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  • Parrot provides vocals to death metal band: Meet Hatebeak [audio]

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    Kate Rinsema
    21 May 2015 | 8:55 pm
    Many a pop musician has been accused of being bird-brained, but leave it to a death metal band to give center stage to an actual bird. The post Parrot provides vocals to death metal band: Meet Hatebeak [audio] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 25 must-read books to dive into this summer

    Mashable
    Jacqui Devaney
    22 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    For every airplane ride, beach vacation and road trip there is a good novel that should accompany it. From classics, like F. Scott Fitzgerald, to this year’s newest Pulitzer winner, there are so many fictional worlds to fall into this summer All too often in our daily lives, it feels like there is just no time for reading. You're bogged down with dentist appointments, taking kids to school, finals to study for or groceries to buy. But, summer is full of magical, vacation bliss that is so close you can touch it. If you've fallen a little short of your goal to read 100 books this year,…
  • These Bleakly Beautiful Photos Tell The Story Of A Remote Coal Mining Town Near The North Pole

    Fast Company
    Adele Peters
    22 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    This Soviet-era relic company town still lives and breathes in the Arctic. Climate change could ultimately sink it—or make it fortunes.Located halfway between Norway and the North Pole on a barren island in the Arctic Ocean, the coal mining village of Barentsburg is one of the northernmost towns in the world. In a new photo series, French photographer Léo Delafontaine traveled to the unlikely settlement to document its lonely existence and to contemplate its future as Arctic ice melts.Read Full Story
  • CrowdJustice Wants To Bring Crowdfunding To Public Interest Litigation

    TechCrunch
    Steve O'Hear
    22 May 2015 | 4:29 am
     CrowdJustice, a London-based startup founded by ex-United Nations lawyer Julia Salasky, is a crowdfunding platform for “public interest” litigation. The idea is to bring the Kickstarter model to legal cases that would otherwise find it hard to get funded, in a bid to widen access to justice. Read More
  • How to win an argument with a scientist

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Make better science. The act of being a scientist is the commitment to the scientific method, a series of hypotheses, tests and re-evaluations. When you make better science, the scientist's previous opinion doesn't matter, not if she's being a scientist. On the other hand, if you want to win an argument with someone who refuses to act like a scientist, making better science isn't going to help you very much. The person you're arguing with now (who might be a scientist during the day, even, but is merely being a person right now) is not going to be swayed from a firmly held opinion by your…
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    Holy Kaw!

  • Parrot provides vocals to death metal band: Meet Hatebeak [audio]

    Kate Rinsema
    21 May 2015 | 8:55 pm
    Many a pop musician has been accused of being bird-brained, but leave it to a death metal band to give center stage to an actual bird. The post Parrot provides vocals to death metal band: Meet Hatebeak [audio] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Bon Jovi rocks Rutgers-Camden commencement speech [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    21 May 2015 | 7:09 pm
    Ask a rock star to deliver a commencement speech, and you're bound to be in for a few surprises. The post Bon Jovi rocks Rutgers-Camden commencement speech [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 360 degree view from top of World Trade Centre: Wow!

    Deanne Mayall
    21 May 2015 | 6:03 pm
    Holy Kaw! Amazing photos from the top of the new World Trade Centre in New York. Here are some “fast facts” about the building, as the article calls them: Height of WTC observation deck: 385 metres Height of Empire State Building observation deck: 381 metres Height of EdgeWalk at the CN Tower in Toronto: 356 … The post 360 degree view from top of World Trade Centre: Wow! appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Let’s get social: what the big platforms can offer your business [infographic]

    Kate Rinsema
    21 May 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Trying to figure out which social media basket to put your business' eggs in? The post Let’s get social: what the big platforms can offer your business [infographic] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 10 fun facts about antimatter

    Kate Rinsema
    21 May 2015 | 4:32 pm
    Ah, antimatter, that strange and wonderful force in the universe that hasn't yet managed to rip us apart. What's not to fascinate? The post 10 fun facts about antimatter appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
 
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    Mashable

  • 25 must-read books to dive into this summer

    Jacqui Devaney
    22 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    For every airplane ride, beach vacation and road trip there is a good novel that should accompany it. From classics, like F. Scott Fitzgerald, to this year’s newest Pulitzer winner, there are so many fictional worlds to fall into this summer All too often in our daily lives, it feels like there is just no time for reading. You're bogged down with dentist appointments, taking kids to school, finals to study for or groceries to buy. But, summer is full of magical, vacation bliss that is so close you can touch it. If you've fallen a little short of your goal to read 100 books this year,…
  • How not to praise your employee’s work

    Sara McCord
    22 May 2015 | 4:12 am
    Providing negative feedback is one of the hardest parts of any manager’s job. For example, you would need different approaches for a new employee who may benefit from additional training as compared to a seasoned employee who always gets defensive. Theoretically, giving positive feedback should be much easier. Your employee does something great, you recognize his or her contribution, and everyone feels good about their work. SEE ALSO: How to exceed expectations in your first managerial role However, it doesn’t always work out that way. In other words, managers also need to be…
  • 4 reasons to stop feeling guilty about leaving your job

    The Daily Muse
    22 May 2015 | 3:54 am
    Well, look at you. You've done it. After months of quietly exploring new, better career opportunities, you've landed a job that makes you giddy just thinking about. You've even mustered up the courage to tell your current employer. And just at that moment when you should be on Cloud 9? It happens. The guilt comes rolling into the station. You begin to question the decision. You feel awful that you're leaving your team, at a moment when no one could possibly live without you. You wonder if you should just duck into your cubicle for the next two weeks, to avoid having to face people with this…
  • Ireland goes to the polls for marriage equality vote

    Tim Chester
    22 May 2015 | 3:09 am
    A historic vote is taking place in Ireland Friday as the republic becomes the first nation in the world to hold a referendum on legalising same sex marriage. Polling stations opened at 7 a.m. local time and will remain open until 10 p.m. with a count scheduled for Saturday (May 23). See also: Give me your hand: Irish couples fighting for gay marriage Some three million voters have been invited to cast ballots across Ireland’s 43 constituencies, the Guardian reports. They'll be asked whether they agree with the following statement: "Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by…
  • Artist covers up potholes with beautiful frozen treat art

    Jeff Leeson
    22 May 2015 | 2:35 am
    Street art has never been taken more literally. Everyone knows potholes are the eighth scourge of the Earth but not everyone knows how to fix them. One guerrilla artist is combating them in the best way — with art! See also: Naughty vandal uses penis drawings to get local potholes filled Jim Bachor is taking the battle to the streets by preemptively fixing potholes with colorful mosaics of frozen treats. He's previously mended potholes with flower designs and signage. It seems now he's getting ready for summer with his ice cream and popsicle-themed arrangements. Check out some of…
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    Fast Company

