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  • Can’t a guy get a drink?! Blown away in Iceland [video]

    Holy Kaw!
    Kate Rinsema
    27 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    Before you head out on a hike sure to work up a thirst in Iceland, check the wind speed. The post Can’t a guy get a drink?! Blown away in Iceland [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • All the rainfall records that have been broken in the southern Plains so far

    Mashable
    Andrew Freedman
    27 May 2015 | 9:27 am
    The epic weather whiplash event that has caused the southern Plains states, particularly Oklahoma and Texas, to go from drought conditions to flooding in just three weeks has broken numerous all-time rainfall records Oklahoma, for example, will likely have its wettest month of any on record. The same can be said for Oklahoma City and other communities there and in the Lone Star State See also: The anatomy of catastrophe in Flash Flood Alley, Texas Here is a running list of the rainfall records that have been broken so far, along with some nifty scientific charts that tell the story, courtesy…
  • How Google Makes Sure Google Now Is Useful, Personal, And Efficient--And Not Creepy

    Fast Company
    Harry McCracken
    27 May 2015 | 8:34 am
    Google Now honcho Aparna Chennapragada on the art of turning information into bite-sized, actionable cards.When Google director of product management Aparna Chennapragada was growing up in south India, she liked reading the newspapers that local stores used to wrap up goods. She enjoyed doing puzzles. And she was a comics fan.Read Full Story
  • Apple Confirms A Fix Is In The Works For The Bug That Crashes iPhones By Way Of Text Message

    TechCrunch
    Sarah Perez
    27 May 2015 | 9:27 am
     Apple says today it has a fix in the works for an odd software bug which has been able to crash users’ iPhones when they receive a text message with a specific string of characters. The bug, which involves having users send a string of symbols and Arabic characters to a victim’s iPhone, was first surfaced by the online community Reddit, but news of its existence has now… Read More
  • What is a sale for? (48 hours)

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    Seth Godin
    27 May 2015 | 8:23 am
    When things go on sale, (while supplies last, our annual savings event, end-of-season markdowns) it is a combination of scarcity and abundance. Abundance because there's more here for the person who takes action. More variety, more for your money. And scarcity, because sales never last forever. We can get a lot of mileage out of telling ourselves and our friends that we bought it on sale. Sales are effective for two kinds of mindsets: The person who is wired to enjoy the sport of the sale. You'll find people clipping grocery coupons who charge an hourly rate far higher than the money they're…
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  • Can’t a guy get a drink?! Blown away in Iceland [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    27 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    Before you head out on a hike sure to work up a thirst in Iceland, check the wind speed. The post Can’t a guy get a drink?! Blown away in Iceland [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 10 inspiring pieces of commencement advice from writers

    Kate Rinsema
    27 May 2015 | 8:17 am
    Even if you're not going into this summer with a brand-spanking new diploma in hand, you can take some excellent inspiration from the words of great writers given to graduates. The post 10 inspiring pieces of commencement advice from writers appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 5 tips to make property irresistible to renters

    Kate Rinsema
    27 May 2015 | 6:49 am
    Not everyone has the luxury of selling off their home when it's time to move, which means if you're not in the market to pay two mortgages, it's time to rent. Whether you're getting into the property game or simply trying to find new tenants, these five simple fixes from Empire Siding and Windows are sure to bring in the application The post 5 tips to make property irresistible to renters appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Happily ever after: 5 scientifically proven ways long term couples change

    Kate Rinsema
    26 May 2015 | 8:47 pm
    On the one hand, when we think of true love, we think of growing old together; on the other, we'd rather not become that couple in the restaurant with nothing to say, yet is the younger generation missing something when we see a pair that's been together through thick and thin? The post Happily ever after: 5 scientifically proven ways long term couples change appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Austin underwater: Aerial footage exposes a disaster in the making [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    26 May 2015 | 7:12 pm
    Mother Nature apparently didn't get the message, "Don't mess with Texas," as this footage of Austin's flooding clearly shows. The post Austin underwater: Aerial footage exposes a disaster in the making [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
 
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    Mashable

  • All the rainfall records that have been broken in the southern Plains so far

    Andrew Freedman
    27 May 2015 | 9:27 am
    The epic weather whiplash event that has caused the southern Plains states, particularly Oklahoma and Texas, to go from drought conditions to flooding in just three weeks has broken numerous all-time rainfall records Oklahoma, for example, will likely have its wettest month of any on record. The same can be said for Oklahoma City and other communities there and in the Lone Star State See also: The anatomy of catastrophe in Flash Flood Alley, Texas Here is a running list of the rainfall records that have been broken so far, along with some nifty scientific charts that tell the story, courtesy…
  • Apple sends WWDC invites, likely for iOS 9 and new Mac software debut

    Samantha Murphy Kelly
    27 May 2015 | 9:26 am
    Apple sent out invites on Wednesday to the keynote presentation at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June, where the company is expected to reveal what's in store for its next-generation iPhone and Mac software. It will likely provide a clear look at what software is coming soon to Apple products. Analyst Walt Piecyk for BTIG Research tweeted a picture of the invitation, which included the tagline "the epicenter of change" in a box surrounded by shapes and colors. See also: Apple is bringing Force Touch to the iPhone, another report claims Apple's annual WWDC will take place in San…
  • An iPhone bug is making phones crash when a certain text is sent

    Ronald Chavez
    27 May 2015 | 9:11 am
    A newly discovered iOS bug is crashing iPhones and leaving users without access to the Messages app. Users who receive a mysterious string of characters in a text are noticing their Messages app will consequently crash, and in some cases, the phone will automatically reboot, according to 9to5Mac. The issue was first posted to Reddit. See also: 7 Ways to Preserve Your Battery Life on iOS 8 The text is partially in Arabic and includes unicode. It's not so much about what the text says, but rather how Apple's iOS handles the unicode sequence Image: Reddit, aus10_t8umPeople who are sending the…
  • The difference between hotels that are dog friendly — and just dog tolerant

    The Associated Press
    27 May 2015 | 8:52 am
    Having an 80-pound Labradoodle as a travel buddy means B.L. Ochman can quickly separate the hotels that love dogs from those that just put up with them. A bed-and-breakfast she visited north of New York City wouldn't let her pooch Benny trot around in the main house, among other troubles. Ochman, a Manhattan Internet strategist, has since discovered Audrey's Farmhouse, a bed and breakfast in Wallkill, New York, that caters to dogs and doesn't charge pet fees that can top hundreds of dollars. "Dog-friendly means your dog is welcome," she said. "If the dog is welcome, he shouldn't cost extra…
  • The anatomy of catastrophe in Flash Flood Alley, Texas

