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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    The next thing you do today will be the most important thing on your agenda, because, after all, you're doing it next. Well, perhaps it will be the most urgent thing. Or the easiest. In fact, the most important thing probably isn't even on your agenda.        
  • The Key Element of 21st Century Persuasion

    Copyblogger
    Brian Clark
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Back in the 1950s, a bedridden man faced certain death from inoperable, terminal cancer. Tumors the size of oranges had invaded the man’s neck, groin, chest, and abdomen. The patient’s only hope was a new experimental cancer drug called Krebiozen. Three days after the initial treatment, the man was out of bed and joking with his nurses. As treatment continued, his tumors shrunk by half. Ten days later, he was discharged from the hospital … the cancer was gone. That’s pretty amazing in itself. The more amazing thing is that Krebiozen didn’t actually work. We’re back…
  • “Say Something” cover on street piano is simply perfect [video]

    Holy Kaw!
    Kate Rinsema
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:54 pm
    A quick look at any Grammy Awards broadcast will tell you that, when it comes to music, the industry prefers young faces, young bodies, and young voices, but when Michael McNamara sat down in the northwest corner of Victoria Park in Ontario and started playing A Great Big World's "Say Something," his age and the experience that went with it gave us a completely new appreciation of the song.
  • 8 Awkward Times the Media Tried to Explain the Internet

    Mashable
    Kyli Singh
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:06 am
    It's easy to forget that the Internet is only 25 years old. In a short period of time, we've quickly grown accustomed to online jargon and all things in cyberspace. But when the World Wide Web was first introduced in 1989, many found it particularly puzzling. As the Internet has evolved, its meaning and descriptions have changed See also: 20 Searches Made Ridiculous by Google Autocomplete We took a look at how the media has covered the Internet from its onset to present day. Some moments are awkward, while others are flat-out hilarious From the definition of blogs to the rise of Twitter, here…
  • U2 Haters Rejoice! New Album Can Be Deleted From iTunes With One Click

    Fast Company
    Peter Wade
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Apple releases a tool that allows easy removal of U2's latest album, which Apple gave to iTunes users for free.After harsh social media backlash, Apple has relented and released an easy way for users to delete U2's new album, Songs of Innocence, from their iTunes library with a single click. The free album was deposited into around half a billion iTunes accounts in tandem with last week's launch event for the Apple Watch and iPhone 6 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of U2's custom iPod.Read Full Story
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    Holy Kaw!

  • “Say Something” cover on street piano is simply perfect [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:54 pm
    A quick look at any Grammy Awards broadcast will tell you that, when it comes to music, the industry prefers young faces, young bodies, and young voices, but when Michael McNamara sat down in the northwest corner of Victoria Park in Ontario and started playing A Great Big World's "Say Something," his age and the experience that went with it gave us a completely new appreciation of the song.
  • Colombian women’s cycling outfits leave something to be desired…the bottom

    Kate Rinsema
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Wow, here's a fashion faux pas that makes your white after Labor day and black belt with brown shoes look downright classy in comparison.
  • Sleepwalking camper strolls off 60-foot cliff

    Kate Rinsema
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Let this be a cautionary tale to all you sleepwalkers out there with a hankering for snoozing under the stars.
  • Symptoms of enterovirus D86 to watch for in kids

    Kate Rinsema
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Respiratory illness enterovirus D86 has spread to the northeastern United States, and if you haven't heard about it and have small children, you'll want to be on the lookout for symptoms.
  • Rabid bat did not enjoy this jam [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:08 pm
    You'd think the middle of woods would be a pretty safe place to practice the guitar, what without any neighbors to complain and all, but this bat wasn't happy with what he heard and wasn't afraid to show it.
 
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    Mashable

  • 8 Awkward Times the Media Tried to Explain the Internet

    Kyli Singh
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:06 am
    It's easy to forget that the Internet is only 25 years old. In a short period of time, we've quickly grown accustomed to online jargon and all things in cyberspace. But when the World Wide Web was first introduced in 1989, many found it particularly puzzling. As the Internet has evolved, its meaning and descriptions have changed See also: 20 Searches Made Ridiculous by Google Autocomplete We took a look at how the media has covered the Internet from its onset to present day. Some moments are awkward, while others are flat-out hilarious From the definition of blogs to the rise of Twitter, here…
  • Mind-Bending Photo Series Blends Models Into NYC Landscapes

    Andrea Romano
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    Thousands of New Yorkers hustle all over the city, never noticing the sights, sounds or other people around them. Take a second look and you might find you've missed something important. Every human being is a part of their environment, especially when it comes to the models in artist Trina Merry's series, New York City Camouflage. Her models are painted from a single perspective to create an optical illusion in each of their specific locations around the city. See also: 11 Creative Portraits Without Faces Merry began her camouflage painting using graffiti murals in San Francisco in 2010. Now…
  • U.S. to Send 3,000 Military Personnel to Fight Ebola

    The Associated Press
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:49 am
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic. President Barack Obama planned to announce the stepped-up effort Tuesday during a visit to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta amid alarm that the outbreak could spread and that the deadly virus could mutate into a more easily…
  • Queen of Scots: What Does Her Majesty Think of Independence?

