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  • Intriguing speculation as to why life might exist on Europa [video]

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    Kate Rinsema
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:12 pm
    As astronomers gaze deep into the universe looking for planets that could sustain life, is it possible the answer's been in our own solar system the whole time? The post Intriguing speculation as to why life might exist on Europa [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • People being awesome: The story behind the viral duckling video

    Jenni Ryall
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Cute ducks waddling across a road are saving the world one small step at a time. This video, created by Animals Australia, received 90 million views and almost two million shares on Facebook in 10 days. On first watch, it appears to be a compilation of people being generally awesome helping our feathered friends out, but it is not as straightforward as it seems. The video is part of a campaign to end duck shooting in Victoria and the final message is not cute: "You know what's not awesome? Shooting ducks for 'fun'," it reads. See also: 14 goats that made your heart skip a bleat in 2014 Lisa…
  • I Hated Keeping A Gratitude Journal--Here's What Worked Instead

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    Allison Jones
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:57 am
    Keeping a gratitude journal is a nice idea, but it can actually backfire and make things worse. Here's what to do instead.I profoundly believe in the importance and power of gratitude.Read Full Story
  • Thankful

    John Biggs
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:34 pm
     Time’s running out. We fear. We long for escape. We all succumb to fire, disease, and sloth. There’s not a lot to be thankful for. But it’s getting better. We have mastered many infectious diseases and we can manage life expectancy and infant mortality with some degree of success. Most of us survive past the first few hours of life these days. We can be thankful for that.… Read More
  • The problem with problems

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:44 am
    We have limits. There are challenges, limited resources, people or organizations working against you. Your knee hurts, the boss is a jerk, the systems are down. We have opportunities. There are opportunities, new sources of leverage and ideas just waiting to be embraced. You can share something, give something, make something better. There are always limits, and there are always opportunities. The ones we rehearse and focus on are the ones that shape our attitude and our actions. How many times a day do you think about or announce the limits you face, the people who cannot be trusted, the…
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  • Intriguing speculation as to why life might exist on Europa [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:12 pm
    As astronomers gaze deep into the universe looking for planets that could sustain life, is it possible the answer's been in our own solar system the whole time? The post Intriguing speculation as to why life might exist on Europa [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Do not do this if your car starts sliding on ice [video]

    Josh Urich
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    When the Polar Vortex hits, the roads are going to freeze. Watch this video for a lesson of what not to do if your car skids on ice. Notice how, when the two people try to bail, only one successfully makes it out of the car. The post Do not do this if your car starts sliding on ice [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Here’s a Golden Retriever playing in the snow with her puppies [video]

    Josh Urich
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Snow's here, which is a bummer. But to cheer you up, here's a Golden Retriever momma playing with her puppies in the snow. So the snow still sucks, but this is really cute. The post Here’s a Golden Retriever playing in the snow with her puppies [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Jimmy Fallon’s SNL audition will make you understand why he’s a star [video]

    Josh Urich
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Not that Jimmy Fallon is a big ol' star, we tend to forget that he comes from pretty humble beginnings. Even the great Jimmy Fallon had to audition for SNL. Also, look how slender he was. The post Jimmy Fallon’s SNL audition will make you understand why he’s a star [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • How to peel lots of potatoes with your bare hands [video]

    Josh Urich
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Just in time for Thanksgiving dinner, here's a quick way to peel lots of potatoes with your bare hands. Simply boil potatoes until cooked, dump in an ice bath, then bam! Skin pops right off. The post How to peel lots of potatoes with your bare hands [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
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  • People being awesome: The story behind the viral duckling video

    Jenni Ryall
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Cute ducks waddling across a road are saving the world one small step at a time. This video, created by Animals Australia, received 90 million views and almost two million shares on Facebook in 10 days. On first watch, it appears to be a compilation of people being generally awesome helping our feathered friends out, but it is not as straightforward as it seems. The video is part of a campaign to end duck shooting in Victoria and the final message is not cute: "You know what's not awesome? Shooting ducks for 'fun'," it reads. See also: 14 goats that made your heart skip a bleat in 2014 Lisa…
  • Full of Turkey? Time for a live-streamed 'MST3K' marathon

