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  • The essential rules of keeping kids safe around the water [infographic]

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    Kate Rinsema
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:50 pm
    Enjoying time in the water in a great part of childhood, yet all to often we hear tragic endings to what should have been the best of times. The post The essential rules of keeping kids safe around the water [infographic] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Migrants block Eurostar tracks, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded

    Blathnaid Healy
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:08 am
    LONDON — There were long delays to Eurostar trains overnight, some services were cancelled and hundreds of passengers were left stranded after trespassers blocked the tracks near the French port of Calais. See also: 4 common myths about the Calais migrants debunked This is the latest incident in a summer wracked by travel disruptions and diplomatic tensions around Calais, where thousands of migrants are camped in hopes of sneaking through the channel tunnel or on ferries to Britain. Eurostar said one train had to return to Paris, while a second returned to London on Tuesday evening.
  • Uber Is Now Facing A Much Bigger Lawsuit

    Fast Company
    Sarah Kessler
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:30 pm
    A U.S. judge has granted Uber drivers class-action status in a suit that claims they were misclassified as independent contractors.Uber makes software—it's a technology company. Any threat to this model threatens to turn Uber into a transportation company, which is a much less lucrative venture.Read Full Story
  • Intel Invests In Qnovo’s Battery Boosting Tech

    Natasha Lomas
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:44 am
     Qnovo, a Newark, California-based firm that’s been developing battery charging enhancement technology since 2010, is today announcing an $8.6 million Series B funding round, with Intel Capital joining as a strategic investor, alongside existing investors RockPort Capital, US Venture Partners and Blue Run Ventures. Read More
  • "Don't touch it, you might break it."

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:52 am
    This is, of course, the opposite of, "Touch it, you can make it better." What's the default where you work?        
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  • The essential rules of keeping kids safe around the water [infographic]

    Kate Rinsema
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:50 pm
    Enjoying time in the water in a great part of childhood, yet all to often we hear tragic endings to what should have been the best of times. The post The essential rules of keeping kids safe around the water [infographic] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Bach’s Cello Suite on banjo is surprisingly beautiful [video]

    Josh Urich
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:00 pm
    A banjo is definitely a long way from a cello, but Bach's Cello Suite No. 1 sounds pretty darn good on banjo. Many music history nerds know that the harpsichord was a popular instrument in Baroque compositions; perhaps the banjo works well because it has a smiliar(ish) sound. The post Bach’s Cello Suite on banjo is surprisingly beautiful [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Kid can’t figure out how to use Walkman [video]

    Josh Urich
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Prepare to feel old, people. This kid can't figure out how to use a Walkman. It seems pretty straightforward, but heck, most kids haven't seen a cassette tape in real life, let alone a Walkman. The post Kid can’t figure out how to use Walkman [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Evolution of the Google logo [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:50 pm
    If you've wandered by Google today, you might have noticed a big change in the logo. The post Evolution of the Google logo [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Baby has tiny, adorable freakout every time book ends [video]

    Josh Urich
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:00 pm
    They say that reading to your kids when they're young makes them much more likely to excel in school. Well if that's the case, then this kid is going to be a real dynamo––he won't let his parents stop reading to him! The post Baby has tiny, adorable freakout every time book ends [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
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  • Migrants block Eurostar tracks, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded

    Blathnaid Healy
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:08 am
    LONDON — There were long delays to Eurostar trains overnight, some services were cancelled and hundreds of passengers were left stranded after trespassers blocked the tracks near the French port of Calais. See also: 4 common myths about the Calais migrants debunked This is the latest incident in a summer wracked by travel disruptions and diplomatic tensions around Calais, where thousands of migrants are camped in hopes of sneaking through the channel tunnel or on ferries to Britain. Eurostar said one train had to return to Paris, while a second returned to London on Tuesday evening.
  • Murder rates rise in some major U.S. cities, cause unknown

    Colin Daileda
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:24 am
    The murder rate in major cities across the United States has risen in 2015 compared to where it was over the same period last year—in some cases by a lot, and in some cases by just a bit Chicago, Baltimore, New Orleans, New York City, Washington, D.C. and other cities have all seen an increase in murders to date See also: Video appears to show man with both hands up before being shot, killed by police The cause of that increase, however, is unclear The lack of clarity is at least in part due to the fact that the increases are still so new, and new information is always tough to analyze…
  • 8 dead, including 2 children, as fire rips through Paris building

    The Associated Press
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:09 am
    PARIS — Eight people died in an apartment fire early Wednesday in Paris, officials said, and police were investigating whether the fire was started intentionally. Speaking on French TV BFM, Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said the dead included two children. Four survivors were hospitalized. Ça c'était a 5:30 #incendie #myrha #pompiers — Idir AS (@AitIdir75015) September 2, 2015 Brandet said the firefighters extinguished a small paper fire around 12:23 a.m. GMT in the building, located at the foot of Paris' famed Montmartre…
  • 99% of seabirds will have swallowed plastic by 2050, scientists warn

    Ariel Bogle
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:34 am
    It's no surprise that bottle caps, plastic bags and other pieces of trash are washed off the streets and into our waterways every daySome studies have shown this pollution can amount to 580,000 pieces of plastic per square kilometre in the ocean Plastics have a devastating impact on sea life, and according to some estimates, it's only going to get worse. See also: 5 times Obama got real about climate change in Alaska Scientists from the CSIRO, Australia's peak science body, and Imperial College London have projected that 90% of seabirds today have plastics in their stomach, and at current…
  • Artists replicate the 'Mad Max' video game on two dirty cars

