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  • Tiny goats wearing tiny sweaters [video]

    Holy Kaw!
    Josh Urich
    29 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    If you're feeling down, depressed, or lonely, spend some time with these tiny goats in tiny sweaters. Whatever's going on, they'll make you feel all kinds of happy. The post Tiny goats wearing tiny sweaters [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Former House Speaker Hastert paid to conceal sexual abuse claims, source says

    Mashable
    The Associated Press
    29 May 2015 | 5:17 pm
    CHICAGO — Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert paid hush money to conceal claims that the Illinois Republican sexually molested someone decades ago, a person familiar with the matter said Friday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing and the allegations are not contained in an indictment issued Thursday. The specific nature of the claims was not immediately clear. See also: Activists condemn U.N. inaction after peacekeepers accused of sexual assaults The federal indictment accused Hastert of agreeing to pay $3.5…
  • Take The Fast Company News Quiz

    Fast Company
    Rose Pastore
    29 May 2015 | 1:41 pm
    What happened this week? Here's our quiz for May 29, 2015.Did you follow the news this week? Research says that one of the best ways to solidify new information is to be tested on it. Here's a chance to bolster your knowledge of current events—and earn a special emoji badge. Read Full Story
  • The Unbundling Of Finance

    TechCrunch
    Scott Walchek
    29 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
     In a world where everything is being unbundled, allowing consumers to pick and choose from things like television shows and college courses, financial services are becoming a la carte as well. People, particularly millennials, are moving away from single monolithic banking institutions serving the majority of their financial needs to hand picking the specialized services that work for them. Read More
  • Do-able

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    29 May 2015 | 1:37 am
    Lean entrepreneurs can talk about the minimum viable product, but far more important is the maximum do-able project. Given the resources you have (your assets, your time, your patience), what's the biggest thing it's quite likely you can pull off? Our culture is organized around the people who get on base, who reliably keep their promises, who deliver. "Quite likely," is a comforting story indeed. [HT to Bernadette.] Domino's could have offered five-minute pizza delivery, and sometimes, without a doubt, they could have pulled that off. But promising something they could do virtually every…
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    Holy Kaw!

  • Tiny goats wearing tiny sweaters [video]

    Josh Urich
    29 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    If you're feeling down, depressed, or lonely, spend some time with these tiny goats in tiny sweaters. Whatever's going on, they'll make you feel all kinds of happy. The post Tiny goats wearing tiny sweaters [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • A mind-blowing data visualization project about the human toll of WWII (and beyond) [video]

    Josh Urich
    29 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    This is not your typical documentary about World War Two. This short film delves into the human toll of WWII, including civilians and soldiers. Then, the documentary looks at the tolls of other wars. The post A mind-blowing data visualization project about the human toll of WWII (and beyond) [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 10 excellent Google Maps tricks for every kind of traveler

    Kate Rinsema
    29 May 2015 | 3:22 pm
    Are you a cyclist? A walker? A diehard driver? A public transportation junkie? With all the features offered on Google Maps, there's a little something for everyone, so make sure to file these tricks in your memory for the next time you need directions, a ride, or a path without hills. The post 10 excellent Google Maps tricks for every kind of traveler appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • This massive pocket knife could fend off a dinosaur [video]

    Josh Urich
    29 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Now that's a big knife. This massive Halo knife looks like a pocket knife, but is way too big for any pockets. If you want to get your hands on one, too bad––they're sold out. The post This massive pocket knife could fend off a dinosaur [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Firefighters getting their Zumba on [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    29 May 2015 | 2:18 pm
    The only thing heating up this fire house is some hot Zumba moves. The post Firefighters getting their Zumba on [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
 
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    Mashable

  • Former House Speaker Hastert paid to conceal sexual abuse claims, source says

    The Associated Press
    29 May 2015 | 5:17 pm
    CHICAGO — Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert paid hush money to conceal claims that the Illinois Republican sexually molested someone decades ago, a person familiar with the matter said Friday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing and the allegations are not contained in an indictment issued Thursday. The specific nature of the claims was not immediately clear. See also: Activists condemn U.N. inaction after peacekeepers accused of sexual assaults The federal indictment accused Hastert of agreeing to pay $3.5…
  • You may be able to see blue auroras dance on Mars

    Miriam Kramer
    29 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    If you travel to Mars, you just might be able to see the blue aurora lights of the red planet. Scientists now think that Mars might also have aurora displays that can be seen with the naked eye, like Earth's. This makes Mars only the second rocky planet expected to have auroras visible to the unaided eye, according to a new report from NASA, the European Space Agency and other partners See also: The 10 Most Stunning Images of Mars in History A combination of laboratory experiments and data gathered by spacecraft on and above Mars shows that the "most intense color" for the Martian aurora is…
  • 14,000 websites protest Patriot Act with 'blackout' and semi-nude photos

