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  • Will life get better for the poor in the future? [video]

    Holy Kaw!
    Josh Urich
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    It's a simple-sounding question, but one with a complex answer and profound implications. This video explores the ways in which the lives of the extremely poor could get better in the near future. The post Will life get better for the poor in the future? [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Ebola nurse on her experience with the virus: 'I almost went insane'

    Mashable
    Megan Specia
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:32 am
    More than 8,500 people have died since the Ebola outbreak began last year. While the pandemic has slowed, it has left lasting scars on many countries, especially in West Africa, and those affected by the disease Rebecca Johnson worked as a nurse treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone before contracting the virus herself. She teamed up with the World Health Organization (WHO) to hold a Q&A session about her experience on Twitter. See also: Ebola patient zero may have been infected by a bat Johnson went into heart-wrenching detail about the toll the disease took on her body and mind. She…
  • Uber Launches HIgh-Tech Insurance System For UberX Drivers

    Fast Company
    Neal Ungerleider
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Uber is hoping that UberX drivers will plug in—literally—to a new insurance policy.In a move that is sure to have repercussions for Uber's ongoing war with regulators and the taxi industry, the ride-sharing giant is rolling out specialized insurance for UberX drivers. Uber and Metromile, an insurance company that produces a special "smart dongle" for cars that tracks mileage, made the announcement in San Francisco on Wednesday. The new insurance product will be available in California, Illinois, and Washington state in the coming months.Read Full Story
  • The Next Front Of Wearables

    TechCrunch
    Erez Podoly
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
     In 2014, Nike abandoned its FuelBand fitness tracker and Sergey Brin “left his Google Glass in his car.” In 2015, Apple will launch its iWatch and Sony will enter the eyewear space. More kinds of wearables were introduced in CES 2015, just to leave us wondering whether what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, physically. Read More
  • The best laid plans

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

  • Will life get better for the poor in the future? [video]

    Josh Urich
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    It's a simple-sounding question, but one with a complex answer and profound implications. This video explores the ways in which the lives of the extremely poor could get better in the near future. The post Will life get better for the poor in the future? [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Inside the factory of official NFL footballs [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:45 am
    Meet Jane, the longest-tenured employee at the Wilson Sporting Goods factory before her recent retirement, clocking in almost fifty years of producing balls for the country's most popular game. The post Inside the factory of official NFL footballs [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Baby goat attempts to head butt full grown horse [video]

    Josh Urich
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    You've got to give this baby goat credit: he's got guts. Watch him as he tries––and, occasionally succeeds––to head butt this full grown horse. The horse, obviously a mom, takes it well. The post Baby goat attempts to head butt full grown horse [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 12 things to remind yourself when all hope is lost

    Kate Rinsema
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:51 am
    Having one of those moments where you're hiding behind the bathroom door, refusing to acknowledge it will ever have to be opened again and drowning in a sea of tears and snot? The post 12 things to remind yourself when all hope is lost appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Clever idea for high-functioning coat hooks

    Kate Rinsema
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Typical coat hooks are great and all, but it doesn't take long to overflow traditional designs and they don't offer storage for the smaller things, so Reisya Nashita at Home Decor Ideas came up with a rather ingenious solution that keeps everything within arm's (not foot's) reach. The post Clever idea for high-functioning coat hooks appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
 
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    Mashable

  • Ebola nurse on her experience with the virus: 'I almost went insane'

    Megan Specia
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:32 am
    More than 8,500 people have died since the Ebola outbreak began last year. While the pandemic has slowed, it has left lasting scars on many countries, especially in West Africa, and those affected by the disease Rebecca Johnson worked as a nurse treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone before contracting the virus herself. She teamed up with the World Health Organization (WHO) to hold a Q&A session about her experience on Twitter. See also: Ebola patient zero may have been infected by a bat Johnson went into heart-wrenching detail about the toll the disease took on her body and mind. She…
  • The FAA really doesn't want you to use a drone at the Super Bowl

    Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    The Federal Aviation Administration took the unusual step of releasing a PSA in video form on Wednesday — asking football fans not to bring a drone to the Super Bowl on Sunday. See also: Meth-smuggling drone crashes in Mexico supermarket parking lot "Going to the big game? Have fun, cheer on your team, and keep it a no drone zone, don't spoil the game," the video says. It ends on a tagline, "Leave Your Drone at Home," and a hashtag, #nodronezone. The FAA has already updated its regulations for flying robots, prohibiting their use near any stadium. The penalty for ignoring this ban: an…
  • Meet the largest plus-size model to score a major contract

