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  • 11 essential ingredients every blog post needs [infographic]

    Holy Kaw!
    Kate Rinsema
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:13 pm
    It’s never a good thing to fill a blog with formulae, but it also doesn’t hurt to know the ingredients that go into making a delectable entry that will hook readers and have them begging for more. Copyblogger created an easy to follow checklist of entry elements, but the creative work…well, that’s still up to you. Via Copyblogger. Infographics to boost your blog.
  • Mark Zuckerberg Immortalized by Madam Tussauds

    Mashable
    Kurt Wagner
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Starting in June, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will spend his days at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco taking pictures with visiting tourists At least, that's what the wax version of Zuckerberg will be doing See also: Facebook's News Feed: What Changed and Why Madame Tussauds, the world famous London-based wax museum, unveiled a life-size wax figure of Zuckerberg on Wednesday as part of a promotion for the museum's grand opening in San Francisco in June. The figure was unveiled alongside two other celebrity figures: actor Leonardo DiCaprio, and recording artist Rihanna Zuckerberg, shown…
  • Amid Shakeup At Zynga, Founder Mark Pincus Steps Down As Chief Product Officer

    Fast Company
    Alice Truong
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Pincus, the company's largest shareholder, will serve as nonexecutive chairman of Zynga's board.Zynga founder Mark Pincus announced Wednesday he is stepping down as chief product officer from the social gaming company. He will no longer have an operational role at the company, and will serve as non-executive chairman of Zynga's board.Read Full Story
  • Uber, SnapCar And Others May Not Be Able To Use Geolocation In France

    TechCrunch
    Romain Dillet
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:13 am
     Thomas Thévenoud had an impossible job — he was the French deputy in charge of finding an agreement between urban transportation startups and taxi unions in France. He just announced his report to those companies, and it will become a law in the coming weeks. But some of the 30 points are highly controversial. For example, Uber, Chauffeur-Privé, LeCab and others won’t be able to use… Read More
  • The generosity boomerang

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:40 am
    Here's conventional wisdom: Success makes you happy. Happiness permits you to be generous. In fact, it actually works like this: Generosity makes you happy. Happy people are more likely to be successful.        
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  • 11 essential ingredients every blog post needs [infographic]

    Kate Rinsema
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:13 pm
    It’s never a good thing to fill a blog with formulae, but it also doesn’t hurt to know the ingredients that go into making a delectable entry that will hook readers and have them begging for more. Copyblogger created an easy to follow checklist of entry elements, but the creative work…well, that’s still up to you. Via Copyblogger. Infographics to boost your blog.
  • Using the Benjamin Franklin Effect to let someone feel the love [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:10 pm
    All too often we hear sad tales of romance dying with the epitaph of “I did everything I could to make them happy,” yet what if the one thing missing in their efforts was opening the door for the other person to do something nice for them? That’s what’s called the Benjamin Franklin Effect, which states that: …the more time, effort, or work you put towards a person, the more you’re personally investing in them and the more you want it to work out. Soul Pancake put this theory to the test in a series of experiments, and it looks like letting someone love you…
  • Hacks using office stuff that will blow your mind

    Deanne Mayall
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Well, so says the article at Huffington Post. But they are pretty awesome. First up is a hack using 2 plastic cups and a toilet paper roll, cut a rectangle out of the top of the roll, insert iPod and voila, instant speakers. Supposedly they do a pretty good job. Also shown, so many uses for binder clips that I’d not be able to summarize them all. And paper clips as headphone-jack cleaner and iPhone stand. Amusing. Check them out at the link below. Full story here: Huffington Post. More stories about Oddities. Photo credit: Canva.com
  • Flying through the desert with a Phantom [video]

    Kate Rinsema
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:52 pm
    From seas of saguaro to the barren reaches where little grows, there might be no better way of seeing than the deserts of the Southwest than by drone. Vimeo user Philip Bloom took his Phantom for a spin so we didn’t have to worry whether it was a dry heat or not; to get the full effect, jack up the oven, open the door and hit play. Full story at Vimeo. Photography takes to the skies. Graphics credit: Canva
  • How to handle the 5 worst spring cleaning projects

    Josh Urich
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Procrastinators everywhere are still putting off their spring cleaning tasks. Well, procrastinators and people living in the Midwest, where apparently snow is still an issue. If you’re ready to tackle your scummy shower door, your grimy oven, your dusty blinds, your slow drains, and that built up mold, this article has you covered. Here’s a hint as to your best cleaning friend: vinegar. That stuff can clean mold (if you let it soak over an hour), beat the scum off your shower door, and clear your slow drains. See the full details at the article. Full story at DLM. More lifehacks.
 
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    Mashable

  • Mark Zuckerberg Immortalized by Madam Tussauds

    Kurt Wagner
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Starting in June, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will spend his days at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco taking pictures with visiting tourists At least, that's what the wax version of Zuckerberg will be doing See also: Facebook's News Feed: What Changed and Why Madame Tussauds, the world famous London-based wax museum, unveiled a life-size wax figure of Zuckerberg on Wednesday as part of a promotion for the museum's grand opening in San Francisco in June. The figure was unveiled alongside two other celebrity figures: actor Leonardo DiCaprio, and recording artist Rihanna Zuckerberg, shown…
  • These Musical Drones Are More Talented Than Justin Bieber

    Andrea Romano
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:19 pm
    Even the most skilled guitar god has nothing on these drones KMel Robotics created a swarm of flying hexrotors to play some sweet music. The perfectly synchronized robots float through the air to bang on drums and pluck strings to create famous classical compositions. The band of drones perform three songs, beginning with Strauss' "Also sprach Zarathustra," leading into "Carol of the Bells" and finishing with a rendition of "Star Spangled Banner" that even Jimi Hendrix would approve of. See also: Pyro Board Breathes Fiery Life Into Music The musical machines will be rocking out live at the…
  • How To Plan Your Summer Vacation on Pinterest

    Kurt Wagner
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:38 pm
    The snow is melting, the sun is shining, the flowers are blooming and the birds are breaking into song. At least, that's what you imagine may be happening if you're stuck inside your office Yep, it's time to put in that summer vacation request — and start surfing Pinterest for ideas on where to go and what to do. See also: 10 DIY Projects to Refresh Your Apartment for Spring Pinterest's recent introduction of Place Pins may not have been intended entirely for this purpose, but they're becoming useful tools for planning getaways. Place Pins include extra details like location and contact…
  • 2014 NFL Schedule: More Flex Games Means More Fun

    Sam Laird
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:24 pm
    The NFL released its 2014 schedule on Wednesday evening with a twist: the league can "flex" games into primetime earlier than ever this season. Beginning in Week 5, the NFL can decide to move any Sunday matchup from a mid-day kickoff over to the more coveted (and lucrative) Sunday Night Football primetime slot. The league can only do this twice between weeks five and 10, but that's twice more than in years past. Beginning with Week 11, which is when flex scheduling usually starts, the league can flex any Sunday game into the Sunday night slot. See also: Why Does This NBA Player Have Emoji…
  • Episode VII Will Be Most Expensive Star Wars Ever, Says Disney

