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  • How Do You Grow Your Business?

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    Chris Brogan
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:56 pm
    What we do mostly at Owner Media Group is provide solutions and guidance to help people grow their business in some form or fashion. Its a mix of professional, personal, and business development all mooshed together nicely into one package. When I ask people what kind of help they need, however, it’s interesting to hear where everyone is along the path. The solutions we’ve created, as it turns out, help out along a particular curve that wasn’t immediately obvious when we started. How Do You Grow Your Business? – Starting Out Before I get started, if you want our super…
  • Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” redone as a waltz [video]

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    Kate Rinsema
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Now that the original girls in need of a good time are getting up there in years, bouncing on beds and high-kicking down the halls of Daddy’s house aren’t exactly what the doctor ordered, so Postmodern Jukebox released this vintage 1912 version of the song. You can still wear a corset, just make sure it’s under a dress that covers those scandalous ankles of yours. Full story at YouTube via Laughing Squid. Ladies just want to have a pleasant time. Graphics credit: Canva  
  • NFL Adds Football to Apple TV Menu of Sports Channels

    Mashable
    Adario Strange
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Sports fans just got another reason to consider integrating Apple TV into their home entertainment systems, after it was announced on Wednesday that NFL Now is launching on the device With this addition, Apple TV users can access free National Football League content, including archived video highlights of games, NFL.com clips, original shows created by NFL Media, live press conferences and films created under the NFL Films banner See also: Apple TV: The Little Hobby That Wouldn't Die Users will also have the option of upgrading NFL Now by signing up for NFL Now Plus, a $1.99-per-month…
  • Please Don't Put Your Phone Away During The Movie

    Fast Company
    Peter Wade
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Movie theaters in China experiment with showing audience texts onscreen.Movie theaters may be one of the last remaining public spaces where cell phone use is frowned upon … until now. Some cinemas in China have been equipping their theaters with "bullet screens" that display text messages, allowing audience members to comment on the film in real time.Read Full Story
  • A Second Act For The Internet Of Things

    TechCrunch
    David Hirsch
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
     For the last few years there has been a lot of talk in the venture capital industry about automating the home and leveraging Internet-enabled devices for various functions in manufacturing and the traditional workplace. The first wave of this was the use of the smartphone as a remote control, like the Nest’s ability to allow consumers to control their thermostat using their smartphone.… Read More
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    Holy Kaw!

  • Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” redone as a waltz [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Now that the original girls in need of a good time are getting up there in years, bouncing on beds and high-kicking down the halls of Daddy’s house aren’t exactly what the doctor ordered, so Postmodern Jukebox released this vintage 1912 version of the song. You can still wear a corset, just make sure it’s under a dress that covers those scandalous ankles of yours. Full story at YouTube via Laughing Squid. Ladies just want to have a pleasant time. Graphics credit: Canva  
  • The absolute saddest kayaking video you’ll ever see [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Landlubber Max was somehow conned by his friend Sarah into taking a river kayaking trip and hilarity ensues when he finds himself sinking without a clue what to do. She assures us he survived the trauma, though he should probably pack waterwings if he plans on trying it again. Full story at YouTube. Not your typical kayak video. Graphics credit: Canva
  • 5 ways to cut unnecessary stress from your life

    Josh Urich
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Everyone has stress in their lives––some of it is necessary stress, stuff that keeps us alive, but some of it is unnecessary stress. Learn how to identify and ditch that unnecessary stress in this article. For example, one way to ditch stress is to start paying attention to when you’re stressed. It takes practice to actually be mindful when you’re freaking out about something, but it pays off. Another key to losing that unnecessary stress is to recognize when you don’t have control over a situation. So much stress in our lives is the result of us trying to control that…
  • Meet Kama, surfing’s next pig — um, big — thing [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    If humans were born to surf, they would have been born with fins, yet we all know that kind of logic doesn’t hold true, so we can’t see why other intelligent mammals can’t join in the fun, too. Kama’s owner realized he had something special on his hands when the pig fell into the water and started swimming, and, turns out, he knows his way around a surfboard as well. Fortunately, his human companion doesn’t mind him hogging the spotlight. (Yeah, like we could resist that one.) Full story at YouTube. Surfing pigs…what’ll they think of next? Graphics…
  • Is this why older adults can’t stay asleep?

    Futurity
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    A loss of neurons in a part of the brain that serves as an on/off switch for sleep may explain why so many older adults suffer from insomnia. “In many older people with insomnia and other patterns of sleep disruption, the underlying cause is unknown,” says Andrew Lim, assistant professor of neurology at University of Toronto. “We provide evidence that loss of neurons in a particular region of the brain that controls sleep may be an important contributor to insomnia in many older individuals.” Full story at Futurity. More research news from top universities. Photo credit: David van der…
 
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    Mashable

  • NFL Adds Football to Apple TV Menu of Sports Channels

    Adario Strange
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Sports fans just got another reason to consider integrating Apple TV into their home entertainment systems, after it was announced on Wednesday that NFL Now is launching on the device With this addition, Apple TV users can access free National Football League content, including archived video highlights of games, NFL.com clips, original shows created by NFL Media, live press conferences and films created under the NFL Films banner See also: Apple TV: The Little Hobby That Wouldn't Die Users will also have the option of upgrading NFL Now by signing up for NFL Now Plus, a $1.99-per-month…
  • 10 Moments From Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' Video That Will Destroy Your Innocence

    Neha Prakash
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:02 pm
    (If it wasn't clear from the headline, this video and the GIFs that follow are extremely NSFW.) It's Nicki Minaj's butt's world — we're all just living in it The rapper debuted her video for Anaconda Wednesday and it's, well, oh my god, look at her butt. The song is a throwback to Sir-Mix-a-Lot's 1992 classic "Baby Got Back" that borrows a lot from the song. But Nicki, of course, takes booty-shaking to the next level in a cheeky video set in the jungle (or an infomercial for blenders). Then she gives Drake a lap dance (!!!!!!!) Both Drake and Nicki teased (pun very-much intended) the…
  • U.S. Troops Tried to Rescue Foley and Others in Syria, But Couldn't Find Them

    The Associated Press
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:56 pm
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama sent U.S. troops to Syria earlier this summer to rescue a number of Americans held by a violent extremist group, including slain journalist James Foley, but the troops did not find the hostages, senior Obama administration officials said Wednesday. The officials said the rescue mission was authorized after intelligence agencies believed they had identified the location inside Syria where the hostages were being held. But the several dozen special operations troops who were dropped by aircraft into Syria did not find them, and instead engaged in a…
  • Brazilian Judge Wants to Ban Secret App, Wipe It From Phones

