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  • 10 captivating tricks with liquid [video]

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    Kate Rinsema
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:34 pm
    Love nothing more than generating an amazing science moment? The post 10 captivating tricks with liquid [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • There's a fake Goldman Sachs in China now

    Victoria Ho
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:40 am
    If China can fake anything, even a chain of Apple Stores, Goldman Sachs shouldn't be too surprised to find it isn't off-limits. That's right — the Goldman Sachs has found its doppelganger in China, except it has nothing to do with the New York-headquartered investment banking firm. It seems Goldman Sachs (Shenzhen) Financial Leasing Co. has been operating since May 2013, according to Bloomberg, and it's not affiliated with the actual Goldman Sachs Group Inc. See also: I bought a fake Apple Watch for $27 at CES Shenzhen is a major financial city in China, just north of Hong Kong. The…
  • Google Strikes Back Against Europe's Antitrust Charges

    Fast Company
    Rose Pastore
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:25 pm
    "Improving quality isn't anti-competitive," Google wrote in a blog post on Thursday.Google published a blog post on Thursday responding to the European Commission's claims that some of its practices are anti-competitive. The commission, which acts as the executive body of the European Union, filed formal antitrust charges against Google in April 2015, alleging that its search results unfairly ranked its own shopping service over competitors.Read Full Story
  • Cheetah Mobile Will Launch Its Online Advertising Platform In India

    Catherine Shu
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:14 am
     Best known as an Android utility app maker, Cheetah Mobile is now focused on global growth for its mobile advertising business. The Beijing-based company announced today that it will launch its advertising platform in India next month. Read More
  • Scientific Management 2.0

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:36 am
    130 years ago, Frederick Taylor changed the world forever. Scientific Management is the now-obvious idea that factories would measure precisely what their workers were doing. Use a stopwatch. Watch every movement. Adjust the movements until productivity goes up. Re-organize the assembly line for more efficiency. Pay people by the piece. Cull the workforce and get rid of the people who can't keep up. Make the assembly line go faster. Once Scientific Management goes beyond system setup and starts to focus on the individual, it amplifies the gulf between management and labor. No one wants to do…
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  • 10 captivating tricks with liquid [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:34 pm
    Love nothing more than generating an amazing science moment? The post 10 captivating tricks with liquid [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • “Sh*t Car Salesmen say” is late to the game but 100% accurate [video]

    Josh Urich
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:00 pm
    So the "Sh*t _____ Say" trend is long over, but don't hold that against the folks at Car Throttle. They're doing their best, and at least they produced this gem after such a long time rather than a crummy video. This guy is every car salesman you've ever met. The post “Sh*t Car Salesmen say” is late to the game but 100% accurate [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • The world’s tiniest V12 engine [video]

    Josh Urich
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Remember that working paper engine we featured awhile ago? Well, even though this one isn't made of paper, it's just as cool. This is the smallest working V12 engine. The post The world’s tiniest V12 engine [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Pittsburgh Dad sums up the first day of school [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:53 pm
    Some weep, others mourn, and the rest of us are terrified to wake up only to realize it's still June, but, oh no, parents, the first day of school has arrived. The post Pittsburgh Dad sums up the first day of school [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Poor dogs get pranked in Japanese show [video]

    Josh Urich
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:00 pm
    This is worse than that magician who disappeared dogs' treats! Watch how these poor animals get tricked in this Japanese show with a disappearing food bowl. Their disappointment is palpable. The post Poor dogs get pranked in Japanese show [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
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  • There's a fake Goldman Sachs in China now

    Victoria Ho
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:40 am
    If China can fake anything, even a chain of Apple Stores, Goldman Sachs shouldn't be too surprised to find it isn't off-limits. That's right — the Goldman Sachs has found its doppelganger in China, except it has nothing to do with the New York-headquartered investment banking firm. It seems Goldman Sachs (Shenzhen) Financial Leasing Co. has been operating since May 2013, according to Bloomberg, and it's not affiliated with the actual Goldman Sachs Group Inc. See also: I bought a fake Apple Watch for $27 at CES Shenzhen is a major financial city in China, just north of Hong Kong. The…
  • Remembering the Windows 95 launch and overreacting to Apple's event invites

    Connor Finnegan
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:08 am
    This past Monday marked the 20th anniversary of the historic launch of Windows 95. See also: The hysteria over Windows 95 launch, 20 years ago To commemorate the occasion, we share our memories of the launch and play a fun round of Guess That Windows Startup Sound on the latest episode of MashTalk. Plus, we overreact to Apple's invitations to its upcoming iPhone event and discuss Instagram's decision to abandon the square crop Listen to the episode on Libsyn, above, or on iTunes. You can also subscribe to MashTalk on iTunes, and get our latest episodes instantly. Have something to add to this…
  • 70 migrants may have suffocated to death in Austrian truck tragedy

    Blathnaid Healy
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:06 am
    Officials in Austria have said the number of bodies found in a truck Thursday near the Hungarian border could be as many as 70. See also: Voices from the Mediterranean: Migrants reveal how they ended up here The interior ministry made the announcement Friday morning, according to local reports, after a team of investigators examined the decomposing bodies in the truck, which was abandoned by the driver on the side of a motorway. Initial estimates Thursday suggested that 20 migrants had died in the incident. It's believed victims were dead for up to two days. There are no children among the…
  • Minty fresh 'Can't Feel My Face' cover is played on dentist equipment

    Chloe Bryan
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:46 am
    "Can't Feel My Face" is already a chart-topping hit, but now it's destined to be a dentistry anthem too. YouTube user Andrew Huang, previously known for playing pop hits on household items and the Breaking Bad theme song on chemistry equipment, has outdone himself yet again — his latest cover is played entirely on dentist equipment. It sounds silly, but don't brush it off — Huang's multilayered instrumentation is actually really cool. 103-year-old lady adorably throws the first pitch at a Rangers game Screaming marmot isn't intimidating anybody 'The Mindy Project' cast…
  • Gas pipeline eruption in Hangzhou sends 'rotten egg' smoke 20 storeys high

    Victoria Ho
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:36 am
    A natural gas pipeline burst at a metro construction site in Hangzhou, China, on Friday morning. Dense smoke started pouring out of the 30 cm (11.8 inch) puncture, and filled the air with a rotten egg stench, said local eyewitness reports (link in Chinese). See also: Tourist who snapped selfie at deadly NYC explosion apparently landed a DNC job The force of the smoke rushing out reached a height of 20 storeys (link in Chinese), engulfing a nearby building. There were fears that a larger fire or explosion would occur with the amount of natural gas billowing out. So far, there have been no…
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  • Google Strikes Back Against Europe's Antitrust Charges

