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  • 10 hours of walking through a small Provencal town as Belle from “Beauty and the Beast” [video]

    Holy Kaw!
    Josh Urich
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Well, it's finally happened. The "10 hours" fad has reached your favorite Disney cartoons. Fortunately, this catcalling/Beauty and the Beast mashup is hilarious. Here's what it's like to walk through a small Provencal town as Belle. The post 10 hours of walking through a small Provencal town as Belle from “Beauty and the Beast” [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Why Eddie Redmayne feared Stephen Hawking before 'Theory of Everything'

    Mashable
    Brian Anthony Hernandez
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:31 pm
    NEW YORK CITY — The sunlight glare reflecting off Eddie Redmayne's silver wristwatch bounces around the hotel room as he recounts meeting Stephen Hawking. In The Theory of Everything, Redmayne's transformation from the young, agile Hawking into the wheelchair-bound astrophysicist living with motor-neuron disease is well-worthy of an Oscar nomination. Unlike his polished watch, the role is gritty, one he remembers spending four months preparing for physically before visiting Hawking's home in Cambridge, England See also: 'The Theory of Everything': Eddie Redmayne's Big Oscar Bang in…
  • Uber's Woes Could Be A Boon For Lyft

    Fast Company
    Peter Wade
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Lyft says it had a record number of rides last week, while Uber's rumored to get record financing.It would be an understatement to say last week was not a good one for Uber. Its CEO made callous remarks about customer privacy, sparking a firestorm of bad publicity and reports on the company's "frat house ideology" and trust problem. Then one of its execs was loose-lipped about plans to dig up dirt on Uber critics, prompting a user-generated campaign to delete the app. Not surprisingly, bad news for Uber appears to be good news for competitor Lyft, which claims it gave a record number of rides…
  • Mobile Marketplace Carousell Raises $6M Series A Led By Sequoia Capital

    TechCrunch
    Catherine Shu
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:32 pm
     Carousell, a mobile app marketplace that lets sellers upload items with a few taps on their smartphones, has raised $6 million Series A funding led by Sequoia Capital. The Singaporean startup’s existing investors, Rakuten Ventures, Golden Gate Ventures, 500 Startups, and serial entrepreneur Darius Cheung, also returned for this round, which brings Carousell’s total raised so far… Read More
  • The last minute glitch

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:55 am
    I got a note from Joni Mitchell yesterday.  Well, not just me. Everyone who got her new boxed set got the note. The note takes responsibility for some of the tracks on the CD not matching the order of the liner notes. Apparently, the brilliant artist needed more time, and cared enough about her work to re-arrange it until the last minute, and was brave enough to speak up and take responsibility. So, it's not just you. The last minute looms large. The glitch is in how we define the last minute. We can't make the feeling go away, but we can be clear about when the last minute…
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  • 10 hours of walking through a small Provencal town as Belle from “Beauty and the Beast” [video]

    Josh Urich
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Well, it's finally happened. The "10 hours" fad has reached your favorite Disney cartoons. Fortunately, this catcalling/Beauty and the Beast mashup is hilarious. Here's what it's like to walk through a small Provencal town as Belle. The post 10 hours of walking through a small Provencal town as Belle from “Beauty and the Beast” [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Teddy on a treadmill [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Funny, you can almost hear her thinking "I'm not going anywhere, am I?" The post Teddy on a treadmill [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Hilarious biker gang themed musical is funny beyond words [video]

    Josh Urich
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The moment you start this biker gang themed musical you won't be able to stop. Of course, it's a British video with a biker gang theme, so there's a bit of foul language and adult content. But the music is just so cute! The post Hilarious biker gang themed musical is funny beyond words [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 12 tunes to get you in the Thanksgiving spirit [videos]

    Kate Rinsema
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Need a little something to get you in the mood for Thanksgiving? Queue up these twelve suggestions from Flavorwire's Jillian Mapes as you head to wherever you're going to groove into a grateful state of mind. The post 12 tunes to get you in the Thanksgiving spirit [videos] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Here’s Everything You Need for Your Black Friday Battle Plan

    Jason Lankow
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:02 pm
    The holidays bring out the best (and sometimes the worst) in everyone, particularly the day after we stuff ourselves full of tryptophan and cranberry sauce. This annual day of consumer mania is also known as Black Friday, and now, Cyber Monday. Lucky for you, we’ve crunched the numbers on everybody’s favorite pre-Yuletide frenzy and provided some … The post Here’s Everything You Need for Your Black Friday Battle Plan appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
 
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    Mashable

  • Why Eddie Redmayne feared Stephen Hawking before 'Theory of Everything'

    Brian Anthony Hernandez
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:31 pm
    NEW YORK CITY — The sunlight glare reflecting off Eddie Redmayne's silver wristwatch bounces around the hotel room as he recounts meeting Stephen Hawking. In The Theory of Everything, Redmayne's transformation from the young, agile Hawking into the wheelchair-bound astrophysicist living with motor-neuron disease is well-worthy of an Oscar nomination. Unlike his polished watch, the role is gritty, one he remembers spending four months preparing for physically before visiting Hawking's home in Cambridge, England See also: 'The Theory of Everything': Eddie Redmayne's Big Oscar Bang in…
  • JetBlue, Zappos surprise Thanksgiving travelers with baggage claim prizes

    Jessica Plautz
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Travelers arriving to terminal 5 at New York's John F. Kennedy airport on Wednesday got a surprise: JetBlue and Zappos teamed up to turn baggage claim into a prize game and created a cheering section to welcome everyone arriving to New York The holiday season airport surprise is becoming a veritable tradition: Last year JetBlue launched a campaign to grant Christmas wishes to stranded passengers. See also: Day before Thanksgiving is a busy travel day — but not the busiest That campaign did not spread as widely as one by WestJet, however, which surprised several holiday travelers last…
  • 11 people who keep America running by going to work on Thanksgiving