    JP Mangalindan
    29 May 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Members of Congress are in for a surprise if they visit one of over 14,200 websites currently protesting the Patriot Act with a redirect to a site covered with semi-nude photos. According to the activist group organizing the protest, more than 14,200 sites on Friday had blocked access from congressional IP addresses to protest the controversial Patriot Act. (The 2001 law allows the NSA to secretly collect Americans' phone records and user data under the guise of fighting terrorism.) Sites participating in the "blackout" add code which redirects users with congressional IP addresses to…
  • Anheuser-Busch brewery halts beer to bottle water for flood victims

    Matt Petronzio
    29 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Anheuser-Busch temporarily stopped producing beer at its Cartersville, Georgia, brewery this week to instead help those impacted by the historic rain and deadly flooding in Texas and Oklahoma. The beer giant committed to producing approximately 50,000 cans of water to give to the American Red Cross, which will distribute 2,000 cases of 24 cans each to communities in both states, according to NBC News. See also: The anatomy of catastrophe in Flash Flood Alley, Texas The Cartersville brewery halted beer production late Wednesday night. The emergency water donations are currently en route to the…
  • Paris will permanently remove all the love locks on Pont des Arts bridge

    Anita Li
    29 May 2015 | 1:50 pm
    There's no love lost between Paris and the tourists who leave padlocks, famously called "love locks," on the city's Pont des Arts bridge. The Paris City Council announced plans to dismantle the padlocks, which are meant to signify eternal love, starting this Monday. In recent years, tourists have signed the locks with their initials and locked them on the metal grills on the bridge's sides, but many locals consider them to be eyesores. Plexiglass panels will eventually replace the grills. See also: Paris looks to a future without love locks "Hundreds of thousands of locks are attached to…
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  • Take The Fast Company News Quiz

    Rose Pastore
    29 May 2015 | 1:41 pm
    What happened this week? Here's our quiz for May 29, 2015.Did you follow the news this week? Research says that one of the best ways to solidify new information is to be tested on it. Here's a chance to bolster your knowledge of current events—and earn a special emoji badge. Read Full Story
  • Snapchat And Twitter Can Also Transmit The iPhone Text Crash Bug

    Rose Pastore
    29 May 2015 | 6:50 am
    Apple has yet to release a software update to protect iPhones from a malicious string of characters.Earlier this week, a string of characters in Chinese, Marathi, and Arabic, sent via text message, began crashing iPhones around the world. Apple released a temporary fix for getting the Messages app back up and removing the offending message, but it has yet to release a software update that will keep your phone from crashing next time the string of characters pops up on your phone.Read Full Story
  • Google Unveils The Gmail Of Photos We've Been Wanting For Years

    John Brownlee
    29 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Google Photos is as magical as apps get. Here's why.A couple weeks ago, Yahoo unveiled a new update to Flickr that made Flickr worth taking seriously again. But, as often happens in the world of tech, it only took two weeks for someone to release a photo service that makes Flickr's update look old hat. That was Google, which at yesterday's I/O 2015 conference unveiled Google Photos, a slick new service that is basically the Gmail for Photos we've wanted for years.Read Full Story
  • Hackers On Demand

    Steven Melendez
    29 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    How hackers for hire, from teenage "script kiddies" to members of sophisticated industrial rings, provide "espionage as a service."In 2013, a pair of private investigators in the Bay Area embarked on a fairly run-of-the-mill case surrounding poached employees. But according to a federal indictment unsealed in February, their tactics sounded less like a California noir and something more like sci-fi: To spy on the clients' adversaries, prosecutors say, they hired a pair of hackers.Read Full Story
  • Film Industry Innovators On Google's New VR System

    Daniel Terdiman
    29 May 2015 | 5:44 am
    Until now, making high-resolution, stitch-free 360-degree VR films has been time-consuming. Google is aiming to change all of that.Google sure likes to shake things up.Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • The Unbundling Of Finance

    Scott Walchek
    29 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
     In a world where everything is being unbundled, allowing consumers to pick and choose from things like television shows and college courses, financial services are becoming a la carte as well. People, particularly millennials, are moving away from single monolithic banking institutions serving the majority of their financial needs to hand picking the specialized services that work for them. Read More
  • CrunchWeek: Path Found A Buyer, Google Overhauls Android, And What An Apple Car Might Look Like

