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  • Rottweiler cries when his brother passes away [video]

    Holy Kaw!
    Josh Urich
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    It's easy to categorize the world into "humans" and "everything else." This video reminds us, though, that we're not the only ones capable of some kind of emotions. While dogs might not be as emotionally intelligent as us, this video does offer some interesting food for thought about animal intelligence and emotionality. The post Rottweiler cries when his brother passes away [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • BT promising 'ultrafast' broadband of 500 Mbps in UK within a decade

    Mashable
    Tim Chester
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:41 am
    LONDON — Here's some potentially good news while that film is downloading at a snail's pace: British telecom company BT has promised "ultrafast" broadband of up to up to 500 Mbps within a decade. The company is even saying speeds of 1,000 Mbps (1 Gbps) will be achievable on premium services. Both are significantly higher than the current 18.7 Mbps average in the UK. See also: Mobile network Three set to buy O2 for £10bn BT CEO Gavin Patterson set out the company's ambitions to "transform the UK broadband landscape from superfast to ultrafast" in a release published Friday. The…
  • Buyer's Guide: The Best On-Ear Headphones At Any Price

    Fast Company
    Lauren Dragan
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:27 am
    After testing 53 sets of headphones over a period of 45 hours, The Wirecutter determined the best on-ear headphones to buy.The $180 Bose SoundTrue offer the best combination of sound quality, portability, and comfort, of any on-ear headphone. If you don't like in-ear headphones, or need something more portable than bulky over-ear headphones, the SoundTrue are the ones to get.Read Full Story
  • 13 Questions With Mark Cuban

    TechCrunch
    Matt Burns
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:12 am
     Welcome to 13 Questions, a series aimed at bringing a human face to notable figures in the world of startups, hardware, and tech. Ever wonder how your favorite designer learned to love tech? Curious what’s on your favorite VC’s bucket list? Want to see the person behind the media hype? 13 Questions is here. This week Mark Cuban talks about his upbringing and road to becoming an… Read More
  • What do you want?

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    The industrialist and the one in power would like you to choose from a list, multiple choice. To interview with the companies that come to the placement office, to select from what's on offer, to ask, 'what do you have?' This is the world of "If we don't sell it, you don't want it." But in revolutionary times, when the number of options is exploding, the opportunities go to someone who can describe something that's not in stock, that perhaps has never even been described before. Custom-made does you no good if you don't know what you want.        
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  • Rottweiler cries when his brother passes away [video]

    Josh Urich
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    It's easy to categorize the world into "humans" and "everything else." This video reminds us, though, that we're not the only ones capable of some kind of emotions. While dogs might not be as emotionally intelligent as us, this video does offer some interesting food for thought about animal intelligence and emotionality. The post Rottweiler cries when his brother passes away [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Golden Retriever loves the Australian Open [video]

    Josh Urich
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    The Australian Open is the biggest thing in sports right now––for those of you thinking about the Superbowl, remember that the rest of the world doesn't care about that so we're outnumbered here. The spirit is so high, in fact, that this Golden Retriever can't contain himself. The post Golden Retriever loves the Australian Open [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Old school Nokia phones playing “I’m Yours” [video]

    Josh Urich
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Have old cell phones laying around? Don't throw them away, recycle them! Before you do, though, try this out. You can play Jason Mraz's hit song, "I'm Yours" on them, and impress all your friends. The post Old school Nokia phones playing “I’m Yours” [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Footage from inside a digital camera at 10,000 fps [video]

    Josh Urich
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    You can read your digital camera's instruction manual until your head explodes, but you'll still have a hard time understanding how the thing works. But when you see it in action, it's so much easier. Here's a digital camera at work, but slowed down to ten thousands frames per second. The post Footage from inside a digital camera at 10,000 fps [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Every goat in the U.S. [maps]

    Kate Rinsema
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:31 am
    Goatherd looking for good company? Trying to score the best deal on goat cheese? The post Every goat in the U.S. [maps] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
 
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  • BT promising 'ultrafast' broadband of 500 Mbps in UK within a decade

    Tim Chester
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:41 am
    LONDON — Here's some potentially good news while that film is downloading at a snail's pace: British telecom company BT has promised "ultrafast" broadband of up to up to 500 Mbps within a decade. The company is even saying speeds of 1,000 Mbps (1 Gbps) will be achievable on premium services. Both are significantly higher than the current 18.7 Mbps average in the UK. See also: Mobile network Three set to buy O2 for £10bn BT CEO Gavin Patterson set out the company's ambitions to "transform the UK broadband landscape from superfast to ultrafast" in a release published Friday. The…
  • Don’t laugh at this Vine of Chris Christie falling out of a chair

    Eitan Levine
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:24 am
    Slipoffachair-gate is the new Bridge-gate. New Jersey governor and potential Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie channeled his inner Larry, Mo and Curly while trying to sit in a chair during a recent interview with Angelo Cataldi on SportsRadio 94WIP See also: Chris Christie's not resigning to run for president—yet The tumble happened in June, and Cataldi had originally kept the video of Christie's seat fail private. But when Christie celebrated with Jerry Jones after a Dallas Cowboys victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, Cataldi decided to share the moment with the world.
  • 17 things we learned from 'Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams' Reddit AMA

    Neha Prakash
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:14 am
    What do we say to the God of Death? Not today, because I've got a Reddit AMA Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark on HBO's Game of Thrones, went on Reddit Friday for an hour-long Q&A about her hobbies, acting and secrets from on set See also: Full 'Game of Thrones' Season 5 trailer leaks online Here are just some of the gems we gleaned from the resident Westerosi badass BONUS: 'Game of Thrones' Explained In Less Than 3 Minutes Read more...More about Tv, Game Of Thrones, Watercooler, Conversations, and Reddit Ama
  • How to identify a jihadist, in one infographic from the French government