    Jessica Plautz
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Cord cutters, rejoice! The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Thanksgiving Day marathon does not require a cable-television subscription. The marathon, which started Thursday at 12 p.m. ET, includes live streaming of six episodes of the TV show. The cult hit B-movie comedy series ran on various networks from 1988 to 1999. See also: Stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 Reunite for New Series So if you're done stuffing your face, and Thanksgiving football is not your thing, take a seat and enjoy some hearty laughs. Pranksters give away cash to honest strangers for Thanksgiving Daredevil climbs a…
  • Pranksters give away cash to honest strangers for Thanksgiving

    Jessica Plautz
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:19 pm
    If you saw someone drop a ton of cash, would you tell them? American comedian and prankster Roman Atwood says in a YouTube video posted Thursday that he wanted to give away some money — but in an unusual way. He repeatedly let a briefcase of cash fly open on city streets to see if anyone would tell him See also: 50 Amazingly Epic Pranks So do people inform Atwood that he just dropped a bunch of bills? Just watch and see. The video may restore your faith in humanity this Thanksgiving. Daredevil climbs a decrepit 919-foot chimney without any equipment Here's how Taylor Swift and Lorde…
  • Los Angeles police release Ferguson protesters for Thanksgiving

    Jessica Plautz
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:01 pm
    The Los Angeles police chief ordered on Thursday the release of about 90 Ferguson protesters who were arrested Wednesday night. After Monday's announcement that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the shooting death of Michael Brown, protests broke out in dozens of cities across the United States. In downtown Los Angeles, about 200 demonstrators ended an hours-long march on Wednesday night, after they were stopped by riot police. See also: NYC Ferguson protesters rally at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade About 130 of those demonstrators were arrested, according to NBC…
  • Philadelphia families volunteer to host guests during Pope Francis' first U.S. visit

    Jessica Plautz
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Pope Francis, in case you haven't heard, will be visiting the United States in the fall of 2015. The pope confirmed earlier this month that he will attend the eighth World Meeting of Families, which will be held from Sept. 22 to 27, 2015, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Preparations have since been underway in anticipation of Pope Francis' visit See also: The Pope Comes to America: Here's What His Holiness Should See He will be the fourth reigning pope to visit the U.S.: Paul VI visited in 1965, John Paul II visited a total of seven times, and Pope Benedict XVI visited in 2008. Event…
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  • I Hated Keeping A Gratitude Journal--Here's What Worked Instead

    Allison Jones
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:57 am
    Keeping a gratitude journal is a nice idea, but it can actually backfire and make things worse. Here's what to do instead.I profoundly believe in the importance and power of gratitude.Read Full Story
  • The Most Difficult Conversations You Have Ever Had At Work

    Rose Pastore
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Readers share stories of weird, scary, and embarrassing office conversations.This week at Fast Company, we've been talking about challenging conversations, from "Your performance sucks" to "Hey boss, I'm pregnant." We learned the common mistakes managers make when delivering bad news, and what to do when a coworker has a meltdown in the office.Read Full Story
  • Uber's Woes Could Be A Boon For Lyft

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

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

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

    John Biggs
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:34 pm
     Time’s running out. We fear. We long for escape. We all succumb to fire, disease, and sloth. There’s not a lot to be thankful for. But it’s getting better. We have mastered many infectious diseases and we can manage life expectancy and infant mortality with some degree of success. Most of us survive past the first few hours of life these days. We can be thankful for that.… Read More
  • A Gift Guide For Watch-Loving Ladies

    Ariel Adams
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:30 pm
     While almost anyone can wear any watch – some watch companies aim traditionally female watches at men with small wrists – a dedicated woman’s watch is beautiful, well-made, and timeless. Here are some of my favorites for the past year. Read More
  • These Aren’t The Drones You’re Looking For

    Anthony Ha
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
     As we approach the holiday season, San Francisco startup Doorman has been getting a lot of attention from the press — after all, by delivering packages when you’re actually home, rather than when it’s convenient for the delivery service, Doorman should reduce the risk that your gifts will get stolen while they’re sitting on your doorstep. I was actually quoted in an… Read More
  • Windows Phone 8.1 Finally Breaks The 50% Market Share Threshold