    Sarah Buhr,Kyle Russell,Matthew Lynley
    29 May 2015 | 3:38 pm
     This has been quite the week in news. A bunch of tech companies got snatched up, including Path. The once Silicon Valley app darling just sold itself to some Korean company called Daum Kakao. Google IO kicked off with a bunch of reveals big and small. And rumor has it Apple is getting into the car business. Will we soon be driving giant iPhones? Find out all that and more with our host this… Read More
  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Google I/O

    Jordan Crook
    29 May 2015 | 3:17 pm
     Google I/O blasted us in the face with news, mostly around the new and improved Android M. Greg was live at the Moscone Center in San Francisco the whole time and reported back to John and I (stuck in New York) as Matt continued the struggle with his microphone. Google Now on Tap, which reads the text on the screen and taps Google Now for relevant info, has Greg jazzed, as does… Read More
  • Should Your Uber Driver Know Exactly Where You Are? They Could Soon

    Josh Constine
    29 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
     “Where are you? I’m outside. Do you see me? Where should I meet you?” These kinds of frustrating calls with your Uber driver could be a thing of the past. Today Uber updated its privacy policy, saying it will now ask to pull people’s exact location while the app is running in the foreground or background. Read More
  • Salesforce Acquires Smart Calendar Startup Tempo, App Will Shut Down On June 30

    Anthony Ha
    29 May 2015 | 2:10 pm
     My favorite calendar app, Tempo, just announced that it has been acquired by Salesforce.com. The company was incubated by SRI International, the birthplace of the voice-powered (and Apple-acquired) assistant Siri. When Tempo launched two years ago, founder and CEO Raj Singh pitched it as another type of assistant that automatically brings up relevant information for your meetings Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Do-able

    Seth Godin
    29 May 2015 | 1:37 am
    Lean entrepreneurs can talk about the minimum viable product, but far more important is the maximum do-able project. Given the resources you have (your assets, your time, your patience), what's the biggest thing it's quite likely you can pull off? Our culture is organized around the people who get on base, who reliably keep their promises, who deliver. "Quite likely," is a comforting story indeed. [HT to Bernadette.] Domino's could have offered five-minute pizza delivery, and sometimes, without a doubt, they could have pulled that off. But promising something they could do virtually every…
  • Taking names

    Seth Godin
    28 May 2015 | 2:03 am
    Should you keep track of the people who say you're going to fail, who actively work against you, who troll your best work? Should you try to win over the haters and those that so cruelly root against you? I wonder if it makes more sense to spend as much (or even more) time with the fans and supporters and sneezers who work so hard to help you succeed. It seems to me that this is more productive, more fun and likely to make more change happen... Yes, take names. Of the good guys.        
  • 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…
 
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    WIRED

  • The Silk Road Saga Is Way More Than a Crime Story

    Wired Staff
    29 May 2015 | 2:15 pm
    The Silk Road story turned out to be much more than a crime narrative. The post The Silk Road Saga Is Way More Than a Crime Story appeared first on WIRED.
  • Gadget Lab Podcast: The Download from Google I/O

    Gadget Lab Staff
    29 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    This week, David gives us the full download from the Google I/O developer conference. The post Gadget Lab Podcast: The Download from Google I/O appeared first on WIRED.
  • The US Tried to Stuxnet North Korea’s Nuclear Program

    Kim Zetter
    29 May 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Stuxnet had a fraternal twin that was designed to attack North Korea’s nuclear program. The post The US Tried to Stuxnet North Korea’s Nuclear Program appeared first on WIRED.
  • Webmonkey Podcast: E-Commerce Is Coming to WordPress.com

    Jake Spurlock
    29 May 2015 | 1:23 pm
    I interview Matt Mullenweg on the recent announcement that Automattic has purchased WooCommerce. The post Webmonkey Podcast: E-Commerce Is Coming to WordPress.com appeared first on WIRED.
  • Texts From Teens Build Real-Time Maps of Crisis in America

    Jessi Hempel
    29 May 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Nancy Lublin's Crisis Text Line has assembled data from millions of messages to show when and where teens are in crisis. The post Texts From Teens Build Real-Time Maps of Crisis in America appeared first on WIRED.
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    @ProBlogger

  • Anchorman-Inspired Tips to Help you Blog Your Way to the Top

    Guest Blogger
    28 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    This is a guest contribution from Kirsty Sharman. There are a million and one articles online that talk about how to earn money blogging. They all have the same tips, talk about the same things and usually just teach us things we already know. The truth is: people like you and me (I’m assuming you’re a blogger if you’re reading this) didn’t start blogging because we wanted to be bac link experts, banner ad salesmen or tech gurus. We had a passion for a topic, and we wanted to talk about it. A lot. All the articles online educate us to become masters of everything in order to succeed…
  • 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…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • The Always Up-to-Date Guide to Streaming Blocked Content Overseas

