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  • The latest “Avengers: Age of Ultron” trailer has more detail than ever [video]

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    Josh Urich
    6 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Finally, finally, there's an "Age of Ultron" trailer that actually gives you an idea of what the film is about. Make sure you watch this third trailer in HD. The post The latest “Avengers: Age of Ultron” trailer has more detail than ever [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Nickelback released a disco song and it's as awful as you'd expect

    Brian Koerber
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:24 pm
    The band that everybody loves to hate is back with a new tune — and for some reason, it's a disco song Sometimes, it seems that Nickelback releases music for the sole purpose of you hating it. Frontman Chad Kroeger even thanked his haters during an interview last year for adding to his band's popularity The video for the new tune, "She Keeps Me Up," features a classic disco-themed club complete with roller skating, disco balls, sequins and bell bottoms So, love it or hate it or love hating it, here it is: 'House of Cards' intro reimagined as a happy sitcom Leslie Jones is us all when…
  • Apple (Reportedly) Sides With Taylor Swift In The Free Streaming Music Wars

    Fast Company
    Chris Gayomali
    6 Mar 2015 | 9:01 am
    Apple's new streaming music service, rumored to debut later this year, won't have a free streaming tier.Last year, lab-created perfect human Taylor Swift sent a shiver down the collective spine of the streaming-music industry when she yanked all her music from Spotify. Her argument, while hardly airtight, basically boiled down to the belief that free-streaming services grossly devalue the work of the musicians; it's why you can find her catalog on paid subscription services, like, say, Rdio.Read Full Story
  • CrunchWeek: Etsy IPO, Tinder’s Age-Based Pricing, Kleiner Perkins On Trial

    Colleen Taylor,Alex Wilhelm,Sarah Buhr
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:38 pm
    While we’d argue that every episode of CrunchWeek is special, today is an extra special show, because it’s the last one we’re having at the big white table. That’s right: Our little studio is finally getting an upgrade! For the next few weeks, TechCrunch’s video studio will be under construction for a fresh new look. We’ll continue to make CrunchWeek as… Read More
  • "That can't be a legal parking space..."

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:10 am
    "Because if it was, someone would already be parking there." If you're sufficiently pessimistic about new opportunities, it probably pays to stop driving around. Opportunity is often where you decide it is.        
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  • The latest “Avengers: Age of Ultron” trailer has more detail than ever [video]

    Josh Urich
    6 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Finally, finally, there's an "Age of Ultron" trailer that actually gives you an idea of what the film is about. Make sure you watch this third trailer in HD. The post The latest “Avengers: Age of Ultron” trailer has more detail than ever [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • The pizza place that serves up a slice of humanity [video]

    Josh Urich
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Mason Wartman had a good job on Wall Street, but he left it to open a pizza place. At Rosa's Pizza, customers can pre-purchase a one dollar slice of pie for someone in need. Here's how it works. The post The pizza place that serves up a slice of humanity [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • How to build an igloo [video]

    Josh Urich
    6 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    There's been a bunch of bad weather around the nation, recently. If you're one of the poor saps snowed in, here's something to do with your time: build and igloo. It should only take...several hours. The post How to build an igloo [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Boyfriend practices pro wrestling finishing moves on his girlfriend (into the pool) [video]

    Josh Urich
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    How does this guy even have a girlfriend? And what kind of girl lets her boyfriend practice WWE finishing moves on her? That being said, the camerawork is surprisingly professional. The post Boyfriend practices pro wrestling finishing moves on his girlfriend (into the pool) [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Son’s singing helps revive mother with Alzheimer’s [video]

    Josh Urich
    6 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Joe Fraley's mother has Alzheimer's. For the past three months, she's been unresponsive and has hardly even eaten. On a recent visit, though, Fraley played his mother some original music and saw her more alive than she's been in months. The post Son’s singing helps revive mother with Alzheimer’s [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
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  • Nickelback released a disco song and it's as awful as you'd expect

    Brian Koerber
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:24 pm
    The band that everybody loves to hate is back with a new tune — and for some reason, it's a disco song Sometimes, it seems that Nickelback releases music for the sole purpose of you hating it. Frontman Chad Kroeger even thanked his haters during an interview last year for adding to his band's popularity The video for the new tune, "She Keeps Me Up," features a classic disco-themed club complete with roller skating, disco balls, sequins and bell bottoms So, love it or hate it or love hating it, here it is: 'House of Cards' intro reimagined as a happy sitcom Leslie Jones is us all when…
  • Cinder Sensing Cooker wants to be the smartest cook in the kitchen

    Lance Ulanoff
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:02 pm
    I just endured either the most delicious or cruelest product demo ever The roughly 12-pound Cinder Sensing Cooker is still almost a year away from release, but it’s already turning heads — in part because it’s the anti-George Foreman grill. Popular in the '90s, that countertop cooker focused on speedy grilling and health (all the oils drained into a separate container) See also: Hands On With Rotimatic: the World’s First Robot Roti Maker The new smart home appliance uses sensors and artificial intelligence to grill steak much like a chef might at a pricey restaurant.
  • 10 weird frozen foods for only the bravest diners

    Tricia Gilbride
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    March 6 is National Frozen Food Day — a day to honor the warriors of the lazy person's kitchen that tragically never quite receive the respect they deserve. You can heat up a pizza in a matter of minutes instead of waiting for unreliable delivery or provide snacks at your parties without cooking for your ungrateful friends. Frozen food is simply a miracle. See also: 14 Stunning Photographs That Bridge Past and Present But sometimes the people responsible for keeping your impatient stomach full fly a little too close to the sun. Check out these questionable frozen foods, and then maybe…
  • Prince is staging a 'spontaneous' U.S. tour? That is so Prince

    Josh Dickey
    6 Mar 2015 | 1:47 pm
    LOS ANGELES — Prince isn't really into planning. Like at the Grammy Awards, as with life, he just sort of shows up unannounced. You feel somehow elevated to have been in his otherworldly presence for that moment, and then he's gone. So it's little surprise that the Purple One "announced" his "Hit and Run" tour without really announcing it. There will reportedly be a show in Louisville, Kentucky, on March 14 — yeah, that's about a week from now — but no venue has been revealed (and don't hold your breath, Louisville. It'll come when it comes.) SEE ALSO: Who's in Prince's…
  • Ferguson cops, court clerk reportedly lose jobs over racist emails cited in DOJ report

    Brian Ries
    6 Mar 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Two Ferguson police officers and a court clerk are out of jobs in the wake of a devastating U.S. Department of Justice report that says their emails were indicative of rampant racism in the city's legal institutions Capt. Rick Henke and Sgt. William Mudd, who reportedly resigned on Thursday, were identified by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as the officers. See also: 5 startling revelations from the Ferguson police racism report Ferguson city spokesman Jeff Small on Friday identified the fired worker as court clerk Mary Ann Twitty. She did not immediately respond to an Associated Press message…
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  • Apple (Reportedly) Sides With Taylor Swift In The Free Streaming Music Wars

