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  • Chinese ping pong player goes ballistic after victory, punished heavily [video]

    Holy Kaw!
    Josh Urich
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    This Chinese ping pong player was very excited to win. So excited that he roundhouse kicked an advertising board. He probably regrets that victory dance, since he lost out on the $47,000 first prize for the competition.
  • Cops can make you unlock your smartphone with fingerprint, says judge

    Mashable
    Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Cops can force you to unlock your smartphone with your fingerprint — but they can't force you to unlock it with your passcode, according to a judge in Virginia. The decision, one of the first ones to deal with fingerprints and cellphones, confirms the fact that law enforcement agents can get access to a locked phone with legal means if they need to. At the same time a PIN or a password might enjoy more protection than a fingerprint. See also: FBI Director: Encryption Will Lead to a 'Very Dark Place' Virginia Beach Circuit Court Judge Steven Frucci ruled that a criminal defendant can be…
  • Afraid of Creepy Craigslist Sellers? Police Create "Safe Zone" To Complete Online Purchases

    Fast Company
    Peter Wade
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:10 pm
    A police station in suburban Philadelphia created a "safe zone" to provide more security for in-person transactions.Sometimes meeting a seller from Craigslist face-to-face feels like the beginning of a bad horror movie. Is it really safe to meet a stranger at their house? Residents of Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, no longer have to worry about this after its police department opened a "safe zone"--the lobby and parking lot of the police station--for completing online transactions.Read Full Story
  • GoPro Shares Spike As It Handily Beats Street Estimates

    TechCrunch
    Alex Wilhelm,Jonathan Shieber
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
     GoPro’s earnings for the third quarter were pretty as a picture for the company’s investors, with earnings coming in above analysts’ expectations For the quarter, GoPro racked up sales of $280 million, up 45.7 percent from the $192.1 million reported in the third quarter of 2013. Adjusting for generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), profits were $14.6 million, or… Read More
  • Decoding Apple as a luxury tools company

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Hundreds of years ago, Hermes and Louis Vuitton started out as luxury makers of tools. If you needed a saddle or a suitcase, they offered an extraordinary option, both elite and useful. Over time, they shifted gears, no longer competing on whether or not their luggage was the most useful, or their saddles the most efficient. They competed on luxury, which is a fundamentally different promise than the optimal design of a tool. Patagonia is still a luxury tools company. The coats they sell cost more, but some professionals choose them regardless of brand, because in addition to tribal…
 
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    Mashable

  • Cops can make you unlock your smartphone with fingerprint, says judge

    Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Cops can force you to unlock your smartphone with your fingerprint — but they can't force you to unlock it with your passcode, according to a judge in Virginia. The decision, one of the first ones to deal with fingerprints and cellphones, confirms the fact that law enforcement agents can get access to a locked phone with legal means if they need to. At the same time a PIN or a password might enjoy more protection than a fingerprint. See also: FBI Director: Encryption Will Lead to a 'Very Dark Place' Virginia Beach Circuit Court Judge Steven Frucci ruled that a criminal defendant can be…
  • Tim Cook, authenticity and America's (slowly) changing corporate culture

    Seth Fiegerman
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:22 pm
    For years, John Browne led two lives. In public, Browne pretended to be "asexual" while he ran BP, one of the largest corporations in the world. He lived with his mother and took her to business events in lieu of a date. In private, and only in private, John Browne was gay. The idea of bringing both of these lives together seemed impossible at the time. As the company's CEO in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Browne worried that publicly opening up about his sexuality would damage BP and perhaps ends his career "My suppliers will leave, my customers will leave. [Competitors] would think I was…
  • Seth Rogen reportedly nabs Steve Wozniak role in Steve Jobs film

    Brian Anthony Hernandez
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Aaron Sorkin's upcoming film about former Apple CEO Steve Jobs has reportedly found its Steve Wozniak: Seth Rogen. The news, first reported by Variety on Thursday, comes just one week after Sorkin confirmed that Christian Bale will portray Jobs in the Sony Pictures film, which is based on Walter Isaacson's biography of the late tech luminary. See also: Aaron Sorkin on the Steve Jobs Film: He's Part Hero, Part Antihero Sony did not immediately respond to Mashable's request for comment about the casting report, but Rogen is no stranger to working with Sony. He previously starred in the studio's…
  • Now you can go green even in death

    The Atlantic
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    When Phil Olson was 20, he earned money in the family business by draining the blood from corpses. Using a long metal instrument, he sucked the fluid out of the organs, and pumped the empty space and the arteries full of three gallons of toxic embalming fluid. This process drains the corpse of nutrients and prevents it from being eaten by bacteria, at least until it's put into the ground. Feebly encased in a few pounds of metal and wood, it wasn't long until all the fluid and guts just leak back out. Most of the bodies Olson prepared in his family's funeral home would then be buried in…
  • U.S. patients show Ebola can be treated — if you have resources

    The New Republic
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    This week’s news on Ebola should make you breathe a sigh of relief — and seethe with anger. The news is the recovery of Amber Vinson, the nurse who got Ebola while treating Thomas Duncan at Texas Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. She left Emory University Hospital on Tuesday, free of the virus and on her way back to a normal life. The announcement came less than a week after Vinson’s colleague, Nina Pham, was discharged from the National Institutes of Health hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. Pham was in such good shape that she got to visit the White House and give the…
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    Fast Company

  • Afraid of Creepy Craigslist Sellers? Police Create "Safe Zone" To Complete Online Purchases

    Peter Wade
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:10 pm
    A police station in suburban Philadelphia created a "safe zone" to provide more security for in-person transactions.Sometimes meeting a seller from Craigslist face-to-face feels like the beginning of a bad horror movie. Is it really safe to meet a stranger at their house? Residents of Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, no longer have to worry about this after its police department opened a "safe zone"--the lobby and parking lot of the police station--for completing online transactions.Read Full Story
  • Cancer-Detecting Nanoparticles Are Safe For Humans, Study Finds

