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  • 30 year-old men act out 60 year-old women’s conversations [video]

    Holy Kaw!
    Josh Urich
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    In this web-series, two men enact a conversation they surreptitiously recorded of their mom and aunt. Also, they work at a space agency.
  • First Trailer for Ridley Scott's 'Halo' Series Full of Sci-Fi Tropes

    Mashable
    Chelsea Stark
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:12 am
    Ridley Scott's take on the Halo universe will focus on a weaponized virus able to wipe out the human race, according to the series first trailer, released Wednesday. Digital series Halo: Nightfall follows a new character for the franchise, Agent Jameson Locke, through several episodes. Locke, played by Mike Colter, will also appear in the upcoming game Halo 5: Guardians as a pivotal character. See also: As Halo Universe Comes Under One Roof, Expectations Rise Locke and other USMC members are up against the alien race the Covenant, who are a prevailing enemy in the Halo universe. The trailer…
  • Here's Who Paid Almost $1 Million For A 1976 Apple Computer

    Fast Company
    Nikita Richardson
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    After being sold at an auction, the computer will be put on permanent display in a museum.The tech news cycle has been utterly dominated by all things Apple these last few weeks, but it's an almost 40-year-old piece of Apple hardware that's grabbing everyone's attention today. This week, a 1976 Apple-1 computer, which retailed for $666.66 back in the day, was sold at auction for a whopping $905,000.Read Full Story
  • Charlie Briefs You On Your Upcoming Meetings By Emailing You One-Pagers On Attendees

    TechCrunch
    Sarah Perez
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
     A new web application called Charlie has raised a seed round of $1.75 million led by Lightbank Capital for a product that emails you short, automatically generated one-pagers detailing what you need to know about the people you’re about to meet with, based on your Google Calendar entries. If this idea rings a bell with you, it’s because Charlie is not the first in recent months to… Read More
  • Taking the plunge

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    Maybe that's the problem. Perhaps it's better to commit to wading instead. Ship, sure. Not the giant life-changing, risk-it-all-venture, but the small. When you do a small thing, when you finish it, polish it, put it into the world, you've made something. You've committed and you've finished. And then you can do it again, but louder. And larger. It's easy to be afraid of taking a plunge, because, after all, plunging is dangerous. And the fear is a safe way to do nothing at all. Wading, on the other hand, gets under the radar. It gives you a chance to begin.
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    Holy Kaw!

  • 30 year-old men act out 60 year-old women’s conversations [video]

    Josh Urich
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    In this web-series, two men enact a conversation they surreptitiously recorded of their mom and aunt. Also, they work at a space agency.
  • NASA soundtrack now available to the public

    Kate Rinsema
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    If nothing gets your engine revving like the sound of a space shuttle liftoff, then today is an exciting day for you!
  • Small talk 101: 14 topics no one finds interesting (and 14 they do)

    Kate Rinsema
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:16 am
    Fast approaching is the season of parties, parties, parties when more likely than not, you will be forced to make small talk if you want to ever be invited back, so Amanda Stern decided to get specific about topics that will pique the interest of your audience and those that will bore them to tears.
  • What Americans think of Europeans [video]

    Josh Urich
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    One wishes one could say that people in the United States don't think these things about Europeans...but when you watch this video (if you're an U.S. citizen), ask yourself: doesn't some small, hateful part of you agree?
  • Surfers ride the deadliest wave on the planet [video]

    Josh Urich
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    In 2012, Ryan "Hippo" Hipwood rode a wave called "The Right." It's the most unpredictable wave in the world, and among the most murderous. It almost killed him. Recently, Ryan Hipwood went back to try his luck with "The Right" again.
 
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    Mashable

  • First Trailer for Ridley Scott's 'Halo' Series Full of Sci-Fi Tropes

    Chelsea Stark
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:12 am
    Ridley Scott's take on the Halo universe will focus on a weaponized virus able to wipe out the human race, according to the series first trailer, released Wednesday. Digital series Halo: Nightfall follows a new character for the franchise, Agent Jameson Locke, through several episodes. Locke, played by Mike Colter, will also appear in the upcoming game Halo 5: Guardians as a pivotal character. See also: As Halo Universe Comes Under One Roof, Expectations Rise Locke and other USMC members are up against the alien race the Covenant, who are a prevailing enemy in the Halo universe. The trailer…
  • Why Apple Pay Is the Most Secure Payment Platform on the Planet

    Rex Santus
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:56 am
    When Apple Pay officially launched earlier this week with the release of iOS 8.1, many rushed to local participating retailers to be among the first to use their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus as a mobile wallet. Early reviews peg it as easy to use and incredibly convenient. But before we herald it as the future of mobile payments — requiring just a tap of your thumb at checkout to pay for items — is it secure to use? After all, massive data breaches happen all the time. Just this month, contact information of 76 million households was compromised in a cyberattack on JP Morgan Chase,…
  • Facebook Launches Anonymous Community App Called Rooms