    Chris Taylor
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Early filming has begun on the still-untitled Star Wars Episode VII, Disney chairman Alan Horn has confirmed — and for the first time, the movie has an estimated budget, give or take $25 million "These large tentpole kinds of movies on the expensive side are in the neighborhood of $175 [million] to $200 [million]," Horn told Bloomberg TV in response to a question about whether "Marvel kind of money" would be spent on Episode VII See also: Star Wars Episode VII to Use Film, Be More Like Original Trilogy "We need to give the audience, essentially, a full meal in return for their affection…
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    Fast Company

  • Amid Shakeup At Zynga, Founder Mark Pincus Steps Down As Chief Product Officer

    Alice Truong
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Pincus, the company's largest shareholder, will serve as nonexecutive chairman of Zynga's board.Zynga founder Mark Pincus announced Wednesday he is stepping down as chief product officer from the social gaming company. He will no longer have an operational role at the company, and will serve as non-executive chairman of Zynga's board.Read Full Story
  • Mobile Now Makes Up 59% Of Facebook's Advertising Revenue

    Alice Truong
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:15 pm
    The social network reported $2.27 billion in revenue, an 82% rise from the same period last year.Facebook's investments in mobile are paying off. The world's largest social network reported $885 million in profit in the quarter ending March 31--a 183% increase from the same period last year. With $2.5 billion of revenue, the company's top line jumped 72% year-over-year.Read Full Story
  • Travel Back In Time With Historic Google Street View Images

    Alice Truong
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:43 am
    A new feature effectively doubles the amount of Google Street View imagery, bringing its coverage to about 12 million miles.It's not a Google X project, but the Mountain View, Calif. search giant has built a time machine of sorts using historic Street View imagery. A feature rolling out Wednesday will show images from past Street View collections dating back to 2007.Read Full Story
  • Study: Where Books Are Out Of Reach, Mobile Phones Are Improving Literacy

    Chris Gayomali
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:26 am
    More people are using their "rudimentary small-screen devices" to read books, according to a new UNESCO study.Q: How do you promote literacy in parts of the world where books are rare and expensive? A: Give 'em cellphones.Read Full Story
  • Interactive Birthday Card Celebrates 25 Years Of Nintendo Game Boy

    John Brownlee
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    This interactive birthday card will conjure fond memories of Nintendo's unbeatable handheld gaming console, even if your mom never let you have one. THANKS A LOT, MOM.The original Nintendo Game Boy is turning 25 this week. To celebrate the Silver Jubilee of the plucky handheld console that changed the gaming world, web developer Petr Tichy has put together a fun interactive birthday card that shows the original Game Boy doing what it does best: play Tetris.Read Full Story
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Uber, SnapCar And Others May Not Be Able To Use Geolocation In France

    Romain Dillet
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:13 am
     Thomas Thévenoud had an impossible job — he was the French deputy in charge of finding an agreement between urban transportation startups and taxi unions in France. He just announced his report to those companies, and it will become a law in the coming weeks. But some of the 30 points are highly controversial. For example, Uber, Chauffeur-Privé, LeCab and others won’t be able to use… Read More
  • FCC Tells Internet To Chill, Denies That It Will Kill Net Neutrality

    Alex Wilhelm
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:48 pm
     Earlier today reports struck that the FCC was considering new net neutrality rules that would allow content purveyors to pay ISPs for preferential access to their networks. This would have made it possible for content companies to speed the delivery of their material across the Internet. The FCC, nearly a full working day after the story broke, has responded in the negative: “There are… Read More
  • The Return Of Reddit’s /r/Technology Is “Certainly Possible”

    Alexia Tsotsis
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:13 pm
     A whole "department" of Reddit was demoted this week, with the /r/Technology subreddit being removed from the Reddit homepage and the default subreddit subscription feed. Earlier today I spoke to Reddit General Manager Erik Martin about the process of demoting subreddits as a form of punishment for mismanagement. Side note: I know Martin from back in the day when Reddit had only one developer.… Read More
  • Gillmor Gang Live 04.23.14

    Steve Gillmor
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:11 pm
     Gillmor Gang - Dan Farber, Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, Michael Arrington, and Steve Gillmor. Live recording has concluded for today. Read More
  • Vevo Releases New iOS App With A Real-Time Feed And Live Vevo TV Streams

    Ryan Lawler
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
     Music video distributor Vevo just launched an “>update to its iOS app today, providing users a new, regularly updated home page, as well as access to the company’s live, programmed music channels. The new version of the app, which the company showed to some reporters at SXSW, follows a major redesign to its website that Vevo launched last fall. Read More
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • The generosity boomerang

    Seth Godin
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:40 am
    Here's conventional wisdom: Success makes you happy. Happiness permits you to be generous. In fact, it actually works like this: Generosity makes you happy. Happy people are more likely to be successful.        
  • Does corporate trust have to be an oxymoron?

    Seth Godin
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:20 am
    Brands are based on trust. Corporations extract enormous value from the relationships they have with suppliers, employees, partners and customers. Yes, it's possible to trust a corporation, we do it all the time. But it's not free. The two key choices a brand makes to be trusted in the long run: 1. You will postpone profit-taking. There are always shortcuts available to you, always ways to make money sooner rather than later, plenty of chances to do a little less or charge a little more. 2. You will do things that are difficult. We know it’s not easy or convenient for you to keep every…
  • Trapped by linkbait

    Seth Godin
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    After reading a magazine article by a freelancer, I clicked over to his blog. It was part of a bigger media site, and it contained more than a hundred articles. Every single one of them was formulaic. The standard linkbait headline: ([Integer between 5 and 10] WAYS to [action verb like avoid or stumble or demolish] [juicy adjective like stupid or embarrassing or proven] [noun]. Every article was edited to exactly the length thought to maximize page views and every single article was boring. Sometimes he got to end his headlines with a question mark, but that was the extent of the humanity…
  • "How do I get rid of the fear?"

    Seth Godin
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:28 am
    Alas, this is the wrong question. The only way to get rid of the fear is to stop doing things that might not work, to stop putting yourself out there, to stop doing work that matters. No, the right question is, "How do I dance with the fear?" Fear is not the enemy. Paralysis is the enemy.        
  • Saying 'thank you' in public, three times

    Seth Godin
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:29 am
    Earlier this year, I launched two ongoing classes on Skillshare: One is on the thinking necessary to invent and launch a new business and the other is for marketers of all kinds. I'm grateful to everyone who has posted a kind review, launched a useful new project or shared the course so far... But mostly, I want to thank the people at Skillshare: the software does exactly what they promised, and they're kind and a delight to work with. Yesterday, Typepad was assaulted by a DDOS attack that brought the service to its knees. The team there really rose to the occasion, communicated clearly and…
 
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    WIRED

  • Galileo Got Game: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About The Physics of Basketball

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:09 pm
    In a way, a game like basketball is a physics geek’s delight. It’s a playground where you can apply physics principles to try and get some added insight to the game. You’ve got the interplay of projectile motion and collisions, energy and momentum, and so on. To get you started, here’s a list of five neat pieces […]
  • Spider vision made clear

