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  • 10 mind-blowing luxury foods

    Holy Kaw!
    Josh Urich
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:53 pm
    Jamon Iberico de bellota goes for $96 a pound. So what is this mysterious foods? Ham. But not just any ham! This is Iberian acorn-fed ham. The pig that gave its life for this meat was fed nothing but acorns for its whole life, giving the ham an earthiness that other hams lack. Another great luxury food is ass cheese. No, you didn’t misread that. It’s cheese made from Balkan asses from Serbia. It takes twenty-five liters of sweet, sweet donkey milk to make just one pound of this cheese. See the rest at the full article. Full story at Take a Pause. More great food stuff. Photo…
  • What's the Best Music Video of the Year? 5 Critics Pick Their Favorite

    Mashable
    Brian Anthony Hernandez
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:11 pm
    LOS ANGELES — The MTV VMAs Video of the Year crown has been placed on some stellar heads over the past three decades. Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer," Sinéad O'Connor's "Nothing Compares 2 U," Pearl Jam's "Jeremy," TLC's "Waterfall," Beyoncé's "Single Ladies" and Rihanna's "We Found Love" are among the category's royalty. This year's Video of the Year nominees, vying to become the next king or queen of the video kingdom, are Beyoncé, Pharrell Williams, Miley Cyrus, Sia and Iggy Azalea See also: Music Memories: What the VMAs Looked Like in 1984, 1994 and 2004 Here five…
  • SpaceX Rocket Explodes During Test Flight

    Fast Company
    Alice Truong
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:33 pm
    CEO Elon Musk's response: "Rockets are tricky."A SpaceX rocket detonated Friday, shortly after the test vehicle launched from McGregor, Texas.Read Full Story
  • Plan B Uses Old Printer Parts To Create Detailed 3D Models

    TechCrunch
    John Biggs
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:38 pm
     If you’re bored this weekend, go ahead and tear apart your old inkjet printer and grab a few pieces of aluminum. Then head over to Yvo de Haas’ website and get cracking. His new project, called Plan B, is an open source 3D printer that lets you print solid plastic objects by binding a thin layer of plastic powder with an old printer head. How does it work? Well the Plan B is a… Read More
  • If you choose to be in the dog food business...

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:08 am
    Be delighted to eat dog food. It makes no sense to disdain the choices your customers make. If you can't figure out how to empathize and eagerly embrace the things they embrace, you are letting everyone down with your choice. Sure, someone needs to make this, but it doesn't have to be you. If you treat the work as nothing but an obligation, you will soon be overwhelmed by competition that sees it as a privilege and a calling.        
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    Holy Kaw!

  • 10 mind-blowing luxury foods

    Josh Urich
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:53 pm
    Jamon Iberico de bellota goes for $96 a pound. So what is this mysterious foods? Ham. But not just any ham! This is Iberian acorn-fed ham. The pig that gave its life for this meat was fed nothing but acorns for its whole life, giving the ham an earthiness that other hams lack. Another great luxury food is ass cheese. No, you didn’t misread that. It’s cheese made from Balkan asses from Serbia. It takes twenty-five liters of sweet, sweet donkey milk to make just one pound of this cheese. See the rest at the full article. Full story at Take a Pause. More great food stuff. Photo…
  • The bitterest beers in the world

    Josh Urich
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Like bitter beer? This list is for you. But make sure you know what you’re in for. Sierra Nevada beer is 37 IBUs. Lagunitas Hop Stoopid, the least bitter beer on this list, is 102 IBUs. If you’ve had Green Flash, that’s 149 IBUs. The highest is 2500 IBUs, so just think about that. Take a look at the full list. Full story at Beer Tutor. More great beer stuff. Photo credit: Canva
  • The 10 richest bass players in rock

    Josh Urich
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Bass players are the unsung heros of bands. They provide the heartbeat of the music, but most of the time they don’t get any recognition. Not these ten bass players, though, whose net worth will blow your mind. The first two on the list are kind of cheating, though: Paul McCartney (1.2 billion bucks) and Sting (300 million). The surprise of the list is Krist Novoselic, whose net worth is $40 million. See the rest at the full list––especially to see where Roger Waters, who was part of the most successful tour in history, falls. Full story at Consequence of Sound. More great music.
  • 10 amazing movie soundtracks that don’t get the credit they deserve

    Josh Urich
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:40 pm
    There are lots of great movie soundtracks, but these ten never get any credit. When it comes down to it, though, they’re classic. Like the Ferris Bueller soundtrack, which includes Big Audio Dynamite and The Smiths. Or the Austin Powers soundtrack, which is just epic: Full story at Word and Film. More great movie music. Photo credit: Canva
  • 10 start-up tips from the trenches

    Kate Rinsema
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Traveling the entrepreneurial road is hard enough, so if you can learn to avoid the bumps in the road from someone who’s’ been there, it always pays off to take notes. These ten tips were gleaned by the founders of Fueled, which has grown from a kitchen table operation in 2009 to an international operation with operations in New York, London and Chicago, so it’s safe to say they came through their struggles stronger, wiser and with something to teach us all. 1. Brand with a single purpose. From day one, we branded Fueled as mobile first and only, and we’ve ridden the…
 
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    Mashable

  • What's the Best Music Video of the Year? 5 Critics Pick Their Favorite

    Brian Anthony Hernandez
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:11 pm
    LOS ANGELES — The MTV VMAs Video of the Year crown has been placed on some stellar heads over the past three decades. Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer," Sinéad O'Connor's "Nothing Compares 2 U," Pearl Jam's "Jeremy," TLC's "Waterfall," Beyoncé's "Single Ladies" and Rihanna's "We Found Love" are among the category's royalty. This year's Video of the Year nominees, vying to become the next king or queen of the video kingdom, are Beyoncé, Pharrell Williams, Miley Cyrus, Sia and Iggy Azalea See also: Music Memories: What the VMAs Looked Like in 1984, 1994 and 2004 Here five…
  • Electronic Skin Could Help Airplanes 'Feel '

    Katie Nelson
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Concerns about airplane safety are are at a fever pitch thanks to the very visible nature of plane crashes in the past year. But as the perceived need for better danger detectors rises, so does the level of creativity used in addressing potential issues. British aerospace company BAE Systems is designing a "skin" for airplanes that can detect damage and other environmental changes to the plane, helping to diagnose potential issues before they spiral out of control See also: 12 Everyday Items Get the High-Tech Treatment "The idea is to make platforms ‘feel’ using a skin of sensors…
  • Catch Up On 'Doctor Who' Just in Time for Season 8

    Andrea Romano
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Matt Smith's run as the Doctor in British science fiction show Doctor Who was sensational — but all those details can tie a wibbly-wobbly, timey-whimey knot in your brain. YouTube users The Fine Brothers revisit the Eleventh Doctor's antics from Seasons 6 and 7 in a nine-minute, single take recap of Doctor Who, just in time for the new season premiere — and Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi's debut — on August 23rd See also: Don't Know What to Expect From 'Doctor Who'? Neither Does the Doctor Careful if you haven't watched any of these episodes — this video contains…
  • SpaceX Rocket Malfunctions, Then Explodes Over Texas