    Alice Truong
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:49 pm
    During a successful first clinical trial, nanoparticles illuminated cancer cells and then safely exited the body.Earlier this week, Google unveiled its next moonshot project: to use nanoparticles to detect cancer. Though the search giant's experimental wing, Google X, loves tackling the seemingly impossible, the development of nanoparticles that attach to cells and pass through the body--as innovative as it is--has already been done.Read Full Story
  • Like It Or Not, Instagram Video Ads Are Here

    Peter Wade
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
    With major brands on board, some 15-second spots have already hit the popular photo-sharing platform.If you haven't already, you can expect to start seeing video ads in your Instagram feed.Read Full Story
  • Microsoft Unveils Fitness Smart Band That Understands Voice Commands

    Alice Truong
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    You can even use the $199 Microsoft Band to buy drinks at Starbucks.Microsoft on Thursday debuted a connected activity-tracking wristband with a heart-rate monitor that can track sleep and fitness data.Read Full Story
  • Study Confirms: Stop Scratching, You're Only Making It Worse

    Alice Truong
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The same chemical that helps people manage pain and depression could heighten the sensation of itching.It's not in your head: Scratching that itch will make it worse.Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • GoPro Shares Spike As It Handily Beats Street Estimates

    Alex Wilhelm,Jonathan Shieber
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
     GoPro’s earnings for the third quarter were pretty as a picture for the company’s investors, with earnings coming in above analysts’ expectations For the quarter, GoPro racked up sales of $280 million, up 45.7 percent from the $192.1 million reported in the third quarter of 2013. Adjusting for generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), profits were $14.6 million, or… Read More
  • Ask Mark Zuckerberg Anything During His First Public “Community Q&A” On Facebook Nov 6

    Josh Constine
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:46 pm
     Most people have a burning question to ask about Facebook, whether they’re one of its 1.35 billion users or not. So taking a cue from Reddit’s Ask Me Anything sessions, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg is upping the transparency and will play customer support himself on November 6th when he does Facebook’s first “Community Q&A”. The hour-long… Read More
  • Our New Show “Built In Brooklyn” Takes You Inside Brooklyn Startups

    Anthony Ha
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:26 pm
     We’re announcing a new TechCrunch TV show called Built in Brooklyn, and its main goal is simple — to showcase a bunch of cool Brooklyn startups. This has been in the works for months, but I’m glad we’re announcing it today — exactly one year after I moved from San Francisco to New York City. I ended up in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, and boy, it… Read More
  • LinkedIn Q3 Beats The Street, Sales Of $568M, EPS $0.52

    Ingrid Lunden
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
     In a quarter that has seen a mixed set of results for social networks Twitter and Facebook, LinkedIn today reported its quarterly results, handily beating analyst estimates on sales of $568 million, up 45% compared to a year ago and sales of $393 million and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.52. The company today has been trading a couple of percentage points higher than its opening price… Read More
  • Groupon Q3 Beats The Street On Sales Of $757.1M, EPS Of $0.03

    Ingrid Lunden
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
     Still pushing hard on its strategy to be more than just a site for daily deals, e-commerce powerhouse Groupon reported its quarterly earnings today, reporting revenues of $757.1 million on non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.03, but a negative EPS of $0.03 on a GAAP basis. Analysts were expecting an EPS of $0.01 on revenues of $748.76 million. Groupon managed to best expectations, but not by… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Decoding Apple as a luxury tools company

    Seth Godin
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Hundreds of years ago, Hermes and Louis Vuitton started out as luxury makers of tools. If you needed a saddle or a suitcase, they offered an extraordinary option, both elite and useful. Over time, they shifted gears, no longer competing on whether or not their luggage was the most useful, or their saddles the most efficient. They competed on luxury, which is a fundamentally different promise than the optimal design of a tool. Patagonia is still a luxury tools company. The coats they sell cost more, but some professionals choose them regardless of brand, because in addition to tribal…
  • This is not a promotion

    Seth Godin
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    The internet and big media are wrestling with chokepoints. Cable TV companies, for example, are a natural monopoly in the home. Everyone only has one provider. If the provider has an argument with a TV network, they kick them off, the signal doesn't get through, the viewer gets nothing. One of the arguments behind the common sense of net neutrality is that chokepoints and tollbooths aren't in the interest of the users. Now, of course, online stores, if they get big enough, can act as chokepoints. And so can Google. If you're used to getting this blog delivered for free to your gmail account,…
  • But what do *you* do?

    Seth Godin
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:36 am
    Do you make your own paper? Do you start with wood pulp and mix and bleach and set and produce the sheets you use? My guess is that you save time (and a lot of money) and just go to Staples and buy a ream or two. The theory of the firm shows us that when people work together in an institution, they are able to produce more than if they work separately. Ricardo makes it obvious that if one person mixes the dough while the other bakes the loaves, they'll get more done than if each did the whole job. This explains one reason why big companies keep getting bigger. They gain economies of…
  • Solving the popular problem

    Seth Godin
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:17 am
    "Do you know the head of FIFA?" "I have come up with a way to speed up airport security dramatically..." "How come the people in script development at Warner won't get back to me about my Matrix idea?" If you're intent on making an impact by developing and marketing a big idea, two things to keep in mind: a. avoid trying to contribute solutions to a popular problem. It's too crowded and the people you're trying to help are almost certainly not open or eager to hear from you. Their attitude is the most important factor in whether or not your idea gains traction, so if the door is closed,…
  • Munchausen by Proxy by Media

    Seth Godin
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:47 am
    MBP is a particularly tragic form of child abuse. Parents or caregivers induce illness in their kids to get more attention. The thing is, the media does this to us all the time. (Actually, we've been doing it to ourselves, by rewarding the media for making us panic.) It started a century ago with the Spanish American War. Disasters sell newspapers. And a moment-by-moment crisis gooses cable ratings, and horrible surprises are reliable clickbait. The media rarely seeks out people or incidents that encourage us to be calm, rational or optimistic. Even when they're not actually causing…
 
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    WIRED

  • Pirate Bay Founder Convicted on Hacking Charges

    Kim Zetter
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    The founder of the file-sharing site Pirate Bay was found guilty today in Denmark on hacking charges unrelated to the web site. Swedish national Gottfrid Svartholm was found guilty of hacking into servers belonging to the U.S. technology firm CSC after being partially acquitted of other hacking charges in Sweden. In the Danish case, Svartholm […] The post Pirate Bay Founder Convicted on Hacking Charges appeared first on WIRED.
  • Nintendo’s New Health Device Listens to You Sleep

    Chris Kohler
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Nintendo's first entry into the "quality of life" business, which it plans to release by early 2016, is a device that tracks a user's level of fatigue by monitoring sleep. The post Nintendo’s New Health Device Listens to You Sleep appeared first on WIRED.
  • Digital Innovation and the Future of Storytelling: A New Golden Age?

