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  • Mom reams political rival brothers on air, awesomeness ensues [video]

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    Kate Rinsema
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Boy, no matter what your age, no one can take the wind out of your sails faster than Mom. The post Mom reams political rival brothers on air, awesomeness ensues [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • See the biggest stories of 2014 through the eyes of Wikipedia

    Stan Schroeder
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:09 am
    In December, it is customary for Google, Twitter, Facebook and other web giants to go back and take a look at the biggest events of the year. Now, for the first time in its history, Wikipedia has released a year in review video, showing some of the most important stories its users have read and edited throughout 2014. The stories include this year's World Cup, the Ice Bucket Challenge, the Ferguson protests, Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa See also: 'TL;DR Wikipedia' Is the Internet's Sassiest Encyclopedia The 2-minute video consists only of freely…
  • Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel On Leaked Plans: "I Felt Like I Was Going To Cry"

    Fast Company
    Chris Gayomali
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:32 pm
    The 24-year-old CEO is not happy with the Sony leaks.Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton sits on Snapchat's board. Which, in the wake of Sony's massive leaks, has not been good news for Snapchat's private business affairs.Read Full Story
  • Korean E-Book Platform Ridibooks Raises $8M Series B

    Catherine Shu
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:02 am
     Ridibooks, which claims to be South Korea’s largest e-book vendor, announced that it has raised a $8 million Series B to improve its user experience and reach new customers. Investors include NeoPlux, which led the round, Company K, Mirae Asset Venture Investment, and Atinum Investment. Read More
  • End of year book and audio roundup

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:53 am
    Just in time for the last-minute frenzy (of reading, listening or giving): My favorite fun novel of the year was Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. I listened to it on audio and loved every moment. On Immunity was another audio favorite. An even-handed meditation on why people believe what they believe, even in the face of overwhelming evidence, this book is almost literary at times. Eastern Standard Tribe is a great introdution to the books of Cory Doctorow. The later stuff is even better, but all of it is thought provoking. The Diamond Age was so far ahead of its time that most of you haven't read it.
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    Holy Kaw!

  • Mom reams political rival brothers on air, awesomeness ensues [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Boy, no matter what your age, no one can take the wind out of your sails faster than Mom. The post Mom reams political rival brothers on air, awesomeness ensues [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Happy dance of the baby pygmy goat [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:45 pm
    It's that time of year when the pressure to feel the spirit can really get you down, so if you desperately need a pick-me-up and don't know where to turn, we're here to help... The post Happy dance of the baby pygmy goat [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Why cyclists need helmets, even on rural roads [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:56 pm
    If you live in an area with deer, you know how fast a leisurely drive can become a disaster, and that's when you're riding in a capsule of metal. On a bike, it's even more terrifying. The post Why cyclists need helmets, even on rural roads [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Plumber’s trade-in becomes terrorist’s ride

    Kate Rinsema
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Well, this is a branding nightmare... The post Plumber’s trade-in becomes terrorist’s ride appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 7 myths about women [video]

    Josh Urich
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    There are a lot of myths about the fairer sex. This video debunks some of those myths. Like the old wives' tale that women can't get pregnant during their monthly cycle. The post 7 myths about women [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
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  • See the biggest stories of 2014 through the eyes of Wikipedia

    Stan Schroeder
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:09 am
    In December, it is customary for Google, Twitter, Facebook and other web giants to go back and take a look at the biggest events of the year. Now, for the first time in its history, Wikipedia has released a year in review video, showing some of the most important stories its users have read and edited throughout 2014. The stories include this year's World Cup, the Ice Bucket Challenge, the Ferguson protests, Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa See also: 'TL;DR Wikipedia' Is the Internet's Sassiest Encyclopedia The 2-minute video consists only of freely…
  • Nick Jonas imitates Tom Hanks by playing 'Jealous' on 'Big' piano

    Brian Anthony Hernandez
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:53 am
    Standing where Tom Hanks stood in the 1980s, Nick Jonas played his hit song "Jealous" on FAO Schwarz's foot-operated piano, the same one Hanks popularized in the film Big. Hanks, as Josh Baskin in the 1988 classic, memorably performed "Chopsticks" and "Heart and Soul" on the ground-level electric piano See also: Hallelujah for Nick Jonas' live gospel choir remix of 'Jealous' Watch Jonas channel Hanks in this video, below, which he posted on Facebook: Post by Nick Jonas. Big is about 12-year-old Josh, whose wish to be an adult is magically granted overnight. Josh's piano antics alongside store…
  • Freshpet's doggie Christmas tribute will give you paws

    T.L. Stanley
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:50 pm
    What holiday dinner would be complete without the texting teenager, the drunk uncle, the eccentric aunt, the hideous Christmas sweaters and the new girlfriend as an awkward plus one? Now what if these guests were all animals? Not just poorly mannered, mind you, but actual furry, four-legged creatures. Freshpet, a natural pet food company, launched a short video this week with just such a setup. Thirteen dogs and one cat took their places at an elaborate seasonal feast for an ad that’s racked up 170,000 views on YouTube in less than two days. Since videos of dogs eating with human hands…
  • The 11 most useful web tools of 2014

    Jason Abbruzzese
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:30 pm
    There's no shortage of great websites, apps and programs available on the Internet. Some, however, rise above the rest Your 2014 list of our 11 most useful tools of 2014 covers everything from creating charts to making your computer screen a little easier on the eyes. Of course there's plenty we missed, but these are some of the tools that came to our attention this year. Have other newish tools that you love? Post them in the comments! Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more...More about Utility, Features, Business, and End Of 2014
  • The 13 best business quotes of 2014

    Todd Wasserman
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    From the General Motors recalls to the Sony hacks to the stunning string of multi-billion dollar tech acquisitions this year, some of the biggest stories of 2014 were from the business world. Playing starring roles in such stories, CEOs and other captains of industry often offered their own idiosyncratic commentaries on the events. Unencumbered by the restraints of mere mortals and possessing mammoth egos, such businesspeople's loose lips often give publicists agita. At other times, they speak quite eloquently. Here's a roundup of some of the most noteworthy musings to emanate from the…
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  • Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel On Leaked Plans: "I Felt Like I Was Going To Cry"

    Chris Gayomali
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:32 pm
    The 24-year-old CEO is not happy with the Sony leaks.Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton sits on Snapchat's board. Which, in the wake of Sony's massive leaks, has not been good news for Snapchat's private business affairs.Read Full Story
  • Hello, 1999: BlackBerry Turns Back Clock With Classic QWERTY Phone

    David Matthews
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:16 pm
    All your QWERTY keyboard dreams come true.BlackBerry fans, rejoice! Mobile users who miss BlackBerry's physical keyboard are in luck, as the phone maker has finally launched the Classic, a smartphone with a full, physical QWERTY keyboard and navigation keys to go along with its 3.5-inch touch-screen display.Read Full Story
  • Firefox To World: Can You Spare A Dime?

