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  • This Icelandic pop star’s music video will bring a smile to your face [video]

    Holy Kaw!
    Josh Urich
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Icy Spicy Leoncie, a.k.a. Leoncie, is an Icelandic pop star with a…well, unique style. She’s looking great for a sixty-seven year old lady! Rock on, Leoncie! Full story at Leoncie’s channel. More great music. Photo credit: Canva
  • 20 Signs Your Cat Is Turning Into a Human

    Mashable
    Andrea Romano
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    Stop your precious pet before they become something terrifying: a human. The Internet has had a long love affair with cats. Perhaps we human beings see something of ourselves in these furry felines. See also: 21 Cats Proving Curiosity Is a Trap Enough exposure between the human race and these cute little kitties may start adopting our mannerisms, our personalities and even our tax returns Know the signs before it's too late. If all the cats become humans, there will be nothing left for us to put on Instagram. Read more... More about Lists, Humor, Cats, Cute Animals, and Funny
  • Rebecca Minkoff To Debut Tech-Enabled Jewelry

    Fast Company
    Ainsley O'Connell
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The brand's five-piece collection is in keeping with a growing emphasis on "functional fashion."Rebecca Minkoff, the fashion brand known for elegant accessories with a downtown edge, is following in the footsteps of competitors like Diane von Furstenberg and Tory Burch and designing a line of five wearable devices that will launch this fall.Read Full Story
  • Tablet Growth Now Expected To Be Flat In North America And Europe This Year

    TechCrunch
    Alex Wilhelm
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:58 am
     Tablet growth in the North American and European markets will be flat this year, according to IDC. The group revised its estimates after what it called a “second quarter of softer than expected demand.” The tablet market, which IDC counts as tablets and 2-in-1 devices, will grow by a slim 6.5 percent globally. In 2014, around 233 million tablets and 2-in-1 devices will be sold… Read More
  • Why don't authors compete?

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    There's an apocryphal story of a guy who went for his final interview for a senior post at Coca-Cola. At dinner, he ordered a Pepsi. He didn't get the job. And most packaged goods companies would kill to be the only product on the shelf, to own the category in a given store. Yet, not only do authors get along, they spend time and energy blurbing each other's books. Authors don't try to eliminate others from the shelf, in fact, they seek out the most crowded shelves they can find to place their books. They eagerly pay to read what everyone else is writing... Can you imagine Tim Cook at Apple…
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    Holy Kaw!

  • This Icelandic pop star’s music video will bring a smile to your face [video]

    Josh Urich
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Icy Spicy Leoncie, a.k.a. Leoncie, is an Icelandic pop star with a…well, unique style. She’s looking great for a sixty-seven year old lady! Rock on, Leoncie! Full story at Leoncie’s channel. More great music. Photo credit: Canva
  • Weird things you do when you’re home alone [video]

    Josh Urich
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    What weird things do you do when you’re home alone? Seriously, leave them in the comments. It’ll be interesting to see if anyone tries to come up with new food combinations, or does impersonations, or makes pretend. See the video for more: Full story at Buzzfeed. More great videos. Photo credit: Canva
  • See a crowd in California get slammed by massive wave [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    When the forecast is for dangerously high waves, we’ll offer up some free advice: Pay more attention to the waves than getting a picture of them with your phone. In what might be one of the more ridiculous videos we’ve seen of sense going out the window when there’s a smartphone in hand, a crowd full of furiously filming onlookers of Storm Marie as it hit the California coast gets blasted by a wave. Poseidon is somewhere in the deep laughing hysterically. Full story at YouTube. Weather watching at its worst. Graphics credit: Canva
  • A love letter to engineering [video]

    Josh Urich
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    This video was an entry to a video contest called “Engineering For You.” Think of it as a love letter to the field of engineering. Engineers will weep; non-engineers will be grateful for engineers. Full story at YouTube. More great engineering inspiration. Photo credit: Canva
  • How much your body parts are worth [video]

    Josh Urich
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Ever wonder what a heart costs? A million bucks-–but more on the black market. What about a kidney? Or an arm and a leg? Take a look at the video to find out how much your organs are really worth––both legally and illegally. Full story at D news on YouTube. More strange stuff. Photo credit: Canva
 
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    Mashable

  • 20 Signs Your Cat Is Turning Into a Human

    Andrea Romano
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    Stop your precious pet before they become something terrifying: a human. The Internet has had a long love affair with cats. Perhaps we human beings see something of ourselves in these furry felines. See also: 21 Cats Proving Curiosity Is a Trap Enough exposure between the human race and these cute little kitties may start adopting our mannerisms, our personalities and even our tax returns Know the signs before it's too late. If all the cats become humans, there will be nothing left for us to put on Instagram. Read more... More about Lists, Humor, Cats, Cute Animals, and Funny
  • Poacht App Is Ideal for Lazy Job Hunters

    Todd Wasserman
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    If you're sort of interested in looking for a new job, but don't want to put much effort into the hunt, then Poacht might fit the bill. The app, which launched Thursday on iOS and Android, bills itself as a "covert job search for the already employed." It lets you pick the salary level, benefits and other perks that might entice you to leave your current job Whenever a good match pops up, you can accept an interview with a single tap. See also: Out-of-the-Box Approaches to the Job Search (That Actually Work) So far, 70 companies have signed on to provide listings, and a few thousand people…
  • 7-Year-Old Cancer Patient Celebrates Going Home After 23 Days of Treatment

    Andrea Romano
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:11 am
    Seven-year-old Avery Harriman, son of Nebraska Huskers assistant coach Chris Harriman, received some good news after nearly a month of intense chemotherapy Avery, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at age 2, was in the middle of his third battle with cancer when doctors told him he could finally go home. His father shared the good news on Facebook, where thousands of people offered their support. See also: Taylor Swift Singing to Cancer Patient Will Put You in Web of Emotions Post by Avery's Army. Acute lymphoblastic leukemia attacks the immune system by overproducing…
  • Report: Vice's Deal Talks With Time Warner Fall Through

    Jason Abbruzzese
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:53 am
    Talks for a deal between Vice and Time Warner have fallen through after the two sides could not reach an agreement on the value of Vice, according to a report in the New York Times. Reports of negotiations between the two companies emerged in June, with initial valuations for Vice supposedly topping $2 billion See also: Vice and BuzzFeed: How Very Different Companies Came to Play the Same Game The move marks the end of talks that led to speculation that Time Warner could either add Vice to its portfolio or at least firm a strong joint venture. Time Warner already owns New Line Cinema, Turner…
  • Watch the Powerful Trailer for Jon Stewart's Directorial Debut