    Stephanie Buck
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:17 am
    Model Tess Holliday landed a major contract with MiLK Model Management in the UK on Thursday. The agreement makes Holliday (formerly known as Tess Munster) the first and largest plus-size model signed to a major modeling agency. At 5'5" and a size 22, the 29-year-old Los Angeles resident is far from your too-typical towering, slender fashion or beauty model. But her looks, perspective and charisma make her nothing short of electric in the industry See also: 15 Types of Sexts That Charge Up Your Love Life MiLK discovered Holliday through Instagram, where she posted fashion shoots and…
  • Original series 'SnapperHero' featuring YouTube stars is heading to Snapchat

    Jason Abbruzzese
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:07 am
    Just one day after Snapchat launched Discover, the app has its first original series. Discover already has 12 media partners that will be putting content into the app, but Snapchat can now boast video that is completely originalSnapperHero, a series from online video producers Astronauts Wanted and Fullscreen, and made in conjunction with AT&T, will be available on Snapchat early this year. See also: Snapchat breaks into media with Discover The series, which Bloomberg first reported, will feature YouTube and Vine personalities playing superheroes in short videos that last between 100 and…
  • Mobilizing tech for good: The 2015 Social Good Summit in New York

    Megan Ranney
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    As technology continues to evolve, its ability to affect positive change has grown exponentially. From GIFs that promote safe vaccine transport to paper microscopes designed to detect disease, the world has given rise to a generation of innovators, activists and entrepreneurs dedicated to harnessing the power of tech for good. Since 2010, Mashable has brought together world leaders, grassroots activists and global citizens to discuss digital solutions to the greatest challenges of our time. This year, we're proud to carry on that tradition at the sixth annual Social Good Summit, which will be…
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    Fast Company

  • Uber Launches HIgh-Tech Insurance System For UberX Drivers

    Neal Ungerleider
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Uber is hoping that UberX drivers will plug in—literally—to a new insurance policy.In a move that is sure to have repercussions for Uber's ongoing war with regulators and the taxi industry, the ride-sharing giant is rolling out specialized insurance for UberX drivers. Uber and Metromile, an insurance company that produces a special "smart dongle" for cars that tracks mileage, made the announcement in San Francisco on Wednesday. The new insurance product will be available in California, Illinois, and Washington state in the coming months.Read Full Story
  • Taylor Swift's YouTube Channel Also--Possibly!--Hacked With Unsettling Video

    David Lumb
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:55 pm
    A bad day for Tay.Earlier today, Taylor Swift's Twitter and Instagram accounts were hacked—and now it seems her YouTube account has also fallen to hacking, as a video was posted on her official Vevo channel showing an earlier interview clearly dubbed over with a track from Phoenix, Arizona-based "music miscreants" Man-Cat.Read Full Story
  • Apple Finished 2014 On A Record High Note

    Ainsley O'Connell
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Expect the Apple Watch to ship in April, a confident Tim Cook said TuesdayRetail sales were up a scant 3%-4% overall during the 2014 holiday season, as U.S. consumers cautiously opened their wallets. But in the inviting glow of Apple stores, in the U.S. and around the world, consumers were ready to splurge, driving sales up 30% year over year. All told, Apple raked in a record-busting $74.6 billion in revenue during the last three months of 2014, due in large part to the iPhone 6's strong debut.Read Full Story
  • Yahoo Will Spin Off Alibaba Stake Into A Separate Company

    Tyler Hayes
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Yahoo announces its fourth-quarter earnings.On Tuesday, Yahoo announced mixed fourth-quarter earnings of $1.18 billion in revenue; analysts expected $1.19 billion. The company, however, beat predicted earnings per share at $0.30, compared to the expected $0.29. The more interesting news was that it would create a new investment company to spin off its stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba. The new company is being referred to as "SpinCo."Read Full Story
  • Roadie App Wants To Help Shlep Your Stuff Faster Than UPS

    David Lumb
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:36 pm
    By charging only a base fee and mileage, Roadie lets you task someone to shlep your stuff ASAP.Ever need something in your hands today but know a friend could get it to you cheaper and quicker than a shipping company? In Roadie CEO and founder Marc Gorlin's case, it was floor tile he had left in Birmingham, Alabama—tile he needed so his shower wouldn't flood his apartment in Perdido Key, Florida. Why, he wondered, couldn't he give someone in Birmingham already headed his way $20 to throw that tile in the back of their car?Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • The Next Front Of Wearables

    Erez Podoly
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
     In 2014, Nike abandoned its FuelBand fitness tracker and Sergey Brin “left his Google Glass in his car.” In 2015, Apple will launch its iWatch and Sony will enter the eyewear space. More kinds of wearables were introduced in CES 2015, just to leave us wondering whether what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, physically. Read More
  • The Makers Of Need Launch Foremost, A New Brand Producing Affordable, High-Quality Clothing