    Samantha Murphy Kelly
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:42 pm
    A Brazilian judge wants to ban popular app Secret from Apple's App Store and Google Play, arguing it promotes anonymous bullying. In a preliminary injunction, Judge Paulo Cesar de Carvalho is asking for Secret — which lets you anonymously share posts with the public — to be removed from the two app stores within 10 days, as first reported by 9to5Mac, citing a Brazilian website. The order also calls for a Secret client called Cryptic to be removed from the Windows Phone store. See also: 20 Secrets the Internet Wants You to Know The judge also wants the app wiped from existing…
  • Don't Be That Guy Who Orders an Uber and Hops in the Wrong Car

    Kari Paul
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:15 pm
    The growing popularity of ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft has made for some awkward situations. Just as the arrival time mark expires on your app, a black car pulls up to the curb, so you hop in. The only problem? It wasn't your ride See also: Uber and Lyft Are in One Big Pissing Match While Lyft drivers often adorn their cars with pink mustaches, Uber uses a variety of cars, including luxury black cars. Those vehicles don't necessarily have any distinguishing features, making the "wait, is that my Uber?" question tricky "Basically anytime I'm pulled over on the side of the street,…
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    Fast Company

  • Please Don't Put Your Phone Away During The Movie

    Peter Wade
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Movie theaters in China experiment with showing audience texts onscreen.Movie theaters may be one of the last remaining public spaces where cell phone use is frowned upon … until now. Some cinemas in China have been equipping their theaters with "bullet screens" that display text messages, allowing audience members to comment on the film in real time.Read Full Story
  • Uber's Plans For Global Domination, Revealed Through Job Listings

    Rebecca Greenfield
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Uber's long list of job openings show the company has designs on huge markets from India to New Zealand.Uber's world domination plans are well under way, if you read between the lines of its massive list of available jobs. Positions listed include "Asia Expansion" in the "Expansion" department, and dozens of community managers in cities all over the world, from Ahmedabad, India, to Auckland, New Zealand. World: Uber is coming for you.Read Full Story
  • You Can Now Create Vines By Importing Existing Videos

    Alice Truong
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:50 am
    Twitter's six-second video app also introduced new editing and shooting tools.Vine will now let users import existing videos to create six-second clips.Read Full Story
  • Dream Job Alert: Chocolate Scientist

    Rachel Gillett
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:31 am
    Be the the hero of chocoholics everywhere by figuring out how to keep chocolate from melting.If you've ever unknowingly dropped some chocolate on your lap, you can sympathize. The sad truth is that the instant chocolate touches your hands--or face or clothes or any other extension of yourself--it begins to melt, quickly. And while melting in your mouth is a great feature of eating chocolate, it makes shipping and stocking it harder.Read Full Story
  • A Look Inside The Cottage Industry Of GIFs

    Will Scholl
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Developers are turning to GIFs, one of the Internet's oldest resources, hoping to turn a profit. This article contains interviews with developers Drew Dahlman and Joseph Mueller.Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • A Second Act For The Internet Of Things

    David Hirsch
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
     For the last few years there has been a lot of talk in the venture capital industry about automating the home and leveraging Internet-enabled devices for various functions in manufacturing and the traditional workplace. The first wave of this was the use of the smartphone as a remote control, like the Nest’s ability to allow consumers to control their thermostat using their smartphone.… Read More
  • HP Slips After Reporting Better-Than-Expected Fiscal Q3 Revenue

    Alex Wilhelm
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:39 pm
     HP shares are off nearly 1 percent in after-hours trading despite posting better-than-expected fiscal third-quarter revenue, and in-line earnings per share. In its fiscal third, HP had revenue of $27.585 billion, ahead of an expected tally of $27.01 billion. The company earned $0.89 per share on a non-GAAP basis, matching expectations precisely. On a GAAP basis, not excluding certain costs… Read More
  • Move Over, Uber, SF Residents Can “Yo” A Smart Car To Take Them Anywhere They Want Tomorrow

    Sarah Buhr
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:16 pm
     A very gimmicky Mercedes-Benz campaign hopes to tap into the SF tech millennial market tomorrow by offering free rides in its smart electric vehicles to anyone who sends them a “Yo.” Starting at noon on August 21, smart will place pop-up signs at two outdoor locations in San Francisco – one in the Mission and one in SoMa. Anyone who reads the sign and then sends out a… Read More
  • Incubated: How Amplify.LA Helps LA-Based Startups Grow

    Ryan Lawler
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
     Amplify.LA was founded to help grow the number of seed-stage startups in Los Angeles, by launching an accelerator and coworking space. Since then, it’s been home to a host of companies that rotate in and out of its offices in the heart of Venice, Calif. Read More
  • Despite FAA Setbacks, Amazon Prime Air Makes Notable Engineering, NASA And Aerospace Hires

    Sarah Perez
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:55 pm
     Something big is going on with Amazon Prime Air, the e-commerce giant’s research project focused on delivering packages in 30 minutes or less using unmanned drones. And it’s not the dubious story about drone testing in India, which frankly, doesn’t pass the sniff test in terms of accuracy. Prime Air is shaping up to be more than a marketing stunt, it seems. The company… Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Totally and completely out of my control

    Seth Godin
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:58 am
    Gravity, for example. I can't do a thing about gravity. Even if I wanted to move to Jupiter or the moon for a change in gravity, it's inconceivable that I could. On the other hand, there are lots of things I can do to control my reaction to gravity. I can take Alexander classes or get in better shape. I can avoid situations where gravity makes me uncomfortable (the trapeze, for example). I can choose to not whine about gravity and its effects. There are countless forces in our lives that are out of our control. That doesn't mean we can't do anything about how they influence our work and our…
  • Squidthanks

    Seth Godin
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:53 am
    Nine years ago last month, a few of us sat down in my office and started working on Squidoo. Since then, there have been billions of visits to our site, and many of you have clicked, written, and contributed to what we've built. We've been able to pay people from around the world for great content and donate to dozens of charities. Thanks. Squidoo was launched before Pinterest, Twitter and Medium were the platforms of the day. It arrived just in time to remind people that in fact they could share what they cared about with people who were interested in hearing about it. Last week, we…
  • Slacktivism

    Seth Godin
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:08 am
    This is far from a new phenomenon. Hundreds of years ago there were holier-than-thou people standing in the village square, wringing their hands, ringing their bells and talking about how urgent a problem was. They did little more than wring their hands, even then. In our connected world, though, there are two sides to social media's power in spreading the word about a charitable cause. According to recent data about the ice bucket challenge making the rounds, more than 90% of the people mentioning it (posting themselves being doused or passing on the word) didn't make a donation to support…
  • Who named the colors?