    Chris Gayomali
    6 Mar 2015 | 9:01 am
    Apple's new streaming music service, rumored to debut later this year, won't have a free streaming tier.Last year, lab-created perfect human Taylor Swift sent a shiver down the collective spine of the streaming-music industry when she yanked all her music from Spotify. Her argument, while hardly airtight, basically boiled down to the belief that free-streaming services grossly devalue the work of the musicians; it's why you can find her catalog on paid subscription services, like, say, Rdio.Read Full Story
  • Apple To Join The Dow Jones

    Chris Gayomali
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:36 am
    The technology company will replace AT&T.The widening gulf between the interests of Silicon Valley and Wall Street closed a bit today: In a long anticipated move, Apple, the world's most valuable company, will join the Dow Jones Industrial Average later this month. The Wall Street Journal reports that the Cupertino-based technology company will replace telecom giant AT&T in the index as it reshuffles "pending a 4-for-1 stock split by Dow component Visa Inc." The change will take place on March 18.Read Full Story
  • This Throwable Computer Teaches Kids How To Code

    Sophie Weiner
    6 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Hackaball gives kids the power to program their own games, and takes coding outside.Coding is a great skill for kids to learn but it can be a lonely, sedentary endeavor. Hackaball, a new toy created from a partnership between the design agencies MAP and Made By Many, promises to get kids off their butts and playing outside—all while teaching basic coding skills and empowering kids to invent their own kind of play.Read Full Story
  • The Beauty Of Failure: 12 Rejected Designs That Actually Don't Suck

    Carey Dunne
    6 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    Recently Rejected, an online graveyard for unpublished, rejected, or unfinished design work, illuminates the creative process.All creative people know that only a tiny percentage of the work they do ever sees the light of day. More often than not, work either ends up in the trash, gets brutally revised, or rejected by finicky clients. And enough rejections can leave designers convinced their work sucks and that they should give up and become accountants.Read Full Story
  • Free App Friday: 5 Tools To Help You Learn New Skills

    Doug Aamoth
    6 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    It's time for some new tricks, old dog—from cooking to photo-taking to origami.Impress your friends! Make yourself more attractive date material! Or, at the very least, kill some time in a potentially productive way. These free apps will help you ditch your microwave, capture better-looking memories, and tap into your creative side.Read Full Story
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  • CrunchWeek: Etsy IPO, Tinder’s Age-Based Pricing, Kleiner Perkins On Trial

    Colleen Taylor,Alex Wilhelm,Sarah Buhr
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:38 pm
    While we’d argue that every episode of CrunchWeek is special, today is an extra special show, because it’s the last one we’re having at the big white table. That’s right: Our little studio is finally getting an upgrade! For the next few weeks, TechCrunch’s video studio will be under construction for a fresh new look. We’ll continue to make CrunchWeek as… Read More
  • WhatsApp Says It’s Not “Permanently” Banning Users From Its Service, Just Blocking Third-Party Clients

    Sarah Perez
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:44 pm
     Quite a few reports circling the web this week appear to indicate a tightening of WhatsApp’s policy toward the usage of third-party WhatsApp client applications. That is, word has it that those using an unofficial app will be banned from WhatsApp for life. However, that’s not exactly the case, WhatsApp explains. In fact, there’s been no larger policy shift since we last… Read More
  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: MWC And The Future Of VR

    Jordan Crook,John Biggs,Darrell Etherington,Matt Burns
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:22 pm
     This week, John and friends ventured off into the land of Mobile World Congress to check out the latest and greatest that mobile has to offer. The Galaxy S6 was finally unveiled, but it was actually HTC that surprised us with a new VR headset preview. We veer off on various tangents throughout, so as usual, this podcast is a bit like a box of chocolates. We’re also trying out a… Read More
  • Of Course Comcast Subscribers Can’t Stream HBO Go On The PS4

    Matt Burns
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:15 pm
     HBO Go finally hit the PS4 this week bringing the online streaming service to the best selling next-gen console. But of course it doesn’t work with Comcast. Why would it? HBO Go hit the PS3 last year and Comcast subscribers still can’t use the service. Comcast tells TechCrunch that their subscribers have many other ways to access HBO on other devices. A spokesperson points to the… Read More
  • US Marshals Sell The Last Of The Seized Silk Road Bitcoins

    John Biggs
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:12 pm
     US Marshals have sold the last batch of 50,000 seized Silk Road bitcoins at auction after a surprisingly quiet sealed bidding process. The USMS has not announced the name of the winner of the entire collection of bitcoin but VC Tim Draper has been quietly buying these seized coins for the past year. The auction marks the end of one of the oddest US auctions on record. When the Marshals… Read More
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  • "That can't be a legal parking space..."

    Seth Godin
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:10 am
    "Because if it was, someone would already be parking there." If you're sufficiently pessimistic about new opportunities, it probably pays to stop driving around. Opportunity is often where you decide it is.        
  • Samples and shipping and more

    Seth Godin
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:31 am
    Here's an audio excerpt from the download/CD program I recently released via SoundsTrue as a fundraiser for Acumen. (Also on Amazon). I hope it resonates with you: Listen to The comparison trap from Leap First by Seth Godin Listen to Unleash the demos from Leap First by Seth Godin And, in response to many requests from people who love the fast (and sometimes free) shipping that Amazon offers, we've decided to now offer the two-pack of Your Turn on their site as well. (Click on "see all buying options" to get the 2 pack offer).  To get us off to a good start, it's discounted for…
  • The asymmetry of decay

    Seth Godin
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:01 am
    When things get a little better every day, we take the good news for granted. It takes almost no time at all for the improvement to turn into an expectation and for the expectation to be taken for granted. But when things decay, we can't stop thinking about the loss, extrapolating the pattern all the way to doom, and then living with that doom, long before it arrives. This is a bug in the system of our culture, but that doesn't mean we can't work to hack it. When we curate our media intake (and create our own) and when we decide what story to tell ourselves (instead of accepting the story of…
  • Labor unions in a post-industrial age

    Seth Godin
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    The us/them mindset of the successful industrialist led to the inevitable and essential creation of labor unions. If, as Smith and Marx wrote, owning the means of production transfers maximum value to the factory owner, the labor union provided a necessary correction to an inherently one-sided relationship. Industrialism is based on doing a difficult thing (making something) ever cheaper and more reliably. The union movement is the result of a group of workers insisting that they be treated fairly, despite the fact that they don't own the means of production. Before globalism, unions had the…
  • The circus is coming to town

