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  • A funny animation that answers all the existential questions in your life [video]

    Holy Kaw!
    Kate Rinsema
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Poor Albert the Squirrel simply sets off to find his missing scarf on a chilly winter day, only to find that all of his forest friends are in need of some serious help when it comes to answering life's big questions.
  • Ferguson Grand Jury Faces Misconduct Investigation Over Tweet

    Mashable
    Brittany Levine
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:19 pm
    A tweet that appears to show a leak from the Grand Jury considering whether to charge the Ferguson police officer that shot and killed unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown has sparked a misconduct investigation. The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office is looking into the alleged breach after an activist sent the tweet to authorities Wednesday, according to the Washington Post. See also: Ferguson Protesters to Hong Kong: Stay Strong The tweet in question refers to a juror discussing insider information with a friend — specifically, that the jury hasn't seen enough evidence to…
  • Will Ferrell Says Goodbye to Derek Jeter, Red Sox Style

    Fast Company
    KC Ifeanyi
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:04 pm
    "LET'S GO, JE-DAH!"New York Yankees team captain/national hero/living legend/all-around good guy (except if you ask Keith Olbermann) Derek Jeter played the last game of his career this past Sunday against the Boston Red Sox. And something magical happened: The Sox fans were (gasp) nice.Read Full Story
  • With A New “Experience Studio”, Echo Aims To Bring Its Social Media Curation To A Broader Audience

    TechCrunch
    Anthony Ha
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:33 pm
     Echo is a startup that’s been helping big companies and their agencies create widgets that highlight social media conversations. Now, with the launch of a new product called the Echo Experience Studio, co-founder and Chief Product Officer Chris Saad said the company has expanded its technology and made it accessible to a much broader group of customers, including small businesses… Read More
  • You're right, they're wrong, but they won

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:03 am
    Why is that? Is the world so unfair? Actually, it might be because the other guys took the time and invested the effort to build a movement. They showed up, every time, again and again. They never contemplated that they might lose, even though they're wrong, sub-par or not as good as you are. Their operating system, corporate structure, political ideas or economic approach won. Perhaps they told a story that resonated, one that resonated not with the better angels of our nature, but with our urgent desires. And most probably, they built a tribe, not one in their image, but in the image (and…
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    Holy Kaw!

  • A funny animation that answers all the existential questions in your life [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Poor Albert the Squirrel simply sets off to find his missing scarf on a chilly winter day, only to find that all of his forest friends are in need of some serious help when it comes to answering life's big questions.
  • What Courtney Love sounds like without her band and a lot of mixing [video]

    Josh Urich
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Courtney Love, widow of Kurt Cobain and lead singer of the band Hole, stiffed the wrong guy on a bill. The publisher of this video was hired to do sound at a Hole concert back in 2010, the only thing is, (s)he was never paid and he was left with all the files. So, he decided to get some use out of them and post them on YouTube. Below you'll hear how Courtney Love sounds when her audio is isolated from the rest of the band
  • Suez Canal proves too tight for these two cargo ships [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    As waterways go, the Suez Canal is a relatively tight fit, too tight it seems for these two cargo ships to squeeze by each other without colliding.
  • What happens when you make a comedian perform without an audience? [video]

    Josh Urich
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Seven Minutes in Purgatory is when you stick a comedian in a sound proof room backstage (read: make him wear ear muffs) and have him or her perform his or her comedy bit. Without being able to see the audience, things get simultaneously hilarious and awkward. Enjoy...ish.
  • 10,000 pigeons searched where the sun don’t shine for Chinese celebration

    Kate Rinsema
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    You might think that taking part in the celebrations for National Day of the People's Republic of China would be an honor any loyal pigeon would be proud to partake in, but we're guessing more than a few made a run for the border once their duties were done after being searched where the sun don't shine for security purposes.
 
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    Mashable

  • Ferguson Grand Jury Faces Misconduct Investigation Over Tweet

    Brittany Levine
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:19 pm
    A tweet that appears to show a leak from the Grand Jury considering whether to charge the Ferguson police officer that shot and killed unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown has sparked a misconduct investigation. The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office is looking into the alleged breach after an activist sent the tweet to authorities Wednesday, according to the Washington Post. See also: Ferguson Protesters to Hong Kong: Stay Strong The tweet in question refers to a juror discussing insider information with a friend — specifically, that the jury hasn't seen enough evidence to…
  • Working on 'Stalker,' Star Maggie Q Is More Wary of Social Media Than Ever

    Sandra Gonzalez
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:23 pm
    LOS ANGELES — Even before chasing down delusional creepy people on CBS's Stalker, Maggie Q was wary of sharing too much on social media "It's like blood from a stone getting me to post anything," she joked during a recent set visit. (And her spotty Twitter activity is evidence of that.) But she's hoping those active on various platforms will see a cautionary tale in the stories the new drama brings to life See also: '90210' Alum to Guest Star in 'Stalker' Episode About Obsessed Fans "I do hope it's a show that makes them think twice about what they're putting out there," she told…
  • Street Art and Music Inspire Hong Kong's Pro-Democracy Protesters

    Megan Specia
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:46 pm
    The de facto symbol of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, the umbrella, has taken on new life in street art installations amongst the demonstrating crowd. Aside from shielding protesters from pepper spray and tear gas as violence unfolded on the streets of Hong Kong's central business district on Sunday, the umbrellas also kept protesters dry amid heavy downpours during subsequent days of peaceful demonstrations See also: Hong Kong Protests: What You Need to Know About the Umbrella Revolution Now creatives are using umbrellas as artistic symbols and bringing music to the city's streets…
  • 5 Hot Trends in Advertising

    Stephanie Walden
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:41 pm
    If you've ever wondered if it's possible to converse in vernacular consisting almost entirely of industry buzzwords, look no further: We're officially in the thick of Advertising Week 2014 The buzzwords are signs of an ever-evolving ad space, and never is that more apparent than during the annual conference, which attracts global advertising professionals to discuss the latest industry trends This year's event, which runs from September 29 through October 3 in New York, is full of opinions on the current state and future of advertising. A few of this year's hot topics include native…
  • Report: Twitter Creates New Platform to Make Nice With App Developers

    Rex Santus
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:12 pm
    After repeatedly angering third-party apps by cutting off access to its API, Twitter will launch a new app development platform called Fabric to bury the hatchet with scorned developers, according to a report. The Information reports that Twitter wants to embed itself into more mobile apps and collect more data from mobile users. If Fabric officially launches, Twitter hopes it will open the doors to do that See also: Twitter Needs to Monetize You, Even If You're Not on Twitter Once upon a time, Twitter encouraged third-party developers to use its feed. A shift occurred in 2011, and Twitter…
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    Fast Company