    Jon Snow
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    The Queen imparted her one intervention in the Scottish referendum debate as she came out of the little church on her vast Balmoral Estate in the north of Scotland recently: She wants the Scots to think very carefully before voting See also: Scotland Decides: The Economics of the Unknown That Estate has been the escape of Britain’s Royal Family ever since Queen Victoria was on the throne. Poor old Victoria would have a fit if she knew what was going on now. Having gained vast tracts of the world as Empire, the idea that the top bit of Britain was in peril of falling off would have been…
  • Jimmy Fallon Sings a Duet With Barbra Streisand on The Tonight Show

    Stan Schroeder
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:49 am
    The last time Barbra Streisand appeared on The Tonight Show was in 1963, with Johnny Carson, when she was just 21 years old, and after she had won two grammies for her first album — The Barbra Streisand Album. It's quite amazing that she returned to the show 51 years later with a new album, Partners, a collection of duets with such legends as Elvis Presley, Blake Shelton and, of course, John Legend This time around, the host was Jimmy Fallon, and Jimmy wouldn't be Jimmy if he didn't play some dress up and did a little singing of his own. He stood in for Elvis, Blake Shelton and Michael…
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    Fast Company

  • U2 Haters Rejoice! New Album Can Be Deleted From iTunes With One Click

    Peter Wade
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Apple releases a tool that allows easy removal of U2's latest album, which Apple gave to iTunes users for free.After harsh social media backlash, Apple has relented and released an easy way for users to delete U2's new album, Songs of Innocence, from their iTunes library with a single click. The free album was deposited into around half a billion iTunes accounts in tandem with last week's launch event for the Apple Watch and iPhone 6 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of U2's custom iPod.Read Full Story
  • Vivienne Westwood's Posh Virgin Atlantic Uniforms Apparently Injure Flight Attendants

    Carey Dunne
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Suffering for fashion at 6,000 feet: Westwood's sleek red uniforms are inflicting injury and blisters on Virgin's cabin crew.In July, punk rock fashion icon Vivienne Westwood debuted a line of '40s-inspired blood-red uniforms for Virgin Atlantic's crew. Airline owner Richard Branson called them "extremely glamorous." But according to some of Virgin's 7,500 flight crew members, they're also extremely uncomfortable. The Sun reports (subscription required) that the footwear, a glossy red take on Westwood's signature hourglass heels, is giving flight attendants blisters. Crediting the union…
  • Enhanced FBI Database Lets Authorities Search Criminal And Non-Criminal Biometrics

    Alice Truong
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    The bureau's Next Generation Identifier, which took three years to develop, is now fully operational.The Federal Bureau of Investigation said Monday that its expanded biometric database Next Generation Identifier is now fully operational.Read Full Story
  • Texting While Walking? In China, There's A Lane For That

    Peter Wade
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:03 am
    Walk this way: A Chinese city has installed a special sidewalk lane for distracted walkers.Texting while walking may not seem as dangerous as texting while driving, but both distracted actions are a hazard to pedestrians. To raise awareness of the risks of not paying attention while walking, a city in China recently created a smartphone sidewalk lane for those who can't keep their eyes off their mobile devices.Read Full Story
  • Why This Media Startup Is Betting On Print Newspapers

    Sarah Kessler
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    California Sunday, based in San Francisco, is giving the West Coast some new weekend reading.Most of America's magazines are based in New York City, which houses media giants like Conde Nast and Time Inc. But it always struck Douglas McGray, a journalist who has contributed to the New York Times Magazine and the New Yorker, as a bit odd that there wasn't a similar national general interest magazine that reflected a West Coast perspective.Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Mail.ru Pays $1.47B To Take Over Vkontake, Russia’s Facebook, Settles Durov Suit

    Ingrid Lunden
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:22 am
    Some big shareholder shifts at Vkontake, the social network with 92 million monthly active users that’s often described as Russia’s Facebook and has been embroiled in political controversies that resulted in the ousting of its founder, Pavel Durov. Mail.ru, the publicly-traded Internet giant, has now taken full ownership of the company, by buying the 48% it did not already own… Read More
  • Accel Puts $8M Into Semmle To Grow Its Software Dev Analytics Platform

    Natasha Lomas
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
     Semmle, a b2b startup with a business analytics platform that aims to optimize other companies’ IT projects by analyzing the quality of code their developers are writing and also by looking at factors such as how much money the business is spending on particular software development projects, has closed a new funding round — raising an $8 million Series A, led by Accel Partners. Read More
  • The $1 Million Race For The Cure To End Aging

    Sarah Buhr
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:44 pm
     The hypothesis is so absurd it seems as though it popped right off the pages of a science-fiction novel. Some scientists in Palo Alto are offering a $1 million prize to anyone who can end aging. “Based on the rapid rate of biomedical breakthroughs, we believe the question is not if we can crack the aging code, but when will it happen,” says director of the Palo Alto Longevity… Read More
  • Bellabox, Australia’s Largest Beauty Box Service, Raises $2.7M From Allure Media

    Catherine Shu
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:43 pm
     Bellabox, Australia’s largest beauty subscription site, announced today that it has received $2.7 million in funding from Allure Media, a digital publishing company owned by Fairfax Media. The capital will be used to expand bellabox’s service offerings and improve its market research, as well as hire more staff and expand the the startup to new international markets in the Asia… Read More
  • Tim Cook Holds Firm On iMessage Security: It’s Encrypted, And We Don’t Have A Key

    Ingrid Lunden
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:55 pm
     As Apple continues to come under some attack for how it handles iCloud security, the company’s CEO Tim Cook is holding firm on the company’s priorities when it comes to data protection. In part 2 of an interview with Charlie Rose, airing on PBS tonight, Cook is adamant that Apple is not in the business of collecting data, but rather selling hardware, and, as such, it puts data… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • People who like this stuff...