    Seth Godin
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:12 am
    Too often, we wait. We wait to get the gig, or to make the complex sale, or to find the approval we seek. Then we decide it's time to get to work and put on our show. The circus doesn't work that way. They don't wait to be called. They show up. They show up and sell tickets. When you transform the order of things, the power shifts. "The circus is going to be here tomorrow, are you going?" That's a very different question than, "are you willing to go out on a limb and book the circus? If you are, we'll come to town..." People respond to forward motion. Auctions are always more exciting than…
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  • Tech Time Warp of the Week: The 1972 Digital Watch That Cost More Than a Car

    Klint Finley
    6 Mar 2015 | 1:42 pm
    The Pulsar Time Computer put Apple's smart watch ambitions to shame in this 1972 infomercial. The post Tech Time Warp of the Week: The 1972 Digital Watch That Cost More Than a Car appeared first on WIRED.
  • The 16 Coolest Gadgets We Saw at Mobile World Congress

    Maurizio Pesce
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:05 pm
    The world's biggest smartphone show just wrapped up in Barcelona. We look at the best handsets, wearables, and other mobile gadgets from the expo floor. The post The 16 Coolest Gadgets We Saw at Mobile World Congress appeared first on WIRED.
  • Amazon Opens a Storefront on Archrival Alibaba’s Site

    Davey Alba
    6 Mar 2015 | 11:53 am
    Amazon has been struggling to make inroads in China. Now it’s turned to the same venue as every other retailer hoping to reach Chinese shoppers online: Alibaba. The post Amazon Opens a Storefront on Archrival Alibaba’s Site appeared first on WIRED.
  • Cloud Computing Can Make Any Old Beater a Connected Car

    Alex Davies
    6 Mar 2015 | 11:29 am
    It's powering Delphi's efforts to offer aftermarket connected car systems. The post Cloud Computing Can Make Any Old Beater a Connected Car appeared first on WIRED.
  • This Week in TV: Bunnies in Utah Have a Weed Problem

    Jordan Crucchiola
    6 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    We try our best every week to bring you the best of what you missed on late night TV, but if you think we left anything out ... well, groupsie daisy! The post This Week in TV: Bunnies in Utah Have a Weed Problem appeared first on WIRED.
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  • 5 Psychological Blocks that Stop Bloggers Going from Good to Great

    Guest Blogger
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:01 am
    This is a guest contribution from Dr Alice Boyes. Image via Flickr user Alessandra   Blogging is a world of infinite opportunity, but sometimes what’s holding you back is you. Check out these common problems and some suggested solutions to help you kick it up to the next level. 1. Imposter syndrome. Imposter syndrome is when, despite your accomplishments, you still feel like a fraud. As a consequence, you might: avoid networking with people who objectively are at or slightly above your level, avoid reaching for certain opportunities, and avoid pitching yourself. You might imagine other…
  • How to Get Top Bloggers to Share Your Content and Boost Your Traffic.

    Guest Blogger
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:51 am
    This is a guest contribution from copywriter Robin Geuens. Can I ask you a question? When you published your first post, did you think youíd get lots of traffic? Did you think that everybody couldn’t wait to comment on a job well done? Did you? I know I sure did. But then reality kicked in. In reality, you publish your first article and nobody reads it. Instead of receiving floods of traffic, you look around and realize your blog is located in a desert with not a single drop of traffic in sight. The thing is, you’re not alone. That desert is littered with abandoned blogging…
  • Top Tips for Getting the Most out of Monetizing Brand/Blog Relationships

    Stacey Roberts
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:07 am
    Working with brands on blogs is big business, and for one blogger making a full time living through advertising and sponsorships, there are 100 more who’d like to. Louisa Claire has been blogging for nine years and runs Brand Meets Blog, where she connect brands with bloggers and trains bloggers on how to work professionally with brands. Having worked with leading brands including Qantas, Kellogg’s, and The Heart Foundation among many, she is passionate about helping brands and bloggers make authentic connections that deliver great value for bloggers, readers, and brands alike.
  • How Compassion International Uses Blogging to Save Lives

    Guest Blogger
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:06 am
    This is a guest contribution from Caitlin Gustafson.I imagine a dirt road with boys playing with a lonely old soccer ball in the warm sunshine. A little boy with dark brown curls chases the ball, his worn sneakers kicking up dust from the street. I don’t know if that’s what life is really like for Janair, my sponsor child from Honduras. But every time I get a hand-written letter in crayon, or I see a new picture of him, it’s what I imagine. Compassion International is a non-profit organization that works in 26 countries around the world and is one of the few organizations that holds a…
  • Are You a Full Time Blogger with Small to Medium Traffic? Let’s Chat

    Darren Rowse
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:15 am
    One of the biggest misconceptions that many bloggers have is that you need MASSIVE traffic to become a full time blogger. We often hear how many hundreds of thousands or even millions of visitors this or that blog has but the reality is that I’ve met many bloggers over the years who don’t have massive traffic – yet who are still making a healthy income from their blogging. The problem is that these bloggers don’t always have the platform to tell their stories and so the myth that you need massive traffic goes on without being busted. This year I want to smash that myth…
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  • Make Cheap and Easy Shamrock Shakes at Home with Mint Extract

    Patrick Allan
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    For many, springtime means the return of a McDonald's favorite, the Shamrock Shake. No need to head to the nearest golden arches, though, because you can make it at home for cheap whenever you want.Read more...
  • How to Get Better Sleep in Uncomfortable and Unavoidable Situations

    Samantha Cole
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    It's no secret that most of us aren't getting enough sleep. And while it's probably our own fault, many of us are also unwilling or unable to change our schedules. So since we can't add another hour to our days, finding small windows of time to squeeze in a little extra sleep might be our most viable option.Read more...
  • Work Through the Weekend When It's Important Work, Not Busy Work

    Thorin Klosowski
    6 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    We talk a lot about avoiding burnout , shutting down your work after long hours, or avoiding work on the weekends , but writer Shawn Blanc reminds us that sometimes, work can actually help you recharge when it's something that's important to you. Read more...
  • Get a PS1 Emulator Up and Running on a Raspberry Pi 2

    Thorin Klosowski
    6 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    The Raspberry Pi 2 is fast enough to run a bunch of new emulators, but the Playstation emulator is easily the one people are the most excited about. YouTuber TechTipta shows off the installation process for the PS1 using our favorite tool, RetroPie .Read more...
  • This Week's Most Popular Posts: February 27th to March 6th

    Whitson Gordon
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    This week we learned some basic hygiene , picked some tattoos , saved for retirement , and told some good jokes . Here's a look back.Read more...
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  • The Only 10 Slides You Need in Your Pitch

