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  • The strange things all couples do on date night [video]

    Holy Kaw!
    Josh Urich
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Couples date night. The three best/worst words in the relationship language. How many times have you and your significant other had that dinner argument, "So, what are you getting? Wait, I was going to get that. Well...what do we do?"
  • Wearables Finally Get a Chip That Can Handle Consumer Expectations

    Mashable
    Pete Pachal
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:01 pm
    The so-called Internet of Things — encompassing everything from smart fridges to fitness trackers — has turned all kinds of products into computers. And every single computer needs a processor, and those processors consume power. This is why it's important to have a whole different class of chip for devices without a traditional user interface — "embedded" processors. ARM, the company that has chip tech is in almost every smartphone today, just gave the category a big upgrade. See also: Why I Won't Be Buying an Apple Watch The company's 32-bit Cortex-M7 chip architecture is…
  • Home Depot's Customer Security Nightmare Continues

    Fast Company
    Neal Ungerleider
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Home Depot's security headaches increase with revelations that a former high-level security employee is now in prison for hacking.Handyman favorite Home Depot, which recently suffered one of the worst consumer data leaks in history, just learned a lesson the hard way: Always run background checks on your security team. Amid a massive investigation into the company's information security practices, it turns out their former senior architect of IT security was fired from his last job for sabotaging his employer's network--and is now serving federal prison time.Read Full Story
  • Mobile Wallet Laughingstock Clinkle Finally Launches To Let You Pay Friends And Earn “Treats”

    TechCrunch
    Josh Constine
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:46 pm
     After 17 months of jokes about vaporware college payments startup Clinkle, its iOS and Android apps finally launched today at a few colleges. Clinkle lets you pay friends, get a pre-paid Visa, and earn gifts like Baskin-Robbins ice cream for buying stuff with your Clinkle card. The trick is that Clinkle gamifies payments. You can only see Treats sent to you by friends if you pay with your… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    For a long time, Australians thought of themselves as living on the edge of the Earth, a long haul from markets, from industries and from colleagues. Today, of course, Australia is precisely in the middle. That's because the world keeps getting smaller and ideas and connection are the currencies that matter, not atoms or molecules. Consider this new campaign for really comfortable handmade shoes from Lahore. Lahore as in Pakistan. Handmade leather shoes are a click away, regardless of where they were made, but you might choose these.  There will always be two ends of the market. There's…
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    Holy Kaw!

  • The strange things all couples do on date night [video]

    Josh Urich
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Couples date night. The three best/worst words in the relationship language. How many times have you and your significant other had that dinner argument, "So, what are you getting? Wait, I was going to get that. Well...what do we do?"
  • Point-of-view video of falcons hunting crows [video]

    Josh Urich
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Falcons. Hunting. Crows. This video is the manliest thing since cooking steaks with lava. Watch from the falcon's point-of-view as these birds of prey hunt crows. It's like a dog fight with fighter jets, but even more awesome.
  • How a sushi chef slices a cucumber [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:46 pm
    When does slicing a cucumber rival the best of world's ballets for elegance and grace? When it's done by the hands of a sushi chef, in this case, preparing Morokyuu, a pleasing little palate cleanser.
  • Danish dad tells his sons that he won $2.7m in the best possible way [video]

    Josh Urich
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    This Danish dad has the self control of a champion. He very, very slowly tells his kids he won a bunch of money. It takes him about five minutes to actually get to the big prize. Meanwhile, the kids are going nuts. Dad of the year? Yup.
  • Frogs can’t get enough of worm TV [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Trying to catch all the frogs in your backyard? Turns out they're no better at resisting the pull of a good YouTube video any more than the next creature. They're literally falling all over each other to see what the worms do next.
 
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    Mashable

  • Wearables Finally Get a Chip That Can Handle Consumer Expectations

    Pete Pachal
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:01 pm
    The so-called Internet of Things — encompassing everything from smart fridges to fitness trackers — has turned all kinds of products into computers. And every single computer needs a processor, and those processors consume power. This is why it's important to have a whole different class of chip for devices without a traditional user interface — "embedded" processors. ARM, the company that has chip tech is in almost every smartphone today, just gave the category a big upgrade. See also: Why I Won't Be Buying an Apple Watch The company's 32-bit Cortex-M7 chip architecture is…
  • Vizio Launches 4K TVs You Can Actually Afford

    Pete Pachal
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Remember when Vizio promised to make an Ultra HD TV something regular people could actually afford when they unveiled a model in January that cost less than $1,000? That's finally happening with the launch of the company's P-Series of sets. To be clear, there are Ultra HD or 4K TVs that cost less than Vizio's 50-inch model, but you'd be hard-preseed to recognize the brands, and they may be lacking in cruicial hardware. See also: 4K vs. HD: Here's the Difference Vizio calls its UHD sets "P" for performance, and they range in size from 50 to 70 inches, at 5-inch increments. The company says it…
  • 12 Epic Ways People Have Quit Their Jobs

    Brian Koerber
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Every day people fantasize about the many ingenious, creative and disruptive ways they can finally quit their crappy jobs Most of these daydreams stay within our imagination and rarely become reality. And the majority of people leave the job they hate with a dignified two weeks notice or a quiet letter of resignation See also: The 7 Most Important Things to Do Before You Quit Your Job to Freelance But, for now, you can live vicariously through the few brave employees who lived out their grand dreams of quitting with a vengeance, until you can muster up the courage to quit on your terms Do you…
  • Pee Wee Football Team Loses to Its Own Banner

