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  • This is the most insane shooting competition you’ll ever see [video]

    Holy Kaw!
    Josh Urich
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Whatever your stance on the Second Amendment, you've got to admit: this is a pretty cool video. It's from a shooting competition, and the competition is absolutely fierce. The post This is the most insane shooting competition you’ll ever see [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Airlines crack down on shipping exotic trophy animals

    Mashable
    Marcus Gilmer
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:47 pm
    As the outrage over the recent killing of a famed Zimbabwe lion — and big-game hunting in general — ripples across the globe, even the airlines are now weighing in and issuing bans on the transport of exotic trophy animals. See also: Cecil the Lion's death opens question of why illegal poaching of protected animals is still so common On Monday, Delta Airlines — the only U.S. carrier with direct service to South Africa — issued the following statement that said it was banning the shipment of five type of large animals that are typically shipped as trophies: Effective…
  • Amazon Restricts Prime Membership, Only Lets You Share With One Friend

    Fast Company
    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
  • Controversy Fuels 9X Growth For Reddit

    TechCrunch
    Josh Constine
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:19 pm
     Any press is good press, apparently, as Reddit hit a new 8 billion page view record in July admist community upheaval over new policies and leadership. Reddit grew from 175 million unique visitors in May to 177 million in June. But as hot takes flew in a media frenzy around volunteers blacking out Subreddits and CEO Ellen Pao’s departure, Reddit’s growth spiked in July bringing it… Read More
  • Self cleaning

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    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…
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    Holy Kaw!

  • This is the most insane shooting competition you’ll ever see [video]

    Josh Urich
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Whatever your stance on the Second Amendment, you've got to admit: this is a pretty cool video. It's from a shooting competition, and the competition is absolutely fierce. The post This is the most insane shooting competition you’ll ever see [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 7 ways to get that successful entrepreneur look

    Kate Rinsema
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:31 am
    While you're waiting for the multi-million dollar offers to start rolling in for your first start-up, what doesn't cost a cent (other than wardrobe) is getting the look of a successful entrepreneur. The post 7 ways to get that successful entrepreneur look appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Here’s where wine corks comes from [video]

    Josh Urich
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    Wine finally happened in the United States. We're drinking more wine than ever, now, but many of us don't think about where corks come from. Well, here it is: a cork tree. The post Here’s where wine corks comes from [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Summer of 2015 medley better than the originals [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:30 am
    Leave it to a French trio to sum up the summer of 2015 with a touch of class. The post Summer of 2015 medley better than the originals [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Dirt biking the open seas of Tahiti [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:16 am
    Where better to go for a spin than on the gorgeous...waves of Tahiti? The post Dirt biking the open seas of Tahiti [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
 
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    Mashable

  • Airlines crack down on shipping exotic trophy animals

    Marcus Gilmer
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:47 pm
    As the outrage over the recent killing of a famed Zimbabwe lion — and big-game hunting in general — ripples across the globe, even the airlines are now weighing in and issuing bans on the transport of exotic trophy animals. See also: Cecil the Lion's death opens question of why illegal poaching of protected animals is still so common On Monday, Delta Airlines — the only U.S. carrier with direct service to South Africa — issued the following statement that said it was banning the shipment of five type of large animals that are typically shipped as trophies: Effective…
  • The best #MondayMotivation advice for a stellar career

    Samantha Cooney
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:39 pm
    On Mondays, a lot of people have trouble getting back into their daily routines. Twitter has the answer: an inspirational hashtag If you need an extra oomph to start the week, hit Twitter instead of the snooze button yet again and scroll through the trending #MondayMotivation. See also: 12 Comedian Quotes for When Your Job Makes You Want to Cry Once you sift through the pessimism and tweets about Teen Wolf (yeah, we can't explain it either) the hashtag is actually full of gems, including sage career advice, inspirational Albert Einstein quotes, and cute puppies. We’ve pulled out some of…
  • Early Windows 10 frustrations spawn #Windows10Fails

    Lance Ulanoff
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Windows 10 is a solid operating system with an enviable collection of new features and functionality. But it's not perfect Since its launch on July 29, at least 14 million people downloaded Microsoft's next-generation software — and that number may be growing. It’s safe to say that the majority of users are happy, but as with any new software upgrade, there are exceptions. Some are airing their grievances on Twitter, and others are doing so even closer to home. See also: Windows 10 review: A needed upgrade with missing pieces I’ve been running Windows 10 for weeks with…
  • Teen girl William Shatner asked Justin Bieber to follow him on Twitter

