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  • 107 amazing Simpsons facts [video]

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    Josh Urich
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Simpsons is not only the longest running animated series, but also the longest running American sitcom. The show has been around so long that these one-hundred and seven facts are just the tip of the iceberg. The post 107 amazing Simpsons facts [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • North Korea's Kim Jong-un bends over, becomes yet another meme

    Mashable
    Brian Koerber
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:38 am
    The Internet can agree on at least one thing: Photoshopping North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un will never, ever get old. Kim became yet another meme on Wednesday, after the Photoshop masters of Reddit's r/PhotoshopBattles altered a photo of the fearless leader testing out the firmness of a mattress See also: Kim Jong-un has a new haircut and of course it's epic As you can imagine, Kim was subjected to a variety of situations, ranging from a friendly Mario Kart race to a "Single Ladies" dance number. So basically, Kim can't even bend over without becoming a meme Have something to add to this…
  • Private Spaceflight Gets A New Boost From Silicon Valley

    Fast Company
    Neal Ungerleider
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    If BVP's investment is successful, satellites could be launched for the price of a not-particularly-luxurious Manhattan apartment.One of Silicon Valley's best-known venture capital companies is making a big bet on outer space. Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP), which manages more than $4 billion in capital and primarily invests in cybersecurity and enterprise technology firms, announced a new aerospace investment practice this week. The launch coincides with the appointment of satellite industry veteran Scott Smith as a part-time partner and an undisclosed Series B funding round in New Zealand…
  • Sling TV Brings AMC, IFC And EPIX To Its Subscription Service For Cord Cutters

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    Sarah Perez
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:05 am
     Dish’s newly launched streaming video subscription service Sling TV announced this morning the addition of two more channels, AMC and IFC, which will now become available as part of its $20 core package aimed at cord cutters. In addition, Sling TV customers will also be able to optionally subscribe to a new movie-focused add-on pack called “Hollywood Extra” for $5 per… Read More
  • Labor unions in a post-industrial age

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

    Josh Urich
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Simpsons is not only the longest running animated series, but also the longest running American sitcom. The show has been around so long that these one-hundred and seven facts are just the tip of the iceberg. The post 107 amazing Simpsons facts [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • A visual history of skis [infographic]

    Kate Rinsema
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:25 am
    Today, skiing is primarily for pleasure, whipping down hills, making the most of what snow we get, but the long history of skis attests to their practical value as well. The post A visual history of skis [infographic] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • How we’ve been eating bagels wrong this whole time [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:18 am
    Next time you bring in bagels for the office, don't forget the drill. The post How we’ve been eating bagels wrong this whole time [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Terrifying simulation of a large asteroid impact with Earth [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:41 pm
    Kiss sleep goodbye folks, thanks to this simulation of a large asteroid impact with our home planet, courtesy of the Discovery Channel. The post Terrifying simulation of a large asteroid impact with Earth [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Space Invader takes a spin on ISS

    Kate Rinsema
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:57 pm
    Many an hour was spent back in the day playing Space Invaders either at the arcade or hunched over the Atari, and we're betting it was one of those kids-turned-astronaut who snuck this mosaic onto the International Space Station. The post Space Invader takes a spin on ISS appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
 
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    Mashable

  • North Korea's Kim Jong-un bends over, becomes yet another meme

    Brian Koerber
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:38 am
    The Internet can agree on at least one thing: Photoshopping North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un will never, ever get old. Kim became yet another meme on Wednesday, after the Photoshop masters of Reddit's r/PhotoshopBattles altered a photo of the fearless leader testing out the firmness of a mattress See also: Kim Jong-un has a new haircut and of course it's epic As you can imagine, Kim was subjected to a variety of situations, ranging from a friendly Mario Kart race to a "Single Ladies" dance number. So basically, Kim can't even bend over without becoming a meme Have something to add to this…
  • "Let women fly!" Remembering history's first female aviators

    Chris Wild
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:37 am
    July 4, 1933"Amelia Earhart, first lady of aviation, is shown immediately after she landed her Lockheed Vega plane at the Los Angeles Municipal Airport, July 2, after completing a transcontinental flight from the East. Miss Earhart failed to qualify, due to delays encountered on her flight. She said it was the most hazardous trip she had ever made. The crowd gave her a tremendous ovation as she brought her ship to the ground, during the second day's events of the National Air Races."Image: Bettmann/Corbis Read more...The woman who can create her own job is the woman who will win fame and…
  • UK narrows down list of locations for first spaceport

    Blathnaid Healy
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:33 am
    LONDON — Plans for the UK's first spaceport have taken a big step forward A government revealed on Tuesday a shortlist of locations, with sites in England, Wales and Scotland under consideration See also: Rosetta beams back more incredible comet photos Campbeltown, Glasgow Prestwick and Stornoway in Scotland all made the list, as well as Newquay in England and Llanbedr in Wales. Politicians have ambitious plans to establish a spaceport by 2018 for commercial space flights from the UK Visualisation of a UK spaceport. It's envisaged that the spaceport will be a base for manned flights…
  • Get your tickets for this month's +SocialGood UK conference in London