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:51 pm
    A new video lets you see inside a spider's head.
  • Apple Sales Numbers Show iPad Fever Is Officially Cooling

    23 Apr 2014 | 3:43 pm
    For the first time, analysts, investors, and the public widely expected Apple to post a drop in iPad sales numbers during its second quarter earnings today. And the numbers didn't lie: The public is not gobbling up iPads like they used to.
  • Pulp Hero Flash Gordon May Be Headed Back to the Big Screen

    23 Apr 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Fox has reportedly snagged the rights to pulp hero Flash Gordon. Adapting the character has been popular for decades, with varying results. Here's what it needs to succeed.
  • Feds Beg Supreme Court to Let Them Search Phones Without a Warrant

    23 Apr 2014 | 2:56 pm
    American law enforcement has long advocated for universal "kill switches" in cellphones to cut down on mobile device thefts. Now the Department of Justice argues that the same remote locking and data-wiping technology represents a threat to police investigations--one that means they should be free to search phones without a warrant.
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  • Want to Market Better? Think Like a Consumer

    Guest Blogger
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:13 am
    Image via Newton Free Library on Flickr This is a guest contribution from Moazzam Kamran. Consumer centricity is a hot topic in marketing circles. Organizations across the globe are trying to “get in touch” with the consumer through multiple methodologies. We employ consumer audits, focus groups, in-house visits, in-depth interviews, and various other techniques to try and understand the consumer’s mind. But in doing all of that, we as organizations are dehumanizing ourselves. We focus so much on getting to know the customer that we slowly and surely distance ourselves…
  • Kick-Start Your Blog With These Engaging Content Suggestions

    Guest Blogger
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    This is a guest contribution from Jonathan Long of Market Domination Media. Image via Flickr user mkhmarketing There is not a specific content strategy that is set in stone for bloggers to follow. Every single blog has a specific target audience, requiring content that engages that blog’s particular audience. What works well for “Blog A” might not work as effectively for “Blog B,” requiring each blog owner to test different content approaches to determine what performs the best for his or her particular blog. Here are some content suggestions that can be used to help spark some…
  • How To: Customize HTML of New Getty Images for Your WordPress Blog

    Guest Blogger
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:40 am
    This is a guest contribution from Bhagwad Park of hostoople.com. As we discussed last week, Getty Images recently opened up millions of its images for free usage. Coming from a professional stock photo website, this is a phenomenal step and one that will be greatly appreciated by thousands of bloggers all over the world. Most of us have been in the position where we have found a really appropriate picture to use only to find that it is copyrighted and requires a license fee to display. Now we can have access to the best photographs on a dazzling variety of subjects for free. By default, Getty…
  • Five Quick Grammar Tips to Improve Your Writing – Plus Free Cheat Sheet

    Guest Blogger
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:12 am
    This is a guest contribution from Jim Butcher of Mr and Mrs Romance. There’s never really such a thing as a perfect blog post, is there? There’s always something else you could have done, something more you could have added. Another, better way you could have phrased a sentence. And then there’s grammar and punctuation. I was never taught grammar at school further than ‘a verb is a doing word. A noun is a naming word, etc’. It’s no wonder native English speakers make so many simple mistakes. Spotting these mistakes after you’ve hit ‘publish’ or – even worse –…
  • 9 Crucial Tips for Self-Editing Your Blog Posts (That Every Blogger Can Use)

    Guest Blogger
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
    This is a guest contribution from Ali Luke of Zen Optimise. Image via Flickr user Dan Patterson Have you ever glanced at a post the day after publishing it … only to notice a glaring error? In an ideal world, you’d have a professional editor helping with your posts, making careful adjustments and double-checking things with you until your post is the polished masterpiece it deserves to be. In the real world, chances are you’re on your own. If your post is going to be edited, it’s up to you to do it. Whether you’re a highly experienced writer or a new blogger who’s very unconfident…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • The Colorful, Collectible Lunchbox Workspace

    Melanie Pinola
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Even if you have boring white walls and nondescript furniture, you can have a vibrant, stylish home. That's the lesson from today's featured worskpace with its love of colorful accessories.Read more...
  • The Best Ways to Remove a Stripped Screw, In Video Form

    Whitson Gordon
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    We've shared many ways to remove a stripped screw over the years, but Household Hacker has rounded some of the best up into one, easy to follow video.Read more...
  • Synchronize Your iTunes Library with Spotify with a Click

    Thorin Klosowski
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Spotify recently introduced a new "My Music" section that allows you to save albums and tracks you find in Spotify to your own personal library. That's great, but if you want to mesh that library with your local files, you need to do that manually.Read more...
  • How to Stop Buying Clothes You Never Wear

    April Dykman
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    We all do it—buy clothes that we wear once or twice and then relegate them to the backs of our closets. It's a bad use of money and an organizational mess. But with some forethought and self-control, you can stop wasting money and start buying clothes you'll actually wear.Read more...
  • The Discovering Arduino DIY Kit Gets You Started with Electronics

    Thorin Klosowski
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    There are plenty of starter kits to choose from if you're interested in tinkering with electronics, but the Discovering Arduino DIY Kit is one of the more expansive. It gets you started both with general electronics and Arduino programming. Read more...
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  • Report Claims iPhone 6 Will Feature Curved Display, All-Aluminum Rear Shell

    Richard Padilla
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:22 am
    Apple's next-generation iPhone may feature rounded edges and a curved glass display, according to a new report from Mac Otakara [Google Translate]. The Squair Curvaceous Bumper Citing "reliable sources", the publication notes that the iPhone 6's cover glass will sit flush with the device's rounded corners, departing from the straight edges seen on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5s. The report likens the device's profile to the Squair Curvaceous Bumper, a Japan-made aluminum bumper for the iPhone that features a rounded housing. The report also claims that Apple will do away with the rear glass…
  • iPhone 6 Size Compared to Galaxy S5 and Other Android Phones

    Husain Sumra
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:33 pm
    With a large bulk of the rumors for the iPhone 6 revolving around its purported increased screen size, there have been a healthy amount of iPhone 6 renderings exploring what the phone could look like and how big it would be compared to the current iPhone 5s. MacRumors forum member deuxani decided to take it a step further and compared the 4.7" iPhone 6 to its Android-based competition. If the rumors are true, at least one model of the iPhone 6 will contain a 16:9 4.7” screen. When you think about it realistically the iPhone 6 will have a home button with a finger print scanner the same size…
  • iPhone 6 Case Compared to iPhone 5s, Nexus 5 and Galaxy Note 3 in New Video

    Juli Clover
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:26 pm
    We've seen several examples of cases designed for the rumored 4.7-inch version of the upcoming iPhone 6, and in a new video, Unbox Therapy compares a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 case to the iPhone 5s, the Nexus 5 and the Galaxy Note 3, giving us an idea of how the iPhone 6 might look next to other large-screened devices. The 4.7-inch case is depicted next to the 4-inch iPhone 5s, the 4.95-inch Nexus 5, and the 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 3. The case is closest in size to the Nexus 5, which gives the best representation of how a 4.7-inch iPhone may feel in the hand. The iPhone 5s looks quite a bit smaller than…
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook: It 'Means More to Us to Get it Right' Than to Be First

