there, too). There’s that link: Lastly, if you’ve got a sec, I was featured this over at shotkit with a look at…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    The Art of Digital Photography: The Inspirational Series with John Keatley Join Mia McCormick and John Keatley as they sit down to discuss John’s inspiring career as an advertising and celebrity portrait photographer. John has developed a style that is as fun as it is creative, and yet very real. John has photographed celebrities, athletes, and politicians, and his work has appeared in publications ranging from Rolling Stone to Wired. Spend an hour learning about how John got started, how he developed and stays true to his style, how he’s dealt with some of the fears all creatives face,…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Bill Fortney!

    Brad Moore
    21 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Why Keep Doing This? At the age of 69, and after 45 years as a working pro, I’ve earned the right to a break, but I don’t want one!!!  For three reasons… My Three Reasons: Challenge: When we’re finished learning, we’re finished. Life has little value if we are not striving to get better at something, when you stop trying, you’re finished! Life is too precious to throw in the towel, so we should give everything we love everything we have! Our families, our faith, our work, and yes our hobbies. Photography is challenging, no matter how long you do it, no matter how good you…
  • Image from my trip to Paris

    Scott Kelby
    21 Jul 2015 | 5:59 am
    Hi gang — I just posted a few of my favorite shots from my trip this past week to Paris with the family. After my seminar in London, we took the high-speed Chunnel train from there down to Paris (only about a two-hour and 15 minute trip, and the train was awesome!). Anyway,  the images, and the story, and some tips for travel photography are here: Here’s the link If you get a sec, I hope you can check them out. Have a great Tuesday, and we’ll catch ya tomorrow for Guest Blog Wednesday. Le best, -Scott P.S. Hi dave. Boom!
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    Digital Photography School

  • How to Creatively Alter the Light in Your Photo Using Lightroom

    Helen Bradley
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Learn how to fix problem light and enhance your vision for your photos in Lightroom. If you’re like most of us, you’ve taken photos from time to time that you’ve had high hopes for, only to realize later on that they didn’t turn out the way you’d hoped. Often what looks like awesome light when you captured the image, just doesn’t translate to great light when you view the photo on your computer screen. When the photos you’ve captured are once in a lifetime memories they deserve better than this. Thanks to Lightroom they can be improved, fairly quickly…
  • 10 Tips for Photographing Strangers

    Anthony Epes
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    I do a lot of wandering at dawn, taking photos of the city as it wakes. Mostly I am on my own, but occasionally I come across someone, a worker or a person coming home from a party. In Paris, a few summers back, I came across this guy. “Take my photo, friend!” he said to me. So, of course, I did. He was brash, but when I was done he hugged me and carried on with his early morning adventures. If only all interactions with strangers, when I’m out with my camera, could be that easy! But, unfortunately, they are not. So when you don’t have random strangers accosting you on the…
  • 4 Tips on How to Be Creative in Undesirable Photography Conditions

    Branson Quenzer
    26 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    How many times have you arrived at a place and it just is not up to your expectations? There is nothing worse than wasting your time, especially when it was all planned out to be a good day. What a letdown. But, what if you could turn that around and produce something amazing? What if you can do it, and make a great photographic experience out of it? Well you can and it doesn’t take a lot of work, or a lot of camera equipment. There are likely many times as a photographer where you have prepared all your gear and scouted your location, only to arrive at your destination and find that it…
  • How to Become a Professional Travel Photographer – Two Paths

    Oded Wagenstein
    26 Jul 2015 | 7:12 am
    Ethiopian Meskel festival – by Oded Wagenstein Many people are mistaken in thinking that travel photography is just about traveling and making photos. While, although that sounds like a dream job, not many people will pay you to just travel and take nice looking photos. Like any job, travel photography is work –  and usually, it’s very demanding. Yes, you get to go to amazing places, meet exciting people, and the world is your office. But, it also has many downsides: sleeping in flea-infested guesthouses, never-ending bus rides from hell, harassment from corrupted policemen,…
  • 3 Steps to Photoshop Retouching for Natural Looking Portraits