    Katie Sola
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:17 pm
    A SpaceX Falcon 9R rocket exploded mid-flight over McGregor, Texas, early evening Friday. The rocket destroyed itself after detecting an internal fault, SpaceX said. "During the flight, an anomaly was detected in the vehicle and the flight termination system automatically terminated the mission," the private space flight company said in a statement. See also: Elon Musk Just Unveiled SpaceX 2.0 The exploded rocket was a Falcon 9R, the model that successfully delivered the Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station in 2012 Space X's rocket falling out of the sky in pieces!!
  • Apple Pulls Secret App in Brazil After Judge's Request

    Katie Nelson
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Days after a Brazilian judge requested in a preliminary injunction that the Secret app be removed from the Apple App Store and Google Play store, Apple has removed the virtual confession forum from the App Store in Brazil. Secret is an app that allows users to anonymously share their most intimate confessions with other people browsing the app. Paulo Cesar de Carvalho, the presiding judge, argued that the app is an agent of online bullying and therefore detrimental to the public. He ordered that the app be removed from both Apple's and Google's app stores within 10 days (starting on…
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    Fast Company

  • SpaceX Rocket Explodes During Test Flight

    Alice Truong
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:33 pm
    CEO Elon Musk's response: "Rockets are tricky."A SpaceX rocket detonated Friday, shortly after the test vehicle launched from McGregor, Texas.Read Full Story
  • Learn How To Make Coffee From A CEO

    Fast Company Staff
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:43 am
    How do these honchos take their coffee? Watch and learn.What's the secret to great leadership? It might have something to do with coffee. We asked three executives--Tony Conrad (VC and founder of about.me), Stephen Baker (COO of Attivio) and Simon Collins (recently stepped down as dean of Parsons Fashion School)--about how they brew their morning fuel.Read Full Story
  • Breaking A "Pay-It-Forward" Chain Isn't Being A "Cheap Bastard." It's Good Economics.

    Jason Feifer
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:10 am
    Starbucks gets great PR when a chain of customers "pays" for each other's coffee. But that's not what's really going on.When you combine coffee with a poor understanding of economics, two things can happen: You feel smug and self-congratulatory, or you demonize the wrong person. Both happened at the same Starbucks this week, when a chain of 378 people "paying it forward" was supposedly broken by "some cheap-ass" in a white Jeep.Read Full Story
  • Tiny 2-Minute New York Times Crossword Puzzles For Your Morning Commute

    Rebecca Greenfield
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:05 am
    New, adorable, and addictive.For those looking to brush up on crossword skills while waiting in line at CVS, The New York Times has added tiny puzzles to its iPhone app. The timed 5-by-5 grids take just minutes to complete for a mediocre puzzler, perfect for a short commute, and a quick and dirty way to feel good about your puzzling skills.Read Full Story
  • Now You Can Drink Champagne From Kate Moss's Boob

    Carey Dunne
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
    A London restaurant and a sculptor have created a champagne coupe from a mold of the British supermodel's left breast.If you've ever harbored creepy fantasies of drinking champagne from a glass shaped exactly like Kate Moss's breast, now's your time. In celebration of the British supermodel's 40th birthday, London's Mayfair 34 restaurant worked with British artist Jane McFadden Freud to create a mold of Moss's left breast, which was used to create the bowl of a champagne coupe. It's decorated with Art Deco-influenced engravings and Moss's signature, accented with a little heart, graces its…
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Plan B Uses Old Printer Parts To Create Detailed 3D Models

    John Biggs
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:38 pm
     If you’re bored this weekend, go ahead and tear apart your old inkjet printer and grab a few pieces of aluminum. Then head over to Yvo de Haas’ website and get cracking. His new project, called Plan B, is an open source 3D printer that lets you print solid plastic objects by binding a thin layer of plastic powder with an old printer head. How does it work? Well the Plan B is a… Read More
  • Airbnb Hands Over Data About 124 Hosts To The NY Attorney General

    Ryan Lawler
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:20 pm
     In the latest exchange between Airbnb and the NY Attorney General’s office, the peer-to-peer lodgings marketplace has agreed to hand over “unredacted, personal information” on 124 of its past and present hosts. The news follows a long-running back-and-forth between Airbnb and the Attorney General, which has been seeking to crack down on illegal hotel operations in the state. Read More
  • Most U.S. Businesses Don’t Know They Were Caught Up In Massive Cyberattack

    Cat Zakrzewski
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:17 pm
     Is your payment information safe? It’s hard to know, considering many companies hit by the same cyberattack that hit Target don’t even know it. According to a New York Times report published Friday, more than 1,000 businesses, including Supervalu and United Postal Service (UPS), were caught up in a breach affecting in-store cash register systems. The Department of Homeland… Read More
  • Microsoft Research Shows Off “DeLorean,” Its Tech For Building A Lag-Free Cloud Gaming Service

    Kyle Russell
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:27 pm
     When looking to the future of gaming, few concepts get people as excited as the mythical “Netflix for gaming.” It’s a concept that we’ve seen in multiple forms, from OnLive’s early efforts to Sony’s new PlayStation Now service. Read More
  • Announcing The New Convenience Economy Disrupt Panel With Blue Apron’s Matt Salzberg, Good Eggs’ Rob Spiro, And DoorDash’s Tony Xu

    Jordan Crook
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:25 pm
     Convenience is one of those problems that almost any entrepreneur can tackle, whether you are running an expansive business like WunWun’s on-demand delivery for everything, or running a specifically tailored business like YourMechanic. But some entrepreneurs are looking at the problem of convenience and pairing it with universal needs. With that in mind, I’d like to introduce some… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • If you choose to be in the dog food business...

    Seth Godin
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:08 am
    Be delighted to eat dog food. It makes no sense to disdain the choices your customers make. If you can't figure out how to empathize and eagerly embrace the things they embrace, you are letting everyone down with your choice. Sure, someone needs to make this, but it doesn't have to be you. If you treat the work as nothing but an obligation, you will soon be overwhelmed by competition that sees it as a privilege and a calling.        
  • Tone deaf

    Seth Godin
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:33 am
    Great marketers have empathy. They're able to imagine what it might be like to have a mustache or wear pantyhose. They work hard to imagine life in someone else's shoes. Bullies are tone deaf. They don't always set out to be brutal and selfish, but their near-total lack of empathy amplifies their self involvement. "What's it like to be you?" is an impossible question to answer. But people who aren't tone deaf manage to ask it.        
  • Totally and completely out of my control

    Seth Godin
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:58 am
    Gravity, for example. I can't do a thing about gravity. Even if I wanted to move to Jupiter or the moon for a change in gravity, it's inconceivable that I could. On the other hand, there are lots of things I can do to control my reaction to gravity. I can take Alexander classes or get in better shape. I can avoid situations where gravity makes me uncomfortable (the trapeze, for example). I can choose to not whine about gravity and its effects. There are countless forces in our lives that are out of our control. That doesn't mean we can't do anything about how they influence our work and our…
  • Squidthanks