    Seth Godin
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    like this stuff. When you work in a genre (any genre), break all the rules at your own peril. Sure, you need to break some rules, need to do something worth talking about. But please understand who the work is for. If it's for people outside the genre, you have a lot of evangelizing to do. And if it's for those that are already in it, you can't push too far, because they like the genre. That's why they're here. Those who have walked away probably aren't just waiting around for you to fix it. Those who have never been don't think the genre has a problem they need solved. Blue sky thinking…
  • The most important thing

    Seth Godin
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    The next thing you do today will be the most important thing on your agenda, because, after all, you're doing it next. Well, perhaps it will be the most urgent thing. Or the easiest. In fact, the most important thing probably isn't even on your agenda.        
  • Without a keyboard

    Seth Godin
    14 Sep 2014 | 2:12 am
    When the masses only connect to the net without a keyboard, who will be left to change the world? It is possible but unlikely that someone will write a great novel on a tablet. You can't create the spreadsheet that changes an industry on a smart phone. And professional programmers don't sit down to do their programming with a swipe. Many people are quietly giving away one of the most powerful tools ever created—the ability to craft and spread revolutionary ideas. Coding, writing, persuading, calculating—they still matter. Yes, of course the media that's being created on the spot, the…
  • Law and order

    Seth Godin
    13 Sep 2014 | 2:26 am
    At some point, the world (the project, the moment) becomes so chaotic or dangerous that we sacrifice law in exchange for order. The question is: when. When is it time to declare martial law? (or your version of it) When do you abandon your project plan because the boss is hysterical? When do you go off the long-term, drip-by-drip approach to growth because cash flow is tight? When do you suspend one set of valued principles in order to preserve the thing you set out to build in the first place? When Richard Nixon was at his most megalomaniacal, he was willing to suspend any law in his way to…
  • The launch meeting

    Seth Godin
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:42 am
    You've probably been to one. The organization is about to embark on something new--a new course, a new building, a new fundraising campaign. The organizer calls together the team, and excitement is in the air. Choose which sort of meeting you'd like to have: The amateur's launch meeting is fun, brimming with possibility and excitement. Everything is possible. Goals are meant to be exceeded. Not only will the difficult parts go well, but this team, this extraordinary team, will be able to create something magical. Possibility is in the air, and it would be foolish to do anything but fuel it.
 
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    WIRED

  • Angry Nerd: Hey Fox, We Never Asked for a Batman Origin Show

    WIRED Video
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    You know what's not cool? A Batman show that's not about Batman. Yet, that's what we're getting with Fox's upcoming Gotham. The series centers on Bruce Wayne's childhood and features origin stories of the franchise's villains. Sound like a prequel to a prequel? That's because it is. The post Angry Nerd: Hey Fox, We Never Asked for a Batman Origin Show appeared first on WIRED.
  • Survey Says: America’s Rudest Drivers Are in Idaho

    Jordan Golson
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:22 pm
    A fresh survey gives us a new stereotype about Idaho: It's full of crummy drivers. The post Survey Says: America’s Rudest Drivers Are in Idaho appeared first on WIRED.
  • With Minecraft Acquisition, Microsoft Reveals Its Desperation

    Klint Finley
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Microsoft just acquired Minecraft in a deal valued at $2.5 billion, and at first blush, that seems like money well spent. The popular game, a way of building your own virtual worlds, can not only feed the company's Xbox game console, but also turn Microsoft into a real player in the world of mobile games, across both smartphones and tablets. The post With Minecraft Acquisition, Microsoft Reveals Its Desperation appeared first on WIRED.
  • Video: The Next Frontier for Big Data

    Dr. Sean Varah, MotionDSP
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Years of video are recorded and uploaded to the cloud each day to sites like YouTube, Vine, and Facebook from devices like mobile phones, personal drones, or home surveillance cameras. With the new capabilities of computer vision technology, we have the ability to mine this visual data to get valuable insights about what’s happening in […] The post Video: The Next Frontier for Big Data appeared first on WIRED.
  • Out of the Spotlight, Bitcoin Gains Legitimacy

    Cameron Graham, TechnologyAdvice
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:34 am
    Mainstream perception of bitcoin, much like the crypto-currency itself, has been volatile. Starting last fall and gaining steam throughout the winter, bitcoin became one of the most buzzed about topics on the internet. It was a recurring subject on sites like Business Insider and TechCrunch. Mainstream media got in on the action as well — Newsweek […] The post Out of the Spotlight, Bitcoin Gains Legitimacy appeared first on WIRED.
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    @ProBlogger

  • Four Ways to Crush Your Email Challenge and Build the List

    Stacey Roberts
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
    This is a guest contribution from Luke Guy. I support building your email list more than any other thing. It’s the building block to any platform-building. You should be collecting emails before you even build the blog or write the book. I Wish I did it this way to begin with. Why? Collecting emails has got to be the fastest, easiest, cheapest way to build a community. You can approach someone and more likely get their email than a “like” on Facebook. Email is about discovery. Facebook is about liking what we already like. You know this though. You know that email is the way to build…
  • Creating and Selling Ebooks Webinar

    Stacey Roberts
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:48 pm
    This webinar (available in full for ProBlogger.com members) features ProBlogger Marketing Ninja Shayne Tilley outlining the strategy for getting the best return on your efforts creating and selling eBooks. It covers: Sell Sheets: Do you need one? What is it? How to make a good one. What content to have in your book – what shouldn’t you miss? An effective book outline Thinking about your audience Your review process Writing tips – not only to get content written, but also tips about format, consistency and even mindframe mid-book The editing process Adding visual elements…
  • How to Craft a Blog that Attracts Customers and Converts Like Crazy

    Stacey Roberts
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:54 am
    This is a guest contribution from entrepreneur Natalie Sisson. So, you want to turn your blog into an online business? Congratulations, so does every other person with wifi. Now, I don’t mean to to bust your buns right off the get go, but if I’m being honest (and I always am!) then you need to know one thing: A blog that doesn’t make money is a hobby, and a hobby is not a business. The truth is, many of us don’t know what we’re doing when we’re first starting out online. Learning how to create a website, identify your ideal customer and convert them into sales will be a process,…
  • Hypnotic Writing | 5 Effective Strategies To Put Your Reader In A Trance.

