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  • Camera test turns into gorgeous glimpses of Pacific coast [video]

    Holy Kaw!
    Kate Rinsema
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:23 pm
    May all our equipment testing have the good fortune of becoming something as gorgeous as this piece of work from Marlon Torres. The post Camera test turns into gorgeous glimpses of Pacific coast [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Tom Hanks begged to be discovered at 18 because he knows what's best for us

    Mashable
    Tricia Gilbride
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Tom Hanks is always looking out for you — yes, you! That's why teenage Hanks wrote an extremely polite and earnest letter to George Roy Hill, director of The Sting, asking Hill to help him make it in Hollywood. Hanks was modest; he didn't explain to Hill that America needed an extremely pleasant superstar, but he must have known. He did this for us See also: If super likable actor Tom Hanks starred on 'Bob's Burgers' NPR recently unearthed the gem at the Margaret Herrick Library in Beverly Hills "No one outside of Skyline High School has heard of me," writes Hanks before referring to…
  • Ex-Reddit Figure Victoria Taylor Joins WeWork

    Fast Company
    Neal Ungerleider
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Victoria Taylor, the Reddit employee whose dismissal incensed the site's users, has taken her talents to coworking firm WeWork.Victoria Taylor, the beloved Reddit AMA liaison whose dismissal last month ignited a full-blown public relations crisis and incensed the service's vociferous user base, has moved on to a new job.Read Full Story
  • MobileIron Drops 6% After Beating On Revenue And Profit In Q2

    TechCrunch
    Alex Wilhelm
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:19 pm
     After reporting an earnings beat earlier today, shares of mobile device management firm MobileIron fell roughly six percent during regular trading. The firm reported $34.8 million in revenue, resulting in an adjusted loss of $0.25 per share. Investors had expected $33.68 million in revenue, and adjusted profit of negative $0.27 per share. The firm beat on both revenue, and profit. As noted… Read More
  • Three things that make CEOs stupid

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:28 am
    I sat through an endless presentation by the CEO of a fast-growing company. He was doing fine for half an hour, but then, when his time was up, he chose to spend 45 minutes more on his final slide, haranguing and invecting, jumping from topic to topic and basically bringing the entire group to its knees in frustration. Power, of course, is the first problem. When things are going fairly well, the CEO has a ton of power, and often, that power makes things appear to work, even when they're not the right thing to do for the long-term. As a result, there's no market that is correcting the bad…
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    Holy Kaw!

  • Camera test turns into gorgeous glimpses of Pacific coast [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:23 pm
    May all our equipment testing have the good fortune of becoming something as gorgeous as this piece of work from Marlon Torres. The post Camera test turns into gorgeous glimpses of Pacific coast [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Take a virtual ride on a 2,000ft slip and slide [video]

    Josh Urich
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Now this is the kind of water park we can get behind. It's got the most important feature of anyone's childhood summers: slip and slides. In this case, though, it's a super sized, 2,000ft slide. The post Take a virtual ride on a 2,000ft slip and slide [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • How do gas nozzles know when your tank is full? [video]

    Josh Urich
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    Have you ever wondered how gas nozzles know when your tank is full? Magic? Cameras? Tiny fairies in the nozzle? Nope. Simple physics. Well, maybe not simple, but here it is. The post How do gas nozzles know when your tank is full? [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Little rhino frolics with his goat friend [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:20 am
    Don't tell little Gertjie the rhino he isn't a goat...especially when he's having this much fun. The post Little rhino frolics with his goat friend [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Texas reporter confronts the woman who stole his identity [video]

    Josh Urich
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Most people are afraid of confrontation. Not reporters, though, they're designed to revel in confrontation. That's probably why this reporter jumped at the opportunity to confront the woman who was accused of stealing his identity. The post Texas reporter confronts the woman who stole his identity [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
 
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    Mashable

  • Tom Hanks begged to be discovered at 18 because he knows what's best for us

    Tricia Gilbride
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Tom Hanks is always looking out for you — yes, you! That's why teenage Hanks wrote an extremely polite and earnest letter to George Roy Hill, director of The Sting, asking Hill to help him make it in Hollywood. Hanks was modest; he didn't explain to Hill that America needed an extremely pleasant superstar, but he must have known. He did this for us See also: If super likable actor Tom Hanks starred on 'Bob's Burgers' NPR recently unearthed the gem at the Margaret Herrick Library in Beverly Hills "No one outside of Skyline High School has heard of me," writes Hanks before referring to…
  • SoulCycle: An explainer for those who never joined the fitness cult

    Samantha Cooney
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Your favorite spinning studio-slash-cult is going public. SoulCycle filed for an IPO on Thursday. The spinning studio — which was born in New York but has since expanded to a number of locations including the Hamptons, Los Angeles, and Boston — earned $112 million in revenue in 2014, according to its filing. The company, which is owned in part by fitness studio giant Equinox, is working with Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch, among others, to go public. See also: Fitbit files for $100 million IPO If you're not a member of the SoulCycle tribe — the…
  • George H.W. Bush posts epic recovery photo after breaking neck

    Megan Specia
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Former president George H.W. Bush is understandably pumped to be alive. The 91-year-old former leader broke his neck two weeks ago, but is already back in action, despite having to wear a neck brace. Bush tweeted a beaming photo of himself in a neck brace, flashing a toothy grin and giving a very enthusiastic thumbs up to his 175,000 Twitter followers on Thursday. See also: George H.W. Bush and Barbara caught smooching on Texans' kiss cam Bush broke a bone in his neck after a fall at home earlier this month. Who knew jumping out of planes was safer than getting out of bed? Thanks to all for…
  • How drones could help end poaching

    Sergio Hernandez
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Could drones have saved Cecil? That's what some people are arguing in the wake of the shooting death of Zimbabwe's beloved lion. In recent years, officials and park rangers have experimented using drones to spot poachers and although it's early days yet, initial results are encouraging See also: American dentist regrets killing Cecil the lion, blames local guides In one Kenyan national park, officials claim a pilot program reduced poaching dramatically and in Nepal, conservationists have used drones to help guard endangered tigers and rhinoceroses. Conservationists hope more widespread use of…
  • This algorithm is designed to measure the creativity of a painting

    The Conversation
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:15 pm
    From Picasso’s "The Young Ladies of Avignon" to Munch’s "The Scream", what was it about these paintings that arrested people’s attention upon viewing them, that cemented them in the canon of art history as iconic works? In many cases, it’s because the artist incorporated a technique, form or style that had never been used before. They exhibited a creative and innovative flair that would go on to be mimicked by artists for years to come. Throughout human history, experts have often highlighted these artistic innovations, using them to judge a painting’s relative…
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    Fast Company