    Thorin Klosowski
    29 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Regardless of which end of whatever pond you’re on, region blocked content is annoying. Whether you’re an ex-pat looking to watch reruns of The Wonder Years, or you’re hankering for a dose of Dr. Who, here’s the best (and easiest) way to get that content.Read more...
  • Mentally Prepare for Job Interviews with This Power-Priming Exercise

    Patrick Allan
    29 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    If there’s one thing you want going into a job interview, it’s confidence in yourself. In just a few minutes, this exercise will help you feel confident by simply drawing on past experiences.Read more...
  • Motivate Your Decluttering by Hosting a "Swap Party"

    Patrick Allan
    29 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    If staring at a giant pile of stuff you never use isn’t enough motivation for you to start decluttering, getting your friends and family involved in their own decluttering projects might help. That’s where “swap parties” come in.Read more...
  • Adjust the Volume Based on Output Device in OS X

    Thorin Klosowski
    29 May 2015 | 2:30 pm
    If you connect your Mac to multiple audio devices, you’ve probably noticed that the volume acts differently on different speakers. How-To Geek reminds us that you can customize the volume based on which device you’re connected to.Read more...
  • Four Ways to Score Travel Deals, Beyond the Normal Booking Sites

    Kyle James on Two Cents, shared by Andy Orin to Lifehacker
    29 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Online travel agencies (OTAs) like Expedia, Orbitz, and Travelocity are useful, but they’re just a starting point. Sure, they might be convenient, but they don’t always save you the most money. Here are some lesser-known ways to save cash on your summer travel that extend way beyond the usual stuff.Read more...
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    Guy Kawasaki

  • 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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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors

  • Apple-Leased Vans Gathering Maps Info for Shift to In-House Mapping Database

    Juli Clover
    29 May 2015 | 10:47 am
    For the past several months, Apple-leased Dodge Caravans with equipment-laden roofs have been spotted driving around the United States. While early speculation suggested the vans could be Apple's first attempt at developing a self-driving vehicle, it quickly became clear that the vans were being used for mapping purposes. The Dodge Caravans are all outfitted with an array of LIDAR cameras, much like the vehicles that Google uses to capture images for its Street View mapping feature, so it is no surprise that a report shared today by 9to5Mac suggests the images and data from the vans is going…
  • Apple Continues to Provide Top-Rated Tech Support on Strength of Genius Bar

    Joe Rossignol
    29 May 2015 | 8:38 am
    Apple had the highest overall customer satisfaction for tech support among more than 3,200 computer owners surveyed by Consumer Reports, unsurprising given the company has been top-rated for tech support since the not-for-profit organization first surveyed customers about the topic in 2007. Apple has also routinely topped multiple J.D. Power and Associates studies for customer satisfaction over the past decade. Apple earned high marks for the Genius Bar located at the back of most Apple retail stores, where customers can book an appointment to receive face-to-face technical support and…
  • Apple Offers Temporary Fix for iOS Text Bug, Says Update's Coming Soon

    Husain Sumra
    28 May 2015 | 8:23 pm
    A couple days after a new iOS bug was discovered, allowing a select string of characters sent in an iMessage or text to reset iPhones and crash the Messages app, Apple has created a new support document to address the problem. The Cupertino company acknowledges the problem and says that it's working on a fix, offering temporary solutions in the mean time. Apple is aware of an iMessage issue caused by a specific series of unicode characters and we will make a fix available in a software update. Until the update is available, you can use these steps to re-open the Messages app. 1. Ask…
  • Google's Free, Unlimited Google Photos Service Now Available on iOS and Web

    Juli Clover
    28 May 2015 | 2:15 pm
    At its I/O developer event this morning, Google announced a new Google Photos platform that's designed to compete with both photo sharing sites like Flickr and cloud services like iCloud Photo Library. Google Photos is cross platform and available on iOS, Android, and the web. Both the iOS app and the web service are now live, letting those in Apple's ecosystem make full use of Google Photos. The service is free for high-quality photos and it lets users upload an unlimited number of photos (up to 16 megapixels) and videos (up to 1080p). Photos with resolutions that exceed 16-megapixels will…
  • Apple Purchases Augmented Reality Startup Metaio