    Andrew Freedman
    27 May 2015 | 8:42 am
    The town of Wimberley is located on some of the most beautiful land in all of Texas known as Texas Hill Country, which was named for the rolling hills and gentle creeks that comprise the landscape. “It’s a great location, if you don’t want to go to one of the beaches here in Texas it really is one of the best getaway locations in Texas,” says Victor Murphy, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Dallas. See also: Lake Travis, Austin's main reservoir, rises astonishing 22 feet in 1 week To meteorologists like Murphy, though, Texas Hill Country is known by…
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  • How Google Makes Sure Google Now Is Useful, Personal, And Efficient--And Not Creepy

    Harry McCracken
    27 May 2015 | 8:34 am
    Google Now honcho Aparna Chennapragada on the art of turning information into bite-sized, actionable cards.When Google director of product management Aparna Chennapragada was growing up in south India, she liked reading the newspapers that local stores used to wrap up goods. She enjoyed doing puzzles. And she was a comics fan.Read Full Story
  • Drone Giant DJI And Top VC Firm Accel Partners Launch A $10 Million Drone Fund

    dterdiman
    27 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Seed-stage startups working on applications for the DJI platform can get $250,000 or more through SkyFund to develop their projects.The world's largest maker of commercial drones and one of Silicon Valley's leading venture capital firms want to kickstart the drones ecosystem.Read Full Story
  • U.K. Watchdog Says YouTube Viewers Must Know A Video Is Sponsored Before They Click

    Rose Pastore
    27 May 2015 | 7:25 am
    The U.K. Advertising Standards Authority banned a beauty tutorial video, saying it was not clear the video was marketing for Max Factor.A U.K. advertising watchdog on Wednesday banned a makeup tutorial video on YouTube because it was not clear enough that Max Factor, a makeup brand owned by Procter & Gamble, had sponsored the content. Although text at the beginning of the video stated that the YouTube channel is owned by Procter & Gamble, the Advertising Standards Authority ruled that viewers must be made aware that a video is advertising before they click on it.Read Full Story
  • Why Cortana On An iPhone Can Never Beat Siri

    Mark Wilson
    27 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    It takes a lot more than brains and sass to rule the future of UI.Cortana—a voice activated artificial intelligence that you might know better as Microsoft's Siri—is coming to iOS and Android next month. Cortana is brilliant. In fact, she's in many ways a lot smarter than Siri. And she's probably more witty, too.Read Full Story
  • The Kindle Finally Gets Typography That Doesn't Suck

    John Brownlee
    27 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    A new font, Bookerly, and a totally new layout engine have made reading a Kindle e-book more like print than ever.Amazon's Kindle e-reader is a lovely single-purpose gadget, with an industrial design ethos that, in its singular focus on the purity of e-reading, even Dieter Rams could love. The iOS and Android apps are even great. But no matter what gadget you read on, the Kindle's typography and typesetting has always been a bit of a disaster, with six different typefaces, that are barely suitable for reading an actual book. (Who reads books in Futura, anyways?) As for the typesetting,…
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Apple Confirms A Fix Is In The Works For The Bug That Crashes iPhones By Way Of Text Message

    Sarah Perez
    27 May 2015 | 9:27 am
     Apple says today it has a fix in the works for an odd software bug which has been able to crash users’ iPhones when they receive a text message with a specific string of characters. The bug, which involves having users send a string of symbols and Arabic characters to a victim’s iPhone, was first surfaced by the online community Reddit, but news of its existence has now… Read More
  • Bloomberg Beta Continues Its Data-Based Outreach Targeting Future Founders

    Jonathan Shieber
    27 May 2015 | 8:55 am
     The venture arm of the media and information services giant Bloomberg is continuing its grand experiment in data-driven outreach to folks the firm thinks have the mettle to become the leaders of tomorrow’s startups. Read More
  • Apply Now For Startup Battlefield At Disrupt San Francisco

    Sam O'Keefe
    27 May 2015 | 8:36 am
     Applications for the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF are now open! The event will take place on September 21st-23rd at the lovely Pier 70. Each day of Disrupt, Startup Battlefield companies pitch for six minutes on-stage with the world watching through a live video stream. Founders then face a live question and answer session with our judges — investors, founders and CEOs. Former… Read More
  • Google Search Will Now Also Feature Content From iOS Apps

    Frederic Lardinois,Sarah Perez
    27 May 2015 | 8:11 am
     For the last two years, Google has been showing Android users relevant content from apps they have installed on their phones and tablets. Now, it’s also bringing this feature to iOS users and apps. Last month, Google started showing results from Android apps that users didn’t have installed on their phones, something it will now also do for iOS users. Read More
  • Ex-VCs Launch Brilliant Bicycle Co. With $1.5 Million In Funding

    Christine Magee
    27 May 2015 | 8:00 am
     To their colleagues, Adam Kalamchi and Kane Hsieh seemed a little crazy when they left RRE Ventures last year to start a bicycle company. Nine months and $1.5 million later, they’re officially launching Brilliant Bicycle Co. to sell reasonably priced bikes to people who care more about simplicity and color than specs and ounces. Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • What is a sale for? (48 hours)

    Seth Godin
    27 May 2015 | 8:23 am
    When things go on sale, (while supplies last, our annual savings event, end-of-season markdowns) it is a combination of scarcity and abundance. Abundance because there's more here for the person who takes action. More variety, more for your money. And scarcity, because sales never last forever. We can get a lot of mileage out of telling ourselves and our friends that we bought it on sale. Sales are effective for two kinds of mindsets: The person who is wired to enjoy the sport of the sale. You'll find people clipping grocery coupons who charge an hourly rate far higher than the money they're…
  • Degrees of freedom

    Seth Godin
    27 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Does a college degree confer the ability to choose, to open the door to find a way to matter? Three years ago I gave this TEDx talk about the future of education. And the students who graduated from college this month each have an average of $35,000 in debt. For many people, this debt is debilitating. Instead of opening doors, it slams them shut. Talented teachers and passionate students are the victims of an industrialized educational system, one that cares a great deal about standardized tests and famous brand-name institutions. It's time to ask why. And to keep asking why until we figure…
  • The do over

    Seth Godin
    26 May 2015 | 1:49 am
    Our culture places a huge premium on choosing the right answer, as if we're all on some sort of game show. Much less credit is given to people brave enough to realize that they've made a mistake who go ahead and choose a new direction, a new strategy or a new set of tactics. When we find ourselves in a deep hole, it's rarely because we encountered a single terrible glitch. Usually, it's the result of compounding, of doubling down on a worldview or a stand or a habit that just doesn't pay. Given a choice between changing tactics based on data and staying on the road in the wrong direction, I…
  • We are all social entrepreneurs

    Seth Godin
    25 May 2015 | 2:17 am
    It's tempting to reserve the new term 'social entrepreneurs' for that rare breed that builds a significant company organized around the idea of changing the culture for the better. The problem with this term is that it lets everyone else off the hook. The prefix social implies that regular entrepreneurs have nothing to worry about, and that the goal of every un-prefixed organization and project (the 'regular kind') is to only make as much money as possible, as fast as possible. But that's not how the world works. Every project causes change to happen, and the change we make is social. The…
  • When you do work that matters, the crowd will call you a fool

    Seth Godin
    24 May 2015 | 2:32 am
    If you do something remarkable, something new and something important, not everyone will understand it (at first). Your work is for someone, not everyone. Unless you're surrounded only by someones, you will almost certainly encounter everyone. And when you do, they will jeer. That's how you'll know you might be onto something.        
 