    Megan Ranney
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    The first-ever +SocialGood UK conference in London is just weeks away, and we're looking forward to discussing some of the most pressing issues of the UK general election with noted thought leaders, entrepreneurs and activists from around the world. Panel topics will range from bridging the digital divide to ending global poverty, and all include one common thread: how technology and new media can work together to spur social change. See also: Announcing the first speakers for +SocialGood UK To join the conversation, register now through Event Farm to attend the event, which will take place…
  • Alabama county halts ALL marriages after same-sex ruling

    The Associated Press
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:23 am
    If you're getting married in Mobile, Alabama this weekend, you may need a plan B. The probate court in one of Alabama's biggest counties says it won't issue any marriage licenses at all — including both gay and straight couples — after the Alabama Supreme Court disagreed with a federal court and upheld the state's ban on same-sex marriage. See also: A Week for U.S. History Books: 12 Beautiful Gay Marriage Moments Mobile County's probate court posted a notice on its website Wednesday saying it is halting all marriages while it reviews the decision. The announcement doesn't say how…
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  • Private Spaceflight Gets A New Boost From Silicon Valley

    Neal Ungerleider
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    If BVP's investment is successful, satellites could be launched for the price of a not-particularly-luxurious Manhattan apartment.One of Silicon Valley's best-known venture capital companies is making a big bet on outer space. Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP), which manages more than $4 billion in capital and primarily invests in cybersecurity and enterprise technology firms, announced a new aerospace investment practice this week. The launch coincides with the appointment of satellite industry veteran Scott Smith as a part-time partner and an undisclosed Series B funding round in New Zealand…
  • Genius Who Built A Nuclear Fusion Reactor At 17 Takes On The Payments Industry

    Mark Wilson
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    If the Stratos smart card works as advertised, it will prove that patience is a virtue. Having a prodigy for a CEO doesn't hurt either.First there was Coin, then there was Plastc: two companies promising the smart credit card of the future—one card that could store all of your cards. The companies announced their products with gusto. They took customer cash and preorders, Kickstarter-style. Then, Coin began apologizing for delay after delay, and it still hasn't officially launched. Plastc never technically delayed, but it only teased an eventual release in summer of 2015. In the meantime, a…
  • 25 Predictions For What Marketing Will Look Like In 2020

    Jeff Beer
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Elite players—members of the Most Innovative Companies list—representing key marketing constituencies give us their educated predictions on how the brand landscape will evolve in 5 years.Just as technology and consumer behavior will evolve in unpredictable ways between now and 2020, the ways marketers react to—or perhaps influence?—these new developments will also change in ways we can't fully imagine now. But if anyone can offer a credible forecast for the near-future trends that will change the way brands connect with people, and the way creative companies will work in the next few…
  • The Unique Challenges Of Being A Middle-Aged Woman Entrepreneur

    Vivian Giang
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:52 am
    From questions about their family duties to disbelief in their market potential, these women are battling Silicon Valley's misconceptions.In today's entrepreneurship model, women who start companies in their forties to fifties are a fast-growing group. And this invites a whole new set of challenges, because most people still think successful companies are started by men in their twenties.Read Full Story
  • Cheaper Flights? Better Food? Dog Spas? 3 Bold Predictions About The Future Of Air Travel

    Martin Lindstrom
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:42 am
    How airlines are about to change, from a more-than-frequent flyer who travels 300 days a year.What's the one thing airlines can't deliver? Faster travel.Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Sling TV Brings AMC, IFC And EPIX To Its Subscription Service For Cord Cutters

    Sarah Perez
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:05 am
     Dish’s newly launched streaming video subscription service Sling TV announced this morning the addition of two more channels, AMC and IFC, which will now become available as part of its $20 core package aimed at cord cutters. In addition, Sling TV customers will also be able to optionally subscribe to a new movie-focused add-on pack called “Hollywood Extra” for $5 per… Read More
  • 4 Ways Stadium Hospitality Technology Is Defending The Live Event

    Bob Pascal
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
     This year’s Super Bowl XLIX broadcast on NBC had 114.4M viewers, making it the most-watched TV broadcast in history — reflecting the fact that television has clearly mastered the art of broadcasting sports games for the comfort of the living room. While the high TV ratings across all sports are great, team owners are increasingly adapting (and investing heavily) to create the… Read More
  • Y Combinator’s Sam Altman On the Elements of a Successful Startup

    Derek Andersen
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
     You don’t have to have millions of dollars or the best team possible to launch a winning startup. What you do need to have, however, is passion according to Sam Altman in an interview he gave with at Startup Grind 2015 When an entrepreneur has a project he feels passionate about, he’ll be much more likely to succeed than someone who simply launches a startup for the sake of… Read More
  • Parrot Bebop Drone Review: A Keen Eye In The Sky Without A Huge Price Tag