  • These Bleakly Beautiful Photos Tell The Story Of A Remote Coal Mining Town Near The North Pole

    Adele Peters
    22 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    This Soviet-era relic company town still lives and breathes in the Arctic. Climate change could ultimately sink it—or make it fortunes.Located halfway between Norway and the North Pole on a barren island in the Arctic Ocean, the coal mining village of Barentsburg is one of the northernmost towns in the world. In a new photo series, French photographer Léo Delafontaine traveled to the unlikely settlement to document its lonely existence and to contemplate its future as Arctic ice melts.Read Full Story
  • How A Nieman Fellow Is Using Flash Drives--Yes, Flash Drives--To Change Cuban Media

    Sarah Kessler
    22 May 2015 | 2:29 am
    Only about 5% of people in Cuba have access to the Internet. Elaine Diaz has a creative news distribution strategy: "direct to packet."In Cuba, the constitution says that "the press, radio, television, movies, and other mass media . . . can never be private property."Read Full Story
  • Today in Tabs: All The News That's Nonsense

    Rusty Foster
    21 May 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Baja is part of Mexico, not the United States. See?Despite the fact that his name sounds like a storage solution, Nas never made it in the backup solutions game because his shit ate tapes.Read Full Story
  • Hillary Clinton, Please Add Me To Your LinkedIn Network

    David Lumb
    21 May 2015 | 10:20 am
    Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has joined LinkedIn.LinkedIn hounds, you have a new member of the pack—just don't be intimidated that she has put Secretary Of State on her resume. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton joined LinkedIn today because she's hunting for a new job—have you heard? Like most aggressive candidates, Clinton listed her extensive experience stretching all the way back to her first gig out of Yale Law School along with her five-book bibliography.Read Full Story
  • How Facebook Turned The Social Graph Into A Hacker Alarm System

    Steven Melendez
    21 May 2015 | 9:45 am
    The same technology that helps Facebook track friendships and likes is powering a mutli-company effort to stop spammers and scammers.If there's one thing Facebook is good at, it's getting people to share their data and using it to track the relationships between people, places, and things. Knowing which of its 1.39 billion monthly users are friends with each other or have friends in common helps Facebook learn, for instance, what kind of updates and ads are going to keep them clicking and tapping through their news feeds.Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • CrowdJustice Wants To Bring Crowdfunding To Public Interest Litigation

    Steve O'Hear
    22 May 2015 | 4:29 am
     CrowdJustice, a London-based startup founded by ex-United Nations lawyer Julia Salasky, is a crowdfunding platform for “public interest” litigation. The idea is to bring the Kickstarter model to legal cases that would otherwise find it hard to get funded, in a bid to widen access to justice. Read More
  • Korea’s Yello Mobile Buys Influencer Marketing Firm Gushcloud

    Jon Russell
    21 May 2015 | 11:16 pm
     Yello Mobile, the Korean company that gobbled up 61 companies last year and recently raised $100 million, is always hungry for acquisitions, and it’s back at the table again after picking up Gushcloud, a Singapore-based influencer marketing platform that operates across Southeast Asia. Read More
  • Nikesh Arora Will Take Over From SoftBank CEO As Chairman Of Yahoo Japan

    Catherine Shu
    21 May 2015 | 10:29 pm
     Another sign that former Google head of business Nikesh Arora is poised to take over the top spot at SoftBank: he will replace current chief executive officer Masayoshi Son as chairman of Yahoo Japan’s board of directors. SoftBank currently holds a 43 percent stake in Yahoo Japan. Son will remain on the board of directors, with Arora taking over as the chairman. His ascendancy at… Read More
  • Google Will Retool Its Maps Service To Prevent Racist Listings

    Jon Russell
    21 May 2015 | 9:03 pm
     Google has confirmed that it is making changes to its Google Maps service to stop racist terms and other inappropriate words from displaying location search results. The issue blew up this week after searches for “n*****” or “nigga” were found to pull up the White House and other locations associated with African Americans and other ethnic minorities. Read More
  • Messaging App Firm Line Is Testing A $2 Per Month Music Streaming Service

    Jon Russell
    21 May 2015 | 7:24 pm
     Line, the Japanese messaging app with 205 million active users, is continuing its push into entertainment services after it began testing a $2 per month music streaming service. Read More
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  • How to win an argument with a scientist

    Seth Godin
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Make better science. The act of being a scientist is the commitment to the scientific method, a series of hypotheses, tests and re-evaluations. When you make better science, the scientist's previous opinion doesn't matter, not if she's being a scientist. On the other hand, if you want to win an argument with someone who refuses to act like a scientist, making better science isn't going to help you very much. The person you're arguing with now (who might be a scientist during the day, even, but is merely being a person right now) is not going to be swayed from a firmly held opinion by your…
  • You don't know Lefsetz?

    Seth Godin
    21 May 2015 | 2:07 am
    I was talking to someone dedicating his career to working in newspapers. I asked him what he thought of the work of Jeff Jarvis. He had no idea what I was talking about. I met a musician the other day, and asked her how her work without a label was going, and referenced something by Bob Lefsetz. She didn't know who I meant. The last time I was at an event for librarians, I mentioned Maria Popova. Blank stares. A podcaster asked me a question, and I wondered if he admired the path Krista Tippett had taken. He had no clue. A colleague was explaining his work in memetics to me. I asked about…
  • Is it meeting your needs…

    Seth Godin
    20 May 2015 | 2:18 am
    Or merely creating new wants? Is it honoring your time or squandering your time? Is it connecting you with those you care about, or separating you from them? Is it exposing you or giving you a place to hide? Is it important, or only urgent? Is it right, or simply convenient? Is it making things better, or merely more pressing? Is it leveraging your work or wasting it? What is it for?        
  • Unlimited scale

    Seth Godin
    19 May 2015 | 2:50 am
    Nothing grows to infinity. Certainly no project or business or idea. And saying, "as many as possible," implies a series of trade-offs that you're probably not actually interested in making. One of the most important decisions we make is almost always made without thought, without discussion: "How big do you want this to be?" It's a question that always gets in the way of, "How good do you want this to be?"        
  • Why do you do it this way?