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    WIRED

  • Google IO Liveblog: All the Google and Android News, As It Happens

    Gadget Lab Staff
    27 May 2015 | 8:49 am
    Join the action at Google IO with WIRED's Google IO Liveblog. Yes, the event is streaming live on the web. So why a liveblog? Because we love liveblogs. The post Google IO Liveblog: All the Google and Android News, As It Happens appeared first on WIRED.
  • Glucose-Sensing Contacts and More Brilliant Diabetes Tech

    Larissa Zimberoff
    27 May 2015 | 7:21 am
    Isn’t it time we had a major breakthrough in the gear that helps us manage diabetes? Well, we’re about to. The post Glucose-Sensing Contacts and More Brilliant Diabetes Tech appeared first on WIRED.
  • Splatoon: Nintendo Finally Makes a Shooter, Only Not Really

    Chris Kohler
    27 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Nintendo made a shooter! Sort of. Not really. The post Splatoon: Nintendo Finally Makes a Shooter, Only Not Really appeared first on WIRED.
  • How Big is Minecraft? Really, Really, Really Big

    Sarah Fallon
    27 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Which is bigger, 'Minecraft' or Godzilla? Or Earth itself? Watch this video to find out. The post How Big is Minecraft? Really, Really, Really Big appeared first on WIRED.
  • These Earphones May Be Able to Record Truly 3-D Audio

    Liz Stinson
    27 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    OpenEars promise to capture sound through two microphones to more accurately mimic the way we hear–through two ears. The post These Earphones May Be Able to Record Truly 3-D Audio appeared first on WIRED.
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  • Google’s Mobilegeddon: The Best Excuse to Repurpose Old Content

    Guest Blogger
    26 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    This is a guest contribution from Mike Canarelli. For bloggers looking to refresh or repurpose old content, after the April 21 release of Google’s “mobile-friendly” update comes at the perfect time and offers tremendous benefits. Gloomier prognosticators have nicknamed the update “MOBILEGEDDON” (yes, typically in all caps) because of its potential to disrupt 40% of all online searches—specifically those queried from mobile devices. What these doom-and-gloomers have forgotten to consider, however, is that because the update applies to individual web pages, as opposed to entire…
  • Four Blogging Tools to Make your Content Go Further

    Guest Blogger
    24 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    This is a guest contribution from Chris Crawfurd of sovrn. You put in countless hours to create the highest quality content possible week after week. Maybe you even spend money on hiring a graphic designer to make your work look even better. But what good is a solid piece of content if it’s not being put in front of the right audience? These four blogger tools are must-haves for any publisher looking to increase the reach of their online content: 1. Use Visual.ly to increase your content distribution Visual.ly is the world’s marketplace for visual content. Whether it’s an…
  • 5 Basics to Having Your Post go Viral

    Stacey Roberts
    21 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    The longer I blog, the more I hear of bloggers trying to go viral. I’m sure on top of posting consistently, using social media strategically, and generally providing interesting, useful, and inspiring content on the internet, it would be a little help if that content was seen by as many people as possible. Even better if those people hang around and provide ongoing traffic. Going viral wouldn’t hurt, right? While it won’t happen to everyone, and it’s almost impossible to force, there’s no doubt going viral can be useful when you can get it. Viral posts usually…
  • Hey Bloggers! Is it Time to Focus a little Less on Your Blog and A Little More on YOU?

    Darren Rowse
    19 May 2015 | 4:48 pm
    Blogging has been very good to me over the last twelve and a half years, but it’s come at a personal cost that I’m sure many can relate to. Gradually over that time I’ve allowed myself to become more and more inactive. Gradually over time I became less and less fit and gained more and more weight. Along with the weight gain and loss of fitness came a loss of energy and mental alertness. If I’m honest it also began to impact my mental health which in turn impacted numerous other areas of my life from relationships to my personal confidence and even through into my…
  • 5 Unmissable Fiverr Gigs that Will Make Your Life Easy as a Busy Blogger

    Guest Blogger
    19 May 2015 | 7:04 am
    This is a guest contribution from Pooja Lohana. Ever get mad at yourself? Because your blog is not going the way you’d like it to? You come to your desk, stare at the computer and realize there’s so much to be done. You’re tired before you’ve begun your day. But blogging is supposed to be fun. At least that’s what you were told, right? Thankfully, you can prevent that feeling of dread and overwhelm from the bulk of everyday tasks in business. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard of Fiverr. It’s a marketplace where users sell and buy various services starting…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • Search Foursquare for Secret Menu Items at Restaurants

    Melanie Pinola
    27 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    Foursquare is like a community of insiders. They’ll tell you how to get free Wi-Fi at airports and local spots , and they’ll also tip you on the things you can order off the menu at restaurants and bars.Read more...
  • PSA: Facebook Messenger Shares Your Location with Every Message

    Thorin Klosowski
    27 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    You’re probably aware that Facebook collects a ton of information about you, but if you’re using the mobile Messenger app, that also means your location data as well. A new Chrome extension called Marauders Map lets anyone you’ve sent a message see that location information all at once.Read more...
  • Today's Best Deals: Blenders, The Bluetooth Speaker You Want, More

    Shane Roberts, Commerce Team on Deals, shared by Shane Roberts, Commerce Team to Lifehacker
    27 May 2015 | 8:45 am
    Here are the best of today’s deals. Get every great deal every day on Kinja Deals, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to never miss a deal, join us on Kinja Gear to read about great products, and on Kinja Co-Op to help us find the best.Read more...
  • The Remote Worker’s Guide to Office Etiquette

    Alan Henry
    27 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Working from home, whether it’s once in a while or every day, doesn’t make you immune to the social weirdness that comes with other people. In fact, being physically removed from your coworkers can make communicating that much stranger. Here’s what you need to know to avoid awkward silences in chat rooms, flat jokes on conference calls, or just feeling isolated from the rest of your colleagues.Read more...
  • These Discounted Seiko Canvas Strap Watches Keep Things Simple

    Shane Roberts, Commerce Team on Deals, shared by Shane Roberts, Commerce Team to Lifehacker
    27 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    Need a new watch, a knock around watch, or a Father’s Day Gift? These attractive Seiko timepieces are only $45 and available in multiple colors. Today only. [Seiko Gold Box]Read more...
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  • Startups: How to Do a Pre-Mortem (and Prevent a Post-Mortem)