  • Will Ferrell Says Goodbye to Derek Jeter, Red Sox Style

    KC Ifeanyi
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:04 pm
    "LET'S GO, JE-DAH!"New York Yankees team captain/national hero/living legend/all-around good guy (except if you ask Keith Olbermann) Derek Jeter played the last game of his career this past Sunday against the Boston Red Sox. And something magical happened: The Sox fans were (gasp) nice.Read Full Story
  • The Makeup Of BuzzFeed's Newsroom: 52% Women, 73% White

    Pavithra Mohan
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Editor-in-chief Ben Smith cited an ethical imperative to improve these stats.BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith on Wednesday released the media company's diversity numbers. Like Silicon Valley tech giants that have recently released their own diversity reports, the numbers are very much a work in progress.Read Full Story
  • Mom Spins Her 4-Year-Old's Harshest Burns Into Hilarious Marketing Gold

    KC Ifeanyi
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    "Your tummy looks like a bagel."Kids are the future and can be adorable or whatever, but they have no filter when it comes to expressing their thoughts--good or bad, but especially bad.Read Full Story
  • The New York Times Says Goodbye To Opinion App And 100 Employees

    Peter Wade
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    Can the Times continue its legacy of quality journalism and conquer the digital world--all while staying in the black?In a move that has become all too familiar, The New York Times announced Wednesday it will lay off 100 newsroom staff and shutter the NYT Opinion app due to a lack of subscribers--a sign the paper of record's plan to increase revenue through app subscriptions, led by former executive editor Jill Abramson who was ousted in May, has not paid off.Read Full Story
  • Why You Can't Get A Gold IPad ... Yet

    Chris Gayomali
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    Apple may be looking to give its slowing tablet business a jolt.When Apple revealed a pair of lightweight new iPads last October, the tablets came in only two colors: space gray or silver. If you were looking for an iPad that matched your gold-colored iPhone, you were out of luck.Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • With A New “Experience Studio”, Echo Aims To Bring Its Social Media Curation To A Broader Audience

    Anthony Ha
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:33 pm
     Echo is a startup that’s been helping big companies and their agencies create widgets that highlight social media conversations. Now, with the launch of a new product called the Echo Experience Studio, co-founder and Chief Product Officer Chris Saad said the company has expanded its technology and made it accessible to a much broader group of customers, including small businesses… Read More
  • Night At The Roculus Makes Bobbing Your Head To “What Is Love” Funny Again For A Minute

    Greg Kumparak
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:31 pm
     The 90s may be over… the pogs stuffed in a box in the garage, the bowl cuts shaved, the grungy hemp necklaces thrown away… But we have virtual reality. We can rebuild it. And, apparently, we’re starting by rebuilding the back seat of the car from Night At The Roxbury. Read More
  • An Immigrant Experience

    Gilles Raymond
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
     Editor’s note: Gilles Raymond is the Founder and CEO of News Republic, which offers news from 1,000 licensed content partners worldwide. He previously founded, successfully grew and sold two mobile app companies – IN-FUSIO and Mobilescope. Four times in my life I have been an immigrant: in Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Singapore, and currently in San Francisco. Each time I have enjoyed… Read More
  • Incubated: How StartX Helps Stanford-Affiliated Founders Get Their Companies Off The Ground

    Ryan Lawler
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
     StartX has emerged to help founders from Stanford build their companies. The accelerator seeks to take advantage of all the resources at the university, as well as the wide range of tech companies nearby, to improve the ecosystem of Stanford-affiliated startups. Read More
  • Microsoft Woos Enterprise With Start Button In Windows 10

    Ron Miller
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:21 pm
     Microsoft announced Windows 10 the other day. Putting aside the fact they skipped version 9, and all of the jokes that could evoke, the announcement appeared to be one long apology to the enterprise. We’re sorry we dissed you in version 8 and we want to beg you to take us back. And we brought your favorite Start button. Remember, the one you’ve lived with and loved since 1995? Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • You're right, they're wrong, but they won

    Seth Godin
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:03 am
    Why is that? Is the world so unfair? Actually, it might be because the other guys took the time and invested the effort to build a movement. They showed up, every time, again and again. They never contemplated that they might lose, even though they're wrong, sub-par or not as good as you are. Their operating system, corporate structure, political ideas or economic approach won. Perhaps they told a story that resonated, one that resonated not with the better angels of our nature, but with our urgent desires. And most probably, they built a tribe, not one in their image, but in the image (and…
  • Two ad campaigns of the moment

    Seth Godin
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:51 am
    I don't usually write about these, because they're almost always over produced and riskless affairs promoting me-too and banal products. But, consider this new book promo from O/R. They're also giving 20% off to Google employees, which is a clever touch. And then amuse yourself with this pitch perfect ad from GE. Big-time ad execs could never run something this self-aware on TV, but of course, we don't need TV anymore. Not when people (instead of networks) spread around the stuff we choose to watch.        
  • The sophistication of truth

    Seth Godin
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:37 am
    A common form of complexity is the sophistication of fear. Long words when short ones will do. Fancy clothes to keep the riffraff out and to give us a costume to hide behind. Most of all, the sneer of, "you don't understand" or, "you don't know the people I know..." "It's complicated," we say, even when it isn't. We invent these facades because they provide safety. Safety from the unknown, from being questioned, from being called out as a fraud. These facades lead to bad writing, lousy communication and a refuge from the things we fear. I'm more interested in the sophistication required to…
  • Wishing vs. doing

    Seth Godin
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:19 am
    By giving people more ways to speak up and more tools to take action, we keep decreasing the gap between what we wish for and what we can do about it. If you're not willing to do anything about it, best not to waste the energy wishing about it.        
  • Two purposes of user feedback

    Seth Godin
    28 Sep 2014 | 2:27 am
    What's a customer worth? A customer at the local supermarket or at the corner Fedex Print shop might spend $10,000 or even $25,000 over the course of a few years. That's why marketers are so willing to spend so much time and money on coupons, promos and ads getting people to start doing business with us. But what happens when it goes wrong? What if a service slip or a policy choice threatens that long-term relationship? If you know what's broken, you can fix it for all the customers that follow. It seems obvious, but you want to hear what customers have to say. After all, if people in…
 