    Seth Godin
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:53 am
    Nine years ago last month, a few of us sat down in my office and started working on Squidoo. Since then, there have been billions of visits to our site, and many of you have clicked, written, and contributed to what we've built. We've been able to pay people from around the world for great content and donate to dozens of charities. Thanks. Squidoo was launched before Pinterest, Twitter and Medium were the platforms of the day. It arrived just in time to remind people that in fact they could share what they cared about with people who were interested in hearing about it. Last week, we…
  • Slacktivism

    Seth Godin
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:08 am
    This is far from a new phenomenon. Hundreds of years ago there were holier-than-thou people standing in the village square, wringing their hands, ringing their bells and talking about how urgent a problem was. They did little more than wring their hands, even then. In our connected world, though, there are two sides to social media's power in spreading the word about a charitable cause. According to recent data about the ice bucket challenge making the rounds, more than 90% of the people mentioning it (posting themselves being doused or passing on the word) didn't make a donation to support…
 
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    WIRED

  • Don’t Get Bullied by IT

    22 Aug 2014 | 4:35 pm
    In a modern world of self-service technology, enterprises have been introduced to a new technology — shadow IT. Shadow IT, also known as rogue IT or stealth IT, can be defined as IT systems and hardware and software solutions that are not approved or supported by an organization’s IT department. This includes, but is not […]
  • From Big Data to Actionable Data: Has Our Biology Failed Us, or Have We Failed to Use It?

    22 Aug 2014 | 4:35 pm
    The 21st Century has seen technology contribute life-altering realities like getting from New York to Beijing in less than 14 hours or grandparents using Facetime to see their newly anointed “Princes” and “Princesses” of future generations. New technologies have not only democratized widespread access of information worldwide, it has created new ways of providing cheaper […]
  • Gadget Lab Podcast: How Much Does Twitter Affect Your View of the News?

    22 Aug 2014 | 1:29 pm
    This week, the hosts discuss social media in the context of current events and Mat's latest Facebook experiment.
  • Game|Life Podcast: Legal Pinball, Free Infinity, 10 Million PlayStation 4s

    22 Aug 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Wrapup and analysis of this week's news is the order of the day on the latest Game|Life podcast.
  • The Longest, Fastest F1 Race of the Season Happens This Weekend

    22 Aug 2014 | 11:41 am
    Summer vacation is over for Nico Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel and the boys, and the Formula 1 season resumes this weekend at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium. Spa isn’t just one of the most famous tracks in motorsports (with one of the most famous corners in motorsports). It’s also the longest circuit on the F1 […]
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    @ProBlogger

  • How to Use Content Themes to Make Blogging a Snap

    Guest Blogger
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:48 am
    This is a guest contribution from Sonja Jobson. This might sound familiar: you’re staring at a blank screen, panic slowly rising, headache setting in, mind blank. You’re due to publish a blog post but you have absolutely no idea what to write about. Again. The “writers block” cycle can put a serious cramp in your blogging style, but contrary to popular opinion, it’s not a mysterious ailment with no known cure. In most cases, writers block is a direct result of poor planning. This is good news, because it means that with correct planning, you can skip right over the blank screen and…
  • Why You Have a Better Chance of Landing a Guest Post Than You Think (and How to Do It)

    Guest Blogger
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:31 am
    Image via Flickr user Freddie Peña. This is a guest contribution from writer Ali Luke. Do you ever think about guest posting but worry you’re not ready? You probably already know that guest posting is one of the most effective ways to build relationships in the blogging world, get writing credits, and grow your audience …  … yet you might worry that no-one will take your posts, because you’re too new to blogging, your own audience is too small, or you’re not (yet) a great writer. Maybe you’ve heard bloggers say that they get dozens, even hundreds, of guest post pitches…
  • Stop Writing for Free and Launch Your Own Profitable Blog

    Guest Blogger
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:21 am
    You’ve spent countless hours crafting article after article. Your articles have generated thousands of page views. You feel pretty successful in terms of exposure, but large media companies are not knocking down your door to hire you. That paying gig you have been dreaming of still seems just as far away as it always has. Your writing hasn’t earned you a dime, and your exposure hasn’t done anything but bring you momentary comfort. Sound familiar? There has been a long-raging debating about the merits of writing for free. Some have spoken out heavily in opposition of doing…
  • How to Make Friends and Influence People at the ProBlogger Event

    Guest Blogger
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:17 am
    This is a guest contribution by blogger Johanna Castro. Day one of the ProBlogger conference dawns, and butterflies are probably winging around your stomach as if making a bid for freedom. For many of us this day has been eagerly anticipated for about 6 months, and it represents one of two days in which you’ll meet some of the biggest names in blogging: Presenters, bloggers, media celebrities and a heap of new friends. But first. You walk in, you register at the front desk, and then you face a sea of people. That sea of people seems to be undulating like a wave mingling effortlessly with…
  • How to Build a Blog Worth Monetizing

    Darren Rowse
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:41 am
    Earlier in the week I co-hosted the popular #BlogChat Twitter chat. The topic was ‘How to Build a Blog Worth Monetizing’ – a massive topic. The hour-long Twitter chat was one of the fastest moving Twitter chats I’ve been involved in (and the biggest BlogChat ever according to it’s founder Mack Collier). We covered heaps of ground but I thought I’d pull out some of my most RT’d and commented upon tweets from the hour here as a blog post. I hope you find these helpful! Foundational Advice I was asked to prepare some advice for those about to start a…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • How Turning My To-Dos Into a Story Boosted My Memory and Motivation

    Thorin Klosowski
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:45 pm
    We all create stories to explain what happens in a day. A story is a tool to help us make sense of the world. But what about the future? What would happen if you turned your to-do list into a story as a rehearsal for the next day? Personally, it's helped me not just Get Things Done, but also boosted my memory so that I've been able to ditch complicated to-do lists and schedules for good.Read more...
  • Break In a Baseball Cap by Wearing It in the Shower

    Patrick Allan
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Whether it's a new team cap, brand cap, or a cap you got from that conference you went to that one time—it's yours and you want it to fit just right. You can speed up the breaking in process by wearing it in the shower.Read more...
  • iPhone 5 Battery Letting You Down? Apple Might Replace It—For Free

    Eric Limer on Gizmodo, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:31 pm
    If your iPhone 5's battery just doesn't have the kick that it feels like it should, you might be able to get a new one for free. Apple has found that an apparently small batch of iPhone 5s (not the S or C) that "may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently." You can check if yours is included by entering its serial on Apple's website, and get a replacement if it is.Read more...
  • Plan Your Kid's Outfits Ahead of Time with Printable Daily Dividers

    Patrick Allan
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Getting all of your kids out the door in the morning can be hectic. Save some time in the morning by having your kid's outfits planned ahead of time and organized with these dividers.Read more...
  • Download the New Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Core Rule Set for Free

    Patrick Allan
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Whether you're an avid player who's been in the game for years, or curious to see what Dungeons & Dragons is all about, Wizards of the Coast is offering everything you need to start playing for free.Read more...
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors

  • Apple Initiates iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program

    Juli Clover
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Apple has begun an iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program, suggesting that a small percentage of iPhone 5 units may have a faulty battery that results in a shorter battery life. iPhone 5 devices exhibiting battery issues were sold between September of 2012 and January of 2013 and could be eligible for a battery replacement.Apple has determined that a very small percentage of iPhone 5 devices may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently. The affected iPhone 5 devices were sold between September 2012 and January 2013 and fall within a limited serial number…
  • Third-Party Vendor Beats Apple to Market With Reversible Lightning USB Cables

    Juli Clover
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Amid rumors that Apple is developing a Lightning cable with a reversible USB connector, third-party accessory vendor Truffol has begun selling a reversible USB Lightning cable on its website, beating Apple to the punch. Priced at $9.99, the reversible cable advertised by Truffol is designed to be inserted into a USB port in either direction, a shift from a traditional USB cable that can only be inserted in one direction. While the cable is not Apple-approved and thus not Made for iPhone (MFi) certified, Truffol has told MacRumors that its cable works with both existing iOS devices and the…
  • BlackBerry Takes Advantage of iMessage Spam Reports to Tout BBM

    Juli Clover
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    BlackBerry is taking advantage of reports of iMessage's vulnerability to spam messages to tout its BlackBerry Messenger app. In a blog post, the company highlights a report from earlier this week that said iMessage users see quite a bit of spam, with accounts run by spammers responsible for more than 30 percent of all spam messages on mobile devices. BlackBerry suggests that iMessage users switch to BBM to avoid spam and lists five reasons why BBM is superior to iMessage. According to the company, BBM is safer primarily because it does not utilize a phone number or email address and it only…
  • More Supply Chain Claims of Likely Early 2015 Launch for iWatch

    Kelly Hodgkins
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    Earlier this week, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo released a report claiming Apple may not launch the iWatch until 2015 due to manufacturing difficulties associated with the new device. A follow-up report from Taiwan's Economic Daily News (via G 4 Games) echoes this assertion with supply chain information hinting at an early 2015 debut for Apple's wearable device. Anonymous supply chain sources told Economic Daily News that Apple is requesting delivery of hardware components for the iWatch as it prepares to start assembly of the wristwatch device in September. Sources claim it will take…
  • China Telecom iPhone 6 Ad Suggests Simplified Model Lineup for Different Carrier Technologies

    Kelly Hodgkins
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:55 am
    According to a Sina News report (via ZDNet), China Telecom this week briefly announced plans to sell an unlocked version of the iPhone 6 in order to compete with rival carriers. The Sina report sources a Weibo post from China Telecom's Shanghai office that was posted earlier this week and later deleted. The move suggests Apple is planning to sell a version of the iPhone 6 that will support all wireless networks in the country, including dual 4G (TDD-LTE and FDD-LTE), WCDMA, CDMA2000, GSM, and CDMA1X. This opens up LTE to China Telecom subscribers and makes the country's number three carrier…
 
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    chrisbrogan.com

  • Buy The Right Thing

    Chris Brogan
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    In case you don’t already get my podcast, I thought I’d stick a copy of it here to check out. I recorded a short little conversation about choices and price and value and how we sometimes make really silly choices that don’t make any sense whatsoever. Also, in this recording, I mentioned a webinar I’m hosting. If that’s interesting, check it out. It will be the right thing. Continue Reading
  • How Can I Focus Better?

    Chris Brogan
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:04 pm
    The strangest of moments can bring you insights. I’ll tell you that for sure. Do you see the picture that accompanies this post? That was moments after winning a silly competition where I had to use a piece of uncooked spaghetti to spear six ziti noodles without using any hands. How did I accomplish this faster than my competitors? Well, that’s where the insight came in. How Can I Focus Better? In that moment, my brain-chatter was intense: “I don’t want to be here. Why did I say yes to this? This is stupid? I’m going to LOOK stupid. Wow, I’m very shaky. My…
  • How Do You Grow Your Business?

    Chris Brogan
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:56 pm
    What we do mostly at Owner Media Group is provide solutions and guidance to help people grow their business in some form or fashion. Its a mix of professional, personal, and business development all mooshed together nicely into one package. When I ask people what kind of help they need, however, it’s interesting to hear where everyone is along the path. The solutions we’ve created, as it turns out, help out along a particular curve that wasn’t immediately obvious when we started. How Do You Grow Your Business? – Starting Out Before I get started, if you want our super…
  • You’re Not Freaky Enough

    Chris Brogan
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    Jacq was watching a rerun of Shark Tank last night with her mom and she came across Steve Gadling, who pitched his business to the Shark Tank. What was he doing? Drawing cats. Not very well, mind you. And just with paper and a Sharpie. And he wanted ten thousand dollars. Part of his pitch was a little dance, and a “song.” Watch this video: Can’t see the video? Click HereContinue Reading
  • How Do I Reach My Audience?

    Chris Brogan
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:36 pm
    People ask me that often. “How do I reach my audience?” First, I tell them gently, it’s not your audience. Second, I tell them that reach is only part of it. Once they’ve seen you, they have to care enough that they’ll take a next step. From there, it only gets more difficult. But that’s okay. Challenge is good. Let me give you some thoughts. Before You Try to “Reach Your Audience” Let’s convert that to “reach out to people who might care” or just “reach out.” But before you want to do that, you’ll want your…
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    Copyblogger

  • An Internet Marketing Education in 16 Ebooks and 20 Emails. No Charge.

    Brian Clark
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Want to discover the smartest ways to mix social media, content marketing, and SEO for lead generation? Want to convert those leads to customers and clients? We’ve got you covered with Internet Marketing for Smart People. And there’s absolutely no charge. These 16 high-impact ebooks plus our 20-installment email course deliver the techniques and strategies you need to know to become a much smarter marketer online. Find out more and sign up (free) right here. About the authorBrian Clark Brian Clark is founder and CEO of Copyblogger, and uncompromising evangelist for New Rainmaker.
  • 4 Simple Steps to Writing a Blog Post That Floods Your Inbox with Inquiries

    Henneke
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Are your blog posts helping you win clients? Blogging helps boost your authority, drive relevant traffic, and generate leads. But are your blog posts working for your business? Although business blogging is a longterm strategy, you can employ a few smart tactics to one single post in order to generate meaningful leads. Not just one lead. But a handful or more of quality leads. In this post, I’ll show you exactly how I stumbled upon this four-step formula, and how you can apply this method to your business. Ready to start winning new clients? Step 1: Forget about generating leads Running a…
  • 3 Lessons Learned From a Titan of Copywriting

    Brian Kurtz
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    I was on the phone earlier this week with copywriting legend John Carlton and we were ranting about all sorts of topics. (You know, like you do when you’re on the phone with John Carlton.) He made the observation that the next “big thing” in marketing may not be in the areas of whiz-bang technology, but rather in the blocking and tackling techniques of adept career direct marketers.