    Bill Kanarick, Sapient
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    The media world was taken by surprise when HBO — and subsequently CBS — announced they will allow consumers to bypass traditional pay TV distributors to access entertainment content directly via the Internet. This move was seen as both validation of and a direct challenge to Netflix, whose rapid growth has dramatically changed the way […] The post Digital Innovation and the Future of Storytelling: A New Golden Age? appeared first on WIRED.
  • Fiat Is Selling Ferrari. What’s the Worst That Could Happen?

    Jordan Golson
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:12 am
    Brand aficionados (including us) are concerned about what could happen to a publicly traded Ferrari. The post Fiat Is Selling Ferrari. What’s the Worst That Could Happen? appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Best Thing About Microsoft’s Health Tracker Is That It’s Cross-Platform

    Christina Bonnington
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Microsoft has been working on its own health tracking service, Microsoft Health, and a wearable to go along with it, Microsoft Band. Both are available starting today. The post The Best Thing About Microsoft’s Health Tracker Is That It’s Cross-Platform appeared first on WIRED.
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    @ProBlogger

  • Free Webinar: How to Start (or Reboot) Your Blog Right: 8 success factors that determine your blog’s future

    Darren Rowse
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:19 am
    This coming Tuesday/Wednesday (depending where you live) I’m running a free webinar with Chris Garrett. The time of the webinar is: Los Angeles: 5pm Tuesday 28th New York: 8pm Tuesday 28th London: 12am Wednesday 29th (sorry my UK friends!) Singapore and Perth: 8am Wednesday 29th Cape Town: 2am Wednesday 29th Melbourne and Sydney: 11am Wednesday 29th Note: we will record the webinar but you need to register to receive access to it. The title of the webinar is – How to Start (or Reboot) Your Blog Right: 8 success factors that determine your blog’s future Chris Garrett is long term…
  • 3 Ways to Define What Your Blog Is About

    Darren Rowse
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    What is your blog about? It’s a question all bloggers get asked from time to time. How do you answer it? It’s also a question I know many ProBlogger readers wrestle with – particularly when starting out. What is my niche? Do I even need a niche? How do I define my niche? Every time I run a Q&A webinar over on ProBlogger.com, I get questions around whether bloggers need a niche. I thought I’d put a few thoughts into a blog post and suggest three ways to define what your blog is about. 1. Niche Lets start with the most obvious one – choosing a ‘niche’ to blog about.
  • A Social Media Etiquette Guide You Might Find Useful

    Guest Blogger
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    This is a guest contribution from Jennifer Landry. What do you think of when you hear the word etiquette? For most people, the term conjures up images of a relative telling them to chew with their mouth closed, or to take their elbows off the table. So what does it mean when it’s applied to social media? In general terms, etiquette is a set of guidelines on how to behave properly around other people. While you might not have face-to-face interaction with all of your followers, the way you present yourself online directly affects people’s opinion of your brand. You might be…
  • How You Can Make Your Writing Twice as Fast by Making It 3x More Time-Consuming; Wait, What?!

    Guest Blogger
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    This is a guest contribution from Karol K. You can read the first post in this series “The Power of TK in Content Writing and How it Can Help You” here. Imagine yourself in the following scenario… It’s a normal Tuesday and you decide to write a blog post. You start confidently with a blank screen, and after a minute or so, the first sentence is ready. But almost immediately there’s a problem. “No, this doesn’t sound right,” you start thinking, so you correct a couple of words and read it back again. “Okay, this is better!” Now you…
  • Stat-Driven Tips on How to Pitch to Big-Name Publishers in Your Niche

    Guest Blogger
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    This is a guest contribution from Wil of Startup Bros. What’s the best way to pitch a content idea to the big players in your niche? What do today’s top publishers look for in a contribution? Many of today’s biggest influencers get hundreds of pitches every week. How do you stand out from the crowd? It’s a tough question to answer unless you’re the one who’s doing the sifting. So, the folks over at Fractl went straight to the horse’s mouth to find out what separates the good enquiries from the bad. After surveying 500+ industry-leading publishers,…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • Find the Perfect Word for Your Feelings with This Vocabulary Wheel

    Patrick Allan
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Sometimes it's hard to explain exactly how you feel. This handy vocabulary wheel helps you narrow down exactly what word best expresses your current emotional state.Read more...
  • io9 The Creationist Freak Out Over The Pope's Evolution Speech Has Begun | Jalopnik This Brilliant H

    Jane-Claire Quigley on Kinja Roundup, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:09 pm
    io9 The Creationist Freak Out Over The Pope's Evolution Speech Has Begun | Jalopnik This Brilliant Honda Civic Type R Ad Is Secretly Two Films In One | Jezebel Searching For the Dead in Witch City: A Weekend in Salem, Mass. | Kotaku Guy Pretends To Be Serial Killer, Terrorizes GTA Online Players | Kinja Popular Posts Read more...
  • The Theory of Cumulative Stress: How to Recover When Stress Builds Up

    James Clear
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    For most people, stress is simply a fact of life, and you need to learn how to manage it. Simply ignoring the stress in your life can cause it to snowball and take a physical toll. Here's how to deal with your stress when it starts to build up.Read more...
  • Omnistat Puts A System Monitor In Your iPhone's Notification Center

    Thorin Klosowski
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    iOS: Sometimes, you just want to know everything that's going on with your iPhone or iPad. Omnistat is an app that does just that. It gives you a ton of info about your device and displays it all right in the Notification Center. Read more...
  • Ask Dr. Nerdlove: Why Do I Keep Getting Friend-Zoned?