    Brian Koerber
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:11 pm
    The Wallkill Mighty Mites of Wallkill, New York, opened its season with a 24-0 victory, but the pee wee football players were no match for a mighty banner A dozen 6- to 7-year-old players ran face-first into the massive sign before the person holding the banner finally lost his grip Linebackers don't have anything on paper. What It Looks Like to Bend Your iPhone 6 Plus Adorable Dog Returns Lost Items for KLM Airlines William Shatner Singing 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Is a Fantastic Reality Jimmy Fallon Looks Totally Hot With Sofia Vergara's Mouth Read more... More about Viral Videos, Children,…
  • What It Looks Like to Bend Your iPhone 6 Plus

    Christina Warren
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Earlier today, we saw photos that suggested the iPhone 6 Plus is bending inside some user's pockets. So YouTube channel Unbox Therapy decided to put an iPhone 6 Plus to the ultimate bend test — on video. Spoiler alert: We find out that aluminum is bendable. (Thin aluminum attached to a large surface area bends especially easily.) So if you own the new 5.5-inch phone, this video might just encourage you to invest in a case. You might also want to keep it out of your pants pockets for long, too — especially if they are tight. Pee Wee Football Team Loses to Its Own Banner Adorable…
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    Fast Company

  • Home Depot's Customer Security Nightmare Continues

    Neal Ungerleider
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Home Depot's security headaches increase with revelations that a former high-level security employee is now in prison for hacking.Handyman favorite Home Depot, which recently suffered one of the worst consumer data leaks in history, just learned a lesson the hard way: Always run background checks on your security team. Amid a massive investigation into the company's information security practices, it turns out their former senior architect of IT security was fired from his last job for sabotaging his employer's network--and is now serving federal prison time.Read Full Story
  • See How Far Everything On Your Desk Has Evolved

    KC Ifeanyi
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    Hint: A lot of crap is virtually useless now.Desks today don't know how easy they have it.Read Full Story
  • Your Next Innovative Idea Could Be A Restaurant Visit Away

    KC Ifeanyi
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Starwood Hotels' VP and creative director Stephen Gates has some unorthodox sources for creative inspiration that are paying off big.Kindergarten was a confusing time for Stephen Gates. While most children simply read storybooks, Gates was making them in his basement with his dad. Gates is what he calls a second-generation creative: His father was a creative director and his mother was a toy maker. How Gates sees it, "I'm not really sure I had much choice but to go into design."Read Full Story
  • This Samsung Cord Will Let Your Mobile Devices Share Power

    Peter Wade
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:16 am
    The new $20 cable transfers power from your Samsung device to anything with a micro USB port.There are few things as stressful in this modern world as being stranded with a dead mobile device and no power outlets in sight. But with Samsung's new $20 Power Sharing cable, you can transfer power from your Samsung phone to another mobile device.Read Full Story
  • PayPal Vendors Can Now Accept Bitcoin

    Alice Truong
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    The company struck deals with BitPay, Coinbase, and GoCoin to process bitcoin payments.PayPal, the payments giant once ambivalent about bitcoin, is finally warming to the virtual currency.Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Mobile Wallet Laughingstock Clinkle Finally Launches To Let You Pay Friends And Earn “Treats”

    Josh Constine
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:46 pm
     After 17 months of jokes about vaporware college payments startup Clinkle, its iOS and Android apps finally launched today at a few colleges. Clinkle lets you pay friends, get a pre-paid Visa, and earn gifts like Baskin-Robbins ice cream for buying stuff with your Clinkle card. The trick is that Clinkle gamifies payments. You can only see Treats sent to you by friends if you pay with your… Read More
  • Gobble Promises To Help Customers Make Delicious Meals In 10 Minutes Or Less

    Anthony Ha
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:18 pm
     If you like the idea of cooking, but not, y’know, the actual work (or the fact that the food might turn out pretty badly), then Gobble may be the startup for you. And I don’t mean that in a condescending way. When I try to cook, I do a decent job of frying an egg or boiling spaghetti, but anything more than that and I start to nervous. So I feel like I’m on Gobble’s… Read More
  • Microsoft Backtracks After Senior Employee Says “Windows 9”

    Alex Wilhelm
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:18 pm
     Worried that Microsoft was going to keep the “Threshold” codename on the next version of Windows? Fret not, it probably won’t: In a speech to employees, Alain Crozier, president of Microsoft France, called the new operating system “Windows 9″ quite recently, and there is tape of it. Read More
  • PRSS Digital Magazine Platform Acquired By Apple

    Darrell Etherington
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:28 pm
     Apple has acquired Dutch digital magazine startup Prss, a platform that makes it easy to create iPad-compatible magazines using tools that don’t require any knowledge of code. The company is essentially a magazine-focused version of iBooks Author, and the deal could mean better native publishing tools for digital periodicals. The acquisition was first reported by iCulture, a Dutch… Read More
  • How Much Better Is Each New iPhone’s Camera? Here’s An Excellent Comparison

    Greg Kumparak
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:24 pm
     It’s easy to say that the iPhone’s camera has gotten better over time — that’s pretty much a given. But how much better? Lisa Bettany, co-founder of Camera+, decided to put it to the test. Eight generations of iPhone, lined up in a row… all taking the same photo. The results are pretty damn neat. The differences start to get a bit less massive as you reach the… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Smaller and smaller

    Seth Godin
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    For a long time, Australians thought of themselves as living on the edge of the Earth, a long haul from markets, from industries and from colleagues. Today, of course, Australia is precisely in the middle. That's because the world keeps getting smaller and ideas and connection are the currencies that matter, not atoms or molecules. Consider this new campaign for really comfortable handmade shoes from Lahore. Lahore as in Pakistan. Handmade leather shoes are a click away, regardless of where they were made, but you might choose these.  There will always be two ends of the market. There's…
  • But the Beatles were out of tune

