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  • 10 strange products to help you get ahead at the office

    Holy Kaw!
    Josh Urich
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    What kind of message does it send when you eat lunch at your desk? You might think you’re proving to everyone that you work super hard. In reality, if you have a supervisor with half a brain, you’re sending the message that you can’t balance your own workload. That’s not good. So if you really have to work through lunch, why not invest in a steering wheel desk? That way you can eat and work in your car. Another interesting way to start conversations, especially with the boss, is to get a ridiculous neck tie. A more gender-neutral suggestion is to invest in a very nice…
  • Pedro Pascal: Red Viper Role 'Broke My Heart'

    Mashable
    Chris Taylor
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:01 pm
    It isn't often you get a rock star-style reaction to walking into a bar and pulling a pint of beer. But that's what happened at Comic-Con Thursday when Pedro Pascal — AKA the Red Viper, the late, lamented Oberyn Martell of Dorne — poured the first few ceremonial glasses of Game of Thrones ale. "Yeah, this is my life now," Pascal joked to Mashable after fighting his way through a cheering throng of fans who rushed the bar at the Wired lounge in the Omni hotel. "Every time I go outside, people start cheering. It's just a regular day." See also: When 'Game of Thrones' Fans Saw That…
  • Comic-Con Bans Google Glass During Screenings

    Fast Company
    Alice Truong
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:19 pm
    But is anyone even wearing Google's head-up display at the convention?Despite its reputation as a geek confab, even Comic-Con isn't welcoming Google Glass.Read Full Story
  • Women Use Pinterest, But They Don’t Run It

    TechCrunch
    Cat Zakrzewski
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:16 pm
     Only 40 percent of Pinterest employees are women, even though the majority of the company’s users are female, according to a report released by Pinterest Thursday. Pinterest’s ratio appears better than other tech companies that have released similar reports — only about 30 percent of employees at Facebook, Google and Twitter are female. But considering Pinterest’s users… Read More
  • It's only high school if you let it

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:40 am
    "I'll show them!" Creative people need fuel. Overcoming the resistance and quieting the lizard brain takes a lot of work. Often, we seek external forces to excite us, inspire us or push us to take the leap necessary to do something that might not work. And so we read what the critics write, mistakenly believing that it will help improve the work. Or we go to a conference and mentally start comparing ourselves to everyone. He seems to get more respect. He has a better speaking slot. They forgot to list me in the program. She didn't make eye contact. They must have known that I didn't want to…
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    Holy Kaw!

  • 10 strange products to help you get ahead at the office

    Josh Urich
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    What kind of message does it send when you eat lunch at your desk? You might think you’re proving to everyone that you work super hard. In reality, if you have a supervisor with half a brain, you’re sending the message that you can’t balance your own workload. That’s not good. So if you really have to work through lunch, why not invest in a steering wheel desk? That way you can eat and work in your car. Another interesting way to start conversations, especially with the boss, is to get a ridiculous neck tie. A more gender-neutral suggestion is to invest in a very nice…
  • How to stay focused on your goals

    Kate Rinsema
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:38 pm
    We all start out with dreams and many of us translate those dreams into goals and create a solid plan to achieve them. Then life gets in the way; dealing with a difficult coworker, paying off bills, getting this one project done, and suddenly, our goals look farther away than ever despite our best efforts. Dr. Susan Gelb at Mashable explains four ways to bring those dreams back into focus and start back on the path to where we most want to be. 1. Remember why you’re doing what you’re doing In your heart of hearts, you probably know what your big goal is. And you probably know what it will…
  • 5 things you have to have to attract the best investors

    Josh Urich
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    There’s a difference between attracting investors and attracting the best investors. If you want to attract the latter, then follow these five tips. Start by building your influence. That means hitting social media hard. Boost your content and distribution and show investors you’re not only serious but also influential. Also, make sure you start small. Don’t overreach by hiring too many employees too early. Have a small group of dedicated people and make sure your company is a well-oiled machine––read: profitable. Full story at Entrepreneur. More advice about…
  • 7 things you didn’t know about pregnancy in the United States

    Josh Urich
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    It’s the miracle of life, as that aptly named but pretty gross sex-ed movie makes patently clear. But there’s some facts about pregnancy in the United States that you didn’t learn in that film. For example, did you know that one in ten pregnancies end in miscarriage? Many of those occur before the women even realize she’s carrying. Here’s another shocker: 30% of American teenage girls will get pregnant. That means three of ten girls get pregnant before they turn twenty. See the rest at the full article. Full story at Better Parenting. More about parenting. Photo…
  • Meet the fascinating woman who inspired Jodie Foster’s role in Contact [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Ever heard of Jill Tarter? Let’s ask that another way: Have you ever seen the movie Contact, based on the book by Carl Sagan? Jill Tarter is the real-life SETI scientist who has spent almost her entire career on the search for alien lifeforms, and in this piece from Nova, she reflects on how she used that film to inspire others’ interest in her search. Full story at NOVA @ YouTube via Brain Pickings. The secret life of scientists. Graphics credit: Canva
 
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    Mashable

  • Pedro Pascal: Red Viper Role 'Broke My Heart'

    Chris Taylor
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:01 pm
    It isn't often you get a rock star-style reaction to walking into a bar and pulling a pint of beer. But that's what happened at Comic-Con Thursday when Pedro Pascal — AKA the Red Viper, the late, lamented Oberyn Martell of Dorne — poured the first few ceremonial glasses of Game of Thrones ale. "Yeah, this is my life now," Pascal joked to Mashable after fighting his way through a cheering throng of fans who rushed the bar at the Wired lounge in the Omni hotel. "Every time I go outside, people start cheering. It's just a regular day." See also: When 'Game of Thrones' Fans Saw That…
  • Google Updates Gmail App With Better Google Drive Integration

    Karissa Bell
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:08 pm
    While sharing documents and files between Gmail and Google Drive has been a nearly seamless experience on the web for some time, integration between the two apps on the mobile side has been lacking— until now. Google rolled out an update to Gmail's iOS app Thursday that makes it easier for users to view and share documents and files between Drive and Gmail. See also: 10 Gmail Hacks to Help You Master Your Inbox Gmail users on iOS can now view and save files on Google Drive directly from the Gmail app with "Save to Drive" and "Insert from Drive" options. Users can also now edit a file's…
  • Aussie Thongs Crowdfunding Campaign Raises $10,000 in an Hour

    Jenni Ryall
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:05 pm
    SYDNEY — Your trusty old thongs (translation: flip flops) may go years without a blow-out, but then always seem to break at the most inappropriate of times. Thong blow out on Australia Day #paradox pic.twitter.com/B0LoHgBpAS — CJ Australia (@CJ_Australia) January 26, 2014 Many have tried and failed at solving the serious problem. Ingenious. You learn a new trick everyday...#nomoreblowouts pic.twitter.com/iWriAMiT4U — Daniel Payne (@dpayn285) January 21, 2014 Suffered a fatal thong blowout on the way to the coffee shop and had to improvise pic.twitter.com/3zt6xCwmvR —…
  • YouTube Star Michelle Phan Fights Back Against Multimillion-Dollar Lawsuit