    Ariel Bogle
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:18 am
    Here's a reason to never wash your sedan again: A couple of Australian graffiti artists have replicated scenes from the Mad Max video game with nothing but two cars and a whole lot of dust In the spirit of the dry, dystopian world of the Mad Max character, the stunt was done to celebrate the launch of the game on Tuesday. The vehicles were sprayed by a film-grade dust applicator, and then Sydney street artists, Blackbook Ink, got to work sketching the reluctant hero. Dust art or dirty car art, as it's sometimes known, has gotten a name for itself over in the U.S. Artists like the Texas-based…
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  • Uber Is Now Facing A Much Bigger Lawsuit

    Sarah Kessler
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:30 pm
    A U.S. judge has granted Uber drivers class-action status in a suit that claims they were misclassified as independent contractors.Uber makes software—it's a technology company. Any threat to this model threatens to turn Uber into a transportation company, which is a much less lucrative venture.Read Full Story
  • Wikipedia Banned Hundreds Of Users Who Edited Content For Undisclosed Pay

    Neal Ungerleider
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Nearly 400 editors in the site's volunteer community worked with companies to promote their clients through Wikipedia entries.Bad news for publicists seeking to tweak Wikipedia entries to make their clients look better: The user-generated encyclopedia has blocked nearly 400 accounts for "black hat" editing. In other words, those Wikipedia editors agreed to undisclosed paid advocacy, altering the content of Wikipedia articles to paint businesses and individuals in a positive light in exchange for money.Read Full Story
  • Amazon Now Lets You Download Shows To Watch On The Road

    Neal Ungerleider
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:10 pm
    The e-commerce giant wants to lure away Netflix and Hulu customers by allowing you to watch Game of Thrones on an airplane.One major downside to subscription streaming platforms like Netflix is that you can't continue your binge-watching streak while flying certain airlines or riding the subway underground. Amazon just solved that problem by introducing offline viewing—and in doing so, took a giant step forward in its ongoing war with Netflix and Hulu.Read Full Story
  • Today in Tabs: Lol Nothing Mathers

    Rusty Foster
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:54 am
    More Mather with less art.More Mather with less art. .....========= .....\ o....O .O ./ .......\o O... o / .........\....o.../ ...........\.O./ .............\./ vroom vroom it's pizza timeRead Full Story
  • Instagram Gets Serious About Messaging

    Harry McCracken
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:00 am
    The photo-sharing service's under-the-radar Instagram Direct feature is about to get a big boost in visibility and features.Instagram is best known, of course, as a service that lets more than 300 million people a month share photos and videos with the world. Rather quietly, it's also racked up 85 million users a month who use it to exchange private messages with friends.Read Full Story
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  • Intel Invests In Qnovo’s Battery Boosting Tech

    Natasha Lomas
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:44 am
     Qnovo, a Newark, California-based firm that’s been developing battery charging enhancement technology since 2010, is today announcing an $8.6 million Series B funding round, with Intel Capital joining as a strategic investor, alongside existing investors RockPort Capital, US Venture Partners and Blue Run Ventures. Read More
  • Indonesia’s Snapcart Turns The Humble Receipt Into Big Data For Brands And Retailers

    Jon Russell
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:14 am
     Smartphones could give retailers and brands unprecedented insight into consumer spending and behavior just by allowing you to photograph your receipt. Read More
  • Alibaba’s Streaming Video Subscription Service Rolls Out In China

    Catherine Shu
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:14 am
     Alibaba’s unlimited video streaming subscription platform, Tmall Box Office (TBO), is now available for some users of its smart TV operating system in China. Tech In Asia spotted TBO’s homepage, which gives viewers access to Chinese and foreign shows and movies starting at RMB 39 (about $6.10) for a month’s subscription. Read More
  • Wi-Fi Sharing Community Instabridge Locates $3M Series A

    Steve O'Hear
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
     Instabridge, the Wi-Fi sharing community and mobile app, appears to be on somewhat of a roll, including (and perhaps unsurprisingly) finding a lot of traction in developing markets where the draw to Wi-Fi over cellular data is particularly prevalent. All of which hasn’t gone unnoticed by investors. Read More
  • Universal Avenue, The On-Demand Sales Force App, Picks Up Further $5M Funding

    Steve O'Hear
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:55 pm
     Universal Avenue is playing squarely in the on-demand economy with an app and service that lets companies, including startups, hire sales people (or ‘brand ambassadors’) on-demand. In the same way, perhaps, that Uber is disrupting traditional taxi firms and private car hire companies, the Swedish startup is taking on traditional marketing agencies or the need to recruit an… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • "Don't touch it, you might break it."