    Megan Specia
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:11 am
    France is taking new steps to combat terrorism and believes French citizens can play an important role in identifying potential jihadis. On a new anti-jihad website launched by the government, French citizens are asked to look out for signs in people they know that may indicate they are becoming radicalized. See also: France awards citizenship to man who hid hostages in fridge According to the French government's infographic, budding jijadists have lost an interest in sports, avoid listening to music, are distancing themselves from family and friends, and don't like watching TV Image: Gouv.fr…
  • Motorcyclist lands on feet after being hit by a car

    Brian Koerber
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:06 am
    Warning: This post contains strong language that some may find offensive. Skill level: ninja A man on a motorcycle patiently waits his turn at a red light. After the light turns green, he proceeds through the intersection, but a car to his left blows through a red light and t-bones him. Miraculously, the man on the motorcycle lands on his feet after the vehicle plows into him and he walks away with just a few bumps and bruises. After some justified foul language, the motorcyclist walks over to the curb where passersby make sure he's okay and the driver of the vehicle apologizes profusely. The…
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  • Buyer's Guide: The Best On-Ear Headphones At Any Price

    Lauren Dragan
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:27 am
    After testing 53 sets of headphones over a period of 45 hours, The Wirecutter determined the best on-ear headphones to buy.The $180 Bose SoundTrue offer the best combination of sound quality, portability, and comfort, of any on-ear headphone. If you don't like in-ear headphones, or need something more portable than bulky over-ear headphones, the SoundTrue are the ones to get.Read Full Story
  • Meet Dr. Armpit, Changing Body Odor With Bacteria

    Peter Andrey Smith
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    What's really happening under your arms? The secret to skin smells is all in the microbes.Here's an undeniable fact: In samples collected from seven of New York's subway platforms, scientists discovered that we're surrounded in plumes of microbes wafting off other people's skin. Here's another undeniable fact: Those bacteria colonize all of our glands and follicles and the entire epidermis. They make our skin smell. The scientific justification for l'eau de bacteria is that scents enabled great apes to sniff out those with optimal fitness and health, basically, find sex without the…
  • This Drone Ambulance Is Totally Wild, And Totally Inevitable

    Mark Wilson
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Want to get an ambulance through urban environments faster? Give it propellers and space for one passenger. For Body Week, Co.Design asked a select group of design firms: What one thing in the health care industry desperately needs to be redesigned, and how would you redesign it? Here, argodesign imagines the flying ambulances of the future.—EdsRead Full Story
  • Why An Apple Employee Created A Company To Help Him Lose Weight

    Michael Grothaus
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    To hit his New Year's weight loss resolution, this ex-Apple employee and journalist became a tech CEO.A little over a year ago I was a much bigger guy than I am now. And when I say "big" I mean big. To be exact, I weighed 280 pounds. The U.S. Center for Disease Control says a person of my height (6'1") and age (at the time I was 35) should weigh 140 to 189 pounds. I was almost 100 pounds over the high end of that spectrum. My BMI was over 38, when it should have been 19-24.Read Full Story
  • Women In Tech: This Platform Will Match You To Peer Mentors, Tinder-Style

    Ariel Schwartz
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:45 am
    Glassbreakers allows women to help other women their own age navigate their careers—especially in male-dominated fields.No matter how many coding initiatives for women and diversity programs are launched, the inescapable fact remains: The tech industry is overloaded with men, especially in the top ranks. It's an vicious cycle. The more men are hired for top jobs, the more they tend to hire men themselves.Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • 13 Questions With Mark Cuban

    Matt Burns
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:12 am
     Welcome to 13 Questions, a series aimed at bringing a human face to notable figures in the world of startups, hardware, and tech. Ever wonder how your favorite designer learned to love tech? Curious what’s on your favorite VC’s bucket list? Want to see the person behind the media hype? 13 Questions is here. This week Mark Cuban talks about his upbringing and road to becoming an… Read More
  • The Bootstrapper’s Guide To Bitcoin Remittances

    Luis Buenaventura
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
     There’s a lot of rhetoric about bitcoin and its impact on the $430 billion international remittance industry. One of the cryptocurrency’s most obvious uses is, after all, sending money across the planet with roughly the same effort as sending an email. The potential effect on emerging markets — savings in aggregate that are larger than most countries’ education… Read More
  • Epson Home Cinema 3500 Projector Review

    Darrell Etherington
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:39 am
     Epson’s Home Cinema 3500 is a mid-range home projector that’s designed to provide bright, clear 1080p (and 3D) video without breaking the bank. It’s a big step up in size and embedded tech from the Epson PowerLite 2030, another projector I’ve recently tested, but does it justify the considerable extra expense? With the Super Bowl right around the corner, it’s… Read More
  • “Zombie” Apps On The Rise – 83% Of Apps Not On Top Lists, Up From 74% Last Year

    Sarah Perez
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:32 am
     With the app economy showing no sign of slowing, the iOS App Store, too, continues to grow, and has now reached over 1.42 million apps, according to a new report out this morning from app analytics firm adjust. One interesting metric the report uncovered is just how many of the apps are effectively invisible to consumers – something adjust lovingly refers to as “zombie… Read More
  • Vine Introduces Vine Kids

    Jordan Crook
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
     Vine is today introducing a new layer of the app called Vine Kids. It’s meant to be a safe, kid-friendly space for a younger audience to play around with the app and watch vines. The feature pulls from the millions of Vines being created on the platform and chooses ones that are appropriate for children. The interface of the Kids section of the app has also been tailored to be more fun… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • What do you want?

