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  • Adrenaline overload: Mountain biking the cliff-hanging Via Ferrata trail [video]

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    Kate Rinsema
    6 May 2015 | 4:08 pm
    The Via Ferrata in Italy's Brenta Dolomites isn't exactly a leisurely stroll, and, as Harald Phillip noted, incredibly stupid to ride. That didn't stop him, though. The post Adrenaline overload: Mountain biking the cliff-hanging Via Ferrata trail [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Restaurant creates plates designed to look good on Instagram

    Mashable
    Jeff Leeson
    6 May 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Sure, it tastes delicious, but how will it look on Instagram? Israel's Carmel Winery teamed up with Tel Aviv restaurant Catit to offer the customers the most Instagram-able food possible. See also: 14 photos of Heston Blumenthal food porn to make life worthwhile The restaurant says that it's looking "to reconnect with a new generation of consumers –- youngsters who connect with food through the lens of a smartphone." Video: YouTube, BBRChannelCustomers eat on custom-designed plates with built-in phone stands while listening to Dan Perez, one of the the top food photographers in the…
  • Oprah Announces A New Reality Show

    Fast Company
    Nicole LaPorte
    6 May 2015 | 3:43 pm
    The new show, called "For Peete's Sake," will star actress Holly Robinson Peete and her husband, former NFL player Rodney Peete.In Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oprah Winfrey announced a new "intentional" reality show on Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) that will star actress Holly Robinson Peete and her husband, former NFL player Rodney Peete. The new show is called "For Peete's Sake."Read Full Story
  • And The Winner Of TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2015 Is… Liquidity

    TechCrunch
    Romain Dillet
    6 May 2015 | 3:25 pm
     This year’s Disrupt NY Startup Battlefield was amazing. At the very beginning, there were 24 great companies presenting in front of multiple groups of industry leaders serving as judges. The startups were competing for $50,000 and the highly coveted Disrupt Cup. After hours of deliberations, TechCrunch editors pored over the judges’ notes and narrowed the list down to seven… Read More
  • Pretty websites

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    6 May 2015 | 2:53 am
    ...are rarely websites that convert as well as unpretty ones. If the goal of your site is to position you, tell a story, establish your good taste and make it clear what sort of organization you are, then pretty might be the way to go. And you can measure the effectiveness of the site by how it impresses those you seek to impress, by its long-term impact. But it's a mistake to also expect your pretty website to generate cash, to have the maximum percentage of clicks, to have the most efficient possible funnel of attention to action. There's always been a conflict between the long-term…
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    Holy Kaw!

  • Adrenaline overload: Mountain biking the cliff-hanging Via Ferrata trail [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    6 May 2015 | 4:08 pm
    The Via Ferrata in Italy's Brenta Dolomites isn't exactly a leisurely stroll, and, as Harald Phillip noted, incredibly stupid to ride. That didn't stop him, though. The post Adrenaline overload: Mountain biking the cliff-hanging Via Ferrata trail [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Stunning drone footage of a rocky desert [video]

    Josh Urich
    6 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    If you need a bit of chill out time during your day, bookmark this video. It's just some really beautiful footage of a desert with some nice music playing. It's pure relaxation. The post Stunning drone footage of a rocky desert [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Woman held hostage uses Pizza Hut app to save her family: ‘Get 911 to me’

    Deanne Mayall
    6 May 2015 | 3:08 pm
    Talk about quick thinking, a woman in Florida used her Pizza Hut app on her smartphone to call for help. Her alleged knife-wielding attacker eventually let the woman use her smartphone to order pizza and in the comments section she wrote “911hostage help!”. Full story here: CBC. More stories about Crime. Photo credit: Canva.com The post Woman held hostage uses Pizza Hut app to save her family: ‘Get 911 to me’ appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • First person drone racing [video]

    Josh Urich
    6 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Welcome to the coolest sport you'll ever see: first person drone racing. What does that mean? Imagine a video game, except instead of watching a virtual world, you're watching the real world––through a drone's camera. The post First person drone racing [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • See the world from a U2 spy plane [video]

    Josh Urich
    6 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    The U2 is one of the most notorious spy planes in aviation history. In this video, you can watch what it's like to fly in one, from takeoff to 70,000 feet. The post See the world from a U2 spy plane [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
 
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    Mashable

  • Restaurant creates plates designed to look good on Instagram

    Jeff Leeson
    6 May 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Sure, it tastes delicious, but how will it look on Instagram? Israel's Carmel Winery teamed up with Tel Aviv restaurant Catit to offer the customers the most Instagram-able food possible. See also: 14 photos of Heston Blumenthal food porn to make life worthwhile The restaurant says that it's looking "to reconnect with a new generation of consumers –- youngsters who connect with food through the lens of a smartphone." Video: YouTube, BBRChannelCustomers eat on custom-designed plates with built-in phone stands while listening to Dan Perez, one of the the top food photographers in the…
  • This dinner plate tells you when you're eating too much

    Samantha Murphy Kelly
    6 May 2015 | 4:12 pm
    Your next dinner plate could tell you to lay off those mashed potatoes. Philadelphia-based startup Fitly has launched a new Kickstarter campaign for the SmartPlate, a plate that analyzes what you're about to eat See also: The Internet of Things: Everything You Need to Know In 2 Minutes The SmartPlate, which comes with three digital cameras and image recognition tech, identifies what's sitting on the surface and transmits that data, along with the weight, to a corresponding iOS or Android app The goal of the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enabled SmartPlate is to help control your portions and calorie…
  • Unboxing the 38mm stainless steel Apple Watch

    Christina Warren
    6 May 2015 | 3:56 pm
    Thanks to my choice in Apple Watch band, my Apple Watch order wasn’t supposed to arrive until sometime in June But thanks to some serious FOMO and some luck, I managed to place a second Apple Watch order over the weekend (this time with the classic buckle) and it arrived on Tuesday. Watch the obligatory unboxing video — this time on a woman's wrist — and watch me join the ranks of "Apple Watch assholes." Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more...More about Apple, Unboxing, Tech, Apps Software, and Gadgets
  • On "Cooking with Mariah Carey," the pop star only makes Frito pie