    Seth Godin
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:52 am
    This is, of course, the opposite of, "Touch it, you can make it better." What's the default where you work?        
  • Failing, again

    Seth Godin
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:37 am
    Pema Chodron's new book is out this month. I was rendered speechless by her invitation to write the short foreword for the book, the first time I've ever agreed to do this. She's a caring, generous, magical person, a teacher with a special voice, one worth listening to. Why buy a book about failing? Because success is easier to deal with and you're probably doing fine with that. Because your narrative about failing is keeping you from succeeding. And because you will have far more chances to fail than you know what to do with... PS if you sign up this week, at this link, Sounds…
  • Day traders rarely make history

    Seth Godin
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:28 am
    The short-term stuff is pretty easy to do well. Respond to incoming. Check it off your list. Next! The long-term stuff, on the other hand, is so easy to postpone, because tomorrow always sounds promising. And so we might hesitate to define the next project, or look for a new job, or visualize something that breaks what we're already used to. Two thoughts: a. Keep them separate. The best way to avoid long-term work is to be exposed to juicy short-term urgencies. b. Hesitate before spending your most alert and dedicated work time on the short-term tasks.  Day trading might be fun, but we…
  • Contempt is contagious

    Seth Godin
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:55 am
    The only emotion that spreads more reliably is panic. Contempt is caused by fear and by shame and it looks like disgust. It's very hard to recover once you receive contempt from someone else, and often, our response is to dump it on someone else. If you want to be respected by your customers/peers/partners/competitors/constituents, the best way is to begin by respecting them and the opportunity they are giving you. And the best way to avoid contempt is to look for your fear.        
  • The average

    Seth Godin
    29 Aug 2015 | 2:38 am
    Everything you do is either going to raise your average or lower it. The next hire. The quality of the chickpeas you serve. The service experience on register 4. Each interaction is a choice. A choice to raise your average or lower it. Progress is almost always a series of choices, an inexorable move toward mediocrity, or its opposite.        
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  • Reading Roundup: What’s New in Blogging Lately

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

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

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

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

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

    Alan Henry
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:00 pm
    YouTuber Mumbo Jumbo makes some pretty rad Minecraft videos, and posted his equally rad workspace to Reddit’s battlestations subreddit for everyone to see. Some ambient bias lighting, some acoustic foam baffling, and a well-placed microphone, and he has a great setup for gaming, video recording, and more.Read more...
  • This Video Explains What "Complete Breakfast" Actually Means

    Patrick Allan
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:00 pm
    You’ve probably had a lot of commercials tell you that their cereal is “part of a complete breakfast,” but what does that really mean? This video explains why cartoon mascots use that phrase so often, as well as what a “complete breakfast” should actually entail.Read more...
  • Deadspin Shut Up About Tom Brady’s Legacy | Jezebel Here’s How New Texas Public School Textbooks Wri

    Jane-Claire Quigley on Kinja Roundup, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Deadspin Shut Up About Tom Brady’s Legacy | Jezebel Here’s How New Texas Public School Textbooks Write About Slavery | Kotaku Steam Is Getting An Uncensored Sex Game | Lifehacker Why Facebook Makes Your Images Look Like Crap, and How to Fix It | Kinja Popular Posts Read more...
  • Break the Ice and Make Friends at Conferences By Bringing a Power Strip

    Patrick Allan
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Conferences and conventions are great places for meeting people, but it can be a little nerve-wracking to introduce yourself to random strangers. Plugging in a power strip can make the whole process a lot easier.Read more...
  • Most Popular Universal Remote Control: Logitech Harmony 650

    Alan Henry
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Universal remotes come in many flavors, from simple sticks to control a few devices to smart home-enabled monsters. Last week we asked you for your favorites , then looked at the five best universal remotes . Now we’re back to highlight your favorite. Read more...
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    Guy Kawasaki

  • Test drive: Mercedes AMG GTS

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

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

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

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

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

  • Intel Unveils Full Lineup of Skylake Processors for Notebooks and Desktops, Early 2016 Likely for Most Macs

    Joe Rossignol
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:35 pm
    Intel has released detailed information about its upcoming Skylake processors for notebooks and desktops ahead of IFA 2015 in Berlin (via Ars Technica). The sixth-generation chips will deliver CPU and GPU performance improvements and longer battery life, and are likely to power future MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and iMac models released over the next year. Retina MacBook Intel's new lineup of Core M processors appropriate for the 12-inch Retina MacBook will provide up to 10 hours of battery life, between 10%-20% faster CPU performance and up to 40% faster graphics compared to equivalent…
  • Apple Continues to Recruit Talent to Join Secretive Automotive Team

    Joe Rossignol
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Apple continues to recruit talent to bolster its "Project Titan" team, which is rumored to be researching an electric vehicle. Over the past several weeks, the company has hired multiple employees from Tesla Motors, Texas Instruments, and other companies in the automotive and technology industries, likely to join hundreds of others already working on the so-called "Apple Car." Apple hired former Tesla Motors engineering manager Hal Ockerse last month to join its own software engineering team, according to his LinkedIn profile. Ockerse was employed at Tesla between July 2014 and August 2015,…
  • Apple Watch Could Launch in Austria, Denmark and India This Month

    Joe Rossignol
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:58 am
    Apple is expected to provide additional details about watchOS 2 at its September 9th media event in San Francisco. Alongside that announcement, a trio of rumors hint towards Apple expanding Apple Watch sales to Austria, Denmark, India and possibly other countries later this month. Austrian website MacMania claims that the Apple Watch will be available in Austria starting September 15, citing information it received over Facebook Messenger from a reputable source working for an undisclosed large electronics chain in the country. Apple does not have an official retail presence in Austria.
  • Apple Reportedly Exploring Producing Original TV Shows

