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  • 11 controversies sparked by cartoons [video]

    Holy Kaw!
    Josh Urich
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Cartoons aren’t always harmless shows for kids. Every now and then, a cartoon airs that’s so controversial that it gets pulled from rotation. See if you can figure out why this episode of “Beavis and Butthead” got pulled: See the full article for more cartoons you won’t believe were made, like the Flintstones smoking cigarettes or the baby animals from “Tiny Toons” drinking and driving (seriously). Other cartoons were controversial for other reasons, such as the “Scooby-Doo” direct-to-video movie in which Daphne is cursed to gain weight…
  • Obama on Islamic State in Syria: 'We Don't Have a Strategy Yet'

    Mashable
    Brian Ries
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    President Barack Obama on Thursday acknowledged the difficulty facing the United States as it grapples with the growing threat of Islamic State militants in the Middle East, saying that "we don't have a strategy yet" concerning military action against the fighters in Syria. Obama was in the middle of a wide-ranging press conference that also covered the economy and the escalating crisis in Ukraine. See also: How Obama Helped Extremism Grow in Iraq But when asked about the radical militants in Syria — where he's recently green-lit surveillance flights over the country, opening up the…
  • Video Messaging App Says Audio Recording Of Michael Brown's Shooting Is Authentic

    Fast Company
    Alice Truong
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:24 pm
    The sounds of what appear to be 10 gunshots can be heard in the background of a video chat.Video messaging app Glide on Thursday said it has verified the authenticity and timestamp of a recording that a Ferguson, Missouri resident captured as a police officer shot 18-year-old Michael Brown to death on a residential street.Read Full Story
  • Google Stops Showing Authorship In Search Results

    TechCrunch
    Frederic Lardinois
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:33 pm
     Google today announced that it has stopped showing the names of authors in its search results. The company first started showing authorship on its search results pages a few years ago. At first, this was a pretty complicated process (I remember a Google engineer walking me through it back then), but over time, it got pretty easy and you basically just had to link your Google+ profile to your… Read More
  • Announcing a fall internship

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:12 am
    I'm hiring one or two paid interns. It's a great opportunity to learn, to experiment and to get some hands on experience. Find all the details right here. If you know someone who might be interested, I'd appreciate it if you would forward this to them.        
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    Holy Kaw!

  • 11 controversies sparked by cartoons [video]

    Josh Urich
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Cartoons aren’t always harmless shows for kids. Every now and then, a cartoon airs that’s so controversial that it gets pulled from rotation. See if you can figure out why this episode of “Beavis and Butthead” got pulled: See the full article for more cartoons you won’t believe were made, like the Flintstones smoking cigarettes or the baby animals from “Tiny Toons” drinking and driving (seriously). Other cartoons were controversial for other reasons, such as the “Scooby-Doo” direct-to-video movie in which Daphne is cursed to gain weight…
  • Take a virtual ride through a canyon on a jet ski [video]

    Josh Urich
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    There’s nothing like a high-speed ride on beautiful Lake Powell, which flows through narrow canyons, right? Ok, so most of us haven’t done this, but watching this GoPro video is pretty close, and a nice vacation in the middle of the workday. Full story at YouTube. More great videos. Photo credit: Canva
  • How you’re (actually) supposed to eat sushi [video]

    Josh Urich
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Ever since “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” came out on Netflix, it seems like everyone is a sushi expert. But do you know how you’re actually supposed to eat sushi? Probably not, since it’s not what most people do. Take a look to learn how to actually eat this popular fish dish: Full story at Munchie’s on YouTube. More great food advice. Photo credit: Canva
  • Academy Award Best Picture winners from the past 86 years [infographic]

    Josh Urich
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    To celebrate the eighty-sixth anniversary (what!) of the Academy Awards, Beutler Ink made this stunning infographic of every winner of the Best Picture award. There are no names for the images, this is a good test to separate the real film buffs from the fakey-fakes.   Via Beutler Ink. More amazing infographics. Photo credit: Canva
  • 10 brutally honest steps to planning a wedding [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:03 am
    Ever notice how all those happily ever after tales completely skip over the part about planning the fairy tale wedding? Yep, there’s a good reason for that, because there’s just about nothing sweet or fun about licking 300 envelopes or hauling a van packed full of stuff over to the hall at 4am the morning of “Your Big Day.” If you can get through the wedding not wanting to kill each other, congratulations, you might actually make it, but we’d like to post this brutally honest video from College Humor about what you’ve gotten yourself into so you’re…
 
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    Mashable

  • Obama on Islamic State in Syria: 'We Don't Have a Strategy Yet'

    Brian Ries
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    President Barack Obama on Thursday acknowledged the difficulty facing the United States as it grapples with the growing threat of Islamic State militants in the Middle East, saying that "we don't have a strategy yet" concerning military action against the fighters in Syria. Obama was in the middle of a wide-ranging press conference that also covered the economy and the escalating crisis in Ukraine. See also: How Obama Helped Extremism Grow in Iraq But when asked about the radical militants in Syria — where he's recently green-lit surveillance flights over the country, opening up the…
  • President Obama Rocked a Tan Suit, So Twitter Went Nuts

    Max Knoblauch
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:23 pm
    President Obama, likely knowing full well that stricter fashion rules go into place following Labor Day, wore a tan suit to a press conference on Thursday. The typically navy-blue clad POTUS' fashion choice shocked Twitter, and naturally, they reacted en masse. The #tansuit hashtag quickly began trending in Washington, D.C. See also: 53 GIFs to Celebrate Barack Obama's 53rd Birthday Has a standing U.S. President worn a tan suit before? Yes. Has President Obama? Probably, sure. Is it still funny? You bet. Message from senior White House official: 'He loves that suit.' — Susan Page…
  • Watch Venus Williams Play a Game of Tennis in Hyperlapse

