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  • No one Jungle Boogies like the Muppets [video]

    Holy Kaw!
    Kate Rinsema
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Sam the Eagle has a few issues with being expected to Jungle Boogie, but eventually sees the light and shakes a tail feather or two. The post No one Jungle Boogies like the Muppets [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 90-year-old spends birthday strapped to wing of a plane like it's no big deal

    Mashable
    Sam Haysom
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:09 am
    LONDON – Not many nonagenarians spend their birthdays attached to the wing of a small plane as they hurtle through the air at 500ft, but John Weston is not most 90-year-olds. See also: 57-year-old man laughs, cries and swears on his first flight The British WWII veteran, who served in the RAF as a rear gunner on a Lancaster Bomber, did the wing-walk on his birthday to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society. John looked impressively chilled before his flight. Here he is casually waving, as if he were doing nothing more dramatic than driving down to the local shops. "It's windy up…
  • Imagining A Beacon-Filled World In Columbus, Georgia

    Fast Company
    Sarah Kessler
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:06 am
    App-development firm Piper's products are pointless without a critical mass of users. So it picked a small city where it could make one.After Apple introduced iBeacon in 2013, it was easy to imagine how the platform, which allowed anyone to use low-power Bluetooth to communicate with nearby phones, could tie digital interactions to the physical world. We would buy concert tickets after receiving a message from a beacon placed near a concert poster, read about art in messages that popped onto our phones as we passed murals, and receive personalized maps to find items on our shopping lists at…
  • Alibaba Hires Goldman Sachs Veteran To Grow Its International Business

    TechCrunch
    Jon Russell
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:53 am
     Alibaba is continuing its international push after hiring former Goldman Sachs vice president Michael Evans as its new president in charge of global business. Read More
  • The other kinds of laziness

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:35 am
    There's the obvious sort of laziness, the laziness of not trying very hard, of avoiding strenuous tasks or heavy lifting, of getting others to do your work or not showing up for many hours each day. We're quick to point fingers at others (and ourselves) when we demonstrate this sort of sloth. But there are other sorts of laziness, and they're far more damaging. There's the laziness of racism and sexism, which permits us to write people off (or reward them) without doing the hard work of actually seeing them for who they are. There's the laziness of bureaucracy, which gives us the chance to…
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    Holy Kaw!

  • No one Jungle Boogies like the Muppets [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Sam the Eagle has a few issues with being expected to Jungle Boogie, but eventually sees the light and shakes a tail feather or two. The post No one Jungle Boogies like the Muppets [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • These hand drawn holograms will blow your mind [video]

    Josh Urich
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Holograms aren't just for R2D2 units and MTV awards shows. You don't need fancy technology or projectors. You can make holograms by hand. Here's how. The post These hand drawn holograms will blow your mind [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Ever wonder what DJs really do? [video]

    Josh Urich
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Have you ever wondered what a DJ actually does? Do they just put one record on after another? As it turns out, not at all. Watching this master at work will show you why people are into DJs. The post Ever wonder what DJs really do? [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Physics and cats: Cute [video]

    Deanne Mayall
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:52 pm
    Well, I suppose if you name a cat “Hubble”, it’s going to like physics… More stories about YouTube. Photo credit: Canva.com The post Physics and cats: Cute [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 30 best comedy podcasts

    Kate Rinsema
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:17 pm
    If laughter's been missing from your life, Flavorwire's Alison Herman has a killer list of podcasts you need to check out if you're not already a fan. The post 30 best comedy podcasts appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
 
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    Mashable

  • 90-year-old spends birthday strapped to wing of a plane like it's no big deal

    Sam Haysom
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:09 am
    LONDON – Not many nonagenarians spend their birthdays attached to the wing of a small plane as they hurtle through the air at 500ft, but John Weston is not most 90-year-olds. See also: 57-year-old man laughs, cries and swears on his first flight The British WWII veteran, who served in the RAF as a rear gunner on a Lancaster Bomber, did the wing-walk on his birthday to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society. John looked impressively chilled before his flight. Here he is casually waving, as if he were doing nothing more dramatic than driving down to the local shops. "It's windy up…
  • The man who saved Uber in New York is looking for new startups

    Seth Fiegerman
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    The man who helped Uber beat New York is looking for other startups Bradley Tusk, the former campaign manager for Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is selling what some startups desperately want to buy: advice on how to beat the system. The man who helped Uber weave through many of its regulatory scuffles, including last month's victory in New York, is looking to help other startups do the same — and cash in on Silicon Valley's growing sense of urgency about looming regulatory battles "Some of the public disputes companies like Uber and AirBnB have had make the reality of regulation and politics…
  • Your smartphone and laptop battery life could endanger your privacy

    Stan Schroeder
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:51 am
    Think your private browsing session is really private? A new paper shows how your smartphone or laptop's battery can be used to compromise your privacy A HTML5 feature called the Battery Status API lets websites check the status of your device's battery with such precision that it could be used to track you in short time intervals, researchers claim. And that's even if you're using identity-concealing software such as Tor See also: Tim Cook blasts Silicon Valley companies for 'gobbling up' your personal data This happens because the Battery Status API can pull several pieces of information…
  • Portrait of Australian surfer painted with pale ale beer

    Jenni Ryall
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:49 am
    The Australian surfing great Wayne "Rabbit" Bartholomew has been immortalised in the way Australians know best — with beer. In a portrait titled "The Next Wave," renowned watercolour artist Grant Molony captured the unique character of Rabbit using pale ale and paint brushes. See also: Surf legend Mick Fanning donates TV interview fee to shark attack victim Rabbit has three world surfing titles under his belt, and was making a name for himself as a young gun when the legendary "28 Day Swell of '75" hit Kirra and Burleigh in Queensland. Over the decades, "The Swell" has turned into…
  • Saviour Taylor Swift allows elderly Australian actors to 'Shake It Off'

    Jenni Ryall
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:18 am
    With just two words Tay Tay has saved Australian theatre A bunch of Australian acting royalty have convinced the Devine Being Taylor Swift to give them permission to "Shake It Off." The Belvoir Theatre Company in Sydney was all ready to kick off its new play Seventeen on Wednesday when disaster struck. Unfortunately, the theatre failed to secure the rights to use Taylor Swift's hit song "Shake It Off." See also: The Taylor Swift guide to being a kickass businesswoman The play is about a group of teenagers on their last day of school, with the characters played by veteran actors including…
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    Fast Company