    Jason Abbruzzese
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    Because sometimes you want to go where nobody knows your name. Facebook's much-anticipated anonymous social app is finally here, and it's called Rooms See also: Of Course Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Fluent Mandarin The app allows people to create a "room" on any topic. The room can then be customized with colors, icons and photos — even the Like button can be changed. Text, photos and videos can be posted to a room's feed, creating an ongoing multimedia conversation Image: FacebookThe goal, according to the app's blog, is to transfer the utility of message boards to the mobile world. "A room…
  • Why Everyone Thought There Were 'Multiple Shooters' in Ottawa

    Brian Ries
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:43 am
    For a time on Wednesday, the world thought two or maybe three shooters were terrorizing Ottawa's Parliament Hill. Ultimately, police say, a lone gunman was responsible. See also: Video Captures Gunfire Exchange in Canadian Parliament Building But the Ottawa Police did tell reporters they were looking for multiple suspects as the confusion unfolded on Wednesday. And word of multiple shooters was sent to staffers who worked in the Parliament buildings, too. The media, quickly, fell in line. CNN, citing the police, reported that there were "2 or 3" assailants. Image: CNNSitRoomIn Canada, the CBC…
  • Watch Today's Solar Eclipse Live

    Space.com
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    A partial solar eclipse will darken North American skies Thursday afternoon, and you can watch the dramatic celestial event online if clouds hinder your view. The online Slooh Community Observatory will air a special three-hour webcast for the partial solar eclipse today starting at 5 p.m. EDT. You can watch the show — which will feature live views from Arizona's Prescott Solar Observatory and other telescopes around the world — at www.slooh.com. You can also watch the solar eclipse webcast at Space.com. Other webcast feeds are expected by the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles,…
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    Fast Company

  • Here's Who Paid Almost $1 Million For A 1976 Apple Computer

    Nikita Richardson
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    After being sold at an auction, the computer will be put on permanent display in a museum.The tech news cycle has been utterly dominated by all things Apple these last few weeks, but it's an almost 40-year-old piece of Apple hardware that's grabbing everyone's attention today. This week, a 1976 Apple-1 computer, which retailed for $666.66 back in the day, was sold at auction for a whopping $905,000.Read Full Story
  • How The Pre-Facebook Web Inspired Facebook's Latest App: Rooms

    Sarah Kessler
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Rooms, an app for creating communities, borrows some of its basic concepts from web forums.Web forums may not be pretty, but they've long been popular. Just browse Yahoo Groups or Reddit, and you'll see the vast array of interests that can sprout deeply engaged communities. Facebook's newest "Creative Labs" app, Rooms, aims to bring the spirit of online forums to a mobile-friendly format.Read Full Story
  • Mark Zuckerberg Learns Chinese, Random Internet Users Still Unimpressed

    Neal Ungerleider
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    After Mark Zuckerberg pulled off a 30-minute Mandarin conversation, Internet commenters made fun of him.It's not often one gets to write the words "Poor, poor Mark Zuckerberg." But that's the reaction this morning after video of Zuckerberg speaking in Mandarin for 30 minutes surfaced. The Facebook founder conducted a Chinese -anguage interview at Beijing's Tsinghua University…and Internet commenters immediately began savaging him for having a heavy American accent when he speaks Chinese.Read Full Story
  • Google Reveals Who Actually Uses A Smartwatch

    Mark Wilson
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Right now, Google says smartwatch users fall into two camps: The cord-cutters, and the hyperconnected. And it plans to accommodate both.While the Apple Watch isn't due out until next year, watches running Google's Android Wear have been out for four months now. Today, Android Wear watches will see their first major update and the company tells us that they've learned a lot in that time.Read Full Story
  • Jawbone Launches Drop, A Twitter-Based Streaming Music Service

    Neal Ungerleider
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The new music service lets you "Drop" a song onto a playlist just by sending a tweet.Fitness-and-audio titan Jawbone just released their new product--a Twitter-based audio player called Drop, which is being billed as a "personal DJ for every moment." By tweeting a song name or a band name at a contact with a Twitter account, a song is added to the person's playlist. Drop is manna for the considerable crowd out there that's interested in social music discovery… and for music publicists, who now have a very easy way to push songs (U2 style?) onto stranger's speakers.Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Charlie Briefs You On Your Upcoming Meetings By Emailing You One-Pagers On Attendees

    Sarah Perez
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
     A new web application called Charlie has raised a seed round of $1.75 million led by Lightbank Capital for a product that emails you short, automatically generated one-pagers detailing what you need to know about the people you’re about to meet with, based on your Google Calendar entries. If this idea rings a bell with you, it’s because Charlie is not the first in recent months to… Read More
  • Slack Is Raising Another Round At Up To A $1B Valuation

    Ingrid Lunden
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
     Slack, the enterprise collaboration platform co-founded by Stewart Butterfield of Flickr fame, continues to defy its namesake: we have heard from sources that the company is raising a new round of funding at a valuation of between $800 million and $1 billion, just six months after raising nearly $43 million. The total raise is said to be eight figures and Sequoia and KPCB are participating,… Read More
  • Jonny IV Wants To Be Nasty Gal For Men