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    WIRED

  • Come Learn at WIRED University in a New USC Degree Program

    Marcus Wohlsen
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    WIRED is going back to school, and you can come with us. At the first-ever WIRED By Design conference on Wednesday, our editor-in-chief Scott Dadich revealed that WIRED would be realizing a longtime dream to launch a real-world degree program focused on the people and ideas at the center of our universe. The post Come Learn at WIRED University in a New USC Degree Program appeared first on WIRED.
  • WIRED Space Photo of the Day for October 2014

    WIRED Science Staff
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Follow Space Photo of the Day on Twitter The 2013 WIRED Space Photo of the Day Gallery The 2012 WIRED Space Photo of the Day Gallery For caption information and links to high-resolution images, please use the full-screen version of this gallery. For more mind-blowing space photos, see the entire WIRED Space Photo of the […] The post WIRED Space Photo of the Day for October 2014 appeared first on WIRED.
  • With Ebola, the Public’s Right to Know Trumps Patient Privacy

    Arthur Caplan
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:40 pm
    What we know for sure about the confirmed case of Ebola in Dallas, Texas is that it occurred in a man who travelled here from Liberia to visit his family. And that is about it. We need to know a lot more. Privacy is a crucial value in medicine, but in times of potential panic […] The post With Ebola, the Public’s Right to Know Trumps Patient Privacy appeared first on WIRED.
  • Cops Are Handing Out Spyware to Parents—With Zero Oversight

    Kim Zetter
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Mere days after a government crackdown on a spyware manufacturer comes the startling revelation that law enforcement agencies have been purchasing commercial spyware themselves and handing it out to the public for free. Police departments around the country have been distributing thousands of free copies of spyware to parents to monitor their children’s activity, a […] The post Cops Are Handing Out Spyware to Parents—With Zero Oversight appeared first on WIRED.
  • Keys to Controlling Ebola in the US: Travel Records and Infection Control

    Maryn McKenna
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:19 pm
    If you’re at all interested in infectious diseases, you’ve probably heard by now that a person traveled to the United States while infected with Ebola, was diagnosed and is now in a hospital in Texas. (I was on a flight without wifi yesterday from before the press conference was announced to after it concluded. Turning […] The post Keys to Controlling Ebola in the US: Travel Records and Infection Control appeared first on WIRED.
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    @ProBlogger

  • Using Visual Content to Increase Blog Engagement

    Guest Blogger
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:36 am
    This is a guest contribution from Tom More of Slidely.com.  Visual content is your secret weapon to boosting blog engagement. The blog posts of today demand fresh, eye-catching content that can be read and shared easily, which makes videos, infographics, photos, and slideshows a perfect companion to blog posts. People absorb information quicker and more intuitively from images than text and visual content attracts more engagement on social media channels. Additionally, visual content is extremely easy to integrate into your current blog posts, as well as add to your past posts. On your blog…
  • Thinking of Rebranding Your Blog? Read This.

    Stacey Roberts
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:27 am
    Rebranding an established and successful business? Why would you do that? For some, the risk of changing the name of something people have grown to know and love is too big. For others, the risk of being boxed into something they no longer feel much affinity for is even bigger. No doubt it’s a scary leap to rebrand a blog – would people still read? Would a slight shift in direction upset the established audience? Would the to-do list of technical issues be too overwhelming? Would you lose all that Google love you’ve built up over the years? At some point, if you’ve…
  • It’s been 2 Years Since I’ve Seen A Blog Training Program This Good

    Darren Rowse
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:14 pm
    It has been almost two years since I’ve found training for bloggers that I’ve considered good enough to promote as an affiliate. I’m very fussy with who and what I promote (because there is so much hype and dubious practice in this space) but today have a recommendation for an authentic and valuable program that I know will help many ProBlogger readers. The Short Story The Elite Blog Academy is one of the most comprehensive blogging courses I’ve ever come across – and it’s available to enrol in with an early bird offer for just over 48 hours with the coupon code EBASAVE50…
  • 7 Powerful Tips for a Winning Twitter Sales Strategy

    Guest Blogger
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:16 am
    This is a guest contribution from freelance writer Jawad Khan. More than 73% US companies use Twitter to connect with their target audience, get direct feedback from their customers and keep an eye on their competitors. You might be one of them. But are you getting any real value from the time you spend on Twitter? Have you been able to engage your potential or existing customers? Have you ever created enough momentum with your Tweets to impact your sales numbers? A large number of businesses on Twitter fail to do any of those things. Why? Because they don’t see Twitter as a sales channel.
  • Why Web Push is the Next Big Thing for Bloggers

    Guest Blogger
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:11 pm
    This is a guest contribution from Tim Varner of GoRoost.com. Raise your hand if you’re a blogger who’d like to turn your one-time visitors into repeat visitors — and eventually, engaged community members. If you’re not raising your hand, I’m sorry — but we can’t help you. Go watch a cat video or something. If you are raising your hand, get stoked. Because coming soon to a browser near you is a new technology called web push.And it’s quickly becoming every blogger’s go-to traffic driver. Intrigued? We thought so. Read on to learn what exactly web push is, and why…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • ​The Dual Display Workspace Under the Stairs

    Melanie Pinola
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    That awkward area under the stairs is prime real estate for a desk, we've seen time and again . Today's featured workspace follows that theme, with a setup that involves two Thunderbolt displays, a musical keyboard, and an Apple Mac Pro.Read more...
  • This Video Puts 14 Frugal Life Hacks to the Test

    Patrick Allan
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    In this video, John Green from Mental Floss is back to test 14 popular money saving hacks that are slinking around the internet. More of them pass than you might expect.Read more...
  • Enchant Your Desktop with These Starry Night Wallpapers

    Melanie Pinola
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    There's something invigorating and deeply moving about a clear night sky when you can see the stars and moon. No wonder starry nights make for such great photography subjects...and, thus, desktop wallpapers. Here's a selection for you to download.Read more...
  • "That's How Knowledge Works: It Builds Up, Like Compound Interest"

    Patrick Allan
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    We've all heard the phrase "knowledge is power." The more knowledge you can acquire, the more power and ability you have to take on life's problems. The problem, though, isn't how much knowledge is out there, but how curious you are and how willing you are to go get it.Read more...
  • Here's What Windows 10 Looks and Feels Like

    Whitson Gordon
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:25 pm
    The Windows 10 technical preview is out with a peek of some new upcoming features. If you don't feel like installing it yourself , this video walkthrough should give you a brief idea of what it looks and feels like. Read more...
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors

  • Video Compares iPhone 6 Plus 802.11ac Wi-Fi Speeds to 802.11n iPhone 5s Speeds

    Juli Clover
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are the first Apple mobile devices to come equipped with 802.11ac Wi-Fi, which supports much faster data throughput speeds. 802.11ac Wi-Fi is able to offer connection speeds that are up to three times faster than existing 802.11n networks. iClarified has created a new video that compares the Wi-Fi speeds of the iPhone 6 Plus, which supports 802.11ac, to the iPhone 5s, which supports 802.11n, when connected to an AirPort Extreme. The site also created a custom app for the test. Both devices were freshly restored to iOS 8.0 and connected to the 2013 Apple AirPort…
  • iOS 8 Causing Widespread Bluetooth Connectivity Issues in Cars

    Juli Clover
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    iOS 8 has caused significant issues for some people who connect their phones to their cars and other devices via Bluetooth, according to numerous reports on the Apple Support forums and MacRumors' own user forums. MacRumors has also been receiving complaints on a near daily basis about the ongoing Bluetooth problems that iOS 8 users are seeing. It appears that after upgrading to iOS 8 or purchasing a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, users have trouble pairing their phones to their car audio systems. The devices are seeing several different issues, refusing to pair entirely, neglecting to play audio…
  • Jony Ive Discusses Steve Jobs and Apple Watch in Vogue Interview

    Kelly Hodgkins
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    Vogue editor Robert Sullivan today published a profile of Apple's Jony Ive, documenting his rise from a small London design firm to become one of the most recognized and respected designers in the world. The life-changing moment happened when Ive met Steve Jobs and the two "just clicked." Ive talks about feeling a little apart, like Jobs. "When you feel that the way you interpret the world is fairly idiosyncratic, you can feel somewhat ostracized and lonely"—big laugh here—"and I think that we both perceived the world in the same way." In his time at Apple, Ive has led design efforts on a…
  • iTunes Store Now Accepting Donations for City of Hope Medical Center

    Richard Padilla
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:27 pm
    Apple has launched a new page on its iTunes Store allowing users to donate to City of Hope, which is a non-profit charity focusing on medical research and treatment for cancer, diabetes, and other conditions. The page can be accessed through the desktop iTunes Store as well as the iTunes and App Store apps on iOS, with options for $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, and $200 donations available. Apple will transfer 100% of each donation to City of Hope, as all donations will be billed to an iTunes account. With Apple currently holding 800 million iTunes accounts, the company has…
  • Apple Asks Developers to Submit OS X Yosemite Apps to Mac App Store

    Husain Sumra
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:16 pm
    Hours after Apple released a candidate golden master version of OS X Yosemite to developers and members of the public beta, the Cupertino company has begun asking developers to begin submitting their Yosemite apps to the Mac App Store. Additionally, developers can now submit their apps written in Swift to the Mac App Store as well. Make sure your apps take advantage of all the great new features in OS X Yosemite, which will be available to millions of customers around the world later this fall. Add powerful new functionality throughout OS X Yosemite with app extensions, explore the innovative…
 
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    chrisbrogan.com

  • Work Life Balance?

    Chris Brogan
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:58 pm
    I just finished watching a documentary on Paul Levesque, better known as Triple H, a professional wrestler, now helping shape the WWE and sports entertainment. In it, the recurring theme was that Paul had a very strong work ethic, that he pushed harder, worked harder, did more than those around him. His intense level of dedication to his work brought him the success that he earned throughout his career. Lots of people argue that it’s difficult to reach those levels and still have a life or a family. Anyone who works hard is often cautioned that it will ruin your relationship, that…
  • What I’ve Come to Learn About Learning

    Chris Brogan
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:15 pm
    I’ve come to learn that I’m somewhat different than other people when it comes to learning. I’m there for the candy bar, not the wrapper. And yet, I understand it, after the fact. Let me explain. People Want Their Learning to LOOK Very Formal In my experience, I find that the best lessons I’ve ever learned came during “between official moments” experiences, after hours, in the back rooms, quietly over coffee somewhere, or in other very informal places. When we talk openly versus with all the polish is where the best lessons come, OR SO I BELIEVE MYSELF.
  • My Take on Inbound Marketing

    Chris Brogan
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:29 am
    I’m presenting at Hubspot’s Inbound conference today, which marks my second time there with about six years distance in between. Has anything changed? No. Yes. But it would depend who you ask. There have been some really smart posts about the future of inbound marketing. I want to give you a simpler take than all that. The Value of Inbound Marketing Jacqueline and I completed our first Spartan race in August of 2014. Note that I say “first.” This is your first clue that the organization is doing something right. My friend, Chad, just completed what’s called a…
  • Find Intensity

    Chris Brogan
    13 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    I’ll admit it. I’m obsessed at the moment with this video with CT Fletcher, Kai Greene, and Dana Linn Bailey. (NOTE: this video is FULL of curse words, so if you’re a bit sensitive to such, do not push play). I’m obsessed for a reason. I’m thinking a lot about intensity. The Vast Distance Between “Doing” and Intensity I’ve been working on my fitness for a while. Those of you who follow me on Instagram have been subjected to my sweaty selfies for years. But two major changes have happened back to back, and in them, I’ve found a lesson…
  • Get Some Chris Guillebeau

    Chris Brogan
    13 Sep 2014 | 7:05 am
    There are few people who I think have the opportunity to start and maintain a cult. Chris Guillebeau is one of them. He’s so lovable, so damned addictive, and his ideas are YOUR ideas. He gives them to you and hopes you’ll do what he did: work and make them real. Pick up this book by Chris Guillebeau – The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life. The deal is this. You’ve got to read the book, but you have to DO something with it. Oh, and here’s my interview with him: Continue Reading
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    Copyblogger

  • The 7 Keys to List Posts that Are Worth Writing (and Reading)

    Sonia Simone
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    A lot of smart writers can’t stand list posts. What’s a list post? It’s also known as a numbered list post, or a (shudder) listicle, and it’s a post whose headline features a numbered collection of things. This post, for example, is a list post. There are an awful lot of crummy ones out there. The celebrity sites make frequent use of them (These 17 Celebrities Used to Be Hot, etc.). In fact, all of the CRaP blogs use them liberally. So it’s natural that a quality-focused content writer (like you) might try to avoid them. But that would be silly. And here’s…
  • Keep Them Fascinated: How To Discover Your Winning Difference as a Content Marketer