    Lindsey Robertson
    6 May 2015 | 3:47 pm
    A new video from Funny Or Die, makes it official: It doesn't matter what Mariah Carey does, it is always fascinating. Even if it involves her making the world's most bizarre Frito pie while explaining the lyrics to her new single "Infinity." See also: 5 ways Vegas welcomed Mariah Carey like royalty for her residency Carey also shares some VERY important tips for working in the kitchen, such as always wearing surgical gloves (obvs) and fixing your hair AWAY from the food (even more obvs) Cooking with Mariah Carey from Funny Or Die Maybe don't try making this Frito pie at home, though —…
  • 'Drawing Sh*t Every Day' is a creative project that doesn't stink

    Lindsey Robertson
    6 May 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Designer Sarah Lawrence is bringing new meaning to the phrase "drawing shit." Lawrence has created a simple, yet brilliant, creative project for herself. Every day, she literally draws a new version of the word "shit." See also: 'Sh*t People Say to Women Directors' will make you punch a wall The artist uses various typography and design styles to make aesthetically-pleasing variations on the already-colorful expletive. She keeps her beautifully cheeky collection on her Tumblr, and has already made 100 different drawings Read more... More about Tumblr, Design, Illustrations, Watercooler, and…
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  • Oprah Announces A New Reality Show

    Nicole LaPorte
    6 May 2015 | 3:43 pm
    The new show, called "For Peete's Sake," will star actress Holly Robinson Peete and her husband, former NFL player Rodney Peete.In Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oprah Winfrey announced a new "intentional" reality show on Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) that will star actress Holly Robinson Peete and her husband, former NFL player Rodney Peete. The new show is called "For Peete's Sake."Read Full Story
  • This 15-Second Ping-Pong Rally Will Make You Sweat, Scream, Grab A Paddle

    Maccabee Montandon
    6 May 2015 | 10:50 am
    Some commentators are already calling it the "point of the century"—and it's only 2015!It's one thing when a man and a machine have an insanely epic Ping-Pong rally. It's quite another—and even more pulse-quickening—when the world's No. 1-ranked table tennis player, Ma Long, goes paddle to paddle with another top Chinese player, Fang Bo. And that's exactly what happened recently at the 2015 World Table Tennis Championships. But don't take our word for it: Watch the clip below to see the 15-second jolt of adrenaline that some are already calling the "point of the century." Yes, we know…
  • Report: The FTC Is Probing Apple's Communications With Record Labels

    John Paul Titlow
    6 May 2015 | 10:45 am
    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission wants to know more about these exclusive streaming deals.This summer, Apple could start to reshape the music industry yet again, with the relaunch of the Beats streaming music service. But streaming is already a crowded space, and Apple is aggressively trying to set itself apart. Now the U.S. government wants to know: How aggressively?Read Full Story
  • Today In Tabs: The Art Of The Burn

    Rusty Foster
    6 May 2015 | 10:40 am
    Because the world is on fire and everyone is feeling singe-y.Epic Burns The Albigenses were a 12th and 13th century heretical Catholic sect, who "believed in a good spirit who created the spiritual, and in an evil spirit who created the material world." The `net is also a struggle between the forces of good and evil: the Burn vs. the Tab. Yesterday was all Tabs, so to maintain the universal balance, today is dedicated to the art of the Burn. The Albigenses also "commended… in general, the extinction of human life" so I feel like they still have a lot of good ideas to offer us.Read Full…
  • The EU Officially Reveals Its Plan To Reduce Silicon Valley's Power In Europe

    John Paul Titlow
    6 May 2015 | 8:25 am
    The EU announced a new plan to unify its tech industry and throw more legal challenges at ours.Europe is gunning for Silicon Valley. As part of its ongoing effort to reposition its economy, the European Union just formally unveiled plans to unify its fractured markets and take a more aggressive stance toward U.S. tech companies, according to The Wall Street Journal. If you thought Europe was already rough on the likes of Google and Facebook, just wait.Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • And The Winner Of TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2015 Is… Liquidity

    Romain Dillet
    6 May 2015 | 3:25 pm
     This year’s Disrupt NY Startup Battlefield was amazing. At the very beginning, there were 24 great companies presenting in front of multiple groups of industry leaders serving as judges. The startups were competing for $50,000 and the highly coveted Disrupt Cup. After hours of deliberations, TechCrunch editors pored over the judges’ notes and narrowed the list down to seven… Read More
  • Mark Pincus Is Back — And His Vintage Management Style Might Be, Too

    Matthew Lynley
    6 May 2015 | 3:01 pm
     About two years ago, Mark Pincus brought on former Xbox executive Don Mattrick to run the company, and he took a step back. This was actually a tremendous surprise to the industry. Pincus has a reputation of being a bit of a micro manager and is not often able to delegate responsibility or empower his lieutenants. It was seen as a change in direction for Zynga, which became one of the most… Read More
  • Oculus Confirms Gear VR Consumer Launch On Track For Later This Year

    Darrell Etherington
    6 May 2015 | 2:04 pm
     The Oculus Rift is heading to consumer hands in Q1 of 2016, but that won’t be the first official consumer VR hardware launch that Oculus takes part in: Oculus’ VP of Product Nate Mitchell told me backstage at Disrupt NY that it is indeed still on track to deliver a consumer Gear VR unit in conjunction with Samsung, timed for later this year. Mitchell confirmed that those plans… Read More
  • Gate Tells You When The Postman Rings Once

    John Biggs
    6 May 2015 | 1:58 pm
     The folks at Gate want you to know when the postman is coming. Their new product, available now on Kickstarter, is a smart mailbox sensor that tells you when someone is digging in your post box or dropping off letters. The system, which mounts to both traditional “rural” mailboxes as well as in-door “flap” models, pings you when the mail is coming and can even estimate… Read More
  • Tesla Still Saw Profit Loss In Q1, But Beat Wall Street Expectations