    John Paul Titlow
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Mozilla is trying to figure out where its cash is going to come from in the future.'Tis the season for generosity. And if that's the vibe you're feeling, an old friend wants you to know that your hard-earned cash is always welcome in its coffers. From now until the end of the year, Firefox is asking users of its 10-year-old browser to chip in to keep things running smoothly.Read Full Story
  • Twitter, Foursquare To Partner On Location-Based Features: Report

    Chris Gayomali
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:57 pm
    A source tells Business Insider that Twitter is reportedly looking to kick its location-based features into overdrive.On paper, Twitter and Foursquare might seem like unlikely bedfellows. But a new report from Business Insider suggests that Twitter is considering a partnership with Foursquare to power a new rung of location-based features.Read Full Story
  • Attention Extroverts: Your Introverted Coworkers Are Quietly Judging You

    Chris Gayomali
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:23 am
    A study from Oregon State University found that introverts rate their extroverted colleagues as worse performers.In your head you're probably a model employee. You show up on time, inbox zero is a real possibility, and you somehow still make time to float around desk to desk to chat it up with your colleagues. People like you! As they should.Read Full Story
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  • Korean E-Book Platform Ridibooks Raises $8M Series B

    Catherine Shu
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:02 am
     Ridibooks, which claims to be South Korea’s largest e-book vendor, announced that it has raised a $8 million Series B to improve its user experience and reach new customers. Investors include NeoPlux, which led the round, Company K, Mirae Asset Venture Investment, and Atinum Investment. Read More
  • AnandTech Sells To Publisher Purch To Grow Its Tech And Hardware Reviews Site

    Jon Russell
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:29 pm
     AnandTech, the brilliantly super techie blog founded by recent Apple hire Anand Shimpi, has left the independent media club* after announcing its sale to Purch, the publishing company behind fellow tech sites Tom’s Hardware and Laptop Mag. AnandTech made its name as an authority for in-depth hardware reviews, but branched out into mobile, software and general tech news over the… Read More
  • TeachPitch Helps Educators Around The World Share Learning Resources

    Catherine Shu
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:15 pm
     Creating lesson plans, learning about teaching methods, and finding new educational material are all part of a normal workday for teachers, but it can be difficult because most educators have extremely tight schedules. wants to help by bringing teachers around the world closer together so they can find and share the best resources on the web. Read More
  • Khosla Ventures Is Raising A Fresh $400 Million Fund For Seed Investments

    Jon Russell
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:05 pm
     Mega VC firm Khosla Ventures is raising a new $400 million seed fund as it looks to enter the new year with some gusto. Read More
  • Santa’s Robotic Elf Sings A Merry Tune

    John Biggs
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:17 pm
     This holiday season it’s important to remember the true meaning of Christmas: the slow encroachment of robots upon human existence and the expectation of the enslavement of homo sapiens by 2050. To that end we present a pair of jolly robotic hands that pick up candy and place it into a stocking – a feat that was all but impossible a few years ago. These dextrous hands come from… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • End of year book and audio roundup

    Seth Godin
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:53 am
    Just in time for the last-minute frenzy (of reading, listening or giving): My favorite fun novel of the year was Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. I listened to it on audio and loved every moment. On Immunity was another audio favorite. An even-handed meditation on why people believe what they believe, even in the face of overwhelming evidence, this book is almost literary at times. Eastern Standard Tribe is a great introdution to the books of Cory Doctorow. The later stuff is even better, but all of it is thought provoking. The Diamond Age was so far ahead of its time that most of you haven't read it.
  • Where to start

    Seth Godin
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:24 am
    Start your first business this way: Begin with the smallest possible project in which someone will pay you money to solve a problem they know they have. Charge less than it's worth and more than it costs you. Repeat. You don't have to wait for perfect or large or revered or amazing. You can start.        
  • Retribution

    Seth Godin
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:57 am
    "He deserved it," is usually the explanation we hear for behavior that strikes us as unproductive, inhumane or counter-productive. The bully is always happy to point a finger at the person he hurt, to cast blame for his inexcusable actions. Retribution is a habit, usually a learned one. It's tit for tat, the instinct to punish. That's a very different posture than the one the productive professional takes. She says, "I choose to take actions that are effective." She chooses a response designed to produce the outcome she seeks, actions that work. We can react or respond, as my friend Zig used…
  • The annual plan construction set

    Seth Godin
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    It's that time of year, when big companies race to put together their annual plan for the coming year. These documents, even though they're now digital, involve thousands of hours of analog meetings and discussion and compromise. To save you time, here's a simple list you can use. Just pick one or more phrases, string them together using words like, "using," and a bit of reconjugation and you're on your way. Act in collaboration Break existing paradigms Commit to quality Define new aspirational goals Deliver on opportunities Develop and align talent Develop the optimal portfolio of…
  • What kind of customers do you want?