    Seth Godin
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:33 am
    The pedant (that's what we call someone who is pedantic, a picker of nits, eager to find the little thing that's wrong or out of place) is afraid. He's afraid and he's projecting his fear on you, the person who did something, who shipped something, who stood up and said, "here, I made this." Without a doubt, when the Beatles played Shea Stadium, Paul was a little out of tune. Without a doubt, the Gettysburg Address had one or two word choice issues. Without a doubt, that restaurant down the street isn't perfect. That's okay. They made something.  Sure, make it better, by all means put…
  • Producers and consumers

    Seth Godin
    21 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    In the short run, it's more fun to be a consumer. It sure seems like consumers have power. The customer is always right, of course. The consumer can walk away and shop somewhere else. In the long run, though, the smart producer wins, because the consumer comes to forget how to produce. As producers consolidate (and they often do) they are the ones who ultimately set the agenda. Producers do best when they serve the market, but they also have the power to lead the market. The more you produce and the more needs you meet, the more freedom you earn.        
  • What everyone reads

    Seth Godin
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:41 am
    Everyone used to read the morning paper because everyone did. Everyone like us, anyway. The people in our group, the informed ones. We all read the same paper. Everyone used to read the selection of the book of the month club, because everyone did. And everyone used to watch the same TV shows too. It was part of being not only informed, but in sync. Today, of course, that's awfully unlikely. Only 1 or 2 percent of the population watch the typical 'hit' show on cable. Of course, it's entirely possible that everyone in your circle, the circle you wish to be respected by, is watching the same…
  • What are you seeking at work?

    Seth Godin
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:06 am
    Some people want safety and respect. They want to know what the work rules are, they want a guarantee that the effort required is both predictable and rewarded. They seek an environment where they won't feel pushed around, surprised or taken advantage of. Other people want challenge and autonomy. They want the opportunity to grow and to delight or inspire the people around them. They seek both organizational and personal challenges, and they like to solve interesting problems. Without a doubt, there's an overlap here, but if you find that your approach to the people around you isn't…
 
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    WIRED

  • Even the Tiniest Broken Part Can End an F1 Race Before It Begins

    Jordan Golson
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:34 pm
    To finish first, the old saying goes, one must first finish. Nowhere is that racing truism more evident these days than at Mercedes F1, where the failure of a wiring harness knocked Nico Rosberg out of Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix after the 13th lap. It was a crushing setback for the German, who had been […] The post Even the Tiniest Broken Part Can End an F1 Race Before It Begins appeared first on WIRED.
  • Man vs. Machine: M2M Needs H2H to Become Smarter — Collaboration Makes It Possible

    Marc-Alexis Rémond, Polycom
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:42 am
    Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technology is here to stay and will continue to be one of the fastest growing areas in technology — both in enterprise and consumer markets. Devices like the Apple Watch are not only capable of telling time and providing restaurant recommendations, they also come with sensors that monitor activities, capture data and report […] The post Man vs. Machine: M2M Needs H2H to Become Smarter — Collaboration Makes It Possible appeared first on WIRED.
  • Facebook Lays Out Its Roadmap for Creating Internet-Connected Drones

    Issie Lapowsky
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:07 am
    If tech companies like Facebook and Google have their way, everyone in the world will have access to the internet within the next few decades. But one thing's certain: it's going to be a bumpy ride. The post Facebook Lays Out Its Roadmap for Creating Internet-Connected Drones appeared first on WIRED.
  • Digital Education: One Giant Leap for Students — and Teachers Too?

    Duncan Higgins, Virgin Media Business
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:05 am
    The recent introduction of coding across classrooms in the UK is a mini Apollo moon-landing as far as children’s education in the 21st century goes. Picture scenes of 5-year-olds coming home from school and telling their parents about algorithms, debugging and Boolean logic! Parents, are you feeling slightly spooked by reading this? Then brace yourselves to […] The post Digital Education: One Giant Leap for Students — and Teachers Too? appeared first on WIRED.
  • New App Wants to Make Trading Stocks as Easy as Posting Selfies

    Marcus Wohlsen
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Standing in line for coffee may seem like an awkward time to trade stocks. But for the makers of the new app Robinhood, those casual moments are exactly when they want to reach a new generation of potential investors. The post New App Wants to Make Trading Stocks as Easy as Posting Selfies appeared first on WIRED.
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  • Why Your Blog Isn’t Growing and How to Make It A Success

    Guest Blogger
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:35 am
    This is a guest contribution from Gary Dek from StartABlog123.com. If your blog is dependent on Google search engine rankings like most websites, you should know that one record month of traffic can easily be followed by a record low. Growing your blog’s traffic and revenue requires leveraging traffic and design strategies to build and retain visitors, eventually converting them into loyal readers and followers. Otherwise, you risk the chance of starting from zero after an algorithm update. Here are some possible reasons your blog is failing to capitalize on its current readership, and…
  • ProBlogger Event 2014 – Wrap Up

    Darren Rowse
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:14 am
    It is hard to believe but the 2014 ProBlogger Training event is already last month and if I’m honest with you – I’m still reeling from it a little. Image by WonderWebby What an amazing two days! This was our second year of holding the event on the Gold Coast in Queensland Australia but it was the first time we’d had over 500 attendees all in the one room. When I came up with the idea for the first PBEVENT back in 2010 I envisaged a small group of bloggers gathering around a board table in a meeting room somewhere but had no idea of what would happen to the event…
  • 5 Unique Ways to Increase Your Blog Traffic