    Christina Warren
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Shots of bridges and ferries are cool and all — but we think the real use case for Instagram's new Hyperlapse app might just be sports. At the US Open Wednesday night, I Hyperlapsed a game between Venus Williams and Timea Bacsinszky. With a few taps, a six minute game of tennis became 30 seconds of furious back and forth action. It's like the ultimate game of Pong, but in real life. See also: 20 Creative Hyperlapses From Instagram's New App Using Hyperlapse at the US Open got me thinking about the potential this technology holds for sports video. There's something very cool about seeing…
  • Tony Stewart to Race for First Time Since Hitting Driver

    The Associated Press
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Tony Stewart will return to Sprint Cup competition Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, ending a three-race hiatus after his car struck and killed a fellow driver during a dirt-track race. The three-time NASCAR champion has not raced since Aug. 9, when he hit Kevin Ward Jr. at a sprint car event in upstate New York. Stewart hastily pulled out of the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen the next morning, then skipped races at Michigan and Bristol Motor Speedway. Stewart has been in seclusion since Ward's death. He returns to his No. 14 Chevrolet at Atlanta ranked 26th in the Sprint Cup standings.
  • Recreate Your 'Friends' Fantasy by Visiting the Real-Life Central Perk

    Neha Prakash
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Is your job a joke? You're broke? Your love life's D.O.A.? If it hasn't been your day, your week, your month or even your year, don't worry — this pop-up shop will be there for you In honor of the 20th anniversary of the premiere of Friends (we're all old), Warner Bros. is setting up a Central Perk pop-up coffee shop in Manhattan, complete with iconic orange couch and appearances by Gunther. See also: Jimmy Kimmel Got the 'Friends' Gang Back Together Image: Warner BrosFans of the hit NBC sitcom will remember Central Perk as the neighborhood spot where Monica, Phoebe, Rachel, Joey, Ross…
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    Fast Company

  • Video Messaging App Says Audio Recording Of Michael Brown's Shooting Is Authentic

    Alice Truong
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:24 pm
    The sounds of what appear to be 10 gunshots can be heard in the background of a video chat.Video messaging app Glide on Thursday said it has verified the authenticity and timestamp of a recording that a Ferguson, Missouri resident captured as a police officer shot 18-year-old Michael Brown to death on a residential street.Read Full Story
  • Want Results? Try Punishing Yourself

    Rebecca Greenfield
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    When choosing between the carrot and the stick, consider the stick.Self-motivation comes in a numbers of forms but masochism, on its face, seems like a dubious strategy. But what if various boundaries aren't enough?Read Full Story
  • IFTTT Raises $30 Million As It Looks To Open Up Developer Platform

    Alice Truong
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:56 am
    The platform will allow third-party developers to build and maintain their channels.Automation startup IFTTT announced on Thursday that it has raised $30 million in a series B round led by Norwest Venture Partners. This brings IFTTT's total financing to $39 million, as it looks to open up its developer platform. As part of the deal, the firm's general partner Josh Goldman will join IFTTT's board.Read Full Story
  • A Frank Lloyd Wright House Is One Of America's Most Endangered Historic Places

    Shaunacy Ferro
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    A local foundation is raising funds to restore it.Years of exposure to hurricanes and high winds have taken their toll on Frank Lloyd Wright's Spring House, the only private residence the architect designed in Florida. This year, the National Trust For Historic Preservation has listed the home as one of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.Read Full Story
  • Would You Wear This Dorky Headphone Necklace By Samsung?

    Chris Gayomali
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:06 am
    The Gear Circle is built with magnetic clasps that keep it from falling off your neck.On Wednesday night, Samsung quietly lifted the curtains off another set of wearable electronics, the curved-glass Gear S smartwatch and the Gear Circle headphones. Smartwatches blah blah blah… but look at the Gear Circle!Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Google Stops Showing Authorship In Search Results

    Frederic Lardinois
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:33 pm
     Google today announced that it has stopped showing the names of authors in its search results. The company first started showing authorship on its search results pages a few years ago. At first, this was a pretty complicated process (I remember a Google engineer walking me through it back then), but over time, it got pretty easy and you basically just had to link your Google+ profile to your… Read More
  • CalPal Adds Messaging To Your Calendar To Simplify Making Plans With Friends

    Ryan Lawler
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
     Finding out who’s available when and trying to get everyone to agree on a place to meet at a certain time is one of the most problematic issues facing this current generation. Unfortunately, most of today’s messaging and calendaring are insufficiently prepared to deal with this problem. But CalPal is. Read More
  • Downtown Launches Mobile Payment App In Palo Alto

    Cat Zakrzewski
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
     Downtown wants to change the way you order and pay for food, starting with its launch today at the Palo Alto’s Coupa Cafe, a common startup meeting spot.  Although it’s easy to make online purchases or order food on your phone for delivery, the way you pay for a meal when you’re inside a restaurant has relatively stayed the same. But with its iOS app that launched… Read More
  • Instagram Is Down (Update: Back up!)

    Greg Kumparak
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:24 pm
     Don’t worry, it’s not just you. For the second time this year, Instagram is down hard. At least on my end, it’s completely down. You might be able to get to Instagram.com, but the app has been rendered mostly useless. Seems it’s been that way for about an hour. Update: Looks like the web version is at least partly back online, but the mobile app still seems to be down… Read More
  • Findster’s GPS Tracker Locates Missing Kids Or Pets, Without A Monthly Fee

    Sarah Perez
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:13 pm
     There are a number of gadgets, both new and old, that allow parents to geo-locate their children – or let puppy parents track down a wandering Fido – but many of these either fall short of the task at hand by relying on Bluetooth alone, or require a monthly fee, like the FiLIP smartwatch for kids or the Amber Alert GPS, for instance. A new gadget now in the works… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Announcing a fall internship

    Seth Godin
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:12 am
    I'm hiring one or two paid interns. It's a great opportunity to learn, to experiment and to get some hands on experience. Find all the details right here. If you know someone who might be interested, I'd appreciate it if you would forward this to them.        
  • The end of everyone

    Seth Godin
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:21 am
    I'm not sure if it was ever possible to say, "everyone loves ___," "everyone respects ___" or even, "everyone really doesn't like ___", but there's no doubt at all that this isn't true any more. There is no more everyone. Instead, there are many pockets of someones.        
  • "I made it my mission..."