    Brian Clark
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    You hear over and over that you need to be unique. To come at things with a fresh angle. To discover your winning difference. It’s all true. And it’s not just the “art of marketing” that dictates these things. It’s the science behind what fascinates us. You can try chasing trends by being a “me too” marketer. The legendary players, however, come not from chasing what’s happening, but by running in a different direction. Author and entrepreneur Sally Hogshead has committed her career to helping people discover their winning difference. And a content-driven…
  • The 6-Step Process to Building Better Relationships With a Data-Driven Approach to Outreach

    Selena Narayanasamy
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Outreach is the art of connecting with bloggers or authors and building relationships through social media, email, or other online channels. It’s a subject near and dear to my heart. Earlier this year, I spoke about this topic at Authority Intensive, sharing the insights I learned while down in the trenches — building outreach teams from scratch, and seeing them lose opportunities to gain substantial visibility because of a lack of data-driven research and improper targeting. Truly effective outreach is based upon deep research, relationship-building skills, and a fundamental…
  • 7 Reasons You’ll Want to Start Your Free Trial of the Rainmaker Platform Today

    Brian Clark
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Last Monday, we publicly launched the Rainmaker Platform. It’s a complete website solution for content marketers and Internet entrepreneurs. With Rainmaker, you can: Create powerful content-driven websites on your own domains. Build membership sites and online training courses. Sell digital products like software, ebooks, and more. Perform sophisticated online lead generation. Optimize your content for search engines and social networks. Absorb cutting-edge tactics and strategy with included training. Avoid a patchwork of plugins, themes, and complicated code. Forget about upgrades,…
  • How to Make Winning Infographics Without Risk

    Demian Farnworth
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    The infographic is the Salvador Dalí of content marketing. By far the most interesting person at the cocktail party. Who can compete with the thin, longhorn mustache decorated with forget-me-nots? The anteater curled at his feet? His closest peer, the video, dozes near the crackling fire … slippered feet propped up, face buried in a white beard. The podcasts, hovering in the shadows, laugh at all his jokes in between sips of sparkling wine. And the blog posts? Yeah. The blog posts go home to weep themselves to sleep. The infographic holds court. He is the darling of the content…
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    Macworld

  • Vogue sits down with Jonathan Ive, Apple's "under the radar" design chief

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    Ive recalls meeting Steve Jobs for the first time and gushes over Apple Watch.(vogue.com)To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • All gold everything: Apple may add new hue to iPad Air line

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:31 am
    You glance at the time on the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition strapped to your wrist while chatting on your gold iPhone 6 and answering e-mails on your gold iPad. No, you don’t have the Midas touch. Apple is reportedly adding gold to its iPad Air lineup for easier color coordination.High demand for the gold iPhone 5s when it launched last fall proved there’s a market for Apple devices in shades other than space gray and silver. According to Bloomberg, Apple is adding a gold iPad Air to its lineup this year. The mini is reportedly being left out of the metallic makeover.To read this…
  • Hands-on: Pebble gets a boost with lower price and new firmware

    1 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    Pebble hasn't flinched as it faces down Android Wear and the upcoming Apple Watch.Instead, the smartwatch startup has shown its scrapper side with lower prices and further refinements to its software. The plastic Pebble now costs $99, while the metallic Pebble Steel costs $199—both down $50 from their original prices. (Best Buy is currently selling the Steel for $170.)To coincide with the price cuts, Pebble is releasing its second firmware update in less than a month, allowing the watch to track fitness activity and monitor sleep in the background. Between the improved firmware and the…
  • Call the plumber: How to teach Siri about your relationships

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Twitter follower Tom McM posed an expectedly short question along these lines: How can I teach Siri about my relationships? All my followers are good people and therefore not the kind of folks who would invoke Siri simply to drone on and on about their domestic problems. Given that, what I believe Tom is asking is how to get Siri to respond appropriately to your “Call my little snuggle lumps” requests. By way of background, Siri can respond to requests based on how you’ve labeled people in your life. But it can’t do that unless these folks appear as contacts on your device. So if you…
  • Rockin' the living room: Beats Music arrives on Apple TV

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Transcript If you have the latest Apple TV and have configured it to accept updates automatically, you’ve seen a couple of new channels on its home screen. The one I want to talk about today is Beats Music. Beats Music is a $10 a month streaming music service recently acquired by Apple that grants subscribers access to millions of tracks. I think it’s great—and a terrific addition to Apple TV. Let’s take a look around. When you first set up Beats Music you’re asked about your preferred genres and artists. With this information, Beats can recommend music for you on the Just For You…
 
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    Smashing Magazine

  • “There Are More Bugs In Mobile Than… Particles In The Universe!”

    Vitaly Friedman
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:17 am
    Mobile is a difficult, unpredictable beast. If you run into technical problems in mobile, then you’ll know how annoying fixing them can be. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Peter-Paul Koch to create The Mobile Web Handbook, our practical new guide to dealing with front-end challenges in mobile. The book is finally ready and is now shipping worldwide. It’s available in print and as an eBook.1 2 $39 Print + eBook213Printed, gorgeous hardcover $9.90 eBook4PDF, ePUB, Amazon Kindle About The Book We have all been there. Whether you are developing a responsive website or an app or just…
  • Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: October 2014

    The Smashing Editorial
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:21 am
    We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork. And as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one—desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. This creativity mission has been going on for six years now1, and we are very thankful to all designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month. This post features free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for October 2014. Both…
  • Size Matters: Balancing Line Length And Font Size In Responsive Web Design

    Laura Franz
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:51 am
    As we refine our methods of responsive web design, we’ve increasingly focused on measure (another word for “line length”) and its relationship to how people read. 
The popularization of the “ideal measure” has led to advice such as “Increase font size for large screens and reduce font size for small screens.” While a good measure does improve the reading experience, it’s only one rule for good typography. Another rule is to maintain a comfortable font size. How People Read People read online text to serve their own needs: to find the information they seek, to discover new…
  • Sci-Fi, Frustrations, Flash And Forms: The Typeform Story

    David Okuniev
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
    Take any new interface design or display technology, and chances are that someone somewhere has already compared it to Minority Report. The 2002 dystopian film, with its see-through screens and gesture-driven interfaces, is remembered more for its futuristic tech than for the insidiousness of the technology — pre-crime prediction — that was its actual focus. It continues to be the standard by which we judge new interfaces. But inspiration doesn’t only come in the form of flashy, futuristic interfaces. At Typeform, we were inspired to simplify online forms by a movie that’s decidedly a…
  • The Ultimate Guide To Choosing A WordPress Host