    Rose Pastore
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:25 pm
    "Improving quality isn't anti-competitive," Google wrote in a blog post on Thursday.Google published a blog post on Thursday responding to the European Commission's claims that some of its practices are anti-competitive. The commission, which acts as the executive body of the European Union, filed formal antitrust charges against Google in April 2015, alleging that its search results unfairly ranked its own shopping service over competitors.Read Full Story
  • Apple Announces Next iPhone Event: September 9

    Neal Ungerleider
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Expect new iPhones from Apple on September 9, but no miniature iPhone 6c.Apple's upcoming iPhone event is taking place on September 9, and the press blitz is coming fast. While Apple itself has kept mum about what its latest set of announcements will focus on, there are already a few hints.Read Full Story
  • An Uber Competitor Is Coming To New York's Taxi Fleet

    Neal Ungerleider
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The new app will allow you to bypass surge pricing and Uber's $2 cab-hailing fee.One of New York's largest providers of taxi cab tech is teaming with a startup to take on Uber. Queens-based Creative Mobile Technologies, which provides the ubiquitous credit card readers and Taxi TV monitors to half of New York's cabs, has inked a partnership with Arro to hail yellow and green cabs via smartphone. Arro's app will not charge the $2 fee that Uber currently tacks on when customers hail a taxi—and will be devoid of Uber's surge pricing.Read Full Story
  • At Long Last, Instagram Ends The Tyranny Of The Square

    Harry McCracken
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    The image-sharing service now lets you go wide—or tall—for photos and videos that don't fit into its iconic square frame.In its own way, it's been as defining a restriction as Twitter's 140-character limit. Instagram photos (and videos) come in one format: square. It forces the service's photographers into choosing thoughtful compositions, and provides an aesthetic link to the square snapshots that folks once took with Instamatics and Polaroids.Read Full Story
  • Amazon Dismisses "Dozens" Of Engineers Who Worked On Failed Fire Phone

    Pavithra Mohan
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:22 am
    The e-commerce company is also cutting back on other projects from Lab126, its hardware research and development division.Amazon has sent packing "dozens" of engineers who worked on its ill-fated Fire phone, according to the Wall Street Journal. The e-commerce giant is also making other changes to Lab126, its consumer electronics R&D division, including putting the brakes on some of its more lofty hardware objectives.Read Full Story
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  • Cheetah Mobile Will Launch Its Online Advertising Platform In India

    Catherine Shu
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:14 am
     Best known as an Android utility app maker, Cheetah Mobile is now focused on global growth for its mobile advertising business. The Beijing-based company announced today that it will launch its advertising platform in India next month. Read More
  • DeNA’s Mirrativ App Livestreams Any Game Or App On Your Android Device

    Jon Russell
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:06 am
     YouTube isn’t the only one to introduce a live-streaming app this week. Just days after YouTube Gaming was outed, Japan’s DeNA — a prolific producer of games itself — has entered the scene with its own take, called Mirrativ. Read More
  • iZettle Gets $67M To Expand From Mobile Payments To Small Business Financing

    Natasha Lomas
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
     European mobile payments player, iZettle, is expanding into what amounts to small business loans — announcing a capital advance product, called iZettle Advance, which will be available to select iZettle customers who need funds to grow their own businesses. So it’s basically moving onto even more of the territory where traditional banks fear to tread. Read More
  • Apple Is About To Lay Down Its TV Cards

    Matthew Panzarino
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:46 pm
     A new Apple TV is on the way, though, and it could move the needle in more than one industry. According to information I’ve been able to compile from multiple sources, Apple is about to lay down its cards. Some of the nuts and bolts are already out there, but no one is really talking about how they fit together. Let’s talk. Read More
  • Vine ❤️ Music

    Jordan Crook
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:30 pm
     Vine, the six-second looping video app from Twitter, has today announced a significant feature update that brings more attention to the audio in users’ videos. Starting tomorrow (Friday), Vine users will have more control over their vines with the ability to add music to their content. While it was previously possible to add music to vines by using a separate device to play the music,… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Scientific Management 2.0

    Seth Godin
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:36 am
    130 years ago, Frederick Taylor changed the world forever. Scientific Management is the now-obvious idea that factories would measure precisely what their workers were doing. Use a stopwatch. Watch every movement. Adjust the movements until productivity goes up. Re-organize the assembly line for more efficiency. Pay people by the piece. Cull the workforce and get rid of the people who can't keep up. Make the assembly line go faster. Once Scientific Management goes beyond system setup and starts to focus on the individual, it amplifies the gulf between management and labor. No one wants to do…
  • The strawberry conundrum

    Seth Godin
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:06 am
    Every grocer has to decide: when packing a quart of strawberries, should your people put the best ones on top? If you do, you'll sell more and disappoint people when they get to the moldy ones on the bottom. Or, perhaps you could put the moldy ones on top, and pleasantly surprise the few that buy. Or, you could rationalize that everyone expects a little hype, and they'll get over it. A local grocer turned the problem upside down: He got rid of the boxes and just put out a pile of strawberries. People picked their own. He charged more, sold more and made everyone happier. Hype might not be…
  • Embarrassed

    Seth Godin
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:23 am
    It’s a tool or a curse, and it comes down to the sentence, “I’d be embarrassed to do that.” If you’re using it to mean, “I would feel the emotion of embarrassment,” you’re recognizing one of the most powerful forces of our culture, a basic human emotion, the fear of which allows groups to control outliers, and those in power to shame those that aren’t. The stress that comes from merely anticipating the feeling of embarrassment is enough to cause many people to hold back, to sit quietly, to go along. And this anticipation rarely leads to much of anything positive. On the…
  • The one thing that will change everything

    Seth Godin
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:23 am
    That introduction you need. The capital that your organization is trying to raise. The breakthrough in what you're building... Have you noticed that as soon as you get that one thing, everything doesn't change? In fact, the only thing that changes is that you realize that you don't need that one thing as much as you thought you did. Most likely, this speech, or that inspection or this review won't materially change things overnight. Companies that raise hundreds of millions of dollars don't seem to have an effortless time in changing user behavior, and well connected agents still have trouble…
  • Sooner or later, the critics move on

    Seth Godin
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:20 am
    Sooner or later, the ones who told you that this isn't the way it's done, the ones who found time to sneer, they will find someone else to hassle. Sooner or later, they stop pointing out how much hubris you've got, how you're not entitled to make a new thing, how you will certainly come to regret your choices. Sooner or later, your work speaks for itself. Outlasting the critics feels like it will take a very long time, but you're more patient than they are.        
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  • Never Attempt This Herculean Feat of Strength and Balance, Bro

    Tim Moynihan
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Bro, do you even lift? Bradley Martyn does, obviously, because he just squatted 315 pounds on a scooter. The post Never Attempt This Herculean Feat of Strength and Balance, Bro appeared first on WIRED.
  • 1 Billion People Used Facebook on Monday