    Juli Clover
    28 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Apple recently acquired augmented reality startup Metaio, reports TechCrunch. According to the company's website, Metaio is a "pioneer in augmented reality and computer vision" that built the Metaio Creator, an augmented reality authoring tool. With the Creator, users could create augmented reality scenarios "within minutes." Metaio has stopped taking new customers and a shareholder document concerning the transferring of shares has confirmed that it was purchased by Apple. Apple also provided TechCrunch with its standard acquisition confirmation statement: "Apple buys smaller technology…
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    chrisbrogan.com

  • How to Learn A New Skill

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

  • Deadly Conversion Busters: How to Fix a Horrible Headline

    Rainmaker.FM
    29 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Headlines can make or break your conversions. How do you craft a headline that works every time? In this episode of The Mainframe, Chris Garrett and Tony Clark reveal: Why being clever might be the easiest way to tank your offer How your audience targeting is the key to developing your headline strategy Testing and getting out of your own way What your headlines really need in order to connect with your prospect The 4U technique for getting your headlines right Click Here to Listen to The Mainframe on iTunes Click Here to Listen on Rainmaker.FM About the authorRainmaker.FM Rainmaker.FM is the…
  • Solve Your Online Proofreading Problems With This Simple Trick

    Rainmaker.FM
    29 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    This episode of Rough Draft is for anyone with limited time and limited proofreading skills. Like host Demian Farnworth. There’s a common myth web writers fall for: the idea that proofreading online isn’t nearly as important as writing for print. If you believe that, you would be wrong. Proofreading is essential. So today Demian is happy as a kitten to introduce you to Stefanie Flaxman, Copyblogger’s Editor-in-Chief, who will help you choose the right words and teach you time-saving ways to improve your copy. You are going to love Stefanie because she doesn’t consider…
  • A New Way to Think About Your Show’s U.S.P.

    Rainmaker.FM
    29 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    One of the common threads from the speakers at Authority Rainmaker was the importance of differentiation. In this new episode of The Showrunner, Jerod Morris and Jon Nastor provide a new way to view the unique selling proposition of your show. After opening with a brief discussion about incredible benefits you can gain from taking online relationships offline, Jerod and Jon dig into differentiation. During their discussion, you’ll learn: What Sally Hogshead meant by “different is better than better” (and how it will help your show) Why you need to know what your…
  • Chris Brogan on the Business of Being Yourself

    Rainmaker.FM
    29 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    As cliché as it sounds, some of the best business advice you can get is simply … be who you are. It sounds impractical that in a ruthless world filled with corporations, venture capitalists, and never-ending competition, we’re encouraged to drop our personas and keep things real. From being different, to taking risks, you’ll gain a tremendous amount of knowledge in this episode of No Sidebar. Chris Brogan says, “We often mistake busy for progress,” and he’s no rookie when it comes to giving entrepreneurial advice. Listen up and take notes, as one of the most…
  • The Free Content Trap Writers Always Fall Into

    Demian Farnworth
    29 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    The other day I was walking to our neighbor’s house to let his dog out. It was noon, bright, and hot. No wind, my hands in my pockets, my thoughts somewhere else. As I rounded the corner, I ran into another neighbor — a thick, weathered man with short black hair. He was rolling a lawnmower to the end of his driveway. He said, “You know anyone who wants a free lawnmower?” I stopped and contemplated his offer. A free lawnmower? “Does it work?” I said. “Yep,” he said. I don’t need a lawnmower — mine is less than a year old — but…
 
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    Macworld

  • SHA-what? A new warning in Chrome shames outdated security

    29 May 2015 | 2:37 pm
    As websites lag in taking action on fundamental, known security problems, Google and Mozilla have started to take matters into their own hands to alert users about server or infrastructure flaws. The latest iteration is Google rolling out a warning and an error in a recent version of Chrome that waggles its finger at outdated encryption methods used for securing sessions. Mozilla will follow no later than January, though maybe earlier. Where are Apple and Microsoft hiding? More on them later. Security is often a double-edged sword: one edge can be as dull as an old bread knife, while the…
  • Facebook finally adds support for animated GIFs

    29 May 2015 | 1:01 pm
    If you noticed that your Facebook News Feed was more animated than usual this morning, you weren’t the only one. Facebook has finally begun officially supporting GIFs—you know, those quick-looped animations that people on the Internet use to communicate. For years Facebook did not let users share GIFs on their News Feed in an embedded form, only as hyperlinks, sending users to another window. Native GIFs on Facebook? High five.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Apple's mysterious vans reportedly collecting Maps data for Street View rival