    Harris O'Malley on Kotaku, shared by Andy Orin to Lifehacker
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Hello, Internet! Welcome to Ask Dr. Nerdlove, the only dating advice column that knows how to get every ending in the dating sim of your life.Read more...
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors

  • Seth Rogen to Star as Steve Wozniak in Sony's Steve Jobs Biopic

    Juli Clover
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Seth Rogen will play Steve Wozniak alongside Christian Bale, who has been cast in the role of Steve Jobs in Sony's upcoming Jobs biopic, reports Variety. Rogen will have the opportunity to get advice directly from Wozniak, who is working as a consultant on the film. Rogen is a popular actor who has starred in movies like Neighbors, 22 Jump Street, and This Is the End. While Rogen often stars in comedic films, he has demonstrated his ability to do more serious work in movies like Take This Waltz and 50/50. Image courtesy of Variety After several months of limbo after writer Aaron Sorkin…
  • Some OS X Yosemite Users Plagued With Wi-Fi Connection Issues

    Juli Clover
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:43 am
    Since OS X Yosemite's October 16 launch, MacRumors has been receiving a number of complaints from users who have been experiencing Wi-Fi issues. Extensive threads about Wi-Fi problems have surfaced on both the MacRumors forums and on Apple's own Support Communities as well, suggesting there are quite a few users who are seeing Wi-Fi connection issues after installing Yosemite. According to the complaints, Wi-Fi connections are sometimes extremely slow, resulting in long loading times, and in some cases, users are seeing their Wi-Fi connections disconnect continually after just a few minutes…
  • Apple Reverses Course on iOS 8 Notification Center Calculators

    Juli Clover
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Yesterday, Apple told PCalc developer James Thomson that the Notification Center widget portion of his popular calculator app PCalc would need to be removed, as Notification Center widgets "cannot perform any calculations." Following significant media coverage of the issue, Apple has now reversed course on the decision and according to an Apple spokesperson that spoke to TechCrunch, both PCalc and its Notification Center widget will be allowed to remain in the App Store, along with all other apps that contain calculator widgets. The initial decision to remove Pcalc's widget was reportedly the…
  • Apple's Lead in Tablet Market Share Shrinks as Consumer Satisfaction Slips Slightly

    Kelly Hodgkins
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    Apple continues to rank among the world's top tablet manufacturers both in customer satisfaction and shipments, according to reports released today by J.D Power and IDC, although the company is showing some signs of weakness as lower-cost competitors gain momentum and consumers look for more innovation in Apple's tablet lineup. Apple fell slightly behind Amazon in J.D. Power's semiannual customer satisfaction survey, while the company's lead in worldwide tablet shipping volume continues to shrink. Worldwide tablet shipments in 3Q14 in millions of units (Source: IDC) According to IDC's…
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook Publicly Comes Out as Gay in Letter Declaring Support for Equality

    Richard Padilla
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    In a letter written for Bloomberg Businessweek, Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly come out as gay while declaring his support for equality. Cook, who has typically kept a low profile on his personal life, says that his decision to publicly acknowledge his sexuality was done to "bring comfort to anyone who feels alone" and to "inspire people to insist on their equality." I’ll admit that this wasn’t an easy choice. Privacy remains important to me, and I’d like to hold on to a small amount of it. I’ve made Apple my life’s work, and I will continue to spend virtually all of my waking time…
 
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    chrisbrogan.com

  • Freakshow – A New Video Show Coming Soon

    Chris Brogan
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    I’m pretty excited to announce a new project I’m doing with the legendary Grant Cardone on his Whatever it Takes Network. It’s called Freakshow and it’s a video show about entrepreneurship but often from the perspective of some extraordinary types you wouldn’t normally get a chance to sit down with and talk business. If you like my other projects, you’ll have a blast with this. Continue Reading
  • Follow the Value

    Chris Brogan
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    My business is to equip owners. I know that sounds fluffy. The current way I do that is through courses and other educational experiences. But, if tomorrow, I could create some other method to deliver the same kind of value (or better), would I abandon courses? Sure. The courses aren’t the big goal. Delivering value to owners is the goal. Follow the Value I’m obsessed with delivering value. What’s cool about that obsession is that I spend a lot of my time noodling with one question: “what else do owners need to succeed?” This gives me a strong mission to follow,…
  • Dear Podcaster

    Chris Brogan
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    Dear podcaster: I’m really glad that you were kind enough to invite me to be a guest on your show. It means a lot that you think my ideas will be of value to the community you serve. I really want to share a few things with you before we get started. (I’m blogging this because I want the universe to know, not just one person.) I run the risk of seeming a bit fancy or snobby. That’s not it. I’m more sad than anything.Continue Reading
  • Bravery is Contagious

    Chris Brogan
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    I recently watched my friend, Matt Ridings give a very personal speech, wherein which he talked about culture and how culture is living content. It was mind-blowing especially insofar as how Matt told a very personal story and then a story everyone over twelve years old knows. In the process, though the speech itself was magical, I just kept thinking about the bravery Matt demonstrated in telling the tale the way he wanted to tell it. Bravery is Contagious Yesterday, I gave a speech at PubCon wherein which I decided to tell an audience of hardcore Internet marketers about the vital importance…
  • Building a Culture of High Performance Training

    Chris Brogan
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    In working through my new course, The Owner’s Heart, we had to understand what was required for an owner to have a successful journey from a life (and job) being led by others to picking up the capabilities and connections required to own your choices and your business as well. Just like it says here at [chrisbrogan.com], “you can’t own your business, until you own your life,” I knew that I had to explain how one moves from that sense that you’re not quite making it to that deeply-felt knowledge that you’re on the path towards what you want to accomplish.
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    Copyblogger