    Seth Godin
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    These are the people you want to hire, the people who will become linchpins, the people who will change your organization for the better. Not people who merely accept a mission, or grudgingly grind through a mission, but people who voluntarily choose to make something important their mission. This post from Scott on iOS battery life is what I'm talking about. Mission-driven beats compliant, every time.        
  • The best lesson from Fantasy Football's success

    Seth Godin
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    When people say, "my team," they mean it. In the top-down world of industrial marketing, the San Francisco 49ers say, "we built this team, buy a ticket if you want to come." Then, a few years later, it broadened to, "you should buy a jersey so you can be part of it." In the sideways, modern world of peer-to-peer connection, people say, "my team has this player, that player and this defense." It belongs to them, because they built it. Everyone has their own team. In neither case is the fan on the field, getting concussed or making the big decisions. It doesn't matter. What matters is that our…
  • The idea is not the (only) hard part

    Seth Godin
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    In 1989, I created and launched a new idea: videotapes of people playing video games. It was ridiculed by the hipsters of the day, and my publisher later admitted that they hadn't even bothered to bring it to market beyond a few stores. A copycat product went on to sell a few million copies. Today, Amazon paid a billion dollars for Twitch, which is precisely the same idea, used by millions of people every day. More than a billion hours have been spent/wasted on Twitch to date, I'm guessing. I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for a commission check. No, the hard part isn't merely thinking…
 
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    WIRED

  • Science Graphic of the Week: Where Roads Should and Should Not Be Built in the Future

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Humans are going to pave over 15 million miles of new roads in the next 35 years. This map shows where those roads should and should not go.
  • Will Apple Kill Off the Credit Card Like It Did the Compact Disc?

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Amidst the hype about Apple’s announcements this fall are the reports about its plans to launch a mobile wallet. The prevailing sentiment in the media is what Apple has planned is game-changing and will finally move mobile wallets towards mass adoption. A significant factor in this view is that Apple is actively getting the entrenched […]
  • Will Apple Kill Off the Credit Card Like It Did the Compact Disc?

    28 Aug 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Amidst the hype about Apple’s announcements this fall are the reports about its plans to launch a mobile wallet. The prevailing sentiment in the media is what Apple has planned is game-changing and will finally move mobile wallets towards mass adoption. A significant factor in this view is that Apple is actively getting the entrenched […]
  • Signs of Ice Melting Inside the Barðarbunga Caldera in Iceland

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:34 pm
    The biggest development in the ongoing volcanic crisis surrounding Barðarbunga in Iceland was the discovery of a number of depressions in the ice that fills the volcano’s caldera. The four “cauldrons” in the ice are relatively shallow, only 10-15 meters deep but are 1 km across and make a string that spans 4-6 km along the surface of […]
  • America’s Tech Guru Steps Down—But He’s Not Done Rebooting the Government

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:48 am
    The White House confirmed today the rumors that Todd Park, the nation’s Chief Technical Officer and the spiritual leader of its effort to reform the way the government uses technology, is leaving his post.
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  • Top 5 SEO Techniques That Will Hurt Your Business

    Guest Blogger
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    This is a guest contribution by Greg Whelan of RankExperts. 5. Relying on Backlinks Alone The use of SEO has been on the rise for a long time, especially for people who venture in online business. However, while SEO is considered a core tool in enhancing online businesses, the same trend can trigger adverse effects if not implemented in the right way. There are certain limits that you must observe when employing SEO for your business – in other words, SEO for business should never be used blindly. A great number of online businesses are established each day with most of them turning…
  • How to Create Massive Value Content & Blow Your Readers’ Minds

    Guest Blogger
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    This is a guest contribution from Pooja Lohana. Let’s face it. Your readers are selfish. The moment they land on your blog, they look for “what’s in it for me?”. And that’s not such a bad thing after all. Knowledge is power. Once you know what they are looking for, you can serve it to them. At the time of writing this, there are 152,000,000 blogs on the Net. That means every half a second, a new blog is created somewhere in the world. It’s getting harder and harder to be found in the blogosphere and this is not changing in the future. If you’re passionate about your topic,…
  • How to Write Smart Content on Days You’re Feeling Dumb & Distracted

    Guest Blogger
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:37 am
    This is a guest contribution from Pratik Dholakiya. It’s Wednesday morning, you barely slept last night, missed your morning coffee because you were running late, and are now sat in front of your computer staring at a blank Word file wondering what on earth you’re going to write about. You know you should get on with the task but your hands don’t move and your brain refuses to boot up. You’re longing for Saturday already, but it’s only the middle of the week.  Yeah, the world is a cruel place. Especially for writers who need to hammer out reams of authentic material every single…
  • How to Optimize Your Content for Authorship Success

    Guest Blogger
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:20 am
    This is a guest contribution from Jaclyn Freeman. Who are you? Don’t fret – this isn’t philosophy class and no, we’re not trying to steal your identity. One of the most important things you can do in 2014 as a content creator, is identify who you are as a personal brand by monitoring how you come across online. As a writer, it is essential that you are taking advantage of every opportunity you have to turn yourself into a developed brand.  Twitter, that always-on social network that is constantly abuzz, and Google+, a social network claimed to offer incredible SEO benefits, offer…
  • 10 Vital WordPress Security Tips