    Patrick Kulp
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:37 pm
    While much of the population will be lazing around at home eating turkey this Thursday as businesses across the country are shuttered for Thanksgiving, others will be spending the day at work. Mashable sent photojournalist Natalie Keyssar to talk to some of the shopkeepers, bartenders, cab drivers, waiters, police officers and others who will spend Thanksgiving on the job and see how they cope with working through the holiday. See also: San Francisco's 'wishing tree' grows holiday hopes and dreams And for the most part, they don't seem to mind it too much. Some say they could use the overtime…
  • AR-15 rifle stolen from torched police car during Ferguson protest

    Jenni Ryall
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:30 pm
    An AR-15 rifle was stolen from a police car torched in Monday night's Ferguson unrest, St. Louis County police said. When a police car was torched in the evening, the rioters stole the powerful rifle from a rack it was stored in, Sgt. Brian Schellman told stltoday.com Wednesday. Around the same time, another police car was also set on fire. See also: Londoners chant 'hands up don't shoot' as Ferguson protests spread to Europe Police use pepper spray to disperse crowds after they torch patrol car by Ferguson city hall http://t.co/JG7LJ0mky5 pic.twitter.com/D6K2kUfQ40 — KTLA (@KTLA)…
  • This humongous Lego Christmas tree in Sydney is a crowd stopper

    Jenni Ryall
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:47 pm
    Just when you thought Christmas couldn't get any better, along comes a Lego Christmas tree. The 10-metre tall tree is stopping pedestrians and office workers in their tracks in Pitt Street Mall, Sydney. The tree took five people, 1,200 hours and half a million bricks to make it the tallest Lego tree in the Southern Hemisphere. It also has baubles the size of basketballs and features a unique Aussie touch by incorporating a koala and Santa with a surfboard. See also: 15-Year-Old Lego Genius Animates Movie Scenes in Brick Form If the Lego feature alone doesn't get you excited (coal for you),…
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  • Uber's Woes Could Be A Boon For Lyft

    Peter Wade
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Lyft says it had a record number of rides last week, while Uber's rumored to get record financing.It would be an understatement to say last week was not a good one for Uber. Its CEO made callous remarks about customer privacy, sparking a firestorm of bad publicity and reports on the company's "frat house ideology" and trust problem. Then one of its execs was loose-lipped about plans to dig up dirt on Uber critics, prompting a user-generated campaign to delete the app. Not surprisingly, bad news for Uber appears to be good news for competitor Lyft, which claims it gave a record number of rides…
  • Buyer's Guide: The Best Air Purifier

    Michael Zhao
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Looking for an air purifier that's quiet, affordable, and effective? The Sweethome tests nine models.It took 100 hours of research and testing conducted by an airborne particle physicist and former NOAA scientist using $100,000+ of equipment to find the best air purifier for most people: The $250 Coway AP-1512HH Mighty. It's as effective at removing particulate contaminants (such as pollen, spores, smoke, and dust) as machines over twice its size and costing twice as much. But the best air purifier for you personally depends on your specific needs, which is why we have other…
  • GoPro Is Reportedly Getting Into The Drone Business

    Chris Gayomali
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:20 pm
    The commercial drone industry could approach $2 billion by 2020.Once upon a time, if you wanted aerial footage from a GoPro, you had to attach the camcorder to a hobby drone from a company like Parrot or DJI. An eagle would also do in a pinch. Now, according to the Wall Street Journal, it looks like GoPro is developing its own line of of commercial drones to sell directly to consumers.Read Full Story
  • Twitter Wants To Spy On Your Mobile Apps

    David Matthews
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:10 pm
    New update lets Twitter gather more data for advertisers.Twitter claims to be making yet another change to give users better content recommendations—and give itself more information to sell ads. Recently, it started showing users tweets they might enjoy from accounts they do not follow. Twitter's next step to make this function better? Finding out which other apps a user has on their smartphone.Read Full Story
  • How Uber Is Making One Design Firm's Life A Living Hell

    John Brownlee
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:45 am
    Just another day in the office for the beleagured startup.Uber has its fair share of problems right now. The CEO allegedly said that Uber should be called Boober for its ability to get him laid. The upper management can spy on the trips of its users with a privacy-busting "God View" app. The senior vice president has suggested hiring a smear team to discredit journalists who write negative coverage about the company. They price-gouge their customers when they need them most, and they place orders for fake rides on their competitors' services just to screw them.Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Mobile Marketplace Carousell Raises $6M Series A Led By Sequoia Capital

    Catherine Shu
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:32 pm
     Carousell, a mobile app marketplace that lets sellers upload items with a few taps on their smartphones, has raised $6 million Series A funding led by Sequoia Capital. The Singaporean startup’s existing investors, Rakuten Ventures, Golden Gate Ventures, 500 Startups, and serial entrepreneur Darius Cheung, also returned for this round, which brings Carousell’s total raised so far… Read More
  • Microsoft Appears To Pre-Announce Its Purchase Of Email Startup Acompli

    Alex Wilhelm
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:34 pm
     Whoops. Welcome to literal fait accompli. A short, unfinished blog listed as written by Microsoft corporate vice president Rajesh Jha hit the RSS wires earlier today. Here’s what it looked like:   It led to the following URL: http://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2014/11/25/microsoft-acquires-acompli/. In case you missed it, the URL slug says “Microsoft Acquires Acompli.”… Read More
  • 9 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    Anna Escher
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:54 pm
     It’s been a shorter week because we’re heading out early for Thanksgiving festivities, but a newsworthy one nonetheless. We give you our best stories of the week (11/22-11/26). Read More
  • The Snowden Effect, Quantified

    Alex Wilhelm
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:09 pm
     The failure of the USA Freedom Act in the Senate earlier this month was a disappointment to many in favor of reforming the National Security Agency. The bill, far from perfect, and certainly incomplete in its scope was thought of by some as a possible first step. To others, it was a way for Congress to pass something that merely looked like reform. It didn’t advance after a procedural… Read More
  • Jigglist Lets You Find Places For Meetups Without Leaving Your Group Chat

    Kyle Russell
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
     Jigglist is a group chat app centered around finding places to go that are appropriate for the group that will attend. Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • The last minute glitch