    Sandra Gonzalez
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    When Jon Stewart stepped away from his Daily Show desk last summer to direct his first feature film, fans of the fake news anchor knew that the project would be quite different than anything we've seen from Stewart before. But it wasn't clear how different it would be — until now The debut trailer for Rosewater, based on the best-selling book Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival, is our first look at Gael García Bernal as journalist Maziar Bahari, who was imprisoned and tortured in Iran in 2009, and held for more than 100 days. See also:…
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    Fast Company

  • Rebecca Minkoff To Debut Tech-Enabled Jewelry

    Ainsley O'Connell
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The brand's five-piece collection is in keeping with a growing emphasis on "functional fashion."Rebecca Minkoff, the fashion brand known for elegant accessories with a downtown edge, is following in the footsteps of competitors like Diane von Furstenberg and Tory Burch and designing a line of five wearable devices that will launch this fall.Read Full Story
  • The Recommender: Kc Ifeanyi, The Guy Who Won An Emmy And Won't Let You Forget It

    Fast Company Staff
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    The best things on the Internet this week, curated by Fast Company employees. Kc IfeanyiPhoto: Celine Grouard for Fast Company Name: Kc Ifeanyi Role at Fast Company: Assistant Editor Twitter: @kcifeanyiRead Full Story
  • Want To Win A Lifetime Of Free Taco Bell? Find These Special $1 Bills

    Chris Gayomali
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:57 am
    Good luck.To celebrate the release of its new dollar menu, Taco Bell is holding a contest that could give up to 11 winners a "lifetime" of free Taco Bell. (And, presumably, of heartburn.) What does earning such a prize entail? Finding a special $1 bill out in the wild.Read Full Story
  • 75% Of Ikea's Catalog Is Computer Generated Imagery

    Mark Wilson
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:53 am
    You could have fooled us. Wait, actually, you did.The best special effects are often the ones you never notice--which may make Ikea the most skillful special effects studio in the world. The Swedish furniture company has been aggressively ramping up its use of computer generated imagery in their catalogs. Ikea's first CG photo was a Bertil pinewood chair in 2006. By 2012, the Wall Street Journal reported that 25% of their products were CG. Today, that figure has ballooned to 75%.Read Full Story
  • Apple To Developers: No Selling HealthKit Data To Advertisers

    Chris Gayomali
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:36 am
    Developers can, however, hand the data over to medical researchers with a user's consent.When Apple unveiled its HealthKit toolset for app developers at the Worldwide Developer Conference in June, it hinted at a future where everything from our heart rates to our daily footsteps to our sleep time could be tallied and molded into raw data, thanks to iOS 8 and a possible watch. The platform would allow developers like Nike and Jawbone to build new and exciting health-tracking apps, which could be compiled into iOS 8's Health app.Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Tablet Growth Now Expected To Be Flat In North America And Europe This Year

    Alex Wilhelm
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:58 am
     Tablet growth in the North American and European markets will be flat this year, according to IDC. The group revised its estimates after what it called a “second quarter of softer than expected demand.” The tablet market, which IDC counts as tablets and 2-in-1 devices, will grow by a slim 6.5 percent globally. In 2014, around 233 million tablets and 2-in-1 devices will be sold… Read More
  • Tripcast Is A Beautiful Travel Journal For Your Smartphone

    Sarah Perez
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:41 am
     A new mobile application called Tripcast, built by the team that created photo-sharing app Cluster, allows travelers to privately share their photos with their friends back home. The app lets you create a travel journal of sorts, by not only collecting the photos and sharing them, but also plotting them on map, and inviting fellow travelers to build albums with you. This is not the first time… Read More
  • Curious Launches Categories, Courses, And A Crafting App For Mobile

    Jonathan Shieber
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
     Curious, the video-enabled tutoring and teaching service for anyone who thinks that curiosity may be bad for cats but great for people, is launching some new features, a new crafting app, and a wholly redesigned website. The company’s site now is organized into categories and courses for the massive number of tutorials on any topic ranging from how to replace a carburetor to how to play… Read More
  • Starfish Aims To Prevent Accidental Heatstroke Deaths By Alerting Parents To Children Left In Cars

    Sarah Perez
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:27 am
     New, first-time parents are terrified that they’re going to somehow accidentally hurt their baby – they will drop the child, or hit that weird soft spot on the baby’s head. Or maybe they’ll forget to put the baby on their back to sleep, and they will die of SIDS. A new breed of startups and “baby tech” gadgetry now caters to these fears, selling… Read More
  • Chartbeat’s Campaign IQ Dashboard Offers A Less Wonky Way To Measure Ads

    Anthony Ha
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:21 am
     Real-time analytics service Chartbeat has been banging the drum for the past few months about the need to focus less on clicks and more on attention, when it comes to measuring the success of content and especially ads. Now the company is moving further in that direction with the launch of a new tool called Campaign IQ. Chartbeat already launched native ad analytics earlier this year, but… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Why don't authors compete?

    Seth Godin
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    There's an apocryphal story of a guy who went for his final interview for a senior post at Coca-Cola. At dinner, he ordered a Pepsi. He didn't get the job. And most packaged goods companies would kill to be the only product on the shelf, to own the category in a given store. Yet, not only do authors get along, they spend time and energy blurbing each other's books. Authors don't try to eliminate others from the shelf, in fact, they seek out the most crowded shelves they can find to place their books. They eagerly pay to read what everyone else is writing... Can you imagine Tim Cook at Apple…
  • Announcing a fall internship

    Seth Godin
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:12 am
    I'm hiring one or two paid interns. It's a great opportunity to learn, to experiment and to get some hands on experience. Find all the details right here. If you know someone who might be interested, I'd appreciate it if you would forward this to them.        
  • The end of everyone

    Seth Godin
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:21 am
    I'm not sure if it was ever possible to say, "everyone loves ___," "everyone respects ___" or even, "everyone really doesn't like ___", but there's no doubt at all that this isn't true any more. There is no more everyone. Instead, there are many pockets of someones.        
  • "I made it my mission..."