    Karissa Bell
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:47 pm
    YouTube celeb Michelle Phan is fighting back against a copyright infringement suit that alleges she used songs without permission on her lucrative, home-grown YouTube channel. The video blogger, who rose to fame for her wildly popular makeup tutorial videos, is being sued for copyright infringement by Ultra Records, according to a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court of Los Angeles last week See also: Michelle Phan: Behind the Makeup of YouTube's Fairy Godmother The label alleges Phan— who is known for using songs from popular dance DJ's in her videos— used their songs without…
  • Paramount Brings 'Turtles,' Christopher Nolan and 'Interstellar' to Comic-Con

    Josh Dickey
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:45 pm
    SAN DIEGO — Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Rock, Matthew McConaughey and Christopher Nolan ... Paramount Pictures wasn't going to just sit quietly and let the superheroes walk all over it at Comic-Con. The studio stepped up in San Diego with the first major studio summer film to present in Hall H, putting together a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles panel that included stars Megan Fox and Will Arnett — and the guys who created the first sketches that would become the heroes in half-shells. SEE ALSO: What's Cool and New at Comic-Con's Preview Night: A Look Inside And in a surprise…
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    Fast Company

  • Comic-Con Bans Google Glass During Screenings

    Alice Truong
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:19 pm
    But is anyone even wearing Google's head-up display at the convention?Despite its reputation as a geek confab, even Comic-Con isn't welcoming Google Glass.Read Full Story
  • Is Instagram Prepping Its Own Snapchat Rival?

    Alice Truong
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:52 am
    The photo-sharing app appears to be taking a page from its parent company.Like Facebook, like Instagram.Read Full Story
  • The Surprisingly Emotional Story Of The Man Who Invented The High Five

    Evie Nagy
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:50 am
    One-time Los Angeles Dodger Glenn Burke is credited for the universal gesture for a job well done. His own life was more complicated.At the very end of the Los Angeles Dodgers's 1977 season, Dusty Baker hit his 30th home run. As he ran triumphantly across home plate, enthusiastic rookie Glenn Burke, waiting on deck, held his hand up high, signaling for Baker to give him the first-ever high five.Read Full Story
  • Venezuela Begins Evicting Residents From Torre David, The World's Tallest Squat

    Carey Dunne
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    The thousands of residents of Venezuela's infamous vertical slum are being moved to a new housing complex by city authorities.The thousands of squatters in Torre David, a half-built 52-story skyscraper in Caracas, Venezuela, are being relocated. City authorities are moving a total of more than 1,150 families into a new social housing complex in Ciudad Zamora, more than an hour's drive from their illegally occupied home.Read Full Story
  • A Simulator That Lets You Fight The Giant Monsters From Pacific Rim? Yes, Please

    Chris Gayomali
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    Soon, you'll be able to get a (virtual) feel for piloting one of the jaeger's from Guillermo del Toro's ode to monster films.You can already swap bodies with someone of the opposite sex and explore Seinfeld's Upper West Side apartment using virtual reality. What you haven't been able to do, though, is punch a gigantic monster in the face.Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Women Use Pinterest, But They Don’t Run It

    Cat Zakrzewski
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:16 pm
     Only 40 percent of Pinterest employees are women, even though the majority of the company’s users are female, according to a report released by Pinterest Thursday. Pinterest’s ratio appears better than other tech companies that have released similar reports — only about 30 percent of employees at Facebook, Google and Twitter are female. But considering Pinterest’s users… Read More
  • Baidu Shoots Up Google Play Download Rankings With Apps That Boost Android Performance

    Kyle Russell
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
     Chinese search engine giant Baidu had a good month on the Google Play Store in June, shooting up seven ranks to crack the top 10 publishers by downloads, according to App Annie’s latest global app index. Baidu’s growth wasn’t on the back of its search capabilities. App Annie’s data shows that two apps, DU Battery Saver and DU Speed Booster, accounted for most of the jump. Read More
  • YC-Backed Kamcord Launches An App For Watching Mobile Game Replays

    Kim-Mai Cutler
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:38 pm
     As reports of Google’s interest in buying Twitch continue unabated, it’s clear there’s an enormous market for video of gameplay. A few players stepped up a couple years ago to tackle the same concept for mobile gaming. Y Combinator-backed Kamcord was one of them. They built a layer that developers could integrate, letting gamers easily record and share their gameplay.… Read More
  • Cities Petition FCC In Fight For Municipal Broadband

    Julian Chokkattu
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:26 pm
     Cities like Chattanooga, Tenn., have led the charge of providing public broadband services to local communities. Today, Chattanooga and Wilson, N.C., another city that provides municipal broadband, took it a step further by filing petitions to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), asking them to remove state laws that restrict the right to provide broadband services outside their… Read More
  • Yammer’s David Sacks Departs Microsoft After Two-Year Tenure

    Alex Wilhelm
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:54 pm
     Today Yammer’s founder and former CEO David Sacks announced that he will depart Microsoft, the software company that purchased his social enterprise startup for $1.2 billion. His exit, which comes two years after the June 2012 acquisition of Yammer, follows standard timing. When companies are purchased, existing employees are often given two-year contracts, sometimes with earnouts attached. Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • It's only high school if you let it

    Seth Godin
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:40 am
    "I'll show them!" Creative people need fuel. Overcoming the resistance and quieting the lizard brain takes a lot of work. Often, we seek external forces to excite us, inspire us or push us to take the leap necessary to do something that might not work. And so we read what the critics write, mistakenly believing that it will help improve the work. Or we go to a conference and mentally start comparing ourselves to everyone. He seems to get more respect. He has a better speaking slot. They forgot to list me in the program. She didn't make eye contact. They must have known that I didn't want to…
  • Same as it ever was

    Seth Godin
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:04 am
    Here are two of the first photographic portraits ever taken, far more than a hundred years ago: They could have been taken with Instagram, no? I'm all in favor of self-driving cars and advanced robotics that will change everything. But few of us get to do that for a living. Mostly, we find new ways to do old things, better. No need to fool yourself into holding back just because your innovation or product doesn't contain a flavor that's never been tasted before or an experience previously unimagined. Find something that will touch us, move us, improve us or change us. Then ship.
  • Where's your bumper?