    Guest Blogger
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    This is a guest contribution from Thai Nguyen of Wantrepreneur Journey. You are getting sleepy…very sleepy… That’s typically what comes to mind when you think of hypnosis—a stage show with some unfortunate soul doing the chicken-dance. However, those who practice hypnosis are quick to give a proper explanation. Here’s the textbook definition: The induction of a state of consciousness in which a person becomes highly responsive to suggestion or direction. We enter into hypnotic states on a daily basis; completely absorbed in an activity and losing track of time. It happens when…
  • The 5 Step Voyage of Creating Awesome Content

    Guest Blogger
    7 Sep 2014 | 9:36 am
    Image via Flickr user na.harii. This is a guest contribution from James Scherer. Do you struggle for content inspiration? Do you feel like every article you write is exactly like another you’ve already written or read? You’re falling victim to content stagnation, and it’s something we all deal with. Perhaps you need a refresher, a reminder, or just someone to give you a few new ideas - a nudge along the way. This article will give a full look at how to encourage and capture readership, optimize for action and engagement, and get the most out of your content – the full gamut of…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • The Fully Loaded Briefcase

    Thorin Klosowski
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Just because you use a briefcase for work doesn't mean you have to keep boring old papers in it. Everyday Carry reader Derrick is a customer service rep for FEMA and the organization's pedigree shows through in his choices for the contents of his bag.Read more...
  • The Eight Most Common Traits of Successful People

    Patrick Allan
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Not every successful person gets successful the same way, but they all may still have some traits in common. Here are eight traits that most successful people have as determined by years of research.Read more...
  • The Best Cities for Fast (or Cheap) Internet

    Patrick Allan
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Some US cities get much faster internet than others, and US some cities get better deals on internet. These are those cities.Read more...
  • Gawker Kanye Responds to Wheelchair Incident: "I'm a Married, Christian Man" | Jalopnik Your Guide T

    Jane-Claire Quigley on Kinja Roundup, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Gawker Kanye Responds to Wheelchair Incident: "I'm a Married, Christian Man" | Jalopnik Your Guide To The Explosive Airbag Recall That Affects 14 Million Cars | Jezebel What Former Sluts Tell Their Daughters About Sex | Kotaku The Internet Reacts To Microsoft Buying Minecraft | Kinja Popular Posts Read more...
  • Get to the Root of Problems with a Fishbone Diagram

    Patrick Allan
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    When you encounter a problem, the most effective method of solving it is by getting to the root cause. You can create a fishbone diagram to help yourself determine that.Read more...
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors

  • Apple Restricting Use of NFC Antenna in iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to Apple Pay

    Richard Padilla
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:10 am
    The NFC antenna found on Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will only be used with the company's "Apple Pay" mobile payment solution and will not be available to developers for use in third-party apps, reports Cult of Mac. The confirmation comes by way of an Apple spokeswoman, who also declined to comment on future plans for the technology's use in other instances. The move is similar to the Touch ID sensor's debut on the iPhone 5s last year, as Apple restricted its use to iTunes purchases and device unlocking. However, Apple announced at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference that…
  • Tim Cook Speaks on Privacy in New Interview: 'We Try Not to Collect Data'

    Juli Clover
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke with Charlie Rose in a two part-interview, and the second segment of the show is airing tonight. In the second half of the interview, Cook focuses on the driving force behind Apple, his own personal values, and the company's thoughts on privacy. Cook's first comments are on Apple's privacy views, and he says that the company tries to collect as little data about its users as possible. He believes that people "have a right to privacy." Our view is that when we design a new service we try not to collect data. So we're not reading your email. We're not reading your…
  • Apple Watch Already Facing Questions Concerning User Privacy

    Juli Clover
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Though it won't be released until early 2015, Apple's new wearable device is already facing public scrutiny over privacy issues. Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen has sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook asking several questions about how the Apple Watch will operate and requesting a meeting with Apple representatives. In the letter, Jepsen addresses several issues he has with the Apple Watch, and requests that Apple explains what data the device will collect and how the information will be stored, along with its policies on apps that access health information. In his letter, the…
  • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Models Popping Up in China, Vietnam Ahead of September 19 Launch

    Juli Clover
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:57 am
    Though the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are not expected to be delivered to customers and released to stores until Friday, September 19, some devices have already begun showing up in Vietnam and China. According to Dan Tri [Google Translate] an iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were spotted in a Red River restaurant in Vietnam by an AP reporter, who confirmed the legitimacy of the devices. The reporter is said to have tested features like Messages and Siri to confirm that the devices seen in Vietnam were real, and Dan Tri snapped several photos of the two phones. The images show off the size difference…
  • Apple Releases Third OS X Yosemite Public Beta, Developer Preview 8

    Juli Clover
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:49 am
    Apple today released the third Yosemite public beta for beta testers, following the release of the second Yosemite public beta on August 21. Developer Preview 8 has also been released for developers, two weeks after the seventh Developer Preview was released. The software update can be downloaded through the software update function of the Mac App Store, and developers can also download DP 8 from the Mac Developer Center. It is possible given the release timing that both versions of Yosemite, DP 8 and the new public beta, are the same. The public beta will also include updates from Developer…
 
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    chrisbrogan.com

  • 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
  • How to Blog for Business

    Chris Brogan
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Writing posts on this blog has been a cornerstone of my business for quite a while now. I started blogging in 1998 (we called it “journaling” back then), but it wasn’t really until somewhere around 2005 that I started figuring out how it would be part of my actual business (and by that, how it would be a way to make money). How to Blog for Business There are so many ways to look at this. You can choose to think of your blog as a media company, and stuff ads on it. I love ads, well, ads for things that make sense. The sidebar at [chrisbrogan.com] is full of companies I…
  • Build Your Home

    Chris Brogan
    5 Sep 2014 | 2:05 pm
    It all started making sense a little bit at a time, and then a lot at a time, and then I really saw it all, in a kind of continuum. By spending a lot of time analyzing what people have said to me at various events, in my inbox, in between their “official” statements and professional posturing, I’m starting to understand what’s needed by the Owners I so humbly intend to serve. There’s a war, such as it were, and the enemy has been named. But before we talk of war, we have to start where it always starts: at home. Build Your Home Life has changed over the last few…
  • The Front Shop and the Back Room