    Juli Clover
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:58 pm
    During the question and answer portion of today's financial earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook explained why the company has been slow to put products out in 2014, pointing towards the company’s attention to detail and its desire to "perform at a really high level of quality" that Apple's customers expect. Cook noted that Apple did not ship the first MP3 player, smartphone, or tablet, but he said that the company did release the first "acceptable" and "modern" smartphone, tablet, and MP3 player when it launched the iPhone, iPad, and iPod. "We care about every detail and it takes us a bit…
  • Apple Acquired 24 Companies Over Last 18 Months, 'We're On The Prowl' for More

    Juli Clover
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:40 pm
    During today's second quarter earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that Apple has purchased a total of 24 companies over the last 18 months, some that are known and some that remain unknown. Just over half of Apple’s acquisitions have come to light, which means the company has purchased a number of additional companies that have not been disclosed. So far in 2014, Apple acquired SnappyLabs, a company that produced a burst-mode photo app, and Burstly, the company behind the Testflight iOS beta testing platform. 2013 saw Apple acquire several different mapping apps, including BroadMap,…
 
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  • Freaks Book Release Week

    Chris Brogan
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    Hi there! If you’re even vaguely considering getting my new book, The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth, but are on the fence, here’s my big attempt to convince you, especially since this week is a big week in ensuring the success of its release. So, it’s my job to entice you and convince you and it’s your job to see if this book is for you. Deal? Can’t see the video? Click Here Are You a Freak? In the parlance of this book, a freak is someone obsessed with excellence and a deep understanding of their domain. Marc Ecko is a freak about design and apparel and deep…
  • 7 Ways to Bore the Hell Out of People

    Chris Brogan
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:38 pm
    I was looking at the news flow stream thing on LinkedIn just now. Don’t ask. But you know, I thought I’d see if anything was worth my time. I found that pretty much every post fell into two categories: “go to my thing” or “read my bland and boring article.” So, a fun idea came to mind. 7 Ways to Bore the Hell Out of People Use graphics everyone else would use. Especially people in suits or weird stick men and dollar signs. Make sure you use a number in the post title, unless it’s an event. Then just say “new event” or “premier…
  • The Single Most Effective Change I Made to My Digital Presence

    Chris Brogan
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:57 pm
    People ask me quite often whether the world of social media has changed much. The answer is yes. It’s changed a lot. There are lots of details to think about. I’ll give you those. But I also wanted to share the single most effective change I made to my digital presence. What’s Changed In Social Media Here’s a quick list: Then: conversational. Now: promotional. Then: thoughtful sharing. Now: shovel it over the wall. Then: “I’m hungry for lots of great information.” Now: “I’m drowning in information.” Then: just being here is great!
  • On the Occasion of my 44th Birthday

    Chris Brogan
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    Today, I turn 44 years old. First, I don’t feel especially old. In fact, I’m in the best health and shape of my life (thank you, fitness journey). Do I feel more wise? I wouldn’t go that far, or at least not in the way that you’d think it would keep me out of trouble. I learn by failing. Wisdom comes with that learning. I’m grateful for the love of a strong woman. I’m thrilled to be a dad to two really smart and funny kids. I’m blessed to have two amazing parents. And I’m lucky to have the support and connection of friends and allies like you.
  • Portland, Oregon – I’m Part of #pdxpioneer

    Chris Brogan
    25 Mar 2014 | 4:01 pm
    I’ll be in Portland, Oregon to speak at Chris Guillebeau’s Pioneer Nation event. It’s built for Owners. Are you in Portland? My Business Intentions for #pdxpioneer I have one goal in mind while speaking at Pioneer Nation: to convince you that the freaks shall inherit the earth. But I’m not going to sell my book. I’m not going to sell my business services (though if you subscribed to my newsletter, I’d be grateful, and if you started in on the Owner’s Mastery Foundation Group, I would LOVE you.
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  • The Complete Flake’s Guide To Getting Things Done

    Sonia Simone
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    So if you clicked through to read this post, I’m going to make a couple of educated guesses about you. Maybe you’re smart and motivated and passionate. With all kinds of cool things you’d like to get done. But somehow when it comes to doing them, you just . . . don’t. Maybe you’re great at ideas but lousy at execution. Talk a good game but don’t get the results you want. Spend a lot of time thinking about where you want to go, but not much time actually moving your ass down the road that would take you there. You, my friend, are a flake. Congratulations. We are a…
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People (While Sharing Social Content)

    Andrew Schrage
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    More than 70 years ago, the American writer and lecturer Dale Carnegie published a transcendent book on people skills entitled “How to Win Friends and Influence People.” To this day, Mr. Carnegie’s many nuggets of wisdom ring largely true, because more than anything else they speak to human nature, which for better or worse seems to change very little over time. In the modern age of the Internet and social content sharing, we can still look to age-old truths in deciphering a code to grow an audience (win friends) and successfully market online content via social media…
  • The 14 Keys to Writing Advertorials That Sell

    Demian Farnworth
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Advertorials are native ads with a single purpose: getting specific action from the reader. This could be donating to a cause, downloading a PDF, subscribing to an email newsletter, visiting a store, or buying a product. An effective advertorial grips the reader and leads her to the logical conclusion — pointing her, in very specific language, to what to do next. This is the call to action. Advertorials come in all shapes and sizes. They could be lists or guides They could be videos or print articles They could be one page or six Regardless of the format or medium, however, most tell a…
  • Want Copyblogger to Answer Your Specific Business Question? Here’s Your Chance

    Demian Farnworth
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    We see it all the time: questions from people like you who are looking for answers to specific challenges. Questions like: What are the best business models for a hyperlocal site? Do I have the right “Big Idea” for my business? How can I expect a certain content strategy to affect my SEO? Will my strong political or religious views interfere with my Google authorship business profile? Just how can I make the time to get all this content written, anyway? These are the long-tail questions that either we haven’t gotten an opportunity to address on the blog yet, or are so…
  • How to Choose Arresting Images for Your Blog Posts (And Why You Should)

    Jerod Morris
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    You’ve read the headline. You’re intrigued. “But,” you might be thinking, “Why didn’t you choose a different, more arresting image for this post?” Good question. First, because The Lede is a regular post series, and the graphic that Rafal created for us is a clear visual cue to our audience that a new episode has been posted. Second, because we are posting this episode a day early, meaning that the visual cue is extra important to let people know a new little audio gift is unexpectedly waiting to be unwrapped. But, if we didn’t already have an…
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    Macworld

  • This is Tim: Apple's CEO on the iPad, Apple TV, future products, and China

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:21 pm
    As usual, Apple CEO Tim Cook was the focus of attention during the company's quarterly earnings call with analysts on Wednesday. And, as usual, we've got a transcript of his remarks while on the call.The iPhone was key in driving our stronger-than-expected results. We sold almost 44 million iPhones, setting a new March-quarter record. These strong results were broad-based, both from a product point of view, with demand for each of our three iPhones stronger than its predecessor, and from a geographic standpoint. We gained smartphone share in many developed and emerging markets including the…
  • iPhone up, iPad down as Apple reports strong second-quarter earnings