    Husain Sumra
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:09 pm
    Apple has been having early discussions with Hollywood executives about producing original video programming in a bid to potentially compete against companies like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, according to a new report from Variety. Sources indicate the Cupertino, Calif. colossus has held preliminary conversations in recent weeks with executives in Hollywood to suss out their interest in spearheading efforts to produce entertainment content. The unit putting out the feelers reports into Eddy Cue, who is Apple’s point man on all content-related matters, from its negotiations with programmers…
  • Samsung Announces Round 'Gear S2' Smart Watch

    Juli Clover
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:38 pm
    Samsung today unveiled its newest smart watch, the Samsung Gear S2, which is the company's first watch that includes a round display instead of one that's square or rectangular. Positioned as Samsung's seventh smart watch release, the Gear S2 comes in three varieties: Classic, standard, and 3G. The Classic version includes a black case with a black leather band, while the standard version includes a dark gray case with a matching rubber band or a silver case with a white rubber band. According to Samsung, the Classic model is for users "who prefer a more timeless watch design," while the…
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  • The Rich Employee by James Altucher

    Chris Brogan
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:41 am
    My friend, James Altucher has launched his new book, The RICH Employee. I’m so jazzed about it because this book is part of the Choose Yourself series and so wonderful. We did a Blab Video James and I did a video interview using the new Blab platform. You can watch it all here: Continue ReadingThe post The Rich Employee by James Altucher appeared first on
  • Fast Project Recipe – Launch a Content Marketing Platform

    Chris Brogan
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:24 am
    As you know, I recently launched OwnerFUEL. It’s the media portion of my company, Owner. I wanted to share with you just how simple it was to launch, and what we did to get it up and running. I’ll tell you right up front that a lot of what I recommend hinges on you choosing to build on the Rainmaker platform. But I explain all the reasons why that’s the right choice. Fast Project Recipe – Launch a Content Marketing Platform Project Time: 2 Business DaysContinue ReadingThe post Fast Project Recipe – Launch a Content Marketing Platform appeared first on…
  • In Praise of Square Photos – or Why Instagram Had it Right

    Chris Brogan
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:02 pm
    The tech world is awash with excitement because Instagram (over 300 million users) now supports photos and video uploaded in traditional landscape and portrait mode, instead of just square. Oddly, I think Instagram did the mobile web a favor by pushing for us to upload in the square format. In Praise of Square Photos Photographers and artists are already grumbling at me, I’m sure. But hear me out. Continue ReadingThe post In Praise of Square Photos – or Why Instagram Had it Right appeared first on
  • Thinking about podcasting?

    Chris Brogan
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    You don’t want to miss the Podcasting Workflows I put together over on OwnerFUEL. That is all.Continue ReadingThe post Thinking about podcasting? appeared first on
  • OwnerFUEL is Live

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

    1 Sep 2015 | 1:00 pm
    This week on Hit Publish, host Amy Harrison is talking momentum and productivity tricks. If you’ve ever found that things get in the way of your flow when you write and wish you could get more out of your writing time, this episode is for you. On a previous show, Amy looked at how you could create content consistently, even when life gets in the way. Well, since then, a listener wrote a Dear Amy letter and asked about how to make actual writing time more productive. Amy has struggled more than once to stay focused when she has a content creation project to do, but she’s found some…
  • How to Map Out the Business that You Want to Build

    1 Sep 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Today’s guest on Hack the Entrepreneur is an entrepreneur who started, grew, and sold six businesses in five years … without paying for a single ad. He helps people grow their businesses and his successful exits include WorkoutBox and Synn Clothing. He is the founder of Upshare, which offers simple tools that boost sharing and make websites more viral. He is also the co-founder of Mentor Mojo, which offers online interactive lessons and mentorship from the world’s top entrepreneurs. On top of all of this, he is the head of growth at Auto Lotto and the author of Viral Hero.
  • The Evolution of SEO: Adapt or Die

    1 Sep 2015 | 11:00 am
    This episode of Search & Deploy discusses the differences between SEO consulting for clients and offering a business solution for the SEO industry. Today’s guest is Melissa Fach, who reinvented herself in the SEO world after years of consulting and training. She now offers community management for companies that provide SEO tools, data, or conferences. Since pivoting her professional role in the SEO industry, Melissa has managed the blog publishing and community management for companies such as Moz, AuthorityLabs, and now Pubcon. Listen in to Search & Deploy: Click Here to…
  • A Better Way to Find Big Ideas (that Make You Stand Out)

    1 Sep 2015 | 10:00 am
    Some astronomers and philosophers make the grand, if not absurd, claim that we are 10,000 things but one substance. Perhaps ancient stardust. Fair enough. Rough Draft host Demian Farnworth has his own absurd claim: behind one single article by a seasoned writer is the weight of 1,000 books, 100 movies, hours of lectures, a litany of song lyrics, countless days of conversations, dozens of poems, and so on. And it’s this sort of commitment to working, learning, and playing hard that separates the good writer from the great. So the question for you is: How far are you willing to go to be…
  • Copyblogger Media Rebrands as Rainmaker Digital

    Brian Clark
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    The company formerly known as Copyblogger Media turns five years old today. It was September 1, 2010 when the adventure that began with a one-man blog in 2006 went to a whole new level. The scene that sticks out in my mind, however, happened a couple of months before the official start date for the company. We had just figured out a plan to merge five separate companies into one, and I was filling the car with gas when I posed a question to Brian Gardner and Sean Jackson. “What should we call the new company?” I asked. They both looked at me like I was crazy. “Copyblogger,” they…
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  • Get the League of Legends spinoff game Blitzcrank’s Poro Roundup before it disappears