    Seth Godin
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    The industrialist and the one in power would like you to choose from a list, multiple choice. To interview with the companies that come to the placement office, to select from what's on offer, to ask, 'what do you have?' This is the world of "If we don't sell it, you don't want it." But in revolutionary times, when the number of options is exploding, the opportunities go to someone who can describe something that's not in stock, that perhaps has never even been described before. Custom-made does you no good if you don't know what you want.        
  • Various updates

    Seth Godin
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Late in 2014, I invited IOS app developers to submit information for a lightweight list for people seeking professional help. Thanks to Jessica and the generous folks at New York Tech Meetup, it's free and ready for you to use or share. There's a worldwide list and one focused on New York as well. Go make something. The Your Turn Challenge just finished, and it was a phenomenon. More than 4,500 posts came in from nearly a thousand people getting in the habit of shipping daily. Plus tweets. Well done, Winnie. What To Do When It's Your Turn continues to spread, inspiring stories like this…
  • The truth about admissions

    Seth Godin
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    One in five applicants to Harvard and Stanford are completely qualified to attend—perhaps 20% of those that send in their applications have the smarts, guts and work ethic to thrive at these schools and to become respected alumni. These schools further filter this 20% by admitting only 5% of their applicants, or about one in four of those qualified. And they spend a huge amount of time sorting and ranking and evaluating to get to the final list. They do this even though there is zero correlation between the students they like the most and any measurable outcomes. The person they let in off…
  • The best laid plans

    Seth Godin
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:40 am
    As your plans get more detailed, it's also more and more likely that they won't work exactly as you described them. Certainly, it's worth visualizing the thing you're working to build. When it works, what's it going to be like? Even more important, though, is being able to describe what you're going to do when the plan doesn't work. Because it won't. Not the way you expect, certainly. Things will break, be late, miss the spec. People will let you down, surprise you or change their minds. Sales won't get made, promises will be broken, formulas will change. All part of the plan that includes…
  • Your mood vs. your reality

    Seth Godin
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:57 am
    Who is happy? Are rock stars, billionaires or recently-funded entrepreneurs happier? What about teenagers with clear skin? Either what happens changes our mood... or our mood changes the way we narrate what happens. This goes beyond happiness economics and the understanding that a certain baseline of health and success is needed for many people to be happy. The question worth pondering is: are you seeking out the imperfect to justify your habit of being unhappy? Does something have to happen in the outside world for you to be happy inside? Or, to put it differently, Is there a narrative…
 
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    WIRED

  • Vinyl or CDs: Tech Doesn’t Do Sentimental — Listening Habits Show What’s Next for Cloud

    Matthew Finnie, Interoute
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:08 am
    I am old enough to be of the generation that grew up with vinyl. Unlike the romantics of today I remember the scratches, the arguments over borrowing my brother’s records, putting them on my worn and generally abused record player and the reality that after the first few plays, even with that brand new stylus, […] The post Vinyl or CDs: Tech Doesn’t Do Sentimental — Listening Habits Show What’s Next for Cloud appeared first on WIRED.
  • The New Space Race: Bringing Internet to the Other 4 Billion

    Rick Delgado
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:07 am
    Back in the 1960s, the race was on between the United States and the USSR to see who could get to the moon first. That high-stakes competition ushered in a new era of space exploration featuring incredible levels of ingenuity, creativity, and scientific mastery. Now, decades later, we are on the verge of yet another […] The post The New Space Race: Bringing Internet to the Other 4 Billion appeared first on WIRED.
  • Jay-Z Makes a Bid to Acquire a Swedish Streaming Music Company

    Issie Lapowsky
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:10 am
    Jay-Z's empire may soon be a little bit larger. The rapper and business mogul is about to get into the streaming music business. The post Jay-Z Makes a Bid to Acquire a Swedish Streaming Music Company appeared first on WIRED.
  • In Lizard Visual Displays, Order Matters

    Mary Bates
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:03 am
    In the visual displays of certain types of lizards, the order of movements is important for passing meaning along. The post In Lizard Visual Displays, Order Matters appeared first on WIRED.
  • Measuring Brainwaves to Make a New Kind of Bike Map for NYC

    Alex Davies
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
    An easy to read guide to where cycling is relaxing and where it’s stressful. The post Measuring Brainwaves to Make a New Kind of Bike Map for NYC appeared first on WIRED.
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  • 9 Copywriting Rules To Create Hypnotic Posts Your Readers Will Love

    Guest Blogger
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Image via Flickr user Daniel Lee This is a guest contribution from Hassan Ud-deen. Your blog posts have a purpose, right? You want your readers to take a specific action after reading your post. It could be to: like, share, subscribe, comment or just think about something. Either way, you’re aiming to elicit a response. And It doesn’t matter if you’re writing a sale letter, a blog post, or an email. If you aim to evoke any kind of response or action… you’re writing copy. Funnily enough, most of the content marketing style writing you read now, is heavily influenced by…
  • Design Trends of 2015: How Your Blog Can Adapt

    Guest Blogger
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:51 am
    This is a guest contribution from Owen Andrew. Since mobile internet began to overtake desktop internet usage in January 2014, there have been major innovations in website design in light of this trend. In general, websites have been opting for a simpler, mobile-friendly design. Maintaining a blog in such a fast-paced environment can be a huge challenge, but staying on top of trends is required for success. In order to keep your blog interesting and relevant in the upcoming year, there are five design trends to keep in mind when continuing your work in 2015. Image via shutterstock.com…
  • Going from a Blog to a Vlog: What the Big Companies Can Teach Us

    Guest Blogger
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:31 am
    This is a guest contribution from social media analyst Matthew Yeoman. The move online from only having a blog for your online marketing is, of course, one which has long since been abandoned. Brands now have Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and on and on to promote their website and the blogs themselves. A trend towards video, with YouTube leading the way, has lead to the rise of the vlog as the next big thing in content marketing. Many of the biggest brands in the world are on YouTube. They are killing it with views, subscribers (there’s a familiar term for bloggers), and brand exposure.
  • Blogging and Privacy: How to Blog Authentically Without Losing Your Voice

    Stacey Roberts
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:39 am
    Laura Tremaine’s blog is called Hollywood Housewife because she is just that – married to a movie producer and living in LA. A longtime blogger, she’s learned how to balance honest storytelling with keeping her husband, her family, and their life together somewhat incognito. Always only a Google search away from film fans, Laura has erred on the side of caution when it comes to sharing her tales, but manages never to lose the heart of them. She is a gifted writer with an interesting story to tell, and I have no doubt you’ll take away lots to think about if you’ve…
  • The 6 Step Online Marketing Strategy Every Small Business Should Follow in 2015