    Greg Kumparak
    6 May 2015 | 1:47 pm
     Wall Street didn’t have the highest expectations for Tesla this quarter, but the company actually did quite a bit better than was expected. It was predicted that Tesla would lose about 50 cents per share; instead, they lost 36 cents. It’s still a loss, of course — but the news of the beat has Tesla stock up by about 4% at the time of publishing. This story is developing, as… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Pretty websites

    Seth Godin
    6 May 2015 | 2:53 am
    ...are rarely websites that convert as well as unpretty ones. If the goal of your site is to position you, tell a story, establish your good taste and make it clear what sort of organization you are, then pretty might be the way to go. And you can measure the effectiveness of the site by how it impresses those you seek to impress, by its long-term impact. But it's a mistake to also expect your pretty website to generate cash, to have the maximum percentage of clicks, to have the most efficient possible funnel of attention to action. There's always been a conflict between the long-term…
  • The two books

    Seth Godin
    5 May 2015 | 9:10 am
    ...I get the most email about are Linchpin and The Dip. I love how persistent books can be, always teaching us something. Linchpin was just chosen as one of four books on the recommended reading list from the Air Force's chief of staff. I also wanted to let you know that by popular demand, you can now get copies of my newest book, Your Turn, in the UK (and Europe) faster and with cheaper shipping. Here's the best source for US orders. Last week I discovered something about the Your Turn orders that both delighted me and blew me away: There's an 11:1 ratio. For every order that is…
  • Telling the truth with charts

    Seth Godin
    5 May 2015 | 1:52 am
    A chart tells a story. Explain what's happening in a way that's understood, in a useful, clear presentation that's true. But too many charts fail at this simple but difficult task. Consider this chart of the frightening decline in reading among Americans: It's a mess. It buries the story. It's confusing. First, there's too much data. The 1990 Gallup poll tells us nothing. Second, it goes from new data to old, even though every other table in the world gets newer as you move right. Third, it is too complete, giving us not only the useless "no answer" category but two stats in the middle that…
  • Are you certain that you're trapped?

    Seth Godin
    4 May 2015 | 2:12 am
    To be actually trapped is to have no options, no choices, no possible outcomes other than the one you fear. Most of the time, when we think we're trapped, we're actually unhappy with the short-term consequences of making a choice. Make the choice, own the outcome and you can start in a new place. This is often frightening and painful, which is one reason it might be easier to pretend that we're actually trapped.        
  • (re)Radical

    Seth Godin
    3 May 2015 | 2:16 am
    At the congregation down the street, they're doing things the way they've done them for the last few hundred years. Every week, people come, attracted by familiarity, by the family and friends around them, part of a tribe. And just past that building is another one, a different tribe, where the tradition is more than a thousand years old. This is not so different from that big company that used to be an internet startup, but all the original team members have long left the building. Work tomorrow has a lot in common with work yesterday, and the safety of it all is comforting. Che, Jefferson,…
 
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    WIRED

  • Virginia Man Sues Police Over License Plate Database

    Kim Zetter
    6 May 2015 | 3:36 pm
    Automatic license plate readers have become a hot topic in recent years, akin to the government's warrantless use of GPS trackers on vehicles. The post Virginia Man Sues Police Over License Plate Database appeared first on WIRED.
  • The People Have Spoken: Put Parental Controls in Our Cars

    Jordan Golson
    6 May 2015 | 3:31 pm
    Researchers have surveyed 1,000 Americans to see which parental controls in a car would interest them the most. The post The People Have Spoken: Put Parental Controls in Our Cars appeared first on WIRED.
  • WIRED by Design Is Popping Up in Sydney

    Kyle VanHemert
    6 May 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Later this month, WIRED by Design will hold a special pop-up session at Semi-Permanent, Australia's premier arts and design event. The post WIRED by Design Is Popping Up in Sydney appeared first on WIRED.
  • Inside the Lair of the Guy Behind Film’s Most Iconic Sounds

    Bryan Gardiner
    6 May 2015 | 2:08 pm
    The rich sonic history of dozens of blockbuster films permeates sound designer Randy Thom's workspace at Skywalker Ranch. The post Inside the Lair of the Guy Behind Film’s Most Iconic Sounds appeared first on WIRED.
  • 3-D Printed Gun Lawsuit Starts the War Between Arms Control and Free Speech

    Andy Greenberg
    6 May 2015 | 2:08 pm
    A gun group is picking a fight that could raise new conflicts between proponents of arms control and free speech. The post 3-D Printed Gun Lawsuit Starts the War Between Arms Control and Free Speech appeared first on WIRED.
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  • Easy Ways for Bloggers to Use Keywords to Drive Traffic

    Guest Blogger
    5 May 2015 | 7:12 am
    This is a guest contribution from Nick Rojas. The world of web promotion and search engine optimization has never been a consistent one. Constantly changing Google results algorithms compete with tricky marketers in what is essentially an arms race, with each side trying to gain a lasting advantage against the other. However, though the tools change constantly, the battleground stays the same. We’re talking about keyword research. Every time a Google update levels the playing field again, it comes back to this: if you create high quality content that people read, you will gain prominence in…
  • 3 Places Your Best Ideas Are Hiding In Your First Drafts

    Darren Rowse
    3 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Many bloggers write drafts and then ‘edit’ their writing – but ‘revising’ is a little different and is definitely a good exercise. Today I came across a great short video by Beth Dunn from Hubspot that was recorded earlier in the year at the Inbound conference. In the video Beth talks about ‘fixing your writing’ by learning to ‘revise’ your work. There’s lots of take home points in this video but what resonated with me most were the three points Beth makes about the places in your first drafts that your best ideas often hide (at…
  • 3 Ways Scheduling Will Make You a Better Blogger

    Stacey Roberts
    30 Apr 2015 | 7:20 am
    Do you feel a bit like a slave to your social media? Always thinking about your next blog post, forgetting to respond to that guy on Twitter, and never Pinning at the right time? I know what it’s like to always feel like you’re running to catch up, instead of being in control of how and where you spend your time. There’s nothing wrong with flying by the seat of your pants and only writing or hanging out on social media when inspiration strikes – if it works for you. If you’ve found that’s a little too chaotic to be sustainable long-term, then you’ll…
  • 7 Digital Marketing Skills Every Professional Needs