    Tricia Gilbride
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:17 pm
    People — mostly teenagers — employ plenty of strategies to try and get that coveted Justin Bieber Twitter follow. Constantly begging for the Biebs' attention is a popular choice, as is making sure "PLEASE JUSTIN I WOULD DIE IF YOU FOLLOWED ME PLEAAAAAAASE'' is somewhere in your Twitter bio. A much more effective strategy, however, is being an internationally known celebrity yourself. Someone like William Shatner. See also: 27 Brickin' Incredible Lego Creations @justinbieber Can you follow me for a moment? — William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) August 2, 2015 Shatner asked for…
  • A 'Dungeons & Dragons' movie gets rolling at Warner Bros.

    Josh Dickey
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:11 pm
    LOS ANGELES — Warner Bros. Pictures and Hasbro are rolling the dice on a Dungeons & Dragons film franchise, announcing on Monday that they already have a script and producers attached. The announcement signals the resolution of a rights-holders lawsuit between Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast LLC and Sweetpea Entertainment, each of which will be involved in the project. What it does not signal: any sort of guarantee that a Dungeons & Dragons movie will actually get made. SEE ALSO: 'Dungeons and Drafts' bar will be a geek's boozy paradise Warner Bros. has had enormous success with…
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    Fast Company

  • 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
  • If You Still Check Your Voicemails, Apple May Have Siri Transcribe Them

    Pavithra Mohan
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:25 am
    The tech giant is testing a transcription service that uses Siri to render your voicemails in text form.Do you think voicemail is the worst? You should, because it is; in almost any scenario, sending a text, email, Gchat, Slack message, tweet, Snapchat, or Facebook post is more efficient and enjoyable than leaving a voice message. Apple, however, seems to believe that voicemail is not dead yet. The company is piloting a service called "iCloud Voicemail" that would have Siri transcribe your voicemails, Business Insider reports.Read Full Story
  • How To Tell If Windows 10 Is Succeeding (It's Not As Easy As It Sounds)

    Jared Newman
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:27 am
    Windows 10 probably won't turn the PC market around in terms of sales of new machines. But it can still advance Microsoft's greater goals.Microsoft is boasting that people installed Windows 10 over 14 million times in the new operating system's first 24 hours. It's a big number, but it doesn't mean all that much.Read Full Story
  • Robert Kirkman Tells A Story About The Career Pivot That Put Him On The Path To "The Walking Dead"

    Co.Create Staff
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:45 am
    With his latest creation lurching toward screens, Robert Kirkman takes us back to a day at a comics convention that set him on the path to The Walking Dead.The monster success of The Walking Dead feels so inevitable now. The show, which has broken one ratings and social media record (the season five premiere earned 17 million total viewers and 1,320,056 tweets) after another, is the cultural phenomenon we need and deserve as a society reckoning with our own suddenly looming mortality. It may not be walkers on the horizon, but we live with the collective feeling that something is going to…
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Controversy Fuels 9X Growth For Reddit

    Josh Constine
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:19 pm
     Any press is good press, apparently, as Reddit hit a new 8 billion page view record in July admist community upheaval over new policies and leadership. Reddit grew from 175 million unique visitors in May to 177 million in June. But as hot takes flew in a media frenzy around volunteers blacking out Subreddits and CEO Ellen Pao’s departure, Reddit’s growth spiked in July bringing it… Read More
  • Chewse’s Tracy Lawrence on Raising Your First Round As A Female Founder

    Kim-Mai Cutler
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:04 pm
     Right before Tracy Lawrence went into fundraising mode for her catering startup Chewse last year, she cut off her hair. She didn’t know it at the time, but later upon reflection, she thought it might have been a subconscious choice in trying to improve her odds. “I found I was trying to play it androgynous,” she said. “But it didn’t work, because I wasn’t… Read More
  • Department Of Homeland Security Highlights Privacy Concerns In Senate Cybersecurity Bill

    Alex Wilhelm
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:52 am
     And now for an update in the continuing saga of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), a controversial piece of legislation currently in the Senate that, to some, represents an important tool to bolster the sharing of threat data between the government and private entities, and to others is a privacy-wrecking mess. Read More
  • This Site Is Your DeLorean For Startup Homepages