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Even in a quarter that saw no product introductions, Apple boosted its sales and profits over the previous year. The company released its fiscal second-quarter earnings report on Wednesday, reporting revenue of $45.6 billion and a net profit of $10.2 billion. Overall revenues Those numbers were up from the second quarter of 2013, when Apple tallied $43.6 billion in revenue and $9.5 billion in net profit. For the 2014 second quarter, Apple earned $11.62 a share, a 15 percent jump from the $10.09 a share the company earned in the year-ago quarter.To read this article in full or to leave a…
  • Live Coverage: Apple's 2Q 2014 earnings briefing

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    Gross margins, net income, financial analysts—oh my! It’s time once again for the quarterly ritual known as the “Apple earnings report.” As always, we’ll have live coverage of the conference call from Apple CEO Tim Cook as it comes in. We’ll be back around 1:30 p.m. PT/4:30 p.m. ET to cover the second quarter results as they come in, followed by a blow-by-blow account of the call itself, starting at 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET. See you then.  To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Reading List: Green machine

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    There’s plenty of news out there, and if you don’t slow down once in a while, you might miss it. Here are a few of the bigger stories making the rounds this Wednesday.iOS 7.1.1 Now Labels Apps with ‘In-App Purchases’ in Top Charts and Featured SectionsIf you’ve been browsing through the App Store in iOS 7.1.1, you may have noticed a minor change: Free apps with in-app purchases now list that fact in Top Charts and elsewhere. The change is no doubt in part spurred by the settlement that the company made with the U.S. government over unauthorized in-app purchases; hopefully, it’ll…
  • Skip the gym and enjoy quick workouts with the FitStar app

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Where once the gym reigned supreme, the iOS app has snuck in to play. More and more athletically-inclined people are opting to skip the showers and grimy mats in lieu of workouts in their own homes. It’s less time and less hassle, but (hopefully) produces similar results.I’ve been testing a wide variety of these fitness apps for Macworld, but I wanted to highlight my personal favorite so far (and the only one I’ve continued to use): FitStar.Like many other fitness apps, FitStar aims to help you improve your personal fitness and stamina with not much more than your own body weight. It…
 
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    ReadWrite

  • Why The Cable Companies Have Reason To Fear Amazon

    23 Apr 2014 | 2:02 pm
    The Platform is a regular column by mobile editor Dan Rowinski. Ubiquitous computing, ambient intelligence and pervasive networks are changing the way humans interact with everything. HBO programming is among the most coveted in all of television. Its catalog includes some of the best produced and most critically acclaimed comedy and drama series ever created. Millions of people want to watch those shows. They just have to pay the piper first. Until today, that piper was your cable or satellite provider, who will only provide you with HBO if you also sign up for a whole bunch of other…
  • Blur Wars: Google's Camera App vs. The iPhone 5S And A Real Camera

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:40 am
    You know when a photo has that fuzzy background thing going on and the subject is sharp while the rest looks all dreamy? That technique, usually achieved by setting a camera’s controls to a wide aperture—the smaller the f-stop number, the bigger the aperture—remains one of the easiest shortcuts to a photo that makes people go ooh. Not one to stand by tradition, Google just released a camera app for Android that does exactly the same thing—except you can adjust the focus and that dreamy blur effect after you take the picture. Ooh. Can Free Software Mimic Expensive Hardware? …
  • HBO Is Coming To Amazon—And You Don't Need To Be A HBO Subscriber

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:17 am
    Amazon on Wednesday announced a licensing agreement with HBO, which will bring a number of premium shows to Amazon’s Prime Instant Video Service and bring the HBO Go mobile app to the company’s new Fire TV set-top streaming box, which was announced and released earlier this month. "As owners of our original programming, we have always sought to capitalize on that investment. Given our longstanding relationship with Amazon, we couldn't think of a better partner to entrust with this valuable collection," said HBO's Glenn Whitehead, executive vice president of business and legal affairs, in…
  • My Fish Just Sent Me A Text Message

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:14 am
    The Internet of Things makes it easy for us to monitor our homes. Today I’m taking that concept one step further—getting our homes to report back to us.  In early March, I wrote about using Raspberry Pi to quantify my fish tank—in short, I taught the $35 single-board computer to monitor the temperature of my home aquarium no matter where I was in the apartment. Of course, the limitations of this project were clear: I could only keep tabs on the tank while on my home network. What if I want my fish to text me when it needs my assistance?  See also: The Quantified Fish: How…
  • The Facebook Effect: WhatsApp Is Well On Its Way To A Billion Users

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:39 am
    In just two months since Facebook dropped $19 billion to buy WhatsApp, the five-year-old mobile messaging app on Tuesday announced its active user base has grown to more than half a billion people. On February 17, the day it was acquired by Facebook, the company said it had 450 million monthly active users worldwide and over 320 million daily active users. “In the last few months, we’ve grown fastest in countries like Brazil, India, Mexico, and Russia, and our users are sharing more than 700 million photos and 100 million videos every single day,” WhatsApp said on its blog. “We could…
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    Smashing Magazine

  • Cache Invalidation Strategies With Varnish Cache

    Per Buer
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Phil Karlton once said, “There are only two hard things in Computer Science: cache invalidation and naming things.” This article is about the harder of these two: cache invalidation. It’s directed at readers who already work with Varnish Cache. To learn more about it, you’ll find background information in “Speed Up Your Mobile Website With Varnish.” 10 microseconds (or 250 milliseconds): That’s the difference between delivering a cache hit and delivering a cache miss. How often you get the latter will depend on the efficiency of the cache — this is known as the…
  • Rethinking Mobile Tutorials: Which Patterns Really Work?

    Theresa Neil, Rich Malley
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:49 am
    Pattern libraries are a great source of inspiration and education for designers. But common practice doesn’t always equal best practice. In this post, we’ll look at why many common tutorial patterns are ineffective and how you can leverage game design principles to increase user engagement. After the release of the first edition of Mobile Design Pattern Gallery, Intuit asked me to speak with its mobile team. I spoke at a high level about the value of patterns across industries (fashion, architecture, software and others) and how they are a useful teaching tool. Alissa Briggs, a senior UX…
  • After Editorially: The Search For Alternative Collaborative Online Writing Tools

    Paul Lloyd
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    I’m going to let you in on a little secret: the best writers, be it your favorite authors or those that write for Smashing Magazine, don’t do it alone. Often, they work with an editor (or two), who will help them coalesce their words into something more compelling or easier to understand. Having worked with several editors — and having been a technical editor myself — I’ve really come to appreciate this aspect of the writing process. Refinement is an essential aspect of any creative process. As refactoring code can make a program more logical and efficient, editing a text can allow…
  • What You Need To Know About WordPress 3.9

    tylerlongren2
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:04 am
    The latest version of WordPress named “Smith” was released yesterday which brings us another round of core changes. This time, the team worked mainly on the back-end editing and admin functions, such as a big TinyMCE (visual editor) update, gallery previews, media playlists, an improved widget UI and live theme previews (only to mention a few). Here’s what you need to know about the major changes in WordPress 3.9. Improved Widget Interface While the old widget interface set the standard for drag-and-drop UI when it was introduced, it was time for an overhaul. The developer…
  • Understanding CSS Timing Functions

    Stephen Greig
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:26 am
    People of the world, strap yourself in and hold on tight, for you are about to experience truly hair-raising excitement as you get to grips with the intricacies of the hugely interesting CSS timing function! OK, so the subject matter of this article probably hasn’t sent your blood racing, but all jokes aside, the timing function is a bit of a hidden gem when it comes to CSS animation, and you could well be surprised by just how much you can do with it. First of all, let’s set the scene and ensure we’re all familiar with the scenarios in which the timing function is relevant. As alluded…
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • The 33 hottest new hotels are ...