    Seth Godin
    18 May 2015 | 2:36 am
    That's the simple test of a bureaucracy that has lost its way. If your employees can't answer how something they do helps the customer or the company, you've insulated your people from their jobs. "It's our policy," is not an answer to why. Saying the policy again, louder, is not an answer to why. Their inability to answer this simple question might be because you haven't taken the time to teach your people how to think about the work you do. Or it might be because you're hiring people (or rewarding people) who don't want to think about your work. Don't you want the people who do the work to…
 
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    WIRED

  • Enter the Twilight Zone, Home to Earth’s Strangest Reefs

    Matt Simon
    22 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    So-called deep reefs operate with little light or, if waters grow murky, no light at all. Yet they still flourish. The post Enter the Twilight Zone, Home to Earth’s Strangest Reefs appeared first on WIRED.
  • Using Data to Take the Guesswork Out of Getting Pregnant

    Issie Lapowsky
    22 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    This startup says data can take the guesswork out of getting pregnant. The post Using Data to Take the Guesswork Out of Getting Pregnant appeared first on WIRED.
  • New Maps Reveal California’s Sensational Seafloor Geography

    Betsy Mason
    22 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    An unprecedented effort to map the territory off California's coastline has produced some of the most detailed, beautiful and useful maps of the seafloor ever made. The post New Maps Reveal California’s Sensational Seafloor Geography appeared first on WIRED.
  • Pac-Man Turns 35 Today. So Here, Have Some Nostalgia

    Chris Kohler
    22 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    Pac-Man turns 35 today. Here’s a look back at the era when Pac-Man fever ruled the world. The post Pac-Man Turns 35 Today. So Here, Have Some Nostalgia appeared first on WIRED.
  • Wild, Raging Nights at a Brooklyn Wrestling School

    Jakob Schiller
    22 May 2015 | 3:10 am
    Dive headfirst into the madness that is the Ludus Wrestling School in Brooklyn, NY. The post Wild, Raging Nights at a Brooklyn Wrestling School appeared first on WIRED.
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  • Hey Bloggers! Is it Time to Focus a little Less on Your Blog and A Little More on YOU?

    Darren Rowse
    19 May 2015 | 4:48 pm
    Blogging has been very good to me over the last twelve and a half years, but it’s come at a personal cost that I’m sure many can relate to. Gradually over that time I’ve allowed myself to become more and more inactive. Gradually over time I became less and less fit and gained more and more weight. Along with the weight gain and loss of fitness came a loss of energy and mental alertness. If I’m honest it also began to impact my mental health which in turn impacted numerous other areas of my life from relationships to my personal confidence and even through into my…
  • 5 Unmissable Fiverr Gigs that Will Make Your Life Easy as a Busy Blogger

    Guest Blogger
    19 May 2015 | 7:04 am
    This is a guest contribution from Pooja Lohana. Ever get mad at yourself? Because your blog is not going the way you’d like it to? You come to your desk, stare at the computer and realize there’s so much to be done. You’re tired before you’ve begun your day. But blogging is supposed to be fun. At least that’s what you were told, right? Thankfully, you can prevent that feeling of dread and overwhelm from the bulk of everyday tasks in business. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard of Fiverr. It’s a marketplace where users sell and buy various services starting…
  • 7 Ways To Build Your Brand In The Blogosphere

    Guest Blogger
    17 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    This is a guest contribution from Jeff Foster. Blogger outreach is one of the most effective ways to build your brand. It’s a great way to connect with potential customers – the blogosphere gives you a ready-made audience who are already interested in your type of product or service. But if you’re going to succeed, you need to build strong relationships with bloggers who want to be your brand ambassadors. This takes work – don’t expect to shoot off a few emails and have bloggers lining up at your door. The good news is that there are proven ways to make your blogger outreach a…
  • How Design Impacts Blog Readership

    Guest Blogger
    14 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    This is a guest contribution from Damion Wasylow. You have things to say, ideas to spread and concepts to share. That’s why you’re a blogger. But, if you’re like most bloggers, you’re much better with words than visuals. As a result, many bloggers’ sites are poorly designed or rely on simple templates. Your content may bring people to your blog, but poor design and usability can seriously limit your readership. First Impressions are Everything Studies show that new visitors develop an opinion of your website within 50 milliseconds. That’s 0.05 seconds. In that time, they make…
  • 4 Things to Consider When Choosing Your Domain Name

    Stacey Roberts
    12 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    When there’s more than 284 million registered domain names online, you’re going to want yours to stand out. But you also want to be easily remembered, have a URL that accurately describes your business, and it would help if it ranks well in Google. Right? Right. It’s very easy to buy a domain name that you come to regret later. What was useful and fashionable years ago suddenly is unwieldy and a pain in the butt to describe now. You might take what you can get if your favoured domain is already taken, only for that to expire later on and you’re stuck with one you…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • Internet Health Test Checks to See if Your ISP Slows Your Connection

    Eric Ravenscraft
    22 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    The FCC recently established new rules to prevent ISPs from selectively degrading your connection to certain services, like some have done in the past . This tool, from Fight for the Future, can check to see if this type of degradation is happening to you.Read more...
  • When Group Classes Help (And When They Hurt)

    Dick Talens on Vitals, shared by Andy Orin to Lifehacker
    22 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    SoulCycle, Barre, Zumba, BodyPump…It seems like there’s a new group fitness class every month, and with it a cult-like following that swears by its effectiveness. But there’s also a chance that your fitness class addiction might be masking a deeper issue.Read more...
  • The Marvel Comics Home Screen

    Eric Ravenscraft
    21 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Just in case you weren’t satisfied with Marvel in every movie theater, news feed, and piece of merchandise on the planet, this design puts classic comics from the superhero behemoth right on your home screen.Read more...
  • Reach Goals Faster by Reviewing and Reiterating Habits Every Three Days

    Patrick Allan
    21 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    The more time you spend wondering how best to approach something, the less time you have to actually learn the best way for you. You have to learn through failure, so you might as well fail faster .Read more...
  • Deadspin A Civilian’s Guide To The U.S.

    Jane-Claire Quigley on Kinja Roundup, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker
    21 May 2015 | 3:23 pm
    Deadspin A Civilian’s Guide To The U.S. Military | Gizmodo Stop Going on Cruises | Jezebel I Am Not a ‘Pretty Little Liar’ | Kotaku 17-Year-Old Swatter Sounds Like A Complete Asshole | Kinja Popular Posts Read more...
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  • 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.
  • The Art of the Panel

    Guy Kawasaki
    11 May 2015 | 8:50 am
    At any conference, there are ten times more panelists than there are keynote speakers, so the odds are higher that you’re on a panel than giving a keynote speech. Therefore, rocking a panel is an important skill for evangelists, too. A panel looks easy. There are four or five other people on it, and it lasts only sixty minutes. How hard could it be? Herein lies the problem: because everyone thinks a panel is short and easy, no one prepares for it. In reality, a panel is harder than an individual speech because you cannot control a panel like your own keynote speech, and you get much less…
  • Must Do: Intern Like a Rock Star

    Guy Kawasaki
    5 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    This is a reprint from Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill it in Your Career. Rock Social Media. By Aliza Licht. I’m publishing it because many students are about to begin their summer internships, and I want them to have the most valuable experience possible.   When you enter a real work environment for the first time, especially as a college student starting an internship, remember why you want to be there: First and foremost, to learn real marketable skills that can enhance your resumé and to secure a strong referral from your supervisor. You do not go about getting these…
  • How to Launch (And Why Scaling Doesn’t Matter)

    Guy Kawasaki
    4 May 2015 | 6:06 am
    In the early days of starting up, the ability to scale is overrated. “Scale,” in case you haven’t heard the term, refers to the concept that there are processes in place that are fast, cheap, and repeatable because there will soon be millions of customers who generate billions of dollars of revenue. For example, if Pierre Omidyar had to test every used printer offered for sale, eBay couldn’t scale. If Marc Benioff had to make every sales call, Salesforce.com couldn’t scale. If James Hong’s parents had to check every picture to see if it was porn, Hot or Not couldn’t scale.
 