    Seth Godin
    14 Dec 2014 | 2:45 am
    Do you want customers (donors, backers, voters, members, vendors) who are: Litigious Price shoppers Loyal Bureaucratic Demonstrative Followers Leaders Luxury-focused Skittish Trusting Bottom fishers Eager Confident Easily amused Uncomfortable talking about money Part of the crowd Afraid Outliers Desperate Rich Easily distracted Secretive Joyful Here's the thing: you get what you reward. You attract the customers that respond to the way you act. You end up with what you tolerate. You build what your audience demands. You might not get the customers you deserve, but you will probably end up…
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  • You Can See Our Holiday Lights All the Way From Space

    Betsy Mason
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    SAN FRANCISCO—People love the holidays so much you can see it from space. Data collected by a satellite with a special nighttime sensor found that the glow from our collective light displays brightens many major U.S. cities as much as 50 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. A team led by NASA scientist Miguel […] The post You Can See Our Holiday Lights All the Way From Space appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Electrician Who Makes Bolts of ‘Lightning’ in His Basement

    Jordan G. Teicher
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    By day, Jacques Emery is a middle-aged electrician living in Martigny, Switzerland. By night, he descends into his basement, where a kind of magic happens. There amongst a sea of capacitors, resistors, diodes, and coils, he is transformed into something of a mad scientist, experimenting with the strange and beautiful power of electricity. Photographer Olivier […] The post The Electrician Who Makes Bolts of ‘Lightning’ in His Basement appeared first on WIRED.
  • As the Ruble Plummets, Apple Suspends Online Sales in Russia

    Klint Finley
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:47 pm
    Apple has suspended online sales in Russia, blaming extreme fluctuations in the value of the ruble. The post As the Ruble Plummets, Apple Suspends Online Sales in Russia appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Second Coming of D’Angelo Makes for an Extra-Nasty Playlist

    Peter Rubin
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:31 pm
    D'Angelo's Black Messiah is finally here. And it's glorious. If we could, we'd make it the entire playlist, this week, but we can't. The post The Second Coming of D’Angelo Makes for an Extra-Nasty Playlist appeared first on WIRED.
  • Can Wearables Bring Efficiency to the Enterprise?

    Valentine Matula, Avaya
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:38 pm
    It might be tempting to ignore wearables as some kind of geek fad, but businesses can’t risk ignoring how wearable technology is disrupting industries. On its own, Google Glass may not have generated the same mass consumer adoption that triggered corporate IT to accommodate BYOD or social media use, but Apple’s recent partnership with IBM […] The post Can Wearables Bring Efficiency to the Enterprise? appeared first on WIRED.
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  • Most Popular Posts on ProBlogger 2014: Writing Tips

    Stacey Roberts
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:51 am
    So useful content is king, and we need to provide it consistently. But how? And what if writing isn’t our strong suit? I always find that writing tips, guides, and productivity hacks score high in the interest scale of ProBlogger readers. These were the five most-read posts this year. 1. 6 Lessons in Writing Irresistibly Magnetic Blog Post Headlines We all know headlines are what can make or break your post: if your headline sucks, people just won’t read. This post has six ways to nail it, every time. Image via Flickr user Dan Patterson 2. 9 Crucial Tips for Self-Editing Your Blog…
  • Most Popular Posts on ProBlogger 2014: Social Media

    Stacey Roberts
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:37 am
    Social media and how to navigate it was, again, a big issue in 2014. Which platform is best? How do we use it effectively? Are we still using Google Plus? Where did everyone on Twitter go? These are the answers we found…   1. 5 Ways to Promote Your Blog Without Relying on Google Traffic As Darren has said before, putting all your eggs in the Google basket can be risky (and devastating – he almost lost his business). We learned how to boost our traffic without relying on the Google fallback. 2. How to Socialize Your Posts for Maximum Effect What’s the point of promoting…
  • Most Popular Posts on ProBlogger 2014: Creating Content

    Stacey Roberts
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:51 am
    Content is King, as they say (or is it?!) so it’s no wonder that this topic was one of the most popular this year. Write great, useful content and promote it well – it’s the baseline for a successful blog. Which of these top five posts resonates with you? 1. How to Consistently Come up with Great Post Ideas for Your Blog Part of our Creating Content Theme Week, a behemoth post of advice that will mean you will never be stuck for a post idea again. 2. How to Promote Your Blog with Content that Will Grow Your Traffic, Links, and Shares It’s everything you want in one…
  • Most Popular Posts on ProBlogger 2014: Monetization

    Stacey Roberts
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:03 am
    We’ve covered so much ground here on ProBlogger this year, and much of it about monetization – here are the top five posts this year in that category. Have you made the changes you read about in these posts? Which ones did you miss? Take this chance now to catch up – or pin it for future reference. Image via Flickr user Susy Morris 1. Making the Impossible Possible: How I Created a Full-Time Blogging Income with No Qualifications It seems like Stacey Corrin’s story of turning her passion into profit in just three months was a hit with you guys. And who can blame it…
  • New Facebook Changes: Target your Audience Effectively

    Stacey Roberts
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:44 am
      If you are one of the many people confused by Facebook and its ever-changing algorithms, you’ll be pleased to know they’ve recently made some favourable changes to their operating system. I see it everywhere – bloggers desperately trying to reach their Facebook audience, and being thwarted at every turn. Facebook has been experimenting a lot this year with delivering the best, most tailored newsfeed to its users, but at the cost of our readers seeing posts. We dedicated an entire week to decoding Facebook earlier this year – from sticking with organic reach practises to…
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  • Most Popular Android Downloads and Posts of 2014

    Eric Ravenscraft
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Lollipop. Material Design. Android Wear. 2014 has been a huge year for Google's favorite OS. That gives us plenty of new stuff to tinker with. Here are some of our best posts on the topic from the past year.Read more...
  • Limit Kids to This List to Keep Their Holiday Gifts in Check

    Heather Yamada-Hosley
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    If you have kids with a mile-long wish list, you know it can be tough to narrow it down. suggests you ask your child to pick "something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read."Read more...
  • Hit the Open Road with These Road Trip Wallpapers

    Eric Ravenscraft
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Road trips are an excellent time to take in the scenery and experience new vistas (no, not that one). As such, they're an excellent source of beautiful imagery you can add to your desktop. Read more...
  • Make Homemade Food Coloring with Common Fruits and Vegetables