    Guest Blogger
    28 Apr 2015 | 7:08 am
      This is a guest contribution from Brian Burt. “Whatever you are, be a good one.” That popular bit of wisdom has a timeless ring of truth to it, but we may want to update it for the internet age. “Whatever you are, be a digital marketer” might be more apt in this era, when nearly everything that matters happens online. The new reality is that in order to be marketable in any field, you need to sharpen your digital marketing chops. Whether you’re an administrative assistant or a CEO, you can be a better version if you have a basic foundation in web marketing. 7 Digital…
  • 6 Steps to Make Your Nonprofit’s Blog a Must-Read Web Destination

    Guest Blogger
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:08 am
    This is a guest contribution from Eric Rardin. Managing a nonprofit is already more than a full-time job. Often, when operating on shoestring budgets to make a dent in large-scale, intractable problems like poverty or human rights, writing up a few hundred words for a blog post can seem like the least important of the myriad to-dos. But that couldn’t be farther from the truth! For your supporters, your organization’s blog is a window into your world. It showcases what matters to you, how you’re achieving your mission, and provides insight into the type of organization you…
 
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  • 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.
  • How to Pick Advisors

    Guy Kawasaki
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:56 am
    Once upon a time there were two engineering PhDs who were clueless about how to start a company. All they knew how to do was code. They were so desperate for money and adult supervision that when an experienced businessperson showed interest and offered to help raise money, they, in their own words, “followed him like dogs.” However, this adult didn’t know much about tech startups and caused them to make many mistakes in legal and financial matters. They parted ways but only after much aggravation and the significant legal expense of undoing incorrect decisions. This is not an unusual…
  • Pictures from my trip to Berlin

    Guy Kawasaki
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:33 am
    After my visit to Stuttgart, I went to Berlin to speak for Russell Reynolds. Berlin is a very interesting city with many places to visit. The post Pictures from my trip to Berlin appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • Pictures from my trip to @Porsche

    Guy Kawasaki
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:30 pm
    These are pictures from the Porsche factory in Stuttgart. I even got a ride in a 918! The post Pictures from my trip to @Porsche appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
 
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors

  • Apple Launches New 'Everything Changes With iPad' Site

    Juli Clover
    6 May 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Apple today launched a new microsite focused on the iPad, exploring the way the iPad can "change the way you do things every day." The site offers up a selection of apps and usage ideas for the iPad, organized into several categories: Cooking with iPad, Learning with iPad, Small Business with iPad, Traveling with iPad, and Redecorating with iPad. Like the company's past advertising efforts, this new campaign aims to portray the iPad as a tool that's useful in all aspects of life that goes far beyond mere content consumption, as can be seen in the introductory video on the site. The video,…
  • Tim Cook Charity Lunch Auction Ends, Earns $200,000 for RFK Center

    Juli Clover
    6 May 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Tim Cook's third annual CharityBuzz auction ended this afternoon, earning $200,000 for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. The auction, which had more than 20 bids, includes a one hour lunch date with Tim Cook at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino and two VIP passes to an Apple keynote event to watch Apple unveil new products. Though the auction earned an impressive $200,000 for the RFK Center, it brought in less money than previous auctions held in 2013 and 2014. In 2013, the inaugural CharityBuzz auction for a coffee date with Cook brought in an impressive…
  • Former Apple Retail Chief Ron Johnson Discusses 'Enjoy' Launch, Apple, Angela Ahrendts and More

    Joe Rossignol
    6 May 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Ron Johnson, who served as Senior Vice President of Retail Operations at Apple between 2000 and 2011, today unveiled his new online retail startup called Enjoy Technology that will begin selling high-end consumer electronics, such as smartphones, tablets, laptops, speakers and drones. The Menlo Park, California company will sell about 60 products starting today. Enjoy aims to differentiate itself from Amazon and other competitors by providing free personal in-home setup service for products, as reported by The Wall Street Journal. When you purchase a product, Enjoy will send a representative…
  • Apple's Award-Winning Accessibility Features Help Bring Gaming to the Blind on iOS

    Mitchel Broussard
    6 May 2015 | 10:48 am
    Apple today was honored as a recipient of a Helen Keller Achievement Award from the American Foundation for the Blind for the company's accessibility efforts, particularly VoiceOver's ability to give vision-impaired users access to iOS devices. With the advent of the Apple Watch, many of those accessibility features are now also migrating over to the wrist. Coincidentally, MacRumors' sister site TouchArcade today took a look at the possibilities for accessibility features in iOS gaming. The report highlights a close-knit community that is gaining the ability to use and interact with…
  • Apple Preparing In-Store Pickup Option for Apple Watch

    Joe Rossignol
    6 May 2015 | 8:46 am
    Apple is preparing to offer an in-store pickup option for the Apple Watch in the United States and other launch countries, listing the option as "available soon" on the Apple Online Store and Apple Store app. The new option remains grayed out on Apple's website and app, making it unavailable to select, and Apple's Reserve and Pickup system for the Apple Watch has yet to go live. To date, Apple Watch orders have been taken exclusively online and shipped via UPS or other couriers to residential or business addresses, but soon customers will gain the option of ordering online and visiting a…
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  • 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…
  • How Online Courses Changed My Business

    Chris Brogan
    29 Apr 2015 | 6:51 am
    I’ve been teaching online courses for the last three or four years. When I started out, it was because Julien Smith told me that I ought to teach people how to create their own blog topics. That evolved into Blog Topics: The Master Class, and since then, I’ve launched a dozen or so more. Continue ReadingThe post How Online Courses Changed My Business appeared first on chrisbrogan.com.
  • My New Blendtec Designer 725

    Chris Brogan
    28 Apr 2015 | 2:20 pm
    The folks at Blendtec sent me a Designer 725 super duper high tech smart blender. As a fitness and health guy, it’s a pretty cool thing to own. My parents own a competing brand of blender, and I’ve owned a much less expensive blender that I used to use to make smoothies until it died after about a year. So it was neat to get the chance to try it out. Blendtec Designer 725 For those of you who ask such things, I was not paid to write a review. They didn’t even ask me to write a review (which was weird, because they sent me a pretty expensive blender to mess around with). Yes,…
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    Copyblogger