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  • New 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro Lives Up to Apple's Claims, Reaches SSD Throughput Speeds of 2GB/s

    Juli Clover
    21 May 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Apple's new 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, unveiled on Tuesday, didn't include a processor upgrade due to Broadwell delays, but it did get a Force Touch trackpad and one other major improvement -- new PCIe-based flash storage that Apple says is 2.5 times faster than the flash storage in previous-generation machines, with throughput up to 2GB/s. In benchmark testing conducted by French site MacGeneration [Google Translate], the entry-level 2.2GHz 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro with 16GB RAM and 256GB of storage lived up to Apple's claims, demonstrating impressive read/write speeds that topped out at…
  • Apple Working on Split-Screen Multitasking, Multi-User Support for iPad

    Juli Clover
    21 May 2015 | 10:41 am
    We've had previous rumors suggesting Apple is working on split-screen multitasking capabilities for the iPad, and hints of the feature are buried within iOS 8, but thus far multitasking has not made its way into the hands of customers. In a post covering information on future iPad upgrades, 9to5Mac confirms split-screen multitasking is still in the works and on schedule to be released as part of iOS 9. Split-screen multitasking will display two apps side-by-side on the iPad's screen or two views of the same app, allowing users to see multiple documents in Pages at the same time, for example.
  • Apple to Remodel Flagship Regent Street Store in United Kingdom

    Joe Rossignol
    21 May 2015 | 9:28 am
    Apple is planning to remodel its flagship Regent Street retail store in United Kingdom per a recent application filed with the City of Westminster in England. The company has contracted award-winning architecture firm Foster and Partners to design the layout of the new store and commissioned Donald Insall Associates to conduct a historic building report that justifies the renovations in the iconic shopping area. A view of the current Apple Store facade facing Regent Street (Foster and Partners) The proposed renovation will consist of the partial removal of the existing mezzanine floor at the…
  • Apple Planning Transit Routing in iOS 9 Maps, Advances on Indoor Mapping Project

    Joe Rossignol
    21 May 2015 | 8:39 am
    Apple is planning to add a new Transit view to Maps in iOS 9 that features bus, subway, and train routing and directions, according to 9to5Mac. The much-rumored Apple Maps feature would bring native transit routing back to the iPhone for the first time since Apple ditched Google as the default mapping provider on iOS. The report also claims that Apple has made advancements on its indoor mapping project."Sources said last year that the transit functionality for Maps includes larger icons for users to more quickly spot airports, subway stations, and train stations within the Maps app. In…
  • Apple Watch Bands Now Available in Select Apple Stores

    Joe Rossignol
    21 May 2015 | 7:15 am
    Apple Stores in the United States, United Kingdom and possibly other launch countries began stocking standalone Apple Watch bands for purchase as confirmed by MacRumors and multiple users on social media. The photo below shared by Twitter user Apple Radar shows an Apple Store in Miami stocking the Sport Band in multiple colors, and he says that the Classic Buckle is also available. Apple is selling individual Sport Bands for $49, while the Classic Buckle, Milanese Loop and Leather Loop retail for $149 each. The Modern Buckle is costlier at $249 and the Link Bracelet is the most…
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  • The Value of Data Velocity in Marketing

    Chris Brogan
    21 May 2015 | 6:33 am
    I’m working on some interesting stuff as it relates to both bigger businesses as well as small businesses. I’m interested in how better use of data could open up a whole big slice of not-yet-tapped economic value for companies (again both bigger and smaller). It’s times like this where I feel bad for people who think I’m the “social media guy.” I’m thinking about velocity as it applies to marketing. Meaning, if we knew something faster, could we add more value and help someone better? Velocity as a Marketing Tool I was in Atlanta the other day for 20…
  • The Secret Empire Decades in the Making (and how you can start yours and get there faster than me)

    Chris Brogan
    12 May 2015 | 6:08 pm
    I started blogging back in 1998. I had no idea what it was going to turn into. But over the last handful of years, I’ve known more and more what this all CAN do together. A Peek Into How This All Threads Together for ME I’m sharing MY personal setup. You can do yours any which way you want. But There’s some method to the madness, and it’s all contained in that picture above. I wanted to show you how it works for me.Continue ReadingThe post The Secret Empire Decades in the Making (and how you can start yours and get there faster than me) appeared first on…
  • How My Mom and Dad Became Drug Dealers and Why You Should Switch to Rainmaker

    Chris Brogan
    6 May 2015 | 6:50 am
    My mom (and sometimes my dad) blog quite regularly on a site called Mom Pop Pow. I can’t post the link, because it’s thrashed with spam right now. The site was hacked. Last time Mom checked, there were many WordPress plugins that needed updating. Those might be the culprit, too. WordPress maintenance can be a part time job, I swear. And even if everything were 100% buttoned up, there are still malicious people out there looking to take over your site. It’s happened to me. Twice. Expensively. So Now My Mom and Dad are Drug Dealers You’d think that if you visited their…
  • Are You A Business or a White Truck?