    Darrell Etherington
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:06 am
     Parrot has a brand new drone on the market, featuring a 1080p video camera that captures motion at 30FPS, and that can take stills at 14MP. The camera has built-in stabilization, letting it avoid the kinds of shakes and jitters that can normally add up to nausea when dealing with moving camera, and has a Wi-Fi flight range of up to 1.2 miles when flown connected directly to the new… Read More
  • Fashion Markplace Farfetch Raises $86M Led By DST At A $1B Valuation

    Ingrid Lunden
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:09 am
     Some big news today in the world of fashion e-commerce. Farfetch, the London-based online marketplace for high end fashion retailers, is announcing a raise of $86 million. The funding vaults Farfetch into the unicorn club with a valuation of $1 billion, and it is notable for another reason: it is led by DST Global — the VC firm founded by Yuri Milner that has invested in the likes… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Labor unions in a post-industrial age

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

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

    Seth Godin
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    When you make your customer feel stupid, you've given him no choice. He needs to blame you. Some ways to make people feel stupid: Charge different prices at different outlets and shrug your shoulders when you get found out. Insist that the warranty ends precisely the day you said it would.  Give new customers a great discount for signing up, but tell long-term customers that they're out of luck. Make your expensive items less networked, less powerful and less reliable than your cheaper ones. Give your customers a product, idea or service that causes them to be ridiculed or shamed by…
  • Sorry confusion

    Seth Godin
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    There are two kinds of, "I'm sorry." The first kind is the apology of responsibility, of blame and of litigation. It is the four-year old saying to his brother, "I'm sorry I hit you in the face." And it is the apology of the surgeon who forgot to insert sterile dressings and almost killed you. The other kind of sorry is an expression of humanity. It says, "I see you and I see your pain." This is the sorry we utter at a funeral, or when we hear that someone has stumbled.  You don't have to be in charge to say you're sorry. You don't even have to be responsible. All you need to do is…
  • If you want...

    Seth Godin
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:44 am
    If you want employees to go job hunting in order to leverage you into giving them a raise to keep them, then by all means, only give them a raise when they go job hunting. If you want vendors to nickel and dime you for the last penny, then by all means, stretch out their payments and use them as a free source of cash. If you want the home seller or the art dealer or the agent to put their goods up for auction to maximize the price you'll have to pay, then definitely punish those that don't have auctions by seeking to pay them as little as possible. If you want internet companies to auction…
 
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    WIRED

  • Uber Buys Mapping Software, Signaling Growing Tensions With Google

    Issie Lapowsky
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:26 am
    Uber is finally loosening its chokehold on the billions of dollars it’s raised over the years, with the acquisition of deCarta, a mapping software business that was founded back in 1996. The post Uber Buys Mapping Software, Signaling Growing Tensions With Google appeared first on WIRED.
  • Photographing Snowflakes in Freefall

    Samuel Arbesman
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    A camera has been developed to show photographs of snowflakes in freefall. The post Photographing Snowflakes in Freefall appeared first on WIRED.
  • A Smartwatch App That Lets Your Boss Track You Constantly

    Cade Metz
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Kris Duggan is building a social smartwatch app that lets your boss track your quantified self. That may sound like a Silicon Valley send-up. But it’s the real thing. Today, Duggan and his 18-month-old startup, BetterWorks, announced that this wearable app would arrive in the summer, bringing their corporate-goal-setting service to the much-anticipated Apple Watch. […] The post A Smartwatch App That Lets Your Boss Track You Constantly appeared first on WIRED.
  • Chappie Is Loud, Messy, and Surprisingly Radical

    Eric Thurm
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    The fact that a movie that somehow blends Bicentennial Man with Pacific Rim exists is a miracle. And the only person who could have made it is Neill Blomkamp. The post Chappie Is Loud, Messy, and Surprisingly Radical appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Lululemon Family Launches a ‘Technical Cashmere’ Line

    Margaret Rhodes
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    “How could we make cashmere not so precious?” asks J.J. Wilson. The post The Lululemon Family Launches a ‘Technical Cashmere’ Line appeared first on WIRED.
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  • How to Get Top Bloggers to Share Your Content and Boost Your Traffic.

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

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

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

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

    Guest Blogger
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:26 am
    This is a guest contribution from Kulwant Nagi. Today, Internet marketing is evolving at a greater pace than ever. Companies are pulling out all the stops to get more online exposure and, eventually, more customers. Using premium services for all the tools necessary for Internet marketing is not feasible for every business – that’s when free options come into play. When I started my career two years ago, I was not aware of these tools, so I kept looking for the best and easiest ways to boost my business. I continued to add all the tools to my browser’s bookmarks for quick &…
 
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  • Top Oatmeal with Veggies for a Quick, Filling Meal

    Heather Yamada-Hosley
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Oatmeal is often thought of as a sweet breakfast option that is fast and easy to make , but you can turn it into a lunch or dinner option by topping it with savory veggies.Read more...
  • Gawker Climbers Leaving Everest Shit-Covered Biohazard, Sherpas Warn | io9 The Latest Weird Use Of C