    Patrick Allan
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:30 pm
    If you're trying to get away from chemicals and artificial food colors, you can make dyes at home using fruits and vegetables you can pick up at the grocery store or farmer's market.Read more...
  • Most Popular Car Comparison Site: Edmunds

    Alan Henry
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:15 pm
    When you're shopping for a new or used vehicle, it helps to do your homework. Last week we asked you for the best car comparison sites , then took at look at the five best car comparison sites and put them to a vote. Now we're back to highlight your favorite. Read more...
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors

  • Apple's (Product) RED Holiday Campaign Raised $20 Million to Fight AIDS

    Juli Clover
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:09 pm
    For this year's World AIDS Day campaign, Apple ran several (Product) RED promotions, providing a (RED) section in the App Store and donating a portion of all retail and online sales from Friday, November 28 and Monday, December 1. According to an email Apple CEO Tim Cook sent out to Apple employees (via Re/code), the campaign was a huge success, earning more than $20 million for the (Product) RED charity, which uses its funds to fight AIDS in Africa. "I'm thrilled to announce that our total donation for this quarter will be more than $20 million -- our biggest ever -- bringing the…
  • Job Listing Confirms Apple Pay Expansion is Underway, Led by London Team

    Juli Clover
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Apple's newly introduced payment initiative Apple Pay is currently only available in the United States, but the company has said that it is "working hard" to bring the feature to additional countries. A new job listing for an Apple Pay Intern via iClarified) seemingly confirms Apple's efforts to expand its payments service, stating that Apple Pay is "set to expand across Europe, Middle East, India, and Africa." According to the job posting, the Apple Pay intern will join a London-based Apple Pay team that will facilitate the rollout of Apple pay to various countries by working with "Issuers,…
  • Judge Rules Steve Jobs Deposition Video Will Not See Public Release

    Juli Clover
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:37 pm
    The Steve Jobs deposition video that played a key role in the iPod antitrust trial Apple faced in court last week will not see a public release, ruled by District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers. In a filing released today (via AppleInsider), the judge denied a request issued by several major news outlets last week, including CNN, Bloomberg, and the Associated Press. The news agencies had filed a motion to have the deposition video, which was filmed just six months before Steve Jobs' death, released to the public. Citing past precedent of a decision made by the Eighth Circuit court in a…
  • Apple Allows 'Drafts' App to Reinstate Notification Center Widget

    Juli Clover
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Earlier this month, Apple asked note-taking app Drafts to remove its Notification Center widget, which offered simple tools for opening up the Drafts app and creating a new note. At the time, the removal request seemed highly questionable, because a multitude of apps with Notification Center widgets, including other note-taking apps like Evernote, provide similar functions. As it has done with several other overly zealous removal requests, Apple has reexamined the Drafts widget and has reversed course once more, allowing the Drafts app to retain its Notification Center widget. In a new 4.0.6…
  • Apple Shares Behind the Scenes Look at New Holiday Ad 'The Song'

    Juli Clover
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:58 am
    Over the weekend, Apple released a touching new holiday ad called "The Song," focusing on a woman who found an old record of her grandmother singing a love song to her grandfather, which she then enhanced with her own vocals and musical accompaniments using Apple's tools. Apple has now released a second video, which offers details on how the spot was created. As explained by the musician who starred the ad, Dana Williams, and vocalist Rhiannon Giddens, a series of recordings were made with a voice-o-graph, a 1940's booth for recording short spurts of audio directly onto a record. The…
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  • Who is Chris Brogan

    Chris Brogan
    13 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    You know, sometimes I take it for granted that you know who I am. I thought I’d share. Continue ReadingThe post Who is Chris Brogan appeared first on
  • Shine Your Own Bat Signal

    Chris Brogan
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    It’s our job to be storytellers of what we do for the world, and who we seek, and how we’ll help them. If you’re not taking your opportunity to help, to connect, to build the storyline that will guide people to understand what you have that can help them, you’re missing your chance. Shine Your Own Bat Signal Think of the immense opportunity. We used to have to beg or buy our way into the newspaper. Can you imagine doing that these days? And yet, when you’re given the chance to address the world, to tell an interesting story, to do anything that will build some…
  • Best Apps and Software of 2014

    Chris Brogan
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:10 pm
    If you know me, you know that this list won’t be your typical. I don’t care which software most people use. But I do have some thoughts on the matter as it applies to doing business. See, that’s always been the angle. I’m not into the tech. I’m into what the tech helps us DO. And to that end, I do have some opinions on what you should fire up on your phone and tablet and laptop and use more often. Continue ReadingThe post Best Apps and Software of 2014 appeared first on
  • Become a Bigger You

    Chris Brogan
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    On a recent trip to Las Vegas, I found myself observing many people who were dressed for their nights on the town as if they were starring in a movie or TV show about Vegas. They wore shiny faux-gold sunglasses at night (pretty sure they don’t do this at home). They left three or so buttons undone on their shirts (can you imagine that kind of look at your office?). They wore little black dresses and super high heels and they carried purses that glittered like warfare. As judgmental as I like to be, I am enamored with the idea because in all cases, people were allowing themselves to play, to…
  • Brown Fur Sweaters and Why I Wasted Over a Decade Mourning My Childhood’s Holiday Rituals

    Chris Brogan
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:48 am
    It’s the strangest thing: I’m sitting on a plane bound for Las Vegas where I’ll attend the premiere of a documentary that I participated in, and I am doing what I do mostly: observing people and their decisions. An older woman in the seat in front of me is on her iPad and using the in-flight wifi, a marvel of technology that allows us nearly unfettered access to the universe while at 30,000 feet! And here’s what she’s doing. She’s typed “brown fur sweater” into the search bar at . Continue ReadingThe post Brown Fur Sweaters and Why I Wasted Over a Decade…
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  • How to Create Simple Drawings to Clarify Your Ideas and Captivate Your Audience