 That’s not to say that technology won’t continue to move at the speed of light. But certain methods just don’t change. Great writing still rules. As they say here at…
  • New Book Excerpt: Keep It Simple, But Not Simplistic

    Ann Handley
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    The following is an excerpt from Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content, coming this fall from Ann Handley and Wiley Publishing. More about Ann’s new book and some sweet free prizes below. Any fool can make something complicated. It takes a genius to make it simple. ~ Woody Guthrie Business, like life, can be complicated. Products can be intricate and concepts may seem impenetrable. But good content deconstructs the complex to make it easily understood. It sheds the corporate Frankenspeak. It conveys ideas in concise, economic, human, and accessible terms.
  • A Complete Guide to Crawling Inside Your Customer’s Head With Empathy Maps

    Demian Farnworth
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Jack Ungulate is a strange bird. When he drinks beer, he licks his index and middle finger, swipes the bottle opening, and then pauses, with the bottle raised to his mouth, before turning it upside down. Each time, every time. He also has a routine with his steel-toe boots. The left one must go on first, then the right. But he takes them off in reverse. And then there’s his ritual when buying large ticket items like a car: he sends his wife to the lot while he sits in the garage, waiting for her to call. When people talk to him about saving for his children’s college fund, he…
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    Macworld

  • Details that count: Apple's obsession with reversible cable connectors

    22 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    It’s been nearly impossible over the last few weeks to avoid hearing that Apple is reportedly working on a Lightning cable with a reversible USB connector—that is, a connector that will fit into a USB port no matter which direction you plug it in.Leaving aside the fact that Apple-related rumors are a dime a dozen and tend to be about as reliable as horse-racing tips, you may wonder what all the hubbub is about. Sure, not having to “find the right way” to insert a USB cable is convenient, but it seems hardly worth so much press. So what’s the big deal? To read this article in full…
  • Hold the phone: iMessage spam not all it's cracked up to be

    22 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Is Apple’s iMessage the new favorite tool of spammers worldwide? A widely-quoted recent article written by Wired’s Robert McMillan suggests it is, even going so far as to  claim that iMessage “is being taken over by spammers.”Largely based on an interview with security analyst Tom Landesman, McMillan states that, thanks to a few enterprising fraudsters who have figured out a way to take advantage of Apple’s networks, iMessage accounts for some 30 percent of all mobile spam, and that the company’s efforts at stemming the onslaught of unwanted messages are moving too slowly to…
  • The Week in iPhone Cases: A troll in your phone

    22 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    A troll in your phoneIn this week’s roundup of new iPhone cases, you’ll find Studio Ghibli’s most famous character, a screen protector that won’t shatter in your hand, and a case with a bright idea or two.BiteMyAppleThe Radius v2 (iPhone 5 and 5s; $70 to $170) offers minimalist protection with a crossed-shaped design that protects the most vulnerable parts of your handset.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • How to use a game controller with your Mac

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Reader Bruce Harris would like to get double-duty from a gaming device. He writes: I purchased a PlayStation 4 and an extra DualShock 4 controller for two-player games. I rarely use the second controller and wondered if I could use it to play games on my Mac. You can, though with some games you’ll need extra help. Before we get to that let’s start with the hardware configuration. As you know, the DualShock 4 controller has a micro USB port on the back, just below the status light. You use this port to initially pair the controller with the PS4. But it can also operate as a link between…
  • Advice from an Apple Tech: The Great Upgrade Freakout (and how to deal with it)

    22 Aug 2014 | 5:51 am
    There’s no stopping change.And there’s no stopping the reaction of a tech client who might be less than enthralled with whatever necessary changes you had to incorporate to save their data, upgrade their Mac and/or get their Mac working again. Yes, their computer is back, but something is either slightly or radically different and this is sticking in their craw. A user interface has changed in the new version of Microsoft Office, they liked the old version of iTunes better, or they didn’t expect those new icons in that new version of Mac OS X that you had to install to make a print…
 
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    ReadWrite

  • Here's A Phone-Charging Bracelet You Might Actually Wear

    Eliza Brooke
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:55 am
    <em>Editor's note: This post was originally published by our partners at <a href="http://fashionista.com/2014/08/phone-charging-bracelet">Fashionista</a>.</em>There's no cellphone owner who doesn't understand intimately the special agony of watching their device drain and then ... die. It's a universal. Most people have a plan B: Use a Mophie juice pack, bring along a charger and pray for an outlet—or this reporter's favorite, hang out in a bar for an hour and use the bartender's charger. There's always one behind the counter.A new startup called Q Designs is…
  • Instagram Launches Advertising Analytics

    Selena Larson
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:24 am
    Instagram is making it possible for businesses to find out just how well their advertising performs.On Thursday, the company rolled out a suite of business tools to manage ad campaigns. Account insights and ad insights display impressions, reach, and engagement, both for particular ad campaigns and the account itself. An advertising staging feature enables advertisers to edit and preview campaigns before launching.Instagram worked with a handful of advertisers before giving analytics to all advertisers this week. The company will make the new tools available to all brands later this…
  • Secret Is Cracking Down On Bullying

    Selena Larson
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
    Secret, the anonymous application that lets users post random comments and share them with friends, is finally doing something about bullying.Secret now uses sentiment analysis to determine if someone is posting something against the app’s guidelines—like a harassing comment—and will prompt users to rethink their posts if so. If someone posts it anyway, the Secret team will review the post, and block it if they find it in violation of its policies. Real names will also be blocked from the site whenever possible.The changes were announced in a blog post on Friday.It’s a much-needed…
  • White House Cybersecurity Czar Is A Total N00b (And Proud Of It)

    Lauren Orsini
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:11 am
    Only in Washington, DC could a lack of technological know-how be a positive thing. In a city where people prefer to vote for charismatic politicians over intellectuals, White House cybersecurity coordinator Michael Daniel sees his lack of expertise as a selling point."Being too down in the weeds at the technical level could actually be a little bit of a distraction," he told Gov Info Security. "You can get enamored with the very detailed aspects of some of the technical solutions. And, particularly here at the White House ... the real issue is to look at the broad, strategic picture and the…
  • Even The White House Can't Make Engineers Dress Up

    Stephanie Chan
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:03 am
    Silicon Valley is invading Washington, D.C., casual clothing style and all. In a newly released video from the White House’s YouTube channel, we shadow Mikey Dickerson, a former Google engineer who is the new administrator for the U.S. Digital Service team. In this video we see Dickerson, once hired by the government to repair the flailing Healthcare.gov website, taking meetings and press conferences all on his very first day at the White House. And despite sharing the air and working in the same building as President Obama, colleagues in the White House seem pretty approving of…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Ways To Avoid Overwhelming Users: Lessons Learned From My High-School Teachers

    Jon Bernbach
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:56 am
    High school. I won’t lie: I did not have the highest grades in my graduating class. Some classes and lessons were so poorly designed and delivered that I would frequently become frustrated and fatigued and would ultimately shut down. The contents of the lessons would just wash over me. The experience wasn’t pleasant, and the results were obvious from my transcripts. But I did well in a few classes. The major difference was the teaching style. Currently, I am a user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) designer of mobile and web applications. In a way, like a teacher, I need to present…
  • What 22 Billion Newsletters Tell Us About Designing For Mobile Email