    Guy Kawasaki
    20 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    Doctors conduct postmortems to figure why people died. They do this to solve a crime, prevent the death of others, and satisfy curiosity. However, once somebody dies, it’s too late to help him. Entrepreneurs and their investors also often analyze why a product, service, or company died—especially if it’s someone else’s company. And, as in the case of dead people, a postmortem is too late to do much good for a defunct product, service, or company. Enter the concept of premortems, coined by Gary Klein, chief scientist of Klein Associates, and author of Sources of Power: How People Make…
  • Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California

    Guy Kawasaki
    18 May 2015 | 2:27 pm
    The post Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • The Art of the Panel

    Guy Kawasaki
    11 May 2015 | 8:50 am
    At any conference, there are ten times more panelists than there are keynote speakers, so the odds are higher that you’re on a panel than giving a keynote speech. Therefore, rocking a panel is an important skill for evangelists, too. A panel looks easy. There are four or five other people on it, and it lasts only sixty minutes. How hard could it be? Herein lies the problem: because everyone thinks a panel is short and easy, no one prepares for it. In reality, a panel is harder than an individual speech because you cannot control a panel like your own keynote speech, and you get much less…
  • Must Do: Intern Like a Rock Star

    Guy Kawasaki
    5 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    This is a reprint from Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill it in Your Career. Rock Social Media. By Aliza Licht. I’m publishing it because many students are about to begin their summer internships, and I want them to have the most valuable experience possible.   When you enter a real work environment for the first time, especially as a college student starting an internship, remember why you want to be there: First and foremost, to learn real marketable skills that can enhance your resumé and to secure a strong referral from your supervisor. You do not go about getting these…
  • How to Launch (And Why Scaling Doesn’t Matter)

    Guy Kawasaki
    4 May 2015 | 6:06 am
    In the early days of starting up, the ability to scale is overrated. “Scale,” in case you haven’t heard the term, refers to the concept that there are processes in place that are fast, cheap, and repeatable because there will soon be millions of customers who generate billions of dollars of revenue. For example, if Pierre Omidyar had to test every used printer offered for sale, eBay couldn’t scale. If Marc Benioff had to make every sales call, Salesforce.com couldn’t scale. If James Hong’s parents had to check every picture to see if it was porn, Hot or Not couldn’t scale.
 
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  • Apple Starts Sending Out Media Invites for WWDC, Updates WWDC App With Apple Watch Support

    Juli Clover
    27 May 2015 | 9:45 am
    Apple today began sending members of the media invites to its Worldwide Developers Conference, which starts on June 8 and runs through June 12 at Moscone West in San Francisco. Apple's Developers Conference is primarily oriented at developers, but the company always holds a keynote event on the first day of the event, which is attended by journalists. The invites confirm that the keynote event will take place on Monday, June 8 from 10 a.m. Pacific Time to 12 p.m. Pacific Time. This year's keynote should be rather exciting, as Apple is poised to launch two new services at the event. Rumors…
  • Google Search Will Begin Indexing iOS App Content in Coming Weeks

    Joe Rossignol
    27 May 2015 | 8:45 am
    Google has announced that it will begin indexing content from iOS apps in search results in the near future, enabling iPhone users to open mobile app content straight from Google Search. The company says that indexed links from an initial group of apps will begin appearing on iOS in search results in both the Google app and Chrome for signed-in users in the coming weeks. Google first introduced app indexing in search results for Android in October 2013, giving developers full control over what app content they would like indexed in search results. A user looking to make a reservation at a…
  • Apple Surpasses Google to Reclaim Title of World's Most Valuable Brand

    Joe Rossignol
    27 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Apple was named the most valuable global brand in market research firm Millward Brown's tenth annual BrandZ brand value report [PDF], seeing a 67% rise in brand value to $246.9 billion. The Cupertino-based company surpassed Google, which ranked first in the 2014 report, to reclaim the top ranking in the study for the fourth time in the past five years. See BrandZ's annual reports in 2011, 2012 and 2013 for reference."With a 67 percent rise in Brand Value to $247 billion, Apple returned to number one in the BrandZ™ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands ranking. Success of the iPhone 6…
  • New iOS Bug Crashing iPhones Simply by Receiving a Text Message [Includes Fix]

    Juli Clover
    26 May 2015 | 8:34 pm
    A new bug has been discovered in the Messages app, allowing a string of characters sent to a person via iMessage or SMS to crash an iPhone and cause the Messages app to crash after being opened. The bug, which requires a specific string of symbols and Arabic characters to be sent, was first noticed on reddit earlier this afternoon and has been spreading around the Internet since then. Sending the string of characters to an iPhone results in an immediate respring, causing an iPhone to crash and quickly reboot. From there, if the Messages app was opened at a list view, the Messages app crashes…
  • Apple Replaces Problematic 'Discoveryd' Process With mDNSresponder in 10.10.4 Beta 4

    Juli Clover
    26 May 2015 | 3:06 pm
    In today's fourth OS X 10.10.4 beta, Apple made a significant behind-the-scenes change that could result in improved networking performance for some users -- the removal of the "discoveryd" process. As noted by MacRumors forum members and 9to5Mac, in OS X 10.10.4 beta 4, the discoveryd process has been replaced by mDNSresponder. Since OS X Yosemite debuted in October, there have been ongoing complaints about discoveryd consuming CPU resources, draining battery life, and causing issues with Wi-Fi. These problems have lingered for several months, even after multiple bug fixes and performance…
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  • The Value of Data Velocity in Marketing

    Chris Brogan
    21 May 2015 | 6:33 am
    I’m working on some interesting stuff as it relates to both bigger businesses as well as small businesses. I’m interested in how better use of data could open up a whole big slice of not-yet-tapped economic value for companies (again both bigger and smaller). It’s times like this where I feel bad for people who think I’m the “social media guy.” I’m thinking about velocity as it applies to marketing. Meaning, if we knew something faster, could we add more value and help someone better? Velocity as a Marketing Tool I was in Atlanta the other day for 20…
  • The Secret Empire Decades in the Making (and how you can start yours and get there faster than me)

    Chris Brogan
    12 May 2015 | 6:08 pm
    I started blogging back in 1998. I had no idea what it was going to turn into. But over the last handful of years, I’ve known more and more what this all CAN do together. A Peek Into How This All Threads Together for ME I’m sharing MY personal setup. You can do yours any which way you want. But There’s some method to the madness, and it’s all contained in that picture above. I wanted to show you how it works for me.Continue ReadingThe post The Secret Empire Decades in the Making (and how you can start yours and get there faster than me) appeared first on…
  • How My Mom and Dad Became Drug Dealers and Why You Should Switch to Rainmaker

    Chris Brogan
    6 May 2015 | 6:50 am
    My mom (and sometimes my dad) blog quite regularly on a site called Mom Pop Pow. I can’t post the link, because it’s thrashed with spam right now. The site was hacked. Last time Mom checked, there were many WordPress plugins that needed updating. Those might be the culprit, too. WordPress maintenance can be a part time job, I swear. And even if everything were 100% buttoned up, there are still malicious people out there looking to take over your site. It’s happened to me. Twice. Expensively. So Now My Mom and Dad are Drug Dealers You’d think that if you visited their…
  • Are You A Business or a White Truck?