    Mike Davenport and Henneke
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Struggling to find a stock image for your next blog post? You browse Flickr for ages. You settle on a picture that’s okay. You’d love to hire a professional illustrator, but you don’t have the budget. Not yet. Sometimes you wonder if a better source of images exists. What if you could create your own images to clarify your ideas? What if your custom images could make readers smile and draw them closer to you? Images that make you stand out online? Sound far-fetched? Read on and we’ll show you how anyone — even you — can draw images. No art school required.
  • Seth Godin on Stepping Up and Making it Happen

    Brian Clark
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Seth Godin is the author of 17 bestselling books. He’s the founder of email marketing pioneer Yoyodyne, and the charity-driven publishing platform Squidoo. And he’s the selfless dispenser of daily wisdom via the most popular marketing blog on the planet. But if you had to sum Seth up in one word, it might well be impresario. The classical definition of that word refers to a promoter, manager, or conductor of an opera or concert company. The modern definition, set forth by Seth himself when he’s teaching others about the prime entrepreneurial role of the connection economy,…
  • Adaptive Content: A Trend to Pay Attention to in 2015

    Jerod Morris
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Each new year seems to bring with it a new buzz term or two describing a concept that will change how we reach an audience, or how we build and grow a business. Some of these buzz terms pan out and become legitimate, long-term parts of the lexicon because they work and prove important. Others flash then fade like the pet rock. So the question now as we look ahead to 2015 is what buzz concept should you be paying attention to? Because if there is a concept that is starting to pick up steam, and will prove worthy, you’re going to want to get in on it at the ground floor. Well guess what?
  • Take Your Content Marketing to the Next Level at Authority Rainmaker (And Save)

    Brian Clark
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    The “what” and “why” phases of the content marketing revolution are over. To effectively gain and maintain your competitive advantage, you need a clear and concise strategy with the exact tactics to effectively execute. More than that, you need the best talent you can get. You’re tasked with finding and assessing the right strategic partners, content production pros, and technical resources to optimize the audience experience that builds your business. Enter Authority Rainmaker. Happening again this year in Denver, Colorado, it’s live content marketing training and networking…
  • Michael Hyatt on Building a Media Platform and Becoming a 10-Year Overnight Success

    Brian Clark
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Michael Hyatt is the former Chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, the seventh largest trade book publishing company in the U.S. In fact, Hyatt has been involved in the traditional publishing business his entire working life. Not the typical profile of a do-it-yourself blogger, right? And yet, in 2012 when Thomas Nelson was acquired by HarperCollins and Michael left his executive role, it was his 8-year-old blog that opened the door to an exciting and vibrant new chapter of his life. A blog that he toiled over in frustrating obscurity for many of those foundational years. It was the…
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  • Forensic software gets around Apple's iCloud security features

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:27 pm
    A Russian software company has updated its forensic software to work-around the security features Apple recently added to iCloud and increased what information can be extracted from the cloud storage service. Elcomsoft’s Phone Breaker software now supports the two-factor authentication process Apple added to iOS 8 in September for accessing iCloud, Vladimir Katalov, CEO of the Moscow company, said Wednesday in a blog post. The catch to using the software, which pulls files including photos, calendar information and call logs from iCloud, is that some information about the account is…
  • We review the new iMac with 5K Retina display in Macworld’s January Digital Edition

    17 Dec 2014 | 11:18 am
    Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld Digital Edition. Available as single copies or with a yearlong subscription, the Digital Edition comes in two forms: Enhanced and PDF. The Enhanced Edition has all the news, analysis, product reviews, and how-to’s, along with interactive features, videos, and slideshows—customized for consumption on your iPad. The PDF Edition is designed for your mobile device’s touchscreen to allow pinch…
  • Netflix says offline viewing 'is never going to happen'

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:29 am
    Don't get your hopes up for watching Netflix on an airplane anytime soon. Speaking to TechRadar, Netflix spokesman Cliff Edwards made clear that the streaming video service will never allow offline viewing. “It's never going to happen,” he said. Edwards said offline viewing was just a “short term fix for a bigger problem” of faster, more widespread Wi-Fi access. He expects that in five years, most people won't even care about offline downloads. It's a lovely sentiment, but it also seems like wishful thinking. Currently, most in-flight Wi-Fi on U.S. airlines is too slow for streaming…
  • Facebook turns on auto-enhancement for iOS photos

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:19 am
    There’s a reason Instagram now has more users than Twitter: The photo-sharing app turns your poorly lit images into filtered masterpieces. Facebook is now taking a cue from its subsidiary with a new feature that auto-enhances the photos you upload within the Facebook app for iOS.The changes are subtle and still give you control over the final result via a wand that appears on the lower left corner of the image. Tapping the wand reveals a slider that lets you amp up the enhancement or turn it way down. Many Facebook users won’t even notice that their uploads are being gussied up, which is…
  • Podcast: Apple gift guide of the air

    17 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    As we prepare for a richly deserved holiday break, we wrap up 2014 with suggestions for gifts you might like to give (or receive) as well as offer a look back at a few highlights of 2014. Thanks for listening and have a great end-of-year!Show notes We mention a lot of products in this podcast. Use these links to learn more about them. Time Capsule Waterfield Designs CitySlicker Portenzo Alano for iPad Air/iPad mini Kenu Stance TwelveSouth PlugBug Monoprice Lightning cables Olloclip iPhone lenses (which Chris inexplicably pronounced “olioclip”) Mophie PowerStation Plus Susie’s review of…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Freebie: Responsive And Mobile Icon Set (100 Icons, PNG, PSD)

    The Smashing Editorial
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:59 am
    This responsive and mobile-themed icon set, designed by the folks behind Iconshock91 and Designshock102, consists of 100 individual icons merging outlined as well as flat styles, all vectors built in Photoshop, in four transparent PNG image sizes and available in two color versions: a limited cold palette and a warm colorful one. The vector editable source files are included. Please note that this icon set is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported3. You may modify the size, color or shape of the icons. No attribution is required, however, reselling of bundles or individual…
  • Chartist.js, An Open-Source Library For Responsive Charts