    1 Sep 2015 | 1:45 pm
    These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play. Do you know what a Poro is? I’ll tell you what it is: It’s adorable. This is a poro!!To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Instagram updates private photo messaging to be more like Snapchat

    1 Sep 2015 | 12:02 pm
    We all know a picture is worth a thousand words, so it’s surprising Instagram didn’t let you send photos back and forth—until now. On Tuesday, Instagram updated its in-app messaging feature, Instagram Direct, so that you could reply to a private photo message using a selfie or video taken on the spot. Direct messages are now also threaded so you can continue conversations and view the messaging history between you and your friends. In addition, Instagram Direct now lets you share a public Instagram photo directly with a friend. Previously whenever you’d stumble upon a funny, inspiring…
  • Google reveals playful new logo in major redesign

    1 Sep 2015 | 10:49 am
    Google has tweaked its logo a few times since its founding 16 years ago, but never so dramatically.The company showed off a new look on its official blog Tuesday. In justifying the change, Google says it needed a new design that would work across the multitude of platforms and devices where you may encounter it. You don’t have to look too closely to see a resemblance to the design behind Google’s new parent company, Alphabet. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • The Week in Mac Apps: Unclutter brings order to your desktop

    1 Sep 2015 | 10:00 am
    Unclutter brings order to your desktopIn this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, we bring you a way to turn your desktop into an intercom system, tools for uncluttering your desktop, and an old-school Internet chat program.Acana License Manager 1.2.0Even though the Mac App Store has made managing the software we buy much easier, having to deal with unlock keys and license files is still a common part of every Mac owner’s life.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Amazon Prime adds offline video for iOS and Android, while Netflix makes excuses

    1 Sep 2015 | 8:43 am
    Amazon Prime could become the streaming video service of choice for commuters and frequent flyers with the addition of offline playback on iOS and Android. Previously, Amazon had only offered this feature on its own Fire phone and tablets. It’s now available on iPhones, iPads, Android phones, and Android tablets. No other subscription streaming video service offers this feature. In fact, Netflix said last December that offline viewing was “never going to happen,” calling it a “short-term fix for a bigger problem” of needing fast, ubiquitous Wi-Fi access.To read this article in full…
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  • 5 Trending Markets That Are Capitalizing On Virtual Reality

    Konstantin Andreev
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:36 pm
    Guest author Konstantin Andreev is the CEO and Founder of Verdom IT Projects and 360-degree mobile app reality is still in the early stages, and it still has several waves yet to go before entering the mainstream. But, with established companies dabbling in VR campaigns, it’s already proving to be a compelling storytelling tool that breaks both physical and economic barriers.See also: Virtual-Reality Films Could Put The Whole Industry In The SpotlightHere’s how five industries are using VR to increase engagement, return on investment (ROI), and overall customer…
  • Robin's Kickstarter Splash Points To Users' Smartphone Storage War

    David Nield
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Nextbit is not just any Kickstarter startup. The company, formed by Google and HTC alumni, unveiled its Robin smartphone earlier today and, as of this writing, nabbed more than half of its crowdfunding goal on the first day. So far, more than 1,100 backers have pledged upwards of $400,000 towards the $500,000 target, making Robin's launch look like an inevitability. The reason for its success seems to stem from a very clear and straightforward message that cuts to the heart of a common complaint from mobile users: lack of storage. See also: Why Android Won't Save…
  • Google’s Alphabet: It’s All About Getting New Ideas Into Orbit

    Christopher Lochhead
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    Guest author Christopher Lochhead is a cofounding partner of Play Bigger Advisors. He wrote this post with his partners Al Ramadan and Dave Peterson.“Gravity is working against me. And gravity wants to bring me down.” —John Mayer Asking why Google created Alphabet is the wrong question.The right questions to ask are: Why did Google miss social networking? How is it that limo company Carey didn’t see the opportunity in smartphone-powered transportation and Uber's founders did? Why did it take SAP until 2011 to get into cloud apps, twelve years after the founding of…
  • Samsung Gear 2 Takes Circular Path—Back To Tizen

    Adriana Lee
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:40 pm
    When it comes to gadgets, round shapes are the new black, especially for smartwatches. If there’s any doubt, just check out Samsung’s latest update to its smartwatch lineup, announced Monday.See also: Maybe Samsung Is Starting To Think Wearables Through More CarefullyTaking a cue from the Moto 360 and other wearable gizmos—the LG G Watch R and Watch Urbane, and the Huawei Watch, to name a few—Samsung cut the corners off of its smartwatch’s previously boxy shape with the new Gear 2. But unlike those Android watches, it’s what’s on the inside that separates this device. And…
  • How To Keep Employees Excited About Working At Your Startup

    Scott Gerber
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Guest author Scott Gerber is the founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council.In the beginning stages of your business, you can't always offer competitive salaries. So as you're trying to get off the ground, you have to find other ways to structure your business so that early-stage employees have a different reason to be excited about their jobs.To find out how successful entrepreneurs were incentivizing, I asked a group of founders from YEC what they build into their company's DNA that would attract, and keep, top talent.1. Build in Learning Opportunities Many early-stage companies can't pay…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Approaches For Multiplatform UI Design Adaptation: A Case Study