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:35 am
    The gold -- no, scratch that -- platinum envelopes have been opened to reveal Condé Nast Traveler's 18th annual "hot list," highlighting what it says are the best hotels to debut in the past year.
  • Official: Ukrainian military unit attacked

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:19 am
    Gunmen opened fire on a Ukrainian military unit in the Donetsk region overnight, Ukraine's Defense Ministry said Thursday.
  • Obama

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:18 am
    The United States stands by its security agreement with Japan in its dispute with China over a group of islands, President Barack Obama said Thursday.
  • South Korean ferry

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:18 am
    The return to classes at Danwon High School was steeped in grief.
  • Ukraine

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:17 am
    Gunmen opened fire on a Ukrainian military unit in the Donetsk region overnight, Ukraine's Defense Ministry said Thursday.
 
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    Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider

  • It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

    Brad Moore
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The HDR Book, 2nd Edition by RC Concepcion Congratulations to RC Concepcion on the second edition of his book, The HDR Book, making it as high as #663 in the Amazon Best Sellers list for ALL books!! To celebrate, we’re going to give away free signed copies to three lucky people. Leave a comment for your chance to win, and you can also go buy your copy from Amazon or Barnes & Noble, or pick up a signed copy from the KelbyOne Store!The Art of Digital Photography with Joe McNally Join Mia McCormick as she sits down with Joe McNally for an inspirational hour of conversation that spans…
  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Beno Saradzic!

    Brad Moore
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I’m originally from Slovenia but I’ve lived and worked in the United Arab Emirates since 1991.My background is in architectural visualization and illustration. For almost 2 decades, I worked in the Emirates, one of the fastest growing countries in the world, and work was never scarce. I specialized in the creation of photo-realistic, computer generated renderings of master developments, buildings and interiors. Examples of the 3D CG architectural visualization workflow, 2007Somewhere around 2005, many real estate developers started to outsource architectural renderings and…
  • Come and Watch Some KelbyOne Online Classes On Me

    Scott Kelby
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:43 am
    Want to check out KelbyOne online training for free? Sure ya do! Well, that’s perfect timing seeing as we’ve just set up a FREE (F-R-Dubba-E) 24-hour trial so you can go watch as many classes as you want (which we’d love you do to because you’ll fall deeply in love with this way of learning, and then you’ll join in and get new classes every week on everything from photography to Photoshop to Lightroom and more!).Here’s the link to get the free 24-hour trial.This free trial is just available for a limited time so go right now (quick, like a bunny) and sign…
  • The Blue Angels (from the Sun n’ Fun Fly-in)

    Scott Kelby
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:53 pm
    Above: It was pitch dark when we got there, and we were all in position just before sunrise.Hi Gang: Right before I headed up to Photoshop World in Atlanta earlier this month, I got a chance to shoot the US Navy’s famous Blue Angels parked on the flight line at dawn (I was speaking the following day the annual ISAP Summit (the International Society of Aviation Photographers and they took a group of their members along with Pete Collins and me, out to shoot the jets at dawn).Above: Once the sun came up, I got down low and hid the sun behind the tail wings.I shared a couple of these on…
  • Got My Synology NAS Up and Running (plus some other Friday stuff)

    Scott Kelby
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:11 pm
    Above: That’s not my office behind me. That’s Photoshop User magazine editor Chris Main. You’re only seeing a small part of his sci-fi collection. His office is like an action figure wonderland. Above: Now, does this thing go inside this thingy? Feel the roar of 24 Terabytes of sweet storage. Yeah, baby!Above: A rare sight — me in the server room. Even rarer — me plugging in an Ethernet cable. (the three photos above by RC. The photo below is RC). :)Psyched to get my new Synology NAS set-up yesterday RC helped me get it set-up but honestly, it was a breeze (had I known…
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    Digital Photography School

  • Finding Gold in Your Image Archives

    Rowan Sims
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    No doubt like many other photographers, so many of my images have never seen the light of day. This is mostly for good reason; they are out of focus, poorly composed, badly timed, they just don’t make the cut. Often these images may be good, just not the BEST. I have learned though, that there can be gold hiding in your archives, just waiting to be rediscovered, taken into the develop module and shared with the world. I have found that spending some time digging through old shoots can yield some very positive results. Make it part of your workflow to revisit your image archives Maybe…
  • Win a $1500 of Camera Gear with Loving Landscapes

    Darren Rowse
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:29 am
    Last week we announced a brand new dPS eBook – Loving Landscapes: a Guide to Landscape Photography Workflow and Post-Processing with the early bird discount of 33% off what will be its normal price. We’re really pleased both with the eBook and how it helps readers improve their Landscape Photography Post Processing – but also the feedback it is already getting. Here’s what one of our readers – Belinda said: “Thanks for this ebook. I downloaded it at 11pm last night moments after getting your email and was up until 3am reading it and practicing the…
  • How to get Motivated to do more Photography

    Gavin Hardcastle
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Are you one of those photographers who finds there’s a million other things that demand your attention and get in the way of pursuing your passion for photography? You’re not alone. The work/life balance is a delicate dance and it’s easy to get sidetracked by the endless tasks of day to day life, even when things are going well. As a professional photographer you’d expect I spend a great deal of time out there shooting, but the truth is that I don’t get to shoot anywhere near as much as I’d love to. There are a few things you can do however, that ought to…
  • Contest – Win an Olympus E-M10 Camera from Macphun!