    Guest Blogger
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:57 pm
    This is a guest contribution from SEO expert Zach Radford. Today, you don’t gain blog traffic by paying for backlinks or by swapping them like the old days. Instead, you need to focus on creating quality content that is beneficial to your visitors. We know that. But how do you do it? And do it consistently? The content should solve main problems faced by your reader. It should be actionable, specific and relevant to the audience. If you do this, your audience will come to trust your site, and visit it regularly looking for new content. They will also engage with you, which helps you to…
  • Q&A: Your Social Media Strategy

    Stacey Roberts
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am
    There’s not much Darren hasn’t tried in the way of social media, and using it as a complement to his blog. In this webinar (available in full to ProBlogger.com members), he outlines his method for success, as well as answering your questions about how to make the best use of this media. Darren covers: Where social media fits in your blogging journey What hierarchy of importance social media should go in (because you can’t be across everything!) How to find readers How to build a presence How often you should update your social media channels Hints for scheduling your content…
  • Case Study: My Experiment with Starting a 2nd Facebook Page for My Blog

    Darren Rowse
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:26 am
    Regular readers of ProBlogger would know that over the last 18 months, I’ve put a lot of effort into Facebook – particularly by building up the Digital Photography School Facebook page. I’ve worked hard in that time to grow both the reach and influence of the page and while there have been ups and downs along the way, it has paid off in a fairly major way – with Facebook becoming the second-biggest referrer of traffic to Digital Photography School on any given day. In the last year and a half I’ve developed a publishing rhythm on the dPS Facebook page that works…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • Get More from Difficult People by Shaping Your Requests as Questions

    Patrick Allan
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Whether you're at work or at home, it can be hard to get information or help from someone who just likes to be difficult. Asking them a question that gets them involved—instead of just being demanding—can help.Read more...
  • What Are Your Favorite Xposed Modules?

    Whitson Gordon
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:08 pm
    The Xposed framework is an awesome way to create your own customized version of Android , and there are a ton of awesome modules out there. Share some of your favorites.Read more...
  • Compare Colleges Based On Graduate Starting Salary with This Tool

    Patrick Allan
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    One way to look at schools for you or your children to attend is by how much income graduates can potentially earn, and this tool lists over 1000 US colleges to compare.Read more...
  • Deadspin Don't Have Kids?

    Jane-Claire Quigley on Kinja Roundup, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Deadspin Don't Have Kids? Don't Go To The Pumpkin Patch. | Gawker Poor People Do Not Just Blow Any Money They Get | Gizmodo How to Build a Breast Pump That Doesn't Suck | Jalopnik Answers To The Ten Car Questions You Were Too Afraid To Ask | Kinja Popular Posts Read more...
  • This Flowchart Explains The Severity of Different Types of Plagiarism

    Patrick Allan
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Plagiarism is a serious offense, but it can be hard to determine if you've actually plagiarized or not. This flow chart helps you determine if you've plagiarized, and explains the severity of each type of violation.Read more...
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors

  • Apple May Have Acquired iPad Publishing Platform Prss

    Juli Clover
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Apple may have acquired Prss, a Dutch-based company that created a web app aimed to help people design magazines for Apple's Newsstand and other magazine platforms, reports iCulture [Google Translation]. While there is no solid proof of the acquisition at this point, iCulture suggests that an inside source has revealed the purchase and Prss co-founder Michel Elings recently moved to the bay area.The Dutch magazine platform Prss was acquired by Apple for an undisclosed amount. This discovery iCulture thanks to a knowledgeable source. This source confirms that several employees of Prss now…
  • Ron Johnson Launching Gadget Delivery Service, Poaching Apple Employees

    Juli Clover
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Apple's former retail chief Ron Johnson is planning to launch a "high-end, on-demand delivery service for gadgets, reports The Information's Jessica Lessin. The startup has reportedly been described as "Best Buy's Geek Squad meets Apple's Genius Bar." MacRumors has heard similar rumors about Johnson's startup plans, with a source suggesting he's been attempting to recruit former and current Apple employees, including Jerry McDougal, who once served as Apple's vice president of retail under Johnson. Before leaving Apple, Johnson worked at the company for more than 10 years. He's largely…
  • 'Industry Scuttlebutt' Hints Apple May Be Planning February Revamp for Beats Music

    Juli Clover
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    Apple might be planning to unveil both its revamped music subscription service and its new branding alongside the upcoming 2015 Grammy Awards, reports Re/code, citing some "industry scuttlebutt."When will Apple show off the new version of its subscription service and its new brand? Here's a guess backed up by some industry scuttlebutt: February -- presumably timed to the Grammy Awards, which will be held Feb. 8.News of an upcoming rebrand first surfaced yesterday, after TechCrunch reported that Apple would be shutting down Beats Music. An Apple representative quickly refuted the claim saying…
  • Apple TV Gains New FXNOW Channel

    Juli Clover
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    Apple today added the FXNOW channel to the Apple TV, providing users with content from the FXNOW network. Previously rumored in July, the new FXNOW channel is the on-demand portion of the FX, FXX, and FXM television channels, all of which are owned by the Fox Entertainment Group. Rumors suggested the FXNOW Apple TV channel would include content from The Simpsons, branded Simpsons World, which includes all 552 episodes of The Simpsons. Early reports on the channel suggested users would be able to create playlists of episodes and share favorite scenes. Currently, however, the channel offers a…
  • iPhone 6 Component Costs Estimated to Begin at $200, Samsung Supplying Some A8 Chips

    Eric Slivka
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    As it routinely does for new devices, IHS iSuppli has taken apart the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in an effort to estimate Apple's costs for the components included in the new devices, sharing the results with Re/code. According to IHS iSuppli's teardowns, parts and labor costs for the iPhone 6 are estimated to begin at $200 for the 16 GB iPhone 6 model, giving Apple a roughly 69 percent gross profit margin on the devices. That number of course does not take into account an array of other costs, from research and development to software to marketing and distribution, but it does offer an…
 
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    chrisbrogan.com

  • What I’ve Come to Learn About Learning

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Lede: Are You Overlooking This Cornerstone of a Smart Content Strategy?