    Sergii Ganushchak & Kate Abrosimova
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:10 am
      There is no winner in the battle between iOS and Android, and we all know that. If a product succeeds on one platform, it will undoubtedly be ported to the other. Sometimes app developers don’t even bother waiting, and release apps for both platforms simultaneously. For designers this means only one thing — they will have to adapt an application’s UI and UX to another platform while ensuring a consistent design language across the product. There are three different scenarios for UI multiplatform adaptation: retaining brand consistency; aligning with the conventions…
  • Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: September 2015

    The Smashing Editorial
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:15 am
      As designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration, but, well, sometimes the best inspiration lies right in front of us. With that in mind, we embarked on a special creativity mission seven years ago: to provide you with inspiring and unique desktop wallpapers every month. Wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd and that are bound to fuel your ideas. We are very thankful to all artists and designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing to this mission, who challenge their artistic abilities each month anew to keep the…
  • Web Development Reading List #101

    Anselm Hannemann
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:48 am
      What's happening in the industry? What important techniques have emerged recently? What about new case studies, insights, techniques and tools? Our dear friend Anselm Hannemann is keeping track of everything in the web development reading list so you don't have to. The reaction on the first post last week was quite overwhelming, so we moved from a bi-monthly frequency to a weekly frequency (for now). — Ed. Welcome back to the Web Development Reading List (WDRL) for this week. Instead of the previously announced biweekly schedule here on Smashing Magazine, I will post it in sync…
  • How We Designed And Built Our First Apple Watch App

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

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

  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Adam Rohrmann!

    Brad Moore
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:16 am
    Teaching a class here at KelbyOne is always an awesome experience. And my most recent project – DSLR Filmmaking: shooting a music video for the band Jule Vera – was certainly nothing short of just that. There were a lot of differences with this project versus my past music videos –specifically the budget. For the first time I was able to buy sets, props, wardrobe, special lighting, and a smoke machine. If you find yourself getting into a project like this, you must pay people. Pay them something, even if it’s $100. Paid people work better for you and it shows in the end. When hiring…
  • I’m Speaking at Canon Expo 2015 in New York Next Week!

    Scott Kelby
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:16 am
    It’s a huge event, held once every five years in New York, Paris, Tokyo and Shanghai and not only is it my first time attending, I’m actually teaching a session in the conference track, and get this — it’s not Photoshop, Lightroom or Photography related. Canon asked if I might do a business class this time around, so I’m really excited to be doing a class next Thursday (a week from this Thursday), called “How to Present Like a Pro” where I’ll share my favorites tips and techniques for making presentations that rock. But besides my class……
  • Desert Fashion Shoot (with behind the scenes pics and video)

    Scott Kelby
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:16 am
    If you’ve been following me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you’ve probably seen me posting some shots from a class I’ve been working on about my location lighting set-up. I had four different location shoots planned for the class (we wrapped up taping last week), but the day before Photoshop World we did the first shoot out on a dry lake bed just outside Vegas. Here’s one of the shots from the shoot. It’s lit with just one flash and it’s the replacement for what has been my go-to kit for years now — the Elinchrom Ranger Quadra — the new model…
  • Worldwide Photo Walk Update: Now 455 Photo Walks Organized Around the World!

    Scott Kelby
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:02 pm
    The post Worldwide Photo Walk Update: Now 455 Photo Walks Organized Around the World! appeared first on Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider.
  • It’s “Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks Friday!”

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

  • Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art Lens Review

    Suzi Pratt
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:00 pm
    When it comes to off-brand (or third party) camera gear, do you feel a bit skeptical? I was in the same boat for my entire photography career, choosing to invest exclusively in Nikon gear when I was a Nikon shooter, then all Canon when I switched over for the Canon 5D Mark III. “You get what you pay for” is what all of my photography colleagues would tell me, and I was an avid believer until this past summer when I invested in my first ever off-brand camera lens: the Sigma 35mm f/1.4. Dubbed Sigma’s true flagship lens, the 35mm f/1.4 debuted in 2012 as the very first…
  • How to Choose a Black and White Plug-In

    Andrew S. Gibson
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    Photo converted to black and white in Topaz B&W Effects 2. While Lightroom and Photoshop are sophisticated, advanced Raw converters and image editing programs, there are still many things that they don’t do as well as third party applications. One of these is converting photos to black and white. But, there are so many plug-ins available that it can be difficult to know which one to buy. This guide will help you decide. Why buy plug-ins? A common theme with black and white plug-ins is that they contain many more ways to emphasize texture than Lightroom and Photoshop. This is important…
  • How to Build Relationships in Photography

    Adam Welch
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    What’s the most important thing to maintain in any business? Confidence, market knowledge, technology? Sure, keep any one of those at the top of your list. But there’s also something else. Perhaps the most sought after and powerful asset you can ever hope to have when it comes to making yourself successful is – strong relationships. By JD Hancock That’s right, good relationships with those who you are seeking to do business with is the most most crucial aspect of any type of business venture. This is especially true when you become a photographer. No matter what kind:…
  • Tips for Depth of Field Control in Macro Photography

    Ivo Guimaraes
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Depth of field is the amount of distance between the nearest and farthest objects that appear in acceptably sharp focus in a photograph, it varies depending on camera type, aperture and focusing distance. If you are into photography you probably already know this and how critical it is when you photograph in macro distances. This image was done with a 100mm macro lens with a life-size converter attached, at a distance of 4 inches to the object to achieve this type of magnification. The Depth of Field you see here is impossible to achieve, as there is no way to have the whole ring in focus…
  • 2 Clumsy Mistakes To Avoid When Meeting With Potential Customers