    Guest Blogger
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
    This is a guest contribution from Jawad Khan. 2013 was the year when people started taking content marketing seriously. The momentum grew in 2014 and thousands of corporations, small businesses and startups invested heavily in content creation. 2015 will see this trend grow even further. Thousands of new blogs and millions of new blog posts will be created over the next 12 months. Perhaps the biggest revelation is the way local bricks and mortar businesses have taken up content marketing. From search results to social media, the internet is getting more and more local. Many local businesses…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • Cook Risotto in 3 Minutes and "Ramen-ize" Rice with Baking Soda

    Melanie Pinola
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    The same technique that turns regular pasta into one with the flavor and texture of fresh ramen can upgrade rice dishes as well and even help you cook chewy, perfect risotto in three minutes.Read more...
  • How to Have a Social Life If You Don’t Work a Nine-to-Five Job

    Heather Yamada-Hosley
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    If you work a job that is outside the traditional 9-to-5 schedule , it can be challenging to maintain current relationships and create new ones. Here are some steps to take to keep a thriving social life despite your work.Read more...
  • Fire TV Fire Sale, Cheap Metal Detector, and More Deals

    Shep McAllister, Commerce Team
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:45 am
    Amazon's Fire TV streaming box is actually pretty great , and if you missed out on the multiple Black Friday deals, you can score one for $15 off today. [Amazon Fire TV, $84]Read more...
  • The Money Moves to Stop Procrastinating and Take Care of Now 

    Morgan Quinn
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    Fifty-four percent of Americans planned on making a financial resolution for 2015. According to a new poll by GOBankingRates, saving money, paying down debt and improving spending continue to top the list. Given only 8 percent of people actually achieve their resolutions, it might be time to change things up a bit. Read more...
  • Modify an IKEA Stool into a Simple Bike Stand

    Timothy Dahl
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Keep your bike secure in your home and off the streets with this simple modification of the IKEA Frosta Stool. Read more...
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  • AOL Reportedly Shutting Down TUAW Next Week in Larger Restructuring Move

    Joe Rossignol
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:09 am
    AOL will soon be shutting down The Unofficial Apple Weblog, a long-running Apple blog better known as TUAW, according to The Verge. TUAW will reportedly close next Monday, February 2, just a few months after celebrating its tenth anniversary. The website currently has 11 staff on its editorial team. TUAW has been providing Apple news, reviews, how-tos and other content about the Cupertino-based company since December 2004. AOL gained ownership of the website through its acquisition of Weblogs Inc. in 2005. The company has three other flagship media properties in The Huffington Post,…
  • Apple Releases iTunes 12.1 With New Yosemite Notification Center Widget

    Juli Clover
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:08 pm
    Apple today released iTunes 12.1 for OS X Yosemite, introducing a new iTunes widget for the Notification Center. With the widget, it's possible to see what song is playing, skip ahead, and favorite. When listening to iTunes Radio, there's an option to purchase the song that's being played, right within the widget. Today's update also includes performance improvements when syncing an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to iTunes. iTunes 12.1 can be downloaded via the Software Update Mechanism in the Mac App Store. This update introduces a new iTunes widget for Notification Center in OS X Yosemite. See…
  • Possible Third-Party 'iPad Pro' Case Shown in New Photo

    Juli Clover
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Ahead of any major product release, we often see part leaks and case molds, which give us hints on the sizing, features, and design of the forthcoming product, and the "iPad Pro" is no exception. We've previously seen what's said to be an iPad Pro dummy model for Apple's upcoming large-screened tablet, and today, French site Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate] has shared an image of a case that may be designed for the device. According to the site, the image of the case originated from a reliable source that the site has been in contact with "for many years." Though the case in the photo is not…
  • iTunes Connect Issue Causing Developers to Be Logged Into Wrong Accounts [Updated]

    Joe Rossignol
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:26 am
    A number of iTunes Connect developers have turned to Twitter and tipped us off about an ongoing issue where users are being shown someone else's session after attempting to login into their own account. Instead of seeing their own apps, iTunes Connect is mismatching users and displaying other apps from completely different developers. MacRumors has been able to duplicate this issue, which appears to be widespread and has been going on since at least 8 AM Pacific. Most definitely was auto logged in to a blackberry account on iTunes connect somehow... This isn't mine!
  • Apple and Samsung Tied as World's Largest Smartphone Makers in Q4 2014 [Updated]

    Joe Rossignol
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:28 pm
    The latest numbers from Strategy Analytics reveal that Apple tied Samsung during Q4 2014 to become the world's largest smartphone maker based on global shipments. According to the report, both Apple and Samsung shipped 74.5 million smartphones during the three-month period of October through December. Apple's number is an official figure from its financial results, while Samsung's number is an estimate since the company stopped reporting smartphone shipments a few years ago. The research firm adds that Apple and Samsung were last tied in smartphone market share in Q4 2011. Apple experienced a…
 
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  • I Like Facebook More Than Twitter These Days and Why That Doesn’t Matter

    Chris Brogan
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:57 pm
    Lately, I’m finding lots of interaction and fun on Facebook. I once wrote a post about how I was leaving Facebook for Google+ because whoa, that’s the future. Until Google decided it wasn’t. And I’m reasonably well known for loving Twitter and being an early adopter of it. Which social network is right for you? The real answer? The one you like. I like Instagram plenty. I like Facebook more than I ever did before (no real idea why). I even spent a half hour today in LinkedIn (which I usually complain about). Continue ReadingThe post I Like Facebook More Than Twitter…
  • What is Content Marketing?