    29 May 2015 | 12:52 pm
    Apple thought it was being subtle by sending unmarked, camera-equipped vans around a handful of American cities earlier this year, but news of the effort immediately sparked our curiosity: What’s the Cupertino company up to? Will we see a self-driving Apple car in the future? As cool as that sounds, our bet was on a more likely answer: That Apple plans to revamp Maps with its own 3D maps and street views in an effort to compete with Google. According to a new report from 9to5Mac, that’s exactly what the company is up to. Apple has been acquiring companies and doing doing under-the-radar…
  • The Week in iOS Apps: Google Photos, Pixelmator offer new and improved photo options for iOS

    29 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    New and improved photo optionsThis week’s roundup of apps includes one new offering, Google Photos, and a veteran, Pixelmator, that make it easy and cheap to store and edit your pics in iOS.Fit Men CookWe’re suckers for self-improvement apps. The $3 Fit Men Cook iOS app offers more than 100 healthy recipes from health expert Kevin Curry, and a plan to do all your cooking two days a week, so you can have healthy food available to eat during the rest of your busy week.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Siri will save you when the Messages bug strikes, Apple says

    29 May 2015 | 8:35 am
    The only real fix for the Messages bug that allows a string of Unicode characters to crash your iPhone is a software update, and Apple has promised that one is coming soon. Until then, the company said, there’s a workaround you can use to get back into Messages. Siri saves the day when a bug locks you out of Messages. Siri to the rescue! According to a new support document Apple added on Thursday, the best way to regain access to your messages is by asking Siri to do it for you. First, ask her to read your unread messages, then have her reply to the offending message. Your reply can be…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • How To Use Autoloading And A Plugin Container In WordPress Plugins

    Nico Amarilla
    29 May 2015 | 5:36 am
    Building and maintaining1 a WordPress plugin can be a daunting task. The bigger the codebase, the harder it is to keep track of all the working parts and their relationship to one another. And you can add to that the limitations imposed by working in an antiquated version of PHP, 5.2. In this article we will explore an alternative way of developing WordPress plugins, using the lessons learned from the greater PHP community, the world outside WordPress. We will walk through the steps of creating a plugin and investigate the use of autoloading and a plugin container. Let’s Begin The first…
  • 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…
 
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  • Some Images (and behind-the-scenes shots) from my Fashion Shoot at the Howey Mansion

    Scott Kelby
    29 May 2015 | 12:16 am
    One of the great things about always working on another book or another online class is — you get to shoot a lot for these projects, and I just wrapped up a location fashion shoot a few weeks ago at an incredible location — the Howey Mansion in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida (about 2-hours from the KelbyOne Headquarters). I learned about the location from RC, and our friend Kathy Porupski had a contact there and so we put an all-day shoot together with a very ambitious schedule. First, some of the final images:   Planning Stages Once we got close to locking down the location, I asked my…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    27 May 2015 | 10:34 pm
    Photographing Your Sense of Humor with Joe McNally Do you file away fun photo shoot ideas in your head? Join Joe McNally on location at Weeki Wachee Springs where he gets to finally realize a fantastic photo shoot idea he’s had in mind for a long time. In true Joe McNally fashion he pulls out all the stops to ensure he has the lighting, the crew, and the location to pull off his vision. From preparations the day before to the early morning arrival time, and through the end of the shoot, Joe talks through his concept, the setup, and all of the problems that need to be solved to pull off the…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Kaylee Greer of Dog Breath Photography!

    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.
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    Digital Photography School

  • Weekly Photography Challenge – Still Life

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    29 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    In this set of images I rounded up some imaginative images of objects, non-living things. Things don’t always have to appear as they really are in photos. Light, the right lens selection and angle of view can create an image of an everyday, seemingly ordinary object, and make it look interesting. By ~lzee~by~the~Sea~is~not~really~all~here~ So your goal this week is to find some inanimate objects to photograph – in an interesting way. Use your imagination and creativity. How can you bring this ordinary thing to life? What camera settings or techniques can you use? What is the best…
  • 26 Imaginative Images of Inanimate Objects

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    29 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    When you’re just learning photography non-living or inanimate objects make great subjects because they have infinite patience and don’t move. You can take your time getting your shot just right, checking the lighting, and composing the perfect image. These images of objects, table top products, still lives, are great examples of what you can do with such subjects. See if you don’t get some ideas for your own photography. Farewell, dear friend! by Victoria Ivanova on 500px Outsider by Gert Lavsen on 500px Love… by Tiziano Giumelli on 500px pedal organ by Mills Brock on…
  • Understanding Light for Better Portrait Photography