    Chris Brogan
    5 May 2015 | 12:22 pm
    A friend recently emailed me and said she was having a crisis of faith, that her attempts to work with people weren’t going especially well, that she felt a bit lost in it all. I gave her some fairly harsh feedback, but all in the service of love. The shortest version of my response to her? “You have a white truck, not a business.” Define Your Business As Clearly As You Can When I talk about a “white truck” business, here’s the thing: if you buy a white truck like the one in the picture above, you CAN do pretty much anything with it. You could be a…
  • How I Use the Social Networks These Days

    Chris Brogan
    1 May 2015 | 9:43 am
    This post won’t change your life. Just the same, I wanted to tell you that I see a lot of shifts in the whole online/social networks landscape. Some of it kind of saddens me. The rest of it points to the weakening state of effectiveness of various platforms as business tools. You can disagree. That’s fine. Social Networks for Business I should note that most of my opinions have changed dramatically (180 degrees level) in the last handful of months. I’m basing this on business. Not on whether I like or don’t like something, unless I state it as such.Continue ReadingThe…
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    Copyblogger

  • The 3 Components of Podcast Profitability

    Rainmaker.FM
    21 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Last week, Jerod Morris gave a presentation at Authority Rainmaker entitled “Become a Showrunner: The 4 Essential Elements of a Remarkable Podcast.” One of those elements is profitability, which he and Jon Nastor break down on this week’s episode of The Showrunner. Jerod and Jon begin by sharing their biggest “Oh crap!” moments while recording, then dive into a discussion about podcast profitability. Among the topics discussed: What the three components of podcast profitability are and how they work together Which of the three should come first in your initial…
  • Paul Jarvis on Productivity and Growing Your Online Business

    Rainmaker.FM
    21 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    As creative entrepreneurs, we have a tendency to get stuck in the learning process and fail to push the needle by taking action. Perpetuated by fear and criticism, the failure to launch a product can be crippling. We continually find ourselves spinning our wheels and getting stuck in a place that’s completely avoidable. It’s a good thing we have pioneers and thought leaders in our space who speak encouraging words that help us take the leap of faith. In this 32-minute episode of No Sidebar, host Brian Gardner and Paul Jarvis discuss: What Paul enjoys doing more … designing…
  • Deadly Conversion Busters: Turning ‘Yeah, But’ Into ‘Yes, Please’

    Rainmaker.FM
    21 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    Why is your prospect on the fence? How can you convert that concern into a reason to buy? In this episode of The Mainframe, hosts Chris Garrett and Tony Clark reveal: What you need to do to discover the real problems behind your offer How customers might be misleading you with their objections Why you need to go beyond the FAQ How to reinforce your answers to objections so they grow your authority The 3F technique for making customers feel good about their concerns Click Here to Listen to The Mainframe on iTunes Click Here to Listen on Rainmaker.FM About the authorRainmaker.FM Rainmaker.FM is…
  • How to Read a Book in 2 Hours

    Rainmaker.FM
    21 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    If you’re like Rough Draft host Demian Farnworth, you like to read. And you like to read a lot. In fact, some people might call you obsessed. Demian gets that all the time. No surprise, since he tries to read 100 books every year … But it can be frustrating. Daily demands. Lack of time. Big books. You get so close to reading 100 … but alas, at the end of the year Demian falls, slump headed, 16, 20, or 40 books away from his goal. If that’s you too, you’re not alone. Like most determined and driven writers, professionals or students, you have a list of books the…
  • The Disgustingly Simple Rule for Web Writing That’s Often Hard to Swallow

    Demian Farnworth
    21 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Editor’s note: This post was originally published on January 14, 2009. We’re bringing it back today because clear, concise writing on the web never goes out of style. In 1964, Richard Hofstadter wrote a Pulitzer-prize-winning book called Anti-Intellectualism in America. This rich, thorough book exposed the thread of anti-intellectualism that runs through the culture of practical America. For example, even though the founding fathers were sages, scientists, and men of cultivation, the Federalists attacked their curiosity and idealism as too trivial for important affairs. Did you know…
 
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    Macworld

  • Private I: The network vulnerability is coming from inside the house!

    22 May 2015 | 4:25 am
    There’s no doubt that networked resources like printers, scanners, and storage devices have a huge degree of utility. But cheaper and older peripherals don’t always have the gumption to connect via Wi-Fi or ethernet. USB is the only option, or at the least, it’s far cheaper. Networking USB devices is thus a clever workaround. Apple has supported external access to printers via AirPort Express since 2004, and to storage via its AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule base stations since 2007. A licensed technology called NetUSB made by a Taiwanese firm has extended the same sort of capability…
  • Ask the iTunes Guy: Fixing iTunes Match's quirks

    22 May 2015 | 4:21 am
    I don’t know how many people use iTunes Match, but I get a fair number of questions about this subscription service. This week, I answer three questions about iTunes Match. I also explain how to add detailed artist information to tags in iTunes, and discuss that Purchased playlist that shows up every time you buy something from the iTunes Store.Can’t match, won’t match Q: My music library is a combination of purchased music and CD rips. I recently subscribed to iTunes Match. After the matching process was complete I noticed that quite a few of the songs I had ripped showed their iCloud…
  • Product reviews will never be perfect, but they're still better than ever

    22 May 2015 | 3:34 am
    Brian X. Chen spent some of his first years in the journalism business testing and reviewing products for Macworld. These days he writes about tech for the New York Times, and earlier this month he wrote an interesting story about the failings of product reviews. As someone who has himself written dozens (please tell me it’s not hundreds…) of product reviews over the years, I was fascinated to read Brian’s piece. It’s an accurate discussion of the limitations of product reviews, though I’m not sure the problems can ever truly be fixed.To read this article in full or to leave a…
  • Smart uses for smart albums in Photos for OS X

    22 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    While it may be satisfying for the OCD within you to manually organize your digital mementos into albums in Photos, you can automate the process using smart albums. These albums self-populate based on criteria you set, so when Photos detects an image that matches your criteria, it’s automatically added to the smart album (just like iTunes’ smart playlists). Smart albums are insanely handy. For example, you can create one that collects all the pictures you take that include a certain keyword, say, comicon, that fall within a certain date range and that are tagged as favorites. Or how about…
  • 13-inch MacBook Air review: Apple's affordable laptop nicely blends performance and portability

    22 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Now that there’s a new ultra portable laptop in town in the form of the 12-inch MacBook, what’s the deal with the MacBook Air? It’s still an active part of Apple’s lineup, and in case you missed it, was updated on the day the 12-inch MacBook was announced. The 13-inch MacBook Air changes are relatively minor, but its standing in Apple’s lineup is what changed the most. While the MacBook Air is still an ultra portable laptop, there’s a newfound emphasis on its value—the four recently refreshed models make up the affordable end of Apple’s laptop lineup.To read this article in…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Building An Advanced Notification System For WordPress

    Carlo Daniele
    20 May 2015 | 6:12 am
    A lot of tools enable us to distribute a website’s content, but when we need to promptly reach a target group, an email notification system might be the best option. If your website is not frequently updated, you could notify all subscribers each time a post is published. However, if it’s updated frequently or it covers several topics, you could filter subscribers before mailing them. If you opt for the latter, you could set up a user meta field that stores a bit of information to identify the subscribers to be notified. The same bit of information would label the posts you’re…
  • Testing For And With Windows Phone