    Mark Thackeray
    30 Aug 2015 | 12:14 pm
    You recently received an inquiry from someone who really likes your work, is interested in hiring you for a shoot, and wants to meet in person (or on the phone) to discuss more details. Naturally, you’re pretty excited. The thought of booking an event is something that thrills all of us. Then, as soon as the meeting starts, the two cardinal sins of salesmanship rear their ugly heads. What are they? Talking too much and not listening enough. Sure enough, once the prospect asks you a question, it’s as if you’ve suddenly been put in front of a classroom with the responsibility…
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  • Intel's Core M processors are being tested in phones

    Mat Smith
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:16 am
    Intel's fresh-faced sixth-generation processors improve on pretty much all the important fronts: more power efficiency, more graphical oomph and that's especially true for its important Core M series that beats inside laptops and tablets. According...
  • Watch Acer unveil new stuff at its IFA press event

    Dana Wollman
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:30 am
    You may have already noticed, but Team Engadget is on the ground in Berlin covering IFA, Europe's biggest and busiest consumer tech show. As it happens, we won't be liveblogging Acer's keynote, but that doesn't mean you can't still follow along fro...
  • Barclays helps put contactless payments in a £150 jacket

    Nick Summers
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:01 am
    Want a stylish way to make contactless payments in the UK, but can't afford an Apple Watch? Scottish knitwear brand Lyle & Scott has developed a jacket with Barclays' bPay technology in the cuff. For £150, you'll get a snazzy coat and the...
  • The Miix 700 is Lenovo's Surface killer

    Devindra Hardawar
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    Lenovo has arguably done more than any other PC maker to blur the line between tablets and laptops -- but its new Ideapad Miix 700 convertible tablet is clearly aimed at one particular competitor: Microsoft's Surface. Like that machine, the Miix 70...
  • Toshiba unveils a 12-inch convertible laptop with a 4K display

    Jon Fingas
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    Toshiba may have been, er, less than original when it unveiled its Yoga-like Satellite Radius series, but the latest model in its laptop-slash-tablet line does quite a lot to stand on its own merits. The newly launched Satellite Radius 12 packs a 1...
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  • 11 Aug 2015 | 2:25 pm

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

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

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

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

    18 Jun 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Several folks have asked for more specifics on the Seattle GPP Pop-Up. So here's the long version.Gulf Photo Plus is widely regarded as one of the best photo weeks... well, anywhere. And deservedly so. Every year, people attend from dozens of countries all over the world.The problem is that GPP is held in Dubai, which is an awful long way for most westerners to travel.But each year Gulf Photo Plus holds a Pop-Up event somewhere other than Dubai. In 2013 they were in London, and in 2014 it was Singapore. This year, for the first time, a GPP Pop-Up is being held in the US. It's scheduled for…
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  • Tamron relaunches SP series with 35mm F1.8 Di VC USD and SP 45mm F1.8 Di VC USD

    2 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    Japanese lens manufacturer Tamron has announced it has revamped its SP lens range, starting with the SP 35mm F1.8 Di VC USD and the SP 45mm F1.8 Di VC USD. As a company that usually produces zoom lenses it's surprising to see the first two SP models are fixed focal lengths primes, boasting new design values inside and out according to Tamron. Read more
  • Submit your photos to Feature Shoot's 'Vertical Living' group show for your chance to be displayed at PIX

    1 Sep 2015 | 6:17 pm
    Feature Shoot is accepting submissions for its latest group show, and winners will have their work displayed at PIX 2015 - our interactive photo expo. The show centers on themes of 'vertical living,' and will be curated by Feature Shoot Editor-in-Chief Alison Zavos. Read more
  • DxO ONE on its way to Europe

    1 Sep 2015 | 12:43 pm
    DxO has announced that its ONE camera is coming to Europe this October. The ONE, which is shipping this month to US customers, features a 1"-type 20.2MP CMOS sensor, 32mm equivalent F1.8 lens and an integrated lightning connector for use with an iPhone or iPad. Read more
  • GoPro adds Trim + Share feature to mobile app

    1 Sep 2015 | 12:11 pm
    GoPro has added a Trim and Share feature to its mobile app and some of its camera models, allowing users to pull short clips from video footage and share the finalized video. The feature is available now in the latest version of the GoPro mobile app, and is offered on the HERO4 Black + LCD BacPac, HERO4 Silver, and the HERO+ LCD. Read more
  • Making the grade: Firmware brings log gamma to GH4 and new Panasonic GH4R gets unlimited recording