    Jerod Morris
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Yesterday, Brian Clark published a highly anticipated answer to a question that’s been on a lot of entrepreneurial and marketing minds. If you missed it, that question is: Isn’t it time for more power and less hassle from WordPress … without breaking the bank? The answer is yes, of course, and he provides the solution — a turnkey, hosted platform for content management that is already providing the technological engine for many smart content strategies across the globe. But technology is just technology. It will do its part reliably, but you have to do yours too.
  • Introducing Rainmaker: The Complete Solution for Content Marketers and Online Entrepreneurs

    Brian Clark
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Four years ago this month, Copyblogger Media was born. Up until that point, I had launched several businesses off of Copyblogger, with several smart partners. Each of those individual businesses were killing it and had me involved, but those smart individuals weren’t collaborating with each other … because why would they? The five of us convened in a Denver conference room – the first time the group had ever met in person. In just three hours, we worked through the seemingly impossible task of merging five companies into one new entity, with everyone’s equity interest and…
  • Here’s How Shane Snow (Founder of Contently) Writes

    Demian Farnworth
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you are going to run a company around a slogan like “Tell Great Stories,” or rally your troops by adopting the Native American proverb “Those who tell the stories rule the world,” then it pays to build an environment that fosters great writing. Large photographs of your favorite writers covering one wall is appropriate. As is a collection of your favorite books along another wall. And that’s just the environment Shane Snow has created for the employees of his company. Shane is the co-founder of Contently, a high-end brand publishing firm. In fewer than five…
  • Which of These New WordPress Themes is Right For Your Audience?

    Jerod Morris
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Is your website’s design the right fit for the audience you want to attract? I urge you to do more than simply nod and say “yes.” Really think about it. Who are the people who make up your audience? What are their worldviews? And what specific design elements will allow your visitors to have a human experience on your website — the kind that lays the foundation for them to know you, like you, trust you, and ultimately join your audience? Choose the design that best serves your audience If you run a church website, there are design elements that fit your needs that…
  • Follow This Superstar’s 7-Step Example to Dominate Your Industry

    Sonia Thompson
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    I woke up like this. I woke up like this. Flawless. After listening to “Flawless” five times, Evette went to the mirror, and told herself the lyrics in the Beyoncé song were true. She believed it. She internalized it. She embodied it. Ready to dominate, Evette strutted over to her computer to fire off a blog post. A post that would enable her to claim her rightful place atop her industry. The same way Beyoncé dominates her industry. You’ve met an Evette before, right? Someone who thinks she’s so flawless, all she has to do is show up and everyone will bow down to…
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    Macworld

  • Hands-on with Pebble Firmware 2.5; iOS 8 users get better notifications

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Pebble users are getting a few new goodies in Firmware 2.5, including a much better way to handle notifications on their smartwatches.Dealing with notifications on Pebble used to a hassle. If you had multiple notifications stacked up, you could only wade through them by repeatedly tapping the down button. This often required multiple taps to get through a single message, and if you dismissed a notification on the watch, it would still show up in the notification bar when you took out your phone.The latest firmware update eliminates these nuisances, at least for iOS 8 users. Now, each…
  • Talko looks like a solution to the problem that iOS 8's Messages has already solved

    23 Sep 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Oh dear. On Tuesday, software giant Ray Ozzie launched Talko, an app that promises to “save the telephone call”—and basically copies Apple’s iOS 8 Messages feature in the process.On the surface, Talko is a wonderful app. Think of it as Slack or HipChat or an AOL chat room, with group texting, the ability to record voice, share location, and even photos. Talko’s team wrapped it all up within Apple’s pristine iOS 8 design motif, sprinkled a bit of fairy dust on it, and unveiled it with broad smiles to a gullible tech press.Because that’s what you do when you have a Really Big…
  • Why I'm returning my iPhone 6 (well, maybe)

    23 Sep 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Like many (many, many) people, I preordered a new iPhone 6 as soon as I possibly could. I didn’t choose the iPhone 6 Plus, the clown-shoe version of this device, but went for the standard-sized model. I’ve often desired to have a slightly larger screen, so I welcomed the idea of a 4.7-inch iPhone. I thought it would allow me to see more content, and use larger fonts, which would help my aging eyes. After using it for a few days, however, I’m not sure that I really want to keep it. I may return my iPhone 6 and continue using the iPhone 5s.To read this article in full or to leave a…
  • iPhone 6 pocket problems: Some buyers report that sitting down bends phones

    23 Sep 2014 | 12:20 pm
    The iPhone 6 Plus is a sizable phone, so large that it doesn’t fit in smaller pockets. But some buyers are finding a problem other than the fit: When they sit down for extended periods of time with the 6 Plus in their front pocket, the 5.5-inch phone bends ever so slightly. The reports first surfaced on the MacRumors forums, where a handful of users have posted photos of their phones’ bent aluminum bodies. The original poster pocketed his 6 Plus for about 18 hours one day, mostly sitting, and provided photo evidence of his space gray phone’s resulting curvature. hanzoh/MacRumors forums…
  • The Week in Mac Apps: 9 tools for productivity