    Chris Brogan
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:53 am
    Content marketing is the art of using content of any kind (blogs, podcasts, newsletters, and much more) to reach prospects and customers and influencers, and warm them up for the potential of a purchase. You can have an offline business and use content marketing. You can promote yourself, a book, a store, a church, or whatever it is you need to do. The art of content marketing is to create information that entertains, informs, and then CONNECTS a potential buyer with what you do/offer.Continue ReadingThe post What is Content Marketing? appeared first on chrisbrogan.com.
  • What a Long Time Friendship and Partnership Looks Like

    Chris Brogan
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:33 am
    I started stalking Brian Clark of Copyblogger back in 2006. Hard to imagine that I’d already been blogging for eight years when he showed up, but I knew from the start that Brian was smarter at a lot of things than I was, and that he’d go far. He, on the other hand, thought I was a weirdo and wouldn’t amount to anything. (Long time joke, but true story.) Brian and I Have Collaborated In Many Ways Brian was faster to the idea of helping people learn what they needed to know about the business side of the web in a more formalized way. And he created years of content that…
  • Which Conference Should You Attend? Your Own

    Chris Brogan
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    I’m working through a few ideas, but I’m a little bit stuck. And as I haven’t been invited to speak at a conference this week or next (where I get a lot of thoughts and ideas), I decided to put on a conference in my living room. The content doesn’t quite matter, because it’s my conference. People ask me all the time which conferences are the ones to attend? My answer: your own.Continue ReadingThe post Which Conference Should You Attend? Your Own appeared first on chrisbrogan.com.
  • Measure Your Wealth in Options

    Chris Brogan
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
    I was lamenting the fact that business has been slow over the last handful of weeks (end of the year and first of the year aren’t exactly the roaring seasons for keynote speakers and professional development experts), but a little change of perspective really turned me around. Because there’s a lesson in it that would be useful to an owner like you, I wanted to share it with you. Measure Your Wealth in Options The last few weeks have been slow, yes. But that means that I can accept the following truths to go along with it:Continue ReadingThe post Measure Your Wealth in Options…
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  • Do Lower Prices Lead to More Sales?

    Sean D'Souza
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Let’s say you’re choosing between three photography courses covering similar topics. The prices are stacked like this: $200 $250 $2,000 What’s going through your mind right now? Curiosity floods your brain. Even if you’re not sure you can afford the $2,000 course, you want to know why it’s so expensive, compared to the other photography courses. If we were truly happy with lower prices, we would simply snap up the $200 workshop, right? We wouldn’t so much as take a glance at the rest. But that’s not how we’re built as human beings. Many years…
  • 5 Traffic Strategies That Build Your Curation Audience

    Brian Clark
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Note: This is the third of three core lessons related to content curation based on a case study of my new email newsletter Further. You can listen to the initial two episodes here: Position Your Content Curation for Success 3 Ways to Grow Your Curated Email Newsletter Faster Now we tackle the eternal question: how do you get traffic to your curation site so you can build an email list? Should we start building a war chest for advertising? Not yet. First we’re going to apply some creativity and sweat into driving traffic. Some of these methods are tried and true, but need to be executed…
  • Data Is Clear: To Be Effective at Content Marketing, Have a Documented Strategy

    Jerod Morris
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Talk is cheap. So it should come as no surprise that when it comes to content marketing strategy, simply talking about it is not enough. That is the big takeaway from the 2015 benchmarks, budgets, and trends study by Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs, sponsored by our own Rainmaker Platform. According to the study, only 39 percent of B2B small business marketers have a documented content marketing strategy. The rest either have a strategy that they have only talked about (47 percent), have no strategy at all (12 percent), or are unsure (1 percent). Here’s why this matters…
  • How to Learn From Your Mistakes

    Jerod Morris
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Everybody makes mistakes. And everybody should make mistakes. They are unavoidable when we step outside of our comfort zones. Avoiding mistakes means avoiding growth. But we can’t repeat our mistakes. We need to learn from them. When we do, we turn negatives into positives and move forward. When we don’t, we simply run in place. In this episode of The Lede, Demian and I share personal stories of mistakes we’ve made — some big and some small — and how we learned from them, and we describe the thought process necessary to do so consistently. We discuss: Recovering…
  • Trolls, Unkind Words, and How to Know You’re on the Right Track

    Sonia Simone
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    At the end of the day, I just find your persona incredibly grating. Funny that I can still remember that comment word-for-word. It’s from an unsubscribe note to my email list dating back at least seven years now. I heard lots of good things back then, too. I was helping people, sharing what I knew in a way that was useful to my (then tiny) audience. But I don’t remember any of the good comments verbatim. Even back then, though, the note made me laugh. (Ruefully.) Because I knew that it was a signpost. A signal that I was headed in the right direction. The Internet is full of…
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    Macworld

  • The Week in iOS Apps: Outlook lands on iOS, TurboTax reminds you about tax season, and more

    30 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    Be more productive!This week's roundup contains new and better ways to organize your email, your calendar, and even your flight schedule. Don't worry: There's a game or two in there as well.Adobe PaintCanThe folks at Adobe want you to know that this experimental app for iPad is not just for placing a paint-effect overlay on your photographs—rather, it lets you paint using photographs as a base. The developers explain: “PaintCan helps you paint, with smart brushes that configure themselves based on the image you are painting on.” Take pictures of your real world and make them a little…
  • Facebook edges into Foursquare territory with place tips on iOS

    30 Jan 2015 | 10:28 am
    Foursquare transformed itself last year into a hyper-local concierge always running in the background of your phone—and your life. Now Facebook is taking a cue from the recommendation app with a new location-based place tips feature for iOS. Facebook will soon start showing you tips about places at the top of your News Feed. Unlike Foursquare, Facebook won’t show you tips about places in the neighborhood, just the spot you’re at. The new feature won’t clog up your feed—the option to view tips appears in an unintrusive bar at the top, and you have to tap through to see more…
  • How to play 'Louie Louie' on your Mac

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:35 am
    If you’re of an age—somewhere between 2 and 81—you’re familiar with The Kingsmen’s seminal frat-rock hit, “Louie Louie.” And if you’ve ever aspired to stand in front of crowds of the inebriated, making a load of racket, it’s one of the very first songs you attempted to play. This lesson is not for you. Rather, it’s for those who’ve been denied the pleasure of banging out this three-chord marvel. Equipped with only a Mac and copy of GarageBand 10, all this can be yours. Here’s how to start rockin’.Drums first Launch GarageBand and from the project chooser window…
  • iTunes 12.1 adds widget, changes Info window

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:34 am
    Apple has released iTunes 12.1, an update that adds an optional Notification widget, improves syncing with iOS devices, and tweaks the look of the app’s Info windows. The iTunes Notification widget. To add the Notification widget in OS X, open Notification Center, scroll to the bottom, and click the Edit button. To the right you’ll see an iTunes entry. Click the Plus (+) button next to it to add the widget.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • How to trim a bloated Keynote presentation

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Reader Eric Cantrell suffers from overstuffed Keynote presentations. He writes: I routinely create Keynote presentations for work and when I insert images and movies, the resulting files are so huge that I can’t send them via email. Is there some way that I can trim them down? I can offer a couple of suggestions. First, examine the file format and resolution of your movies and images. If you’re using standard QuickTime .mov files and large resolutions (1080p, for example) you should instead encode your movies in H.264 at a lower resolution. Likewise, if you can get away with JPEG images…
 
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Prototyping iOS And Android Apps With Sketch (With A Freebie!)