    Seth Godin
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:19 am
    If you spend just a few minutes listening to a great radio station, you'll know it's them. They've worked hard to make sure that the promos they run sound unique and welcome and friendly. You're home. People in radio call these little promo moments, "bumpers." Now that we're all in the media business, we can have them too. During their glory days, MTV understood this. Anyone could run music videos, of course, but the promos, the little in-between shorts, those could only belong to one network. Many listeners to Sirius/XM recoil when they hear the incessant bumpers that run on channels devoted…
  • Finding your peer group

    Seth Godin
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:53 am
    Your peer group are people with similar dreams, goals and worldviews. They are people who will push you in exchange for being pushed, who will raise the bar and tell you the truth. They're not in your business, but they're in your shoes. Finding a peer group and working with them, intentionally and on a regular schedule, might be the single biggest boost your career can experience.        
  • Go first

    Seth Godin
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:55 am
    Before you're asked. Before she asks for the memo, before the customer asks for a refund, before your co-worker asks for help. Volunteer. Offer. Imagine what the other person needs, an exercise in empathy that might become a habit.        
 
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    WIRED

  • How Hackers Hid a Money-Mining Botnet in the Clouds of Amazon and Others

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Hackers have long used malware to enslave armies of unwitting PCs, but security researchers Rob Ragan and Oscar Salazar had a different thought: Why steal computing resources from innocent victims when there’s so much free processing power out there for the taking? At the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas next month Ragan and Salazar […]
  • Science Graphic of the Week: Mapping Climate Change on Tatooine Over 110 Galactic Years

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Just because Luke Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine is fictional doesn’t mean it’s immune to the effects of climate change. This map shows how, in the past 110 Galactic Standard Years, Tatooine has turned from a sprawling, desert wasteland into an even hotter sprawling, desert wasteland. It comes from Tatooine’s first Intergovernmental Report on Climate […]
  • All You Need To Know About the 10% Brain Myth, in 60 Seconds

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:06 pm
    The new Luc Besson movie Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson, opens in theatres countrywide tomorrow. It’s based on the immortal myth that we use only 10 percent of our brains. Johansson’s character is injected with drugs that allow her to access 100 percent of her brain capacity. She subsequently gains the ability to learn Chinese in an […]
  • Comic-Con: Guillermo del Toro Shows Us How to Pilot a Pac Rim Jaeger on Oculus

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    WIRED reports from Comic-Con as it opens to the public.
  • Mapping the Mass of an Enormous Galaxy Cluster

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:15 am
    You are looking at the most precise gravity map ever made of a distant galaxy cluster. Using the map, astronomers have determined that the cluster is roughly 650,000 light-years across and contains enough matter to make 160 trillion suns. The cluster, known as MCS J0416.1–2403, is located about 4 billion light-years away and consists of […]
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  • Three Ways to Outperform Your Online Competition

    Guest Blogger
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    This is a guest contribution from Emma Henry of True Target Marketing. There’s no denying that plenty of us are trying to make a living on the internet. The good news is that it’s still early days when it comes to building a successful online business. In reality, very few businesses know how to effectively execute strategic online marketing campaigns. Now is the perfect time for you to take advantage of this gap in the market and outperform your online competition. With some sound advice, a strategic approach, and a solid implementation plan, your online business performance can go from…
  • How Social Media Can Affect Your Search Engine Rankings

    Guest Blogger
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:13 am
    This is a guest contribution from digital media project manager Sandeep Sharma. Now more than ever, marketing experts are improving their marketing strategy with fewer resources, and they are shifting marketing budgets from traditional to digital tactics like search engine optimization and social media. Companies, too often, omit their social media marketing strategy from their SEO strategy, which is a grave mistake. A study  conducted by Ascend2 indicates that companies with the strongest SEO via social media strategies now produce the best results, and vice-versa. Companies that consider…
  • How I Earned $15000 from The Problogger Job Board

    Guest Blogger
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    This is a guest contribution from Andy Nathan, of Smart at the Start. I have a secret formula for using the Problogger job board that will enthrall many, and bring others to tears with their boredom. That is OK! I do not want everyone to use what I am about to explain below, because that just means more business for me.  In fact, I struggled with whether I should even share this information to anyone, because…well… human greed being what it is. Over the past year, I have automated the process on the Problogger job board to the point where I spend roughly 5-10 minutes prospecting for…
  • Content Isn’t King… Here’s What Is!

    Darren Rowse
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:49 am
    Over the years I’ve heard many debates in the blogosphere about what is ‘king’. ‘Blogging is King’ was something many argued almost 10 years ago as it began to rise in popularity. ‘Content is King’ was the catch cry for many years… then it became ‘Community is King’ for a while as community management became the big thing. ‘Twitter is King’ was something I heard a number of bloggers crying (as they gave up their blogs to get onto Twitter), ‘Facebook is King’ was the cry a few years later when setting up pages…
  • 10 Ways to Exponentially Grow Your Traffic in 30 Days

    Guest Blogger
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    This is a guest contribution from Marcus Taylor of Venture Harbour. In Western cultures, there is a prevailing belief that you ‘work your way to the top’, ‘climb the ladder’, and make slow and steady efforts to achieve success. This way of thinking is undoubtedly a smart approach, particularly for bloggers. However, there is an equally smart, yet opposing, belief that’s more common in certain Eastern cultures: leapfrogging straight to the top. At the beginning of 2014, I decided to get smart about my blogging. By concentrating on the things that made the biggest difference, I…
 
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  • The Big Red Desktop

    Alan Henry
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Sometimes simple is the best way to go, and while a lot of our desktops have pretty wallpapers and well placed skins, this one takes a simple motif and runs with it. It only displays the most basic information, and that's all DeviantArt user sharmander3 needs. here's how it's all set up.Read more...
  • iOS: Google updated the Gmail app today with improved integration with Google Drive, making download

    Patrick Allan
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:20 pm
    iOS: Google updated the Gmail app today with improved integration with Google Drive, making downloading and attaching documents from Drive simpler, as well as new account management options, like changing your profile picture in the app's settings. Grab the update here: Gmail | iOS App Store via iPhone HacksRead more...
  • Keep Your Room Cool at Night by Facing Your Fan Out, Not In

    Patrick Allan
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Running that AC can cost you a pretty penny, but you still need to cool down at night so you can sleep comfortably. Real Simple notes that a fan blowing air out of your room is better than one blowing in.Read more...
  • The Many Benefits of Taking Cold Showers

    Patrick Allan
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    It may sound like the last thing you want to do, but The Art of Manliness explains why you should grab your shower cap, bite your lip, and jump into an ice-cold shower.Read more...
  • This Infographic Lists Cellphone Etiquette for 11 Countries

    Patrick Allan
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    If you're traveling or making an international call, it's good to know cultural differences so you can be polite. This infographic from RepairLabs explains the common tendencies different cultures have using cell phones.Read more...
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  • OS X Yosemite Beta: First Impressions, Installation Tips, Known Issues, and Bug Fixes

    Juli Clover
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Today marked the first day of Apple's public beta testing program for OS X Yosemite, letting thousands of non-developers download the software for the first time. With so many new users, new issues and bugs in the beta are coming to light and being catalogued in our Yosemite forum. We've pulled out some user reactions from the forums to share, along with some tips on troubleshooting possible issues. For users having problems with the beta, the Yosemite forums can be an invaluable resource, and for users still debating whether or not to install the beta software, make sure to check out this…
  • Possible 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Volume/Power Flex Cable and SIM Card Tray Shown in New Images