    Ryan Lawler
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
     Foremost is launching next month to provide customers with a monthly collection of small-batch, American-made clothing that is priced within reach. It hopes to entice users not just with affordable pricing, but also an online lifestyle magazine and interview series designed to show off its goods. Read More
  • Hopper’s New Travel App Tells You The Best Time To Fly

    Sarah Perez
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:58 am
     A mobile application called Hopper, out today on iTunes, is using data and analysis from “billions” of flight prices in order to tell travelers when they should fly and buy tickets. The company claims that it’s able to save users as much as 40 percent on flights, and in 95 percent of cases will get you a cheaper flight or one that’s at least the same price as you would… Read More
  • Microsoft Wants You To Store And Manage Your Photos On OneDrive

    Alex Wilhelm
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:52 am
     When Dropbox introduced Carousel, it made a bid to be the home for all your photos. Microsoft wants to make a similar pitch. Today, the company outlined new ways to import, manage and share your photos on OneDrive, its cloud storage platform. Again, it is far from the first company to do so, so we can view its efforts from a historical perspective. Read More
  • Disrupt NY Battlefield Applications Are Now Open

    Sam O'Keefe
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:35 am
     Holed up in your apartment for #Blizzard2015? Already whipped your roommate in Settlers? Binge-watching your favorite show isn’t cutting it? Well, friends, it sounds like a perfect time to get going on your application for the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt NY. Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • The best laid plans

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

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

    Seth Godin
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:40 am
    Very few people are afraid of speaking. It's the public part that's the problem. What makes it public? After all, speaking to a waiter or someone you bump into on the street is hardly private. I think we define public speaking as any group large enough or important enough or fraught enough that we're afraid of it. And that makes the solution straightforward (but not easy). Instead of plunging into these situations under duress, once a year or once a decade, gently stretch your way there. Start with dogs. I'm not kidding. If you don't have one, go to the local animal shelter and take one for a…
  • Advice or criticism?

    Seth Godin
    25 Jan 2015 | 1:50 am
    It's quite natural to be defensive in the face of criticism. After all, the critic is often someone with an agenda that's different from yours. But advice, solicited advice from a well-meaning and insightful expert? If you confuse that with criticism, you'll leave a lot of wisdom on the table. Here's a simple way to process advice: Try it on. Instead of explaining to yourself and to your advisor why an idea is wrong, impossible or merely difficult, consider acting out what it would mean. Act as if, talk it through, follow the trail. Turn the advice into a new business plan, or a presentation…
  • Two kinds of hustle

    Seth Godin
    24 Jan 2015 | 1:56 am
    There's the hustle of always asking, of putting yourself out there, of looking for discounts, shortcuts and a faster way. This is the hustle of it it doesn't hurt to ask, of what you don't know won't hurt you, of the ends justifying the means. This hustler propositions, pitches and works at all times to close a sale, right now. This kind of hustler always wants more for less. This kind of hustler will cut corners if it helps in getting picked. Then there's the hustle that's actually quite difficult and effective. This is the hustle of being more generous than you need to be, of speaking…
 
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    WIRED

  • Sony Partners With Spotify to Launch Playstation Music

    Issie Lapowsky
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:17 am
    For Sony, it's out with the old, and in with the new. The post Sony Partners With Spotify to Launch Playstation Music appeared first on WIRED.
  • Slack’s New Acquisition Adds Voice Chat to Its Collaboration Tools

    Robert McMillan
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Soon, it will be a lot easier to do voice and video calls within the Slack online collaboration service, aka the “Trojan horse for bigger ideas.” That’s because Slack, with just under 100 employees, is acquiring Screenhero—a much smaller desktop collaboration company that graduated from the Y Combinator startup incubator just two years ago. Screenhero’s […] The post Slack’s New Acquisition Adds Voice Chat to Its Collaboration Tools appeared first on WIRED.
  • Why the Pointless NYC Subway Shutdown Was Worse Than You Realize

    Jordan Golson
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Shutting down New York’s public transportation system in the face of a snowstorm looks like the wrong call in retrospect. Which could be a bigger problem than you realize. The post Why the Pointless NYC Subway Shutdown Was Worse Than You Realize appeared first on WIRED.
  • AT&T Is Bringing an Original Video Series (And Lots of Ads) to Snapchat

    Issie Lapowsky
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:26 am
    The ad industry's big day may be just around the corner, but today, one major advertiser is hard at work on a much less traditional, and potentially revolutionary, form of advertising. The post AT&T Is Bringing an Original Video Series (And Lots of Ads) to Snapchat appeared first on WIRED.
  • How Throwback Flick Seoul Searching Puts a New Spin on Teen Comedies