    Alex Wilhelm
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:27 am
     Windows Phone 8.1 accounted for more than 50 percent of all Windows Phone usage in November. It closed October with 46.7 percent of the market. Windows Phone 8, its predecessor, still controls 33.5 percent of the Windows Phone base. That amount will decline as more carriers update phones that were initially sold with an earlier version of the Windows Phone platform. Here’s the chart… Read More
  • Spend Your Black Friday Funds Helping Crowdfund A Mission To The Moon

    Natasha Lomas
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:56 am
     You have enough towels already. And owning more gadgets just means more under-utilized stuff gathering accusatory dust. So why not spend the Black Friday funds you’d set aside to spend on sales tomorrow helping to crowdfund a mission to The Moon instead? Read More
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  • The problem with problems

    Seth Godin
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:44 am
    We have limits. There are challenges, limited resources, people or organizations working against you. Your knee hurts, the boss is a jerk, the systems are down. We have opportunities. There are opportunities, new sources of leverage and ideas just waiting to be embraced. You can share something, give something, make something better. There are always limits, and there are always opportunities. The ones we rehearse and focus on are the ones that shape our attitude and our actions. How many times a day do you think about or announce the limits you face, the people who cannot be trusted, the…
  • The last minute glitch

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

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

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

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

    Erik Klemetti
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:09 pm
    New eruptions at Japan’s Aso have become intense enough to cause some flight cancellations in and out of Kumamoto. The Asosan caldera is one of the Japan’s more active volcanic cluster and since 2003, the Nakadake crater in Aso have been producing small explosive eruptions. However, the tenor of the activity has increased since the […] The post Eruptions from Japan’s Aso Becoming More Intense appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Teen Brain “Shuts Down” When It Hears Mom’s Criticism

    Christian Jarrett
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:54 am
    Neuroscientists scanned the brains of teenagers while they listened to criticism from their Moms. Areas of the teens' brains involved emotional regulation and taking other people's perspective appeared to shut down while they listened to the criticism. The post The Teen Brain “Shuts Down” When It Hears Mom’s Criticism appeared first on WIRED.
  • 10 British Shows You Need to Stream on Netflix This Thanksgiving

    Laura Hudson
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Thanksgiving is nearly upon us, and hey, since being kind of contrary is the American way, why not celebrate this most delicious of holidays by watching some of the best TV from the country so many of those early settlers were fleeing? Yes, everybody knows about Sherlock and The Office, but there's a whole cornucopia of excellent and lesser-known British series ripe for the streaming on Netflix. Here's what you should be watching on Turkey Day. The post 10 British Shows You Need to Stream on Netflix This Thanksgiving appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Weirdest Incidents Involving Wild Turkeys This Week

    Jon Mooallem
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:45 am
    Wild turkeys were “everywhere” on Cape Cod, despite having once been extinct in Massachusetts. The birds were also booming again in Ohio, Florida, Texas, Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, and New Jersey, where turkey numbers had increased a thousand-fold since 1977, when 22 wild turkeys were brought in from New York and Vermont to restock what was then a virtually turkey-less state. A New Jersey biologist now assured the public: “I think that they are here to stay,” and a local Op-Ed writer attributed the turkey’s success, in part, to polygamy. The post The Weirdest Incidents Involving…
  • A Stylish App That Helps You Stick to a Budget

    Margaret Rhodes
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Most users don’t need charts, they just need to know if a new pair of shoes is going to blow the weekly budget. The post A Stylish App That Helps You Stick to a Budget appeared first on WIRED.
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  • How to Calculate the Value of Your Blog

    Guest Blogger
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
    This is a guest contribution from Tom Fanelli. For most businesses, blogs are marketing tools. And while most take the time to measure their ROI from other marketing avenues, I’m surprised by how many don’t truly understand how their blog is (or is not) benefiting their bottom line. Understanding your blog’s value can help you determine if you want to invest more on its development, adjust your blogging strategy to make it more effective, or simply cut back on your investment entirely. Sound good? Here’s a guide on how to figure out your blog’s value. Track the cost of content…
  • Man Vs. Machine: Get Better Sales by Keeping Marketing Automation Human