    Guy Kawasaki
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    I am evangelizing the 10/20/30 Rule of PowerPoint. It’s quite simple: a pitch should have ten slides, last no more than twenty minutes, and contain no font smaller than thirty points.This rule is applicable for any presentation to reach agreement: for example, raising capital, making a sale, forming a partnership, etc. Ten slides. Ten is the optimal number of slides in a PowerPoint presentation because a normal human being cannot comprehend more than ten concepts in a meeting—and venture capitalists are very normal. (The only difference between you and venture capitalist is that he…
  • The Art of Simple Questions: How Simple Questions Lead to Great Innovations

    Guy Kawasaki
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    There is a myth that successful companies begin with grandiose ambitions. The implication is that entrepreneurs should start with megalomaniac goals in order to succeed. To the contrary, my observation is that great companies began by wondering about simple things, and this leads to asking simple questions that beget companies: Therefore, what? This question arises when you spot or predict a trend and wonder about its consequences. It works like this: “Everyone will have a smartphone with a camera and Internet access.” Therefore, what? “They will be able to take pictures and share…
  • Top 10 Ways to Capture Attention

    Guy Kawasaki
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:16 am
    This is a guest post by Ben Parr, the author of Captivology. You probably deal with attention issues every day. How do I get the attention of new customers? How do I retain the attention of existing clients? How do I captivate my boss or my upcoming date? It’s a hard problem to solve, especially since very few people understand how attention fundamentally works. Writing my new book Captivology: The Science of Capturing People’s Attention, I combed through more than a thousand research studies and interviewed dozens of scientists, PhDs, business leaders, and luminaries to understand why we…
  • The Meaning of Meaning

    Guy Kawasaki
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:39 pm
    When I was a venture capitalist, I noticed that entrepreneurs whose primary goal was to make money usually failed. This is because this kind of entrepreneur attracts other people who want to make money, and then when the company doesn’t pay out big bucks immediately (and no startup does), these folks look for greener pastures. To combat the problem of ill-suited people pursuing entrepreneurship, experts often recommend rigorous self-examination before starting a company. However, most people  ask themselves the wrong questions: Can I work long hours at low wages? Can I deal with…
  • The Art of the Business Model

    Guy Kawasaki
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:03 pm
    A good business model forces you to answer two simple questions: “Who has your money in their pockets?” And “How are you going to get it into your pocket?” These questions may lack subtlety, but making money isn’t a subtle process. More elegantly stated, the first question involves identifying your customer and the need that she feels. The second question creates a sales mechanism to ensure that your revenues exceed your costs. You’ll tweak your business model constantly–in fact, it’s scary if you don’t change your model or do some major tweaking along the way. Here are some…
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  • Apple Watch Takes Two Hours to Charge, Only Delivers Notifications While on the Wrist

    Joe Rossignol
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Apple Watch will take approximately two hours to fully charge and deliver all-day battery life with normal on-and-off usage, according to TechCrunch. Those estimates corroborate a previous report that also claimed the Apple Watch will deliver all-day battery life and support up to five hours of heavy usage per charge. The report also claims that the Apple Watch will only deliver notifications while worn on the wrist. The smartwatch will not ping you for notifications without being in contact with skin so that the device is not disruptive at unnecessary times. Apple Watch will also stop…
  • Apple Overhauling iPad for Education Program to Simplify Sharing Devices and Apps

    Joe Rossignol
    6 Mar 2015 | 11:30 am
    Apple will be making significant changes to iPad deployment for education during the upcoming school year that should eliminate some of the hurdles that school districts face when adopting iPads for use in the classroom. In an email obtained by MacRumors, the company outlines plans to make app distribution easier by eliminating the need for an Apple ID to load apps, tweaking the Apple ID for Students program and unifying several deployment programs into one. Apple plans to simplify app distribution by allowing schools to assign and distribute apps to a device without an Apple ID this fall,…
  • Apple Watch Battery to Support Five Hours of Heavy Usage, Will Last All Day With Mixed Use

    Juli Clover
    6 Mar 2015 | 11:21 am
    With just over two days to go until Apple's big March 9 "Spring Forward" event that's said to be heavily focused on the Apple Watch, information on the device is leaking out at a rapid pace. Apple's been relatively quiet about battery life, stating only that the Apple Watch will need to be charged on a daily basis, but 9to5Mac has a few more details on how long we can expect the Apple Watch to last between charges. According to the site's sources, final software tweaks and optimizations to the device have led to a battery life of approximately five hours of heavy application usage. The device…
  • Apple Store Listing MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Converter as Discontinued

    Joe Rossignol
    6 Mar 2015 | 8:50 am
    Apple has quietly listed the MagSafe to MagSafe 2 converter as discontinued on the Apple Online Store in the United States and Canada this week. The converter is required to charge a MagSafe 2-equipped MacBook Air or MacBook Pro when the notebook is connected to a Thunderbolt Display or Cinema Display. The converter still appears to have in-store availability, although for how long remains unknown. Apple discontinuing the MagSafe to MagSafe 2 converter would prove problematic for Thunderbolt Display and Cinema Display users. The company does include the converter in the box for the…
  • MacBook Air and 13" MacBook Pro Shipping Times Slip Ahead of Monday's Media Event

    Joe Rossignol
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:47 am
    MacBook Air and 13" Retina MacBook Pro shipping times have slipped on the Apple Online Store from "in stock" to "1 business day" ahead of Apple's upcoming "Spring Forward" media event on Monday. Earlier this week, we reported that a MacBook Air refresh with the latest Intel Broadwell processors and Intel HD 6000 graphics appears imminent, and it is plausible that Apple also updates the MacBook Pro with similar hardware. The shipping dates have slipped across North America, with the Apple Online Store in the United States, Canada and Mexico showing the longer "1 business day" estimate. A spot…
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  • How Content Marketing Can Power Your Business

    Chris Brogan
    6 Mar 2015 | 8:06 am
    I had a super great time talking to Laura at Laura from Clarity about content marketing and what it might be able to do for companies looking to reach people and do something a bit more meaningful. They don’t usually share these conversations with the outside world. Usually just the premium people. But they were kind enough to release this to the wild. Here’s how I look at content marketing and the opportunities it has to earn you the permission to sell and add value to a community. Continue ReadingThe post How Content Marketing Can Power Your Business appeared first on…
  • How Do You Know When It’s Time to Hire Someone Else?