    Julia Greenberg
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Facebook is taking over the world. No, really. The company saw one billion people use the service on Monday. The post 1 Billion People Used Facebook on Monday appeared first on WIRED.
  • The New Kristen Wiig Indie Movie Trailer: Nasty Baby

    Angela Watercutter
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:45 pm
    This time around Kristen Wiig is trying to have a kid with her friends. The post The New Kristen Wiig Indie Movie Trailer: Nasty Baby appeared first on WIRED.
  • Audio Visuals: Jam Out to Claymation Tributes to ’80s Action Flicks

    Jordan Crucchiola
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:25 pm
    This week we're totally smitten with the new Gunship video. The post Audio Visuals: Jam Out to Claymation Tributes to ’80s Action Flicks appeared first on WIRED.
  • Facebook Wants to Crack Down on Pirated Videos

    Julia Greenberg
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Facebook has been criticized for allowing video content to be uploaded to its site without their creators' consent. The company is now trying to make amends. The post Facebook Wants to Crack Down on Pirated Videos appeared first on WIRED.
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  • Reading Roundup: What’s New in Blogging Lately

    Stacey Roberts
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:01 am
    Coming to you live from the depths of Melbourne winter – while the rest of the country (almost) is springing into spring, we’re still freezing our butts off. Fingers crossed we’ll start to see the sun soon! Here’s what I found interesting lately around the web: How to use a $5 Twitter ad To Redefine Your Digital Strategy //  Jon Loomer The Facebook Advertising guy changes tack with a cheap but effective way of getting audience insights on Twitter that you just can’t get anywhere else – advertising gold. 13 Lessons on Viral Content that got 36,177 Shares in…
  • 10 Ways To Stay Productive as a Work-at-Home Blogger

    Guest Blogger
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:04 am
    This is a guest contribution from Larry Alton. Working from home sounds like a pretty cushy job. You can wear whatever you like, eat as often as you want, text your friends, run errands, and be at home with your family, all while being employed. However, that list of things can often make it difficult to accomplish your work. If you’re struggling to find a productive schedule as a freelance blogger, consider these tips. Find Your Groove Everyone has a groove that spurs productivity. Maybe you need to sit in your office chair with the lights off, blinds shut, and a fuzzy blanket on your lap.
  • How One Couple Drastically Changed Their Life by Blogging

    Guest Blogger
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    This is a guest contribution from Gina Horkey. Two years ago, my husband and I were just like any other American couple. We were both working in Corporate America, had a one and a half year old and another on the way. Our work schedules and commutes weren’t bad, we just weren’t doing work that we were passionate about. Someone else was also raising our child. It could have been much worse – our son was maybe in daycare for 30 hours per week. And the provider was great! It just wasn’t what we wanted. Plus, with another on the way, daycare was about to get real expensive! Since I’m…
  • How to Drive Traffic to Your Blog Through Your Archived Material on Facebook

    Guest Blogger
    23 Aug 2015 | 7:25 am
    This is a guest contribution from Jonathan Goodman. I love discovering systems that work in the background so you can focus on your blog. What I’m going to detail is like the concept of compound interest. At the beginning, the effects will be small  – but over time, as the system continues to work and you keep adding into it small bits, it becomes a monster. It involves Facebook. And while much has been said about Facebook’s diminishing reach, it still stands as the best platform to find and gather a purposeful audience and promote a blog. What I want to share with you isn’t how…
  • The Biggest Lesson I Learned About Building a Profitable Blog in 2015

    Darren Rowse
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:52 pm
    Episode 38 of the ProBlogger podcast is focused on something I’ve learned in the course of the past year that I think has the potential to transform not only your blogging, but many areas of your life. Today’s episode is personal – my personal journey of the last nine months. I talked about it at the ProBlogger event a few weeks ago now in my opening keynote – an unexpected topic perhaps, but one that I think is so useful as the foundation of everything, including building a profitable blog. The question I want to ask you today is the question we get asked all the…
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  • The Green Home Screen

    Eric Ravenscraft
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    If you like bold, high contrast designs, today’s home screen is for you. This design uses a primarily black base (which makes it great for AMOLED displays), accented with stark greens for an attractive display.Read more...
  • Make Tough Financial Decisions with the Help of an Emotional Balance Sheet

    Patrick Allan
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    There are a lot of financial decisions that come down to so much more than numbers. Sometimes the emotional benefits of something far outweigh the financial ones, and an emotional balance sheet can help you determine that when things get tough.Read more...
  • SchoolLinks Helps You Find the Perfect Colleges and Scholarships for You

    Patrick Allan
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Finding a college that fits all of your personal criteria is no easy task . The web site SchooLinks helps you find and learn about colleges, apply for admission and scholarships, and even offers free educational consulting. Read more...
  • Fall Asleep Faster by Sticking One of Your Feet Outside of Your Covers

    Patrick Allan
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Now matter how hard you try, sometimes you just can’t fall asleep when you want to. There are a lot of tricks for helping your brain head to sleepy town, but this scientifically supported method might be one of the simplest.Read more...
  • Score Rare Discounts on a Few High End Roombas

    Shep McAllister, Commerce Team on Deals, shared by Shep McAllister, Commerce Team to Lifehacker
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:19 pm
    I hear nothing but good things about Roombas, and if you want to try one out yourself, a few high end models are on sale today on Amazon. The Roomba 870 is $90 off its usual price, the 880 is $105 off, and if you need a robotic mop to go with it, the Braava 380t is also discounted $45 from its usual price. [iRobot Sale] more...
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  • Test drive: Mercedes AMG GTS

    Guy Kawasaki
    7 Aug 2015 | 7:45 am
    My friends at Mercedes recently loaned me a Mercedes AMG to test drive, and I’d like to share my favorite pictures and thoughts with you. I hate to admit this, but I’m not sure I’m man enough for this car. It is a fantastic 503-horsepower engine (built by Sven Seyfried) with two seats strapped to the back–I mean this in only the most positive way! Think of it as a Zdeno Charo slapshot or a LeBron James dunk. It can hold a hockey bag–which is essential to me, and I was able to achieve 23.5 mpg on a drive from Santa Barbara to Menlo Park (not that mileage is a…
  • Test drive: Sony A7R II

    Guy Kawasaki
    6 Aug 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Sony brought approximately twenty journalists and reviewers to Portland to try the a7R II and RX-10. I only used the a7R II, mostly with the Sony FE 2.8 35 mm lens (real men use prime lenses). These are samples of my pictures. I’m not a “real” photographer so if you see anything that’s sub-optimal, it’s probably me, not the lens or camera. Some of the key features: 42 megapixels Five-axis stabilization Maximum ISO of 102,400 4K video recording Here are some articles from other members of the trip: Engadget Steve Huff Imaging Resource Bottom line: much smaller…
  • The Official Guy Kawasaki Father’s Day Gift List