    Drew Olanoff
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:50 am
     When I ran through years and years of homepage designs by Twitter the other day, it was like hopping into a DeLorean and heading back in time. It was really interesting seeing what the company had in mind for its most important page in 2009…and then quickly changing it within months. Read More
  • Twitter Collapses 5%, Tumbling Toward IPO-Level Prices

    Alex Wilhelm,Drew Olanoff
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:21 am
     Shares of Twitter, a popular social media company, fell sharply today, dipping nearly 6 percent by midday trading. The company’s equity fell in value below the $30 mark, setting new lows. As of the time of writing, shares of Twitter are worth just over $29. Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • 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.        
  • Three things that make CEOs stupid

    Seth Godin
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:28 am
    I sat through an endless presentation by the CEO of a fast-growing company. He was doing fine for half an hour, but then, when his time was up, he chose to spend 45 minutes more on his final slide, haranguing and invecting, jumping from topic to topic and basically bringing the entire group to its knees in frustration. Power, of course, is the first problem. When things are going fairly well, the CEO has a ton of power, and often, that power makes things appear to work, even when they're not the right thing to do for the long-term. As a result, there's no market that is correcting the bad…
 
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    WIRED

  • Sucking on Mouse Tongues to Understand How Taste Buds Work

    Jonathon Keats
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:18 am
    Scientists at Harvard are studying taste buds in action by beaming lasers onto mouse tongues. The post Sucking on Mouse Tongues to Understand How Taste Buds Work appeared first on WIRED.
  • Oddly Addictive Game Shows That You Stink at Driving

    Alex Davies
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:29 am
    Error-Prone is silly, fun, and somewhat addictive, and it comes with a lesson: You stink at driving, and the sooner you give it up, the better. The post Oddly Addictive Game Shows That You Stink at Driving appeared first on WIRED.
  • Soylent’s Latest Innovation: Putting Its Shakes In Bottles

    Klint Finley
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:29 am
    Soylent's ready-to-drink version of its flagship shake will save customers the labor of mixing Soylent powder with water themselves. The post Soylent’s Latest Innovation: Putting Its Shakes In Bottles appeared first on WIRED.
  • Hannibal GIF and a Graf: All Unhappy Families

    K.M. McFarland
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:25 am
    That’s the theme of “And the Woman Clothed with the Sun…” which contrasts several different families from the show's ensemble. The post Hannibal GIF and a Graf: All Unhappy Families appeared first on WIRED.
  • Does Your Rhythm Suck? This Addictive Game Can Help

    Margaret Rhodes
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:32 am
    Steve's Reich Clapping Music is a gamified lesson in tempo. The post Does Your Rhythm Suck? This Addictive Game Can Help appeared first on WIRED.
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    @ProBlogger

  • ProBlogger Podcast: Can You Really Make Money Blogging?

    Stacey Roberts
    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

  • A quick announcement: Gawker Media’s anonymous SecureDrop portal, which went down for a few days as

    J.K. Trotter
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:13 pm
    A quick announcement: Gawker Media’s anonymous SecureDrop portal , which went down for a few days as we moved the server into our new office , is up and running again. If you have information or stories to share with any of Gawker Media’s sites—and want to remain as anonymous as possible—SecureDrop is for you. [Gawker ]http://gawker.com/gawker-media-s... Read more...
  • Fix Your Form to Make Crunches More Effective

    Beth Skwarecki on Vitals, shared by Andy Orin to Lifehacker
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Crunches are the classic ab exercise (although planks and push-ups have their fans too). To really target your abs, though, it’s important to use good form. Read more...
  • TaiG Releases iOS 8.4 Jailbreak Tool for Mac

    Thorin Klosowski
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:30 am
    Mac/iOS: Back in June, the TaiG team released their jailbreak tool for Windows. That was followed up by an unoffical (and glitchy) offshoot for Mac by another team in July. Now, the TaiG team has released their Mac version.http://lifehacker.com/ios-8-3-jailbr...Read more...
  • Label Cords When You Move to Easily Identify Them Later