    Joshua Mauldin
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:57 am
    After the untimely (and still kind of sad) demise of Fireworks1, I found myself looking for other ways to design apps and websites. I also had the desire to produce something more interactive for when I talk about my work with stakeholders. It turned out that Sketch2, when paired with some other neat tools, would be a big part of this workflow. In this article, I’ll talk you through why you should prototype and how you can do it with Sketch and prototyping tools such as Flinto and InVision. You’ll also get a nicely documented freebie Sketch file to help you. Before we get started, here…
  • Five Characteristics Of An Innovation

    Victor Yocco
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:16 am
    The “diffusion of innovations” theory of communications expert and rural sociologist Everett Rogers attempts to identify and explain the factors that lead to people and groups adopting innovations (new ideas and technologies). Design teams that account for both usability and how people adopt innovation stand a much greater chance of having users accept and use their products. The diffusion of innovations is a complex process; design teams can use their knowledge of the theory to create a road map for how they will address critical factors in the design and marketing of their product. I…
  • The New Smashing Mystery Riddle: Have You Figured It Out Yet?

    Vitaly Friedman
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:01 am
    You didn’t really think we’d wrap up our endless1, mischievous2 mystery3 riddles4 just like that, did you? Well, the Mystery continues! To celebrate the launch of the SmashingConf NYC 20155, we’ve prepared a new mystery riddle, and this one will be an exercise in patience and stubborness. No, it’s not going to be an easy one this time either, but the reward is definitely worth the effort. How does it work? Well, you know how it works. Below you’ll find the first of a few animated GIFs that contain a hidden Twitter hashtag. Your job is to discover those hashtags as fast…
  • “When Great Just Isn’t Good Enough” Smashing Conference NYC 2015

    Vitaly Friedman
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:59 am
    SmashingConf NYC 20151 will challenge you to rethink how you design and build websites today — and how to touch someone’s heart with design. 1 track, 2 conference days, 5 workshops, 16 excellent speakers and just 400 available tickets. With the main focus on practical takeaways from real-life projects, you might never be the same again. To the tickets.2 About The Conference You’ve been around for quite some time, haven’t you? You know your way around front-end, or UX methodologies, or mobile patterns, or even the obscure dark matter of responsive web design. But you might not…
  • Inside Microsoft’s New Rendering Engine For The “Project Spartan”

    Jacob Rossi
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Last week, Microsoft made its biggest announcement for the web since it first introduced Internet Explorer in 1995: a new browser, codenamed “Project Spartan31.” So, what does this mean for us as designers and developers? What rendering engine will Spartan be using, and how will it affect our work? We spoke with Jacob Rossi, the senior engineer at Microsoft’s web platform team, about the new browser, the rendering engine behind it, and whether it’s going to replace Internet Explorer in the long run. This article, written by Jacob, is the result of our conversations, with a few…
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • Friday Stuff for Photographers

    Scott Kelby
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:16 am
    Happy Friday, everybody!. Here’s what’s up:One minute and 41-seconds of brilliant advice for photographers We do an “Inspire Me Monday” piece each week on our KelbyOne Facebook page and this week it’s a short 1-minute and 41-second clip taken from our business interview with Dave Black, and his advice to someone who asked him how to handle a portrait shoot with an athlete is just brilliant. Simple, yet so smart. You’ve got it watch it. It’ll be the best minute forty-one you spend today on your photography.If you’re a Wedding or Portrait…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    New Lightroom Classes from Scott Kelby Over on KelbyOne, we just released four brand new Lightroom courses from Scott Kelby! Whether you’re wondering why you should start using Lightroom and are curious what the advantages of it are over just using Bridge and Photoshop, a current user who wants to know more about sharpening, a sports photographer looking for the best way to integrate Lightroom into your workflow, or are just looking for some cool layout ideas, Scott has you covered.Leave a comment for your chance to win a free copy of Scott’s Lightroom 5 Book for…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring David Molnar!

    Brad Moore
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    I’ve been afraid to admit this for a while… afraid to say this out loud.But this is a safe place right?For years I felt like a fake. I would be so nervous the night before a shoot that I felt like tomorrow was the day that I was going to come undone.Tomorrow the world will discover that I’m faking this. I’m not really a good photographer. They really shouldn’t pay me for this. I’m not worth anything.I’m pretending to know what I’m doing. When really, I’m scared as hell.You may or may not know this, but I’m a celebrity, music and advertising photographer in Nashville. I…
  • Frozen (the tour)

    Scott Kelby
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:10 am
    I was born and raised in Florida. I was 24-years-old before I ever saw snow in person. Now I’m in Columbus, Ohio where I did my seminar yesterday and I’m making up for lost time. It’s “snow city.” Brrrrrrr!!!!This is Brad. He’s from Knoxville, Tennessee so he’s used to cold weather, and even likes it, but it’s really not fair because his beard generates it’s own heat (just ask the ladies in Columbus).Luckily, we hunkered down indoors yesterday, and we had an awesome group of photographers (over 300+ photographers braved the cold and the…
  • A 2nd Look at Project Luca — The App for Photo Storytelling is Moving Forward