  • The One Quality All Popular Podcasts Share

    Rainmaker.FM
    6 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Podcasting isn’t going anywhere. In fact, the data suggests that podcasting is only growing. But should you join the bandwagon and start one? Here’s the thing: Podcasting is the only truly mobile medium. With a podcast, you can communicate with your audience while they are driving, exercising, or cleaning the house. It’s hands-free and eyes-free. Unlike text or video. Besides, a podcast allows a level of intimacy unlike any other medium. You are in people’s heads. If you look around, it looks like everyone and their brother is launching a podcast. Should you? Or is…
  • Stephanie Halligan on the Compounding Effect of Daily Content Creation

    Rainmaker.FM
    6 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Today’s guest on Hack the Entrepreneur has dedicated her life to making the world a better, brighter place … with the power of doodles. She was a Financial Empowerment Consultant and the founder of The Empowered Dollar. During this time, she helped millennials and low-income families fix their finances and feel empowered to take control of their financial destinies. Her latest and fastest growing venture is Art To Self, which she started earlier this year. It is a website and newsletter of daily art and inspiration sent straight to your inbox. Now, Let’s Hack ……
  • Annie Pratt on Resilient Leadership: How to Build a Smart, Agile Business by Crafting an Incredible Team

    Rainmaker.FM
    6 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    Turnaround and team expert Annie Hyman-Pratt joins Confessions of a Pink-Haired Marketer host Sonia Simone to talk about her work on the front lines of team-building and managing extraordinary people in the face of tough company challenges. One of the reasons Sonia founded her own company (with her wonderful business partners, of course) is that the way most companies approach their teams is pretty pathetic. Micromanagement, out of control executive egos, poor decision-making, disrespect, bottlenecks, frustration … we could go on and on. Too many companies, both large and small, have…
  • Use Internal Cliffhangers So People Never Stop Reading

    Rainmaker.FM
    6 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    So your visitor loved your headline. Will she read the rest of the article? One of the best ways to increase your chances is by using internal cliffhangers. A cliffhanger is a scene in a book, movie, newspaper story, or TV show that holds something back from the reader or viewer. More than likely, you’re familiar with the cliffhanger on the macro level, which is designed to keep a person emotionally connected to the content until the next post or episode is shipped. These cliffhangers are external to the content, like the buckle between two train cars. The promise is that if you keep…
  • Are These 4 Common Legal Mistakes Putting Your Content at Risk?

    Rachel Rodgers
    6 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you’re doing it right, your digital media business is probably an intellectual property factory. Smart small businesses have a content creation conveyor belt and publish new content all day everyday, from ebooks to infographics. And while there is a lot of talk about the benefits of creating content, there is very little talk about protecting it. Yeah, I said it. Your content needs protection. Because your content is intellectual property, otherwise known as original creative works used in commerce. Your content needs protectin’ Have you left your most valuable business asset…
 
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    Macworld

  • Snapchat wants to break the news of who is elected President in 2016

    6 May 2015 | 3:49 pm
    Where will you be when we elect the next President of the United States? Some are hoping the answer could be “on Snapchat.” With a massive built-in mobile audience and quick-fire messaging capabilities, Snapchat has the potential to be a major player in breaking news and getting stories to circle the globe in seconds. The app is starting to expand and lay the groundwork to become a formidable news source by the time the 2016 presidential campaign trail rolls around. This week, the popular photo-sharing and messaging app introduced a sharing tool, giving users the option to send stories…
  • The Week in Mac Accessories: Oh, say can you USB-C?

    6 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Oh say can you USB-C?This week’s roundup features several accessories—ranging from adapters to cables to external hard drives—designed for the new MacBook and its strange new port.CalypsoThe $269 CalypsoCase for MacBook is billed as a sleeve for the latest Apple computer, and sports lots of class to match—it comes in four different colors: Zurich Night, Paris Glory (pictured!), Sydney Morning, and Atlanta Mist. We’re waiting for our favorite color, Des Moines Thunderstorm, to hit the market.* (*We totally made that up.)To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click…
  • Podcast: Reviewing the Apple Watch on performance, not potential

    6 May 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Hopefully you aren’t sick of hearing about the Apple Watch just yet, because it’s still top of mind for your faithful podcast crew. Susie’s review went live this week, so she, Glenn, and Caitlin discuss the difficulty in giving a score to something so first-generation, especially since more killer uses for the Apple Watch will emerge over time—and vary widely from user to user. There’s plenty we like about the Apple Watch right now, and a few things that drive us all batty. And of course we’re all looking forward to the third-party watch bands, now that Apple has released…
  • DNA testing coming to iPhones? ResearchKit could herald new medical era

    6 May 2015 | 1:39 pm
    Soon the iPhone could be more than just the thing we use to take selfies. Apple is planning to make the iPhone a device that could potentially save your life. According to MIT Technology Review, Apple is currently collaborating with medical researchers to develop iPhone apps that would enable users to get their DNA tested and analyzed. Medical researchers are using Apple’s recently released ResearchKit software framework to develop these apps, and if these collaborations are successful, most iPhone users would be getting their first DNA test via an iOS app. An unnamed source said that…
  • Mac 911: The Bluetooth truth and more Wi-Fi troubleshooting

    6 May 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Once upon a time, Bluetooth was a quaint low-speed, low-bandwidth networking technology that appeared to be destined for the obsolescence pile. Several competing standards with broadcast industry support arose to challenge it with lower-power requirements, higher throughput, or both. Bluetooth took heed of the motto of the Round Table (no, not that round table): “adopt, adapt, improve,” and won out by extending what it does and co-opting what others attempted to provide (and failed to do). But this may be confusing when you’re not using a Bluetooth peripheral, like a headset,…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Notes On Client-Rendered Accessibility