    Seth Godin
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    These are the people you want to hire, the people who will become linchpins, the people who will change your organization for the better. Not people who merely accept a mission, or grudgingly grind through a mission, but people who voluntarily choose to make something important their mission. This post from Scott on iOS battery life is what I'm talking about. Mission-driven beats compliant, every time.        
  • The best lesson from Fantasy Football's success

    Seth Godin
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    When people say, "my team," they mean it. In the top-down world of industrial marketing, the San Francisco 49ers say, "we built this team, buy a ticket if you want to come." Then, a few years later, it broadened to, "you should buy a jersey so you can be part of it." In the sideways, modern world of peer-to-peer connection, people say, "my team has this player, that player and this defense." It belongs to them, because they built it. Everyone has their own team. In neither case is the fan on the field, getting concussed or making the big decisions. It doesn't matter. What matters is that our…
 
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    WIRED

  • The War for Our Digital Future: Virtual Reality vs. Integral Reality

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:25 am
    Like most people I spend much of the day digitally connected, gazing at screens that make my life and work more interesting and productive. Yet for all the positives that connectivity provides us there’s also a downside lurking in those glowing pixels. They’re just not real. So as we extend our Internet time, we risk […]
  • Switchboard Is Like Craigslist Without the Creeps and Flakes

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:39 am
    Most startups want to grow as fast as they can. For many in the tech game, including as Paul Graham, the founder Y Combinator, one of Silicon Valley’s hottest startup incubators, rapid growth is the very definition of a startup. So called “growth hackers” obsess over A/B testing and analytics, trying to maximize app downloads […]
  • With New 3DS Model, Nintendo Continues to Woo Hardcore Gamers

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:53 am
    The New Nintendo 3DS, out October 11 in Japan, will have more processing power and more buttons, just the thing for the hardcore gamers Nintendo is now pursuing with gusto.
  • Updates on Eruptions in Iceland and Rabaul

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
    Yesterday we had two eruptions grab everyone’s attention – one from the area that has had everyone’s attention between Iceland’s Bárðarbunga and Askja in the Holuhraun lava field and one unexpected eruption from the Tavurvur cone in the Rabaul Caldera of Papua New Guinea. The Icelandic eruption that everyone has been waiting for ended up being small, lasting […]
  • This Elderly Gentleman Was Born With His Brain Hemispheres Disconnected. How Did It Affect Him? Barely At All

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:19 am
    One of the most distinctive physical features of the human brain is the fact that the cortex is divided into two hemispheres. The main connection between the two halves is a thick bundle of fibers called the corpus callosum. This is no quiet lane, it’s a major freeway constituting around 200 million neural tracts. In […]
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  • Top 5 SEO Techniques That Will Hurt Your Business

    Guest Blogger
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    This is a guest contribution by Greg Whelan of RankExperts. 5. Relying on Backlinks Alone The use of SEO has been on the rise for a long time, especially for people who venture in online business. However, while SEO is considered a core tool in enhancing online businesses, the same trend can trigger adverse effects if not implemented in the right way. There are certain limits that you must observe when employing SEO for your business – in other words, SEO for business should never be used blindly. A great number of online businesses are established each day with most of them turning…
  • How to Create Massive Value Content & Blow Your Readers’ Minds

    Guest Blogger
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    This is a guest contribution from Pooja Lohana. Let’s face it. Your readers are selfish. The moment they land on your blog, they look for “what’s in it for me?”. And that’s not such a bad thing after all. Knowledge is power. Once you know what they are looking for, you can serve it to them. At the time of writing this, there are 152,000,000 blogs on the Net. That means every half a second, a new blog is created somewhere in the world. It’s getting harder and harder to be found in the blogosphere and this is not changing in the future. If you’re passionate about your topic,…
  • How to Write Smart Content on Days You’re Feeling Dumb & Distracted

    Guest Blogger
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:37 am
    This is a guest contribution from Pratik Dholakiya. It’s Wednesday morning, you barely slept last night, missed your morning coffee because you were running late, and are now sat in front of your computer staring at a blank Word file wondering what on earth you’re going to write about. You know you should get on with the task but your hands don’t move and your brain refuses to boot up. You’re longing for Saturday already, but it’s only the middle of the week.  Yeah, the world is a cruel place. Especially for writers who need to hammer out reams of authentic material every single…
  • How to Optimize Your Content for Authorship Success

    Guest Blogger
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:20 am
    This is a guest contribution from Jaclyn Freeman. Who are you? Don’t fret – this isn’t philosophy class and no, we’re not trying to steal your identity. One of the most important things you can do in 2014 as a content creator, is identify who you are as a personal brand by monitoring how you come across online. As a writer, it is essential that you are taking advantage of every opportunity you have to turn yourself into a developed brand.  Twitter, that always-on social network that is constantly abuzz, and Google+, a social network claimed to offer incredible SEO benefits, offer…
  • 10 Vital WordPress Security Tips

    Guest Blogger
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    This is a guest contribution from John Philips. 10 Vital WordPress Security Tips Security should be of paramount concern to any blogger or website owner. It may seem like a tedious task, but it could protect your website from becoming a hacker’s playground. If your site has a revenue stream, then some time invested into security could also protect your livelihood. This article overviews a few key security tips for WordPress blogs. There’s an ever growing collection of useful plugins, but it’s dangerous to think that there is a single solution to website security. It’s important to…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • Build an Intruder Detector with a Raspberry Pi

    Thorin Klosowski
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    The Raspberry Pi is a great little computer to use for a home surveillance system , but most of the projects we've seen have been a bit more advanced. Bitreactive put together a guide for a simple Raspberry Pi alarm that detects motion and sends you an SMS if something happens.Read more...
  • Five Habits of Truly Effective Communicators

    Lea McLeod, M.A.
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    We all have room to polish our communication skills—some people want to be more assertive, others need help with conflict management, and still others find it hard to speak their minds in a group setting. Here are a few tips that can help you get your ideas across.Read more...
  • Batch Convert Text Files to Different Formats in Terminal

    Thorin Klosowski
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Converting texts between formats is a bit of a pain to do on a file-by-file basis, but thankfully, MacIssues shows how to convert text files in bulk using a simple terminal command. Read more...
  • A Flash Drive for Your Android, a Fleet of Roombas, 3M Command [Deals]

    Shep McAllister, Commerce Team
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    If you've ever wanted an easier way to move data on and off your Android phone, this 16GB flash drive includes a Micro USB plug and free file management software. If you're going on vacation and plan to take a lot of photos with your phone, this would be a great option for backing them up. [Sony 16GB MicroVault USB Flash Drive for Smartphones, $11]Read more...
  • Wear a Wedding Band for Safe Traveling, Even If You Aren't Married

    Tori Reid
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    We women are at high risk when traveling alone, even locally. Lifehack.org recommends wearing a gold band on your ring finger to deter possible threats, even if you're not married.Read more...
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  • Inside Apple's PR Practices, From Media Control to Attitude Shift Under Tim Cook

    Juli Clover
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:32 am
    In a lengthy 9 part exposé, 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman delves into the inner workings of Apple's PR team. While much of what Gurman covers is already fairly well known, his coverage provides an expansive look at the way Apple's PR team operates, from its organizational structure to its efforts to control Apple's perception through media manipulation. Despite Apple's size and its position as one of the most profitable companies in the world, its PR team is relatively small, comprised of approximately 30 employees in Cupertino along with a few dozen scattered around the world. In Cupertino, Apple…
  • iPhone 6 Built From Parts Apparently Shown Booting to 'Connect to iTunes' Screen