    Seth Godin
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:55 am
    I got a note from Joni Mitchell yesterday.  Well, not just me. Everyone who got her new boxed set got the note. The note takes responsibility for some of the tracks on the CD not matching the order of the liner notes. Apparently, the brilliant artist needed more time, and cared enough about her work to re-arrange it until the last minute, and was brave enough to speak up and take responsibility. So, it's not just you. The last minute looms large. The glitch is in how we define the last minute. We can't make the feeling go away, but we can be clear about when the last minute…
  • A three-step marketing ladder

    Seth Godin
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:34 am
    Probably worth reviewing at your next marketing meeting (or every marketing meeting)... There's a three-step ladder: Awareness Education Action Awareness is when someone knows you exist. The knock-knock part of the knock-knock joke, the person who has another interest and trust to want to know more.  Awareness is sexy You don't need to be known by everyone (or even most people) merely the right ones Awareness probably isn't as much of your problem as you think it is Awareness-seeking is addictive (and easy to measure) Education is the story we tell, the transfer of information and…
  • Sign your work

    Seth Godin
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:52 am
    We expect authors, painters and singers to identify themselves, to sign the work they do. And surgeons and lawyers as well. What about managers, committee members, engineers and everyone else who makes something? Who made this policy? Who designed this menu? Who approved this project? If you're not proud of it, don't ship it. If you are, sign your work and own the results. We'll know who to thank. If you work for a place where work goes unsigned (internally, in particular) it's worth asking why.        
  • The jobs only you can do

    Seth Godin
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:51 am
    One of the milestones every entrepreneur passes is when she stops thinking of people she hires as expensive ("I could do that job for free") and starts thinking of them as cheap ("This frees me up to do something more profitable.") When you get rid of every job you do that could be done by someone else, something needs to fill your time. And what you discover is that you're imagining growth, building partnerships, rethinking the enterprise (working on your business instead of in it, as the emyth guys would say). Right now, you don't even see those jobs, because you're busy doing things that…
  • A little more than a bushel, a little bit less

    Seth Godin
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Marketing works best when the effort you put into it is a little more than you think you need and a lot more than the market expects from your project. And projects work best when the amount you need to get done is a little less than the resources you have available. Marketing rewards a taut system, a show of confidence, the ability to be where you need to be with a true story that works. Projects reward slack, the ability to keep your schedule and your quality, to watch the critical path and to make smart decisions. The common errors, then: Pick too big an arena for your marketing, and seem…
 
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    WIRED

  • Rural Pilots Won’t Be Happy About the FAA’s New Drone Rules

    Jordan Golson
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:37 pm
    If regulation is a good thing, considerate regulation is even better. The post Rural Pilots Won’t Be Happy About the FAA’s New Drone Rules appeared first on WIRED.
  • Twitter Plans to Peek at Your Apps to Serve You Targeted Ads

    Davey Alba
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Twitter will soon identify the other apps on your phone in an effort to personalize your experience on its service---i.e. serve you targeted ads. The post Twitter Plans to Peek at Your Apps to Serve You Targeted Ads appeared first on WIRED.
  • WIRED Binge-Watching Guide: The Office (UK Version)

    Brendan Klinkenberg
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:59 am
    The most influential comedy since Seinfeld doesn't take long to mainline, and is the cringiest, best time you'll ever have. The post WIRED Binge-Watching Guide: The Office (UK Version) appeared first on WIRED.
  • Video: F1 Drivers Race Through a Dubai Mall in Renault’s Tiny EV

    Alex Davies
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:29 am
    When you give F1 drivers a lightweight ride with plenty of power and free run of the enormous and nearly empty Dubai Mall, they can put on a show. The post Video: F1 Drivers Race Through a Dubai Mall in Renault’s Tiny EV appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Yawn Known as HR Gamification

    Anthony J. James, PageUp
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:21 am
    Is it just me or have we all been talking for a long time now about how gamification is going to revolutionize HR functions? While much of the research indicates that more businesses and brands are using gamification to drive greater engagement with consumers than ever before, most folks in HR are just scratching the surface […] The post The Yawn Known as HR Gamification appeared first on WIRED.
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  • Man Vs. Machine: Get Better Sales by Keeping Marketing Automation Human

    Guest Blogger
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:56 am
    Image via Flickr user Peyri Herrera This is a guest contribution from Veronica Taylor. Marketing automation without a human element is just a robot on autopilot. Before, during and after each automated campaign it is essential for real people to plan, edit and review. When campaigns aren’t working, they need to be tested and updated. Most people think of marketing automation as efficient yet impersonal. When used correctly, however, most automated marketing solutions now provide the possibility for highly targeted messages based on each customer’s personal interests, preferences…
  • 5 Sources of Ideas for My Blog Posts

    Darren Rowse
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:16 am
    On a recent webinar over at ProBlogger.com I was asked by John: “Where do you get your ideas for blog posts?” It’s a question we get a lot so I thought it might be a good one to write up here on the blog. Discuss: I’m also keen to hear your experience on the question because I’m very aware that my approach is just one of many ways to go about generating blog post ideas. 1. Questions from Readers Perhaps the #1 place I get inspiration for blog posts is the inspiration for this one – a question from a reader. As I look back at the most popular posts here on…
  • How to Use Google in the Most Unusual Way to Make Your Self-Editing Faster, and Better

    Guest Blogger
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:43 am
    This is a guest contribution from Karol K. You can read the first and second post in this mini series here and here.… “[...] then the evening came and she found herself sitting by the drawing board again, trying to [...]“ Um … wait a minute, is it “sitting by the drawing board” or “sitting at the drawing board”? Damn it, I never remember, and both sound okay to me! How do I check this?! … Oh, the struggles of every blogger attempting to edit their own work. There are thousands of expressions just like the one above, causing us problems on…
  • 5 Quick Questions with Robert Scoble: What Makes a Great Tech Blog?