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

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

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

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

    Thorin Klosowski
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Ever wonder who said something first on Twitter? Now that Twitter's opened up its archive of tweets, you can easily figure that out. Who Said It First is a search tool that'll help you do just that. Read more...
  • Give Babies and Young Kids Less Frequent Baths to Reduce Eczema Issues

    Melanie Pinola
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Ten to twenty percent of children are diagnosed with eczema, a chronic skin condition that causes patches of dry, itchy, and inflamed skin. Experts recommend less frequent baths and daily moisturizing to keep eczema at bay.Read more...
  • Keep Gravy Warm and Smooth for Hours in a Thermos

    Alan Henry
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Whether you're traveling and bringing the gravy with you, or you want to keep it fresh for your Thanksgiving leftovers, your secret weapon is a simple thermos of coffee carafe. It'll keep the gravy warm and keep it from thickening for hours, until it's ready to serve.Read more...
  • Avoid Overeating at Holiday Feasts by Sticking With Homemade Food

    Dave Greenbaum
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    This time of year, many us are going to those holiday parties and get-togethers. If you're trying to cut calories, avoid prepackaged foods at holiday parties.Read more...
  • Amazon's GoPro Hero 4 Bundle Includes a $50 Gift Card and 32GB MicroSD

    Shep McAllister, Commerce Team on Deals, shared by Shep McAllister, Commerce Team to Lifehacker
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:10 am
    GoPro's brand new Hero4 Silver is the first GoPro with an integrated LCD touchscreen, and packs advanced features like 2.7K recording at 30FPS and Wi-Fi connectivity. Yesterday's L.L. Bean $40 cash discount was the first deal we'd seen on it, but Amazon just topped it with a bundle of their own.Read more...
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  • Black Friday 2014: Best Deals on Macs, iPads, iPhones, Apps, and Apple Accessories

    Juli Clover
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:05 am
    Though it's not quite Friday, and many of you are still waiting to dig in to Thanksgiving dinners with family, many retailers are kicking off their Black Friday sales early this year. Stores like Best Buy, Target, and Walmart, where some of the best deals are to be had, will be opening their doors to shoppers as early as 5 p.m. local time. While you can see a massive list of all the Black Friday discounts being offered on Apple products and accessories in our comprehensive Black Friday roundup, we've gathered up some of the most enticing Black Friday deals below. Many of the deals listed…
  • Apple Releases New iPhone 6 Ad: 'Voice Text'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    27 Nov 2014 | 11:27 am
    Thanksgiving is the perfect time of year to gather on the couch and watch a good movie. While we're sitting there, moaning in pain, having eaten too much yet again, and thinking about how miserable it was to travel, and how crazy our family members are, these 10 movies are a reminder that we're not alone in the world. And, indeed, despite everything, there are many, many wonderful things about this time of year, and plenty of things to be thankful for. Like Netflix.Addams Family Values To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • YubiKeys by Yubico provide two-factor authentication by USB

    27 Nov 2014 | 10:54 am
    I’ve written a few times about two-factor authentication (2FA), where a password (something you know) is paired with a second item, like a device-generated token or one-time code sent via SMS (something you have). A password can be stolen or sometimes extracted, so a second factor makes it substantially more difficult for someone who lacks physical access to you or your stuff to break into one of your accounts. This restricts attackers from accomplishing wholesale attacks across thousands or millions of accounts, unless 2FA is badly implemented or attackers find an exploit. While Apple has…
  • Insecurity blanket: iOS has antivirus makers feeling left out

    27 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Did you hear the one about the antivirus company CEO who got to opine on TechCrunch about how Apple should open up iOS? Oh, it’s not a joke. Well, maybe it is, actually. “It’s Time For Apple To Open Up” (indirect link and tip o’ the antlers to Daring Fireball) The writer, John Prisco, is identified thusly: John Prisco is president and CEO of Triumfant. Oh. Huh. You might wonder what Triumfant is other than another charming tech misspelling of an actual word. Pff. They put the link in, dummy. What, does TechCrunch have to spoon feed you someone’s laughable biases or something?
  • The best Black Friday iOS apps for shopping in stores and online