    Darlene Hildebrandt
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Win an Olympus E-M10 Camera from Macphun! Every photo entrant receives a prize!!! Over the last several years here at dPS, we’ve run some very popular competitions. This week, we are very happy to bring you our latest photo contest, “Get Outside and Shoot” from Macphun, makers of award winning photo apps for Mac OS! EVERYONE is a WINNER! For this competition, Macphun is giving away a Grand Prize of an Olympus E-M10 Camera, photo submissions published on canvas, and Macphun photo apps of your choosing! Plus, EVERY entrant will receive a complimentary copy of ColorStrokes for…
  • Finding the Time to do Photography Part 1- Business Trip to Las Vegas

    Rick Berk
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Fire Wave at Valley of Fire State Park.Exposure: ISO 160, 4 minutes, at f/16. EOS 5D Mark III with EF 16-35 f/2.8L II. About a month ago, a question was posed on the DPS Facebook Page, “What is the number one obstacle to you taking better photos?” While some answered that they were unsure how to set exposure in Manual mode, and others thought their gear might be limiting them, the overwhelming number one answer was TIME.  In this day and age of being always on, always connected, and always on the go, it can be difficult to find time to do photography.  Like many, my day job,…
 
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    Strobist

  • On Manufactured Opportunities

    4 Apr 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Every day I try to spend as much time walking as my schedule will allow. Ideally, I just head off into the woods and shoot for at least ten miles a day. I don't always hit that goal, but even on a bad day I'll get most of it.That's because long walks invariably pay for the time they cost in many ways: health, mental well-being, increased fitness and maybe best of all, a steady stream of ideas.Of those ideas, there is one type that constantly proves itself to be the most valuable to me as a photographer. And that is the concept of the manufactured opportunity. Read more »
  • Gulf Photo Plus 2014 Shootout Video is Live

    25 Mar 2014 | 11:05 am
    Earlier this month I had the honor to host (read: did not have to compete in) the Gulf Photo Plus 2014 Shootout, which this year featured Zack Arias vs. Sara Lando. Zack is a multi-year veteran, Sara is a newb. You'd think she'd be an easy put-down. You'd be wrong.Having been the first person to walk out on stage in the first-ever shootout in 2010, I can tell you it is absolutely terrifying. You feel as if you have made a terrible mistake, and that you have everything to lose and nothing to gain.You feel as if the creative part of your brain just announced, "Eff this. I'm outta here." and you…
  • A Guide to Lighting Indoor Sports

    25 Feb 2014 | 7:09 am
    Newspapers may be circling the drain at this point, but for 150 years they were king of the hill. And the 20 years I spent there proved to be a great ride as well as a non-stop idea lab.Today we'll take a look back at how we developed our multi-budget solutions for lighting winter indoor sports—specifically in high school gymnasiums. Lighting indoor sports opens up a whole new world as compared to trying to shoot available light. You can both freeze action and define the quality of the light in a much better way than the spotty existing overheads.And for the sake of argument, let's…
  • Yep, That's an OCF Magnet at The South Pole.

    4 Feb 2014 | 9:21 am
    Back in 2009 we had a little game going wherein people left Strobist OCF magnets at various places around the world. Some were dropped off and tweeted for the first finder to claim. Others were just placed and photo'd in what can only be considered some pretty impressive spots. One might say it even got a little competitive.Five years later, reader Sebastian Stewart has just dropped an OCF A-Bomb. He has placed an Off-Camera Flash magnet at the South Pole. Sebastian is on a team of NASA scientists who measure atmospheric conditions by shooting (frickin') lasers into the air and measuring the…
  • Winters' Road to Seeing Finally Shipping

    1 Feb 2014 | 12:25 pm
    The seemingly mythical Dan Winters: The Road to Seeing is finally, actually in stock and shipping from Amazon. But even now, over a month after release, they are saying it might take an extra 1-2 days to process. Because Curse of New Dan Winters Book, I guess.Seriously, this thing disappeared pretty much as soon as it arrived (pre-orders?) and was never planned to be a big press run. So if you want it, you best make hay while the sun shines.
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    News: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Behind the photo: Sports Illustrated's 'Boston Strong' cover

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    About a week prior to Monday’s running of the Boston Marathon, and a year after the bombing at the 2013 marathon, photographer Gregory Heisler addressed a crowd of thousands gathered at the finish line. The group included runners, first responders and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, all ready to pose for Sports Illustrated's 'Boston Strong' cover photo. Directing the crowd through a megaphone and standing on a raised platform, Heisler captured a portrait of 3,000 proud, resilient Bostonians. Take a peek behind the scenes of this large scale photo shoot. Learn more
  • Lensbaby adds Android option for its selective focus lens

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    When Lensbaby launched the  Kickstarter project for its 'Sweet Spot' selective focus lens at the beginning of April it was initially iPhone only. Now the company has added a pledge level for Android users, too. For $50 you can pre-order the Sweet Spot lens and the Android application for your device. Delivery is expected in October. Learn more
  • Sony a6000 shooting experience and samples gallery

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:05 am
    The Sony a6000 features a 24MP APS-C sensor that includes phase detection AF points across 92% of the frame and 11 fps continuous shooting with subject-tracking. It's the first E-mount camera of its style not to be branded 'NEX'. As we work toward a full review, read our shooting experience report and check out our real-world samples gallery to find out if the a6000 is more than a refreshed NEX-6 by another name. Learn more and see gallery
  • OnePlus launches 13MP, 4K video smartphone at bargain price

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:46 am
    OnePlus is a new smartphone maker based in China founded by a former Oppo executive. Today the company has released its first high-end smartphone, which is simply called the One. With its 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC, 5.5-inch 1080p screen, 3GB of RAM and a 13MP camera, the One's specifications are on a similar level as other flagship devices released this year. Learn more
  • SmugMug Films: Master of illusions

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    We've been following SmugMug Films' ongoing behind-the-lens series and have found the clips to be an interesting look at people who follow their passions in photography. The latest installment features Joel Grimes. He's been a commercial advertising photographer for more than 30 years and is most known for his composite portraits. Grimes considers himself more than a photographer - an artist and illusionist, creating images that are larger than life. See video and read Q&A
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    Lightroom Killer Tips

  • Lightroom Q&A: Snapshots Vs. Virtual Copies

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:01 pm
    A common question I get is what the difference between Lightroom’s Snapshots and Virtual Copies. While you could use them interchangeably in some ways, they really have two separate uses. Here goes: What’s a Snapshot? Think of a snapshot as something you’d use when editing a photo and you have a few different paths, editing ideas, or effects you want to try on the photo. It’d be silly to keep hitting the reset button and start over again each time. And if you found a good point where you liked how the photo looked, but wanted to try something difference just in case,…
  • Super-Fast Browsing in onOne Software’s Perfect Photo Suite

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    Anyone that’s ever been to one of my smaller workshops or editing photos next to me knows that, while I do most of my work in Lightroom, I usually look at my photos in Photo Mechanic first. Why? Mainly because Photo Mechanic is lightning fast at showing you your thumbnails and even higher quality photos than Lightroom. Now, I don’t do this all the time. When I have a few extra minutes, it’s actually much easier to import in to Lightroom and choose the Standard Previews option. As long as I give it a few minutes before looking through my photos, I can browse through them…
  • Lightroom Mobile Tip: Selecting A Photo To Represent the Collection

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:14 am
    Lightroom Mobile launched last week to a huge welcoming crowd at Photoshop World. Since then I’ve heard a lot of great feedback on it and I’m hopeful to see where things go in the future. Anyway, I had a cool tip to share that one of the blog readers (Brian) asked about last week. See, Lightroom Mobile uses collections on the iPad. When you’re looking at all of your collections though, you’re only going to see one photo that represents the collection. But sometimes that photo (that Lightroom chooses automatically) may not be a good representation of the collection for…
  • Your First Tutorial/Look On Lightroom Mobile