    Seth Godin
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:52 am
    We did. It's not a silly question. It has a lot to do with culture and crowds and the way we decide, as a group, what's right and what's not. A quick look at some colors confirms that there is no algorithm, no accepted pattern for color names. They range from short and obscure (puce) to long and obvious references, like cotton candy. No color has a name until a significant group accepts that name. You can start calling the sky, "gluten," but it's not going to be useful until others do as well. That's what mass, cultural-shifting marketing does. It creates an idea or a label or a habit…
  • Escalators, elevators and the ferry

    Seth Godin
    17 Aug 2014 | 2:13 am
    Escalators make people happy. They're ready when you are, there is almost never a line, and you can see progress happening the entire time. Elevators are faster, particularly for long distances, but we get frustrated when we just miss one, and we often wonder when the next one is coming, even after a few seconds. (That's why lobbies have mirrors, to give you something to do when you're waiting). The ferry schedule, invented by Cornelius Vanderbilt, is a third way to deal with transport. Instead of having each boat turn around the minute it arrived, he guaranteed when it would leave. We can…
 
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  • How to Use Content Themes to Make Blogging a Snap

    Guest Blogger
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:48 am
    This is a guest contribution from Sonja Jobson. This might sound familiar: you’re staring at a blank screen, panic slowly rising, headache setting in, mind blank. You’re due to publish a blog post but you have absolutely no idea what to write about. Again. The “writers block” cycle can put a serious cramp in your blogging style, but contrary to popular opinion, it’s not a mysterious ailment with no known cure. In most cases, writers block is a direct result of poor planning. This is good news, because it means that with correct planning, you can skip right over the blank screen and…
  • Why You Have a Better Chance of Landing a Guest Post Than You Think (and How to Do It)

    Guest Blogger
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:31 am
    Image via Flickr user Freddie Peña. This is a guest contribution from writer Ali Luke. Do you ever think about guest posting but worry you’re not ready? You probably already know that guest posting is one of the most effective ways to build relationships in the blogging world, get writing credits, and grow your audience …  … yet you might worry that no-one will take your posts, because you’re too new to blogging, your own audience is too small, or you’re not (yet) a great writer. Maybe you’ve heard bloggers say that they get dozens, even hundreds, of guest post pitches…
  • Stop Writing for Free and Launch Your Own Profitable Blog

    Guest Blogger
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:21 am
    You’ve spent countless hours crafting article after article. Your articles have generated thousands of page views. You feel pretty successful in terms of exposure, but large media companies are not knocking down your door to hire you. That paying gig you have been dreaming of still seems just as far away as it always has. Your writing hasn’t earned you a dime, and your exposure hasn’t done anything but bring you momentary comfort. Sound familiar? There has been a long-raging debating about the merits of writing for free. Some have spoken out heavily in opposition of doing…
  • How to Make Friends and Influence People at the ProBlogger Event

    Guest Blogger
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:17 am
    This is a guest contribution by blogger Johanna Castro. Day one of the ProBlogger conference dawns, and butterflies are probably winging around your stomach as if making a bid for freedom. For many of us this day has been eagerly anticipated for about 6 months, and it represents one of two days in which you’ll meet some of the biggest names in blogging: Presenters, bloggers, media celebrities and a heap of new friends. But first. You walk in, you register at the front desk, and then you face a sea of people. That sea of people seems to be undulating like a wave mingling effortlessly with…
  • How to Build a Blog Worth Monetizing

    Darren Rowse
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:41 am
    Earlier in the week I co-hosted the popular #BlogChat Twitter chat. The topic was ‘How to Build a Blog Worth Monetizing’ – a massive topic. The hour-long Twitter chat was one of the fastest moving Twitter chats I’ve been involved in (and the biggest BlogChat ever according to it’s founder Mack Collier). We covered heaps of ground but I thought I’d pull out some of my most RT’d and commented upon tweets from the hour here as a blog post. I hope you find these helpful! Foundational Advice I was asked to prepare some advice for those about to start a…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • Dan Harmon Explains How Laziness Can Actually Guide Your Success

    Patrick Allan
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Dan Harmon, the creator and producer of the television show Community, openly admits that he's a lazy person. Of course, Harmon also believes that your laziness can be your guide to what you want to succeed in.Read more...
  • Practice Your Pan Flip Technique with Dried Beans

    Patrick Allan
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Knowing to how to properly pan flip is an essential skill for any sauteing sorcerer or sorceress. Practice makes perfect, and using dried beans let's you practice without fear of making a mess.Read more...
  • Most Popular Rewards Credit Card: Chase Amazon Rewards Visa

    Alan Henry
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm
    A good rewards card will give you perks and benefits, and as long as you use it wisely, it can actually be a great tool to help you save money—not fall into debt. Last week we asked for your favorites , then looked at the five best rewards credit cards . Now we're back to highlight the community favorite. Read more...
  • Gawker Ariana Grande Is a Kabbalist and Suspected Serial Killer | Gizmodo How Antiperspirant Works (

    Jane-Claire Quigley on Kinja Roundup, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Gawker Ariana Grande Is a Kabbalist and Suspected Serial Killer | Gizmodo How Antiperspirant Works (And Who It Might Hurt) | Jalopnik Feds Want American Teens To Just Get Drunk And Have Sex In The Woods | Kotaku Japanese Viewers List This Summer's Most Popular Anime | Kinja Popular Posts Read more...
  • Ten Simple Ways to Make Your Office Look Cleaner Than It Really Is

    Charles Samuel
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Your office is your home away from home, and keeping the office clean is very important to your everyday work life. While it'd be great if you could clean up everyday, simply giving the appearance that things are organized can help you not look like an absolute slob. Read more...
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  • Photo of Possible 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 Rear Shell Surfaces

    Juli Clover
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:15 pm
    While we've seen dozens of part leaks for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, parts for the rumored 5.5-inch version of the device have thus far been scarce, possibly due to the fact that the larger iPhone 6 is said to have entered production later than the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. Photos depicting what might be the rear shell of the larger device have finally surfaced, however, and have been shared by Evasi0nJailbreak.com. According to the site, the photos have been sourced from "deep within Apple's supply chain in China," and may be only a prototype of the final rear shell. Outside of 5.5-inch iPhone 6 rear…
  • Second-Generation iPad Air May Get Memory Boost to 2 GB

    Juli Clover
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    Apple's second-generation iPad Air may get a memory upgrade, bumping it up to 2 GB of RAM instead of the 1 GB in the current-generation device, reports Taiwan's TechNews [Google Translate] (via iPhone in Canada). According to the site, the increased RAM will be limited to the iPad Air, as the second-generation Retina iPad mini is expected to continue to offer 1 GB of RAM. Apple began offering 1 GB of RAM with the third generation iPad, keeping the same amount of memory in the fourth-generation device and the fifth-generation iPad Air. With such a long span of time between memory upgrades,…
  • 'NFL Now' Launches on Apple TV With Breaking Football News and Highlights