    Jane-Claire Quigley
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:51 am
    GawkerClimbers Leaving Everest Shit-Covered Biohazard, Sherpas Warn io9The Latest Weird Use Of CGI: Adding Pubic Hair to Fifty Shades of Grey JalopnikAirbus' New Composite Helicopter Is A Billion Dollar Bet KotakuThe Korean Meal That Might Kill You Read more...
  • The Fastest Way to Bring Eggs to Room Temperature

    Susannah Chen
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Most baking recipes call for room temperature eggs. This is important because eggs function better when they're between 68º-70ºF: they bind more easily to other ingredients, take on more volume, and disperse more easily in batter than they would otherwise. But what if you've forgotten to take the eggs out ahead of time?Read more...
  • Wrangle Your Wires With 100 Velcro Cable Ties for Just $6

    Shep McAllister, Commerce Team
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:22 am
    Velcro cable ties are one of the most popular items we've ever listed , and at $6 for a 100-pack, it's easy to see why. If the back of your home theater or your desk is a rat king of tangled wires, this is absolutely one of the most economical ways of wrangling them. Amazon has them in stock today with a slight backorder (which means they might sell out soon), but they're absolutely worth the wait. [100 Velcro Cable Ties , $6] Read more...
  • BodBot’s Food Explorer Recommends Foods that Fit Your Diet

    Dick Talens
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Figuring out what to fit into your diet can sometimes feel like playing tetris. This nifty web app allows you to explore different foods by different features, such as calories or carbohydrates.Read more...
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  • The Art of Simple Questions: How Simple Questions Lead to Great Innovations

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

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

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

    Guy Kawasaki
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:03 pm
    A good business model forces you to answer two simple questions: “Who has your money in their pockets?” And “How are you going to get it into your pocket?” These questions may lack subtlety, but making money isn’t a subtle process. More elegantly stated, the first question involves identifying your customer and the need that she feels. The second question creates a sales mechanism to ensure that your revenues exceed your costs. You’ll tweak your business model constantly–in fact, it’s scary if you don’t change your model or do some major tweaking along the way. Here are some…
  • Wanted: Reviews of The Art of the Start 2.0

    Guy Kawasaki
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:51 am
    I’m looking for people to review The Art of the Start 2.0. If you’re interested, please complete this short form. Space is limited, so when the spots are gone, they’re gone! Once the application process is completed, readers will be selected and will receive an email with a digital copy via Net Galley of The Art of the Start 2.0 to review. Thank you in advance for your help. Solid book reviews help a book and the author very much. The post Wanted: Reviews of The Art of the Start 2.0 appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
 
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  • Apple Tops Movie Product Placement Rankings for the First Time Since 2011

    Mitchel Broussard
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:04 am
    Branding website Brandchannel recently revealed the winners of the Brandcameo 2015 Product Placement Awards, which names the movies and brands with the most proliferation within Hollywood films over the past year. For the first time since 2011, Apple nabbed the 2014 Award for Overall Product Placement, appearing in 9 of the 35 films that topped the U.S. box office last year. Brandchannel mentions the most influential Apple moments in films last year, perhaps the most popular of which is an extended scene in Marvel's blockbuster Captain America: The Winter Soldier, in which two of its…
  • Rumor Suggests 12-Inch Retina MacBook Air Could Launch During March 9 Apple Watch Event

    Juli Clover
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:36 pm
    Apple could be planning to introduce the much-rumored 12-inch Retina MacBook Air during its March 9 Apple Watch event, according to one site that claims to have sources within Apple. The Michael Report believes Apple will use the event to debut the ultrathin MacBook, which is rumored to have a Retina display and a redesigned chassis.Many are expecting Apple talk more about the Apple Watch. However, sources familiar with the matter within Apple have exclusively told The Michael Report that Apple plans to unveil the long-awaited Retina MacBook Air at the same event. The Michael Report has…
  • Luxury Sports Car Brand Koenigsegg Announces New Regera Hypercar With CarPlay Support

    Juli Clover
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Swedish car manufacturer Koenigsegg is known for its high-priced luxury sports cars, often called hypercars. At the Geneva Motor Show today, Koenigsegg showed off its latest car -- an ~1,800 horsepower hybrid vehicle with built-in support for Apple's CarPlay service. Called the Regera, which translates to "to reign" in Swedish, the car can go from 0 to 250 miles per hour within 20 seconds, and it tops out at a speed of 255 miles per hour. It's equipped with a 5.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine along with three electric motors. One motor replaces the standard transmission with the Koenigsegg…
  • Researchers Find New 'FREAK' Security Flaw, Apple Says Fix Coming Soon

    Juli Clover
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:04 am
    Researchers have recently uncovered a major security flaw in software created by companies like Google and Apple, leaving many devices vulnerable to hacking attempts, reports The Washington Post. Called "FREAK" (Factoring Attack on RSA-EXPORT Keys), the vulnerability stems from a U.S. government policy that once prevented companies from exporting strong encryption, requiring them to instead create weak "export-grade" products to ship to customers outside of the United States. These restrictions were lifted more than a decade ago, but the weaker encryption has continued to be used by software…
  • Apple Shifting Security Team From Contractors to Full-Time Employees