    Guy Kawasaki
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:21 am
    A good Father’s Day gift embodies two qualities: insight into the male psyche and the appearance of a careful decision. Cost is hardly a factor at all. Because you only have six days left to shop, here’s a list of ten items for most modern dads. Anker USB charger. Wall or desktop $25.99. A dad’s credo is ABC: always be charging. These multi-port wall chargers enable dad to take care of his phone, tablet, and camera. You might want to buy him two for family vacations when all the other members of the family need a way to charge their devices too. Lumsing High Capacity 10,400 mAh…
  • Startups: How to Do a Pre-Mortem (and Prevent a Post-Mortem)

    Guy Kawasaki
    20 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    Doctors conduct postmortems to figure why people died. They do this to solve a crime, prevent the death of others, and satisfy curiosity. However, once somebody dies, it’s too late to help him. Entrepreneurs and their investors also often analyze why a product, service, or company died—especially if it’s someone else’s company. And, as in the case of dead people, a postmortem is too late to do much good for a defunct product, service, or company. Enter the concept of premortems, coined by Gary Klein, chief scientist of Klein Associates, and author of Sources of Power: How People Make…
  • Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California

    Guy Kawasaki
    18 May 2015 | 2:27 pm
    The post Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors

  • Apple Invites Media to September 9 Event: 'Hey Siri, Give Us a Hint'

    Juli Clover
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:16 am
    As predicted in August, Apple is planning to hold a media event on Wednesday, September 9 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California. Media invites were sent out today, with Yahoo's Alyssa Bereznak sharing the first look at the artwork and tagline for the invitations: "Hey Siri, give us a hint." Image via The Loop This year's iPhone-centric event is expected to see the debut of the next-generation iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, which, according to rumors, will include a reinforced body constructed from stronger 7000 Series aluminum, Force Touch, an A9 processor, 2GB RAM,…
  • Confirmed: Apple Retiring 'One to One' to Focus on Free Workshops

    Joe Rossignol
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:58 am
    MacRumors recently learned that Apple's One to One training program for Mac, iPhone and iPad may be coming to an end soon, and we can now confirm that Apple Stores are holding meetings with retail employees about phasing out the membership-based service, which has been available under its current name since May 2007. One to One members should be informed about the changes in the near future. Apple is retiring One to One to focus on free public workshops such as Mac Basics, Personalize Your Mac, iPhone and iPad Basics, iCloud Basics and iPhone Photography. Group Training and Open Training will…
  • 'iPhone 6s' to Feature Apple Watch-Like Motion Wallpapers

    Mitchel Broussard
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:39 am
    A new feature of the upcoming "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus" will be a collection of improved animated wallpapers for the smartphones' lock screen, according to a few sources speaking with 9to5Mac. The designs of the wallpapers will be similar to the "Motion" watch faces seen on the Apple Watch, with the suggested hint that each animation will dynamically change and animate every time the user wakes their phone to interact with it. The new themes will range from fish in a koi pond to different color smoke clouds, the latter of which are suggested as becoming animated versions of the static…
  • 'iPhone 6s' Display Panel With Mystery Chip Is Slightly Heavier and Thicker Than iPhone 6 Version

    Eric Slivka
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:57 am
    Following our look at a partially functioning "iPhone 6s" built from parts earlier this week, we're now getting some more details on the iPhone 6s display assembly itself. While the part has been seen in a few leaks over the past several weeks, a source has now provided us with some new information and high-quality photos of the part. Display assemblies from iPhone 6 (left) and iPhone 6s (right) Numerous rumors have pointed toward the iPhone 6s including support for Force Touch, which will allow the device to sense how hard the user is pressing on the screen and present different interface…
  • IDC Estimates Apple Watch Sales Totaled 3.6 Million in Second Quarter

    Joe Rossignol
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:39 am
    The latest data from market research firm IDC estimates Apple Watch sales totaled 3.6 million worldwide in the second quarter of 2015, making it the second most popular wearable device during the three-month period ending June 30. Apple was within striking distance of market leader Fitbit, which sold an estimated 4.4 million fitness trackers in the second quarter. IDC estimates that Chinese electronics maker Xiaomi trailed in third place with 3.1 million wearables shipped in the quarter, representing 17.1% market share. Garmin and Samsung rounded off the top five with 700,000 (3.9%) and…
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  • OwnerFUEL is Live

    Chris Brogan
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:54 am
    I’m happy to report that we just launched OwnerFUEL as the media property supporting Owner Media Group. OwnerFUEL is the “parent” of all the various media efforts we have created. Let me explain the plan. OwnerFUEL is Business, Marketing, and Sales Advice for You My site,, is built as a kind of hybrid. It’s me. It’s also me talking about my business stuff. There’s a lot of ME here. So I wanted to create a property that was more about the subject than it is about me. Sure, I’m writing 95% of the articles (anything with my name on it is…
  • The Next Event I Might Run

    Chris Brogan
    16 Aug 2015 | 12:43 pm
    As the co-founder of PodCamp, it was interesting to participate at the most recent PodCamp Pittsburgh (this is their tenth running of the event). I was nearly surprised that nine years later, we’re still talking about which microphone to use and how to monetize a podcast. But that’s technically WHY we still run PodCamps. Because people still have that question. It made me think, though. The Next Event I Might Run I spoke with Carla Swank from Nashville a few times. She’s part of the team running Craft Content, which is their own project but that follows the…
  • Are You Outsourcing Your Thinking

    Chris Brogan
    12 Aug 2015 | 7:28 am
    It’s interesting how I hear the same words from many mouths. Over and over. Someone will have an idea, and then others will echo that idea. In the process, I have this feeling that people are outsourcing their thinking. Outsourcing your thinking? My son told me that most of the people he followed on Tumblr didn’t like the Minions movie. (This was an hour before we were to sit in a theater somewhere and watch it.) I asked him if he was going to let those people judge the movie or if he would judge it for himself. On the way out of the theater, he said, “I think Tumblr was…
  • Thoughts Thought after Periscope

    Chris Brogan
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:03 pm
    It was an interesting experience, having a bunch of negative people show up to see what I’d talk about. They were mostly mad that I said I didn’t like a piece of software that they like. It’s really funny to me. Just because I have an opinion that’s counter to their opinion about a software that neither of us created, I’m a jerk. That’s my first takeaway. People are pretty passionate about Periscope. My Position Remains Unchanged My point is that it’s kind of a messy way to build your business. It is effective for what it does. It’s helpful…
  • Is This Interesting?

    Chris Brogan
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:16 pm
    INSTEAD of watching me do dumb things live on Periscope, why not engage me where we can talk back and forth, where I can help, where I can add value. Here’s the Thing If you sign up after reading what I just wrote, please hit REPLY when you get your confirmation and say “Periscope sent me.” Continue ReadingThe post Is This Interesting? appeared first on
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  • Why Don’t Some Online Courses Sell?