    Angela Watercutter
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Seoul Searching has it all: cliques, parental conflict, and drinking games. But it's a John Hughes deep cut—it's new, and it's at Sundance. The post How Throwback Flick Seoul Searching Puts a New Spin on Teen Comedies appeared first on WIRED.
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    @ProBlogger

  • Design Trends of 2015: How Your Blog Can Adapt

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

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

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

    Guest Blogger
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
    This is a guest contribution from Jawad Khan. 2013 was the year when people started taking content marketing seriously. The momentum grew in 2014 and thousands of corporations, small businesses and startups invested heavily in content creation. 2015 will see this trend grow even further. Thousands of new blogs and millions of new blog posts will be created over the next 12 months. Perhaps the biggest revelation is the way local bricks and mortar businesses have taken up content marketing. From search results to social media, the internet is getting more and more local. Many local businesses…
  • How To Advertise Your New Business In Blog Posts Without Looking Too Promotional

    Guest Blogger
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:48 am
    Image via Flickr user twicepix. This is a guest contribution from freelance writer Victor Ijidola. Sometimes we just want to advertise our new businesses in blog posts so people can quickly know the new product or service we’re selling. But then, we don’t want our readers to see us as being too promotional. So often we say little or nothing about our product, thereby making a lot of them read, get value, and leave. without ever having a glimpse of what we sell. Honestly, that doesn’t sound good for business. So how do you solve this puzzle? Here’s the truth: Millions of people visit…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • Improve a Boring Online Bio with Image-Rich Words

    Melanie Pinola
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    Whether it's on your blog or on your social media profile, the "about me" section can change how others perceive you. One way t0 make your bio more interesting: use "sticky" words that appeal to the senses.Read more...
  • Charge Your Phone in Half the Time: Quick Chargers Explained

    Eric Ravenscraft
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    If you bought a phone in the last year, it might have included some kind of quick charger, or offered one as an accessory. Here's how they work to charge your phone in half the time of a typical charger.Read more...
  • Laser Printers You'll Love, Highly-Productive Apps, and More Deals

    Shep McAllister, Commerce Team
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:45 am
    We've waxed poetic about Brother laser printers countless times, but if you're still fighting an old Inkjet at your house, you've got two great options to upgrade today.Read more...
  • This Infographic Shows 50 Salad Ideas for Enjoying All Year Round

    Melanie Pinola
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    Salads are great for sneaking more vegetables into your diet and getting and staying healthy , but, let's face it, sometimes salads are boring. This graphic from Cook Smarts serves up 50 salad combos and dressing ideas to get you out of a salad rut.Read more...
  • How to Do Your Own Home Energy Audit and Save Money Each Month

    Timothy Dahl
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Wasting energy in your home is like throwing away money. You can spend thousands on heaters, air-conditioning and new windows, but poor insulation and outdated appliances can sap any savings and make for an uncomfortable home. Here's how to perform your own energy audit and save a bit of money.Read more...
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  • FTC Levies $40M Fine Against TracFone for Throttling Unlimited Data Customers

    Juli Clover
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:38 am
    In recent months, the Federal Trade Commission has taken a significant interest in carrier throttling practices and today handed down a ruling that could have future ramifications for carriers who throttle their unlimited customers. As reported by Re/code, the FTC has ordered prepaid wireless carrier TracFone to pay $40 million to consumers who paid for unlimited service and were then throttled after reaching certain data limits. TracFone advertised "unlimited text, talk, and data" for $45 a month under the brands Straight Talk, Net10, Simple Mobile, and Telcel America, and until…
  • Sony's 'Music Unlimited' Service Shutting Down After Failing to Emerge as Viable iTunes Alternative

    Joe Rossignol
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:57 am
    Sony announced on Wednesday that it will be shutting down its Music Unlimited on-demand streaming music service ahead of launching Spotify on PlayStation Music. Music Unlimited will shut down in all 19 countries it operated on March 29, 2015, with nearly all of the countries among the 41 regions that Spotify for PlayStation Music will be available upon launch, including the United States, Canada, Mexico and Brazil. Music Unlimited launched in December 2010 on PlayStation Network in several countries worldwide, and the service was later extended to iPhone [Direct Link], Android, PlayStation…
  • Marissa Mayer Says Yahoo Would 'Welcome the Opportunity' to Become Default Safari Search Engine

    Joe Rossignol
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:50 am
    Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer, during the company's quarterly earnings call on Tuesday, expressed interest in Yahoo becoming the default search engine in Safari. Mayer recognized the significance that getting Yahoo in front of Mac, iPhone and iPad could have for the search engine, referring to Apple's default web browser as "one of the premier search deals in the world if not the premier search deal in the world.""The Safari platform is basically one of the premier search deals in the world if not the premier search deal in the world," Mayer told RBC Capital Markets analyst Mark…
  • Quad-Core 2012 Mac Mini Mysteriously Reappears on Apple's U.S. Online Store [Updated]