  • Imagining A Beacon-Filled World In Columbus, Georgia

    Sarah Kessler
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:06 am
    App-development firm Piper's products are pointless without a critical mass of users. So it picked a small city where it could make one.After Apple introduced iBeacon in 2013, it was easy to imagine how the platform, which allowed anyone to use low-power Bluetooth to communicate with nearby phones, could tie digital interactions to the physical world. We would buy concert tickets after receiving a message from a beacon placed near a concert poster, read about art in messages that popped onto our phones as we passed murals, and receive personalized maps to find items on our shopping lists at…
  • Twitter's News Tab Surfaces Trending Headlines

    Neal Ungerleider
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:15 pm
    The new feature is yet another tweak to Twitter's interface aimed at casual users and those new to the site.Twitter is toying with a new feature targeted at prospective users: a news tab in its iOS and Android apps designed to instantly update with breaking stories from approved sources.Read Full Story
  • The Smart Cigarette Case That Guilts Smokers With Hard Data

    John Paul Titlow
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:45 pm
    The quantified-health craze is taking aim at our worst habits. Can a connected cigarette case help smokers quit?Quitting smoking seems like one of the most challenging things you can do. I've never smoked, but I've seen friends try a range of tricks to try and kick the habit—from lozenges and patches to mobile apps. But what if we could somehow marry the quantified-health craze with this public health pandemic?Read Full Story
  • Amazon Restricts Prime Membership, Only Lets You Share With One Friend

    Neal Ungerleider
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:40 am
    Do you share a Prime account with a friend or coworker? Now you'll have to share your credit card information with them, too.Now that Amazon reportedly has 40 million Prime subscribers, the e-commerce site is tightening the screws on its sharing capabilities. As of this weekend, subscribers can only share their Prime membership with one other person, rather than four—and both people sharing Prime privileges will have access to all credit cards on the account.Read Full Story
  • Your MacBook Is Not As Secure As You Thought

    Neal Ungerleider
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:35 am
    Researchers successfully hack into Macs that are not connected to the Internet.Researchers have created the first firmware worm that targets Mac computers, in a move that gives corporate security teams a sharp new headache and pokes holes in one of Apple's top selling points. A proof-of-concept worm from Xeno Kovah of LegbaCore and Trammell Hudson of Two Sigma Investments jumps from MacBook to MacBook, even if the computers are not connected to the Internet or on a network with each other.Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Alibaba Hires Goldman Sachs Veteran To Grow Its International Business

    Jon Russell
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:53 am
     Alibaba is continuing its international push after hiring former Goldman Sachs vice president Michael Evans as its new president in charge of global business. Read More
  • Battery Attributes Can Be Used To Track Web Users

    Natasha Lomas
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
     A team of European security researchers has published a paper analyzing how the battery life of mobile devices could be used to track web browsing habits of Firefox users on Linux, using the HTML5 Battery Status API. Read More
  • GIF Keyboard Maker Riffsy Raises $10M Series A

    Catherine Shu
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:27 am
     GIF keyboard maker Riffsy has raised a $10 million Series A to make sure you never have to communicate using only boring sentences and emojis again. The round was led by Menlo Ventures with participation from returning investor Redpoint Ventures, as well as Cowboy Ventures and Signia Venture Partners. Read More
  • Tencent Wants To Buy All Remaining Shares Of Elong, One Of China’s Top Travel Sites

    Catherine Shu
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:43 pm
     Tencent has made a bid to buy all outstanding shares of eLong, one of China’s biggest online travel agencies (OTA). Read More
  • #ILookLikeAnEngineer Aims To Spread Awareness About Gender Diversity In Tech

    Megan Rose Dickey
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:17 pm
     When OneLogin Platform Engineer Isis Wenger agreed to participate in the company’s recruiting campaign, she felt pretty apathetic about it. She also didn’t anticipate the backlash that has come from it. “As a genuine introvert I have never cared much about gaining public attention and I really wasn’t prepared for how much everything blew up,” Wenger told me in… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • The other kinds of laziness

    Seth Godin
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:35 am
    There's the obvious sort of laziness, the laziness of not trying very hard, of avoiding strenuous tasks or heavy lifting, of getting others to do your work or not showing up for many hours each day. We're quick to point fingers at others (and ourselves) when we demonstrate this sort of sloth. But there are other sorts of laziness, and they're far more damaging. There's the laziness of racism and sexism, which permits us to write people off (or reward them) without doing the hard work of actually seeing them for who they are. There's the laziness of bureaucracy, which gives us the chance to…
  • Self cleaning

    Seth Godin
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:47 am
    My friend Lisa is fascinated by the self-cleaning oven. In principle, it takes care of itself, an ongoing cycle of productivity. One button gets it dirty, then another button cleans it right up. Even better, consider the camera that cleans its sensor every time it's turned on. Relationships, processes, interactions--these can be self cleaning too, if we build them that way. Instead of waiting for things to degrade or even to break, we build in a cycle of honesty, a tradition of check-ins. Instead of a strategy that includes [and then an emergency happens/and then a miracle happens] as a key…
  • Show us the pictures

    Seth Godin
    2 Aug 2015 | 1:12 am
    There’s an increasing gulf between the privacy of individuals and that of corporations and monopolies. An individual is almost certainly going be videotaped every time he leaves home. You will be caught on camera in the store, at the airport and on the street. Your calls to various organizations will also be recorded “for quality purposes.” At the same time, it’s against the law to film animal cruelty on farms in many states. And if you say to a customer service rep, “I’m taping this call,” you’re likely to be met with hostility or even a dead line. Kudos, then, to police…
  • Yes!, please and thank you

    Seth Godin
    1 Aug 2015 | 2:37 am
    Don't jerk people around Here's a simple marketing strategy for a smaller company trying to compete in a big-company world: Choose your customers, trust them, treat them well. Say yes. Bend the rules. Show up on time. Keep your promises. Don't exert power merely because you can. Be human, be kind, pay attention, smile. Not everyone deserves this sort of treatment, not everyone will do their part to be the kind of customer you can delight and serve. But that's okay, you don't need everyone. When in doubt, be the anti-airline.        
  • On adding a zero

    Seth Godin
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:29 am
    Just about everyone can imagine what it would be like to add 10% more to their output, to be 10% better or faster. Many people can envision what their world would be like if they were twice as good, if the work was twice as insightful or useful or urgent. But ten times? It's really difficult to imagine what you would do with ten times as many employees, or ten times the assets or ten times the audience. And yet imagining it is often the first step to getting there.        
 