    Chris Brogan
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:09 am
    I was working on the audiobook (long overdue) for my book, The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth and I came to a part of a chapter that might be useful to you. Are you thinking of hiring someone else? Are you a solo business and wondering if you should have a partner? Are you wondering about bringing on someone to tackle the expanding workload? If so, I bet you’re wondering about the process and worrying about what you do or don’t know about it. Continue ReadingThe post How Do You Know When It’s Time to Hire Someone Else? appeared first on
  • Are You Getting The Most Out of Your Conferences?

    Chris Brogan
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:35 pm
    I had a wonderful time at Michael Port’s Heroic Public Speaking event. There was a lot of value offered for those who attended. As a speaker, I loved sharing what I knew with the folks who were there. But I also operated as an attendee, listening and absorbing, and also getting what I could out of meeting and talking with other attendees. I had a secret opportunity: almost a dozen people there were friends as well as attendees. So I got a LOT out of my time there. But it made me think. Are you getting the most out of your conferences? There are some great ways to improve your conference…
  • You Will Never See Us Coming

    Chris Brogan
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:23 am
    I was talking with the ever smart Jeff Brown who does the Read to Lead Podcast (one of my favorites), and we were talking about how podcasting is just booming. Jeff runs a Podcaster Academy. I co-founded PodCamp, etc. It’s a big topic these days. Jeff said that once at his former job in radio, someone said, “You can’t kill radio. No one will ever listen to a traffic report on a podcast.” Continue ReadingThe post You Will Never See Us Coming appeared first on
  • Remember When I Said I Quit Facebook?

    Chris Brogan
    12 Feb 2015 | 12:04 pm
    A few years back, I quit Facebook. I tried deleting my old profile, but in Facebook, that’s pretty much an act of congress, so I just abandoned it. A year ago-ish, I snuck back on, but decided not to do much in the way of “business” via my Facebook. Along the way, I discovered what I think is the real value of the platform. Facebook Business Value Isn’t What You Think People ask me often about advertising on Facebook. I have no idea. Every time I’ve done it, nothing much happens. Jon Loomer knows better than me. That’s his thing. Continue ReadingThe post…
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  • Henry Rollins on the Art and Business of DIY Media

    Brian Clark
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    I vividly remember the first time I heard Black Flag. It was in a kid named Mike Goodman’s bedroom, and the record was called Damaged. That’s how it was pre-Internet in suburban Houston. If it wasn’t on the radio or MTV, it was invisible — unless some cool kid turned you on to something new (who probably got it from the older sibling of some other cool kid). And by “cool,” I mean a misfit who couldn’t abide in a Top 40 world. My first impression was, “Wow, this guy is pissed off!” And sarcastic, sometimes funny, sometimes sad. I loved it. At the time, I had no…
  • Why Interactive Content May Be the Most Exciting Marketing Tactic of 2015

    Scott Brinker
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    I’m looking forward to speaking at the Authority Rainmaker conference this May in Denver, Colorado. As a longtime Copyblogger fan, it’s a great privilege, and I can’t wait to meet many of you. The title of my talk will be: How to Design Interactive Content — Moving Beyond Button Clicks and Form Fills. Which begs the question, what exactly is interactive content? Most content that we’re familiar with — blog posts, ebooks, reports, webinars, infographics, podcasts, etc. — is designed to be passively consumed by our audiences. They read, watch, or listen…
  • Dan Pink on How to Succeed in the New Era of Selling

    Jerod Morris
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Selling isn’t what it used to be. And for most of us, that’s a good thing. Gone are the days of alpha males who are “always closing.” Today, in the new era of selling that has dawned, many of us are spending much more of our time selling than we even realize. This is the subject of Authority Rainmaker keynote speaker Dan Pink’s latest book, To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others, and he gives us an inside look — describing the tools and traits that are required (many of which you probably have already) — in the latest episode of…
  • How to Crowd-Publish Your Content Without Asking for Money

    Matthew Turner
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you read the headline, “Portland Entrepreneur Raises $13 Million by Enticing 62,000 People to Buy His Cooler,” which part fascinates you? How about, “7,000 Hungry Folks Raise $55,000 for Potato Salad Project?” I imagine, if you’re anything like the majority, those large amounts of money stand out. After all, $13 million is a gigantic amount of cash, as is $55,000 for potato salad. But whenever I come across crowdfunding campaigns like these, it is the crowd of people who band together that captures my attention. As a content creator, imagine what you could…
  • Three Misconceptions About Modern SEO That Confuse Content Marketers

    Brian Clark
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    What’s the reality of search engine optimization after the Google Hummingbird update? Can someone destroy your business with negative SEO? Did Google kill the concept of AuthorRank when it eliminated the Authorship initiative? For these types of questions, there’s no better person to ask than Danny Sullivan, founder of Search Engine Land and Marketing Land, CMO of Third Door Media (producers of the popular SMX conferences), and a veteran search engine expert of 20 years. Today’s show is just a warmup to Danny’s presentation at Authority Rainmaker 2015, May 13-15 in…
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  • The Week in iOS Apps: MLB and PGA update apps for sports lovers

    6 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    MLB and PGA update apps for sports loversThis week’s roundup features updated apps from MLB and the PGA—but we also have offerings for productivity, video-making, and weather forecasting.CalPalVersion 3.0 of CalPal, the free “smart scheduler” for iPhone, introduces a total redesign of its user interface, including the addition of a new “block-based” calendar view to its original list view—and, developers promise, a seamless transition between the two. The chat feature (which lets you converse with collaborators inside a calendar item) has also been overhauled. The app…
  • Fraud comes to headlines about Apple Pay

    6 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    I am a cynical, grizzled veteran of the technology wars. I implemented my first payment system in 1995, and just a few weeks ago was programming in PHP to handle refunds through the online payment processor Stripe’s excellent interface.But when I saw the variants on the headline, “Fraud Comes to Apple Pay,” I figured what was stated wasn’t true. Apple retains so very little information about credit cards registered to a phone, and tucks it away so securely, that this scenario seemed exceedingly unlikely.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • You Should Play: Rob your friends and protect your stash in King of Thieves

    6 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.Robin Hood was all about robbing the rich to give to the poor—a noble cause, obviously. But in King of Thieves, your goal is much more barbarous: Rob from your friends to give to yourself. King of Thieves is all about rising to the very top, which makes Robin Hood look like some middling prince (with apologies to Robin Hood, of course).To read this article…
  • Apple’s new streaming music service reportedly coming in June

    6 Mar 2015 | 9:02 am
    Rumors of Apple launching an all-you-can-stream music service are nothing new. Ever since the company acquired Beats Music in May 2014, speculation has been rife that it could use some of the underlying technology for a new service under its own brand. Now, a couple of fresh reports have the Cupertino-based company finally launching that rumored Beats Music-based streaming service at WWDC in June.First up is a report from 9to5Mac, which cites unnamed industry sources “briefed on the launch timeline” as claiming that Apple plans to launch at least a beta version of the service during its…
  • Installing Java on a Mac? Beware the now-bundled toolbar