    Jordan Crook
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
     Today marks the launch of yet another ecommerce brand focused on mens apparel, as Jonny IV joins ranks with Buck Mason, Frank & Oak, and many others. Founded by Eugene Kang, the former head of ecommerce at Forever 21, Jonny IV is different from other brands in that it focuses on street wear as opposed to a single, look, like the preppy Frank & Oak, basics-focused Everlane, or the… Read More
  • Twilio Project Turns 2048 Into A Multiplayer Game That You Play By Text

    Greg Kumparak
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
     Remember all of the wonderfully-entertaining frustration that was Twitch Plays Pokemon? Take that concept and turn it on its head. Wrap it around a puzzle game instead of a side-scroller, and have players text in commands rather than input them via chat. The end result: TwilioPlays2048. Read More
  • Q&A With Facebook’s Josh Miller On Why His Rooms App Isn’t Anonymous, It’s The Early Web Reborn

    Josh Constine
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
     Is Rooms the anonymous Facebook app people were expecting? “No. Unequivocally No…because you cannot be anonymous in our app,” Josh Miller tells me. The Branch founder turned Facebook product manager’s new forums app Rooms launches today, and he says lessons from Tumblr, Twitter, Snapchat, and the early days of the web guided its construction. Rather than a… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Taking the plunge

    Seth Godin
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    Maybe that's the problem. Perhaps it's better to commit to wading instead. Ship, sure. Not the giant life-changing, risk-it-all-venture, but the small. When you do a small thing, when you finish it, polish it, put it into the world, you've made something. You've committed and you've finished. And then you can do it again, but louder. And larger. It's easy to be afraid of taking a plunge, because, after all, plunging is dangerous. And the fear is a safe way to do nothing at all. Wading, on the other hand, gets under the radar. It gives you a chance to begin.
  • Biggest vs. best

    Seth Godin
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:13 am
    There's not much overlap. Regardless of how you measure 'best' (elegance, deluxeness, impact, profitability, ROI, meaningfulness, memorability), it's almost never present in the thing that is the most popular. The best restaurant, Seinfeld episode, political candidate, brand of beer, ski slope, NASDAQ stock, you name it. Compare them to the most popular. Big is a choice. So is best.        
  • "Desire is full of endless distances"

    Seth Godin
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:45 am
    Just one more level on this game, she says. Once I get to level 68, I'll be done. Just one more tweak to the car, they beg. Once we bump up the mileage, we'll be done. Just one more lotion, she asks. Once I put that on, my skin will be perfect and I'll be done. Of course, the result isn't the point. The mileage or the ranking or slightly more alabaster or ebony isn't the point. The point is the longing. Desire can't be sated, because if it is, the longing disappears and then we've failed, because desire is the state we seek. We've expanded our desire for ever more human connection into a…
  • "Google it!"

    Seth Godin
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:56 am
    The job is no longer to recite facts, to read the bio out loud, to explain something better found or watched online. No, the job is to personally and passionately make us care enough to look up the facts for ourselves.  When you introduce a concept, or a speaker, or an opportunity, skip the reading of facts. Instead, make a passionate pitch that drives inquiry. In the audience, in your employees, in your customers... The only reason people don't look it up is that they don't care, not that they're unable. So, your job is to get them to care enough. [You can even send them…
  • Famous to the family

    Seth Godin
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:49 am
    There is famous and there is famous to the family. Cousin Aaron is famous to my family. Or, to be less literal, the family of people like us might understand that Satya the milliner or perhaps Sarma Melngailis or Peter Olotka are famous. And famous to the family is precisely the goal of just about all marketing now. You don't need to be Nike or Apple or GE. You need to be famous to the small circle of people you are hoping will admire and trust you. Your shoe store needs to be famous to the 300 shoe shoppers in your town. Your retail consulting practice needs to be famous to 100 people at ten…
 
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    WIRED

  • Big Data: New Oil or Snake Oil?

    Simon Moss, Pneuron Corporation
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    There are two differing perspectives on Big Data and its value. One is that it is a valuable commodity that flows through an organization powering the engines of new insight and action, the other is that Big Data is no more than a collection of sometimes outrageous claims. Each argument has merit and interestingly, both […] The post Big Data: New Oil or Snake Oil? appeared first on WIRED.
  • Gather Your Friends for Private Chats in Facebook’s New ‘Rooms’ App

    Mat Honan
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    The Facebook Creative Labs team rolled out Rooms today, a new stand-alone mobile app that's designed to let people create small, topical watering holes on their mobile devices and then invite others to join. The post Gather Your Friends for Private Chats in Facebook’s New ‘Rooms’ App appeared first on WIRED.
  • Android Wear Gets GPS and Music, Plus a Sony Smartwatch

    Christina Bonnington
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    In its first big update to Android Wear, Google is giving its wearables OS independence. The post Android Wear Gets GPS and Music, Plus a Sony Smartwatch appeared first on WIRED.
  • ‘Fackbook Killer’ Ello Hatches Plan to Stay Ad-Free Forever