    Kelly Hodgkins
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:06 am
    The National Football League earlier this month officially launched its NFL Now service, its next-generation video streaming service that provides access to the largest digital library of NFL videos available online. The video content can be viewed on the iPhone, iPad, Mac (via a web browser) and other connected devices such as Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and as of today, the Apple TV channel that was leaked earlier in the month. The NFL Now service delivers historic videos, breaking news, game highlights and original programming from the NFL Now studios. Personalization is a key feature --…
  • Apple Dominates New EPEAT Tablet Registry After Nearly Withdrawing From Environmental List in 2012

    Kelly Hodgkins
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    After almost removing itself from the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) registry two years ago, Apple is now leading the charge into the program's new Tablets/Slates category. As of today, Apple's four iPad models account for 134 of the 135 tablets on the list, although the number of entries appear to be growing nearly by the minute. While Apple is represented by the various configurations of the iPad Air, the iPad mini, the iPad with Retina display and the iPad mini with Retina display, the sole non-iPad model currently on the list is the Dell Venue 11 Pro. In a blog…
  • Alleged Schematic Shows Protruding Camera Ring on 4.7-Inch iPhone 6

    Richard Padilla
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:08 am
    Throughout the past few months, a number of design drawings, physical mockups, and component leaks have hinted at a protruding camera ring camera on the iPhone 6. Initial rumors indicated that the physical feature would be exclusive to the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6, however recent photos of the 4.7-inch version's rear shell may indicate that it will also include a protruding camera ring. Now, an alleged schematic shared by Apple.club.tw (Google Translate, via G for Games) once again shows a protruding camera ring on the back of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, which is measured at 0.67-0.77 millimeters.
 
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  • How Can I Focus Better?

    Chris Brogan
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:04 pm
    The strangest of moments can bring you insights. I’ll tell you that for sure. Do you see the picture that accompanies this post? That was moments after winning a silly competition where I had to use a piece of uncooked spaghetti to spear six ziti noodles without using any hands. How did I accomplish this faster than my competitors? Well, that’s where the insight came in. How Can I Focus Better? In that moment, my brain-chatter was intense: “I don’t want to be here. Why did I say yes to this? This is stupid? I’m going to LOOK stupid. Wow, I’m very shaky. My…
  • How Do You Grow Your Business?

    Chris Brogan
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:56 pm
    What we do mostly at Owner Media Group is provide solutions and guidance to help people grow their business in some form or fashion. Its a mix of professional, personal, and business development all mooshed together nicely into one package. When I ask people what kind of help they need, however, it’s interesting to hear where everyone is along the path. The solutions we’ve created, as it turns out, help out along a particular curve that wasn’t immediately obvious when we started. How Do You Grow Your Business? – Starting Out Before I get started, if you want our super…
  • You’re Not Freaky Enough

    Chris Brogan
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    Jacq was watching a rerun of Shark Tank last night with her mom and she came across Steve Gadling, who pitched his business to the Shark Tank. What was he doing? Drawing cats. Not very well, mind you. And just with paper and a Sharpie. And he wanted ten thousand dollars. Part of his pitch was a little dance, and a “song.” Watch this video: Can’t see the video? Click HereContinue Reading
  • How Do I Reach My Audience?

    Chris Brogan
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:36 pm
    People ask me that often. “How do I reach my audience?” First, I tell them gently, it’s not your audience. Second, I tell them that reach is only part of it. Once they’ve seen you, they have to care enough that they’ll take a next step. From there, it only gets more difficult. But that’s okay. Challenge is good. Let me give you some thoughts. Before You Try to “Reach Your Audience” Let’s convert that to “reach out to people who might care” or just “reach out.” But before you want to do that, you’ll want your…
  • Is It Really So Weird That I Want to Tackle the Obesity Epidemic?

    Chris Brogan
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:16 pm
    I’ve been working to support a 90 Day Health Challenge that works at two purposes: to help YOU deal with losing weight and at the same time, help kids battle obesity. Some people have asked me what THAT’s all about. Let me tell you! MOST Everyone We Know Needs To Get Healthier Continue Reading
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    Copyblogger

  • 4 Simple Steps to Writing a Blog Post That Floods Your Inbox with Inquiries

    Henneke
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Are your blog posts helping you win clients? Blogging helps boost your authority, drive relevant traffic, and generate leads. But are your blog posts working for your business? Although business blogging is a longterm strategy, you can employ a few smart tactics to one single post in order to generate meaningful leads. Not just one lead. But a handful or more of quality leads. In this post, I’ll show you exactly how I stumbled upon this four-step formula, and how you can apply this method to your business. Ready to start winning new clients? Step 1: Forget about generating leads Running a…
  • 3 Lessons Learned From a Titan of Copywriting

    Brian Kurtz
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    I was on the phone earlier this week with copywriting legend John Carlton and we were ranting about all sorts of topics. (You know, like you do when you’re on the phone with John Carlton.) He made the observation that the next “big thing” in marketing may not be in the areas of whiz-bang technology, but rather in the blocking and tackling techniques of adept career direct marketers.

 That’s not to say that technology won’t continue to move at the speed of light. But certain methods just don’t change. Great writing still rules. As they say here at…
  • New Book Excerpt: Keep It Simple, But Not Simplistic

    Ann Handley
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    The following is an excerpt from Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content, coming this fall from Ann Handley and Wiley Publishing. More about Ann’s new book and some sweet free prizes below. Any fool can make something complicated. It takes a genius to make it simple. ~ Woody Guthrie Business, like life, can be complicated. Products can be intricate and concepts may seem impenetrable. But good content deconstructs the complex to make it easily understood. It sheds the corporate Frankenspeak. It conveys ideas in concise, economic, human, and accessible terms.
  • A Complete Guide to Crawling Inside Your Customer’s Head With Empathy Maps

    Demian Farnworth
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Jack Ungulate is a strange bird. When he drinks beer, he licks his index and middle finger, swipes the bottle opening, and then pauses, with the bottle raised to his mouth, before turning it upside down. Each time, every time. He also has a routine with his steel-toe boots. The left one must go on first, then the right. But he takes them off in reverse. And then there’s his ritual when buying large ticket items like a car: he sends his wife to the lot while he sits in the garage, waiting for her to call. When people talk to him about saving for his children’s college fund, he…
  • 3 Invisible Elements Your Sales Page Needs to Convert (One is Truly Unique)