    Mark Gavalda
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:13 am
    These days you have an awful lot of options for hosting your website, so many that it’s easy to get lost. How much should you pay? Is support important to you, or are you a tinkerer who likes to do your own thing? Put in different terms, are you a master chef who can cook a delicious meal with the right assortment of ingredients, or would you rather go to a nice restaurant and just sit back and enjoy the experience? Let’s dive in. An Overview Of Hosting Categories A couple of years ago, choosing a hosting company was a lot simpler. Shared hosting providers had relatively low prices…
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • Girl missing 12 years has been found

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Sabrina Allen, a Texas girl allegedly kidnapped by her noncustodial mother 12 years ago, was recovered safely in Mexico, and her mother was arrested there, according to the FBI.
  • Turkey weighs joining ISIS fight

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:36 pm
    A day after Britain's military launched its first airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq, the question is: Who will be next to join the U.S.-led coalition in its air campaign against the extremists who have seized a swath of Iraq and Syria?
  • Sabrina's dad: She's in pretty bad shape

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:34 pm
    Sabrina Allen, a Texas girl allegedly kidnapped by her noncustodial mother 12 years ago, was recovered safely in Mexico.
  • 9 things to know about Jimmy Carter

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:34 pm
    Jimmy Carter's presidency swirled with turmoil, but his post-White House work promoting human rights, democracy and peace has earned him high praise. Carter turned 90 Wednesday. Here are a few facts to help reflect on the long life of America's 39th president:
  • Huge lake dries up to almost nothing

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:26 pm
    The Aral Sea was once the world's fourth-largest lake. Now much of it is a vast toxic desert straddling the borders of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in central Asia.
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Richard Bernabe!

    Brad Moore
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    It’s the DestinationAs a photographer, chances are you’ve thought about doing some traveling, if you haven’t traveled extensively already. The journey might start out as a simple weekend getaway after a few rough days at the office or as an expansive road trip through several states and time zones: car packed with a camera and a few favorites lenses, wind in your hair, sun on your face, nothing but freedom and the open road in front of you. Over time this could lead to dealing with travel agents, passports, guides, and epic expeditions to the other side of the world…
  • Joe McNally’s One-Man-Show

    Scott Kelby
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    One of the greatest photographers ever made is having his first solo gallery show, opening this week at the Monroe Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico and if you get a chance — you have to see it in person. Here are the details:Who: Joe McNally What: A solo exhibition Where: The Monroe Gallery: 112 Don Gaspar Ave, Santa Fe, NM (link) When: October 3rd thru November 23rd Why:  Because Joe is a photography students will study after we’re all gone.Here’s a link to the gallery’s site with all the details. Hope you get the chance to see it in person.I’m off to Orlando for my…
  • It’s “Update Your Portfolio” Monday

    Scott Kelby
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    OK, we’ve had “Backup Tuesday” and now it’s time for “Update Your Portfolio Monday” — a reminder that it’s time to shake the dust off that portfolio — see if you have newer, better shots that need to be added. Take a look at the sequence (order) of your images and see if they need changing, see if anything needs to come out, and just make sure everything’s up-to-date.So far, I’ve only had enough time to update my Sports Photography Portfolio (here’s the link). I actually added a new category for College Football, and updated my…
  • Trailblazers: A new series on Powerful Women of Photography

    Scott Kelby
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:08 pm
    This is something we’re really proud, and very excited about  — our own Mia McCormick had the vision and talent to create a brand new series all about inspiring female photographers — woman who are blazing new trails in our industry and changing the way females are preceived in our industry.Mia (an award-winning journalist and instructor herself), just did such a amazing job with this series, and the women you’ll meet, and the stories they tell, will just absolutely captivate you from start to finish. If you’re a KelbyOne subscriber, make sure you watch any interview…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Corey Barker’s Photoshop Down & Dirty Master FX Seminar Tour Come spend the day with Corey Barker, the award-winning designer, illustrator and also best-selling author of the book “Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks, Volume 2” as he brings concepts, images and ideas from his book to life in this one-day live training seminar.Join him as he ventures to take your Photoshop skills to the next level and beyond by teaching you how to master the eye-popping techniques used by designers, artists, and photographers all over the world. You will never look at Photoshop the same way again!
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    Digital Photography School

  • New: The dPS Guide to Portrait Post Production and Workflow

    Darren Rowse
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Our Exciting News in a Nutshell Today I’m excited to announce the launch of a brand new eBook – Portraits: After the Shot – a Guide to Portrait Post Production and Workflow by Gina Milicia. It’s available for a limited time with an early bird bonus of a collection of great Lightroom and Photoshop presets. Get your copy here. The Story So Far In January 2013 we released our first Portrait Photography eBook by Gina Milicia – Portraits: Making the Shot – a fantastic overview of taking beautiful portraits with soul. In September 2013 we released Gina’s…
  • How to do Quick and Easy Curves Adjustments in Photoshop

    Helen Bradley
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    When you are starting out learning to edit in Photoshop there are a lot of tools from which to choose. The Curves Adjustment is one of the more advanced tools, so it often overwhelms new users. However it is such a powerful tool that it is well worth investing some time learning to use it. In this article I’ll explain what you can understand about your image from the Curves dialog and how to use curves to edit your photos. Creating a Curves Adjustment You can get to the Curves dialog in two ways; by choosing Image > Adjustments > Curves or you can add it as a new adjustment layer by…
  • Five Things You Need to Know Before Starting a Pet Photography Business

    Erin McNulty
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Pet photography is a fast growing and super fun genre of photography, and it’s awesome to see so many people wanting to celebrate animals and the role they play in our lives! But how do you turn your passion for animals and photography into a thriving and successful business? What do you need to consider before setting up your business? Today I’m sharing the knowledge I’ve gathered over the last three years to help you prepare yourself for what is the best job in the world. #1 Do you really love animals? Pet photography is messy, dirty, and at times incredibly frustrating…
  • Ready to Upgrade Your Kit Lens? Tips for Which Lens to Invest in Next

    Simon Ringsmuth
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Most cameras come with a kit lens that generally works well as a decent all-around workhorse. A common focal range for these lenses is 18-55mm, which means they are capable of wide-angle shots as well as medium-telephoto pictures, and everything in between. The tradeoff for this zoom range, however, is a limited maximum aperture range of roughly f/3.5 when zoomed out (18mm), and f/5.6 when zoomed in to 55mm. Of course some kit lenses cover a longer focal range and have different maximum apertures, but overall most kit lenses are designed for the types of all-around shooting conditions in…
  • 3 Ways to Combat Photography Boredom