    Robert McMillan
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Upstart social network Ello's has pegged a big part of its appeal on the promise that it will never sell ads to users. Now, it's used a novel legal maneuver to ensure that the company will live up that promise. The post ‘Fackbook Killer’ Ello Hatches Plan to Stay Ad-Free Forever appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Speedy Cartographers Who Map the News for The New York Times

    Greg Miller
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    When Malaysia Airlines flight 17 went down over Ukraine in July, the graphics team at The New York Times sprang into action. Because of the ongoing conflict on the ground, they already had lots of maps of the area. But they wanted to show more than just the crash site. The post The Speedy Cartographers Who Map the News for The New York Times appeared first on WIRED.
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    @ProBlogger

  • 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,…
  • The Language of Selling – Are You Using It?

    Guest Blogger
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
      This is a guest contribution from Richard Akhmerov. Benefits, benefits, benefits. We’ve all heard that benefits sell, not features. Create needs, not wants. But this is all rehashed information. And no amount of reading will make you better at the following if you don’t practice it by trying. But there is one thing missing from all of this marketing talk. And it has to do with the epicenter of marketing and copywriting. What creates the language of selling, and how does it work? The language of selling is not a single language. In fact, every product, idea or service has a…
  • Be a Better Blogger by Doing as Little as Possible

    Stacey Roberts
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    When you make the decision to grow your blog and hopefully create an income from it, it can be so easy to fall into the trap of doing everything all at once in the name of getting as much exposure as you can. You’re blogging every day, you’re promoting those posts to your Facebook, Twitter, Google+, you’re ensuring all posts have a Pinnable image, and you’re Instagramming the behind-the-scenes for your followers. You’re working hard, commenting on other blogs, finding interesting things to retweet, staying up half the night with your editorial calendar, reading sites like this one…
  • Top Five Things to Learn from the Greggs vs Google Twitter Debacle

    Stacey Roberts
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    This is a guest contribution from Mark Potter. Greggs is the UK’s largest bakery chain, famed for its sausage rolls and steak bakes. They have always enjoyed a strong social media presence, winning a Digital Impact Award in 2013 for a ‘Sandwich Maker’ Facebook app. As a relatively low-budget food chain, they are a popular target for online abuse. As a result, they have already developed a robust strategy for dealing with complaints and controversy: Things turned particularly sour in August, when the Google algorithm accidentally replaced the official Greggs logo with a highly offensive…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • The New Best Day to Book a Flight Is Sunday

    Melanie Pinola
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    Sunday is the new Tuesday when it comes to getting the best deal on plane tickets, a new study reveals.Read more...
  • This Chart Shows the States Where Your Salary Will Go Further

    Melanie Pinola
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    The average salary for your profession might be higher in certain states than in others, but that's just one part of the whole financial puzzle. Factor in cost of living differences, and the states that pay the most for your occupation might be entirely different.Read more...
  • Ten Simple Tips to Make Food Taste Better

    America's Test Kitchen
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Sometimes it's the small touches that make the biggest difference when you're in the kitchen. Here are some simple tips from America's Test Kitchen for prepping, cooking, and seasoning designed to boost flavor in everyday cooking.Read more...
  • Why You Should Get A Receipt Every Single Time You Get Gas

    SteveLehto on Car Buying, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    You're driving along and you notice your fuel gauge is on E. You stop at a gas station and fill 'er up – and instead of gasoline you get a tank full of water. It happens. But if you paid cash and didn't get a receipt, your day just got uglier.Read more...
  • MediaMonkey has released the latest version of its awesome music player, which adds synchronization

    Whitson Gordon
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    MediaMonkey has released the latest version of its awesome music player, which adds synchronization support for the iPhone 6 and iOS 8, among other improvements. Read more here, and see our guide to ditching iTunes for MediaMonkey for how to use it.Read more...
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors

  • 'Continuity Activation Tool' Enables Handoff on Older Macs

    Juli Clover
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    With iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, Apple introduced "Continuity," a set of features designed to allow for deeper integration between Macs and iOS devices. Unfortunately, some Continuity features are limited to Macs with Bluetooth 4.0, which leaves many older Macs unable to access the new features. Additionally, even though the 2011 MacBook Air and 2011 Mac mini include Bluetooth 4.0, Apple has opted not to allow them to access Continuity features. Luckily, many resourceful members of the MacRumors forums have come up with solutions to allow them to enable Continuity on their older Macs, and…
  • Apple to Continue Evaluating GT's Sapphire Production Progress, Looking for New Uses for Arizona Plant

    Juli Clover
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Earlier today, GT Advanced Technologies officially announced its settlement with Apple, which will see the two companies dissolving their partnership, ending their production agreement, and eliminating contractual ties that kept GT from selling its sapphire to other parties. Under the agreement, GT Advanced will be selling off its remaining sapphire, along with 2,000 sapphire furnaces, with much of the proceeds going to Apple to repay the $439 million loan it provided to get the operation underway. Apple has now commented on the settlement with GT Advanced, telling Re/code that GT's…
  • Rite Aid Disables Apple Pay Support After Initially Accepting Payments