    6 Mar 2015 | 7:58 am
    Java’s shady bundled adware is no longer a Windows exclusive, as Oracle has started sneaking the toolbar into the Mac version. Similar to the Windows version, Java for OS X now attempts to install the Ask toolbar during the setup process, and also tries to set as the default browser homepage. ZDNet’s Ed Bott first reported on the adware, noting that Oracle added it to Mac installations sometime over the last month. To avoid the adware entirely, users must hit “Cancel” when the “Install the Search App by Ask” prompt appears. This is counter-intuitive, because all…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • How Being In A Band Taught Me To Be A Better Web Designer

    Jeremy Girard
    6 Mar 2015 | 5:55 am
    Recently, I was having a discussion with some web design students about the variety of skills a successful web professional must have — skills that go far beyond HTML, CSS, JavaScript and the other technical demands of the profession. During this conversation, one of the students asked me where I learned these skills. My response was not one the class expected. “By playing in a band,” was my answer. Now, I am not suggesting that all web designers should run out and join a rock and roll band (although there is a glaring shortage of songs about the CSS box model). I do know, however, that…
  • Automating Style Guide-Driven Development

    Varya Stepanova & Juuso Backman
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:56 am
    Style guides — especially living ones — are useful in many aspects of development and maintenance, so it’s little wonder that developing them has become a highly recommended and a popular practice. But even with the clear benefits, taking the necessary steps to create and start using them is easier said than done, as quite often the challenge is cultural, requiring changes in people’s mindsets. In order to make the transition as painless as possible, equipping yourself with the most helpful tools and automating as many steps as possible become important. These living…
  • How To Create Effective App Screenshots For Your App Store Page

    Melanie Haselmayr
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Slowly but surely, the official app stores of iTunes, Google Play and Windows Phone Marketplace have transformed into a digital battlefield. App developers have to fight for recognition or otherwise be drowned in an ocean of competing mobile applications. App store optimization (ASO), a strategy similar to SEO but specifically applied to the app pages in app stores, has become a handy addition to an app developer’s marketing plan, and promises to help increase visibility – and, as a consequence, downloads – of a mobile app. ASO consists of many elements, and should be considered a key…
  • Harnessing Flexbox For Today’s Web Apps

    Karen Menezes
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:18 am
    Although the syntax might be initially confounding, flexbox1 lives up to its name. It creates intelligent boxes that are stretchable, squeezable and capable of changing visual order. It provides simple solutions to layout paradigms that CSS has always struggled with: vertical centering and equal heights. Flex items are truly accommodating and a pleasure to work with. Chris Coyier sums up flexbox2 nicely: The Flexbox Layout (Flexible Box) module (currently a W3C Last Call Working Draft) aims at providing a more efficient way to lay out, align and distribute space among items in a container,…
  • Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: March 2015

    The Smashing Editorial
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:08 am
    We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork, and as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one—desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. This creativity mission has been going on for almost seven years now1, and we are very thankful to all designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month. This post features free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for March…
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  • Harrison Ford remains hospitalized

    6 Mar 2015 | 2:21 pm
    It appears Harrison Ford is battered, laid up in a hospital, but not in mortal danger.
  • Brinkley: Selma's bridge is named for a racist?

    6 Mar 2015 | 2:21 pm
    There were three Selma to Montgomery marches in March 1965, and Rosa Parks had missed the first one. Parks, whose act of civil disobedience sparked the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955, moved to Detroit two years later for safety reasons. Death threats, in Alabama, were too much for her to endure.
  • Charges in works for senator

    6 Mar 2015 | 2:16 pm
    The Justice Department is preparing to bring criminal corruption charges against Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, people briefed on the case say. The Democrat has denied wrongdoing. FULL STORY
  • Mars may have had an Atlantic ocean

    6 Mar 2015 | 2:16 pm
    According to NASA, there might have been enough water to cover up to 20% of Mars' surface with a maximum depth of 5,000 feet. Some of it now covers the Martian poles as ice. FULL STORY
  • Ferguson email culprits ID'd

    6 Mar 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Two police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, resigned Thursday over racist emails discovered during the U.S. Department of Justice investigation of the police department, city spokesman Jeff Small said on Friday, citing the city attorney.
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • Are You Shooting With a Lens In That “No-man’s Land” focal range?

    Scott Kelby
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:16 am
    Earlier this week I was in Las Vegas at the WPPI show (the big Wedding and Portrait Show), and I was honored to be asked to give a talk in Canon’s booth on any topic I’d like (that’s me during one of my talks on Monday — photo by Brad Moore).While the name of my talk was “Photo Recipes” a big part of the talk was about lenses, but not the standard lens demo stuff (use this lens for weddings and this lens for sports, and the like), but thinking about lenses in the bigger picture (no pun intended there, but I wish it had been): from the fact that the moment you…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:11 pm
    Photoshop In-Depth: Advanced Filters with Pete Collins Join Pete Collins as he takes you on an in-depth tour of Photoshop’s most powerful and useful filters. Whether you are a photographer or a designer, there are filters you’ll want to add to your repertoire of techniques. There are so many ways these filters can help you with your work, and once you’ve had time to experiment with how they can be used you’ll be on your way to finding creative ways to implement them in all of your Photoshop projects.The Best of Down & Dirty Tricks in Photoshop with Corey Barker Straight from one…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Kevin Mullins!

    Brad Moore
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Firstly I want to thank Scott and Brad for allowing me a space here. I wondered what to write about, but I suppose, in the end, I thought it just made sense to tell the story of why I shoot and how I shoot.<<<< REWIND >>>>It’s a Monday in June 2009. My wife has just given birth to our first daughter. I get up at 5am. I get on the train at 5:20am. I sit on the train for two hours (same seat, every day. Same newspaper, every day, same people around me, every day). I get to my desk in central London at 8:30am.Tip, tap, tip, tap….. I tinker away at the computer…
  • Photographing Richmond’s Historic Byrd Theater

    Scott Kelby
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:16 am
    Above: It was a cold, gray day in Richmond — perfect for shooting indoors. Here’s an iPhone pic of me in front of The Byrd (photo by Brad Moore).So, last month I’m reading USA Today (online) and I run across an article about classic old historic movie theaters (link) and I saw that one of them was in Richmond, Virginia, which was great because in just a few days I was going to be in Richmond with my seminar tour. So, I asked my assistant Lynn to contact the theater and see if there was any way I could come in the day before my seminar; set up a tripod; and take  some shots of…
  • Today, I’m Loving Mylio on a Whole New Level