    Sean D'Souza
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Most people think music is about the notes. But think about the silence between the notes for a second. Doesn’t the absence of sound complete the composition? Without the silence, you only hear dozens of notes jostling madly into each other, causing a cacophony. Copywriting is a bit like writing a concerto. You may believe that copywriting is only about words. If so, you are forgetting about critical, invisible elements that affect whether or not you make a sale. Most readers skim madly through a sales page. They read the headline, a bit of the first paragraph, and then continue down…
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    Macworld

  • Vine update for iOS adds the ability to import video clips

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Vine’s six-second videos just got a whole lot easier to make—for iOS users, anyway. The Twitter-owned company is rolling out an update to let iPhone users create Vines using already-shot footage in their Camera Roll. (The update is coming to Android later, according to a blog post by Vine engineer Richard Plom.) Until now, you could only shoot Vine footage inside the Vine app, which was fine at first. But when Instagram launched its own video feature six months later, that app leap-frogged Vine’s meager feature set with the ability to reshoot individual sections of your video, and add…
  • AT&T brings gigabit broadband to Silicon Valley, challenging Google Fiber's own plans

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:49 pm
    As Google decides whether or not to build out gigabit broadband in Silicon Valley, AT&T said Wednesday that it will jump in. AT&T said it will bring its AT&T GigaPower network to Cupertino, Calif. So far, however, the company has yet to say when. In April, AT&T said that it would bring its GigaPower network to up to 100 “candidate municipalities,” including other Silicon Valley cities such as Campbell, Mountain View, and San Jose. It has already committed to Houston and San Antonio, Tex., Jacksonville and Miami, Fla., Nashville, Tenn., Overland Park, Kan., and four…
  • Hands-on: Google Photo Sphere Camera for iOS

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:55 am
    Google’s Street View software and now-infamous bubble trucks are nifty, but old hat when it comes to virtual mapping. The newest craze: mapping nifty spots on the globe yourself. The company created its 360-degree Photo Spheres panorama option back in October 2012 for stock Android phones; since then, it’s earned a place within the Google Play store and as of Tuesday, a spot on iOS. Naturally, we had to take Google’s new Photo Sphere Camera app for a spin; here are some early thoughts. Like many of Google’s other iOS app offerings, Photo Sphere Camera is sleek and speedy, mirroring…
  • Clockwise Podcast: Mobile disasters, social networks, and tech pet peeves

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:13 am
    What social networks are good for (absolutely something?), mobile-device disasters, our biggest tech pet peeves, and what we'd like to change about Twitter. With guests Philip Michaels and Dan Miller.
  • Parallels Desktop 10 brings Yosemite support, better Windows-Mac integration

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:08 am
    We’re all Mac users here, but every once in a while—much as we might hate to admit it—we need to run the odd Windows app. Not only will the latest version of Parallels Desktop, announced on Wednesday, continue to handle that kind of task, but it also brings a host of new features, including increased performance, better integration between guest and host OSes, and support for the forthcoming release of OS X Yosemite. Parallels has spent a lot of time fine-tuning performance in this newest version, yielding improvements like 30-percent more battery life for MacBook users, 60-percent…
 
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    ReadWrite

  • Want A Job In Tech? Become A Linux Expert

    Matt Asay
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Over the past 20 years, Linux has ascended from a Finnish student's hobby to the world's most dominant operating system—one that runs everything from high-performance computing to mobile. Yet companies still can't get the Linux talent they need, at least for the price they're willing to pay for it.See also: Keep Learning Linux—It's The FutureTo help meet this demand, the Linux Foundation today announced a new Linux certification program. But you have to wonder whether this is anything but a stopgap.The Need For LinuxA quick glance at Indeed.com job postings suggests that demand for…
  • Twitter Tightens Photo Policies Following High-Profile Deaths

    Selena Larson
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:07 am
    Twitter is tightening its policies on harassment and graphic imagery following the deaths of Robin Williams and U.S. journalist James Foley, who was reportedly beheaded by jihadis in Syria. On Tuesday, the company stated it will now remove certain images of deceased individuals at the family's request.Twitter announced its clarified guidelines on images of deceased Twitter users soon after graphic images reportedly depicted Foley's beheading by members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria began circulating on the social media site. Twitter quickly deleted the images…
  • Google Wants To Control Every Character You Type

    Lauren Orsini
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    Imagine a typeface that unites all the world’s languages. A publisher could print a book in Arabic, Cherokee, Egyptian Hieroglyphics and more—all without swapping out fonts.That’s what Google is attempting to accomplish with Google Noto, a free font family that currently supports 96 languages, and aspires to support them all. Noto stands for “no tofu,” where tofu are what font professionals call those empty white boxes that appear when a character isn’t supported in a typeface. Started in 2012, the Noto font family now spans 100,000 characters. This month, Google partnered with…
  • Want To Start An Open Source Project? Here's How

    Matt Asay
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:02 am
    You have a problem. You've weighed the pros and cons of open sourcing your code, and you know you need to start an open-source project for your software. But you have no idea how to do this.Oh, sure. You may know how to set up a GitHub account and get started, but such mechanics are actually the easy part of open source. The hard part is making anyone care enough to use or contribute to your project.Here are some principles to guide you in building and releasing code that others will care about.First, The BasicsYou may choose to open source code for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you're…
  • Get Ready To Say Goodbye To The Traffic Light

    Bradley Berman
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    ReadWriteDrive is an ongoing series covering the future of transportation.The traffic light turned 100 years old this month. At the rate things are going, though, it seems unlikely to survive another century. It might not even make it past the next decade.The first electric traffic light, installed on Aug. 5, 1914, in Cleveland, was intended to bring some order to the chaos of mass-produced automobiles that were starting to flood the roadways. Now, a century later, these cars are on the cusp of driving themselves and communicating directly with each other.An early traffic lightTogether, those…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Off To The Races: Getting Started With Design Sprints

    Alok Jain
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:26 am
    Many modern software development best practices draw on influences from the industrial era and concepts like specialization, where individuals with specialized skills worked in an assembly line to mass-produce physical products. These practices from the world of manufacturing have come to influence how things are done when designing and building software products as well. Lean thinking is one of the latest approaches software development companies have adopted to maximize value and reduce wasted effort and resources. It does so by breaking down an objective into a series of experiments. Each…
  • Tips For Mastering A Programming Language Using Spaced Repetition

    Mattan Griffel
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:39 am
    Since first hearing of spaced repetition a few years back, I’ve used it for a wide range of things, from learning people’s names to memorizing poetry to increasing my retention of books. Today, I’ll share best practices that I’ve discovered from using spaced repetition to learn and master a programming language. Some great articles on this topic are already out there, including “Memorizing a Programming Language Using Spaced Repetition Software1” by Derek Sivers and “Janki Method2” by Jack Kinsella. But because you’re busy, I’ll quickly summarize some of the best practices…
  • The Current State Of E-Commerce Search