    Marcy Sutton
    6 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    As creators of the web, we bring innovative, well-designed interfaces to life. We find satisfaction in improving our craft with each design or line of code. But this push to elevate our skills can be self-serving: Does a new CSS framework or JavaScript abstraction pattern serve our users or us as developers? If a framework encourages best practices in development while also improving our workflow, it might serve both our users’ needs and ours as developers. If it encourages best practices in accessibility alongside other areas, like performance, then it has potential to improve the state of…
  • Form Inputs: The Browser Support Issue You Didn’t Know You Had

    Aaron Ladage
    5 May 2015 | 6:13 am
    The lowly form input. It’s been a part of HTML for as long as HTML has had a formal specification1; but before HTML5, developers were hamstrung by its limited types and attributes. As the use of smartphones and their on-screen keyboards has flourished, however, inputs have taken on a new and incredibly important role — but they’re also riddled with browser and device inconsistencies. The eight original input types were brilliant in their simplicity. (Well, OK, maybe <input type="image"> hasn’t aged very well.) Think about it: By inserting a single element in your markup, you…
  • Extending In Sass Without Creating A Mess

    David Khourshid
    4 May 2015 | 5:45 am
    The @extend directive in Sass is a powerful directive that facilitates the sharing of rules and relationships between selectors. However, it can produce undesirable side effects if it is not carefully implemented. Thankfully, there are many strategies for using @extend effectively that can prevent these side effects and produce clean, organized CSS. By examining @extend in detail and exploring these various strategies, you can: accurately predict exactly what happens when you use @extend, and make more informed decisions about when to use a @mixin and when to use @extend, to ensure optimal…
  • Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: May 2015

    The Smashing Editorial
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:59 am
    We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork, and as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one—desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. This creativity mission has been going on for seven years now1, and we are very thankful to all designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month. This post features free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for May 2015. Both…
  • Design Principles: Compositional Flow And Rhythm

    Steven Bradley
    29 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    When someone lands on a page of your site what do you want that person to do? Where do you want them to look? What information do you want your visitors to notice and in what order? Ideally, you want people to see your most important information first and your next most important information second. You want potential customers to see the copy that will convince them to buy before they see the “Buy Now” button. You want people to be presented with the right information at the right time, and one way to do that is to control the flow of your composition1. Compositional flow…
 
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  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Nick Fancher!

    Brad Moore
    5 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Photo by Chris Keels Hello everyone. My name is Nick Fancher and I’m your guest blogger today. In case you don’t know me (which is likely the case), I am a Columbus, Ohio based portrait and commercial photographer. A couple of weeks ago I released Studio Anywhere: A Photographer’s Guide to Shooting in Unconventional Locations, on Peachpit Press. The idea behind the book is that photographers can get away with shooting without a conventional studio most of the time, as long as they can learn to make the most of their environments; all with the use of minimal, affordable gear. This idea…
  • My Photo Book From Last Week’s Trip to The South of France

    Scott Kelby
    5 May 2015 | 5:34 am
    Hi gang. Here’s a few pages from the photo book I always create after a trip (I made the book in Lightroom’s Book module). The area we were mostly in is the French Riviera, but there it’s called the Côte d’Azur and that sounds a lot fancier so I went with that for the name of my book, even though we would up taking a day trip to Italy (where we went to in Italy was just 3-1/2 hours by car). Anyway, I was pretty light on the photography this trip – I did a lot of relaxing and just sightseeing – In six days I only took 1,057 shots total, including a lot of…
  • I’m Back From The South of France

    Scott Kelby
    4 May 2015 | 4:40 am
    Bonjour, mon ami! We’re back from a week in the South of France (our base was in Cap-Ferrat, which is right between Monaco and Nice, France). [photo above in front of the casino in Monaco by Kleber Stephenson]. We snuck away for a week with another couple for some vacation, and we just had an absolute blast! The weather was mostly beautiful, and we even snuck a day trip down to Portofino, Italy and then to Vernazza in Cinque Terre (we put some serious miles on our rental car). I put together a photo book on the flight home, and I hope to share that here tomorrow (either that, or an…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Photoshop World Vegas – Stay Where The Instructors Stay! Coming to Photoshop World Vegas in August? You’ll want to stay where the Conference is, where the After Hours Party is, where Midnight Madness is, where the Meetup is, where Birds of a Feather is, and where the Art of Photography is held… Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino! You can find all the reservation info on Mandalay Bay and its all-suite sister property The Delano at PhotoshopWorld.com. And if you haven’t already registered, don’t wait because there’s only 12 DAYS LEFT before ticket prices increase…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Leo Trevino!

    Brad Moore
    28 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Good morning, good afternoon and good evening, my name is Leo Trevino. My wife Brittany and I run a wedding photo/cinema company in Tampa, FL called Rad Red Creative. Recently, Brad graciously asked if I would be comfortable sharing a burglary/theft experience we went through in early February of this year. Sure, it’s an incredibly-terrible-devastating experience to have, but we both earned an enormous amount of wisdom from it and today I hope to impart some of that wisdom unto you. Alright here we go; it was a dark and stormy Monday morning (no really it was) on Feb. 9th of this year.
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    Digital Photography School

  • How to Shoot in Low-Light Conditions Without Using Flash

    Anshul Sukhwal
    6 May 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Photography is all about capturing the subject beautifully in the available light. Sometimes as the photographer you have more than optimum light (e.g., bright sunlight, halogens, etc.) to work with while some other times you have to work in suboptimal or low-light conditions. If you are not a pro photographer then it is always a great challenge, and sometimes it’s a nightmare, to capture great shots in low-light conditions. Exposure info: f/1.8, 1/50th at ISO 3200 In order to face the challenges that low-light conditions come with, I will be sharing five techniques that you can use to…
  • Exposure Lock Button – What is it and How to Use it?