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    WIRED

  • Parents of the Decapitated HitchBOT Say He Will Live On

    Tim Moynihan
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    A Canadian hitchhiking robot was destroyed by some jerk in Philadelphia, but the team behind the project is staying positive. The post Parents of the Decapitated HitchBOT Say He Will Live On appeared first on WIRED.
  • More Range in Chevy’s Volt Means You Hardly Ever Need Gas

    Alex Davies
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    The 2016 Volt has a lot of nice features, but only one that really matters: a significantly improved electric range. The post More Range in Chevy’s Volt Means You Hardly Ever Need Gas appeared first on WIRED.
  • True Detective Recap: The Show Finally Finds Its Momentum

    K.M. McFarland
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:15 pm
    The best thing about last night's episode is how it manages to push its supporting characters to the margins and make some room for explanation. The post True Detective Recap: The Show Finally Finds Its Momentum appeared first on WIRED.
  • Facebook Live Events Could Command A Truly Global Audience

    Julia Greenberg
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:21 pm
    The social networking giant began testing a new feature that brought the annual Chicago music festival Lollapalooza live to users at home. The post Facebook Live Events Could Command A Truly Global Audience appeared first on WIRED.
  • China’s Supercomputer Export Ban May Just Be Marketing

    Klint Finley
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:53 pm
    By banning export of its tech, China is signaling it has tech to export. The post China’s Supercomputer Export Ban May Just Be Marketing appeared first on WIRED.
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    @ProBlogger

  • ProBlogger Podcast: Can You Really Make Money Blogging?

    Darren Rowse
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:01 am
    photo credit Ah yes – this old chestnut. Can bloggers really make money blogging? It’s a subject I find myself talking about a lot, and it’s often the most popular question I get asked. Last year we did a theme week on ProBlogger.net on that exact topic, where every day we took a look into popular ways to monetize (links are below). In today’s ProBlogger Podcast episode, we crack this chestnut wide open. It’s the first episode that isn’t in the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog Challenge, although they’re all still there (and on iTunes) if you’d…
  • Thinking of Quitting Blogging? The Tale of One Blogger Who Did (and What Happened Next!)

    Stacey Roberts
    2 Aug 2015 | 7:22 am
    There has been a definite shift in the blogosphere over the last 12 or so months, and I’ve heard story after story of people who feel a real sense of transition in the air. Blogging can take a toll on the strongest of people, what with its 24-hour cycle, it’s relentless need to be updated, and its ability to totally take over your life if you let it. What I’ve noticed, though, is how hard it is for people to let go. Either to let go of their blogs completely, or to let go of the parts of blogging that don’t serve them (me included!). It could be fear holding them…
  • 31DBBB Day 31: Next Steps

    Darren Rowse
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Congratulations! You’ve made it to Day 31. Hopefully you’ve found some of the challenges over this last 31 days to be useful. Thousands have completed the program over the years and I’ve heard so much great feedback, but there’s one thing I’d like to share with you today on the podcast. What’s the key to really getting the most out of 31 Days to Build a Better Blog? And how do you do that? I share all! You will need a calendar set up somewhere so make sure you have one you can use before you get going with today’s challenge. Nothing will change if you…
  • The ProBlogger Podcast: Digging into Statistics

    Darren Rowse
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Almost the last day! While yesterday we looked to the future to build a plan to find readers, today we’re going to dig into our stats to find out what kind of effect the last 29 days have had on our sites. What can you see is different after the changes you’ve made? Some of you will be seasoned pros at looking at your stats, but if you’re newer to blogging and want some starting points, these are the metrics I recommend you keep track of regularly as you go on with your blogging. In the show notes I also link to a post I published recently that gives you an overview of how I…
  • How to Develop the Right Plan to Grow Your Blog’s Readership

    Darren Rowse
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    We’re getting to the end of our time together, and in these last few days I like to look to the future and see how we can use what we’ve learned over the last few weeks on our blogs. Today’s challenge is a simple one, although it might take you a bit of time, but it shouldn’t be skipped. We’re going to switch from creating content and the day-to-day of building community with our readers, and do things that are a little more long-term and strategic. Today is all about growing your readership. I’ll discuss some of the drawbacks of focusing solely on content…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • The Tech CEO's Daily Bag

    Thorin Klosowski
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Being the CEO of Automattic is no easy task, but Matt Mulenweg shares the tools he brings along with him to get the job over on Everyday Carry.Read more...
  • Add Tahini to Make Any Sauce or Dip Creamier 

    Heather Yamada-Hosley
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Tahini is a versatile ingredient that can be used to create all sorts of delicious toppings, like salad dressing and garlic sauce for steak or roasted veggies, and of course, hummus. If you remember to keep some in your fridge, you can add it to any sauce or dip for extra richness.http://skillet.lifehacker.com/make-flavored-... Read more...
  • Turn Off This Setting to Remove "Most Used" From Your Start Menu

    Eric Ravenscraft
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Windows 10: The new Start menu is a welcome addition after it was removed from Windows 10. However, it does come with some new annoyances. Now, by default, your Start Menu will show you all the most used apps on your computer. If you’d rather not see that, here’s how to turn it off.Read more...
  • Status Board Goes Free, Adds New Dashboard Panels

    Thorin Klosowski
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:30 pm
    iPad: Status Board is one of the best dashboard apps out there , and today it gets a little better. The new version includes a new UI, multiple boards, new panels, and more.http://lifehacker.com/the-best-dashb... Read more...
  • How I Built Better Habits With Calendar Appointments

    Stephanie Lee on Vitals, shared by Andy Orin to Lifehacker
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Old habits die hard. You’ve probably experienced this when you vowed to eat all salads forever, only to crash and burn a few days later. Building new habits takes time. A lot of time. For me, turning my habits into calendar appointments made a huge difference. Here’s how this might work for you.http://lifehacker.com/5926583/why-ha... Read more...
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  • Apple Seeds Sixth OS X 10.11 El Capitan Beta to Developers

    Juli Clover
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Apple today released the sixth beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan to developers for testing purposes, one week after releasing the fifth El Capitan beta and nearly two months after unveiling the new operating system at its 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference. The update is available through the software update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Apple Developer Center. While early betas introduced minor design changes and features, the last few betas have focused on under-the-hood performance improvements and bug fixes to optimize OS X El Capitan ahead of its public release. OS X El…
  • Apple Purchases Massive 43-Acre Development Site in North San Jose