    Gary Lun
    28 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    A solid understanding of light can make you stand out from an average photographer. In fact, in portrait photography, light is even more important than the subject and location. This is because without the proper use of light, you can ruin the shot, even with the best looking subject, at the most awesome location in the world! In this article, I’m going to break down the understanding of Light for you into six simple terms. Once you understand and apply these concepts, you will immediately notice the improvement of quality in your portrait photographs. The six principles of light are:…
  • Learn How to Setup Studio Lighting in 15 Minutes

    John McIntire
    28 May 2015 | 7:12 am
    Do you find studio lighting daunting? Understandable. When I got my first set of lights I played with it for half an hour. Intimidated and confused, I shoved it back in the box where it stayed for six months. Don’t worry though, mastering exposure with studio strobes is easy; in fact it’s probably one of the easiest of the photographic skill sets. By following this tutorial, you can go from no experience with studio lighting, to getting a correct exposure on your first frame, without the aid of expensive and unnecessary light meters. This isn’t a crash course in complicated…
  • 5 Great Ways to Learn Photography

    Gina Milicia
    27 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    All images ©Gina Milicia “Every Artist was first an Amateur”- Ralph Waldo Emerson If you’re just starting out as a photographer, congratulations! There’s never been a more exciting, or easier time to learn the art of photography. Today’s market is flooded with tertiary courses, books, workshops, websites, podcasts and online courses that didn’t exist as little as ten years ago. When I began my career 25 years ago, there were only a few options. You could learn photography at a university or technical college, you could complete an apprenticeship or internship with…
 
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    Engadget RSS Feed

  • Google's Cardboard Design Lab teaches VR with (what else) VR

    Andrew Tarantola
    29 May 2015 | 5:29 pm
    Google debuted its larger and more robust Cardboard VR headset at I/O yesterday, now it needs some apps that actually run on it. However, designing a program in a virtual 3D environment is quite different than designing one to run on a 2D touchscreen...
  • With Android Pay, Google gets mobile payments right

    Nicole Lee
    29 May 2015 | 4:26 pm
    Even though Google started the whole mobile payment thing years ago with Google Wallet, it never really took off with the masses. Google's newly announced Android Pay, however, might. Instead of relying on you to load the app and unlock it with a PIN...
  • Highly anticipated horror game 'SOMA' hits PC and PS4 in September

    Terrence O'Brien
    29 May 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Acclaimed developer Frictional Games has fully taken the wraps off SOMA, it's super-hyped new sci-fi horror title. The company, which built it reputation on terrifying first-person games like Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Penumbra, that focus on atmo...
  • Dolby Digital Plus surround sound plugs into Microsoft's Edge

    Richard Lawler
    29 May 2015 | 2:22 pm
    Windows 10 won't have Media Center included but this week Microsoft revealed that it will have support for surround sound in some new ways, and it could make Netflix streaming even better. Beyond supporting Dolby Digital Plus in the Windows 10 OS -- ...
  • Reuters: US launched a failed Stuxnet-like attack on North Korea

    Devindra Hardawar
    29 May 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Iran wasn't the only country that had its nuclear ambitions targeted by a sneaky US cyberattack. It turns out the American government also tried to take down North Korea's nuclear programs with the Stuxnet worm five years ago, Reuters reports. But th...
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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)

  • DPReview is hiring for two Editorial Writers!

    29 May 2015 | 1:08 pm
    DPReview is hiring! We're looking for two editorial writers to join our growing editorial team based in Seattle, WA. Responsibilities will include testing and producing reviews of digital system cameras, compact cameras, smart phone cameras, lenses and other photographic equipment. Successful applicants will have have a store of solid practical knowledge about the theory and practice of photography, and a strong understanding of dpreview, our principles and our community. Click through for more details
  • Google and GoPro unveil 16-camera 'Array' VR rig

    29 May 2015 | 12:04 pm
    During the re/code Code Conference earlier this week in California, GoPro’s CEO Nick Woodman detailed a rig the company is working on that will accommodate six Hero4 cameras to record multi-angle footage for virtual reality uses. Google revealed a similar setup at its I/O 2015 conference yesterday, with the primary exception being that it holds 16 GoPro action cameras rather than six. The rig is called Array, and it was made in partnership with GoPro for Google's new Jump virtual reality platform. Click through to read more
  • Google rolls out standalone Photos app with unlimited free storage

    28 May 2015 | 4:11 pm
    Confirming rumors from earlier in the week, Google has announced its new Photos app - a standalone service that separates the photo component of its Google Plus app. It's available now for Google and iOS and comes with unlimited free storage of 16MP or smaller images. Read more
  • Samsung working on slimmer RWB camera sensors