    Simon Ringsmuth
    6 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Nestled quietly on the back of most cameras is a button that is often ignored or misunderstood, particularly by those who have recently upgraded to a DSLR or Mirrorless camera. It’s the Exposure Lock button, and it can be a tremendous asset to photographers who are looking for ways to get more control over their cameras and ultimately their photography in general. Using the exposure lock button helped me get the correct exposure on this picture of two students studying for final exams. To understand what this button does it’s helpful to know a bit about how your camera calculates…
  • How to Isolate Your Subject in Lightroom

    Andrew S. Gibson
    5 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    One of my favourite portrait techniques is to isolate the model by using a short telephoto lens and a wide aperture. The idea is to throw the background out of focus and keep the subject sharp, so there is a clear distinction between the two. This creates beautiful bokeh and the illusion of depth. Another way to isolate the model is to place them in the light, against a dark background that is in the shade. The opening photo (above) used this technique. I asked the model to pose in a doorway, and she is separated from the background because there’s no light illuminating the interior of the…
  • 7 Landscape Photography Mistakes That Could be Ruining Your Photos

    Chris Corradino
    5 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    If your photos aren’t turning out the way you expect them to, new gear is not necessarily the answer. In fact, chances are you are making one of these seven common mistakes. Don’t be discouraged though; just as a musician needs time to refine their skills, so does a photographer. Once you recognize where the problem lies, it’s easy to make adjustments and achieve better results the next time out. 1) Shooting at the Wrong Time of Day Harsh afternoon sunlight can wreak havoc on a landscape photo. With bright highlights and dark shadows, the contrast makes for especially difficult…
  • Contest – Win a Tamron 16-300mm Di II VC PZD Macro All-In-One Zoom Lens

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    5 May 2015 | 7:03 am
    Over the last few years here at dPS, we’ve run very some very popular competitions with our partners to give away some of their great photographic products to lucky dPS readers. We are lucky enough to be able to do it again this week. For this contest, Tamron is giving away a Macro All-In-One Zoom Lens Tamron 16-300mm Di II VC PZD Macro This prize is designed to help every level of photographer create BETTER pictures. Tamron is the world’s most awarded photographic lens line. Here’s what you, our dPS reader, could win: Tamron 16-300mm Di II VC PZD Macro – Retail Value $629 For…
 
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    Engadget RSS Feed

  • Giant phones are finally a big deal in the US

    Jon Fingas
    6 May 2015 | 4:14 pm
    Extra-large phones have been hot stuff in some countries for a long while, but not so much in the US. The country must have had a change of heart in the past few months, however. Kantar Worldpanel estimates that gigantic devices jumped from 6 percent...
  • Larry Page's asteroid-mining firm launches its first satellite in July

    Jon Fingas
    6 May 2015 | 3:40 pm
    Planetary Resources hasn't had much success getting its asteroid-mining business off the ground, in a very literal sense -- it lost its first satellite, Arkyd-3, in the Antares rocket explosion last year. It's about to get a second try, though. The L...
  • Using 'Dark Souls 2' mods on PC? That's a dealbreaker

    Timothy J. Seppala
    6 May 2015 | 3:17 pm
    The Dark Souls series' relationship with PC gamers has been contentious at best. The vanilla versions of the first two games weren't unplayable per se, but if it weren't for the enterprising community of modders around the franchise it'd look and run...
  • Tesla's Powerwall is already sold out through middle of 2016

    Richard Lawler
    6 May 2015 | 3:05 pm
    On Tesla's quarterly earnings call, CEO Elon Musk announced "crazy off the hook" demand for its just-announced Powerwall battery product. He said over 38,000 reservations have been received, which should take up the expected production through mid-20...
  • Woman uses Pizza Hut's mobile app to escape a hostage crisis

    Jon Fingas
    6 May 2015 | 2:44 pm
    It's sometimes too dangerous to call 911, but one Florida woman just found a potentially life-saving alternative: a food delivery app. When Cheryl Treadway's boyfriend threatened to hurt her and her family if they left home, she used Pizza Hut's mobi...
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    Strobist

  • 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.
  • On Assignment: Lighting Like Leo

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:27 am
    Of all of the wonderful things that have happened since I began writing Strobist eight years ago, certainly the best is the steady parade of creative people I have met as a result. And few are more talented (or insan motivated) than London-based photographer Drew Gardner.We grew up in the same era, both working for newspapers in our respective cities. We left the papers and graduated to second careers. Drew moved onto a mix of editorial, commercial and art photography. And I, well, sometimes I'm not sure how exactly to describe what it is that I do.So it was with equal parts curiosity and…
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 units found to be using different image sensors

    6 May 2015 | 12:06 pm
    When the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge were launched earlier this year there was no talk of the ISOCELL technology previously used by the Galaxy S5's and Note 4's in-house image sensors, so it was believed the 16MP 1/2.6 CMOS chip in the S6 was provided by Sony. However, rumors have emerged that in some units Samsung sensors are used instead of the Sony variant, and a company spokesperson has confirmed that different sensors are used. Read more
  • Canon PowerShot SX60 HS real-world sample gallery posted

    6 May 2015 | 11:06 am
    Canon's flagship superzoom is its PowerShot SX60 HS, which sports a 21-1365mm equivalent lens - not quite Coolpix P900 territory but still very impressive. It also features a fully articulating LCD, Wi-Fi with NFC, and 1080/60p video. We've spent some time shooting with the SX60 and have put together a gallery of rusting trucks, sunsets, snowy owls and even snowier mountains. See gallery
  • Canon EOS 5DS R added to studio test scene comparison

    6 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Ever since Canon announced its 50MP EOS 5DS R, we've been eager to get it into our studio and in front of our test scene. The wait is over and the 5DS R has been added to our studio scene comparison tool alongside the likes of the Nikon D810 and Pentax 645Z. Read more
  • QromaScan uses your smartphone to digitize prints

    5 May 2015 | 5:11 pm
    Though digital photography has been around for quite some time now, most of us still have a few boxes of prints from the pre-digital era lying around. Digitizing them can be expensive if you use a professional service, or time-consuming if you decide to go the DIY way. QromaScan wants to solve this dilemma, by utilizing your smartphone camera and a foldable lightbox. Read more
  • Big Zoom: Nikon Coolpix P900 real-world samples