    Juli Clover
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:54 am
    Shortly after leasing a 300,000 square foot campus in North San Jose, Apple has expanded on its real estate holdings in the area, buying a 43-acre development site at 2347 North First Street for more than $138 million. According to the Silicon Valley Business Journal, the site, which consists of undeveloped land, is approved for up to 2.8 million square feet of office space, much like Apple's Campus 2 location in Cupertino. Apple has not submitted building plans for the site, and it is unclear what the company plans to do with the land. Map showing land bought by Apple and other available…
  • First Firmware Worm Able to Infect Macs Created by Researchers

    Juli Clover
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:58 am
    A team of researchers has created the first firmware worm that's able to infect Macs, reports Wired. Building on "Thunderstrike" exploits uncovered earlier this year, the worm, dubbed "Thunderstrike 2," infects Macs at the firmware level, making it nearly impossible to remove. Embedded into firmware, malware is resistant to firmware and software updates, able to block them entirely or reinstall itself at will. The worm was created by security engineer Trammell Hudson, who first discovered the Thunderstrike exploits, and Xeno Kovah, owner of firmware security consultancy LegbaCore. When…
  • Apple Said to Consider Becoming a Mobile Carrier by Leasing Network Capacity in U.S. and Europe

    Mitchel Broussard
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:07 am
    Apple is currently in early talks to launch its own mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) in both the United States and Europe, according to information gathered by Business Insider. A few sources close to Apple suggest that the company is testing the service right now in the United States, with early negotiations beginning in Europe to bring the MVNO service overseas. If completed, Apple would essentially become its own network carrier, freeing the company and iPhone users from any particular current carrier like T-Mobile or AT&T, and allow users to pay for the usual data, calls, and text…
  • More 'iPhone 6s' Display Assembly Photos and Renderings Revealed

    Mitchel Broussard
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:03 am
    Following the release of several photos of a claimed display assembly for the "iPhone 6s" over the weekend, Macfixit Australia has shared additional images of what appears to be the same display assembly, further suggesting the leaked images to be real internal parts for the next-generation iPhone. One of Macfixit's photos includes a quality control label showing a pass date of July 29, which, if legitimate, would put the assembly in a correct time frame for Apple's traditional September iPhone launches. The image also appears identical to those released over the weekend by repair company…
 
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  • Is This Interesting?

    Chris Brogan
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:16 pm
    INSTEAD of watching me do dumb things live on Periscope, why not engage me where we can talk back and forth, where I can help, where I can add value. Here’s the Thing If you sign up after reading what I just wrote, please hit REPLY when you get your confirmation and say “Periscope sent me.” Continue ReadingThe post Is This Interesting? appeared first on chrisbrogan.com.
  • Periscope is the Least Interesting Thing I’ve Ever Seen

    Chris Brogan
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:47 pm
    I just logged onto Periscope. I did it mostly because Derek Halpern said this. If you love Periscope, read that. Because I don’t love Periscope. Periscope is Not Interesting To Me The premise is simple: live video in real time. Okay, cool. Except, it’s not especially useful for my business. It’s INTERESTING, but it’s not USEFUL. Continue ReadingThe post Periscope is the Least Interesting Thing I’ve Ever Seen appeared first on chrisbrogan.com.
  • The Last King of Brooklyn

    Chris Brogan
    14 Jul 2015 | 2:24 pm
    The air inside the Brooklyn Bowl smells like well worn leather, sawdust, and evidently hops (from the nearby Brooklyn Brewery, but I’ll get back to them). All around me are authentic Coney Island early 20th century amusement park props, like the tin targets from shooting galleries. There’s a band putting their gear together onstage for an evening event, lots of percussion and fewer amps, so I’m guessing it’ll be some kind of folk or world music. In front of me, Charley Ryan, cofounder of the Brooklyn Bowl (with partner Peter Shapiro) is pressing his business card into…
  • Customer Service is Marketing

    Chris Brogan
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:13 am
    My son, Harold, is huge into video games and video game culture. He knows more weird and deep-level memes and obscure details than you’ll ever know. Harold has convinced me to take him to the SCG Convention in Texas. To say he’s hyped and excited is to really underplay how he feels about it. As part of this, I’ve encouraged Harold to do as much of the planning and deciding as possible. Harold chose the Aloft hotel chain. Swell by me. He picked it because he loved the videos. I prepaid for the days of the conference. And then, I ran into a snag.Continue ReadingThe post…
  • The Biggest Competitive Advantage I Have

    Chris Brogan
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:32 am
    I’m sprawled out on my bed writing to you. My son is reading a copy of Retro Gamer and my daughter is playing Splatoon (it’s a Wii game that your kid probably wants). Lately, I’ve been thinking about this blog, about you, about my business, about what I stand for. That kind of stuff. The Biggest Competitive Advantage I Have is Openness and Honesty But that sounds like I’m trying to be virtuous. I’m not. I just think it’s easier/better/faster to just tell you what I think and feel, instead of worrying. Continue ReadingThe post The Biggest Competitive…
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    Copyblogger

  • How a Life-Long Entrepreneur Transformed into a Full-Time Author

    Rainmaker.FM
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Joanna Penn is a life-long entrepreneur that has also worked for major corporations and has even run her own scuba diving business. But after years of not finding what made her happy, she turned to writing books and found the true success she’d wanted all along. Fifteen books later, this fiction and nonfiction author is the epitome of success in the self-publishing movement. Want to know how to leave your day job and become a full-time successful author? This interview is for you … In this episode of Authorpreneur, host Jim Kukral and Joanna Penn discuss: How to leave your job and…
  • Behind the Scenes: The Reimagining of Copyblogger.com

    Rainmaker.FM
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Copyblogger.com started it all on this particular crazy portion of the journey. It’s constantly evolved over the years, and it’s about to take another giant step forward. When you strip away the fact that Copyblogger has historically been the mothership platform for our company, you realize that it’s essentially a membership site with free and paid components. The foundational elements of a scalable, replicable membership site model are already in place there. We’ll be talking about that in the future, but first we’re taking it to the next level for our own sites — and that…
  • How to Find and Tap into Unmet Demands