    27 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Another Thanksgiving is here, which means another Black Friday is nearly upon us. Many retailers have already started their discount madness, with all kinds of pre-Black Friday sales and promotions ready to lure you in with the latest “must-have” deal. If you plan on venturing out in the wee hours after Thanksgiving (or late on Thanksgiving night), or have your eye on a particular online sale, your iPhone can be a great aid for finding that sought-after gadget or scouring for additional discounts from specific stores. The following apps can help you hone in on what you’re after, so you…
  • Six second-screen apps just for NFL fans

    27 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    In an era of always-near smartphones and tablets, it can be difficult to pay attention to one thing at a time—especially when you’re watching football. How can you resist the urge to zip through your Twitter feed, share your thoughts on that last big play, and constantly check scores for games you’re not watching? And if you’re a fantasy football nut, chances are you’re thinking about a half-dozen players on other teams even when your home team is on the big screen. If you can’t resist having a second (or third, or fourth) screen in view while watching NFL action on Thanksgiving…
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    Smashing Magazine

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Worldwide Photo Walk Leader Competition Winner Announced!

    Scott Kelby
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:29 am
    This was another really tough one. In fact, I’d say this year’s Leader Competition had the best images submitted of any year yet, and that makes picking one winner a really tough decision. Really tough. I’m announcing the winning image, and three honorable mentions that were all in the running (and any one could have easily have been the winning image — it was that close!).THE WINNER Congratulations to our 2014 Worldwide Photo Walk Leader Competition, Israel Zapata from Spain. I just loved this shot — I love the sense of movement, the expression on the subjects face,…
  • Happy Thanksgiving Everybody!

    Scott Kelby
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Today in the U.S. we celebrate Thanksgiving; a national holiday where we give thanks for the many blessings we enjoy (and I truly feel like the most blessed guy on earth). Traditionally this is a day  where families come together to eat a Thanksgiving turkey feast, and then we watch football until we pass out. It’s just about a perfect day. Our offices are closed today for Thanksgiving, but I’ll be back here tomorrow with some insane deals on all our stuff in honor of the biggest shopping day of the year (known as Black Friday).In the meantime, please enjoy the stock image above…
  • Our Best Cyber Weekend Deals EVER Start Today (this is seriously big!)

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

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

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

  • How to Create a Unique Bokeh Portrait for Under $10

    Nick Fancher
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    This shot was lit with one light on the subject along with the Christmas lights. You can have a luxurious bokeh in any of your images for the low cost of $4.99. Yes, you heard me right, just $4.99. How, you ask? I’ll tell you, but you won’t believe me – Christmas lights. Just a single strand of Christmas lights and a couple of flash units are all you need to immerse your subject in full-blown bokeh bliss. This isn’t a double exposure or a Photoshop trick. It can all be done in camera in a single exposure. I bought a strand of cheap Christmas lights from the store,…
  • A Practical Review of the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens

    Barry J Brady
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Nikon 24-70mm F2.8 Lens You will hear this from many photographers – “invest in your lenses”. Camera bodies will come and go, but a good lens can last a very long time. This was the advice that I first received when I started taking my photography seriously. Initially, I thought it was a bit hyped. I bought a cheap 70-300mm lens and used it at the first wedding I shot. I thought the images were fantastic until I bought a better lens a year later. I then realized how much difference a good lens can make. This review is not going to be a technical review of the lens. You…
  • The Easy Way to Make Your Own Custom Photoshop Brushes

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

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

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

    Chris Rawson
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    They don't celebrate Thanksgiving in the country I live in, but I figured I'd deliver some turkeys to your doorstep anyway... including, unfortunately, some that were stuffed and baked right here at TUAW. Samsung reportedly mulls leadership change a...
  • Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates

    Kelly Hodgkins
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can. Apps Now Free Instagrab - your Instag...
  • Daily Deals for November 26, 2014, featuring the Name Your Own Price Must-Have Mac Bundle

    Kelly Hodgkins
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....
  • MacTech Conference special this weekend