  • The Surprising Spooky Secret to Enduring Success Habits

    Sonia Simone
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Are you addicted to productivity advice? I was, for a long time. I bought every system, book, and blueprint out there. I had a very spiffy David Allen-inspired GTD process that was only 642 steps long and took a mere 3 hours a day to implement (during which time I wasn’t actually, you know, getting anything done). That wasn’t David Allen’s fault, by the way, it was mine. But I don’t think I was alone. Every person who has a long to-do list also has a desire to do more. And most of us are quite good at doing certain things. We don’t have a problem getting out of…
  • The 5-Step Process for Writing an About Page that Connects (and Converts)

    Leanne Regalla
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Although it seems like a natural place on your website to talk about yourself, a strong About page is really about empathy for your visitors. When you write an effective About page, you dig into your readers’ minds and then communicate that you have what they need or want. And you can’t afford to follow the herd. Just think about how many times you’ve clicked away from a website that included just a little too much “Me! Me! Me!” You don’t want to be that person at the cocktail party who brags so incessantly that other party guests plan different routes to…
  • The Amazingly Simple Anatomy of a Meaningful Marketing Story [Infographic]

    Demian Farnworth
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Think about it. Apple. Dos Equis. Old Spice. Procter & Gamble. Ram Trucks. Jack Link’s Beef Jerky. GEICO. GoDaddy. At some point, all these companies told compelling stories that grabbed our attention — and held it. Not just for thirty seconds, but longer. And as they repeated their stories over and over again, they got under our skin. Through simple stories, these companies won our allegiance and business. Tell the right story and you can capture attention, entertain, enlighten, and persuade all in the course of just a few minutes. As author Jonathan Gottschall said:…
  • Focus on These 4 Steps to Harness the Addictive Power of Email (And Turn Your Traffic Into Business)

    Henneke
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Are you working your butt off to run your business? But feeling you’re not making enough progress? You’re building a social following, slaving over weekly blog posts, and managing a heavy client load. Perhaps you’d also love to develop digital products or write a book. But it’s difficult to find the time when you juggle so many demands, right? Building a thriving online business may often feel like an insurmountable task. But when you learn the right way to apply the addictive power of email, you’ll possess a dynamite business tool. A laser-sharp focus on growing and…
  • The Ultimate Copy Checklist: 51 Questions to Optimize Every Element of Your Online Copy [Free Poster]

    Aaron Orendorff
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    So, you’ve written a piece of sales copy. Congratulations — that’s no small feat. But, before you celebrate, there’s just one issue: Now what? After all, as I’m sure you’ve heard before: “There is no such thing as great writing. Only great rewriting.” And why is “great rewriting” important? One reason: the bottom line. Will it compel? Will it convert? Will it close? You need to learn how to optimize first draft copy to support your bottom line. A step-by-step optimization guide Optimizing your own copy is a bit like scaling Mount…
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    Macworld

  • Seth Rogen will play Steve Wozniak in the next Steve Jobs biopic

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Freaks and Geeks alum Seth Rogen is set to play the Mac community’s favorite ubergeek Steve Wozniak in the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic (no, not that one, the other one), alongside Christian Bale as Steve Jobs. Hopefully it won’t be Superbad. (Sorry.)The news comes from Variety, which also reported that “Jessica Chastain is being eyed for an unspecified role.” Perhaps that’ll be a composite character of every woman in Jobs’s orbit—after all, last year’s Jobs (the one starring Ashton Kutcher) was seriously bereft of women actors who weren’t playing Steve’s mother, wife, or…
  • The Week in iOS Apps: Old timey pictures in TinType, Bitstrips meets emoji, and more

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Old timey pictures in TinTypeThis week’s app roundup includes TinType, an app that tries to reproduce the look of photos taken before your grandparents were born.BitmojiIf you want your emoji to be more personalized expressions of your feelings, well, here’s your chance. Bitmoji lets you create a cartoon avatar of yourself, then choose from a library of moods and comic scene, which can then be used in a number of messaging apps.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Don’t be surprised to see video ads in your Instagram feed starting today

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    Instagram has been slooooowly phasing advertising into your main feed. First there were sponsored photos from brands like Michael Kors—artfully edited and filtered, of course. Now the photo-sharing app is introducing 15-second video ads, starting with a promo for Disney’s new animated film, “Big Hero 6.”Other brands you might see in your stream are Lancome, Banana Republic, the CW, and Activision, according to Adweek. Activision is pushing Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare in a 15-second clip, with a longer version of the promo hitting Facebook on Thursday. Lancome has a new perfume and…
  • Flipboard 3.0 is both more and less personal than before

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    A new update for Flipboard aims to make the popular reading app more personal—but not all the time. Flipboard 3.0 lets users add new magazines on more than 30,000 topics, from broad ones like “art” and “food” to highly specific ones like “optical illusions” and “human geography.” When launching the app, Flipboard presents a massive list of potential topics to select, along with a search bar for finding exactly what you want. As before, Flipboard sources its stories from around the Web and presents them in a magazine-like format. For those who don’t want to drill down into…
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks out: ‘I’m proud to be gay’

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday published a moving essay in Bloomberg Businessweek in which he publicly announced for the first time that he is gay. Cook is the first CEO of a Fortune 500 company to publicly come out.Cook is famously private and said he doesn’t think of himself as an activist, but decided to speak out to help others.“If hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy,” Cook…
 
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Maximize Your Creative Energy

    Ann Holm
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    We’ve heard many personal stories this week of how people in our industry have experienced hard times and how they managed to get out of them. We end this week with an article by Ann Holm, a personal development coach and expert in psychology and brain science. Read on to learn how to reduce stress in your everyday life and prevent burnout and other breakdowns in order to stay healthy and unlock your potential. — Ed. What does knowledge of the brain and personality have to do with creative work? As a lifelong brain geek, I have taken on the mission to help others tap the secrets of…
  • Let’s Talk About It

    Christopher Murphy
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Many of us struggle silently with mental health problems and many more are affected by them, either directly or indirectly. It’s {Geek} Mental Help Week1 and we would like to help raise awareness with a couple of articles exploring these issues. – Ed. Talking about mental health can be awkward and embarrassing, but it really shouldn’t be. Mental health is just an illness, like any other. When we talk about mental health, we do so in hushed terms. We whisper, “Don’t mention it, he or she isn’t ‘all there.’” I believe this approach — sweeping the problem under the…
  • When Flowers Start To Bloom, It’s A Sign That SmashingConf Oxford Is Coming Soon!