    Rainmaker.FM
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Today’s guest on Hack the Entrepreneur is a successful author and screenwriter, and he has written a book and produced a movie about his life, called I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell. His books have sold more than three million copies and have been translated into 30 different languages. He also founded (and sold) Tropaion Publishing, which pioneered the idea of author as publisher. He later co-founded Book in a Box after a busy entrepreneur asked if she could write a book without actually writing it. The company’s mission is to help people turn their wisdom, knowledge, and ideas…
  • An Editor-in-Chief’s Responsibilities in the Digital Age

    Rainmaker.FM
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    Jerod Morris, VP of Rainmaker.FM, stops by Editor-in-Chief to discuss the responsibilities of an Editor-in-Chief in today’s on-demand digital content world. Does the current role of an Editor-in-Chief in the digital space differ from the traditional definition of an Editor-in-Chief? In this 27-minute episode of Editor-in-Chief, host Stefanie Flaxman and Jerod Morris discuss: The contemporary content marketing environment How to make a significant contribution to your industry Why connection is king The critical importance of editorial standards in the digital age The similarities between…
  • Could Podcasting Make You a Better Writer?

    Rainmaker.FM
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Indeed, it can. It can also make you a more visible writer. But that depends on how you go about it. On this episode of Rough Draft, Demian Farnworth interviews Jerod Morris and Jon Nastor. Jerod is one of the VPs of Rainmaker.FM, Demian’s co-host on The Lede, and a co-host on another Rainmaker.FM show called The Showrunner. Jon Nastor is a serial entrepreneur, host of Hack the Entreprenuer (also on the Rainmaker.FM podcast network), and the other host of The Showrunner. In this 27-minute episode of Rough Draft, you’ll discover: The benefits of becoming a showrunner The best way…
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    Macworld

  • Tested: Six third-party Apple Watch bands

    4 Aug 2015 | 3:30 am
    One of the greatest features of the Apple Watch is its band design: If you don’t like the band that you ordered with your Watch, just swap it out for something new. While Apple has a ton of great-looking options, its designs can be limiting if you’re not a fan of their looks, price points, or materials. Luckily, third-party Apple Watch bands have hit the market, offering more affordable leather straps, glittery sport-like bands, mixed-metal designs, and more—not just cheap $20 knock-offs of Apple’s own unique bands. We tested six third-party bands from three different companies to…
  • Myfox Home Security review: Reality fails to live up to the promise of the demo

    4 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    As is too often the case, my enthusiasm for the Myfox Home Security System—engendered by a 30-minute pre-launch demo—has waned following real-world testing in my home. Quality-control concerns let some air out of the balloon; discovering the system’s limitations lowered my opinion a bit more. Myfox’s innovative IntelliTag door/window sensor mostly lives up to the hype, but I quickly discovered that it has at least one major shortcoming. The axiom you only get once chance to make a first impression doesn’t really hold true with new product coverage. Manufacturers get two chances: The…
  • This $9300 analog watch has an Apple Watch strapped to its back like a papoose

    3 Aug 2015 | 2:09 pm
    I’m reviewing the Pebble Time right now, but I’ve kept wearing my Apple Watch, and let me tell you: I feel pretty silly wearing two of these things. But that’s nowhere near the pinnacle of silliness: the Pinnacle, a line of luxury Swiss-made wristwatches with an Apple Watch on the other side.Announced Monday by California watchmaker Nico Gerard, and available for preorder, the Pinnacle watches feature a normal-looking fancy watch on one side, which you wear facing out on your wrist. It’s got a 41mm case and a date indicator, and it’s water resistant to 100 meters, but you can’t…
  • iPhone 6s rumors: Force Touch, selfie camera, thicker and in pink?

    3 Aug 2015 | 1:38 pm
    The yearly iPhone refresh is a fact of life, as unmistakeable a sign of fall as back-to-school sales and baseball playoffs. And one thing you can count on just as certainly as a new iPhone is the rumor mill spinning out of control leading up to its unveiling. The iPhone 6s is no exception. To help make sense of the chaotic hearsay, we’ll collect every rumor that surfaces about the iPhone 6s, from its reported specs to its guesstimated release date, and everything in between—as well as try to discern the plausibly of the rumor. If tradition holds, expect Apple to officially announce its…
  • Report: Apple testing its own mobile service plan in the U.S. and Europe

    3 Aug 2015 | 12:49 pm
    It’s been almost a decade since Apple first filed a patent to become a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), but Cupertino’s plan is reportedly still underway. According to Business Insider, Apple is secretly conducting trials to set up its own MVNO service in the U.S., and is also in conversations with European telecoms companies to bring the service to the other side of the pond. This MVNO service would essentially make the Cupertino tech company its own carrier, with iPhone owners paying Apple directly for cell service and data plans. To read this article in full or to leave a…
 
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    ReadWrite

  • 10 Ways To Test If Your MVP Is Actually Viable

    Scott Gerber
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:20 am
    Throwing together a minimum viable product, or MVP, is a great way to test your concept and find out what customers really want before you sink more money into the game.However, there's a fine line between tossing something together and a MVP that's too buggy to launch. Finding that sweet spot is tough—spend too long on a proof of concept and you're wasting your time, but send out a too-buggy product and you risk your reputation. How do you know when you're ready?I asked 10 entrepreneurs from YEC how they know if an MVP is ready launch. Their best answers are below.1. Your MVP Solves a…
  • Amazon's Awesome Alexa Voice Tech Reaches Out To Other Devices

    Adriana Lee
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Alexa, the chatty personality that makes the Amazon Echo smart speaker so fun and handy, wants to join more devices. The company announced Friday the launch of its free Alexa Voice Service (AVS) developer preview.AVS was born out of the company’s work on the Echo, which may be Amazon’s best hardware product since its Kindle e-reader. The device is a voice-controlled cylindrical appliance that can tell you the weather, give you traffic conditions on your commute, play music, control connected lights and other appliances, and—of course—buy things from Amazon. See also: Amazon…
  • Mozilla Blasts Microsoft CEO For Replacing User Defaults With Windows Apps

    Adriana Lee
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Looks like Microsoft's Windows 10 debut is a hit: The new version of the operating system, which launched Wednesday, now powers more than 14 million devices, the company says.But not everyone is thrilled with the new software. In an open letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Mozilla CEO Chris Beard called out Windows 10 for foisting the company’s own media-playback apps and Edge Web browser. See also: What Mozilla's WebAssembly Means: More Powerful Web AppsThe latter is obviously a sore spot for the Firefox maker, but the whole scenario could be a grave concern for other…
  • Former White House Advisor Explains Why Bitcoin Should Become Official