    Joe Rossignol
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:37 am
    Apple has decided to hire the majority of its day-to-day security staff in Silicon valley as full-time employees, a company spokeswoman confirmed to the San Jose Mercury News. Many of the security guards that Apple has hired in the past as contractors will become part of the company's expanded in-house security team and receive the same benefits as other employees, including full health insurance, retirement contributions and a leave of absence for new parents. Apple security guard in dispute with photographer at iPad event (via The Australian) Apple will continue using contractors as…
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  • Are You Getting The Most Out of Your Conferences?

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

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

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

    Chris Brogan
    11 Feb 2015 | 9:31 am
    I started blogging in 1998, back when they called it journaling. My first site wasn’t really blogging software. It didn’t exist yet. A bunch of my sites have been lost to software companies folding. Then eventually, I landed on blogger.com, ported some of those posts to WordPress, made a lot of mistakes, and finally settled into chrisbrogan.com staying on WordPress and staying in the same rough area of the universe (though my focus changes every few years). I won’t stop blogging I love it. I love having a platform where I can reach out to people, share my thoughts and ideas…
  • Hanging out on MSNBC Your Business

    Chris Brogan
    8 Feb 2015 | 9:40 am
    I was on MSNBC’s Your Business with JJ Ramberg, with my co-panelist Larry Broughton. We discussed underpants, second locations, and virtual assistants. If any of that is your thing or if you just want to see me chatting in a tie, here you are: Continue ReadingThe post Hanging out on MSNBC Your Business appeared first on chrisbrogan.com.
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    Copyblogger

  • Why Interactive Content May Be the Most Exciting Marketing Tactic of 2015

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

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

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

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

    Demian Farnworth
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    One of the first steps to creating adaptive content is becoming aware of the content you already have. This is why we encourage you to audit your site. But before you dive into a full-blown comprehensive content audit, it might be possible to make your job a little easier by first dealing with all of the expired content. What exactly is expired content? It’s those old sales pages, obsolete product pages, and other outdated content. The pages you’ve forgotten about in your archives that desperately need some attention. You’ll know where some of this content is off the top of…
 
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    Macworld

  • Apple in settlement talks with car battery maker A123 Systems

    4 Mar 2015 | 6:32 am
    Apple is in talks to settle a lawsuit filed by electric-car battery maker A123 Systems, which has charged the iPhone maker with poaching five of its employees to set up a new battery division. The lawsuit has added fuel to reports that Apple is getting into the electric-car business. Apple filed a motion Tuesday that requested the court for more time to file its response to A123’s motions as it and the five engineers charged “are exploring potential resolution of this matter.” A123 alleged in its complaint filed last month in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts…
  • Find your missing Wi-Fi adapter and free up that 'Other' storage space

    4 Mar 2015 | 4:56 am
    Greetings! You may be used to a much thicker mane of hair occupying the Mac 911 seat, but as you may have heard, one Mr. Chris Breen has gone on to greener pastures as an orchardman, and I’ve been tapped to take your questions. I started using a Mac in 1985 and never stopped. I even owned a G4 Cube. My first smartphone was the original iPhone; my current, an iPhone 6. (Is it my last? As they say in Maine: Not yet.) Your problems are mine, and I feel your pain, and want your questions. You can email things that perplex you or need solving to mac911@macworld.com, tweet them at me (if brief)…
  • I like my Pebble, but I'm not kickstarting Pebble Time

    4 Mar 2015 | 3:19 am
    I was an original backer of the Kickstarter for the Pebble smartwatch and have been wearing it on my wrist for more than two years, so you’d think I’d be one of the tens of thousands of people rushing to Kickstart the new Pebble Time. But I’m not. It’s not that I haven’t enjoyed my two years with the Pebble. It’s not that I dislike the new interface on the Pebble Time—in fact, I think it looks pretty cool. No, I’m not buying in to Pebble Time because I’m an iPhone user.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • How will Samsung Pay compare to Apple Pay?

    4 Mar 2015 | 3:08 am
    As soon as Tim Cook unveiled Apple Pay back in September, two things were instantly clear: 1) Contactless payments had arrived; and 2) Samsung was going to copy it. So when Samsung unveiled its next flagship phones, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, on Sunday in Barcelona, I followed along with great interest, ready to snicker at its iPhone-like curved edges, fingerprint sensor, and perfectly circular speaker grilles. Samsung’s gotten so good at this game, it’s not even fair. About halfway through the presentation, it was announced the new phones would have a mobile payments system called…
  • Apple will replace contract security guards with full-time employees in Silicon Valley