    Scott Kelby
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:16 am
    OK, it’s not actually a “Photo storytelling app” — it’s a Storytelling app that just happens to be really good for photo-storytelling When I did a “First look” at Project Luca, back in December (here’s the link) there were things I really liked about it (like professionally designed themes, different fonts, a decent level of customization, that it’s app-based, there’s motion options and dissolves, and lots of stuff that makes it great for photographers who want to tell a story).There was also some key stuff I felt was missing… …and I…
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    Digital Photography School

  • Weekly Photography Challenge – Long Exposures

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    In this collection of long exposure photographs you can see some great examples of how you can use this technique to produce stunning images. By Stewart Ayrey I teach a night photography class and many times I’ve seen a whole new world of exciting things open up for my students when they learn about long exposures. Of course you can use this technique in the daytime as well, but it is often associated with night photography. On a weekend workshop I lead we go out and photograph the sunset and I MAKE them use tripods, amid much grumbling. Then after the sun goes down they start to pack…
  • 37 Ethereal Almost Supernatural Long Exposure Photographs

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Landscape photographers use a technique involving long exposures to create those milky smooth waterfalls, and misty images of coastlines. But what other ways are long exposures used? Here are a few long exposure photographs that seem almost otherworldly or supernatural in their appearance for you to ponder and enjoy: Smoking Jungle by Karim Nafatni on 500px Snake on a Train by Brian Donovan on 500px Skipping Rocks by Michael Shainblum on 500px Autumn Swirl by Andrew Kumler on 500px 49 Shades of Grey by Dylan Toh & Marianne Lim on 500px The Proposal by Ryan Buchanan on 500px Children of…
  • The Contest Winners of the Three Tamron Lenses Are…

    Darren Rowse
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:32 am
    A VERY BIG Thank You to everyone who entered our recent competition to win one of three lenses from our friends and site sponsors at Tamron. Tamron 16-300mm Di II VC PZD Macro and Tamron SP 70-300mm Di VC USD This was not actually a photography competition, per se, but so many of you shared your beautiful photographs, we encourage you all to go back and scroll the comments section for some wonderful photographs and links to reader pages/sites. The response was absolutely AMAZING with over 1,000 entries! In fact, it was so great that we here at Digital Photography School decided, again, to add…
  • 11 Tips for Creating Stunning Photographs of Cities at Dawn

    Anthony Epes
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    We’ve all seen hundreds of gorgeous photos of sunrises over beaches and beautiful landscapes. Of course they have the capacity to wow and inspire, but I would argue that it’s far more interesting to photographs cities at dawn. You have so much more to work with – buildings, graffiti, debris, rivers, glass, the odd person, roads, and greenery in the midst of all of this urban-ness. The possibilities to create unique photos are endless. So, if you combine all this intense city landscape with the wonderful and quickly-changing light of dawn, you have an amazing combination.
  • Food Photography – How to Shoot A Beverage With Only Two Lights

    Joel Dryer
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    The wonderful thing about food photography is that you can easily turn your apartment, home, or garage into a studio. This image was shot for a local ice cream franchise that offers a different spin on the traditional root beer float. The set was constructed on a coffee table with common household items, and was lit with just two lights. Final image You might be thinking that the featured photo does not look like your normal, every-day root beer float, and you would be right. The ice cream pellets in the float were created by flash freezing ice cream mixed with liquid nitrogen. Because the…
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    TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004 RSS Feed

  • Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates

    Kelly Hodgkins
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can. Apps Now Free App for Instagram - Ins...
  • AAPL reaches an all-time high share price

    Steven Sande
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Not all the news is gloomy today; shares in Apple reached an all-time new high today on analysts at Argus raised their price target to $135 per share with a "buy" rating. The share price peaked at 120.00 at one point this morning, and is currently wa...
  • Yahoo updates its news and lifestyle app with more interactive features

    Mel Martin
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Yahoo has a bunch of apps for iOS, including Yahoo Mail, Weather, Finance and others. The primary Yahoo app (free) is what has just received an update. This app features a blend of news with Yahoo's interactive lifestyle magazines. The Yahoo app has...
  • Daily Deals for January 30, 2015, The Beats by Dre Giveaway

    Kelly Hodgkins
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....
  • Flickr Find: It's Apple Time!

    Kelly Hodgkins
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    What better way to use an old G5 tower than to grab a panel from the old machine and toss it into a homemade clock? This unique wall piece was created by Flickr user Chris Sasse, who uses the clock to tick off the hours in his office....
 
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Phottix launches Indra 500 TTL mains or battery powered studio heads

    30 Jan 2015 | 11:01 am
    Phottix has introduced a new studio flash head that can be powered via the mains in a studio environment or through a portable battery pack when flash is needed in the field. The Phottix Indra 500TTL offers 500 watts of output across eight settings from full power to 1/128th power and, according to Phottix, it can be synchronised with shutter durations as short as 1/8000sec. Read more
  • Last Chance to vote! 2014 Readers' Polls - best product of 2014

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:57 am
    VOTING ENDS MIDNIGHT JAN 31st (Pacific) Late last year we asked you to vote for your favorite products of the 2014 in four categories: best lens, best high-end compact camera, best enthusiast ILC and best high-end ILC. Voting ran through January 20th and the results are in! Click through to see the results of our 2014 readers' polls, and for a chance to vote on the overall winner, which we'll announce next month. 
  • Perfectly Clear App for Android updated to version 4, iOS update to follow

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:44 am
    Athentech has released the latest version of its auto-enhancement photo editor Perfectly Clear App for Android, bringing it up to version 4. With the latest update users are given several new features for further improving their photographs, as well as new detection algorithms for the Next Generation Beautify feature specifically. Click through for more details
  • DxO OpticsPro 10.2 adds support for Sony A7 II and Panasonic LX100

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:04 pm
    DxO OpticsPro 10.2 is now available, joined by DxO ViewPoint 2.5.2 and DxO FilmPack 5.1. With this trio of updates, photographers will find new support for four more camera models: the Lumix DMC-LX100, Pentax K-S1, Sony A7 II, and the Samsung Galaxy S5. Hundreds of new camera and lens combinations have been added, the user interfaces have been improved, and more. Read more
  • Canon offers EOS 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X firmware updates