    Gregory Ferenstein
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    This post appears courtesy of the Ferenstein Wire, a syndicated news service. Publishing partners may edit posts. For inquiries, please email author and publisher Gregory FerensteinBitcoin, the digital currency infamous for wild swings in value and black market transactions, could have profound implications for the future of public services. Tech optimists at the highest levels of government are exploring how the same technology that makes bitcoin anonymous could make government services less bureaucratic and more secure from hackers. I spoke with Brian Forde, MIT Media Labs' new…
  • Your Shadow IT Department Is Here To Stay

    Robert J. Moore
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Guest author Robert J. Moore is the CEO of RJMetrics, a provider of business intelligence to online companies.Much of the growth in software-as-a-service companies is being driven by a “land and expand” strategy: Tools first get used by individuals, then by small teams, and so on up the organizational hierarchy. Eventually the company finds itself signing a large-scale deal, all without a competitive process or RFP. Companies like Slack and Dropbox craft their pricing models specifically to encourage this behavior—Slack knew exactly what it was doing…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • How To Prototype UI Animations In Keynote

    Hamza Siddiqui
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:16 am
      Whether it’s playful refresh states, subtle icon movements or complex transitions, beautiful animation is all around us. Once considered an aesthetic luxury, animation is now used so commonly in modern web and mobile applications that entire websites are dedicated to UI animation patterns. While animations may have great visual appeal, they also make app experiences more intuitive and engaging. Animation can make an app feel more fluid and responsive by providing feedback on user interaction. This means that, for designers, creating authentic animations is increasingly becoming…
  • Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: August 2015

    The Smashing Editorial
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:19 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 now, 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…
  • Constructing CSS Quantity Queries On The Fly

    Drew Minns
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:16 am
      Often within a project, the presentation of our content changes based on certain needs. We see this when we use media queries to change our styles based on the user device. CSS quantity queries follow the same concept of changing the styles based on a condition: the condition within a quantity query being the number of sibling elements. An example would be navigation where items are 25% wide when four items are available; yet when there are five items available, the width of the navigation items changes to 20%. This is a common problem with dynamic site frameworks like WordPress…
  • Designing Flexible, Maintainable Pie Charts With CSS and SVG

    Lea Verou
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:12 am
      When it comes to CSS techniques, nobody is more stubborn and smart enough to find solutions to any problems than Lea Verou. Recently, Lea has written, designed and published "CSS Secrets", a truly fantastic book on the little CSS tricks and techniques for solving everyday problems. If you thought that you know CSS fairly well, think again: you will be surprised. In this article, we publish a few nuggets from the book, which were also presented in Lea's recent talk at SmashingConf New York — on designing simple pie charts, with CSS. Please notice that some demos might not work…
  • How Copywriting Can Benefit From User Research

    Marli Mesibov
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:19 am
      I’ve often heard there are four stages along the road to competence: unconscious incompetence, conscious incompetence, conscious competence, and unconscious competence. Most of us begin our careers “unconsciously incompetent,” or unaware of how much we don’t know. I’ll never forget the first time I moved from unconscious to conscious incompetence. I was working as an office manager at a small software company, and having been impressed by my writing skills, the director of sales and marketing asked me to throw together a press release, welcoming the new CEO.The post How…
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • Shooting a Wedding? Don’t Forget an iPad to Take Pictures of The Rings. Or….

    Scott Kelby
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:28 am
    When I mentioned on Facebook I was shooting a wedding on Saturday, Jose Rodriguez (who follows me on FB and who had been to my original “Shoot like a Pro” seminar) wrote, “Don’t forget an iPad to take pictures of the rings” which brought a flurry of follow-up questions from photographers asking why. Here’s why — it makes a great surface to create reflections of the rings if a glossy black piano (my first choice) isn’t available. This is a trick I shared in my original Shoot Like a Pro seminar, and it was my wife Kalebra who came up with the idea…
  • Roberto Valenzuela was awesome on “The Grid” (but the rest of us…well…)

    Scott Kelby
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:16 am
    Some are calling it our best episode ever. I was getting texts during the first 20 minutes or so saying the same thing, but I have to tell you, the first 20 minutes are…well…I’m not sure what it was, but there was a lot of laughing (and dating tips). I think it must have been something in the water (or in Brad’s beard) that kind of took the train off the tracks for a while, but we eventually pulled it together and Roberto shared some really great stuff — he was really awesome. Our topic was based on my blog post from Monday called “If you were only allowed 10 pieces of…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    How Do I Do That In Lightroom? eBook Giveaway! You saw it announced here earlier this week… Now it’s time to give some away! Leave a comment for your chance to win one of three free How Do I Do That In Lightroom? eBooks from Scott Kelby! What’s that? We have three free The Headshot by Peter Hurley eBooks as well? Great! Leave a comment for your chance to win one of these too! Photoshop World Photoshop World is right around the corner! If you’re in the Las Vegas area and want to swing on by, we’d love to see you. You can still get FREE Expo Only passes by…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Brad Moore!

    Brad Moore
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:16 am
    Not Every Shoot Is A Winner Here’s the scenario: You go do a shoot, download the images, go through the take, pick the keepers, do your editing, and deliver the shots. The client loves them… But you don’t. They’re okay, but they don’t quite send you to your happy place. Sound familiar? If it does, I have some good news for you. You’re not alone. Is there anything wrong with this shot? Not technically, but it’s not winning any awards. I would guess that most photographers go through this, even the best ones. No matter how much we try to make the best possible images we…
  • My New Lightroom Book Is Very Different Than My Other Lightroom Book

    Scott Kelby
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:16 am
    Hi Gang: The video above kind of explains what the book is about, but I thought I’d take 30-seconds to define both, so you know which one is for you (and, of course, I’m hoping one of them is for you. And your friends. And family. And strangers you meet on the street. Etc.). My existing Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers It’s designed to teach you Lightroom from the ground up, and its focus is on workflow, and teaching you all the awesome stuff that Lightroom does so you can fall in love with it like about a bazillion photographers around the world already have. Here are the links…
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    Digital Photography School

  • 6 Ways to Use Color for Eye Catching Compositions

    Chris Corradino
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    A painter only needs to look at their palette before applying color to the canvas. Photographers have a different challenge, as they must locate their tones by studying a scene. Of course, this can be easy to bypass when you’re thinking about shadow, highlight, depth of field, shutter speed, and all of the other technical details that go into a photo. Still, as the great painter Kandinsky said, “Color is a power which directly influences the soul.” To use it in your compositions can infuse your work with a new level of sophistication. 1) Background Separation To maximize the…
  • Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 Pancake Lens Review