    Guest Blogger
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    This is a guest contribution from John Philips. 10 Vital WordPress Security Tips Security should be of paramount concern to any blogger or website owner. It may seem like a tedious task, but it could protect your website from becoming a hacker’s playground. If your site has a revenue stream, then some time invested into security could also protect your livelihood. This article overviews a few key security tips for WordPress blogs. There’s an ever growing collection of useful plugins, but it’s dangerous to think that there is a single solution to website security. It’s important to…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • Build Trust with Others Using the Johari Window Model

    Patrick Allan
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Teams work best together when the individuals trust each other, but building trust can be difficult. The Johari Window model is a tool you and another party can use to share information about yourselves in order to build stronger, more trusting relationships.Read more...
  • Taming the Mammoth: Why You Should Stop Caring What Other People Think

    Wait But Why
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    It's part of the universal human experience: an irrational and unproductive obsession with what other people think of you. But with a little thought and perspective you can learn to rein in your self-conscious paranoia and better express your true self.Read more...
  • Checkmark Adds Snoozing, Recurring Reminders, and More

    Thorin Klosowski
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    iPhone: Checkmark, our favorite app for location-based reminders on iOS was updated today with a few handy new features, including the ability to snooze reminders, add recurring reminders, and more.Read more...
  • Build a Universal Smart Remote Control with an Arduino

    Thorin Klosowski
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Universal remotes are great but often rather pricey. If you want to make your own, Make shows you how to use an Arduino Yun to make a smart remote control you can control from any web browser. Read more...
  • Contact Center Simplifies Sharing on iOS

    Thorin Klosowski
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    iPhone: Launch Center Pro is one of the best launchers on the iPhone, but it's a bit confusing to use. Contact Center comes to us from the same developer, and simplifies the process of quickly sharing and sending notes to friends. Read more...
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  • More Claims of September 9 Debut for Apple's Wearable Device, Likely Positioned as iPhone Accessory

    Juli Clover
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Yesterday, Re/code broke the news that Apple planned to introduce its upcoming wearable device alongside the iPhone 6, and now Bloomberg is seconding that rumor, pointing towards a simultaneous debut of two different iPhones and a wearable device at Apple's September 9 event. According to Re/code, Apple had originally planned to introduce its wearable device at an October event separate from its September iPhone event, but later ended up changing its plans. Bloomberg speculates that Apple's plan to debut the wearable device alongside the iPhone may be the company's way of limiting…
  • Apple Building Massive Structure at Flint Center for iPhone 6 Event

    Juli Clover
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:33 am
    Apple today issued invitations for its upcoming iPhone 6 event on September 9, which is also said to include its much-anticipated wearable device. According to the invitations, Apple is planning to host the event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts at De Anza College in Cupertino, the same location where Steve Jobs introduced the original Mac 30 years ago. For the occasion, it appears that Apple has been building a massive structure on the campus, which has been kept under tight wraps with a white barricade. A MacRumors reader has sent in images of a mysterious structure at the Flint…
  • Apple Issues Media Invitations for September 9 Event: 'Wish We Could Say More'

    Eric Slivka
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:06 am
    As noted by The Loop, Apple today issued media invitations to the previously rumored September 9 event where the company is expected to show off not only the iPhone 6 but also its first wearable device, popularly referred to as the iWatch. The invitations carry the tagline "Wish we could say more." The event will take place at 10:00 AM Pacific Time at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of De Anza College in Cupertino. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Granted Patent for Fifth Avenue Glass Cube Store Design • 'BioShock' for iOS Now Available…
  • NFC-Based Mobile Payments Said to Be a 'Hallmark' Feature of iPhone 6

    Kelly Hodgkins
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:29 am
    Apple's next iPhone may indeed include a mobile payment platform, claims WIRED in a report released Thursday. Wired's sources didn't not reveal how the system would work, but the publication was told that near field communications (NFC) technology will be part of the system. The company’s next iPhone will feature its own payment platform, sources familiar with the matter told WIRED. In fact, that platform will be one of the hallmark features of the device when it’s unveiled on September 9. We’re told the solution will involve NFC. Rumors of NFC support in the iPhone have been an annual…
  • New Photos of Claimed iPhone 6 Parts Show Closer Look at Rear Logo, Revamped Speaker

    Richard Padilla
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:35 am
    New photos of various components said to be from the iPhone 6 have been shared by Nowhereelse.fr (Google Translate), giving us a glimpse at both internal and external parts to be used in the device. The first set of images show SIM card trays and home buttons in a range of three different colors, which may indicate that the iPhone 6 will keep the same space grey, gold, and silver options from the iPhone 5s. This is in line with a previous leaks, including one from last month which also showed SIM trays in three different colors. The SIM trays shown in the photos also appear to be slightly…
 
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  • How to Fail Your Way Out of a Hole – or What Separates Me From Most People

    Chris Brogan
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:19 am
    Jacq and I work well together. She has this uncanny ability to point me towards interesting things that end up being passions of mine. She decides to get back into lifting weights, and then I rush out and get fanatical about it. She decides to work promoting Visalus, and then I go nuts. Jacq’s given me lots of ideas over the past few years. In talking about this, we both realized there something that separates me from lots of other people. I love to fail. How to Fail Your Way Out of a Hole I should probably rephrase that. I don’t love to fail. Who does? Last place? Yay! No, not…
  • War is Work, Not Mystery

    Chris Brogan
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    When we get antsy, we stop what we’re doing. When we are unsure, we grind to a halt. In Steven Pressfield’s Gates of Fire, there’s a great speech given by King Leonidas to his generals before the night of The Battle of Thermopylae (the movie 300 also covers this, kind of). Here are just a few excerpts from the speech: “Keep your men busy. If there is no work, make it up , for when soldiers have time to talk, their talk turns to fear. Action, on the other hand, produces the appetite for more action.”Continue Reading
  • Why I Switched to Rainmaker