    Juli Clover
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:14 pm
    We've seen several different parts for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, but parts for the larger 5.5-inch version have thus far been in short supply. Apple.club.tw [Google Translation] has shared some new images of what might be the first leaked internal parts for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6, offering up pictures of power/volume flex cables and SIM trays said to be for the device. The two flex cables that separately house the left side volume buttons/mute switch and the top power button are similar in design to an earlier set of leaked flex cables said to be for one of the iPhone 6 models. There are,…
  • Apple Maintains Tablet Market Share Lead Despite iPad Sales Drop

    Juli Clover
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Apple's recent earnings call revealed that iPad sales continue to decline, with the company shipping only 13.3 million iPads during the third fiscal quarter of 2014 (second calendar quarter), compared to 14.6 million in the year-ago quarter. Despite the sales drop, Apple continues to be the world's leading tablet vendor, with a total 26.9 percent of the market, according to new numbers from research firm IDC. Samsung retains its number two spot with 8.5 million shipments and a 17.2 percent share, but both major companies have been losing significant ground to companies putting out more…
  • OS X Yosemite Public Beta Now Available via Mac App Store Redemption Codes

    Kelly Hodgkins
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    In line with yesterday's announcement, Apple today made available a pre-release version of OS X Yosemite to consumers who signed up for the company's OS X public beta program. Public beta program members can access promo codes through the beta program website that allow them to download Yosemite from the Mac App Store for free. Early reviews of the pre-release build are favorable, with several reviewers noting improvements in Safari, Messaging and Notifications. Notably missing from the beta, however, are the highly anticipated Continuity features that allow for the integration of OS X with…
  • Swatch Denies Report It Is Working With Apple on iWatch Wearable

    Kelly Hodgkins
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:49 am
    Swiss watchmaker Swatch Group today denied a recent report that it was working with Apple to develop a smartwatch product, reports Reuters. VentureBeat first reported this joint venture, citing an unnamed source with knowledge of Apple's plans. A spokeswoman for Swatch told Reuters that the Apple rumor was "unfounded," adding that Swatch's only relationship with mobile phone manufacturers is as a supplier of integrated circuits and other electronic components. Swatch Chief Executive Nick Hayek reiterated in an interview with Reuters that "he was not interested in teaming up with a tech group…
 
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  • Experimental Life

    Chris Brogan
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    On the Owner’s Mind podcast, I ask a question or two about experimenting, and how I might better help you. MOST of the time, I interview nice people, but this is something different. I’m sharing this here, so if you’re a blog subscriber but not a podcast subscriber, you can rectify that magically. :)
  • Sponsored Posts Would Work Better If You Improved Context

    Chris Brogan
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    People are talking about how sponsored posts are showing up in their stream on places like Instagram these days. I saw one the other day for some TV show. It was a bit jarring, because I was pretty sure I wasn’t following Liev Schreiber. And that’s the thing. A sponsored post would work so much better if the people running the sponsored posts improved context. Sponsored Posts Are Useful I’m a fan of sponsored posts, but only if they match the intentions of the person creating them. For instance, later today, I’ll be launching a project with Jacq on BossFit about the…
  • Evolution

    Chris Brogan
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    I started journaling in 1998. It wasn’t called blogging until much later. I had no business intent. I just wanted to share stories I’d written that the mainstream had no interest in publishing. Along the way, I learned a lot (mostly by failing and adjusting), and became a New York Times bestselling author who speaks to princesses and heads of huge companies like Disney (also in the princess business). How did I get here? Evolution is a Matter of Perception, Growth, and Persistence When I started, I wanted to share stories. Along the way, I got interested in other topics…
  • Understanding Value

    Chris Brogan
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    My friend, Anthony is one of the best salesmen I’ve ever met. Whenever I ask him the key to selling, he says the same thing every time without hesitation: “Sales is about creating value.” Understanding Value My universe has shifted into amazing alignment lately. Ever since ferreting out what I REALLY know how to help people do better, and how that will add value to their lives, I’ve been on fire. And even then, I started like I usually do: with a bad first attempt. But now, my Owner’s Path course is going to really be my best ability to add value back to your…
  • What You Think You Sell

    Chris Brogan
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:58 am
    There’s what you say you sell, what you think you sell, and what others think you sell. I’m in a bit of a quandary. I think these three facets don’t line up really well right now. I know what I sell and what I intend to sell. But I need feedback from you. What do you SEEK from me? Not what I’m selling. What do you SEEK? What are you hoping to glean? When you come here, you say, “If I read X, I’ll be able to do something in my world HERE (where?). I’d love to know the answer to this from your perspective. If you’re shy, email it to me: chris @…
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  • How to Market Your Freelance Business Without Feeling Like an Impostor

    Samar Owais
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    You’ve felt it, haven’t you? That sick feeling clawing at your stomach every time you think about marketing your freelance business. You’re worried you won’t be able to convince prospective clients you’re the right person for the job — that you’re the answer to their problems. You may still feel like an impostor even if you’ve established a very solid level of authority and credibility with your blog. What if you can’t deliver? What if clients don’t love your work? What if your past success has all been a fluke? Just the thought of it makes your blood run…
  • Beyond Niches: Tap Into This Psychological Driver to Create the Ultimate Message

    Demian Farnworth
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    The number of blog posts published every day is absurd. Let’s just say it exceeds the population of the four largest countries in the world and be done with it. Maybe that’s true and maybe it isn’t. The point is — and we all know it — the volume of written content online is overwhelming. And let’s not forget about other media: videos, podcasts, Google+ Hangouts, photographs, etc. Shock is one way to describe our reaction to the tonnage dumped each day. Despair is another — especially for content producers who want to find an audience. The…
  • Case Study: How One Veteran’s Podcast Built a Million-Dollar Business

    Beth Hayden
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    After spending many years in traditional career fields — including real estate, finance, and eight years as an Army Officer — John Lee Dumas still felt unfulfilled. He couldn’t shake the feeling that his real calling was still out there — that there must be a way for him to feel excited to go to work every day. He took a leap of faith and launched an interview-based business podcast called EntrepreneurOnFire. Within its first few months, the podcast became a top-ranked iTunes business podcast and earned a coveted spot on the “Best of iTunes” list. The podcast…
  • 5 Subtle Writing Strategies That Drive Email Signups

    Ramsay Taplin
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Email subscribers are your protection from Google. Even Brian Clark agrees with me on that one. Your email list is a group of readers who have chosen to get information from you. They want to hear from you, and you want a large email list that is full of potential clients or customers. But how do you gain more email subscribers? You already have so many ongoing content marketing tasks. When it comes to growing your email list, which methods work and which ones are a waste of time? In this post, I’m going to share five writing strategies I use on my blogs and online advertising campaigns…
  • No Blog Traffic? Here’s a Simple Strategy to Seduce Readers and Win Clients