  • Ex-Reddit Figure Victoria Taylor Joins WeWork

    Neal Ungerleider
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Victoria Taylor, the Reddit employee whose dismissal incensed the site's users, has taken her talents to coworking firm WeWork.Victoria Taylor, the beloved Reddit AMA liaison whose dismissal last month ignited a full-blown public relations crisis and incensed the service's vociferous user base, has moved on to a new job.Read Full Story
  • Obama Issues Executive Order To Build Fastest Supercomputer By 2025

    Neal Ungerleider
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Today's leading supercomputer is in China, and Obama wants the U.S. to build one that is 20 times as fast.A new arm of the U.S. government is working to create the world's fastest supercomputer within the next 10 years. President Obama signed an executive order on Wednesday creating the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI), which will coordinate research, development, and deployment of ultra-powerful computer systems. NSCI's first task, according to the White House, is to whip up a computer 20 times more powerful than China's Tianhe-2—currently the leading supercomputer in the…
  • Facebook Ready To Test Drones That Can Deliver Internet At 10 Gigabits A Second

    Daniel Terdiman
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:30 am
    The lightweight, carbon-fiber drones can provide coverage to a radius of 50 miles.Facebook has built the first full-scale version of its connectivity drone today, a V-shaped high-altitude device meant to connect people in underserved areas. Its eventual fleet of drones will be part of the company's plan to bring Internet service to billions of people around the world.Read Full Story
  • Jon Stewart's Post-"Daily Show" Career? Maybe Stand-Up!

    Maccabee Montandon
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:53 am
    The most trusted man in fake news showed up at the Comedy Cellar last night, taking the stage right after Louis CK.For those wondering what Jon Stewart might do after he hangs up his Daily Show suit next month, last night provided a possible glimpse at what direction the most trusted man in fake news could go.Read Full Story
  • NBCUniversal Closing In On a $250 Million BuzzFeed Deal

    Pavithra Mohan
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:20 am
    The media behemoth is also in talks with Vox Media to bring its valuation to $850 million.NBCUniversal is nearing a deal to invest $250 million in BuzzFeed, according to Re/code. The media conglomerate is also deep in negotiations with Vox Media, an investment that would bring the online publisher's valuation to $850 million.Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • MobileIron Drops 6% After Beating On Revenue And Profit In Q2

    Alex Wilhelm
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:19 pm
     After reporting an earnings beat earlier today, shares of mobile device management firm MobileIron fell roughly six percent during regular trading. The firm reported $34.8 million in revenue, resulting in an adjusted loss of $0.25 per share. Investors had expected $33.68 million in revenue, and adjusted profit of negative $0.27 per share. The firm beat on both revenue, and profit. As noted… Read More
  • LinkedIn Beats Analyst Estimates With $712M In Q2 Revenue

    Matthew Lynley
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:14 pm
     LinkedIn’s earnings today beat analyst expectations in dramatic fashion, sending the stock up as much as 14% in extended trading after it released its second-quarter results. The company reported earnings of 55 cents per share and revenue of $712 million. Analysts estimated that the company would bring in 30 cents per share on $680.3 million in revenue. Since the report came out,… Read More
  • ScopeAR Beams An Expert To You Through Augmented Reality

    Greg Kumparak
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:46 pm
     Everyone needs an expert sometimes; a helping hand to point you in the right direction so you can get the job done. Maybe you’re a mechanic working on an exotic car. You know everything there is to know about cars in general — but only a handful of people really know this car. Alas, they’re all on the other side of the planet. Maybe you’re working on an oil rig, and one… Read More
  • NewSchools Venture Fund Launches An Ed Tech Accelerator With A Focus on Science Learning

    Kim-Mai Cutler
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:41 pm
     NewSchools Venture Fund, a venture philanthropy organization that has backed more than 400 charter schools and educational technology for more than 15 years, has just opened a new startup accelerator with an initial focus on science. They’re offering $1.5 million in grants, and their first project is a Science Learning Challenge. That’s for companies and nonprofits that are… Read More
  • KPCB’s John Doerr is Coming to Disrupt

    Connie Loizos
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:31 pm
     John Doerr joined the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers 25 years ago, but it didn’t take him nearly so long to cement his status as a legend in the industry. Doerr’s career in tech began in 1974 at the chipmaker Intel, where he held roles in engineering, marketing, management and sales. He later founded a software company called Silicon Compilers and… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Three things that make CEOs stupid

    Seth Godin
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:28 am
    I sat through an endless presentation by the CEO of a fast-growing company. He was doing fine for half an hour, but then, when his time was up, he chose to spend 45 minutes more on his final slide, haranguing and invecting, jumping from topic to topic and basically bringing the entire group to its knees in frustration. Power, of course, is the first problem. When things are going fairly well, the CEO has a ton of power, and often, that power makes things appear to work, even when they're not the right thing to do for the long-term. As a result, there's no market that is correcting the bad…
  • Notes, not received

    Seth Godin
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:34 am
    An expected apology rarely makes things better. But an expected apology that never arrives can make things worse. An expected thank you note rarely satifies. But an expected thank you that never arrives can make things worse. On the other hand, the unexpected praise or apology, the one that comes out of the blue, can change everything. It's easier than ever to reach out and speak up. Sad, then, how rarely we do it when it's not expected.        
  • Predicting the future isn't easy

    Seth Godin
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:26 am
    The best plans are based on trends, not specific events. Here's a hopeless task: There are 18 candidates in the GOP race. If you can rank them in the order they're going to drop out, I'll give you a signed copy of my new book or $10,000, your choice. The chances of being correct are 1:18!, or about one in six quadrillion, so I think the prize is safe. On the other hand, this blog's twitter account is consistently creeping toward 500,000 followers. If you can guess the date, I'll send you a signed book. Your odds are a lot better on this one. When in doubt, pick projects where the factors you…
  • What is your art?