    Eric Slivka
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    Following its leak of photos showing the iPhone 6 logic board that have revealed the device's NFC chip and 16 GB of storage, luxury modified iPhone vendor Feld & Volk [Instagram page] has now shared some photos and a video showing the device in operation and booting to a black screen requesting the user to connect the device to iTunes. Feld & Volk says it has been able to piece together this iPhone from various components it has obtained as part of its effort to build its own luxury version of the iPhone 6 for its customers, and remarkably enough, the device is at least capable of turning on.
  • 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Logic Board Shown With 16 GB Flash Storage

    Eric Slivka
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:05 am
    Over the past several months, there have been a few rumors of Apple increasing storage capacities for the iPhone 6, perhaps doing away the 16 GB option at the low end and introducing a 128 GB model at the high end, at least for one of the two rumored models. A set of schematics leaked in pieces over the past week and a half has included reference to various 16, 64, and 128 GB flash storage modules from several vendors for the iPhone 6, although it is unclear why there is no 32 GB option included on that list. A new set of photos from Feld & Volk [Instagram page] and Sonny Dickson today that…
  • NFC Chip From NXP Confirmed for iPhone 6

    Eric Slivka
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:32 am
    With rumors claiming the iPhone 6 will include a near field communications (NFC) chip from NXP to potentially support a mobile payments initiative from Apple flying in recent days, the existence of the chip now appears to have been confirmed. Luxury modified iPhone vendor Feld & Volk [Instagram page], which has shared a number of claimed parts from the iPhone 6 in recent weeks, has now gotten its hands on a complete logic board for the device. iPhone 5s logic board (left) and 4.7-inch iPhone 6 logic board (right) The firm has shared a few photos of the logic board with Sonny Dickson,…
  • Apple's Upcoming Wearable Device Not Likely to Ship Until Early 2015

    Eric Slivka
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
    While Apple is expected to unveil its new wearable device, popularly referred to as the iWatch, at its media event scheduled for September 9, the device will likely not begin shipping until early next year, according to Re/code.Sources in position to know tell me it won’t arrive at market for a few months. “It’s not shipping any time soon,” said one. So when does Apple plan to ship its eagerly anticipated wearable? That’s not clear, but my understanding is that we’re unlikely to see it at retail until after the holiday season — think early 2015.Word of a significant gap between…
 
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  • Comfort is the Enemy

    Chris Brogan
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:08 am
    All of my work seems to be pointing to the same direction lately. People are struggling. They’re running out of time, running out of money, running out of motivation. If I’m to take everyone at their word, they’ve “tried everything” and “nothing works.” And yet, what I see, more and more, is that “good enough” or “you tried” or “why work so hard” are gaining momentum in every direction. Comfort is the Enemy The economy isn’t why people aren’t buying your product or service. Your competition isn’t…
  • How to Fail Your Way Out of a Hole – or What Separates Me From Most People

    Chris Brogan
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:19 am
    Jacq and I work well together. She has this uncanny ability to point me towards interesting things that end up being passions of mine. She decides to get back into lifting weights, and then I rush out and get fanatical about it. She decides to work promoting Visalus, and then I go nuts. Jacq’s given me lots of ideas over the past few years. In talking about this, we both realized there something that separates me from lots of other people. I love to fail. How to Fail Your Way Out of a Hole I should probably rephrase that. I don’t love to fail. Who does? Last place? Yay! No, not…
  • War is Work, Not Mystery

    Chris Brogan
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    When we get antsy, we stop what we’re doing. When we are unsure, we grind to a halt. In Steven Pressfield’s Gates of Fire, there’s a great speech given by King Leonidas to his generals before the night of The Battle of Thermopylae (the movie 300 also covers this, kind of). Here are just a few excerpts from the speech: “Keep your men busy. If there is no work, make it up , for when soldiers have time to talk, their talk turns to fear. Action, on the other hand, produces the appetite for more action.”Continue Reading
  • Why I Switched to Rainmaker

    Chris Brogan
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:07 am
    I recently moved chrisbrogan.com to the Rainmaker platform, because I wanted to work more on my business, and less on the details of maintaining a website. In case you’re not aware, Rainmaker is a hosted WordPress solution with a very customized back-end so that everything is a lot simpler and cleaner and easier to understand. By “hosted,” I pay a monthly fee to run the site on Copyblogger Media’s servers, and for the platform and all the themes. Continue Reading
  • Buy The Right Thing

    Chris Brogan
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    In case you don’t already get my podcast, I thought I’d stick a copy of it here to check out. I recorded a short little conversation about choices and price and value and how we sometimes make really silly choices that don’t make any sense whatsoever. Also, in this recording, I mentioned a webinar I’m hosting. If that’s interesting, check it out. It will be the right thing. Continue Reading
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  • Two Important Announcements for Writers

    Sonia Simone
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    First, you may have seen yesterday the abrupt announcement that Google is, at least for the moment, discontinuing their Authorship functionality for search results and webmaster tools. For those in our Authority community, as well as those in our Certified Content Marketer program, we’ll be holding a special live Q&A session with Brian Clark on what this means for web writers as we move forward. Just log in to your Member Dashboard to find out how to attend. And secondly, if you aren’t in one of those programs yet, the window is closing to join the Certified Content Marketer…
  • How to Earn $250 Per Hour As a Freelance Writer

    Linda Formichelli
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    How sweet it would be to earn $250 per hour — as a writer, no less. Sounds like a crazy dream, right? It’s kind of like your dream to win America’s Got Talent with your nose whistling routine: Fun to think about, but it ain’t gonna happen. Well, I’m going to risk your snorts of disbelief by telling you $250 per hour is the average rate I earn with any type of writing I do, whether it’s copywriting, content writing, or journalism. I’m not special (though my mom thinks so). My writing skills are good, but not Donna Tartt good. And as you’ll see…
  • Save $100 on SMX East in New York

    Jerod Morris
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Search Marketing Expo is the world’s largest search engine marketing conference, and this fall SMX East will take place in the nation’s most populous city. And if you’re planning on heading to New York City for SMX East (September 30 – October 2), we’ve got a way for you to save $100. Just use the code smx100copy at checkout to save $100. You’ll get to hear keynote speaker Jonah Peretti, Buzzfeed Founder & CEO, provide insight on leveraging viral content, as well as other sessions like: Defining & Mapping The Native Advertising Landscape Automation…
  • Clueless About Technical Writing? Get Started With These Essential Tips

    Nick Chowdrey
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Technical writing is like copywriting’s old, boring uncle. In the communicative garden party that is online content, Copywriting gets everyone a drink and socializes, while Technical Writing runs the grill and feeds all the guests. Copywriters may think technical writing is simple, but it actually presents a number of challenges unique to the discipline. If you receive a technical writing assignment, will you know how to handle it? Whether you’re a freelance copywriter or work in-house at an agency, at some point it’s likely you’ll be asked to produce a piece of technical…
  • The 7 Things Writers Need to Make a Living

    Sonia Simone
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you’re a writer, you might have heard this most of your life. People don’t make a living writing. You should find something practical to do with your life. Smart, capable writers grimly pass around war stories on Facebook. Penny-a-word assignments, clients who don’t pay, disdain for our craft, and disrespect for our profession. And yet. Look around us, at this digital world so many of us spend our lives in. It’s made of ones and zeroes, yes. But it’s also made of words. The technology exists because we create words worth sharing Text, video, audio. It all…
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    Macworld

  • Look but don't touch: Apple wearable won't ship until 2015, report says

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    Apple will reportedly announce its first wearable device in September, but the product may not ship until early next year. That's according to Re/code's John Paczkowski, who reported earlier this week that Apple will announce the wearable on September 9. Apple later confirmed the date of the press event, but obviously hasn't said what it plans to reveal.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Are environmental sensors coming to the iPhone 6?