    Gion Kunz
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:57 am
    The list of charting libraries for the web is already quite long, and you might ask yourself why we would need to make it any longer. Whenever you need to develop an application’s dashboard, embed some usage statistics or simply visualize some data, you will find yourself looking for a charting library that fits your needs. Chartist was developed for a very particular need: to create simple responsive charts. While other charting libraries do a great job of visualizing data, something is always missing to satisfy this simple yet demanding need. In this article, we’ll show you how to use…
  • Understanding Mobile Back End As A Service

    David Tucker
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:52 am
    What if you could create an entire back end for your mobile applications that was feature-complete in data synchronization, push-notification support, user management and file-handling before you even started building the mobile experience? What if it was architected in such a way that you could easily create new cross-platform native and web applications seamlessly on this back end? While this might sound like a fairy tale, it is exactly what providers of mobile back end as a service (MBaaS) are aiming to give app developers. It is up to you to determine whether that is true for the…
  • Design Principles: Visual Weight And Direction

    Steven Bradley
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:02 am
    Every element on a web page exerts a visual force that attracts the eye of the viewer. The greater the force, the more the eye is attracted. These forces also appear to act on other elements, imparting a visual direction to their potential movement and suggesting where you should look next. We refer to this force as visual weight1 and to the perceived direction of visual forces as visual direction. Both are important concepts to understand if you want to create hierarchy, flow, rhythm and balance in your composition. Note: This is the fourth post in a series on design principles. You can find…
  • Encrypting Blacklisted Words In WordPress With ROT13

    Agbonghama Collins
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:08 am
    Countless algorithms for encrypting data exist in computer science. One of the lesser known and less common encryptions is ROT13, a derivative of the Caesar cypher1 encryption technique. In this tutorial, we’ll learn about ROT13 encryption and how it works. We’ll see how text (or strings) can be programmatically encoded in ROT13 using PHP. Finally, we’ll code a WordPress plugin that scans a post for blacklisted words and replaces any in ROT13 encryption. If you own a blog on which multiple authors or certain group of people have the privilege of publishing posts, then a plugin that…
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  • Things that annoy North Korea

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:37 am
    North Korea's fury over the movie comedy "The Interview" appears to have taken the secretive state's oversensitivity to new extremes.
  • Expert: Didn't think they could do this

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:04 am
    North Korea has denied responsibility for the hack, but an analyst says, "in Pyongyang, they're probably popping the champagne corks."
  • Bizarre promo

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:01 am
    State TV has released a Hollywood-like trailer for Russian President Putin's upcoming speech. CNN's Jim Clancy reports.
  • Putin's problems getting worse

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:01 am
    What would you do if you were Vladimir Putin? What would you do if you were a Russian citizen?
  • Putin: 'The bear never asks permission'

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Russian President Vladimir Putin is giving his annual speech and press conference, and state media promoted it with an epic clip featuring tanks, crying children and plenty of the man himself.
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    8 Krazy Deals Today is day 7 of our 8 Krazy Deals, and for today’s deal we’re offering a KelbyOne Annual Membership Plan with Bonus! In addition to your full year of all access to KelbyOne online training and all of the things that come with it, you’ll also get a free portfolio review from industry professionals! For more info, check it out right here.Photographing Groups: Small to Large with Tony Corbell Our newest class is by none other than Tony Corbell! Tony has photographed three U.S. presidents, 185 World Leaders, 65 Nigerian Heads of State, about 600 brides and…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Bill Fortney!

    Brad Moore
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The Season For Giving Since it is approaching Christmas, you may think this is an blog entry about Christmas gift giving, but it’s actually not!Let me start with a funny story! You may have heard Scott Kelby refer to me as “Bill Fortney – A Man Barely Alive!”  and wondered what that is all about? Well let me give you the back story. I met Scott about a dozen years ago when I worked for Nikon and called on him as a client. We went on to become great friends! My father died at age 66 and I was in my mid to late fifties when I met Scott. I guess I thought with heredity and all I…
  • Help Us Welcome “The New Guy” at KelbyOne, Julio Aguilar

    Scott Kelby
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    Hi gang, meet Julio. He’s a little shy in the video above (after all, it’s just his first day), but he’s an awesome guy (we’ve been working with him for about a year – he helps out on complex shoots and assists the instructors that come here with location shoots and stuff while they’re taping classes for KelbyOne). He’s an event/portrait photographer himself, and he’s joining our team full-time as chief editor, fancy-pants blog specialist, and big kahuna of content on the just-launched KelbyOne blog, where you’ll find him every day…
  • Dear “Twitter Clause” – Can I Please Get These Four Things For Christmas? (or at least for 2015)

    Scott Kelby
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    I really like Twitter a bunch. I do. Super Dig it! That being  said, I could totally and utterly “love” Twitter…if somehow for Christmas (or maybe just for 2015) Twitter added these four things that I believe would revolutionize, re-engerize, and just do a lot of awful lot of good all around. Here goes:(1) Stop penalizing me for including a photo with my Tweets You send me emails telling me how awesome it is to add images to my tweets. You show me stats which show that each tweet with a photo is likely to get so many more retweets and favorites, it’s just crazy. But then…
  • Field Report on the New Canon 100-400mm f/4.5 – f/5.6 USM II

    Scott Kelby
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    A few weeks back I got a chance to try out a pre-production model of Canon’s new 100-400mm f/4.5 – f/5.6 USM II lens shooting on the sidelines for an NFL game (Eagles vs. Titans) up at Lincoln Financial Field in Philly, and I thought I’d deliver a field report here in a quick Q&A format. It’s not a technical look or in-depth review, just my initial thoughts after shooting it for a game. Here ya go:Q. How is the physical size of the lens? A. It’s really close to the size of Canon’s 70-200mm. It’s just a little bit wider but I was surprised to see…
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    Digital Photography School

  • 15 Project Ideas to Spark Your Creativity

    Nancy Young
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    Photography has never been as popular as it is today. People of all ages learn photography in various schools and online universities, and lots of talented photographers have a wonderful opportunity to reveal themselves not only as artists, but also as teachers. By Alex Eylar Like all creatives, photographers can sometimes experience creative block or a lack of interesting ideas, no matter what side of the school desk they are sitting on. One way for photography mentors and teachers to fight this problem is through the use of creative assignments. In this article I’ve put together 15…
  • Using Rain Puddles to Create Unique Reflection Photos