    Kristin Wong
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    Moving is a lot easier when you streamline your packing. But many of us just toss our junk in boxes and say we’ll figure it out when we get to the new place. On more than one occasion, I’ve ended up with a box of unidentifiable cords. An easy fix: simply label those cords.Read more...
  • This Video Explains the Basics of Home Equity Borrowing

    Kristin Wong on Two Cents, shared by Andy Orin to Lifehacker
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:30 am
    One big perk of being a homeowner is, ideally, you’ve got equity: this is the difference between your mortgage amount and the appraisal value of your home. Even the basics of equity can be confusing, but this video lays it out in simple terms.Read more...
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors

  • 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…
  • iPhone Battery With 1715 mAh Capacity Possibly Destined for 'iPhone 6s' or '6c' Appears

    Eric Slivka
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:45 am
    French site Nowhereelse.fr last week shared a photo [Google Translate] of a battery appearing very similar to an iPhone battery and labeled as being from Apple's usual supplier, but the battery's capacity of 1715 mAh leaves questions as to whether the battery is intended for the upcoming "iPhone 6s" or a smaller "iPhone 6c" that has reportedly been delayed or canceled. The battery's 1715 mAh capacity is lower than the 1810 mAh capacity of the iPhone 6 battery, indicating Apple would have to have increased power efficiency of the device for the "S" generation in order to achieve the same…
 
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    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…
  • How to Get Ahead if You’re Shy – or the Secret Magic of Puppets

    Chris Brogan
    8 Jun 2015 | 11:03 am
    My son, Harold, found out quite by surprise that he really likes puppets. He pretty much had to have this Kermit the Frog puppet. What we did with it was quite interesting. And in the process, I found myself thinking about me, then you, and about us. About all of us. And about something I’m not sure I’ve yet shared in this specific way. The Magic of Puppets When you put a puppet on your hand, you empower someone else to speak for you. You can say things you might not say from your own lips. Because hey, it’s a puppet. Puppets are like a super power.Continue ReadingThe post…
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    Copyblogger

  • 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…
  • Get Our Proven, Step-by-Step Podcasting Course (While Registration Is Open)

    Jerod Morris
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    You’ve been hearing a lot about podcasting over the last 6-12 months. And you’ve been seeing a lot about podcasting too, especially here at Copyblogger, where we’ve shifted much of our marketing model to one built around on-demand, educational audio content. Perhaps you’re still wondering why. Here are a few interesting recent data points (via the Infinite Dial 2015 study from Edison Research and Triton Digital): 17 percent of Americans have listened to a podcast in the last month (that’s 36 million people just in the U.S.A.) — a number that keeps growing.



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  • The Unstoppable Rise of the Digital Content Creator

    Demian Farnworth
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    I’m typing this article on a pretty powerful machine — and it’s no bigger than the size of a Vogue magazine. On this same machine, I can collaborate, record, edit, and publish a video — or even a movie. I can record, edit, and publish a podcast. Software has made all this — and more — a reality. A funny twist of fate Software has now come to a point where it shoulders most of our economic growth. But with each wave of new tech comes a strong demand for professionals who can help the average person understand and use the power behind software: trainers and…
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    Macworld

  • 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…
  • Macs can be remotely infected with firmware malware that remains after reformatting

    3 Aug 2015 | 11:26 am
    When companies claim their products are unhackable or invulnerable, it must be like waving a red flag in front of bulls as it practically dares security researchers to prove otherwise. Apple previously claimed that Macs were not vulnerable to the same firmware flaws that could backdoor PCs, so researchers proved they could remotely infect Macs with a firmware worm that is so tough to detect and to get rid of that they suggested it presents a toss your Mac in the trash situation. Corey Kallenberg, Xeno Kovah and Trammell Hudson will present “Thunderstrike 2: Sith Strike” at Black Hat USA…
  • Apple may add voicemail transcription to Siri's abilities

    3 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    With iOS 9, Apple is working to make Siri a more intuitive, powerful personal assistant. But a new feature not ready for the next major mobile upgrade’s September debut is voicemail transcription, which Cupertino is reportedly readying to roll out next year.Apple employees are currently testing the new feature, which is called iCloud Voicemail, according to Business Insider. iCloud Voicemail works by enlisting Siri to answer and record incoming calls. She’ll even be able to tell people why you’re not picking up the phone and share your location, if you enable those features. And then…
  • August smart lock turns the Apple Watch into a set of house keys

    3 Aug 2015 | 8:45 am
    An Apple Watch can already control your connected light bulbs and thermostat, and now it can let you through the front door as well. Smart door lock maker August has just added Apple Watch support to its iOS app. Users can view door unlock status through the Watch’s Glances menu, and receive notifications when someone opens the door. The app also lets users lock or unlock the door, and view a log of recent activity. August’s $250 lock replaces an existing deadbolt and connects to smartphones via Bluetooth, while an optional $50 Wi-Fi hub lets users control the lock remotely over the…
  • The Week in iOS Apps: Angry Birds returns!