    Scott Kelby
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:16 am
    First, if you’re not familiar with Mylio (and you’re concerned about protecting your images, and you love the idea of having access to all your photos wherever you are), jump over to this link and see what it’s about, then come right back here (by the way, you can download a free trial while you’re there, but wait till later — come straight back here). :)I’ve been using Mylio since it was in early Beta… I was there for the launch in NYC and I think the people and technology behind it are truly amazing. But this weekend, I started over from scratch with Mylio,…
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    Digital Photography School

  • Weekly Photography Challenge – Spring

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    6 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Ah spring! The smell of fresh flowers in the air, an early morning dew on the grass, and rain shower in the afternoon – some of the signs that spring might be here. Bowen Chin What images pop into your mind when you think of spring? Baby birds, leaves forming on the trees, the last puddles of snow melting, the bees coming to visit the new flowers? Weekly Photography Challenge – spring Whatever spring means to you it’s time to get out there and photography it. Your challenge this week is to get off the couch, get outside and see where new life is happening. If there is still…
  • Fresh Images to Put Spring Visions in Your Head

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    6 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    When I think of spring some of these words come to mind: Rebirth Growth Fresh New It’s my favorite time of year. I love how it smells after the rain comes. I love to see the grass turn green and flowers pop up. So here are some fresh images to get you thinking about spring. Chlorophylle by Gaétan Zilli on 500px Feel the Green! by Shaz Mazhare on 500px Fern Rhapsody by Jensen Chua on 500px Abstract flowers card by Sergii Syzonenko on 500px Vintage apricot flower by Roksana Bashyrova on 500px June green grass flowering by Elena Elisseeva on 500px grass flower with water drops by meesri…
  • Safety Tips for Travel Photographers (Particularly Women)

    Karthika Gupta
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Let me first address the obvious that while this article talks about safety tips for women photographers, it does not mean that these tips don’t apply to men as well. Most are general tips that could be applied to both genders. Being a woman photographer who has started to venture out alone for photoshoots and solo photowalks, these are things that I notice and practice as I do travel photography. Solo Hiking the Appalachian Trail – Great Smoky Mountain National Park, USA It all started with a single trip. A couple of years ago while visiting Great Smoky Mountain National Park in…
  • The Magic of Thinking Big in Photography

    Eric Kim
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    You want to be the best photographer you can. You’re constantly trying to educate yourself, improve, and take your photography to the next level. But how can you take your photography to new heights, and stand out from the crowd? The secret is thinking big. If you look at successful individuals outside of photography such as Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, and Larry Page – what do these leaders have in common? How were they able to leverage their strengths, continuously add value to the world, and become successful at what they do? In the book “Bold”, author Peter…
  • How to Get More Natural Smiles in Child Photography

    Angie Baxter
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    A natural smile – the holy grail of child photography. A genuine, heartfelt smile is more than just turning up the corners of the mouth. A real smile radiates from your whole face, and particularly for children, is often felt with the whole body. Not only is a forced and fake smile easy to spot in photographs – we know that wearing a fake smile and having it photographed doesn’t feel too good at the time, and it doesn’t feel great for children either. So while we want to photograph a child’s beautiful smile, we also want them to enjoy the process of being photographed. And…
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  • Traveling Photographer_NYC has Posted

    27 Feb 2015 | 11:22 am
    For those of you following along with The Traveling Photographer series, Lynda has just posted the New York City episode.This is a city I have visited many times, so we tried to distill this visit down to a small collection of very cool photo experiences. I hope you like it.Lastly, NYC completes the series—for now, anyway. Whether or not it continues will be determined solely by how many views it gets. So thanks in advance for your support.-DH
  • Now Live on The Traveling Photographer_LONDON

    14 Dec 2014 | 12:17 pm
    For much of 2014, I have been on the road for, producing the series, The Traveling Photographer. The latest episode, on London, has just posted. London is an amazing city, and I think this episode is our best to date.Hard to believe it, but we have now logged over 50,000 miles on this journey. In addition to Hong Kong, Dubai, Paris and London, we have just finished filming the New York City segment, which will be published soon. For more information about the entire series, see this earlier post.
  • On Assignment: Lighting Like Leo

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:27 am
    Of all of the wonderful things that have happened since I began writing Strobist eight years ago, certainly the best is the steady parade of creative people I have met as a result. And few are more talented (or insan motivated) than London-based photographer Drew Gardner.We grew up in the same era, both working for newspapers in our respective cities. We left the papers and graduated to second careers. Drew moved onto a mix of editorial, commercial and art photography. And I, well, sometimes I'm not sure how exactly to describe what it is that I do.So it was with equal parts curiosity and…
  • The Traveling Photographer_PARIS Has Posted

    16 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Paris, the latest installment in The Traveling Photographer series, has just posted to Photographed this past May, the hour-long episode includes lots of practical, real-world advice for anyone who may be considering traveling to Paris with their camera. In addition to all of the city-specific travel advice, much of the episode explains how to make the most of your time there as a photographer. There are segments on where to go to get the best cityscapes, street shooting and even a section on shooting in Paris through a specially adapted toy camera lens.If a trip to Paris is in…
  • Inspiration: Atbin Eslami's Video Bio

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

  • Nikon D5500 real-world samples

    6 Mar 2015 | 5:01 am
    A slight update to the D5300, the Nikon D5500 is a midrange DX-format that sports a 24MP CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter (OLPF) and the company's latest EXPEED 4 processor. This combination offers an ISO range of 100-25600 and 5 fps burst shooting, while the 39-point AF system can track subjects in '3D'. Other features include a fully articulating 3.2" touchscreen LCD with 1.04M dots and 1080/60p video. We've been using it for a few days - click through to view our gallery of samples
  • Livestream's new Broadcaster mini dongle broadcasts live video

    5 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Livestream has introduced its new Broadcaster mini device for live-streaming video directly from a camera. The dongle is compatible with any camera that offers a mini HDMI port, and works wirelessly in conjunction with Android/iOS devices and Livestream's Studio software. The Broadcaster mini will be joined by the Broadcaster Pro next month, which will offer longer battery life, more connectivity options and higher-quality streaming. Read more
  • Sony Zeiss Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA real-world samples gallery posted

    5 Mar 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Sony announced three new FE primes yesterday, including a 28 f/2, a 35mm f/1.4 and a 90mm f/2.8 macro. We got our hands on the Zeiss Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 and shot with it around Seattle. It features a 9-blade circular aperture and a Direct Drive SSM focus system. Check out our samples gallery
  • World Press Photo revokes prize from Giovanni Troilo