    Seth Godin
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:25 am
    I define art as having nothing at all to do with painting. Art is a human act, a generous contribution, something that might not work, and it is intended to change the recipient for the better, often causing a connection to happen. Five elements that are difficult to find and worth seeking out. Human, generous, risky, change and connection. You can be perfect or you can make art. You can keep track of what you get in return, or you can make art. You can enjoy the status quo, or you can make art.  The most difficult part might be in choosing whether you want to make art at all, and…
  • Thoughts for the consigliere

    Seth Godin
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:27 am
    The marketer, the sales rep, the CFO. These are the indispensable levers that help creative work get to the world. When you're part of a project but not the driving creative force, when you work to lever the work of a team of mad scientists and brilliant designers, consider a blend of three roles: Generous skeptic: When the new idea is on the table, when things are being discussed, hashed out and workshopped, are you able to ask the useful and difficult questions? Someone needs to be the trusted critic, asking not with fear, but with confidence. Your question is useful when it exposes…
 
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    WIRED

  • Tokyo’s Uninspired Olympics Logo Might Be a Design Ripoff

    Margaret Rhodes
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:14 pm
    The mark isn't just boring; it bears a striking resemblance to another design. The post Tokyo’s Uninspired Olympics Logo Might Be a Design Ripoff appeared first on WIRED.
  • Whoa, This Full-Frame Camera Shoots At ISO 4,000,000

    Tim Moynihan
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Canon's new video camera has a special full-frame sensor that gives it groundbreaking low-light capabilities. The post Whoa, This Full-Frame Camera Shoots At ISO 4,000,000 appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Top Gear Crew Has Some Great Ideas for the Next Cop Car

    Charley Locke
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:36 pm
    With the trio en route to Amazon Prime, enjoy this moment from their time at the BBC, and hope whatever they've got planned is just as good. The post The Top Gear Crew Has Some Great Ideas for the Next Cop Car appeared first on WIRED.
  • Don’t Freak, But a Computer Ump Just Called a Baseball Game

    K.M. McFarland
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:30 pm
    For all the data available in baseball, statistical analysis hasn't yet been applied to the way the game is actually called. That changed Tuesday night. The post Don’t Freak, But a Computer Ump Just Called a Baseball Game appeared first on WIRED.
  • That Time Jeremy Test Drove a Toilet at the North Pole

    Charley Locke
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have left the BBC for Amazon Prime, but they certainly made their mark on the legacy of Top Gear. The post That Time Jeremy Test Drove a Toilet at the North Pole appeared first on WIRED.
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    @ProBlogger

  • 31DBBB Day 31: Next Steps

    Darren Rowse
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Congratulations! You’ve made it to Day 31. Hopefully you’ve found some of the challenges over this last 31 days to be useful. Thousands have completed the program over the years and I’ve heard so much great feedback, but there’s one thing I’d like to share with you today on the podcast. What’s the key to really getting the most out of 31 Days to Build a Better Blog? And how do you do that? I share all! You will need a calendar set up somewhere so make sure you have one you can use before you get going with today’s challenge. Nothing will change if you…
  • The ProBlogger Podcast: Digging into Statistics

    Darren Rowse
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Almost the last day! While yesterday we looked to the future to build a plan to find readers, today we’re going to dig into our stats to find out what kind of effect the last 29 days have had on our sites. What can you see is different after the changes you’ve made? Some of you will be seasoned pros at looking at your stats, but if you’re newer to blogging and want some starting points, these are the metrics I recommend you keep track of regularly as you go on with your blogging. In the show notes I also link to a post I published recently that gives you an overview of how I…
  • How to Develop the Right Plan to Grow Your Blog’s Readership

    Darren Rowse
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    We’re getting to the end of our time together, and in these last few days I like to look to the future and see how we can use what we’ve learned over the last few weeks on our blogs. Today’s challenge is a simple one, although it might take you a bit of time, but it shouldn’t be skipped. We’re going to switch from creating content and the day-to-day of building community with our readers, and do things that are a little more long-term and strategic. Today is all about growing your readership. I’ll discuss some of the drawbacks of focusing solely on content…
  • 31DBBB Day 28 Writing Challenge: Write a Review Post

    Darren Rowse
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    It’s writing challenge day! For some of you, this will be “business as usual”, as review posts are already part of your repertoire. For others, it will be something quite new. In today’s episode we discuss why review posts are even something to consider. They can be useful for many reasons, not just for the reader who may be researching a decision, but also for you and your blog too – not the least of which could lead to monetization. I built my first commercial blog 100% around reviews! We’ll also discuss the reasons for and against having reviews on your…
  • Update Your Blog’s Archive Pages (including Broken Links)

    Darren Rowse
    26 Jul 2015 | 1:22 pm
    We’re going on a link hunt, we’re going to catch a big one! Today’s the day to check everything that might be turning readers away from your blog, but don’t be overwhelmed – it’s not as onerous as it sounds. Over time, you’re bound to have some broken links. The sites you link to shut down, change their link structure, move their URLs… anything can happen. It can be bad for readability, but also for SEO. In this episode I will explain how best to find the links that are broken, whether you are a beginner or have an established blog. Small steps…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • Craft a Perfect Resume Summary with this Checklist

    Thorin Klosowski
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Recruiters don’t tend to spend much time looking at resumes, so getting to the point as quickly as possible is a must. Over at Harvard Business Review, they created a checklist to make your resume’s summary section noteworthy and short. Read more...
  • Use an Alias Folder in Dropbox to Quickly Save iOS Attachments 

    Thorin Klosowski
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Saving email attachments and other files to Dropbox is a great way to smooth out your workflow between working on your phone and your computer, but it gets a little messy. Over on the Sweet Setup, they suggest using an alias folder so you remember to actually check it. Read more...
  • Reeder 3 for Mac Is Available as a Public Beta

    Thorin Klosowski
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Mac: Reeder is our favorite RSS client for Mac and today a public beta of the new version, Reeder 3 is available for free. Read more...
  • Start a New Job Search 18 Months After Starting a New Job

    Melanie Pinola
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:30 am
    Whether you’ve been with your employer for a while or have just been hired for a job, it’s a good idea to regularly search the job market to see what else is out there. Career Pivot recommends being prepared to switch jobs every 3 years.Read more...
  • Use Your Coding Skills to Help Solve Civic Problems at Code for America

    Melanie Pinola
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    If you have programming or design skills, you can use that talent to help improve communities by working on projects for city governments.Read more...
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  • Apple Plans to Debut New Apple TV in September With Touch-Based Remote, Full App Store

    Juli Clover
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Apple is planning to introduce its long-awaited next-generation Apple TV in September, reports Buzzfeed's John Paczkowski. According to sources familiar with Apple's plans, the new set-top box will be unveiled in September at the same event where Apple will unveil the next-generation iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. As has been previously rumored, it is said to include an A8 processor, a touch-pad based remote that's "drastically improved" compared to the current version, a new operating system that supports a full App Store, developer APIs, and Siri voice control, and more on-board storage to…
  • Apple Seeds Second iOS 8.4.1 Beta to Developers

    Juli Clover
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:01 am
    Apple today seeded the second beta of iOS 8.4.1 to registered developers for testing purposes, just over two weeks after releasing the first iOS 8.4.1 beta and a month after launching iOS 8.4 with the new Apple Music service. Today's beta, build 12H318, is available via an over the air update and it can also be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center. No outward facing changes were discovered in the first iOS 8.4.1 beta, and it's a .1 update, so it's likely that it includes only minor bug fixes, security enhancements, and performance improvements designed to prepare the update for its…
  • More 'iPhone 6s' Part Photos Surface as Production Ramps Up