    Ros Hodgekiss
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:04 am
    Do you know which platforms and email clients to focus on when creating an email newsletter for yourself or a client? Using the data from over 22 billion email subscribers, we determined what designers should prioritize, both this year and beyond. In this article, we’ll interpret the numbers from our “Email Marketing Trends401” report to help designers like you make informed decisions about what works and what doesn’t in email newsletters. Here are some of the things we’ll cover: Which email clients and platforms should we be supporting now? Does responsive design matter for email…
  • Off To The Races: Getting Started With Design Sprints

    Alok Jain
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:26 am
    Many modern software development best practices draw on influences from the industrial era and concepts like specialization, where individuals with specialized skills worked in an assembly line to mass-produce physical products. These practices from the world of manufacturing have come to influence how things are done when designing and building software products as well. Lean thinking is one of the latest approaches software development companies have adopted to maximize value and reduce wasted effort and resources. It does so by breaking down an objective into a series of experiments. Each…
  • Tips For Mastering A Programming Language Using Spaced Repetition

    Mattan Griffel
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:39 am
    Since first hearing of spaced repetition a few years back, I’ve used it for a wide range of things, from learning people’s names to memorizing poetry to increasing my retention of books. Today, I’ll share best practices that I’ve discovered from using spaced repetition to learn and master a programming language. Some great articles on this topic are already out there, including “Memorizing a Programming Language Using Spaced Repetition Software1” by Derek Sivers and “Janki Method2” by Jack Kinsella. But because you’re busy, I’ll quickly summarize some of the best practices…
  • The Current State Of E-Commerce Search

    Christian Holst
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:04 am
    When e-commerce search works, it’s fast, convenient and efficient. It’s no wonder that so many users prefer searching over clicking categories. Unfortunately, our recent large-scale usability study and top-50 benchmark of e-commerce search finds that search often doesn’t work very well. On-site search is a key component of almost any e-commerce website. That’s why we at Baymard Institute have invested months conducting a large-scale usability study, testing the e-commerce search experience of 19 major e-commerce websites with real-world end users. We’ve boiled our findings down to…
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • Movie quotes

    23 Aug 2014 | 1:46 am
    Screenwriter William Goldman has won two Oscars and written some of the most famous lines in movie history. And he still has no idea why some of his dialogue is part of the national vernacular.
  • Emmy Awards

    23 Aug 2014 | 1:39 am
    Will it be a "Bad" night -- or a "True" one?
  • Amish girls

    23 Aug 2014 | 1:39 am
    A puppy was used to lure two Amish girls into a car in upstate New York, with the captors plotting to enslave the sisters, authorities said.
  • James Foley

    23 Aug 2014 | 1:39 am
    The United Nations on Friday condemned the beheading of American journalist James Foley by his ISIS captors as "heinous and cowardly" and said the execution shows the increasing danger to journalists reporting in Syria.
  • When nature made us say, 'Wow'

    23 Aug 2014 | 1:34 am
    When a photographer is at the right place at the right time, a lightning show can be absolutely magical.
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • OK, Are You Ready for a Really Cool Contest?

    Scott Kelby
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    It’s called “Expose Yourself With Scott Kelby” (I didn’t name it. I would have named it “Get nudie-nude naked and naughty with DJ Scott-Scotty K and the fully clothed nudists” but they voted it down).Anyway, if you are picked as the winner, you win a Sony RX-100 Camera, so if you can get past the whole thing of having nothing on, this is awesome.The contest is for photographers who want to share what they’ve learned with other photographer through a blog post, article, photo submission, etc. on InMyBag.net —-(in their words: “InMyBag.net…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Free Expo Pass for Photoshop World Las Vegas If you can’t attend the full three-day training conference, you can still take part in the Free Expo that’s headed for Las Vegas in a couple of weeks. Check out the show floor, packed with free classes, product demos, and exclusive show specials from the hottest names in the industry. The Expo hits Vegas September 3-5 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. Register now for your free pass! Photographing Motion Indoors with Joe McNally This class is all about different ways of capturing motion with a still camera in an indoor…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Jason Groupp!

    Brad Moore
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Photos by Peter HurleyHowdy folks! I hope you’re having a great summer! Here in NYC I feel like we’ve had a bit more rain than in the past, but all in all it’s been a very pleasant season, albeit a fast one! I feel like we were just celebrating Memorial Day, and now I’m suddenly busy preparing for Photoshop World in just a few weeks! Yikes! If you come see me speak, I promise to fill your head with loads of information about OCF (Off Camera Flash) geekiness, but today I’m going to talk to you about that moving target we call the work/life balance. So if you’re here today to learn…
  • Why Isn’t There a Photo Walk In My City?

    Scott Kelby
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Here’s our “Week One” update (the official launch was just one week ago):So far we have 564 walks already planned all around the world. (you can see some of the cities that created walks just this weekend, listed above). What an amazing start!!! Also, a big high-five to everyone who has been kicking in the requested $1 donation to the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya. They’ve never needed your help more, and we’re indebted to you for helping (especially to those who have kicked in $50 to make sure everyone in your local walk was covered — how cool is…
  • How Photographers Can Turn Their DSLR Videos Clips Into Movies in Just 5 Minutes (using, believe it not, just Photoshop)

    Scott Kelby
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    This is a short clip from an episode of “The Grid” (hosted by RC and me) that has gotten a ton of buzz, mostly because so many Photoshop users had no idea that Photoshop could even do this (I think it’s the best-kept secret in Photoshop).We start a five minute timer, and even with me messing up the first step and literally having to close and restart Photoshop and start over, we still comfortably got all seven steps completed in five minutes. You’ll be stunned at how easy this is, because we’re using a photography application that lets us create video, instead…
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    Digital Photography School

  • Weekly Photography Challenge – Flowers

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Earlier today I shared a bunch of flower photos to brighten your day. I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t like flowers, even the roughest toughest guys can appreciate nature’s beauty and splendour. By Michael J. Moeller The weekly photography challenge is flowers. Now of course it’s your turn. Go find some flowers and photograph them. Go for a walk, find some wild flowers, or visit a garden. You could even think outside the box and make paper flowers or draw some on the sidewalk in chalk. Perhaps you could set up your tripod and do some macro shots and wait for a bee…
  • A Collection of Cheery Flower Photos to Brighten Your Day

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Over the last few weeks I’ve been featuring different colors as the weekly theme. To change it up a bit this week, and enjoy every last minute that summer brings us, I’ve rounded up some lovely cheery flower photos for you. Who doesn’t like a good flower photo? They’re colorful, have lots of textures, maybe an insect or two, and are always interesting photographic subject material. Enjoy and have a floral day! Lotus by Hai Thinh on 500px shine by park seo jin on 500px Atmaniksepa by Josep Sumalla on 500px … by Alena ?erve?anská on 500px Satsang by Josep Sumalla…
  • Getting Started Guide to Macro or Close-Up Photography