    Vitaly Friedman
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Crafting a good front-end is no piece of cake. When tough budgets and ambitious goals interweave, you need just the right expertise to make just the right decisions. That’s why we create heavily practical Smashing Conferences, and the upcoming SmashingConf Oxford 201531 isn’t going to be an exception. 2Yes, we’re coming back to the UK: SmashingConf Oxford 201531 will be as practical as usual, taking place in March 16–18th. Get your ticket.4 About The Conference We don’t care about volatile trends, but we do care about things that work and don’t work in real projects,…
  • Feeling Stuck? Design What You Don’t Know

    Alexander Charchar
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    Many of us struggle silently with mental health problems and many more are affected by them, either directly or indirectly. It’s {Geek} Mental Help Week1 and we would like to help raise awareness with a couple of articles exploring these issues. – Ed. Where is it?! It has to be here somewhere. It use to be so easy. What happened? Somewhere, somewhere, somewhere. That idea is somewhere. It’s here, it has to be. This is where I’ve always found it. But there’s nothing. The only shapes I find here are well worn and boring, dints still obvious even with fresh paint. Oh so boring.
  • You Are Not A Machine. You Are Not Alone.

    Paul Boag
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:06 am
    Many of us struggle silently with mental health problems and many more are affected by them, either directly or indirectly. {Geek} Mental Help Week1 starts today and we would like to help raise awareness with a couple of articles exploring these issues. – Ed. It was pouring with rain and I found myself driving. I didn’t know where I was going. I just needed out of the house. I needed to escape. After what felt like an age I found myself parked outside my parents’ house, just staring at their front door. Eventually I got out of the car, rang the doorbell and burst into tears the…
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • She breaks world record before death

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:22 pm
    "I had to film her death," Frederic Lumiere says softly. "In the film, I'm behind the camera, and you can hear me crying."
  • Lion's bump stumps her keepers

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Does that lion have a baby bump? CNN's Jeanne Moos asks is she or isn't she? Not even her zookeepers know for sure.
  • Battle for Congress in final stretch

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:11 pm
    The battle for control of Congress is entering a final, frantic five-day stretch that favors Republicans but has room for plenty of surprises that could determine which party will run the Senate.
  • Ferguson chief: I'm not resigning

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Under fire, the police chief in Ferguson, Missouri, told CNN on Thursday that he has no intention of stepping down.
  • Lopez: I've felt abused in the past

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Not all abuse leaves physical scars, and that's a reality Jennifer Lopez is exploring in a new memoir.
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Wildlife Photographer Adam Jones on The Canon 7D Mark II Wildlife photographer Adam Jones talks with KelbyOne’s Mia McCormick about his thoughts on the new Canon 7D Mark II. Adam talks about how shooting high ISO has helped him get free from his tripod and shoot handheld. Adam also talks about the crop factor and how it benefits the way he shoots.If you’ve been itching to get some hands-on time with this new camera, you’ll be able to this week at PhotoPlus Expo in NYC! Just swing by the Canon booth on the expo floor and try it out for yourself today, tomorrow, or…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Steve Simon!

    Brad Moore
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The Passionate Photographer – A Life Obsessed All I ever wanted to do was take pictures. I love photography. My tagline says “obsessed by all things photographic” and it’s true.When I was 16, I spent a summer riding around my suburban Montreal home on a 70cc motorcycle, an all-mechanical Nikon FM/35mm lens dangling from my neck. I was documenting community life for a local weekly newspaper long since gone. Even better, I got paid for it. As good as it gets I thought.Years later, I graduated university with a journalism degree, and I couldn’t wait to aim my camera at issues I…
  • Now I’m Offically “More-Sicky”

    Scott Kelby
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
    After feeling sicky for about a week, and every day feeling like the next day I was going to be better, I actually started getting worse in the past couple of days.  My wifey gave me that “Boy, you need to go to the doctor” look yesterday, so I did and the Doc didn’t like my cough at all — he did chest X-rays, and I do have a full-on case of Bronchitis. After looking at my x-rays he said if I hadn’t come in, it would have been pneumonia by Friday, so as usual, the wifey was right (man, I say that a lot).I felt really cruddy yesterday, but now I’m on four…
  • My Football Game Day Shooting The UT Vols

    Scott Kelby
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:54 pm
    It’s taken me a while, but I finally got my football shots from the Vols/Gator’s game a few weeks back, posted over at Exposure.co.I’ve got lots of behind-the-scenes shots, and the whole story behind the day, including shots inside the locker room; on-field during warm-ups, and of course during the game itself.If you get a quick minute, I hope you’ll check them out (here’s the link).I’m shooting the Bucs/Vikings NFL game on Sunday if I can shake this cold that’s hit me this week. Finger’s crossed ’cause it could be a great day of really…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    New KelbyOne Website and New Blog! We have a brand new design on our website and it looks really sleek. But more importantly, it’s super easy to navigate and find the classes and instructors you are looking for. That’s over on KelbyOne.com AND, we have a brand new blog with all kinds of photography and photoshop related content. We have contributors from all over and all kinds of industry related news and info. Check that out over at kelbyone.com/blogHow To Shoot Tack Sharp Images with Matt Kloskowski One of the most important skills for a photographer to master is how to…
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    Digital Photography School