    Kelly Hodgkins
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    A growing number of Apple Pay users are angry with retailer Rite Aid following the reported disabling of the mobile payment service within the past 24 hours. Apple Pay should technically be compatible with any point-of-sale systems supporting NFC technology, but customers who made successful Apple Pay payments earlier this week have found their payments were being denied yesterday and today. Among the disgruntled users was Josh Hudnall, who shared his experiences and his conclusions that Rite Aid is deliberately crippling its payment systems to prevent Apple Pay transactions. Today, Allison…
  • Nike CEO Hints at Continued Partnership With Apple to Develop Stylish Fitness Wearables

    Kelly Hodgkins
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    Nike CEO Mark Parker sat down with Bloomberg's Stephanie Ruhle to discuss the company's brand and product strategy (via The Guardian). During the 13-minute-long "Market Makers" segment, Parker confirmed that he is bullish on Apple and the wearables market, hinting at a continued partnership between the two companies at the 9:45 mark. Though Nike recently discontinued further development on its FuelBand fitness wearables, the sports and fitness company is not ready to abandon the wearables market, instead waiting for the market to mature beyond it current geeky status. "I think it’s going to…
  • GT Advanced Technologies Officially Announces Sapphire Settlement With Apple

    Eric Slivka
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    Earlier this week, it was revealed that Apple and its sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies had reached an agreement to effectively dissolve their partnership and allow GT to shut down operations at the Apple-owned sapphire production plant in Mesa, Arizona. Under the deal, GT will seek to sell off the over 2,000 sapphire furnaces currently installed at the facility, with the majority of the proceeds from those sales going to Apple to help repay $439 million in loans Apple made to help the operation get underway. GT has now officially announced the deal and published the full…
 
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  • 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.
  • Work Life Balance?

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

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

  • 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 you still feel like you’re not making enough progress? In addition to building a social following, writing weekly blog posts, and managing your 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…
  • 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…
  • How Empathy Maps Help You Speak Directly to the Hearts of Your Audience

    Jerod Morris
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    As we enter the conclusion of our three-part series on content strategy, you should already know what your audience believes about the world and have a narrative mapped out that will allow you to confirm your audience’s worldviews. Now it’s time to explain the final piece of the content strategy puzzle. This piece creates an emotional connection between you and your audience. It’s a component that makes your audience think: “Hey, they get me. They understand me. They know what I’m thinking and feeling.” I’m talking, of course, about empathy —…
  • Guest Posting Best Practices From Copyblogger’s Guest Post Gatekeeper

    Stefanie Flaxman
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Many years ago, when I began developing my personal guest posting strategy, Copyblogger sat atop my “Where I Want to Guest Post” list. Five years later, I achieved my goal. So, how did I spend the time between making my list and May 23, 2013 when my first blog post appeared on Copyblogger? Rigorously practicing my writing, of course. Although I had high hopes of guest posting for Copyblogger during the early stages of my online copy editing business, it was my rejection from Copyblogger that shaped my subsequent guest posting success. Ironically, it also led me to my current…
  • Why Copyblogger Is Killing Its Facebook Page

    Erika Napoletano
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Have you ever stared at something, knowing you’re doing everything right, but it still won’t … freaking … work? That’s how Copyblogger has felt about its Facebook page for quite some time. As of today, the page has 38,000 “fans,” but Copyblogger’s presence on Facebook has not been beneficial for the brand or its audience. Just over three months ago, Brian Clark reached out to me for some extra help on the page. He thought that, given the success I have with my own Facebook page, several others I’ve managed for clients over the years, and…
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    Macworld

  • Ello makes its ad-free promise a legal one, too

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:55 am
    It’s one thing to say your social network will never be like Facebook, it’s another to enshrine that promise in legal documents. Ello, a social site whose claim to fame is an anti-ad manifesto, is doing just that by filing to become a public benefit corporation. A benefit corporation is a company that chooses to be socially conscious of how its decisions affect not just shareholders or investors, but also its customers, employees, and the environment. Ello won’t get any tax benefits for being a do-good social network, but the charter the company filed prevents current and future…
  • Vintage Apple-1 computer sells for a record $905,000

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    This article originally appeared on Computerworld.com. A 38-year-old working Apple-1 personal computer sold Wednesday at auction for a record $905,000, almost double the auctioneer’s high-end estimate. The aged Apple-1—the first pre-assembled personal computer, although it lacked such amenities as power supply, keyboard or display—was sold by auction house Bonhams in New York to The Ford Foundation, which will put it on display at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich. The final gavel price was $750,000, but including Bonhams’ commission of $175,000 and taxes, the total was…
  • Broken record: iPad naysaying from the usual suspects