    Henneke
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    You sit down at your desk. You start your computer. You check Google Analytics and your email provider dashboard. A deep sigh escapes from your soul. Why is your number of email subscribers still so low? Why aren’t readers flocking to your blog? And when will those business inquiries finally arrive? We all know that blogging is hard work, but what should you do when your efforts don’t seem to pay off? Should you cross your fingers and keep plugging away? Hope that your readership will snowball? Pray that business inquiries will soon flood your inbox? You need a new blog strategy, not…
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    Macworld

  • How to make a bootable OS X 10.10 Yosemite install drive

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    With Yosemite (OS X 10.10) and the OS X Beta Program, Apple is for the first time since 2000 making pre-release versions of a new operating system available to people other than developers. Specifically, the first million non-developers to sign up for the 10.10 public beta will get to download and install pre-release versions of Yosemite, with the goal being to help Apple find and fix bugs before the OS is officially released.Should you sign up? Keep in mind that these are pre-release versions of Yosemite, so they’ll have bugs, and some features and services won’t work as expected. As we…
  • OS X Yosemite public beta arrives

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:52 am
    On Thursday, fall came early for hundreds of thousands of Mac users as Apple released its first public beta of OS X Yosemite. The public-beta program, announced during Apple’s annual developer conference in June, is letting regular users download and test pre-release versions of OS X. Apple says the first million users to sign up at the OS X Beta Program website will be able to test Yosemite before the OS is released to the general public in the fall. Users who signed up for the program are receiving redemption codes to enter in the Mac App Store, at which point a Yosemite installer app…
  • The Week in iOS Apps: Government made easy

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Government made easyA new app promises to help you make up your mind about big issues—and to let Congress know about it. Plus, we have new apps for gaming, making movies, hearing music, and more.ClimendoNate Silver got famous predicting elections by computing the average results of all the polls about those campaigns at his Five Thirty Eight website. Climendo, a $1 iPhone app, does pretty much the exact same thing for the weather, offering you a forecast that averages out five different weather forecasts for your area. Version 2.0 launched this month with new features, including one that…
  • No way to win

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Rumors have Apple announcing a larger iPhone this fall, which naturally means doom for Apple.Wait, what?“A supersize iPhone is a big risk for Apple” (tip o’ the antlers to @JonyIveParody).Only Apple could be damned if it doesn’t make a larger phone and damned if it does.No, seriously. Has anyone ever said this about Google or Samsung or Amazon or Motorola or Xiaomi or … anyone? As excitement (and rumor) build ahead of the expected release of Apple’s supersize iPhone this fall, experts say Apple executives and shareholders also have considerable reason to be anxious.To read this…
  • Monotony review: Super simple RSS reader for your Mac

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:36 am
    With Google Reader gone, the RSS readers that have popped up in its stead—like Feedly and Digg Reader—have largely strived to be fully featured replacements. Monotony (Mac App Store link) seems to revel in being quite the opposite, as the super simple app lets you subscribe to feeds and see updates only when your Mac is up and running. “There is nothing else,” the Mac App Store listing assures. “No sync, no frontend, no possibility to customize it.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
 
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    ReadWrite

  • Data Obesity: The Latest Threat To Your Digital Fitness

    Owen Thomas
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    So many of our modern health problems stem from issues of abundance: fast food, car-friendly suburbs, and endless couch-borne entertainment.The cure for these, according to the quantified-self cult of Silicon Valley, is more data! Just collect information about every step we take, every beat of our heart, every toss we take in our sleep, everything we eat and every drop we drink, and all will be revealed.But what if the abundance of data, too, is part of the problem?Networked weight scales at MyFitnessPal headquarters.Your Data's So Big ...Mike Abbott, a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield…
  • Google Maps New Explore Feature Takes On Foursquare

    Selena Larson
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
    Google wants to help you make decisions using the tool you already use to get directions. On Thursday, the company launched an Explore feature for Google Maps that lets people discover places like restaurants and local hot spots with a tap of an icon located in the far right corner of Maps.Like Foursquare’s new flagship application which eliminates the check-in, Google’s Explore feature is designed to help you find out information about places near you, and learns your behavior when you confirm places you visit to provide better suggestions. Exploring in Google Maps will also take into…
  • Maybe Asia-Pacific Developers Will Deliver The Internet Of Things

    Matt Asay
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    Demand, meet supply. The world is in dire need of millions of Internet of Things developers within the next few years. The good news? According to a new Evans Data survey, 17% the world's software developers are already working on IoT applications; those in the Asia-Pacific region are particularly active.See also: The Internet Of Things Will Need Millions Of Developers By 2020The bad news? This developer population doesn't have a strong history of software and cloud services innovation.Asia-Pacific: A Hotbed Of ActivityTo reprise: Evans Data's recent global survey of over 1,400 software…
  • President Obama To Kick Off Drone Privacy Guidelines

    Lauren Orsini
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    The Federal Aviation Administration will no longer be able to stall on privacy guidelines for private drone operation in the United States.President Barack Obama is set to issue an executive order to create privacy guidelines for private drones operating in U.S. airspace, according to Politico. If executed, this order would put the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, an arm of the Commerce Department, in charge of developing these guidelines. Until now, privacy guidelines for drones were considered to be under the domain of the FAA, which is currently embroiled in the…
  • Why Javascript Developers Should Get Excited About Object.observe

    Lauren Orsini
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Nobody is more excited about the most recent version of Google's Chrome browser than JavaScript developers.The latest version, Chrome 36, now includes a long awaited potential update to the JavaScript language. Called Object.observe, it’s a low-level API (see our API explainer) that might solve one of the biggest problems in modern JavaScript development.That problem: JavaScript developers have yet to find a satisfactory way to ensure that changes in a Web app's underlying data—say, as the result of user input—are reflected properly in the browser display. (This basically reflects the…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • “Making It Right”: A New Smashing Book on Product Management For A Startup World

    Vitaly Friedman
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:20 am
    You’ve seen this happen a thousand times. An organization struggles with a high level of internal enthusiasm and creative chaos that team leaders don’t know how to handle any more. To bring order into projects, a new product manager is appointed, under huge expectation, and with unclear responsibilities and big goals defined within a very short timeframe. That’s when things usually go south, resulting in failed projects, crushed teams and disappointed clients. That’s why we’ve teamed up with our author and friend Rian van der Merwe, a senior product manager with…
  • You May Be Losing Users If Responsive Web Design Is Your Only Mobile Strategy

    Maximiliano Firtman
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    You resize the browser and a smile creeps over your face. You’re happy: You think you are now mobile-friendly, that you have achieved your goals for the website. Let me be a bit forward before getting into the discussion: You are losing users and probably money if responsive web design is your entire goal and your only solution for mobile. The good news is that you can do it right. In this article, we’ll cover the relationship between the mobile web and responsive design, starting with how to apply responsive design intelligently, why performance is so important in mobile, why responsive…
  • How Do You Design Interaction?