    Chris Brogan
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:07 am
    I recently moved chrisbrogan.com to the Rainmaker platform, because I wanted to work more on my business, and less on the details of maintaining a website. In case you’re not aware, Rainmaker is a hosted WordPress solution with a very customized back-end so that everything is a lot simpler and cleaner and easier to understand. By “hosted,” I pay a monthly fee to run the site on Copyblogger Media’s servers, and for the platform and all the themes. Continue Reading
  • Buy The Right Thing

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

    Chris Brogan
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:04 pm
    The strangest of moments can bring you insights. I’ll tell you that for sure. Do you see the picture that accompanies this post? That was moments after winning a silly competition where I had to use a piece of uncooked spaghetti to spear six ziti noodles without using any hands. How did I accomplish this faster than my competitors? Well, that’s where the insight came in. How Can I Focus Better? In that moment, my brain-chatter was intense: “I don’t want to be here. Why did I say yes to this? This is stupid? I’m going to LOOK stupid. Wow, I’m very shaky. My…
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  • How to Earn $250 Per Hour As a Freelance Writer

    Linda Formichelli
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    How sweet it would be to earn $250 per hour — as a writer, no less. Sounds like a crazy dream, right? It’s kind of like your dream to win America’s Got Talent with your nose whistling routine: Fun to think about, but it ain’t gonna happen. Well, I’m going to risk your snorts of disbelief by telling you $250 per hour is the average rate I earn with any type of writing I do, whether it’s copywriting, content writing, or journalism. I’m not special (though my mom thinks so). My writing skills are good, but not Donna Tartt good. And as you’ll see…
  • Save $100 on SMX East in New York

    Jerod Morris
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Search Marketing Expo is the world’s largest search engine marketing conference, and this fall SMX East will take place in the nation’s most populous city. And if you’re planning on heading to New York City for SMX East (September 30 – October 2), we’ve got a way for you to save $100. Just use the code smx100copy at checkout to save $100. You’ll get to hear keynote speaker Jonah Peretti, Buzzfeed Founder & CEO, provide insight on leveraging viral content, as well as other sessions like: Defining & Mapping The Native Advertising Landscape Automation…
  • Clueless About Technical Writing? Get Started With These Essential Tips

    Nick Chowdrey
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Technical writing is like copywriting’s old, boring uncle. In the communicative garden party that is online content, Copywriting gets everyone a drink and socializes, while Technical Writing runs the grill and feeds all the guests. Copywriters may think technical writing is simple, but it actually presents a number of challenges unique to the discipline. If you receive a technical writing assignment, will you know how to handle it? Whether you’re a freelance copywriter or work in-house at an agency, at some point it’s likely you’ll be asked to produce a piece of technical…
  • The 7 Things Writers Need to Make a Living

    Sonia Simone
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you’re a writer, you might have heard this most of your life. People don’t make a living writing. You should find something practical to do with your life. Smart, capable writers grimly pass around war stories on Facebook. Penny-a-word assignments, clients who don’t pay, disdain for our craft, and disrespect for our profession. And yet. Look around us, at this digital world so many of us spend our lives in. It’s made of ones and zeroes, yes. But it’s also made of words. The technology exists because we create words worth sharing Text, video, audio. It all…
  • An Internet Marketing Education in 16 Ebooks and 20 Emails. No Charge.

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

  • L.A. cancels iPads-in-the-schools program: a failure of vision, not technology

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:52 am
    When Apple landed a $30 million iPad contract with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) in 2013, it was heralded as a big win for the company—after all, LAUSD is the second-largest school district in the country. But the deal apparently didn’t earn straight As: Earlier this week, the district announced it was canceling its contract with the iPad maker. According to the L.A. Times, the reason behind the cancelation was at least partially political, as “the superintendent and his top deputy had especially close ties to executives of Apple, maker of the iPad, and Pearson, the…
  • BioShock, one of the best shooters of all time, hits iOS -- and it's still great

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    The lines are blurring between AAA console and mobile game development. It's not happening in great volume just yet, nor are all major publishers converting their elaborate controller-based games into touch experiences. Activision's upcoming Skylanders: Trap Team for iOS and consoles alike is one huge example, but 2K Games has been already leading that charge with great success. Last year's XCOM: Enemy Unknown made an almost seamless transition from an amazing $60 tactical strategy game into a lightly scaled-back $20 touch iteration, and now 2K is dipping into its back catalog for today's…
  • Apple to hold press event on September 9

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:09 am
    We’ve heard rumor after rumor, but now it’s official: Apple will be holding a press event on September 9, kicking off at 10 a.m. Pacific/1 p.m. Eastern. Invitations dispatched to press on Thursday morning were even more cryptic than usual, with a white-on-white Apple logo, the date, and a message reading “Wish we could say more.” The event takes places at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, an unusual venue for the company, which either tends to use its own campus’s Town Hall or the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. The company’s expected to announced a new…
  • The Week in iOS Apps: Old games, new life

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Old games, new lifeThis week’s roundup includes new and updated apps from three much-loved franchises: BioShock, Pac-Man, and Star Wars. We've also got finance and video apps, if you have any time left over after gaming.BioShockIt’s billed as “one of the greatest first-person shooters of all time” and who wants to argue? BioShock is now available on the iPhone and iPad for $15—and it’s so advanced it’ll run only on the most recent iOS devices: the iPad Air, Retina iPad mini, fourth-generation iPad, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5. If you’re an iOS gamer, you’ve…
  • Maximum hyperbole

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    We already know how boring the iPhone 6 is (so very, very boring). But were you aware that it’s also ugly? As in yoo, gee, ell, why, it ain’t got no ali-bi?Zach “Windows 8 rules” Epstein of the Boy Genius Report brings us the hideous truth.“Will the iPhone 6 really be as hideously ugly as we’ve seen in leaks?”Yes, that’s much better than the boring URL which timidly says “iPhone 6 Rumors Photo Comparison.” No, that won’t do at all. For anyone even remotely interested in technology news, it has been impossible to avoid seeing at least a few of the dozens of iPhone 6 leaks…
 