    Joe Rossignol
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:31 am
    Less than two months before Apple is expected to launch the so-called "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus," new photos of leaked components for the next-generation smartphones continue to surface from within the supply chain. The images support rumors that claim the next iPhones will have minimal design changes compared to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The main part shared by French website Nowhereelse.fr is a purported iPhone 6s single flex cable that houses the volume rocker, mute switch, power button and LED flash. The blog also shared photos of the device's Lightning connector and headphone…
  • First Volkswagen Cars With CarPlay Support Arriving at Dealerships

    Juli Clover
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Volkswagen today announced that its first 2016 cars with CarPlay support are arriving at dealerships this week, equipped with the company's next-generation CarPlay-enabled MIB-II infotainment system. In addition to supporting CarPlay, the MIB-II system also includes support for Android Auto and it comes equipped with Volkswagen's own Car-Net apps, enabling features like remote lock control, remote honk and flash, parking info, stolen vehicle location, automatic crash notifications, diagnostics, and vehicle monitoring. While CarPlay and the MIB-II system don't carry a subscription fee, the…
  • Apple Releases Third OS X El Capitan Public Beta

    Juli Clover
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Apple today seeded the third beta of OS X El Capitan to public beta testers, one week after seeding the second beta and just under three weeks after first providing the OS X El Capitan beta to the public for testing purposes. The third public beta follows the launch of the fifth OS X El Capitan developer beta, which was seeded to developers late on Monday afternoon. No outward-facing changes were introduced with the beta, suggesting it's an under-the-hood update with bug fixes and performance improvements. Beta testers who have signed up for Apple’s beta testing program and already have the…
 
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  • The Last King of Brooklyn

    Chris Brogan
    14 Jul 2015 | 2:24 pm
    The air inside the Brooklyn Bowl smells like well worn leather, sawdust, and evidently hops (from the nearby Brooklyn Brewery, but I’ll get back to them). All around me are authentic Coney Island early 20th century amusement park props, like the tin targets from shooting galleries. There’s a band putting their gear together onstage for an evening event, lots of percussion and fewer amps, so I’m guessing it’ll be some kind of folk or world music. In front of me, Charley Ryan, cofounder of the Brooklyn Bowl (with partner Peter Shapiro) is pressing his business card into…
  • Customer Service is Marketing

    Chris Brogan
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:13 am
    My son, Harold, is huge into video games and video game culture. He knows more weird and deep-level memes and obscure details than you’ll ever know. Harold has convinced me to take him to the SCG Convention in Texas. To say he’s hyped and excited is to really underplay how he feels about it. As part of this, I’ve encouraged Harold to do as much of the planning and deciding as possible. Harold chose the Aloft hotel chain. Swell by me. He picked it because he loved the videos. I prepaid for the days of the conference. And then, I ran into a snag.Continue ReadingThe post…
  • The Biggest Competitive Advantage I Have

    Chris Brogan
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:32 am
    I’m sprawled out on my bed writing to you. My son is reading a copy of Retro Gamer and my daughter is playing Splatoon (it’s a Wii game that your kid probably wants). Lately, I’ve been thinking about this blog, about you, about my business, about what I stand for. That kind of stuff. The Biggest Competitive Advantage I Have is Openness and Honesty But that sounds like I’m trying to be virtuous. I’m not. I just think it’s easier/better/faster to just tell you what I think and feel, instead of worrying. Continue ReadingThe post The Biggest Competitive…
  • How to Get Ahead if You’re Shy – or the Secret Magic of Puppets

    Chris Brogan
    8 Jun 2015 | 11:03 am
    My son, Harold, found out quite by surprise that he really likes puppets. He pretty much had to have this Kermit the Frog puppet. What we did with it was quite interesting. And in the process, I found myself thinking about me, then you, and about us. About all of us. And about something I’m not sure I’ve yet shared in this specific way. The Magic of Puppets When you put a puppet on your hand, you empower someone else to speak for you. You can say things you might not say from your own lips. Because hey, it’s a puppet. Puppets are like a super power.Continue ReadingThe post…
  • How to Learn A New Skill

    Chris Brogan
    28 May 2015 | 4:54 am
    I’m a big fan of the work of Dr Nick Morgan. In my circles, when people ask me advice about how to be a better professional speaker, I tell a somewhat backhanded and loving story about how I paid for a day of Dr. Morgan’s time, hellbent on having him make me a much better speaker. I loved everything he had to say. It was brilliant, full of really important details and ideas. And I couldn’t really make good use of any of it. Dr. Morgan mentions it in this post. For instance, “The good news for you conference organizers, then, is that if you hire Chris you’ll get…
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    Copyblogger

  • The Art of Planning Before Podcasting

    Rainmaker.FM
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    As creatives, freelancers, entrepreneurs, and Showrunners, we have a tendency to get an idea, follow our gut, and jump straight into it without planning. The Showrunner hosts Jerod Morris and Jonny Nastor agree that this can sometimes be necessary, but not always the best plan. Jerod and Jonny begin this episode with a quick discussion about the upcoming Podcast Movement conference and how you can join them without flying to Texas. Then they dive into the topic of the week: how much research is enough and how much is too much? As you will learn in this episode, this is more art than science,…
  • How to Let Your Business Thrive (By Getting Out of Its Way)

    Rainmaker.FM
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Today’s guest on Hack the Entrepreneur has started several successful businesses, written three books, is a motivational speaker, and has consulted with companies in several different industries. He coaches teams and businesses on the actions required in order to grow. As a result, he is known as the entertainer, educator, and consultant of choice for America’s leading companies. He is the founder of Thrive 15, an online education and practical training platform for entrepreneurs, which is taught by millionaires, mentors, and everyday success stories. Now, let’s hack ……
  • The Critical Importance of Customer Onboarding

    Rainmaker.FM
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    So many businesses focus solely on getting the sale, but as far as the customer is concerned … the sale is just the beginning. What comes next can make or break not just that one customer relationship, but the future viability of your business as a whole. In this episode of The Mainframe, Chris Garrett and Tony Clark reveal: Why your onboarding process is as important, or maybe more, than your sales process The impact that good and bad onboarding processes have on your business Why you should go beyond merely delivering your product to a customer, and focus on the user experience he has…
  • When Do You Abandon the Editing Process?