    3 Mar 2015 | 10:15 pm
    Apple will replace a number of contract security positions with direct hires for its Silicon Valley operations, amid widespread demands from contract workers like drivers and security guards for better working conditions at tech companies. The move by Apple comes in the wake of growing concerns about inequality in Silicon Valley, arising largely from the gentrification and high-costs in the area driven by the influx of hi-tech employees. In October, Google said it would employ on its payroll security guards, rather than have them placed by a contractor, shortly after a report in August by…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • How To Create Effective App Screenshots For Your App Page

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

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

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

    Steven Bradley
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:52 am
    Has a client ever asked you to make the logo bigger1? Maybe they asked that just after you completed their request to make a heading bigger. The new heading stands out, but now the logo is too small in comparison and isn’t getting noticed. The clients wants to make the logo bigger. Of course, now that the logo and heading are bigger, both are going to attract more attention than the main call-to-action button, which will need to be made bigger. And once the button is bigger, the heading is going to start looking small again. You can’t emphasize everything. It defeats the point. When you…
  • Build Your Own Product Hunt With Telescope And Meteor

    Sacha Greif
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:57 am
    Over in startup land, one of the big stories of 2014 was, without a doubt, the success of Product Hunt1. It’s is a community where people post, vote on and comment on new products they’ve discovered or launched. Whether you’re looking for the next big thing to invest in or just want to find a better weather app, Product Hunt has got you covered. Coincidentally, in addition to being a fan of the website, I also have a pretty personal connection to the company. I’ve been online friends with Product Hunt’s designer Jonno Riekwel2 for years, and I was part of founder Ryan…
 
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • Musashi discovered, Microsoft co-founder says

    4 Mar 2015 | 7:28 am
    The philanthropist posted images that appeared to show the long-lost Musashi, once one of the two largest warships in the world. The discovery was made aboard his superyacht. FULL STORY
  • Benghazi committee going after Clinton emails

    4 Mar 2015 | 7:10 am
    The chairman of the House committee investigating Benghazi said Tuesday revelations that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used multiple personal email accounts to conduct government business are troubling.
  • See underwater video of the discovery

    4 Mar 2015 | 6:59 am
    In an astonishing discovery, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist, Paul Allen posted photos to Twitter believed to be of Japan's biggest warship Musashi.
  • Shots fired near NSA

    4 Mar 2015 | 6:53 am
    Hours after gunfire rang out near the National Security Agency, the FBI said a suspect has been arrested for a series of shootings in the Washington-Baltimore area.
  • Photos: The sinking of the Musashi

    4 Mar 2015 | 6:47 am
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Kevin Mullins!

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

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

    Scott Kelby
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:16 am
    First, if you’re not familiar with Mylio (and you’re concerned about protecting your images, and you love the idea of having access to all your photos wherever you are), jump over to this link and see what it’s about, then come right back here (by the way, you can download a free trial while you’re there, but wait till later — come straight back here). :)I’ve been using Mylio since it was in early Beta… I was there for the launch in NYC and I think the people and technology behind it are truly amazing. But this weekend, I started over from scratch with Mylio,…
  • Hands on with the Profoto B2 & OCF Modifiers

    RC Concepcion
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    Hey everyone, RC here. At KelbyOne we were excited to spend some time with the new Profoto B2 packs as well as the new OCF Modifiers. In this video, I go over the details on this new portable pack system.For more information, please visit the Profoto Off Camera Flash page at http://profoto.com/offcameraflash
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Digital Art: The Inspirational Series with Bert Monroy During Photoshop World, Mia McCormick had the opportunity to sit down with Bert Monroy, an insanely talented pioneer in digital art, to get his perspective on art and what inspires him to keep creating. Bert has been an artist his entire life, and is a master in Photoshop and Illustrator with impressive roster of clients and his work hung in galleries around the world. Bert and Mia touch on topics ranging from how he sees digital fitting into the world of art to the impact his work has hard on others, and so much more! Check it out at…
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    Digital Photography School

  • Don’t Be Afraid of Manual Focus

    Tim Gilbreath
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    If you’re a beginner in the wonderful world of photography, if you’ve never used an older film camera, or a combination of both, you might be unfamiliar with the workings of manual focus. Even if you are, you may not have thought about how you would use it in real-world situations. Fortunately as DSLR owners, we have the best of both worlds between manual and automatic focusing; we have a choice as to how we decide the subject of our photo, and other points that aren’t as important. This is an advantage for you, and having a better understanding of the “other”…
  • Win One of FOUR Online Photography Courses from New York Institute of Photography

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Over the past few years here at dPS, we have run some of our most popular competitions with a very valued partner – the New York Institute of Photography – to give away to dPS readers handpicked photography courses. Due to popular demand, NYIP and dPS bring you yet another opportunity to win one of these valuable courses! For this competition, NYIP is giving away FOUR prizes Each will be won by a different dPS reader. Here’s what you could win: Wedding Photography Course – $999 Value Portrait Photography Course – $999 Value Travel Photography Course – $999 Value…
  • How to Retouch a Portrait with the Adjustment Brush in Lightroom