    Joe Rossignol
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:58 pm
    Apple today has mysteriously added back a 2012 model Mac mini to the Apple Online Store for $699. The over two-year-old machine still has the same hardware specifications as it did in 2012, including a 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and Intel HD Graphics 4000. The listing also shows that the computer ships with OS X Mavericks installed. It is unknown if the outdated Mac mini has mistakenly resurfaced on the Apple Online Store, or if Apple intentionally reintroduced the model on its website. One plausible reason that Apple may be making this older Mac mini available…
  • Tim Cook: Apple Watch on Schedule to Ship in April

    Juli Clover
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:16 pm
    During today's earnings call covering the first fiscal quarter of 2015, Apple CEO Tim Cook shared some new details on the prospective launch date of the Apple Watch. According to Cook, Apple Watch development is currently on schedule, and the company is planning to ship the device in April. Development for Apple Watch is right on schedule, and we expect to begin shipping in April.When the Apple Watch was announced, Apple gave a vague "early 2015" launch date for the device, making it unclear when it would actually ship. Several rumors recently pointed towards a March launch date for the…
 
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  • I Like Facebook More Than Twitter These Days and Why That Doesn’t Matter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Brian Clark
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Note: This is the second of three core lessons related to content curation based on a case study of my new email newsletter Further. You can listen to the first episode here: Position Your Content Curation for Success With These 5 Essential Elements. A key aspect of last week’s episode was identifying the purpose of any smart content curation project – audience building. Specifically, building an audience asset in the form of an email list. This week we’re focusing exactly on that essential element. After smartly positioning your curation project, you want to do everything you can…
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    Macworld

  • The Week in iOS Accessories: Keyboards, guitars, golf, and more

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Keyboards, guitars, golf, and moreThis week's roundup shows off the versatility of your iOS hardware—for use in writing, making music, playing sports, and a whole range of life's activities. Read on.Blast MotionThe $150 Blast Golf system attaches a sensor to your golf club; fire up the app on your iOS device, and record your swing. The video view, combined with data transmitted from the sensor via Bluetooth, will tell you everything you need to know to become the next Sam Snead. And it’s social: Share your stats via Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail from the app.To read this article in full…
  • How to easily print mail merged Pages documents

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    I’m not saying that reader Charlie Brown is unhappy (but honestly, isn’t Charlie Brown always unhappy?), but he would like a bit more from a solution I recently offered. He writes:I found your article about creating mail merge documents with Apple’s Pages and Numbers helpful, but I’d like to know how to print the complete set of merged documents all at once. I don’t see where to select print and number of pages within the data merge file screen. While the Pages Data Merge app I mention lets you email merged documents, there’s no print option, as you’ve noticed. That doesn’t…
  • Freemium Field Test: Candy Crush Soda Saga can get expensive fast, but its appeal is undeniable

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it’s really worth your time (and money).I never expected to spend $25 in Candy Crush Soda Saga. Actually, I never expected to spend $25 within any mobile game, least of all something like Candy Crush Soda Saga. But here we are a couple weeks later, and now I have to collect my iTunes…
  • Where to get the perfect custom iPhone case

    28 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    Your iPhone case says a lot about you—a Speck CandyShell, for example, tells the world that you’re fun, bright, and quirky-yet-practical when it comes to protection and usability. TwelveSouth’s BookBook, on the other hand, says you love books—even fake books. So, here’s the question: If your iPhone case is a window to your soul, do you really want to settle for something mass produced and inherently un-unique, when you could spring for a custom case? If the answer is no, you’re in luck: Thanks to a myriad of custom case-makers, personalized cases are relatively inexpensive and…
  • The 6 things you need to know about Apple's best quarter ever

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:19 am
    Apple made all the money last quarter—its $18 billion in profit is not only the best quarter Apple’s ever had, it’s the best quarter any company has ever had, and a jaw-dropping 74.5 million iPhones sold is a big reason why. But record-shattering $74.6 billion revenues weren’t the most interesting part of Tuesday’s Q1 2015 earnings conference call, in which Tim Cook took questions from analysts about the rest of Apple’s plan for success, and how to keep this momentum going.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
 
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    Smashing Magazine

  • The New Smashing Mystery Riddle: Have You Figured It Out Yet?