    Stacey Roberts
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:08 am
    Robert Scoble is the brains behind the blog Scobleizer (which he’s just abandoned in favour of solely microblogging on Facebook), and a well-respected authority on social media, tech, and blogging. He has worked for Microsoft, and is currently with Rackspace. We were super-fortunate to grab a few minutes of his time to answer five questions about how to make your tech blog a success. What do you think are the essentials a tech blog should have in order to be successful? Define success! For some, it might be just getting an industry discussion going. Others might want to build a media…
  • Google Introducing ‘Mobile Friendly’ Tags in Search Results and Signal It Will Start Impacting Search Rankings

    Darren Rowse
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:06 am
    Over the last couple of years any blogger who has paid attention to their analytics will know that how people are reading blogs is changing. No longer are people simply arriving on your blog on their desktop computer or laptop but on tablets, mobile phones and more. Today I took a look at the change in how people arrive on my blog (Digital Photography School) over last 3 years. I doubt the results will surprise anyone. The growth in mobile/tablet traffic has been remarkable. When I look at the last period in the chart in more detail and look at just this month (November) the trend continues…
 
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  • The Distraction-Free Desktop

    Alan Henry
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    It may look like just a wallpaper, but reader DeviousDog put some work into making sure that it had just the right tools at hand and that all of the tempting distractions of his computer were far away while he was trying to work or study. Here's how you can do the same thing.Read more...
  • Freeze Your Tights to Make Them More Durable

    Heather Yamada-Hosley
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Tights can be very delicate and easy to ruin with a single snag. If you dampen them with water, then freeze before wearing them for the first time, they'll last longer.Read more...
  • Several of the Best Black Friday Action Cam Deals are Live Right Now

    Shep McAllister, Commerce Team on Deals, shared by Shep McAllister, Commerce Team to Lifehacker
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:40 pm
    No matter your budget, you have some great opportunities to score a new action cam this holiday season.Read more...
  • Leave on a Jet Plane with These Travel Wallpapers

    Alan Henry
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Many of us are hitting the road this week to visit family and friends for Thanksgiving, or just to go home for the holidays in general. Whether you're headed out or staying in, here are some scenic vistas you can use to dress up your desktop. Read more...
  • These Occupations Could Offer the Most Satisfying Careers

    Patrick Allan
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:30 pm
    We generally look for dream jobs that aren't overly stressful or pay really well, but there's another factor that should be considered: feeling like you make a difference. This list ranks over 200 different occupations not on how big the salary is, but on how meaningful these jobs feel to the people that work them.Read more...
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  • Apple Releases New iPhone 6 Ad: 'Voice Text'

    Husain Sumra
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Just a couple days after releasing the fifth and sixth iPhone 6 ads starring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake, Apple has released a seventh called "Voice Text". The new ad focuses on one of the new features introduced to iMessage in iOS 8, the ability to instantly send audio messages quickly and easily. The ad humorously highlights how voice messages can be used to better communication with friends, with examples pointing out how voice messages are good for sarcastic comments, singing and saying hard-to-spell words instead of typing them. Apple, so far, has released two new iPhone 6 ads at…
  • Apple Watch Marketing Page Updated With 'Timekeeping', 'New Ways to Connect', 'Health and Fitness' Pages

    Jordan Golson
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:38 pm
    The marketing website for the Apple Watch has been updated (via 9to5Mac) with additional details about how it functions as a watch, new ways that wearers will communicate, as well as more about the watch's health and fitness features. Apple's marketing team has also added new animations to the site, showing how the Apple Watch will move between screens and how some of the apps will work. Much of the basic information was already located on the Apple Watch site, but lots of it has been broken out with more information and detail. The new Timekeeping page reveals more about some of the watch…
  • MacMall Kicks Off Black Friday 2014 Sale on Macs, iPads and More

    Husain Sumra
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:57 am
    MacMall has kicked off its 60 hour Black Friday 2014 sale on an array of Apple products both online and in its retail stores. Deals will last through 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, November 28. MacMall will be discounting its stock of MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro computers by $50 to $200, depending on configuration. Unlike other resellers, MacMall offers Apple computers with a variety of custom configurations, similar to the online Apple Store. MacMall is also offering the Mac Pro for up to $600 off, the Mac mini for up to $60 off, and the iMac for up to $120…
  • Natalie Portman May Take on Role in Universal's Steve Jobs Biopic

    Juli Clover
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:05 am
    Natalie Portman may take on a role in Universal's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, reports Deadline. It is not clear what part she may play, but there are said to be several female roles in the movie, including the part of Steve Jobs' daughter Lisa Brennan. Portman is a well known actress that has starred in high profile movies like Black Swan and V for Vendetta. Most recently, Portman has had a leading role in the last two Thor movies, Thor and Thor: The Dark World. Image via Deadline Earlier this week, the Steve Jobs biopic was picked up by Universal Studios after being dropped by Sony Pictures.
  • Foxconn Rumored to Produce Sapphire Displays for Apple's Next iPhone

    Mitchel Broussard
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:19 am
    Foxconn Technology Group, Apple's main iPhone assembly partner, is reportedly gearing up to produce sapphire displays for Apple's next generation of mobile devices, according to a report by China Economic Weekly cited by Focus Taiwan. Foxconn has reportedly reached an agreement to build a display factory on an over 300-acre plot of land adjacent to an iPhone 6 assembly plant in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou, where the company had been reported last month to be looking into such a facility. Just last week, Foxconn was also reported to be planning a new iPhone display plant in Taiwan.The China…
 
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  • 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 NeimanMarcus.com . Continue ReadingThe post Brown Fur Sweaters and Why I Wasted Over a Decade…
  • Look Beyond the Sniper Rifle

    Chris Brogan
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:29 am
    I had the pleasure of interviewing Brandon Webb, CEO of Force 12 Media about many things: his writing, his web empire, his books, his view on ISIS, and a lot more. His background, such as it is, includes having run the US Navy SEAL sniper training program and training several of the world’s deadliest snipers. What ended up being interesting to me is that Brandon is often brought onto shows to comment as a US Navy SEAL, but they tend to underutilize his perspective, or ask general questions like, “Boy, it sure is hard to get through your training as a SEAL, isn’t it?”…
  • You Need a Better Network