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Were you people aware that Rob Enderle is still a thing? A thing that sometimes writes about Apple? The Macalope was astounded to find this out yet again. Every time he’s pointed to a piece by Enderle he does a double-take. How wrong can someone be time and time again and not simply wink out of existence? Turns out quite a lot! ”Tablet Wars: The iPad Drifts Toward Mediocrity” (indirect link with a tip o’ the antlers to Shawn King) Rob would know about tablet mediocrity, having previously touted the Dell Mini 5 because—and this is an actual quote—“You can put the Dell Mini in a…
  • Social media scheduler Buffer goes big with iOS 8 update optimized for iPads

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Social media addicts, self-promoters, and small businesses know the pain of managing various social networking accounts. There are various solutions for helping you schedule and stay on top of posting to your slew of accounts at perfect times throughout the day, but one reliable go-to for iOS users is Buffer. The service just got a big upgrade for iOS 8 that is finally (finally!) optimized for the iPad. Buffer's iOS 8 update takes advantage of Apple's new share extensions.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Papers, Please creator's new game invokes Mac Plus era

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Return of the Obra Dinn transports you to 1808. You're an insurance adjustor for the East India Company. And it's all done in 1-bit graphics.
 
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Reducing Abandoned Shopping Carts In E-Commerce

    Keir Whitaker
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:43 am
    In March 2014, the Baymard Institute, a web research company based in the UK, reported that 67.91%1 of online shopping carts are abandoned. An abandonment means that a customer has visited a website, browsed around, added one or more products to their cart and then left without completing their purchase. A month later in April 2014, Econsultancy stated2 that global retailers are losing $3 trillion (USD) in sales every year from abandoned carts. Clearly, reducing the number of abandoned carts would lead to higher store revenue — the goal of every online retailer. The question then…
  • Design Accessibly, See Differently: Color Contrast Tips And Tools

    Cathy O' Connor
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:07 am
    When you browse your favorite website or check the latest version of your product on your device of choice, take a moment to look at it differently. Step back from the screen. Close your eyes slightly so that your vision is a bit clouded by your eyelashes. Can you still see and use the website? Are you able to read the labels, fields, buttons, navigation and small footer text? Can you imagine how someone who sees differently would read and use it? In this article, I’ll share one aspect of design accessibility: making sure that the look and feel (the visual design of the content) are…
  • Hybrid Mobile Apps: Providing A Native Experience With Web Technologies

    Patrick Rudolph
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    According to a recent report1, HTML is the most widely used language for mobile app developers. The main reasons among developers for selecting web technologies2 are cross-platform portability of code and the low cost of development. We’ve also heard that hybrid apps tend to be sluggish and poorly designed. Let’s prove whether it’s possible to deliver the native look and feel that we’re used to. This article provides many hints, code snippets and lessons learned on how to build great hybrid mobile apps. I’ll briefly introduce hybrid mobile app development, including its benefits and…
  • Improving Your Information Architecture With Card Sorting: A Beginner’s Guide

    Pierre Croft
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    Information architecture (IA) is one of those buzzwords you’ve probably heard before. It refers to the organization of the information on your website and how it all fits together. When planning your IA, involve users of your website in the process as soon as you can. In this article, we’ll discuss card sorting, a tried and true technique for doing just that. We’ll go through some practical tips for running a card-sorting session, and also cover some examples. What Is Information Architecture? One of the great things about modern web design is the way it considers users’ needs from…
  • Be A Better Designer By Eating An Elephant

    Alexander Charchar
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    I can’t imagine any other industry in which so much change happens so quickly. If you stop paying attention for a week, it can feel like you’ve not been listening for a year. There’s so much to learn. Falling behind is easy, too. We might be in the middle of a major project, so we put off learning about this newfangled thing called Sass or Node.js or even quickly experimenting with the new Bootstrap or Foundation that everyone is raving about. Before we know it, we have these elephants of missing knowledge wandering around our minds, reminding us of what we should know and do but…
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • 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…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Alan Hess!

    Brad Moore
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Photo by Nadra Farina-HessMy name is Alan Hess and I love being a photographer. I am really lucky that I get to photograph things for a living. As the house photographer for a large indoor arena in San Diego I get to capture some of the biggest names in music like Cher, The Who, Taylor Swift, Justin Beiber, as well as other events like the NBA, MMA, and the WWE. This year we will also have a Professional Bull Rider event. But even with the wide variety of events I get to shoot, once in a while I still find myself in a creative rut. That’s where personal projects come in.For me, that is…
  • I’m Calling in Sick (cough, cough)

    Scott Kelby
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    I had hoped to have some meaningful, substantive post for this morning, but when I got home last light, I realized a cold was coming on, so instead of writing that awesome post I hit the sack early thinking a good night’s sleep would knock it out. Sadly, that was not the case so I’m kind of laying low today for the most part.Hoping to be better for tomorrow’s episode of “The Grid” because Dave Black is here, and we’re doing Blind Critiques, so my fingers are crossed but long story short, blah, blah, blah, I don’t have that good blog post for today…
  • Yes…it’s come down to this…