    Rainmaker.FM
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Like gravity pulls objects to the earth, the web pulls people across the landscape of connected information — whizzing by landmarks (content) at breakneck speed. Thus, when people arrive at your blog, they should be able to size up your content in an instant. From the headline, down the subheads, to the call to action. In other words, it should be clear what’s in it for them … and is it even worth their time? And it should be concise. Rough Draft host Demian Farnworth has a habit of writing long content. But he still tries to be concise. That being said, if Demian can write in…
  • The Dangerous Myth of the Magical Tool

    Pamela Wilson
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    When we’re starting out, we want to know the best tools to use. What platform should I build my website on? What’s the best tool for writing? What should I use to create images for my site? What social media platforms should I invest time in? These thoughts can swirl around and around and keep us firmly planted in analysis paralysis. Don’t get me wrong: It makes sense to look for solid tools from the very beginning. You want to get your business off to a good start. You want to build it on a reliable platform and avoid having to make a painful switch to a different platform…
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    Macworld

  • The Week in iPhone Cases: Poetic’s simple design offers just the right amount of protection

    30 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    ...plus wallet cases, bumpers, and more!This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases includes modern aluminum bumpers from Designed by M and Patchworks, catchy patterns from Headworks, a beautiful wallet case from Toffee, and more.AmzerReinforced with a TPU bumper, the SlimGrip (iPhone 6; $10) features a transparent back that helps prevent damage from drops and minimize smudges.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, MirrorLink: Most 2016 Volkswagen cars will have all three

    30 Jul 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Volkswagen is joining the wave of 2016 models that will support some combination of Android Auto, Apple Carplay, or MirrorLink in new infotainment systems.   The company announced Wednesday that its MIB II second-generation modular infotainment platform will support all three smartphone-car interfaces, in nearly all 2016 models and trim packages. (The 2016 Touareg and Eos models are the only ones left out.) Floor models of 2016 vehicles with the systems installed should arrive shortly in dealership showrooms.  Along with the smartphone integration, Volkswagen says its MIB II platform has…
  • Starbucks's iOS app now lets you order ahead and skip the line

    30 Jul 2015 | 11:45 am
    Starbucks orders can get complicated: Getting an upside-down, two pump, nonfat Caramel Macchiato with light ice often requires yelling over the espresso machine and the person in line next to you.If you have an iPhone, there’s a better way to place your drink order. You can do it all from the Starbucks app—complete with all of those customizations—and then pick up your beverage right at the counter. You pay for it in advance, too, so no need to even talk to the barista (besides saying “thank you,” of course).I took the app for a few trial runs at nearby Starbucks coffeehouses and…
  • iOS 9: Five small features that will change your life

    30 Jul 2015 | 10:28 am
    Even though the forthcoming iOS 9 is not a drastic software update, there are a ton of subtle tweaks and changes that'll make iPhone users jump up with joy. After a few days testing the iOS 9 public beta, we've unlocked a some of the best hidden features. Watch the video above to see how you can become an iOS 9 expert come this fall. In the video, we highlight how to: Automatically creates selfie/screenshot albums in Photos app Call, iMessage, or FaceTime your Contacts directly from Spotlight search Get quick access to the Wallet app and Apple Pay from the lock screen Enable the new iCloud…
  • Facebook CEO Zuckerberg: Video today, virtual reality tomorrow

    30 Jul 2015 | 9:38 am
    When people grow tired of posting photos and videos on social media, what then? Virtual-reality posts, according to Mark Zuckerberg. We’re entering into an era in which people’s posts increasingly will revolve around video, “but that’s not the end of the line,” according to Facebook’s CEO. After video, he said, “I think immersive 3D content is the obvious next thing.” “There’s always a richer way that people want to share and consume thoughts and ideas,” Zuckerberg said. The Facebook chief made his comments in response to a question during the company’s earnings call…
 
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    ReadWrite

  • Google Makes Beta Testing Android Apps Easier And More Open

    David Nield
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Google knows a friction-free app testing and submission process can help developers keep decent apps flowing, so it just rolled out a series of improvements to the beta testing process for Google Play apps. Overall, the changes are designed to help developers manage pre-release beta tests easily, so they can "iterate faster" to develop or improve features. See also: Google's Offering Smarter Tools For Smarter Apps And HomesConsider it part of Google's recent developer outreach, which also gives app makers more finetuned ways to promote their apps once the testing is…
  • After Gender Ratio Stalls, Pinterest Cofounder Promises To Do Better

    Owen Thomas
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:14 am
    Pinterest, the fast-growing, highly valued Visual Web startup, is far ahead of the Silicon Valley pack when it comes to gender diversity. But it's vowing to do far better on both gender and racial diversity, cofounder Evan Sharp promised in a blog post on Thursday.Startlingly, despite Pinterest's efforts to improve its numbers, its industry-leading ratio of women tech employees stayed steady at 21 percent from 2014 to 2015.See also: Why Pinterest's Workforce Is The Future Of TechThat's nearly twice the ratios other large tech companies have reported. But Pinterest, spurred by…
  • How Amazon's Drone Superhighway Would Work

    David Nield
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:13 am
    How do we make personal and commercial drones safe? Some of the biggest names in technology put their heads together at a NASA convention in California to address that issue, and Amazon is the first to step up with a detailed proposal. Its idea: build a drone highway in the air. Action of some sort is most definitely needed. Drones flown by the public have been getting too close to airports, interfering with firefighting operations, and even crashing into national landmarks. See also: Facebook's First Drone Is Broader Than A 737Amazon's plan involves two…
  • Here’s Why I Really Bought ReadWrite

    Redg Snodgrass
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Hi! It’s time for me to speak up and introduce myself. I’m the CEO of Wearable World, the company that bought ReadWrite back in February. To the many who have loved this site for more than 12 years, I’d like to say “Thank you.” Thank you for sticking around and believing in ReadWrite. Like you, I’ve been a reader. I’ve also been a sponsor of ReadWrite. I’m now its owner, and after this post goes live … I’ll be a writer, too.Having participated in all aspects of this business, I’m humbled to have the opportunity to contribute to a publication that matters to the 5 million…
  • The Secret Of DevOps: It's Always Been About People, Not Technology

    Adam Jacob
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:55 am
    Adam Jacob is a cofounder and CTO of Chef, an IT-automation company that helps enterprises use DevOps to build and deliver quality software quickly.I have had the privilege of being either physically present or near many of the seminal moments in the evolution of DevOps. My friend and cofounder at Chef, Jesse Robbins, was the conference chair for the operations track at O'Reilly's Velocity conference. It was there in 2009 that John Allspaw and Paul Hammond gave their seminal talk, "10 Deploys Per Day, Dev And Ops Cooperation At Flickr." In it they outlined all the ways they worked…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Constructing CSS Quantity Queries On The Fly

    Drew Minns
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:16 am
      Often within a project, the presentation of our content changes based on certain needs. We see this when we use media queries to change our styles based on the user device. CSS quantity queries follow the same concept of changing the styles based on a condition: the condition within a quantity query being the number of sibling elements. An example would be navigation where items are 25% wide when four items are available; yet when there are five items available, the width of the navigation items changes to 20%. This is a common problem with dynamic site frameworks like WordPress…
  • Designing Flexible, Maintainable Pie Charts With CSS and SVG