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

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

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

    Danny Bluestone
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:37 am
    It’s no secret that the digital industry is booming. From exciting startups to global brands, companies are reaching out to digital agencies, responding to the new possibilities available. However, the industry is fast becoming overcrowded, heaving with agencies offering similar services — on the surface, at least. Producing creative, fresh projects is the key to standing out. Unique side projects are the best place to innovate, but balancing commercially and creatively lucrative work is tricky. So, this article looks at how to make side projects work and why they’re worthwhile,…
  • AngularJS’ Internals In Depth

    Nicolas Bevacqua
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:03 am
    AngularJS presents a remarkable number of interesting design choices in its code base. Two particularly interesting cases are the way in which scopes work and how directives behave. The first thing anyone is taught when approaching AngularJS for the first time is that directives are meant to interact with the DOM, or whatever manipulates the DOM for you, such as jQuery (get over jQuery already1!). What immediately becomes (and remains) confusing for most, though, is the interaction between scopes, directives and controllers. After the confusion sets in, you start learning about the advanced…
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • AG nomination hearing

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:43 am
  • Girl, 8, saves rhinos with chocolates

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:40 am
    Even two-tonne, spike-horned, armor-skinned rhinos need a helping hand sometimes.
  • Mom angry at anti-vaxxers

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:28 am
    It's an unseasonably warm day in Oakland, California, a perfect morning for Jennifer and Dave Simon to take their baby, Livia, out for a walk. But her stroller sits idle, and Livia is stuck inside the house -- as she has been for nearly a month.
  • See handcuffed woman flee at 100 mph

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:28 am
    A handcuffed woman led officers on a chase after she stole a police car. CNN affiliate WPXI has more.
  • Rand Paul: I'd take shotgun to drone

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:23 am
    Sen. Rand Paul, who has been cultivating an audience on Snapchat for the last year, spoke candidly in what is the first ever official Snapchat interview with a U.S. lawmaker.
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring David Molnar!

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

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

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

    Scott Kelby
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:42 am
    I’m very excited to announce that the awesome RC Concepcion has been named “Director of Content and Education” at KelbyOne RC wrote a blog post about it, called “My New Job at KelbyOne” (here’s the ink) so I want you to hear it about it in his words, but I’m so happy for him; I”m excited about what he brings to the role, and I’m just really proud of him on so many levels. Please join me in welcoming RC to this new position leading our team and helping to mold and guide our educational curriculum for the future.Yesterday We Released FOUR…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    The Mixer Brush Tool with Pete Collins Join Pete Collins as he takes you on a walk through of the incredibly powerful Mixer Brush Tool. The key to getting the most out of the Mixer Brush is in understanding the four key settings that determine just how your strokes will look. Pete takes you through all of the options, shows you how each option works in concert with the others, how to leverage the built-in tool presets, and how to customize them to make your own brushes. Once you get the hang of the Mixer Brush you’ll find that you can create strokes, details, and looks that you just can’t…
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    Digital Photography School

  • Handiwork: How to Pose Hands

    Gina Milicia
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    “Never neglect the little things. Never skimp on that extra effort, that additional few minutes, that soft word of praise or thanks, that delivery of the very best that you can do. It does not matter what others think, it is of prime importance, however, what you think about you. You can never do your best, which should always be your trademark, if you are cutting corners and shirking responsibilities. You are special. Act it. Never neglect the little things.” – Og Mandino All images copyright Gina Milicia What to do with your model’s hands is the one thing most photographers and…
  • 5 Tips for Getting Fresh Ideas for Macro Photography

    Bruce Lovelace
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Are you seeking some inspiration for getting creative with some new macro photographs? Perhaps you’ve grown tired of taking close-ups of typical macro subjects like flowers and insects. Help is on the way. There is a whole world of macro photography available to you that doesn’t involve the typical subject matter so often associated with close-up photography. There are some amazing images of insects and flowers to enjoy on the web, but what about going in a different direction? Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing, to challenge your imagination, and direct you…
  • 7 Photography Podcasts That are Worth a Listen

    Ken Lyons
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    There is no shortage of podcasts about photography. They cater for everyone from beginners to experienced amateurs, semi-pros and professionals. A quick search in Google returns so many options it can be a bit overwhelming. It’s impossible to listen to them all, so how do you decide which ones to download or subscribe to? The simplest answer is to follow recommendations from friends and colleagues. So, in no particular order, here are seven photography based podcasts that I currently subscribe to, that I think will be of interest to you as a photographer: 1. This Week in Photo This Week in…
  • How to Choose Which Version of Lightroom to Buy

    Andrew S. Gibson
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Buying Lightroom used to be simple. All you had to do was buy the full version of the program, and upgrade (if you wished) every time a new version came out. But ever since Adobe announced the Creative Cloud subscription service, photographers have been faced with two choices. You can still go for the standalone version, or you can buy Lightroom as part of a Creative Cloud monthly membership. But how do you know which is the best option for you? Read on to find out. Creative Cloud is announced Adobe’s initial announcement of the Creative Cloud licensing concept was somewhat controversial as…
  • 4 Ways to Use the Warp Command in Photoshop