    Daniel Herken
    19 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Although Windows Phone usage is still low compared with other browsers1 it’s sometimes necessary to test your web work for Internet Explorer Mobile. For web developers, this could be a complication. Testing for the Windows Phone environment is not always optional, but it can be a chore — especially because the version of Internet Explorer that comes with the Windows Phone can be quirky at best. If you’re a developer without a Windows Phone device, you might have to get a little creative to ensure that your websites are being rendered properly. The Nokia Lumia 920. (Image…
  • A Better Way To Design For Retina In Photoshop

    Murdoch Carpenter
    18 May 2015 | 6:02 am
    Recently, I had a project in which I needed to produce high-fidelity screens for a tablet. I was to present these screens on the device and also produce a clickable prototype. They needed to be pixel-perfect. The timeline was tight (as always), so I went with my go-to tool, Photoshop. I’ve been using it for over ten years, and it gives me the fastest high-quality output. Are you designing at “Retina” resolution in Photoshop? If the answer is yes, then this article is for you. I will walk you through the problems I faced in creating Retina mockups to be displayed on a tablet device. I…
  • Sketch With Material Design

    Patrick Keenan
    14 May 2015 | 11:21 pm
    In the past year, adoption of Sketch at Google, where I work at, has taken off and is now a widely preferred tool. The more tools in our belts, the better, so here’s my take on why Sketch and the new material design1 system are a great match. Tools are an extension of our hands, and as such, they should be versatile, quick and intuitive. A lot has changed between the print era of offset presses and the digital era of cross-platform screens. Developers have attempted to adapt our tools, but Sketch is perhaps the most successful app in this regard — its creators have removed the bloat,…
  • Functional Animation In UX Design

    Amit Daliot
    13 May 2015 | 11:59 pm
    Editor’s Note: This article contains many video examples that show functional animation. Therefore, it may take longer to load on slow connections. A good UX designer can easily explain the logic behind each decision in a design concept. This includes the information architecture, the hierarchy of page content, the flow and the assumptions made. Sooner or later, animation will be introduced to the wireframe concept, and then making design decisions or explaining them becomes harder. Reasons such as “It will be cool!” or “It’s trendy” or ”exciting” are exactly the areas where a…
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • It’s “Five Trailer Friday!”

    Scott Kelby
    22 May 2015 | 3:43 am
    Hi Gang: Today I thought I’d share five trailers for some new classes you might want to check out this Memorial Day weekend over on KelbyOne.com. If you’re not already a member, you can join for $19.99 and watch the full-length versions of ALL of these classes today, (and while you’re there, you can watch any of the about 500+ more online classes on Lighting, Photoshop, Lightroom, Video Editing, and Photography unlimited for the next 30-days!) Here’s the link (but check out these trailers first!): 1. Peter Hurley shows you how to edit down an entire shoot to get you…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    20 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Jaw Dropping Landscapes Photo Contest Think you’ve got an award-worthy landscape photo? Want to win a free ticket to Photoshop World, a KelbyOne Live event, or a KelbyOne membership? TODAY IS THE LAST DAY to submit your best landscape photo to our latest Viewbug contest for your chance to win! For all the details and to submit your photo, just click right here. The Art of the Edit with Peter Hurley It’s all about the edit! You’ve just had an awesome photo session and now you need to narrow it down to just the best ones. How do you do it? Join Peter Hurley as he walks you through…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Vincent Versace!

    Brad Moore
    19 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge. -Albert Einstein I have come to believe that my job, why I was put on this earth, is to tell the truth and see the pretty. My job is to walk all over the planet and allow myself to be taken by the moment and to record the truth, beauty and moments of abandon with a camera. Interesting work if you can get it. What I discovered is so long as I stay on this path I (mostly) stay out of trouble. What I have also discovered is that…
  • It’s “Back Up Your Photos Tuesday!”

    Scott Kelby
    19 May 2015 | 5:31 am
    Go Back Up Your Photos. Right Now! When I was on the road in LA a few weeks ago I heard yet another heartbreaking story from a photographer who didn’t have a back-up of his photos, and he lost every photo he had taken in the last few years, including family shots — everything — gone forever. Stop whatever you’re doing and right this very minute, and take a few minutes to protect the visual history of your life, and back up your images. Just drag them onto another hard drive. If you don’t have one; here’s a link to one of the portable drives I keep with me — it’s a WD…
  • Images From My Trip to Spain

    Scott Kelby
    18 May 2015 | 12:16 am
    Hi gang — I just posted a few shots from my trip this past week to Valencia. We (my big brother Jeff and me) were only in Valencia one and a half days, and we got just over 5-hours in Madrid. Why so short? We totally messed up our planning — we were supposed to be there three days — the images, and the story, are over at Exposure. Here’s the link If you get a sec, I hope you can check them out. Have a great Monday, and we’ll catch ya tomorrow. Best, -Scott P.S. I’m doing a series on “Features I’d love to see added to Lightroom” and today is…
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    Digital Photography School

  • 5 Secrets to Create a Perfect Silhouette Portrait Outdoors

    Alana Orth
    21 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    1) SHOOT LOW AND HEAD TO TOE Place the subject’s entire body, from head to toe, against the sky. In order to do this, you will need to be lower than the subject. You can do this by laying on your back, or stomach, while taking the shot. If you are unable to get low enough, you may need to have your subjects get higher, such as on the very top of a rock, small hill or sand dune. This will hopefully allow you, in most circumstances, to get an angle that places the subject’s entire outline against the sky. You can see a variety of landscapes utilized in the examples below. Hint: It’s so,…
  • 3 Ways to Try Macro Photography on a Budget

    Meredith Clark
    21 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Editor’s Note: This is one of a series of article on macro photography this week. Look for a new one each day. The next newsletter will have them all if you miss any! Has Macro Week here at DPS sparked your interest, but you’re still not sure whether you’re quite ready to invest in a macro lens of your own? If so, then this article is for you! I’ll outline three different ways that you can try out macro on a budget, and possibly even with gear that you already own. Now, before any macro-purists fall off their chairs in disgust, let me say that the techniques outlined in this…
  • How to Give Your Macro Photography a Fine Art Touch in Post-Processing

    Leanne Cole
    20 May 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Editor’s Note: This is part a series on macro photography this week. Look for a new one each day. The next newsletter will have them all if you miss any! Macro photography is very popular and you will find lots of images, of all sorts of subjects on the internet. People spend a lot of time taking the photos, planning them, setting them up, and getting all the gear they need to get all the shots they want. Then the photos are loaded onto the computer and minimal processing is done to them. With this tutorial we are going to look at how you can get your macro images from this: To this:…
  • How to Make Your Photos More Interesting with a Human Element

    Andrew S. Gibson
    20 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    I believe that when someone asks how to improve their composition, that what they’re really asking is how they can make their photos more interesting. The skill of composition is in arranging the elements of the scene in such a way that the resulting image is aesthetically pleasing, and interesting to look at. Composition involves using techniques such as including leading lines, isolating the subject, exploiting tonal contrast, deciding what to leave out of the frame, and so on. But none of this matters much if your subject matter is boring. The most effective way to create interesting…
  • Demystifying Shutter Speed