    Chris Brogan
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:37 am
    I am fortunate to know people like Carey Lohrenz, the first female F14 combat pilot, who gave me the shirt in the picture above. She wrote a great book called Fearless Leadership, by the way, a Wall Street Journal bestseller about how to be a better personal leader and then how to lead others. She’s a top shelf kind of person to know, and I intend to connect with her as often as possible over the coming years. I added her to my Whatsapp account for that reason, too. I want to be able to connect with her when I need something, or when I have something to offer her. Continue ReadingThe…
  • Freakshow – A New Video Show Coming Soon

    Chris Brogan
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    I’m pretty excited to announce a new project I’m doing with the legendary Grant Cardone on his Whatever it Takes Network. It’s called Freakshow and it’s a video show about entrepreneurship but often from the perspective of some extraordinary types you wouldn’t normally get a chance to sit down with and talk business. If you like my other projects, you’ll have a blast with this. Continue ReadingThe post Freakshow – A New Video Show Coming Soon appeared first on chrisbrogan.com.
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  • Against Attention: The Pre-Thanksgiving Manifesto

    Demian Farnworth
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Attention is not a fixed resource. Thank goodness. This means the little guy and gal can rise above the crowded skyline. Just because Seth Godin has 400 million eyeballs, it doesn’t mean you can’t capture some of those eyeballs, too … Doesn’t mean you can’t attract some of that interest and loyalty. We all start at the bottom. In obscurity. In the mud. In the dark. But because of the nature of attention, you too can become a skyscraper. You too could rise out of the dark. Might not be one of the Manhattan variety. But it’s attention, no less. Be…
  • Jay Baer on “Generosity Marketing” and the Power of Business Podcasting

    Brian Clark
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    You’d expect a guy who’s started five multi-million dollar businesses from scratch to know a thing about marketing that works. And then, of course, he’d write the book on it. In this case, the guy is Jay Baer, and the book is Youtility, a guide so useful for effective marketing it’s becoming a franchise unto itself. In his spare time, Jay is a highly sought-after keynote speaker, podcaster, angel investor, new media personality, and restless entrepreneur who can’t help but add just one more project to his portfolio. I asked Jay to be the first in a series of…
  • Why Too Much Emotional Appeal in Your Copy Can Harm Your Credibility

    Yael Grauer
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Let’s be clear: You need emotional appeal in your writing. Compelling stories keep readers on your website, and since you must discover their worldviews and understand their experiences so that you can serve them better, you’ll naturally learn about their emotional states. But when you communicate with your audience, you need to strike the right emotional balance. In fact, getting heavy-handed with emotional appeal in your writing can backfire and potentially harm your credibility. The dangers of overstating the problem If you really know your readers, you know their pain points.
  • The ABCs of Landing Pages That Work [Infographic]

    Steven Lowe
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Landing pages are bread and butter. Landing pages never stutter. Landing pages are rhyme and reason. Landing pages stay in season. See what I did there? Rhymes help make learning fun and easy. And when you want to make a living as a blogger, learning how to create landing pages that convert is a smart way to help you build your career online. So, what’s even more fun than a list of rhymes that help you learn the fundamentals of effective landing pages? An infographic that visually depicts each rhyme! Landing page rhyme time The ultra-creative Lauren Mancke designed this handy guide to…
  • How to Use Content Curation to Create a Recurring Revenue Business

    Brian Clark
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s no secret that I’m a tireless advocate for the creation of original content to fuel business growth. My next online project, however, is based on … curation. You read that right. I’m starting a new site, and the centerpiece of my content strategy will be locating and making sense of the smartest articles, audio, and video I can find in that topical market that are created by others. Sound strange? Listen in and check out the three-part process I’m following, so you can start building your own profitable content curation strategy: In this 49-minute episode…
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    Macworld

  • Twitter starts peeking at the other apps on your phone

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Twitter, hungry for new data to fuel its targeted advertising, will start looking at what other apps its users have downloaded.Starting Wednesday, the company will begin collecting data on which other apps its users have on their iOS and Android smartphones. The data, Twitter says, will help it deliver better “tailored content” to its users. That’s sure to include ads, but maybe also better recommendations about whom to follow when users sign up, or more relevant first tweets in the feed, which could help Twitter hook people early.It’s strictly a list of the apps users have installed,…
  • How to make the best cover images for your social media accounts

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:25 pm
    You can't always judge a book by its cover, but you can judge a social media profile by its cover image. In this column, you’ll learn how to make your own cover images for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn, including design ideas, correct sizes, and sage file format advice. This is your chance to get creative and let your personality shine—after all, an image is worth a thousand words!Size Matters The imagery you use for cover images among social media services doesn’t have to be different, though each service wants slightly different pixel dimensions. While you can crop and…
  • Which search engine should be crowned king of Mobile Safari?

    26 Nov 2014 | 1:27 pm
    In the search engine game, it’s all about eyeballs. Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft rake in billions each year from search ads, and now those companies are competing to be the default search engine in Mobile Safari on your iPhone and iPad. It's easy to change Safari's default search engine.  Until now it’s always been Google, but according to a report in The Information (subscription required), that deal expires in 2015. Its sources say Apple’s Eddy Cue has entertained pitches from both Yahoo and Microsoft, maker of Bing. Currently, Bing actually powers Yahoo’s search in return for a…
  • The holiday shopping guide for people who hate to shop

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Much as retailers would like us to believe that the holiday shopping season begins December 26th (you know, the previous year), many of us still cling to the notion that the green flag flutters down the day after Thanksgiving in these United States. These same retailers additionally like to stoke the idea that shopping is a joyful, exhilarating experience. I—and perhaps you—know different. Crowds. Endless treacly holiday music. Faux peppermint and pine scent. Seasonal staff that points you in the direction of blinking Santas instead of comfortable loungewear. Parking spaces a state away…
  • How to protect your Mac's most secret stuff with an encrypted disk image

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Given the countless reports of our data being exploited, many of us are increasingly concerned about protecting that data. In this movie I’m going to show you how to protect a collection of data on your Mac. Launch Disk Utility and choose File > New > New Disk Image. In the New Blank Image window that appears name your image—something like My Secret Stuff. From the size menu choose a maximum size for the image—the absolute most you think it will hold rather than what it will currently hold. Choose an encryption type—either 128- or 256-bit AES (256-bit is more secure but takes…
 