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    ReadWrite

  • Our Growing Obsession With Screens Is Killing Our Brains

    Selena Larson
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:47 am
    Paperback readers, rejoice! It turns out reading books on e-readers doesn’t give your brain the same experience as those paper books gathering dust on your bookshelf.A new study by European researchers found that recollection of plot points and story lines were “significantly” worse for readers who read on a Kindle versus a paperback book, the Guardian reports. Fifty readers were given a mystery book to read; half were given a Kindle, and the other half, a paperback. The researchers, led by Anne Mangen from the University of Stavanger in Norway, discovered that reading on a Kindle…
  • Apple Confirms: It's Holding An Event On September 9

    Stephanie Chan
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:53 am
    Apple confirmed that it will be holding a special event on September 9 in its hometown of Cupertino, Calif. The company's coy teaser, "Wish we could say more," leaves us wondering what we can expect here. If rumors hold true, we'll see new iPhones (which may include NFC mobile payments), iOS updates and even the long-awaited and hotly-debated Apple wearable device. 
  • Ahead Of The iWatch, Apple Has Given HealthKit A Workout

    Owen Thomas
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:02 am
    ReadWriteBody is an ongoing series where ReadWrite covers networked fitness and the quantified self.When Apple first unveiled HealthKit, its software for weaving together fitness apps, wearables, and iPhones, there were more breathless exclamations than you'd find in your average SoulCycle workout.I was quick to deflate the hype around HealthKit, pointing out that the skimpy specs and documentation Apple released this summer showed that it was geared around fairly specific medical tasks, like recording a body-temperature reading from your armpit—not the needs of fitness-app makers.Since…
  • Dropbox Antes Up In The Cloud-Storage Price War

    Stephanie Chan
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:13 am
    Cloud storage platform Dropbox announced today that it is offering a terabyte of storage for $9.99 a month, the same terabyte storage price set by competitors Google Drive and Microsoft’s One Drive. This is just the latest move in the great cloud computing war of 2014, as these three heavy hitters engage in a race to the bottom for the consumer’s storage gigabyte. In March, Google announced a terabyte for $10 a month and 10 terabytes or more for $100 a monthApple, meanwhile, plans to release its iCloud Drive later this year, which will offer 5GB for free, 20GB for a dollar a month or…
  • The Truth About DevOps: "IT Isn't Dead; It's Not Even Dying"

    Matt Asay
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:37 am
    With the rise of the modern developer, traditional IT operations is dead, right? Not even close, says Puppet Labs founder Luke Kanies. And he should know. Puppet is one of the technologies at the heart of the DevOps phenomenon, a merger of traditional IT and app development in which developers take on more responsibility for running the infrastructure that hosts their apps—in part, by automating it.See also: DevOps: The Future Of DIY IT?Yet Kanies believes that while there are "plenty of environments that can survive without ops for a while," they almost certainly don't look like the…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Is Your Responsive Design Working? Google Analytics Will Tell You

    Jon Arne Sæterås and Luca Passani
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    Responsive web design has become the dominant method of developing and designing websites. It makes it easier to think “mobile first” and to create a website that is viewable on mobile devices. In the early days of responsive web design, creating breakpoints in CSS for particular screen sizes was common, like 320 pixels for iPhone and 768 pixels for iPad, and then we tested and monitored those devices. As responsive design has evolved, we now more often start with the content and then set breakpoints when the content “breaks.” This means that you might end up with quite a few…
  • Customizing WordPress Archives For Categories, Tags And Other Taxonomies

    Josh Pollock
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:47 am
    Most WordPress users are familiar with tags and categories and with how to use them to organize their blog posts. If you use custom post types in WordPress, you might need to organize them like categories and tags. Categories and tags are examples of taxonomies, and WordPress allows you to create as many custom taxonomies as you want. These custom taxonomies operate like categories or tags, but are separate. In this tutorial, we’ll explain custom taxonomies and how to create them. We’ll also go over which template files in a WordPress theme control the archives of built-in and custom…
  • A Quick Tour Of WordPress 4.0

    Daniel Pataki
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:32 am
    Today, WordPress has released the first release candidate1 (RC) for the upcoming 4.0 version. According to the official version numbering2, WordPress 4.0 is no more or less significant than 3.9 was or 4.1 will be. That being said, a new major release is always a cause for excitement! Let’s take a look at the new features the team at WordPress has been working on for us. Installation Language Since I’ve always used WordPress in English, it took me a while to realize how important internationalization is. 29% of all WordPress.com installations3 use a non-English language which is…
  • Dropbox’s Carousel Design Deconstructed (Part 1)

    Chris Bank
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 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. By focusing on an integral set of core functionality and corresponding features for product development, these companies can efficiently launch and build on new products. While the concepts are relatively easy to grasp, the many trade-offs considered and decisions made in execution are seldom easy and are often highly debated. This two-part series, looks into the product…
  • How I Built The One Page Scroll Plugin

    Pete Rojwongsuriya
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    Scrolling effects have been around in web design for years now, and while many plugins are available to choose from, only a few have the simplicity and light weight that most developers and designers are looking for. Most plugins I’ve seen try to do too many things, which makes it difficult for designers and developers to integrate them in their projects. Not long ago, Apple introduced the iPhone 5S, which was accompanied by a presentation website1 on which visitors were guided down sections of a page and whose messaging was reduced to one key function per section. I found this to be a…
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • Stewart to return to NASCAR Sunday

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Tony Stewart, who hasn't raced since his car struck and killed a fellow driver during a dirt track race earlier this month, will return to NASCAR racing at Atlanta, his team announced on its Twitter feed.
  • 'WE DON'T HAVE A STRATEGY YET'

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:28 pm
    President Barack Obama said Thursday that he is soliciting "a range of options" about what the United States could do to go after ISIS in Syria.
  • America, get rid of the guns

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Jay Parini says the Second Amendment was meant to protect "well-regulated militias," and the ruling that gave that right to individuals has made America a murderous place.
  • 5 questions for my son's abductor

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:23 pm
    October 22 will mark 25 years since my son Jacob was taken from his family as he rode his bike home with his brother and a friend on a rural Minnesota road.
  • Coalition needed to face threat, he says

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:22 pm
    President Barack Obama said that he is soliciting "a range of options" about what the United States could do to go after ISIS in Syria.
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    27 Aug 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…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Jeremy Cowart!