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Canon has released firmware updates for its EOS 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X DSLRs. Both updates claim to improve the user's ability to control autofocus in Live View mode when wide angle lenses are used. Firmware 2.0.7 for the 1D-X also fixes a couple of issues, including a problem with vertical lines appearing when long exposures are used. Read more
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • 10 Things I Would Tell New Lightroom Users: #3

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:16 am
    Welcome back, everybody and we’re here with #3 in my 10-part series. Just a friendly reminder: if you missed, didn’t read or forgot my official disclaimer for this series posted at the beginning of #1, please give it a quick read, so we all stay on the same page. OK, here’s #3: (3) Store all your original photos inside one main folder That folder doesn’t have to be on your computer — it can be on an external hard drive — no problem, and you can have as many sub-folders inside that one main folder as you want, but if you want to have peace, calm, and order in your…
  • Three Things To Use the Option (Alt) Key for In Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:58 am
    Hey everyone – wanted to offer a little tidbit that can make your use in Lightroom a little better when it comes to correcting images.  Should take you all of two minutes. Hold the Option Key and Drag Highlights If you would like a quick way to check out which portions of the image are going to blow out in the highlights area, simply hold down the Option (PC: Alt) key while dragging the highlight slider.  This will show a black overlay of the image – the areas that show up as white are the blown out areas. Option Drag the Shadow Slider When you hold down the Option (PC: Alt) key…
  • Applying a preset to your Importing workflow

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Mike Rodriguez polled his students to see what they would like to see in Scott and RC’s upcoming podcasts and I decided to steal one of his ideas… sort of. This is one of those tips that if you have never heard of it may make you curse because of how it can save you a lot of time from doing the same steps over and over again. Screen grab of Mark’s comment to Scott about what to cover of Lightroom Podcast As I was working on this blog post Arnaldo from video who is a good shooter and really working on taking his photography to the next level came in to my office to bug…
  • 10 Things I Would Tell New Lightroom Users: #2

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:16 am
    Hi folks – I’m back with #2, but before we head into this, I just wanted to thank everybody yesterday for heeding the disclaimer warning before they posted comments. We had some good discussions and everybody was civil, so even though I’m not reprinting the entire disclaimer here again today, I hope you’ll still honor it as you did yesterday. Without further ado (yes, that was some “ado”), here’s the 2nd thing I would tell NEW Lightroom users:  #2) Just Use One Catalog Can you create multiple catalogs in Lightroom? Yes. As a new user should you? I…
  • 10 Things I Would Tell New Lightroom Users: #1

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:16 am
    Hi gang: I’m starting a 10-part series here today where I share some basic advice I would give to new users on how to make their Lightroom life easier. Tip of the hat to my buddy Rob Sylvan who inspired me to write my first version of this concept on my blog back in 2009. SADLY NECESSARY DISCLAIMER: This series is NOT for more advanced users, it’s for new users, so if you’re an advanced user reading this, it will only make you mad because you probably do things very differently than I’m going to suggest. The way you’re doing stuff probably works great for you,…
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • 'Vine Kids' for iOS Launches With Streamlined Interface and Focus on Kid-Friendly Content

    Mitchel Broussard
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:26 am
    Six-second video sharing service Vine today announced Vine Kids, an app that skews towards a younger generation and is meant to act as a hub for kid-friendly content that may be harder to discover on the original app. In the announcement, Carolyn Penner, Head of Communications and Marketing at Vine, states the idea for the app came from a colleague's daughter and her infatuation with the video-clip sharing service. The idea came to her during Vine's "Hack Week," a period where the company encourages employees to set aside normal duties and begin brainstorming and working on brand-new ideas.
  • Apple Launches 'Get Productive' Promotion for iOS and Mac With Discounted Productivity Apps

    Juli Clover
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:48 pm
    Apple's iOS and Mac App Stores were today updated with new "Get Productive" sections, offering discounted prices on many popular productivity apps for iOS devices and Macs. In the iOS App Store, the 19 discounted apps include Fantastical 2 for iPhone and iPad, Workflow, Clear, Duet Display, Calendars 5, and more. Apps are available for up to 60 percent off their regular prices. In the Mac App Store, there are 20 apps available at discounted prices up to 75 percent off, including popular offerings like Day One, Byword, iA Writer Pro, iTranslate, mSecure, iStudiez Pro, Notability, and more.
  • Elgato Recalls Some Smart Power Battery Packs Due to Overheating

    Juli Clover
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:51 am
    Elgato recently announced that it is recalling some of its Smart Power 6000 mAh battery packs, as they can overheat while recharging. The company sent out notices to app users today, letting them know about the recall. For those unfamiliar, the $99 Elgato Smart Power battery pack is a compact 6000 mAh external battery that integrated with an iOS app, a neat feature that allowed users to wireless monitor the charge level of the device and receive notifications when the battery was low or needed recharging. MacRumors went hands-on with the Smart Power back in December and found it's app…
  • Facebook for iOS Gains Foursquare-Style 'Place Tips' Recommendations

    Juli Clover
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:21 am
    Facebook for iOS is gaining a major new feature today, which is designed to provide Foursquare-style recommendations on the places that users visit. Called Place Tips, the tool will offer up posts and photos that a user's friends have shared at the same location that's being visited. For example, when visiting a restaurant, if a Facebook friend has previously been to the same spot, Place Tips will display any photos and posts that were made at that location, letting users know what might be good to order or what to avoid. From friends' recommendations to information about the places and…
  • Increased Switcher Rate From Android to iPhone Appears Focused Outside the U.S.

    Mitchel Broussard
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:27 am
    Following Apple's earnings call on Tuesday in which Tim Cook stated the company "saw more new customers to iPhone than we've ever seen before," research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) today released (via Fortune) a report delving into the specifics of the Android-to-Apple switching statistics revealed by Apple. Expectedly, the report - which surveyed 500 Apple device customers inside the U.S. only - notes most Apple iPhone users returned to the company with the newest iteration of the iPhone last year. But the rate of Android switchers migrating platforms to the iPhone 6…
 
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