  • 5 Fears to Overcome When Starting a Photography Business

    James Maher
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    As you enter the field of professional photography, there is one thing that will become immediately clear. One of your biggest obstacles will be fear. You will worry that you are not prepared for a job, that you are not experienced enough, that something will go wrong, or that they will not like your images. Business Portrait.  Each photography job will have a different makeup and you should create a game plan going in. This is normal and I have bad news for you; the fear will never fully go away. It will get easier however, and you will become better at pushing through it. As time…
  • 4 Reasons to Capture Images of You and Your Child Together Right Now

    Melinda Smith
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    1. You Need to Document That You Were There I get it, I do. You’re the one behind the camera. You’re the one taking the photo of that adorable little smile. You’re the one documenting that you spent a day at the park together. Someone’s got to do it, right? Sometimes you have to get on the other side of the camera, and let someone else be the photographer for a minute. Even if you weren’t planning on being in photos that day, just do it. It doesn’t matter if your hair is perfect. It doesn’t matter if you wore the most flattering outfit. It…
  • 10 Hot Photography Tutorials: October 2014

    Darren Rowse
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Who else is slightly freaked out by the fact that we’re about to move into November? Where did the year go! Anyway – it’s time to look back on the hottest tutorials for October. This past month saw a few of our posts go a little viral. Here are the top 5! 1. 10 Common Mistakes Made by New Photographers A post by Jame Mahaer that many of us can relate to and that many new photographers found helpful! 2. 3 Simple Ways to Create Stunning Eyes in Your Portrait Photography Gina Milicia did it again with this helpful tutorial on giving a little extra attention to your portrait…
  • 5 Tips for Creating Creepy Halloween Photos

    Lori Peterson
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    It’s the most wonderful time of the year! For some people that is Christmas, but for other’s it means that it’s time for the goblins and ghosts and all of the scary creatures to come out of hiding and find their way into our everyday lives. Theme parks have Halloween themed nights, scary movies are on television, haunted house tours start having people waiting in line and of course, it’s time for photographers to break out of their everyday subjects and come up with something dark and sinister to shoot. Here are some tips to help you when you are  preparing to shoot…
  • 4 Tips for Photographing Bugs and Insects

    Simon Ringsmuth
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Sometimes the most interesting things to photograph are right under your nose, even though you might have to look a little harder to see them. Bugs, insects, and other creepy crawlies might not seem like compelling subjects, but if you take a bit of time to examine the smaller creatures who inhabit the world around us, you might not only come away with new and exciting photographic opportunities but a renewed sense of wonder and admiration for the beauty of creation. If you have never tried this type of photography before, you can get started right away without any special equipment and these…
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    TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004 RSS Feed

  • Flipboard update greatly improves this popular news app

    Mel Martin
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Flipboard (free) has always been popular for reading news and following topics. The only downside is that it lacked any personalization. You got the topics you selected, but the app did not learn my favorite topics the way another news app -- Zite --...
  • ConnectedAfield: A worthwhile hunting and fishing companion

    John Emmert
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    When you're planning your next hunting or fishing trip and putting together a list of all the items you need to take with you, consider downloading ConnectedAfield. This free universal app requires iOS 7.1 or later and will provide you with some...
  • The real reason iOS keyboards don't let you swear

    Mike Wehner
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    If you swear from time to time -- or, if you're like me and curse like you just stubbed your toe in your everyday conversations -- you've probably noticed by now that every popular third party keyboard available for iOS (and the same is true for...
  • Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates

    Kelly Hodgkins
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can. Apps Now Free DropTask - Visual To-Do...
  • Ginger Page, keyboard offer a wealth of text, keyboard options

    Dave Caolo
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I collect text editors the way other people collect stamps. Do people still collect stamps? Let's assume they do, and in great abundance. When a new editor comes out I've got to see what it does. This week I played with Ginger Page for iOS (free,...
 
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    Strobist

  • Inspiration: Atbin Eslami's Video Bio

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    Such a simple idea, and not so difficult to do—unless you count all of the self-inspection it will require. Iranian-born (now in Dubai) photographer Atbin Eslami's video-bio of herself first made me think, "that's really cool."And second, "Why haven't I done that?" Read more »
  • On Assignment: Ben Lurye

    6 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    To some a foot bridge abutment, to others a studio. I've long kept a picture file of versatile nearby locations for photographing people. This foot bridge abutment on Columbia Road about two miles from my house is a great example, and it actually gets used a lot.Above it's seen in normal daylight. But with the right light it offers so many different looks. Read more »
  • 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…
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • DxO Labs introduces OpticsPro 10 with atmospheric haze correction feature

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    DxO has taken the wraps off its OpticsPro 10, the latest software version that brings with it, among other things, DxO ClearView for correcting atmospheric haze. Joining the new feature are some improvements to the software, not the least of which is enhanced noise reduction promised to trump competing products, as well as interface changes. Read more
  • Price released for Brikk's 24k gold Nikon Df

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Luxury goods brand Brikk has released the price of its forthcoming 'Lux Nikon kit' that has been finished in its trademark yellow gold and which will be on sale this month. Set to cost $41,395, the kit will include a gold plated Nikon Df body, a Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 lens with gold plated lens cap and lens hood, together with the usual charger, cables and software, and will come in a specially made gold plated Zero Haliburton hard case. Read more
  • First Hasselblad in space goes to auction next month

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:15 am
    The first Zeiss lens and Hasselblad 500C camera to visit space will be going up for auction on November 13 via RR Auction in Boston. The unit is a piece of history, having joined Wally Schirra during the Mercury-Atlas 8 mission and, later on, Gordon Cooper during the Mercury-Atlas 9 mission. Read more
  • Sony G Series XQD format v.2 memory cards introduced

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Sony has introduced a new line of XQD format version 2 memory cards, the G Series. As with other XQD cards, the G Series promises fast read and write speeds that are able to match the demanding needs of select cameras, such as the Nikon D4 and D4s. In turn, Nikon has announced that the D4s will support Sony's version 2 XQD cards, with improved write speeds and burst capacities. Read more
  • Ricoh announces weather-resistant HD Pentax-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6