    1 Sep 2015 | 11:45 am
    Updated: Panasonic has announced the Lumix DMC-GH4R, a Europe-only variant of the GH4 that offers a Log gamma curve and unlimited 4K video recording. There will also be a paid-for firmware update adding the V-Log L Photo Style to the GH4 - a super-flat tone curve designed to capture the maximum dynamic range for greater flexibility while color grading. Read more
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Practical De-hazing (Matt Kloskowski)
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:01 pm
    If you ever go to a zoo, aquarium or any place that has you viewing animals behind plexiglass, then the new De-haze feature in Lightroom is perfect for you. I went out to Busch Gardens to shoot the animals… (fill in your own joke…) and just about every animal was behind the wonderful thick glass that a million kids and parents had made even better by smearing it with their handprints and other body parts. Most of the time the key is to try to find the cleanest/clearest sections, but I decided to see how good a job Lightroom can do with the dehazing. I took some shots through the…
  • 10 More Things I Would Tell a New Lightroom User: #2 (Matt Kloskowski)
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:16 am
    #2: Use the built-in catalog backup function While Lightroom doesn’t have any functionality for keeping your photo library backed up, it does have an excellent mechanism for regularly and automatically creating a backup copy of your catalog. After all, the Lightroom catalog is where all the work you do inside of Lightroom is stored, so why wouldn’t you want it backed up? Over the years I’ve heard from a few people who avoid the built-in catalog backup function because they already regularly backup the drive their working catalog is on, or because they have Lightroom configured to write…
  • 10 More Things I Would Tell a New Lightroom User: #1 (Matt Kloskowski)
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:16 am
    Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome to the blog (with an awesome series of tips), our good friend Mr. Rob Sylvan! Greetings! A huge thanks to Scott for reviving this series for new Lightroom users, and to both Scott and RC for giving me the opportunity to add 10 more tips. You can catch up with Scott’s earlier tips if you missed them. The original idea for this series derived from my experience as the Lightroom Help Desk for KelbyOne, which I’ve been doing since Lightroom 1.0 was released. The Lightroom and Photoshop Help Desk for is a feature of a KelbyOne membership, and I’ve been…
  • Removing Moiré Patterns in Lightroom (Matt Kloskowski)
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:17 am
    Luckily, it’s something that I don’t run into a whole bunch, and I used to have to jump through a bunch of hoops in Photoshop when I did run into one of those pesky moiré patterns, but now Lightroom makes getting rid of them really quick and easy. While I’d like to think it only shows up on weird sports coats and dress patterns, the dreaded moiré sometimes shows up in the weirdest places — like the strap of a guitar. STEP ONE: If you look on the black guitar strap you can see a color pattern of large squares, especially up hear where our subject’s hair touches…
  • Black and White preference (Matt Kloskowski)
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:05 am
    Here is a quick tip to help you with your Black and White conversions… make sure that “Apply auto mix when first converting to black and white” is turned on in the Preferences panel under the Presets tab. This will give you a head start in tweaking and fine tuning your black and white mix instead of looking at a straight row of sliders and having to guess at the best mix. Make sure that Auto-mix is turned on Without Auto-mix turned on, when you click on Black and White all of the sliders are in the middle With Auto-mix now there is a lovely wave in the sliders and you have…
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • LUNATIK EPIK Apple Watch Kit Review: Rugged Protection, but Not the Best Fit or Comfort

    Eric Slivka
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:10 pm
    LUNATIK, the company that made a name for itself a number of years ago by creating popular watch bands such as the TikTok and LYNK for the sixth-generation iPod nano, has debuted a similar offering for the 42 mm Apple Watch with its new EPIK lineup. EPIK began as a Kickstarter project that raised over $240,000 and offered a protective anodized aluminum casing for the watch itself paired with an integrated silicone sport band or aluminum link bracelet. Intended to aid in using the Apple Watch in more rugged environments, the EPIK adds protection to the Apple Watch in the form of enclosed…
  • Instagram Improves 'Instagram Direct' Private Messaging Capabilities

    Juli Clover
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:36 am
    Instagram today announced a major update to the Instagram Direct feature that it first introduced in 2013, allowing users to send threaded messages and content from their feeds through the private messaging function. Prior to today, Instagram Direct could only be used to send a single photo privately to a friend or a group of friends, where it could be commented on away from the public eye. There was no way to share content from a user's feed to a direct message, and there were no conversation management tools, both feature oversights that Instagram has now corrected. Following an app update,…
  • Amazon Prime Video Introduces Offline Viewing for iPhone and iPad

    Mitchel Broussard
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:24 am
    Amazon's Prime Video streaming service today announced the ability for its users to download television shows and movies to an iPhone, iPad, or Android device (via Re/code). The service had previously supported such a feature, but it was exclusively available for Amazon's own Fire tablets, with today marking the first expansion onto Apple's smartphones. The feature will let Prime users download video content for later viewing when not in direct proximity of a trustworthy Wi-Fi connection, but won't be available for every single show and film currently offered on Amazon Prime Video. The…
  • Adonit Announces New Pen-Like Jot Dash Stylus

    Juli Clover
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    Adonit, known for its range of styluses, today announced the Jot Dash, the company's latest stylus that aims to closely replicate a standard pen. The Jot Dash is a thin-tipped active stylus that has a plastic 1.9mm tip that offers more precision than a standard rubber-tipped stylus. Priced at $49.99, the Jot Dash bridges the gap between Adonit's inexpensive Jot Pro and Jot Mini and the pricier Bluetooth-connected Jot Touch and Jot Script. Like the Jot Touch and the Jot Script, it has a small battery-powered tip, but it lacks the Bluetooth connectivity that enables features like palm…
  • Apple Pay Limit Rises to £30 in UK

    Joe Rossignol
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:37 am
    The UK Cards Association announced on Tuesday that the upper limit for Apple Pay and other contactless payments is now £30 per transaction in the United Kingdom (via AppleInsider). Apple Pay transactions were previously limited to £20 since the service launched in the U.K. around six weeks ago. British retailers will be updating their payment terminals starting today and over the coming weeks to accept the new limit. Apple Pay in the United Kingdom is supported by major credit cards Visa, MasterCard and American Express, with participating banks including First Direct, HSBC, MBNA,…
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