    Luca Leone
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    If you have to design an interface it’s almost obvious to think to begin the process by drawing. But is this the best way? I once casually started by writing an imagined human-computer conversation, and only afterwards I continued by drawing. This changed my way of thinking and I never went back to drawing first. This article will explain the reasons behind my decision. I have always been a huge admirer of the guys at Basecamp1. Some time ago, I was reading a tweet by Jason Zimdars, one of its designers: Zimdar’s tweet2 “UI design starts with words.” He wasn’t joking. The…
  • The Mystery Is Resolved: Chirpy Birds, Lost Numbers and Pretty Slow Wheels

    Vitaly Friedman
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    Experiments and side projects are wonderful ways to challenge yourself and explore areas that you wouldn’t usually consider exploring. That’s what Smashing Mystery Riddles1 are for us: little experiments that challenge us to come up with something new, original and a bit crazy—every single time. The ideas are usually a synthesis of the things we discover, stumble upon or try out ourselves—and oh my, they take quite some time to get right. The most recent riddle2 took quite a lot of time spent fiddling and getting right (and Guillaume, the designer, wasn’t that happy…
  • Useful Adobe Fireworks Resources: Extensions (Part 1)

    Michel Bozgounov
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:10 am
    Fireworks is an excellent UI design tool; however, Adobe decided to feature-freeze1 it back in 2013 and (at the same time) did not offer any replacement tool to its users. Nevertheless, since Fireworks runs fine today on the latest Mac OS X and Windows OS, and since it still offers a solid UI-design feature set, many designers continue to use it and rely on it daily. For those of you who are searching for a similar tool, Sketch 3.02 seems to be a pretty good alternative to Fireworks, but it’s still not quite there yet; it’s Mac-only, and while its vector tools are very good and it…
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • Arizona: Killer's execution not botched

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:42 pm
    Joseph Wood gasped and struggled to breathe during his nearly two-hour execution involving a novel combination of drugs, some witnesses say.
  • Secret plan: Let's go to the moon -- and nuke it

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:37 pm
    The plan was to beat the Russians to the moon, build an Army base and, maybe, test a nuclear weapon "to impress the world with the prowess of the United States."
  • Tornado hits campground; 2 die

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:36 pm
    Two people are dead and at least 20 were injured at a Virginia campground on Thursday after a possible tornado, Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller told CNN.
  • U.N. shelter in Gaza struck; 16 die

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:36 pm
    It's not clear who is behind the incident. Palestinians blame Israel, while Israel's military says a rocket from Gaza could have hit the school used as a shelter.
  • Another plane crash: 116 on board

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:36 pm
    An Air Algerie flight with at least 116 people on board dropped off radar after taking off in Burkina Faso. It is thought to have gone down in Mali, the flight operator said.
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Wedding Photography Systems with Justin Wojtczak Take your wedding photography business to the next level with Justin Wojtczak’s systematic approach to building and running a successful wedding photography business. At the end of the day it is about the level of service you give your bride and groom, and Justin takes you through every step in the process of completing a successful wedding shoot, from the engagement session to the consultation, and from the wedding day itself to the delivery of treasured photographs. All along the way Justin shares pro-level tips, tricks, and techniques for…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Mia McCormick!

    Brad Moore
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Let me start by saying, I don’t take photos professionally. But wait, don’t stop reading! Hear me out. My name is Mia McCormick and before I took a position at KelbyOne, I spent a decade telling stories and interviewing some of the most influential people in the world in the name of TV News. Now I’ve spent the last two years interviewing the very best photographers on the planet, for KelbyOne. I’ve grilled them about technique and business plans. I’ve asked them about gear and studio decisions. But some of the most important conversations, often get the least amount of attention,…
  • Announcing My New Book, “The Digital Photography Book, Part 5: Photo Recipes”

    Scott Kelby
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:19 pm
    It’s official — the latest book in my series is headed to bookstores in just a few weeks, and the video above tells you what makes this new addition, called “Part 5 — Photo Recipes” different than the rest.You can preorder the book right now from Amazon or Barnes & Noble or direct from us and be the first to receive the book when it ships in a couple of weeks. It’s only around $17 street price, which is an awesomely low price (it’s about impossible to find something for photography that only costs $17 bucks, right? This puppy is a steal).I’m…
  • Five Photography Workshops I Would Love to Attend (and you might, too!)

    Scott Kelby
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I absolutely LOVE to learn new stuff, and if I get a chance to sit in another photographer’s class, or spend a day in their workshop, I jump at the chance. Here are five (in no particular order) that are coming up that I would really love to attend (and I’m hoping to get to at least a few of these as a student myself).(1) Frank Doorhof’s Ultimate Workshop Weekend I remember the first time I saw Frank teach in person. I caught his first class, and then went back three more times, taking notes every time. Frank is one of the people I’ve learned the most from about…
  • My First Studio Shoot Using Lightroom Mobile

    Scott Kelby
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:22 pm
    When I posted this behind-the-scenes iPhone pic yesterday on FB and Twitter, and mentioned I was using Lightroom Mobile (that it running on my iPad), I had lots of questions of how and why we used so I thought I’d tackle that here today on the blog.Why Lightroom Mobile? First, I know there are lots of apps (OK, at least a few) that will let you transfer your images from your camera over into your iPad so you can see them during a shoot. In fact, Terry White had a great article on shooting straight from an Eye-fi Wireless SD card, through an App, right over to your iPad (here’s the…
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    Digital Photography School

  • How to do Great Portraits with One Light

    Leo Edwards
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    When you first start experimenting with lighting it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Never has the old expression K.I.S.S. (keep it simple stupid) been more appropriate. The most important step is to master what you can achieve with one light source before you start adding others. Besides, what you CAN achieve with only one light source, used correctly, is quite remarkable. For this article I have delved into my back catalogue and sourced images that were shot with a single speedlight off-camera. I hate carrying tons of equipment and even now, for 80% of my commercial work, I will try to…
  • How to Master Your DLSR in One Afternoon a Beginner’s Guide

    Dave Seeram
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    As the Editor-in-Chief of CLARITY, I believe that photography is one of the most unique forms of visual art. As a photographer, you must possess an ability to express yourself visually and also be technically proficient with the tools of your craft. Thankfully, the technology is relatively simple to understand. Given a small amount of time, anyone can master the mechanics of their DSLR very quickly. I’m referring to the technical side of photography, or more specifically, how to use your camera. I’m sure you’ll agree, digital SLR cameras are pretty appealing contraptions.
  • Dispelling the Myth of Good Light and Bad Light