    Tim Gilbreath
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    In November of 2014, Canon introduced us to its newest member of their low-cost prime lens family, the EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens. Canon gave us the 40mm version in 2012, and hoped to up the stakes by adding a wide-angle version this past year. Sitting at the extreme end of what can be considered wide-angle, the EF-S 24mm (full-frame equivalent of 38mm on an APS-C sensor) does so in the form of a small, light, and inexpensive prime lens that is easily accessible to all Canon enthusiasts. The first features that will strike you about the 24mm are its inconspicuous qualities; the lens is…
  • Beginners Guide to Creating and Applying Texture Overlays Using Photoshop

    Lea Hawkins
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Adding texture to photographs was happening long before the invention of Photoshop and other editing programs. In the days of the darkroom, we would scratch negatives with pins, sand paper them, stain the photographic paper with fixer before exposing, layer two negatives on top of each other in the enlarger, or push our film ISO to increase grain. These days, with editing programs being our digital darkroom, we simply have yet another way of adding texture to photographs. What is a texture? In digital photography terms it’s simply another layer added to your photograph in an editing…
  • How to Light a Beer Bottle – a Video Tutorial

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    2 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    If you’ve ever wanted to photograph a bottle (beer, wine, soda, ever water) and make it look like they do in the magazines or advertisements you’ll want to watch this! In this video tutorial Lee Morris from Fstoppers shows how to light a beer bottle, step by step, one light at a time. See what each is doing as he adds them one by one. Check it out and scroll down below the video to get links to some of the gear he mentions in the video. Things mentioned in the video: Yongnuo flash Flash Disc by Fstoppers PocketWizard triggers C-stand Magmod grid Acrylic Ice Rock Cubes 3 Lbs Bag,…
  • Think Tank Photo Sub Urban Disguise 30 Shoulder Camera Bag Review

    Daniel Korzeniewski
    1 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Packing and carrying equipment for travel adventures is always a challenge. With increasing airline restrictions and not being willing to check your gear, you need to find the best possible alternative for your needs. Like most of my peers, I covet several bags. Usually when going abroad I take a bag with all the equipment and a smaller, second bag for everyday outings once on location. As I tend to travel lighter and lighter every day, I was on the lookout for a bag that could serve dual purposes for my recent Italy trip. I wanted a bag that could carry my two Fuji X bodies, some lenses, a…
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    Engadget Full RSS Feed

  • Finally, a $9,000 watch that attaches to your Apple Watch

    Mat Smith
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:14 am
    California-based (where else?) watch-maker Nico Gerard has announced a timepiece that has an Apple Watch lodged within a pretty typical analog watch strap. Yep: a watch for your Apple Watch. Oh and preorders start at $9,300 — although that in...
  • Acer Aspire One Cloudbook gives you a full Windows laptop for $169

    Jon Fingas
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Hey, HP: you're far from the only one who can play the ridiculously low-cost Windows laptop game. Acer has unveiled the Aspire One Cloudbook 11 and 14, a pair of thin-and-light Windows 10 portables that promise a 'real' PC experience even if you're...
  • OS X flaw leaves Macs vulnerable to attacks, no password required

    Daniel Cooper
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:29 am
    The latest version of OS X contains a serious flaw that hackers can use to attack your computer without ever needing your password. The issue is around a hidden document -- Sudoers -- which is effectively a list of permissions as to which pieces of...
  • Researchers develop multifaceted insect eyes for UAVs

    Andrew Tarantola
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:41 am
    A team of researchers from the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) have developed a tiny new set of electronic eyes for drones that are based on the multifaceted peepers of insects. These eyes are bui...
  • Largest plane in the world to perform test flights in 2016

    Mariella Moon
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:15 pm
    Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen started planning to build the largest plane in the world in 2011, along with several partners like Elon Musk. Now, that plane called Stratolaunch is already under construction at the Mojave Air and Space Port in Cali...
 
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    Strobist

  • 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…
  • On the Road? Backup Without the Bulk-Up

    2 Jun 2015 | 5:56 am
    I seldom review gadgets these days, but sometimes something is so useful that it's worth telling people about. Such is the case with the SD card-enabled Western Digital My Passport Wireless hard drive.Read more »
  • Gulf Photo Plus is Coming to the US

    11 May 2015 | 12:55 pm
    UPDATE: Several folks have asked me for more information on the content of the weekend. I can't speak for everyone else, but here is a detailed look at where we are going in my session. -DHI teach very infrequently now, at most just once or twice a year. That said, without fail I attend Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai every March.It's a great event, with quality instructors and a fantastic group (family?) of people running it. But Dubai is a long way away, to be sure.So three years ago, we worked out a sort of "road version" of GPP. It's a compressed, wall-to-wall weekend that brings a bit of GPP to…
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Nikon introduces 24-70mm F2.8 VR, 24mm F1.8 and 200-500 F5.6 FX lenses

    3 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Nikon has released three new full-frame lenses, including a prime and both standard zoom and super telephoto zooms. The one that will likely garner the most attention is the replacement for the venerable 24-70mm F2.8. The latest version adds Vibration Reduction, electromagnetic aperture control, a new optical construction and more. Also introduced is a 24mm F1.8 prime and a 200-500mm F5.6 super telephoto. More details
  • Olympus patent points at sensors with built-in polarizing filter

    3 Aug 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Olympus has patented a technology that records polarization information on the sensor itself, giving the effect of a polarizing filter but without the light cost. The patent is for a two-layer sensor that records color and brightness information on the top layer, just like a conventional sensor, but then has a second layer that captures information about the polarization of the light arriving at the camera. Read more
  • Hot Shots: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II real-world samples

    3 Aug 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Sony's Cyber-shot RX10 II looks a lot like its predecessor, with a similar form factor and the same 24-200mm equivalent F2.8 lens. However, it adds some interesting new technology in the form of a 20MP stacked CMOS sensor, enabling 4K video, 14 fps burst shooting and slow-motion video recording. We recently got our hands on a full-production model - take a look at some initial real-world samples. See gallery
  • Updated Kodak Moments app lets you share, edit and print your images

    3 Aug 2015 | 12:20 pm
    An update to the Kodak Moments app makes it a one-stop-shop for editing, sharing and printing, eliminating the need for a separate app to send images to Kodak's Picture Kiosks. Read more
  • Sony reportedly shifting focus to full-frame cameras

    3 Aug 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Sony is planning to heavily target the full-frame camera market, according to a report from The Korea Times. At a press conference, Sony Korea's Digital Imaging & Alpha Marketing Department head Bae Ji-hoon said that Sony plans to first target current full-frame camera users, then shift toward attracting new customers who currently use 'entry and mid-class models.' Read more
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Get rid of those extra TIFFs & PSDs in your Lightroom Library fast!