    Nick Fancher
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Implementing water into a shoot ratchets up the drama in the images but also the difficulty in the execution. I equate the learning curve of lighting water to learning how to light metal objects and other reflective surfaces. It’s not a quick learn, so be patient with yourself. Rain puddles are awesome. I bet you never thought to run out after it rained to hunt for decent puddles. But as you can see in the image below, that’s exactly what I was working with. Since the product I was shooting was a cologne bottle, which is rather small, the puddle didn’t need to be very wide…
  • Deal 5: Your Guide to Natural Light Photography for $7 (65% off)

    Darren Rowse
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:31 am
    On the 5th day of Christmas dPS gave to me… another amazing $7 eBook and bundle option! Yesterday saw our servers pushed to their limit with a $7 USD eBook deal so today we’ve decided to roll our best selling eBooks of all time at that sweet price of… $7. That eBook is… Natural Light: Mastering a Photographer’s Most Powerful Tool by renowned travel photographer Mitchell Kanashkevich. Natural Light is one of the best guides on the market written specifically with beginner to intermediate photographers in mind. Written in easy to understand language, this eBook…
  • Architectural Photography Using Layer Masking to Correct Contrast and White Balance

    Samantha Decker
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    A challenging nighttime scene was overcome with multiple exposures and layer masking. Blending indoors and outdoors in architectural photography can often create a compelling image. Unfortunately, however, it is often fraught with exposure and white balance issues. These issues are compounded at night, when artificial lights inside buildings coupled with the darkness of the night sky create an especially contrasty image with an unattractive colorcast created by the different light sources. Luckily, with multiple exposures and layer masking in Photoshop, you can create a photo that looks a lot…
  • Shooting Motorsports with a Micro Four Thirds Camera

    Ken Lyons
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Can you use micro four thirds or other mirrorless cameras to photograph motorsports? Well, the answer is a resounding YES, but with some caveats. You can certainly make good and interesting images using any camera at a motorsport event. All of the images in this article were made with either a Fujifilm X100S or an Olympus OMD EM-5 and two lenses – the m.Zuiko 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 and the m.Zuiko 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II. Planning Perhaps one of the most important things to consider when you intend to photograph motorsports with a micro four thirds camera is the pre-planning you need to do…
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    TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004 RSS Feed

  • X-Plane 10 is out for iOS and it is terrific

    Mel Martin
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    X-Plane is the premier flight simulator for Mac, Windows and Linux computers as well as iOS. It's accurate enough to have received FAA certification for some phases of flight training, and TUAW editor Steve Sande even mentioned seeing airline pilots ...
  • New job posting points to Apple Pay expansion across the globe

    Yoni Heisler
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Though Apple Pay initially debuted as a U.S.-only service, Apple executives haven't exactly been shy about their desire to expand the service into other parts of the world. In a sign that such efforts are picking up steam, iClarified spotted a recent...
  • Pad & Quill's Bella Fino wallet case for iPhone 6 Plus

    Steven Sande
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Yesterday I reviewed the Twelve South BookBook for iPhone 6 Plus and loved it; today, we're going to take a look at how another case manufacturer handles the big iPhone with leather. That manufacturer is Pad & Quill, and the case is the Bella Fino fo...
  • Petcube: Watch and play with your pet when you're away

    Mel Martin
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Petcube (US$199.00) is a webcam with a difference. It is aimed at pet owners who want to keep track of their pets, communicate with them, and even play with them when you are away. Who doesn't wonder how their dog, cat or bird is doing when you are a...
  • This stunning 4K video was captured with an iPhone 6

    Mike Wehner
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The iPhone 6 twins are 4K capable, but so far the apps that claim to record video in such an ultra-sharp resolution have fallen a bit short of perfection. This clip, captured with the ProCam 2 app and a steady hand, is the best iPhone 6 4K video we'v...
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  • 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 »
  • On Assignment: Ben Lurye

    6 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    To some a foot bridge abutment, to others a studio. I've long kept a picture file of versatile nearby locations for photographing people. This foot bridge abutment on Columbia Road about two miles from my house is a great example, and it actually gets used a lot.Above it's seen in normal daylight. But with the right light it offers so many different looks. Read more »
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (

  • Think Tank launches Airport Helipak for Phantom Quadcopter

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Camera bag manufacturer Think Tank Photo has announced a backpack designed specifically for photographers using Phantom Quadcopters paired with GoPro cameras. The Airport Helipak is said to accommodate DJI Phantom 2, Phantom 2 Vision or similar quadcopters with their accessories, along with a 15-inch laptop, small cameras such as GoPros, and personal effects. Read more
  • 2014 Holiday Gift Guides

    17 Dec 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Stumped for a gift for your favorite photographer? Or maybe you came in under budget on your holiday shopping and you have just enough left over for a little something for yourself? Either way, we've got some suggestions. Our holiday gift guides cover gifts in three price categories - $25-100, $100-500, $500 and up - to help you find the right present at the right price. Click through for links to all three guides
  • Canon updates Digital Photo Professional to version 4.1.50

    17 Dec 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Canon has updated its Digital Photo Professional 4 (DPP) software to version 4.1.50. The update brings support for a couple of new lenses and several camera models, improvements to multiple functions, and compatibility with 64-bit native environments, among other things. The newest version, says Canon, incorporates feedback from both APS-C and older full-frame owners eager for 'the very latest Raw workflow solution'. Read more
  • 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: $25-100

    17 Dec 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Photographers are a hard lot to shop for. While it's tempting to pick up a gift card from your local camera shop and call it a day, we've done some digging and come up with photo-related gift ideas for photographers of all skill and aspiration levels. If you're looking for something stocking-sized (and priced) our guide will put a smile on the face of your favorite photographer. 
  • 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: $500 and up