    Brad Moore
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    For years now, I’ve always preached the importance and value of personal projects or personal work. The million dollar question that I always get asked is any variation of “How do I get work? How do I get to where you are? How do I make a living as a photographer?”Well, the best answer is personal work. The path to nearly every success story with famous photographers is personal work… some project that they started on their own that got discovered by an art director, then another, and so on.See, it’s not enough anymore to just take nice photos. Nearly anyone…
  • Some Quick Tuesday Stuff

    Scott Kelby
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Above: iPhone shot of Bruno Mars in concert.Whew!!! What a busy travel week. On Saturday I snuck the wifey off to Vegas to see Bruno Mars in concert at the Chelsea in the Cosmopolitan Hotel (it was a surprise birthday present — her birthday was a few weeks ago), and we had an absolute blast! Bruno Mars’ show was just absolutely outstanding — one of the best concerts either of us had ever seen. Everything from the sound to the lights to the stage show was just spot on. What a talented guy!Anyway, here’s what’s up:Adobe Releases “Aperture to Lightroom…
  • I’m Bringing My “Shoot Like a Pro” Seminar to Swingin’ London Baby, Yeah!

    Scott Kelby
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:52 am
    Greetings from the Airport (well, I’m already on the plane, so “greetings from the Tarmac — I’m on my way to New York to shoot the US Open Tennis Tournament, which kicks off today. But first….I’m heading to London!!! When: Friday, 10, October Where: Conference Centre Westminster Tickets: Only 99£ at http://kelbyone.com/live/uk/ Earlybird Discount: Use the code Live10″ you save £10 — enough to buy me a pint. Why: Because I love Swingin’ London baby, yeah!PLUS: If you sign up now, you get my “Light it, Shoot it, Retouch it” full tour…
  • OK, Are You Ready for a Really Cool Contest?

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

  • 3 Essential Photoshop Tools for New Portrait Photographers

    Leah O'Connell
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Opening Photoshop for the first time is kind of like going on your first date; your hands sweat, your eyes glaze over, you completely lose all sense of direction and time. At least that was the scenario for me. Photoshop is an incredibly complex program that can be used as an artistic tool for positive enhancement, or gross distortion when it comes to portraiture. It’s all too easy to over-edit, get carried away with the sheer number of the tools at your fingertips, or attempt elaborate cover-up schemes for poorly shot images when first starting out. There are certain tools I grasped at…
  • Beyond the Postcard – 14 Tips for Creating Unique Photographs in Iconic Locations

    Bruce Wunderlich
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Photography has been around since the early 1820’s. Of course, back then the technology of “picture taking” was not accessible to the common person. But have things ever changed! With the availability of digital cameras ever present, even in our cell phones, take a moment to consider these facts. Every two minutes today there are as many photos taken as were taken in the entire 19th century (1800s), and ten percent of all the photos ever taken were snapped within the last twelve months! The Postcard: The Start Westward Monument in Marietta, Ohio. (18mm 1/80th of a second at…
  • Which Three Lenses do You Need for Photography?

    Andrew S. Gibson
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I used an 85mm lens fitted with a 500D close-up lens to create this photo of a Chinese Water Dragon. Two things occurred to me When I read Phillip VanNostrand’s article The Only Three Lenses You Need for Travel Photography. One, is that his choice of lenses would not be my choice. Two, is that you cannot recommend three lenses for every photographer to use, as everybody’s requirements are different. Imagine if you went to a showroom to buy a new car and the salesperson said “Sir, the only car for you is a Ford Focus”. Fine, if that’s the car you happen to want. But how…
  • Tips on How to Get New Photography Clients

    Monica Day
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Aaaaghhhh!!!! Why aren’t people knocking down my door to get me to photograph their most precious moments?! We’ve all said this. We’ve all had those moments where we just don’t understand where the people are, or the ones that will pay us are. Or you’ve finally built a business and now it’s time to move. I get it. I’m a military spouse. I move…a lot. I have to rebuild my business every two to four years. But I’ve done it, and so can you. You don’t have to be a military spouse to benefit from these tips. They can be applied to a new business, a new market, a new city, or a…
  • What’s Really Missing from Your Photographs?

    Olivier Duong
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Ever felt that your images are missing a certain je-ne-sais-quoi? I remember when I was a proud young shooter, I showed my images to my photography 101 teacher, ready for him to crown me the next best photographer he’s ever seen (Hey I was young). He looked at them, and politely said “They are coming along”. What. The. Heck dude!? I looked at him in disbelief. I tried some Jedi mind tricks on him; trying to juice some positive note out of him. After a while, it was evident he didn’t want to offend me, I tried pressing him a last time and he gave me the same…
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    TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004 RSS Feed

  • Two Apple keyboards, 24 years apart

    Mike Wehner
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Here we have an Apple Lisa keyboard alongside one of the company's current offerings. There's something about those old, massive keyboards that still feels great. The massive key travel distance, the satisfying snap of a keystroke, and the fact that...
  • Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates

    Kelly Hodgkins
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can. Apps Now Free Sago Mini Monsters [iOS...
  • Letterspace gets iOS writing and editing right

    Randy Murray
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    It's easy to write on an iPad or iPhone, but editing and revising, not so much. At this moment I have six separate writing apps on my iPad and the all share the same problem: if you want to edit or change a word or phrase, you are required to touch...
  • Checkmark 2.1 makes reminders better

    Dave Caolo
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Checkmark 2 ($2.99) has been updated to version 2.1, which introduces several very nice changes. The iPhone reminders app from Snowman has been on my home screen since I first reviewed it, and this update only affirms that decision. One big change...
  • Civilization: Beyond Earth for Mac is still on the way, just delayed

    John-Michael Bond
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Yesterday we ran a story announcing that the Mac version of Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth has been postponed for an indefinite, or undetermined, amount of time. We have since reached out to a source working on the Mac version of Beyond Earth...
 