    Adam Welch
    19 May 2015 | 12:04 pm
    One of the most crucial factors of making any photograph is the selection of the shutter speed. It is not always an easy task to decide what shutter speed you should select, to correspond to the aperture or ISO setting you have chosen. It can be a little overwhelming, and sometimes discouraging, to learn how to select the proper shutter speed to produce whatever your desired photo may be. You might still be shooting in full auto just because you can’t seem to have any luck with manually selecting your exposures. Luckily, once you understand the basic concept of shutter speed in relation…
 
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    Engadget RSS Feed

  • EE Harrier and Harrier Mini review

    Jamie Rigg
    22 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    EE's Kestrel was its first own-brand 4G smartphone, meant for those wanting breakneck mobile data speeds without breaking the bank. One year on, the Kestrel is coming to the end of its life, and when remaining stock is depleted, it'll disappear from ...
  • You won't need waves with this $20,000 electric surfboard

    Steve Dent
    22 May 2015 | 4:19 am
    If you want to surf, but are too lazy to paddle or look for waves, the Wakejet Cruise from Swedish outfit Radinn is for you! The company says it "marries the agility and speed of wakeboarding with the freedom of surfing," but that doesn't mean you ca...
  • Facebook launches 'caller ID' for new Messenger conversations

    Mariella Moon
    22 May 2015 | 3:38 am
    Next time someone contacts you on Facebook Messenger for the first time, you'll see a calling card of sorts showing his photo, other public info and how you two are connected. Facebook's Vice President of Messaging, David Marcus, calls it "enhanced c...
  • Android M might have its own fingerprint login system

    Timothy J. Seppala
    22 May 2015 | 2:42 am
    Android is getting a TouchID-style system of its own with Android M, according to Buzzfeed's sources. Apparently it'll act a lot like the iOS tool too, bypassing passwords for associated apps in favor of reading your fingerprint. Given that I/O is pr...
  • Google makes a Hangouts Mac app you'll want to use

    Timothy J. Seppala
    22 May 2015 | 1:20 am
    Listen up, OSX users: with the new Hangouts update from Google you might actually want to use the official app rather than Adium. It consolidates your contacts on the left side of one window and puts your chats on the right as you'll see below. It's ...
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    Strobist

  • Gulf Photo Plus is Coming to the US

    11 May 2015 | 12:55 pm
    I teach very infrequently now, at most just once or twice a year. That said, without fail I attend Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai every March.It's a great event, with quality instructors and a fantastic group (family?) of people running it. But Dubai is a long way away, to be sure.So three years ago, we worked out a sort of "road version" of GPP. It's a compressed, wall-to-wall weekend that brings a bit of GPP to another city each year. 2013 was in London. 2014 was in Singapore.And 2015 will be in Seattle, Washington in the US. And I am really happy about this. Okay, so technically it's greater…
  • Your Basic Lighting Kit: A Spin Around the Block

    12 Apr 2015 | 1:35 pm
    So you bit the bullet and spent ~$100 for the stuff needed to turn your hot shoe flash into a mini portable studio lighting system. What do you with the box of stuff the UPS guy just dropped onto your dorstep? Where do you start?That is exactly the gap we explore whenever I teach a beginner's lighting class. So today we are going to walk through a "first steps" exercise. Read more »
  • On Assignment: I Got Rhythm

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:05 am
    I have been photographing dancers for several years now as part of my affiliation with the local arts council. The results were catch-as-catch-can, mostly because of the limitations of flash recycle time, timing, and my not really knowing what to expect from them nor when to expect it. But a little trick I tried last week changed everything. Read more »
  • Traveling Photographer_NYC has Posted

    27 Feb 2015 | 11:22 am
    For those of you following along with The Traveling Photographer series, Lynda has just posted the New York City episode.This is a city I have visited many times, so we tried to distill this visit down to a small collection of very cool photo experiences. I hope you like it.Lastly, NYC completes the series—for now, anyway. Whether or not it continues will be determined solely by how many views it gets. So thanks in advance for your support.-DH
  • Now Live on Lynda.com: The Traveling Photographer_LONDON

    14 Dec 2014 | 12:17 pm
    For much of 2014, I have been on the road for Lynda.com, producing the series, The Traveling Photographer. The latest episode, on London, has just posted. London is an amazing city, and I think this episode is our best to date.Hard to believe it, but we have now logged over 50,000 miles on this journey. In addition to Hong Kong, Dubai, Paris and London, we have just finished filming the New York City segment, which will be published soon. For more information about the entire series, see this earlier post.
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Fujifilm FinePix S1 real-world sample gallery posted

    21 May 2015 | 10:39 am
    At 50X, the Fujifilm FinePix S1 may not have the longest lens in its class, but it is the only superzoom that's weather-sealed and one of the very few with Raw support. Naturally, this means that we did some Raw conversions and shot in in the rain, and you can see the results in our samples gallery. View photos
  • Ona introduces black version of the Leica M edition Berlin ll bag

    20 May 2015 | 12:12 pm
    US luxury camera bag brand Ona has announced a new black version of its Berlin ll messenger-style bag. Designed especially for the Leica M system, the Berlin was originally a limited edition model created to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Leica, but the Berlin ll went on general release beyond Leica stores. Previously only available in the Vintage Bourbon tan finish, the black version of the Berlin has been created, according to Ona, because so many people asked for it. Read more
  • Olympus highlights the issues faced by 'DSL-Arm' sufferers, and claims to offer a cure

    20 May 2015 | 11:46 am
    Olympus USA has produced a spoof documentary that claims to highlight the problems faced by those who spend too long carrying heavy DSLR equipment. The hero of the films, Paul, suffers a condition called 'DSL-Arm,' which is characterized by a dramatic lengthening of the right arm as a result of carrying weighty camera bodies and lenses. Read more
  • Oppo launches R7 and R7 Plus

    20 May 2015 | 10:53 am
    Chinese manufacturer Oppo has today launched its new duo of flagship phones, the R7 and R7 Plus. The R7 features a 5" 1080p screen, while a 6" screen with the same resolution places the Plus model firmly into phablet territory. In the camera department both smartphones combine a 13MP sensor with an F2.2 lens but the R7 Plus chip is, like the Huawei P8, of the RGBW variant and supported by laser-AF and a dual-LED flash. Read more
  • Canon EOS Rebel T6s/T6i added to studio test scene comparison