    Lea Verou
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:12 am
      When it comes to CSS techniques, nobody is more stubborn and smart enough to find solutions to any problems than Lea Verou. Recently, Lea has written, designed and published CSS Secrets, a truly fantastic book on the little CSS tricks and techniques for solving everyday problems. If you thought that you know CSS fairly well, think again: you will be surprised. In this article, we publish a few nuggets from the book, which were also presented in Lea's recent talk at SmashingConf New York — on designing simple pie charts, with CSS. Please notice that some demos might not work as…
  • How Copywriting Can Benefit From User Research

    Marli Mesibov
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:19 am
      I’ve often heard there are four stages along the road to competence: unconscious incompetence, conscious incompetence, conscious competence, and unconscious competence. Most of us begin our careers “unconsciously incompetent,” or unaware of how much we don’t know. I’ll never forget the first time I moved from unconscious to conscious incompetence. I was working as an office manager at a small software company, and having been impressed by my writing skills, the director of sales and marketing asked me to throw together a press release, welcoming the new CEO.The post How…
  • Making Time: Redesigning A Calendar Experience For Android

    Günther Beyer & Nino Rapin
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:55 am
      In UX design, few things are more intricate than time and personal time management — only a good arsenal of mobile design patterns and information architecture principles can save you. This is the story of redesigning the UX for a popular calenda tool on Android: Business Calendar. We’ll cover designing systems, interaction design problems, scaling across screens and platforms, research, and big business decisions and their outcomes. Business Calendar started out as a side project, a one-man show, and is now run by a team of eight in Berlin. The app was very successful…
  • Finally: Smashing Book #5 Is Here, And It’s Hot Like Smoking Barrels.

    Vitaly Friedman
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:51 am
      The waiting is over. Smashing Book #5 is here, it's smashing, and it's shipping worldwide — in fact, all pre-orders have just been dispatched. Think of it as a reliable playbook to master all the tricky hurdles of responsive design, well-tested in real-life projects by respected designers and developers. Ah, sure, you can get the book right away. Now, a standalone release post would be boring and predictable, so how about bringing another perspective to the magazine instead? Below you'll find some insights about the writing process by one of the authors of the book, Sara…
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • 6 stabbed at gay pride parade

    30 Jul 2015 | 1:13 pm
  • Libyan rape victim in U.S. jail

    30 Jul 2015 | 1:13 pm
    On a February evening last year, a Libyan woman confronted two patrons at the Bohemian Biergarten in downtown Boulder, Colorado. She poured her beer on one of the customers and later threw a glass at the other, leaving a bloody gash serious enough for sutures.
  • Clinton's job references: 2 presidents

    30 Jul 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Hillary Clinton's job application for president of the United States would have two reference numbers on it: Her husband's and the White House.
  • Meet the lumberjack congressman

    30 Jul 2015 | 1:10 pm
    To his colleagues on Capitol Hill, he's Congressman Sean Duffy. To Generation X'ers, he's that guy from MTV's "The Real World." But here in Wisconsin's wooded northland, he's "Sean Dog," lumberjack world champion.
  • The Trump-Palin political love affair

    30 Jul 2015 | 1:10 pm
    From the outside, it may seem like a pairing of convenience. But the political love affair between billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump and former vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has been in the making for several years. To wit:
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    How Do I Do That In Lightroom? eBook Giveaway! You saw it announced here earlier this week… Now it’s time to give some away! Leave a comment for your chance to win one of three free How Do I Do That In Lightroom? eBooks from Scott Kelby! What’s that? We have three free The Headshot by Peter Hurley eBooks as well? Great! Leave a comment for your chance to win one of these too! Photoshop World Photoshop World is right around the corner! If you’re in the Las Vegas area and want to swing on by, we’d love to see you. You can still get FREE Expo Only passes by…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Brad Moore!

    Brad Moore
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:16 am
    Not Every Shoot Is A Winner Here’s the scenario: You go do a shoot, download the images, go through the take, pick the keepers, do your editing, and deliver the shots. The client loves them… But you don’t. They’re okay, but they don’t quite send you to your happy place. Sound familiar? If it does, I have some good news for you. You’re not alone. Is there anything wrong with this shot? Not technically, but it’s not winning any awards. I would guess that most photographers go through this, even the best ones. No matter how much we try to make the best possible images we…
  • My New Lightroom Book Is Very Different Than My Other Lightroom Book

    Scott Kelby
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:16 am
    Hi Gang: The video above kind of explains what the book is about, but I thought I’d take 30-seconds to define both, so you know which one is for you (and, of course, I’m hoping one of them is for you. And your friends. And family. And strangers you meet on the street. Etc.). My existing Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers It’s designed to teach you Lightroom from the ground up, and its focus is on workflow, and teaching you all the awesome stuff that Lightroom does so you can fall in love with it like about a bazillion photographers around the world already have. Here are the links…
  • If you were only allowed to have 10 pieces of photographic gear, what would they be?

    Scott Kelby
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:16 am
    …that was a question posted on my Facebook page by Are Knudsen, a photographer from Norway. Why the question? Well, I kicked off a new monthly Q&A column in Shutterbug magazine a few months ago (they named it “Ask a Pro”), but essentially I answer questions posed by Shutterbug’s readers along with questions I get throughout the month on my blog or social media, and the column has been a lot of fun for me (and I’ve been a reader of Shutterbug for many years, so it’s also really a kick to be in their pages). As I was working on the latest installment, I…
  • Travel Photography Tips & Tricks

    Scott Kelby
    24 Jul 2015 | 12:16 am
    Hi Gang: If you missed “The Grid” this week, our topic was travel photography, and I showed image, and talked tips and tricks based on my trip last week to London and Paris. Lots of helpful little nuggets, and we answered lots of questions from viewers. If you’ve got a sec, here’s the episode (below): In case you missed it — I posted my favorite images from the trip over at exposure.co (along with the story and more tips there, too). There’s that link: http://bit.ly/1Ds4ssN Lastly, if you’ve got a sec, I was featured this over at shotkit with a look at…
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    Digital Photography School

  • Top 10 Features to Bring Your Seascape Photos to Life

    Jim Hamel
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Seascapes are awesome opportunities for photography. In fact, it will probably be your first impulse upon seeing the ocean to pull out your camera (or wish you had it with you). It takes some skill, however, to turn a beautiful coastal scene into something more than a snapshot. If you are not careful, your coastal photo can be a boring picture of sand and water. One of the keys to success for coastal photography is finding something interesting along the coastline to put in your picture. It would be great if there was an abandoned boat every 100 meters, but there isn’t. And we…
  • How to do Milky Way Photography – A Comprehensive Tutorial