    Daniel Korzeniewski
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    There is no such thing as bad light, there is just light. Take advantage of every situation. Photography is all about the light. In fact, if there is no light hitting the sensor, there is no photo. Different times of the day, or weather conditions, can create different moods and situations. As you probably know, you can achieve amazing and compelling results by shooting in the early morning, or from late afternoon well into twilight. This is known as the golden hour and the blue hour, respectively. However, there is no such thing as good light or bad light, there is just light. It is not…
  • How to use Lightroom Develop Presets to Learn Processing Tips

    Andrew S. Gibson
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    In my previous article you learned how to create a vintage effect using Lightroom. I started by showing you some Lightroom Develop Presets you can use as a shortcut, and finished by demonstrating some techniques you can use yourself. The hidden message in the article was that one way to learn how to use Lightroom is to buy some Develop Presets (or download some free ones) and analyze them to see how they work. You can then apply the same techniques to your own photos, and even create your own Develop Presets. Today I’m going to give you some tips on analyzing other people’s Develop…
  • Taking your DSLR into the Backcountry Safely

    Erin Fitzgibbon
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    In the Northern Hemisphere summer is finally here and that means it’s the beginning of camping season. It’s time to haul out the tent, the propane stove, the canoe, the bug hat and the DSLR. You visit all these beautiful places, gain a sense of peace and respect for Mother Nature, then come home and wish you were still there. Having beautiful, sharp images of the brutal trail you faced, the noisy bird that woke you at dawn, or the incredible sunset you experienced can make the experience all the more rich. The added bonus is you have some fantastic images you can hang on the wall…
 
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    Strobist

  • On-Assignment: Full-Sun Group Shot

    17 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    If you have never done it before, lighting a group shot outdoors in full sun can be daunting. After all, sun is pretty bright. And your subject is pretty big and thus harder to light at a high level.But with a leaf-shutter camera and a couple of battery powered monoblocs, you can easily own the sun and just about anything you can put under it.Read more »
  • Avatar

    14 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    My last head shot had been getting a little long in the tooth. So on a whim the other day, I redid it.Gotta keep things fresh, I always say. So I try to redo my head shot every seven years, whether it needs it or not.As photographers, we only get to see one side of the equation—and that does not involve looking down the barrel of the gun, either. So being on the receiving end is always a learning experience. Even more so when you are on the shooting and receiving end. Read more »
  • On Assignment: Cellist Carolyn Rosinsky

    13 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    I love shooting at mix. Especially when there are epic clouds on the move. And even more so while monitoring my Dark Skies app to know exactly when the rain will start falling on a OMGHowMuchDidThatThingCost? cello.Just keeps things interesting, you know?Read more »
  • Do This: Sara Lando in US for Workshops in August

    7 Jul 2014 | 5:47 am
    Whatcha doing in mid/late August? If you are within striking distance of Baltimore or Atlanta, you have a one-off chance to do something cool and fun that will change the way you approach your photography: spend a day (or two) with Italian conceptual portrait photographer Sara Lando.After spending a couple years convincing her to come to the US, Zack Arias and I are this summer hosting Sara for two weekends of seminars and workshops in Atlanta and Baltimore. We are doing this because A) it's an awesome experience (trust us on that) and B) it's a lot easier than getting all you guys…
  • On Traveling With Your Camera

    13 Jun 2014 | 9:04 am
    In January Strobist was restructured from a standard, 2x/week blog into a core knowledge archive. Rather than publishing all of the time, we made the 2,000-post archive more organized and accessible. Now, Strobist only updates when there is something meaningful to say. I did this to flip the signal to noise ratio (seriously, who needs to read that many photoblog posts every day) and to create some time for two significant projects. The first of which, The Traveling Photographer, has just dropped.Read more »
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • 500px now supporting Lytro 'Living Pictures', offering users $250 rebate on Illum

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Photo sharing site 500px has announced that it is now supporting images uploaded in Lytro's unique 'Living Pictures' format, and is offering its customers a $250 discount on the purchase of Lytro's Illum camera (MSRP $1599). The Illum is available now for pre-order and is expected to start shipping within the next couple of weeks. Click through for more information.
  • Cactus launches $55 radio trigger for multiple TTL flash systems

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    Hong Kong-based manufacturer Cactus has launched a wireless flash trigger that it claims will work with any hotshoe or PC sync socket-equipped camera and can control the power output from Canon, Nikon and Pentax-compatible flash units all at the same time. According to the manufacturer, even photographers working with multiple flashguns designed for different TTL systems will be able to link them via the wireless trigger. Click through for more information.
  • Fujifilm updates X-mount lens roadmap through end of 2015

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Fujifilm has updated the roadmap for its X-mount lenses up to the end of 2015. One extra lens has been added, while a second lens previously included has been formally named. The release order of three others has changed. The new models are the XF 90mm F2 R and XF 16mm F1.4 R, both of which are due by mid-2015. Read on to see the full roadmap and see the new release dates for the other upcoming lenses.
  • Ricoh announces Pentax K-3 Prestige Edition

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Ricoh has announced a new 'Prestige' version of its Pentax K-3 DSLR. This special edition camera, which 'commemorates the many awards bestowed upon the K-3' (including from this website), comes in a special gunmetal gray color. The Prestige edition includes a matching battery grip, two batteries, and an 'exclusive' camera strap. If you want your K-3 to stand out from the crowd you'd better hurry, as only 2,000 kits will be sold worldwide. 
  • Real-world & studio samples added to Nikon D810 1st-Impressions Review

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:24 am
    Nikon's new D810 consolidates the older D800 and D800E into a single body with no AA filter on its 36MP CMOS sensor. A few days ago we received a final production sample Nikon D810 and we've been shooting with it intensely ever since. As well as putting it through our initial studio testing, we've also taken a quick look at the effectiveness of the new electronic first-curtain shutter and created a gallery of real-world sample images to show what the camera can do. Click through for links.
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Lightroom Plug-In: If You’re Looking For Film Effects, Check Out Alien Skin Exposure 6

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:04 am
    Hey everyone. I keep getting asked about all of the Lightroom plug-ins out there, which is why (a while back) I created a plug-in category here on the site. One of the big areas I hear a lot about is film effects. Lately it seems that film effects have taken over the post-processing world. Look at the popularity of the VSCO Film presets for Lightroom (and many others that do something similar). Just about every photo app on the iPhone does ‘em too. Now, I do think the overall community out there wants to do most of their work in Lightroom which is why presets are popular. But when it…
  • TIP: Super Techie, But Important Catalog Tip & Lingo

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Catalogs and photo storage is always one of the most popular topics whenever I’m out there teaching Lightroom. So I thought I’d do a quick post on one of the core concepts of the Lightroom catalog: Referenced photos vs. Managed Photos. This especially comes to light with Aperture not being developed anymore, but it’s still something good to know about when it comes to Lightroom. It sounds really techie but it’s not that bad. If you’re just a casual Lightroom user, you really don’t have to worry about what the difference is and what Lightroom does. Most…
  • The Secret News About Lightroom 5.5