    Andrew S. Gibson
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    You have probably seen several portrait retouching programs advertised in magazines or online, and wondered if they were worth buying. The answer is no. I have tried out quite a few, and the truth is that the Soften Skin preset in Lightroom does just as good a job as any of them. For most photographers Lightroom’s retouching tools all are you will ever need. For high end retouching purposes you can go to Photoshop. It’s worthwhile taking some time to think about your personal approach to portrait retouching. Some photographers seem to like the airbrushed, almost plastic look of heavy…
  • The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Tripod

    Gavin Hardcastle
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Picture the scene – Bangkok airport and I’m settling into seat 16H on my short Thai Airways flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. The lovely hostess hands me a hot, scented towel as I shout ”Bollocks” while slapping myself firmly on the forehead. She gives me a justified look of disdain while I apologize for my outburst and then start begging her to contact Lost & Found as soon as possible. You see, I’d stupidly left my gorgeous carbon fibre, ball head tripod, in one of those plastic trays into which all airports now force you to empty your worldly goods before…
  • Tips for Photographing Cars

    Nick Fancher
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    The scene setup – by placing parking a car in the shade of a building on a sunny day, you can use the ambient light as your main light, illuminating the contours of the vehicle. Photographing reflective surfaces is no walk in the park. So, as you can imagine, photographing cars, which are essentially just giant reflective objects, is really difficult. It comes with all the same challenges, magnifies them, and adds the new wrinkle of your subject being too heavy to reposition easily. Sounds like fun, right? It can be, and it can still be pulled off without the use of a commercial studio,…
 
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    Strobist

  • Traveling Photographer_NYC has Posted

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

    14 Dec 2014 | 12:17 pm
    For much of 2014, I have been on the road for Lynda.com, 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 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 »
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Sony adds wide-angle and fisheye adapters for full-frame and APS-C lenses

    3 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Sony has officially announced four new conversion lenses - two for full-frame and two for APS-C - that can be screwed onto a select group of lenses. On the full-frame side there are ultra-wide and fisheye adapters for the new FE 28mm F2, which drop the focal range to 21mm and 16mm, respectfully. The adapters for APS-C lenses - the 20mm F2.8 and 16mm F2.8 specifically - and reduce the focal lengths by 0.75X for the ultra-wide adapter and 0.6X for the fisheye. More details.
  • Sony brings big zoom power to FE-mount with 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 lens

    3 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Another full-frame lens from Sony's roadmap that hit the market today is a consumer-friendly super zoom. This 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 FE lens features optical image stabilization, five aspherical elements and one ED element, and is sealed against dust and moisture. The lens will ship this month for around $1000.
  • Sony releases 28mm, 35mm, and 90mm macro full-frame primes

    3 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Three full-frame prime lenses on Sony's lens roadmap officially arrived today which, including the 24-240, brings the total number of FE lenses to eleven. The least expensive of the trio is the 28mm F2 lens, which also supports ultra-wide and fisheye adapters. Next is the long-awaited Zeiss 35mm F1.4 ZA, which is Sony's fastest FE lens to date. Close-up shooters will be interested in the new 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS lens, which uses a Direct Drive SSM mechanism for ultra-precise focusing. More details here.
  • Firmware updates to reduce Sony FE lens startup speeds on the way

    3 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Sony is releasing a pair of firmware updates this month that will reduce startup times when FE lenses are attached to both full-frame and APS-C bodies. The first update, available now, will make your E-mount camera get ready to shoot in less time when using five currently available FE lenses. The second update, due later this month, will do the same for Sony's a7 series, this time for the four new lenses announced today. Read more
  • Kowa announces pricing for three Micro Four Thirds lens

    3 Mar 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Japanese optical manufacturer Kowa has released pricing for the three Micro Four Thirds lenses it first announced a year ago. The trio, Kowa Prominar MFT 12mm f/1.8, Prominar MFT 8.5mm f/2.8 and Prominar MFT 25mm f/1.8 are available now and will come in a choice of black, silver or green finishes. The lenses are all manual focus, and do not feature electrical contacts for communicating aperture or focus distance data to the camera. The company had them on show at the Broadcast Video Expo in London. Read more
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Moving All Your Images From Aperture Is Now Built Right In To Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:16 am
    Greetings from Las Vegas (I’m out here for the WPPI [Wedding and Portrait] show. I’m speaking in the Canon booth at 10:45 this morning if you’re here — stop by and say hi). Anyway, I’ve been running into folks here and there asking about finally making the switch from Aperture and what’s all involved, and a lot of folks didn’t realize that Adobe not only created an importer plug-in, but that it’s now actually built right into to Lightroom 5.6 (and higher) itself. So, here’s how it works (there’s an option for importing from iPhoto, too).
  • Setting Up A Print Proof to Test The Brightness Slider