    Gavin Hardcastle
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    You’re spinning through our solar system on a gorgeous blue marble which offers jaw dropping views of an astronomical phenomenon we call The Milky Way. Wait for our marble to line up just right, and you’ll have a perfect opportunity to create awe inspiring images that harness that galactic chandelier hovering over your head. My students are often delighted to learn that capturing spectacular images of The Milky Way is easy, once you know a few essential tips. Planning when and where to do Milky Way photography is just as important as the techniques and equipment you’ll be…
  • 5 Incredible Storm Photographers and Their Best Images

    James Brandon
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    I’ve been a landscape and travel photographer for nearly six years now. While I will always love standing in front of an amazing landscape at sunset, nothing on earth can compare to the feeling I get when standing in front of a massive supercell with 40-50mph winds at my back, watching it twist and churn, as it tries to lower itself to the ground. It’s the most intense and pure mixture of awe, fear and respect for mother nature that I’ve been able to find to this day. © James Brandon. Henrietta, TX Supercell © James Brandon. Ranger, TX Supercell I’m just now…
  • The Secret to Great Photography Portfolio

    John McIntire
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:38 am
    If you’ve been around the photography world for a short time, you probably have at least a basic grasp of the technical skills. You know how to manipulate depth of field with aperture, where to focus in a portrait, and how to compensate your exposure for extremes in shadows and highlights. Even knowing things like that, you’ve probably stumbled across some incredible portfolios or magazine spreads and asked, “How did they do that?” Or even “What’s their secret?” The secret to a great photography portfolio is simple. It isn’t even a secret at…
  • 8 Factors to Look at Before You Choose a New DSLR or Mirrorless Camera

    Chris Corradino
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Not too long ago, the path to choosing your gear was very clear. If you wanted to take professional quality images, the DSLR reigned supreme. Yet, the landscape of available camera gear is constantly evolving, and today there are more options than ever before. Instead of just one or two dominant companies, you now have outstanding systems from no less than seven manufacturers. Mirrorless cameras have matured from a niche product to a complete solution, while DSLRs have been further refined. This may sound daunting at first, but with a bit of research, it’s possible to find a…
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    Engadget RSS Feed

  • Facebook made a solar-powered plane to deliver internet

    Edgar Alvarez
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Facebook started teasing its internet-beaming planes last year, but now we're seeing one that it actually built. Pictured above is Aquila, a solar-powered, 140-foot unmanned plane that's designed to deliver internet connectivity from altitudes of 60,...
  • JXE Streams: A piece of puzzle pie in 'The Talos Principle' DLC

    Jessica Conditt
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:40 pm
    There's nothing about pies in The Talos Principle. We're probably just hungry. Either way, today we jump into The Road to Gehenna, a bit of DLC for The Talos Principle that features brand new puzzles, a fresh storyline and (most likely) philosophical...
  • Facebook's 'Security Checkup' is ready to guard your account

    Andrew Tarantola
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Facebook initially rolled out a new account safety feature, dubbed Security Checkup, this May as part of a limited test release. Today, that feature is available for all users. Security Checkup is designed to make finding and enabling Facebook's mult...
  • A closer look at the Edge browser in Windows 10

    Dana Wollman
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    In 18 days, Internet Explorer will turn 20 years old. But rather than celebrating with a new version, as it did for birthday number 15, Microsoft will be shoving IE away into an obscure folder with other legacy applications -- you know, like Paint. T...
  • Uber opens car-leasing program to lure in more drivers

    Edgar Alvarez
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Over the past few days, Uber's been busy introducing new PR stunts and dealing with a controversy about its app being deceitful. Today the company's making a move that, if it works according to plan, will benefit its long-term business strategy: it i...
 
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    Strobist

  • Kinda Genius: The LP742 LightSwitch

    28 Jul 2015 | 9:03 am
    See that? That's the high water mark to date for my dual-purpose creativity with a speedlight case. Being padded, I use it as a thermos for my station-purchased beverage when home-bound from New York City on the train.(Works totally ace, BTW.)But that bar just got seriously upped today by the LumoPro LP742 "LightSwitch" speedlight case. Read more »
  • On Assignment: The Light You Don't See

    11 Jul 2015 | 3:43 pm
    This photo is 100% flash, 0% ambient. But it almost looks like the reverse. And for this portrait of soprano Robin Steitz, a timeless available-light look was what we were going for.But when you are working with flash (a single speedlight) and controlling your light (a scrounged "fill blanket" from the couch) you can keep the best of both worlds of strobe and ambient. Read more »
  • GPP Pop-Up Seattle: Why Go, and What to Expect

    18 Jun 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Several folks have asked for more specifics on the Seattle GPP Pop-Up. So here's the long version.Gulf Photo Plus is widely regarded as one of the best photo weeks... well, anywhere. And deservedly so. Every year, people attend from dozens of countries all over the world.The problem is that GPP is held in Dubai, which is an awful long way for most westerners to travel.But each year Gulf Photo Plus holds a Pop-Up event somewhere other than Dubai. In 2013 they were in London, and in 2014 it was Singapore. This year, for the first time, a GPP Pop-Up is being held in the US. It's scheduled for…
  • On the Road? Backup Without the Bulk-Up

    2 Jun 2015 | 5:56 am
    I seldom review gadgets these days, but sometimes something is so useful that it's worth telling people about. Such is the case with the SD card-enabled Western Digital My Passport Wireless hard drive.Read more »
  • Gulf Photo Plus is Coming to the US

    11 May 2015 | 12:55 pm
    UPDATE: Several folks have asked me for more information on the content of the weekend. I can't speak for everyone else, but here is a detailed look at where we are going in my session. -DHI teach very infrequently now, at most just once or twice a year. That said, without fail I attend Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai every March.It's a great event, with quality instructors and a fantastic group (family?) of people running it. But Dubai is a long way away, to be sure.So three years ago, we worked out a sort of "road version" of GPP. It's a compressed, wall-to-wall weekend that brings a bit of GPP to…
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Samsung starts mass-production of thinner 16MP sensor with 1.0μm Pixels

    30 Jul 2015 | 10:54 am
    Samsung has announced the start of mass-production of its S5K3P3 image sensor for mobile devices. The new chip is 20 percent thinner than previous generations. At under 5mm thickness, the new sensor can be used in ultra-thin smartphones without creating the protruding camera modules we've seen on some of the latest Samsung Galaxy models. Read more
  • Olympus Tough TG-4 studio and real-world samples posted

    30 Jul 2015 | 10:23 am
    Olympus' TG-series Tough cameras have been a popular choice among enthusiasts looking for a rugged compact. The TG-4 is waterproof to 15m/50ft, as well as shockproof and crushproof, and includes Raw support. See how it performs out and about and in our studio compared to other rugged compacts. Read more
  • What's in a name? Zeiss provides details on lens partnerships and production