    17 Dec 2014 | 1:03 pm
    If the photographer in your life is the kind that already has everything, it might be time to pull out all of the stops. From neat new gadgets to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, the gifts in this guide will wow any photographer.
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Follow-up to Yesterday’s Lightroom Mobile Post From Lightroom Guru Rob Sylvan (Matt Kloskowski)
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:32 am
    [Hi Gang: Yesterday when I did my Lightroom Mobile post, Rob was kind enough to drop in with answers to some questions folks had about how Lightroom Mobile handles the transfer of files, in particular Raw files, and his answers were so helpful that I invited him to dig in a little deeper today with a follow-up post of his own. Many thanks to Rob for taking the time, and for being such an awesome part of the overall Lightroom community. -Scott] Greetings! Scott was kind enough to offer me the opportunity to do a follow up to his post from yesterday where he demonstrated his [link=  for…
  • My Workflow For Using Lightroom Mobile In The Studio (Matt Kloskowski)
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:03 am
    Morning everybody (and sorry for the late post. I had some technical issues this morning). Anyway, here’s a short video from a live shoot on how I use Lightroom Mobile in my workflow, and in particular (during this live shoot), I show how to set up Lightroom Mobile to not only get the images from your live shoot direct to an iPad (so a client, art director or assistant in the studio can see your best shots as they come in), but I also show how to set it up to where anyone anywhere can follow your shoot live as it happens. It’s really a pretty cool little set-up. Right after I…
  • Adobe Releases Update to Lightroom (mostly new lens profiles) (Matt Kloskowski)
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:04 am
    Adobe has released Lightroom Version 5.7.1 which includes mostly new lens profiles, and support for the new Sony A7 Mark II, plus a minor bug fix. You can download the update here: Mac: (download link) PC: (download link) Best, -Scott The post Adobe Releases Update to Lightroom (mostly new lens profiles) appeared first on Lightroom Killer Tips.
  • Creating Back-screened Images in Lightroom (Matt Kloskowski)
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    Back-screening is a popular method of taking a full color image and lightening it so dramatically that you can easily put text over it and have it be clearly readable, or add another smaller inset photo on top of it and have it stand out, etc.. You’ll see this used a lot for the title slide of a slideshow or maybe in a wedding book, or just for an effect. You start in the Develop module but finish in the Print Module where you can save your image as a JPEG and then reimport it and use it anywhere (from a photo book to a print to a slideshow — all in Lightroom). Here’s how: STEP…
  • Awesome Lightroom Tip For Sports Photographers (who use Macs) (Matt Kloskowski)
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    My workflow for sports photography uses the same two programs that I see most of the other guys working pro games use: Photo Mechanic and Lightroom (or Photoshop). I could do an entire post on why Photo Mechanic is so awesome, but for today’s tip, I just want to focus on one of it’s features and how to use a workaround to get something similar into your Lightroom-Only workflow (for Mac users only — more on why in a moment). First, the Photo Mechanic Feature When you’re covering a pro-game, getting your images up to the wire quickly is absolutely imperative, and so many…
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Apple Reminds Developers About February 64-Bit Support Deadline for Newly Submitted iOS Apps

    Juli Clover
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:29 am
    Apple today began sending out emails to developers, reminding them that as of February 1, 2015, all apps submitted to the App Store need to be built with the iOS 8 software development kit and include 64-bit support. Developers were first informed of the upcoming rules back in October, after the release of iOS 8 and the iPhone 6/6 Plus. The email also states that as of June 1, 2015, all app updates submitted to the App Store will need to adhere to the same requirements, giving the company a way to make sure all current apps take advantage of 64-bit support and are iOS 8 compliant. The shift…
  • Netflix Executive: Offline Viewing 'Never Going to Happen'

    Kelly Hodgkins
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:22 am
    Netflix customers hoping for offline viewing on their iPad or iPhone may have to wait indefinitely for the feature to be supported by the streaming service. Speaking to TechRadar, Netflix director of corporate communications and technology Cliff Edwards said offline viewing is "never going to happen." Edwards asserts that offline viewing is a "short term fix" that doesn't address the bigger issue of sparse public Wi-Fi access. In the next five years, Edwards believes the expansion of public Wi-Fi and cellular coverage will make the idea of offline viewing obsolete. With a ubiquitous Internet…
  • Apple Temporarily Halts Online Sales in Russia Due to 'Extremely Sharp' Ruble Fluctuations

    Juli Clover
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:16 am
    Apple has temporarily halted online sales in Russia due to fluctuations in the value of the ruble, reports Bloomberg. The online store will be down until Apple is able to revise its prices in the country."Our online store in Russia is currently unavailable while we review pricing," Alan Hely, a spokesman for the Cupertino, California-based company, said today in an e-mailed statement. "We apologize to customers for any inconvenience."Similarly, an Apple spokesperson told Russian site that the store was offline due to "extremely sharp" fluctuations of the Russian ruble. As of right…
  • Instagram for iOS Gains Five New Filters, Slo-Mo Video Uploads

    Juli Clover
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:29 am
    For the first time in two years, the Instagram app for iOS has been updated with all new filters. Added today, Slumber, Crema, Ludwig, Perpetua, and Aden are subtle filters that are designed to slightly enhance photos without overwhelming effects. According to Instagram, early filters were designed to compensate for lower image quality, while the filters released today take into account higher image quality while providing tools to capture the mood of a moment. Inspired by the photography, art, fashion and design of the global Instagram community, we're releasing five new filters that we…
  • 'Launch Center Pro' Developer Releases Quick Messaging Apps 'Group Text+' and 'Email+'

    Richard Padilla
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:01 am
    Launch Center Pro developer Contrast today launched Group Text+ and Email+, two apps for quickly creating messages and emails by using shortcuts for adding contacts, groups, images, and more. Both apps work similarly to Launch Center Pro, with Contrast touting a "simplified" and "refined" interface for easily composing messages with shortcuts. For example, a Group Text+ user can quickly send an iMessage or SMS message sharing a location by tapping a few contacts, tapping a shortcut to add the location, and tapping a camera shortcut to take a photo of the location. Users can also send animated…
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