    Danielle Werner
    25 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    In the world of photography, editing and retouching are just as important as the imagery itself. Every image that you see published has been through its fair share of post-processing before it is seen by the public. If photographers didn’t retouch their images, it would be like a painter presenting his sketches instead of the finished painting. With the fast moving technology of today, extraordinary images are everywhere, every day. Even with perfect lighting, and preparation work, a final image always receives some post-production attention. The trick to post-processing is to make it look…
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    Engadget RSS Feed

  • For OnePlus, China is no longer its biggest market

    Richard Lai
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:01 pm
    OnePlus, a 900-strong company that's sold 1.5 million smartphones since its debut 15 months ago, is doing surprisingly well outside its home country, China. As we sat in OnePlus' funky recreational room, CEO Pete Lau revealed that about 60 to 70 perc...
  • OnePlus 2 is a $329+ metallic upgrade with a beefed-up camera

    Richard Lai
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Almost exactly 15 months ago, the OnePlus One made its debut as a $299 flagship smartphone to wow the geeks; and it's even been lowered to $249 as of last month. That, of course, is to make way for the company's next act, the OnePlus 2 (we were asked...
  • Google reportedly tried to buy a veggie burger company

    Jon Fingas
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:18 pm
    Google has explored at least a few fields that have precious little to do with internet searches, but sources for The Information claim that it nearly went in a very unusual direction: the fast food business. The folks in Mountain View reportedly tri...
  • Israeli researchers compromise isolated network with dumbphones

    Sean Buckley
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:10 pm
    Without a doubt, storing highly sensitive data on an internet-disconnected, "air-gapped" computer network is one of the best security measures an organization can take -- but nothing is foolproof. Researchers at Ben-Gurion University in Isreal have f...
  • NASA shows off the International Space Station in glorious 4K

    Jon Fingas
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:21 pm
    NASA's International Space Station team recently got a big camera upgrade in the form of RED's Epic Dragon, and it's more than a little eager to show off what this high-resolution gear can do. The agency has started posting 4K videos (sorry, no 6K ye...
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  • On Assignment: The Light You Don't See

    11 Jul 2015 | 3:43 pm
    This photo is 100% flash, 0% ambient. But it almost looks like the reverse. And for this portrait of soprano Robin Steitz, a timeless available-light look was what we were going for.But when you are working with flash (a single speedlight) and controlling your light (a scrounged "fill blanket" from the couch) you can keep the best of both worlds of strobe and ambient. Read more »
  • GPP Pop-Up Seattle: Why Go, and What to Expect

    18 Jun 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Several folks have asked for more specifics on the Seattle GPP Pop-Up. So here's the long version.Gulf Photo Plus is widely regarded as one of the best photo weeks... well, anywhere. And deservedly so. Every year, people attend from dozens of countries all over the world.The problem is that GPP is held in Dubai, which is an awful long way for most westerners to travel.But each year Gulf Photo Plus holds a Pop-Up event somewhere other than Dubai. In 2013 they were in London, and in 2014 it was Singapore. This year, for the first time, a GPP Pop-Up is being held in the US. It's scheduled for…
  • On the Road? Backup Without the Bulk-Up

    2 Jun 2015 | 5:56 am
    I seldom review gadgets these days, but sometimes something is so useful that it's worth telling people about. Such is the case with the SD card-enabled Western Digital My Passport Wireless hard drive.Read more »
  • Gulf Photo Plus is Coming to the US

    11 May 2015 | 12:55 pm
    UPDATE: Several folks have asked me for more information on the content of the weekend. I can't speak for everyone else, but here is a detailed look at where we are going in my session. -DHI teach very infrequently now, at most just once or twice a year. That said, without fail I attend Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai every March.It's a great event, with quality instructors and a fantastic group (family?) of people running it. But Dubai is a long way away, to be sure.So three years ago, we worked out a sort of "road version" of GPP. It's a compressed, wall-to-wall weekend that brings a bit of GPP to…
  • Your Basic Lighting Kit: A Spin Around the Block