    Christian Holst
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:04 am
    When e-commerce search works, it’s fast, convenient and efficient. It’s no wonder that so many users prefer searching over clicking categories. Unfortunately, our recent large-scale usability study and top-50 benchmark of e-commerce search finds that search often doesn’t work very well. On-site search is a key component of almost any e-commerce website. That’s why we at Baymard Institute have invested months conducting a large-scale usability study, testing the e-commerce search experience of 19 major e-commerce websites with real-world end users. We’ve boiled our findings down to…
  • How To Plan And Run A Great Conference Experience

    Zach Inglis
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:51 am
    Our industry is a great one. It’s filled with a lot of awesome people building a lot of inspiring things and constantly seeking out ways to express just how much they love doing so. We’ve had blogs and podcasts, and right now hosting conferences is the big thing. Ever more people are organizing conferences, arranging meetups and creating memorable experiences. It’s fantastic to see. Nothing compares to a good conference: the atmosphere of being immersed in a crowd of people who share the same passion as you, the lessons you learn and advice you take in, and the friends you get to meet…
  • Targeting Mobile Users Through Google AdWords

    Tim Jensen
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:06 am
    “Know your audience” has stood as a fundamental marketing principle since long before the web. When advertising online, you need to take into account one of the most basic factors of the audience you are reaching: what devices they are using. The most popular online advertising platform, in use by marketers of all sizes, is Google AdWords. Up until early 2013, AdWords allowed advertisers to set up separate campaigns to target mobile devices. Best practice generally entailed targeting mobile, desktop and sometimes tablet users in unique campaigns. Then, in a bold move to push the…
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • ISIS also wrote journalist's family

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Earlier this summer, U.S. special operations tried to rescue James Foley and other ISIS hostages inside Syria, a U.S. official says.
  • 125M-year-old dino tracks found

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:43 pm
    A new collection of footprints left behind 125 million years ago by a number of different dinosaurs has been discovered.
  • Gaza cease-fire crumbles

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:21 pm
    The depressing cycle of strikes and counter strikes resumed as talks of a longer term truce failed between Israelis and Palestinians.
  • Fiery TV debate on race

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Marc Lamont Hill and Larry Elder have a fiery debate over race and mental health in America following tension in Ferguson.
  • Ice bucket challenges go realllly wrong

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Ouch! Bopped, socked, and SOAKING WET! CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on ice bucket challenges gone wrong.
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Jason Groupp!

    Brad Moore
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Photos by Peter HurleyHowdy folks! I hope you’re having a great summer! Here in NYC I feel like we’ve had a bit more rain than in the past, but all in all it’s been a very pleasant season, albeit a fast one! I feel like we were just celebrating Memorial Day, and now I’m suddenly busy preparing for Photoshop World in just a few weeks! Yikes! If you come see me speak, I promise to fill your head with loads of information about OCF (Off Camera Flash) geekiness, but today I’m going to talk to you about that moving target we call the work/life balance. So if you’re here today to learn…
  • Why Isn’t There a Photo Walk In My City?

    Scott Kelby
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Here’s our “Week One” update (the official launch was just one week ago):So far we have 564 walks already planned all around the world. (you can see some of the cities that created walks just this weekend, listed above). What an amazing start!!! Also, a big high-five to everyone who has been kicking in the requested $1 donation to the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya. They’ve never needed your help more, and we’re indebted to you for helping (especially to those who have kicked in $50 to make sure everyone in your local walk was covered — how cool is…
  • How Photographers Can Turn Their DSLR Videos Clips Into Movies in Just 5 Minutes (using, believe it not, just Photoshop)

    Scott Kelby
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    This is a short clip from an episode of “The Grid” (hosted by RC and me) that has gotten a ton of buzz, mostly because so many Photoshop users had no idea that Photoshop could even do this (I think it’s the best-kept secret in Photoshop).We start a five minute timer, and even with me messing up the first step and literally having to close and restart Photoshop and start over, we still comfortably got all seven steps completed in five minutes. You’ll be stunned at how easy this is, because we’re using a photography application that lets us create video, instead…
  • A Recipe for Creating an Epic-Looking Shot

    Scott Kelby
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Above: Here’s the final image. Click on it so you can see it larger (it makes it much more epic). Now, you’ll notice I didn’t see “the” recipe — I said “a” recipe (because there are many), but this is one I use again and again, in lots of different situations, that’s surprisingly quick and easy to pull off. But first, a behind-the-scenes shot (below).Above: Here’s a behind-the-scenes shot. My camera is down low on a Gitzo tripod with the legs splayed out wide about as far as they can go. I’m shooting tethered into the laptop…
  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Hacking Photoshop and Hidden & Hard To Find Features in Photoshop with Ben Willmore Hacking Photoshop means changing existing features to make them do things they weren’t originally designed to do, finding little hidden gems that can be used in different ways, and discovering new ways to think about Photoshop. Photoshop is jam packed with features and functionality that most people only scratch the surface on discovering.Join Photoshop Hall of Famer Ben Willmore in his two latest classes, Hacking Photoshop and Hidden & Hard To Find Features in Photoshop, as he reveals his…
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    Digital Photography School

  • How to Fix Chromatic Aberration in Lightroom 5

    Daniel Korzeniewski
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Chromatic aberration is a phenomenon caused by distortion of the lens. Basically, it is a failure of the lens to focus all the colors to the same convergence point. The effect can be generally seen in dark edges adjacent to bright areas of an image; it looks like an out-of-focus ghost of magenta or purple color. In photography this is also called “purple fringing”. The quality of the optic plays an important role here, as not all lenses will produce the same effect. This problem tends to manifest much more in zoom lenses with variable aperture. However, no lens is exempt from…
  • Tips for Taking Great Portraits in 10 Minutes or Less

    Melinda Smith
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Yes, you read that right. 10 minutes tops (not counting editing time), and you could have a set of photos worthy to hang on the wall. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not telling you that every session should be that speedy, but sometimes that’s all the time you have. Maybe you’re dealing with some kids that aren’t too happy about being there, and 10 minutes is all they’re going to give you before the meltdown. Maybe you’ve got awful weather, and you’ve got 10 minutes before the tornado hits. Maybe you decide 10 minutes before the sun goes down that…
  • Review of The Promote Control for Time Lapse and Focus Stacking

    Gavin Hardcastle
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Want to take super sharp “focus stacked” photographs that boast corner to corner sharpness with perfect focus? Want to shoot spectacular ‘holy grail’ time lapse sequences that capture the change from day to night? How about advanced bracketing for HDR shooting? Do you fancy getting shots like this? The Promote Control from Promote Systems delivers very precise control over DSLR cameras to open up new creative possibilities. Here’s a list of things that the Promote Control can do: Hyperfocal Distance Calculator Remote Shutter (One Shot) Time Lapse Intervalometer…
  • Shooting Details to Tell a Visual Story