    Chris Brogan
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    If you look at chrisbrogan.com, it’s built for conversion. There are my courses for sale, other projects, and then some of the free resources (which are also built to convert you). This is the front shop. This is where people stop by. They get here via Google (The #1 search term lately for people finding this site is “Chris.” Talk about people not being especially picky with their time.” It’s up to me to help them understand the better story so they can choose what to do next. But that’s the “front shop,” where anyone can browse. Once people get…
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    Copyblogger

  • Follow This Superstar’s 7-Step Example to Dominate Your Industry

    Sonia Thompson
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    I woke up like this. I woke up like this. Flawless. After listening to “Flawless” five times, Evette went to the mirror, and told herself the lyrics in the Beyoncé song were true. She believed it. She internalized it. She embodied it. Ready to dominate, Evette strutted over to her computer to fire off a blog post. A post that would enable her to claim her rightful place atop her industry. The same way Beyoncé dominates her industry. You’ve met an Evette before, right? Someone who thinks she’s so flawless, all she has to do is show up and everyone will bow down to…
  • Why You Must Not Ignore The Call to Adventure

    Chris Guillebeau
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    The following is an excerpt from Chris Guillebeau’s new book, The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life. In ancient myths, most quests were ones of discovery or confrontation. A kingdom was under siege, so it required defending. A minotaur in a faraway land guarded a magic chalice, and only the hero could wrest it back. Happily, real-world quests offer more possibilities than storming castles and rescuing princesses, and with some exceptions modern-day quests can be placed into a few broad categories. Travel is an obvious starting point. As I…
  • 5 Ways Listening to Community Data Can Expand Your Content Marketing Strategy

    Shannon Byrne
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    When talking about content marketing, discussions often focus on decisions about topics, headlines, platforms, and distribution. But how much do you consider the data that supports these decisions? I’m not talking about demographics, like age, gender, or location — although those matter, too. Rather, I’m talking about the answers behind qualitative questions: Who are your community’s influencers and why? Which events are your community members attending? What will be your first touchpoint with your community? Where is your community getting their information and news?
  • Permission to Kick Ass: Granted

    Pamela Wilson
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    What if you discovered that your own words and thoughts were wreaking havoc on your chances for success? They might be. What you say about what you do makes a difference. It makes a difference in your own mind. And it makes a big difference in how people view your work. At some point, you have to decide if you want to be at the top of your field. Does that sound like too audacious of a goal? I’d like to propose that you consider it. That you eliminate “I’ll try” from your vocabulary. That you make it your aim to be the best, to surpass the competition, and to go for the…
  • The Key Element of 21st Century Persuasion

    Brian Clark
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Back in the 1950s, a bedridden man faced certain death from inoperable, terminal cancer. Tumors the size of oranges had invaded the man’s neck, groin, chest, and abdomen. The patient’s only hope was a new experimental cancer drug called Krebiozen. Three days after the initial treatment, the man was out of bed and joking with his nurses. As treatment continued, his tumors shrunk by half. Ten days later, he was discharged from the hospital … the cancer was gone. That’s pretty amazing in itself. The more amazing thing is that Krebiozen didn’t actually work. We’re back…
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    Macworld

  • Apple makes it super simple to get rid of its U2 gift to you

    15 Sep 2014 | 11:13 am
    U2 is no longer the kind of band that generates controversy or inspires strong feelings one way or another. That’s Miley Cyrus territory. But Apple’s giveaway of the band’s new album, Songs of Innocence, is causing such a backlash that the company is making it as easy as possible to get rid of its gift.Who knew free music could be so polarizing?We showed you how to hide the album, which was the only way to remove it given that once you buy tracks—or they’re gifted to you—you own them forever. But Apple on Monday launched a support page with a direct link that lets you banish the…
  • How hospitals will use HealthKit to monitor your vitals

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    Apple has made no secret of the fact that it’s working with healthcare providers to test the HealthKit tools in iOS 8, but now we have more details on its trials with Stanford and Duke’s hospitals.Physicians at the university hospitals will start trials in the next few weeks that will allow them to track patient data more effectively, according to a Monday report from Reuters. Doctors at Stanford University Hospital will use HealthKit to track blood sugar levels of diabetic children, while Duke University physicians plan to track vitals like blood pressure for patients with heart disease…
  • Microsoft buys Minecraft maker Mojang for $2.5 billion

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    The rumors turned out to be true. Minecraft is about to become a Microsoft property.
  • Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-orders top 4 million in 24 hours

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:10 am
    Your unsurprising news for this Monday morning: Apple sold a lot of pre-orders for the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus last Friday. Over four million pre-orders in the first 24 hours, to be precise.As it has been in years past, pre-orders opened in the wee hours of Friday morning and were plagued with server issues (likely due to the overwhelming demand for new iOS devices) until midday.Apple’s no stranger to big pre-order numbers, of course: While the iPhone 5s’s early sales weren’t released, the iPhone 5 topped two million, while the iPhone 4 pre-orders rang in at 600,000.To read this article…
  • How to send multiple images from iPhoto for iOS

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Reader Tim McBrayer has a question about iPhoto on his iPad. He writes: When I’m running iPhoto on my iPad I’d like to pick a particular photo or several photos from a shared online album and email them to someone. I don’t see how to do that unless I use the Photos app. What am I missing? Photos, as a simple image viewer, is pretty straightforward so it’s easy to select and share multiple photos. iPhoto, on the other hand, has a far greater collection of features and so some have been tucked away in ways that may not seem obvious. Here’s how to go about it. Launch iPhoto and tap on…
 