    Sarah Hipwell
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Warp command in Photoshop, showing the grid over a selection and the presets What is Warp? The Warp command was introduced in Photoshop CS2 along with Vanishing point feature. This meant an image, or part of one, could now be distorted or transformed into a new shape. You may have seen popular online tutorials where the warp command was used to create a realistic page curl in Photoshop? How useful is the Warp Command as a photographer? Honestly, to answer this question it will depend on the type of photography you specialize in, and to what degree you post-process your images. For a lot of…
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    TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004 RSS Feed

  • Archer Diaries is on target

    Jessica Buchanan
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    Travel to exciting replications of real-world locations in an attempt to master the art of archery in Archer Diaries. At the start of each level, players are tasked with obtaining a certain score by hitting targets and other objects before the time r...
  • YouTube begins transition to HTML5 for default playback

    Yoni Heisler
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    YouTube announced yesterday that videos on the desktop website will now default to HTML5 when loaded. In other words, HTML5 is kicking Flash to the curb. So much for all the pundits and analysts who a) thought Apple abandoning mobile Flash was a stra...
  • Have you heard? The iPhone 6 is REALLY LOUD

    Steven Sande
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    (Original photography from pickywallpapers.com, photoshopping by Mike Wehner) You can always tell when it's the day after a big Apple news day, because we end up writing and publishing stories like this... iClarified (via Cult of Mac) recently updat...
  • AAPL share price hovering near all-time high

    Steven Sande
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Here's a surprise -- usually the day after Apple announces record-breaking financial performance, the stock drops. Today, however, on the heels of truly astounding news and optimistic statements from Apple executives, the share price has been climbin...
  • Grow: Cuby's Quest is an intriguing space adventure game

    George Tinari
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Grow: Cuby's Quest is a new space adventure game for iOS. You control Cuby. No one's entirely sure what Cuby actually is, but at the very least it's a cube-shaped character that survives and thrives on "pecs," crystals in the game. The short version:...
 
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Little, Improved: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 review posted

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:39 am
    The Panasonic Lumix GM5 is an almost unthinkably small Micro Four Thirds camera with a 16MP sensor, 3" 921k-dot touch screen, 1080/60p HD video and built-in Wi-Fi. It follows in the already tiny footsteps of the GM1, adding a built-in EVF and more external controls to that camera's point-and-shoot approach. Does it stand tall in a competitive enthusiast mirrorless class? Read more
  • Moment phone case brings two-stage shutter button to iPhone 6

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:49 am
    Moment, a Seattle-based company that is known for its high-quality smartphone accessory lenses has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its latest product idea, the Moment case. The Moment case is a case for the Apple iPhone 6 that offers a two-stage shutter button, allowing you to half-press to lock focus and exposure. The connection to the phone is electronic without any mechanical components. The grip links to the iPhone via a low-energy bluetooth connection. Read more at connect.dpreview.com
  • Google Nexus 6 camera review

    27 Jan 2015 | 10:51 am
    The latest in Google's line of showcase devices - the Nexus 6 - was designed and built in cooperation with US company Motorola. The Nexus 6 comes with the same dual-LED ring flash as the Motorola Moto X and a 13MP imaging sensor. However, at F2.0 its aperture is a touch faster and it comes with an optical image stabilization system which should make for improved low light performance. Click through to read our detailed review of its camera's performance
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium uses GoPro to create new open source research camera

    26 Jan 2015 | 1:54 pm
    The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute has created an open source camera system for use underwater to aid in research projects. The rig is composed of a GoPro camera and other easily sourced components, and is cheaper than commercially available oceanographic camera systems. Learn more
  • 2014 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: Things

    25 Jan 2015 | 9:43 am
    Picking favorites is hard. Nevertheless, our readers were up to the task when we asked them to submit their best shots of 2014. We received over 1400 submissions, and it was no small job picking favorites. We didn't need the reminder, but it underscored just how talented our readership is. Photos were divided into three categories and we settled on a small selection to feature in each.
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Applying a preset to your Importing workflow

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

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

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

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:41 pm
    A big congrats to these fine folks who won a copy of Jay’s new brilliant new book, “Light, Gesture & Color” (That’s Jay and me at Photo Plus Expo back in November during the book launch). If you didn’t win, you can still pick up Jay’s book at Amazon or Barnes & Noble. > Robert McClymond > Chris Helms > Lisa Hall > Carrie Cleghorn > James Kuhn Winners: My assistant Lynn Miller will be contacting you directly to get your shipping details. Congrats, and thanks to everybody who entered (and thanks to everybody who included a nice comment…
  • When Lightroom’s “Shadows” Slider Isn’t Enough…