    Chris Brogan
    5 May 2015 | 12:22 pm
    A friend recently emailed me and said she was having a crisis of faith, that her attempts to work with people weren’t going especially well, that she felt a bit lost in it all. I gave her some fairly harsh feedback, but all in the service of love. The shortest version of my response to her? “You have a white truck, not a business.” Define Your Business As Clearly As You Can When I talk about a “white truck” business, here’s the thing: if you buy a white truck like the one in the picture above, you CAN do pretty much anything with it. You could be a…
  • How I Use the Social Networks These Days

    Chris Brogan
    1 May 2015 | 9:43 am
    This post won’t change your life. Just the same, I wanted to tell you that I see a lot of shifts in the whole online/social networks landscape. Some of it kind of saddens me. The rest of it points to the weakening state of effectiveness of various platforms as business tools. You can disagree. That’s fine. Social Networks for Business I should note that most of my opinions have changed dramatically (180 degrees level) in the last handful of months. I’m basing this on business. Not on whether I like or don’t like something, unless I state it as such.Continue ReadingThe…
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    Copyblogger

  • 5 Reasons Why It’s Practical and Profitable to Share Your Expertise Online

    Amy Harrison
    27 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    We were silent as the car left the coziness of our home to the bright lights of the train station. I’d never been so anxious. At the drop-off bay, I opened the door to leave and gave a barely noticeable lurch … barely noticeable. My husband looked at me with wide eyes. “Did you just throw up in your mouth?!” “No …” (I lied.) And so I went, to run the copywriting workshop that made me (almost) decide to give up live workshops altogether and only teach online. And I want to share what happened because it’s cheaper than therapy even though not all…
  • Showrunner ‘Short': The 4 Essential Elements of a Remarkable Podcast

    Rainmaker.FM
    26 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Do you want to create a podcast for listeners? Or do you want to deliver a remarkable audio experience to your audience? In this reprisal of his presentation at Authority Rainmaker, Jerod Morris dives deep into the four essential elements of a remarkable audience experience. You’ll learn: Why the general perception of the term “showrunner” is too limiting How Jerod’s method of proposing to his now-fiancée was a quintessential example of responsibility for an audience experience The step you should take right now if you’re considering launching a podcast What…
  • Behind the Scenes: Authority Rainmaker, the Next Wave of Rainmaker.FM Shows, and the Departure of Robert Bruce

    Rainmaker.FM
    26 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Here’s the “too long, didn’t listen version” … Authority Rainmaker was awesome (if we do say so ourselves). Especially Henry Rollins. We’re launching a whole bunch of new shows on Rainmaker.FM. This is exciting. Robert Bruce is leaving the show. He makes Benedict Arnold look like Arnold from Happy Days. In this 34-minute episode of New Rainmaker with Brian Clark, Brian and Robert discuss: A look back at Authority Rainmaker 2015 The amazing Henry Rollins experience A quick rundown of what’s coming on Rainmaker.FM Brian’s new, new podcast (yes,…
  • Editor-in-Chief: The Reader’s Advocate

    Rainmaker.FM
    26 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    An Editor-in-Chief evaluates what’s best for the reader in ways a writer does not … Discover why a writer’s “final” draft is different from an Editor-in-Chief’s “final” draft. In this 15-minute episode of Editor-in-Chief, host Stefanie Flaxman discusses: Why you need to always delete text from your “final” draft How to keep your readers in your “created reality” How to appreciate (and use) all of your ideas, even if you delete them from where they originally appear Why Stefanie doesn’t care about her audience in order to care…
  • How to Learn From High-Quality Failures

    Rainmaker.FM
    26 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    Today’s guest on Hack the Entrepreneur is the founder and Client Success Officer of Dream Local Digital, a startup helping small-to-medium-sized businesses market themselves online. She has more than 15 years of experience in digital marketing, sales, and product development. She has worked with media companies focusing on Internet product development and digital revenue growth. She is considered an expert in the field of digital marketing and social media. Today’s guest is a sought-after speaker and speaks across the country about social media and online marketing. Now,…
 
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    Macworld

  • How to prevent the new Messages bug from crashing your iPhone

    27 May 2015 | 8:54 am
    A bug in iOS 8 turns a string of Unicode characters into a phone-crashing catastrophe.If you receive a message with the characters, either as an iMessage or an SMS text from contacts on other platforms, your iPhone will crash—but only if you open it. If you receive a notification with the message on your lock screen, your phone will either reboot or lock you out of Messages altogether.The bug doesn’t actually generate the message—some prankster with your phone number has to actually send the code to you. Let’s hope your friends aren’t jerks. If one of your contacts does send you a…
  • The Week in iOS Accessories: Apple unveils an iPhone dock

    27 May 2015 | 8:15 am
    Apple unveils an iPhone dockThis week’s roundup includes a new accessory from Apple—an iPhone dock good to fit any Lightning-equipped phone, including the iPhone 6 generation.AppleWe usually devote this space to third-party accessories, but hey! Apple made an accessory! In this case, it’s a $39 iPhone Lightning Dock equipped to handle any generation of Lightning-equipped iPhone. (A previous generation was built with a groove for just the iPhone 5 generation.) The new design makes it easy to dock an iPhone that has a case, and is useful for making hands-free speaker calls.To read this…
  • Android stutters while iOS shines during Q1

    27 May 2015 | 7:39 am
    Sales of Android smartphones were up in the first quarter but its share of the market fell, while that of iOS grew for the third consecutive quarter. Overall, the market grew 19.3 percent year on year, with 336 million smartphones sold to end users worldwide, according to Gartner. Android’s share fell by 1.9 percentage points to 78.9 percent, while iOS grew from a 15.3 percent share to 17.9 percent. The year-on-year changes hide an even sharper short-term fall for Android, from 83.1 percent in the third quarter last year, and a stronger rise for iOS, from 12.7 percent before sales of the…
  • MacKeeper refund ads will run on Facebook as part of class-action lawsuit settlement

    27 May 2015 | 5:26 am
    A sizable Internet advertising campaign is planned to alert people to a proposed class-action settlement over MacKeeper, a security program for Macs accused of deceptive practices.MacKeeper’s developer, ZeoBit, was sued in May 2014 in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Filed on behalf of Pennsylvania resident Holly Yencha, the class-action suit alleges MacKeeper was deceptively marketed and did not fully function as advertised.Under a proposed settlement, ZeoBit—a company started in Ukraine but now based in California—will put $2 million into a fund to…
  • Maybe the Mac is a typewriter after all