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    ReadWrite

  • PayPal Slams Apple In Full-Page Newspaper Ads

    Owen Thomas
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Now that Apple has revealed Apple Pay, PayPal wants to have it both ways.On the one hand, PayPal is eager to let you know that its Braintree subsidiary can process Apple Pay payments, no problem—even though Apple left PayPal and Braintree off its list of recommended payments processors.See also: Apple Is Less Than Inviting To PayPal In Apple PayOn the other, PayPal is eager to remind you that it has processed billions of transactions and that Apple doesn't have the best track record on security, thanks to vulnerabilities in its iCloud backups that left celebrities vulnerable to photo…
  • PewDiePie Joins MLG, Bringing Mad Star Power To The Twitch Rival

    Stephanie Chan
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:42 am
    PewDiePie, the reigning king of YouTube, will now stream episodes of his gaming podcast “BroKen” on MLG.tv. Felix Kjellberg and Kenneth Morrison Starting Monday, the Swedish YouTube gamer better known as Felix Kjellberg, will be posting episodes of his podcast onto MLG, or Major League Gaming network before the hour-long shows are uploaded anywhere else—including Kjellberg’s YouTube home. BroKen (a portmanteau of Kjellberg’s “bro” fandom and the name Ken) is a podcast hosted by Kjellberg and friend Kenneth Morrison, where the two chat about gaming trends on…
  • Android One Lands In India, Promising Cheap But Decent Smartphone

    Adriana Lee
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    While Apple pats itself on the back over its set of bigger, premium smartphones, Android has been sharpening its focus on budget handsets for emerging markets.Now Google has announced that its low-end device, the Android One, launched today in India. The company, which first divulged plans back at the Google I/O developer conference last June, has enlisted Taiwanese chipset maker MediaTek, maker of low-cost mobile processors. Chips Ahoy!"Our goal was to develop high quality smartphones at an affordable price, with access to connectivity, done at scale around the world," Android chief…
  • To Apple Doubters: Nyah, Nyah—4 Million iPhones 6 Moved On First Day

    Adriana Lee
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    Apple released first-day pre-order numbers, and it dubbed them good.According to the official announcement, people pre-ordered four million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus phones in the first 24 hours for a "record" high. Demand has already outstripped pre-order supply, says the tech company, as many pre-orders now list an October ship date. Customers who got their device requests in quickly, however, will see the large Apple phones arrive as early as this Friday, September 19. But for all Apple's gushing about early sales, it’s tough to determine whether the new phones have actually beaten…
  • iPhone 6 Plus: Your Guide To Phablet Pros And Cons

    Nicole Nguyen
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    <em>Editor's note: This post was originally published by our partners at <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/tech/Phablet-Pros-Cons-35687654#photo-35687671">PopSugar Tech</a>.</em>This year's latest phone releases indicate that we now live in the age of the phablet, a device that could be considered either a giant phone or a very small tablet. Apple recently unveiled its biggest phone ever, the iPhone 6 Plus, which stands at 5.5 inches diagonally. The current king of phablets is the 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 4. Another Android in the oversize mobile device department is the…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Making Modal Windows Better For Everyone

    Scott O'Hara
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:23 am
    To you, modal windows1 might be a blessing of additional screen real estate, providing a way to deliver contextual information, notifications and other actions relevant to the current screen. On the other hand, modals might feel like a hack that you’ve been forced to commit in order to cram extra content on the screen. These are the extreme ends of the spectrum, and users are caught in the middle. Depending on how a user browses the Internet, modal windows can be downright confusing. Modals quickly shift visual focus from one part of a website or application to another area of (hopefully…
  • Are Your Internal Systems Damaging Your Business?

    Paul Boag
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    The internal systems of many organizations have shocking user interfaces. This costs companies in productivity, training and even the customer experience. Fortunately, we can fix this. “How come I can download an app on my phone and instantly know how to use it, yet need training to use our content management system? Shouldn’t our system be intuitive?” This was just one of the comments I heard in a recent stakeholder interview. People are fed up with inadequate internal systems. Many of those I interviewed had given up on the official software. Instead, they use tools like…
  • Dropbox’s Carousel Design Deconstructed (Part 2)

    Chris Bank
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:34 am
    Many of today’s hottest technology companies, both large and small, are increasingly using the concept of the minimum viable product (MVP) as way to iteratively learn about their customers and develop their product ideas. This two-part series, looks into the product design process of Dropbox’s Carousel. Part 11 covered the core user, their needs and Dropbox’s business needs, and broke down existing photo and video apps. This second part is about Carousel’s primary requirements, the end product, its performance and key learnings since the launch. Primary User Requirements In a Wired…
  • Creating Clickthrough Prototypes With Blueprint

    Svetlin Denkov
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:10 am
    In a previous article1, I discussed using POP2 to create sketch-based clickthrough prototypes in participatory design exercises. These prototypes capture well the flow and overall layout of early design alternatives. The same piece briefly mentioned another category of clickthrough prototypes: widget-based mockups that are designed on the target device and that expand on sketches by introducing user interface (UI) details and increased visual fidelity. These prototypes can be used to pitch ideas to clients, document interactions and even test usability. In this article, I will teach you how…
  • Improving Smashing Magazine’s Performance: A Case Study

    Vitaly Friedman
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:13 am
    Today Smashing Magazine turns eight years old. Eight years is a long time on the web, yet for us it really doesn’t feel like a long journey at all. Things have changed, evolved and moved on, and we gratefully take on new challenges one at a time. To mark this special little day, we’d love to share a few things that we’ve learned over the last year about the performance challenges of this very website and about the work we’ve done recently. If you want to craft a fast responsive website, you might find a few interesting nuggets worth considering. – Ed. Improvement is a…
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • The Official 2014 Worldwide Photo Walk T-Shirts Are Here!