    Victor Agreda Jr
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    If you've never been, MacTech Conference is an event for IT Pros, consultants, and techs. This annual event has been fantastic each year since its 2010 inception - and I and others on the TUAW team have been a part of it first hand as media, attendee...
  • Original Apple co-founder Ronald Wayne auctioning off early Apple documents

    John-Michael Bond
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The story of Ronald Wayne almost sounds like the plot of a screwball comedy. One of the three original co-founders of Apple, Wayne sold his 10 percent stake in the company for $800 early in the company's life, and then forfeited any future claims tow...
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  • On Assignment: Lighting Like Leo

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:27 am
    Of all of the wonderful things that have happened since I began writing Strobist eight years ago, certainly the best is the steady parade of creative people I have met as a result. And few are more talented (or insan motivated) than London-based photographer Drew Gardner.We grew up in the same era, both working for newspapers in our respective cities. We left the papers and graduated to second careers. Drew moved onto a mix of editorial, commercial and art photography. And I, well, sometimes I'm not sure how exactly to describe what it is that I do.So it was with equal parts curiosity and…
  • The Traveling Photographer_PARIS Has Posted

    16 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Paris, the latest installment in The Traveling Photographer series, has just posted to Photographed this past May, the hour-long episode includes lots of practical, real-world advice for anyone who may be considering traveling to Paris with their camera. In addition to all of the city-specific travel advice, much of the episode explains how to make the most of your time there as a photographer. There are segments on where to go to get the best cityscapes, street shooting and even a section on shooting in Paris through a specially adapted toy camera lens.If a trip to Paris is in…
  • Inspiration: Atbin Eslami's Video Bio

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    Such a simple idea, and not so difficult to do—unless you count all of the self-inspection it will require. Iranian-born (now in Dubai) photographer Atbin Eslami's video-bio of herself first made me think, "that's really cool."And second, "Why haven't I done that?" Read more »
  • On Assignment: Ben Lurye

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

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    For lighting photographers, the first thing to consider about a tripod is this: a tripod is your most powerful light.Read more »
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  • 2014 Enthusiast Mirrorless Camera Roundup

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:52 pm
    The enthusiast camera category is small, but mighty. These cameras offer more high-end features and controls than their consumer-level counterparts, many doubling as excellent video and still cameras. Expect fast burst rates, strong image quality, solid AF performance and in several cases, 4k video capture. Read our 2014 enthusiast mirrorless roundup and see how the cameras in this category compare
  • 2014 High-end Pocketable Compact Roundup

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:50 pm
    Optical zooms with fast glass, the ability to capture in Raw, large sensors (compared to those in smartphones), and even EVFs are finding their way into this class of camera. And while they may lack the controls of bulkier enthusiast compacts, many of them offer comparable image quality in a sleeker package 2014 Enthusiast Pocketable Compact Roundup
  • 2014 Enthusiast DSLR Roundup

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:15 pm
    There's a lot of action in the enthusiast DSLR segment at the moment, and this category in our seasonal roundup includes the top-performing APS-C DSLRs from each manufacturers. These cameras may not have full frame sensors, but what they do have is pro-level controls and features, borrowed from their high-end cousins. Read more in our 2014 enthusiast DSLR roundup
  • Enthusiast mirrorless camera roundup (2014)

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:14 pm
    As a keen enthusiast photographer, which mirrorless camera should I buy?
  • 2014 Mid-range Mirrorless Roundup