    Scott Kelby
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    You know if the Monday after the game I post a Demotivational Poster, I probably didn’t have a great shoot. I know that generally as the season progresses you’re supposed to get better and better,right? And I was really feeling like I was “in the zone” two weeks ago at the Falcons/Giants game at the Meadlowlands, but dang I just do not know what happened yesterday but I just had a real clunker!It seemed like I was always in the wrong position, and I missed some stuff I definitely should have caught, and I was just generally to the point that I wanted to chuck my gear…
  • Way Cool Little-Known Lightroom Mobile Feature (Plus Lots of Photo Walk Stuff)

    Scott Kelby
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:23 am
    If you missed “The Grid” this week, we started right off with a short tutorial on a little-known feature in Lightroom Mobile that is just too cool (we start the show, posted above, with the demo), and then after the demo I talk about how at the Adobe Max conference last week they added one new thing that made it tremendously better. Really worth checking out.We also cover lots of Worldwide Photo Walk stuff, and the fact that my buddy Bill Fortney just launched a new series of eBooks on a bunch of photography categories, and we take lots of questions and (wait for it…wait for…
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    Digital Photography School

  • How to Add a Grunge Effect to Your Portraits Using Lightroom

    Gina Milicia
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    All images copyright Gina Milicia – Model credits from left to right: Jess Kenneally, Nathan Kennedy, Firass Dirani. Gina has a new dPS ebook just released – Portraits: After the Shot – check out out! The style of side lighting (in the image below) is a great way to enhance muscle definition, and the post-production technique complements the lighting style. You can see that it appears as if Nathan has far better muscle definition in his after shot. I love using this post-production technique in character portraits for the entertainment industry, advertising and editorial…
  • 5 Tips for More Successful Event Photography Using a Shot List

    Suzi Pratt
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Company parties. Special galas. Nonprofit fundraisers. When someone asks you to shoot one of these events, you aren’t exactly leaping for joy, right? Corporate event photography can get a bad reputation among creatives, mostly because it sounds like an unglamorous style of photography. While it is true that many aspects of corporate event photos can be very rote, these events actually a huge advantage that can lead to even more creative expression. Here’s why: There is almost always a set structure and schedule to corporate events that rarely deviates, meaning it is incredibly…
  • Who Are You as a Photographer?

    Nick Fancher
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    This is a shot I did on my own for my portfolio. In other words, it was unpaid. Who am I? This is a question that I ask myself all the time. What kind of photography do I do? Since I am inspired by so many different photographers, across multiple genres (fashion, portrait, photojournalist, product, commercial), it can get hard for me to remember that I can’t be all things to all people, or clients. For the sake of time, I’ve had to learn to narrow down the types of photography that I will pursue. It takes a considerable amount of time and energy to pursue new clients, to test the…
  • 5 Easy Steps to Exposure Blending for High Contast Landscapes

    Bruce Wunderlich
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Final Image: Bear Rock, Dolly Sod Wilderness Area, West Virginia. Sunrise and Sunsets can be extremely contrasting and very challenging to capture the wide exposure range. Here’s a problem I am sure you have encountered, instances where you try to photograph an image that has a greater range of light and dark than your camera can accurately capture. In the example above, when we set our exposure to expose the sky correctly, the foreground objects are severely under-exposed. Likewise, if we set our exposure to correctly expose the foreground, the sky is blown out and loses almost…
  • Five Ways to Improve Your Eye for Composition

    Andrew S. Gibson
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    An eye for composition is one of the things that elevates the work of the best photographers above the rest. One of the best ways to learn about composition is focus on applying one idea at a time. You can treat it as an exercise that will help you improve your composition skills, the same way that piano players practice scales. Here are five ideas to get you started. #1 Use a single lens Lenses have an enormous influence on the look of a photo, and the best way to learn exactly what effect they have is to spend some time using just one lens. Ideally it would be a prime lens, but if you have…
 
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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)

  • Panono announces pricing and availability for rolling ball camera

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:20 pm
    German startup Panono has announced availability and pricing for its ball-shaped Panono Camera. The device shoots spherical panorama images and will cost $549/€549 when it ships worldwide in the spring of 2015. The first to receive the camera will be the backers of the crowd-funding project the company used to get started before the camera goes on general release. Learn more
  • Canon announces EOS C100 Mark II

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Canon has announced the upcoming release of its second-generation EOS C100 Mark II digital video camera. The device houses a Super 35mm 8.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, and is positioned as an affordable solution for film and video production, providing a variety of new design and performance upgrades. Read more
  • Pentax launches K-S1 Sweets Collection

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Ricoh Imaging is set to introduce three new colors for the company’s Pentax K-S1 DSLR camera in what it calls the 'Sweets Collection'. Already available in 12 different main body colors, the 20-million-pixel APS-C camera will now also come with a white body featuring cyan, yellow or magenta colored panels. The company has named these Strawberry Cake, Blue Cream Soda and Lime Pie, and each features the trademark colored light strip on the handgrip of the original K-S1 that was launched back in August.
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional's opinion