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    Smashing Magazine

  • “California, Here We Come…” Introducing SmashingConf Los Angeles 2015

    Vitaly Friedman
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Great conferences are the ones where you learn, connect and get inspired. We know that, and we put our hearts into crafting events that aren’t just great, but go way beyond expectations. Ready for the next one? With SmashingConf LA 20151, we’ve got a full package: our new US conference with two days packed with quality content, lots of networking and a few mysterious surprises. We thought you might want to join in, too. 2 About The Conference When preparing a conference, we care deeply about how practical and valuable it will be. We look into things that have or haven’t…
  • Freebie: Christmas Icon Set (24, Icons, AI, PSD, EPS, PDF, SVG, PNG)

    The Smashing Editorial
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:34 am
    Christmas is only a month away, and it’s time to add a few festive icons to your projects, or just freshen up your good ‘ol Christmas cards which you may be planning to give out to your family, friends, colleagues, and perhaps even strangers. Today, we’re happy to release the Christmas Icon Set, a set of 24 icons that are all available in AI, PSD, EPS, PDF, SVG and PNG formats. This icon set was designed and created by Manuela Langella151 and is free to be used in private as well as commercial projects. You may modify the size, color or shape of the icons. No attribution is…
  • How To Create Your Own Front-End Website Testing Plan

    Lawrence Howlett
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:12 am
    So, your designers and developers have created a fantastic front-end design, which the client is delighted with, and your job now is to test it. Your heart begins to sink: Think of all the browsers, all the devices and all of these web pages you’ve got to test, not to mention the iterations and bug fixes. You need a front-end testing plan. This article shows you what to consider when creating a front-end testing plan and how to test efficiently accross browsers, devices and web pages. Benefits Of A Front-End Testing Plan Clarity on project’s scope Knowing which browsers and devices are…
  • Why You Should Include Your Developer In The Design Process

    Paul Boag
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:06 am
    Should designers be able to code? This topic never seems to die, with its endless blog posts, Twitter discussions and conference talks. But the developer’s involvement in the design process seems to be addressed very little. This is a shame, because developers have a huge amount to add to discussions about design. The unfortunate truth is that many designers have a somewhat elitist attitude towards design. They believe that only they can come up with good design ideas. That is simply not true. Everybody has the ability to make good design suggestions, including developers. Admittedly, a…
  • Refining Your Mobile Onboarding Experience Using Visual Analytics

    Alon Even
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    In the wonderful world of millions of mobile apps, many users suffer from ADD (app deluge disorder), and no aphorism looms larger for developers than “You only get one chance to make a first impression.” Once a large group of people are downloading your app, you’ve already won half the battle and have accomplished your primary goal. Now, keeping them engaged post-download is your next one. This is where onboarding takes center stage. Being involved in a mobile analytics firm, I see firsthand what challenges app publishers experience. In this article, I will go over the importance of…
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • 7 Hong Kong cops arrested in assault

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:29 pm
    Seven Hong Kong police officers have been arrested for assault over an alleged case of police brutality at pro-democracy protests last month which shocked residents of the Chinese territory.
  • Who's 'professor' from autopsy?

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:13 pm
    Shawn Parcells became an overnight media star in August when he assisted in an autopsy commissioned by Michael Brown's family. But an investigation by CNN that included interviews with attorneys, law enforcement and physicians suggests Parcells isn't the expert he seems to be.
  • 'Language' gap impedes dialogue

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Is it time for Americans to update their language on racism to reflect reality?
  • Doubts about police procedures

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:47 pm
    The evidence presented to the Ferguson grand jury has raised questions about police procedures in the Michael Brown case.
  • Hamsters enjoy a tiny feast

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Tiny hamsters tackle Turkey Day dinner. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports gobble gobble became nibble nibble.
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • Our Best Cyber Weekend Deals EVER Start Today (this is seriously big!)

    Scott Kelby
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:44 am
    OK, our Cyber weekend deals start today, and yes it’s our best pricing of the year, hands down, on all sorts of stuff, but dig this…When you sign up for a KelbyOne Annual Membership deal during Cyber Weekend….You get the entire Google/Nik Software Collection included with your membership.That’s right — The entire Nik Collection (it’s usually $149 by itself) included with your membership bundle, and our membership prices are the lowest ever!The collection includes: Silver Efex Pro (the ultimate B&W conversion plug-in) Color Efex Pro (my personal favorite…
  • My 9th Annual Gonzo Holiday Gear Guide

    Scott Kelby
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Welcome to my “9th Annual Gonzo Holiday Gear Guide” (yes, last year I brought the “Gonzo” back after a brief break because just calling it a “Holiday Gear Guide” lacked that certain, I dunno, “gonzoness.”) So, I now bring you the blog-version of my “Gonzo Holiday Gear Guide” (which appears in the current issue of Photoshop User magazine, seen above) whose light burns brighter than a thousand suns (insert dramatic pause here), featuring an unbridled collection of 100% absolutely necessary gear that there’s no way we can see clear to live another minute of our…
  • This Photographer Did Something I Just Love!

    Scott Kelby
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    A few weeks ago, I posted a link to a very short video tutorial I did over on the new KelbyOne Blog on how to use a camera on a monopod, with a fisheye lens, and trigger it with a wireless remote (here’s the link) for a really unique overhead look (it’s a lot easier than you’d think).This week, a photographer named Konstantin Articus in Germany did something I so love — he took that monopod/fisheye lens idea that I showed for use in sports, and he took that idea and applied it to something completely different, and he got just wonderful results (see below).Thanks so…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Cyber Weekend with KelbyOne Cyber Weekend is just around the corner and you can be amongst the first to gain early access to limited edition prints, commemorative DVDs, and some of the deepest discounts ever during our exclusive preview event, kicking off November 21!Doors open for this massive discount frenzy to everyone on November 26th. Sign up now for 5 days of early access to our biggest and best offers yet!Photoshop In-Depth: Lighting Effects with Pete Collins The Lighting Effects filter is an incredibly powerful filter that can be used for re-lighting an existing photograph in a myriad…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Brad Moore!