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:10 pm
    2014 saw the addition of numerous consumer-oriented mirrorless cameras, many borrowing high-end features from their enthusiast-level counterparts. These cameras make for excellent second cameras to a DSLR and great standalone cameras for anyone craving controls, good image quality and a compact size. Find out which we recommend in our 2014 Mid-level mirrorless roundup
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Happy Thanksgiving Lightroom Lovers! (Matt Kloskowski)
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:06 am
    Today in the U.S. we celebrate Thanksgiving; a national holiday where we give thanks for the many blessings we enjoy (and I truly feel like the most blessed guy on earth). Our offices are closed today for Thanksgiving (whoo hoo!) as traditionally this is a day where families come together to eat a massive Thanksgiving turkey feast, and then we watch football until we pass out. It’s just about a perfect day. If it’s not Thanksgiving where you live today, I wish you and your family a wonderful “Thursday” (and it’s totally cool to have a turkey feast today either way.
  • Lightroom Tweaks for Landscape Photographers (Matt Kloskowski)
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:20 am
    Just came across this article over at called “3 Lightroom Tweaks to Get Your Landscape Photographs to Sing” written by British travel photographer Jason Row. Worth checking out (here’s the link).     The post Lightroom Tweaks for Landscape Photographers appeared first on Lightroom Killer Tips.
  • TIP: What To Do If You’ve Lost The Original Image File… (Matt Kloskowski)
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    This is pretty strong case for creating Smart Previews when you import your images into Lightroom, because even though the Smart Preview is smaller than the original, it’s actually larger than you’d think (it’s 2,540 pixels on the longest edge). That way, if you get in a bind and lose the original image (for whatever reason), you can Export the Smart Preview as a DNG file so you will have a physical file that you can actually print around letter size at 240 ppi — that’s ain’t bad. So while it won’t have the same full resolution as the original, at least…
  • If You’ve Ever Wanted The Nik Collection of LR Plug-ins, Now’s Your Chance (Matt Kloskowski)
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:14 am
    Today we kicked off our “Cyber Weekend” deals at KelbyOne, and well…check this out. When you buy an annual KelbyOne membership (as low as $149) you get the full Nik software collection of LR/PS plug-ins included with your membership. The full collection! Silver Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, the new Analog Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro — all of it (heck, the collection itself sells for $149). Anyway, pretty incredible deals on memberships and a whole bunch of other stuff. Our “Cyber Weekend Deal Page” is at this link.    The post If You’ve Ever Wanted The Nik…
  • My “Magic Number” for Nice Subtle Edge Vignetting (Matt Kloskowski)
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Adding a vignette (darkening the edges all the way around the image to focus the attention on your subject) is definitely one of those things you either love with the passion of a thousand burning suns, or you hate it with every fiber of your being. Most folks fall on one side or the other (kind of like people feel about HDR), but I think one reason is that, like HDR, people tend to greatly overdue their vignettes making them really obvious and over the top. Personally, I’m a fan of adding a very subtle vignette — one that you wouldn’t really even notice was there (a kind of…
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • President Obama Signs E-Label Act, Companies No Longer Required to Etch FCC Labels on Devices

    Richard Padilla
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:57 pm
    Earlier this year, U.S. Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) introduced the E-Label Act, which would allow for companies to meet the FCC's demands for certification labels by placing digital stamps on a device's software as opposed to etching information on hardware. The senators argued that the changes would allow manufacturers to save money and pass savings onto consumers. This was followed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) loosening its rules for labeling, stating that manufacturers could bypass etching FCC labels on their devices in favor of labeling by…
  • 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Teaser to Be Featured on iTunes Trailers This Friday

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

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

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

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

  • The importance of darshini: What to know about southern India's ubiquitous roadside cafes

    27 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The Indian city of Bangalore is home to more than 5,000 darshini cafes. Here are a handful to tryThe traveler in India will encounter endless places to eat -- but more and more often, especially in the southern part of the country, the humble "darshini" is where they're winding up.  Darshinis are small, roadside cafes associated especially with the city of Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore), identified by high steel tables, open kitchens and limited menus. For legions of loyal customers -- from office drones to day laborers -- they're prized for quick, affordable, self-serve meals. Hot…
  • Nasty U.S. storm clears just in time for Thanksgiving

    27 Nov 2014 | 1:37 am
    It's a holiday travel miracle! The storms are leaving and conditions expected return to normal following huge delaysTags: winter weathercancel flightstravel delays
  • How do you empty an A380's toilets?

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

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:59 am
    Want to get ahead in international business? Stick to the agenda in Japan and don’t surprise a German Tags: Business traveltravel etiquettecultural differences
  • 49 square miles: The business executive's guide to San Francisco

    26 Nov 2014 | 5:34 am
    When the lights go down in the citay .. these tips will make your journey goldenTags: executive accessBusiness travel
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