    20 May 2015 | 9:58 am
    The Canon EOS Rebel T6s and T6i (760D and 750D) have been in our hands long enough to put together a couple of real-world sample galleries, and now we've added the cameras to our studio test scene comparison tool. The new 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor that these cameras share represents a step forward for Canon's Rebel lineup, which had been using an 18MP chip since the T2i. Read more
 
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • What I’d Love To See Next in Lightroom…Part 6

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    22 May 2015 | 1:16 am
    Happy Friday, everybody. OK, this one is a simple fix, but I think it would speed a lot of folks workflow who use the Lens Connection panel (I use it almost daily, and numerous times a day — for me, this is one super-important panel). Here we go for #6 on my list: #6: Simplify the Lens Correction Panel Don’t take stuff away. Don’t hide it. Just don’t make us toggle back and forth between FOUR different tabs within one panel. With that many tabs it’s like its own mini-program within a program. There’s no reason these can’t be simplified into just two…
  • Playing around in Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    19 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    One of the best ways to learn about something is to play around with it. Lightroom CC has added some new features including merge to panorama. Now we will probably all try out how it works the regular way, but I like to ask the “what if” questions and see what kind of trouble I can get into. This is often where I can find out how far I can push a feature or get unexpected results that lead me in new directions of inspiration. So I have three pictures that were taken in the same place as folks walked by and I wanted to see how Lightroom would handle them if I tried to merge them as…
  • What I’d Love To See Next in Lightroom…Part 5

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    19 May 2015 | 4:09 am
    I mentioned this one here back in January, as a two-part feature request and I’m delighted that one of these actually made it into Lightroom CC, but the other one didn’t, so I still wanted to include it in my top 10 list. The feature (well, it’s more like a tweak or a fix) that did make it in has to do with Collection Sets. I noted back in January that when you create a New Collection Set, you leave the images you were working on, and it takes you to the blank gray screen you see below. To do pretty much anything you had to navigate back to the images you were working on…
  • What I’d Love To See Next in Lightroom…Part 4

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    18 May 2015 | 1:16 am
    Happy Monday everybody! Here’s #4 in my on-going series on “What I’d love to see next in Lightroom:” Copy the Type Panel from the Books module over to the Print module  The text options are so incredibly limited in the Print Module — you basically have to use the Identity Plate to do anything, and then once you do you can only do three things: (1) Choose the font (2) the Style [bold, italic, etc.), and (3) choose the Size. That’s it. There’s no leading, tracking, kerning, baseline shift, justification, and all the great controls Adobe already put in the…
  • What I’d Love To See Next in Lightroom…Part 3

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    15 May 2015 | 1:16 am
    Before we roll on to #3 on my wish list, I just wanted to thank everybody who has posted their wish list favorites as comments here. I’m going to compile a list of my favorites from your favorites once we reach the 10th on my list, so keep ‘em coming — there’s some great stuff in there, including some things I didn’t realize i wanted until I read your comments. OK, onto #3 on my wish list which is… #3: I’d love to have a preview of Output Sharpening You get three choices for the amount: Low, Normal, High, and I’d like to see a preview of now each looks before I hit Print (or…
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Apple Store App for iOS Updated With Touch ID Support, Two-Step Verification

    Juli Clover
    21 May 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Apple today updated its Apple Store app for iOS to version 3.3, adding additional security and convenience features to the app. There's now a "Touch ID" option in the Account section of the app that allows users to enable Touch ID for viewing orders, accessing EasyPay receipts, and making reservations at an Apple Store. Previously, these sections of the app required an Apple ID password to be input whenever they were accessed, but now the app will ask for Touch ID verification in lieu of a password when Touch ID is toggled on. Before the update, Touch ID usage was limited to Apple Pay for…
  • Activité Pop Review: Hands-On With Withings' Simple and Stylish $149 Activity Tracker

    Juli Clover
    21 May 2015 | 1:27 pm
    The Apple Watch is fantastic because it lets you receive notifications, communicate with friends, access apps from your iPhone, and record a wealth of activity-related data, but it's also a device that requires a heavy amount of interaction. It demands that you look at your wrist when you receive a notification, it taps you on the arm when you're not standing up every hour, and it often reminds you about your fitness goals. It needs to be charged every night and it has to be taken off with every shower, so in short, it's not a device you can slap on your wrist and forget about. For that…
  • Duet Review: A Premium Two-in-One Stand for Apple Watch and iPhone

    Joe Rossignol
    21 May 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Given that the Apple Watch has an advertised 18-hours battery life based on mixed usage, chances are that you will be taking off the wrist-worn device each night to charge. Naturally, accessory makers have been quick to jump on the opportunity to create a wide variety of Apple Watch stands for docking the watch on your bedside table or elsewhere. Ahead, we take a closer look at one of them. Antsy Labs has risen to the challenge with a Kickstarter project for Duet, a two-in-one stand for docking the Apple Watch and iPhone together. The stand is machined from a solid block of aluminum, in…
  • Adobe Removing Photoshop Touch From App Store Next Week

    Joe Rossignol
    21 May 2015 | 10:59 am
    Adobe has announced that it will remove Photoshop Touch for iPhone and iPad from the App Store and other platforms on May 28. The software company says it will be focusing its mobile efforts on other apps in the Creative Cloud suite, including Photoshop Mix, Photoshop Sketch, Adobe Comp CC, Adobe Shape CC, Adobe Brush CC and Adobe Color CC. In total, the software maker has over 50 apps on the App Store. Adobe also announced that it is working on a new retouching solution for mobile devices called Project Rigel that is expected to be available in late 2015. Adobe product manager Bryan O'Neil…
  • Despite Popular Kickstarter, Pebble Seeks $5 Million Loan 'To Stay Afloat'

    Mitchel Broussard
    21 May 2015 | 7:01 am
    Popular smartwatch maker Pebble appears to be in some financial trouble, according to a few sources "close to the company," as reported by TechCrunch. The company is having trouble maintaining its growth, turning to a bank in its home base of Silicon Valley for not only a $5 million loan but a $5 million line of credit. According to those same sources, banks in the Valley have been turning down Pebble's financial support requests repeatedly. The smartwatch company's rocky monetary troubles come a few weeks after a well-publicized Kickstarter campaign, which reached its $500,000…
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    CNN Travel

  • Delta's new safety video is meme-tastic

    hiufu
    21 May 2015 | 8:23 pm
    A new Delta safety video will begin showing on May 25, featuring 23 popular YouTube video memesTags: in-flight safety videosDelta
  • Dr. Beach names top 10 U.S. beaches for 2015

    hiufu
    21 May 2015 | 7:14 pm
    Coastal expert and professor Stephen P. Leatherman, AKA Dr. Beach, issues his annual list of the country's best sands and watersTags: beachesbest beaches
  • Quiz: How much of a jet-setter are you?

    hiufu
    21 May 2015 | 7:03 pm
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    Guessy1
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