    27 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Online courses are a great way to build a business. They’re also a great way to get better-qualified clients, or build an additional revenue stream by providing an alternative to your services. But sometimes, things don’t go as planned. Your course isn’t selling as much as you’d like, or worse, it’s not selling at all. There’s a methodical analysis you can perform to see if you can spot the problem. Of course, this is the same analysis you should perform before you create a course. In this episode of Unemployable with Brian Clark, Brian discusses: How to be absolutely sure what…
  • Two Ways to Turn Facebook Fans into Paying Customers

    27 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Jon Loomer has been using Facebook for business since 2007. And despite the ever-changing landscape, Jon has continued to thrive by marketing on the platform. Jon is now a leading Facebook marketing expert, and in this episode of Technology Translated, it’ll be clear why. When host Scott Ellis asked Jon to come on his show, he had no idea what a treat his listeners were in for. By the middle of this episode, listeners will recognize the gold mine of information Jon is sharing, including how he executed one campaign that converted Facebook fans to email subscribers at the whopping rate…
  • What Craft Beer and Food Trucks Can Teach Us About the Power of Collaboration

    27 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Your fellow Showrunners, even those serving the very same niche(s) that you’re serving, are not your enemies. 95 percent of the world has no idea what you’re doing as “podcaster,” so don’t turn a cold shoulder to the few who do. This week’s episode of The Showrunner begins with a discussion about the value of meeting your listeners in person when you get the opportunity to do so. Hosts Jerod Morris and Jon Nastor offer up a few actionable ideas on how to bring the topic up with your audience. Then, for the final time, they harken back to their experience at Podcast Movement for…
  • The Zen of Measurement, Optimization, and Focus

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    In this new series on The Mainframe, hosts Tony Clark and Chris Garrett discuss the importance of the right metrics in growing your business, and why you should not be paralyzed by math. In this episode of The Mainframe, Chris Garrett and Tony Clark discuss: How you can determine the correct metrics for your business Where to start, and what you need to focus on Why the big Silicon Valley tech companies are not the right businesses to model Click Here to Listen to The Mainframe on iTunes Click Here to Listen on Rainmaker.FM About the authorRainmaker.FM Rainmaker.FM is the premier digital…
  • The Problem with the ‘Hell-For-Leather’ Writing Movement

    27 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    As of late, it’s fashionable to write hell for leather. In fact, there’s a hot cottage industry in the writing culture. But is it good for the writing community? Or detrimental? For lack of better terms, let’s call this trend the “The Hell-For-Leather Writing Movement.” Or HFLWM. You see HFLWM in titles like “How to Write Fast,” “Write an Article in 20 Minutes,” and “How Fast Can You Write?” Growing content demands and aggressive editorial schedules shove this thinking into our faces. But it gets empirical with 5 Personal Writing Metrics Every Content Marketer Should…
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  • The Week in iPhone Cases: Ballistic’s sparkly design will brighten up your day

    27 Aug 2015 | 6:00 pm wallet cases, slim picks, and more!This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases includes wallet cases from Lab. C and Elago, extra battery power from Zero Lemon, and a variety of catchy designs from Native Union, Incase, iLuv, and more!BallisticThe Jewel Spark (iPhone 6; $25) features a transparent shell with raised edges and reinforced corners for advanced protection against bumps and impacts.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Mobile credit reader for iOS devices brings Apple Pay to small retailers

    27 Aug 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Missing from the ranks of businesses that accept Apple Pay are small retailers like food trucks and local coffee shops that may lack the capital to invest in sales terminals for accepting mobile payments. But a partnership between Apple and credit card processing company North American Bancard could soon bring mobile wallet transactions to neighborhood vendors. Starting in September, Apple will start selling an updated version of the PayAnywhere mobile credit card reader, developed by North American Bancard. The device plugs into iPhones and iPads and will allow retailers to accept payments…
  • How to check your Mac's free hard drive space

    27 Aug 2015 | 1:30 pm
    In today’s era of multi-terabyte hard drives, many of us don’t keep as close an eye on our disk usage as we used to. Still, even the largest drives fill up eventually. If you don’t know how to check your disk space use on OS X, here’s where to look.Option 1: From the About box OS X’s About box is the easiest way to see your hard drive’s free space. In recent versions of OS X, you can easily check your disk usage from the About box. Pop open the Apple menu, then select About This Mac. On OS X Yosemite or newer, click the Storage tab in the toolbar to see how much disk space you…
  • Facebook to crack down on pirated videos

    27 Aug 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Facebook is improving its technology to better identify videos uploaded to its site without the permission of copyright holders. The move comes amid an explosion in the amount of video viewed on Facebook, posted by regular users, publishers and advertisers alike.  Alongside the uptick in video content, copyright holders have complained about videos posted without their permission. A recent report by video marketing and social media consulting companies Tubular and Social@Ogilvy estimated that a majority of the most popular videos on Facebook were pirated.To read this article in full or to…
  • Instagram steps out of the box, allows posts in landscape and portrait orientation

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:37 am
    Your already-packed Instagram feed is about to get a little bit taller. Or wider. Or both. On Thursday, Instagram announced that everyone’s favorite photo-sharing app will now support posts in both landscape and portrait orientation, stepping away from the perfectly square limit that has defined Instagram since its launch. This expanded posting option will apply to both photos and videos, and you’ll select which orientation you’d like to use during the formatting process—similarly to how you choose a filter, you’ll now be able to choose to post in landscape, portrait, or the…
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  • The Internet of Reps: GymGroups Wants To Network Your Gym

    Owen Thomas
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:21 pm, a company known for its social community tools, is adding hardware and a focus on fitness to the mix with the launch of GymGroups, a service targeted at health clubs. See also: Under Armour's New "Record" App: A Potential Social Revolution In FitnessIt's a big shift in strategy, and there's a lot that's interesting about' approach. An early Web 2.0 social service is now embracing hardware and tying a cloud-based service together with mobile apps. It's an intriguing example of how the Internet of Things can force a dramatic rethink of a product. Survival Of The…
  • The Wearables Market Is Exploding, And Apple Is Stealing The Show

    David Nield
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:11 am
    A new report published by IDC paints an intriguing picture of the wearables market as it looks in the middle of 2015. The market grew 223% over the course of the previous year, and Apple—new to the sector and with only one wearable to its name—was bested only by Fitbit, in terms of devices sold during the last three months.That puts reports of rather underwhelming Apple Watch sales into perspective. (Apple hasn't released official figures of its own, of course.) While the smartwatch has yet to make an iPhone-like splash so far, with nearly 20% of the market, but it's already…
  • The Biggest Digital Marketing Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make

    Stephen Moyers
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Guest author Stephen Moyers is the Web marketing manager at SPINX Digital Agency, a designer and a blogger who writes about Web design, and online and social marketing. The success of digital marketing depends on a number of factors: understanding your marketing history, knowing what's being said about your brand, and meeting the needs of your consumers in a valuable way.Unfortunately, with all those factors, nascent entrepreneurs often make mistakes that hinder early growth. These can range from failing to plan effectively or measure results, to overlooking the entire mobile category.
  • Weaponized Drones Are Now Legal In The U.S.