    27 May 2015 | 3:38 am
    Some of my colleagues still type on keyboards designed by Apple in the 1980s. What I’m saying is, some people really care about keyboards. But whether or not you have opinions about keyboards, they’re important tools to help us get written language into our digital devices.On Tuesday AppleInsider reported on an Apple patent for a multitouch keyboard that would, if implemented, allow the company to remove the trackpad entirely–because the keyboard would itself become a trackpad, with key caps as touch-sensitive surfaces. It’s a pretty wacky idea, and plenty of Apple’s patents never…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Benton Modern, A Case Study On Art-Directed Responsive Web Typography

    Marko Dugonjić
    27 May 2015 | 6:02 am
    Having the ability to set legible body copy is an absolute must, and we’ve come a long way with web typography since the dawn of web design. However, I feel like we have allowed the lack of variety prior to the rise of web fonts to dampen our creativity now that thousands of web fonts are at our disposal. Have usability conventions and the web’s universality steered us away from proper art direction? Have we forgotten about art direction altogether? I believe so. As designers, we can achieve much more with type, and with just a little more thought and creativity, we can finally start to…
  • The Art Of The SVG Filter And Why It Is Awesome

    Dirk Weber
    26 May 2015 | 6:06 am
    After almost 20 years of evolution, today’s web typography, with its high-density displays and support for OpenType features, is just a step away from the typographic quality of the offline world. But there’s still one field of graphic design where we still constantly fall back to bitmap replacements instead of using native text: display typography, the art of staging letters in illustrative, gorgeous, dramatic, playful, experimental or unexpected ways. 1 Liquid type effect (demo2) A Case For Display Text In HTML Sure, we’re able choose from thousands of web fonts and use…
  • Designing For Explicit Choice

    Colleen Roller
    25 May 2015 | 6:09 am
    If you’re a UX designer, you’ve probably designed a lot of forms and web (or app) pages in which the user needs to choose between options. And as a designer, you’re likely familiar with best practices for designing forms. Certainly, much has been written and discussed about this topic. So, you probably know all about how best to label and position form fields and so on for optimal usability. But have you thought about how the design of a form affects the user’s decision-making? Have you ever considered to what extent the design itself affects the choices people make? As always in…
  • Rekindling Your Passion For Web Design

    Jeremy Girard
    22 May 2015 | 6:19 am
    I love being a web designer and I’m incredibly thankful that I decided to join this industry many years ago. Still, despite my love of this profession, there have been a number of times during my career when my passion has waned and I’ve found myself simply going through the motions instead of fully applying myself to my work. This scenario is likely familiar to many of my fellow web designers. It is called burnout. Burnout is a very real challenge that we face as web professionals. The same processes that help us complete projects successfully can also contribute to us falling into a…
  • Building An Advanced Notification System For WordPress

    Carlo Daniele
    20 May 2015 | 6:12 am
    A lot of tools enable us to distribute a website’s content, but when we need to promptly reach a target group, an email notification system might be the best option. If your website is not frequently updated, you could notify all subscribers each time a post is published. However, if it’s updated frequently or it covers several topics, you could filter subscribers before mailing them. If you opt for the latter, you could set up a user meta field that stores a bit of information to identify the subscribers to be notified. The same bit of information would label the posts you’re…
 
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • Tornado caught on surveillance camera

    27 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    A surveillance camera got footage of debris flying as a tornado rips through Beavercreek, Ohio.
  • Letterman intern writes two of final 'Top 10' jokes

    27 May 2015 | 9:41 am
    Caroline Schaper, David Letterman's intern, created jokes for the final "Late Show With David Letterman" episode.
  • Blair quitting as Mideast envoy

    27 May 2015 | 9:40 am
    Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is quitting as the Mideast envoy for the international group that has been working to achieve a settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, his office confirmed Wednesday.
  • Mob burns teen girl alive

    27 May 2015 | 9:38 am
    A large crowd stands by as a teenage girl -- beaten and bloodied -- writhes on the ground, her body engulfed in flames.
  • Grieving dad vows #NotOneMore death

    27 May 2015 | 9:32 am
    Richard Martinez's son was killed during the 2014 shooting in Isla Vista, California. Since then, Martinez has been on a quest to end gun violence.
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Kaylee Greer!

    Brad Moore
    26 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Photo by Sam Haddix Hi! I’m Kaylee. And I’m going to tell you something that will knock your socks right off. Ready? I love dogs. And oh my gosh, I wish I could say this in a sort of casual, non-chalant, “Yeah I think dogs are pretty cool, no big deal,” sort of way. But you guys… I mean it. I mean like, in a totally and completely bonafide ‘crazy dog lady’ kind of way. So, it’s kind of embarrassing when I walk down the street and audibly and uncontrollably squeal with delight over every little wiggling, passing pup I see. My friends actually try and deter…
  • It’s “Reprocess Your Old Images” Tuesday

    Scott Kelby
    26 May 2015 | 12:16 am
    Hope you had a really relaxing Memorial Day weekend. I had a lot of fun going back and doing something this weekend I’ve wanted to do for a while, and that is to go back to some of my original files, and reprocess them from scratch to make new versions that: (a) Reflect what I like today, as my tastes on post-processing have changed (b) Let me use the latest tools and plug-ins (c) Let me experiment more than I had the time to do, probably because I was on a tight deadline …and I’m delighted with the results. Above: Here’s the one I did back in 2012 — note the HDR…
  • A Day To Honor Our Nation’s Fallen Soldiers

    Scott Kelby
    25 May 2015 | 12:16 am
    Today is Memorial Day in the United States, and our offices are closed as we honor and remember those who gave their lives in service to our country. This post is dedicated each year to the memory of David Leimbach, (shown above; the brother of our friend and colleague Jeff Leimbach), who died seven years ago in combat in Afghanistan. Just a humble word of thanks to the dedicated men and women of our armed services and to all those who came before them who laid down their lives to protect the freedoms we enjoy each day. Here’s wishing you all a safe, happy and healthy Memorial Day.
  • It’s “Five Trailer Friday!”