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    In just about a week and a half, the mystery behind a surprisingly spartan invitation, historical locations, and unusual buildings will be revealed, and we’ll finally know what Apple’s new smartphone looks like. Among the many rumors that surround the event, one of the more interesting is that the upcoming new iPhone models may contain a range of environmental sensors that could make Apple’s mobile handset much more aware of the world around it, and open up a realm of new possible applications in the process.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Pixlr's free photo editor goes native on Windows and OS X

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:59 am
    Windows and Mac users in need of a free photo editor can now download a desktop version of Pixlr.The popular web app is now available as standalone software, no longer requiring an Internet connection to use. But be aware that the free version isn't quite the same as as what you get online.In many ways, the desktop software is similar to the web-based Pixlr Express. Users can crop, resize and rotate images, adjust color and contrast, apply red-eye reduction, or just use the “auto-fix” button. The app includes dozens of filters, overlays, borders, effects and stickers as well.To read this…
  • What to expect from Apple's September 9 event

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Roll them bones, strain the tea leaves, and consult your crystal balls. With Apple’s September 9 event now a matter of public record, the only sensible way to while away the hours over the next week and a half is to speculate about what precisely the company might have hidden up its sleeves strange temporary building. There are any number of rumors afoot about what Apple has in the works, but that doesn’t mean that every single theoretical device from Cupertino will pop up at September’s event. But there are certainly plenty of options to choose from, especially given Apple’s coy…
  • The Week in iPhone Cases: Barely there

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Barely thereIn this week’s roundup of new iPhone cases, you’ll find an accessory that sticks to your bike, one that's safe under water, and one that's so thin you’ll hardly notice it.Bike2PowerThe ArmorGuard (iPhone 5 and 5s; $80) is a bicycle kit that includes a case, a mount, and a universal mounting bracket.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
 
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    ReadWrite

  • Google Challenges Amazon's Drone Delivery Program With Project Wing

    Lauren Orsini
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    Google has been secretly testing delivery by drone, the company announced Thursday.A team of engineers at Google X, the technology company’s long-range research lab, safely carried out more than 30 1-kilometer test flights this month. The deliveries, consisting of items ranging from a chocolate bar to first aid, took place in Queensland, Australia to avoid the Federal Aviation Administration’s strict U.S. restrictions on drones.See also: Why Commercial Drones Are Stuck In Regulatory LimboNow that Amazon has almost convinced the world its delivery drones aren’t a publicity stunt, the…
  • What Sort Of Man Shares Playboy? (He Friends His Mom On Facebook)

    Helen A.S. Popkin
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    Playboy relaunched its website on Wednesday, and one thing's for sure. This isn't your grandpappy's gentleman's magazine. Well, obviously. It's on the Internet—as opposed to a moldy box in the garage or hastily stuffed under your mattress where you shamefully hope Mom doesn't find it. As such, Playboy.com is ready for its Facebook close-up, fully clothed and safe-for-work (or SFW, as the kids say). Just in case you want to share its family-friendly content on any social network where Mom might see it. Cory Jones, Playboy's senior VP of digital content, aptly explained to AdAge the…
  • Friday Fun: Build Your First Chrome Extension

    Lauren Orsini
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:01 am
    Google Chrome is the most popular Web browser in the world. Part of its appeal comes from its ability to let you fully customize your browsing experience with a slew of extensions. Extensions are small, lightweight programs that personalize your Chrome installation with new features. You’ve probably already downloaded an extension or two. But did you know it’s almost as easy to build your own? Chrome extensions are written in a relatively beginner-friendly language—JavaScript—and require only two files to function. Since they’re so easy to build, there are currently more than 53,000…
  • How Twitch And YouTube Are Making Video Games A Big Business

    Stephanie Chan
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    Mark this moment: Watching people play video games has become a big business, with Amazon, Google, Disney, and others vying for a piece of the action.Call it livestream gaming: Top players record themselves playing popular titles and delivering commentary—or compete against each other in big, live, arena-style events. By turning video games from a solitary living-room obsession into shared events, livestream gaming is letting advertisers tap into a hard-to-reach demographic of mostly young men.The Game Is AfootThat means a huge influx of money into the video-game world: It's changing…
  • Why Doesn't Your Government Run Like This?

    Matt Asay
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:02 am
    Imagine your company got a 90% approval rating on its latest app. You'd be rich, right? Now imagine that your government got a 90% approval rating on anything, like passport approval or paying a parking violation or ... well, anything.No, really. Stop laughing.In the UK, a slew of changes to how technology is delivered has upended decades of dissatisfaction with government services. So much so, in fact, that one recent service upgrade netted a 90% approval rating from citizens.What's going on?Putting Citizens FirstMike Bracken (@MTBracken), executive director of the UK's Government Digital…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Designing Badges (And More) For A Conference

    Maurizio Piacenza
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:15 am
    To badge or not to badge? That is the question. Because badges — and a lot of stuff designed for conferences — often look the same. But if you have a little, different conference, you need different kinds of things. Badges included. It all started in 2013 with the first Kerning conference1. I was asked to design the official notebook: we ended up with a really typographic design for the cover and a funny pattern on the back. And an Easter egg on the cover — more on that later. It was a really funny project, so when my dear friend Cristiano Rastelli2, a member of Kerning’s…
  • Is Your Responsive Design Working? Google Analytics Will Tell You

    Jon Arne Sæterås and Luca Passani
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    Responsive web design has become the dominant method of developing and designing websites. It makes it easier to think “mobile first” and to create a website that is viewable on mobile devices. In the early days of responsive web design, creating breakpoints in CSS for particular screen sizes was common, like 320 pixels for iPhone and 768 pixels for iPad, and then we tested and monitored those devices. As responsive design has evolved, we now more often start with the content and then set breakpoints when the content “breaks.” This means that you might end up with quite a few…
  • Customizing WordPress Archives For Categories, Tags And Other Taxonomies