    5 Mar 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Following an investigation into Contemporary Issues winner Giovanni Troilo's photo story 'La Ville Noir - The Dark Heart of Europe,' World Press Photo has stripped the photographer of his prize. The organization found Troilo to be in violation of contest rules - specifically, a photo he submitted that he alleged to have been taken in the Belgian city at the heart of the project turns out to have been taken in Sint-Jans-Molenbeek, Brussels. Read more
  • Prepare to be impressed: Tamron 15-30 F2.8 vs. Nikon 14-24 F2.8

    5 Mar 2015 | 9:20 am
    While we were at CP+ 2015 in Japan, we met with Tamron, and the company was kind enough to lend us their newly announced 15-30mm F2.8 Di VC USD. In Nikon mount, no less. It's a wide range for a full-frame zoom, made more impressive by the inclusion of vibration compensation (VC). With a price tag of $1200, Tamron is taking the Nikon 14-24 head-on, and so we decided to do the same: pit the two against one another in a shootout, which you can view here
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • It’s “The Lightroom Show” Episode #4 with Scott & RC (Matt Kloskowski)
    6 Mar 2015 | 5:05 am
    It’s Friday, that must mean it’s time for the Lightroom Show! We talk about when to use the Clone feature of the Spot removal Tool; we do a basic introduction to Soft Proofing, and a whole bunch more in a very short time — just 12-minutes for the entire show. Hope you all find it helpful (and thanks to everybody who has let us know what you want to see on the show — you’ll see some of your ideas, once again, in this week’s short episode). Have a great weekend everybody The post It’s “The Lightroom Show” Episode #4 with Scott & RC appeared…
  • Going Solo (Matt Kloskowski)
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Here is a quick tip for you to make your workflow just a touch easier. When you are in the Develop Module if you find yourself scrolling through the panels a lot, you might want to try going solo. Default setting leaves all panels open Right Click on any of the panels tabs such as Basic and choose Solo Mode from the drop down menu. right click on any Develop panel and choose Solo Mode   Now when you click on any panel, all the other panels will be shut so that you will do less scrolling and more editing. A simple tip but one that makes a lot of folks happy when they realize how much…
  • Moving All Your Images From Aperture Is Now Built Right In To Lightroom (Matt Kloskowski)
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:16 am
    Greetings from Las Vegas (I’m out here for the WPPI [Wedding and Portrait] show. I’m speaking in the Canon booth at 10:45 this morning if you’re here — stop by and say hi). Anyway, I’ve been running into folks here and there asking about finally making the switch from Aperture and what’s all involved, and a lot of folks didn’t realize that Adobe not only created an importer plug-in, but that it’s now actually built right into to Lightroom 5.6 (and higher) itself. So, here’s how it works (there’s an option for importing from iPhoto, too).
  • Setting Up A Print Proof to Test The Brightness Slider (Matt Kloskowski)
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:16 am
    In the past few episodes of “The Lightroom Show” we’ve talked about using the Brightness slider in the Print module so you can still use a nice, bright contrasty monitor, and adjust just the file that is sent to your printer (or an online lab for printing) without messing with your original image’s settings, so the print still looks good (we explain this on the episodes). I’ve seen some questions, here and on social media, about how to actually set up a printed proof (for some reason, many Lightroom users really fight the idea of making a printing proof and…
  • It’s “The Lightroom Show” Episode #3 with Scott & RC (Matt Kloskowski)
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:01 pm
    We’re back with Episode #3, and we packed even more Lightroom goodness in this episode without going over our 15 minute time-limit (but we got really close), and just so you know we’ve been listening: (1) We had lots of requests to take one of our viewer’s images and show how we would edit that image from start to finish (so we did) (2) We added a segment from here on out on tips for using Lightroom Mobile (3) Per numerous request we had the camera crew zoom in tighter from time to time for a more intimate feel (more like they do on The Grid) (4) We included a follow-up…
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Questionable Rumor Claims iPad Mini 4 With A8 Processor and 802.11ac Wi-Fi May Launch Soon

    Mitchel Broussard
    6 Mar 2015 | 9:10 am
    A new report out of Japanese Apple blog Mac Otakara [Google Translate] suggests that a refresh of the iPad Mini line could be hitting mid-cycle, bringing a beefier processor and faster Wi-Fi to a fourth-generation iPad mini. Considering that the iPad Mini 3 was only a slight refresh on its predecessor, packing the same processing speed and power and essentially adding only Touch ID and a gold color option into the mix, many have hoped the fourth generation version of the device would be a more substantial update than last year's. Mac Otakara's report states that the update would replace the…
  • Upcoming Revamped Apple Music Streaming Service Won't Offer Free Ad-Supported Tier

    Mitchel Broussard
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:38 am
    As rumors gear up surrounding the revamped Apple iTunes/Beats music service, a new report claims that the company will opt out of offering a free advertising-supported base tier for its upcoming streaming service (via Re/code). The company will allow customers an initial trial period of some kind, but following that users will have to pay to continue listening to music, the cost of which most recent rumors agree will be around $7.99. With the slow decline of digital downloads and the steady rise of streaming services, sources close to Apple media head Eddy Cue and Beats Music founder…
  • Gmail for iOS Updated With Quick Actions, Share Sheet and Attachment Viewer

    Joe Rossignol
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:36 am
    Google on Thursday updated Gmail for iOS with a trio of notable new features: quick actions, the ability to email files from other apps and a new attachment viewer. Gmail users on iPhone and iPad can now attach photos and documents to Gmail from other apps such as Instagram using the updated in-app share sheet, and open attachments from Gmail into any app. Taking advantage of Apple's addition of interactive notifications in iOS 8, quick actions enable Gmail users to archive or reply to emails directly from a notification without leaving the app. The functionality also works for notifications…
  • Apple Rumored to Offer Personal Engravings on Apple Watch

    Mitchel Broussard
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:41 am
    Apple may give customers the ability to engrave personalized messages onto the upcoming Apple Watch, according to French Apple and tech site iPhonote [Google Translate]. According to the website's source, who remained anonymous due to their "involvement at Apple", the company would offer an engraving option similar to that of products like the iPhone, iPad, and iPod lines. The contact, however, remains unsure of whether the feature would be available on the Apple Watch's launch date or not. They remain "almost certain", however, that the customization option will emerge for the device…
  • Apple Patents Waterproofing Method 'For Shielding Electronic Components from Moisture'

    Mitchel Broussard
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:14 am
    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today published a patent application created by Apple, detailing a method for the extensive waterproofing of various components within a device, possibly an iPhone, thus creating a completely waterproof smartphone without the need of a special case (via Patently Apple). Originally filed in September of 2013, the patent application describes a "hydrophobic coating" to be layered onto integral parts within a device, like its printed circuit board. Apple describes achieving this using a "plasma-assisted chemical vapor deposition (PACVD) process" that would…
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