    30 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Lens maker Zeiss has written a blog post about its relationships with other manufacturers - specifically its partnership with Sony. The post sheds some light on exactly what that little blue logo on your lens can mean. The blog post itself appears to have been written by the marketing department, but reading between the lines gives us a better idea of how its relationship with Sony works. Read more
  • Canon's multi-purpose ME20F-SH camera reaches ISO 4 million

    29 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Canon has introduced its ME20F-SH multi-purpose camera - a black cube with an EF mount and the ability to capture video in near-darkness. With the ability to capture Full HD color video in light levels as low as 0.0005 lux and a top ISO of over 4 million, the ME20F-SH is well suited for surveillance and security as well as wildlife applications. Learn more
  • Adobe Camera Raw 9.1.1 now available

    29 Jul 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Adobe has released Camera Raw version 9.1.1, adding Raw support for the Canon PowerShot G3 X, Leica Q (Typ 119) and Sony A7R II among others. Per a separate announcement yesterday, this will be the last update for CS6 users. Read more
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • A Quick before and after

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:03 pm
    So I thought I would walk you through a quick edit and let you in on my thoughts. Starting image… reset to just the RAW image for you to see all the steps. (I have a preset that is applied on import usually.) The first step that sets the tone for the image and helps clarify the editing is getting the crop and composition how I like it. I crop to the image, not to a set ratio, but some folks prefer to keep certain ratios for printing… it is up to you. Since the main story of the image is the boy and his bike, there is a lot of extraneous area that can be cropped. For action…
  • My New Lightroom Book (just announced today) Is Very Different Than My Other Lightroom Book

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:16 am
    Hi Gang: The video above kind of explains what the book is about, but I thought I’d take 30-seconds to define both, so you know which one is for you (and, of course, I’m hoping one of them is for you. And your friends. And family. And strangers you meet on the street. Etc.). My existing Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers It’s designed to teach you Lightroom from the ground up, and its focus is on workflow, and teaching you all the awesome stuff that Lightroom does so you can fall in love with it like about a bazillion photographers around the world already have. Here are the links…
  • A Quick Portrait “Finishing Move” in Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:16 am
    Hi Gang (and Happy Monday). This isn’t some earth-shattering Lightroom secret or anything, but it’s something that I do to a lot of my portraits, kind of as a finishing move, and while it’s subtle, I think it’s important. I get a lot of questions about these finishing moves, so I thought I’d share this one here today. It’s about a very quick way to brighten just your subject’s face, which is something (as I said), I do a lot. The original image is above. STEP ONE: Get the Adjustment Brush; double-click on the word “Effects” to reset all…
  • Bringing Your Logo into Lightroom (with a transparent background behind it)

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:16 am
    Happy Friday everybody. Here’s a tip on how to bring your logo into Lightroom (so you can use it in slideshows, or as an identity plate, or for the title of a slideshow, or whatever), but with a transparent background behind it (that’s the cool part). Here’s how it’s done: STEP ONE: We have start over in Photoshop (any ol’ version will do). Open a new document, and then use the Place command (under the File menu) to bring in your logo, so it appears on its own layer above the background layer (as shown here). STEP TWO: Now, go to the Layers panel and drag the…
  • Shortcut for Keyboard shortcuts

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:24 am
    If you are like me, you love keyboard shortcuts but often forget that cool one that you only use every now and then. The good news is that you can press Command -/  (slash) or (PC Ctrl -/) to bring up all of the keyboard shortcuts for that module. Now if you can just remember that one shortcut you are all set.   The post Shortcut for Keyboard shortcuts appeared first on Lightroom Killer Tips.
 
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Udemy Launches Developer Course for iOS 9, Offers Discount to MacRumors Readers

    Juli Clover
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:57 am
    Online learning site Udemy, which offers classes on a wide range of subjects including programming, photography, Photoshop, writing, and more, is today debuting a new iOS 9 Developer Course that aims to teach students how to use Xcode 7 and Swift 2 to make iOS apps. Designed to be a comprehensive tutorial on app development for iOS 9 for complete beginners, the course includes a total of 28 hours of video lectures that cover topics like the Swift language, Xcode, SpriteKit, Inputs, Buttons, Reactive Interfaces, Navigation, Storage, Live Content, Images, Accelerometers, Motion Feedback, iAds,…
  • Dashlane Launches One-Tap Password Changer for iPhone and Apple Watch

    Mitchel Broussard
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:47 am
    Dashlane today announced an update to its existing iPhone app alongside the launch of an all-new Apple Watch experience, both of which bring the service's one-tap password changing feature from desktop to Apple's mobile and wearable devices. Dashlane unveiled the Password Changer feature late last year for the desktop, which allowed users to change multiple passwords at once so they can more easily update their password info if any of their data is ever breached. Today's updates extend that sense of security for Dashlane users to iPhone and Apple Watch, which the company says is completely…
  • Apple Music Snapchat Account Takes Users Behind the Scenes of Beats 1 Radio

    Husain Sumra
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:54 pm
    Apple today announced a Snapchat account for Apple Music that initially provides a behind-the-scenes look at Beats 1 Radio and its personalities while also showing off segments of the cities it operates from with some music playing in the background. It's unknown what kind of content the account will provide in the future. The account's first Snapchat "story", which is the combination of multiple photos and videos taken throughout its first day of operation, takes followers on a journey from Beats 1's Los Angeles HQ with Zane Lowe, watching as he works on his show before it switches to London…
  • 'Fantastical 2' for iPhone Gains Drafts, Japanese Localization

    Juli Clover
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    Popular calendar app Fantastical 2 for iPhone was today updated to version 2.4, adding a useful new feature that allows users to create event drafts. With drafts, it's possible to start creating an event or Reminder and then swipe downwards to save it as a draft, setting it aside to multitask and access other events on the calendar. For example, if you start scheduling a lunch meeting but need to pause in the middle to check your afternoon schedule, there's no need to discard what you've written entirely -- you can save it as a draft, check the calendar, and come back to it. Draft posts are…
  • Apple Music Exclusively Debuts Keith Richards 'Trouble' Video

    Juli Clover
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:57 am
    Continuing on with its stream of exclusive content, Apple Music is today premiering the video for Keith Richards' latest single, "Trouble." The video is exclusively available through Apple Music Connect on Keith Richards' page on the artist-focused social networking site. Because the video is shared on Apple Music Connect, it does not require an Apple Music subscription to watch. Designed to let fans connect with artists, Apple Music Connect's content is all available for free and will continue to be free after people's three-month free trials expire. Exclusive video premiere of “Trouble”…
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