    Dylan Goldby
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The bride’s most prized possession for the wedding day A visual story, although no longer used as frequently in magazines or media, is a powerful way to give your viewer a taste of a situation without having to be there. It’s also a great way to challenge yourself to produce a coherent body of work. A collection of images, or picture story, can be engrossing and tell a story far beyond what a single image could do. Think back to a recent trip you took, a night out with your significant other, a favourite book or film. Try to describe it to an audience using only overarching…
  • How to Photograph People: 7 Tips for Photographers Who Never Photograph People

    Lynsey Mattingly
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    No matter what type of photography you specialize in or prefer, at some point you will find yourself having to photograph a human, or multiple humans. For favor, for fun, or because they share your genetic make-up or home address. If you own a fancy camera, there you will be at least once in your photographic life (but probably many more) where you will find yourself taking a portrait. Taking pictures of people is much different than beautiful mountains, scenic oceanscapes, historic architecture, butterflies, plates of food, or whatever it is that you usually photograph. Here are some basic…
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    TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004 RSS Feed

  • Premier Live: Football European Style

    John Emmert
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
    American interest in soccer, or football as it is known in the rest of the world, reached an all time high during the recent World Cup in Brazil. More and more Americans are following the top European leagues. Rifra has five apps that will allow you...
  • World's largest Apple retail store may soon be built in Dubai

    Yoni Heisler
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Edgar Daily reports that an upcoming Apple retail store planned for the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai may prove to be Apple's largest yet. After regional media picked up on UAE-based job advertisements by the Californian company, we have insider...
  • Downloads for iOS is a decent file manager with limitations

    George Tinari
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Downloads - File Downloader & Manager is, as the name suggests, a universal app for iPhone and iPad that can download various types of files like documents, images, ZIP and RAR files. The app can then display certain (but not all) files you've...
  • Beautifully crafted Desktop Chair v2 has your iPad sitting pretty

    Steven Sande
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    There are a lot of ways to prop your iPad up without holding it in your hands. For example, just the other day we looked at the Ten One Design Magnus Air. Our iPad stand du jour is the Desktop Chair v2 (US$59.99), a design that was funded through...
  • Over the iMac rainbow

    Mike Wehner
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    I'm not sure if there are computers in these boxes, but if so, that's a dangerous game. Still, it's probably worth it for the sense of accomplishment you'd feel after pulling something like this off, right? [Photo credit: Imgur]...
 
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    Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Lensbaby announces availability of LM-10 Sweet Spot lens for mobile and Sweet 50 optic

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Lensbaby has announced that its LM-10 Sweet Spot lens for mobile devices is available immediately through its online store and retailers worldwide. The LM-10 concept was unveiled back in April with a Kickstarter campaign that raised more than twice the amount needed to see the lens go into production. Alongside the LM-10, Lensbaby has also announced the Sweet 50 optic. The Sweet 50, a selective-focus 50mm lens, works with Lensbaby's Optic Swap System and is also available now. Read more
  • Google Photo Sphere now available for iOS

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:40 am
    Google's Photo Sphere feature for capturing 360° spheric panoramas was launched in 2012 with the camera app in Android 4.2. Since then it has only been available for devices running Google's mobile OS - until now. The Photo Sphere team at Google has just launched a version for Apple's iOS devices, dramatically increasing the potential user base of its app. Read more
  • Samsung NX3000 real-world samples

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    The Samsung NX3000 is a rangefinder-style mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that sports a 20.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor, a 3" flip-up LCD, 5 fps continuous shooting, and Wi-Fi with NFC. We took delivery of an NX3000 recently and we've been out shooting with it and the 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 power zoom lens to see how it performs in the real world. Click through for a link to our gallery. 
  • Metz Mecablitz 64 AF-1 flagship flash unit gets US announcement and pricing

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Previously introduced on its European website, Metz has announced its new flagship model the Mecablitz 64 AF-1 in the US market. It's the most powerful flash in that manufacturer's lineup with a guide number of 64 at ISO 100 and a zoom range covering 24-200mm focal lengths, and will be available for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic and Pentax cameras. Read more
  • HTC introduces One M8 for Windows Phone

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Two years after HTC launched its Windows Phone flagship model 8X, the Taiwanese manufacturer now offers another high-end model with the Microsoft OS. Today HTC has revealed a Windows Phone version of the HTC One M8, originally launched with Google's Android OS in March this year. This means the One M8's unique Duo Cam features are now available in a Windows phone environment. Read more
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • The Top 5 Ways I Use My Wacom Tablet with Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:01 pm
    I always try to sit down and think up things that have become totally vital to my Lightroom workflow. Sometimes those things are right inside Lightroom, but I have to say if there’s one non-Lightroom thing that I can’t live without for my photos, it’s my Wacom tablet. No joke. I know I shouldn’t have to say this, but Wacom doesn’t pay me a penny to write about them. And honestly, if you don’t own a tablet then this post isn’t even for you because it’s probably hard for you to envision where you’d use the tips/settings I’m about to…
  • LIGHTROOM TIP: Organizing Collections From Folders

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Hey everyone. Sorry for being away lately. If you follow my personal blog (if you’re in to landscape photography I hope you do), I posted that I was going to be gone for a week filming a Landscape Photography at Mt. Rainier (outside of Seattle) class for KelbyOne. Well, I had no idea that I wouldn’t have any internet and cell service for most of the time. Anyway, I’m back in the office until Photoshop World and I wanted to get out a quick tip that I just learned this week… Side Note: I posted a recap of my photos from that trip in case you want to see it. Here’s…
  • NEWS: Lightroom 5.6 Update

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:34 am
    Hey everyone! Adobe just released another “dot” update for Lightroom. We’re up to 5.6 now and it’s free to download. Just launch Lightroom, go to the Help menu and choose Check for Updates. There’s nothing really breathtaking in this one. It’s mostly a camera update (the Nikon D810 is now included as well as a couple of Panasonic cameras) and a few bug fixes. Oh and lots of news lens profile support (especially with Sony’s lenses). You can see exactly what’s in the update and what bug fixes were addressed over on the Adobe Lightroom Journal…
  • Tip: Lightroom Tips and My Sky Replacement Tutorial

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:26 am
    Last week, over at Kelby One, we did a free webcast for Photoshop World coming up in just over a month. We had videos and tutorials from lots of various Photoshop World instructors, and I jumped in to do a some quick Lightroom tips as well as a tutorial on replacing a not-so-great sky in landscape photos. Replacing the sky is one of those questions I hear about a lot. I’ll tell you up front, that in order for it to work, you need similar conditions. For example, if you take an image from a blah cloudy day, and try to replace it with a sky from a bright sunny or colorful sunset, then…
  • Lightroom Plug-In: If You’re Looking For Film Effects, Check Out Alien Skin Exposure 6