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:42 am
    This isn’t one of those tips that you’re going to use every day, but when you need it, it’s really an image-saver. It’s about bringing out shadow detail in a big way using a workaround that does take a few steps, but it’s super easy (after it all goes faster than you’d think). Here’s what we’re doing:   STEP ONE: Here’s the original image. The area in the foreground is pretty dark, so to open up that area, we reach for the Shadows slider. STEP TWO: Here I cranked the Shadows slider all the way to +100, and it helped a little bit, but…
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • YouTube Begins Using HTML5 Instead of Flash for Default Video Playback

    Mitchel Broussard
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:19 am
    YouTube yesterday announced it has begun using HTML5 video by default for all playback on its website, marking a substantial step in its gradual move away from Flash. The company states the new default will work in most popular web browsers including Safari. Richard Leider, Engineering Manager for YouTube, reiterated on the adaptability of HTML5 over Flash and the use of the former's capabilities beyond a simple web browser. With YouTube's extension to devices like gaming consoles, and even the Apple TV, the benefits of dropping Flash became far more apparent over the years. Over the last…
  • FCC Warns Hotels About Intentionally Blocking Wi-Fi Hotspots

    Joe Rossignol
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:27 am
    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday issued a public enforcement advisory that warns hotel chains and other commercial establishments about intentionally blocking or interfering with Wi-Fi hotspots. The FCC's Enforcement Bureau claims that interfering with Wi-Fi hotspots is illegal and that it will take appropriate action against violators by imposing substantial fines. The warning follows an FCC investigation in which the government agency discovered a so-called "disturbing trend" where hotels and other commercial establishments were purposefully blocking wireless customers…
  • iPod Shuffle Shipping Times Improve to 5-7 Days in Europe Following Reports of Supplier Change

    Joe Rossignol
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:14 am
    Earlier this month, the iPod shuffle's shipping estimates slipped to 7-10 days in the United States, Europe and other regions, leading to speculation as to whether the portable media player would soon be discontinued or was going through reported supplier changes. Today, we are beginning to see a clearer picture. For now, it appears that the iPod shuffle will continue to live on. iGen.fr was first to notice today that shipping times for the iPod shuffle have improved to 5-7 days on the Apple Online Store in the United Kingdom, France, Germany and some other European countries. The improved…
  • iOS 8.1.3 Fixes Exploits Used by TaiG Jailbreak

    Juli Clover
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:53 pm
    It appears that today's iOS 8.1.3 update fixes many of the exploits that were used for the iOS 8 TaiG jailbreak, which worked up until iOS 8.1.2. The earlier Pangu jailbreak was disabled with the iOS 8.1.1 update that was released on November 17. TaiG has not yet confirmed whether iOS 8.1.3 breaks its jailbreak tool, but reports on the MacRumors forums and on Twitter suggest that is indeed the case. Apple's support document detailing the security fixes in iOS 8.1.3 credits the TaiG jailbreak team for finding four now-patched vulnerabilities in the operating system. At the current time, Apple…
  • Tim Cook: Apple Has Sold More Than 1 Billion iOS Devices

    Joe Rossignol
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed on Tuesday during the company's quarterly earnings call that it has sold more than 1 billion iOS devices to date since launching the original iPhone over seven years ago. According to Cook, the impressive milestone, which accounts for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, was reached in November and was helped along by a record-breaking 74.5 million iPhones sold in Q1 2015. The milestone device was kept by Apple and is at the company's Cupertino headquarters. Cook emphasized that iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus demand was stronger than any other iPhone it has ever released,…
 
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    CNN Travel

  • The new world's busiest international airport is ...

    laurama
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:27 pm
    London's Heathrow is no longer the world's busiest airport for international trafficTags: world's busiest airportbusiest airportsinternational tourism
  • Earning flier miles is about to get pricey

    laurama
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:27 pm
    The trick to accumulating mileage was cheap tickets that went the distance. This year, the game's about to changeTags: aviationairline industryfrequent flyer milesfrequent flyer miles programsfrequent flier milesfrequent flier air miles
  • Magazine names best U.S. hotels for 2015

    Guessy1
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:29 pm
    Four of the top 10 U.S. hotels are new to the list from U.S. News & World ReportTags: U.S. hotelsbest hotelshotel awards
  • Opinion: Why we need a North American passport

    Guessy1
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:46 am
    The future success of North America depends partly on how the U.S., Canada and Mexico work together, say think tank scholarsTags: Tell me about itopinionpassportsNorth America relations
  • Pilot runs out of fuel, ditches plane in ocean

    Guessy1
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:35 am
    The pilot of a single engine aircraft that ran out of fuel is safe after ditching his aircraft more than 200 miles northeast of Maui, HawaiiTags: aviationplane crashprivate airplanes
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