    23 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Show of lightsIn this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, you’ll find a tool that keeps your files in place, a beautiful photo editor, and a program that tells you where all your storage has gone.Disk App 1.1It’s About Time’s $1 Disk App - Clean & Create Free Space on your Drive quickly scans your home folder, looking for files that take up lots of space and can be deleted to free up storage.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
 
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Designing A Rocket Icon In Adobe Fireworks

    Fabio Benedetti
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Many people know that Fireworks is a great tool for web design1, prototyping2 and UI design3. But what about icon design? Icon design is a very specific skill that overlaps illustration, screen design and, of course, visual design. An icon designer needs to understand lighting, proportions and, most importantly, the context of the icon itself. The BBC published an interesting article about icon design and skeuomorphism4 one year ago, titled “What Is Skeuomorphism?5” It’s definitely worth reading because it explains why icons often reflect the real world and the thinking behind…
  • Design Principles: Connecting And Separating Elements Through Contrast And Similarity

    Steven Bradley
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:04 am
    Similarity and contrast, connection and separation, grouped and ungrouped are all ways to describe the varying sameness and difference between elements. Based on the information they carry, we’ll want some elements to look similar, to indicate that they are related in some way. We’ll also want to show that some elements are different and belong to different groups. Key to showing both is the visual characteristics of elements and their relationships. If two elements are related in some way, then they should show similar visual characteristics. If the elements are different, then they…
  • Prototyping For Better Products, Stronger Teams And Happier Clients

    Scott Hurff
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:26 am
    As mobile designers, we have a stark decision to make: do we spend time learning new tools and changing our design processes to create our own transitional interfaces, or are the tools that we’ve been using good enough? There’s an old writing adage that advises writers, whenever possible, to “show, don’t tell” when bringing characters to life. The goal is to reveal the story through the character’s experiences instead of the author’s. When designing mobile products, we share a similar burden. Dammed up inside our heads are creative waterfalls of fresh…
  • Efficiently Simplifying Navigation, Part 3: Interaction Design

    Anastasios Karafillis
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:13 am
    Having addressed the information architecture1 and the various systems2 of navigation in the first two articles of this series, the last step is to efficiently simplify the navigation experience — specifically, by carefully designing interaction with the navigation menu. When designing interaction with any type of navigation menu, we have to consider the following six aspects: symbols, target areas, interaction event, layout, levels, functional context. It is possible to design these aspects in different ways. Designers often experiment with new techniques3 to create a more exciting…
  • Why Companies Need Full-Time Product Managers (And What They Do All Day)

    Rian van der Merwe
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:54 am
    What is a product manager? What do product managers do all day? Most importantly, why do companies need to hire them? Good questions. The first confusion we have to clear up is what we mean by “product.” In the context of software development, a product is the website, application or online service that users interact with. Depending on the size of the company and its products, a product manager could be responsible for an entire system (such as a mobile app) or part of a system (such as the checkout flow on an e-commerce website across all devices). This is confusing because, in most…
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • Emma Watson faces backlash

    23 Sep 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Emma Watson is experiencing the ugly side of advocacy.
  • Missing UVA student: What we know

    23 Sep 2014 | 4:21 pm
    A new search warrant was issued Monday for the apartment of Jesse Matthew, who police believe was the last person to see Hannah Graham before the 18-year-old college student disappeared on September 13.
  • Hannah Graham case: Suspect sought

    23 Sep 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Authorities have obtained an arrest warrant for Jesse Matthew, charging him with abduction with the intent to defile, in the case of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo told reporters Tuesday.
  • Pirates free American after 2 years

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:55 pm
    American journalist Michael Scott Moore, held for more than two years by Somali pirates, has been freed, Moore's family and a Somali official told CNN on Tuesday.
  • F-22

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:53 pm
    The problem-plagued F-22 Raptor took part in its first combat mission Monday night, hitting ISIS targets in Syria. The price tag for those jets, which were in development for decades, is a staggering $412 million each -- triple its expected cost, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • This year, we’re “Photo Walking with a Purpose”

    Scott Kelby
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    We are now just 18-days away from my 7th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk. There are nearly 900 photo walks already organized in cities all over the world, which is awesome. We’ll have a lot of fun, we’ll make lots of great pictures, lots of folks will win prizes and we’ll make a lot of new friends in the process. This is all great fun, but this year, we’re try to do something more meaningful.This year, we’re “Walking with a Purpose” because we’re using this worldwide event to raise money for the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya. Right now, they need…
  • My Seven Favorite Features in IOS 8

    Scott Kelby
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:32 pm
    I can’t give you my favorite iPhone 6 features, because mine hasn’t come in yet, but I did makes the leap to IOS 8 this weekend and I absolutely love it! My favorite IOS update in years. So, without further ado (yes, that was ado), here are my Seven Favorite IOS Features (and some of ‘em are kinda hidden, but awesome nevertheless):(1) QuickType Predictive Typing I read about this one online, and I kind of shrugged, but once I used it, it became my #1 most-favorite, how-did-I-live-without-this feature. It basically predicts with uncanny accuracy what the next word…
  • Our Exclusive First-Look at the new Canon EOS 7D Mark II