    Josh Pollock
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:47 am
    Most WordPress users are familiar with tags and categories and with how to use them to organize their blog posts. If you use custom post types in WordPress, you might need to organize them like categories and tags. Categories and tags are examples of taxonomies, and WordPress allows you to create as many custom taxonomies as you want. These custom taxonomies operate like categories or tags, but are separate. In this tutorial, we’ll explain custom taxonomies and how to create them. We’ll also go over which template files in a WordPress theme control the archives of built-in and custom…
  • A Quick Tour Of WordPress 4.0

    Daniel Pataki
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:32 am
    Today, WordPress has released the first release candidate1 (RC) for the upcoming 4.0 version. According to the official version numbering2, WordPress 4.0 is no more or less significant than 3.9 was or 4.1 will be. That being said, a new major release is always a cause for excitement! Let’s take a look at the new features the team at WordPress has been working on for us. Installation Language Since I’ve always used WordPress in English, it took me a while to realize how important internationalization is. 29% of all WordPress.com installations3 use a non-English language which is…
  • Dropbox’s Carousel Design Deconstructed (Part 1)

    Chris Bank
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Many of today’s hottest technology companies, both large and small, are increasingly using the concept of the minimum viable product (MVP) as way to iteratively learn about their customers and develop their product ideas. By focusing on an integral set of core functionality and corresponding features for product development, these companies can efficiently launch and build on new products. While the concepts are relatively easy to grasp, the many trade-offs considered and decisions made in execution are seldom easy and are often highly debated. This two-part series, looks into the product…
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • Britain raises terror threat level

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
    The UK raised its level in response to events in Iraq and Syria, where ISIS militants have seized a swath of territory.
  • Brain-eating amoeba in city's water

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:48 am
    Officials in Louisiana found evidence of a deadly brain-eating amoeba in a town's water supply. WWL reports.
  • Pilot ID'd after F-15 crash

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:47 am
    The body of a Massachusetts Air National Guard pilot with "numerous deployments to the Middle East" has been identified after his F-15C fighter jet crashed Wednesday in Virginia, an Air National Guard official said Friday.
  • U.N: 3 million have fled Syria

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    The number of people who have fled Syria and registered as refugees will surpass a record 3 million Friday, and a further 6.5 million are believed to be displaced within the war-torn nation, the U.N. refugee agency said.
  • 2nd amendment and 'gun rights' fraud

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:45 am
    The gun outrages continue, the latest the shooting of a gun instructor in Arizona by a 9-year-old girl who was taken to the range by her parents so she could shoot an Uzi, an Israeli-made submachine gun.
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • Special “This Weekend Only” Deal For My Readers on a 15″ Toshiba Laptop

    Scott Kelby
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Every once in a while we’re able to snag a special deal for folks who read my blog, and this one is pretty sweet if you’re looking for a pimped-out PC laptop. Here’s the deal:The full specs are on their site, but it’s a 15.6″ Toshiba laptop with a 4K touchscreen display, and it comes with Lightroom, it runs Windows 8, it’s got 16GB of Ram, a 1-TB hard Drive and you get for just $1299The retail price is $1799, and there’s already a $200 off promo, but we have an exclusive $300 additional code so my readers get a total of $500 off (sweet!) but the deal…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Aviation Photography: Warbirds and the Men Who Flew Them Join Moose Peterson, world-renowned wildlife and aviation photographer, alongside Scott Kelby, for a live webcast of the world premiere of Moose’s latest project. Together they’ll take us through this exhilarating documentary of two World War II pilots and the planes they loved and flew. Filmed on location with The Texas Flying Legends, this film beautifully captures the glory of these Warbirds in flight. You’ll experience the power and brilliant imagery of airplanes, such as P-51 Mustangs and B-25 Bombers, and you will see…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Jeremy Cowart!

    Brad Moore
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    For years now, I’ve always preached the importance and value of personal projects or personal work. The million dollar question that I always get asked is any variation of “How do I get work? How do I get to where you are? How do I make a living as a photographer?”Well, the best answer is personal work. The path to nearly every success story with famous photographers is personal work… some project that they started on their own that got discovered by an art director, then another, and so on.See, it’s not enough anymore to just take nice photos. Nearly anyone…
  • Some Quick Tuesday Stuff

    Scott Kelby
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Above: iPhone shot of Bruno Mars in concert.Whew!!! What a busy travel week. On Saturday I snuck the wifey off to Vegas to see Bruno Mars in concert at the Chelsea in the Cosmopolitan Hotel (it was a surprise birthday present — her birthday was a few weeks ago), and we had an absolute blast! Bruno Mars’ show was just absolutely outstanding — one of the best concerts either of us had ever seen. Everything from the sound to the lights to the stage show was just spot on. What a talented guy!Anyway, here’s what’s up:Adobe Releases “Aperture to Lightroom…
  • I’m Bringing My “Shoot Like a Pro” Seminar to Swingin’ London Baby, Yeah!

    Scott Kelby
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:52 am
    Greetings from the Airport (well, I’m already on the plane, so “greetings from the Tarmac — I’m on my way to New York to shoot the US Open Tennis Tournament, which kicks off today. But first….I’m heading to London!!! When: Friday, 10, October Where: Conference Centre Westminster Tickets: Only 99£ at http://kelbyone.com/live/uk/ Earlybird Discount: Use the code Live10″ you save £10 — enough to buy me a pint. Why: Because I love Swingin’ London baby, yeah!PLUS: If you sign up now, you get my “Light it, Shoot it, Retouch it” full tour…
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    Digital Photography School

  • Some Punchy Black and White Landscape Photos to Oooo and Aaah Over

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Recently we released our newest dPS ebook The Essential Guide to Black and White Photography.  So I thought it would be fitting if we had a look as some great black and white images. I don’t know what it is but I’m really attracted to a great black and white image. It’s something about the contrast and the style and makes you really focus on the light and composition in the image – there’s no tricks it’s just an image is the simplest form. So in this set I’ve found some amazing black and white landscape photos for you to enjoy – please let the…
  • 3 Essential Photoshop Tools for New Portrait Photographers

    Leah O'Connell
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Opening Photoshop for the first time is kind of like going on your first date; your hands sweat, your eyes glaze over, you completely lose all sense of direction and time. At least that was the scenario for me. Photoshop is an incredibly complex program that can be used as an artistic tool for positive enhancement, or gross distortion when it comes to portraiture. It’s all too easy to over-edit, get carried away with the sheer number of the tools at your fingertips, or attempt elaborate cover-up schemes for poorly shot images when first starting out. There are certain tools I grasped at…
  • Beyond the Postcard – 14 Tips for Creating Unique Photographs in Iconic Locations

    Bruce Wunderlich
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Photography has been around since the early 1820’s. Of course, back then the technology of “picture taking” was not accessible to the common person. But have things ever changed! With the availability of digital cameras ever present, even in our cell phones, take a moment to consider these facts. Every two minutes today there are as many photos taken as were taken in the entire 19th century (1800s), and ten percent of all the photos ever taken were snapped within the last twelve months! The Postcard: The Start Westward Monument in Marietta, Ohio. (18mm 1/80th of a second at…
  • Which Three Lenses do You Need for Photography?