    Gregory Ferenstein
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:25 pm
    This post appears courtesy of the Ferenstein Wire, a syndicated news service. Publishing partners may edit posts. For inquiries, please email author and publisher Gregory FerensteinLegislation around drone use is of paramount importance for their hardware and software developers, as well as businesses hoping to make use of them for deliveries, security surveillance and other purposes. Laws governing their use not determine the scope of their use, and can even shape public perception of these compact flying machines.What will the public think now that drones in the U.S. are now legally…
  • Yahoo Courts Developers With Tumblr In-App Sharing And Native Video Ads

    David Nield
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:46 am
    At the Yahoo Mobile Developer Conference in New York Wednesday, the company announced the arrival of in-app sharing. The new framework aims to make it easier to share photos, videos, links and other media to Tumblr with one tap. The update, integrated into the Flurry software development kit, follows reports earlier this year that Yahoo would focus more on its Tumblr social arm, which it acquired in 2013 for $1.1 billion. With this change, users will be able to send a photo, video, link or any type of content to Tumblr from whatever app they happen to be running at the…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • How We Designed And Built Our First Apple Watch App

    Alex Komarov
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:25 am
      One sunny morning in the summer of 2014, I was sitting in a café having just finished an hour-long call with my remote team. Scheduling that call had been a messy exercise: we live in different time zones and it was hard to find a time that worked for everyone. I wanted to make dealing with time zone differences less painful. I had some free time on my hands, so I pulled my notebook out and started playing around with an iWatch app idea. Yeah, you read that right — 2014 and iWatch, before a watch had ever been announced.The post How We Designed And Built Our First Apple…
  • Responsive Upscaling: Large-Screen E-Commerce Design

    Christian Holst
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:57 am
      The responsive design revolution is truly upon us (if it hasn’t already happened!), and even though e-commerce websites haven’t picked up responsive design quite as aggressively as in other industries, it’s becoming increasingly popular. So far, most of the responsive design thinking has revolved around covering the range of experiences from mobile to desktop. Yet little attention has been paid to the opportunities for expanding that range beyond the standard desktop screen, to create an experience optimized for modern large-scale displays.The post Responsive Upscaling:…
  • Typographic Patterns In HTML Email Newsletter Design

    Anna Yeaman
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:44 am
      Last year I read Jan Constantin’s post “Typographic Design Patterns and Current Practices” and straightaway wanted to do something similar with email. At the time I was studying responsive typography on the web, trying to break down the websites I liked in order to understand what made the typography work so well, then attempting to apply those findings to email design. After seeing Constantin’s work, I also wanted to explore how other email designers were handling responsive typography. So, I amassed 50 emails across various industries that I think do a good job with…
  • Web Development Reading List #100

    Anselm Hannemann
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:16 am
      What's happening in the industry? What important techniques have emerged recently? What about new case studies, insights, techniques and tools? Our dear friend Anselm Hannemann is keeping track of everything so you don't have to. The result is a carefully collected list of articles that popped up over the last week and which might interest you. Starting from today, we are happy and honored to feature a bi-monthly web development reading list here on Smashing Magazine. Now it should be a bit easier to stay up to date. — Ed. Welcome to the one hundredth edition of the Web…
  • What A/B Testing Taught Us About App Store Optimization

    Anna Pratskevich
    20 Aug 2015 | 1:24 am
      1.5 million apps in Apple’s App Store and another 1.5 million in Google’s Play store. That’s a lot of apps, and for a growing number of mobile users. An average user in the US will download only three new apps per month (at best), according to comScore’s “US Mobile App Report.” Competition in the App Store is fierce, and if an indie app developer wants to get noticed, having an amazing product is no longer enough.The post What A/B Testing Taught Us About App Store Optimization appeared first on Smashing Magazine.
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • It’s “Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks Friday!”

    Scott Kelby
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:16 am
    OK, it’s official – I’m making every Friday here on my blog, “Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks Friday” where I’ll share a simple, hopefully helpful, and certainly fun Photoshop special effect — the type of effects you see in ads, on the Web, in banners, etc. This one I’m show you today I especially like because I’m showing how I created a perspective text effect for the Facebook promos I did for my last seminar tour (my “Shoot like a Pro Tour”), but I’m using the date of the next stop in my “all new” tour (my…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    The Lightroom CC Power Tour with RC Concepcion It’s time to harness the power of the new Lightroom CC with RC Concepcion’s newest tour. You’ll walk through everything you need to get up to speed in Lightroom CC – from start to finish. If you are a new user, you will leave finally understanding how to best use Lightroom CC like a pro. If you are already using Lightroom – RC will give you some key strategies to get you organized, prepare you for larger collections, and help you work your images as fast as possible. You’ll also master the latest features found in the newest release…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Frank Doorhof!

    Brad Moore
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    Take control One of the things I encounter a lot during talks with attendees to my workshops or seminars is that a lot of photographers struggle with their light. Now I don’t want to generalize, but I think for a lot of shooters out there this is a reoccurring problem. One could almost say, “Most photographers are controlled by their lighting, while a photographer should be in control of their lighting.” In photography light is our language, so it’s of vital importance to learn to speak that language. I hear you thinking, “But I don’t have expensive gear to fight the sun, or to…
  • Worldwide Photo Walk Update

    Scott Kelby
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:50 pm
    Just a quick update on my “8th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk:”  (1) We now have Photo Walk organized in 280 cities around the world (and we just officially launched a few days ago!). (2) Check out some of these awesome cities that just added walks: Egucigalpa, Honduras Clinton, Tennessee San Antonio, Columbia Elora, Ontario, Canada Tyler, Texas Marikina, Philippines Tooele, Utah Meridian Charter Township, Michigan Cairo, Egypt Ogunquit, Maine Manila, Philippines Bangkok, Thailand Kuala Lumpur Karmiel, Israel Paris, France Canon City, Colorado Sydney, Australia How cool is that!
  • Announcing My 8th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk

    Scott Kelby
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:16 am
      I’m very excited to invite you to be a part of my 8th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk™ (it’s a worldwide phenomenon with walks in over 1,000 cities last year). Here’s a quick Q&A with all the details: Q. When is the official Photo Walk day? A.The official date is Saturday, October 3, 2015 Q. What do you do on a Photo Walk? A. You start by meeting with up to 50 other photographers at a central meeting point. Then a Photo Walk Leader leads the group on a leisurely paced stroll through an area that is photographically interesting; you take lots pictures; you can chat…
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    Digital Photography School