    Barry J Brady
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Close-up photos of flowers can make for interesting colours and shapes There is something magical about seeing a subject up close and personal. This opens up a whole new world of options for you as a photographer. Close-up photography, or macro photography, can be a very rewarding form of photographic expression. The great thing about it is that you can do this from your basement at home, if necessary. Of course you can, and should, go outdoors too and setup shots in a forest or at the sea, but you can also setup shots of everyday subjects and shoot them up close. Think of an old watch, a…
  • 20 More Photography Tips Every Travel Photographer Must Know

    Oded Wagenstein
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Pick up Oded’s new SnapnGuide (a dPS sister company) Snapn Travel here for only $7, a lifetime of travel memories in a snap. Traveling is fun and rewarding, but sharing memories of your journeys with friends, family, and the world through your own beautiful images can be even better. Georgia (the country) Here are 20 more tips for great travel photography: (You can read Part One 20 Photography Tips Every Travel Photographer Must Know here) Before you go: 1. Make the visual decisions For most of us, deciding where and when to go is based on many decisions, not necessarily related to…
  • How to Fix Chromatic Aberration in Lightroom 5

    Daniel Korzeniewski
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Chromatic aberration is a phenomenon caused by distortion of the lens. Basically, it is a failure of the lens to focus all the colors to the same convergence point. The effect can be generally seen in dark edges adjacent to bright areas of an image; it looks like an out-of-focus ghost of magenta or purple color. In photography this is also called “purple fringing”. The quality of the optic plays an important role here, as not all lenses will produce the same effect. This problem tends to manifest much more in zoom lenses with variable aperture. However, no lens is exempt from…
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    TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004 RSS Feed

  • Slices of Apple episode two: Back from the brink

    Victor Agreda Jr
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    In this episode we discuss Apple's dalliance with clones, Steve Jobs founding NeXT and the return of Jobs to Apple. In the next episode we'll interview a call center rep, a former Apple Genius and our own Steve Sande. It's the first of our...
  • BlackBerry jumps on reports of iMessage spam to tout the benefits of BBM

    Yoni Heisler
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Given the recent spate of stories centering on iMessage being a haven for spammers, the official BlackBerry Blog seized the opportunity to pen a post detailing 5 reasons why BlackBerry's own BBM messaging service is impervious to the spam reportedly...
  • Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates

    Kelly Hodgkins
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can. Apps Now Free Duckie Deck Trash Toys...
  • Felix's customizable HoldTight case: Colorful, flexible fun

    Steven Sande
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Felix has some great products available for iPad and iPhone, from the FlipBook for iPad and iPad mini to the crazy fun TwoHands stand. Their latest iPhone product, the HoldTight case for iPhone 5/5s (US$29.99) is a take on the iPhone case/wallet meme...
  • Gro Recycling: Feed your brain with this trash game

    Jessica Buchanan
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Gro Recycling is a fun educational game that teaches children about recycling and the process involved in taking a recyclable material and turning it into a new product. Players must "feed" the right recyclable material to the correct bin and then...
 
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Hasselblad unveils pixel-shifting 200MP H5D-200c MS

    22 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    Hasselblad has taken another step towards the total switch to CMOS sensors with the introduction of new multi-shot versions of the company’s H5D 50c, including a model that outputs images of up to 200 million pixels. The H5D-50c MS and H5D-200c MS are 4-shot and 6-shot bodies that use pixel shifting to create higher resolution images than their 50-million-pixel sensors could in a single shot. Click through for more information.
  • Pics.io, a browser-based Raw editor built on Google Drive, goes live with public beta

    22 Aug 2014 | 8:45 am
    Ukrainian start-up Pics.io is hoping to change your photography post-processing workflow with its new browser-based Raw editing and organization service. Using WebGL technology to harness the power of your computer’s graphics card, Pics.io is able to offer Raw image editing and management for Canon, Nikon, Sony and Olympus Raw files right in your web browser. Read more
  • Quick Review: Zenfolio's Photographer Central

    22 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Recently, Zenfolio announced its newest online venture, Photographer Central - an online directory of photographers. This website promises to bring customers in direct contact with local photographers while making the search free and easy to use. Does it live up to its claims? We took the service for a test spin. Read more
  • Monkey photo copyright in question as Wikipedia denies photographer's takedown request

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:21 pm
    Update: A report issued by the US Copyright Office takes Wikimedia's side in a debate between a nature photographer and the organization. According to the report, the 'selfie' captured by a black crested macaque on David Slater's camera cannot by copyrighted since it was created by an animal. On a trip to Indonesia in 2011, Slater, a nature photographer was photographing the monkey when it grabbed his camera and proceeded to take hundreds of pictures of itself. Wikimedia defended a decision to keep the image in its database when Slater cried foul. Read more
  • Where's the red dot? Leica releases new M-P Digital rangefinder

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:22 am
    Under the slogan 'Perfect understatement' Leica has quietly released a new M-series rangefinder, the M-P Digital (240). Featuring a full-frame 24MP CMOS sensor and 2GB of built-in RAM, Leica claims that the new M-P digital is 'twice as fast' as the standard M (Typ 240). The original Leica MP (no hypen) announced in 2003, took the film M-series back to its 1950s roots by featuring unflashy ergonomics inspired by the M3. The new model updates the same approach, omitting the iconic Leica red dot. Click through for more details.
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • The Top 5 Ways I Use My Wacom Tablet with Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:01 pm
    I always try to sit down and think up things that have become totally vital to my Lightroom workflow. Sometimes those things are right inside Lightroom, but I have to say if there’s one non-Lightroom thing that I can’t live without for my photos, it’s my Wacom tablet. No joke. I know I shouldn’t have to say this, but Wacom doesn’t pay me a penny to write about them. And honestly, if you don’t own a tablet then this post isn’t even for you because it’s probably hard for you to envision where you’d use the tips/settings I’m about to…
  • LIGHTROOM TIP: Organizing Collections From Folders

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Hey everyone. Sorry for being away lately. If you follow my personal blog (if you’re in to landscape photography I hope you do), I posted that I was going to be gone for a week filming a Landscape Photography at Mt. Rainier (outside of Seattle) class for KelbyOne. Well, I had no idea that I wouldn’t have any internet and cell service for most of the time. Anyway, I’m back in the office until Photoshop World and I wanted to get out a quick tip that I just learned this week… Side Note: I posted a recap of my photos from that trip in case you want to see it. Here’s…
  • NEWS: Lightroom 5.6 Update

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:34 am
    Hey everyone! Adobe just released another “dot” update for Lightroom. We’re up to 5.6 now and it’s free to download. Just launch Lightroom, go to the Help menu and choose Check for Updates. There’s nothing really breathtaking in this one. It’s mostly a camera update (the Nikon D810 is now included as well as a couple of Panasonic cameras) and a few bug fixes. Oh and lots of news lens profile support (especially with Sony’s lenses). You can see exactly what’s in the update and what bug fixes were addressed over on the Adobe Lightroom Journal…
  • Tip: Lightroom Tips and My Sky Replacement Tutorial