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:16 am
    In the past few episodes of “The Lightroom Show” we’ve talked about using the Brightness slider in the Print module so you can still use a nice, bright contrasty monitor, and adjust just the file that is sent to your printer (or an online lab for printing) without messing with your original image’s settings, so the print still looks good (we explain this on the episodes). I’ve seen some questions, here and on social media, about how to actually set up a printed proof (for some reason, many Lightroom users really fight the idea of making a printing proof and…
  • It’s “The Lightroom Show” Episode #3 with Scott & RC

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:01 pm
    We’re back with Episode #3, and we packed even more Lightroom goodness in this episode without going over our 15 minute time-limit (but we got really close), and just so you know we’ve been listening: (1) We had lots of requests to take one of our viewer’s images and show how we would edit that image from start to finish (so we did) (2) We added a segment from here on out on tips for using Lightroom Mobile (3) Per numerous request we had the camera crew zoom in tighter from time to time for a more intimate feel (more like they do on The Grid) (4) We included a follow-up…
  • Lightroom Quick Tip: Use Auto Sync

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    When you are working on a shoot where your lighting and camera settings are fixed, there are changes that you would like to quickly pass to the other images in the shoots. Getting this done quickly can be a great time saver in your workflow. Let me speed this up just a little bit further by adding another tool to your arsenal – Auto Sync. When you make some develop setting changes to your images, you have the option to select the images that are next to the one that you changed.  Pressing the Sync button at the bottom of the basic panel lets you take the settings that you set for the…
  • Lightroom’s Upright ‘Constrain Crop’ Feature “Gotcha!’

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:16 am
    Above: the uncropped, un-lens-corrected image. I love the Upright feature Adobe added to Lightroom for fixing lens problems. Love, love, love it! Now, beyond that, one feature I love within it is the “Constrain to Crop” feature, because when I turn it on, it automatically crops away any white border areas left over from Upright’s automated correction. However, there’s a little gotcha. Above: Here’s the image after I hit the “Auto” upright correction button, with the Constrain Crop checked on. If I decide I don’t like the way it cropped the image (or I want…
 
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Apple Watch Magazine Tour Continues in Chinese Fashion Magazine 'YOHO'

    Joe Rossignol
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:46 am
    The international debut of the Apple Watch in magazines across the world continues this week with the wrist-worn device making a cover appearance on Chinese fashion magazine YOHO. The upcoming April issue of the magazine features actor and pop icon Archie Kao wearing an Apple Watch Sport with a white band on the cover and showcases other fashion shots of the wrist-worn device in a related story. Kao has been acting in Hollywood films and TV shows for nearly two decades, making regular appearances in series such as Chicago P.D., Power Rangers Lost Galaxy and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The…
  • Apple Watch Wins Renowned iF Design Award Before Release

    Husain Sumra
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:24 pm
    While Apple Watch could be more than a month away from a public release, it has won a 2015 iF Gold Award from the International Forum (iF) Design in its annual industrial design competition. The jury called the Apple Watch design "an icon". The idea of combining classic materials such as leather and metal with state-of-the-art technology to create a very individual fashion accessory has resulted in a delightful product offering a holistic user experience. The Apple Watch scores highly for each design detail and is an altogether extraordinary piece of design. For us, it is already an…
  • New Site Offers Interactive Look at Upcoming Apple Watch Apps

    Juli Clover
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:18 pm
    AppAdvice recently launched a new site dedicated to the Apple Watch called WatchAware, and today a new feature was introduced that showcases upcoming Apple Watch apps in an interesting, interactive way. The site's Apple Watch Apps section offers a selection of apps that are displayed on an Apple Watch interface, with different views for "Apps," "Glances," and "Notifications." For example, for the upcoming Twitter app, which was shown during the Apple Watch announcement, WatchAware allows users to click to see both what the app itself will look like and what an incoming notification will look…
  • AT&T Modio LTE Case for Wi-Fi iPad Mini Launches March 20 for $49.99 with Contract

    Mitchel Broussard
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:33 am
    Following its unveiling at CES earlier this year, AT&T today announced that its new Modio Case for iPad Mini, which enables Wi-Fi only iPads to connect to 4G, will be available for purchase March 20 for $49.99 with a two-year agreement. The March 20 release is set only for the iPad Mini, iPad Mini 2, and iPad Mini 3 compatible cases, with a launch for the iPad Air models planned for later in the year. As detailed at its CES reveal event, the Modio smartcase will allow iPad owners with Wi-Fi models to connect to AT&T's 4G LTE network using data available on a user's Mobile Share Value…
  • Pebble Introduces 'Pebble Time Steel' Following Successful Kickstarter Campaign

    Mitchel Broussard
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:57 am
    Exactly a week after revealing the new generation of Pebble smartwatches, called the Pebble Time, Pebble today announced an additional tier to its Kickstarter fundraiser called the Pebble Time Steel. Touted as having every feature of the Pebble Time - including the new color display and Timeline features - but featuring more classy, decorative casings, so it's "dressed up and ready to go." The Steel comes in two band options, stainless steel or premium leather, and the watchface itself is coated in a CNC-finished 316L stainless steel casing. Differing slightly from its original counterpart,…
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