    Brad Moore
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Hanging with Queeny last month in London after the Shoot Like A Pro seminarThis past weekend I was able to shoot hip-hop artist Lecrae’s sold-out concert at House of Blues in Orlando. He’s out on tour supporting his latest album, Anomaly, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 when it released in September. Thankfully, I have some friends who have been working with Lecrae and his label, Reach Records, for a while now and were able to hook me up with an all-access pass to cover the show! I figured I would take this opportunity to share some of the shots with you, along…
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    Digital Photography School

  • The Easy Way to Make Your Own Custom Photoshop Brushes

    Alex Morrison
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    If you’ve never heard about the creative use of brushes in Photoshop, this article is for you. If you already know about using brushes, you’ll be able to ramp up your creativity once you learn this easy skill – making your own brushes. What are Photoshop brushes and why you’d want to learn how to make your own? Photoshop brushes are tools that are mostly used just like regular paint brushes to add strokes of color to your images. Most often people will use them as part of their dodging and burning workflow. Some people also use them in digital painting. The built-in…
  • 3 Tips to Take Better Landscape Photos Regardless of the Weather

    Diego Lapetina
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Photographers are a special type of people that usually pay a lot of attention to detail. They’re also known to be patient and perseverant. However, in my opinion, landscape photographers are a unique breed. I’m sure that only a hand full of people are willing to hike 10 miles with 25 pounds of photography gear on their back, just because they hope to seize the perfect moment. Generally, in photography, practice leads to improvement. However, practicing landscape photography is a bit trickier since you don’t have control over the light setup, the weather, or the subject.
  • Is Being a Photographer Synonymous With Being an Artist?

    Will G. MacNeil
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Sure, the concept of photography falls under the realm of one the arts, but can you strictly label someone an artist based on their job or hobby? Photographers are everywhere nowadays. Beyond the thousands upon thousands of photographers who have businesses and make a living taking pictures, there are also all the families with cameras and anyone who halfway knows how to use a camera phone. Every single one of you who calls yourself a photographer has the opportunity, in my opinion, to call yourself an artist. The term artist has a powerful meaning that is non-discriminatory. You, as an…
  • How to get more from your printer – besides good quality prints!

    Sarah Hipwell
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Canon Pixma MG6350 All-in-one-printer If you like to print hard copies of your photos at home, how do you decide which inkjet printer to buy? With such a myriad of printers on the market it can be daunting which one to choose. However, similar to buying a camera, one main consideration will be how much do you want to spend. I bought a Canon PIXMA MG6350 a little over a year ago. As luck would have it, my local computer shop had the white version in stock for nearly 50 Euros ($62USD) less than the black one. The white one was my first choice. This is a high-end, multifunction, inkjet printer.
  • Getting to Know Your New Camera

    Andrew S. Gibson
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    With my new camera I can set Film Simulation to black and white and the camera gives me a black and white view in the electronic viewfinder. I can also select the square format and see a square image. This is a great aid to composition. Finding and using helpful features like this is part of getting to know your new camera. I recently purchased a new camera and the process of learning to use it has been a good reminder of just how long the process can take. My new Fujifilm X-Pro 1 is a very different machine from the Canon EOS digital SLRs I’m accustomed to using, and it’s taken me a…
 
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    Strobist

  • 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 Lynda.com. 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 »
  • Choosing a Tripod

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    For lighting photographers, the first thing to consider about a tripod is this: a tripod is your most powerful light.Read more »
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Real-world test: Going pro with the Samsung NX1

    26 Nov 2014 | 4:13 pm
    As often as we can, we like to put the cameras that we test into the hands of working photographers to find out what they think. Recently we gave the Samsung NX1 to Jordan Stead, staff photographer at SeattlePI.com, and ventured out to nearby Carkeek Park to photograph the salmon run. A seasoned shooter accustomed to pro camera bodies, Jordan gave the NX1's hybrid AF system and 28.2MP BSI-CMOS sensor a try. See the video
  • Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Sony announced the Alpha 7 II last week relatively quietly, introducing a new member to its full-frame mirrorless family. The a7 II brings 5-axis in-body stabilization to a full-frame camera for the first time, claiming 4.5 stops in shake reduction. Other updates include improved ergonomics - you can see these for yourself in our hands-on overview of the a7 II. Here's what you need to know about Sony's newest Alpha camera. Read more
  • Small change: Samsung NX mini review

    26 Nov 2014 | 1:31 pm
    The Samsung NX mini is truly tiny, offering a 20MP 1" sensor inside a highly compact body which features a 180-degree tilting LCD and extensive connectivity features. The mini's touch-sensitive display is the camera's primary interface for changing shooting settings, and an interchangeable lens mount should make this the ideal combination of versatility and point-and-shoot simplicity. Read our review to find out how it compares
  • 2014 Consumer DSLR Roundup

    26 Nov 2014 | 10:05 am
    Despite the emergence of the mirrorless class, the market is still dominated by conventional DSLRs. Large sensors, optical viewfinders, and sizable grips make them comfortable choices for many aspiring photographers. We cover seven consumer and mid-level models in this roundup. Find out which we recommend. Read more
  • Sony announces US pricing for full-frame Alpha 7 II

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Sony Electronics has announced US pricing and availability for its recently announced Alpha 7 II camera. The a7 II is the world's first full-frame mirrorless camera with in-body image stabilization (5-axis, no less), and also offers improved controls, focusing performance, and video specs. It will be available on December 9th for $1700 body only and $2000 with the 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 FE lens. We'll be getting our hands on a beta version shortly and will post samples as soon as possible. Read more
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Lightroom Tweaks for Landscape Photographers

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:20 am
    Just came across this article over at Lightstalking.com called “3 Lightroom Tweaks to Get Your Landscape Photographs to Sing” written by British travel photographer Jason Row. Worth checking out (here’s the link).     The post Lightroom Tweaks for Landscape Photographers appeared first on Lightroom Killer Tips.
  • TIP: What To Do If You’ve Lost The Original Image File…