  • 5 Ways to Change Your Composition For Better Photos

    Barry J Brady
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    If there is one thing in photography that every photographer can work on, it’s composition. Like many of the other techniques in photography, your composition will improve the more you practice. Very often, photographers seem to go to their comfort zone of the rule of thirds. I personally like the rule of thirds as a starting point, not every photograph however, needs to be composed on the rule of thirds. In fact, it is a good idea to shoot the same scene in a few different compositions, even depth of field can be used as a compositional tool. A good way to work on your composition is…
  • 10 Common Mistakes in Long Exposure photography

    Francesco Gola
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    On all the 2015 Workshop I held here in Italy, I introduced a little game, where at the end of the workshop the attendees had to write down on a paper three mistakes that they used to make before taking the workshop. So I decided to collect all these lessons learned papers and make a list of the 10 most common errors in long exposure photography so you can learn from this also: Mistake #1 – Vibration reduction system is set to ON There are some lovely technologies that can help get much sharper images minimizing the blur caused by camera shake, which are extremely useful in low-light…
  • Why Every Photographer Should Use a Manual Focus Lens

    Dustin Abbott
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Your camera is smart. It has processors that are able to run algorithms, for near instantaneous adjustments to compensate for lighting conditions and changing environments. I’m a professional lens reviewer, and tend to complain if a lens/camera combination takes more than a split second to achieve accurate autofocus. But the reality is that most modern camera/lens combinations achieve accurate autofocus remarkably fast. Modern DSLRs can pretty much see in the dark, and still focus reasonably well with a near absence of light, and their performance at extremely high ISO settings is…
  • How to Use Figure to Ground Art Theory in Photography

    Adam Marelli
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:09 am
    Light figure on a dark ground, Florence, Italy © Adam Marelli What is figure to ground? Why can you recognize an amazing photograph but struggle to produce one? Sure there are better cameras, advanced lighting techniques, and endless theories on composition, but very often the root of the problem lies in a simple concept that is often missed. In three words, we can sum up almost every cover of Vogue, National Geographic, and the New York Times – Figure to ground. What is this term, what does it mean, and where does it come from? Figure to ground is one of the most important, and easily…
  • How to Be Respectful and Safe Photographing Wildlife

    Bruce Wunderlich
    25 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Photographing large, dangerous wildlife can be extremely fun to do, but there are some unique factors to consider when your subjects are wild animals, in their natural habitat. Your adrenaline may be pumping, but you must keep your wits about you at all times, and not get caught up in the excitement! Here are a few things to consider when photographing dangerous animals in the wild. Safety first When photographing wild animals (such as black bear in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, as featured throughout this article), naturally the most important factor is safety, both yours and the…
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    Engadget Full RSS Feed

  • Tencent's kids smartwatch is both cute and connected

    Richard Lai
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:40 am
    While there are already a handful of connected wearables for kids in the market, here's one with a more complete set of features. Courtesy of Chinese tech giant Tencent, this QQ Watch comes with a 1.12-inch 128 x 128 OLED screen, IP65 ruggedness, a...
  • Vine helps everyone add pro-level music to their videos

    Mariella Moon
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:21 am
    After pushing out updates that focus on making its visuals better, Vine (for iOS and Android) is getting a major upgrade that introduces a bunch of new music features. The one that sounds most useful for creators, especially if you need a bit of he...
  • NYC cabs will test app-based system to challenge Uber

    Mariella Moon
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:32 pm
    Around 7,000 NYC cabs are currently beta testing a new e-hail app called Arro, which the industry hopes can help it get back the customers it's lost to Uber. Arro isn't the first hailing app for cabs -- it actually works quite similarly to Uber --...
  • Discovery launches short-form VR videos, starting with sharks

    Jessica Conditt
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:58 pm
    Discovery hasn't jumped the shark yet, but it's definitely gotten really, really close to a few ferocious sea beasts. Discovery VR is the company's new foray into virtual reality and 360-degree experiences, and it begins with a series of short-form...
  • Sony isn't intentionally keeping 'Until Dawn' off of Twitch

    Timothy J. Seppala
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:38 pm
    Right now, there's a bit of an issue going on with Twitch and the PlayStation 4's horror-movie-director simulator, Until Dawn. Yesterday the Twitch Support Twitter account posted that if you were using PS4's built-in Twitch sharing functionality tha...
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  • 11 Aug 2015 | 2:25 pm

    11 Aug 2015 | 2:25 pm
    You are currently in blog view. Click here to revert to knowledge bank view.QA: Shooting Events Without TTL FlashReader Christopher Wharton has a flash-camera combo that will not work in TTL mode, so how he can shoot run-and-gun events?Long forgotten in the age of TTL, this post explains how to use your flash's "automatic" mode.Read full postKinda Genius: The LP742 LightSwitchSee that? That's the high water mark to date for my dual-purpose creativity with a speedlight case. Being padded, I use it as a thermos for my station-purchased beverage when home-bound from New York City on the…
  • QA: How to Shoot Events Without TTL Flash

    11 Aug 2015 | 9:47 am
    Technology is great. But it can also make us its slave. For instance, TTL flash is pretty good at solving lighting problems on the run. (See, McNally? I'm open-minded...) But those problems existed long before we had TTL flash—or TTL exposure metering, for that matter.And yet, we solved them on a regular basis. Even without feedback on the backs of our cameras. Or autofocus. While walking five miles to school barefoot in the snow. Uphill. Both ways.Read more »
  • Kinda Genius: The LP742 LightSwitch

    28 Jul 2015 | 9:03 am
    See that? That's the high water mark to date for my dual-purpose creativity with a speedlight case. Being padded, I use it as a thermos for my station-purchased beverage when home-bound from New York City on the train.(Works totally ace, BTW.)But that bar just got seriously upped today by the LumoPro LP742 "LightSwitch" speedlight case. Read more »
  • On Assignment: The Light You Don't See

    11 Jul 2015 | 3:43 pm
    This photo is 100% flash, 0% ambient. But it almost looks like the reverse. And for this portrait of soprano Robin Steitz, a timeless available-light look was what we were going for.But when you are working with flash (a single speedlight) and controlling your light (a scrounged "fill blanket" from the couch) you can keep the best of both worlds of strobe and ambient. Read more »
  • GPP Pop-Up Seattle: Why Go, and What to Expect