    28 May 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Photos from a Samsung presentation have emerged online, providing some insight about the company's upcoming image sensors for mobile devices. It appears Samsung is working on chips that use a RWB (red, white, blue) color filter instead of the conventional RGB pattern. This allegedly improves color fidelity and light sensitivity, allowing for smaller pixels. In turn, this could mean smaller camera modules in future smartphones. Read more
  • Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens launched on Kickstarter

    28 May 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Lomography has launched its new Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens, the second lens it has introduced based on the Petzval optic invented by Joseph Petzval in 1840. This newest Petzval lens features Russian glass optics, is constructed by hand, and is offered in a brass finish. The lens results in photographs with a 'swirly bokeh,' and the strength of the effect can be controlled via a Bokeh Control Ring, a feature not available in Lomography's existing 85mm Petzval. Read more
 
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • My Favorites From Your Ideas For New Stuff To Add/Fix Next in Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    29 May 2015 | 1:16 am
    You all totally rocked it! I read every single idea you submitted, and I gotta tell, there’s some absolute GOLD in there (and man would I be thrilled if Adobe implemented your ideas!!). Here are my favorites from the ideas you all posted here as comments: What I’d like to see in Lightroom is “content aware” fill to go along with photo merge for panoramas. —Keith Z Two small easy (?) tweaks – I would like to be able to highlight folders or collections with a colored label – just to make one stand out to get to it quicker. But the big one is a ‘Cancel’ button when I…
  • 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…
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Popular Calendar App 'Fantastical 2' Coming Soon to Apple Watch

    Juli Clover
    29 May 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Flexibits, the developers behind the popular Fantastical 2 calendar app for iOS and Mac, today released a teaser suggesting the app will be expanding to the Apple Watch in the near future. A new page on the Flexibits website reads "It's almost time" before transitioning over to the Apple Watch depicting a screenshot from the new app. Little can be determined about the upcoming Apple Watch app from the screenshot, but it appears to have a clean design with a useful timeline-based calendar for tracking daily appointments and events. A Fantastical app for the Apple Watch will be a welcome…
  • MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Ztylus Limited Edition Camera Kit for iPhone 6/6 Plus

    Marianne Schultz
    29 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    For our next giveaway, we've partnered with Ztylus, a maker of smartphone cases with interchangeable accessory attachments. Ztylus is graciously offering one limited edition Rose Gold Camera Kit for the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus that retails for $149.95. The Ztylus Rose Gold Camera Kit consists of a full-coverage case and a 4-in-1 lens attachment. The case itself has a textured leather finish that features an integrated kickstand and a unique disc mount system for the lens attachment. The lens attachment contains a circular polarizer lens and fish eye, macro, and wide angle lenses…
  • iOS Text Bug Also Affects Twitter, Snapchat, WhatsApp and Other Apps

    Mitchel Broussard
    29 May 2015 | 6:26 am
    The iOS bug that was discovered earlier in the week and causes an iPhone to crash after receiving a specific string of symbols and characters, today expanded to both the Twitter and Snapchat iOS apps (via The Guardian). The bug not only crashes an iPhone, but causes the Messages app to repeatedly crash after being opened to anything other than the conversation in which the string of characters was located in. Although the issue was known to be routed in banner notifications when it was discovered, thus opening a wide range of apps that could be hit by the malicious text, today's news confirms…
  • 'Inbox by Gmail' Now Open to Everyone, Updated With Trip Bundles and More

    Joe Rossignol
    28 May 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Google has announced that Inbox by Gmail can now be used by everyone with no invitation required, and the search company has also updated the email app with Trip Bundles, Undo Send functionality on mobile, the option to select "Delete" as the default swiping action, custom signatures, suggested reminders and more. Trip Bundles combine all of your emails about a trip, such as flight times and hotel reservation numbers, enabling you to view them instantly after opening Inbox. Google's screenshots below, for example, show a Trip Bundle for London that displays information for a flight from…
  • Google Brings 'Cardboard' Virtual Reality Headset to iOS With New SDK, iPhone App

    Juli Clover
    28 May 2015 | 11:53 am
    Google last year debuted Google Cardboard, an inexpensive virtual reality platform that combined a cardboard mount and lens with a smartphone to create a virtual reality headset. Up until today, Google Cardboard has only been available for Android users, but at its Google I/O event, Google announced a new Google Cardboard app for iOS. The new app lets the Cardboard system work with Apple's iPhones for the first time. With a Cardboard viewer and an iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, or 6 Plus, the Cardboard app can be used to explore virtual environments, use a virtual kaleidoscope, view 3D objects in a…
 
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