    3 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Angry Birds return!There’ve been lots of Angry Birds games in recent years, but until this week never a true sequel to the original. Angry Birds 2There have been so many variations on Angry Birds the last few years—just in Star Wars games alone—but never an official sequel. The wait is over: Angry Birds 2 is a freemium iOS game that offers even more challenges, more pigs, and, as the game makers say, “more destruction.” Have fun!To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
 
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    ReadWrite

  • 10 Ways To Test If Your MVP Is Actually Viable

    Owen Thomas
    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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  • 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

  • 'Star Trek's' Uhura will join a NASA mission (but not to space)

    Devindra Hardawar
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Making geek dreams come true, Star Trek's original Lt. Uhura, Michelle Nichols, announced a few days ago that she's going on a mission for NASA. But don't get your hopes up Nichols getting into space -- she's actually flying on the agency's airborn...
  • PlayStation Now game streaming officially arrives on Vita and PS TV

    Billy Steele
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:14 pm
    If you've been itchin' to give PlayStation Now's streaming a go on your gaming handheld, the wait is over. The subscription service officially arrived on the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation TV, delivering access to over 125 games on those two devi...
  • Researchers inject oil into cells and create little lasers

    Andrew Tarantola
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:47 am
    The Massachusetts General Hospital research team that lit up human cells with the help of jellyfish genes a few years ago are back with a more advanced version of the technology. This new version forgoes the complicated external mirror setup in fav...
  • $18 million up for grabs in this week's 'Dota 2' championships

    Jessica Conditt
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:24 am
    The International is back and bigger than ever. The 2015 championships for Dota 2, Valve's massively popular MOBA, take off today in the "main event" stage, beginning with three matches between LGD Gaming and Team Empire. In total, 16 teams have a...
  • 'Plasmonics' could lead to super-fast optic communications

    Andrew Tarantola
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:55 am
    Researchers at Purdue University have developed a new kind of material that could improve the speed of optical communications by as much as 5000 times the current state of the art. The material is made of aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) and it is a...
 
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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)

  • Updated Kodak Moments app lets you share, edit and print your images

    3 Aug 2015 | 12:20 pm
    An update to Kodak's 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
  • Sensor sales help Sony triple net profit in second quarter

    3 Aug 2015 | 11:11 am
    Sales of image sensors helped push Sony to triple its net profit after the second quarter this year, up to 82.4 billion Yen. Sales of Devices, the category containing Sony's sensor business, rose 35% year-on-year, which Sony attributes to higher demand of mobile products containing its sensors. Read more
  • Fujifilm announces X-T1 IR for infrared photography

    3 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Fujifilm has introduced the X-T1 IR, a version of its flagship mirrorless camera designed specifically for infrared photography. The camera captures light from UV, visible, and infrared portions of the spectrum, from approximately 380-1000nm. Everything else is identical to the standard X-T1. Read more
  • Fujifilm XF 90mm F2 LM WR real-world samples

    2 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Fujifilm announced the XF 90mm F2 in May, adding a 137mm equiv. focal length to its X-system's arsenal. We've been spending some quality time outdoors with the 90mm, take a look at how it performs against real-world subjects. 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

  • 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…
  • 'Fantastical 2' for iPhone Gains Drafts, Japanese Localization

    Juli Clover
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    Popular calendar app Fantastical 2 for iPhone was today updated to version 2.4, adding a useful new feature that allows users to create event drafts. With drafts, it's possible to start creating an event or Reminder and then swipe downwards to save it as a draft, setting it aside to multitask and access other events on the calendar. For example, if you start scheduling a lunch meeting but need to pause in the middle to check your afternoon schedule, there's no need to discard what you've written entirely -- you can save it as a draft, check the calendar, and come back to it. Draft posts are…
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