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    This is pretty strong case for creating Smart Previews when you import your images into Lightroom, because even though the Smart Preview is smaller than the original, it’s actually larger than you’d think (it’s 2,540 pixels on the longest edge). That way, if you get in a bind and lose the original image (for whatever reason), you can Export the Smart Preview as a DNG file so you will have a physical file that you can actually print around letter size at 240 ppi — that’s ain’t bad. So while it won’t have the same full resolution as the original, at least…
  • If You’ve Ever Wanted The Nik Collection of LR Plug-ins, Now’s Your Chance

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:14 am
    Today we kicked off our “Cyber Weekend” deals at KelbyOne, and well…check this out. When you buy an annual KelbyOne membership (as low as $149) you get the full Nik software collection of LR/PS plug-ins included with your membership. The full collection! Silver Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, the new Analog Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro — all of it (heck, the collection itself sells for $149). Anyway, pretty incredible deals on memberships and a whole bunch of other stuff. Our “Cyber Weekend Deal Page” is at this link.    The post If You’ve Ever Wanted The Nik…
  • My “Magic Number” for Nice Subtle Edge Vignetting

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Adding a vignette (darkening the edges all the way around the image to focus the attention on your subject) is definitely one of those things you either love with the passion of a thousand burning suns, or you hate it with every fiber of your being. Most folks fall on one side or the other (kind of like people feel about HDR), but I think one reason is that, like HDR, people tend to greatly overdue their vignettes making them really obvious and over the top. Personally, I’m a fan of adding a very subtle vignette — one that you wouldn’t really even notice was there (a kind of…
  • Multi-Photo Poster Layout in Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Earlier today I posted this shot of me holding a poster I made with a photo I had taken of all 32 NFL teams (it took me literally seven years to shoot all 32, and I finally got there by shooting the last one just a few weeks back — it was the Baltimore Ravens that I still hadn’t shot). The poster is just for me — something to hang in my home office. Anyway, as soon as I posted it, some folks started asking how I did the layout. Luckily, last year I had done a shot Lightroom 5 tutorial using the same technique, but it was for an Audi R8 shoot I did. So, different photos, same…
 
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Teaser to Be Featured on iTunes Trailers This Friday

    Juli Clover
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Earlier this week, news hit that the teaser for the much-anticipated movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens would be shown in a selection of theaters on Friday, November 28, and but it turns out the trailer will also be featured online, on Apple's iTunes Trailers website, on the Apple TV, and through the iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS. According to tweets from both the iTunes Trailers and Star Wars Twitter accounts, the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser will be shared online by Apple this Friday, on November 28, at an unspecified time.The Force will be with @iTunesTrailers this Friday.
  • Holiday Gift Guide for iPhone, iPad, and Mac

    Roman Loyola
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:08 pm
    You've made your list, you've checked it twice. Now it's time to get gifts for the folks on that list. But what should you buy, especially for the tech-savvy people? You can turn to many of the gift guides on the web, but our guide is for the devoted Mac, iPhone, and iPad user. Pick up one of our suggestions, or use them as inspiration to figure out a gift on your own. Mac Gifts Asus PB287Q 28" 4K Monitor: HD is passé. It's all about Ultra HD now, also known as 4K video. The PB287Q is a 28-inch display with a native resolution of 3840 by 2160 pixels. At a $649 list price and frequently…
  • Fantastical for iPhone, iPad, and Mac Up to 65% Off for Black Friday

    Juli Clover
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:47 am
    With Black Friday quickly approaching, retailers and app developers alike are beginning to offer deep discounts on their products. Flexibits has decided to kick off its holiday sales a bit early, and is now offering its popular Fantastical line of apps at ultra low prices. Fantastical 2 for the iPad has been discounted from $14.99 to $4.99, which is 65 percent off. That's the lowest price Flexibits has ever offered on the iPad version of the app. [Direct Link] Fantastical 2 for the iPhone is available for $1.99, down from $4.99, which is 60 percent off. [Direct Link]…
  • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Changing Users' Reading Habits as iPad Usage Declines

    Kelly Hodgkins
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:13 am
    Since their September launch, Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have produced record-setting revenue and sales for Apple, but looking beyond financials, the handset also is radically changing the reading habits of those who own the large-sized devices, according to news-reading service Pocket. Pocket recently analyzed 2 million article and video opens and examined the reading behavior of readers both before and after the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. In particular, the study compared how iPhone and iPad usage changed after the recent iPhone launch. According to the results, customers with an…
  • Sony Planning to Launch E-Paper Smartwatch in 2015

    Mitchel Broussard
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:03 am
    A new report from Bloomberg indicates Sony may be gearing up to produce a new line of smartwatches for release next year. The report states the new watch will focus on design and customization over the technological prowess of watches like the yet-to-be-released Apple Watch and Sony's own SmartWatch 3. Sony's just-released SmartWatch 3, a more traditional smartwatch The upcoming Sony device will use an e-paper display in lieu of a traditional LCD or OLED smartwatch screen and, according to Bloomberg, and the display will cover the entire surface of the watch and band.The watch’s face and…
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    CNN Travel

  • How do you empty an A380's toilets?

    laurama
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:19 pm
    Prepare to wrinkle your nose. Clearing out thousands of gallons of waste is no glamorous taskTags: toiletsairplanesaviation industry
  • Business etiquette: A global guide

    laurama
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:59 am
    Want to get ahead in international business? Stick to the agenda in Japan and don’t surprise a German Tags: Business traveltravel etiquettecultural differences
  • Passengers get out and push frozen plane in Siberia

    barry.neild
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:32 am
    This really happened! An icebound plane got a shove start at a Russian airportTags: Russiaaviationtupolev
  • Top places to eat Thanksgiving dinner in the U.S.

    Guessy1
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    You can save your thanks -- and your yam-enameled dishes -- for the staffs at these Turkey Day sanity preservesTags: Thanksgivingthanksgiving dinner
  • Blind man kayaks the Grand Canyon

    Guessy1
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:28 pm
    He's already climbed Mount Everest, now he's paddling through the Grand CanyonTags: grand canyonkayakingadventure sportsadventure travelblindness
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