    Scott Kelby
    22 May 2015 | 3:43 am
    Hi Gang: Today I thought I’d share five trailers for some new classes you might want to check out this Memorial Day weekend over on KelbyOne.com. If you’re not already a member, you can join for $19.99 and watch the full-length versions of ALL of these classes today, (and while you’re there, you can watch any of the about 500+ more online classes on Lighting, Photoshop, Lightroom, Video Editing, and Photography unlimited for the next 30-days!) Here’s the link (but check out these trailers first!): 1. Peter Hurley shows you how to edit down an entire shoot to get you…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    20 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Jaw Dropping Landscapes Photo Contest Think you’ve got an award-worthy landscape photo? Want to win a free ticket to Photoshop World, a KelbyOne Live event, or a KelbyOne membership? TODAY IS THE LAST DAY to submit your best landscape photo to our latest Viewbug contest for your chance to win! For all the details and to submit your photo, just click right here. The Art of the Edit with Peter Hurley It’s all about the edit! You’ve just had an awesome photo session and now you need to narrow it down to just the best ones. How do you do it? Join Peter Hurley as he walks you through…
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    Digital Photography School

  • 4 Ways to Make Your Photos Stand Out with the Clarity Slider

    Jim Hamel
    27 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    You want your photos to be as sharp as possible. Of course, there is no substitute for good technique in the capture phase, but you would like to add something in the post-processing to make the pictures clearer and sharper. You may already be adding sharpening, but how to add that extra crispness to make your pictures pop? The answer is clarity. This article will show you how to add that to your photos. What Exactly Is Clarity? What is clarity? Clarity is a local contrast increase that focuses on the mi-tones of the image. If differs from sharpness, because whereas increasing sharpness…
  • 5 Macro Photography Tricks to Make Your Images Stand Out

    Alex Morrison
    26 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Editor’s Note: This is the first article in a series on macro photography this week. Look for a new one each day for the next 7 days. The next newsletter will have them all if you miss any!  In the world of macro photography, most of discussions seem to surround the technical aspects of this photographic art form. Amongst my colleagues, lens choice comes up a lot, along with the use of a flash, extension rings, and bellows. Dynamic and creative macro photographs. I’d like to switch gears away from the technical, and share some of my tricks to help you creatively enhance your…
  • Backyard Macro Photography Safari

    Bruce Wunderlich
    26 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Editor’s Note: This is part a series on macro photography this week. Look for a new one each day. The next newsletter will have them all if you miss any! As photographers, we often have the opinion that in order to capture a great image we need to head out to an exotic location. But, what if you don’t have the time or opportunity to go to one of those places? Say you have free time some morning, and would like to go outside and capture some stunning images. You might be surprised at what you can find to photograph right in your own backyard! If you don’t have a backyard, take a…
  • What it Takes to Go Pro – Lessons from 10 Professional Photographers

    Kelly Kingman
    25 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The decision to go pro with your photography business is a big step. It’s a time when the future is ripe with possibility and fears tend to run high. In what we call a “crisis of confidence,” you may find yourself comparing your work to other photographers and wondering, “am I really good enough?” or “will people give me a chance?” When you begin experiencing these thoughts, take a deep breath and remember this; almost everyone feels this way before they begin a new journey – especially if their dreams are on the line. In fact, those super successful photographers you keep…
  • Getting Started with Abstract Macro Photography

    Barry J Brady
    25 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Editor’s Note: This is part a series on macro photography this week. Look for a new one each day. The next newsletter will have them all if you miss any! Lines and light can emphasize your subject Macro photography truly is a unique genre of photography. In most of the other types of photography (landscape, portrait, sport, etc.) you want to get the context of your scene in the image. In macro photography, you can literally focus in on what’s important and remove any distractions by simply getting closer. One of the best things about macro photography is that you can do it…
 
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    Engadget RSS Feed

  • Google search displays results for iOS apps, too

    Billy Steele
    27 May 2015 | 9:29 am
    Google's search tools on Android started digging up results from Android apps a while back. Now, the search app on iOS does the same. When you enter a query into the main Search app or the Chrome browser on an Apple device, the list of results will i...
  • Microsoft's age detection shows up in your Bing image searches

    Jon Fingas
    27 May 2015 | 8:58 am
    Microsoft's face-based age detection is still a little wonky (I'm thankfully younger than what you see above), but the company is clearly enamored with it -- you'll now find it in Bing image searches. All you have to do is look for a person and, in m...
  • Adult Themes: Digital sex just isn't 'sexy'

    Daniel Cooper
    27 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    The attic room is sparsely furnished, with just a bed, a side table and a bookcase made from cheap plywood, shelves sagging from overuse. It's sufficiently cold in here that clouds of vapor peel from my lips, but the location, at least, offers the pr...
  • Carl Sagan's solar-powered spacecraft is in trouble

    Daniel Cooper
    27 May 2015 | 8:15 am
    The test flight of Carl Sagan's LightSail craft is in jeopardy after a computer problem left it unable to communicate with its mission controllers. According to the Planetary Society, the hardware was launched into space with an older version of its ...
  • Engadget giveaway: win a pair of smart glasses courtesy of Augmented World Expo!

    Jon Turi
    27 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    There's no denying that virtual and augmented reality are on a roll lately. Oculus, HTC and a host of others have committed to producing quality VR experiences and Microsoft's Hololens put the buzz back into augmented concepts. That's just the tip of...
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    Strobist

  • Gulf Photo Plus is Coming to the US

    11 May 2015 | 12:55 pm
    I 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 another city each year. 2013 was in London. 2014 was in Singapore.And 2015 will be in Seattle, Washington in the US. And I am really happy about this. Okay, so technically it's greater…
  • Your Basic Lighting Kit: A Spin Around the Block

    12 Apr 2015 | 1:35 pm
    So you bit the bullet and spent ~$100 for the stuff needed to turn your hot shoe flash into a mini portable studio lighting system. What do you with the box of stuff the UPS guy just dropped onto your dorstep? Where do you start?That is exactly the gap we explore whenever I teach a beginner's lighting class. So today we are going to walk through a "first steps" exercise. Read more »
  • On Assignment: I Got Rhythm

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:05 am
    I have been photographing dancers for several years now as part of my affiliation with the local arts council. The results were catch-as-catch-can, mostly because of the limitations of flash recycle time, timing, and my not really knowing what to expect from them nor when to expect it. But a little trick I tried last week changed everything. Read more »
  • Traveling Photographer_NYC has Posted

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

    14 Dec 2014 | 12:17 pm
    For much of 2014, I have been on the road for Lynda.com, producing the series, The Traveling Photographer. The latest episode, on London, has just posted. London is an amazing city, and I think this episode is our best to date.Hard to believe it, but we have now logged over 50,000 miles on this journey. In addition to Hong Kong, Dubai, Paris and London, we have just finished filming the New York City segment, which will be published soon. For more information about the entire series, see this earlier post.
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Seeing is believing: Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 camera review

    27 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Panasonic's Lumix DMC-CM1 smartphone goes above and beyond the typical mobile device camera specs with a 20MP 1"-type sensor, F2.8 lens and 4K video capture. With its impressive camera specification and unusual design it's the closest thing to a true hybrid device we've seen yet in the current marketplace. Read on to find out how it performs in our full review. Read more
  • Toshiba expands its Exceria Pro SD card line to include 64GB and 128GB models

    26 May 2015 | 4:53 pm
    Electronics giant Toshiba has announced higher capacity models of its high-speed Exceria Pro SD cards, increasing the maximum storage available to 128GB. The 16GB and 32GB Exceria Pro cards have existed for some time in European markets. Toshiba claims they achieve read speeds of 260MB/s and write speeds of 240MB/s, and the new 64GB card is said to follow suit. The highest capacity 128GB card offers a read speed of 260MB/s but a write speed of 150MB/s. Read more
  • Sony launches Z3+ with 20MP camera