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Self portrait: Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    At first glance the Olympus PEN E-PL7 looks like yet another compact, selfie-friendly mirrorless camera -- but looks can be deceiving. The innards of the camera come largely from the excellent OM-D E-M10, and Olympus touts the E-PL7's autofocus system as its best yet. For all the details on the latest PEN, check out our First Impressions Review.
  • Olympus PEN E-PL7 compact mirrorless camera announced

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Olympus has announced the PEN E-PL7, refreshing its entry-level mirrorless line. It offers a 16MP CMOS sensor, 3-axis image stabilization system borrowed from the OM-D E-M10, 8 fps continuous shooting and built-in Wi-Fi. Not forgetting the self-portrait-obsessed masses, the E-PL7 provides an articulated 3" touch LCD capable of flipping downward by 180°. Along with the E-PL7, Olympus has also announced an update to its OI.Share app as well as a black version of its 12mm F2.0 prime. Read more
  • Watch Nature photographer Ian Shive, live, with CreativeLIVE

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:02 pm
    CreativeLIVE is hosting a three-day course on wildlife photography presented by Ian Shive. The course is free to watch live, and runs through August 29th. Shive will demonstrate techniques and give advice during three days of shooting, live from the Mt Rainier and Olympic National Parks in Washington State. Click through for a link to the course at creativeLIVE.
  • Hands-on with the Pentax K-S1

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The Pentax K-S1 is a unique-looking DSLR, with pulsing LED lights on the front and a backlit mode dial on the back. There's more to the K-S1 than just its looks, including a new sensor, image processor, and even a new font in the menus. As always, all of the features one would expect to see on a Pentax DSLR are here too. Learn more in our slideshow.
  • Very flashy: Ricoh unveils Pentax K-S1 DSLR

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Ricoh and its Pentax brand have never been afraid of a little color, and the introduction of the K-S1 DSLR reaffirms that. The K-S1 offers a 20.1MP APS-C sensor, an AA filter simulator (as seen on the Pentax K-3) and burst shooting at 5.4 fps, but none of that is quite as attention-grabbing as its headline body specification - a set of green LEDs on the front of the camera's grip and around the power switch. Read more
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • 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…
  • LIGHTROOM TIP: Organizing Collections From Folders

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

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

  • 'BioShock' for iOS Now Available Worldwide

    Juli Clover
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Following hints of a release earlier this summer, the iOS version of 2K Games' original first person shooter BioShock is now available in the App Store. Rumored since 2008, BioShock on iOS is a port of the full, original game first released in 2007. Set in 1960, BioShock asks players to take on the role of Jack, a plane crash survivor who finds his way into the defunct underwater city of Rapture. Jack has to fight his way out of the city, battling Big Daddies and other enemies while using an array of heavy weaponry and taking advantage of genetics-altering plasmids that grant him super…
  • Apple Denied Sales Ban on Samsung Devices From Second Patent Trial

    Juli Clover
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Apple has again been denied a permanent injunction on Samsung products that infringe on its smartphone patents, reports Bloomberg. Judge Lucy Koh today rejected Apple's plea for a sales ban on nine different Samsung devices involved in the second Apple vs. Samsung patent infringement trial. According to Koh, Apple did not demonstrate irreparable harm in the form of lost sales, despite efforts to target specific infringing features on the Samsung devices. "Apple has not satisfied its burden of demonstrating irreparable harm and linking that harm to Samsung's exploitation of any of Apple's…
  • NimbleBit's 'Tiny Tower Vegas' Now Available Worldwide

    Juli Clover
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:09 pm
    The sequel to NimbleBit's popular free-to-play tower building game Tiny Tower is now available for download worldwide after soft launching in several countries earlier this summer. Tiny Tower Vegas incorporates the same tower building gameplay found in the original game, melding it with several Las Vegas-themed mini games like poker and slot machines. As in the previous game, the idea is for players to continually build up and manage a tower filled with various businesses that generate coins. Like many free-to-play titles, Tiny Tower Vegas includes various countdown timers for functions like…
  • August Smart Lock Finally Begins Shipping to Customers

    Juli Clover
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:56 pm
    After a long delay, the August Smart Lock is finally shipping out to preorder customers beginning today. First introduced in May of 2013, the August Smart Lock is a Bluetooth-based iPhone-compatible locking system designed by Jason Johnson and notable designer Yves Béhar. At August, our mission is to make beautiful products that allow your physical environment to seamlessly respond to you. Today, we are one step closer to achieving that goal. We are excited to announce that the August Smart Lock has begun shipping in limited quantities.The August Smart Lock, which allows users to unlock…
  • PayPal Offers 25% Off iTunes Gift Cards in the UK

    Juli Clover
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:24 pm
    PayPal is currently offering 25 percent off digital iTunes cards in the United Kingdom, allowing users to purchase iTunes codes for the App Store, Mac App Store, iBooks Store, and iTunes Store at a discount. Under the terms of the deal, an £15 iTunes card drops to £11.25, while a £25 card drops to £18.75. Larger denomination iTunes cards of £50 and £100 are available for £37.50 and £75. Cards are only redeemable in the UK iTunes Store. The offer lasts until Thursday, August 28 at 11:59 BST, but as with all PayPal iTunes discounts, there are a limited number of codes available and…
 
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    CNN Travel

  • Video: CNNGo in Los Angeles: Hollywood stars, food trucks

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

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

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

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

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