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:50 am
    Well, it’s here. There’s been a lot of talk over Lightroom Mobile since Photoshop World Vegas 2013 (when Adobe first gave everyone a sneak peak). Now it’s here and I wanted to put together a quick tutorial for you. Also, don’t forget that I did a full Learning Center with 8 videos over at KelbyOne and if you’re a subscriber, those videos are always in the subscriber area for you to check out. 1. Getting Lightroom Mobile Up and Running First, you’ll need to download and install the app on your iPad. Here’s the link. Then you’ll need to update…
  • Converting To DNG After Importing To Lightroom

    jgilbert@photoshopuser.com (Matt Kloskowski)
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:01 pm
    First off I just wanted to give a HUGE thanks to everyone that came out to my seminars this week in Indianapolis and Columbus, OH. I had two awesome crowds and, while I’m really happy to be on my way home, I had a blast getting to meet everyone who came out. Anyway, I’m on the plane back, and had some time to think about common questions I get. One of those questions is about converting to DNG and whether or not it’s possible to convert to it after you do your Lightroom import. See, the Import dialog has a Copy as DNG option in it. But what if you’re just adding photos…
 
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Apple: iPad Sales at High End of 'Internal Expectations', 2/3 of Users New to Device

    Richard Padilla
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:02 pm
    During its financial results conference call for the first calendar quarter and second fiscal quarter of 2014, Apple shared new details on the state of the iPad, including information on sales expectations, the launch of Microsoft Office for the device, the education market, and the use of the tablet compared to competitors. While the company's 16.35 million iPad sales fell short of analyst expectations, Apple notes that sales came in at the high end of internal expectations citing two factors: An increased iPad channel inventory in the March 2013 which has since been "significantly" reduced…
  • iTunes by the Numbers: 800M Accounts, $5.2B in Billings, 70B App Downloads

    Juli Clover
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:27 pm
    During its financial results call covering the first calendar quarter and second fiscal quarter of 2014, Apple shared details on the success of its iTunes stores, which have become an increasingly important revenue source for the company, thanks to the App Store. Last quarter, Apple’s customers spent a total of $5.2 billion on iTunes purchases, up 24 percent year over year. That’s also up from $4.7 during the first quarter of 2014. Cumulatively, Apple’s App Store has seen 70 billion total app downloads, up from 65 billion in January. Apple has 800 million iTunes accounts, most…
  • Tim Cook: Apple's Shares 'Undervalued', Expansion of Share Buyback Program 'Shows Confidence'

    Richard Padilla
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:17 pm
    In a new interview with The Wall Street Journal following Apple's financial results for the first calendar quarter and second fiscal quarter of 2014, CEO Tim Cook stated that the company's stock was"undervalued" and that the expansion of the share buyback program"shows how much confidence [Apple] has in the future of the company." Cook noted that the iPhone was an area of strength for the company, as Apple sold 43.7 million units last quarter which surpassed analysts' expectations of 38.2 million units, and was up from 37.4 million units in the year-ago quarter. In addition to these sales,…
  • Catcher to Supply Apple With iPhone 6 Casings as Sales Estimates Climb to 70 Million

    Kelly Hodgkins
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:28 am
    According to Chinese and Taiwanese media sources, Apple again is contracting with Catcher Technology to supply metal casings for the company's future smartphones, including the rumored iPhone 6. First noticed by GforGames, these reports were published this week in the Taipei Times and The China Post. Most notably, Catcher is predicted to supply Apple with 10.5 million iPhone 6 casings and 20 million casings for other iPhone models in 2014. These figures are thought to represent 15 percent of the total casings needed for the iPhone 6, suggesting Apple could ship as many as 70 million iPhone 6…
  • Viber Updates iOS App with Redesigned User Interface, Multiple Media Sharing

    Richard Padilla
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:27 am
    Popular messaging service Viber today updated its iOS app to version 4.2, bringing a redesigned user interface for iOS 7 in addition to various new features. The app now includes multiple media sharing that allows users to send multiple photos and videos at once, in addition to the ability to block users and send longer video messages. A cross platform typing indicator has also been added. - Completely redesigned for iOS 7! The new look and feel is consistent with the aesthetic of iOS 7 that iPhone users have grown accustomed to. - Multiple media sharing in one flow. No more back and forth…
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  • CNNGo in Milan: Supermodels, high fashion and top brollies

    hiufu
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Our monthly TV show cruises the home of some of the world's greatest designers, discovering a hidden museum and an exclusive umbrella maker along the wayWhat is the real Milan?A culinary journey through MilanExperience Milan's eclectic nightlifeTalk about style: this month, CNNGo TV checks out Milan Fashion Week's catwalk with model Eva Riccobono and explores the city's night scene with DJ Matteo Ceccarini. We also visit to one of the world’s most exclusive umbrella makers, a top restaurant and the navigli, the derelict canals that run through the city. Francesco Maglia Ombrelli…
  • iReport: Your favorite attractions in Colombo, Sri Lanka

    hiufu
    19 Mar 2014 | 7:00 pm
    A greener Galle Face Green and the newly refurbished Dutch Hospital Precinct -- some of the travel ideas for your next Sri Lanka trip"[Colombo] has undergone a major transformation in the past five years and I'm glad to say that it's all for the better -- Colombo has become a much more interesting, beautiful and enjoyable place," says iReporter Abdul Rahman Ifham. "It's a must visit for anyone and everyone." Ifham has traveled to many places, but still thinks Sri Lanka's capital city -- also his home city -- is the best in the world. He and his friends -- Praveen Wijayaweera, Rakhitha…
  • Appy Traveler: Best new apps for travelers

    16 Mar 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Latest entries include an all-in-one business traveler's app, the new Google Maps and an exclusive concierge serviceBookmark 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 March 17, 2014 Google Maps Newer and better.iOS: App Store Android: Google Play Windows Phone: Store The recently launched new Google Maps app offers faster and more navigation options such as a transit route with less walking and provides live traffic or accident information en route. Travelers can also…
  • CNNGo in Sri Lanka: Spicy crabs, blue whales and Ceylon tea

    hiufu
    11 Mar 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Fresh seafood mixed with UNESCO World Heritage Sites -- CNNGo explores Sri Lanka Sri Lanka's freshest seafoodColombo's 'creepy' town hallWhale watching in Sri LankaEditor's note: This month CNNGo heads to the island nation of Sri Lanka. Previous episodes can be viewed on the CNNGo page. Starting in Sri Lanka's freshest seafood market and the renovated racecourse in Colombo, this month's CNNGo episode then ventures beyond the capital city to the seaside city of Galle and the tranquil tea farm-filled countryside. Ministry of Crab Sorry, Singapore. Chili crabs are actually from Sri Lanka.
  • Now eat! Okinawan cuisine gets a makeover

    karlac1
    6 Mar 2014 | 2:00 pm
    How a unique island culture is taking its own version of "local" a step furtherWhen it comes to food movements, the word “local” is a rarity in Okinawa. That's because restaurants in Japan's southernmost prefecture have been doing the local thing long before it was trending. Or even just trendy. World-renowned for promoting health and longevity, traditional Okinawan cuisine uses primarily local ingredients. What's more, it's easy to find.   Restaurants across this multiple-island prefecture dish out fresh, delicious fare ranging from braised pork rafute and custardy shima…
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