    Andrew S. Gibson
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I used an 85mm lens fitted with a 500D close-up lens to create this photo of a Chinese Water Dragon. Two things occurred to me When I read Phillip VanNostrand’s article The Only Three Lenses You Need for Travel Photography. One, is that his choice of lenses would not be my choice. Two, is that you cannot recommend three lenses for every photographer to use, as everybody’s requirements are different. Imagine if you went to a showroom to buy a new car and the salesperson said “Sir, the only car for you is a Ford Focus”. Fine, if that’s the car you happen to want. But how…
  • Tips on How to Get New Photography Clients

    Monica Day
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Aaaaghhhh!!!! Why aren’t people knocking down my door to get me to photograph their most precious moments?! We’ve all said this. We’ve all had those moments where we just don’t understand where the people are, or the ones that will pay us are. Or you’ve finally built a business and now it’s time to move. I get it. I’m a military spouse. I move…a lot. I have to rebuild my business every two to four years. But I’ve done it, and so can you. You don’t have to be a military spouse to benefit from these tips. They can be applied to a new business, a new market, a new city, or a…
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    TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004 RSS Feed

  • Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates

    Kelly Hodgkins
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can. Apps Now Free 2 Dreams [iOS...
  • Apple tells developers not to sell consumer health data

    Mike Wehner
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Apple's HealthKit API has the ability to hold extremely important personal health data like heart rate, exercise habits, and blood pressure, but the company is now clarifying its guidelines on what third party developers are allowed to do with that...
  • Daily Deals for August 29, 2014, featuring Freebie Friday

    Kelly Hodgkins
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....
  • New Galaxy Tab S voxpop ad continues Samsung's assault on Apple

    Kelly Hodgkins
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Samsung won't let up with its advertising campaign that focuses on Apple and its competing mobile products. This latest advertisement published on YouTube pits the iPad against the Galaxy Tab S in a series of "man on the street" interviews with...
  • Rovio CEO flies the coop

    Mike Wehner
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    With over half a decade leading Rovio's flock, CEO Mikael Hed announced today that he will be stepping down as the company's head man starting January 1st of next year. The co-founder will hand over the keys to the Angry Birds developer to Pekka...
 
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Metabones launches Canon EF to Micro Four Thirds Smart Adapter and Speed Booster

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:29 am
    Lens adapter manufacturer Metabones has launched a pair of long-awaited Canon EF to Micro Four Thirds lens adapters. The first adapter is the Smart Mount version which allows electronic control of the aperture in a Canon lens from a Micro Four Thirds camera, as well as correct recording of EXIF information and activation of Image Stabilization where present. Also debuting is an EF to Micro Four Thirds Speed Booster. Read more
  • A new Mix: Adobe updates Photoshop Mix for iOS

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    In June Adobe announced Photoshop Mix, an image organization and manipulation app for the Apple iPad which can sync with Photoshop CC for desktop computers and Lightroom Mobile via Adobe's Creative Cloud.Today the software maker has released Photoshop Mix 1.1, the first major upgrade to the new app. Improvements include support for large panoramic images and PNG fields as well as the option to open files directly from Dropbox. Read more at connect.dpreview.com.
  • Leica launches 100mm F2 Summicron for medium format S system

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:51 am
    German camera brand Leica is set to launch a new portrait lens for its professional S system that features a super-fast maximum aperture of F2. The Summicron-S 100mm F2 ASPH will sit between the company’s existing Summarit-S 70mm F2.5 ASPH and the APO-Macro-Summarit-S 120mm F2.5, both of which are also popular choices for portrait photographers using the S cameras. Click through for more details.
  • GoPro launches new Field Guide tutorial series

    29 Aug 2014 | 1:01 am
    GoPro's in-house production team travel the globe with some of the world's best athletes and produce videos like the Hero 3+ launch, with over 16 million views on YouTube. This week GoPro and its production team released a new tutorial series called the GoPro Field Guide, a set of videos designed to delve a little deeper into some of the more complex functions of their action camera lineup. Read more
  • Corel unveils PaintShop Pro X7 with new tools and a fresh design

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:30 pm
    This week Corel has unveiled PaintShop Pro X7 and PaintShop Pro X7 Ultimate, two new versions of its image editing software for Windows. This update features extensive changes to the user interface as well as a claimed 30 percent improvement in brush performance, including the Paint Brush, Airbrush and various retouching tools. Speed improvements have allowed for new instant previews of effects before they are applied to images and the 64-bit architecture allows fast performance with larger or multiple images. Read more
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • VIDEO: Smart Collection Tip on Automatically Sorting Your Photos

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 am
    Yesterday, I wrote a post about 3 features that I’d love to see in Lightroom (but probably won’t). They’re 3 features that I think I’d use, but I’m not so sure the masses would and it would be worth the development effort on Adobe’s time. Well, as I wrote the post, I realized a way that I could sort of do one of the features I was looking for. See, I often import some photos in to Lightroom and just start editing. I know I’m supposed to go through and flag/rate them right away, but sometimes I don’t have the time or I just really want to see one…
  • 3 Features I Don’t Think We’ll Ever See in Lightroom (But I’d like to)

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:01 pm
    I’m sure we all have features we’d like to see in Lightroom (or lots of other programs too). And sometimes those features are so meaningful to us that we have no idea why everyone else doesn’t think so too. Well, my post is coming from a different place. I’m fully aware that these features are fairly random and probably only just applicable to me. They’re so specific that I actually don’t think we’ll ever see these features in Lightroom, but I thought it would be kinda fun to throw ‘em out there. Here goes: 1) Auto Flag in Develop –…
  • The Top 5 Ways I Use My Wacom Tablet with Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:01 pm
    I always try to sit down and think up things that have become totally vital to my Lightroom workflow. Sometimes those things are right inside Lightroom, but I have to say if there’s one non-Lightroom thing that I can’t live without for my photos, it’s my Wacom tablet. No joke. I know I shouldn’t have to say this, but Wacom doesn’t pay me a penny to write about them. And honestly, if you don’t own a tablet then this post isn’t even for you because it’s probably hard for you to envision where you’d use the tips/settings I’m about to…
  • LIGHTROOM TIP: Organizing Collections From Folders