    Scott Kelby
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:01 am
    We’ve got some really cool t-shirts for walkers and leaders this year (one of the many walker shirt designs is seen here), and once again (with the gracious help of Rob Jones of Towner Jones Photography), we’re using this to give back as 100% of the profits from t-shirt sales go directly to the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya. Last year (with Rob’s help and generosity) we raised over $6,000 to feed and cloth the children), and this year we’re hoping, with your help, to hit $10,000 just from t-shirt sales alone (which they could really, really use and we can really,…
  • Canon Announces the EOS 7D Mark II — Sports and Wildlife Photographers Hold on to Your Hats (ya know, if we actually wore hats)

    Scott Kelby
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    First, watch that video above (it’s got all the major specs, and we deliver them short and sweet!), then come on back down to find out why I think the just-announced Canon EOS 7D Mark II is literally going to shake up the entire sports and wildlife photography world (hint: we’ve never seen a camera with these specs, at this low a price — ever!)OK, thanks for watching the video — what you just saw was literally the little brother to Canon’s flagship 1DX, but for nearly $5,000 LESS!!!The reason why this is such a game changer is that when it came to seriously shooting sports and…
  • Canon Releases a Hot-Little Point-and-Shoot (Could This Be The Perfect 2nd Camera?)

    Scott Kelby
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Hey Gang: Canon also released the PowerShot G7 X today, an awesome little point-and-shoot camera that’s a perfect 2nd camera for pros since it takes amazing images yet it literally fits in your pocket, and connects to your cell phone via Wi-Fi!  It’s also great for anyone moving up from a cell phone camera that wants more “umph!” and flexibility.Anyway, check out the video and see what ya think!More details over at Canon (here’s the link)You can get it at B&H (well, that’s where I’m gettin’ mine, anyway). Here’s the link.Best,-Scott
  • My Shots From The US Open Men’s Tennis Finals

    Scott Kelby
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:17 am
    Hi Gang: On Monday night I headed back to New York to shoot the US Open Men’s Tennis Finals, and I put together a post over at Exposure.co with all the photos, including lots of behind-the-scenes shots and stories of triumph and tragedy (which includes me dropping my 16-35mm on the concrete floor, not once but twice).Anyway, if you’ve got a sec, here’s the link: https://scottkelby.exposure.co/shooting-the-mens-finalsI tried to share more of the experience of shooting an event like this, so there’s lots of info and shots about that stuff, and of course all the camera,…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Aviation Photography: Warbirds and the Men Who Flew Them Join Moose Peterson, world-renowned wildlife and aviation photographer, alongside Scott Kelby, for a live webcast of the world premiere of Moose’s latest project. Together they’ll take us through this exhilarating documentary of two World War II pilots and the planes they loved and flew. Filmed on location with The Texas Flying Legends, this film beautifully captures the glory of these Warbirds in flight. You’ll experience the power and brilliant imagery of airplanes, such as P-51 Mustangs and B-25 Bombers, and you will see…
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    Digital Photography School

  • Down and Dirty Guide to Milky Way Photography

    James Brandon
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Milky Way Over Mono Lake | James Brandon Seeing the Milky Way with your own eyes is a life-changing, mind-blowing experience. It will put your place within the universe in to perspective and remind you just how small and insignificant we all are. The sad part is that most people have never seen it. Over half of our planet’s population lives in cities where seeing the Milky Way is all but impossible. Even when people get out of the city and have a good view of the stars, they usually don’t focus on them long enough to find the Milky Way. It’s something that you either stumble onto by…
  • Before and After: How This Photo was Processed in Lightroom

    Andrew S. Gibson
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Andrew’s ebook Mastering Lightroom: Book Four – The Photos is available now at a special price of 40% off for a limited time from Snapndeals. It’s an advanced guide to processing photos in Lightroom’s Develop module, explaining how to use Lightroom’s powerful processing engine plus Develop Presets and plug-ins to create beautiful images. The Story A few years ago I passed through Bolivia, South America’s poorest and, in some ways, least developed country. I spent a few days in Potosí, a small, largely forgotten city whose history had a central role in shaping the modern…
  • 6 Signs That You May be a Lazy Photographer

    John Davenport
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Photographers who are consistently producing stunning photographs don’t do so because they are lucky, observant, or even more skilled than the average photographer – they do so because they are not being lazy. Are you a lazy photographer? 6 signs you may be a lazy photographer #1 – You’re lazy about composing your shots You already know the basic rules of successful composition and you even know the rules for breaking those rules, but if you fail to put these rules into practice with every shot you take, then you’re being a lazy photographer. Composition is…
  • Poll: What Kind of Photography do You do?

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    It’s been a while since we asked your opinion on something or had a poll so I thought I’d bring this one back again to see if there’s any change from last time we asked this question. So tell us what kind of photography do you do most often? I’ve set it up so you can pick up to two options from the list so pick the two that you do the most frequently. If you do another kind of photography that isn’t listed select Other and tell us in the comments section. By participating in polls like this it helps us understand the kinds of articles that you would most like to…
  • Mastering On-Camera Flash

    Jim Wise
    13 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    You get caught off-guard with a photo assignment and you might not have time to set up additional lights or have the luxury of using a reflector. Maybe it’s an awards event in a large room and you don’t want the background to go completely dark. You see a celebrity, rock star, astronaut or maybe it’s the president of your company that you need to photograph (see image below), or maybe you just need to travel light, with a minimum of gear. George Lucas: 1/180 at f/13, ISO 200 Shoe-mount flashes are very portable and you CAN use them to get a great image. The key to getting…
 
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    Strobist

  • 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 ¾ 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, which work…
  • Choosing Soft Modifiers

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Editor's note: In 2011 I wrote a full post on my four favorite soft modifiers. No changes since then. These are still my go-to's, for reasons explained below. So I am reprinting this in the gear selection module. -DHWith the gazillion or so soft light mods out there, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the choices available. And while I have probably shot with more of them that I would care to admit, there are four soft mods that I go back to again and again.As it happens, these four are reasonably priced, too. (Which may well be what attracted me to them in the first place, of…
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Phase One announces Capture One Pro 8

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Phase One has announced the release of Capture One Pro 8, the latest version of its Raw conversion and photo editing software. Capture One Pro 8 highlights include new adjustment tools such as local white balance, clone and heal repair layers to remove unwanted objects, and a film grain tool to mimic film stocks and add realistic grain to images.
  • Zeiss introduces Distagon T* 35mm F1.4 ZM lens

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:49 am
    Zeiss has announced its new Distagon T* 35mm F1.4 ZM portrait lens for Leica M-mount bodies. 
  • DPReview in Cologne: We're at Photokina!