    Andrea Minoia
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Boredom is one of the most powerful and inescapable forces on this world and photography is not immune to it. A bored photographer will likely stop to photograph or start producing boring images, which in turns will bore the viewer or client, who will likely stop following or buying the photographer’s boring work. Fighting boredom is, therefore, an absolute priority. When you specialize in a certain kind of photography, after a while you will probably master it. You will know what lens and settings best suit the scene you have in front of you, to get this or that particular mood or…
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    TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004 RSS Feed

  • Video shows iPhone 6 Plus Wi-Fi speed compared to iPhone 5s

    Steven Sande
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    As if we didn't already know that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are awesome, here comes proof from iClarified (via MacRumors) that the devices offer extremely fast Wi-Fi throughput compared to the iPhone 5s. How fast? The iPhone 6 Plus was able to rip...
  • True HDR adds a third exposure and fine tuning of your photos

    Mel Martin
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    True HDR has always been one of the best third party HDR (High Dynamic Range) apps for iOS. Apple includes an HDR feature with the built-in Camera app, but it really doesn't measure up to dedicated apps. The new version 3 of True HDR takes and...
  • Equil Smartpen 2 captures notes, sketches with a real pen

    Steven Sande
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    For a lot of people, there's no substitute for taking notes with a pen and piece of paper. You can draw, annotate, write, and organize your information in a real notebook. The problem comes when you want to get some of that information into a...
  • Slidely Show lets you combine media to make nice video slideshows

    Mel Martin
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Among slideshow creation apps for iOS, Slidely Show is a good one, allowing you to make a slideshow movie presentation without making almost any adjustments. It's completely automatic, allowing you only to choose the music, and then you can watch the...
  • Shoutout takes on Snapchat with a much better design

    George Tinari
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Shoutout is a free app for iPhone entering the App Store this past September that strives to make photo sharing as simple as possible without all the bells and whistles some apps seem to tack on. In fact, it's so quick that Shoutout lacks a shutter...
 
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    Strobist

  • Choosing a Tripod

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    For lighting photographers, the first thing to consider about a tripod is this: a tripod is your most powerful light.Read more »
  • Traveling Photographer_DUBAI has Ben Posted

    12 Sep 2014 | 3:04 am
    For those following The Traveling Photographer project (more info on the whole project here) the Dubai episode has just been posted.-30-
  • Education: Gear for Your Brain

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Your brain is gear. Keep it in tune by providing it regular doses of education. A well-written and info-packed photo technique book is a screaming bargain in the long run. You're essentially renting someone's brain. I have dedicated an entire bookshelf page to my very favorite lighting (and other photo) books for your consideration. All are well-considered and are, I believe, the very best examples in their genre.__________But beyond that I would suggest you consider the occasional workshop. Nothing beats a hands-on, small class with a solid pro who knows things you would like to know. It is…
  • Choosing Cases and Carts

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:44 pm
    You can't exactly put this stuff in your pocket. And what you get to carry it around will be largely driven by, well, what you care carrying around.Most of you will end up using two small lights with stands and mods and a modest bag of camera gear. Not that there's anything wrong with that. You can do a ton of cool stuff with two speedlights. I have gone far past that level of gear in the past, and often to my regret.If that's you, grab the shoulder-slung camera bag of your choice. Then augment it with this:The LumoPro Padded Lighting Case is cheap ($30), lightweight, protective and perfect…
  • Choosing Hard and Specialty Modifiers

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:39 pm
    We tend to start out using soft light at a 45-degree angle because it is an easy fix, and it's hard to go seriously wrong doing that.But there are all kinds of light mods, and often choices other than default soft three-quarter light can be more interesting. My favorites are snoots, grids and ring adapters.Snoots are like little tunnels you attach to your flash to block part of the light beam. Snoots are not rocket science -- we are just blocking some light. And cardboard works just fine to create tight zones of light that you can use to create something like the photo above.For grid spots,…
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Wilderness photographers caught up in U.S. Forest Service permit proposal

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    A proposed directive from the U.S. Forest Service that aims to protect federal wilderness from commercial exploitation may end up restraining photographers as well. Under the proposed restrictions, any individual or entity poised to reap commercial gain from photographing or filming federal lands in the U.S. will need a permit. Read more
  • Opinion: Why buy a Panasonic LX100 when you could buy a GX7?

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    What's so special about the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100? It uses the same sensor as the GX7 but is at a distinct disadvantage not being part of an interchangeable lens system. So why would anyone choose the Lumix LX100 with its expensive body over the flexibility of the only-slightly-bigger Lumix DMC-GX7? Has Panasonic shot itself in the foot? Click through to read more
  • Canon Digital Photo Professional software update boosts camera support

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Canon's Digital Photo Professional software, commonly referred to as DPP, has just received updates to versions 4.0.2 and 3.14.41. Both of these were joined by updates to a roster of the company's other photography-centric software, including the EOS Utility, EOS MOVIE Utility, and Picture Style Editor. Read more
  • DynaOptics wants to bring zoom lenses to smartphones

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Camera modules in smartphones have rapidly improved over the past few years, but on the whole their lack of optical zoom is still a major limitation. Traditional zoom lens designs are generally too bulky for increasingly slim mobile devices, so tech startup DynaOptics is introducing something a bit different. Read more
  • Photoshop comes to Chrome OS in limited beta

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    It appears that Google's Chromebook laptops are finally getting Photoshop, at least in limited beta at first - starting with US-based Adobe education customers. According to a blogpost on the Google Chrome blog, Adobe Photoshop is now available in a limited beta release for Chromebook. U.S.-based Adobe education customers with a paid Creative Cloud account can apply for access to the program, which provides a streaming version of Photoshop to Chromebook users. Learn more
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • NEWS: Photoshop Elements 13 Is Released!