    Scott Kelby
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:07 am
    It’s here — it’s only 47-second long, and you’ve never seen a “first-look” quite like it. ;-)Hope you have a great weekend!Best,-Scott
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Scott Kelby’s Shoot Like A Pro Tour Come spend the day with Scott Kelby, the photographer who wrote the bestselling book on digital photography, as he brings the concepts, images and ideas from his best-selling book series to life at his Shoot Like A Pro Tour! Here are the upcoming dates:Sept 26 – Houston, TX Oct 1 – Orlando, FL Oct 10 – Westminster, London, UK Oct 17 – Charlotte, NC Dec 1 – Ft. Lauderdale, FLLeave a comment for your chance to win a ticket to one of these upcoming seminars!The 7th Annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk We’re just a few weeks away from…
  • Joe McNally at the Monroe Gallery – Santa Fe – Oct 3 – Nov 23

    RC Concepcion
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Hey everyone – RC here. If you have spent any time on this blog or at KelbyOne, you have more often than not come across of Joe McNally.  With over 30 years in the business, he is one of the most sought after photographers out there working today.  He’s shot for Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, LIFE and National Geographic – winning a dizzying amount of awards in over 60 countries.But the best honor for him yet happens this October 3 – November 23 2014 at the Monroe Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He will have his first solo show!  I figured it would be neat to share…
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    Digital Photography School

  • Tip for Using a Reflector for Portraits

    Meredith Clark
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    When it comes to portrait photography, one of the simplest and easiest things you can do to improve your images coming straight out of the camera, is using a reflector. There are many different sizes and shapes of reflectors, and the type of photography that you do most often will often dictate which size and shape you should purchase. For example, if you like to practice street or travel photography, it may be most beneficial to consider a round reflector that’s about 20″ wide so that you can hold it with one hand, and shoot with the other, without being intrusive in a small…
  • 6 Great Reasons to Get over Post-Processing Anxiety

    Gavin Hardcastle
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’m baffled when my workshop students tell me that they find image post-processing to be a chore, a dreaded task that prevents them from even looking at their beautiful photographs more than once. If you’re one of those types, I’m here to tell you that you’re missing out on a delicious second hit of creative joy. 1 – Don’t Miss Out – Post-Processing is Half the Fun Unprocessed version below. Total processing time = five minutes. Steps taken: Boosted blacks and shadows Reduced whites Increased exposure by +1 Increased clarity Increase contrast Subtle…
  • The Winner of $1000 from our Essential Guide to Black and White Photography eBook Competition is….

    Darren Rowse
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Recently we launched our Essential Guide to Black and White Photography. As part of the launch we put everyone who purchased a copy into the draw to win $1000 in camera gear. The winner of this competition is…. Yves Wepadjuie! Congratulations Yves – we’ve just emailed you with details of how we’ll get you your prize and can’t wait to see what you buy! Thanks everyone else for picking up a copy of the Essential Guide to Black and White Photography – the eBook has received some amazing feedback and we appreciate you supporting dPS with your purchase –…
  • Nature and Wildlife Photography Tips for Beginners

    Adam Welch
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    If you have an interest in wildlife or nature photography there is a good chance you have seen an image at some point that has completely taken your breath away. Maybe it was a photograph of a sweeping landscape washed in the golden light of the dying afternoon sun or close-up of some small natural miracle that you had never noticed before that moment. You might even have asked yourself, “How did they do that?” Well, the majority of those incredible photographs came about through a good deal of physical hardship, practiced patience, and a healthy amount of self-made luck. Here are…
  • Carry Less – Photograph More: Elevate Your Travel Photography

    Daniel Korzeniewski
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    As a travel photographer, either on assignment or shooting a personal project, capturing great quality images that represent the spirit of a place and its people is key. Looking to achieve that was a priority for me, so I always traveled with a bag full of gear, including at least two DSLR bodies, three or four lenses, flash, tripod, batteries, etc. It was a heavy load, and it slowed me down. I am a Nikon shooter, so my first approach to unload weight was to carry an all-purpose lens. I got the Nikon 28-300mm, and along with this, I’d carry the 14-24mm for wide-angle shots. Now I needed a…
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    TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004 RSS Feed

  • Amazing Brick is amusing, but not amazing

    Chelsea Taylor
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Amazing Brick is a puzzle game that involves repeated tapping to maneuver a diamond shape (assumably, the brick) past obstacles.The the is available for the iPhone and iPad. I played the version optimized for iPhone 5. To play, you tap multiple times...
  • Perfectly Clear migrates from iOS to Mac

    Mel Martin
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    I first got a look at Perfectly Clear when it came out for iOS. It was a nice, quick and easy, one-touch solution for improving photos without a lot of editing pain. Perfectly Clear now works on the Mac as a plug-in for Photoshop or Lightroom and...
  • Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates

    Kelly Hodgkins
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can. Apps Now Free Flesh & Blood - Attack...
  • Pad & Quill Giveaway: Attaché Leather Bag and iPhone 6 cases

    Steven Sande
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Pad & Quill has a bunch of new products rolling out, and the company's owners are always thinking of TUAW readers. When the new Attaché Leather Bag (US$449.99, with $419.99 introductory price) and three new iPhone 6/6 Plus cases were announced, the...
  • FXNOW channel added to the Apple TV lineup

    Yoni Heisler
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    A few weeks ago we reported that FXNOW would soon be making its way to the Apple TV. Well, friends, that day has come. Apple today added the FXNOW channel to the ever expanding Apple TV lineup. FXNOW is effectively an on-demand service featuring...
 