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:04 am
    Hey everyone. I keep getting asked about all of the Lightroom plug-ins out there, which is why (a while back) I created a plug-in category here on the site. One of the big areas I hear a lot about is film effects. Lately it seems that film effects have taken over the post-processing world. Look at the popularity of the VSCO Film presets for Lightroom (and many others that do something similar). Just about every photo app on the iPhone does ‘em too. Now, I do think the overall community out there wants to do most of their work in Lightroom which is why presets are popular. But when it…
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Best Buy Offers One-Day $75 Discount on All iPad Air Models

    Juli Clover
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Best Buy is running a one-day sale on all of its iPad Air models, discounting the prices by $75 across the board. With the discount, the price on the entry-level 16 GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air is $424.99, down from $499, while the price on the entry-level 16 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad Air drops down from $629 to $554.99. While these aren't the lowest prices that we've ever seen on Apple's iPad Air models, they are the most significant discount that's been offered in the past few months. Best Buy also offers $50 off all iPad models through its educational site, which means…
  • Yosemite National Park and Wellington, New Zealand Added to Apple Maps Flyover Feature

    Juli Clover
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    Apple has added two new locations to its Maps Flyover feature in iOS, including Yosemite National Park in California and Wellington, New Zealand. The new additions to Flyover allow users to take a close 3D look at the areas, zooming in on important buildings and landmarks. Flyover data for Yosemite National Park comes as Apple prepares to launch OS X Yosemite, the newest version of its Mac operating system. As of OS X 10.9 Mavericks, Apple began naming its operating system updates after major California landmarks and with OS X Yosemite set to be released to the public later this year, it…
  • Supply Chain Indicates LG Display Will Be Primary iPhone 6 Display Supplier

    Kelly Hodgkins
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:33 am
    According to supply chain sources, LG Display will be the largest supplier of display panels for Apple's upcoming iPhone 6 handset. As relayed by G 4 Games, the Korean company allegedly beat out rivals Samsung, Sharp, and Japan Display to earn the top supplier spot. A March report had claimed Apple was working with LG, Japan Display, and Sharp on the panels, but a May follow-up indicated Sharp had been dropped over quality issues as Apple turned to Taiwanese company Innolux to fill out its display supplier group. The original Feng.com report does not provide details on the number of panels…
  • Flappy Bird Creator Set to Release New 'Swing Copters' Game This Thursday

    Juli Clover
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
    Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen is preparing to launch a new iOS game in the near future, called Swing Copters. Previewed exclusively by our sister site TouchArcade, Swing Copters adopts the ultra tough Flappy Bird-style gameplay, adding new mechanics and a fresh skin. In Swing Copters, players are tasked with navigating platforms with swinging hammers while climbing upwards towards the sky, a deviation from the original side-scrolling gameplay in Flappy Bird. According to TouchArcade editor-in-chief Eli Hodapp, Swing Copters emulates the "one more try" gameplay of Flappy Bird while being…
  • Apple Awarded Creative Arts Emmy for 'Misunderstood' Holiday Commercial

    Kelly Hodgkins
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:45 am
    The Television Academy this weekend announced the winners for the 2014 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, recognizing the technical side of television in honoring the outstanding "behind-the-scenes crafts essential to television production." Apple was among the winners announced during a ceremony held Saturday night in Los Angeles. Apple, along with Park Pictures production company and TBWA\Media Arts Lab ad agency, was awarded an Outstanding Commercial Emmy for its holiday "Misunderstood" advertisement. In the commercial, a family participates in a traditional Christmas celebration while a younger…
 
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    CNN Travel

  • Video: CNNGo in Los Angeles: Hollywood stars, food trucks

    hiufu
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:12 am
    From Hollywood to Santa Monica, some of L.A.'s most renowned locals guide us through the star-studded citySoaking up the sun in MalibuVintage cinema honors movie historyBest of L.A. comes to life in VeniceThe surf is up and the sun is out -- CNNGo is coasting through Los Angeles this summer with star locals. Director and producer of the "Iron Man" movie series, Jon Favreau takes us to a few of the locations that have inspired his movies, including the Kogi Truck on which his latest movie, "Chef," is partially based.  Lubov Azria, one of LA's most notable fashion icons, shows us how to…
  • Insider Guide: Best of Zurich

    barry.neild
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:26 am
    It may be Switzerland's banking capital, but Zurich's real wealth lies in the village-like charm of its cobbled streets and Alpine sceneryCNN Travel's series often carries sponsorship originating from the countries and regions we profile. However, CNN retains full editorial control over all of its reports. Read the policy. Visitors arriving in Zurich can be forgiven for wondering where the city is. Church steeples dominate the skyline. Shoes stay clean on century-old cobblestones. And lawyers and bankers jump into the Limmat to swim with the swans during lunchtime. Which begs the…
  • Appy Traveler: Best new apps for travelers

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Uber for private jets, calculator to beat jet lag and an intelligent packing device -- here are the latest must-haves for your smart phonesBookmark this article and check back in occasionally to see what new great apps we love, and think you should try. Also see: 50 best apps for travelers ... so far Updated July 30, 2014 JetSmarter Uber for private jets.iOS: App Store If you’re in the market for a private flight somewhere, you can now do so using JetSmarter, the Uber of the private jet world. App users search for various carriers, request flights based on their own schedule and pay for the…
  • This is the world's biggest 3D painting

    talia.marcopoto
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:34 pm
    China notches up another superlative achievement as a Nanjing-based artist creates the world's largest and longest anamorphic paintingAlready home to the world's biggest freestanding building and the world's highest airport, China has completed yet another superlative achievement -- the world's largest and longest anamorphic, or 3D, painting. Named "The Rhythm of Youth," the record-breaking piece of 3D street art was created by Chinese artist Yang Yong-chun in honor of the upcoming 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, eastern China. Stretching 374.43 meters (1,228 feet) in length…
  • CNNGo in Marrakech: Souks and Moroccan pancakes

    hiufu
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:02 am
    How to haggle over a cup of mint tea plus spectacular ways to see and escape Morocco's beautiful desert gateway Old meets new in Morocco's 'Red City'Marrakech's magnificent mountainsRapper tours Marrakech hot spotsIn July CNNGo travels to Morocco's red city, Marrakech. We meet master craftsmen in the city's maze-like souks, visit the playground of the snake artists and fortune tellers; see spectacular views of the city from the air and visit a secluded village that resembles an exotic kingdom from Game of Thrones. We also sample the delicious local pancakes and the contemporary arts…
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