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Hey everyone. Sorry for being away lately. If you follow my personal blog (if you’re in to landscape photography I hope you do), I posted that I was going to be gone for a week filming a Landscape Photography at Mt. Rainier (outside of Seattle) class for KelbyOne. Well, I had no idea that I wouldn’t have any internet and cell service for most of the time. Anyway, I’m back in the office until Photoshop World and I wanted to get out a quick tip that I just learned this week… Side Note: I posted a recap of my photos from that trip in case you want to see it. Here’s…
  • NEWS: Lightroom 5.6 Update

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:34 am
    Hey everyone! Adobe just released another “dot” update for Lightroom. We’re up to 5.6 now and it’s free to download. Just launch Lightroom, go to the Help menu and choose Check for Updates. There’s nothing really breathtaking in this one. It’s mostly a camera update (the Nikon D810 is now included as well as a couple of Panasonic cameras) and a few bug fixes. Oh and lots of news lens profile support (especially with Sony’s lenses). You can see exactly what’s in the update and what bug fixes were addressed over on the Adobe Lightroom Journal…
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • 'BioShock' for iOS Now Available Worldwide

    Juli Clover
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Following hints of a release earlier this summer, the iOS version of 2K Games' original first person shooter BioShock is now available in the App Store. Rumored since 2008, BioShock on iOS is a port of the full, original game first released in 2007. Set in 1960, BioShock asks players to take on the role of Jack, a plane crash survivor who finds his way into the defunct underwater city of Rapture. Jack has to fight his way out of the city, battling Big Daddies and other enemies while using an array of heavy weaponry and taking advantage of genetics-altering plasmids that grant him super…
  • Apple Denied Sales Ban on Samsung Devices From Second Patent Trial

    Juli Clover
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Apple has again been denied a permanent injunction on Samsung products that infringe on its smartphone patents, reports Bloomberg. Judge Lucy Koh today rejected Apple's plea for a sales ban on nine different Samsung devices involved in the second Apple vs. Samsung patent infringement trial. According to Koh, Apple did not demonstrate irreparable harm in the form of lost sales, despite efforts to target specific infringing features on the Samsung devices. "Apple has not satisfied its burden of demonstrating irreparable harm and linking that harm to Samsung's exploitation of any of Apple's…
  • NimbleBit's 'Tiny Tower Vegas' Now Available Worldwide

    Juli Clover
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:09 pm
    The sequel to NimbleBit's popular free-to-play tower building game Tiny Tower is now available for download worldwide after soft launching in several countries earlier this summer. Tiny Tower Vegas incorporates the same tower building gameplay found in the original game, melding it with several Las Vegas-themed mini games like poker and slot machines. As in the previous game, the idea is for players to continually build up and manage a tower filled with various businesses that generate coins. Like many free-to-play titles, Tiny Tower Vegas includes various countdown timers for functions like…
  • August Smart Lock Finally Begins Shipping to Customers

    Juli Clover
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:56 pm
    After a long delay, the August Smart Lock is finally shipping out to preorder customers beginning today. First introduced in May of 2013, the August Smart Lock is a Bluetooth-based iPhone-compatible locking system designed by Jason Johnson and notable designer Yves Béhar. At August, our mission is to make beautiful products that allow your physical environment to seamlessly respond to you. Today, we are one step closer to achieving that goal. We are excited to announce that the August Smart Lock has begun shipping in limited quantities.The August Smart Lock, which allows users to unlock…
  • PayPal Offers 25% Off iTunes Gift Cards in the UK

    Juli Clover
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:24 pm
    PayPal is currently offering 25 percent off digital iTunes cards in the United Kingdom, allowing users to purchase iTunes codes for the App Store, Mac App Store, iBooks Store, and iTunes Store at a discount. Under the terms of the deal, an £15 iTunes card drops to £11.25, while a £25 card drops to £18.75. Larger denomination iTunes cards of £50 and £100 are available for £37.50 and £75. Cards are only redeemable in the UK iTunes Store. The offer lasts until Thursday, August 28 at 11:59 BST, but as with all PayPal iTunes discounts, there are a limited number of codes available and…
 
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    CNN Travel

  • Video: CNNGo in Los Angeles: Hollywood stars, food trucks

    hiufu
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:12 am
    From Hollywood to Santa Monica, some of L.A.'s most renowned locals guide us through the star-studded citySoaking up the sun in MalibuVintage cinema honors movie historyBest of L.A. comes to life in VeniceThe surf is up and the sun is out -- CNNGo is coasting through Los Angeles this summer with star locals. Director and producer of the "Iron Man" movie series, Jon Favreau takes us to a few of the locations that have inspired his movies, including the Kogi Truck on which his latest movie, "Chef," is partially based.  Lubov Azria, one of LA's most notable fashion icons, shows us how to…
  • Insider Guide: Best of Zurich

    barry.neild
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:26 am
    It may be Switzerland's banking capital, but Zurich's real wealth lies in the village-like charm of its cobbled streets and Alpine sceneryCNN Travel's series often carries sponsorship originating from the countries and regions we profile. However, CNN retains full editorial control over all of its reports. Read the policy. Visitors arriving in Zurich can be forgiven for wondering where the city is. Church steeples dominate the skyline. Shoes stay clean on century-old cobblestones. And lawyers and bankers jump into the Limmat to swim with the swans during lunchtime. Which begs the…
  • Appy Traveler: Best new apps for travelers

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Uber for private jets, calculator to beat jet lag and an intelligent packing device -- here are the latest must-haves for your smart phonesBookmark this article and check back in occasionally to see what new great apps we love, and think you should try. Also see: 50 best apps for travelers ... so far Updated July 30, 2014 JetSmarter Uber for private jets.iOS: App Store If you’re in the market for a private flight somewhere, you can now do so using JetSmarter, the Uber of the private jet world. App users search for various carriers, request flights based on their own schedule and pay for the…
  • This is the world's biggest 3D painting

    talia.marcopoto
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:34 pm
    China notches up another superlative achievement as a Nanjing-based artist creates the world's largest and longest anamorphic paintingAlready home to the world's biggest freestanding building and the world's highest airport, China has completed yet another superlative achievement -- the world's largest and longest anamorphic, or 3D, painting. Named "The Rhythm of Youth," the record-breaking piece of 3D street art was created by Chinese artist Yang Yong-chun in honor of the upcoming 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, eastern China. Stretching 374.43 meters (1,228 feet) in length…
  • CNNGo in Marrakech: Souks and Moroccan pancakes

    hiufu
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:02 am
    How to haggle over a cup of mint tea plus spectacular ways to see and escape Morocco's beautiful desert gateway Old meets new in Morocco's 'Red City'Marrakech's magnificent mountainsRapper tours Marrakech hot spotsIn July CNNGo travels to Morocco's red city, Marrakech. We meet master craftsmen in the city's maze-like souks, visit the playground of the snake artists and fortune tellers; see spectacular views of the city from the air and visit a secluded village that resembles an exotic kingdom from Game of Thrones. We also sample the delicious local pancakes and the contemporary arts…
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