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    Strobist

  • Choosing a Tripod

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    For lighting photographers, the first thing to consider about a tripod is this: a tripod is your most powerful light.That's because time (AKA shutter speed) is what we use to bring up the exposure in a large environment, which we then tweak/improve with judicious use of added flash. It is very difficult to light a large space, so just let the ambient do the heavy lifting and finish it off with your lighting genius.And even when you are not lighting, you'll frequently need a tripod for a variety of reasons. And when you do, you want it to hold your camera still.To that end, every photographer…
  • Traveling Photographer_DUBAI has Ben Posted

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

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

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

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

  • DxO Mobile Report ranks iPhone 6 on top

    23 Sep 2014 | 11:46 am
    DxOMark has put Apple's latest through its mobile imaging tests and published its findings. This assessment put the iPhone 6 (and its iPhone 6 Plus sibling) at the top of its mobile rankings, pushing the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z3 to positions three and four, respectively. See how the iPhone 6 performed in DxOMark's testing and find out how it compares to its peers. Read more
  • Photokina 2014: Nikon interview - 'large-sensor mirrorless could be a solution'

    23 Sep 2014 | 9:24 am
    When we visited Photokina last week in Germany we made time to sit down with senior executives from several camera manufacturers. Among them was Toshiaki Akagi, Department Manager in Nikon's 1st Designing Department. In our conversation we spoke about reaction to the D750, the legacy of the D600 oil problem and the potential for a large-sensor mirrorless camera from Nikon in the future. Click through to read the full interview
  • Twice as good? What you need to know about the Canon EOS 7D Mark II

    22 Sep 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Five years is a long time in the camera world, but that's how long Canon's EOS 7D was on the market - buoyed by a midlife firmware update that kept it impressively competitive against APS-C offerings from other manufacturers. Canon has not been idle in the past few years, it seems, and the new EOS 7D Mark II is a huge upgrade over the original 7D, offering improvements to every aspect of its feature set. We got hands-on with a pre-production sample recently. Click through to see more.  
  • Fujifilm X100T (beta) real-world samples

    22 Sep 2014 | 10:11 am
    Fujifilm's new X100T is the latest evolution of its popular X-series of enthusiast compacts. Introduced with this model is an updated Hybrid Viewfinder that includes a new electronic rangefinder feature and automatic brightness controls. The X100T carries over the 16MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor seen in its predecessor as well as a fixed 23mm (35mm equiv) F2 lens. We've had access to a pre-production model for a few days - just time to prepare a small gallery of samples.
  • DxOMark Mobile report: Sony Xperia Z3 ties for first

    21 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Sony Xperia Z3 is Sony's latest waterproof flagship smartphone, picking up where the Z2 left off. Like that phone it's 4K capable and also offers an atypically-large 1/2.3"-type sensor. Just like the Z2, that's a 20.7MP Exmor RS stacked CMOS sensor nestling behind a 27mm equivalent F2.0 lens. All this has encouraged Sony to offer ISO 12,800, which it says is the highest of any smartphone. Learn more about how it performs
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • PLUG-IN: Show Focus Point Lightroom Plug-In

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

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

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

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

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

  • iPhone 6 Plus Bending Limits Tested in New Video

    Juli Clover
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Earlier today, we shared several photos and videos from iPhone 6 Plus users who had accidentally bent their phones after carrying the device in their pockets, mere days after the phone's initial launch. YouTube video maker Lewis Hilsenteger of Unbox Therapy has created a new video exploring just how much an iPhone 6 Plus will bend when subjected to force. Using his hands, Lewis bends the iPhone 6 Plus, with significant warping showing up near the device's volume buttons. The force placed on the iPhone 6 Plus in the video is unlikely to be replicated in a pocket, but as several photos have…
  • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic

    Juli Clover
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Tony Fadell, who formerly worked at Apple and is widely known as the "father" of the iPod, today commented on the recent discontinuation of the iPod Classic in an interview with Fast Company, saying that he's "sad to see it go.""The iPod's been a huge part of my life for the last decade. The team that worked on the iPod poured literally everything into making it what it was." Eighteen months after launch, the iPod owned the portable media player category, and for the next decade, it continued to do so. "Products just don't come around like that often," laments Fadell. "The iPod was…
  • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Faster Charging Using iPad 2.1A Adapter

    Kelly Hodgkins
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:56 am
    Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus ship with higher capacity batteries that deliver exceptional battery life, but as pointed out by iLounge and MacRumors forum members, the two new iPhone models can also charge significantly faster when used with an iPad charging adapter rather than the smaller adapter included with the iPhones. According to preliminary tests using a Kill-A-Watt device and OS X system information, the charging profile for the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus match that of the iPad, allowing them to charge using 2.1A. Unlike earlier iPhone models which would only draw 5W regardless of the…
  • iPhone 6 Adoption Easily Outpacing iPhone 6 Plus

    Kelly Hodgkins
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Apple's iPhone 6 Plus may be the most talked about iPhone model due to its larger screen and bigger battery, but early adoption rate metrics (via Mashable), suggest more customers are choosing the smaller iPhone 6 over its bigger counterpart. How much of the difference is due to customer preference versus constrained supplies of the larger model is unknown, however. According to ad impression data provided by Chitika, the adoption rate for the iPhone 6 is more than 7x higher than the iPhone 6 Plus. On the Monday following launch, the smaller iPhone accounted for 1.5 percent of North American…
  • Instapaper Updated for iOS 8 With Enhanced Saving Features, Now Free to Download

    Richard Padilla
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:36 pm
    Popular read-it-later app Instapaper today received a significant update for iOS 8, bringing a redesigned user interface, enhanced saving capabilities, and deeper integration with notifications. The app is also now available for free, as users also have the option to pay for premium features. Users can now save content to Instapaper from any application that supports iOS' built-in share functionality by way of a new app extension. The app also includes text-to-speech functionality, and curates saved articles in iOS 8's Notification Center on a daily basis. A $2.99 per month or $29.99…
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    CNN Travel

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

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

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

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

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

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