    12 Apr 2015 | 1:35 pm
    So you bit the bullet and spent ~$100 for the stuff needed to turn your hot shoe flash into a mini portable studio lighting system. What do you with the box of stuff the UPS guy just dropped onto your dorstep? Where do you start?That is exactly the gap we explore whenever I teach a beginner's lighting class. So today we are going to walk through a "first steps" exercise. Read more »
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  • Casio Japan introduces Exilim EX-ZR3000 and EX-ZR60

    27 Jul 2015 | 4:52 pm
    Casio has launched two new compacts in Japan, the Exilim EX-ZR3000 and EX-ZR60. The ZR3000 uses a 12MP 1/1.7" BSI CMOS sensor and 25-300mm equiv. zoom, and the beginner-friendlier ZR60 offers a 16MP 1/2.3" BSI CMOS 25-250mm equiv. range. Read more
  • Real-world samples: Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR

    27 Jul 2015 | 11:35 am
    Nikon's AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR is intended as a high-quality everyday lens with the company's APS-C format DSLRs. Offering an equivalent focal length range of 24-120mm, the 16-80mm features optical VR stabilization and an electronic aperture diaphragm. We spent the weekend shooting with the lens in and around Seattle, attached to a Nikon D7200. Check out our gallery of sample images
  • Shooting with the Canon PowerShot G3 X

    27 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    We've been shooting with the Canon PowerShot G3 X for a few days now. Canon's latest high-end compact offers a 20MP sensor and 24-600mm equivalent zoom lens, with a touch-sensitive LCD screen and optional EVF. The G3 X occupies something of a niche in the long-zoom category, offering a longer lens than its 1-inch sensor competitors but without some of the extras, like a built-in viewfinder and 4K video. What's it like to use? Read our overview to find out. 
  • Readers' Showcase: Luis dos Santos

    26 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Lobbies, office towers and stairwells seem like unlikely places to find artistic inspiration, but that's where Luis dos Santos' photography thrives. Based in Germany, he creates images that give ordinary spaces an otherworldly feel. See his work and read more about him in our Q&A. Read more
  • Photos of former Vice President Dick Cheney on September 11, 2001 released to public record

    25 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    A collection of images featuring then-Vice President Dick Cheney on September 11, 2001 have recently been released to the public in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. Part of the National Archive, the images are available on Flickr and show Cheney traveling on Marine Two and at the President's Emergency Operations Center. Read more
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • A Quick Portrait “Finishing Move” in Lightroom (Matt Kloskowski)
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:16 am
    Hi Gang (and Happy Monday). This isn’t some earth-shattering Lightroom secret or anything, but it’s something that I do to a lot of my portraits, kind of as a finishing move, and while it’s subtle, I think it’s important. I get a lot of questions about these finishing moves, so I thought I’d share this one here today. It’s about a very quick way to brighten just your subject’s face, which is something (as I said), I do a lot. The original image is above. STEP ONE: Get the Adjustment Brush; double-click on the word “Effects” to reset all…
  • Bringing Your Logo into Lightroom (with a transparent background behind it) (Matt Kloskowski)
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:16 am
    Happy Friday everybody. Here’s a tip on how to bring your logo into Lightroom (so you can use it in slideshows, or as an identity plate, or for the title of a slideshow, or whatever), but with a transparent background behind it (that’s the cool part). Here’s how it’s done: STEP ONE: We have start over in Photoshop (any ol’ version will do). Open a new document, and then use the Place command (under the File menu) to bring in your logo, so it appears on its own layer above the background layer (as shown here). STEP TWO: Now, go to the Layers panel and drag the…
  • Shortcut for Keyboard shortcuts (Matt Kloskowski)
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:24 am
    If you are like me, you love keyboard shortcuts but often forget that cool one that you only use every now and then. The good news is that you can press Command -/  (slash) or (PC Ctrl -/) to bring up all of the keyboard shortcuts for that module. Now if you can just remember that one shortcut you are all set.   The post Shortcut for Keyboard shortcuts appeared first on Lightroom Killer Tips.
  • Are you taking advantage of Lightroom’s Headless Mode? (Matt Kloskowski)
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:45 am
    Hi gang — I just got back from my trip to London and Paris and while I was there I took a few panos, but I did a lot of exposure bracketing so I could compile those images into one single image using Lightroom CC’s built-in Merge to HDR feature (which works great by the way). But one feature I really feel in love with this time around is Headless mode — where Lightroom will process your bracketed HDR images (or panos) automatically in the background without brining up a preview window or interrupting your workflow in any way. Here’s how it works Select your bracketed images…
  • Something You Need to Know About Lightroom’s Smart Previews (Matt Kloskowski)
    20 Jul 2015 | 1:16 am
    Hi Gang: I’m back from my London seminar and family vacation to Paris afterward, and we’ll kick things off this week with  a brief discussion on a topic I get asked a lot about Smart Previews. First, what is a Smart Preview? Smart Previews do a lot of cool things (and they’re key to working with Lightroom Mobile, but that part happens in the background without your involvement so we’ll just stick to what you can control, which is in the desktop version). Perhaps the biggest benefit of Smart Previews is that you can take a working copy of your images with you on the…
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Apple Music Exclusively Debuts Keith Richards 'Trouble' Video