    5 May 2015 | 3:54 pm
    Nikon's Coolpix P900 offers a 16MP sensor and a mind-blowing F2.8-6.5 24-2000mm equivalent zoom. It features built-in Wi-Fi with NFC, 7 fps burst shooting, built-in EVF and a fully articulated LCD. The P900 also uses a new Dual Detect optical image stabilization system, claiming up to 5 stops of shake compensation. We've been shooting with it for a few days. See gallery
 
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • We don’t need no stinkin’ badges

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    5 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Ok, so I really wanted to use that line, but it is one of the new things that has been improved in Lightroom with the CC update. Often when trying to click on an image either in the Grid mode of the Library or in the Filmstrip I will click on the badge of the image. Especially the little crop badge that lets me know that the image has been cropped. When I do that, it immediately opens up the image in crop mode and that is usually not where I want to go… so I have to close the crop by hitting done. Not a big deal, but it is all about being as efficient as possible and this little tip…
  • Adobe releases free bug-fix update to Lightroom CC/6

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    5 May 2015 | 6:28 am
    Hi gang – a couple days ago Adobe released a free bug/fix update to Lightroom CC (and LR6) and it mostly addresses a problem some users are experiencing when launching Lightroom. Anyway, it’s a free update: just go under Lightroom’s Help menu and choose Updates and the Adobe Application Manager window will appear where you can download the update. So far, my copy of Lightroom (which is just like your copy of Lightroom), has been running great with no problems, but like with any update, there are some folks that, for some reason, are having some issues (crashing, sluggish…
  • Create an “iPhoto-look” Custom Page Layout For Lightroom’s Books Module

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    4 May 2015 | 6:31 am
    Mornin’ everybody! It’s probably just me, but I really liked some of the page layouts that were in Apple’s iPhoto photo books feature, and one in particular that I liked was kind of an artsy-looking page, with lots of white space, kind of a slightly cropped horizontal image area, and three rows of text under the photo for a file name, caption, and description. I missed that layout in Lightroom, so I opened iPhoto – moved the two programs so I could see both at once, and I remade the book page layout in Lightroom and saved it as a Custom Page (whew!). Anyway,…
  • The New Episode of “The Lightroom Show” is Here!

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    1 May 2015 | 3:31 am
    After last Friday’s late release (ahem), we thought we’d better this one up early! Of course, we’re including some of the new stuff in Lightroom CC, but most of our readers don’t have the new version yet, so there’s still lots of stuff in this episode you can use in any recent version of Lightroom. Hope you find the show helpful (and thanks to everyone who posts topics here for future shows —it helps RC and I a lot when we’re putting together the outlines for each week’s show). Just a heads up Traditionally when we launch a show like this, we do a…
  • Brush affects with LR CC

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    28 Apr 2015 | 11:10 pm
    With the New Lightroom CC update, you can now use the brush to add or subtract affects to specific areas.  Now you can use the gradient tool and the radial filter tool more often, even when there are objects or people in the way that would normally get smeared with the same affect that you may only want applied to the sky. One of my favorite new ways to use this is to apply quick blur effects that I would normally go to Photoshop to apply. Here is the beginning image… Hogwarts at Universal (Island of Adventure) Now apply a gradient with just a touch of darker exposure and negative…
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Android Switchers Drive iOS Adoption in Europe During First Quarter

    Joe Rossignol
    6 May 2015 | 7:29 am
    Kantar Worldpanel has released new smartphone operating system market share data for the first quarter of 2015, providing a regional breakdown of Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Windows Phone and other mobile platform adoption in the United States, Australia, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, China, Japan, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico during the three-month period ending March. Android continued to have the highest market share among mobile platforms worldwide, as expected, although the continued success of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus helped drive iOS adoption higher in the first…
  • Consumer Reports Tests Apple Watch for Readability, Water Resistance, Fitness Tracking and More

    Joe Rossignol
    6 May 2015 | 6:05 am
    Consumer Reports has crowned the Apple Watch as its top-rated smartwatch in its test of 11 smartwatch models from eight manufacturers, including the Asus ZenWatch, LG G Watch R, Moto 360, Pebble Steel, Samsung Gear S and Sony SmartWatch 3. The not-for-profit organization tested the Apple Watch and competing devices for step count accuracy, screen readability, ease of use, scratch resistance, water resistance, heart rate tracking and more. In particular, the stainless steel Apple Watch scored the highest among the smartwatches tested because of its high readability in bright and low light,…
  • Charge Your iPhone in the Bathtub With Mophie's New Juice Pack H2Pro

    Juli Clover
    5 May 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Popular iPhone accessory maker Mophie is known for its line of battery cases and external backup batteries, which provide extra power at a decent price. The company introduced battery cases for the iPhone 6 early this year, but as of today, Mophie's got an all new iPhone 6 battery case with a brand new feature -- water protection. The Juice Pack H2Pro is Mophie's first waterproof product, combining the extra power provided with a battery case with protection from the elements. According to Mophie, the H2Pro has an IP-68 rating (and a military rating of MIL-STD 810G), which means the case will…
  • How to Set Up and Manage Notifications on Apple Watch

    Lory Gil
    5 May 2015 | 12:14 pm
    One of the Apple Watch's most important features is the ability to keep you connected to your notifications without needing to have your iPhone in your hand or even in your pocket all of the time. I often miss important text messages because my iPhone is too far away from me to hear my alerts. But with Apple Watch, all of your notifications are at your fingertips, as if someone is next to you, tapping you on the wrist whenever you get an alert. We've got a tutorial for you today that will explain how to set up and manage notifications so that you get the alerts you want and aren't distracted…
  • Dropbox Updates iOS App With File Comments, Document Creation, and More

    Mitchel Broussard
    5 May 2015 | 8:58 am
    Connected file management service Dropbox today announced an update to its iPhone and iPad apps that will debut a trio of new features to iOS devices, bringing easier navigation, introducing communication features, and allowing the creation of Microsoft Word documents from within the app itself. Right from the home screen the Dropbox team has decided to make big changes, doing away with a static list of files and instead curating a showcase of documents and files with which a user has most recently interacted. This way, the company suggests, "The files you’re most likely to need on the go…
 
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