    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Ricoh has announced the HD Pentax-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR standard zoom. Covering an equivalent range of 24.5mm to 130mm, this lens uses Pentax's HD coating to cut down on flare and ghosting and offers a weather-resistant construction. It will be available in November for $749.95/£599.99. Read more
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • My Favorite Plug-ins from OnOne Just Got Better

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Lightroom and Photoshop plug-ins are huge these days. Just about every person I run in to uses at least one (if not several). Well, one of my favorites from onOne Software, just got even better. Today they announced their Perfect Photo Suite 9 is available for download. They announced the new version last month at Photoshop World in Vegas, but it’s actually shipping (or downloading) today So what’s new? I’ll run down the list of my favorite features: • They’ve really overhauled their Browse module. I’ve spoken many times to the engineers and folks at onOne…
  • Adobe Releases the Aperture Importer

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    Last week Adobe released a plug-in for Lightroom 5.6 (obviously Mac only) that let’s you migrate your Aperture (and iPhoto) libraries over to Lightroom. Probably one of the big questions is what exactly does it import. Well, here’s the list: • Flags • Star Ratings • Keywords • GPS Data • Rejects • Hidden Files • Color Labels* • Stacks* • Face Tags* *Color Labels, Stacks, and Face Tags will be imported as Lightroom keywords. Another big question is what happens to the adjustments made to your photos in Aperture or iPhoto. Well, those adjustment scan’t be…
  • Making the Move from Aperture to Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    Hey everyone! I’m just getting back from my Lightroom seminar in Colorado Springs yesterday. So first off, a big thanks to everyone that came out. I’m continually fortunate to have awesome crowds at every city, and yesterday was no exception. Really engaged, and just a really great group of people. Next… if you’re an Aperture user looking to make the switch to Lightroom then you’ll be happy to know I’ve got a brand new class up on KelbyOne.com. It’s called “Making the Switch from Aperture to Lightroom”. It covers how to use the new plug-in…
  • Some Cool Updates to Lightroom Mobile and the Web

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    Last week I got the chance to teach some Lightroom classes at Adobe Max and I figured I’d give you a quick report on some new stuff that Adobe announced for Lightroom Mobile and the web. First off, a HUGE thanks to anyone that came out to Adobe Max last week in Los Angeles. The Max conference has a very creative/designer feel to it, and it’s a ton of fun. But it was great to see Lightroom making more of an impact. For example, my Lightroom for New Users class was packed. I think no matter what you do with Adobe products, chances are that you use a photo at some point. And…
  • Lightroom 5 Presets: Fall/Autumn Color Boost

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    It’s that time of year again. I taught a Lightroom seminar in Michigan last week, and as I drove around I saw people raking leaves (yuck!), and the trees starting to change color (cool!). So I figured it was time to release my Fall Color Presets again for Lightroom 5. TIP: If you’re looking for some Fall Photography tips, I posted some last week over on my personal landscape photography blog at www.mattk.com. These presets were created when I first started processing a lot of my fall photos years ago. As I processed my the photos I realized that I usually make the same tweaks to a…
 
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Skype for iPhone Updated With 'Smarter and Faster' Chat and Photo Management Tools

    Mitchel Broussard
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    Closely following its optimization for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus earlier this month, Skype has updated its Skype app for iOS with faster loading times for chat, new options for saving photos, and general UI tweaks that allow users to easily browse their People lists. In the Skype 5.7 for iPhone update, we addressed some of the most common user suggestions. We can’t wait for you to download the new version to take advantage of the new features inspired by your feedback: -Save and delete photo - If you want to save a memorable photo to your camera roll or delete a sent photo from a chat,…
  • Flipboard for iOS Updated with New 'Topics' Feature and Redesigned Look

    Richard Padilla
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    Flipboard today updated its iOS app to version 3.0, bringing a refreshed design along with a number of new features for gathering and consuming content. The app now allows users to choose from over 30,000 topics to follow, with each topic containing stories from publishers, websites, and magazines curated on Flipboard. The service is also launching an in-app section called The Daily Edition, which is delivered to users at 7 a.m. daily and features articles that are picked by Flipboard's staff. With over 30,000 topics now available, your Flipboard can be as unique as you are. Topics range from…
  • Beats by Dre Debuts Special Edition Hello Kitty Headphones for 40th Anniversary

    Juli Clover
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Apple's Beats by Dre headphones brand is teaming up with Sanrio to offer two special edition Hello Kitty-themed products to commemorate Hello Kitty's 40th anniversary (via CNET). Beats has designed new Solo2 over-the-ear headphones that feature an all-over Hello Kitty print in a signature red, white, and blue color scheme, plus new urBeats in-ear earphones that feature the same colors along with a bow decoration and a matching bow-shaped collector's pouch. The new Hello Kitty x Beats Solo2 headphones will retail for $249.95, while the urBeats will sell for $149.95, a $50 premium…
  • Buyer's Guide: 20% Off iTunes Gift Cards, Halloween Discounts on Most Mophie, Speck, and Griffin Products

    Juli Clover
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:57 pm
    In celebration of Halloween, which takes place on Friday, retailers are offering some significant discounts on their products. Mophie, for example, is offering 20 percent off all of its products with the promo code LIVINGDEAD, with the discount valid until 11/2. Speck is offering a similar deal, providing customers with 20 percent off all products aside from iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cases with the promo code TRICKORTREAT. Speck's deal will last until 10/31. Griffin is offering 20 percent off all products sidewide using the promo code SPOOKY20. The sale will last through the end of the week. Along…
  • How to Use AirDrop to Share Files Between Macs and iOS Devices

    Richard Padilla
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Apple's AirDrop file-sharing feature debuted with the release of OS X Lion and allowed users to transfer files from one Mac to another without using email or an external storage device. The feature made its way to iOS devices with the release of iOS 7, and offered a simple way for users to share files like photos between iOS devices. Now, with the release OS X Yosemite, users can use AirDrop to transfer files between the Mac and an iOS device for the first time. This video shows you how it works: Prior to the release of OS X Yosemite, users looking to transfer files between a Mac and iOS…
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