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    With the increasing affordability of digital full frame cameras, there's been speculation about the future of APS-C as an enthusiast format. But with the launch of the 7D Mark II, Canon has made it pretty clear it believes there's still a high-end market for crop-sensor formats. We spoke to Bettina Hansen, a photographer who regularly shoots Canon and has experience working with the original EOS 7D to see what she made of the new camera
  • Canon PowerShot G7 X First Impressions updated

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    From the outside, Canon's PowerShot G7 X enthusiast compact looks like the S-series models that came before it, but inside it's an entirely different story. The G7 X offers a 20MP 1"-type BSI CMOS sensor, a 24-100mm equiv. F1.8-2.8 lens and built-in Wi-Fi with NFC. We've made a substantial update to our First Impressions Review of the G7 X including a writeup of our shooting experience and performance tests. Read more
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • 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…
  • TIP: Saving Prints and an Awesome Printing Deal for This Weekend

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:23 am
    Hey everyone and Happy Friday! My friends over at Mpix.com have an incredible 20% off (site wide) deal this weekend (see bottom of post for more details) and I thought I’d pass along a cool printing tip that goes along with Lightroom if you’re printing from a Photo Lab. See, the Print module in Lightroom is by far one of the easiest places to lay out a print. The layers, and masks, etc… that you’d need in Photoshop would take much longer than doing it in Lightroom. In Lightroom it’s basically drag-and-drop. But the question always pops up after people see this:…
  • NEWS: Photoshop Elements 13 Is Released!

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

  • Apple's TestFlight Beta Testing Service Now Available for Developers

    Juli Clover
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
    Apple today began notifying developers that its TestFlight Beta Testing platform is now live and available for immediate use. TestFlight Beta Testing is designed to make it easier for developers to invite users to test pre-release versions of apps.You can now invite up to 1,000 testers to beta test your iOS apps by simply sending them an email invitation through iTunes Connect. Once they accept your invitation, testers can install your beta app on their iOS devices, get updated builds, and provide feedback, all within the TestFlight app.TestFlight has long been used as an app beta testing…
  • Foxconn Looking to Build $5.7 Billion iPhone Display Factory to Win Apple Orders

    Eric Slivka
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:36 am
    Apple's main assembly partner for iOS devices, Foxconn, is looking to increase its presence in Apple's supply chain as it considers constructing a new plant to provide displays for the popular devices, according to The Wall Street Journal. Total investment in the project could reach $5.7 billion.Foxconn, formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. , is discussing a possible investment with the government of Zhengzhou, about 750 kilometers south of Beijing, according to people familiar with the talks. The two sides are discussing terms such as how to divide the investment, which could…
  • How to Use 'Instant Hotspot' On a Mac with OS X Yosemite

    Richard Padilla
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:21 pm
    With OS X Yosemite, Apple has included a number of Continuity features that improve the integration between iOS and Mac devices. OS X Yosemite includes a feature called Instant Hotspot which allows users to more easily use their iPhone's wireless cellular data connection from their Mac or iPad. With Instant Hotspot, there is no longer a need to enter a password to connect as security is handled through a common iCloud account. An iPhone can even be in sleep mode and allow your Mac to initiate Instant Hotspot, with no additional settings needing to be enabled aside from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
  • Olloclip Debuts New 4-in-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

    Juli Clover
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Popular photography accessory maker Olloclip today unveiled an all new 4-in-1 photo lens designed for the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus. The 4-in-1 Photo Lens has been completely revamped for Apple's iPhone 6 devices and has gained several new features. For the first time, the Olloclip lens is designed to work with both the front and rear-facing cameras, letting users take both traditional photos and selfies with the four lenses. Like previous Olloclip accessories, the newest version includes fisheye, wide-angle, 10x and 15x macro lenses. Both the fisheye and the wide-angle lenses provide a wider…
  • Amazon Confirms Plans to Support Apple Pay on Visa Rewards Card in the Future

    Kelly Hodgkins
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    Following the launch of Apple Pay earlier this week, a number of users were disappointed to discover that the Amazon Rewards Card offered by Chase was not supported, although the reason for the omission was unclear given that many other Chase cards do support Apple Pay. Amazon has, however, now confirmed to GeekWire that it does plan to support Apple Pay with the card in the future. Amazon reportedly is working to enable the service for launch at an undisclosed date. But an Amazon spokesman confirmed to GeekWire this evening it is working to enable the Amazon.com Rewards Visa Card for use on…
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    CNN Travel

  • CNNGo in Japan: Wagyu, ramen, sake

    hiufu
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:23 am
    From exquisite tempura to perfect noodles, this culinary journey hits the hot spots in a land bursting with flavorA taste of delicious TokyoMaking the purest sakeBuying the freshest fish in JapanWarning: This episode of CNNGo may cause intense hunger pangs followed by a sudden urge to book a flight to Japan. We've been to Japan before, but with our latest episode, CNNGo dishes up the finest food the country has to offer.  Starting in the whimsical Tokyo kitchen of Michelin-starred chef Yoshihiro Narisawa, we then travel south to a Wagyu cattle farm that raises the country's famous Kobe…
  • CNNGo in Bali: Legends, cocktails and an amazing pig roast

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

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

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

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