    Juli Clover
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:57 am
    Continuing on with its stream of exclusive content, Apple Music is today premiering the video for Keith Richards' latest single, "Trouble." The video is exclusively available through Apple Music Connect on Keith Richards' page on the artist-focused social networking site. Because the video is shared on Apple Music Connect, it does not require an Apple Music subscription to watch. Designed to let fans connect with artists, Apple Music Connect's content is all available for free and will continue to be free after people's three-month free trials expire. Exclusive video premiere of “Trouble”…
  • Apple to Expand Retail Presence in India With 500 Authorized Mobility Resellers

    Mitchel Broussard
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:01 am
    Following a focus on expanding its presence in the greater China area, sources speaking with NDTV Gadgets have confirmed Apple is looking to increase its foothold in India as well through the launch of a new retail store program. The new initiative -- dubbed the Authorized Mobility Resellers program -- will reportedly see the company open 500 retail store locations across 12 cities in India. The stores will showcase a heavier focus on Apple's mobile offerings, like the iPhone and iPad, along with "related third-party accessories." Apple has already signed up over 100 partners it wants to work…
  • Beijing Police Shut Down Large-Scale Factory That Made Over 41,000 Counterfeit iPhones

    Mitchel Broussard
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:08 am
    Beijing police have shut down a large iPhone counterfeiting ring within the city that had managed to produce more than 41,000 fake versions of the flagship smartphone, some of which even managed to reach the United States (via Reuters). All told, the ring's counterfeit production had grown to be worth as much as 120 million yuan (about $19 million). The police have arrested a total of nine suspects thought to be involved directly in the counterfeiting operation, all due to a combined effort to enforce stricter counterfeit and intellectual property laws in China. Of the nine arrested were…
  • Apple and Nike Settle FuelBand Class Action Lawsuit

    Husain Sumra
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:40 pm
    Apple and Nike settled a two-year-old class action lawsuit that challenged their advertising claims regarding the Nike+ FuelBand. The lawsuit alleged that Nike and Apple made misleading statements about the FuelBand's ability to accurately track steps, calories and NikeFuel. Under the settlement, customers who purchased a FuelBand between January 19, 2012 and June 17, 2015 can make a claim for either a $15 payment or $25 gift card redeemable at Nike-owned stores in the United States and Puerto Rico or at Nike's online shop. The number of claims that a customer may submit depends on…
  • YouTube App Updated With Fullscreen Playback for Vertical Videos

    Husain Sumra
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:28 pm
    While a fully redesigned YouTube app with Google's Material Design, an emphasis on subscriptions and creation tools is coming soon to iOS, YouTube has, in the interim, issued a minor update to its current app with fullscreen playback for vertical videos. Vertical videos are videos that are shot in portrait mode on smartphones. Previously, viewing a vertical video in the YouTube app added two black bars to the sides of the video, shrinking the actual image and making it difficult to view. Now, vertical videos play in full screen the same way they were filmed, allowing users to have a better…
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