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:26 am
    Last week, over at Kelby One, we did a free webcast for Photoshop World coming up in just over a month. We had videos and tutorials from lots of various Photoshop World instructors, and I jumped in to do a some quick Lightroom tips as well as a tutorial on replacing a not-so-great sky in landscape photos. Replacing the sky is one of those questions I hear about a lot. I’ll tell you up front, that in order for it to work, you need similar conditions. For example, if you take an image from a blah cloudy day, and try to replace it with a sky from a bright sunny or colorful sunset, then…
  • Lightroom Plug-In: If You’re Looking For Film Effects, Check Out Alien Skin Exposure 6

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:04 am
    Hey everyone. I keep getting asked about all of the Lightroom plug-ins out there, which is why (a while back) I created a plug-in category here on the site. One of the big areas I hear a lot about is film effects. Lately it seems that film effects have taken over the post-processing world. Look at the popularity of the VSCO Film presets for Lightroom (and many others that do something similar). Just about every photo app on the iPhone does ‘em too. Now, I do think the overall community out there wants to do most of their work in Lightroom which is why presets are popular. But when it…
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Apple Blocking 'Secret' in Brazilian App Store After Court Ruling

    Kelly Hodgkins
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:41 am
    Apple has started blocking downloads of anonymous communication app Secret [Direct Link] following a preliminary injunction that was granted recently by a Brazilian civil court judge (Via 9to5Mac). According to the injunction ruling shared by Gigaom earlier this week, Apple is required to remove the app from the Brazilian App Store and remotely delete the app from customers' devices. Local media noted earlier today that Secret was still listed in the Brazilian App Store, but that Apple was preventing users from installing the app on their iOS devices. The app now appears to have been removed…
  • Apple Adding Samsung as RAM Supplier for iPhone 6

    Richard Padilla
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:08 am
    Samsung will reportedly supply Apple with RAM for the iPhone 6, according to a report from Digitimes. Samsung's return to Apple's list of RAM suppliers for the iPhone comes after it was excluded from the list in 2013, with Apple electing to partner with SK Hynix and Elpida Memory for the iPhone 5s. The logic board of the iPhone 5s featuring 1GB of RAM Apple made a drastic move to begin expelling Samsung from its supplier list for a number of key components, including application processors, mobile RAM, NAND flash chips and batteries, starting 2013, the sources noted. The report adds that…
  • GT Advanced Reportedly Producing Between 1.3 and 2.2 Million Sapphire Displays for 5.5-Inch iPhone 6

    Richard Padilla
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:57 am
    Apple partner and sapphire glass manufacturer GT Advanced is estimated to produce anywhere from 1.35 to 2.25 million sapphire covers for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 by the end of 2014, according to a report from Digitimes Research. GTAT started sapphire production in August 2014 and expects revenue contributions from sapphire to begin in the fourth quarter, and Apple's fourth down payment is due in October 2014, these conditions signal that GTAT's sapphire production will not reach a large scale by the end of 2014, Digitimes Research indicated. However, GTAT is likely to ship sapphire at a large…
  • Walmart Dropping Price of iPhone 5c to $0.97, iPhone 5s to $79 for 90-Day Period

    Richard Padilla
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Walmart will begin offering the 16 GB iPhone 5c for $0.97 with a two-year contract during the next 90 days, reports Engadget. The move by the retailer follows a permanent discount of the 16GB iPhone 5c to $29 in June, as Walmart will offer the special pricing to customers on AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and US Cellular. The company is also dropping the on-contract price of the 16GB iPhone 5s to $79, down from $99. It is likely that these new price drops are being done to get rid of existing inventory before the introduction of the iPhone 6, which will be unveiled on September 9 and…
  • Best Buy Offers One-Day $75 Discount on All iPad Air Models

    Juli Clover
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Best Buy is running a one-day sale on all of its iPad Air models, discounting the prices by $75 across the board. With the discount, the price on the entry-level 16 GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air is $424.99, down from $499, while the price on the entry-level 16 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad Air drops down from $629 to $554.99. While these aren't the lowest prices that we've ever seen on Apple's iPad Air models, they are the most significant discount that's been offered in the past few months. Best Buy also offers $50 off all iPad models through its educational site, which means…
 
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  • Video: CNNGo in Los Angeles: Hollywood stars, food trucks

    hiufu
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:12 am
    From Hollywood to Santa Monica, some of L.A.'s most renowned locals guide us through the star-studded citySoaking up the sun in MalibuVintage cinema honors movie historyBest of L.A. comes to life in VeniceThe surf is up and the sun is out -- CNNGo is coasting through Los Angeles this summer with star locals. Director and producer of the "Iron Man" movie series, Jon Favreau takes us to a few of the locations that have inspired his movies, including the Kogi Truck on which his latest movie, "Chef," is partially based.  Lubov Azria, one of LA's most notable fashion icons, shows us how to…
  • Insider Guide: Best of Zurich

    barry.neild
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:26 am
    It may be Switzerland's banking capital, but Zurich's real wealth lies in the village-like charm of its cobbled streets and Alpine sceneryCNN Travel's series often carries sponsorship originating from the countries and regions we profile. However, CNN retains full editorial control over all of its reports. Read the policy. Visitors arriving in Zurich can be forgiven for wondering where the city is. Church steeples dominate the skyline. Shoes stay clean on century-old cobblestones. And lawyers and bankers jump into the Limmat to swim with the swans during lunchtime. Which begs the…
  • Appy Traveler: Best new apps for travelers

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Uber for private jets, calculator to beat jet lag and an intelligent packing device -- here are the latest must-haves for your smart phonesBookmark this article and check back in occasionally to see what new great apps we love, and think you should try. Also see: 50 best apps for travelers ... so far Updated July 30, 2014 JetSmarter Uber for private jets.iOS: App Store If you’re in the market for a private flight somewhere, you can now do so using JetSmarter, the Uber of the private jet world. App users search for various carriers, request flights based on their own schedule and pay for the…
  • This is the world's biggest 3D painting

    talia.marcopoto
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:34 pm
    China notches up another superlative achievement as a Nanjing-based artist creates the world's largest and longest anamorphic paintingAlready home to the world's biggest freestanding building and the world's highest airport, China has completed yet another superlative achievement -- the world's largest and longest anamorphic, or 3D, painting. Named "The Rhythm of Youth," the record-breaking piece of 3D street art was created by Chinese artist Yang Yong-chun in honor of the upcoming 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, eastern China. Stretching 374.43 meters (1,228 feet) in length…
  • CNNGo in Marrakech: Souks and Moroccan pancakes

    hiufu
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:02 am
    How to haggle over a cup of mint tea plus spectacular ways to see and escape Morocco's beautiful desert gateway Old meets new in Morocco's 'Red City'Marrakech's magnificent mountainsRapper tours Marrakech hot spotsIn July CNNGo travels to Morocco's red city, Marrakech. We meet master craftsmen in the city's maze-like souks, visit the playground of the snake artists and fortune tellers; see spectacular views of the city from the air and visit a secluded village that resembles an exotic kingdom from Game of Thrones. We also sample the delicious local pancakes and the contemporary arts…
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