    26 May 2015 | 2:22 pm
    When Sony launched its new Xperia Z4 flagship a few weeks back it was a Japan-only release. Today the Japanese manufacturer has announced the Xperia Z3+, which is essentially identical to the Z4 but will be available globally. It includes a 1/2.3-inch 20.7MP Sony Exmor sensor coupled with an F2.0 lens offering an equivalent focal length of 25mm. Read more
  • Canon Rebel T6s/T6i Lab Report added to First Impressions

    26 May 2015 | 9:16 am
    We've finished putting the Canon EOS Rebel T6s and T6i (760D and 750D) through our battery of image quality tests, and have updated our First Impressions Review with these results, along with explanations of what you might expect out of Canon's latest 24.2MP APS-C sensors. Curious about their dynamic range? Read our updated First Impressions to learn more
  • Samsung WB2200F sample photo gallery posted

    26 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    We've been toying around with Samsung's WB2200F, which resembles a small Canon 1D X more than a superzoom, for several weeks. We picked out our favorite photos from this 60X zoom camera and have compiled them into a real-world samples gallery for your enjoyment. View photos
 
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • What I’d Love To See Next in Lightroom…Part 7

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    26 May 2015 | 1:16 am
    I was going to do 10 of these, but I realized I could do a whole bunch more, so I’m just going to cut my series off here at Part 7. Then on Friday, I’ll compile and list my favorites from your suggestions (and it’s going to be hard to narrow those down, because you guys have come up with some great ideas!). OK, on to the last in my series: #7: We need a better way to import graphics If you can think of a program that makes it clunkier to work with an imported graphic, I’d like to know what it is, because importing a graphic using The Identity Plate Editor, where you…
  • A Day To Honor Our Nation’s Fallen Soldiers

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    25 May 2015 | 6:09 am
    Today is Memorial Day in the United States, and our offices are closed as we honor and remember those who gave their lives in service to our country. Just a humble word of thanks to the dedicated men and women of our armed services and to all those who came before them who laid down their lives to protect the freedoms we enjoy each day. Here’s wishing you all a safe, happy and healthy Memorial Day. All my best, -Scott The post A Day To Honor Our Nation’s Fallen Soldiers appeared first on Lightroom Killer Tips.
  • What I’d Love To See Next in Lightroom…Part 6

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    22 May 2015 | 1:16 am
    Happy Friday, everybody. OK, this one is a simple fix, but I think it would speed a lot of folks workflow who use the Lens Connection panel (I use it almost daily, and numerous times a day — for me, this is one super-important panel). Here we go for #6 on my list: #6: Simplify the Lens Correction Panel Don’t take stuff away. Don’t hide it. Just don’t make us toggle back and forth between FOUR different tabs within one panel. With that many tabs it’s like its own mini-program within a program. There’s no reason these can’t be simplified into just two…
  • Playing around in Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    19 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    One of the best ways to learn about something is to play around with it. Lightroom CC has added some new features including merge to panorama. Now we will probably all try out how it works the regular way, but I like to ask the “what if” questions and see what kind of trouble I can get into. This is often where I can find out how far I can push a feature or get unexpected results that lead me in new directions of inspiration. So I have three pictures that were taken in the same place as folks walked by and I wanted to see how Lightroom would handle them if I tried to merge them as…
  • What I’d Love To See Next in Lightroom…Part 5

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    19 May 2015 | 4:09 am
    I mentioned this one here back in January, as a two-part feature request and I’m delighted that one of these actually made it into Lightroom CC, but the other one didn’t, so I still wanted to include it in my top 10 list. The feature (well, it’s more like a tweak or a fix) that did make it in has to do with Collection Sets. I noted back in January that when you create a New Collection Set, you leave the images you were working on, and it takes you to the blank gray screen you see below. To do pretty much anything you had to navigate back to the images you were working on…
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Fox Debuts 'Movie of the Day!' App With Daily Discounts on iTunes Movies

    Mitchel Broussard
    27 May 2015 | 7:56 am
    Fox today debuted a new app called Movie of the Day! [Direct Link] which aims to provide customers a new daily discount on one movie from Fox's large catalog (via Engadget). Every day the app updates with a new movie deal, ranging from "from blockbusters to acclaimed indies, and everything in between," at a discount which goes up to 70 percent off of the original price. To start off, the app is available only for iOS devices, but there are plans to expand to other app stores like Google Play. In addition to the basic daily discount, the app also lets users browse a movie's cast, check out…
  • Bellabeat Officially Launches Stress-Measuring 'Leaf' Activity Tracker

    Juli Clover
    27 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Bellabeat, a company focused on creating technology products designed for women, is today ready to launch its first wearable, the Leaf activity tracker. First announced last year, the Leaf is an activity tracker that looks more like a stylish piece of jewelry than a standard activity tracker from a company like Jawbone, Nike, or Fitbit. The Bellabeat Leaf is, as the name suggests, a leaf-shaped activity-tracking wearable that can be positioned as a clip, necklace, or bracelet. Depending on where it's worn, it's advertised as being able to track metrics like activity level, sleep quality,…
  • How to Calibrate Apple Watch for a More Accurate Offline Workout

    Lory Gil
    25 May 2015 | 8:14 am
    Apple Watch tracks your movement and heart rate. It uses that information in conjunction with your gender, height, age, and weight to estimate how many calories you burn during daily movement, including light strolls and dedicated workouts. However, Apple Watch needs proper calibration to get the most accurate reading of your movement and heart rate, which is used to help determine distance and pace measurements when you are walking or running without your iPhone, or while using a treadmill. Calibration is fairly easy and takes about 20 minutes of exercise. For this purpose, you will need…
  • How to Pair Bluetooth Headphones and Listen to Music on Apple Watch

    Lory Gil
    24 May 2015 | 7:02 am
    Apple Watch includes 6.2 GB of storage space for adding content like apps, photos, and music, with up to 2GB of that space dedicated to storing songs. When you add a playlist, you can listen to music on it, even when your iPhone is not in range. While the process is fairly self-explanatory, there are a few steps you don't want to forget in order to play music from Apple Watch to your Bluetooth connected headphones Adding Music to Apple Watch In order to listen to music on Apple Watch without an iPhone in range, you must sync a playlist to it first. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and…
  • How to Set Up Apple Pay on Apple Watch

    Lory Gil
    23 May 2015 | 7:02 am
    Apple restricted Apple Pay to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus due to the need for an NFC chip that's not included in older phones, which means Apple Pay has been limited to those with newer iPhones since it debuted in October of 2014. One of the major perks of the Apple Watch is that it enables Apple Pay for some older iPhones because it has the same NFC chip that's in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. If you have an Apple Watch and an iPhone 5, 5c, or 5s, you can now use Apple Pay and the watch to make secure purchases in retail locations. For those of you who haven't had a chance to use Apple Pay, we've…
 
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