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Okay, maybe the news isn’t so secret anymore, but I wanted to post this quick video that Scott and I did because I think it’s addressing a concern of a lot of photographers out there. See, a bunch of people are jumping on the Adobe Photography Bundle where you get Lightroom and Photoshop for $9.99/month. Since then, there’s a question I’ve been hearing a lot lately and Adobe’s done something pretty cool to answer it. The question comes in two ways: 1) I just signed up for the photography bundle and I’m using Lightroom. But what happens if I decide I…
  • 3 Ways To Zoom In On Your Photos in Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    Since Lightroom is all about photos and most people like to see their photos larger on screen, I wanted to give you some of the shortcuts and secret handshakes to help make that happen 1. Just press the F key (for Full Screen) – This is definitely the simplest. Where ever you are in Lightroom, just press F for Fullscreen and Lightroom will show the photo full screen with all of the interface hidden. 2. If you want to zoom in to 100% (or some other amount), just go to the Navigator panel in the Library or Develop module. Then click the Fill, 1:1, or custom zoom option at the top left. Oh…
  • 10 Things Aperture Users Need to Know About Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    29 Jun 2014 | 11:01 pm
    There’s been speculation for a while now, but it’s confirmed. Apple is stopping future development of Aperture. The writing’s been on the wall for a while now. Aperture actually came out right around the time when Lightroom did (even a little before). But it’s been stagnant on version 3 for a while now, and Lightroom has continually pulled ahead. Anyway, all the debates over which is/was better don’t matter much now. If you’re an Aperture user, it’s time to find something else to manage/edit your photos. So if you’ve been waiting to make the…
 
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Gmail for iOS Updated With Improved Google Drive Integration

    Juli Clover
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    Google today updated its Gmail for iOS app to version 3.14159, adding improved integration with its Google Drive storage solution. It's now possible to save email attachments directly to Google Drive, making them accessible everywhere and saving storage space. Users are also able to insert Google Drive files directly into messages. Google has also included new account management options and the ability to change a profile picture in the Settings menu.- Save attachments directly to Google Drive so you can access them anywhere while saving space and bandwidth on your device - Insert Google…
  • Apple's iWatch Already a Hit, Even When It's a $20 Casio Watch

    Juli Clover
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:44 am
    Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel covered Apple's upcoming smart watch on last night's show, airing a humorous segment that featured the team showing pedestrians on Hollywood Boulevard a $20 Casio watch with an Apple sticker on the back. The people were told the cheap watch was Apple's new smart watch and predictably, Kimmel's team received some hilarious reactions. "It's very lightweight and it's kind of like old school, but still in style, you know?" said one woman, and a man complimented its rubber wrist band and the big numbers, which are "easy to see." Featured interviewees were…
  • Kwikset's Kevo Smart Door Lock Adds Free Guest eKeys, Scheduling for Standard eKeys

    Eric Slivka
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:28 am
    While several high-profile smart deadbolt systems such as Lockitron and August have experienced significant delays, Kwikset has been shipping its Kevo Bluetooth deadbolt for some time now, and today the system is receiving a software update to provide new access options for users. Similar in appearance to other electronic deadbolt locks with a relatively large housing on the inside of the door, the Kevo system allows users to lock and unlock their deadbolts with a simple touch, relying on a Kevo iPhone app or physical fob to determine whether access should be granted. After a simple set-up…
  • Comprehensive List of Apps Compatible With iOS 8 Beta 4

    Juli Clover
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    Our forum members are building a comprehensive list of all the apps that function in iOS 8 beta 4, which may be helpful for users who have installed the beta or who plan to install it. The list also includes apps that are known to be broken and apps that work but have specific issues. Notable apps that fully work with the beta include 1Password, Dropbox, Deliveries, Google Chrome, Instagram, Pandora, Rdio, Vine, and Fantastical 2 for iPad and iPhone. Other apps, like Facebook and Snapchat work as well, but have some issues with videos. Popular apps that do not work with the beta at this point…
  • Fantastical for iPhone/iPad Gains Snooze and Birthday Notifications, Goes on Sale

    Juli Clover
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Fantastical 2 for the iPhone and the iPad were today updated to version 2.1, adding several new features to both mobile apps including a new Snooze feature, event invitation notifications, birthday notifications, and more. The biggest new feature, Snooze, allows users push back notification times for calendar events or reminders using either preset times or custom set durations, a useful function when a notification pops up and needs to be paused until a later time. Along with Snooze, the 2.1 update adds notifications for upcoming birthdays and event invitations, plus it's possible to search…
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    CNN Travel

  • This is the world's biggest 3D painting

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

    hiufu
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:02 am
    How to haggle over a cup of mint tea plus spectacular ways to see and escape Morocco's beautiful desert gateway Old meets new in Morocco's 'Red City'Marrakech's magnificent mountainsRapper tours Marrakech hot spotsIn July CNNGo travels to Morocco's red city, Marrakech. We meet master craftsmen in the city's maze-like souks, visit the playground of the snake artists and fortune tellers; see spectacular views of the city from the air and visit a secluded village that resembles an exotic kingdom from Game of Thrones. We also sample the delicious local pancakes and the contemporary arts…
  • iReport: 15 beautiful ways to see Amsterdam

    hiufu
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The canals from different angles and seasons, the flower market, the Skinny Bridge and more favorite scenes from AmsterdamiReporter Anahita Valakche sums up the reasons to love Amsterdam pretty well: "Not only is Amsterdam full of amazing museums, the whole city feels like you are living in a painting. "My other favorite aspect of Amsterdam is its high standards of living and the quality of life -- even though it is one of the most crowded tourist spots in the world. "Also the people in Amsterdam are very friendly. Amsterdam is diverse in its culinary offerings and you can eat delicious…
  • Wimbledon without tennis: 10 things to do

    Guessy1
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Wimbledon isn’t just a tournament, it’s a village. Here’s what to do when you’re not wondering who's going to win it allFor the thousands of fans who descend upon the All England Club every summer, Wimbledon means one thing: tennis, namely The Championships, where the world’s top stars slug it out on the lawns of the All England Club (June 23-July 6). But few realize that the charms of this chic southwest London “village” extend beyond the ball courts. What’s there to do in Wimbledon when you’re not watching tennis? Plenty. 1. Cannizaro House Cannizaro House: scene of a…
  • CNNGo in Amsterdam: Windmill beer, tulip vases and picnics in the park

    hiufu
    8 Jun 2014 | 9:27 pm
    An amazing photography museum, a classic cinema experience and the city's best street food feature in our monthly TV showCruising the canals of AmsterdamThe artistic side of AmsterdamAmsterdam's mouth-watering street foodThis month CNNGo cruises the canals of Amsterdam. Olympic field hockey player Floris Evers shares his perfect Saturday with a stroll through the Noodermarkt, a giant slice of Winkel's handmade apple pie and a picnic in scenic Vondelpark. We explore an artistic side of the city with gallery owners Diana Stigter, David Van Doesburg and Lilian Driessen, who show us the best…
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