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    Hey everyone. I’m a little late on this one, as it happened last week. I had a post ready to go, but then forgot to turn it live (ooops!) Anyway, I know from my Lightroom seminars that a lot of people use Photoshop Elements along with Lightroom. Well, following the last few years trends in late September, Adobe has released a new version of Elements. Now they’re up to Elements 13 (Wow! I started when it was Elements 2). Here’s a link to Adobe’s website for more info. And don’t forget to stop by the Photo Elements Techniques website to check out their videos that…
  • Thanks Michigan! Next Stop – Adobe Max and Colorado Springs

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:50 am
    Hey there! I just got back from teaching my Lightroom seminar in Livonia, Michigan yesterday, and had an awesome crowd of about 300 photographers. A big thanks if you came out to the seminar, and it was great to meet so many of you and get such a warm welcome. Next month (well, next week actually) I’m off to teach some more Lightroom at Adobe Max in LA. I’ve got two classes there and you can find out more about them right here. Later in the month I’ll be in Colorado Springs on October 22nd and then on to Philadelphia in November and San Antonio in December. So if…
  • PLUG-IN: Show Focus Point Lightroom Plug-In

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:01 pm
    A while back I wrote a post on some features I’d love to see, but I really didn’t think would make it in to Lightroom. Well, one of those features was the ability to show me my focus points. At times, I’ll shoot the same photo but focus in different areas. As a landscape photographer, sometimes I’ll merge a few photos together (focus stacking) to get an ultra sharp photo. Other times, I just use one photo, but knowing where I focussed can help me in the future. Well, a few blog readers pointed out a plug-in that I hadn’t seen before. It’s called Show Focus…
  • Win A Free Ticket to One Of My Fall 2014 Lightroom Seminars

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    Edit: The Free Tickets have been given away. Here’s the winners: Matthew Jackson – San Antonio Jennifer – Colorado Springs Trisha – Livonia Brendan Reilly – Philadelphia Okay, my fall 2014 schedule is locked in for my Lightroom seminar tour and I figured I’d announce the dates and give away a free ticket to each city. If you’ve never attended the seminar before, it’s basically a 1-day Lightroom crash course. Here’s a quote from one of the attendees from last year: “Matt is absolutely the best instructor in the world, and his…
  • TIP: A Fun, Mean, and Totally Useless Lightroom Hack

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:01 pm
    (Photo courtesy of Fotolia.com) The other week Scott turned me on to a post by Mark Stagi over at Digitalphotobuzz.com. It was called Hacking the Lightroom 5 Splash Screen. It’s actually very cool and I never knew you could do that before. However, before you go visit the site, just understand that it has no educational value whatsoever. But as photographers, I think it’s kinda cool. We love to display our photos, and this is a cool way to do it when Lightroom starts up. Basically, the article goes over how to take the default Lightroom startup screen (seen below) and replace it…
 
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Verizon Reverses Course on Plan to Throttle Unlimited LTE Customers

    Juli Clover
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Verizon today released a statement letting customers know that it no longer plans to throttle users who still have a grandfathered unlimited data plan that allows for unlimited LTE data usage. Verizon is committed to providing its customers with an unparalleled mobile network experience. At a time of ever-increasing mobile broadband data usage, we not only take pride in the way we manage our network resources, but also take seriously our responsibility to deliver exceptional mobile service to every customer. We've greatly valued the ongoing dialogue over the past several months concerning…
  • Apple Updates 'Apple Store' App With iPhone 6 Support

    Juli Clover
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Apple today updated its Apple Store app for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, adapting the app for the two larger-screened devices. The new version of the app also includes an iOS compatibility update. While the iPhone 6 update doesn't bring a lot of visual changes, it has a much cleaner look due to the fact that it's no longer artificially zoomed in, as seen in the comparison screenshot below. After iPhone 6 update on left, before iPhone 6 update on right Apple's last major update to the Apple Store app came in early September, redesigning the look of the app and making it easier for users to make…
  • Verizon Offers Double the Data for 'MORE Everything' Plans

    Juli Clover
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    Following in the footsteps of AT&T and Sprint, Verizon today announced a promotion to expand the amount data available through its MORE Everything plans. Customers on the 12GB plan will now get 15GB of data for the same $110 per month, while customers on the 16GB plan will now get 30GB of data for $130. Verizon has increased available data across the board, delivering up to double the data for consumers at no additional cost. "We know that no matter how much data you have, it's only as good as the network it's on, and Verizon Wireless' network is second to none," said Ken Dixon, chief…
  • Sprint Responds to AT&T's Promotion With Its Own Double Data Deal

    Kelly Hodgkins
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    Sprint today announced it is increasing data plan allowances for higher-tier customers in an attempt to compete with AT&T, which recently launched a new promotion that doubles the data available to some subscribers. Sprint also is waiving its existing monthly device access fee until 2015 for new customers. Sprint's double data promotion is available to new and existing customers who sign up by October 31. Sprint's offer extends to its existing 32GB, 40GB and 60GB Family Share Packs, which cost $130, 150 and $225, respectively. Starting today, customers who sign up for the promotion…
  • iPhone 5c Topped UK Smartphone Sales Charts Ahead of iPhone 6 Launch

    Kelly Hodgkins
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    Smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech (via Business Insider) indicates consumer interest in the iPhone 5c remained strong in the UK ahead of the iPhone 6 announcement, with the lower-cost phone actually becoming the top-selling smartphone in the country for the month of August. Kantar Worldpanel ComTech According to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, Apple's share of smartphone sales in the UK fell just 1.6 percentage points between July and August, with strong sales of the iPhone 5c helping to prop up overall sales just ahead of the iPhone 6 launch.Apple has managed to limit the drop…
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    CNN Travel

  • CNNGo in Bali: Legends, cocktails and an amazing pig roast

    hiufu
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:32 am
    The locals show us there's more to Indonesia's top tourist island than those world-famous beaches Bali's best beach clubSurfers' paradiseThe mellow side of BaliWith its gorgeous beaches and delicious cuisine, beautiful Bali is undeniably Indonesia's travel hotspot.  But what's happening beyond the tourist grind? This September, CNNGo hits up some of the island's locals to share their favorite Bali hangouts and the stories behind them.  Legendary Indonesian surfer Rizal Tanjung shows us where he first fell in love with the waves. Sunglasses designer Suki takes us to the…
  • No more using Uber in Germany?

    Guessy1
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:57 pm
    A court moves to end the ride for the U.S.-based online chauffeur and ride-sharing service in GermanyIn the ongoing fight between chauffeur and ride-sharing app Uber and taxi drivers around the world, score one for the taxi drivers … for now. A regional court in Frankfurt, Germany, this week issued a preliminary injunction forbidding the San Francisco-based Uber from operating in Germany. The ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed by Germany’s national union of taxi drivers. The court said that Uber violated German law by working with a network of drivers that lack commercial licenses.
  • 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…
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