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:31 am
    The DPReview team (well, some of it) is in Cologne Germany for this year's Photokina trade show. Photokina is the biggest show in our industry, and happens every two years. This year we've seen a number of major products released from all of the biggest names including Canon, Nikon and Sony. The show opens in a few minutes, and we'll be here, reporting from the show floor and getting our hands on the new gear. Click through for a link to our full show coverage.
  • Panasonic announces Lumix DMC-CM1 smartphone with 1-inch sensor

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:19 am
    Panasonic has announced a smartphone with a 1 inch sensor. The Lumix DMC-CM1 comes with the largest imaging sensor we have seen on a smartphone - its 1-inch 20MP chip matching the sensors in premium compact cameras such as Sony's RX100 and Nikon's 1 series, being multiple times larger than the 1/3-inch sensors that are common on more conventional smartphones. The large sensor is coupled with an F2.8 Leica lens that offers an equivalent focal length of 28mm. Click through for more details. 
  • Sony rolls out Zeiss FE 16-35mm F4 wide angle zoom and HVL-F32M flash

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    Sony has announced the Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS for its E-mount interchangeable lens cameras, as well as the HVL-F32M flash and XLR-K2M XLR audio adaptor kit. The 16-35mm is the fifth full-frame zoom for Sony's Alpha 7 series. Read more
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • 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
    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 with your own graphic. It could…
  • VIDEO: Smart Collection Tip on Automatically Sorting Your Photos

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 am
    Yesterday, I wrote a post about 3 features that I’d love to see in Lightroom (but probably won’t). They’re 3 features that I think I’d use, but I’m not so sure the masses would and it would be worth the development effort on Adobe’s time. Well, as I wrote the post, I realized a way that I could sort of do one of the features I was looking for. See, I often import some photos in to Lightroom and just start editing. I know I’m supposed to go through and flag/rate them right away, but sometimes I don’t have the time or I just really want to see one…
  • 3 Features I Don’t Think We’ll Ever See in Lightroom (But I’d like to)

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:01 pm
    I’m sure we all have features we’d like to see in Lightroom (or lots of other programs too). And sometimes those features are so meaningful to us that we have no idea why everyone else doesn’t think so too. Well, my post is coming from a different place. I’m fully aware that these features are fairly random and probably only just applicable to me. They’re so specific that I actually don’t think we’ll ever see these features in Lightroom, but I thought it would be kinda fun to throw ‘em out there. Here goes: 1) Auto Flag in Develop –…
  • 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…
 
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • PayPal Launches Ad Subtly Attacking Apple for Recent iCloud Photo Leak

    Juli Clover
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:28 pm
    Following the unveiling of Apple Pay last week, PayPal has gone on the offensive, taking out a full page ad in The New York Times that slams Apple for its recent iCloud photo leak while promoting PayPal's own security. "We the people want our money safer than our selfies," reads the ad first shared by Pando Daily. "PayPal, protecting the people economy." The ad alludes to a recent attack on celebrity iCloud accounts, which saw hundreds of celebrity photos released on the Internet. Since the attack, Apple has gone to great lengths to point out that the leak was tied to weak usernames and…
  • U2's 'Songs of Innocence' Accessed Over 33 Million Times Since Start of iTunes Promotion

    Richard Padilla
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Six days after it began offering U2's latest album "Songs of Innocence" for free to 500 million iTunes customers, Apple has announced (via the Associated Press) that over 33 million customers have accessed the record. In a statement, Apple's Senior Vice President of Software and Services Eddy Cue called the numbers record-breaking, and said that the numbers include users who downloaded the album from their iTunes account, streamed it, or used iTunes Radio to listen to it. Earlier this morning, Apple also released a tool for customers to delete the U2 album off of their iTunes accounts, as…
  • Macy's Announces iBeacon Expansion, Support for Apple Pay

    Juli Clover
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Macy's today announced plans to expand its partnership with Shopkick, which will see more than 4000 shopBeacon devices installed in Macy's stores across the United States by the end of September. Macy's and Shopkick originally teamed up in November of 2013 to roll out the first retail based iBeacons, allowing customers to access location-specific deals, discounts, and recommendations in the Shopkick app while in a Macy's retail store. Customers will get these types of notifications in all Macy's locations beginning this fall, and in early 2015, Macy's will be able to offer discounts tailored…
  • Apple to Preinstall iLife and iWork on Higher-Capacity iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Models

    Kelly Hodgkins
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:01 am
    Taking advantage of the high storage capacities available on its 64 GB and 128 GB iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models, Apple will be including the free iLife and iWork apps on those models preinstalled. The 16 GB models will still be eligible for the free apps, but users will have to download them manually, based on early word from a MacRumors source and now seconded by a separate source who provided 9to5Mac with details from Apple's internal documentation on the matter. The preinstalled apps includes iMovie, GarageBand, Keynote, Pages, Numbers, and iTunes U, all of which are currently offered…
  • Microsoft Acquiring 'Minecraft' Developer Mojang for $2.5 Billion

    Kelly Hodgkins
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:25 am
    Microsoft today announced the acquisition of Mojang, the company behind the popular crafting game Minecraft. Both Microsoft and Mojang confirmed the Redmond company paid $2.5 billion for the gaming franchise in a deal expected to close in late 2014. Microsoft bought Minecraft following the game's success on the Xbox platform and PC, where it has logged over 100 million downloads since its 2009 launch. Though its financial interests are focused on the Xbox and Windows PC, Microsoft confirmed that Minecraft development will continue on all existing gaming platforms, including iOS, where…
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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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