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:16 am
    Each time you jump over to Photoshop, it usually creates a copy of your photo and saves it alongside the original in PSD or TIFF format (depending on what you chose in Lightroom’s External Editing preferences), even if you never made a change to it in Photoshop. If you’re like me, you probably had a hundred or more of these PSDs or TIFFs with no visible changes, just taking up space on your drive and in Lightroom. If you still haven’t gotten rid of them, here’s what to do: (1) Go to the Library module, and in the Catalog panel, click on All Photographs. (2) Up in the Library…
  • A Quick before and after

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:03 pm
    So I thought I would walk you through a quick edit and let you in on my thoughts. Starting image… reset to just the RAW image for you to see all the steps. (I have a preset that is applied on import usually.) The first step that sets the tone for the image and helps clarify the editing is getting the crop and composition how I like it. I crop to the image, not to a set ratio, but some folks prefer to keep certain ratios for printing… it is up to you. Since the main story of the image is the boy and his bike, there is a lot of extraneous area that can be cropped. For action…
  • My New Lightroom Book (just announced today) Is Very Different Than My Other Lightroom Book

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:16 am
    Hi Gang: The video above kind of explains what the book is about, but I thought I’d take 30-seconds to define both, so you know which one is for you (and, of course, I’m hoping one of them is for you. And your friends. And family. And strangers you meet on the street. Etc.). My existing Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers It’s designed to teach you Lightroom from the ground up, and its focus is on workflow, and teaching you all the awesome stuff that Lightroom does so you can fall in love with it like about a bazillion photographers around the world already have. Here are the links…
  • A Quick Portrait “Finishing Move” in Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:16 am
    Hi Gang (and Happy Monday). This isn’t some earth-shattering Lightroom secret or anything, but it’s something that I do to a lot of my portraits, kind of as a finishing move, and while it’s subtle, I think it’s important. I get a lot of questions about these finishing moves, so I thought I’d share this one here today. It’s about a very quick way to brighten just your subject’s face, which is something (as I said), I do a lot. The original image is above. STEP ONE: Get the Adjustment Brush; double-click on the word “Effects” to reset all…
  • Bringing Your Logo into Lightroom (with a transparent background behind it)

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:16 am
    Happy Friday everybody. Here’s a tip on how to bring your logo into Lightroom (so you can use it in slideshows, or as an identity plate, or for the title of a slideshow, or whatever), but with a transparent background behind it (that’s the cool part). Here’s how it’s done: STEP ONE: We have start over in Photoshop (any ol’ version will do). Open a new document, and then use the Place command (under the File menu) to bring in your logo, so it appears on its own layer above the background layer (as shown here). STEP TWO: Now, go to the Layers panel and drag the…
 
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Telstra Giving Away Free 12-Month Trial of Apple Music with Go Plans

    Husain Sumra
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:02 pm
    Australia's largest mobile carrier today announced that it would give away a free 12-month trial of Apple Music with a 12 or 24 month Go Mobile plan on iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. The deal marks the first time the new music service will be given away with a mobile plan. Additionally, the carrier's notes on the promotion indicate that the service will use carrier billing. When users sign up and agree to the terms and conditions Apple Music's payment will be paid via the Telstra rather than Apple directly. This means that users have to renew or cancel their trial through their carrier bill. Last week,…
  • Dr. Dre Announces 'Compton: A Soundtrack' Exclusively for Apple Music

    Mitchel Broussard
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:42 am
    Dr. Dre announced over the weekend on his own Beats 1 radio show "The Pharmacy," the exclusive debut of "Compton: A Soundtrack" on Apple Music (via Pitchfork). The album is set to be released this Friday, August 7, and will be available exclusively to iTunes and Apple Music customers. The Apple exclusivity announcement was made by Dr. Dre, alongside fellow musician and former bandmate Ice Cube, and director of Straight Outta Compton, F. Gary Gray. Although officially a soundtrack for the film -- which chronicles the real-life story of Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy-E, and a few others, around the…
  • Udemy Launches Developer Course for iOS 9, Offers Discount to MacRumors Readers

    Juli Clover
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:57 am
    Online learning site Udemy, which offers classes on a wide range of subjects including programming, photography, Photoshop, writing, and more, is today debuting a new iOS 9 Developer Course that aims to teach students how to use Xcode 7 and Swift 2 to make iOS apps. Designed to be a comprehensive tutorial on app development for iOS 9 for complete beginners, the course includes a total of 28 hours of video lectures that cover topics like the Swift language, Xcode, SpriteKit, Inputs, Buttons, Reactive Interfaces, Navigation, Storage, Live Content, Images, Accelerometers, Motion Feedback, iAds,…
  • Dashlane Launches One-Tap Password Changer for iPhone and Apple Watch

    Mitchel Broussard
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:47 am
    Dashlane today announced an update to its existing iPhone app alongside the launch of an all-new Apple Watch experience, both of which bring the service's one-tap password changing feature from desktop to Apple's mobile and wearable devices. Dashlane unveiled the Password Changer feature late last year for the desktop, which allowed users to change multiple passwords at once so they can more easily update their password info if any of their data is ever breached. Today's updates extend that sense of security for Dashlane users to iPhone and Apple Watch, which the company says is completely…
  • Apple Music Snapchat Account Takes Users Behind the Scenes of Beats 1 Radio

    Husain Sumra
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:54 pm
    Apple today announced a Snapchat account for Apple Music that initially provides a behind-the-scenes look at Beats 1 Radio and its personalities while also showing off segments of the cities it operates from with some music playing in the background. It's unknown what kind of content the account will provide in the future. The account's first Snapchat "story", which is the combination of multiple photos and videos taken throughout its first day of operation, takes followers on a journey from Beats 1's Los Angeles HQ with Zane Lowe, watching as he works on his show before it switches to London…
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