    18 Jun 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Several folks have asked for more specifics on the Seattle GPP Pop-Up. So here's the long version.Gulf Photo Plus is widely regarded as one of the best photo weeks... well, anywhere. And deservedly so. Every year, people attend from dozens of countries all over the world.The problem is that GPP is held in Dubai, which is an awful long way for most westerners to travel.But each year Gulf Photo Plus holds a Pop-Up event somewhere other than Dubai. In 2013 they were in London, and in 2014 it was Singapore. This year, for the first time, a GPP Pop-Up is being held in the US. It's scheduled for…
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Black and White preference (Matt Kloskowski)
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:05 am
    Here is a quick tip to help you with your Black and White conversions… make sure that “Apply auto mix when first converting to black and white” is turned on in the Preferences panel under the Presets tab. This will give you a head start in tweaking and fine tuning your black and white mix instead of looking at a straight row of sliders and having to guess at the best mix. Make sure that Auto-mix is turned on Without Auto-mix turned on, when you click on Black and White all of the sliders are in the middle With Auto-mix now there is a lovely wave in the sliders and you have…
  • Creating Contact Sheets With a ‘Slide Mount Look’ in Lightroom (Matt Kloskowski)
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:22 pm
    I was looking online this week and saw an old sheet of color slides in those plastic sleeves where we used to store them in folders, and it made me start thinking about how cool it would be to have something like that in Lightroom where you could just click a button or two and it be there, so I set out to figure out how, and it’s easier than you’d think. It takes a little Photoshop up front (simple stuff), but once you’re done, you don’t have to go back to Photoshop at all again for this effect — it will live inside of Lightroom from here on out, just one click…
  • You’re Invited To Be a Part of My 8th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk (Matt Kloskowski)
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:16 am
    Hi Gang – everybody that comes to this blog is a photographer, so I wanted to be sure to personally invite you to my 8th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk™ which is coming Saturday, Oct 3rd all over the world. I’m leading a local walk in Sydney, Australia (my first time every in Australia, and I’m totally psyched!). All the details about the walk are over on my daily blog at where I did a “Photo Walk Q&A” today so I hope you’ll pop over and check it out. It answers a lot of questions. If you’ve been on a photo walk before and you want…
  • How to get the new “Dehaze” slider on a brush (Matt Kloskowski)
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:16 am
    Before we get into this, just a heads up: this isn’t a hidden feature — it’s a workaround for people who have Lightroom and Photoshop, but at least it works. First, the problem — as awesome as the new Dehaze slider is (it’s found in Lightroom CC’s “fx” menu), the problem with it is that it applies the effect to the entire image. For example, in the shot of Hong Kong above left, the background buildings (in Kowloon) are really hazy, but as you can see from the image on the right, while the Dehaze slider pretty much cuts the haze, it also makes the sky…
  • Try multiple shots (Matt Kloskowski)
    18 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    You are out shooting, and something catches your eye… you set up for the shot and take the picture… and then move on to the next spot. How often do you zoom in or out at that spot or take a different angle to cover your bases? I am slowly learning (That could be my life’s motto) to take a couple of extra shots. I tried to get the web domain hyperphoto, since I tend to already be heading to my next picture before I finish the one I am taking. But, when I actually slow down and take a few different angles or at least zoom in, I tend to have better results back in Lightroom.
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Boostcase Review: Bloc Power Bank for Apple Watch Has Unique Built-In Battery, but Isn't Portable Enough

    Juli Clover
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Just months after the Apple Watch was released, there are dozens if not hundreds of different stand options available on the market. The Bloc Power Bank from Boostcase stands out due to its unique long, flat shape and the fact that it has a built-in battery pack that can charge the Apple Watch while on the go. Made from solid aluminum, the Bloc Power Bank comes in Silver, Space Gray, Gold, Rose Gold, Wood, and Stainless Steel, to match all of the different Apple Watch options that are available. I went hands-on with the silver aluminum model to see how it measures up to other available stands…
  • Belkin Launches MIXIT Lightning to USB Keychain Chargers

    Joe Rossignol
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:52 am
    Belkin announced today that it has introduced a new lineup of Lightning to USB clip-on fashion accessories in time for the back to school season. The new MIXIT charging cables for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch are available now in three designs: a leather tassel, a braided USB clip and a metallic keychain. The MIXIT Lightning to USB Tassel has a chic design made from natural leather and clips onto a bag, purse or luggage for on-the-go use. The accessory is designed to hide the Lightning and USB connectors behind the tassel cords, available in four different colors: fog, camel, coral and black.
  • Instagram Announces In-App Support for Portrait and Landscape Modes

    Mitchel Broussard
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:34 am
    Instagram today announced that the popular app would begin letting users post photos and videos in both portrait and landscape modes, expanding upon the all-inclusive square format for which the service is well-known. The company notes it discovered that nearly one in five posts aren't in the square format, so today's decision comes from its mission statement of putting each user's "visual story" first and the format second. Square format has been and always will be part of who we are. That said, the visual story you’re trying to tell should always come first, and we want to make it simple…
  • Apple Partners With PayAnywhere for Universal Apple Pay Card Reader

    Mitchel Broussard
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:36 am
    Apple today announced the company is partnering with PayAnywhere for a new mobile NFC card reader that will be able to attach to iOS devices and support Apple Pay transactions in any retail location, in addition to traditional credit card support (via CNBC). The reader will be available exclusively in Apple Stores beginning in September, with the chance for merchants signing up with a new PayAnywhere account to get the first $5,000 in Apple Pay transaction fees for free. "We are very excited to launch sales exclusively in Apple Stores throughout the country," said Marc Gardner, CEO of…
  • 'Workflow' for iOS Gains Today Widget, Syncing Feature

    Juli Clover
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:01 am
    Popular automation app Workflow is being updated today with two highly useful, much-desired features: a Notification Center widget and a new syncing feature that lets workflows be synced across several devices. For those of you who are not familiar with Workflow, it's an automation tool that lets users create a variety of workflows to accomplish tasks like creating GIFs from a series of photos, pulling images from a web page, translating an article, calculating a tip, and more. Users can create their own workflows or download them from the Workflow gallery and other third-party sites. With…
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    CNN Travel

  • La Tomatina: The world's biggest food fight

    27 Aug 2015 | 8:31 am
    20,000 people have gathered in Bunol, Spain for La Tomatina -- an excuse to hurl 170 tons of ripe tomato slop at one anotherTags: La Tomatinafood fightsfood festivals
  • Back from the brink: Lemurs of Madagascar

    26 Aug 2015 | 9:31 am
    On the trail of impossibly cute creatures in one of the world's most amazing wildlife hotspotsTags: african wildlifeendangered animalsendangered speciesrainforestenvironment
  • 5 spectacular new structures in Singapore

    26 Aug 2015 | 7:24 am
    Something crazy, something colorful and something from Jackie Chan, the tiny island city is welcoming a marvelous fleet of new modern constructionTags: architecturebuildingsNational Gallery
  • Last Sumatran rhino in U.S. seeks mate

    26 Aug 2015 | 6:20 am
    What to do when you want to settle down and raise a family but you're the last remaining member of your species in the country?Tags: zoosrhinoanimalsendangered speciesendangered animals
  • Goodbye to Elmo and the topless ladies?

    26 Aug 2015 | 3:37 am
    New York creates task force to deal with tourist complaints of harassment from topless women, costumed characters in Times Square
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